Vancouver Fashion Week, held Sept. 16-21 at Vancouver, British Columbia’s Chinese Cultural Centre, showcased 50 international designers from more than 15 countries.
Beauty director Gloria Kim consulted with all the designers to create the ideal looks for their Spring/Summer 2014 collections. A graduate of John Casablancas Institute and a six-year VFW veteran, she was a calming force in the organized chaos backstage. Once the make-up looks were posted and the key products selected, Kim’s team of more than 30 make-up artists made it happen. According to Kim, a successful fashion-week artist must be passionate, cooperative, strong, resilient and balanced. “We must prepare our minds well, because you never know what might happen,” she said. To learn what did happen, read on.
Dong De Xi/Comme Lun
Time/Date: 5 p.m. Sept. 20, 2013
Make-up Artist: Dayana Funes
Inspiration: Head make-up artist Gloria Kim (left) said she was inspired by the work of the late Korean fashion designer Andre Kim, who once said, “Fashion should portray grace, intellect, artistic beauty and youthful energy.” With ruffled collars, flowing cream dresses, exposed bustiers and billowy netting, the Spring/Summer 2014 collection was marked by Dong De Xi’s signature style: uninhibited romanticism.
Details: Artist Dayana Funes described the make-up look as “fresh, dewy, young and innocent.” Soft pink lips and rosy cheeks complemented the pink pastel eye-shadow shades created using L’Oréal Color Appeal Trio Pro.
Time/Date: 6 p.m. Sept. 20, 2013
Make-up Artist: Marisol Valencia
Inspiration: ’50s Retro
Details: The collection showcased bold stripes, polka dots, diamonds and jagged lines, giving these vintage-y fashions a modern urban vibe. Soft peach-toned lips and cheeks let the model’s dramatic, black-lined cat eyes steal the show. Kim put together the color palettes for each look, blending a little of this with a little of that. Which brands are her favorites? Christian Dior, Missha, Emani and M.A.C.
Time/Date: 6 p.m. Sept. 21, 2013
Make-up Artist: Satomi Aoki
Inspiration: Urban Fantasy
Details: Provocative, edgy and full of attitude, this collection was an in-your-face combination of vibrant colors, bold patterns and raw designs. It screamed for equally captivating make-up and Kim did not disappoint. Dramatically shadowed eyes lined with Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter were accented with curlicue eyebrows created with M.A.C. Fluidline in Blacktrack. Aoki admitted that although the look was fun, it was also challenging. “I’ve never done anything quite like this before,” she laughed.
Time/Date: 8 p.m. Sept. 21, 2013
Make-up Artist: Louise Kim
Inspiration: The designer
Details: Kaye Morales closed Vancouver Fashion Week with models dressed in leather, duchess satin, chiffon and spiked head gear. She says her latest collection, aptly titled Debauchery, “is my reflection on internal pain and suffering caused by excessive desires and longings …”
Kim designed an intense, dark, dramatic look with large gray teardrop shadings around each eye to go with the predominantly gold, red and black designs. But on the night of the show, the designer changed her mind and wanted red smoky eyes instead. “This happens more often in international shows,” the unflappable Gloria Kim shrugged. The team rallied to create the new look. As Louise Kim applied red face paint and loose mineral powder eye shadow, plus black Missha eye shadow and Sephora liner, she was remarkably calm. But this shouldn’t be surprising. It was the last show on the last day of fashion week. Anything could—and did— happen.