For Fall 2023, Nensi Dojaka finds a deeper romance and sensuality. The feminine codes of dress for the designer are often played out in juxtaposition (i.e., delicate fabrications intricately formed through craft and structure). This season, edgier silhouettes were met with seduction, as Nensi’s signature skin-baring ensembles revealed an inimitable 90s energy throughout.
Weighter materials such as denim were brought into the collection for the complete wardrobe. Impossibly-chic outerwear added a sumptuous appeal to the lighter-bodied fabrications. Of course, Nensi’s signature reimagined bralette cups, asymmetrical straps, and abundance of sheer were on display.
Naturally, nature was in bloom and seen throughout such as diaphanous shaped ‘explosions’ on dresses that were equally sensual & cool. Colour washes of red, nude, and black were the foundational palettes of the collection. As finale, model Imaan Hammam grazed the runway in a Swarovski-crystallized ‘naked’ gown that was nearly second-skinned.
For beauty, smoked-out, sultry eyes by the hands of MUA Lucia Pica brought grunge to the runway. For the tresses, hair artist Cyndia Harvey opted for parted, low ponies for sleek ease. Nails have been a feature this season courtesy of manicurist Ama Quashie as faded black tips were kept gothic yet fresh.
Within the edginess of practicality, sensuality is afoot for AW23 dressing.
Everyone’s been talking about Taylor Russell. From a Tom Ford-era Gucci archive to a bulbous Loewe pom-pom jacket, it’s the stylish starlet’s world, and we’re clearly living for it. The Loewe muse has become one of fashion’s biggest stars thanks to her equally off-the-runway and high-low, effortless approach. Think: Jeans for the red carpet. Her best style and beauty moments below.
As the newly minted brand ambassador for Loewe, Russell was recently cast for its Spring 2023 ready-to-wear collection wearing an off-hip junted black velvet dress and looked as stunning as ever. Showcasing her style oeuvre to amongst her followers on her social, Taylor wore a Loewe bulbous pom pom jacket with white panties and denim and leather ankle boots. Taylor’s hair was off-parted and sleek.
It’s one of those style moments where one doesn’t fail to forget. Giving new energy into a Tom Ford-era Gucci cropped fur bolero, she brings heavy Y2K vibes and makes it anew. Styled by Ryan Hastings, pairing the timeless hero crop with strappy sandals and denim made Taylor look undeniably chic.
A keen eye for vintage, Taylor donned this Fall 2007 Ralph Lauren gown at the Venice Film Festival. Sourced from Aralda Vintage, this look was a more demure and feminine viewpoint to her bold and otherworldly style repertoire. Old Hollywood glamour needn’t look too far. Hair and makeup were just as standout with hyperreal skin and a sleek, Eton crop ‘do.
For the Loewe muse, Taylor was donned in the brand’s must-have, pillowy bomber. Its a shape-shifting nod to the nineties. She paired her look with the brand’s baggy anagram jeans at a screening in November for #BonesandAll. The hyper-realized voluminously of the bomber is anew & cool for the red carpet. And, on her off-days, Taylor paired the bomber with vintage Levi’s and an Aries ‘No Problemo’ baseball cap.
It’s clear that in any look that Taylor finds herself in, she completely transforms. A dynamic penchant for the avant-garde, an off-the-runway Schiaparelli look from Fall 2022 Couture was proved to be as stunning and surrealist as the ensemble was a play of shapes and structure. The ballerina-pink corsetry paired with the draped skirt, cropped jacket, and wide-brimmed hat imbued the look with a sense of sensuality and ceremony. Through Peter Lux, hair was kept sleek & by way of MUA Bea Sweet makeup involved a winged eye and peppered lip.
To achieve vampy, gothic glamour, McQueen never fails to be the ultimate style choice. Wearing the brand’s Spring 2023 all-leather halter-neck dress complete with matching arm’s length gloves, Taylor was all main character energy. In contrast to her go-to sleek bob, hair was maintained as more tousled.
