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WIFW fails to set beauty trends

Makeup and hair trends were lacking at WIFW 2012. The clothes saw innovation, but we can’t say the same about the look of the models

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 23, 2012 00:43 IST
Aishwarya Sati
Aishwarya Sati
Hindustan Times
Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week,Ambika Pillai,Meera Ali

The recently concluded Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) saw innovation in terms of the collections showcased, but sadly one could not say the same about the designers who failed to establish unique trends on the ramp.

Beauty expert Ambika Pillai feels that makeup artists are not at fault. “These artists are talented people and it’s wrong to say that they are not doing a good job. The designers need to visualise as to what would be trendy and they are not pushing the envelope to bring out the creative best in these artists,” she says.

Hair expert Sylvie adds, “People have run out of ideas and creativity is stunted. That’s why it is the same look and no new trends.” However, designer Gaurav Gupta feels differently. “It’s imperative for a designer to put all factors like hair, makeup and accessories together to get a uniform look. This year was about celebrating women power, probably that’s why the clean, slick look,” he says.

While it seemed that WIFW lacked on the hair and makeup front, New York Fashion Week, which ended last week, conveyed a different story. Each designer showcased a signature look, whether it be dramatic hair at designer Carolina Herrera’s show or statement eyes and short, soft curls at designer L’Wren Scott’s show.

Designer Rahul Mishra says, “At times designers refer to international trends and play safe. Innovation may be loud or subtle, it depends on the designer’s philosophy. The bottom line is to set trends without compromising on individuality.”

Voluminous hair
The models at Kotwara by Meera Ali carried voluminuous and soft curls. The makeup incorporated bright red eyes with fresh neutral lips.

At designer Vineet Bahl’s show, models were seen with dramatic, false eyelashes and neutral lips. The look was completed with slick, pulled back hair.

Fashion designer JJ Valaya’s collection was accompanied with the usual, age-old smokey eyes
Designer Kanika Saluja’s awe- inspiring collection showcased no new make up or hair trends
The conventional red lips dominated the beauty trend at James Ferreira’s show

First Published: Feb 22, 2012 17:28 IST