Oddly beautiful: 10 LFW trends

Wednesday 22 February 2012


Report by Jess Hogan and rose beer
Photography by Anna Bauer

1. Deathly becomes her: against a spooky backdrop at the abandoned Sorting Office, McQ’s corpse brides (above) were an arresting sight, thanks to the dream hair and make-up team of Guido Palau and Diane Kendal. The beauty reference point? Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands, of course.

2. Mane attraction: there was definitely a touch of The Lion King about the awesome, oversized hairpieces at Louise Gray (above).  So heavy were they that the models surely deserve an accolade for sporting them so stylishly.

3. Fish fingers: courtesy of Marian Newman, mistress of the manicure, the sushi-wrap nail transfers she put together at Fred Butler were a flash of genius. The only thing missing was a side of edamame.

4. Glisten up: designers Roksanda Ilincic and Erdem took a 360-degree approach to their beauty looks, considering every inch of the models’ skin. Both worked with tanning experts St Tropez to gild limbs with a unique metallic finish.

5. Mesmerising mouths: there was an abundant use of glitter this season, with both Moschino Cheap and Chic and Kinder Aggugini piling, patting and packing it on to create the ultimate statement lips.

6. Bijou tattoos: the sassy models at Vivienne Westwood Red Label (above) had their skin embellished with free-hand flourishes, created by a dedicated MAC team led by make-up maestro Val Garland.

7. To dip-dye for: session stylist Paul Hanlon turned make-up artist for the morning at Pringle of Scotland. He painted tips of hair in rainbow hues, which he hand-mixed using pro pigments and water. Do try this at home.

8. Corrie’s lace ace: backstage at Corrie Nielsen everyone was abuzz about Phyllis Cohen’s bespoke Face Lace transfers. Delicately applied to the models’ foreheads, they were the perfect complement to the Highland-themed collection.

9. Glitterbugs: at Holly Fulton (C) her muse was “strolling through a summer greenhouse when a butterfly landed on her head”.  This narrative behind her bejewelled slides made a fabulous finale to a week-long love affair with hair accessories.

10. Excess all areas: it was hard to focus on just one element of the uncompromisingly exuberant beauty look at Meadham Kirchhoff (above): not only did the models showcase such idiosyncratic details as tinsel earmuffs and  poptastic pompadours, but Edward Meadham personally requested that he paint on their expressionist eyebrows.

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