Beauty Trends: New York Fashion Week SS15
Face the future
Classic, iconic red lips. Does anything make the female face more striking? Glamour experts Carolina Herrera and Zac Posen seem to think not, as they select varying shades of a pillar-box pout for Spring/Summer 15:
A common make-up look on the fashion runway is that of the 'nude face', but that rarely really means going completely make-up free. This year only Marc Jacobs was brave enough to take the barefaced look literal, but there were many other interpretations that meant a glowing, barely-there complexion was achieved. Here are some we loved:
When it comes to daring and directional, a reoccurring fashion-forward theme is that of the super-expressive eyebrow. From faux-piercing rings at Rodarte to Badgley Mischka's bolts of blue, it seems that to update your look with a daring edge next season is to raise the eyebrow stakes.
The elegant ponytail is a welcome addition to any springtime look, giving a sense of effortless flair and refinement. We saw a selection of versions, and stylists divided into two camps: Some created hairstyles that seemed sleek and straight, almost geometric in construction. And some remained ruffled and casual, still giving the overall look a pulled together feel.
Pretty plaits were the order of the day at a few different shows, with some cascading like rope down the models' backs. At Suno, stylist Odile Gilbert played with textures, combining dry and "wet" strands. She braided fishtails into the lengths of hair and cemented with a sheer varnish called 'Laque Noire' by Kérastase. "This summer, I want to make the hair wet, but I also like it dry, so why not combine them?" She said.
All kinds of manicure-orientated experimentation goes on at fashion week, and it always tries to better its effort from last season... whether it's subtle or over the top. At Prabal Gurung we saw transparent nails adorned with the finest white stripes, and at Key there were black and white surfaces with transparent lines. Colourful stripes were also in demand as seen at Ann Yee, or using various shades of peach like Creatures of Comfort.
And when we say 'over the top'? That would be this. At Libertine there were volumetric, childish letters applied to the nail bed, and at Honor there were round sky-blue pearls over a complimentary lacquer. For Libertine, manicurist Katie Jane Hughes and team of ten worked on models' for six hours continuously, she explains, "We wanted to create a daring look, but beautiful way..."