I've been almost blogging for four years (crazy where does the time go?) and I have never attended fashion week. To be honest I just don't get it, do you have to apply for tickets or do you just get invites? I was never sure, and to be honest I'm not exactly the most fashion-y of people. However a few weeks ago, I got an invite from St.Tropez asking if I would like to go backstage with them at the House of Holland show. I of course said yes, and jumped at the chance. I usually only look forward to two shows at LFW and that's the HOH show and the Topshop one. Of course checking out the FROW is just as exciting, and I was excited to see what goes on backstage at one of these huge shows.
I was ushered into the backstage area which was bustling with beautiful models (never have I felt more like a Borrower) hoards of hair and make up artists, Henry Holland himself running around and tucked in the corner the St. Tropez team with their pop up tents. I spoke to Nichola Joss who is St.Tropez's Global Tanning & Skin Finishing Ambassador, who explained to me the look they were applying to the models. The official term for the models tan was 'the woodstock glow' which is essentially the look you have after spending the weekend at a festival in the sun or say you have been walking around in the sun all day. The tans were matte, deep and dark, something that the team were excited by as they could really go to town applying the tan! The Instant Tan in Medium/Dark was sprayed onto the models, however you could achieve the same look by buffing it in with a mitt. To then finish the look, the Powder Bronzer Matte was applied to areas such as shoulders, knees and where ever the sun may naturally hit to make the look more natural. The girls tan looked really sun kissed, and although an instant tan was used the tan is waterproof so is perfect for tanning in a rush, or if you're going on a night out!
After getting the lowdown on the tans, I snooped around the make up and hair area, where the models were being pampered by MAC and ghd. Natural dewy skin was the base of choice, but a sparkly blue eye was applied to the models which looked amazing! It sounds like something that shouldn't work but totally does! The girls hair was left quite natural with some wave. I caught a peek of the girls before they hit the runway and the pieces looked amazing, very hippy,70's folk inspired. I fell in love with a bright orange two piece which of course looked fab with the tans, and a gorgeous blue skater dress.
This is what I wore btw;
Being backstage was pretty mental, with so many people bustling about, I wasn't quite sure where to put myself! But it was fun to see what goes on behind the scenes, and thank you to St.Tropez for inviting little old me!