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
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
Tired of all the mainstream makeup looks that brides are constantly using for their wedding day? What a coincidence, so are we! Rather than wearing the same-old glossy lip and dewy skin combination, we have pulled some inspiration from the recent shows at New York, Milan and Paris fashion week which are also appropriate for any bridal look!
Where: Valentino Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear
Well, maybe we love dewy skin a little bit too much to let this one go! For this look you don’t need to venture out and create a large contouring spectacle of yourself. Keep it simple and use a foundation which is almost identical to your natural skin tone. The only way to make this look natural is by buffing the product really well into the skin – by using a Beauty Blender.
Lightly run some cold water over the sponge, squeeze out the excess water, then dab the foundation into the skin. Make sure to moisturise well before applying any makeup, since this is a foolproof way to avoid any dry patches.
Where: Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear
If your skin needs a little vitamin D before the big day, don’t fret! Bronzer can be your best friend if applied correctly, and more importantly – blended out really well. Bring a little life to your skin tone by concentrating the product onto the apples of your cheeks, and blending it out into the hairline.
Dip the blush brush lightly into a cream or powder, tap it against the lid to remove any excess product, then apply onto the cheeks. It’s always easier to add more product, since this look can be extremely sun-kissed if used incorrectly – less is more.
Where: Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear
Too scared to go for a bold-lip on your wedding day? Choose the second best option and try and lip stain instead. You can still use your desired lipstick, but there’s a slightly different process to mastering this look. Firstly, you need to exfoliate your lips really well – a few days before the wedding at least.
Take a clean toothbrush and run it across both your top and bottom lips to remove any dry patches or excess skin. Then apply a hydrating moisturiser and let your lips soak in the product before applying the lipstick. We have a step-by-step tutorial on how to apply a lip stain, which will tell you everything you need to know.
Where: Emilio Pucci Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear
Did you think we forgot one of our all-time favourite looks, the cat-eye? Give this classic flick a bit of a modern twist by drawing the flick just above your lash line. If you suffer from oily eyelids, you might want to avoid this – since it probably won’t last very long without smudging.
The best way to master this look for all eyes is to keep the flick small and close to the lash line as possible, especially if you have hooded eyes. Use an eye primer before starting, and dab it into the eyelid until it’s completely set.
Where: Boss Spring 2015 Read-to-Wear
Regardless of your makeup look for the big day, you cannot forget to fill in your brows… ever. Depending on the shade of your brows, you might need to use 2 different shades to achieve a natural look. Take turns between applying the product and using a brush to make it look like it’s your own – this is the best way to achieving flawless brows each and every time.
If your brows are a bit unruly, run a little eyebrow gel into the arch to keep it from smudging throughout the festivities.
Images via Style
Lucy King, a student of Sydney’s The Fashion Institute in Surry Hills, had the amazing opportunity to fulfil a dream she’d had for years. She attended New York Fashion Week last month as a fashion intern – and it’s safe to say to experience has changed her forever. Here are some of Lucy’s experiences:
Tome was by far my favourite show. Working backstage was amazing, the rush of energy I felt the whole time makes it the most memorable. The clothes were beautiful and so were the models we were getting ready. Famous faces of the likes of Shanina Shaik and Jessica Hart to name a few were present backstage, it was a brilliant start to kick off my time in New York.
I am definitely in love with the old world nature of cobble stone streets in a modern city. The West Village and Soho is full of history and hidden gems. I roamed the streets of these boroughs for hours on end. Soho is fantastic for shopping, where as the West Village is more so I place I would like to call home. It’s quaint and quiet streets definitely make you feel much more relaxed and there are plenty of nail salons and day spas to visit in your spare time.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is much better to go to at night; according to many New Yorkers I met. I visited at nine o’clock on a Sunday night and still lined up for an hour plus. Though the view is completely worth it! The silence and cold crisp air of the night made it a beautiful moment of my trip to remember. Definitely worth the wait.
The Museum of Modern Art is great to spend part of your day at. Unlike The Met, which will take a full day to see and completely exhaust you. MoMa is in walking distance to Times Square and a five minute cab ride further downtown, where as The Met is all the way up in the Upper East Side. Central Park is right across from it though which is definitely worth a walk through.
New York Earth Room
One of my absolute favourite things I did in New York was see the New York Earth Room. One thing I love about this city is there is always something to do which will not cost you a thing. In a second floor loft in SoHo, there is a huge art installation which is made up of soil in a white room, with natural light streaming in from the floor length windows. If you love art like me this is definitely worth a look. Something so simple can really be quite beautiful and if you’re passing through Wooster St, just take a few minutes out of your day to take a look.
