So last night I went to the special screening of The Great Gatsby in London. I was so excited to see the film as I loved the book and I'm such a fan of 20's hair and makeup!
*excuse the picture quality!
I had been so busy leading up to the event, I hadn't had time to find a dress! So, yesterday morning I called Wish Want Wear (a company that lend dresses) and they sent over a selection. However, by the afternoon I was starting to panic, I had no idea which dress to go for and the one I liked the most was too big for me! Thank goodness Electra Formosa (an amazing fashion stylist) was in town, she came to my rescue! She helped me choose which dress to go for, we chose the Halston Heritage Carrie Gown as the pleating and the sparkly belt gave it a 20's vibe. Electra pinned the dress so it fitted me better, ideally we would have had more time to find a dress that fitted me perfectly etc. but I think it looked ok!
I kept my hair and makeup really simple as I didn't have much time to spare! I wore the same eye makeup as usual; MAC eyeshadows in Shroom and Charcoal Brown and Maybelline Falsies Mascara. Then on my lips I wore Burberry Sepia Pink, a gorgeous, subtle berry nude.
Jim dressed up for the occasion too in a gorgeous Buberry suit.
We were both so excited as dressing up and the cinema are two of our favourite things! When we arrived, we went straight to our seats and ate all our popcorn whilst we waited for the film to begin. Does anyone ever actually wait for the film to start before eating their popcorn?!
We had high hopes for the film particularly, because both Jim and I love Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet and we weren't disappointed. From about 10 minutes in Jim and I kept nudging eachother and whispering "isn't this amazing?!"
The film is so visually beautiful, I loved the 3D effects, especially with the snow...I felt like I was in the film myself! Warner Brothers worked with Tiffany on the jewellery and it was truly exquisite. The actors were wearing period Tiffany jewels and some pieces were designed especially for the film, like Gatsby's ring. I was just in awe watching all the amazing characters wearing all the sparkly diamonds and incredible dresses. The makeup was spot on, 20's glamour. If you are studying makeup, this film is a must-see!
The soundtrack was totally unique, a mixture of classic 20's, Jay Z, The XX and more. Really up mine and Jim's street, we have bought the soundtrack already!
I won't tell you too much about the plot as I don't want to ruin it for those of you who haven't read the book! Leo and Carey played out a story of lost love so beautifully, the film was inspiring, sad, and glitteringly elegant.
I hope you're all having a great weekend. If you are in the UK like I am, I'm sure you are enjoying the sunshine!
I thought I would put up a quick post about what I wore to the Iron Man 3 film premiere, as so many of you asked me on twitter where my dress was from and what makeup I was wearing!
Firstly, I just have to say a huge thank you to Marvel Studios for inviting me. I think it's because they know how much my fiancé Jim and I LOVE all the Marvel films :D I had the best time at the premiere. The red carpet was super exciting and Jim and I got to meet lots of our subscribers as they were waiting in the stands to spot the cast of the film! I love meeting you guys so much. The film itself was brilliant. It is now my favourite out of all three of the Iron Man films. I loved how gripping the storyline was, but it was lighthearted at the same time with some real laugh out loud moments. I feel so happy when the whole cinema laughs or claps!!
Anyway, on with the outfit...
Picture by Joe Alvarez
I hired this beautiful red silk dress from Wish Want Wear . I love this website, because I don't think there is any point in spending a fortune on a dress for an event or premiere that I probably won't wear again! Also, it means that I can choose from an amazing array of designers, this dress is by Halston Heritage. I love this designer as I find their dresses really suit my body shape.
Picture by Joe Alvarez
Since the dress was such a statement, I decided to keep my hair, makeup and jewellery really simple. I wore Nars Sheer Glow foundation set with Rimmel Stay Matte powder (powder is essential on the red carpet!) I sweeped MAC Shroom eyeshadow across my lids and contoured slightly with MAC Charcoal Brown eyeshadow. I also used this eyeshadow to fill in my eyebrows. I applied a fine line of Maybelline Black Gel Liner along my top lashes for definition, then lashings of Maybelline The Falsies Mascara. I contoured my cheeks with a Burberry Bronzer and used a tiny bit of MAC Frankly Scarlet blush. On my lips I wore a gorgeous gloss from Chanel, number 166. On my nails I wore NOTHING! 5 minutes before heading to the red carpet I noticed I had bright pink chipped nail polish on so I quickly removed it!
