It’s time to shake things up in our wardrobes.
Is fashion week finally getting more diverse?
If you’re seeking some wardrobe inspo for the warmer weather ahead, you can’t look past the runways of New York Fashion Week, which we’re currently in the midst of. Coming in hot off the catwalk this year is big hair, vibrant prints, relaxed tailoring and loads of colour – think the swinging 60s meets boho. So, ladies, this summer pull out your sense of adventure, because it’s all about being bold and making a statement.
Take inspiration from some of our favourite NYFW looks below.
“Plastic is fantastic,” was the summation of Scott’s SS16 collection. Taking us on a journey back through time, the 60s and the 80s were prominent themes among this year’s designs with plastic, shiny jewellery and dresses, cartoon patterns, and pop art.
Diane von Fursten
Embroidery, clashing prints, metallics and relaxed tailoring took centre stage at Diane von Fursten’s SS16 show. Drawing inspiration from Fortuna, the goddess of luck, the models donned Grecian gowns, silks and plunging necklines. Interestingly, fuchsia pink stole the spotlight, establishing itself as a base colour for quite a few of Fursten’s designs.
Did someone say, Bob Marley? At this years Tommy Hilfiger show it was all about the island vibes with crocheted dresses, string bikinis and flora prints. Maxi dresses look set to make a comeback, as does the patchwork print, with Hilfiger combining the two – as can be seen on Gigi Hadid below.
Vera Wang proved that orange is definitely not the new black with her SS16 collection. Keeping colour to a minimum, Wang worked an oversized boyfriend feel into her collection, debuting an assortment of large jackets and tanks, loose trousers, short shifts and cut-out pieces.
What do you think about the SS16 trends?
Images via Daily Mail, Popsugar, Vera Wang, The Impression, LAgirlfancies.com, The Daily Beast
Get inspired by New York, Milan and Paris fashion week and try some new fashion, hair and beauty trends from all the latest shows.
Since collections mostly focused on autumn and winter weather, we are now in the perfect climate to leave that summer wardrobe behind and try something a little more darker for the cold weather ahead.
Who cares about #allblackeverything, this season it’s all about the matching white ensemble. We can call it our winter whites, but make sure to you have a stain remover on hand!
The makeup artists at Rochas stepped up their game this season with oddly wearable, graphic eyeliner. A little more Edie Sedgwick (who couldn’t resist a slightly 60s reference), worn with a clean face and unkempt brows.
Where: Dries Van Noten
It looks like Amal Clooney single handedly brought back the high-glove trend, and we’re definitely sitting on the fence with this one. But who could resist the bourdeaux-coloured pair making their way down the catwalk at Dries?
Where: Giorgio Armani
The front fringe was definitely a central theme (no pun intended) at Giorgio Armani’s show over the past week. If you do get remorse from the chop, simply divide your fringe in half and grow it out!
The bigger the better, right? Keep warm this winter by wearing thin layers that work well together. It might just give you the perfect excuse to rock those stiletto sandals even though the temperate is getting frosty.
It was all about the big, statement belts at Versace, which are perfect for cinching the waist and creating an hourglass figure.
Usually one to stick to neutral colour palettes, Bally showed a different side to their collection with fun, bold pieces. Although the silhouettes remained quite classic, the rest of the outfit really did the talking.
Where: Jil Sander
Big, bushy brows aren’t going away anytime soon, and the makeup artists at Jil Sander made sure of it. Use a pencil to fill in any gaps and set with a clear gel to tame any flyaways.
Classic tweed blazers made a comeback at Rodarte this season which help to refine any type of outfit. Of course elbow pads are optional.
Where: Burberry Prorsum
Who could forget their first lip gloss? That sweet-smelling formula which stuck to almost anything and was so difficult to remove! Finish off your look with a touch of lip gloss (the formulas have changed, we promise), and dab some highlighter on your cupids bow to give the illusion of bigger lips.
Images via style.com
As the last leg of Fashion Week quickly comes to an end, the images of fashionable attendees are still rolling in.
Taking inspiration from Vogue editors, buyers, bloggers, and even the photographers, we show you some of our favourite trends from the autumn/winter season.
The bigger, the better! Oversized coats have been trendy for the past two seasons, but this doesn’t mean that they’re outdated.
Christine Centenera isn’t afraid to play with colour, and was spotted in this green oversized coat exiting the shows at Paris Fashion Week.
The eye is in the details, and these pair of Christian Louboutin heels were on everyone’s Insta-feed after the shows in Paris.
