Friday, November 30, 2012

Roxanne Nikki Fall 2012 - Innovative and Edgy!

I keep telling myself that it is time to shut down the events for the year and slide into the holiday season. I made an exception on Wednesday night and am so glad I did.  Roxanne Nikki is relaunching and in celebration has opened a pop-up shop in Tinseltown now through December 9th.  This is a designer I was late to discover during my time as editor of Fame'd Magazine and I was just working on connecting when the magazine folded.  Obviously I was intensely curious and the evening was a chance to finally see what the designer's current season held.

While it took a little walking to find the pop-up shop on the second floor
in Tinseltown, the space itself was an artist's dream.  Spacious and bright, it was not overcrowded with racks and table.  We had room to move around and each area of the store showcased the silhouettes featured there in an uncluttered space. This was a preview night for media and industry professionals and I saw many big names there such as Jacqueline Kirby of Threads Gazette, photographer Darryl Humphrey, fashion stylists Leila Bani (They Representation) and Deanna Palkowski (Lizbell Agency and Ion Magazine), Jorge Ramos from  Vancouver Television/Wilhelmina Vancouver and Fay Yamamoto Jensen (owner of Armadillo Boutique) .  We all slipped glasses of wine courtesy of Backyard Vineyards and Neck of the Woods. Sweet treats were circulated on trays as well.  My favourite?  Yogurt covered strawberries!

Pleated Leather Shrug with dress
in same fabric.  The shrug is truly
to die for!!!!

Looking around the store, the first thing that caught my eye was the leather.  Imagine my surprise to hear that all of it was high-quality European faux fabric that everyone could wear.  I was particularly drawn to the pleated faux leather the designer used to make a variety of silhouettes.  My favourite hands down was the shrug.  A "Must Have" to die for garment that a photo just cannot capture the impact of.  It is a signature piece that would stand out in any crowd. Another eye-catching portion of the Fall 2012 collection is the high-energy neon furs.  From wraps to jackets, they were great accents to pair with the black palette that dominated. The evening also included a well-edited, tea style fashion show offering us different styling options for the collection.


Roxanni Nikki's luxurious Fall 2012 collection is a mixture of "...innovative materials, textures.  All fabrics are European and made to the designer's specifications.  The designer shares, “The inspiration for this collection resonates with my constant desire for originality, luxury, and super chic modernity. I design for modern men and women who are not afraid to make a statement and embrace their identity as an individual. So every piece I create must have personality, be coveted, and be multi-faceted."  Separates are the main-stay - although you will still find that little black dress along with other one-piece offerings - and most of the women's pieces in particular are multi-functional.  Several are reversible.  For menswear you'll find, "...a vintage heart in a future world...." with unexpected fabrics and colours.



While the designer has returned to Vancouver, she still has Hollywood calling.  Carmen Elctra, Bai Ling, Christina Milian, Kate Linder, Stacy Fancis, Kristanna Lokan, Divine Brown, DJ Photek and Jesse McCartney have all worn her edgy and modern design and the list is still growing.  The designs I saw this night certainly deserve this attention.  They were out of the box in a unique way that will appeal especially to fashionistas looking wanting to make a statement.  Youthful, edgy, modern, unique and more - this collection has it all.




In celebration of her relaunch, and just in time for the holiday season, Vancouverites are being treated to an exclusive Roxanne Nikki pop-up boutique on the second floor of the International Village (88 West Pender).  This chic shopping destination is open from 12-7pm on Thurs. Nov. 29 and Fri. Nov. 30, from 12-5pm on Sat. Dec. 1 and Sun. Dec. 2, and then again from 12-7pm on Thurs. Dec. 6 and Fri. Dec.  7, and 12-5pm on Sat. Dec. 8 and Sun. Dec. 9.  

You can also shop online at her website at www.roxannenikki.com.

Stylist Extraordinaire - Tracey Pincott

Photo by Wayne Mah
This is the second re-print of a Behind The Scenes article I wrote for Fame'd Magazine (folded as of March).  Tracey Pincott is positive, upbeat, absolutely full of energy and brings intense organization and focus to every project.  From her early fashion events (one which attracted over 1000 guests) to her famous X-Files shoot with Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny that became a cover for Rolling Stones first is Australia and then in the U.S., her extensive portfolio is an impressive array the speaks volumes about her talent and work ethic.  The article below is only the briefest overview of our interview.  Perhaps it's time to write a more extensive one in the near future.


