Monday, 31 May 2010

The Intern Diaries: Day Sixteen

Today day started pretty slow. I missed breakfast because I'd been up late uploading yesterday's pictures, but that got sorted and I'm not even sure what I spent the day doing. When I checked facebook though, I discovered that both Trinidad Fashionista and The Lifestyle Blog posted The Magenta Blog to their blogs. I'm not even going to lie. I felt very famous. But not really, since obviously no one know's I'm writing them (until they read this of course) I wanted to comment and say 'that was me! i did that!' but  i can't think of a better way to earn the title of lifetime loser...

anyway, I went to the venue with Rosemary Stone at 5pm to start setting up. When we got there it was still light out, which was actually a really nice change. I hadn't seen the dome in the daylight and the setting sun was a really nice backdrop.

We eventually got underway at about 7:40 (i think) and the show was spectacular. :D i had so much fun sitting in the media pit and photographing the show. i have no doubt in my mind now that this is what i want to be doing. 

Now I know that I've chosen the right profession. Tonight's show was so amazing, and the fashion was blow mind. What would I even have done with my time if I hadn't had the presence of mind to email Laura in April?

By the end of the night I was in a fantastic mood. I had a really bad headache and I'm getting ill, but I guess a good fashion show  will make you forget incidentals like that. When I got back to the hotel I had to write the next installation of the Magenta blog and sort through all the pictures. I guess it was because of my headache, but it took me FOREVER. i've never had to drag words out of my brain before. I'm thinking I'm going to need some recovery time soon!

I'm pretty proud of most of the pictures I took. the experience was so much fun and i'm kind of sad that I'll be leaving tobago so soon. but on the other hand, i really need to get back to my own bed *womp*

in any case, here are my favourite shots from tonight. click here for the full album on my fan page. 

Sunday, 30 May 2010

The Intern Diaries: Day Fifteen

Today was AMAZING! The first official runway show took place tonight at Pigeon Point and it was such a success. But I'm getting ahead of myself. I have to tell you about the whole day!

I had an early breakfast with Laura and Adele in the hotel's restaurant. Then Laura and I took the media team on a tour of the rainforest for the better part of the morning. Now I'm not one for trees and bush and nature and whatnot, but the tour was a very enjoyable experience. We walked in for about an hour and a half until we got to the waterfall at the interior and then we made our way back. I don't remember any of the names of any of the things I saw when we were there but they were beautiful. The waterfall was small but far from underwhelming. Honestly the only bad thing about the experience was the ridiculous number of bugs and how hot and gross I was by the end of the whole thing. 

laura putting on her (possibly dirty?) socks to wear with her boots.

our tour guide newton george.

a (i forget which kind of) spider

After the tour we had lunch in a(restaurant in a) tree by the ocean. With all the walking I had been doing I was more than ready to just collapse on the table and go to sleep but not before I had some of the fantastic macaroni pie that was served.

We got back to the hotel around 4 and then I napped until 6-ish, and then I had to get ready for the show. Laura asked me to round up some of the designers and get them all to Pigeon Point, but some of the designers didn't show up. *gasp* I thought I had lost them, but I found out after I got to the venue that one had forgotten and the other had just fallen asleep. Transportation was arranged for them separately, but I've learned my lesson: next time, WAIT.

When I got to the show, it was pretty much just a matter of  running around to see who needed help. I eventually got delegated to babysit the people in the media pit and remind them that flash photography was not allowed, photography was not allowed outside the pit period, and that if you wanted to be in the media pit you needed accreditation and that turning up with your camera was not gonna work. Needless to say, no one really listened to me *harumph*

Eventually I resigned myself to taking my own pictures so that I could post them here and bring you all lots of fashion goodness. The show was great. I'd never been to a show of that magnitude before so I'll admit that it was a little bit surreal. I feel like that might be a gross overreaction to a fashion show. lol maybe?

anyway, the magic eventually ended and we had to leave. i didn't get back to the hotel until around 11. i was really tired but i still had to do the write up for the magenta blog and post all the pictures on facebook. i ended up just taking a shower and then trekking back up to the lobby to start working. I had to post the first entry of the magenta blog and then watermark all the pictures and post them to facebook. it took me until 3am. It was worth it though. It means I get to sleep in tomorrow. yay!

anyway, here are some of the useable pictures that I took of the show. I can't wait for tomorrow's show!

click here to see the full album on my fan page.

