Runway Trends from NYC Fashion Week

18 Oct

Bareface stylist Dina Y is back in Dubai after a whirlwind trip to NY Fashion week where she mingled with the celebs and checked out the latest trends coming our way.

Dina is letting us in on the upcoming trends, to find out whats ‘In’  for 2011, have a read below……..

PORTS 1961: Fresh from the Runway at NY Fashion week

Everyone would agree with me if I had said that it’s a tad bit too early to share Spring/Summer 2011 fashion trends. But after flying out to New York City for 3 weeks to be part of the glamorous industry and invited to attend their biannual Mercedes Benz Fashion Week event, I can’t help but share some of the latest looks, news and experiences from the runway shows.

Spring/Summer 2011 is about a revamped 70’s era, with bold colors, jewel tones, dynamic prints, attitude, the power of the red lipstick, pure whites, cowgirl and country girl styles, and a cross between art deco and tribal motif jewelry. You may think to yourself that we have been there before, and quite frankly, we have, but in an unconventional kind of way. The difference with this season is that designers are playing with inconsistencies; it is all about making the contrast work. As you may already be aware, this is the first season where the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was held at a new location, in Damrosch Park at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Pure white by Ashton Michael

After 17 years at the tents in Bryant Park, this new location introduced a more organized and modern approach to the entire presentation. With larger space from lobby to runway, attendees entered the venue on a red carpet and were greeted by photographers, press, event ushers and sponsoring counters, all the way to the reception/check-in desk where seating assignments were taken care of via computers and bar codes. While trying to get used to the notion of it all, I made my way to my first show, Edition by Georges Chakra, accompanied by a good friend of mine from the industry. I have worked with the talented Lebanese couturier in the past to style Celebrity Actress, Kelly Carlson, using 2 of his signature pieces for the cover story and editorial in Rouge Magazine almost 2 years ago, and then again last year a piece for NOI.SE Magazine, so I was excited to see what he was going to unveil with his ready-to-wear line for the season.

Kelly Rowland from Destiny’s Child, who was sporting one of his designs in white, and Miss Jay Alexander from America’s Next Top Model were among the invited Celebrity guests. His show consisted of forty-six different looks in a wide range of colors that worked well together. There were alluring aquas, bright blues, bold blacks, cheerful corals, crispy champagnes, iridescent ivories and vibrant violets. Silhouettes were made of short cocktail dresses, beautiful wind-swept long dresses and gowns in chiffon, asymmetrical necklines, satin strips that were paralleled or intertwined, with sequins, dazzling glitters and elaborate beadings. Structured composition that enhanced a woman’s physique and accentuated her curves were the masterpieces of the show. Tall models beamed in their glowing makeup and their breeze-blown hair that seemed unkempt by a light Indian summer wind. There were geometric symmetry of statement earrings and necklaces here and there, but overall simplicity, modernity, sophistication yet enticing seductiveness were the theme of the show. I wouldn’t be surprised if I came across these gowns on the red carpet in the near future. After a standing ovation for his show, I made my way backstage to greet Mr. Chakra and to get a feel of the vibe out there….everyone was ecstatic about a job well done, and a swarm of press and people from the crowd overtook the designer as I managed to sneak a quick word with him, and made my way out just in time to catch the next show, PORTS 1961.

I always seem to look forward to the PORTS 1961 show every season; it is one of my favorites. A line that is primarily inspired by travel and femininity, Tia Cibani, the Creative Director/Designer, never failed to portray the elegance as such. Currently replaced by her sister, Fiona, this season, I was quite looking forward to seeing what she would come up with. I went to my front row seat, which I was highly excited about, and where I could get an undisturbed view. The show began, and models glided in front of me with beautifully sculpted dresses, jumpsuits, signature pencil and cocktail dresses, gorgeously draped one-sleeved shirts, radiant long dresses, tailored shorts and flawless luxe textured gowns. Colors in jewel tones of emerald, amethyst, and sapphire along with desert tones of browns, tans and khakis. Pure whites popped every now and then, breaking up the collection in a subtle way. There were pyrite and crystal embellishments, liquid silk pieces, sparkly silks, strappy sandals, folded ankle peep-toed boots in nudes and neutrals, exaggerated rings and jewelry pieces as well. Models had loosely teased curls, quite retro, and with a soft and natural face, finished off with blended smokey eyes. The collection was titled “Essadi”-a pseudonym used by the explorer Isabelle Eberhardt while journeying into Northern Africa in the 19th century. Not only was the collection wearable, it was mesmerizing and breathtaking. I left wanting to see more and was pleased with Fiona’s new take on the collection, she is just as much a traveler as her sister!

