Latest blog posts by ModelsWebTV Fashion Week Australia SS 14/5 is Live on Models WebTV #MBFWA<p>The full collection of runway shows from the<a href=""> Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia</a> Spring/Summer 2014/2015 collections can be viewed <a href="/c/mercedes-benz-fashion-week-australia-runway-collection-shows-201">here</a>. Most of Australia's top designers descended upon Sydney to present this season's looks. Our favorites have been added below including <a href="">Betty Tran</a>, <a href="">Aurellio Costarella</a>, and <a href="">Karla Spetic</a>.<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="260985" data-galleryid="1028" /><a href="/movie/the-jayson-brunsdon-mercedes-benz-fashion-week-australia-spring-summer-201415-runway-show-mbfwa/42363">JAYSON BRUNSDON</a></p> <p>We invite you to enjoy and interact with this fashion content from Australia and the other cities we showcase, all presented by&nbsp;<a href="">IMG Fashion</a>&nbsp;and the main sponsor Mercedes-Benz. If you are a fashion fan please remember to BUZZ this content and embed the videos within your blogs for the added WOW factor to share further through within your community.&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="260989" data-galleryid="1028" /><a href="/movie/the-strateas-carlucci-mercedes-benz-fashion-week-australia-spring-summer-201415-runway-show-mbfwa/42105">STRATEAS. CARLUCCI</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="260992" data-galleryid="1028" /><a href="/movie/the-betty-tran-mercedes-benz-fashion-week-australia-spring-summer-201415-runway-show-mbfwa/42366">BETTY TRAN</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="260998" data-galleryid="1028" /><a href="/movie/the-aurelio-costarella-mercedes-benz-fashion-week-australia-spring-summer-201415-runway-show-mbfwa/42067">AURELIO COSTARELLA</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="261032" data-galleryid="1028" /><a href="/movie/the-cameo-mercedes-benz-fashion-week-australia-spring-summer-201415-runway-show-mbfwa/42087">CAMEO</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="261039" data-galleryid="1028" /><a href="/movie/the-haryono-setiadi-mercedes-benz-fashion-week-australia-spring-summer-201415-runway-show-mbfwa/42111">HARYONO SETIADI</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="261046" data-galleryid="1028" /><a href="">KARLA SPETIC</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="261057" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><a href="/movie/the-desert-designs-mercedes-benz-fashion-week-australia-spring-summer-201415-runway-show-mbfwa/42074">DESERT DESIGNS</a></p> 04 2014 14:36:49 +0000FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER MAZEN ABUSROUR EDITORIAL FOR VOGUE INDIA - UP, UP & AWAY <p>It is always exciting for us at <a>Models WebTV</a> to share the work of fashion photographer <a href="">Mazen Abusrour</a>&nbsp;in particular this&nbsp;latest editorial that he shot for the <a href="">Vogue India April 2014</a> edition which can be <a href="">purchased here</a>. As you can see below the images are simply stunning. The brilliant colors, a Mazen trademark in his photography work, is in full effect for this story.</p> <p>Mazen is based out of the United Arab Emirates, where there is no shortage of sunshine or stunning locations to inspire his work, which is published in the top fashion publications around the world. We're hoping he can make it to New York City this spring/summer to stop by for an espresso and possibly inspire a city styled editorial. What do you think Mazen?!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="254970" data-galleryid="1028" /><a href="">VOGUE INDIA&nbsp;</a></p> <ul> <li>Photographer: <a href="">Mazen Abusrour</a></li> <li>Hair: <a href="">Kristen Klontz </a>&nbsp;</li> <li>Makeup: <a href="">Nickol Walkemeyer</a></li> <li>Model: Sarah Pauley&nbsp;</li> <li>Photo Asst: Fiel Concoles</li> <li>Production: Carrie Ryan - Divya Magwani</li> <li>Prod Asst: Rujuta Vaidya&nbsp;</li> <li>Asst Stylist: Sorrelle Anthony - Priya Kochhar</li> <li>Balloon Adventures Emirates LLC</li> <li>Location: <a href="">Kempinski Hotels - Residences Palm Jumeirah</a>&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="254932" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="">VOGUE INDIA&nbsp;</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="254933" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="">VOGUE INDIA&nbsp;</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="254934" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="">VOGUE INDIA&nbsp;</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="254935" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="">VOGUE INDIA&nbsp;</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="254936" data-galleryid="1028" /><a href="">VOGUE INDIA&nbsp;</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="254938" data-galleryid="1028" /><a href="">VOGUE INDIA&nbsp;</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="254940" data-galleryid="1028" /><a href="">VOGUE INDIA&nbsp;</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="254941" data-galleryid="1028" /><a href="">VOGUE INDIA&nbsp;</a></p> 04 2014 14:23:06 +0000Rui Faria Captures Cover Story for Harrod's Magazine April 2014 ~ Beauty Photography<p>Our friend, photographer Rui Faria of <a href="">AREIA LONDON</a>, will have his work showcased on the cover of the upcoming April 2014 issue of <a href="">Harrod's Magazine</a> which you can download through the <a href="">Apple App Store HERE</a>, and enjoy in the images below.</p> <p>The story is titled, &nbsp;<em>LADY MARMALADE - Orange is the new red: a happy hue that's hot for summer and puts an instant smile on your face,&nbsp;</em>with story written by Ian Masters.</p> <p>The full credits for the shoot are as follows:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Hair - <a href="">Ernesto Montenovo</a> @ <a href="">Phamous Artists</a> (W/ <a href="">Bumble and Bumble</a>)&nbsp;</li> <li>Makeup - <a href="">Linda Ohrstrom</a> @ <a href="">Linkdetails</a></li> <li>Models - Gabriella @ <a href="">Models1</a> ~ <a href="">Ana Neborac @ Established Models</a></li> <li>Asst. Beauty Editor - <a href="">Rebecca Baio</a></li> <li>Photo Asst - Lynsie Roberts ~ Jean Phillippe Woodland</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="246675" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="">HARROD'S MAGAZINE APRIL 2014&nbsp;</a></h5> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="246673" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="">HARROD'S MAGAZINE APRIL 2014&nbsp;</a></h5> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="246679" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="">HARROD'S MAGAZINE APRIL 2014&nbsp;</a></h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="246680" data-galleryid="1028" /><a href="">HARROD'S MAGAZINE APRIL 2014&nbsp;</a></h5> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="246686" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="">HARROD'S MAGAZINE APRIL 2014&nbsp;</a></h5> <p>&nbsp;</p> 03 2014 11:15:27 +0000WORLD MASTERCARD FASHION WEEK FALL 2014 RUNWAY COLLECTION LIVE <p>The Fall 2014 <a href="">World Mastercard Fashion Week</a> runway collections held in Toronto, Canada from March 17 - 21 2014 have come and gone. BUT if you missed any of the designers, no worries, <a href="c/the-world-mastercard-fashion-week-collections-toronto-canada-wmc">Models WebTV</a> will showcase every show in the <a href="c/the-world-mastercard-fashion-week-collections-toronto-canada-wmc">WMCFW channel </a>for you to view at your leisure.&nbsp;</p> <p>Below we include links to shows including Stephen Caras, Triarchy, Farley Chatto and many more of Canada's top designers who were warmly welcomed after such a cold winter!&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="">STEPHAN CARAS&nbsp;</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="242322" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><em>As the nation&rsquo;s leading fashion event,&nbsp;<a href="">WORLD MASTERCARD FASHION WEEK</a>&nbsp;focuses on propelling Canadian designers to the forefront of the global fashion arena. Established and emerging designers take the stage in front of an audience made up of international media and industry professionals to debut their newest collections. Serving as an anchor, this twice annual event provides a physical platform to a year-round road map. Beyond the shows, World MasterCard Fashion Week is the nexus of style, culture, entertainment and beyond in Toronto. Capturing the international sensibility of the city (and its residents) as well as curating a calendar of social activities where runway meets retail and influencers can celebrate the diversity of this happening metropolis.</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="movie/the-brit-wacher-world-mastercard-fashion-week-fall-2014-runway-collection-wmcfw-toronto/41719">BRIT WACHER&nbsp;</a></p> <p><a href="movie/the-brit-wacher-world-mastercard-fashion-week-fall-2014-runway-collection-wmcfw-toronto/41719"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="242324" data-galleryid="1028" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="movie/the-matthew-gallagher-world-mastercard-fashion-week-fall-2014-runway-collection-wmcfw-toronto/41718">MATTHEW GALLAGHER&nbsp;</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="242325" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="movie/the-madame-moje-world-mastercard-fashion-week-fall-2014-runway-collection-wmcfw-toronto/41716">MADAME MOJE&nbsp;</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="242326" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="movie/the-anu-raina-world-mastercard-fashion-week-fall-2014-runway-collection-wmcfw-toronto/41713">ANU RAINA&nbsp;</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="242328" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="movie/the-rudsak-world-mastercard-fashion-week-fall-2014-runway-collection-wmcfw-toronto/41642">RUDSAK</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="242329" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="movie/the-hilary-macmillan-world-mastercard-fashion-week-fall-2014-runway-collection-wmcfw-toronto/41714">HILARY MACMILLAN</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="242330" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="movie/the-bustle-world-mastercard-fashion-week-fall-2014-runway-collection-wmcfw-toronto/41640">BUSTLE&nbsp;</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="242331" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="movie/the-soia-kyo-world-mastercard-fashion-week-fall-2014-runway-collection-wmcfw-toronto/41639">SOIA &amp; KYO</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="242332" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="movie/the-farley-chatto-world-mastercard-fashion-week-fall-2014-runway-collection-wmcfw-toronto/41638">FARLEY CHATTO</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="242333" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="movie/the-triarchy-world-mastercard-fashion-week-fall-2014-runway-collection-wmcfw-toronto/41632">TRIARCHY&nbsp;</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="242334" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><em><strong><span class="grayFont">ABOUT&nbsp;<a href="">IMG FASHION</a><br /></span></strong></em></p> <p><em><strong><span class="grayFont">The global mission of&nbsp;<a href="">IMG Fashion</a>&nbsp;is to provide designers an ever evolving platform to seamlessly connect with buyers, press and consumers. Working hand in hand, we seek to extend the momentum created on the runway beyond the day of the show and build a year-round program to promote designers and brands to appropriately support their business objectives.</span></strong></em></p> <p><em><strong>IMG Fashion is a global community of leading initiatives, including fashion&rsquo;s most impactful events, emerging designer programs and digital campaigns.</strong></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 03 2014 16:19:39 +0000PHOTOGRAPHS by BRUCE DAVIDSON ~ Thoughts on my New Purchase from Strand Books New York City <p>This past weekend I was scouring the <a href="">Strand Book Store's Rare Book Room</a>&nbsp;with zero intention on pulling out my credit card for any new books. It was a simple recon mission to see what's brewing on the shelves of my favorite shop in NYC. Of course, the Strand crew are very good at promoting the best and brightest in their collection. 1st Edition, signed Hemingway's or Fitzgerald's are locked up due to their $1000 + price tags, and really not the objective, but are fun pieces of history to behold. My eye is on the rare photo books which are a passion of mine to collect and Strand has some great ones in a constantly changing stock.</p> <h5><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="238169" data-galleryid="1028" />BRUCE DAVIDSON PHOTOGRAPHS East 100th St. circa 1968</h5> <p>This time they hooked me with an inscribed 1st edition "Bruce Davidson - Photographs" which was perfectly displayed for me to focus on the second I got off the elevator. Flipping through the book, I knew immediately this would be a great addition to my collection, and will certainly hold it's value in the years ahead. As Henry Geldzahler writes in the forward, "Without preconceptions, or a carefully constructed world-view Bruce Davidson recognizes authenticity. He is no moralist; he does not consciously judge. He penetrates the situations to which he is drawn, and in doing so, is compassionate."<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="238174" data-galleryid="1028" /><span style="color: #a387bb;">BROOKLYN GANG 1959</span></p> <p>The coolest part of this purchase besides the ability to get very acquainted with the incredible work that Bruce Davidson represents on his journeys around the world, especially in New York City was who this particular book was inscribed to in 1990, Harvey Zucker.&nbsp;</p> <h5><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="238176" data-galleryid="1028" />Inscription to Harvey Zucker</h5> <p>Harvey, I learned was a legend in the New York book scene. He was the owner of A Photographer's Place on Mercer Street just north of SOHO. Barry Tanenbaum sheds fantastic light on this man in his <a href="">article for Shutterbug in 1999</a>. When I read it I realized that way back when I stopped in this place across from NYU's gym. It was a fantastic little shop that carried many great titles, focused on everything photography.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="238178" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>Simply owning a signed copy of "Photographs by Bruce Davidson" would have made my day for the beautiful work he captured. The added bonus that this was a signed copy from a legend in photography to a legend in the very unfortunately dying world of niche book store owner makes me feel I've taken hold of a very cool piece of New York City history!</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="238181" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 03 2014 14:43:38 +0000JeYxE1HCNvNl9Em7Xs2z<p>JeYxE1HCNvNl9Em7Xs2z</p> <p>JeYxE1HCNvNl9Em7Xs2z</p> <p>JeYxE1HCNvNl9Em7Xs2z</p> <p>JeYxE1HCNvNl9Em7Xs2z</p> <p>JeYxE1HCNvNl9Em7Xs2z</p> <p>JeYxE1HCNvNl9Em7Xs2z</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 03 2014 12:41:12 +0000Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NYC Autumn Winter 2014 Image and Video Resource <p style="text-align: left;">We've included below a selection of images and the corresponding video links for many of the <a href="">2014 Autumn/Winter Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week</a> runway shows that just took place at the newly revamped and exclusive Lincoln Center venue. The stills represent 18 looks from each show so you can get a great idea of what may be hitting the streets next fall, which we certainly will not rush to after the cold winter we're experiencing now. </p> <p style="text-align: left;">Every video from this season's shows and further images can be seen at this <a href="">WebTV</a>. We invite you to view this and past season's video footage uploaded for your enjoyment.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="">ZANG TOI</a></strong></span></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221524" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="">ANNA SUI</a></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221525" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>BETSEY JOHNSON</strong></span></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221526" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>MICHAEL KORS</strong></span></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221527" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>NANETTE LEPORE</strong></span></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221528" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>CONCEPT KOREA</strong></span></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221529" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>TOMMY HILFIGER</strong></span></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221530" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>TORY BURCH</strong></span></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221531" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>BADGLEY MISCHKA</strong></span></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221532" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>DENNIS BASSO</strong></span></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221533" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">CAROLINA HERRERA</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221534" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="">MESKITA</a></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221535" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>LELA ROSE</strong></span></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221536" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>VENEXIANA</strong></span></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221537" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="">MARA HOFFMAN</a></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221538" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>HERVÉ LÉGER BY MAX AZRIA</strong></span></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="É_LÉGER_BY_MAX_AZRIA.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="221539" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>DAVID TLALE</strong></span></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221540" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>BIBHU</strong></span></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221541" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>LIE SANG BON</strong> </span></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221542" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="">KaufmanFranco</a></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221543" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="">NAEEM KHAN</a></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221544" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="">CONCEPT KOREA</a></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221545" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="">LIBERTINE</a></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221546" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="">&nbsp;MILLY BY MICHELLE SMITH</a></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="221547" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <h2><a href="">View All Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Movies</a></h2> <p><img src="" alt="" data-videoid="M34176" data-videosource="fa" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> 02 2014 13:57:30 +0000Mercedes Benz Fashion Week NYC A/W 2014 Collections - Who Did We Like Most?<p><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;">By: Ksenniya Gris&eacute;</span></a></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The <a href="">New York fashion week</a> has come to an official end. Industry gurus have already headed to London, leaving New York streets a little more boring in terms of color and style. The weather in the Big Apple decided to say &ldquo;buy&rdquo; to the fashion week in its usual snowy way. No more fashion obsession, no more photographers on the streets. Back to reality. No, back to work! We need to digest everything that we&rsquo;ve seen on the New York runways and then present it to the customers and readers in our stores and magazine editorials. Endless process&hellip;&nbsp;</span><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="216775" data-galleryid="1028" /><span class="s1">It was indeed a great week! This season we were lucky to watch so many amazing collections. The most notable features of the New York runways were the abundance of textures, gorgeous palette of different pastel and neutral shades, various minimalistic silhouettes and asymmetries.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Who did we like the most? Hard to say. All of the fashion insiders have their own preferences depending on their personal style and the style of the company they work for (which most of the times are the correlated concepts and bad for them, if not).&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">I personally enjoyed the perfect color palette of the finest wool and cashmere from The Row, the crazy game of prints and volumes at <a href="">Proenza Schouler</a>, and, being a girl who wants to be a princess, I fell in love with the </span><span class="s2">Scottish motifs in the collection of </span><a href=""><span class="s3">Marchesa</span></a><span class="s2"> &lsquo;s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">I would also mention charming sunny collection of 3.1 Phillip Lim, anniversary collection of<a href=""> BCBG Max Azria</a> and always-elegant Victoria by <a href="">Victoria Beckham</a>, my long time favorite.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p2"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="216780" data-galleryid="1028" /><span class="s1">Who else&hellip; The debut collection of <a href="">Jason Wu for Hugo Boss</a> proved that the designer was more than the right choice for the classical German brand as Wu was able to keep its tailored menswear spirit and smartly apply it to the women&rsquo;s line. I didn&rsquo;t see a lot of Jason Wu in the collection, but I felt a lot of Hugo Boss in it, and this is amazing for the first collection.</span><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="216774" data-galleryid="1028" /><span class="s1"><a href="">Alexander Wang</a> was just something beyond reality. The strategy that the designer had this season can be described as &ldquo;be different, think outside of the box, break the boundaries&hellip;&rdquo; The show and the collection itself widened the gigantic creativity of Alexander Wang (my colleagues from Russia even called me to ask if models were actually girls or boys&hellip;) Remarkable collection; it was definitely worth leaving the island. In fact, we sometimes forget how amazing it is to watch the beauty of Manhattan from across the river. We should thank Alexander Wang for reminding us.&nbsp;</span><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="216773" data-galleryid="1028" /><span class="s1">And what could have been a better final accord than the Marc Jacobs show? Only the Marc Jacobs show under the cloudy sky. Chick, light and transparent collection was just like the clouds above us. Simply, the best possible closing ceremony. Can't wait to use these pieces in our photo shoots. I guess the magazines war for them will be tough.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="216770" data-galleryid="1028" /><span class="s1"><span class="s1">After everything that happened in New York, it will be not easy for London to surprise the public. Lets wait what the British capital has to offer. <a href="">-KG</a></span></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><span class="s1">-</span></span></p> <p class="p1"><a href="">CLICK TO WATCH THE MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK A/W14 WEB TV&nbsp;</a></p> 02 2014 12:02:22 +0000Outside the Runway. The growing trend of cultural, ethical, and environmental responsibility among fashion brands.<p class="p1"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href=""><span class="s1">By: Ksenniya Gris&eacute;</span></a></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Realizing its influence and power, fashion industry takes a great part in supporting and developing the world around us. Art, music, and architecture, as being the closest relatives of fashion have probably received more attention than any other industries. &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Recently in the news there have been several interesting reports of how fashion brands spread their creativity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s2">Italian fashion giant <a href="">Prada</a>, which is widely known for active support of art, has recently announced its project of financing the restoration of famous </span><span class="s1">Renaissance &ldquo;The Last Supper&rdquo; by Giorgio Vasari, which has been under restoration for more than 4 years now, since it was damaged during the Florentine flood of 1966.&nbsp;</span><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="215371" data-galleryid="1028" /><span class="s1">Restoration works have been curated by the <a href="">National Trust of Italy</a>, a non-profit organization that protects and preserves cultural and historical heritage of the country and which is also a long partner of Milanese fashion house. Together they have been restoring and refurbishing pieces of art all around the country &ndash; from Bologna to Bari.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">But attention of many fashion brands goes far beyond art and culture. For example, creative directors of <a href="">Kenzo </a></span><span class="s3">Humberto Leon and Carol Lim</span><span class="s1"> have drawn attention of the public to the sea problems in their Conscious Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Designers have placed strong statements such as &ldquo;No Fish, No Nothing&rdquo; on their runway pieces, used a lot of marine colors and prints with different kinds of fish. &nbsp;</span><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="215366" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Now, by joining forces with </span><span class="s3">the </span><span class="s4">marine conservation charity</span><span class="s1"><a href=""> Blue Marine Foundation</a>, <a href="">Kenzo is raising the awareness</a> about the problems of the sea world among the fashion lovers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p2"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="215365" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s5">&ldquo;</span><span class="s1">The protection of marine life is essential for the development of all life. To financially assist the foundation in its efforts to alleviate the pressure on the world's oceans due to overfishing and pollution, Kenzo has designed a line of men's and women's sweatshirts and tee-shirts&rdquo; says the official web site.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="215375" data-galleryid="1028" /></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">This is what I call &ldquo;smart fashion&rdquo;. These are great examples of how fashion steps down the runways and becomes truly social. If you are influential and powerful your voice is very likely to be heard. Let&rsquo;s hope that the global trend of cultural, ethical and environmental fashion responsibility will continue to grow and will lead to even more positive changes in future.