Monday, May 18, 2009

Elle Workshop

On the 7th of May, I went to the Elle Winter Trends workshop at Max Institute of Fashion Art. We had a fabulous time: the table was set with yummy goodies to eat, there were MAC goodie bags for every one and Vawters for each person.

The topic was Winter Style and Trends and what to expect this year. The fabulous Chris Viljoen, Fashion Director for Elle SA gave us a nice run down of what we can look forward to this year. Now because I like to impart knowledge in my blog entries, here is what he mentioned:

  • Ankleboots - worn with tights, skinnies or under trousers

  • Leopard Print - but I must add to this: DASHES of leopard print please!

  • Berry brights: reds, burgundys, purples, etc

  • Platform Heels

  • Toes will be a big focus this year: so get a nail technician and be her best friend

  • Dresses: worn with tights or stockings to keep you toasty

  • Detail will be another big focus - so go for different textures, interesting colour matches, lace, etc

  • Layering: a great philosophy to incorporate in the warmer months, not only because it keeps you warm but is also a great style statement

  • Go for contrast: different textures, prints, patterns and clashing colours for the more daring

  • The blazer: boyfriend or fitted

  • Minimalistic masculine

  • Tartan / plaid

As for makeup, these will be the big trends:

  • Red lips: read my little story on my red-lipstick adventures...

  • Cartoon makeup: bright colours and exagerated shapes

  • Colour

  • Flushed skin

  • Natural

Interestingly, lipstick sells well during recessionary times: it is a quick and cheap way of making yourself feel better despite the bitter economic situation. So go out and splurge on fabulous lipsticks!

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