The Universe Multicultural Film Festival (UMFF) was held last Friday, April 6th to Sunday, April 8th. A number of events happened in 4 venues in Palos Verdes Peninsula cities. Hundreds of filmmakers from Hollywood and aboard met in the beautiful peninsula for a full 3 days of film, fashion, finance, and multicultural harmony. All events were open to the public by purchasing admission tickets online. The honorees of UMFF were nominated by audiences worldwide.
The opening gala was on Friday, April 6th. The Masters of Ceremony were Magi Avila, Isabelle Hu and Mark Justice. Some South bay local artists performed in the opening gala: Jayme Claire sang the National Anthem to open the ceremony, Dan McNay sang songs to welcome film maker from worldwide. Young dancer Cady Mariano from San Diego performed her fantastic solo dance.
A number of industry panel discussions were held in UMFF, which are in the area of screenwriting; production; pitching-and-catching and distribution, plus a working with China panel discussion. A number of well-know Hollywood film personalities shared their experiences with the audiences. James Cullen Bressack; Jacob N. Stuart, Carolina de Athey, Zack Van Eyck, Marilyn Anderson will have open discussions with screenwriters. Alisa Reyes, Michael Baumgarten, Michael Matteo Rossi, Elisabeth White gave film producing tips. John Rodsett, Rick Rieger, Bill H McKinney, Mark Sonoda, Lynn Tang and Rosario Elenawill shared their knowledge in distribution the films to worldwide market. A Chinese film maker delegation of 20 told their stories and shared their insider view of how to make films in China.
Two live shows, the Maeya Culture Ambassador Contests and the screenplay showcases, were present at the reception gala at Saturday night April 7th. The gala hosts were Carolina de Athey, Linda Wong and young Hollywood star Kayley Stallings. The festival juries shared their judgment points and views. UMFF art juries committee members shared the title winners. The jury’s members include international beauty title winners, models, actress, producers and directors.
The film Market session was held in Sunday afternoon April 8th. Multiple film projects did casting, interviews for directors, DP, Scrip doctor, composers, etc.
The famous rainbow red carpet and award ceremony was hosted at the RHCC Community center in Rolling Hills Estates, the Host team was Mark Justice, Isabelle Hu, Magi Avila. The award presenters were Vanessa Branch (Hollywood), Danny Pardo (Argentina), Sarina (Mongolia), Aki Aleong (Hollywood), festival jury members Eric Brodeur; Dallas King; Ian Fischer; Wei Zheng (China). The ceremony performers are Nityashetra Dance School (Disseminating classical Indian heritage), Wayne Collins and his band (Hollywood); Xi Opera (China); and Mongolian folk songs. Legendary actor Aki Aleong (Walker, Texas Ranger, V) bestowed awards upon Actress Vida Ghaffari (Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Mindy Project) with a Trailblazer Award and Oscar and Emmy winner Gene Warren Jr. (Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Winds of War) with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Every year, first weekend of April, the UMFF brings worldwide movie stars and cultures shining at the peninsula. Please join in. More info at http://www.umfilms.org
The Universe Multicultural Film Festival (UMFF) will be held this Friday April 6th to Sunday, April 8th. A number of events will happen in 4 venues in Palos Verdes Peninsula cities. Hundreds of filmmakers from Hollywood and aboard will meet in the beautiful peninsula for a full 3 days of film, fashion, finance, and multicultural harmony. All events are open to the public by purchasing admission tickets online. The honorees of UMFF are nominated by audience worldwide.
The opening gala will be hosted this Friday, April 6th. The Masters of Ceremony will be from Hollywood, actor Prince Jordan Tyson and super model Anna Vallefuoco. South bay two local artists will perform in the opening gala: Jayme Claire will sing the National Anthem to open the ceremony, Dan McNay will sing songs to welcome film maker from worldwide. Young dancer Cady Mariano from San Diego will perform her fantastic solo dance.
A number of industries panel discussions will be held in UMFF, which are in the area of screenwriting; production; pitching-and-catching and distribution, plus a working with China panel discussion. A number of well-know Hollywood film personalities will share their experiences with the audiences. James Cullen Bressack; Jacob N. Stuart, Carolina de Athey, Zack Van Eyck, Marilyn Anderson will have open discussions with screenwriters. Alisa Reyes, Michael Baumgarten, Michael Matteo Rossi, Elisabeth White will address the film produce tips with producers. John Rodsett, Rick Rieger, Bill H McKinney, Mark Sonoda, Lynn Tang and Rosario Elena will share their knowledge in distribution the films to worldwide market. A delegation of 20 Chinese film makers will tell their stories and share their insider view of how to make films in China. Check the UMFF schedule for the time of the individual panel discussions. http://umfilms.org/Event.html
Two live shows, the Maeya Culture Ambassador Contests and the screenplay showcases, will be present at the reception gala at Saturday night April 7th. This gala hosts will be Carolina de Athey, Linda Wong and young Hollywood star Kayley Stallings. The festival juries will share their judgment points and views. UMFF art juries committee members will decides the title winners. The jury’s members include international beauty title winners, models, actress, producers and directors.
