“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison.
Height: 6′ 1″ (185cm)
Some of this season’s hottest Fall/Winter ’09-’10 trends; over the knee boots, capes and cloaks, leather, chunky knits, ripped tights & stockings, single-shouldered dresses, tops & bikinis, military fashions, ripped jeans/torn denim and see-through clothing.
Now, I understand that we live in a tropical paradise, therefore resulting in a little something we call.. heat. So, either one is going to have to NOT wear these trends or find ways of wearing them suitably for our climate.
And that’s why I’m here, to help you.
According to Fashionising.com; “Over-the-knee boots are the must-have item for Fall 2010.” But you’re probably wondering, how on earth can I wear these in Barbados. Well, you can, despite all the strange stares and odd expressions. During our ‘wet season’, the climate tends to get MUCH cooler, and it generally rains alot. Why not wear these on a rainy day, not only will your legs be protected but they’ll look 100% fabulous!
I’ve already seen the ripped tights, stocking and jeans trends in Barbados, so I don’t need to tell you all how to wear that! (please do keep in mind that these trends are usually better suited for the skinny person, my plus-size ladies, please dont wear ripped ANYTHING).
However, military fashions were slowly making their way to Barbados in recent times and it’s something that if done, MUST be done well (or could end up looking tacky). It’s hot, it’s unisex and whether feminised, rocked up or worn with sexy androgyny, it’s a winner! And there are different ways of wearing this; Rock Chic, Feminine and Bohemian Luxe. I think that Bohemian Luxe suits Barabados more. For example, over-the-knee fringed boots with skinny pants, foho prints, and a strict military jacket for a sexed-up bohemian look (giving the modern sexed-up version of the artistic expression).
I personally believe that most of these international trends could be worn in the Caribbean, BUT it takes guts, confidence, and personality. If you’re not a true fashionista, this CANNOT be pulled off. And timing, let’s not forget timing, timing is everything. One has got to know when and where! For example; I would hope that noone reading this article would wear the Bohemian Luxe trend to.. let’s say, school. THAT, I assume, would be a little inappropriate in any given Caribbean territory.
Spotted, exiting her manager’s wedding.
Donning a fabulous Alexander Wang dress and rocking her new do!!!
HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTT!! Fashion DO!
You go girl, work it!!
END NOTE: [Thought sparked by a little somthing on Facebook, please take nothing from this personal]. To verify that I DON’T just copy and paste, let me explain to my readers. I knew that this dress was DEFINITELY Alexander Wang because as a true fashionista, I watch the runway shows. Here’s the piece in the Alexander Wang Fall/Winter Ready- To-Wear ’09 Collection.
If you can’t handle it……
THEN DO NOT READ IT!!!…
Please note: the list is in random order..
Jaryd Niles-Morris (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaryd)
Khalil Goodman (http://www.flickr.com/photos/khalilgoodman)
Logan Thomas (http://picasaweb.google.com/loganthomasphoto)
Adrian Richards (www.flickr.com/photos/42427506@N00/)
*All photos are examples of the artists’ work
Vita finished her tour with Cobra Starship!! But, look out for more.
Vita is scheduled to go on tour with A Rocket To The Moon from October 2nd ’til October 10th!
Then she’s gone again to tour with Forever The Sickest Kids from October 25th ’til November 5th.
ALL TOUR DATES AND SINGLES AVAILABLE ON HER MYSPACE
Keep it locked and keep following Barbados’ most recent and most promising star. And speaking about following, you can follow Vita and her career on her Twitter.
Fashion- Lady GaGa
Successful- Darke ft. Lil’ Wayne
Live Your Life- T.I. ft. Rihanna
Fame- Lady GaGa
Pose- Ayana John
When I Grow Up – Pussycat Dolls
T-Shirt – Shontelle
American Boy - Estelle ft. Kanye
Labels or Love - Fergie
Diva – Beyonce
What is your full name?
Mario Robert Epanya.
Where and when were you born?
I was born on 29th July 1975 in Douala, Cameroon.
Did you grow up with a constant interest in beauty/fashion?
Oh yes, I grew up with an architect & esthet father and a good looking mother (model looking) who loves fashion and magazines, my parents like fashion and art.
Tell us about your journey in the fashion industry. How you made it, from start to finish.
Honey, it’s long, it was not easy for me when I arrived in 2000 in Paris, I didn’t know anyone and had to fight to survive, but I’m tough , thank god, and I never stopped working and improving, constantly, even now. I never took anything for granted and always asking myself if my work reflets my personality … How i made it, I personally think it’s all about WORK, 20 hours per day, seven days per week , there’s no secret you know.
