Beauty Highlights from Milan Fashion Week: Prada's Dip Dye Tresses, Fendi’s Bright Eyed Beauties PLUS Gucci's Glam Goths

24 February 2012 by

New York and London are out of the way, but what's going down in Milano? We've already been treated to the glossy delights of Gucci and Prada so let's review our beauty faves hitting the Italian catwalk. Join us!

1. It’s a beauty boast at Fendi

Where do we start?  If you’re not looking at the incredible plaits then your eyes will be transfixed by the white, feathered painted eyes at Fendi.  With a simple brushstoke, make-up guru Peter Phillips created the eye Karl Lagerfeld requested completed with a thin line of Chanel’s Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner across the top of the lashes.  As predicted in New York, fine liner is taking over from the 60’s flicked kind that has dominated the catwalk for a few seasons.  We also need to bring to your attention the incredible ‘medusa’ plaits Sam McKnight whipped up backstage.  A halo of double row twisted rope plaits sat angelically around the head whilst low pigtails, spilt into several rope strands gave it the ‘dark, Nordic’ style McKnight described. 

2. Gucci’s Glamorous Goths

Inspired by the red-headed muses of 19th Century oil painter Rossetti, Gucci’s romantic goths had a bleach treatment on their brows followed by a dose of power pout courtesy of Pat McGrath.  Pat used Cover Girl Queen Collection Lipcolor in Fine Wine to create the deep, dark red shade and then dabbed in the centre from the same collection, Hot.  It’s not the first time we’ve seen a vampy lip at the Italian fashion house.  It’s come in a variety of textures from super matte to vinyl gloss through the years but there’s no denying it’s becoming a bit of a signature winter lip for Gucci.

3. Prada goes Dip Dye

It’s not the first time this season that the reference being bartered backstage is that of a cartoon.  We had Sin City inspired beauty at Philip Lim in New York but in Milan it’s a Magna style Japanese cartoon that has inspired the hair at Prada.  Muiccia Prada described the models as ‘virtual dolls, virtual princesses’ and here’s why.  The two-tone dip dye hair, created by the one and only Guido Palau, came in three different shades, red, black and white, depending on the natural shade of the model’s own hair.  Weaving waist-length extensions Guido explained ‘there’s a computer-generated quality to it, a pop of fakeness’.   Ka-pow!

4. Tough Buns

Guido must be feeling the fashion week pain by now with yet another show to his name.  The hair master created an altogether different look at Alberta Ferretti with a tough centre parting that fell strictly into a thick chignon at the nape of the neck.  Finished off with a decent dosing of Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist, this sleek style is a far cry from the matte, beachy hair we’ll see this summer. 


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