Outdoors indoors

Monday 20 February 2012


Photography by Anna Bauer

A/W 12 collections tend not to be sporty, but the season’s beauty tells a different story. Hair and make-up teams are conjuring up the chicest form of athletic, al fresco cool.

At Margaret Howell, Sixties ski girls were the order of the day. “Achieving this look is about enhancing the complexion, rather than covering it up,” explained make-up maestro Sam Bryant backstage. “We’re simply concealing imperfections and adding a touch of the outdoors by patting a gorgeous flush to just below the cheekbones, where the sun and wind would naturally hit the skin.”

This low-slung blush is the secret to capturing the outdoors: it appeared again on “frosty, flustered, winter skin” at Temperley London, and on active Bond girls at Issa, too. Meanwhile, Vivienne Westwood’s “gang girls” (right) had been hanging out at the skate park, so Val Garland smudged dirty, sepia-toned blusher onto cheeks to mimic dry, dusty air.

Seal the look with a well-conditioned kiss, of course.

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