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: Thom Browne
CITY: New York
THE LOOK: Beach Blanket Bingo sans innocence. Pastel mouths recalled the zinc oxide of old and unnatural tans extended as far as a white painted “choker.”
INSPO: Retro references (60s “psychedelic beach”) with a bizarre Thom Browne twist.
KEY PLAYERS: Makeup artist Sil Bruinsma, Hairstylist Jimmy Paul, Manicurist Julie Kandalec
BEAUTY MVPs: MAC Lipmix, Bumble & bumble Thickening Spray and Surf Spray, Essie Nail Polish in Aim to Misbehave with two coats of Allure to tone down the taxi cab yellow
TOP TIPS: Paint each nail a different shade of “sorbet” for a mix-n-match manicure that’s as weird and wonderful as the designer’s collection. Kandalec kept Essie Nail Polish in Resort Fling, Minimalistic, Marshmallow, Candy Apple, and Going Guru on deck.
Browne’s Backstage Lip Recipes: MAC Lipmix in Yellow + Lipmix in Cyan + Lipmix in White = Seaside Seafoam or MAC Lipmix in Cyan + Lipmix in White = Poolside Powder Blue
WORDS FROM THE WISE: Match your mouth to your outfit: “We made three different lip colors that are in the collection,” says Bruinsma of the chalky seafoam, powder blue, and white pouts.
TREND TALLY: If hair had a natural texture or was short, it was left as is, continuing the trend of preserving individuality through hair (a concept embraced at shows like Tommy Hilfiger, Proenza Schouler, and DKNY).