Archive for the ‘London Fashion Week’ Category
Hi, everyone! What a week it has been. Firstly I changed internet service providers and a swish and swift fibre optic broadband was installed seven days ago only for it to pack up two days later. Cue lots of angry calls to SKY before a knight in shining armour called Paul with a Scottish accent saved the day and packed off an engineer to re-do the job the first engineer failed to complete!
Having no internet for almost five days has set me back considerably and delayed a number of posts from going live. *sigh* One of them is this one when at the weekend I popped down to Somerset House where London Fashion Week has been camping for Spring/Summer 2014.
Even if you don’t have a ticket for a show, London Fashion Week is pure gold for people watching. The grounds of Somerset House are awash with hardcore fashionistas, photographers and models as was the case when I was there on Saturday afternoon though I did spy one familiar figure, model/presenter Jameela Jamil (I had to jot down her name for an excitable Japanese tourist who would Google her later).
Any way I dropped into Toni & Guy’s Blow Out Bar, a regular fixture at LFW – and much needed after the downpour in London. April from Toni & Guy’s Westfield London branch gave my tresses a trim and I felt like a new person. Why can’t I get glossy hair at home, huh? It’s not fair!
Well, here’s the finished look (and I’ve not had my hair coloured since June!):
I’d like to thank Toni & Guy for inviting me to their Blowout Bar and for making this fashion misfit’s hair look fabulous and glamorous (unfortunately the same could not be said about the attire I sported at Somerset House).
London Fashion Week drew to a close tonight but fear not, it will be back in the new year for Autumn/Winter 2014.
Yesterday was the final day of #LFW for autumn/winter ’13 and just as things were wrapping up for another season, I managed to go behind the scenes for Fashion Scout’s FAD and Tahir Sultan shows at the beautiful Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden, and for the fourth year running The Body Shop were proud to sponsor Fashion Scout.
I was very curious to see how the Body Shop would work in partnership with these designers. Yes, the fashionable clothes is what the scores of people queuing outside were looking forward to seeing but for me, the make-up plays a crucial part too. After all, I *am* a beauty blogger.
The Body Shop’s head make-up artist (the phenomenal) Lan Nguyen-Grealis was in charge of leading her team to create a futuristic look on the models for FAD (I wish there had been enough time to see this show), while Lan’s key make-up artist Jo Sugar took a completely opposite approach for Tahir Sultan’s collection.
Going with the brief of travelling the continent of India in the 1940s, and Tahir’s personal love of strong glamorous feminine women, Jo opted for strong eyes using the Body Shop’s Kohl Liner to represent the Indian theme, and dark red lips to illustrate the presence of the 1940s. The finished look was simple yet captivating.
Ever wondered what goes on backstage at fashion shows? It’s like organised chaos and yet it always comes together amazingly. The atmosphere for the final shows of London Fashion Week felt calmer than the previous days so it was nice to catch the tail-end.
It was also fantastic to bump into Hello Polly who was working her socks off with helping the models get ready.
Later I took up a front row pew to watch Tahir Sultan’s show. I have to say his collection is full of elegant, tailored pieces which are totally wearable and easy to fall in love with.
So while I dream of a having a skinny waist, here are a few pictures of the show. Until next season…
Do not adjust your monitors, I’ve stupidly made an extremely short YouTube video as part of this post and it’s my first! I was inspired by A Beauty Junkie in London whose pro version stamps all over this one with sharp stilettos. I apologise for speaking oh so softly…I didn’t want to wake anyone up at the time of the recording! I also apologise for having ‘crazy eyes’ syndrome. I seriously applaud all video bloggers – I’m in awe of your expertly made videos.
Any way, as you may know, London Fashion Week is already underway and Toni & Guy launched their new hair care range on the eve of LFW with a top catwalk show at Somerset House with an introduction from Naomi Campbell. Sixty models showed off hair styles exhibiting the ultimate union between hair and fashion with Naomi and designer Matthew Williamson in the front row.
I urge you to check out Mouldy Fruit‘s post on it especially as she captured some brilliant images on the night.
Toni & Guy have also set up an on-site salon (cleverly called the Blow-Out Bar) as a kind of pit-stop in between shows and I was kindly invited to experience a cut and blow-dry. I opted for a fringe trim and the wash and blow-dry was very welcome, particularly after battling tourists along the way to Somerset House. Thank you to Hayley for looking after me.
Are you following London Fashion Week? If so, what do you think about it?