Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Secret Mask of the Cabaret

Top to bottom:
Chorus of the cabaret of Piccadilly Hotel (1925)
Film: Moulin Rouge (2001)

At the time, the shows in cabarets involved a seduction game with the public which wasn't found in a typical singing saloon. The performances also required an energetic dimension and something 'new' to make the crowd cheer even more; For example, La Goulue (Louise Weber) who is a precursor of the Cancan dance.

Left: La Goulue // Right: Jane Avril

Today, the sexual side has been accentuated, but if you ask a cabaret dancer what is the most important element in their presentation, they'll quickly mention the glitzy wardrobe they own, but they'll most certainly emphasise on the importance of makeup. As they go on stage, they leave their casual self behind and enter as another person - almost like actors. Their makeup, which is very exaggerated, screams out a personality. The most common look is the 'smokey grey eyes and perfectly applied scarlet lipstick'.

Makeup looks by Moderncraft and me

- S.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Women of Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 - 1901), French illustrator and painter, had an immense love for women and found a particular joy in seeing them perform, dance, sing in cabarets. This way, the legendary artist spent his nights living through the craziness of the Moulin Rouge, drugged by bountiful Beauty. He dazed off into a world full of movement, involving different facets, and twirling women. Toulouse-Lautrec, then, made this atmosphere a subject of his paintings. 

Background: The Hall of Rue des Moulins (1894)

Background: Dance at the Moulin Rouge (1894)

Loss of Innocence
Background: At the Moulin Rouge (1893)
- S.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Podium of Crazy

This week we turned our attention to the people who stepped out of the monotonous black and white outfits and dared a few bold colours or a bizarre cut. It was very hard to choose but at the end we found three superb ladies that had done the job, in a nevertheless chic way. 

In third place is Miroslava Duma (love her name). She's rocking a very trendy torsade chick-yellow jumper. This thick knit contrasts, touch-wise, with her crepe pair of pants and velvet chunky heels. The mix of these bold colours (bordeaux and yellow), as well as the diversity of the textures in her outfit, is very daring.

Coming second, even though it didn't involve an exotic splash of colours, is Emma Watson. I feel like she's been doing everything correctly lately. Her Dior Haute Couture dress is certainly black and white, but the cut fits her perfectly and is very adventurous. The hair and makeup is very simple, which brings more attention to the dress. Note the cute stilettos, too (*slightly jealous*).

Stealing the first place is Araya Alberta Hargate in a whimsical Prada coat. Her outfit is the perfect balance of sporty and elegant. The colours of her outfit are very well assembled and there is a diversity in her outfit, which makes it resplendent and original. Bravo!

- S.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

October Issue: Cabarets 🎉

Dear Reader,

Voilà! The final theme for October is 'Cabarets'. Now, some link this genre of spectacle to unholy clubs and degrading French cancan dances. - but it is not. It is an art like no other, and we will give you a taste of some crazy, Moulin Rouge-style, fashion. Makeup, as hauntingly beautiful as can be in cabarets, may outshine the rest of the issue (and give you ideas for Halloween *wink, wink*). To spoil you a little more, Toulouse-Lautrec, accompanied by his La Goulue & companie paintings, will be making an appearance, too. So it is time to take a seat, relax, and enjoy the show!


1. Podium of Crazy
(October 7th)

2. Saatchi Gallery: Go Before It's Too Late!
(October 14th)

3. The Women of Toulouse-Lautrec
(October 21st)

4. The Secret Mask of the Cabaret
(October 28th)

- S.