Sunday, February 26, 2017

Black History Month: Fashion Designer Zelda Wynn Valdes

Black History Month
Remembering Fashion Designer Zelda Wynn Valdes
Came across this article about Zelda Wynn Valdes, and I was in awe of this woman and how come I didn’t learn about this sooner. Yes, you may not have heard of her, but you’ve certainly seen her designs. Zelda Wynn Valdes is credited with creating the original Playboy bunny costume. The work of the trailblazing fashion designer/entrepreneur highlighted the coveted hour-glass figure in the 1940s and 1950s. The rest of the info of this post was from the blog article I read by @lagonegirl.

Valdes was the first black designer to open up her own shop on Broadway in 1948. She created gorgeous gowns many stars like Mae West, Joyce Bryant, Josephine Baker, Gladys Knight, Sarah Vaughan, Dorothy Dandrige, Ella Fitzegerald and countless others.

Later in her career, she created costumes for the Dance Theater of Harlem. Valdes also notably helped found the National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designs. She died in 2001 at age 96, but her legacy lives on.

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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Friday, February 10, 2017

In Conversation With The Naked Magicians: Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne - The Aussie Duo Set To Perform In April in Calgary

In Conversation With The Naked Magicians: Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne
The Aussie Duo Are Set To Perform In April In Calgary
(photo: associated press)
The Aussie besties Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne or together better known as The Naked Magicians will be going to Calgary for the second time this spring to perform. “When we did the cross-Canada tour, Calgary was one of the best shows we’ve had, so we decided to come back to do it again.” said the boys.

The duo amped up the excitement of a traditional magic show with something lets just say, more sex appeal and less conventional. Prior to the naked status, Tyler and Wayne were already performing magic tricks, but they wanted to do something different and something that stands out to the audience. “Magician is like the second oldest profession in history, we couldn’t believe no one has done it nude." said Tyler and Wayne. “We spent more than a year putting a show together, coming up with ways to do (magic tricks) without pockets and sleeves.”

When they finally launched their first performance, live on stage, it was an “all in” gamble for the boys, both financially and their reputation. As it turns out, taking the risk is the right choice – from performing to a group of audience of 200, to now 500-1000 per show. The Naked Magicians has proven to be a success and well-received entertainment worldwide. “We haven’t look back since” said Wayne. “To date, we have done over 400 shows.”

I asked them have they been in a situation where a fan might’ve gotten ‘too close’ when things got heated. Tyler said so far of that 400 performances, there has only been one incident where a fan just had “a lil too much to drink.”

The Naked Magicians are seen on a number of TV programs and media highlights lately.  The Sunday Herald even declares them as “definitely one of the most visually stimulating magic shows in the world”. “The show is obviously getting a lot of attention,” I said. “Ever plan on adding a third wheel? Perhaps a magic assistant?” The answer is “no”. The long-time best buddies are feeling good right now working with each other. They explain that there still isn’t that many well known magician duos in the industry.

So what is our Calgary audience expecting to see on April 20th at the Jubilee Auditorium? I guess they’ll have to purchase their tickets to find out. The Naked Magicians will promise two things – be naked and perform unbelievable magic. They left me with their famous quote: “Good magicians don’t need sleeves; Great magicians don’t wear pants.”


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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Thursday, February 9, 2017

THE COLLECTIONS RE\SET Fashion Presentation Final Night

THE COLLECTIONS RE\SET Fashion Presentation
Final Night
(photos by: George Pimentel; associated press)
Collection by WRKDEPT

At the final night of THE COLLECTIONS RE\SET fashion presentation (you can read about the opening night here) at The Great Hall in Toronto, collections by Canadian designers Hilary MacMillan, Beaufille, Thomas Balint and WRKDEPT were showcased.

For its first runway show of the evening, contemporary cruelty-free womenswear brand, Hilary MacMillan presented modern wearable designs from her FW17 collection. Forbes annual 30 Under 30 inductees, Chloe and Parris Gordon, the duo behind Beaufille wowed in the Conversation Room with top looks from the SS17 collection, showcasing exaggerated hems, feminine lines and opposing textures. Back downstairs in the Longboat Room, menswear line Thomas Balint’s moving presentation of his FW17 collection told a story of classicism and romance, contrasted by a dystopia atomosphere and set to the backdrop of Leonard Cohen. WRKDEPT closed out the night with its ready-to-wear unisex FW17 presentation that boasted bold colours, hand crafted accessories and avant-garde pieces.

Collection by Hilary MacMillin

Collection by Beaufille

Collection by Thomas Balint

Complimenting the artistic aesthetics from the fashion designers are some of Toronto’s top DJ music talent including: Adam Beck (Members Only), Molly Hughes (Church of Molly), Sophie Jones, Josh McIntyre (Prince Josh), Young Teesh, and Kim Esquila (Kim Sum), featured by Freshmen Friday music director Karim Olen Ash.

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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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

THE COLLECTIONS RE\SET Fashion At The Great Hall

THE COLLECTIONS RE\SET Fashion At The Great Hall
(photos by: George Pimentel; associated press)
Collection by Markoo

On February 6th at the recently restored historic Toronto venue, The Great Hall, THE COLLECTIONS presented night one of RE\SET, featuring some of Canada’s top fashion designers. The showcase was revealed in an innovative format in an effort to reset the thinking around how fashion is presented.

