Runway

REPRESENT.

I have been following model Neelam Gill via Instagram for a bit now and it’s so exciting to see her story on one of my favorite sites, IntoTheGloss today!

Being Pakistani-American, it is super inspiring to see a model on the rise with a similar cultural background. Growing up being in awe of the fashion industry, it’s awesome to know fellow brown girls around the world have someone to represent them.

“I hope that agencies will realize there is a place for Indian girls in the modeling industry. I’ve been working for over a year now, so maybe we need to give it some time, but I hope that for me and other Indian models, we continued booking jobs and people continue believing in us.” – Neelam Gill

It’s just the beginning. Read her full story, here.

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Photo via IntoTheGloss.com

BACKSTAGE PASS: New York Fashion Week

It’s that time of year again…your Instagram feed is flooded with #NYFW and blurred images of runway models are all filling your phones. NYC, always known for its street style kicks it up a notch as the buzz from the venues spills out into the street.

I had the opportunity to attend the David Tlale show and get a sneak peek backstage. I may love what happens behind the runway more than what goes down the runway. The frenzied action and stacks of make-up sent my beauty obsessed heart soaring.

I love to see the models getting ready, what make-up tricks the artists are using and just how they accomplish that signature “runway glow”.

Well my dear readers, if you always wanted to look behind the velvet curtain…look no further and come enjoy some highlights of my Sunday at Lincoln Center below:

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I decided I was officially ready for a fall color palette so I paired this Wilfred dress from Aritiza from my closet for a classic silhouette. I added some edge with my American Eagle Outfitters moto vest for some “tomboy chic” and completed my look with my go-to All Saints grey pumps, Zara studded clutch to add some texture and Michael Kors watch. On my nails? I just celebrated my 26th birthday that weekend and got peer pressured by my neighborhood nail salon to try OPI’s “All Sparkly and Gold” glitter nail polish and all I can say is this is the ultimate Beyonce mani…P.S. you know we’re birthday twins right? 🙂

Backstage at David Tlale SS14

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Beauty was directed by makeup artist, Louise Zizzo who used MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Cheeky Bronze to highlight cheek bones.

MAC lipstick in So Chaud gave a great coral hue with a touch of pink bronze pigment to add a metallic sheen. Lip pencil in Vino added definition to the pout.

This look is the perfect transition as we ease out of summer into fall: pretty, subtle and still adds a nice peachy glow.

Favorite Looks from the Show:

Pastel metallics were a common theme not only in the makeup but in the clothing itself down the runway — I loved this mix within the collection for spring/summer…wish I could rock it now!

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A casual appearance by male supermodel Tyson Beckford didn’t hurt either…

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After the show we caught these male models heading out still in their looks and skateboard in hand ready to hit the next show! The ultimate street style.

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Be sure to stay tuned for more Fashion Week fun coming soon!

Xo,

Syma

Photos by Allison Schaller & Yours Truly

NYFW – Fall/Winter 2014

“Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future… this is known as Fashion Week.”

Carrie Bradshaw said it best. However, now Fashion Week isn’t limited to the women of New York, the runways have never been more accessible thanks to something called the Internet. With top designers giving us live-streams, instagrams and tweets, it’s almost impossible to not see their collection!

Over the weekend, I was loving life watching the Alexander Wang show not from Brooklyn — but on my couch in some very chic sweatpants. It was hard to narrow down my favorites from this Fashion Week but I gained some inspiration from none other than Queen Bey and decided to give you a visual album of my top picks!

Steven Alan — Sea of Neutrals. I could literally live in his entire presentation. Greys, creams and navys — what more could a girl want? I’ll take one of each, thanks. J. Crew — You had me at sequin pants. I am so happy this is still a thing — call me cheesy but I appreciate sequins for far more occasions than New Years. We deserve to sparkle on more days than one! The mix of oversized coats to cool metallics was what we call a dream. Rebecca Minkoff — She always nails that cool girl style. Loving the midi length skirts with sporty jackets — I’m so happy the varsity trend is here to stay! Rebecca Taylor — One collection where I can honestly say I would wear everything! From the cool over-sized coats to sexy short dresses — this is the ultimate wardrobe of the “model-off-duty” and will be my inspiration for the next few months/life. Joie — Menswear. Over-sized. Grey. What more do I need to say? I feel like every woman needs a floor-length coat! It’s all about fashion and function — this coat would give me both! Win-win. Tory Burch — Pleats, high-neck collars, thigh-high socks and a mix of textures were such a statement. I am obsessed with this look! DKNY — All up in my eye. I now am committing to rocking my all black Yankee hat and not letting it sit on the shelf collecting dust. In other words, we can all be Jay Z. Opening Ceremony — You can wear black and blue together. Cobalt clearly isn’t going anywhere — embrace this color that is already in your closet! Victoria Beckham — Let’s face it, we all wanted to be Posh — and we still want to be Posh! I am loving the beautiful white sheer dresses with a classic menswear oxford shoe. Opposites attract. Wes Gordon — Loving the deep V-neck dresses with color-blocking. Maroon and soft blues never looked so good. The mustard yellow dress I am still dying over and would look amazing on a variety of skin-tones. Prabal Gurung — 4 words: Joan. Smalls. Finale. Dress. From bold hues to thigh-high slits — these dresses are for sure to end up on the best dressed list — I can’t wait to see which lucky A-lister will get to rock them! Naeem Khan — Absolutely stunning. A mix of beautifully embroidered dresses to that incredible green feathered gown! Love!

What look will you use as your wardrobe inspiration? Anything could happen…xo Photos via Style.com