East most definitely met West in the latest A/W 2012 runway collections. Think gorgeous embroidery, brightly coloured traditional Japanese fabric, metallic accents, oriental motifs and lots of textured fabrics. Thanks to Proenza Schouler and Dries Van Noten, the cool fashion kids who are always ahead of the trends, be prepared to see a lot of Asian influences in fashion and makeup in the coming months. (Not to mention the influx of inevitable knock-offs that will flood the high street!)
These fashion front-runners have taken traditional Asian fabrics and motifs and given them a fresh, modern spin. There's something here for all ages and style preferences too. The seriously gilded minis and heeled booties from Proenza Schouler, along with the more sophisticated deconstructed patterns and longer hemlines from Dries Van Noten mean that there's a must-have piece for everyone. The colour palette and bright prints are also enough to make anyone who is sick to death of the typical fashionista black-on-black-on-top-of-some-more-black uniform fall to their knees and praise the fashion gods.
So, how does this oriental fashion trend translate into makeup? Well, that all depends on what you're wearing. And on whether you really want to play up the Asian influences of your outfit or go a bit more modern and understated instead (a la the models at PS). If you're rocking a Japanese print you can go for a bright red, pink or even tangerine lip. Or maybe a bit of a lined, smoky eye. But not both. Otherwise you risk looking like a lost extra from the set of Chinatown. Less is more ladies!
1. MAC Eye Shadow in Ricepaper ($33) is the perfect shimmery, peachy gold to wear with an oriental-inspired outfit. This shade will subtly pick up on any metallic threads that Japanese fabrics so often have woven through them, while looking modern and fresh.
2. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in Dragon Girl and Roman Holiday ($39) are two classic lip colours that are perfect for the Far East fashion trend. Dragon Girl is your classic matte red to wear when you want to make a statement while Roman Holiday is a soft pink for when you want a more natural look. Roman Holiday is also a great neutral to wear if you've decided to go for a statement eye.
3. Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner in Blackest Black ($18). Use the perfectly shaped tip of this handy pen to define your eyes or to go all out with a dramatic Asian-inspired winged flick. Just don't pair a dramatic cat's eye with a bright lip while wearing an oriental outfit- you'll be in Halloween costume territory. Which is a bad thing, unless it's actually Halloween. But if it is Halloween then by all means, be my guest!
4. Priti NYC Nail Polish in Blue Wedgwood ($16.95) is a fun way to play with oriental colours without resorting to the classic red shades (which, you have to admit, can get kinda boring after a while). And did I mention that we sell this lovely range of non-toxic polishes in the Whimsy & Juno shop? *shameless shop promotion!*
5. Australis Stayput Liners in Vixen, Bluebird and Envy ($9.95). Instead of the traditional bold lip try lining your eyes with a pencil that picks up on a colour from your outfit. Think royal blue, forest green, deep plum or a metallic gold. These long lasting eye liners add a pop of colour to your look without going overboard. Plus, this awesome range of cosmetics is 100% Aussie owned, they don't test on animals and all of their products are under $20. How sweet is that? Plus it's a really good excuse to buy all three liners to add to my collection...
6. Now for a couple of gorgeous handmade items that channel the Far East Fusion look (and also sweeten up any outfit or home!) These bright and colourful accessories are from Kimono Reincarnate, a jewellery range created by local Brisbane designer Melanie Augustin. Her lovely designs are created using combinations of vintage kimono fabrics, Japanese cottons, sterling silver and resin. If, like me, you're obsessed with Japanese fabric and design, then you should definitely check out the rest of her range here!
What do you think of this new East meets West trend? Do you have a love of Asian-inspired fashion or design too? Or perhaps a little Japanese fabric obsession that's taking over your craft room? (Sarah and I can totally relate to that!)
Have a beautiful week!