Thursday, June 30, 2016

PARKSHOWExpo To Reinvent The Business Of Canadian Fashion

PARKSHOWExpo To Reinvent The Business Of Canadian Fashion
The first ever tradeshow that dedicates to Canadian fashion culture and business – PARKSHOWExpo, is set to happen right after PARKSHOW 2017 in Calgary from February 27 to March 1 next year. A new project founded by the PARK organization and fashion entrepreneur Megan Szanik, PARKSHOWExpo will be the inaugural event that strives to bridge the gaps between fashion designers, brands, consumers and retailers.

“There are no current opportunities within Canada where all the members of the fashion industry can come together, and much less for the consumer or international retailers and distributors to access Canadian brands,” says Megan Szanik, “PARKSHOWExpo is flipping the traditional model on its head and putting Calgary on the map as a metropolitan hub where fashion is thriving as real business.”

More than 350 selected fashion brands and distributors are expected to showcase an elevated selection of Fall/Winter 2017 women’s and men’s ready to wear and accessories at the Telus Convention Centre in downtown Calgary. Both local and international distributors are welcomed to preview up-and-coming collections from exciting Canadian brands at the Expo, and individual buyers will also have direct access to in-season pieces by the Canadian designers at the PARK pop-up shop (PARKSHOP). As a part of the program, the Expo will feature arts, culinary and educational experiences that allow attendees from different parts of the world to get deeper glimpse into the culture of Calgary, beyond the oil tycoon and cowboy hats.

“In my 25 years experience of traveling the world of fashion trade shows, I feel it’s time for Canadian designers to be seen,” explains Everton McDougall, an established Sales Agent and Distributor for Press Play Not Pause LTD. “PARKSHOWExpo will attract people to Calgary to experience Candian fashion in a whole new way.”

The PARKSHOWExpo covers many aspects of Canadian produced talents – fashion, art and culture – which is a part of PARK organization’s philosophy over the years. It will be a great opportunity to exchange dialogues with like-minded fashion industry insiders and business experts. It’s also the chance for Canadian fashion to inspire the rest of the world. Here’s a brief schedule rundown of PARKSHOW and PARKSHOWExpo 2017:

Saturday February 25, 2017
-          PARKSHOP - The world’s biggest Canadian brand pop-up shop
-          PARKSHOW 2017 - An art and fashion exhibition celebrating Canadian designers and artists

Sunday February 26, 2017
-          PARKFORUM (Industry only) – Retailer and brand focused educational seminars lead by Canada’s most successful creative entrepreneurs
-          PARKSHOP
-          TOAST – A celebration event to welcome the fashion community to Calgary

Monday February 27, 2017
-          PARKSHOWExpo (industry only)
-          PARKSHOP

Tuesday February 28, 2017
-          PARKSHOWExpo (Industry only)
-          PARKSHOP

Wednesday March 1, 2017
-          PARKSHOWExpo (Industry only)
-          PARKSHOP
-          PARKSHOW Culinary – An evening celebrating the cultural elements of Canadian food, art and fashion

For more info, application and tickets please visit PARKSHOWExpo clicking below.

xx Do the things you are passionate about; Learn from ones who inspire you; Strive to become an expert at what you do xx
Binzento Vincente: A Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Vans x Binzento Summer Campaign

Vans x Binzento 
(Photos by: Chris Sattleger)
As a huge sneakers geek, one of my summer must haves is a pair of white sneakers. The fact is it’s probably the most versatile item in my closet – I can wear them with almost any everyday casual style I want to go for, and it seems to be more forgiving if I decide to throw them on with a preppy look for comfort. Perhaps that’s the reason why I decided to choose for my Vans x Binzento summer campaign collaboration, to showcase the Mono T&L SK8-HI. For casual footwear, I particularly love the design that brings the Scandinavian street-style vibe. The REISSUE edition is elevated with leather details, blanc de blanc, which can easily be integrated into high-street aesthetic. As a vibrant art enthusiast, the white on white sneakers is the perfect canvas for personalization, making it truly one of a kind. SK8-HI is available via Canada’s Union Jack Boot. Stay-tuned on my blog as this Vans x Binzento campaign is taking over in Iceland by photographer Chris Sattleger!

