Nolcha Fashion Week jolts Pier 59 with slew of new fashion talent ( NYFW aw2014)

While established designers are guaranteed huge demand to attend their shows, and get scads of social media and blogger costs afterwards. Nolcha Fashion Week’s method is to create excitement by grouping new designers together and presenting them to a fashion-hungry audience looking for the next big thing. Not content to rely on the same old thing, the event also attracts stars like Kelly Rutherford, Kat Graham, and Jennie Garth were seen in the audience. Who knows where he next red carpet look is going to come from?
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I addition to a fabulous line-up of designers, Nolcha Fashion Week has a Rusk Haircare sponsored lounge where attendees can mingle, take pictures on the step and repeat, and try new products. On hand at the aw2014 shows were Defiant Whiskey, Don Q. Rum, Air Europa, Skinny Girl sparklers, and ONO premium e-cigs. The goody bags were loaded with products like Ruby Wing nailpoilish (changes color when you go from inside to out!), a generous gift certificate from Medical Aesthetics, Energems candy covered chocolate energy bites, and deliciously soothing Kushma tea. The Rusk product team were available to answer questions about produtcs like the excellent ‘putty’ holding creme and their famous 12-in1 W8less leave in hair treatment.

Once seated on the benches, the Pier 59 Studios space fills with music and the anticipation grows. At the 5:30 show Gail Be’s opening salvo of beads, beads, and more sparkly beads drew gasps. Christian Benner Custom’s raucous show featured 80s looking models in customized leather jackets- and no pants. Naveda Couture showed a collection heavily influenced by Indian dress and culture. The maison de papillon ollection was silk pajamas and separates, a lovely, wispy midnight blue cocktail minidress- and shirts with no pants.

The 5:30pm standout was Christina Yi. A sexy collection of sleek clothing to take you through the aw2014 season in style.

The much buzzed about 8:30pm show as chock full of dramatics. Gabriel Arruda’s show was an array of classily preppy seprates, not in the 80s overly colorful ‘Muffy’ sense, but in the sense of a young, well educated woman who’s willing to invest in good clothing with classic overtones. A favorite was a shiny nay dress made out of a waxed material. Flattering cut, and all the drama is in the texture of the cloth.

Nina Athenasiou updated her ss2014 looks, upped her game with better workmanship, and pretty much stole everyone’s attention with massive afro wigs, and a gender shifting model named Elliot Sailors. It was a big show, with some interesting themes. Athenasiou has definitely grown since last season.

Last but not least- L. Catherine London’s stellar collection featured the most daringly cut coats and jackets, like cascading waterfalls of wool. dresses printed in Monet-like patterns, the structural severity of the coats contrasted nicely with the softness of the dresses underneath. A sleeveless wool vest with rectangular cutouts along the font was anther hit. Simple, with no pretensions, London delivered a solid blow..

Art in the Windows on Fifth Avenue

Check out the stores on fifth avenue for creative windows that feature clothing with modern art. Uniglo had some fashions with artwork by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Jean Michel Basquiat. Dolce and Gabbana had interesting colorful porcelain sculptures and foot rests exhibiting their fine shoes and clothing.

Take a stoll down fifth avenue before they change their windows to the more demur.

An in-depth examination of Garcia v. Google

On February 26th the Ninth Circuit court of appeals handed down a ruling that, taken to its logical conclusion, could have a significant impact on both the movie and photography communities. In the case of Garcia v Google, Inc., actress Cindy Garcia asserts a claim to a copyright interest in a portion of a video she acted in.

Although this case applies to an actor in a movie, the principles apply equally to a model in a photograph. Anyone who has worked with a talented model would agree that her creativity in posing and expression contributes to the final photo; the court has now created the presumption that performers who are creative are owners of copyright to that creation: “An author ‘in a constitutional sense’ is one ‘to whom anything owes its origin; originator; maker.’ Feist Publ’ns, 499 U.S. at 346 (quoting Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53, 58 (1884)). In other words, the creator of copyrightable artistic expression is an author. Which is why, for example, Sinéad O’Connor can claim a copyright in her performance of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ even though the song was written by Prince.”