The film Market session will be held in Sunday afternoon April 8th. Multiple film projects will do casting, interviews for directors, DP, Scrip doctors, composers, etc.
The famous rainbow red carpet and award ceremony will be hosted at the RHCC Community center in Rolling Hills Estates, the Host team will be Mark Justice, Sonya Kreizman, Magi Avila. The award presenters will be Vanessa Branch (Hollywood), Danny Pardo (Argentina), Sarina (Mongolia), Aki Aleong (Hollywood), festival jury members Eric Brodeur; Dallas King; Ian Fischer; Wei Zheng (China). The ceremony performers are Nityashetra Dance School (Disseminating classical Indian heritage), Wayne Collins and his band (Hollywood); Xi Opera (China); and Mongolian folk songs. Actress and HPC’s own Vida G. (Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Mindy Project) will be bestowed with an award.
Every year, first weekend of April, the UMFF brings worldwide movie stars and cultures shining at the peninsula. Please join in. More info at http://www.umfilms.org
Film screening venues:
Peninsula Center Library (701 Silver Spur Rd; Rolling Hills Estates; CA90274)
Fred Hesse Community Park, McTaggart Hall (29301 Hawthorne Blvd; Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca 90275)
Malaga Cove Library (2400 VíaCampesina, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274)
Film Panels, Market and gala venue: Fred Hesse Community Park, McTaggart Hall (29301 Hawthorne Blvd; Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca 90275)
Red Carpet and Award Ceremony Venue: RHCC Community Center (735 Silver Spur Rd; Rolling Hills Estates; CA90274)
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Artists For Trauma models Michael Kors at In Store Fashion Show at Macy’s Topanga
Sunday, September 17th from 2 pm -4 pm, Artists For Trauma (AFT) in conjunction with the upscale Macy’s Topanga and the noted Michael Kors line will present a fashion show with AFT adaptive models.
“These six chosen models are adored by their community and are not only gorgeous, but physically and mentally strong, having persevered through life challenges that most of us will never know.” – Laura T. Sharpe, Artists For Trauma Founder and CEO.
WHO: Numerous celebrities and VIPs expected at this event such as Laura T. Sharpe, the founder of Artists for Trauma, AFT model and celebrated actor Ford Austin (Live By Night, Bosch), his wife, Emmy award-winning producer Lauree Dash (The Doctors, Access Hollywood), actress and fashion blogger Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Holy Terror, So Very Vida), noted filmmaker Massimiliano Cerchi (Mayday, The Night Shift), Chanel Ryan (The Late Late Show with James Cordon, Dead Sea) other AFT models such as noted artist Richard Bell, Tobias Forrest, actress Mia Schaikewitz (Push Girls), actress Vanessa Osman and Janelle Hinshaw. Also in attendance are actors James Cavlo (Raising Hope, Carly), Tatyana Figueiredo (Suicide Squad, The Business), Casey Burke (The Middle, 20th Cen- tury Women), Joey Lutheran (The Long Road Home, Modern Family), Kacey Fifield (Game Shakers, React to That), Siaki Si’l (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Austin and Ally), Kiana Lyz Rivera (Major Crimes, The Immigrant), Kendall Monroe, Entertainment attorney Nadia Davari, Founder and CEO of The World Networks Lousine Karibian and Social Media Influencer Ilmar Molder.
WHEN: September 17th,
press check-in 12:30pm
red carpet 1-2pm fashion show 2-4
WHERE: Macy’s Topanga, 21900 Vanowen St, Canoga Park, CA 91304
PARKING: Free parking at Topanga MALL ATTIRE: Upscale Casual
Artists For Trauma, founded by trauma survivor Laura Sharpe in 2011, was inspired by her personal journey to recovery from life altering trauma. Sharpe connected with the world of art as a source of healing from her near-mortal wounds. AFT reveals and shares the blueprint of Sharpe’s astonishing re- covery to help other civilian and military trauma survivors positively reconnect with themselves, their families and their communities.
The AFT organization aims to expedite recovery through artistic expression and human connection, providing a creative portal to help patients process complex emotions, regain confidence and build self- acceptance after suffering a traumatic experience.
Macy’s, established in 1858, is the Great American Department Store – an iconic retailing brand over 740 stores operating coast-to-coast and online. Macy’s Westfield Topanga Plaza offers a first class se- lection of top fashion brands including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Clinique, Estee Lauder & Levis. In addition to shoes and clothing, Macy’s has a wide variety of housewares, gifts and furniture.
