As per usual, the frenetic weeks in between four divergent fashion cities were satiated with only the most supreme makeup and hair looks. Despite the diversity in looks from each city, they all had one thing in common: to deliver loud political statements through the strokes of a brush. From presenting yourself to the world with confidence at Alexander Wang in New York to Balmain’s army of ruthless amazons in Paris, here’s a round-up of the most captivating and affidavit looks:
With eye makeup so strikingly bold, the fashion designs themselves were threatened to be deprived of all the attention. Makeup artists found new ways to interpret colour to the looks, proven at Prabal Gurung where eye makeup was drawn in graphic lines in moss green, powder blue and burning orange, and at Oscar de La Renta where colour-blocking nuances in lilac, sky blue and hot pink reigned. Pat McGrath created a richly pigmented electric blue eye makeup at Anna Sui with equally bold wine stained lips.
Lip products were also used as eye makeup at La Perla where a glittery plum shade was placed on lids and lips. Mixing kohl and liquid liner to achieve a grungy smoky eye fitted Alexander Wang’s crew perfectly to achieve the impression of pure fearlessness! And Jeremy Scott presented a modern-day take on the Twiggy lashes combined with glitter tears.
Marc Jacobs ended NYFW with a bang, with the words individualism and diversity written all over the hip-hop influenced multi-cultural show! Lips were painted in deep burgundy matching the golden Marc Jacobs letters decorating the long dark brown nails.
Models turned contemporary warriors stomped down the runway at Matty Bowan wearing an almost identical face paint as taken out of the 80’s movie Blade Runner. With Bovan’s looks being one of the more extreme ones during LFW, the colour mania continued onto the catwalks at Topshop Unique, Preen, Mulberry, Mary Katrantzou and Versus Versace, but in more subtle and most importantly, wearable shades.
Eyes remained in focus with dynamic colours painted with geometrically precise strokes in sharp angles at Versus Versace, framed with a vibrant nuance at Mulberry, and pastel hues dotted on the eyelids under bleached brows at Mary Katrantzou. As for lips, red lacquered and smudged out lipstick was seen at Preen, and a bright summery coral shade at Topshop Unique.
As for a bare fresh-faced complexion, J.W Anderson, Christopher Kane, Erdem and Peter Pilotto knew how to create an awe-inspiring natural glow that is perfectly suitable for fall. Speaking of the season, what’s fall without a sultry smoky eye? Julien MacDonald’s dynamic version of a smoky eye could lure out the inner rebel in anyone, while rule-breaking beauties at Osman sported a winged smoky eye contra nude lips, or natural eye makeup and crimson red polished lips.
In Milan, makeup was used as a weapon of self-expression with fierce eye makeup conveying strength at the runways of six designer houses; Prada, Armani, Marni, Alberta Ferretti, Diesel Black Gold and Versace. Another bold statement featured thick and clumpy lashes in electric colours at Emilio Pucci, and va-va-voom lashes paired with pale nude lips and dark eye shadow placed in the crease at Moschino. Bottega Venetta, Max Mara and Fendi showed more subtle looks where fresh-faced beauties had perfectly groomed eyebrows and illuminated skin. And the classic red lip made an appearance at Dolce & Gabbana.
From soft and classic feminine makeup looks at Dior, Isabel Marant, Louis Vuitton, Celine and Alexander McQueen to full-on metallic smoky eyes and golden mouth jewellery at Balmain, Paris did not disappoint. A unique orchid shade was placed on the lips at H&M, red blush was placed above cheek bones to create beautifully flushed cheeks at Nina Ricci, and a bold burgundy colour applied on lips and lids complemented the bold and romantic collection at Valentino. The romance theme continued at Elie Saab, where a greyish glittery smoky eye set the mood. Lastly, graphic inky black lines on eyelids, white eye shadow and under eye false lashes decorated the eyes at Chanel, and vampy lips were spotted at Giambattista Valli.
Visual editor ANA RENATA CRUZ LARA GUERRA