Candice Swanepoel at Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2015
Prada Spring/Summer 2015
Gemma Ward opening Prada Spring/Summer 2015
Rumors of Gemma Ward’s comeback have been swirling ever since she signed with IMG Australia in January of last year. Despite receiving a showcard for Australian fashion week that spring, the model was a no-show, and hopes of a return slowly died down again. However, no one could have predicted that the supermodel would obliterate expectations by showing up in Milan and opening Prada’s spring/summer 2015 show.
Vogue Australia spoke exclusively to the Gemma on the eve of her return to the spotlight on how it feels being back. “Very different,” she told Zara Wong.
This is the first time Gemma has been back on the runway since 2008, and her first modelling appearance since the birth of her daughter Naia this past December. She says motherhood has improved her confidence. “I do feel a lot more confident in myself as a mother,” she said. “I felt ready to explore working again, I felt this is still a delicate time in Naia’s life, she’s still young but I felt ready and the opportunity came at the right time.”
And don’t expect Gemma to shy away from the spotlight again. IMG tweeted, “Don’t call it a comeback @Gem_Ward is here to stay!”
The model says she is now open to all kinds of work in the future. “Yes. Overseas. Here. Both. All. Any option. I think I’ll take the opportunities as they come- just celebrate it.”
Marchesa Spring/Summer 2015
Fiber optic dress at Richard Nicoll Spring/Summer 2015
For spring, British designer Richard Nicoll teamed up with Disney to create a collection inspired by Tinkerbell. The fairy figure could be seen throughout the collection in the form of mirrored cutouts hanging off of holographic bags, however, it was Nicoll’s opening slip dress that stole the show.
Created in collaboration with London-based fashion and technology company Studio XO, the dress was made from a fiber optic fabric activated by high intensity LEDs tailored within it. The result was a delicate, fairy-like glow.
“It created a magical pixie dust effect down the catwalk,” said Matthew Drinkwater, head of the Fashion Innovation Agency, which brought Richard Nicoll, Studio XO and Disney together. “It was imperative for Richard that what went down the catwalk was ‘fashion’ not ‘tech.’ The gasps were audible as the dress appeared, it was a huge moment for fashion technology. We’d built something that was truly desirable.”
Jourdan Dunn at Topshop Unique Spring/Summer 2015
Rockstar glamour by Pat McGrath at Anna Sui Spring/Summer 2015
Makeup artist Pat McGrath’s sparkly makeup for Anna Sui’s spring show was inspired by rockers like Marc Bolan, Keith Richards and Jimmy Page. To create the look, McGrath dabbed gold- or rose-colored glitter in the center of models’ bare lids on top and bottom, as well as on the inner corners with a damp shadow brush.
"When you look at Anna’s clothes, there’s a lot of fabrics with moons and some stars and sparkles, and that’s why we came up with this kind of cosmic beauty," McGrath said.
The rest of the face was left “rebelliously” bare with only CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous foundation on skin, and a swipe of brown-black mascara at the roots of eyelashes.
Ondria Hardin backstage at Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2015
Finale at Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2015
Daphne Groeneveld backstage at Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2015
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You can watch most shows live stream for London fashion week here, other bigger brands (like Burberry and Topshop) will stream on their own websites. We can conquer Milan and Paris when those roll around, but their offerings are much more limited, stream-wise.
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Abbey Lee Kershaw opening Boss Spring/Summer 2015
Totally enamored with Megan Fox’s new hair; it elevates her look so much.
The urge to chop my own hair gets stronger with every sleek “lob” I see.
Hooked: Makeup by James Kaliardos at Rodarte Spring/Summer 2015
For Rodarte’s sea-inspired spring collection, NARS makeup artist James Kaliardos wanted to create a look that was “cool, but not too punk.” And what’s more punk than a whole eyebrow’s worth of piercings?
“They’re just cool facial accessories,” Kaliardos said of the silver rings, which were temporarily adhered to models’ eyebrows with glue.
For the rest of the face, he used Luminous Moisture Cream, Radiant Cream Compact Foundation and Pressed Powder to give skin a glowing appearance. On the eyes, he used a dark pink-brown tone from the new Nars St-Paul-De-Vence Duo Eyeshadow palette over the lid, pulling the shade around the outer corners in a downward arc.
“It’s inspired by how Laura [Mulleavy] does her makeup,” Kaliardos said of the technique. “She does this thing where she drags down the corner of her eye shadow, and I thought, ‘That’s kinda cool.’”
Underneath, he drew a thin line of NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte to “lift up the eyes” and lightly dusted a metallic gold shade for a little shimmer.
But the standout, of course, were the brows, which may have inspired a few models to consider making the look a bit more permanent.
“The eyebrow is not my style, but maybe I would do the lip,” model Xiao Wen Ju said. “I think the lip is really sexy.”