3Takeaways from LFW and NYFW:

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, Spring Summer’2015 had a brilliant line-up of designers showcasing their work with great fervour. From Meskita to August Getty, Colin King, Venexiana, Michael Costello, Anna Sui, our very own- Naeem Khan, Falguni & Shane Peacock, Prabal Gurung and several others, NYFW Spring-Summer’2015 was at its best!

The shows that were put up by Alexander Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Narciso Rodriguez and Peter Som conventionalised a striking trend even in terms of beauty for the upcoming Spring/Summer season. I am capturing some of our takeaways on hair and makeup looks that spoke of brave yet subtlety, neat yet floppy miens, brown smoke and knotted ponytails, bold pop colors and bare minimums as much!

At Marc Jacobs, “Bring out the crooked smile and the backpack” and “Go into the house and take a shower” that set the tone of the show, the models walked the ramp in their dishevelled black bobs and for makeup, just about a dab of moisturizer applied over the skin. The military surge received quite a lot of attention. At Michael Kors, a similar trend of nude face, clear lip balm and glowing complexions was seen. So, go for bare minimum makeup and shaggy bobs!

Flat ironed, shiny ponytails and rope-like weaves parted in the middle, sideways or pushed straight back into the ponytail or chignons are back in vogue. Donna Karan,Prabal Gurung and Alexander Wang’s models wore fresh, young and sporty looks. Even half-open, knotted hair strands created by Paul Hanlon at Rag & Bone (Marcus Wainwright and David Neville) and intricate-bohemian shoe-lace knots at Thakoon’s will be quite a rage. Smooth braids and fishtails also adorned the ramp.

13Brown Smokey eyes and basic nude, non-glossy nails stole the show at Alexander Wang’s show. So, guess it is time to say goodbye to nail-art. But one pop color that is here to stay despite all the minimalistic hullabaloo is fuchsia pink. Inspired by roses and tulips and all that is dark-pink, Carolina Herrera’s models wore pretty lip colors that had a refreshing impression.

1London Fashion Week Spring Summer’15 also came to an end recently and a few beauty trends really caught our eye. At the Peter Pilotto show, the skin was the highlight of the look with gentle powder, nothing heavy and the original skin tone was coming through that powder. At Viviene Westwood makeup was inspired by freedom. It clearly did not look like makeup and was all about a painting pushed to the extreme! A beautiful summer day was reflected in the waterline at the Holly Fultonshow. With an almost sky blue and white ombre waterline, the eyes were the focus here. Jean Pierre Braganza had some pulled out super sexy liners with a 60’s rock and roll theme. Marques Almeida had a palette of custom blended, sun bleached & chalked pastels as their makeup theme. The Antonio Berardi show saw an almost China doll skin and cherry lips with electric pink and candy red ruling the show. The look that came as a pleasant surprise was at Thornton Bregazzi where the models were sporting fake freckles. The message was clear – embrace the original.

The hair at David Koma was simple, slightly sporty – with it slicked back at the top but slightly loose at the ends. This look seemed easy to achieve but took tons of products to create. The makeup was extremely wearable with an ancient Egyptian double eye liner being the statement of the look. Since the focus was on the eyes, the skin was left natural with the lips being totally pale and nude.

On the whole, the looks that could be worn off the runway would be statement lips (reds and bright pinks), sleek ponytails, sultry cat eye makeup, a clean, fresh and natural face with minimum makeup and a smoldering eye look as seen on Tom Ford’s models.



Posted by – Ms. Samaanta Dwivedi