Our loyalty will always lie with the home team, but ::sotto voce:: London Spring 2017 was...really good. So good, in fact, that together, the shows' beauty looks formed a strong aesthetic that contrasted deeply with that of New York (which was just as cohesive). You'll see what we mean ahead, with 10 of each capital's best of the best.
In a nutshell: This season's New York girl...looks just like all the real New York girls, with natural hair, pretty skin, and at most, one Thing, such as a two-tone lip (Cushnie et Ochs). But the majority of houses stuck with the bronze-y, low-maintenance theme.
From Hilfiger's sailor version to Wang's surfer one...
To the Mulleavy sisters' most glam iteration...
To Kors' all-American one...
To McCollough and Hernandez's downtown artsy type with the air-dried waves and bleached brows. Subtle, but pretty. But subtle.
Then, across the ocean, WHOA. They love makeup and color over there and having fun with both. There's also the distinct sense that they're also more inclined to Go for It, without fear of veering into unwearable- or ugliness.
Big browns + a greasy coppery eye + feathery hair.
A bright orange lip—even when the clothes are psychedelic-loud mini masterpieces.
And at one of the best shows of the season (calling it now), a rather New York face—with a London
booty half-up-do taking hair from both the top *and* the bottom.