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Month: April, 2011

Gossip Girl: Petty in Pink

Watch Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 19: Petty in Pink here!


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F/Homme Magazine Issue 1

So the debut issue of the menswear version of FIASCO Magazine has finally arrived. Inside you’ll find features on Vivienne Westwood, the Haus of Mugler, Rad Hourani and even the Spring 2011 Collections(by yours truly). A few photographers and included are cover models Mark Cox and William Eustace as well as Nicolas Ripoll, Joe Lally, and Justin Wu. Happy Reading.

Exclusive Brad Boultinghouse Interview

Brad Boultinghouse talking to attendees after the show
photo by Keri Goff

Following his show on Thursday I sat down with Brad Boultinghouse to talk a little bit of shop in regards to the collection and the inspiration behind it. I have to say thanks to Keri Goff who like a trooper switched from photographer to videographer at the drop of a dime. I hope you guys enjoy the short interview as well as the images below the clip.

Brad directing models backstage
detail shot of second look
spiked wedges from aholic by Brad Boultinghouse

Sarah Hines, Me, and Hallie Lipsmeyer
Hallie Lipsmeyer, Brad Boultinghouse, Christian Barker, Sarah Hines, Me

aholic by Brad Boultinghouse 2011

Brad Boultinghouse giving his preshow speech
photo by Keri Goff

The model rounded the curve, the mosaic print rippling off of her, the high hem in front of her high enough to reveal the bottom of the bathing suit she wore beneath. It was the same look that was on the promotional image that got me interested in the show, and the same look I’d just seen backstage but as always, there’s something a bit different when you can see the fluidity of a garment as the model stomps down the runway, the dim, intimate lighting only enhancing the overall appeal.
Brad Boultinghouse showed his entire 2011 collection for his label aholic this past Thursday on the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center patio. Attendees came out for a night of champagne, hors d’oeuvres, music, and fashion with proceeds benefiting One Good Deed charity, based in Kansas City, Missouri.
The goal is to raise enough money for diapers for one hospital, for one month and update a laundry facility,” Boultinghouse exlained to me a few days before the show. He went on to detail how the $3,000 would buy diapers that would provide effective sanitation and prevent diseases for children, as well as bring the outdated laundry facilities into the 20th century in order to sustain these new diapers as there’s a landfill problem in Africa, where these funds would be headed.

see more runway images by Keri Goff

The collection showed was one that was still very much within the parameters that Boultinghouse set for himself. One look in particular, a grey body conscious cocktail dress with architectural ruffle flourishes, was a dead ringer for a black dress he showed last season. The collection surely wasn’t the same though with a great deal of fragility and even innocence in pieces.

While Boultinghouse did say he’s nervous about how his pieces will be received, he himself knows that they aren’t for everyone. That black shift dress with the white block of fabric layered over it, and those herringbone shorts, along with the rest of the collection are one of a kind pieces going to customers who don’t have to worry about going out and finding another girl with the same look. These of course are customers who have no qualms in matching the softness of a simple white cotton dress with the rough appeal of the spiked wedges that comprise one third of Boultinghouse’s entry into accessories.

see more backstage photos by Keri Goff

The collection as a whole was a consistent one, a solid one and even above average for Columbia fashion. Though possibly a tad confusing as all seasons are shown in one presentation Brad Boultinghouse ensures cohesion by telling one story, one that he says is his own, and seems to include a bit of retro sensability. I only await future collections from him.

