The Spring 2017 Preen collection was described by Vogue as “entwined with spells, nature, 1970s hippie cults, astrology, and British working-class council-estate skinheads and goths, turned out to be pure creative magic for them, in probably the best collection of [Thornton and Bregazzi’s] career”(Vogue, 2017). It offered a strong throwback to the 1970s  way of dressing, a trend that has been re-establishing itself over the past couple of seasons. The striking detail that this post will focus on is the dreamy and whimsical beauty look created for the catwalk by makeup artist Val Garland.

▽ Nature takes over

The masterpiece that is this beauty look, is one of the most attention-grabing one from this season so far.The pressed flowers and leaves on many of the models’ lips, cheeks, and décolleté turned them into ethereal fairies. It seems that Garland may have used a clear adhesive to mix the petals to the model’s skin, but the technique hasn’t been yet confirmed. The innovative clean look was well paired with intricate plaits by Eugene Souleiman.

As neutrals and earth tones have taken over the fashion bubble, the flower beauty look is well within the trend spectrum, with nature and pastels complimenting the natural look.

 ▽ Re-adaptation

This trend is a hard one to wear everyday, but it did brighten spirits. It could be a natural replacement for glitter eyes! Make sure you scale it back and maybe only apply a couple of flowers to the eyelids.

▽ Quick Look: Val Garland


Val Garland grew up in Bristol. She emigrated to Sydney, Australia and trained as a hair colourist. It was her interest in colour that led her from hair into make-up. Since she moved back to London in 1994, Garland went on to work on highly conceptual catwalk shows for Alexander McQueen to commercial celebrity shoots with Kate Moss, as well as collaborating on publications such as Vogue, Dazed & Confused, i-D and Visionaire. Now firmly established, her innovative ideas have led her to work internationally with Nick Knight and Mario Testino, John Galliano, Chloë Sevigny and Björk (ShowStudio.com).



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