Macy’s will also have a VIP sale that day from 2-4pm with an extra 30% off on designers that rarely go on sale and 15% off any beauty purchase with your Macy’s card.
Michael Kors is a world-renowned, award-winning designer of luxury accessories and ready-to-wear. His namesake company, established in 1981, currently produces a range of products under his signa- ture Michael Kors Collection and MICHAEL Michael Kors labels. These products include accessories, footwear, watches, jewelry, men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, eyewear and a full line of fragrance products.
MODA 360, an innovative exhibit of international art, fashion and film, presents a special event benefitting the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens’ conservation program and celebrating the Zoo’s 50th anniversary August 1, 2017, 3 to 9 pm, at The New Mart in Downtown L.A.
Incorporating exhibits and live presentations by international fashion designers, artists and filmmakers, Moda 360 encourages collaborations between the three creative industries. The 2017 edition of Moda 360 shines the spotlight on sustainability and the importance of preserving the habitats and inhabitants of our planet. A unique feature is “A Walk on the Wild Side,” a sustainable runway fashion show with creations by artists and designers reflecting the species, habitats and conservation projects championed by the L.A. Zoo.
“Moda 360 will be a more intimate event this year to focus on the important issue of environmental stewardship and support the Zoo’s international programs,” says Debora Pokallus, producer of Moda 360. “Preserving our environment has become even more critical today and it’s important to raise awareness and support organizations that do this important work.”
Proceeds from this event support the L.A. Zoo’s new Species Conservation Action Network (SCAN), including a dedicated Curator of Conservation whose sole focus will be to identify and respond to urgent animal conservation issues around the world. The L.A. Zoo dedicates funds, expertise, and staff to a wide variety of conservation projects all over the globe, with a special focus on those that target wild counterparts of animals in their collection. While the reach is global, two of its greatest conservation successes have been local in nature: the California Condor Recovery Plan and the Peninsular Pronghorn Recovery Plan, both restoring populations of critically endangered animals to their native habitats. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments,
According to GLAZA President Connie Morgan, “As the Zoo celebrates 50 years of leadership in exceptional animal welfare and its role as a key player in major conservation projects that protect animal species from extinction, GLAZA’s Board of Trustees builds upon five decades of major support for the Zoo and looks ahead to the next 50 by funding SCAN’s Curator of Conservation position into the future.”
L.A. Zoo Director John Lewis says, “The Zoo, with its decades of institutional knowledge and scientific expertise, will utilize SCAN to build solutions and connect the best people and programs, inside and outside the zoo profession, to act in a coordinated effort to address pressing and critical species survival issues. The Zoo may not be the Ark but we are shipbuilders!”
Moda 360 promises an eclectic and entertaining program representing three creative industries and presenting the ideas, inspiration, and ethics that drive the independent artist, designer and filmmaker forward in their work. Showing the best of contemporary creation, Moda 360 gives a look behind the art to show the contribution these talented exhibitors offer the commercial and cultural market.
Moda 360 will also screen fashion videos from international filmmakers, and premiere a video homage of LA fashion by Lucinda Luuvas.
CE Jordan will perform her all-too-true tales of modeling in LA and NY in “A Model Life,” a journey down the runway of life. Jordan is a former model and professional storyteller who will share reflections from her modeling career in the 1970s, weaving anecdotes about the many personalities she encountered in her work: Karl Lagerfeld, Gianni Versace, Andy Warhol, Michaele Vollbracht, Bill Blass, Givenchy. She has entertained audiences throughout Los Angeles with her warmth and wit, offering a fascinating look at life during fashion’s heyday. Wielding her signature combination of storytelling, music, dance, and an imaginative use of props, this versatile writer/performer will kick up her high heels in this model bash for the ageless. “A Model Life” performance is at 3 pm (seating begins at 2:45).
A screening of “Strangers in a Book,” written by Pedram Navab and directed by Marc Rezvani, takes place at 4 pm (seating begins at 3:45). The film follows Sara in actress (and HPC’s own) Vida G’s (The Mindy Project, Mind of Mencia) dramatic debut, a hip and melancholic Iranian-American, who finds a misplaced book in a café. Intrigued by its contents, but unable to find the owner, she decides to interview the people in the notebook to decipher the identity of the mysterious man. The strangers whom she meets, considered the dregs of society, tell Sara stories about the enigmatic owner of the book, who is considered both diabolical and kind. In her relentless pursuit of the ultimate stranger, Sara is thus plunged into the horror of the unknown, where reality merges with art, and where existence itself is questioned. The film has also received 7 nominations at the prestigious Film Festival in San Diego and won Best Guerrilla Film at the popular Action on Film (AOF) Festival in Monrovia, California and the noted Finow Film and Script Festival in Eberswalde, Germany.Vida Ghaffari will introduce the film.
