Channel, Pearls and Lips

I love browsing through the Spring 2013 collections and thinking about how one could use and interpret the looks shown and how they could be applied to fashion for 50’s. One of the looks shown at Chanel Spring 13 was these beautiful simple silhouettes with large pearls stitched onto them. It’s essentially a good look for mature woman and for me it was typical Chanel, black and white and lots of pearls. I particularly loved these three looks and thought one could appropriate them and sew some large pearls onto a top, cardigan or dress to give it a new look. I also like the idea of overdoing the look with large pearl necklaces.

Chanel Spring 13

Chanel Spring 13

Chanel Spring 13

This is what I did with some pearls and an old black t shirt  to show you what I mean.

Pearls stitched onto a black t shirt worn with a home sewn shot silver metallic skirt made using an adjusted version of Vogue pattern 8511.

Enlarged photo of the t shirt with a Mimco necklace.

A selection of pearl necklaces from Diva

With pearls in mind I bought a plain white ipad case from Forever New and embellished it with half pearls and small diamante from Spirit Beads in Chatswood. I think you could make a lovely evening clutch using the same method if you had an old one lying around at home that was in need of a face lift! It has been my experience that Gel Medium which is available from most art or craft stores, sticks just about anything to anything.

Gel Medium and pearl embellishments

Completed i pad cover

According to the Fashionista, there were two strong make up trends shown at the Spring collections. One was bright orange lips and the other was blue eyeshadow. I don’t find the eyes very wearable but I love the strong lips and I think colour can make your face look fresher and younger. For the first time ever, I bought a lip primer from Mac last week after I was talked into it by a very persuasive sales lady! As far as I can see, the advantages of using a primer are that the colour does not crease or creep off your lips and stays on a little longer. It also makes your lips softer so lipstick is more evenly and smoothly applied but I am not sure that I will be rushing to replace this primer when it runs out, it seems more a luxury than a necessity.

This piece on bright lips is from Mally Roncal:

Bright lips are just so right for now! They are modern, fresh, youthful, and brighten your whole face. My favorite part about a bright lip is that it takes only five seconds to swipe on, but it makes a huge impact.

For so many seasons, we have seen amazing, bright colors make their way onto the runway in terms of clothes, but now they are getting incorporated into makeup, which is very exciting! I think women are getting a little more adventurous with color. For so long, it was about that nude, natural looking lip. What women are realizing now is that wearing a bright lip brightens the whole face.

I think we should all try a bright orange or fuchsia lip for a whole new lease on life! I particularly like Chanel’s Excentrique, Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Siren 677 and Mac’s Matt Scarlet Red from the Marilyn Monroe Collection.

Orange lips image courtesy The Fashionista

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