Bugs and nails and beaver tails – London Fashion Week wraps up

After some spooky goings at yesterday's shows (Wednesday Addams made more than one appearance throughout the day as well as several other mysteriously macabre references), today’s highlights were a little more earthly even if they were set in the transcendental bowels of the Tate Modern.

First up was Simone Rocha where Bumble and Bumble stylist du jour James Pecis was getting to grips with the intricate mesh of hair that he likened to a beaver tail (and you’ve got to love a beaver tail reference!). Based on pictures of Simone’s grandmothers, it was more grown-up than season’s past but incorporated Simone’s trademark texture to keep it from going too ladylike.

The key, (in addition to lashings of Bumble and Bumble’s Does it All Styling Spray) was an elastic thread weaved through backcombed hair before being stitched, flipped, stitched and flipped again to form a lattice of hair that moved with the models.

I caught up with James again backstage at Meadham Kirchhoff, although I could have been forgiven for thinking that I’d walked into the wrong place as it all looked positively conventional – well, as conventional as Meadham gets which generally means there weren’t 30 clones of Courtney Love and teeny tiny ballerinas dancing around!

For nails this meant a classic (gasp!) red courtesy of Butter London’s ‘Come to Bed Red’ whilst hair and make-up were based around the theme of an evolving look which went from ’90s grunge to ’30s decadence. The result was multitudinous hair and make-up dos ranging from loosely dishevelled hair with raw, clean skin to full-on pin curls and Tamara de Lempicka lips (MAC’s ‘Once Bitten’ lipstick FYI).

And so we have it, LFW autumn/winter 2013 is officially a wrap. Two cities down, two to go. Next stop, Milano!

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