As part of Grazia's Fashion Week 360 extravanganza, we're going backstage at key shows to show you what it's REALLY like behind all that catwalk gloss. So far we've seen Harper Beckham tottering around with daddy David, Jenny Packham filled us in on dressing Kate Middleton's post-baby bump and Karlie Kloss talked Instagram dos and don'ts. Yesterday, however, it was all about Michael Kors and as we got a sneak preview of the show preparations, we brought you all the action via our live blog. Now that we've had 24 hours to digest the backstage action, it's time to bring you our round-up of the top 10 things we learnt from our backstage snooping...
1. Michael treats his model line-up to a handbag each
‘I always look forward to Michael’s shows because he gives us a new bag,’ Karlie Kloss revealed. 'I just wish he'd design a refrigerated one so I can keep all my snacks fresh!' Yes, the likes of Lindsey Wixon, Joan Smalls and Liu Wen all went home with a new MK accessory after the show. Any going spare, ladies?
2. Michael wants women to find their waists again
The theme of this season's collection was summer romance so hanging on rails, we spotted sheer linens, printed frocks with sexy cut outs and trench coats with feminine puff sleeves. Many of the creations featured nipped in waists or bra tops that showed off toned midriffs because the designer is insistant that women make the most of their waists like his muses Catherine Hepburn and Lauren Hutton. He also hates girls wearing flip flops in the city because their feet get dirty so he created gorgeous nude cork platforms perfect for strutting in.
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3. Michael’s first ever makeup collection may be expanding
After launching in August, the designer's brand new cosmetics line was used backstage for the first season. Makeup maestro Dick Page headed up the beauty camp and lamented that there weren't more products to play with YET. 'It's very tiny at the moment!’ he says, hinting that there might be more to come. Nonetheless, Dick managed to conjour up a sexy but sporty makeup look with the 18-piece collection. ‘There’s nothing too sharp about this season. It’s just very vibrant, fresh and clean rather than being too made up or tanned,’ he told us as he lathered on the bronzer. And what’s Dick’s favourite product from the new range? ‘Definitely this rich berry lipstick called Dame, which I’m layering on then blotting.' And straight to the top of our wishlist it goes.
4. The models are ‘romantic and strong and gorgeous’
Ever thoughtful, Michael made an inspiration board for his model army. Before they hit the catwalk, they were reminded to ‘walk fast and with energy. Kill them with chic.’ And a new fashion week motto is born.
5. Michael is a ‘total goofball’
As well as giving his models encouraging messages, Karolina Kurkova tells us that the designer isn't afraid of having a giggle backstage with the catwalkers. ‘He likes girls to be themselves and isn’t afraid to goof around with us,’ she told us. Watch Karolina's Instavid for proof.
6. It’s all about ‘foundation nude’ nails
Micheal wanted the models to have manicures that work with every skin tone so Jin Soon Choi opted for Nail Laquer in Hint from the new Michael Kors beauty line. ‘The collection features a lot of colour and patterns so we decided this shade would be most complementary and could express all the themes of the show,’ Jin Soon explained.
7. Even models need some chill time
They'd be hitting the runway in less than thirty minutes but that didn't stop the catwalkers from popping outside to soak up some sun (sans MK collection, of course). While paparrazi milled around waiting for the likes of Katie Holmes to arrive, Karmen Pedaru happily sat on the floor for a gossip with her model mates before opening the show.
8. The hair was more carefree than usual
Orlando Pita for Orlo Salon was on hair duty, ensuring the girls were in very good hands. 'I always look good when Orlo's in charge,' says Karolina Kurkova. The hair guru created a just-back-from-holiday look and although the familiar theme of sporty beauty was still rampant, there was a more relaxed vibe going on. He created messy, loose buns with wisps of hair softening the face and nothing but twists and pins holding the look in place.
9. Sometimes models need a helping hand
Another helpful board that appeared backstage showed the catwalkers how to, err, walk a catwalk. Just in case they ambled into the front row.
10. MK clothes will make you feel like a superstar
…as confirmed to us by Karlie Kloss. 'When you put his clothes on, you become a superstar,’ she verified before adding, ‘I feel like I'm on my way to Studio 54.' Lauren Hutton, eat yer heart out.
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