Vancouver Fashion Week, held Sept. 16-21 at Vancouver, British
Columbia’s Chinese Cultural Centre, showcased 50 international designers
from more than 15 countries.
Beauty director Gloria Kim
consulted with all the designers to create the ideal looks for their
Spring/Summer 2014 collections. A graduate of John Casablancas Institute
and a six-year VFW veteran, she was a calming force in the organized
chaos backstage. Once the make-up looks were posted and the key products
selected, Kim’s team of more than 30 make-up artists made it happen.
According to Kim, a successful fashion-week artist must be passionate,
cooperative, strong, resilient and balanced. “We must prepare our minds
well, because you never know what might happen,” she said. To learn what
did happen, read on.
Dong De Xi/Comme Lun
Time/Date: 5 p.m. Sept. 20, 2013 Make-up Artist: Dayana Funes Inspiration: Head make-up artist Gloria Kim (left) said she was inspired by the work
of the late Korean fashion designer Andre Kim, who once said, “Fashion
should portray grace, intellect, artistic beauty and youthful energy.”
With ruffled collars, flowing cream dresses, exposed bustiers and
billowy netting, the Spring/Summer 2014 collection was marked by Dong De
Xi’s signature style: uninhibited romanticism.
Artist Dayana Funes described the make-up look as “fresh, dewy, young
and innocent.” Soft pink lips and rosy cheeks complemented the pink
pastel eye-shadow shades created using L’Oréal Color Appeal Trio Pro.
Details: The collection showcased bold stripes, polka dots, diamonds and jagged
lines, giving these vintage-y fashions a modern urban vibe. Soft
peach-toned lips and cheeks let the model’s dramatic, black-lined cat
eyes steal the show. Kim put together the color palettes for each look,
blending a little of this with a little of that. Which brands are her
favorites? Christian Dior, Missha, Emani and M.A.C.
Details: Provocative, edgy and full of attitude, this collection was an
in-your-face combination of vibrant colors, bold patterns and raw
designs. It screamed for equally captivating make-up and Kim did not
disappoint. Dramatically shadowed eyes lined with Urban
Decay Heavy Metal Glitter were accented with curlicue eyebrows created
with M.A.C. Fluidline in Blacktrack. Aoki admitted that although the
look was fun, it was also challenging. “I’ve never done anything quite
like this before,” she laughed.
Time/Date: 8 p.m. Sept. 21, 2013 Make-up Artist: Louise Kim Inspiration: The designer
Details: Kaye Morales closed Vancouver Fashion Week with models dressed in
leather, duchess satin, chiffon and spiked head gear. She says her
latest collection, aptly titled Debauchery, “is my reflection on
internal pain and suffering caused by excessive desires and longings
Kim designed an intense, dark, dramatic look with large
gray teardrop shadings around each eye to go with the predominantly
gold, red and black designs. But on the night of the show, the designer
changed her mind and wanted red smoky eyes instead. “This happens more
often in international shows,” the unflappable Gloria Kim shrugged. The
team rallied to create the new look. As Louise Kim applied red face
paint and loose mineral powder eye shadow, plus black Missha eye shadow
and Sephora liner, she was remarkably calm. But this shouldn’t be
surprising. It was the last show on the last day of fashion week.
Anything could—and did— happen. For more 2013 fashion week coverage, click the links for New York and Portland, Ore.
London-based make-up artist Angela Holthuis and photographer Izabela Habur set a challenge for themselves: Habur
asked Holthuis, a fashion pro, to create “a small story with bold looks
within a small time frame, to test out how far we [could] push
ourselves creatively,” Holthuis said.
Make-Up Artist magazine is now accepting student competition
applications for the 2009 Los Angeles International Make-Up Artist
Trade Show. The themes for this year are Gothic and X-Men Mutants. The competition is open to students of a recognized make-up school and
to those who graduated 12 months prior to the competition. Make-Up Artist will only accept competition entries postmarked by May 22, 2009.
If you like Prescriptives products, you’d better stock up while you
can: On Sept. 17, Estée Lauder Companies announced it will stop
production and global wholesale distribution of the brand by Jan. 31,
2010. The brand will still be sold online at www.prescriptives.com
while inventory lasts.