As the first pit stop on an editor’s biannual show schedule, New York Fashion Week isn't just about the after-parties and spotting Kardashian-Jenners at Yeezy: it's also where we see fledgling fashion and beauty trends emerge, often setting the tone for the shows across the pond in London, Milan and Paris.
Aside from perpetual experimenters like Marc Jacobs and the Rodarte sisters, New York is known for playing it slightly safer than its European cousins, beauty-wise. This season, though, it's been refreshing to see brands experimenting with everything from two-tone lips in punchy brights to real-life Snapchat make-up - no filter necessary. Fresh off the catwalk, these are the trends that we're itching to test out right now.
Bright matte lips
While hi-gloss vinyl lips might be all the rage for autumn, next season will see us returning to matte textures in punchy, bright shades, if the New York runways are anything to go by. The high octane beauty look at Cushnie & Ochs was amped up with the addition of a bold, two-tone lip - invest in matching lip liners to achieve a similarly neat, sculptural finish. Meanwhile, at Jason Wu, the pink-to-orange ombré lip packed a punch, adding interest to models' otherwise bare faces.
Surfer-girl beach hair
Backstage at Alexander Wang, no less than 18 of the 55 models walking in the show volunteered to have one of Guido Paulo’s career-elevating haircuts. The legendary stylist ran a razor through the ends of the models’ newly shorn (and newly bleached) bobs to achieved a jagged, ‘surfer girl’ finish. Roots were left darker for a sun-soaked effect, while breezy beach waves were created with a smattering of texturizing salt spray.
It was only ever going to be a matter of time... Snapchat filters became a source of beauty inspiration at the Desigual show, where models' faces were painted with everything from the ubiquitous dog's noses to the deer and bumblebee filters. Naturally, the golden butterflies and flower crowns made an appearance, too, worn in the hair. Want to try it at home? It's worth bearing in mind that, unlike on the app, this look won't disappear after ten seconds.
Bold, almost neon orange nails caught our attention backstage at the Tibi show, which will be the perfect poolside accessory come next season. And if you want to get ahead of the game, trend-wise, tangerine is the perfect hue for this unseasonal burst of hot weather...
A pastel wash of eyeshadow is set to be one of spring's prettiest make-up trends. At Jil Sander, lilacs, pale blues and greens were expertly blended into brighter shades, exaggerated with a black cat's eye flick, while at Christian Siriano, models made an impact with a line of pigmented pastel shadow. For a more dramatic take on the trend, look to Victoria Beckham, who sent models down the runway wearing graphic wings of smudged-out shadow in a bolder blue colour, using products from her new collaboration with Estée Lauder.