Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Binzento Journal: "The Intern" - A Review

Binzento Journal
The Intern - A Review
I was invited to prescreen The Intern, now playing in theatres, starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway – the first film where both actors worked together.


“Differences of outlook or opinion between people of different generations”, the definition of a generation gap is portrayed in the latest film The Intern written and directed Nancy Meyers. The story is about a 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) has discovered that his life is lacking purpose and excitement after retirement. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the modern working force, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). Jules at first felt that Ben doesn’t fit in her company, mainly because of his age, questioning his ability and competency in her fast growing business. Eventually Jules found that not only Ben is competent, he also takes on the roles as her driver, an employee, a mentor, and a best friend.

The Intern not only focuses on the differences and misunderstandings between young people and seniors, but also touch base on other challenges that our current generation face. One that’s evident is gender role reversal. The film highlights the fact that in today’s America, more and more women become the bread earner, while their husbands as the stay at home dad. Gender, not defined by the biological genetic sense, is becoming less important. Notable lines that relate to this is during the scene when Jules and her male co-workers celebrated in a bar, she questioned when did “men” became “boys” and “girls” had empowered themselves to become strong women. Then there is Jules’ assistant Becky (Christina Scherer) who’ve earned a higher education but only to work twelve hours a day without being acknowledge by her boss – A reflection on how a university degree today doesn’t guarantee you a career-path and success in life. And of course inter-personal relationship struggles between family, friends, partners and the unexpected social media world.

‘The Intern’ in my opinion is one of those films that separates itself from traditional American Hollywood drama, in that it doesn’t need to have a M. Night Shyamalan’s twist of plot, J. J. Abrams’ fire explosions, Wes Craven’s jump scare, or Weitz brothers’ sex comedy to keep the audience connected. Rather we are assumed familiar with, and almost clear about the emotions of each character and their situations. The film have touched base on the very heart and soul of reality today, and how we live in a dynamic world moving ever so quickly in the past half of a century - We might fall into a trap of trying to ‘keep up’ what’s ahead of us to succeed in life but forget to ‘look back’ what our parents or our grandparents have done in the past to become successful.

Perhaps as a fashion writer, the very setting of the film as an web-based fashion business has kept my interest from the beginning. The light-hearted mood and storyline, and some times humorous dialogues encourage you room to think – NOT about what’s happening in the film, but your current state in life. And ask yourself, are the ‘new’ or ‘hip’ ideas the better way to discover solutions to problems? Or should we stop arguing with our parents and elderly who have beyond our years of experience and listen to their advice for once, or walk their road of map to success. 

The Intern is currently playing in theatres across Canada.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Malan Breton Reveals Imagery of Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake During New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer ‘16

Malan Breton Reveals Imagery of Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake During New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer ‘16 

During New York Fashion Week, I was invited to Malan Breton’s Spring/Summer’ 16 collection. This collection, consists of both women’s and men’s wear a project with Taiwan Tourism Bureau brings out the ‘Reflection’ of the Sun Moon Lake, a recent destination of Breton during his visit in Taiwan. Painting a beautiful picture of the scenery, Breton has translated this stunning Taiwan landscape and cultural experience into his latest SS16. Infused with vivid Asian aesthetic in combination of modern, exotic and fairytale-like romance, details of each piece is incorporated with Taiwanese techniques, embroideries, silks and fibres that brings this eastern-inspired collection into a modern western silhouette.

Runway by Norman Ding

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Hudson’s Bay Celebrates Trumbo With Stylish Soiree feat HBC’s Signature Style/ TIFF #StarsOnStripes Recap

Hudson’s Bay Celebrates Trumbo With Stylish Soiree feat HBC’s Signature Style/ 
TIFF #StarsOnStripes Recap
(photos by: George Pimentel)
Hudson’s Bay, the official fashion retailer and red carpet sponsor for the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), along with partners Entertainment One and Bleecker Street, celebrated the biopic Trumbo with an upscale post-premiere cocktail party at Montecito, one the city's hottest restaurants. Trumbo cast members including Bryan Cranston, Elle Fanning, John Goodman and Michael Stuhlbarg toasted the film’s premiere alongside Liz Rodbell, president of Hudson’s Bay Company.

300 guests enjoyed a 40’s-inspired cocktail party including signature drinks, décor featuring Hudson's Bay signature stripes and music by DJ Alex Merrell.

Here is also a recap of this past weekend’s Hudson’s Bay #StarsOnStripe at TIFF: Helen Mirren walked the carpet in a Hudson's Bay signature striped shawl, Drew BarrymoreMatt Damon, Helen MirrenJessica Chastain, Kate Mara and Mackenzie Davis all looking stylishly-chic and festival-ready at Roy Thompson Hall.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Binzento News: Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Is Presenting Fairytales & Legends Theme Fundraiser Gala

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
presents
Fairytales & Legends Fashion Gala 
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), since 1955, represents our city's diverse arts community. It has also now become one of North America's most versatile live music ensembles. With Grammy/ Emmy-winning conductor Robert Minczuk as the current Music Director of CPO, there is so much that we should feel proud of. To continue embracing Calgary's talents, and supporting live arts and performances, the CPO is again hosting its annual fashion fundraiser gala. I still remember last year's Paris-themed fashion event (previous post here), which has brought an unqiue taste to the fast growing fashion scene here in Calgary. This year, the CPO will bring fantasy into play - CPO presents Fairytales & Legends Fashion Gala 2015 is happening on Friday, November 6th at the Devonian Gardens in downtown CORE Shopping Centre. Expect a magical evening of style! It'll be one of the most anticipated fashion fundraiser events this fall. 

