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Island makeup artist Deborah Koepper, pictured in the Fashion Week tent at Bryant Park in New York, took in 21 designers’ shows, at which she spots the latest trends for her clients. ‘They all want to look current and look to me for advice on how to translate the latest makeup looks on the runway for their daily lives,’ she said.

NEW YORK — Island "salonista" Deborah Koepper becomes a Manhattan "fashionista" twice a year, when she heads north for the seasonal series of New York runway shows.

Koepper, who spent a week in the city for the recent spring collection presentations in Bryant Park and other venues throughout Gotham, was able to take in 21 designer shows.

The makeup artist, who operates the full-service Deborah Koepper salon on Sunset Avenue, has made a point of being in New York for fashion week in February and September for the past six years. She's only missed a couple of weeks in September because of hurricane threats that required her to tend to her business here.

"I love the whole spectacle of fashion week, the energy, the clothes and t he ability to preview what the leading cosmetics companies and international artists are proposing for next season," she said. "What I see assists me in working with my Palm Beach clients.

"They all want to look current and look to me for advice on how to translate the latest makeup looks on the runway for their daily lives."

-- By Robert Janjigian