FASHION RECESSION?!!!?

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The global economic crisis has affected the fashion industry in more ways than one. However, the fashion industry has always found some way around it to keep everything running glamorously.

While, all the fashion followers and ‘zombies’ were busy trying to think of outfits for the next social or cocktail party, plans for relocating New York Fashion Week to a smaller and much more affordable location were being put in place.

Starting 2010, sources told the Associated Press and New York Times, New York Fashion Week will be held at the proposed location, the Lincoln Centre.

Fashion sites state that “the Lincoln Center sounds like a pretty hideous venue for fashion shows” and an article in the Times said that:

” …tents on opposite sides of the New York State Theater with a winding corridor between would require guests to walk the equivalent of a city block between shows. …Even on paper, the layout is cramped, weirdly shaped, lacking closet space and hardly conducive to an ambience of luxury. “

It was reported that Wintour said a relocation to Lincoln Center would signal the fashion industry wasn’t being “taken seriously,” and that “nothing else is as good” as Bryant Park.

Below is the link to the article relating to this–

http://gawker.com/5145037/sad-fashion-weeks-relocation-to-ruin-anna-wintours-2010

tell me your thoughts. decarlo246@gmail.com

Best regards.

Yours fashionably,
Dre DeCarlo.

EXCLUSIVE Interview!! : Jeneil Williams

  
  
Pulse model Jeneil Williams cemented her claim as one of the world’s most important black models and a superstar in the making when she was selected by Italian Vogue for their special issue on black models to be published in July ’08. Jeneil was always a pace-setter. On her arrival in New York 18 months before, she was selected by Benetton for their campaign. Immediately, the edgy, dark chocolate stunner, was summoned by Anna Wintour, Vogue’s Editor in Chief, for a most crucial once over. After Mario Testino, arguably the world’s most respected photographer, requested a meet, the writing was on the wall.

 

 
 

  

Dre: What is your full name? 

Jeneil: Jeneil Williams 

Dre: Where did you grow up?  

Jeneil: Kingston, Jamaica 

Dre: What was your upbringing like? 

Jeneil: It was.. I won’t say hard but challenging which helped me to be strong and focused. 

Dre: When & how did you start modeling? 

   

 

   

Jeneil: I entered Pulse Caribbean Model Search and came second so it started from there. 

Dre: What agency/agencies are you signed with? 

Jeneil: Pulse in Jamaica; New York Models in New York and Ford Model Management in Paris. 

Dre: Has it been hard trying to make it as a black model or as a Caribbean model? 

Jeneil: I think it’s hard for some people and it comes easy for some; I think I am one of the ones it’s hard for but anyway you take it, modeling is not easy, it’s a lot of hard work and this year might not be for me but next year could be for me lol  

Dre: Job-wise, what are you currently doing? 

Jeneil: I am just finishing up Fashion Week. 

   

   

Dre: Would you describe your personality as diva-esque or humble? 

Jeneil: I am a very humble person. I don’t really talk much. 

Dre: If you were not a model, what could you see yourself doing? 

Jeneil: I might still be doing track. (athletics) 

Dre: What is your advice to struggling black models?

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Jeneil: Well, I will say to them if you really want it don’t give up. Just believe and have faith that your big break is going to come one day. 

  

  

Jamaican supermodel Jeneil Williams
 
 

 

 
 

List of accomplishments
A multiple magazine covergirl, Jeneil’s list of accomplishments, other than Italian and American Vogue, Essence, Cosmo and Bennetton campaign, include the cover and 20 pages of Italian fashion bible BNM, Japan’s Neutral magazine, the cover of SHE Caribbean and America’s Trace. She has been Models.com World Model of the Week on two occasions.

 
 

 

Shot by the revered Steiven Meisel in New York this Wednesday, Jeneil is elated to carry the Caribbean’s flag in this regard.

To be recognised by Italian Vogue as one of the handful of hot black models expected to set the pace in the years to come, is a most uncommon achievement and Jeneil will be justly proud. For an encore, she shot a multi-page editorial for Essence magazine a day later. This is Jeneil’s second Vogue, as she shot American Vogue two months ago, also in New York.

Funk and Fabric Fashion Show

The fabulous models of 'Funk n Fabric'

Hosted by Mr. Trevor Pretty, a renowned choreographer, the Funk and Fabric Fashion Show took off on a low note, but later made up for it with the funky designers and the dynamic supermodels-in-training who put their all into making sure that the audience was entertained.

Despite the show’s very late start, it was a hit amongst the large crowd which it drew. However, this was no ordinary fashion show as it was also a fund-raiser for the eight gorgeous female models to be sent to Canada to further pursue a career in modeling.

One the lovely models, Julianna Durant, has already been signed with one of the visiting Canadian agencies, NAM Model Management.

Special appearances and assistance from supermodel Kimberlyn Parris and supermodel and host of Canada’s Next Top Model, Stacey Mckenzie also contributed to making the event one of the year’s most unforgettable. Featured designers included Blue Moon, high-end boutique The Edge, Jackie Brathwaite, Ashakai, Anya Stephens and the night was topped off by the highly anticipated ‘Absence of Innocence’ fashion line by Kesia Estwick. This was the crowd favorite, as it caters to all those hip and modern women who are not afraid to stand out. Estwick describes the line as ‘glam-punk’, a term that definitely embodies the essence that is ‘Absence of Innocence’. Here are a few photos from the recent shoot for the fashion line, also directed by yours truly.

