Beauty Round-Up: Milan Fashion Week Favorites

From Dolce & Gabbana’s sensual beauties to Gucci’s intellectual turn toward sartorial taste, it is said that Milan represents the passion and romance of the fashion capitals. This spring we agree, wholheartedly. Though overall runways were artistically conceptual, we relished hair and makeup that brought the looks down to earth, and in one case elevated the show to golden, Olympian heights. Read on to find out more.


Truly Au Naturale: We would be remiss if we didn’t mention a look that was seen at VersaceBottega Veneta and Gucci. A dab of concealer under the eyes; the merest hint of blush on the apple of the cheeks; a subtle tinge of highligher on the brow bone; it all adds up to a more natural “natural” than we’ve ever seen. Let this be your permission to let your real beauty shine, on a day when occasion calls just as much for inner beauty as it does outer.

A Bobbied Bob: Loved seeing a resurgance of the faux bob at Fendi’s show. While the media had a field day with the dramatic eye, we couldn’t keep our eyes from one of the most wearable looks of the week. A deep side part updates this easy style. Loosely gather your tresses and gently drape them over the back of your free hand to create and under-roll. Use bobby pins to secure the rolled hair to your nape. Don’t be afraid to let a few strands land freely at the sides of your face. All the better to frame it with and move with the autumn breeze.


Gold Standard: Alberta Ferretti’s stylist went above and beyond when he created her twisted updos. Wrapping small sections of hair with gold-tone thread, he created an enviable accessory and a look that can go from day to night, with barely a touchup. He explains for UK’s Cosmopolitan here.

The Kiss Worth a Thousand Pictures: The golden mouths at Prada would have been impossible to ignore even if they weren’t insanely, decadantly gorgeous. We applaud any woman who wants to adorn her lips for an occasion. And of course, it’s never too early to start fantasizing about a slightly too-over-the-top New Year’s look. Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lip Color, $35

About the Author

Marisa has penned articles and features in over a dozen online and print publications. She's worked as fashion critic and creative director for, been the managing editor for Caribbean-based Ocean Style Magazine, and worked with Set Magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication based in Zurich, as a contributing editor. Based in New York, she is a freelance fashion and cultural copywriter, editor and reporter. You can find out more at her site and follow her on Twitter @mraswan.