Lip Love In London
Lips haven’t really been the big story of the Spring shows thus far, as eyes—and more often than not, contours and shadows—dominated the backstage scene in New York. That continues to be the case in London, as a certain pared down, nineties beauty mantra presided over Dion Lee, Peter Pilotto, and Christopher Kane this morning (more on that in a bit). But a few mouth moments have still managed to creep into a season that is usually littered with luxe lips, the better to play with when the weather (and the collective mood) lightens up. Pat McGrath debuted a perfect red at Anna Sui last week, and Michael van der Ham and Louise Gray both called for coral at their respective shows today. But Andrew Gallimore did them all one better at Holly Fulton this weekend, whipping up a two-tone mouth that’s prepped and primed for a little summer fun. Lining pouts with MAC Lip Pencil in Embrace Me, a hot magenta, Gallimore concocted a creamy, custom pink pigment with a blend of its Lipmix in Fuchsia and White, which he used to bolster the outline before applying a few brushstrokes of its Lipmix in Orange to the center. It’s cute and a little kitschy, and it definitely managed to jar us out of our minimalism-inspired complacency, for the time being at least. Would you wear it?