‘Marilyn in Fashion’ charts Norma Jean’s transformation to a starlet.
By the time Marilyn Monroe, the woman, had become Marilyn Monroe the Hollywood bombshell, she’d been put through what would today be called corporate branding. The bleached blond hair? Certainly not her idea.
Same with the minor cosmetic surgeries that shortened her nose slightly and narrowed her nostrils. At 22, she wasn’t Norma Jean Baker anymore, and she put her trust in the professionals who believed they could make her a star.
In “Marilyn in Fashion” (Running Press), a new 280-page book celebrating the actress’s relationship with designers, authors Christopher Nickens and George Zeno underscore how innately perfect Monroe was in grasping the importance of not just wearing glamorous clothes, but in making that look her own.
The book isn’t just about her relationship with clothes, however. We learn that she made wigs fashionable again in the early 1960s, that she hated the big skirts of the 1950s and much preferred body-hugging designs, but more important, for all her emotional insecurities, she, of all people, knew Marilyn the Star better than anyone.
Often imitated but never duplicated, even after all these years, Monroe had a way of turning even a simple Pucci print into something sexy.
Over her professional career, she was dressed by some of Hollywood’s top designers, including William Travilla, who made her his muse and was, according to Mr. Nickens and Mr. Zeno, briefly her lover.
“They had a terrific relationship, he really understood her,” Mr. Nickens said in a recent phone interview. “He appreciated her input, and, you know, her big thing in life was being taken seriously and being respected.
“He did that for her, he understood what she had that made her so special.”
Mr. Travilla, whose credits included “The Seven Year Itch,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “Monkey Business,” created two of the most iconic dresses in film history — both worn, of course, by Monroe.
For a “Seven Year Itch” scene in which Monroe cools off on a hot summer night, Mr. Travilla designed a draped, halter-neck dress of white pleated rayon acetate that would billow like a parachute when the actress stood over a subway grate on New York City’s Lexington Avenue.
The scene was shot on Sept. 15, 1954.
“That subway dress is a deceptively simple masterpiece,” Mr. Nickens said.
It also inspired countless versions of the modern-day sundress, because who wouldn’t want to look like Monroe?
Rahul Mishra offers hand-made accessories.
After designing clothes, designer Rahul Mishra has forayed into creating handmade accessories and says this will help in exploring new clientele and market.
“Accessory line is something which was on cards for many years. but the wait is over. I showcased a glimpse of the line at the autumn-winter edition of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week ( WIFW). The collection will have handbags, neck-pieces and footwear which will complete the look of any glamorous women,” Mishra said.
“Today’s young girls ask for something unusual and extraordinary under one roof and through my accessory line, I am offering them everything. One will see a lot of hand painting and hand-embroidery in the line,” he added.
The pricing will be affordable as the designer wants to broaden his clientele list.
“The collection will be far more cheaper and ready to wear. The neckpieces are priced at Rs.2,000, handbags range starts from Rs.2,000 and goes up to Rs.4,000 and the footwear starts from Rs.6,000,” he added.
The collection will be available at the designer’s outlet.
Trash fashion show at Heritage Woods highlights environmental issues.
Move over Alfred Sung and Simon Chang. There are some new Canadian designers prepping for the catwalk.
But these fashionistas aren’t designing clothes made of cotton, silk and satin.
They work in plastic — recycled plastic — but their high fashion designs are no less lovely — or practical.
On April 19, models and student designers will be showing off their duds made of recycled materials for the fourth annual Garbage Fashion Show. The event is being hosted by the Kodiacs with a Purpose (KWAPs) group at Heritage Woods secondary school but will feature 36 outfits designed by high school students from across School District 43.
The event is a fundraiser, according to spokesperson Celeste Matthews, a Grade 12 student at Heritage Woods, who said the KWAPs hope to raise $3,000 for local charities, including the Noons Creek fish hatchery and the Inner Hope Youth Ministries for at risk youth.
Josephine Gunapranata who designed two outfits that will be modeled said she enjoyed the challenge of making clothes out of recycled material. “It’s supposed to be a focus on fashion, but the challenge out of making it out of recycled items puts the spotlight on environmental awareness,” she said. Among the materials used were used garbage bags and plastic tablecloths.
“Making clothes out of is something you don’t hear about but it’s way more fun,” Gunapranata added.
Fashion and all that flutter.
Tall and elegant beauties draped in six yard long white saris indeed prompted the audience to slip into an ‘Escapism’ of sorts.The second day of Kingfisher Ultra Kochi International Fashion Week was a runaway hit with the models donning Kerala’s own veteran designer Hari Anand’s collection at Casino Hotel on Sunday.Hari Anand redefined all the norms of a traditional kasavu sari.The pure Kasavu and exquisite embroidery found expression in modern fabrics like georgette, satin, chiffon and linen in his collection.