The appeals court stated that: “We need not and do not decide whether every actor has a copyright in his performance within a movie. It suffices for now to hold that, while the matter is fairly debatable, Garcia is likely to prevail.” [emphasis added.]

The court recognizes the apparent problems with its ruling: “As the above discussion makes clear, any analysis of the rights that might attach to the numerous creative contributions that make up a film can quickly become entangled in an impenetrable thicket of copyright.” But they dismiss the issue based on their understanding of the way movies are produced: “But it rarely comes to that because copyright interests in the vast majority of films are covered by contract, the work for hire doctrine or implied licenses.”

While that may be true for most movie productions, it is not true for most photographs. There is often no contract in advance of a shoot that discusses usage, and “work for hire” generally does not apply to models even in professional commercial photo shoots. Even when a “model release” is used, it typically deals only with the model’s rights of publicity and privacy, not copyright, since it has generally been understood that the copyright in a photo belongs to the photographer unless there is something in writing to the contrary. This ruling challenges that understanding.

It can be argued that by granting a release of those privacy and publicity rights in the “model release”, the model is also granting an implied copyright usage license. But that is not established law. Even if it is true, the limitations on that implied license are not clear; if a model argues that a subsequent use of a photograph by a photographer is outside the scope of what she thought she agreed to, the “implied license” may provide no protection. As an example, suppose the photographer tells a model that her picture will not appear on “an adult website”. If he later uses it on his own personal photography page or model mayhem portfolio that contains nudes, is that outside the scope of the implied license? The court opinion suggests that it may be: “A clear sign that Youssef exceeded the bounds of any license is that he lied to Garcia in order to secure her participation, and she agreed to perform in reliance on that lie. Youssef’s fraud alone is likely enough to void any agreement he had with Garcia. But even if it’s not, it’s clear evidence that his inclusion of her performance in ‘Innocence of Muslims’ exceeded the scope of the implied license and was, therefore, an unauthorized, [copyright-]infringing use.”

In this case there was no valid written contract or release, which points strongly for the need for a release whenever a photographer shoots pictures of a model. With no release, the copyright license which may be implied by a release is that much harder to demonstrate. If a model objects to any online use, for instance, she now has standing as “an author” to demand the picture be taken down with a DMCA takedown notice.
The court seems not to view this as a settled issue; it has remanded the case back to the trial court to determine whether or not Garcia does, in fact, have a copyright claim. But the wording of the order prejudices the outcome: “Neither party raised the issue of whether the author of a dramatic performance must personally fix his work in a tangible medium. Because the question is not properly before us, we do not decide it. The parties are free to raise it in the district court on remand.”

By stating the charge to the trial court in those terms, the appellate court is asking the judge to decide what has already been decided in a string of cases: the author does not have to personally “fix” his work. An example from the Third Circuit makes this clear, but adds an additional requirement not mentioned in the Ninth Circuit opinion: “That statutory language and the Supreme Court’s guidance produce a definition of an author as the party who actually creates the work, that is, the person who translates an idea into an expression that is embodied in a copy by himself or herself, or who authorizes another to embody the expression in a copy. The definition, however, has limits. When one authorizes embodiment, that process must be rote or mechanical transcription that does not require intellectual modification or highly technical enhancement . . . .”
There are two issues here: the work is fixed under the authority of the creator, and the fixation must not be something that itself requires creativity. Both seem to fail in this case, but neither is mentioned, leaving the trial court with no charge to examine them.

But in a photo shoot the “authority” to fix an image may be open to question. When a photographer or client hires a model for a shoot, arguably the images are “fixed” under the authority of the photographer or model. But whose “authority” operates in a TFP collaboration, or when the model requests and pays for the shoot? That seems less clear.

As the court itself seems to recognize, these issues are far from settled law even within the Ninth Circuit. Further findings by the trial court will clarify them to some extent; further appeals are also likely. But if this ruling by a two to one majority of a panel stands, photographers and models may have to change the way they do business.

Is snooping ruining your chances of a relationship?

“What’s your DJ name?”

