Real People w/ Real Styles

Real People w/ Real Styles
Binzento interviews with real cool people of different industries and that show real cool personal styles!

Season 2
July 4th 2016
Meet Rob Hamish Johnston (London, England)
Film Student
(photos: Freddy Krave)
It’s been almost three years since I wrote on my column Real People w/ Real Styles, but I am very excited that it is officially back on Binzento Vincente. To start off the new season on this column, featuring amazing people from around the world who have inspired me with their talents and aesthetic - meet Rob Hamish Johnston, a charming young individual with a big heart. He is an aspiring screenwriter currently studying Film Studies at King’s College in London, England.

To: Binzento Vincente:(My sense of style) I would say I dress in a lot of athletic wear because the gym is an important part of my life - Nike, Adidas, and New Balance. I wear a lot of monochromatic color, too, and so if I'm shopping on the high street I'll generally gravitate towards more upmarket stores like Guess, CK Jeans and Armani. I love their clothing.

(My definition of style) would be classic with an edge - I love to wear monochromatic colors - black, white, and grey, however I always like to add a kick to an outfit be it a rip in my jeans, a skull ring, or a t shirt with a fade.
(My favorite designer) - Vivienne Westwood comes to mind - she's so iconic! I think her clothing is incredibly vibrant - It really conveys a message. Photography wise Freddy Krave comes to mind - he's the one who did one of my profile pictures on Facebook. I love his style because he's really been able to bring out the paleness of my skin, which is one of my favorite features.

(My upcoming gig) I'm currently just working on my Film Studies essays. Essay writing is a bitch haha! I would love to get more into modeling in the future however.”

Response to Rob: “I am so happy and honored to have you to start off the new season of Real People w/ Real Styles column on my blog. You are a fascinating individual with a bright future a head of you. I can’t wait until you produce your first film, which I am sure it will be fantastic. Stay true to yourself and all the best xx”

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente



July 21st 2013
Meet Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan (New York, USA)
Miss America
(photos: Mallory Hagan)
Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan brought extra sunshine to YYC earlier during Stampede week showcasing FW ready-to-wear from Canadian designer Joseph Ribkoff. Naturally, this is also the best opportunity for me to meet and greet this beautiful and intelligent Miss America from New York. Mallory captivated the judges with her charm, energy and dance talent during the Miss America competition. I rooted for her since her first camera appearance, and I had no doubt in my mind that she would most likely be crowned as the next Miss America. Perhaps that was something about Mallory that separated her from the other pageant – she came out with a sporty appearance and a strong personality. She was also adaptive and quick with response to the judges’ questions. I had an opportunity to chat with Mallory a little, and since she is currently representing the brand Joseph Ribkoff, I thought it would be interesting to hear what she had say about her personal style on Real People w/ Real Styles.

To: Binzento Vincente: (Impressions about YYC) To be honest, I haven’t had much time to sight see Calgary given the tight schedule for this visit, but Calgary is a beautiful city and my stay so far has been good. I was originally from Alabama, so the western scene and vibe wasn’t foreign to me. I am pretty used to it.

(Dancing at Miss America competition) My mother used to own a dance studio, so I had the opportunity to start dancing when I was young. I trained really hard to prepare myself for the Miss America competition. You’ve got to have dedication for it. I also had a really good trainer, Dick Talens, who gave me fantastic core training to help me win Miss America. Their program called Fitocracy is amazing.

(Favorite designer, and personal style) In addition to Joseph Ribkoff, another one of my favorites is American fashion designer Halston. I really love a classic style look with an edge to it - something like what Gwyneth Paltrow would wear. She is a classy lady pulling off minimalistic looks but also very stylish and fashionable.

(Future direction) Moving on from Calgary, I’ll be in Washington DC for a summer educational program for children called “Let’s Read! Let’s Move!”. This program is in partnership with and supported by the First Lady Michelle Obama. It will be a fun experience!”

Response to 2013 Miss America: "It was a true pleasure to meet you. Thank you for bringing your vibrant energy to the heart of the new west Calgary. When I was sitting at home watching the Miss America competition on TV, both my sister and I knew you would be at least the final two. Your dance performance was superb, and we enjoyed it very much. I really think that you represented Joseph Ribkoff’s collection very well with your femininity and strong personality. I wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you again on television in the next Miss America (2014)."

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente



Binzento Vincente 2nd Anniversary Edition
Meet Madmonk (All-over, Italy)
Musicians, DJ
(photos courtesy: Madmonk, Umiko's, Luca Rossato, Giorgio Gagliano)
It felt like a decade since I last updated Real People w/ Real Styles. No, I haven’t forgotten about this column, just haven’t got the time to sit down and connect with individuals that I find inspiring. Well since my blog just turned 2 years old few days ago, I thought it would be the perfect time to write a special 2nd anniversary edition of Real People w/ Real Styles. This time I have three Italian boys that share a common dream in music – and when all three of them get together by fate, the result is Madmonk!

Found in 2007, Madmonk is made of members Valerio, Riccardo and Christian. All three of them are 23-year old students living in different cities near Milan. By chance these boys met and found immediate chemistry – enough to decide to work together as a team. Although the boys each have music preference, they share similar taste and passion as musicians. With their DJ background, their songs are evidently influenced by house music - and it’s a mixture of pop, rap, and dance, which instantly uplifted my spirit when I first listened to them. The name “MAD-MONK” came about discovering an interesting fellow named Fulvio, who often dresses up as a monk asking for cigarettes while “talking with God”. Ironically, MADmonk never makes me mad, but in fact their tracks often keeps me sane especially when I am working late at night at the medical research lab – “Thanks guys!”. Another reason why I like them is because their style of music really reminded me another one of my favorite Japanese groups called Orange Range.

The boys graciously spent time to write back to Binzento, allowing me (and you readers) to get to know them better. Here’s what the boys have to say on 2nd anniversary edition of Real People w/ Real Styles:

To: Binzento Vincente:(The Madmonk inspiration…) Essentially we like to party hard. We are first of all DJs so every time we find a track that drives us crazy we are thrilled by the desire to make people dance with it, the same is true when we make music: all we want to do is to transmit our energy through our tracks so they will explode on the dance floor! If you want to better know what really inspire us we suggest you a book titled "Last night a DJ saved my life", it's a bible for us. (Madmonk’s music icon…) Is difficult to choose a unique musician that puts together all of us, probably Daft Punk better represent what we would like to be. But what musician wouldn't want to be like Daft Punk?

(The Madmonk style…) You know: Milan is a city where fashion matters a lot and your style depends on the occasion. Normally we like to buy our clothes in little street wear shops where you can also chat and ask for advices, something like what happens in record shops, little things that make situations more human. We also find clothes into vintage shops, we go there mainly to find old records but happens often that we dust off old awesome clothes!


(Madmonk is currently working on…) At the moment we're working at new tracks, probably after summer we'll release something new, then we'll work at our debut album! At the same time we love to make remixes, for example the 20th of may the rap crew SSP has released their new album containing a remix made by us!
You can download it for free here http://www.hatenowspamlater.com/2013/05/20/ssp-ventanni-lp-freedownload/ (our remix is the 11th track). We like also to be remixed: soon we will release a collection of remixes of our first single Record Shop Lads.


(If you want to find Madmonk…) During the summer we will play at two big festivals near Milan (Big bang music fest and Rugby sound) and probably at the Summer Street Parade of Samarate. Unfortunately there are no planned shows outside Italy at the moment, but never say never! If you want to know a little bit more about Madmonk you can find us on our website www.madmonk.it where, in the music section, you can also download our first EP for free. We're also on Twitter as @wearemadmonk, on Facebook www.facebook.com/madmonkpage and you can also listen to our music on YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp and even on Spotify.

Response to Madmonk: “You guys rock! Thank you so much for spending the time writing to Binzento. I’d downloaded Madmonk’s tracks and I haven’t stop listening to them. Although I am not an expert to the Italian language, I believe that music is one of those things that breaks communication barrier. I admire the passion you boys’ have producing your own music, and living your dreams as musicians. I hope to meet you guys the next time I travel to Europe – I also wish Madmonk all the best with the new album release, and maybe one day you guys will tour intentionally!!”


Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

You can now download Madmonk’s tracks via the link: (http://www.madmonk.it/music)



April 2nd 2013
Meet Charlie & Oscar (Les frères Ferré) (Paris, France)
Students, Fashion & Lifestyle Bloggers
(photos courtesy: Les frères Ferré)

Les frères Ferré is my newly discovered Paris based fashion blog started by the boys Charlie and Oscar Ferré. In their blog, the duo documents their daily adventure from the street of Paris while exhibited a fresh and fun take on high fashion that set in their street styles. The duo was originally from North of France and while they pursued their dreams in Paris, they had planned to create a blog that show their visions in fashion. More precisely, they wanted to show something with personalities and cheery about fashion. Their blog also showcases their daily lives, where we’ll see things like their fashionable afternoon activities or strolling through the Louvre in style. Their interesting lives have captured my attention for Real People w/ Real Styles – Here is what the boys have to say about their ideas in the fashion world.

To: Binzento Vincente: (The lives outside blogging…) We're both hardworking students. I (Oscar) am studying fashion design while Charlie is studying architecture at Boulle school in Paris. Besides blogging and studying there's not much time left to get involved in other things. But we love what we're doing and blogging about fashion gives us the opportunity to learn much more about design, new talents and the international fashion industry. 
(The Oscar and Charlie styles…) Our style is a mix of classical pieces and more conceptual elements, the latter are mostly demonstrated through our accessories. As said before, our style is not supposed to be seen as something definite, it is more something we like to develop over the years, by combining actual trends with our classic approach.


(Favourite fashion designer…) It would be wrong to say that we have a favorite fashion designer, because in our eyes everything can change from one collection to another. Today everything is going so fast because designers have a perpetual pressure from the fashion world who's always looking for something new. It is a trap. Today you can literally fall in love with a collection and hate the next one! But we love designers who have real codes and a universe, like Alexander Wang or McQueen.



(Mission as bloggers…) is to continue having fun and celebrating fashion in order to show that the fashion world is something cool and happy. It's very important for us to touch a very large audience in order to share our fashion vision with a large amount of people. It's very important for us to show our own personalities and not to feel disguised but unique and inspirational. (The next big hit in fashion?) We don't believe in hits. There's something ridiculous in this war between the fashion houses for creating the biggest hit of the season. Hits are just pieces you can wear during one month if you don't want to be completely "out". The most important thing is to fall in love with your clothes and to wear them because you love them, not because you feel like you have to due to some rules stipulated by the fashion world. Designers need to trust more in themselves and go back to loving what they are doing instead of following the fashion war dictatorship.
 Thus, we're certainly are living a very important fashion moment, everybody loves to create mixes and matches, mixing prints ,materials, colors and adding accesories everywhere with a happy touch in order to get the "Tommy Ton style".”


Response to Charlie & Oscar: “Thank you for taking your time to write. Like myself, also a student (in medical field), and blogger – I understand how difficult it is. It seems that time is always an issue when you want the best moments of everything. I’ve been following some of your post on Les frères Ferré. I really enjoyed that you boys had a lot of fun making these posts (well from what I saw anyway). In addition, I appreciate that there is no boundaries when it comes to having fun in fashion and a sense of carefree essence in many of the posts. I think that is also what this column Real People w/ Real Styles is all about – It is not restricted to who you are or what you do, as long as you spend time on yourself with fashion. Ahh..designers…yes… I’ve been telling everyone the same – it’s a hit-or-missed really. They can design a magnificent showcase for one season, then something totally unexpected (in a bad way) for the next. I think it is important that your styles can show who you truly are. In the fashion world – you can let the clothes speak for you, and your personality. Our emotions can often change from one situation to another. Just like your blog’s philosophy it’s to not stay within one scope of looks or designs and be able to have the flexibility to adapt and change. Hope to work with you boys in projects to come – Wish to have you on our VW team.”

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente




March 14th 2013
Meet Santiago Arenas Henao (Medellín, Colombia)
Student, Model
(photos courtesy and by: Mariano Restrepo; Ace Amir; Leyther Orozco Delgado)
Featured this week on Real People w/ Real Styles is a young fellow I recently came across with a bright future ahead of him. Meet Santiago Arenas Henao, a business student and a fresh face model from Colombia ready to take on the stage of fashion.


Santiago can be described as a nature boy, and an avid animal lover. Aside from being a student and model, he is also Siberian Husky breeder (which I got surprised when he told me, because of the wide range of different things he does).  On his down time, he also told me he love to venture the nature riding his own horse. He wishes that one day he could travel around the world to meet people of different cultures, and try different gourmet food. I am happy that Santiago had approached and connected with me. Here is what he has to say to Binzento’s Real People w/ Real Styles.
To: Binzento Vincente: “(How I became a model…) I have been modeling for one year. It all started when my friends and family thought I have what it takes to become a model, and they encouraged me to try out. I took the risk and presented myself to modeling agency – and now here I am. (My personal style…) I would describe it like street winter style. I love to wear leather boots & jackets.
I don’t really have a specific favorite designer. What I like most about new or established designers are their talent, creativity, and hard work they put on every piece of their clothing. Aside from modeling, I enjoy riding my horse, the delight from nature, eat gourmet food and feel grateful about my life. However, in the next 5 years, I hope to achieve to start my career, and travel as a model to New York, Milan, London, and Paris Fashion Weeks. I know I can give more, and I have all the enthusiasm and energy for modeling, and be an example of self-improvement.
As of now I am working on developing an animal care center in Colombia, since I am an animal lover. It’s a dream of mine, and I hope that it’ll become a reality.

Response to Santiago: “Thank you for writing to me Santiago. I admire your enthusiasm and passion for your work and the dreams you have in your life. In addition to hard work, (and maybe a bit of luck), it’s all about the attitude. It makes a huge difference when you have a positive attitude when facing anyone or any situation. I sense a positive energy in you, so I am confident that you will have a successful career in the future. Best of luck to you, and hope to see you next time I visit New York, or wherever it may be :)”

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente



February 19th 2013
Meet Raquel Ortega Gainza (Pamplona, Spain)
Computer programmer, Blogger, Model
(photos courtesy: Raquel Ortega Gainza by Mikel Muruzabal Estudio)

With all the projects on hand, I apologize I didn’t have time to update this section in a while. Binzento is back writing features of people on Binzento Vincente. Meet Raquel Ortega Gainza whom I’d met over social media platforms a little over a year ago. Raquel caught my attention with her unique appeal, and knowing that she’s a fellow blogger, it made our conversations easier even though she’s all the way in Spain.  Her blog is mainly about her lifestyle, fashion, and tips for models based on her personal experiences – Yes Raquel is a model. As people into modeling might already know, living as model is often difficult when your area doesn’t offer much jobs or opportunities. Fortunately Raquel is also a tech whiz who’s currently working in a company as a computer programmer. This is what Real People w/ Real Styles is all about – looking into the lives of stylish people that excel in multiple areas. Here is what Raquel has to say Binzento on her personal style:
To: Binzento Vincente:(My personal style…) I am into basic style with studs, and really into assembling my daily wear. I love to design. My favorite designer is Karl Lagerfeld because he is chic and sophisticated. Two things that I especially appreciate.

Currently, my city is really into military style – the most fashionable trend at the moment. For me though, what inspires me to dress the way I look is via blogger Madame de Rosa. She really inspires me everyday. Recently I attended London’s atelier of Charlie Le Mindu Le terrible enfant. I love his style. He made his own collection with real hair, and you have to know it! He used to dress Lady Gaga as well. Check it out Binzento: http://www.charlielemindu.com/
(My wish in the fashion industry…) When I was young I wanted to be a model but I realized that is not the only way to stay fashionable everyday. You could wear what you like and show your daily outfits on your blogosphere. I hope one day I can launch my own collections.
Response to Raquel: “I apologize for the delay in responding. It’s definitely a crazy few months. Can’t believe we’d been talking about doing something like this for months and finally made it happened! I like that you have the “geeky” side despite your fierce look in photos. It’s always good to see people having other unrelated interests aside their contribution to fashion. I have not personally seen Charlie Le Mindu’s work but really grateful that you showed me. I took time to browse his shows and videos. I like that it’s very avant garde, artistic, and couture-like. I can’t believe I haven’t discover his work yet… Afterall, there’s still a lot I got to learn, and the fact that we will never be able to know everything in this world makes our lives even more worth living.” 

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente




January 14th 2013
Meet Anne-Catherine Frey (Paris, France)
Fashion blogger, Fashion designer, Student
(photos courtesy: Anne-Catherine Frey)
22-year old fashion blogger/ student Anne-Catherine Frey is no stranger to the fashion community in Paris. I am sure some of you may have even seen her photos in street style blogs from time to time.  Born in Luxembourg, and now reside in Paris, Anne-Catherine was always that “outsider girl” when she was a child. Not because she didn’t have any friends, but rather doing the usual things teenagers does didn’t seem to fulfill her creative mind. She explained she would sketch her ideas out on paper, sometimes for hours to perfect her skills at drawing. As a fashion student, she constantly seeks to find ways to express herself, her true colors, through fashion.

Certainly, no one can argue that Anne-Catherine has a unique take on her personal sense of fashion. She often mix-and-matches different designers garments to “perfect” a look. Her stylish appearances during recent fashion weeks bring delights and capture the attention of many. Wherever she goes, there seems to be photographers roving by, and that even includes the lens of Vogue street style editors.
Unlike many bloggers that I know, she loves a short boyish cut, and this style perhaps now became one of her signature looks. No wonder some bloggers (and her self titled blog) called Anne-Catherinea truly intriguing subject”. That’s because her unique persona has won and infiltrated the hearts of many fashion lovers. Despite her busy schedule, Anne-Catherine decides to spend some time of her own to be on Binzento Vincente’s Real People w/ Real Styles. Hear what she has to say about her personal style and her take in fashion.

To: Binzento Vincente:(I moved from Luxembourg to Paris to study fashion, and received my diploma after 3 years) Since my fist year in Paris I started going to Fashion Week and soon I started a blog because I got many requests. In my last year of studying I got the offer to work as a designer for one of my favorite brands « The Kooples », so I did both while university was still on and now I’m working full time for this amazing brand.
(My style inspiration…) No one really inspires me, but I guess my style is a combination of my personality and my own view of aesthetic. I don’t like showing skin and always-loved men’s clothing, and very important that I always loved feeling comfortable in my clothes. All of this together « makes » my style. (My favorite designers…) I have a few favorite designers, but every season I’m stunned again by Balenciaga, Christopher Kane, Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler. I love their sharp, rigorous and built clothes but they still have certain coolness to it. I would wear all of these designs without a minute of hesitation! (My definition of stylish is to) be yourself and don’t try to please everyone, whatever happens: stay true to yourself and to what you like! That self-confidence makes you look stylish. You can wear the most expensive and coolest clothes, but if you feel disguised in them it’s going to show immediately! (My essential item to a fashion show is) a good pair of flat shoes in the handbag in case you’re wearing heels.
(My goal in the next few years in the fashion industry) is not to have goals. I know that I love fashion and that I want to stay in that business but I’m trying to be open for new adventures. I’ve seen so often since I’m here that your life can change from one day to another; one day you’re a student and then the day later you’re a full-time designer. Everything is possible; just always try your best, no matter what you do, and believe in yourself.”

Response to Anne-Catherine: “Despite your busy schedule, you decided to write back for Real People w/ Real Styles I feel very grateful. I’ve seen many of your photos on street style blogs and especially during fashion week in Paris. You expose a subtle coolness, which sets you apart from other fashion bloggers. I find your blog very concise and transparent about what you like, and truly represents your true colors (I really enjoy ready a honest blog). Paris Fashion Week is approaching again, so I hope I get to see more of your “inspiration” on the streets in Paris. I also wish you all the best The Kooples – they had great eyes recruiting you to be a part of their creative team!”

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Check out Anne-Catherine Frey's blog HERE.



Christmas Day 2012
Meet Holden Nowell (Calgary/ LA, Canada/ USA)
Model, Actor, Aspiring rapper
(photos courtesy: Holden Nowell, Binzento; photo credits: Homme Style Magazine)
Last feature in 2012 on Real People w/ Real Styles is an individual that has illuminated the fashion world with his good looks and lean figure. Meet Holden Nowell, a Calgary-born male model represented by Sophia Models International that I am sure many of you will recognize him as the “Call Me Maybe” hottie from Carly Rae Jepsen’s debut music video. The music video came out surprisingly a massive success, which even granted Holden the “2012 Sexiest Man Alive” title in People Magazine.

Holden was a natural born sportsman, and was an active participant in the LA college basketball. He had plans to become a professional athlete, but that plan was changed after a knee injury incident. However as I always say: “everything happens for a reason” – after Holden stopped playing basketball, he became a model instead – “thanks to the good genes my parents gave me” – Holden said.
In a short period of time, he’d worked with some of the most talented photographers and campaigns. Despite his achievements in modeling, Holden wants the world to know that he is more than just a handsome face. In addition to exploring the avenue of acting, he also shares a great passion in rap music, and has been spending some time composing them. This Christmas Holden has flown back from LA and is spending it here in Canada with his family. While he is in town, I decided to set up a coffee interview with him. In this Christmas special feature, hear what Holden has to share on Binzento blog:

To: Binzento Vincente: (Being casted in the “Call Me Maybe” video…) One day I was called up by my agent in Vancouver to audition for Carly’s music video. At that moment I haven’t heard of the song or met Carly in person before. The casting went very well, and there was this instant chemistry with the team. Carly and I worked really well together, and we had a lot of fun doing the video. (“Call Me Maybe” song and video became an instant hit, and went viral on YouTube…) I was also overwhelmed by all the positive response and couldn’t get it over my head. It was a catchy tune, and by the time the music video was done shooting the song just popped in my head constantly.
 
