BACKSTAGE AT MICHAEL VAN DER HAM AW14

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days you’ll know that a little thing called London Fashion Week is in full swing! We had a blast at our Topshop Unique show and today we’re back at our Tate Modern show space to check out the other designers we support at London Fashion Week.

First up Michael Van Der Ham – whose playful ’60s inspired collection was a dream to watch. We arrived behind-the-scenes an hour before show time and backstage was buzzing with hair, make-up and final fits. Models rehydrated on Coco water as they had their hair dried by three hair stylists at once (one hair dryer just isn’t enough at Fashion Week, don’t you know!) and a playlist of Lady Gaga and Clean Bandit pumped out to keep everyone’s Fashion Week fatigue at bay.

This season Michael Van Der Ham’s girl was inspired by edgy ’60s mag Intro and the make-up followed suit. An army of MAC artists were on hand to create the pretty pastel blue lids and strong eyebrows on each girl – a look we could easily imagine rocking with this summer’s monochrome trend. Skin was kept natural and buffed and the team finished the look with a subtle orange-coral lip that complimented the playful ’60s spirit down to a T.

There was some serious hair spray action going on in the hair area as l’Oreal hair stylist Luke Hersheson used a can on each girl (ok, not quite that much but still…) to create the super straight yet grungy locks. Calling it the “new straight hair” Luke told us “it’s that baked, lived in hair that every cool London girl is wearing right now.” Better stock up on the Elnett then girls…

Nails came next and were quite possibly our fave bit about the beauty. The nail girls from Orly also played into the retro theme with nails inspired by glitter balls – painted in pastel violet with the half moon filled in with silver chrome. Definitely something we’ll be testing out at home!

Keep up to date with all the LFW shows we support right here on the Topshop blog.