Entries from October 2009
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 31st, 2009
Cheryl Cole wore a dress by designer David Koma on the The X Factor rock ‘n’ roll themed show this Halloween. The piece was from David Koma’s first collection. Vauxhall Fashion Scout picked him as their Merit Award winner, and so just this September David Koma showed his second collection (Spring/Summer 2010) at Vauxhall Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week.
David graduated in March 2009 with distinction in MA Fashion from Central Saint Martins. His graduate collection won Harrods’ Design Award.
You can purchase David Koma’s dresses online at Browns.
Tags: Cheryl Cole, David Koma, Vauxhall Fashion Scout, womenswear
Posted by Rachel Wood on October 30th, 2009
I’ve always been a little sceptical about eye creams. I find they promise you all the hope in the world -" no more puffiness, wrinkles be gone & say good bye to dark circles" but only leave you disappointed. You just get left with a bathroom full of half used jars and tubes of product you’ll never use again. I’ve tried so many over the years.
Some gave an ok pay off before I was able to add concealer on top to mask unwanted eye bags but it was only a short term solution. I wanted to find if there really are any miracle type products that can help. I made it my mission to find a good eye cream or gel and I couldn’t believe it-I found two.
The first was Rodial Glamtox Eye Light. I first was introduced to this product when Rodial kindly gave me some skin care to use backstage at Jasper Garvida‘s show at On/Off, It’s very light weight and worked great under the models makeup. This product is perfect if you tend to get bags. I find its better to use a light weight gel than heavy creams on a puffy area. Best of all, it helped keep dark circles at bay. After a few weeks of using it I noticed a HUGE difference. If a product can help dark circles during London Fashion week – I’m sold!!
The second product is Dr. Kadir- Exclusive Organic Eye Cream. This is a super product if you’re worrying about fine lines and amazing if your skin is on the dryer side. I tend to use this product at night- pat gently around the eye area. I have found after a few week of using this cream the fine lines around my eye area look smoother and the skin does look plumper and feels amazing. Supposedly Madonna’s a big fan of Dr Kadir’s products.
The only downside to these two choices is that they are a little bit more on the pricey side but these products are worth the splurge!
Tags: Jasper Garvida, Rachel Wood
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 29th, 2009
If you don’t know where to start and you need to learn something about Fashion PR The Pocket Guide To Fashion PR by Sophie Sheikh is a good place to begin.
I meet so many young designers that realize they need a fashion PR but just don’t know where to start or understand what a PR really does. I’d suggest reading Sophie’s book: it’s very basic, which actually is a good thing. It’s already on the reading list for The London College Of Fashion, Birmingham City University and The London Metropolitan Business School. Before hiring your first PR it’s important to know what a PR really does and to clarify your expectations. The goal of many PRs is to create brand awareness, which in turn helps create sales. Sometimes it seems impossible to get any press without having a stockist and impossible to get a stockist without having some kind of press. As a stylist I see so many bad look books, everything from cheap paper, to bad photography to using your friend as a model who really doesn’t look very comfortable in front of the camera…it’s not easy and no one said it would be. With a good model, beautiful photography and styling you can make a mediocre product look desirable. Don’t under estimate the importance of good photos!
Visit several PRs before deciding what’s best for you. PR seems like one of those business that’s difficult to quantify so it’s important to have a plan and get monthly updates.
You can purchase the book on Amazon.
Tags: book reviews, Fashion PR
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 28th, 2009
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Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 28th, 2009
Boots Nº7 Creative Director and Make-Up Artist Lisa Eldridge was hosting the press day at the fashionable St Martin’s Lane Hotel. For Spring 2010 it’s all about minerals and gemstone inspired colours and natural radiance. In the meantime during the winter months it’s important to pay attention to skincare! Personally I’m obsessed with skincare and a bit negligent on the makeup side of things – but after the press day I’m having a re-think about how can we use makeup to get the most out of an outfit.
Makeup is a simple way to change an outfit – think of it like an accessory, like changing your shoes from day to evening – flats to heels. You might spend quite a bit of money on a dress and it’s important to get the most wear out of your wardrobe. It’s important to think of the whole look. You already know how to dress a look up or down – but to get more out of your outfit think lipstick – something as simple as a more daring lip colour can completely transform your look!
Lisa Eldridge’s top 3 favourite picks:
No7 Nude Lip Pencil
No7 Stay Perfect Shadow Palette in Cappuccino
No7 Extravagant Lashes Mascara (I’m dying to try this, I have a great weakness for mascara!)
Tags: beauty, Boots Nº7
Posted by Leanne Bayley on October 27th, 2009
The nights are drawing in, the mornings are dark and dreary and there are Christmas adverts on TV. That’s right people, winter is here and summer is officially over.
