A new season is upon us, and now that October's here, it's time to round up our must-have picks from across the network! From cozy Fall fashion and great new TV and movies to a treasure trove of page-turners and fun finds for the little ones, click through to see (and shop!) the best that October has to offer, straight from our expert editors.
Last season, the Alexander McQueen runway pulled inspiration from royalty, and this year, it was all about the strong warrior women (think Xena). The models marched onto the runway with silver and gold helmets covering their hair. However, there was evidence of black spray paint around the hairline peeking out of the rim. As far as makeup goes, any real-life warrior knows there is no time for extravagant beauty looks. So, the McQueen troupe wore bleached brows and spare cosmetics. From head to toe, these ladies were ready for war.
With New York, London, and Milan Fashion Weeks under our (beautifully embellished) belt, we moved on to Paris Fashion Week — and we've been taking our favorite sartorial followers (that's you) along for every stylish step of the journey. From the tents and the runways to the most anticipated parties, we're dedicated to supplying you with all, and we mean all, things Paris Fashion Week. Get your daily dose of fierce fashions, bountiful beauty trends, and star-studded front row style sets in real time by following our coverage on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. We can't wait to see you there!
Exciting news coming out of the beauty world: MAC Cosmetics is joining forces with übercool label Proenza Schouler on a collaboration that's sure to be amazing. "I have always respected [designers] Jack [McCollough] and Lazaro [Hernandez]'s keen vision and point of view," James Gager, creative director and senior vice president of MAC Cosmetics, said. The collection will feature eyeliners, ombré face powders, lipsticks, lip pencils, nail laquers, and a powder brush.
And while there is no official word on what the collection will look like, MAC has teased that it will be inspired by one of Proenza Schouler's past collections and that the packaging will be extremely unique. "Beauty has always played a huge role in what we do on the runway, and MAC has been one of our biggest supporters," McCollough and Hernandez said in a statement. "We wanted to create something that the Proenza Schouler woman could relate to off the runway, and the MAC brand is so deeply rooted in fashion that we knew they would understand our vision." Look for the collection to drop April 2014.
While the runway is a fantastic resource for aspirational beauty, the red carpet is where the trends truly start to take shape. We've been doing a bit of celebrity stalking to determine the top trends for Fall. From the must-have manicure we spotted on Kerry Washington to the eye shadow shade we want to steal from Olivia Wilde, read on to see the most wanted hair, makeup, and nails for this season.
- The bob: Bye, bye lob. Hello, bob. In a surprise move, the stars are chopping off their hair for the colder months. Chin-length bobs are all the rage right now, and we've seen a lot of asymmetrical cuts, too.
- Straight strands: Trade in your curling iron for a flat iron this Fall. Aim for the supersleek look in the Winter months to take the place of summery, tousled beach waves.
- The braided undercut: Braids are a year-round trend, but we predict the braided undercut style will continue to be the top style over the next few months. We're basing this forecast on celebrities, of course, and both Jennifer Aniston and Kristen Stewart have rocked this look (so it's pretty much a sure thing).
Get the full trend report after the jump.
For Spring 2014, the Valentino runway was filled with complex patterns and an ethnic motif. The beauty look consisted of hair parted down the middle and pulled back into a low ponytail covering the ears. Each model wore a brown leather headband with golden studs that pulled from jewelry in the collection.
Makeup, which included a touch of pink eye shadow and matching lip balm, was simple so as not to detract from the vibrant clothing. We definitely count this as one of Valentino's simpler looks compared to the beauty on runways past. The best thing about this entire look? It's not season-specific, so feel free to wear it right now.
Horns and a tail? So last year. This Halloween, some well-applied makeup is all the costume you need. MAC Senior Artist Louise Zizzo created this sultry, fiery devil by using waterproof and sweatproof makeup — so it'll last well past the witching hour. Let her expertise inspire you, throw on a red dress, and you're good to go.
Fall is the perfect occasion to stock up on the latest launches in beauty (not that you needed an excuse). Our beauty editors have rounded up a few favorite products for this month that will soothe dry skin, help you achieve the perfect blowout, and create a colorful smoky eye. Oh, and did we mention they all ring up under $30?
We've heard women say it a million times before, "I can't pull off the dark lipstick trend." But we're here to prove that, yes, you really can. We sat down with celebrity makeup artist Kayleen McAdams, who translated the vampy lips we admire in editorials for the average woman. No matter the size of your lips or the color of your complexion, you can easily work this dark lipstick look for beginners without ending up too goth or grunge. Just click through for the step-by-step tutorial.
Artistry is always the name of the game at Chanel, as we've seen in collections past, and that was no different for Karl Lagerfeld's Spring 2014 show. To match the high-on-color collection, models were outfitted with insanely graphic eye-makeup looks. Pinks, blues, yellows, and greens were painted around the eyes, looking as if the artists had simply flicked their wrists to apply the pigment,and then lined haphazardly in black. The color and painterly lines even extended up and beyond the brows, drawing attention to the A-line wigs with choppy bangs each model was sporting. Inky black polish balanced out the overtly artistic hair and makeup, making for a whole lot of look coming down the Chanel runway.