5 Things We Learned Backstage At PPQ's London Fashion Week Show

14 February 2014 by

We headed backstage before PPQ's London Fashion Week show tonight to get the inside scoop on the models' looks. As well as getting to check out all the edgy retro outfits before they hit the catwalk at The Sanderson Hotel, we also got to catch up with one of the two PPQ designers Amy Molyneaux and Bobbi Brown makeup artist Liz Martins.

We arrived behind-the-scenes roughly an hour before show time and everything was going to plan. There was some serious backcombing going on in the hair area as giant '60s beehives were sculpted before having black ribbon wrapped around them. Over in make-up it was all about super glossy lips and smudged black liner and in the nail section a trio of pastel shades were being painted on to models' talons. Clothes wise - it was a mixture of fluffy coats, floral prints and PVC pieces. 

Here's five things we learned.

1. The collection was inspired by London girls - and was modelled by London girls

'Last season was all about the glamour,' says designer Amy Molyneaux. 'We wanted to have a collection that was more about what PPQ is. It's very London but not necessarily 'city', kind of manor born.'

'The girls we've chosen are London girls that model. It's very us.'

2. There's a Beauty and the Beast inspired print!

'We've picked a Beauty and the Beast rose but jumbo-sized and in water colours,'  says Amy.


3. The models were eating pie

Apparently everyone had been tucking into Pieminister pastries earlier in the day, but by the time we arrived at PPQ all that was left was hummus and salad. Insert sad face here. 


4. The matte lip is SO over

'For the last few seasons it's been about matte lips so we've gone shimmery and glittery and glossy with 3D look lashes and heavy of gel liner,' says makeup artist Liz Martins. 'I'm sick to death of doing the whole matte lip thing and the gloss looks great against the vinyl of the clothes.' 

'It's very sexy and something that most girls would love to wear.'


5. The Sanderson Hotel's kitchen staff are fashion fans

They got into the spirit by clapping all the models! Aww!



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