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="215374" data-galleryid="1028" /></span></p> <p class="p3"><a href=""><span class="s1">WATCH&nbsp;</span>PARIS FASHION WEEK KENZO SPRING SUMMER 2014 FASHION SHOW #PFW</a><img src="" alt="" data-videoid="M38500" data-videosource="fa" /></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></p> 02 2014 12:18:24 +0000Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week - The Unique Season in a Unique City <p class="p1"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span class="s1"><a href="">BY: Ksenniya Gris&eacute;</a></span></strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It seems that the weather God does not like fashion. Or he just decided to make snow a tradition for the <a href="">Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week</a>.&nbsp; One way or another, this fashion season is traditionally covered with snow.</span></p> <p class="p1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="212278" data-galleryid="1028" /><span class="s1">Since 9 A.M. we are jumping over the icy muds of the Lincoln Center sidewalks in order to get to the show safe and sound. The long way to the front door is as usual full of photographers and bloggers who try to stop you. Some fashion victims are posing in front of the cameras, some pay no attention and confidently move though. Many ladies have decided to conquer the severe New York winter by wearing sandals and summer dresses. Not sure if this even looks logical (winter and summer fashion are two different things, no?)</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><span class="s1">All in all, everything looks like the usual scenario of the February fashion week in the Big Apple. But there are so many things that make it so special.</span></span><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="212280" data-galleryid="1028" /><span class="s1">This season is very remarkable in many ways. The new approach to the organization of the fashion week by <a href="blogs/img-announces-exciting-changes-for-the-mercedes-benz-fashion-week-february-2014-fashion-shows/82234">IMG Fashion</a> indeed makes this event more private and closed. Despite the crowd in front of the Lincoln Center and all other locations, inside of the venues you feel professionalism and concentration. You really have this feeling &ldquo;we are here because we work in the fashion industry and we came here for business&rdquo;, which is amazing. Yes, we all cannot live without our iPhones during the shows, but this is the reality of the modern era, this is how we now do our job &ndash; social media dictates the rules.&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="212318" data-galleryid="1028" /><span class="s1">Scheduling was tough and many of us couldn't visit all the shows that were planned for one day, but we all must admit that a lot of efforts were put in making it well structured.</span></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="212284" data-galleryid="1028" /><span class="s1"><span class="s1">But putting the organizational moments aside, this winter is still very special. We have been lucky to watch two anniversary shows &ndash; <a href="">Donna Karan</a> and BCBG. With Donna Karan we were celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the New York woman, chick and elegant. All the looks as well as the whole space of the Wall Street venue reflected the spirit of the brand. There was nothing groundbreaking in the collection. But this is what we love Donna Karan for &ndash; for being true to herself and to her New York woman.&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><a href="">Max and Lubov Azria</a> reinvented many of their iconic techniques for </span><a href=""><span class="s2">BCBG&rsquo;s </span></a><span class="s1">twenty-fifth anniversary collection. As with Donna Karan, here we saw what we were expecting to see &ndash; layers, color blocking, asymmetry. Very smooth and eye catching collection &ndash; exactly how it needed to be.&nbsp;</span></p> <h5 class="p2"><img style="line-height: 22px; color: #8a8a8a; font-size: 16px; max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; float: right;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="212289" data-galleryid="1028" /></h5> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">This season already brought us a lot of amazing collections and many great performances. We will definitely discuss all of them as soon as the fashion week comes to an end. So far, sometimes I thought that the organization of one particular show was better than the collection itself, sometimes vice versa &ndash; collection would have looked a lot better with a different ambiance. But we can judge and compare and this is what makes fashion week so great.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">There are two more days to come. So lets wait until we can officially summarize the Autumn/Winter 2014 pret-a-porter season in New York. <a href=""><strong>-KG</strong></a></span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><a href="">-The Mercedes-Benz Autumn Winter 2014 Fashion Channel</a><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="212300" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> 02 2014 10:30:15 +0000Where Most Singaporeans Choose to do Their Shopping: The “Blogshop” Phenomena<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="">By Nicole Tan</a></span></p> <p>In my previous blog post, (<a href="blogs/the-fashion-tiers-where-would-you-like-to-play-in-singapore/88418">The Fashion Tiers: Where Would You Like To Play in Singapore</a>) I had spoken about Singapore&rsquo;s fashion industry as an observer from a trade perspective. This time, I&rsquo;d like to focus on the consumer and the different target markets that exists here&mdash;all from personal observation&mdash;from having been based back in Singapore for a year.</p> <p><br /><strong>The Customers- Expats and Locals</strong><br />Known to be a city state with 30% of foreigners who live here, Singapore, like any other city, is quite cosmopolitan. As the saying goes, albeit untrue, is that there are &ldquo;no poor people in Singapore.&rdquo; Walking down the streets, you might think this is true. You will hardly see a beggar on the streets here, particularly in the Central Business District or main shopping areas.</p> <p>Through personal observation, the smaller businesses in the fashion industry who act as distributors or retailers to this market tend to segment the market between expatriates and locals. From different retailers such as <a href="">Inverted Edge</a>, which carries over 50 brands from the APAC region to Australian fashion retailer, <a href="">WyldShop</a>, a large proportion of our customers are expatriates or Singaporeans who have lived overseas before. This might be due to the expats having more eclectic tastes and also being less price oriented. Of course, exceptions do exist and I am speaking in general terms. <br />So where do the locals shop?<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="211151" data-galleryid="1028" />Well, in terms of online businesses, the &ldquo;blogshop&rdquo; phenomena, a term used by the locals here, is where most Singaporeans choose to do their shopping. So much so that some of these shops have opened retail spaces.<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="211143" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>One such popular blogstore, which I recall existed as a livejournal site, taking orders via comments is <a href="">Tracyeinny</a>. Today, the store has 4 retail locations and has also been awarded the Successful Entrepreneur - Gold Category, by GRC Press Holdings, even buying bus ads as part of their media campaign.</p> <p>With price points that average between $28 for a dress to &lsquo;lifestyle&rsquo; items such as a phone case (wildly popular in Asia) for $6, Tracyeinny&rsquo;s attractive price points have lured in the local Singaporean market. Often, these items are sourced from Taiwan, Korea, Thailand and/or China. Great for those with an average or petite body, the downside of these shops is the lack of sizing for bigger bodies and the quality that comes with the price. Fortunately, this is not an issue for the local population. Other similar blogshops can be found online, and offline as well in heartland malls (local neighborhoods catered to the community settled in that area) and Fareast Plaza, a mall at Orchard Road.</p> <p>Nonetheless, the idea of fast fashion is one that the Asian mass market is obsessed with, and does not seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon.<br />What does this mean?</p> <p>Consumers currently pay attention to the accessories in a luxury business- from small leather goods, handbags, watches and shoes. This can be seen with many popular luxury re-sellers or discounted sites, such as <a href="">Reebonz </a>and&nbsp;<a href="">Kepris</a> to name a few.&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="211144" data-galleryid="1028" /><br />I would hope that as the fashion market in Singapore matures, more will take towards supporting emerging and most importantly, local designers from their country and region. Today though, in the mass market, apparel is still not seen as an &lsquo;investment&rsquo; piece to be bought from a luxury store or even within the contemporary market to the average consumer.</p> 02 2014 16:14:00 +0000Sport and Fashion. Story of a Big Love Affair.<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">BY: Ksenniya Grise</span></p> <p>The luxury and sport industries have been in a love affair for many years. Close, almost intimate relationships help them to extend their influence, reach out to new audiences and share ideas and innovations in terms of production and design. More than that, their love helped us to stop sacrificing style for comfort.<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="209175" data-galleryid="1028" />If we think back 10-15 years, sport and fashion were not such lovers. Sportswear was boring and attracted mostly people in need for comfortable (read: not beautiful) clothes for their gym sessions. <br />Now times have changed. Sportswear has turned to be a fashion trend. I am wearing sneakers with my favorite <a href="">Celine</a> bag and my boyfriend wears his sneakers paired with a tailored suit and we both feel great. <img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="209183" data-galleryid="1028" /><br />The same thing happened inside the gyms. Now, looking at all these amazing sport collections you simply cannot look bad during your yoga or dance classes.<br />Fashion has brought aesthetics to the sportswear industry; sport has broadened fashion&rsquo;s profile. It is a win-win situation. Now we cannot think of fashion without thinking of sport. Almost every second picture of the street style stars is a sportswear inspired look.&nbsp;New Balance is now a must-have the same way as a classic <a href="">Chanel 2.55</a>.<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="209187" data-galleryid="1028" />There are many examples of how high profile fashion designers express their love to sportswear giants. We all remember unions of <a href="">Stella McCartney</a> or <a href="">Yohji Yamamoto&rsquo;s Y-3 </a>and&nbsp;Adidas, which are now considered one of the most commercially successful collaborations between fashion and sportswear brands. More than that, almost a lifetime partnership of Stella McCartney and Adidas is shown every season at the <a href="">London Fashion Week</a>, which once again proves the worldwide obsession over the stylish sportswear.<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="209185" data-galleryid="1028" /><br />Among other famous partnerships are <a href="">Alexander McQueen</a> and Puma,&nbsp;<a href="">Rei Kawakubo</a> and Speedo, <a href="">Junya Watanabe</a>, Kawakubo's prot&eacute;g&eacute;, and <a href="">Fred Perry,</a>&nbsp;<a href="">Marc Jacobs</a> and Vans, <a href="">John Varvatos</a> and Converse. All of them turned out to be quite successful. </p> <p>Now, as designers realize that sportswear has a greater global impact than luxury fashion, more and more of them show their interest in sportswear brands. Think of the recent <a href="">Raf Simons</a> and&nbsp;<a href="">Rick Owens</a> projects for Adidas or the collection of <a href="">Riccardo Tisci </a>for Nike, which is already launched and will soon be available in Nike stores.</p> <p><a href="">FASHION WEEK RICK OWENS SPRING SUMMER 2014 FASHION SHOW #PFW</a><img src="" alt="" data-videoid="M38480" data-videosource="fa" />As time goes by and our life and therefore our everyday style becomes less and less formal, sportswear in many its variations occupies a big space in our closets. How great it is to be stylish and feel comfortable at the same time.&nbsp; </p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="209189" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> 02 2014 15:47:20 +0000Haute Couture ⎮ When Fashion Stops Being a Tough Business and Becomes a True Art <p class="p1"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">BY: Ksenniya Gris&eacute;</span></strong></p> <p class="p1">Major fashion cities have long been fighting for the status of the world&rsquo;s fashion capital, but there has always been and always will be only one, whose history and heritage made it the proud owner of the desired title. Paris.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Since the days of Versailles and Marie Antoinette, French capital has been the place where fashion was born and spread across the world.&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="204002" data-galleryid="1028" /><a href="">CHANEL HAUTE COUTURE</a></p> <p class="p1">In the beginning of the 18<sup>th</sup> century women from all over Europe came to Paris in search for a perfect dress, and the city, with its greatest and the most famous tailors and the finest quality fabrics and accessories, had a lot to offer. But for the wealthiest ones that was not enough. These women wanted to be special and have something that no one else had. Feeling the need for a more personal approach, <a href=",b">Charles Frederick Worth</a> opened up a fashion atelier, which became the first haute couture house. Now after several fittings ladies became owners of a true work of art &ndash; a very special, made-to-measure, one of a kind dress made out of the best possible materials. This is how the era of haute couture began. Soon there were more than hundred ateliers across Paris that specialized in custom-made orders.&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="204032" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <h6 class="p1"><span style="color: #a387bb;">Evening</span><strong style="color: #a387bb;"> dress</strong><span style="color: #a387bb;">, ca. 1887&nbsp;Charles Frederick Worth (French, born England, 1825&ndash;1895)&nbsp; Silk, glass, metallic thread</span></h6> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Many years have passed. And though the concept of haute couture remained the same, the market has changed dramatically.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Realizing the power of haute couture, many brands around the globe started to </span>overuse and exhaust the term by applying it to everything from perfume to accessories. Eventually its meaning and high status has depreciated.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">In order to stop the worldwide couture epidemic, Paris government found the solution in establishing a special association that would oversee the entire industry in the country, </span><span class="s3"><a href="">The Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture</a>. Haute Couture became</span> a &ldquo;<em>legally protected and controlled label that can only be used by those fashion houses, which have been granted the designation by the <a href="">French Ministry of Industry</a></em>&rdquo;. The list of the proud owners of the title is reviewed annually.</p> <p class="p4">By 2014 the number of official couture houses has dropped to less than twenty and the women&rsquo;s clientele also significantly decreased and changed. They say now there are less than 2,000 customers worldwide. And these women are mostly from the rich Eastern countries &ndash; Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="204042" data-galleryid="1028" /><span class="s4">But sixteen greatest haute couture houses spending </span>thousands of hours and hundreds of meters of the finest fabric on one haute couture collection to have a possibility to sell it to 2,000 women, does that sound paradoxical?</p> <p class="p7">In fact, not at all. When we talk about haute couture we are not talking about financial profit, we are talking about craftsmanship, exclusivity and creation of something truly unique and special, something that would last forever and have a mark in the history of fashion.</p> <p class="p7">Putting so many efforts into one couture collection leads to much greater results, to something that is above all the money on Earth &ndash; to recognition, prestige and respect. This is a long-term investment, and the profit comes after as the success of the brand&rsquo;s haute couture show will eventually lead to financial profit of selling its ready-to-wear collection.&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="204045" data-galleryid="1028" /><a href="">Ulyana Sergeenko</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>The haute couture fashion week this year <span class="s5">continues to uphold and proclaim Paris as the worlds fashion capital</span>. I am very proud to see Russian name in the list. <a href="">Ulyana Sergeenko</a> did an amazing job, their Oriental Express collection has the Russian spirit just how we, Russians, love it.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"><span class="s6">And even though models at this season&rsquo;s <a href="">Chanel</a> show were wearing sneakers, I still consider haute couture a very royal form of fashion</span>, and amazingly beautiful dresses &ndash; its prerogative. Thanks God there are <a href="">Elie Saab</a> and <a href="">Valentino</a>, who share my views. Their fairytale-like dresses turned this event into fashion heaven, exactly what haute couture is supposed to be.<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="203996" data-galleryid="1028" />Photo:&nbsp;<a href="">Valentino</a></p> <p class="p3">--</p> <p class="p3"><a href="">More Paris Fashion&nbsp;</a><img src="" alt="" data-videoid="M38508" data-videosource="fa" /></p> 01 2014 10:35:19 +0000Fashion Photography Dubai - Mazen Aburour Shoots DOUBLE IMPACT for HAYA Magazine<p>We're excited to share Dubai based fashion photographer <a href="">Mazen Abusrour's</a> latest editorial that he shot for HAYA Magazine titled DOUBLE IMPACT.</p> <p>As told to me by Jonathan Morgan, Mazens right hand man and star fashion model:<br /><em>"These amazing images are the collaboration of Mazen's vision of vanity and Mo Al Falasi's styling ideas.&nbsp; Mo approached Mazen with the idea of shooting clothes with metallic accents, which Mazen found intriguing.&nbsp; Always on the lookout for new locations, Mazen heard about a new beauty parlor where many wealthy women were going for treatments.&nbsp; This immediately got Mazen thinking about vanity, and people's never-ending quest for beauty.</em><br /><br /><em>Stylist Mo Al Falasi was lucky enough to secure the location for the shoot, and as soon as the last customers were out the door, the team moved in and started setting up.&nbsp; Shooting one model is one thing, but make-up and styling on two models in the confines of the beauty salon meant the shoot went late into the night.&nbsp; The team pushed through and 8 hours later the shoot wrapped.&nbsp; Customer returned to the salon the next day, completely unaware that a high-fashion editorial shoot had taken place just hours before."</em></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="202836" data-galleryid="1028" />The end of this month is quite exciting for Mazen as he will be off to shoot an editorial for a BIG publication somewhere on this planet :) that we'll share with you once the green light is given. Good luck Mazen, we knew 2014 would be a breakout year for you and your already wildly successful career!<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="202837" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>CREDITS</em></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>DOUBLE IMPACT</em></span> for <a href="">HAYA Magazine</a><br />Photographer: <a href="">Mazen Abusrour</a><br />Styist: <a href="">Mo Al Falasi</a><br />Stylist Asst: Sorelle Anthony<br />Hair: <a href="">Kirsten Klontz</a><br />Make up: <a href="">Nickol Walkemeyer</a><br />Models: Albe &amp; Jenny @ <a href="">Bareface Dubai</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="202838" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="202839" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="202840" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="202841" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="202842" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="202843" data-galleryid="1028" /><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="202844" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> 01 2014 08:34:18 +0000Vogue China - The Story of How the Fashion Bible Conquered the Celestial Empire.<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">By: Ksenniya Grise</span></p> <p>Over the last decade China has turned to be the World&rsquo;s Capital, one of the most economically attractive countries, where all the global financial community has rushed to in search for new business opportunities and profitable investments.&nbsp;</p> <p>The fashion industry was no exception. Luxury brands and media giants all wanted to conquer China and were struggling for the attention of 1.3 billion, yet unsophisticated, consumers and readers. But when entering such unusual market as China, one should be very careful in choosing the right strategy and method of communication. </p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="201857" data-galleryid="1028" />Chinese luxury market is as unique as the country itself. With its great history and heritage, with its enormous pace of development and specific taste, China doesn&rsquo;t look like any other county in the world. Chinese market is growing according to its own scenario, surprising and astonishing fashion gurus from the established markets of Europe and the U.S. What works in the West is not likely to work in the East. That said, some brands became extremely successful and grew their capital up to two-three times, others failed with no second chance.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="201881" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><a href="">Vogue China</a> belongs to the group of the lucky ones. But success of Vogue in the Celestial Empire is not the matter of luck &ndash; it is the result of huge work.&nbsp;</p> <p>Before publishing its first issue back in 2005, Vogue&rsquo;s team spent three years researching the market and its target audience &ndash; Chinese woman of the new era, inexperienced, fashion-hungry, willing to learn and experiment.&nbsp; <img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="201873" data-galleryid="1028" />As a result the first two issues were &ldquo;swept off&rdquo; from the newsstands after three days of sales. And though the magazine now stay at the kiosks for more than that, Vogue China, which became the sixteenth edition of internationally published Vogue versions, is still the most commercially successful. So successful, that it is published 16 times a year in order to accommodate all its advertisers and 1,2 million readers.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="201876" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>But enough numbers, they are only the representation of the success. What is the reason behind it? Vogue in China is literally a Fashion Bible. It opens up the world of global fashion to the Asian women and then tells them what to do with it. Chinese Vogue&nbsp; &ldquo;explains&rdquo; fashion to its readers and educates them in the first place.</p> <p>Studying fashion business in Shanghai for about a year, I witnessed the Vogue-mania myself. For thousands of women in China, Vogue has become a coffee table book. It is &ldquo;cool and trendy&rdquo; to buy Vogue; it shows that you are interested in fashion and that you are willing to explore the West with all its beauty and glamour. </p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="201878" data-galleryid="1028" /><a href="">Angelica Cheung</a>, who has been shaping the pages of Vogue China since the first issue, became an ambassador of Western fashion in the Asian region. Her smart &ldquo;blend&rdquo; of all the best that the Western market has to offer with what the Asian market is willing to accept &ndash; is the foundation of the magazine&rsquo;s success. Angelica Cheung and her team collaborate with the best stylists, models and photographers of the industry; and her collaboration with <a href="">Mario Testino</a> has become somewhat of a legendary.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="201879" data-galleryid="1028" />Now as Chinese market is becoming more diverse, sophisticated and multi-layered, as the growth rate of the luxury market is slowing down and as Chinese consumers change their taste and preferences in luxury fashion, Vogue has the new task &ndash; adapt to the quick changes and stay at the top of the Asian fashion scene. </p> <p>---</p> <p><a href="movie/model-interview-new-york-city-gwen-lu-jerry-fu-part-1/25195">Top Chinese Model Jerry Fu discusses his career with Gwen Lu</a> in the Models WebTV studio.</p> <p><img src="" alt="" data-videoid="M25195?l=aHR0cDovL21vZGVsc3dlYnR2LmNvbS9tb3ZpZS9tb2RlbC1pbnRlcnZpZXctbmV3LXlvcmstY2l0eS1nd2VuLWx1LWplcnJ5LWZ1LXBhcnQtMS8yNTE5NQ--" data-videosource="fa" /></p> <h4>&nbsp;</h4> 01 2014 11:32:45 +0000The Fashion Tiers: Where would you like to play in Singapore?<p class="p1"><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>by: Nicole Tan</strong></span></a></p> <p class="p1">Over the course of this blog post and the next, I will be writing and dissecting my learnings from working a year in the fashion industry in Singapore. On my recent trip back to New York, many had asked me how the fashion scene (or if there was any at all) was like in Singapore. To be honest, I was expecting more.&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="200958" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p1">From an industry level, I had anticipated higher creativity and drive. On a consumer level, I expected for lack of a better word, better taste and support. Perhaps I expected too much.</p> <p class="p1">For those who&rsquo;d like to get to know or have a basic understanding of where Singapore&rsquo;s fashion industry stands currently, here are the main players from a retail perspective:</p> <p class="p1"><strong>1. Fashion e-commerce? Are you from <a href="">Zalora</a>?</strong></p> <p class="p1">Mention the term Fashion e-commerce and immediately, Zalora will be a company and topic of conversation you cannot avoid. Zalora, for those who are unaware, is an e-commerce giant funded by <a href="">Rocket Internet </a>that has $238 million of funding in their name. Many have dubbed them the <a href="">ASOS </a>of South East Asia. They are known for their very, very aggressive SEO marketing.<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="200964" data-galleryid="1028" /><strong>2.&nbsp;</strong><strong>The three major retailers/ distributors to know in Singapore in the luxury business are <a href="">Club 21</a>, <a href="">F J Benjamin</a> and <a href="">Valiram Group</a></strong></p> <p class="p1">Club 21 is infamous for their mother-daughter ultra-high net worth clientele&mdash;distributing and holding several exclusive rights to brands like 3.1 Philip Lim, Dries Van Noten, Comme des Garcons, Mulberry, Bao Bao, Issey Miyake&hellip; (you get the idea).<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="200969" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p1">F J Benjamin offers a more eclectic range from Givenchy, Goyard, Tom Ford to mass retail brands such as GAP, Guess and their own label, Raoul, which is probably one of Singapore&rsquo;s most known brand internationally.