Runway Beauty | Karen Walker FW 16 @NYFW

Runway Beauty | Karen Walker FW 16 @NYFW

Karen Walker's Abbot-inspired girl

It was all about utilitarian chic at Karen Walker’s FW 2016 show.

Inspired by the effortlessly cool 20th century photographer, Berenice Abbott, the Karen Walker girl was clad this season with pieces that were functional and playful while exuding an air of androgynous charm. Industrial khaki and denim pants were paired with whimsical psychedelic prints on lace and silk crêpe de Chine blouses.

Silhouettes were spacious, dresses were ruffled and shoes were flat for the unfussy girl on the move who walks with a spark of glamour.

In line with the collection’s sartorial ease, makeup was pared back with a clean matte based face, nude lip and a strong 20s smudged eye. Backstage makeup artist, Benjamin Puckey, focused on the girls’ eyes by rimming them with a dark black kajal pencil by Kiko Milano and curling lashes with a decent dose of extra sculpt volume mascara. Faces were finished off with brows drawn and brushed out with an eyebrow sculpt pencil and a clear brow gel.

From face to Chelsea boot, Karen Walker’s Abbott-inspired girl felt fresh with a work appropriateness that didn’t stray from the brand’s eccentric sensibility. And yet again, Walker didn’t fail to deliver a whole new line of brilliant drool-worthy shades that I wanted to immediately sport out despite the snow flurries sweeping through New York Fashion Week.

Words & Backstage Images | Shanelle Russell (Based in NYC)