Brazilian supermodels, Alessandra Ambrosio, Isabelli Fontana, Raquel Zimmerman and Adriana Lima have posed for the June 2014 issue of Vogue wearing specially designed Stella McCartney designs whereas Giselle Bundchen has posed alongside footballs, adorned with her native Brazilian colours. It's not only the models who have embraced the football spirit, with singers Shakira, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte offering their vocal talents to the official soundtrack of the competition, adding their own signature style to Brazil. Jennifer Lopez took to the stage at the opening ceremony, wearing a show girl outfit by Lebanese designer Charbel Zoe which completely stole the show, adding that speical sparkle to get things going, while Shakira has notched up an impressive Vevo certificate, by scoring over 100,000,000 views on YouTube for her 'Dare La La La' World Cup anthem. Girl power or what?
As households worldwide hang up patriotic flags from their windows, the high street has also been swept into the World Cup buzz. From the official England football kit sold in JD Sports and Sports Direct amongst others, to Fred Perry's personalised shirts and Primark's extensive display of official merchandise; everyone seems to be going all out in the name of football. New Look have launched a wonderful swim wear collection bearing the Brazilian colours to set your summer holidays on fire, with kaftans and accessories to compliment your overall look. While H&M, Topshop and Bershka have based their summer style on classic Brazilian staples, like pretty cotton dresses to keep cool in the heat and teeny tiny shorts decorated with studs and lace designs.
One of my favourite Brazilian fashion labels, Hipanema will most defiantly get you into the football spirit with their creative and bright bracelets. From catchy beaded logos to embellished string friendship bands, these accessories are great arm candy and will look perfect with a hot little black dress or for causally lounging about on the beach. The truth of the matter is, the World Cup is everywhere; it is inescapable. So, for the next month we should embrace and celebrate the power of football... with a little fashion thrown in for good measure!
Blogger Hannah Last
I love fragrance, in fact I'm obsessed my shelf contains over 30 different bottles and I'm forever stocking up on the latest smells. Whilst out shopping at the weekend I took the chance to go and check out the latest and newest smells for summer. Here are my top 5.
Jimmy Choo Exotic £44.00 60ml
The main ingredients in this fragrance are blackcurrant sorbet, pink grapefruit, tiger orchid and passion flower. The smell is very exotic and fruity. Simply divine and even more so comes in a beautiful coral and snakeskin print looking fab on that shelf.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Delight £44.50 50ml
I'm a massive fan of the Marc Jacobs fragrances and this one hasn't let me down. Bursts of quince flowers and Iris with crisp red apple makes this fragrance smell delicious.
Juicy Couture Malibu £34.00 40ml
Get the glamour of Los Angeles with this fresh jasmine and pink passion fruit fragrance making you feel fresh.
Escada Born in Paradise £35.00 50ml
A beautiful exotic refreshed fruit fragrance made form delicious cocktail ingredients of pineapple, watermelon and guava to refresh.
Marc Jacobs Daisy £52.00 75ml
The Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So fresh is a lush fruity, floral fragrance that gives a twist to the original daisy by adding a rush of blood orange flourished with exotic tiare.
CEO Dweight Peters, Designer Kevin O'Brian and Business Development Manager Sloane Jackson
Saint International are proud of their many models located around the world and are featured at most of the Fashion Weeks held in Paris, London, Milan, New York just to name a few.
StyleWeek has been the platform for breaking new models and designers to give them the chance to show their talent to a multitude of fashion ambassadors from Model Agencies to Buyers and the general public.
iDeLick Media began their coverage of Mercedes Benz StyleWeek at there first event called Glam, Glits n Style:
International Super Model – Sosheba Griffiths (Cousin of Trevor Fogah Griffiths) Wearing Donovan DePass
Design by Donovan Depass worn by Muse Model Agency NY and a former Elite Model Agency, Shena Moulton
Day two of StyleWeek took us over to two venues to view and enjoy cocktails and entertainment which included breaking plates at Opa Restaurant on Old Hope Road, Kingston Jamaica. Yet, day three of took us to the ball of Mercedes Benz SyleWeek Jamaica where everyone dressed in white and enjoy bevarages from well known manufactures at an event called International Mecca of Style.
Designer: Donovan DePass
Avent Garde Designer: Kevin O'Brian from Paris
Mercedes Benz StyleWeek Jamaica 2014 concluded out in the streets of New Kingston Jamaica. It was conceived to involve the public in an event called FashionBlock with the longest runway known in the Caribbean that is 150 feet long.
Neahlis with International Hairstylist Desmond Murray
New Saint International Male Models
Designs by Kevin O'Brian, Avent Garde Designer
Crowned the winner of both the Best Womenswear Award and the George Gold Award, it goes without saying that Grace Weller's beautifully executed romantic collection showed real potential for Weller's future within the industry. The Bath Spa University graduate revealed a stunning gothic collection with a dark colour palette consisting of navy blue and red alongside subtle hints of orange. Exposing her technical capability with elaborate hand-embroided lace garments, Weller's collection married such skilfully crafted material with floral designs, promoting a delicate, elegant image.