For those oblivious as to who you are or how great your work is, drop some names and some of the majors achievements in your career.
Honestly don’t like to drop names, because personally, I’ve worked with very unknown creative people, and learned a lot from them, and I don’t think that you have to be famous to be creative or talented. But as a make-up artist, I worked with Denzel Washington , I like this man ,very smart and spiritual, I really admire him after spending some days with him.
Majors achievements….honey, I’m 34 years old, there’s a lot to do(laughs) …trust me, I never look back ..what I did yesterday belong to the past and I just try to make it better tomorrow.
What is your input on racism within the fashion industry?
Racism is something that you find everywhere ….even in the fashion industry but I still try to be the best in my work and the rest will follow.
How hard would you say it was for you as a make-up artist and a photographer?
I will not say it was harder than others, that would be a lie. I must say, I’m really lucky and talented because I decided two years ago to stop hair & make-up and bought my first nikon camera and 3months later I had my first cover in GREECE , for Crawford magazine…and still I’m building my book as a beauty photographer and the future will tell.
Africa is known for its striking beauties (eg. Iman, Kiara Kabukuru, Liya Kebede, Katoucha Niane, Alek Wek etc. etc.), yet it’s hard to make it as a black model, no matter where you’re from. How would you say African VOGUE has impacted on the fashion world?
Gosh, well to make this clear, Africa Vogue is a project for now and im doing my best to make this happen (try to convince Condé Nast for a license and investitors ..very tough…) but i think it’s an everyday fight, we must fight to have our own space, I’m just trying to contribute to that, it will be a huge success if this african edition sees the light inthe future..
How did you feel when you were called upon for this project? (African VOGUE) [this question is to help people understand the miscontrued comments about Epanya's role in African VOGUE]
I WAS NOT CALLED IN THIS PROJECT ……IT’S MY PROJECT , VOGUE AFRICA IS MY BABY ..i grew up looking at my mother’s magazines with all these blonde blue eyed beauties, I used to cut my mother’s photos and glue them on the models faces, because I thought she was stunning and dazzling enough to be in those magazines, so I said that when I grow up, I’ll have a magazine with alot of women of colour, that’s it.
What does African VOGUE mean to you, on a personal level?
What is your advice for up-coming fashion professionals. (especially photographers and make-up artists)
WORK WORK WORK
What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion is for me something cultural, it reveals the evolution of mentalities and the research of new fabric, materials, and also bring a touch of dreams to this cruel world
What does fashion in Africa mean to you?
RICH, luxurious, diversity, brilliant, creative, and so much more ….i think having an edition of Vogue Africa will bring into the light, THE AFRICAN CREATIVITY,the world will be amazed by it …trust me.
And what does Africa mean to you?
When did Threads of Scarlet originate?
Nick: About just over 3years ago, but Jesse and I have been playing together for about 15 years. We actually knew each other form primary school (St. Angela’s).
Jesse: We met the other members of the band when we were back in New York (Mark and Stew).
How old were you guys at this point? (origin of Threads)
N: We were about 22 or 23 years old.
Were you guys always interested in music?
N: Of course! We were apart of another band called ‘Substance’, here in Barbados. But the other guys had more stuff going on for them, more responsibilities, like marriage and kids..
J:.. and jobs! (laughs loudly)
N: (laughs).. so they didn’t have as much time as we did to focus on the music.
J: And when we were in New York trying to make it, I remember we survived off of Ramen Noodles for a MONTH!!! (laughs) [one knows when someone is dedicated when they would eat Ramen Noodles for a month just to make it ]
How would you describe yourselves, musically?
N: Progressive-acoustic rock, (laughs).. that’s how our other band member Mark put it (smiles).
Where does your inspiration come from?
J: ANYTHING!!.. even trees (hysterical laugh), if only trees could talk back (sigh), I would write about trees (laughs).
N: Okay…. well, he can write about trees (laughs), but my main writing influences come from things that may have happened to me or my views on things. So, I very much view music as art, and I studied art in university and before university when I attended boarding school in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.
J: And I was REALLY into art too… until I was kicked out of school (laughs)
STAY TUNED FOR PART2!!!!
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JUST AN UPDATE!!
VITA is on Seventeen Magazine!!!
“ Sweetie pie pop/rock singer Vita Chambers stopped by theSeventeen offices to hang out and give us a taste of her latest songs! After listening to a few of the 15-year-old Barbados native’s catchy tunes, we got the chance to ask her about everything from how she got started in the business to her favorite clothes to try on when she goes shopping. Her super fun single, “Like Boom,” is currently available for purchase oniTunes. Make sure you check it out!
