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Month: July, 2010


Photographer: Clarence Jackson
Stylist: Mikelle Street
Model: MoniQue La’Belle
Make-Up: Keisha Moore

The first editorial that 803 Markese Street receives first because we were involved is finally here. After weeks of preparation, and then execution, and then finally follow up, Fixate has finally arrived. Created utilizing resources mostly from South Carolina, I’d like to just say that I’m ecstatic to finally see my name in print. Usually when I post editorials I attempt to study the editorial but I don’t feel entirely comfortable attempting to study an editorial I had a major hand in. So, what I’ve decided to do is to just relate my experience a little bit.

See the rest of the editorial complete with my experience below the clip

To tell the truth this editorial began with Clarence Jackson. He alerted me that a publication was taking submissions and that he wanted to submit something and would be interested in working together. After being given the theme I began conceptualizing shoots(the one picked actually was the second concept I had) and then pulling in contacts. While I actively searched for new contacts like Wendy Brandes, I did use alot of contacts that I already possessed like Alana Britt of Alana B. Couture. Unlike most editorials I didn’t go into the shoot knowing what looks I wanted to pull. I knew the general style but even that changed. I had resolved that because of such limited choices, I would see what I could pull and just construct my story from there.

For the team… well some of us knew about it the entire time, like Clarence and myself. Others, like Keisha Moore and MoniQue La’Belle, were pulled on as the process moved along. Tennyson Kovach though, a local artist and old high school friend, was pulled on the day of. It’s funny because you don’t really realize the importance of “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” until you’re put in the situation. It wasn’t about how creative I was, or what I could dream up. At the end of the day, when requested to incorporate something into the shoot, it helps so much more when you have the contacts to be able to arrange for it to be done.

The experience was amazing one. Everyone was so accommodating; from designers like Adrina Nelson of Adero by Adrina who basically allowed me to assist in the design of one of the pieces, to Tennyson who was on set after being given only a few hours notice. Of course I hope to do alot more shooting and progress with each shoot, and I just believed I’m really blessed to have had this experience be kind of like my first photoshoot that I contributed to in a major way.


VIDEO: Keys "Go Off"

“Pause, somebody better #TellemBoutMe” Baltimore artist on the rise Keys almost yells in her new single, “Go Off,” and apparently everyone has been doing exactly that. With over 19,000 views only hours after the release of the accompanying video, there is more than just a buzz that now surrounds the artist. Being managed by Violator West Management, Keys seems to be making all of the right movies in her career, from performing on stage with the one who most view as Queen of the Rap Game, Lil Kim, to limiting just who she gets on a track with.

See screen shots from the video as well as our coverage.
Keys makes sure it’s not about people in the industry that she’s collaborating with as she harnessed the power of her fans for this video. Very much like the official video for the now infamous “Nicki Diss” this video features alot of screenshots of her fans and surprisingly, she takes the time to show their talents as well as her own as some of them have dancing cameos. In addition to collaborating with her fans and the industry she even goes so far as to bringing in up and coming designers. SBShades, which are no stranger to 803, are featured in the video. From what I count there are definitely 2, maybe even 3 different pairs.
The concept of the video is very much in the vein of the image Keys is procuring and has created for herself. It’s very raw and there’s something about the black and white that speaks deeply into what she represents. It seems, atleast to 803, that Keys views the rap game in a very definite and distinct way, very defined. This relates to the color palette of the video and the rawness that it evokes. Whereas I was ready for the camp fire roast, I was happy to be able to rock out by it. I don’t really expect to ever expect to sit around and sing kumbaya though, and neither do any of the rest of the Spartans.
What Keys has in store for us next, I’m not sure but we’re ready for the ride. Although I haven’t heard much about it lately, earlier this quarter there was talk of a “Keys to Your City” tour. Also this single is available for purchase so maybe, just maybe that means that there’s an album in the works. No matter what she does, I’m almost positive that she’ll atleast keep us sustained with a couple of singles or features in the meanwhile, like this one off of Ron Shulant’s mixtape entitled Set it Off.

