19 September 2008

What REALLY went on backstage at Vivienne Westwood

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Vivienne Westwood sure knows how to cause a buzz backstage. As we slipped back, the L'Oréal techni.art people were all whispering about Alexa Chung joining long-time Vivienne model Daisy Lowe on the catwalk that night. The girls themselves seemed oblivious to the excitement, running around together, giggling at the clothes and hugging each other whilst posing for photos. Alexa looked so striking in her ‘tribal' style hair and make-up we almost had to do a double-take before realising it was her. But it was hair supremo Guido's arrival - late from working the Issa show - with Kate Moss on his arm that really caused a stir. Dressed in a short black miniskirt and oversized tux jacket, she stayed close to Guido and looked like a shy schoolgirl, barely glancing up as she had a quick tour of the collection before heading front of house. Oh and the hair and make-up? We almost forgot... With 27 models and Vivienne's strict request that the models would all look different, the make-up and hair team had a big job on their hands. Gordon the Trinidad make-up maestro for MAC told us about the African inspiration behind the collection, explaining how they kept the skin shiny by not applying powder and darkened the eyebrows, keeping them straight rather than arched.  Any natural red in the lips was removed with MAC Lip Erase 'to give extra theatre - it is a show after all'. Plus they added a sheen to the girls' cheeks to create 'hot, humid, August day skin'. Malcolm Edwards for L'Oréal techni.art headed up the hair look which was inspired by 'naughty '40s, Presbyterian church on Sunday with a Pebbles from Flintstone twist'. Only at Westwood! There were low rolls, top knots, and quirky, thatch roof style fringes... Brilliant!

- Lauren Murdoch-Smith

To see what went on front of house - and the key looks from the show - read our show report.


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