Alexander Wang Will Make You Reconsider the Mushroom Cut

Cat McNeil and Irina Kravchenko opt for 90s-inspired chops

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: Alexander Wang 

CITY: New York

KEY PLAYERS: Makeup artist Diane Kendal, Hairstylist Guido Palau, Manicurist Rita Remark

THE LOOK: “Nocturnal, like they’ve been out all night partying,” said Kendal, which was ironic given the designer’s #NoAfterParty stance—a message that was stamped across models’ black stockings backstage. “It’s an unkempt kind of glamour,” added Palau.

INSPO: The Wang squad. “These are girls that are out all night, but still look cool in the morning,” said Palau. 

BEAUTY MVPs: NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto, NARS Audacious Mascara, Redken Wax Blast 10, Essie Nail Color in Sand Tropez and Sugar Daddy

TOP TIPS: You can either party till your eyeliner is perfectly worn in or simply steal Kendal’s smudging technique: Wrap the inside of eyes and just outside of top and bottom lash lines with black pencil, then use a clean, fluffy shadow brush to blend. Top off lids with clear gloss for a sexy, I-slept-in-my-makeup sheen.

We’ve come to expect drastic transformations backstage at Wang, but Palau said the chops—seen on models like Cat McNeil and Irina Kravchenko—were “just girls who wanted a haircut.” After ODing on bleach last season to produce Wang’s surf squad, the pro stuck to the scissors—taking inspiration for the mushroom cuts from a 90s Linda Evangelista. “She transformed herself with that haircut back then and it was great to reinterpret it on Cat,” said Palau. “It’s nice when you do the cuts and the girls feel really good—they get some life pushed into them!” The rest of the cast was treated to rumpled strands via texturizing spray wax. To keep hair from falling flat, avoid spritzing roots.

Remark “warmed up” concrete-colored nails with a sheer layer of “lip gloss” pink, then applied a matte topcoat to polish off the “industrial” manicure. 

WORDS FROM THE WISE:  “I’m never scared to get any haircut, but I am scared of bleach!” revealed Kravchenko, swinging her freshly shorn ginger strands. “Right now, I just need to wash it and that’s it—no brushing.” McNeil said lopping off her “nipple-level” hair was a long time coming. “It was the longest it’s been in ten years, but I’ve had it short before so I like it,” noted the model. “I put a hat on it and I’m good to go!” Wang rookie Nina Milner also went under the scissors, stomping the runway for the first time with a platinum mushroom cut.

TREND TALLY: Sooty eyes were also seen at R13 and Cushnie et Ochs.

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