Pops of Neon

High-voltage looks were big in New York. See: the acid green wings at Ulla Johnson and Helmut Lang. At Jeremy Scott, M.A.C makeup artist Kabuki said Nina Hagen and Jem and The Holograms rival girl group The Misfits inspired the brightly-hued eyeliner look. Over at Moschino, hair was peppered with vibrant streaks. 

From left: Helmut Lang, Moschino, Jeremy Scott, Ulla Johnson

Braids Every Way

Braids in all shapes and forms dominated the runways for spring/summer 2020. Max Mara delivered Wednesday Adams-eque pigtail braids to flatter the pastel-hued eye and punk-y lip combo. Gabriela Hearst’s rope braid was a standout look, while Dior and Erdem opted for sophisticated sleek plaits.

From left: Max Mara, Erdem, Dior, Gabriela Hearst

State of Euphoria

Pop culture seemed to be top-of-mind at fashion week, as we saw a plethora of Euphoria-inspired looks (whether designers want to admit it or not). Saturated colours, whimsical designs and smatterings of glitter are all the rage this fall and show no signs of losing steam going into 2020.

From left: Fendi, Cynthia Rowley, Anna Sui, House of Holland

Linear Definition

Slim strokes of liner defined the eyes and accented bare faces in Paris and London. Sharp, minimal lines drew attention to the angular tailoring that Mugler is famous for. At Victoria Beckham, the use of kohl liner pencils from her new beauty collection added a ’60s vibe. 

From left: Mugler, Victoria Beckham, Matty Bovan

Stylized Swipes of Colour

Artistic strokes of colour added a definite edge to the runways in Milano and Paris. Pat McGrath paired a swoop of black eyeshadow with a true-red lip at Prada. Splashes of metallic and white at Dries Van Noten and Acne created an avant-garde, futuristic vibe. 

From left: Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Acne, Dries Van Noten

Slicked-Back Strands

Nobody does “straight from the shower to a business meeting” quite like the makeup artists backstage at fashion week. We saw glossy, slicked-back hair paired with power suits and delicate frocks for a classic editorial look that has us eyeing the hair gel aisle.

From left: Versace, Benetton, Lanvin, Proenza Schouler

Dewy Skin Paired with a Punchy Red Lip

Luminous skin and crimson shades imparted a youthful, romantic look to the runways at Badgley Mishka, Prabal Gurung and Sies Marjan. Hair was worn loose and paired with colourful garments to play up the sweet, fresh spirit of the spring season.

From left: Badgley Mischka, Prabal Gurung, Sies Marjan

Deep Side Part

Severe side-swept hair is a welcome reprieve from last spring’s baby bangs and middle parts. Paired with minimal makeup and standout accessories, the look embraces a certain French-girl nonchalance that we can’t get enough of.

From left: Michael Kors, Jason Wu, Ports 1961, Prada, Drome