New York Fashion Week provided a host of beauty inspiration for spring 2024, much of it affected by something of the fantastic. Inspiration came from mythology, dance, and artificial intelligence—essentially, the out-of-this-world artistry born only of being human and dreaming of things other than just that.

Though many details skewed somewhat supernatural (see: the continuation of mermaidcore and some celestial aesthetics) the escapism was balanced by unaffected looks, cheeky references, and, in some cases, no makeup at all. The Esteé Lauder look for Maria McManus, for example, was born of commuter culture, while, at at  Willy Chavarria, makeup artist Marco Castro eschewed all forms of skin coverage. The resulting collection was a study in reality versus aspiration, that age-old story told through hair, skin, and makeup. Here, five beauty trends that defined New York Fashion Week and will inspire your spring beauty looks.

Hunter Abrams

Ribbon Revival

The ribbonassance continued this season, runways made more romantic (and spritely) with hair adorned in thin slices of fabric. At Collina Strada, a cadre of “horse girls” grinned down the runway, manes run through with colorful hand-dyed chiffon in asymmetrical styles reminiscent of some erratic Ren Faire. Strips of jersey cut directly from dresses served as ribbon-esque headbands at Helmut Lang, and Christian Siriano’s ballet-inspired collection came with the satin accessories to match, pale pink ribbons pinned to fall within (and well-past) loose lengths like extensions—and laced through hairstylist Lacy Redway’s viral corseted updo.

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It has been one hell of a year for trends in the beauty industry.

From Barbie and mermaid core, to a staggering amount of food-themed beauty looks, the industry benefited from an injection of fresh and fun styles in 2023.

There was no doubt that these trends would influence this month’s spring summer (SS24) Fashion Weeks.

And indeed we are seeing this, with a dazzling array of colours and styles on  catwalks so far, along with a number of new looks that are set to shape the face of beauty going into 2024.

Cosmetics Business rounds up the top seven beauty trends it spotted at the globe’s most luxurious fashion and beauty events….

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Fashion for a good cause

German Swiss International School’s (GSIS) fashion show Verve took place last month. Our junior reporter Kate Ng was there to cover the event for Young Post.

Verve is an annual charity fashion show organised by GSIS. This year’s show, held on March 30, raised more than HK$200,000. The proceeds went to St James’ Settlement, Orbis, Somaly Mam Foundation, and Bridge to China Charitable Foundation.

Organisers started their preparations last October and held auditions and rehearsals. Their aim was to make community service fun.

The word “verve” was chosen for the school’s first charity fashion show in 2010 as it evokes a sense of excitement, vitality and energy.

For the fashion show, three teams – each comprising two students – and another four individual students worked as designers.

Gladys Leung, a student from Marymount Secondary School, was a member of a design team. She said the show had given her a chance to explore the world of fashion and make new friends.

“Before I joined Verve, I always stayed at home and was unfamiliar with the world outside. This experience definitely deepened my interest in designing,” she said. “I hope to get more involved in fashion design in future.”

Fashion design entails a lot of spontaneity, Gladys said. At first, she wanted to find a piece of cloth in the colours of a rainbow. In the end, she dyed a white cloth with acrylic paint.

Before the show, she also made minor changes to her designs.

The student models were very professional.

“My sister encouraged me to model,” noted Caroline Rudolph, one of the models.

“Working for a charity fashion show is definitely a big bonus.”

Caroline said one of the student designs were a bit over the top. Yet she wore them as if they were her Sunday best. “I don’t think my feeling for a designer or a piece will affect my performance,” she said. “Once you are on the runway, all you think about is not to trip or fall.”

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