Style.com/Print‘s latest cover girl, Joan Smalls, arrived at last night’s Alvin Ailey opening-night gala in New York City sporting onyx-colored lipstick. (Similar to the tube MAC released in honor of Black Friday.) Her Instagram caption read, “Feeling a bit #emo tonight.” But paired with a thin line of cobalt liner along ultra-fluttery top lashes, Smalls’ look was more gorgeous than goth.
This past season at Proenza Schouler, hairstylist Paul Hanlon was intent on preserving the gentle haze of fuzz that models arrived with backstage at the show. “What you’d normally control, we’re not,” he said, in fear that strands would look more “commercial” if he were to tame every flyaway. Keira Knightley appeared to have followed the same credo at last night’s SeriousFun gala in London. Her undone waves (seen at shows like Balenciaga and Balmain) added an easy elegance to her Chanel Haute Couture gown—the same one she wore for her walk down the aisle and to a party in 2008. A hot hair trend—and great dress—is always worth repeating.
Keeping in step with another supermodel last night (Kate Moss), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley arrived at the British Fashion Awards sporting a lush, ruby colored pout. What set her look apart, however, is how her velvet, matte pout juxtaposed her glossy, slicked-back strands (reminiscent of the hair and lip combo seen at Prabal Gurung for Spring 2014). Two finishes, it seems, are twice as nice.
There was a mash-up of the beauty variety last night at The Box in London. Rita Ora’s look was reminiscent of the soft “Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver” curls that Guido Palau created at Bottega Veneta’s Fall 2013 show and the sculptural, frizzy wigs Luigi Murenu coiffed for Rick Owens’ Spring 2013 collection. Two heads, as they say, are better than one.
After I board a plane, I feel lucky if I manage to remove my makeup with a wipe before I pass out into a Unisom-induced slumber, typically wedged up against the side of the aircraft. But if you’re Lady Gaga, however, you do a complete in-flight outfit switch and hair change. She departed LAX with Donatella Versace-like blond strands and arrived at Narita in Tokyo with a throwback bob (reminiscent of a put-together Pan Am stewardess). While a team of hairstylists and makeup artists isn’t available to the majority of us who fly commercial, there is one thing we can all take away from her makeover at 35,000 feet: Sport sunglasses to cover up bleary eyes and mascara smudges. As for your hair, may I suggest a hat…or if you’re prepping for the paps or just feeling ambitious, a wig à la Gaga.