Below the Surface Fashion Show

 

(Photo:queenieau.com)A charity event like no other

This year’s theme for the Student Fashion Association’s (SFA) annual fashion show is “Oceana: Below the Surface,” which incorporates both light and dark aspects of the ocean. The proceeds of the show will be donated to the organization “Charity Water,” which helps build clean water projects in rural communities around the world.

Jeanette Chiu, a fourth-year design and communication major, is the president of the Student Fashion Association (SFA) as well as the head of the marketing committee for the show.

“We have been working on this all year long and it is a celebration of all the arts,” Chiu said.

The night will begin with a performance by The Spokes followed by a performance from Popping Club, which will raise the crowd’s energy and get everyone ready for the fashion show to start. After the first act of the show there will be a small intermission, and at the beginning of the second act there will be a raffle with $1 tickets that can be purchased at the door. Then, to kick off the second half, Afterglow and Vision Dance Troupe are set to perform, and the night will end with a showcase of the rest of the designers’ work.

The show consists of local designers from UC Davis and other schools in the Bay Area and Yolo County. There was a casting call for models, most of whom are from UC Davis and were selected by the designers.

Yvonne Dang Lee, a fourth-year managerial economics major, is the historian for SFA. She is also the co-partner for the talent committee, which finds talent for the show.

“We made flyers looking for costume designers, hair and makeup and the actual designers,” Lee said. “We had all the committees hand these out and publicize, which made it a huge success. Our club worked really well together in getting the word out and everyone supported each other.”

Elizabeth Chang, a second-year textiles and clothing major, is the secretary for SFA and acts as the other co-partner for the talent committee.

“Winter Quarter we had a fashion planning class where we split our club into five committees,” Chang said. “The marketing, talent, stage design, fundraising and decorations committees […] each had their own responsibilities.”

The planning process was an organized chaos, but the organizers stated that they managed to fulfill their vision for the show.Read more at:formal dresses adelaide

RiverPark makes fashion statement at 2nd annual Fashion Show

Models walk the runway at The Collection’s 1st annual Fashion Show, May 2016. 

(Photo:formal dresses)The runway returns to The Collection at RiverPark as Oxnard’s premier fashion destination hosts its second annual Fashion Show.

On Saturday, May 20, fashion retailers from The Collection will feature their new spring lines highlighting the most sought-after trends of the season. Models will showcase ready-to-wear looks, walking the runway alongside adoptable four-legged friends.

Renowned fashion show producer Shannon Davidson also returns to coordinate the buzzed about event. This season, event attendees can expect to see a lot of bright color on the runways, most often showing up in stripes. Davidson adds, “Menswear returns in the way of shirting – white shirts, shirts as dresses, shirting reinvented. 80s glam makes a comeback, as does the utilitarian military look – from cargo pants to military inspired jackets. Finally, romance makes its mark with ruffles, as well as lace and floral dresses and separates.”

Beauty insiders will treat guests to a Beauty Bar where they can learn tips and tricks from beauty and skincare experts from MAC Cosmetics, Ulta Beauty, Rouge A Katherine Lazier Salon, Pol!ish Nail Bar and European Wax Center. Attendees will also delight in small bites and beverages, and a swag bag filled to the brim with free gifts.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families, a non-profit which serves abused and neglected children and adolescents, and those with severe emotional, social, behavioral, and mental health challenges.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses

GCC students inspired by the heavens and high fashion

With inspiration pulled from the heavens and talents honed in Batavia, a group of Genesee Community College students have created a final exam unlike any other.

More than 200 models will cross an X-shaped stage Saturday as the visions of fashion students move from concepts to the runway of “Elysium.”

“That’s the Greek version of heaven,” said Ciera Schwartz of Akron, who developed this years theme. “I was thinking of bliss, very happy, the ideal perfection.”

Over 14 scenes, the concepts of Gods and Goddesses has been freeing. Schwartz said it has given her classmates the opportunity to follow their own styles.

For Kayla Suchanick of Fredonia, who is splitting management of back of the house duties, the show led her to Terpischore, the Goddess of Dance of Chorus. Her scene will open the show with models trading heels for jazz shoes.