xx Do the things you are passionate about; Learn from ones who inspire you; Strive to become an expert at what you do xx
Binzento Vincente: A Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

Monday, June 27, 2016

Interview with Samantha Angelo - From Marine Corps To Fashion Connoisseur

Interview with Samantha Angelo
From Marine Corps To Fashion Connoisseur
(photos: The Eye Travels)
During one of my visits in Europe for fashion week, Samantha Angelo and I were on the same flight flying from London to Milan. Her tall and elegant figure, as well as her unpretentious sense of style caught my eyes. At the Stella Jean show we bumped into each other again. Samantha came and introduced herself. She complimented my turquoise-color hair at the time. I confessed that I recognized her at the airport and loved her pink hair. After our brief conversation, my impression of Samantha is that she is a very artistic individual with a great persona. This is evident through her exquisite fashion-travel blog The Eye Travels, where she documents her journey at different locations in beautiful clothes. Her photos capture the essence of her travel experience accompanied by her unique sense of style that completes the story. After a brief conversation, I found out that she had only started her blog little less than two years ago. In a short amount of time, she has gained a strong fan-base and followers. What surprises me more however, is that she used to be in the U.S. Marine Corps as a professional clarinetist. She was a member of the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Her story is similar to mine in some ways - While I pursued my career in cancer research, I also found my love of fashion, and Samantha realizes her passion in fashion after she has made significant accomplishment as a musician. It warms my heart every time when I find a kindred spirit, especially when both of us are travelers to a foreign country. Our eyes traveler, Samantha Angelo, is definitely one of the rising stars to watch.

What made you start your blog, and why do you love fashion?

“I started the blog about two years ago while I was still in the Marine Corps, it was only for family and close friends in the beginning, a way of showing and telling them about my travels. At the time I was a clarinetist in the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band, a title I held for 8 years before deciding to move to New York City with my husband and pursue my other passion, which outside of music is the visual arts in terms of fashion.

It was Diana Vreeland who inspired the name and intention of the blog. I’ve always been drawn to fashion's ephemeral nature. I’m fascinated by all it encompasses. From the vision of a designer to the way in which something becomes a trend and how/who determines what is considered current and cool. It keeps my attention the same way learning new music and playing with different musicians preoccupied me.”
Three words to describe you sense of style or aesthetic

“Unpredictable. Individual. Intuitive.”

In your own words, what does it mean to have a sense of style?

“To have a sense of style is to be confidant in who you are and to have a keen understanding of your self. “

Who is your all time favorite fashion designer(s) and why?

“I think Alexander McQueen has to be one of my all time favorites, he created beautifully frightening works of art. Raw and supremely original. His pieces evoke emotion.”
Currently, which emerging fashion label do you think will be a breakthrough?

“Vetements, it’s been absolutely amazing to watch how this label headed by Demna Gvasalia has swept the fashion world in two short seasons. The message and the clothing resonate with people. The brand really represents the essence of cool wearable street style at the moment.”

How do you go about deciding your outfit of the day? Is there a specific sequence? What comes to mind first?

“When I begin putting an outfit together it is totally based on my location, the weather and my current mood. I would say the place and activities of the day are the first things that come to mind. There is a perfect time and place for every outfit, knowing when to wear something is just as important as knowing how to wear it.”
What is your most memorable moment in fashion?

“Last September I was invited to Pyre Moss's runway show, I believe this was his first women’s collection that he was showing along side the men’s collection. I was invited backstage to see the collection and take some photos. While I was back there admiring the clothes all of a sudden the director of the show came up to me and asked me who I was, before I knew it I had a team of people changing my clothes and doing my hair and makeup. The director decided he wanted me to walk in the show and it was starting in 5 minutes! It was a surreal experience; I love the excitement and pure chaos back stage at a fashion show. I feed off of that energy and adrenaline, especially in unknown and spontaneous situations.”

What are you currently working on? Any upcoming projects you like to share with us?

