New York. The concrete jungle where dreams are made, no one sleeps and Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe collection lives. It’s also the first stop of this Fashion Month, and where the fashion elite have spent the past week hanging out, taking notes and generally looking fabulous. Before they join us in Blighty for London Fashion Week, we thought we’d catch up on what they’ve seen so far with a quick round up of some of our favourite beauty looks from across the pond... Image: REX/Startraks Photo
From messy, embellished up-dos at Zac Posen to wet-look locks at Prabal Gurung, Philip Lim and Monique Lhuillier (we’re still not convinced) there was a good deal of variation in the hair department on the Big Apple catwalks. Our favourite ‘dos, however, are the ones that are easy to wear and, more importantly, easy to copy. Fortunately there has been a great deal of that so far this year, including sleek low ponytails at DKNY, Jason Wu and Victoria Beckham and relaxed, bedhead waves (tonged from the mid-hair down) at Jill Stuart, Diane Von Furstenberg and the usually flamboyant Alexander Wang. If all that sounds a bit boring for your tastes try adding some flair with a bit of accessory embellishment à la Zac Posen and Honor who used flowers and butterflies to bring spring to their shows.
If hair was low-key in New York this year, then perhaps it’s not surprising that, at many shows at least, makeup was too. Bare or ‘natural’ faces graced the catwalks at The Row (the offbeat line from the Olsen twins), Alexander Wang and BCBG Max Azria, to name a few. While we enjoy indulging in the odd makeup-free day, generally we prefer to see a bit of colour on our catwalks so were delighted to see bold orange lips make an appearance at Rag and Bone (pictured), DKNY and Monique Lhuillier - clearly we’ll all be wearing orange lipstick come March. Special points go to Prabal Gurung who, as well as orange, went for matte lipstick in day-glo shades of pastel. In other news, retro, Twiggy-esque eyes stole the show at Jason Wu and Kate Spade, and brows were even bigger than last year.
Low-key hair and bare faces, what’s next, bare nails? Well, yes actually. Natural nails complimented striking creations at Monique Lhuillier, Lacoste, Helmut Lang, Hervé Léger, Derek Lam, Alexander Wang and BCBG. Count them up, that’s seven names and a trend if ever we saw one. Of course other designers went in a different direction with bold colours (yellow, white and black at Prabal Gurung, Band of Outsiders and Jill Stuart respectively) and ombre shades at Nicole Miller. Nail art was also, unsurprisingly, a big theme with a new take on the French manicure (think pointed tips, embellishment and inverted colours) at Kate Spade and Honor and colourful abstract shapes and stripes everywhere from Tracey Reese to Peter Som and Donna Karan. Our favourite of all had to be Ruffian’s ‘half moon’ manicure which paired creamy shades of peach and orange (next season’s colour du jour apparently) with vibrant metallics. Nail pens at the ready…
I am the Assistant Site Editor and owner of one of the largest nail varnish collections in the UK. I love all things health and beauty especially trying out new products and treatments and telling the world all about them.See my profile