Summer 2013 Make-Up Trends

26 Apr

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New make-up trends for spring/summer were presented at fashion photo shoot in Sunderland.

The photo shoot for fashion journalism student Toni Lawrence’s, 20, magazine project was based on seven deadly sins and was inspired by previous fashion weeks, especially Paris Haute Couture fashion week.

“All the girls are wearing a plain black T-shirt so I’ve decided to pay all the attention to the make-up,” said Toni Lawrence who was the photographer and one of the models as well.

This season is dominated by fresh, bright and synthetic make up colours. Dior fashion house offers to decorate the face with little shiny crystals.

“We’ve tried to recreate bright diamond look as seen at Dior but instead of using crystals for lips, we used colourful sprinkles for cupcakes,” says one of the models, Coral McQuillan, 21.

Shiny diamond magic influenced Toni Lawrence to put little crystals on other model Megan Flaherty’s, 21, cheekbones.

Smoky eyes make-up and red lips – this dramatic image was perfect for not less dramatic sin – wrath. A few seasons earlier, bright red lips perfectly stuck on the runway and on the streets. Therefore, the following season the red lipstick remains a key make-up trend. It was on almost all catwalks including D&G, Missoni, Akris, Prada, Rochas, Paul Smith, Jonathan Saunders, Jean Paul Gaultier and others.

The inspiration for “envy” part of photo shoot was Linda Cantello’s created make-up. Sharp lines and bright green created 50s look as seen at Armani. Toni Lawrence put fake eye-lashes (as seen at Gucci, Moschino and Jean Paul Gaultier) on both of the models.

“This make-up is more suitable for evening or special occasions. However, it is essential to have at least one extravagant make-up tool this season,” said Rachael Jordan, 20.


China Fashion Week – a tribute to the extravagance

6 Apr


China really knows how to draw the world’s attention and this time, we are not talking about the country’s politics but about fashion. China Fashion Week introduced 2013 autumn/winter collections characterized by its extravagance.

All the clothing highlighted aggression and extravagance. It was full of metal, leather fabric.

Not only impressive feathers to decorate the clothes was eye-catching but models’ make-up as well. The long and colourful false eye-lashes wasn’t the main attention-attracting detail. Models’ faces were decorated with brass ornaments and make-up master Mao Geping developed eyebrows using rivets, flowers and butterflies applications.

International Young Fashion Designers Competition participants also provided surprises. They turned models into a mystical beings using interesting headwear.



Batik is back

8 Mar


This season batik print appeared everywhere from the catwalks to high street and it is not difficult to do it yourself.

Batik is a textile decorating technique that uses dyes and wax or tight ties. The main idea is to cover the place which you do not want to be painted, then paint everything else and remove the wax/other material residue.

London-based Banana Republic sales associate Kate Vaggers, 20, says that “it gives a statement to the whole outfit”. “This season we can see many batik prints on catwalks, including Rihanna’s collaboration with River Island so I think batik is back to high street as well.”

Fashion house Rodarte also presented a new fall/winter 2013/2014 collection influenced by batik prints.

The head designers Laura and Kate Mulleavy created many details including different ruffles, fringes, various patterns, double-sided tape-like stripes.

The best part of the collection undoubtedly is prominent and very high quality prints on silk called batik.

Catwalk reminded of designers’ hometown Santa Cruz and its landscape but the patterns reverberated sisters’ imagination and memories instead of reflecting of what we see on the streets or the beach of Santa Cruz.

Giedre Juzenaite, 20, who is an assistant at fashion brand MIMI.C, says: “Tie-dye shirt is a must-have thing at festivals but if batik showed up on catwalks, it’s a start for high street.”

Fashion Journalism student at the University of Sunderland Amy Ingram, 21, adds: “If you’re wearing tie-dye then it’s best to mix it with a really plain.”

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More information about tie-die and batik :

Upcoming fashion shows

6 Mar

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Roberto Cavalli’s luxury

1 Mar

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Italian designer Roberto Cavalli, presenting the autumn/winter 2013/1014 women’s wear collection, demonstrated an exquisite luxury.

Models were wearing straight dropped-waist dresses made of black silk and metallic embroidery threads. This created the effect of armor but still saved the grace.

Putting tribute to the traditions of Florence, fur and leather are back to the collection.

Fur was characterized by rounded shoulders and increased volume – a fashion trend this week, as highlighted during the fashion shows in Milan.



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The idea you could borrow from this show – the way of wearing the bags:

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Alexander Wang presented a new fall/winter 2014 collection

20 Feb

Alexander Wang, who became a new head designer of Balenciaga just a couple months ago, presented a new fall 2013 collection at New York Fashion Week.

The soundtrack of the show included “Eye of the Tiger” from Rocky 3 movie which reflected the whole collection – fur boxing gloves, head covering wool scarfs, boyfriend-type jackets and low waist line.

Many celebrities, including Terry Richardson, Zoe Kravitz and Alison Mosshart, attended the designer’s show.

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The eyes-catching similar shoes appeared on Victoria Beckham’s catwalk as well. If you liked them, it is not difficult to make them yourself.

You can watch the whole show here:

Rihanna rocks River Island

18 Feb


Rihanna presented her first collection “Rihanna for River Island”.

The impressive show was created by models walking on the six major platforms, loud rap music and frow guest top-model Jourdan Dunn who became the face of the collection.

Straight hair, red lips, high-heeled sandals and each outfit looked as if it would be borrowed from the singer’s wardrobe.

The clothing and accessories collection for River Island stores and online will be on sale on March 5. It will also be sold in the Opening Ceremony stores in the U.S. and Japan.

Rihanna and Adam Selman, designer with whom she collaborated, will start work on the second collection very soon.

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