Call me picky, but I know what I like.
From Elie Saab in Paris to Valentino in Rome, Haute Couture Week sent its share of lust-worthy pieces down the runway. We’re counting down just some of the top trends of the season to give you some inspiration for glamourous nightwear.
Where: Elie Saab
Nobody does glamourous nightwear like Elie Saab and this season offered a generous helping of sexy gowns and mini dresses. Extreme attention to detail and meticulous tailoring made this collection one of our favourites of the week.
One shoulder dresses
Valentino went back to its roots in Rome where Valentino Garavani himself founded the couture label in 1960. Views of the Piazza Mignanelli set the perfect atmosphere for the summery clothes and accessories to follow. Our favourite? The one shoulder dresses which were inspired by Ancient Rome, equipped with golden wreaths and gladiator sandals.
Where: Jean Paul Gaultier
What could be more Parisian than a striped shirt? Jean Paul Gaultier took it back to basics this season with what he knows best. Stripes were found in tights, the lapels of blazers, skirts and even fisherman caps.
Where: Atelier Versace
Donatella Versace took the couture label to the next level by embracing the best parts of the 1970s – maxi dresses and platform heels. The colour palette remained true to Versace’s style in soft pastels and silhouettes.
With a star-studded ensemble including Kristen Stewart, Stella Tennant, Lara Stone and Cara Delevingne, the casino quickly took it’s form in true Chanel style. The bouclé jacket has become an icon, ever since it was created by Coco Chanel herself in 1954. Karl Lagerfeld continues this traditional each year and puts his own quirky spin on an old classic.
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Want your makeup to look polished without the constant upkeep of lip liner and stain throughout the evening?
Sheer lipsticks offer the best of both worlds since the colour is shiny and pigmented without requiring too many touch-ups throughout the day or night. If you want to start on your own collection, a blushing pink is a must-have since it’s interchangeable for every occasion, and will never go out of style.
We have found four of the best sheer lipsticks on offer at the moment, and have listed them below from luxe to less.
Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Sheer Candy in #12, $52
No other brand does a signature lip shine such as Yves Saint Laurent, and this collection certainly won’t disappoint. Boasting 10 signature pink shades, the Volupté formula keeps lips hydrated for up to 8 hours, perfect!
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in #54 Boy, $51.95
A luxurious product if you’re looking to splurge on something big, is definitely a lip colour by Chanel. The Rouge Coco Shine collection offers a water-light texture which hydrates the lips, and glides on effortlessly.
Nars Sheer Lipstick in Roman Holiday, $39
Packed with vitamin E for ultimate hydration, there’s no going past Nars for the ultimate lip colour. The translucent formula is perfect for creating a subtle glow without the need to re-apply every few hours.
Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Crime, $29
Don’t forget to pack this jumbo lip pencil in your makeup bag or clutch, since it’s such an essential for creating luscious, pink lips. Coming in at $29, the pencil also comes with a complimentary sharpener to always keep it in shape.
- Before applying each lipstick, it is essential to prep your lips with an exfoliator. Gently rub a clean toothbrush over both top and bottom lips, then finish off with a nourishing balm.
- Since these lipsticks are all sheer, they don’t require a lip liner. Simply apply a thin coat to top and bottom lips, and you’re ready-to-go!
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Trends emerging from the late 1990’s are on their way back into mainstream fashion – with mules, spaghetti-strap dress and now even backpacks becoming trendy again. However, there are ways to style a backpack without feeling like you’re back at school. Pair with some of these outfits to achieve a number of dressy and casual looks for whatever you’ve got planned.
Inspired by Elaine Benes from the unforgettable show about nothing, Seinfeld, this style is all about recreating the ultimate casual look. Oversized coats and well-fitted jeans are the best way to achieve this 90’s style, and with a leather backpack to finish off the entire outfit.
We recommend: Danielle Nicole Sloane Backpack, $88
Danielle DiFerdinando has created the perfect contemporary backpack for the girl who is constantly on-the-go. Comes in a soft leather look fabric, with your choice of an ivory or blue croc outer-flap. Available online at Nasty Gal and Strand Bags Australia.
Besides getting a major style upgrade, the backpack trend comes in many colours, shapes and sizes for any occasion. Style a quilted leather backpack with a chiffon blouse, high waisted skirt and sky-rocketing heels for a night time appropriate outfit.
We recommend: Pieces Daria Leather Duffle Bag
Boasting 100% genuine leather with a matte finish, this duffle bag is perfect for taking to work or even to use as an overnight bag.
Want to incorporate your favourite backpack into your daily work outfit? This is simple to achieve – choose a bag which is big enough to fit all your necessary carry-alls, and in a colour which compliments your outfits. If this means sticking to a mostly monochromatic colour palette, go for a bag with a fun texture and interesting hardware to spice up your look.
We recommend: Cambridge Satchel Company 15″ Leather Backpack, $152.94
These backpacks are versatile for both work and play, since they are of a classic shape and design. Available in a variety of colours if you want to easily spice up your entire look.
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Chanel: Chanel No 5, (of course darling). Creme pour le corps. Body cream. Make sure you get the body cream – not the lotion. There is a world of difference between the two. And use it sparingly. The fragrance is strong, so no need to waste it. Divinely feminine – if the colour musty pink had a smell, it would smell like this.
Clarins: Lait Corps Soyeux. Revitalising body lotion with plant-marine cell extracts. This is fresh and buzzy straight after the shower. Strong refreshing scent that will last all day. The scent is subtle, but stays put. A faint, sweet note of patchouli gives it an edge.
Yves Saint Laurent: Nu Velvety body lotion. Super-moisturising and velvety with a hint of orchids in the fragrance, this body lotion is very sleek package. The most luxurious lotion of 2002 – its pump dispenser makes it perfect for the busy girl in need of a quick daily dose of glamour.
Oscar de la Renta: Intrusion perfumed silk body veil. This one is so luxurious it’s called a veil. Soft and silky all at the same time with a heady mix of indecipherable smells. We love the name and it’s packaged in – what else? Pink.
We also fell in love with Aesop’s sandalwood body lotion – because of the incredible long lasting tangerine and sandalwood scent, but also because it’s Australian. The packaging is clean too. Something that looks as medicinal and sensible as this has got to be good for you.
Apparently if a man is sexually attracted to you, he will look at your lips more than 2 times in 5 minutes. See if you can catch him looking… We’ve also got a few suggestions to pack in your tool kit…to help attract the light and him. Here’s how to get his glance moving downwards to your perfect pout. Gals! Say goodbye to matte for now! It’s all about gloss! We’ve searched for the top 3 products you shouldn’t live without when it comes to your lips. Kiss kiss.
Bobbi Brown: Crystal Clear Lip Gloss ($40). Sometimes it can be as simple as enhancing what is already there naturally. This high performance gloss can be worn all on its’ lonesome or over lippie for a new millennium shine. According to our source there are some extra goodies in there too. Jojoba oil and Vitamin E leads us to think this might be the intelligent girl’s gloss…
Nars: Baby Doll lip gloss ($50). This one will be in the stores…and then it won’t be. It’s not sticky, the colour is like crushed strawberries and it lasts forever. Super-cool…looks really good when you pull it out of your handbag to touch up. Shiny and sassy with a slight tinge of raspberry in the shade…it works. Try Mecca nationally.
Christian Dior: Diorific Mystic Mauve, ($46). We adore the name and this is a colour that lives up to it. A real must for any make-up bag. This is the colour you wanted, but could never find. The colour that makes people wonder what it is you wearing on your lips. Looks natural, but it’s not, it’s Dior.