Monday, 24 May 2010

The Intern Diaries: Day Nine

Today was pretty slow. When I left I actually felt pretty bad because I didn't feel like I'd done a whole lot of work (even though I was there until 5:00 pm :s) 

I finished the last of the designer biographies that came trickling in and then Laura asked me to update the seminar schedule on the site.  It shouldn't have taken too long because the system was one that I'm familiar with, but it turned out that I couldn't update it yet because the information I had wasn't current. 

I asked Adele to help me sort through it and she was a big help, but there are SO many different seminars (some of which I'll hopefully be able to attend) that that was basically all I did for the rest of the day. *womp* It wasn't hard work or anything, it just took ages and my attention span is severely limited. I think it's from years of TV watching. I don't even watch commercials anymore; I'm usually watching two or three things at a time just so I can make sure to avoid them...

Eventually I ended up working with Richard Young to correct the schedule and brand each event. We worked straight through until I left which was fine. My car was at the mechanic's  day though (due to my never-ending car troubles...) so my mum had to come pick me up. I told her to come at 3:30, which she did, but I felt bad to keep her waiting for TWO hours. She didn't seem to mind though. She quite likes Richard's personality and couldn't get enough of him. His phone was ringing off the hook so she had lots of opportunities to giggle and his creative way of expressing himself. None too quietly I might add. I was embarrassed. *cringe* but that's what parents do. They don't mean any harm.

Basically that was it. Nothing too fancy today.

richard, me and adele. laura sneak attacked us and took this picture :D

Saturday, 22 May 2010

The Intern Diaries: Day Eight & 1/2

after I posted yesterday's entry, there was a mildly earth-shattering little incident at the office. one of the major designers who was supposed to be showing decided to pull out, apparently because of some incorrect information that was sent to her. i know it isn't technically my fault, but i can't help but feel a little bit responsible since i'm the one that sent it to her. *sigh* let's not talk about it anymore :(

anyway, laura, ian and i finally had our meeting and it was very productive. during the shows i will be live blogging from backstage via twitter, and i will be writing synopses of each show at the end of the night on the fwtt magenta blog (which is yet to be created). i have also now officially joined the blackberry nation (temporarily). laura gave me her old blackberry to use to tweet from because my me-too phone was not cutting it at all.

also, laura baked us brownies!!! (the meeting was at her house) how adorable is that? lol i haven't had brownies in ages so that was a nice treat. i'm actually really looking forward to working on this with ian and laura. we have a good plan, so once i don't mess it up, it should go fine.

well, the elections are on monday and it's my first time voting and i'm a little terrified actually. i don't know why but my imagination has convinced me that the country will break out into violence after the polls close due to the level of civil unrest. it doesn't help that Jamaica is in a state of emergency because some gang took over Kingston.... oi. i'm trying to get some work done at home before i go into the office so that i can make sure to get back into the east before nightfall. to put it mildly, my imagination has me scared shitless that someone is going to stone my car should i be so unfortunate as to find myself on the streets at that hour. and then i will hemorrhage and die and never get to fashion week. so yea, not having it.

in other news, i finally went to the library and now i have books to read! but anyway i'm gonna go now because i just realised that this was supposed to just be an addendum to the last post and it's turned into a full fledged entry.

until monday.

Friday, 21 May 2010

The Intern Diaries: Day Eight

Biographies. Lots and lots of biographies. 
Thats what I did all day. Well, for most of the day. And I'm not even done. Some designers  haven't send theirs in yet, but thankfully it's only about 8 or 9, so it shouldn't take me long to do once I get them in. After that I finished some stragglers from the press accreditation list. Didn't take long.

