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London Fashion Week

Fashion week survival tips? “Don’t go to any fashion parties, what so ever!” Beauty Papers followed makeup artist Inge Grognard to Peter Pilotto and hair stylist Gary Gill to Vivienne Westwood and Symonds Permain.

Photography CLAIRE BRAND and SCOTT ARCHIBALD
Films ELLEN MERCER and JAMES DEACON

GARY GILL

Beauty Papers: For you… how is London Fashion Week different to the others?
Gary Gill: It’s all about creativity, the chance to be experimental, young designers and the future of international fashion.

BP: Have you got any fashion week rituals or traditions?
GG: Yes, I always have Sushi the night before with my assistant Tom.

BP: Describe the look for Westwood?
GG: Lots of volume and texture also by contrast; nothing. A dryness and matt finish. Cool, understated, believable and very Westwood.

BP: Who or what was it inspired by?
GG: I was inspired by the Icon herself, Vivienne. When I dreamed of doing hair for a Westwood show, this is how I imagined it to be, so the inspiration and idea I have had in my mind for a long time.

BP: And Symonds Pearmain?
GG: Imagine the character of a Chelsea-West-London girl who went out on a Saturday night, partied hard, Sunday morning she chucks her hair in a ponytail and pops out for a pint of milk. There are the remnants of a hairdoo that was there on Saturday night. Dry, squashed and out of shape.

BP: The hair looks for both shows were a bit twisted… would you agree?
GG: Yes agreed, I always want to achieve an offness without any reference to a period or a time.

BP: Key products for this season?
GG: Wella Ocean Spritz, Hairspray and the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer.

BP: Have you spotted anything particularly bonkers or gorgeous at LFW?
GG: Backstage at Westwood was all bonkers, in a good way of course. One gorgeous thing was Juergen Teller taking my portrait and inviting me to watch football at his place! Football is a big passion of mine, we share that passion. Juergen is a legend but a very down to earth guy!

BP: Fashion week survival tips?
GG: Don’t go to any fashion parties, what so ever! Oh and time your Uber home arrival time to Deliveroo, so as soon as you step out the car, Deliveroo arrives with your food!

Vivienne Westwood. Photography CLAIRE BRAND.

Symonds Permain. Photography SCOTT ARCHIBALD


INGE GROGNARD

Beauty Papers: For you… how is London Fashion Week different to the others?
Inge Grognard: Because of the city, the ambience, the vibes. I have always loved London.

BP: Have you got any fashion week rituals or traditions?
IG: Not really rituals but I try to start fresh with a proper breakfast and a hot shower or bath.

BP: Describe the look for Pilotto?
IG: We had three different looks. Raw with a shimmer, raw with a shimmer and a coloured spot on the eye and raw with shimmer, spots of colour and some small coloured feathers on top. Like a kind of an eccentric brooch. Skin healthy with highlight on the cheekbones.

BP: The tights were fab. What sort of hosiery are you partial to?
IG: Normally black but those were super nice and on the want list.

BP: How would you describe the skin you are doing this season?
IG: Everything depends on the look discussed with the designer.

BP: Key products for this season?
IG: Besides all the good basics, a good scrub like Aqua Gel (from Japan) and a lot of shimmer in different colours.

BP: Have you spotted anything particularly bonkers or gorgeous at LFW?
IG: Loved Matty Bovan and Burberry, but i’m sure I missed a lot because no time to go through all of them. That I will do after all the fashion weeks.

BP: Fashion week survival tips?
IG: Enough sleep and proper food.

Peter Pilotto. Photography CLAIRE BRAND.