‘Escapism’, the name of the collection was apt for the designer outfits.Asked why this particular name, and Hari Anand says, “One gets bored wearing the same jeans and same churidars again and again.The need to escape from these clothes and wear something new is the concept of escapism.” The saris, embellished with beads, sequences and swarovski crystals, made the collection look truly distinct.Out of the forty creative statements, the designer’s ever favourite white colour dominated the ramp floor.The second segment was western formals, which saw the combination of black and white colours.
“White & black has an energy to it.It radiates an altogether different aura,” says Hari Anand.
Moving away from fussy traditional designs, the bridal sarees were elegant and simple in pleasing pastels of off-white, ivory and beige, cream and red with richly embroidered borders.Mahindra Xylo show by designer Jules Idi Amin was the second show of the day.She showcased her collection ‘Avighna’ which centered around the theme of a travel.The collection presented a vision of the future that was both innovative and at ease with the past- a magpie montage.A new eclectic wave was formed through the modern mix of material choice and seemingly awkward elements, reassembled to create a futuristic tribe.The collection incorporated a new concept called ‘light art’ where LED light was used as a form of embellishment.Easy to wear silhouettes in light weight fabrics created an ethereal effect.
From sexy silhouettes to desi motifs and bright palettes to drama on the ramp, the fashion week is a trunk of surprises. We speak to some of the designers.
Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor
Every occasion calls for some special dress code believe Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor, whose ‘Occasion Couture Garment’ collection will reflect the same thought. “Our sole source of inspiration has been Victorian Renaissance. The 30 designs we showcase are an assorted mix of cocktail dresses, pre-bridal wear, drape gowns and the likes.” This is the Mumbai based duo’s first time at the fashion week and they are extremely excited about the anticipated action at the show with actor-model Hazel Keech as their showstopper. “We wanted someone who is glam as well as sporty with a great body language and Hazel perfectly fits the bill,” says Anjalee adding, “I am aware that Pune has a huge market for fashion and our aim is to create a direct private clientele through this platform rather than targeting malls.”
Malini Agarwalla This is the second time, accessory designer Malini Agarwalla will be bringing her designs to the fashion week. After showcasing a lot of shimmer and glitter at the last season, this time she presents ‘Kwazulu’, a resort collection inspired by South Africa. “Kwazulu is a province in South Africa and the collection will showcase handbags and jewellery in animal prints inspired by the place.” The collection will be divided into two sets – Day wear – which will include a lot of bright colours like blue, red etc., while the evening resort wear will involve the animal print designs in brown, black and gold.
Giving fashionistas a Mediterranean eye candy, designer Babita Malkani plans to create a beach riot with her fun collection- ‘Peach Bonita’. Myriad hues of the sun, sand and sea overflow through her flowy fabrics and resort colour palette giving a taste of the Spanish island of Ibiza. “I want my collection to give a holiday feel to the onlookers. I have used a lot of dyeing techniques and applique work in the collection that makes it very wearable and flirty.” Talking about participating first time in the event she adds, “PFW is a wonderful platform for designers to unleash their creativity and apart from the venue, I don’t feel PFW is lacking anywhere as compared to it’s metro counterparts. In fact, all my friends who had to travel all the way to Mumbai to buy my designs will save on their trip now.”
Samant debut’s this season at the fashion week and he brings to the city his signature style. To showcase Rajputana, a collection well-summed up as Victorian influence on the royal Rajasthani gharanas during the British rule, the collection will be an Indian line which will showcase his expertise in the handwoven saris, western dresses and salwar kameez. Bringing the best of both worlds on the ramp, Samant’s palette includes browns, gold and hint of red. “When the British came to India, they influenced the Rajputhanas. Keeping this in mind, the silhouettes are very Victorian while the work and embellishments are Indian. He prefers keeping his showstopper’s name under the wraps. Happy about his decision to be a part of the fashion week, he expresses, “I have been provided with the best models to showcase my collection. It’s very rare to find good models at a fashion week who can carry off your clothes with elan.”
For brides to be, Payal Singhal’s designs is what you should be browsing through. Inspired by destination weddings, the collection will showcase her resort bridal collection. “Today, a lot of people prefer having a destination wedding. I have designed outfits for each occasion right from the sangeet to the wedding.” From salwar kameez to saris and gowns to jumpsuits, there’s something for everyone. “The embroidered gowns can be worn for a mehendi in Bali. It’s an entire wardrobe designed for every occasion you have at a wedding,” she informs.
The designs will be available in pastel shades with a punch of colour. For Payal, ever fashion week has a different intention. “Mumbai and Delhi, cater to International clientele, while this one is visibly more local. I have a bride in Pune who I am designing for, so this is very relevant to us,” she says.