Grace Weller wasn't the only graduate celebrating as Graduate Fashion Week drew to a close late on Tuesday night. Nottingham Trent's Aimee Dunn was awarded the prize for Best Menswear with her controversial collection influenced by 1980's British politics. Dunn's monochrome collection blended loose fit trousers with casual black slip-on sandals, adding a slight touch of nonchalance to her formal collection. Amongst displays of chunky knits and various examples of clean tailoring, Dunn's collection featured a neat black sweatshirt hosting a large white pop art style image of Britain's first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. This design alongside various slogans imprinted onto selected garments, such as 'Thatcher took our milk' and 'Goal not Dole', highlights Margaret Thatcher's politics as the key inspiration for Dunn's work, primarily the impact her political actions had upon the north.
Birmingham City University graduate Wai Keung Lam presented us with an alternative approach to menswear with his Autumn Winter collection. Inspired by an ancient Chinese philosopher, Lam combined a neutral colour palette of beige, black and grey alongside glimpses of red to illuminate the elements of historic Chinese culture which influenced his collection. Lam's neatly executed pieces exhibit his ability to produce clean cut tailored garments which we hope to see more of outside of Graduate Fashion Week.
Presenting a powerful, vibrant collection suitable for Antarctic conditions, Lauren Lake's garments were governed by various striking shades of pink. The Kingston University graduate used a variation of materials and texture such as shiny PVC and faux fur to create a striking contrast against the predominantly white and pink colour palette, revealing an elaborate, fun, girly approach to winter fashion. As soon as Lake's first outfit stepped out onto the runway, a stir erupted amongst the audience, showing immense promise for the future of this particular graduate with this visually appealing collection.
Opting for a softer variety of colours, Bath Spa University graduate Keziah Newlove's Spring Summer collection is constructed using pastel tones ranging from a soft yellow to a fresh pale green alongside glimpses of metallic appliqué, giving us a tutorial on modern elegance.
Northumbria University's Hannah Donkin displayed impressive technical skills when revealing a glamorous black collection. With faces covered with intricately crafted lace masks and veils combined with structured black dresses, Donkin presents this year's audience with a sophisticated womenswear collection. The graduate's visually potent yet fragile designs make her a strong competitor for future success amongst the hundreds of graduates who attended the event.
However, not all designers showing artistic talent made it to the catwalk this year. Inspired by the often uncontrollable adaptations which take place in nature, such as the development of animals and changes in water movement, Leanne Johnston revealed a collection sporting earthy, natural tones and detailed prints which were produced following close studies of water and butterflies. These particular features help to evoke the illusion of movement and progression through her garments, exposing the creative aptitude of this particular graduate. By combining her separate removable pieces with statement jewellery, the University of Sunderland graduate presents us with numerous wearable outfits to welcome the summer seasons.
With many established fashion designers already producing outstanding collections, these graduates prove with their innovative, expertly constructed designs why they have the capability to make a similar impact upon the fashion industry; watch this space.
Written by Sophie Beresford
Image Source: Sandals, Sunflower Skort, Lurex Cardigan, Rain Mac
Metallics are all the rage this season. When it's raining in June but you don't want to compromise on seasonal colours, metallics are the easiest way to make the days brighter. Invest in a high impact rain mac for the festival circuit or introduce a shimmery skort to your party wear collection. Directional, futuristic and spring ready, this trend is ideal for rain, shine and every climate in-between.
Image Source: Erin Clutch, Carnaby Tote, Artemis Shopper, Dixie Clutch
Unleash your playful, colourful side this summer with sugary handbags. It's true that pastels are no secret in the fashion world, they come back around time and time again in the form of playsuits, lace dresses and crop knits. Nonetheless, this year handbag designers are honing in on the Neapolitan craze and giving classic styles a burst of egg shell blue, candyfloss pink, ginger orange- or perhaps a mix of all 3.
Add a splash of peach to your usual monochrome ensemble with a Modalu tote bag such as the Artemis Shopper in melon. A roomy bag with capacity to hold payday purchases or errand buys- it's ideal for shopping in style. And if you're looking for something a little more daring, it also comes in azure blue.
Image Sources: Oversized B&W, Celine Tee, Isabel Marant, Kenzo Tee
The slogan top enjoyed its fair share of the limelight some 4 years ago, and now it's back with a vengeance. Like a temporary tattoo, celebrities everywhere are championing the slogan revival, whether it's Millie Mackintosh's 'no photos please' t-shirt or Naomi Campbell's risqué 'Naomi hit me' pullover, celebs are leading the slogan parade.
Whether you like to wear your heart on your sleeve or not, there are plenty of ways to channel the look. Say it with a voguish Celine tee, loud statement jacket or understated knit piece.
And there we have it, 3 key trends for SS '14. How will you be championing this season's key trends?
I'll let you in on my secret...
For anyone who already follows me or my work, you will already know how important it is for me to prep any model's skin before make-up application. Spain was no different. Using Biorderma cleansing water and simple moisturiser I cleaned away all dirt and make-up so that the model's skin was clean and fresh. I primed with the amazing Mehron Velvet Serum Primer which I have raved about so much to all you readers previously. A matte primer is essential for the summer to keep away that shine and make your make-up last longer in the heat. Lush lip scrub and Vaseline to the lips as I do on every model.
When applying make-up abroad it's important to use the right foundation. You don't want layers and layers of a thick cream foundation that will simply melt under the heat, but instead go for a light foundation, tinted moisturiser or simply add moisturiser to your favourite foundation to make it thinner. I used Mac Face and body foundation, a light liquid foundation that glides on naturally but is buildable to achieve the coverage you desire.
To hide those tired eyes I used Illamasqua Skin Base Lift concealer. I love this concealer, it instantly lifts and illuminates the skin perfect for bags and dark circles as well as covering any imperfections. You would never have known the models had had very little sleep.
