Ever since his New York Fashion Week debut, Christopher John Rogers has turned his shows into one of the most anticipated events during fashion month. And while the coronavirus pandemic has changed what fashion week looks like, CJR still managed to put on quite the show on October 6, thanks to the CFDA’s Runway 360.
The clothes shown on the platform were reminiscent of many of his past collections. Pieces were colorful, daring, and eye-catching. Inspired by happiness, this collection sparked pure joy. To achieve said joy, which is very much needed these days, Christopher chose life itself as his standpoint. In particular: Childhood and its seemingly limitless playfulness.
The designer envisioned little kids drawing with crayons and markers, reminiscing about the starter pack of crayons we used to get before starting school. Think Crayola, but make it fashion! “Something as immense and formidable as the sun can be reduced to a yellow circle when a kid is drawing,” Christopher told Teen Vogue exclusively.
But the youthful and playful colors didn’t stop at the clothes. They also permeated into beauty. Teaming up with makeup artist Marcelo Gutierrez, the duo created joyful magic through makeup. “The inspiration is always Christopher,” Marcelo told Teen Vogue about the looks for the show. Using MAC products across the skin, he created a base that “felt like a full face of glamour, but by still using soft tones.” He wanted to sustain the elementary element of the collection but also show glam within the joyful look.
The exaggerated hair and colorful clothing only fed into the joyful glam narrative more. “So much of the collection is inspired by a youthful elementary, playful abstract element and I wanted to keep the face light, optimistic, and young,” Marcelo said of the created look.
Although optimistic and light, for the most part, Marcelo added his flair to the looks to truly channel individuality in every model. Whether it was a bold two-tone lip or sculpted eye, he flawlessly meshed glamour and innocence into one look.
Creating one-off looks based on the models’ personalities shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially given that Christopher finds joy in individuality and enjoys letting that shine through and be the main focus on talent. “I just like personality and I like nuance and I like individuality,” he told Teen Vogue. The designer also added how crucial it is to reflect the diversity of our world with the show’s casting, allows each person to shine through and be highlighted individually (even when they are seen as a whole).
Individuality blossoms throughout the collection, which is what makes it so objectively unique. The relaxed makeup looks were met with flamboyant lips and bright cheeks and the playful abstract of the clothes didn’t get lost in the beauty. On the contrary, they were enhanced.
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