Sleek, straight hair, bronzed skin and sultry black liner – the hair and make-up at the spring/summer 2014 shows was as trend-worthy as ever. Hot, bright lips are once again the look to covet, whilst pastel hues, bold brows and fabulous nail art continued to feature.
Say goodbye to the big, bouncy blow-dry – it’s time to get your straight stylers out again according to Chloé, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and Miu Miu. There was also a distinct lack of volumised roots on the catwalk, with hair slicked close to the scalp at Marc by Marc Jacobs and Valentino and.
Black eyeliner never goes out of style, and this season the way to wear it is with the attitude of a rebellious teenager – heavy, striking and not at all retro. At Missoni, Rodarte and Stella McCartney it was feline and sultry, whilst at Versace it was applied right onto the water line for extra drama.
With The Band
Black jersey headbands have a certain balletic charm, and lent a streamlined finish to the hairstyles at Victoria Beckham and Vera Wang. They came studded and in leather at Valentino, in metal at Elie Saab and jewelled and covered in golden coins at Dolce & Gabbana.
If it isn’t already, let bronzer become your best friend for summer – inspired by the tanned skin at Michael Kors and Donna Karan, where a Seventies-style glow looked brand new again. There was also a Studio 54 vibe to the bronze eyes at the likes of Jason Wu, whilst a gilded beauty was on show at Christian Dior via golden brows and gold-leaf partings respectively.
The timeless, ever-so feminine and beautifully classic pastel trend continues to feature this season. A wash of shadow around the eyes made for a pretty, summer alternative to the smoky eye, coming in pastel hues at Burberry, Rochas and Dolce & Gabbana.
You can’t possibly think bold eyebrows, without having Cara Delevingne‘s image instantly pop into your head. Cara remains the model of the moment in 2014, with many models following her lead. This season strong brows gave a fresh, youthful, and more natural appearance to faces on the catwalk.
In Paris and Milan, lips were largely left natural, but in New York it was another story entirely. Bright, matte lips packed a punch and the message got through to London Fashion Week too, with scarlet pouts at Mary Katrantzou, Antonio Berardi and House of Holland.
Still Nailing It
Nail art is nothing new, but the spring/summer 2014 shows made it clear that it won’t be going anywhere soon. The breadth of styles was astonishing – tortoiseshell-print at Rodarte, covered in Swarovski crystals at Giles, studded at Marc Jacobs and printed with LV logos at Louis Vuitton.