Monday, 28 October 2013

S/S Edition (3): There's just something about African Print and Pink Lips

Third and final part to “There’s Just Something About..” summer feature is on two fabulous things; African Print and the Pink Lip.

In the last segment I focused on Floral print, which has a lot of significance to the summer season.  But now focus is on the African print. Most people don’t know how to define African print, even I myself am a little confused because there are so many different prints to choose from 54 countries. So why African print for this season? Well other than it being popular at Zimbabwe Fashion Week, its resonating some form of respect, moving from traditional gear of our elders to strutting down the runway on international fashion shows. African print is particularly popular with local designer labels of Mucha (Original African Couture) and Goddess by Fatima. I personally like African print as a fashion statement to an ensemble for a bit of nostalgia and to feel elegant. African print for me works best as a turban (as shown in previous Weekend Ensemble blogposts) and as a skirt. Looks for a turban or a skirt are best illustrated by Pumeza Mkhonza's collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2013 (also featured in GLAMOUR SA magazine August 2013).

Local Hip Hop artist Tehn Diamond wearing a Mucha creation in pants, worn for BBA 2013

The Pink Lip
I'm no make-up marvel but i subtle adore the Pink Lip as a fashion statement for summer 2013. I’m no make-up marvel but I subtly adore the pink lip for summer 2013. I'm sure Beauty bloggers will confirm with me that dark and bold make up is the way to go at the moment. With dark reds, metallic colours, burgundy and the popular ox-blood colour on your nails and lipstick (all these colours are great specifically for the winter period). Now for summer, it’s mainly about keeping your make-up light and fresh. The pink lip is a beautiful trademark for a summer day with very nude make-up. Great shades for pink lips which you can look at are;
  • Maybelline Super Stay 14 hour lipstick in Infinitely Fuchsia
  • Revlon ColorBurst lip butter in Gumdrop
  • Revlon Just bitten kissable balm stain in Sweetheart/Valentine
  • MAC lipstick in Candy Yum Yum

ColorStay and SuperStay brands are the way to go to keep your lipstick shade on for the whole day, with a few touch-ups here and there.

Local socialite Pokello has made the pink shade of Lipstick her trademark statement so much so that she partnered up with Vault cosmetics early in August to create a Pokello pink shade.

Janelle Monae does her androgynous look with Pink lips to match.

So, armed with all the glamourous ammunition under "There's just something About.." segment, you are sure to rock one hell of a fashion forward glamorous summer (and Christmas) just from the the six trends. Remember, whilst experimenting with all these trends; stay true to yourself and find a combination that works for you. Some of these trends will flow over into 2014.

Until then..

Stay Gorg and Glam,

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