All photos by Dawn Marks, courtesy of Portland Fashion Week
Posted: Wednesday October 16, 2013
The Portland Fashion Week runway lit up Sept. 12-14, 2013 at the
Oregon Convention Center, just as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week was winding
down in New York (click here).
While East Coasters tuned in to the Spring/Summer 2014 make-up
forecast, Portland audiences were greeted with Fall/Winter 2013 trends.
“The focus is on what’s in now, to benefit the consumer,” explained PFW
Fashion and Beauty Director Abibat Durosimi of Tabiba Styles.
and the show’s hair director, Chachi (left), worked with approximately
30 hair and make-up people (drawn from a pool of freelancers and salon
workers), 40 local designers and more than 100 models in the course of
the three-day series. Among the top make-up trends: metallics—gold,
silver and bronze—lip colors in rich, creamy tones, and dewy skin: “The
goal for the Fall/Winter shows is a sun-kissed look that carried over
from spring,” Durosimi said.
The make-up for the shows was
sponsored by two Portland-based companies—Skull Sugar Cosmetics and
retailer Blush Beauty Bar—as well as M.A.C. and Sephora, and Durosimi
made use of various sponsor products, including Skull Sugar bronzers and
eye shadows (metallics and brights), M.A.C. Studio Fix (“great for
photography,” she said), M.A.C. Prep + Prime Natural Radiance and Nars
Cosmetics blush colors. She praised Skull Sugar for their “all-natural,
highly pigmented” cosmetic line. (continued below)
opened with the Portland Art Intitute showcase, “The Future of
Fashion.” The make-up team’s strategy, Durosimi said, was to start with
more natural looks that they could build upon as the collections grew
progressively more avant-garde. Hair was characterized by what Chachi
described as “lots of volume, natural textures, undone looks” as well as
severe parts and high shine. Over the course of the evening, the fresh
faces that accompanied a lingerie collection eventually took on a
harder-edged street aesthetic, with purple lips and inky eye-shadow
two of the event began with a bridal fashion show, showcasing designs
by four local designers. The show kicked off with rich, sultry looks to
accompany Amrapali’s Bollywood wedding designs (left), then, Durosimi
said, “the make-up took on a more soft and simple look to accompany the
elegant designs [of the other three designers.]”
And what are
the current wedding make-up trends? Durosimi said, “For the fall season,
we love soft gray tones, silver metallics, nude lips and lots of
lashes. And royal colors for evening: purple, gold, green tones—Rebel
[Lipstick] from M.A.C. is a favorite for rich lips.”
Durosimi, all the designers had their own teams of make-up artists with
whom they created looks. “It was fun because everyone [the designers]
had their own cultural backgrounds to bring to it,” she said.
catwalk finale, “Dream Luxe,” took place Saturday night and featured
looks from four designers. Make-up for the show was “all about the
eyes,” Durosimi said, with models wearing what she called double cat
eyes. As the night went on, the looks got edgier with more black
eye liner and, for the final designer (Devonation), a pearl teardrop
was added under each eye. Durosimi (left) described the skin for all the
looks as fresh and clean with a little warmth to the cheeks. Hair looks
went from soft, romantic curls to slick updos with pompadour pieces to
oversized top puffs.
Overall, Durosimi was happy with how the
still-growing Portland Fashion Week turned out. The looks she and her
team created, she said, were for the “glamorous girl next door,” and she
enjoyed bringing the consumers wearable make-up looks.
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.