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DREAMPOP by Cynthia R. for JCP Debuts at Fashion Week

Last night, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley showcased her Spring 2013 collection in New York City accompanied by her daughter, Kit Rowley, who was decked out in a chambray shirt and tulle skirt from her mother's new line DREAMPOP by Cynthia R. available exclusively at JCPenney. Kit and her stylish friends Zoe and Ruby, also wearing Dreampop duds, stopped by to see the installation. Aimed at girls ages 7-14, Dreampop features skirts, tops, dresses and denim in fun colors with a bit of edge, and most pieces average just $20. Perfect for back-to-school! Moms, are you loving this?

Backstage Beauty with Deborah Lippmann at Badgley Mischka SS13

Modern Love swatch

Backstage at Badgley Mischka, I caught up with the Deborah Lippmann to discuss the nail looks her team created for the Spring 2013 runway show. Inspired by the 1930's film "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the collection features lots of muted pastels, so the designers opted for a neutral nail to complement the color palette, as well as dewy makeup and slightly disheveled hair. The polish of choice? Modern Love, a dusty mauve creme that Deborah is calling "the new nude." On short, rounded nails, two coats of Modern Love was applied, then finished with a high-shine top coat called Addicted to Speed. "Mauve is the new nude!" reveals Deborah. While I love a good neutral, I'm worried this color won't read "high fashion" when I wear it. What do you think?

Keep reading for more of my backstage photos, and check out the short video I shot of Deborah talking about the inspiration for the nail looks after the jump.