Front Row at NY Fashion Week

Other fascinating shows that I had the pleasure of attending were the ever so lively Custo Barcelona that had a play on multi-colored prints and textures, Ashton Michael’s new take on architecturally inspired Goth style, Rad Hourani’s futuristic androgynous mode, Raul Penaranda’ s promising fashion forward first collection, among others.

Fashion’s Night Out had everyone in the city enjoy an evening at all the remarkable designer stores, with dj’s and live music, window installations of real models, dancers and artwork, celebrity sightings, great prices, and parties everywhere… It was indeed an unforgettable evening.

Spring/Summer 2011 seems to promise a rebirth of a fashionable era, the 70’s, with a strong feminine and structural twist. Conformity and composition plays an important role in the style of a collection, but maintaining the dainty feel of a woman is what makes it a success. I believe that we are reverting back to the beauty of true womanhood, and embracing its meaning. Making an ultra seductive statement yet maintaining the savoir vivre and savoir-faire of the style will definitely come a long way in this sensational season. I am looking forward to the market’s reaction once these pieces launch…. Will the uber sexy yet genteel style be well received, I wonder?

Thanks Dina!

Have a look at some of the action:

What do you think about the upcoming trends and styles?
Who will you be wearing?
Leave your comment or question for Dina below and we will get back to you.

For bookings, please email elisa@bareface.com

SUPER SIZE MY EYES!

13 Oct

The Bookers Blog is back………..been out of action for a while!
Hope you had a great summer, I cant believe how fast time is flying by……but its always a good time for beauty tips!

Back today with some great advice from Bareface Makeup Artist Kat Sumners on how to make your EYES LOOK BIGGER ……………I know I need these tips!

Get your lashes on!

Ok, here goes………let me know what you think by leaving a comment on this post.

The eyes are the most expressive feature on your face, so we should make the most of them. Makeup can make the eyes look a lot bigger. Some of the best ways to make your eyes look larger include some of the following makeup tricks:

Curl Your Lashes
Using a lash curler on your upper lashes can work wonders.  Curled lashes instantly open up the eyes, making them appear bigger. A little secret I have been doing for years on shoots is heating your stainless steel lash curler with your blow dryer before applying to the lashes.  The result is amazing!

Lash extensions
False eyelashes can even further open up your eyes and make them appear larger.

Mascara
For a dramatic look, apply mascara only to the upper lashes. To make eyes seem wider, apply to the bottom too.

Eye Shadow
Eye shadow can significantly enhance the appearance of your eyes. The key to big eyes is keeping your eye shadow palette light. This is because dark colours make features recede, but light colors bring them forward.

Eyeliner
Apply beige eyeliner to the inner lower rims of the eyes (Personally, I think white eyeliner looks too harsh). This is an instant eye opener. Avoid using black eyeliner altogether near the eyes because it will only make your eyes appear smaller.  If you have to use a darker eyeliner, opt for dark brown or grey and blend.

Eyebrows
Framing the face is a necessary step in making the eyes look larger. If eyebrows are left bushy and overgrown, the entire eye area looks smaller.

Brow Highlighter
Apply this on the lower bone of your eyebrows, they are a highlight to open up your eyes.

Eye Drops
Reduce the redness in your eyes. Clear, white eyes make you look fresh, awake and wide-eyed.

Get Enough Sleep
Puffy eyes are small eyes!  So make sure you get enough sleep to reduce the bags under your eyes. This is key if you are on a shoot the next day! Make sure you get enough sleep so you arrive on set looking fresh.

Thanks KAT!

Right, am off to get myself some brow highlighter…..Would go with the more sleep option, but I think I actually overslept last night and this has also given me the small eyed look!

Got a question for one of our experts? Leave a comment and we will get back to you.

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For bookings, please email elisa@bareface.com

26 Aug

Beauty shoot for Grazia. Makeup by Kat Sumners.

