I Was Dancing // Exclusive Editorial

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR|STORY|STYLING: Stacy Ellen
PHOTOGRAPHER: Dale Marks
MAKEUP|HAIR: Krisi Vaughn
MODEL: Unique Jenkins

The latest collection from Mondo Guerra has been described by his publicist, Richard Galvin of Galvin PR as a “cleansing” of the designers palette. Guerra’s all white collection has a breath of heavenly spirit at the same time displaying his great sense of detail.

Guerra, an alumni of the “Project Runway” competition is originally from Denver, CO and recently relocated to Brooklyn, NY. His depute on the popular fashion competition show was on season 8, where Guerra finished as runner up, he also appeared on the “All Stars” competition which he won.

Looking back on Guerra’s earlier designs, he is the master of using unusual color, texture and patterns to create unique pieces that work. As described in an “Access Hollywood” story, “Guerra created a collection based on therapy with the reoccurrence of designs inspired by the Rorschach inkblot test.” Not all designer’s can accomplish this task with mastery, but Guerra does.

The latest collection from Mondo Guerra tells a different story. One of cleansing, rebirth possibly, simplicity, with detailed accoutrements such as the use of lucite triangle plates that adorn dresses and skirts from this collection.

According the “Fab Fashion Report,” Guerra, “His new collection is sold at Neiman Marcus, [he] became a milliner’s apprentice, a NYC junior wear company’s designer, and a costume designer. The article also goes on to say, “The AIDS/HIV activist also has an eyewear collection called SEE Eyewear.

For more information visit Mondo Guerra

 

Santa Braguita

Santa Braguita Barcelona is a project born in 2007, Marie begins with the creation of a collection of very bold, colorful and daring underwear. The work is carried forward, hard and is taking shape. The public response is fast; in general, more and more people who believe in original and quality garments. The family is growing and reaching new “Santeros” members and essential parts to aggrandize what time has been consolidating.

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Passionate about dance, Marie creates a workspace of dancers to  spare time, participate in making her panties and thus be a bridge from art and toward art.

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So as Santa Braguita is growing and flourishing garments: with love and breaking all canons existing in traditional companies. local work is encouraged, remake production chains, always wanting, always with understanding, listening, mutual respect, fostering the spirit of sharing, treat yourself and enjoy everything, group, family and dancing. They leave their  daily chores and offer some of their small world of colors.

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Hopic printz

Hopic printz is an accesorie brand which was born in college out of boredom. The brand focused on developing its sketches and handmade samples for each bag. They work with manufacturers in New York City to meet our company objectives.

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The Goal of Hopic Printz is to manufacture handbags that fit our everyday women lifestyles. Hopic printz bags have unique, modern and comfortable designs to carry for any occasion. Their bags are well made to suit diverse women. Quality is an important aspect of manufacturing because they  want that each bag to last a long time .

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Their bags are not seasanol, they make bags for any time of the year. Their modern handbag styles are from the African and Western culture with a 100% creative designs

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http://www.hopicprintz.com/

 

Cultro Clothing

CULTRO delivers a Cultural yet Metropolitan Contemporary style. The defining factor of this brand is a modern take on spirited & cultural prints, designed by Head Designer & Creative Director, Amy Newton.  These prints are paired with interesting fabric combinations onto modern silhouettes, made for the fun, fearless, metropolitan woman.

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Founder of CULTRO, Amy Newton, was born in South London, UK and has been an NYC native for the last 8 years. With a Jamaican, Irish and Nigerian heritage, she has always celebrated the spirit of diverse cultures and -being a born and bred city girl, wanted to bring those aspects together.  

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Amy majored in Graphic Design from the University Of Essex in 2002.  She went on to be a Graphic Designer for a short while, then switched career paths and went into Advertising Sales.   In 2011, her desire to work, again, in a creative field was overwhelming so she decided to attend New York’s Fashion Institute and expand her talents into another one of her passions, Fashion Design.

Everything about CULTRO is one of a kind. CULTRO captures the spirit and style of women like Amy Newton, who is the woman who doesn’t follow trends, she makes them.

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WATER & POWER // Exclusive Editorial

 

By Stacy Ellen
Photography Vince Tabora
Hair & Makeup by Krisi Vaughn
Model Anneka Tabone

Showing his collection for the first time in the United States is designer Juan Pablo Martinez at the Moda 360 international show in Los Angeles, California. His collection catches my eye right away with its classic lines, impeccable tailoring and edgy detailing of metal studs and zippers.

Juan Pablo Martinez appears to be a British gent as he introduces himself to me, as I mention this observation, he says, “My grandfather was from the UK.” He is dressed in an impeccably tailored suit, wearing sophisticated wire rim spectacles.

The AUTUMN WINTER 2016-17 COLLECTION is fittingly named MILITARY VS. HEAVY METAL which works perfectly with the location for this editorial shoot. “Water and Power” was shot on location at the pool that wraps around the LADWP building in downtown Los Angeles as well as the metal sculptured structure of the Disney Concert Hall. Martinez describes his love of the music genre of Heavy Metal as part of his inspiration for this collection. Interpretation of the words “heavy metal” can mean many things as displayed even in this article.

As I take a closer look at his womenswear collection, Martinez’s hang tags, display the dedication he has as a designer to not only use materials that are Eco friendly but also his collection is produced mainly from local artisans in his native land of Columbia.

For instance, the “TANK DRESS” was hand knitted by Yessenia Rodriguez, from end of the roll cotton fabric. Another example of this consciousness to the environment is Martinez’s use of “zero waste” 100% local wool fabric and satin short huipil sourced from the last rolls of Columbian factories before they closed due to unfair competition from Chinese suppliers.

This is a testament that not only the United States has participated in non-fair trade deals, which ultimately effects not only the country as a whole but the people that strive to making a living as well.

The “DOUBLE BREASTED VEST” was hand knitted by Erika Marin, a young artist from Zipaquira, Columbia. Showing again the strength and integrity it takes to be a conscious design that employees people which deserve to make a fair living. Yet again another example of this consciousness to Eco friendly design is in the “MILITARY INSPIRED WHITE SHIRT” made from recycled cotton + pet in Envigado, Columbia with Tagua buttons, sown individually with cotton thread by local homeworkers.

As stated in Martinez’s bio on his Not Just A Label profile, “It seems like a lot of ideas for a small collection, but it´s just the drive and the need to push forward that I have as a fashion designer.”

With all this said, the collection encompasses must have staple pieces with a modern edge to anyones wardrobe and it doesn’t hurt that the pieces are so lovingly made as well.

For more information on Juan Pablo Martinez, please visit the prestigious website showcasing independent designers Not Just A Label