Yea, Nay, Or Eh: Bleached Brows On The Runway
The concept of blocked-out eyebrows certainly isn’t new. Kristen McMenamy’s all-forehead, all-the-time editorials in the pages of nearly every international issue of Vogue in the nineties inspired a generation of girls to get creative with a Bic. When Pat McGrath brought them back in full force for Prada and Balenciaga’s Fall 2009 shows, it was hip to be bleached once again. Despite how we feel about the no-brow look on Lara Stone (that woman can do no wrong), we were never particularly fond of it otherwise. But as more and more packets of hair-lightening powder appeared backstage over the last few seasons, we’ve come around. That being said, sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t. McGrath was up to her old tricks this week at Valentino Couture, where she reunited with hairstylist Guido Palau to create hair and makeup not unlike the styles they churned out at YSL in October: a very sleek, small-headed silhouette with a middle part and invisible arches. But this time around, it received mixed reviews around the office. “Something’s missing,” one editor noted. “God gave us eyebrows for a reason!” So, we put it to you, dear readers. Take a gander at our retrospective of bleached brows past and let us know if and when you think they work, and when they look just plain creepy.
Photo: Clockwise from top left, Greg Kessler at Prada, Fall 2009; Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com at Valentino Spring 2011 Couture; Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com at Valentino Spring 2011; Greg Kessler at Prada, Spring 2010; Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com at YSL Spring 2011