Spring/Summer 2017 New York Fashion Week had models, it-girls, and editors swept away by a spirited round of out-of-the-box beauty ideas guaranteed to shake things up. Think deeply romantic hair accessories, wonderfully weird eye glosses, and lips bright enough to double as an impromptu traffic light. London's recent Spring/Summer 2017 presentations offered similar styles, but ones that were rife with riffs on British identity.
Wet and slicked back lady-like waves at New York Fashion Week were transformed into drenched up-dos and damp lengths in London that became a celebration of the nation's reputation for rainy days. Meanwhile, New York's hair accessories went a step further at London Fashion Week, being presented in the form of exaggerated floral motifs – worn on the face – which called to mind the English rose.
Braids and bold lipstick seem to be a universal trend, especially when used as a way to pump up bare complexions. Without further ado, Get The Look is giving you 7 beauty lessons worth taking note of from London Fashion Week.
BEAUTY LESSONS FROM LONDON FASHION WEEK SPRING/SUMMER 2017
#1: Side-swept hair is the new middle part
The Fall 2016/17 runways offered up a new alternative to the classic middle part that swept London Fashion Week this past week. Backstage at Topshop Unique, hairstylist Duffy produced a textured take on the new perm, as seen on models Taylor Hill, Grace Elizabeth, Stella Maxwell, and the rest of the bombshell cast, with a small curling iron and the volume-inducing product. The key to those major, gravity-defying waves? A deep, throwback side part.
So, if there's one thing we can take away from London Fashion Week, it's to embrace the decades passed with textured hair and a serious side part!
#2: The braid shows no signs of slowing down
How many ways can you twist a pretty plait? The possibilities are endless, as demonstrated by Haley Bennett at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, who maneuvered her braid into a crown that sat on the back of her head. In similar fashion, intricate, tightly woven buns walked the runway at Bora Asku and sporty schoolgirl ponytails stole the show at Simone Rocha. Meanwhile, Erdem's plaited knots were secured with the black ribbon that we spotted on Kate Hudson at TIFF, and Emilia Wickstead featured unraveling French braids, while miniature fuzzy ropes snaked around the head at Preen.
#3: Wet hair should be embraced
The beauty world's wet hair trend has recently become a wonderful excuse to avoid the damage from heat drying, not to mention, it makes getting ready after a show that much quicker. But when rainfall is part of your national identity – as is in London – it almost becomes mandatory that you wear the look with pride. Drenched lengths were pressed, twisted and combed in every direction. Bella Hadid appeared as though she had used rainwater as a styling tool for her stroll down the Versus Versace runway, while Christopher Kane topped his parade of glittering confections with an equally light-catching side-swept slick that officially rendered a blow-dryer unnecessary.
#4: Face mist is the new highlighter
Put down the shimmering illuminators: If Peter Pilotto, Duro Olowu, and Gareth Pugh were any indication, a generous mist of water on the complexion will be spring's most important beauty staple. Anya Hindmarch took the look to a whole new level, calling to mind a mid-facial steam when she topped off her models' glistening faces with a thick white headband worthy of the spa.
#5: Hair accessories are a must
This past week proved that nobody does hair accessories quite like London does. While Mary Katrantzou gave the traditional Greek laurel a fresh British twist in Pop Art colours and geometric shapes, a simple grosgrain black ribbon – the hair accessory of the season – took Erdem's braided buns from an undone mess to an ethereal dream.
#6: The bolder the pout, the better
Bare skin, minimal eye makeup and bold mouths were the makeup equation of the season, taking shape everywhere from Charlotte Olympia to Roksanda. Whether you stock up on vibrant red, neon orange, or fluorescent pink, it's the quickest way to turn your makeup up in an instant.
#7: Don't shy away from eye makeup
While Fashion East's parade of blunt-banged models in deep red lipstick and extreme eye makeup paid homage to former Londoner Nina Hagen, the brazen "Godmother of Punk," Preen had models strut their stuff with dried flower petals that were applied to cheeks, forehead, and collarbones – florals that were ground breaking for spring. On the Versus Versace runway, models wore emerald slashes of pigment like war paint above their eyelids.
Which beauty trend is your favourite at London Fashion Week?