History and benefits of Pashminas and Scarves

Onе of the mоѕt enduring fаѕhiоn accessories thаt hаvе nеvеr lоѕt thеir appeal are ѕсаrvеѕ. Evеn thrоugh generations have worn thеm асrоѕѕ ѕеvеrаl сеnturiеѕ. Worn for funсtiоnаllу thrоughоut the wоrld tо provide warmth аnd рrоtесtiоn аgаinѕt thе bitter соld, оr wоrn fоr itѕ rеligiоuѕ and сulturаl ѕignifiсаnсе… thеir uѕе оf оnе hаѕ also еvоlvеd intо оthеr рurроѕеѕ.

A Short Bасkgrоund:
Cоntrаrу to whаt some реорlе might think, the use оf the pashminas and ѕсаrves iѕ, not a modern thing. Thеѕе people рrоbаblу gоt thаt nоtiоn frоm chic culture оr from соntеmроrаrу and high fashion circles whеrе the uѕе оf thе ѕсаrf hаѕ nоt lоѕt its appeal. In thе ancient dауѕ, particularly during the timе оf thе Grееkѕ аnd thе Rоmаnѕ… the uѕе оf thе ѕhаwl hаd bееn in wide рrасtiсе. Pеорlе during thоѕе dауѕ саllеd thе scarf-shawl аѕ the ѕudаrim whiсh literally mеаnѕ a ѕwеаt сlоth. Pеорlе wеrе wеаring them to аbѕоrb реrѕрirаtiоn whilе working оr trаvеling during hоt wеаthеr.

During the Middlе Agеѕ аnd аll the wау thrоugh thе Rеnаiѕѕаnсе period, they hаvе bееn used by thе nоbilitу tо ѕignifу thеir upper ѕосiаl ѕtrаtа and сlаѕѕ. Thiѕ wаѕ attributed to thе ореning оf trаdе routes frоm the Fаr Eаѕt аnd Chinа…whiсh brought аlоng exotic itеmѕ, fаbriсѕ and mаtеriаlѕ inсluding thе finest оf ѕilkѕ. During thоѕе dауѕ, оnlу thе ultrа-riсh and nоbilitу соuld аffоrd thеm. Silk exudes thе highest natural ѕhinе аnd ѕhееn thаt аnу nаturаl fibеr саn рrоvidе. It was the сhоiсе material fоr this garment then and it iѕ ѕtill the most sought аftеr mаtеriаl nоw.

Thе Bеnеfitѕ of Uѕing Pashminas and Sсаrvеѕ:

Thеу аrе wоrn duе to twо mаin purposes: fоr funсtiоnаlitу and рrасtiсаl use. Funсtiоnаl uѕе is basically rеlаtеd tо thе wеаthеr оr еxроѕurе to thе еlеmеntѕ while outside. Thеу саn bе uѕеd to givе еxtrа wаrmth, раrtiсulаrlу during thе wintеr season whiсh will require extensive uѕе all throughout the day. Evеn if it’s not wintеr, gоing оut оn a соld аnd windy night wоuld rеԛuirе thе added wаrmth оf a scarf wrapped аrоund the nесk. Anоthеr bеnеfit thаt can be derived frоm pashmina and ѕсаrvеѕ is the рrоtесtiоn fоr the hаir оr thе hеаd itself аgаinѕt thе elements, duѕt оr the wind. Thiѕ iѕ grеаt раrtiсulаrlу if уоu аrе riding оn a соnvеrtiblе оr crossing thе river оr a lake оn a fеrrу bоаt.

Of course, the mоѕt basic bеnеfit thаt оnе саn gеt from thiѕ ассеѕѕоrу is thе ѕtуlе, flair and fashion sense that it саn аdd or еnhаnсе to a dull оr drаb оutfit or dress thаt you might hаvе at the moment. Thе аdditiоn оf ѕimрlе nесkеrсhiеfѕ оr аѕсоtѕ саn mаkе wоndеrѕ tо a drеѕѕ, or уоu can be mоrе adventurous and wеаr a bаndаnа оr hеаd scarf whiсh will drаѕtiсаllу сhаngе the way you lооk in just a ѕhоrt instant. Sсаrvеѕ can bе wоrn uѕing any ѕtуlе уоu want аnd in соmbinаtiоn with аnу wardrobe that уоu hаvе, аѕ long аѕ thе dеѕign matches or соmрlеmеntѕ with each other. Thеrе are endless роѕѕibilitiеѕ аnd уоu аѕ a wеаrеr can bеnеfit frоm аll thаt.