</p> <p class="p2">Valiram Group owns the distribution of Hermes, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Tumi and also brands at very accessible price points such as Charles &amp; Keith (of which LVMH owns a stake in) and Victoria&rsquo;s Secret.</p> <p class="p3"><strong>3.</strong><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><strong>On the undercurrent, if you&rsquo;re a local designer or are interested in checking out the local/ regional scene: <a href="">Blueprint</a>, Workshop Element (W.E) and <a href="">Inverted Edge</a> are all worthy of checking out.</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Blueprint</strong> was started by Tracy Philips, once the Marketing Manager at Zouk (Singapore&rsquo;s oldest and most established nightclub), and is currently one of the better trade shows to showcase design talents of this region for potential export opportunities.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Workshop Element</strong>, on the other hand, was started by Alfie Leong who also owns the label A.W.O.L. It is a collective that bands local fashion designers together, and currently exists as a pop-up retail space in West Gate Mall located in Jurong till February.</p> <p class="p2">In the online space (and I&rsquo;ll admittedly call out my possible biasness), <strong>Inverted Edge</strong> is a multibrand fashion e-commerce store that curates a collection of designers based in the Asia Pacific. Discover designers on Inverted Edge through their profiles, videos and/or inspiration boards.<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="200973" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p3"><strong>4.&nbsp;</strong><strong>Fast fashion or high street fashion brands : <a href="">Wing Tai Asia</a> is your best friend.</strong></p> <p class="p3">Into Uniqlo, Topshop and other UK brands such as Miss Selfridges, WAREHOUSE, Dorothy Perkins and Ben Sherman? Wing Tai Asia is the distributor. Aside from retail, the company also holds commercial and residential property. They are also the creators of what I would call one of Singapore&rsquo;s most popular loyalty card: the F3 Community (everyone who grew up in Singapore is bound to have a membership)-- I still have, and use, mine.</p> <p class="p3"><strong>5.</strong><span class="s1">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><strong>Media, models and the rest</strong></p> <p class="p1">Currently, there are no notable PR agencies that deal specifically or by majority in fashion (ie. <a href="">KCD</a>, PR Consulting and their equivalents do not (yet) exist). The concept of showrooms, market week or market appointments are still terms that are unheard of. Fashion media instead borrow clothes directly from retailers or distributors.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">The major media publications in fashion are owned via licenses, and are either under Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) or Mediacorp, both instituitions regulated by the Media Development Authority (MDA).</p> <p class="p2">In terms of talent, sourcing runway models of international quality is still an issue that urgently needs to be resolved (especially considering the rates agencies quote).&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">The two major fashion weeks that occur in Singapore are the <a href="">Audi Fashion Festival</a> and <a href="">FID&eacute; Fashion Weeks</a>. One show is clearly more organized than the other, and can be clearly identified by the crowd. The most concerning, however, is the lack of international media editors and buyers, both locally and internationally.<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="200981" data-galleryid="1028" />Alas, the fashion industry in Singapore is very, very new. And it is important to note that we all have to begin somewhere.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">-----</p> <p class="p2">Christine Pomeranz, Professor and Chairperson of the&nbsp;<a href="">International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries</a>&nbsp;at the&nbsp;<a href="">Fashion Institute of Technology</a></p> <p class="p2"><img src="" alt="" data-videoid="M33489?l=aHR0cDovL21vZGVsc3dlYnR2LmNvbS9tb3ZpZS90aGUtZmFjZXMtb2YtZmFzaGlvbi1uZXcteW9yay1jaXR5LWNocmlzdGluZS1wb21lcmFuei1mYXNoaW9uLWluc3RpdHV0ZS1vZi10ZWNobm9sb2d5LzMzNDg5" data-videosource="fa" /></p> 01 2014 12:47:52 +0000Superstar Russian Photography Duo Andrey Yakovlev & Lili Aleeva Latest Editorial - TEARS MISTRESSES<p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="199766" data-galleryid="1028" />The iconic creative fashion duo hailing from Moscow, Russia, photographer Andrey Yakovlev and Artistic Director Lili Aleeva have released their latest editorial "<em>TEARS MISTRESSES</em>". Starring models Daria Bataeva, Sasha Sergeeva, and Karina Kiseleva, this creative powerhouse is a must to explore if you follow fashion photography.&nbsp;</p> <p>I have been fortunate to have stumbled upon their work a year ago and am very excited to share their talents to wider audience. Unquestionably these two are destined for the top covers of the world and maybe a coffee table book along the way. Enjoy!</p> <p>CREDITS:</p> <p class="p1"><em>PHOTOGRAPHER: <a href="">ANDREY YAKOVLEV</a></em></p> <p class="p1"><em>ART-DIRECTOR:<a href=""> LILI&nbsp; ALEEVA</a></em></p> <p class="p1"><em>MODELS: DARIA BATAEVA (direct Scouting C.),</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>SASHA SERGEEVA, KARINA KISELEVA&nbsp;(<a href="">Avant Models</a>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>STYLE: GALA BORZOVA</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>HAIR STYLE: EVGENIA DUBCHAK</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>MAKE-UP: <a href="">LILI ALEEVA</a></em></p> <p><a href="">Andrey Yakovlev &amp; Lili Aleeva</a>&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="199768" data-galleryid="1028" /><a href="">Andrey Yakovlev &amp; Lili Aleeva</a>&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="199769" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Andrey Yakovlev &amp; Lili Aleeva</a>&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="199770" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><a href="">Andrey Yakovlev &amp; Lili Aleeva</a>&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="199771" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><a href="">Andrey Yakovlev &amp; Lili Aleeva</a>&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="199772" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><a href="">Andrey Yakovlev &amp; Lili Aleeva</a>&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="199773" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><a href="">Andrey Yakovlev &amp; Lili Aleeva</a>&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="199774" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><a href="">Andrey Yakovlev &amp; Lili Aleeva</a>&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="199775" data-galleryid="1028" /><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="199776" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><a href="">Andrey Yakovlev &amp; Lili Aleeva</a>&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="199777" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><a href="">Andrey Yakovlev &amp; Lili Aleeva</a>&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="199778" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><a href="">Andrey Yakovlev &amp; Lili Aleeva</a>&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="199779" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 01 2014 16:27:09 +0000British vs. Italians - Who Is Winning the Menswear War?<p class="p1"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">BY: Ksenniya Gris&eacute;</span></p> <p class="p1">It is amazing to watch how men&rsquo;s fashion is taking the reigns over women&rsquo;s these years. Menswear has become a priority for many luxury and fashion brands of Europe and the U.S. since about 2012, when the growth of this market segment has first outstripped womenswear, a longtime prerogative of the fashion world, by almost a double.&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="198485" data-galleryid="1028" />Since then we have noticed a lot of changes. First of all, fashion brands concentrated their attention on their men&rsquo;s lines by opening boutiques and flagship stores for men only. Established menswear brands like Brioni decided to extend and broaden their lines. London has launched its own series of men&rsquo;s fashion shows. Even the street style photographs are now equally divided in ratio between men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s shots.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">This year the obsession about the menswear has continued with even more fervor.&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="198487" data-galleryid="1028" />As men&rsquo;s fashion weeks were about to start fashion editors, journalist and buyers by tradition approved their schedules and booked tickets to London, Florence, Milan and Paris respectively. But not traditionally, this year they had to choose which event they want to see more.</p> <p class="p1">The Spring/Summer 2014 season showed us an open and obvious competition between the two most important events on the menswear fashion calendar - <a href="">London Collections: Men</a> and <a href="">Pitti Uomo</a>. The two-day overlapping schedules not only amazed and shocked the fashion public, but also caused a lot of inconvenience.</p> <p class="p1">Though been hosting men&rsquo;s fashion week only for the fourth time, London has become very powerful on the international men&rsquo;s fashion arena. But there is no need for LC: M to compete with almost half a century history of Florentine Pitti Uomo. For many representatives of the fashion world the two showcases are on different ends of the pole as LC: M and Pitti have completely different style and format, and they attract &ldquo;different&rdquo; public.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="198492" data-galleryid="1028" />Historically, Pitti, being the first stop of the international menswear fashion &ldquo;tour&rdquo; is a trade fair that attracts mostly buyers from all around the globe. Booths, presentations, business cards exchange, thousands of meters of fabrics are all the traditional parts of the Pitti trade fair. London, on the opposite, is a traditional fashion show, with runways, dinners, parties and pre-parties.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Pitti Uomo is an Italian style parade. Nowhere is the world you are able to watch such enormous amount of perfectly dressed men as in Florence two times a year. Street fashion at Pitti has become somewhat of a trademark. London with its attention to street fashion is not at this stage yet.</p> <p class="p1">If we dig dipper we might see the reason of such tension underneath it all. For many centuries Italy and England both have that unique style when it comes to men&rsquo;s fashion. Preciously tailored suites, perfect color combinations, <span class="s1">pocket square.&nbsp;</span>But even here there is a difference. London with its main <a href="">Burberry</a> show is the representation of British chick and its <span class="s2">cultural landscape. Florence still stays loyal to its Italian classics.</span><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="198494" data-galleryid="1028" />Of course there can only be one winner, but this is not a competition. We all should understand that.&nbsp; The same way the womenswear fashion capitals has divided their credentials; London and Florence should stay focused on their own unique features.</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> 01 2014 12:09:41 +0000Naomi Christie Fashion Photography - WILD HEART for DISfunkshion Magazine Featuring Hanna Beth<p>We know and admire&nbsp;<a href="">Naomi Christie</a> primarily as a filmmaker, who has shared 3 of her beautiful Southern California inspired fashion films with us on her <a href="">WebTV</a>; "Wanderlust", "Escape", and "Rose et Bleu". Her Fashion Photography though is something that cannot be overlooked as it's brilliant and constantly inspires us to ask ourselves in the studio, why do we freeze our butts off in NYC when these stunning beaches and back drops that Naomi takes advantage of in much of her photography are only a quick flight away.&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="197843" data-galleryid="1028" />Naomi discusses Wild Heart starring <a href="">Hanna Beth</a>:&nbsp;</p> <p><em>"My inspiration for this shoot was the natural earthy feel of the beach during the winter. Things are less vibrant but still so enchanting. I wanted a mystifying bewitching vibe - a dark paradise if you will. I love the dark clothing contrasting the white sand and pastel skies in this shoot.&nbsp;</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>I first worked with DISfunkshion by collaborating with editor and creator, Hugette to deliver a short film that embodies the magazine. After directing Wanderlust, I talked to Hugette about a spread on social media queen, Hanna Beth, who I met on a music video shoot. Hugette is an inspiring and hardworking woman and she features a lot of influential women in her magazine and I wanted to contribute!</em></p> <p class="p2"><em>I have this little secret spot in Malibu that I stumbled upon one time- there's a wooden swing set and tiki hut. I wanted to use it for a shoot so bad and thought this was the perfect opportunity. My team and I had quite a nice time enjoying the beach as our office for the day."</em><img src="" alt="" data-imageid="197842" data-galleryid="1028" /><strong>CREDITS: Wild Heart by&nbsp;<a href="">@NaomiChristie</a>&nbsp;starring&nbsp;<a href="">Hanna Beth</a>&nbsp;for&nbsp;<a href="">DISfunkshion Magazine</a>&nbsp;</strong>@DISfunkshion_</p> <p>Hair: Heather Locker &nbsp;</p> <p>Makeup: Synda Salazar&nbsp;</p> <p>Stylist: Morgan Ryan</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="197844" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="197845" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="197846" data-galleryid="1028" /><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="197847" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="197848" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="197849" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="197850" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="197851" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="197852" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>Please Visit <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="">Naomi's WebTV</a></span>&nbsp;to view her beautiful Fashion Films including WANDERLUST.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="" data-videoid="M37416?l=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5maWxtYW5uZXguY29tL3dlYnR2L2NoYXJtZXJjaHJpc3RpZS9tb3ZpZS93YW5kZXJsdXN0LzM3NDE2" data-videosource="fa" /></p> 01 2014 16:52:39 +0000Time to Figure Your Schedule For Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014 Collection Shows<p>Here we are again, New York City. The Fall Winter designer collections will be on display at the <a href="">Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week</a>&nbsp;"tents" February 6th through 13th 2014 at Lincoln Center.&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="197383" data-galleryid="1028" />Much has been written about the changes that have been proposed by <a href="">IMG Fashion</a> to bring back the exclusivity that many feel has been lost in recent years. (<a href="blogs/img-announces-exciting-changes-for-the-mercedes-benz-fashion-week-february-2014-fashion-shows/82234">Read More on IMG's Decision</a>). <a href="blogs/in-favor-of-young-and-creative-what-the-new-runway-season-brings-for-fashion-bloggers/87251">Fashion Bloggers</a>, media professionals and fans are certainly vying to get credentialed to get past the guys at the front door.</p> <p>Regardless, each night Models WebTV, in collaboration with <a href="">Rightster</a>, will bring to you the days coverage of each designer show. Just tune into the <a href="">Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week WebTV</a> to view, share an comment on your favorite designers Fall/Winter collection. Your <a href="">BUZZ score</a> will thank you when you do!</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>THE SCHEDULE</strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="197384" data-galleryid="1028" /></strong></span></p> <p><strong>FEBRUARY 6th</strong></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">9AM <a href="">NICHOLAS K</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">10AM <a href="">BCBGMAXAZRIA</a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">10:30AM <a href="">RAOUL</a> at STANLEY H. KAPLAN PENTHOUSE</li> <li class="li1">11AM <a href="">RICHARD CHAI</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">12PM <a href="">CREATURES OF THE WIND</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">1:30-2:30PM <a href="">JAY GODFREY</a> at HUB</li> <li class="li1">2PM <a href="">TADASHI SHOJI</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">3PM <a href="">DESIGUAL</a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">4PM <a href="">TOME</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">5PM <a href="">MARISSA WEBB</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">7PM <a href="">TODD SNYDER</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">8PM <a href="">GO RED FOR WOMEN&reg; THE HEART TRUTH &reg; RED DRESS COLLECTION (SM)</a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">9PM <a href="">MARK AND ESTEL</a> at SALON</li> </ul> <p class="p1"><strong>February 07</strong></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">9AM <a href="">ZIMMERMANN</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">9:30-10:30AM <a href="">REBECCA VALLANCE</a> at HUB</li> <li class="li1">11AM <a href="">CARMEN MARC VALVO</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">11AM <a href="">PEDRO DEL HIERRO MADRID</a> at TBD</li> <li class="li1">12PM <a href="">HERNAN LANDER</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">1:30-2:30PM <a href="">TRINA TURK</a> at HUB</li> <li class="li1">2PM <a href="">NAUTICA</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">3PM <a href="">REBECCA MINKOFF</a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">4PM <a href="">HACHE</a> at TBD</li> <li class="li1">4PM <a href="">LEE JEAN YOUN</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">6PM <a href="">NICOLE MILLER</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">6:30-8PM <a href="">CHARLOTTE RONSON</a> at HUB</li> <li class="li1">8PM <a href="">ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY</a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">9PM <a href="">EMERSON BY JACKIE FRASER-SWAN </a>at PAVILION</li> </ul> <p class="p1"><strong>February 08</strong></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">9AM <a href="">RUFFIAN</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">10AM <a href="">LACOSTE</a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">11AM <a href="">JILL STUART</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">1PM <a href="">SON JUNG WAN</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">1:30-2:30PM <a href="">KOONHOR</a> at HUB</li> <li class="li1">2PM <a href="">HERV&Eacute; L&Eacute;GER BY MAX AZRIA</a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">3PM <a href="">MARA HOFFMAN</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">4PM <a href="">ADEAM</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">5:30-6:30PM <a href="">IVAN AGUILAR</a> at HUB</li> <li class="li1">7PM <a href="">MONIQUE LHUILLIER</a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">8PM <a href="">ASIA FASHION COLLECTION</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">9PM <a href="">VENEXIANA</a> at PAVILION</li> </ul> <p class="p1"><strong>February 09</strong></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">2PM <a href="">KATYA ZOL</a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">11AM <a href="">LELA ROSE</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">12PM <a href="">DAVID TLALE</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">1PM <a href="">DKNY</a> at 547 WEST 26TH STREET</li> <li class="li1">3PM <a href="">CUSTO BARCELONA</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">4PM <a href="">PARKCHOONMOO</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">5PM <a href="">DIANE VON FURSTENBERG</a> at 50 VARICK STREET</li> <li class="li1">6:30PM <a href="">VIVIENNE TAM</a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">7PM <a href="">GEORGINE</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">8PM <a href="">MESKITA</a> at SALON</li> </ul> <p class="p1"><strong>February 10</strong></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">9AM <a href="">MATHIEU MIRANO</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">10AM <a href="">CAROLINA HERRERA</a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">11AM <a href="">NOON BY NOOR</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">11AM <a href="">TOMMY HILFIGER</a> at TBD</li> <li class="li1">12PM <a href="">ANGEL SANCHEZ</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">1PM <a href="">DENNIS BASSO</a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">1:30-2:30PM <a href="">ALON LIVN&Eacute; </a>at HUB</li> <li class="li1">2PM <a href="">MILLY BY MICHELLE SMITH</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">3PM <a href="">KATYA LEONOVICH</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">6PM <a href="">REEM ACRA</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">6PM <a href="">RICARDO SECO</a> at TBD</li> <li class="li1">7PM <a href="">ZAC POSEN</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">8PM <a href="">DONNA KARAN NEW YORK</a> at 23 WALL STREET</li> </ul> <p class="p1"><strong>February 11</strong></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">9AM <a href="">TORY BURCH</a> at AVERY FISHER HALL</li> <li class="li1">9:30-10:30AM <a href="">J.CREW</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">10AM <a href="">BADGLEY MISCHKA</a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">11AM <a href="">DUBAI DESIGN</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">1PM <a href="">DIESEL BLACK GOLD</a> at 360 WEST 33RD STREET</li> <li class="li1">1PM <a href="">JENNY PACKHAM</a> at 775 WASHINGTON STREET</li> <li class="li1">1:30 PM <a href="">LIBERTINE</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">2PM <a href="">NAEEM KHAN</a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">3PM <a href="">CONCEPT KOREA</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">6PM <a href="">MM6 MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA</a> at TBD</li> <li class="li1">6PM <a href="">PAMELLA ROLAND</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">7PM <a href="">SKINGRAFT</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">8PM <a href="">THE ART INSTITUTES</a> at THEATRE</li> </ul> <p class="p1"><strong>February 12</strong></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">9AM <a href="">BIBHU MOHAPATRA</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">10AM <a href="">MICHAEL KORS</a> at TBD</li> <li class="li1">11AM <a href="">NANETTE LEPORE</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">12PM <a href="">LIE SANG BONG</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">1PM <a href="">KAUFMANFRANCO</a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">2PM <a href="">BOSS</a> at 250 W 55TH STREET</li> <li class="li1">3PM <a href="">BETSEY JOHNSON</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">5:30-6:30PM <a href="">CLOVER CANYON</a> at PAVILION</li> <li class="li1">5:30-6:30PM <a href="">CUTECIRCUIT</a> at HUB</li> <li class="li1">6PM <a href="">ANNA SUI</a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">7PM <a href="">ZANG TOI</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">9PM <a href="">B. MICHAEL AMERICA</a> at PAVILION</li> </ul> <p class="p1"><strong>February 13</strong></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">10AM <a href="">RALPH LAUREN</a> at TBD</li> <li class="li1">11AM <a href="">RALPH LAUREN</a> at TBD</li> <li class="li1">12PM <a href="">RACHEL ZOE</a> at SALON</li> <li class="li1">1PM <a href="">J. MENDEL</a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">2PM <a href="">CALVIN KLEIN</a> at TBD</li> </ul> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">TABITHA GOLDSTAUB - RIGHTSTER MARKETING DIRECTOR DISCUSSES HER PREPARATION FOR MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK.</p> <p class="p1"><img src="" alt="" data-videoid="M37843?l=aHR0cDovL21vZGVsc3dlYnR2LmNvbS9tb3ZpZS9mYWNlcy1vZi1mYXNoaW9uLW55Y2xvbmRvbi10YWJpdGhhLWdvbGRzdGF1Yi1yaWdodHN0ZXItbWFya2V0aW5nLWRpcmVjdG9yLzM3ODQz" data-videosource="fa" /></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> 01 2014 15:43:16 +0000In Favor of Young And Creative: What the New Runway Season Brings for Fashion Bloggers<p>BY Ksenniya Gris&eacute;</p> <p>A lot has been said, written and discussed about fashion bloggers. Some want to write them off the fashion week claiming they have turned this much respected and closed event &ldquo;into a zoo&rdquo;, some tend to protect them stating they have become an essential piece of the fashion puzzle, which we can not ignore any more.</p> <p class="p1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="196733" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p1">The next fashion week is on its way to New York. And so are the changes&hellip;&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">We all remember </span><a href="">Catherine Bennett's</a>, Senior VP of <a href="">IMG Fashion</a>, statement that this season only the &ldquo;<em>carefully selected industry professionals</em>&rdquo; will have the chance to see the show beneath the door of the Lincoln Center.<span class="s1"> The debate is still raging as to whether these &ldquo;back to basics&rdquo; tactics will eventually return fashion week to its luxurious status.</span></p> <p class="p2"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users/galleries/248613/bloggers-frontrow.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="196827" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p2">Many fashion insiders have long considered current <a href="">Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week</a> &nbsp;a carnival. Maybe it is at some point, but I personally still think that fashion week itself is the most important platform for fashion business insiders to get together and to exchange knowledge, ideas and get inspiration for the following season. It is about &ldquo;showcasing vision&rdquo; as was once correctly put. But what is even more important &ndash; fashion week is about exploring new talents and names.</p> <p class="p2">I must agree that &ldquo;blogger&rdquo; has become somewhat of an insulting word these days. But being a blogger does not mean that you are simply posting thousand of pictures of yourself on your free account and discourse about the ups and down of the fashion world. Many fashion bloggers are young industry professional that have obtained a strong voice in the world of fashion and who eventually are more important for the business than some editors and buyers, as they are more closely connected to the end consumer through their Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages. As a result, a lot of fashion bloggers are the ones who are dictating the trends. Looking at them and analyzing their style is now number one priority for many buyers.