As an architect of transformation, the only way was up for Taylor’s hair. Peter Lux coiffed Russell’s hair into waves with extensions and ‘extra strong AF hold hairspray’. As the look was angelic as ever, Taylor aptly wore a brilliant white Loewe Spring 2023 gown completed with a black bow. MUA Kennedy kept Taylor’s skin luminous and fresh, finished with an elongated cat’s eye.
Florals for fall? Of course. This Fashion month, Kendall Jenner has had New York calling for the best street style approaching this season. Reiling on a primarily neutral hued palette, Kendall’s stylist-in-tow Dani Michelle knows a thing or two about groundbreaking celebrity off-duty style. Boosting a chic repertoire whose client list includes Kourtney Kardashian Barker & Hailey Bieber, Michelle sticks to the basic elements of a model-approved wardrobe with a twist. From an off-the-runway Spring 2023 Proenza Schouler polka-dot combo to a vintage Prada moment, these must-need-now ‘fits are the perfect inspiration for heading into autumn, Kendall-style.
This Khaite minidress combined with Kendall’s calf-length boots are giving western-inspired vibes with a feminine touch. The look was completed with a Khaite suede tote.
Kendall donned this dreamy Proenza Schouler halter-neck maxi paired with The Row boots. Emphasizing her silhouette, the gathered ruching added interest and shape. The takeaway? Summer’s not over yet. When wearing florals in cooler months, layer rich autumn tones & textures for dimension and point of difference.
Game, set, chic. Bottega has been a style staple in Kendall’s wardrobe, and this maxi is no exception. For the ultimate preppy vibes, she completed her ‘fit at the Men’s US Open final with Bottega teardrop earrings, The Row thong sandals, and a Ralph Lauren baseball cap. Style tip? Mixing preppy elements (i.e. the cap) & modern elements breathes new energy into enduring classics. The navy cap makes the feminine look more relaxed yet 90s super cool.
A creamsicle pop for fall? Yes. For the perfect accompaniment to a jeans and tank combo, a pastel-orange jacket keeps the model’s on-the-go look bright but timeless. The takeaway? Experiment with new colour approaches this season.
The (literal) high-low approach to polka dots. Being on Kendall’s style repertoire, this Spring 2023 Proenza Schouler off-the-runway crop & floaty dot set is sartorially spot-on. Feeling bold? Mix your dots.
It’s Prada or nada. This 90s Prada canvas dress is giving all the nostalgic feels. The leather harness straps and nipped waist makes this sporty archival dress forever-chic.
Consider summertime beauty, perfected. Set on the salt-concentrated mountains of Arles, France, from saltwater-slicked hair to sunburn-like flush to earthy eyes, nature was realized as inspiration for beauty at Jacquemus’ FW22 ‘Le Papier’. More on the stunningly-beautiful beauty moments, below.
Taking notes from the creamy, muted FW22 palette, eyes at Jacquemus were earthed with matte-hued eyeshadows in a painterly motion across the lids. Artfully applied via pro MUA Lauren Parsons, a palette of tonal pigments was revealed in the eye makeup. Gritted with a chalk-like from-the-earth texture, nature, as it was, was at play.
As for the cheeks: Sun-glazed skin was kept luminous on the high points of the cheekbones, followed by microdots of mini faux freckles grazed across the face. Overall, skin texture was kept fresh and healthy with hints of a sunburn-like flush. Though minimalist, Parsons’ approachable beauty outlook was breathtaking. Capture the sun-soaked dew with Milk Makeup Cream Highlighter Stick.
About hair? Pro Cyndia Harvey transformed hair into ever-otherworldly. The salt-water textured ‘do was made away from the face slicked into a finishing low pony. Baby curls were made accessory to the face as a gelled-down point of difference. Athletic yet carefree, hair stuck to a come-as-you-are naturalness from root to tip(s). IRL vacation? Summer’s ready.
Sumptuous and splendid in all its allure, beauty at this year’s Met was breathtaking. From dramatic moments such as bleached-out brows and S-waved hairpieces to cascading, ringlet curls – here are the best beauty moments to remember.
