Minimalism. This seems to be the buzzword surrounding New York Fashion Week for S/S 2014. We’ve seen it in the understated designs taking the stage, and much has been said of the looks coming out of the makeup rooms backstage. As always, the devil is in the detail, and it has been quite ingenious actually: coupling two elements of minimalism and utilizing the simplest elements to create maximum effect.
If you’ve been following our Editor-in-Chief Liz Franz as she explores fashion week for blush, you’d question the concept of backstage minimalism with what looks like a handful of makeup artists per model, plus endless amounts of products and accessories—not to mention the sea of photographers and camera crews. But one look that caught my eye (preemptive no pun intended) in particular was the new and improved cat eye. This has been a look that everyone—regardless of age or style preference—has been sporting for god knows how long and it was well overdue for a change. At the Derek Lam show, Tom Pecheux answered my prayers by transforming the dimensions of the cat eye whilst maintaining its fashionable and seductive purr.
Tom Pecheux’s adaption of minimalistic beauty would have made Donald Judd himself proud, taking the famous cube and tilting it on the outside of the lid to create arguably the look of the season. It’s bold, yet subtle, adding definition to the eye without looking heavy or like an actual cat. As you watch the Derek Lam stage, you are drawn to his clean, streamlined aesthetic, presenting looks of relaxed elegance. You could hardly even see the cubed eye as the models strutted the catwalk; minimalism in motion as basic makeup added effect to the pieces on show. But with a simple bat of the lashes and the cube is revealed, transforming not only the eyes, but the ensemble itself with a graphic and contemporary look that is still very wearable.
Kudos must be given to the partnership of Derek Lam and Tom Pecheux on what they put forth for New York Fashion Week. Minimalistic, wearable, yet graphic and modern looks—the homerun for the everyday woman who can’t always or won’t ever want to look like a Thakoon or Adiran Alicea show.