By Amy Lawrenson
Day one - two shows, two standout liner looks.
The first came from MAC's Terry Barber at Jean-Pierre Braganza where he had masterminded a 'tri-liner' look. A classic feline liner look that was stretched out, three lines 'gave a toughness and an extra dimension,' said Barber, who predicts liner will be big news for a/w 14. Other predictions from Barber? That the colour palette for next season will sit at two ends on the spectrum - at one it will be ochres and molten metals, at the other cool hues like the Dusty Mauve, a blue-lilac, shade that he smudged onto lips and cheeks to soften the overall look.
Later in the day I found myself backstage at PPQ where Liz Martins was given a mish-mash of the sixties and rockabilly as inspiration. The result? 'Winter skin' which translates as pale and matte with no blush or contour, punctuated by a strong feline liner. How did Martins make the look modern? 'Apply the gel liner with a brush then, before it dries fast, smudge the edges with a Q-tip... this makes the eye more rockabilly, more sleazy'.
Hair looks for both shows were standout with woven rope braids by Toni & Guy's Indira Schauwecker at Jean-Pierre Braganza and a modern take on a sixties ponytail (the volume was moved from the crown to the back of the head) by Warren Holmes at PPQ.