</p> <p class="p2"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="196736" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p2">Bloggers, as the representation of the Young and Creative class, should stay part of the fashion week on the same rights as the young, emerging designers, who are given the opportunity to show their talent to the world and be recognized and heard. Fashion week gives the opportunity to many young designers to open up to the world and be able to attract attention of sponsors and potential investors. Why should this very industry ignore fashion bloggers who also have much to say?</p> <p class="p2">There are many other people except for the bloggers who turned the New York fashion week into a carnival these years. There should be a more strict control of who are the people who eventually get the tickets to the shows.</p> <p class="p2">In many ways bloggers are the future of the fashion business, they are the representation of the new era, of the digital age and the power of social media, though not all the industry admits this fact. Fashion week has the responsibility of raising fashion specialist not only on the runway of Lincoln Center but also on its rows. And who knows, may be a few of those young and creative individuals standing behind the last row will be the most respected ones in the front row next season?&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="" alt="" data-imageid="196742" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p1">Let&rsquo;s wait and see.</p> <p class="p1">Please follow all of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week February Shows <a href="">(Here)</a></p> <p class="p1"><img src="" alt="" data-videoid="M34176?l=aHR0cDovL21vZGVsc3dlYnR2LmNvbS9tb3ZpZS90aGUtd29tYW4taW4tbWUtYnktcm9taW5hLWFyZW5hLWVubmlvLW1vcnJpY29uZS1vdXItbWVyY2VkZXMtYmVuei1mYXNoaW9uLXdlZWstZXhwZXJpZW5jZS8zNDE3Ng--" data-videosource="fa" /></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> 01 2014 10:46:35 +0000BLANC CASSE for Volt Magazine Starring Helene Desmettre Photographed by Rui Faria <p>We have some new work to share from our pal across the ocean Rui Faria, the editor of VOLT Magazine, a major fashion and film contributor to our platform, whose work can be see on their <a href="">WebTV.</a></p> <p>Elite London's Helene Desmettre stars in this beauty story that Rui shot for Volt Magazine along with his very talented team including Julia Laza with whom he collaborates often and with stunning results, as you will see below.</p> <p><strong>CREDITS</strong>:</p> <p>Photographer: <a href="">Rui Faria</a></p> <p>Make Up: <a href="">Julia Laza</a> at Areia usingMAC <br />Make Up Assistant: Victoria Borimor<br />Hair: <a href="">Antonio de Luca</a><br />Stylist: <a href="">Masha Mombelli</a><br />Stylist assistant: Marta Lenzi<br />Clothes from: Joseph<br />Model: <a href="">Helene Desmettre at Elite London</a><br /><br />Shot: <a href="">Studio 9 London</a><br />Lighting equipment: ThreeFourSnap<br />Retouching: Kostas at<br />All lips sealed by: Lipcote<br />Design: <a href="">Rebecca Hawkes</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Blanc_Cassé4__Rui_Faria.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="182207" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><a href="">Rui Faria</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Blanc_Cassé6__Rui_Faria.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="182221" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><a href="">Rui Faria</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Blanc_Cassé5__Rui_Faria.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="182222" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><a href="">Rui Faria</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Blanc_Cassé3__Rui_Faria.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="182223" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><a href="">Rui Faria</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Blanc_Cassé2__Rui_Faria.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="182224" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><a href="">Rui Faria</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Blanc_Cassé__Rui_Faria.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="182225" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="../../images/embedplayer_ph.png" alt="" data-videoid="M33778?l=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5maWxtYW5uZXguY29tL3dlYnR2L3ZvbHRtYWdhemluZS9tb3ZpZS92b2x0X21hZ2F6aW5lX2lzc3VlXzExLzMzNzc4" data-videosource="fa" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 12 2013 16:56:57 +0000Online and Offline Integration: Omni-Channel Marketing<p><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>BY: NICOLE TAN:</strong></span></a></p> <p class="p1">In a paper written last year for the <a href="">World Retail Congress</a> competition, my group and I cited this as a key finding:</p> <p class="p2">According to an article in Women&rsquo;s Wear Daily, &ldquo;<em><span class="s1">bringing&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">the</span><span class="s1">&nbsp;online experience into&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">the</span><span class="s1">&nbsp;physical store remained a key aim for technology providers at&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">the</span></em><span class="s1"><em>&nbsp;National Retail Federation&rsquo;s show this year (2012</em>)&rdquo; (Arthur, 2012).</span>&nbsp;With this trend it will be essential to bring&nbsp;<span class="s2">the</span>&nbsp;latest technological concepts into&nbsp;<span class="s2">the</span>&nbsp;brick and mortar shopping experience.&nbsp;<span class="s2">The</span>&nbsp;implementations of these new technologies will enable customers to increase their interaction with&nbsp;<span class="s2">a retailer</span>, both as a company and as a product pre-store to post-store.&nbsp;&nbsp;This would mean increased store traffic, both online and offline. Online and brick-and-mortar retail channels will be flawlessly bridged, giving&nbsp;<span class="s2">the</span>&nbsp;customer a different, but yet, seamlessly cohesive shopping experience that is efficient, convenient and enjoyable.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-12-09_at_12.34.59_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="181751" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">Fast forward a year of being in the industry in Asia, and I have witnessed firsthand the shift in focus from content + commerce to the need for online and offline integration, or what I&rsquo;d like to refer to as the full circle of the retail market, particularly in fashion. As <a href="">Federico Marchetti</a>, the CEO of <a href=""></a>, described in his presentation at the <a href="">S.E.A Luxury Conference,</a> one of the next phases of his ecommerce experience would be to a collection point, where customers can pick up their physical goods if they desire, as opposed to waiting (and paying) for courier services. Perhaps, the best example would be Angela Ahrendts, <a href="">Burberry&rsquo;s</a> CEO, who as seen in <a href="">this video</a>&nbsp;<span class="s4">speaks about blurring the lines between &ldquo;physical and digital&rdquo; allowing customers to fully interact with the brand both in their mobile and desktop applications, as well as in a physical retail store.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s4"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-12-09_at_12.18.31_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="181745" data-galleryid="1028" /></span></p> <p class="p2">It is not to be said, however, that content and commerce do not work. Content, after all, is part of the discovery and exploratory shopping stage&mdash;aiding a brand, label or particular type of retailer (example: Urban Outfitters versus Intermix versus OAK NYC) to differentiate themselves through a clear brand identity that they&rsquo;ve chosen to associate themselves with. This might come in the form of certain types of articles they publish (a Dazed and Confused Magazine reader versus a Teen Vogue reader) to the various extent of credibility the editorial team behind the website might have (example: The Cut, Refinery29 and the Editorialist). &nbsp;As stated by <span class="s5">Kate Davidson Hudson,</span> co-founder of the Editorialist, in an article in <a href="">Crain's New York Business</a>, an ecommerce store must be highly specialized in order to succeed, to break through the clutter.</p> <p class="p2"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-12-09_at_12.32.21_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="181750" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p3">With this in mind, as retailers begin to finalize their 2014 plans and budgets, I do hope that they&rsquo;ve moved away from separating the digital and physical world, and are instead looking to ways that they can best fuse the two together. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> 12 2013 12:02:47 +0000IMG Announces Exciting Changes for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week February 2014 Fashion Shows<p>A <a href="">press release</a> today from <strong><a href="">IMG Fashion</a></strong>, the producers of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, confirmed the speculation that changes were ahead for the fashion industries premier event in New York City. As press attendees for many seasons to "The Tents" we can not be more thrilled with the direction Catherine Bennett, SVP and Managing Director, IMG Fashion Events and Properties has implemented for February's Fall collections, "<em>consisting of better curated live shows and presentations at The Tents at Lincoln Center, a new off-site satellite HUB for emerging talent, and an expanded digital platform for a new generation of fashion creators. This new schedule ensures all participants can maximize this key marketing moment during the first stop on the international fashion week calendar</em>."</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/IMG_2535.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="180819" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>Simply put the event staged at Lincoln Center became "cluttered". The exclusivity factor became diminished, leading many top designers to show their collections in off site locations, affording them a greater ability to control their audience and product presentation. IMG's mission will be to reenergize the tents by updating the venue to "<em>enable designers to better control and reduce audience capacities, making invitations once again an exclusive pass for true fashion insiders</em>."</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-12-05_at_3.50.13_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="180821" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>What most excites us as distributors of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week content (<a href="">MBFW WEBTV</a>) is the news concerning the<strong> MBFW Digital District</strong>, which we plan to assist with in terms of digitally promoting and distributing fashion show content for the the up and coming designers who may not otherwise have the resources to reach the wide audience that large budgets afford established designers to reach."<em>This digital platform will make it possible for the next generation of digital pioneers to create compelling virtual shows, short film or original storytelling content that will sit side by side live shows, via the MBFW broadcast reaching millions of viewers in over 173 countries each season."</em></p> <p>The February event is right around the corner and we'll look forward to see all the changes in person and will report back to you then with video, picture, and blogs.</p> <p>In the meantime, take a moment to watch a short <a href="">music video</a> Semyon Maltsev and I put together after the Fall 2013 MBFW event with music by the legendary composer Ennio Morricone, and Romina Arena.</p> <p><img src="../../images/embedplayer_ph.png" alt="" data-videoid="M34176?l=aHR0cDovL21vZGVsc3dlYnR2LmNvbS9tb3ZpZS90aGVfd29tYW5faW5fbWVfYnlfcm9taW5hX2FyZW5hX2VubmlvX21vcnJpY29uZV9vdXJfbWVyY2VkZXNfYmVuel9mYXNoaW9uX3dlZWtfZXhwZXJpZW5jZS8zNDE3Ng--" data-videosource="fa" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 12 2013 15:25:13 +0000Go Behind the Scenes with Super Shrimp, Super Geek, and Other Playboy Super Heroes Directed by Noe Lefebvre<p>We'd like to welcome back one of our favorite film directors, Noe Lefebvre (aka. Noe from Paris), who has just shared two of his latest works with us; "<strong><a href="">Super Playboy</a></strong>" and a commercial project for <strong><a href="">L'Oreal Professionnel</a></strong>. Many more examples of Noe's varied film projects can be seen on his <a href="">WebTV</a>. Please take a second to check them out, comment and share to your audience.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;A lot of talk has been floating around the studio lately about super heroes and I'm not certain that Super Shrimp or Super Geek can break through to that initiative. BUT this G-rated behind the scenes project shot for Playboy will surely put a smile on your face. It did for me! Shot in South Africa, Noe follows journalist John Landle as he takes a closer look at Playboy's latest project.&nbsp;</p> <p>SUPER SHRIMP: SEXY CRUSTACEA</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-11-27_at_2.11.16_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="177863" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-11-27_at_2.09.08_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="177856" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img src="../../images/embedplayer_ph.png" alt="" data-videoid="M39327?l=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5maWxtYW5uZXguY29tL3dlYnR2L25vZWZyb21wYXJpcy9tb3ZpZS9zdXBlcl9wbGF5Ym95LzM5MzI3" data-videosource="fa" /></p> 11 2013 13:56:37 +0000Flowers in December - A Fashion Editorial by Zhang Jingna for Designer Phuong My FW13/14 Collection<p>We're thrilled to introduce you to <a href="">Zhang Jingna</a> a fashion photographer whose work we are very fond of. <a href="">BEHANCE</a> is a fantastic site to view many of her editorials, beauty and advertising campaigns.&nbsp;</p> <p>New York City based photographer Zhang "zemotion" Jingna was born in Beijing and raised in Singapore. Zhang's photography &nbsp;has been seen in <a href="">Elle Vietnam</a>, <a href="">Harper&rsquo;s Bazaar</a>, Photo Vogue,&nbsp;Asia&rsquo;s Next Top Model,&nbsp;and L&rsquo;Officiel; Her Advertising campaigns include such heavyweights as Mercedes Benz, Montblanc, Lanc&ocirc;me, TRESemm&eacute;, Pond&rsquo;s and Canon.</p> <p class="p2">Jingna is currently working on a year-long personal project, <a href="">Motherland Chronicles</a>,&nbsp;&nbsp;that we invite you to further explore.</p> <p class="p2">Thank you Zhang for sharing your work with us and we're excited to follow your successes in the future.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; float: left;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/487ec44dc1848d2c516c98d8d1807396.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="177625" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><strong>CREDITS:</strong></span></p> <p>Photography:&nbsp;<a href="">Zhang Jingna</a>&nbsp;<br /><a href=""></a><br /><a href=""></a><br /><a href=""></a><br /><a href=""></a></p> <p>Styling:&nbsp;<a href="">Phuong My</a><br />Hair:&nbsp;<a href="">Junya Nakashima</a><br />Makeup: Viktorija Bowers<br />Model: Kwak Ji Young @&nbsp;<a href="">Wilhelmina</a><br />Photo Assistants: Ngoc Vu, Ernie Chang<br />All clothing from Phuong My</p> <p>&copy; Zhang Jingna</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/d04dea024be191643d41927ada29c42f.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="177626" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>&copy; Zhang Jingna</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/cdb31856fa8695c75f68622daef9f48e.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="177627" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>&copy; Zhang Jingna</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/ee71704f9ed5c31dc3333f90b12d4d06.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="177628" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>&copy; Zhang Jingna</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/6d811df3487a5c0f887bce1c15867a70.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="177629" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>&copy; Zhang Jingna</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/ced40312482ac80b23f804bc714d07b0.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="177630" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>&copy; Zhang Jingna</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/1ce80fef07f5b186fec75099389c3f2a.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="177631" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>&copy; Zhang Jingna</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/32dcc392e156c5d40c31a179b5e87b9f.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="177632" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 11 2013 19:48:43 +0000James Lima, Fashion Film Director at the IHT S.E.A LUXURY CONFERENCE 2013 Singapore<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>BY: NICOLE TAN</strong></span></p> <p>This year, I was lucky enough to attend the <a href="">S.E.A Luxury Conference</a> held in Singapore. Amongst the many accomplished speakers which included Angelica Cheung, EIC of <a href="">Vogue China</a>, the duo behind Philip Lim and Federico Marchetti the Founder of <a href=""></a> to name a few, was James Lima who presented on fashion films.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/ImageGen.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="177236" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p2"><a href="">James Lima</a>, is a Director from Hollywood who has been mentored by James Cameron and Steven Spielberg. He has since directed ground breaking fashion films for Prada (<a href="">TREMBLED BLOSSOMS</a>), and other clients such as Versace, Zegna, Loewe, Prada, Alexander Wang and most recently, Louis Vuitton.</p> <p class="p2"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; float: left;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/james_lima-2.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="177237" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">Upon the beginning of his presentation, James stresses the point that &ldquo;<em>Films have music, real life does not</em>.&rdquo; He urges the guests in the room, which included many high profile luxury executives, that the current use of film in fashion is backward and needs to evolve. He describes the current film as 2D in motion that involves a model moving with no sense of story but rather, focusing on an object and not a subject. James believes that fashion films will evolve into a genre of its own as music videos have, using the power of story that creates memories and feelings, using actors and not models.</p> <p class="p2">As many luxury brands try to leverage the wide consumption of videos by consumers in the digital space, many are also in the midst of figuring out how to break through to the next generation&mdash;particularly in Asia, which comprises the youngest demographics and highest middle class growth in the world. Luxury brands, unlike younger fast fashion brands, most often have an iconic logo, a brand heritage and a sense of attainment that can show through much more clearly in a film, more so than a fashion editorial spread, which does not have the ability of sound&mdash;which creates much of the ambience in a setting. James cited an example of films having such power of evoking an emotion so strong that causes people to re-enact &nbsp;scenes seen on a film.</p> <p class="p2"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-11-25_at_2.53.39_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="177238" data-galleryid="1028" />&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><strong><em><a href="">TREMBLED BLOSSOMS by JAMES LIMA&nbsp;</a></em></strong></p> <p class="p1">Beautiful imagery and emotional storytelling. This is where James Lima believes the direction of fashion film should head towards, and I look forward to the high quality films that we will hopefully be seeing more of by these luxury houses. As James said, luxury brands today are media entities of their own. Videos, which are by far becoming the most consumed type of media, will only have to evolve to keep the consumers intrigued and tuned in.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><a href="">LADY a Fashion Film for VOGUE ITALIA by Director Luca Finotti</a></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;<img src="../../images/embedplayer_ph.png" alt="" data-videoid="M31955?l=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5maWxtYW5uZXguY29tL3dlYnR2L2x1Y2FmaW5vdHRpL21vdmllL2xhZHlfYV9mYXNoaW9uX2ZpbG1fZm9yX3ZvZ3VlX2l0YWxpYV9ieV9sdWNhX2Zpbm90dGkvMzE5NTU-" data-videosource="fa" /></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><br /></strong></span></p> 11 2013 14:56:22 +0000Fashion Editorial from Dubai Based Photographer Mazen Abusrour<p>We're always thrilled to show off the latest work of the immensely talented fashion photographer <a href="">Mazen Abusrour</a>. Mazen hails from Dubai but has travelled worldwide to shoot for publication such as&nbsp;<span>L&rsquo;OFFICIEL, Marie Claire, GQ, GRAZIA, Esquire, and VELVET.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Mazen has worked alongside Supermodel Elle Mcpherson as star fashion photographer for the reality series &nbsp;&ldquo;Britain &amp; Ireland&rsquo;s Next Top Model." As can be seen in the images below, Mazen has a stunning feel for color and every fashion story he creates is a treat to for your eyes and draws you in, wishing you could be on location of his spectacular locations.</span></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; float: left;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/_MG_3175_2.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="176298" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><strong>PHOTO CREDITS:</strong></p> <p>PHOTOGRAPHY:&nbsp;<a href="">MAZEN ABUSROUR</a><br />Fashion Stylist:&nbsp;<a href="">Mo Alfalasi</a></p> <p>Stylist Asst: Sorelle Anthony</p> <p>Hair/Makeup:&nbsp;<a href="">Marisol Steward</a></p> <p>Model:&nbsp;<a href="">Lisa @Bareface</a></p> <p>Follow &nbsp;<a href="">@Mazen_Abusrour</a> on Twitter</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/_MG_2602.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="176299" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/_MG_2791.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="176300" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/_MG_2929.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="176301" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/_MG_2944_1.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="176302" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/_MG_3026.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="176303" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/_MG_3048.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="176304" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/_MG_3131.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="176305" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 11 2013 16:41:57 +0000Beauty Photographer - Director - Composer Charlie Wan Speaks Tonight @ Great People Unite in DUMBO<p>We're excited to see our good friend&nbsp;<span><a href="">Charlie Wan</a>,&nbsp;</span>whose&nbsp;<a href="">WebTV</a>&nbsp;has a fantastic selection of his video work, speak this evening in DUMBO at the GREAT PEOPLE UNITE - "Work and Wisdom from Professional Artists" event from 7pm - 11pm. Charlie is also a renowned photographer, his beauty work being a favorite of mine. Recently his dance films, including "Lean on Me" have earned him rave reviews for not only his direction, but for his composing of these films as well.</p> <p>The event was created by Kurt Peolquin whose mission for Great People Unite is "<span>to help highly motivated artists bring their expressions to life, connect with their audience, and earn abundant livings in the process."</span></p> <p>To reserve tickets for the event you can do so here through <a href="">Eventbrite</a>.</p> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/greatpeopeunitevol3voice111413smallv4.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="174200" data-galleryid="1028" /></div> <p><a href="">Charlie Wan Beauty</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Asymmetry_31819.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="174210" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><a href="">Charlie Wan Director, Land of Vree</a></p> <p><img src="../../images/embedplayer_ph.png" alt="" data-videoid="M35379?l=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5maWxtYW5uZXguY29tL3dlYnR2L2NoYXJsaWV3YW4vbW92aWUvbGFuZF9vZl92cmVlX2FfZmFzaGlvbl9maWxtX2luX3RyaWJ1dGVfdG9fZGlhbmFfdnJlZWxhbmQvMzUzNzk-" data-videosource="fa" /></p> 11 2013 12:37:41 +0000Thoughts on Sustainable Business Model for Fair Labor Practices and Ethical Sourcing of Garments in China, & Beyond<p><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>BY: NICOLE TAN</strong></span></a></p> <p class="p1">In a recent Op-Ed article published in the <a href="">Business of Fashion</a>, titled &ldquo;<strong>In Asia, New Fashion Talent Rises</strong>,&rdquo; by <a href="">Joseph Quartana</a>, <a href="">Inverted Edge&rsquo;s</a> Fashion and Creative Director, I could not help but draw attention to a comment left on the online publication&rsquo;s Facebook post to publicize the article.</p> <p class="p1">The comment read, &ldquo;<em>Does that mean countries in Asia Pacific will stop using slave wage labor to make all these clothes that everyone is buying? Do they have an ethics in Asia Pacific? Or is just about consumption for the wealthy</em>...&rdquo;</p> <p class="p1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/sweatshop_1.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="173929" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p2">It is often very sad that for those outside and unfamiliar to Asia, this continent is still seen as <strong>a)</strong> either a huge opportunity for consumption from luxury goods to anything &ldquo;American&rdquo;, and I won&rsquo;t deny it- when I went to China for a holiday, Abercrombie and Hollister were still popular brands amongst the local youth. Not so much in Singapore anymore, apparently. Or <strong>b)</strong> As the above comment states, a place of unfair labor practices and &lsquo;slave&rsquo; factories.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">I am utterly disappointed by this comment, and whilst I would admit that such unfair labor does happen in this region, the cause of such low wages have been driven by simple mechanics that can be explained through Economics, from the factors that affect supply and demand to labor economics and the existence of large corporations, that practice economies of scale, thereby ruining the labor wage market. As <strong>Debra Langley</strong>, CEO of <a href="">Inverted Edge</a> pointed out, &ldquo;<em>No one can deny that some factories' practices are less than ideal, but the irony is that many of the companies that use these factories and don't insist on ethical labor rules are not Asian</em>.&rdquo; And hey, it&rsquo;s not just Asia that these companies are producing in- sweatshops exists in Africa, South America, even New York City!</p> <p class="p1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/30TH_GARMENT_INDUST_851555f.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="173931" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p1">As a love of the fashion industry but also a personal advocate of a sustainable business model that employs fair labor practices and ethical sourcing, I am aware of the flaws in this industry as a whole. However, I do not think that sweatshop practices should be pinned down to a certain region with a stigma that labels us almost as tyrants who have the ability to change, but yet refuse to.</p> <p class="p1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/made_in_china.