(Sarah Hines, Christian Barker, Melissa Brown, Hallie Lipsmeyer, Me)

The Tale of Brock

His name is Brock
A bit of toughness never hurt anyone.
While at Charleston Fashion Week surrounded by the presences of Ayoka Lucas, Fern Mallis, Anne Slowey, Derek Blasberg, and Mychael Knight an urge to splurge over took me. With the recent loss of Orion(someone stole him from my dorm, I was not negligent), the goodies at the Style Lounge were too tempting(I actually also purchased a pair of shades which are used for viewing fashion shows when sitting front row).
I happened to be wearing The Serpent(far left) as well as Ophelia(far right) and Brock seemed to fit directly in with them. With a bespeckled surface that actually only really shows up in images, he adds just the right amount of weight to a look and has already made multiple appearances out at events.
Everyone welcome Brock to the family.

purchased from Hallelu

Grit and Glamour 2011

On this past Saturday I attended the Grit and Glamour Gala at the Columbia Museum of Art. It really was an amazing event with performances by the Unbound Dance Company, as well as The Swingin’ Richards, and MaryLiz the Princess. The museum was divided into different sections like the Piano Bar, the Hemp Bar, as well as the Coffee Bar. The largest space was in the expansion area of the museum where Izms of Art had painted the walls in graffiti. There were markers for us to add to the work but I, as always, couldn’t bring myself to do it.
All and all it was a great event benefiting a great cause. There was enough food to probably feed twice as much as we actually ate and there would be no way for me to even guess how many attendees there were. Of course there were a few familiar faces like the women of VanJean and Just The Thing, as well as The Shop Tart(who you can thank for the picture of me), and Otis Taylor of The State. Cori Hanky of Garnet and Black accompanied me and so when we get them back most of the images will be from her.

Cori Hanki and I via The Shop Tart

USC Fashion Week Show

Models backstage in Laura McCall’s pieces
photo by Keri Goff/The Daily Gamecock

Hey guys I’m so sorry it took me soo long to get this video and coverage up but things have been hectic. Last Thursday was USC Fashion Week’s show. Fashion Board put on the show which is held annually in 701 Whaley. There were 8 retailers from Columbia including Britton’s, LaRoque, Coplon’s, Just The Thing, M Boutique, VanJean, DeLibel, and Bohemian. The featured student designer was Laura McCall(see the Tumblr for our review).

There were alot of people from the local fashion set like Jai Marshall of The Fat and Skinny on Fashion, Anne Postic of The Shop Tart, Cori Hanky of Garnet and Black, Dwaun Sellers of The Shopping Savage, Tracie Broom of Flock and Rally, Keisha Moore of UK Models, Alana Britt of Alana B Couture, as well as those involved in Fashion Board like Marquis Bias and Ashleigh Armstrong.


Photos by Keri Goff/The Daily Gamecock

Other Retailers

Photos by Clarence Jackson

Marquis Bias Interview and USC Fashion Week

Marquis Bias speaking with ABC at the USC Fashion Week Show
photo by Keri Goff for The Daily Gamecock
“Put both of them on,” Marquis Bias instructed handing the model two gold braided belts. She wrapped them around her waist and turned around for Marquis’s approval. He nodded, scanning the clothes carefully placed on the walls of DeLibel Boutique, “There’s alot of pieces here to choose from but it has to go with my story,” he said.

The story was told last night at 701 Whaley as the Fashion Board at the University of South Carolina put on their annual fashion show as apart of their fashion week. This year featured one student designer named Laura McCall, as well as 8 local boutiques, and was Marquis’s 3rd year putting on the event, his second as President. “I guess in a way it is [my grand finale].” He says looking down at his armful of bracelets, and idly playing with one of his most prized, an Alexis Bittar given to him by roommate and Fashion Board Vice President of Social Outreach, Ashleigh Armstrong.

A few days before the show, which boasted an audience of about 350 people, I sat in on one of Marquis’s many fittings and chatted with him about his life in fashion as well as the industry in general.

“I wanna be [Andre Leon Talley] when I grow up, I really want to be him when I grow up, he has so much power in the industry,” Marquis confided in me. Though he named names like June Ambrose, Nicola Formichetti, and Rachel Zoe when asked about inspirational people in the industry it was Talley who stuck out to him. Not only does the striking similarity in life stories impact Marquis(both were raised in small traditional southern towns where they were introduced to glamour, beauty, and fashion by their grandmothers) but also Talley’s way of doing things. He explained how Talley has a penchant for taking new industry personel under his wing. “Especially for the black girls in the industry: when they come in the industry with a bad hair weave he takes them under his wing, introduces them to Valentino , and goes and get their hair done.”

