Milan Fashion Week is typically a lesson in maximalism. From the animal instincts of Cavalli and Versace, to the more streamlined yet edgy geometry of Prada and Fendi, the week always makes a striking proposition for Italian glamour.
This year’s offering was no exception, dishing up sartorial delicacies to rival spaghetti and meatballs. But when it came to beauty, a crop of surprisingly very wearable trends transpired (or at least, a diluted version of such).
Here, five of our favourite to savour. Buon Appetito.
The bitsy top-knot
Sam McKnight cast his iconic up ‘do anew; creating tight, twisted top-knots for Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi. But, this wasn’t any ordinary up-and-go twist. The strategic placement of fuzzy baby hairs made for a major hair moment, made all the more worthy by the models wearing it – Kendall, Kaia and Grace. The lesson? Embrace your flyaways. All the cool girls are doing it.
Glossy Lurex Eyes
At Giorgio Armani, it was as if shimmering lurex had been stretched across model sockets. Makeup artist Linda Cantello swept Giorgio Armani Beauty Eyes to Kill Stellar Mono Eyeshadow in #5 ‘Stellar’ liberally across lids, taking the iridescent highlight all the way up the brow bone. At Missoni, glimmering aquatic shades were dabbed on the inner half of the eye, refracting with light and colour. Play with soft, sparkling pinks at home and create a beautifully modern halo on the eye, or explore minty pastels for a totally fresh look.
Blue is the new black
Forever a hero backstage, black took a backseat this year, with blue taking centre stage. Thankfully, this case of the blues was not the Monday kind, rather, a spectacular spectrum from cobalt to cyan. Versace’s iconic feline silhouette was reinvented in a rich petrol and elevated with just that little bit of sparkle. Bed the black and feel the big blue.
Braids – both real and fake – were reimagined with an all-new creative rigour. Sam McKnight got a little kinky at Max Mara, binding the lofty plaits of Kaia, Irina and Gigi with Italian leather, whilst at Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini braids were the crowning glory – literally. Chunky braids in coloured rope crowned model foreheads with both regality and playful innocence. Get plaiting, but keep it creative.
three-dimensional dolly Lashes
Pat McGrath’s intention was clear at Prada: the bigger the lash, the better. Copious coats of mascara (on both top and bottom lash) amounted to a doll-like, spidery look, which was further enhanced with trompe l’oeil trickery on the skin, too. Easily explored at home, the trick is to wait 30 seconds before each coat, then go for gold (or black), and play with feathery, artful strokes on the skin, if you dare.