2 May 2014

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia wrap up and haul

Hey all!

I really wanted to do a post that explained my absence in a little bit more detail, as well as show you the beauty related goodies I got during Fashion Week!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia wrap up and beauty product haul

Since I was made redundant and the job I got didn't work out, I started focusing more on trying to be a photographers assistant, someone that helps out with the sometimes mundane but necessary tasks that are important either on a photoshoot or even after the shoot has been completed. Luckily I contacted the photographer I helped at Fashion Week last year and he has taken me on board as his sometime assistant. If your curious about seeing some of his work check him out at Zeduce.org and MEDIAIDEM.com.au

In the lead up to Fashion Week I assisted him at a couple of look book studio shoots for 2 designers dealing with setting up lighting equipment, moving/holding lights, changing backdrops and manning the computer, got to try my hand at photographing dance at the Sydney Dance Company and at the press viewing of the ballet Manon at the Sydney Opera House, and worked as a second shooter for him at a press event for G-Star Raw where British model Lily Cole attended.

For Fashion Week my job was a lot more repetitive! We where covering 23 shows through out the week for Elle Magazine, all of which where being published online and needed to be up fast, so my job was to get the images off the photographer, go through them, select the best of each outfit, edit and crop them to the right size, apply all the necessary copyright info, rename the files keeping them in order they appeared on the runway and upload them to a server online and emailed the people at Elle all within a tight deadline. I wager I probably went through about 1500 images during the week and edited about 500ish. I did get to do a little bit of shooting, shot the Kahlo runway as well as a bit of street style if I got all the editing done.

Turns out they also where published on Harper Bazaar as well, which was an added bonus. Unfortunately I can't show you any of the photos other than what's online as we have to wait to get permission from Elle as they're withholding some images as they're going to be in the print magazine.

Here are some screenshots of my work online!


Ok so onto the part you want to see! As a part of the shows, a lot of the designers give out gift bags for attending and once the runway is over and you can get off the media riser, you walk through the seating and see what has been left behind from people that didn't take the bags. As Fashion Week is mainly for industry people they usually have some pretty swanky items in them, this was my haul from 6 bags, 2 of which where from the same show hence the double ups.

My total score items are most of the ones in the left of the photo. For the Aurelio Costarella show, MAC was the main sponsor and so they included a box of 5 products with some hair care items. It contained Currant lip pencil, Teddy eye kohl pencil, Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle, Enlightening pressed pigment and Woodwink Veluxe Pearl eye shadow. The eye kohl, pressed pigment and eye shadow I can totally see myself using. I am going to give the Currant lip pencil a go as I am slightly desperate to try and get confident wearing lip colour, and I am always drawn to dark plums. The Skinfinish I'm not sure on, I'm not 100% on what it's purpose is, if it's a bronzer or not and I'm not sure if it will work with my pale skin.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia wrap up and beauty product haul MAC Currant lip pencil, Teddy eye kohl, Mineralize skinfinish soft and gentle, Enlightening pressed pigment, Woodwink eyeshadow

Alice McCall contained some Lady Jayne hair accessories and some Essie and OPI nail polish. I received another Midnight Cami (I got one at last years FW), Sand Tropez which is gorgeous and OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender which is not a lavender at all! Lies OPI!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia wrap up and beauty product haul Essie OPI nail polish Midnight Cami Sand Tropez Lucky Lucky Lavender

Another few random items items from another bag where some samples of Ella Bache skin care, some gorgeous Molton Brown hand creams that smell divine and a Maybelline lipstick in Tantalizing Taupe. We shall see how the lipstick looks on me, I received a orangey coloured one last year and it looked pretty bad.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia wrap up and beauty product haul Ella Bache Molton Brown Maybelline

And lastly my favourite thing from the whole week, a gorgeous bracelet from the Swarovski show. This was the first time Swarovski has put on an independent runway show, and it was gorgeous. I don't know what else was in their bag, I think just a catalogue, as I was in a hurry so I just grabbed the box and rushed out to edit.

This thing is glorious, it is meant to be a bracelet but it is far to large for my tiny wrists, but fits perfectly as a necklace. I think this may have been an item they whipped up quickly for the event as I cannot find anything similar online. It is just loose gold coloured crystals in a strong plastic type mesh tubing with a silver magnetic clasp. I imagine these would have been pretty cheap for them to make for the event as the loose crystals cost them hardly anything, I had a friends sister who worked for Swarovski.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia wrap up and beauty product haul swarovski

Well that is it, a huge post, woah sorry! I still do need to go through and sort out what I don't want/need or cant use and pass it on to other friends.

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into my life, I haven't really done anything excited since then other than re editing photos to be print ready for the magazine. Hopefully once that is out I can share more photos with you!

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