The Great Frog and The Cast are hands down my favourite shops in the entire city. The Great Frog makes sterling silver jewellery which is really beautifully crafted. They also have an amazing antique store hidden in the back which is worth checking out. The Cast is owned by a lovely couple Elisa and Chuck who hand make everything in store. They specialise in custom leather jackets, so this is definitely my go to place for anything leather!
The Smile/Café Gitane
One of the best brunch spots in the city! The food here is so natural and healthy and completely to die for. I feel that having sunday brunch in New York is a civic obsession. Expect a lot of mimosas and organic produce! My favourite.
Words and images via Lucy King
Here at SHESAID we love nothing more than to support up-and-coming Australian talent, and designers are always at the top of our list. Whether it’s bridal couture gowns, jewellery or even underwear, these collections are always sourced from high-quality materials are and unique in their own particular fields. Keep an eye out for the following six Australian designers who are making waves here and on an international level.
Leah Da Gloria
Soon after graduating from the Sydney Institute of Design in 2007, Leah Da Gloria has been working diligently within the fashion industry before launching her own self-titled bridal label in 2012. Most recently, Leah had the oppourtunity through Fashion Palette to show her latest collection at NYFW.
You may have already heard about Jason Alton since his debut into the Australian fashion scene with the remarkable success of Nudie Jeans. Now Jason has turned his passion onto luxury inverted diamond rings, with a flagship store opening in Gould, St Bondi very soon.
Melbourne-based fashion designer Michelle Aznavorian launched her label Misha Collection which aims to offer high-end silhouettes at affordable prices. Much-loved by celebrities such as Maria Menounos and Nikki Phillips, the collections are also adored by bloggers and fashion enthusiasts worldwide.
Perth-based label Salasai is known for it’s soft tailoring and funky, bold prints. Head designers Kirsha Whitcher and Kelly Watson create unisex pieces which are easy to wear, and are very innovative – perfect for consumers who want to make the most of their pieces.
Lead designer Pat Georgiou aims to create every girls dream dress – using streamlined production methods which results in high-end products at an affordable price point. Lexi’s collection of items flatter the female form, and help incorporate some of her vintage designs with a modern twist.
Travelling all over the world gave designer Rik Van Donk a flair for detail, and quickly made him realise the essential products a globetrotting man would require for an overseas trip. All swim shorts are easy to store, quick drying and are available in two different lengths.
Images via Call Me Mimi, Accessory Agenda
The hair at the Cushnie et Ochs A/W 2014 show at New York Fashion week was straight and sleek. Here’s how Antonio Corral Calero, Moroccanoil Artistic Director, created the look.
1. “I started by preparing the hair with Moroccanoil Treatment, using Moroccanoil Treatment Light for blonde or fine-haired models. Moroccanoil Treatment was the key to the success of this look. It conditions, adds a natural reflective shine, and creates the core effect of the style.
2. “Next, I applied Moroccanoil Root Boost mixed with Moroccanoil Treatment directly at the roots. Since I wanted the hair to look very sleek but still vital, I used Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse throughout the rest of the hair to add body.
3. “After making a deep, side part, I blow dried one-inch vertical sections using a round brush (with smaller sections taken for finer hair). They were rolled over the head downwards and pinned.
4. “I then sprayed Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong throughout the hair and allowed it to cool.
5. “After releasing the set, I brushed the hair down the back and behind the ears. To prevent any fly-aways, I applied a bit of Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream on the palm of my hand, and gently patted it onto the surface of the hair.
6. “I then lightly brushed the strands to make sure they were completely smooth. For a touch of subtle bounce, I used a 1-1/4 -inch marcel curling iron on the ends.
7. “Finally, Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong secured the whole look while allowing it to look light, vibrant and natural.
What do you think of this straight, sleek hairstyle?
We love the perfect ponytails as soon at the Vivienne Tam A/W 2014 show at NYFW. It’s one of the easiest hair up styles that looks polished and chic for day to night.
Here’s how TRESemmé Global Stylist Matthew Curtis created the perfect ponytail hairstyle:
2. Section hair and lightly iron to give hair a sleek and smooth finish.
3. Sweep hair into a ponytail and spritz with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray to enhance look with a silky finish.
4. Set the finished look with a spritz of TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hair Spray.
What do you think of these perfect ponytails at the Vivienne Tam show?