Her collection Style Diaries of a Diva, is a fusion of understated elegance, intricate embellishment and detailed design. Ritika says, “For my collection I have drawn inspiration from the goddesses of the Greek mythology to create a collection for the contemporary woman who is distinguished by her desire to experiment with new silhouettes.”
With a subtle color palette of sand beige, white muted gold and lemon yellow which progresses into a vibrant orange, complements the fluidity of the designs. “The silhouettes which are characterised by asymmetric trails, tassels and fringes further heighten the color palette,” she informs. The collection is a mix of captivating silhouettes used with statement embellishment.
Inspired by Fantasia, the collection will be displayed in shades of whites, off- white, cream, baby pinks, nude pinks and peach pinks. Speaking about her collection, Nitya shares, “The collection portrays sports-glam where innerwear becomes an outerwear. Translucency plays peek-a-boo with sporty fitted lycra swim dresses and bodices finished with 70s’, long, flowy, floor-grazing, diaphanous skirts.” Her signature statement neckpieces, where techniques like braiding, pleating and ruffles are combined with pearls, Swarovski crystals, ceramic stones and beads, thereby taking you to your very own surreal dream world.
Bringing the beauty of Taj Mahal and harmony of the omnipresent barcode in his designs is Mumbai based designer Raakesh Agarwal. Calling it a super sexy resort wear, Raakesh informs,”It’s a spring summer collection with a streak of luxury.” So get ready to see an array of fashion designs, glitz and shimmer on the ramp.
Style Hunter Hits the Zara Party in New York!
NYC + Zara + fashion scenesters = one very likely Style Hunting hot-spot! Spanish super-brand Zara whisked press and a selection of special contacts all the way to New York’s shopping central – Fifth Avenue – to celebrate the grand opening of their massively glamorous global flagship store. We were mesmirised by the incredible in-store architecture and exclusive pieces on display, but you know us, we were checking out the chock-full rails of brand spanking new treats just as much as we were scoping out the fashion talent….
You’ve already seen Grazia girls Hannah Almassi and Lily Russo share their outfits for the evening, but what of the rest of the crowd? Naturally, there was plenty of Zara trophy pieces on show – especially their sharp suiting, and, as party guests had the pleasure of a preview buying experience that evening before the public launch, many additions were made to outfits throughout the night – mixed in with designer finds and a good dose of thrift-store purchases. Style Hunter ditched the champers and weaved through the thronging crowds at the 666 Fifth Av. flagship store to hunt some party outfits down instead. Dedication, eh? Scroll through our gallery to see the results and tell us who YOUR best-dressed attendee is.
Altrincham’s Stamford Quarter hosts fashion show.
ALTRINCHAM’S Stamford Quarter welcomed the start of spring with their Fashion On the Move event.
George Street was transformed into a catwalk last Saturday to give shoppers some fashion inspiration now that summer is in sight.
Visitors were treated to live fashion shows throughout the day showcasing key spring/summer trends from retailers including Rackhams House of Fraser, New Look, Debenhams, Next and River Island.
Professional models made their way through the toen centre, performing high energy dance routines.
Stamford Quarter manager David Wightman said: “The event was a fun way to showcase the great fashion available at the Stamford Quarter while providing something a bit different for our shoppers.”
More Of Zara’s Spring/Summer’12 Lookbook Featuring Top Model Liu Wen!
There are a hundred and one reasons as to why Zara and its parent group Inditex are world leaders when it comes to the high street. The main ones are this: firstly, the Spanish high street giant’s fast reaction and production times to what’s really hot in store and ringing those tills are second to none. Another is that they help us all hit the must-have nail on the head each and every week without much effort, simply walk in and the new products hit you square in the face. And over the past few seasons, one of the really killer Zara concepts is the lookbook. Forget advertising, these beauteous lookbooks are enough – with their crop of top models and fresh new clothes – to weave their way into the global fashion psyche just by the power of t’internet. And this time, they’ve snapped up a right good’un on the super-mod front. And those crisp white pieces are rather tempting, too…. Simply scroll above for all of the latest looks!
So ladies, meet Liu Wen. Right now, the Beijing-born beauty that Zara has bagged is the number six model in the world according to models.com. Well, it’s no wonder when she burst onto the scene in 2008 on the Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel runways and hasn’t stopped hitting those fashion highs ever since. Not forgetting that cover-girl Liu is a Victoria’s Secrets angel AND the first ever Chinese model to sign an Estee Lauder contract.
But back to the clothes… We very much like the idea of neon yellow and crisp white together, and Zara have cleverly made it tailored and not urban and sporty. That’s a good kind of nod to the running-track trend for scaredy cats. Then there’s the spring boucle jackets that are good enough to fool you into thinking they’re easily designer. And subtly dip-dyed jeans? Actually yes. Please!
