Archive for the ‘NY Fashion Week Fall 2008’ Category

Fall 2008 face all about lips

February 7th, 2008

Along with clothing trends, New York’s fall shows hint at color trends in makeup as well. Makeup artists work with designers as the collections are being created and try to communicate the designers’ vision through makeup colors, textures and application techniques.

M.A.C created looks for 70 designers this season and the company uses the word “dramatic” to define Fall 2008′s aesthetic, with color emphasis on the lips. Here are a few of the looks from M.A.C’s Autumn/Winter 2008 Trend Report:


Illustrations courtesy of M.A.C

Luca Luca: If there’s one lesson that never changes in beauty it’s this: Pick one feature to emphasize and underplay the others. Tom Pecheux put gold and eyelids, with lips done in transparent coral. To balance the shiny eye, she has matte skin. (more…)

Look ahead for help now

February 6th, 2008

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There are a lot of prints on New York’s runways. This fall 2008 ensemble is by Michael Kors.

It can feel strange and fashion nerdlike to be writing about what’s coming in the fall when most people are only concerned about what’s in stores now and how to get ready for spring. Anything beyond “What will I wear tomorrow?” is too abstract to consider.

But sometimes your best tactic in approaching the current season is to know what’s coming ahead. You’ll get more mileage out of your wardrobe and avoid one-season wonders by knowing what silhouettes and colors will work beyond a single season. Once you’ve mastered the art of wardrobe building, you can splurge on a couple of those timely seasonal hits with no regrets.

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One silhouette emerging for fall is short, with a fitted bodice and full skirt. This dress is from Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Last fall, it seemed audacious for designers to suggest magentas, bright yellows and greens for spring 2008. At the time, I wondered how many women would want to wear yellow, but here I am in a yellow sweater over a dress in a Mondrian palette of blue, red, black and yellow over a field of white.

Among the runway trends for fall are the return of prints, more ladylike dressing and the return of the shapely silhouette with fitted bodice and full skirt, though that skirt has been shrunk to make it modern. And, New York’s designers have adopted the no-season philosophy Hawaii has always had. You’ll see many spring-weight dresses intended to be layered with sweaters because so many design houses have taken a hit from two years of warm or late winters that caused people to skip buying winter’s traditional bulky clothing. That’s good news for us because it’ll give us more Hawaii-friendly designs to choose from in fall.

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Lighter winter layering at 3.1 Phillip Lim.