New York Fashion Week is coming to a close soon, and one thing we noticed these past few days was that while we died at the sneaker-inspired spread at Alexander Wang and the safari-chic smorgasbord put together by Jason Wu, we kept finding ourselves drawn to more than just the clothes. Namely the hair, the makeup, the shoes, even the runway companions(!) at these shows. And it makes sense, right? We know from years of Tim-Gunn-tutored Project Runway that
size styling does matter, because while the focus is on the clothes, fashion is about putting together an entire look. So for this blog post we decided to go clothing-optional and talk about everything but the clothes. Here are some of our favorite goings-on from NYFW 2014…
Bright-Eyed And Bushy-Browed
We love the fresh-faced look, so we were happy to find that most designers leaned toward clean, dewy makeup, especially because that emphasized our current (and has-been-for-a-while-now) beauty favorite: full, natural brows. The cat eye was also well-represented by Escada and Cushnie et Ochs, while Vera Wang opted for a smoldering variation on the classic smoky eye with a violet, restless zombie twist. Peter Som and Honor, who know the importance of a pop of color, dotted the corners of eyes with fluorescent shades and swept electric blue shadow across the lids, respectively. And taking it further, A Detacher and Tommy Hilfiger literally reached for the stars, tattooing the graphic pattern on models’ faces and bodies, while Alexander Wang bleached brows for alien-chic and Altuzarra lashed out, extending only the eyelashes at the center of the eyes for a bat worthy only of Betty Boop.
Business In The Front…
This season’s runway hair was all about texture, especially dual-textured styles that were usually product-heavy in the front and natural in the back, like the simple ponytails at Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung. Similarly, DKNY and Suno both presented looks that were slicked down in front and braided in back, as braids were another NYFW trend. Backstage, Derek Lam models donned bright blue do-rags that squeezed out – and kept out – any volume around their crowns for a hat-hair look, while Vivienne Tam and Tim Coppens took it a step further with what can only be described as just-out-of-the-shower hair. And along the lines of “I Woke Up Like This,” we had the messy top knot buns of Nanette Lepore, the messier side ponytails at Tess Giberson, and the messiest – the full-of-flyaways, fell-asleep-with-my-hair-up do’s from 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Off On The Top Of Your Head
We saw quite a few interesting hat silhouettes, like the part-bonnet-part-cowgirl-hat toppers at Creatures Of Comfort and the boxy, veiled, suit-themed lids imagined by the Thom Browne camp. Band Of Outsiders paired its collection with a basketwoven straw hat complete (or incomplete?) with unfinished fringe, and also vacation-ready were floppy, oversized pieces from Rebecca Minkoff and Tomas Maier, as well as the Karen Walker variation with a head wrap added for extra glamour and coverage. Speaking of oversized, we’re thinking Pharrell would love the ten-gallon-plus offerings from Tibi and Donna Karan, who with extra tall also explored extra wide. Classic looks showed up as well, with Polo Ralph Lauren dabbling in the preppy beret, while Kate Spade New York and Rihanna pal Adam Selman spruced up their sporty sportswear with visors fit for a country club outing.
This, That, And The Other
There was certainly no shortage of accessories at NYFW, as we were mesmerized, perplexed, delighted, etc. by everything from purses to purse-shaped wire headpieces. (No, really. Proof below.) The belted look was everywhere. Pearl-ended shoestrings, neon contrast skinny belts, lopsided sashes on flowy BCBG Max Azria dresses… Designers also played with texture, like the giant horse hair tassels at Nicholas K and the wispy, feathered headpieces from L.A.M.B. Meanwhile, Libertine walked some abstract, splattered-and-smeared tights, and Tina Turk made a graphic statement herself with wide, mod headbands. Milly utilized solid head wraps, and Isa Arfen models sported shades with nifty tie-back sashes. But the absolute BEST accessory to hit the runway this year? The black and white Harlequin Great Dane that stole the show – and then our hearts – at Hood By Air.
Best Foot (Fashion) Forward
Sporty is still here and not going anywhere soon, so athletic shoes, like the slip-on sneaks at Whit and Cut25 by Yigal Azrouel, were no surprise. And if three’s a trend, socks with ankle strap heels are also still a thing, as we saw it from Hellessy, A.A. Antonio Azzuolo, and Donatella’s partnership Versus Versace. The hard-bottomed clog reared its ugly-chic head at Coach and Thakoon, while Charlotte Ronson and the Olsen twins’ The Row also played with ugly-pretty, offering up their simple, double-banded flat sandals. Some designers – Diane von Furstenberg for one – went for the customized look, adding patterns to their shoes that matched the prints on their garments. The flatform was likely the biggest trend of all, in sandal form from Sass & Bide and jute-trimmed by M Missoni, among many others. All in all, some very wearable footwear, ready to walk off the runway and right into our closets.
All photos courtesy of Style.com and credited in captions