Check out the rest of Ron Shulaunt’s mixtape, When It’s All Said & Done here.

Miyavi Tokyo Tour!

Miyavi just celebrated his daughter Lovelie’s first birthday. And now he’s finishing preparing for his Tokyo tour which will consist of 12 shows all happening live worldwide on his ustream page. I couldn’t wait to tell this but the fanclub didn’t want it out until they made an announcement to the public also. So the first concert is on the 1st in Japan so sometime tomorrow maybe?

here’s the site to catch him live http://www.ustream.tv/channel/miyavi-official
and the tour dates
TOUR in 東京2010 -Screaming Out from TOKYO-

SPRING 2011: John Galliano

Collection: John Galliano SS 2011
Photos by: Jak and Jil

When I saw this picture of backstage at the John Galliano Spring/Summer 2011 show from the Jak and Jil blog, I knew that no matter how long it had been since the actual show, I had to post. Had I already admitted to myself, the love for the show?? Yes! Had I professed it on Twitter… I’m almost positive, but I had to express it to the masses in extended for. So with the assistance of the first image from Jak and Jil, the next three from Sonny Photos, and the smaller ones from Style.com, let’s delve into this show and the greatness that it brought.

See the rest of our coverage below the clip

Collection: John Galliano SS 2011
Photos By: Sonny Photos
So I saw the collection the first time and truly I said oh Galliano you devil. I love it, but I just kept going. I didn’t post about it. And then when the Dior Couture show came and Mr. Galliano came out for his finale walk I kind of went insane. I LOVED it! Can I put my finger on particularly why? Maybe it was because within a matter of weeks we went from seeing it in a collection, in the conceptual mode to actually being worn in a more natural way. To tell the truth I wanted to rip the veiled boater off of Mr. Galliano’s head. I was ready to wear it to lunch. Actually I think that’s exactly the reason I loved it.

Collection: John Galliano SS 2011
Photos By: Sonny Photos
The collection featured belted jackets and drop crotch pants. Whereas skinny legged pants were the style in seasons passed, it’s time to…. “let the boys breathe” if you will. And why not do it in the luxurious and glamourous pieces from the John Galliano collection. There’s always something about a Galliano collection that strikes me as glamorous! Well not just a Galliano collection, but a Galliano production. Maybe it’s the glitter tans and drawn on abs that inject a side of sex with the glamour, but whatever it is, that same aura is in this collection as well.

Collection: John Galliano SS 2011
Photos By: Sonny Photos
Whether it’s a lush, luxurious haute couture women’s collection, or a a luxurious yet comfortable, and still relevant men’s collection John Galliano has an eye and hand for design… but who am I telling? His productions are astounding, his work for this collection is virtually impeccable… ugh… he must be a cousin right?
Collection: John Galliano SS 2011
Photos From: Style.com


So today, I went to church and I thought I was going to have a really domestic sort of day. Wash a few dishes, stuff a few shoes, answer a couple of emails, you know some time to reflect on the things that have transpired this summer as I queue up for the upcoming school year. Well, all of that quickly changed after a tip from a friend to check out a group called ArtRageous.

ArtRageous is a group that seems to be into something that I find myself talking about frequently, the democratization of art(most of times I’m talking about the democratization of fashion actually). They put on spontaneous “artistic performances” that the general public will be privy to. Today, there was waltzing in the Museum of Art. I went to the museum and actually I had begun to study one of the pieces entitled Education of the Virgin because it looked like it could very much be an inspiration for the Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2010 line. Anyway I was writing notes on Kendal(my phone) and I noticed the time. I went out onto the lobby area(I was on the second floor) to find people waltzing. Three couples started it, and before long there was a nice little gathering of people waltzing in the middle of the downstairs lobby of the museum. Once the song finished, they did as well and cleared the floor, leaving it only scattered with ArtRageous cards. I loved it.

