New York Fashion Week might have given us graphic nail art and bright colour washes across the eyes, but London provided a new, chicer nail trend, a boyish vibe and plenty more. The city is known for pushing the boundaries, which was highlighted at Preen where the make-up artist Val Garland haphazardly stuck flowers on the models face and body.
And even those usual spring/summer trends - think fresh skin and braids - were given a fresh twist by the experts backstage.
The beauty trends you will want to recreate from London Fashion Week...
Boyish hair cuts
Androgynous beauty was referenced across London Fashion Week. The hair stylist Guido Palau gave every model at Christopher Kane a boyish cut with bangs and side burns. “It’s less romantic this season, there is a strong masculine feel,” said Palau backstage. There androgynous vibe was felt at Burberry too where the make-up artist Wendy Rowe blurred the lines of masculinity and femininity with strong brows and subtle contours.
Don't be scared of sweaty skin
Radiant, fresh, dewy skin is always a trend for spring/summer, but this time round it has a, dare I say it, sweaty feel. Backstage at the shows several make-up artists were referencing ‘sweaty skin’. Val Garland was using moisturiser, highlighter and anything that would reflect the light to create a moist radiance at several shows, including Anya Hindmarch, Julien Macdonald and Peter Pilotto. At Joseph, the make-up artist Lynsey Alexander was spritzing Estee Lauder’s Set and Refresh Perfecting Make-up Mist, £24, onto the models before they took to the runway, while Miranda Joyce employed MAC’s Prep and Prime Fix Spray, £17.50, to give the models at Roksanda a fresh-faced glow. While sweaty skin isn’t a look many would be willing to recreate, there is certainly inspiration to be taken from the use of skincare to enhance your make-up.
Backstage at Anya Hindmarch, the nail technician Marian Newman predicted that crystal nails would be a key trend for spring/summer 2017. At Ryan Lo, Newman used clear tip false nails embellished with jewels, while at Anya Hindmarch and Peter Pilotto she employed a pearlescent nude polish with a glossy top coat for a more wearable yet still sparkly take on the trend. To tap into the trend now, try MAC Studio Lacquer in Soiree, £10, and finish with Nails Inc Gel Effect Top Coat, £15.
New look braids
Another staple spring/summer trend is braids and, if the looks at Preen and Erdem were anything to go by, texture is essential for next season. Whether your braids are messy with flyaways, or as the hair stylist James Pecis calls them ‘man catchers’, or flattened to the back of your head in Erdem-style, the choice is yours. One thing is for sure though; the neat and precise French braid is out for spring.
Revival of the Eighties
The colourful nod to the Eighties that we saw at Marc Jacobs was picked up on this side of the pond at Topshop Unique. From the spiral-perm locks to the bold, burgundy smoky eye, the Topshop girl for next season is "pretty and polished with a tough edge," the make-up artist Hannah Murray said backstage. Likewise, the strong eye look seen at Julien Macdonald also referenced the era. The subtlest take on the trend was seen at Paul Smith where the make-up artist Petros Petrohilos washed the eyes with pink hues.