Tuesday, October 25, 2011

LGFW: Adrian Wu Beauty

On Friday I went to see Adrian Wu's SS '12 show and got a minute to say hi to the man himself and ask for a full product line up.

A little background from the FDCC...

Age proves to be but a number when 21 year old Adrian Wu has already racked up a long list of fashion accreditations in just the last year alone. Wu taught himself how to sew at age 18 and in late 2010 he started his own design company. In the same year, Wu worked as a part time correspondent for MuchMusic and was also internationally published in a book called Style Diaries. Adrian Wu continues to develop his company in Canada and will be opening a store front studio downtown Toronto end of 2011. Wu has already been featured in Flare with Fashion Magazine and Fashion Television already marking him as a one to watch. He has also had his first corporate collaboration with Allan Candy Inc., where he was commissioned to make a collection of dresses out of their wrappers. Wu is known for his use of upholstery and unconventional design around the female silhouette. He has already produced seven collections in his two years of being in the industry so there is no telling what he will come up next. Visit www.adrianwu.com for more info.

The entire collection had a fanstasy-meets-science feel; light, whimsical fabrics and pastel colours lent to a wood-nymph feel and the Galilean headpieces added a touch of structure.  Models tottered out in 8 inch heels against a white backdrop and the show closed with a string trio playing out the final walk through.

A couple of my favourite looks from the show...

LGFW's makeup was sponsored by L'Oreal and that last model in the blue and green is Myles Sexton, model and occasional make up artist who was kind enough to walk me through each step.

  1. Use L'Oreal's Visible Lift Firming foundation all over the face to even out your skin tone (no concealer was mentioned, I'm going to assume it's due to the fact that models are freaking perfect).
  2. Next use L'Oreal True Match Powder in a slightly darker shade than you need to contour.  Don't go too dark since you just want to highlight your cheekbones and warm up your face.
  3. For eyes, they used L'Oreal Lush Raven from the lash line all the way up to the top of the brow and layered the blue side from L'Oreal's HIP Duo in Animated.  Then they blended the white side all around the edges to bring a little highlight to the face.
  4. To keep the focus on the eyes, a little concealer was used to lightly blank out the lip.
I'm contemplating doing an interpretation of this look -- I think if you just use a strong highlight (not necessarily a white shadow!), a black and blue shadow (think UD Naked's Gunmetal and Creep mixed together) for a strong smokey eye and a nude lip?  Instant runway to real way.  I can't believe I just said that.

The man himself!


  1. WOW. Sounds like you had some great behind-the-scenes access. The clothes are crazy awesome.