Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Perfect Red

Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in 104 Passion is an intense, rich red with blue undertones. Personally, I find blue toned lipsticks too harsh during the day but paired with bronzer, a radiant glow is created to give a warmer look, acting as the perfect shade to combat winter blues. It glides on effortlessly, feeling creamy and smooth. Its satin, semi-matte finish makes it perfect for day or night, showcasing that in some cases, there can be a middle ground (at last).

104 Passion is from the Rouge Allure collection, which aimed at creating hydrating lipsticks and contains shea butter and canola oil - a much more fun take on moisturizing your lips compared to the boring old Chapstick. It may not be a 2.55, but it’s classic. Sensual and feminine, this lipstick manages to encompass the root of Chanel and it incorporates two things that every girl needs in their life - a good red lipstick and of course, Chanel.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Autumn/Winter 2015 trends

Fur:
Embrace winters charm this A/W by snuggling up in a sophisticated, classic and always luxurious fur statement coat; Michael Kors and Alberta Ferretti play with bold colours to create fun and youthful statement coats that will get you through the dark, dreary days of winter while Ralph Lauren provided guilt and cruelty free options and constructed his designs out of shearling.

The Ulyana Sergeenko A/W Couture 2015 collection featured fur accessories in the form of a ballet dancer fur pom pom bag and a sky blue, ice cream cone clutch decorated to look like a faberge egg, taking the designer back to her Russian roots while fur stoles are a way to make the trend look modern and toned down, as seen through the 3.1 Philip Lim show which featured a caramel coloured stoles that will create a chic, effortless look paired with knitwear.

Gothic Romance:
Kiss goodbye to anything boring and chunky this winter and wave hello to soft and sensual; coming out of the shadows, the dark side has been revamped and pays homage to Victorian fashion. Givenchy dominated the catwalk with Gothic romanticism, styling models with rhinestones on their faces, sleek hair, extravagant embellished gowns and beautiful tailoring; the message they sent out was a strong, empowering one: those girls did not need to be saved, they had the power to become the heroes of their own fairy tale rather than a damsel a dress.

Not only did the Gothic romance take center stage on the catwalk, but also played a role influencing beauty too – Giles presented their models with ruffled collars, striking black lips and a contrasting, pale complexion, creating a dramatic, bold look.

Rebelling in its own way, gothic romance perhaps goes against the mainstream of femininity with metres upon metres of black fabric however a romantic vibe has been stitched together, creating softer shapes and movement through the use of silk, velvet and chiffon. Everything comes down to the details and this trend is no exception Рwith delicate detailing of lace and frills, this trend is one that differs greatly from the clich̩ subculture of gothic chic and instead, a grown up elegance has been introduced.

70s Boho:
Like any trend, the 70s didn't die – it was just waiting for the perfect opportunity to resurrect and although as much as we would all love to deny that we want anything to do with it, we can't deny that there are certain elements of this trend that we would love to claim for ourselves. Featherweight dresses, flared jeans, fringing, patchwork, bold patterns and suede are key components for achieving the 70s boho look that has became oh-so-desired.

Patchwork, patterns and bold prints were a strong focus at Burberry Prorsum, who embraced the 70s by taking inspiration from Joni Mitchell while Etro worked with rich, opulent colours and lean 70s silhouettes – loose movements and folkloric inspiration at Chloe took for a romantic, softer approach with sweeping dresses in hues of peach and taupes, mixed with waistcoats and neckties.
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