Article Archive: September 2011

Magic little moments!

So how are the fashion weeks going? I haven’t blogged since the weekend (THE WEEKEND? So long ago? WHAT’S GOING ON!!! – Might be the fact that I feel my fashion life is overlapping). For example, the shows that we saw last February, well these garments are in the stores right now. That said there’s a new round of shows now. It’s pretty cool that we get to see what we’ll be wearing next summer over the next couple of weeks (although it’ll be months before we can find them in the shops to buy them). So before I start to get carried away during this new round of shows, I thought I’d show you some of my favourite moments from last February’s London Fashion Week. Here goes. The hair at Roksanda Ilincic A/W2011. Oh my how I crave it. But here’s the thing, I’ve only just gotten the hang of how to use my BaByliss big hair, given time I will succeed in making my hair (and make-up) as good as this above. Shon at Julian Watson did the hair and Lucia Piac the make-up. Of course credit too to Victoria Young who styled the clothes and brought the whole look together for Roksanda Ilincic. It’s high art. Luxurious too… Ohhhhhhhhhh I love it.

At Marios Schwab A/W2011there was an early hint of a trend that’s seemingly everywhere now. Check, are your sleeves a different fabric to the rest of your coat? Oh and hair scraped back in a tight bun (I’ll show you more about this in another post).

And this colour green, seriously, who knew back then that it would crop up in so many other collections. My first sighting was right at this moment at Bora Aksu.

Then Bora Aksu used it in a belt. Made me realise that I may want to slip a green leather belt around a black cocktail dress soon.

And tie it at the back like this.

At Vivienne Westwood A/W2011, the play-on colour and print, how a jacket is belted close to the body and worn under a leopard print cape.

Same thing here, this is where I first started to realise that there was a cape micro-trend coming down the line and it’s oh so easy to do yourself: wear a printed cape over a belted tweed jacket. And the wool socks and the over-sized bag give it that touch of luxury. Effect: grunge-confident-kool (with a k). PS: I’ll post a video for you later about Westwood’s show! That way, we can love her together! She’s awesome!

In the meantime at Todd Lynn A/W2011, I met Ping Hue Cheung. And I’ve gotta tell you something (because I just have to), I hardly recognised her ten minutes later when she looked like this…..

No but seriously. How cool is this?! I don’t think anyone realises how deep my love is for the colour black (so it’s Yōji Yamamoto and John Rocha and when I crave some urban blackness a whole heap of Todd Lynn A/W2011).

And life just keeps moving on as the fashion shows just seem to float in and out and around it.

And that’s it, the calm feeling when yet another season is over. At this point I usually have consumed my entire body weight in backstage Vitamin water and I can no longer feel my arms. (I spend the entire week holding a camera). So right now, I’m doing it all again, I’ve left my cat and my studio for weeks of fashion. In the meantime, did you know that the average sleep I get during all this is about four hours? Oooops, it’s 6am….

Get Your Glow On

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Getting back to London from Finland late last night, I had ample time between delays and connections to think about the next couple of months (um years). Do you find this? It’s like your real life switches off while you’re traveling, you belong nowhere and your mind starts to work differently and you’re outside your everyday life. I planned my entire life on a napkin on a flight to Paris once. Or is this just silly me?

I love food, I want to be a chef

Just to say, to save yourself reading this entire post, the main bones of it are to do with me explaining what I’ll be up to for the next few weeks. The main question being….How am I going to get myself ready for the beach??? Yikes!

Meeting beautiful, healthy, glowing girls in the course of my work….fashion weeks, campaigns, models and finally that unique Scandinavian healthy glow found everywhere in Finland over the weekend, it isn’t easy. I question myself, my routine, and ask…. when I look in the mirror….Where’s my healthy glow? How can I get it? You know the one I’m talking about.

I see it in a lot of models who take their careers seriously and eat the right food and use many of the great beauty treatments and products to enhance their beauty. Finland aside,  nowhere was this healthy glow more obvious than when I met Eliza Cummings. I was drawn to her because she seemed extraordinarily happy. Turns out her number one passion is food and cooking and within second of meeting her she told me ‘I love food.’ ‘I want to be a chef.’

In fashion, we meet and photograph some of the most beautiful models in the world and it’s refreshing to know that one of the industry’s most successful enjoys and celebrates the goodness of food. Her glowing face has peeped out from so many Vogue covers as well as campaigns (too many to mention but her favourite incidentally was Calvin Klein) that it seemed as good a place as any to start.

So her top ‘glow’ tip was simple. Drink loads of water. For the entire Vivienne Westwood show she swigged from her Westwood ‘Stop Climate Change’ bottle which we were all given backstage. So I have the bottle now at home all I have to do it remember to fill it and drink it daily. (I know it’s a drag but think of the benefits).

As well as swigging H2O daily I’m going to try and get my skin, body and hair into tip top shape. Maybe we could do it together (mutual support). You let me know what you’re doing to get your own Goddess glow and I’ll let you know how I’m struggling. We each have a little list of people that helps us get our glow on…. a waxer, a nail expert, a hair colourist/stylist. I’m keen to find yours. We can share with each other here and help each other out. On Thursday I’ll be getting my hair coloured by a lady who changes models’ hair colour backstage before shows and then changes it back again before they move onto the next one. She has tons of secrets. Today already I’ve had some porridge and a glass of water. It’s meant to be a cellulite killer. (It’s a start).

Getting back to London from Finland late last night, I had ample time between delays and connections to think about the next couple of months (um weeks). Do you find this? It’s like your real life switches off while you’re travelling, you belong nowhere and your mind starts to work differently and you’re outside your everyday life. I planned my entire life on a napkin on a flight to Paris once. Is this just silly me? 

Just to say, to save yourself reading this entire post, the main bones of it are to do with me explaining what I’ll be up to for the next few weeks. The main question being….How am I going to get myself beach ready???

Meeting beautiful, healthy looking girls in the course of my work….fashion weeks, campaigns, models and finally that unique Scandinavian healthy glow found everywhere in Finland over the weekend was the catalyst. What I’m for when I look in the mirror is that healthy glow. You know the one I’m talking about.

I see it in a lot of models who take their careers seriously and eat the right food and use many of the great beauty treatments and products to enhance their beauty. Finland aside, nowhere was this healthy glow more obvious than when I met Eliza xx . I was drawn to her because she seemed extraordinarily happy. Her number one passion is cooking and within second of meeting her she told me ‘I love food.’ ‘I want to be a chef.’

In fashion, we meet and photograph some of the most beautiful models in the world and it’s refreshing to know that one of the industry’s most successful enjoys and celebrates the goodness of food. Her glowing face has peeped out from so many Vogue covers as well as campaigns (too many to mention but her favourite incidentally was Calvin Klein) that it seemed a good place to start my research.

So her tip was simple. Drink loads of water. For the entire Vivienne Westwood show she swigged from her Westwood ‘Stop Climate Change’ bottle which we were all given backstage. So I have the bottle now all I have to do it remember to fill it and drink it daily. (It’s a start).

As well as swigging H2O daily I’m going to try and get my skin, body and hair into tip top shape. Maybe we could do it together (it’ll be fun). Let me know what you’re doing to get your own Goddess glow. Who you trust your body to, a waxer or maybe nail expert. We can share with each other here and help each other out. Today already I’ve had some porridge and a glass of water. It’s meant to be a cellulite killer. (It’s a start).