Backstage lights~~The Backstage Dior

With forewords by John Galliano and Suzy Menkes, as well as texts by Simon Doonan, Valerie Steele, and Jean-Jacques Naudet.

There are few jobs, positions or experiences in general that I covet, I’m your typical Fashion, Entertainment nut job so of course working at Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar or any other equally fabulous international magazine would be a dream come true.  So would producing a mind blowingly eclectic runway show for a major fashion house.  But who in their wildest dreams could imagine being the backstage photographer capturing the genius that is John Galliano for ten years.  Following him season after season catching the back stage magic on film. 

Now that is something worth coveting that right there  is an experience that I am well,  let’s just say a wee bit envious of.  Seriously there’s got to be a better word for it than envious, just doesn’t fully describe my range of emotions when I think that someone other than me was able to do this. 

So WHO had my  job of a lifetime?  World renowned fashion and celebrity photographer Roxanne Lowit. 

In 2009 Roxanne completed her more than a decade long endeavour of chronicling John Galliano’s work and compiled her photos in a book called Backstage Dior.  definitely a must own for any Dior or Galliano fan.  No big surprise why I had to do a post about this book when I first heard about it.  (Duh I love the title), the subject matter was just an added bonus. 

Roxanne has worked with everyone from Andy Warhol, Yves Saint Laurent, to Johnny Depp and Pamela Anderson.  She has shot ad campaigns for Moet and Chandon, Dior, and Vivenne Westwood.  Her work has appeared in some of the worlds most read publications such as American, German, French and Italian Vogue.  Vanity Fair  and French Elle. 

Because of her fondness for the back of the house she was single-handedly responsible for creating the back stage fashion photographer scene, which revolutionized fashion photography. 

The book includes a gorgeous foray of full color and Black and white photos masterfully displaying the fashion and artistry of  Dior.  

Below are a few photos from the book and if you want to learn more about Roxanne her work and her life visit her website

J’adore Dior!

(Photos copywright  Roxanne Lowit)

(photo of Roxanne Courtesy

Roxanne Lowit – Backstage Dior
approx. 248 pages, hardback with slipcase
approx. 200 colour and duotone photographs
Text in English, German and French


What’s Alexxuss doing?~~P&G Beauty Awards 2010

On November 11, 2010 I will be covering the P&G Beauty Awards, I’m super excited about this.  So yeah, what the heck are they?  Up until recently I didn’t know they existed either, since Fashion week I’ve been looking for other fashion events to cover, (building up the resume you know…) and in my travels I’ve discovered quite a few, sadly most of them had already passed.  Who starts a blog in the middle of the Fashion calendar anyway? Because I did start my blog in the middle of the calendar I did miss out on quite a few awesome events that happen in Toronto but not this one. 

The Awards

The P&G Beauty and Grooming Awards  were first held in 2009 and are in their second year.   The awards were created by P&G Beauty and Grooming to recognize the contribution to fashion editorial content by Canadian editors, photographers, models, makeup artists, and  hairstylists. 

The Awards have 13 categories, and when the announcement was made that the awards were accepting nominations,  they received 220 submissions.  The Categories are:

  1. Best Magazine Cover
  2. Best Beauty Editor of a Magazine
  3. Best Beauty Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper
  4. Best Fashion Editor of a Magazine
  5. Best Fashion Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper
  6. Best Fashion or Beauty Blog
  7. Best Male Fashion Feature
  8. Best Male Grooming Feature
  9. Best Fashion or Beauty Website
  10. Best New Face
  11. Photographer of the Year
  12. Hair Stylist of the Year
  13. Make-up Artist of the Year

What I love about these awards is the fact that they recognize  the same people I’m always talking about!  They fit the focus of my blog to a T. 

Well this year the awards have called in Hollywood royalty to host the event.  None other than The Grammy Award® and Golden Globe Award® winning singer, actress and COVERGIRL spokesmodel Queen Latifah.  The Queen will be holding court for us lucky enough to be her subjects for the night.  All Hail the Queen!

My goal in covering the event that night is to talk to a few of the winners if not all of them.  Get some photos of the event and of course have fun!

I will update yall on what went down and who the winners were the next day…pinky swear!


The Venue

The awards ceremony will be taking place at one of Toronto’s most historic venues, (clearly I’m all about the production so naturally I would mention the venue) Just saying…The Carlu.  The Carlu has been one of the venues in the city that I have really wanted to see for myself, and well unless you’re at society events all the time (much unlike myself) then you don’t have these opportunities everyday, and I can’t wait to see if the pictures do it justice.  Check it out

To learn more about the P&G Beauty Awards visit their site

Now is when the real drama begins, I have no idea what to wear! Insert crying icon here!

Until next time… oh one more thing for up to the minute behind the scenes details follow me on twitter @backstagelife

LG Toronto Fashion Week–Romona Keveza SS11 collection photo update


I’m stoked right now, remember when I was talking about the Romona Keveza show on day three of Fashion Week and I was telling yall that my photographers camera died, well what I didn’t mention was that I met  another photographer right after the show (my photographer introduced me); and when I was moaning and wailing about the fact that John’s camera was kaput; he graciously offered to send me some of the bridal pics.  well I got them today so I’m just gonna upload them with the other pics that I had.  The four new photos are courtesy of  photographer Brendan Adam Zwelling.   P.s. I added some more pics that John Headly sent too.  Enjoy!

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