Friday, September 30, 2011

Fashionsign - A Proud YYC Magazine Had Finally Launched!

I can't believe today is the last day of September, and comes October 1st very soon. I'd been getting many supportive comments/messages about my previous "guest blog" for The Girl With The Messy Hair. Thank you very much. Based on these positive feedbacks…I am considering doing more "style posts"? ehe Anyway, here's a magazine I like to talk about in this blog entry:
YYC very own Fashion and Lifestyle Magazine: Fashionsign has finally launched! This magazine can be purchased as digital or printed copy online. What's exciting is that Binzento Vincente was selected and featured as "The Blogger of the Issue". It's such an honour and thank you Fashionsign for all the support and compliments on the direction of this blog.
Binzento Vincente with model Rayna at Fashionsign Launch Party Event
On me that night: Shirt collar choker: Prada; Military shirt: D^BLJU:; Pants: a.y.k.
Photographer: Chuck Szmurlo

Binzento Vincente on "Blogger of the Issue" in September issue of Fashionsign Magazine

I have to praise the ladies behind creating this magazine. I know they had to over-come many obstacles and contributed a lot of their time and effort to put together the Fashionsign. Nothing is perfect, and neither is this published magazine, but their passion towards the fashion industry and dedication to the community are the driving force to success. I personally bought both the digital and printed copies, because their dreams touched my heart. Glancing the magazine, I can feel every drop of pure honesty in every page, every photo and every word. Of course, there is always room for improvement, but the imperfection also placed a smile on my face, because every sections or stories were relevant to my current life, and a reminder that YYC is one of my homes.
The ladies that made Fashionsign Magazine happened.

Before the official magazine launch, there was a Fashionsign Magazine Pre-launch Party at Stoneworx Gallery Art Central YYC. As usual, I see my fashionista and fashion blogger friends at the event.
…and met some new friends as well…
The celebration of Fashionsign with the Fashionsign cake and cupcakes made by SWIRL
The event ended with fashion shows by Canadian boutique Studio Intent,
Model Xia Martens in Studio Intent merchandise

…and designs by Chantel Traub, who does all the patterning and colours for her own fabric. I finally got to meet her in real person and she is absolutely a beautiful/talented young lady. Other than the amazing architecture work on her pieces, I enjoyed seeing the spring/summer vibes in her collection. The outfit the model was wearing on the cover of the new issue of Fashionsign Magazine was actually one of Chantel's work of art. I wish that someday Binzento Vincente will have a designer/blogger collaboration. 
Designer: The beautiful and talented Chantel Traub

The Fashionsign afterparty was at Ubu lounge. It was indeed an awesome night. I wish Fashionsign continue their success and I look forward to reading more future issues.

I like to take my time here to mention a great film I'd really like this year at the Calgary International Film Festival. "The Skin I Live In" by Almodovar starring Antonio Bandaras and Elana Anaya
This film is a Sci-Fi, Thriller, Romance, Erotic, Perversion, Sexual Confusion and Dark Comedy all blend into one major masterpiece. Highly recommended. Thanks to KO for suggesting watching this film tonight at the Film Festival. She will be writing a review for this film on her blog soon so please check it out. Being in a science background and research major, I can somehow relate myself in several scenes in the film. Not going to spoil the story here, and I am sure you will probably go wiki it anyway. 

Lastly, starting next week, a NEW column called Real People With Real Style will be on Binzento Vincente. This column will feature interesting people I know with style in everyday life (and not necessarily someone in the fashion industry), and their "point-of-view" in fashion and personal style. Stay-tuned and keep checking! I am also accepting submission for anyone who thinks they are stylish or have a say about fashion! Please email me at if you are interested in being featured!!

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Guest Blogging for: "The Girl With The Messy Hair"

Hey Everyone!!! I am so so so so excited to announce that I am guest blogging for "The Girl With The Messy Hair"!! - One of the top 15 Fashion blogs to follow in CANADA!

The girl behind "THE MESSY HAIR" is on a vacation and she invited 5 of her most trusted/favourite bloggers to help her do postings in the next 12 days. Binzento Vincente is the representative guest blogger for Calgary/Hong Kong, while the other four guest bloggers are also very well known internationally, they are from: Australia, USA and Philippines...  

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Calgary International Film Festival 2011 Begins/ Understudy Menswear Boutique Grand Opening

Stories on this blog entry:
1) Calgary International Film Festival Red Carpet
2) Understudy: Mens Street Wear Boutique Grand Opening

1) 2011 Calgary International Film Festival Opening Gala
Tonight was the opening red carpet gala event for the 2011 Calgary International Film Festival. This year's festival will begin on September 23rd to October 2nd, showcasing over 100 film selections from around the world.

Binzento Vincente at Calgary International Film Festival Opening Gala with CIFF staffs including Jason Krell and Sarah Geddes

2011 opening gala screening, Donovan's Echo, produced by Trent Carlson/Andria Spring and written by Jim Cliffe/Melodie Krieger was their first world premiere. The story is about the remnants of Dovonan Glover's (played by Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon)) haunting tragic past is seemingly coming to a full circle and repeating itself in the present time. It is about realization and forgiveness. Other casts include Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) and Sonja Bennett (Rise of the Apes). For the full review of the movie, Binzento Vincente correspondent KO will be posting it in her blog: Remember to check out her blog film critique blog soon! 
This year's opening gala turn-out was no doubt way better than last year's. Although YYC (Calgary) isn't exactly known to be a film festival hub like big Canadian city Toronto (Toronto International Film Festival), this community has grown tremendously over last few years. Locals are becoming more opened and aware of social/entertainment events such as this one.
Breakfast Television: Tara Slone; CIFF Executive Director: Jacqueline Dupuis; Breakfast Television: Ted Henley

