I invite you to take a look back at the fall 2012 collections (it’s been a while, I know). Model after model, you’ll notice some dominating beauty trends: Dramatic red lips, full brows, blunt bangs, extreme side parts, and graphic eyeliner. The latter of the list has this makeup enthusiast most intrigued. Eyeliner is one of my go-tos, right after a sweep of mascara, as it has the power to completely change a look. Between geometric shapes, double lines and cobalt blues, fall makeup artists have amped up their liners, practically transforming them into pieces of art. My eyelids can’t wait to play canvas, as yours should too. Read on to receive the how-to for this season’s linear lids and take a peek at my fall makeup collection for more beauty trends.
So the days of donning head-to-toe florals in the form of maxi skirts and crop tops may be far behind us right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a few styling cues from the Spring 2013 runway collections (which just wrapped up) and twist them to work with our fall wardrobes. From mashed up textures, to unexpected silhouettes and a strategic pop of print or two, there are plenty of tips to take note of straight from the catwalks of New York, Paris, Milan and London. Skeptical? See for yourself below and – bonus tip – check out my collection on Oh That’s You for even more style inspiration.
Mashing up textures and fabrics is practically a runway rite of passage, but this season I spotted a few fresh takes that got my style senses tingling. From sequins and mesh at Bottega Veneta to lace and tweed and knits at the likes of Balenciaga and Carven, there are tons of new combos to start polishing off and perfecting right now.
Wear Now: Every woman should have a little lace skirt in her closet. Try mixing it up with a silk blouse (maybe with a hint of print) layered over a cropped, knit sweater.
All aboard the Opulent Express where glitz and glamor are the fuel of this fashion trend and your fellow passengers are the likes of Valentino, Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana and Badgley Mischka. This is the perfect AW12 trend for everyone, especially with the festive season right around the corner. I mean, who doesn’t want to feel like royalty during a festive party? I know I certainly do!
Brocade, lace and jewel embellishments should be right at the top of your checklist in order to create this trend in the coming months. Black, white, gold and muted hues are perfect for this season.
Lace Collar Top | Cream Lace Shoulder Bag | Jewel Stud Bralette | Twisted Diamond Necklace | Metallic Aztec Leggings | Baroque Pearl Drop Earrings | Satin Trim Lace Tube Dress | Metallic Gold Nail Wraps | Deborah Lippmann in Ray of Light | Rhine-stoned Platform Heels
Scroll Print Peplum Dress | Adia Kibur Stone Bib Necklace | Nina Tullia Bracelet |Khabou Embellished Flats | Stud Heart Box Bag | Juliet & Company Celebration De Plage Earrings | Mango Metal Snake Skin Box Clutch | Gittere Peep Toe Pumps | Juicy Couture Rhinestone Studded Bracelet | Beige Sequin and Lace Top
Emilio Pucci Fur Jacket | Hoss Intropia Black Sequin Necklace | Miu Miu Embroidered Loafers | Dannijo Crystal Embellished Earrings | ONE by Nala Clutch | Alexis Bittar Siyabona Midnight Cushion Ring | Fallon Jewelry Winged Link Bracelet | Alexis Bittar Crystal Encrusted Imitation Sage Quartz Bracelet | Emilio Pucci Mango Fur Trimmed Sandals | Antik Batik Black and Gold Embellished Top | Sequin Stripe Shift Dress
Here at OTY! we are not rookies when it comes to polish play. Our nail beds have been spotted, dotted and glittered galore. Although I’d like to keep the radical nail looks coming as much as I’d love for summer to never end, I thought we’d start this fall out with more subtle looks (for now, at least). By subtle, I mean creations that even our most mature readers will want to wear. These nails are sophisticated enough for work or an elegant event, and mild enough to not clash with one’s outfit. Inspired by the minimal looks seen in fall runway collections like Rebecca Minkoff and Emerson, these two tutorials were created to get everyone on board of the nail art train.
Oriental isn’t a theme that you’d expect to see around during the fall months. Typically, it’s something that seems more appropriate for Spring or Summer. But with designers like Peter Pilotto, Osman, Christian Dior, Balmain, and Proenza Schouler embracing this trend and creating garments inspired by a fusion of Eastern prints and Western cuts it’s sure to be a hit for Fall 2012.
From clothing to jewelry, oriental style looks like it’s going to be everywhere in the coming months. Choose pieces with origami inspired detailing and elaborate florals for instant style points. Many designers opted for jewel toned prints placed on silky black backgrounds that create a classic Eastern Asian vibe.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to try and convince you about the benefits of purchasing a $15,000 jacket. What couture can be used for is inspiration towards investment dressing. In recent years, the trend for fast, disposable fashion has become commonplace. Now we generally tend to favour quantity over quality. We don’t have a problem spending $20 on a top if we wear it for the entire season and then throw it away the next to buy something more in vogue. There is still something to be said about having quality basics. These are pieces that make up the basis of a wardrobe and can be easily paired with more trendy items. Below, I’ve compiled a list of splurge-worthy items that are worth investing in at certain times in your life:
Staying stylish throughout the summer months can become difficult when it’s sweltering. What’s even worse is when you’re working a nine to five everyday and tossing on the old pair of denim cutoffs is simply not an option. Lucky for all the working women out there, Oscar de la Renta (the master of classic chic) has recently released a Resort 2013 collection that happens to solve the exact problem I just described. I’m calling the solution Summer Suiting.
It seems as if the New Mrs. Draper Effect has made its way over to the fashion industry. And by that I am referring to the latest style star (and wife) of AMC’s Mad Men, Megan Draper. Clad in colorful ’60s ensembles from episode to episode, it was only a matter of time before a designer revamped Megan’s look for the 21st century woman. And let’s be thankful it was Rachel Roy – someone who knows a thing or two about feminine dressing.
The model for the Resort 2013 collection is most certainly a Megan look-a-like, just check out that brown bob and French je ne sais quoi. Roy’s reinterpretation of the clothing, however, was not left exclusively in the past. With sharp tailoring, simple pairings and a well-articulated color palette, take this as an equation for building an effortlessly chic summer wardrobe.
It’s hard to believe, but the Resort shows have already started rolling out onto the catwalks. For those who may not be too familiar with the rapid cycle that is fashion, Resort (also known as “Cruise”) was a small season initially created for those who spent the winter holidays abroad – aka the very, very wealthy jet-setters of yesteryear. Nowadays, it’s an in-between period for retailers to beef up their stock before the spring shipments arrive. These warm-weather inspired collections also happen to conveniently come out just as spring is ending, so for me, they’re a fresh dose of summer style inspiration.
Editor’s note: Lilian Chan is currently interning for Malaysian-born designer, Zang Toi, in his atelier in Manhattan, New York.
Organizing a fashion show is never easy. It takes months and months of preparation to pull off a show that lasts for less than 30 minutes. At least that’s how it works during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Imagine the look on my face when I discovered we only had less than 24 hours to make fashion magic happen for Nashville Fashion Week! Following the recent success of Nashville Fashion Week 2011 with headliners like Christian Siriano (Project Runway winner) and Betsey Johnson, we were thrilled to be invited to close the show for Day 2 of Nashville Fashion Week 2012 and we were determined to, as Tim Gunn would say, “make it work!”