Spring 2011 is going to be all about two shades, lavender and honeysuckle. The former was an overwhelming favorite on the runways in New York and London, and the latter is Pantone's pick for Color of the Year in 2011. What does this mean for you? Well, there's bound to be loads of both shades showing up at makeup counters, and that means finding new and pretty ways to wear the colors. I've gathered up some of the prettiest, freshest uses of lavender and honeysuckle from the runways, and now I'm passing them on to you. So whether you want to look proper, edgy, or sweet, there's a look here for you and a color variation to suit your skin tone.
Each fashion capital offers up a whole range of new trends, but one which featured time and time again was all white outfits. White is definitely the hot colour for Spring '11 as colours, trousers, tops and accessories were created in the shade. From sportswear inspired pieces at Alexander Wang and Chloe to feminine ethereal designs at Alexander McQueen and Erdem. A range of fabrics were used adding depth to the tone including lace and cotton. Click through to see key looks from the catwalk.
Fashion Week fever still hasn't left me! All of the fun started back in September in New York, and then moved to London, Milan and Paris. The overriding beauty looks were big hair and either 1970s-inspired makeup or a clean, timeless face.
For example, at David Koma the models had painted on sideburns, and at Jasper Garvida hair was piled on top of the head and surrounded by pink and white balls. Take a peek at eight of these outrageous hair and makeup styles here!
Wowsa! If New York Fashion Week was anything to go by, Spring is going to be a corker. Not least on the beauty stakes. The line-up was packed with some gorgeous new trends! From Seventies style hair and makeup to nude lips. I rounded up my six favourite shows for beauty. Click through this slideshow to check them out. Enjoy!
Gossip Girl Leighton Meester has been having a lot of fun at New York Fashion Week. The actor has been wearing a range of stylish ensembles by some of the city's best loved designers. From a pretty Marc Jacobs dress at the V party to a bare midriff at Proenza Schouler, and from an all white look at Derek Lam to an etheral Emilio de la Morena look at the Roger Vivier boutique. Out of these four very different ensembles, which is your favourite?
Designers have been heading to the beach for their hair inspiration this Spring. All over the place at New York Fashion Week tousled, windswept locks were being worn either loosely tied back, or free flowing and wavy. Yesterday Michael Kors unveiled his Summer collection to a fanfair of celebrity devotees. The show included a slew of bronzed beach babes with artfully tousled hair created by hair guru Orlando Pita using Bumble and Bumble's texturising Surf Spray (£18.50).
Then there was Thakoon's show which featured models strutting with tousled long locks created by Frederic Fekkai stylist Dedier Malige. Before them Charlotte Ronson rocked a 1990s grunge vibe with a new age beach traveller look accentuated by small boho plaits run through models' hair.
The central theme seems to be texture, and lots of it. The look is also enhanced by simple naturally bronzed skin and very simple makeup. Will you be a tousled beach babe in Spring?
Click through below to see more tousled hair pics.
Katie Holmes joined in the Fashion Week madness, stepping out to see the Calvin Klein runway presentation in NYC yesterday. Katie has been on the East Coast while Tom Cruise was taking care of business and his motorcycles back in LA, but he was with her last night as she changed into a strapless white dress and the couple left their Manhattan residence. The final shows wrapped up yesterday before the action moves to London starting today. Stay tuned for more fashion week fun featuring NYC and London from me and FabUK.
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Kelly Osbourne went to the Anna Sui show at New York Fashion Week yesterday before changing into a dress to watch the Jeremy Scott collection. Kelly has reportedly been seen on a couple of low key dates with Chace Crawford lately, though he was nowhere to be seen as she chatted to Kanye West. Meanwhile her Mulberry party partner Alexa Chung sat front row at Philip Lim, wearing a navy and cream outfit — FabUK wants to know if you love it or hate it — and Julianne Moore was spotted at the Reed Krakoff show in a LBD and furry boots.
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It's been a busy week in New York for Alexa Chung who has been sitting front row at many shows. Yesterday, she attended the 3.1 Philip Lim in a monochrome ensemble. She talked to The Cut about meeting Karl Lagerfeld, "He's actually really easy to talk to because he knows everything. So if you're stuck you just say, 'Um, tell me about Medieval times.'" Alexa recently launched her Madewell collection which has been very popular with many pieces selling out. Yesterday she wore a maxi dress over a blouse with a Chanel 2.55 bag. Do you like her layered ensemble?
We're nearly at the end of New York Fashion Week and already I'm excited about all the hot new beauty trends. One thing that's emerged so far across the board is a strong 1970s thread, both in hair and makeup. (Think loose languid curls and translucent skin. Or, in Marc Jacobs' case, full disco glamour!) The flip side of this has been a new minimalism, particularly when it comes to lips.
Makeup artists have been embracing nude, or nearly nude, in several of the shows. Thakoon's forest nymph collection included a bevvy of nude lipped beauties. Similarly at Derek Lam, retro 1960s eye makeup was worn with a natural lip shade. Donna Karan too, for her beautiful ethereal collection worked luminous natural skin tones with au naturelle lips. Vera Wang's also included natural lips. It's clearly a growing phenomenon. Only recently Gemma Arterton worked the 'barely there' makeup look on the red carpet. Are you a fan?