Last night I decided to pack away my summer clothes until next year. My white jeans, summer frocks and embellished sandals, in the suitcase they went. But as I stared into my now empty wardrobe, I felt sad and depressed. I was mourning summer already and almost running to my doctor with all the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
I have to say, I hate winter. It’s not just the being cold part (although I do hate that) it’s the hair; harsh weather conditions do not bode well with my tresses, and the wind? Well I may as well not put make-up on in the morning – by the time I’ve reached work I look positively au natural (and not in a good way).
But I didn’t stay unhappy for long, why? Winter fashion shweetie dahling. I love winter clothes; the abundance of sequins, lashings of leather, a heavy dose of knitwear and a sturdy biker boot to top it all off. Ah bliss! As I dusted off all my clothes from last winter I realised something, I don’t need to buy afresh (good news when we’re in a recession) I’ve already got the goods, I just possibly need to wear them differently.
I discovered copious amounts of lace, which is obviously a huge trend at the moment. I found my gorgeous faux fur coat with pink lining, my old Topshop leather jacket that has numerous zips and a couple of tassles looks better than the day I brought it, I discovered a lot of sequins; hats, tops, dresses, all bedazzled with wonderful sequins – ah you know how much I love my glitz.
So, what started off as a bleak and depressing chore turned out to be a very exciting exercise indeed. I’m now excited for this season, sure I want to buy lots of new things; spotty tights (a la Lily Allen), a shaggy coat (I’ll head to Topshop for that) and a leather skirt to name a few, but the realisation that I don’t need to splash the cash to recreate this seasons trends is a relief to my bank account.
However, all is well looking good but it’s far too cold to have a social life. Now where is my hot water bottle and remote control, I said brrrrr it’s cold in here….
Tags: Leanne Bayley, Lily Allen
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 26th, 2009
For the past few days load of girls having been lining up for casting for the Ford Models Supermodel of the World UK Search. It’s not any easy decision – there are so many great girls but so few with that special something! The UK winner – who will be crowned in London on the 3rd of November – will then go on to compete against the other international winners to take home the Supermodel of the World title.
Most of the girls are quite nervous at the casting – for many of them it’s the first casting they’ve ever been too! Lots of mums with daughters – it’s quite nice actually. I think when you want to be a model you need to be confident and if you have support it’s just great! Modeling is just not an easy job – it’s looks easy and glamorous but that’s the job, to make it look easy! Most people get anxious going to a job interview but just think – a model can go to 12 more more casting i.e. job interviews per day!
Vogue.com’s Dolly Jones, designer William Tempest and Reaya Goldman, competition producer and Ford model scout will be the judges at the fashion show. The 12 finalists will participate in a fashion show styled by me with head makeup artist Lan Nguyen and hair by Tim Furssedonn from Toni & Guy.
I’ve already selected the clothes from the A/W collection of Jaeger and there are so many beautiful pieces. It should be a fun show!
More info on Vogue.co.uk!
Tags: Catwalk. Show Stylist, Ford Supermodels of the World, Lan Nquyen, London Fashion Week SS10
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 23rd, 2009
I wasn’t surprised to learn that Alice Palmer was nominated for Fashion Designer of the Year at the Scottish Style Awards! I’ve worked with Alice for several seasons as her stylist and her work is so beautiful and very easy to wear. She has a super cool sharp shoulder knitted jacket on Asos which I’m coveting!
Sophie Ellis-Bextor is host for awards and will be wearing one of Alice’s metallic SS10 dresses!
Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane, Aimee McWilliams and Deryck Walker have all been previous winners of Fashion Designer of the Year at the Scottish Style Awards. This year the awards will take place at The Old Fruit Market in Glasgow’s Merchant City on October 31st.
Photography: Christopher Dadey
Tags: Aimee McWilliams, Alice Palmer, knitting
Posted by Rachel Wood on October 22nd, 2009
Ok so, I’m hear to lift the lid off one of the best kept makeup secrets in Hollywood- Gerda Spillman skin care and cosmetics. I was first introduced to these products by Hollywood makeup artist Kim Borio ( have you been listening to her Beauty radio broadcasts?- they’re chock full of beauty info!- www.healthylife.net every Thursday at 12:00 p.m to 1:00 p.m Pacific Standard Time -8:00 pm-9 pm UK time)This Swiss product lines clients are so super star A-list that I am not even allowed to mention their names in this article BUT I can tell you that the makeup artists on the set of such TV shows as American Idol and Prison Break and hit movies like Transformers, Ironman and the Notebook all use Gerda Spillman products.
