Day two of London Fashion week and we were back to Fashion Scout for another day of all access to the shows. We dipped our toes yesterday but today was definitely jam packed with more of the best catwalk shows internationally.
My first show was Korean Duo Gyo Yuni Kimchoe who were this year’s Fashion Scout Merit Award Winners. The collection, titled “Weed Gardner Corps”, was bittersweet with beautiful pastel shades and an abundance of flowers on top of structured army inspired shapes and toy guns. Each piece had an immense amount of detail to it, be it pockets, pattern or ruffling and you could visibly see the time and effort put into this collection.
The makeup look was a mixture. The base being very soft and dewy while the eye makeup was set square, covering the lid and going all the way into the brow.
After a quick VitaCoco Water we were whisked backstage to check out the Kiev Showcase preparations. Back stage was utter chaos with a minimum of 4 hairstylists to one model. Much like the previous show, this look was very polished – with perfect ponytails and dewy hardly there bases.
I was lucky enough to have a quick 5 minutes with the head makeup artist, Jo, who was more than happy to give me the low down of this season’s look. It was VERY minimal with a huge emphasis on recycling products. She explained that most products can be used in more ways than it suggests on the label, and went on to tell me that the Brow Contour Kit was used to contour the face as well as the brows. Not only this, but lip gloss played a huge role in the look with its main role on the eyelids to create a gorgeous dewy effect. The product that took centre stage here is The Body Shop’s new offering – Insta Blur which was described as the next generation of the BB cream.
Designers Anna K, Anton Belinskiy, Yasya Minochkina, Lera Leshchova and Leonid Zherebtsov all exhibited their collections and showed off the talent that can be found in Kiev. Although all very different, each collection was modern and could easily be worn as is. I was particularly a fan of Anna K’s pleated pastel dresses.
After the Kiev Showcase we headed straight backstage to see Dora Abodi and Little Shilpa’s looks. The Dora Abodi look was a complete contrast to what we’d seen earlier on in the day as this look was dark and edgy. The hair was jet black and overly slicked down with lashes and lashes of gel and the makeup consisted of smudged and smoky black eyes. Even the nails followed suit with edgy nail art thanks to The Body Shops new Colour Crush nail polish.
The collection was utterly stunning with most of the collection consisting of beautifully embellished dresses. The colour palette was as dark as the makeup and there was an array of textures, namely silk and feathers. There was a real Maleficent theme here with two of the models wearing fairy-tale style horns. This was by far my favourite collection of the day and definitely the most visually stimulating.
That being said, I was extremely distracted during this show due to the fact I was sitting behind illustrator Sue Dray who was sketching the most amazing illustrations throughout the show.
My final stop for the day was the Little Shilpa exhibition. We met Little Shilpa last season and I couldn’t wait to chat to her again. The makeup look was described as Disco Maniac psychedelic. The head makeup artist explained how there was emphasis on fun colours, such as purples and pinks but it was definitely all about the lashes with a double coat of mascara and false lashes galore.
Thank you Sheena and Zoe for another fabulous day!