GUERLAIN X LEE MATHEWS – MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK 2018
Makeup Director Claire Thomson mainly used skincare create a refined look, yet natural and elegant.
“We worked with the incredible texture of the Guerlain Rouge G lipstick to create a fresh berry stain in the centre of the lips, blending out. I then worked the colour across the cheeks and bridge of the nose for a healthy glow.” – Claire Thomson for Guerlain
Story and Images courtesy of: Écho Communication
Initial inspiration for Lee Mathews Resort 19 came from the iconic American architects Frank Lloyd-Wright and Eames, as well as minimalist artist Donald Judd. It was not only for their striking body of work but also their belief that design should be in harmony with humanity and the environment. With this concept in mind, Creative Director Lee and newly appointed Head Designer Natalia Grzybowski began with a grounding palette of creams and clays punctuated with pops of red, yellow and blue. These colours appear across a hybrid of natural textiles and zerowaste fabrics — from organic cottons to a coated zero-waste Italian linen and ethically sourced silks. Silhouettes revolve around ﬂuidity and represent the curves of nature; sheer Summer dresses sweep the ground with river-like tiers and blooming sleeves shoot like ﬂowers from shift dresses. At times a nod to artist duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude appears in gowns that roped and wrapped, like the artists well-known draped landscapes. This human-nature theme deepened to explore more sustainable practices across the brand, and has resulted in Lee Mathews designing her most sustainable collection to date. Whilst continuing her signature use in natural textiles (biodegradable & organic) she is working with fabrics from mills at the forefront at waste, energy and water reduction. One discovery was EcoNyl, a material produced in an inﬁnite loop system made from rescued nylon and discarded ﬁshing nets. This has led to Lee to debut Swim Capsule of 5 timeless styles. Collectively, these precise compositions represent the vision and hope of change in the Fashion Industry, one where the environment is no longer an absent factor in the manufacturing process. Whilst Lee Mathews is far from perfect, she is striving as a brand to grow and change; challenging her team to act more responsibly, produce more thoughtfully and continue to create beautiful clothing that can be passed on to future generations.
Today our MBFWA Show Partners share both our aesthetic and ethos
Our oﬃcial makeup partner Guerlain, a brand who has had a strong sustainability program in place for over a decade provided our runway look, directed by makeup artist Claire Thomson. Thomson created a look with Guerlain’s iconic customisable lipstick Rouge G, using one universal shade to create a look that is sun-kissed, French style stain and a nod to the 90’s natural beauty:
“We worked with the incredible texture of the Rouge G lipstick to create a fresh berry stain in the centre of the lips, blending out. I then worked the colour across the cheeks and bridge of the nose for a healthy glow.” —Claire Thomson for Guerlain
Our oﬃcial hair partner De Lorenzo under the direction of Alan White envisioned a woman that was immersed in nature, working with each model’s natural hair texture and creating a windswept, romantic look. “I’m thrilled to partner with De Lorenzo ahead of Lee Mathews Resort showcase, the collection oozes natural beauty with soft lines, and takes inﬂuences from nature. The De Lorenzo Elements range mirrors those natural instincts and will assist with creating elegant movement as the model’s walk the show.”
— Alan White for De Lorenzo.
Our shoes have been provided by Alex Moore of Prince + Pauper Collection, a company who provides employment for women in the Korogocho slum of Kenya, and creates her beautiful sandals from recycled car tyres, glass bottles, and found objects. We hope you enjoy the show.
: Guerlain Terracotta Huile Seche Sous le Vent
Guerlain Terracotta Rose des Vents Illuminating Powder