It's nearly 8pm and I'm sitting in my room at The Hudson hotel reflecting on the past few days of NYFW. I've seen some beautiful looks, caught up with some friendly familiar faces and even seen some new products being road tested - it really doesn't get much better than that. So, with that in mind here are some of my observations from the new season...
1. Dark lips are autumn's new statement look.
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I saw them everywhere from Peter Som (metallic violet) to Luca Luca (deep burgundy), Donna Karan (cherry red and peaked) to Derek Lam (metallic copper brown) and then again this afternoon at Proenza Schouler. There make-up artist Diane Kendal painted models' lips in deep rouge noir tones to offset pale skin and eyes washed in browns in homage to the 90s grunge scene. Despite the different looks, at each and every one of these shows these strong, unapologetic lips looked completely beautiful and so fresh. I'll be stocking up on darker colours as soon as I get home.
2. Pale is the new tanned.
Skin for next season has a new luminescent and toned down quality to it with barely any sign of bronzer. For anyone who doesn't have supermodel skin (and let's face it that's a fair few of us) this just means choosing sheer shades of foundation or tinted moisturiser that still allows skin to show through, or the lightest of concealers only where needed. Then arm yourself with highlighter, gloss and the new wax from MAC that I blogged about earlier, and press on to cheekbones, the nose, eyelids and cupid's bow for a radiant skin finish.
3. A new, more natural hair aesthetic seems to have taken over.
Gone were the overstyled, experimental styles we saw at Marc Jacobs a couple of seasons ago, this time round at the same show hair was just lightly textured and massaged with product to enhance natural movement. Ditto at Proenza where a spritz of salt spray was all that it took to get a grungey, lived in texture while at Philip Lim all hairstylist Odile Gilbert used was a blob of mousse to create fluffy Debbie Harry-esque hair.
So there you have it. Maybe AW10 is the season we finally wave goodbye to the perfectly groomed Park Avenue princess and say hello to a more low key, urban beauty, a look that's a little more real and a little more achievable, and one which I can't wait to tap in to.
And on that note it's goodnight from New York.