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Teaser Shots From Online Editorial Project

A few months ago, I was the Creative Director and Stylist of an online editorial shoot, which was shot in Berlin.  It is yet to be published but I couldn’t resist showing you all my favourite shots from the series.

I think the below image is a very fitting look for A/W 12, as this is normally a season where experimenting with textures is a must. So here we see a delicious mix of silk, lace, metal, chiffon and sequins; all contrasting fabrics come together to portray a look that gives a vigorous nod to Luxe Glamour

How gorgeous and 70s fabulous are those mauve palazzo trousers?

The warm make-up colour palette gives me lots of ideas for the autumn season.  I love the mix of deep purple and gold

Credits

Creative Direction and Stylist- Biki John

Photographer- Frauke Fischer

Hair and Makeup- Servullo Mendez

Model- Tara Rodgers at Modelwerk

Black lace blouse- Irene Luft

Mauve palazzo pants- Marcel Ostertag

Bolero, belt and turban- Vintage (Stylist’s Own)

Black sandals- Scholl

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A Servullo Mendez Beauty Makeover

Last week I styled a fashion shoot for an exciting project that I will be able to reveal once the site is launched, which should happen in a week.  It was my responsibility to decide the creative direction the shoot should take and I settled on one that would reference the 70’s and in particular the glamour and decadence that sprung from that decade.

The model who brought this shoot to life was Tarah Rodgers and the extremely talented and captivating Servullo Mendez, was the hair and make up artist for the day.

When Tarah walked through the studio doors, although she was very pretty I couldn’t help but think that she looked like the total opposite of what I imagined a Studio 54 vixen to resemble.  Her natural style seemed more Abercrombie & Fitch and less Jerry Hall or Diana Ross.

This was why about two hours into Servullo doing her hair and makeup, I was amazed when I had a peek into Servullo’s beauty corner and saw this sexy, confident and definite product of the Studio 54 era staring back at me (and giving me a Smize that Tyra Banks would have been proud of!)-

As the shoot went by and more hair and makeup changes were done, Tarah continued to surprise and impress me as she immersed herself fully into the alluring and fun character that was needed to make the shoot credible, inspirational and aspirational-

Of course it is a model’s job to fulfill the direction of the client and morph into whatever character that is thrown at her but what I loved about Tarah is even when the shots were taken, she still kept the same vibrant and playful energy in between the shots.

Everyone who has worked on a fashion shoot knows that it is all about team work, no matter how talented the hair and makeup artist is, his efforts will go to waste and come to nothing if the model he is working on is lifeless and doesn’t ‘bring it’ and vice versa; so it was a joy to work on a set where I could see and hear both the model and hair & makeup artist- in American High School slang- totally vibing of each other.

On a side note, although Servullo kept delivering strong look after even stronger look, this beauty look was my favourite of the day, as for me it fully encapsulated the era that continues to be a strong source of inpiration to me-

Tarah also very kindly allowed me to give her, her very first interview and I’ll be posting that in the next couple of days, so stay tuned to learn more about the Next Best Thing Coming Out Of Germany!

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Interview with Make up Artist, Servullo Mendez

I had the pleasure of working with the extremely talented Make up artist, Servullo Mendez on an editorial recently.  Based on the uniqueness of his first name alone I knew he would be sitting on my interview seat, but beyond that even before I spoke to him, he had a special and mysterious aura around him that made you want to get to know him.

Servullo Mendez

This isn’t really very surprising as with his career taking him to live in some of the most exciting cities like NYC, Madrid, Barcelona and Paris, he really has a tale to tell.  Servullo has worked on advertising projects with commercial giants such as H & M and his artistry has graced the covers of high-readership magazines such as Glamour and Draft Magazine.  He is now currently represented by Nude agency.

Courtesy of www.servullo.com

Here is how our interview session went-

MFSL- I have to ask, what does your name mean, Servullo?

Servullo- It’s a name entirely related to giving- that is being ‘of service’.

MFSL- You are the hair stylist for the shoot today but what comes first for you as an artist- the hair or the make up?

Servullo- The make up comes first, I can do hair when required, but I don’t consider myself a hair dresser at all.

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MFSL- What sparked your interest in make up to make you want to do it as a career?

Servullo- I am fascinated by transformation and beauty.  Also growing up I was inspired by the aesthetics of certain pop icons and women in general.

MFSL- Who are your pop icons?

Servullo- Well, I’m from the eighties so women like Madonna and Cyndi Lauper.  The eighties was a time when make up was very visible in a creative and unique way.  There were no boundaries and men work make up as well, because it wasn’t about sexuality, it was a form of expression.  Today things are different and I would love to come back to the make up ethos of the eighties.  I would re-interpret it to make it contemporary and relevant.

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MFSL- Speaking of pop icons, make up and expression- what do you think of Lady Gaga’s look?  From her various videos, projects et al, it looks like she’s prone to use make up to transform and make a bold statement.

Servullo- Lady Gaga doesn’t inspire me.  I think she is just the result of an amalgamation of a lot of things that have already been done.  Also, I find her ugly and can’t understand why people compare her to women like Madonna and other woman from that generation.

MFSL- How about those who would argue that she is using make up to experiment and transform?

Servullo- That’s just it.  I don’t think she is experimenting with beauty, taking it forward or doing it any favours as an art form.  For e.g. I think Pat McGrath experiments with beauty and I think her work is amazing.  Beauty and make up doesn’t have to be about putting on a lot of make up that gives you a clownish effect.  I would love to see her experiment with her natural hair colour and bring out her interesting Italian and Jewish features.

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MFSL- As a make up artist, do you ever look at sites like Style.com to get ideas for your work?  How much do the shows inspire your work?

Servullo-  Well, I can appreciate them but if I am looking at the make up of a show, that means that look has already been done, so it doesn’t inspire me.  I get my inspiration from going to museums, looking at people on the street, travelling to various places.  For e.g., I’ve just come back from Croatia, and I’d never been there before and just being there, seeing new faces and how they wear their clothes, hearing a different language- that’s inspiring. 

MFSL- So you take a more organic approach.

Servullo- Yes, and digital technology has also made it easier for me to go back into time to see videos I loved a while ago, so I’ll go on YouTube to see Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Time after Time’ video…

MFSL (gives a loud squeel) I LOVE HER, and that song.  Sorry my voice went so high!

Servullo- So do I, I saw her perform live in Berlin a few weeks ago, her vocals were incredible.  Watching her perform is inspiring for me and makes me remember things like the dress she wore in, ‘Girls just want to have fun., which can make me want to use flashy colour in an upcoming project.  So music is a great reference point for me.

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MFSL- The ‘Girls just want to have fun’ is one of my favourite videos, the part where she is bare feet, holding her red tulle underskirt and kicking her legs as she dances on the streets- her careless abandon is so special and not really seen in today’s carefully choreographed artists.

Servullo- I agree.

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MFSL- What are your beauty tips?

Servullo- Lots of sleep and moisture, moisture, moisture- which can include water and moisturizer.  When you live in a predominantly cold city like Berlin, moisture is especially important to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy.  And I really believe the most important thing is to be happy, it makes you age differently and creates softer lines. (Laughs)

MFSL- Finally, who is your favourite model of all time?

Servullo- I like Kate Moss, but my favourite model of all time is Karen Elson.

MFSL (looking dubious) Okaaaaaaay, interesting…

Servullo- I really, really like her- she has beautiful, translucent pale skin that contrasts with her fiery, red hair.  For me she is make up paradise and has a great British look.  She also sings now and I saw one of her performances which was great.

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