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Felder Felder AW15

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Day 1 of London fashion week and my first show to attend was Felder Felder. Standing in line outside the Freemasons’ hall in Covent Garden I realized a few things: I should have brought my fur, London was much colder than I had anticipated, and I shouldn’t have lingered in Pret for so long then I would be further ahead in the queue!

The theme of the show was–Don’t hate what you don’t understand. The designers looked to sixties Berlin and the style of Uschi Obermaier the actress and model who was a key figure of countercultural commune of the time. Following along this same vein the makeup look had that abandoned feel of a 60’s girl that had been out all night. The black banana line through the socket was etched in with kohl pencil and gel eyeliner. The upper lashes had at least 4 of coats of mascara. The top of the cheekbones were highlighted, and the same berry stain was used on lips and on the apples of the cheeks for a flushed look.

 

Images from style.com & WJ London Lifestyle

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Best of New York Fashion Week AW15

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As was the case last fall, I’m behind in my collection reviews due to being in London last week for fashion week. Flashback to New York where eyes definitely seemed to be the focus of many of the looks and natural matte skin was popular. I liked what Tom Pecheux did at Altuzarra combing cool and warm cream shadows for a 80’s feel on the eyes. To go along with the disco theme at Rodarte, round silver jewels were applied along the centre of the lower lash line. I loved the imperfection at Alexander Wang. No mascara and slate shadow more concentrated in the inner corner.

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Victoria Beckham & Alexander Wang AW 2015

NYFW_Victoria_Beckham_Alexander_WangThe New York Collections are hot, which is a good thing because it looks absolutely freezing there. Pat McGrath’s creation for Victoria Beckham consisted of full eyebrows and smudgy lower liner that dropped lower in the centre. Lips were void of any colour, and the girls skin glowed. In contrast to Beckham’s polished look, Alexander Wang’s goth girls wore undone smoky eyes and greasy hair inspired by Marilyn Manson, and KISS. Diane Kendal use NARS eye shadow sticks and then removed the majority to create the imperfect beauty look.

 

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Spring 2015 Couture

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From the veiled looks at Chanel and Giambattista; to the various graphic eyes at Versace and Armani; and the natural lips at Dior and Valentino; the spring couture looks were quite delightful. Paris was the ideal fashion prelude before the ready-to-wear shows start in just a couple of weeks.

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Chanel Spring 2015 Couture

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Karl Lagerfeld’s flower garden theme show was a floral masterpiece. The beauty look was taupe eyeshadow blended across the upper eyelids and over the bridge of the nose, and extended to the temples resulting in a subtle mask shape. The mesh overlay on the face added to the veiled look. All the models lips popped with cherry red and highlighted cupids bows.

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Atelier Versace Spring 2015 Couture

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The couture collections are well underway for spring 2015. Pat McGrath designed what she described as a modern, graphic smoky eye for Atelier Versace. I thought the use of negative space in the eye makeup mirrored the cut-out design of the collection. A flawless complexion, peachy nude lips, and fake lashes brought the whole look together.

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Final Weeks of Winter

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The only good thing about the continued winter weather is that we can still wear the items picked up during end of season sales. As the cold weather drags on it’s important to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. Go for cream based eye shadows and blush, and unless you’re very oily minimal powder will ensure you maintain glowy looking skin.

Click here for tips on how to winter-proof your skin.

1. Charlotte’s Magic Cream 2. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Belle Du Jour 3. Gucci Face Lustrous Glow Foundation 4. Giorgio Armani Face Fabric 5. Aesop Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol 6. Shu Uemura Depsea Hydrability Concentrate 7. Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Mono Eye Shadow 8. Kiehl’s Vanilla and Cedarwood Skin Softening Lotion 9. Clarins Lip Comfort Oil

Coach Shearling Coat/Anthropologie Atlas Rancher Hat/Helmut Lang Leather Skinny Pants/Black Eyewear Sunglasses/Stella McCartney Wool Striped Sweater/Missoni Striped Gloves/Casadei Venice Thigh High Boots 

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Runway Inspired Party Looks

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Party looks call for illuminated skin, bold lips, smudgy brown eyes, and deep burgundy nails. Get dressed up and go out!

1. Shu Uemura Stage Performer Instant-Glow 2. Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner  3. YSL ‘Wildly Gold’ Palette Limited Edition  4. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Gold Shimmer Limited Edition  5. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Liner 6. Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Siren in Scarlet 7. Dior Golden Shock Collection Powder 8. Tom Ford Nail Polish in Bordeaux Lust

Blue Antonio Berardi Satin Blazer/Devon Leigh 18 Karat Gold Drip Cuff/Alexander Wang Chastity Minaudière Clutch in Wet Black Hair Calf/Alaia Laser Cut-Metallic Leather Sandals/Wilfred Free Ling Bustier/Warehouse Pink Crop Faux Fur Jacket/Balmain Metallic Jacquard Pants 

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Valentino Couture New York

 

Valentino showed their Couture collection in New York last week. (Valentino will still show during couture fashion week in Paris in the new year) The show was 60’s chic, all white, and lots of capes. Pat McGrath designed a sophisticated makeup to go along with beautiful designs that was very clean. Natural brows and lips, slightly flushed cheeks with a dewy complexion.  The super sleek centre parted ponytails were courtesy of Guido Palau. The exact ponytail I aspire to recreate on myself often, but never quite manage!

Images from style.com & @maisonvalentino

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Chanel Métiers d’Art Pre-Fall 2015

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Salzburg Austria made a picture perfect backdrop for the Chanel Pre-fall collection. Tom Pecheux created a black and gold structured eyes and full eyebrows. Soft pink cheeks and lips along with skin so fresh, that it made the girls look like they just ran through the hills like Maria in the Sound of Music!

Images from nymag.com & style.com

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