17: How did you get started in this industry?
Vita Chambers: I’ve always been singing, and in Barbados I got four demos almost done. I set up my MySpace and pretty much hoped for the best. Then a week later, I got a phone call from Evan Rogers saying, “I’d like to meet you,” and I was like, “Oh my goodness this is amazing!” because he discovered Rihanna………………” (Source: Seventeen.com)
(for more please visit http://www.seventeen.com/fun-stuff/17-buzz/vita-chambers )
AND LISTEN TO HER TRACKS ON http://www.myspace.com/vita
“I like fast cars and candy bars, I like YOU!..”- from hit single ‘Like Boom’
Very few out of those who are signed will make it to superstardom. And Barbados only one notch on their belt so far. However, there is ONE artiste in particular that shows undying promise and charisma. VITA CHAMBERS, signed with SRP/Universal Records just this June ’09.
Tell me what you think, generic star (like a few that have come from Barbados and fallen short) or do you see what I see, SUPERSTARDOM?!
Hilary Rowland launched her first two businesses (HILARY Magazine and New Faces®) in 1995, when she was just 15 years old!!
Today, they are at the top of their game and both she and her businesses are regularly profiled in the print media and on such shows as FashionTV and Fashion File (on E! Television).
She is currently expanding her online publishing and talent networks to include a number of new fashion and entertainment sites.
Ms. Rowland took time out of her, pressed-for-time schedule to answer my questions. Take a look!
When and where were you born?
Would you say that you childhood has had a significant impact on your decision making as an entrepreneur/model?
Yes, because my parents encouraged me to pursue whatever brought me joy. It just so happens that writing and doing web design made me happy when I was young… but I think had I wanted to be a lawyer (which I did briefly) – or anything else – they would have been equally as encouraging and happy for me.
So I hear you used to model… How long did you model for?
I was a model with Ford for a couple of years when I was in high school. I’m glad I did it because I got to travel and see the world. When I was 18 I decided that I’d rather focus all my energy on my businesses, but as fate would have it I was scouted by Canada’s top agent several years later and started up again. I’m currently repped by Elite.
Where did you model? What was your first job?
When I was a teenager I was with the Ford agency and I traveled to Tokyo and Taipei. My first modeling job was supposed to be for a magazine editorial but they liked me so much that they used me for two magazine covers, two editorials and the cover of a wedding calendar! A week later Taipei had the worst typhoon they had seen in twenty years and the studio where I did that job burnt to the ground. It was only a block from my hotel!
Can you describe the origins of your website business? How did you get started? What were your first sites?
I have always lived in a very computer-literate family. I got my own computer, a Power Mac, when I was 14 and got hooked up to the net as soon as it was available to the public. In 1994 I began the planning and development of New Faces® (www.newfaces.com) and the planning and writing of articles for HILARY Magazine (www.hilary.com). By 1995 the sites were complete, live and officially launched.
Based on my modeling interests (I have modeled with the Ford agency and Elite Model Mgmt), New Faces® is an image-rich online database of models, actors, and photographers portfolios. It became very successful very quickly, because it was the first site of its kind. The success of NewFaces.com prompted me to write several ebooks about modeling, to helping people find out what it takes to be a model while avoiding scams and rip-offs. They are now sold on NewFaces.com
When I was a teenager I read a lot of magazines, really wanted to be a magazine editor. When I was 14, living in Port Hope (just outside of Toronto), I got hooked up to the Internet and started a simple website with a collection of my articles, by posting on a free site. It started out as a very early form of a blog, but with long articles. In 1995, when I was 15, I taught myself code and web design by trial and error, and evolved my articles into “HILARY Magazine”. It was the first online magazine in the english language and was created to let people voice their opinions in a fun, magazine-style format. Today, the magazine focuses on luxury lifestyle, fashion and female empowerment, and I have over 30 contributors, full time staff and a base in New York City.
What drove you to pursue this? Especially at such a YOUNG age?
I started NewFaces.com, which was the first online database of models and actors available for work, when I was 15. It is frequented by the biggest casting names in the entertainment industry and was the first and is still the biggest and most prestigious online portfolio database. I have always lived by the philosophy that I can do anything I put my mind to. I started New Faces® based on an idea I had and it never entered my mind that it would be difficult or not succeed. I guess the eternal optimism of youth paid off in this case!
How did your parents feel about it? Were they supportive?