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Fashion stylist Tracey Pincott remembers her 16th birthday well. She accompanied her father on a business trip to London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles. When he headed off to work and left her alone in New York, she hailed a cab and said, “Take me to Charles Jourdan on 5th Avenue.” There she bought her first pair of Charles Jourdan shoes and, “That was it!” What she brings to every job is drive, determination, amazing energy and the emotional bond she develops with clients and fellow artists. As she shared just a few of the many opportunities her career has brought, there was one phrase that kept recurring. “We laughed, we cried, we fought...it was a riot!”


Photos by photography team of  Denis Montalbetti and GayCampbell 

In her late teens, Pincott decided to move to Montreal with her best friend and become a famous fashion designer. The reality was working at a restaurant where fashion artists hung out. On returning to Vancouver, she boldly walked into Clark's in Pacific Centre and announced she wanted to be a buyer. With no previous experience, the job offered was selling men's suits. “I could sell a suit like nobody's business and after a couple of weeks the buyer came over, introduced herself and asked what I was doing the next morning.” She quickly became her assistant on morning appointments. Then Pincott was talking with friend Brad Gough one day and threw out the idea of running a fashion show. “We went to the Commodore and asked if we could use the venue. Then I walked across the street to the Yvon Bourgeois Esthetician School and asked if he would help. We were hoofing tickets ourselves and filled the place.” This became the first of many runway shows she has produced, occasionally in crazy locations such as armouries and movie sets.

With Sarah Maclachlin - Photographer Kharen Hill
Another great opportunity was meeting Gabriel Levy. He would come into Clark's to pull clothes for editorial shoots and have Pincott select the garments. After helping in-store for awhile, she approached him about being his assistant. She ended up working with him at Vancouver Magazine for years, earning those first tear sheet credits. Then came a call from Western Living. They were interviewing for a new fashion editor position and Pincott decided to give it a go. She remembers, “I went to their offices in Kitsilano. There was a lot of beige and I was a punk rock girl in my black leather mini-skirt. Other women were there pitching, some established writers. I never thought I'd get the job, but I did!” After seven years at Western Living, she went on to work with publications such as V Magazine, Chinese Edition Magazine and The Globe and Mail's West Magazine.

Stephane de Raucourt Shoe Ad - Photographer Candice Meyer
The chance to spread her wings further came in many ways. There was styling for television commercials as well as a contract from Economic Development Canada to produce a fashion show in Japan featuring Canadian designers. One key booking was for TV Guide. They needed a cover shot for a hot show at the time – the X-Files with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson . The shoot proved challenging on many fronts and Pincott found herself exhausted, but her hard work paid off. The next day she received a phone call from Los Angeles letting her know Duchovny wanted her on all his future magazine shoots. Five years later she styled the X-Files cover for Rolling Stone Australia with photographic superstar team Denis Montalbetti and Gay Campbell – a cover that was picked up by the Los Angeles edition.

On set at the Plum Clothing Fall '11 shoot
Pincott's extensive resume is filled with high profile clients such as Bacci's, Harry Rosen, Hugo BossCanada and Kersh/Press. Collaborations with world-class artists include Raphael Mazzucco, Carol LeFlufy, Susan Casey, Chrisanne Davis and James O'Mara and she has styled for celebrities such as SarahMcLachlin, Chris Isaak and Michael Buble. Editorial work is still her favourite and a few stand out from the rest. One was working several seasons for the luxury brand, “Faconnable”. She would fly to Nice to put the looks together and then spend days shooting in “...some of the most beautiful locations ever.” The other was for V Magazine. “It was the Valentine's Day issue. I picked seven red dresses and seven photographers. The dress I selected for each photographer was chosen for a reason. They took the dress and then put their own art on it. When it becomes our art and the right fit, it's very exciting.”

Mac & Jac - Photographer Raphael Mazzucco
One change Pincott rues is the move to digital photography. “I'm very tactile and I miss real film.” Current financial restraints have also had a negative effect on the industry, limiting fashion shows and causing most artists to need a side job. “There aren't people shooting ads every month for your magazine. It's a different world.” For students looking at this career, she shares that huge people skills are needed and warns they will most likely have to work many years for free to gain experience, just like she did.

