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A Pre-show Skincare Run Through with Buckler and Nickel

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Friday afternoon we got to Buckler's street-closing Fashion Week show just a bit early to get backstage (which, in this case, was the basement-level of Buckler's Soho boutique) and learn a little more about the male model's pre-show beauty routine. The Buckler team brought in the Nickel team to get their boys ready—and we chatted with Tom Kelley, founder of the legendary New York men's spa; and AJ (aka Anton Jones)—one of Nickel's skincare and hairstyling experts.

The show began at 1:30 (which, in Fashion Week time, means 1:45), so AJ had to check into the Buckler store at 10:30am, with Tom following around noon. With nary a sink in sight, AJ prepared fashion show-, make-up-, fatigue- and weather-damaged faces with an alcohol-free cleansing water (he favors one by L'Occitane and says such a product is absolutely required for beaching or camping—anywhere water might be limited and sun might be abundant).

Next, models are moisturized with complexion-appropriate Nickel moisturizers and freshened up with Nickel's own Morning After Rescue Gel and Eye Contour Lift—two formulated products that pretty immediately brighten up and freshen up skin while reducing dark circles and puffiness (uh, can we get in on some of these treatments?)

Once everyone's skin is looking pretty, it's time for hair (Frédéric Fekkai) and make-up (MAC)—the order is, surprisingly, irrelevant and depends more on who is where when and how crazy the hairstyling might get. With AJ on emergency hair duty, we caught up with Tom who was excited to be working on Buckler's fashion show for the second time—in between in-spa treatments for Buckler's various lookbook models since last summer. Nickel's Fashion Week agenda began and ended with the brand this time around, but the line plans on expanding the roster for future Fashion Weeks.

Tom also dropped a bombshell: With Nickel about to celebrate its ten year anniversary, the landmark Chelsea spa is undergoing a renovation and expansion come June—approvals having just gone through on Thursday.
· All Fashion Week Coverage [Racked]
· Buckler [Official Site]
· Nickel [Official Site]