Things I liked from London Fashion Week: Mega-blush, headbands, floating liner… and the French manicure?!?

Issa London - FW12 beauty

Contrary to what this headline might imply, I did not, in fact, attend London Fashion Week. (Never have.) But that’s okay, because you really do get a better view from behind your computer—and without all the stress about where to sit and what to wear.

And you know what’s kind of exciting? While London used to get a little neglected—sandwiched as it was between the more high-profile Fashion Weeks in New York, Milan and Paris—change is in the air! First of all, there’s that whole royalty/Kate Middleton/Issa dress thing. (That’s the Issa London show in the pic above—gorge, right?) And Moschino Cheap & Chic, which used to show in Milan, moved this season to London… Style.com mused that it said something about London’s current “energy.”

Now, I’m always a bit leery when people start talking about “energy,” especially when there are implied quotation marks. (Once, a guy told me I had good “energy” and I simply could NOT date him. Ew.) However, I will concede that I’m feeling the vibes when it comes to a few of London’s new beauty trends. Let’s take a look:

LFW Trend #1: Mega-blush

Temperley London

Temperley London FW12 makeup Things I liked from London Fashion Week: Mega blush, headbands, floating liner... and the French manicure?!?

As you all know (and those super-polite YouTube commenters like to remind me), when it comes to blush I like to set my makeup gun to wh*re. Therefore, I’m all over any sort of look that features blush as the defining element. Temperley London is always a fave because they like to use these juicy cherry reds on the models’ lips (last fall) or cheeks (this fall). It looks pretty over-the-top in the above pic, I know, but look how cute it is here:

Temperley London FW12 makeup 2 Things I liked from London Fashion Week: Mega blush, headbands, floating liner... and the French manicure?!?

(How great is that hat, by the way? My friend N. has one that she bought at Winners and I’m always jealous.)

Okaaaay, so maybe the above IS just slightly too much blush. But you get the idea. The Issa show demonstrates a more toned-down version, along with a wonderful stained lip in the same colour family. I love this pic (and this model) so much that I just have to show you it again:

Issa London

Issa London FW12 beauty Things I liked from London Fashion Week: Mega blush, headbands, floating liner... and the French manicure?!?

So far, this is my fave beauty shot of the season, no question.

LFW Trend #2: Headbands

Moschino Cheap & Chic

Moschino Cheap Chic FW12 beauty Things I liked from London Fashion Week: Mega blush, headbands, floating liner... and the French manicure?!?

Apparently the hairstylist Orlando Pita, because he knows things, predicted that the headband would be making a comeback this season. And it is! (Before London, it was at Oscar de la Renta, and Carolina Herrera.) But it’s not happening in a Blair Waldorf sort of way. On the runways, it’s been used more to tame humongous backcombed hair, which you may or may not care to wear in real life. The take-home message is to pair a headband with hair that has at least a little bit of volume, and consider a wider, looser, fabric-textured headband like this one at Moschino Cheap & Chic.

LFW Trend #3: Floating eyeliner

Erdem

Erdem FW12 makeup 2 Things I liked from London Fashion Week: Mega blush, headbands, floating liner... and the French manicure?!?

Now here’s a trend that designers are really hammering into us in hopes that we “get” it. Graphic eyeliner—you know, with hard, blunt lines and left un-smudged—has been a thing for at least a couple of seasons now. And while it started off drawn close to the lash line, now it’s hovering all over the place. (Remember the gappy liner from NYFW?) Here, at Erdem in London, it’s a floating flick at the outer corners. You can see it way better here:

Erdem FW12 makeup Things I liked from London Fashion Week: Mega blush, headbands, floating liner... and the French manicure?!?

I like it in an admiring-it-from-afar kind of way, if you know what I mean.

LFW Trend #4: French manicures

Topshop Unique

Topshop FW12 nails Things I liked from London Fashion Week: Mega blush, headbands, floating liner... and the French manicure?!?

OMGOMGOMG. Ever since I joined Twitter, I’ve been busting out the anti-French manicure hashtag tweet every so often, as if they are the worst thing in the world. I’m still going to hold on to French PEDICURES as being horrible… but hands? Like everything in beauty, never say never. I have to admit that they fit in really well with this whole nude nails trend. (In case you haven’t heard, one of the big spring colour trends for nails is the creamy, milky, pinky, beiegy nudes. Like mannequin hands.) I have to applaud Topshop Unique for being the first brand to take the plunge.

