The eagerly anticipated 3rd annual Bizarre Ball took rocked into town at the Coronet Theatre in London on Saturday 5th June. An eclectic mix of alternative burlesque, performance, music and much, much more with the central theme of 'Circus'. We had an Illamasqua Lounge, for those who had purchased Sophie wristbands and for guests of Illamasqua, including Sylvia Lancaster, Joe Corre, Lady Lloyd and Illamasqua HQ team.
I went down to set up with a stellar team of Mika, Adam [who came as Medusa...], Lucie N and Lucy G and arrived to the most decadent Lounge area.
The team at Bizarre magazine really came up trumps, thanks guys! The beautiful black velvet drapery, the plush chaise lounge and the Old Hollywood style mirrors gave the lounge a beautifully dark feel and the likes of Alix Fox and Jodie Harsh came along to get their make-up done prior to the show.
Mika worked with Alix on a gorgeous look to compliment her iconic outfit [blog post to follow with a look break down!] and Lucy G created this fabulous look for me, using the Limited Edition Birthday Lashes [I had so many compliments on this look throughout the night, so thanks Lucy!]
For a full event run down, go to the Bizarre magazine website - I was so busy in the Illamasqua Lounge that I missed most of what happened, so I can't report on that, I'm afraid! However, I do know that The Gallows, The Horrors, Dirty DC and The Urban VooDoo Machine all performed to a rapturous crowd. Jodie Harsh was the highlight of the DJ sets and The Circus of Horrors took over the main stage for a lot of... erm, delightful entertainment...
From 6:30 to 1:30 we kept the lounge open to all those who wanted to come and have a play with the products, meet our team and have an area to relax in away from the main stage. We also had our lovely photographer Paula to take snaps against our Illamasqua backdrop - we are in the process of uploading all of these to the Illamasqua Alter Ego Gallery so check back later in the week!
It was so much fun meeting people who were expressing themselves through their clothes, hair and of course make-up with the sole purpose of looking unique and, more importantly, like themselves. It's difficult to quantify how much the fashion magazines and the "What not to wear" generation of mainstream media channels influence us on our personal styles and the Bizarre Ball provides a platform with which to self express and be around others who have similar attitudes.
Here are some of my favourite looks of the night...