Let me know in the comments what you guys thought of my look for the Iron Man 3 premiere! Also, let me know if you like this kind of post and if you do, I might do more of them!
Early on Sunday morning I made my way to Claridges to watch the Mulberry show. Fashion week is one of my favourite times of the year as I love watching the shows, going backstage, then reporting back to my viewers and readers about all the beauty and fashion trends for the next season. Obviously being a makeup artist I can't help but pay most of my attention to the makeup - but I am sure you guys won't mind me rambling on about makeup trends as I know you love it too!
I will begin with a little background on the ideas behind the show, Emma Hill took inspiration from a children's book "Where The Wild Things Are", so the show decor featured furry seats, chocolates decorated with monster faces and huge furry monsters standing at the entrance to the catwalk. Mulberry always has a quirky, unique theme which I love, last season it was woodland animals which was so cute! The venue was decorated spectacularly - filled with giant gold balloons in the shape of keys and locks, taken from the famous padlocks used on Mulberry's bags.
As for the clothes, bags and shoes, Mulberry experimented with mixing classic dark Autumn/Winter colours with lots of bright hues. I thought this was really refreshing after seeing so many depressingly dark looks for next season. I loved the bright orange handbags and shoes in particular - I think using your accessories to brighten up your outfit is a great idea. Also the monster theme carried through the clothes with lots of shaggy faux fur on the outerwear. There were some really interesting, unique prints on the catwalk. I particularly liked the Aztec-inspired zig zags and how they blended it with Tie Dye. Another of my favourite trends on the Mulberry catwalk was the oversized knitwear, the idea is that the Mulberry Girl is strong and can look after herself in the cold weather - she is very wrapped up in supersized scarfs and furry coats and so not afraid to brave the cold!
As for the front row, I saw Alexa Chung, Tinie Tempah, Azealia Banks, Pixie Geldof, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Olsen, Olivia Palermo, Anna Wintour, and of course Lana Del Rey. Now, the reason I say "of course Lana Del Rey" is because just hours before the show it was announced that Mulberry are naming a bag after her called the "Del Rey"! This is such exciting news, she must be so honoured and thrilled. Some of you may be wondering why Mulberry chose Lana...Emma Hill claims it's because she fell in love with her style after watching the video for Video Games. Mulberry loved Lana's classic hollywood but edgy and fun style. I will add a picture now of Lana at the show with her new bag in White Ostrich.
Now onto the important part! The makeup! (And the hair). Matthias Van Hoof was the leading makeup artist and designed a simply lovely look. The model's faces looked like they were glowing from within, so fresh faced and pretty. They had a lot of creamy highlighter on their cheeks and what looked like a very rosey coloured cream blush. The eyes were kept natural and simple, as were the brows. I completely fell in love with the hair style at the show designed by Sam McKnight. It consisted of lots of messy little plaits clipped up randomly onto the models heads. It just felt very sweet, natural and effortless.
I also filmed a little vlog of me chatting about the trends and a sneak peak inside Claridges!
I hope you guys are enjoying my fashion week reports. I had the best time and am already excited for next season! If you want to see more from Mulberry, you can visit their website here.
I was thrilled when Burberry gave me backstage access and a seat at their A/W 12 Womenswear show. I initially started going to fashion week to assist makeup artists backstage, however my job has changed slightly in that now I get to actually sit and watch the shows then report the trends back to you guys. It is not possible to go backstage at all the shows as they have very limited access, so you can imagine how pleased I was when I got a backstage pass for Burberry yesterday! Being backstage means I can see the makeup and hair looks being created, get direct quotes from the key artists and have a good nosey at what products are being used.
So let me get on and tell you about the show....