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="173934" data-galleryid="1028" />To conclude, I think it takes effort from both the suppliers and the consumers to correct labor wages- when consumers are educated properly about what goes into the prices they pay for a T-Shirt or pair of shorts, perhaps they will be more willing to comply and pay the fair prices. This will in turn stop retailers, especially those that have the power to do so, to demand prices that result in slave wages.</p> <p class="p2">I would also hope that the designers in this region would recognize the importance of fair labor rights, especially having grown up in this region and belonging to a certain generation that realize the need for sustainability in order to succeed, that they would not exploit their own country's resources, both in terms of human and natural, for that matter.</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><em>&nbsp;</em></p> 11 2013 16:52:24 +0000New York City Created FLATT Mag Issue 5 w/ Stories by Fashion Photographer Nico Iliev & Matthew Modine<p>Our good friend, fashion photographer, director and FLATT Magazine Editor-at-Large <a href="">Nico Iliev</a> has created another beautiful editorial with Brazilian model <a href="">Daniela Braga</a> from Next Models for Issue 5. They've collaborated in the past and we can simply say that they work brilliantly together, as you can see from the images below. Nico was one of the first artists that Models WebTV had the pleasure to promote and work with for a test project in our studio with model <a href="">Barbora Dvorakova</a>. He's a very talented photographer and we love seeing his work in this smart publication, which he also contributes on the editorial end. "FLATT goes beyond a monetized product with our mission to support creatives and patrons alike," Christina Lessa, FLATT Editor. This statement is quite similar to that of our very own Film Annex, and it's&nbsp;<strong><a href="">goal of supporting creatives</a></strong>.</p> <p>This issue of FLATT has another special interview which we were excited to read with Matthew Modine, a <a href="">Film Annex</a> contributor and total gentleman who we had the pleasure of hosting in our studio for a video interview about his documentary "<a href="">Jesus Was a Commie"</a> which you can watch underneath Daniela's photos. Matthew expands upon a topic that concerns me greatly, obesity, and its tremendous prevalence here in the US and sadly affecting children to such a huge extent.&nbsp;</p> <p>Matthew's idea of BFAD (Bicycle for a Day) has such an overwhelming impact if it could be adopted on a grand scale in terms of health and environment even for just 1 day! New York City is fast becoming more Bike-centric with the roll out of the Citibike program and creation of new bike lanes across the whole city. So NY'ers get a helmet and give it a shot!</p> <p>Get your issue of FLATT now!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/_MG_4686F.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="173279" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/_MG_5410F.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="173280" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/_MG_4641F.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="173281" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/_MG_4552F.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="173283" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/_MG_4419F.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="173284" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/_MG_5074F.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="173286" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/_MG_4972F.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="173293" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><strong>PHOTO CREDITS:</strong></p> <p><a href="">FLATT MAG</a><br />Photography: <a href="">Nico Iliev</a><br />Styling:&nbsp;<a href="">Ashley Pruitt</a></p> <p>Hair/Makeup: <a href="">Sabrina Rowe</a></p> <p>Model: <a href="">Daniela Braga at Next, NYC</a></p> <p>FLATT ISSUE 5</p> <p>&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/IMG_0856.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="173295" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>&nbsp;<em><strong><a href="">WATCH MATTHEW MODINE'S "JESUS WAS A COMMIE"</a></strong></em></p> <p><img src="../../images/embedplayer_ph.png" alt="" data-videoid="M36882?l=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5maWxtYW5uZXguY29tL3dlYnR2L21hdHRoZXdtb2RpbmUvbW92aWUvamVzdXNfd2FzX2FfY29tbWllLzM2ODgy" data-videosource="fa" /></p> 11 2013 13:20:22 +0000Slut-Shaming Showing Up On Halloween... and Well, Everywhere Else <p class="p1"><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>BY: Naomi Christie</strong></span></a></p> <p class="p2">Americans love to indulge in the spooky festivities of October every year and when Halloween arrives, there is just as much sexy as there is spooky. Halloween dress-up allows for the nation&rsquo;s adults to throw the rules for daily attire out the window. This includes modesty for women. It is the one day out of the year where your best friend can wear a dryer sheet and say she&rsquo;s a sexy ghost, and you&rsquo;re not obligated to lecture her on how she is more than half-naked. However, it is apparent that once Halloween is here in full-force, there comes the annual eye-roll at the sight of scantily-clad costumes from many women, and men too. &nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/leadshaming.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="169037" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p2">I was meandering a Halloween store when I caught a bit of a young woman&rsquo;s conversation with her friend. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t want a sexy costume because I&rsquo;m not a slut and I don&rsquo;t plan on being a whore for the night,&rdquo; she loudly exclaimed in a sneering tone. This sentiment was rather off-putting. In one sentence, this lady made an assumption about many female Halloween shoppers and also slut-shamed millions of women. Slut-shaming the act of shaming or ridiculing someone for their (supposed) promiscuity or making them feel inferior for certain behavior that deviates from traditional gender expectations.</p> <p class="p2"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; float: right;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/3ojbrr.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="169038" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p2">Now, slut-shame is not a new hot topic. If anything, there&rsquo;s quite the fatigue with this on-going headliner. (But it should certainly not be put to rest.) Last year, two teens, <a href="">Felicia Garcia</a> and <a href="">Amanda Todd</a> were endlessly bullied and slut-shamed which lead them to commit suicide. This sparked an epidemic of internet blogs, vblogs, and articles on the apparent slut-shaming issue, shedding light on the fact that it is an ignorant misconception that because a girl is dressed a certain way, she is to take fault for any possible molestation. There is the notion that because a girl is wearing a short skirt or revealing cleavage that she is asking to be seen as an object or be taken advantage of. Internet propaganda trying to correct society&rsquo;s flawed idea- photographed rally signs, memes, and designs that read things like &ldquo;<strong><em>Things that cause rape: rapists</em></strong>.&rdquo; - have been circulating social media platforms to bring attention to rape culture, problems with gender expectations, and bullying. (And may I add that this is not to be perceived as a a &ldquo;feminist rant&rdquo;, this is a blog about the relevant and apparent slut-shaming issue in correlation to Halloween and recent headlines in pop-culture.) The attention that social media has brought to slut-shame has made this topic much more mainstream. It has been a heated on-going discussion. Why would you assume that because a woman is wearing revealing clothing on Halloween that she must have plans on being a &ldquo;whore for the night&rdquo;? Many women will take advantage of the fun holiday to dress-up in ways that express their sexuality. That is a woman&rsquo;s choice and ridiculing her for it is just ridiculous. Are we really going to assume a female the title of &ldquo;slut&rdquo; if she is going to pull a naughty nurse costume off the shelf? <span class="s1">Never mind that there seems to be no media attention on the boldly&nbsp;</span>violent costume selections for young boys because dressing up as murderous blood-splattered villains is just fine but a busty mermaid is a problem.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">To insinuate that a female is a &ldquo;good girl&rdquo; with good morals because she is not wearing a &ldquo;sexy costume&rdquo;, and that only females with loose morals wear sexy costumes simply perpetuates the </span>old-school whore/virgin dichotomy, which discourages women from embracing their sexuality. Furthermore, is it not absolutely absurd to assume you know a stranger&rsquo;s personality and morals solely on what they wore on a holiday where you are allowed to dress up as whatever you&rsquo;d like? Enough to shame and criticize them?&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/cyrus475.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="169044" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Undeniably, this goes beyond Halloween. Though it is more than old news, people are still slut-shaming Miley Cyrus for provocatively dancing in latex lingerie at the MTV Music Video Awards. The New York Times recently published an intriguing article with insight on the <strong><a href="">&ldquo;The Pro-Miley Backlash&rdquo;</a></strong></span><span class="s1">. The article states that some may say she is &ldquo;</span><em>a victim of our society&rsquo;s puritanical, even hypocritical attitude toward sex and nudity</em>.&rdquo; This is not to defend Miley Cyrus as a valid role model or support that she should prostitute herself to pop-culture, but just to state that she is a liberated woman capable of making her own decisions and condemning her with the assumption that she has loose morals is completely unnecessary.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/robin-thicke-blurred-lines_13.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="169042" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p3">There is also the controversial unrated <a href="">Blurred Lines music video</a> that has received blunt public heat all summer long. Because the models dancing (and never dancing sexually) are in the nude bearing all their curves, the models and video have been ridiculed all over the internet. Without diving too much into a whole other discussion, I have to mention a great blog that breaks down the feminist criticism of the music video provoking slut shaming, which Polemique defends that it doesn&rsquo;t in &ldquo;<a href="">Blurring the Lines of Feminism: A Criticism of the Criticism of &lsquo;Blurred Lines&rsquo;&rdquo;</a>. The blog also makes mention of the aggravating whore/virgin <span class="s3">dichotomy problem by citing Taylor Swift lyrics. Swift insinuates&nbsp; in one of her songs that if a girl wears short skirts and high heels she is inferior to a girl who wears sneakers, asserting that a girl who dresses like that is less likely to be girlfriend material, and therefore slut-shaming. What kind of message are you sending, Miss Swift? Interesting thoughts, Polemique!&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p3" style="text-align: justify;"><span class="s3"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/o-TAYLOR-SWIFT-LEGS-facebook-1.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="169045" data-galleryid="1028" /></span></p> <p class="p2">Slowly, more and more of modern society are starting to discard traditional gender expectations and thankfully, year after year, much of the media stands up against slut-shame. It&rsquo;s just a matter of time that we can get everyone to think more openly and be careful with their words and actions. We as humans have the right to judge, but to attack, criticize, or chastise someone for their own decision on how to portray their sexuality? That&rsquo;s poor taste and doesn&rsquo;t make you better than anyone. &nbsp;<a href=""><strong> -@NaomiChristie</strong></a></p> <p class="p2"><strong><a href="">Watch "Rose Et Bleu" and More of filmmaker Naomi Christies work.</a></strong></p> <p class="p2"><img src="../../images/embedplayer_ph.png" alt="" data-videoid="M32893?l=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5maWxtYW5uZXguY29tL3dlYnR2L2NoYXJtZXJjaHJpc3RpZS9tb3ZpZS9yb3NlX2V0X2JsZXUvMzI4OTM-" data-videosource="fa" /></p> 10 2013 14:17:36 +0000LEAN ON ME - A Fashion Dance Film Directed by Charlie Wan - Thoughts and Inspired Poem <p class="p1"><a href=""><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">BY CHARLOTTE DELGRANGE</span></strong></a></p> <p class="p1">Wherever there is light, spurts of darkening casts interrupt an evolving chemistry, where the potential for a spark remains on the verge of being ignited. Fashion is composed of many stories, dreams, and tales that are dressed by creators&rsquo; visions to enhance a level of vitality, as some pieces of clothing do when enveloping the body. The sentiments that are evoked through any type of artistic form infiltrate our minds through the visual dynamics of familiarity and anonymity, facilitating an emotional response to a non-traditionally defined plot.</p> <p class="p1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-10-17_at_3.00.54_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="163678" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p1">In the case of films, most of the material suggests a direct plot, structured to project a more or less obvious conclusion. Therefore, the general audience has developed a habit, which has alienated the possibility for an unusual experience that would otherwise involve the viewer&rsquo;s attentive behavior in a range of ways. <strong><a href="">Charlie Wan&rsquo;s</a></strong> short fashion film entitled, <strong><em>Lean On Me</em></strong>, explodes the circumference of one&rsquo;s pupils, pulling emotions back and forth, like the duo dancing to a melody that tugs at each extremity of a silent human conversation.</p> <p class="p1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-10-17_at_3.09.08_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="163682" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p1">The bodies follow and lead each other through a romantic language that leaves room for curiosity, mystery and imagination. The relationship in motion explores a sense of separation upon the crimson door that both man and woman accept to bare the weight of, hoping to find the key to liberation.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-10-17_at_3.03.39_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="163679" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p1">As the door rotates, an opening closes, and the camera has denied the access to the assumption that a moment of escape into unison exists. A dramatic feeling covers the white chiffon dress, provoking the continuous movement between lovers whose hands chase one another&rsquo;s touch, desired even for the figment of an instance. And when the door disappears, the couple caresses on a platform of interchanging light and shadow, revealing the presence of mortality within the ongoing battle to love and be loved. Tangled through acrobats, all is silently revealed in a field of motion and meant to be lost within the fragments of times past&ndash; love is left moving toward the infinite unknown.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-10-17_at_3.08.52_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="163680" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p1">No element of nature, reconstructed by man, can blind my sight.</p> <p class="p1">Clouds of darkness may cover your figure, but the tips of my fingers will illuminate the aisle for you, and my whispers will guide you out towards my lonely bones.</p> <p class="p1">The thought of you I easily hold onto, as I climb the peak where our love is taking you.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">I fear to never reach the top, and reminisce on times where our bodies danced through the air, pressing foreheads, and running through a labyrinth of shared dreams.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Strong hearts are fondled by time, but there are no such limitations in a passion as resilient as the speech of emotion within time.</p> <p class="p1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-10-17_at_3.14.17_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="163681" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p1"><a href="">LEAN ON ME CAN BE VIEWED HERE</a></p> <p class="p1"><a href="">WATCH MORE OF DIRECTOR CHARLIE WAN'S WORK ON HIS WEBTV</a></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> 10 2013 15:20:39 +0000Controversial Fashion: Using Native American Imagery - Celebration or Exploitation of Culture?<p class="p1"><a href=""><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span class="s1">BY: NAOMI CHRISTIE</span></span></strong></a></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">For a long time in the fashion industry, feather headdresses stirred up quite the controversy regarding </span>cultural appropriation faux pas. Native American headdresses have been flaunted in all realms of fashion from runway shows to stylized music videos.</p> <p class="p1">Let&rsquo;s begin with the major fashion companies who have been under fire for Native American appropriation in recent years. In 2012, Urban Outfitters issued a line that they called &ldquo;Navajo&rdquo; and included photos of girls holding flasks while dressed in Native American tribal inspired print and accessories. The controversy exploded as the Navajo Nation commissioned a letter exclaiming their deep objections to the fake tribal prints and navajo theme.</p> <p class="p1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Move_of_Navajo_trademark_suit_sought_73400000_20120927162246_640_480.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="162215" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p2">The Navajo Nation currently holds 12 trademarks on the word "Navajo," which includes clothing. While Urban Outfitters didn&rsquo;t explicitly showcase Native American headdresses in their campaign, they had shirts and other items that displayed illustrations of a Native American headdress. A popular graphic on a shirt was of a skull sporting a headdress. Urban Outfitters decided to withdraw the word &ldquo;navajo&rdquo; from their line&rsquo;s term, but never issued an apology.</p> <p class="p2"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/tumblr_md121rf5UU1r3anlxo1_500.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="162212" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p2">In the winter of 2012, Victoria&rsquo;s Secret caused quite the stir - possibly the biggest in recent years. The beautiful VS model, Karlie Kloss graced the Victoria&rsquo;s Secret Fashion Show runway in a massive feather headdress and a Pocahontas inspired lingerie set accented by turquoise jewelry and leopard print. When images of the elaborate outfit were released, Victoria Secret took an extreme blow to the face with steamy hate mail and social media platforms and blogs putting them under fire. The famous lingerie line immediately took action and pulled the look from all campaigns and cut it out of the television showcase.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/390-victoria-secret-native-1112.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="162210" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p2">Music videos have also received an overwhelming amount of angry hot air and disapproval. No Doubt&rsquo;s &ldquo;Looking Hot&rdquo; music video was immediately removed amid the controversy for the &ldquo;cowboys and indians&rdquo; theme. No Doubt had the video released for barely a day, and took it upon themselves to quickly release an apology statement mentioning that as a multi-racial band they believed in showing cultural respect.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/No_Doubt_-_Looking_Hot-1414330.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="162211" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p2">Lana Del Rey&rsquo;s mesmerizing and cinematic music video for her single &ldquo;Ride&rdquo; features her in a huge feather headdress in the desert. The headdress was not paired with a Native costume but was used as an enchanting accessory, possibly in aid of glorifying the beauty of freedom - a theme of the video. Though the video underwent much disapproval from critics and fans alike for the misuse of Native apparel, it was not pulled.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Lana_Del_rey_ride.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="162209" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p2">The concern and controversy is that all this appropriation may be contributing to perpetuating the stereotypes of Native Americans. But I would like to propose a question - a question of perspective: could one argue that the incorporation of feather headdresses in fashion be a celebration of an aspect of the culture? Where and how do we know if the intentions were for appreciation or appropriation? There seems to be a great amount of protest when fashion companies use Native American iconography- protest that assumes the companies&rsquo; judgement stems solely from ignorance and exploitation. I am not defending the fashion industry by saying we need to give them the benefit of the doubt, but would like to take a brief moment to propose insight into the oblivion of the offender. In the blissful ignorance of these designers who made and accessorized with a headdress, their elaborate pieces were an expression of vibrant art. To them, it was not any different from designing an intricate oriental kimono or a Russian hat (Usanka), both of which have been featured in past televised Victoria&rsquo;s Secret fashion shows. Perhaps the sacred Native American headdress paired with lingerie accented by animal print is not paying tribute to the bloodshed that the natives suffered. But neither are the &ldquo;Indian&rdquo; Halloween costumes or the Washington Redskins. So is all the hot air and protest overreacting or isn&rsquo;t it? Is this supposed racism comparable to if someone designed a Nazi costume for the VS fashion show? <span class="s1">I agree that appropriation of Native imagery is most certainly an insult to Native people. But where do we draw the lines and limits? Or are there no exceptions?</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/washington-redskins-full-1024x768.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="162213" data-galleryid="1028" /></span></p> <p class="p2">Washington football team, the Redskins, have recently released new statements defending their team&rsquo;s name. Attorney Lanny Davis exclaimed that in the <a href="">Annenberg Institute</a> poll, with a national sample of Native Americans, 9 out of 10 Native Americans said they did not mind the team name, &ldquo;Washington Redskins&rdquo;. However, research proves that this poll was taken in 2004. That&rsquo;s nine years ago - nearly a decade. Perhaps now is the prime time for the hot air around this controversy and all controversies regarding the Native American racism and appropriation.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">But with so much of it occurring in all areas of pop culture, where do we begin with educating those partaking in appropriation that this is wrong? Which monster do we choose to fight first? Halloween costumes, music videos, or fashion events? Or are people who are up in arms just overreacting? What do you think?</p> <p class="p2"><a href="">WATCH WANDERLUST FROM DIRECTOR NAOMI CHRISTIE</a></p> <p class="p2"><img src="../../images/embedplayer_ph.png" alt="" data-videoid="M37416?l=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5maWxtYW5uZXguY29tL3dlYnR2L2NoYXJtZXJjaHJpc3RpZS9tb3ZpZS93YW5kZXJsdXN0LzM3NDE2" data-videosource="fa" /></p> <p class="p3">&nbsp;</p> 10 2013 19:46:33 +0000Product Photo Shoots for Ecommerce Websites. What Happens Behind the Scenes?<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="">BY: Nicole Tan</a></strong></span></p> <p>There are many parts of the fashion industry that aren't glamorous. In fact, most parts of the industry, aside from its products, events and gloss magazines can be deemed a glamorous life (Read: There&rsquo;s nothing glamorous about dragging a rack of couture Vera Wang dresses double your height across the hallway of an office, or doing a pick up for a shoot with a $75,000 men&rsquo;s watch in your purse running across the streets of Manhattan to make sure you&rsquo;ve picked up all the necessary items for a shoot in LA, of which your bosses are leaving to in two hours. Expect a lot of panic and perspiration, even in the middle of Winter;)</p> <p>Having said that, another aspect of my job working at an e-commerce store used to be directing and styling all the shoots, on top of writing the editor&rsquo;s notes / product descriptions. Thankfully, the various aspects of a shoot have now been divided into several processes between the Buying and Content team.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-10-07_at_1.16.21_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="160882" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p1">Product shots aren&rsquo;t much fun. In fact, it is a process that unlike editorial shoots, sees very little magical moments. The process of an editorial shoot begins from the notification that goods have been received. When a delivery has occurred, the model and photographer is scheduled. If you&rsquo;re working with a tight budget, I would caution and advise that it is VERY much worth your investment in an experienced model. The various looks for each product is then organized and pulled out, with the occasional mix and matching of clothes with old products and other basics like denims, leggings and tops. These styles are steamed and prepped in advance in terms of style, as well as speed of which the model can change (example: a model is going to take much longer to change her bottoms, especially if they are skinny jeans. So, we would then figure out all the tops to go along with said bottoms in order to save time).</p> <p class="p1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Asher+Levine+Backstage+Spring+2013+Mercedes+_i1eAoy3gA8l.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="160892" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p1">On the day of the shoot, looks are churned out as fast as the team can handle, usually in a 360 degree view where the model works it for the camera (and the clothes!) to get the shot from the desired angle.</p> <p class="p1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/vama1.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="160883" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p1">After this is done, we then have to create table top shots for both the accessories, and the clothes. These are done either by sophisticated machines, Photoshop or through using a mannequin. Either way, it is a very manual and tedious process in terms of laying out the items to shoot. And in my personal opinion, doesn&rsquo;t get any better the more you do it.</p> <p class="p1"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/team.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="160875" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p1">Once all of these are done, the images are then sorted, re-touched and then sorted once again to be uploaded into the system. And voila, the items, after a semi painstaking process, are now shoppable (<a href="">@ Inverted Edge</a>).