Pretty Woman
Spring beauty trends emerge from the runways
Style / 3 Oct 2011
While the clothing-obsessed can’t get their hands on the statement-making pieces shown during Fashion Week until 2012, there’s no need to wait for spring to indulge in the upcoming season’s beauty trends. With looks so low-key—and in some instances, intentionally unfinished—don’t be surprised if you see them mimicked on the streets well before the winter thaw.
Wet Hot American Spring:
While many hair fads have returned for another season—candy-colored tresses, ’60s beehives—one new trend emerged: damp locks. Stylists claimed a range of inspirations (Barbara Bach in The Spy Who Loved Me at BCBG Max Azria, beach babes at Vera Wang, gym rats at Alexander Wang), but the result often looked the same, with hair combed back and coated with enough product to make the models look like they skipped a blow-dry. It wasn’t all just wash-and-go; among the wet-haired rebels were the models at Marc Jacobs, where the Sweet Charity-inspired coifs included shiny wisps poking out from bandanas, and at Helmut Lang, where the knotted ponytails were damp-tipped.
Nude Awakening:
Just as faces were left faux-natural, nails were often painted in barely-there nudes and milky beiges. Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, Narciso Rodriguez, and VPL all featured fingertips clear of the nail art, rhinestones, and reverse-manicures that have become recent mainstays. Lacquer brands, such as Rococo Nail Apparel at Burberry, took note, introducing Nude Wardrobe, a series of skin tone-matching polishes. Occasionally, models were sent out polish-free altogether. At Christopher Kane, nail artist Sophy Robson just buffed fingertips, while Band of Outsiders didn’t even bother with a manicurist. Then again, CND’s Candice Manacchio showcased Lucite tips at both Joy Cioci and Joanna Mastroianni for those who can’t bear going so basic.
Brow Down:
With understated makeup the anti-trend at many shows (makeup artist Pat McGrath went so far as to put on foundation and then blot it out with her fingers at Prada), eyebrows took center stage. In New York, there were strong brows at Altuzarra (described as “Elizabeth Taylor at the gym”), Derek Lam, Thakoon, and Michael Kors. During London Fashion Week, Meadham Kirchhoff took eye-framers to the next level, with bright colors that recalled Andy Warhol’s portraits. Meanwhile, in Milan, brows were bare (Prada, Gucci) or gilded—Peter Philips applied gold and silver leaf that stretched from the lash line to the forehead at Fendi...the ultimate cover-up for over-plucking.
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