My favourite beauty looks to grace the catwalk this autumn/winter 16 ranged from the more muted and natural looking styles at shows such as Balmain, Nina Ricci and Jil Sander, to dramatic eyes at Elie Saab and Diane von Furstenberg, as well as prominent red lips at Victoria Beckham and Sibling.
And everything from slicked back hair was channeled at the likes of Jil Sander, and also adopted at Giambattista Valli, but this time beautifully accented with old Hollywood glamour waves. And at Nina Ricci, hair that tucked into collars was effortlessly chic. Not forgetting the elegant chignons at Marchesa, worn to look ravishing with exuberant clothing.
Here are my top 7 AW16 beauty styles and how I’d channel them:
The mermaid waves created by Paul Hanlon at Giambattista Valli is perfect for an occasional evening look.
Wear: I’d don this look with a figure-hugging midi dress to complement the elegance and demure feel.
Pat McGrath’s make-up look at Victoria Beckham is a gorgeous everyday look.
Wear: This face and hairstyle can be worn to the office with a pair of cropped trousers, a fluted hemline top and a pair of multicoloured pumps, for example. It can then transition into an evening look for dinner and cocktails, as it’s so versatile.
Balmain ladies were given a natural glow with a durable make-up look that embraced contoured cheekbones with the perfect blend. Created by Tom Pecheux, this is a confident look that shows off the skin.
Wear: I’d complement this natural look with statement clothes such as a pair of flares and a blazer on top. Accessory-wise, I’d opt for a statement costume necklace, bright tote bag and equally bright shoes.
This nonchalant hairstyle that was created by Paul Hanlon for Nina Ricci, couldn’t be more Parisian. It oozes effortless elegance.
Wear: Teaming a tailored pant suit with this hairstyle and soft make-up will add a feminine touch to an androgynous look. I’d pair with a pastel hued suit and pointed heeled pumps.
Tom Pecheux’s dramatic smoky eyes and nude lips for Elie Saab, worn with loosely waved hair, is the perfect combo for an intense sultry look.
Wear: I’d like to match the drama in the face to the outfit and wear with Saint Laurent-style leather pants with a shirt that falls just below the waist. I’d then pair it with pointed pumps and a clutch for a risqué biker chick style.
For extravagant and elegant eveningwear, the chignon created by Corral Calero for Marchesa is a go-to.
Wear: I’d offset this look with a bejewelled accessories, as it’s shown here, and an opulent gown.
I’m always on the lookout for new ways of defining the eyes and creating a striking make-up look with nude lips. And Pat McGrath may have just found a way for me to go lipstick-less now and again (despite my addiction to lipstick) with her creation for Diane von Furstenberg.
Wear: I’d don this beauty look with a black jumpsuit or bodycon, paired with statement jewellery to bring out the eyes and let them have a moment, without being subdued.
(All images from Vogue UK)