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LG Fashion Week, part 2

4 Apr

If you missed it, check out our Part 1 post. Again, fyi we were having camera issues so these photos come from our Blackberries and Androids, so are a bit blurry but will have to do=)

On to the Runway! This is what we were really waiting for – Toronto’s own makeup-artist-turned-NextTopModel-celeb-turned-fashion-designer…Jay Manuel!!! This collection is called “Jay Manuel ATTITUDE” and will be available at Sears. Also, check out his fun blog here.

His show started WAY past scheduled time. Perhaps just to create drama, and perhaps to be fashionably late, or perhaps, because entirely new flooring was laid down. This time, shiny black. So new and shiny, that the plastic surface need to be peeled from it after everyone was seated, just before the show began.

Hair and makeup rocked!!! Hair was 40’s finger-wave styled, modernized with loads of bobby pins. Makeup was very dramatic – a drag-esque take on 40’s. Blocked brows penciled in to be very thin, high cheekbones, heavy foundation, smokey eyes and bold lips.

These two photos courtesy of http://www.fashionjunkii.com/:

Jay’s modest 2-second appearance  was surprising.  We thought/hoped he’d come out and be a bit more grandiose a la Jay’s normal working it style, maybe give us some cheeky attitude, but it was literally a quick humble smile, wave, and goodbye.

Jay’s larger-than-life backdrop remained until Runway area was cleared.

On a side note, super disappointing: some of our friends got to go backstage and meet him. Apparently he was pretty rude. They gushed “we LOVED your show!”. He granted them a photo but other than that didn’t acknowledge a word they said or otherwise demonstrate grace.

Jay, say it isn’t so – you can’t be one of those celebs! =(

Next up, David Dixon. Here’s his backdrop:

He did an interesting thing where he featured one model wearing one signature item from each of his past collections, accompanied by various interesting photo montages, or poems, and dramatic music. Our video and photos were super blurry so we won’t post those.

Here’s the actual collection for this show for Fall/Winter 2011 called “Escape to Jakarta”.

A bit hard to see because the background colour was a very bright orange light that didn’t come out well on camera. But here it is anyway in case interested:

Here’s are two stills courtesy of Sweetspot:

Here’s a Blackberry video of his show close:

On our way out, we bumped into one of the pretty models from his show. She’s in the first picture above (in the black/grey/red/white long dress). Loved to see the makeup close-up, and the braiding. This was the same look for all the models in his show.

We adore the continued braiding trend in hair, but mostly it’s the luscious lipstick that sets our hearts a-flutter. Remember when we talked about this trend a while back?

Yours in Fashionista-ing,

Candace & The BlushFX Team

LG Fashion Week, part 1

3 Apr

So LG Fashion Week (Beauty by L’Oreal) has come and gone. This time, it was located at Heritage Court at the Ex. We, very unfortunately, had camera issues so most of these photos were taken via Blackberries and Androids so they are a bit blurry. Please enjoy despite!

Had beautiful high ceilings, lots of natural lights, textured soft yellow brick walls; and was decorated with beautiful floor to ceiling sheer curtains with huge glamorous chandeliers everywhere.

Loved this crazy anime-like, very different from a lot of what everyone else was wearing which was mostly chic black or white.

There was lots of fun stuff like free Peroni beer, free L’Oreal hair and makeup makeovers:

And getting to pose with 4 live heavily airbrushed Ken dolls. The hilarious part was that they were smiling their California smiles all night would greet everyone with “Hey Doll! You look KENtastic!!!”

We were there to see fashion shows by Comrags, Jay Manuel, and David Dixon. Here is what the runway looked like as people were trying to find their seats:

And then when most people had been seated:

Note the white runway above. More on that next post in contrast with Jay Manuel’s show floor flooring.

Here’s the backdrop to the Comrags show, setting the tone of their show:

Hair is 40’s inspired but soft, wavy, loose, often tucked into messy bobs; and makeup is very soft, natural, earthy but somewhat defined. From The Toronto Sun:

Finale with all the models:

Robin Kay was sitting right across us. As president of the Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC), she’s an international ambassador for Canada’s fashion industry. She leads the FDCC in the organization of L’Oréal Fashion Week in Toronto so she can be seen at pretty much every show. You might also recognize her from Project Runway Canada where she was a guest judge. She’s the one wearing sunglasses and very S & M bondage looking stockings (or tape??? Lol).

Here’s what the press area looks like. After each show, the press run to this area and quickly write review/critique articles, blogs, post photos, etc.

Stay tuned for Part 2, next post.

Yours in Thoughts of Taped Stockings ‘n Swanky Events,
Candace & The BlushFX Team

Hair Show Highlights: Tabatha Coffey and more!

30 Mar

Just went to the annual ABA (Allied Beauty Association) show in Toronto on Sunday. What sights for sore eyes…colours to invoke a variety of moods, shapes to inspire, tools to create!


This is also known as “the hair show”. The ABA is an organization that represents most of the hair and nail industry. The ABA show takes place once a year in Toronto (and also elsewhere in Canada). It features lots of stuff like demonstrations on new hair trends and products; educational seminars; and creative competitions. It’s a great place for us to see what’s happening in hair trends, and talk to like-minded people about how to better serve our clients – you!

Unfortunately you only get to attend the show if you are working in the industry. So if don’t, then this is for you! Please enjoy some peeks of the magic we saw through our lenses. Here we go!

What a line-up to get in, but we didn’t even feel it because it was a sea of the most beautiful hair in one place, EVER, seriously. All kinds of imaginative colours and cuts – from retro chic to super funky or punky and everything in between!

Check out some of these colours and ‘dos, coveting the white ‘do in particular:

We got through just in time to catch ABA’s guest celebrity speaker Tabatha Coffey, TV host and star of “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover”. The auditorium was filled to capacity, and then some. This was the view from where we were standing, and there was a sea of people behind us as well.

She was exactly as she is on TV. If you haven’t seen the show, she can be described as a no-nonsense, brutally honest, straight-talking, funny, informative – a heady mix of glam with slight crassness and addictive Aussie accent.


Shortly after her talk, Tabatha had a book-signing meet ‘n greet with her fans. Note the long line of fans:

We walked by over an hour later and the line was just as long, new fans kept joining in. Here’s Tabatha with a fan:

Next up, watched some very cool, energetic demos from a few hair companies on upcoming trends, here are some captures…


Showing us the new trend in men’s hair for this season @American Crew:


Anime and new cutting techniques @Rusk:


From chic to funky @Matrix:


Bold colour and beautiful extensions @Wella:


Avant-Garde @L’Oreal:

Next up…competitions for Elegant Evening Makeup Competition and Evening Long Hair Elegance Competition. The Hairstyle competition was phenomenal in its intricacy, creativity, speed and perfection – photos here and here.

We were sad when the show closed, we wanted more, more, more!

But we did get to stock up on some new pro tools and even got a few small freebies on the way out (Moroccan Oil and L’Oreal hairspray, anyone?).

Wishing you all a great hair day!

Candace & The BlushFX Team