I interviewed Minister of Culture and Community Spirit Honourable Lindsay Blackett and one of the lead actors in Donovan's Echo Bruce Greenwood for my network Fairchild Television. Minister Lindsay Blackett has been a great supporter of YYC's film industry. YYC is really fortunate to have him to promote art and culture, which are seriously lacking in this city. 
Actor: Bruce Greenwood

Bruce Greenwood said this is his second time visiting Calgary, the first was during his time shooting the movie Star Trek. 
Long time high school mates

Of course, invited guests fancied themselves at the opening gala and on red carpet. I saw many familiar faces and many of my good friends. I even saw couple old high school classmates…funny (not to expose my age) this is the first time I'd seen them in decade
On me tonight: Shirt: Dsquared2; Tie: Paul Smith; Pants: Club Monaco; Shoes: Zara; Watch: Dolce & Gabbana

Again, film festival will run until October 3rd, for those who are interested or for movie listing/showtimes, please visit 

2) Menswear boutique store Understudy grand-opening
…so shortly after the opening gala, I flew (not literally) to the grand opening event of menswear boutique Understudy. If readers recalled, I did a blog entry on boutique Gallery on 1st Street previously and mentioned that they were undergoing renovation. Well, Understudy is the finished "product" from the original Gallery on 1st. 
Similar to the old Gallery, Understudy focus on carrying street wear but specifically, for men. The store is shifting its target on pursuing more preppy street-style looks. Menswear-only boutique is not something you can find "with your eyes closed" in YYC. Even if there is one, most of the designer labels are conventional and not quite Binzento Vincente (my) style. 
Owners: Aaron Ellard, Reid Pollock, and Liam Rodgers knows that this city needs menswear boutiques, and there is a market for it. Some of the store items they carried include international labels: A.P.C., YMC, Norse Projects, Lifetime Collective, and also assortment of fashion magazines and accessories. Price wise, they are all very reasonable and affordable. 
I did find a few things I really like. I suggest guys who are serious about looking for unique street fashion should check out this store.
Understudy Menswear Boutique: 1312 First Street S.W. 

Finally, I always like to acknowledge my readers and words cannot describe how thankful I am for all of your support. There are few exciting things coming up on Binzento Vincente. One of them is there will be 5 new international correspondents from New York, Hong Kong, Beijing, Fujian and San Francisco participating this blog irregularly. They are all my fav. fashionista. New projects are on the way in the next few months! :)

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Church My Style: Fashion and Lifestyle with "Skinny Bitch" Kim Barnouin

Ever experience one morning you woke up and looked at yourself in the mirror and said: "I look like sh*t!"? I know I have. However, overtime I learned that my psychology was mostly affected by my personal lifestyle choices. Ever since I cut back all the bad habits that does harm to my body and reevaluate my diet (especially when I became a vegetarian), I felt more positive as a whole. I am not a preacher and am not going to tell people to convert into a vegetarian, but I figured feeling positive requires me to learn how to take care myself.
Jason Krell Communications teamed up with Kim Flanagan, hosted the "Church My Style" event past Sunday at Hotel Arts YYC. This event focused on inspiring people to "Learn about themselves" and "Learn how to take care of their mind and body". It's a "religious gathering" for Fashion, Lifestyle and Well being
Kim Flanagan & Jason Krell

Kim Barnouin

Kim Barnouin

Kim Barnouin and Food Network contributor Dan Clapson

Special guest of this event was Kim Barnouin, one of the authors for New York Best Seller: "Skinny Bitch". For those who haven't heard of the book, the content advocates vegan diets, anti-animal cruelty and the dark secrets behind factory farming. Most importantly, it entailed Kim Barnouin's transformation in living a positive, healthy lifestyle. 
Other books Kim Barnouin co-wrote include: "Skinny Bitch in Kitch", "Skinny Bitchin", "Skinny Bitch Bun in the Over", "Skinny Bastard" and her first solo work (cook book) "Skinny Bitch Ultimate Everyday Cookbook". Despite Kim Barnouin said she's 42 and wore a simple long-sleeve grey tee and jeans that day, she was still glowing with natural beauty. I also greeted Kim Barnouin briefly and we both agreed that "you can't be lazy to be healthy".

People  Spotted!
Rania & KO

KD (The Girl With The Messy Hair) and Alykhan Velji

Espy Stylist: Clark Whetstone

Insert Calgary ladies: Chelsey and Ivanka (cute matching outfits!)

Fashionable: Mr. David Stewart

What I wore: Tank: 2cm; Vest: Tsumori Chisato; Zip Up Sweater: Jeremy Scott for Adidas; Jeans: Levi's
Thank you KD (The Girl With The Messy Hair) for taking these photos!

Trunk Sale!

The morning also began with a light but elegant brunch, trunk sales, fashion show and live music performed by Jocelyn Alice. She had an amazing voice! Words can't described her vocal talents, unless you listen to her music. She said she will be launching her album in next couple months or so. I also loved her and her guitarist styles. At this event, Ms. KO brought one of her previous Anatamoto (check blog) paintings to display. Lovely.
Performance by stylish Jocelyn Alice

The clothes at the fashion show were modelled by everyday women in different ages, sizes and status (they even had couple mom-soon-to-be models :)). It signifies that "all women are beautiful and beauty shines within". Sponsors of the outfits and styles include Banana Republic, Nine West Shoes, Anne b. Accessories, Evelyn Charles, Espy Experience, and Artists Within.
Backstage Lara Presber getting ready for the show

Kim Barnouin signing autographs for Binzento Vincente correspondent KO

The event ended with fashion designer Lara Presber showcasing her collection. Just like at the Parkluxe (check blog) event, Lara put up a good show.
Thank you Kim Flanagan for the invite and also Jason Krell for organizing this meaningful event.

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