Park Royal Waves Magazine - Photographer Gregory Crowe
Tracey Pincott's energy is palpable and the love of her trade shines through. Sitting in her home surrounded by paintings she has collected over the years, one is reminded that her work is HER art and there is no doubt she has a lot more creating to do.

For more information go to www.traceypincott.com.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Fashion Faux Pas a la Slang!

The English language is an ever shifting sand of new words and that seems to be accelerating each day.  From acronyms, to slang terms, the list keeps growing.  If a term begins to reach the level of common usage, it has the potential to attain the illustrious status of dictionary-worthy!

Fashion is no exception. After a bit of searching one night I came up with a wealth of slang terms relating to the fashion faux pas.  A few are funny; many are a bit crude.  As some of these are newer, I couldn't always find exactly the right photos to accompany them, but perhaps the description is enough on its own to bring the image to mind.  One important note is that most of these are related to ill fitting clothes, wearing the wrong size, or badly chosen (or lacking) undergarments.

Important note - A fashion Faux Pas is NOT about a body that isn't perfect, it is about the way someone dresses.  Fashion should compliment your strong points and distract from those you aren't as thrilled with.  It should fit you properly and be worn over the right undergarments.  Fashion Faux Pas' arise when none of the above applies.

Camel Toe

I wanted to start with the Camel Toe as that's probably the slang term most people hear first. I actually blew through life not really knowing or caring what Camel Toe meant.  When I started running a fashion magazine, I finally took notice and totally cracked up.  Some sites refer to it as a front wedgie on women.  It is blamed on too tight and/or improperly fitting pants - especially knits - as well as pulling them too high. I think a third cause could be related to the undergarment - choosing the wrong one to wear under an outfit or wearing none at all when a garment needs one.  The photo on the right of Mariah Carey is proof positive that even the rich and famous with their own personal stylist can miss the boat.  I can't image a professional stylist allowing this out on stage - so expect the singer put her foot down about what she was going to wear without realizing the consequences.

Moose Knuckle and Moosepaw

For a long time, the men's version of the Camel Toe was included in the above slang, but as always, the English language never stops changing. They now have their very own label - well two so far.  Moose Knuckle seems to be winning the battle, but Moosepaw is still in the running.  The biggest problem for men seems to be with their lycra sportswear, although men's skinny pants and the new men's leggings could change.  I love the note in the Urban dictionary for men to pull up their trousers and take a look. :)















Bear Claw 

This one intrigues me as people seem to disagree as to it's actual meaning. Could be a Camel Toe or Moose Knuckle/Moosepaw. I found one source that claims it's a women's Camel Toe only split into 3?!?!?!?!?! Obviously the term  Bear Claw is still in transition and has yet to find a common definition in the main stream.

Camel Nose

Skinny jeans for men has brought about it's own slang terms such as Camel Nose.  Supposedly when a man's penis and scrotum is clearly outlined in tight fitting clothes it resembles a camel nose. Really? Oh well, that's slang for you. This term is also not settled yet as some use it for both sexes referring to the cleft produced like in the terms above. The two pictures below include a photo of someone on the street in regular pants and also one of an actor playing a part. Coming from the world of dance I can only say to the actor - you're supposed to be wearing a dance belt! Whoever costumed this show is surely aware so maybe he forgot it at home that day. If leggings for men become common street wear, the industry will need to educate men about what needs to be worn underneath.





Senior Citizen's Foot

I cracked up when I found this term!!! Unfortunately both my husband and my oldest son are guilty and nothing I say has ever been able to change this. Some guys just have sensitive feet and love their socks. Not much more to say as honestly - a picture is worth a thousand words. Just say no to Senior Citizen's Foot.


















Whale Tail

Whale Tails came about with the popularity of low rise pants for women.  I don't care how good the fit, when you bend over it is going to pull down.  Some manufacturers have started to make these pants ride a bit higher in the back (then lower in front) which helps immensely and the addition of stretch has made a big difference.  But there's still a lot of bad options out there.  One response from the lingerie industry is to make it a fashion statement.  The two top pictures show the unattractive accidental Whale Tail. that we see all the time.  The bottom photo shows it being used as a fashion statement where it looks planned.  If you're going to show it, at least make it look like it was on purpose.



