You don’t need to be a catwalk queen or front-row fanatic to know that certain things are to be expected when Fashion Week rolls around. There’s the one stand-out piece we're all talking about (last week it was Victoria Beckham's billowing dress), the headline grabbing beauty looks we wouldn't dare wear (cough - Vivienne Westwood - cough) and the collection we love but couldn't possibly pull off in real life (yes, we mean you Mary Katrantzou). The thing is, as mesmerising, elegant and exciting as high fashion is, without the celebrity budget or It Girl lifestyle, it can be hard to find a way to incorporate what we see on the catwalk into our own lives. It’s when we spot a look that we love and that we could actually pull off down our local, in the office or out and about without causing too much of a stir that we get really excited. This year we’ve found three…
We all like to look our best in the office but there’s a fine line between dressing to impress and being considered office appropriate – particularly when it comes to beauty. You might love the colourful hair stripes at Ashish, but bring them into the office and you’ll be attracting attention for all the wrong reasons. This LFW we’re looking to Matthew Williamson for our working girl look (excuse the phrasing). The sleek side parting worn by Williamson's models is feminine and chic without being fussy or girly. In other words, it means business.
Mark Hampton, Global Hair Ambassador for TONI&GUY, and lead stylist at the show recommends using TONI&GUY Glamour Volume Pumping Whip before blow drying the hair with a barrel brush. Tong the ends of the hair and create a side parting before teasing hair at the top of the crown “to add a bit of retro volume”
When you’re dressing your models in an eclectic wardrobe of bright prints, sheer fabrics and granny glasses you need a beauty look that will go with pretty much anything. Perhaps that’s why Jonathan Saunders opted to pair his colourful collection with a laid back look that oozes effortless cool with a dash of boho. The key to Saunders’ laid-back look was fuss-free hair, worn loose, tousled and with a centre parting.
Saunders used the off-duty look to emphasise his satin culottes and suede jackets, but we think it will work just as well with a plain tee and pair of jeans. Fake the ‘I just rolled out of bed’ look by using tong to curl hair from the mid-length down, spritzing with a firm-hold hairspray and combing out to ensure your waves don’t look too deliberate. Finish the look with some heavily kohl’d eyes and nude lips and you’re good to go.
If Monday - Friday is about looking sleek and chic, and the weekend is for laidback beauty, when the sun sets it’s time to really let your hair down. Topshop’s ‘Heat Rave’ (pictured) look can show you how. With tousled hair, glowing skin and smudged eyes, Hannah Murray, Beauty Consultant for Topshop, describes the look as being “Undone, lived-in, effortlessly cool Ibiza beach beauty.” Putting the eyes at centre stage, Hannah explained how to use your makeup to get the look:
“Tough, heavy, destroyed khol lines the lower eye. Gloss is layered on the lid over a soft metallic brown eye shadow for a high shine finish.”
Add a touch of metallic silver liner to the corner of the eye to “glimmer in the sunlight” and sweep a “golden metallic dusty plum blush” over the cheeks for a sun kissed glow and finish with a sheer lip to “complement the neutral tones of the bronzed skin”. Finally, a set of gold nails were topped off with a glittering silver topcoat for added summer sparkle. Easy, now just another six- seven months to wait try it out…
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