08 May, 2011

Backstage @ Holly Fulton LFW A/W 2011

My final day at London Fashion Week started backstage at Somerset House for the Holly Fulton show, which really was a feast for the eyes, graphic prints, bold lacquered lips and shiny sparkly swarovski incrusted everything! it definitely was one of my favourite shows of the week.

Once again the MAC team worked their makeup magic backstage and the key makeup artist was the phenomenally talented Andrew Gallimore who talked me through the look. This time he described it as "Sexy Lesbian Vampires", I love Andrew's descriptions, last time it was "Sexy Albino Vampires" at Julian J Smith now this! what next? "Sexy One Armed Lesbian Asylum Seeker Vampires"?
The main focus of the look was the lip which was noticeably derived from the graphic prints in the collection.
It was a bold deep lip in shades of red, burgundy, purple and black which appears to be a big hit for Autumn Winter 2011.
To start the makeup artists prepped the skin and applied Face & Body foundation with Select Cover-up to any blemishes to give the skin a light even finish.
Then the new PRO Sculpting Cream's (available A/W 2011) were used on the cheeks to add definition to the face. Firstly 'Cheek Matt' was used all over and under the cheek bone and then 'Sand Brown' was blended into the outer corner to add shadow. 
Next up was the eyes, the eyeshadow was kept very neutral but the lashes were thick defined and voluminous. On the lids and the tops of the cheekbones a thin layer of 'Accentuate' PRO Sculpting Cream was applied, then a new Cream Colour Base called 'Sea-Side' (Available A/W 2011) was used all over the lid and 'Mole-Skin' Eyeshadow (Available A/W 2011) was then blended into the outer corner and crease. To complete the eyes lashings of Plushlash Mascara were used to really bulk out the lash.
And finally for the main focus of the makeup, the lips. Each model had a shade customized for there skin tone, There was a rich burgundy called 'Prince Noir' (Available A/W 2011) Which was lined with 'Currant' Lip Pencil. 
A deep purple called 'Smoked Purple' which was lined with 'Night Moth' Lip Pencil, a classic red called 'Runway Red' (Available A/W 2011) which was lined with 'Cherry' Lip Pencil and a black which was created with 'Black' Lipmix and 'Night Moth' Lip Pencil.
To complete the look the lips were then coated in 'Clear' Lipglass which M.A.C Senior Artist Lynsey Alexander says is "the product of Autumn Winter".
I couldn't resist taking some photos of the artists kits I always find that fascinating. 
Check out Andrew Gallimore's kit filled to the brim.
Once the makeup was done it was onto hair which was created by stylist Duffy.
It consisted of an asymmetrical retro rockabilly look with a french twist on one side and a chignon-roll on the other. The front was finished with an exaggerated finger-wave, moulded and sculpted with a wet-look finish.
For the nails Jenny Longworth and the Nailgirls team used the blood-hued Nailgirls Red #4 polish on the models nails finished with a shiny coat of Nailgirls Super Finish.
Once the makeup, hair & nails were done it was on to dressing the models for the catwalk.
The clothes for the show were absolutely phenomenal, which is to be expected from the incredible Holly Fulton but every season she out does herself.
Adding to her classic art deco pop art style this seasons collection was inspired by the time Coco Chanel spent in Scotland during the early 20th century.
Taking reference from classic Chanel styles like hand woven tweed, pearls and of course the Coco red lip.
There was also a real 60's inspiration reminiscent of works by Heinz Endelmann the creator of The Beatles 'Yellow Submarine' film.
The shoes were killer Louboutins, most featuring studded detailing and bows but these were my favourite, I love the super skinny nail like heel.
There were sparkly accessories scattered everywhere, I'm not even sure what these are but there pretty.
Swarovski incrusted dresses.
And those stunning prints emblazoned with legs, nails, heels and of course the lips, I can't get over of them lips, I LOVE THE LIPS.
Here is Holly herself being interviewed by Mercedes Fashion before the show began.
She was of course decked out in all of her own award winning designed jewellery.

Here's the models getting there finishing touches before they step out on to the catwalk.

Overall it was an incredible experience being backstage at this show and if you want to see the full catwalk show you can check out my video on WSITN.


(All photos copyright of Richie Nickel)


  1. thanks a lot for sharing all these beautiful pictures!!!! I want prince noir lipstick *__*