Saturday, 31 July 2010

work+study=meeting great people

Yesterday I had a very insighful chat with Ana Cruzalegui
, amazing and talented make-up artist I wanted to assist straight after I arrived to Glasgow. There are not so many shining stars in Glasgow' fashion scene in terms of international reputation and also nice character, and Ana is one rare example. I contacted her a week ago to ask if I could do an interview with her for my dissertation research and was very surprised to get a reply back very quickly also saying I could join her team to get the models ready for Bruinswick hotel fashion event.
It was such a pleasure to work with her and such a great chance to meet before the actual interview. Here is Heather McDonald I worked with under Ana's patronage:

Not sure who did the hairdress but they looked stunning!!!
Anyway I am happy Ana was the first I did an interview for my dissertation and seems like I am starting to like it:) (i mean my paper:)

I actually took a lot from the chat with her...and there are a couple of things I should rethink in my life regarding my future profession. I am very thankful to her for the advice she gave me and hopefuly one day I can be any help to her too:)

new millinery collection

Finally we got all of collections potograped and opefully I will launch an internet-site soon:)

I am very thankful to my my team:

photography by Elena Nevzorova (
styling/make-up/hair and millinery by me
jewellery by Liza Lang
Dresses by Kureaa Besu
model Heather McDonald
and SamanthaDavidson @ Colours

Wednesday, 21 July 2010


HC: What is the most amazing visual or moment you have ever seen that you didn’t photograph?

Peter Lindbergh: When I was twenty, My mother looked into my eyes for quite a moment, she was dying…

I truely admire P.Lindberghs talent...But sometimes I feel like creative people are to obsessed with their dreams...and also desire to take a snap of everything what surrounds them. I even think that they might miss out something very importnat in their lives if always wanting and hunting after a great shot.Maybe I am mistaken, but this is what made me think abiut the interview with Peter at

I don;t know why but at some point the book I read long time ago called the COllector by J.Fauls came into mind as well.We can't keep this natural beauty and I am not sure we are able to photograph the most amazing visual thing in our lives...
99% sure...
prob my fav pics of Kate Moss(taken by PL)

Thursday, 15 July 2010

good stuff

After really stressing work at Glam in the City in Glasgow last June I thought I was def an editorial stylist rather than a "commercial" one! was not even sure I should go for it as the pressure and demands to style 12 models only having 1 day for it (less actually giving that I got the sizes of the models very late) was too much! But as everything in life finds its balance - i found mine after being invited for an interview with one of the most successufull modelling agencies the Colours where I was offered to be signed as a make-up artist and sylist! To be honest this bright news like this rare bright scottish sun was very very in time. At the end of the day the comment that I have a very "commercial portfolio" made me feel satisfied:)

To keep it in records I did a print screen of my pages:

The last but not the least and actually most important thing is to start getting jobs through the agency!
wish me good luck:)


Friday, 2 July 2010

mad hatter?....

Do you know what a student who is meant to write her dissertation does?...Right, she makes hats:)
A new obsession occurred when I came to the UK and got totally inspired as the tradition of wearing hats, fascinators, headpieces - call it as you want- is rooted in the nation's fashion so deeply that if fascinates me more than anything! In fact while being a child and teenager I hardly wore any hats since my mum being a hair dresser felt some sort of cheating about them wht afffected me in a way! So you can imagine how hairdresses try to make people not wear hats but more fashionable hair cuts etc.?)Somehow I even though hats don't suit me, however I kept on collecting them...I never really wore them, but used to bring at least one new hat after each holidays:) These British fascinators and millinery seemed to be so beautiful but one would never dare wear it back home, in Moscow (well only if the event would require some sort of dress code).

Anyway in the UK when I got some more free time I started making some head pieces, can't call them hats at all, as it is a nice accessories for me:)
Anyway I hope that some time later I will show you my collection of hats, but for now just a sneak peak what I ve got:)

London Graduates Fashion Week - late report:)

Well summer seems to be too busy for me. It is a bit stressfull though as my dissertation hasn't even been started:(
However there are far nicer things happening.I should probably start from the very beginning of June when I went to London to see the graduates' collections in Earls Court exhibitional centre. I was lucky enough to get the invitations from my superwiser (whom I can really upset next Tuesday as the dissertation is just....well). Anyway it was a very nice gesture:) I was amazed by the dimensions of the event! Sponsored by River Iseland, L’Oreal Professional, Renault, Marie Clair, GQ and many many others the event promised to be a sparkle! Throughout 4 days the tension was there and everyone was waiting till the last Gala Show where all "cream" from the fashion industry was meant to be present. But it was not about them really, it was about all these talented people who are well on their way to a success! This catwalk was their success. I have enjoyed every single collection and am proud of many graduates to be already known out there due to their distinct style and designs. Everything was done on such a professional level that I can understand the hezitations of judges when they were choosing the best collections.
We had our fingers crossed for Anna Lee from DeMontfront University whose collection with a distinct Chinese methology theme was probably one of the most noticable and different. Having had her internship within Alexander McQuenn Anna Lee absorbed the best from that experience. Dying on different textures of fabrics, absolutely unreal beautiful illustrations, striking accessories, even shoes wrapped in the same fabric made the whole collection such a complete masterpiece of hard work and creativity that no wonder Rankin fell into it and GFW ended up with a picture of a model in Anna's outfit straight in front of the main intrance:)
A small detail about Anna - she is Russian! 4 years ago she moved to the UK after doing a course in Saint Petersburg's State University of Textiles and Designs. Another important detail - this year GFW opened its doors to other foreign Universities among which there was this Saint Petersburg's State University of Textiles and Designs with one of Anna's teachers as a head who brough 5 wonderful collections by Russian students to showcase within GFW! And yes, they met :) After quite a long time...Lyubov Rubenyan was very proud of her former student to be the best in the UK. I myself was very touched:)

photo by

Actually Anna was nominated for two main awards, which is a recognition of her talent anyway. However she was awarded with a prestigeuos award by Zandra Rhodes.
Before the final I came up to Anya and asked her what she want to do in the future. I remember she replied she needed to find a proper job because her parents who helped her throughout her studying let her know she should be funded herself (that made me feel quite sad as there is no guarantee all of these talented people will be able to find a "proper" job).

Anyway I am sure Anna will be very successful and I wish her all the best in her future carreer!
Can't wait to see her garments in best magazines!
But also I hope that Russian press and fashion community will pay more attention to those Russians who unlike many other "bad guys" bring so much respect to the country!

to be continued...