The dust on the cobbled streets of Somerset House has finally settled for another season, and London Fashion Week AW12 is but a distant memory as thoughts turn to another season of fresh new styles and designs. I however just wanted to share with you one of the shows I was lucky enough to be invited to attend last month thanks to The Body Shop and Vauxhall Fashion Scout. Lako Bukia were showcasing their new season’s collection at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout LFW venue, just on the cusp of the buzzing Covent Garden, in all the grandeur of Freemasons Hall.
I invited my lovely friend Claire along to enjoy the show with me, and after a delicious pitstop at Bill’s for dinner (the brioche burger is to die for!) we made our way over to the venue. We were treated to a backstage preview before the show began to witness the hair and makeup being tended too, whilst the nonchalant models were draped in space-age looking garments and propped up on towering stacked-heel shoes. The room was heaving and I have never felt more in the way in my life. It was just how I had anticipated all the buzz and chaos of behind the scenes to be like, but it was fascinating watching the transformation unfurl. The makeup for the Lako Bukia show was striking to say the least, with the heavily adjusted brows being the main feature. All the models reflected exact mirror images of the perfectly stencilled brows, with the rest of the skin left dewy and natural. A brush of bronzer was lightly applied to contour the cheeks but the lips were left completely bare. The hair was painfully scraped back in a gravity-defying ponytail, adorned with a fierce metallic accessory and any remaining exposed skin was prepped for the catwalk with a layer of The Body Shop’s infamous body butter.
We took our pew as the show prepared to begin. The collection entitled Broken Mirrors, with its mix of metallic, sheer and high-shine finishes, created quite a theatrical, sci-fi inspired runway. The models parading out in a selection of structured collar shirts, figure-hugging pencil skirts and sheer tops studded with shards of shimmering metal. These looks were then sharply juxtaposed with the entrance of flowing chiffon gowns and soft woollen jackets. I didn’t totally ‘get’ the collection, and didn’t see anything that I could relate to and envisage in my own wardrobe, but it was really great to experience the catwalk, especially after seeing all the pre-show tumult take place beforehand. It was a real privilege to watch the masters at work backstage, transforming the models through the inspired hair and makeup, which all helped in creating a wonderfully, atmospheric show for all involved.