May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Oct 06, 2016
As we come to the end of another hectic fashion month season, it’s time to take stock and filter through all the madness, genius and down-right awe-inspiring sights we’ve seen. For us beauty girls, the month is a whirlwind of crammed backstage areas, food (and wine) to-go and sweet talking doormen to let you inside so you can witness that game-changing new hair technique first hand. Trust me, it’s easier to understand it when watching the experts – otherwise it’s all mirrors and magic and I’ve no hope of re-counting the how-to to anyone, let alone re-creating it.
At the end of it all it’s hard to truly remember what you’ve seen, so I’ve picked five of my favourite looks from the Milan and Paris shows as an easy-to-refer-to guide for the season.
A bold look if ever there was one, Leitmotiv broke all the rules this season and dared to pair a stand-out eye with an attention-grabbing lip AND nails that flash neon like brake lights in the rain.
A swipe of rich blue paint was dragged across the lid, floating above the lash line and taken from the inner most corner to the outer most, whilst lips shimmered in a deep plum glitter pigment that looks amazing, but in reality no doubt itches like a b***h. Skin is fresh and clean, and brows untamed, all the better to ensure a dramatic impact without taking it to an unsightly level.
2. Andrew GN
Now I have a penchant for black liner – and this one’s on point – but that’s not what drew me to this look initially. No, I’m more in awe of that incredible quiff and the fact it’s made even more apparent thanks to tight, flat-to-the-head plaiting on the opposite side. A very handy way to pin hair down that you don’t want wafting around all day, and a sure fire way to make an impact with whatever you decide to do with the strands left free.
Orange is the new black – a fabulous Netflix marvel or the statement of the SS17 season? Both in my opinion, and the latter was no more apparent than at Blugirl in Milan, where eyes were swathed in a diffused peachy/orange hue and nails painted to match. With eye make-up coming through as the key takeaway for the entire season, this approach offers a less daring but equally impactful style, that won’t leave you dropping sequins all over the dance floor but will give your peepers a punchy pop.
4. Manish Arora
Manish Arora, a guaranteed bottomless pit of inspiration and eclecticism, and this season certainly didn’t disappoint in the beauty stakes. Whilst some models sported blue and pink candy floss hair with rainbow eyes, others were slightly more demure, but just as tantalising, in this rose gold glitter lip and nails that remind me of kaleidoscopic youth. With bare skin, and lashes devoid of any mascara, it was the thick, almost claggy pigment on the lips that took centre stage, dulled in its metallic hue for a more sophisticated edge.
Before I chopped it all off and opted for a pixie crop, my hair was dominated by a thick, blunt fringe that pretty much doubled as a comfort blanket, and the Rochas show is making me miss it. Stylist Paul Hanlon turned the classic bang on its head, curling the length under in a haphazard way, with thick, texturizing product helping to create an almost sweaty aesthetic. Think a post club vibe, hours of close comfort dancing and a once perfectly straightened fringe returns to its natural, just-out-of-bed self. At least we’ll all save time in the future.
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