For all that glitters, a pop of gold is the gilded beauty statement to complement an icy-blonde blunt cut. Pro MUA Kelsey Deenihan popped the shimmering metallic on the rim of Emma’s lids & paired with a burnt rosy-hued eyeshadow, lifting her eyes to glamorous iridescence.
One must not look further than a 60s blowout & smoked-out eyes to complete a Jaqueline Kennedy-inspired Tom Ford gown. Moore was stunningly beautiful, as hair and makeup artistry was by way of Marcus Francis and Hung Vanngo.
1940’s romantic tresses were made modern for this year’s gala. Pro Owen Gould kept Chan’s hair side parted, with looser, ‘wetter’ locks making the timeless style anew.
Bleached-out brows have officially returned. To offset Kendall’s newly lightened brows, MUA Mary Philips emphasized bold lashes to complete the ever-transformative look.
A perfectly coiffed up-do calls on an encrusted hairpiece to complete the gilded look. Lena’s smokey, winged eyes kept the look modern.
Floating, mosaic-like pinky petals graced over the top of Kiki’s lids for a delicate beauty look. Skin was finished with sweeps of blush on the cheeks by way of MUA Billie Gene. Kiki’s stunningly textured Afro completed the 70s inspired look via hair artist Tish Celestine.
Olivia Rodrigo knows when to bring a Y2K purple moment. MUA Lilly Keys added a sheet of shimmering creamy lavender and lilac eyeshadow to her lids. Butterfly clip-ins and unending locks added an aura of ethereal to her rock-influenced look.
A triad of gems underneath a 20s brow plus a stream of finger waves cascading through a micro-bob makes Jodie Turner-Smith’s glistening beauty all-the-more Met-approved.
A chiseled jaw calls on a choppy bob to showcase its stunning definition…that being supermodel Paloma Elsesser’s. True to thati-D cover, Elsesser stuck to her (shorter length) roots reiling on the coif talents of Ursula Stephen to transform the punky-inspired ‘do. Candlelit makeup by MUA Fara Homidi was glazed on the high points of Paloma’s brow & lids for a lit-from-within finish.
Opting for the modern route to the traditional pompadour, Billie’s high-rise updo was kept rock piled high with spiky ends.
Amongst the most striking looks of the night, Maisie Williams literally left no strand untouched to her vampy, silver screen beauty moment. Speaking of, hair artist Joey George artfully placed embellished, S-waved hairpieces atop Williams’ head for a striking 20s appeal. Eyes, by way of MUA Yumi Lee were winged outward & finished with a berry-stained lip.
Strand-to-strand, lengthy lush locks are the not-so-new hair trend that’s a forever mainstay.
With varying lengths of hairstyles seen on this year’s carpet, the options of beauty were limitless. Take Anok Yai, whose razor-sharp ‘do proves that even the shortest lengths are equally stunning. Echoing each other, Anok’s cheeks & brows were highlighted with a pinky shade for a beautified, contrasting beauty moment to the micro ‘do.
Personifying femininity at its rosiest, Tessa’s painterly eyes and lips welcomed pretty-in-pink softness as her gravity-defying, twisted updo edged the look to modernity.
A soft hand from MUA Raisa Flowers laid the literal foundation to Bella’s Victorian-inspired look. Fresh, healthy looking skin with a gentle touch of definition around the eyes were paired with her middle-part, half-up half-down updo (and showy micro braids).
Velvety skin by way of Chanel Beauty and artistry by Hung Vanngo sealed Laura’s gilded beauty moment. A palette of smokey hues graced on Harrier’s eyes, deftly counterpart with a cerulean blue shade on the tear ducts and brow bone. Hair by maestro Lacy Redway edged the bygone look into today.
Gigi Hadid knows when to bring lip service. Lips lacquered by MUA Erin Parsons were hyper glossed-out with darker crimson red added with a pat of a truer, vintage-y hue in the centre.
Cover-star Precious Lee can hardly not make a moment when the spotlight is on. Her dramatically-informed brows were made bleached in thanks to Marcelo Gutierrez in combination with a thinly, hyper-winged liner. A viscose-knit balaclava was placed atop keeping the focus on Precious’ stunningly futuristic beauty look.
