Industry-renowned make-up artist Shawn Hlowatzki is one of the biggest names in the industry who you probably know without realizing it. He is responsible for creating some of fashion’s most astounding looks and although he is behind the scenes, he is anything but faceless.
Shawn is the National Educational Manager for Smashbox Cosmetics Canada and contributes regular content to countless magazines and media outlets. He has worked on several fashion weeks as well as the Toronto International Film Festival. He is known for his creativity and signature beauty tricks.
Beginning at 11:00 am on Sunday, February 19, we’re hosting live Twitter Q&A with Shawn to give you all a chance to get your most pressing make-up questions answered by one of Canada’s most accomplished make-up artists. When you join the live-chat, use #Q4SmashboxShawn when asking your questions to @OFW_LIVE.
The session will run for a full hour until noon, and guess what!? — We’re giving away VIP gift bags to the top three participants. So, prepare your questions for Shawn, and get ready to ask away at 11:00am. The VIP gift bags include some fabulous beauty products from our sponsors to keep you looking your best as well as other fashion must-haves.
“Everybody wants to do everything, everybody needs to do everything, and everybody feels that he can. And I’m still feeling that a dancer should dance and a chef should cook and a singer should sing and a designer of clothes should do clothes. Because the moment we try to do everything for ourselves, we’re becoming very mediocre in what we do, and we don’t go to extremes and we don’t touch excellence. And I prefer to touch excellence.” – Alber Elbaz
The quote above is from the very talented creative director behind luxury label Lanvin and taken from a series of interviews from of Style.com’s Dirk Standen, entitled The Future Of Fashion, that I came across last May. I must say, Alber, I do concur. Despite having read the interview over a year ago, it recently came to top of mind after a recent announcement from Elle Magazine regarding James Franco’s contribution to the publication as a fashion photographer. Yes, a fashion photographer. And yes, that pseudo-hottie from those Spiderman movies. Of course, annoyingly intrigued, I took a peek at what the thespian/cinematographer/author/comedian/helicopter pilot..(ok, I made the last one up) had to offer. After a thorough one-minute review, I could only muster up a drawn out “meh” as my final judgement. It wasn’t terrible, but the guy’s no Irving Penn or Annie Leibovitz. This small anecdote leads to the question: Can celebrities truly be Jacks or Janes of all trades?
James Franco (looks better in front of the camera than behind the camera in my opinion)
From the time the royal Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (or Will and Kate if you’re on a first name basis like me), left Heathrow airport in London and landed at Ottawa’s International airport, international attention has been focused on only one of the pair, Kate Middleton.
On Day One of the Canadian Royal tour, Kate wore a form-fitting knee-length dress that left the fashion and twitter world abuzz. According to Irene Ogrodnik (Global News), the black floral lace outfit—with elbow-length sleeves—includes a touch of Canadian style as the dress was designed by Montreal-born Erdem Moralioglu.
Day Two of the Royal Tour
On Day Two of the Royal Tour (ie Canada Day), Kate continued to woo her Canadian fans by wearing a maple leaf inspired fascinator! Designed by Sylvia Fletcher at Lock & Co, then nation’s eyes were on Kate in her cream dress and her red custom made headpiece.
Will and Kate’s third and last day in the capital was quieter than the days before but all eyes continued to be on Kate as she donned a short-sleeved, knee-length, grey Kensington dress.
Day Three of the Royal Tour, dress by Kensington
Similar to “Beatle-Mania”, this fashion whirlwind has taken a life of its own as is being described as the ‘Kate Effect’, with outfit commentary flooding in from all over the world. As the obsession over Kate’s outfits takes a front seat during the couple’s first official visit to Canada, the Princess’ style definitely shows no sign of fading.
While the Red Carpet ceremony is a great tradition of the Oscars, the fashion off the carpet peaked my attention as well. With eight outfit changes through the show, host Anne Hathaway was a fashion show herself.
One of my favourite gowns was this jewel by Vivienne Westwood. Hathaway looks ravishing in this black, silver, and grey dress that does the ‘long flowing princess gown’ type lots of justice. Let’s also note that her stunning necklace and classy up-do pull the whole ensemble together for a great elegant look.
My other favourite of the night for her was her red carpet Valentino gown. Though I wish she had worn it off the red carpet so her colour would’ve popped even more, the dress was dashing nonetheless. I also love how she added an extra bold lip to stand out even more. Hathaway definitely knows what shades look good on her, especially against her pale skin tone.
And here’s a full view of all of Hathaway’s outfits that night. These images are via okmagazine.com.
Valentino, Givency, Lanvin, Vivienne Westwood, Oscar de la Renta, Versace, Armani, Tom Ford