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Trend Report: Fall and Winter 2012

Posted 11:03 PM by

A new season is upon us and you know what that means... NEW HAIR and MAKEUP TRENDS!!!

The Fashion Weeks in New York City, Paris, Milan, and around the world are always an exciting time of the year. At Mercedes Benz Fashion Week this year, a lot of the designers seemed to be thinking the same thing when it came to hair and beauty looks. From all of the shows, we discovered four major hair trends that seemed to repeat throughout the week: PONYTAILS, BRAIDS, RETRO, BUNS.




Ponytails were HUGE this year at fashion week, specifically low ponytails with a sleek side part. We saw them repeated at Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, BCBG, and Calvin Klein.

To add an extra touch to their ponytail, many designers wrapped a portion of hair around the band to hide it, as seen at both Dior and BCBG. 

Side parts were also a big trend this year on the catwalk. We saw them throughout the week at Victoria Beckham, Diane Von Furstenburg, and Christian Dior. A heavy part worn with or without a ponytail or bun was displayed at many shows.

Volume was definitely not a look any of the designers were going for. Each ponytail was brushed flat to the head and secured low toward the nape of the neck, unlike last years trend of dominatrix type ponytails worn high on the head.





Buns were displayed in many different ways this season. Diane Von Furstenburg went for a ballerina type bun, whereas Marc Jacobs had braided buns shown on his models.

Simple, elegant ballerina style buns were seen at both Stella McCartney and Diane Von Furstenburg. Pulled back, twisted, and pinned up was the look they went for. The buns were worn anywhere from the nape of the neck to the middle of the head.

Marc Jacobs and Rick Owens both mixed their buns up with some braids and twists. Marc Jacobs made his buns strictly out of a braid, as seen to the left. Some other designers roped braids and twists around a bun to add a little something extra.





Retro looks have been pretty popular for awhile, but this year the retro twist was the main look shown off on the catwalk.

Valentino showed off a twisted look around the head. Displayed as a sort of French Twist wrapped around the side of the head, the designer gathered it into a bun in the rear.

Donna Karan's retro twist was a somewhat 1940's version of the look with all of the hair gathered and twisted at one side of the head. The twist traveled down and around the side of the head, ending a little past or at the nape of the neck. She also accessorized many of her models with miniature tophats and fedoras.




braids and twists

Braids in all forms were popular on the runway this year. Ranging from braided hairbands to twisted buns, braids and twists were displayed on many models.

Emilio Pucci had some beautiful braided hairbands displayed on his models. Wrapped across the top of the head, his models looked young and flirty.

Mulberry went for a braided look that was more rough around the edges, literally attaching a braid to the top of the head and roughing up the hair in the back into a messy updo.

Fendi and Mark Fast both displayed twisted looks, wrapped over the models head and then trailing down their shoulders. Fendi had a very clean twisted look, whereas Mark Fast's was a much wilder twist, almost savage looking with teased frizzy hair twisted around the head and down the shoulder.

Braided buns, as stated before, were seen at Marc Jacobs. Gucci and Valentino both displayed twists starting at the front and pinned in the back for a pre-Raphaelite look.



This year, designers offered up a wide variety of beauty looks on their models. Sometimes certain catwalk choices are hard to translate into a workplace option, however this season we were able to find some fabulous looks that we loved and can't wait to try. Any average person should be able to insert these looks from the fall fashion season into their everyday lives: SCARLET LIPS, BRIGHT EYES, BOLD BROWS, PINK CHEEKS.



scarlet lips

A deep red lip was shown off at many shows this season, including Gucci, Mulberry, Badgley Mischka, and Rocha, to name a few.

A dark red, also known as mulberry, burgundy, and vermilion, is a flattering look chosen to accentuate and highlight the face this season. Paired with a light, natural eye, the lip was obviously on display.

A red lip has always been a fall favorite, however this season with the transition into a deep red many people are loving the not-so-subtle change. Apparently taking a cue from Disney, deisgners this season were loving making their models lips "red as the red red rose".




Bright eyes

Bright, primary colored and accentuated eyes were a big hit on the catwalks this year. Defining eyes with loud eye liners and creating a smoky eye with colors other than black was a popular trick at many shows.

Jason Wu, Anna Sui, and Stella McCartney all incorporated a bright addition into their eye looks. Stella McCartney's models all had a bright blue mascara, Anna Sui had an azure eyeliner flicked out at the corner, and Jason Wu and others added primary bright shadows to accentuate the eyes.



bold brows

Defined brows were seen many times this fashion season. Chanel accentuated their brows with sequins and glitter whilst other designers went for a more natural full look, as seen at Vera Wang and J. Mendel.

Many designers played up and drew attention to the shape of the brow by shading with pencils and shadows. A lightly tweezed arch was key to the look, as overly plucked and ultra-thin eyebrows are definitely out.

The style that was most popular amongst the designers were brows that perfectly framed the model's face, light on the tweezing, heavy on the brow pencil to define and accentuate the arch. To accomplish the look, designers would choose a pencil one shade lighter than the actual brow color, so as not to make the brows look too unrealisticly full.



pink cheeks

Bright pink cheeks were seen on many runways this season, including Michael Kors, Issa, Christian Dior, and Temperley.

Described as a look of  "having just come in from skiing on a brisk winter day", Michael Kors models combined their extreme pink cheeks with a subdued eye and glossy red lip.

Ballerinas were cited as the muse for the models at the Dior show. They applied a pink cream blush to just the apples of the model's cheeks for a bright, youthful glow.


fall trend event

We are hosting a Fall Trend Event at GENEVA on October 1st. If you are interested in seeing one of the trends on yourself, please let us know! We will be sending out invitations shortly! 

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