“Each group that I have, it’s two girls at a time doing pieces choreographed by me, and at the very end of the scene, everyone comes together,” Suchanick said. “It’s going to be very fun, there’s different color costumes, feathers, sequins, sparkles … everything.”

With only one more class to go before rehearsals, students were confident in their pieces, which some designed and created, and others procured through a network of alumni and trips to meet with designers in New York City.

While on that trip, Mariah Paddock of Clyde met with Gitman Bros. Vintage, a Brooklyn-based shirt-maker that focused on vintage men’s styles. Paddock asked if she could use some of their upcoming summer designs in the show; and several designs will debut Saturday.

“You have to A-S-K to G-E-T,” Paddock said, echoing a message that professor Rick Dudkowski has hammered into his lessons.

Between them, his students are learning every part of the industry, from business development, design, social media to staging shows. He ran through a logistical checklist Wednesday morning before students went down to the stage to add into a campaign promoting social justice in the fashion world.

He sets a high standard, but that’s the expectation after 35 of producing what Dudkowski said provides western New York and a worldwide audience streaming a webcast of the show their first glimpse to many of the emerging trends and styles.

“It’s a competition to beat last year’s show, in fashion and in attendance,” Dudkowski said. “For $5 you get to watch our final exam, that’s how our program is different.”

With the designs ready and focus shifting to staging, students displayed a comfort with both staging every aspect of the show, and the stage of their budding careers. Min Muchler of Dansville and Seonggyung Choe of Busan, South Korea are splitting coordination of Fates and Moirai, the deities of fate.

As a field of study, fashion was perfect Muchler who likes mixing functionality, practicality and creativity. Song, as Choe is known to her classmates, enjoyed coordinating fashions, and started creating her own when the choices weren’t what she wanted.

Their scene, near the middle of the one-hour show, will be very cohesive, despite different visions.

“I’m more casual and modern,” Song said. “It’s all following the trends, following what people want to wear, and what I want to wear.”

“Whereas I’m more of gowns and dresses,” Muchler said. “It shows the progression of past, present and future. Mine is the threads of life, they are very long.”Read more at:short formal dresses | formal dresses

Sewing camps let kids explore fashion side

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(Photo:formal dresses)Christine Hambleton started sewing when she was 10 years old.

Her mom showed her how to use a sewing machine and she started making clothes for her little sister’s dolls. By high school she was making clothes for herself.

After working as a paralegal at a law firm for several years, her interest in fashion and sewing drew her back to school and she completed the Fashion Arts program at Vancouver Community College. She then worked with a local fashion designer for three years before deciding to start her own business about two years ago.

Made By Me Sewing Studio in North Vancouver is equipped with sewing machines, sergers, an industrial straight stitch machine, ironing stations, and a large cutting table, plus cutting shears, pins and other basic sewing gear. In this large, open sewing space, Hambleton offers a variety of classes, as

well as private birthday parties and day camps. When she opened the business, Hambleton was surprised to discover more kids than adults signing up for instruction.

“It’s been amazing. It’s super fun. They are so positive and energetic,” she says of teaching kids.

Kids and teens are more willing to try new things and are generally “fearless” when it comes to learning new skills., she adds. “They inspire me to try new things and find new projects for them.

After a successful series of Spring Break camps, Hambleton is once again offering half- and full-day summer camps for boys and girls ages eight and older. Each camp has a different theme and is tailored to different age groups. In the beach-themed camp participants make beach-related items like a tote bag, a swimsuit cover-up, and a sunglasses case. In the sleepover-themed camp, kids learn how to make things like pajama shorts, a sleep mask, a toiletry pouch, and a stuffie.

The Extreme Bedroom Makeover camp is a popular choice, says Hambleton. Participants in this program spend some time planning their rooms and picking a colour scheme then pick from a variety of projects such as creating fabric baskets, throw pillows, wall organizers, or a stuffed toy. This summer, Hambleton is also offering two fashion camps, one for younger kids and one for teens.

The older kids will discuss their fashion inspirations then create mood boards and sketches before picking their choice of fabrics and tackling some commercial patterns to make their own clothes.

