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Be Scene Red Carpet Event by Checkmate Films

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2012 at 6:12 am

A bit late on the posts from last weeks happenings but slowly getting a chance to catch up after a 6 day fashion fest.

Last Thursday Checkmate Films put on such an amazing event to promote their upcoming film “Hell Mary”.  With a room full of Directors, Filmmakers, Actors/Actresses, Professional Photographers, Fashion Designers, Local Bands, Musicians, Artists, Dancers, Agents etc. not only was it a networking feast for all, Checkmate Films also used the event to scout for new cast and crew for the film.

When asked to sponsor the event – I obviously jumped on board and provided a few free services as gifts and I also had the pleasure in styling the amazing singer and song writer Chloe Morgan, who sang a collection of stunning songs.  We were also given a fantastic & cheeky burlesque performance by The True Heroins, and more fab tunes by Nicki B, Daangerous and the Rythmists.

Here are a few snaps to sum up the evening…

Chad Rook & Nathan Witte, Owners of production company, CheckMate Films – photo by Tomas Havelka

Gorgeous gals, Singer, Chloe Morgan & Chantal Hunt, owner of Stiletto Fit

Event producer, Andy Chu & lovely Novus TV presenter, Natalie Langston throwing us a kiss :o)

Chloe’s gorgeous make up artist on the left, Makeup by Allison Giroday

The True Heroins

Gorgeous Chloe Morgan, belting it out with her incredible voice.  Outfit styled by me :o)

Myself, Chloe and Jennifer from Jennyfleur Loves…

Jennifer, myself and UK designer, David Jack – stay tuned for my interview with him!!!

Gorgeous gal in a David Jack design

Actress & model, Raquel Riskin

Some chatty fella, myself and my partner in fashion crime, Jen!

Can’t wait for the next event!!!

All images (except for the very first) provided by the super talented Kuna Lu from Kuna Photography.  Make sure you join his facebook page at:

http://www.facebook.com/KunaPhotographyPage

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Sensational Styling

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2012 at 1:27 am

Julia Frauche, Karlina Caune, Daga Ziober & Maria Bradley captured by Amy Troost for i-D Spring 2012.  Styling by Alastair McKimm – amazing!

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Coco & Rico Magazine…

In Uncategorized on March 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm

…spill a few little beans about me.  Check out the write up on page 19.

http://issuu.com/cocoandricomagazine/docs/spring2012/1

Photo Credits – Photographer:  Jessica Luch / Model: Kelsey Harker / Make-up: Elizabeth McLeod / Hair: Siobhan Obrien / Styling – Me

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Vancouver Fashion Week Opening Gala

In Uncategorized on March 22, 2012 at 6:27 am

Great evening out with fantabulous people!

Chin wagging with Shaughnessy from Jennyfleur Loves…  (don’t you just LURVE that bag!!!)

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Heather Marks by Nico for Madame Figaro March 2012

In Uncategorized on March 19, 2012 at 5:12 am

Simple. Classy. Elegant.

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H&M’s New “Exclusive Conscious” Collection…

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2012 at 3:40 am

Available in 100 stores on April 12th and online.  I would love to get my hands of a few (…ok, ALL) of these pieces!

Extravagant evening wear looks feature materials such as recycled polyester chiffon, organic cotton and hemp – well that’s one way to look good and feel good :o)

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What Does Your Story Look Like So Far?

In Uncategorized on March 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm

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Clutches of Karma

In Interviews, Uncategorized on March 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I met with the talented designer and creator, Pia Dargani, of Clutches of Karma, over some seriously delicious coffee to find out more about her stunning collection of clutches.  If you are looking for a pop of colour or interesting textures to add to your wardrobe, look no further – these super stylish and slightly vintage looking clutches are sure to do the trick!  To make every purchase even sweeter, Clutches of Karma has teamed up with Divine Mercy College Foundation, Inc. to support as many children throughout their education.

Pia Dargani

Q&A

Tell me a bit about yourself, your background and how you came to designing clutch bags?

I’m currently living in Vancouver, finishing up my degree in Asian Studies (yes, a whole different ballpark from fashion – but nonetheless, another passion of mine!) at UBC. I grew up in the Philippines, which to many people’s surprise is an incredibly fashion forward city. I’m a big foodie, so when I’m not designing or studying, I’m usually on the hunt for the best food in the city. I’m also a travel junkie – just last year I took the plunge and moved to London for the year! While I’ve flirted with fashion from a very young age, it was in London that the idea of Clutches of Karma truly gained momentum – and it’s been uphill since then!

 Where do you get all your materials from and where are the clutch bags made?

 All the materials are sourced from the Philippines, with the help of my mom (where would I be without her?) I’ve chosen to work with local co-ops from there as part of the Clutches of Karma vision to facilitate community development and economic growth in the Philippines.

 Where do you get your inspirations from for your clutches?

 I’m inspired by so much I encounter on a day-to-day basis – Sometimes even a beautiful sunset can inspire a new design! I’ve recently taken an interest to eco-friendly products and sustainability – so I’m currently working on a line that is very Vancouver-esque! I’m SO excited for everyone to see it!

 Who are some other bag designers out there that you admire?

 I’d have to say my all time favorite is Bottega Veneta – I just love how simple, elegant and well made their bags are. I’ve been on the artisan page of their website so many times – and every time I’m in even more awe!

 What was the single most important thing you learned about designing clutch bags?

 Haha that’s an easy one – it’s not as easy as it looks! Sometimes something drawn on paper is just not feasible or practical! It’s especially hard because I’m only able to go back to the Philippines a couple of times a year so I’m usually only able to look at samples through photos. Luckily for me, my mom is based in the Philippines and has excellent taste – so needless to say, she helps me out quite a bit.

 Which is your favorite clutch at the moment and why?

 My all time favorite leather clutch is onyx! Haha I always refer to it as “my little black clutch” – versatile, goes with almost anything! Ah, and not to mention, I just LOVE the textures on it!

 Can you give us a taster of when your next collection might hold for us?

 I’m going to be experimenting quite a bit with using unique materials – things I can guarantee you never thought you’d be sporting on your arms!

 What is your favorite fashion quote?

 “Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.”
—Donna Karan

This is something I always grapple with when designing clutches! Some purses I design look more like sculptures – then I realize, “Oh dear, how would one even carry that?!”

 How did the name “Clutches of Karma” came about?

 Well it was integral for me to incorporate the socially conscious aspect of my new venture, and Clutches of Karma did just that – not to mention, I love the play on words going on there! There were a few in the running (i.e. In the Clutches of Karma and Karma’s Clutch), but I just couldn’t shake Clutches of Karma once I had come up with it!

 

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To buy and see the rest of this gorgeous collection, visit  www.clutchesofkarma.com and follow Clutches of Karma on www.facebook.com/clutchesofkarma

Happy Shopping!

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Yoga + Style…

In Uncategorized on March 12, 2012 at 2:44 am

…it can be done ;o)

Jokes aside, I love the sporty but still stylish element that is so prominent in the stores lately.  It must be the spinning instructor in me.

Lucia Jovona by Danilo Giuliani for Grazia Germany March 2012

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Photo creds – Fashion Gone Rogue

Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2012-2013

In Uncategorized on March 9, 2012 at 4:36 am

This collection is out of this world!  I love how the last few dresses resemble some kind of strange deep-sea creature that never sees the light of day and the way the fabric floats.

Watch the show here: http://youtu.be/oudjhn8V9UE

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