Kerry O'Brine Womens Wear

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Because (sometimes) Classics Are The Best!

It seems a while now since I first got into discussions with the lovely Kate (a la Pouting In Heels). We were discussing her upcoming photoshoot and what she was going to wear.

Well, the result of the photoshoot was beautiful. It is a real example of how pretending to be someone else can give you confidence behind the camera. Try it next time someone says ‘say cheese’ – you may end up feeling more yourself than ever!

Trench Coat and silk dress

Kate in my black Lana dress

You can see she is a complete natural behind the camera in this blog article featuring a dress from my one of my collections!

I like the way she has styled the dress with the trench – a nice combo of smart and casual. I look forward to seeing more styling on her blog, she obviously has a flare for it.

City style Fashion dress

Keeley in my navy Jo Jo dress

It’s always nice to see how different people style and wear my designs.

See here how one of my fav bloggers Keeley (the British Fashionista) styles one of my dresses (JoJo) with exactly the right amount of accessories for a smart work city look. She added some smart heels, a great bag, big sunnies and some subtle jewellery.





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Making it Up with a Make Up Artist

Makeup precisionIt was amazing to work with Tracy on the recent photoshoot for summer office wear.

Tracy and I were emailing back and forth before the shoot. I sent her some inspiration pictures and Tracy had some great ideas about the eye makeup and this was to be the focus of the makeup look

We went for smokey eye makeup but with a twist. The smokey eye makeup Tracy did was in an Aqua colour to pick up on the colours in the collection. Choosing Aqua made the dramatic eye makeup, softer, more summery and sixties.

Putting on the makeup

Putting on the makeup

To complement the bright 60s eye makeup Tracy kept the lips a nude shade. We considered coral but agreed this would be too much and a nude lip would keep a bit of everyday reality to the look!

Checking the makeup

Checking the makeup

The nails were the first things to be started on the day which worked out well, they could then dry whilst the hair was put up in rollers. The nails were done in a great minty green shade which was the perfect summery pastel shade for the look!

Nails in great green

A close up on the final makeup for the shoot!

Close up on the makeup

Close up on the makeup

Silk blue blouse summer fashion professional women

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It’s Summer Online

Thought I’d pop a little post up…. My new summery women’s fashion Riviera Collection is up on the website! It took a long while to get it up there (lots of behind the scenes boring things have to happen first!).

But it’s now up for you to see!

I love the front page. Here is a snap shot of it:

Kerry O'Brine Womens Wear Website

Kerry O’Brine Womens Wear Website

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Hair Stylist Creates a Hair Up Masterpiece!

Hair stylist Julie in action on our recent photoshoot:

You can see the first job of the day was putting the hair into rollers – giving the hair some extra volume and wave to start with.
Hair and makeup in unisonHair
Hair in rollers





Once the rollers came out Julie was on to the back combing! This was amazing. She used a little special comb and the effect was incredible. I have always started backcombing but I think it takes confidence in knowing what you’re doing to back comb hair to this height! Back Combing Hair spraying the back combed hair

Due to the very very very windy weather we had to contend with on the day, I think Julie used a huge amount of hairspray!


So here you can see where Julie is starting to create the shape of the style:

Creating the styleCreating the style 2




and here is the first finished style for the photoshoot:Hair from backPrecision hair

(This hairstyle works with with long hair but I think it could equally work well for medium length hair.)



Julie then slightly changed and adapted the hair throughout the shoot. Here is a peak at one of those here:

Hair changed slightly - last minute touches

Hair changed slightly – last minute touches

Hair change









Makeup behind the scenes fashion shoot

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Making Up Behind the Scenes

So here is the second little behind the scenes makeup video for you. Suzie Love worked hard putting together the makeup look for the Kerry O’Brine Womens Wear Silk Line fashion photoshoot. Although the makeup was inspired by the 1920s and needed to be strong in the photos we wanted to make sure it would come across as a realistic look for a professional woman during the working day.

Suzie and I had a little chat about the look we were going for:

Suzie “As long as you have the dark lip and definition round the eyes”

Kerry “For work, you wouldn’t do more than that if you were doing it yourself”

Suzie “If you were going for a dark lip, you wouldn’t necessarily go for a strong eye for the day”

Kerry “It’s getting the balance of it being a photoshoot and the extreme look of that and the reality of it being work”

Suzie “Yes, it’s going to be a mix between the two”

Behind the scenes fashion hair photoshoot

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Behind A Hairy Situation

Whilst making the women’s Silk Line fashion photoshoot I took some footage of behind the scenes. I have finally found the time to put it together! This first one is on the hair. Suzie Love describes how she will put together the look for the day. If you have seen the fashion photoshoot here you will see a variety of different hair looks. Using my 1920s inspiration combined with the modern professional woman’s day to evening lifestyle Suzie changed and adapted the hairstyle through out the shoot.

It’s nice to see a professional fashion hair stylist in action and I have picked up some tips for how to use the comb and spray when putting in the rollers which I may use myself!

The next little video is of the makeup!

Day to Night Vintage Inspired Hair Styling

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The styles created here are easily achieved and can be transformed from a day to night look with the ease of taking out a couple of pins.

day and night

This look works best on medium to long hair but if your hair is shorter something similar can still work  you just won’t get such a dramatic change for evening.

Taking out the rollersFirstly the hair needs to be set in heated rollers running down the hair from the parting.  A side parting works best, especially if you want that Veronica Lake look.

Hair will change form when warm so make sure you let your rollers heat up properly.  Then in turn the hair sets when cold so let them cool down before taking them out.

Taking out the rollers



This is the important  bit. When you’ve taken out the rollers (carefully) you need to brush out the hair.

The rollers just taken out

The rollers just taken out

Take small sections of hair and gently brush down from root to ends.  You will notice as the curls brush out an ‘s’ shape begins to form, you need to encourage this shape as you brush.  When you’re happy with the shape spray all over with a strong hairspray (try Elnett).

Shaping the hair





For day loosely pull the hair back and fix it in a bun shape at the nape of the neck with a few pins, then spray.  This will also keep the waves in place until the evening when all you need to do is remove the pins and let the hair fall into place.  You may want to gently comb through the waves at this point just keep encouraging that all important ‘s’ shape.

Hair up version 2

Hair up version 1

Hair wavy and loose




Now all you need to do is add a nice red lip (like NARs or Dior in lipcolour Blazing) and you’re ready to go.

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