Summer’s daintier clutches and small side handbags are giving way to a much more collegiate look for fall: the backpack. We’re not suggesting you rush out to REI to score one of your own, the backpack trend we’re seeing is chic, sleek and definitely not for hiking or hauling schoolbooks. Roomy and easy to carry, backpacks are making a statement in embossed and sleek leather, boxy and billowy shapes and a range of palettes and prints from neutrals to color blocking and animal print. And with celebrity muses like Ashley Olsen and Kara Delevigne, and designers like Rag & Bone, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Tory Burch embracing the trend, it’s clear that back-to-school has left the school room and hit the streets. Here are a few of our personal favorite backpack styles for fall.read more
Glitter and glow is never too far from fashion week makeup, but the holographic skin seen on 3.1 Phillip Lim models added a modern take on reflective makeup that nearly everyone take notice.
Calling it the “Monochromatic Techno Glow,” makeup artist Francelle Daly created kaleidoscopic skin by applying layers of reflective makeup that was slightly pearlescent and quite nearly holographic. “I was inspired by Phillip’s use of techno fabrics this season—you’ll them see in the accessories and sunglasses. There’s a prismatic opalescence that I wanted to incorporate into the makeup. So we did a new take on the summer glow called a ‘monochromatic techno glow,’ which translates into illuminated skin with holographic textures. Daly’s generous application to the whole face, made for a look so inspiring, we thought you might want to emulate it.
For an all over glow, blend a pastel pink or nude shimmer stick on on the high planes of your face — tops of cheeks, the tip and bridge of the nose, and the forehead. Next, dab a brightening or shimmering clear gloss over your lipstick at the center of the mouth to create dimension. And finally, apply a multi-faceted cream shadow that catched the light — placing the attention precisely where it should be — you.read more
Natural nails or bold, intricate nail art? A dark matte red lip or nude gloss? There are times when we wish the fashion world would just make up its mind, and then there are times when we say *Yippee! for the full palette of of-the-moment options. Fall ’14 seems to be the later.
Hair on the recent Fall ’14 runways seems to be a horse of a different color when compared to the shiny, flat-ironed locks in the ad campaigns of Miu Miu, Missoni, Versace, Gucci & Prada. Phillip Lim 3.1, Rag & Bone, and Thakoon all styled their models with decidedly unkempt looks that were continually referenced as “easy,” “sweaty,” and “cool.”
Stylist Odile Gilbert described Thakoon F/W 14 hair as “…a girl who went to the gym, so she’s sweaty in the front and kind of fluffy in the back. It’s really about the gesture of pushing it back, away from the face.” And while we prefer Rag & Bone’s description of “Saturday hair” far better than “sweaty” (which, btw, was also a buzzword for 3.1 Phillip Lim’s stylist Paul Hanlon), it’s clear that the look is about to catch on.
So put away those flat irons and dry shampoos and let your grease flag fly! Or don’t. It seems Fall ’14 will be about personal preference (and maintenance - obvs).read more
From diamonds to pearls, a gals treasure trove of baubles is notably one of the best resources for accessorizing from season to season — but this particular season is taking the reflective quality of your jewelry box and putting it at your fingertips, eyelids, and brow by way of your makeup. Backstage watchers at this week’s NYFW have been treated to visions of glittery gold eyeshadow opalescent contouring, and pearly manicures.
Makeup artist Diane Kendal and hair stylist Odile Gilbert tricked the models at Jason Wu’s runway out in gold — to very expensive-looking effect. By layering finely milled gold glitter on top of an already smokey base, Kendal expertly paired the makeup with Gilbert’s use of gold hair accessories for a look that was more sophisticated than suburban kitch.
At 3.1 Philip Lim, makeup artist Fracelle Daly took inspiration from a pair of holographic sunglasses to create a look heavy in iridescent hues, highlights, and contouring down the chin and bridge of the nose.
And finally, over at Thakoon, the fawned over pearly nail polish that accompanied a collection dripping with pearls. By using polish brand Morgan Taylor’s “Adorned in Diamonds” under a coat of “Heaven Sent” across an elongated nail, manicurist Gina Edwards created a nail that played equal parts under-played and elegantly stated.read more