Using all Pat McGrath makeup, MUA Alex Babsky gave Bridgerton star Simone Ashley a look that’s worthy of red carpet romance with a wing of the eye. To contrast the makeup, Peter Lux transformed Simone’s hair as it was kept goddess-like and lengthy with a slicked, edgy appeal.
At Couture – beauty was conceptual. Beauty was realized as an exploration of other-worlds. Fendi’s starry interpretation of beauty was made heroine whereas Valentino’s dramatic eyes were met with hyper-wings & feathery plumes. Hyperreal skin wouldn’t go amiss at Schiaparelli. These are the moments to not miss for Spring.
SCI-FI OTHERWORLDLINESS AT FENDI
The starry veil of a crystallized galaxy was mirrored as inspiration and dotted atop the face for Fendi. Fendi’s sci-fi realization of Spring beauty was crystal-clear & in thanks to hair artist Guido Palau & makeup artist Peter Philips. Deliciously glossed hair was kept parted & fringed via Palau. Made heroine, needless to say. Placed throughout the face were micro crystals to be the ultimate facial halo. No additional accessories required. To achieve this look? Dot a micro gem on the inner corners of the eyes or equally as shield across the lid for a look that’s just as otherworldly.
DIOR’S NEW LOOK
Dior’s love language for sooty, lived-in eyes were decidedly made anew for Spring. And it’s the eye trend that keeps lashes batting. The trend in question – underlined white liner, the hero beauty look. Think: the upside of sultry shadow. Thickly-lined white blocks graduated around the eye shape which emphasized it’s natural under line. To tightline the waterlines & roots of the lashes, MUA Peter Philips used the Diorshow Khôl pencil in 009 White Khôl which was then completed with the Diorshow On Stage Liner in 001 Matte White layered underneath the natural line. Gentle, soft-focus illumination informed the look.
HYPERREAL SKIN AT SCHIAPARELLI
Skin was standout at Schiaparelli. It was made surreal & secular through Dame Pat McGrath’s genius with glow. Cheekbones? It was a (golden-champagne) highlight. Eyes were maintained as clean with a touch of shadow to mattify the lids. Other looks included a heavier-hand with further shadow & bejewelled glam. Opt for the Skin FetishSublime Perfection Foundation and Sublime Perfection Concealer for runway-ready dewiness.
BEAUTIFIED EYES AT VALENTINO
Feathery plumage & ultra-extended graphic winged liner informed Valentino’s Haute beauty. Longingness is beautified through the bold looks as seen throughout. This echoed the emotionally-grounded collection as a (literal) extension of oneself. McGrath emphasized the strength of the upper lash line (either by way of feathers or hyper-winged liner). Glowing & fresh skin was a continuity paired with the lashed looks.
Beauty is as bold as ever. Spring’s exciting glimpse into 2022 draws the line between the fantastical & the fresh – proving directional, unapologetic beauty is for new beginnings ahead. Pro MUA Diane Kendal harked on shadowy, lived-in eyes at KHAITE to mirror the longingness to feel once more post-isolation. At Supriya Lele, lips were glossified with a chocolate brown lip service. Grunge for 2022 is the word of mouth. Pro Pablo Rodrigues gave wet, out-of-shower skin a high-fashion update with a strobe-lit, glowy finish. From undonely-kempt tresses to the facial features that stick, aesthetic escapism reigned on this year’s beauty dossiers.
For Simone Rocha, beauty is a secular experience. From Thomas de Kluyver, adornment came in the way of Gothically-imagined hand-pressed images of cherubs placed on the face and body throughout. This contrasted the baptismal-looking dipped hair, which was accessorized with beaded crowns. Cheeks were made to sparkle as skin was left youthful & healthy.
CHOCOLATE LIP SERVICE
Grunge is the word of mouth for 2022. Pro Hiromi Ueda glossified lips at Supriya Lele with a chocolatey-brown hue that’s oh-so reminiscent of nineties lip service. Ueda made statement lips sultry-sweet with the vampy appeal. All impact without apologies, bold lips are the nostalgic trend that’s sealed with a kiss for 2022 beauty. Opt for Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Cream Lipstick in Chocolate Divin.
