Fashion's Tough New Beauty

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The final nail in the celebutante coffin is in: the pink-glossed, veloured, Barbie doll look is out and a new, more aggresive beauty is in. We can thank the recession for this; apparently, tough times call for tough broads. In an interview with Women's Wear Daily, Linda Cantello, international makeup artist for Giorgio Armani says that "Through tough times, women are asserting their strength by ditching pretty pastels and girly hair" She addds: "Wearing red lips and having short hair is the new cool, a badge of confidence in unsettling times." Today's beauty ditches the girlish frilliness of season's past in a direct reaction to the uncertain world climate.

I think this movement is more than just models cutting their hair and wearing severe makeup -- because let's face it, that's not really new. (Am I the only one who remembers of Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" video? Ah, fashion...plus ça change!) Instead, I think that we're embracing the oh-so-French appreciation of the tough broad -- women who spend very little time fussing with complicated make-up and hair and dress in practical-yet-chic uniforms (black basics, interesting accesories, mmultiple layers). This streamlining takes the focus off of primping and allwos women to enjoy the pleasurable things in life. French women like Charlotte Gainsbourg and Carine Roitfeld come to mind, women whose style is hard to describe but who share a certain boldness. It's a shift in beauty that I appreciate, because it's a look that all of us can pull off and is, by definition unique to every woman. 

What do you think? Do you still love the girlie-girl look or are you ready to toughen up?

Can't get enough of Carine Roitfeld? Glossed Over has a tongue-in-cheek guide on how to be Carine Roitfeld.

Looking for a red lipstick? Our own Nina Moon gets some good advice from you all.

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