Beauty Trends From Backstage: Kookai AW16 Runway

By Bianca O'Neill
26th Feb 2016

Earlier this week, we headed to the Kookai AW16 runway event to schmooze with the fashion crowd and drink champers—but, perhaps more importantly, we snuck backstage to give you a sneak peek of the collection, and chat to key influencers at Napoleon and L'Oreal about the latest beauty and hair trends for the coming season.

Fashion Trends

Kookai's take on autumn/winter dressing is strongly steeped in 70s references that err toward the sexy, urban rock-chick rather than the airy Woodstock hippy. Short A-line, subtle flare and gritty colourways dominated—with black, army greens, and grey the order of the day. Texture was key here: the knits were luxe and laid back, while jackets were enhanced with nods to the fringing trend we've seen so much of in the last year.

This was an ode to the city girl, after dark: a little black dress was shredded from the thigh down, hemlines were cheekily short, and looks were accessorized with some of the most damn sexy thigh high boots you've seen in years. This is how the modern girl dresses retro—and we're loving it.

Beauty Trends

Napoleon were on hand backstage to deliver the beauty looks for the night—and Kookai were definitely in safe hands. Chatting with their lead artist, Siobhan Kelly, we both came to the conclusion that 2016 is going to be more Kendall Jenner than Kylie Jenner: in other words, contouring is out, and natural is in. Siobhan noted that they were doing away with the foundation for the night, instead preferring a BB cream or tinted moisturiser to give minimal coverage.

The colourways were all about delicious warm metallics with a hint of sparkle—yep, glitter is back!—with bronzer swept over the hairline and along the cheekbone. A subtle pink lip and a sweep of mascara finished the look.

Hair Trends

When we spoke with Joe from L'Oreal backstage, he told us long hair is back, baby. To enhance the 70s aesthetic of the Kookai runway, Joe's team worked on two key styles: the touseled wave, and the bed head pony, both with that iconic strong centre-part key to the decade's hair legacy. To achieve the touseled wave, Joe recommends starting with a centre-part, and working your lengths through (very loosely) with a large curling iron. Give the look body with hairspray underneath the lengths and crown to lend structure, and finish by giving your lengths shine with a smoothing product.

To achieve the bed head pony, start with sleek, straightened hair. Create a strong centre-part, and pull your hair back into a slick mid-height ponytail. Add some soft, very loose waves with a curling iron, then spray upwards into the pony to lend volume to the look. Add texture by rubbing strands between your fingers to give a lived in look.

Want to check out the new collection? Head to Kookai to get more 70s glam in your life—or read about how to dress boho chic (without looking like a freak) here.

Photo credit: Bianca O'Neill with runway provided by Two Birds Talking and Kookai. 

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