My parents have always been very supportive of everything I do. My mother is a very talented artist and has great business suggestions. She’s worked for me part-tiem for the past few years. Other than that, I have done everything myself, including thinking up the concepts and creating the Web sites. Because I already had computer supplies, and designing Web sites doesn’t require a lot of capital (just business smarts!) other than a computer and software, I thankfully haven’t had a need to get any financial help or loans.
Are there any success stories you could share about the people who are on New Faces?
A large number of emails come in every day from casting agents and modeling agencies around the world requesting to see or speak to the actors and models on New Faces®. It’s not uncommon for a model to upgrade and be contacted by top agencies including Elite, Storm, Next, and Ford, or to be cast in a major blockbuster within 24 hours. It happens all the time. We have systems set up that notify agents of each model or actor who upgrades. We get lots of success stories emailed to us. There is actually a page on the site that lists some of them. It’s getting to be too long, though! I might have to start editing it down.
Is fashion and entertainment where your heart is?
I love fashion – always have. My heart is in using fashion to help women and single mothers around the world.
You are the creator of Hilary Magazine, the first online magazine for women. How did the magazine get started?
When I was a teenager I read a lot of magazines, really wanted to be a magazine editor. When I was 14, living in Port Hope (just outside of Toronto), I got hooked up to the Internet and started a simple website with a collection of my articles, by posting on a free site. It started out as a very early form of a blog, but with long articles. In 1995, when I was 15, I taught myself code and web design by trial and error, and evolved my articles into HILARY Magazine (www.hilary.com). It was the first online magazine in the english language and was created to let people voice their opinions in a fun, magazine-style format. Today, the magazine focuses on luxury lifestyle, fashion and female empowerment, and I have over 30 contributors, full time staff and a base in New York City.
You said in your bio on your official site, “In late 1994 I began writing articles and posting them on a free webpage, with the intention of someday having a real print magazine.”
What is your advice to those trying to do the same?
I strongly believe that people should do what they love, then find a way to make that profitable. It’s like the old saying: “If you love what you do, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”
More info at: http://www.hilaryrowland.com
Now, not every woman is going to be a stick- thin fashion model figure. But that doesn’t mean that you’re not beautiful and that you shouldn’t be able to purchase the hottest threads.
Some of the summer’s trends and fall’s up-coming trends arn’t very ‘plus-size friendly’, if you know what I mean. However, there are ways for ‘non-zeros’ to wear the latest fashions.
Some of the year’s latests trends tended to vary, with major influences from every decade from the 70s onward, from cheap vintage pieces that are easy to find (like boyfriend jeans) to elegant couture that’ll cost an arm and a leg.
Such trends are:
There’s always a tweak to a look that conveys the same message, even if it’s not an exact piece that the designer made for the runway. Which is why alot of ‘non-zeros’ have to wait until the trend trickles down into the department stores, it is only then when the trend is tweaked a bit to fit the average-sized person (between sizes 8-14) because let’s face it, that IS the larger demographic.
As for ‘hammer pants’, plus-size ladies HAVE to beware because these pants can make the hips appears much larger. And let’s not get started on empire waist clothing! A garment with an empire waist also feels cooler and less restrictive, but if you’ve got large thighs.. well, it’s not your friend (alot of maternity clothing is also designed with an empire waist).
However, skinny jeans come in ALL sizes. For the ‘skinny bitch’ (ref.: diet book- ’New York Times bestseller’ Skinny Bitch, by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin) and the plus-size lady.
“Skinny pants were made for a skinny girl, obviously,” says Cindy Weber Cleary, InStyle Magazine fashion director. “I recommends them for a boylike silhouette because they’re narrow through the thigh as well as the ankle.” Not a good idea for those ladies with thick ankles!
What I would also suggest for the ‘non-zeros’ is the pencil skirt (as seen above). It shows off that beautiful curvacious shape the ‘zeros’ may not have. Though walking needs to be done in short strides and entering and leaving a car gracefully takes practice, this fashionable piece is so worth it. And I know that some of you may say that it’s too restrictive but there are those that don’t hug you as tight. (Avoid a pencil skirt with trimming in the fronts and sides. The trimming will put more emphasizes on wider hips.)
One of the hottest 90s trends was back for the spring/summer ’09 collections; the denim jacket (Alexander Wang, Balmain, Marc Jacobs and Baby Phat). This is a great asset for plus-seize ladies as well, as it helps to hide those ‘non-zero’ arms.
Sundresses!!! Perfect for the plus-size girl. It flattering to most body shapes, it provides a feminine look that may be lighter and more comfortable than a skirt and blouse, or any other type of dress. Unlike pants or shorts, dresses can be figure fixers.
