Weird and Wacky Beauty Inspiration At London Fashion Week

16 September 2013 by

London Fashion Week is definitely a week filled with extremes- with everything from zany fashions to wacky personalities to some seriously crazy beauty looks, us beauty ladies have to admit that sometimes we really are left scratching our heads. OK, so antenna-esque hair (cue Sophia Webster) and white painted faces (seen at Vivienne Westwood) might look awesome under the lights of the catwalk, but is the real girl (i.e., out of catwalk context) really expected to embrace such bold looks? We’ve only just mastered the feline flick and suddenly we have to get to grips with a black wig too? This is just too much for a chilly Monday afternoon…

To give you an insight into the downright crazy hair and make-up looks we’ve seen so far at London Fashion Week, we’ve rounded up the wackiest ones out there, and to help you really understand the look (just in case it wasn’t blindingly obvious) we’ve given you a helping hand so you can see exactly where the inspiration behind the look came from. Enjoy!

1. Alien Chic at Julien MacDonald

Left- Julien MacDonald SS14 (WWD)        Right- Tilda Swinton (

As make-up legend Val Garland explained to us, “This look is all about a future being, an alien face with an aerodynamic bone structure.” Throw in a slick, wet-look hairstyle and hey presto, there you have it- Tilda Swinton alien chic.

2. Bug Bonanza at Sophia Webster

Left- Sophia Webster SS14 (@sophiawebster_)      Right- A Bug's Life (Pixar Animation Studios)

Creepy crawlies were the order of the day at Sophia Webster’s show on Sunday. Although the butterfly manicures and antenna-esque buns were really quite unique, team Grazia beauty wonder if Sophia’s inspiration came from hours of watching ‘A Bug’s Life’.

3. Gothic Wigs at Mark Fast

Black wigs galore backstage at Mark Fast (@mrnickirwin)

The theme here was gothic warriors- Nick Irwin and the TIGI team were on standby to adorn the models with black wigs for the ultimate synthetic, trashy look. Nick explained the shape of the hair was intended to look sexy but dangerous at the same time. The hair pro also explained that this look gives a nod to Camden, and Robert Smith. Scary stuff.  

The Cure's Robert Smith (

4. Viva Mexico Nails at House of Holland

Left- House of Holland SS14 (@graziabeautyed)        Right- Claire Danes as Juliet (Bazmark Productions)

Over at uber cool House of Holland, Sophy Robson had created bespoke white nails emblazoned with mini Virgin Mary motifs and other Mexican religious iconography, echoing Baz Luhrmann's version of Romeo and Juliet back in 1996.

5. Theatrical Beauty at Vivienne Westwood

Left- Vivienne Westwood SS14 (WWD)       Right- Gustave Courbet's The Desperate Man (@viviennewestwoodofficial)

The boldest beauty look yet came at Vivienne Westwood’s show, quelle surprise. Hair and make-up took a wild, theatrical turn with crimped hair, white painted faces, black and red markings and fierce scarlet nails. Ready for the most outrageous thing? Vivienne posted a photo on her Instagram account 5 days ago with the image above and stated this was an integral part of her mood board for the show. The image? Gustave Courbet’s The Desperate Man… from 1844. Gothic beauty indeed.

6. Black Cropped Wigs at L’Wren Scott

Left- L'Wren Scott SS14 (@lwrenscott)       Right- Olive Oyl (created by E.C. Segar)

Just when you thought you’d seen enough black wigs, L’Wren Scott only goes and pulls this one out of the bag. The finished look was an Oriental-inspired, quasi Geisha look which was actually very beautiful, although when someone (who will remain nameless) suggested that the girls looked like Olive from Popeye, we just can’t get this out of our heads. 

What do you think of these beauty looks? Are there any you cannot wait to try out?


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