Fall runways were a true treat this year. On my great pleasure, there was a huge contrast. We had a chance to see both bright vivid colors on the eyes and dark mystic monochromatic smokeys. Opposite of the bold spirit of some fashion shows, the classic clean no-makeup look was still present on the runways. In terms of hairstyles, there doesn’t seem to be any specific rule this fall. In fact, there was a little bit of everything: short stylish bobs, mile-long hair, braids, edgy unusual dyes, clean, natural looking hair, and a black ribbon as an accessory.
1. Smudged Lipstick
This fall you can forget about your lip liner. Perfectly lined lips apparently are not a thing anymore. Makeup artist Val Garland started the trend of intentionally smudged lipstick all over model’s lips at the Giambattista Valli Fashion Show. For this purpose, she used MAC Lip Mix, lip gloss, and 3 brushes in order to reach the snogged lip effect. The innovative makeup artist who has used a potato and pieces of cotton wool to apply blush in the past, in terms of this new lip trend explains: “There’s a sexiness to it because it looks like you’ve been kissing someone,”
2. Bold Black Eye
Black is always present on the runways and these fall fashion shows were not an exception. From what we could notice so far black was not meant to be perfect. Although we saw some graphic eyeliner going on, makeup artist Tom Pecheux decided to break the rules and incorporate the imperfect black eyeshadow makeup application on many designer fashion shows. In his own words, his intention was to be unique and rebellious especially towards the system.
3. Vivid Colors and Color Blocking
Opposite of the black craziness that was going on, designer houses like Oscar de la Renta, Maison Margiela, Marco di Vincenzo and many others surprised us with a bright splash of color on the lids. Orange, blue and yellow tones were paired together to make a strong statement. I am not sure if the majority of people would dare to wear this makeup looks in real life, but I am glad that Pat Mc Grath encouraged us to: “Now, more than ever, makeup is about enjoying color and making statements”
4. Mile-long Hair
Long ponytails, braids and natural looking curls graced the runways of Alexandar McQueen, Balmain, Christian Siriano and many others. Apparently, these effortless curls and classic/fishtail braids never go out of fashion.
5. The Shorter-The better
Obviously, we are going to have a lot of contrast this fall. Opposite to the extremely long hair that we had a chance to see, variations of short hairstyles also got their place in the spotlight. It all started when Kendall Jenner showed off her blunt lob at La Perla. Kendall’s major change in her hairstyle was followed by many models that showed up with daring short haircuts at Alexander Wang, Prada, Hermes and Chloé.
6. Seriously Bold Hair Colors
We barely had a chance to see bold hair dye in the last couple of years on the runway. But this fall we should expect many. Unusual hair dyes are a huge thing in social media and real life and probably that is where the designers got the inspiration. Vibrant reds, vivid blues, and pastel pinks were some of the hair colors that paraded on many fall fashion shows this year.
7. Bottom False Lashes
You might saw this trend on Instagram, but bottom falsies are officially part of haute couture now. Makeup artists played with variations of individual lower false eyelashes and went heavy on mascara. Chanel, Jeremy Scott, and Emporio Armani were only a few of the many designers who included this trend in their fashion shows.
8. Nails that get all the attention
Even though we could barely see any nail art on the runways in the past, this fall a great attention was placed on extreme manicures. Swarovski Crystal’s nail art debuted at Philip Plein and there were hand painted miniature nail arts at Emilio Pucci and Kenzo. Designers like Vivienne Westwood, Manish Arora, and Marc Jacobs included some stunning nail art at their fashion shows as well.
9. The Little Black Ribbon is a Big Thing Now
Black ribbons were literally everywhere. Hairstylists at Marchesa, Tory Burch, Temperley London and others didn’t miss the chance to add a little black ribbon in their model’s hair. Hairstylist Guido Palau said: “A black ribbon is so versatile, you can use it to dress up a t-shirt and jeans or use it to accessorize a cocktail dress.” Well, Guido knows what he is talking about, because we could see black ribbons around ponytails, top and low knots and around the head as a headband.
10. Women’s Power is Always Trending
Lastly, designers used their runways to express women’s independence and power. The strong messages about feminism that we saw on the runways lately were part of the fall fashion shows as well. Women of all ages, races, sizes and religions proudly paraded on the runways. These Fall fashion shows definitely were all about supporting women and women’s rights. At Missoni, models wore pink pussy hats because they are the new symbol of the women’s rights movement.
Photo Courtsey of Gianbattista Valli, Rosie Assoulin, Chloe, Versace, Emilio di Morena, Marco di Vincenzo, Christian Siriano, Balmain, La Perla, Chloe, Marc Jacobs, Issey Miyake, Chanel, Tadashi Shoji, Philip Plein, Kenzo, Rochas, Temperley London, Missoni