Having worked for Gregory Ellenburg of Gregory Ellenburg, Anne Postic of The Shop Tart, and Annabelle LaRoque of LaRoque, Marquis knows a bit about what it takes to be a success in the industry. “One of the key things to being a successful stylist is relationships,” says Marquis rotating Rocko, a green jeweled lizard ring, on his finger. Relationships with designers, models, photographers, and even other stylists all can benefit a working stylist. One of Marquis’s most cherished relationships is the one he has with industry stylist, Becca Alexis, who is a huge mentor of his.”I know she’s like crazy busy and yet she always makes time to respond to my messages and stuff.” said Marquis of the stylist who’s worked with Janet Jackson, Kanye West, and Trey Songz.
Marquis mainly stood alone as he hosted the fashion show last night. In a pair of sequined trousers and with an armful of new pieces, he thanked retailers and designers for allowing a “little boy from Timmonsville” to use their resources for year after year to put on what has become one of the largest annual fashion shows in Columbia. The show is Marquis’s last as apart of Fashion Board but we’re sure to see his Louis Vuitton monogrammed hold-all flitting around Columbia for at least a little longer as he continues on in his pursuit to “beautify the world one sequin at a time.”

Summer’s Day: Editorial Exclusive

photo Keri Goff
styling Mikelle Street
model Lauren Malstrom

It has to fit within my story,Marquis Bias, the president of Fashion Board, says idly playing with his Alexis Bittar bracelet while scanning the options at DeLibel Boutique. A model stands off to the side in a white knit dress, waiting as he selects her second look. She is the second to the last model of Marquis’s day of fittings.

Today marks the beginning of USC Fashion Week. Put on by the Fashion Board at the University of South Carolina, USC Fashion Week is about education, social outreach, as well as fashion. The week will culminate in a fashion show featuring local retailers like DeLibel Boutique, Coplon’s, LaRoque, VanJean, Just The Thing, M Boutique, Britton’s, and Bohemian, as well as student designer, Laura McCall.

Today, the fashion week kick off will be held on the Russell House Patio from 11-2. There will be music as well as merchandise like t-shirts, koozies, sunglasses, and pens, available to be purchased. Marquis himself as well as other fashion board members will be there.
On Wednesday, the board will put on a Bake Sale to be held on Greene Street and in front of the BA Building that will benefit SisterCare. That night at 7PM in the Public Health Building, Jess James of Style Swap will be speaking.

Thursday is the finale with a 72 look fashion show held at 701 Whaley at 7:00PM.
The night of the show will be Marquis’s last night as two year President of Fashion Board. “I guess in a way it is [my grand finale]” He says staring off. A local stylist, Marquis continually keeps projects, big and small in the works and will now be able to focus more on those since he shall be turning the reigns over to current Fashion Board secretary, Melissa Karl. “I’m very excited,” Marquis says in regards to the new E-Board. “I think that we have a great new team, and it puts my mind at ease knowing that I’m leaving and the organization will be in good hands.” In reference to Melissa specifically Marquis states, “I’m particularly pleased with my successor because I know that she shares the same vision I have and have had for the organization.”

The shoot presented in this post was a shot conceptualized by me in order to promote local fashion businesses during the week of USC Fashion Week. Since the week is the closest that Columbia has to a Columbia Fashion Week, I thought that it would be the best time to do a Spring shoot highlighting the trends that we saw internationally by utilizing the garments we see locally.

I must of course say thanks to all involved. Keri Goff took the images and Lauren Malstrom modeled for us. Both of them attend USC. While the only local designer featured was Annabelle LaRoque, who is most certainly a favorite of mine, all the pieces do come from local boutiques. Thanks go out to VanJean, Revente, Sid&Nancy, Just The Thing, Handpicked, and Frame of Mind, as they all allowed me to pull pieces for the shoot.

