Behind the Scenes with the Headline Colors Spy

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The past month may have been a cold, snowy, rainy one but we certainly weren’t hibernating here at Headline Colors. Not even a blizzard could put a hold on the major event that was London Fashion Week. As editors were being piggybacked through the snow in New York, we were getting our newest samples (and our outfits!) ready for five days of fashion madness here in London. My mission was to nose out the next big trends for our Autumn/Winter collection. I was looking for the colours that are going to make headlines.

The word on the “fashion” street was that the hottest shows in London were going to be Mary Katrantzou, Thomas Tait and Christopher Kane – and they didn’t disappoint. The billowing fabrics at Mary Katrantzou were laced at the hem with winter landscapes and uber hairstylist Eugene Souleiman had crafted the hair into chic architectural ponytails and attached graphic hand cut fringes high on the models’ foreheads. Blues, greys, lilacs and mink taupes were Mary’s colour palette of choice. Thomas Tait conjured up the coolest combination of street chic and high tech sportswear against the backdrop of a multi-story car park in St James. Fake smoke and neon lights filled the concrete space as the models marched down the runway in flat sandals. Makeup artist Thomas de Kluyver kept the skin glossy with the smallest fleck of a camel cream shadow on the eyelids.

The buzz was really humming backstage at Giles where fashion icon Kristen McMenamy opened the show and was the designer’s inspiration, her white blonde hair flowing almost down to her waist. A pale foundation shade of nail (not unlike our own Headline Colors Centerfold) was painted on by nail technician Marian Newman and Lucia Pieroni created beautiful hollowed eye sockets to make the girls look like they hadn’t slept.

Arriving 20 minutes early to the JW Anderson show at Tate Modern, I headed upstairs to grab a much needed coffee and a quick look around the press viewing of the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition. Unconvinced by Pop Art in the past, I emerged from the year’s most talked about exhibition a total convert. The intelligence in the way that Lichtenstein deconstructs an image and then rebuilds it in his own form of pointillism is endlessly fascinating and intriguing. Not to mention those colours – that cherry red (a perfect match for Headline Colors Catwalk) and the bold yellow stand out but there was also a huge amount of green and teal blue in his paintings and prints that certainly inspired much of the global fashion week teams.

The nail highlight of London Fashion Week was watching Marian Newman airbrushing models’ nails backstage at Vivienne Westwood. Using a portable airbrush machine she was spray-painting ombre designs not only on the nails but half way up the fingers! Red with the tip fading into pale pink and white towards the hand, dubbing them “frostbitten fingertips”.

Sadly I had to give Milan a miss this season – what I would have given to be backstage at Fendi watching the last minute alterations being made to those orange and navy fur creations! (I spent that week instead on fashion shoots and chatting with nail artist Trish Lomax who was trying out our new shades – Centerfold was her favourite by the way…) Then it was off to Paris. Before my trip I popped into my local Vietnamese nail salon – the aptly named Glamorous Nails on the Munster Road – for a coating or two of Gunmetal from the AW12 collection.

The Eurostar was packed with fashion stylists’ assistants pulling giant suitcases filled with clothes for shoots and shows. My first port of call was the innovative Yohji Yamamoto show – the Japanese turned Parisian designer known for his purist philosophy and futuristic grunge. Wearing Headline Colors Spotlight on my fingers I was excited to see the models sporting silver shimmer lips – spot on! Before the week was up I found myself rubbing shoulders with Jourdan Dunn, Claudia Schiffer and Kanye West at the event of the week – the Carine Roitfeld party. Carine was of course wearing her signature smoky eye (the dress code was black tie and smoky eye) but I did love the gold detailing on Poppy Delevigne’s dress.

If you’re making a trip to Paris in the next couple of weeks, I highly recommend a visit to the breathtakingly beautiful Couture Exhibition at the Hotel de Ville. Those who weren’t wowed by Hedi Slimane’s new vision of Saint Laurent can take solace in the intricate and skilful craftwork that went into the original couture houses and artisans in Paris in the early 1900s. You can’t miss the camel Hermes silk or the baby pink Nina Ricci gown – true masterpieces.

Across the other side of the Atlantic all eyes were turned towards the Academy Awards and THAT Dior dress (albeit spilling up the stairs!) Poor old Anne Hathaway’s white silk dress paled in comparison beside the beauty of Jennifer Lawrence’s stunning hint-of-pink strapless gown. Were they Twisted Silk nails from our last collection do we think? Sure looked like it! Every Hollywood starlet knows the importance of immaculate nails to wrap around her first ever Oscar…

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