(My personal sense of style…) is usually chill and casual. Sometimes I just like to wear something simple, like a t-shirt and a cap. I also like hip-hop trendy (due to my interest in rap music).  (If I wasn’t a model…) I would love to be spending my time working in the music industry, and hopefully releasing albums. I’m also a huge jock, so I would love to be playing football.  Recently I am building my experience in acting as well – I’d taken acting seminars and classes. Between all of them though, I would say music is still on top of my list. Being named (“Sexiest Man Alive” by People Magazine) I was very stoked when they first contacted me. It definitely feels good to be on it and be recognized. Right now I am focusing on writing more rap music, and getting my ideas together for the New Year in 2013. Perhaps also building my portfolio in acting - I would love to get involve in films and related productions.”
Response to Holden: “First of all, congratulations on being selected by People Magazine as one of the sexiest men alive in 2012. And you know what, your picture looks great beside Paul Rudd J!!  I admired that you have multiple interests, and I am sure that with your hard work and dedication you will find success in all of them. Through our conversation, I also found that you were very down to earth and humble. I look forward to your music production! Be sure to keep me up to date on it because I would love to listen. Best of luck to you and your career in the coming new year 2013!”

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Holden Nowell Twitter: @HoldenNowell89



December 17th 2012
Meet Kara Chomistek (Calgary, Canada)
Founder of PARK, Fashion Enthusiast, Biomedical Engineer
(photo credits: Binzento Vincente; Fashion Canada; NOOKA photoshoot)
photo by: Binzento


“Calgary + fashion, can they ever co-exist?” - That’s a question I’ve been trying to answer over the last year since I started my blog. We’ve seen many “fashion revolution” attempts in recent years – but sadly and truthfully, I’d experienced more disappointments than joy. Kara Chomistek and her founded organization, Promoting Artists Redefining Kulture (PARK), perhaps is the light of hope this city needs to guide YYC’s fashion scene to a new realm. We’ve seen what PARK, this non-profit organization did to help aspiring local artists and fashion designers to build audience and recognition. The tremendous effort of Kara and her team of passionate volunteers are astounding. What started from a small open call for artists/designers trunk sale in 2008, to a now fully developed and well-sponsored bi-seasonal runway show, clearly Kara and her team figured out a formula to keep fashion in Calgary alive.


Like myself, Kara lives a double life juggling her career in the biomedical field, while managing, what we hope to do, to establish a professional fashion business. Hard work pays off – PARK’s two major fashion shows of the year, Parkshow and Parkluxe, are renown in the local, and perhaps cross province, fashion community.  Kara’s dedication to support local talents was also acknowledged by many, such as Fashion Canada and Avenue. She recently launched a new website: KaraChomistek.com, which consists a portfolio of all her fashion adventures to date including creative directing, fashion photography and fashion designs. I sat down with Kara at a local Starbucks one evening for a nice one-on-one interview, and here is what Kara told Binzento in this week’s Real People w/ Real Styles.
 photo source: Fashion Canada

To: Binzento Vincente:(How did PARK came about…) A few people and I got together and started the non-profit organization PARK in 2008. The mission was to promote local artists and designers. When we first started, we had a good response from students/aspiring talents from other cities like Lethbridge. In fact, Caitlin Power was also one of the first fashion designers that we worked with. Our non-profit has grown a lot in the last few years. What started as helping a couple students, and now the community, I am proud to say that our organization has now become sustainable. (Getting the community involve…) is for sure a challenge; and getting corporate sponsorship is even more difficult. Calgary has a very specific market or niche but what I hope PARK can do is to provide the unique experience that caters a large scope of audience.

I love clean lines for (my personal style), such as well-tailored cuts, and design that blends masculinity and femininity. My favourite looks revolve around blazers, “boxy shape” garments, and in contrast with lots of draping. That’s also the reasons why (My favorite designers/fashion houses) are Celine, Balenciaga and Prada.
 styled by: Karleen Samson; make-up: Ali Whyte; hair: Liberty Alonso; creative: Lionel Cipriano & Vinciano DePape; photo by: Robyn Jamieson

I think that (Calgary fashion scene) is missing buyers, which makes it difficult for our local talents to find grounds here. Honestly, I don’t see a “fashion week” concept will work nor appropriate for Calgary (for now anyways). The only way that fashion will work is to focus on the audience, and target what the market needs. The fashion scene here is very small, there is just not enough traffic and interest to keep “fashion week” feasible and sustainable. (Currently) I launched my own website KaraChomistek.com. I’ve done a lot in the last few years, and I really want to keep a portfolio of all the things I do, and makes it easier for people to see my work.”

Response to Kara:PARK has done a great job keeping the Calgary fashion scene intact. What I found troubling in YYC fashion is persistency. I agree that keeping it small and relevant to the scope of audience is important. Sometimes overly ambitious can certainly backfire. You sincerity to help local designers to succeed is inspiring. I also admire all the things you do – creative directing, fashion designing, and styling – proved that you are talented in many avenues. Congratulations to all the recognitions in the community. Keep up the great work, and I look forward to the next PARK event.”

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Kara Chomistek website: http://www.karachomistek.com



December 7th 2012
Meet Diamond Rings (Toronto, Canada)
Musician
(photo credits/source: Wilkosz and Way; Binzento Vincente)

When I knew John O’Regan aka Diamond Rings was coming to YYC to perform, without hesitation I wrote it down in my calendar, and made sure I got the night off (as you may all know, my schedule is usually 101% booked). I called my friend and insisted him to get the tickets to go with me. I started following Diamond Rings since his first debut single/album  (thanks to iTunes recommendation). Disappointment came when I missed his shows in YYC a year half ago. With the release of his latest album: Free Dimensional, Diamond Rings return to his Canadian fans stronger than ever.

It’s not surprising to see the growth of success with Diamond Rings – Personally I think it’s just the matter of time before the world realizes his music talent and unique sense of styles. Having been on tour with Robyn, and worked with producer Damian Taylor (Robyn, Björk, Austra), Diamond Rings diverged from the indie 80’s glam rock from his last album to a new electro-pop sound that reached wider scope of audience. The evolutionized Diamond Rings was appreciated by many fans, including the Jay Leno Show, and OUT Magazine – being named the TOP 100 in 2012. I had a great opportunity to sit down one-on-one with Diamond Rings at The Living Room on 17th to chitchat – find out what he has to say on Real People w/ Real Styles.
To: Binzento Vincente: (The reason I named myself Diamond Rings…) because I like how diamonds embody a glamorous aspect. It’s a rock, glamorous and shiny, but also has a tough strength to it. I also like it because it’s multifaceted, like many artists – I think it’s important to have that inner diversity. (My latest album Free Dimensional) definitely has a lot more pop elements to it then my first album. Breaking that indie genre into the electro-pop scene, I think this music of interest change has something to do with working alongside Robyn as well. (My personal sense of style…) leans towards avant garde looks. I like to express myself the way I wanted to. I think my style is like a mirror – a reflective surface. I also like things that are refined, similar to music, and try different looks. (My style inspirations…) If you asked me before I launched my music career, I don’t think I could tell you who my favourite designer is…but now I think I really like Jil Sander. Another that I admire is Charles Youssef, his designs meet the aesthetic that I think it’s really amazing. Some of my major influencers were Grace Jones, and Pet Shop Boys. I am drawn into that androgynous and unisex looks…”
 
Response to Diamond Rings: “I was very thrilled to know that you were in town and thanks for the time at The Living Room. Your new album Free Dimensional is such a fresh taste from your last album Special Affections – There were some really catchy tracks that I could certainly find small hints of Robyn (who’s also one of my favourite artists) elements in them. I agreed that artists should always try new things, and be bold to evolve. It was my first experience to your live performance that night. Your first outfit (with the silver-tin foil like space suit cover) gave me a (good) surprise – it was fantastic. I look forward to your visit again in YYC and future tours. Finally, thank you for your lovely autographed vinyl wrote: “Vincent, stay fierce!””

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente


Check out Diamond Rings’ latest tour info HERE
Twitter: @DiamondRings

November 27th 2012
Meet Alexander Liang (Toronto, Canada)
Founder and Editor in Chief of KENTON Magazine
(photo credits: Alexander Style (Alexander Liang); KENTON Magazine)

Entrepreneurs seem to be lingering me for the last couple months. I’ve been meeting quite a few recently, and even wrote a book review for one on my recent post. Here’s an entrepreneur that’s more relevant to my scope of knowledge – meet Alexander Liang, the Editor in Chief of the highly inspirational fashion publication KENTON magazine.

I think most people would agree with me that anything related to fashion in Canada is not easy. Whether you are working as a designer, a model, a stylist or an entrepreneur, it takes a lot courage and passion to push boundaries, and commit fully striving to success. Alexander is an example of a passionate individual dedicated to promote Canadian fashion, and connect them to commercial. While doing so, he makes sure that his readers are in loop with the latest fashion news and products from the rest of the world. It’s what I got out of following KENTON magazine – I don’t need to know all the details about everything, but I got the pleasure of having the up to date knowledge of current fashion that’s trending.
Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Alexander broke into the New York scene after graduating from Parsons School of Design. He has previously worked for Details Magazine, The New York Times Style Magazine on top of his fashion PR experience. His vision when establishing his own publication was to make a connection between business and avant garde fashions and designs. I had a pleasure to interview this young entrepreneur, and hear what he has to say on Real People w/ Real Styles.

To: Binzento Vincente:(My passion for KENTON…) I founded KENTON magazine in the fall of 2010. I've always wanted to run my own company and the timing was right. I leaped into the business with both feet and haven't looked back since. Our team has grown organically from day 1 and our success is very much accredited to the dedication and hard work of every one of our contributors. We want to continue growing and developing our content. We do have some plans for limited print projects, but I can't reveal too much more at this time!

(My personal sense of style...) is rough, yet defined. I love distressed pieces, mixed with something luxurious. (Fashion designer, I love…) Christopher Bailey for Burberry Prorsum is hands down my favorite designer. His vision is the perfect mix of classic style and innovative design. I also love Ralph Lauren and the complete and full lifestyle that his brand creates.
(My most looked forward 2013 fashion trend…) For 2013, I'm looking forward to seeing monaco blue and burgundy, two beautiful colors that we've been seeing on the runways. (Canada’s fashion, my take on it…) Canada has often been slow to adopt new fashion trends, especially some of the more avant-garde styles. However, in the past few years, with the internet and globalization, it's safe to say that Canadians have definitely stepped up their fashion game. New designers are emerging and with the support of the local media, they are starting to get much more recognition for their talents, which allows them to develop their businesses in Canada. (As of now…) I don't know what the future has in store for me, but I can say that I will be continuing to establish KENTON magazine within the industry and I hope to make a positive mark with my career, wherever it takes me.

Response to Alexander: “Thank you for taking your time responding to my interview questions. You and I have similar styles, I also love to blend distressed pieces with high fashion – I especially like avant garde and geometrical designs. I am very happy that you’ve established a high quality Canadian publication such as KENTON. It is sort of fair to say I am one of the magazines early followers, and I’ve definitely seen it’s tremendous growth especially over the last year – year and a half. As a Canadian (or I call myself that right now), I am proud to see some Canadian fashion designers are working competitively with the rest in the industry. Thanks to the advancement of social media platforms, and editors/publications like you. Keep up the great work, and I wish we will work together again, or collaborate some time in the near future!”

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

You can follow KENTON magazine on Twitter at: @KENTONmagazine




November 19th 2012
Meet Robert Sainsbury (Calgary, Canada)
Environmental Scientist, Martial Artist, Model
(photo credits: Phoenix Elite MMA in Brisbane: Photos by Elanie Unwin; Retro Styles: Photos by Dan Bannister Photography; Martial Arts Stance: Photos by Binzento Vincente)
Robert Sainsbury and I share many similarities and differences. Similar - in that we are both in the biology related field – he is currently a professional environmental scientist specializing in terrestrial ecology. He works for an environmental consulting company and conducts vegetation and wildlife assessments of  Oil and Gas exploratory land claims and recommend environmentally conscious strategies to prevent damage to sensitive habitats from southern Alberta to north of the Arctic Circle. He also participates in implementing these strategies to renaturalize damaged or altered habitats after sites have been remediated.


Another aspect him and I are similar is that aside from his science life, he also steps foot in the fashion world. He was previously signed with a modeling agency in Australia and had modelled for several campaigns such as Samsung, and other sport editorials.

What sets apart me and Robert is – I don’t do martial arts! Outside his regular job, Robert is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) instructor. He also knows Karate and Muay Thai (so don’t piss him off ;P). Speaking of that, I’d asked him to show me a few of his moves one evening, and this guy is total legit and he reminds me of the Canadian version of Ip Man (Donny Yen)! I sat down with him at an outdoor parking lot and chatted. Hear what he has to say on this week’s Real People w/ Real Styles.
To: Binzento Vincente: “I was originally from British Columbia, and started practicing martial arts since I was six. It was one of the best ways to use up my high energy. By the time I finished university and started working I’d earned my both a black belt in Karate and a blue belt in BJJ, and both are still a huge part of my life.   I am also a huge outdoor enthusiast (fishing, hiking), and anything related to outdoor sports I love. I began rowing at 16 and carried on to race Varsity at university. Since graduating I’ve coached and competed for clubs from Ontario to BC, and even as far away as down under in Australia and New Zealand over the past year.
Because of my love for sports, I often try to integrate it into my modeling career so am always interested in modeling jobs that support sport products that I appreciate. That said, modelling is a very diverse industry and I try my best to be flexible and have found myself in expensive suits as much as I have board shorts! Growing up, my role models were action stars like Jet LiDonny Yen, and Jackie Chan – guys that would pull of an incredible stunt or fight scene that left your jaw on the floor. As I got older I developed a “separate but equal” appreciation for actors like Michael Caine and Jude Law,  who I appreciated as people who could do very little and still radiate their own kind of intensity.


My personal style is all about functionality, durability, and I really like minimalistic concepts. As of now, I am not with a modeling agency, but I keep my doors opened as long as I maintain a good balance of everything else in my life. I love what I do currently in the biology field, because I feel my knowledge is applicable around the world.”
Response to Robert: “First of all, kudos for being the first non-Asian person I know that loves (not just like) durian – because even many of my Asian friends hated it! You amazed me with all the stuff that you do, and here I thought I was the busy one. It was such a pleasure to meet you at one of our photo shoots, I mean Odessa Bennett had mentioned about you and kept telling me: “You gotta meet this guy, because you would understand what he does”. Sure enough I appreciate all the science strengths that you have. I don’t like Jackie Chan, but Donny Yen is one of my favorite action stars – I love his role in Ip Man. I think your athleticism and physical appearance would play a huge success if you model in the sport industry. Thanks again for showing me your “moves” – now I believe you are a real martial artists :) (j/k).”

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente



November 11th 2012
Meet Missy Hyperbitch (茜利妹) (Hong Kong, China)
Radio Host, Author, Editor
(photo source: Missy Hyperbitch)
I don’t ever consider myself a fabulous writer, but neither do I think I am horrible at it, but writing a feature about this individual for this week’s Real People w/ Real Styles perhaps is one of the most challenging tasks thus far for me in this column.


I’ve been sitting and staring at my lap top screen for a good 20 minutes and finally came up with THIS sentence. I asked myself “why?” and I realized it wasn’t because there was nothing to write about, but in fact there was just so much credibility to this individual and I just didn’t know where to begin to describe her “legacy”.
Her credential mainly involved with the Hong Kong media industry for a number of years, where she worked as an editor for magazines, a radio host, a photographer, an artist, a screenwriter, an author, and now a “sex expert columnist“ – the list just goes on and on. Here I like my readers to meet Missy Hyperbitch (茜利妹), the official stage name she had given herself and her fans knew her as on publications.
I was absolutely thrilled when Missy HB agreed to do this interview with me. I mean I grew up listening to her radio talk show (sorry Missy HB, not to spoil our ages here :p xoxo) and for a number of years on FM90.3 (叱咤903) Hong Kong radio. I remembered myself doing so when I got disgusted by reading science text books, or got bored talking to my friends at the study lounge. She brought me laughter with her unique take on variety of social topics and witty sense of humor on air.
After gaining her Diploma in Costume Technology in Hong Kong, Missy HB continued with her education in Melbourne, Australia where she earned her BA in Arts in Advertising. Subsequently, she went back to Hong Kong and began writing for Amoeba Magazine (it’s very much like the Hong Kong version of i-D in the 90’s, which I dearly missed after it ended its publication). Later the following year she published her debut work “好年華” (direct translation: “Good Years of Youth”) – a fiction about youth and sex, which was praised by Commercial Radio Hong Kong CEO YT (俞琤) who later recruited her to become a radio host for FM90.3, and the rest is history.
 Cover of Missy HB debut fiction work: Good Years of Youth

Missy HB’s career in the media business bloomed soon after, she went on and wrote 25 books, did music collaborations (and won awards), wrote screenplays, participated theatre productions. I hope now you understand why I felt a bit anxious writing about her – she is a talented writer herself and I look up to her.

Aside from all the goodness she does with her work, Missy HB presents herself to the public with a very unique sense of fashion. Whether it’s a magazine cover, editorials or her personal photos, she never fails to bring fresh style ideas to the table. Hear what Missy HB has to say about her to my readers, and her unique take in fashion:
To: Binzento Vincente: “(I found the most enjoyable thing being in a part in the media business) is being able to transform a simple idea for a talk show topic and manifest that into huge production like screenplays, or even a fiction novel. I guess for me the least enjoyable process would be doing all the research and get the facts straight – we can’t BS the facts.

(My sense of style) – I always go for colors first. I like to mix-and-mismatch, that’s right! MIS-MATCH and not focusing on making things all fit together and predictable. (My favorite fashion designer) is John Galliano, especially during his Dior era. He’s a naturally born Mr. Diva, and belongs to the contemporary species. And I am sure he'll be back soon!
(My current gig) right now is a off-Broadway production called “My First Time”. We had our first performance among our Chinese audience. We consecutively did 6 shows at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. I define the play a half stand-up comedy and half Truman show. It was one of the most unforgettable experiences in my life.
Scene from "My First Time"

(My perspective on the local fashion, art, and culture scenes in Hong Kong compared to the rest of the world) is that we live in a place where our acknowledgements in the histories of art, fashion, culture, countries and the world are still relatively weak. I reckoned that knowing histories is the cornerstone to establishing unique and original culture of our own. I think that is why we are pretty good with “fast fashion trends”.

My next big project is working on my 26th publication titled “Sex n Love Critic Workshop”. After 14 years of writing “kinky and sexy stuff”, it’s about time to bring this “hyper sex material” to a whole new level.”
Response to Missy HB: “Thank you for taking your time for this interview. Being raised half my life in Hong Kong, I found that the media in Hong Kong might sometimes be somewhat sensitive to controversial topics or subjects. In fact, it’s difficult to discuss certain subjects with peers in Hong Kong (or Asia) versus colleges here in North America. I think your work, especially ones that touched based on fetishism and sex, is a fresh approach to break this sort of barrier. Perhaps it’s just the cultural diversity and values in the Asian and Western part of the world that segregated our voices as a media personality. I appreciate all that you and the others do to help be a part to establish the cultural identity of Hong Kong. Keep up the great work and I look forward to your 26th publication.”


Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente


Find out more on Missy Hyperbitch:


"Sex n Love Critic Workshop" page


November 4th 2012
Meet Pandemonia (London, England)
Work of Art, Pop Culture
(photo source: Pandemonia)
A tremendous buzz is going around the fashion scene lately: A high-profile bigger-than-life personality can be seen sitting in the front row of major fashion shows and social events. Hard to be missed, this 7-ft tall "mind of an artist became reality" is always the centre of the attention where-ever she goes. Meet Pandemonia, an "artificial" celebrity that has everything to be the elite of the elites. She represents our soceity's femininity, glamour, superficiality, fashion, art and pop culture. 
No one at any given time, other than Pandemonia herself, should know the mysterious face behind that mask, but does it matter? Pandemonia can be whoever or whatever we think she is. She can be art form, an imagination, a reality, and a humorous perspective of what a desirable object is. Anyone who sees Pandemonia and her little inflatable puppy "Snowy" has the urgency to talk to her, or a photo with her. Fame certainly doesn't come easy but as for Pandemonia, she was "born" to be famous. As soon as she stepped in the public's eyes couple years ago, she's been making headlines in the social media. Being spotted by major fashion publications such as i-D and Vogue were just the matter of time. I had a great pleasure to be able to interview the fabulous Pandemonia for Real People w/ Real Styles. Hear what she has to say about herself, her style and take on fashion.
To: Binzento Vincente: "(The name Pandemonia) comes from "Pandemonium" meaning craziness, chaos, creativity. In Milton's Poem Paradise Lost the fallen angel Mammon creates a palace out of gold called Pandemonium. All that glitters is not gold. Pandemonia to me is a good name to be called in our epoch. (My personal style) is hyper real. At 7-ft, I'm larger than life. My influences are packaging, advertising, cartoons and glossy magazines. Like a new car, my image is polished and forever young. My art creations are like a cartoon skin, they are elastic and amorphous. Being like a cartoon puts me half way in the real world and the metaphorical world of myth and symbol. I am preoccupied with the surface of things, that's why I like using inflatables. My bags are dysfunctional, they literally have nothing in them. As a fashion personality I am best described as an "Air head."
(My favourite designer) at the moment is Vivienne Westwood. It's not because I did a photo shoot with her recently for Harper's Bazaar China. It is because of her collaboration with Melissa Shoes. The Anglomania range are completely made of plastic! They have some classic designs and they are all in my style! (Becoming a fashion pop culture faster than the speed of light, how do I cope with the fame?) I have an inflatable ego! With all the attention and fame my ego can get very big. I find if my head gets too big I can get stuck going through doors. Fortunately I built in an emergency valve to let out some of the hot air, that keeps me in check with everyone else. <- (cute <3)
(What's more important, fashion or art?) That's a tricky question. I wouldn't want to offend anyone. Foremost I am an artist. Society events like fashion shows is where I have been showing my work and ideas. My work is designed to interact with the public. Fashion shows and the media entourage around them are the perfect audience. (Next fashion venture…perhaps Asia?) I would love to go to Asia. I met Shen Yong Fang at the Shenzhen fashion show and there is a possibility of going to China. Also I have a possible invite to Paris Fashion Week. At the moment I am concentrating on creating Fine Art prints for my art show."
Response to Pandemonia: "You are quite a character! First of all thank you for taking all that time to answer my questions. I will be honest with you (and hopefully doesn't offend my other interviewees) that I had the biggest smile on my face ever with your interview answers. I admire your honesty for being an egoistic person. You deserve all the attention you can get anywhere. I am also SUPER jealous  that you never have to worry getting a single wrinkle, and never age. There are times when people debate whether fashion is art and vice versa. Pandemonia can very well be that link between the two. Congratulations on the recent feature in China Bazaar. I read the article and it's great!! I know many of my Chinese readers love you, especially ones I know from Taiwan. Perhaps one day we'll cross-path somewhere there, and by then promise that I get to hug your inflatable dog Snowy."

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente


Twitter: @Pandemonia


October 26th 2012
Meet David Chiang (Vancouver, Canada)
Model
(cover photo: David in Chanel (David Chiang); 
(sub. photos by: Sarah Piantadosi. styled by: Nova Dando. make-up: Thom Ticklemouse. hair: Mark Daniel Bailey)
Androgyny has been "the game" in our fashion world in the past few years. Whether it's an editorial or on the runway, creative teams seem to love the idea of bending the social norm, and strip away the definition of gender. This idea is still going strong, which one male model (other than Andrej Pejic) that came to my mind is the rising star David Chiang
Chiang is what we would consider a "fresh face", but have certainly catching everyone's attention rapidly. Been only in the modeling industry for little over two years, he'd already walked the runway for fashion houses Alexander McQueen, Emporio Armani, Giorgio Armani, Isaia, and Custom National. The Taiwanese-Canadian model was discovered by Elmer Olsen in Toronto, shortly after he posted some of his polaroids on models.com. It is almost impossible to not spot Chiang for his high cheek bones, long straight black hair, and tall slender frame. Chiang said he was definitely nervous at first as a model, because it all happened so quickly. I had a chance to interview him, and here's what Chiang had to say about his personal styles on Real People w/ Real Styles.
To: Binzento Vincente: "Fashion covers up a very wild range of things... and I tend to get inspired by people, cultures + arts, and natures. My style? I try to change a bit cause I love black!!! so I wear a lot of black all the time... now I try to add some colors in my style to work with black. Edgy and Clean but details. :D (My absolute favourite designer is Alexander McQueen... I did his personal last show in Milan and he found me so amusing and inspiring so we did work for a shoot together after the show then he passed away and thats when I stopped till Jan 2011 for a year. I'm also in LOVE working with Rad Hourani cause his genius design and structures of his clothes. Very much in love with him! Others that I love are Hiader Ackerman, Valentino, Ann D and so many others.... each one of them has something that makes them my fav so the list will go on and on!

(When I am not modeling…) I am just like everybody else.. so I do what other people do in their daily lives lol.  If i got nothing to do for the day i tend to spend my time in the parks, museums, or window shopping or tasting the local food shops. I remembered when I first walked for Dior Homme as exclusive as my official first season and when I walked out the runway I heard people clapping for a bit. Later I found out that was cause I was their first ethnic model ever and audiences loved me. I was a bit like "OMG" lol
(My future plans) I want to stay in Fashion as I studied it during my university and become a great booker!!! Currently i am working on getting my body more toned…and for my next adventure…I hope that I can go to either London again or Asia! But yes... couple really nice projects coming up!!! :D
Thank you for having me here sharing my moments with you :D xx"
Response to David: "I am very glad to hear that the Dior Homme audience cheered for you. I think you've made us (especially the Chinese-Canadians and Chinese/Taiwanese) proud. I feel Asian models have been under-represented in the modeling industry, but in recent years, we do see more and more of them (both guys and girls) walking the runway in major fashion shows. I am happy for this shift, perhaps this had to do with the growing Asian market for high fashions. You are also very fortunate to have personally meet the great designer Alexander McQueen. He's a true talent and I am sure your experience with him is a story you can talk about with everyone. I can't wait to hear more updates from you about your upcoming projects. Thanks for writing to me and my readers. Best wishes!"

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente



October 17th 2012
Meet Katy Bond (Calgary, Canada)
Notable.ca Editor
(photos by: Binzento Vincente)
Compared to Toronto and Vancouver, Calgary is still a relatively young Canadian city. Art and culture development has come along way in the past decade. The city being the “Cultural Capital” of Canada this year really was coming from the efforts of passionate local individuals. This week’s Real People w/ Real Styles, meet Katy Bond, who has given her voice in Calgary’s art and culture scene, and expand it to the rest of Canada.

There are many young artists, but keeping them here is difficult.  I think a big part of it has to do with the lack of audience and exposure. That’s when Bond realized establishing a community that could make art accessible to the general audience was important. She was one of the founding committee members of the Pivot Glenbow – a club for young individuals that are interested in getting involved with the art and culture of Calgary. In addition, she is the Calgary based editor for the online Canadian lifestyle magazine Notable.ca, and writes about all the cool stuff that is happening in Calgary to nation-wide.

Bond and I usually bumped into each other’s shoulders at major art events in town. It’s not hard to spot her, because she always presented herself with a unique sense of style. I invited Bond one afternoon on a coffee date to mingle. I got to know more about what she does and her impression of the art and culture community Calgary – and of course for this column, her insights about personal style.
To: Binzento Vincente: (Contributing to the art and culture community) As a passionate individual, I just love to be involved and help promote the best of my home (Calgary). I feel like I am the “dot connector” linking people and the community together. Calgary is so young as a city, and establishing solid initiatives in areas like art or fashion is still at early stages. Aside from art, I’ve always had an interest in fashion. (For my personal style) I’d say have fun with it. I love vintage pieces, and mix-n-match avant-garde designs. I think unique items tell a story about the designer. Personalities of people can also come through fashion. I am not particularly loyal to one special label or designer, and mostly I wear whatever catches my eyes.

(My way to live life) is to be adventurous. I think it is important to choose your own way to live your life, and for me following passion is key. At the moment, I want to get more involved in the food industry; I want to learn about food, and take my time with the whole “food” experience. One of my dreams is to open my own bistro one day – perhaps blending different cuisines and tastes – or a diner :). My contribution right now in the art and culture scene is targeting to find ways to get people engaged with it. I love meeting new people and I wished that I can be a part of flourishing our cultures to the world.”
Response to Katy: “So nice to be able to finally sit down with you and chat. You mentioned that you’ve studied communications and PR when were you in school, and it really showed how you use those skills to help promote Calgary. I enjoyed people who have passions for their work. Establishing an initiative is a big task, especially when you know the community is still very small and lacking the appropriate resources. I think you’ve done a tremendous job as being one of the founding committees of Pivot Glenbow. I’d attended several of its prior events, and it’s nice to see people were coming out on a weeknight to enjoy art, and be inspired. I wish you will continue contributing for Calgary’s art and culture scene, even though your “biggest love” right now is food :). I WILL see you tonight at the Notable.ca event!”

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente


Katy Bond's twitter: @MsKatyBond



October 11th 2012
Meet Lance Parker (Oklahoma/Edmonton, USA/Canada)
Professional soccer player, Nominee Cosmopolitan Bachelor of 2012, Model
(photos courtesy: Lance Parker)
Featured on Real People w/ Real Styles this week - meet Lance Parker, a professional soccer player who is currently playing for the FC Edmonton. He is nominated by Cosmopolitan this year as one of the 50 most eligible Bachelors of 2012! Before introducing further, ladies (and gents) please show some support for our soccer player (for team Alberta) from Oklahoma by giving him a vote:
Parker was originally from Oklahoma City. He began soccer at an early age and throughout high school, which had subsequently brought him to play for the Missouri State University in Springfield for 4 years. Soon after, he was signed with the MLS team, Chivas USA. Though he may not realize this at first, Parker has the asset and what it takes to be a male fashion model. During his first year with the MLS team, Parker was discovered by a modeling agency. Modeling certainly had given Parker the opportunity to explore other career avenues in Los Angeles and Miami aside from his beloved sport. It also gave him the experience in the fashion industry. Here's what Parker has to say to Binzento Vincente about…things some ladies might wanna know :):
To: Binzento Vincente: "(Playing for the FC Edmonton came about) was simply the team's interest to pick me, based on my potential and playing time for the team. (My personal style) I would say that it is pretty relaxed. I like wearing clothes that fit my body well and are very comfortable to wear. While I do like to dress up on occasion, you can usually find me wearing shorts and a t-shirt. (Favourite designer...) I don't have one specific designer that I would say I like most, but if I had to pick one out, it would be Calvin Klein. Mainly because of his underwear lines. They are all extremely comfortable, as well as stylish. It's all I wear.
(Soccer…modeling…and) I spend a lot of my time working out. Whether it is at the gym, or outside running or biking around. I love getting out to the mountains to hike around too. Really, anything that keeps me active. I also enjoy magic and juggling. (What I look for in a girl) I can't say that I realy have just one specific type. Blonde, Brunette, tall, short, it really doesn't matter to me. A few things that do matter is that she is athletic, so she can keep up with me, as well as outgoing. It's so hard to spend time with someone that can't keep a conversation going or is not fun to be around.
(If I won the Cosmopolitan Bachelor of the Year) I haven't really thought about what all would happen if I actually won this contest. Well, of course nothing other than winning $10,000. I would for sure take a trip somewhere warm if I won. As for my goals I might have, I am just looking forward to next soccer season and playing to win the championship. 
(Between soccer and modeling) While I have come to love modeling the more and more I do it, soccer will always be #1 to me. It is my passion. I don't think I would be able to live without having soccer be part of my life in one way or another. While I would like to say that every day is an adventure for me, I do have some exciting things planned with my modeling coming up. However, I can't specifically say what just yet…:)"
Response to Lance: "First of all, thanks for taking your time writing to Binzento Vincente blog. Though this column has been trying to keep it more "fashion" oriented, there is never anything wrong to have someone good-looking as you being featured here. Besides, you fit the profile of "various industry" - as a soccer player, who does naturally expell a sense of style that no one has. It's an honor to be able to connect with you and interview you. Knowing that someone playing for Edmonton, Alberta is nominated for Bachelor of the Year in Cosmopolitan makes the residents here proud. I am sure all my readers would love to see you succeed! Now that we know more about you, perhaps we should cheer you on at the games when the new soccer season comes. For now, I am going to ask my readers again to give you a vote:
for the Oklahoma bachelor, FC Edmonton, Lance Parker."

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente


Lace Parker Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LanceAParker21


September 29th 2012
Meet Andy Suryandi (Hamburg, Germany)
Menswear specialist, Photographer, Esquire Magazine Indonesia contributor
(photos: Andy Suryandi)
A gentleman, who I randomly stumbled upon on the web, caught my attention recently because of his sophiscated fashion style. A real life “sartorialist” I called him, he rocks the street in Hamburg Germany with his well-tailored fashion, which displays professionalism. Meet Andy Suryandi, an Indonesian fashionisto that shares great passion for fashion like many of you who reads my blog. Andy moved from his home country Indonesia to Germany five years ago. A year ago, he began working for Menstore in Hamburg and on his spare time he contributes for the men’s fashion magazine Esquire Indonesia. His trade doesn’t end there, he also does fashion photography to imprint his vision of style in photos. Here’s what he say about his personal style on Real People w/ Real Styles.

To: Binzento Vincente: “(What defines my style…) During (the time) I attended the course for my current job as an assistant department manager, we were told to wear something that is "smart casual". It lies between a bit more trendy but also retains the conservative look. My sense of style would be something you see in a Polo Ralph Laurent or Michael Bastian ad campaigns or editorials. Maybe similar to those.
 
(My favorite designer) is Michael Bastian, I love the way he dresses. I hope that someday he will produce more for XS, so I don’t need to pay anymore money for tailor it! I tried to write about fashion as much as I can, since I work full time for Ansons. As of now, I am happy that I could contribute regularly for Esquire Indonesia when I find something really really special.

(My goal in the next five years) I’ve not yet planned that far; only planned for the next two years instead. My goal is to work in the buyers department for my company. Before thinking of anything else, I’ve got to do well what’s in front of me. I will need more time to think about my future goals in the fashion industry after that.”
 
Response to Andy: “Hello hello~ It was my pleasure to get to know you Andy. I am beginning to think that our fashion world is getting smaller and smaller. Perhaps this has to do with advanced technology. Meeting people of similar interest has not been easier than it was when I was younger. I always have a good time connecting with people across the globe about their fashion and style. I certainly think that you have a good sense of fashion, and execute it well. I guess another reason why I like your style is because you and I have different tastes. I love that you pull the classic look together, but added extra detail to make it unique, and you. Thank you so much for sharing on Binzento Vincente. I hope to read more of your articles on Esquire, and look forward to more of your photography projects!”

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Andy Suryandi website: http://www.andysuryandi.com/




September 21th 2012
Meet Yevette Yo-Lee (Toronto, Canada)
YeauONSTYLE Fashion/Lifestyle blogger, Photographer, Aspiring writer
(photos: YeauONSTYLE; Binzento Vincente)
This week on Binzento Vincente’s Real People w/ Real Styles, I decided to feature a new friend I met during my recent visit in Toronto couple weeks ago. Her name is Yvette Yo-Lee, and was the first Torontonian fashion blogger that I met personally. Yvette is the girl behind blog YvetteYeau.com. She’s been in the blogging world for little over 3 years now. Her unique sense and knowledge in fashion guided her blog to a huge success. Thanks to her vast travel experience, especially being able to study abroad in Paris for post-secondary and work in different cities globally, which helped her gain different perspectives from various cultures. In addition, she does freelance photography, which in no doubt is a skill set beneficial to create a beautiful blog.


However recently Yvette has decided to revarnish YvetteYeau.com to a new blog named YeauONSTYLE. Surely it’s a risk to change something that gave her her success as a blogger and start anew, but Yvette knows that it’s time for her to find new inspiration and redefine herself as a blogger. After all, I mean even my beloved Yves Saint Laurent changed its name to Saint Laurent Paris. I believe that change is good, when you are determined to stick to it.

Yvette and I spent couple days hanging out in downtown Toronto. She and I discussed and shared many ideas for each other’s blog. A collaboration is definitely in the air~ (more details coming soon), but for now lets hear what Yvette has to say in Real People w/ Real Styles!
To: Binzento Vincente:I am Korean and grew up in Montreal and studied in Paris, France. I always felt out of place growing up, I felt like whether the world admired or hated my style because I dressed a little more "boldly" than what the norm would be.. but I could not conform to just dressing "normal" or how "others" do. I used to drive my Grandmother and Mom crazy because I would always "borrow" their Chanel and Louis Vuitton bags, I was the first 15 year old in my highschool to carry a Chanel 2.55 bag and recall my teacher asking me why I was always so dressed up - we had the dreaded catholic boarding school uniforms - I told my English Lit teacher that my style is like Holden from Catcher in The Rye, and that my style was often misunderstood. So I always dressed up my uniform by accessorizing it (with crazy shoes, bags and jewellery). But in terms of my passion for fashion, I would say ever since I saw Madonna on TV, and I recall saying to myself 'holy s***, this is so wrong yet so beautiful!' that was when I first heard of Jean Paul Gaultier and his work. The infamous bustier made me ever so curious about silhouettes, forms and shapes - and was hooked - I was nine.

(My personal sytle) Well, the obvious would be, my red lipstick; was, is and always will be my main trademark. I am not afraid to try anything once, but I know what works on me. I am a jacket, bag & shoes kind of girl, so they complete my style (be it edgy, girly, feminine..) but more importantly, having fun with it, and you can never be too comfortable. LOL, I know most people would say the opposite, but if it is comfortable, you are probably not wearing it right! We do not say "Fashion is Sacrifice" for nothing!

My favorite luxury brands are Chanel, YSL, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen.. in terms of favorite designers, I really admire the works of Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Sarah Burton, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Azzedine Alaia, Elie Saab, John Galliano, Riccardo Tisci..   I think the only evolution to my style is that my choices have refined over time. Like my jewellery collection, it used to be Tiffany & Co. silver collections, whereas now it is the gold and diamonds section and ofcourse some David Yurman and Cartier - if this is part of the ageing process, I embrace it with open arms lol!
 
Yvette's shot for Made - men's suit compnay

(My inspiration for my looks comes from…) Everywhere! From people on the streets, books, web and sometimes while I am shopping, if I see an interesting piece, it will inspire me, and I just know. Not to sound full, but I believe style is something innate, either you get it, or you don't. (I think that…) Fashion is truly another form of Art, I can be inspired by it and hope that it transpires into my work. What I love about Photography is working with lights, exposure, composition and making those elements work between me and my subject through the lens. And then taking Fashion-inspired movements and incorporating into the final shots.
(In Toronto) Ah Torontonians - we are sooooooooo conservative but I think this is Canadians overall, ey? Current trend? It is hard to say because we have such a huge diversity of culture in Toronto that anything really goes.. trending is whatever H&M, TopShop, Zara or Forever21 sells! (My current goals…)  I hope to continue doing photography and blogging, they are two things that I absolutely love doing. I do it for myself really. Photography allows me to capture moments from my perspective, while Blogging allows me to express emotions from my perspective. I do try to keep them separate as much as I try to keep them close, if that makes any sense. The result of either of these two convey either the raw "what you see is what you get" side of me or my alter ego. (What’s up right now in my life…?) In terms of fashion, I just recently wrapped up shooting for a Canadian Bespoke Company for Men's Custom Suits - their FW12 lookbook. I do have other photography projects lined up, so am really excited for that! And for my blog, a really fun project coming up is our (you & I) collaboration; "East versus West; The Style Challenge" which will run each Friday during the whole month of October! I am soooo looking forward to that!
"Peanut butter & jelly sandwich" bag gift from Yvette to Binzento <3

Response to Yvette: “OMG Yvette, your letter to Binzento Vincente has got to be the most extensive ever! Thank you though I have to say for taking your time to write to me. I had such a great time in Toronto and you were a wonderful host representing your city. I have much better appreciation about Toronto, and in fact I want to go back and visit again soon J. I think that you and I share one thing in common, we both highly motivated to promote local designers! Though we’ve only met briefly, I felt very comfortable sharing my fashion idea to you; it’s like we totally speak with the same tongue. I can’t wait to speak with you again soon for our next big project! Best of luck on your travels again in the next couple weeks. Drop me a line anytime! PS: Thanks for the “peanut butter & jelly beg!~" :)"

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente


Yvette YeauONSTYLE twitter: @yeauonstyle



September 13th 2012
Meet Mariano Di Vaio (Milan/Perugia, Italy)
Style blogger, Model, Actor
(photos courtesy: Mariano Di Vaio)
Ever since I started Binzento Vincente, I met so many people that I thought never have if it wasn’t for this blog. I feel inspired everyday, thanks for these individuals. One of the best way I realize to improvise my blog over time is to read and communicate other blogs and bloggers. I am not much of a style blogger, since I don’t want to be stuck with trending styles. I would much rather write about other art media, people, and things that I could enhance my knowledge from. Here this week on Real People w/ Real Styles meet a gentleman who not only has great passion for fashion, but also has what it takes to become one of the hottest new Italian fashion style-setter in the blogging world; meet Mariano Di Vaio.

