SS21’s Biggest Beauty Looks from Fashion Month

With the current austerity the world has had reckoned, visual optimism reigns en masse by way of Spring 2021 Fashion Month as a beautifying language for facial adornment (re: otherworldly beauty from Erdem Moralioglu to shockingly vibrant hues from Tom Ford & Christopher John Rogers). From graciously-thick graphic onyx liner to new hair lengths yet to reach its watery potential, escapism, fantasy, and self-discovery are the silver linings of what’s ahead for runway-inspired beauty trends.


The extrovert’s palette that rules no exception. Tom Ford’s amped exorbitant joie de vivre showcase was met with 80’s inspired flushes of fuschia pink cheekbone draping with metallic-like frosted eyes to match. Christopher John Rogers followed this suit with fantastical lip service of fiery orange. Bora Aksu proved a point of difference with a subdued yet equally glamorous approach. Bright hues were blurred and paired with veiled, translucent masks for a moving, directional display, softly patted by makeup artist Janeen Witherspoon. The takeaway? A potent, juicy springtime boost where serotonin levels electrify with impact. 


According to Victoria Beckham, it’s all about what’s on the surface, i.e., minimalist yet radiant skin. And she’s not alone. Proenza’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, coupled with The Row’s Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, offered an embrace to an earthy, natural approach to beauty. Barely-there, no-makeup makeup has returned, comfortingly. Beckham emphasized the subtle basics that merely deviate from the designer’s signature look: fresh-looking, out-of-shower skin & neutral-toned eyeliner. Lashes were made sensuous with the best-selling Satin Kajal Liner. It’s where Lucia Pieroni dots the line(r). Zoom call ready? Very posh. 


photo via CHANEL

The je ne sais quoi of beauty trends for 2021. What makes the graphic look so genius? It’s seasonless & completely adaptable. Take notes from Paris. Chanel’s take was a thickly-lidded smoky update that followed the eye’s natural arch and lid. Explained Chanel’s Global Creative Designer for Makeup and Colour Lucia Pica, “I really wanted the girls makeup to look very blurry, matte and pristine.” A 1920’s cinematic look with a modern update. Chloe’s proved to find less restraint with an added edge by way of a flick and double-winged liner to a boho lover’s bliss. Dior’s expectedly captured emotion with a daring heavily-handed, kohl eyeliner look – complementing fresh lips & skin. 


This water-bound hair trend needn’t require a pool or beach – just a few drops of hair oil or dollops of pomade. Versace’s SS21 Hellenic-inspired glamourous showcase was all about every inch of sexuality, including the effervescently chic, Ursula Andress straight-from-the-water wet hair look. Chloe echoed the same note, with vestiges to off-duty ease. This Spring/Summer off-the-runway hair will be seen as a bonafide look for summery nonchalance.


photo via SIMONE ROCHA

WFH easy glamour begins here. Erdem’s otherworldly, intelligent beauty meets Rodarte’s spellbinding aesthetic. Pared-back, the wearer’s beauty undercurrents free & unfettered, with gestures to all encompassing gothic romance. Fantasy comes to mind when Simone Rocha is in the conversation, with pearled headpieces and doll-like blush application on cheeks. With NARS Global Director Uzo Ukaeje, the Mulleavy Sisters opted for Rodarte to turn towards vamp with Opulent Red. Erdem’s take on ethereal beauty was complemented by in-the-garden rosy cheeks & muted eyes with a softly defined brow.

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