Honestly, today was pretty slow. Or maybe I've just stopped stressing out as much? That might be it. But it did give me time to think of some things that I might need to work on or change or make note of or.... whatever:

  1. wear heels. everyone in this industry is 6 feet tall (or taller) and i am a midget. i need the help. plus what better excuse do i need to buy shoes?
  2. bring water. ALWAYS BRING WATER. trinidad is hot. the hours are long. bring water.
  3. remember names. people like it when you know who they are. it makes them feel special. (i actually called a designer this morning to remind him about his bio and he answered the phone with 'Hi Cate!' and i felt special. so there you go. it works.)
  4. get a blackberry. you don't actually need one, but everyone else does so it makes life easier.
  5. always have a notepad. you don't have the luxury of relying on your short-term memory when things are happening at warp speed. write it down.
  6. keep a pair of heels in your car. (or bag, or tote etc.) you never know when you might need to look presentable. flip-flops are not gonna cut it.
  7. try not to show how star-struck you are. FWTT3 is bigger than ever and is getting some serious international attention. the way to make an impression is not to fawn. famous people are accustomed to fawning. they're more likely to remember you personally if you treat them like normal people and not faces that make you want to buy stuff.
  8. respect everyone. even if they piss you off. even if they're clearly stupid. you never know who you're gonna need a favor from later.
I think that's about it. Or at least that's all i can think of for now. eh...

Also, today Dianne was looking for a way to tie turbans on her models for her resort presentation in Tobago, and asked Richard to give a demonstration. Since my hair a hot mess short, I volunteered to have my hair wrapped. It was tight (not pleasing my new best friend the headache) but it looked really fun, and I think I might ask him to show me some different ways to tie them. I would have taken a picture but my camera is dead at home. Headwraps/turbans fascinate me a little bit, so I'd definitely love to learn some different styles.

Anyway, later on I have a meeting to discuss social media with Laura and Ian. It should be really interesting so I'm really excited. I'll finally find out what I'm gonna be doing on the days of the shows and how I'll be helping to promote them via facebook, twitter etc. Also, Dianne seems really excited that I'm writing this blog series. I'm not really sure why, but it makes me laugh. :D

anyways... I'm gonna go. fingers are tired.

P.S. I was right about Grey's last night. I cried so hard I had an asthma attack and my mom yelled at me for getting so involved in a TV show. she doesn't understand that grey's anatomy=LIFE.

apparently i'm a street photographer

ok, so these are the pictures that i took yesterday. the story is that i was all bummed i hadn't been working on my photography so as i was driving home yesterday, i whipped out my camera and started shooting along the highway.

yes, i know. stupid.

but it was fun. i steered with my left hand and shot with my right. i would do it again today but my camera is dead. *fail* anyway, i showed the pictures to mark and these are his picks for the best ones. (but i sneaked in my favourite at the end!)

i actually like this one more now than i did yesterday
this was shot in my rear-view mirror....
i'm actually a little bit in love with this one, so im ecstatic that he said it was good. :D

now for MY favorites:

again, a little bit in love. but in any case, a job well done i think.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

i'd never recommend it

i have some new pictures to post, but i'll put them up in the morning when i have a better connection. i did something rather dangerous and a little bit retarded and ended up with a few really good pictures. :D i'll tell you all about it when the pictures atually go up, but i think i'm really happy with them and i think it's a project i might try again.

i'm literally bouncing as i'm writing this.i'm just in a good mood because i haven't really been able to focus on my phototgraphy since i got back since I've been so busy with the FWTT internship. it's been bugging me of late because i'd planned to literally devote all my time to my camera, but i haven't done ANYTHING.... but now i'm happy again. so yea... lol

anyway, the pictures will go up first thing in the morning, and then you can be happy too!

The Intern Diaries: Day Seven

I started the designer biographies today. Slowly, slowly, going, going.....

Some of them are actually really interesting though. I found out that Claudia Pegus has dressed Nelson Mandela! Isn't that fun? :D

I didn't really do much else because there were SO MANY to do, and I had to do a surprising amount of editing, which slowed me down considerably.

In other news, I heard some JUICY rumors floating around the office which I won't repeat here just in case they turn out not to be true and I get in trouble *womp* but I'm PRAYING they're true, because it would be AMAZING!!!!

let's just say famous people may grace us with their presence. 

Other than that, not a lot has happened. :s I'm going home to watch the season finale of Grey's Anatomy. I anticipate lots of tears.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

The Intern Diaries: Day Six

I was sick today. It appears that I am allergic to Trinidad :'(

Since yesterday, my eyes have been bothering me a lot, and I got a cold, and the migraine came back. My eyes were the worst though. I thought I was gonna scratch them both out they were itching me so badly. My right eye was red and swollen and itchy and no amount of eye drops seemed to be helping. It hurt to blink..... *ugh*

Anyway, I knew I needed to go see a doctor, so I took the day of (kind of) and went to get checked out. It turns out I was having an allergic reaction. To what, I'm not sure yet. I've never had allergies in my life, and mild asthma is the extent of my medical problems (aside from the far too frequent cold) so I was very surprised. Thankfully all it took was a few benadryl to get me better.

