Victoria’s Secret, the retail store that singlehandedly made push-up bras appropriate for 13-year-olds, has released a new perfume. It’s called “Heavenly Enchanted.”
The scent features notes of sparkling raspberry and coconut milk, making it the perfect accompaniment to a Mai Tai by the beach. It also has notes of amber, which give it a leg-up over its less sensual “daytime” predecessor, Dream Angels.
Heavenly Enchanted’s frontrunner, Miranda Kerr, rocked one of this season’s ubiquitous nude dress and leg-lengthening nude heels look. She was joined by a gaggle of reality show stars, like Giulianna Rancic, wearing bipolar shoes, who has a show on E! and has produced a “documentary” of her drama-filled journey to the aisle to wed “The Apprentice” star Bill Rancic, and The Bachelor and Dancing With the Stars participant Melissa Rycroft.
Although the newest color to take the red carpet by storm is a neutral, there’s nothing boring about it.
An alternative to the basic black and ubiquitous summer white is the color palette that saucily falls into the category known as “flesh tones.” Of course, the exact color “nude” depends largely upon the person wearing it. Those going for a more daring look should opt for hues that are almost identical to their skin tone, like Angelina Jolie’s more-is-less body-hugging Versace gown, which she rocked at the Cannes Film Festival. While Jolie seldom wears any colors except the most basic black for red carpet events, this tea rose tinted dress made quite a splash with its high slit, paired with the actress’ signature pillowy lips in a bold red. Therein lies an important note to remember when wearing such a bare-skinned shade: add some pop with another bright color so as to avoid looking washed out or tired.
The nude look can also be accompanied by a little more flash to add some zest to an otherwise nondescript color. Check out Evangeline Lilly’s ostentatious Elie Saab dress, which she wore to the Golden Globes. The color is nude, yet tassels and metallic panels that break up the neutral base add interest and zing to the form fitted column dress.
If wearing all nude is simply to bare for you, try out Miu Miu’s floral appliqué dress, a nude frock which features a smattering of brightly colored, whimsical floral and organic adornments. Among the standard Lilly Pulitzer and Polo attire, this dress would make a fabulous and unexpected statement at a summer garden party.
One way to slip into the nearly naked-inspired color trend is with your feet. While nude shoes have been around for quite some time, designers are adding even more punchy new skin tone shoes to their lines this season. An added bonus: super high heels in a buff color add miles to your legs, a la Victoria “Posh” Beckham in her five inch tan Christian Louboutin stilettos. Just be sure to avoid wearing hose with any nude shoes, as such a pairing would be too reminiscent of Tonya Harding at the ice rink to be fashionable or flattering.
So next time you’re standing in front of your closet looking at a whole wardrobe of nothing to wear, grab your most neutral colored. You can add plenty of color with shoes, accessories, or even make-up. The look is completely daring, but wearing a neutral is the best way to look sexy while still leaving plenty to the imagination.
As written for MYiLIVE.com.