 

We asked Bareface  makeup artist Kat Sumners to answer a few questions before she jets off to New York for a couple of months.

To find out how the pros do it, check out her answers below……

What is your favourite piece of makeup that you can’t live without?

I find it incredibly challenging to pinpoint just one piece of makeup which I couldn’t live without personally, so after compiling a list of at least 10 items (ranging from tweezers, lipbalm, eyebrow pencil to concealer), I must say that blusher comes out on top. A good blusher (whether it is a cream or powder) can make you look brighter and healthier on even the palest day.

If you had five minutes to leave the house, what makeup could you not go without?

Blusher, concealer, lipbalm…………..

What about in the summer if you have a tan? How should your makeup change?

Makeup trends for summer are low maintenance, with touches of fun and bright colours. The overall look is soft, sheer, and playful. Summer is a great time to simplify beauty routines. Many people become more active in the summer months and do not have time to stick to a makeup routine that takes more than ten minutes. Makeup for summer is designed for the person who wants to look fresh and complete in just a few minutes.

What makeup tool is a must-have for every beauty conscious girl?

Good quality brushes are essential if you want professional looking makeup. In my opinion, they are the most important tools a girl can have in her bag.

If you were getting ready for a night out, what should your beauty regime include?

Here are some of my tips to do your own makeup like a pro:

1. Moisturize! If your skin is dry, makeup will look flaky. If you have oily skin or are prone to breakouts, look for an oil-free moisturizer. It will make your skin look dewy and fresh without adding oil.

2. Use the right tools. You don’t need a ton of expensive brushes, but it is worth it to invest in the basic few (blusher, eyeshadow, eyebrow, lip and powderbrush).

3. To cover blemishes, first run a small makeup brush back and forth over a concealer stick, then dip in loose powder. Use the brush to dab the concealer and powder onto the blemish, and it will stay covered.

4. For longer-looking, luscious lashes, use an eyelash curler.

5. Drawing thick dark lines all around your eyes will make your eyes look smaller.

6. If your eyeshadow tends to disappear after a few hours, apply a little foundation and powder to your lids before putting on eyeshadow.

7. If you can’t decide which colours to buy, go with neutrals: browns, peaches, and plums look good on everyone.

8. Beige eyeliner on your lower lid will help to open up your eyes.

9. When applying blush, be sure to tap off the excess blush from your brush. Apply in soft strokes or circles to the apple of your cheek.

10. Pale lipsticks make most people’s lips disappear. Wear a lipstick that is at least as dark as your lips’ natural colour.

11. Adding a little gloss to just your lower lip will help your lips look pouty.

 12. The way to look tanned and glowy is not to use a foundation that is darker than your natural colour, nor should you apply a heavy bronzer all over your face. Instead, use eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick in bronze and golden brown tones. You can also use a little bronzer (gently brush over cheekbones), but use it subtly and blend. You don’t want a makeup line at your jaw.

A big Thank You to Kat for answering our questions.

 If you have any more questions, please leave a comment on the blog and we will get back to you.

Kat will be hitting NYC in September so if you would like more information on booking Kat whilst she is in the Big Apple, email elisa@bareface.com

Sizzle this Summer

27 Jul

Summer 2010 Trends & Tips

High Fashion Stylist Dina Yassin is letting us in on her top tips for summer 2010……

“Despite the global financial crisis, which has affeced us in so many ways, and left us with subdued expectations of overall trends in general, Spring/Summer 2010 is the first season where I believe we are finally noticing it all beginning to diminish. Not only is 2010 an exciting year for fashion, but also it is where a new standard of fashion is finally rising up. Styles that are classically inspired but with an infusion of outrageous is what we’ll be wearing. It’s about combining smart and sexy looks with sporty and delicate styles. Moreover, a minimalist theme that’s highly influenced by innovation and sustainable elements.”  Dina Yassin

 Here are a few summer trends and tips that will help you make a great statement:

Color Palette:

Shot in NYC. Stylist: Dina Yassin

The color story for this summer is fresh and dynamic that is created by strong pastels, bleached neon tints, elegant neutrals and light plum tones. The beauty of subtleties of tone such as nude with peach and washed out browns, and grays with icy blues, or white with ice cream colors bring about a barely there yet eye-popping look. This trend both complements and contrasts the neutral tone style, creating a spontaneous sweetness to the super-sexy. Look for these colors on sheer flowy fabrics, dresses, blouses and jackets. You could always go for a classic solid color or be daring and try out the extravagant summery patterns yet keeping it simple and feminine.

