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Backstage at Lucas Nascimento

When I arrived backstage at the Topshop venue for the Lucas Nascimento show I was absolutely soaking wet. Such was this past London Fashion Week, it rained every day.  Coincidental then that the theme for Lucas's show should be 'getting ready'. This translated into the hair and makeup in an obvious way. The models were to look as though they had just stepped out of the shower - wet hair, bare faced, lashes clumped together from the water.

No doubt I resembled this same sight upon my arrival - only a less glamorous version. 

Unfortunately the ghd team had already finished the hair by the time I arrived (bloody efficient they are) but I did get to see the finishing touches being done to the makeup by the people at MAC. There is nothing quite so glamorous as wedging yourself in between a wall of makeup artists and squeezing your camera in between them to get the perfect shot. Luckily I didn't knock anyone's hand.

Backstage access c/o ghd and Shine

Backstage Lucas Nascimento
Lucas Nascimento Spring 2014 backstage
Lucas Nascimento Spring 2014 backstage
Lucas Nascimento Spring 2014 backstage
Lucas Nascimento Spring 2014 backstage
Lucas Nascimento Spring 2014 backstage
Lucas Nascimento Spring 2014 backstage
Lucas Nascimento Spring 2014 backstage
Lucas Nascimento Spring 2014 backstage shoes
Ashish FW13
Ashish, sequins, denim, patches, overalls, london fashion week
Ashish, sequins, denim, patches, overalls, london fashion week

As much as I loved the workwear and keffiyeh print inspiration at the Ashish show, it was this single denim patchwork dress that truly captured my heart. I love the multi-coloured fabric swaths and the slouchy oversized shape. If I had to pick one piece from Ashish's autumn/winter collection to have this would definitely be it. With that said, the rest of the collection was equally alluring. Mixing something as tough as workwear with sequins is a brilliant and unexpected pairing. As always, I'm madly in love with Ashish's creations. The mega blown out hairdos also has me wishing that I had a permanent member on staff to do my hair in the morning. Why am I so lacking in volume?

Ashish, sequins, London fashion week
Ashish, sequins, London fashion week
Ashish, sequins, London Fashion Week
Ashish, sequins, London Fashion Week
Ashish, London fashion week, sequins
Ashish, London fashion week, sequins
Ashish, London Fashion Week, Sequins
Ashish, London Fashion Week, Sequins
Ashish, sequins, Horse face jumper, overalls, denim, patches, grey sweatshirt
Ashish, sequins, Horse face jumper, overalls, denim, patches, grey sweatshirt
INBAR SPECTOR
Laura Jensen face jewelry at Inbar Spector AW12 show
Laura Jensen face jewelry at Inbar Spector AW12 show

Most people cringe at the thought of going backstage before a show.

The atmosphere tends to be incredibly stressful - space is precious and people are on edge. Every person adds to the madness and there are already so many people (make up, hair, stylists, PRs, models, designers, photographers, assistants) that any extras run the risk of tipping the whole operation into chaos. Oh, the fear of accidentally bumping into someone's arm as they apply mascara.

Toni & Guy hair backstage
Toni & Guy hair backstage
Double team braids
Double team braids
Patiently waiting
Patiently waiting

When I showed up at Freemason's Hall to shoot backstage at the Inbar Spector show the atmosphere was completely different. Everything seemed to be perfectly organized. No one was yelling or pushing and people knew exactly what they needed to do - the dramatics were entirely removed from the operation. Inbar even had time to  plop down and get her hair done. Fingers crossed that next season there's time for me to have mine done too...

Still within the madness...
Still within the madness...
Reaching for a pin...
Reaching for a pin...
Inbar getting her hair done
Inbar getting her hair done

It wasn't until the models started getting dressed that I realized just how amazing the show was going to be. Sure, you can tell that an outfit is awesome just from seeing it on a rail but it doesn't really come to life until you see it on someone.

Translucent makeup and white brows
Translucent makeup and white brows
Bleached
Bleached
Heavenly...
Heavenly...
Lara Jensen face jewelry
Lara Jensen face jewelry
The final moments...
The final moments...
Applying the Lara Jensen face jewelry.
Applying the Lara Jensen face jewelry.

It was the Lara Jensen face jewelry that made me really excited. There was such a buzz and secrecy about it backstage that when I finally slipped out to take my seat I just about exploded onto the person next to me with giddy joy. 'It's going to be so good.' - was all I managed to say.

Metal tattoos and pastels
Metal tattoos and pastels
Geometric
Geometric
The fine details
The fine details
Metal tattoo body
Metal tattoo body
Sheer...
Sheer...
Inbar Spector looks from AW12
Inbar Spector looks from AW12
The final walk...
The final walk...
Inbar's walk with the final look.
Inbar's walk with the final look.

London will always be my favorite place to attend fashion week. Not because it's the fanciest or the most perfectly managed, but because it gives new designers the opportunity to showcase their work alongside the already established greats. I couldn't help but feel that I was witnessing something magical at this show... especially with being backstage beforehand. Inbar is clearly destined for great things and her autumn/winter 12 collection is just the start. I recently discovered that her previous collections are available to buy online. The metal tattoo dresses start at £350 and, while I realize this isn't pocket change, it isn't completely outside the realm of possibility either. They might not be the sort of pieces you'd wear everyday but they would look amazing for a special occasion or any occasion where you want to knock-the-socks off of everyone that sees you.

While I’m all for fashion that people can afford, there is something wonderfully alluring about investing in clothes that double as art.

Massive thank you to Susie at Trace for inviting me backstage and to the show.

Laird & Co. Hatters

One of my favourite things about London is its sheer unpredictability. Head over to Bank tube station, walk out the third exit, and you'll find yourself standing in front of the magnanimous Royal Exchange. Utterly grand in stature and filled with luxurious shops from Gucci, to Pretty Ballerina and De Beers, to Jo Malone - this place is a Mecca for London's fast paced city folk.

Tucked just down the right side of the building sits a magical little hat shop. The sort of place you'd imagine if you had to dream up the most idyllic English shop: towering piles of beautifully crafted hats, whisky sitting on the counter, and the most personal touch that will get you indefinitely hooked.

Laird & Co. Hatters are a small company specializing in a selection of hand made hats that suit a wide range of lifestyles and occasions. Homburgs, pork pies, trilbys, and top hats are just a few of the items on offer - all in a wealth of colours and variations. Kiera Knightly is already a fan and, seeing as the prices actually aren't too expensive, I thought it was worth introducing you to the brand. It's definitely my new favourite London discovery and is well-worth a visit.

More photos available here.

Big thanks to Felicity from Golden Goose PR for introducing me to the brand.