It’s not every LFW season that you get to be a part of a brand’s very first show. And so, we were thrilled to collaborate with new label 16Arlington for their Autumn/Winter '19 collection, for a hyper-glam presentation at the The Institute of Contemporary Arts in St James. Not only were we translating this one collection’s key elements to beauty looks, but also helping communicate the brand’s message and contemporary take on ladylike dressing meets avant-garde tailoring for the first time.
Marco Capaldo launched the brand with his partner Federica “Kikka” Cavenati out of their north London flat in 2018. Both from Italy, they met in London while studying at the famed Istituto Marangoni. And in true London fashion, the brand is named for the address of their first shared studio. Quickly becoming a red-carpet fave, 16Arlington has already been worn by Edie Campbell, Claire Foy, Lady Gaga, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Alek Wek, Jourdan Dunn, Doutzen Kroes, Adut Akech and Edie Campbell in its first year of business.
For their AW19 collection Capaldo and Cavenati looked to their muse, Golden Age star Marlene Dietrich, and the mid-century German-American pop artist Richard Linder as a rich source of visual inspiration. To explore the concept of sexual symbolism and blurred gender lines, they used a decadent mix of sequins, bejewelled brights, Duchess satin, Swarovski crystals and rich embellishments on tailoring.
To create the perfect beauty looks to bring 16Arlington and the collection to life, make-up artist Marie Bruce used Code8 Beauty. The Beauty Editor of Pylot magazine, Marie’s style is all about balance and harmony between skin and pops of colour. Her aesthetic and creativity led to taking the role as Rita Ora’s head make-up artist within the EU and Asia, alongside editorials with photographers such as the Scandeburgs and Mary Rozzi. Her editorial clients have included the hallowed pages of ID, Love and Beauty Papers.
For Marie, beauty inspirations were Christina Aguilera in the early noughties (think the Genie in a Bottle music video), colliding with 90s Mary J Blige and of course, Dietrich. Statement brows were achieved by being bleached and drawn back on with Code8 Pencil in Mocha or Classic Black. For skin, Marie used Code8 Radiate Beauty Balm for a perfectly luminous skin base that glows with lustre. Code8 HD Palette Between Two Women was used to accent the high points, such as the cheekbone and browbone. For eyes, Marie used selected shades from our two Iconoclast Palettes - Jaipur Marbles and Burnt Sienna. The looks were finished with Code8 bespoke lipsticks and the Highlight HD Palette.
All in all, the show, its clothes and the strong beauty mood echoed the type of jazzy evening that could only be had in a bygone era. It was truly fun, and we felt a little bit like Owen Wilson’s character in Midnight in Paris who finds himself back in time drinking single malt with Hemingway. With all the unconventional draping, nostalgic eveningwear, renegade regality (and perfect make-up), it almost felt as if Marlene herself would be joining us.