22 February 2016

Backstage LFW 2016 | Kolchagov Barba

Kolchagov Barba Roma Collection London Fashion Week Oxygen Models
Hello Everybody! I can't quite believe I am publishing this post, I never in a million years thought I would attend London Fashion Week and here I am with a post from backstage at the Kolchagov Barba show for their new ROMA collection! When I got the invite in my emails I squealed with excitement, their latest Spring/Summer 2016 collection was packed with colour and elegance so I couldn't wait to see what was in store for their new collection! I arrived at the Melia hotel and was shown to their Le Dame Art Gallery. With 2000 sq meters of exhibition space for emerging artists to showcase their work this was the most beautiful space for the show. With artists coming from all over the world to showcase their work in Le Dame Art Gallery it was perfect for designers Svetoslav Kolchagov and Emilio Barba.

Public Desire Heels
Kolchagov Barba Roma Collection London Fashion Week
Pierre Rene Makeup
London Fashion Week Pierre Rene makeup

ADCreativ, Pierre Rene, Ego Professional and ID Hair were all on hand throughout the day for hair and makeup. I didn't realise how much thought went into everything until I arrived, of course we all got emails with the brief before hand but anything could change on the day. Face charts were dotted on the table to give an idea of what they wanted for models with White and Black skin think Haute Couture. Melvic Makeup Academy provided makeup and nail services for the day with their various colour palettes, eyelashes, brushes etc for around 20 models. Each model's hair was pulled back into a small beehive with a tight slick pony trailing their back with lacy/scarf head covers. I was expecting the whole day to be chaos with people running around after models but it was nothing like I expected.  

Ego Professional Hair Care
ID Hair Ego Professional Model getting hair done
ID Hair Ego Professional Model getting hair done
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Pierre Rene Girls doing nails
London Fashion Week Pierre Rene model getting her nails done
Kolchagov Barba Roma Collection London Fashion Week Oxygen Models Photographer getting photos

The photographer on the day William Besse took the opportunity of having the models in full hair and makeup to get look book photos for the new collection. William specialises in Fashion, Beauty and commercial photography and whilst watching him I could see he was passionate about his work. The models where on the most beautiful black marble staircase with a glass chandelier behind, I actually got the chance to see the photos William took on the day and let's just say you won't be disappointed! 

Ego Professional Hair curlers and straightners
Kolchagov Barba Roma Collection London Fashion Week Oxygen Models getting hair done
Kolchagov Barba Roma Collection London Fashion Week Oxygen Models getting hair done with ego professionals
Pierre Rene makeup artist doing model makeup
Oxygen Models getting selfie in front of light

The show started at 8pm with guests filling the gallery from Miss England, Katie Piper, Fleur East, Stooshe and Jenni Falconer. I managed to snap a few of the guests as they were coming in but missed quite a few due to being back stage. The ROMA collection is couture, Kolchagov Barba don't design for the high street they design for people. Their clothes should "decorate, enhance and embrace women's bodies" Having only launched in 2011 Kolchagov Barba have attracted a number of celebrities from Dannii Minogue,  Katie Price, Katherine Jenkins, Kimberly Walsh etc. Every piece has elegance and couture down to a tee, with lace suits, bold red jumpsuits and the most beautiful wedding dress the collection is exquisite.  

Kolchagov Barba Roma Collection London Fashion Week Miss England
Stooshe band jenni falconer
Katie Piper Fleur East
Kolchagov Barba Roma Collection London Fashion Week Oxygen Models
Kolchagov Barba Roma Collection London Fashion Week Oxygen Models
Kolchagov Barba Roma Collection London Fashion Week Oxygen Models
Kolchagov Barba Roma Collection London Fashion Week Oxygen Models
Kolchagov Barba Roma Collection London Fashion Week Oxygen Models
Kolchagov Barba Roma Collection London Fashion Week Oxygen Models
I want to say a huge thank you to Colin Laphan from Pierre Rene for inviting me backstage, it was truly an incredible day and thank you to all brands  ADCreativ, IDHair, Ego Professional and Pierre Rene for taking their time to talk to me and letting me see what really goes into behind the scenes for London Fashion Week!

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