ABIL Group announced the dates of ABIL Pune Fashion Week 2012. The 3rd Season of the annual fashion extravaganza will be held from April 11th – April 13th 2012 at The Westin, Pune. The 3 day event will see 15 distinct designers and 45 Models participating in ABIL Pune Fashion Week 2012.
Season III will see designers Babita Malkani, Deepak Shah, Joy Mitra, Malini Agarwala, Nivedita Saboo, Nitya Bajaj, Payal Singhal, Raakesh Agarwal, Ritika Bharwani, Samant Chauhan, Sharaddha Mayank, Surily Goel, Swapnil Shinde and Vikram Phadnis showcase their work. California based celebrity designer Adam Saaks who is known for his live designs on the ramp will also showcase his work for the very first time in Pune.
“ABIL Group has been a frontrunner in the industry and has been catering to the changing needs of the citizens on Pune. The group has introduced the city to the very best in Luxury Living, Hospitality and Fashion,” said Mr. Amit Bhosale, Executive Director, ABIL Group. “ABIL Pune Fashion Week has become an important part of the ABIL family. Every season we hope to raise the bar by bringing together the best of talent and nurturing them to put Pune on the fashion map of the country” he added.
“ABIL Pune Fashion Week is an initiative taken by the creative thinkers of the fashion fraternity in the city to bring together the fashion mayhem in the cultural city of Pune.
Our attempt is to introduce best practices and accelerate business collaborations for the Designers, Models and to benefit all stakeholders” says, Mr. Badal Saboo, Managing Director of ABIL Pune Fashion Week. “Our endeavour is to discover new talent and provide a commercial platform for their success.
“Our focus is on bolstering the budding fashion industry in the city to make it strong, alive and vibrant as it is on the streets of Europe, he adds.Mr. Vikram Phadnis, Mentor ABIL Pune Fashion Week said, “We have provided a platform for nurturing designers in the city and are offering them an exclusive opportunity to rub shoulders with the most celebrated names from the world of fashion. The third season promises much more glamour, glitterati and never-seen-before trends.”
Mentored by Vikram Phadnis and Nivedita Saboo from the designer fraternity, and a fabulous team consisting of ABIL Pune Fashion Week Production Director Rakesh Wadhwa. Vahbis Mehta & Alison Kanuga as Choreographers, Kapil Bhalla & Kaajee Babu Rai as Hair & Make-Up Artist, Damandeep Chaudhary & Delnaz Daruwala as Backstage Management and overall event coordination by Kalyani Karandikar.
ABIL Pune Fashion Week 2012 will present a set of collections for the current season rather than the future, blending contemporary styles within the Indian perception of beauty and creating a range that is unique and specific.ABIL Pune Fashion Week 2012 will be held on 11th, 12th and 13th of April 2012 from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Hotel Westin, Koregoan Park, Pune. The event will cater to a niche audience, where entry is restricted through invitations only.
ABIL Pune Fashion Week is an initiative taken by the creative thinkers of the fashion fraternity in the city to bring together the fashion mayhem in the cultural city of Pune.
Fair Lawn High School students model fashions to benefit Lady Gaga Born This Way Foundation.
Fair Lawn – Just in time for prom season the Fair Lawn High School Fashion Club presented some of the latest in formal attire on the runway at its annual fashion show fund-raiser on April 3.
The event at Fair Lawn High School benefitted the Born This Way Foundation by Lady Gaga.
“The event was a huge success,” said Nicole Mattina, the fashion club’s advisor.
Mattina said more than 300 people attended the show and $1,900 was raised for the Born This Way Foundation.
The show was entitled “Fashions Change, but Bullying Will Always Be Ugly.” The Born This Way Foundation, which was created in 2011 by singer Lady Gaga and her mother, is dedicated to empowering youth and inspiring bravery.
“The foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a braver, kinder world,” according to the organization’s website.
In September 2011, schools throughout New Jersey had to begin following the state’s new Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights.
“The kids had a lot of fun in hosting the fashion show and we feel as though the cause of anti-bullying was well received by the school and local communities,” said Mattina.
In addition to formal attire, the latest styles in athletic wear as well as casual chic and trendy wear was displayed on the runway. Modeling the styles were male and female students from grades nine through 12 as well as some Fair Lawn High School teachers strutting their stuff on the runway.
The clothing and accessories were provided by various area businesses. Athletic wear was provided by Ridgewood Running Company and Golftini. Gypsy Warrior and Polo clothing were displayed for casual clothes. Men’s Wearhouse and Gattinolli dresses provided the formal wear.
