On the Runway

New York Fashion Week: 5 Beauty Looks We Loved Day 5

Stellar hair, from edgy to elegant at NYFW

On the backstage beauty beat, we covered some heavyweight shows on Day 5, from Carolina Herrera to Marc Jacobs, and Olivier Theyskens’ collection for Theory. Of note at Theory was the Canadian presence of Joe Fresh, whose covetable nail polish covered models’s tips in a slew of six shades ranging from greige to cafe au lait, eggplant and ruby. It was Joe Fresh’s beauty debut at New York Fashion Week and Flare contributor and Joe makeup artist Simone Otis (who created the colours) was on-hand to survey nail maven Jin Soon Choi’s handiwork. Jin, by the way, was over the moon about getting to work with the Joe polishes, commenting that Olivier himself is crazy for colour and that he wanted an array of six polish shades – unheard of for a single show.;

And while the makeup and nails was gorgeous,yesterday was all about hair. Here’s our top 5 standouts:

1)  Strewn-ribbon updos at Monique Lhuillier. It was hard to top yesterday’s basketweave updo at Thakoon, but somehow Odile Gilbert did it again. Inspired by famed photographer Richard Avedon, she crafted an intricate web of hair piled on top of the head and strewn in waves to look like ribbons. 

2) Simply chic chignons at Carolina Herrera. Sleek and close to the head, Orlando Pita’s rolled-under updos evoked classic elegance, in keeping with Herrera’s modus operandi. Strangely, there was an early settler/pioneer feel to the hair, which somehow seemed to elevate it more.

3) Sleek architectural hair at Theyskens’ Theory. These centre-parted ‘dos, created by Odile Gilbert, with two panels in front, and a ponytail in the back, were inspired by Theyskens’ signature long locks. The hidden element of the runway look: long, thread-like earrings in varying colours that seemed to merge with the hairstyle and gave a cool hint of colour.

4) Sculpted buns at Donna Karan. Similar to the elegant buns seen at Oscar de la Renta’s spring show, there was ’50s feel going on here, with Hitchcock heroine Tippi Hedren referenced. But Souleiman’s updos at Karan had a modern twist: wisps were deliberately pulled out of the buns to make them seem less perfect.  

5) Spraypainted gold black bobs at Betsey Johnson. The blunt black bobs at Betsey were inspired by Sassoon and Pulp Fiction, but Redken stylist Peter Gray took it a step further by spray-painting on, in gold, a lacy/brocade pattern that picked up on the fabric of Betsey’s collection. The perfect quirky touch for Johnson’s madcap show.