Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Milan Fashion Week A/W 2013/14

Milan Fashion Week has just finished, and yet again I have done a post on my favourite beauty looks and trends from the catwalk.

First, to my favourite designer, Jil Sander (I love you Jil) who has focused on my two favourite elements of makeup, amazing skin and strong brows. teamed with slicked back hair, its the perfect minimalist look to compliment her beautiful collection.

Jil Sander

Now call me biased, but I loved the hair and makeup at Emilio Pucci because this is basically my everyday look! Heavy fringe? Check! Long tousled hair? Check! Black liner flicks? Check! Copycat.

Emilio Pucci

Wet-look hair with lots of texture was a big trend in Milan, making appearances at Prada, Genny and Alberta Ferretti. 



Alberta Ferretti

Hair was BIG and 70’s inspired at Bottega Venetta, smooth and glossy at the roots , turning into loose waves with fluffy, brushed-out ends

Bottega Veneta

Waves were more structured at Francesco Scognamiglio, repeating the trend in seen in New York for waves that looked like braids that had been slept in, then unravelled. I love it on the side here, just revealing an angular smoky eye.

Francesco Scognamiglio

Smoky eyes were also seen at Gucci in warm shades of brown and bronze. The look initially had a red base, before the colour was layered on top and finished with lashings of mascara. 


Hair at Gucci

Makeup was classic, feminine and elegant at Dolce and Gabbana and Emporio Armani, with clean skin and scarlet lips. The lips in both collections were a perfect scarlet; not too orange and not to blue, but a balance of both.

I liked Marni’s take on the red lip, which was smudgier and more of a stain. Paired with the slick hair here, the Marni girl looks like she has been blown around a little by (very expensive) bad weather, which is adorable and great for any UK residents, as that is how we look pretty much all year round!



Fendi pared a dark lip with beautiful flawless matte skin and a strong brow. I have been loving dark lips recently and used the look in a couple of shoots. It surprisingly wearable too, with lots of mascara it makes a memorable evening look. For the hair, Fendi used a tight french braid down the back of the head, definitely a look that could be done at home, without the fluffy headpiece, unless you’re feeling brave!)



Finally, there was a little more of the grungy goth girl seen in London at Roberto Cavalli, however our Italian goth is a little glossier and embracing the poker straight hair trend which has been extremely popular so far in Fashion month.

Roberto Cavalli

Brotherhood - Collaborative Project with Simmone Aziz

This term at university I worked in collaboration with fellow makeup artist and one of my best friends Simmone Aziz.  Visit her website here. The concept of our final photoshoot was fraternities, and the initiation process from a lone individual into the exclusive inner circle. We hoped to capture all the trials and tribulations that a new pledge would encounter as he earnerd his place. Here are our final images, which I am incredibly pleased with!

Photography: Aleksandra Podburtnaja
Styling: Pamela Nasr
Model: Ben @ Elite

Art Direction and Grooming: Simmone Aziz and Rhiannon Chalmers

Lookbook for Bundle Maclaren Millinary

Back in December, I was lucky enough to be the makeup artist and hair stylist for Bundle Maclaren Millinery's new lookbook shoot. Bundle has designed beautiful hats for the likes of Pippa Middleton, have a look at her website here. The images that I was MUA for are part of her gorgeous Magpie Collection. I'm abit technically challenged, so I'm still figuring out a way to get the official lookbook up on here!

I took some home snaps of the lookbooks she sent me so here is a little preview of the work I did.

Photgrapher: Dave Watts
Photography Assisstant:  Geordie Barrie
Stylist:Clemmie Myers
MUA/Hair: Rhiannon Chalmers

Assistants: Liz Crossman, Sadie Doherty, Fay Bescoby and Aisha Braithwaite
Model: Delia Sievers @ Storm

London Fashion Week A/W 2013/14

This post has been a little belated due to LARGE amounts of uni work, but deadlines are over now so I can get back to writing! Here is my round-up of my favourite beauty trends from London Fashion Week A/W ’13.

