We've been backstage at London Fashion Week to bring you the inside info on the hottest new beauty and hair trends for autumn winter 2011.
It was punk rock mayhem with a very modern feel backstage at Felder Felder. With references to Siouxsie Sioux and Blondie flying around, black black eyes ensured the crowd were mesmorised, while midnight blue lips and desirably DIY hair were worn with a sexily nonchalant confidence.
Classic London label Jaeger pulled out all the British stops for AW11 with a collection that focused heavily on heritage. The make-up was oh-so tantalising, with clear as can be skin letting the lips do all the talking. MAC make-up artist Lesley Keane described the look as ‘Granny glamour’ as she patted the gentle red colour onto the models' lips.
Unabashed colour hit the runways at House of Holland and to keep the focus on the clothes, the make-up and hair was kept in check but still characteristically fun. MAC artists did a neutral face with strong lips. MAC Cherry red lip pencil was used to line lips, while Ruby Woo red lipstick was blended with Crimson and Fuchsia lip mix with a generous slick of clear gloss to finish. We see a red trend coming on!
The fantastic Adam Reed for Babyliss created hair for House of Holland that had "fresh, modern texture, pliability and movement." Locks were pulled into ponytails and then the Babyliss Pro Wand was used to curl hair. The curls were broken up with texturizing spray to give bouncy waves. The brilliant Sophy Robson got to work on the nails, creating new French tips in neon orange navy blue and tiger print. We love it!
Quintessentially English, Mulberry went for a luxe looking wealthy English girl look with wild waves and blunt cuts - very post-party hair. And keeping to the polished socialite look, Val Garland for MAC at Antonio Berardi did effortless elegance with radiant, glowing skin with a daub of red lip stain. Nails queen Sophy Robson created wow-worthy v-gap petrol blue nails, bound to make a big impact this autumn.
Genius make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury for MAC worked her magic at Nicole Farhi with shiny, almost plastic-looking skin set off by matte red lippy - MAC's iconic Ruby Woo lipstick. Lashes were mascara-free but curled to give a wide-eyed look.
“Exciting, like Westwood should be” was how hair stylist Malcolm Edwards described the look for Vivienne Westwood Red Label, and he wasn’t wrong. With no two girls the same, it was a chaotic dream of brights and big hair for the Grand Dame of fashion’s hotly anticipated collection. Make-up artist Alex Box had a seemingly unpredictable approach for each model with some faces being completely covered by a graffiti-like mist of clashing colours while others were left bare but for a simple stroke. And the same unpredictability went for the hair. Textured to the max, each hairstyle was individually styled with an ironic spin on monarchical shapes and nostalgic mementos. A true tour de force!
TRENDS: High gloss, shiny skin, stained red lips, MAC Ruby Woo lipstick, Granny glamour, ponytails, blunt-cut hair, texture vs smooth hair, the NEW French for nails.
With plenty more style treats to come from Peter Pilotto, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Burberry and co. stay tuned on InStyle.co.uk for the latest backstage news!
By Tara Gardner and Sarah Smith
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