What We Learnt from The Milan Fashion Week

Milan has always been known for conceptual cool and quirky color—yet the past five days have hit us like an inspirational vortex. An unnerving energy seemed to pulse through the city, pushing hair and makeup artists to dive into their kits with a new, fresh and creative eye. Starting with Alessandro Michele’s ’70s discotheque at Gucci setting the tone by sending whimsically stitched braids and stand out brows through the runway, and from there, the hits kept coming— transformative backstage cuts that brought a youthful energy and playfulness to the fore while somehow managing to maintain a signature level of sleek Italian sophistication. Here’s what we took for your hair and makeup beauty regime updates.

Prism shaped Shadow strokes is on trend – violets, pinks, greens
Vivid strokes of color appeared on lids all over town this week. For Gucci, makeup artists drew dreamy lilac up and onto the brows—the next logical development in this chromatic trend. 

 Photographed by Kevin Tachman

Glitter makes a come back !
It spread like wild fire and we’re all going mad for it. That subtle hint of sparkle began in New York, where Pat McGrath crafted shimmering lips at DKNY, and has since turned up on all manner of body parts—the glittering lips done by Peter Philips at Fendi, a dash on the ears and foreheads at Giamba. A subtle silver beam also showed up at Versace, from the inner corners of the eye, a make up artists treat. 

 Photo taken from elle.com

Take your parting that little bit further and then pull the whole thing back!
Back to the ’90s minimalism came through in the form of a deep side part at Jil Sander, Prada, Giorgio Armani, Marco de Vincenzo, and dozens of shows—raked from the ear, then slicked down with product in a pretty play on men’s grooming that paired well with the growing wave of equally minimal stick-straight manes. 

Photo by nymag.com

Show off your ears, in an attractive way
The ear, of all things, is having a major beauty moment, from the ever golden floral clips and combs tucked just below the ear lobe at Bottega Veneta, to the delicate interplay between sculptural dangling jewels and soft beach waves at Marni to the overarching swish for strands tucked behind the ear to show off your feminine side angle in a gorgeously on trend way. 

Photographed by Kevin Tachman

Inspiration from runway 2016

Bob’s your uncle, or should at least be your hair cut!
We’re surrounded by a whirlwind of ’20s bobs, freshly sheared backstage at Prada by hairstylists who kick-started our collective desire for a jaw mounting cut, which, for the non-committal, also appeared in the form of cheeky doll do’s at Moschino. 

Photo taken from favehairstyles.com

Fun hair do’s – the pull back
The scattered braids at Roberto Cavalli, done by hairstylist Eugene Souleiman, took us back to the teenage naughty but free school days. So, too, did the playful pin-studded pigtails at Fendi, the absolutely on trend half-up knots at Stella Jean, and the whimsical headpieces at Dolce & Gabbana—though Paul Hanlon’s wildly wound braids, next-level crimping, and pink silk turbans at Gucci were a showcase for pure, unadulterated fun.

Photo taken from elle.com

There’s a Flattering fringe for all!
From Vanessa Moody to Carmen Kass, the flock of the ‘in-crowd’who snipped their lengths into blunt or lash-grazing bangs at Versace brought new versatility to the look, which turned up at subsequent shows looking fresher than ever.