Backstage Beauty: Mara Hoffman FW2015 New York Fashion Week


Backstage beauty is nothing short of fresh and modern for Mara Hoffman.  Last season, Hoffman’s models walked the catwalk at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York with a refreshing twist on the ponytail.  For the Fall/Winter 2015 presentation, Hoffman was inspired by the ‘spirit of Europe’s wild men’ and none other than the famous Star Wars heroin, Luke Skywalker.

I got an exclusive interview with the Hair by CATWALK by TIGI US Creative Director, Thomas Osborne himself to share his inspiration for the Lady Luke Skywalker hairstyle.

“We created the two set of braids we crossed over the top and use a salt spray to give it a bit of grip.  The whole ideas is to give it a modern take on Lady Luke Skywalker.  We created dual textures – there’s a tightness on the to and then a 70’s looseness towads the bottom of the braids. We let the braids take on its own life.  Especially in this time of year, when you’re out in he cold and wearing a hat, your hair comes out in this fresh looseness and we wanted to embrace that.”  As you can imagine, not every girl’s hair is that long. “If your hair isn’t this long, it becomes more important to use great hair product.”  The two products used to create this look includes catwalk by TIGI’s 1) The Bodifying Spray, which prepped the hair for the hair for the braid.   and 2) The Session Series Work It Hairspray to set the look.


The Maybelline make up artists had their eyes locked on the models faces backstage.  With laser-eye focus, they really worked their magic on the women to make Hoffman’s vision come to life.  Luke Skywalker’s planet was the inspiration, using the sunset on the eye for inspiration. “Lots of metallic is used on the eye to create the look of the sunset then smoking it up with grey,” says Lottie, the lead make up artist behind the fresh, feminine look.

“Key products used are the master kajal for the sky and the color tattoos.  The whole eye underneath is smoked out.  The skin is very warm and glows and dewy.”


They sent over 70’s earthy images of sunsets. They wanted to incorporate metallic in the nails.  Lead nail design artist for vegan-friendly nail polish brand ZOYA walked us through her process.

“I went over some sketches and made a set of nails that I made to create a very earthy look.  Usually the looks are geometric.  There are elements of natural color incorporated with the metallic.” For the everyday girl, It’ll be easy to recreate.  “You paint from light to dark and there are no straight lines to paint.  You can use the brushes already in the bottle and you can go on an angle down the nails.”

In this look, there are a total of 5 colors.  The only satin color is the pink color, called Brittney.  All of the other colors are in the ZOYA collection and you can switch out the color.  It looks like sand art, which perfectly suits the inspiration.