I would be remiss in my curatorial duties if I did not cover the major fall 2009 trends. Even though I'm a bit tardy and the holiday collections are landing at counters, here is my fall trend roundup. As opposed to last year where the standout was super-dark lip color, this year I feel there were 2 major trends that demanded attention instead of just one. Enjoy!
(Note: I am in the midst of planning my nuptials and collages depicting the color scheme and/or style of a wedding, called "inspiration boards" in the wedding blogosphere, have been my obsession as of late. That explains the wacky collage I came up with for each trend.)
1. Black, black and more black. This fall, black is the new...well, you know. This shade is meant to be worn on eyes (more so than lips, which was the case last year) and is even the inspiration for an entire MAC collection. While dark smoky eyes are always the rage in the autumn months, this year the look is especially heavy with more of an edgy, early-80s punk aesthetic rather than uptown glamorous. Adding to this style is the new matte finish for dark nail polish. Chanel Black Satin? It might have been considered a little rebellious in 2006, but today the truly edgy way to wear black nail polish (or any dark vampy shade) is with a shine-free finish.
Images: Stila Little Black Dress smudge pot, MAC lipstick in Black Knight, Chanel Les Folies Noirs eye shadow palette, Sephora catalog promo, Armani Manta Ray eye shadow, MAC Mattene lipstick in Midnight Media, MAC Style Black collection ad, Chanel Noirs Obscurs ad, Zoya Dovima nail polish, Philosophy Black Licorice shower gel
2. Garden of earthly delights. Gold, bronze and green eye shadows are always hot for fall, but 2009 ushered in a new era of super-pigmented, bolder-than-bold earth tones.
Images: YSL promo ad, Shu Primitribe eye color sticks, Nars Mekong eye shadow, Bobbi Brown gel eye liner in Forest Shimmer, Smashbox Reign palette, Bobbi Brown Autumn Leaf eye shadow, YSL Bronze Gold eye shadow palette, Lancôme Rose Liberté powder, Estee Lauder Sensuous Gold paletteWhich trend was your favorite? Personally I'm torn. The punk in me loves the matte black eye shadow and nails combo, but greens and gold are really flattering on my eyes, so both are winners for me!