Muffin Top and Love Handles -

I never hear the term Muffin Top without feeling a little put out.  For years I heard men's overhang refer to by the affectionate term of Love Handles - something you could grab onto.  It had a non-threatening and warm ring to it.  When low rise pants for women became the norm, a new term was coined - Muffin Top. Doesn't sound as warm as fuzzy does it?  To be honest, the look is not attractive on either sex, so why do women have muffin tops and men have love handles.  Women of fashion - perhaps we need to level the playing field on this one and coin a new phrase for the men.  Either way, if your pants create an overhang when you button them - DO NOT wear a short t-shirt with it.  Not a good look on anyone.




Tummy Toe, Tummy Cleavage, Stomach Ass - 

Another new one to me.  If you have excess fat around the middle and squeeze it into pants that are too small, the result can be that it is pushed up and together to create the look of cleavage or a behind. I think this is probably related mostly to women because of child birth and the way we carry excess weight.  We all have body parts that aren't perfect and fashion is about wearing the things that showcase your strong points and detract from those we don't like.  The secret here is two-fold. Try to wear clothing that fits you properly around the waist and wear a loose, longer shirt that drapes nicely to at least crotch length.














VPL

Our desire to shorten everything into acronyms comes into play here.  This used to be called Visible Panty Line, but has now been shortened to VPL.  Everyone is pretty aware what this common phrase refers to and if not, the pictures tell the story.




Ass Cleavage or Plumber's Butt -

The term Plumber's Butt has been around for as long as I can remember.  Ass Cleavage was new to me.  Not sure yet if it is replacing plumber's butt or if the two will be used separately - one for women and one for men. Either way it's again not a great look.  Comes about for the same reason as the Whale Tail.  For women - if you want to wear low-rise, look for those that cut slightly higher in back and have some lycra in their make-up. If they are really low, then probably pair with a slightly longer shirt.  For men - make sure you are wearing the right size and that your shirt is long enough in back. Belts are probably a good idea, but not a total solution.



Another new term for me. Often this is more of a problem if you have very large breasts, but the photo below prove that anyone can over squish their assets.  The term refers to when the woman wears a bras that is so ill fitting that you have a second set of breasts spilling out the top.  This is not referring to showing a lot of cleavage.  This is one I had trouble finding just the right photo for, so hopefully the 2 here give you a good idea.

Sleavage and UnderCleavage

I am putting these 2 together as they have pretty simple explanations and I only found one photo of the second.  Sleavage is when you are wearing an ill-fitting bra or swimsuit top and your breast spill out the side of it creating small, extra breasts under your arms. While more visible in a swimsuit top, this could also be apparent in certain tops and gowns that are barer. In UnderCleavage your breasts spill out the bottom of your bra or swimsuit.  The picture of Heather Locklear below was the best I could find. Most likely this issue would not be visible with a bra as it would be hidden by your clothing - so swimsuits would be the culprit in visible UnderCleavage.



Well, that's the extent of my current research.  I suspect there are many more new slang terms coming out each day and these are only the beginning.  I want to again remind everyone.  Fashion Faux Pas's are NOT about an imperfect body.  It's about wearing the wrong size, the wrong undergarment, the wrong silhouette for you.



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Polenta Torte with Ham, Spinach and Cheese

I don't think there is a food further from my upbringing in the mid-west than Polenta, so of course it has always intrigued me.  I've also never seen it on a restaurant menu or had it at anyone else's house, which is unusual given the way unique foods have increasingly moved out into the mainstream in the last few years.  At one high-end event the caterer was offering small ceramic spoons that included Polenta as the base and they were wonderful, but that's the sum of my experience.

I take that back.  I once tried a recipe that used the store bought Polenta.  This pre-cooked version is usually found in the pasta aisle and has the shape of a tube of sausage.  You cut slices, lay them flat - sometimes grilling first - and top with other ingredients.  I only have one word for this product - uninteresting. That said, there are TONS of recipes on the internet using it.  Perhaps the tube I purchased was on the shelf too long or a sub par brand, but I will make my own from scratch in the future just to be safe. After this experience I set aside Polenta for awhile in frustration, but few weeks ago a recipe popped up that looked intriguing.  While it received mixed results, it was a hit in my book.  Of the 5 people who tried it, 3 of us enjoyed it, 1 wanted more flavour and 1 didn't like it all.  Obviously it is something you enjoy or you don't which is the norm with a lot of unusual foods.

