A hideous combination of rain and wind made the bus, tube, walk, and cab, commute interesting. However the Belstaff presentation was well worth battling the elements for. Set at the Old Sessions House (I’m familiar with the location, as this is where the Alexander McQueen sample sale is often held) once inside smart looking waiters offered mulled wine, and champagne. Low lighting and vintage parachute silks dramatically hung from the ceiling down the staircase.
The collection was everything you hope to look like on a winter day in the city–warm yet effortlessly chic. My absolute favourite piece was the fur coat, but this was one of those collections where I would happily wear every single look. Designer Delphine Ninous took inspiration from the first pioneering women to dress in Belstaff, Amelia Earhart and Amy Johnson. She also partnered with Sunday Riley skin care rather than a makeup brand for the models look…”With this collection we wanted to reaffirm the Belstaff woman as someone who is organic and adventurous, with a free spirit very much rooted in the outdoors. She isn’t someone reliant on traditional make-up.”
Makeup artist Maria Comparetto designed the look for the presentation here’s what she told me:
All the models had flash facials as part of the makeup process.
Skin prep, for me this is crucial having trained as a beauty therapist and understanding skin. It is paramount that the models were cleansed, massaged and moisturised before makeup allowing the skin to gleam and have a healthy glow.
Sunday Riley Flash Facials:
1- Cleanse with Ceramic Slip
2- A mask of Ceramic Slip and Good Genes was applied to balance skin, shrink pores, brighten and boost circulation.
3- A few drops of either Juno or Artemis oil was massaged into the skin based on their skin type
4-Finishing off with Start Over on the eyes to reduce puffiness and correct dark circles.
Sunday Riley Effortless Primer was applied as a base.
To add depth and a ruddy windswept element we used a rose/brick cheek tint applied just under the eyes to the front of the cheek. I used a selection of brown pencils on the eyes to deepen them, then created freckles with the same pencils on all the girls. Brows were defined and brushed up and the lashes were curled to open up the eyes. Mattifier was used on the lip to dull down the shine and the finishing touch was to add highlights to the face by applying a final glaze of Artemis oil to temples and cheek bones. The result was models looked strong, radiant, fresh and healthy.