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Avant-garde fashion

Posted in Make Up - Savage Beauty, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , on April 30, 2013 by Tallee Savage

I had very little time to be innovative for this photo session. But I wanted to get an Avant-garde fashion feeling to it. With the make up being a central part of the look. The photos are taken on the 9th gathering of “Smålandsträffen”. Visiting our friends Jörgen & Boel Lundh.

Photo, Make up and Styling: Tallee Savage
Costume Styling: Amanda Martinez / Independent Kostym
Model: Boel Lundh  

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1930’s Fashion

Posted in Make Up - Savage Beauty, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2013 by Tallee Savage

The devastating stock market crash in 1929 was severe and the great depression which followed persisted throughout major parts of 1930’s and affected all western industrialized countries. Widespread unemployment, near halts in industrial production a huge percent of decline in stock prices. But strangely enough the economic crisis did not stop people from going to the movies to see the big stars. Maybe this was a way to flee the depression for a few hours. This decennium has nostalgically been stamped as “The Golden Age of Hollywood”. With popular genres like gangster, western and social realism films. Stars such as Ingrid Bergman, Zarah Leander, Ginger Rogers, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich are the contemporary style icons. The film’s significance for beauty care was ravishing and grand. However a lot of beauty expertise emigrated from Paris to Hollywood  and the fascism advent and mass unemployment were reflected in fashion and colors. The cosmetic industry flourishes. The “Snow White” pale skin lost status and tanned did not anymore mean that you where a “country girl” or had to work outdoors, it now meant that you had affordable times spent on the beach and in nature. 1930’s look was healthy!
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This is a collaboration I did with Tifa Högberg from the magazine “Min Boudoir”, my sister Amanda Martinez from Independent Kostym and the beautiful model Angela Eldh.

Amanda is a very talented stylist which I have done a numerous of projects with. Here she explains about the fashion, styling and couture:

Amanda-30-tal“In costume history I have a number of favorite eras but the 30’s is absolutely one of my dearest. I am simply crazy about the Glamour years and what follows here is just a brief on some of all the wonderful things that went on in fashion. Creators adapted to the crisis in various ways, for instance by using the cheaper and improved easy-care materials that were now at hand.  Despite the harsh economy, 30’s fashion is actually characterized by glamor and elegance – largely inspired by luxury and flair that swept in from Hollywood through the big screen.

The 20’s boyish look stepped out of the picture and women’s silhouette now returned to a more feminine shape, still slim but with bust and waist back in their right place.  The ideal figure was tall and slender and by using pliable fabrics, adding frills and applying draping and bias cutting techniques designers obtained the wavy, smooth and figure-embracing lines pursued. Skirts reached down to mid calf, were often tightened over the hips and flared at bottom”.  //Amanda Martinez

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Some 1930’s characteristics: Butterfly arms, the tie detail in the neckline and the asymmetrical
closure of the blouse. The wide flapping pants and of course the hat – nice and elegantly tilted.

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Halter necks and backless garments were highly in fashion, especially in evening wear.
For our session I chose a shimmering gown that exposes the models pearl string adorned back,
another classic and simply enchanting detail often that was often seen in this decade.

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Some brief information on the make up fashion:

Eyes of the 1930s were defined, but much more modestly than the previous decade.  Apply eyeliner in black or brown to your upper lid and a very fine line along the edge of your bottom lid.  Don’t go all the way around the eye. The typical eyebrow look of the 1930s were thin, arched brows, well-defined, extending toward the temple. If you don’t wish to change your brow shape, you must at least make sure that they are well-kept and cleanly plucked.  Brush them gently into place with a brow brush, if you have one.  You may also dress them with petroleum jelly or olive oil for a shiny effect.  If your brows are pale, darken them with a pencil.