&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><a href="">Behind the Scenes Photo Shoot with photographer Nico Iliev and Model Barbora Dvorakova.</a></p> <p class="p1"><a href=""><img src="../../images/embedplayer_ph.png" alt="" data-videoid="M27327?l=aHR0cDovL21vZGVsc3dlYnR2LmNvbS9tb3ZpZS9tb2RlbF9waG90b3Nob290X2JlaGluZF90aGVfc2NlbmVzX25pY29fYmFyYm9yYS8yNzMyNw--" data-videosource="fa" /></a></p> 10 2013 13:53:56 +0000Models as Entrepreneurs and Social Media Powerhouses<p><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>BY: NICOLE TAN</strong></span></a></p> <p>On a recent scour through the internet to find out what articles were trending, one of my colleagues brought up several articles on the new era model: the model who not only have the looks and the height, but also other talents and most importantly, a business mind.</p> <p>The popularity of models as idols - at least in a physically motivational way, if not more&mdash;have made these figures of symmetrical perfection stars in their own rights. Combine their pretty faces with savvy use of social media, models like <a href="">Coco Rocha</a>, <a href="">Karlie Kloss</a>, <a href="">Chanel Iman</a> and the ever so popular, <a href="">Cara Delevingne</a> have gained a huge fan following in their own right, and the opportunity to leverage these fans into potential customers. &nbsp;</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-09-30_at_3.26.25_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="158362" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>Of course, models whom we&rsquo;ve seen leverage on the media industry include TV show hosts of Project Runway, Heidi Klum and America&rsquo;s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks. Models who have ventured into the film industry, albeit not all that successful include Lily Cole (Remember: St Trinians and Snowhite and the Huntsmen?&nbsp;(photo)) and most recently, Cara Delevigne, who will be starring in a movie titled, Kids in Love, depicting the hard-party lifestyle of wealthy, young Londoners.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/img-lily-cole-snow-white_124614541805.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="158367" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>Alas, models have since branched out of the media industry route, and have instead become entrepreneurs to their own start-ups or companies.</p> <p>A model whose products I am dying to get my hands on to is Miranda Kerr&rsquo;s range of skincare products, <a href="">KORA Organics</a>. The model who has flawless skin has certainly convinced me that her product will (hopefully) make my skin as great as hers. I have yet to really test this out, however.&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-09-30_at_3.20.05_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="158357" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>Models, who typically experience the whole process of the fashion industry&nbsp; (and through brands and companies who are veterans in this field) can really pick up on the fashion business, from spotting gaps and room for improvements in the market to assembling the pieces of a fashion business plan. &nbsp;One such example is <a href="">Armando Cabral</a>, a model who was recruited by Wilhelmina Models at 19 and can add Dries Van Noten, J. Crew, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors to his modelling portfolio list. Armando, who observed that everything in the fashion industry he had witness so far was &ldquo;too fashion- or too casual and too made in China,&rdquo; has since opened his own footwear company which features modern takes on classic footwear, such as a hightop sneaker in blackwool and suede to ballet flats in blue woven leather and sturdy canvas oxfords. His footwear is now sold in 40 stores in 15 countries.&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/biopic.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="158361" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>&nbsp;With the rise of e-commerce startups and the ease of many resources that can be found online to start your own company (from <a href="">Kickstarter</a> to easy payment gateways for individuals and small companies like <a href="">Shopify</a>), we would expect to see more models branching out into other aspects of the fashion and media industry.&nbsp;</p> <p>-</p> <p>Discussion on Entrepreneurship I produced with Professor Henry Welt the Chair of Entrepreneurship at The Fashion Institute of Technology.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="../../images/embedplayer_ph.png" alt="" data-videoid="M32567?l=aHR0cDovL21vZGVsc3dlYnR2LmNvbS9tb3ZpZS9mYWNlc19vZl9mYXNoaW9uX25ld195b3JrX2NpdHlfaGVucnlfd2VsdF9mYXNoaW9uX2luc3RpdHV0ZV9vZl90ZWNobm9sb2d5LzMyNTY3" data-videosource="fa" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 09 2013 13:54:46 +0000Fashion Designer Sophie Theallet Celebrates Women as They Should Celebrate Themselves<p><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>BY: Charlotte Delgrange</strong></span></a></p> <p>The feminine elegance contours pale flesh, which is delicately powdered by patterns of repeated landscapes being brushed by the breeze of dancing steps. Brightened by colors, yet softened by textures, the surface of a cultivated palette is explored.</p> <p>Buttresses stand as strong supports to an architectural design, mastering the beauty of forms through a relationship tailored to embrace the body it adorns. The edifice of assemblage contains a pattern of congruent functions, lines of interference that illustrate the existence of a live form through precise textiles individualized to represent a particular movement.&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5722.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154341" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>Sophie Theallet has developed a vocabulary that&rsquo;s poetics reflect the lengths of study dedicated towards her vision, which she expresses amongst a collection of wearable content. <a href="">For Spring Summer 2014</a>, Theallet arranged a series of attires narrating the progression of the feminine, and demonstrating a slow reveal of a woman. There are no aggressive provocations in her creations, instead each piece could be understood as a study of the human body, similar to the working system of a painter or sculptor. The female is a gender that changes both physically and emotionally, and Theallet has crafted accompaniments to embrace the evolution of woman through every experience.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5700.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154409" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>The element of knitwear reinforces the sense of attention and <em>&eacute;tude</em>, projecting sensuality and graphics, as done through the choice of artistic prints of forms of nature. Theallet&rsquo;s pairing of silky prints and architecturally striking knitwear, might suggest a reference to Ernst Haeckel&rsquo;s Botanical Illustrations that are explicitly detailed, inviting the eyes to touch the fragile compositions of nature.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Ernst-Haeckel2.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154367" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>Through the use of mental sight, from the shirts to the skirts, the sustenance of the physical woman is involved with the materials that exude her innocence of being, which develops to accentuate voluptuous forms that strut elegance.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5684.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154343" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>Beautiful characteristics of the feminine presence are enhanced through the designer&rsquo;s expertise, those being the hips, waist and collarbone. The clothes either always tightened at the waistline, creating a sense of lightness to the ensemble, or pulls at the hips, which lengthens the body and smoothen the flow of the fabric. The geometric device draws attention to the collarbone, either through a triangular plunge that paves the path to fantasy, or a rectangular structure that brightens the face to illuminate the suspense of beauty.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5731.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154335" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>Towards the end of Theallet&rsquo;s presentation, lace kissed not only the model&rsquo;s soft skin and long necks, but became the texture resting upon the long evening dresses, revealing sexiness minimally and pleasingly in just the right amounts. The lace teased the eye into believing that the bare skin underneath displayed its&rsquo; nudity, but instead acted as a sophisticated playfulness that gracefully raised the goose bumps to the surface of one&rsquo;s skin.&nbsp;<img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5705.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154338" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>The closing dress left me tremendously impressed. A red silk that could be felt from miles away, cold on the outside, yet warmed by an orange interior&ndash; there is power in that dress. The opening at the leg, waist and shoulder play peek-a-boo to satisfy, but do not transform the woman into an object, instead manifest the shapes of a true woman. Theallet celebrates women as they should celebrate themselves.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5740.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154339" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>As the finale came to walk the entire collection down the runway, passion and inspiration filled the heart; Theallet&rsquo;s point of view spoke clearly through her creations, as they dressed the runway, one last time, repeating the following words, &ldquo;<em>Je suis Femme</em>&rdquo;. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="">Watch the Sophie Theallet show held during MADE Fashion Week</a></strong></p> <p><strong><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-09-18_at_11.58.26_AM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154340" data-galleryid="1028" /></strong></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5520.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154344" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5495.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154346" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5503.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154347" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5535.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154349" data-galleryid="1028" /><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5542.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154350" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5567.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154352" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5581.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154353" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5587.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154354" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5595.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154355" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5616.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154356" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5622.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154358" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5630.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154359" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5638.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154360" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5652.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154361" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5658.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154362" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/LUX_5674.450x675.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="154363" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> 09 2013 12:10:31 +0000Taking a Break from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to Reflect on the Current Speed of Fashion<p><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>BY: NICOLE TAN</strong></span></a></p> <p>In an article published not long ago in the <a href="">New York Times</a>, Suzy Menkes writes about the New Speed of Fashion. As the Fashion Weeks of the world approach and editors and bloggers gear up for their rampage around the world’s biggest fashion cities, I can’t help but to go back to this article, and share the frustrations that are felt in it.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-09-05_at_2.09.27_PM7343.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="149842" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><em>“We editors might love, love, love! a fall collection, but before it is even delivered to American stores in August for our readers to savor, fashion is on to the next big thing. (Retail shipping dates vary in different international cities.) A round of resort shows starts during the early summer months, over a six-week period. There might be new ideas, simpler, more wearable styles or even a negation of what went before. But not to worry! The fall collection will be gone from the stores in approximately two months, with unsold pieces we had raved about hanging forlornly as markdowns.”</em></p> <p>Working as the Editor at Fashion startup <a href="">Inverted Edge</a>, and not one that carries a volume and variety of goods like Net a Porter or Asos does, I am already feeling the edge of the constant requirement or necessity for ‘something new.’ There’s always a new IT color to be worn, or a new IT accessory, a new IT theme. And for those of us that truly know fashion, aside from the occasional breakthroughs in fabric or perhaps production or manufacturing techniques. <em>There’s rarely everything new in fashion</em>. The length of the tapered pants might go a few inches higher or lower, but that’s as radical of a trend that fashion would go from one spring season to the next. It’s called a fashion cycle for a reason.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-09-05_at_2.12.43_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="149843" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>So, “<em>has fashion itself gone mad, gathering speed so ferociously that it seems as if the only true luxury today is the ability to buy new and exclusive clothes every microsecond</em>?” Menkes speaks of the contribution that e-commerce stores have ‘<em>fed to this craze</em>,’ stating, “…<em>because when you can’t touch the fabric or try on the outfit, the only emotion you experience is the excitement of the purchase and the thrill of beating everyone else to it</em>.” There is no doubt that perhaps this is part of the reason, with more retailers accumulating in the online world, it seems that exclusivity to limited quantity of pieces are huge lures for consumer traffic that convert. (We, at Inverted Edge are also guilty of this lure to Limited Edition pieces and capsule collections).</p> <p> <img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/featuredimagerac.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="149832" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>Having said that, I do believe that it is time luxury brands and fashion houses alike to come together and realise that they, and not the retailers and/or consumers dictates the path of the brand. In any creative field, there needs to be a balance between one’s creative freedom (and integrity) to design and one’s commercial purpose (that is, to produce a line that sells). And right now, there seems to be a lack of designer freedom, or perhaps for lack of a better word, the lack of time that one needs to allow the creative process to happen (let alone, assemble a production line capable of churning quality goods). </p> <p><a href="">The Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 Fashion Show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week</a></p> <p><img src="../../images/embedplayer_ph.png" alt="" data-videoid="M37629?l=aHR0cDovL21vZGVsc3dlYnR2LmNvbS9tb3ZpZS9tYXJjX2J5X21hcmNfamFjb2JzX2ZhbGxfMjAxM19ydW53YXlfc2hvd19tZXJjZWRlc19iZW56X2Zhc2hpb25fd2Vla19ueWNfbWJmdy8zNzYyOQ--" data-videosource="fa" /></p> <div><span> </span></div> 09 2013 13:59:58 +0000Day 1 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Begins Tomorrow - Go Behind the Scenes with Tabitha Goldstaub from Rightster<p><strong><a href="">Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week</a> </strong>has arrived. Tomorrow begins Day 1 of the 8 day event that ends September 12th. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is the main venue for MBFW. There are other shows being held off site all around the city as well. Including myself, Models WebTV will have 4 photographers, 2 Cinematographers, and a few writers covering the action. That list will of course grow when I have the opportunity to ask with the enormous amount of photographers and writers who make their way to the event from all over the world, to contribute to their content to our platform, many do! </p> <p><a href="">Simon Ackerman Backstage Fall '13</a></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/205090_10150567662980571_3143679_n4159.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="149604" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>If you don't have the opportunity to make it to New York City to attend the shows or have to work, don't sweat it, <a href="">MBFW will be live streaming</a>. Thanks to the folks at <a href=""><strong>IMG Fashion</strong></a> and <strong><a href="">Rightster</a> </strong>you can enjoy every designers Spring/Summer 2014 collection from the comfort of your home or desk. </p> <p>We're excited to now represent the MBFW fashion show content on our platform (THANKS TO THE HARD WORK OF DIANA MACKIE), these will be the best videos to come out of the shows . Every evening you can go to the <a href="">Mercedes-Benz WebTV</a> and find your favorite designer and interact with that video through the Film Annex share buttons, by commenting, or to further engage your audience by embedding the video into your own WebTV's blog when writing about the new looks. Your blog will pop with the added video.</p> <p>A few days ago we produced one of my favorite videos to date with <a href="">Tabitha Goldstaub</a> the Marketing Director for Rightster. I'm a fan of intricate productions and MBFW is certainly one. There are a tremendous amount of moving parts to make this event a success. One of those parts is video and getting that video content out to the right audience on the web as far and wide as possible. It's Tabitha and Rightster who are responsible for this aspect of production. Her video below gives you a great sense of the company and the relationship to IMG (MBFW). </p> <p><img src="../../images/embedplayer_ph.png" alt="" data-videoid="M37843?l=aHR0cDovL21vZGVsc3dlYnR2LmNvbS9tb3ZpZS9mYWNlc19vZl9mYXNoaW9uX255Y2xvbmRvbl90YWJpdGhhX2dvbGRzdGF1Yl9yaWdodHN0ZXJfbWFya2V0aW5nX2RpcmVjdG9yLzM3ODQz" data-videosource="fa" /></p> <p>The day 1 schedule is below, and if you wan to plan ahead <strong><a href="">go here</a>.</strong></p> <h4>September 05</h4> <ul> <li><span class="time">9AM</span> <div class="title"><a href="">NICHOLAS K</a> at STUDIO</div> </li> <li><span class="time">9:30-10:30AM</span> <div class="title"><a href="">DAVID TLALE</a> at BOX</div> </li> <li><span class="time">10AM</span> <div class="title"><a href="">BCBGMAXAZRIA</a> at THEATRE</div> </li> <li><span class="time">11AM</span> <div class="title"><a href="">RICHARD CHAI</a> at STAGE</div> </li> <li><span class="time">1PM</span> <div class="title"><a href="">SUPIMA</a> at STUDIO</div> </li> <li><span class="time">2PM</span> <div class="title"><a href="">TADASHI SHOJI</a> at STAGE</div> </li> <li><span class="time">2:30-3:30PM</span> <div class="title"><a href="">CANDELA</a> at BOX</div> </li> <li><span class="time">3PM</span> <div class="title"><a href="">DESIGUAL</a> at THEATRE</div> </li> <li><span class="time">5PM</span> <div class="title"><a href="">MARISSA WEBB</a> at STUDIO</div> </li> <li><span class="time">6PM</span> <div class="title"><a href="">THE ART INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK CITY</a> at STAGE</div> </li> </ul> <p>Last February Semyon and myself made this video, a diary of our experience at the shows, pairing a few of the shows we attended with the music of legendary composer Ennio Morricone and Romina Arena.</p> <p><img src="../../images/embedplayer_ph.png" alt="" data-videoid="M34176?l=aHR0cDovL21vZGVsc3dlYnR2LmNvbS9tb3ZpZS90aGVfd29tYW5faW5fbWVfYnlfcm9taW5hX2FyZW5hX2VubmlvX21vcnJpY29uZV9vdXJfbWVyY2VkZXNfYmVuel9mYXNoaW9uX3dlZWtfZXhwZXJpZW5jZS8zNDE3Ng--" data-videosource="fa" /></p> <div class="day"> </div> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> 09 2013 18:25:05 +0000Faces Of Fashion Thailand: Interview with Fashion Filmmaker & Photographer Ken Rivas<p><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>BY: CHARLOTTE DELGRANGE:</strong></span></a></p> <p>Model, photographer, and film director Ken Rivas has been sharing his film content with us for over a year on his <strong><a href="">WebTV</a></strong>. Many of his short films are behind the scenes of editorials for <a href="">L'Officiel Thailand</a> which are elevated by Ken's masterful touch to a product as valuable or more so than the still images resulting from the shoot (don't tell the photographers!) . His other projects including <a href="">"The Friend"</a> and <a href="">"The Last Regret"</a> showcase Ken's talents as a short filmmaker, and we encourage you to see these productions. </p> <p>We asked Charlotte Delgrange to bridge the gap between New York City and Thailand where Ken is based to get an insight into the man behind the films. ENJOY! </p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-09-03_at_12.39.30_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="149259" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><strong>CD:</strong> Your experience in the fashion world had covered different fields, how has the diversity of each role contributed to your perspective ? And how do these perspectives influences the manner in which you choose to manifest your understanding of them?</p> <p><em><strong>Ken Rivas:</strong> WOW… Kind of a deep question, it made me think about my past (10 years ago),  Well... I think models do the fun part of every fashion job, while photographers go deeper into the fashion and sometimes, it's not that fun anymore, you must deal with the sales people, marketing people, people that don't even know what they are doing, etc... and then it needs to go much deeper if you want to be good at it,  and that is when media and advertising come into the picture.</em></p> <p><em><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-09-03_at_1.25.36_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="149264" data-galleryid="1028" /></em></p> <div class="im"><strong>CD:</strong> Looking through the content of your website, it is evident that you have developed through different mediums. What do you favor for still imagery, as well as for video? <br /><em><strong></strong></em></div> <div class="im"><em><strong><br /></strong></em></div> <div class="im"><em><strong>KR: </strong>*I will go for imagery... A still image will be the key to develop a video, a story, a script... where an image plays just one frame of millions but it determines the way an artist expresses him or herself, at least it is how I get it in my head and from it  I just develop the video.</em></div> <div class="im"><em><br /></em></div> <div class="im"><br /><strong>CD</strong>: When observing the context of your fashion films, each one seems like its own story, it's own extract of time to which you add fantasy without diluting the reality of the dialogue. How do you use your compositional techniques to project your intention onto the viewers?<br /><strong></strong></div> <div class="im"><strong><br /></strong></div> <div class="im"><strong>KR:</strong> <em>Honestly I try to not to think much about the viewers and when I do (it happens) it just does not work for me, they become somehow predictable videos, very communal and senseless but when I don't think about viewers it actually really looks senseless (hahaha) but deeper inside me, I get satisfied somehow, it is a sign that tells me that the work is done, actually I started to believe that it is like the universe or the big energy tells me what to do but honestly I see that every person will somehow get a different meaning from each video.</em></div> <div class="im"><br /><strong>CD:</strong> In your personal photographic works, an image in particular captured my attention, the one of the Flatiron Building with the tree in the foreground. It appears to be an image that holds to various symbols, And forms that intertwine in ways that integrate them upon the surface while still being so Separate (speaking of the relationship between the tree and the building)?How has your culture influenced your vision of iconic symbolism? How has this, if so, influenced your work aesthetic? </div> <div class="im"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-09-03_at_12.57.22_PM5690.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="149263" data-galleryid="1028" /><br /><br /><strong>KR:</strong> <em>I honestly didn't remember which pictures was it when I read the question (ahahahah)... Ok! I took it a long time ago but from all the pictures that I took that day, I really liked that one... so, it does not go too deep if I think about it, I just got a story in my head (again) while I was walking and looking to the sky, maybe I was thinking about an anime or anything what a teenage can think... BUT now that you mentioned the symbols or cultures... yes, I very much feel the South American machismo and I really would like to get rid of it but somehow it is also a skill that I can control and use when needed.</em></div> <div class="im"><br /><strong><em>CD: </em></strong>Who or what in your life had served as a mentor to you ?<br /><strong></strong></div> <div class="im"><strong><br /></strong></div> <div class="im"><strong>KR</strong>: *"<em>The What" - Life itself... In every period of my life, there is something that left a mark where I could learn a lesson. "The Who" - Mom and Dad, the more I live, the more I remember them and I can see how they taught me everything in life before I even thought about it. I'm still listening in my head to their voices "I told you".</em></div> <div class="im"><br /><em><strong>CD:</strong> </em>As an artists, do you believe that the success is to capture what we seen in the moment , or creating a visual description of the thought of what we could be seeing ?<br /><em><strong></strong></em></div> <div class="im"><strong><br /></strong></div> <div class="im"><strong>KR:</strong> <em>As an artist I think everything is right. We can show how real and simple life can be or we can corrupt it and show how it could or is supposed to be. Both are acceptable for me but success will happen depending on the personal judgment or everyone's judgment or even cultural judgment. We can see how some people can achieve success in New York but not in Africa or the other way around.</em></div> <div class="im"><br /><strong>CD:</strong> How does your choice of music ad melody add to the story of your visuals? Do you use the music as a tool through which the viewer can transcend into the dream like world you have created or is it just to entertain the idea of what is being seen?<br /><br /><strong>KR: </strong><em>Well with L'Officiel videos, normally it's team work. The fashion director at the magazine may suggest to me a particular song and somehow that shows me what the inspiration for him is. Other times  I'll have my own musical inspiration.  Sometimes, I get just a good video, but I like the idea of melody adding story to the visual.