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Circus meets fashion for teenagers’ festival

Le 18 août 2017, 12:27 dans Mode 0

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The youngsters from King Edward VI Comm­unity College are aiming to organise the fashion show followed by a day of workshops, talks, music and dance called the Golden Iris Festival.

Concerned by the death of peers and friends in recent years and increasing challenges they see around mental health, the Year 10 15-year-olds want to raise the profile of young people and their urgent need for voice and activity within the community.

A spokesman for the team behind the youth-led festival said: “We want change, change in the way adults think about us and change in what our community has to offer, not just for us but everyone.

“We have lost people, amazing people because of boredom, there is very little to do for teenagers in Totnes. We want to change the perceptions about us, we want our town to actually achieve something more, to embrace diversity, to encourage everyone to achieve their best and live in a place where old and young work together to make their town a better place.”

A team of Year 10 students from Kevicc, supported by local professionals, have worked intensively to create the blue print for the festival. The group is committed to a weekly programme of activity throughout the summer and autumn to work towards realising their ambitions for a youth-led Totnes festival in the autumn. The festival will open with a circus themed fashion show on Friday, October 6, followed by a day of workshops, music, dance and inspirational talks and debates on Saturday, October 7.

If successful the group hope it can become a regular feature of the local calendar.

Throughout the festival the group intend to raise money for projects run by and for young people in the local community and globally and encourage more events for all ages in Totnes.

The young organisers are hoping that the community as a whole will get behind the event and bring their family and friends.

Fashion designers and performers of all ages are being sought for the event.

Additionally, they are looking for support from people who work in the beauty, fashion, media, music, events industry and who can participate in the day while advertising their services and skills to potential new clients.Read more at:evening dresses australia

This Model Was Told She’d Never Succeed Because of Her Prosthetic Arm

Le 16 août 2017, 08:50 dans Mode 0

Shaholly Ayers, who was born without a right arm, grew up facing rejection. She wasn't allowed to take part in gym class activities—and people told her there was no way she would make school basketball team, either. But when it came time for Ayers to pursue her passion for modeling, she wouldn't take no for an answer.

Ten years ago, when Ayers was in college, she approached a few modeling agencies looking for work, but no one would sign her. "[One of the agents] told me, 'There's no way you're going to be a model because you don't have two arms,'" Ayers told Today Style. "I tried to explain—'I have a prosthetic arm, I can wear that'—really trying to sell it." Still, they turned her down.

But Ayers wasn't ready to give up on her dream. She decided to continue pursuing a career in the modeling industry—she'd just do so without the help of an agent. Ayers began by building up her portfolio. She collaborated with photographers and makeup artists on a number of shoots, and she took her work to local boutiques that she wanted to model for. "I was so new. I was so green," Ayers said. "I had to start at the very beginning."

It worked. Ayers began landing jobs at local businesses, and she gradually expanded her portfolio. Sometimes she wore her prosthetic arm, and other times she didn't. In 2015, Ayers walked in a New York Fashion Week show for multipurpose design firm FTL Moda. And she recently appeared in Nordstrom catalog for the third time.

Now, Ayers splits her time between her modeling work and a 9-to-5 job at a digital marketing firm. While she loves her day job, she hopes to model full-time someday. But for now, she's happy tofurther diversify the fashion industry. "When I was a child, it was really difficult. We didn't have amputees like Amy Purdy on Dancing With the Stars or people with disabilities on TV at all," she said. "In the past five years, I've seen a big shift...to be more inclusive for people with disabilities. We do change lives for children, and hopefully we're educating people."Read more at:formal dresses australia | cocktail dresses

Ogake Mosomo, The bridal stylist

Le 14 août 2017, 05:51 dans Mode 0

Ogake Mosomi, is a fashion designer, best known for her distinctive bridal creations. She puts her sketching pen down to sit with Lucy Robi and gives us details on her latest style inspiration

When did you know you wanted to become a designer?

I think it was kind of always there. When I was younger I enjoyed art and drawing and I knew I wanted to do something with clothes. It was only when I finished Form Four that I was faced with the question of, “what are you going to study at the university,” and I had to make a decision. I did a six-month pre-university course. I enrolled for both art and law as I was trying to decide between the two. Midway through the course, there was a university fair. I didn’t really much of a portfolio, but they looked at it and gave me a conditional offer based on me getting a minimum grade for the course. That’s when I knew fashion is the way I’m supposed to go.

What did you do after the pre-university course?

I did not have a proper portfolio because the 8-4-4 system does not quite focus on the arts. I enrolled for a Diploma in Fashion and Clothing at the Kent Institute of Art and Design. That was two years to build my portfolio and another three years doing a degree in Fashion Product Innovation.

Why did you choose to focus on bridal?

Initially, this was both about hobby and business, I have been doing this for about six years. We were doing everything, from menswear, women’s wear, kids, just to see what people like. A couple of years down the line, I was getting frustrated because I tend to like a lot of handwork, bead-work and embroidery so I realised that I was putting a lot of effort into regular dresses and not being compensated for it. In 2014. I realised that I needed to focus on one thing and become very good at it. After university, my graduate job was with a bridal designer Jenny Packham. So, that seed was already there even though I hadn’t thought of it as my next step.

What is the process when you design a new collection?

It’s not as fancy as it should be. For us, there is research and looking at sources of inspiration — anything from locations, personalities, our cultural trends, international trends or even the people you work with daily.

Do you design the collection with a particular bride in mind?

Not really, the collection is a chance for us to experiment, try out funky ideas, colour, to push people’s imagination and let them know that it is also possible. Even though they might not order the dress, they might say that they like certain aspects of the collection and try to incorporate it in their own gown.

What types of fabrics do you use?

Right now, lace is trending so it is one of our most popular fabrics.

What fabric do you think is perfect for bridal? How do you decide this for each bride?

I wouldn’t say there is a perfect fabric. Perfect really depends on the person. What usually happens is that we sit and have a discussion on what you think your wedding dress would be like. Then, we add input of your age, body type, type of wedding, location; all these factors come into play.

How is it designing for the Kenyan bride?

Interesting. The Wedding dress is one of the most important dress a woman wears in her life or a lot of people take it as the most important dress. There is a lot of emotion that goes into it and a lot of thought and many stakeholders surrounding the dress. The dress is not just about the bride, it’s about your mom, grandma, your aunties, fiancé. You are thinking that these are lifetime pictures, so it’s really important.

Have there been moments where the bride likes the dress and other family members don’t?

Ohhh yes. That happens! This year has actually been quite interesting. in one case, a bride had chosen off white and green as her colours but her mom refused. I think I have become the queen of PR and counseling. We encourage brides not to come with anyone to their first appointment. This is to give us chance to explore and solidify the bride’s ideas before bringing in third parties. However, we also tell the bride to consider her family so as not to offend anyone.

Is there a style that is flattering on any bride?

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