Marchesa NYFW FW16 Pt. II: The Show

We never thought we would get in - but we did! People herded their way in, so who would Wendy and I be to go against the herd (when that means you get to see a Marchesa show)? Ha. Anna Wintour was far across the room, but I could still see her - arms crossed, blond bob, sunglasses worn indoors - yep, that was her. And one seat over from Ms. Wintour - the gorgeous redhead (you may recall I am a fan of flamed haired women) model/singer/formerly-wife-of-Jack-White, Karen Elson. And, Zac Posen! ... Ok, ok. Star-gazing aside, you came to read about Marchesa for goodness sake!

The sparkling accessories and embroidered shoes alone have me crushing, and we had not seen all of the gowns, yet!

Minutes before showtime, a seamstress tirelessly works on finishing touches on one of the gowns - so stunning, I thought I was going to hyperventilate with glee.

This baby blue gown was like a full-length babydoll, so floaty and stunning - one of my faves.

Marchesa designers, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, can be seen in the first image of the slideshow, above. And, oh - how the crew had crates of Fiji water on standby for everyone backstage, with those clever drilled-in straws. My show footage, below, may be rough, but you get the idea. #frowgoals

The most beautiful gowns I have ever seen stomped by, all ruffles, beads and crystals. The wedge heels embroidered with a floral design were fantastic. Honestly, my best view of it all was backstage, as we only made it in by a hair - stood on the topmost bench, mid-room. Alas, better to have seen Marchesa FW16 live than to never have been at all.

You're swooning, regardless of how fuzzy the fashion show images may be - yes, maybe? Anyway. Thanks for reading! Until next NYFW. XO Lauren

Photography and videos by Lauren A. Oosterlinck

Luxe at the Libertine Show: NYFW SS17

OMG FTW?!! Intense black eyeliner, popping color everywhere, Brit icons (particularly the Queen Elizabeth II, herself), fuzzy neon shoes, sparkles ... lots of NEON. It was all too cool for school. Oh, right - yep, that was also the cosmetic line paired up with the show, Too Cool for School - which is rad, IMO. Irreverent, kitschy boldness are the main words that come to mind when thinking of this show and collection by Libertine.

Too Cool For School kept created a harsh, bold yet simple make-up look, as you can see on this model - she had a moody, sultry look I love.

Get prepared for LOTS of color ... NOW.

CND blew minds with the manis for this collection. Here, co-founder, Jan Arnold, tells us about the vision behind the extreme nail bling (catch the video below). She was also too cool. Obsessed with the eye rings on her fingers!

We put together what we call the ‘split-style manicure’... We’re promoting wearing a high-clashing contrast of color, texture, or color and texture. One look on one hand, a different look on the other hand. One is soft, one is hard. One is matte, one is shiny.
— Jan Arnold, co-founder CND.

Dream nails, all hand-painted and sculpted. Incredible talent. The titles for each combination is hilarious, too. The topmost left are my favorite "split style" mani combo (like Jan) - which would you choose?

It was marvelous to witness all the pieces of the show coming together, from hurried behind-the-scenes glamour prep to the models all dressed, getting photographed, ready for the runway.

Neon fluff shoes and this jacket were standout pieces from the menswear collection. I want the jacket! I would absolutely love to see a man wearing the shoes, legit, outside of Fashion Week.

Down the rabbit hole in a world of outlandish nails - I LOVE.

Last minute prep - as you can see by now, the hair was very messy, with a grunge look. My favorite aspect of this look is tough for me to articulate, but the suit is especially great as a juxtaposition of whimsical pattern with structural tailoring of the suit itself, although, I love those fluffy rainbow, pom-pom sandals.

I wish I could have gotten a better angle for more and better footage of the show. As the models weaved around the catwalk, it was a visual feast - particularly when (a male model I had not seen backstage) appeared wearing only a top paired with fuzzy neon slippers, a shoulder bag, and - get this - a pair of 'tighty-whities' adorned on the crotch with, what appeared to be a small sequined open mouth (similar to the Rolling Stones logo), spewing white beaded fringe. Scandalous. A bit of humorous shock value can create a splash amongst the fashionable crowd - I'm still talking about it.

Photography and video by Lauren A. Oosterlinck

Zang Toi - FASHION WEEK/FW 2016

Butterflies and a sense of determination filled my stomach, as I went backstage for the first time at New York City Fashion Week/Fall Winter 2016 preparation for the Zang Toi show at Pier 59 Studios. One of the reasons I moved to NYC was to be at Fashion Week, one way or another, so I was enchanted by the whirlwind of glamour, as hair extensions blew by in endless mirrors and barefoot models shimmied past. I felt a bit naked without my Canon 5D in tow, but I did my best to document this exciting experience with my Samsung S6Edge, which held its own quite well. Had I not worked at 7am shift at my day job right before this, I definitely would have brought the Canon - it just looks more legit. What made it all-the-more thrilling, was I was there with one of my best friends from college, journalism school, to be exact, Wendy Rose Gould, who had generously put my name on the list, as she was there to cover a story for Even though we did not have time to stay for the show, sadly, we did get to marvel at the gorgeous clothing, along with Toi's collab with ZOYA for this show.

A popping red lip and natural make-up allowed for Zang Toi's FW collection to stand out.

A coiled, wrapped bun was the look of choice at this and many of the other shows this Fashion Week, Fall Winter 16.

ZOYA's Naked Manicure was featured on the models, but they also had some unique bold metallic and shimmery matte colors.

Gals on the runway: Wendy and I used to watch Project Runway devotedly while in college, so you can imagine we were extra giddy sharing this experience.