Metallic dresses –long and short– are setting spring’s “more is more” mood. But what we’re really excited about is the makeup. Think otherworldly gold lips, brow-skimming streaks of sparkle and colourful showers of sequins worn in hair and on eyelids.
Catwalk inspiration: Ashish, Prada, Giambattista Valli, Maison Margiela
This spring, hair plays understudy to hair accessories – they were everywhere! Unleash your inner princess and try on a tiara (best worn with this season’s slip dress), or pair 70s hair with fresh blooms. Maximalists will love the colourful head bands and scarves on offer, or channel something more demure with a loosely tied hair bow.
Catwalk inspiration: Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Diane von Fustenberg
Fashion’s fascination with nail art is going nowhere. This season, the classic French manicure is toughened up with a monochrome palette and geometric shapes.
Catwalk inspiration: Mugler, Markus Lupfer and Cushnie et Ochs.
Out of boundary blue
Fashion is having a blue eye makeup moment. Think sweeps of robin egg worked into bandit masks and hazy blue halos that reach brow bones and cheeks. We recommend pairing an exaggerated cat-eye or electric blue lashes, with a pyjama-inspired suit.
Catwalk inspiration: Chanel, Roksanda Ilincic, Diane von Fustenberg, Missoni, Mary Katrantzou
Matte red at Topshop Unique, crimson at Oscar De La Renta, oxblood at Burberry Prorsum – need we go on? Nina Ricci, Jason Wu and Victoria Beckham all confirmed it: red lips aren’t going anywhere!
Catwalk inspiration: Topshop Unique, Oscar De La Renta, Burbery Prorsum
The humble braid has been give a makeover. For SS16, plaits come in an abundance of styles: tightly woven cornrows, elegant French
plaits, micro-dreadlocks and low-slung pigtails – they were all there. But, our favourite? The spiral braid. It’s got all the fashion-set talking.
Catwalk inspiration: Louis Vuitton, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Céline, J.W. Anderson, Public SchoolNatural beauty
We call it “supermodel skin”. A flawless, dewy complexion, flushed cheeks and handsome brows. Perfect for pairing with this season’s pretty prairie dresses (as seen at Alexander McQueen) or punchy primary colours (at DSquared2) or bare shoulders (seen – well, everywhere!).
Catwalk inspiration: Michael Kors Collection, Alexander McQueen, DSquared2