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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tokyo: House of Holland AW15

I wasn’t long back from the amazing designs of Milan Fashion Week when I was offered the opportunity to travel to MBFW Tokyo as part of the AOFM Pro Makeup Team to work on the AW15 Showing from House of Holland! As you can imagine I jumped at the chance.

So I thought I would take a few moments to share some of the images with you. I LOVE Henry Hollands designs and he’s such a lovely guy too which just tops it all off.

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Milan Fashion Week AW15 Makeup Trends

I had the pleasure of working on the makeup team at a few of the shows at Milan Fashion Week this season and wanted to share some of the images with you. The collections and makeup were all totally different for each designer, but equally as beautiful.

OPENING SHOW FOR MFW: Chicca Lualdi FW15

 

Next up was the new Collection for Nicholas K FW15

Next up was the AMAZING FW15 Collection from Sergei Grinko.

No Mascara is the New Mascara for AW14 according to London Fashion Week

I had the pleasure of flying over to work at London Fashion Week at the weekend. What can I say – IT ROCKS! The level of organisation and sheer beauty was phenomenal.

One of the shows I was working on was the Bernard Chandran AW14 Show. The designs were edgy, sexy and really packed a punch. They were mostly leather which just oozed sex appeal. The collection was designed with a masculine edge which delivers an element of power to these designs. AND THE BOOTS…. Do I need to mention those boots?! #Want #Need

I was there as part of Nora Nona’s Makeup Team! Boy is she a born leader and a pleasure to work with. She is a woman who knows exactly what she wants and she has a beautiful way of making it happen.

Across the different shows which I worked on, there was one common denominator. Nude on Nude on Nude!  AW14 is all about the flawless nude skin, which also meant – NO MASCARA! I have to admit, I did have a mini heart attack at the thought of models going on the catwalk with no mascara. I am a big mascara fan, I think it really changes the whole look of your makeup when you add it in. But I have to say, the results were flawless. It takes a lot of time to create a nude makeup fit for catwalk and I admit that when it was done, I didn’t even miss or notice that the mascara wasn’t there. It was all about contouring and skin!

Another trend on the AW14 Catwalk was dewy skin and I don’t mean the odd bit of shine on the cheek bones. Light reflecting creams and facial oils were in full swing on the catwalks of London Fashion Week. I worked with Nicola Moore on the Tessa Edwards AW14 show as well and the idea was to almost make the skin look like plastic. It was glossy all over – Usually this is a big no no in terms of makeup, but on the Catwalks of London – It worked!

Tessa Edwards designs were a big contrast to those of Bernard Chandran, but stunning none the less.  From pleats, metallic’s and monochrome the Tessa Edwards AW14 show captured the biggest trends this year but with a twist.

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Tessa Edwards, Tessa Edwards AW14, TEAW14, Metallics, pleats, fashion, london fashion week, LFW, nuala cambpbell, makeup, mua, make up artist Tessa Edwards, Tessa Edwards AW14, TEAW14, Metallics, pleats, fashion, london fashion week, LFW, nuala cambpbell, makeup, mua, make up artist

So if you want to know what the up-coming trend in terms of Makeup for AW14 – It’s Nude on Nude! But remember, its nude with a punch! Start practicing your contouring skills now!

Make a Statement with Jewellery from Benna!

When it comes to jewellery, as much as I love the thought of someone presenting me with beautiful fine diamonds, I must admit, I am much more of a Big Chunky Statement Jewellery Girl! That’s not to say that I will settle for a £10 piece of Jewellery, I still like my Statement Jewellery to be well made and actually do what its name suggests and MAKE A STATEMENT!

Benna.co.uk Statement Jewellery

One of my favourite websites for Statement Jewellery, is Benna.co.uk. They stock such a variety of statement jewellery so you are guaranteed a diverse selection to keep you on your toes. The only problem is actually choosing what you want!

Some of my most coveted pieces are the Statement Necklaces by Mawi London – The brand is known for its luxurious statement necklaces that seem to transcend seasonal trends, appealing to all ages and tastes. The collection is stunning laced with pearls, sapphires and more. Have a look at this gorgeous statement necklace!

statement necklaces by Mawi

The grey pearl and sapphire skull necklace is from the heirloom collection by Mawi London. One of their classic necklaces and worn by Alexa Chung this little number is great for daytime or party wear. Smoked crystals and chain encircle grey pearls finished with a huge crystal and skull. Rock and roll baubles with a vintage feel.

