My First Fashion Week: Libertine

As we continue on with our “My First Fashion Week Series,” following a devoted beauty lover Robin Edwards around The Big Apple, let’s pause for a brief moment here in Part 3 and let Robin tell you all about her experience backstage and sitting first seat, front row at the Libertine show at New York Fashion Week.


If you’re new to this series, we gave up our seats and backstage access to two “NYFW Newbies” and gifted them with the opportunity to experience it firsthand (and help knock a few things off their beauty bucket lists). In Part 1, salon pro Paige Weiss, who is no stranger to NYC (she lives and works in the NYC area), walked us through what it was like to attend a hair test. She shared her experience from the “roundtable” discussion where Thomas Obsorn, VP of Education & Creative Director for TIGI Americas and his team collaborated with Jonathan Simkhai to develop what the overall hairstyle was going to be for his runway presentation. You can read all about that, HERE. And in Part 2, Robin, equipped with her camera and notepad, went backstage to see what it takes to bring that roundtable discussion and collaboration to life. You can read about that HERE.

For Part 3, Robin gets to experience the best of both worlds at a show—backstage and front of house. Let’s see what she had to say about it:

When I arrived at Clarkson Square, over on Washington Street, for the Libertine Fashion Week show, I became instantly excited. The crowd was very young and fun. There were a lot of bright colors and patterns, a lot of playful looks among the attendees. The laughter and smiles were completely contagious. I couldn’t wait to see what all the fun buzz was about.

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For this show, TIGI was providing hair styling for the makeup and I recognized a number of people I met from the other show I attended like Thomas Obsorn, who was leading the styling team. This time, the backstage atmosphere was much more relaxed since the makeup and hair looks weren’t as involved as the previous shows I had attended. The stylists and artists seemed more at ease and laissez-faire with the approach of each model in his/her chair.

The hair was styled to appear very effortless with natural-looking texture. Thomas Obsorn summed it up best when he said,

“This style was inspired by the more polished side of an undone, care-free look. The severe side-part, combined with a gentle buckled wave, is soft, casual and allows for movement. It’s a refined ‘out all night’ look – with a touch of volume at the crown.”


As far as the makeup goes, the models were donned with an exaggerated, 60s-inspired cat eye with an updated rock-and-roll vibe. The winging of the outer corners weren’t as playful and emphasized as the traditional cat-eye. These were shorter, sharper, horizontal winged tips on the outer corners. Liner covered the full crease of lid instead of just the eyelash/eyelid line. It was quite sculptural. The rest of the face was left simple, free of any exaggerated colors.

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When everything wrapped up backstage, I took my seat in the front row and immediately felt the fun, youthful and upbeat vibe the Libertine team was trying to achieve and convey. The music had a lot to do with it—loud, 80s throwback/DJ mix. They even threw in a little Annie Lenox. The clothing was very bright patterns with heavy use of sequins; a street-style, hip-hop vibe with a lot of loud colors on black fabrics with a little fur and chains mixed in. Not something you would wear every day, but definitely attire that would be perfect for a fun party or a concert; statement pieces, if you will. Items that would really make you stand out.

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To recreate the SS16 Libertine Hair, follow these steps provided by TIGI CATWALK:

Step 1. Prep hair with CATWALK by TIGI Blow Out Balm to achieve smoothness and shine. Using the tail end of a comb, create a severe side-part.

Step 2. Blow-dry hair with a round brush, lifting the hair at the roots and smoothing through the ends to create volume at the crown. Direct hair forward toward the face for the side-swept effect.

Step 3. Next, take small sections of hair and fold around the air concentrator of the dryer, to achieve the “buckled” texture. Then, using duckbill clips, pin along the folds of the hair and lightly mist CATWALK by TIGI Work It Hairspray to set the look.

Step 4. To finish, separate and loosen the hair with fingers and use a soft bristle brush to tease hair at the crown.

Read more from the My First Fashion Week Series:

Part 1: My First Fashion Week: A Salon Pro’s Experience at Jonathan Simkhai’s Hair Test

Part 2: My First Fashion Week: A Beauty Lover’s Backstage Experience at Jonathan Simkhai


TIGI Photos: Alex Barron-Hough

Backstage Photos: Robin Edwards