23 February, 2011

Backstage @ Maria Grachvogel LFW A/W 2011

This week I attended London Fashion Week A/W 2011 and it couldn't of started any better, my first show was Maria Grachvogel held at the Savoy Hotel.
M.A.C cosmetics invited me backstage to document the show.

The makeup look for the show was created by Mel Arter and had a strong focus on brows and lips. The brows were sharply defined in a straight rectangular shape using M.A.C Carbon and Brun eyeshadows and the lips were then filled in with Boudeauxline powerpoint eye pencil. The skin was kept light and fresh with only Studio Moisture Fix moisturizer and Select Moisturecover concealer being used to cover up any blemishes or imperfections.

There were also variations of the look depending on the models skin tone and face shape this one had Flesh lipglass on the eyelids and Steel Blue pigment pressed over Boudeauxline pencil on the lips to give it a more metallic look.

The hair was created by Kenna using ghd and it featured a high bun with sharp samurai flicks. It was created by rapping the hair in a bun loosely and then spraying the loose strands with the ghd ultimate hairspray, the loose strands were then straightened using the ghd Gold Max styler to create their sharp samurai effect.
Here are the models preparing for the run through.
The clothes for the show were stunning, really rich, contemporary and luxurious. The inspiration for the collection came from tribes and Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
The fabrics and prints were my favourite part of the collection, here you can see a classic Grachvogel drape dress in an individually engineered abstract enchanted forest print.
It almost reminds me of a digitally distorted white owl, it has a real animalistic quality about it that I love.
Think tribal snow queen and you'll be on track to nailing the Maria Grachvogel A/W 11 look.
The show was held in the phenomenally beautiful Lancaster Ball Room at The Savoy.
It had the most gorgeous ornate ceilings and jewelled chandeliers, it was the perfect location to compliment the collection.
I will have a more indepth view of what happened backstage and the runway show coming up on youtube soon so look out for that.


(All photos copyright of Richie Nickel)


  1. Wow, such a striking look. Looks like an incredible experience to see all the excitement and madness backstage!


  2. wow Richie you were born to do this kind of reporting! So happy to see you in your element xx

  3. The fabrics and colors are gorgeous. The brow shape is most unbecoming, but typical for the runway. I really think we need to bring the makeup of the Japanese music genre "Visual-Kei" to America.

    Definitely take a look at these pretty boys. The makeup and the hair just enhances everything about their features.





    Also: "Scene" is not Visual-Kei.

  4. @Gail Hey Gail, thank so much hun. This kind of reporting is so much fun for me, Im glad it comes through in the post and Im so glad you like it. xx

  5. I love this and I am so excited for you You are such a sweet person and deserve these great opportunities.

  6. Richie please make a video about your favourite nail polishes

  7. Great Post Richie! You should come to Kennaland one day, we have a very private secret hair studio along our session work....show styles available on request! xxx

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