Backstage at Maria Grachvogel – LFW


Written by: Sarah Fox

I love a bit of backstage action – crates of Diet Coke, the suffocating aroma of hair products and a bustle of models being pushed from one chair to another. Plus, you get personal tutorials on how to get the looks of the season, which is always a bonus.
The Maria Grachvogel show was staged in the Lancaster Room of The Savoy, and the beautiful venue (once I found it – many thanks to the lift engineers who guided me through the back entrance of the actual runway space) matched a beautiful collection.

An androgynous 20s feel echoed throughout the garments, makeup and hair with futuristic elements that put a new spin on the era.

The lovely Bumble & Bumble team were on hand with lead hair stylist, Mark Hampton, creating a faux-bob.
First he braided the underneath hair into a plait close to the model’s heads which acted an an anchor for the bob to be pinned to. He then secured the lengths of hair into a ponytail one inch from the ends before rolling, tucking and clipping in place at the nape of the neck. The look was then finished with Sumotech wax to add shine and remove fly aways.

The makeup (by lead stylist of M.A.C, Mel Arter) was kept neutral with a creamy bace, mushroom-coloured eyelids and no mascara. Sculpting cream was also smudged under eyes to create a more masculine look juxtaposed against the ladylike hair.
A maroon lip stain was applied to the centre of the lips to create depth and take away a certain innocence that the collection projected.

This was a completely different look from last season’s fierce, tight ponytails and dark eyes, but worked perfectly with the glamorous surroundings of The Savoy.

With thanks to Eve at Chalk PR

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