Events~~ Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012 VIDEO

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So it’s September and for those of us who took some time away from blogging over the summer; September is a full return to the madness that is Fashion. There are two fashion weeks currently running, New York and Montreal, but at this point I am posting video of collections from New York fashion week.  Personally I am waiting to see the Marchesa presentation,  Which designer do you most want to see? 

Check out the videos below!

Carolina Herrera S/S 2012 Video courtesy of MB Fashion Week

Tommy Hilfiger S/S 2012

Derek Lam S/S 2012

Monique Lhuillier S/S 2012

Check out Kim Newport Mimran’s Pink Tartan Collection! Home Grown talent!

Pink Tartan S/S 2012 Presentation

Check back for more videos in the days to come! 

Cheers!

Video courtesy MB fashion week

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Events~~The MET Ball 2011

May 2 marked this years return to glamour for the annual MET Ball. Celebrities donned their finest and stepped out in style on the Red Carpet.  Every year the MET ball brings out the best in Red Carpet fashion; I anticipate the Met Ball red carpet as much as I do the Oscars.  And, this year the fashion was marvelous. 

The Met Ball signaled the opening of the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty presentation currently being held there, and though surprisingly not every celebrity was wearing McQueen those who did, wore him with style. See Sarah Jessica Parker.  Check out the pictures below… 

THE MET BALL …

 

Backstage Lights Update~~It’s Been Done Stylists

Hey Lifers,  it’s been a month since my last post, obviously it took me  longer than everybody else to escape my turkey coma.  Negative, that wasn’t it at all I spent the majority of January planning for the rest of the year and attending birthday parties ( I know an obscene amount of people  born in January).  In any case it was a very interesting month!  So what better way to start my blogging year than with an update on the dynamic styling team that I started my blog with; It’s Been Done Stylists.  I caught up with them on the set of their promotional photo shoot for an event they are doing in NY for fashion week this month.  You remember them… I know you do, if your new to my blog just jump over to the Backstage Lights category and scroll down you will come across the first interview that I did with them.   2010 was a great year for the team of Sheronna and Janielle and they are poised to make 2011 even greater, so let’s catch up with them It’s Been Done…

 Sum up 2010 in a few words.  What was the most memorable moment from last year? 

Inspiring, challenging, the year of preparation. Our most memorable moment in 2010 would be styling our first rock video “Diamond on a Landmine” for sensational Canadian Rock group Billy Talent. We had a chance to showcase our true creativity in a tribal scene, which was filmed in a cement pit. What was even more memorable was seeing the video play over and over again on TV and recognizing all of the hard work we put in.  Seeing the finished product was one of the most fulfilling feelings in the world. Also in 2010 we were offered our own fashion channel with ovntv.  It’s those moments that make us keep striving for excellence.   

What is the plan for It’s been done in 2011?

World Domination…lol..But to be real..we have a lot planned this year. IBD will be everywhere sharing our talents with the world along with inviting you to our fashion events. Our channel will also be running in a few months so that is something to keep our audience on their toes and of course we will continue pumping out more photo shoots for your viewing pleasure. We have received so much love and support and we just want to be able to give back what we get.  

 What would be your dream job?

Janielle-My dream job would be owning an artists agency, which would
consist of, photographers, stylists, make up artists and hair stylists. I also want to produce presentations to display pieces from well-known designers and up and coming designers. Sheronna and I have been blessed to connect with people not only in fashion but also in music. Having a client come to my agency as a one stop shop..could save a lot of time not to mention keep the client coming back

Sheronna– My dream job…inconjunction with having a successful agency I want to be the effortlessly styled actress who dresses herself for red carpet events and who has a thriving design house of her own! Some may think my dreams are far-fetched but hunni this is my reality (the world just doesn’t know it yet! Lol)

What has been the most interesting thing that has happened since we last met in April of 2010?

Janielle- IBD in NYC.I find it very interesting that we have taken such a risk to do an event with no experience at all..But we have managed to pull all the right strings together. I guess we can add Event Coordinators to our resume now..lol.

