Luminous Elegance -~ Classic Party Hair Styles with a twist.

As a hair stylist , One of the most frequently asked questions is what is the trend for hairstyles this fall?  It is a very subjective question because there are so many hairstyles presented both on the runways, editorials and hair shows.  There is also the questions of the translation from runway to the every day runway so I never really have an answer for that question since in Coco Chanel’s famous words “Fashion fades, only style remains the same” .

However, every season I try to bring a twist to few classic styles so my clients don’t get bored. That’s why my team and I decided to do a photo shoot using those classic hairstyles but bringing a new twist to the styles we know and love.


The theme of this series is “Luminous Elegance”.  For the past decade one general hair trend for women all over the world is for the hair to look healthy , smooth and shiny without too much or too heavy product. We also want to keep the hairstyle relatively simple (apart from one avant-garde style) so we chose a model with beautiful jet black hair for this shoot.  So without too much chitchat, here are the results.


MODEL | Gisele P | Calcarries Models
HAIR | Tim Wong | BTW-Workshop
MAKEUP | Teresa Ng | Teresa Make Up
PHOTOGRAPHY | Victoria Chan | Victoria Chan Photography


The Pony-tail could be one of the first hairstyles which a girl have ever had in their lives. Its a classic style which is good for both day and evening.  To update this classic, the front section is swept to one side, braided and wrapped around in circles to create a mini bun. The rest of the hair is straightened tied back into a ponytail to create this classic with a modern twist.


The  Chignon is one of the most classic hairstyles for evening hair dressing. One of the problems I found in this style is the fact that it never looks good from the front.  To solve this problem I’ve decided to put the hair in a side part then pull the hair into a ponytail on the nape of one side of the neck.  The hair is then braided into a 4 strand round braid then pinned to the opposite side of the forehead to hide the side part.  It is an elegant chignon style which looks good from all angles.


One of the most requested hairstyles especially for asian girls is to have their hair down. We wanted to make it look more polished by keeping the hair straight. The hair is styled in 3 sections. The side sections are swept back in a small, tight ponytail. The top section is swept back to keep the focus on the face making it look super clean and elegant.


As a hair stylist, sometimes we try to push our creativity and to experiment with new techniques ,silhouettes and products to create hairstyles which may not be every day women but looks amazing in editorial photo shoots.  This hair style is created with hair extensions transformed into the form of fabric. Really want to try to create a style which looks like a hairpiece created out of hair.

So thats the end of the shoot. Hope you enjoy the photos my team and I created for you this week.  For more photo shoots by me and my team, follow my blog  for future posts for behind the scene post of the concept of the photos.  For my daily post of our editorial work, check our BTW-Workshop facebook page.

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The New Vintage~ Here Comes The Bride

In every decade, the bridal industry will have an icon who defines the way woman want to gets dressed on their special day.  Who can forget Princess Diana who created the trend of Big dresses with Puffy Sleeves in the 80s, Victoria Beckham’s minimalist princess creation by the iconic mother of bridal Vera Wang in the 90s who left brides trying to alter their bodies to fit into the gowns; or Gwen Stefani ‘s hand dipped creation by John Galliano who proved to rockchicks all over the world that they can still be unique yet elegant on their special day.
If I have to pick an Icon for this decade, it will be Kate Middleton’s Long Sleeve creation by Sarah Burton, Inspired by another Icon Grace Kelly the modest dress have caused many bridal designers to add lace and place sleeves onto their designs, for brides to choose vintage style wedding dress on their big day.
Inspired by this trend, my BTW-WORKSHOP team have put together 3 looks which will hopefully inspire my style sisters and my style brother’s other half in the future.

The Ethereal Bride– Dress by  La Comme Vintage Bridal
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This beautiful high neck empire waist dress features a flowy skirt made out of layers of chifton and satin, the hem is embroidered with lace appliqué. Its a very flattering dress for many body types, beautiful for brides who loves to look young and fresh.
Ethereal Bride
To match this look, our makeup artist Ash Lee decided to use natural earth tones to match the model’s gorgous brunette hair colour. The hair is kept loose and simple with a crown of fishtail braids accented with hair gems availible at Accessorize .Etheraal Bride  Mermaid

The Feminine Mermaid– Dress by Blink CoutureVintage Mermaid
For girls who love to look sexy and feminine, this dress may be the perfect option. from the elegant asian collar in sheer chifton, the low cut lace bodice, the body hugging lace silhouette to the sexy embroidery at the back, this dress will make a dramatic exit while saying your vows at the aisle.
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For the Makeup for this look, Makeup artist Ash Lee created a dramatic smoky eyes accented with glossy nude lip to create a dramatic evening look. The hair is put up in a large free form chignon placed at the side to accent the face for photographs
Feminine Mermaid Beauty

The Society Girl– Dress by La Comme Vintage Bridal
This simple A-line Dress created out of chifton with Lace sleeves is perfect for the society girl who wants to look timeless and modern on their big day. The movement of the skirt creates lots of drama yet keeping it simple and modern. It is also a dress which can be easily taken to the after party or cocktails paired with a simple white blazer.Society Girl
To add drama to this look, makeup Artist Ash Lee contoured the eyes using Chocolate brown eye shadow, finished with a Matte Red Lip. The hair is braided with the help of hair extensions then knotted into a simple low chignon. The Vintage Style hat is custom made in Taiwan for a modern take of a classic veil.
Society Bride Beauty
Hope you enjoy our picks for Bridal Fashion this year.
Model: Anastacia Rudakova | Quest Models
Hair: TimTim Wong | BTW-Workshop
Makeup: Ash Lee | BTW-Workshop
Photo: Victoria Chan | Victoria Chan Photography
Lighting: Harris Hui

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