Want a snapshot into the week’s style scene? Picture an unending parade of colorful characters with popped umbrellas, splashy prints, and abbreviated hemlines, set against backdrops both familiar and new: a vintage train-car diner, a drug store, a cemetery (a plea, perhaps, to resurrect the ghosts of Fashion Week past), the Blade Lounge and runway. It was an anything-goes type of extravaganza that erupted on the island of Manhattan—and it came with a lineup of beauty looks that sparked fervent springtime fantasies in spite of the nonstop rain. While pastel palettes and quirky embellishments brought attendees back to art school, updated takes on timelessly irresistible trends—think romantic hair, immaculate skin, and beach waves—kept things definitively sophisticated. Here, five hair and makeup trends bound to thread through the remaining weeks of fashion month.
The softer side of the color spectrum was given room to go bold, extending from lips to eyes in a show of coordination that rivaled the collections themselves. The glossy pale pouts at Michael Kors and the swipes of ingenue-inspired poppy pink at Brock Collection commingled with Guido Palau’s assemblage of pastel beehives for Marc Jacobs—shaded to match coats and eyeshadow alike by London colorist Josh Wood—in a rainbow-ed barrage that was infinitely wearable. Even the eyes at Ulla Johnson, pressed with played-down neoprene shadow and finished in a vivid coral mascara, seemed as feasible as a coat of classic black. Consider it a crash course in power pastels.
The eternal love letter found aesthetic embodiment above-neck. If Rodarte’s burgeoning crowns of fresh blooms called to mind a grown-up fairy tale, the freckling of daisies that adorned loose lengths at Mansur Gavriel was reminiscent of he loves me nots. Oh, the age when accessorizing was as simple as a freshly plucked flower! Liv Tyler’s cultish role in Stealing Beauty inspired the slapdash half-up styling at Brock Collection; the low-slung ponytails at Oscar de la Renta made the most effortless of updos seem suddenly new; and the simple, diminutive plaits woven by Odile Gilbert for Jonathan Simkhai offered ironed manes a dose of whimsy.
Art School Everything
Outside of the box was nearly a requisite throughout the city. Look to exquisite details like the marbled lips at Eckhaus Latta, streaked on in two simple steps by makeup artist Kanako Takase, or the brows hued blue at Marina Moscone. James Kaliardos’s Picasso-inspired cocktail of cyan eyes and crimson lips at Rodarte was, perhaps, the ultimate ode to anything goes. That, and Jeremy Scott, a scholar in the school of expression, who enlisted makeup artist Kabuki to execute a fantastically foiled lip, resulting in the kind of shimmer that demands a second—and third—look.
Complexions exuded a sense of self-care, a brand of radiance that comes with everyday maintenance—or a recent visit to a favored facialist. Diane Kendal created a lit-from-within look at Prabal Gurung—all the better to match the show’s odyssey-inspired sensibilities—while skin at Coach and Michael Kors featured a glow-y finish difficult to achieve with highlighter alone. Tom Ford’s take on ’70s glamour centered on a similarly flawless feel. Mark your calendars: Spring 2019 is officially the season when beauty becomes synonymous with health.
Surfer Girl Hair—With a Twist
Beach waves are one thing, but next season’s wanderlust comes courtesy of hair styled to playful perfection—after all, what’s more fresh than seeming straight off a day of outdoor revelry? The hair at Chromat escaped vintage swim caps in dampened textures and artful finger waves styled to tightly frame the face; Anthony Turner’s tie-backs at Prabal Gurung centered on arid undone-ness, several wound through with colored cords; and Calvin Klein’s soaked ends offered up a new, somehow more organic take on the wet-hair look. The takeaway? A little water never hurt anyone.