Thursday, 18 July 2013

Julien Macdonald and Melissa Odabash swimwear collaboration

I stepped through the doors if the ME Hotel in London and was overwhelmed by the luxury of white leather chairs, black marble walls and metal sculptures floating down the center of the reception and bar area; I knew straight away that this Fashion show was going to be exclusive. 

Same as usual on a show day; the preparation rooms are packed with hair, make-up and nail artists all ready for the dash to be ready for call-time when the models have to run out onto the catwalk; I went along with the LizaSmith Nail runway team so I felt the rush when time began ticking. 

Present backstage getting ready were all the models plus Rosie Fortescue, Mollie King, Zara Martin and Dionne Bromfield who were also modeling within this show. 

Top left: Rosie Fortescue and the make up for the show. middle left: Mollie King. Center: the Liza Smith runway team. Top middle: Dionne Bromfield's amazingly natural lovely nails. Top right: beautiful model. bottom right: models and clothing.

The catwalk was held on the top of the ME Hotel where the models walked around the bar and then walked outside onto the terrace; definitely a more interesting walk rather than the traditional straight walk down and turn around. 

The swimwear obviously included binikis and swimsuits but also revealed long floating kaftans and elegant dresses. Obviously the swimwear was designed not to be worn within water due to the sparkling sequins and gold and silver metal plating; no one would want that kind of beautiful detailing to ever be ruined! This collection really showed what to wear when trying to impress when lying in the sun. The colours, materials and sparkles would make any man take a second glance at a woman passing by! 


                                     I know what's on my list of items to buy for the holidays.
                                                                            Love B xXx

Charlotte Tilbury's Rock 'n' Kohl

Charlotte Tilbury's Rock'n'Kohl Beauty festival began on the 18th of June and lasted a week long at Selfridges in London. It celebrated all of the success which Charlotte Tilbury has undergone being one of the world's top make-up artists. Everyday consisted of new exciting treatments and activities for the public and in the early evening, a chat on the Lipstick sofa was held between Charlotte and her many guests such as Alice Temperley and many other stars of the fashion industry. 

A few snaps from the nail and mak-up day. top left: Wall of fame photos taken from a photobooth. Top right: make up stand. Bottom left: the Lorraine Griffin nail team and the Lipstick sofa for guest speakers. Bottom right: tilbury walkway into the rock'n'kohl.

I was so fortunate that I was asked to help out for one of the days assisting Lorraine Griffin, one of the world's top nail session artists, as Charlotte offered free mini manicures and make-up to the public at the Rock'n'kohl festival. It was so exciting seeing Charlotte's previous work hanging from the walls of the festival; jealousy sprung to mind when looking at the success she has created for herself working with so many other successful people within the industry. It was truly inspiring! 

Charlotte Tilbury and Cara Delevigne photographed at the photo-booth at the festival.
Absolutely beautiful women! (photo taken from

The Rock 'n' Kohl festival was set up with a team of make-up artists who were lined up and ready with their brushes and eyeliner and Lorraine Griffin's nail team were also poised for action when the flood of customers came in from their shopping sprees. It felt so exclusive yet, I couldn't believe that the event was open to the public! Wasn't everyone so lucky?

Literally loved this event, will be stored in my memory for a long time.
                                                                     Love B xXx

Bluewater European Fashion Show! 23rd May

When I returned home for the summer, I had decided to take some time to relax and make sure that the stress of work and university would dissipate the longer I relaxed. 

Little did I know that one of my younger sister, called Teichin, was about to become a stylist for the fashion show held at Bluewater (Europe's biggest shopping center). It was an opportunity of a lifetime and I was fortunate enough to be asked to help her out considering my own experience with fashion. I made sure the day was documented for those who missed it. 

The Learning shop, which is an on site (at Bluewater) training and recruitment center, who were responsible for holding the show allowed its students to chose to be stylists, visual merchandisers or designers and actually create their own outfits. 

For the students styled for the show, European designer retail brands such as Gap, Desigual, Swatch, LK Bennett, Radley, TM Lewin and Wallis provided the stylists with the clothing. 
Many amazing looks came from each of the students. The Wallis collection was a personal favourite of mine, styled by Kerry-Anne O'Flaherty, which gave Wallis a highly sophisticated and elegant look which I had never really seen before with this brand; if I had the same fashionable and creative mind as Kerry-Anne, I would definitely rethink shopping at Wallis for this look. 

Kerry-Anne in the middle in a peach dress surrounded by her models in Wallis clothing

Not to be completely biased because Teichin is my sister, but her own styling of the new Gap summer wear was also a plus for me. In my mind, I had always thought of Gap as quite simplistic and plain. However, Teichin had managed to add her own twist with pops of colour and patterns combined with the plain and simple, making the overall look playful and fun but also quite laid back and effortless with key items, such as clutch bags. It really felt like summer had arrived for Gap. 

GAP clothing styled by Teichin Smith

She also styled Desigual, a Spanish retail brand which is fun and innovative which focuses highly on a mix of different exotic summer patterns to create this brand image as seen below. Desigual has such a unique look that it meant that Teichin had to maintain this look in order for the brand to be represented as they wanted; I was routing for her as I felt this look was hard to mimic but she definitely pulled it off! Congrats to her!

Desigual clothing collection with Teichin (stylist) in the middle in blue and turquoise zig zag top 

As for the students who created their own looks, creativity was just flying off of the catwalk with new innovative ideas which have never been seen before. The European look had to be kept in mind when designing and all designers made such a significant and individual impact.

My most loved and memorable designer look, came from Florence Ederidge (or 'Flo' for short). This quirky look was inspired by European food but combined elements of the hipster look to make it upbeat, fun and wearable within the teens and youngster of this generation. Flo is the definition of 'cool' with her artistic mind; fashion and art really are the same thing here. 

Flo in the middle of her hipster and food inspired look.
As for the other looks, below are a few snips of the show and other stylists and designer looks from the show. Take a peak, it's worth looking at! 

Me (Miss B) and sister Teichin

Swatch watches

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TM Lewin styled by Natalie Martin

TM Lewin styled by Natalie Martin

TM Lewin styled by Natalie Martin

Swatch watch

Overall the day was a success with many promising futures for the students who took part. . Many thanks to Sarah Cobb who organised every little detail including the singers and performers from the North west Kent college along with all the Hair dressers and make-up artists who models look absolutely amazing. 
                                                        I was so lucky to be involved. 
                                                                       Love B xXx

Blog with B...that's me!

Firstly, let me tell you a little about me. 

I am  a Fashion Management student and am also a PA (personal assistant) to one of the UK's best nail artists, Liza Smith, who provides me with the opportunity to be involved backstage at some of the best fashion events looking at, not only the clothing, but also how the industry works behind closed doors. 

Life has been hectic since I started university in September 2012 and my life just seems to live and breathe fashion. My university course has meant that everyday I learn more and more about fashion and am constantly thinking of clothes; not good for me as it's always reminding me that I want new and expensive clothing which I definitely cannot afford! 

But it's my job which has put stars in my eyes; I am besotted with the Fashion world and it only makes me more determined than ever, to be involved within this wonderful, fabulous and chaotic industry. When I turn the pages of British Vogue and see the most elegant and fashionable women with the best wardrobes and most expensive luxurious clothing; I am jealous! With all of this around me, surely it's a sign that one day, it will all be mine...if I work really hard and manage to gain a lot of luck! fingers crossed for the future!!!

Love B xXx