Sapphire, Pearl, Mawi London, statement necklaces by Mawi

Another favourite designer I have from Benna is Monica Vinader. Her pieces are the total opposite from the Mawi collection, but stunning and eye-catching none the less.  Spanish designer –  Monica Vinader works from a converted barn in the Norfolk countryside. Inspired by her travels, nature and colour, she works with hand cut semi-precious stones to produce beautiful pieces in an array of colour.

I think you will agree that, even in its simplicity the Gold Monica Vinader Jewellery oozes beauty and sophistication.

My favourite from the Vinader collection at the moment has to be this range of diamond rings and although I am usually a lover of all things Silver or White Gold, I am definitely more drawn to the Rose Gold in this, it is undeniably gorgeous!  This Ring is available in Silver, Rose Gold and Yellow Gold. 

Monica Vinader Ring diamond, gold, silver, gold Monica Vinader jewellery

This diamond ring is a diamond centre studded with micro pave set diamonds. The band and setting is sterling silver with 18 ct rose gold vermeil, which helps with the affordability of owning your own Diamond Ring.

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There are so many wonderful quirky, creative and eye-catching designers featured on Benna.co.uk – So you are sure to find some favourites of your own. 

Why not pop over and have a browse, they even have a SALE on at the moment with up to 70% off! What’s not to love about that!

Top Choices at the MTV VMA’s 2013

I’ve been taking a stroll down Memory Lane in regards to catwalk and Award Shows, when I came across the MTV Video Music Awards 2013 and I thought it would be great to do a review on some of the looks on the night.  There were some truly dreadful garments on how show but here on The Beauty Cloud we like to go with the positive so here are our favourite looks from  the night!

First up is the lovely Taylor Swift.  I’ve heard a lot of people saying that the dress she wore was aging and that she has  lots of time when she is older to wear such respectable clothing but for me I find it very refreshing to see someone her age dressing classy and elegant.  To me the navy well tailored dress was very Marilyn Monroe which of course is a big ‘yes’ for me.  This stunning piece is by Herve Leger.  The extremely talented Taylor Swift walked away with the award for best video on the night!

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Emma Watson has become some what of a fashion icon the last while so it is expected of her to look great on the red carpet.  Again, just like Taylor I love to see someone her age dressing appropriately and tastefully.  She wore this adorable blended digital print dress which was uniquely tailored.  It’s a great length on her showing just enough leg paired with matching black heels to compliment the dress perfectly. Definitely a winner for us!

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To me Selena Gomez was just perfection.  She wore a simply beautiful Versace dress with corset detailing covered in matching beading.  I’ve heard a few people say it was too sexy etc but her arms are covered and her legs aren’t out so I would say its it is definitely appropriate attire for the event.

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Thats my low down for the best dressed at the awards!  Tune in next time when we will be looking at A/W 2013 Key Trends!

Belfast Fashion Week returns for its sixteenth season in the city!

The change of season from summer to winter is never a welcomed one, but there is one silver lining – the return of West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK of course, which brings all the cosy winter fashion must-haves to help see fashionistas through the cold and miserable winter months. 

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Enthusiastic fashion fans were out in force at the Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast last month, for the launch of the city’s sixteenth FASHIONWEEK event. The brunch event showcased a selection of looks from participant retailers and designers while director Cathy Martin outlined key looks for the season ahead from Ireland’s favourite fashion event.

This season’s events will run over four days from 10-13 October across various venues in Belfast but with the key catwalk shows returning to the iconic Ulster Museum in Botanic Gardens.  Following on the success of spring/summer shows, the contemporary and minimalist atrium at the historic building will once again be transformed into a fashion haven as hundreds of fashion fans gather to celebrate winter style.

Cathy Martin, director of FASHIONWEEK added: “We have a very busy schedule this season – and we have teamed up with Belfast City Council’s Restaurant Week to share some events, which is great for the city as a whole – but ideal for foodies and fashionistas”.

“In terms of trends to look out for this season, the key colours and patterns include deep reds and burgundy, pale pink hues, plaid and leopard print.  Texture is important too and we can expect to see leather, velvet, lace and chiffon as well as lots of embellishments.  As for shapes, design and cut – the turtleneck and poloneck are both back, and new this season are sexy thigh high splits on skirts and dresses as well as large oversized coats and capes.”

The city’s independent retailers and boutiques will kick off FASHIONWEEK on Thursday 10 October with CRUISE, Liberty Blue, Blush, Helen McAlinden and Diamond Dolls in Banbridge all confirmed to take part. In a move off the runway this season, leading designer Una Rodden will also host an exclusive and intimate fashion installation that evening, where her fashion will become art, in an alluring display of fabric, textile and texture.

