Sunday, 18 September 2011

London Fashion Week Nails with OPI - September 2011 (SS12 Collection Launches)

Hey Guys!!

This weekend, I had the most wonderful opportunity to work with the OPI Tech Team at London Fashion Week!!

I worked on 4 shows and found the work very different to anything I have worked on so far.  It was a very fast paced and no time time to correct any mistakes - 7-10 minutes was all you could allow per model.  It is also very hard to work in cramped spaces at funny angles with both hair and make up teams as well as consulting with the designers!  I have spent quite a few hours crouched under a table - I think I may have to look into a yoga class to stretch back out again!

All the designers were involved directly in the nails and colour choices - it was not just a case of looking at them in the bottles!!  The most used colours have been nude and neutral tones although some shows have gone with the Orange which seems to have crept in from last season!

All models had to have prepared nails and use all OPI Products - no model just had colour painted on to protect their nails.  The models had Swiss Guard, file, buff, cleanse with NAS99 and fluffy, chip skip, ridge filler base, 2 coats of lacquer, top coat and finished with Drip Dry Drops.

The shows I worked on were:

'Blow Presents'
Here there were 24 models.  12 had blonde hair and these models wore 'Lady In Black' 12 had brunette hair and wore 'Passion'.  This show was very busy, and we only had one bottle of 'Lady In Black' so team work was very much needed!  The show was very high energy and a lot of black was in the collection - a very cool show!

'Blow Presents' - Blonde Models: 'Lady In Black' Brunette Models: 'Passion'
 'Cristina Sabaiduc'
This was Cristina's first London Fashion Week Show and is most certainly a designer to keep your eye on! Cristina was very calm and approachable, and she took a keen interest in the colour for nails. The models here all work 'Tickly My France-y' with a Matte Nail Envy coat over the top.  I was working alone at this show, and timings were very pressed with just 40 minutes to do 6 models - some of whom had crazy colours on their nails!! The nails were well matched to the show which had matte earthy tones.

'Cristina Sabaiduc' Models wore: Tickle My France-y with a Matte Top Coat
'Spijkers en Spijkers'
I had an absolute ball at this show, the designers were just wonderful to work with and the collection is so fantastic!  I hope that this line will soon be stocked over here - the designs were so wearable!  I also must mention the models - all the models I have worked with were great, but these girls were so lovely - Many of them (if not all) were from Holland and were just loving being in London! We had all 14 models wearing 'Samoan Sand' and with their green eye make up, this was a great colour!

'Spijkers en Spijkers' Models wore: Samoan Sand

'Spijkers en Spijkers' Models wore: Samoan Sand
'The Coterie Hair Presentation'
These guys are just Fab!! The designer, models and stylists were all so relaxed and fun it was a great show to work on!  The designer was happy for us to use any colours and he loved our Tech Team Leader Lee's Shatter so much he wanted it on all the models!  The models wore: Passion & Red Shatter, Yodel Me On My Cell & Navy Shatter, Let Me Entertain You & Silver Shatter, OPI Ink & White Shatter.  The models presented their show with spray painted hair and some wonderfully funky outfits!

'The Coterie Hair Presentations' This Model: Let Me Entertain You with Silver Shatter

'The Coterie Hair Presentations' This Model: OPI Ink and White Shatter

'The Coterie Hair Presentations' This Model: Yodel Me On My Cell and Navy Shatter
OPI were also at: Jayne Pierson (Bright Orange - not sure which one), Jasper Conran (I think Samoan Sand), Charlotte Olympia (Red - not sure which one), Marious Schwab (I think Samoan Sand), amongst others!

I just cannot wait for the next show season!!

Did you go to LFW? What did you think of the nails?

Have a great week,
Claire xxx

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