Sheronna- Modeling in and having full control over the creative direction of the IBD creative shoots has definitely been fun and interesting. We continue to push our creative limits while using ourselves as the canvas and,  yes the idea of planning full-out fashion events and building everything from ground up has been amazing!

           

Tell me about the event happening in New York for fashion week?

Our event is happening on Feb 16th and it’s called “L’hors du L’ordinaire” which means out of the ordinary which is the best way to describe the talent of Its Been Done Stylists. With fashion moving in cycles and seasons it is always the IBD goal to continuously add twists and tweaks to today’s trends; pulling a bit from the future and keeping a dash of the past! Hailing from such a diverse city as Toronto its always important for us to stay true to our multiculturalism which is why the name of our event is in our second tongue; French. We have always been known for our influence and originality among our peers and now we want to bring forth our own twist on today’s traditional fashion event. Considered more as a fashion experience we invite guests for a more intimate view of fashion and style through IBD eyes; those eyes happen to be covered in vintage frames of course!  

Keep your eye on these two über fashionable ladies, I’m sure we will be seeing a lot more of them!

Check out Its been Done online at www.ibdstyle.tumblr.com on facebook janielle Itsbeendone and Sheronna Osbourne on twitter @IBDsheronna and @itsbeendone

Backstage Lights~~Kell on Earth, The Rachel Zoe project, House of Glam

Now everybody who know me knows that I’m a t.v junkie.  You can’t hold any kind of conversation with me, you can’t ask me any questions you just gotta give me room so I can continue to be completely distracted by what ever I happen to be devoting my complete attention to.  Some of my friends have figured out a way to talk to me while I’m lost in t.v land… watch the show with me.  We can blissfully sit in silence while we watch the show and talk only during the commercials or respond to comments that I am making to the t.v.  seems fair, no?  Oh screw yall I am who I am.  LOL 

Conclusion Nicole likes t.v no big deal right?  It is when you consider what is available to watch, and fashion related t.v. programming has become a huge part of my t.v. repertoire.  Of course I have my staples like Fashion TV and In Fashion and Fashion File. But now with the advent of reality t.v we can watch, listen to and learn about the industry from those people who are living it every day. This is honestly the best time in history to be a fan of fashion. For my dose of fashion reality I have my three go to shows: Kell on Earth starring the lovable Kelly Cutrone, The Rachel Zoe Project starring the uber-chic Rachel Zoe and last but certainly not least House of Glam starring the artists represented by the BLynn Group.  

Fashion t.v. at it’s finest…

Kell on Earth follows owner and Fashion PR guru Kelly Cutrone as she navigates her way through the fashion industry.  Giving us an unadulterated look into her world we see she works with and who she works for, as well as how everybody at her Fashion PR company People’s Revolution copes with the insanity that is Fashion in New York City. 

We first met Kelly as the bane of Lauren Conrad’s existence on an episode of The Hills where Lauren is trying to secure tickets for Lisa the EIC at Teen Vogue at a fashion show.  That scene offered us just a taste of what Kelly was about; we see her again on The Hills when Whitney Port leaves her internship at Teen Vogue and is hired at People’s Revolution in L.A.   I think it’s safe to say that once Kelly hit the screen it was all about her.  I was overwhelmed by the fact that Kelly’s role even existed in the world;  prior to this show I had no idea that you could actually make money doing the things that Kelly did, but boy am I grateful that she signed on and I’m sure there are thousands of people out there who are just like me. 

              

You can catch Kell on Earth on Bravo Monday nights at 10pm. Canadian kids with Rogers can catch it Monday’s at 9pm on Cosmo TV.  For more information on the show visit http://www.bravotv.com/kell-on-earth

What can be said about Rachel Zoe that hasn’t already been said, she speaks her own language is notoriously high-strung and takes fashion beyond seriously.  So what else can be said, her eye is incredible, it’s no joke she really knows her stuff.  So just in case you’ve been living under a rock or are just not that fashionably inclined she is the fashion stylist to the stars and her show The Rachel Zoe Project is about her exploits in the world of celebrity styling.  Again, the viewer gets a behind the scenes peek into the hectic world of celebrity styling.  Rachel takes us down the rabbit hole with her as she  fits clients, goes to fashions shows; we get to see as Rachel styles her celebrity clients for red carpet events and photo shoots.  Some of Rachel’s clients include a-listers like Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, and Molly Simms just to name a few. We even get to peek into her personal world and the relationship that she has with her husband and how he copes with Rachel’s crazy schedule and constantly being around her as well as her staff.  It’s fascinating really.  This show is for those fashion people who loved playing dress up when they were younger and probably still do.  You will see how important the role of the  fashion stylist is in the world of fashion and how stressful and over the top the job can be. 

