New York Fashion Week: Spring Summer 2014 Beauty Trends

Aside from all the fabulous fashion collections that have adorned the catwalk’s this week at New York Fashion Week, editors were also taking note of the exciting emerging beauty trends for Spring/Summer 2014.

Making a huge impact at NYFW for next season was Revlon’s Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman who covered runways with fresh, vibrant and exciting new styles. For her latest venture at Oscar de la Renta, Gucci opted to focus “on a soft, super­‐glossy peach lip complimented by a subtle plum eye” (below left).

“The clothes in Oscar’s collection this season have a 50’s vibe that made me think of that kind of polished beauty that’s iconic and cool,” Gucci commented. “It’s not a precise, retro look but rather overall peach and coral tones paired with really luminous skin and a soft and subtle, purple and brown eye. I’m using a small powder brush to blend all three shades to be freer with the application.”

“Oscar always likes the models to have color on their cheeks and lips,” she added. “On the lips, I mixed several peach shades and topped it with a gloss, which is easy for everyone to wear. I’ve been wanting to do a glossy lip look since New York Fashion Week started; it’s been so long since we’ve done one.”

However, before hand this maestro of make-up had also created a series of enigmatic looks as well as creating a contrasting style for fashion house Assembly (above right). The look started with a minimalistic, beach inspired base that was given an edgy twist and pop of color for Assembly’s Spring/Summer ’14 collection, adding a playful bright summer vibe and style.

World-renowned cosmetic brand MAC were also on hand at a string of shows including Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, Edun, Nicole Miller and Peter Som amongst others. For DVF’s latest summertime venture the look was simple yet solid with make-up artist James Kaliardos commenting that “It’s all about the little details… The girl is fresh from vacation in the Hamptons, so she doesn’t need make-up” as he created a mineralized matte look with hydrated skin tone and a hint of eye detail and lipglass.

Aaron de May also produced a strong make-up free look at Edun for MAC noting a “no make-up look… [It was] more about perfected skin. Flawless. Not to shiny, perfectly matte but natural.”

But as you can see this is only a faction of beauty trends from New York. I personally can’t wait to see what London produces for the next instalment of fashion month…




New York Fashion Week round-up: Spring Summer 2014

Rita Ora for DKNY SS14

Rita Ora for DKNY SS14 Instagram/RitaOra

Firstly apologies for no blogs for some time! I have been working with the very lovely team covering as their Acting Web Editor for the interim but am now back to my normal routine as a freelancer. And the next few weeks will see some exciting changes to my schedule, but non more so than heading back to view the latest instalment of collections for Spring Summer 2014 at London Fashion Week. However, before the jet set fashionistas hit London they of course contend with the multitude of talent in New York at the bi-annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Designers to have already shown consist of Diane von Furstenberg, Thakoon, DKNY and Derek Lam amongst others. Aside from the return of the monochromatic palette there has also been a surge in gingham, yellow and navy. DKNY (who recently shot Rita Ora for their upcoming ad campaigns) is of course celebrating its 25th anniversary this year harking back to its original street style showcasing playful twists on denim, sports luxe and bright colours. The R.I.P singer also made an appearance on the catwalk showcasing Donna Karan’s forthcoming 90s inspired designs for next season.

Victoria Beckham followed suit with a phenomenal addition of bright colours amid crisp white shirts and jet black hues adding in amazing triangle prints and softer and looser silhouettes, making the perfect combination for both work and play for her SS14 range, while husband David Beckham, daughter Harper and Vogue US editor-in-cheif Anna Wintour all watched on from their front row seats.

Victoria Beckham SS14 Collection

Victoria Beckham SS14 Collection

First Lady fav Alexander Wang also impressed with his clerical collars, super-mini kilts, boxer style shorts, muted palette and stellar front row (Kanye West, Courtney Love and Terry Richardson) while one of my all time favourite designers (who creates amazing red carpet pieces) Monique Lhuillier opted for bright tangerine and cerise tones amongst a contrasting white, cream and gold backdrop… simply stunning.

NYFW continues until Thursday 12th September 2013…

New York Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012/13 trend: socks in boots

When New York Fashion Week launched last Thursday (9 February 2012) no-one could foresee what trends were instantly going to be picked up within days, however, already it seems that British designer Victoria Beckham has started her own one with the socks in boots trend via her models adorning cute wooly knit socks under fabulous militant heels supplied by Christian Louboutin.

Models at Marc by Marc Jacobs wear Pantherella socks in boots

Hot on her heels was designer to the stars and several other fashion houses, Marc Jacobs, whom also added the same style Pantherella  socks to pop out of his models Dr Martin style flat boots for his Marc by Marc Jacobs collection. Pantherella, whom are incidentally celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, handed over a rich palette of charcoal, dark blue, bright red, grey and dark camel colours to the designer for the models to adorn.

Veteran designer Vera Wang also opted for the sock/boot combo encompassing mary-jane heels at one point with thinner wool designs.

However, this does look like the most fabulous accessories trend so far to emerge out of NYFW so I would bet my Michael Kors watch (apparently everyone in fashion has one) that come friday all the quirky fashion assistants and interns at London Fashion Week will have picked up on this and be rocking their bare legs and socks in boots…

Pantherella is available at Liberty’s and

Paris Fashion Week: Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012 review

Alexa Chung at the Twenty8Twelve fashion show

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For spring/summer 2012 fashion designer Stella McCartney opted to mimic small references of sport lux; a trend that emerged fully during New York Fashion Week a few weeks ago.

McCartney’s collection however was also a mixture of prints and palettes with spots and swirls – which resembled prints found on neck ties one would buy their father as a Christmas gift – and were blown up over jackets, dresses and trousers. Pyjama style tops and bottoms were also shown alongside different panelled dresses which encompassed paisley print and mesh across the left hand side.