I only have one name for their bio- foundation which is a mineral based cream – INCREDIBLE. I have never used a product where it was so thin and light but still gave great coverage with a natural finish. It helps protect from UVA and UVB rays. It’s also waterproof but since it’s a mineral based cosmetic it allows the skin to breath AND for all of you who have been reading about me raving on about HDTV TV-this is an ideal product as it’s so sheer it leaves an appearance of a second skin rather than makeup sitting on top of the face. It comes in great shades for the palest to the blackest of skin tone. Bio-foundation was twice voted foundation of the year; I’m not surprised-it really is one of this year’s great beauty finds.
Tags: Rachel Wood
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 21st, 2009
Giles Deacon DJing!
Me with the fabulous Leanne Bayley!
The venue on Kingly Street was packed! There were several levels to this club and the music was really good!
These are super delicious. I am a biscuit/chocolate fan. I recently discovered Cadbury Caramel Shortbread and now have tasted the Caramel Nibbles – they actually have a reclosable seal – but who’s kidding who, a pack is really a single serving!
Tags: Cadbury, Giles Deacon, Leanne Bayley
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 20th, 2009
As a stylist I’m partial to shopping in Uniqlo – it’s great when you’re looking for jeans, t-shirts, or any other tops: you’ll find every colour possible. One of my assistants recently purchased one of their Heat Tec thermal basics as it’s getting chilly outside!
I was walking on Oxford Street when the window display caught my eye – it was a huge picture of illustrator Daisy de Villeneuve modeling in the lastest campaign for Uniqlo! I had the opportunity to have a quick chat with her!
Where did you shoot the campaign?
DdV – The shoot was in Tokyo, Japan with an all Japanese crew. The guy in the ad with me is the lead singer of the band, OK Go. He’s called Damian Kulash, he was very nice.
Was it fun?
DdV – It was a great break from my daily life in London to be back in Japan. Yeah, it was fun but I was there to do a job so not much sightseeing. I did get to go to my favourite store, Kiddyland & stock up on a few Christmas gifts.
So you’ve been to Japan before?
DdV – Yes, I’d gone to Japan about 3 years ago for a press trip to promote the packaging design I did for Moët & Chandon’s pink champagne, Flower Rosé (I illustrated the box in my signature felt-tip pen style).
What’s your favourite colour?
DdV – I like red & purple. I always like to wear something bright! I will most likely wear red lipstick & red nail polish or purple. I was pleased that they let me keep my red nails in the ads, I think that they wanted me to have an aspect of my style.
Tags: Daisy de Villeneuve, Uniqlo
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 18th, 2009
I’m a Cadbury fan and as a stylist I like a good collaboration. It’s difficult for designers to find the right collaboration, you want have your dresses on the right celebrities and in the right magazines. Giles Deacon debuted in 2004 and he’s become a British icon. He’s collaborated with Mulberry Handbags in 2007 and New Look from 2008 to the present. When I heard that Giles recently designed a dress for the Cadbury Caramel Bunny – Nibbles – I wasn’t surprised, just delighted. Two British brands, it just makes sense.
I think it’s savvy of Cadbury to collaborate with British brands – Cadbury itself is iconic. George Cadbury was the third son of Quaker John Cadbury, who founded Cadbury in 1824!
Tags: Cadbury, Giles Deacon
Posted by Leanne Bayley on October 16th, 2009
I have a friend called Becs, she’s no ordinary friend. She is the ‘pretty friend’. She’s the girl that random men on the street feel the need to say ‘hey baby’ to, she’s the girl that looks great without a scrap of make up on and it’s likely that if you didn’t know her you’d probably utter the word ‘bitch’ at the sight of her. That’s just the way it is.
I met Becs on my first day at Elle, she seemed nice but we didn’t become proper friends until we got hammered together at some bowling beauty event where we supped mojitos until we could barely walk, let alone bowl.
So back to the point of this post, Becs is now a Gokette! Yep, that’s right – if you tuned in to How to Look Good Naked last night you would have seen her strutting down the catwalk looking absolutely fabulous. I’m so proud, Becs is regarded as a plus-sized model in the industry and I think she makes the perfect Gokette.
It seems like plus size is new size zero in the fashion world, at London Fashion Week last month Mark Fast tried out a new look when he sent three average sized models down his catwalk.
It caused a little bit of controversy (with the stylist walking out at the last minute apparently) but it got people talking, and thinking. But isn’t it about time waif like models had some new plus-sized talent to compete with?
It might not be some people’s thing but I applaud Mark Fast, and whilst I think waif like models will always be predominant on the catwalk I think it’s nice to have a change.
Let’s celebrate real women.
Catch Becs on Goks Fashion Fix Tuesdays, 8pm on Channel 4
Tags: Gok Wan, Leanne Bayley
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 15th, 2009
Sarah Bailey, Deputy Editor of Harpers Bazaar with the understated and very charming Jason Wu. His collection is lovely and he sold so many pieces that he had to go back to his hotel to find more dresses for the window. Jason is chatty and delightful – you want to listen to all his stories and he makes you feel like a long lost friend. He chats about baking macaroons and eating waffles with milk chocolate with whipped cream (They are sold outside Bond Street station.)
