Beauty Eclecticism – Fall Winter 2013 runway report

After a season full of fashion overdose, we’re still digesting what came down the runways for the Fall 2013. And going through all the collections, we came to realize that the trend-topic at most of the runway shows was the strong eclectic beauty looks. From minimal bare-skins and sleek pony tails, to rock-tribal hairdos and dark lipstick, this season was all about embracing the hardcore mystery and purity aspect of les femmes beauty.

There was a strong diffusion on going back to a classic-timeless look – think 30′s, 40′s, 50′s and 60′s, as best examples for women to imitate for Fall. However, this time the austere factor went on the lips; emphasized by make-up artists using dark lipsticks in different shades of deep cherry, wine-red, burnt orange, deep plum, burgundy and Bordeaux – which became a strong focal point at Lanvin, Anthony Vaccarello, Bottega Veneta, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana and Marni – to go alongside the story that designers were telling (definitely an early call to Fall). But in terms of beautiful soft make-up that will highlight a natural-glow on your skin, Pat McGrath blush on the lips, and on the cheeks for Viktor & Rolf was the perfect case in point – she did nearly the same trick at Valentino, by recreating an innocent natural look inspired by Flemish art portraits (both will be an easy make-up trick for girls to imitate). While Peter Philips relaxed and soft, but still magic make-up drama for Dries Van Noten, surely captivated all the minimalism lovers.

In terms of heavy eye make-up, Roland Mouret look by NARS cosmetics embraced a powerful glossy-smokey eyes alongside a clean sophisticated lady hair-updo by Orlando Pita. At Gucci, to match the strong instinct of the collection, Pat McGrath highlighted the eyelids and contoured the bottom of the eyes with shadows in tones of metallic-burgundy – while eyebrows were bleached. McGrath also empowered the “Vunk” concept at Versace by defining sexy eyes using black eyeliner on the bottom eye-line, and adding eyelashes to praise the femme-fatale edge.

Hair – whether it was big with volume, rebellious, effortless, or sleek and straight – was the catwalk statement. All in all, there were influences from punk, surrealism-fantasy, versus the practical and refined hairstyle-statements from real life. And for the many hours spent on hair and make-up makeovers at backstage scenarios, we have dedicated this post highlighting our 13 top-runway beauty looks of these runway season.

By Jhon Jairo Santos
Fashion Director USA