Trendwatch: This season's must have eye colours
Published 31/08/2010 | 16:52
Strong brows, bold blocks of colour and nude natural shades are three looks to keep an eye on for autumn and winter.
Somewhere between the catwalk and the beauty counter, the key trends shaping this season's collections are a wonderful throwback to the 90s. Gone are the bold and brash statements of summer and in their place come the light browns, cool blues and a return to power dressing.
The Brown Nudes
If pastel and turquoise shades were the eye colours of summer gone then nothing could be further away from this season's brown nudes.
Taupes, toffees and minks were used everywhere from Balmain to Alexander Wang and if that were not brown enough then this season's key shade of caramel will give an earthy twist if 'dressing up again' does indeed turn out to be the key look this season.
Worn with classic tailoring, black silks, or even the clean lines of tailored trouser suits using nude and brown eye bases will give a softer focus to the sharp constraints of even the most conventional winter wardrobe. Barely there yet clearly here, sharp yet understated, keep a look out for Leopard Luxe Pallet by Mac and Le Crayon KHÔl from Chanel.
The power brow has been one of those looks that surprised everyone and has stayed the distance due to some clever reworking on the catwalks.
Last season's power brows seemed bolder than this season's counterpart and the fact the brow has returned has shown there's more to be done with the look.
Rich fabrics of fur and wool were teamed with manes of flowing hair at Thakoon, while at the opposite end Dior took the edge away by working feminine fabrics with soft textured hairstyles. Somewhere in between these two looks sat the power brow and as it works so well, we think it should be around for a good while longer.
Mixing a light eyebrow pencil with a darker shadow is a great way to build brows and Model Co's Designer Eyebroz kit is perfect for getting the full effect. This look could well turn out to be the new shoulder pads.
While contrasting colours took centre stage at the shows of Miu Miu and Ralph Lauren, Tom Pecheux took the mix and match ethic of colour blocking and went a step further with bold blues and coppers for the Derek Lam shows this spring.
Petrol blues worn from lash to the brow and shocking copper lips worn with nearly nude skin are looks that shouldn't have worked but did. If seasonal dressing is all about capsule favourites and big basics, colour blocking is a great look for giving plain smocks and wool frocks something of a younger twist.
If you're young enough, bold enough and can stick this one out, vibrant shades in deep blue and navy are this season's colours of choice - check out Estee Lauder's Blue Dahlia Pallet.