For those who question the direction in which beauty isevolving, look no further than the spring runways. InParis, in Milan, in London and in New York, makeupartists and hairstylists put forward a compelling newvision. Based on a more relaxed sensibility, it embraces anease and a vivacity that feels particularly fresh now. Thelook was manifested in the liberal use of bright colors,which makeup artists swept across eyes, cheeks and lips; inthe myriad Seventies inﬂuences that permeated so manyshows, and in the preponderance of blonde models whodominated the runways. “We are living through difﬁculttimes,” Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institutesays in “The Big Easy”, “and we need that lift,that something that gets us energized. That’s color.”
In addition to the liberal use of bright color, “TheBig Easy” also features the spring’s key hair and makeupmoments from the runways of Paris, Milan and London.As you’ll see, it was a rich season for beauty, with keythemes that also included a strong androgynous streak andthe return of the thirtysomething supermodel, includingStella Tennant, Carolyn Murphy and Amber Valletta, awelcome sign that designers are eager to embrace a newcross-generational aesthetic.
Count this issue’s cover model, rising star Julija Step, asamong those who revere these models as well. The high-spirited 17-year-old has charmed style insiders with herchameleonlike looks and effervescent personality, walkingin 42 shows this season. Despite her growing success, thehigh school student remains ﬁrmly down-to-earth. Askher who her favorite model is, and Step’s reply is instant:“Everybody. Every single model who is doing well in thefashion business has her own charm, and I admire all ofthem.” Step’s transformational abilities are on full viewin “Whiz Kid”, in which photographer GuyAroch captured the model in her many manifestationsbackstage at New York Fashion Week.
It’s not just the runway where a new aesthetic isemerging. Hollywood, too, is undergoing a seismic shiftin traditional notions of beauty. Gone is the more-is-more inﬂ ated-Barbie ideal. In its stead is a more, darewe say, realistic version of ideal beauty. As Rachel Brownreports in “Hollywood’s New Natural”, “TheHollywood ideal is giving way to something approachinghuman.” Of course, that doesn’t mean celebrities areforgoing procedures. They’re most decidedly not. But theprocedures are changing, and so is the look. Whether onthe runway or the red carpet, the look is one we can allrelate to—and that’s great news for beauty as we head intothe new year.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.