The patterns are fairly basic, but it doesn’t take long for anyone, including kids, to get good at sewing, says Hambleton.

“The patterns have changed, they are simpler now,” she explains.

It depends on the complexity of the garment, but some kids she has worked with who have never used a sewing machine before have learned how to make a T-shirt after just a couple of sessions.

Hambleton says she has seen a resurgence in sewing popularity and credits reality TV shows like Project Runway and home renovation and makeover shows, as well as online DIY and craft sites and information.

“Kids are thinking about this now, thinking about the possibilities, thinking about the things they can make and do, says Hambleton. “For them I think it’s an extension of art.”Read more at:yellow formal dresses

Buying Billie Lourd’s House

Donald Robertson will be living up to his “Drawbertson” Instagram handle at Tuesday night’s New Yorkers for Children gala.

The artist will be doing on-the-spot drawings for guests at “A Fool’s Fête: Enchanted Garden” at the Mandarin Oriental for a crowd of 350. “I love doing live painting. I’m known for this in the past, but never in a charity aspect.” Robertson said Monday. “I can do a million, because I’m super fast.”

So much so that a two-minute time frame isn’t out of the realm of possibilities. “They are super fast ‘painty’ sketches, so I can crank them out pretty quickly. I do think it’s the nature of the medium. I’ve been doing it for so long that I can capture people pretty quickly. I call it art-ism.” Robertson said.

As for how he has excelled at express art, Robertson said, “I would just say, I black out and I can whip them off. Then I come to and it’s sitting in front of me.” (He also took care of the invitations.)

Alice + Olivia’s Stacey Bendet, Waris Ahluwalia, Selita Ebanks and Crystal Renn are expected to be at the spring celebration, which has Chloe as a lead fashion sponsor.

Robertson has other fashion-related projects in the works, though he was hesitant to be too specific. “Let’s just say Linda Fargo and I have some fun stuff coming up, and Funboy pool floats have some fun things coming up — really fun.” Robertson said.

On a more personal note, Robertson and his wife, Kim Gieske, have “finalized finally on kids’ schools and living arrangements” for their family. “We’re done — half Montecito, half L.A. We’re literally doing what people do in New York. We’re doing the New York-East Hampton thing but the L.A. version is Montecito-L.A.” he said. “The kids don’t want to leave the beach. And we were trying to drag them back to the city but they won’t come.”

With two children in college in Los Angeles and three in school at the beach, the setup is a balanced one. Robertson said they will be closing in on buying actress Billie Lourd’s house in Santa Monica’s Sunset Park neighborhood any day. “It’s the perfect house for me because it’s a big gallery space so I can paint in every room.” he said. “My wife found it. It was a score.”Read more at:bridesmaid dresses australia | queenieau.com

Ethno Fashion Gala a cultural fusion

Edmonton-based clothing designer Dan Muthui fuses western and African influences for his clothing line Kilele Creations. He's organized a fashion gala for April 22. 

(Photo:queenieau.com)It was through a stroke of luck that Dan Muthui discovered his passion for fashion.

The Edmonton-based clothing designer, originally from Kenya, fuses western and African influences for his clothing line Kilele Creations (Kilele means ‘peak’ in Swahili). He’s holding a fashion show called the Ethno Fashion Gala on April 22 to showcase his designs and those of other Edmonton designers.

“It’s not really something I had planned to do,” Muthui said. “I kind of fell into it due to circumstances at the time. I approached a friend who was a tailor and he taught me a little bit about sewing … and I realized I’m very creative at making things.”

Muthui’s approach to fashion is conscientious. He calls it slow fashion — he compares “fast fashion,” which consists of globalized, mass production of garments, to fast food.

“They are sold at low prices because the cost to produce the garments is cheap. It’s relying on cheap labour in poor or developing countries,” Muthui said. “And what this does is encourage overconsumption. We go for more clothing, because it’s the latest trend.”

Fast fashion comes with a hidden price, both to the environment and the workers in the supply chain, he said.

“Slow fashion comes with a sense of responsibility because we begin to think about our production in a holistic manner, within an ecosystem, in terms of where our fabrics our coming from, how they are made and how they get to us,” Muthui said.

