London Fashion Week: Reporting Backstage at Eugene Lin
Taking a dramatic turn from his previous A/W line (gone are the digital prints and military styling,) A/W 2014 heralds in a tailored and impeccably immaculate line. Eugene Lin has delivered on a flattering collection of dresses, trousers and jackets all painted in a feminine, elegant palette. Using the Valkyrie as inspiration, Lin has successfully integrated mythological lore into his latest designs with subtle touches that are easily overlooked but beautiful once noticed. The cross detailing is akin to the Valkyrie wings across the body, seen on many of the dresses, and becomes a fascinating addition for carrying a clutch bag. The show introduced colour gradually, from whites through to orange and then onto black. We begin to see a play on texture and coating for a wet look and finally, the addition of feather prints in varying tones for an elaborate, yet unique style. To bring the look together, Lan Nguyen-Grealis styled makeup for a fierce and bold female, using a single sharp line created with lipstick for undiluted colour. An intense highlight was created for the inner corner to make the eyes 'pop' and create the illusion of a halo, while lips were matte with coral lipstick and washed out with foundation. The hair draws from a warrior vibe, slicked back at the top, through the sides and ending in a ponytail with plenty of hairspray and gel between for a wet finish.