</em></div> <div class="im"><em><br /></em></div> <div class="im"><a href=""><em>Visit Ken Rivas' WebTV </em></a></div> <div class="im"><em><br /></em></div> <div class="im"><em><img src="../../images/embedplayer_ph.png" alt="" data-videoid="M37856?l=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5maWxtYW5uZXguY29tL3dlYnR2L2tlbnJpdmFzL21vdmllL2Jlc3Rfb2ZfZmFsbF8yMDEzX2Zvcl9sb2ZmaWNpZWxfdGhhaWxhbmQvMzc4NTY-" data-videosource="fa" /></em></div> <p><em> </em></p> 09 2013 13:24:15 +0000The Art of Collaborating: Fashion Gets Lonely, So Partners Get Lucrative (or do they?)<p><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>BY: NICOLE TAN</strong></span></a></p> <p>Before the art of collaboration became a serious source or potential for business in the fashion industry, there was licensing. Licensing, a popular trend that still exists today, particularly with the commercially driven American fashion brands, were done to the point of overkill by brands such as Pierre Cardin and if in Asia, the French brand, Renoma.</p> <p>Although many licensing deals still happen today (or else Tory Burch would probably not have seen the opportunity to pioneer the first <a href="">Fashion Law Studies at Fordham University</a> and I would not have done a semester’s worth of Fashion Law), what really makes headlines both in trade and consumer media are the collaborations. Yes—you’re going to say—this is nothing new.</p> <p>However, what makes collaboration such a lucrative business? Or rather, is it in actual fact, a lucrative one?</p> <p>In success stories most recently, one can turn to Kanye West’s collaboration with A.P.C., which resulted in an instant sell-out. The product? A mere white T-shirt with  “<a href="">Kanye A.P.C</a>.” silk-screened on the inner neckline of the top. Yes, it was a plain white shirt. And yes, people paid USD 120 for it. We can also turn to H&M’s many successful collaborations, from Anna Dello Russo to Versace and the one we’re all waiting for this year, <a href=""><strong>Isabel Marant</strong></a>. Then of course, there’s also <a href=""><strong>3.1 Phillip Lim for Target</strong></a> coming out later this year.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/anna-dello-russo-for-hm-by-mert-marcus.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="147686" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>Alas, let’s not forget the failures. Can anyone recall the Target and Neiman Marcus collaboration that resulted in a huge flop? The 50 piece collection was carried in both department stores and had big names such as Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Neiman-Marcus-for-Target.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="147685" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>Although these retailers might have seen a connection between their customers in today’s mix and match world, the collection was said to be of low quality and as quoted by blogger Tayler Bartmen, a “hideous display.” “Just because you have to use cheaper materials, doesn’t mean I need to look like I got list in a thrift store in an array of bipolar time periods.” Perhaps the failure could be seen in the poor execution of product in terms of quality as well as pricing strategy—a bicycle designed by Alice and Olivia was priced at $499.99. Another failure in collaboration was the Maison Martin Margiela for H&M collection. H&M, known to have their collaborations sell out within hours of launching, still had Margiela merchandise on the selling floor at Christmas. Although I was personally a fan of the collaboration, it was apparent that the brand was too avant-garde for most mainstream customers.   </p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/maison.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="147682" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>In conceptualizing a designer collection collaboration, both brands and retailer have to be very sure that not only do they see a fit (and potential growth) in target audiences, but also that the products must be worthy of its price. I mean, even Kanye West’s A.P.C. T-shirts were <em>at least </em>made of 100% pure Egyptian cotton. Jokes aside, in a collaboration deal, one stands to either boost or lose, not only their branding image but also their sales. And we all know, the last thing a retailer wants is to be stuck with unloadable inventory (and it ain’t that easy liquidating a product derived from deep branding efforts and heavy publicity). -N.T.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/kanye5632.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="147687" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> 08 2013 16:33:01 +0000Faces of Fashion New York City: The L'Oréal Professionnel Master Artists <p><strong><a href="">BY: Charlotte Delgrange</a></strong></p> <p>Without dimensionality, the amusement of creation would be empty, and the sense of form would be ignored, removing spaces that permit the transition into a state of transformation from which an idea can become real. The malleable value of fabrics allow for multiple reliefs to appear in different dimensions that alter the understanding of flatness into bursts of bounce, vocalizing a vision of expressive forms. The properties of matter is the science that lays the foundation for realization, a beginning towards the infinite possibilities upon which imagination can be dealt upon the skin, as if the drawn up thoughts were to become the replacement of the shedding layer covering the body. That which once existed only in the format of a dream is fed through tactile materials as a solid surface that exudes the brilliance of an idea, designed to enhance traits possessed by the individual, and to be worn as an accessory complimentary to the existing personality.&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-08-26_at_1.23.47_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="146921" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>When embracing the female bust, the beauty of a corset presents the being within a constraint of defining linear equations. But when removed and left to stand upon its own three dimensional shape, the corset reflects patterns of architectural designs that assemble into the structure of a performance of immobilized character. Even without the actual presence of flesh, a corset&rsquo;s structure embellishes its surrounding environment, adding volume to the lightness of an invisible being. A performance doesn&rsquo;t always need to have movement to be considered. Sometimes, once the physical aspect of human forms disengage, the story contained within is just as vocal amongst the silence, and thoughts are free to roam the roads of its linings to make a story one&rsquo;s own.&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-08-26_at_1.26.50_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="146923" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>In fashion, the emphasis often lies upon the items of clothing, but the contribution to dressing hair can elevate a collection to the next level of realism, explored within a world of fantasy. In a video piece directed by Charlie Wan entitled, <a href=""><em>L'OREAL PROFESSIONNEL HAIR SH</em>OW</a> AT 4TH DIMENSION, hairstylists explore their love for couture through the extension of strands of locks into ornaments of d&eacute;cor. L'Or&eacute;al Professionnel Master Artists, Amit Abraham, Jo Blackwell-Preston and Joseph DiMaggio, performed theirs craft and artistry in front of a live audience, through which the simplicity of the element of hair was converted into headpiece collaborations that become creatures of their own kind. From the masterminds&rsquo; rapid fingers birthed straw-like hats, or a bustier with a tightened ribbon, all of which were layers upon layers of behaviors that spoke through a dimension beyond the third, one that sheds lights through the reflective cuts of the crystals composing a chandelier.&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-08-26_at_1.29.36_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="146924" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>Hair has now become the presenter of fabrics that lay beneath the sense of sight, while also remaining so vivid and true to the sense of touch. As inspirations and influences are discussed amongst the hair dressers, a beautiful concept is brought to life through the words of Jo Blackwell-Preston, whose desire was to create &ldquo;<em>a little bite of a veil, so that you could see through it but not all of it,</em>&rdquo; which reveals an attention and knowledge of the functions of dimension that make each design so unique within the realm of fashion.&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-08-26_at_1.25.09_PM9738.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="146925" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The body is not the only figure of speech&ndash; the eyes do talk, but so does the hair, braided along its own physical structure only to become the element to disguise a lover&rsquo;s gaze, or simply act as the corset that holds the thoughts so that they may not float too far away.&nbsp; In Italian Renaissance paintings, hair was a symbol that embellished a woman, and extended by strokes of paint into a new length to which a vision could create locks that would keep one dreaming in a land far far away.</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong><a href="">See more work by director Charlie Wan</a></strong></p> <p><img src="../../images/embedplayer_ph.png" alt="" data-videoid="M30826?l=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5maWxtYW5uZXguY29tL3dlYnR2L2NoYXJsaWV3YW4vbW92aWUvbG9yZWFsX3Byb2Zlc3Npb25uZWxfaGFpcl9zaG93X2F0XzR0aF9kaW1lbnNpb25fZGlyZWN0ZWRfYnlfY2hhcmxpZV93YW4vMzA4MjY-" data-videosource="fa" /></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> 08 2013 13:32:18 +0000Free People's Latest Fashion Film ROSHAMBO by Guy Aroch & Jonathan Doe - Best Film Winner @LJFFF2013<p><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>BY: NAOMI CHRISTIE</strong></span></a></p> <p> <a href="">Free People</a> is a line that emulates the classic hopeless romantic as their fashion films reflect their insatiable appetite for romance. It started with cheeky love story, <strong>“<a href="">Neighbor</a>”</strong> starring the charismatic <a href="">Daisy Lowe</a> who plays the sexy girl next door flirting through french windows with the cute boy across the way. The adorably quirky love story displays Daisy’s efforts of winning a guy’s heart until finally she reels him in by just being herself. There is no dialogue but a lot of charming and heartwarming interactions between the two actors. The film showcases various pieces from Free People, subtly flaunting several flirty ensembles.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/neighbor-daisy-lowe.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="146041" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Free People’s latest fashion film series "<strong><a href="">Roshambo</a>"</strong> takes on a bit of a different approach in showcasing the brand. The first of the series created quite a buzz amongst various fashion blogs and it even won three awards at the International Fashion Film Festival, one of them being Best Picture. If you’re a hopeless romantic, you’ll be swooning over this fashion film. Starring model and actress <a href="árquez">Sheila Marquez</a> and <a href="">Christopher Abbot</a>t of the HBO show ‘GIRLS’, the film follows a whirlwind of a romance of two stylish star-crossed lovers who reencounter one another on a Brooklyn street. The boy is a touring musician and the girl a bohemian babe with a spark of wanderlust. After a date over a cup of coffee, a game of rock paper scissors sets them up for quite the amorous adventure.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Roshambo.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="146043" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>Directed by <a href="">Guy Aroch</a> and <a href="">Jonathan Doe</a>, the film flaunts beautiful cinematography in mostly natural light complimenting the equally strong narrative. But what about the clothes? One can concede that once you’re watching Roshambo, you may forget you are watching a fashion film. And I mean that in a good way! The film pulls you in immediately with an exchange between the two lovers, foreboding looks, and an air of hopefulness with the serendipitous encounter. You don’t get a glimpse of an entire outfit until 00:47 mark when you see Sheila’s boho-chic ensemble.</p> <p><span><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-08-23_at_12.41.52_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="146044" data-galleryid="1028" /></span></p> <p>The film opens with tight shots, accentuating the intimate nature of the story. Shot hand-held with mostly tight shots, the clothing is featured in the most sublime ways. A close up of the lovers holding hands shows off the bohemian bangles and cuffs on Sheila. A scene where Sheila twirls in her euphoric state flaunts a 360 of her outfit. But fashion isn’t being forced down your throat here. Instead you are enraptured by a very refreshing narrative and the on-screen chemistry. The presentation of clothing seems so brilliantly effortless. Perhaps it was. When Roshambo was announced winner of “Best Direction” at<a href=""> La Jolla’s International Fashion Film Festival</a>, Free People stylist gushed in awe, adding “<em>we didn’t even think about the clothes</em>!” after mentioning the film was all shot in one day.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/rosh1.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="146046" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>The low-budget and easy-going approach at shooting made Free People’s production much like the underdog of a competition. Aroch and Doe improvised much of the film, shooting a lot of Roshambo guerrilla style, building the narrative as they went along, all the way through to the end of post production. Much can be accredited to the film’s editor, <a href="">Ryan McKenna</a> who played the role as a writer in the editing bay, constructing the story free-form as entrusted by the directors.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/FreePeopleStarworksGroup.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="146052" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>The result is an effortless capture and whimsical love story with a tinge of heartbreak. The fashion is seamlessly put-together and Sheila and Chris’s courtship is intoxicating. When Roshambo took home the award for Best Picture, many were enthused, for the film didn’t win over the viewers’ hearts with an elaborate fashion presentation, grand production design, or mind-boggling special effects. Roshambo, in its brevity, proved to be captivating because of its well-constructed narrative. Sometimes less is more and just like love affairs, sometimes the most underrated ones are the simplest. - <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="">@naomichristie</a></strong></span></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Free-People_Roshambo_August-2013-6.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="146045" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><br /></strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="">CLICK for more about the author Naomi Christie and her latest Films, Including "WANDERLUST"</a></strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><img src="../../images/embedplayer_ph.png" alt="" data-videoid="M37416?l=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5maWxtYW5uZXguY29tL3dlYnR2L2NoYXJtZXJjaHJpc3RpZS9tb3ZpZS93YW5kZXJsdXN0LzM3NDE2" data-videosource="fa" /></strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><br /></strong></span></p> 08 2013 13:03:30 +0000Interview with Naomi Christie, Director of the Magical Fashion Film WANDERLUST<p class="p1"><a href=""><strong>BY: Eileen Doñiego de France</strong></a></p> <p class="p2">Aerosmith videos featuring Alicia Silverstone first taught me the importance of freedom and rebellious fun. Live your life the way you want to. Lana Del Rey later confirmed this same theme with her odes to the open road. Having a sense of adventure is nothing new, it has been explored and written about for ages, but it never gets old. There is something romantic about taking your life in your own hands and throwing it out against the wind.</p> <p class="p2">Photographer and up and coming filmmaker, <a href=""><span class="s1"><strong>Naomi Christie’s</strong></span></a> most recent film, <a href=""><span class="s2"><strong>Wanderlust</strong></span></a>, captures this same wind-through-your hair feeling. Two friends ditch their school duds in favor for more gypsy-like frocks and lifestyle. Put into sticky situations, their friendship perseveres and they find themselves meeting new friends, new sceneries, and most important - new outfits for each new adventure!</p> <p class="p2">Naomi Christie fills us in on her inspirations for Wanderlust and what it took to make such a magical film.</p> <p class="p2" style="text-align: justify;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/IMG_6203post.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="141283" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p3"><strong>Models WebTV</strong>: What was your inspiration for Wanderlust?</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Naomi Christie:</strong> My inspiration came from within my own lust for adventure. I have a strong attraction to the open road and liked the idea of utilizing the open road as a driving force for two beautiful girls to transform from scenery to scenery, just as we do in real life.</p> <p class="p4"><strong>MWT:</strong> Have you ever hitch hiked or gone on an amazing road trip with your girl friends?</p> <p class="p2"><strong>NC:</strong> I've had a few road trip adventures in my day, but nothing that stretched beyond 48hrs. I've never hitched hiked but I have some brave and intriguing friends who have.</p> <p class="p4"><strong>MWT:</strong> How much of your life do you put into your work as a photographer, director, over-all creator? What inspires you?</p> <p class="p2"><strong>NC</strong>: I think anything that inspires or impacts me will eventually show up in my work. I think especially as a writer and photographer, there is always an insatiable desire to capture, document, and create so even in the most sublime ways, everything in my life revolves around creative endeavors. I find inspiration everywhere because I am a romantic, but especially in human interaction and growth, free-spirited people, and sensual females.</p> <p class="p3" style="text-align: justify;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/IMG_6631.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="141287" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p4"><strong>MWT</strong>: Aside from a showcasing of amazing fashion styles, the location shots helped tie in the film. How many locations were used for Wanderlust? What was the process like scouting for the locations? How many days did it take to film?</p> <p class="p2"><strong>NC:</strong> Not as many as you'd think, if we are speaking in terms of city districts. We shot in two different areas of the San Fernando Valley in LA and then the rest was shot in the Malibu/Leo Carillo area. Our cinematographer, Anthony, and I just spent a day driving from place to place, snapping photos and enjoying the LA weather.</p> <p class="p4"><strong>MWT:</strong> Wanderlust was very youthful in spirit, would you say this is a theme you like visiting for your films? What other themes would you like to work on?</p> <p class="p2"><strong>NC:</strong> Youthfulness and the freedom that comes with youth is something I will never stop gravitating towards for a theme. I love anything that embodies that free-spirit. I would like to explore more raw emotions and other types of human connections. Love, lust, coming of age friendships, etc.</p> <p class="p4"><strong>MWT:</strong> How big was your team? How much input did they have in the creation of Wanderlust?</p> <p class="p2"><strong>NC:</strong> We had a cast and crew of about twenty people. Everyone had their roles. I wrote and directed and visualized it all with my DP.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>MWT:</strong> What was your favorite moment of the film and favorite outfit?</p> <p class="p2"><strong>NC:</strong> I love the bonfire scene because it was sweet and blissful and the most real to me. My favorite outfit would be what Mikaela was wearing on the sand dune with the indian headdress.</p> <p class="p2"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-08-08_at_12.45.25_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="141288" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p4"><strong>MWT</strong>: What’s coming up next for you?</p> <p class="p2"><strong>NC:</strong> I am working on a short film screenplay for a narrative that is very near and dear to my heart right now. Hopefully another fashion film soon.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s3"><a href=""><strong>Watch WANDERLUST on Naomi's WebTV</strong></a></span><span class="s4"><strong>  ● </strong><a href=""><span class="s3"><strong></strong></span></a><strong>  ●  </strong><a href=""><span class="s3"><strong>@NaomiChristie</strong></span></a></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s4"><span class="s3"><strong><img src="../../images/embedplayer_ph.png" alt="" data-videoid="M37416?l=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5maWxtYW5uZXguY29tL3dlYnR2L2NoYXJtZXJjaHJpc3RpZS9tb3ZpZS93YW5kZXJsdXN0LzM3NDE2" data-videosource="fa" /></strong></span></span></p> 08 2013 13:11:24 +0000Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NYC Schedule Released #MBFW<p>It's that time of year again, the semi-annual <strong><a href="">Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week</a> </strong>showcasing the Spring 2014 collections will take place in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, from September 5th through Sept. 12th. <img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/1001413_10151778544129306_845850685_n.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="141060" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>The 3 hottest girls from #MBFW this past stormy and snowy February <a href="">Karlie Kloss</a>, <a href="">Cara Delevingne</a> and <a href="">Lindsay Wixson</a> shown in the picture above will certainly be staring and finishing many of the top shows this season. Or will there be a new star ready to step into the spotlight and make the photographers on the street and backstage go crazy. Our photographers and videographers are getting their gear ready, to bring back some amazing images for you at the end of each day. Here's just one image of what you can expect!</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/426100_10151325585737968_1912690337_n.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="141062" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>(Photo: Cara Delevingne backstage @ Marc Jacobs by <a href="">Simon Ackerman</a>) </p> <p>Here's what the schedule looks like and links to each designers site</p> <p class="p1"><strong>September 05</strong></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">9AM <a href=""><span class="s1">NICHOLAS K</span></a> at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">10AM <a href=""><span class="s1">BCBGMAXAZRIA</span></a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">11AM <a href=""><span class="s1">RICHARD CHAI</span></a> at STAGE</li> <li class="li1">1PM <a href=""><span class="s1">SUPIMA</span></a> at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">2PM <a href=""><span class="s1">TADASHI SHOJI</span></a> at STAGE</li> <li class="li1">2:30-3:30PM <a href=""><span class="s1">CANDELA</span></a> at BOX</li> <li class="li1">3PM <a href=""><span class="s1">DESIGUAL</span></a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">5PM <a href=""><span class="s1">MARISSA WEBB</span></a> at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">6PM <a href=""><span class="s1">THE ART INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK CITY</span></a> at STAGE</li> </ul> <p class="p2"> <strong>September 06</strong></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">8:30-10AM <a href=""><span class="s1">FASHION LAW INSTITUTE</span></a> at BOX</li> <li class="li1">9AM <a href=""><span class="s1">ZIMMERMANN</span></a> at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">10AM <a href=""><span class="s1">PROJECT RUNWAY</span></a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">11AM <a href=""><span class="s1">CARMEN MARC VALVO</span></a> at STAGE</li> <li class="li1">12PM <a href=""><span class="s1">NOON BY NOOR</span></a> at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">2PM <a href=""><span class="s1">NAUTICA</span></a> at STAGE</li> <li class="li1">3PM <a href=""><span class="s1">REBECCA MINKOFF</span></a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">6PM <a href=""><span class="s1">NICOLE MILLER</span></a> at <a href=""><span class="s1">STUDIO</span></a></li> <li class="li1">7-8PM <a href=""><span class="s1">TODD SNYDER</span></a> at BOX</li> <li class="li1">7PM <a href=""><span class="s1">ARGENTINE DESIGNERS</span></a> at STAGE</li> <li class="li1">7:30PM <a href=""><span class="s1">ELLE FASHION | NEXT</span></a> at DAVID H. KOCH THEATER</li> <li class="li1">8PM <a href=""><span class="s1">ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY</span></a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">9PM <a href=""><span class="s1">MARK AND ESTEL</span></a> at STUDIO</li> </ul> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1"><strong>September 07</strong></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">9AM <a href=""><span class="s1">RUFFIAN</span></a> at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">9:30-10:30AM <a href=""><span class="s1">RAFAEL CENNAMO </span></a>at BOX</li> <li class="li1">10AM <a href=""><span class="s1">LACOSTE</span></a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">11AM <a href=""><span class="s1">JILL STUART</span></a> at STAGE</li> <li class="li1">12PM <a href=""><span class="s1">SON JUNG WAN</span></a> at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">2PM <a href=""><span class="s1">MARA HOFFMAN</span></a> at STAGE</li> <li class="li1">2:30-3:30PM <a href=""><span class="s1">MALAN BRETON</span></a> at BOX</li> <li class="li1">3PM <a href=""><span class="s1">HERVÉ LÉGER BY MAX AZRIA</span></a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">4PM <a href=""><span class="s1">KATYA LEONOVICH</span></a> at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">6:30-7:30PM <a href=""><span class="s1">CHARLOTTE RONSON</span></a> at BOX</li> <li class="li1">7PM <a href=""><span class="s1">MONIQUE LHUILLIER</span></a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">9PM <a href=""><span class="s1">VENEXIANA</span></a> at STUDIO</li> </ul> <p class="p2"> <strong>September 08</strong></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">11AM <a href=""><span class="s1">LELA ROSE</span></a> at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">1PM <a href=""><span class="s1">DKNY</span></a> at TBA</li> <li class="li1">2PM <a href=""><span class="s1">TRACY REESE</span></a> at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">3PM <a href=""><span class="s1">CUSTO BARCELONA</span></a> at STAGE</li> <li class="li1">3:30-4:30PM <a href=""><span class="s1">TRINA TURK</span></a> at BOX</li> <li class="li1">4PM <a href=""><span class="s1">DIANE VON FURSTENBERG</span></a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">5PM <a href=""><span class="s1">JOANNA MASTROIANNI</span></a> at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">5PM <a href=""><span class="s1">Y-3</span></a> at 360 WEST 33RD STREET</li> <li class="li1">6PM <a href=""><span class="s1">VIVIENNE TAM</span></a> at STAGE</li> <li class="li1">7PM <a href=""><span class="s1">ZAC POSEN</span></a> at TBD</li> <li class="li1">8PM <a href=""><span class="s1">RALPH