Get ready to get regal — Milan Fashion Week brought the glitz and glamour for Fall 2012. Italian designers played with opulent materials, from brocade to lace and jewel embellishments, for the upcoming season. Dolce & Gabbana turned out models in rich textures in a palette composed of white, black, and gold, while Prada opted for oversized jewels on everything from trench coats to military jackets. Over at Ferragamo, peasant-style dress silhouettes were tinged with the Midas touch. Watch today's Fab Flash to see our entire Trend Report from Milan Fashion Week.
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This weekend in Milan, bold lips got a feminine makeover thanks to makeup artist Peter Philips's saturated rose mouths at Jil Sander. "It's strong, but delicate at the same time," he said of the look backstage. To play up the color's ladylike appeal, Philips used a soft pink lip pencil to create "a classic shape" with the models' mouths. Then, he painted them with a rose-petal pink lipstick using a small fluffy brush. (Try tracing just inside the edge of the lips with Bobbi Brown Lip Liner in Rose before adding Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani in 508 on top.)
One more trick to pulling off the look: Keep skin looking matte and even-toned, says Philips, who used Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15 foundation on the skin and skipped blush altogether.
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At Jil Sander the style was fresh-faced and almost Spring-like: faces had a scrubbed-clean youthfulness, brightened only by a pop of sheer fuchsia on the lips. Dolce & Gabbana (left), too, went soft for Fall; the beauty — much like the collection — was inspired by religious iconography. Makeup artist Pat McGrath used neutral shades in creamy consistencies to "bring light into the face," and so skin was dewy, cheeks were rosy, and eyes were accentuated with just a dab of shimmering gold shadow at the inside corner.
At Roberto Cavalli the look was all about intensity. McGrath focused on eyes, creating a winged look in a trio of iridescent shades, "almost like an insect — a beetle — or a peacock." But perhaps most dramatic of all was the look at Versace. The models appeared to be straight out of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo — complete with Rooney Mara bangs and pale skin. Eyes were rimmed with layer upon layer of kohl.
Those — plus more from Fendi, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Alberta Ferretti, and more — right here in our Milan Fashion Week beauty roundup.
Milan Fashion Week showed some of the most stunning collections so far for Fall 2012. While designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, and Pucci were all in an opulent state of mind — think brocade, jeweled embellishments, and lace — Bottega Veneta and Etro veered toward ladylike dressing via peplum pops. We also spotted an artillery of military influences and enough colorful statement fur to please every style personality. Just click the slideshow to get the complete breakdown of the top trends from Milan Fashion Week now.
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Giorgio Armani delivered the art of slick suiting and a master class in bold color for Fall 2012. We're not just mesmerized by the double and triple vision stunts Armani pulled on his catwalk — though the sight of two or three models in the same sharp suiting, brilliant fuchsia and orange, and slick fedoras really drives the point home. Still, even without the "special effects," the collection is built up in confidence. Strong shapes and new silhouettes — like a return to longer menswear-style shorts paired with vibrant ladylike jackets and bold color-infused woven knits — result in something all at once androgynous and insanely glam. That's largely due to the fact that these Fall looks are saturated in hot pinks, purples, and orange; the palette is drama-inducing in itself — but add to that the luxuriousness of fur, crystal embellishment, and vibrant abstract print, and the resulting styles start to run into diva territory. There are few people, save for Anna Dello Russo or Lady Gaga, who could pull off a cotton-candy-feeling fur coat — fortunately the collection is also much more wearable than that. Gray suiting adorned with rosettes and finished with oxfords has a snappier feel than the lavishness of his color-saturated fur, and that's the bread and butter here: sportier evening themes and rich color play.
- Trends: Colored fur, slick fedoras, colorblocking, menswear, shorts cropped just above the knee, gloves, textured woven knits, abstract print, and sequins.
- Colors: Red, black, hot pink, orange, purple, and gray.
- Key Piece: The sequined coat has just the right slinky, sexy quality to it; we're taken with Armani's colorblocked hot-pink oxfords.
- Accessories: Cutout gloves, wide-brim fedoras, layered statement necklaces, colored oxford kicks, slick clutches.
- Who Would Wear It: The risk-taker with an eye for sharp silhouettes and statement color; Anna Dello Russo could rock the hot-pink fur — but she may just be about the only one who can.
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>> Dean and Dan Caten riffed on the idea of high school — albeit a glamorous, '60s-tinged one — for Fall 2012. There were candy-hued pencil skirts, snug little cardigans, and perky ankle pants — and even a few sparkling evening looks just perfect for "prom." It was a fun, imaginative, and — surprisingly — wearable foray. "We love telling a story. You get where we're coming from," the duo explained backstage.