Spring is to fashion what New Year’s is to resolutions. If Jan. 1 is a time to rethink our choices and swear to shed bad habits and adopt new, better ones; spring is the time when closet spring cleaning takes place – we leave our foolish fashion choices behind and adopt new ones. As soon as the first heel clicks on Fashion Week runways, we know what will be in and what will be cast aside in the upcoming season.
So, let’s see what the near future holds for all the fashionistas, makeup junkies and hairdo lovers.
Alive and in Color!
If you have secretly been longing for the colors of the ‘80s, great news bright-hue lovers – pink is back and better than ever. Powerhouses like Balenciaga, Celine, Valentino and many others were proud to present a range of dresses ranging from frilly and feminine to straight and edgy geometric lines in all possible variations of pink. The best part – all of these looks are completely wearable and worthy of a million street-style hashtag likes.
Another unmissable presence were the evergreen stripes. Diagonal, horizontal, vertical, wide, narrow, monochromatic or colorful – take your pick. And they will make their mark on every single item of clothing, from dresses and pants to blouses and shorts. They will even make it as far as beachwear.
It is safe to say that it is time to get stripy.
Faux and real fur lovers – rejoice because the eternal style staple, the fur coat has been seen strutting down the runway with ready-to-wear looks.
Of course, we must not forget to mention the powerful feminist messages with shirts with “we should all be feminists” dominating the catwalk.
It is a great year to be a woman.
As for those who look for fashion inspiration for the upcoming season in the runways of New York, the Fashion Week of the Big Apple has shown us that simple and feminine lines will dominate the streets of Manhattan, in minimalistic cuts and colors, namely black and white.
According to one of the US’s influential designers, Marc Jacobs cheeky sweaters and insanely high platforms will rule the streets styles this spring, so if you were missing the ‘90s vibe, now you have an excuse to bring it back to life, while Ralph Lauren predicts the revival of the western cowboy theme.
Oh, My, Makeup!
We are in utter and complete awe of the variety of beauty looks slaying the runways of Paris, London and Milan fashion week. And while some of them were very artistic and almost conceptual, there were also those that are bound to dominate the urban landscape once makeup lovers head to the streets.
The Milan shows have showed that it is ok to be eclectic and electric, as the eyelids of models were beaming with day-glo fuchsia, neon-lavender, pastel blue across the entire lid (pretty bold),and also bright blue, and yellow hues done in a cutting-edge geometric style.
Ladies, if you did not dab in bright eye colors and pigments before, it is time to get bold, and get a serious upgrade in the makeup and cosmetics department. Since the focus on the Milan runways was mostly on bold eye looks, the lips were left almost untouched or simply with a healthy-looking balm pout.
If you look at the beauty dominating one of the most important fashion weeks – Paris, you will notice that the focus was also on the eyes, but in a somewhat different fashion. Precision was not the focal point and the smudged and vamp looks accompanied with dark eye shadows, liners and eye pencils were the rule.
There were however more natural looks as well, like the one on Gigi Hadid with her healthy, almost ethereally dewy look for the Isabel Marant show, so if you are a believer in the no-makeup makeup look, Gigi shows you how to rock it, supermodel style.
When it comes to the beauty looks, there is a lot of inspiration to draw from this season’s runways of New York. From natural no-makeup makeup looks of Ralph Lauren to bold lips and fierce dark blue smokey eyes seen on models walking for Mischka and vivid brights of Oscar De La Renta, there is a whole variety of looks to snag for yourself, so if there is anything you would like to try, now is the time to rethink your makeup and cosmetics choices and add new items to your shopping cart.
After seeing the crème de la crème of this year’s runway looks, the only question that needs answering is – Which one of these things did you miss, and will be stocking up on this spring?
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Traveling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips. Check her out on Twitter and Facebook.