London Fashion Week, Autumn/Winter 2008: Luella Valentine's Day has proved to be a big day for London Fashion Week from the opening show by Asprey to the closing with a highly anticipated return from Vivienne Westwood. The second show of the day was by celebrity-favourite Luella.
Agyness Deyn's funky eyewear this week wasn't just a function of her quirky taste, it turns out. The model, who sported Max Headroom-like sunglasses at The Elle Style Awards earlier this week, and then an eye patch at her best friend Henry Holland's show yesterday, is suffering from pink eye.
The highly contagious eye infection is reportedly sweeping the models at London Fashion Week, and may cause some of them to have to sit the rest of the week out. Gross! Now this makes me glad I'm not a model . . .
Yesterday, the 2008 Fall Aquascutum fashion show took place in London. There were 24 models, bustling around getting primed and primped by a hair-styling team lead by Malcolm Edwards and a makeup team lead by Val Garland. All hair-styling products were L'Oreal and all tools were Babyliss Pro.
After speaking with Val about the inspiration for the outdoorsy look, she walked me through each of the YSL, Elizabeth Arden, and Becca cosmetics used to create this "done yet undone, perfect but imperfect, very equestrian, very English countryside feel." She imagined the women walking in fresh from a brisk walk in a rose garden or a horse ride and having a natural flush to their cheeks and lips.
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London darling Christopher Kane has gone mad for paillettes. While you will also see lots of sheerness in his Fall collection, the two textures complement each other brilliantly. Texture play is a major theme for Kane and proving to be one of his strengths.
The dresses are the winners here, with their fluid lines and interesting compositions. The separates — boxy jackets and flared skirts — are more wearable than previous collections of his. The jackets in particular have an armor-like beading that creates high drama. And those, paillettes; Kane couldn't get enough, and neither can I.
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Yesterday afternoon following the Felder Felder fashion show in London came the 2008 Fall English Eccentrics show. I went backstage to get the lowdown on the makeup look from clothing designer Helen David and Nars lead makeup artist Jane Richardson.
The inspiration for the show was based on a fairytale written by the designer. Miss Magritte (the protagonist) is a schoolgirl who gradually evolves into a style slave after she is bitten in her sleep by a fashion vampire. Her clothing goes from sweet to edgy and her makeup encompasses both looks. Cheeks are sweet and bright but the color is high and far back for a more modern look. Lips are berry colored and matte, and false eyelashes are placed in the center of the lid — not on the lash line.
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Today marks day three of London Fashion Week, and I was lucky enough to sneak a peek behind the scenes at the Felder Felder show. Felder Felder is an up-and-coming, chic German brand born in 2006 from twin sisters Daniela and Anette Felder. Sienna Miller has been spotted wearing their clothes, and just last week Vogue.com called the designers "two to watch."
While the clothing was ruffly, tight, and sexy, I, of course, was interested most in the hair and makeup.
I spoke with lead makeup artist Georgina Graham for MAC, who took me on a virtual tour through the inspiration for the look. She and the Felder sisters wanted to create a modern take on the grunge look. Hair was long, loose, and rumpled and the focus of the makeup was dark, heavy eyes, and pale lips.
The look was based on Courtney Love, Reality Bites, MTV's My So-Called Life, and Steven Meisel's fashion photographs from the early 1990s. When she said, "think Marc Jacobs working for Anna Sui," I knew exactly what to expect.
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