“A Walk on the Wild Side,” which takes place at 5:30 pm (seating begins at 5:15 pm, is a sustainable runway show of fashions by ethical designers from three continents to show that sustainability is vibrant and creative. It features the work of Atelier Tammam, a London couture house of 100% vegan and ethical fashion whose designs have graced the red carpet at the BAFTA awards; Juan Pablo Martinez, a collection fusing sustainability, fine tailoring and rock and roll from Bogata Colombia who began his career in the atelier of Christian LaCroix; designer Lucy Tammam, a fierce advocate of sustainable fashion who has been a force in the ethical fashion movement for over a decade; and LA’s own Deborah Lindquist who has spent 30 years designing eclectic, and striking fashion from reclaimed, recycled and sustainable materials. A special feature of the runway will be unique creations by artists and designers reflecting the species, habitats and conservation projects championed by the L.A. Zoo. These exceptional designers will hit the runway to support the L.A. Zoo and will be joined by other talented artists and designers creating one of a kind surprises that reflect the animals, habitats and conservation programs the L.A. Zoo champions. A team of hair and makeup artists from TNT Agency will create looks with a touch of the jungle.
Moda 360 celebrates the innovation and creativity of designers and artists and welcomes exciting new innovations and ideas. Returning to Moda 360, Philadelphia designer Machele Nettles will show her latest Idol-Light collection of prism jewelry made from reclaimed optical glass. These sleek and modern designs refract light, making not just a fashion statement, but demonstrating the wonders of science. Machele is creating a special piece for the Zoo runway design challenge. Vanessa Wishart from Toronto, Ontario, is a fashion artist, designer and costumer for theater, films and music tours. Internationally known for her ability to take the most banal items and transform it into wearable art, she creates fashion items from currency and is showing her latest Luut collection at Moda 360. Kor?áta from Guatemala, are high-quality ethical fashion products handwoven by Guatemalan artisans. The bright, colorful ties and wallets reflect the culture and spirit of the native artisans. Moda 360 welcomes returning artist Andrea Bogdan who will again live paint during the event. Andrea will debut an art and fashion collaboration on the runway to support the Zoo. The U.K. feminist art organization FiLiArt is organizing a special exhibition to make the statement that preserving our world is a feminist issue. Photographer Jenna Amaya also returns to Moda to show her expressive studies of exploration of human form and body art. Mark Campana joins fellow Philadelphian Machele Nettles showing his beautiful paintings of the historical architecture in his hometown. These creators will be joined by a growing roster of designers and artists.
Bel Essence the natural skincare and certified cruelty-free company, returns as sponsor of Moda 360 for this special event.
The New Mart is located at 127 E. 9th Street, 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90015.
ABOUT BEL ESPRIT – The Bel Esprit Showroom showcases international designers of ethical fashion, and the sister showroom, Showroom International, presents the collections of international independent designers. The showrooms offer 30 years of industry experience identifying and assisting the needs of both designers and retailers to facilitate a strong business relationship, and partner with international fashion industry organizations and events to give independent designers maximum exposure. Bel Esprit promotes ethical principles through education to designers, retailers and consumers, and through a number of global initiatives works to create and develop more ethical resources for the fashion industry. Learn more at www.BelEsprit.net.
ABOUT THE NEW MART – The New Mart Building, a registered Los Angeles historical landmark located in the center of Downtown LA’s fashion district, is home to 100+ showrooms representing hundreds of top lines. With both high profile and cutting edge showrooms, The New Mart is the most sought-after venue for wholesale fashion buyers from around the world. Learn more at www.newmart.net.
ABOUT BEL ESSENCE – Bel Essence is a natural skincare collection based on a simple idea: give skin the nutrition it needs to heal, regenerate and rejuvenate itself. Bel Essence combines natural and organic oils that are the richest sources of vitamins, antioxidants, omega 3’s and fatty acids, the essential components for healthy, youthful skin. Bel Essence gives skin what nature intended and selects and combines oils with beneficial properties to maximize results without harmful chemicals and colorings. Natural oils, known for their skin health benefits, are combined to treat and nourish skin giving both instant improvement and long-term transformation. Learn more at www.belessence.com.
ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES ZOO – The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens marks its 50th anniversary with a yearlong “ZooLAbration” that began on November 28, 2016, which is the 50th anniversary of the opening at its current location. Throughout the 50th anniversary year, the Zoo spotlights not only its key role as a world-class destination and an important community asset but also its critical successes in conservation, quality of life and premier care for animals. Having recently completed a $172 million master plan which significantly improved the Zoo facility, the Zoo now embarks upon developing a new Master Plan, which will serve as a road map for the future. The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered, as well as a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Its responsibility toward wildlife conservation not only encompasses safeguarding the animals in its care but also actively participating in the preservation of some of the world’s most critically endangered species and their habitats. The Zoo’s many conservation successes include having led the charge in saving California condors from extinction and restoring populations of these critically endangered animals to their native habitats.
