Whew! Another London Fashion Week has come and gone this year. Those five days really pass by in a whirlwind of taxis, coffees at Pret, change of clothes and constantly looking for a place to charge your phone. The wear and tear on my poor iPhone alone during Fashion Week probably adds up to the activity that some people do on their phones in a year. Of course, this depends on the person, but you know what I mean. My key focus this year was on beauty trends for SS19 and I was lucky enough to get to go backstage at some of the shows and get the first look at the trends we will be seeing early next year. Here were some of my favourite beauty trends for 2019 as seen on the London Fashion Week catwalk…
First of all, Erdem is one of the most anticipated shows at London Fashion Week. The collection, the location (National Portrait Gallery), the music, the darkly romantic vibes – it’s all stunning. I’ve been a fan of Erdem’s florals for awhile now (yes, I stood in the queue outside H&M when his collaboration dropped) so I’m always grateful to get to attend the shows. This year we saw some beautiful hair looks created by L’Oreal Professionnel with loosely slicked back hair and low braids, perfectly going with the flow of Erdem’s darkly romantic fairytale of a collection. The florals were back this year, with many of the looks very wearable straight off the catwalk or for special occasions. Make-up was minimal and created by Nars, with bare faces and just a slick of lipstick for some colour, one of my favourite looks that I myself enjoy creating.
I was kindly invited to the David Koma show by beautyblender and what immediately caught my eye was the models’ dewy skin that looked so glow-y I nearly cried (the team used the new Bounce foundation from beautyblender). I absolutely love a fresh-faced look and it’s not easy to pull of the no make-up make-up look. However, the team at David Koma managed to perfect it, no doubt with the help of a Beauty Blender (or two)! I love that we are seeing more fresh-faced beauty without the heavy layers of make-up. And of course, the key to this look is to perfect your skincare regime and create that amazing canvas so you can pull off the look too (lots of moisturiser and a spritz of hydration mist will do the trick).
The girls at Roland Mouret also had a gorgeous, fresh-faced look and I love Roland Mouret’s SS19 collection because it’s extremely wearable with flowy dresses and suits you can wear straight off the catwalk. I focused on the nails at Roland Mouret, created by the nail team from Kure Bazaar which is a luxury vegan and toxic-free nail brand. The whole theme of the SS19 Roland Mouret show was about individuality so the girls were able to choose their own nail colours which I absolutely love. A lot of them chose nude colours but there were a few who stood out, including a girl with beautiful dark navy-blue nails and another with a bright coral pop of orange.
The Nicholas Kirkwood SS19 London Fashion Week show really blew it out of the water. This was a full-on production, with star appearances on the catwalk by Rose McGowan and Winnie Harlow. And what girl doesn’t love shoes? The theme of the show was all about a group of women (the resistance) fighting against a leader who had banned all forms of creativity. This show was all about the urge to express yourself against conformity. Kure Bazaar again were on nails, creating an amazing look where the colour of the girls nails were based on their rank within the resistance. The nails also were given a bit of rough texture as though the polish was slightly chipped (these girls are fighters, after all!). NARS were on make-up, focusing on a punk grunge theme with smoky eyes. Hair was braided with wires to make it look super futuristic.
I loved the Palmer/Harding SS19 London Fashion Week Show because the looks were extremely wearable. L’Oreal Professionnel were on the hair, which was brushed and slightly slicked back to then let the hair fall to its natural shape and texture. I think slightly slicked-back hair will be a key hair trend for SS19 according to how many shows were showing this trend on hair. I’m also thinking low braids might make an appearance!
Pam’s shows are anything but conventional and that’s exactly why I go to her shows, year after year. They are so much fun to watch and this year Pam’s looks ranged from theatrical to wearable, which I really liked because then you get a little bit of sensible thrown in with a bit of wild fun. Kryolan were on make-up this year and I was lucky enough to go backstage to watch them work. Kryolan, who I discovered last year make incredible make-up – they’ve been around for years and started with stage make-up but then moved into the everyday make-up world. With Pam’s show we saw bright eyeshadows on the lids and very rosy pink cheeks which inspired me to create my own rosy pink cheeks the very next day! And insider tip, the Kryolan Lip Stains are the best!
So that’s my London Fashion Week beauty trends round-up for now but I’m sure you will see me again next season! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @beautyrocksblog where you can find a highlights reel of all the Instagram Stories videos from the week, so you can see it firsthand yourself.