While bright lips and healthy, dewy skin are staple spring trends, this season the make-up artists and hairstylists offered us something slightly different. There was a strong 80’s throwback trend, plenty of glitter and braids – but, most importantly, the essence of individuality that we’ve seen for the last couple of seasons on the catwalk.
Plaits A Plenty
Braids took on several distinct forms on the runways. Tight braids, as seen as Dior, were devoid of any romanticism as wisps and flyways were hidden out of sight and the plaits kept precise. Tempted to recreate the look? Hairstylists backstage advised that rubbing priming hair products between your palms before braiding helps to keep strands together and adds much-needed grip.
In contrast, skinny, hippie-esque braids were spotted at Roberto Cavalli and Preen, while Erdem’s shipwrecked woven chignons harked back to the 17th Century. Elsewhere Simone Rocha opted for simple, pretty pigtails. So it’s no surprise that at the end of Paris Fashion Week, hairstylist Guido Palau exclaimed that this season, “there’s a plait to suit everyone”.
An Ode To The Eighties
Designers paid homage to one decade in particular this season: the 1980’s. Adulation popped up in all four fashion cities and took shape in the form of shoulder pads, ruffles and cap hats. In terms of beauty, retro perms were re-imagined at Topshop Unique thanks to hairstylist Duffy, who created cascading curls with a small curling iron. At Chanel and Kenzo, electric rouge and pink blushers were draped across cheekbones and temples.Meanwhile bright ‘look at me lids’ were spotted at Nina Ricci and Louis Vuitton, where references to Bruce Weber’s work and Steve Strange were distinct. The most 80’s entrenched show of all was Marc Jacobs. The designer dedicated his entire show to 80’s rave culture, from the knotted, rainbow dreadlocks to the colour-pop metallic shadow that was diffused around the entire eye area, courtesy of make-up artist Francois Nars.