After the doctor's visit, I went home and started working on sending out the designer update packages. Basically I had to go through my (extensive) list and let each designer know what the latest information with regards to the show was and what they needed to submit by when, etc etc. It took FOREVER on my internet connection. I am embarrassed to say that I am the last person on earth whose connection is still on dial-up. It's practically an insult to my intelligence to have to use it. It also doesn't help that I have the patience of an angry rhinoceros. Also, gmail kept spazing on me, probably because it didn't understand what kind of archaic technology I was using. :D It took me SEVEN HOURS but I got it done. *yay*

I'm feeling a lot better now, so tomorrow should be better. It's really getting down to crunch time so things are getting hectic. 

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

The Intern Diaries: Day Five

Today was a good day. :D

I felt a little like a chicken without its head this morning because Laura wasn't around, but once I settled down, it was much better, and I got quite a lot done.I finished the business proposal that I had been assigned, and then I spent the rest of the day corresponding via email with the designers and sending out the media accreditation approvals. Nothing too hectic or too stressful. 

The highlight of my day though was when Dianne Hunt walked into the office and told me that I looked great today! lol :D 

I've been missing my head wrap since I haven't worn it in a while, so instead of picking my hair out, I wrapped it up in a pink scarf, and decked it off with my big silver hoops. I know that it's over done but it's a look I like. I've always been biased towards hoop earrings.

Anyway, I was minding my business, writing a few emails and Dianne walked in and said that she loved the head wrap and my glasses (which coincidentally are also a curious shade of pink/magenta). Now let me tell you, when the head of one of the largest fashion houses in the Caribbean compliments you, you get to feel special. 

I feel special. :D lol

Anyway, the day is done, and I have a date with my dad and brothers to see Iron Man 2 tonight. Off I go...

this is what I was wearing today. It's kind of a pointless picture, I know, but you can see the shade of my head wrap and glasses which is the point of it really.

Monday, 17 May 2010

The Intern Diaries: Day Four

Today was not amazing.

I still had that irritating headache from yesterday, and I didn't have my car because it was supposed to go be fixed, but then it turned out that it never got to the shop, and I was tired because I didn't sleep well yesterday.... the list just goes on and on.

I feel like I spent so much time running around the office doing various things today, but when I try to list what I was doing, nothing actually comes to mind. I think I just flustered myself needlessly and it didn't help that I just wasn't in a good mood.

My biggest project today was just to get the business proposal drafted. I did get it done, bu there are still a few editorial changes that I need to make in the morning before I send it off to Ian. Hopefully it won't take too long because there's a whole other list of things that I need to get done. Laura won't be coming into the office in the morning, so she's given me the rundown of what needs to get done.

I honestly think I'm a little rundown. I got home a week ago and I've hit the ground running ever since. I'm thinking maybe I should have given myslef a week or two to recover from finals and travelling. I mean, I'm actually really excited to be interning for FWTT, but I don't think that I'm able to really enjoy the experience because I'm so TIRED all the time. By the time FWTT is over and my friends get home I'll be too beat to go anywhere.

Who knows? Hopefully tommorow will be better. I don't have to get in until 10am so I can catch up on some sleep. Goody...

Sunday, 16 May 2010

The Intern Diaries: Day Three

How do I describe the splitting headache that I've had all night? *ugh....*

Today has been quite the day. I went to the SJC POS Past Pupils brunch this morning, and I got home from that around 2pm. However, on the way, my car attempted to kill me. As I was driving down the highway, the bonnet of my basically useless Peugot flew open and cracked my windshield. Thank goodness the road was mostly clear and my brothers were with me. That could have been a terrible accident so I guess I got lucky.

In any case, after I got home, I decided to take a nap before heading back into P.O.S. I got up at 4:20 with a monster headache that I couldn't shake, so I asked my mum to take me.