I was chair dancing to the music for an hour and decided to walk on stage and ask this tall, dark be speckled musical creature (reminiscent of Malcolm X and had game like Miguel) what type of music he was playing. From our brief exchange, I learn that DJ guy didn’t have a pseudonym. He just went by his real name, which I happily recorded in my iPhone notes along with a link to his Mixcloud.

Shortly thereafter our conversation, my Tuesday night drinking turned into an exciting Google search session. And let me tell you, it didn’t take much to discover that not only was *DJ guy “award winning,” but seemingly works a full time job, has a Facebook and even does some marketing consulting as an online blog business. So I did what any smitten girl would do: I friend requested him and a day or so later he accepted!

I already know what you’re thinking: Isn’t this the normal thing one should do to block potential douche bags and guys with police records from your life? And, I’m going to tell you that it’s not normal behavior for me because I’ve dated several guys consecutively and they all had no presence on social media. Disregarded Facebook as irrelevant, weren’t the CEOs of companies for LinkedIn standards, and just didn’t get the point of sharing personal photos on Instagram. Though in retrospect, I always thought that if one of my previous beaus ever had a twitter, he’d definitely have thousands of followers. My ex-guys were so anti-social media because, perhaps, they thought it stunted their growth into men or just didn’t see the point of sharing intimate details of their glamorous or disastrous lives. Consequently, this lack of social presence in my past relationships opened up new territory in regard to this new person of interest’s online portfolio, created like a work of art.

So, when DJ guy and I had this two minute conversation, I couldn’t wait for the first date. From my own research, I found out all this information. Things about his career, what year he bought his first motorcycle and what ballet performance he was recently moved by via Instagram, easily digitally accessible. Guilt free, I knew I was committing a single girl sin. Was I giving up my chances of a relationship from pre-screening, fantasizing about what we could be, all from a rewarding Google search that conjured up premature feelings? Or perhaps, can social media be use for more of a catalyst to go for what I want?

I sent DJ guy a message after scanning his online resume to find some sort of connection, subject line: hi there.
My first message read: Hi, it’s the Melissa from the bar. Thanks for accepting my friend request. I see your interests include some of the interests, I’m interested in. Let’s connect.” I leave my name and number at the end.

DJ Guy responded within two hours.
“Yes, we should talk sometime & see what mutually beneficial opportunities we might uncover.” He also left his phone number, so I immediately texted him.
“Hi there, it’s Melissa…”
I don’t waste any time deciding to make the first moves.
“Hey, how are you? He texted.
“Good and you?”
“Just getting ready for my gig tonight. You should come out.”
“Oh yea, what’s on the playlist that will make me wanna come?”
“Requests?”

Our text message conversations from there spiraled from music to business, to what type of food he likes cooking, referencing his Facebook and website like visual footnotes. Hash tag: food porn. I casually note that I saw this and that on his Facebook. I thought referring to his Google search number would be a dead giveaway that my hype personality may be all a jig, but he played along disregarding my blatant sarcasm- city guy!

On our second meet up, I happened to be randomly stopping by the bar after work for a drink as he was getting ready for his set. (Disclaimer: It’s not my fault he’s a dj at my neighborhood bar). I send him a quick text message while I was seductively looking over to watch him read it.

“I spy.”
After thirty minutes of unresponsiveness, I decided to walk over to the dj booth.

Enter: perky girl. He greeted me with a hug.

“Can you play a Beyoncé song?” I asked.

“You smell good.” He says.

“Thanks.”

“I want you.” he whispered as I watched him change the music to my song of choice.

Shockingly and a little aroused, there I was standing on the other side of the DJ booth feeling like I’ve been moved into this weird space of sexual observation and he had just the right view.

“Stand back.” he said. “Back more”, signaling with his hand stop as he mouthed “right there” with a thumbs up gesture.
“I wanted to see your tights.” He said. They were from Wolfords.

End Scene.

This was turning into a “How to Keep a Guy in 10 days via Facebook” type of game. Even though these meet-ups didn’t count as a first date (in my book), we were surely getting comfortable and I was very open about his social media presence from the start. Could it be that social media coup d’état is a turn off?

