The show started at MILK Studios after we had a chance to take a peek backstage at the models getting dolled up by Moroccan Oil & MAC. The lights went down and this upbeat, cheery Culture Club music comes on – such a paradox because the brand is more edgy than preppy but it worked somehow.
Models in variations of chessboard monochrome prints marched by, almost smiling to the music. Some had splashes of bright reds and yellows with ceruleans and turquoises mixed in for good measure. Slouchy silhouettes dominated and millinery was big with almost comically large printed hats sitting on the models’ heads. Heavily 80s inspired cuts were showcased with huge red hearts covering the fronts and backs of several of the plaid/checked dresses and suits.
MAC’s Gordon Espinet worked his magic with the makeup, giving the girls soft loose curls that were sharply parted in addition to amazing dark eyebrows to keep up with the 80s inspired ensembles. We spotted Waris Alhuwalia and Leigh Lezak sitting front row.
All in all, between everyone singing along to “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”, the playful androgynous outfits and the models barely being to conceal their smiles, it was a fun show – something to break the usual NYFW stony-faced monotony.
–Arushi Khosla, Photo Credit: Daniel Graindorge