Ese Azenabor Fall/Winter 2015 Collection

The Ese Azenabor’s F/W 2015 collection was held at the Affinia hotel in New York. The collection was all about dresses, figure hugging and A-line to long gowns. A few chic jumpsuits were peppered in, with beautiful drapery and deep-v bodices; shoulder-baring pieces, such as off-the-shoulder, and one-shoulder looks, offered a more sweet and sexy effect. The collection boasted pieces detailed with beautiful beading or embroideries. Almost each piece had amazing details, either on the sleeves, neckline, or torso of the garment; it was all deliciously lavish to look at. The models’ hair were all slicked back and long, which greatly highlighted their sultry eyes, and glowing cheeks.

The collection was inspired by the era of Henry the VIII. The designer has a lot of passion and respect for art, and likes to incorporate it into her pieces, which you can really see from all the details. Her signature style is her beading works, which is hand sewn onto the garments. The pieces in the collection are all luxurious, extravagant and very detailed, it was all beautiful to see these ornamental pieces float down the runway. The Ese Azenabor Fall/Winter 2015 Collection featured a palette of rich dark tones, white and cream hues, and deep, bright reds; special details, besides her beading included extravagant brocades, and embroidered jacquards.

Two of my favorite pieces were the above jumpsuits, because they were super chic and sexy. I was especially enamored with the addition of the beaded belt to the cream jumpsuit, it added more luxury to the already sensual-chic look. The drapery on the black jumpsuit looks so effortlessly sophisticated and cool to wear. The over-sized animal print clutch was a wonderful addition of color and texture for this look. Want to know more, check out more of Ese Azenabor collection’s on her website.

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 ***Thanks to Contributing Fashion Blogger, Rhea Santos of Sew Stylish Rhea for attending and covering the Ese Azenabor Fall/Winter 2015 Collection for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out her blog.

Golden Globes Wrap-up and What it Tells us about the Oscars

You didn’t even need to watch last night’s broadcast of the 72nd Annual Golden Globes to know that the evening’s hosts, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler, killed it. In their third, and supposedly final, time hosting the dynamic duo brought their searing, self-deprecating and sarcastic humor to millions of viewers once again. Almost no one was safe as the two targeted everyone from Emma Stone, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, George Clooney, Kim Jong Un, Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Wes Anderson, too, in the most polarizing and gasp-inducing moment of the night (just look at Jessica Chastain’s reaction), the embattled Bill Cosby.

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Of course, the night wasn’t all about jokes, it was also after all, about films and television. There were many surprises in the television category since yet again, internet shows upset many of the network favorites. Prime examples of this were Jeffrey Tambor’s win for Best Actor in a TV Comedy for Amazon’s Transparent (which also picked up Best TV Comedy) and Kevin Spacey’s grab for Best Actor in a TV Drama for Netflix’s House of Cards.
Photo courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter

Those weren’t the only surprises of the night when it came to TV, either. Newcomer and first-time nominee Gina Rodriguez overcame veterans and took home Best Actress in a TV Comedy for Jane the Virgin. Another upset was both Jessica Lange’s and Frances McDormand’s losses in Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie to winner Maggie Gyllenhaal. Matthew Bomer then took home the men’s counterpart for his phenomenal performance in The Normal Heart. Showtime’s The Affair went on to take home two big awards: Best TV drama and Best Actress in a TV Drama (thanks to Ruth Wilson). Still, one of the biggest shocks of the evening came when cult favorite Fargo beat out fan favorites The Normal Heart and True Detective for Best Miniseries or TV Movie. It was a remarkable win and telling sign for companies like HBO, Showtime, FX, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, DirecTV, and even Yahoo – all of whom have put their necks, and money, on the line to create original series.

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As for film, the big winner of the night was the groundbreaking Boyhood, which took home a Best Director award for Richard Linklater, the coveted Best Motion Picture Drama award, and Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette. Meanwhile, Wes Anderson’s critically adored Grand Budapest Hotel took home Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. Other big winners included Amy Adams for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for Big Eyes while the men’s equivalent was taken home by Michael Keaton for Birdman.
The two most anticipated awards of the night, Best Actor, and Actress in a Motion Picture Drama went to Julianne Moore for her portrayal of a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice and Eddie Redmayne for his transformation into a young Stephen Hawking for The Theory of Everything.

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The reason the Globes are so hotly anticipated is partially due to the fact that they are often regarded as the best indicators as to who might win big at the Oscars. The Hollywood Reporter points out that, “the Globes have been on the mark in 11 of the past 20 years. One of its two winners for Best Drama or Comedy/Musical has gone on to win the award that matters most – and the Globes were startlingly accurate from 1993 to 2003 when they matched the Oscar 10 out of 11 times until stumbling with 2004’s Aviator.”
If that truly is the case, it would appear that the Oscar is Boyhood’s to lose, and with so few truly great films in the running, it might just be an across-the-board prediction. The same article also points out that in the last 20 years, the Globes have predicted the winners for Best Actor 60% of the time, Supporting Actor close to 65% correctly, and Supporting Actress with 55% accuracy. Of course, its strongest predictions are for Best Actress, where 85% of the Globe winners have gone on to win the Academy Award – meaning this might finally be Julianne Moore’s year to take home a well-deserved Oscar.
Of course, the Academy has also been known to snub favorites and pick surprise winners in the past. The strongest bets to take home an Oscar based on both critical response and buzz, however, are still Boyhood for Best Picture and Julianne Moore for Best Actress.