    

        

To catch Rachel Zoe in all her celeb styling glory watch The Rachel Zoe Project Tuesday’s at 10 pm on Bravo.  Canadian kids with Rogers can cath the show Monday nights at 8pm on Cosmo TV.  For more on her show visit  http://www.bravotv.com/the-rachel-zoe-project.

So I can’t take the credit for finding this little gem of a show because sadly I didn’t discover it first, my sister did.  Even though we have Blackberry’s and can BBM or call each other my sister often likes to tell me things via twitter.  Sad to say we are totally victims of our phones and social networking applications.  Anywhoo,  my sister was out of town and tweeted me that she had discovered a new show called House of Glam.  So naturally I watched it, and I was hooked.  House of Glam follows the fashion lives and loves of the artists and the owner of the B Lynn Group an artist representation agency based in New York City.  It’s characters are talented, egotistical, and great looking! What more can you ask for in a television show.  My favourite is stylist to the stars Atiba Newsome, partly because he’s (clears throat) fine! I mean fine with a capital F!  And partly beacause his aesthetic is off the chain.   Clearly this is all my opinion someone else may not feel his vibe or understand why he dresses people the way he does;  but for me his eye is on point.  The show takes us on the ride that is fashion styling on a grand level in New York City, we see the career decisions that each artist has to make, and the trials of pulling and finding the right peices for each of their clients.   We also get to see how Brandi the owner of the B Lynn Group handles the pressure and the egos of her artists.  All while trying to be a mom and significant other. 

Complete cast

 

Atiba on set

Amoy Pitters Hair Stylist

Crystal Stylist

 

Brandi owner

 

Atiba Newsome Stylist

 

Shaun syling assistant

 

Amoy on set with Kelly Rutherford

 

Michiko hair and make-up artist

 

Mike stylist

 

Groovey Lew Stylist

 

Crystal dressing singer Mario for the Grammy's

 

House of Glam airs Wednesday’s at 9pm on Oxygen.  Visit the show’s site for more information http://house-of-glam.oxygen.com/

Out of The Box Interview–Elite Model Renee Thompson

 

In 2008 I sat on the couch well actually laid, and watched the replay of fashion shows happening during LG Toronto Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 collections and the collection that was coming down the runway was for Bustle.  Having never seen a collection from the team before, I didn’t know what to expect but as the first model came down the runway it was apparent that this was a menswear collection a nice change.  From the moment that I discovered that the shows were being replayed for two to three hours daily that week I was glued to my tv everyday  to watch.  It literally became apart of my daily routine and being production oriented like I am of course I was noticing what each designer had been doing for each of their collections.  As the first model came down the runway for this collection I was immediately paying closer attention.  There was a more elaborate production element to this show.  If your familiar with this collection you know that the models were primarily men and as I continued to watch the show noticing the well cut lines and colour palate used I didn’t think that anything unexpected would happen but then out struts this gorgeous female model dressed head to toe in men’s wear, stompin her way down the runway;  and she rocked the hell out her outfit, she owned it, she show cased the clothes for the photographers in the gallery and stomped it back up the runway, that was the first time that I saw Renee Thompson in all her runway glory.

