Milan Fashion Week Spring 2018 Pt. 2

Our trip to Milan continues with Part 2 of my review of Fashion Week. Much like a trip through the countryside, there are many colors, shades and interesting aspects that catch the eye. However, just as any trip that you take, there are some bumps on the road. Some of them are bumps that can be put up with and others you hope will be fixed but you know never will. So enjoy the rest of this trip as we tour the remainder of Milan Fashion Week.

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The Giorgio Armani collection was lustrous and colorful. The floral patterns and sleek metallics were mesmerizing. Every look had some pop of color and a fun accent accessory that made this collection a touch of optimism and whimsy. He said about his line, “I don’t see the point in showing sad women on the runway…just because it’s a sad moment, there’s no reason to do this.”

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I wanted to show every look from Versace, all 75. The print, the shapes, the line of the clothes was so striking. It was the 20th anniversary of Gianni Versace’s death, and Donatella honored him beautifully. Most of the line was in classic Versace prints, though towards the end of the collection there was more of a pop art print in bright colors and a Vogue cover collage. Though the color was a lot, a few ensembles were dressed down with black that made them seem more wearable.

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I wasn’t all that impressed initially by the Salvatore Ferragamo runway, however about 30 looks in, there were finally some nice dresses that closed out the show shown above.

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It was floral overkill at Marni. Again, and especially with when it comes to print, less can be more.

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I was also disappointed by Missoni, a collection I usually look forward to, just fell flat. A Men’s and Women’s collection made for a cluttered, chaotic runway, and at that the styles put together just failed to make a statement.

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After seeing so many wild collections shown in Milan, it was nice to catch my breath at Trussardi, where classic met sensible.

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Au Jour le Jour also had a cohesive vision of practicality. It was a streamlined, nicely presented line, at least one that didn’t have me racking my brain to visualize beyond the realm of runways and fashion week.

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The Stella Jean runway was inspired by South America. The a color palette immediately drew me in and found balance in traditional pragmatic cuts. Whether a matching embroidered top and skirt, a tropical fish print dress or a funky tiered skirt stabilized by chambray, the runway was fearless and creative.

 

Photos courtesy of WWD & Vogue

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Milan Fashion Week Spring 2018 Pt. 1

The third installment of fashion month took place over the course of a week on September 20 in Milan. Not that anyone needs an excuse to visit Milan, but it says right on the Milan Travel guide the best time to visit is September/October. Not only are you escaping the cities peak season, but also hot temperatures. As the summer season winds down, these shows have us still wishing for those days and giving us a taste of next spring’s fashion: The Italian Way. Here are a few highlights.

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Gucci: The fashionista’s anti fashion fashion. Confused? Me too. Not the most coherent of collections. There’s so much on the runway its hard to keep track, it’s hard to see a vision. Less can be more.

Fendi failed to capture my attention this season. There was too much sheer and a weird plastic material, yet somehow still felt stuffy.

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Byblos used the primary colors as a base for this line and the effortless presentation really held its own.

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Vivetta Ponti collaborated with Russian painter Audrey Remnev for the season. Vivetta is very surreal in its ideal and while some looks were too frilly for me, I appreciated the 60s silhouettes and sweet appliqués.

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Max Mara was pretty uniform with many looks in classic color palettes of black, gray and beige. There was use of a delicate floral pattern that elevated this upcoming season’s  collection, used perfectly for spring.

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There was far too much see through sheer at Blumarine, which was disappointing because these black and white pieces shown had such incredible shape and movement that I would have loved to see more of.

Uncomplicated with an easy chicness seemed to be the goal at Tod’s. The snakeskin print added an art deco touch completed by tassled moccasins and french tied scarves.

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Prada used comic prints through most of the line and freestanding, like on a coat, it was pretty cool. But many ensembles clashed with multiple mixes of prints complete with a creepy spider design to torment me in my dreams.

Lucio Vanotti is a relatively new collection, he worked under Armani until he founded his own label in 2012. It wasn’t until last year that he had a breakthrough. Simplified and spontaneous, I enjoyed the straightforward color palette and length on many of the outfits.

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I love high functionality, clothes that move and Sportsmax gave me just that. There was even a yoga pant on this runway! I liked the contrast piping and colors that gave simplified styles a touch of elegance.

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Optimistic, sporty and refreshing, Bottega Venetta also had a great collection full of fluid and free moving pieces. I loved the dusty pink color used through most of the presentation, although I could have done without that chartreuse color that pop in near the end of the show.

Stay tuned for part 2 of Milan Fashion Week shortly.

Photos courtesy of The Cut, WWD & Vogue

London Fashion Week Spring 2018

Fashion month continued with a fury in London. With all the difficulties that London has faced over the last year, it’s great to see some designers continue to easily prove why London is a fashion capital with collections you miss. Take a look at some hits (and a few unfortunate misses) below.

