LFW FW16: The best in beauty

LFW FW16: The best in beauty

Red, red wine

Text: Renée Batchelor

London Fashion Week showcased some show-stopping hairdos, lots of red lips and touch of sparkle

Trust the Brits — London-based designers that is — to deliver creativity in spades. From the sculptural hairdos at Gareth Pugh, to the glamorous red lip done in a dozen different ways from Erdem to Mary Katrantzou, there was an inspiring look for every occasion and taste level. Here are some of our favourites.

1. Blurry red lip 
What better way to wear a red lip than by patting it on imprecisely for a modern, devil-may-care finish? The models at Erdem looked like they had a couple of drinks and maybe a bite of a cheeseburger before sashaying down the runway, thanks to the slightly smudged finish especially around the lip contours.


2. Wet look hair 
Straddling the fine line between chic and messy was the delightfully dishevelled 'dos at Christopher Kane's show. Rub gel from hair roots to ends to create texture, go crazy with the hair pins and voila! You're in vogue.

Christopher Kane

3. Spray on black shadow
What stops the blacker-than-black eyeshadow from completely overpowering the eyes at Julien Macdonald? The smidgen of silver in the inner corners. Opt for an intensely pigmented black eyeshadow and lots of Q-tips to get that precise, extended cat-eye shape.

Julien Macdonald

4. Punky fringe and understated sparkle
It's almost as if the makeup artists wanted to go full Ziggy Stardust, but stopped themselves at Burberry. Skin was so clean and polished the models could have looked almost schoolgirlish if not for the touch of multi-coloured glitter trailing down their eyes and cheekbones. And the crazy hair of course. 

Burberry Prorsum

5. Fringe benefits
A cross between curtain bangs and kiss curls, the perfectly prim hair at Mary Katrantzou was almost a 1920s throwback when paired with rosy cheeks and the perfect red lip – a bold, matte scarlet.

Mary Katranztou

6. Trashy schoolgirl charm
Remember when you used too much eyeliner and purple lipstick? The girls at Topshop Unique had that same stay-out-all-night-and-party vibe, down to their mussed-up tresses.

Topshop Unique

7. Sculptural updo
If we had to pick a favourite look, it would the one at Gareth Pugh. With hair that fell somewhere between Sean Young in Blade Runner and Gary Oldman in Dracula, and a bold, lush purple-red lipstick created by makeup artist Val Garland for the show, the pièce de résistance was an elastic band worn across the face that created an artificial filler effect. Freaky yet fascinating.

Gareth Pugh

8. Tinfoil eyes
Eyeshadow that looks like crushed tinfoil on an otherwise spartan face had a fresh, eye-catching appeal at Holly Fulton.

Holly Fulton

9. Talon-like nails
We adored the retro glamour at Charlotte Olympia — think Veronica Lake waves and the deep, wine lips that dominated the Fall season. But what caught our eye were the nails. In a long, talon-like shape — often seen on Rihanna — these silver-tipped beauties were fierce, fabulous and not for the faint-hearted.

Charlotte Olympia