This season, do get it twisted — into the knots, coils, and buns seen on Spring 2012 runways. While a team of stylists created these looks, many are fairly easy to replicate at home. So click through to get all wrapped up in the twisted hairstyles of Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Phillip Lim, and more.
Paris Fashion Week is over, but the shows will be influencing style all year. There was plenty of risk-taking eye makeup, a lot of slick hair, and all the dark lips you'd expect for Fall. See 30 of the most notable looks from the week, from Miu Miu and Givenchy to Kanye West's latest outing, and get a leg up on all your fashion-obsessed friends.
Paris Fashion Week is always the wildest of the big four global fashion powwows (the other three being New York, Milan, and London). Fittingly, it usually has the most exciting makeup. This season, we're coveting the winged liner at Lanvin and the silent film star makeup from Givenchy, but we also loved the beautiful shadow at Dior, the playful eyes at Manish Arora, and the stunning lip color at Kenzo. You should judge who "won" Paris for yourself, though. See close-ups of the makeup at every show from Chanel to Viktor & Rolf now.
Metallic eye shadow shades like gold, copper, and silver were a lustrous trend on Spring 2012 runways. Radiant yet subtly hued, mineral-inspired colors highlighted eyes without overpowering the rest of the face. Check out how Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg, Phillip Lim, and other big-name designers made use of the look and get in on the trend ore-ly.
Natural, pale lip colors graced the Spring 2012 runway. Burberry Prorsum, Theyskens' Theory, Marc Jacobs, and other designers made use of subtle lip shades for a muted look that didn't compete with the bold, bright colors of their Spring lines. From daytime casual to evening drama, these models pulled off understated lipstick without looking washed out.
This season, Rachel Roy translates megawatt hues onto wearable pieces — even furs and sweaters get the pop-of-color treatment to pair against the line's sleek trousers or simple shifts. If it's not rich, saturated color, then Roy steals our interest with her texture story in leather, tweedy knits, and open cable knit. Altogether the looks read in perfect balance — she delivers a hint of downtown edge (minus the intimidation) and marries it effortlessly with the uptown sophisticate. See the entire collection now, including her brand-new shoe collection.
For Fall 2012, Diane von Furstenberg showed vibrant hues ranging from lime green to fuchsia and playful patterns — including puzzle-print pieces. We caught up with the fashion icon, who told us about her mysterious Fall collection, when she first fell in love with fashion, and her love of the outdoors. On Allison McNamara: H&M blouse. Hair and makeup courtesy of Kérastase.
Nicky Hilton has impressed us not only with her laid-back California style but also her designing skills. When we heard she was hitting New York City's Big Drop boutique to debut her Spring 2012 Nicholai collection, we hightailed it over to get the scoop on her latest baubles and more.
- On the Inspiration for Nicholai: I’m very obsessed with the whole deco era – the style, the people, the makeup, and I wanted to bring that out in my jewelry collection. But I realized that kind of jewelry can be very expensive, so I wanted to bring it at a reasonable price point but still great quality.
- Nicky's favorite piece: I love this [turquoise blue] cocktail ring! I tend to wear a lot of black and gray, so I love adding color through accessories.
- Fashion week plans: I’m going to Alice + Olivia, Diane von Furstenburg, and Charlotte Ronson.
- Nicky's Fall shopping list: I’m loving all the Fall Isabel Marant, and I'll buy boots. If you’re shopping on a budget, invest in good boots. It’s key.
- Fall shopping tip: I always tell everyone — don’t skimp on shoes. Save on the clothes — you can have a rocking H&M or Zara dress, but pair it with really good accessories.
- Where Nicky shops: I shop everywhere — I love Topshop, Intermix, and Patricia Field when I’m in NYC.
Be sure to check out our recap of the celebrity-studded events from Fashion’s Night Out!
Steven Alan stayed true to his classic cool aesthetic for Spring 2012, showing a collection filled with chic basics: cropped and wide-leg trousers, colorblocked tunic tops, and breezy plaid dresses. The presentation was a refreshing nod to classics with a twist thanks to modern details like a back seam slit and the most notable look, a perfectly tailored checked suit, equally fitting for a day at work — or relaxation in the Hamptons. Leather brogues, low-wedge wraparound sandals, and sweet simple satchels complete the classic cool collection. Get the quick lowdown below, then click the slideshow to see the rest of the collection.
Photo courtesy of Chi Diem Chau