Fast Forward two years later to LG Toronto Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011  and the shows are no longer a spectator sport for me.  I’m covering fashion week for my blog and looking to get some interviews and some of the backstage action.  So on day two I head backstage to see what my little eyes can see.  Who do I run into right as I walk through the curtain Ms. Thompson herself sitting for hair and makeup for the Rachel Mara show.  (This may not seem too amazing to you but I had to gather myself), why you ask;  because moments earlier I was speaking to John Headley my photographer who got me all my end of runway shots;  and he had asked me if I had an opportunity to speak to her yet,  I said “no, but I’m heading backstage to see if she is getting ready for another show”…I walk in and there she is sitting right in front of the door way, what’s even more striking is she spoke first, more background (I am 5’11 and that day I was wearing 5” OTK black leather boots, so sitting down, it looks like these leather clad legs are coming for you)…She says “I’m wondering who this is with these bad boots on”, and I say “ha just who I was looking for”  the rest is as they say history…

I’ve had some time to sit and talk with Renee, and her story is an amazing one and my interview really doesn’t do it justice, but it’s great for what it is; an opportunity to learn a little bit more about an extraordinary person (as I have come to find out)…yall should get to know her too read on…Ms. Thompson in her own words!

How did you become a Model?

I was discovered by Elmer Olsen in 1999 at an Elite Model search contest in Oakville.  (This would obviously be prior to Elmer opening his own agency)

Who is your style icon?

Shelia E.  She made being Andro (short for Androgynous) cool; she did boy things while still looking like a girl.  She played the drums, and she was the first woman to wear metallic pants like guys and the David Bowie inspired jackets.

Who is your Modeling icon?

Pat Cleveland.  She had a unique walk and never walked in order.  I had the opportunity to work with her during a Gattioni show in 2007 where the designer decided to present his collection and feature all Black models.  The theme being divas of the past and present.  So it was like, Roshumba, Yasmin, Pat Cleveland, Ange, myself, Omahyra Mota, can’t remember any more.  I was the only rookie girl there so I didn’t talk to them but I was like woow these woman are supermodels it was kinda trippy

 


Favourite item of clothing?

My Mango leather jacket.  I bought it in South Africa for a retarded amount of money but I wanted it, and I love it.

What’s in your model bag?

 A dark pair and a light pair of 6” stilettos, you never know what you’re going to wear and black doesn’t go with everything.  Mineral fusion concealer and face powder, I have sensitive skin and acne so I gotta cover that up.  My IPod, Spite lip glass from M.A.C I’ve been wearing since I was 14 and I refuse to deviate!

Favourite Designer?

Andy The-anh and Giorgio Armani, because his Ready to Wear 2007 collection was the most gorgeous collection I’ve ever seen.  There were 50 girls 102 outfits, it was Berets and tiered dresses and I swear the runway was like 200 ft it was exhausting.  The spare shoes!  Over 200 hundred pairs of extra shoes.  He also had spider woven wide brim hats and they had the make-up artists do a shadow on our faces so it appeared on the runway as if the hat was causing the shadow.  Of course there was no way the hat could cause the shadow because they were see -through.

Fall/winter or Spring/Summer?

Fall/Winter because I don’t break out in the winter.

How would you describe your personal style?

By day as comfortable as possible and at night anything less and I would be a stripper I mean….that’s what they do in New York…LOL

Favourite trend for this season?

Rain boots and big long wool coats, we are going back to warmth over style, you can wear them open if it’s not that cold but bundle them up when it is.

Favourite experience favourite person you’ve met?

Ellen DeGeneres, I went to the Richie Rich show(one half of design duo Heatherette) to see my girl walk, so I get back stage and I see Richie sitting for hair and make-up so I walk over and I was like I have a bone to pick with you.  He was like what tell me, so I say I have been casting for your show for years and your bogus production team has never picked me.  He immediately starts calling for wardrobe and makeup and hair to put me in the show.  I’m like ummm okay, so off I go whisked away to walk in this show.  So Richie always has celebrities in his shows. His show is more of a production than anything else it’s a show more than a fashion show.  So I’m dressed and in the line-up and I see Ellen and as I’m getting closer and closer I’m freaking out a lil more cause she’s right there in front of me.  So I finally work up the nerve when I’m right there and say you’re @#$%^ awesome and she says no you’re @#$% awesome and I was like OMG you just said the F word!  (She’s ballsy no?)

 
 
 
Renee on The Runway…

That conludes my interview with Renee, I hope you enjoyed it and got to learn a lil something about this ambitious young lady.

To contact Renee through her agency email: matti@elitemodel.com

On facebook: Renee Thompson