DFMA’s London Fashion Week Round-up A/W 2017

WOW… what a week it has been. All hail London Fashion Week A/W 17. We’ve rubbed shoulders with the fashion Gods, the consummate designers who never fail to impress us on the catwalk, the models, photographers, and ‘behind the scenes’ teams who contribute so much to fashion week success.

This year’s, September London Fashion Week has been beyond spectacular. Many of our graduates have felt the pressure rising early, working long days to create all-star make-up looks, ensuring the models are on-point and the fashion designers, happy.


Now the DFMA team are sharing the glitz, glamour and gossip from backstage. Get ready!


First and foremost, we’re hanging with DFMA friend and inspiration, MUA Pat McGrath.

Pat is a British make-up artist once labelled the most influential MUA in the world by Vogue magazine, and that’s only one reason we love her style.

Pat is known for using bold hues and material experimentation, she will throw in thick eyebrows, coloured lashes and make a statement with every face, because, she can. We love Pat’s adventurous nature, innovative make-up techniques and legendary looks that have been seen on catwalks around the globe. In fact, some of my very own favourite looks this season have been created by Pat McGrath. She has been lucky enough to work with some of the greatest in the industry, as have our DFMA students and graduates.

Here’s an overview of my ultimate London Fashion Week looks;


  1. Show: Anna Sui, Makeup Artist: Pat McGrath:

It’s a summer of love at this Anna Sui show. Overall, things are kept simple, yet sultry.

Skin is flawless, dewy and glistening. It shines like silk. Eyes pop with nuanced definition to evoke the feeling of the ‘Summer of Love’ on the catwalk. To create this ambience, there are hints of glitter and sparkle on and around the eye-lids. Bronze, gold, silver, it’s all there to channel Anna Sui’s glow. From full lid-coverage to dramatic lines, and we even saw blue flowers drawn onto some model’s cheeks, giving us true summer appreciation once more.

Some of the world’s finest models rocked this signature look, including Gigi Hadid, now we wish we had eyes like this 24/7!

source: @patmcgrathreal


  1. Show: Victoria Beckham, Makeup Artist: Pat McGrath:


When it comes to the one and only VB, it’s glamorous and well-placed with subtle tones. We love the eyes Pat has created, where a glossy lid has been mastered using soft, understated, natural-coloured hues, juxtaposed with definition via simple eyeliner.

VB always rocks a fresh and flawless dewy skin, so her models did not fall far from the tree on the catwalk. Lips remain nude, yet impeccable, and eyebrows still dominate.

The look so perfectly crafted here is the very definition of understated glamour, with the no-fuss look, bed-head, tousled hair, and a purity about the makeup look. Take it from us; it’s often harder to create a ‘less is more’ look, so we salute you Pat and VB! What a team.


source: @patmcgrathreal


  1. Show: The Row, Makeup Artist: Pat McGrath:


If you’re a brow gal, you’ll love what we saw from The Row. Defined brows that were on-point and enough to give us all brow envy, were mixed with blurred ombre lips and a new take on the smoky eye. The latter being created by smudging the grey and blue eye-shadow tones, rather than putting them on neatly.

Skin is dewy, yet, now it’s a lot paler in comparison. There is hardly any definition around the eyes; instead, lashes are left to their own devices.

It’s clear, Pat has focused solely on brows and lips for The Row, letting them do all the talking.


source: @patmcgrathreal


  1. Show: Alexandre Vauthier Couture, Makeup Artist: Lisa Butler:Colour bursts and drama made up this season’s look by designer Alexandre Vauthier Couture and make-up artist Lisa Butler.

Lisa took us on an experimental journey of fusion, fashion and fun with her makeup at London Fashion Week this year. The vibe? She didn’t hold back. Her new take on a smoky, smudgy, blurred eye consists of using plums and violets over the standard grey hues. We loved to see so much use of colour around the eye. It was full, impactful and attention-grabbing, making the eyes stand out.

Often, purple hues are ignored as people feel adding too much colour provides too much contrast with the rest of your outfit or style, especially if you have blue eyes. However, we beg to differ! As soon here, purple tones can help make blue eyes POP. Picking the right hue is the hard part, but that’s one thing we teach you at DFMA.

The smoky, smudged, colourful look was a winner on the catwalk at fashion week. You rock Lisa Butler! It’s no wonder you are called the make-up artists, make-up artist.


source: @lisabutlermua

So as the dust settles on London Fashion Week, I’d like to remind you that many of our DFMA students and pro’s take part in fashion weeks around the globe. Yes, that’s right! This unique offering forms part of our Unlimited Aftercare programme, guiding students and graduates to take on the make-up industry and the big wide world. We feel it’s incredibly important to support our students and graduates in this way. That’s why we use our little black book of contacts to get you behind the scenes and at the frontline of the action.

Don’t just take it from us, here’s a former student of ours, Emma Buckham, who had this to say;


“I had a fantastic group of girls working with me and I made a lot of friends for life at DFMA. Fashion Week was a great opportunity to network within the industry with other make-up and hair artists, along with designers and photographers. We were asked back by the company a total of three times. It’s opened up loads of doors for me and I couldn’t thank DFMA enough” – Emma Buckham


If you’d like to learn more about our courses and how we can help get you into the industry, click here.


We hope you enjoy reading our latest blog as much as we enjoyed being there. See you at the next Fashion Week!