Nail art is dead. Long live eye art.
Intricately patterned fingertips have long been wow-worthy staples of our Instagram feeds, but the mood at London Fashion Week suggests the trend may finally have reached saturation point as miniature beauty art moves in a brave new direction towards the eyes.
Designers were definite in their commitment to highlighting either eyes or lips for the upcoming autumn/winter season. When lids weren't nude to show off that other big emerging trend for rich, wine-coloured lips, they popped with arresting, playful and dramatic adornments - a touch of festival beauty for the winter season and a brand new look to snare your Instagram ♥s.
“The dotty eye at Eudon Choi is easily one of my favourite looks from London this season," Stylist's beauty assistant Shannon Peter says. "Reminiscent of fish scales or tiny blue petals, it's intricate, quirky and surprising: so far removed from the age smoky eye. I’m smitten."
Jean Pierre Braganza
“A multi-lined feline frame sat around each eye that was equal parts graphic and painterly," Peter explains. "I don’t fancy my chances at recreating Sharon Dowsett’s masterpiece, but it is a delight to marvel."
"A little piece of the avant garde that you can wear in real life," Peter says. "Benefit's Lisa Potter Dixon lifted the liquid liner from the lashline to the crease and extended it out to the brow for a wide eyed look - a modern incarnation of the perfect winged liner."
The winter season lends itself beautifully to opulence, shimmer and sparkle, so it makes sense for designers to appropriate this summer festival favourite. Temperley sent each model down the runway with Val Garland's delectable gold sequin-covered eyelids - officially moving glitter out of teenage girl territory.
A simple but brave look reminiscent of the haunting movement of the eyes of porcelain dolls. Creating the look isn't easy. Val Garland ironed Mac #4 lashes until they were poker straight, then chopped them up and put small sections over a square of matte black eyeshadow. Crafty.
House of Holland
Inspired by Daryl Hannah's robot Pris in Blade Runner, this look is tough, bold and effective, but takes a steady hand and a brave wearer. Best worn with loose hair to keep it on the right side of severe.