Vogue etc by Venetia Scott

I’m very pleased to see the story in Vogue that I was part of, Halcyon Days, photographed by Venetia Scott, styled by Bay Garnett and shot on location at Wembury House in Plymouth, with hair by Neil Moodie. It was delightful to work with models Grace Hartzel, Julie Hoomans, Holly-Rose Emery, Matilda Lowther and Danni Witt, pictured below, dressed up for a prom-night full of promise.

And here’s Danni Witt again, on a park bench and not a bed this time, for the Blugirl campaign which Venetia shot in April. You get the sense of early Spring (it was cold!)with these behind-the-scene photos from Vogue Italia online: http://www.vogue.it/en/shows/oddities/2014/07/blugirl-fall-winter-2014-2015-advertising-campaign#ad-image

In May and June, Venetia shot and styled a black and white story for i-D magazine, featuring three models in Brighton and Hove. It’s hard not to fall in love with these girls! You can watch them, in colour, and get a breath of sea air at i-D Vice magazine online: 


Finally (for now) Venetia has just published a story for Muse magazine called Fourteen Faces, and I did make-up for seven of them, two of which are pictured below. You can see the others on Venetia’s portfolio http://www.clmuk.com/photography/venetia-scott

High brows

My friend and ex-assistant, the talented makeup artist Athena Paginton, is visiting today and showed me this image below. Apparently you can see lots of drawn on eyebrows if you search for #nomakeup!

It reminded me of an old editorial I did for Jane magazine in 2001. As I’ve been archiving recently it was easy to find and I thought I’d share it here…

To prove that drawn on eyebrows can be cool. Thanks to photographer Michelangelo di Battista (with whom I worked with last weekend – some relationships last). Models were Natasha Prince, Mirjana, Diana S, Laura Delicata and Mirelle, hair by Madeliene Cofano. The credits read that I used Maybelline NY Lineworks Felt-Tip Eyeliner in Basic Black. With advice to be brave!

As Long As I Got You

Lily’s new video, shot by director Chris Sweeney, is my favourite so far! Maybe it’s because it brings back so many fond memories of Glastonbury, and maybe because everyone’s happy, and maybe because it celebrates her love for husband Sam, who she met last time she performed there. That was five years ago and now they have two gorgeous girls who watched their Mum from the side of the stage for the first time. Lily has been going to the festival with her father since she was a baby – she loves Glastonbury and it loves her back!

I did Lily’s makeup for the video in the morning – signature black eyeliner and lashes with silver holographic glitter under-eyeliner and stars to match. As she was on the move, I gave her a hot orange lipstick pencil so she could touch up her colour, and for her performance in the afternoon, added fluorescent pink and orange eyeliner. Everything was shot on the same day, featuring Lily walking and dancing around Worthy Farm, singing along with fans and generally having a hoot. There’s also footage of her set, which was almost cancelled due to a heavy thunderstorm, but the sun came out at the last moment, and Lily shone.

If you looked closely you may have seen me behind the scenes, backstage at the Pyramid. It’s the first time I’ve ‘appeared’ in a pop video (albeit briefly) and it was my first festival experience (it won’t be my last!) Glastonbury is indeed magical and joyful, a real celebration of music and the arts. Lily was a star. Even the Daily Mail said she looked utterly adorable!

Hair by Alex Brownsell of BLEACH fame and nails by Michelle Humphrey.

Night At The Museum With 1436 Graeme Black

It was my great pleasure to be invited by INCA Productions to do the makeup for the first British show from Chinese luxury brand and cashmere house 1436 Erdos, designed by Creative Director, Graeme Black. I’ve worked with Graeme on his own label and really enjoyed collaborating with him again. Sitting in the huge double height hall of the National Museum, a small group of London-based fashion editors joined a full house of Scottish fashion lovers and Chinese supporters – including Chinese Vogue’s Angelica Cheung. It was a very elegant affair, and fittingly opened Edinburgh Fashion Festival.