Posh Hair Salon provided services at the show to do the hair and makeup of the models. John’s Barber Cut and Shave, Studio 107, Sugar and Plumm, Modern Bagel, Dunkin’ Donuts and CVS also assisted with the event.
Mattina said the fashion club would like to thank Ridgewood Running Company, Golftini, Gypsy Warrior, Society Men and Men’s Wearhouse for outfitting the models and for showing their support for this cause.
Truth be told I was apprehensive about saying that part about detoxing when I was interviewed but I did want it to be as real as possible. I was really young at the time when I did that and especially wanting to be a model and having to be a certain size does feed on your self esteem a bit. I was more into just getting toned up as fast as possible because I hated exercising and thought that the detox would be a fast way of doing just that. I can tell you it did not last long. I didn’t even finish the box of tea bags lol. I’m sure there are girls out there that might have considered even more extreme things then detoxing and I felt that if I said that I’ve had a similar struggle then it would allow them to see that they are not the only ones who may be going through something like that. I did NOT say you have to be anorexic. People do detox cleanses all the time just to rid their body of toxins which helps remove excess waste that is just sitting in your body and contributes to weight retention. It’s not like I said I was in a bathroom stall sticking my fingers down my throat like some models are known to do. As the interview did say, “I really love food so I will never get to the point of anorexia.” (or bulimia) People that have seen me eat would be surprised that I even wanted to be a model because I eat more than a man can lol. But I think its an important part to show the ups and downs of wanting to be a model and not all the glamorous things shown when you see the finished product in a magazine or on a runway. I DO NOT drink detox tea anymore and I eat whatever I like, but I just exercise along with it now ie. zumba and other fitness classes at my gym. Personally, I just think the interview should have ended on a more positive and encouraging note rather than how it did. I hope that it will encourage more girls that may want to pursue modelling and may think that they can’t or are too shy to get out there and give it a try. I was really shy about it first but once I heard the feedback from some of the worlds top agencies it encouraged me to follow my dream. I’m really glad to see more and more girls getting out there. Bermuda has so much undiscovered talent, not just in modelling, and it would be great to show the world that big things really do come in small packages.
Barneys New York, Uma Thurman Fete Lanvin.
There was a familial feel in the air at the Lanvin presentation at Barneys New York on Thursday afternoon as the retailer feted Alber Elbaz’s 10th year at the label with a noontime luncheon.
“It’s a strange thing to look back on, 10 years,” Elbaz mused before the show near a chandelier bestrewn with some of the line’s jewelry and trademark loose velvet bows (echoing the black one tied around his neck). “In fashion, one year you’re in and the next you’re out. So 10 years is certainly something.”
A noticeably pregnant Uma Thurman co-hosted the event, largely to draw eyes to her charity Room to Grow, a nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty through the first three years of development. Ten percent of proceeds from Lanvin sales on Thursday were directed to the charity.
“Everyone loves Alber,” Thurman said upon arrival, turning to greet Elbaz, who quietly professed some nerves. “You’re nervous?” Thurman grinned, incredulous.
“I have to speak, a little speech,” Elbaz explained. “We are not all as good at delivering lines.”
The presentation drew guests like Katie Lee, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Lisa Airan and Giambattista Valli. “There used to be a time in fashion when we all hated each other and would send nasty messages,” Elbaz later said of Valli. “Now we all send flowers, well, I send a cake or macaroons, but there’s a great respect between all of us.”
The night before, Barneys chief executive officer Mark Lee had hosted an intimate dinner for Elbaz at his home, where no less than three miniature disasters had apparently taken place. “Oh, the wind knocked a piece of art off the wall, a toilet overflowed, a cake with sparklers set the alarm off and a fireman came…but I was just so touched that Mark had us at his home,” Elbaz explained.
“Barneys is a very emotional place for me,” the designer said, addressing the room. “Eighteen years ago I met my partner here, on the third floor, and we’re still together.…In our first season, Barneys came and then left after 15 minutes and they said ‘We’re not able to buy Lanvin because you’re not prepared, you don’t have the prices, some dresses aren’t finished.’ When I heard that, I ran after them with a bouquet of flowers that had been on my table. I said, ‘I’m sorry, please come back, we’re not ready, it’s our first-ever show,’ and since then, family was Barneys and Barneys was family.”
Introducing his collection, Elbaz said, “We took a lot of tradition and know-how and it’s almost like California cuisine. We take the tradition, but we take off the butter and replace it with olive oil. The house of Lanvin is the oldest couture house in the world. And so I took some old pieces and remade them to be relevant: and that’s what it’s about. Being relevant, being comfortable and being beautiful. Because there’s nothing intellectual about a red dress, and there’s nothing intellectual about a roasted chicken. It’s just beautiful.”
