Witnessing the hair, makeup and mayhem backstage with Sebastian Professional at LFW
So London Fashion Week is in full swing, Somerset House has been transformed into a fashionista’s very own catwalk and the hair and makeup team are frantic backstage blending, crimping and straightening the models to perfection. Last night I was lucky enough to be invited along to the Felder+Felder show with Sebastian Professional UK and had the chance to pop backstage beforehand to soak up all the atmosphere and hairspray that goes on, pre-show.
The hair for the show had a 70’s inspiration, with the iconic Cher being at the forefront. Think long, slick and poker straight falling into a perfect centre parting. The theme was strong, powerful hair and the finished looks certainly reflected this. The straighteners were out in force, left right and centre – pressing the hair from root to tip with absolutely no brushing afterwards. The hair was also parted from the crown to behind the ears, creating three very distinct sections of hair which were then finished with Sebastian Professional’s Shine Crafter – a mouldable wax that adds instant shine and stability. And the playing cards? Well they were there to keep the hair frizz-free, flat and smooth until the very moment the models stepped onto the catwalk.
The makeup was executed by the Maybelline New York team and I was lucky enough to get a few minutes with Sharon Dowsett, Maybelline’s Makeup Director, to discuss the themes and influences of the show’s look. Felder+Felder love to play with contrasting colours and fabrics, and the makeup was set to reflect this – with a blue eyeliner being overlapped with a black gel liner and dewy skin paired with chalky, yet luminous lips. Brows were lightly penciled it but left mainly natural and youthful and cheeks were fresh and bare – encapsulating the whole lighter, Springtime feel.
The show was brilliant and it was a privilege to see Felder+Felder showcasing their SS13 ‘Broken Wings’ collection. It was a pleasing mix of floaty chiffons and light leathers, structured knits and patchwork jackets, all accompanied by Kate Nash on the vocals making it a very memorable catwalk.
Have you been loving London Fashion Week? Which shows have caught your eye?