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Monday, November 28, 2011

Hometown Beatdown!

Hey Everyone!
I hope you're all having a fantastic week! This is a quick post- due to loads of homework before winter break. But, here is that music video for Hometown Beatdown that I did hair for!

Enjoy Everyone!



xo Brit Sammy.

Monday, November 7, 2011

What A Grace-Ful Princess.

           As I walked in the Tiff|BellLightbox in Toronto I was unquestionably sure that I was in the right place. The Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, lined the walls of the venue with her timeless beauty and grace, which undeniably illuminated the now palace-esk Tiff|BellLightBox. Yup, this was definitely where I wanted to be. For those of you interested the Grace Kelly exhibit, “Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess,” will be at the Tiff|BellLightbox from November 4th to January 22nd. So, you have enough time to do a little bit of research on the damsel, who is known for marrying Prince Rainier III of Monaco and being featured in numerous Hitchcock cinematic treasures, before you head on downtown. Oh, and as an added bonus students (showing a student ID) also receive discounted entry. But, I’m very sure that all you fashion conscious guys and gals would love to attend due to the fact that Grace Kelly was known for her amazingly unique and classic style. She was no wallflower, but simply a muse to designers like Dior’s Marc Bohan who would seem- fully create ball gowns for the princess, Coco Chanel who also designed her classic tweed suits for Kelly, which were showcased in the exhibit, and Hermes who named the ‘Kelly Bag’ after her. Yes, the exhibit is a must, and if anything it is an excuse to lose yourself in the life of a real princess. 


            Due to regulations, pictures were not permitted in the exhibit however; you can always visit Tiff.net to see the nostalgic garments that had guests swooning. The walls of the exhibit were lined in Grace Kelly memorabilia from her movie posters, to her hand written letters. I was even able to catch a glimpse of a cheque made out to Grace Kelly from Paramount Studios for $8.25.Throughout the exhibit are cases full of articles, stills from films, photographs of Kelly, and her bare essentials which ranged from lace gloves, to oval sunglasses. And, one must not forget the family videos, documented news videos, and classic clips from her films that also glazed the walls of the exhibit. If you were lucky, you could even grab a seat facing the screens and sit there for hours on end watching the videos. However, this exhibit was very much in demand opening day so I do suggest possibly making your way to see Kelly’s exhibit with enough time to really take in all that it has to offer. 




            A favorite of mine in the exhibit was the ‘air conditioning- free’ room that held the most divine wedding dress, aside from my mothers, that I’ve ever seen in person. Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III in nothing less than the most beautifully crisp, lace, and fairy-tale dress that every eye has to study from top to bottom. From the lace sleeves, to the multiple bow lined spine, the dress was impeccable and the veil attached to her lovely tiara looked like a band of white flowers. I was in awe, and very much head over heals for this stunner. Another favorite was Kelly’s tiara, which was not big, nor small, it was perfectly tasteful and not at all overdone- as like Grace Kelly’s style. And, how could I forget about the shoes! Each garment, from the dresses to the suits, were accompanied by matching footwear. Grace Kelly’s heels were not sky-high but probably looked as good as they felt. All her shoes were custom designed and matched her outfits perfectly, and were set in a slightly pointed toe. Her shoes really spoke of her era. She was a sensation in both cinema and culture, but her shoes represented a woman who simply wanted to look stylish while at the same time being able to stroll from event to event. 






            This exhibit really had a girl, like myself, thinking. Grace Kelly hit the height of her fame from 1951 to 1956 while completing a total of 11 films in that period. She also won the 1954 ‘Best Actress’ Academy Award for her role in The Country Girl. Soon after, Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco at age 26, and between 1957 to 1965, Kelly and Rainer had three beautiful royal babies: Caroline Louise Marguerite, Princess of Hanover; Albert II, Prince of Monaco; and Princess Stephanie Marie Elisabeth. After a lovely, but short life with her loved ones and a career repertoire with the top directors, Grace Kelly passed away in 1982 due to a stroke, which caused her to crash her car into and down the Roc Agel mountainside in Monaco. The Princess died at age 52, but had a life that feels as though she lived a hundred years. Kelly’s somewhat short life was extraordinary and nothing less than the fairytales that we grown up with; she was an actress, princess, muse, and mother. And, is now an icon, timeless beauty, and inspiration. 

