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EVENT: First Thursdays-February 2011

Last night I made my way out to Main Street and attended the February 2011 edition of First Thursdays. While I did snap a few images and video clips with my phone, I also was able to snag a photographer from the newspaper for the article I did, and I may be able to get some better images from her(she took the video below).
Starting off at Gotham Bagel, the night was very interesting. At Gotham, the Next Door Drummers played tribal like music spurring some Tribe SK members to dance for us. In addition to them, a few others started dancing along with the hula-hoopers. Throughout the night, I felt a sort of celebratory mood. While the crowd was a tad older than me, I didn’t feel wholly uncomfortable. I look forward to the next and would like to thank Mark Plessinger of Frame of Mind for starting such an event.


From Mark Plessinger

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UPCOMING: First Thursdays on Main

Title: Better Together Than Part
Artist: Amanda Ladymon
Location: Tapps Building on Main St.

In addition to loving fashion I’m an avid lover of art. I’ve been talking about First Thursdays for a while now but it’s only now that I find myself with the time and the ability to make it out(well for my second time).
Today though, I took a stroll down Main Street, and stopped in to talk with a few people while snapping a few images. I was so excited about the things I found out, I felt the need to let you guys in on the schedule of events.

  • Frame of Mind– Mark Plessinger, the owner of Frame of Mind and the father of First Thursdays, will be showing photography by Molly Harrell. The show involves 3 parts as well as a short film and a book. Jewelry from Caroline Harrell will be on display, and in light of Valentines Day Gervais and Vine will provide wine and chocolate. (Facebook)
  • Anastasia & FRIENDS – Planned to be the largest group exhibition ever held in the space, “Love: A Fair” will feature work from Eileen Blyth, Matthew Kramer, Anastasia Chernoff, Roger Reed, David West, and many more. The artists will show their takes on love while Cabo Fresh Taco will provide food, as well as Joseph Vernon, owner of “It’s a Chocolate Shop”.(Facebook)
  • S&S Art Supply– A showing based on exploration of memory and memory loss, “Anamnesis”: Abstract Works, is composed of large-scale oil paintings and prints. All of the work was done by USC 2nd year graduate student Allison Broome.(Facebook)
  • Gotham Bagel– Currently a shuttered business, Gotham Bagel will host The Busking Project which is a fundraiser/art sale that will benefit students planning to travel around Europe documenting street performances. Inside of Gotham, viewers will be see various performance artists like Jim Hadley(self-taught, one-man-band), Next Door Drummers(African drum troupe), and Carley Haberkorn(a hula-hooper).
  • Tapps Art Center ProjectThe Tapps building will still be open featuring work by Amanda Ladymon, Kara Gunter, Jamie Blackburn, Susan Lenz, Keith Tolen, Matthew John and more. The images below are from the window displays.


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Matthew John
source | press release

Haute Fall Fashion Edition by UK Models

So if I’m supposed to be the gallivanting boy, then it only makes sense that I gallivant right? Well the first event that I’m covering is the Haute Fall Fashion Event. So my opinion of the collections (aholic by Brad Boltinghouse, Indira’s Designs, Adero by Adrina, and Alana B Couture) is pretty much summed up in the above video. I do want to again thank UK Models for inviting me out to the event and look forward to more. For your viewing pleasure, here’s a short video that Jai Marshall of The Fat and Skinny on Fashion, created that includes all of the finale walks.

Check out some images from the show in the galleries.

PERSONAL: Meeting Columbia Fashion Royalty

My accessories for the night

So if you follow my tweets, or keep up with blog posts here, you may have noticed that I kept mentioning a fashion show that I would be attending. Well I attended and I’m back to tell the tale 🙂 The picture above is one of me modeling what I love to take pictures of after going to events, my accessories. I do need to add to my accessory collection but… that’s griping for another day. Plus it’s late… and there are meetings and internships to complete in the morning. On to the Designer Debut Showcase put on by UK Models.

Goody Bag from Designer Debut Showcase by UK Models

I was made of UK Models during my internship searching phase. Although I was offered an internship I turned it down in favor of the assortment I now have. [edited] I turned down the internship humbly and graciously in hopes of not burning bridges because I really respect the women behind the agency. Look what it’s gotten me… a goody bag! Oh wait do you know what that means?? Oh, I didn’t snap a picture of my front row seat with my name on it… sorry. (That means I was VIP for those not well versed in Fashion Show Seating 101)

The Goods inside the Bag from the Designer Debut Showcase by UK Models


Anywho, down to the actual event. It was at the Marriott downtown. I ditched the $10 valet in favor of parking my own car(uhm… college student here!) before finding the actual ballroom. I told the girl working the door my name, which she recognized and I showed myself in and to my seat. I arrived at about 7 and the show started at about 7:30, so not terribly long of a wait. Plus, I bopped around meeting new people like Teowonna(a political/current events blogger who was just back from a convention in DC), saying hi to associates like Marquis Bias and Jai Marshall(Jai is the fashion blogger behind The Fat and Skinny blog), while meeting people that up until today I had only known through Twitter, like Ashleigh Armstrong(PR Girl who also happens to be Marquis’s VP for the Fashion Board).