On Tuesday, April 11th at 7pm, Award Winning Hollywood Celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman launched her much anticipated official Hollywood Fall/winter 2017 Runway collection titled “The Queen in Me”, which took place at the swanky Sofitel hotel at 8555 Beverly blvd in Los Angeles. It was a completely star-studded evening jam packed with celebrities and media. The event was presented by Sai Suman in conjunction with the World Networks which was founded by the vivacious entrepreneur Lousine Karibian and the media partners of the event who hosted the red carpet, noted actress/fashion blogger and HPC’s own Vida G. (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live, So Very Vida) and celebrated actor Ford Austin (Heels, Live by Night) of “Live with Ford and Vida”.
The bustling red carpet, chock full of international celebrities and media, started at 7pm and was followed by the Fashion Runway show at 9:30pm having the elegant royal era theme, ‘The Queen in Me’ with a romantic Paris feel and runway music reminiscent of “La Vie En Rose”. Models walked in the perfect Royal exquisite and glamorous designs illustrating of the theme as it describes, swaying the audiences taking them back to the 1920 era with the modern touch of 2017 styling and detailing on a time travel back and forth between 1920’s to 2017 with the mesmerizing women and men’s fall/winter collection. The collection has a very unique fabric and appliqué detailing on women’s collection whereas Mens suit/tux has a very interesting and eclectic mix of fabric combination seen in velvets, cotton and even leather making it stand out from the basic regular tuxedo trend. This dazzling collection has gold, diamond and pearl delicate appliqué with few having a 3D flower laser cut detailing on the Royal style gowns.
Overall it was a show that truly gave a feel of all the Queens all gathered in a royal gala charming the audience with their regal style and fashion in a story narrated by the designer herself with her limitless imagination and creativity.
This designer is surely going to be one of the names to be remembered in history among the other legendary designers who are as gifted as her! Sai Suman is an epitome of style and fantasy and has surely achieved a niche at a very young age inspiring many young aspirants to achieve their dreams.
“I live fashion…I breathe fashion! Fashion is not just a necessity for me, but it’s also my passion. Impossible unique creations challenges me. Fashion for me is a platform to narrate story in my own way through my Runway collection! This season’s inspiration “The Queen in me” is dedicated to empowering women and highlighting their beauty within. The Queen in me is to let all women know and discover that there is a Queen/ princess in everyone. It’s all about embracing your beauty no matter what shape or size you are! You are beautiful because you are you,” said Sai.
The Hollywood Launch Runway fashion show was a concept created by Sai Suman and was executed by the World Networks to showcase Sai’s vision and creativity to all her celebrity and media colleagues for them to experience the journey of her fantasy and glamour under one roof, giving them the experience to be a part of a world-class Couture high fashion fall/winter 2017 launch collection.
ABOUT SAI SUMAN
Sai Suman has been designing for HOLLYWOOD’s A list stars at red carpet galas and premieres as well as other events and also has done personalized designing. Her collection and designs have been a hit and quite popular among the Hollywood actors and the whole entertainment industry in no time where Sai at such a young age has reached an international level of high appreciation and credibility.
Sai has been showcasing in many international platforms as well presenting her collections at premieres and highly acclaimed top fashion events such as New York Couture Fashion Week, Dubai Fashion Week, and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia and Mercedes Benz fashion week in Europe, to name a few and Sai has carved a niche for herself at the very beginning of her journey.
Recently Sai was honored by the Entrepreneur Award of the year 2017 in Fashion Designing at the World Networks in Los Angeles as the ambassador of Dubai for the Network.
Sai has also been awarded as “Fashion Designer for 2013-14” at the Dubai Fashion Awards. This wunderkind has also won “Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Excellence in Designing” award at the Global Achievers Awards held in Bangkok in May 2013 for her astounding creative sensibilities.
‘SAI SUMAN’, has been transforming her imagination, fantasy into a wearable piece of art. Her work represents a unique and intriguing combination of fashion and technology. Sai’s collections are compromised of impeccably cut outfits and sophisticated haute couture and red carpet gowns that are ornate and intricately detailed while her designs speak volumes about her passion and her work.
