Alexander Wang: A Tale Of Bleached Brows & Brooklyn

AWang-NW-21Photographed by Nina Westervelt.
Alexander Wang has never been one to shy away from pushing the envelope, and his fall 2014 show last night was just one more feather in his cap of unconventionality. The designer opted to hold his show at the Brooklyn Navy Yard (Lincoln Center be damned), and it really embraced a progressive, industrial, modern theme on fashion — one of Wang's biggest strengths as a designer is his ability to move the industry forward, always innovating and keeping things fresh, exciting, and on the cutting edge.
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Editors and fashion luminaries who made the frigid hike through the Navy Yard's maze of buildings were rewarded with an otherworldly spectacle, complete with a rotating runway and some heat-activated, color-changing(!) clothing.
To help cap off this high-tech theme, the hair and makeup teams created a strong, urban, futuristic look. Working with NARS, makeup artist Diane Kendal created a monochromatic face using Matte Multiples in Altai, Vientiane, or Cappadoce (depending on skin tone) on the face, cheeks, and eyes. Lips got a coat of foundation and a slick gloss, and Illuminator in Copacabana was used on the cheekbones to add a touch of luminosity and softness to the look. To cap things off and really hit that otherworldly theme home, models' brows were bleached into oblivion.
The '60s-but-not hair, created by Guido Palau for Redken, was taken from a drawing done by Wang himself. Palau said he wanted the hair to look drawn on, so he created a very deep side-part and slicked hair down and over to create a graphic psuedo-bang. "It's a bit like a man's hair," explained Palau.
Rounding out the look was a power beige, "tomboy" nail by Essie — we heard the word boyish thrown around as inspiration for all aspects of the beauty look. The Essie team layered one coat of Mademoiselle over the top of one coat of Sand Tropez (an apparent favorite of Wang's) and finished with a coat of Matte About You to create this industrial, dramatic beige. Expect to see more of this concept of "tough" neutral nails for fall — industrial seems to be where it's at for 2014.
Leave it to Wang to push the fashion crowd out of its comfort zone, both geographically and aesthetically. Complain as it may have about the "trek" to Brooklyn, it's clear that wherever Wang may lead, it'll follow — just don't expect everyone to take the G train to get there.
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