À La Mode #9

If you're a makeup artist, photographer or a stylist, you kind of need to be up-to-date with fashion news, which include latest runway collections and trends. All major fashion weeks are behind us, so if you didn't pay attention, here are the highlights from shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris.

What beauty and fashion trends are in for Fall 2016? There are some ideas that I found inspiring, although some of the demonstrated trends I consider overblown, e.g., beards, hair, eyelids or cheeks... covered in glitter. I'm rather a follower of "less is more" beauty statement. These days enhancing natural features seems insufficient in a process of applying makeup. Unfortunately in the makeup world there's a strong tendency to contour, strobe or generally "fix" every single face (especially eyebrows). Why?

This is probably why I much more appreciated the collections in which designers showed simplicity and natural beauty. Thankfully, the fashion month was diverse enough to suit various preferences in both, beauty and fashion. Vogue selected 12 biggest 2016 Fall trends from runway shows, such as: interior motifs on fabrics, puffy jackets, menswear style in women's clothing, street style, capes, designs reflecting history contexts, glossy and wet looking materials, ski-motifs on sweaters, vintage shearlings, studded details on fabrics, fur and ornaments. As for the beauty, I observed dark gothic lipsticks (Fenty x Puma, Bottega Veneta, Dior), graphic eyeliners (Oscar de la Renta), soft and fresh looks (Christopher Kane, Vera Wang), cat-eyes (Givenchy) or red/natural lips (Proenza Shouler).

The amount of designers was overwhelming, so I will mention just a few that really captured my interest (or not!). I absolutely enjoyed Mrs. Prada's show in Milan. There was a story of a complex and traveling woman behind the collection. Her work is always full of symbols. 

"It is like a collage of what is happy or painful, of whether you are feeling beautiful or horrible, when you have love or no love."

I loved the concept of telling stories through basic elements - clothes. The pieces contained many allegories to history and art. Part of the surreal designs was the effect of collaboration with a French artist Christophe Chemin, who is a true self-taught genius skilled in drawing, painting, designing, writing... and the list goes on!

How about Paris? I have a soft spot for lace and fine made dresses, so i totally fell for Elie Saab's (called the king of dark romance and lace) collection. Also, I wouldn't mind having bohemian shirts designed by Leonard in my closet!

I can tell you what I didn't "buy" from New York Fashion Week: Yeezy's (Kayne West) extravaganza, which was "neither a fashion show nor a concert" (Jessica Iredale review). The concept of a visual performance, including his designs, didn't convince me at all. Gladly I wasn't disappointed with Oscar de la Renta's designs. They were classy and sophisticated. I also enjoyed Tommy Hilfiger's military inspired pieces and Michael Kors' outfits.

About London, I was very curious what did Sarah Burton prepare for the upcoming Fall season. It seemed that her dreamy and visionary collection was a tribute payed to fashion icon: Alexander McQueen. Although it wasn't my favorite show, I admired the craft and delicate designs. Another interesting collection was created by Christopher Kane, but my preferences leaned rather toward his beauty - than the design - ideas.

If you have any affection for fashion, I'm sure you're already inspired by some of the "new" trends. As a matter of fact, social media showed us by now that the mechanism of setting trends is transforming. People get a one night fever over tendencies that disappear the next day... But this is a story for another blog-post! So for now, take inspiration from trends, strengthen personality and build your own style!