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The Marc Jacobs resort show was a flashback to the 1980’s complete with crimped hair and lace gloves. The rock and roll eyes definitely had me pulling out my black kohl pencil to create a slightly more toned down version for a night out. I used YSL Kajal and lined both my upper and lower lash line including the waterline. Then I extended the liner out towards the temple, keeping the line straight but lower on the eye lid than the show look. The idea is to get a structured but slightly imperfect dramatic liner look. I finished off with flawless skin, loads of mascara, and pale lips to pull it all together.
My summer skin care regime now includes Dr.Brandt Xtend Your Youth products. Basically the name itself drew me in! I was in the market for an eye cream that I could use in the morning; something lightweight that would absorb quickly. I was happy to discover that while it does do all that, more importantly it contains anti-oxidents, age defense, anti-stress ingredients, and very little scent. The face cream is very similar containing the same anti aging cocktail. As well as leaving my skin looking smooth and luminous but not oily.
I’ve always been a bit of a Gucci fan. A black Gucci makeup bag was my first luxury accessory way back when. A few years later in my early twenties when I sold my Honda Del Sol, the first stop I made was Gucci, where I picked up a classic GG hobo handbag. Now with Alessandro Michele at the helm it’s a new quirky, part vintage, part eccentric Gucci and I absolutely adore it!
The resort collection showed in London at Westminster Abbey and a very British punk vibe prevailed throughout. Complementing the clothes were a variety of different makeup looks. From ultra minimal, to major eyes, and my personal favourite–the metallic blue lip.
Images from vogue.com
Christian Dior pulled out all the stops for their guests attending the cruise collection in Oxfordshire, England. From exquisite details like Dior clad porters on the platform at St Pancras train station, to dining carriages that featured full Dior tableware and place settings. All of this was very befitting of Blenheim Palace the final destination. Backstage Peter Philips and the team applied chestnut smokey eyes from lash line to brow, subtle shading under the cheekbone and a glossy nude lip.
Oscar Niemeyer–designed Niterói Contemporary Art Museum which looks like it’s from another planet, was the most amazing venue for Louis Vuitton resort. The collection felt very energetic–brights mixed with black and white, athletic, and youthful. The makeup look didn’t compete with the designs, essentially it was either barely there or an exaggerated eye.
The Cannes red carpet was the usual glamorous affair this year. While thigh high slits and red gowns were as far as the eye could see Charlize Theron broke the trend in a super chic Dior tux. Kristen Stewart also took a few risks in both her wardrobe and makeup. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend red eye shadow to most people, she pulled it off like a pro.
Naomi Campbell stuns on all three covers of Vogue Brasil’s anniversary issue celebrating important black women in history. Naomi herself is one such woman having been a force to reckon with in the fashion industry. The first black model to cover British and Paris Vogue, Naomi has been in the industry for over thirty years.
Makeup artist Renee Garnes created the striking beauty look for the issue. That brilliant cyan blue has me wanting to dig out my bright eye shadow palette.
Chanel took over the streets of Havana to show the vibrant cruise collection. Lead makeup artist Tom Pecheux, made sure the girls glowed as they descended down the boulevard that acted as the runway. Perhaps it was a combination of humidity and makeup, either way their skin looked gorgeous.
The first presentation I attended this past London fashion week was Markus Lupfer. What I loved was even though this was the autumn collection, so many of the pieces felt like they could work for all seasons. The Markus Lupfer girl is quirky and sophisticated. Not only can she transition from work to play but also from autumn to spring too. The use of oversized florals and geometric shapes, mixed with metallics and sheers is excellent style inspiration for right now. Put that inspiration into play using pieces from the current season available on farfetch.com
1.Marco Bologna Flower Print Pencil Skirt 2.Faith Connexion Over sized Metallic Top 3. Tod’s Saddle Cross Body Bag 4.Rockins Dargon Print Scarf 5. Maison Margiela Tabi Toe Ankle Boot 6. Marni Floral Print Tee 7. Courregès Biker Jacket
The beauty look for the collection followed that same theme of quirky sophistication. The use of gold glitter and gold leaf placed strategically on the eyes created a delicate sparkle to the eyes. A real-way version of the look would include the same dewy skin and a nude lip. Skip the gold leaf in favour of a frosty gold shadow.
The ultra glam Met gala theme this year was Manus x Machina – Fashion in the Age of Technology. Cue the metallic dresses. A slew of cyborg inspired gowns, dresses, and armour descended the red carpet. Claire Danes in princess style Zac Posen, at first glance seemed to have missed the tech theme, until the whole gown completely lit up! The dress was made of custom fiber optic woven organza, with thirty mini battery packs sewn into the lining. Now that was definitely an excellent example of technology and fashion.