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The CFDA Awards are tonight! Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall will be even more glamorous than usual as the fashion industry gathers to honor America’s most influential forces. Established and emerging talent is recognized among American designers who are the driving force behind modern style. Designers such as Narciso Rodriguez, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Sean Combs, Calvin Klein, and Kate Spade have received such distinction.
This year, Michael Kors will join the ranks of Donna Karan, Carolina Herrera, Diane Von Furstenburg, Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld, and Yves Saint Laurent when he is presented with a Geoffrey Beane Lifetime Achievement Award.
A variety of other awards have been given to influencers who, though not designers, have powerful voices as masters of red carpet style, as with Sarah Jessica Parker, or as journalists like this year’s winner Tonne Goodman of Vogue. Occasionally, distinction is given to one who may not even work in fashion at all, but who posesses the style and grace to reignite a nation’s passion for dressing well and standing tall. In last year’s winner, Michelle Obama, the Council of Fashion Designers of America intended not to honor notoriety, but herald the birth of legend.
This year’s celebration will include one somber moment, as Alexander McQueen is remembered for his work. Though his life was cut short, his unique voice will continue to underscore the creative thoughts of designers, entertainers, artists and the everyman for generations.
Andrew Sotomayor is a celebrity makeup artist in New York who’s worked with Juliette Binoche, Kerry Washington, Saffron Burrows, Rose Byrne, Justin Kirk, Jonathan Groff and champion boxer Andre Berto. His clients have appeared on Project Runway, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Good Day New York, and CNN. He’s created the makeup for Victoria Beckham’s denim and eyewear look books, and assisted on fashion shows for Dior, Diesel, Marchesa, and Project Runway. Magazines like Marie Claire, Shape, InStyle, Glamour, People, and numerous blogs have interviewed him, and he’s appeared on television for Access Hollywood. Andrew leads makeup artistry workshops for the students at The High School of Fashion Industries. See his work at DramaFreeMakeup.com
Nominated for Best Picture, Best Adaptation of a Screenplay, and Best Actress – Carey Mulligan
Coming of age tales are often so compelling because of their ability to conjure emotions that are much better as nostalgia than as recent experiences. Who doesn’t love the adventure and camaraderie of Stand by Me, the fidgety magnetism of a first crush in My Girl, or the desperate game of social-circle chess in Mean Girls? Such stories are equally endearing, though occasionally more subversive on the other side of the pond.
Two of my favorite British teenage narratives are the film adaptation of Beautiful Thing and the controversial series Queer as Folk (which inspired Showtime‘s American version). Charlie Hunnam, who currently stars in Sons of Anarchy on FX, played a teenager entering a lascivious affair with an older man. Hunnam’s cautious, rabbit eyed look allows the audience some semblance of peace knowing he at least his guard up. In “An Education” Carey Mulligan’s young Jenny throws such caution to the wind.
Jenny, a British teen in the 1950’s rejects the traditional female archetypes attributed to her mother, her teacher, and an unscholarly socialite in order to explore the decadence of Paris, concerts, fine dining, and dating an older man. Jenny meets Peter Sarsgaard’s sheep skin clad David with such open minded faith that I’ve since vowed that if I ever have kids, the first rule for dating my teenage daughter will be that guys with vowels repeated in their last name are automatically given a restraining order (Mark-Paul Gosselaar that means you too).
In spite of the sometimes heavier subject matter, it’s hard not to notice the many great performances, the revealing cinematography, and the versatile beauty of Carey Mulligan. With her hair down, perfect skin, and uber wearable school uniform, she looks like the quintessential girl next door. With her hair pulled back, makeup done up, clad in a delicate beige party dress, she so easily carries off sophisticated ingenue she could pass for Audrey Hepburn’s granddaughter.
If you’re attending an Oscars party this Sunday and want to show your support for Carey Mulligan and An Education, why not go all out French chic?
