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High-impact red, florals and graphic suiting inspired the fashion media this season. Let those fall trends inspire your perfume shopping too.
September marks the official start of the fashion year for many of us, but fashion trends don’t end at the catwalk. Instead, they inspire our beauty, perfume and even home decor purchases. All the more reason to pay attention to the head-to-toe looks that made news in New York, Paris, Milan, London and Toronto, too.
For us, this means picking our favourite runway trends and thinking about how our perfume and beauty purchases can complement that new sweater or must-have dress. This season, we’re coveting bold red, modern tailored suits and retro florals, and the perfumes to complete these stand-out trends.
Fiery spice and warm to match runway red
No colour was bolder or more visible than red on the runway this fall. This hue isn’t for the faint of heart. We especially love when the colour is worn monochromatically, either in a completely red, head-to-toe outfit à la Givenchy, or in an all-red makeup look. If that’s too much for you, stick to a bold scarlet knit for when the weather dips, or lean on that trusted makeup look—a great crimson lip.
Our perfume pick for this rouge mood: Prada Luna Rossa Carbon, the new flanker in the Prada Luna Rossa series.
Though marketed to men, this is a fragrance that women (myself included) love to wear because of its fresh and sporty, but still grown-up, vibe. A touch of spice in the top notes (pepper) adds the requisite heat for a red-inspired spritz, while bergamot and amber help deliver warmth and softness to counter that peppery sizzle.
From left: Givenchy FW17 via www.vogue.com. Prada Luna Rossa Carbon, $102 (100 ml), www.thebay.com. Guerlain Kiss Kiss Cream Lipcolour in 567, $44, www.guerlain.com. Zara Earrings with Fringe, $20, www.zara.com. J. Crew Italian Cashmere Waffle Sweater, $340, www.jcrew.com.
Dark and lush fragrance notes match this fall’s serious suit aesthetic
Lean in ladies, now’s the time to suit up. The return of the power suit is upon us, but it’s not a literal ’80s throwback. This season, we’re talking rich tweeds and wools in textured plaid and checks. And yes, the silhouette is strong-shouldered, but be advised: don’t go too fitted if you want to rock this trend.
Beauty-wise, keep your makeup simple, and opt for one standout feature: a perfect cat eye, for example, adds a touch of feline drama to this otherwise menswear-inspired look.
Our spritz of choice? Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Black Perfecto. The label is known for its flirty and feminine, pretty-dress references, but this new perfume iteration instead references a more rock-and-roll garment: the black leather jacket. And while we highly recommend you get a perfect biker jacket in your wardrobe stat, we’re thinking that the notes of this perfume—black tea, sour cherry, almond, licorice, rose, musk and leather—offer the right amount of strength and androgyny that is channeled in a quintessentially streamlined suit.
From left: Dolce & Gabbana Blazer, $2,745, www.theoutnet.com. Off-White AW17 via www.vogue.com. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Jet Black, $29, www.sephora.com. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Black Perfecto, $106 (50 ml), www.guerlain.com. H&M Studio Collection Blazer, $199, www.hm.com.
What to wear with flower-power fashion? Why big white blooms of course!
Florals, in perfume and fashion, are always in style, so why are we highlighting them this season? Well, these florals have a decidedly retro spin. Couch florals, ’70s-inspired prints and washed-out pastels are all fair game when it comes to the flowers you pick this season. The only rule? Be bold.
To counter those big flower prints, we recommend simple makeup. And nothing is simpler than fresh, rosy cheeks. Choose a pretty pink blush that gives you a youthful and natural, I-just-pinched-my-cheeks glow.
We took the retro floral cue for our perfume pick, too. Gucci Bloom is the floral perfume to own this season. It’s a super-lush white floral, and feels at once both retro and modern—no easy feat for a perfume.
From left: Balenciaga FW17 via www.vogue.com. Gucci Bloom, $114 (50 ml), www.thebay.com. Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff, $22, www.glossier.com. J. Crew Collection Floral Blouse, $259, www.jcrew.com. Floral Dress, $80, www.mango.com.