Designers including Sid Neigum, Markoo, Klaxon Howl and Pedram Karimi, all presented their selected looks from current and recent collections.

Sid Neigum showcased eight monochromatic looks in black, white and red from his spring/summer ’17 collection. Toronto-based duo, Markoo put on an impressive show in the Conversation Room showing a stunning collection that focused on pants, outerwear and textured pieces. Klaxon Howl’s men’s wear could be seen downstairs, where the static presentation is projected an air of strength and masculinity of 1960’s Frenchmen mixed South American rebel. Signature avant-garde brand, Pedram Karimi closed off the night with a show accompanied by eccentric musical performance by Montreal-baed singer Apigeon who, while singing, undressed and redressed in various designs on stage, helped by two male models that tended to her every need.
 Collection by Sid Neigum

 Collection by Klaxon Howl

Collection by Pedram Karimi

The beautiful looks on the runway were from beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart in partnership with award-winning makeup artist Simone Otis, hair artist Kirsten Klontz and nail expert Melissa Forrest.

RE\SET will present a two-day showroom featuring ready-to-wear designers Namesake, Tara Rivas for TMR, S.P. Badu, Triarchy, accessories designers Dean Davidson, Krane, Cuchara, Dolorous, Uncuffed Leather, and shoes by Zvelle.

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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Monday, February 6, 2017

The Official Nominees For CAFA 2017

The Official Nominees For CAFA 2017
The official nominees for the 4th annual Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA) were revealed last week at the Thompson Landry Gallery in Toronto. Voted on by an esteemed committee of leading professionals across a range of disciplines, such as design, media and innovation within the fashion industry, the 2017 CAFA nominees once again showcased the incredible talents we have in the fashion community and across the country. Canadian actress Karine Vanasse was invited to make the official announcement. Huge congratulations to all of the Canadian talents, including some of our friends who were among on the list.

“Canada is having a significant fashion moment – our talented designers and our growing retail landscape is making an impact on the industry,” says Suzanne Rogers, CAFA jury member and Canadian fashion supporter. “I am very proud to support CAFA and all of their efforts to ensure that our established and emerging talent receive the well-deserved recognition both nationally and internationally.”

The evening also unveiled that Montreal-based Rami Atallah, Co-founder and CEO of acclaimed fashion platform SSENSE, has been appointed the 2017 CAFA Honorary Chair. “Rami has always been on the frontier of innovation and change, artfully intersecting the worlds of fashion, business and technology,” says Vicky Milner, President of CAFA. “He has created a culture that is evolving how we interact with, relate to and consume fashion today. SSENSE is truly a shining example of a global Canadian success story.”

The Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Business Of Fashion (BoF), Imran Amed, will be honored with this year’s Hudson’s Bay Vanguard Award. “Hudson’s Bay is delighted to honor Imran Amed with the CAFA Vanguard Award,” said Liz Rodbell, President of Hudson’s Bay. “With BoF, Imran has created one of today’s most esteemed and respected sources for of-the-moment news and in-depth looks at the global fashion landscape. He is a visionary, a thought-leader and is incredibly deserving this prestigious award.”

Like previous years, the 2017 CAFA jury, comprised of national and international fashion leaders, will select the winner of each category. The winners will be announced at the red carpet gala, taking place on April 7th 2017 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

Here are the official CAFA 2017 nominees:

The Womenswear Designer of the Year Award
Lucian Matis
Sid Neigum

The Menswear Designer of the Year Award
Christopher Bates

The Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Fashion
House of Nonie
Malorie Urbanovitch
Matthew Gallagher

The Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Accessories
Daniel Christian Tang
Jon De Porter
Poppy Barley

The Accessory Designer of the Year Award
Dean Davidson
Jenny Bird
Sully Wong

The Joe Fresh Fashion Innovation Award
Dash Hudson

Simons Fashion Design Student Award
Adrian Zhao
Alex Armata
Curtis Oland
Xiaoyi Li

The Image Maker of the Year Award
Caitlin Cronenberg
Max Abadian
Owen Bruce

The International Candian Designer of the Year Award
Tanya Taylor
Vejas Kruszewski

The Stylist of the Year Award
Cary Tauben
Elizabeth Cabral
Juliana Schiavinatto

The Model of the Year Award
Crista Cober
Meghan Collison
Pamela Bernier
Paolo Roldan

The Sephora Fresh Face of the year Award
Ariel Himbeault
Elizabeth Davison
Emm Arruda
Sophie Touchet

The Fashion Impact Award
Christopher Paunil
David Dixon
Far and Wide Collective
Wear Your Label

The Digital Fashion Influencer of the Year Award
Alexander Liang
Ania Boniecka for Ania B
Caillianne and Samantha Beckerman for Beckerman Blog

Leading up to the CAFA gala, there will be The Kit Connect Conference and The CAFA Fashion & Retail Forum, both events are set to connect industry professionals, sharing ideas and making connections with one another as a collaborative effort to further enhance the future of the Canadian fashion industry.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again in Toronto.

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