Thursday, February 26, 2015

I AM YEG FASHION SHOW in Support of iHuman Youth Society

I AM YEG FASHION SHOW
Supporting the iHuman Youth Society
(photo source: iHuman)
Friends over at Edmonton (YEG) will be hosting the I AM YEG FASHION SHOW (#IAMYEGFASHION) on March 12th 2015 in support of the iHuman Youth Society. The iHuman organization provides support and care programs to troubled youths who seek opportunities for a brighter future. A variety of programs are offered at iHuman including art, fashion, music and even cosmetology. Youths can take advantage of these programs to make their unique interests into skills, supporting them to advance in life and make positive contributions in society.
The I AM YEG FASHION SHOW will be held at Koch Ford Lincoln, doors open at 6:30pm. The evening will showcase YEG's Kelly Madden Designs, with make-up by Blushed Beaute. Ticket for the event is $20, and donation packages are available HERE.
For more info, visit their Facebook event page

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Binzento's Journal: Shooting Portraits With Garmann L


Binzento's Journal: Shooting Portraits With Garmann L
(photos by: Paul Lee)
I've always like styling/ shooting portraits. People, fascinate me. I think we are all beautiful in some way in that we are all different - We are composed by a unique set of genetic makeup. Even if you have an identical twin, the way you think, feel and interact, and your emotions shape the way you look depending on your surroundings and environmental cues. That is one of the reasons why I began my column "Real People w/ Real Styles" on my blog (which by the way will resume it's new edition very soon), where I profile individuals that I found interesting and display a unique sense of personal style.

First of all, I like to congratulate one of my partners in Vinegar Designs Lab - Garmann L who has been recently signed by Mode Models International. It's no surprise that the team would take the opportunity to shoot profile shots of her.

We spent an evening after our weekly team meeting setting up in our studio. After a couple shots of liquor celebrating our success achieving contracts in new projects - We were ready to go. Radiating elegance without demolishing the effortless beauty of Garmann L, I've kept her look clean and natural (simple white shirt and hair down). Diversifying her character, I've added layers of smokey eyes, wet slick back hair and a large pea coat to add masculinity, opposing her feminine personality.

Full credits
Photography by: Paul M. Lee
Styling by: Binzento
Graphic Design by: Jack Lee
Behind the scene snap shot: Binzento w/ iPhone5S
Vinegar Designs Lab 


 


Behind The Scene


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Hunter Original FW15 Show - London Fashion Week

 Hunter Original FW15 Show
London Fashion Week
(photo credits: Complete Looks, Key Looks, Runway Shots: Chris Moore Front Row + Backstage: Dave Bennett)
Today Hunter Original unveiled its autumn/winter 2015 collection with a runway show at London Fashion Week. 


The collection presented a journey from the urban environment to the wilds of the Scottish Highlands. Reinterpreting the brand’s heritage for today, the collection drew on the spirit of young pioneers, equipping themselves for the changing landscape, as they escaped the city and headed for the rugged and romantic terrain of Hunter’s birthplace. 

The show installation was representative of these two distant environments colliding. Acting as a framework for the show concept, the urban industrial space reappropriated the Scottish glens through the use of water to appeal to the senses both sonically and visually. 

Drawing inspiration from the land Hunter came from, the collection looked to geology and the elements. Colours referenced rocks and minerals, heathers and lichens, while textures, built throughout the collection, gave a nod to organic materials and the layers beneath the Earth’s surface. 

Front row guests included Alexa Chung, Stella McCartney, Selma Hayek with Francois Henri Pinault, and Luke Evans, among others.
In a UK first, Hunter and Ocean collaborated to simultaneously live stream the London Fashion Week show across 9 large scale digital screens from Ocean’s national network, The Grid. These screens were all located within key high-traffic, retail environments in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow. The show was also streamed globally on the brand’s Facebook and Twitter profiles and at hunterboots.com.

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Binzento's "Seven Gift Ideas for the Seventh Day of the Chinese New Year At The CORE"

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE
The 7th Day of Lunar Chinese New Year
More Gift Ideas From CORE Shopping
 (image: CORE Shopping)

While friends and family back in Hong Kong and China are still enjoying the festive atmosphere of Chinese New Year, perhaps not many of my folks here in the western part of the world know that the Lunar New Year celebration lasts for 15 days - Beginning of the first day, the new moon, in the lunar calendar and ends on the 15th day, the full moon. 