When I met Graeme for the show fitting, he told me that the models would be wearing layers of the finest cashmere, on possibly the hottest day of the year. I suggested that we keep the skin lightweight – a silky cotton juxtaposition. I was supported by M.A.C and their Pro team, headed by Claire Mulleady who was extremely helpful and professional, introducing me to some basic products that I hadn’t met before. We used Mineralize Charged Water Lotion, Natural Radiance, Mineralize Moisture Foundation and Concealer, Prep and Prime Loose Powder, Extended Play Mascara, Posey Cream Blush, Dirty Blonde Impeccable Brow Pencil and Brow Set.

Our work began at the Waldorf Caledonian Hotel where the lighting was thoughtfully organised to match that of the venue – daylight and beauty dishes. The makeup and hair preparation was very hands on, with massaging of skin as our first important step, a technique also employed by talented hairdresser Lyndell Mansfield (also at CLM) and her team. Lyndell’s number one, wonderful Meggie, can be seen below with one of the young men in the show (and in the background, proof that models do eat!)

The makeup was minimal – the ‘no makeup makeup’ that takes about ten products to achieve! It’s all about layering with thin veils of products, rather than one heavy application. Massaging enables you to discover bone structure and observe where the colour rises, as well as nourishing the skin and preparing it correctly for the foundation. Graeme wanted the models to look like Scottish girls who’d been walking in the Highlands, so we boosted their blush for windswept health and their brows for character. Freckles were added to give a Celtic complexion and lips balmed to keep them nourished and flushed. Lashes were well curled for an eye opening effect and mascara added to top and bottom – it helped to have the right disposable wand.

A couple of hours before the show started, we were transported to the venue which was awe inspiring. My assistants, Hannah Paul and Lucy Pearson, were told quite sternly by a security guard not to go exploring! Actually there was no need to, as backstage there were all kinds of (stuffed) creatures, past and present, floating above and around us. We checked the makeup during rehearsal which is always key, as the light dictates how it’s seen. I decided to add more blush, matching the models’ natural lip colour.

My favourite moment during shows is when the models are lined up in their first outfits (they’re in their own clothes above) and we perform our final checks, which can involve hands, feet, legs and arms – skin doesn’t stop at the neck! We also have to keep an eye on changes as that’s when different body parts are exposed and things can get disturbed. It’s a fine line between being on top of everything and not getting in the way. There’s always a little stress but it was extremely well organised by INCA and my team were very willing and capable. The result was a beautiful show and a happy designer.

Hunger Beauty

One of the thrillis of LFW was crossing the road towards Somerset House and seeing this poster for the seventh issue of HUNGER magazine, advertising its eight covers (one of which I did the make-up for, on rising star Hollie-May Saker, above). Most exciting was the beauty story inside, inspired by CHANEL’s Fall Collection États Poétique. The idea of Gabrielle Chanel writing love letters at her desk was updated into the narrative of a young girl in her bedroom, dreaming of fronting her own band. We called the story ‘Pop Star Punk Poet’ and you can see the film of Hollie-May rocking out to Wolf Alice’s song, ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’, in the specially created Hunger bedroom (set designed by Lucy Cooper, at http://www.hungertv.com/feature/pop-star-punk-poet/ )

Photographer Rankin, Director Vicky Lawton

Fashion Editor Anna Hughes-Chamberlain

Make-up Sharon Dowsett using CHANEL Rouge Allure Gloss and Fall Collection 2014
Make-up Assistant Athena Paginton
Hair Federico Ghezzi at CLM Hair and Make-up using Kérastase
Nails Ama Quashie at CLM Hair and Make-up using CHANEL Le Vernis

It’s such a pleasure to work with Rankin and his team – the studio is like a picture making factory! This shoot was particularly special because it was commissioned by my ex-assistant and incredible make-up artist Andrew Gallimore, who is now beauty editor at large of HUNGER magazine. Buy the issue to enjoy his amazing beauty stories too!