As a result, Muthui’s clothing isn’t cheap. But it’s a worthwhile trade to create products he stands behind.

Apart from staying true to his values, Muthui’s cultural background is an important part of the clothing he designs. He gets his ideas from art, the environment and the world around him.

“My designs are largely influenced by my cultural context. I use African fabrics, but I also fuse them with western fabrics … they have a blend of tradition and western themes,” he said. “I wanted to maintain that roots and culture aspect of my work.”

Muthui works directly with clients to create customized clothing and designs, patents and cuts the fabrics all by himself.

“Every single garment and design is approached differently,” he said.

While he’s taken part in fashion shows before, this is the first he has organized himself. The show will feature 12 Edmonton-based designers who showcase a range of designs with western and African influences.

It takes place at South Edmonton Sejong Multicultural Centre on April 22. Doors open at 6 and show time is at 7.

“It’s a celebration of diversity, beauty and culture through fashion, music and arts,” Muthui said. “We want to raise the profile of independent fashion designers based in Edmonton. And you start by encouraging consumers to buy from and support their own local talent.”Read more at:formal dresses brisbane

Sienna Miller: ‘I love my post-baby breasts’

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(Photo:formal dresses adelaide)Sienna Miller’s nipples have changed so much since she gave birth that they now look like ”fighter pilots’ thumbs”.

The Alfie star’s body changed substantially after she gave birth to Marlowe, her daughter with ex Tom Sturridge, in 2012.

”I do miss my breasts being where they were,” she tells Allure magazine. ”And, yes, I have nipples like fighter pilots’ thumbs.”

She’s not really complaining about her new look though.

”I also sort of like that they’re (her breasts) a little ’70s. And that they fed my kid.”

Sienna, who split from Far from the Madding Crowd star Tom in the summer of 2015 after a four-year romance, would love to have more children, but she still has to figure out who the dad might be, and though she wouldn’t change anything about being a mother, she does look at friends without children differently these days.

”You’re so enriched by it (motherhood) and so fulfilled, but at the same time, I look at these people who just don’t have any responsibility, and it feels like the responsibility is crippling,” she explains.

And she acknowledges motherhood has prompted her to take better care of herself.

”I didn’t smoke when I was pregnant or breastfeeding,” she reveals, adding it wasn’t nearly as hard to quit as she thought it would be. ”If it’s about protecting someone else, it’s easy. I don’t see it the same with myself.”

She is still fighting on another front though – being typecast by her good looks, personally and professionally.

”If you wear really nice clothes and you’ve got style and you’re young and you have a famous boyfriend, you must be really thick and not talented at all,” she lamented recently to Elle magazine.

”I’ve found it frustrating because I really felt like an actor, and I just felt like I was constantly battling that.”Read more at:celebrity dresses

Women, fashion has you covered

Ruth Negga 

(Photo:formal dresses)It is a truism of the history of dress that decade-defining looks generally don’t congeal until quite late in the period they eventually come to represent.

The miniskirts and Crayola colours of the 1960s, the power shoulders of the ’80s, the minimalism of the ’90s — all reached critical mass well into the midpoint of those eras, when whatever had been bubbling up in wardrobes and on sidewalks found its reflection in the wider world.

Well, we have finally reached that stage in the 2010s. The tectonic plates of fashion have shifted. Look around. What do you see?

Look to the runway: during the recent round of fashion shows, suits — and sleeves and long skirts — dominated. Look to the street, and the stores.

”Women who once bought strapless dresses with a little skirt are now buying evening gowns with sleeves and high necks,” said Claire Distenfeld, the owner of Fivestory, the destination boutique on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. ”Four seasons ago we couldn’t sell a blouse, and now everyone wants a blouse. Young women who used to come in and buy Balmain’s nonexistent dresses are leaving with knee-length skirts with a sweater or blouse by Emilia Wickstead.”

And speaking of Balmain — even that label offered long knits, long sleeves and long crocodile skins among the short-‘n’-fringed styles in its last collection.

