The New Trends and Make-up Buys
This is very much Britain’s year (thanks to the Jubilee and the Olympics) and backstage Britain was referenced regularly as inspiration by make-up artists. At Margaret Howelland House of Hollandbike rides through the English countryside were cited. While over at Michael Kors and Vanessa Bruno flushed cheeks and just-bitten lips synonymous with a traditional English Rose completed the looks.
The A-list has been flaunting this key autumn/winter make-up look for months as far back as the MET Ball in fact .Backstage the Romantic Goth trend was very much inspired by Lisbeth Salander (the main character in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and you can interpret this look two ways.First, blackened, vampy lips paired with hauntingly hazy eyes and little mascara; look to Gucci for inspiration. Alternatively, play up your eyes with smudged, worn-in liner and a barely-there lip colour.
Anything summer can do, autumn/winter can do better. Summer looks are so often playful and riotous with colour that winter pales in comparison, but this season it wants a piece of the action.Flamboyant sci-fi inspired looks were everywhere. Avatar-esque blue liner at Anna Sui , alien-like bare faces and bejewelled brows at Chanel and rich gem-toned shadow at Roberto Cavalli. This look is all about the eyes; get playful and remember the sky is not the limit.
With the sun setting on summer, the new season is paying homage to the bronzy, fiery hues so often associated with beach holidays. Dries Van Noten and Narciso Rodriguez flaunted unapologetically bold orange shades on eyes and lips respectively. A wash of orange-hued blush will liven up a winter complexion; orange nails will be a welcome change from the sea of nudes and navy polishes we’ll be seeing; while a tomato red lip is a modern take on that classic red.
The Dior effect
Dior certainly knows how to create truly desirable make-up, and for autumn/winter 2012-13 its stand-out product is the Golden Jungle Nail Art Duo, a golden base coat and a khaki top coat which create a striking crocodile skin effect when layered - think a very advanced version of a shatter top coat.
Part of the larger Golden Jungle beauty collection, the crocodile-effect nails were worn on Dior’s autumn/winter 2012-13 catwalk by selected models, whilst others wore the chocolate Bengale and khaki Amazonia shades from the collection.
The Golden Jungle collection will be available exclusively at Selfridges from July 30, and nationwide from August 10.
Pastel nails are a quick way to incorporate a fresh spring trend into your beauty look with minimal hassle. We’ve rounded up the top 8 pastel polishes to give your fingers a quick fashion fix, including Chanel’s mouthwatering orange shade named ‘June’ and Yves Saint Laurent’s girly ‘Rose Romantique’. These gorgeous nail polishes all come in delicious ice-cream shades and complete any fresh spring look - just make sure to show them off by clinging onto a coordinating oversized clutch!
1.Nails Inc. ‘The Southbank’ €14.66
3.Dior Vernis €21.50
4.Essie ‘She’s picture perfect’ €13.26
5.Paul & Joe ‘Parisian Night’ €13.33
6.Pop Nail Glam - ‘Mint Magic’ €8.66
7.Shu Uemura ‘Sky Blue’
8.Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rose Romantique’ €21.00
23. Brocade Beauties- An offshoot of the Eastern invasion was the Japanese brocades that were used in everything from pantsuits and girlish mini-dresses to sporty jackets and elegant coats.Seen at Jill Stuart, Jason Wu, Marchesa, Proenza Schouler
24.Gold - Silver wasn’t the only metallic spotlight of the season. Models dripping in gold floated down the catwalk this year. The allure of the gowns was their weightless fluidity.Seen at Marchesa, Prabal Gurung, Ralph Lauren Collection, Michael Kors
25.Sheer Pleats- ast season’s pleat trend was taken to a majestic level this season with delicate chiffon and see-through panels that were both exquisitely crafted and enticing.J. Mendel, Rebecca Taylor, BCBG Max Azria, Jill Stuart
26.Mad hatter - The omnipresent fur trend didn’t stop at sumptuous coats, it also worked it’s way into eccentric head pieces. The most memorable? Marc Jacobs’ oversize fuzzy hats that hid the faces of his abundantly layered models.Yigal Azrouël, Rachel Zoe, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs
12. Sheer inserts The sternum’s 15 minutes has been extended with a new take on the sexy show of skin. Designers toyed around with deep-plunging lace and chiffon necklines for fall’s new sophisticated spin on the provocative trend .At Jill Stuart, BCBG Max Azria, Calvin Klein, J. Mendel
13.Kilts- Plaid isn’t just for flannel-loving folks this fall. Tartan in all colors and sizes riddled the runway in droves. We particularly liked Michael Kors’ vibrant red His and Hers ensembles.Seen at Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Cynthia Rowley, Ralph Lauren Collection
14. Red wine. Alongside the bright berries came an overwhelming amount of rich Merlot hues. In the form of leather and fur, evening wear and day styles, the saturated color was ubiquitous.Seen at Christian Sirian, DKNY, Yigal Azrouël, Peter Som
15 Thigh split- It’s time to show off those quads, ladies. Designers didn’t practice restraint with tantalizing slits this season. Heck, Rachel Zoe’s lacy maxi would qualify as lingerie if it weren’t paired with layers of black city wear. Seen at Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rachel Zoe, Christian Siriano