Today was the model rehersal and volunteer meeting at the Carlton-Savannah Hotel. I didn't make it in time for the model rehersal, but I was there for the volunteer meeting as planned. It was actually kind of interesting to put some faces to the list of names I had spent an hour calling on Friday.

10 minutes into the meeting, I had to run off with Ian Royer to discuss a business proposal for a sponsor. I have to write up the proposal and have it ready for review by tomorrow afternoon so that I can be sent off in time. I felt a little like a headless chicken running behind him and trying to keep up mentally. I fluster easily and I hate feeling like I don't know what's going on.

I didn't know what was going on. I'm still not entirely sure that I know what's going on. *sigh*

Now, I know that I'm the PR intern, but I'm a Photojournalism major. I have NO IDEA how to do any of this! I mean, I'm not an idiot, and once I have clear instructions I can do pretty much anything, but I'm basically terrified that I won't do it right and then the sponsor won't commit and then FWTT will come crashing down and it will be all my fault.

OK, maybe I'm giving myself a bit too much credit, but you get the idea...

Anyway, I think I'm more anxious about the time crunch than the actual assignment. I'll be fine once this headache goes away.

Tomorrow I have to deal with sending out the media accreditation confirmations and making sure that I get this proposal done, so I'll have my plate full.

This is getting way more hectic than I anticipated.

Friday, 14 May 2010

The Intern Diaries: Day Two

Today was drastically more hectic that yesterday, but not in a bad way. I think I just forgot that this would be an actual job and that I'd be doing more than just going on cofee runs for my superiors.

The first thing I had to do was create volunteer sign up sheets for the volunteer meeting on Sunday. It didn't take that long, but I didn't include all the information that was needed so I had to do it again *womp* It wasn't much of a hassle though, and I got it fixed in about 10 minutes.

The next thing I had to do was call all of the volunteers that had been reccommended to work with us, to remind them of the meeting on Sunday. I called maybe 35 people give or take and said the same thing every time. I think by the fifth person I had perfected my speil:

"Hello, Good Morning, I'm calling for [insert name]. My name is Cate Young and I'm calling on behalf of Ms. Dianne Hunt from Fashion Week Trinidad and Tobago. Ms. Hunt wanted me to call and let me know that there will be a volunteer meeting this coming Sunday at the Carlton-Savannah Hotel at 5:30pm, and if you could please attend."

If I never say those words again it would be too soon. ugh...

Next I had to call Tobago Channel 5 to find out if anyone would be covering the Tobago leg of the model search on Saturday. The Tobago models would be walking from Crown Point Airport to Coco Reef, and would be decked off in their magenta cosquelle wear. But when I called the head of news, she said that she wasn't sure if they would be available to cover the event. I won't be at the event, but hopefully that gets sorted out. It would be a shame if no one was there to cover such an important phase in putting the FWTT event together.

After that I had to sort the tickets to go to the THA for the different shows, and then organise which designers had already sent in their biographies and pictures  for the programmes. (I assume. I'm not really sure where the biographies will be featured just yet.) It took me almost an hour to get through the list of designers and see who had already turned in their bios. When that was done, I had to email the designers whose bios were missing, asking them to turn them in 'at their earliest convenience.' My dad has made me so diplomatic :D

Because of all the emails, I never even got around to finishing the media acredditation forms that came in that day and I had to take them home with me. Thankfully it doesn't seem like there are that many new requests so it shouldn't be that diffucult to have the list ready for Monday when the accreditation approvals go out.

I think I'm finally realizing that even though I asked to do this, and that I was really just asking for an opportunity, Laura hired me because she needed actual help, and that she intends to rely on me to get things done. I'm fine with that though, and I'm really excited for crunch time in the next two weeks.

I have to go to the volunteer meeting on Sunday, and then on Monday Laura and I will hopefully be meeting with FWTT's social media people to discuss how I'm going to go about writing the Magenta blog and also linking The Intern Diaries to the FWTT sites. It should be intersting and I'm exctied to get started on it.

Back-Dated Photos, Updates and Erotic Arts Week

Haven't updated in a while because a lot has been goin on, but I wanted to post a few pictures that I took before I left Boston, and let you know what else has been going on.

Firstly, I finally met with photographer Mark Gellineau yesterday and it was a fun experience. He gave me a few notes on lighting and exposure (like ACTUAL notes. four and it was cool :D I'm not sure when we'll be meeting up again, but I'm trying to talk him into going drinking with me for our (10 days apart) birthdays next month. I are practically an alcoholic. We shall see.

