Liang, the designer known for pioneering the modern balletcore aesthetic with her patent leather ballet shoes and penchant for bows, was a trend-setter at this season’s NYFW event. It was her vision that every single model in her show wear sunscreen, even though historically sun protection has not been a component of high fashion. (In the past ten seasons of NYFW, I’ve never seen a makeup artist use sunscreen.) But for Liang, if the skincare and makeup was going to be realistic, emblematic of a New York City young person, it had to include a lightweight SPF. “I make sunscreen a necessary part of my everyday routine,” explains Liang, who favors a good sunscreen over any skincare marketed to be ‘anti-aging’, which is why she didn’t want to include just any skin-care brand in her show. “There is this bad stigma around aging, which I don’t believe in,” she adds, “but I do believe in skin maintenance and skin care.” That’s where sunscreen comes in.