Elbaz continued, reflecting on his early years at the house: “I remember this woman came and told me, ‘Every time I wear Lanvin, men fall in love with me,’ and I said to her, ‘I want you to wear Lanvin and fall in love…be more active, don’t let go, don’t just be waiting for someone to fall in love with you, you have to do it.’ These are the women I love.…Women today are not what they used to be. They’re not just beautiful creatures. I always used to say that women are strong and men are powerful. Power you can buy at the bank, you can lose it at the bank. But strength is internal. Women now are not only strong but also powerful, and this is a deadly combination. These are the women that we’re dressing. I ask day after day, ‘What is it that we want, that we need?’ What we’re looking for more than anything is to be loved, to be hugged, to be with people who we feel comfortable enough to sit and be silent with when we’re tired, and that’s what we’re trying to do at Lanvin. To bring you love.”
Gauging by the crowd of friends and admirers who besieged the designer postshow, the feeling was mutual.
Rayneisha’s fashion journey takes her to London, via Milan and Paris.
The road to becoming a top fashion model involves a lot more than knowing how to strut on the catwalk, one Bermuda model has found out.
Rayneisha Bean is studying business in London while she pursues her dream to work in the fashion industry.
The 19-year-old took part in London Fashion Week last September and has also participated in such local productions as the Evolution Fashion Show and the Dukes and Duchess’ Fashion. She also appears in the latest issue of Style Bermuda Magazine.
“I like the ability to be able to transform into different characters,” she said. “You get to act, and different fashion shoots have different hair and make-up. Sometimes designers want you to be sultry, sexy or innocent. It is a bit like playing dress up, and you get to step out of being yourself for a bit.”
Miss Bean has wanted to be a model since she was seven-years-old, but really didn’t start doing it until she was in high school at the Bermuda Institute.
“I guess I always walked a certain way and people would say ‘you walk like a model’,” she said. “We moved to Boston when I was almost eight, and not long afterwards I was approached in the mall by a scout. The talent scout said I had beautiful eyes and asked if I had considered being a model. I said yes but I was too scared to tell my mom.”
But watching the television programme, ‘America’s Next Top Model’, cemented her desire to hit the runway one day. She learned about the industry by watching the television programme, and she also befriended models on Facebook and asked them questions about the business. From them she learned what to wear on casting calls and other important information.
After graduation, her family gave her a trip to the modelling capitals of the world @ Milan, Paris and London. She used the trip to revel in high fashion, and also to visit different modelling agencies.
“I wanted to hear the feedback, because you never really know what the agent thinks of you before you go, or if you even have the potential to do it,” she said. “I didn’t go to any agencies in Milan. In Paris I went to the Marilyn Agency, which is the biggest modelling agency in the city.
“At the Marilyn Agency, the first issue was if you were over 16 they want you to be at least 5ft 9 and I was 5ft 8½. They do measure you. They said my face didn’t market towards commercial, but towards higher fashion. So that was when I went to IMG Models.
“There I had some good feedback and they said that if I grow it will be a good thing. At one agency the agent suggested I don’t start in Paris because of my skin colour. I was surprised because I am light-skinned. The agent told me the designers were not fond of mixed or black girls. He said I would have better luck starting somewhere like London or New York.”
At the end of the trip, she moved to London to study business and finance at West London College. There is a fashion design course at her school, but she is not interested in this aspect of the industry.
“I like modelling more and the creative process that goes into fashion marketing,” she said. “I think that has made me want to go into business. After watching ‘America’s Next Top Model’ I realised that it is important to have knowledge of the business. I took accounting when I was in high school and I really enjoyed it.”
In September she took part in the Next Top Model UK fashion show during London Fashion Week along with four other Bermudian girls.
“A lot of people didn’t know I also took part,” she said. “I modelled clothes for designer Omar Mansour, and others. Only two of the Bermudian girls were younger than me; the rest were older. I didn’t give them advice, but if I had I would have said ‘If this is your passion, then pursue it, but if it is just something you want to do on the side, it might not be a good idea’. It takes a lot of hard work and a lot of rejection and a lot of long hours. If it is not a passion I would say don’t do it at all.”
Right now, she is working hard to stay in shape, and to stay toned. Like most students in their first year of university, she has found this to be a challenge.
“While I was in Paris, the agent said I needed to tone up a little,” she said. “You have to be really skinny. I have a limit, because I really love food so I will never get to the point of anorexia but I did go through a period where I was very conscious about my weight.
“I was drinking detox teas and doing other things to lose weight. I am trying to do it now in a little bit more healthy way. Last semester I did Zumba classes, and I recently signed up to a gym. I want to do salsa and contemporary street dance. I think dance works more for me, because I find just going to the gym and using the treadmill to be very boring.”
