London is known for being fashion-forward and championing new up-and-coming designers, and the city also makes a strong case for innovative hair and make-up. Here, we take a closer look at the top beauty looks to emerge from London Fashion Week autumn/winter 2019 and reveal the trends you might want to follow. From pearl hair accessories at Simone Rocha to intricately gelled hair at Burberry, these are the top beauty looks from LFW AW19
Mary Katrantzou cloud hair
Mary Katrantzou’s AW19 collection was all about texture and movement, with a line-up of ensembles that shimmered, shook and rippled down the runway. Colours were also a huge feature – a kaleidoscope of rainbow hues added to the ethereal nature of the collection. These elements were also translated to beauty looks, with Josh Wood introducing patterned ‘colour cloud’ hair. Models wore extensions in a wash of charming pastels that blurred out to the palest colour at the edges. Sure to be seen at the summer festivals, this is a very pretty way to change up your hair style.
Pearl hair accessories
Hair accessories have been on trend for the past couple of seasons, and Simone Rocha might have provided some of the most covetable pieces yet. Models of all ages walked the Simone Rocha runway sporting various hair accessories, from pretty pearl clips to beaded crowns and bejewelled headbands, proving that everyone can have fun with hairstyles, whatever their age. Bora Aksu also made a case for hair accessories, with crocheted headbands the focus of his look. Cutsey bows, a big trend for the AW19 ready-to-wear collections, were seen at Ashley Williams and Emilia Wickstead, and huge beehive hairdos at Ashish were embellished with sparkling clips.
Burberry’s gelled hair
Burberry presented a mammoth 106 looks this season, split into two halves. The directional streetwear of the first was aimed at the younger generation, while the second pointed towards more conformist, polite daywear and smart eveningwear. To further this divide, the models in the first half of the show sported elaborate, intricate, gelled hairstyles designed by hair maestro Guido Palau for Redken. Combined with dewy skin and bleached brows, this was a unique way to appeal to Generation Z.
Make-up and nail co-ords
We’ve all heard about coordinating accessories, but backstage at the autumn/winter 2019 collections it was all about coordinating your nails to your make-up. At Bora Aksu, metallic silver eyeshadow was complemented by icy silver nail polish. At Mary Katrantzou, the collection was based on the forces of nature, with earth, wind and fire elements featuring in both the ready-to-wear and the make-up looks. The creative vision came to life with new hair techniques called ‘colour clouds’, which saw models sport pastel hair extensions. These were complemented with CND nails inspired by earth and fire.
London is known for its relaxed take on beauty and this was amplified in the AW19 collections. At Mary Katrantzou, polished waves were eschewed in favour of messy waves – not beach waves, but messy curls pushed back into a side parting without running a brush through the hair. At Burberry, Guido Palau created art out of wet hair; Matty Bovan models wore short black wigs with uneven microfringes. The most unusual hair-styling techniques were seen at Alexa Chung, where stylists used balloons to create static before styling and setting with hairspray.