New New York Experience

Never been much of the clubbing type. It takes a lot of time and alcohol for me to start expressing myself freely with movement. (Fact: the first FB group I joined was “Holy Shit! I’m Awkward” :P) But I was at the Asian-themed HIRO to support Queena who was performing in Carnival: Choreographer’s Ball, an event similar to America’s Best Dance Crew

Throughout the performances, I noticed there were quite a few pieces themed futuristic galaxy, national defense, and other forms of art (mime, ballet). There was a lot of American apparel silver wear, animal print tights, neon – your current trends worked to an extreme! The styling was out of this world too: from wigs to the sunglasses, to the way one guy wore orange coveralls… I wish I had remembered to stick the battery into my camera. I would have loved to show you guys their ‘costumes’!

I entertained the idea of being a stylist for a little… wouldn’t it be so fun to conceptualize their outfits, scrounge the city for the pieces, create new ones, then put it all together for a complete look? Thought bubble popped when I recalled my new friend telling me how Kanye’s stylist didn’t want her help because she didn’t want to lose her job. Oh well, I have Me, Myself & I to style, and we always have fun!

Being in new environments and meeting new people is always exciting, fun, scary. It places you in uncomfortable situations and you learn what you don’t like, and why you don’t like it. New experiences could make you feel like you don’t want to wait another second before taking over the world. Then you know you’ve got something going on for you… as long as you’re willing to accept what you ask for.

In my case, I thought I would enjoy the production aspect. As you know I’m a fashion show coordinator extraordinaire! At coat check though, I was next to Carnival’s producer and had little interest in starting up a conversation. On the other hand, my mind wandered to the dancers’ outfits, how some were so unique you’d need a personal tailor to create them. Someone could make a job out of that! Interest also piqued when the host announced a choreographer was starting a clothing line. Miranda’s brain: “Oh my gosh! I want a clothing line! That could be me! I could do it!”

One really important thing I’ve learned during this journey away from home is to listen to your heart during those little AHA! moments. You know what’s best for you, and those are moments of clarity that put everything into perspective. It’s what got me to NY in the first place. Try it and maybe you’ll surprise yourself.

xoxo, Mir

Off the Runway

I’m usually not the star struck type, but Project Runway is definitely one of my favourite shows. I totally respect that these designers go through Heidi hell & pick themselves back up again. At Runway #5 auditions, I was lucky enough to meet Malan Breton of Season 3 and Christian, winner of Season 4!

Malan’s doing lots right now – he’s got a miniseries on BravoTV.com and his collection will be carried at Holt Renfrew.

This guy’s so tiny I feel fat next to him!

MAKE IT WORK!

“As you know in fashion, one day in you’re in, the next you’re out,” says Heidi Klum on every episode of the uber successful Project Runway. But that statement hardly prevents designers from chasing dreams of becoming the next big fashion star.

Production for the fifth season is starting, and auditions for the next top designer took place from Saturday April 5th to Monday, April 7th. I caught up with Project Runway hopefuls auf the catwalk, just moments before they were escorted into the W Hotel in Times Square for Season 5 auditions. Here are some designers who we just might get a chance to see more of on TV. Will they make it to become Heidi’s catwalk kill? You be the judge.

Hopeful #1: JUAN COLON

Juan’s a designer from Peurto Rico who designs for REAL women: pregnant, curvy, whatever their size may be (and even for their beloved pooches). He describes his style as classic. And as we can tell, he sure is! The two piece ruffle blouse and highly detailed black pants are stylish in their own right, though I’d suggest to wear them separately. Juan’s not a stranger to Runway. No, siree! Last season he was the first in line at the Miami auditions, got there at 4:30am. I joked about how he probably has strategized coming at a better time. Being the sacrificial audition’s not the best way to go… Good luck this 2nd time around!

Hopeful #2:

Demetrius here is all about the full stylized look. “I zoom into the style, and magnify it!” It’s no wonder, since he’s a former fashion stylist. If you could only see his shoes, which were made from these wonderfully ombre croc skin. This easy-going Atlanta, GA designer reminds me of Season 3 favourite Michael Knight. But when asked who his fave from that season was, and without hesitating, he said Laura. (She was the mother of 5? 6? 7? who went a little crazy on the beadwork on all her dresses). Not my cup of tea, but cheers to a world of different perspectives!

Hopeful #3: IVY H.

Forget getting inspired by someone else’s visions of what a woman should wear! Ivy H doesn’t look toward vintage clothing for ideas, instead she’s Inspired by art & nature. And sure enough, she incorporates art into her clothing as well. The tree inspired blouse she’s holding up is all hand painted. She’s got street cred too, having interned at Donna Karan (I’m jealous!) and now working on her eponymous label. For more information, be sure to check out her website when it officially launches. I’ll keep you posted!

MAKE IT WORK, Juan, Demetrius & Ivy!

Hugs, MIR

* Please excuse my lack of computer skills… Photos were taken in upright position but I have no idea how to get them to show that way. Help, anyone?

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but I knew the woman I wanted to become.”

– Diane von Furstenburg

Watch this Amex ad collaboration with Lady DVF. It will make you think twice about marketing.

1) Maybe art and commerce and fashion go hand in hand

2) How far marketers are going for the emotional quotient in ads nowadays (or) Do the heartstrings really sign up more Amex cardholders?