London Fashion Week

Backstage Report Spring/Summer 2014

It may seem like autumn has only just arrived, but it’s that time of year again when designers, make-up artists, fashionistas and celebrities bring London to a halt for the Fashion Week frenzy. While we fully appreciate you’ve only just dug out your much-loved biker boots and super-rich face cream, we want to share with you a sneak preview of next season’s biggest beauty trends; for the die-hard trend followers who want to be one season ahead but also to simply give you something to look forward to, on these grey rainy days. From embellishment to neon lip colours and caramel skin, there’s a lot to get excited about.

Read on for the full story and click to watch our exclusive behind-the-scenes London Fashion Week video...

Skin

The Look: A healthy, golden skintone that looks like you’ve just spent a week in Miami and came home via a dermatologists. Ironically the models were made to look like they had no make-up on, despite the fact make-up artist’s carefully layered primer, foundation, concealer, highlighter and powder for a flawless, satin finish.

The Shows...

Matthew Williamson, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, House of Holland, Christopher Kane and Topshop Unique.

Your New Skin Essentials:

- Garnier 5 Sec Perfect Blur Smoothing Perfecting Primer

- DiorSkin AirFlash Spray Foundation

- Benefit Fake Up Concealer

Nails

The Look: Chic Nude VS Classic Red

The Shows...

Natural nails were seen at Moschino Cheap And Chic, Tom Ford, Erdem, Mulberry and Christopher Kane while the manicurists at Peter Jensen, Duru Olowu, L’Wren Scott, Meadham Kirchoff and Antonio Berardi went for classic pillar-box red.

Our Picks:

Orly Nail Lacquer in Haute Red and Kardashian Beauty Nail Lacquer in Buff .

Pro Tip

“Next season’s nail shape is the same as this season’s; boy short with rounded edges,” manicurist Jenni Draper, backstage at Meadham Kirchoff.

Embellishment

The Look: From metallic shimmer in the inner corners of the eyes to mega-watt manicures, s/s 14 is going to be sparkly.

The Shows...

Whistles, Temperley London, Julien Macdonald, Emilia Wickstead, Giles and Osman.

Eyes

Eyeshadow is going to be massive next season. Expect fuchsia as seen at Burberry, lilac as seen at Holly Fulton and metallic sapphire as seen at at Moschino Cheap And Chic. Colour-phobic? Graphic black stormed the runways at Roksanda Ilincic and Ashish and will give s/s a grunge-glam twist.

Lashes

The Look: Backstage at Mulberry, Mathias Van Hooff, L’Oréal Paris make-up artist, built lash intensity by applying two layers of mascara, alternating between L’Oréal Paris’ False Lash Flutter and Miss Manga (coming soon). Note, it’s all about mascara on top and bottom lashes.

The Shows...

Holly Fulton, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Jean-Pierre Braganza.

Pro Tip

“Dip your mascara wand into loose transparent powder, then back into the tube to plump-up the formula and create thicker lashes,” says Val Garland, backstage at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi.

The Tan

The Look: “Think a 90’s Kate Moss; a healthy caramel tan achieved by lounging with your girlfriends in the sun,” tanning expert Nichola Joss, backstage at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi.

The Shows...

Topshop Unique, House of Holland, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Mary Katrantzou.

Pro Tip

“Prep the skin with moisturiser, add a light layer of St Tropez Instant Tan , wait for a few seconds then apply another coat of moisturiser for a dewy finish. This natural glow will look great against next season’s white, pastel and neon colours,” Nichola Joss.

Top 3 Lip Looks

1. Stained at L’Wren Scott. Wear it with Stila Crush Lip and Cheek Stain in Pomegranate

2. Glossy at Julien Macdonald. Wear it with Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Poutrageous

3. Neon at Antonio Berardi. Wear it with Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivid Lipstick in Neon Red

Star of the Show

Turbo the British bulldog at Mulberry caused quite a commotion backstage. We love that she got a good old groom before walking the runway – smooth, soft hair all round.

Seen and Heard

Cara Delevingne made a B-line for the bacon butties backstage at Mulberry. We do love a girl who likes her carbs.

All of the guests at Matthew Williamson left singing to Rapture’s How Deep Is Your Love? which the models walked down the runway to.

The Shows...

Paul Smith, Topshop Unique, Temperley London, Tom Ford, Mulberry and Erdem.

Hair

The Look: Think un-done done, flyaways and dishevelled texture. Whether up or down, hair is going to take a relaxed, less-polished direction – perfect for the season of sun, sea and sand.

Pro Tip

“It’s about a sexy version of an effortless woman. Blowdry L’Oréal Professionnel’s Tecni Art Pli into mid-length and ends to give hair body and movement. Braid your hair, clamp the braid with a straightening iron for a few seconds, allow to cool and then untie the hair,” L’Oréal Professionnel hairstylist Anthony Turner, backstage at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi.

On the Menu

Amongst all of the glamour and gloss backstage is the all-important catering station. Here is an edit of our favourite treats...

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi – Pain Aux Raisins, Bircher muesli and Vita Coco

Matthew Williamson - #OHMW red velvet cupcakes and Beauty’In Drinks (our fave was White Tea and Lychee)

Mulberry – bacon butties, chips, croissants and Diet Coke

The Most Fabulous FROW (front row)...

The Show Burberry

The Guest List: Sienna Miller, Naomie Harris, Anna Wintour, Paloma Faith and Suki Waterhouse.

Model of the Moment

Keep your eyes on Tilda Lindstam as we’re hailing her as the next big thing. Tom Ford, Christopher Kane, Peter Pilotto, Richard Nicoll and Jonathan Saunders all chose her to model their s/s 14 collections.

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