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he first show – oh my God, we were all try­ing to find our­selves. There were lots and lots of lay­er­ing, lots of scarves, and it was in Mi­lan, and it was in an old cin­ema,” re­calls Wendy Rowe of the ec­cen­tric Vir­ginia Woolf-inspired Burberry Pror­sum Au­tumn/Win­ter ’04 col­lec­tion, her bright blue eyes sparkling ef­fer­ves­cently at the mem­ory of her first col­lab­o­ra­tive work back­stage with Burberry CEO Christo­pher Bai­ley. “To­day, those of us who had worked that show still work with Burberry. We grow with the brand be­cause it gives you the right op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Rowe has cer­tainly come a long way since then. As she con­tin­ues to work with Bai­ley on ev­ery Burberry Pror­sum show ever held, Bai­ley has gone on to rev­o­lu­tionise the her­itage fash­ion brand, turn­ing it into a multi-mil­lion busi­ness that en­com­passes Burberry Fra­grances and Beauty, where Rowe is cur­rently the make-up artis­tic con­sul­tant.

“We have worked to­gether for so long,” says Rowe of Bai­ley, who is known in the in­dus­try for his metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to de­tail and pen­chant for push­ing bound­aries, fus­ing el­e­ments like mu­sic and tech­nol­ogy with fash­ion. “Our woman is the same. I am su­per lucky there. That is a re­ally good fit for me.” She un­der­stands the way Bai­ley ex­plains things: “He might say some­thing but I know ex­actly what he is talk­ing about and de­duce his vi­sion very easily. He re­ally pushes the limit, and I get that.”

THE BURBERRY GIRL

Bai­ley’s shows are of­ten per­son­i­fied by his cool picks of mu­sic and a Bri­tish woman who ex­udes mod­ern cool vibes. Be­hind the scenes, Rowe seam­lessly rev­o­lu­tionises the Bri­tish rose look ev­ery sea­son and makes it cov­etable. “We have the ‘no make-up’ make-up English girls like. We just twisted it and made it mod­ern, less pretty. But then we also have the more fash­ion and more so­phis­ti­cated. At the end of the day, we al­ways try to keep it mod­ern.”

As with Bai­ley, it would come back to mu­sic for Rowe. “We have many facets in terms of mu­sic. When I was grow­ing up, mu­sic was re­ally im­por­tant and re­lated to the dif­fer­ent looks of peo­ple. I am inspired by Bri­tish cul­ture but I have to trans­late it to make it work around the world. It’s just an at­ti­tude, be­cause that woman – that rosy-cheeked woman – doesn’t ex­ist.”

LIFE AF­TER LIFE

There was the brick-red lip on clear skin for one sea­son; un­ex­pect­edly soft and beau­ti­ful eye­lids in a shock­ing pink shade that Rowe ap­plied like a veil in another; and then there were the hyp­notic mul­berry eyes. “These things don’t shout out – it is like a whis­per of a feel­ing. It is a bit like ex­pect­ing the un­ex­pected,” she re­veals. “When you get close you would un­der­stand the del­i­cate­ness or the beauty of it. But on the run­way it will be part of the look.”

This sea­son, she pushed the en­ve­lope with her smokey eyes. “We cre­ated a mod­ern, ro­man­tic veil of colour on the eyes inspired by nat­u­ral tones,” ex­plains Rowe. Women all around the world can em­u­late the ethe­real-fes­ti­val-rocker-chick look this month with the de­but of some of the ex­act shades used in Burberry Beauty’s Au­tumn/Win­ter ’15 Make-up Col­lec­tion.

To start, Fresh Glow Lu­mi­nous Fluid Base is a must: “The com­plex­ion has a warm matt fin­ish and lips are translu­cent and nude. The look re­ally com­ple­mented the bo­hemian na­ture of the Au­tumn/Win­ter ’15 run­way col­lec­tion.”

An­der­son be­hind the scenes with Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’15-inspired make-up

Burberry Beauty Lim­ited Edi­tion Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’15

Run­way Pal­ette, RM190

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