Backstage @ Vivienne Westwood SS18

  Yes, what this room needed was an extra body (me) sweating profusely and taking photos. Sorry guys.

Yes, what this room needed was an extra body (me) sweating profusely and taking photos. Sorry guys.

When you're looking for beauty inspiration, it's easy to head to Instagram and learn how to do a cut crease. But really, aren't we all just waiting for proper clown make-up to come back around? No, just me? Well, lucky for me - Dame Viv tried her damnedest to make my beauty dream come true this season. 

For SS18, Wella Professional invited me backstage ahead of the show to get the low-down on the beauty and grooming trends that Viv's trying to make happen in the season ahead from their seasoned pros.

Reflecting VW's Anglomania roots, this season, catwalk hair took its cue from the court jester, with the theme running all the way through from the body paint to the playing-card themed clobber. Gravity-defying up-dos on men and women split into what can only be described as Krusty the Clown peaks were sprayed vivid, ice-pop blue and that infamous shade of Westwood-ginger. Looks like the trend for wild shades is going nowhere fast... 

We are fucking the Earth. This is Nasa information, it’s official information, but the world is ignoring it. There will only be 1 billion people left by the end of this century, because the Earth will be mostly uninhabitable. This is where we’re heading and it’s disguised from us.
— Dame Vivienne Westwood
  Bringing a whole new meaning to finger painting.

Bringing a whole new meaning to finger painting.

Of course, fun and games aside, it wouldn't be a Westwood show without a political statement. After a few seasons taking on the government, Viv took a step back from ephemeral human issues to focus on something bigger that's at play - climate change. Her statement referenced a quote she often gives to the media - the belief that by the end of the century, there'll only be one billion people left in the world, as a result of climate change and destruction of the earth. 

As she said last year, "[Fashion] just gives me an excuse to open my mouth. I have credibility from it, and I do use it." Never stop, Viv. Never stop.