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May’s most popular posts

With winter upon us, now is the time to sit back, relax and have a read of May’s three most popular posts. Remember May? It was a time of cool Autumn mornings, sunny days and awesome Ed & Ruby reads.

1. We chat to Rachael Brook, makeup artist/accredited Australian Fashion Week blogger, about her time as Rae Morris’ apprentice and the beauty industry. Rachael shares insight into her blushing world with us.

2. Check out the latest creation from IKEA – the KNAPPA Cardboard Digital Camera devised by Swedish designer, Jesper Kouthoofd. It’s an eco-friendly camera made almost entirely out of cardboard!

3. Fashion bloggers, Garcon Means Boy give us the need-to-know details on this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia.  They reveal their own ‘Best in Show’ and other inspired creations from the runway.

Rachael Brook

IKEA KNAPPA Camera

Australian Fashion Week

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Guest Post: Australian Fashion Week wrap up by Garcon Means Boy

We’ve reveled in the wonderful – and wacky – creations that hit the runway at Fashion Week. With the annual event now at a close, fashion fanatics, Garcon Means Boy, shares the year’s hottest discoveries with us!

For one week every year, Sydney transforms itself into a fashion hub for local and international fashionistas alike. This time round, however, Australian Fashion Week was more than a showcase of new and upcoming trends, it was a gathering of the world’s best fashion bloggers and street style royalty.

Image via Shoppe Girls

Not to lose sight of what we’re here for, the runway was full of pastels, peplums and POW! There was an abundance of neon accents, strong and bold floral prints, and structured silhouettes. We’ve chosen a select few to share with you here.

Our favourite show of the week was coincidentally the very first one! Eclectic duo, Romance Was Born, kicked off fashion week with a bang. Their Marvel Comics-inspired collection was striking, colourful and heroic. Love.

Romance Was Born

Bondi favourites Ksubi took double denim to a whole new level. This year they ‘doubled’ double denim and transformed the common surf-related hibiscus into a cult fashion print – who’d a thunk it? The metallic sportswear was our favourite look and we’re inspired to jog to the nearest café for a caramel latte … skim!

Ksubi

We’ve always been a suckers for a great polka dot. So it’s no surprise Stefano Gabbana’s personal favourite, Gail Sorronda, was a stand out of the week. She showed a strong primary colour palette with contrasting black and white tones that were complemented with Dali-moustache-looking lips. The collection had an almost harlequin-like theme that created a surreal yet playful edge.

Gail Sorronda

Magdalena Velevska’s ability to put pieces together perfectly smacks you in the face like a yellow yolk lip! Her muted classic whites and nudes were accentuated by lime-citrus highlights. It was refreshing to see Magdalena have a little fun with accessories. The facial harnesses were edgy and we hope to see someone like J-Hawko rocking it at the races this year.

Magdalena Velevska

Another of our favourites, Alice McCall, took us on a trip to Holland – clogs not included. Babushka inspired prints, pretty pastels and transparent overlays were on display. They were complemented by stunning pastel pumps and Heidi plaits.

Alice McCall

Ellery, you had me at metallic shorts! The sweetly defined shoulders in this collection were like little pillows of fabric heaven. Ellery’s edgy silhouettes had a classic 50s feel that was played on with headscarves and detailed by modern, clean lines. Oh-so pretty!

Ellery

All in all, Australia should be proud of its fashion designers. This week was all-inclusive; we saw comic book craziness, classic cuts and the reinvention of times gone by. It was so good in fact, the only thing missing from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Sydney was an appearance by a Gianni Versace hologram!

We’re off to find yellow lipstick.
Garcon out.

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Interview: Rachael Brook, makeup artist/accredited Australian Fashion Week blogger

With renowned makeup artist Rae Morris as mentor, it’s no surprise Rachael Brook has excelled in the hair and makeup industry. A chance meeting with Morris at the age of 13, and a determination and talent to embark on an opportunity with the artist, has taken Rachael on a fulfilling and ever-inspiring journey. Celebrity shoots, fashion shows and makeup tutorials are just an average day in the life of Rachael Brook! She shares insights into her blushing world with us.

Rachael Brook

How did you get involved in makeup and beauty?

I was always interested in makeup when I was young. So when I was 15, I made the most of a chance encounter I had a few years prior with the uber-talented makeup artist Rae Morris, which helped open doors to my career.

What was it like working alongside Rae Morris?

It was life changing.  It was a lot of hard work with crazy hours and incredible locations.  I had so much fun working with Rae and we developed a great friendship.  I was lucky to work on some incredible jobs with her.  I worked at multiple L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festivals, assisted Rae with her first book, Make Up: The Ultimate Guide, and worked with lots of celebrities, magazines and creative artists at the top of their game.

What was the most important lesson Rae Morris taught you?

The single most important thing she taught me is to continue striving to improve myself.

Where do you turn to for inspiration?

I get inspiration from absolutely everywhere. I love reading blogs and looking at the work of creative artists whose work I admire.

Is the beauty industry as glamorous as it seems?

Not exactly.  My make up kit weighs about 30kg and I carry that with me everywhere! The hours can also be mental.  We can work at any time, any day.  On one job I assisted Rae on, I picked her up for work at midday, we started at 1pm and we continued until 4am the next day, all on the penthouse of a hotel in the rain!  We were going to take it in turns to nap on the job but we ended up pushing through the night.

There is a glamorous side to the industry,too. We get to try lots of products, meet talented, beautiful people, get invited to events and see some amazing places.

Have you done the makeup of any celebrities? Do you ever get star struck?

Of course! It’s hard to avoid them in this industry. I’ve never been star struck by a celebrity. I’m pretty relaxed with those things. I used to love working with the Rogue Traders when I was assisting.  The guys in the band were so lovely and so much fun — Nat Bass was hilarious!  Lately, I’m excited to be working with the best fashion bloggers in Australia for the Miss Shop Blogger’s Project.  It combines my love of my job with my love of blogging.

Do you have a signature style?

I would say my signature style is beautiful dewy skin with highlights.  I want to be known as the ‘Highlighter Girl’.   I think highlighting is the most beautiful part of a makeover when it’s done properly.

What advice do you have for those wanting to break into the beauty/makeup industry?

Find someone whose work you love, latch onto them and assist and learn from them as much as possible.  Be so great at helping them that they become somewhat dependent on you.  That means you’re a fantastic assistant which will lead to being a fantastic make up artist.

What’s the number one beauty mistake you notice off set?

Unfortunately there are too many.  One of my pet hates is really thick, heavy-looking foundation on a girl with beautiful skin.  It’s such a waste and makes people wonder what’s really going on underneath all that make up.

Makeup: The Ultimate Guide by Rae Morris

What are you excited about?

I’m always working on many different projects and most of the time I don’t know what I’ll be working on until a day or so before the job!  I’m really excited that I have just been accredited as a blogger for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia.  I can’t wait to start posting about the make up from the shows.

Follow Rachael Brook on twitter during Fashion Week here and keep up to date with her work here.

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