London Fashion Week came and went in a heartbeat, with so much inspiration packed into so few days. Here are a few highlights from my beautiful adventures during the spring 2013 ready-to-wear shows.
I arrived in London a day before fashion week officially began. So on Friday I took a trip to the beauty department at ASOS headquarters. I had so much fun running around the online retailer's offices and playing in its hair and makeup closet. Thanks guys!
On Saturday I went to the John Rocha fashion show. The girls' hair was pinned up and everyone wore short wigs topped with colorful organza hats.
Preen started bright and early on Sunday. Here’s Xiao Wen in the lineup rocking '90s-era, Kate Moss-inspired hair. And makeup artist Val Garland kept the look fresh using Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment.
Andy Warhol was the makeup muse at Vivienne Westwood and backstage felt whimsical. Models wore bright eyeliner and colored wigs resembling the Pop artist’s famous paintings of Debbie Harry and Marilyn Monroe. The nails for the show were also playful with geometric designs in red and white.
The makeup at Temperley London was elegant, drawing inspiration from couture models of the '50s. I especially loved the dramatic eyeliner. Backstage it was hair heaven with all of the best L’Oréal Professionnel products.
At Acne, Lisa Butler created a graphic eye in black and silver. The girls looked futuristic with their hair tied up into high ponytails and matted down.
Paul Smith felt '90s retro while maintaining the brand's trademark sophistication. The orange-red lip that the girls wore was divine.
While I was heading out for some post-show ice cream therapy, I spotted some fashionable faces and snapped a few pictures. Jane Keltner de Valle looked stunning in minimal makeup and a bright green top. And I couldn't resist the blonde Londoner sporting a dark purple lip. I’m such a sucker for a dark pout!
My last show in London was Burberry Prorsum. Makeup artist Wendy Rowe looked to Norman Parkinson photos for inspiration. “The lip was created using the new Burberry velvet lip color called Siren and a touch of liner," Rowe said. "It’s our first statement red lip.” Neil Moodie for Bumble and Bumble used curling wands to create elegant waves in the hair.
I spotted this young lady on one of my last days in London. Her name is Ophelia Horton and she runs a style blog called Who's That Girl. She had such a playful approach to putting herself together, from the colorful streaks in her hair to the gold eye makeup and purse, which she said "was just a knitting bag I found in my house."
Fashion week was great. And somehow I managed to have enough time left for a quick pop over to Bleach London for some spray-on hearts and to Liberty London for a bit of shopping.
Photos: Aimee Blaut