With New York Fashion Week about to wrap, we’ve been keeping an eye backstage on the must-know beauty trends for Fall/Winter 2015. While shows such as Boss and Lacoste held on to the sheer skin, no-makeup-makeup that has dominated the runways for SS15, other designers made bold statements to revive beauty’s playful side with berry lips and glitter-filled eyes. Yet one of the most exciting and intriguing trends being explored was the reawakening of grunge, goth, and punk. From being the inspiration behind entire collections to more gentle nods within the beauty details, new-age grunge was inescapable at NYFW. Once again, New York brings us a host of wearable trends that can (and will!) be recreated at home.
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Wet & Wild
In honor of the studs, zips, and buckles that made up Alexander Wang’s ‘Heavy Metal’ collection, Redken’s Creative Consultant Guido Palau dyed models’ hair black, drenched tresses in oil, and teased individual strands over models’ eyes to create a goth-worthy look. Rag & Bone also channelled the trend, rousing up short, blunt hair to evoke a messy, lived-in look. Marc by Marc Jacobs’ punk-inspired collection was perfectly completed with eighties-reminiscent textured, mousse-y waves (that’s right, hair mousse is back), again created by Guido Palau.
With a few grays, nudes, and opaques in between, the nail colour that prevailed backstage was indisputably blue, from bold, block colors to high-shine shimmers and intricate nail art designs – a leap away from the low-maintenance, normcore nails that we saw for SS15. Anna Sui styled a neat, sailor blue shade to make nails pop, while backstage at Monique Lhuillier nails shone with dazzling aquamarine. For a more subtle, chic take on the shade, Christian Siriano’s blue-gray hues – reminiscence of stormy, rainy days – were a sophisticated touch.
Out All Night
Feeding into the grunge phenomenon was the partied-out, worn-in makeup that spread like wildfire backstage this season. Pat McGrath owned the look backstage at Victoria Beckham. She blended dark shadow and liner a touch too low beneath the bottom lash line for a smudged, faded effect. Meanwhile, Narciso Rodriguez embodied a softer interpretation of the trend with a more subtle, barely-there faded eyeliner, and Diane von Furstenberg went for a striking smoky eye that still had that diffused, live-in feel. This trend is the party girl’s blessing.
Makeup artists, models, and mere mortals alike can’t resist a sparkle to see in the festive season, but what was exhibited at NYFW really was a new take on the year-on trend. Shades, shapes, and textures were explored, and Rodarte stole the show with (already iconic) delicately lined Swarovski crystals under the models’ eyes: luxurious, glamorous, and girly. Full-on gold glitter ruled at Tadashi Shoji, while Francesca Liberatore crafted a smoother look with a creamy, shimmering silver shadow just in the middle of the lid.
If you weren’t sporting a bare lip at NYFW, then you most certainly were showcasing a new-season a red. Carolina Herrera had a raspberry-red lip with glossy lids and fluttering lashes, and for the Naeem Kham show, the Director of Global Artistry for NARS, James Boehmer, created a chocolate-red shade. In ode to the ‘Utilitarian punk’, which NARS National Makeup Artist Francelle Daly named the ‘direction this season’, she opted for a daring oxblood tone for 3.1 Phillip Lim. But whatever you do, wear red matte for FW15
Buns were the updo option backstage at NYFW, and the ‘undone’ element gave this elegant style an added quirk. Opposing textures were the signature hair feature at Victoria Beckham’s show. Stylist Guido Palau slicked hair back and finished with a contrasting soft, unravelled knot. The side view gave further dimensions with a glossy shine above the ear line, and a matte finish underneath. For Vera Wang, stylist Paula Hanlon constructed a more complete undone look, with messy chignons and falling wisps of hair. This is a truly wearable look for this FW15.