Fall 2014 Fashion Week Sweepstakes
Thank you to everyone who entered the Fashion Week Sweepstakes!
Mally Roncal & Tracy Reese
Pair for Perfection
Longtime collaborators Tracy Reese and Mally Roncal are the fashion industry’s most beloved arbiters of feminine, playful style. The Fall 2014 collection, shown Sunday, February 9, was infused with pops of personality and spirit, reflecting the juxtaposition of loud and quiet feelings that inspired Tracy.
I have a personal connection to both artists dating back to the turn of the century (as in Y2K!). I was a newbie editor at Marie Claire and admired Mally's work in our beauty pages. Once I became a beauty editor at InStyle, I splurged to dress the part in Tracy's curve-loving dresses (Tracy's dresses are like jazz hands for a girl with bada-bing-zing. I always feel one zip away from polished). She and Mally have collectively nailed the combination of ladylike and foxy.
When I was a beauty editor at InStyle, Mally was on speed dial for her fresh tips, stellar clients list (she’s worked with Queen Bey since the beginning. Um, hello Miss Thang!) and her contagious joie de vivre. She also did my makeup on my wedding day and will always be my makeup messiah and dearly beloved! She can out-tip any beauty pro. Editors still use tips she dispensed a decade ago, like dust bronzer on your puffy eyes when you're tired to make the bags disappear.
She and Tracy both have immense talent, intuition, drive and warmth, showing that in a competitive industry, nice girls finish first. Tracy and Mally launched their own brands and set an awesome example for any entrepreneur (myself included!) that you don't need to ditch the chutzpah and dim your spirit or compromise your vision and conviction to succeed. And without further ado, here are the five brilliant beauty looks from the Tracy Reese Fall 2014 collection, inspired by five emotions: Melancholy, Aggressive, Exuberant, Stoic and Sultry.
The looks played off of Tracy’s palette of neutrals (taupes and grays) and rich colors (navy, plum, amber and rose). Mally and Tracy loaded on the texture, adding a luxe 3-D effect. The makeup featured pewter shimmer, gold sparkle and burgundy shine, while wardrobe pieces were detailed with metallic leather, gold foil, feathers and fringe. Mally used shades from her Mally Beauty collection for all five looks.
Polly Blitzer - Named a “go-to authority in the beauty industry” by VOGUE, Polly Blitzer is the founder of BeautyBlitz.com. The popular site is an essential beauty and trend resource for influencers obsessed with style. Polly has built a strong following over the last 14 years as an editor (InStyle and Marie Claire), expert (The New York Times and New York Post) and trend forecaster( E! and CNN). She spends her time playing with makeup or her twin toddlers, meeting with her staff or brands, twirling her hair, asking questions and posting everything on Instagram.