From berry lips to sexy cat eyes, get inspired by the latest makeup trends as seen on the A/W 2014 shows at New York Fashion Week.
At Karen Walker, the look was all about sexy, exaggerated cat eyeliner, achieved using vegan-friendly OCC Tarred Cosmetic Color Pencil and Tarred Gel Liner, one of our favourite makeup lines. To get the look, be brave and really extend the cat eye, then fill it in with liquid eyeliner getting close to the lashes.
Another strong eye look over at Mara Hoffman, but much more wearable for day-to-day, with Maybelline lead makeup artist Alice applying black liner on the bottom waterline, a really striking look that will make the colours of your eyes pop.
Berry lips are always big for the autumn/winter collections, and our favourite has been the wine-stained lips at Rebecca Minkoff. Keep the rest of your makeup clean and simple so that the focus remains on the lips.
If dark lips are too dramatic for you, try a softer yet equally autumnal lip as seen at Carolina Herrera. Makeup artist Diane Kendal applied the soon-to-be-released MAC Boysenberry Lip Color, a gorgeous plum, to the models’ lips and then blotting away with a tissue for a just-bitten finish.
Which are your favourite makeup looks from New York Fashion Week?
We’re obsessed with the feminine, romantic hair at the Badgley Mischka Autumn/Winter 2014 show at New York Fashion Week. Peter Gray for Moroccanoil created beautiful, flowing hair with a thin twisted braid that would be perfect for a romantic wedding.
1. “I started with a small amount of Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse at the roots (applied to damp hair), concentrating on the root area and combed through. This time, the Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse was used to give the style control and flatten rather than add volume.”
2. “I made a deep diagonal side part, blow dried the hair with a Moroccanoil XL-PRO Paddle Brush, and made a loose, low swept bang.”
3. Next, I created a loose wave, mid-length only, using a 1-1/2-inch curling iron, making sure to leave the ends out. For this look, it’s best to curl each section of hair in alternate directions to create a soft natural texture.”
4. “I then took a small vertical section at the nape, and made a small braid close to the head.”
5. “Taking a small of piece of hair from just above the front of both ears, I tied it with an elastic, secured it at the base of the neck, and U-pinned it into the braid underneath.”
6. “After applying a small amount of Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream on the ends, I wound them vertically with a curling iron (instead of a flat iron) to give ends a polished and vibrant look.”
7. “I finished with a spray of Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium at the top of the head to keep those strands in place, and misted the top hair lightly with Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray for added shine.”
What do you think of Badgley Mischka’s romantic hairstyle?
Photos: David Webber and Reven T.C. Wurman for Moroccanoil
We’re head-over-heels for the ethereal, romantic braided updo at the Creatures of the Wind A/W 2014 show at NYFW. It might not be for everyone, but it’s one of our favourite hair up styles at fashion week. Here’s how celebrity hairstylist Odile Gilbert created the look using Kerastase Paris.
1. On damp hair, Gilbert created a deep right side part and distributed Mousse Bouffante throughout, then applied Lift Vertige at the roots and blow-dried hair with her hands.
2. Once the hair was dry, Odile applied Touche Perfection for added softness and shine, followed by Powder Bluff for major texture.
3. Starting at the part, she created a large braid that comes down around the face, going towards the back right side of the head, spraying with Laque Dentelle for fullness as she went. She continued braiding with the rest of the length so the braid sits at the back of the head, securing with a clear elastic.
4. Using her fingers to lightly rough up the front of the braid and the top of the head for a slightly messy finish, she set the look by spraying more Laque Dentelle.
Are you a fan of the braided updo?
Every fashion week inspires new makeup trends, and the Peter Som A/W 2014 show at NYFW show is no different. Tom Pecheux for MAC created a chic, Parisian girl makeup with a smudgy, smoky eye and a natural lip that will look so good come wintertime.
To create the smoky eye, Tom brushed olive eyeshadow on the lids, then lined the upper and lower lash lines with dark green eye pencil, intensifying the look and creating a 3D effect by layering a black cream liner on top. Finally, he dotted the lids with lipgloss, for that sexy, rock-chick sheen.
Here are the exact makeup products used to create the look.
