Chicago Social February 2012

Amy Abramite, Creative Director of Maxine Salon in Chicago featured in Chicago Social February 2012

A Cut Above

Maxine Creative Director Amy Abramite worked backstage at New York Fashion Week. Inset: A beauty look from Jesse Wu's spring/summer show.

Chicago Social

Friday February 3, 2012

Pretty City

From spa openings to miracle-working makeup, here's the 411 on Chicago beauty.


Q & A

Live From New York!

Amy Abramite, creative director at Rush Street's Maxine salon ( and artist for Shu Uemura makeup, worked the spring shows at New York Fashion Week with the Kérastase team. Nine shows and five days later, she dishes on hot trends:

What shows did you work? Rodarte, Monique Lhuillier, Jason Wu, Jill Stuart, ADAM, Thakoon, Theyskens' Theory, SUNO and 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Describe for us the backstage experience. On a big show, there are clothing designers, models, hiarstylists, makeup artists, nail technicians, photographers and the fashion press all trying to get their jobs done in a small space with a limited amount of time—it's controlled chaos.

Best in show? Jason Wu. We pinned the models' long hair into masculine up-styles and decorated them with slender black feathers.

What are the hot hair trends for 2012? If you're bold, cut it off Ginnifer Goodwin-style into an undercut crop. If you like your long hair, try putting it up into a fishtail braid, or wear your hair with a new texture—the crimper is making a comeback!