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

 

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 

 

 

Invasione Italiana // Editorial Video Exclusive

The world is yearning for roots and Roberta Sparta brings hers all the way from Italy…

A descendent of an Italian fashion house that turned manufacture for all the top labels such as ARMANI , VALENTINO, UNGARO, VERSACE. Sparta was born into the fashion business and came to Hollywood, California nearly  8 years ago to take her career as an actor and model to another level.

A Hollywood dream is born through her talent, beauty and determination to become the next successful import from Europe. The Fashion Noir film,  “Invasione Italiana” shows a twisted view of Hollywood.

Most recently the European and American worlds collide as Sparta is featured on the Italian TV show “Notorius” where the correspondent Alina Chelaru  follows Sparta around Hollywood capturing a day in the life of this rising star.

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Sparta born and raised in Dueville, Italy has called Los Angeles home since late 2008 when she moved here and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

She has starred in films such as “Anger of the Dead” , “Sex and the Single Alien” , “Ritual: A Psychomagic Story, “Things from Another World” and “Through the Wormhole” produced by Morgan Freeman.

In 2011 Sparta produced a short film entitled “A True Love” that was included in the “Short Corner” section at the acclaimed Cannes Film Festival.

She recently took on the animation genre by lending her voice to several characters in the Disney short “O’Sole Minnie” that won “Best Animated Short” at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

With all of these accomplishments Sparta has a big heart finding true comfort and joy in helping other through volunteering.

Two things she cannot live without, italian coffee and love!

To say the least Sparta is driven, and will make it as high as her dreams take her.

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Creative Director: Stacy Ellen
Photographer: Rodrigo Elenes
Actor|Model: Roberta Sparta

Hair|MUA: Cristina Fabian

Style Assistant: Brandon Godoy
Location: Venice Beach Canals, California USA

Hollywood Award Season // Style Exclusive

It’s seems like movies influenced fashion before designers were mega stars of their own. In the early years of the film business, costume designers were named “designers” although CoCo Chanel is one of the first well known fashion designers that has stood the test of time. Costume designers of the same time period were shaping the fashionistas and celebrities desire for the latest “in fashion.” According to a WWD article, “The clothes worn by some of moviedom’s most memorable characters have had audiences rushing to replicate the looks for the past 75 years.”

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Much like history, fashion repeats itself. Mary Pickford won the Oscar in 1930 wearing an unknown designer, this silhouette is very similar to Kate Hudson‘s dress by Versace she wore this year to the Golden Globes.

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Also wearing a dress to the Globes with nods of vintage style was Felicity Jones in Christian Dior. Her dress is reminiscent of Joanne Woodward‘s dress she wore to accept the Oscar in 1958.

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Jones wears another show stopped by Alexander McQueen to the Oscars which has a nod to the Hubert de Givenchy dress won by Audrey Hepburn when she won in 1954. Givenchy happens to be the first well known designer worn at a Hollywood award season and is still going strong at the ripe old age of 87.

The term “Bitch stole my look” has been in the making for nearly 100 years.

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In 1976 Louise Fletcher won the Oscar yet again wearing an unknown designer. This years award season, Jennifer Lopez wore a dress by Zuhair Murad that has an uncanny resembles of Fletcher’s to the Golden Globes.

 

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Gwen Stefani wore a courture jumpsuit by Versace to the 57th Grammy awards that is similar to the one Sissy Spacek wore when she won the Oscar in 1981. Showing that the 1980s trend is still relevant.

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Designer Yves Saint Laurent made his first appearance at the Oscars in 1972 when Jane Fonda won wearing one of his designs. More then 40 years later, Margot Robbie wears Saint Laurent to the Oscars in a dress very similar to the one Fonda wore.

The Hollywood award season started out as a humble affair to honor the art of the film. Many starlets of this inception wore their own clothing or possibly something from the wardrobe department of the lastest film they were working on. It wasn’t until the mid 1980s that actors started wearing designer dresses on a regular basis and naming them on the red carpet.

An article from WWD states, “It’s a different process from that of a fashion designer, who faces the pressures of the marketplace, Jacqueline Durran points out. And, My focus as a costume designer is on interpreting a script and making some kind of solution that culls the thing together,” she explains. “Whereas [if you’re] a fashion designer, you have to sell the thing you’re making.”

Aqua Babe // Exclusive Editorial

Photographer: Keith Bienert
Wardrobe & Creative Director: Stacy Ellen
Makeup Artist: Marlu A. Soria
Model: Brooke Ebner @ Elite Model Management