On the beach it's all about that sunkissed glow. We dream of that perfect healthy looking tan and skin. Well, it's so easy to achieve even on the palest of models like our lovely Sophie in Spain. Simply make a glow with Make-up. I began by using Illamasqua bronzing duo sweeping it back and forth under the cheek bone and up over the temple and blending. Once I was happy, I took my Bare minerals pure radiance and simply swept the peach lustre powder over the bronzer across the cheeks only. By doing this you are brightening and enhancing that sunkissed look on the cheeks. I then took my Illamasqua Sculpting powder duo which I tend to use for natural contouring to the face and with the Illamasqua fluff brush I swept the champagne highlighter above the bronzer across the high parts of the cheek bones to create a highlighted illuminate affect.
Using fellow make-up Artist Nafan's Nars Body Glow, I simply spread the oil over Sophie's body to give a rich shimmer natural glow.
I recommend finishing off with coatings of waterproof mascara and either a nude lip or an in season colour like coral or orange. On our shoot I opted for Kryolan's high shine gloss in shade Catwalk and applied Vaseline to the eyelids for a gloss affect.
Spain Team - all Manchester based
Photographers: Biggi Ayo and Ryan James Davies
Models: Sophie Smith - of PHA models Manchester, Kira Martin - previous Shameless actress, Mamzy Ahmed
Hair and Make-up Artist: Nafan Neil Beanz and myself
So whether you're off abroad, to the English coast or simply enjoying the sun in the comfort of your garden or Local Park why not try Biorderma cleansing water.
This product was created to suit the needs of those who experience skin redness and irritation. ( sensitive skin ) but it perfect for those summer months where everyone's skin is extra dry and sensitive from too much sun. It's an alcohol-free product that soothes and cools as it cleanses the skin. Designed to be used on both skin and eyes it cleanses and removes impurities and dirt while keeping the skin's natural ph balance. It removes all make-up including waterproof mascara.
I always have this product in my professional make-up kit and will be my go to product this coming weekend while working away on a photoshoot in Marbella, Spain. My models skin will instantly feel fresh and perfectly clean with no irritation. I may even use it on myself ;)
This product can be bought at any good local pharmacy.
Come back next week for my tips and behind the scenes images from my Spain trip and how to create that golden goodness look for summer.
So, last Friday I was lucky enough to work with the incredible London based photographer Zoe Michelle on a colourful shoot. I worked my magic brushes on two lovely models, Alisa in the morning and Larelle in the afternoon. The concept was 'Colourful'.
Various outfits had already been chosen by the models and Larelle's personal stylist and business partner Joelle for the afternoon shoot. They were bright, colourful and powerful. I needed to create a make-up look to fit in with all designs each model would wear as shooting an editorial outside on location at London's Southbank on a busy sunny day would be too hard to keep changing the make-up look.
So I went ahead and created a look on both girls that complemented the outfits. Quick lip colour changes were done but the overall look stayed the same throughout the shoot.
I posted some behind the scenes images on my personal social media platforms and found I got a massive response from one of the looks from my followers asking how I created it.
So today I'm going to tell you all how....
To create a beautiful summer look with colours you need to work with colours that compliment each other and also your model. Look at your model's skin tone, hair colour, eye colour and look at the colour wheel.
1, I began by using 'Myron Velvet Serum' to even out Lorelle's skin, fill in any lines or problem areas making her skin completely flawless. (not that Lorelle's skin needed filling in- her skin was flawless) but always use a primer no matter how good your skin is as it will make the make-up last longer.
2, Taking 'Myron's HUD Celebre Pro' foundation in shade ME1 and Mac 187 Duo fibre brush stipple on the product over the entire skin including eye lids. Buff the foundation into the skin using the same brush in circular movements.
Then take a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and buff the foundation into the skin even more, I then used a Real Techniques Stippling Brush to buff and polish the skin giving it that flawless finish. Finish off areas around the nose and eyes with a beauty blender.
3, Apply 'Alaska skin base lift concealer' in shade 2 underneath the eyes and corners of the eye.
4, Fill in the eyebrows with powder if required then use 'Ingot Eyebrow wax' to set the powder and hair, comb through with a disposable mascara brush to set into place.
5, Using a 'NYX Jumbo pencil' in shade milk glide the product over the eyelid and blend with your finger.
Take the 'mehron Intense powder pigment palette' using the brush provided in the palette press on the 'yellow spark' colour across the entire eyelid up to the crease line. Blend the colour slightly above the socket with a Mac 217 blending brush.
Taking the Mac 219 pencil brush sweep the shade 'Inferno' across the socket line like a car windscreen motion and down onto the lid on the outer corner of the eye.Go back with the 217 brush and blend.
Then taking a second clean 219 pencil brush sweep shade 'Purple Heat' half way across the socket line and again onto the outer corner of the eye lid. Continue to blend or adding extra colour until you are happy with the result.
Bring the colours to underneath the eye and highlight with 'Bourjois 01 highlight' shadow underneath the brows and tear duck. Finish off with coating of 'Clinques High Impact' black mascara.
6, Using a blusher brush ask your model to pout and place 'Mehron Powder blush' in shade Tropicoral underneath the cheek bones and round to just over the temples.