I did run back in though to do some more perusing. There was a series of tapestries chronicling Romulus and Remus and I surprised myself by being able to name one of them(Rape of the Sabine Women, thanks Humanities?) . I also was just getting into the exhibit that had pieces that were obviously Byzantine inspired but then I got a text and hotfooted it out of there and to 701 Whaley to basically tag along to a Tango club. Although a dancer I am, a partner dancer I am not. Especially not when partnerless. The only time that I was successfully forced to dance with someone I hardly knew was for shagging at Jillian’s… I haven’t since been back. Anyway, 701 is a beautiful space and I really felt like the club was so relaxed. They apparently get together weekly to tango and it was nice watching all the feet go, watching them sort of slide across the floor. Sort of… refreshing 🙂

INTERVIEW: Keiko Limehouse of Mina/Mas(Part 2)

On Friday I posted the first part of the interview that I conducted with Keiko Limehouse of Mina/Mas boutique. The fashionable mother of two runs a edgy yet diverse boutique in Columbia, South Carolina and has no problem helping out up and comers. While the first segment of the interview focused more on Keiko and her opinions about the fashion industry, this second segment focuses more on the boutique, and it’s inner workings. I would again like to thank Keiko, this time publicly for sitting down for an interview and everything else she has done.

Below the clip is the second and final segment of our interview focusing more on Mina/Mas and the inner workings of the boutique.