Worn with a long green parka by TSUM buyer Natasha Goldenberg, they seemed to be the focal point of her entire outfit.
A large-brimmed fedora hat is perfect to keep the sun away during the summer, and keeps your head warm in the winter. This particular show-goer paired her fedora with a thick, comfy sweater and leopard print brogues.
Large shearling coats took the place of leather jackets this season, and minimised the amount of layering for the cold New York City snow.
Who doesn’t love a classic, all-black outfit during the winter?
Those adorable key chains you accessorised your bags with in the 90s are back and bigger than ever this season. We spotted a number of show-goers clipping them to their keys, purses, and even a Saint Laurent handbag!
Eleanor Pendleton of Gritty Pretty was spotted wearing another big trend, the beanie!
This subtle accessory keeps your head and ears warm from the winter chill, and conveniently rolls into your handbag once you’re inside.
Blogger Lorna from Symphony of Silk showed us another way to make double denim work in all seasons.
The formula? Pair with a logo or statement jumper for best results. A knotted silk scarf completed her outfit, and gave a nod to her blog – all in a days work!
Remember those old, high-waisted jeans that your mum would wear in the 80s?
They’re back in fashion, with a number of bloggers, and stylists sporting them in various washes this season. Pair with ankle boots and a blazer for instant-glam.
The wrap skirt is a hit each season, but we didn’t think it looked this good until blogger Camille Charriére was spotted in this khaki version.
Wear with a pair of killer stiletto’s during the evening, and zip ankle boots for the day time.
Images via Collage Vintage, Style.com, Tommy Ton, Vogue Paris, Athens Street Style
This autumn/winter season designers were taking inspiration from the nineties to create those bold, sultry looks which pop on the catwalk.
Big brows, kohl-rimmed eyes and lined lips were just some of the trends making it big in 2015. What are the rest? Find out below!
Where: Christian Dior
Blending out the eyeshadow at Christian Dior was overrated this season, with makeup artists choosing to create a dark, statement eye.
Start with a beige shade to cover the entire lid, then layer on each shadow before finishing up with a shimmery metallic (best for photos).
Where: Saint Laurent
Hedi Slimane didn’t disappoint this season in the makeup department by pairing a bold eye and a dark lip. Use a lip liner to carefully highlight the shape and size of your lips, then colour the rest in with a glossy formula. Re-apply as needed.
Where: Diane von Furstenberg
The grunge look was back better than ever at DVF with models sporting one earring to match.
A blending brush will be your best friend for this look, to perfectly create a subtle smudge on the inner corner of your eyes. Use with cream eyeshadow since it’s so easy to blend and creates a lived-in look à la Kate Moss!
Where: Marc Jacobs
Create the perfect lip stain by applying just one coat of your lipstick, then blotting it with a tissue. Not only does it help the colour settle into your lip lines, but it also enables it to last longer without a touch-up.
Where: Isabel Marant
Keeping with the 90’s theme, brows where filled in at Isabel Marant this season. The natural look was embraced with hardly any maintenance, and who really cares if they don’t match your hair colour, right?
Remember those old glitter stick-on’s you would place strategically around the eye and lash-line? Rodarte created a similar look this season to really make the entire look sparkle on the catwalk.
Images via style.com
Since New York Fashion Week is well and truly over for another season, it’s time for us to discuss some of the newest beauty trends for the next few months.
You will find some of our usual favourites including dark lips, winged eyeliner, and even some 1960’s influences that would make even Twiggy proud.
Where: Alexander Wang
In tune with the moody vibes of Alexander Wang’s latest collection, the makeup seemed to reflect this as well.
While skin was kept quite minimal and fresh, the attention was most definitely on the eyes. Rather than choosing a dark eye, makeup artists favoured an almost sheer lid which is quick and easy if you’re on-the-go.
Where: 3.1 Phillip Lim
The girls at 3.1 Phillip Lim were sent down the runway with a bright red lip which was primarily blue-toned. This is perfect for pale girls who want a pop of colour in the colder months and is also quick and easy to apply.
While the lips were mostly matte, you can apply a thin gloss over the top for a glam look.
Where: Jason Wu
Matte skin ruled at Jason Wu, which is perfect for girls who love to keep their makeup from transferring. Powder those pesky areas such as an oily t-zone and chin to create a flawless look which lasts for hours.
Where: Rag and Bone
There’s no denying that models at Rag and Bone had a certain Edie Sedgewick influence about them. The cropped hair, black kohl-rimmed eyes, and glossy lips were a dead giveaway from the moment the first model stepped onto the catwalk.