Thank you to Guest Blogger, Spencer Blohm, for covering The Golden Globes and sharing his Oscar predictions. Did your favorites win? What are your Oscar predictions?

Spring 2015 Collections at Nolcha Fashion Week

Nolcha Fashion Week  is known for showcasing some of the best up and coming designers during New York Fashion Week. This year was no exception. Five emerging designers showcased their work on the first night with all five collections showing promising work. For these designers, this is a chance to have their work seen by hundreds of media outlets and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for each of them. This showing highlighted the work of Rinat Brodach, Sofia Arana, Schuyler 4, Mariana Valentina, and Mimi Tran.
Rinat Brodach
Rinat Brodach’s collection was all about the classic little black dress, but with a few twists. The draping on the dresses was incredible and the choice of satin fabric added additional elegance. 
Sofia Arana

Sofia Arana’s collection struck a great balance between nostalgic and modern. It also made us sad to think that summer is almost over because each piece was so seasonally focused.
Schuyler 4

Schuyler 4 offered a diverse array of outfit options ranging from casual to formal. One minute the models would be dressed in hoodies and the next minute they’d be wearing bowties.  We loved the fact that Schuyler 4 catered to more than one specific style.
Mariana Valentina

Mariana Valentina’s collection showed off beautiful silhouettes. The garments were tailored to perfection and they were all stunning works of art in their own right.
Mimi Tran

Mimi Tran’s collection was full of show stopping dresses. She clearly displayed her finest beadwork because every piece was covered in gorgeous beads and sequins. The detail was absolutely impeccable.


***Thanks to Fashion Blogger, Emily Polner of No Repeats or Hesitations for covering and guest blogging the Nolcha Fashion Week Spring 2015 Collection Show for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out her blog.

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa Backstage at Art Hearts Fashion Spring 2015 Collection

Backstage at the Art Hearts Fashion Show, which was held on the last day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in the Theater at Lincoln Center, were eight featured fashion designers from around the world. The entire event supported a great cause, and the designers showed their collections in a contemporary fashion setting. The eight designers showcasing their collections were Mister Triple X, Control Sector, Gregorio Sanchez, Shrekahnth, Hallie Sara, Altaf Maaneshia, MT Costello, and Furne Amato, with each designer presenting a different beauty look for each of their various collections. The backstage beauty pros included Woody Michleb, Red Door Spa’s Creative Designer and National Training Director for hair; Cesar Olivas, Makeup Artist for Red Door Spa, and Adeline Sarino, National Director of Nails Service for Red Door Spa.

I captured backstage moments of madness and amazing works of each of the artist’s creations for the beautiful models getting ready for hair, make up and nails, getting ready to walk the runway. Everywhere I turned there was something amazing happening, from smokey eye looks, to bold and glamorous hair styles, to edgy nail designs. It was madness but everyone was excited to present such exquisite work from each of the designers.

The Look’s

The Look for MT Costello

Hair is long and loosely curled with soft texture at the roots for a beachy look. Gold flecks were also added to the hair for a retro 1970’s touch. Makeup was focused on the eyes with glowing skin and nude lips. The first look, a gold cream shadow applied to brows. Black line was used to define top water line, with mascara added to the top and bottom lashes. The second look, eyes were dark and smokey. Gold cream shadow added to the inner corner eye. Both looks had highlighter placed on the brow bone and top of the cheeks. Nails were nude base and speckled with gold.

The Look for Gregorio Sanchez

Hair is styled in fluffy retro waves inspired by the 1950’s. Makeup is also inspired by the 1950’s and retro. Skin is luminous and dewy. A bold cat eye and voluminous lashes from the eyes with pink lips.

The Look for Mister Triple X

Hair was soft with an edgy twist inspired by the 1940’s old Hollywood glamour. One side had braids and the other side curls that were soft 40’s waves. Kerastase Laque Couture Mist was applied to hair for smooth and defined waves. Make Up was bold and focused on the eye. A dark smokey eye with pink lips and flushed cheeks to complete the look. Nails were black and white, with a swirl in the shape of an “X” for women.

The Look for Altaf Maaneshia

The hair is soft and relaxed. Loose curls molded with a curling or flat iron. For volume and separation, Kerastse V.I.P Volume in powder was used. Makeup was simple and natural with a bright lip. Neutral eye shadow on the lids with gold cream shadow on the inner corner of the eyes and bottom lash line. Cheeks contoured with blush below the cheek line. A bright red/orange for finished lips. Nails were deep, blood red.