For a glossy daytime look, you can apply a very small amount of petroleum jelly or olive oil to the eyelids (to match your shiny eyebrows).  For a more alluring evening look, I like a light, shimmery shadow paired with a dark gray or brown eyeshadow.  However, there were many shades of shadows in the ’30s, ranging from green, blue, violet, orchid, and brown.  Eyeshadow was applied from the top eyelid up toward the eyebrow.

24165047-jabM6Photo and Make up: Tallee Savage
Costume stylist: Amanda Martinez
Wardrobe: Independent Kostym
Hair: Tifa Högberg
Graphics: Mattias Savage
Model: Angela Eldh
Published in: Min Boudoir #5

Zaann – Goth Lolita

Posted in Make Up - Savage Beauty, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , on April 5, 2013 by Tallee Savage

The Lolita fashion is really fun and interesting, because the trend has evolved to so many different sub styles around the world. Now, guess where it origins from? Well… JAPAN of course (where else?), at least they are to blame for the growing popularity and expanding it across the Western world. The fashion is presented as young Victorian, Edwardian or Rococo children and bears a modesty and reserved look. Very cute and elegant rather than ”sexy”. Always with the “cupcake” shape dresses. There is everything from the sweet Lolita that uses pastels, lace and overall cute and ”kawaii” themes, to the classic Lolita with a more refined and subtle fashion, there are punk Lolita, Wa Lolita’s, Ero Lolitas, country Lolita etc… you name it. And of course my favorite which is Goth Lolita which tends to be darker. tallee-sign Here is a picture I took of Zaann :)

Photo, make up & styling: Tallee Savage
Graphics: Mattias Savage

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La Belle Époque

Posted in Make Up - Savage Beauty, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , on April 4, 2013 by Tallee Savage

imagesThis is the second session I did with Zaan. She looked absolutely adorable in this outfit. Inspired from the looks of La Belle Époque. The word La Belle Époque is the french word for “Beautiful Era”. A period in French and Belgian history that began when the second French Empire collapsed in 1871 and lasted all the way to world war I. It was characterized by optimism, peace and prosperity, where new technology, literature, fashion, music were allowed to flourish. French imperialism was in its prime and was the cultural centre of global influence. However, the reality in parallel is that there was a large economic underclass who never experienced much of the Belle Époque wonderful life. Poverty, government corruption and conflicts with Catholic church were regular during the period. I could read on and on about this period… but there is no time. I have other work to attend to. Next blog post is Goth Lolita.

To read more about Zaann and see our other photo session. Go here >>>

Photo, make up and hair: Tallee Savage
Stylist: Amanda Martinez / Wardrobe: Independent Kostym
Graphics: Mattias Savage

 

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1920’s Fashion

Posted in Make Up - Savage Beauty, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2013 by Tallee Savage

The 1920s fashion is my favorite era in so many ways. I love the beautiful materials like; feathers, lace and pearls and the whole assertive attitude that came with the young women of the time. Fashion was celebrating youth after some dark years during the first world war. The attitude to make-up also made a dramatic and revolutionary change. Before this, it just wasn’t “proper” for girls to wear make up. Sales from make up multiplied in Paris, London and the U.S.A and reached ladies from all societies. Harmful chemicals like lead and mercury were removed. Leading innovators were Max Factor,  Maybelline, Elisabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein.

Savage Beauty, Independent Kostym and Min Boudoir Magazine did a collaboration that covered the look of the 1920’s until the 1950’s. It was published a few months back in “Min Boudoir # 5”. If you are interested in the retro, burlesque, vintage fashion and lifestyle of this era, this is a good magazine to pick up. I did all the make up and shot all the photos for this project. My sister Amanda Martinez was in charge of the costume styling to get the perfect and accurate look of the decade. Here is the english and un-edited version, showing more pictures from our project. Next week we will cover the 1930’s!
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The 20’s was a dynamic decade and in fashion trends we find a range of contemporary currents and expressions reflected; everything from jazz and Art Deco to archaeological finds in the Orient and above all – social change.  Particularly women’s fashion underwent drastic changes as garments were now designed to allow their bodies to move freely, drive vehicles, play sports or dance the night away. The ideal figure turned straight, with no emphasis on either bust, waist or hips and the extreme figure shaping corsets were finally abandoned. Skirts exposed more of the legs than ever before – for a short period even the knee caps!
The 20’s was also a decade of both economic expansion and great social inequalities. While diverse classes were now embracing the same fashion, clothing materials and exclusivity still differed and thus made the wearer’s economic status distinguishable.
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The daywear outfit is an elegant but casual 2-piece made of sheer, graphically patterned and embroidered fabric. Bell shaped caps pretty much dominated hat fashion throughout the decade.

