I was thrilled when Burberry gave me backstage access and a seat at their A/W 12 Womenswear show. I initially started going to fashion week to assist makeup artists backstage, however my job has changed slightly in that now I get to actually sit and watch the shows then report the trends back to you guys. It is not possible to go backstage at all the shows as they have very limited access, so you can imagine how pleased I was when I got a backstage pass for Burberry yesterday! Being backstage means I can see the makeup and hair looks being created, get direct quotes from the key artists and have a good nosey at what products are being used.
So let me get on and tell you about the show....
I took my seat quite early, before the mad rush which I was quite pleased about as it meant I could spy on everyone's outfits, hair and makeup as they walked in to find their seats. The Front Row was full of celebrities, I spotted Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Clemence Poesy, The Feeling with a very pregnant Sophie Ellis Bextor, face of Burberry Eddie Redmayne, Will Young, Anna Wintour, Kate Bosworth, Will I Am, Laura Bailey, Alexa Chung and sister to face of Burberry Cara Delevingne - Poppy Delevingne. I will add in pictures of some of them now to show you all their outfits!!
The looks on the catwalk were beautiful and heritage themed. I literally fell in love with so many of the outifts! The models wore tweed, leather bows, velvet, pencil skirts, exposed zips, flat caps, studded leather gloves, feminine waisted style coats and dresses and beautful umbrellas. Ooooh and talking of umbrellas - everyone in the press today is talking about Christopher Bailey's fabulous plan to fake rain pouring down the sides of the venue. It is difficult to explain but I will put the video of the full show at the bottom of this post then you can see for yourselves. The atmosphere was amazing and the finale gave me goosebumps - with the fake rain and thunder, metallic rain-like confetti falling from the ceiling and the powerful music.
I loved the music played at the show and I felt it was a huge part of why the show was so powerful. The songs played were Joan? Armatrading - It could have been better, Rae Morris - Walls, Marina and the Diamonds - Numb and The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home.
When I was backstage I managed to get footage of the leading Makeup Artist Wendy Rowe talking about the makeup look so I will insert my footage from the show below as soon as it has uploaded to YouTube! But to quickly tell you guys about the makeup look, it was a soft, sultry, worn-in smoky eye, the lips were a modern nude shade - not too pale and the skin had Burberry Trench foundation buffed into it mixed with the Light Glow product so it looked natural and luminous. The cheeks were sculpted a little but no blush or highlighter.
I was lucky enought to meet Cara Delevingne and we filmed a little bit for my vlog together, so make sure you watch out for that part in the video because she was lovely!
Here is the video of the show...
...and here is my vlog of my time backstage!
...and finally here are some of the guests talking about the collection!
I hope you guys have enjoyed this post and learning about the trends for next season.
Early on Sunday morning I made my way to Claridges to watch the Mulberry show. Fashion week is one of my favourite times of the year as I love watching the shows, going backstage, then reporting back to my viewers and readers about all the beauty and fashion trends for the next season. Obviously being a makeup artist I can't help but pay most of my attention to the makeup - but I am sure you guys won't mind me rambling on about makeup trends as I know you love it too!
I will begin with a little background on the ideas behind the show, Emma Hill took inspiration from a children's book "Where The Wild Things Are", so the show decor featured furry seats, chocolates decorated with monster faces and huge furry monsters standing at the entrance to the catwalk. Mulberry always has a quirky, unique theme which I love, last season it was woodland animals which was so cute! The venue was decorated spectacularly - filled with giant gold balloons in the shape of keys and locks, taken from the famous padlocks used on Mulberry's bags.
As for the clothes, bags and shoes, Mulberry experimented with mixing classic dark Autumn/Winter colours with lots of bright hues. I thought this was really refreshing after seeing so many depressingly dark looks for next season. I loved the bright orange handbags and shoes in particular - I think using your accessories to brighten up your outfit is a great idea. Also the monster theme carried through the clothes with lots of shaggy faux fur on the outerwear. There were some really interesting, unique prints on the catwalk. I particularly liked the Aztec-inspired zig zags and how they blended it with Tie Dye. Another of my favourite trends on the Mulberry catwalk was the oversized knitwear, the idea is that the Mulberry Girl is strong and can look after herself in the cold weather - she is very wrapped up in supersized scarfs and furry coats and so not afraid to brave the cold!
As for the front row, I saw Alexa Chung, Tinie Tempah, Azealia Banks, Pixie Geldof, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Olsen, Olivia Palermo, Anna Wintour, and of course Lana Del Rey. Now, the reason I say "of course Lana Del Rey" is because just hours before the show it was announced that Mulberry are naming a bag after her called the "Del Rey"! This is such exciting news, she must be so honoured and thrilled. Some of you may be wondering why Mulberry chose Lana...Emma Hill claims it's because she fell in love with her style after watching the video for Video Games. Mulberry loved Lana's classic hollywood but edgy and fun style. I will add a picture now of Lana at the show with her new bag in White Ostrich.
Now onto the important part! The makeup! (And the hair). Matthias Van Hoof was the leading makeup artist and designed a simply lovely look. The model's faces looked like they were glowing from within, so fresh faced and pretty. They had a lot of creamy highlighter on their cheeks and what looked like a very rosey coloured cream blush. The eyes were kept natural and simple, as were the brows. I completely fell in love with the hair style at the show designed by Sam McKnight. It consisted of lots of messy little plaits clipped up randomly onto the models heads. It just felt very sweet, natural and effortless.
I hope you guys are enjoying my fashion week reports. I had the best time and am already excited for next season! If you want to see more from Mulberry, you can visit their website here.