Anthony and Kendall take on NYFW 17 as seen in

Anthony Nader with Kendall Jenner, NYFW 17


Not only is Anthony Nader responsible for cutting and styling our Beauty Director’s locks regularly, he owns luxury salon, RAW Hair in Sydney’s Surry Hills, and has a celebrity client list that includes Cate Blanchett, Gisele Bündchen and Miranda Kerr (to name just a few!). He’s also just finished up working backstage at New York Fashion Week and naturally, we wanted to know everything…

So scroll down for his tips and tricks, and what it’s really like working backstage on shows like Tom Ford, with all the major models. Say hi Kendall!



On the backstage vibe… 

“The Tom Ford vibe was electric- with photographers everywhere- especially when Gigi and Kendall were getting prepped. Tom would also walk through from time to time, which was really cool. I could have died when he walked past me, smiled and said hello. Of course, Tom’s fragrant candles were burning bright on the work stations which was a beautiful touch and very Tom Ford. Being backstage on his show was one of those ‘wow’ moments.”


Anthony Nader, New York Fashion Week 2017


How long do you have to create the hairstyles?

“Each model was different depending on their hair’s texture. If their hair is baby soft, it would get a light hold product that gives the strands more grab. If their hair is frizzy, it would be tonged on the smallest hot tong and then brushed out to create an abstract shape. All in all the average a hairstyle would take was 15-20 minutes max.”


NYFW 2017


How do you prepare for these shows? 

“Personally, I treat every show the same, as really it doesn’t matter if you’re working on an uber famous model or a model that hasn’t hit mega-stardom yet. Hair is hair! I make sure my kit is packed and ticked off and then checked again and I always tend to over pack, but that’s just me. Always listen up, be open to learning and stay humble.”


NYFW 2017, Anthony Nader


On coming up with the look… 

“Orlando Pita was the lead stylist on this show [Tom Ford]. So along with him and make-up extraordinaire, Pat McGrath, Tom would have had a meeting and explained the theme/ inspiration behind the SS18 collection and then the wheels go into motion. Orlando’s vibe is always working with the hair’s natural texture, but just refining it, so it looks more defined and polished, which I love.”


🔥 KATE 🔥 @anthony_nader & the beautiful @kateupton today backstage, in #NewYork at #MichaelKors #SS18 #NYFW

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What is the quick fix for a model who turns up with dirty hair?

“That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? If the model’s hair is too over-loaded with product, they get quickly washed, or we use a primer spray that dissolves the product somewhat. At the end of the day though, dirty strands could be a benefit for the look for that show, and therefore [takes] less time prepping, which is [a] win for everyone. No model likes to sit in a chair for too long and who [can] blame them?”


Anthony Nader Instagram
Anthony Nader Instagram


What are your must-have products? 

“Orlando was very low key about what brands we used. He trusts our instincts, as long as the results turn out how he needs. Seen backstage was his very own range, [as well as] L’Oréal Paris, Kerastase, Bumble & Bumble… Products ranged from sea salt sprays to hair sprays, oils and moisturising creams.”


NYFW 17, Anthony Nader


Best backstage tips…

“Don’t overload hair with product, as it won’t do you or your hair any favours. The ‘less-is-more’ approach to styling hair is key to making your style look like hair and not like a helmet. And smooth out curly hair textures with a large cushion brush with loads of bristles as this quickens the styling time dramatically.”


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With New York Fashion Week last 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.

DAY #1


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.

ON WEST 4TH I LOVE THE A.P.C STORE, then there’s the Acne Store right next to Casa Magazines, and Saturdays NYC. My favourite hangouts are in the West Village.

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.


Credit: Instagram, @cafecluny

Credit: Instagram, @cafecluny 



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.


CDG Installation with five specially made silhouettes in white wadding based on the FW17 show at the CDG Shop 520 W22nd street
CDG Installation with five specially made silhouettes in white wadding based on the FW17 show at the CDG Shop 520 W22nd street

Credit: Instagram, @commedesgarcons


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.


Sunset drinks at the Wythe Hotel
Sunset drinks at the Wythe Hotel

Credit: Instagram, @wythehotel


DAY #2

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…

I’LL GO TO ALEXANDER WANG, Opening Ceremony, Rick Owens – a beautiful store, so beautiful.


A very New York facade; Jeffrey's Grocery
A very New York facade; Jeffrey’s Grocery

Credit: Instagram, @jeffreysgrocery


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.


Gemma Restaurant at The Bowery Hotel
Gemma Restaurant at The Bowery Hotel

Credit: Instagram, @boweryhotel


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.


Soft-serve pride at Big Gay Ice Cream
Soft-serve pride at Big Gay Ice Cream

Credit: Instagram, @biggayicecream


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