After a four year hiatus, designer Phillip Lim made a heartfelt return to New York Fashion Week to showcase his Spring 2024 collection. Taking place in the heart of Manhattan’s Chinatown, the 3.1 Phillip Lim runway show was an ode to New York as well as the designer’s own Asian American heritage.
“The Spring/Summer 2024 collection draws inspiration from our brand’s love story with the ever-evolving tapestry of New York,” Lim wrote in the collection’s show notes. “Marking our return to the runway, the collection’s narrative mirrors that of countless individuals who arrived in this land with hearts filled with hope and open to the city’s myriad of influences.”
Offering up Lim’s take on the classic New York uniform, his latest collection reimagined American sportswear with a unique twist. This came in the form of scarf dresses featuring patterns inspired by New York City architecture, sleeveless hoodies emblazoned with “NY Lover” on it, denim jackets crafted in unique ways, and bags decorated with apple-shaped motifs. A notable standout was the flat shoes worn by the models, which were a clear homage to “Chinese slippers.”
Serving as lead hair hairstylist, Mustafa Yanaz worked in collaboration with Lim to come up with three different hair looks that would embody a powerful New York woman. “Phillip actually mentioned to me to imagine a woman who is going to a basketball court with her hair out and she’s walking like she’s on a catwalk. She could have her hair out, but also it could be up and really strong looking.”
Using Lim’s vision as a guide, Yanaz used Kevin Murphy products and Dyson tools to create a natural look that showcased various hair textures, a sleek bun with spikes, and a cool middle-parted, slicked-back style.
Keep scrolling for step-by-step details on how to recreate the spiked bun.
Get the Look: Bun with Spikes
- Step 1: Prepare the hair.
- Step 2: Create a mid-height ponytail.
- Gather the hair at the back of the head, adding KEVIN.MURPHY SESSION.SPRAY at the level where you want the bun to sit. Secure it with a hair tie.
- Step 3: Form the bun.
- Twist your ponytail into a spiral, then coil it around the base of the ponytail. Continue wrapping until you’ve formed a bun. Leave the ends of the hair sticking out to create the “spikes” effect downwards.
- Step 4: Secure the bun.
- Use bobby pins to secure the bun in place. Leave some strands hanging down as spikes.
- Step 5: Adjust and refine.
- Spray KEVIN.MURPHY TOUCHABLE and gently pull the strands down to create spikes.
- Step 6: Finish with hairspray (optional).
- If needed, straighten the pieces with Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener to give a stronger hold to the spikes.
As for beauty, lead makeup artist Diane Kendal showcased the power of a monochromatic wash of color, using international beauty brand Into You’s multipurpose products to swipe a vibrant, uniform shade across the model’s eyes, lips, and cheeks.
And to make sure that the eye-catching glam was able to fall across a backdrop of dewy, fresh-faced skin, Kendal utilized an assortment of Matter of Fact’s clinically effective skincare products.
Get the Look: Fresh Faced Skin
- Step 1: Prep the skin by starting with a fresh face that has just been cleaned of any makeup residue.
- Step 2: Start by using the Matter of Fact Brightening + Firming Serum, apply 1 pump to clean skin. This product can be applied on a damp or dry face without impacting results.
- Step 3: For an additional boost of moisture, use the Matter of Face Barrier + Antioxidant Treatment. Apply 3-5 drops to skin to allow for a dewy look and feel.
- Step 4: Apply Matter of Fact Minimalist Hydrating Moisturizer as the final step to lock in all moisture of previous steps and add more the complexion.
If you recreate these looks for your next client, or for yourself at home, be sure to tag @readthetease on Instagram.