When we turned off 7th Avenue and onto Barrow Street last night, heading to Stella McCartney’s fall presentation, a stream of models was marching toward us—it’s easy to forget how tall and otherworldly they are when they’re with their own kind, on a runway, but set them free in the real world, among mortals, and they sure do stick out like very sore, very tall thumbs.
So when we finally walked in to One If By Land, Two If By Sea, a cozy West Village restaurant, it was easy to spot Stella’s clothes, despite a dark wood space packed with fashion folks. The models scattered across the restaurant—in the library nook, by the accessories set against the garden, upstairs at the pool table, or talking to the mechanical fortune teller—to show off their brocade jackets, black jumpsuits and blue and orange paisley pants. There was a very British, almost pajama-like feel to the collection, including a tweed trouser suit and a green and black buffalo plaid dress.
We were, as usual, distracted by the models’ impossibly glowing skin. Backstage, makeup artist and skincare guru Sunday Riley filled us in on her tricks, “They wanted a clean, fresh radiance so we cleansed the skin and then patted a cocktail of Good Genes and Stimulant 2 Serums into the skin. Good Genes is rich in pharmaceutical grade lactic acid which resurfaces the skin and helps pull the anti-redness ingredients from Stimulant 2 deeper into the dermis. We finished with five drops of Juno oil and a dab of Skin Adrenaline for a subtle glow.” So there’s something you can do now, since you’ll have to wait another six months to get your hands on these pre-fall goodies.