After a year of virtual runway shows, NYFW is back on and happening in the city.
The hustle and bustle on the streets can’t be ignored as spectators rush to various shows and events this week. NYFW attendees only seem to stop for a moment as they check their phones to see where their favorite TikTokers are heading next, in the hopes of catching a glimpse.
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One of the must-attend shows was Brooklyn-based Vietnamese designer Peter Do’s NYFW debut. Held in the heart of Greenpoint, influencers like Bretman Rock, Jamie Xie, and Cece Vu sat front row on the sunny Brooklyn rooftop.
You may know designer Peter Do from his work with various K-pop stars, Zendaya, and even Beyonce. To complement his clean, tailored looks, the beauty happenings backstage were both abstract and Asian-inspired, with the help of JINsoon nails and Xuyoni skincare.
Abstract wavy nail art by JINsoon
Originally from Korea, nail artist Jin Soon Choi has been living in NYC since 1991. She began to build her career as a freelance nail artist before debuting her eponymous line of nail lacquer in 2012. She draws inspiration from her years of working on photoshoots, editorials, and experience owning and running award-winning spas. All of JINsoon nail polish is “10-free,” meaning without common chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, triphenyl phosphate, parabens, and lead. Her formulas are also vegan, cruelty-free, and quick-dry.
Running around backstage at the show were six nail techs, plus Jin herself. All were beautifully rushing to create this simple, abstract nail look with only clear and black polish.
“I saw the clothes and I said ‘Oh my god. I have two ideas.’ One was a line and a dot and one was this flawless abstract line. With the designer being from Vietnam, he wanted to show traditional clothes. Known for very rigid lines, they wanted to soften the looks, and this works really, really well,” Jin told Very Good Light.
Nail techs were gracefully moving fast while models were simultaneously getting their hair and makeup done. First, they would start with the JINsoon Power Coat ($18) and shape the nails to become a bit more round. Next came a coat of JINsoon Dew ($18) before delicately going in with a thin nail brush to draw the design in JINsoon Absolute Black ($18). Lastly, nails were coated with the JINsoon HyperGloss ($22). The look took about 10 minutes per hand and left the nails looking flawless, shiny, and clean.
Dewy skin by Xuyoni
Skincare brand Xuyoni, founded by Juyeon Pae is an up-and-coming skincare brand that launched in 2020. Xuyoni touts a minimalist approach to beauty and skincare. Sustainability is important to the brand, and everything in the line is vegan and cruelty-free. Inspired by the balance of yin and yang, Xuyoni aspires to create a world where humans, animals, and the environment peacefully coexist together.
All stations were dressed in the full line of Xuyoni products. The cool, trendy, Gen-Z-like, AND refillable triangle bottles couldn’t be missed. We were dying to know just how they open and dispense the product.
Models could be seen prepping their skin with the brand’s organic sheet masks. Just before makeup, Xuyoni’s Cream Oil (what they call their moisturizer) was applied to the skin to achieve a dewy look before bold brows and minimal eye looks were created.