I think you may possibly be slightly hermitic if you weren’t aware that London Fashion Week is currently in full swing. Models, makeup, frocks and heels have been strutting and sweeping the catwalks at Somerset House since Friday, so I was a little overawed when I was invited by MAC Cosmetics to attend day 2 of London Fashion Week. I have attended London Fashion Weekend on quite a few occasions and I love the atmosphere and laid back, non-pretentious nature of the day. I enjoy fashion but I am not a slave to the trends and Vogue is not my bible, so I was curious to see how London Fashion Week would differ, hoping it didn’t have an ostentatious air about it.
This invitation demanded a brisk, early morning start; on a Saturday I hasten to add. The weather looked bleak and dreary from my bedroom window and there was a split second where I could have quite happily imbedded myself further in my duvet. I of course righted myself straight away, and was on the train, London bound by 7.50am, a much need takeaway tea in hand. I met up with the lovely Zara at Temple station, and we together danced over puddles and dodged umbrellas on our way to Somerset House, musing about what the day would behold. We were greeted and bestowed with our treasured guest passes before being ushered into the MAC Media Booth. Wet, damp and slightly bedraggled, the sight of hot coffee and pastries lining the walls came as a welcome relief, as much as the sight of Terry Barber at the front of the room did, readying his brushes! Terry Barber is the Director of Artistry for MAC Cosmetics and had taken time out of his hectic schedule, powdering and contouring models, to give us all a master class. Now firmly settled, steaming beverage in hand and camera at the ready, we were firstly treated to a video previewing the key makeup trends for AW11. Terry then created a wonderful 70’s inspired look for us, based on heavy red tones with subtle gleams of lemon-yellow, contoured cheeks and bold lips. As he worked his magic, Terry spoke about his work, his influences and experiences. He was extremely down to earth, despite those few anecdotes thrown in, of the time he worked with Grace Jones, Diana Ross and such. The finished product was show-stopping. I think we all fell a little bit in love with the bright, glossy red lip, created using Cherry lip liner, Vino lip liner to emphasise a 3D effect, Runway Red lipstick (future AW11 shade) and clear mix lipgloss.
After a flurry of camera flashes, poses with Terry and a final last minute gulp of coffee, we were scooted along to take our row at the Betty Jackson catwalk show. The collection was punctuated with rich reds, camel tones, oversized flowers and belted waists. I loved it; sadly over far too quickly. For the rest of the day, we were our own makers, choosing whether to hang out in the MAC Media Booth and get our makeup retouched/recreated, or to mingle around Somerset House and experience some of other exhibitions going on. We opted to lounge and play with lipstick. I had my makeup done by Vicky, who is a wonderful blogger and makeup artist, and was working at London Fashion Weekend. It was really exciting to meet Vicky, who happens to be ever so lovely and a pleasure to chat with. I adored the makeup she did on me, a subtle brown smokey eye and pinky-nude lips. She reignited my love for Hue lipstick that has recently been a little forlorn.
Just as we prepared to depart on our merry way, deciding that we had just possibly taken enough photos of each other in various comical poses, we were halted in our tracks by the towering frame of Jameela Jamil. Like a gaggle of over-excitable teens at the school disco, giggling at the prospect of approaching a boy for the slow dance, we managed to bag a photo of us diminutive folk with the glorious Jameela. I shall be claiming this photographic evidence from Shirley once she has filtered through the gazillion photos from the day.
The whole day was superb, I was just thrilled to be invited along and feel so pleased to have experienced London Fashion Week, quelling my earlier preconceptions of the event. And the cherry on top was sharing the day with the funniest and friendliest group of girls…Lou, Jen, Zara, Shirley, Sammi and Livia.