The most important trend for 2009: Instead of dictating terms to women, fashion is now taking cues from real people. And women are changing too – internalising their sexiness and sensuality and emerging with a heightened sense of confidence.
With the recession taking its toll and also a resurfacing of minimalism, makeup trends are set to be graceful and elegant next year. The Boho Chic looks of 2008 will be more prominent, though with a slight minimalist edge.
This was reflected in many shows. Sabyasachi in New York had models in a no makeup look, with just very dark lips ranging from black to dark burgundy. A similar feel was reflected in Yohiji Yamamoto, where models walked out with a complete no makeup look, just a fleshy pink stain on the lips.
On the other hand, there were some houses that focused on singular elements – like aqua on the eyes at Gucci and just eyeliner at Moschino. Skin will take the stage next year, being very dewy and fresh. Jean Paul Gaultier, Lecoanet Hemant and Arjun Khanna played with this idea.
The big trend involving colour is pink on the lips, though Alberta Ferretti and Dior used red. The eyes will show more play in terms of colour, shapes and style. Thick, thin, long and short, liners were used in every way. Cheeks had hues of apricot and peach, making the glow more real and less plastic.