I just watched the live streaming of the Gucci show from Milan Fashion Week. With Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfield and Rachel Zoe on the front row and Natasha Poly, Anja Rubik, Karlie Kloss and Abbey Lee Kershaw on the runway, it wasn’t a quiet affair. But then what do you expect from one of the most luxurious labels in the world.
photo credits: handbagcritics.blogspot.com, thebaglady.tv
Autumn/Winter 2008 is looking to be our most glamourous yet, and make-up trends are not letting the side down. When Gucci sent streams of models down the catwalk sporting smoky, smouldering eyes, fashionistas rejoiced. Finally, a runway look that looks fabulous out and about in real life situations. Even models favoured Gucci this season, as dark, smoky eyes are great for a sexy evening look. Layer black kohl pencil, liquid eyeliner and lashings of black mascara, to recreate the look yourself. Balance the look with peachy, blushed cheeks, mix brown eyeshadow with the black if you are scared of going too gothic and don’t worry about smudging and messiness; it all adds to the effect! Plus, whilst many stay loyal to Mac, this is still achievable on a budget. More economical choices that are just as effective are Shiseido, Revlon and try Rimmel, particularly for liquid black eyeliner (£4.49) and Glam-Eyes mascara (£6.99).
I was reading on Vogue.com this morning that sales at Gucci, YSL and Puma, all part of the PPR conglomerate, have actually risen in the face of adversity and our current economic state. This leads me to think that maybe we buy to make ourselves feel better? Maybe we feel we deserve it after going through the stress of the crisis. One could also think that maybe those who buy the likes of Gucci on a regular basis aren’t actually that affected by the economic crisis? But then again, a significant rise in sales could possibly indicate new consumers, so maybe these people are treating themselves? One of the things that living on a budget has taught me – I’m a student whose money does not go as far as it used to! – is that I would rather invest in one fabulous item and a maybe a few cheap throw-away fashion items, than spend the money on a few mediocre pieces. The fabulous item will last me for years to come and the little, more economic purchases will serve to keep me up with the trends now. Maybe we should always shop this way? Next stop as part of my new financial outlook: haberdashery shops – the cheapest way to improve upon old pieces!