With New York Fashion Week starting this week, honourary resident and NYFW hairstylist, Anthony Nader, tells GRAZIA what to do in the city that never sleeps (particularly during Fashion Week).
Ask Anthony Nader about New York City, and his face lights up. For him, it’s his second home – he actually owns an apartment in the West Village – and a place of nonpareil creativity, rich in character and soul. Every Fashion Week, Anthony makes the trek back to the Big Apple (this time, for Tom Ford, Oscar de la Renta and Michael Kors), and with scissors in hand and stars in his eyes, is back home. Here, 48 stylish hours with the man who knows it best – or very, very well, at the least.
BREAKFAST AT CAFE CLUNY ON WEST 4. I just order the omelette, it’s pretty basic but I love it there ‘cause I can read the paper and sip on my latte. Then from there…
I WILL DUCK AROUND THE CORNER TO MY FAVOURITE MAGAZINE STORE, CASA MAGAZINES. Muhammad, who owns the store, is an institution. A lot of the fashion crowd go there. It’s where I buy all my magazines. It’s the smallest store but they have the best magazines on the island of Manhattan.
I’M A WEST VILLAGE BOY. Loud and proud – it’s all about the West Village for me. I’m a creature of habit – a little bit biased, but that’s who I am.
LUNCH TIME I GO TO JACK’S WIFE FREDA OR THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER, right near me as well. I like to keep it casual. I’ll take a magazine with me – people that know me know that I love my magazines, so I always carry around a magazine.
THEN I LOVE WALKING AROUND WEST CHELSEA, which is a gallery district. Lots of new buildings are going up there – we’re talking multi-million dollar apartments there now – which is along the High Line that goes up to 34th street. I love walking around the gallery district there.
THAT’S WHERE I GOT THE INSPIRATION FOR MY RAW SALON. It’s kind of a Tribeca loft meets West Chelsea. I love the gallery district. And you just kind of mosey in and out of the art galleries.
MY FAVOURITE STORE IN WEST CHELSEA IS THE COMMES DE GARÇON STORE. That, in itself, is just an incredible sight to see. It’s just so cool; the whole shop is so cool (the interiors, architecture, etc). And the shop assistants are just so cool as well. They’re like walking pieces of art. They are. I’m really jealous that I can’t dress like that.
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FROM THERE I LOVE WALKING ALONG 9TH AND 10TH AVENUE in West Chelsea. I find that really inspiring.
FOR SUNSET – I GO OVER AND MEET FRIENDS AT THE WHYTE HOTEL IN WILLIAMSBURG. And then I always go to this place called, Walter’s, which is also in Williamsburg. Very local, I go there a lot with my friends that live in Williamsburg and the drinks are really good. Williamsburg is very cool, very real.
THEN AT NIGHT, THE STANDARD HOTEL to meet up with friends, upstairs at the top, especially in the warmer months when the rooftop is open.
HANDY HINT: Always have a Nutella crepe. They’re famed for their crepes on the rooftop. I go there for a Nutella crepe and a catch up with friends. That’s pretty well how I would end my night.
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I LOVE GOING TO JEFFREY’S GROCERY FOR BREAKFAST. It’s really contemporary – simple food, it’s not fussy. But,
I’LL GO TO JACK’S STIR BREW COFFEE for a coffee first, and then I’ll go to Jeffrey’s to have food. And then I’ll mosey on down to Soho…
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IF YOU WANT TO CELEB SPOT, GO TO THE MERCER HOTEL. I’ll go to Mercer Kitchen to have lunch – you can guarantee you will always sit next to someone famous. When I was there last, I was sitting next to Mert of Mert and Marcus. After lunch I would go down to Bond Street,
THERE’S A REALLY GREAT CAFÉ THERE CALLED THE SMILE – a lot of celebrities do interviews down there, ‘cause it’s so low key and it’s really dark. It’s very cool. There’s a really cool store next door called Oak NYC, and the architecture in that street alone is just so beautiful, so cool. I love Bond Street.
THEN I FIND MYSELF AT GEMMA, a restaurant at The Bowery and you can definitely count on me having the margarita pizza there, even if it is only 3 o’clock at this stage, and we’ve just finished lunch. I’m an eater. I eat and drink coffees everywhere. I’d head back up to the West Village. I walk and get the subway.
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I LOVE BARNES & NOBLE IN TRIBECA and looking at all the magazines and not paying for them!
AND THEN I TEND TO GO PAST CELEBRITIES BUILDINGS, you know, to just have one of them just coincidentally stand out the front while I pass.
THERE’S A REALLY, REALLY GREAT RAG & BONE STORE IN TRIBECA NOW AS WELL, and I love to check out the J. Crew store there as well. It’s more boutique, individual pieces. I really, really, really love Tribeca.
IF I’M HOME BEFORE 3:55PM, I ALWAYS GO TO BIG GAY ICE CREAM, which is on the corner in the West Village. I get the Salty Pimp, which is a salty caramel soft serve, and literally at 3:55pm because at 4 o’clock, I’m watching the Ellen show! I’ll always have a Salty Pimp while watching Ellen.
I’LL GO TO THE GYM AT EQUINOX, right near me, and then catching up with friends…
I LOVE THE SPOTTED PIG. I get pizza again! Cause I’m just so thin, aren’t I? If I’m with friends and they’re out of towners, we would venture to The Maritime Hotel, in Chelsea, which has really good drinks. I don’t have a favourite drink, they’re all really good. Then I’m in bed by midnight and it’s a new day.