Taking the 'Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo' shade the key areas of the face, (jawline, sides of forehead and sides of the nose) with 'Bobbi Brown' eye blending brush. Clean the brush and using the same Illamasqua palette use the highlighter and highlight above the cheek bones in a sweeping motion, the centre of the forehead, centre of the chin, down the bridge of the nose and above the top lip (cupids bow).
7, Apply 'Kryolan High Gloss' in shade Apricot to the lips.
8, We finished the look by applying ready made false nails by Sarah Wright in a ombre orange affect.
Mehron make-up can be bought from Treasure House of Make-up
We chose the on trend for summer is Soho the new baby blue suede brogue style from Chatham which is a delicate take on the brogue in sumptuous soft suede. We can confirm these shoes are incredibly comfortable and from the moment you slip them on.
Now ladies you know that as soon as you wear NEW shoes what do you get??? A BLISTER or some other discomfort somewhere on the feet and this can go on for weeks until they stretch and adjust to your feet. Well let us tell you these brogues were worn for 6 hours, no socks or tights and guess what? Not only did they turn heads and generate comments like 'Wow, those are fab!' 'Where did you get those shoes? to top it there were absolutely no blisters rubbing or other at the end of the day.
This is what you call a good pair of well-made British shoes!
Teamed with Beige skinny jeans and powder blue top but the Soho looks fab with pretty much anything you team it with weather it's jeans or dresses.
The Soho from Chatham UK is also available in coral and beige RRP: £59 head on over to www.chatham.co.uk where you can shop till you drop.
So whether you're off abroad, to the English coast or simply enjoying the sun in the comfort of your garden or Local Park special hair care in the summer is a must!
Mark Hill has brought a holiday hair care range out ideal for the summer months. His expert team have put hair through the toughest conditions to create products that are excellent for protecting the hair through the summer season along with great smelling products.
There are 7 super products in this range that come in mini size bottles ideal for overseas travelling at the check-in desk.
1, Holiday Hair Sunshine Shampoo
A luxurious shampoo to gently cleanse the hair clean keeping moisture locked in to sun stressed-out hair. £1.99
2, Holiday Hair Sunset Smoother Aftersun Conditioner
A super affective nourishing and repair conditioner for sun-damaged hair. £1.99
3, Holiday Hair Cover Up Protection Spray
A product to cover up/provide a barrier on the hair and scalp from the sun helping to replenish lost moisture. £5.99
4, Holiday Hair Sun, Sea, Frizz-free Anti Humidity Spray
A simple spray to not only help protect the hair from the rays but also keeps the hair smooth, frizz free and glossy. £5.99
5, Holiday Hair Beach to Bar Shampoo
If you don't have time to wash your hair between the day and evening out then this product will get rid of the sand, sea salt and chlorine refreshing your hair and style. £5.99
6, Holiday Hair Beach Babe Sea Salt Wave Spray
This product instantly revamps or creates soft beach babe waves in your long locks ready for a day at the beach. £5.99
7, Holiday Hair Summer Loving Protection Serum
This is ideal for adding extra moisture to sun-stressed hair. Use on damp hair and dry hair to define.
So today I have to tell you how amazing some of Mehron's eye colours are.
Intense Pro Pigment Palettes - £51.18
WOW these palettes of pigments are as the title says...INTENSE.
They come in 3 different intense palettes of pressed shadow pigments each containing 8 different colours related to the name of the palette. The shadows are matte and so strong and rich in pigment that all you need is one swipe over the palette with a flat brush and when placed on the eye or skin the colour beams straight back at you with an intense wash of colour. The texture feels velvety and to look at it looks silky and matte with a strong pop of colour. All the shades are either bright or deep and rich. I find the variety of shades Mehron have put together in these palettes in the 3 colour combinations all work together so well.
The palettes come in 3 names; EARTH – which I think is perfect colour match for creating a sophisticated look, WIND - to create an edgy look and FIRE - creates a bright look.
They are also available as single shadows ideal if you cannot afford the palettes or would like to test or use only one colour. - £7.31
Metallic Powder and Mixing Liquid – £8.68
This product is incredible! One of my all time favourite products in my kit and has been used over and over. The product is a loose pigment powder with a "molten metal" effect. Nothing like your normal loose pigment shadows, this is something different. The powder is ultra-fine and so easy to use. Can be used dry for an intense powder pigment shadow on the eyes with a metal likeness to do it or it can be mixed with a product from Mehron called 'Mixing Liquid'. Now this is where things get exciting! Have you ever seen a full body paint where the model looks like metal? Well this is the product!!
Simply mix a small amount of mixing liquid with metallic powder and by magic it creates a metallic liquid makeup. Simply apply it over the body or desired area with a brush or sponge or even pop it into an airbrush gun and watch the transformation. I absolutely love this this product! The affects you can create are endless. Whether you want boldness, beautiful, dramatic or that full on metal body paint affect this product is the one to use! Comes in 4 colours of, gold, silver, bronze and copper.
Precious Gem Powder –
Mehron's loose pigment powder comes by the name of 'Precious Gem Powder' and wow it really is a precious gem! Very strong pigmented ultra-fine powder that gives an intense affect with a small amount of product. The powders are shimmery and glittery making them idea for that night out or to create a dramatic high fashion or glamorous look. Simply apply dry with a flat brush or can be mixed with the mixing liquid for a wet application making the colour even more intense. Quick, simple and incredible results.
All of these products including the full range of Mehron Make-up can be bought in store or online at Treasure House of Make-up in Stockport. Friendly helpful staff and quick delivery. Perfect for any make-up artist or home use.
