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NYFW Misha Collection Spring 2017

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Australian designer Michelle Aznavorian behind Misha Collection presented a stunning show which opened with supermodel Jourdan Dunn. Her sexy silhouettes are inspired by the party scene from Studio 54, New York’s popular night club in the 70s and fashion icons such as Iman, Jerry Hall and Bianca Jagger.

Sleek and sophisticated, her collection showcased lace and feather trimmed dresses, leather bodycon shifts, silk pantsuits, metallic ensembles and shimmering gold fringed slips to femme fatale red and leopard print trench coats. Jourdan Dunn closed the show with a sparkling draped silver dress with a daring high slit. These red carpet worthy outfits are perfect for the It girl who wants to make at grand entrance at every party.

It’s no wonder celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Alessandra Ambrosio, the Kardashians and Rosie Huntington-Whitely are fans of the label. Her star studded list now extends to Olivia Culpo, Whitney Port and Alana Hadid who attended the show.

If you’d like to get your hands on her ready to wear pieces, they are available at luxury retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom Revolve and Shopbop . Get ready to add some glamour and sparkle to your wardrobe!

 

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Georgie Badiel Foundation L’Africana Benefit Event

 

 

Photo Credit Faultless Magazine 

Georgie Badiel is an activist, supermodel and former Miss Africa from Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in West Africa. As a young girl, she had to walk for miles to fetch water from the well, carrying the pail of water back on her head. It was very hard for her to focus while going to school due to the never ending thirst and extreme poverty in her country. Despite the odds, she is still very thankful that she continued to pursue her education and eventually started a career in modeling to build a better future for herself.

 

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A 6 year old girl in Burkina Faso walking for hours to fetch water from a well. Photo credit Georgie Badiel Foundation.

 

She has come a long way to be the successful woman she is today and now she is using her position as a top model in New York City to give back the gift of clean water and sanitation to her country and Africa by founding her very own nonprofit charitable organization – The Georgie Badiel Foundation.

 

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Water is absolutely crucial for the survival of all forms of life, from plants, micro-organisms, insects, animals and us humans. As we know from biology, the adult human body is made up of at least 60% of water and 75-78% in infants. So it’s no surprise that babies and  children are the first to die from thirst. In Burkina Faso alone, at least 6,000 children die from dehydration and unclean water. No matter how impoverished and far away these people are, they deserve the access to this very basic necessity to survive.

 

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Other than building wells to provide water and installing water purification systems, the Georgie Badiel Foundation also empowers young children and women to go to school.  They plant trees to protect the country from desertification. To curb starvation, they also provide grains for the villagers to plant and also educate them on how to maintain the wells so they will be able to sustain themselves.

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Georgie Badiel is also a good friend of mine. Despite her accomplishments and what she has gone through, she is a very humble, soft spoken person with a heart of gold! She among the strong and successful women that  I look up to. Beauty definitely shines from determination and compassion. When I heard about her foundation I was more than happy to volunteer for her great cause!

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Photo Credits to Georgie Badiel Foundation

The foundation’s summer fundraising fashion event was presented by Major Model Management. It was a glamourous celebration of  African culture, fashion, music, cuisine and art. It was hosted by fashion model Madlena Kalinova and Jozef Naggiar to tell the audience more about the foundation and the plight of the people in Burkina Faso and other poor countries in Africa.

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The beautiful models from the agency were decked out in stylish African inspired outfits. It was a heartwarming sight to see women of every color wearing the “Gele” also known as the African head wrap in the fashion presentation.

 

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The history of the “Gele”  can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians and Nubian empire. Powerful people such as priests, queens and kings used to only wear them. In West Africa today, other than wearing them for protecting their heads from the sun, the people also wear different styles of head wraps for special occasions. A more elaborate headdress  is also a symbol of power and status in West Africa. Perhaps another great way to support the artisans who make them in Africa is to incorporate these stunning head wraps into our wardrobes. They definitely make a more exotic fashion statement than a sun hat and you’re also giving back to the world!

 

 

 Other special guests who are renowned in the fashion industry also showed their support for the foundation. Katia Sherman, the president of Major Model Management and  Macdella Cooper, the founder of The Macdella Cooper Foundation which is another charity organization that gives back to Africa by educating and motivating disadvantaged children, youth and women  spoke about how we can show compassion and help out people in the poorer regions in Africa. Mariam Fofana who is one of the ambassadors of Burkina Faso was overjoyed to share her experience about how the Georgie Badiel Foundation has helped out so many people in the villages.

 

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Finally, they held an auction to raise money for the foundation by auctioning off some exquisite works of art from some of the popular, up and coming artists in New York City such as Vika Costa Art Work.

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It was such an eye-opening  and heartbreaking experience to learn more about the poverty and fight for survival for the less fortunate people in other parts of the world. We are very lucky to live in more developed countries where everything is available at our fingertips and we tend to not appreciate what we have. Let’s use our blessings as a way to reach out to these people who deserve a fighting chance to live. With one click of a button thanks to our trusty smart phones and internet, we can make a quick donation, no matter how small. $25 is what we often pay for a decent meal in the city, to them it could mean so much more, and they can live another day.

