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.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"