Resort collections (aka cruise, holiday, or travel collection) were originally created by high-fashion houses for a niche of uber-wealthy women who buy a new wardrobe specifically for vacation.
One could argue these collections are unnecessary and even unfair to expect from designers, but regardless, Resort 2018 is blessing us with some sickening beauty looks. In an effort to save you from the dismal despair of clicking through endless backstage Insta-stories, we’ve done the dirty work for you.
Louis Vuitton Kabuki Cat-Eye
For Resort 2018, cat-eyes cut across multiple runways including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Valentino. At Louis Vuitton, Pat McGrath used her Dark Star #066 to create a next-level cat-eye that flicked so far out it reached model’s cheekbones. The graphic feline liner was inspired by traditional Kabuki makeup. The show took place in Japan, so the Japanese aesthetic was spot on. Sharp angles of the exaggerated wing were framed by arched dramatic brows. Vivid eyeshadow and vibrant cheekbones were a nod to elements of the culture. Hair was swept back in soft waves and lips were left a bare nude to subtly complement the show-stealing liner look.
Prada Pigtail Plaits
Prada’s show took place in the brand’s native Milan. A theme of contemporary elegance came across through beauty. Hairstylist Guido Palau created tightly woven double braids that brought a playfully polished element to the look. The pigtail plaits were soft and youthful when paired with a sexy and sophisticated crimson red pout (courtesy of Pat McGrath, once again.) A feather headband decorated the hairstyle with a modern spin on a 1920s flapper-esque headpiece that captured the feminine charm of the turn of the century. Modernistic sensual beauty fit with the retro-red lip moment. The rest of the makeup was left minimal with glowy skin, bare eyelids, natural brows, and lengthy lashes.
Chanel Grecian Goddess Locks
Chanel’s “Modernity of Antiquity” collection was inspired by ancient Greco-Roman culture. Celebrity hairstylist Sam McKnight sent a sea of sensual Grecian goddesses down the runway with romantic loose waves and messy braided half-ponytails. McKnight decorated heads with jeweled crown-like headbands, gold vermeil clips, flower hairpins, and chic black ribbons. The gentle modern romance gave a simultaneously timeless and fresh effect. Makeup was natural aside from a sultry Cleopatra inspired lower lash line winged liner.
Gucci Dipped Ink Manicure
The Gucci show took place in Florence and was reminiscent of the Italian renaissance. The decadence of the era was punctuated by ’60s psychedelics and ’70s quirky touches. The clothing and accessories were maximal and extravagant while beauty was minimal and elegant. Dip-dyed fingers were the artistic manicure of choice at Gucci. Nail artist Jenny Longworth drenched models’ fingers in black ink from fingertip to knuckle. The stark black nails were accentuated with ornate golden rings and pearly hand-pieces. Pearls were also glued to models’ brows, hair, and face. The skin was dewy and satiny, just barely touched with blush on the cheekbones. Models were eyebrow-less with glossy eyelids, and nude-pink lips.
House of Holland Pink Shadow
With a collection inspired by and in memory of both the abstract paintings of Albert Irvin and the eclectic style of fashion writer Anna Piaggi, the House of Holland show was a mesh of colors, textures, and prints. Pink eye shadow was the focal point of the face, and was swept out from the lids up to the brow bone and carried from the temples down onto the cheekbones. This style of eyeshadow-meets-blush is known as draping, and was popular in the ’70s, most recently revitalized with Rihanna’s Met Gala makeup. Blue mascara added an extra pop to this color-blocked eye look.