Look to the red carpet: there was Ruth Negga owning the last awards season in a series of generously sleeved frocks, and then showing up at the Oscars almost entirely covered in red Valentino — long sleeves, high neck, long skirt — and making pretty much every top 10 best-dressed list of the night. Ditto Jessica Biel (in long-sleeved, high-necked, floor-length gold KaufmanFranco) and Isabelle Huppert (in long-sleeved, crew-necked, floor-length white Armani Privé).

Look to your own closet.

”It’s a macrotrend,” said Ghizlan Guenez, founder of The Modist, a new fashion site.

Which is to say, a trend that goes beyond fashion. But what exactly is it?

The end of the naked look. The beginning of a new age of female ”pluri-empowerment” (as Iza Dezon, a trend forecaster, told CNN), as expressed through the kind of dress that prioritizes the individual and her needs over the clichés of female role play. Arguably it began, as these things do, at least three years ago — The New York Times began chronicling young women on the streets of Brooklyn layering clothes in creative ways that shielded or swaddled their bodies back in 2015. But it is only now reaching critical mass, thanks to a convergence of social, political and cultural factors as reflected in clothing.

And as far as those issues go: women, fashion has you covered. In every sense of that word.

”We live in an age of reality TV and transparency, where everything is out there,” said Lucie Greene, worldwide director of the innovation group at J. Walter Thompson.

”Images of women being intensely beautified, sexualized and shown like dolls over many years has had an impact on me, as I believe it has on us all,” Phoebe Philo, the creative director of Céline, wrote in an email.

As an alternative, Philo has focused her work at Céline on designing clothes — often oversize, soft, enveloping — that act almost as a chrysalis from within which the woman can emerge.

This is one kind of esthetic reaction, but not the only one. It is not only about hemlines, for example, at least not in the vein of Newtonian fashion physics (everything that goes up must come down). It’s not about power dressing in the old, battering ram shoulder sense, but in the sense that when you feel secure and comfortable and protected, you feel stronger.

It is reflected in both the hip historiana of Giambattista Valli’s floral silk chiffons with their long sleeves, sweeping skirts and chaste necks, and the head-to-toe character-actor dressing at Gucci. In the boho Puritan lines of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Valentino and the slouchy tailoring of Stella McCartney, the elegant rock-star suiting of Haider Ackermann and the windswept Victorian romance of Erdem. Also the swaddling chic of Michael Kors.

”When people are seated at fashion shows wearing pasties, the only thing that could be shocking is a tailored suit,” Kors said, referring to the surprise appearance last month of Nicki Minaj at 10:30 a.m. on a Saturday at the side of Haider Ackermann’s runway, her left breast almost entirely exposed. Also the fact that the whole look was still somehow much less seductively relevant than Alek Wek in a perfectly cut black cashmere tuxedo coat, skinny black trousers and black polo neck sashaying her way down the catwalk in front.

Perhaps because, as Greene said, one of the hallmarks of these clothes is that to a certain extent they ”reject the strictures of the male gaze.”

”They are not about what men want any more,” she continued, ”but about what women want.”

As women have found their voice politically, they have begun to express themselves sartorially, be it through white pantsuits, so-called pussy hats or the modest fashion movement. Clothes are an integral part of the debate over the freedom to make your own choices — whether about what you do with your body or who touches your body or what you put on your body — that began with the rise of gender-neutral dressing, picked up steam thanks to both the leaked tape of Trump talking about grabbing women and the debate over the hijab, and became even more visible during the Women’s March on Washington in January.

”Elegant” is a word that comes up a lot in association with the move to the more covered. ”Sophisticated” and ”practical,” too.

”I am convinced,” Kors said, ”that there is something far more alluring about women wearing things that give them confidence, that don’t make them feel as if they have to tug at their hemlines or yank at their straps.”Read more at:semi formal dresses

Men can now drape and flaunt scarves in different ways

Scarves can add charm to a man’s look if knotted the right way, say experts.

Aditya S Sanghi, CEO at Sundarams since 1970 and Karan Ahuja, Director at Ahujasons, have suggested ways in which men can style a simple scarf and pep up their attire:

1. Drape: Simply drape the scarf over the neck and the front of your chest under the blazer lapels. No actual tying happens in this one, so it’s a loose way of wearing a scarf meant more for ornamentation.