Shirley Yu Interview

Finding new people in the fashion industry at one point became a past time of mine. I’d search for new photographers, designers, and model and then catalogue their information some where before continuing to search. One photographer I found during that time was 16 year old Shirley Yu. A young photographer, Shirley is already making a bit of traction in the industry shooting mostly tests for modeling agencies like Red, Request, Elite, and Ford. She admits that her proudest moments yet have been when her work was featured on popular fashion blogs Fashion Gone Rogue and The Ones 2 Watch. Right before releasing the debut issue of her new magazine Youth and Freedom, Yu agreed to answer a few questions for me.

MoaGB: How did you get into photography and why at such a young age?
Shirley Yu: I practiced photojournalism after buying a used DSLR in 7th grade. I then began to love taking pictures. It wasn’t until I looked at Richard Avedon’s work that I became interested in fashion photography. Why so young? It’s one of those fun things that its like if you could do it at sixteen, why not? Most of the models I’ve shot were teenagers anyway!

MoaGB: Do you feel as if the industry has been receptive of you and actually values your work?
Shirley: Just being able to go this far in fashion photography must be some sort of sign that they do.

MoaGB: There are increasingly amount of young people getting into the industry at a very young age, namely those like yourself, Tavi Gevinson, and your partner in crime David Urbanke, do you attribute this to anything specifically? Do you think the rise in technology has contributed to this?
Shirley: Tavi is awesome, just sayin. But I definately think the rise in technology 100% controls the influence of all the young people coming into the industry (unless they come from really rich and powerful families). I don’t think I’ve obtained as much of an internet following as a lot of other young fashion people, but I do tweet a lot and write on my blog sometimes (that no one reads) haha

MoaGB: Speaking of Urbanke, the two of you have recently released your own magazine so what prompted to start your own publication of all things?
Shirley: It was started to showcase some up-and-coming talent and also to be able to work with established fashion photographers. David started it as the Editor in Chief, but I hopped along as assistant editor because I’m a huge magazine junkie and I completely die for fashion editorials.

MoaGB: After you had the concept of the publication how did you put the rubber to the road and actually go about making YF a reality?
Shirley: David first made the website and we began talking to other fashion photographers, coming up with plans, getting submissions, making a Twitter, calling in favors from all our fashion friends, and then insanely promoting the magazine. After everything, David put together the layout of the magazine. That’s how the first issue was created.

MoaGB:When going into a shoot do you come into it with an idea of what you want to do? I’ve been told that some photographers are very regimented and have each shot planned out whereas others really just allow it all to happen on the set; do you fall into one of these categories, or do you do things differently?
Shirley: I’m pretty spontaneous about shooting. I have a general idea of what I want, and I get inspired mostly by the model and the location. I definately don’t plan every shot, I cant even imagine that!

MoaGB: How important a part does post production play into your shoots?
Shirley: I hate retouching so I’ll do as little of it as I can get away with. I try not to overly screw with colors and lighting in post because I just want the photo to look like what I saw with my eyes that day.

MoaGB: Are there any ongoing influences that you have, whether specific people or just concepts?
Shirley: Well I’ve been shooting mostly male models for the past four months with about two female models every month. Shooting has been a huge binge of boys…but I’m currently trying to balance it out more!

MoaGB: I’ve been told by many others that relationships often play a more important role than talent when it comes to be successful monetarily in this industry, do you feel this way? Do you have any personal experience with the issue?
Shirley: In my opinion it’s only 51% about your work (maybe less?) and the rest is just who you know or how important your friends are. You definately can’t work in fashion without the connections to back it up. Monetarily, I wouldn’t know anything about haha but ive discovered this year that knowing important people who can get you into fashion week shows/presentations is always fun 😉

MoaGB: What advice would you give someone looking to get into photography?
Shirley Yu: Just develop good taste by developing a list of favorite fashion photographers (then constantly follow their work). Don’t be tacky!