“I’m thrilled to be visiting Iceland for a week in July to shoot some amazing editorial work.”

xx Do the things you are passionate about; Learn from ones who inspire you; Strive to become an expert at what you do xx
Binzento Vincente: A Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Interview with Chile-Based Artist Xaviera Lopez - The Surrealist Dreamer

Interview with Chile-Based Artist Xaviera Lopez 
The Surrealist Dreamer 
Once upon a time on my Tumblr blog feed, I stumbled upon an animation, where it illustrated a couple kissed passionately. As they shared the romantic moment, their faces blossomed into a surrealistic creature, making connections with each other… I clicked “liked” on the post, as I normally would if I think I would come back one day and explore further. The following day, the same blog post came up again on my Tumblr, reposted by another blogger. Subsequently another surrealistic animation of similar aesthetic popped up on my feed. This time it was a girl stripped of herself to reveal yet another layer of her nested inside like a Matryoshka doll. This looped animation was coined ‘Skin’. Given the illustration style, I was pretty sure it was from the same artist. The vivid imageries by this mysterious artist meant something to me. It was a sign that I should explore who was behind this fascinating creation. My research led me to discover Xaviera Lopez, a Chile-based illustrator who quickly became one of my favorites after reaching out to her, and expressing my admiration of her work.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, and when did you found your passion in making illustrations into animation art?

“I was born and raised in Santiago de Chile, and for now I’m living here. Chile is a long and small country, literally at the end of the world, with every possible weather and landscape you can imagine. It’s difficult to be an artist here because almost everybody seems to be more focused on the “practical”, but if you’re resourceful and stubborn enough, you can make it. I’ve been drawing since I can remember, I was the art teacher’s pet (and a burden for everybody else) and I took drawing and painting classes outside of high school because I needed more. Drawing is thinking visually, like when you explain something complex and you need to doodle to make it understandable. It is a language on its own where with just three elements (dots, lines and planes) you can have a billion different results and messages. Then I went to Art College, a very small and experimental one where I got to try a little bit of everything but became fascinated by video and animation, so I took a 2D animation class to understand the basics. I had a few exhibitions in local galleries and museums, then I worked as an art director for some years and forgot about personal work despite having a little voice always saying: “hey, go back!” but I didn’t have (make) the time or motivation. I found the Vine app in 2013 and I was reminded of everything I used to love. You could only create in-app, so the possibilities were limited and you had to use all your imagination to make something good. I also found really talented and supportive people. I remember thinking: “WOW! How did he/she do that?” and I would just ask, and they would reply! So I started using all my spare time making vines, tried different materials and techniques and reconnected with my personal work. Then I expanded to other formats like film or gif. The word animation comes from soul: it’s about giving a soul to otherwise still images. It’s wonderful and magical.

Many of your work give off a surreal vibe, where does your inspiration come from?

“Many things can’t be communicated only with words, and that’s when images are important. Nowadays we are used to this constant overflow of images and we don’t pay enough attention to them, but they work on a subconscious level.  My inspiration comes from my life experiences. I see my work as an attempt to document my process of figuring things out. I try to be as awake and aware as possible and absorb like a sponge all the ideas, images, sounds and feelings I can, so that I can make a connection between whatever is going on with me and things from the outside world.  I am very picky; Images are food for the brain. You want your body to have all the best, healthiest possible nutrients; you want the same for your mind, as they’re not really separated."

Often artists create ‘art’ through emotions gathered from life experiences, do you think yourwork is influenced by that and is it a good representation of who you are?

“That’s where my inspiration comes from and my work is a very good representation of my internal process, that’s why some of my animations and illustrations are sad, or creepy, or lighthearted, or have mixed emotions. It’s all meaningful stuff for me, and I put it out there hoping to connect with other people in different ways, because I really believe the viewer completes the artwork, and interesting things happen when you expose yourself in a respectful way. Sometimes someone will say something about what I did and I’ll be like: YES! Never thought of that! Or they will give me a reference that I didn’t know about. I love feedback because it gives me perspective. I remember this time when I had a photography exhibition at a gallery, and I would go there just to listen to whatever people commented about my work (nobody knew I was the author). On the Internet people feel freer to speak their minds and I have the privilege to read all those thoughts, I love it! There are many other dimensions of me that nobody gets to see: I am funny, talkative sometimes, I love to dance, I am afraid of many things, I have troubles sleeping, I go to yoga everyday, etc.”

