Happy Fashioneaster!

Here's my last instalment of my Norwich Fashion Week antics, then next week we'll get back to business as usual! Whatever 'usual' actually is......

 I was asked by Vintage Norwich if I'd bring my makeup services to their event with Cinema City as part of Fashion Week. The fashion on film choice this year was High Society (1956) and whilst I didn't watch the film, I was there before it started in the 'boudoir', along with stylists from The Hairdressers.  I offered a flicks, lips and brow service, as you know my love for eyebrows continues to grow, I just love that reaction when people who never really do anything with their brows see the difference just adding some colour and shape with a pencil makes.

I wore a Stop Staring dress bought from UK stockist Stop Traffic Clothing
Photo: Vintage Norwich

Focusing on colours perfect for a fifties shade of lip, I chose to offer a bright red (Besame Red) an orange red (Carmine) and a classic pink (Dusty Rose) all the lipsticks I used were Besame, the lipsticks are so highly pigmented that the colour is not only amazing, it lasts too, so hopefully  it was pretty popcorn proof. 

Besame lipsticks at £22, are not the cheapest, but they don't just look pretty, they look good on, they feel creamy to wear and the Besame red and the Carmine shades just pop, making them great colours whether you love a vintage style or prefer a high fashion look. My absolute favourite eyeliner of choice is from Vivo, and I prefer it to the other brands I've used including Mac and No.7. The Vivo eyeliner is £2, yes £2!! So if you can find a great budget product that works brilliantly, it doesn't feel such an extravagance to spend more on something else like a lipstick.

The next event I attended was actually a non working one (hooray) so I found myself with a glass of fizz in hand watching The Designers Show, and when I say designers, I mean small designers, up and coming talent and work from local fashion students too. How exciting to be the next generation of designers and have a fashion week on your doorstep?
Norwich has a rich history in textiles in times gone by, and it's really exciting to see that perhaps  it's well and truly on the comeback, and we had everything from hats to bridal, high fashion and some more couture/ avant garde work too.

I really liked the atomic feel to this headwear. 
Photo Missy Vintage
Photo Missy Vintage
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A beautiful vintage feel to this dress

Photo Missy Vintage

These high waisted trousers from student designer Laura Jarvis caught my eye, not only a great colour but a nice wide leg, high waist, so an ideal trouser for vintage lovers and fashionistas. Very seventies looking but could also be dressed to look quite forties, if that's more your thing.

Also good to see some crimping hit the catwalk. Yes, crimping, no I haven't lost my mind! Crimping adds some interesting texture and volume to hair, and I really liked this messy bun / low chignon, obviously it's an amazing hair colour too.

Betsy Hatter also had a collection in the show, which was very exciting for both her and her fans! A self taught milliner, the ever creative Betsy took inspiration from fairies and legends for this collection that was made especially for this show.

Photo by Joe Black (lots of amazing shots from Fashion Week over on his page, well worth a looksie)
The next show I was at, had me running to Hobby Craft ...... I was styling Nina Baker and I made a flower crown, now I consider myself creative but that doesn't mean I'm an especially crafty gal, but this was such a fun thing to do! Quite time consuming but fun. We didn't use the crown in the end as A) I sometimes forget not everyone is ermmm , I never know what word to use.... as eccentric (?) as me and B) we swept all the hair over to the side in the end, so not really the right shape for a crown, anyway....  

The event was called Fashion Mashup and it was an amazing mixture of fashion, dance and theatre, a lot of which was set to live music. Nina looked amazing in a little floral skater style dress, we put some curls in her hair and swept it all to the side, retro style (pics to follow) The look worked really well, as much of the fashion had a real young edgy retro look to it. The nineties is back people! Whilst I might not be planning to show my midriff off All Saints style (phew) the nineties look is really capturing the imagination of, dare I say it.... the younger generation. If it encourages them to shop for pre loved/second hand clothes and be imaginative with their image then it's a very good thing in my opinion.

Retreat Vintage

Vintage Deli

As well as the fabulous Nina Baker, we were also treated to music by Jake Morrell and Lettie, the latter, a two girl band, made myself and Lucy of Glamourologist decide to form a band. (the same Lucy who is also my fellow Historical Sauce and I blame for ALL the other events that happened on this evening too...) 

Sadly we don't sing, or play instruments, but as I had officially clocked off and was no longer working, the vino flowed and we soon had a band name formed from a combination of our names (sort of!) What would we be called? Loose Vintage, works on so many levels don't you think??..... 

But what of the hair crown I hear you ask? Well whilst it didn't make the stage, it did make it to the bar area after the show, and was a huge hit. 

Picture entirely Lucy's fault

Should you wish to make your own flower crown, I highly recommend you visit this excellent tutorial over on Hairdresser on Fire  The wire came from Hobby Craft and the flowers were from a selection at the 99p shop. You could use silk if preferred, and you can go more subtle, less avant garde than I did it. The daffodil in the mouth is also entirely optional....

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