We take a look back at NYFW and select the season's best from-the-neck-up transformations
Over the past nine days, otherwise known as the marathon that is New York Fashion Week, we witnessed a parade of beauty looks to accompany the womenswear collections of SS15. While some were suggestions we're sure to soon see on the streets, others were radically eccentric. The various NYFW venues saw designers showcase punk sea sirens, mohawk'd ravers, A$AP Rocky doppelgangers and Woodstock groupies. We take a look back at the city's shows and revisit the top from-the-neck-up looks NYFW had to offer.
RODARTE'S "PIERCED" EYEBROWS
Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the creative force behind Rodarte, brought punk sea sirens to their SS15 catwalk. The designers behind Dazed's recent State of Fashion takeover day "pierced" the brows of their fresh-from-the-ocean mermaids with multiple silver rings. Rodarte's facial accessories and sea-torn collection were a nostalgic nod to the late 90s/early 00s, reminding Dazed contributor Katherine Bernard of the glittery, strappy outfits worn by Mary-Kate and Ashley in their travel movies.
MARC BY MARC JACOBS' MICRO-BUN MOHAWKS
For their second show at the helm of Marc by Marc Jacobs, directors Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier channelled 90s English rave culture and resurrected the micro bun mohawk. While the style inspired by Björk was once reserved for nightclubs and worn exclusively at warehouse dance parties, the cult hairstyle complemented the Marc girl's new attitude.
3.1 PHILLIP LIM'S ELECTRIFIED HAIR
If 3.1 Phillip Lim's SS15 show press notes were anything to go by, Leonard Cohen's lyrics, "Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything" encapsulated the once-perfect, now-electrified hair of Lim's models. Their buns – replete with frazzled wispy strands – helped to communicate the American designer's jarring SS15 collection.
THOM BROWNE'S HAT-WEARING TWIGGYS
Tim Burton meets The Virgin Suicides meets Twiggy: this season Thom Browne mod'd-up his models, accessorising the doe-eyed ingénues with kooky headpieces, which could be confused for a Tim Burton design. Browne's hats assumed the form of shirt turbans and seersucker-wearing trilbies; whimsical additions that were anchored by the models' heavily lined, false lash-laden eyes.
HOOD BY AIR'S PERSPEX NECK SHACKLES
Shayne Oliver's sexed-up Hood by Air collection was rife with religious and bondage references, case in point: his perspex shackles. The neck accessory in opaque white and clear perspex alluded to a deviant cause behind the model's flushed cheeks, with boychild and the other HBA disciples walking to a live choir's rendition of the spiritual tune, “The Storm is Passing Over”.
MARC JACOBS' CHOPPY BLACK WIGS
Marc Jacobs twisted the suburban housewife archetype, giving it a perverse spin by styling his models in a uniform of choppy black wigs and no makeup. Wearing nothing but moisturiser, Jacobs' models – including Joan Smalls, Kendall Jenner, Edie Campbell, Natalie Westling and Malaika Firth – looked identical under blunt fringe bobs, despite their incredibly unique looks. The models' homogenous hairstyles when teamed with Jacobs' military green designs could be considered a comment on uniformity and compliance.
TOMMY HILFIGER'S ROCK 'N' ROLL GODDESSES
For Tommy Hilfiger, SS15 was the season for Woodstock. The American heritage designer transformed models into rock 'n' roll goddesses, giving them heavily lidded eyes and inking them with star tattoos. Binx Walton, Kendall Jenner and Georgia May Jagger peered through iron-straight hair as they walked down the runway to a soundtrack of The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles.
DKNY'S FKA TWIGS BRAIDS
Apparently the hairstyle of the season, DKNY's braided look was of the FKA Twigs variety. While other designers (see: Chromat) may have opted for A$AP Rocky cornrows, Donna Karan preferred her models' baby hair gelled and their faces dewy, in an homage to the styles worn on the streets of New York.