Mariano is one of the few Italian style bloggers that focus on men’s fashion and street couture. This 23-year old not only has a good sense of fashion, his great physique also landed him modeling opportunities, such as various runway shows and editorials in Vogue. He is also one of the faces for Roberto Cavalli’s 2012 fragrance campaign. In addition, he is also in the hopes of pursuing an acting career, having previously obtaining a scholarship to attend the New York Film Academy. It was by chance that I came across Mariano’s blog one day. His unique take of personal styles displayed a tasteful, masculine Euro-flare, which I have not come across in any style blogs for a very long time. I liked his ensembles of street styles. Surely, each style blogger would exert an unique taste, and browsing Mariano’s take on fashion styles is something I could appreciate as I mentioned earlier. Here is what Mariano has to say about his personal style on Binzento Vincente.
To: Binzento Vincente: “(Describing my personal style) Well, I am a bit of a hippie but with care, bohemian yet somehow classic. I think everyone looks for their own style, mine is a balance between comfort and elegance. I don’t really have (a favorite fashion designer), I do like stuff that is hand-made, stuff that is original and unique, so when I see something that is good and is also few pieces of that, that’s when I’m gonna love it! For sure.
(The inspiration I get from my photoshoots) My secret is that I studied acting in New York for a little while, and when I do a photo shoot I imagine myself in a little story, I just build it up in my mind and I act so it looks more real, at least I guess…J (The fashion world I live in) My (original city where I was born: Perugia) doesn’t give you many chances to be “someone”, even in fashion. If it wasn’t for the fact that I moved to Milan-London-and New York for a little while my fashion passion, and career, wouldn’t be this good fo course. BUT, because there is always a BUT, is full of foreign people, which is a really nice thing, because they always bring different styles and cultures that help people open their minds. And this is good not just for people’s lives in general, but also for street style fashion!”
Response to Mariano: “Thanks for being a part of Binzento Vincente’s Real People w/ Real Styles. I always think that being a blogger in my city is not an easy task, especially when fashion is not a big industry here unlike Milan, Paris, Tokyo and New York. In order to satisfy my craving for fashion, I always love to discover what people from other cities around the world have to “say” about it. I found your blog very interesting, certainly not a typical style blog that I come across in North America. This sort of difference is what I enjoyed as a blogger; being able to exchange ideas with other bloggers from different parts of the world – to learn and to feel inspired – and your blog has inspired me. Your blog also tells a great story that sometimes the simplest style is the best style. It is what defines you, in a stylish way, comes good fashion.”

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Mariano Di Vaio website: http://marianodivaio.com/




August 26th 2012
Meet Jaclyn Siu (Hong Kong/New York, China/USA)
Founder of wearhou.se, Fashion Entrepreneur, Student
(photos courtesy: Jaclyn Siu)
Jaclyn Siu and I share many similarities, we both love fashion, we love to write about it, we feature stylish individuals, we speak the same langauges, and we were both from Hong Kong. When I first communicated with her, she was one of the editors for StyleMusée, an online fashion application. Jaclyn, having great passion in fashion, certainly knows her stuff especially working as a fashion editor. However, what's more important is her drive and ambition to one day start-up her own successful fashion communication company.
To: Binzento Vincente: "(How I began in the fashion industry) dated back when I first started college, (I'd contributed) at places like Refinery29 and StyleMusée. Right now, I am a full-time student in New York University, and pursuing opportunities in the start-up world. (My personal style?) I don't really know (how to describe it). I put on whatever I feel like putting on - mostly black and white - and I like to feel comfortable. (My all time favourite fashion designer) is Helmut Lang! Because I love all things black and white, asymmetrical and androgynous :). 

(Hong Kong and New York have similarities and differences in its fashion scenes), both are metropolitan cities, but I think "HKers" seemed to be more casual (unlike in New York, where people probably dress up for a grocery run) and more Japanese influenced, especially in the mainstream (aka "Mong Kok-ers"). Also, HKers seem to like to buy well-known brands, whereas NYers are relatively subtle with it. (My current goal in the fashion industry) is to run a successful company in the fashion and tech space. I'm working on that right now! And maybe get photographed by the Sartorialist :)."
Response to Jaclyn: "I'm always happy to connect with people from my hometown. It's like you don't have to mention half the things about yourself :). I am glad you are able to drop a line here on my blog about yourself and style. Although you said you didn't know how to describe it, you seem to be capable of displaying an unique sense of personal style. Helmut Lang is also one of my favourite designers. I like its clean and simplicity take on designs. I admire your ambition in the technology aspect of the fashion industry. Rarely I speak with someone who knows both tech or application and fashion. I know that you are now spending your vacation time in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, I won't be able going back there, but hopefully will catch up with you when you go back to New York! All the best setting up your "fashion company" :)"

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Jaclyn Siu Twitter: @JaclynSiu



August 16th 2012
Meet Cameron Young (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Actor, Model, Entrepreneur
(photos courtesy: Cameron Young)
One of the best things that had happened to me after starting my blog Binzento Vincente was being able to meet and connect with so many interesting people from all over the world. What I found after all these meetings and conversations was that unlike my parents' generation, people in this day in age are  jack of many trades. On Real People w/ Real Styles this week, meet Cameron Young, who shares his passion in various disciplines: acting, modeling, sports, and now launching his own clothing line and label. Being able to connect with Cameron from Canada, to thousands of miles away in South Africa, it's interesting hear what he has to say about his personal style.
To: Binzento Vincente: "My personal style (changes throughout the day), really depends on what I do. I am usually well dressed in my (preppy look) during work hours, but really go for the sporty style at the end of the day - (pumping iron at the gym).

Calvin Klein is my favourite designer, not sure why, but I guess everyone looses their heart on some sort of designer! and I really love the sports wear designs from Puma. The simplicity and sporty-ness of their designs really suit my ideal look during and after work hours. 

I would love to continue seeking out films, and soap drama roles for my acting career. Currently, I am also in the process of starting my own clothing label, which will be street-style with emphasizes on sporty looks.. so what out for INSANE FAITH. The brand will also focus on placing short, but powerful motivational quotes to inspire people with their everyday activities… There is a place for body fitness in my heart. I keep training hard for my body, hoping to also gain my spot in the fitness modeling industry."
Response to Cameron: "Thank you, Cameron, for writing to Binzento Vincnete. I get major excited to read messages and mails from people across the globe, especially from parts of the world that is still foreign to me. I haven't been to Africa, but it is definitely a place I want to visit on my list of "Things I will do before I die". I think it's cool that you are persistent about your goals in life, which I am sure hard work will eventually pays off. I know that you have a strong faith in what you believe, so don't give up with that and I wish you success. I will look out for INSANE FAITH when it launches, be sure to save Binzento Vincente a piece! - a big supporter of yours :)"

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Cameron Young Contacts:
Email: CameronYoungProfile@gmail.com
Facebook: Cameron Young




August 3rd 2012
Meet Werner Schreyer (Vienna/Paris, Austria/France)
Supermodel, Artist, Photographer and Actor
(photos courtesy: Werner Schreyer)
It's been a while since I last updated Real People w/ Real Styles. It's worth the wait though, in my perspective, because this week we got the one and only Werner Schreyer to discuss about his personal style and recent line of work. 
Mr. Schreyer is no stranger to those who are deeply obsessed with fashion models and editorials, for he is one of the most sought after faces in the industry. Schreyer has been on numerous fashion magazine covers, including some of my favourite "fashion bibles" like Vogue, Style, and GQ. Possibly considered as a veteran now in the modeling industry, Schreyer is still an active member in high-fashion campaigns. He is currently a regular subject for Louis Vuitton's men's ready-to-wear lookbook. In fact, I am quite impressed with the overall persona he'd displayed in the most recent Louis Vuitton AW12 campaign.
Werner Schreyer in Louis Vuitton AW12 campaign

In addition to high profile modeling, Schreyer displays a wide range of artistic abilities. Painting, photography, and even acting, he expresses great passion and effort to perform his finest. A true pisces I believe, which is said to be the most artistic horoscope sign in astrology books (and I am not trying to be superstitious here :)). I had an enjoyable moment connecting with Mr. Schreyer, and was happy that he liked to be a part of Real People w/ Real Styles. Here is what wrote to Binzento about his personal style and take on fashion:

To: Binzento Vincente: "(When it comes to modeling, acting and photography, which do I like most?) It's Really difficult to say. Modeling is something I do since over 20 years and for me it is like acting without words – more static. But I love it. Photography is my passion. I am starting to shoot models and would like to teach them how to find new poses fitting to their personality. 
(People sees me in magazines and editorials but…) the real Werner is just a normal man who loves sports, respects nature and tries to be one with it, somebody who loves fashion and art. Fashion and art for me needs each other. (When it comes to my favourite fashion designers), I have several who I really like – Kim Jones from LV men – he is just amazing. His style is wearable but super exclusive. I love the materials and colors he chooses. Bruno Pieters as he is following his teacher YSL and I love Simon Azoulay my friend who is the only one who designs all clothes and accessoires out of chains. 
One of Schreyer's recent artwork 
(courtesy: Werner Schreyer; source: WernerSchreyer.com)

(I am also an actor, if I am given chances to role to play either a hero or a villian) I would choose either or - I think it really depends on how the role is interpreted. Currently I have several editorial shootings the next weeks and I am painting for my next exhibition. For more information please check my facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/#!/wernerschreyer  and my website: www.wernerschreyer.com"

Response to Werner: "It's a pleasure to meet and interact with you on several occasions, and thank you for your time for the interview. The Werner Schreyer I knew had always been a top male model in my head, and never really paid attention to your art and paintings. Recently, I've been browsing some of the pieces you'd done on your website - they are really something - I am very much inspired and LOVE the work that you do. I wish in the near future I can see all of your artwork and collections. Perhaps you can exhibit them in North America? (Just a suggestion :)). 

I think that with your experience in the modeling industry, you will be an excellent candidate to inspire aspiring models to find their personalities behind the camera. I can't agree more with you on the fact that "fashion" is a form of art. It needs creativity, adaptable senses, and good visual ability in order to create pieces that would generate cultural influence. I wish you best of luck in your upcoming art exhibition, and like you said, maybe we will meet in Paris in fall."

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente


July 12th 2012
Meet Laura Kaeppeler (Wisconsin, USA)
2012 Miss America
(photos: Getty Images; Binzento Vincente)
2012 Miss America Laura Kaeppeler visited YYC last week for the Joseph Ribkoff FW12 collection event at SOHO, during the Calgary Stampede parade (you can read the blog post HERE). 
For those who are unfamiliar, (and thanks to Laura for educating me), Miss America is an annual beauty pageant competition dated back from 1921, which awards scholarships to women for professional training and schooling. Winning the competition requires more than just a beautiful face; The winner must impress the judges with intelligence, talents, pull off elegant looks in evening and swimwear, and passion to become Miss AmericaLaura showed me that she excels in all of those areas, and has it all to be Miss America. She was charismatic and friendly; though the meeting was brief due to her tight schedule, I was able to get a sense of her passion and future direction. Currently, Laura is travelling/representing Montreal based fashion label Joseph Ribkoff, which was also the chosen designer label for 2012 Miss America competition.
To: Binzento Vincente: "This is my first time in YYC. I have been to Canadian cities before like Montreal, and I never expect the eastcoast and westcoast of Canada can be so different. (I replied it's just like Seattle vs Chicago vs New York City). My first impression of YYC is that this city is very clean, and people are also very friendly. 

(When asked about winning the Miss America title) I was very happy and excited of course, and was overwhelmed by it. I worked and trained very hard for the competition and it all paid off. My major at school was music, specically on vocal. I love singing and it is one of my passion in life.
I am traveling with Joseph Ribkoff at the moment with his fashion collection. We are on our way to Finland the next day after we finish our event here at YYC. I really enjoy Joseph Ribkoff's pieces. It fits my personal style, which I always believe "less is more". I really like simple, classy sophiscated styles; Neurtral tones with a splash of colors for details."
Response to Laura: "It was a pleasure for having you here during our most special centennial Calgary Stampede. You expressed great passion at what you do, and it really shows. I can't agree more that sometimes simplicity gives the best styles, and Joseph Ribkoff also displays that. I wish you a fabulous trip to Finland, and hopefully one day we will have a chance to hear you sing. Thank you for your time for the brief interview. I am sure we all look forward to your visit here again in YYC in the near future."

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Twitter: @MissAmerica  

July 3rd 2012
Meet Morning Star (Alabama, USA)
Storyteller
(Photos by: Binzento Vincente
At the YYC June Edition Runway Monthly fashion show, an old lady walked in her cane was escorted to sit beside Binzento Vincente. She carried a huge smile on her face, and introduced herself to me as Morning Star. "What an interesting name!" - I said, and introduced myself as a fashion blogger for this event. There was something about Ms. Morning Star that attracted "the universe". She has an adorable personality, hidden beneath there is a sort of myteriousness about her. 
She wore a loral print red dress, purple texts print scarf, a gold color cap decorated with a multcolor yarn ball, and on top, a long grey coat. Her walking cane wrote "Stories of Our Lives", signifying how each one of our experience in life are stories to be told. She was one fashionable and stylish old lady~ and I was sure she has an artistic mind. Many people couldn't help but came forward to introduce themselves to her, and she became one of the highlights of the night.
Morning Star and I sat closely together during runway show, she told me that she used to work as an English teacher in Berkeley, California. Now she's a "story-teller".

To: Binzento Vincente: "I was from Nigeria, and the name Morning Star was a literal translation of my name "Orunamamu". Wow - look at those high heels!! woooot!" - one of the models walked down the runway with a pair of high top leather boots :) 
Binzento Vincente & Morning Star

"I am a story-teller now, and I tell booktales that brings positivity in people. Part of life is made of culture, and we are born shinning with brightness - just like a Morning Star. Nowadays I travel everywhere from my home in Alabama. My son lives in Calgary, so I come to visit once in a while, and for the Calgary Stampede!! Haha, personal style? I wear anything! (anything that expresses myself and culture)" Morning Star and I chatted throughout the evening, and towards the end of the show, we both also dozed off on our seats lol..
(Photo credit: Sasha Raimova)

Response to Morning Star: "Thank you for sharing your "life story" with me at the runway show. You are truly one fascinating lady. I am pretty sure in your life time, you have many stories to tell, and I love to hear them all! You have an energy that can cure people's hearts, and just like you mentioned during our chat, your story-telling is to bring positivity to people, and change their lives. It was an honor to meet you at the fashion show. I hope that we'll meet again soon, so I can hear more of your stories, and inspiring life philosophies"

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente


June 25th 2012
Meet Kylee Francirek (Niagara Falls, Canada)
Aspiring musician
(Photos: Kylee Francirek)
It's Binzento Vincente's Real People w/ Real Style again. This week I am featuring a Niagara Falls naturally beautiful and talented young lady, Kylee Francirek. It's true what they say, talented people runs in the same family. I knew of Kylee through her, equally amazing uncle, Tom Francirek, who's a well respected doll artist.
Kylee's true passion lies within music; She has made several of her own YouTube videos where she covered songs of artists. Sometimes she would perform them with her friends, and her partner Brian Barber, who's also a musician. Before writing this post, I've checked out a few of her videos, and indeed she has a really sweet voice. This one in particular is my favourite:
 
At just 19 years old, there is alot for Kylee to discover. With her voice and guitar, Kylee currently plays a few gigs around the falls. She said she doesn't consider herself tie down to only one place, and would love to travel around to find inspirations. I find Kylee quite photogenic, and she has this really unique organic sense of style and fashion. Here's what Kylee has to say about her personal style in this blog feature.

To: Binzento Vincente: "(My personal style) I feel like my sense of fashion is very laid back and organic.. I like neutrals, and flowy fabrics. Anything that makes me feel pretty but isn't too fussy. I feel like your clothes should never take away from your natural beauty and it shouldn't be distracting. Most of the time I just throw things together and hope that they look okay.. That's what big sisters are for. She'll tell me I look horrible with no concern for my feelings. That's why you have to love family.
I don't really have a favourite designer. I try not to focus on specific designers. I think my life is filled with so many other inspirations through music, and art. Just looking outside or going for a walk is inspiring enough. I think these things drive me to be the way I am. Natural and for the most part, care-free. I'm not completely against designers though, so if you have any suggestions as to what I'd like, feel free!

My entire life is inspiring. I know that sound so pretentious but the people I meet, the noises I hear. It's been a long-time thing for me. I've always love music but have always felt held back. Right now, I'm listening to alot of Canadian folk and classical. Above all, my boyfriend, Brian Barber inspires me musically.. and just in general. He is an incredible classical pianist and vocalist, and has taught me so many things. His level of beauty in everything he does inspires me. I always want to sing when I'm with him. I would say he is definitely my greatest influence in music and in everything else.
(My future path) In all honesty, I'm not hoping to get famous. I know a few musicians that are all for that, but I'm happy with what I do. Above all, I want to write originals that people enjoy.. or at least that I accept as passable. I want to continue to improve until the day I die and I want people to enjoy what my art. I think that's the most important thing in life. Enjoying what you do and not taking everything so seriously. I feel like people often miss the little things that makes life so beautiful when chasing their goals. I just want to slow down, live easy, and let life lead me where it will. The best thing about music: I'll always have it. No matter where I am. No matter what I do. Isn't that beautiful?"
Kylee Francirek and Brian Barber

Response to Kylee: "I love the way you answer my interview questions. It's poetic, pure, and truly the voice of an artist! You have natural talent, which already makes you one step closer to your goal - as a musician. I agree with you that you should write some of your own materials. It's the best way to express your inner voice, and I often find this is the best way to maximize your ability in music and emotions. Though you said you don't have a particular fashion designer you like, Real People w/ Real Styles generally look for individuals who express a sense of uniqueness that makes them fascinating. Anyone who has the money can buy fashion, but not everyone will have style. Knowing yourself is important in order to be successful, and it seems right now you have a set of mind towards music. I respect you do the things you do because of passion, and not for vanity. You definitely reminded me of my younger days - not trying to spill my age :p. Good luck with everything and I look forward to your first album in the near future."

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente



June 16th 2012
Meet Matt Isinger (Calgary, Canada)
Photographer, Mens style expert, Future architect
(Photos by: Binzento Vincente)
I am really excited about this week's feature on Binzento Vincente's Real People w/ Real Styles, meet Matt Isinger, a true YYC sartorialist. Frankly I am quite disappointed at myself for not writing about Matt in this column until now. I've seen him and his stylish looks in places around this city for quite some time. It's not until after I saw his features in Swerve by Adona B and Ania B Blog I finally said to myself "I need Matt on Real People w Real Styles!". Matt's sense of fashion stands out among the men in YYC. Not saying the city doesn't have stylish guys, but many of them lean towards street fashion and hipsters style rather than the traditional classic look.
During the interview with Matt at the local Vendome Cafe in Kensington, I was surprised by all of his interests and past work experience. He had worked on many things: from being an electrician on rigs to working in the retail business and even sewn dresses for friends to parties. He described himself as "Jack of all trades", and does a bit of everything from art, fashion designs, modelling, photography, property business… Personally, I think he is amazing and multi-talented, and at the age of 23, he has vast opportunities ahead of him. Despite his sophiscated looks, Matt is also very much a nature boy. When he has time, he likes to go hiking, enjoy looking at beautiful scenery and breathing fresh air in the wilderness. Having previously been living in New York for modelling, he wishes to go back someday. Otherwise, Italy would be another destination he wish to spend time in in the near future. Spending the late afternoon with Matt, I'd learned more about his take in personal style. Here's what he told Binzento Vincente.
To: Binzento Vincente: "I am more of a visual individual and love getting my fashion inspiration from photos, such as the ones by photo blogger Sartorialist.  I am also attracted to people with creativity. To me, Tom Ford and Karl Lagerfeld fit that profile. They are both innovative and their ideas are very influential in the fashion world, hence they are also my favourite fashion designers. I actually met Tom Ford twice, and Karl Lagerfeld once during my time in New York City. I found them fascinating. 
My personal style consists of classic suit, it has to be something properly tailored. I like satorial styles, and you'll always see me in traditional 3-piece suits. As much as I follow closely to fashion trends, I am not so much a social media person. I prefer getting my ideas from the environment around me, ie: spending time in the nature to explore, and discover. One of my future goals is to become an architect, since I have a great passion for designs in that field."
Response to Matt: "Thank you for spending the afternoon with me and the interview. I found you fascinating. You reminded me to never judge a book by its cover. I would have never guessed that you are such an active guy, and very hands on with your work (ie: an electrician, sewing garments, a craftsman, a photographer), and also enjoys spending time outdoors. Your sense of style is definitely something we'll see on a style blog like the Sartorialist. It is uncommon in YYC and I really respect that. Tom Ford and Karl Lagerfeld are two of the icons in high fashion. It must've been a memorable experience meeting the both of them. I wish you all the best with your goal in becoming a designer or an architect, as I believe you have what it takes to achieve those goals :)"

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente


June 5th 2012
Meet Yutaki James (Singapore, Singapore)
Style blogger, Photographer
Photos courtesy/ Photography by: Yutaki James

It's not often I talk about male style bloggers, and there are only a few that I follow. And when you know that's all they do full-time, they must be real good. In New York, we know Bryan Boy, then in London/Madrid, we have Prince Pelayo, not much is known about bloggers in Asia since we are settled in the Western part of the world. Well here is a fellow professional male style blogger from Singapore that is absolutely stylish and stunningly creative, he is Yutaki James.
Yutaki's unique taste in fashion and style, and also photography made him one of the most well known celebrity bloggers in Singapore. There claim is not without a proof :) His personal style/ fashion photography blog Yutakis.com is one of Top 10 finialists in Singapore Blog Awards in the Best Modelling Blog category. He's also quite influencial in the social media world, while attracting more than 20,000 fans/followers to read what he has to offer in the fashion world. As of now, Yutaki is also an official freelance blogger for Omy.sg and Canon.com.sg/styleixus, where he expresses his taste in fashion and shares his travel experience. I am always thrilled to meet other bloggers alike and exchange ideas as to how to make a better blog. I got a chace to connect with Yutaki and was thrilled that he was interested to talk about his personal style on Binzento's Real People w/ Real Styles.
To: Binzento Vincente: "I am a full time blogger who focuses on self photography and travelling. To be honest, I am not much of a fashion guru, since I believe that having a personal style out rules fashion. I do have a favourite fashion designer in particular, however I love Japanese and Korean fashion designs, but I love how their fashion gives an overflow feel as well as bringing in the dandy looks. Most of the time, I take photos of myself in different styles. In the near future, I wish that I will take more photos of other stylish individuals and explore deeper into the art of photography lol."
Response to Yutaki: "Thank you for writing to Binzento. I've been following your blog even before my blog's time. I like how you incorporate accessories to your overall look. You pay very close attention to intricate details, which makes your styles hard to follow by others. It's a good thing, because I think that's what make your sense of fashion unique and truly Yutaki. I really enjoy your new release photo album: SUMMER LOVE. There is something really sweet about this album, and I think the photography is a big part of it. I am glad that you are on Real People w/ Real Styles. This column is all about diversity and I think your taste in fashion really brings that to the table. Keep up the good work with your blog, and I look forwrad to seeing more features soon!"