Finally after several days of random meet-ups and messaging, DJ Guy still hadn’t invited me to a cafe to discuss our “mutual beneficial opportunities.” While I can’t be for certain if it was because he was freaked out from all my knowledge of his social presence, I think it definitely had some association. In conclusion, I’ll stick to my usual bunch of guys (the social anti-ists), and staying away from social media and dating, for now. Moreover, for the record, DJ guy has been deleted on my Facebook. Though, what I learned is that social media is like a visual report card: its information to help you feel like you’re compatible with the person on the surface and yet you don’t have to go through the ringer to get it.

*Name as been changed.

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With prices ranging from the most affordable to the high end, snowflake pendants bracelets are faultless impulsion for friendship and romance. They also make outstanding birthday and anniversary presents. Your woman would unquestionably like the feeling of coolness on her skin and fondness of the looking up to eyes of those who would see her auspices of bravery.

STAMPING OUT HEART DISEASE WITH A STYLISH AFFAIR

New Orleans fashion scene continues to grow and continues to give back to nonprofit organizations in grand style. Couture for a Cause – “A Fashion Affair for the Heart” is no exception, as it brings fashion aficionados together to enjoy a fashion show while benefiting the American Heart Association (AHA).

This talked about fashion event of the summer is being produced and presented by two local business women, Tiffany Magee and Shirah Ray. Both ladies are well-known in the community for their philanthropic involvement, Magee and Ray are thrilled to lead this effort for the AHA as the national organization has special meaning for them. “Both of our fathers died of heart attacks at a very early age and we would love to raise at least $2,500 for the AHA. As well as use this event as an opportunity to raise awareness and promote the prevention of heart disease” stated Magee. According to the AHA, heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans, taking the lives of 811,000 annually. For more information about the American Heart Society, visit www.heart.org.

Fashion and beauty are innate to these two driven entrepreneurs and Louisiana natives. Magee, former state director of the Miss Black USA pageant and now CEO of her own company, Manager Extraordinaire, an event logistics and management company. Along with Ray, boutique owner (David Lee’s Boutique, named for her late father), wardrobe consultant and style therapist. The ladies are combining their expertise to create a fete that the city of New Orleans will not soon forget. “I’m proud to partner with an organization that’s committed to saving lives. This is sentimental for both my family and me,” said Ray.

The high-end women’s clothing store is located in LaPlace will provide ready-to-wear fashions and accessories in the runway fashion show. Also featured on the runway will be two notable New Orleans based fashion designers that are renowned in the Southern fashion circle and beyond. New Orleans native Tabitha Bethune will show gowns from her Broadway-inspired La Playbill collection. John Joseph Delgadillo will present his Cutting Edge Diva collection. Debuting her jewelry and accessories with the designers fashions will be local jewelry designer Ko’fetche by Korebel.

The fashion affair takes place Thursday, June 12 at Eiffel Society. Doors 8PM / VIP reception 7PM. Attendees can expect a first-class red-carpet entrance as they are greeted and interviewed by fashion blogger, radio personality and owner of My Classy Closet, Paris Hatcher. Dress to impress and show your support for AHA and love for fashion by donning on your most stylish red outfit and be a part of “Couture for a Cause”.

Tickets for the fashion show are now available at coutureforacauseheart.eventbrite.com or visit David Lee’s Boutique, 1145 W Airline Highway, LaPlace, LA and Simply Divine Full Service Salon, 306 S. Broad Street, New Orleans, LA. Cost: $40 for general admission and $75 for VIP.

Talkin’ fashion with a Pittsburgh girl: Katie Z.

Pittsburgh girls know and love fashion! They know what colors look good on them, what designer looks they covet, and where to shop. Pittsburgh girls are more than just Pens jerseys and Terrible Towels, they are fashionistas! Katie, a 28 year-old formerly of South Park who is now a nurse in Virginia Beach, Virginia gabs about her personal style and fashion!

What is one store you could spend thousands of dollars on clothes in?

Black House White Market

What is your favorite Pittsburgh mall?

South Hills Village

What color do you think you look best in?

Pink

What is one piece in your wardrobe you could never live without?

