There was plenty of inspiration for cathartic transformation and escapism during fashion month. Models underwent dramatic transformations in their hairstyles, such as Kendall Jenner’s new copper color or Isabeli Fontana’s fresh cut inspired by Linda Evangelista back in the ’90s. Their brows were the most important thing, with bleached arches a big hit at Versace as well as Burberry.
Revitalizing makeup strategies saw a slew of color choices, including bold pastels and deep midnight shades, as well as unique takes on classic red lips and metallic eyes. For hair, it was all about glamorous braids and shiny slick-backs in all shapes and sizes. There are also statements that can be used to entice viewers into an entirely different world. This is best illustrated by the sparkling crystal jewelry designs by Simone Rocha and Burberry. These are the beauty trends for Fall 2022 that we have already started charting.
Radical Hair Transformations
The story began at New York Fashion Week, when Isabeli Fontana, a Brazilian supermodel, traded her long hair for a slouchy ’90s crop. This was a tribute to Linda Evangelista of Michael Kors. Then, at Prada, Kendall Jenner made her redhead debut conceived in a collaboration between colorists-to-the-stars Matt Rez and Jenna Perry. Gigi Hadid then bleached her waist to reveal her brows.
Hadid wasn’t the only one who took the peroxide plunge at arch-level, as we mentioned. The look was a key part of Richard Quinn’s almost alien beauty, as seen on Lila Moss. Backstage at Versace and Burberry makeup artist Pat McGrath bleached the model’s arches. This heightened the “smoldering graphic smoke eyes” and starkly bare skin.
Thomas de Kluyver, a global makeup artist, blocked the eyes with metallic silver and green foil amid Gucci’s “come-as you are” beauty program. Ambush also featured gilded pigments with shimmering touches of purple and bronze. Pro Peter Philips, Dior and Dior added a “little twist” to the eye with a few silver smudges in the corners. For an added touch of glamour, metallic accessories were also used, such as the Fendi delicate barrettes and the Chanel logo clips in Margot Tenenbaum-style at Chanel.
Braids! Braids! Braids!
The drama was the focus of this season’s most dramatic braid moments. Model Indira Scott wore her signature cascade braids at Collina Strada. They were tied into a gravity-defying, looped updo. Simone Rocha, the master of braids, served magical plaited ponytails that fell to the hips and formed a small loop at the base. Harvey, the brilliant stylist behind the plaits, made quite a statement at Schiaparelli. One model wore a cornrow updo with prickly spikes running down the middle of her head to create a punkish effect. Then there’s Dior. Guido Palau, hairstylist, presented a modern Renaissance braid with a sleek top and a headband for achieving the “space warrior effect”.
Bold Face Embellishments
Connor Ive made his runway debut in London. He explored the Y2K club kids beauty codes. This meant that colorful face jewels were a part of the equation. Simone Rocha then reflected on a different beauty reference point by incorporating pearls and crystals around model eyes. Trompe l’oeil face piercings were done at Givenchy with metal gems pressing along the forehead. McGrath, back in London at Burberry dressed selected faces in “thousands” of prismatic crystal couture gems and imprinted the Burberry logo.
Reimagined red lips
Red lips are a timeless look. It’s important to make the look unique. The month was full of different looks, starting in New York, where cool, deep-toned versions at Khaite & Tory Burch ruled. Marni chose a more abstract and blurred shade to achieve a bohemian effect. For a smooth effect, bright coral red pouts in Paris were given a translucent gloss to give them a glossy look.
Vivid Eye Statements
There are many color options to choose from this season. New York’s standout eye colors were dominated by the pastels of Gabriela Hearst, as well as washes of “taupe and acid yellow” at Maryam Nassir Zadeh. Paris was, on the other hand, all about saturated jewel tones. This included the fuchsia-waving eyes of Valentino, and the shocks that violet and Yves Klein Blue at Saint Laurent.
Damp and drenched hair
A slicked-back haircut is the best. Across lengths and textures, there were many takes on damp lengths, beginning with the just-emerged-from-the-pool sweeps at Peter Do and then Altuzarra, where at the designer’s request for a “coming out of the ocean” effect, side-swept, near-sopping lengths were sculpted accordingly by hairstylist James Pecis.
Guido Palau, Fendi’s pro, wanted the glossy, wet hair to feel light and easy but still have a masculine look. He had a deep side parted. Giambattisa Valli’s glossy, drenched hair was last but not least. Cyndia Harvey, hairstylist, stated that “They said they were wet so I gave them drenched.”
Allie Smith, makeup artist, said backstage that the “nocturnal” black-streaked eyes at Eckhaus Lata and deliberately “smudgy” dabs at Collina Strada were a result of New York’s nightlife scene. These were intended to signify a night of dancing and was inspired by New York’s nightlife scene. This season was also a big year for dark pouts, with everything from Vaquera’s midnight plums to Gucci and Blumarine’s saturated onyx lips.