Satin Bling Bows & Under-Eye Glitter: Important Lessons from Milan FW

March 11, 2016 8:46 pm

1. Witch Lips. Fully embracing the Witch Lip trend requires commitment and sacrifice. By commitment, I mean black lipstick. Matte, full-coverage, soul of Anna Wintour black (just kidding Anna! We know you’re definitely reading this.) By sacrifice, I mean your boyfriend. Men, in general, will likely be confused and afraid. But that’s okay because they’re basic and you don’t need them now that #GirlSquads are a thing. Unless you live in New York, in which case men will probably still be like, “Love the lips, very Marni Fall ‘16.”

2. Sleek Side Parts. Or, as my Xtava P.I.C. called it, Fancy Little Boy Hair. This is one of those styles that really says, “look at my face.” MaxMara softened the look a bit with a close-clipped barrette, but Diesel wasn’t messing around; hair was slicked, ears were out. If you decide to jump on this trend, Godspeed.

3. Primped & Pimped Hair. If you walk away from Milan FW with one lesson learned, let it be that your hair is better with things in it. Dolce & Gabbana, revered creators of the tiara headphones, presented us with satin bling bows this season, and needless to say we are fully supportive of the innovation. Hats were a big deal, especially at Gucci and Moschino, perched atop shiny blowouts. So basically, Allure hair dryer + hat = you are a Gucci model.

4. Boss Lady in the Front, FriYay in the Back. You know those outfits you can wear to work, then throw on some heels and take off your bra and you’re ready for a martini marathon? This is the hairstyle version of that. Spotted at Marni and Ports 1961, this look can be thrown together in your office with nothing but a Goddess flat iron and some gel. The goal is to create a vibe that says “I’m listening” when you are face to face with a coworker. But as soon as you turn around whispers, “…or was I?”

5. Garden Hose Hair. This was an unexpectedly prominent trend. Iceberg and Prada were the two most aggressive cases, sending their models down the runway looking like they had just been hilariously shoved off the edge of a swimming pool. The street style version of this would translate to the disheveled wet look; loose waves with the help of an Xtava Satin Wave 5-in-1 curler and some strong-hold gel scrunching action.

6. Hermione Hair. Parted down the middle and flat on the top with increasing volume as you approach the tips. Especially noticeable at Aquilano Rimondi, this is the style that likely will have the most longevity because it has the lowest risk factor. Not hard to style, not hard to pull off; strongly advise pairing with Witch Lips.

7. Emo Bangs. Congratulations, every person who was in middle school during the early 2000s. Side-swept bangs are back. Gucci did it right, sweeping one side voluminously over the eye for an effect that was intriguing and glamorous. Prada did it “differently”, accenting the baby hairs most girls spend their lives trying to disguise by gelling them to the models’ foreheads. Not wrong, necessarily. Just…different.

8. Under-Eye Bling. This was only at one show, Cristiano Burani, but it is by far the best thing that happened in beauty at Milan Fashion Week. I can’t even believe we have, as a population, wasted so much time trying to hide sleep deprivation with concealer and powder when we could have just been bedazzling our dark circles. We were all so foolish.

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