 (A SPECIAL THANKS TO TIFF COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT FOR SENDING OVER THESE FABULOUS IMAGES) 


xo Brit Sammy

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Through the Field with Natalia Cuervo


            The intricacies of her work, Corvus, are not only show stopping, but would have any Arts major ask, ‘Could you teach me how to do that?’ My time with the creative Natalia Cuervo was one of great feats. Not only did we shoot on location in a field of industrial towers, but we also motored back to the photo guru, Tishan Baldeo’s studio for a quick interview. It was a lot of fashion-fun, which is as good as an apple a day.
Natalia with her lovely model Sarah
            Natalia’s love for design all began as a child sewing clothes for her dolls, and snatching extra material and fabric to create a little something special. And, after moving to Toronto from Columbia with her parents and attending the ever so posh Ryerson University for design, Natalia shows how far she has come from her mother’s scraps. The challenging and competitive nature of Ryerson only helped to strengthen Natalia’s technique as a designer. She explains, “You can make [the experience at Ryerson] as hard or as easy as you want it to be, because your [success and progress] is on you.” 
Hannah
Sarah
Coming from Columbia at age 14, helped to influence the spirited designer’s aesthetic. And, growing up around fellow artists in her family as well as the culture of Columbia allowed Natalia to constantly be surrounded by creativity; which keeps her craft close to home. Her innovative mind is also motivated by everyday variables, as well as from art history, technology & architecture, and science. Such attributes are very present in her weaving and sculpting of raw silk and different textiles. The designs from the shoot were more so inspired by turn of the century European art, and the life of each artist. Such pieces were also created to support Miss Cuervo in her application and second place win in “The Art of Fashion”: a competition which has been held for 10+ years that has designers apply their creations in summary and response of the competition’s picked theme of the year. Thus, after the theme is picked, the applicants have a few months to complete their deigns, and those applicants chosen to partake in the competition show their creations at Toronto’s art festival, “Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche.” The creative Natalia won the opportunity to have the public choose her designs as “Best Exhibit”. Natalia has also strengthened her repertoire as a Canadian designer by partaking in Ryerson’s “Mass Exodus”, the graduating class fashion show, and at Toronto’s “Alternative Fashion Week.”
Sarah
Sarah
Natalia’s innovative mind, and I must say, eloquently spoken voice and pleasant attitude, shows to be as mighty of an attribution to her success as her technique and craft. Thus, it is undeniable that Cuervo’s future goals, “to own [her] own company [under her growing label] Corvus,” will inevitably lead to her to that fairytale ending.
Behind the Scenes: Amanda MUA, Sarah, Natalia, and I

 A past article I wrote about Natalia's behind the scene shoot can be found under: Behind the Scene Shots!


Designer: Natalia Cuervo
MUA: Amanda Blair Roberson
Hair: Brittany Sammy
Photographers: Tishan Baldeo and Bowen Mei
Models: Sarah Lipsit and Hannah B.
 


xo B.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

"Canada Cool" LG Fashion Week 2011.

Hello Loves,
So, I think my procrastination has gotten to me- forgive me for the lack of updates from fashion week. I've now decided just to simply compile all my pics, info, and fun into one BIG post :)
Now, here we go!

These are the wonderful highlights of the week. Majority of the pics were taken by the fantastic Tishan Baldeo of Izura Productions and Tishan Baldeo Photography. He's amazing- and a true talent!

Jay Manuel!




Sunny Fong

Betsey Johnson <3






Hotties with bodies <3

Jessica Stam
Jully Black

Stacey McKenzie

My Favorite show of the week: Laura Siegel 
Tosca Delfino

Fashion Collective

Lovas

Lovas

Vawk

Vawk
Kass Gray in Vawk

Martin Lim

Kass Gray in Michi

Travis Taddeo

Lisa Tant of Flare Magazine

xo B.

Friday, October 21, 2011

LGFW 2011: Day 2

Hello Loves,
This week has gone by so fast- I apologize for making you wait for the following post! Arg, I'll try to be better- but a day at fashion week is pretty much a seasons worth of clothes to see in one day. Anywho, day 2 went very well- I was able to strut my own stuff to aisles one and two of the shows. And, I got to talking with some lovely PR individuals from Montreal- who told me Montreal Fashion Week is fabulous and a must, so I think I might have to check it out. Anywho, I have a lot of images to show you and I have to give a fabulous shout of to Fashionights wonder boy Julio Reyes, who I had a lovely chat with the other night, and the fabulous model Kass Gray,who strutted for a hand full of shows this fashion week- congratulations you two for being too stunning for words.




















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Jessica Stam

Jessica Stam


Lisa Tant





























































xo B.
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