Spring is back again, and there’s a lot to look forward to this year, beyond sunnier, warmer days with flowers and baby birds, rabbits and other wildlife color sprouting out of everywhere. There were some brilliant color trends sprouting out all over the runways of NY Fashion Week, and several never before, way off the grid and out of the box artistry being expressed on faces, bodies and feet all over the place. For spring 2016, it looks like it’s all going to be about extremes in a variety of unprecedented territories.
Arts & Crafts Come to Makeup
In an extreme face show, Givenchy takes the prize for the most avant-garde, vividly shocking face effects that managed to all but totally obscure the human facial form. Beneath a well-designed and executed menagerie of pearls and gems articulating their own patterns defying everything natural, there were bits of lace, interwoven with eyes painted with watercolor effects and exotic multicolored glitter. This year, the entire backstage area of Fashion week looked more like a very chic TLC DIY craft show than the fashion reveal it actually was. In the same shows, there would be faces of models totally depleted of even a trace of makeup, or maybe only a hint of blue shadow or a hint of red tint on the lips.
Rocking the Blues
Blue eye effects dominated Fashion Week runways, with each pair of eyes totally owned by the designer behind the design. No two pairs of eyes were at all alike. We loved how Hugo Boss’s effects killed with that electric blue liner. It was the most vivid color all week, seen from every seat, by everybody. This color must be the ONE, as both Bibhu Mohapatra and 3.1 Phillip Lim made sure to make it a strong message of their 2016 spring lines. What Marc Jacobs went for was a more grunge effect by using cobalt cream shadow in a smear on the lids that created the “look” to match his line. In a resemblance of Twiggy lashes, there were painted on lower lashes that defined a newer, bold look we anticipate seeing a lot more from. And placement mattered, with electric blue defining the inner corner at just the bottom of the waterline, with a companion placement of the same color just above the lashline of the outer eyes. There wasn’t a trace of blue on lips–just a lot of deep, vivid cherry red inspiration.
Knot Your Hair this Year
There were more knotted styles for hair rocking the runways that revealed a whole new level of don’t care attitude to the aspect of nonchalance. Messes of gorgeous tresses were wrapped up, twisted up and bound up in a menagerie of turns and loops that made rocket science look easier to follow than where these almost erotic chignon sections began and ended. There may not have even been a single hairbrush present anywhere backstage, as judging by the runway hair of 2016 spring. And in raw “What is a bobby pin” style, it was all, “go basic, black elastic–or go home.” Jason Wu, Rag & Bone and Tory Burch all made extra efforts to rock disheveled, and take it to a new level. Twisted strands joined in unusual cacophony, and some messy buns were comprised of a lot of smaller messy knotted sections gathered without a care and secured on the fly.
More About Hair
Air dried hair is everything now, and we–especially curly girls–couldn’t be happier about it. To the rather unintentional air dried hair, there were some awesome accessories to covet that secured, adorned and embellished these styles. Clips, flowers, broach barrettes and some headbands that were heavy on metallic geometries did not compete as they offered more, more more. Rodarte rocked this element.
The Twisted Runway
Proenza Schouler worked the whole braiding and twisted forms for hair this year, and surprisingly, the most loved effects were uncomplicated and simple. With all the sleek that ever existed, even the timeless and traditional three stranded braids looked fresh and totally current.