Spring 2014 Fashion Week collections highlight eclectic, inventive makeup

Gianna Collier Pits/WSN
Gianna Collier Pits/WSN


With New York Fashion Week coming to a close, consumers of high fashion have only six months standing between them and the recently debuted gems of the Spring/Summer 2014 runways. But in addition to the inventive couture, one must not overlook the attention to detail displayed in the hair and makeup across countless designer collections this season. From short to long, bold lip to nude, every beauty trend found its place backstage and in the spotlight this past week — and there’s no sin in trying them out a season in advance.

With regard to hair, the name of the game was sophisticated deconstruction, as models at Michael Kors and Thakoon showcased loose, beach inspired chignons and midlength waves that can be easily made into everyday wear for any hair length. The blunt bob also made a much-anticipated comeback, slicked down and middle-parted as seen in Jason Wu’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection. At koonhor, slicked hair took on another form, as length was exaggerated and soft waves were added to the mix to combine several runway hair trends into one cohesive look.

For the more adventurous at heart, a true winner was Marc Jacobs’ choppy ear-length dirty blond wigs, complete with equally choppy bangs that lightly grazed the forehead. Though not a hairstyle for the timid or time-crunched, this punk inspired cut is sure to turn a few fashion oriented heads. For a bold look with less commitment, Christine Alcalay exhibited voluminous fauxhawks that can be taken from the showroom floor to the college classroom with a spritz of hairspray and a personal touch.


With more people willing to experiment with bolder and brighter shades, the major color of the season appeared to be blue in every imaginable shade. Seen lining the eyes of Marc Jacobs in an electric hue and gently sweeping across the upper lids in pale aqua at Badgley Mischka, this trend is versatile in its execution and completely open for interpretation. Mark and Estel also highlighted eyes by creating cat eyes and a strong line arching over each upper lid using charcoal black eyeliner. In order to achieve a necessary balance when wearing such strong colors and outlines, pair a dramatic eye with a nude lip or vice versa.

In the world of lip color, neon and muted pastels took center stage last week. Designers including DKNY, Prabal Gurung and rag & bone sent their models down the runway in bright tints including orange, pink and lilac, complemented by nude makeup elsewhere, making the “model look” slightly more practical for daily wear this season. Most memorably, Marchesa sent models down the runway with a burgundy-tinted lip, and stood as one of the few collections to experiment with a darker color palette.

From old Hollywood elegance to 1980s androgyny, hair and makeup during this Spring/Summer season’s shows surpassed expectations and brought back an era of practical experimentation with color and style. This year’s beauty trends transfer seamlessly for use off the runway.

A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, Sept. 18 print edition. Gianna Collier-Pitts is a contributing writer. Email her at [email protected]



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