Indira’s Designs at the Designer Debut Showcase by UK Models

The showcase was divided up into three parts, the first one being designs by Indira. Don’t critique my video skills too quickly. I decided mid-show to switch to video and then I was kind of, not looking at the screen but in real life. I’ll get better. After Indira showed, the S.C. Exotic Creations line was shown. The designer of that line is Shafeka C. Carter. Afterwards was an intermission before my personal favorite of the night was shown, Signature. The designer, who’s name I got from Keisha from UK Models, is Anthony and sadly couldn’t be present. That’s a good thing for him because I was prepared to badger him until he let me take pieces home then. Last was an extensive selection of pieces from White House Black Market.

My notables:

  • Indira – Look one, I remembered I liked. Sadly, I didn’t capture it on camera. It was kinda like I looked up and said ooohh I likey, wait camera. When I was ready, she was gone. The only other one that stands out to me is the singular little boy. The white pants and button down shirt with the t-shirt underneath. It was surprisingly well down and it’s sad because it was the only one for guys but it looked really well done. I’d be interested in seeing more pieces for guys and more pieces for teens.
  • S.C. Exotic Creations – To be completely honest, I’d seen pieces from this collection when I did backstage work for Alana B. Couture last year. Now I’m not sure if it’s because I was younger and not as exposed but I do remember being alot more impressed by the pieces I saw then than the ones I saw today. That being said, there were these large geometric, silver earrings that came out that I took a liking to. I wanted to pull them off the model as she got to the end of the runway for a photoshoot concept I have. Hopefully the designer will just lend them though.
  • Signature – All I remember thinking was… how can I put that in a photoshoot, what concept can I build around it. And it happened piece after piece. First look out, I wanted it. It was so natural, so effortless, very… earthy like fire to me. Soo elemental. I think that I liked and respected this designer so much because he was the only one that I saw that went for it. Sometimes it worked and sometimes… like with the white jacket piece it didn’t quite strike my fancy. But I still respected him because he had the wherewithal to go for it.
  • White House Black Market – They are a household name. Who am I to judge? Lol

PERSONAL: Dancing Buffoons


So I’m sorry guys… I haven’t been around but I think that I’ve been justly absent. I’ll explain everything as we go along kay? Kay! There was something I wanted to announce before…. OOOH now I remember. I now have a TUMBLR!! Woot woot! Well I’m not really sure if it’s a woot woot. That means I have one other gadget to update and develop an avenue for when I have enough… ugh! Anyway it’s called WhisperingMcQueen. This one happens to be a personal one. The background chosen wasn’t the one I’d decided on but was a second choice. I lost the one I had decided on and was frankly too lazy to go back and find it… so suck on that! Anywho, go follow me… and let’s see what we can stumble upon.

Let’s see, first thing to talk about is the Charlotte Fashion Week Casting and accompanying Industry Mixer. I went to that… I think it was last week. The event happened on a Thursday so I drove up there and checked into my hotel. After throwing on my go-to summer outfit(it conveys a sense of I’m fashionable but I’m definitely NOT trying to hard) I made my way down to Loft 1523. The space was nice, and I realized pretty quickly that every model in Charlotte, along with some from Atlanta and Columbia, had come out for the casting. It took 2 hours for all the models to walk, and afterwards there was a little mixer where I met a few designers and, Andre Jarrid, a stylist who has an internship in Manhattan later this summer. Anyway I came away from the experience with a few contacts and a distinct taste for some of the players in the Charlotte industry.
On Friday I drove all the way home and hurriedly attempted to get a look together for my sister. I fell into bed around midnight having secured, her hair, dress, and accessories. For the dress, a designer friend allowed me to pull a garment 🙂 Anyway we woke up the next morning and drove to Atlanta. After taking an 11:30 dance class at Dance 411(there wasn’t a lot of energy in the class, it seemed a lot like people were taking it to lose weight. On top of that they double charged me and still haven’t paid me back…) we checked into the hotel. Our meal was at an Asian buffet and then we finally went to Reco Chapple’s show.
Entitled “Weekend at the Hamptons” the show gave me a very resort-ish vibe, maybe it was the searsucker… Anyway, the MF Room was GORGEOUS, and the crowd, from what I could tell, seemed to be up and comers. I won’t say that we graced the presence of the A or even the B list but I will say this, I stood inches away from Mychael Knight. Jealous?? Thought so. Alas, I became a bumbling IDIOT at first sight. Some kind of way I mustered the courage to introduce myself and well… Let me illustrate for you what happened.
Bumbling Buffoon: Excuse-Excuse me,
(Mychael Knight turns around)
Bumbling Buffoon: Are you MykeCheque?
Mychael Knight: (Eyebrow raises) What?
Bumbling Buffoon: You were on Project Runway right, I loved your work!
Mychael Knight: Thank you, but my name is Mychael Knight.
Bumbling Buffoon: (realizes the buffoonery of his speech and attempts to save) Yeah, no, I know, but… your name is MykeCheque on Twitter though right?
So not only do I look like an idiot, I look like an idiot who has no life and that lives in cyberspace… and worse, a FAKE FAN! Oh the levels of stupid I felt can not be thoroughly explained. Anywho, after that was the show, and my sister, dressed in Alana B. Couture, and I, took a few pictures before running out. I’m sure I had more to say but I’m about to go apply for a job at Sid and Nancy… WISH ME LUCK!