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Beauty at London Fashion Week

By Lindsay Cooper The gauntlet of fashion weeks is almost over, with only Milan remaining. While we’re sad to see it go, staying on top of what to wear next season can be exhausting. So, after trying to make sense of the hugely varying themes seen on the runways of New York Fashion Week, we were glad to see only two major themes reoccurring in the backstage beauty scene at London Fashion Week. While youthfulness is always trendy, it seems that may be true even more so for autumn/winter 2016 beauty than ever before. Most prevalent in the subtly smudged kohl and over the top glitter around the eyes at Burberry. With obvious 90’s beauty inspiration also on the runways at Fenty x Puma by Rihanna, we are seeing more mainstream fashion and beauty outlets catching onto the #BBHOODZ trend that is everywhere online.
Burberry Womenswear AW2016. Photo Courtesy of Gio Staiano for NowFashion

Burberry Womenswear AW16. Photo Courtesy of Gio Staiano for NowFashion.

Popularized by Karen Yeung and her crew over on Instagram, #BBHOODZ draws from the super sweet styles that children were wearing during the late 80’s and early 90’s (think pastels, glitter, separates, and tattoo chokers) and translates it into adulthood. Popular within circles of social media gurus, this past London Fashion Week has made it evident that #BBHOODZ is going to be huge. Alongside Burberry’s more direct homage to the emerging style, we also saw its influence in the bare faces and subtle pink lips at Christopher Kane and the fresh, youthful complexions at Ralph Lauren, Narcisco Rodriguez, Derek Lam, and Rag & Bone.
Ralph Lauren AW16. Photo Courtesy of Jason Lloyd-Evans.

Ralph Lauren AW16. Photo Courtesy of Jason Lloyd-Evans.

In other 90’s-inspired trends, we saw Goth nearly everywhere, usually through make-up artists’ reinterpretations classic eras of beauty and fashion through a gothic lens. Models at Rodarte looked to be pulled from of medieval artworks, with fresh complexions and metallic, jewel-incrusted flower crowns, which contrasted with the dark hues on their lips. Beauty expert and founder of NARS, François Nars, created six beauty looks for the models walking Marc Jacobs’ runway. Each face had either a black or a nude lip and different graphic Goth-inspired eyeliner designs, framed by mussed finger waves straight out of the 1930’s.  We saw similar waves on the heads at Simone Rocha, now in wet-looking up-do’s with a heavy solid wash of charcoal over the entire eyelid.
Beauty at Rodarte AW16.

Rodarte AW16.

Despite the 90’s usually being remembered for the Spice Girls and similar pop culture icons, every facet of the decade (from direct recreations of your favourite childhood pastels to a renaissance of contemporary grunge and punk) will be on faces everywhere for autumn and winter 2016. Banner image of Christopher Kane's AW16 courtesy of Jason Lloyd-Evans

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