803: First, I love the space, did you come up with the aesthetic for the space? Did you have any inspiration?
Keiko: Yes. I chose primarily chose pink because it’s a signature for women, and I wanted to provide an avenue in which women felt more than comfortable in and something that was purely for women. Whereas men have alot of places to just go and relax, like sports bars and cigar bars, women don’t really have that so I wanted to give them their place of comfort
803: So it’s more than just “come here and buy your clothes”?
Keiko: Oh yeah! We’re a firm believer of “If you can make a woman feel good on the outside she can remember all the good things on the inside.” Given the fact that I am a woman, most women are moms, sisters, career women: we have so many things going on in our lives we tend to forget about ourselves.
803: So is there a reason you chose this pink specifically?
Keiko: I felt that a lighter pink would be too foo foo little girl. And I think the depth of the color says something about us because it’s kind of deep. We’re deep as well because we have motivations and things we want to do. It’s the type of color that if it’s too light, it’s kind of glaring and if you go too dark, it’s kind of gothic.
803: Why did you decide to only stock 3-6 pieces of each garment as opposed to more?
Keiko: I hate bulk shopping, and I really feel that for women in Columbia, unfortunately, there’s not a lot to choose from here. Traditionally they have to go out to Charlotte, Charleston and Atlanta to find something that’s different, so I specifically had the intention to find those pieces and bring them here. I, myself, now have children and I can’t get up and move as frequently as I could have when I was younger so this was a way to control my own vice as well as to offer that to all of my clients.803: So did you make the boutique to solve a problem you were finding when buying pieces?
Keiko: That definitely was a big piece in deciding only to have 3-6 people, however in deciding to have the store, my biggest thing was helping women to remember themselves. A lot of times as career women and moms, we tend to forget about ourselves. You put your career first, you put your kids first, you’re putting your husband first, you put everyone first and you forget about yourself. I just wanted to remind them of themselves.
803: Do you shop for yourself or do you have a specific woman in mind when you go to buy things for the boutique?
Keiko: It’s been a growing process and I have amazing clients, they are like friends and family. Since I don’t have a lot of family here they kind of filled that hole. We go way out for our clients, and kind of take them under our wings. So knowing what their needs are and their criteria, like their body type, I go to find things that of course I personally like, but are applicable to their bodies.
803: So over time the styling of the store could change depending on your client base?
Keiko: I think that I’ve been kind of lucky in the sense that the clients that we do have really like what we’re already doing. So I don’t really want to change my formula per se but I am aware that not every single line is for every single body type. So we will probably develop more lines of clothes that are more equipped for different body types as opposed to changing what we already have. We try to keep a nice selection of workwear everyday wear, going out wear, formal wear. So we try to have a little bit for a vast audience.
803: So I know that Tara and Kayla are both interns, so is everyone who works in the store an intern?
Keiko: No, we have two other employees as well both of whom have other things that they are pursuing. So it was kind of a blessing in disguise: they are still with us, but their time given over the summer kind of had elapsed. I knew in advance that they weren’t going to be here and it just so happened that Tara and Kayla approached me about an internship at the same time.
803: So is their internship focusing on the business aspect or more of the fashion aspect of the boutique?
Keiko: Initially when I interviewed with both of them, I wanted them, I think in some senses, and I hope not to be jumping the gun but I know in a lot of internships they just work the store, Ideally I don’t want them to just work the store. I want them a.) to utilize the talents that they’ve learned alongside with learn anything that they want to obtain from this or receive from this. I hope that they pursue those things here. I share all my inside things with them so that they are fully equipped, whereas alot of people just let them have a job, and utilize the free services. I’m letting them see everything that, I see the goods and the bads, the uglies and in betweens. The same way that I form relationships with my clients they’ve been here for a little while and they are doing the same thing.
803: It seems to me alot of the things that you do are about empowerment, is this intentional?
Keiko: That’s definitely our hopes. Definitely, we do try to do alot of different events. We eventually want to turn Mina/Mas into a label which is why I wanted to pull Tara on board because she designs and stuff. I’m trying to push her and motivate her to keep going with that as well as I want her to work with us to kind of design some of our pieces too. But ultimately we want to turn into a label and then take the proceeds from that and develop youth programs like group homes for kids803: So do you have any local designers stocked?
Keiko: Well here’s the thing, I’ve interviewed with several and have allowed for them to host their items here for free. Whereas if they say their products are XYZ as long as they fall with in the boutiques price point, they receive all the commission for that. Just given different circumstance I haven’t had anyone that was consistent enough that brought a line. It is something that I would entertain for sure. I think that there is alot of unrecognized talent in Columbia and being a business, formost people that own a business it’s “self before anyone else” whereas I’m a firm believer in “what you give out is what you get back.” So although sometimes I don’t see my blessings I know that they are always there so I always love helping people to advance even if it far exceeds myself.
803: Have you considered expanding into menswear?
Keiko: We’re actually contemplating that currently. There’s not really a high custom made suits in demand. But there is a high demand for the absence of custom made suits. So I really want to have that service. Not a tailoring suits because I know of places here that advertise as custom made but really they are tailor made. But we actually want to custom make and that’s about the extent of us going into menswear.
803: Alot of people don’t understand that many times in music and in arts there are alot of people who work on teams behind the scenes. I was wondering if it was the same way with boutiques and more importantly, Mina/Mas.
Keiko: Well we work with one person, she owns Silky Alterations, and she’s helping to incorporate some pieces for the future. But there’s all kinds of people that we are still kind of collaborating with and growing relationships with before we put anything in writing. You want to make sure that before you get into bed with someone you want to make sure that they have the same mindset as you and has your back the same way that you have theirs. So we’re still grooming those but in terms of who we have now, Silky is sort of our “signature seamstress”