 Summer Romper Trends, Hot Pants & Boy Shorts:

It’s all about the legs this summer!!!

Hot pants and boy shorts are the new shift for shorter-than-short style that can be paired with Mary Jane’s to dress them up, or with sandals for a casual feel, and they all reveal your toned up legs. Denim cut-off shorts are also very hot if you want to go for more raw style. Play these variations with basic summer tanks, tube tops and cat sunglasses for a fifties dash, or a button-up silk shantung with a headscarf and loafers for a Grace Kelly flair. My thoughts, if you want to appear more chic, don’t go too short.

Summer rompers have definitely made a revival. They are very cute, comfortable, and so easy to just slip on. You won’t need to worry about mixing and matching; the beauty of these babies is that they’re all ready for you!

 Heavy, Bold & Exaggerated Prints:

Scattered countryside floral, bold geometric patterns, animal prints, optical illusion stripes and checks are all turning heads this summer. Vivacious styles can always find room in your summer ensemble. Find them on your canvas print shoes, leather totes, silk tops, summer scarves, chiffon skirts, or beautiful dresses. It’s these particular trends that update classics in a carefree spirit!

 Beat the heat in this summer’s hottest swimwear:

Shot in Miami. Stylist: Dina Yassin

This summer’s bathing suit styles are delightful and the new exquisite designs suit many different tastes. From vintage inspired designs to modern two-piece bikinis, and classic one-piece bathing suit that are timeless. These come in vivid colors and simple monochromes, to heavy and bold prints as well as strapless and/or one shoulder style. Accessorize them with resin bangles, chunky necklaces, dangling earrings, to over-sized beach bags, wedges and sunglasses. You can always add a divinely printed tunic if you’re not into showing too much skin in the beach.

 It’s all about the shades!

Summer shoot for Haya Magazine, MBC

Sunglasses, without a doubt, always add attitude and make a bold statement. This summer we’re finding a fusion of modern and classic styles with a twist. Audrey style for the wild ‘n’ crazy, round tortoise for the moderate, the rectangular frame for the minimalist, the oversized round frame for the true lady, and the cat-eye frame for the romantic posh child. There are lots of styles to frame your gorgeous face, so go out there and find the right suit to your style!

Jewelry, the finishing touch!

Colorful stones and organic shapes are this summer’s BIG jewelry statement. Resin and wooden bangles, rock-embellished rings, and exaggerated earrings are completing your looks. Free yourself from the traditional jewelry routine and get yourself in something chunky and textural. I promise you, you won’t look back!

The current global climate has given fashion the opportunity to re-invent itself in the most unimaginable way. Several renditions of what is seen from the past have been magnificently re-created, and produce a memorable trend. Finding the right style is not going out there and buying a nice outfit, it’s really about paying attention to every detail all the time. Research all the trends of the season thoroughly and find out which ones suit you. Make sure that you’re portraying an image that is and will remain your signature look. This will not only be easy, but fun to accentuate later on.

 Enjoy your summer!!

A Big Thank You to Dina for her amazing tips….let us know what you think.

For more inspiration, check out www.dinayassin.com

What are you wearing this summer? Any trends you love?

A Pasion for RED

23 Jun

Makeup Artist Dennie Pasion challenges her makeup ability shooting a test with the High Definition RED Camera………

So, whats the challenge?

NO RETOUCHING!

After shooting many corporate videos with Alchemy Films using the RED, Dennie wanted to collaborate with film makers and photographers to create a beauty and fashion concept with stills and moving image.

Andrew, super RED DIT from Alchemy Films introduced Dennie to MOTO’s – A Moving Photo! and to other amazing features of the RED Camera.

Dennie has worked on many stills shoots with Photographer Martin Beck and they both agreed to take it to the next step bringing their talents into the world of the moving image……Alchemy Films made this possible providing the RED and great editing team.

Crispin Dominic was on board as the DOP bringing his experience and insights. It was interesting to see the Stills photographer and the DOP working together to establish an atmosphere within the concept.

DIT Andrew Clemson also took his RED knowledge and skill  behind the camera as DOP to help bring this amazing concept to life.

