I imagine that the Bill Blass show was the type of show that would have taken place back in the day before fashion week turned into a giant hoopla. It was an intimate affair that took place at The Union League Club, one of New York’s oldest gentlemen clubs dating back to 1863. It seemed really fitting for the Bill Blass collection, which, since the passing of its legendary founder, has been struggling to maintain its former glory. A lot of it has to do with the classic Bill Blass woman, who is essentially a lady — a real American lady. And in today’s fashion world — the American aspect in particular — it’s a hard sell. I thought the clothing was exquisite, contemporary and sharp, with plenty of references to the Bill Blass legacy.
The same school of thought was dedicated to beauty, working with the dream team of Lisa Butler for MAC, Tresemme, and the powerhouse that is Deborah Lippmann (I also got to meet the great Lippmann backstage, so I may be a little bit biased). I loved the entire look. It had a real feeling of strength behind it: bare around the eye (no mascara) with a strong brow and a dark, spicy fuchsia lip (from upcoming F/W palette ‘Spice Fire’). Lisa Butler was directly inspired by The Union League Club: “I didn’t want to make them look like the boss’ daughter in this environment. I wanted to them to look like they could be the ones having this meeting in this environment comfortably. I guess it’s the look to break the glass ceiling.”
The sculpted bun by Tresemme was equally sophisticated, somewhat messy, finished off with a slick black headband — this is how you wear a headband as an adult.
Deborah Lippmann opted for — get this — a French manicure. You know my disdain for the French mani, but if anyone can convince me that it can be chic, it’s Lippmann. She says that the trick to updating the look is sculpting the nail so it’s short and round, and keeping the French tip very, very thin. The base is ‘Single Ladies‘, a rich Bordeaux red, and the tip is a new (coming soon!) dirty beige colour yet to be titled. This was Lippmann’s last show of the season and she was clearly exhausted, but still sweet enough to let me take this photo of her (because I am a shameless beauty nerd).