Australian Fashion Week 2024 presented by Pandora was a dazzling showcase of fashion and beauty, with top brands creating stunning looks that captivated audiences. The event featured notable collaborations and innovative beauty trends that emphasised natural beauty, radiant skin, and creative artistry.

Weleda and Make Up Forever x Alix Higgins

Skin and makeup were under the artistic direction of Gillian Campbell, who described the look as “angelic with painterly imprints.” The skin was meticulously prepped using a luxurious blend of Weleda Skin Food and almond oil. MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Skin Hydra Glow was then delicately pressed in with fingertips to create a luminous, transparent glow. Faces were beautifully highlighted using the MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Skin Sculpting Palette and Starlit Powders in shades 101 and 102. Lips featured striking hues of gold or red with dramatic black ink blot stains, all finished with a radiant layer of clear gloss.

Ultraceuticals and Make Up Forever x Liandra Swim

Ultraceuticals kicked off its ongoing partnership with eco-conscious brand Liandra Swim as the official skin preparation partner for Liandra’s first solo show. Models sported dewy, flawless skin using Ultraceuticals’ newly reformulated Ultra B² Hydrating Serum, Ultra Calming Moisturiser Cream, and Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 50 Hydrating.

Meanwhile, MAKE UP FOR EVER  enhanced the natural beauty of Liandra Swim’s models with dewy, sun-kissed skin and earthy tones to complement the brand’s vibrant prints under the direction of Karyssa Leigh. Key products included the HD Skin Sculpting Palette for neutral matte and highlight shades, the versatile Artist Color Pencil for eyes and lips, and the hydrating HD Lip Booster serum gloss. “The inspiration for the look was all about enhancing natural features and letting the models’ natural beauty shine through,” said Karyssa. “We kept everything earthy and wearable from beach to dinner.”

The House of Creed x Michael Lo Sordo

To celebrate the release of Creed’s latest fragrance, Queen of Silk, Michael Lo Sordo designed an exclusive royal purple silk gown unveiled at Australian Fashion Week. This partnership highlights the synergy between Lo Sordo’s silk-centric aesthetic and Creed’s luxurious inspiration. “Silk is at the core of every collection I create,” said Lo Sordo. “Designing for Queen of Silk allowed me to balance tradition with a modern touch.”

As Creed debuted as the official fragrance partner for the next three years, guests at Sydney’s Carriageworks were immersed in Creed’s history through captivating installations, including the Queen of Silk bar and a heritage museum.

“This is Creed’s largest activation in Australia,” said Sarah Rotheram, CEO of Creed Fragrances. “It showcases our brand’s story and champions Australian design and artistry.”

Lancôme and Lanolips x  Bec + Bridge

Lancôme, as the Official Makeup Partner, created luminous and bold beauty looks for a number of shows. Under the direction of Lara Srokowski, Lancôme Australia and New Zealand Beauty Director, Bec + Bridge  models showcased smudged deep lips contrasted with glowing skin, achieved with Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique, Rénergie Triple Serum, and Génifique Light Pearl. The foundation of each look was the Teint Idole Ultra Wear, enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, Probiotics, and Vitamin E. “We’re so excited to partner with Australian Fashion Week as the Official Makeup Partner for the second year in a row,” Lara said. “Lancôme believes that beauty is an opportunity to embrace creativity and inspire confidence.”

Makeup was further enhanced by Lanolips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm, used for dewy cheekbones and lip prep, while nails were meticulously crafted by Gojelle and ESMIO, featuring effortlessly applied press-on nails.

Make Up Forever x Blanca

Makeup director Susan Lilian’s approach for Blanca emphasised glowing, lit-from-within skin with sheer coverage. The skin was prepped with Embryolisse products, including Poudre de Lait Exfoliante, Eau de Beaute Rosamelis, Hydra-Serum, Lait-Creme Concentre, and Active Eye Contour Care. The Cicalisse Creme was used for glossy cheeks, while the body was treated with the lightweight Lait-Creme Fluide. “The skin for Blanca featured glowing, lit-from-within skin,” said Susan Lilian. “Each product was massaged into the skin to create blood flow to the face, giving that radiant look.”

For makeup, the brief was was all about glowing, lit-from-within skin with a natural flush. “We aimed for an effortless, chic Parisian look, using MAKE UP FOR EVER Skin Hydra Glow for hydration and a gorgeous invisible finish. We then used the HD Skin All-in-One Palette as blush, creating a stunning, cohesive look with these two products.”

Sisley Paris x Albus Lumen

Sisley Paris debuted at Australian Fashion Week as the skincare and makeup sponsor for Marina Afonina’s Albus Lumen show. Marina described the collaboration as featuring “young rebels on the runway” with a focus on individuality and renewed skin.

Isabella Schimid, Skincare & Make-Up Director, created a youthful, glowing base using Sisleÿa L’Intégral Anti-Âge Fresh Gel Cream, complemented by modern metallic eye looks inspired by 90s grunge. Isabella said: “The skincare and make-up blend seamlessly on some looks, especially around the eyes and brow – so you don’t know where the skin and make-up start and ends – I loved playing with this, it gives the looks an overall, iridescent look.”

Hair for the show was styled using TRESemmé under the direction of Travis Balcke. Using TRESemmé’s Pro Collection and new Lamellar range, the team created relaxed, undone styles that enhanced each model’s natural texture. The main look was gritty, grungy, yet glossy and full of shine.

Lancôme x David Jone Indigenous Fashion Projects

The beauty look for David Jones Indigenous Fashion Projects – which included Gali Swimwear, Joseph & James,  Miimi & Jiinda, Ihraa Swim and  Lazy Girl Lingerie –   was inspired by the intricate panels in the collection. Three distinct eye looks were crafted by Lara Srokowski, each seamlessly paired with Lancôme’s signature skin treatments, enhancing the natural beauty and cultural richness of the designs.

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