At Chloe, consider the (winged) point made by makeup artist Hannah Murray. Liner became ‘surf punk’ all thanks to the MUA’s horizontal approach to the typically flicked-out shape. From the tear ducts to the corners of the eyes, neon orange graced the lash line. Elsewhere, the face was kept healthy-looking with eyes given dabs of wet-looking gloss.
Sooty, lived-in eyes were the focus for 2022 makeup. As with lips, makeup leaned into a grunge aesthetic which timelessly defined a decade. Rimmed coal eyes at Sandy Liang paid a statement to the Spring/Summer presentation. Lids & under eyes received the smudgy treatment. At Eftychia, MUA Becca Wordingham graced eyes with a creamy, blendable pencil to add effortless wow. At KHAITE, Diane Kendal lightly smoked-out lids to capture shadowiness. To achieve this look, opt for19/99 Barna Precision Colour Pencil.
Lashed-out, doll-like eyes are what’s to be expected. Makeup done by way of Valentina Li proved to be a standout at this year’s Fashion Week. Individual lashes were expertly placed surrounding the eyes in a nonchalant fashion proving fantasy & cool do co-exist. The look embodied a come-as-you-are sense that’s synonymous to Spring freshness. This look can be completed with Tower 28 BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm in Golden Hour.
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Leave it to Khaite’sCate Holstein to sartorially turnover a feeling. Musings on mood – Spring for Khaite is an evolved, post-isolation consciousness that’s gritted within a sense of place – of belonging once more. The label’s impossibly-chic repertoire approaches womenswear with a pragmatic otherworldliness to femininity, ever-reliably being the antidote to new season beginnings – and rebirth. Introducing Spring.
Styling followed democratic shapes & structure. Gently-filled down informed luminous coats & jackets. Harness-like silk straps became focal points which balanced floaty & poplin silhouettes. A liberating in-focus feature which grounded lighter ensembles. Western dressing was a touchpoint within the nineties-influenced collection. Leather & suede were a force throughout. Lengthening ruched dresses gave subtle sex appeal.
Escapist tones reigned at Khaite such as ivory, sooty noirs, and touches of khaki. Contrasts of textures & luminosity were at play: sequins balanced the solid tones & heavier-appeal of the cozier pieces such as the bombers. Metallic tones called in Spring which played as silvery adornment to trenches and bustier tops. And then there was THAT dress: A Swarovski-crystallized sheer dress slipped on by model Julia Nobis.
Makeup and hair mirrored the collection. No feature overpowered the other – rather, gentle definition informed beauty throughout. Everyday makeup became stunningly beautiful by way of MUA Diane Kendal. Lightly smoked-out lids were given neutral hue eyeshadow for colour & contour. Eyes became lashed with sweeps of mascara, followed by brushed-out brows for texture. The genius of the look? The cheeks welcomed iridescence whereas the shadowy-dimness of the eyes harked on our longingness to feel once again.
Pinky lips and mouths brought in new femininity. Porcelain skin was canvas to the makeup. Hair – as with previous collections – was undonely-kempt. Ease of tresses & locks were effortlessly groomed. Moodiness transcended to locks by the hands of hair-artist Duffy. As emotional as the collection was – strength was imbued from stitch to strand throughout.
Within the worst of the pandemic year, Khaite knows we’re still within the thick of it all. Never too far to deviate from the definitive New York wardrobe, Holstein answers with necessity over frivolity. What’s most authentic, works. Not over the top, the label’s collection approaches womenswear with a gritty earthiness that calls to the Khaite girl: Home. To Khaite? That’s Spring.
New heights. Beginnings afresh. At Jacquemus, “La Montagne” is an ‘en plein air’ ode to the summit of our expectations following isolation. Bright & beautiful, AW21 looks as flashy as convincing.
