5 Spectacular Beauty Trends That Swept the London Runways This Week


Article by Vogue

Leave it to London to take some of New York Fashion Week’s most arresting beauty moments and imbue them with a welcome bit of grit.

The second instalment of fashion month saw a whirlwind of general vibrance and inventive styling moves commingling with the collections, unabashed expressions peppering the graying days with flecks of can’t-look-away color—in shade and character alike. Whimsicalwanderlust, and decadence were just a few of the descriptors tossed around like confetti, resulting in above-neck moments straight out of a daydream. As for the spirited switch-ups? Think: pastels exchanged for super-saturated pigments; beach hair for bedhead; and art school–inspired eye makeup for lid-level masterpieces. Here, five beauty moments that prove that this season’s anything-goes mentality has serious staying power.

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The All-or-Nothing Lip
For Riccardo Tisci’s Burberry debut, a pout-centric gauntlet was thrown: You can opt for either a trench-echoing nude or a swipe of crisp crimson—there is no in-between. The notion was revisited throughout the week, with blurred neoprene tangerine applied by Jenny Coombs at Fyodor Golan countered by barely there balm—courtesy of Pat McGrath—at Victoria Beckham. Are you a Chalayan girl, painted in an immaculate hot pink, a fan of Marta Jakubowski’s lilac lip, or in want of something simpler? The time has come to mouth off.

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Bigger (and Better!) Hair Statements
Forget uniform, twist-and-go topknots—this season, the only requisite of an updo is idiosyncrasy. At Ashley Williams, hair made laconic, stick-up statements—witch and devil among them—a punkish alternative to the sumptuous and saccharine crowns secured at Simone Rocha. Hairstylist Anthony Turner wove a series of interminable plaits that teetered on the border of chaste and romantic for Erdem; Molly Goddard’s buns called origami to mind; and, at Emilia Wickstead, Benjamin Muller proved that quirky duets of exaggerated bows are infinitely better than one worn alone.

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The New Bohemian Bedhead
Rather than simply rumpled, London’s fresh-off-the-pillowcase lengths featured an extra ounce of cultivation. Take, for example, ’90s-esque head scarves tied on at Alexa Chung and JW Anderson, the first iteration veering into bohemian territory, the latter a more glamorous marauder, both topping otherwise pared-down, air-dried manes. The unkempt shapes crafted by Turner for Margaret Howell offered a sculptural, though literal, approach to undone, while, at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, seemingly windblown hair was cut by free-spirited polish courtesy of a simple banded strand. And should one wonder how a turn-of-the-century lady would have looked after an afternoon nap, Sam McKnight’s curled, bow-bedecked styling for Ryan Lo offered a definitive—and supremely romantic—picture.


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