All product can be found here via MerhonUK and Treasure House of Makeup
From her critically acclaimed portrayal of Holly Golightly in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' to her controversial role in 'My Fair Lady,' Hepburn's on-screen style has always mesmerised and delighted audiences and fashion lovers alike as her slender, athletic frame carried even the most tricky trends with ease and elegance.
With her petite, beautiful looks and chic sense of style, Hepburn differed from her other female contemporaries like the curvy Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren, yet offered women another approach to stylish dressing. Her black Capri pants, short pixie fringe and cats-eyes sunglasses, established that a new icon was born in she shape of Audrey Hepburn.
Throughout her career, Hepburn remained firm friends with respected fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy who designed some of her most iconic gowns, most notably the gorgeous dress she wore while collecting her best actress Oscar for 'Roman Holiday' in 1953. Her little black dress she wore in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' has remained a style staple for women's wardrobes and an instant option for party dressing, while the graceful hats Hepburn wore in the famous Cecil Beaton photographs have been images associated with high fashionable glamour and beauty.
Throughout her later years, Hepburn stepped back from the Hollywood spotlight and dedicated her time and effort to charity work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, as she helped children in impoverished areas. Nevertheless, her impeccable sense of style and vast movie history has been an everlasting vision of the 60's and no doubt will continue on into the near future. Happy birthday to a fashion icon, a wonderful lady and a talent which we will never forget: Audrey Hepburn.
Written by Hannah Last
Honestly. We do.
Available in all Boots stores, these light, fresh body sprays easily replace heavy perfume fragrances during the summer heat. I'm personally not a fan of overbearing scents during these months but I also feel incomplete without a pleasant whiff of something!
They come in a small plastic bottle with a spritzer spray nozzle, making a great travel companion with no breakages of beautiful bottles. My favourite fragrances include Vanilla, Mango and Papaya and I am currently making my way through the Apple and Lime which smells mouth-wateringly fruity and natural, perfect for this time of year.
It leaves the skin feeling hydrated and revitalised and keeps you uplifted throughout your day unlike the aerosol sprays which simply irritate the skin. It leaves no sticky marks unlike many body sprays I have tried in the past and did I mention the price? At an amazing £2 it is definitely affordable.
To complement the body spray, the shower gels are also a good buy. I was bought the wild strawberry body scrub and it smells so lush and as a scrub it works well. Jumping out of the shower I feel rejuvenated and my skin has become a lot smoother. However, like the spray, the smell is only truly noticeable for an hour, maybe two at most which is disappointing but it is very simply solved by casually spritzing yourself from time to time.
One hundred percent recommendable for all ages within the family.
written by Savannah Liu
Fashion is a love which never fails to leave me and it proved to remain high up in my life agenda again after I attended 'Renaissance'. And, if it wasn't good enough to be entertained by a number of emerging designers and their wonderful garments, it was even more a treat to hear a diverse range of fresh musicians perform new music.
Nottingham had more talent than an evening's worth of "Britain's got talent" auditions that night and I was so happy that I had to write you a blow by blow account of the whole night! So here comes the typing and the photos all over again. Retold, in these beautiful photographs taken by Mikey San.
First and foremost opening the show was the lovely and local Josh Kemp. Josh played us to two acoustic numbers, one "a love song in his own modest words" apparently, which I enjoyed as he sung it beautifully to me!
Josh is definitely one to watch and has been touring constantly, playing no less than two hundred and fifty venues last year so we heard. His soulful voice, lifting melodies, bone structure and that determination will serve him well and I do hope to hear more from him in the near future although I'm not sure he knows my phone number yet!
The fashion parade then commenced in a spectacular of colour and celebration thanks to talented new-comer Callecia J brown. Very much a fan of the Edwardian era, the forties, fifties and all fabrics wonderful and bright, Callecia combined all these influences to make, in my opinion a modern remake of 'My fair lady' and the result was stunning. I loved this collection with its ruffles, tailoring and bright African inspired geometric prints and so would the Edwardians if they'd have been so lucky to have worn her designs!
Continuing with the Edwardian theme, young designer Joey Storer made me very proud when I watched his elegant Edwardian inspired feminine clothes glide down the catwalk alongside recent creations made this year during his first year at Nottingham Trent University studying knitwear and design. I was drawn to Joey's bold use of colour, print and contoured design when I first saw his collection at West Nottinghamshire College fashion show last year. To see his progression into knitwear since was a real treat. Bold block colour and a real flair for shape and styling were evident for all to see on his first ever public catwalk and I predict that we will be seeing a lot more from Joey in the near future!
Giving the models a rest and arresting our ears with his fine blend of soulful lyrics, rhyme and his memorable 'let's get funky' dancehall style track then was the unforgettable P.Nology. Admitting soon into his act that he was the one who chatted up Kelly Rowland live on the 'X –factor' last year, we all found it hard to see why he didn't win over her heart fully with his cheeky humour and charisma. Recently touring with Dappy and with a European tour to many clubbing destinations ahead of him, I think we will be seeing a lot more of this man and I certainly couldn't get that tune out of my head that night or, the next day for that matter.
Returning to fashion from yesteryear, emerging designer Helena Ocansey then took us on an alternative history trip to the French revolution through the eyes of Marianne Antoinette. In Helena's words, her clothes portrayed "a celebration of life during the French revolution". Instead of portraying Marianne's fear of persecution when her popularity fell with the French public, bright prints designed by Helena adorning beautifully boned and corseted garments sang out a celebration of life in colour! Indeed, a very talented designer, re-writing history right before our eyes.