My heart necklace from Tiffany’s because it was given to me from the love of my life.

What is your favorite cut of jeans?

Skinny jeans

What is your ideal winter coat?

Pea coat in ivory

What is your favorite kind of dress?

Sun dress

What is your favorite type of footwear?

Heels

Money is no object, who is your favorite luxury fashion brand?

Michael Kors

5 adjectives to describe your style and wardrobe?

Colorful, form-fitting, fun, sassy, and bling

UpSkale “Hair for a Cause” Hair Show

You are invited to “Hair for a Cause” Hair Show hosted by Platinum Hearts Events & Creations on March 23, 2014. This event will be in honor of two time breast cancer Survivor Angel Ligon and a local community member recently diagnosed with kidney failure in need of a kidney transplant, Gary Shepard. This is the 2nd show for a cause and the numbers are getting stronger. The proceeds from ticket sales and donation go directly to the recipients.
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Hair for a Cause will be featuring a few of La Grange, Georgia’s finest in the Beauty Industry, Ms. Danyelle “The Make Up Maven”, Makeup Artist, Courtland “La Mente De Shaheed”, Wig Creator and Mrs. Athena Dixon-Wheelous, Hair Stylist and Barber. They will all be showcasing their GOD-given talents in the Hair for a Cause Hair Show on March 23, 2014 at Del’Avant in LaGrange, GA. This awesome trio shares the passion on wanting to help women to find that beauty inside and let it shine out. With over 10 years experience they have been helping women all over Georgia to feel empowered. They are surly putting Georgia on the map in the Beauty Industry.

Here is a little background on our featured stylist that have volunteered their services for this awesome cause. When asked, “what drives you and why?” They answered, Danyelle: “An addict, I think I need rehab I’m so bad…lol I’ve been this way since childhood, since I was able to read and spell the words make up!!! My profession and passion for this industry chose me. But, I’m a skin care fan, so love the skin you’re in!”

Athena-“My passion is to bring the beauty outward!”

La Mente De Shaheed- “I make wigs because it is simply what I want to do. I am a fashion designer by trade. I have always had a niche for anything that was dealing with someone’s appearance (besides make-up). I didn’t choose this field, it chose me. The first wig that I ever made for someone was a deep purple and black A-symmetrical stacked bob for someone’s Halloween costume. They wanted to channel Nikki Minaj. In the meantime, my grandmother was battling cancer and she asked if I could make her a wig that wouldn’t scream, “I am wearing a wig!” That is what drove me to making lace units. Sadly she passed before I even started on one for her. I now make wigs for cancer patients, alopecia sufferers, and burn victims quite often. I do also just make wigs for commercial use (everyday people) as well!”

Thank you to all that have donated their time and skills for this great cause!

We ask that you please share this event to everyone that you know. This event was put together for people that are in need of prayers and monetary blessings.

To make donations please call 706-407-1891

Top 5 best resale shops in St. Louis

Looking for a place to buy and sell old clothes, shoes, and accessories? With an impressive resale market, St. Louis has plenty of shops to do just that, and more. From consignment, to on-the-spot buying, selling, and donating, there are many options in the area. These shops are not your typical thrift stores. There is no trash, only treasures. You may luck up and find some recycled styles that you can feed right back into your closet.

ScholarShop

ScholarShop

Clayton: 8211 Clayton Rd. St. Louis, MO 63117, 314-725-3456; Webster Groves: 7930 Big Bend Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63119, 314-961-2525; scholarshopstl.org

This unique resale shop offers upscale fashions for women, men and children. Everything from designer apparel, jewelry, handbags, shoes, ties, scarves, hats and fine collectibles can be found inside the ScholarShop. With two area locations (Clayton and Webster Groves), collections are varied. ScholarShop has many sales and promotions throughout the year, ensuring that shoppers will find great bargains. This store is great for those who are looking to donate and shop for a cause. Donations are accepted at both locations and donators will receive a statement at the end of the tax year, itemizing the value of their salable donations through the year. All purchases made support students in the area through the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis.

