Julien Macdonald sure knows how to get a girl psyched. He showed a collection of sheer and sparkling gowns at London Fashion Week tonight and before his models hit the runway he gave the kind of rousing speech that would leave us feeling strong and confident after even the worst break-up.
'I picked you because you're beautiful on the inside and on the outside,' he exclaimed. 'Be strong, be empowered and have an f***ing amazing time!' Wowza. That's going to be our new daily mantra. We wish we had him to give us a pep talk before work on a Monday.
Julien's Autumn Winter 2014 collection included 33 bold, bejewelled and sexy numbers of the most incredible nature. He spoke to Grazia Daily about his inspiration for the line backstage at the show, describing the vibe as a bit religious.
'I started with idea of church - baroque and stained glass - but it's a church of disco,' he said. 'It's hot, she's a hot woman and she's partying and she's glamorous, she's just in this amazing place.'
Makeup artist Val Garland used Julien's 'stained glass window' idea as a springboard for the beauty look of the night, combining the mauves, golds and teals of the stained glass to create a smokey eye. She was also influenced by Julien's 'girl' Guinevere on the cover of The Face in 1999 as well as new romantic make-up.
'We're thinking statuesque, iconic a little bit religious,' she said. 'I was thinking new romantic mixed in with car paint. It's metallic, it's liquid.'
Using a matte foundation as a base, Val kept everything else super shiny - from shimmering legs to dewy skin, glossy eyes to wet-look lips.
'We're doing gloss on the eyes, gloss on the lips, gloss on the cheeks,' she said. 'Absolutely everything that you wouldn't normally do.'
The hair was equally shiny. Hairdresser James Pecis created a slicked-back look a la Jennifer Lawrence at the 2013 BAFTAs. Saturated with mousse and hairspray, the models locks were left looking soaking wet.
'The place is so massive and big, it can really take a look,' said James. 'Julien's gowns are so beautiful, we needed something a little bit tough to break it up a bit - as soon as you add an up-do it can go 'lady' really fast.'
Hair was pulled tightly against the scalp at the sides and left more textured at the top before James used a paintbrush to add extra gel around the hairline to give extra reflectivity.
Interestingly the hair team also sewed a stitch of plastic thread across the girls' manes at the back to hold the style in place. 'That way the hair can still move,' said James. 'But it means that you have a really nice silhouette going down the runway.'
Check out the sparkling collection below.