Trae’s Trend Report – Fall/Winter ’09 – NY Fashion Week

We saw a lot of nude looking faces this season, but we did catch a glimpse or two of color this past week. Fall/Winter Fashion Week often brings a smokey eye, sometimes in unique combinations like purple & bronze instead of black or grey, but this season, much of the focus was on the lips, with a few notable exceptions.
What we found:
We saw lots of red lips this season, which is always fun! The tones ranged from a tomato red at J Mendel & Rebecca Minkoff to a mid-range red at Erin Fetherstone & Nima to a rich, deep wine tone at Cynthia Rowley, Cynthia Steffe and Mulberry. Eyes were a bit smokey, but fairly understated.

Erin Fetherston & Nima – MID RANGE REDS

Cynthia Rowley, Cynthia Steffe & Mulberry – WINE

To get the look: Try our L WORD BETTE SHEER LIPSTICK for TOMATO RED, BALLET RUSSE or COOL RED for the MID RANGE RED and COOL BURGUNDY Lipstick for the deep WINE tone.

Lela Rose showed us a gorgeous, innovative smokey eye this season, with lots of black around the outer corners, deep blue as you move inward and a pretty fishscale green on the inner corners.

Lela Rose

To get the look: We thought this look was a standout, so don’t be surprised if we add a fishscale green to our collection this fall! In the meantime, try starting on the inner corners with Gold, blend outward with Warm Celery then Warm Midnight, then Cool Black.

ADAM Adam Lippes showed a very unusual look as well. Bubblegum pink was used very high on the cheekbone and blended upwards into the lower lashes with purple and navy blue.

To get the look: Apply Pink Hyacinth Watercolours for Cheeks very high on the cheekbones. Then apply Navy Eye Liner around the outer corners of the eyes. Focus on the lower, outer lashes and buff downwards into the Pink Hyacinth with Warm Aubergine Eye Shadow.

We’re not quite sure about this one, but we saw quite a few examples of very drab or dark lips and postmortem faces. Rodarte was in our opinion the champion of this (or the biggest offender, depending on how you look at it), taking the look all over the face by combining grey and bronze with a muddy “greige” on the lips. Other culprits were Vigal Azrouel & Herve Leger on the “greige” lips front and Doo.Ri & Rachel Roy on the dark lips front.

To get the look: Experiment with combining Silver and Bronze or Warm Nutmeg Eye Shadows to highlight and contour the face. Apply concealer on the lips blended with Silver Eye Shadow for the “greige” look and or experiment with Cool Black Eye Shadow combined with concealer on the lips for a darker lip tone.


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