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Yutaki's blog: Yutakis.com
Twitter: @Yutakis



May 29th 2012
Meet Dylan Yeandle (Launceston, Australia)
Apprentice Plumber, Reality TV Celebrity
Binzento Vincente's Real People w/ Real Styles had taken a week off due to my recent busy schedule with work and prepping for an upcoming live gig next month. This column is now back on track, featuring this week, the Australian "sex bomb", Dylan Yeandle!
Many Aussies knew him from the 2011 Australian version reality TV show: Australia Got Talent (AGT), where he revealed his sexiness on stage. Not sure what I am talking about? Here are couple video clips of Dylan's appearance on AGT:
The segment on the AGT episode where he first appeared went viral on YouTube. With over 1.6 million views, it's no surprise Dylan became an instant internet celebrity. Aside from the *cough* stripping, Dylan's passion for music is evident from his previous participation of another Reality TV show, Australian Idol. Now that AGT is over, Dylan's charisma still lingers on the web. He was booked constantly to perform at different venues. Even months later, his AGT's video was still circulating, and finally someone passed it to Binzento Vincente's blog. I contacted Dylan and asked if he would like to be interviewed and talk about his personal styles. Dylan agreed with a friendly note :). 

To: Binzento Vincente: "Thank you very much (for commenting positively about my performance on AGT). I made (the dance moves) with my friends; We just put a bangin track on, and improvise. (For my personal styles), I love to mix old school/vintage fashion with the new stuff for a pair of G-star jeans and then maybe a shirt and vest from an opp shop.
I have a real love for singing, I love watching really talented soulful singers do their thing. I don't really write much anymore cause I'm more into taking my clothes off now. :) (In terms of my future plan), it would be form a group or do solo, and travel the world performing my strip act. Atm, I am possibly doing a few photoshoots for an underwear company"

Response to Dylan: "Real People w/ Real Styles has been my favourite colum on my blog because I got to connect with some of the most fascinating people to talk about their styles from around the world. Anyone can own fashion, but not everyone can own style - with or without clothes :) You have a good vibe with the vintage look, and I do think it suits you. Your act on AGT was awesome. It definitely caught a lot of positive attention, which also have gained you the spot light to proceed as a successful performer. It's an inspiration to see you go on various reality TV shows, and not giving up hope and passion for your dream as a performer. I believe you've made your supporters proud, and I know you def have a fan base here in Canada. Regardless, keep up the good work and I look forward to see your underwear campaign soon~"

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente


Dylan Yeandle Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/DylanYeandle
Twitter: @DylanYeandle1
photos courtesy: Dylan Yeandle


May 15th 2012
Meet Josey Greenwell (Miami, USA)
Country Pop Singer/Songwriter
You may have seen him on the recent cover of the Australian DNA Magazine, you may even have seen him on his YouTube channel showering us with his music talent and good looks. If you haven't, then please allow me to introduce to you, Josey GreenwellJosey has developed a solid group of supporters over the last few years, especially after the controversial dismissal from his previous record label due to his sexual orientation. Regardless, I believe Josey's charisma and vocal are things that won the hearts of many. Born in the country town called Bardstown in Kentucky, it's not unusual for Josey to pay attention to country music early on in his career as a songwriter/musician. Now that he is in Miami, Florida Josey began to broaden his music genres and focus towards acoustic and dance pop.
It was a random occassion (a good one) to stumbled upon Josey's tweet on Twitter, and during the release of his newest pop single "Stuck In My Head" on iTunes. And to be honest, as many of my readers may know, I much prefer alternative and indie than pop music. However, after watching several YouTube videos of Josey performing acoustic covers of many hit songs, I was amzed by his passion and sincerity for music. There was also this sense of gentle welcoming that brought the audience closer to him. It is this sort of honesty and transparecy that makes him different than many generic pop artists.
I was pleased Josey agreed to do an interview for Binzento Vincente. The column Real People w/ Real Styles is all about "style indviduality". As many of his fans may know much about his style of music, I am sure they would also like to know his stance in fashion. Here is what Josey told Binzento.

To: Binzento Vincente: "(To describe personal sense of style) Hm. Good question. I actually have a pretty simple fashion style for myself. Whenever I'm not going out that night, you can usually find me in workout clothes ha! I'm a big fitness guru and so most of my time is spent at the gym. It's funny also because I can't seem to write music on my guitar in anything other than comfortable clothes! Same when recording! But when going out to clubs or something, I'm really big on adidas shoes, jeans or dark jeans, and a cool t-shirt of some sort. Going to events of course I like to dress up really nice!!! I would say the style in Miami is very trendy. Definitely people have whats "in" at the moment and like to dress fashionably, but also less clothing considering the warm weather all-year round. 
(Favourite designer…) I'm actually getting really big on alot of Jeremy Scott's stuff. I think its so loud and very energetic...exactly how I like to be when I perform. I could see us doing something together with his line for one of my upcoming tours. (My work in music…) The single is called "Stuck in My Head" and its actually my debut pop single!! 
Download here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stuck-in-my-head-single/id508141057 Its so fun because I feel like its a great introduction to what you will be hearing from me in my upcoming album. Its a little bit of everything I wanted to do in one song. I keep my acoustic presence very strong in alot of stuff because people can relate that sound to me from all of the acoustic covers I have done on YouTube. The single is doing amazing and I'm so overwhelmed by the positive response I've been getting and can't thank the listeners enough for their unconditional support! You ROCK! I have a few upcoming gigs here soon, one being hosting and performing at Detroits Motor City Pride on June 2 & 3. Should be a great time. 
(The biggest challenge as an artist is to find who you are as an artist) There are so many different routes to take and I believe staying true to yourself and ACTUALLY portraying that in your music is the most difficult part. I want the listener to connect with me 100% when they hear my song, but if I don't know who I am as an artist then its hard for them to do that? So I would definitely say found out your own sound and who you want to be first before you showcase it to the world.  
(Currently) I'm working hard to finish this pop album I'm doing. We did a little bit of it in Paris when I was there and are continuing it back here in Miami, so I'm very excited for everyone to hear it. It's something alot of people can relate to, as well as adding fun pop and urban vibes to it. I've put so much of myself into it that it's almost kind of scary, but I'm so proud of it that I wouldn't have it any other way. We plan on actually releasing it with a label, but we are still in the process of finding the right one to work with. I've also been working on alot of modeling opportunities coming up that I'm really excited about. I think it's different for an artist to thrive in both the music AND modeling industry, so I want to make sure I keep my presence strong in both."
Josey's acoustic cover of Adele's Someone Like You

Response to Josey: "Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Binzento Vincente, and congratulations on the recent success launching the new single "Stuck In My Head" on iTunes and being on the cover of DNA Magazine! I appreciate how although it's a pop song, you also stick to your roots, blending a bit of country flavour and acoustic sounds. The song was fun, chilled, and catchy, which really shows your personality. Knowing that there are supporters out there who "have your back" is truly a great feeling. It's the food for motivation to keep yourself going and strive to do better next time around. I think you display a great positive energy, which in my opinion is your sense of style. With this (and along with healthy physique), I am confident you'll be successful fitness model. I do hope to see more of you in different magazines and publications in the near future. Good luck with everything and I look forward to your album release!"

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente


photos coutesy: Josey Greenwell
Find Josey on Twitter: @JoseyGreenwell
Josey OFFICIAL Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/joseygreenwell


May 8th 2012
Meet Alexandre Matarazzo (São Paulo, Brazil)
Flight attendent
First individual from South America featred on Binzento Vincente's Real People w/ Real Styles. Meet Alexandre Matarazzo, a flight attendent from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Alexandre has been a great supporter/reader of this blog. I was flattered that one time he had messaged Binzento for style advice. As much as he likes to learn more about fashion and style, I also am interested in learning the fashion scene in Brazil. Here is what Alexandre told Binzento.
fashion designer: Alexandre Herchcovitch

To: Binzento Vincente: "I like to wear something that has an urban feel, but sometimes I also like costume like designs. My inspiration comes from my favourite Brazillian fashion designer, Alexandre Herchcovitch. I like his work because of his boldness, and walks on the extreme in fashion, which I find it very valid. 
Brazil is a multicultural place, with several tropical climate regions, and each region has specific behavior and style. During winter, the gold, silver and bronze gives the luster look nationwide. You would also see more geometric designed jackets, and outerwear. Personally, I prefer something that's more subtle during the day, and wear something more classic at night. I really like your blog Binzento Vincente, but even inspired by your sense of fashion. I like your daring tastes; the way you dress is unique to yourself. I find you very innovative with your style, I would love to know more from you Binzento. :)"
Response to Alexandre: "I appreciate all the kind words, and thank you for being such a great supporter of Binzento Vincente. You'd taught me in this feature about Brazillian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch. You are the first person from South America featured in this blog, that makes it very special. I have yet to travel there, and am always curious with their fashion. I took some time to read about Mr. Herchcovitch's work. Like you said, his boldness is inspiring. I like how he translate avant garde styles into everyday fashion. The looks are refreshing and I enjoyed the attention in details he his collections. Thank you again for writing to Binzento Vincente. All the best and your future plans to travel the world!"

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente



May 1st 2012
Meet Amy Nelson (Grand Prairie --> Calgary, Canada)
Fashion style blogger
Amy Nelson, a 19 year-old girl well known for her bohemian-inspired fashion style blog, Flying a Kite, is featured this week on Binzento Vincente's Real People w/ Real Styles. I know it's only a matter of time before her poetic sense of fashion flourishes on my blog, and frankly I am quite surprised Amy hasn't yet been featured in this column until now.
Amy moved to Calgary from Grand Prairie, Alberta. She was always home schooled, and found interest in fashion few years ago when she stumbled upon an alluring style blog. Admired by the creativity behind it, she began to build her own portfolio of personal styles. In her blog, Amy ventures different vintage looks by mix-n-matching clothing from consignment stores. I realized that Flying a Kite blog was more than just a product of fashion experimentation by Amy, it also taught us lessons to love our mother nature by recycling, and that good fashion is timeless.
It's no surprise Flying a Kite has become one of the most well known fashion blogs in Calgary, or maybe even in Canada and other parts of the world. It was named one of the top ten Albertan style bloggers by Fashion Canada. Amy also told me that she has a good number of readers from Japan, Korea, and Sweden as well. In addition to "dress pretty", Amy also spends her time writing poems and to play the banjo. She is no doubt a nature girl. Binzento Vincente sat down with Amy at a coffee shop one afternoon, and shared experiences as bloggers:
To: Binzento Vincente: "I always love to make friends with people that dresses nothing like you. (It really shows contrasting personalities). After becoming a blogger, my mom has been very supportive. We would often go to consignment stores together to find beautiful pieces for my next photoshoot. Believe it or not, she is actually the photographer for the photos you saw in my blog. One of the reasons why I shopped for unwanted clothing is that I believe there is no point of wasting more materials that this world can afford. Sometimes you'll find things one of a kind "gems" that you'll never see anywhere else. Although, I do love to shop Korean boutique online as well. I love Asian styles very much.
I love layering, and clothing with lots of colours, patterns and florals. Betsey Johnson's work has those characteristics and she is my favourite designer. Her work always bring joy to people and I like how it is whimsical and child-like. One of my most memorable encounters as a blogger was one of my blog followers, who was a little girl, became extremely excited when she saw me in person in Chinook Centre. I was really flattered and bit shy… oh only if I knew! I wished I dressed better that day :)) Sometimes I looked totally different when I am not doing photos :p I am quite happy with where my blog is going. When you have readers who agreed with what you do from different parts of the world, you know you are doing something right."
Response to Amy: "I had such a great time that day sitting down with you and finally got to know you a bit better - the girl behind Flying a Kite. After spending a good afternoon with you at the coffee shop, I concluded that your blog is a reflection of your personality - beautiful on the outside, and even more within. I am sure all of your fans would agree that Flying a Kite is a dream-like experience. There is a sense of child-like happiness and innocence that we might've lost long ago but is able to recapture them in your blog. I admire your passion, creativity, and humbleness. Thank you for taking this special set of photos for this interview. I stubbornly asked for them because I wanted to retain the same sort of whimsical vibe found in Flying a Kite for your feature."

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Amy Nelson's Flying a Kitewww.amyflyingakite.com/
Twitter: @AmyFlyingaKite



April 24th 2012
Meet Aldona Barutowicz (Calgary, Canada)
Journalist, Street style columnist
Photos by: Binzento Vincente
Having been interviewing stylish individuals all over Europe and Asia for the past couple months, it's good to refocus Real People w/ Real Styles on Canadians, especially my folks here in YYC. Let me introduce to you this week, Aldona Barutowicz, a well-rounded stylish columnist whose passion for fashion sparked to inspire many people around her. After finishing her journalism degree in British Columbia, Aldona moved back to YYC three years ago to pursue editorial work. Her unique taste and keen sense in fashion were the perfect assets for a "Street Style Columnist" position in our local Swerve Magazine. In fact, Binzento Vincente was interviewed by Aldona and was featured in Swerve Magazine couple months ago (article here). Aside from writing for Swerve, Aldona is a publicist for Alberta Theatre Projects, and also spends free time doing photography work. In the magazine article about Binzento Vincente, she complimented me for being a doer, well Aldona, you are definitely no different. :) 
In the last couple years, Aldona's hard work have created a fashion niche of audience for herself. This was evident from seeing her on the cover of Avenue Magazine as well as FFWD Weekly. I had an opportunity to sit down with Aldona at the local Higher Ground coffee shop to chit chat. Hear what she has to say about her personal sense of style and thoughts about YYC fashion.

To: Binzento Vincente: "I moved back to Calgary three years ago after finishing my program in journalism and news writing. During that time, I also had a passion for music writing as well. After coming back to Calgary, I was drawn to street style fashion and photography. I got hired by Swerve as a street style columnist. The people that I am attracted to for photos usually show a very distinct taste and expression in fashion. I find these street style "subjects" very organic and real, this is one of the reasons why I love street style photography.
 

The fashion style that I describe myself would be distinct and natural. I don't tend to play by specific rules, and like to explore a little bit of everything. I usually love wearing bright colours and sparkly accessories. They do reflect parts of my personality, "outgoing, bold, and energetic". Fashion designer that I find sharing these qualities is Betsey Johnson. I like how she always brings wild surprises to the table. Her work is defined by youth and unapologetic statements.

The fashion scene in Calgary has come a long way and is continue growing. I think that so far they are doing a good job embracing local talents and I love how everyone in the circle is really involved. It is exciting to feel that you are a part of this growing process and be able to contribute."
Response to Aldona: "I am so glad to be able to feature you on Real People w/ Real Styles. You emit a positive energy that inspire others. I love the way you style yourself in fashion, it shows your honesty to express and a personality that is uniquely you. Calgary is still a "baby" in fashion, it will take lots of combined efforts of people like us who wishes to push it forward. I heard that you and your sister will be launching a new beauty blog soon. Please keep me up to date :) I am sure my readers would love to hear tips on beauty products. You also mentioned that 1st week of May is the one year anniversary of Style YYC. It is something worth celebrating for. Looking back in one year, you've contributed so much in YYC fashion, featuring stylish individuals around this city, very much similar to Real People w/ Real Styles here. :) Finally THANK YOU so much for featuring Binzento Vincente on Swerve Magazine. It's always good to know someone out there appreciates the things you do."


Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Check out Aldona's blog for lots of street style coolnesshttp://polkadotpetticoat.blogspot.ca/
Aldona's Twitter@AldonaB


April 17th 2012
Meet Gavin Stenhouse (London, UK)
Actor
I love fashion, equally I love movies. Every week, I would spend a good hour searching movies in various genres and languages to explore. Caught my eye in the movie aisle at an electronic boutique was Clash of Empires, an Malaysian action film that played the idea of colliding the ancient eastern and western empires. Gavin Stenhouse plays Marcus Carpenius, a Roman Empire prince. The movie was interesting on its own, but what captured my attention was watching Gavin showing off his Asian martial arts. It's not rare nowadays, even in Hollywood, to see a Caucasian actor doing Asian martial art stunts in action films. However, I find it often lacks authenticity. Gavin's martial arts though I have to say, was very good in the film.
Gavin Stenhouse in Clash of Empires

Gavin was born and raised in Hong Kong, and moved back to UK in '96 with his family prior to Hong Kong's hand over to China in '97. He begin to build a career in acting after attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Gavin said as a victim of bullying when he was a child, joining acting school helped him "break the shell". It was one of the most looked forward activities to do in the evenings. Gavin was kind enough to spend time being interviewed by Binzento Vincente this week, where he talked about his work, his experience as an actor, and last but not least his sense of style.
Gavin Stenhouse in film The Inspector Hound

To: Binzento Vincente: "I started learning martial arts from the age of 6. I studied Taekwon Do in Hong Kong and continued that when I moved over to England. However, it was when I moved to London that my passion for it really kicked off. I stumbled across a Capoeira community in East London that I ended up training with for a number of years but it was when I started training at the Bob Breen Academy in Hoxton that I was introduced to Muay Thai (my favourite), Kali, Eskrima, Boxing etc… I think my past experience with martial arts stood me in good stead for training with the Jackie Chan crew on Clash of Empires. These were guys who I'd admired growing up. They were hardcore to train with, but I had an amazing time!
Gavin Stenhouse in film Prick

(Aside from actingI like to keep active and I'm a big fan of rock climbing and bouldering. But I would say my main passions are photography and music. I've always played music for as long as I can remember and never go anywhere for long periods without a guitar, ukulele or a banjo. A few years ago, though, I was introduced to film photography by my Uncle who used to teach in Edinburgh and London. He taught me how to develop black and white film and since then, I rarely leave the house without one of my cameras!
Gavin Stenhouse in TV series Iconicles

(About my personal stylesI've been buying most of my clothes from retro and second hand shops for the past decade. There used to be lots of cool retro shops in Brighton (the south coast UK). When I hit my teenage years, I used to spend a lot of time in there looking for things I liked... Like leather biker jackets! Nowadays, though, 'retro's pretty cool and it's easier to find my kind of clothes. There's a great store in London called Beyond Retro that I love going to. Nothing much has changed - I still head straight for the leather biker jackets! (When asked about favourite designersI love my jeans and the only designer/label that really comes to mind is Nudie Jeans. Big fan. Big, big fan. Other than that... I love sneakers (we call them trainers!) Converse All Stars, Dunlop Green Flash and my favourite pair of Adidas Originals x Star Wars 'Conductor'shttp://undergroundsoles.com/tag/adidas-star-wars/ )
(As of now) I've literally just finished working with Sam Mendes and Kevin Spacey on The Bridge Project's 'Richard III' which was a 7 month world tour of the Shakespeare play. I had an incredible time. I learned more on that job than I could have ever expected. I also got to see a lot of the US and since then have decided to move over to New York or LA to continue my life stateside. I'm a huge fan of both cities and have yet to decide where to settle, but I plan on spending a lot of time in both places. We'll see… It's been nice, though, to have a breather back here in London after doing such a long and amazing job.
Response to Gavin: "First of all, thank you very much for taking your time to write to Binzento Vincente. You are the 2nd actor being featured here on Real People w/ Real Styles. I enjoyed the Clash of Empire very much. Mostly I liked the action sequence and your had some real smooth martial art skills! :) I am amazed with the fact that you know so many different forms of martial arts. Working with Jackie Chan's crew must've been a great experience. I actually met him personally years back when he was shooting Shanghai Noon. (Funny, as I am responding to you now, my television is actually playing an old SNL episode where Jackie Chan was the host :)). Fashion recycles, retro items always come back. As long as the style suits one's personal character, to me it doesn't matter if the pieces are new or old. Converse brings me back good memories. I have not purchase one in a long long time. I should though look into it sometime replace my worn out pair. I am 100% supportive on your big move from London to LA or New York. Personally though, I love New York much more than LA. I found I got alot more fashion inspiration there, and I enjoyed its culture. Best of luck to you and I hope to see you more on big screen soon!"


Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

photos courtesy: Gavin Stenhouse


April 10th 2012
Meet Gabriele Carboni (Cagliari, Italy)
Student, Blogger
It's always a pleasure to feature other bloggers, especially ones that's across the globe. Meet Gabriele Carboni, from Cagliari, Italy. One of the three founders (other two are sisters Anabel and Alissa Frenk) of a lifestyle blog called AKA say…. and his handle name on the web is Koti Killer. 17 year old Gabriele has a very good sense in fashion and photography. With his geological location, it is not difficult to get a hand full of first hand fashion knowledge from most renown fashion houses. He certainly will be one of Binzento Vincente's fashion sources for European fashions.
To: Binzento Vincente: "I don't have a precised style and in the past three years it changed a lot, anyhow I love being quite minimal and casual and I'm highly inspired by British and Swedish streetstyle. At the moment I love Prada and Burberry Prorsum collections: I love how they combine together sophisticated and casual in one single outfit and the use of different prints, colors and materials. However more of my favourite designers are Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Moschino
The city where I live in is kind of unrelated to the fashion industry even though people have always been interested about new trends... I'd describe my city's style as bohemien! Since this is my second last year of High School I'm starting to try to figure out what I'm gonna do in the next future and I must say I'm really confused about it! However I would love to reach to the world of art, and especially fashion and architecture are the two faces of art that most intrigue and interest me! Many people think that fashion is just something futile. I personally don't agree because in my opinion fashion is art and as such it is necessary, and with necessary I mean that it can not but exist. It is a means of communication, a way to research beauty and express ourselves and make use of our imagination."
Response to Gabriele: "Gabriele, I stumbled across your blog one day on the web by chance. It is really awesome that you have two very good friends to work together and put out such an inspirational blog. Every photo you took represents the lifestyle in your city, and it amazes me how each one of us are so different yet loving at least one thing in common - fashion. I also like looking at the photos on your blog because it's simple, and it's honest. You are the first of all the features I've done that tells me Burberry Prorsum is one of your favourite collections. Though I have not been following Burberry's foot steps like I used to in recent years, I do have to agree they've maintained sophistication in their casual designs. It is absolutely true in my opinion fashion is one of many forms of art. The means of communication in fashion you are talking about can differ from one individual to another. Designers can communicate with their audience through their designs, but how their message are interpreted depends on how we wear them on our bodies. That's what makes styles so versatile compared to fashion."

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente



Binzento's Lovely Friends Edition
Meet Bjørn Sørensen (Aarhus, Denmark)
Carpenter, Student
Binzento Vincente Real People w/ Real Styles Friends Edition continues this week with a buddy from AarhusDenmarkBjørn SørensenBjørn and I became friends on a random occasion few years ago. He visited Canada couple years back for the second time for an internship in Banff, Alberta. He said what he missed the most in Canada was the beautiful rockies, natural landscapes, and of course our famous ski hills. Bjørn with his Northern European sense of fashion, adds diversity to our YYC style scene. Here is what Bjørn has to say about his personal style and his likes in Danish fashion.

To: Binzento Vincente: "I usually prefer something simple and casual: a good pair of jeans, sneakers, and coloured t-shirts and cardigans. A pair of loose jeans with a special wash to be specific. If I had to choose, Levi's would be my favourite. They've always produced good quality guys jeans, and fits that I like. I also like them because they can show exclusivity in styles, while at reasonable value. Other labels I like are Dolce & Gabbana, Diesel, and G-Star. To be honest though, I like anything as long as they look good. 
Locally in Denmark we have Samsøe/Samsøe. It's a very popular brand here, with quality material, and nice apparel designs. Samsøe/Samsøe is a good indication of Denmark style trend. Fashion scene in Denmark is mostly mainstream, but once in a while you'll definitely find someone avant garde."
Response to Bjørn: "It's always nice to have someone from another continent to write about their personal styles. It's also fascinating to see how different cultures trend differently. I had a chance to browse Danish fashion label, Samsøe/Samsøe, and I am quite fond of what I see. The minimalistic looks Samsøe/Samsøe provide revealed something distinctively Danish, and uniquely tasteful. Levi's is also my MOST favourite denim/jeans. I've worn them since I was a kid, but I just wish that the market for them here in YYC is bigger than it should. Thanks for your time to tell Binzento Vincente about Danish styles. I look forward to your next visit here, and good luck with your work and study!" 

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

photo credits: Bjørn Sørensen, Samsøe/Samsøe



Binzento's Lovely Friends Edition
Meet Tony Ferrar (Barcelona, Spain)
Biochemist
I am really happy with this week's post. Not only Tony Ferrar is one of my good friends whom understood most of the time "what the heck" I am talking about when I speak science. He is also the first stylish scientist I am featuring.

I knew Tony few years ago back here in YYC. He was doing his Masters Degree in Biochemistry at the time I was doing my Masters in Medical Science. One of the things I remembered most with Tony was his help when I was stuck on a paper assignment. Though we were both in different areas of research, his suggestions gave me insights to finish that horrid piece of science work. Originally from Scotland, Tony is now living in Barcelona, Spain working as a biochemist. I think that if Tony wasn't doing science, with his height and appearance, he could pull off working as a male model. Here is what Tony said to Binzento Vincente about his personal style:
To: Binzento Vincente: "When asked about my sense of fashion style, I am not too sure how to answer that. I usually like to buy clothing that I like and suitable for myself. I'd say my "fashion" style relates more to my lifestyle. I am a very active person and I love to travel, and love outdoor sports, ie: swimming, capoiera, and yoga. I don't really pay much attention to one specific fashion designer, since I don't intend to place myself into one particular style. Therefore it is difficult for to name one most favourite fashion designer." 
Response to Tony: "Thank you for taking the time to respond. In my opinion, style is a part of fashion, but fashion doesn't necessarily translate into style. Hence I think it is absolutely "okay" not to have a favourite fashion designer. Dressed in the fabric you like, that will represent you is what makes you, YOU. It's been a while since the last time I saw you (the last time was at your farewell). Unfortunately we couldn't catch up the last couple times you visited, so maybe if I travelled to Barcelona we'll talk some more then. Wish you the best mister Biochemist. PS: You should try out modelling for fun"

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente




Binzento's Lovely Friends Edition
Meet Jennifer Li (Taipei, Taiwan)
Fashionista, Fashion entrepreneur
Binzento VincenteReal People w/ Real Styles” this week featuring one of my good friends, Jennifer Li, a Hong Kong native fashionista currently resides in Taipei, TaiwanJennifer and I knew eachother for many years, and we even went to the same university together. A true fashion diva, she always come up with the most creative and adventurous style. 
Now that Jennifer lives in Taiwan, she expresses her passion in fashion by opening her own fashion boutique shops. Sharing her most innovative and unique tastes in fashion with her clients. Jennifer also runs a mini-fashion blog of her own, and often posting her "Style of the Day" ideas. I made a little collage from (some of) her "Style of the Day" photos. I found them inspiring. :) Among the people I know, she would probably be one of my first go-to people when it comes to hottest Japanese and Korean style trends. Being the first feature in Binzento's Lovely Friends Edition, Jennifer tells my Binzento's readers her personal sense of fashion:
To: Binzento Vincente: "To be honest, I don't pay as much attention to any specific fashion label or designer, but if I have to name one, it would be Japan/Los Angeles based Joyrich. Another brand that I like is Mercury Duo. In Taiwan however, there is a new wave for Korean fashions among the locals. There is also a rising popular fashion style called the Mori Gyaru. The general essence is how a girl would dressed if she was living in a forest. The trend emphasize on loose fit, ethnic, and homespun feel. I am into the cutesy Japanese fashion style few years ago, but not so much nowadays. There is another shop called WC in Japan that is very popular. I am planning on opening new fashion boutique, so as of now I am  busy working on my business."
Joyrich S/S12

Response to Jennifer: "Just browsed the official Joyrich website like you'd suggested. The high energy, lively, and "casual rich" LA street wear looked retro-future and now I see where some of your fashion inspiration came from. :) The Mori Gyaru style is very much like the bohemian look we have here in the western part of the world. Thank you for all the time you spent with me during my visit in Taipei. I still remember all the yummy street food and authentic Taiwanese cuisine you'd introduced to me. You have a good style instinct when it comes to mix-and-matching, and I love the Japanese fashions you carried in your boutique shops. Hopefully I will visit Taipei again very soon! Until then, good luck launching your new shops and I look forward to hearing more about the fashion excitement from you! :)"

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente



February 28th 2012
Meet German Ku (Macau, China)
Artist, Singer
All photos courtesy: German Ku

After two consecutive posts on stylish people from my ethnic root in Asia, continuing on this week, three is the charm, meet German Ku from Macau, China. Some of you may not know where Macau is. It's a little island near Hong Kong, was once a Portuguese colony before 1999 when China took it back. Currently Macau is known for their upscale casino entertainment and is called The Las Vegas of Asia. German is an acquaintance of mine who I used to follow on his Xanga (an "ancient" Asian web blog similar to tumblir/ blogspot). I never knew he got the music talent until I saw him on one of the Asian American Idol type music programs, where he was a contestant. He surprised me with his voice and appreciation of classic 70's, 80's canto-pop music. What's impresses me the most was his style on stage. He always has the refreshing and versatile look depending on the type of music he's performing on TV that evening. Recently we got connected again and now that he's a music sensation in Asia, I thought it would be great idea to interview him and listen to what he has to say about his personal style:
To: Binzento Vincente: "As an artist (musician), I've always considered myself as a performer/entertainer (haha). But I would love to discover other interests in my career as I'm still very green in this entertainment business. Hopefully, one day I will appear on the big screen! (one of my dreams). When I'm free I like to stay at my appartment, watch a movie or sometimes (but rarely) read a book…As for my personal style...I like to wear slim cutting jackets and pants at the moment, something more vintage, but sometimes more classy and elegant. 
(My favourite designer) is ABSOLUTELY GALLIANO! I admire his sense of fashion and he's not afraid of using colours. I love the way he represents himself in his collection, those exagerating and glamorous, confidence...all in one! Big LOVE! 
I will launch my new single album this year (2012), hopefully in the middle of the year. Most of them are up beat songs, but of course I fighted for some slow songs! In the next 5 years I would love to launch one more big album, or two if allows; and of course, I would love to participate in some movies, which is my big dream; and let's see what other interests I can find out in this entertainment business! The Macau fashion scene is getting bigger now, as I remember I attented to some fashion shows from local designers, each one with different style. But of course I like the mix and match of the beauty of the east side with the west side. It always makes surprises for me!
Response to German: "I know that you are busy on your tour, so I really appreciate you took the time to do this blog for me. It's funny to see many people that I came across over the years became in the entertainment and music businesses. You sang very well during the competition, and I was rooting for you to win. I enjoyed your edgy styles on stage, which sets you a part from many of the performers. I do see you fit in Galliano's fashion profile. His designs are different and not everyone can pull it off. I am very excited for your upcoming album this year. It was a long-waited album isn't it? I will make sure I buy a hard-copy once released :p. All the best to you and keep it up with the music + fashion adventure."

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente



February 14th 2012 (Chinese Models Double Feature)
Meet Zing (Xiamen, China) & Edward (Shanghai, China/ London, UK)
Editorial model & Architect, Model
Another double feature :). Two guys I felt honoured to do a feature on. Also, I thought it would be nice to support my Chinese folks back home. Meet Zing and Edward, two male models from China, which I've been following. Zing is currently in Xiamen, a city in the province of Fujian in China. 
He does mostly editorial photos and are often requested to do wedding fashion campaigns. Zing and I got connected last year and have been chatting since. As much as a fashionisto as he is, Zing told Binzento Vincente: "I really love to go for something simple and casual. I have too many fashion designers that I like, not anyone in particular that is my most favourite. My personal style would be  pretty much dress in anything I like". Zing often gets stopped by street style photographer, and seen on various online publications.

Edward on the hand, is not someone I personally been in touch. However, I've been following his online blog entries and travel logs. Aside from modelling, Edward is an architect who constantly travels around the world…
His personal style is often translated from his personal lifestyle (think Details and GQ). Often, Edward presents himself in luxurious styles. One can find his journals poetic. In one of his response in Chinese, Binzento Vincente read: "In life, there are always things willing to tilt to the other side. The choice inside your heart is waiting for you. You would naturally know the answerso there is no need to encourage, and no need to be afraidOr in another words to share with youthe dead are living by opening the eyesHeart can not getpastnow the heartthe heart can not get in the futureThe future has become now, and now the past…". I feel very much inspired by these words, and certainly an inspiration for this blog.

Response to Zing & Edward: "It's an honour to do this feature. China has been booming tremendously over the last few years, and in parallel, the fashion industry. There is a growing market in China for fashion and luxury brands, and certainly an increasing demand for fashion models. I even know many foreign models would migrate to China for their career. I wish you boys all the best and hope one day we'll see your feature overseas."

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Photo sources: Zing, Edward, P1.cn, Moko, Weibo


February 7th 2012
Meet Zurine Cheng (Hong Kong, China)
English tutor, Previous TV personnel, Celebrity
Featuring this week, is one of my oldest childhood friends. We went to the same junior high school together, and have been keeping in touch. Zurine Cheng is one of the people I know that made me believe "childhood friends do last forever". Though we have not seen eachother since Zurine's departure back to Hong Kong many years ago, and even when I visited Hong Kong, it would always be a short encounter, Zurine and I seem to share a friendship bond that will never be broken. Interestingly, we were both drawn into the entertainment business, and became a part of it. As a child, I remembered Zurine's passion for musical performance and acting. After moving back to Hong Kong, Zurine was one of the semi-finalists in Miss Hong Kong Pageant 2006 and was signed as an artist under the biggest Television media group in Hong Kong. Since then, she became an international reporter/artist for entertainment news (much like e-Talk), and was sent to many major events including the Academy Awards (Oscars), movie premieres and music reviews. It's always thrilled to listen to her experiences as an entertainer and her encounter with various celebrities. Zurine has always been a bold girl in fashion. I remembered in school she would never be afraid to express herself with a unique sense of style, and I admired her courage especially where we grew up was a conservative city (YYC). Here Zurine wrote:
Zurine at The Academy Awards

To: Binzento Vincente: "Personal style. I don't really settled for one style actually. Sometimes, I would like to try different things. I've tried from being really edgy like McQueen's style to the Japanese Doll/Princess style. But I supposed you can, as most people would say, I am really into the summer beach look. Pretty sure it is because of my passion for summer and water sport and most of all, sun bathing. With the tanned bronze skin tone, I like to dress myself up (most of the year) as really bronze, beach look. Something like you can see on Giselle. However, with my current teaching job, I cannot really dress up as summer beach look as I used to anymore. Gotta be more conservative (now that I teach children)!

I became more sensitive to fashion ever since I joined Miss Hong Kong back in 2006 (and of course from my mother who was in the fashion industry for quite some time before) because we had to dress up in different "costumes" every day during the pagent. Sometimes, for one public function we needed to change more than one outfit. After the pagent, I was recruited as an Entertainment News Presenter/Reporter (like what you see on E! and Entertainment Tonight) by the biggest TV Station in HK. This job gave me a wider sight of the latest fashion. No matter it is the local fashion or international, I was lucky enough to get to witness almost all of them.
My favorite designer...hmm...I would have to say Roberto Cavalli. I admire the vibrant colour and floral print he uses and brings out the beauty of women. One of the reasons why I like him so much is because the vibrant, radiant colors and floral prints he puts can really show off my skin tone and bring out the elegant yet beach look I adore and prefer.
I am currently working on quite a few things. Volunteer in teaching English to postulants (Priests to be) who are from South America and Southeast Asia; Planning a charity trip to China to distribute some goods like clothes, shoes, stationery, dolls, toys to the needies and help them to plan how to build a school, etc;
The current trend is HK is rather wide. I can see styles from Japan to America to London then to Paris. However, most young girls would prefer the Japanese cute princess look with pastel colors mostly while young men would get the whole military plus punk look."
Zurine & Binzento Vincente met again in Hong Kong

Response to Zurine: "I can't believe how fast time flies, and it's been YEARS (not trying to reveal our ages lol) since we were in the same class together. You were always on top of everyone when it comes to the latest entertainment. I still remembered you were one of the biggest geeks too (ie: X-Files…oops). Frankly, I was envious that you attended the Oscars, meeting Delta Goodrem, Will Smith…etc etc. Your tasks as a TV personnel was definitely more colorful than mine :). I was happy that we met again in Hong Kong during my last visit, and very glad that you've found where your passion lies. Your fashion style now is a different energy, more vibrant, and more focused. I can see why you like Mr. Cavalli's designs. Keep it up with the charity work. Your big heart to save animals is also very inspiring, something we can learn from. I am sure we will hang out again in my next Hong Kong visit, or maybe if come here again to Canada."


Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente


Meet Bradley Swayze (Calgary, Canada)
Model, Lifeguard
Photography by: Tim Nguyen @ CitrusPhotography

The final part 3 of 3, Binzento Vincente's Real People w/ Real Styles: YYC Models Special Edition this week we have Bradley Swazye, a Shift model from Shift Talent. Born and raised in Carnduff, Saskatchewan, Bradley is one of the newest addition of male models in Calgary. Having only been in this city for 16 months, Bradley has appeared in a number of fashion photography and runway events. I was first introduced to Bradley during The Dong Show Art Exhibition fall last year, where he was the "poster boy" of the event. Getting to know Bradley better I realized that he is one of the hardest working people I met. In addition to modelling, and being a strong swimmer, Bradley work part-time as a lifeguard. He spent much of his time doing community and charitable work. The most inspiring example was his volunteering effort to build schools in Thailand.  He also built an interest in acting have recently been casted with a leading male role for a series of upcoming films. I got an opportunity to briefly chat with Bradley, mainly wanting to know as a multi-tasker like himself, how he would define his personal style. Here is what he said:
Photography by: Tim Nguyen @ CitrusPhotography
To: Binzento Vincente: "To me, personal style means versatility, especially for a model. I like to keep myself dynamic and explore new styles to reinvent myself. I would describe my style as simple, clean but well presented. My favourite designer for the longest time is Calvin Klein. The major reason for that is because his clothing matches my description of simplicity. It's classic, and ready-to-wear. In terms of local designers, my favourite of all are NRT Fashions and D.W. Given that they are always bringing the avant garde styles to the table, I know they contradict to my "simplistic" style. However, I admire their passion for their work and how they push to their limit with their visions. Aside from my modelling, I travelled to Thailand previously to help build schools for the local children. It was an experience that I will never forget. I am really excited about for my upcoming series of films, and am really happy that I got casted. With my busy schedule, I haven't been able to do modelling as much as I wanted to, but I will continue to work hard to accomplish my goal - be in more photoshoots and fashion events."
Bradley during the Mercedes Benz photoshoot
Photography by: A&D Photography

Response to Bradley: "First of all, thank you for your time to do this brief interview with me. When I initially think of doing a YYC Models Edition for this column, you were one of the models I had in mind. I think that you are very driven and motivated in what you do and what you have passion for, something that I look for in my features. As a newcomer, I think you are doing fantastic. Whether if it was a photoshoot for Mercedes Benz, D.W fashion show, or the most recent ElectroFur runway, you brought the audience attention with your charisma. I am also very excited about your participation in films. I am amazed with your adventure in Thailand, and your commitment to help that are in needs. I am recently given info to teach medical science in Ethiopia. Having heard your experience inspired me to apply for funding to help this summer. About your upcoming films, I haven't seen you act yet, but I am sure they cast you for your potential. I would love to watch them once they are finished. Best of luck in your modelling, acting and all of the things that you do :)"

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Bradley's personal Twitter: @bkswayze
Photo source: Bradley Swayze



YYC Models Special Edition Part 2 of 3
Meet Sean Clancy (Calgary, Canada)
Model, Manager @HEROES
Photography by: J. Jaskot


Resuming Binzento Vincente's "Real People w/ Real Styles" YYC Models Special Edition, let me introduce to you Sean Clancy from I Model Management/ Next Models Canada. I met Sean at one of HEROES Menswear Chinook events, a local boutique where he is currently managing. To date, I have not yet meet a guy pull-off Diesel ready-to-wear products as well as Sean here in YYC (I have to argue here that Diesel style is not for everyone). The first thing came to my mind was Sean would be a perfect fit for "Real People w/ Real Styles". Later I found out that he is in fact a fashion model, and have recently moved back to Calgary.
Previously, Sean travelled to Montreal and New York as a runway and editorial model, which gave him a wonderful life-time experience. His unique character (and good physique) made him a good candidate for some of the major fashion shows throughout the year such as New York Fashion Week. With the lesser fashion scene here in YYC, Sean's earlier experience as a model definitely brought him ahead of other aspiring models in this city. I had an opportunity to interview Sean and listen to what he has to say about his sense of fashion and style:
Photography by: Sean Merritt Penhall

To: Binzento Vincente: "I started showing an interest in fashion in my younger years while working at various clothing stores. That led to discovering different designers and styles, modeling and an education in fashion marketing.

I tend to keep my style street casual, yet urban. I'm into heavy knits, fashion plaid, blank and printed tee's, slim-straight designer denim w/ Prada sneakers or chucks, however I do like to mix it up and lean towards a more business casual outfit at times. The more aggressive your outfit, the more attention you'll receive. (I think) Fashion is a lifestyle; a form of self-expression through wear.
Photography by: Boy Josh

(My favourite fashion is) DIESEL. My Facebook and Twitter feed is overwhelmed with Diesel posts. Diesel consistently comes out with the most innovative denim in the industry. Their cutting-edge marketing philosophies (i.e: Be Stupid campaign) are not only eye-catching, but thought provoking. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work for Diesel Canada at their head office in Montreal, QC for 3 months over the summer of 2010. I push Diesel due to my passion for the brand and everything it stands for. 