Secondly, Mark thinks that I should/is guilting me into submitting some work for the Erotic Arts Week exhibit this year. I'm nervous about doing it, but I also kind of want to. I think that it could be an interesting experince for me. I'd never actually considered showing my work in that kind of forum before, but that's what photographers do isn't it?

I have an idea of what I'd like to do, IF i did it. I've been thinking about doing a study on foreplay and just kind of playing with the idea of the moments before sex acutually takes place. I saw a few pictures that Tyler Shields did that I really like, and I think I want to do something maybe along the same vein, but probably a little softer. or maybe grittier? I guess it would all depend. I just feel like there's a lot of work already done that focuses on the intimatcies of sex, but what about before that? In my head it seems like a good idea, so maybe I will explore it a bit. It would definitely be a different experience for me. I just hope my absolute paranoia doesn't get in the way :D

Thirdly, I started my internship with FWTT today and it was a good experience. I'm also supposed to do the write up for the fashion week blog in the voice of their mascot Magneta, which should definitely be fun! I'm also blogging about the entire intern experince over on ib*p:fe for the time that I'll be working for them, so they're really putting me to work. :D but it's gonna be a lot of fun and it's really gonna look great on my resume, so I'm pumped.

Lastly, I just wanted to post some back dated photos that I took and never got around to getting off my camera. I went down to Harvard Ave. to replace my miserable nose ring and took a few shots on the way back. I missed a few that would have been really amazing, but such is life. So... yea. *nervously twitches* Enjoy?

i'm still a little bit obsessed with graffiti for some reason.

cute little asian baby :D

Thursday, 13 May 2010

The Intern Diaries: Day One

I was late on the first day. BIG no-no. Luckily for me it was only by 12 minutes and my boss Laura wasn't upset. I'll admit I was vaguely terrified about making a good impression though. This is the first internship that I've gotten entirely on my own merits and I'm not about to mess it up. This is my own "Devil wears Prada". Just without the devil...or the Prada. :D

Today was introductory. I'm in charge of organizing the media accreditation for all the various press outlets who would like access to the runway shows. Going through all of the information really made me see how large the online fashion community is. Off the top of my head, I can only think of three websites or blogs that deal explicitly with Caribbean fashion, and even those I only found within the last few months. But aside from those, there really are quite a few publications that are devoted to the Caribbean fashion trends and the ins and outs of the business.

It was also a pretty interesting experince to see the variety of press outlets that were requesting accreditation. There were freelance photographers and journalists, but also bigger media houses like CNMG and Synergy TV. There were even a few international publications.

I only worked for a few hours today, but it was definitely enough to do me in for the night. I'm gonna go watch Bones and get some rest for tommorow.

P.S. guess what I found laying around the office? This copy of The Exclusive Look magazine with none other than Ryan Rocke on the cover! :D I'd heard that he'd gotten a contract and was working as a model now, but I still did a double take when I saw it. When I was 10 years old, me and my best friend at the time both had a HUGE crush on him. At the time we thought it was cute, and he remained oblivious to BOTH of us, but now that I look back on it, I kinda want to cringe a little bit. We were ridiculous!

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

FWTT internship 2010

as of today, i am officially interning with FWTT.  today i met with Laura Cotton so that she could brief me on what the whole intership would entail. also i plan to blog everyday about the behind the scenes of what really goes into putting a fashion week together. i will be working underneath Laura, who is essentially my Kelly Cutrone :D this is going to be a very interesting experience for me, and I'm very excited to share it with everyone.

for the 2 months that i'll be working with FWTT, i'll be updating everyday and sharing my experiences and different responsibilities in a little mini-write-up sereis which is yet to be named. for the first time i'm really going to be able to see first hand how this part of the fashion industry works, and i'm honestly just REALLY excited. it's gonna be a shitshow! :D

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Whitney Eve by Whitney Port

I will be the first to admit that I am biased towards this collection because of the unnatural parasocial relationship that I have with Whitney Port through her starring role on MTV's 'The City'. But truth be told, even if I didn't like her (a la super bitch Olivia Palermo)there's no denying that for an intern turned reality star turned fashion designer, Whitney put together a hell of a collection.