Taking inspiration from London night life and tailoring beautifully fitting clothing, newcomer, Dean Dufurn exhibited his 'Butterfly' entitled collection. Celebrating feminine curves and contours, Dean exhibited a wonderful collection of tailored with clever ruffled embellishment and detailing.
As if things couldn't get any better for me, I then got to see the acclaimed Zeeno Dee Designs, Winner of Fashions Finest Top designer of 2013. Showcasing, clever detailing such as pleats, geometric patterns and futuristic contours, Zeeno took my breath away with her attention to detail. I particularly liked the geometric fashioned, Grecian –come- modernistic galactic number. So trident and beautiful like model Lily Hannah Appleton-Goldstraw wearing it. And then there was the white dress. Oh how I wish I had that dress in my wardrobe and the Grecian escape to warrant its wear or maybe a red carpet award ceremony.
Finally, one lady who looked and sounded every inch red carpet worth was Ava Rose. A regular backstage volunteer at Fashions finest and clearly a very talented singer undiscovered until now, Ava took our breath away with her soulful tones, raw with emotion and experience of a performer twice her age. A real beauty, singing in a unique style which could stand equally against the likes of Nina Simone.
And if that wasn't good enough, I also won a prize on the raffle!! A NYX make up goody bag which I will eagerly await its delivery from Victoria Davies, makeup artist to the models in the show, our own blogger at Fashions finest and my face saviour!
Prizes a-side, the show did have a serious intent and the raffle was undertaken to raise money for YCR Young citizens of Rwanda, a charity set up Jemrose Walker from Nottingham to help the child and teen survivors of the genocide which happened twenty years ago. Orphaned and Left with no parents, finances, education or prospects, these young people had nothing until Jemrose left her life in Nottinghamshire and moved to Rwanda. There she rented a 'safe house' to accommodate young people and continues to raise money to provide education, guidance, food and housing for this group of vulnerable young people. Speaking to her sister Shearon that evening, I was truly moved to hear of her sister's determination to help the young people succeed in life and achieve things we all take for granted such as having an education and being able to eat every day. I couldn't think of a more worthy cause to donate money.
All in all, a highly entertaining evening for a worthy cause. Definitely worth leaving the sofa for, and the best way to see spring in.
Photos by Mikey San. Mikey San/twitter@whoismikey
See the full gallery of photos here
For this particular look on my photo shoot on Sunday I decided I wanted to create a classy, sultry beauty look on a red head. I had to make sure the products were right as my model was very fair skinned and anything too dramatic would be too much. I have to admit, that once again Mehron didn't let me down.
After skin prep I began by using 'Mehron's Velvet Finish Primer Serum'. I had previously tested this on my skin and my gosh my skin had never felt so silky smooth. This product is exactly what it says in the title a 'Velvet Serum'. It feels very much like a hair serum, and we all know how amazing hair serum is! It's a rich serum product that glides onto skin very easily leaving the skin looking matte, along with all the benefits of hydrating and protecting the skin and decreasing the appearance of fine lines and working as a primer I can promise you your skin will never feel so good. Being a make-up artist I have tried a lot of primers and I can honestly say from the heart this is the BEST I have ever used. This primer is perfect for dry skin but also perfect for oily as it absorbs oil. I recommend EVERYONE to go out and buy this product, whether you're a make-up artist or someone wanting to use an amazing product at home. This is more than a 10/10 is a 100/10 product. My professional kit and home care routine for myself will never be without this product again. £18.28
I created the base on my model using the 'Mehron Celebre HD Foundation' as spoke about on last week's blog only this time I set with 'Mehron Celebre Pressed Powder'. I absolutely loved the finish of this powder. It is so good at absorbing oil that I didn't have to top up my model's face once throughout the whole shoot from the many hot lights beaming down on her. The finish on her skin felt almost satin and gave an even finish all over. Perfect colour match and so easy to apply. I used a powder brush and swept over her skin giving perfect results. £11.88
I am a massive fan of cream blusher for many reasons. Personally I feel cream products on photo shoots under lights and flashes look better. They set better; they look better and apply better. The 'Mehron cheek cream palette' did not disappoint me. It contains 8 beautiful varied colour tones from warm, cool and rosy hues. I personally use a contour stipple brush (duo fibre) to apply cream blusher. By using this brush little colour is picked up and goes onto the models skin in small dots like an airbrush effect. I then use a clean stipple brush to blend and work that cream into the models skin. The Mehron palette gave incredible results. The product is a rich cream with a strong pigment and only one application of cream on your stipple brush is needed. This palette will last for so long because of the high pigment in the product. The colours will compliment every skin tone. On my model Rosa I used shade Bronze. £36.56
For my model's eye make-up I used an NYX Jumbo pencil in shade bronze and Mac scatter pigments over the top to give a slight glitter pigment affect. I finished off by using 'Mehron' mascara in black. It performed superb. My model's eyelashes were enhanced with no clumps and I think you will agree that those lashes look long! £7.31
To finish off the look I used 'Mehron Lip Night palette' it contains 8 rich colours that come in the form of a lip cream. The Mehron lip creams are an excellent product to apply colour to dry lips as the cream contains a conditioning formula to keep them smooth and supple. The product was so easy to apply and looked incredible. Throughout the shoot I did not need to top up the lips as the staying power of this product was strong. Mehron also do a 'day palette' again 8 different shades. These 2 palettes combined are all you need to have a variety of extreme fashion lip trends. On my model I used 'Oh Chocolate' from the night palette. £36.56
All of this make-up used on my look and the full Mehron professional make-up range can be bought from Treasure House of Make-up in Stockport. You can also order online at Treasure House of Make-up any questions feel free to comment and I shall get back to you.