You can save by purchasing limited early bird tickets:

Early bird price $125, regular price $175 available until September 15th or until they sell out. Reserve your ticket today and save $50, don’t miss your chance to enjoy the fashion event of the year. 


Early bird ticket purchasers will also automatically be entered to win 2 tickets to a concert of their choice for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s 15/16 seasonFor tickets and more information follow this link http://calgaryphil.com/fairytales-and-legends-fashion-gala/  and

Make sure to enter the code: CPOFashion

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Hudson's Bay #StarsonStripes
 
At The 40th Toronto International Film Festival

Celebs Showcase Festival Fashion On Hudson’s Bay Signature Striped Carpets At 40th TIFF
 (photos by: George Pimentel)
After the fourth annual festival kick-off fundraising soiree during the 40th Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF) where Natalie Portman, Kristin Booth and Natalie Brown were spotted looking effortlessly chic on the Hudson’s Bay striped carpet at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Heather Lind looking equally festival-ready on the famous striped carpet at the Roy Thompson Hall.
 
Hudson’s Bay returns for its fifth year as the Official Fashion Retailer and as an Official Red Carpet Sponsor for the festival.
The red carpet sets the perfect stage for fashion. As an Official Red Carpet Sponsor, “Stars on Stripes” press alerts will reveal the hottest red carpet looks as talent walk the Hudson’s Bay carpets at this year’s Festival.
 

Hudson’s Bay will also have 25 interactive promotional shoefie’ carpets set up around Toronto and in store at Hudson’s Bay Queen, Yorkdale and Sherway Gardens locations, as part of its “Stars on Stripes” initiative. Festival-goers are invited to take a ‘shoefie’ of themselves on one of the HBC promotional carpets. If they choose to post their “shoefies” to Twitter or Instagram, tagging #starsonstripes and @hudsonsbay, they’ll be given a chance to win a VIP shopping experience and tickets to a closing night TIFF film.  

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ECCO Brings Danish Footwear Aesthetic To YYC Chinook Centre

ECCO Brings Danish Footwear Aesthetic To YYC Chinook Centre
(photos: Binzento; ECCO) 

Many of you may have noticed the new ECCO boutique in Chinook Centre YYC. I remembered owning a pair of ECCO when I was in middle school, they were one of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned as a kid. What I didn’t get educated when I was a kid was that the brand started in the 60’s in Denmark. Focusing high quality leather, ECCO is one of a few European labels that have kept all production in house – starting from manufacturing leather to creating beautifully crafted shoe products.

This fall is all about remembering the tradition while incorporating modern technology. The Soft 7 in particular follow the ideal Scandinavian design philosophy where the ‘shoe must follow the foot’. Made from premium quality leather and ECCO’s unique Comfort Fibre System™, Soft 7’s functionality, comfort and durability are obvious elements to notice as soon as you slip them on. The design, which comes in high top, sneakers, slip on and tie on, is made for the stylish minimalist who chases after versatile classic looks. Another cool design this season is the porferated soft leather sneakers. The laser cut-like patterns added edginess to the shoes. I am also amazed by the softness of the shoes. Though they are made from cowhide, the way the leather is treated has created a lamb skin-like texture.


The latest Chinook Centre location follows the design generation known as “Unity Upgrade”, which serves as a representation of ECCO’s Scandanavian roots. It exemplifies the brands vision of flexibility, lightness, softness and comfort. The boutique is 1,300 sq ft with an interior and décor compose of leather, oak, stainless steel and slate stone. In addition to footwear, the Calgary’s Chinook Centre ECCO boutique also carries leather accessories and handbag products.


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Binzento's Journal: Mercedes-Benz StartUp 2015-2016 Cycle - Calgary Semi-Final

Binzento's Journal
Mercedes-Benz StartUp 2015-2016 Cycle
Calgary Semi-Final
 (photos by: Binzento)
Mercedes-Benz StartUp (MBSU) ended its semi-final competition in YYC recently. Developed and managed by IMG, MBSU is an ongoing initiative that provides a national platform to discover and support emerging Canadian fashion designers. In the past 4 years, this initiative has supported and discovered many fashion talents from coast to coast.

The semi-final round was held in Mercedes-Benz Downtown, which showcased five fashion designers hand-selected by a judging panel which includes, Robin Kay, President at Fashion Design Council of Canada, Carolyn Quinn, Director at IMG Fashion, Kara Chomistek, President at PARK, Caroline Gault, Alberta editor at FASHION Magazine, Jacquelyn Francis, Montreal Executive Editor at FASHION Magazine, Caitlan Moneta, Toronto fashion Market Editor at FASHION Magazine, JoAnne Caza, Director of Communications and Public Relations at Mercedes-Benz Canada and Olga Koel, Fashion Industry Consultant.

The semi-finalists have all done a good job showcasing a consistent, and well executed collections. One collection that stood out and got the nods from the judges was Calgary-based designer S.P. Badu. He will advanced to the MBSU Final next month during World MasterCard Fashion Week, alongside with other regional finalists UNTTLD and Beaufille, and three wildcard designers Leinad Beaudet, Narces and Laura Siegal. These 6 designers will display their competing collection at Toronto Fashion Week. The winning designer will receive a $30,000 prize a year-round intensive mentoring from the panel of experts, an editorial feature in FASHION Magazine, and last but not least a fully produced solo runway show at World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016.

We’re all really proud of S.P. Badu and we’re looking forward to his showcase in Toronto, representing Alberta!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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