As S/S Collections start hitting the stores, we dream of shedding the bulky winter layers and getting away from this frigid below freezing temperatures while we browse through all the pretty and feminine spring makeup and fashion collections. I’m looking through all the backstage makeup and hair fun from Paris, New York, London, Milan and sifting through the more wearable runway-to-real-way trends in my In Trend Beauty magazine, to share with you.
Ready? <deep breath>..
One look at the collage of S/S 2013 eyes and lips and it’s easy to see which trends dominated the runways. Eyes: Lots of dramatic, graphic shapes. Blue eyes are a huge hit (hello, Christion Dior’s bejeweled blue wave shadows), lots of metallic bronzed and ombre-effect blending, smouldering black smoky eyes (surprise, surprise) and pink eyeshadow – Nars’ Bouthan duo eyeshadow (Spring Collection) is of course calling out to all the trend setters already). Layered eyeshadows created deep smoky eyes, slightly smudged eyeliner-traced eyes, glossy bronzed lids, bold colored eyeliner, bottom eyeliner, metallic and dewy textured eyeshadow. What better to pair with the seasons’ on trend Lips in… RED (of course!) Ranging from the brightest, boldest reds, magentas, and purples to the more soft coral hues and nude pinks. The biggest contrast was between matte powdery textures (achieved by pressing pink blush over the lipstick and keeping the edges slightly smudged to appeal to the romantics) and the ultra-shine glossy lips, lined to precision.
Skin was flawless and glowed and smoky eyes or not, remained a focal point on the runway. Art imitating life. (It works in the reverse, too).
Let’s Talk Hair
Hair ranged from easy breezy, tousled with fly-away strands; romantic voluminous curling iron curls; graphic hair partings; braids that added texture to otherwise elegant updos; deep side-parted “slept-in” hair, with low ponytails; and the return of the crimper. (Admit it, yours is in the closet waiting to be whipped out and used again!) Lots of crimped-style waves with wet-look roots created ocean-wave like wet textures. There were at least 4 designer collections sporting the more subtle crimping, paired with sleeked wet-look roots, aside from the Monique Lhuillier models’ center parted hair that made them look like they were “emerging from the water”. Similarly, the hair at Viktor & Rolf with their undone pre-braided locks took on this crimped style. Some were pulled into chignons at the back, some left loose and undone from braids which were pressed by flat irons before being brushed loose.
Bangs were back on the runway with a quirky vengeance for spring, but with an edgy and choppy chic look, not the cute variety. The total opposite style of the romantic undone-hair look, seemed to trump this popular style (at least on the runway). What do you think of the sleek linear parted hair lines? Hair pulled into sections of 2-3 from the front or a crisp zig-zag pattern to create a very visual effect like on the models of Gianfranco Ferre (photos).
Lots of teasing went on backstage (meaning back-combing, not the “my makeup looks cool, you look like an alien!” variety). Teasing created volume for hairdos that were wrapped around the head to an updo as in Vera Wang’s runway look. A deep side-parted ponytail with a subtle bump and volume at the part/top was seen in Marc Jacob’s Edie Sedgwick inspired hair and stylized makeup. All in all, there were lots of contrasting textures of frizzy tousled hair with sleek roots. Teased Beehives and braided updos with messy strains hanging loose around the face.
Tory Burch went for a tousled just-back-from-vacation vibe in fishtail braids (making me want my hair to grow faster!); there were nomad and space-age hair looks as in Threeasfour; exotic braids tucked into chignons; and ponytails that seemed to defy gravity -Paris Haute Couture, Alexis Mabille. But going back to the more wearable styles, one of my faves was Jason Wu’s single glossy wave on one side and hair pulled back in an “African braid” on the other. I can totally see this show-stopper ‘do on a bride! Last but not least on this long enough list of hair mentions is the scarf and turban as focal point on the runway of Dolce & Gabbana and Marc by Marc Jacobs. <whew!> Did I miss anyone? Yup. But you get the picture.
Which of these runway to real way trends are you planning on wearing to bring on Spring? I know I’m starting with bright bold lips. The easiest way to add color to your face and look done up in an instant.