New York S/S ’11: So far, sorta scary trends include orange lips, turbans and slicked-back ‘dos (eeks!)

New York S/S '11 turbans, headwraps, slicked-back hair, orange lipstick

After I interrupted our regularly scheduled programming to gush about Jessica Alba last week—do you blame me?—I’m now officially ready to step up on my soapbox and start analyzing the trends coming out of the S/S ’11 fashion shows.

(I know, FINALLY, right? Sorry ’bout that: Early September is always a little nutty for us media types because New York Fashion Week kicks off on the same day as the Toronto International Film Festival… PLUS my house looks like an episode out of Hoarders because it’s also the busiest month for product launches too.)

Anyhoo! Let’s talk trends, shall we? Because from what I’ve observed so far—turbans/headwraps, orange and loads of hair gel—they definitely NEED discussing.

First up, turbans.

What?

Yes. Turbans. Or at least pretty mayjah headwraps. Here, Jason Wu took the plunge:

JASON WU SPRING 2011 RTW BEAUTY 018 runway New York S/S 11: So far, sorta scary trends include orange lips, turbans and slicked back dos (eeks!)

Just… WOW.

Vena Cava, on the other hand, did the headwrap thing—which gives the same sort of effect as a turban but is a smidgen easier to pull off:

VENA CAVA SPRING 2011 RTW BEAUTY 004 runway New York S/S 11: So far, sorta scary trends include orange lips, turbans and slicked back dos (eeks!)

So. It might be a bit early to declare this, but I’m thinking one of the trends we’ll see is Tribal Beauty. And besides the OTT hair accessories (which I think I’ll be sitting out), that also means strong colour…

Specifically ORANGE. If you weren’t inspired by Prada’s S/S ’10 show—or my adoration of YSL’s watermelon lip gloss—to pick up an orange lipstick or gloss, consider this yet another sign from the Beauty Gods.

Here are some gorge orange lips at Philosophy (notice that the shade is echoed on the lids and cheeks so it all harmonizes together nicely):

PHILOSOPHY SPRING RTW 2011 BEAUTY 006 runway New York S/S 11: So far, sorta scary trends include orange lips, turbans and slicked back dos (eeks!)

And I just adore this pale coral at Peter Som—this is the colour to get if you want to ease your way into the trend:

PETER SOM SPRING 2011 RTW BEAUTY 014 runway New York S/S 11: So far, sorta scary trends include orange lips, turbans and slicked back dos (eeks!)

Okay, so maybe those aren’t TOO scary, right?

Of course, if you want to go bolder, Vena Cava had the brightest oranges (to match the headwraps, natch). Still pretty though!

VENA CAVA SPRING 2011 RTW BEAUTY 006 runway New York S/S 11: So far, sorta scary trends include orange lips, turbans and slicked back dos (eeks!)

And finally,  our third sorta scary trend is slicked-back hair: as in NO volume, NO wispy tendrils to soften the face, NOTHING to hide behind!

Even models don’t look so good this way. (Really, it’s only for those with an absolutely perfect hairline and bone structure, ears that don’t stick out and, of course, flawless skin.) Here’s the look at BCBG Max Azria:

BCBG MAX AZRIA SPRING 2011 RTW BEAUTY 005 runway New York S/S 11: So far, sorta scary trends include orange lips, turbans and slicked back dos (eeks!)

Other designers took a bit of a cue from the top knot that was popular this summer and did some volume at the top. Here’s the (slightly more wearable) look at Suno:

SUNO SPRING RTW 2011 BEAUTY 017 runway New York S/S 11: So far, sorta scary trends include orange lips, turbans and slicked back dos (eeks!)

And finally, a sculpted, dramatic version at Christian Siriano:

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO SPRING 2011 RTW BEAUTY 020 runway New York S/S 11: So far, sorta scary trends include orange lips, turbans and slicked back dos (eeks!)

I like Christian’s style the best, although I think few of us could actually pull it off!

So tell me, fashion followers—

Is the turban/headwrap a cool or crazy hair trend?
And speaking of hair, do you like to slick yours back (like these looks) or do you use it like a Hair Security Blanket? (I’m guilty as charged.)
Annnnd have I finally convinced you to try an orange lip? Just make sure to use Whitestrips first…

4 Comments

Ashley
Monday, September 13/2010 at 10:39 pm

Im so loving the orange lips. I am very fair with a yellow/golden undertone and sheer peach lipstick or orange gloss just perks up my skin and makes me look more awake in the morning

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, September 14/2010 at 3:12 pm

Pretty! Sounds like you have the perfect colouring for it!

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Janelle
Tuesday, September 14/2010 at 8:11 pm

I’ve always been more of an eyes focussed person cause I honestly just hate trying to find good shades of lipstick. And then finding lipstick to go with an outfit is a nightmare cause you don’t want to be too matchy-matchy. Oh lips…eyes are much easier.
What about oranges on those with pink undertones to the skin though? That’s got to look off, or are there bright shades that work with everyone?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, September 16/2010 at 7:42 pm

Ahhh very good question. You know what—I think orange is actually easier to wear than people think. With pink undertones I’d go for one that’s a light-to-medium shade (like the Philosophy or Peter Som colours above) as opposed to the slightly heavier one at Vena Cava. You want it to be a bit more sheer and coral instead of a heavy, yellow-based orange. Make sure to warm up your skin with some bronzer as well—that should help.

I should probably dedicate a whole post to this, so stay tuned… but off the top of my head one colour you might want to try is Cargo’s Plant Love lipstick in Evangeline. It’s a light pinky-coral and very pretty!

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