The Look for Shrekahnth

Hair was braided for a unique intricate look. Makeup was graphic with a nude lip. Black and white liner define the eyes. Nails were a dusty, dark pink.

The Look for Hallie Sara

The hair was classic and blown out for a straight sleek look at the front leading to wild curls, evoking the free spirit of the 1960’s. The makeup was refined and classic. The skin was perfect and glowing with minimal make up. The nails were kept clean and neutral.

The Look for Furne Amato

The hair is classic and clean. Deeply parted and combed into a low ponytail at he nape of the neck and clean bun. The makeup is inspired by a dream of the future. The nails are a sheer light pink.

The Nails

Left: MT Costello, Top: Altaf Maaneshia, Bottom: Mister Triple X


***Thanks to Fashion Blogger, Rhea Santos of Sew Stylish Rhea for being our Backstage Beauty Contributor and covering Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa at the Art Heart Fashion Spring 2015 Collection Show for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out her blog.

Skingraft Spring 2014 Collection

Spring and Summer in California seems to be a time for edgy leather. Granted, the leather is played off by the softest, most lightweight and flowy silk chiffon, but it seems that Skingraft will make sure that you have the perfect moto jacket, skirt, and leather dress to take you into the warmer months.

The collection boasts razor sharp lines and edgy tailoring which left me thinking about the movie, Blade Runner… both for its retro and futuristic aspects. The Replicant, Rachel, would be perfectly at home wearing looks from this collection. I love the idea of the black leather body-con dress worn with ankle strap spectator pumps and a rolled, “Andrews Sisters-esque” hairstyle. Tres chaud!

The corresponding menswear designs were ruggedly individualistic, a slickly rock and roll slouch. As with other designers (the Prada Birkenstock anyone?), Skingraft used the humble shower sandal as inspiration for their footwear – think Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. The fabrications say your clothes cost tons, but your attitude is totally, “Bro, I’m chill”.

Hot trends from this collection included the combination of black and yellow, blue/black/white tribal print for men and women. Check out the link to show’s finale video here –

Post and Photos by Faith Bowman
Edited by Glasgow Skinner

Thank you to NY Fashion and Trends Examiner, Faith Bowman for attending and covering the Skingraft Spring 2014 Collection this season. Please check out her work here –

CHROMAT Spring 2014 Collection

For her Spring 2014 Collection, designer Becca McCharen transcended the idea that fashion has to be passive or pretty. Influenced by her architectural studies, McCharen’s designs are sure to make her the designer of choice for extroverts like Nicki Minaj, Madonna or edgy, new recording artist, Grimes. Her aggressive design aesthetic reminds me of the edgy looks from Gaultier’s Fifth Element wardrobe mixed with Herve Leger. There’s the idea of antebellum hoop skirts and corsetry, but without the constrictions that left women fainting and weak.

Models marched down a steel stairway to stand on low platforms that allowed the crowd to study the looks up close. Straps were etched out of bodysuits, criss-crossing the back or abdomen with geometric precision. Cropped tops with sheer mesh sleeves read sexy in a tough and athletic way. The MATHLETES Collection is “inspired by competitive mathematics” and brings to mind the idea of smart and very aggressive girls going out to battle.

One headpiece directly referenced a football helmet, with its square grid surrounding the head, toughening the models gaze. Shoes consisted of  sandals that referenced sneakers, and huge platforms with lug soles.

The makeup, by Frances Hathaway for Mac and @JUMP Management, looked like sentence diagrams, more like facial equations than marks of beauty. The Hair, by Chuck Amos, who used Oribe Haircare and T3, was clean, simple and sleek. Ponytails for long-haired models, and a slickback for short-haired girls. The overall look was tomboyish and no-nonsense, because this girl is too busy to do anything elaborate.

Post and Photos by Faith Bowman
Edited by Glasgow Skinner

Thank you to NY Fashion and Trends Examiner, Faith Bowman, for attending and covering the CHROMAT Spring 2014 Collection this season. Please check out her work here –

Adolfo Sanchez Fall/Winter 2013 Nolcha Fashion Week

Adolfo is a young Designer based in Los Angeles; who launched his first collection back in 2006. This time around February 13th, his runway show was held at Nolcha Fashion week here in NYC.

The collection has that old Hollywood glamour essence with dark mystery flair. I can picture a daring celebrity on the red carpet or in a movie using one of these gorgeous pieces.

Adolfo Sanchez Fall/Winter 13 collection was sexy and elegant. Mermaid gowns, double high slits and deep décolletages were the main design attributes. Moreover, the combination of glossy taffeta, lace, chiffon fabrics with feathers and fur had me gasping of excitement a few times. The color palette in blacks, golds, warm grays and a hint of purples are perfect for the season. Sanchez paid attention to detail by adding elaborated hats and masks to complete the look.

***Thank you to Fashion Blogger, Natalie J. Alvarado of MODA, etc. for covering the Adolfo Sanchez Fall 2013 Show for My Life on and off the Guest List this season. Make sure to check out her blog.