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Ready to enter the night club in a see-through dress with extensive sequins embroidery, rows of pearls, silk covered legs and tilting plumes giving the whole appearance a cinematic shimmer!

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1920’s Make Up:

Face: Pale base and cream or ivory powder to the skin. The model was to look like a porcelain doll. In the middle of the 20’s the skin tone reverted to a more natural face color.

Eyes: A dark and dramatic look, with black smeared eyeliner liberally and heavily applied, topped with dark grey, green or turquoise eyeshadow to get the “smokey eyes” look. Emphasis lay in the middle of the eye to get a perfect round shape. White or off-white eyeliner inside the eye to enlarge optimally. Lots and lots of mascara! In those days mascara came in a block form and needed to be heated up and applied with a stick or wand. False eyelashes were popular!

Eyebrows: In the beginning of the 20th century eyebrow were “normal plucked”, to eventually thin-out considerably and had a high round shape with a bevel finish. Inked with black or brown eyeliner and sometimes downward sloping.

Rouge: Apply to cheeks in a circle! Rose colors at first but around 1925 orange colors were more popular.

Lips: Deep red, burgundy, plum, raspberry or dark orange tones depending what year of the 1920’s. To get a “bee-bitten” lip-look you need to apply the lipstick like a “cupid bow” exaggerated on both upper and lower part of the lips, but stops qutallee-signite dramatically before reaching the corners of your mouth. Light colors on the mouth was less flattering in the 20’s.

24165047-jabM6Photo and Make up: Tallee Savage
Costume stylist: Amanda Martinez
Wardrobe: Independent Kostym
Hair: Tifa Högberg
Graphics: Mattias Savage
Model: Christina Moberg Segura
Published in: Min Boudoir

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Medieval with Zaann

Posted in Bands & Artists, Live Photography, Live Shows, Make Up - Savage Beauty, Personal, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2013 by Tallee Savage

PastedGraphic-1Working with Zaann was a true pleasure. She is as perceptive, wise, humble and sweet as they come <3  Travelled all the way from a town called Maidstone, an hour outside of London, to stay with me for three days. A nice arrangement made by our mutual friend Michael Kenney, who also happened to have business in Sweden at the same time. Michael has been the bass tech for Steve Harris of Iron Maiden for the last 30 years, and has a recording history with the band that goes all the way back to the albums ”No prayer for the Dying”, ” Fear of the Dark” and ”Virtual XI. On stage he has handled the keyboard playing since the ”Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Tour”. This particular visit in Sweden was of a different matter though. Michael was on tour with Steve Harris’ solo/side project British Lion and he thought it would be an excellent idea for me and Zaann to collaborate. Busy, busy weekend: First we did five different photo sessions with a variety of themes. 1700s, 1800s, Goth Lolita, Princess and Medieval. In the next few days you will see Zaann’s many different faces only by changing the make up and hair a little. We had Michael over for dinner one day followed by a ”girls night out” the next day with my sister Amanda and Tåve to see British Lion perform in Stockholm. After party was at Club Rocks and Heavens Gate.

tallee-signThe first session with Zaann here is a medieval theme we actually did in 30 minutes before she had to organize her stuff and run off to the airport. Next up will be “La Belle Époque”. See you then!


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Michael Kenney and I in L.A. 2012

More about Michael Kenney here >>>

 

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