You can imagine our excitement as we were invited to help dress the Halpern S/S19 show at London Fashion Week! Not only to be involved in the electric atmosphere of the show but to see the brand-new collection before anyone else was an absolute dream.
As we entered the backstage area, the building was far from glamorous. The derelict, abandoned looking building in Soho screamed urban with graffiti sprayed on the walls and rubble at the entrance. The contrast between this atmosphere and the glamorous sequined dresses of the Halpern collection made an interesting and exciting catwalk show, it certainly was something we did not expect.
The S/S19 collection included 33 outfits of luxury sequined pieces, bold graphic patterns, structured jackets and matching accessories. Some of our favorites included the incredible baby blue dress with floor length train and the pink/red sequined pants combined with the monochrome graphic top (I mean, picture wearing this with an overpriced cocktail in your hand and we’re sold!).
We’re all for the bold statements and pattern clashing, but the interchangeable pieces allow room to mix and match with other garments to make it a little less ‘out there’. Each look was also combined with a custom-made pair of Louboutin’s (yes, you heard right!) giving us some serious shoe envy.
After we dressed our assigned model, with strict instruction on the order and how to properly put on each piece, they made their way down the stairs to the catwalk, ready to begin the highly anticipated show. The last model to finish the dressing was, to our surprise, Adwoa Aboah. Completely star-struck for being in the presence of the Vogue cover model, we gathered around the stairs as the music started to get a glimpse of the runway.
The makeup looks, to match the jewel tones, consisted of graphic eyeliner and gold glitter eyelids. This was paired with a minimal, bare-face and natural brows to really make the eyes stand out. We recently spotted this in make-up trends for 2019, so it’s certainly something we’re willing to try for ourselves! The hair interchanged between high volume black wigs with the fringe gelled to the face to afro and to slicked back under a bucket hat. The collection was inspired by Michael Halpern’s grandmother, capturing the essence of the extravagant, luxurious decade of the swinging sixties. The classic mini, cropped jackets and over-sized sunglasses highlights his inspiration, making a personal and sentimental ready to wear assembly of garments.
The incredible atmosphere and excitement of the show makes us feel proud to be a part of it (despite being a minute part). We cannot wait to see what the future holds for this incredible designer and hope to be lucky enough to be involved again! We only hope next time we can catch Adwoa before she runs off to her next LFW show…