Fashion News Roundup: Erin Wasson Models for Rockport Shoes, a New Balenciaga Exhibit Debuts, and Ralph Rucci Gets Lifetime Achievement Award.
Erin Wasson to front Rockport Campaign: The model-turned-jewelry designer is going back in front of the camera as the face of Rockport’s Fall 2012 campaign. The shoe brand hopes that Wasson will help emphasize the “stylish” aspect of these shoes, which are worn mostly for comfort.
Beard and Mustache Accessories Are a Thing?: It seems hipster girls are always trying to (ironically) look as unattractive as possible, thus making them more attractive to male hipsters. Refinery 29 found some chained accessories that attach to sunglasses, and hang down to create a “beard.” Weird.
Paris’ Galleria to Unveil Balenciaga Exhibit: To honor the 40th anniversary of the designer’s death, the Galleria in Paris will debut a Balenciaga tribute this Friday. The show, “Cristóbal Balenciaga, Collectionneur de Modes” (“Cristóbal Balenciaga, Collector of Fashion”) features a wealth of 18-20th century Spanish clothing, which was a great inspiration for the designer.
Zooey Deschanel Covers Marie Claire‘s May Issue: Overzealous eyeliner smudging aside, the “New Girl” actress maintains the “manic pixie dream girl” look that has been her bread and butter over the years.
Ralph Rucci to Receive Andre Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award: The designer is the latest to be honored by the Savannah College of Art and Design. In addition to the award bearing Talley’s namesake, Rucci’s work will be featured in an exhibition at the College, in the gallery named after the Vogue Editor-at-Large, naturally.
Wedge Sneakers Are Now Cooler Than Smoking Slippers: Smoking slippers, we barely knew ye. Barneys, Net-a-Porter, Shopbop, and other major high-end retailers are reporting that Ash wedge sneakers are outselling last season’s it-shoe, smoking slippers.
Fabsugar Gets Your Wardrobe Music Festival-Ready: Going to Coachella this weekend? Fabsugar’s got your outfit covered. Check out this video giving you three ideas on what to wear this Music Festival season.
The Coveteur Takes a Peek Inside Susie Bubble’s Pad:… and, as expected, her wardrobe is cray.
ELLE.com’s Keith Pollock Leaving for Jason Binn’s New Startup: Page Six reports the ELLE.com editorial director has signed on as co-editor of Jason Binn’s new print publication and website, Du Jour.
Marina Heiden is not your typical Brazilian bombshell. With her auburn mane and dainty, quirky bone structure, her look is far from commercial. “No one believes me but I really am Brazilian,” says the 18-year-old, who hails from Santa Catarina. Yet it’s that offbeat appeal that landed Heiden a contract with Wilhelmina, not to mention two of the biggest shows of the fall season: Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. “I was in the train thinking, ‘Oh my God, I’m walking Louis Vuitton.’ It was unbelievable.”
How long have you been modeling?
For almost three years now. This is my first time modeling outside of Brazil. I started here two months ago, right before fashion week.
What did you think of New York when you arrived?
I love it. It’s officially my favorite place. It’s always been my dream city to go to. Everything is so magical here.
Was it something you thought about growing up?
Yeah, in Brazil you really grow up knowing people who go into this profession and you realized modeling really brings great experiences to a person. You get to travel and see the world.
What does your family think about your modeling?
They actually don’t like it so much. They sort of think it’s a waste of time. There are a lot of scams in Brazil, people who try to trick you and take all of your money so they don’t trust it and we don’t talk about it a lot. My sister could model. She’s even more beautiful than me. But she’s in college now studying business.
How were you discovered?
I was walking down the street with my mom, eating ice cream and a scout approached me and told me I should try it. I was only 13 so my mom told him I was too young. But a year later I went to São Paulo to see some agencies and signed with my mother agency, Elite Brazil. They sent my Polaroids and some videos to Wilhelmina here in New York and they said ‘yes’ right away, so I came for fashion week.
What was your impression of fashion week?
It’s just a lot of everything: lots of castings, lots of models, lots of waiting, lots of running.
So, now that you’ve done it once, is there anything you’re going to do to prepare for next time? Anything you learned?
I’m definitely going to be earlier in the castings. I missed a few in Paris because there were days when I had literally 24 castings.
Do you have any specific goals or are you the type to not want to set yourself up for disappointment?
No, I’d love to do Chanel. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to give yourself goals. When I knew I was coming to New York, I told my mother agency, ‘I’m going to get Marc Jacobs’ show.’ And I did. Check that off the list!
America’s Next Top Model: All Stars’ episode 8 recap: The Game spits some game on Allison
This is the first time “Top Model” has dedicated an entire episode to one mega-challenge: starring in a music video. Yes, a music video (we couldn’t make this up if we tried) – because everyone knows that every good supermodel has to star in her own music video, right? Case in point: Tyra herself and her arch-nemesis, Naomi Campbell.