I took my seat quite early, before the mad rush which I was quite pleased about as it meant I could spy on everyone's outfits, hair and makeup as they walked in to find their seats. The Front Row was full of celebrities, I spotted Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Clemence Poesy, The Feeling with a very pregnant Sophie Ellis Bextor, face of Burberry Eddie Redmayne, Will Young, Anna Wintour, Kate Bosworth, Will I Am, Laura Bailey, Alexa Chung and sister to face of Burberry Cara Delevingne - Poppy Delevingne. I will add in pictures of some of them now to show you all their outfits!!
The looks on the catwalk were beautiful and heritage themed. I literally fell in love with so many of the outifts! The models wore tweed, leather bows, velvet, pencil skirts, exposed zips, flat caps, studded leather gloves, feminine waisted style coats and dresses and beautful umbrellas. Ooooh and talking of umbrellas - everyone in the press today is talking about Christopher Bailey's fabulous plan to fake rain pouring down the sides of the venue. It is difficult to explain but I will put the video of the full show at the bottom of this post then you can see for yourselves. The atmosphere was amazing and the finale gave me goosebumps - with the fake rain and thunder, metallic rain-like confetti falling from the ceiling and the powerful music.
I loved the music played at the show and I felt it was a huge part of why the show was so powerful. The songs played were Joan Armatrading - It could have been better, Rae Morris - Walls, Marina and the Diamonds - Numb and The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home.
When I was backstage I managed to get footage of the leading Makeup Artist Wendy Rowe talking about the makeup look so I will insert my footage from the show below as soon as it has uploaded to YouTube! But to quickly tell you guys about the makeup look, it was a soft, sultry, worn-in smoky eye, the lips were a modern nude shade - not too pale and the skin had Burberry Trench foundation buffed into it mixed with the Light Glow product so it looked natural and luminous. The cheeks were sculpted a little but no blush or highlighter.
I was lucky enought to meet Cara Delevingne and we filmed a little bit for my vlog together, so make sure you watch out for that part in the video because she was lovely!
Here is the video of the show...
...and here is my vlog of my time backstage!
...and finally here are some of the guests talking about the collection!
I hope you guys have enjoyed this post and learning about the trends for next season.
Vogue's Fashion's Night Out is an after-hours shopping extravagranza. I went last night and it felt like a shopping street party with roads closed due to the amount of eager fashionista's. I had a great time enjoying the live music, countless complementary glasses of champagne and of course the shopping. It is a great night to network and 'mingle' and see all the new collections. Many brands launched their new collections last night so there was an exciting buzz all over London.
I only had a couple of hours as I wasn't staying in London and had to catch a train home but managed to make it to Chanel and Mulberry - two of my favourite fashion brands.
Chanel were launching a trio of blue nail polishes inspired by denim called Les Jeans de Chanel. They were developed by Peter Philips, Creative Director of Chanel Beauty. Chanel were giving complementary manicures using these beautiful new nail colours in their boutique on Old Bond Street. There was a very long queue so I didn't have my nails done but will definitely be purchasing the nail colours soon!
I had a lovely time at Chanel, meeting some of the lovely ladies who work for Chanel and admiring the jewellery and handbags.
Mulberry had a real buzz about it last night. The queue's to get into the store were huge and inside they had a DJ, mojito's, a fortune teller, a face painter, manicurists from Nail Rock and lots of fashion icons. I spotted British beauty Cara Delevinge looking amazing in super skinny jeans. It was very busy and exciting! Mulberry is my all time favourite luxury British fashion brand - I LOVE the clothes, shoes and handbags. Mulberry is so quintessentially British - and being a British girl, I love that.
There was also a photographer there taking pictures of Mulberry fans in front of a giant mushroom and little woodland creatures. I think the Woodland animal theme is so cute. I of course had to have my picture taken!
I wore my Kooples trench coat and my Mulberry Taylor bag - my two favourite pieces in my wardrobe at the moment.
Did any of you go to Vogue's Fashion's Night Out last night? If so, what did you get up to? Comment below and tell me!