London Fashion Week AW16: Highlights From The Week
Posted by Rachael Funnell in Lifestyle
This year I was lucky enough to visit London Fashion Week AW16 and get backstage access to some of the shows taking place across the city. It was a whirlwind 5 days of hair, makeup and learning to run in heels (LFW waits for no woman). With so many stunning looks and inspiring designs it’s impossible to choose just one best moment, so here are a few of the best bits from LFW AW16.
The week began with a visit to Ryan Lo in Berkeley Square where the streets were packed with London’s fashionable elite, all getting photographed by the hungry street style photographers. This is where I met two lovely ladies from Fennec London sporting the most unique and beautiful makeup I had seen that day so naturally I had to grab a few snaps. I’d been wondering what to do with all my leftover Smirnoff bottles...
I headed upstairs to catch up with Holli Smith, the talented hair styling from Bumble & Bumble who was creating the hair look for the Ryan Lo show. The inspiration for the look was a simple, clean texture designed to look almost as if it was done by the models themselves. The theme related to elements of Chinese Theatre which was represented by the bright colours of the fabrics and gems incorporated into the bobby pins and accessories.
Holli created the look by finding the natural centre parting and then mixing in Thickening Hairspray £21.45 and Surf Spray in a small amount so the hair remained natural and didn’t look “over-done”. The products were then brushed through using the hands and sideburns were swept in front of the ears. The pony tail was secured with fabric and finished with a further dusting of Surf Spray. The gorgeously bright and colourful bobby pins were placed randomly throughout the models hair which again gave the overall look a simple, uncomplicated feel.
Whilst I wasn’t fortunate enough to see the girls in action on the runway, this backstage encounter was one of my favourite moments from LFW as there was a real electricity in the room as everyone pulled together to get ready for the show. The girls were all immensely friendly and totally gorgeous, and the table of allocated jewels was enough to make anyone jealous.
The show for Barrus was taking place at the Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful buildings hosting LFW so it was a pleasure to see the rooms before they became filled with flashing lights and bustling crowds. I was even lucky enough to have a brief chat with the designers of Barrus, Neslisah Yilmaz and Nur Caglayan who explained how the ancient Turkish craft of marbling was used to create the designs for the show. Marbling involves sprinkling and brushing paints in a pan of special water to create patterns. This method creates unique designs meaning no two dresses, even the same dress in different sizes, are ever the same.
The makeup artists from The Body Shop created subtle but stunning looks for the models makeup, whilst the hair was elegantly braided to keep tendrils off the face. The music for this runway show perfectly complimented the gorgeous clothing and stunning patterns, kicking off with Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush (one of my all time favourite songs).
Naturally I couldn’t resist having a quick go on the catwalk on my way out…
LFW street highlights had to be receiving my midday pick-me-up Berwick Street orange, which gave me a great chance to show off my weekend nails, courtesy of Elegant Touch. I also toed the line between street style photography and mild stalking in an attempt to get a picture of the greatest bag I saw all week, who doesn’t need an embellished Owl in their life?
Highlight for catwalk accessories had to be this unique, transparent face mask which made an appearance at the House Of MEA show in Covent Garden (and yes, that is Alien sat in the front row).
But overall my favourite designs were definitely from the exotic and embellished collection from Rocky Star, where the models broke the mould by walking the runway moving from side to side.
Safe to say I have officially worn out my ability to run and heels, and whilst I may not walk the same for a week it was well worth it to get a backstage glimpse at this prestigious event. It's certainly inspired me to update my look this Spring and with so much gorgeous beauty and hairstyling, I think it's time I made an appointment for some retail therapy...
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