Style File: Behind the Runway

A couple weeks ago, Team took to the streets of NYC for the nation’s biggest fashion extravaganza: New York Fashion Week! Our mission? Spot the best trends in fashion and beauty for Fall 2012 to share with all of you. But, before we show you what styles will be making a splash come fall (we haven’t even hit spring yet people!), we thought it would be fun show you what happens behind the runway first… Here’s a photo recap leading up to the Herve Leger by Max Azria fall 2012 ready-to-wear show. (Fun fact: Max Azria is the same brilliant designer behind BCBG!) We hope you like it!

The day before the big runway show, the designer rounds up a few models and their beauty pros to figure out the perfect hair and makeup to accompany the clothing. This is called a “hair and makeup test.”


When we arrived, our jaws dropped. The room was filled with statuesque models, an endless sea of beauty products and hair tools as far as the eye could see. Heaven!

Brushes, brushes and more brushes!

During the makeup test, pros try out different hairstyles and makeup looks on a few models. Once a “test look” is complete, the designer comes in and inspects. They either give it the green light or they ask to see more options.
Keep in mind, the hair and makeup that’s agreed upon has to be worn by every model that has been cast to walk in the show. So “the look” has to be versatile.
Each time the pros finish another hair and makeup look, the model goes into “styling” where the designer checks to see if the hair and makeup work with the clothes. (As you can see, no cameras allowed!)
Finally, a hair and makeup look is selected…and we totally love it! The bold brows, barely-there makeup and blunt ponytail look stunning:
And you guys know that we’re big fans of the fresh-face look here at
The next day, it’s time for the show. Before the models hit the runway, they head backstage to get made up and dressed. When we arrived, backstage was buzzing with blow dryers and flat irons while makeup artists worked meticulously on each face. Basically, it was fashion mayhem!
And you’d be surprised what you find backstage…such as tables full of hair extensions:
And shoes:
And plenty of ammo for emergencies (we love the “back up” harness, don’t you?):
Finally, once the models are in full hair and makeup, they get dressed and hit the runway!

The final product? Perfection.
Did you check out any of the fall 2012 shows? If so, which one was your favorite?

Also, let us know if you like these types of blog posts. If you do, we’ll be sure to do more for you!

XO Team

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Photos:,, Thomas Beckner

Categories: Fashion Week, Wear
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  • Sarah Heckle

    These are amazing! I love seeing behind the scenes shots from shows.


  • Vita

    That was awssome! It made me feel as if I was there! Wow, I hope one day I get to be in one of those backstage or even better, one of the Pros! Thanks for sharing the pictures, pure inspiration!

  • karly goins

    I literally just typed up a blog post abput fresh-faced maekup :)“”> Light Natural Beauty

  • diana

    Thanks for the behind the scene shots. Crazy what one runway show can consist of. Hard work, i give everyone prop’s who was involved in making the runway show happen.

  • Carly

    LOVE the posts on fashion!!!! :)

  • Amanda Kretchmer

    Love the post! Great behind the scenes look.

  • fashionsontop

    Your so lucky you were there! Looks like so much fun!

  • Melissa Panici

    I haven’t checked out any of the Fall 2012 shows but I LOVE these posts and would love for you guys to keep them coming!:)

  • Erika Villarreal

    Love the post! My Favorite? The Table full of makeup, beauty products and hair supplies! HEAVEN! (: Thanks for posting

  • Elisee prummel

    Amazing, thanks for sharing this!! Xx

  • Tiffani Stuart

    OOhhhhh The SHOES!!! Amazing!!

    I love picture post albums about pretty much any topic! lol ;0) Good job Lauren!!

  • Beth P

    So rad! Love these posts, please keep them coming. It’s fun to see what goes on behind all the smoke and mirrors…

  • Kelly Burt

    This all looks stunning!! It looks like so much fun. I would love to see more blogs like this one :)

  • Beth P

    This is great!

  • Kinz

    Love this blog post!

  • Maria Rosa Herrera

    i wish to be on a backstage like that one , so cool!!

  • Petra Zeller

    Love this pictures <3 its really cool to see photos like that.

    xoxo, Petra Check it out 😉

  • Jay Ali

    Love this post, and my favorite show has to be balmain!

  • MelLY

    I like this post, it’s great to see what goes on before the show and all the hard work that gets put into it. You should do more like this one.

  • tinamarie

    LOVE THEM. i was there during fashion week. sigh. calvin klein.

  • Elizabeth LaBrasca

    Loved this post! keep them coming =) Marchesa was flawless this past fashion week <3 definitely my favorite!


  • Leanne

    Looks like so much fun!

    Love from South Africa

  • heidi kokborg

    Love this blog! :)

  • Emma Fox

    Wow, wish I could have gone – looked like fun!

  • laura alario

    this blogpost was really great! i like to understand everythings that happening in fashion week! so do more :) :) :)

  • Kellie Norton

    I love this post!! Please keep doing more :) I want to go into fashion PR so these posts definitely interest me! I wasn’t in New York for fasion week but I did get to watch the Jason Wu and Michael Kors shows by live stream on my computer! Simply amazing!! I just loved Jason Wu’s backdrop!!

  • Suzy Zhang

    love the photos! and so many brushes! 😛

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  • Aubrey Whitmer

    That is so awesome!!!

  • Perindi Patel

    seems so amazing! something i would love to attend!

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  • Rebekah W

    looks amazing :) wish i could be there too!

    i wish i could go to a fashion week some time. :( such a pity!


  • Shellz

    i love fashion shows but i havent had the chance to attend any. Seems so cool though!xo

  • Niamh C

    Thanks for posting the photos! So neat to see what goes on! love the photo diaries, they are great ( :

  • LillyElla

    Love this type of blog!!

  • Shannon Witte

    Great step by step guide, it really catches all the action :)

  • soupforthegirlysoul

    this is awesome!! :)

    follow my blog? <3

  • Kimberly

    I love it!!


  • Karie Obremski

    I am in love with this blog post!!! The models, detail, and information about the styling is incredible!!! Stunning, amazing, WOW!! (:

    Please do more blog posts like this, loved it!

    xo . Karie

  • Michelle Lopes

    What a cool experience it would be to be backstage at a fashion show!!



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