Can you give us a brief process how you create these animation?

“It’s all a mix between analog and digital drawing, rotoscopy and 2d animation, and after effects at a basic level. I’ve developed this method based on my needs, maybe there is something simpler or easier out there and I haven’t discovered it yet, but I’m comfortable with my strange technique. I have this notebook where I draw my ideas and associated concepts to have a clear idea of how I want it to look like and what the action has to be. Then I figure out what I need to make them. I shoot, draw, print, scan, import, draw, export, edit, export, draw… I work at 15 frames per second, each frame is a drawing. I take my time, listen to podcasts while I draw, and try to make something I am proud of aesthetically wise. I take dance breaks because all the sedentarism drives me crazy.”
You artwork are widely shared on the interweb and social media, when did you know you are getting the attention? Has anyone asked you to do commission?

“I have done a lot of commission work both in illustration and animation. I’ve had the opportunity to work with big brands and have creative freedom, which is something I love! I don’t feel that I’m getting that much attention except when I’m on my phone, maybe because of where I live. In my daily life it’s not even a thing. When I started on Vine I almost didn’t know about social media (I knew a couple of Instagram and YouTube popular accounts but I never imagined myself doing that). I remember being super excited with interactions there not because of popularity, but because this x super talented person was saying that my animation (that took a lot of work and was meaningful for me) was good for some reason. Then I started having these sudden spells of activity and realized maybe this was a good way to show my work to the world. And I started celebrating every new interaction and growth. I still do, I’m still surprised by the power of the Internet and what has happened to me, as obvious at this may seem for a lot of people. I didn’t expect this to go so far.”

Do you personally have a favorite artist? Or anyone that inspires you to do your work?

“I love History of Art because I feel that I have all this friends across time and space that I look up to for different reasons. Aubrey Beardsley has been one of my favorite artists recently, but there are so many more it’s a never-ending list.  I also look at non-museum-art places: music, film, yoga, nature, fashion, podcasts, social media, pop culture, etc. I believe in coincidences and the things that I’m looking for always seem to find me at the right moments. I just try to be open.
Can you tell us what are you currently working on? Any upcoming projects you are involved in?

“I’m always doing personal illustration and animation work, it’s what keeps me motivated.  I’m also working on a couple of branded projects and making animations for a very interesting documentary about women directors. I want to make a short film, paint a big mural and translate some of my imagery into jewelry and fabrics. I’m very grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had and the people I’ve met so far, and I’d love to find a way to give others what has been given to me.”
xx Do the things you are passionate about; Learn from ones who inspire you; Strive to become an expert at what you do xx
Binzento Vincente: A Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

WillLand Outdoors Has My Back This Summer

WillLand Outdoors Has My Back This Summer
(The Experience Project Luke Dickson photographed by: Binzento)
Many fashion labels have placed backpacks as one of their essential must-have accessories in recent seasons. I am also a huge fan of backpacks – but in my case it’s mostly because of its functionality more so than being a fashion trend. Things I usually look for in a backpack is: 1) Quality, which has to do with the material used to make the backpack and craftsmanship. 2) Style, which has to do with the design, and 3) Comfort on the back, especially for travel. This summer I was introduced with the latest backpack collection by the Canadian accessories brand WillLand Outdoors. The one that I have is a grey Luminosa backpack, and I find it to be perfect for work and travel. Made with lightweight material for easy carry, the backpack is also very durable. The double zipper closure is usually what I prefer for this type of bag. It comes in a simple modern design that makes it very versatile for any casual or sporty style. The inside consists of a well-crafted lining with additional compartments and pockets for handheld device and laptop. What I liked the most about this WillLand Outdoors backpack is perhaps the thick cushioned straps, which makes my shoulders and back feel very comfortable even when the bag is weighed down with items. For other styles, the WillLand Outdoors Victoria backpack comes in an array of color options. Instead of zippers, the backpack is designed with sophisticated hidden magnet closures, which elevates the overall look if I was to go to an outdoor party of music festival.

Special thanks to Luke (The Experience Project) for letting me taking photos of him in WillLand Outdoors :-)
xx Do the things you are passionate about; Learn from ones who inspire you; Strive to become an expert at what you do xx
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