To learn more about The Georgie Badiel Foundation check it out on the link below

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By the way Georgie Badiel, along with Susan Verde also wrote a storybook called The Water Princess, which is based on her struggle for survival in her village and how she pursued her dreams. You can get this inspiring book here www.amazon.com/Water-Princess All proceeds go towards her charity of course.

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Remember, Water Comes First. Water is the Gift of Life. Let’s appreciate, save it and share it with the rest of the world!
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Met Gala 2016: Manus X Machina Press Preview

 

 

The Met Ball is one of the most star-studded and glamorous events of the year where celebrities, influential fashion icons and designers attend the unveiling of the Costume Institute’s new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I was lucky enough to attend the press preview in the morning before the gala. This year’s theme for the exhibition is called Manus X Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology.

 

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Anna Wintour and museum curator Andrew Bolton gave an opening speech to tell us more about the the exhibition. Manus X Machina explores the co-relationship of couture that is made by hand (manus) and the machine (Machina).

 

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Manus X Machina shows the history of how fashion has evolved over the years, from the founding of hand made haute couture, the invention of the sewing machine which has helped with the mass production of clothes, to the present day when technological advances such as 3D printing, laser cutting and computer graphics are used to create couture and ready-to-wear fashion.

 

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The collection of 90 stunning ensembles features a diverse range of outfits from handcrafted haute couture,  to 3D printed designs from the top fashion labels in the world such as Christian Dior, Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Alexander McQueen.

 

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At the entrance, a magnificent Chanel wedding dress with a gold studded 20 feet long train made a grand impression. The dress is made of scuba knit while the baroque design on the train was hand drawn by Karl Lagerfeld and then digitally manipulated to create a randomised, pixelated pattern.

 

 

Other haute couture ensembles on display are adorned with hand-sewn embellishments, appliqués, sequins,feathers and flowers and excellent craftsmanship.

 

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A great example are the ethereal Venus and Janun gowns from Christian Dior shown on the left that are hand appliquéd with tulle petals and hand embroidered with sequins. The Alexander McQueen dress on the right is decorated with beaded silver paillettes that were sewn by hand onto the dress.

 

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Chanel had another breathtaking, ethereal wedding gown on display which is covered with at least 2500 handmade camellias and ostrich feathers, all sewn onto the dress by hand!

 

 

There are a wide range of futuristic dresses as well such as the gold metallic “Kaikoku” Floating dress designed by Hussein Chalayan. It is remote controlled on wheels, allowing it to float on the floor and release 50 crystal “pollen spores.”

 

 

The spiky, out-worldly headpiece and bolero ensembles befittingly entitled as ” Atmospheric Reentry” by Japanese designer Maiko Takeda were so fascinating to look at and reminded me of a science fiction movie. Maiko Takeda was also present at the preview, wearing another one of her mind-blowing headpieces. She explained that despite its futuristic appearance, the designs are made of hand-cut acetate fringes and acrylic squares that are all assembled by hand.

 

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One of the outstanding ensembles that caught my eye is this “bird dress” designed by Iris Van Herpen. It is made from laser cut silicone “feathers”  that are stitched onto the outfit by hand, to create a magnificent cloak that a fantasy character would wear in a movie.

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Gareth Pugh turned the humble drinking straw into a work of art, by embroidering hundreds of straws onto his outfits. That’s taking the idea of recycling everyday, overlooked items unto another level of awesomeness!

 

Alexander McQueen’s stunning “Cape Feather Dress,” designed my Sarah Burton was  inspired by the patterns on a moth’s wing. Although it looks as if the exquisite pattern was digitally printed, it was actually made up of thousands of feathers of varying colors, each and every feather being cut and stitched by hand onto the dress.

 

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These are just a few of the examples of the fascinating and remarkable designs on display. It was enlightening to learn more about the evolution of fashion. I could only imagine the hours of hard labour and artistic direction behind every outfit.

 

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To visit the exhibition, look for the Robert Lehman Wing and Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is only open to the public from May to August 14.  I am sure you will be enchanted by not only the beauty of these works of art, but you will also appreciate to learn more about the history of haute couture and the construction of every outfit. It is a must see for all fashionistas and aspiring fashion designers to get inspired!

 

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Peace and Love For All #PrayForFrance

 

I was very saddened to hear  about the 84 innocent lives lost in Nice, France on Bastille Day due to yet another terrorist attack. My heart goes out to their untimely deaths, the injured, and the grief that their loved ones have to bear. It is also troubling to see what the rest of the world is coming to, such as the political issues of how the nations are getting divided, threatening to get rid of immigrants to make their nation great and “pure” again, how some people are fighting one another due to racial discrimination, the increasing level of hatred and violence, the denial of climate change because we keep destroying our very own planet which in turn causes more natural disasters, deaths of animals and humans.