The episode begins with the girls being given only 20 minutes to write a song to an individualized track, and the models immediately get their creative inner chanteuse juices going with the help of Tom Polce from CBS Records.
Some find the task a natural fit to them, like Lisa, who’s been recording her own songs and videos for the past few years. Polce tells her she has a real hit on her hands. Angelea puts together some deep words of her own and is also praised.
Even the girls who are completely tone-deaf, like Alexandria – who, by the way, says her song is a masterpiece – seem to work it out.
The only contestant who has a difficult time is doe-eyed Allison, who opts to write a song about her father who passed away last year. She begins to break down and bawl on the floor while writing out her chorus.
Not surprisingly, the winner of the challenge is Lisa, who’s given the grand prize of having a loved one visit her. Her fiance pays her a visit and the two smooch under the bedsheets.
The next day has the girls actually recording the songs. Most of the girls are unbelievably horrific, like sweet southern belle Laura, the “super Christian” Shannon and Alexandria. But Dominique and Lisa seem to be able to carry a tune and have pleasant voices.
Surprisingly, Allison – who broke down again before her recording session – pulls it off and pops out a genius recording.
Each of the girls are then sent for their video shoot, where guest judge The Game stops by to direct. This may seem random, but the rapper actually becomes one of the season’s best guests – both eloquent and helpful, yet stern and mindful.
He provides feedback for each of the girls: Laura is super sweet, he enjoys Shannon’s Faith Hill-like swagger, is impressed with Lisa’s rapping and performance skills, but does not like Alexandria or Angelea’s energies.
Woman may say: “There’s nothing worse than a tight man.”
But it turns out that for men on the single scene there is – and it’s “a stingy woman”.
A recent study from a US dating website revealed that the biggest gripe of single men looking for love was that single woman don’t open their purses.
Ladies, you might be sexy and single… but if you are stingy… apparently this could be why you are solo.
I was talking about it with a group of women over drinks on Tuesday night. In some ways, we agreed it must be hard for guys having to pay it forward all the time – not that this is true of all woman.
When I was trying out internet dating, I went on dates with all sorts of men. To do this I bought “stamps” on the dating site that let me send an email for price of a coffee.
And after seeing all sorts of men in different scenarios I met a fantastic guy who I went out with for quite a while.
Yet the number of women I speak to now trying online dating who won’t buy stamps and wonder why they don’t meet someone is amazing.
“If they can’t pay to talk to me, then they are clearly not worth it,” one said. “I’m not going to go out with a tight man.”
I hate to say it but is she in fact standing in the way of success in love?
This is what Rand, 33, had to say: “I don’t mind buying things and I’m not saying that all woman are like this, but I do find it hard that as a guy, you are expected to fork out so much more.
“I used to kind of not look into it too much, but now, seriously, if a woman is going to be that tight, that she never reaches for her purse, I just end up not seeing them again. Why? It’s ugly?”
Me – if I don’t fancy someone, I tend to pay for dinner when dating. The reason being that I think it adds up and it’s not fair because they should save the shout for someone they will see again.
But in saying that – if you keep attracting stingy women (or men) – surely guys, you need to flip the coin on what you’re going for?
Because the gift is in the giving not the bitching.
Are modern women stingy? What is your experience when dating? Do you think men and women give equally? Or do you feel that men tend to have to pay for more stuff? What is your experience? As a guy, do you find it off-putting if a woman expects you to pay for everything? Or do you prefer it?
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‘Big Brother’ contestant Rebeckah Vaughan has become the face of new social networking video chat website modelscamchat.com.
The former strip club hostess – who was the second person to leave the reality TV show in September – has secured a 200,000 deal to front the online video chat application which connects users to stunning models for one-on-one video chat.
The 28-year-old blonde beauty was one of the first housemates to strip off for a pool party soon after entering the house.
During her time on ‘Big Brother’, she enjoyed a romance with housemate Aden, who was the fifth person to be evicted last Friday (14.10.11), and since he left he has confessed he wants to marry her.
Aden – who met up Rebeckah at the weekend – said: ‘I’ve fallen head over heels for Rebeckah – I definitely want us to get married. Meeting her has been amazing.’
To promote her joining modelscamchat.com, Rebeckah starred in a risque photo shoot in Marbella, Spain, posing in a cut-off white T-shirt, emblazoned with the company’s logo, and pink and white bikini bottoms.
Modelscamchat.com and allows subscribers to have a live, completely private two-way video chat on their mobile device with any registered service provider.
Modelscamchat.com users pay a minimum charge for a FaceTime call of 2 per minute, although service providers can adjust their own tariff.
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