Avalon Exchange

6388 Delmar Blvd. 
St. Louis, MO 63130, 314-725-2760; avalonexchange.com

From the on-trend and in-season pieces, this is a great shop to buy, sell and trade the latest fashions. Offering clothing for men and women, its collections include vintage pieces, designer labels, denim and leather. One-of-a-kind styles that cannot be found anywhere in St. Louis lay hidden on the racks. If in the market for a bold statement piece or a costume for a themed party, this is arguably the best shop in town, attracting a diverse group of sellers. Those with piles of gently worn trendy clothing should definitely give Avalon Exchange a visit. Store credit or cash is offered for items that the store chooses to buy.

Women’s Closet Exchange

Women’s Closet Exchange

11575 Gravois Rd St. Louis, MO 63126, 314-842-8405; womensclosetexchange.net

Coined one of the best resale shops in the country, Women’s Closet Exchange is the focal point of the television show, Resale Royalty. The show is produced by Coolfire Originals. The shop is owned and operated by resale guru, Sue McCarthy and her two daughters, Diana and Laura. These fashion savvy ladies take on a style conscious clientele who are looking for the best designer buys in town. They are committed to authenticity, and they typically buy items that are recently purchased. This is the perfect shop for socialites to take their luxury fashion items that may have been slightly overphotographed in hopes to sell them and score some new pieces for their closets. Buying guidelines and seasonal windows for those interested in selling are available on the store’s website.

Back On The Rack

2535 S. Brentwood Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63144, 314-963-7575; backontherackconsignment.com

Featuring a variety of designers and popular brands for women, Back On The Rack is centrally located in Brentwood. The collections are constantly changing; one can be sure to find some well-known brands in women’s fashion here. This shop will pick up your unwanted items, appraise them, and pay you, leaving you free of worry of what will sell. As far as consigning items, there are a few guidelines listed on the shop’s website.

Upscale Resale Boutique

Upscale Resale Boutique

10042 Manchester Road, St. Louis, MO 63122, 314-821-8161; upscaleresaleboutique.com

Owned and operated by Willows Way, a local nonprofit organization serving people with mental and physical disabilities, Upscale Resale Boutique offers a warm shopping experience. The shop is known for its personable staff. Consignments are by appointment only, so be sure to call in advance to sell. Upscale Resale Boutique carries designer names such as Prada, Juicy Couture and Chanel. Shop with a piece of mind knowing that all proceeds from purchases and consignments go to helping those with disabilities by creating opportunities.

How to Get Rid of a Pear-Shaped Belly

Pear-shaped bellies occur in people whose bodies have a tendency to store fat in the lower region of their midsection. Lower belly fat may seem frustratingly difficult to reduce, but if you develop a targeted plan to replace your stomach fat with muscle and pay close attention to how many calories you consume, you stand a good chance of getting your tummy under control once and for all.

Instructions

  1. Wear control-top pantyhose or a stomach-reducing undershirt. Starting your belly-slimming plan with a confidence-boosting undergarment can help you feel better about your physical appearance, and give you strength to resist the temptation to overeat or skip exercise.
  2. Drink plenty of water. Research suggests that drinking water can help you stay full, especially when consumed before meals. No matter where the excess fat is located on your body, if you take in less calories than your body needs you are going to burn it off.
  3. Buy a stability ball and use it to do crunches targeted at your lower abdominal muscles. Repeat three series of ten crunches each morning while lying on top of the ball, resting your lower back on it. For each crunch, clasp your hands behind your head and lift your upper body to a 45 degree angle; hold it for a count of two.
  4. Perform a hundred bicycle crunches every evening to help tighten up your entire midsection. Lay on the floor with your hands behind your head and pull your knees to your chest. For each crunch, extend one leg straight up in the air and touch the elbow on the same side to the knee of the other leg; repeat for the opposite side.
  5. Eat small breakfasts packed with fruit, fiber and protein to keep yourself feeling full through each morning.
  6. Pack modest lunches and swap calorie-containing drinks for water.
  7. Share a meal with your family instead of making a separate entree for yourself. Have a smaller portion than you would normally and encourage your family to try healthier entrees. Many dieters forsake their diet plans at dinnertime because the temptation to eat what everyone else is having can be difficult to resist.