four faves: Derek Lam Fall 2011 | runway NYFW

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There were lots of beautiful things on Derek Lam’s runway. The coats… the coats!!! I want them all. The color palette was perfection with heathered blues, olive and grey… a range of hues that caught my eye and tugged at my heart. I love the casual-chic nature of his clothes. More than anything, I love watching beautiful girls walk down the runway and imagining myself wearing those clothes. Runway does not always transfer to reality, but in this case the girls could walk straight outside and into real life.

Estée Lauder sponsored the makeup look for the third consecutive season, overseen by Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux. He created the sleek “leaden eye” and muted lip + skin with new products from his upcoming Pure Color collection launching this fall. Here’s more on the makeup, straight from the source:

“Tom started with shimmering black eyeshadow and dramatically winged out towards the temples and then used an intensely pigmented metallic grey eyeshadow to produce a silver foil finish in the center of the lid.  Finishing the eye with a swipe of a new highlighting powder on the brow bone created the focus on the bold eye that perfectly complemented the soft richness of the clothing. The skin and lips evoked an almost blurred effect, using a new matte nude lipstick and soft contouring under the cheekbone. ‘This look is very versatile, it almost changes with your movement. The silver metal on the eye reminds me of modern architecture, hard and strong and plays delicately against Derek’s minimal but sophisticated collection. These clothes, you want to keep forever.’ described Pecheux, ‘This look is very confident and lovely, it evokes the fantasy of the Derek Lam woman.’

Famed manicurist Jin Soon Choi was also on-hand to polish the toes and fingers of the models in the new limited edition Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Porcelain.

View the rest of the collection at

Runway photos courtesy of Elle. Backstage makeup photos courtesy of Estee Lauder.

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