Behind the Scenes with the Headline Colors Spy


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. Read More…