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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



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.

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.

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.

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

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

Frederick Fekkai Says……..

15 Apr

 Fekkai  says…………….

 ” There is no such thing as luck ”

Hair Stylist Dennie Pasion met up with the celebrity Hair King (named by American harpers bazaar )  at the desert hair event  held at Bab Al Shams on  April 13th   – an  unlucky  number for some !

Desert Sunset at Bab Al Shams

Dennie asked Frederic to share with freelance hair stylists his advice  for  success in a market that is oversaturated with new products, new formulas and the famous.

His response over lunch, whilst munching on his mixed green leaf salad, was that Success  never rests in the past, it is what we achieve today as bait for the future, it is driven by passion and perseverance with a knowledge of our industry, new  ideas with a willingness to take  risks.

Fekkai talks Hair

Frederic advised that freelance hairstylists stay linked to a salon  so as to stay grounded and keep updated on technique and  growth within the industry. The salon is the foundation. Expand on your creativity by becoming curious  about other creative disciplines;  Architecture for example can be an inspiration. In order to stand out from the rest a stylist must continue to invent new  ideas…….and have fun!

Bareface model Alexandra P with Frederic Fekkai

Frederic doesn’t talk about trends and ‘must haves’ – he suggests moods, textures and silhouettes. He stresses the importance of hair that creates an atmosphere of personal freedom,  elegance  and style. Everyone is unique.

He reminds stylists to really get to know the the identity and suitability of the person. A hair stylist should enhance and customize a look that relates to a lifestyle and personality rather than the latest trend.

Fekkai at work with Bareface model Alex B

Hair  is no longer  uber straight, it moves with natural  bend supported and enhanced by the right choice of styling products from his extensive high performance product range.

Dennie found that the Hair King was approachable, charming and personable. She truly believes in the Fekkai philosophy and can relate to the man behind the brand without thwarted expectations.

Overworked Hair is not current, said Frederic.

Dennie Pasion endorses Frederic Fekkai’s products. Attend her SHU workshop and receive a free Fekkai styling kit. For more information on SHU, a  Hair Styling Technique workshop, please email elisa@bareface.com / contact 04 3902040.

Dennie and The Falcon

Oil & Gas Industry goes Carnival !!

8 Apr


Entertainment Booker Dan Bolton learns to edit…..adding another skill to his many talents! (ahem!)

Check out his first edit below…..a video showcasing some of the amazing Bareface Entertainers

The event was for oil rig manufacturing company SBM offshore and Bareface entertainers supplied the performers for the end of project celebrations  which were held at the new, lavish Fairmont Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

Performances included saxophonists and vocalists warming up the crowd in the pre function cocktail area with a Latino Band,  Choreographed dance shows and stilt walkers contributing to the Latino carnival themed event.

The event also saw the introduction of international contortionist Yvette Du Sol who flew into the country for this special one off performance.

All costumes by Ant Kidd and choreography created by Scott Marshall are exclusive to Bareface.

Check it out:

Wow! Talk about Bendy….its insane….makes me dizzy just watching!

Oil Rig manufacturers and contorsionists with a mix of dancers, stilt walkers and giant feathers….What a combination!

A big thank you to Laura from Alchemy Films for popping over to our office and showing us how to use Final Cut Pro…Thanks Laura!

Have you see our YOU TUBE Channel?

Check out Bareface DXB Channel for more videos,  behind the scenes, TV commercials, Interviews and much more!

For bookings please email dan@bareface.com or call 04 3902040

Session Stylist Mary Kei talks food…..

23 Mar
Meet Mary Kei (MK) ……………….

Mary Kei in the Kitchen!


Mary Kei has been working as a props and wardrobe stylist with Bareface for the last five years covering an array of advertising and lifestyle shoots.
Recently, MK has been increasingly interested in food styling which is an area of styling she has touched on briefly on lifestyle shoots.
MK has always had a deep interest in food, flavours from around the world, cooking and eating!!!! So, with the encouragement of Gabby Atkinson, Dubai’s top food stylist, she has thrown herself into the world of food, food styling and food photography…..
Here are some initial top tips to all budding food stylists……………by Mary Kei
As with anything, the best way to learn is to actually experience it. However, clients have often invested alot of money in commissioning a photoshoot so there is a responsibility for all crew members to deliver on the day, so make sure you are able to do what is asked of you.
1. Always arrive early on set! (This actually applies to all stylists as we have to lug so much stuff around) it is a good idea to set up food, plates, napkins and any other props needed for the day and to organize your space before the client arrives.
2. Food shots can take a while to set up with often very complicated lighting, so to help the photographer set up his shot, always prepare a stand-in unless specifically asked not to, this will be a dish that is similar in shape, colour and size to the hero dish. This will save time for everyone and it means when the hero dish is ready it can go straight in to be shot. The food will look fresh resulting in a better shot.
3. Prep your kit the night before, checking that tools are clean, knives are sharp and that you have enough kitchen towel to sink a ship! Don’t forget your apron!!!!
4. Never eat food on set! This is a cardinal rule, not only has the food often been sitting around for hours, but it may not be cooked properly or be coated in something inedible. You, as the stylist, may know what’s what but if other crew members see you eating they may be tempted to have a nibble too! And once that photographers assistant has pinched and eaten that valuable last fresh piece of cucumber there is no getting it back!!! Make this rule clear to all on set at the beginning of the day.
5. Remember you are a team with the photographer and client, so do everything possible to support the photographer for the client!
Thanks MK for the tips!  Check out MK’s ‘Cucumber Burj’……………

Mary Kei's Cucumber Burj!


Keep an eye out for MK’s Blog coming Soon…..‘Cameras and Cucumbers’