Fashion Photography: Decay, Growth & Detox

31 Jul


OpenStudio is a Vancouver-based Fashion/ Art/ Graphic Design Company that helps high school students develop artistic portfolio for applying to top design universities/colleges around the world.

The studio is led by Creative Director: Alex Yueh Lu, who obtained his BFA Degree from Emily Carr University (Vancouver, Canada), MFA Degree from The Art Institute of Chicago (USA); and he also studied Graphic Design from the School of Visual Art (New York).

In 2011, noted fashion designer Angela Chen joined Alex at the OpenStudio as the Fashion Creative Director. Angela obtained her BFA Degree from the prestige Parsons the New School for Design (New York). Having the valuable work experiences with top designers such as: Anna Sui, Marc Jacob, Carolina Herrera, she is her own brand fashion designer of Or by Angela Chen.

Earlier 2012, I was asked by the two studio creative directors to join the photoshoot team by creating make-up looks to their designing students’ creative pieces. Each of the designer students: Yulin Cheng, Tracy Wong & Ceci Chen, spent months of hard work at OpenStudio creating their pieces, on top of their regular high school education, to prepare for their portfolio.

As a beauty/fashion make-up artist, I had the honour to be involved during their designing process by being a guest judge at their final presentation. Yes, it is like being on the reality TV show America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) of Tyra Banks, I would give my suggestions and feedbacks to the students, after they each present their story/color board of their concepts, inspirations, fabric & materials, drawings/sketches, and where do they see their design work in the future (marketing).

When all the amazing pieces were created, under the guidance of instructor Angela Chen, there comes the photo shoot! Professional agency models, hair/make-up artists and fashion photographers were hired to help transforming the innovative designs into presentable fashion work… and the beautifully finished images were published on See.7 Magazine (New York) as their featured fashion editorial. Great team work to everyone involved, and here are the published images!



inspiration: decay



inspiration: growth



inspiration: detox




Make-up Artistry (彩妝趨勢重點)

For make-up artistry, the looks were inspired by M·A·C’s Autumn/Winter 2012 Trend Report, where the make-up looks were classified into four categories, of which two I was really inspired by:


1. SENSE+SENSIBILITY (趨勢重點: 理性與感性)

“It’s about timeless classics done in a modern way – these are elements of makeup that never go out of fashion but simply get reinvented.” – Terry Barber, Director of Makeup Artistry


2. ROAM-ANTIQUE (趨勢重點: 漫遊古感)

Call it a contemporary rethink on how to do “smoky”. Key shades? Those that pull inspiration from roaming the world – desert rocks, sunset and sepia stains, driftwood browns, weathered tans, sand, minerals, pastoral shades of plum and cranberry, metallic greys from asphalt and concrete through to slate and charcoal – all are employed to give a soulful depth to lids and lash lines. Ultimately, this beauty trend parallels fashion’s worldly-aware direction in considering how a nomadic lifestyle can influence the way you pull yourself together… feel your inner free spirit!

“The bohemian spirit of this season is about the fantasy of an elegant eccentric, a woman who is ornate but yet has exquisite taste.” – Lyne Desnoyers, Director of Makeup Artistry


3. HONE-STRUCTURE (趨勢重點: 琢磨骨架)

“We’ve turned the light around this season – it’s now less about highlights and more about the depth of a contour, a shaded face that is slightly hollow and haunted but extremely beautiful and not alien.” – Andrew Gallimore, Key Artist AW12 Fashion Week

“To put in bone structure is a very knowing art form and the real mastery of being a makeup artist.” – Terry Barber, Director of Makeup Artistry


4. ARTI-TECH (趨勢重點: 人工藝術)

“This season isn’t about liner being classic. It’s about an etching, about it creating a geometry on the face.” – Gordon Espinet, M∙A∙C Vice President of Makeup Artistry. While these lines are fragmented in their structure, by respecting the architecture of the eye shape, they tailor and enhance the face.

The key reference points: Oriental precision (indeed, fashion’s collective eye seems trained on the East) and equestrian elegance – refined, original and intriguing, the new updated liner is “all about a trick of the eye that is very artistic. “It’s about taking a classic gesture and reworking it into something non-conformist.”  – Andrew Gallimore, Key Artist AW12 Fashion Week.


Key M·A·C products used


1. #130 Short Duo Fibre – dual fiber brush with flat head composed of both natural bristles and synthetic fibers ideal for application with creams, emulsions, and various powder products


2. Face and Body Foundation – buffed gently into skin with #130 Short Duo Fibre Brush for a flawless finish

3. Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder – swept through the T-zone for a natural matte skin

4. Mineralize Skinfinish “Gold Deposit” – used with Fix+ and #266 Angled Brush to create an opaque & high-metallic geometric shape on the face

5. Fix+ – vitamin & mineral spring water that helps to calm and hydrate the skin


6. Blacktrack Fluidline – used to draw line and shapes around the eye to give architectural structure


7. Lipstick “Show Orchid” – Vivid hot fuchsia pink colour

I hope you enjoy the beautiful creation by our highly creative designers & artists!


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