Then for the ever popular High Street catwalk show, which sees the return of Next, Jigsaw, Mexx, CastleCourt, M&S, Oasis, Heaton’s and George at Asda – among others.

Saturday 12 October sees a busy, jam packed itinerary of chic events.  The popular Fashion Souk at Spire’s Mall will be selling vintage and previously owned pieces from 10am – 2pm, swiftly followed by a delicious Fashion Tea at the Merchant Hotel where designer emporium CRUISE will showcase their high end collections from Victoria Beckham, Armani, Vivienne Westwood and Marchesa, among others. This up-close-and-personal look at the season’s top end designer collections is an intimate and indulgent way to enjoy fashion at its most elegant.

Saturday evening will play host to some unique creations from our local talent with the popular designer night.  This season Nor Lisa, Goddess and Swift, Ruedi Maguire and Grainne Maher, among others, will all take part; dazzling crowds with their creative and quirky designs which never fail to impress the crowd. Lucky students from across Northern Ireland will also feature on the catwalk with selected outfits from the secondary school competition Junk Kouture, which challenges students to create fashion art from junk and recycled materials.

Also on the Saturday schedule is the ever popular highlight of the Diet Coke Design Award, which is back for the fourth year running. The award seeks to reward aspiring design talent – from design students to style fans with a passion for fashion.  Three stylistas will be shortlisted to have their ideas and sketches made up by designer Una Rodden and showcased on the catwalk at the finale night’s show on Saturday 12 October, where judges will decide which lucky fashionista will go on to win a mini scholarship to the London College of Fashion plus a shoot with photographer Khara Pringle.

Last but by no means least is Style Sunday, which will take place this season at SHU restaurant on Sunday 13 October from 1-5pm in association with Mencap.  This glamorous four course gourmet luncheon accompanies trend forecasts, a mini fashion show and seasonal style tips from some of the country’s top style experts. It is very often sold out within days of being launched.  Tickets cost £45.00 per person. Places can be booked directly through the restaurant on 028 9038 1655.

Once again, hair partner Andrew Mulvenna and his team will be tending to the tresses of all the models throughout the week and if previous seasons are anything to go by, we can expect to be blown away by his creativity.  Andrew said, “This autumn/winter I’ll be focusing on four key looks for women. 

“‘The Lady Undone’ is a quirky asymmetric version of Dusty Springfield but with a fresher look; ‘The Woman Warrior’ is all about volume – high at the sides, with hair pulled back from the face, channelling the power blow-dry which was really popular in the 90s; ‘Church Girl’ is a sweet angelic centre parted look in the style of grace Kelly only sleeker and more modern.  Lastly, we’ll be exploring with ‘The Tuck In’ which is the practice of creating a shorter look by tucking length into collars as well as making use of braids to create necklaces and collars.”

Throughout the week, breast cancer charity Pretty‘n’Pink will collect funds at all shows to support women who need to feel better about themselves after undergoing debilitating breast cancer surgery or treatment.

The full show schedule and design competition details are all available online at www.belfastfashionweek.com along with details of this season’s trends plus links to all participant retailers and sponsors.  Catwalk tickets, which cost £20 (or £25 for a limited number of exclusive front row seats), are available from the Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609 or via the website. Ticket price includes a fabulous goodie bag and a refreshing West Coast Cooler.

Schedule of shows:

  • Thursday 10 October 8pm, Designer Boutiques show
  • Friday 11 October – Fashion Friday Lunch demo – James Street South Restaurant
  • Friday 11 October 6-8pm Fashionweek at the Fitz! Private cocktail party with prizes up for grabs
  • Friday 11 October 8pm High Street Fashion Show, Ulster Museum
  • Saturday 12 October 10am – 2pm –  Fashion Souk at Spire’s Mall
  • Saturday 12 October 2pm – Fashion Tea, CRUISE designer emporium at The Merchant, showcasing Victoria Beckham, Armani, Vivienne Westwood, Marchesa etc 
  • Saturday 12 October 8pm NI Designers show and winner announcement of the Diet Coke Design Award, Ulster Museum
  • Sunday 13 October 1pm – 5pm Style Sunday, SHU Belfast

Will you have ‘Mismatched Maid’s’ on your Wedding Day?

Following on from last month’s blog on how to style your bridesmaids, I thought I’d cover the topic of the biggest bridesmaid revolution I’ve seen since Cathedral Gowns opened! This is the story of ‘Mismatched Maids’!

