No matter how cliché it may sound, the New Year calls for a new you.
By now, you are probably making a list of resolutions that will make 2016 a better and brighter year. Why not welcome it style because as they say, feeling good about oneself brings on the confidence and determination to do better in everything else.
Hair ye, hair ye
It is a fact that many Filipinos opt for new hairstyles at the beginning of the year. Scouring the Internet, The Ma- nila Times discovered websites forecasting hairstyles that will make it big in 2016.
Over at cosmo politan.co.uk, it is surprising to know that traditional hairdos were featured in international runways for the Spring/Summer 2016 season. French ready-to-wear brand Celine adorned its models with braids, while Italian clothing and accessory maker Miu Miu opted for pigtails.
Braids were also noted by harpersbazaar.com in its article as one of the “The Best Hair Trends for Spring 2016.” It says, “This season’s braids—tight, streamlined and functional—are a major shift from loose, bohemian ones.”
Valentino, Gucci and Louis Vuitton are just some of the luxury brands that “braided” their models in recent fashion shows. Variations included big ones, whole braids, and smaller accents.
Another interesting trend that Harpers Bazaar reported was that “top buns are out; low buns are in.” According to the site, knots came in different degrees of distress from fashion labels Machesa and Tory Burch—meaning they were not tied neatly. A common denominator, however, was that all buns were at nape level.
As for men, the “shorter, long beard” is a must try for the New Year, according to blogsite fashionbeans.com.
To quote Adam Brady, Ruffians Barbers’ Trend Expert: “The shape [of this shorter take on the long beard]follows the face’s shape. Also, the lines on the cheek are sharp in order to contrast with the full, natural and unpredictable growth below. Finally, the bottom of the beard lies up to two inches below the chin.”
Take note, however, that this look only works for men with extensive facial hair growth. Other variations include short beard, stubble and sideburns.
Naturally make up
Besides hairstyles, women are also on the lookout for new and exciting make-up trends and brands.
At althea.kr., a start-up online store currently penetrating the Southeast Asean market, there abounds a wealth of Korean make-up labels that are suited for Asian skin.
This month, The Manila Times spoke to Tammy Lim, head of Althea’s editorial team, who was very optimistic in sharing that the website will soon set up shop in the country. When this time comes, Filipinas can get their fill of Korean beauty and skincare products without ever having to leave their homes.
As an introduction to the online store, Lim suggested Filipinas try a Korean make-up trend featured in a tutorial video at its website, currently running for Singapore.
This is the straight, thick brows, which is a modern take on the bushy brows that supermodel Cara Delevingne popularized.
To achieve this shape of brows that K-Pop stars love, Lim suggested the following products: Skinny Eyebrow Pencil for shaping, Skinfood Eyebrow Powder Cake for filling; and Etude House Color My Brows for setting.
Also an Editor’s Pick is WLab’s 3D Face Highlighting and Shading Stick duo for contouring to make face smaller and more structured.
Another must try is the self-tattoo lip make up. According to Althea, this is the newest form of lip tint that guarantees natural colored lips without stains, smudges and wearing off.
Achieve this with Bling Some Lip Tint. It works by leaving and drying the coat on the lips for 10 minutes. Once dry, remove the coat and voila! A tint that stays on for 12 hours.
Together, groomed brows, a contoured face, and tinted lips make for a naturally beautiful look this 2016.
Color your closet
For dressing up The Manila Times encourages splashes of color especially for 2016.
We have found the perfect looks from Pat Santos’ Spring/Summer 2016 collection unveiled at the last Philippine Fashion Week. Capturing the motion and hues of the oceans, the designer’s attires were masterfully executed in fabrics as fluid as water. The result was something fresh but not overpowering.
Moreover, choose from silhouettes that highlight the woman’s body: deep décolletages, hip-high
slits, and body-con dresses, draped gowns and pencil skirts; or looser ones in billowy balloon sleeves, regal trains, generously proportioned pant legs, tiered and pleated strapless tops.
The same goes for men! Masculinity will not be reduced with colorful clothing as long as pieces are put together well, just like how Hackett did it in its Spring/Summer 2016 collection.
With a color palette of blue, beige and khaki, the mainline Hackett London’s casualwear collection consists of denim jeans in light and vintage washes, bold, chunky knits in shades of blue; and striped and collarless shirts, among others.
The grand finale
To complete your reinvented look, get a pair of shoes that are not only stylish but also comfortable.
For women, Me-lissa brings out collaborations with top global designers for 2016 beginning with the Campana Bar-roca, the latest line designed by the renowned Campana brothers. It takes inspiration from the romance and ornate design of Baroque Art, incorporating elements of budding blooms, wings and feathers, and even lizards. These design features are “carved” into the malleable material of the shoe to create a wonderful and
Modern punk and new wave fashion were injected by Vivienne Westwood into her Vivienne Westwood Scribble. Through an interesting interlay of lines and planes, and on top the whimsical pattern sits an interesting “buckle” design.
For men’s footwear, Adidas recently unveiled Futurecraft 3D, a unique 3D-printed running shoe midsole which can be tailored to the cushioning needs of an individual’s foot.