I will have to admit as a Chinese, we are rather superstitious people. Even if we are 'not' a believer of the tradition, we would still try to do the 'right' things that'll give us good karma, and avoid anything at all cost that results the opposite. Day 7 (February 25th 2015) of the Chinese New Year is particularly important for all of us, because according to the Chinese tradition, the 7th day is the birth of all human beings. We call this day, in English direct translation, the "People's Day", so don't be surprised if someone greets you a "Happy Birthday" on Wednesday! 

Considering buying a Chinese New Year gift for someone is never too late, especially if its going to be EVERYONE's birthday celebration! If you are going to buy a little something for someone, make sure it has to represents good fortune in the year to come - Red and gold color items are usually safe :-). I've been doing some gifting of my own, making my purchases at YYC's CORE Shopping Centre. Here's Binzento's "Seven Gift Ideas for the Seventh Day of the Chinese New Year At The CORE"

1. Red clutch - found at Banana Republic
Married couples are still handing out lucky money, and for some us receiving them :-) - Give them a little something to hold their cash
2. Pu-erh tea - found at Teavana
We love to drink tea, Pu-erh is one of my favorites - Flavored pu-erh gives it a western-twist
3. Red birthday cards - found at Papyrus
It's the thought that counts - Beautifully designed red 'birthday cards' with your personalized message will brightens anyone's day

4. Red 'tender heart' loop scarf - found at BCBGeneration
I like this one, not too heavy for spring in YYC - Red/gold colors represent fortune

5. Floral kimono - found at H&M
A lucky piece welcoming the new spring after Lunar Year

6. Goat cuff-links - found at Harry Rosen
Everything about this screams Year Of The Goat (Chinese New Year) - It's for that stylishly dapper-male friend that you have 

7. Beauty gift card - found at Sephora
Looking pretty 24/7 - Ladies would appreciate

THINGS NOT TO BUY FOR SOMEONE ON CHINESE NEW YEAR

Okay, thought I need to write this little section to educate people who are not aware of the Chinese New Year tradition. Like I mentioned before, we are superstitious, there are things you should avoid saying or giving during the Chinese New Year as some people believe it's bad luck! Here are three things that you should not buy for someone (or for yourself) on Chinese New Year:

1. Red wallets/money holder
Though red can mean 'good luck' in the Chinese New Year, it can also mean 'blood' and 'disaster' (I know we are complicated people). Avoid buying someone a red wallet, it signifies losing wealth, draining fortune or disastrous finance - Business people are especially sensitive when it comes to this!

2. Clock/watches
This one is hard to explain, but basically in the Cantonese language "giving clock" literally means sending you to death/funeral. I don't need to explain any more why that's bad.

3. Red lingerie/ underwear
Giving red lingerie may sound sexy, however some people believe wearing 'red lingerie' especially at a 'mah-jong' game would give the person next to you bad luck! Your friends would never let you do that now if money is at stake in the game right? :)

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Go Behind The Scenes With CFDA Designers In "MyLifeMyInspiration" Docu-series

Go Behind The Scenes With CFDA Designers In "MyLifeMyInspiration" Docu-series
Tracy Reese FW15 NYFW (photo source: https://nowfashion.com)

Went by was another season of New York Fashion Week (NYFW). To allow fashion fans to get an intimate look at the creative process, Mode Media and smartwater have teamed up with three CFDA designers to provide a rare "inside look" at the creation of NYFW collections, with the new docu-series "MyLifeMyInspiration." The videos was premiered and added to Mode's Glam.com lineup throughout remainder of Fashion Week as part of the digital content platform's expanding original programming.
Milly FW15 NYFW Behind The Scene (photo source: http://divaliciousblog.com)

 Veronica Beard FW15 NYFW Behind The Scene (photo source: twitter.com/veronicabeard)