Traditionally bridesmaids have been dressed in identical dresses, with their shoes, jewellery, hair and make-up exactly the same, and up until now bridesmaids have been happy with that deal, but recently there has been a big shake up in how brides are dressing their attendants! Brides are opting for and embracing variety and individualising each look to suit each bridesmaid. Instead of making each girl a clone of the last, each bridesmaid is being given the chance to actually look like herself!

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As with many wedding trends, this one seems to have started in America, and I’m guessing has a lot to do with the fact that in the US the bridesmaids pay for their own dresses. Having watched episodes of ‘Say Yes to the Dress Bridesmaids’ it is fair to say that American bridesmaids are far more vocal about what they are or are not willing to wear, and fair enough really if they are the ones spending the money. But it isn’t just about the aesthetic; comfort has become a really important factor, especially for the girls with figure concerns or who need to be able to wear a non-strapless bra. It is fantastic that bridesmaids are now being given the chance to tailor the dress and the look according to their own style, taste and body type.

So if you are thinking of giving your girls some freedom in the dress choice, it’s a good idea to decide in advance how much say you will let them have, and how much you are willing to compromise. Before you go shopping it’s a good idea to know what your own wedding day look is, and whether your wedding dress choice will dictate any elements of the bridesmaid dresses, without this your bridesmaids will have too much choice.

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There are lots of different ways that you can tweak, tailor and individualise your bridesmaids’ dresses. The easiest way is to pick a standard dress and adjust each neckline to suit each girl. Straps can be added, a straight across can become a sweetheart, you get the idea. This way you can be kind to each girl, and be considerate of their body type or any figure concerns, but you are still working with the one dress style and one cohesive aesthetic.

There are so many options if you chose to keep the overall ‘from a distance’ look the same.

You can:

  1. Dress the girls in the same colour, fabric, length and general shape, but make them very different from the waist up. Lots of designers offer dresses that are different only from the waist up.
  2. Tweak the necklines, some can have cap sleeves, or halter strap added, or necklines can be curved or dipped.
  3. Tweak the skirt shapes to flatter girls the best. It’s pretty straightforward to make an a-line gown more fitted, and is especially flattering on more petite bridesmaids.
  4. Adjust the hem lengths, keep some girls full length and make it knee or ballet length for others.
  5. Keep the dresses the same but give each girl freedom with hair and make-up.
  6. Changing their accessories. One of our recent brides had each of her girls wear the same shoes but in different colours, and it worked so well with their short dresses.
  7. Adding things to change the look, one girl might have a coloured sash or a brooch to make her stand out.
  8. Make each girl’s bouquet totally different.

So you can subtly adjust each girls look to suit them, take into account what matters to them, but you still retain a cohesive aesthetic that makes sense. So whilst it’s fair to say that your bridesmaids shouldn’t wear a uniform, you do still want them to look like a team and that they belong with you.

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But lots of girls are going even further with individualising for each bridesmaid! This is your chance to really showcase your personality, be creative and even eclectic! You can make each of your girls look totally different and unique, different dresses, different colours, different fabrics or even all of the above! Think Carrie Bradshaw’s bridesmaids in the first Sex and the City movie!

You can dress your girls:

  1. Different colour same style.
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  3. Completely different colours and styles but coherent theme. You could have different dresses with a unifying feature such as a belt or a brooch, but pick something to be cohesive, such as the skirt length or shape.
  4. Different shades of a colour, creating an ombre effect.
  5. A range of colours with a cohesive look or theme, such as ice cream shades, colours of the sunset etc.
  6. Have one girl in a pattern, or even a combination of patterns for all the girls.
  7. Have just one girl different, maybe the junior or maid of honour.

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There are so many ways and things you can do to make each girl look different from the next, but I definitely think that if you are going to dress them very differently that it works best with larger bridal parties. It definitely has more impact with three or more adult bridesmaids. It’s tough to narrow it down to just one dress that you love, so this way if you love three very different dresses, you can have them! And the best bit is that you since you aren’t looking for multiples of a style, you might strike it lucky and find your perfect dresses hanging on a bridal shops sale rail!

Going for completely different dresses for each girl is definitely a trend that is building momentum, and it is not as alternative as it once was. But the traditionalists will most likely be horrified by even the suggestion of different styles for each bridesmaid, so if you are thinking of going this route you’ll need to be prepared for some of your guests to be shocked and possibly even negative.

Ultimately I love how fresh this look can be! It’s like all of a sudden the rule books have been thrown away, and I absolutely love it!

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