If anyone’s got some serious make-up tricks up their sleeve then it’s going to be Topshop beauty consultant Hannah Murray. With years of know-how in the beauty world, her make-up masterpieces have appeared in many a Fashion Week show (think Luella, Jaeger and our very own Topshop Unique), as well as campaigns for the likes of Alexander Wang and covers for British Vogue. With all this under her belt, we reckon we couldn’t have chosen a better person to keep us Topshop girls looking good in the face department.
Want to check out her skills? This week’s issue of Stylist magazine showcases Murray’s work with four vibrant make-up looks created using Topshop make-up products, naturally! From cobalt blue eyes to the so-now violet lip, this cool ‘n’ clashing make-up is just the job for bringing a little colour to our new-season style.
If you missed the magazine, don’t sweat it. You can check out all the make-up looks below or download the whole Stylist issue on your tablet or smartphone.
For unadulterated creativity and sheer eccentricity, the Meadham Kirchhoff show is truly unique. For yet another season they succeeded in making us swoon; metallic rainbow boots and gothic wedding veils were part of the fantastical collection, while a catwalk strewn with giant love heart arches covered in tinsel added to Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff’s spectacular world.
Behind the scenes felt similarly dream-like, as top models and street-cast beauties were transformed with frosted skin and mermaid wavy hair. As showtime drew closer, a beautiful scent began filling the backstage area, as the Meadham boys pumped out their new perfume ‘Tralala’ throughout Tate Modern‘s Turbine Halls. Created with iconic Brit perfumer Penhaligon’s, the scent mixes saffron, whiskey and green violet, a combination inspired by some of the deisgners’ signature looks. ”We wanted Tralala to translate into smell the look and texture of red velvet,” they explained. “Perfume is so integral to our lives and how we design and we wanted this scent to be both heavy and soft, warm and smokey.” Considering how amazing the whole show experience was, we’ll definitely be picking up a bottle when it hits stores in May.
Hair stylist James Pecis and his team was back again after their earlier Simone Rocha gig, to transform the models hair for the Meadham boys’ latest vision. Using an extensive tool kit from Babyliss, James straightened the models hair at the roots, before tonging baby-soft waves throughout. The make-up came from Florrie White, an artist with fans including Alexa Chung and Cara Delevingne. “Today’s make-up look was inspired by the art of Monet,” she told us while casting an expert eye over the final line-up. “We used a variety of matte eyeshadows and pigments that looked beautiful from a distance and interesting close up, just like a Monet painting.” The result was certainly a work of art in our book – with abstract pastel blue eye make-up and coral smudges on the cheeks adding to the doll-like beauty of the models. No Meadham show would be complete without a spot of glitter, and Butter London’s Rosie Lee was also on hand to give the girls sparkly purple manicures.
Watch the show below and keep your eye on Topshop.com for more trend round-ups and street style from LFW.
It’s official: one of the most exciting events on the London schedule is Fashion East, where a cool trio of emerging talents are selected to show at the Topshop showspace. This season, we welcomed Ashley Williams, Helen Lawrence and Louise Alsop to the stage. Of course, it’s not just the clothes that we’re obsessing over – get the inside track on the hair and beauty looks from their innovative AW14 shows below.
’90s grunge and tomboy cool were the buzzwords at Louise Alsop’s AW14 attitude-laden show today. Just like the amped-up clothes, the beauty look spoke volumes. Cue: wet-look hair secured into mussed-up plaits by hair stylist Mark Hampton. “It’s fresh and edgy,” he said backstage. Make-up artist Lucy Bridge riffed on the theme too, pressing three shades of teal eyeshadow onto the eyelids, before adding lashings of black mascara to the upper and lower lashes. Rock on.
Ashley Williams has a knack of creating instant fashion hits (think fuzzy shark bags and dreamboat-motif sweaters) and this season is no different. We especially loved the floppy, ’70s-inspired Prairie bonnets, which worked in harmony with the dreamy hair and make-up. Lucia Pica of M.A.C Pro dusted iridescent silver glitter pigment over the eyelids and honed a dewy complexion; while hair maestro, Mark Hampton blow-dried locks straight before spritzing with a high-shine spray to finish.
MAC make-up artist Thomas de Kluyver described the make-up look for Helen Lawrence as ”Alice in Wonderland goes to Glastonbury,” a concept that seemed perfect for the designer’s childhood-inspired collection. Skin was fresh and flawless, with lashes and lips kept bare, while the eye make-up was anything but natural with layers and layers of colourful glitter added to selected models for maximum impact. The Toni & Guy team were also on hand with their straightening irons, giving us more of that oh-so-smooth and straight hair that’s been so popular so far for AW14.
You know you’ve got a good thing going on when Anna Wintour takes time out of her schedule to see your collection. So when the legendary Vogue Editor-in-Chief swept into our showspace for Simone Rocha’s AW14 show, our prediction for this NEWGEN designer’s superstar future was confirmed. We couldn’t be happier for Simone’s success and each season her collections just get better and better. You can read all about the awe-inspiring clothes right here, but first let’s talk beauty.
The hair at Simone Rocha was beautifully braided. This season we’ve seen a lot of simple, straight locks on the catwalk and it was a refreshing change to see something a little different. Simone asked Babyliss stylist James Pecis to make the hair a rebellion from last season’s bun-cum-ponytail, with inspiration being “the wild Irish tomboy.” First he blow-dried the hair upside down to create lots of volume and texture, then plaited it into three mismatched braids, snaking round the back of the head. “We wanted to make a toughness with messy corn rows,” he explained. “My team had to break all the hairdressing rules to make sure nothing looked too perfect.”
The make-up by contrast was less tough tomboy and more ethereal princess. Make-up artist Sam Bryant (whose CV includes covers for fashion bibles like Vogue and Numero), gave Simone’s girls beautifully natural skin with BB cream and curled lashes, before adding a striking splash of gold foil to the models’ foreheads. “We wanted to pick out the gold tones in the collection,” she told us. “The gold foil was less a make-up look and more a conceptual statement.” Maybe not a look we’ll be wearing into the office then, but stunning all the same!
Watch the show on demand below and find out more about NEWGEN right here.
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.