My favourite thing about Fashion Week is, ironically, the beauty trends. Yes, I fawn over Burberry every year and there are so many collections I love, but I always trowel Instagram, Vogue and blogs for the backstage looks and upcoming lipsticks I will inevitably add to my list. NYFW and LFW are my personal favourites, and now that it’s all come to a close I think it’s time for a round-up of the most seen looks on the catwalk, plus some of my favourite styles from the past two weeks.
Most Popular Trend 1: Fresh, Natural, Frosted and Wearable
Praise the beauty gods again that we have another season of fresh and flawless beauty! Firstly, Jason Wu departed from his usual sleek up-do to create effortless free waves that looked like you’d slept on last night’s curl for a natural bounce. The make up itself was so fresh and simple you could hardly tell it was there – matte yet luminous skin, slightly enhanced lashes (probably a brown mascara would work best for this look) and just a quick groom of the brows. Nothing on the lips, a true ‘I woke up like this’ look.
Slightly natural was Alexander Wang due to the use of a grey-toned contour and pale matte skin, but the grey eye contour really gave a deathly edge to this look. If you’re looking for something more wearable, Altuzarra used the same skin finish with painted pale lips, slicked back buns, and a gorgeous cold lid that blended silvers and coppers for a subtle frosted and contoured lid. Derek Lam was similar, instead going for an updated ponytail and taupe eyes for a more wearable modern look.
Charlotte Tilbury worked her magic at Donna Karan to create a flushed cheek look with the use of lipstick, subtle lined eyes and groomed brows to offset a natural pink-brown lip – definitely my kind of look! Similarly at Vera Wang there was a strong look of luminous skin, brushed up brows and subtle contour and flush to give models that lovely natural edge.
Most Popular Trend 2: Dramatic Eyes or Lips?
Have one, have both! There’s a definite continuation of SS15 bold lip trend in this season’s collections, but it’s all gotten a bit dark to contrast the luminous skin base created. DvF stuck to the natural skin trend with contouring but made sure lids were covered and blended into a deep black smoke paired with lengthening mascara and soft liner – modern grunge that looks a bit more wearable. In the other direction, 3.1 Phillip Lim built upon the statement red lips of SS15 by using a deep, tainted rust red without liner to give an unkempt cool to the models.
The dramatic winner for me? Marc Jacobs. Totally winning my dramatic make-up side, a deep purple-berry lip with an off-matte finish contrasted the grey-brown smokey lids perfectly. The eyes were dramatic, feeling very defined and powerful whilst not being too much, and the berry lip is one to suit every complexion.
Other Notable Trends
Glitter Lids and Lashes – Caroline Herrera and Rodarte both showcased the glittery and sequin studded lashes for a new take on the trend, adding in some ‘wow’ for a more technical eye-catching look. On the other side of the spectrum, both Victoria Beckham and Zac Posen turned to creamy metallic eyes for a subtle yet effective shimmer for an added depth of colour on a flawless base.
Most Popular Trend 1: Prim and Proper Natural Beauties
It’s safe to say that the British totally rocked this trend – we know the meaning of a true English Rose (and a complexion reddened by the windy cold weather) and so many designers pulled it off with an effortless edge. Topshop Unique took full inspiration from the typical ‘just stepped inside’ lady and showcased a trend full of windswept waves, natural sunshine-induced freckles, and perky pink cheeks.
Jonathan Saunders also went for a natural look, but hinted at more of a subtle glow and pink hint than Topshop. With taupe-brown lips for contour and colour against a pale lip and full groomed brows, this was definitely a more post-Summer day glow to work into the autumn season and reflect the royal toned colours seen in the collections. Similarly, Christopher Kane continued the bronze gold smoke and contour in his collection, however the focus was more on pale skin, fresh yet contrasted in porcelain rather than sun-kissed.
Most Popular Trend 2: Natural with Depth
Still quite fresh but leaning towards rebellious school girl, Erdem kept the brows dark and straight whilst lining the tightline and outer-edges slightly of the eye with black kohl for a smudgy yet defined finish to contrast the 60s fashion collection presented. The skin was matte to reflect the matte eyes and look more even, as seen as well in Giles which went one step further to combine the orange-gold smoke but also create a deep purple-hue black on the lips. I personally love a dark lip and this will be an interesting and bold look to pull off in the autumn months, and although it may seem scary I think it’s quite easy to pull off with the mix of gold, fresh skin, subtle contour and defined shape. Both collections omitted mascara, so three cheers to easy eye make-up removal!
Finally following suit – and of course, knocking it out the park thanks to Wendy Rowe – Burberry created the easiest to wear modern 90s/00s smoke to define and reflect the eyes. It’s a great transition from their SS15 Birds and The Bees look for SS15, switching from bold lip to eyes without making it took stark – the brown/grey/taupe is so nice washed over the lid – tried it already – and the semi-matte/luminous skin really offsets it perfectly. The nude lip makes it daytime appropriate, but a dark nude or red lip will take you straight into the night.
AW15 has definitely nailed it in my opinion, and I’m so glad to see the continuation of flawless, natural skin bases with bold lips or eyes, groomed features, and colours so effortless and easy to wear that they can relate to a much wider audience. Every collection appears to flow seamless from the previous, and all reflect the emergence of women who want to look classic and chic but have the comfort and ease of putting their beauty bits to work without too much fuss. Features look striking and enhanced, cheeks look glowing and fresh, and hair is so easy to recreate you’ll be thankful for those extra minutes in the morning. Fashion Week, you’ve done me proud.
Are you a fan of Fashion Week? Who is your favourite designer? What beauty trends are you liking and looking forward to?
Lots of Love,
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