PERSONAL: Shooting the Messenger

I’m always looking for a good ring!
Designer: Atelier Minyon
So as you guys can see I’ve been darting around a little doing a variety of things… ohkay well maybe you can’t see it but I have. I mean I got a job for one… ohkay it’s probably time I explain how that works. I went and signed up at a temp agency and basically what I have to do every morning is drive down to the temp agency and wait for them to give me a job. Somedays, like the day after I signed up, and the next day, I get work. Other days, like pretty much all this week except for Wednesday I believe.. I don’t. Frustrating yes, but hey, when I do get work I appreciate it because I get paid the day of. The work is grueling though, it’s manual labor.
Ugh, this would become my signature piece so quickly!
Collection: Fall 2010
I did want to discuss something else though…*taps teeth* oh I know, my experience with the photoshoot. So two weeks ago I did a photoshoot for submission to Linger Magazine. The team included Clarence Jackson(photographer), Monique La’Belle(model), Kiesha Moore(make-up artist), Tennyson Kovach(tattoo artist), as well as of course the designers. Some people, like Clarence, were aware of the project all along while others, like Tennyson, were pulled on the day of. Pulling pieces was… a task. I emailed in favors and hit up alot of retailers. The pieces featured in this post are all from Atelier Minyon, a boutique that I hit up for pieces. They sadly couldn’t do it because of the distance so I was saddened. The pieces were still GORGEOUS though. I can’t wait till I can get my hands on them.

I don’t think you quite understand the detailing!!
Collection: Fall 2010
On a non-fashion front… in about 3 months school starts back. If you spoke to me within the past two weeks you may know that I was trying to decide whether or not I should return to the mountain. With the opportunities I was presented here in Columbia, in addition to the potential for the Columbia Fashion Industry, as well as the fact that I have to take out a loan to attend Sewanee this year… it would have been foolish of me to not at least consider not returning to the mountain. The plan was to transfer to Midland’s Technical College for the Fall Semester and then to the University of South Carolina for the Spring, and to finish out my schooling there. But after a while I decided to go to the mountain and bring fashion with me in a major way so.. just watch out for that.

Nor do you understand the urgency with which they need to be on my chest!
Collection: Fall 2010
One more thing… OH! I was going to keep this under wraps until I got actually published in the publication BUT they tweeted about it already! Anyway I now have affiliations with Wink Magazine based here in Columbia, SC. I will not be revealing the extent of my involvement and hopefully they will not be tweeting about it until the issue comes out. I’ve been trying this new thing where I don’t blab about all my hopes, dreams, and projects. I just want to speak with the people can advise or make them happen, and for everyone else it will be a surprise.

INTERVIEW: Keiko Limehouse of Mina/Mas

Since returning to Columbia, SC I’ve been meeting and speaking with alot of people. Some of it has been to progress my own personal brand and to make moves for myself independent of my internet presence, and some of it has been to strengthen my internet presence and bring that original content that I’ve been whining about wanting to bring. Well last Saturday I sat down with Keiko Limehouse at her boutique Mina/Mas, here in Columbia, and engaged her in a conversation(I like this term instead of interview). During the time I was there I was allowed to witness first hand the individual attention she gives to each client and how she explains a garment’s functionality, as well as how she pretty much is a stylist for loyal clients. The conversation went for a few hours and so I have divided it into two sections. While you’ll have to wait for part 2 which will speak more about the boutique specifically, here is the first part which focuses on Keiko and her opinions as well as her two children, Mina her 10 year old daughter, and Mas her 3 year old son.

See the rest of the interview below the clip

803: I know the name, Mina/Mas came from your children, so were they a big inspiration?

Keiko: Absolutely, I was doing real estate before and my daughter had got to a point where she wasn’t seeing mommy necessarily work because my work was done by the time she got home from school. As well as seeing mommy flip investment properties, she wasn’t there to see that. So she would comment “So and so’s mom made cookies and cakes” and not really see what mommy was doing. So I felt that in order for her to really respect what mommy was doing, she really needed to see how much work mommy really does put into things and how passionate I am about everything that I do. So given that everything that I do in life is for them I felt that it had no other option than to be named after them

I wanted my daughter to not only see the hard work and the rewards but You know I left a really nice comfort zone career to pursue my passion. I wanted her to see that you know anytime you put your mind up to something you can make it happen. It was important for me to impose independence on her and my son and allow her to see the whole process. They are the reason I wake up in the morning so it had to be named after them.