(As of current) I manage a retail store called "Heroes" in Chinook Centre. We carry brands for men including Diesel, Diesel Black Gold, Fred Perry, J.Lindeberg, Hugo Boss, True Religion, PRPS, JackJones, Fidelity, and so much more. Follow us on twitter @HeroesChinook. I am also a fashion model that was scouted by I Model Management in 2007. I've had the opportunity to travel to both New York and Montreal for modeling. During this time I was enrolled at LaSalle College in Montreal, studying Fashion Marketing. Upon graduation I worked at Diesel Canada in Montreal for 3 months, then moved back to my hometown, Calgary, to help manage Urban in TD Square before the opening of Heroes Nov 20, 2010.


Response to Sean: "You are a true Diesel boy! To be honest, not every guy I know can wear Diesel as well as you do. The look and style can sometimes go way off (no offence) if not executed. I think you can definitely educate some of the guys with your Diesel expertise and knowledge :). I admire your passion for fashion. On top of being a model, you went to pursue fashion marketing education in Montreal. You have a good head on your shoulders, and also an excellent potential to go bigger in your modelling career. It was interesting to have spoken with you last time I visited Heroes and you mentioned about travelling to Asia. I see the fashion industry in Asia is growing rapidly. Major development in certain Asian countries (ie: China, Singapore, Korea) are prospected and the demand for luxurious high fashion is increasing. I do a potential in you to grow big as a model there. Keep up the good work, and I'll be sure to visit Heroes soon. You gave me a different perspective now about Diesel :). Can't wait to see more of you in fashion editorials"

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Personal Twitter: @seanpclancy
Heroes Twitter: @heroeschinook


January 17th 2012
Meet Aaron Kyte (Toronto, Canada)
Actor
Photography by: Kristin Whiteley
Part 2 of Binzento Vincente's "Real People w/ Real Styles": YYC Models Special Edition will resume next week. This week I like to take my opportunity to introduce an actor currently in town. If you have been to Stage West Theatre Restaurant recently and seen the live musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", then you will recognize Aaron Kyte, who plays one of Joseph's brothers, Issachar, and the butler. 
Aaron built an interest in acting shortly after high school and during his freshman year in college. Originally from New Brunswick, Aaron relocated himself to Toronto to pursue an acting career. He made TV appearances, including Degrassi: The Next Generation and On the Run. On stage, Aaron is an experienced actor. One of his biggest roles in live musical performance was to play Troy Bolton in the High School Muisical. Aaron said he’s “happy to be back in Calgary for the second time”; first time was for another live musical called British Invasion. I've known Aaron little bit over 2 years now. As an actor, it requires Aaron to portray various characters and personalities. In real life however, what is Aaron's "real style"? Here is what Aaron told Binzento Vincente.
To: Binzento Vincente: "I enjoyed the casual-classic and American-classic styles, or something that is simple, clean and elegant. To me as an actor who constantly plays a different character, being "simple" is important. The biggest reason for that is it prevents from narrowing a person's idea of who you can be (ie: at a casting call). Everything is impressionistic, and you have to proof that you are versatile and be able to play as somebody else. My favourite designer is Marc Jacobs, because he can execute a clean/modern look that suits my profile.

This is my second time in Calgary, the first was during my performance in British Invasion. This time I definitely have a different perspective about Calgary. The crowd that comes see the stage shows displayed a genuine passion for art, music and culture. Very much like the people I work with in the fashion scene. There is a “community of people in Calgary” who wants arts and wants to be involved. The lesser opportunity in this area really motivated everyone with the passion to genuinely work together. Calgary’s tremendous growth takes the aesthetic into consideration, and actually cares things need to look good."
Response to Aaron: "I can't believe 3 months have gone by "just like that", and you will be heading home to Toronto next week. I enjoyed the time (though short) chatting and hanging out. You have such a great energy and very enthusiastic about what you do. Acting is not something in my agenda, and I do not believe I have a talent for that. Therefore I really admire your passion and experience in that area. I agreed with you about "simplicity" for an actor. My analogy would be like a piece of blank canvas, you can paint however the way you inspired to, similar to your theory about being "simple" gives you a wider scope to perform. While a piece of canvas that's already been outlined solid sketches limits the access to your imagination. Marc Jacobs is a talented fashion designer. Although recently, he hasn't really touch my heart. 
You mentioned to me that your next gig is to perform in the live musical The Full Monty in Toronto. Good luck to that! :) I know that there will be scenes where you need to strip naked, so you better "work hard to look good" - not that you are not good looking now ;)- Hope to see you again soon in YYC or Toronto."

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente



YYC Models Special Edition Part 1 of 3
Meet Xia Martens (Antwerp, Belgium ---> Calgary, Canada)
Model, Student
Having a mini-blog series about Calgary (YYC) fashion, I thought it would also be nice to have a YYC Models Edition: "Real People w/ Real Styles" 3-part mini series. Introducing this week Xia Martens from Numa Models.
I first met Xia at the MaNoKin Designs fashion event in 2011. Although she stood out from the crowd with her beautiful cheek bones and stunning elegant looks, it was however her somewhat resemblance of Audrey Hepburn that caught my attention. Noticed that I was from Hong Kong, Xia mentioned to me about her modelling plan in China. I told her I believe that her vibe is definitely suitable for the Asian modelling market; She also reminded me some of Hong Kong's current and previous supermodels like Ana R, Maggie QAmanda S and Rosemary. With her European background and versatility in styles, she has a good potential of success in the Asian modelling industry. Here is what Xia wrote to Binzento Vincente.
To: Binzento Vincente: "First of all, hello! I like to spend my time studying while listening to D&B, electro and House music. As I write this short bio, I’m in the mood for funky beatsJ. I am Belgian-Canadian, a fulltime student and I work as a fashion model – I barely have time for Tae Kwon Do and Hot yoga nowadays!  Currently I want to say that my ideal outfit includes a pair of Mercura sunglasses, something high waisted, a unique blazer, a classy watch and a pair of Block, Fold or Abstract shoes from United Nudes.
My favourite clothing designer is Jean Paul Gaultier. My favorite shoe brand is, as I mentioned before, United Nudes.  I chose Jean Paul Gaultier because I love his gender bending pieces and also, his use for unusual models, like Andrej Pejic and several full-figured women and even older men!


Currently at the University of Calgary, I’m learning Mandarin so that the second I finish my last exam, in April, I’m going to Asia and I’m incredibly excited! My modelling goal is to work for United Nudes. (Fingers crossed)"
Response to Xia: "Xia, it's an honour to officially feature you in my blog as 1 of 3 YYC models mini-series in "Real People with Real Styles". You have so much potential ahead of you and I am SUPER excited for your Asia tour. I hope you are enjoying your Mandarin lessons at the University. Mandarin is not my first NOR second language, but I know enough to give you some advice on your homework if you trust me lol… In terms of your style, I think your natural beautiful face works well with almost anything. I honestly think that you have the Audrey Hepburn in you, but of course your unique persona is also what sets you apart from her. I've been following closely to United Nudes shoes since last year and I agree they do have some very attractive designs. Unfortunately not many folks here really appreciate them. As you may know, the Chinese New Year is arriving in a couple weeks. With all your hard work and dedication, I wish you all the success in the coming Year of the Dragon."

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Photo credits: White Cedar, Irene Rudnyk Photography
Photo courtesy: Xia Martens



2012 NEW YEAR Special Feature
Meet Katrina Olson-Mottahed (Calgary, Canada)
Mixed media artist, Film review writer, Binzento Vincente Correspondent
Photography by: Kristin Whiteley 
Katrina Olson-Mottahed, or also known as KO by my readers, got to be one of the earliest and biggest supporters of this blog! A native Calgarian, a mixed media artist, a photographer, a film geek, a wife, a mother, a dog lover, a fashion enthusiast, and a BFF of Binzento Vincente. She plays many exciting roles in her everyday life. As my blog correspondent, she'd been to many places with me with her camera, taking photos, and scoop writing materials for my blog. For all the hard work she's put in for me in 2011, this "New Year Feature" is for her, and hers only. 
I met Katrina about 3 years ago, but not until last year we finally got to know each other when I was invited to one of her art shows. I was very surprised when I saw her paintings, because when I first met her, she was a photographer. Soon after that, she told me she writes film reviews. I admire her diverse art form knowledge; She's a natural born artist.
Katrina meeting SUNO designers for Binzento Vincente at New York (Mercedes) Fashion Week S/S12

Working with her is never a challenge, because she gets me, and know what Binzento blog needs. We often share and exchange both fashion and art ideas. Recently, Katrina was selected to be CalgaryMovies.com featured blogger. Here is what Katrina wrote to Binzento Vincente about her inspiration and personal style.

To: Binzento Vincente: "My inspiration (as an artist) comes from life experiences, through travels, conversations, films I have seen, people I have known or even just read about. I am deeply inspired by people who chose to live their lives alternatively and perhaps more colorfully to the majority of society. I find new experiences invigorating. I guess that’s why I love film so much; it is a temporary experience with heightened realities and thankfully more drama than my day-to-day life. 
(As for personal style) I really appreciate classic styles with a mix of vintage/contemporary. I love to have high-end designer pieces mixed with casual pieces from H&M or American Apparel. I have been really attracted to Helmut Lang and Alexander Wang for the past 5 years because simplicity of the pieces. I found those lines easy to dress up or down. My wardrobe has been quite monochromatic over the past 5 years. I am trying to bring in some radical colors for spring/summer 2012, just to change it up, and to not take myself as seriously as I have been. I am 30 this year… I am ready for a change. I have acquired some florescent, neon, and animal print pieces that will brighten up my closet, and hopefully my outlook on the future. I am completely infatuated with everything Riccardo Tisci has done for Givenchy recently. Celine has produced some beautiful silhouettes for the female form too. I love the mix of masculine and feminine formality in pants the jackets, as well as the bold accents with bright colors.
In my opinion…Calgary is in an embryonic stage where fashion is concerned. Calgarian’s play it pretty safe for the most part, and take very few risks. I think it has a lot to do with industry here and the corporate culture of our city center. I have seen improvements in the past decades, but the change is in the air now. I think we can expect a lot of great things in this city in 2012 fashion/art/culture wise. I am excited about these changes. As the population grows, so does the diversity, and it allows for more exposure to foreign ideas in fashion. I would love to see more fusion pieces around town, like SUNO stuff and more Bano&eMee, who is now local and fuses Eastern designs with Western, which I adore. 

The (connection) or similarities between my personal style and artwork are that they are not too preconceived. With getting dressed and beginning a work of art, it has to do with my state of emotion and the experiences I pull from to express that feeling. They are both constantly evolving with me as a woman. I choose to express my femininity with bold colors in my artwork, but when it comes to my personal style on a day-to-day basis, I would rather emphasize femininity through a vibrant lip color rather than something over figure forming in fashion. I think what I have to say is more important than my clothing, but either way, they both communicate something to the world. 

Currently I am working on an extension of my previous pieces from 2011. I will continue working with the female form into 2012 and see where that takes me. I am very interested in staying active in the Arts / Film community here in Calgary through the boards and committees I sit on. 2012 will be about surrounding myself with the people and things I love. I am planning on concentrating my energy and efforts on the things close to my heart."
Katrina (KO) & Binzento Vincente

What was Katrina wearing? 
Neon Pink ribbed Cashmere sweater: Michael Kors, Pants:  Etro Ikat-print twill cropped pants, Clutch: Proenza Schouler PS 1 Leather and Jacquard Sunglasses: Celine 
Outfits: Neon orange shirt: 3.1 Philip Lim, Cheetah print pants: A.L.C., shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti Color-blocked patent leather sandals
Response to Katrina: "You and I are BFFs because we think alike. In the last 6 months working along with you, I gained a great deal of knowledge about art forms and films. Thank you for being the utmost supporter for Binzento Vincente and introduce my blog to your peers and people you meet. It's funny how you use the term "embryonic" to describe Calgary's fashion scene. "Embryonic" is something I always talk about in my double life as a science geek. Like you mentioned, we are still at an early stage in developing the art and culture scene in YYC. I really love how you and I both enjoy a wide range of styles, designers, and fashion. Mix-and-matching is something I adore for many years. Even the greatest fashion house can have a bad season, while you may find a few extraordinary designs in conventional  products. It's not about the label really, it's about how you utilize each garment and make sense out of it. Having someone as passionate as you are around will help thrive this city in that direction. Congratulations on being a CalgaryMovies.com featured blogger. I look forward to your success in 2012. You have full support from me, Binzento Vincente."
Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Katrina Olson website: http://www.olmo.ca


December 27th 2011 (Year End Special Feature)
Meet Yvan Cournoyer (Vancouver, Canada)
Personal trainer & Fitness model
It's the last week of December and the Special End of Year Feature for "Real People with Real Styles" on Binzento Vincente. Since now that I reside in Canada,  I wanted the last stylish individual of the year to be a Canadian and someone who represents our unique bilingual culture. Meet Yvan Cournoyer, a French-Canadian personal fitness trainer and model. 
Originally born and raised in Quebec, Yvan built an interest in health & fitness and have spent much of his time to develop his physique. Not to mention he is a huge fan of both winter and summer sports. Early in his career, he'd entered various bodybuilding championships and have gained notorious success in the fitness world. As of late, Yvan migrated from Quebec to Vancouver, British Columnbia to search for the higher ground of the fitness industry. He'd established his own Yvan Fitness, a personal fitness training business, which he became one of the most booked body trainers in the city. 
Yvan, the Mr. Macho is not all about the physique. He exerts a sense of personal style as well. In his photoshoots, he often displays a powerful energy, and representation of masculinity. Here's what Yvan told Binzento Vincente about his personal style:

To: Binzento Vincente: "My sense of style is all about the urban sport and casual wear. My favourite designer is Jean Airoldi, because he is unique and also gave me my first chance in the fashion industry. The current fashion trend and comeback I find in Canada is the Native American accessories and foot wear. As for work, I am currently focusing on my acting career and also promoting my 2012 Yvan Cournoyer motivational calendar. In addition, I am on the December cover of Health-Fitness Magazine. Also doing Funny Ups TV commercial and an extreme sea kayak expedition documentary I shot few months ago. The projects are coming out in December and January!"
Response to Yvan: "Yvan, you always reminded me of one of the Spartans from the movie 300. Your sense of style in fashion definitely tells the audience a lot about you: Active, Positivity and Confidence. These elements combined created an unique style that defines your character. I like the fact that you appreciate the outdoor nature we have in Canada, which we sometimes take it for granted. Your motivational calendar is looking great! I am very pleased to have you as the last stylish individual to be featured in 2011 for "Real People with Real Styles". I cannot wait to hear about your extreme sea kayaking expedition, and the final product of your documentary. Wish you all the best in all of the coming projects in 2012 and thank you for taking your time to write to Binzento Vincente." 

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Yvan Cournoyer website: http://yvancournoyer.com/
Yvan fitness Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yvanfit
Yvan fitness Twitter: @YvanFitness
photos courtesy: Yvan Cournoyer



December 13th 2011 (Special Double Feature)
Meet Garrett Naccarato & Jordan Reimer (Calgary, soon to be in Montreal, Canada)
Fashion Stylist, Make-up artist, Fashion bloggers, Owners of KRUHX
This is a special "Real People with Real Styles" double feature. I am especially proud of this one, because these two gents are well deserved to be called stylish. Even Binzento Vincente wooed their styles. Meet Garrett & Jordan, the powerful KRUHX styling company couple.
I met Garrett and Jordan about a year ago. Whether  if it's an event, or a party, the duo will make an entrance that says "Fashion" out loud. Garrett is a style inspiration. His unique sense of fashion is what makes him distinct from other fashion stylist. Talking to Garrett about fashion is a leisure. His creative side is most relevant in his fashion blog: Garrett Naccarato, where he expresses himself by posting his "Fashion Inspiration". As stylish as he already is, Garrett is very meticulous about his work, especially style photos. So far, he has not yet approve any of the "candid photos" I took of him - Sorry Garrett ;)
I would describe Jordan as an artist. His creative novelty can be seen in some of his make-up work on models. Check out my previous blog entries on Uptown Food & Fashion, most of the make-up was done by him. Jordan expels a natural retro vibe, which in itself is a style that works well in monochromatic photography. Similarly, Jordan has a fashion blog that includes "Fashion Inspiration". However, I find that his ideas contained a blend of contemporary art elements mixed in with fashion.

Both Garrett and Jordan are moving on, leaving Calgary to Montreal in a few weeks to pursue their fashion dreams. I was glad that they agreed to do this special feature for me before their departure. As much as I described their styles in my point of view, here is what these boys said about their personal styles:
Garrett to: Binzento Vincente: "Style isn’t about who you’re wearing or flashy logos and labels, it’s about how you interpret different trends and how you mix and match vintage/low end/high end.  How I dress from day to day is very dependent on my mood, but I always dress for comfort. I love to layer, so of course my favourite seasons are fall & winter. My favourite look is the “effortless/thrown together” type of look. Harem pants will be a lifelong obsession; I can never get enough of them.

I generally only follow womenswear as I find it to be more interesting than menswear, BUT the past few seasons I’m slowly starting to get more and more into menswear.  I draw the majority of my inspiration from how people put together their own looks in new and different ways, as well as graphic prints and patterns.
Right now I’m loving Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Proenza Schouler, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jil Sander,  and Missoni. My all time favourite designers are Celine, The Row, Acne, Comme Des Garcons, and Givenchy."

Jordan to Binzento Vincente: "My fashion sense can range on day to day, I'm really inspired by the London music culture that laid back cool, big hats worn in clothing, basically a very sloppy yet chic look. But then I am also really inspired by a more futuristic look, really structured and metallic pieces. Just like Garrett I'm very into street style, its just a great way to see what people are wearing and makes you think of new ways to wear your own clothing. As far as designers go, I never get tired of seeing Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Rag & Bone, Gareth Pugh, John Galliano, Rodarte, Rick Owens, The Row, Victor & Rolf, and Acne. I get way more of a fashion high from people's sense of style like Kate Lanphear, Sonny Groo, and Mary-Kate Olsen. My inspiration is slowly creeping back for the new year and moving to Montreal I hope to see more of what inspires me but instead of online in real life."

Response to Garrett & Jordan: "I am so happy for you guys, yet sad that both of you are leaving. You two are probably the most fashionable men I know in YYC. Truly inspiring. Garrett: I love the layering elements in fashion, that is also the reason why I find F/W fashion more exciting than S/S fashion. Men's fashion have come a long way over the past two decades. With the popular androgynous culture, the versatility of men's fashion designs have explicitly increased. Jordan: As I mentioned with your 60's vibe, the sloppy/chic look works perfectly on you (not so much on me :)). I like the fact that both of you are  very honest about your favourite styles and bravely expresses them especially in a conservative city like Calgary. I wish both of you all the best in Montreal, and I am sure everyone here in YYC misses you both dearly."

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

PHOTOS by: ANIA B


Garrett Naccarato personal blog: http://hotgossipcooljams.blogspot.com
Jordan Reimer personal blog: http://youwantcrazy.blogspot.com/
KRUHX official website: http://kruhx.com/ 


December 6th 2011
Meet Ali Fateh (Islamabad, Pakistan)
Handbag designer & Fashion writer
I was introduced to Ali Fateh's talent and style from Niche, one of Calgary's newest handbag merchants that carries his designs. Fateh's handbags caught my attention as soon as Niche pulled out its images. The handbags were aesthetic, elegant, and glamorous. Each of Fateh's handbags were handmade with genuine Italian leather, with a strong middle eastern cultural theme. His handbag designs generated much hype in the middle east, and words spread across the continent to the ears of Hollywood celebrity stylists, which have already considered bringing them to the next Emmys Award. Be sure to check out my "Binzento Finds…" soon with Ali Fateh's handbags for Niche!
Aside from his extraordinary handbag designs, Fateh is an extraordinary man himself- A Fashion writer/editor and a TV host in Pakistan. He is an artist that expresses his vision via art forms and in writings. With a strong voice, his articles (such as this one) have created controversy- and we all know "controversy" means "publicity" and "attention". Binzento Vincente is fascinated with the middle eastern culture, given that my cultural background is completely different. I am absolutely curious on what personal style would a fashion accentuated man like Fateh has. Here's what he said:
To Binzento Vincente: "My sense of fashion has a brother named ART. Going down memory lane I always found myself sketching, painting ...anything that I could create with my 2 hands and mind I would do...hence I always had paint covered hands, Won a couple of awards internationally when I was in high-school, this was when I resided in Pakistan. When I went to the states to live I realized I had passion for fashion and ended up at Miami International University of Art & Design. After graduating I moved to NYC for a couple of years and then finally returned back to Pakistan...to my surprise back in 2002 I was the first one who came up with the first ever evening bag line in the country. 
My inspiration (for handbag designs) could come from anywhere really. It could be nature, architecture, MUSIC, powerful women who live for style and of course the current fashion scene. I love playing with colours, textures, shapes, movement, and to me I feel my bags are more like jewellery in hand! I love being buried in all kinds of exciting material while I follow my creative drift to dig up one of a kind pieces! Metaphorically speaking. 