Photographer: Rubicon Photography
Model: Rosa Dela
Make-up and Hair: Victoria Davies
Make-up: Mehron, NYX and Mac
Skin was prepped by using simple cleansers, toners, moisturiser. Lush lip scrubs and lip balms. Illamasqua hydra veil primer.
Make-up provided by our Renaissance make-up sponsors Mehron UK
Photograph Mikey San
Photograph Mikey San
Photograph Mikey San
Photograph Mikey San
Photograph Mikey San
Photograph Mikey San
Photograph Mikey San
Photograph Dayo Awe
Photograph Dayo Awe
Photograph Dayo Awe
Photograph Dayo Awe
Photography & art directors: Dayo Awe amd Mikey San
Assistant: Ava Rose
Models: Charlie Brook and Lily Hannah Appleton-Goldstraw
Designer: Callecia J Brown
MUA: Victoria Davies Mua
Asst MUA: Beth Sisson and Justine Vector Marshall
I chose my team and began work on creating a look to suit all models and all designers' designs that were being showcased. I have to say, and not being bias at all, that I am very proud of my team. Every single one of them delivered over my expectations making the night backstage a successful stress free relaxed working environment. Well done girls!!
On the night we were very lucky to be sponsored by make-up brand MehronUk. Treasure house of makeup who are based in Stockport are the leading providers for Mehron in the Uk and provided the make-up for the show. They sent along 3 make-up kits for myself and the other 2 fully qualified make-up artist's Nichole Spencer and Charlotte Hearn for us to use. I had previous experience of working with the brand at Paris Fashion week in March 2014 where the make-up team was sponsored by Mehron, again from Treasure House, but for the other girls in my team it was their first experience. Well, all I can say, is it won't be their last!
The girls fell in love with the products, especially the Mehron Celebre HD Foundation and today I'm going to tell you a little about the products. BEWARE, to fall in love too.
Mehron Celebre HD Foundation - £9.14 (single pot)
Mehron claim this foundation is an oil-free and fragrance free cream make-up that delivers satin-smooth, buildable coverage that is non greasy and great for all skin types. My verdict... is that they are absolutely right. This foundation glided onto the models skin so easily. I used my Duo fibre brush to stipple on the product and then buffed the product into the skin as I do on all my foundation applications on models. This is how I create a base or step 1 after skin prep for creating a flawless skin. I was so surprised to see the results. Not only did the foundation work as a foundation base in one application but also as a concealer and 2nd base of foundation application. I gazed at the models skin for a few seconds amazed at how flawless the models skin looked with one application. The creamy texture if needed is buildable allowing you to build coverage to what the particular individual needs or likes. This foundation really does give a perfect flawless result with very little product. It's ideal for fashion runways, HD TV and every day wear and what's more the creamy texture works on all skin types and colours coming in 20 different shades
Mehron HD loose mineral finishing powder - £10.05
This powder from Mehron gives a perfect matte finish and compliments the Celebre HD foundations perfectly. The powder was very ultra-fine which is a must when working with powder for TV or flash photography. It gave an excellent coverage and staying powder keeping our models shine free all night under the hot lights on the catwalk. It was very easy to apply, simply sweep over the skin with a powder brush.
Mehron Cheek Powder - £5.48 (single) Palette £36.56
We were lucky enough to have the cheek palette so we could experiment with more than colour. On my design I decided to choose 2 different cheek colours depending on the models skin tone. I'm so glad we had this palette. The colours I chose were 'Rosewood' and 'Mocha'. They complimented the models skin perfectly. The powder was very rich and vibrant in colour which meant very little product was needed. It glided onto the girls skin perfectly, looking silky and smooth with a pop of colour. No dry patches or uneven pigment, just beautiful rosy cheeks. The palette is excellent value for money as very little product is needed. It comes in 8 beautiful shades to match every skin tone.
Mehron Eye and Cheek 8 colour combo palette - £36.56
This palette is one of my go to palettes in my professional make-up kit. I received this palette whilst working at Paris Fashion Week last month and brought it onto the make-up look at Renaissance. It has 4 incredible cheek powders that I have just talked about including the 2 shades I chose for the make-up look last Saturday, plus 4 very strong eye shadow powders. The pigment in these shadows is so intense that all you need is a small amount to give the eye a full wash of colour. The powders are so velvety and smooth and don't crease. If you've always wanted a face blusher or shadow powder where you get a quick instant pop of colour then this palette really is for you. 1 slight sweep over the colour with a brush is all you need. Excellent value for money...this palette will last and last and last.
All of this make-up can be bought along with the full range of Mehron professional make-up from Treasure house of make-up in stockport. The team are friendly, welcoming and helpful. You can order online and are guaranteed quick delivery. Come back next week to my blog where you will be able to read about more Mehron products.
I know I keep apologising for not doing a regular blog but believe it or not I am so busy at the moment that even finding time to breathe has been just so difficult, I can only thank God that I am still alive as really I should have ran out of air by now.
