Remember when New York Fashion Week used to be about safe, simple nudes, glowy skin and clean, groomed ponytails? Well after a nosey backstage at the shows this weekend, it appears that the Big Apple is dabbling with a more experimental 'London-style' make-over. The Alexander Wang show took inspiration from tippex and the beauty look perfectly reflected the collection. Grazia favourite, Guido Paulo referenced Jean-Michel Basquiat and 'the new-age traveller' by mixing clay with white pigment and dabbing it over de-constructed, avant garde-esque chignons.
Across at Diane Von Furstenberg, face painter extraordinaire James Kaliardos made us swoon with the D-I-V-I-N-E matte fluro pink lip that he worked up by lining and filling in the lip with MAC lipliner in Magenta, before applying a slick of MAC Magenta Madness Pigment on top. “It’s an Andy Warhol, silk screen printed mouth paired with very beautiful natural skin,” he told us.
At Derek Lam, Tom Pecheux continued the colour pop trend. "I love working with Derek; he's really into fantasy, and I love breaking the rules," he told us, "we wanted to play with colour like we always do." And Pecheux stayed true to his word by combining Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay in Place Lip Pencil in Coral and matching lipstick to create an ‘architectural sixties liner’ that flashed when the models blinked on the catwalk. Genius, and sooo pretty too.
So we say bring it on New York! And here’s to another colourful four days... Don't forget to stay tuned to our Twitter feed for live updates direct from NYC!
- Lauren Murdoch Smith in New York