I loved what Daniel Swarovski was doing when he came out with the crystal handbag line it was very sexy - Judith leiber of course who is the godmother of bling chic, Valentino for the exquisite 3-d sculptured ornamentation on the handbag collection. I like most designers who are not boring and can emote creativity fearlessly. 
People of this particular region (middle east) have always expressed a flair for fashion and have gotten away with what would be considered murder anywhere else in the world. Over the years top names in fashion from all over the world have flooded the middle east market in order to cash in on the sheer need of people to look and feel their best. Less is more is for the faint of heart..and here nothing is ever more...its only about MORE MORE MORE which I love cause people here are celebrating their existence by dressing up any way they want and taking risks. Of course i am talking about people who do have access to high fashion. Big on Bling!"
Response to Ali: "Your handbag designs are exquisite. They are unique, something rarely seen in the western part of the world. Furthermore, all the pieces are no doubt classy, and timeless. It's interesting when you mentioned the relationship between fashion and art. I think that fashion can definitely be a form of art, but art itself, does not necessarily relate to fashion. Your infusion of art into fashion creates novelty, and has no creative boundaries. I do enjoy the fact that the creation of Ali Fateh's handbags not only showcase your ability to be innovative, but also focus on the functionality. I look forward to your appearance in Canada. We will have to sit and down and talk some more!"


Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Check out some of Ali Fateh's handbag on Niche's FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Niche/283569145009836



November 29th 2011
Meet Willy Liechty (Paris, France)
TV Personality, Model & Comedian
Willy Liechty is one of the people I will need to thank on behalf of my blog: Binzento Vincente. He was one of the first people to provide feedbacks and honest support for this blog. It is my pleasure this week to feature the charismatic French actor on "Real People w/ Real Styles".
Willy is a well known entertainer in France. With his talent and numerous media appearances, he has created a loyal fan base among the French and Belgian audience. Several TV programs Willy appeared include: I-TV, BFM-TV, NRJ and Disney Channel. Currently he is a regular comedic columnist on Jean Marc Morandini on Direct 8!. His charm and humour is definitely putting him on the list of rising stars. I had an opportunity to chat with Willy about his sense of style, and he really took his time to answer all the questions that I had for him:
To: Binzento Vincente: "I love to mix styles. For example, I can put on a pair of baggy jeans with a fitted jacket or simply a pair of cheap pants with a designer tee. I need to feel comfortable in my clothes. ;)) There are so many talented designers in the fashion world…I can quote Tom Ford, Takada Kenzo, M. Prada, C. Dior, G. Armani, John Varvatos, Dolce & Gabbana, H. Silmane…the list goes on! 
Dandy style is quite trendy here in Paris. Honestly, I am not an expert in fashion to tell you enough what the current trend is like here. Currently, I am working on a theatre production called "Le Clan des Célibataires" (Translation: "Unmarried People"). I also work for a radio station called "clicknrock.fr". Modelling for photoshoots is also one of the things I've been doing lots these days.
I work a lot, so I never have enough time to see my friends and family. I hope that they'll read this article. My kisses to them! ;))"

Response to Willy: "Although I don't speak French, I've been watching some of your shows with the help of a French speaking friend to understand your performance. You do have a natural charm that attracts your viewers to enjoy your show. Aside from that, I find your expression hilarious as a comedian. Your TV program was indeed very entertaining. I like some of the photoshoots you'd posted. Although you mentioned that you don't know much about fashion, you exert a style that is unique to you. Thank you for visiting my blog and giving me feedbacks early on when I started Binzento Vincente. I've tried to incorporate some of your key points in the blog, along with other readers' feedbacks to make the best of it for my audience. I do also hope that your friends will come across this feature and read what you've wrote. I guarantee they appreciate very much the love you've sent to them."

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Here is a vid of Willy on one of the Morandini shows:


Willy Liechty Official Website: http://www.willyliechty.com/
All photos courtesy: Willy Liechty


November 22nd 2011
Meet Hyrum Cook (Manchester, UK)
Blogger, Model, Aspiring photographer & Graphic designer

This week on "Real People w/ Real Styles", I am introducing my blogger buddy: Hyrum Cook. Not only he has the natural vibe of a stylish individual, his good looks got him to be one of the fresh new faces for Hollister in UK. Currently a student, Hyrum sets his eyes on the fashion industry. He told me that he has a great passion for photography, and is working diligently to become a fashion photographer in the near future. From reading Hyrum's fashion blog, it showed his vibrant energy and potential to become a successful personality in the fashion world. Here's what he wrote to Binzento Vincente:
To: Binzento Vincente"Hello hola ciao aloha bonjour....or wherever your reading this. I am currently enjoying employment at Abercrombie & Fitch, as a model for Hollister Co in Manchester UK. I also work as a part time Graphic Designer for a family business, Go Greena Ltd. I am the youngest of my parents 9 children and an uncle to my parent’s 22 grandchildren.

I am an average young British lad, living a young lad's life. One of only a few things that I believe makes me different from most people my age is my determination and dedication to put together, for myself, a good stylish look. I am a strong believer that good personal style is what makes one to feel unique and fresh! The things that I wear can make a difference in how I feel, and how other people may feel about me."  

Respond to Hyrum: "Hyrum buddy, we've only been connected recently as bloggers, you and I certainly have a different opinions on fashion. It's fascinating to see a young guy like you have so much drive to become successful in the fashion world. Congratulations with your recent modeling work. You have a good natural look, and so much potential to do even better in that field. By the way, I really liked your Hermes inspired style. You were able to execute it with a casual look, without making it "cheesey". I love it. Keep up the good work with your blog! I can't wait to see more of YOUR style in it. xx :)"

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

Check out Hyrum's blog: http://cokofashion.tumblr.com
Twitter: @HyrumCook



November 15th 2011
Meet Mika van Leeuwen (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Celebrity Hair Stylist
Photos copyright: Yvonne van Dalen of http://www.vavavonne.nl
Photos courtesy: Mika van Leeuwen

Mika caught my attention one day when I was browsing for new hairstyle inspiration. For those who knew me, I am often quite picky about my hair, but also quite open about attempting new hairstyle for a fresh change. To be honest, I often look for Asian hairstylists, not because the others aren't good, but rather I find Asian hairstylists understand the texture of Asian hair a little better. Then I came across Mika, and his fascinating hair styles. 
I read a little review about Mika, and found that he began his hair styling career when he was 15. Through hard work, talent and dedication, Mika rose to stardom in the Netherlands. Not only he'd won awards for his work, he was also featured in magazines, advertisements and often given opportunities to handle models' hair in major fashion and TV shows. Oh…and one more thing, he is fashionably stylish. :)
Mika definitely fits the criteria as one of Binzento Vincente's "Real People w/ Real Styles". I decided to contact him and ask about his work as well as his point of view in fashion. Here is what he told Binzento Vincente.

To Binzento Vincente: "It’s quite difficult to describe my personal style. I am quite versatile in terms of that: from classic, chique and neat to funk, rock, and skater looks, I tried a bit of everything. 
I think dressing up is almost like an art project. It requires your ability to complement different things together to make it look good on you. It can be a difficult task sometimes I think. Nowadays, I try to leave it up to my personal stylist. 
I received one of my awards in Italy few months ago in July, and really noticed myself being totally underdressed! I received the award from Anna Fendi, she was absolutely gorgeous and sophisticated. I could't stop looking at her. I find many Italians have a great sense of style, hence they somewhat influenced my love of taste for their fashion. This same goes with fashion in France. Paris is truly an amazing city for fashion. I would love to see something that's "Italian meets French" one day.
My Italian stylist, Graziella Ferraro, is one of the best at what she is doing. She pays very close attention to my body structure, and persona in order to find what's right for me. She's one of the most famous stylists in Europe. Whether it's Italian Vogue or Trinny & Susannah, she can perfectly execute them.
My favorite brand of all time is Hermes. I love its simplicity, modern shapes and timeless classical feel about it. My Birkin bag is therefore one of my favourite bags! A Good bag and a good pair of shoes are the base for my outfit. I love to wear layers, but not as much with accessories to much. A watch and maybe a bracelet is as far as I'll go.
Fashion in Amsterdam is not comparable to Paris or Milano, but it’s coming. Currently, mix and matching of chic fur with "rocky" styles, creating the glamour look is a "hit" in Amsterdam."

Response to Mika: "First of all, thank you for writing back to me on your personal note in fashion. So far I am seeing amazing things with your work and quite impressed. You are very lucky to have such a wonderful personal stylist. As much as I want one of my own, I find myself might be too opinionated sometimes at what I wear. I often like to "go with the flow" and "wear my mood" to public appearance. :) I find my fashion style often reflects the type of emotions I am having that particular day. I congratulate you in winning the award for your work. You also told me that you are tackling with make-up artist industry too. That's brilliant I think, because you can't complete a picture with just a perfect hair style. I know that you will be opening a webshop next year 2012, please stay in touch with Binzento Vincente about your upcoming project! You have my support."

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

To contact/ view more about Mika visit: www.MikavanLeeuwen.com and also his twitter: @MikavanLeeuwen


November 8th 2011
Meet Ray Kong (Beijing, China)
Musical Theatre Performer/ Singer
I met Ray Kong in one of the high class Chinese social elite member clubs several months ago. He is a theatrical singer in China, and travels throughout the country to perform. I've spoken to him about Binzento Vincente's "Real People w/ Real Styles" column during our conversation, and I didn't hesitate to ask if he is interested in writing an entry on his personal style for the blog.
Photos by: IVAN

Like his vocal talent, Ray expresses himself in fashion. Often he displays himself as a forward thinker. In terms of music, he gives his audience the most fond memories. This holds true in his fashion style, where he is never afraid to wear something unique and avant garde.
To: Binzento Vincente: "My sense of style is to have a personality, attitude, and bringing in new elements while keeping traditionsUnique beauty is my favorite. It can not be stereotypedbut rather expresses a clear themeOf course there must also be a lone exception of style.
Photos by: IVAN
I think that China is beginning to provide its own sense of unique fashion style. No doubt that the foreign fashion industry is very well developed, but often you can find Chinese elements in some of the collections. There is a long history in China and there is a lot to be discovered. I love the beautiful costume from the Han Dynasty. I wish one day designers will incorporate that style in fashion again. I really look forward to see more Chinese and Western fashion industries working together to create something cutting-edge. I also hope that this can be engaged in the music industry, as well as architecture.
My favourite designer is Hedi Silmane and my favourite Chinese designer is Lawrence Hui. Lets keep in touch, and let me know if you want me to keep you updated in the Chinese fashion world."
Response to Ray: "Thank you so much for writing such an elaborate entry on your thoughts about personal style and fashion. Your photos are stunning! It is very true that there is an increasing number of talented fashion designers coming from the Chinese cultural background. Evidently, the designs shows their heritage.  I love the thought of using the historic fashion designs blending with new ideas to create something truly innovative. Keep in mind that you are always welcome to visit or perform in Canada. I am sure the audience would love to hear your amazing voice!"


Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente


November 1st 2011
Meet Ania B. (Calgary, Canada)
Model, Photographer & Accountant
There is always a "1st" to everything, and today we have three of them. It's the 1st of November, 1st "Real People with Real Styles" entry this month AND 1st stylish female ever for this column! I am really excited to introduce my readers: Ania B. First time I saw Ania was during one of Alberta Fashion Weeks, where she was one of the models. She caught my attention as a model with her unique persona and fierce attitude on the runway. Currently, she's one of the models for Sophia Models International.
In addition to modelling, Ania is a fashion photographer. She always amazes me with her sharp fashion sense, creativity and knowledge, and talk about her fashion style! However, it came to my surprise when I spoke with Ania in one of the recent fashion events, and found that she is actually a full time accountant. It once again showed, how multi-talented some people are. I was really happy that Ania agreed to write this  column entry for Binzento Vincente. She is probably one of the reasons why I still have hopes for the fashion scene in YYC. Here is what Ania had to say about her personal style:
To: Binzento Vincente: "Having been in the fashion industry for over 11 years I have had my share of fashion ups and downs. What I like about it is that nothing is permanent, you can always change. I like that fashion lets us be whoever we want to be, wearing a strong outfit really lets me come out of my shy place. For inspiration I flip endlessly through fashion magazines, some of my favorites include dansk and love. I love the casual ‘off duty’ style of models and designers. My two absolute favorite labels right now are Alexander Wang and Helmut Lang, I am beyond obsessed. I am not huge on accessories, I think an outfit can be stronger with no ‘extras’ but I do try to add some here and there for my readers to get a variety of things on my blog. I am currently trying to figure out how I can contribute to the fashion industry past my modeling, I feel like that is something I must do."
Helmut Lang S/S12 

Alexander Wang S/S12

Response to Ania: "Thank you for writing this entry. It's no surprise to me that you are an experienced fashionista. The quality and maturity of your work shows. It's essential to stay true to your style outside of work, especially in fashion, and I believe that first impression is important. How a person dressed may reflect and indicate his/her personality. I am impressed with your simplistic, yet chic styles. Both Alexander Wang and Helmut Lang are very talented designers, where "simplicity" is often (at least most of the time :)) one of their key features. With your knowledge in fashion, I am confident that you will be a great contributor for the fashion industry. In my opinion, you will be a perfect fashion editor, or even a style critique."

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente


Thanks again Ania for her input. I highly recommend to check out her fashion blog: www.aniab.net/  It's truly an inspiration.


October 25th 2011
Meet Sam Sarpong (Los Angeles, USA)
Multi-Talent Personality
Binzento Vincente is thrilled for this week's "Real People w/ Real Style" feature. Being a talent in the entertainment business is not an easy task, but being a MULTI-talent on the other hand, is even harder. Meet Sam Sarpong, an actor, a host, a supermodel, and now a musician. Born in the UK, and now reside in Los Angeles, USA, Mr. Sarpong is probably one of the hardest working entertainers I know. 
In the fashion world, Sam is one of the most well recognized male supermodels, given he was the 2nd black male model ever won the Magazine and Agencies Association Award. He was also one of the first black male models to become the face of Tommy Hilfiger for six consecutive years. In addition, he had done modelling campaigns and previously worked with high end fashion labels including: Louis Vuitton, GucciDolce & Gabbana, and Versace. He was also named the "male model of the week" during one of Canada's L'Oreal Fashion Week. Sam is not a stranger to fashion magazines, one can find his face in Details, Men's Fashion, DUB and Vogue Italia.
Sam in Vogue Italia

In acting, Sam appeared in six featured films and over forty different TV shows. There is more…he told me that he was busy earlier promoting his new rap album, and was touring in Europe. I spoke with Sam on the phone the other day, I wanted him to give his opinions on current fashion trends. Since this is a "personal style" feature, I was also curious for a guy like him who has so many talents and faces, what is the "REAL Sam Sarpong style". Here's what Mr. Sarpong told Binzento Vincente.

To: Binzento Vincente: "One of my favourite designers is Marc Jacobs. I like his designs because Mr. Jacobs always interest me with his originality, and he is one of the designers that is able to reinvent an old concept into something completely new. He is truly an innovative designer. In terms of my personal style, I am into the UK rock vintage looks; something similar to The Rolling Stones era. I usually do mix & matching, and loves a good pair of Levi's. Recently, I'd done a fashion campaign for Boy London, and Gsus. Rock & Roll style is one of my favourites".
Response to Sam: "Mr. Sarpong, I admire your talent and persistency in what you do. Being in the entertainment industry myself, I truly understand that having passion in what you do is the biggest driving force to push yourself ahead. You work hard, and the result shows :). UK fashion is one of my largest inspiration for styles. When you mentioned "UK (rock) vintage", it somehow reminded me one of my favourite designers: Vivienne Westwood. Levi's is a must in my closet. :) Unfortunately though, this label is not as popular in Canada (it saddens me). It was an absolute pleasure to speak with you, I look forward to more of your work, and KEEP UP the great personal style"

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente

all photos courtesy: Sam Sarpong

Sam Sarpong's official website: http://www.samsarpong.com/#/



October 18th 2011
Meet Joshua David McKenney (New York, USA)
Artist
When I travelled to New York couple months ago, I visited Studio LoveChilde, the homeland of the Kouklitas (fashion dolls) by Andrew Yang, and also can't help but notice another artist in the house: Joshua McKenney. Although I have not yet officially meet Joshua, his work definitely shows that he is an extremely creative individual. 
Art by Joshua David McKenney
A painter, a doll designer, a comic book artist and a sculptor, Joshua is the ultimate well-rounded craftsman. Seventeen, Mattel, MAC cosmetics and Nylon Magazine were just a few of the companies he had previously worked with. Oh…and did I tell you, he will soon be working on a piece for Binzento Vincente. :) Although Joshua told Binzento Vincente that he is not an expert about fashion, it was hard to believe when all he proposed to his audience was 100% unique styles. Here's what he said about his sense of fashion:

To Binzento Vincente: "I would describe my personal style as "80's loves 50's": a classic rock n' roll silhouette, but with a bit of extra PEP! So I wear a lot of colorful shoes, and I've been known to leave the house at night in bright red lipstick but in terms of my day to day, my style is pretty minimal. I'm an artist and I work with messy materials, so I tend not to wear anything too precious.  My favorite designers are the ones that put on the theatrical shows: Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garcons, Viktor & Rolf, Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. I have always been most fascinated by the fantasy aspect of fashion. That's not to say I think fantasy should take priority over good design and meticulous execution, a designer should be a talented craftsman as well as a showman.  But I'm a visual artist, not a designer, so I am instinctively drawn to the dramatic. In New York, I think Williamsburg girls dress the best, they are much more fun.  I love it when the girls there wear short shorts or skirts with thigh-high socks and sexy shoes, but then an understated top.  I think that, if you decide to go sexy on the bottom, then you have to balance it out with something that downplays the other half; otherwise you look like a t-a-r-t (NB: this rule can and should be broken if you have the right attitude).  I like red lipstick I like throwback accessories likes gloves, hats, and veils.  I like dyed hair.  If my favorite look had a name, it might be called "Nouveau Courtney Love".  I don't pay as much attention to men's fashion because it moves so slowly, there are less options, and it's much harder to get away with stuff but I do notice when guys make ballsy clothing decisions yet still manage to look casual; that's a tricky balance, though."
Doll work by Joshua David McKenney

Response to Joshua: "Your artistic talent have inspired me. Although you'd told me that you don't pay much attention to what's in your closet, there is no doubt that you have the persona of a fashionisto. Alexander McQueen & Comme des Garcons - You and I both <3; You definitely have the perfect retro vibe, and I gotta say I love the hair. I do agree that sometimes the "simply messy look" is the "purfect look". Being too picky about every little physical detail on the style can overkill the basic concept, but then beauty is also really just a subjective matter. I look forward to working with you in the near future and also your custom art piece for Binzento Vincente."

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente


I am all 100% for artists, check out Joshua David McKenney's website: http://www.jdavidmckenney.com, where he displayed some of his artwork and also his personal blog.


October 11th 2011
Meet: Drew Corcoran (Birmingham, UK)
Hair Stylist
Mr. Corcoran, a real fashionable hairstylist from United Kingdom, caught my attention with his taste in personal styles. As I got to know Drew a little better, I found that we truly clicked in terms of our fashion sense and designers. Here's what he gotta say to Binzento Vincente about his choice of styles:

To: Binzento Vincente: "hey hey hope your cool :) well ive decided on my 3 fave designers 1 vivenne westwood 2 alexander mc queen 3 (long).....................STYLES, hard to not notice this fall is more about hard lines solid shapes with a big 70s vibe as gucci in there new collection show with deep strong colours rich fabrics with hints of neon within accessories.also as a favorite retro and vintage :) current trends ... oversized t (long) with chino shorts and vans .specs and high socks :):) this look make sme smile alot  . for women pasely vibrant prints /dresses with tights leggins .finished with a chunky boot .dr martins :)"
Mr. Corcoran

Response to: Drew: "Retro looks are always my fav, but innovation still needs to exist! Like you, Vivienne Westwood is one of my most beloved designers. She has been a great inspiration for my personal styles (I tend to lean over to avant garde looks). High socks look good on guys with long legs. I can never pull it off no matter how much I love them :) Maybe I'll just leave those for you. I love your styles! Keep up with the refreshing look every time you snap photos! Thank you so much for the message and good luck with everything in the UK!"

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente


October 4th 2011
Meet: Hinson Leung (Vancouver, Canada)
Zara's Window Display Creator for Western Canada
Have you recently been to Zara at YYC Chinook Centre, you will notice they have put up a new window showcase for Fall/Winter collection. The guy behind creating these window displays is my long time friend/fashionista Hinson Leung. In fact, he is responsible for all window collections in Zara of Western Canada. I've known Hinson for almost 10 years. He's always been an inspiration about fashion and truly a stylish friend to have. It's my pleasure to have him being the very first "real person" to be featured with a "real style". Here's what he has to say to Binzento Vincente.

To: Binzento Vincente: "Currently I am still a huge fan of oversized garments. However, I also prefer them to have a strong silhouette with a solid/hard edges. I dislike anything that is too poetic. Similar to some of the Zara's displays, I like to maintain a "minimalistic" and "neurtral" fashion style. Accessories are important, but personally I do not like the "decorations" take-way my clothing detail. My favourite designers/labels as of now are Prada, Marc Jacobs and Marni, and not as much with the recent Alexander Wang collection. In terms of footwear, Dr. Martin seems to be my thing this season."
Response to: Hinson: "Thank you for allowing me to spend the day watching you do window display at Zara. Truly amazing how you put everything together all by yourself (including the lightings, wood work etc). I had a fun time too choosing out wigs for your mannequin. I agreed that neutral tone often goes well with over-sized clothing article. However, accessories are my thing, I tend to either go avant garde on them or don't put them on at all. It is interesting to see our differences in terms of our "fashion decisions". Thank you again for being my guest on this blog. Thrilled to place you to be my first person in "real people with real styles" column."

Sincerely,

Binzento Vincente