Sunday, March 23, 2014
Metallic makeup, bold graphics, python print sneakers—fashion this spring is rough, yet refined, and a blooming madness of color from head to toe.
Let’s travel from the bottom up and begin with my favorite subject—shoes! Confidently walk with spring in your step because walking never felt so good. A trend from the ‘80s, low-heeled pumps are anything but boring. Find your stride with no fear of blisters as you strut your stuff in pointy-toed stripes, and sunlit orange heels. Or step into new neutrals of tan and beige found in everything from gladiator sandals to peep-toe mules. Go nude with confidence! It’s the perfect color to accessorize sophisticated crop tops, and high-waisted skirts in vivid blues, or classic black and whites. And if that isn’t comfy enough, treat your feet to the sporty, yet elegant, thick-strapped sandals worn with everything this season. These playful platforms are kicking up tennis-inspired pleated skirts, and silk board shorts—the new pencil skirt!—even on a date night.
Another daring trend is the art-inspired prints that have made their way from museum walls to t-shirts and the easy wear dress. This is the season to make a statement! Whether you’re into a frenzy of florals, or tribal-touched graphics—express yourself loud and clear this spring. Jewelry designers also joined in on the fun with bold gold cuffs, rose gold watches, and geometric ensembles in bangles and chokers. Be assured, subtle is not the intention on the fashion runway. New nail polish colors: Petal to the Metal, Spin the Bottle, and Conquer the World, command feisty, fierce, and fearless!
Now, let's move up to two more of my favorite subjects: hair and makeup. The effortless braid is still on the beauty forefront. Looking towards spring and summer, this undone look pairs perfectly with the blossoms of tropical flowers on mid-length skirts, or floor-length tribal dresses. This season, hair trends are sleek and straight, or romantic and wavy; however, ombré is pushed aside to make way for blondes with obvious regrowth. Bold two-toned color dominated the catwalks with rooty contrast; and if you’re really daring, sport your red hair with black-tipped ends, or your platinum blonde with a punch of pink or violet. For those of us still loving our ponies—not to fear!—ponytails are hotter than ever. Casual looks call for textured ponytails, and evening elegance is flattered with the slick and sleek pony. (The key factor here is using hair product: texture spray and mousse, or smoothing lotion and shaper—the right product will make or break the look!)
The final touch is to flatter these styles of the season with a fresh face. The popular BB and CC creams are the perfect foundation for a season of dewy fresh no-makeup makeup statements. Natural looking glows are accented with orange and fuchsia pink lips; shimmering limoncello gold eye shadows have you fantasizing about the shorelines of Sicily; vibrant pastels on lids with a hint of pink-plum or antique rose on cheeks embrace budding springtime color; and the iconic cat eye is still as classic as an Audrey Hepburn movie. Whether you’re sitting by a fountain in Rome, or getting ready for a night at the Oscars, the cat eye is a beauty staple that will never cease to be popular.
Hence, let the winter be gone, and the colorful cheer of springtime put a bounce in your step. It’s time to get the season started!