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Fashion Insiders: Cara Santana's NYFW Diary

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20 degrees. Snow. Ice. Time to seek refuge inside and away from the harsh conditions, right? Not for a true fashionista!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicked off its Fall/Winter 2014 collections, and not even the weather could stop it. I'm Cara Santana, actress and founder of I'm taking over as a guest blogger for E! Online and giving you a behind the scenes look at a day-in-the-life as I prepare for the Meskita show.

Here we go!

At the forefront of preparing for any fashion show, is what you're going to wear, of course. So first things first, it's off to my fitting at the Meskita showroom in downtown New York City!

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When I arrive, I'm greeted by Alexandra Meskita herself. The Brazilian designer, known for her resort wear, is showing a full collection for the first time. I combed through the racks of choices with Meskita's styling consultant, Sophia Banks-Coloma

Once we settled on a piece it was time to fit it. When you sit front row, everything has to be perfect. And everyone weighs in. Anyone who thinks fashion is a foray into frivolity, is simply uninformed! Didn't we learn anything from the movie The Devil Wears Prada?

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From accessories to hair and makeup, each aspect is decided on precisely and specifically with precision to detail and artistic inspiration. As we finished my fitting, the 35 models began to arrive for their final fitting. Once that was complete, the model's looks were locked in. As I left, the anticipation for the show grew, just as the snow was falling in New York!

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With my hair and make up complete it was off to the Fashion Week headquarters: Lincoln Center. Show time! 

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Backstage, it's utter chaos. The models wait at their "glam" stations to get ready. As the design team puts on the finishing touches to the 44 piece collection, I take in my last sneak peek. I stop by to wish an excited Alexandra good luck. She's as cool as can be. 

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I strike my best pose with a waiting model, and it's off to the front of the house. The stage is set! Everyone from fashion editors, tastemakers, bloggers and celebrities are in the house and ready to take their seats.

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My love, actor Jesse Metcalfe, and I take some photos. Seated next to us are Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolfe, Miss USA Erin Brady and Elle creative director Joe Zee. And as the lights dim, it's go time! Meskita premiered with strong looks for the confident women. Blue hues took center stage. Feminine shilloutes and body conscious styles made there way down the runway. Dress to impress and make a statement when you wear this collection.

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Meskita embraces the feel of sensuality and allows you to stand out. When the lights came up, and the models took their final walk, applause and a standing ovation was given to newly-minted designer. 

And with that, it was over. Meskita cemented its spot amongst the iconic labels that have taken the runway at this coveted locale. The show was over and Alexandra Meskita could rest assure that she made her mark!


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That's a wrap. On to the next!

Hope you enjoyed my inside look, and thanks for coming along for the ride. To know more about me and what I love, follow me on Instagram and Twitter at: @CaraASantana and read my blog CaraDisclothed! Until then...

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