A London Fashion Week star daubed neon-bright paint onto excited young faces, two top milliners wove flowers into garlands, and could-be designers repurposed newsprint as recycled coutureall in a days fun in the Wardrobe Department.
The neon face-painter would be Louise Gray, who installed her tipi and opened up shop to offer fluoro mini-makeovers to queues of mothers and daughters.
Its all about this fun element that Im trying to inspire into the kids, she said from inside her pop-up studios mirrored interior. It seems to be working.
Next door, Vicki Sarge-Beamon guided groups of girls as they created their own embellished festival bracelets Across the tent, milliners Piers Atikinson and Fred Butler trained hydrangea stems into ivy crowns as they made headdresses fit for a woodland nymph (or 800, the number of festivalgoers the two crowned their first day on duty).
Whats wonderful about these floral headdresses is that they are one-day wonders because theyre picked, real flowers, he says. Weve been really busy.
Rubbish magazine editor Jenny Dyson welcomed gaggles of girls keen to style each other in folded-newsprint ruffs and gaffer-tape belts into the Rubbish Couture tent all weekend. The most enthusiastic creators celebrated their work at daily fashion shows, where girls from age 16 months to 16 years toddled or sauntered down a makeshift runway. David Sims was there to capture every flourish from his pop-up studio.
Those seeking sleeker looks headed to Bumble & Bumbles demonstration tent, where professional stylists led masterclasses and offered makeovers through the weekend. Bumble & Bumble Editorial Stylist Neil Moodie taught braiding and updo cl