This season J.W. Anderson “delves into the roaring innocence of party girls and the exhilarating speed of consumption” with 80’s Soviet chic inspiration.
This 80’s girl isn’t from New York, she’s revived from post communist Soviet Russia experimenting with fashion in Berlin. The runway featured various materials ranging from leather to lurex that made for an expensive yet fun look. For example, leather on long oversized coats dropping to the ankle and lurex accessorized lustrous skirts with buckle belts.
Human League’s “Seconds” looped as the soundtrack for the show, giving off the exciting, eccentric anticipation of a girl’s night out while the colourful lurex and heavy metal danced and swayed along in flowing motion to the music. The transition from communism into mass consumerism conveyed heavily through each piece, clashing in texture and shape but all constructed seamlessly into modern style. Accessories were also a main highlight in the show, with geometric shaped leather clutches and patent leather pointed boots adorned with giant silver daisies.
We had a chance to talk to senior make-up artist Mark Carrasquillo backstage:
“It’s like a young girl who goes out and parties and is a nightclubber. But she’s not an it-girl, she’s not all glamorous with make-up and stuff, so then we started the idea of giving her eyebrows, we wanted to look like she tweezed her eyebrows so I bleached the brow and drew on a higher – “Dancing with a Stranger” or 80’s club kid in East Village – arched brow and the skin is really natural and matte, just lip balm on the lips, no blush, no contour, no eyelashes (not even curled), left them really bare and really raw. A really fragile type of girl.”
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