London Fashion Week has come and gone, and let me tell you — one glimpse at the fashion and trends from this season and it’ll be hard to not be inspired by the week’s looks. The pandemic clearly hasn’t impacted the creativity of the designers, and the hair and makeup looks were nothing short of revelatory. Yes, that might feel like a huge statement, but it’s true. Some of them were avant-garde, some of them were incredibly decadent, and some of them are immediately going to be replicated on my face as soon as I leave the house next. We’re seeing the return of Y2K hair trends, the return of the bold lip, and loose, gentle waves this year, and it’s a welcome sight. Here are all the best beauty trends, straight from the London Fashion Week runway.
Everything Is Wet
London may be a rainy city, and they embraced the weather on the runway this season. At Simone Rocha and David Koma, the models rocked high-gloss, wet-looking hair, nearly alien-like in their appearance. Richard Quinn and Rejina Pyo also sent their models down the catwalk with wet-looking hair, with Pyo’s runway being sexy and sporty, along with the added element of detailed rope-like ponytails.
Metal Is In
Charlotte Knowles and Alexandre Aresnault’s KNWLS debuted an earthy, monochromatic collection, with the added element of makeup being the most dynamic part. The models rocked multidimensional and multi-textural lip shades in metallic blues and silvers, while others had a pouty matte orange lip. Makeup artist Thomas de Kluyver must have taken hours creating them, and it was so worth it. Osman, too, embraced metallics, with foiled eyeshadows, shimmery red lips, and a highlighter so reflective you can see yourself in it.
Paul & Joe clearly have been listening to a lot of Olivia Rodrigo, because their pastel paradise of a collection was accentuated with models painted with flowers and rainbows on their faces. Their makeup was otherwise bare and simple, making the hand-painted details even more fun. We’re not solely focused on the 2000s this season, either — Supriya Lele, Mark Fast and EFTYCHIA both embraced 90s grunge aesthetics on the runway, with Fast’s collection giving very much The Craft vibes.
Both Rixo and Halpern had cat-eye wings on their faces — I feel naked without mine, so this felt personal — but the added detail was that the wings weren’t just one wing, there were multiple wings. Rixo added a dash of emerald and peach to enhance their wings, while the burgundy wings at Halpern had an added shade of white.