Light red berry tones as well as royal blues and a soft nearly white hue were also incorporated. However, to start the collection McCartney added electric blue silk slinky day dresses and tunic tops matched with black silk and mesh and finished with ornate curling baroque appliqué on their hemlines. This then led onto her signature soft tailored trouser suits with slightly decorated lapels plus all-in-one jumpsuits

For evening wear models also adorned casual yet smart dresses which were sculpted slightly ether around the arms, side area or across the neck with that stylised swirl that was current throughout. For make up models were kept simple and flawless with precision eye brows and a rose-tinted lips, whilst hair was slicked back into a discrete bun.
The show was opened and closed by model of the moment Natalia Vodianova, alongside Natasha Poly and Miranda Kerr whom also made an appearance, as well as Stella’s famous father in the front row: Salma Hayek, Twiggy and Alexa Chung were all present front row as well.

New York Fashion Week A/W ’11 trend report

After a hectic week of shows, celebrity-packed front rows, and after parties, New York Fashion Week has come to an end.  So it is time to reflect upon the many trends that have developed for autumn/winter 2011.


This bold primary colour was seen everywhere on the runways, mixed with camel at DKNY, with sky blue at Derek Lam, and not forgetting the bright red and electric blue check dresses at Thakoon.


Tartan comes back around year after year,  this season it was seen on the runways of Y3, Rag & Bone and Libertine on coats, scarves and trousers.

Slick tailoring

Sometimes androgynous and other times feminine, tailoring made frequent appearances at the A/W 11 shows, most notably at Jason Wu, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger and DKNY.

Print clash

Following on from spring’s fascination with clashed prints, Proenza Schouler and Preen showed outfits clashing small and large prints in autumnal hues, whilst Rodarte showed polka dot print dresses with large geometric patterns layered on top.

Ladylike style

Plenty of collections at New York Fashion Week showcased an old-fashioned glamourous look with nipped in waists and evening detailing.  Donna Karan went for grey body-hugging dresses and Preen showcased encrusted jewels panels.

Rock chick

The runways were awash with edgy biker jackets and skinny leather trousers, seen at Alexander Wang, Diesel and Proenza Schouler.


As controversial as ever, fur continues to divide opinion.  Some designers can’t work without it, Dennis Basso being one of them.  Others pioneer the use of it with cutting edge style, like Alexander Wang with his luxe urban sportswear collection.

Alongside these bustling trends also appeared a cascade of asymmetric hems, silk-pyjama style prints, high-collared shirts (very Harry Hill) and 60s folk/prairie girl styles. With such an array of trends they’ll definitely be something to suit everyone…

New York Fashion Week: Michael Kors, Halston and more…

They say what goes around comes around, and in this climate of difficult financial times, unemployment, cost of living and fuel on the up-and-up, it’s a major achievement for any fashion brand who makes it past its first year, let alone a decade.

So, welcome the high roller of fashion, aka Michael Kors, who celebrated his 30th year in the business today at New York Fashion Week by showing his latest collection for autumn/winter 2011. I, for one, was cheering his achievement on. His collection was clean and classic, as always, with neutral colours and a dash of silver to ignite his detailed evening gowns; which were, of course, Oscar worthy.

And just as the as the world of fashion has also spent the last decade  ‘recycling’ boho and ‘new vintage’, it was also fabulous to see real-vintage brand  Halston having a ‘fashion moment’; being brought back from the depths of 1970s America by designer Marios Schwab. At the installation in New York, there was a definite nod to Halston’s original famed Studio 54 days, alongside fresher, slicker designs in purple, cream and soft brown hues with a fab mix of day and evening wear. As Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ boomed out across the room, all that seemed to be missing was Bianca Jagger and a white horse.

New York Fashion Week officially ends in a few hours after a day of designers such as Ralph Lauren showing on the catwalk, alongside fashion houses such as Calvin Klein and Son Jung Wan who streamed their live shows across the world via the internet. All that is left is for the likes of  A-lister, singer Gwen Stefani, to show her clothing line L.A.M.B on the runway.

An eclectic mix of designers in a city that never sleeps… Frank Sinatra would be proud.

New York Fashion Week: DKNY and Donna Karan A/W 11

One designer, two shows; each on completely different ends of the fashion spectrum.



DKNY wast the first of Donna Karan’s collections to be shown at New York Fashion week.  Named ‘New York Mods’, the young, casual collection begun with sharp tailoring in blocks of white, black and grey.  The mod theme was carried through with striped sweaters, crombie coats, peter pan collars and porkpie hats.

There were beautifully cut capes which sat delicately on the shoulders and two genius reinvention of the puffa jacket; red ribbed knit and insanely bright pink and orange houndstooth print.

The collection was hugely wearable and the off-beat colour combinations made for interesting looks, I can definitely see some uptown New Yorkers wearing these looks come Autumn.

Donna Karen on the other hand was in an entirely different league.  The collection evoked the old-fashioned glamour of Hollywood icons, with a palette of smoke-grey, dove blue, blush pink and taupe.

Donna Karan A/W 11

Donna Karan A/W 11

The neutral colour scheme meant that real attention could be paid to the shapes and drape of the garments.  Every look had a nipped in waist, sometimes cinched in with a skinny belt, draped dresses hugged the figure and pretty blouses were paired with luxurious mohair pencil skirts.

The lady-like looks were accompanied with neat top knots (very Grace Kelly) tonal tights and court shoes, along with long fur-trimmed gloves and pearls made by jeweller Erickson Beamon.

The collection finished with some show-stopping evening dresses that wouldn’t look out of place on the Oscar’s red carpet.