For fall, Prabal Gurung went home to his native Nepal. As Diane Kendal explained, “He went home and traveled around. He was really inspired by how these women put themselves together.” With a collection filled with rich reds of crimson and vermillion, Gurung could have gone literal and done a red mouth. But Kendal and Gurung kept the look subtle; creating a nude face, bereft of all accent, except for a dotted contour from MAC Cosmetics on the cheek’s apples, meant to replicate the “beautiful sunburnt feeling you get [in Nepal] in the summer.” The touch of red came from Jin Soon Choi, who explained that she used Gurung’s three new shades for Sally Hansen to create a cool nude (a shade called Himalaya) with a slim stripe of red (Rupee Red).
For hair, Paul Hanlon for CHI Hair also took inspiration from Gurung’s home, wanting to create a native, sleek, untouched hair look that was center-parted, and meant to look like the healthiest, straightest natural hair. Like Kendal, he avoided going literal, dubbing the idea of braids as “too cliché.” But to let the hair have some movement and to prevent it from looking too flatironed and overly straight, Hanlon went through an elaborate process of drying the hair with a diffuser, putting it into a loose knot in the back, heating it up, and shooting cold air on it. Some models were given silver link bracelets, looped over and around the neck.