My third show of the London Fashion week AW2015 season was Belstaff.
In fact it was a presentation which makes it much more important as the guests get up close to the models so have lots of time to inspect the clothes and have a good, close look at the hair and makeup..
The location was a very grand decayed building on Clerkenwell green. The entrance hall with central staircase and show space were adorned with white parachutes hanging from the high ceilings and as if the models (expertly cast by Ben Grimes) had jumped out of a plane, the models looked almost statuesque standing on their plinths. Inca Productions produced the show and made sure that the set/lighting and catering was top knotch as ever.
The inspiration for the collection was ‘free spirit’ especially the 1930s female aviator and pioneer Amelia Earhart.
The collection was very cool with all the Belstaff elements you would imagine using lots of leather and layering beautifully put together and styled by the talented Caroline Newell.
Neil Moodie’s vision for the hair was very windswept free and off the face to made the girls look strong and heroic.
Sunday Riley Skincare sponsored this show and the products were shipped to me from New York (in the nick of time due to bad weather in New York) but boy were they worth the last minute stress! Sunday Riley are at the forefront of bio technology, the products can be mixed and layered and used in so many ways making this range very versatile whilst achieving remarkable results at the same time.
Skin prep: For me this is crucial having trained as a beauty therapist and understanding skin. It is essential the models were cleansed, massaged and moisturised before makeup allowing the skin to gleam and have a healthy glow
Sunday Riley Flash Facials:
1- cleanse with Ceramic Slip
2- A mask of Ceramic Slip and Good Genes was applied to balance skin, shrink pores, brighten and boost circulation.
3- A few drops of either Juno or Artemis oil massaged into the skin.
4-Finishing off with Start Over on the eyes to reduce puffiness and correct dark circles.
Sunday Riley Effortless Primer was applied as a base
To add depth and a ruddy windswept element we used a rose/ brick cheek tint applied just under the eyes to the front of the cheek, I used a selection of brown pencils on the eyes to deepen them then created freckles with the same pencils on all the girls. Brows were Defined & brushed up and the lashes were curled to open up the eyes. Mattifier was used on the lip to dull down the shine and the finishing touch was to add highlights to the face by applying a final glaze of Artemis oil to temples and cheek bones.
Result: The models looked strong, radiant, fresh & healthy
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Inspiration: ‘The gentlemen Mountaineer: A Beautifully Rugged Windswept man.’
‘Snowdon’ by Wandsworth
‘This small adventure, In that wild place and the dead of night, On we wound, With forehead bent Earthward, As in opposition set against an enemy, With eager pace, and no less thoughts.
The show began with a short film to transport us to the summit of Mount Snowdon. Go to Instagram @joppe.rog to see the directors peek of the film.
The Skin was cleansed with Sisley Eau Efficace
Then massaged with Balance Me face balm then tissued off
A la carte Rose Dew primer was used @alacartelondon followed by a very light base to uniform all the men’s skin tone and give them a hint of base colour: Giorgio Armani Maestro Mediterrenean liquid in summer
Areas of the Skin were then made to look bronzed and windswept using a large brush on apples of cheeks, the nose and forehead using Giorgio Armani maestro fusion blush. Light freckles were added on cheeks & nose,to give an additional weathered texture to the skin using a selection of Chanel brow pencils
Brows were brushed up and out using NARS brow set @narsissist and then enhanced using the Chanel brow sculpting pencils again.
Lips were stripped of their natural colour, then matted down with Secret Finish for lips @lauramercier
I was so pleased with this show as the men looked like men! Beautifully sculpted and enhanced in all the right places..
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