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The rose gold button-down dress caught my eye, and then the yellow mini dress, then the blue floral print maxi dress and so on. The demure shapes are paired so well with current trends, like the off shoulder tops. Those colors are anything but shy and added zest to such unique styles to really become a league of their own.

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The rich colors really stood out at Anya Hindmarch. I liked some of the chunky shapes that still seemed weightless and the quirky, woven knit designs. The oversized cat bag may have been overkill, especially with other bags being adorned with toucans.

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House of Holland was another colorful line with whimsical stripes and referenced some fun vintage shapes.

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This edgy abstract collection from Paula Knorr was so cool. These metallic fabrics, black & white mix and elongated lines were very feminine and strong.

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Rope accents tied things together well at Roksanda. Even the puffy tiered sleeves held some elegance, where they would otherwise by puffy disasters. Many tops had an excessive amount of fabric, though Roksanda is known for statement sleeves, I could have done with less.

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The delicate knits at Pringles of Scotland were odd at first since knits are supposed to be for colder weather and this is a spring collection. Fran Stringer, Pringle’s Design Director says they get a bad rap, they aren’t just for winter. But as the models sauntered down the runway in beautiful matching knit sets in every color of the rainbow with Teva sandals, I was impressed. I think they could be a lot of fun to play around with and you can’t beat the versatility.

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From sequin to sun, you can get any and every kind of dress for spring from Molly Goddard. The layers were great and I liked that some of the models were barefoot on the runway. It was easy to imagine running around in May at the park on a Sunday afternoon.

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Burberry is one of the more recognizable and popular collections shown at London Fashion Week, but I don’t see the fascination. I’m not into the mixed patterns that dominated the runway, but some of the knits and the plaid lined coats were pretty nice. Maybe its just the pairings that are throwing me off.

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MM6 Maison Marginal presented a much more tailored and energized collection.  Sprinkled with graffiti like patterns and logos, the idea was to respect Margiela’s early craft which included deconstruction and repurposing. The simple white color provides a clean backdrop to really pack a punch in accessories, or to simply be left alone.

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Ruffly and voluminous in some attire, sleek and mod in others, Mother of Pearl had me interested yet confused. Some models carried pillows that matched their attire while others were donned with pearls and floor length scarves. That cerulean shade of blue was really beautiful and I wished there had been more of it.

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Jasper Conran had more sheer attire than I prefer, some of the items would had been really nice with a lined layer. I liked the royal blue coat and dress a lot though.

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The collection I had the most disdain for was Xiao Li. Another largely sheer collection with even larger shapes lacked any kind of finesse or refinement. I just couldn’t understand a rhyme or reason to the statement or design.

Photos courtesy of The Upcoming Uk and WWD

 

69th Emmy Awards Red Carpet

As compared to years past, those who believe fashion should move forward, this year’s red carpet at the Emmy’s may have taken a step backwards. If this is the kick off for awards season, we’re in for major disappointment. If the red carpet was a tv show, the ratings would have been so low it would’ve been cancelled. While some attire did stand out, I expected more from the event. Check out the terrible gowns.

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Mandy Moore’s gown from Carolina Herrera was a tulle tiered disaster. Having the white layer resembled that of an Oreo to me.

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The ostrich feathers completely take away from this otherwise streamlined and incredibly chic Chanel dress worn by Tracee Ellis Ross. Why they are also in a contrast color is beyond me.

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Another feathered fiasco from Balmain worn by Priyanka Chopra. Though they are at least color coordinated, the dress in so intricate with the jeweled pattern and all of a sudden it disappears. The line is completely disrupted. Hold your hand up to cover the bottom half of the dress. It’s stunning! The feathers are way too much and saturate the dress.

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This collared cape Zuhair Murad is stunning…but immediately becomes obscene by this unlined skirt. At least Gabrielle Union wore a bodysuit underneath and not just her underwear.

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One thigh high slit is bad enough, but Ariel Winter went with two. That fabric piece that was left looks useless. Why not opt for a high-low hemline next time if you’re so intent on showing off your legs?

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Debra Messing’s gown by Romona Keveza was confusing. The plastic material for one, is it recycled? Or just a spectacle? The shape also seemed wrong for her and those bracelets look like she’s wearing two watches. Someone please tell me she was not wearing two watches.

This hybrid pantsuit was a complete fail with the singular piece of fabric haphazardly attached at the front hip and why does the top look like a bodysuit worn on the outside? It just looks like Ajiona Alexus didn’t know how to get dressed.

Heidi Klum looked underdressed with those clunky stacks of wooden jewelry, like she was headed to the beach and not an award show.