One of my favourite complete looks from LFW was what I’m going to refer to as ‘soft-goth’: perfect porcelain skin, dark lips or eyes (but rarely both) and long hair. At Giles, Nichole Farhi and Elliot Atkinson, the hair was soft and more tousled, whereas at JW Anderson it was impossibly sleek, and fringes lay like angular shards of glass.

Nichole Farhi
Elliot Atkinson

JW Anderson

JW Anderson Backstage

Michael van der Ham also played with angular fringes – if you’ve been wondering about getting graphic with your fringe, it looks like A/W is the time to do it. (Although i can assure you I won’t be!)

Michael van der Ham

Updo’s came in many shapes and sizes but two of my favourites were Ekaterina Kukharvera and Louise Grey, who got all Desperate Scousewives on us and incorporated rollers into the look.

Ekaterina Kukharvera

Louise Gray

I loved the hair and makeup at Tahir Sultan, a much more polished updo complimented by dark red, berry stained lips and smoky, contoured eyes.

Tahir Sultan

At Tata Naka, updos were more retro to fit the 50s inspired collection, and the loose texture looked fresh and youthful. This would be an easy one to re-create at home, I’d recommend Bumble and Bumble Sea Salt Spray to get that loose texture.

Tata Naka

Hair was also textured at Marios Schwab, and crimping was used at  Leutton Postle and Ashish to create a fluffy candyfloss effect. I love the combination of the ice blonde, crimping, and dark red glossy lip at Leutton Postle, definitely something I would try myself if my colouring could pull it off. Striking and stunning. 

Marios Schwab


Leutton Postle

Deep red lips also made an appearance at Antonio Berardi, and Zeynup Tosun, with the straightest of straight hair. I like the wetlook effect on the hair at Tosun, it adds a bit of grunge to an otherwise very polished look. 

Antonio Berardi

Zeynup Tosun

Smoky eyes were popular as ever at Tom Ford, Eugene Lin and Jonathan Saunders. The gold leaf in the inner corner of the eye at Lin was a beautiful twist on a classic. Hair at Jonathan Saunders deserves a special mention as well, those glossy waves are so covetable (I do love princess hair).

Tom Ford

Eugene Lin

Jonathan Saunders

Skin was beautiful at 1205 and at Bolzoni Walsh, especially in the latter, the contouring is incredible. Skin still seems to be semi-matte, as it was in New York, moving away from dewier summer skin.


Bolzoni Walsh

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Test at Lime Grove

Here are a couple of test beauty shots of the gorgeous Shareefa, taken in Lime Grove studios. Unusually for me, I was only styling hair in this shoot. I used R&B from Lush in Shareefa's hair when styling, which is super moisturising blend of avocado, olive oil, shea butter and various nut oils. it smells uh-mazing and is perfect for Afro or very curly hair.

Photography: Linn Therese Gustavsen
Model: Shareefa Radford
Makeup: Katrina McLeod
Hair: Rhiannon Chalmers

Camp Pink - Collaboration with Goldwell and LCF

I realise I have been a bit lax in posting any of my makeup or hair work on here recently, which is very naughty of me. I have a good few shoots to update my blog with, so here is the first. The following shoot is the result of a group uni project last term in collaboration with Goldwell UK to showcase their new range of hair colour, which they entitled 'Beautify'.

Inspired my Spring/Summer '13 trends, my group explored 'Beautify' in the context of camp women; women who are so obsessed and extreme with beautifying themselves, that they they become a caricature of a woman, a cartoon character.

A bubblegum pink wig and Moschino suit later, we came up with these 8 final images, which we entitled 'Camp Pink'.

Models: Nikita and Kara
Photography: Ella
Art Direction/Styling Advisor: John Williams

Everything Else:
Simmone Aziz
Cleo Ellis
Nikki Bowen
Rhiannon Chalmers
Katrina McLeod
Alice Malone
Candice Hutchison
Luka Watabe