Another New York Fashion Week has come and (almost) gone, and we’re left ogling the photos we took backstage and dishing about witnessing Kylie Jenner IRL. (Yes, it really happened.) Most of all, we’re organising our trend mood boards in anticipation of fall.
The lips were painted dark shades of blood-red and purple, waves were soft and brushed out, and the classic winged liner had a modern, edgy update. Perhaps the most notable adjustment on the runway, though, was the notion of unabashed individuality. Designers called for natural hair textures and bespoke lipstick on models we’ve come to know by name—Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Binx Walton—allowing their unique looks to shine.
Keep scrolling for the top trends you should re-create from this season’s NYFW.
Finally, we got to witness the models backstage in something other than no-makeup makeup. Not that there’s anything wrong with going natural, but there’s something to be said about a fun, punchy face full of color. Jeremy Scott went cyber cowgirl with pink lips, aqua liner, and silver stars, while Mara Hoffman offered ’70s glam.
Though we’ve been warned to de-clump and keep our lashes looking soft for as long as we can remember, Jason Wu and Giulietta shook things up with purposefully sticky spider lashes with a glassy sheen. The trend exudes both elegance and eccentricity—and you'll never have to worry about fixing your mascara again.
Because wands are so last season. Backstage at BCBG, the stylists used flatirons to create cowlicks in the hair while Tanya Taylor had twists created with a blow dryer. Alice + Olivia tied the models’ hair up using strips of fabric to create smooth, undone waves.
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Mara Hoffman and Zac Posen created brushed-out and teased-up curls to show texture and volume. This trend is particularly exciting because it means frizz is officially in.
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Glitter is no longer just for New Year’s Eve, folks. Tommy Hilfiger had glittering lids to complement his Americana style, while Opening Ceremony created special effects–like slashes of sparkle on an otherwise clean face.
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Whether the hair was parted down the middle or deep to one side, slick and glossy styles were huge this season. Standouts included Suno, Marissa Webb, and Cushnie et Ochs.
Phillip Lim and Cushnie et Ochs used glossy negative-space manicures to complement the clothing. Nail art can be intense, but this season, manicurists showed off a more sophisticated, pared-down take on the trend.
Dark lips for fall—groundbreaking. (Sorry, we couldn’t pass up a reference from The Devil Wears Prada.) Gothic lips are back again only this time with even more of a moody opulence. The lips were ultra-matte at Rodarte, with foundation at the corners to allow the color to really pop. Re-create the look with Nars's Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu (£20).
Rachel Zoe and Altuzarra both decided to allow each model to keep her own texture in a trend we’re calling Do You. No matter the style, it was hugely refreshing to see different women with their own distinctive looks. Zoe explained, “It’s more real. No one has the same hair.” Respect.
Carmen Marc Valvo and Alice + Olivia both took the traditional liner flick we all know and love and sexed it up. The lines were a bit thicker, and the cat eye was blended and blurred with shadow for a new take on the time-tested classic.
There was many a runway that featured this casual yet chic style—and it’s so easy to re-create. Tory Burch had the models in a perfect messy bun, and Jonathan Simkhai took note of the weather and created an icy-looking loop with hair spray and Catwalk by Tigi's Bodifying Spray (£11).
Still fiending for NYFW goodies? Check out these 11 stunning fashion week manicures you can copy now.