A big thank you to the beautiful model Alex B - She is such an inspiration for beauty.

Amber also features in the video as her first ever film! She is not signed yet so keep an eye out!

Styling was by Dennie’s old friend, Gui Nallet, who has such a great eye for detail.

What was the Concept?

Dennie: “As a Makeup Artist, I wanted to depict my individual perception of beauty. With stills, it is always about the end result – the ‘After’ once the model has been ‘made up’ to the desired look of the brief. Stills photography does not capture the process of this transformation. I wanted to capture the models natural beauty that comes from personality and individual identity. With the 2 models chosen, there were 2 identities that I wanted to project – one that had to perform to the camera and another that was free.  It was great to capture these free moments on film. It was Martins idea to open up the set, exposing everything – you can see the ‘real workings’ of whats going on! I have always enjoyed the process much more than the end result so on this shoot I loved watching the final result which reveals the process. I could never achieve this with stills”

Have a look at the RED Test Shoot below:

Let me know what you think…….I lOVE IT…..!!

A big THANK YOU to everyone involved and for all your hard work.

So, what is Dennie doing next?

Dennie is looking for cosmetic brands and clients to sponsor tutorials on Makeup application and hair styling techniques – all shot on the RED.

For more info. please contact elisa@bareface.com / 04 3902040

Live RED. Keep Moving.

Hollywood meets Arabia

11 May

L.A Fashion photographer, Melissa Rodwell goes rustic in Dubai.

Model Alex B for Harpers Bazaar

Harper’s Bazaar takes us on a fantasy with this months Princess of Persia fashion editorial.

The new Banyan Tree Al Wadi resort was the inspiration amidst the rustic desert surroundings in Ras Al Khaimah.

Melissa Rodwell worked with Bareface makeup & hair stylist Dennie Pasion on the bedouin concept fusing the natural landscape with model Alex B’s beauty.

Dennie Pasion goes for textured wild crimped hair

Dennie used a muddy brown cream duo eyeliner cashmere by Smashbox.

TOP TIP: Use brown versus black to smoke up blue eyes.

Dennie Pasion's choice for smokey eyes

Dennie Pasion found it a real treat to work with chilled out, talented, international, hollywood fashion photographer Melissa Rodwell.

Bareface model Alex B

“Your make up is outstanding! You did a GREAT job on this editorial and it would be a real pleasure to work with you again!” Melissa Rodwell

Bareface model Alex B looks amazing – A big Thank You to Melissa Rodwell for her creativity and beautiful photography.  We look forward to her return.

To book Dennie Pasion or Alex B, please contact elisa@bareface.com

The Notorious M.O ……

22 Apr

Hello, my name is Mo.

 Its not everyday that an Iguana gets more camera time than Angelina Jolie!

Meet Mo……He is a friendly green iguana who lives with Bareface Stylist Ant Kidd

Mo has recently shot a TV Documentary about Dinosaurs, shooting on the Beach in Abu Dhabi…….He received rave reviews on his performance and beahviour on set. Quite simply, he is a pleasure to work with. There were no Diva moments!

We caught up with Mo after his shoot, see below a short Q&A from his interview:
Q: Hello Mo, How old are you?
A: Hello, I am 2 years old.

Q: How did you get into Acting?
A: Well, thats a good question, I first discovered that I had a certain edge when I was just 8 months old. I attended a casting for a bollywood music video, and I got the part. It was a shock at first as it was my first casting, however, from that moment on I knew that acting was the career for me.

Mo went on to play the part of  ‘abandoned pet’ in the middle of the desert. He was an immediate success.
Q: What is your favourite thing about being a performer?
A: I just love being in the public eye. As you can see from the pictures I am  a natural on camera. The money does also help. With my first pay cheque I bought myself a fancy new home.
Q: What is your daily beauty regime?
A: I keep it simple. All I do is sunbathe for 9-10 hours a day to keep my colour fresh. I follow a strict healthy diet of mixed salad.  In my spare time, I like to hang out with Ant Kidd and his shoulder is my perfect resting place.

Mo on Ant's shoulder

To see Mo’s acting debut in a Bollywood music video, check out the video below:

For more information on Mo or to book him for one of your shoots, events or productions, please contact dan@bareface.com / 04 3902040

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