“Consider cardigans, ponchos and blazers as a workable layer for dresses… Baring skin doesn’t have to be intimidating. Draw attention to your shoulders, neckline, or legs to find the most flattering shape for your body type.”- said Jodie Michalak, writer for plus-size fashion.
And the PERFECT accesory; boots. Plus size ladies look HOT in boots, preferably knee-high.
Now, the classics; black and white vertical stripes and anything black.
Vertical stripes are great for elongating the figure and can make legs look like they go on forever! The trick is to not wear super thin vertical stripes close together. This will cause a visual sensory overload and you run the risk of looking like a wobbly optical illusion.
And, black, ANYTHING black works. Black is known for its slimming effect on ANY shape or size. Black is a slimming ‘colour’ because it “hides” the visible shape of your body and we cannot see the shadows created by ‘lumps’ and ‘bumps’ on black material.
So, go my plus-size beauties, and show them what you got!!
-Dre DeCarlo for Kurama Magazine.com
is it just me or does a whipping sound pretty good right now? ..
..need i say anymore?
1. Ponytail – for when things are messy (BED HAIR ALERT!!)
2. Sunglasses – They make the perfect coverage, to hide that ‘I-just-woke-up’ look that no one wants to be a conversation starter. My suggestion – aviators. Always fabulous, they suit most facial structures and they NEVER, I repeat NEVER go out of style!
3. Pumps- To perfectly accentuate a classy-casual outfit.
4. White button down shirt – Not only should every woman own a little black dress, they should also have some classic white button-down shirts. You can pair this simple article of clothing with practically anything! (Eg. High-waist jeans, tucked into a nice pencil skirt [as seen below] accessorized a big belt, and many other ways to be experimented with) .
5. BLACK ANYTHING! - When all else has failed, there’s always something black in the closet to come and save the day. Especially that little black dress that EVERY woman must have in their wardrobe. Thanks to the late great fashion designer Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. Chanel was able to infuse comfort and sophistication into fashion, and this combination was considered revolutionary. She could have never predicted the immediate and lasting love women would have with her simple, chic black dress. (Reference: Audrey Hepburn in the iconic Breakfast At Tiffany’s)
-Dre DeCarlo for Kurama Magazine.com
Many of you probably already know this teenage beauty from my previous interview with her.
Fresh face Imogen Alexandra Cooper caused a stir in N.Y.C amongst the fashion elite.
She showed the international fashion industry what Barbados is made of as she stutted her stuff for this year’s annual Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.
This fresh face had EVERYONE talking!! One fashion designer who showcased at this year’s New York Fashion Week was quoted saying, “..look is commercial beauty and top model.”
Other quotes about Imogen at this year’s NY Fashion Week include:
- “You should do teen vogue as a platform!”
- “The model that everyone was saying carried herself like she’s already a star.”
- “People will start cuttin’ cheques when they see her!”
LOOK OUT FASHION WORLD, IMOGEN COOPER IS COMIIIING!!
There’s a new fashion trend blazing the runways and it’s called Chunky Knits. That right ladies. But beware, these are NOT for the warm climated territories.
“There are several ways to wear chunky knits this season. Easiest, of course, is wearing the look as an accessory.” – Daniel P. Dykes of Fashionising.com
As put by Dykes, some chose to use chunky knits as an accesory. However, some make whole outfits out of them! For example, Julien MacDonald’s Autumn (Fall) / Winter 2009 / 2010 .
Labels such as TopShop and Julien MacDonald have utilized these designs to ‘pump up their collections’, for lack of better words. It’s been reported a must-have by fashion sites and blog world around, and it’s affordable.
That’s right everybody, the Barbados-born international pop diva Rihanna is back, and with a bang!
Since the ‘alleged’ incident involving her and ex-beau Chris Brown, Rihanna has been off the radar for far too loooong and only recently re-surfaced at the premiere of the Inglorious Basterds, but now not only is she back in the public eye but her career is now steaming hot once again!!
The photos were taken by world reknowned fashion photographer Steven Klein. For the shoot, black and white shots were used except for one photograph, in which Rihanna was seen in a turquoise outfit.
Her music career is also re-surfacing (not that her music had ever stopped playing on the radio stations or on television). The track called Run This Town, which she features with Jay-Z and Kanye West, is burning up the airwaves all around the world and the music video is considered one of the hottest for the year!
Go Rihanna!! Go on and do your thing!
We got your back girl ;).
Much love from Dre DeCarlo and the beautiful island of Barbados.