Sai Suman is a designer who creates a blend of western fashion elements with a traditional touch of handwork, creating a new fashion statement. She likes experimenting to create uniqueness in her style and to bring out timeless yet trendsetting collections. Sai Suman loves to create a unique blend of western with a traditional touch to it. She has always been inspired by the futuristic vision in fashion hence has presented several art pieces integrated with light technology in many esteemed international fashion week show. Sai Suman has been a pioneer in experimenting the use of unique fabrics designing the costumes for Bollywood actresses. Sai has also designed looks for international television stars, contributed her designs to several Bollywood music videos, magazine cover shoots, reality shows and is now styling for Hollywood as well.
Sai is the youngest designer to create and combine fashion with technology and creativity, presenting Haute Couture with Hi-Tech designs in various international platforms as the youngest Indian designer alongside with the top senior renowned international designers from different countries respectively.
The inspiration for this young and talented Hollywood celebrity fashion designer, ‘Sai Suman,’ has been the surrealistic fantasy world that tickles her imagination and transforms that fantasy into a wearable pieces of art.
Santa Monica — On Thursday, November 10, 2016, The Hollywood Press Corps had the pleasure of attending the Art Lewin Bespoke Grand Opening of its newest location in Santa Monica — Store #6 for entrepreneur Art Lewin. This highly anticipated, invitation-only event, sponsored, in part, by BuyWine.com, offered guests the best of the best including gourmet cuisine, scrumptious desserts, Napa Valley wines from Sparrow Hawk and Highway 12 vineyards, Hint Water, Rekorderlig Cider from Sweden, contemporary tunes and the most superb in custom clothing.
Over 100 of Southern California’s finest turned out to celebrate the exclusive opening of Art Lewin Bespoke, Santa Monica including members of the legal community, business professionals and celebrities. All guests were gifted with a Mario Masotti Hand-made Silk Neck-Tie. The ties are beautifully crafted and designed with stunning fabrics and patterns.
So what makes Art Lewin Bespoke so special? “One of our many unique features with our full canvas grade clothing is the canvas itself. Our canvas is hand padded and not machine stitched as is common with many other tailors. We also offer an extensive library of world class quality fabrics from internationally renowned mills in England, Italy, France, Switzerland, and Germany,” says Daniel Simons, Partner, Art Lewin Bespoke, Santa Monica.
A favorite with Hollywood celebrities, including, Jon Voight, Ernie Hudson, Jason Ritter, William Shatner, Lou Ferrigno, Esai Morales and Robert Wagner, to name a few, Art Lewin Bespoke is also preferred by a cadre of stylists. And, what about Art Lewin Bespoke for Women? “Art Lewin Bespoke is not just about clothes that make men look great,” adds Simons, “we also apply our expert talents to a woman’s wardrobe with the same quality, workmanship & knowledge enjoyed by our male clientele, just ask the beautiful actress Sofia Milos!”
WOR The Los Angeles, CA (November 7, 2016) –From founder Marc Bruder and designer Ben Zerbe comes the next generation of footwear, WORLDboots. Since it’s creation, WORLDboots’ purpose has been to establish and re-envision the genre of sneakerboots, using handmade craftsmanship and premium materials, combined with a “fashion meets function” mindset. WORLDboots desires to introduce unique, timeless and luxurious pieces all while helping the less fortunate by contributing to Soles 4 Souls, in an effort to eradicate poverty.
The paradigm of fit and function coupled with a fashion frame, Worldboots represents a fresh genre of footwear. They call them ‘Sneakerboots’. Breeding the athletic midsole base with an upper that exudes quality and luxury, we combine podiatric expertise with fashion-forward innovation. The event was produced by http://www.vajamusic.com
What separates the ground from your foot is more than material; it is intention and purpose, the path you walk as an individual, as one and as many we strive forward together. Available in suede or leather and a variety of fashion forward colors including royal blue, Spanish pink, haze grey and true black with a sole that is designed to support you. The line offers two different collections, the Hemera and Lees, both priced from $250-$500, featuring over 10 styles composed of eccentric colors with complementary tones, combined with definitive style.
The Hemera, constructed with two exclusive skirts – a full skirt and fringe style, is a fashion led ankle sneakerboot as the Lees, a high top sneakerboot, offers a must-have pair of sneakerboots for every occasion and look. The distinctive skirts seen on the Hemera can also be purchased separately as an accessory to fit every sneaker and boot making it a perfect standout to match any style.
“One size will not fit all but one world will” – WORLDboots. You’ve felt it before. “Unusual, unique, cerebral, inviting question and resistance”; you recognize it. It’s you. It’s who you are and want to be.
For more information and to purchase your very own pair of WORLDboots visit https://www.worldboots.com/
Who says you can’t wear white after Labor Day? For the fourth year in a row, treats! hosted a luxurious all-white dress code party in Malibu with a beautiful background of the Pacific Ocean, celebrating people in fields of art, fashion, music and entertainment.
