Don’t stick with the same-old. Get in with the now-new.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and there are trends from Spring 2018 that have caught mine and I would like to give face time to them.
Led by the leading runway shows of Spring 2018, the au courant looks that I’ve curated span sophisticated to cool, to simply fun and quirky.
There’s colour, freshness, geometry, and certainly some avant garde ideas to add a new lease of life to both everyday and party makeup looks.
While I did not spot strong and new trends in terms of eyebrows – they remain mostly natural, thickish, yet none-too-defined – eyeliner makes the headlines as always.
What can I say, eyeliner is the new eyeshadow.
Eyeliner purists will appreciate the classic Cleo looks at Marc Jacobs and Tommy Hilfiger, with full-on matte intensity and thick flicks, and at the same time welcome the Cleo-light feel of eyes at the Tom Ford show, where flicks are rounded off and softer but still edgy. The evening look to sport, however, comes from Versus Versace, where the eyeliner style is transformative-rock chic.
Broken white and zig-zag lines are not road markings, but eye-defining moments at Ulla Johnson and Cristiano Burani – more decoration than definition, I’ll say, but worth wearing among initiated company.
Freshness never fades. That’s why it’s a strong force of beauty for Spring 2018. You can go feminine yet sporty, with an au natural post-workout-like glow as at Tory Burch (coffee-coloured eyeliner is de riguer), or more conventionally fresh-faced, with a touch of ubiquitous eyeliner as at Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung.
Always party season
Party looks aren’t just for parties anymore. As Spring 2018 fashion attests, one should dress for the party that is every single day of one’s life. So it’s not surprising that crystal embellishments under the eyes at Jeremy Scott, and eyelashes heavy with glitter are paired with fun, pop-art-inspired outfits. Nor should one bat an eyelid on lashes that are thickly encrusted with what looks like otherworldly fairy dust, not even when they are paired with innocent Sunday school dresses.
There’s always a place and time for the avant garde, because we could all dream a little and live a life less ordinary. But pushing the envelope isn’t the same as looking weird for weirdness’ sake. At Public School, eyes are sexy in an industrial way – smoky and wet, like tarmac after the rain.
And at Baja East, natural goes a step further and gets a subtly shimmering, oh-so-cool update. Not for the faint-hearted is the ‘big lips’ trend spotted at Sies Marjan, where lipstick goes OTT and crosses all the lines that nature intended.
I’ve always subscribed to progression and evolution, even when it comes to vintage. Pick an era to be inspired by, but don’t be literal. Just take a leaf out of Carolina Herrera and Chanel, who, though inspired by the wildly controversial ’80s, have forged beauty trends worthy of a 2018 revival.
Carolina Herrera’s ’80s is restrained. Though eyes are, as expected, well defined at the waterline, the absence of rouge, in addition to an utterly translucent complexion and slightly rough-shod lips make it so very 2018.
Chanel’s beauty ode, though, is blatantly 1980s, but ode it remains, because sans big hair, it is still just a fun but serious dress-up, with thick lashings of aquamarine and blues on the eyes, strong fuchsia on the lips, and very obvious blusher.
While Gucci’s vintage glitterati-meets-literati looks may seem a little too madcap for some, those who embrace cutting-edge aspects (and who, like me, appreciate the look of vintage rock stars) will lap up the exciting extremes of beatnik English rose (translucent and rosy), and exuberant Carnaby Street youth circa 1960 (of glitter eyelashes, bright pink lips, and aquamarine-hued metallic eye shine).
No matter how much some of us shy away from it, colour is serious business for Spring 2018, as seen in splashes of neon surfer girl orange on the eyes at Delpozo and Byblos, and pink and blue at Antonio Marras. Simply trippy!
While eyes and, to a smaller extent, lips make big news for Spring 2018, hair takes a backseat, remaining mostly quite tame, wearable and natural.
The Spring 2018 season for hair can mostly be summed up as short, with pixie crops making a refreshing comeback at Prada; wet, with long hair looking more rained on than rebonded at Chanel; blue-green like the sea at Fendi; and ’70s flippy, as only Gucci does best.
Neo nails and haute hands
Surely nail trends get less air time than they deserve! I’m happy to report that Spring 2018’s digit-al looks are both exciting and wearable.
Who would have thought that at Vivetta, a shot of neon could make nude new again?
Or that green nails with black outlines at Roksanda make your fingers more yums than yucky?
At Antonio Berardi, the henna look won hands down, but not with just any ordinary henna – white henna patterns with interesting marker pen accents to be exact.
But it was House of Holland that made waves with a nail pattern all its own, with negative space to boot.
Sometimes one colour per hand just isn’t fun enough. Baja East professes you wear three – black, white and nude, because they’re better together.
Anna Sui knows we can’t have a season without shimmer, that’s why her easy see-through polish comes with special speckles.
I don’t like too-long and pointy nails, but they are quite the force to be reckoned with in Spring 2018, (no) thanks to Adam Selman, Tom Ford, Jeremy Scott and Fenty Puma by Rihanna, who show them off in bright colours and artistic gradations.
And if I think those are too loud for my taste, Libertine’s outrageous installation nail art takes the cake with too much baggage.