This Vera Wang worn by Issa Rae has great color and shape, but I really wish the sleeves matched! That frilly accent looks out of place without a pair.

Tessa Thompson’s Rosie Assoulin metallic rainbow dress was also great in shape, but maybe a little overboard on the color. I would have loved this dress with a simple black skirt to balance out its colorful bodice.

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This Ralph & Russo gown Jessica Biel wore was so delicate and I liked the mix of fabrics and how beautifully it was draped, but I would have chosen extra sequins over the higher slit.

 

I did like this blazer dress Reese Witherspoon wore by Prabal Gurung. I thought the length was tasteful and the velvet shoes elevated the look. Viola Davis is always so sophisticated and refined and I love that she chooses bold colors.

Sarah Paulson’s gown from the Spring 2018 Collection by Carolina Herrera was definitely a stunner. I loved the sequins and back details!

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A few other looks that stood out from the evening.

Photos courtesy of Daily Mail 

 

NYFW Spring/Summer 2018

While some believe that bi annual runways shows have gotten boring and repetitive, New York designers showed that there is plenty of innovation to go around. The spring collections I had a chance to look at were some of the best I have seen so far.

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Noon by Noor was light, functional, easy and tasteful.  The juxtaposition of masculine form and feminine silhouettes was refreshing from the androgynous shape that has been   the popular style of late.

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Creatures of Comfort runway was also light, minimal and feminine. These styles had me dreaming of summer days and the autumnal equinox technically hasn’t even started yet!

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Claudia Li presented her debut collection saying, “it’s about exploring new things and new possibilities.” Very sleek designs and construction in a tasteful palette, these were a hit from fashion week.

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Chic bohemia inspired the latest installment at Tory Burch. I love that these styles hold their feminine shape in elongated lines and bright pattern.

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Another line that shouted bohemian was Anna Sui. This collection had a variety of colors and kaleidoscope patterns that were a little difficult to follow through the presentation, but there were plenty of muted tones interspersed to catch your breath.

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Coach paid homage to Keith Haring this season, which I enjoyed in addition to the many metallics that were played with throughout the show.

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The vintage silhouettes and effortless patterns from Derek Lam were so much fun. I particularly appreciated the drawstring details for those athleisure fans. (Aka me.)

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The Jason Wu runway was held at the Fulton Market Building, where square concrete urns filled with flowers created a great backdrop to a mix of light pink stripes and floral patterns as well as utilitarian style dresses and strappy tops.

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Lela Rose Bridal has such a beautiful collection. Flower appliqués, fur collared capes, crystal embroidery and a pantsuit from the collection were so sleek.

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High necklines, exposed shoulders and fun delicate prints were everywhere at Vivienne Tam. These looks don’t want to wait for next spring!

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Vibrant sportswear and separates complete with glittery shoes channeled Victoria Beckham’s powerful, minimal and chic style.

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Brandon Maxwell’s vibrant hues and irresistible fluidity captured my attention and held it through day wear and evening gowns. Maxwell didn’t miss a beat on this runway.

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Including Oscar’s signature, graphics, splatter paint and other art elements, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia created a charming and fun collection that was sublime.

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Summer white dominated at Zimmermann. Subtle and romantic, these style can be lived in for the whole summer season.

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Carolina Herrera held her runway at MOMA, the first designer to do so. She said fashion is art in motion when asked about the venue choice. She shared a collection full of warm colors, rainbow dots, delicate pom pom details and even sequins, but kept them glamorous as only Carolina can do.

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Michael Kors had an attractive line up for spring in a dreamy color palette, elevated tie dye pattern and breezy layers. Models even walked on a boardwalk and wore leis, whisking viewers away to summertime at the beach. The line also included his signature neutrals that balanced out the pastels, but even those more sophisticated looks were dressed down with a half tuck and/or chunky sandals or flip flops.

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Badgley Mischka said this season was inspired by Capri. Amazing shades of Coral, precise embroidery and light appliqués were charming.

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Christian Soriano’s runway started off with a pattern I did not like at all, but quickly regained force with that bright turquoise color and full skirts I would love to twirl around in.

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The aesthetic at Ralph Lauren was oozing luxury complete with rows of luxury label cars. It surprisingly didn’t feel over the top though as the runway was just as refined. Many pieces looked almost like liquid as they moved. There was a specific gray/black color palette for most of the line, but bright pops of the primary colors were in the collection. My favorite look was the blue patent-tulle dress; such an unexpected combination that was mesmerizing.

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Phillip Plein had a very edgy presentation, maybe too edgy. I really hated those cage leather miniskirts. They looked cheaply designed and raunchy.

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Alexander Wang is usually a collection I look forward to, but this season between odd slashes mixed material pieces, tears and odd shapes it felt messy. The show was also a pop up in Brooklyn which just felt chaotic and more about what he called ‘Wangfest’ than a fashion runway.

