The London look

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The London look

After talking trends from the New York runways this time last week, it’s time to turn our attention to London. While the designers seemed stuck in an Eighties time warp with jumpsuits, pantsuits and plenty of tailoring at most shows, the hair and make-up was far more modern and instantly adoptable.

Highlights of London Fashion Week? The long centre-parted hair at Mulberry which was on the relaxed side of straight thanks to a kicky twist at the ends. So wearable and so summery. In fact, long loose hair was a key theme but that’s not to say it was the only look. Teased and pinned chin-length bobs a la Jaeger London are only for the very fashion forward. Joining them the cartoonish flat-tops at Basso & Brooke. Approach with extreme caution.

My pick for party hair goes to Giles Deacon who sent models out with messy bouffants that have me convinced this kind of relaxed updo is a first-class ticket to glamour for the upcoming silly season (yes, it’s nearly here). For another take on after-dark hair, the super slick ballerina bun is also having a moment.

That’s hair. Now to the barely there make-up which ruled the runways. At Richard Nicoll it was pretty rose-stained lips and bronzy eyes while more neutral contouring made a splash at Jaeger London, Christopher Kane and Mulberry. Eley Kishimoto was all about pink eyeshadow and apricot blusher. Sounds like an unlikely clash but it was actually rather approachable. Try it and see.

A less likely trend is the invisible lip. You probably know by now how fond I am of nude gloss and lipstick but this is beyond the pale. Literally. The London look this week is all about wiping the lips away with lip primers or foundation. Do this with a tan this season and you’ll look like you’ve just stepped off the slopes in Aspen.

Which London Fashion Week beauty trend are you keen to try? 

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