Thursday, September 27, 2012

Rochester's Fall Fashion Events

Fall fashion events are one way to dive into the change of season in style.

Get in the mood for sweaters and boots with these fashion show events:

Greentopia Fashion Show

 ...weeell, it already happened, but I wanted to tell you about it anyway...Save the date for next September!

Fashion Week of Rochester

This is a major publicity fest that is really about a fun night on the town where you can dress up and "be seen" at "the scene". It promotes local ready-to-wear boutiques (rather than designers). There are events Thurs-Sunday, Sept 27th-30th, each highlighting a different aspect of Fashion. Go out and have a good time!

Proceeds go towards Rochester's Center for Youth

 Dado Fashion Show

My personal favorite, Dado's fine taste and excellent venue choices really set this show above the rest. Originally hosted at the trendy restaurant Good Luck, the popularity of this event grew so quickly that it is now hosted at Max's at High Falls, overlooking the best view of water falls in Rochester. Proceeds benefit The Wilmot Cancer Center.

Monday, September 17, 2012

He Asked for the "Hitler Youth" Hair Cut

The other day a friend and local musician sat in my chair for the first time...I would describe him as being pretty adverse to trends just for the sake of trends. So I was, quite frankly, shocked when he pulled out some images of Ryan Gosling for his hair cut.

I asked him, "What did you search on Google when these images came up- Ryan Gosling hair cut?" He replied,

"Naw, I don't even know who he is...I looked up 'Hitler Youth Hair Cut." I couldn't help but giggle. 

Lately, we have been hearing a lot about term "undercut". Within this category, I hear people asking about vintage styles- everything from the "Hitler Youth" look to the 90s Skaterboy.

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What is do all these undercuts have in common? It's when a portion of hair is cut significantly shorter underneath a longer portion. Typically the two sections do NOT blend, resulting in a disconnect of hair that can be overt or subtle. The term "undercut" has been coined to signify that the look of the entire haircut is determined by this technique.

A simple Pinterest or Google image search of "Under Cut" will result in image after image of heads shaved on the side...never fear!!

disconnected curls. image from

While this is ONE VERSION of the technique, there are hundreds of ways to incorporate this simple disconnection into a hair cut, resulting in extremely edgy to utterly sophisticated affects.

Bottom Layers are undercut AND disconnected from the top layer. Top fringe has disconnected, edgy, yet sophisticated, fang-like points.

A popular take on this trend is a dapper sort of unisex shorter version. HBO's recent hit series Boardwalk Empire, set in Atlantic City during the Prohibition, has certainly spurred the trend on. The popular trend is extremely reminiscent of the Depression era.

Mischael Pitt rocks the 1930's hair, playing Boardwalk Empire's darling baby-boy upstart gangster "Jimmy Darmody".

On females, the unisex shorter version boasts a devil-may-care, oft punk or grunge variation.

image from random google search

Beauty Through a Lens

In January of this year, I wrapped a year long photo project with photographer Matt D'Angelo. It began as a Natural beauty Project (NBP) and evolved into a creative portfolio building piece for Matt, the models, and myself.

This Saturday evening at Fusion Salon (home away from home!) I will be debuting  some favorite photos from the NBP as well as the a handful of others from developing local photographers and models.

Here are a few of my favorites from the NBP:

Thanks to the spark that Matt started, I began reaching out to local photographers, entering hair competitions, expanding my styling skills, and capturing a very attractive, marketable side of what I do: hair, wardrobe, and makeup.

Proud as I am of the work accomplished,  the artistic desire to push myself keeps kicking my butt...I just can't shake it. As my good friend and photographer Hannah Betts recently put it, "Andrea, you know you can do commercial style work. It is now time to stretch yourself."

So....let's see what happens next, shall we?!

Here are a few teasers from the upcoming art opening.
SATURDAY Sept 22. 6pm-10pm. Fusion Salon.

Come hang out with me, have a drink on us,  and view this artistic processes as it evolves.

Photos Top by D'Angelo Photo, Models Leah Kane (top) and Anna Dana (bottom). Photos Bottom by Hannah Betts Photogrpahy. Model Anna Dana.


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