When I asked Jason about his favourite dress he said they are like his children he loves them all and can’t choose just one!! He was inspired by Tim Burton’s films and he loves The Nightmare Before Christmas. You can see it in the stitching of some of his dresses!
Jason is also Canadian and so far he’s most famous for the dress Michelle Obama wore to the inaugural ball!
Tags: Browns, Michelle Obama, womenswear
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 14th, 2009
I was invited to attend a cocktail party for the Fashion Summit. It was like the who’s who of the fashion world but most importantly I got to know one of my favourite fashion bloggers a little bit better, Disney Roller Girl. She’s so cool, so down to earth and just fun to hang out with!
William Tempest, looking very James Bond surrounded by two beauties, Vogue Fashion Features Editor Jessica Bumpus and artist Daisy de Villeneuve.
Anne Tyrrell and the very handsome Maurice Mullen (head of Fashion at the Evening Standard).
Delicious cocktails at Taman Gang!
Michael Herz & Graeme Fidler, head designers for Aquascutum.
Lauretta Roberts of WGSN & Harold Tillman.
The Fashion Business Club corner with Navaz Batliwalla, Martyn Roberts, William Tempest, me, Daisy de Villeneuve and Courtney Blackman.
Tags: Drapers, Drapers Fashion Summit, William Tempest
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 12th, 2009
Tags: Jasper Garvida, London Fashion Week SS10, Rachel Wood
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 9th, 2009
A little dream of mine has always been to work on a makeup book, so when last year AOFM approached me to help collaborate on their book- Makeup is Art – I jumped at the chance. It was put together by creative directors – Lan Nquyen (William Tempest’s makeup artist) and Jana Ririnui (Head of education of AOFM) .. It’s more of a creative insight on how a makeup artist works and gets their ideas rather than a step by step how to manual on makeup. I think it’s a great resource for anyone interested in becoming a makeup artists or who is just interested in what we do.
It was fun but challenging coming up with a few concepts for the book. I tried to add a little interesting twist on each idea: for the 1950′s look I used the original Barbie Doll as a reference – making the model look almost plastic and over emphasising her top lip like the original Barbie’s. I added a splash of I Love Lucy into it too.
It only has been out a few short weeks but it’s doing really well. It’s available to buy at Charles Fox and Soho book store in London or at AOFM.
Tags: AOFM, Lan Nquyen, Rachel Wood
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 8th, 2009
Tags: Drapers, Jasper Garvida, news
Posted by Leanne Bayley on October 7th, 2009
Oh how I love Paris Fashion Week, the glitz, the glamour and the cream of the crop front row. I was pleased to see Kate Moss on the front row at YSL, she looked back on top form in her chic black outfit along with her beau Jamie Hince. They looked great together and she looked sensational in her outfit. Her sheer black top and super high boots showed Kate has still got ‘it’, whatever ‘it’ is.
I was really excited to see Stella Mc Cartney and her designs, her frou frou dresses have got me all excited for next season. I was so pleased to see frills and colour – we need some fun and some room to breathe after a season of body-con dressing. Hell, we might even be able to eat carbs again. Hallelujua!
The Chanel show brought Prince to the front row, he was wearing a pair of boots with a ridiculously high heel (for a man) which just goes to show the ‘meel’ – the man heel is the trend du jour for heterosexual males out there. Eek! I’m not sure how I’d feel if my date were teetering around on a pair of 2 inch heels… hmmm, wrong!
My favourite moment of Paris? Lily Allen rising from a trapdoor amidst the models working the Chanel runway. She looked like she was having the best time of her life in her Chanel outfit of black and gold sequins.
So Spring Summer Fashion Week is over, done, finito. It’s time to wear the trends we were excited about seven months ago – that’s just the way it goes. Ah,,, now where can I find the perfect leather skirt?
Tags: Leanne Bayley
Posted by Rebekah Roy on October 6th, 2009
It’s starting to feel cooler and it’s definitely autumn, and I like to be cosy. You might not think of me as a flannel-pyjama-wearing kind of girl, but I am – and I’m picky about how soft the flannel is. Most of my pyjamas come from John Lewis but this was the first time I ordered them online and they are perfect!
John Lewis just launched their website, selling fashion brands online, and it’s quite good. (I’ve heard Selfridges is launching a site soon too!) I’m very much in favour of shopping online. Clothing I find quite easy to purchase but I do like to know as much detail as possible and I really like when sites include the fabric and washing instructions. I think M&S has been doing this for some time and luxury sites seem to have the most detailed copy. Anyway there are very few sites where I could buy a sewing machine, some pin boxes and flannel pyjamas but John Lewis’ site is one of them!
Tags: lingerie, online shopping