Start by capturing Mulligan’s timeless vintage look with a French touch using just a few key products. The idea is to look dressed up, but with a youthful Parisian ease. After applying undereye concealer and basic face makeup, trace the upper lashes with a black liquid liner, sweeping up at the corner. Try Lancôme’s Artliner in Noir which has a thin felt tipped pen applicator that creates a thinner line with a soft touch and a thicker line with a firmer touch. Next, capture Mulligan’s bright eyed innocence using Virtuose mascara in Black, also by Lancôme. Use the curved brush to focus on the outer lashes and get the most out of the lash curling formula. Finally, get the same cherry pout with Rouge Volupte by Yves Saint Laurent in Red Muse. Die hard beauty seekers will want a matte finish for a historically accurate French 50’s look, but will have to wait for the debut of Color Design Lip in Red Haute later this month.
To really dress the part, MyFashionPlate.com stylist Sasha Gold recommends this chic 1950’s inspired dress by Dior. “It’s great for every body shape and the lilac color looks great on almost any skin tone. Update it with statement jewelry or keep it classic with smaller pieces.” The design is as clever as Mulligan herself in the way it manages to “demurely scream” I could have danced all night.
Competition for best actress is fierce this year, but we’ll have to watch to see if newcomer Carrie Mulligan will share in similar freshman success as Marlee Matin did for Children of a Lesser God. Either way, Mulligan will no doubt look angelic on the red carpet. Dressed for the part, you too could help celebrate her joie de vivre!
Get personal fashion advice from Sasha Gold by contacting her on MyFashionPlate.com.
Call Lancome – The Boutique to pre-order Color Design Lip in Red Haute at 212-362-4858
ndrew Sotomayor is a celebrity makeup artist in New York who’s worked with Juliette Binoche, Kerry Washington, Saffron Burrows, Rose Byrne, Justin Kirk, Jonathan Groff and champion boxer Andre Berto. His clients have appeared on Project Runway, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Good Day New York, and CNN. He’s created the makeup for Victoria Beckham’s denim and eyewear look books, and assisted on fashion shows for Dior, Diesel, Marchesa, and Project Runway. Magazines like Marie Claire, Shape, InStyle, Glamour, People, and numerous blogs have interviewed him, and he’s appeared on television for Access Hollywood. Andrew leads makeup artistry workshops for the students at The High School of Fashion Industries. See his work at DramaFreeMakeup.com
"The September Issue" DVD Launches in Spite of Rainy Conditions – Meet Andre Leon Tally and Grace Coddington
It’s chilly and wet in New York City today. Not the best conditions for getting over a post Fashion Week cold.
After leading a workshop for the students in the Cosmetology Club at the High School of Fashion Industries where we talked about Fashion Week, Sam Fine, Kevyn Aucoin, Pat McGrath and how to break down a makeup look, I headed uptown to visit a friend at Henri Bendel’s and then to Barney’s to pick up the Yves Saint Laurent loose powder I’d ordered. It’s a noted Sam Fine favorite, so I’ve dutifully responded.
I thought it would be fun to give my blog readers the same assignment I gave to the students…watch The September Issue! The DVD was released today and if you’re in New York, you can get your copy signed by Andre Leon Tally and Grace Coddington this Thursday at Barnes & Noble in Union Square! If not, it’s available on Amazon.com so no excuses! What a great way to spend a rainy weeknight.
Some friends from Lancome and I saw it in the theater as a group which was fantastic. The captivating images from the photo shoots became completely breathtaking when blown up several stories high. While Anna Wintour is Vogue’s most famous face, the film’s heart belong to the magazine’s creative director Grace Coddington. While The Devil Wear’s Prada is a fictionalized cross between 9-to-5 and Kell on Earth, this documentary cuts through the drama and offers a glimpse into the world of Coddington, the Welsh born model-turned-stylist who has less in common with other fashion tours-de-force and more with painting’s old masters. Her canvas, of course, glossy.
Andrew Sotomayor is a celebrity makeup artist in New York. He has worked with Juliette Binoche, Kerry Washington, and Rose Byrne and appeared on Access Hollywood. He is a My Fashion Plate Trendsetter. See his work at DramaFreeMakeup.com.