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Fall Makeup Is Awash In Eye Shadow

From dark copper and green to ethereal, silver and pinks, eyeshadow is making a serious statement on the runways — hinting at a change from the barely shadowed, cat-eye lined lids that are so popular right now. Prepare your palettes now, as Fall ’14 (and likely sooner) is going to be awash in eyeshadow.

Silver played a role in many designer’s F/W 14 makeup, adorning eyes in a juxtaposition of light and dark. Vera Wang sent her models down the runway with wispy, “almost fairy like” silver lids, accompanied by a nude lip and gunmetal manicures, while Donna Karan took her silver to the smokier side and paired it with a full 180 degree liner.

In a play on innocence, Narciso Rodriguez kept his shadow minimal and clean, using the lightest violet, green, and gold “to reflect the light.” Opening Ceremony opted for a more urban version of minimal by adding a gloss to a pink shadowed lid, and pairing it with a winter-flush blushed cheek.

Taking an opposite tact to minimal hues, Oscar de la Renta adorned his models with a dark copper, fully shadowed eye that was elegant and easy, while Rodarte opted for a circular and unconventional copper/brown palette.

Anna Sui’s “strong and fun” dark green and blue lids were also favored, with Derek Lam using similar hues in a more modern art style.

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Trends: Spring 2014 Color Cues

With manicures resetting back to neutral and blacks, whites, grays, and navy ushering in a less obtrusive wardrobe, you may have thought that bold hues were bidding adieu to the trend set.  Recent fashion week runways are telling us otherwise, and while, yes, they’re dolling out Spring ’14 collections — we see no reason to wait.  Here are some of the biggest and brightest color trends for the warmer season — perfect for warming up winter’s less-than-jovial wardrobe.

1.  GREEN:  Just in time for natures resurgent variations on the shade, green is ranging in tone from emerald to icy, and mint to money.

Michael Kors

2. RED: Having never really seen its way out of favor, red is definitely raising temperatures on the runways.  Taking it’s cue from winter’s deep garnets and cranberries, spring’s red is more red hot.

Narciso Rodriguez

3. ELECTRIC PINK: Spring’s pinks are less girly and more electric, balancing the colors definitively feminine mystique with a thoroughly modern sensibility.

Oscar de la Renta

4. PURPLE: The pallet for fall is rife with purple hues — from sorbet to royal… even eggplant.  Purple reigns.

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti

5. CITRON YELLOW: No color screams happy louder than yellow, and Spring 2014′s citron variation of the hue is no different… it’s just distinctly more urban.

Rachel Comey


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H&M’s Conscious Exclusive Pairs Ethics With Aesthetics

Fashion and ethics don’t often go hand in hand, but H&M is charging forward with its efforts to prove that it can. The fast fashion giant has released the latest asset of it’s Conscious Collection called Conscious Exclusive — consisting entirely of dressy dresses, pants, jumpsuits, jackets and accessories to fill all of your party wear needs. They haven’t forgotten your arm-candy either, including a series of tailored suits and footwear for the gents — but let’s focus here folks, ’cause the lookbook for the ladies is dreamy.

Conscious Collection is H&M’s continued effort and belief that business operations should be run in a way that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable — while still being very, very chic — and their latest effort proves their commitment to that end. Look for the brands latest Conscious Exclusive to hit H&M stores worldwide on April 4.

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