Achieve this look with a super thin eye brush and slowly extend outwards from the waterline.
Where: Vera Wang
Filling in those thick, prominent brows isn’t out of fashion just yet, and the models at Vera Wang all sported this trendy look. Disguise any gaps with a powder or pencil and brush through your brows to make it look natural.
Images via Style
There’s only one more thing that’s more important than clothing, and of course, it has to be footwear.
A good shoe can change your life (just ask Cinderella), but more importantly, it is an essential part of a killer outfit.
To celebrate the end of New York Fashion Week, we have compiled a list of our favourite footwear of the upcoming autumn/winter season.
Where: Alexander Wang
Bring back those dishevelled looking Doc Martens because they’re back in fashion according to Alexander Wang, albeit with a bit of a twist. Not only did he keep the hardware silver, but the boots also had a huge platform. Short girls, rejoice.
Where’s that old glue-gun? This one’s a DIY just waiting to happen! Altuzarra made a statement with silver studs embellished on shoes, bags, clothes, and… is there anything else? This is a love affair waiting to happen, again.
Here comes the fun! Boss broke down all those monochromatic outfits with a pop of morange, especially on shoes and handbags. The heels also look super-sturdy, so there won’t be any tumbles.
Where: Derek Lam
Looks like mules aren’t going away anytime soon. They might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but at least we can agree that there won’t be any pesky heel blisters.
Where: Jason Wu
While they might not give you any extra stability in the rain and snow, they’re at least pretty to look at. Wu’s geometric heels are more of an Instagram-worthy shoe choice that won’t ever get old.
Where: Michael Kors
Appropriate for the office, rainy weather, and even your boyfriend, there’s no denying that oxfords are a practical trend. Michael Kors sent his down the runway with lots of faux fur and cosy ribbed sweaters.
Images via Style.com
While NYFW has just wrapped up and we’re already in the midst of London’s time to carry the torch, there are so many new trends which went down the runway at Bryant Park this season. From the eyebrow piercings at Rodarte to super-slicked hair by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen of The Row, this season is full of inspiration which is sure to shine over the next few months.
Trend: Highlighted cheeks
Where: Theory S/S 2015
The Theory presentation displayed girls with dewy skin, glossy lips and prominent cheekbones. To achieve this natural glow, apply a touch of highlighter with your fingers over the tops of your cheekbones, on the cupids bow and even on the brow bone.
Trend: Straight locks
Where: The Row S/S 2015
Inspired by a hot summer in the Hamptons, models were sent down the runway with clean hair, parted down the middle with extra shine at the tips. Use a straightening iron to keep hair super-straight, but make sure to use a heat protectant before applying product onto the ends.
Trend: Pink lips
Where: Victoria Beckham S/S 2015
The former Spice Girl has come a long way from glitter eyeshadows and prominent lip liner, with models walking down the runway sporting a natural pink lip. Define the lips with a rose coloured lip liner, then blend with your finger to create a subtle shade of pink over the centre.
Trend: Eyebrow piercings
Where: Rodarte S/S 2015
Rodarte took it to another level by channeling punk rock in their latest Spring 2015 collection at NYFW. Models were fitted with fake piercings all over their brows – but we’re not suggesting you do the exact same! Multiple piercings are definitely back in style, and who knows, maybe this trend will be huge over the next few months.
Trend: Shaggy bob
Where: Marc Jacobs S/S 2015
Black shaggy bobs were worn by all the models, which not only flatter every single face, but are very easy to maintain. Of course the hairstyles used for the show are just wigs, but this cut is definitely versatile – especially if you want to create the illusion of thicker hair.
Images via The Fashion Spot, W Magazine
Want luminous, glowing skin this summer, with barely-there, understated make-up just like the latest runway beauty looks from New York Fashion Week? Honey, you’re going to need a good concealer. Being fair-skinned and prone to the dreaded dark circles, I can never leave the house without first applying concealer. Here are some of the latest and greatest ones to try, beauties. Shop to it!
Three times a lady: Brisbane-based natural cosmetics and mineral make-up brand, Bare Blossom, is a small but mighty one to watch. Formulated for use by most skin types (including allergy prone), this organic skincare and make-up range doesn’t contain any of the common “nasties” found in some big-name beauty brands. I’m a big fan of Bare Blossom’s Mineral Cream Concealers, $25 each, which you apply after foundation, to banish blemishes, spots and dark circles. Pictured here in natural beige, true tan and green, this hard-working trio will do the trick, trust me. I love the products’ creamy texture and good coverage. Natural beige is perfect for light skin tones, the darker true tan is good for covering pigmentation and the funky green one, believe it or not, corrects red blemishes including rosacea, pimples and acne (pictured below, left to right). Magic! To order, visit www.bareblossom.com.au.
