Fall 2009 Fashion & Fall 2009 Beauty
Fall is just a few short weeks away, which means it’s time to start thinking about updating your look for the season (cue shopping excuse.)
We’re falling hard for the season’s top beauty and style trends including jewel tones for clothes and lips, strong shoulders and brows, and embellishments for shoes, handbags and even updos.
Color You Beautiful
No need to eschew color, dolls. Designers such as Michael Kors, Erdem and Marc Jacobs paraded jewel tone creations down fall runways. Eye popping colors – think fuchsia, teal and orange—set the stage for a fall season that is proving to be oh-so-wearable.
Black, always a fall staple, was mixed in with the vivid colors, of course, but it the dark side made its biggest statement on lips this season—it’s a look that only a few can pull off.
Instead, opt for another jewel tone trend: the return of the red lip, (we know, it never really went away) seen at Yves Saint Laurent, Ruffian and Chanel.
Crimson lips stole the show at many a Fall Fashion Week show; get the look yourself with YSL’s Rouge Volupté in “Red Muse,” a bright orange red ($34 at YSL Beauty), Borghese’s B Moisture Advanced Care Lipcolour in “Carnevale Red” ($24 at borghese.com).
Better yet, turn to our list of the best – and worst – red lipsticks to find your haute fall hue.
Turn a Haute Shoulder
‘80s inspired looks reigned supreme on Fall 2009 runways, including (gasp!) the return of the shoulder pad. They’re calling it the “strong shoulder” look but we know a square cut styrofoam pad when we see one.
Beyoncé sported this look earlier in the years at the BET Awards, and apparently, she was onto something.
’80s-inspired jackets were shown on the runways of designers such as Balmain, Phillip Lim and Balenciaga, to name a few. Lim says the look lends confidence, explaining that volume at the shoulders slims the waist and gives the appearance of improved posture.
The strong look continues on the face of fall, in the shape of bold brows another, ahem, new trend for the season.
OK, so we’ve been imploring you to step away from the tweezers for years, but now we can name drop in our quest to save your brows: namely Herve Leger and Jean Paul Gaultier, both of whom sent models down the runway with big, bold brows.
To get the look, we love ModelCo’s Eyebrows Designer Kit. This all-in-one kit contains four brow stencils, brow wax, brow powder, brushes, a grooming wand and tweezers in a take-it-on-the-run compact ($38 at www.modelco.com.au).
We also recommend Clarins Pro Eyebrow Kit. This must-have, multi-tasking kit sells for $35 and is available at Clarins’ retailers.
Back to that ‘80s inspiration and rocker chic boots and bags. Marc Jacobs’ models strutted their stuff in black booties that were to die for (or at least wound worthy).
Thanks to Payless, those on a budget will look beguiling Abaeté’s Laura Poretzky whipped up for Payless (yup, Payless) and adorned with chains.
The Abaeté for Payless Antoine Bootie retails for $49.99 and will be available on Payless.com only from late August through early October.
Studs are also big for fall with studded boots and bags galore.
We like Alexander Wang’s black studded satchel and Gucci’s Pelham Studded Hobo (pictured).
Embellish yourself from head to toe for fall, as designers showed updos and ponytails that were beautifully adorned.
At Walter, models boasted delicate hair accessories with messy updos while, a look that’s easily attained with hair that hasn’t been washed since the day before and your choice of chic adornments for locks.
But to get the full fall hair story, you'll just have to stay tuned.