London Fashion Week Shows – St. Tropez creates a glow for the catwalk
Weekends are usually meant for relaxing, sitting back and forgetting about work. But for the St. Tropez tanning team it was all go during London Fashion Week. On Saturday and Sunday St. Tropez had five shows to attend. Working tirelessly backstage Nichola Joss led her team to create five incredible looks to showcase the SS15 season’s trends. Read on for more details….
The Mermaid Gleam at Julien Macdonald
We expect a glitzy affair from a Julien Macdonald collection and for his SS15 show fashion followers weren’t disappointed. The inspiration for the collection was ‘under the sea’ and his designs held an ethereal charm. Models paraded down the catwalk in delicate fabrics and detailed bridal wear that were whimsical and floaty with shimmery hues and sparkling sequins.
To complement the overall look St Tropez created the ‘SS15 Mermaid Gleam’ look. Using the Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil and the new Self Tan Face Oil (which launches in March 2015), Nichola Joss and the St. Tropez team created a caramel glow to give the girls an otherworldly beauty. The result was magical – think A Midsummer Night’s Dream meets The Little Mermaid.
The Woodstock Glow at House of Holland
Designer Henry Holland’s muse for his SS15 collection was the hippy-dippy festival goer. This may come as no surprise as his usual front row (frow) crowd, loyal friends and fashion inspirations include party ‘It’ girls Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldof and Rita Ora. Key pieces included oversized applique flowers and paisley shapes, suede fringing and sequins.
To create that sun-soaked festival chic look, St Tropez created the ‘Woodstock Glow’ by applying a layer or two of the Instant Tan Lotion in Medium/Dark. Just before the girls hit the runway the tanning team dusted the girls down with the Powder Bronzer Matte to create the caramel latte look of a fun loving traveller on the road.
With a full day of catwalk shows there was no rest for the fashion wicked on Sunday.
St. Tropez, especially, had a busy schedule (read more on our London Fashion Week News Hub)with three shows to work on. Luckily global tanning and skin finishing Ambassador Nichola Joss was on hand with her applicator mitt and team of tanners to get the models gleaming for their runway performances…
The Fashion Freckle Tan at Preen
Dynamic designer duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi are known for their stand out collections and for SS15 they delivered a standout show. Their dresses featured some brilliantly pleasing lines using bold colours and zigzag stripes. Key pieces included colourful beading which added a touch of the carnival spirit while accessories had a sporty detail to them.
There’s a beauty trick in the fashion world to looking young and St. Tropez made sure to use the method - a face full of fake freckles. While the make-up team worked on the models’ faces, Nichola Joss set to work on crating body freckles using an innovative flick brush technique.
To create a natural smattering of freckles over the arms, chest and shoulders all it took was an acrylic paintbrush dipped in a wash-of dark tan and a flick with the bristles motion towards the skin.
The Tectonic Tan at Mary Katrantzou
Mary Katrantzou’s beautiful collection was inspired by memories, dreams and reflections of the flora and fauna of the land and sea. The opposing fabrics on her garments resembled the tectonic plates and embroidered across them were surreal illustrations from the artist’s creative imagination: squiggles of seaweed and snakes. Dance and fantasy also played a huge part in inspiring the embellished designs with hybrid creatures: part dodo, part cancan dancer and part crab and part ballerina stitched across the garments.
St.Tropez took inspiration from the tectonic representation and created the ‘Tectonic Tan’ to compliment Mary Katrantzou’s collection. Mixing together the Instant Tan Lotion Light/Medium with the Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser St. Tropez gave the models a healthy all over glow that represented the natural elements.
The Street Chic Tan at David Koma
Sexy shapes and body-con silhouettes are what we’ve come to expect from David Koma. For SS15 he showcased his debut collection for Thierry Mugler as artistic director which proved the label and designer are a fashion fit. The garments showcased on the runway were soft, supple and sleek. Thigh-skimming skirts with sheer fabric and lemon hued panels and tops with asymmetric necklines and jewel detailing represented a modern Parisian street style with a chic, tailored twist.
As the last show to tan, St. Tropez wanted to create a stunning gleam on the models. Using the Instant Tan lotion the tanning team pulled off the Parisian luxe skin look which was enhanced by the all-white, monochrome and gem encrusted garments.
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