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Space buns, alien glitter, and 90s tribal tattoos at Gypsy Sport SS20


TextKristen Bateman

Hairstylist Evanie Frausto and make-up artist Fatima Thomas collaborated with eco-glitter brand Bio Glitz on the futuristic looks

Since launching six years ago, Rio Uribe’s Gypsy Sport has quickly become one of the most diverse and inclusive fashion brands in New York. Likewise, the label usually showcases its fair share of boundary-breaking beauty looks on the runway.

SS20 was no exception. While the show was presented on a rooftop complete with palm trees and tropical drinks, the models wore a colourful palette of denim, animal print and beaded crochet. The hair matched the aesthetic in that every model had a different look, styled by Evanie FraustoWest Dakota opened the snow-covered in glitter and other models had graphic make up inspired by Kiss and the 90s tribal tattoo aesthetic.

“Individuality is really important to Gypsy Sport, so everyone is getting something a bit different and unique,” Frausto explains. “I was inspired by people on holiday, but in a sort of fantasy world, and mixed 1920s styles, like finger waves and pin curls, with futuristic 2020 looks.” 

Two of the most prominent looks? Space buns on a variety of textures of hair, and braids. To create the space buns, Frausto prepped clean hair with Redken Hardwear 16, used a fine-toothed comb to create a shallow centre part and started above the ear, creating a zig-zag part down the back of the head until you reach the neck. He then gathered hair into two high ponytails and secured with an elastic, twisted each ponytail into space buns and secured with bobby pins. He misted with Redken Triple Pure 32 to set everything in place. For the braids, he used a comb to section hair and applied Redken Dry Shampoo Paste 05 down each section. He then braided hair into small-to-medium braids and secured with an elastic. He topped them off with Redken Guts 10 to tame flyaways and Redken Triple Pure 32 to set each braid.

While the hair was intrinsic to the Gypsy Sport style, the make-up may have been even more extreme. MAC Cosmetics senior artist Fatima Thomas lined each model’s lips and eyes with graphic black shapes using MAC’s Brushstroke Liner, while others were completely covered in glitter from head-to-toe, giving them an alien appearance. “This season, we were inspired by 90s tribal tattoos and the band Kiss,” she explains. To emphasise the extreme black lip liner, she coated lips in MAC’s Clear Lip Glass.

The turquoise glitter full-body looks replete with vintage finger waves may have just been the wildest make up of the show. These came courtesy of Bio Glitz, the sustainable glitter beauty brand founded by Rebecca Richards and Saba Gray.“Our inspiration for the look created on West Dakota was a sunset,” says Richards. “We blended our Wink, Diamond Dust, Bronze Boddess, Pinkli Pop, and Solar Glitz colours in layers to create a gradient effect, mimicking the sun setting over a microplastic-free ocean.”

The duo took inspiration from “sea alien creatures, who have lived underwater since the dawn of time but are being slowly eradicated due to human-created climate change and the rising amount of plastic contamination in their sacred waters,” for the green glitter body art. One of the models even appeared to have prosthetic alien ears. If the show is any indication, alien beauty could be the next best look to try for spring 2020.

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