Animal instincts: Grrr like a tiger this spring/summer with this divine, new limited edition leopard-print Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Collector, $57. This baby also comes in a bejewelled version, just to liven up your make-up kit. The original, and still arguably one of the best, high-end, luxury pen concealers, this moisturising and ultra-fluid emulsion promises to eliminate shadows from the side of the nose, the corners of the mouth and the hollow of the chin and expression lines. In just one click, it embellishes the eye area, making you look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed even if you’ve been up all night, dancing on tables until 3am (half your luck). Find it at leading department stores such as David Jones, visit www.davidjones.com.au.
Mineral magic: I’m a huge Issada fan and I adore the Brisbane beauty brand’s new Mineral Heal And Conceal Anti-Aging Skin Perfecting Concealer, $45. It’s a big product name with results to match – it’s like a secret weapon for a flawless complexion! This baby is the ultimate blemish-blitzing, scar-healing, redness-reducing, line-diffusing, eye-brightening skin treatment. It comes in a creamy, self-adjusting mineral pigment which easily melts into the skin. And there’s nothing better than a concealer that’s invisible. What’s more, it’s enriched with vitamin E, jojoba, rosemary, shea butter and more goodness. Use a lighter shade under eyes, a deeper shade for facial blemishes, and blend shades for in-between tans or on trans-seasonal skin tones. Find Issada at selected salons, spas and clinics and Issada Concept Stores. For stockists, phone (07) 3904 2288 or visit www.issada.com.
Walk the line: If you’re looking for good bang for your buck, and don’t like spending a fortune on make-up basics, the Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer, $36, is a good mid-budget option. This concealer minimises the look of fine lines and wrinkles, brightening the eye area, and can be used anywhere on the face that needs concealing: eyes, your outer lip line and spot areas on the face. A liquid concealer with moderate coverage, it can be used over or under make-up. I find this one is very effective on my dark circles and a little goes a long way. Find it at leading department stores such as David Jones, visit www.davidjones.com.au.
Make like a pro: The Lancome Le Eye Corrector Pro, $55, will conceal dark circles and dullness faster than the speed of light (OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration). I like the professional feel of this concealer palette which brightens the eyes, leaving skin more supple and radiant. You can also use it to conceal all manner of skin imperfections such as my slight skin pigmentation which I’m still sporting thanks to my recent pregnancies (damn children). Find it at leading department stores such as David Jones, visit www.davidjones.com.au.
One of our favourite makeup looks at New York Fashion Week is the glowing, natural makeup at BCBGMAXAZRIA, the perfect makeup for the office and days when you want to look polished but not overly made up.
Celebrity makeup artist Val Garland shares the products she used to create what she calls a “veil of perfection” with spotless, sunkissed skin and that your-lips-but-better nude finish on the lips.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation
Marc Jacobs Beauty Perfection Powder Featherweight Foundation
Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronze Perfect Tan in Tantric
Jose Maran Argan Illuminizer
Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronze Perfect Tan in Tantric
tarte EmphasEYES Inner Rim Brightener
Buxom Sculpted Lash Mascara in True Black
Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Lip Liner in 01 Nude
Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in Nude No 5
What makeup products do you use to achieve that natural makeup look?
Perfect for summer, the milkmaid braids seen at the Rebecca Minkoff S/S 2014 show at New York Fashion Week this weekend are a fun look for anyone with long hair. Inspired by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, pair this hairstyle with boho dresses or printed summer tops and denim shorts.
Here’s how TRESemme stylist Jeanie Syfu created the look backstage at the show:
1. Prep damn hair with TRESemme 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse and rough dry.
2. Create a messy zig-zag side part, from the hairline to the centre of the nape, and clip to separate.
3. From the heavier side of the hair part, take another zig-zag section behind the eat and clip, creating three separate section.
4. Back brush the hair for texture and create a ponytail in each section, starting from behind the eat.
5. Tease lengths of hair and spray lightly with TRESemme 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray.
6. Create a 4-strand braid with each ponytail and fasten with an elastic.
7. Wrap braids around the top of the head, tucking the ends of the braids under and fasten with bobby pins.
8. Finish with TRESemme Fresh Start Colour Care Dry Shampoo for a matte finish.
Are you a fan of milkmaid braids?