RUCCI</span></a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">8PM <a href=""><span class="s1">RICARDO SECO</span></a> at EYEBEAM</li> <li class="li1">9PM <a href=""><span class="s1">EMERSON BY JACKIE FRASER-SWAN </span></a>at STUDIO</li> </ul> <p class="p1">S<strong>eptember 09</strong></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">9AM <a href=""><span class="s1">MATHIEU MIRANO</span></a> at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">9:30-10:30AM <a href=""><span class="s1">RUBIN SINGER</span></a> at BOX</li> <li class="li1">10AM <a href=""><span class="s1">CAROLINA HERRERA</span></a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">11AM <a href=""><span class="s1">TOMMY HILFIGER</span></a> at PIER 94</li> <li class="li1">1PM <a href=""><span class="s1">PAMELLA ROLAND</span></a> at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">2PM <a href=""><span class="s1">HACHE</span></a> at 531 WEST 36TH STREET</li> <li class="li1">2:30-3:30PM <a href=""><span class="s1">CZAR BY CESAR GALINDO</span></a> at BOX</li> <li class="li1">3PM <a href=""><span class="s1">CONCEPT KOREA</span></a> at STAGE</li> <li class="li1">4PM <a href=""><span class="s1">DONNA KARAN NEW YORK</span></a> at TBA</li> <li class="li1">5PM <a href=""><span class="s1">FALGUNI AND SHANE PEACOCK</span></a> at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">6PM <a href=""><span class="s1">REEM ACRA</span></a> at STAGE</li> <li class="li1">7PM <a href=""><span class="s1">KAUFMANFRANCO</span></a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">8PM <a href=""><span class="s1">LIBERTINE</span></a> at STUDIO</li> </ul> <p class="p1"><strong>September 10</strong></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">9AM <a href=""><span class="s1">TORY BURCH</span></a> at DAVID H. KOCH THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">9:30-10:30AM <a href=""><span class="s1">J.CREW</span></a> at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">9:30-10:30AM <a href=""><span class="s1">STEVEN ALAN</span></a> at BOX</li> <li class="li1">10AM <a href=""><span class="s1">BADGLEY MISCHKA</span></a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">11AM <a href=""><span class="s1">VERA WANG</span></a> at STAGE</li> <li class="li1">1PM <a href=""><span class="s1">JENNY PACKHAM</span></a> at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">1PM <a href=""><span class="s1">DIESEL BLACK GOLD</span></a> at VANDERBILT HALL</li> <li class="li1">1:30-2:30PM <a href=""><span class="s1">ADEAM</span></a> at BOX</li> <li class="li1">2PM <a href=""><span class="s1">NAEEM KHAN</span></a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">3PM <a href=""><span class="s1">DENNIS BASSO</span></a> at STAGE</li> <li class="li1">5PM <a href=""><span class="s1">ALON LIVNÉ </span></a>at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">6PM <a href=""><span class="s1">ZANG TOI</span></a> at STAGE</li> <li class="li1">6PM <a href=""><span class="s1">MM6 MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA</span></a> at TBA</li> <li class="li1">9PM <a href=""><span class="s1">FASHION SHENZHEN</span></a> at STUDIO</li> </ul> <p class="p1"><strong>September 11</strong></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">9AM <a href=""><span class="s1">BIBHU MOHAPATRA</span></a> at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">9:30-10:30AM <a href=""><span class="s1">BRANDON SUN</span></a> at BOX</li> <li class="li1">10AM <a href=""><span class="s1">MICHAEL KORS</span></a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">11AM <a href=""><span class="s1">NANETTE LEPORE</span></a> at STAGE</li> <li class="li1">1PM <a href=""><span class="s1">RACHEL ZOE</span></a> at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">2PM <a href=""><span class="s1">J. MENDEL</span></a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">2:30-3:30PM <a href=""><span class="s1">CLOVER CANYON</span></a> at BOX</li> <li class="li1">3PM <a href=""><span class="s1">MILLY BY MICHELLE SMITH</span></a> at STAGE</li> <li class="li1">5PM <a href=""><span class="s1">BETSEY JOHNSON</span></a> at STUDIO</li> <li class="li1">6PM <a href=""><span class="s1">ANNA SUI</span></a> at THEATRE</li> <li class="li1">6:30-7:30PM <a href=""><span class="s1">ANYA CALIENDO</span></a> at BOX</li> <li class="li1">7PM <a href=""><span class="s1">OSKLEN</span></a> at STAGE</li> <li class="li1">8PM <a href=""><span class="s1">B MICHAEL AMERICA</span></a> at STUDIO</li> </ul> <p class="p1"><strong>September 12</strong></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">10AM <a href=""><span class="s1">RALPH LAUREN</span></a> at TBA</li> <li class="li1">11AM <a href=""><span class="s1">RALPH LAUREN</span></a> at TBA</li> <li class="li1">2PM <a href=""><span class="s1">CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION</span></a> at 50 VARICK STREET</li> </ul> <p class="p1">If you would like to recap what the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim #MBFWSwim runway shows that just took place in Miami, you can do so on the newly launched <a href="">MBFW WebTV</a>.</p> <p class="p1"> </p> 08 2013 15:40:28 +0000Faces of Fashion Singapore: The Role of an Online Editor at an Ecommerce Store<p><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>BY: NICOLE TAN</strong></span></a></p> <p><strong><a href="">Net a Porter</a></strong> has one, so does <a href=""><strong>Gilt</strong></a>, and <strong><a href="">H&amp;M</a></strong>. The phenomenon of many editors jumping from publishing to e-commerce is not a new one anymore. As stated in an <a href="">article&nbsp;in WWD</a> that ran in 2011, &ldquo;<em>Content and commerce, the mingling of it, really makes sense to me</em>,&rdquo; said Ruth Reichl, former Editor-in-Chief of Gourmet and New York Times food critic turned <a href="">Gilte Taste</a>, &ldquo;<em>You have a normal magazine and you create editorial, and then it gets surrounded by ads for a lot of things you don&rsquo;t like. Here, we have to be involved in what we&rsquo;re selling as well</em>.&rdquo;</p> <p><span><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-08-06_at_12.38.59_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="140774" data-galleryid="1028" />&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Fast forward two years on, it seems that the role of an Online Editor in e-commerce store is one that is here to stay. Published in an article earlier this year by the <a href=";utm_campaign=c34f55a8bb-&amp;utm_medium=email">Business of Fashion</a>, Jeremy Langmead, Mr. Porter&rsquo;s editor-in-chief, said,&nbsp;&ldquo;<em>Everything we sell&hellip;we have bought ourselves; and we&rsquo;ve bought these items to sell because we like them and we think our customers will like them, too; none of the merchandise has been bought by us because an advertiser has asked us to do so</em>.&rdquo; And it seems to be working, with the Net a Porter group seeing a 55% growth in sales this year.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-08-06_at_12.43.00_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="140777" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>The view of content and commerce is something I am a personal advocate of, being the editor for a multibrand e-commerce store, Inverted Edge. Having just launched our new editorial a few weeks ago, <strong><a href="">The Thread</a></strong>, &ldquo;<em>stems&nbsp;from our belief that content and commerce have a naturally symbiotic relationship, and that when we curate our collection, by definition we&rsquo;re creating content and expressing our point of view</em>.&rdquo;</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-08-06_at_12.45.36_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="140779" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>So what type of content, exactly, is the editor in charge of creating? On the Thread, I have curated a content that attracts a certain lifestyle, as we do with our clothes. In a sense, editors are in charge of creating (and sustaining) the online brand identity of the store.</p> <p>Now then, how does working as an editor for an e-commerce store differ to a traditional magazine editor? First of all, faster turnover times. Articles are basically added in real-time, as they can be published literally by the click of a button.</p> <p>Most importantly, however, it is the incorporating the aspect of, and expectations of a retail environment. Ultimately, the goal is to sell. Sales figures and reports come into play with our content, and all of a sudden, we are also expected to master the world of <strong>digital marketing</strong> ( or at least, hack your way through). If working for a start-up with a small team, like me, this means saying hello to e-mail marketing (newsletters), social media (and yes that means developing a content strategy for ALL outlets you intend to use&mdash;Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, the list can only go on), and the world of tech. Photoshop, basic html coding skills are essential, as with the ability to understand the mechanics of SEO.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-08-06_at_12.48.44_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="140781" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>No doubt, the roles of editors still exist in a more traditional form, even online, such as thriving online media sites like Refinery29, Buzzfeed, Fashionista and The Cut. However, one would notice that although the commerce extent might not be as obvious as being published under an e-commerce store, most of these sites are exploring the opportunities of commerce to their huge database of already dedicated and loyal followers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><br /><br /></span></p> 08 2013 11:27:34 +0000Fashion Begins with a Story<p class="p1"><a href=""><strong>BY: Charlotte Delgrange</strong></a></p> <p class="p2">As a curious child, the venture into a parent’s closet consisted of mountainous hills worth climbing, coming out with layers of articles of clothing as if having just walked through a carnival of dreams. The objects that have been worn by those dear and near, have an embedded amount of meaning that travel with that particular object until the unknown. That which remains, stains a memory to be replayed until the porcelain teapot becomes white, and all the painted roses have been washed away from the hands that needed the comfort of its touch.</p> <p class="p2"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/valentino-new-parfum-lace-dress.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="139640" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p2">Whether a grandmother’s <em>eau de toilette</em>, or a father’s pair of leather shoes that still has clusters of dirt from those afternoons in the garden, whatever the item might be, it never faded from realty. Fashion begins with a story, a scenario that is played out through fabrics, shapes, combinations, but through the individual, the story is molded according to all that unfolds within the lifetime of exposure it beholds. </p> <p class="p2"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/dolce-and-gabbana-runway-womenswear-floral-print-tunic-and-jacquard-midi-trapeze-skirt-ss-13.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="139643" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p2">Between midnight and day, many of things do come one’s way, with each experience here to stay. Perhaps, the pleasure of buying from thrift stores subconsciously speaks to a being’s attachment to the past, to be able to connect through clothing, and even revisit an era of ideas long imagined or missed. A reoccurrence in fashion collections is the desire to reminisce on that which occurred, on days where the cotton white day dress with floral lace dressed Marie Antoinette’s childish play, or the uniform a butler wore, which entailed patterns and layers, now is most adorned by preppy hipsters of modern décor. The fantasy of existing in times that have frozen our dreams is made possible by visions of a creator. </p> <p class="p2" style="text-align: justify;"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/White-mag-Valentino.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="139651" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p2" style="text-align: justify;">The concept of style is a composition of understandings of shaped characters, which enhance an elegance that appeals to all. Bare to the bone, at the core, fashion exhibits a study of character. Therefore one is attracted to the feeling and personality of an association, highlighted by a design of <em>gloire, quand tu regard dans ton miroir.</em> <a href="">Valentino</a> might cover the face in purple lace, while <a href="">Oscar de la Renta</a> will dress the body in a gown that’s quite profound, or perhaps one wishes to be laying down amongst a bed of floral petals which <a href="">Dolce and Gabbana</a> has submerged thee in. No matter the delight, the state of being immersed in the dual being creates for the addition of the self and the envelop of <em>broderie</em> to begin the journey of recollected thoughts or new feelings to contemplate. </p> <p class="p2"><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/tumblr_m01f3zEBJA1qc4dvx.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="139659" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p class="p2">The fashion world has rare defeat since it does keep you on the tip of your feet, waiting to swoop the body from one pattern into the next, to transform the day and have it taste as sweet.</p> <p class="p2"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="">DOLCE & GABBANA</a></span><span> presents 'ITALIANA' a fashion film by </span><span>directed by </span><a href="">Luca Finotti</a><span>.</span></p> <p class="p2"><img src="../../images/embedplayer_ph.png" alt="" data-videoid="M31948?l=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5maWxtYW5uZXguY29tL3dlYnR2L2x1Y2FmaW5vdHRpL21vdmllL2RvbGNlX2dhYmJhbmFfcHJlc2VudHNfaXRhbGlhbmFfYV9mYXNoaW9uX2ZpbG1fYnlfbHVjYV9maW5vdHRpX2Zvci8zMTk0OA--" data-videosource="fa" /></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"> </p> 08 2013 10:52:19 +0000Photography Exhibition New York City: This Order / Disorder by May Lin Le Goff @ Chelsea Market <p><a href="">May Lin Le Goff</a>, a very talented photographer whose work we had the pleasure to post in the past is exhibiting a selection of her work at <a href="">Chelsea Market</a> in New York City until August 15th. The show titled <em>This Order / Disorder</em> is being curated by T.H.A.T. Artists Inc. </p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/sThisOrderDisoder_01.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="137379" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>The show is a perfect opportunity for May Lin to engage enormous amounts of people from all around the world as the venue is one of the most highly trafficked "malls" in New York City, frequented by tourists and locals, many of whom are fellow creatives who stop into the market to eat, grab a coffee or now to simply escape from the heat. </p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/sThisOrderDisoder_04.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="137380" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>We already know a few of the works have been sold which is very exciting for any artist, but we're confident there'll be red dots denoting a sale on the brick walls next to each piece once August 15th rolls around. So get to Chelsea Market soon, grab a coffee and enjoy the show and email May Lin with your order. </p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/sThisOrderDisoder_05.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="137383" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>THIS ORDER DISORDER:</strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/sThisOrderDisoder_02.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="137381" data-galleryid="1028" /></strong></span></p> <p><em>The accelerating digital age presents a challenging yet compelling twist in all creative industries. Young creative ingénues are challenged to seamlessly adapt their creative process to the plethora of options available in new media, whilst expected to exhibit a distinctive style.</em></p> <p><em><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/From_the_K-T_Diaries_(Green).jpg" alt="" data-imageid="137384" data-galleryid="1028" /></em></p> <p><em>As a young artist in this milieu, May Lin Le Goff makes peace with the hype by creating her own space in an amalgamation of new and traditional media. In Disorder This Order, Le Goff uses the postmodernist realm of assemblage to explore the presence of the artist’s touch.</em></p> <p><em><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/From_the_K-T_Diaries_(Blue).jpg" alt="" data-imageid="137385" data-galleryid="1028" /></em></p> <p><em>Le Goff’s eccentric collages rebel against the mold of the conventional fashion image. Focusing her acute sensibility towards color and composition, she creates art objects by reassemblingscrap materials collected from her commercial and editorial photographic work. The task of deconstructing and displacing the lucidity of the studio shot photograph, and then reconstructing it into a dynamic photo-sculpture fractures the notion of the conventional fashion image, as her pieces conflate la mode with the artistic.</em></p> <p><em><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/From_the_K-T_Diaries_(Pink).jpg" alt="" data-imageid="137386" data-galleryid="1028" /></em></p> <p><em><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Shaken_and_Stirred.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="137387" data-galleryid="1028" /></em></p> <p><em><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Amanda_s_Around_Here_Somewhere.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="137388" data-galleryid="1028" /></em></p> <p><em><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/When_The_Going_Gets_Raf.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="137389" data-galleryid="1028" /></em></p> <p><em><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Quite_Positively_Negative.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="137390" data-galleryid="1028" /></em></p> <p><em><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Untitled_(Circles).jpg" alt="" data-imageid="137391" data-galleryid="1028" /></em></p> <p><span>T.H.A.T Artist Inc. is a budding platform for artisans and Entrepreneurs to collaborate on projects for the purpose of sharing ideas, services and skills amongst each other for community growth as well as individual exposure. </span><br /><br /><span>In an effort to help young, active and emerging creators get the maximum exposure in their respective fields, T.H.A.T Artist Inc. seeks to build an easy navigable archive and online gallery of locally based artisans, with online access and featured articles, interviews, and contact information. Platform members are encouraged to work together to build a community through collaborative efforts for the online gallery, the hosting of workshops, publics and private events, and charitable contributions.</span></p> 07 2013 16:25:51 +0000A Look at The Tale of a Fairy: Karl Lagerfeld Fashion Film Retrospective @LJFFF2013<p><a href=""><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">BY: Charlotte Delgrange</span></strong></a></p> <p>A world of color begins to melt as quickly as fabric might drop from the mountaintop of a woman’s bust. As the figure waltzes through the land of sown rumors, the wings of the wind fly through saturated leaves of palm trees that are refrained from swaying, not disturb the arrival of entitlement, she who dresses in Chanel, with all her luggage of brought distraught. The short fashion film, directed and produced by <strong><a href="">Karl Lagerfeld</a></strong>, <a href=""><em>The Tale of a Fairy</em></a>, is a reflection of the entangled complexities of envy, solitude, and validation, explored through a luxurious and elegant collection of women’s wear. The narrative format communicates an awareness of the language of design, like a visual scrapbook elevated to loosen the corset and release the modern woman. </p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-07-23_at_5.03.14_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="137184" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>Lagerfeld has created a visual reference upon which to reminisce past times, utilizing the themes of money, youth and beauty, as objects that entertain the fantasy of a revenge that lead to one’s self defeat. Enters a black limousine, as if mistakenly driving onto the set of the 1955, <a href="">Alfred Hitchcock</a> movie, <a href=""><em>To Catch a Thief</em></a>, breaking the concentration of the silent front, lined by tree trunks and a passageway into the scandalous world of stolen romance. With three restless heiresses fighting for the attention to be recognized amongst their lonely thrones, the true sense of refinement is unknown, as they cry mercy to the fairy teller who disappears like <em>‘the cat,</em>’ when distraction fills the atmosphere, just long enough to rob each room of its riches and jewels, leaving all a mockery of fools.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-07-23_at_5.07.08_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="137186" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>The party had only just begun, when the breeze let in a genderless looking fairy, who clapped her magic hands, and transformed the generation <em>duh</em> into generation <em>oh la la</em>, where the gals and jets fell right upon Chanel’s address, and black and white devoured the night. In the context of this tale of fashion, the damsels’ in distress do not possess the fun games of <em>Auntie Mame</em>, therefore remained unable to exchange with the emotions of life used to decorate the penciled figures of imagined patterns, an ensemble made to project the confidence upon the female frame. From the ballroom, to the casino, the youth follows the flooded pockets of their host’s guilty pleasures, while one <em>Madame</em> takes a moment in the privacy of her bathroom, faced with her reflection in the mirror, her <em>confidant</em> of ravishing illusions. The fragmented cinematic capture of her erotic acquaintance fades into her dark main, fogging the viewer’s vision; perhaps a dream or just a feeling, the line of truth is left to be determined. </p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-07-23_at_5.08.52_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="137185" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>The gamble and the spill of money focuses on the number that might best hold tight onto the rolling shape of white, but only one will hear the whisper that will bring future delight. The struggle of satisfaction doesn’t end here, as the three women reunite at morning light, left to glimmer upon accentuated shades of the <em>Cruise Collection</em>, still obsessing over the wins and losses of the previous night.</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-07-23_at_4.58.51_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="137183" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>To the beach, they all retreat, to demonstrate the stereotypical <em>femme agée </em>who spoils herself with her <em>jeune jouet, </em>while the other wanders about the mysterious <em>fée,</em> as she sits surrounded by a flock of youth– a campaign add that <a href="">Bruce Weber</a> might fabricate. </p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-07-23_at_4.56.31_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="137180" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>The plot flushes away through empty erotic exchange, leaving no possibility for evolution, and leaving one with the conclusion that the feelings have loose meaning within the particular fantasy, but can still exist in the creation of a tactile reality. Perhaps the action of women’s’ physical interaction has no necessary purpose quite yet, but could develop further into a useful point. But as of now, the truth somehow, is that each creation of Chanel’s, restores elegance and class, a luxury that leaves amused the mystery that will decorate femininity with undying youth and beauty. A contemporary fairytale that cannot be looked past; Chanel is made to last.  </p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Screen_Shot_2013-07-23_at_4.59.51_PM.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="137182" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>---</p> <p><strong>This Friday July 26, 2013 The <a href="">La Jolla Fashion Film Festival</a> presents the world's first Karl Lagerfeld Fashion Film Retrospective</strong></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/KLRetrospective22.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="137177" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>  </p> 07 2013 17:10:51 +0000ASYMMETRY - BEAUTY FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY NEW YORK CITY by CHARLIE WAN<p><a href="">Charlie Wan</a> is a New York CITY based beauty photographer and director. His visual and storytelling style has been described as ethereal, dreamy and emotional. Whether it is film or photography, Charlie has a very unique and sensitive touch when expressing women's beauty as a subject. "<em>I always think there should be many more ways to tell the stories in this beauty genre other than the usual glamourous and product demonstration approaches.</em>" His award winning beauty film&nbsp;<a href="%20&lt;iframe%20width=">"&gt;Bloom</a>&nbsp;is a great example of Charlie's vision of different approach in the beauty universe. Charlie also frequently produce the music and sound design for his own films in his music/DJ moniker&nbsp;<a class="yui3-dd-drop" href="" target="_blank">Phosphorr</a>. "<em>All my work from visual to sound are essentially under the same universe. They co-depend on each other. I always start with the music first before the visual because it guides the emotions and directions of the shoots</em>." As a former&nbsp;<a class="yui3-dd-drop" href="">Art Director</a>&nbsp;in the TV and motion graphics industry for over 14 years including companies like Frogdesign, UVPH, VT2 and Impact Digital, Wan's extensive background has earned him a wide variety of projects from Rolling Stones' stage visual to Pepsi TV commercials to record-breaking Superbowl halftime show for the rock legend The Who. His clients include L'Oreal Professionnel, Oribe Hair Care, Chi, Farouk System, Pinko, MTV, VH1, BET, Syfy, CMT, Nike, Adidas, Adobe, Fred Perry, All-Clad, Superbowl, Rolling Stones, Shakira, Pepsi, EMI and Ford Motor.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>ASYMMETRY</strong></span></p> <p>Photography: <a href="">Charlie Wan</a>&nbsp;● <a href="">@CharlieWan</a></p> <p>Accessories Design: <a href="">Marina Prokopiva</a><br /><br />Makeup: <a href="">Valerie Vonprisk</a><br /><br />Hair: <a href="">Yasutake Kosaka</a><br /><br />Nails: <a href="">Ami Vega</a><br /><br />Model: Patricija @&nbsp;<a href="">The Lions NY</a><br /><br /></p> <p>ASYMMETRY</p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Asymmetry_1.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="135897" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Asymmetry_2.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="135899" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p><img style="max-height: 582px; max-width: 582px;" src="../../users_files/gallery_files/248613/Asymmetry_3.jpg" alt="" data-imageid="135900" data-galleryid="1028" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1><a href="">BLOOM - A BEAUTY FILM BY CHARLIE WAN</a></h1> <p><img src="../../images/embedplayer_ph.png" alt="" data-videoid="M31066?l=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5maWxtYW5uZXguY29tL3dlYnR2L2NoYXJsaWV3YW4vbW92aWUvYmxvb21fYV9iZWF1dHlfZmlsbV9ieV9jaGFybGllX3dhbi8zMTA2Ng--" data-videosource="fa" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 07 2013 18:39:40 +0000