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All in all, New York Fashion Week says summer lives forever; and that is a sentiment I can support.

Photos courtesy of AOL, Daily Mail, Elle & WWD

MTV VMAs 2017

The MTV Video Music Awards is where Lady Gaga wore *that* meat dress. That is to say, the bar is not set particularly high for this award show. While there was a handful of standout attire, the event’s fashion fell flat. Did Katy Perry sing Swish Swish at the end of the event? Because this event is another one in the casket. Take a look.

Yara Shahid and Echosmith brought a little glamour to the event, both in satin attire that was delicately accessorized.

Lorde has such an edgy style, but is was refreshing to see a different side in her fathered lavender gown from Monique Lhuillier. However, it could have been heightened with matching bracelets or a jeweled necklace. While I find asymmetrical sleeves a bit of a nuisance, the spacing and clean cut of Katy Perry’s Stephane Rolland gown was of best dressed quality.

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Casual cute ensembles that weren’t offensive from Sammi Sanchez, Chanel West Coast, Billy Ray Cyrus with daughter, Noah and Pink.

Dresses that were cute, but could have used extra length on the hem were Olivia Munn in Nicholas Jebran, Hailee Steinfeld in Atelier Versace and Sibley Scoles.

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Vanessa Hudgens wore Yanina Couture. At first glance I thought this dress was strapless, but then I noticed the sheer top that still was lined through the bodice that was an exception to my contempt for sheer gowns. I might have switched the bottom 2 tiers so the sheer was under the knee to be a bit more streamlined.

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Though Fifth Harmony is better dressed than previous events, they still lack in their own style.

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Jasmine Sanders in chainmail Moschino that lacked finesse and Jeremy Scott of Moschino showing sometimes there needs to be secondary color to break up a monochromatic ensemble.

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Yikes! Nicki Miniaj in a Djula jumpsuit that gave off a sporty glam vibe, but was weird because of the PVC material.

Caitlynn Balterria’s mermaid pants were outrageous as well as Cardi B’s Christian Siriano modern day Madonna fail.

Other funky attire from Farrah Abraham, Lizzo and Kesha in tulle Monsoori.

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Alessandra Ambrosio’s Balmain embroidered and intricately patterned dress was pair with thigh high lace up boots that also were heavily patterned, which made for an underwhelming look.

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Most unfortunately the nearly naked dress is still a trend celebrities want to wear and it looks as awful as ever. Its not that the patterns and details of the gowns or jumpsuits are bad, they could just be so much more elevated with lining. I don’t get why there has to be so much skin.

Photos courtesy of Us Weekly and Entertainment Weekly

Lakme Fashion Week Winter 2017

Contemporary and tradition fashion ideology was presented in Mumbai at Lakme Fashion Week. From 12th century samurai ensembles to a sustainable fashion collection called “Craft is Cool’ it was one unique show after the next. The bold colors, beautiful textiles, and intricate thread work and embellishments made for every kind of attire from festive to everyday wearable. I’ve said before that I really do love seeing all the ways people dress around the world, and India’s luxury fashion definitely left its impression. Show stopping and explorative style was presented over just a short five days, but statements were made and heard in Mumbai. Take a look at some of the labels below.

Traditional: Masaba & Nachiket Barve

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The rich color palettes of traditional Indian wear always takes my breath away instantly and I love that the style are still feminine and the details are as complex as anything. This season was also the debut of Nachiket Barve bridal collection.

Contemporary: Antar Agni, Integument & Untitled Co.

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The easy silhouettes from labels Antar Agni, Integument and Untitled Co. in lightly somber colors felt so great for fall on moodier days.

Contemporary: Doodlage, Manish Arora, Huemn Project, Wendell Roricks, Anuj Bhutani

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At, Doodlage, upcycling industry waste is the motto to avoid massive quantities of material that ends up in landfills. Used scraps and defect fabric from the garment industry are made into their limited edition collections. They repurpose polybags, seat belt and even tyre tubes. Over at the Huemn Project, ten looks were made from waste of seven designers and deconstructed them into separate pieces. Anuj Bhutani also worked on a sustainably made collection focusing on wool and unisex shape.

Manish Arora had a comeback after 6 years and called the collection ‘Cosmic Love’. I loved the geometric patterns and clean shapes of the pieces. Wendell Rodricks had fresh styles and color palettes on his runway as he was on a mission to break down stereotypes of plus size clothing.

Traditional with a Contemporary Twist: Sanjay Garg, Sonar Paras Modi & Saaksha Kinni

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While I liked the clothes from Sumer Kabir Sharma, but thought the hair and makeup was extreme. I didn’t know what it meant and made the the runway harsh.

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