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August 25, 2006
Fashion Week: The hustle and bustle...

monroe photo.jpg Over at The Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center, it was nothing but hustle and bustle, hairspray and frayed nerves, as designers geared up for their shows.

A familiar face popped up at the makeup tent, sponsored by M.A.C cosmetics - Monroe Casado (pictured at left), who is often seen around the M.A.C counters in Sacramento, doing makeovers and hosting big events for the line. He's been here all week doing the shows, and he just happened to get assigned to local designer Richard Hallmarq's finale event.

"I also designed the makeup for (designer) Teresa Romero's collection," he says. "I call it 'Dichtomy.' Richard's show will have a totally different look."

When Hallmarq and Casado finally hooked up around 4:30 p.m., they discussed the particulars - including really "out there" smoky eyes - to match Hallmarq's fashions, which feature a variety of animal prints and quite a bit of black. Casado made a few mental notes and it was back to the makeup tent.

Meanwhile, Hallmarq geared up for a quick walk-through with his models; showtime is shortly after 9 p.m.

I better have a front-row seat!

(See Wednesday's Scene section for a complete wrap-up of Fashion Week.)

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