AU NATUREL WITH AN EDGE
by Mary Jane Agra
The concept of au naturel is at an all time high with every woman embracing this trend to achieve the illusion of a breathy skin and flawless complexion. But, are we getting bored of it? So to bring our enthusiasm up a notch, trendsetting makeup artists gives this no makeup look a little bit of an edge. Not to worry, the low-maintenance element to it is still intact!
Last season’s matte lips are replaced with petal and berry stains, as seen at Christian Dior, Marni, Derek Lam, Prada, and Vera Wang for Autumn/Winter 2013-14. And I say stained, not painted. Easy on the lipstick there! Let the color diffuse from the inside of the lips outwards by using a Q-tip to blur the line imperfectly.
Then, draw a thin black line along your top lashes to create a subtle and almost invisible definition of the eyes at the likes of Victoria Beckham, Alexander Wang, Proenza, and Christopher Kane. Opt out of the sixties trend, the skinny black liner is in!
And by the way, skip the blush or use it very sparingly if you must, as particularly bare cheeks were spotted at Jonathan Saunders, Balmain, Alexander Wang, and Dolce and Gabbana.
Want to take it to the next level? Get the morning-after look by adding some grey shadow on the lower lash line. And don’t worry about retouching the mascara on your lower lashes. In fact, the smudgier, the better!
by Mary Jane Agra
The mystery and glamour of the forties, fifties, and sixties dominate the runways of Carolina Herrara, Bottega Veneta, Oscar de la Renta to the ever-so-youthful Marc by Marc Jacobs for Autumn to Winter 2013-14. Thanks to the influence of the late iconic director Alfred Hitchcock, we now see the once dewy-skin lasses transform into Hitchcock Heroines. Following the likes of staple beauties Grace Kelly, and Tippi Hedren, these classic leading ladies are known for their utmost glamour and sophistication, characterized by their neutral-toned eye makeup, thin black eyeliner, glossy blood-red lips, flushed cheeks, and thicker arched eyebrows. Thus, fashion is even more infatuated with Hitchcock style femininity and takes this trend to a whole new level. And I say it’s about time you channel yours!
LIPS GET MOODY
by Mary Jane Agra
The mood this season certainly carries an heir of mystery and a whole tier of sophistication with designers such as Phillip Lim drawing inspirations from the gritty streets of New York City, and Misha Nonoo reliving the Russian romanticism that captivated her during a trip to the Eurasion country. Dark, polished lips flooded the runways and set the tone for Fall beauty – deep and moody lip shades from jet black to oxblood.
NAIL ART IN THE METROPOLIS
by Mary Jane Agra
The nail art seen on the runways of Milan, London, and New York puts a stamp on what it takes to be designer approved. From simple to complex, accessible to artistic, we’ve got the lowdown on nail trends to note this season.
TREND: NAKED NAILS
An ever-growing trend, mannequin nails, or pale nails were spotted on the Fall 2013 runways of Alexander Wang, Christian Dior, Vionnet, Lanvin, Acne, and Rochas to complement an ultra-chic and sophisticated collections.
TREND: BLACK or WHITE
A top trend contender for Fall, black matte nails were spotted at Misha Nonoo, Kenzo, and Kate Spade, while nails with sheer white polish were seen at Elie Kuame Couture of Paris.
TREND: RED and BURGUNDY
Get monochromatic with this season’s moody lips with dark nail lacquers. Burgundy vamped up the beaded pieces at Elie Saab, while cherry-red painted nails were omnipresent at Sonia Rykiel.
TREND: GEOMETIC NAIL ART
Naked nails with an edge! Metallic accents were added to the tips of nude nails at Titania Inglis.
TREND: MOON MANICURE
Exaggerated moon manicures starting were all the rage at Threeasfour. Don’t be afraid to play with colors.
By Mary Jane Agra
Gender-neutral fragrances are increasingly gaining mass appeal with just about every big perfume house giving it a go. Women, who are not super keen on ultra feminine scents opt for unisex versions – they’re crisp, clean, and economically beneficial since you can easily share them with your partner. Talk about convenience!
Calvin Klein’s CK One
This go-to sensual unisex fragrance since the 90’s carries on a citrus aroma that is very light and refreshing. Apply generously! 1.7oz – C$42 / 3.4oz – C$60
Diptyque’s Volutes Eau de Parfum
This spicy scent consists of blond, honeyed Egyptian tobacco and is known for its distinguished leathery note with a hint of lilac. 75ml C$144
Bamboo Harmony by Kilian
Smell white tea leaves with a touch of Bamboo spice and fresh notes of bergamot, neroli and bigarade orange. 50 ml - C$280
Illamasqua’s Freak Eau de Parfum
This exotic, rich, and provocative fragrance carries notes of Black Dayana, Opium, Belladonna, Poison Hemlock, Datura and Queen of the Night blossom, frankincense, Oud, and myrrh. 2.5oz – C$112
Jo Malone’s Grapefruit cologne
Still hung up on summer? This simple, crisp, and uplifting citrus cologne with notes of grapefruit and tangerine combined with vetiver and rosemary lingers beyond seasons. 100ml -C$124
Tom Ford Black Orchid
This timeless and luxurious scent gives you a walk through sultry woods with rich fruit accords. 1.7oz - C$120 sephora.ca
This rich and exotic aroma carries rich notes of juniper berries and cedar leaves from the Himalayas. 100ml - C$125
By Mary Jane Agra
As we part ways with last season’s messy manes, the slicked back super-straight polished ponytail is back in vogue. Don’t cry out boring just yet as this trend is far from it! Perfect for the power woman-on-the-go, it’s quick and proven to be the easiest way to wear your hair up. With a strong hair elastic, a few bobby pins, a fine tooth tail comb, and your favorite hair product - you’re well on your way! Or better yet, get on the wet look trend and grab a spray of water to aid you in perfecting your ponytail, and soon you’ll be calling it your new best friend.
Diagonal Low Ponytail
Give the classic low ponytail a twist with a diagonal parting on top, as seen at Richard Chai Love, styled by Frank Rizzieri and Kevin Ryan for Aveda.
Minimalist Triple Ponytail with Duct Tape
Alexander Wang is a genius for starting the trend of using a strip of duct tape as a hair accessory. Soon after, this wonder tape was spotted on a minimalist triple ponytail at the Independent Runway show during the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.
Wet Look Low Ponytail
With the wet look making a splash on runways throughout the world, go ahead and spritz some water before you secure your hair into a low and tight ponytail. After all, water makes the job easier and gives your hair that ultimate shine.
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