05 April, 2011

Backstage @ Charles Anastase LFW A/W 2011

Day two of London Fashion Week was a typically miserable rainy day in London, which for me started at The Old Sorting Office on New Oxford Street for the Charles Anastase show.

It was a squalor morning and the backstage vibe was somber to say the least but hair and makeup worked their magic getting the models ready for the catwalk. 
The makeup look for the show was created by Sally Branka (apologies for the blurry photo) and was inspired by Luisa Casati Stampa, an Italian heiress and muse from the early 20th century. 
The brows were strongly defined in a masculine shape and the eyes were dark, earthy and mysterious, Sally described them as "less of a shadow and more of a mood", making the girls appear innocent yet powerful.

For the lips a burnt orange shade called 'Front Row' was lightly applied, it is a new shade from M.A.C which will be launching this autumn.
It also came in pan form as part of a quad which is a new concept for M.A.C.
I believe they will be rolling this out to all permanent shades in the line later this year.
Once the hair and makeup was done it was time to dress the models for the catwalk.
The clothes were classically whimsical in a child of the country way but with a sultry element.
The whole collection was surprisingly wearable.

Well maybe except for the platforms I wouldn't want to trip in those, luckily none of the girls did.

(All photos copyright of Richie Nickel)


  1. Aw! Luisa Casati is one of my all time favourite people, I read the book about her life when I was 18 and actually visited her grave in London (for an art project!) when I was 19. Memories. I love how much she is influencing fashion these days, she was truly incredible.


  2. I need that lipstick quad!! Thank so much for this Richie x