London Fashion Week: Backstage at Hellen van Rees

For her SS14 collection, Dutch designer Hellen van Rees sourced her inspiration from US drama ‘Boardwalk Empire’ – delivering 1920’s silhouettes and hand-woven tweeds in monochrome shades, with occasional splashes of colour. To complement van Rees’ presentation of ‘Fuzzlayerglossbox’ at Vauxhall Fashion Scout, The Body Shop team, headed up by Lan Nguyen, created smokey eyes in metallic hues and bold lips in bright, luscious colours. Hair was pulled back into simple low buns with a somewhat untamed and unkempt movement around the crown, for a dreamy and ethereal feel. With her designs seen on the likes of Lady GaGa and Shingai Shoniwa of the Noisettes, van Rees likes to make a statement, but the softer hair and beauty toned down harsh geometric shapes, while their simplicity reflected the 1920’s theme.

The van Rees style bun will make a welcome return in the summer months, perfect for those of us who love an easy look, while The Body Shops use of highlighter to contour is perfect for a dewy, minimal fuss base layer. This year’s bright lips are a dramatic u-turn from the nude look seen on van Rees’ catwalk last year – and I’m always a fan of a statement a red lipstick. This is easily a look that could dominate when summer returns in 2014. Simple but highly effective, I think we’ll see plenty of van Rees inspired beauty looks next year.

Written by Alice-May Purkiss @alicemaypurkiss 


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