Hair and makeup stood out as “kissable, undismissable, glossy, saucy, cherries in the snow,” said Luther, with Marilyn Monroe red lips being the makeup signature of the season. “Psychologists say we color our lips because we want to be heard,” said Luther, noting that red lips shown on the runways seemed to echo that sentiment. She also noted a direct contrast to that look and a minimalist turn demonstrated through lipstick-free, bare faces. In addition, when shown with “propriety/society” mode outfits, eyebrows were arched and high.
“In New York, hair was mostly off the face, knotted, pony tailed or twisted into buns and chignons,” said Luther. “In Europe, hair was generally worn down, often lengthened and thickened with extensions.” Gloves, bags, shoes, fur, fabric innovation and color were also part of the mix.
Panelists discussing the latest looks included Ken Downing, fashion director, Nieman Marcus; Stephanie Solomon, fashion director, Bloomingdale’s; Ed Burstell, general merchandising manager, Bergdorf Goodman; and Marylou Luther. MAC Cosmetics, Solstiss Bucol, Lord & Taylor, Cotton, Inc. and Ecco Domani sponsored the event.