Oh, and FYI if you are wanting to get on board with this one, YSL makes a very nice French mani kit in pen form:

YSL French Manicure Kit Things I liked from London Fashion Week: Mega blush, headbands, floating liner... and the French manicure?!?

Tell me:

Which one of these looks is your favourite?
Is that still too much blush?
Would you say yes to the French mani or is it forever dead to you?

11 Comments

Lauren
Monday, March 5/2012 at 9:30 pm

The Temperley look is nice…even though it’s a lot of blush, the colour is pretty natural and looks like a nice flush. I love it. And it’s the perfect winter look, as evidenced by the fur hat!

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Katherine
Tuesday, March 6/2012 at 1:06 am

I think “too much blush” can be done if it’s the right colour- more in the coral family, but gorgeous all the same. I’ll definitely be trying out the floating liner look and French manicures are always classic regardless of what anyone says.

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Lindsay
Tuesday, March 6/2012 at 6:09 am

I love that Issa model too! she looks like a female chuck bass ;) maybe they are related, I think he’s English! haha

the blush is great! it’s like nice rosy cheeks after being out in the cold, I always love that :) I haven’t found the perfect color yet tho (recommendations??)- I think the trick to pulling that look off is the perfect ‘flush’ color, so it actually looks like it could be natural :)

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Eva
Thursday, March 8/2012 at 12:11 pm

Lindsay, this girl is actually Polish :) Her name is Magda Frackowiak :)

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blog-a-beaute
Tuesday, March 6/2012 at 10:52 am

Oh God please don’t tell me french manicures are “IN” now! I used to love ‘em and then I kept on reading how they were passé and a major NO NO… I had just gotten used to that idea and now they’re making a comeback! why? why? why? le sigh!

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Phil
Tuesday, March 6/2012 at 11:02 am

That first picture has very nice ‘just eaten strawberries’ stained lips, I like it very much as it’s very fresh. Not a huge fan of the wide application of blush, but I can see it has it’s moment if not done as if you’re having hot flashes.
Moschino’s look here .. what’s going on with the hair & the lips? Not digging the hairband and neither that frosty brown looking lip. Perhaps bad lighting for this picture.. I don’t know.

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Jenn
Tuesday, March 6/2012 at 11:44 am

Love the blush! And I’ve always LOATHED French manicures, but I’m kinda feelin’ it now–it seems so refreshing after all the over-the-top nail art and colour craziness of the past year or two. (But French pedicures are still the grossest thing ever. Let’s pretend that never happened.)

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QuiteLight
Wednesday, March 7/2012 at 12:06 pm

I confess a secret weakness for a GOOD french manicure; sheer pink (or whatever your nude is) on the whole nail, white pencil under the tip. But there are so many bad, obvious, cheap looking jobs out there that I totally understand where the hatred comes from.

& Faux French pedis? WHY?!? Toes are MADE for colour! Mine are dark emerald green right now, so pretty…

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Denise
Thursday, March 8/2012 at 3:07 pm

QuiteLight you’re my nail twin! Also I saw you’re comment on the hair, glad you like the ACV and you’re having success. Not sure if you’re in the US but one of the main stories today on yahoo is about hair washing frequency..

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Jane
Thursday, March 8/2012 at 8:54 am

French manis? How unimaginative. I lived through the trend the first time around and am OVER it. Add some colour (the flouro-French!) and for the love of all things beauty, do not do a French pedi. EVER.

Not a fan of the floating eyeliner- unless you are say, 12, it will look like it is a smudge or creeping out of your crow’s feet. VERY hard to pull off. Sort of crazy old lady who’s eye make up has melted all over her lids. You all know the look I mean. She is likely sporting the clownish blush as well….just, no.

I like the headbands though ;-)

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Makeup Morsels
Sunday, March 11/2012 at 10:06 pm

I think the one thing that makes these French manicures ok for me is that the band of white is very thin, and the shape of the nail is squoval and not too long (ok 2 or 3 things). I just can’t stand French manicures when they’re done on long, square nails.

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