The true model test was given to the models. They were given the task of transforming an ordinary plastic bag into an outfit that reflected their personality.

Leah Marville Interview!!!!!

Leah Marville, known to put the ‘marvel’ in marvellous, has represented Barbados well by making significant strides in the international modeling industry. Marville, who was first noticed by Saint International Modeling Agency in Jamaica, has made her mark in ad campaigns such as Dunhill cigarettes and American Swiss. However, do not be mistaken and assume that she’s just all looks. This double threat has a law degree under her belt.
 
The Bajan supermodel has taken time out of her extremely hectic schedule to allow me to interview her. Read her interesting story.

Dre: What is your full name?
 
Leah: Leah Janine Marville
Dre: Where did you grow up?

Leah: All my life – St. James Barbados!!!!!
Dre: Do you think the way you were raised or where you were raised has played a significant role in your decision making as a model?
Leah: I do think the way I was raised impacts both my decisions as a model and in life generally. My dad died unexpectedly when I was 11 and my mum raised me on her own. Life changed drastically.. but she always reminded me that Life IS unpredictable and most times it wont go as planned, so treasure every moment, thank God for every opportunity. She also reminded that just as Life gives something to you it can take it away so be prepared and always have a plan B. The life of a model involves taking risks and making strategic decisions and in so doing, you must always be prepared for the unexpected and make sure there is a Plan B – an alternative direction.

Dre: When did you start modeling?
Leah: My first modeling experience was Barbados Fashion Week 2006.
Dre: What agency or agencies are you currently signed with?

Leah: I am signed to Saint International in Jamaica (my mother agency), Base Model Agency in South Africa and East West Models in Germany
Dre: How old (or young lol) are you at present?

Leah: I am 23 years young lol
Dre: Were there any pressures when you were going into the international arena?
Leah: There was one pressure going into the international arena and that was the issue of my height. I am 5ft 7″ and the international height standard for a model is 5ft 9″. My agent therefore had to be strategic about my placement. Luckily, most agencies overlooked my height because they liked my look and so it has not effectively held me back…so far, so good. However, it still is an issue we have to bear in mind and be strategic about.

Dre: What was it like working with Dunhill cigarettes and American Swiss?
Leah: It was such a great experience working for both campaigns. The Dunhill shoot took place at a gorgeous five story glass house overlooking the ocean. The styling was only the best couture in Cape Town which made the whole experience very glamorous. American Swiss was similar styling and setting but I definitely did not have the time to bask in the glamour of that shoot. In fact I think that shoot is still the hardest I’ve worked to date. I had to be at location by 6 in the morning. The shoot started at 8 and was scheduled to finish by 6 in the evening before the sun set. There were 24 shots to be done. That is 24 different outfits, shoes, hairstyles, make-up, nails…Between hair and makeup after every shot it seemed impossible that we would finish on time. However hard work did pay off.. We finished before the sun set and the shots were great! The client was very happy..so i was very happy. It was a great experience and I finally felt the pressures and hard work that go into the job of a model.

Dre: Are there any particular jobs you would like to be booked for?
Leah: COVER GIRL!!!!! REVLON!!!! VICTORIA’S SECRET!!!!!!!
 
Dre: What about in the near future, anything in the works?
Leah: I have a new campaign that is supposed to come out in April. There is BET J’s Wick’d Style Television Programme and maybe a project on the national level.

Dre: What are your hobbies?
Leah: Dancing, reading and watching movies.

Dre: Beach or cinema?
Leah: Difficult choice…hmm…both :)

Dre: Bar or club?
Leah: Lounge :)

Dre: Finish the sentences. You are…
Leah: ….truly a humble and appreciative soul

Dre: Fashion is…
Leah: ….the way of the world.

Dre: You would like to……right now.
Leah: I would like to….go swimming….right now.

Dre: You are craving…..this very moment.
Leah: craving….lucky charms…this very moment.
Dre: If you were not a fashion model, you would be a …..
Leah: ….Lawyer.

Dre: What are your plans after modeling? Planning to put that law degree to good use?
Leah: I actually plan to go back to Norman Manley this September to finish my Legal Certificate. Law is very important to me and it is something I have to finish…so before I get caught up in a world wind of modeling and 5 years have passed before I realize where I’m at…I will finish and be called to the Bar. After that anything can happen..I do ultimately plan to use both my fashion experience and my legal degree after modeling…who knows, I may find some niche career…lol

Dre: Finally, if you could say anything to the world right now, what would you like to say to them?
Leah: Sometimes the going gets tough…but continue to focus, Hold on TIGHT and DREAM ON!!!!!!

Agencies: Base Model Agency(South Africa)
East West Models(Germany)
Saint International(Jamaica)

Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Height: 171cm/5’7.5″
Bust: 76cm/29.5″
Cup Size: A
Waist: 60cm/23.5″
Hips: 88cm/34.5″
Shoe: 40 EU/9 US/6.5 UK
Dress: 34 EU/4 US/6 UK

 

 

 

 

Shontelle Single ‘T-Shirt’ Reaches #1

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http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/charts/chart_display.jsp?g=Singles&f=Hot+Dance+Club+Play

Local musical sensation Shontelle Layne has topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart with her hit single, T-Shirt. Layne, who continues to make strides in the international music arena has recently released a hot new track, Stuck With Each Other featuring Akon.

Keep on striving girl, we pushing for you 100%.

Official music video for ‘Stuck With Each Other’ ft. Akon available at http://www.shontelleonline.com/