Photos via Elle.
I’ve always admired Japanese street style, from the gothic Lolitas who rock their parasols to the cyber punks with their neon mohawks. But would I dare to don one of those outfits myself? Maybe on Halloween. But I’ve realized that although Japanese fashion is known for being bold and experimental, it can also be subtle and versatile (think Comme des Garçons). Looking through pictures from the just-concluded Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo, it struck me that the most memorable looks on the runway were infinitely wearable in real life. Designers looked forward to next spring with optimistic yet muted colors, fun prints, and unique cuts. Better yet, they kept the makeup simple, so it’s a breeze to recreate these looks yourself!
A few seasons ago, gray was touted as the new black, but we think it deserves a category of its own. From blue-tinged slate to deep charcoal, all-gray looks made some major appearances in the collections. Pair your achromatic ensemble with a sheer pink lip gloss, a rosy blush, and a matching shadow (stila’s Eyeshadow Pans come in lots of gray shades).
Bring On The Prints
Takeaway lesson from Tokyo: you don’t have to limit yourself to one print. Mixing an animal print with a floral isn’t just a-okay, it’s downright cutting edge. Let the clothes speak for themselves, and tone down the makeup by dusting a bit of bronzer on your forehead and cheekbones and adding some color to your lips with a sheer tint like this one from Clark’s Botanicals.
Look Mom, No Sleeves
Sleeveless blazers and trenches popped up everywhere in the spring ‘12 shows. These two variations on the theme both have flattering deep v necklines and futuristic touches. Show off your boyish side, and stick with no-fuss makeup that’s just a tad playful: flushed cheeks (hint: sweep on some pink blush) and a nude lip or a bare face with coral lips.