Friday, May 31, 2013

3 Note Worthy Fashion and Art Exhibitions in NY to Visit This Summer

With Fashion and Art going hand in hand, I thought it'd be appropriate to share these upcoming exhibitions with you all that I plan on visiting this Summer, and you should to!

1. PUNK: Chaos to Couture @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute

 I know pretty much everyone has heard of this exhibition taking place due to the Annual Gala that commenced two weeks ago, but if you didn't know, now you do. I'm interested to see how this exhibition unfolds and to possibly gain some much needed inspiration.
2. James Turrell @ the Guggenheim
Now it's a shame that I am just reading up on James Turrell and his works; but as the old saying goes, "better late than never." I first read about Turrell and his upcoming exhibition in the May issue of Harper's Bazaar, becoming instantly intrigued. "Turrell first captured the art world's attention in the late 1960s as a leader of the West Coast's avant-garde Light and Space movement." I love how he is able to create interesting shapes using light and space.
3. Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger @ the Museum of Arts and Design
A massive collection of costume jewelry featuring pieces from such notable designers as Balenciaga, Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Yves St. Laurent and more?! I'm here for it.  Barbara Berger's collection highlights over 200 beautiful examples from her more than 4,000 piece collection. Another great source of inspiration.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Recap: Mila & Fire's Retail Therapy

Two Thursday's ago I made my way to Mila & Fire's Retail Therapy event, to support my girls Kelcie and Morgan at Lotus Lounge in DC.  Sponsored by Neon V Magazine; Mila & Fire debuted their spring collection, a mix of fun flirty versatile pieces perfect for mixing and matching. The crowd also had the pleasure of viewing a brief fashion show featuring Mila&Fire's spring collection styled by Kimme of Neon V. Happy hour drinks flowed, good vibes were abundant, and the music was just right. Great night.

Ladies of the evening. Kelcie and Morgan of Mila&Fire with Michelle and Kimee of Neon V Mag
{Photo courtesy of NeonV}

Monday, May 20, 2013

Stylized: Syreeta C of Syreeta C | Fashion

Tell me about you: where are you from, how old are you?

Newly 24 and born in Washington, DC, I’m an emerging fashion designer and the fashion world is coming to know me as Syreeta C.

What do you do?

I’m a translator. I often work with the metaphor: the wearer as the messenger and fashion as the medium, for we all have a story to be told. Fashion (and even the lack thereof) tells an individual's unique story - where you're from, where you're going... your culture, your ideals, who YOU are. Fashion has the ability to break barriers - language and otherwise - and communicate more accurately than the most colorful of words. From this, my catchphrase “speak sans speech” was born.
It’s my job as a designer to help the wearer express and relay his or her own unique messages for the world to see. With a focus on edgy, yet sophisticated womenswear, I love designing with contrast – simple lines meet texture and elegance marries quirks.

When did you know that Fashion was something you were passionate about?

As a child, I was equally academic and creative. I grew up with goals of being a doctor. Coincidentally, I was regularly reprimanded for slicing and dicing my own clothing to create new styles for my dolls. (I’d proclaim that I was bored with the styles already… even if I’d only worn it a time or two.) I went to high school on a science and technology scholarship, but attended Syracuse University’s Summer College For High School Student’s program in fashion design after my junior year. It was probably then that I had the “lightbulb moment,” realizing that my passion had been working it’s way to the surface all along. Slicing and dicing and creating was what I was destined to do. I was accepted into Syracuse University’s Fashion Design BFA program the following year.

What has been your biggest accomplishment to date?

As a graduating senior at Syracuse, my senior collection was presented before a jury to determine selection for the university’s annual Visual and Performing Arts College Gala in New York City. Only the top collections are chosen and I was proud to be one of them. One of the reasons that this shines as one of my brightest accomplishments is because of my challenge to myself when creating my senior collection. I had illustrated an all-black collection among others to consider for my final collection. I initially set this collection aside automatically, deeming it “too hard” because usually color is the gateway to creating interest in clothing. After further thought, I decided that if I could pull off placement as a top collection without the use of color, then it’d be a great milestone as a designer and person. This moment will always be a reminder to myself to morph challenge into motivation and creativity.

Life quote: If there was one quote that summed up your view on life what would it be?

“Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.” – Tupac Shakur

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Recap: Juxtapose @ The Ulysses Room

Juxtapose: "An undertaking by artists of two different genres showcasing their interpretation of the marriage between fashion and art"

 Upon receiving an invite from my girl and fellow blogger Monica, I was very excited when reading about "Juxtapose" and what it entailed. The marriage between fashion and art?! I was determined to be there, even if it was the evening before my flight to Orlando for my cruise LOL. The Ulysses room was filled with beautiful fashionable people, and I couldn't wait to capture the moment. Bianca (wardrobe stylist) and Jamon (Photographer) created a great body of work with this exhibition.