As the first out of the gate, the New York runway shows set the scene for Spring/Summer 2014 as a season of polished glamour, sleek ponytails, ballerina bands, and gleaming, supernatural. London’s take for SS14 was a bit bolder with tangerine lips, blue eyes, and edgy romance.
Reporting from London Fashion Week, Yanar Alkayat rounds up the key beauty and hair looks straight from the SS14 runways. But why wait until then, there’s nothing stopping you from trialling the trends right now…
The Show: Burberry Prorsum SS14
The Look: Petal lids and pastel nails for all-over femininity. The makeup complemented the mood of the collection, which, according to chief creative Christopher Bailey, was “English Rose distressed.”
Makeup: Artistic consultant for Burberry Beauty, Wendy Rowe, said she created “a petal eye with an effortless, fresh and modern feel.” Eyes were left mascara and liner-free to lend models a look of modern youth. Textures were light, colors soft and dusty to enhance skin tones.
Hair: Lead stylist Neil Moodie played with the English rose theme and blow dried models’ hair in a classic, sleek way but without it being poker straight. “I texturized and mattified the hair with Moroccanoil products to give it an edgy, distressed look.”
The Show: Richard Nichol, SS14
The Look: Raw, minimalist beauty. This look shows off an independent style that’s defined but not influenced by others. This girl likes to stand her own ground and do things her way.
Makeup: Revlon global artistic director, Gucci Westman, created a lived-in effect with eyes and lips. She applied coats of mascara and then simply removed it leaving a carefree trace. Lips were given a slick of chubby stick with new caramel shades coming out next season.
Nails: Revlon UK nail ambassador, Jenny Longworth, applied two coats of soft pink nail polish for a natural and understated but groomed look.
Hair: L’Oreal Paris’ Peter Gray embraced natural texture in this show. He ruffled an easy parting on models, scooped hair low to the nape of the neck and tied it into a ponytail.
Feel the Heat
The Look: An all-night beach party in Ibiza.
Makeup: Hannah Murray, Topshop beauty consultant, put the focus on the eyes. “The look is tough and heavy with kohl liner defining eyes and gloss layered on the lids for a high shine finish,” she said. Skin was effortlessly bronzed and a golden plum blush was swept over cheeks for a beach glow.
The Show: Bora Aksu SS14—London Fashion Week’s opening show, sponsored by the Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism.
The Look: Fresh, youthful mountain peasant girl with romance in her eyes. It’s like the first blush of youth.
Makeup: Lead makeup Artist Ying Lee used Mehron Makeup to flush cheeks with strawberry blush and smudged raspberry hues into lips. The overall look was nostalgic and romantic.
Hair: Head stylist Chrysostomos Chamalidis used KMS California to bring out Bora Aksu’s playful style. He created double French twists with a lived-in feel, fluffed edges, and textured ends. “The look was evocative of a beautiful, rural peasant girl who has been out in the fields all day. Her look is youthful and fresh with a windswept but not frizzy texture,” he said.
IMAGE CREDIT: Jeff Boudreau