Beauty Trends of NYFW 2016

(Mathilde van Tulder)

One of the most anticipated events of the year, New York Fashion Week is recognized as the national trendsetter for upcoming seasonal fashions. This year, the Spring/Summer 2016 collections sported many new beauty trends, along with expanding upon a few of last season’s fads. 

Sleek Buns
Recognized as a look of clean sophistication, the slicked back hairstyle’s sense of neatness purposely draws attention to facial features. The versatility of this look, whether paired with Supima’s elegant evening gowns or Chromat’s high-intensity sportswear, provides practicality.

Designers like Katie Gallagher and Mara Hoffman included these negative spaces in a variety of looks ranging from swimsuits to blouses to evening wear. Adding a cutout to a sophisticated look creates a playful, attention-grabbing edge while not exposing too much skin.

Distant cousin of the “cut-out trend,” the bold open-back was the focal point of a variety of this season’s dresses and gowns. A “v” shape extending to the lower back characterized Ji Oh’s floor length navy dress while a similar lace-lined open back added edge to Rita Vinieris’ lace and tulle black gown.

Fur Accents and Accessories
Perhaps rather ironically, the warmth of a fur hairband coupled with the coolness of a flowy, silk dress created a visually interesting contrast at Katie Gallagher and Georgine.

Natural, Well-Hydrated Skin
Although some designers like Barbara Tfank chose to add small pops of lip color or play with a simple black liner, the makeup this season celebrated the natural look with little to no application of bright colors. The skin at Karigam reflected natural light, appearing as if it was glowing.

Thick, Bold Eyebrows
Beauty redefined brow standards to the desired thick, bold brows of Cara Delevingne and Camilla Belle. This season was no different, as the models in the Ohne Titel and Pamella Roland shows sported the naturally brazen brows.

Statement Sunglasses
Oversized, chunky sunglasses are the go-to accessories for this season, pairing well with any look to intensify the attitude of a business casual look or to add a bit of flair to a simple dress. Whit, Kye and Jay Godfrey showcased the necessity of a statement sunglass for any look from your closet.

Published in the New York Fashion Week 2016 Issue

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