Makeup at the AW18 New York Fashion Week was as gilded at it gets. Pictured here is a model from the Oscar de la Renta show. Photo: AP
New York Fashion Week tapped into the beauty trend for all things glittery, with the models sporting fresh, enchanting makeup looks.
Here’s a round up of the shows bringing sparkly beauty to the runways. – AFP Relaxnews
The smoky eye was given a glittery update at Libertine, where makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes teamed a glimmering gunmetal grey shadow with a raspberry-hued lip for a rock ’n’ roll edge.
Makeup artist Pat McGrath exploited the current trend for purple eyeshadow that has been spotted frequently on the red carpet of late, using a dazzling shade to overline the eyes for a bewitching result. A sugary pink lip complemented the sweetness of the look.
Photo: Pat McGrath Instagram.
Oscar de la Renta
Eyes were awash with glitter at Oscar de la Renta, where the models sported glimmering lavender lids that caught the light. Lips and complexions were kept equally glossy.
The sparkle came courtesy of the hair accessories at Zadig and Voltaire, with models sporting bejewelled silver clips in striking shapes. The rest of the beauty look remained relatively low key.
Ralph Lauren kept things squeaky clean for his Autumn/Winter 2018 show, with models walking down the runway sporting a fresh-faced glow. A healthy dab of blusher added a shine to the wholesome aesthetic.
Photo: Ralph Lauren
From a garden party to beach-side holiday, there were plenty of optimism seen at the recent New York Fashion Week. Yet, the occasion also saw several designers taking their last bow on stage.
The collections presented strong messages as well, with one making a statement on women’s rights and another taking a stand against “rules” that dictate dressing.
Here are the highlights of the Autumn/Winter 2018 shows.
It was all smiles for Victoria Beckham, despite it being her last show at New York Fashion Week. Starting September, she will join the London calendar – her “homecoming” of sorts.
Beckham’s collection for this season showed off a lot of coats and jackets, each either belted or with a strong shoulder. She also featured tight leggings, leather cuffs, and printed silk that spoke of modernity.
A Dose Of Escapism
Ralph Lauren provided an escape from the mundane with a collection inspired by Jamaica. Guests were transported to a paradise setting, with the set mimicking a coastal cabana.
The clothes included colours like yellow and green and regatta pennants, as well as pops of red and blue in bold graphic designs. There were also yacht motifs and lots of white.
One Final Bow
Carolina Herrera said goodbye to her eponymous label by putting up a grand farewell show. The designs seen on the runway were not only bold, but classic and elegant at the same time.
Herrera, who is stepping down as creative director, will nevertheless, stay on in the role of global brand ambassador. She has named designer Wes Gordon as her successor.
Making Fashion Fun
Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of Oscar de la Renta are breaking the fashion rules this season. The duo presented evening looks that were surprisingly (or rather, beautifully) casual.
A sequined skirt worn with a simple sweater, for example. There was also a fun evening coat in filmy tulle, which provided a lighter take on the satin version that de la Renta used to do.
Current “it” model Gigi Hadid opened Prabal Gurung’s show, and her equally popular sister, Bella, closed it. The designer’s vibrant collection was apparently inspired by the women-led Mosuo tribe of China.
Gurung, raised by a single mother in Nepal, said in an interview later that he has long had matriarchies on his mind for a collection. He only went ahead with this one because of the recent rise of women empowerment movements.
It was a last hurrah for Alexander Wang at New York Fashion Week as well. Next season, he will be debuting his collections in the (more commercially viable) months of June and December.
The man definitely means business, and his current collection showed it. While mini skirts were paired with power suits, tights and leggings came emblazoned with credit card numbers.
Romance, florals and the euphoric smell of moss set the mood at Tory Burch’s runway show. The silhouettes were observed to be relaxed, yet refined with feminine details.
Loose, fluid dresses with scarf hemlines balanced tomboy jackets and trim blazers. Layered outerwear – from a classic peacoat to a blanket poncho – added to the effortless vibe.
Tom Ford put female empowerment centrestage at New York Fashion Week, kicking off the global Autumn/Winter 2018 season with models prowling the runway as cat women, very much wearing the trousers.
If the biannual style fest battles an identity crisis as top-name labels flee to Europe, the 56-year-old Texan-born designer turned movie director was not one to let the #MeToo movement pass him by.
On the first day of New York’s first women’s fashion week since the sexual harassment watershed exploded, the Ford woman of Autumn/Winter 2018 is an alley cat, a superwoman with a “Pussy Power” purse.
With barely a skirt in sight, the pant suit ruled. Models prowled the catwalk, their legs enveloped in tight pants, leggings or opaque tights of red, orange, yellow and green leopard print – messy hair kept off their forehead protest-style with black headbands, owning the streets.
If pink pussy hats were the uniform of women demonstrators against the Trump administration – a reference to the president’s use of a vulgarity on a leaked Access Hollywood tape to refer to women’s genitals – then Ford’s cat theme took the play on words to another level.
A model walking the runway at Tom Ford’s Autumn/Winter 2018 show.
Even without the animal print pants, there were jaguar and zebra print kitten heels, tight lame leggings, a riot of sequins, patchwork and snakeskin on oversized coats, and boxy blazers – belted for business.
All eyes were on the models’ pins; apart from daring cut-out backs barely skimming the top of the seat and cut-out waists, there were few flashes of flesh. Dresses were restricted to high-necked minis.
In a throwback to hip-hop, models wore silver ball hoop earrings, and there were lashings of black – the colour actresses opted to wear at the Golden Globes to protest against harassment.
“Every single thing you design, at least in the luxury sector, has to be potent,” Ford told Women’s Wear Daily in an interview. “It has to be the most amazing thing. No one needs just another black skirt.
“I get calls from our store managers all the time saying we need more things that are more expensive. When (they) say more expensive, they mean more special,” he added.
His models, led by 16-year-old Kaia Gerber, daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford, debuted a new collection of cosmetics called Extreme and were watched by the likes of Julianne Moore and Zayn Malik.
Red Carpet Empowerment
Tadashi Shoji tapped into the post-Harvey Weinstein world by offering women a sleek red carpet collection oozing 1940s Hollywood glamour, modernised with cut outs, pleating and plenty of black.
A sleek, powerful red carpet look from Tadashi Shoji.
Women, he said, must never apologise for what they choose to wear or for wanting to look seductive – regardless of how male harassers may choose to excuse predatory behaviour given a woman’s looks.
“So I did very sensual, sexy dresses, this time. Our dresses are about the empowerment of women and making a woman’s body look beautiful,” said the 70-year-old, Japanese-born designer.
“Women have the right to enjoy life. It’s ok. Why would you have to apologise? Men don’t.” — AFP Relaxnews