Before we kick off another season of Fashion Week, we thought it would be timely to re-visit one of our favourite shows from last season. Here at team LLG, our love for the Erdem Spring/Summer ’11 show knows no bounds: not only was the show a visual treat in person, but both the clothes and beauty translated beautifully off the catwalk and into wardrobes and onto dressing tables.
Taking the Ballet Russes as his inspiration, Erdem’s models floated out to a beautiful Petrouchka soundtrack and a light autumnal breeze (quite literally; the autumn leaves swirled around us as we sat in the beautiful Bedford Square setting), draped in white and rouge lace and light-as-air floral printed silks. Fittingly for the outdoor garden setting (and complementing the ravishingly feminine dresses), the models looked as though they’d escaped the ballet for a day to run off and play with the fairies and the nymphs in the woods. Their ballerina hair is now wispy and beautifully dishevelled from the woodland breeze, and their skin has taken on an enchanted, dewy glow (inspired by Cate Blanchett in the film The Lord of the Rings).
Clockwise from top left: Ravishing prints, the beautiful setting (Bedford Square Gardens), Nicholas Kirkwood shoes backstage, Charles Worthington shares his styling tips.
Team LLG interviewed the pros backstage to ask how to achieve this look yourself. The foundation for this look is an ethereal, polished glow to the skin. To get ‘the glow’, Nicola Joss, the St Tropez maestro (or the Queen of Skin as we came to call her, after seeing her demonstrate her truly transformative powers backstage at all the best shows on the London Fashion Week circuit) first sprayed the models with a tanning mist, which she lightly buffed with a tanning mitt as the product dried.
Once the models had a flush of bronze, she mixed together a gold and pink illuminator and blended it over the skin. Though I never would have thought to do this myself, the models looked as though they were actually glowing (in the most beautiful way) from the dappled light of the sun shining through the canopy of trees in the forest. Our beauty mole tells us St Tropez are to release this same skin illuminator (created for use backstage) in the Spring – I can’t think of a better cure for skin rendered dull and lifeless by the seemingly endless Northern Hemisphere winter.
Copy Charles Worthington and loosely braid the hair, secure around the head with pins, and lightly mess everything up with fingertips, pulling a few whispy flyaways out to soften the look. Finish with a nude lip, illuminator along the brow and cheekbones, and a whisper of pastel on the eyes (with little mascara).
Et voila! The naughty but nice Erdem fairy. Team with any spring look and, though an Erdem dress may be the stuff only of dreams, you’ll feel instantly more like a graceful Erdem girl (or a woodland nymph, whichever you prefer…).
Team LLG were backstage courtesy of St Tropez.
Briony Whitehouse is Liberty London Girl’s Editorial Associate. She also writes the blog A Girl, A Style