Traditional silk scarves are nearly always worn under the lapel. Since little of the scarf is visible, you can afford to be bold by using contrasting hues or patterns.

2. Fake: Hang the scarf around your neck with one end being twice as long as the other. Tie a loose over hand knot near the end of the shorter side leaving about 15 inches at the end. Tug the knot apart slightly and slip the other end straight through & tighten to the desired length.

3. French: Also called the European knot, it is a fast and easy way to tie a scarf. Just fold the scarf in half at the middle so that the ends touch and hold the doubled over bend in one hand, while passing the loose ends around the back of your neck with the other. Tuck the ends through the bend and pull snug.

4. Ascot: Simple yet a versatile knot. Take the scarf and lay it over your shoulders. Take both ends of the scarf, and tie them over-and-under as if you were starting to do up a giant pair of shoelaces.

Adjust the front to be a bit smooth and tighten closer to the neck as desired for a much more bohemian look.

5. Parisian: Take the scarf in both hands and fold it over lengthwise. Drape it around your neck, insert the loose ends through the loop hanging in front of you and pull them through. You can play with the tautness of the knot and the thickness of the scarf by doubling the scarf lengthwise, if you wish.

6. Toss: The simplest way to style a scarf — just fold it into thirds, drape it around your neck and toss one end over the other casually.Read more at:QueenieAu | bridesmaid dresses australia

Brokenhearted Bride Begs For Help To Find Lost Wedding Rings

A Southampton woman is pleading with the community to help her find her missing wedding and engagement rings.

Michelle McGay is heartbroken: She took her rings off while she was getting her nails done Thursday at Tickled Pink Hails in Hamptons Bays, tucking them into her sweatshirt pocket.

”I proceeded to run errands at Macy’s, Panera, and the Dollar Store before I realized that my rings were no longer in my pocket. I’m devastated and would really appreciate any help,” she said.

She estimates they went missing between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday.

The rings hold deep personal meaning for McGay and her husband, Ovidio Mendez. The couple was married on November 21, 2015 in Southampton.

”Ovidio surprised me one day in December, 2014 with an engagement ring. He had never seen the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center so we decided to go into the city right after Christmas,” McGay said. ”A group of friends went with us as well and we made a trip out of it. Little did I know that he was planning to propose. We visited the tree and it was very crowded and I think he lost the nerve to do it in front of so many people.”

Next, her group of friends split up and decided to meet back at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, she said. ”I had just bought a new hat from a street vendor so when we met back up at the church and everyone was looking at me, I didn’t think anything of it. We proceeded inside and were overwhelmed at how beautiful it was. It wasn’t until we got to the front of the church that I realized our group of friends had made a semi-circle around us,” McGay said.

”My soon-to-be fiancé presented me with a chocolate covered strawberry, with a ring inside. I nearly cried, I was so excited. He asked me in Spanish if I wanted to be his girlfriend or his wife and, of course, I said ‘your wife,'” she said.

The memory is one of the happiest of McGay’s life.

”It was such an emotional day and I couldn’t believe all of our friends had managed to keep it a secret. As far as the strawberry goes, Ovidio said his friend went to find flowers but couldn’t find any in the nearby area,” she said.

The couple, who live in Southampton, have been happily married for more than a year.

The rings mean everything to McGay. ”I never considered myself a picky person until it came to finding a wedding band that matched my engagement ring. I went to every jeweler locally and up the island. I finally decided on a particular band that allowed my engagement ring to fit into it,” she said. ”It was absolutely beautiful and I am devastated to know that it came out of my pocket while running errands. I had taken it off briefly to get a manicure and forgot to put it back on. When I checked my pocket, it was no longer there.”

McGay said she tried to stay calm, searching her car and retracing her steps, going back to all the stores she’d frequented and making sure it hadn’t been found. She said she called Southampton Town Police and left her number, but no rings have been reported found yet.

”I have cried a good deal knowing that I may never see them again,” McGay said.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses online | formal dresses australia