Featuring the designers behind top fashion brands Milly (Michelle Smith), Tracy Reese (Tracy Reese) and Veronica Beard (Veronica Swanson-Beard and Veronica Miele Beard), this three-part series follows each throughout their collection curation process. From inspiration to finished product, "MyLifeMyInspiration" exposes the daily influences that shape each artist's designs, leaving viewers inspired to discover and create their own personal sense of style. You can watch all of them below xx :)



MyLifeMyInspiration: MILLY

MyLifeMyInspiration: TRACY REESE

MyLifeMyInspiration: VERONICA BEARD 


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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MUSICOUNTS 2015 - The TD Community Music Program Calling For Submissions

Submissions For MUISCOUNTS TD Community Music Program Now Being Accepted 

$220,000 In Grants To Be Awarded
(photos courtesy: Muisicounts.ca)


Submissions are now being accepted for the 2015 MusiCounts TD Community Music Program. Launched three years ago as a partnership between MusiCounts and TD Bank Group, the initiative has provided funding to 31 organizations across Canada since inception, allowing access to musical instruments and equipment to thousands of children in under-served communities. This program's success proves music's ability to transform the lives of at-risk youth. Ensuring that message continues to reach more potential applicants remains the ongoing goal.

"In the first two years of this program, we saw a substantial amount of applications," says Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. "That response serves to underline the substantial need that exists for these programs. We're thrilled to continue this partnership with TD that provides opportunities for youth to discover a talent or passion that they might not have known they had if it wasn't for the local programs that expose them to music."

Grant applications are being accepted beginning February 17, 2015 at www.musicounts.ca, with a submission deadline of Friday, May 8, 2015. The grants will be distributed in allotments of up to $25,000 totaling $220,000.

"We're excited to continue supporting MusiCounts, a charity that gives young people the opportunity to not only access music - but also benefit from music education," said Alan Convery, Director, Community Relations, TD Bank Group. "TD is committed to creating opportunities for youth in communities across the country. The MusiCounts TD Community Music Program makes it possible for community organizations coast-to-coast to make a positive impact on Canada's youth - and help them to discover a love of music."
The TD Community Music Program was first envisioned by Broken Social Scene co-founder Kevin Drew. In 2011, he approached MusiCounts and proposed the idea for the charity to support programs targeting at-risk youth, who lack opportunity to engage in music education and discovery through their own schools. With support from TD, MusiCounts has brought this initiative to life and has continued to see other artists getting involved such as Tegan & Sara and Arkells.

Last year the program received over 100 applications, from which a total of 16 recipients were selected. Among those fortunate enough to receive funding was the Sudbury Youth Rocks Program, run through the John Howard Society of Sudbury. Led by a group of dedicated volunteers, the non-profit organization provides music lessons to troubled teens between the ages of 12 - 17, pairing them with seasoned musicians in a pressure-free environment to help foster self-esteem and teamwork. Watch Hamilton Music Collective's An Instrument for Every Child (AIFEC), 2014 MusiCounts TD Community Music Program recipient, discover their love of music here.
2014 MusiCounts TD Community Music Program Beneficiaries:
All Nations Healin' Thru Artz (ANHTA) - Regina, SK
Culture for Kids in the Arts (CKA) - Hamilton, ON
Hamilton Music Collective - Hamilton, ON
Heart of the City Piano Program (Vancouver Chapter) - Vancouver, BC
John Howard Society of Sudbury - Sudbury, ON
Le Conseil des arts de Chéticamp - Chéticamp, NS
Lyrical Lines Education Network Inc. - Kitchener, ON
New Ross Family Resource Centre - New Ross, NS
North York Community House (NYCH) - Toronto, ON
Overture with the Arts (OWTA) - Dorval, QC
Partageons l'espoir/ Share the Warmth - Montréal, QC
Project Grace - St. John's, NL
Success Power Opportunity Teamwork (The S.P.O.T) - Scarborough, ON
Tall Tree Festival Society - Port Renfrew, BC
The West End Culture Centre (WECC) - Winnipeg, MB
YMCA of Greater Vancouver - Surrey, BC

The MusiCounts TD Community Music Program provides funding for musical instruments and equipment for non-profit organizations that operate outside of Provincial Departments of Education. Non-profit and/or registered charitable organizations with pre-existing music programs, or those that want to introduce music programs to complement their current programming, are also eligible for funding consideration.  



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