While the party started out with a chill Malibu vibe, it soon picked up as the DJ started spinning and guests began to arrive. Everyone enjoyed cold beers and a variety of other drinks out of their iconic Stella Artois chalices. Early arrivals included “WAGS” star Nicole Williams and beau Larry English and Nick Simmons, who enjoyed the stunning view of the Malibu coast. Many known models like Tika Camaj arrived wearing Indah dresses and For Love & Lemons in the trend of lace and bell sleeves in white and ivory. Most models were in bright white lace and stood out significantly. British fashion designer Julia Clancey wore a stunning and statement-making dress and head piece emblazoned with fine jewels and crystals.
Sofia Richie got into the theme of the event wearing a white t-shirt dress with the word “white” on the back, paired with white high tops and sunglasses. It was an edgy street style look that fitted with the relaxed vibe of the beach side event. She attended with a male friend and was seen reading a copy of treats! Magazine and enjoying the beautiful grounds of the stunning property.
Later on in the evening, Brody Jenner and Frankie Delgado, strolled in and joked around enjoying the laid back pool vibes and stunning view. Absolute Elyx also served up Moscow mules to the thirsty guests including Steve Shaw, treats! Editor and founder, who was entertaining friends and guests including pal Spencer Garratt and Singer Matt Bellamy (MUSE) and his girlfriend, model Elle Evans. Foster The People’s Mark Foster got in the party spirit and playfully photo bombed some of guests!
Treats! Magazine is known for its glitzy events and always attracting a beautiful fun loving crowd. Treats! Magazine is an artistic magazine released quarterly that celebrates the natural beauty of women in a sensual, sophisticated and unique way.
Treats! partners world-class renowned photographers with some of the most captivating models to create images that are not only beautiful, but provide both the subject and photographer with a place they can be free to truly express themselves in a stylish, uncensored and unrestricted way. The new issue of treats! includes; Bryana Holly (shot by David Bellemere), Joanna Krupa (Steve Shaw), Sanda Kubicka (Justin Macala), Kathryn Eisman (Steve Shaw), Hunter McGrady (James Macari), Sarah McDaniel (Robert Voltaire), Ireland Baldwin (Arthur Belebeau) and cover model The Fat Jewish (Tony Kelly). The current issue is on newsstands and available for order at www.treatsmagazine.com
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – August 17, 2016 – Global model search announced!
Submissions now open through end of August online at www.NUmuses.com and at open castings in New York and Los Angeles.
From the founder of treats! Magazine, Steve Shaw, and photographer David Bellemere, comes a global model search to discover the first NU MUSES – 12 of the world’s most modern and inspiring beauties to be photographed for a luxurious and timeless photographic calendar. A millennial take on the classic Pirelli calendar of the 1970’s, NU MUSES will reestablish “the nude” as fine art to grace the walls of art galleries and collectors’ portfolios. The calendar will be launched at a VIP event during Art Basel Miami in December 2016 at an exclusive art gallery exhibition. Showcasing 24 stunning images, NU MUSES will be celebrated and gain worldwide exposure. In addition, the whole process will be shot for an hour & a half documentary to be shown in 2017 on one of the largest TV networks in the USA, and later distributed worldwide.
“We are launching NU MUSES at a time when things are highly censored, and restricted: we have pop culturecelebrities flashing body parts to get attention and music lyrics that are overly sexualized, but we need to bring back the female form as classic fine art that is highly celebrated verses gratuitous ”, explains Steve Shaw, founder of the project. Adds Christianne Brooks, Creative Director of the project, “This is about making something timeless through Intention vs. Attention. Intention by using a photographer who is a master of lighting, a master at working with talent and crafting these beautiful moments to capture them in. This is nothing new about nudity, yet we arepushing the boundaries and we are celebrating the uncensored beauty of the naked body.”
From landscapes and portraits in history, nudity was once recognized as the highest form of art, but over time has lost its point of view. We need to get back to showcasing timeless and classic nudity where women, as well as men, feel comfortable and inspired by these images of the female body. Women will want to be a part of this project because it’s a beautiful piece of art.
Starting today, models are invited to submit online or attend one of the open castings this month in either Los Angeles or New York. The search will be curated and finalized via live castings, social media voting and fashion industry judges.
If selected to be one of the 12 NU MUSES, you will be:
One of 12 models in the NU MUSES calendar art project
Flown to an exclusive location for a shoot with David Bellemere
Flown to Miami for the calendar launch event and dinner at Art Basel in December, covered by major press outlets
Featured in theDecember issue of treats! with the chance to grace the cover of the magazine
Featured in a documentary to be shown on one of the largest TV networks in the USA, &distributed worldwide.
Agents and models can submit talent to the NU MUSES website. All submissions must be received by August 30th. Alternatively, models can attend live open castings being held in Los Angeles on August 24th and New York on August 29th.