The showcase was inviting and directional. Surreal yet grounded. Simon Porte opted for an IRL runway for his Fall Ready-to-Wear see-now-buy-now collection. For those of us who missed a show, Jacquemus delivered. Make way for feel-so-good fashion & unapologetic colour fever (i.e. fiery tang & splashy pink). Anything but boring. Trust was a theme throughout. Outdoorsy harness-detailing dangled from cropped zipped shirts & attached to sheath, trompe l’oeil dresses. Silhouettes were as deconstructionist as freeing.
Headlining afoot? Enter Kendall, Bella, & Adut. Bella donned a straight-fitted elasticated waist skirt, finished with earthy crinkling. A part-armour, part bralette graced the decolletage. Shearling mules completed the tonal ensemble. Adut? It was an 80s colour palette which ruled no exception. Splashy pink & engine red soared sirens. For Kendall – it was all show with an ultra-cropped short-sleeved cardi with swaths of the fuzzy fabric secured together with a ‘JACQUEMUS’ closure.
The clasp was one of the details made hero for the collection, as also seen on model Devyn Garcia’s sensual, hickory-eggplant silk chemise & skirt set. Model Jill Kortleve sported a midi knit dress with thin straps held together with that ‘JACQUEMUS’ hardware. Open-vent trousers & boxy blazers were seen. Adapting from sartorial 80s & made anew, the collection was very future nostalgic.
Makeup was barely-there yet luminous. MUA Hiromi Ueda opted for a freshness that was athletic yet beautifying. A healthy base with a natural-looking brow & rosy, in-the-hills flush. Pared-back & soft, it was a sporty finish to complete the ensembles. Hair was followed on course via hairstylist Cyndia Harvey with earthy styles maintained in their most natural form. Hair was kept brushed away from the face, parted-down.
Neon green, atmospheric sky blue, deepended noir, & a palette of neutrals were seen throughout. Extremist lengths, shapes, & layering took to nature for inspiration (i.e. enwrapped sleeping-bag style skirts, itty crop tops, & sun hats). Breathing new energy into AW21, the pieces felt lively. What sets Jacquemus apart? Playing loud.
Resort 2022 for Khaite is summed as: When We Were ‘We’.
Mood of the moment, Khaite’s Cate Holstein captures the undergrounds of a post-pandemic feeling. By way of intuition, comfort re-emerges as a touchpoint for 2022 dressing (i.e. 90s informed, easy silhouettes).
Grit. Ease. Romance. Energy. For Khaite, Resort is all about instinct. Sewn within practicality, it is about identity. It carries a seriousness with utmost attention to agency, yet uplifted with an aura of empathetic femininity. Approaching & otherworldly, Holstein’s intent is moving.
Romance grounded Hellenic-style dresses & sets, with unending draping & gathered ruching. It was felt within its airiness. A dropped-waist jersey crepe dress paid accompaniment & contrast to the Grecian-like gowns, which was completed with a scoop neckline & relaxed fit. Ethereal & earthy colour palettes informed the collection.
THAT cardi-bralette set which sparked all radars is back in tow in a pink raspberry hue. An enduring staple to a stylish wardrobe. Sartorial iterations of the 70s (i.e. eyelet, open-back dresses & a multi-hued oversized pullover), was on display. Sport-luxe was as chic as ever. Pillowy puffers prove to be the stylish shields for cooler temperatures. A must. Khaite’s rendition of the biker short-bra top combo was hero of the collection, with its cursive namesake on the waist & underband to perfect the ensemble.
Hair was kept undonely human yet romantic. By way of hairstylist Joey George, evidenced was touch. Model Alyda Grace’s lengthy locks were kept lived-in whereas Emily Miller’s feathery bob was swept in 70s layers. Model Hiandra Martinez was graced with cornrows, secured with a finishing low bun & flyaway-free hair taming gel.
Makeup artist Cyndle Komarovski kept makeup stoic yet fresh. Gentle luminosity informed skin complexion (think: candlelit, lit-from-within) but not obviously so. Sculpting contour carved cheekbones. Brows were a feature point of the paired-back look, as the always steady facial architecture.
Resort for Khaite? Remembering who we were means to see ourselves again. It means through.