NYFW FW16 Highlight: Public School Backstage – Get The Look

As much as I dreaded waking up at 6 am to 0-degree weather, I’m glad I made it downtown for Public School’s incredible show. The Aveda hair team already started the look when I arrived, blow-drying the hair and smoothing it out with a fine tooth comb. In the other room, the makeup team was layering on dark shadow and smudging it into the lids.

An all-star model cast joined a star-studded front row to revel in the wild west of NYC. The clothes came in demure shades, echoing to the dust and hazy landscapes an outlaw might traverse. Once in a while, a bright pop of hot pink, as with the opening number, disrupted the narrative to provide a fresh staple piece for layering.

Maxwell Osborne & Dao-Yi Chow remained pretty calm and collected as they put final touches on the clothing backstage. The hair and makeup team, in the meantime, expertly conjured a vision of a utilitarian and stylish woman who can hold her own. Allen Ruiz, Aveda Global Creative Director, created a faux mini-bob which kept hair sleek and cool. The ponytail could easily be tucked in a collared winter jacket, or kept out for that western effect.

Get the Look:

Step 1: Prep hair with Aveda Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme and blow dry hair straight.

Step 2: Begin to flat iron sections of hair and create a small hidden braid from ear to ear at the back of the head as an anchor for the style.

Step 3: Pull hair into a low ponytail and secure an elastic around the style 2-inches below the nape of the neck.

Step 4: With hair secured back, take the elastic base and move up to where the hidden braid rests and pin the elastic to the braid to place final faux bob style. Set the look with Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray.

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Nataliya Ogle


Nataliya Ogle likes making sure others live to their full potential. She publishes articles on her primary website styletomes.com and works as a freelance writer for other women's interest sites. Her physical body is in New York but her presence can almost always be found online. The internet is her first love.


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