Fashion Force: Strong Women Ruled at MBFWA

Donning killer brows and lacquered lips, strong vixens stomped their way down the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia runways last week. Swapping polished locks for tougher tresses and favouring smudged eyes over a winged liner, makeup artists and hairdressers worked frantically backstage to transform their models into a rebellious muse. Here are the top four tough-girl trends to try this season: 

Beauticate loves: Models backstage at Alice McCall. Image by Kelly Geddes. 

Beauticate loves: Models backstage at Alice McCall. Image by Kelly Geddes. 

Masculine brows

Backstage at Manning Cartell

Backstage at Manning Cartell

Manning Cartell

Nicole Thompson for M.A.C: “We wanted to create a moment of impact with the brows, some toughness. The shape is really strong but the edges are blurred, so it’s quite boyish without a really high arch. We wanted to keep it low so they looked tough and modern.”

Bianca Spender

Victoria Baron for M.A.C: “We’ve made the brows a bit bushier, stronger and a bit manly but taking out some of the arches and keeping everything really straight and kind of pushing the eyebrows back on to each other so that they get a little bit more volume.” 

Backstage at Bianca Spender

Backstage at Bianca Spender

 

Slick strands

Sam Harris backstage at Ashkar Line

Sam Harris backstage at Ashkar Line

Ashkar Line

James Nicholson for Kevin Murphy: “There’s a slightly wet, slicked-back look at the front, but I spent a lot of time blowing out the back with a rolling brush. The wet-look at the front and the blow-dry at the back is a play on textures.”

Bianca Spender

Michele Mcquillan for O&M: “Because the clothes are so pretty, we can go a bit grungier with the hair. The look is a messy, high knot. We are using products to get the grit in the hair before twisting it into a messy knot. Putting O&M Sukuroi cream around the edge and on the ends to make it look a little bit oilier.” 

Messy top-knots at Bianca Spender

Messy top-knots at Bianca Spender

 

Stained lips

Wine-stained lips at Jayson Brunsdon

Wine-stained lips at Jayson Brunsdon

Jayson Brunsdon

Nicole Thompson for M.A.C: “We wanted to see a little more toughness this year, so we’ve created a really nice, deep burgundy but very stained, very lived in lip. We’re going to put it on and not going to touch it up, we want it to look a little rebellious.”  

 

Tough tresses 

Jayson Brunsdon

Richard Kavanaugh for Redken: “We start with putting a really strong texture base into the hair and then we’re cinching the hair back so that it creates a really narrow, but androgynous silhouette. The clothes are very feminine so when the girls walk there’s this kind of toughness that anchors them as well.”

Un-done hair backstage at Jayson Brunsdon

Un-done hair backstage at Jayson Brunsdon

Edgy cornrolls at Jennifer Kate 

Edgy cornrolls at Jennifer Kate 

Jennifer Kate

Mari Cain for Goldwell: “The hair is very cool and un-done with a slight edge. It’s suppose to look really relaxed and there’s a lot of soft hair that drapes around the face, but through the back we’ve done a clean section cornrow through the centre of the head.” 

 

Textured talons

Alice McCall

Karon McKendrick Taylor for FABY: "The Nails at Alice McCall were by Italian brand FABY and were designed to compliment the hair and make-up designs for each of the models - which was was gritty and edgy, disheveled and a little sexy. Texture was important and there were three different looks: a charcoal grey (FABY’s Shadow Puppets), a textured copper orange (FABY’s Sunset Farms) and a metallic pewter (FABY’s Guess A Color)."

Grungy nails at Alice McCall

Grungy nails at Alice McCall

 


Story by Nicola Donovan. 

Would you try these tough-girl trends?