16. Olive- You wouldn’t normally associate muted green with glamour, but designers dared to combine the two attributes with lustrous moss-hued dresses.Seen at Cynthia Rowley, Monique Lhuillier, Doo.Ri, Behnaz Sarafpour
17.fahrenheit 451- Certain fall ensembles literally appeared to be smoldering this season. The runways were heated up by orange-reds melded with iridescent black.Seen at Monique Lhiullier, Donna Karan, Thakoon, 3.1 Philip Lim
18. Mirror- Silver and gunmetal metallics slithered down the catwalks in the form of elegant light-casting gowns. The icy elegance offers an Old Hollywood glamour with a futuristic slant.Seen at Diane von Furstenberg, Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Packham, Michael Kors
19. Animal- We couldn’t help but notice the subtle infusion of kitschy animal prints this season. The intarsia sweaters reminded us of the ’80s in the best way possible while the photographic prints of gazelles and zebras at Edun showed just how cool wildlife can be.seen at DKNY, Edun, Altuzarra, Edun
20. Forces-Epaulettes, pea coats and British patrol caps gave a serious edge to fall fashion. While the headwear may not be practical, we’re seriously coveting these cute mod dresses from V-Beckham.Prabal Gurung, Victoria Beckham, Tommy Hilfiger, Marc by Marc Jacobs
21. High collar -Lovers of ladylike style have no reason to fret: Peter Pan collars have reached a crescendo for fall, accenting blouses and dresses with a librarian-chic touch.seen at Derek Lam, Nanette Lepore, Philosophy, Preen
22.Midnight -Midnight blue was another of Pantone’s hits this go around. The rich color is certain to make its way onto the red carpet, possibly on a dramatic Tilda Swinton or the gorgeous Julianne Moore.seen at Cynthia Rowley, Honor, Theyskens Theory, Zac Posen
Trends from NYFW Fall 2012-13
1 Leather gloves.Leather gloves were hands down (no pun intended) the biggest accessory for fall. Designers paired sophisticated bicep-length styles with unconventional companion pieces—everything from sparkling evening dresses to crisp pencil skirts.Seen at Carolina Herrera, Diane Von Furstenberg, Doo.Ri, Jason Wu
2.Easten Influence- Jason Wu’s eagerly awaited collection kicked off the Eastern-inspired theme for NYFW. The motif seemed to inject itself into every other runway show thereafter in the form of obi belts and rich brocades.Seen at Altuzarra, Carolina Herrera, Jason Wu, Zac Posen
3. Velvet- Velvet was the favorite luxe fabric of the season. No sheen is as recognizable and no texture as lavish as the regal textile. This season, we saw it on everything from pants to dresses, in solids colors to burnout patterns.Senn at Rebecca Taylor, Diane von Furstenberg, Rachel Zoe, Tadashi Shoji
4.Fur- It was practically impossible to find a fur-free runway this season. We shudder to think of the animals sacrificed for Fall 2012 fashion. Alas, the trend adorned everything from vests to hats in every shade and texture imaginable offering a heavy ’70s vibe.Seen at Rachel Roy, Herve Leger by Max Azria, Christian Siriano, Peter Som
5.Mixed Berries- A mixture of vibrant cranberry and blackberry hues were a big hit on the NY runways. We’re excited to see a healthy dose of vibrant purples come autumn. Seen at Honor, Diane von Furstenberg, Peter Som, Rachel Roy
6-Knee-high socks, pleated skirts, proper collars and layered jumpers all screamed British school girl. Play it cool with these dorky-chic looks.Senn at Douglas Hannant, Derek Lam, L.A.M.B., Rachel Zoe
7-Moto elegance Fur, leather and more fur, this was not the season for vegan dressers to do their shopping. There was a new spin on the traditionally tough element for fall with gowns and draped cocktail dresses featuring the edgy skin. Seen at Christian Siriano, Alexander Wang, Cushnie et Ochs, Yigal Azrouël
8,Peplums- Peplums were a big hit for spring and the fascination has not waned come fall collections.You will find them on clever sweaters, girlish cocktail dresses and elegant gowns. seen at Peter Som, Preen, Zac Posen, Alice + Olivia
9.Snake skin- Snake print has never really gone away, but designers were using the familiar print in fresh new ways this season. Sheer chiffon gowns, tanks and trenches were all given this reptilian touch.
10.Fur arms- In case the fur trend wasn’t enough for you, the sleeves of leather jackets, blazers, trenches and swing coats were all adorned with the controversial fabric. The beastly arms definitely make a fierce statement.seen at BCBG Max Azria, Herve Leger by Max Azria, Jason Wu, Theyskens Theory
11. Shoulder exposure- Shoulders are quickly becoming the newest sexy focal point for fashion. Angled necklines and sheer tulle decolletages will make for elegant evening selections.Seen at Monique Lhuillier, Diane Von Furstenberg, Badgley Mischka, Narciso Rodriguez
Whether it is a ‘just out of the shower’ or ‘fresh from a surf’ look, wet hairdos dominated the catwalks during the Spring/Summer 2012 fashion weeks. Seen at Alberta Ferretti, models wore loose wet hair in disheveled waves, paired with natural makeup and thick eyebrows. Alexander Wang’s models had hair which looked even more soaked, separated into wet sections that stuck together. At BCBG Max Azria, hair was slicked fully back, while only the top appeared wet. Giambattista Valli added some colour to the look, painting hair bright shades of violet while hair was slicked back out of the face - the ends were kept natural and wavy.