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By Chrisanthi Kaliviotis for grazia.com.au
Far from bold eye makeup and elaborate hair, Kors let the clothes do the talking, leaving the models with simple hair and makeup.
The hairstylist behind it, Anthony Nader, revealed to ELLE Australia the hair was designed to look “on brand, expensive looking but with a twist of tousled tresses at the back, while the front had a strict center part line which keeps that classic American Michael Kors vibe”.
“Everything You Need To Know About Michael Kors’ Autumn/Winter 2017 Show” is on elle.com.au
Fresh from New York Fashion Week, where he worked as assistant to the famed Guido Palau on the Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs shows, hairstylist Anthony Nader knows how to get the most out of one’s hair. At his salon, RAW Hair, in Darlinghurst, Anthony has been providing Sydneysiders with stunning locks since 1997.
From the best cut to suit your face shape, to the ‘do-able’ styles from New York Fashion Week, international hair stylist Anthony Nader gives us his insider hair care tips.
TUL: The fall shows are in full swing. Although not all runway trends translate to each of us sitting pretty in the hairdresser’s chair, can you give us your pick of the most adaptable hair trends from fashion week?
Anthony Nader: I’ve noticed this season the look at fashion week is very “do-able”. Take Dianne Von Furstenberg’s show: bold patterned wrap dresses teamed with ballerina buns on the girls, which looked effortless and modern. Victoria Beckham also made headlines with a soft centre part-line and then the length of the hair tucked all under at the back into a ball, which I think glams up your look from day to night in minutes.
Let’s take it home a minute to our very own Dion Lee. The minimal approach and modern shapes of garments at Dion Lee was reflected in models’ hair on his runway with a clean, simple centre part-line with low ponytail; it’s very fashion without spending hours in your bathroom every morning with a handful of products and hot appliances. Who really has time for that?
Jill Stuart really mixed things up, with her girls showcasing beautifully washed shiny tresses that swung from side to side when they walked the runway. I mean, you can’t go wrong with a hair shape like this as it’s in fashion every season, of every year, but most of all looks super healthy and radiant.
TUL: Are there simple haircut do’s and don’ts depending on your face shape?
Anthony: My big no-no has always been that you shouldn’t lop your hair off to jaw length if your facial features are more on the angular, square side. Instead, go for a longer length as it will give the illusion of lengthening.
Fringes, too, are tricky and not for everyone, so be aware if you have a small round face shape, as this will only make your face look even smaller and rounder. My rule for fringes has always been to curve the ends a little longer on the corners, as this frames the face more, where as if it’s just cut in a straight line your fringe can look “helmet like” and very hard looking.
TUL: And what about skin tone? Are there colours one should or shouldn’t avoid depending on skin hue?
Anthony: To ascertain your skin tone, wear a white top and stand in front of your mirror in natural light.
Yellow tones: If you are fair-skinned with freckles or olive skin and your natural hair base colour is warm brown, strawberry blonde or golden blonde, go for hair colours that are more on the chestnut or auburn side, or even dark golden brown. Be aware not to go down the track of golden blondes as this will only highlight your skin tone, which can look a little unhealthy.
Cool tones: The biggest secret here is to warm up your hair colour as much as you can to neutralise this unwanted natural cool tone. Ask your hair colourist for warm hues like honey, caramel and biscuit. By doing this, you will find that your skin tone has changed to a warmer appearance, which is perfect.
TUL: Could you share some advice on how to deal with day-to-day hair problems.
Dry shampoo: It’s the foolproof way to cheat the crowd and let them think that you spend time every morning on your hair. There are so many different colours on the market now, so choose your shade and spray a little on the roots and massage in and your good to go.
Serums: Whether you have a serum or a shine spray, never apply to your roots as it will look like you’ve just been caught in a downpour of rain. I always apply from the mid-length to ends of hair; your hair’s natural oils will take care of the roots.
Bobby pins: Always keep a couple in your bag as you never know when they may come in handy. If you’re having a bad hair day and finding it unruly, it’s easy to scrape back into a messy chignon.
TUL: How do you prevent strays, flyaways and fuzz?
Anthony: The trick I always use, whether I’m in the salon or on a photo shoot, is my good old faithful blush brush: spray a light whisk of hairspray on the ends and then glide over the troubled area. To help, find yourself a shine-based shampoo and conditioner that can moisturise your strands to prevent them from becoming frizzy and dehydrated later in the day.
TUL: Any great solutions for dead-ends?
Anthony: The short answer is get them cut off! Nothing can repair dead-ends, however there is a way you can “mask” your straw-like strands for the time being by adding moisture with your styling products and cutting out as much alcohol in the ingredients of your hair products as possible, swaying more into the organic and natural products.
TUL: How do you get the most out of your shampoo and conditioner?
Anthony: Your products don’t need to be used every day and I’m still amazed by how many woman wash their hair daily. In my view if you’re starting off with the right products and your hair stylist prescribes the right products, you won’t be washing your dollars down the drain so quickly.
TUL: What hair treatments do you recommend?
Protein treatments: If your locks are over-coloured and had too much of the bleach bottle you will find that your strands are crying out for help. This hair needs strengthening, and protein is going to be your hair’s best friend for the time being. Give yourself a protein treatment once a week and follow the instructions carefully and your hair will be on the road to recovery in a month or two.
Moisture treatments: There’s no more luxurious feeling than the smooth creamy ingredients of a moisture treatment and every hair type should be absorbed with moisture at least once a week for hydration. However, for those of you with hair on the finer side, always remember to keep the treatment off your roots as it will only weigh your locks down and you will be fighting to get that oomph if wanted.