Thanks to the frantic pace of the digital age, the average person has the attention span of a goldfish. (No, seriously. This is a fact supported by an actual study.) Seeing as the fashion sphere changes its mind even faster, we decided to provide you with a condensed report from backstage this season. As much as we'd like to pen novels in the name of lipstick and hairspray, we get it—you're busy. Here, the beauty version of CliffsNotes (all facts, no fluff) that you can easily skim in eight seconds...because science says that's all the time you have.
SHOW: Gareth Pugh
THE LOOK: Pugh envisaged a priestess cum warrior cum goddess with chaos thrown into the mix. The finished look is a defiant Nefertiti crossed with Boudicca, poise coupled with power.
INSPO: Garland and Pugh drew ideas from the sun god of chaos and the Roman emperor Heliogabalus, while Newman’s nails were inspired by freedom fighters.
TOP TIPS: “Pugh grunge is perfectly beautiful grunge, so the nails are neatly painted and practical, with short, square edges to reflect the warrior nature of Pugh’s collection,” explained Newman. Alternatively, models sported sand-covered nails to reflect the tough aesthetic.
Garland focused on the large, overdrawn black pout, making the rest of the face about reflecting light. “I bleached some of the brows, stretched skin upwards, and added cellophane and gloss where needed to really achieve the blankness of canvas on which to paint the mouth,” the pro said.
Equally as bold as the above was the hair, which was embellished with black crowns and slicked into raven tendrils with gel.
WORDS FROM THE WISE: “The textures are the key to creating the magical skin,” said Garland. Highlighter was placed down the center of the face, gloss was slick across lips, and glitter was sprinkled across eyes to add dimension and luster.
TREND TALLY: Dark meets light was a combo seen at DKNY, where Pat McGrath devised decadent chocolate glitter lips.