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Autumn / Winter 2006

A Season of Timeless Glamour

As we move into Fall/Winter 2006, we move into a season of timeless glamour, juxtaposed with modern touches that make the colours and the looks very new.  If you love rich colours and a diversity of styles, this is your season to shine.

The beauty: 

Fall’s beauty colour palette is very sophisticated, with shades ranging from warm brick reds, rich browns and sweet toffees, to lighter shades of nature and earth – wheat, sand, cement, grey, moss.  Opulent, deep jewel tones of ruby, garnet, amethyst and emerald glow, with nails and lips echoing tones of velvety red, purple, wine, fig and grape.  Cheeks are subtle, while hair is softly curled or worn in jewelled chignons.  As a counterpoint, we’ll see touches of soft colours and candy shades – including cream, pale yellow, carnation, pink-beige, champagne, light green, faded blues and violets. Cool metallics make an appearance.

The fashion: 

Fashion this season offers the timeless elegance of an era like the Forties, but loosened up for today’s busy woman and her active lifestyle.  It draws its inspiration from a myriad of luxurious styles, including Victorian, Jazz Age, the opulent Eighties, and touches of menswear – juxtaposed with a chic, spare look taken from urban streets.   A fresh, effortless glamour rules the runways.  In addition to fitted, feminine suits and new takes on the “little black dress”, we’ll see romantic full skirts, ruffles and dresses that accentuate a woman’s curves.  Little jackets with slim skirts or skinny trousers are big, as are sweater coats and blouson jackets. Cardigans combine with ball gowns to offer a perfect example of this new look at glamour.  Plaid is everywhere, including worn with houndstooth-print jackets. Luxe embroidery, beading and fur make an appearance, as well as utterly feminine layers of lace. Cocktail dresses are fabulous now, especially with coordinating coats.  Menswear influence is seen in neckties and military details.

In counterpoint, look for dark colours and sleek, spare lines – a primal urban look that is glamorous in its lack of embellishment and elegant in its toughness.  For fashion as for make-up, deep, dark, sophisticated colours are the choice of the season, including rich browns, cinnamons, cognacs and brown-reds, black, shades of wine and deep greens. 

Look to the colours of the OPI 25th Anniversary Collection to complement this fall’s fashion and beauty with timeless style!

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