“The collection embodies an intangible essence that is Britishness, honoring the beauty of the past while focusing on the future with thankfulness, hope, and love,” said designer Riccardo Tisci of today’s Burberry show held in Westminster’s Central Hall in London. Accordingly, everything was about duality, from the British fashion house’s remixed classics (its iconic trench was glamorously reimagined as a voluminous evening gown, for example), to the ethereal beauty combinations.
Underneath sculptural, crystal-embellished satin headbands worn across the forehead to regal, crown-like effect, were sharp, close-cropped updos. Crafted by hairstylist Guido Palau, they featured criss-crossed panels of hair and a neat twist in the back. The dose of old-world romance layered over a super-sleek, decidedly futuristic hair silhouette perfectly captured the essence Tisci was referring to.
The same can be said for the makeup conceptualized by Pat McGrath, which built on an ultra-modern foundation of surreal starkness, bare complexions emphasized further by bleached brows; only a sweep of taupe shadow on the lids and a muted nude pout completed the equation. Nodding to the British grandeur of the past were select visages decked in a veil of crystal jewelry, the outline of one model’s face framed in ornate crystal decals with “Burberry” spelled out along the chin–a design that surely took hours to apply and perfect.
Whether it was the stark minimalist arches or the fierce maximalist diamanté adornments upon the face and slicked-back hair, there was an otherworldliness to each beauty element—one worth tapping into as an escapist fantasy or, better yet, a provocative street style statement.