Whitney Eve 'Made With Love' debuted at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in September 2009.  (However, because I am a bad little fashion minion, my knowledge of it's availability coincided only with the spring premiere of The City...)

In any case, the new season began by chronicling Whitney's race to complete her collection in time to show at Bryant Park while simultaneously worrying if she was in fact ready for such a bold endeavor.

Geared towards girls who are fixtures on the party scene, Whitney's slew of casual and cocktail wear is intensely feminine and beautiful. I can't wait to see the rest of her journey during the upcoming season.

Also, check out the full line (?) in the video below.

Photo Courtesy

Photo Courtesy

Friday, 7 May 2010

boo. i'm back

Originally uploaded by inkblot*photography
so i haven't updated in ages (because school sucks and i've had exams) but i am officially free as a bird for the next 4 months. i'm very excited about all the things that i planned to get involved in this summer so when i actually get back into trinidad i'll do a full and proper update of my plans for the next few weeks or so.

in any case, my room is all packed up. it's time to go!

Monday, 3 May 2010

fashion blogs

i was reading/gawking at the amazing-ness of a blog that i found recently and found this video about the relevance of fashion blogs and the digital age. i think that it's very interesting and speaks to why i'm so intent on making sure that this blog becomes all that i want it to be. fashion bloggers have a lot more power now than people realize or care to give them credit for, so it's refreshing to see a point of view that acknowledges the work and influence that bloggers maintain.

On Fashion Blogs from Mary Scherpe on Vimeo.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

project runway season seven review

Even though Project Runway has been a cultural phenomenon since its premiere in 2004, I only got into the exciting world that is fashion design this past season. Season 7 concluded on April 22, 2010 and Seth Aaron Henderson was declared the winner.

This is the only season that I've watched from start to finish and so it's the only time that I can really competently say anything about the finalists' respective collections. The other finalists this season were Emilio Sosa and Mila Hermanovski and they both put on fantastic showings both at Bryant Park and throughout the season. Here are my thoughts about each designers' collection:

Seth Aaron:

Seth's Aaron's collection was brilliant. Throughout the season, he showcased his amazing tailoring skills and his avant-garde vision by creating garments that were both visually appealing and technically impressive. Although his designs sometimes bordered on costume-y, his spectacular vision always shone through. 

In his showing at Bryant Park, Seth Aaron really translated his 'rocker-chic' style into high fashion. His garments were well constructed and beautiful, and showed excellent continuity throughout. His use of black and white patterns with yellow and red accents allowed him to create high fashion looks while still maintaing his signature style. These are my favourite pieces from his Fall RTW 2010 collection. You can see the entire collection here.

Emilio Sosa:
Throughout the season, Emilio's work was some of the most expertly crafted and beautifully detailed. There were several of his pieces that in and of themselves gave me a new respect and appreciation for the work that designers do, and the actual talent that designers possess. 

Contrastly, I did not much like Emilio's final collection. This season, Emilio produced some of the most brilliant and beautiful pieces I had ever seen, and I felt that his collection fell short of my expectations of him. I felt that the outfits were extremely dated and screamed 'Gossip Girl Moms'. The judges were very impressed however, and I supposed that their opinion is all that matters in the end. I do think however, that Emilio may have been intentionally gearing his collection to an older and more sophisticated demographic, and that that fact might explain my lack of enthusiasm. Below is the one outfit in Emilio's collection that I didn't find completely cringe-worthy. You can view Emilio's entire Fall 2010 RTW collection here.

Mila Hermanovski:
Mila is the one designer that I really wanted to hate, but couldn't. Her work is so technically exquisite but at the same time, so far outside of my own personal aesthetic that I couldn't help but look for things to criticize. Her style is edgy and rough but at the same time polished and sophisticated. She became my favorite designer. 

Her collection truly was amazing. It's the one collection that I feel could actually be worn straight off the runway. In addition, when the judges told her the week before to ensure that her models had more edge in their styling, she came to Bryant Park with models that oozed style, sophistication and edge. What I also liked about Mila's collection is that even though her collection was similar enough to her body of work to be identifiable as hers, it was enough out of left field to be fresh and distinct. Secretly I think she should have won. Here are my favourite pieces from Mila's collection. You can see her complete Fall RTW 2010 collection here.

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