803: So are those art pieces that are featured theirs?

Keiko: Yes, my daughter is a phenomenal little artist and we have several local restaurants and businesses that want to host her stuff. And once I started to get to the place that people were actually asking for it, I decided that I should be the one to host her stuff. So eventually once we get more pieces we’re going to develop an attachment to our site. Since she’s so little I didn’t want to develop her own personal site just yet, because there are crazy people out there, so I was mindful of that so I want people to see her page in attachment to ours. And I’m all about my kids and helping htem pursue whatever they want to do and she has a talent that was given to her and I want her to develop that

803: Did she design those pieces specifically for the store?

Keiko: I just let her do whatever she has in her mind. She does do alot of different kind of artwork, she does acrylic, oil, pastel, watercolor, animal, contemporary, she does it all. And I don’t try to influence her with what direction to go into I just let her do what she wants to do.

803: Do you have any specific opinions about fashion in a national or international sense?

Keiko: I’m the type of person that is notorious for wearing $1000 shoes with a $2 t-shirt. I’m not necessarily a huge fan of a brand or a designer just because of the label but instead I like the colors, the fabrics, textiles, the make of the items, and how long it’s going to last. I like the ones that haven’t been recognized yet.

803: Do you regret not taking the location advice?

Keiko: No because in that time frame I’ve been given more time to reflect and grow as well as to critique the bigger plans. So I don’t regret it because I thing that everything that happens happens for a reason. And I can’t say the location that I have is a bad one,. Columbia is very nichey in the sense that you go to specific places. It’s not like this is a high volume area with boutiques on every corner like it is in California. So with that being said you’er going to gear towards only certain areas. But no I don’t regret it at all, I think it gave me time for growth and to allow me to do what I needed to do.

803: Do you have any specific feelings on the Columbia Fashion Industry in comparison to the other industries out there.

Keiko: In comparison to a lot of other industries we are a lot behind but I think that gives a lot of the talent here room to grow. So it’s a great place to be if you have a dream and desire and talent, it’s a great place to start. Instead of like jumping into more established industries, I think that it’s a great place to start. There are a lot of great things going on. But in comparison to some of the bigger industries I think we’re a lot behind. So, it has it’s goods and it’s bads. I think that being that we’re so behind allows for those people who are trying to make moves to grow and to make those moves.

803: Do you feel as if Columbia will ever be able to have an actual voice in fashion seeing as we have so many other more stronger industries nearby?

Keiko: I think that we can but as a whole I think that a lot of people are scared to step on the same platform. I think that a lot of times people work against each other instead of with each other. And that extends a lot even outside of the industry, but I feel as if we focus on the bigger plans and the bigger picture and be willing to step on the same playing field instead of trying to be crabs in a bucket, for lack of better terms. then we could easily compete with some of our closer markets.

Read Part Two.

MOVIE: The September Issue


Undoubtedly one of the more noted fashion industry documentaries, The September Issue shows the inner workings of American Vogue during one of the most demanding times, the makings of their September Issue. Billed as the January of fashion, September is when fall fashion makes it’s debut and really normally sets the tone for the rest of the year. Magazines put out their largest issues during this time so we see here as Anna presides over the fashion bible while interacting with such heavy hitters like Grace Coddington and Andre Leon Talley. Her influence and clout in the industry is palpable as they explain what she has done and we see how other industry personnel such as Thakoon as well as retailers, seem to revere her.

VIDEO: Devil Wears Prada


Based off of the novel, The Devil Wears Prada, this movie tells about Andy Sachs who lands an interview at the most prestigious magazine in the world, Runway. The movie documents her struggles with the internship and how she falls into the industry, becoming one of the “clackers” working for Miranda Priestly. Entirely fictional, the film is said to be based off of Anna Wintour and Vogue. Although Anna denies this there are striking similarities.