Inspiring Creativity, An Artistry That Is Shiseido Professional – Part 1

sa single1This is not my first hair show. I have been to and worked on one many years back. Nothing could have prepared me for something this EXCITING! From the time LUMINNEJ received the invitation (thanks Shiseido Malaysia!) to the event day, I have been waiting, anxiously, can’t wait to set foot at the fabulous Royale Chulan Hotel. The night was finally here. It was Shiseido Professional’s Beauty Innovator Award 2013 – Artistry of Inspiring Creativity! It is the largest cross-cultural hair design photo competition of its kind, bringing together the top hairstyling talents across eight countries – Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.  Impressive indeed.

sa guests collagesa singlesa finalist collage1sa finalist collage2The crowd was sizzling, the food was tantalizing, the wine was dreamy, the prized car (a very colourful one) was definitely tempting! I even had a chance to meet up with some old industry friends like fashion designer Khoon Hooi and fabulous make-up artist, Monica Lee. The work of the top 11 semi-finalists were being displayed. It was interesting to see, how some of the top nation hairstylists came up with their creations, the concepts behind them and what actually influenced and inspired them.

finalist work collage1The competition was steep, to say the least (from over hundreds of entries nationwide). The competing hairstylists had  to impress a panel of esteemed judges who are talented professionals from the industry. This night, the top 5 finalists will be selected, and will be making their way to an all-expense paid trip (thanks to Mayfair) to Japan to attend the Shiseido Professional Beauty Congress to be held in Tokyo this coming February 2014! (How I wish LUMINNEJ can be there too *_^)

finalist work collage2These top 5 winners will be judged, again, by  the panel of Grand Jury comprising of  Shiseido Beauty Top Specialists, Mr. Masa Otake, as well as renowned photographers and designers. Only ONE Grand Prix winner will be chosen and the lucky winner will be driving home an all-new Nissan Almera 1.6, sponsored by Edaran Tan Chong. So nice! Some of the other Choice Awards up for grab included Shiseido Best Makeup Award, NUYOU Choice Award, Estetica Asia Choice Award, Shiseido Professional Popularity Award and H4ufme Choice Award. So, which ones are your favourites?

IMG_5925We were invited to be seated inside the Grand Ballroom as the show was about to begin. The moment I saw the stage, I was absolutely mesmerized by it. Such simple elegance. It has that very clean, simple, old kyoto-Japanese feel, yet being juxtaposed by intriguing visuals. Two big screens on stage, at each side, displaying some of the most vividly colourful and beautiful images of everything Japan – the food, the culture, the city, the landscapes. Extremely beautiful! I was immediately transported to a whole different dream world all together already.IMG_5927IMG_5926

Something interesting is brewing! To find out more about the show, stay tuned to my next blog post! Till then, have a fantastic weekend ahead.

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In The Mood For BLUE

jen zara heels4 smallerBlue has always been one of my favourite colours. Love the serenity it evokes, the quiet tranquility it speaks, and the subtle passion that seem to captivate me, again and again.

Jen Zara heels collage smallerI immediately fell in love with a pair of Zara heels recently. It has a colourful shades of blue, green and orange. I couldn’t help but bought it, since my all time favourute Fiorucci blue shining heels has worn off (so sad, though I have gotten it fixed couples of times, not wanting to let it go!). I really love that pair of heels as it served me well (through thick and thin *_^). This new pair of Zara one is not too bad as well, though it’s not as comfortable as the Italian brand.

My favourite Fiorucci heels, with a Topshop dress and a Guess clutch

My favourite Fiorucci heels, with a Topshop dress, a Guess clutch and SzeAccessories handmade earrings and golden cuff

Here are some of my blue inspiration for this Monday. I adore these editorial looks and how they were shot, the blue pieces, as well as the make-up that goes with it. All editorial pictures via Simply Seductive (my favourite lifestyle & fashion blog) and Visual Optimism blog (new discovery thanks for Simply Seductive). You can check out their respective blogs for more lovely pictures! Till our next meet, Monday has never been blue for me, how about you?navy blue visual optimism1navy blue visual optimism2navy blue visual optimism3blue visual optimism1blue visual optimism2blue visual optimism6

The English Rose of Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2014

Backstage at the Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring_Summer 2014 ShowIf you had seen the Burberry Prorsum Womenswear SS14 runway show, you will be mesmerized by the pastel colours and intricate designs. It is flowy, textured, feminine with a twist of little flowery details worked into the collection (with a touch of polka-dots as well).

burberry the show collageBurberry is a British brand that is well-known for pushing the boundary by incorporating technology and reaching out to its loyal clients all around the world via active participation in social media with their digital campaigns (remember that campaign with Google+,  Burberry Kisses?), In-store technology with fully immersive audio visual experience, and many others. This time around, Burberry even pre-promote their runway show using the brand new iphone 5S even before the product hits the mass market. Smart partnership indeed! I am also one of the many 938,000 (still counting)  followers of Burberry on Instagram, making Burberry one of the most followed brands on this app.

burberry ss14 look1burberry ss14 looks2burberry ss14 looks3burberry ss14 looks4burberry ss14 looks5I love this collection. Love their silhouettes of cardigan outwear, wrap coats, lofty knits paired with pencil skirts. Fabrics used include English lace, Macrame lace, lofty Scottish and soft sculptural cashmere, among others. Here are some of my favourite looks, as well as the accessories (The Petal bag, Petal-shaped sunglasses, iPhone cases). burberry ss14 looks6burberry ss14 looks7

Take a look at some of the celebs who have graced the event and backstage shots. I also love the make-up look of the runway done by Wendy Rowe using Burberry SS14 colours and Burberry pastel nail colours. Hair is simple by Neil Moodie.Burberry guestsBurberry make-up n nail

I also adore that Burberry do actively promote and work with local emerging British artistes and musicians in terms of music used (Burberry Acoustic). The artistes who were featured in the show include George Ezra, Jake Bugg and James Bay. For those die-hard fans of Burberry, you can actually custom-designed your pieces from the collection and have the opportunity to be the first to own next season’s collection, months before it arrives in store. Amazing indeed with its special personalisation tool. I think Christopher Bailey (and his team) is very ingenious. So, what are you waiting for? Check it out here.

And if you had missed the show, no worries. Check out the highlight video below, shot entirely with iPhone 5S! Happy shopping, fashionistas!

Till then, stay luminous and happy, always

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