 

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If only we learn how to understand, accept and love one another regardless of our religion and race, the color of our skin, where we came from, our gender identity, level of education, how much money we have etc, the world would be a better, peaceful place. We as human beings tend to think we are the only supreme beings on Earth. We lose sight of compassion due to our egos to prove we are better than everyone else, claim our religion is better, seek “happiness” by pursuing power, money, gratification and fame. I don’t want to judge anyone as we are here just trying to survive and deserve to find our own happiness and love.

 

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Religion was created by man, different people from other parts of the world worship their own God but who are we to judge and condemn others just because they have a different faith from us? That said if we look at the Ancient Scriptures and try to read between the lines of all of the religious books, from the Holy Bible to the Quran, they all say the same thing – We are all supposed to respect, love and accept one another, not to kill, destroy or prove we are better than anyone else. They also warn us that the “earthly desires” we seek in this physical world – be it power, money, possessions, control, lust, “romantic love” for example will blind us from finding true peace and happiness.

 

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We as humans, all have the gift of life and a conscience to choose between what is right and wrong, and the full capacity to love one another. We don’t have the right to take another life, or our own lives for that matter especially to ruin other people’s lives. We are all going to die eventually anyway, it could be today, could be tomorrow, or until we grow into a ripe old age.  When we die, all of what we have in this world and who we are with will not come with us! To seek “salvation” just because we read the book according to our religion we choose to follow but don’t try to understand what it really means,  think that we can judge/condemn everyone else (or kill other people with different faiths), believe that we will be “saved” and just sit around without trying to help or understand everyone else, is selfish! This is why there are still wars being fought and terrorism is sprouting its evil roots onto people’s minds who are unstable, isolated, angry, depressed and feel the need to “glorify” themselves by causing destruction. And no, I do not condemn Islam. I grew up with Muslims as I lived in a multi racial country that respects and teaches us to understand all forms of religion such as Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism, just to name a few.   Their  values are the same as everyone else who wants peace and to respect one another.

The hidden meaning behind seeking a relationship with Our Maker, is to serve him by helping and loving one another, to keep an open mind and respect the Earth that He gave to us, not to destroy it due to greed and conquests. We need to maintain a healthy balance of living and being spiritual. To find peace and happiness we have to repent and seek for forgiveness, even towards the people who have hurt or discriminated against us in the past. Praying and meditation helps a lot, to let go of the pain and anger and to be “present.”

 

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At times when I look at animals and their behaviour, I feel that they are better than us humans. The predators only kill to survive. They only attack to protect themselves, their territories, mates and off-springs. They try to stay together and protect one another. Animals, including some of the wild species are capable of forming loving bonds with humans. Nature can really teach us how to just “be” if we take a breather from our own heads and observe what she has to offer! Our lives our so short, lets make the most out of it.

 

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I am writing this as I was really moved by the issues that are plaguing our lives, and our planet, and the path towards our own destruction. I hope some of us can really look at reality and reflect on what we can do for each other every day. May we all eventually learn how to love and accept one another.

 

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Radmila Lolly Hope Music Video Shoot

 

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Radmila Lolly is an exceptional opera singer who is my regular client and a great friend of mine. She is a classically trained opera singer  and has been singing since the age of 6.  She has decided to make her approach to her music career more contemporary by infusing her operatic singing style into pop and house music.

These are some of her shots from her music video shoot for her 2nd single “Hope,” a romantic ballad composed by Julian de la Chica. The style of the video is set in the 1940s and exudes Old Hollywood Glamour.

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The stylist Laurean Ossorio did an incredible job putting together the outfits! The exquisite, intricately beaded gowns are designed by Dany Tabet and the elegant jewelry from Misahara . Luxurious furs added another air of  opulence from that golden era.

 

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Elegant pinned-up waves, smoky eyes and red lips complemented the vintage fashion direction we were going for.

 

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It was great working with such sweet and talented people. Our art director and videographer Rhonny Tufino did a phenomenal job directing the shoot and editing the video. With Radmila’s powerful voice, the poignant musical score and dramatic visuals, the music video is a rare gem that sets her apart from other artist.

The link to ‘Hope” the Music Video is here: Enjoy!

GET HER LOOK AND DAZZLE LIKE A STAR!

 

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Singer Inas X Album Shoot with Fadil Berisha

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Inas X is an incredibly talented, emerging pop and R&B singer that has just been signed under rapper Fetty Wap’s record label, RGF Productions. Her songs are co-produced with music giantTimbaland himself and her first ever single, “Love Is” has already been climbing up the dance charts.

 

I was fortunate enough to work with her by shooting behind the scenes for her album cover photo shoot alongside one of New York’s top fashion photographers Fadil Berisha.

 

He was gracious enough to give me some tips on photography and take some shots of the stunning singer. She’s a natural in front of the camera. Apart from her beauty and talent she’s also has a warm, bubbly and caring personality.

 

So you can imagine, for a young photographer like me to be around such influential and gifted people, it was a wonderful blessing and exhilarating experience!

 

I hope you like how the pictures from the shoot turned out!

 

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