For more information on live castings, guidelines, and the overall project process visit www.numuses.com and submit for the career opportunity of a lifetime!
About Steve Shaw
Steve Shaw has a background in celebrity & fashion photography, shooting for Elle, Vogue, and British Esquire. In 2011, British-born Steve Shaw conceived and launched treats! Magazine as a European-inspired, multi-media brand merging high fashion, and sensuality as the ultimate lifestyle luxury publishing body. Created in the spirit of fine art, treats! goal is to provide everyone with a platform to express their ‘art’ – from fine print to digital. treats! is designed to give the world’s best photographers a sophisticated, creative outlet with the freedom to have their work published without restriction. Steve focuses on celebrating the beauty of women as nature made them, which can be seen throughout his work.
About David Bellemere
David Bellemere was born and raised in Paris, France. He discovered photography during his high school years, which led him to studyvisual arts after his Baccalaureate. While in college, David caught the eye of various French magazines that commissioned him in his early 20s. Over the next few years he traveled throughout Asia regarding his time there as the most influential in his photographic style to this day. David is recognized for his unique light, colors, and composition, always celebrating beauty. The adjectives most often used to describe his pictures are sensual, delicate, and feminine. David currently contributes to the following magazines: Marie Claire Italy, Vogue Paris, Vogue US, Vogue China, Nippon Vogue, VogueSpain, Elle US, GQ UK, LUI, Porter Magazine, MUSE, treats! and Harper’s Bazaar UK.
The Hollywood Press Corps joins art lovers from around the world who love art and beauty. NU MUSES is a cool project that’s seeking 12 new faces. These models will be part of something big and memorable in the industry. For fine art aficionados, this calendar will definitely be in the category of the “highest form of art”.
The energy level at the Canyon Club in Agora Hills on Friday night was high and the 80’s vibe was strong as the crowd anxiously anticipated the arrival of Fee Waybill and “The Tubes” to hit the stage. But before the hit band of 40 years of iconic music appeared, the opening band, “Se7en Reasons Why” with front man Mick Scott took the stage, and the floor, and the bar and the rafters!
Se7en Reasons Why is a throw back band in hard-rock-80’s style that is known for heavy metal songs such as “Writing on the Wall”, “Living in the Now”, and the time appropriate song, “World Gone Mad”. Scott is an amazing performer and acrobat who draws the audience in with his piercing expressions and spontaneous gymnastics.
He is backed by a talented and eclectic group of musicians including Jason Stalk, the primary songwriter, lyricist and lead guitarist of “Se7en Reasons Why”. Hiro Goto, the band’s violin player, is a well-known composer for singer-songwriters and films. He also serves as a live sound engineer and audio technician. On the drums is the versatile performer, Michael Villiers, who is considered the backbone of the band. Break Twomey rounds out the sound with his melodic bass playing and dramatic style. Together, “Se7en Reasons Why” creates an unforgettable, unique experience for their fans and audience members.
With just enough break time to get a new cold beverage, The Tubes began to set up their equipment for their tour-through-time-and-space, back to the punk rock era of the 1980’s. The Canyon Club quickly filled with patrons and the hundred degree heat from outside began to leak into the venue itself. That didn’t stop the band and fans from rocking until their hair dripped with sweat.
The phenomenal journey through 40 years of The Tubes music began with an instrumental performance by Roger Steen on guitar, Prairie Prince at the drums, Rick Anderson on bass and David Medd on keyboard. The audience was swaying with the melody waiting patiently for the arrival of the star of the show, and master of disguises, Fee Waybill.
The audience jumped to attention and the hoots and howls began as Fee sauntered onto stage wearing a gorgeous, perfectly crafted Zoot Suit complete with hat and swagger. He opened the set with “You Never Can Tell”, followed by “Monkey Time”.
His costume changes were almost as spectacular as the tunes he was belting out. He changed from his suit to a straight jacket, to a Quaalude shirt and pill box mask, to a ball gag with a bare chest and leather pants. After many other clothing changes, his fans were nearly brought to tears as he was escorted out onto the stage in a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” style drag queen outfit complete with 24 inch heals and sexy platinum wig.
He belted out the cult classic “White Punks on Dope” and he truly mesmerized the audience. The band took over again as he once again changed his outfit.
This time he appeared in a turn-of-the-century, red and white striped, barbershop quartet-style jacket and pants and wowed the crowd with “She’s a Beauty”.
The other songs that set the crowd on fire were “Life”, which he sang with passion and clarity, and he closed the show with two fan favorites, “Saw Her” and “Talk”. The night was magical, incredibly hot and excessively memorable. Two great front men from two different bands. The Tubes rocked the house like it was still the Reagan era. It was a great night of traditional, good old-fashioned rock and roll.