After a long day out and about we bring you the very best backstage looks from London Fashion Week day four. Prepare to meet our faves.
1. Grown Up Punks at Pringle
In a chilled out backstage area at Pringle of London (where we were LOVING the giant brown suede beanbags), make up artists Matthias Van Hooff referenced a hip young school girl. Once an 80’s punk with beached hair and heavy makeup, she has now grown up, but still maintains an element of unique cool. L’Oreal Paris’ anti-redness primer and brand new BB Cream ensured youthful, fresh-faced skin, while Matthias combined three L’Oreal lipsticks in Magnetic Coral, Rouge Caresse and Rouge Ingenue and applied the resulting rouge in an imperfect manner, as if it had been put on in a hurry. Over in hair Paul Hanlon mixed uber bright makeup pigments with water and rubbed it into the ends of tousled tresses for a grown out flash of gorgeous colour that had everyone cooing.
2. Christopher Kane Cool Girls
“These girls are admittedly a little bit Nirvana, but basically they are well polished cool-girls,” make up maestro Lucia Pieroni told Grazia backstage at Christopher Kane. It was the glowy skin achieved with NARS’ new brightening skincare (set to launch in August btw), that achieved the flawless skin and sense of the supremely groomed. In contrast, brows were long, extended and almost angry – a look achieved by dusting darker powder over the girls existing arches with a soft brush and small, gentle, upwards strokes. Meanwhile session stylist Anthony Turner achieved nonchalant, effortless cool with a casual centre parting. “In my minds’ eye grunge girls don’t have thick hair,” he told us “it’s not meant to be big and bouncy, so I used hidden braids to conceal the volume of models with too much hair.” Clever man!
3. Burberry Beauties get (kind of) Grungy
After a long old wait in the f-f-freezing cold outside the enormous Burberry Marquee in Hyde Park Grazia fave hair hero Neil Moodie explained that these girls that taken their city blow-out to the countryside: all those fresh curls had dropped and caps had left hair ever so slightly flat on top. Still, a subtle, sexy and shininess was still very much the order of the day and achieved with plenty of Bumble and Bumble BB Prep and our favorite Brilliantine. Meanwhile the very fabulous Wendy Row produced a worn in smoky eye that was ever so slightly darker than anything that we have seen from the brand using a unique blend of Gold Trench, Dark Sable and Mulberry shadows. Smouldering and soft it’s definitely one to try out. “It’s the lack of black mascara or liner that makes this look modern,” explained Wendy. What’s not to love?