What felt like a week-long whirlwind at the time (and realistically, actually was!) has now come to a close. From wind-tunnel hair to blue cat eyes, a Harper Beckhamcameo, and one awesome T-shirt, here’s our top 10 backstage moments from New York Fashion Week.
If this post is any indication, there can really be no cap on how many beautiful people go into one post. From the breathtaking photo of Lindsey Wixson above, to the black and white still of Arizona Muse, to the always beautiful Euro gals Ulyana Sergeenko and Giovanna Battaglia, you’ve certainly got your fill today!
In today’s fashion film, director Claire Edmondson (she’s done videos for Broken Social Scene and Austra, no big deal) partners up with Toronto-based Tania Martins, the designing genius behind cult label Pink Cobra for a look into what a bored and slightly mad girl might do if she was trapped in an apartment with nothing but a serious wardrobe to keep her entertained. Watch, through Edmonsdon’s Juergen Teller light-bathed lens, as the craziness comes on.
There’s never a lack of creativity backstage. Hairstylists and makeup artists are beauty wizards, working their own brand of magic to create characters for each runway show. But this season, their imaginations took things to the next level. From candy-coloured hair to lips that mimicked floral blooms to eyes that were dressed in metallic foil, spring’s beauty message is not for the faint of heart.
Makeup artists and hairstylists drew inspiration from girls hitting the summer music festival circuit with dishevelled, centre-parted strands and slept-in smoky eyes. Dsquared threw its own concert, sending models down the muddy runway with hippie hair that was “Kate Moss at Glastonbury,” explained hairstylist Sam Mc-Knight, while at Alexis Mabille, tiny daisies were tucked into textured hair for a Lilith Fair feel. At Emilio Pucci, makeup artist Lisa Butler’s roughly smudged black liner with hits of copper and gold paid homage to an ’80s Madonna, with a side of gypsy-esque free spirit. And when eyes weren’t rimmed in black, blue was the new black: For Emanuel Ungaro, Charlotte Tilbury gave eyes a wet look by mixing teal and navy with noir and layering gloss on top. Likewise at Rodarte, models wore a smoky eye with a spin; makeup maven James Kaliardos gave lids a navy wash that winked at Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night.
It was sink or swim backstage, where wet hair and glistening skin were major beauty themes to surface this season. At Bottega Veneta and Diesel, Guido Palau crafted dripping chignons and misty ponytails. At Alexander Wang, models looked like they had just hopped out of the shower. The sopping effect wasn’t achieved with H2O but with argan hair treatment “until you really get it looking wet,” says Palau. Super-hydrated skin with a healthy sheen was reminiscent of an Olympian post-workout, or in the case of Missoni, a girl who had been up all night flamenco dancing—the models’ dewy complexions achieved through artful placement of metallic cream shadow. That shine could also result from plenty of Botox, according to makeup artist Val Garland, who simulated that supernatural skin for Giambattista Valli by strategically applying a pink-gold pigment on the planes of the face.