A fresh new way to wear bold colour.
WE’RE CALLING IT EARLY, but if 2018 has a buzz word, it has to be “transparency”, right? A reaction to the pressure people are feeling from the #Metoo and #Timesup movements, gender inequality, equal-pay campaigns … because in a world of change, transparency is key.
That concept could be translated literally to the fashion world, with designers presenting strong cases for sheer dressing over several seasons now, from sheer skirts to sheer dresses layered over the top of pieces, to see-through plastic in the form of boots, raincoats and even perspex-covered ponytails, as at Chanel’s S/S 2018 show.
Ditto for beauty. When Pinterest predicted the top makeup trends for 2018 based on what fascinated its users, bold-hued eye shadows were a surprise entry to the list. Innovations in technology mean we’re now seeing sheerer textures than ever before, thus a way to wear bold colour without looking overdone. Another Pinterest prediction: lip tints will replace lipsticks. Clearly skin is very much in.
The transparent trend is also extending to the cheek, a facial feature which won’t be overpowered by strong colour when you can actually see what lies beneath. A standout product to achieve this look is the new Chanel Coco Lip Blush, a clever gel-like formula that multitasks and looks as pretty on pouts as it does on cheeks. “Its amazing texture is what makes it different to other multi-use products,” says Chanel’s official makeup artist for Australia,victoria Baron, who relied on it for almost every image in this shoot.“how it differs is it doesn’t sit on the skin and appear a different texture,” she explains. “It takes to the skin so the pigment and hydration is all that’s visible. It’s as if the colour has come from the skin naturally.”
Chanel jumper, price on application. Styled by KARLA CLARKE