Please excuse my manners, I should have started by saying Happy Easter to you and I hope you are having a lovely holiday.
There is soooooo much to talk about but I decided that for this blog I will only mention one topic and I wish to seek your views or comments. I don't care where you leave them, but just leave them on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, graffiti, on a banner etc I think you get the point.
In Lagos Nigeria on the 19th April we had a model casting to select models for two big shows, Africa Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN) and Nigerian Student Fashion & Design Week (NSFDW). For AFWN we needed 12 Female models and 3 Male models and for NSFDW we needed 22 female models and 8 male models.
On the day we had over 500 models show up with about another 300 turned away cos they were late. We had two separate panels, one for AFWN which consisted of the CEO of Shuga Kane Bili and whom was also a former Mahogany Model, the assistant stylist for AFWN - Bimbo and the head stylist for AFWN – Jide. For NSFDW the panel consisted of the co founders of NSFDW Abiola & Marcus and the head stylist for AFWN – Jide. But it must be said that both sets of panels worked together and gave their views for either show. I remained as a neutral arbitrator and ensured that I got the good mix of models that I wanted in the show, which included overruling some of the panel members when I needed to. (but very rarely did).
I wake up early Sunday morning to find a BB message from one of the models that attended the casting and this is what it said (UNEDITED);
Good morning Mr Mahogany, I am so sorry to disturb u on this issue, but because of the previous relationship I have had with u I was compelled to let u know, well yesterday some things were noticed by one of ur judging staff that was placed among three to select models, I won't call his name but I am very sure u know who I am talking about, this guy among two other lady's was were d ones judging and instead of being professional in selecting models, he was ensuring all his friends/boyfriends were chosen at the expense of what the two other female judges wanted. I find this appalling mr sola, I can only tell u dis because ur a professional and I respect you, the sentimental selection that was done by that guy was too much, it was clear and evident from all models dat that's what he was doing and for some strange reason he had a major influence on the other two female judges despite their own desires to select what dey felt was best.
Mr sola I say this with Humility I felt insulted to have been chosen as stanby/maybe in the presence of those 3 that we're chosen as Yes, judging by my walk and appearance to me it was laughable, despite the the fact that the two females were penchant on picking me first as Yes, they were compelled by the other male judge's sentimental plea to pick his friends over me and another who was placed as maybe. Now mr sola why I am sending u dis is not to change ur decision on anything but let u have a knowledge of what I and others saw yesterday, it was so bad dat a few of ur staff noticed it. I say this to u sir, the only free show I have done in my career is the show I did for u last year (NSFDW), a show I was compelled to do because of the professional structure u gave it, I did it for free despite u said a few from der will be chosen paid for dis show. I am not saying I am too big to a show for free for u, but I cant do a show wit those models selected as priority on pay list with me in standby unpaid, to me that is an insult and all who know me will be astonished.
Left to me I can do both shows free for u, but me being put on standby side by side with those 3 selected as Yes out of which 2 were placed der on the sentimental decision of them being boyfriends to a male judge there is a shocker to me. the two female judges overtly said my walk was better that the chosen Yes and I was told not to worry, but I still worry because the truth is if this doesn't stop in Nigeria we won't go anywhere in dis fashion industry, models on the runway are the prime reflection of the quality of any show and if weak models are being chosen on sentimental basis then I feel sad for our industry. I respect you sir and I am ready to for u anytime, anywhere, but I just had to tell u this.
Out of respect for how he wrote the BB I decided that I would omit his name from the blog. I have responded to him privately, but I wanted to put some questions to you my enlightened readers.
1. Based on the facts above does he have a point or is it sour grapes?
2. Based on the BBM should I still let him do the show if he wants to or remove him?
3. Are the accusations easy to verify and prove bearing in mind we only wanted 3 male models, and he was one of 2 additional male models that was put on standby and it must be noted that over 180 other male models were not chosen, so can they make the same accusation against us?
4. As the head stylist (second in command to me) and as the head of the two judging panels, is it wrong (if it is the case) for him to say certain models should be selected?
5. Does it mean that I and the other two panel members were forced into this by the head stylist (please note that Bili is a very very strong woman whom has her strong views on anything and is no pushover)?
6. If I did not manage it well, what should I do next time to ensure that these types of accusations cannot be levelled against a casting that I do again in the future?
7. Any other comments that you may have?
I know you want to know how I responded and what my views are but I want to see what you all feel about it first before responding.
I can't wait for your responses and as always I expect you to be honest in your views, no holding back the punches.
You can use various products to do this technique, I recommend using a pencil eyeliner, especially a Kohl pencil as they are much softer on the eyes and go on more easily. Some people may prefer to use gel, liquid liners or waterproof pencils. Most people like to waterline their eye in black, my recommended product for this and the one I use on all my jobs is MAC Kohl pencil in shade Smoulder. £17
Bright, bold, pastel eyeliners are also great for adding a splash of colour to the eyes in the warmer months whilst nude/white coloured eyeliner will make the eyes appear larger. It is important to always sharpen the pencil before each use and replace regularly to help avoid eye infections.
Step 1, Gently with your finger pull down the skin underneath your eye exposing the waterline. Take a cotton bud and gently remove any excess moisture to help the eyeliner to sit better.
Step 2, While still pulling down the skin, take your eyeliner and gently run it along the lower waterline. You may feel you need to repeat it a few times to make the colour bolder.
Step 3, Clean any mistakes or slips up with a cotton wool bud.