BLUE R AYS
Electric blue eyes are emerging as the biggest beauty trend this season, proving to be a statement that transcends the ’50s and the disco era. By Li Ying Lim.
Milling about the Chanel airport terminal, all set to board Chanel Airlines, were models posing as passengers—geared up in stylish tweed and trolley bags with aviator-tan lined eyes that reflected the gorgeous sunny weather that awaited at their destination. And what better way to describe the beauty of spring and summer weathers than blue, blue eyes? This is not just any blue—it is vibrant, a gradient of the International Klein Blue, smokey blue, cobalt, and rich baby blue. When Nars cosmetics’ namesake founder François Nars dabbed a creamy azure onto the inner corners of the models’ eyes at Marc Jacobs, it was the beginning of a high season of blues. Backstage beauty maestro Lucia Pieroni carried on the baton with sapphirerimmed eyes for the girls at Jonathan Saunders in London. For the woman who has never considered electric blue as part of her eyeshadow repertoire, now is a good time to start.
Describing the biggest trend of the season, make-up virtuoso Lyne Desnoyers says, “There is a real vibrancy to these looks ... they’re energetic.” Indeed, the application of such egregious shades of blue was equally extraordinary. From the graphic strips of paint at Missoni to the airy spray-painted lot at Chanel and Creatures of Comfort, there was something vivacious and dynamic about the looks. At Sonia Rykiel, glittery shades of dark blue resonated with disco dance floors, Jerry Hall, and the ’70s.
A blue that appears raw and slept-in, as seen at Marc Jacobs Spring/ Summer ’16