MAC Mineralize Foundation
MAC Powder Blush in Poised or Taupe
MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush
MAC Eye Shadow in Coquette, Espresso, Concrete or Era
MAC Pro Longwear Eyeliner in Black Ice Definitely Black mixed with Pro Longwear Eyeliner in Devotion
MAC Lipstick in Siss
The Diane von Furstenberg A/W 2014 show at NYFW celebrated 40 years of her iconic wrap dresses, and we’re gaga over the elegant hair and makeup. With barely-there makeup and gorgeous ballerina buns, this look really allows the woman to shine through.
Here’s how Orlando Pita, lead hairstylist for BioSilk, created the perfect ballerina bun hairstyle, one of our go-to hair up styles for work and weekends.
1. Orlando started by prepping the hair with BioSilk haircare products, then used his fingers to make separations in the hair, which he pulled up tightly into a high ponytail.
2. Next, he turned the hair around itself into a loose, messy bun – reminiscent of what a ballerina would wear while rehearsing. Secure with pins.
What do you think of the ballerina bun hairstyle?
Celebrity hairstylist and hair director for Sass & Bide Renya Xydis created the perfect ponytail for the Sass & Bide Spring/Summer 2014 FREETOWN show at New York Fashion Week.
“With such strong, structured and detailed looks from Sass & Bide designers Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton, a sleek, modern ponytail is the only option to complement the shapes,” Renya said.
“The centre part keeps it fresh while the length is secured with horizontal barrettes – it’s a hint of uptown girl polish that still maintains the Sass & Bide signature edge.”
Here’s how Renya created the hairstyle in 4 easy steps.
1. Renya treated each model’s hair to an application of Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz at the roots, blow-drying it out to give the style texture and grip.
2. Next, hair was blow-dried smooth and parted in the centre for a sharp, precise result.
3. Hair was then smoothed with a brush and secured at the nape of the neck with horizontal barrettes. A mist of Wella System Professional Perfect Hold Hairspray was applied to lock the look into place.
4. To complete the look with a finishing shine, a final touch of Wella System Professional Luxe Oil was applied from the mid-lengths to the roost to complete the look with a clean, modern edge.
What do you think of Sass & Bide’s modern twist on the classic ponytail?
So many gorgeous nail looks at New York Fashion Week to inspire your next visit to the salon, from barely there blush to the hottest new twist on the classic French manicure.
Barely there blush
The fresh and clean nails at the Reem Acra show are the perfect polished look for spring. Models’ nails were painted in OPI’s You Callin’ Me a Lyre? a sheer, soft pastel pink hue.
Sidewards French manicure
Designers Katie Holmes and Jeanne Yang trended the hot new sidewards French manicure selecting sheer creamy off-white nude OPI’s So Many Clowns…So Little Time for nails, adding a unique slanted French tip in deep blue in OPI’s I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw for a pop of colour.
Classic chic French manicure
Joie’s spring/summer 2014 fashion show was inspired by the Mediterranean and a trip off the Amalfi Coast, with a pretty collection focusing on shades of white, a theme that was carried through to the nails.
Models wore natural nails but given crisp, classic white tips using OPI’s Alpine Snow; nails were then finished with a glossy coat of OPI Top Coat.
The fun BCBGMAXAZRIA show, with its ladylike patterns and cuts, was complimented by the perfect soft neutral shade OPI’s Samoan Sand. How pretty will this polish look with a tan?
Which is your favourite spring nail trend?
We love the messy bun hairstyle for day and night but it’s hard to get it just right – it can either look too undone or too ballerina. This is it: the perfect messy bun as seen at the Peter Som Spring/Summer 2014 show at New York Fashion Week that is both chic and on-trend.
Here’s how celebrity hairstylist Eugene Souleiman, Wella Professionals Global Creative Director of Care & Styling, created the look in a few easy steps.
1. Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair, using Wella Professionals Enrich Shampoo and Conditioner, to ensure hair is in perfect condition.
2. Spray Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz liberally at the roots and throughout the length of the hair. Do not comb through.
3. Blow dry hair upwards at the root in circular motion, to create natural volume.
4. Pull hair into a high ponytail, between the occipital and crown, and secure with an elastic band.
5. Twist ponytail and tie into a knot, securing with several pins.
6. Spray hair again with Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz and blast with a blow dryer to add more texture to the hair.
7. Gently pull a few pieces of the hair out, creating looseness and imperfection in the look.
8. Finish by pumping a dime size amount of Wella Professionals Mirror Polish into hands, rub together and apply to the roots of the hair in an upward motion for shine-enhanced texture.
Image: Shawn Brackbill for Vogue
Are you a fan of the messy bun? What’s your everyday go-to hairstyle?