I honestly prefer making it fresh - better taste.

Let's start with the basics - what is polenta?  They have a great overview on the Gourmet Foods page at About.com.  I like to describe it as Cream of Wheat only made from cornmeal.  It really is just the grain stirred into boiling water and simmered until it is a soft, thick mush.  This is very bland, so most recipes will add herbs, cheese, butter, etc. to round out the flavour.  It is normally a base to top with flavourful sauces or stews or used as a side dish. It can also replace the biscuits on top of pot pies.  Another interesting use is to spread the soft Polenta out after cooking and let cool.  This is then cut into shapes which are grilled or used as a base and topped with other ingredients. One recipe link below uses this technique to top a casserole.


Polenta Torte is intriguing as the layers are soft Polenta instead of firm. The first bite I was unsure if I liked the texture, but by the 3rd I was in love with the way it warmed me on a cold night.  The recipe has been tweaked of course.  They used 20 oz frozen spinach thawed and squeezed dry, but I preferred to work with fresh.  I found a 5 oz package of baby mixed greens and then used baby spinach for the other 15 oz.  This is a big pile that cooks quickly down to a small quantity.  I also added diced mushrooms - one member isn't a big fan so prefers the smaller pieces.

With lentils and cotechino: perhaps the most popular polenta meal
for celebrations in Italy
As stated below, if I make this again, I will be adding some cheese and possibly other ingredients to the Polenta to give it a bit of interest on it's own.  It's a great counterpart to the filling, but a bit bland if you get a spoonful by itself.  Last but not least, the smoked ham needs to be flavourful.  It's is one of the important notes in this recipe.  If you want to create a Vegetarian version by removing the ham, you will need to replace it with an ingredient of equal power in the flavour department.

I have offered links to 6 other recipes, chosen because they are great examples of other ways to work with Polenta.  Be brave and enjoy!

Sea Scallop and Polenta - Recipe at Eating in Bed
Polenta Torte with Ham, Spinach and Cheese

Serves 8

Filling - 
20 oz.       fresh bay spinach (or a mixture of baby spinach and kale, or other baby greens)
                Note - If using regular greens they should be coarsely chopped
2 TB         olive oil
1              onion, chopped
2              cloves garlic, minced
8 oz.         mushrooms, sliced or diced
4 oz          smoked ham, chopped
1/4 tsp.     pepper
salt to taste

Polenta (Note, this is very bland and NEEDS a few additions to spark it up)
5 cups water, divided
1-1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
1/2 tsp. salt

Other -
1/3 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, divided
1-1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella, divided

Preheat oven to 400F and line an 8-inch round springform pan with aluminum foil. Spray bottom and sides of pan with non-stick cooking spray such as Pam.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and mushrooms and saute until onion is soft. Add spinach (or a combo of greens).  Note, this looks like a HUGE pile of green but it wilts down pretty quickly to a small amount of cooked. You may have to add in batches, but make sure to constantly stir so those added first do not overcook.  As soon as the greens are wilted, stir in ham, pepper and salt to taste. Saute until heated through - about 5 minutes on low.  The original recipe says until no liquid remains, but I found that would overcook the greens so I chose to drain in a colander. I took most of the excess moisture out, but left it a bit damp. Squeezing it completely dry would have removed a lot of flavour. It might be better with the frozen spinach though.

Bring 4 cups water to a light boil in a large saucepan. Stir together remaining 1 cup water, the cornmeal, and salt in a bowl. Gradually add cornmeal mixture into the boiling water constantly stirring with whisk to keep it smooth. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring CONSTANTLY, for about 5-8 more minutes.

Spread 1/3 of polenta (cornmeal mixture) in prepared springform pan. Cover with half the greens mixture, half the Parmesan and 1/3 of Mozzarella. Repeat layering one more time. Spread with remaining polenta and sprinkle with remaining Mozzarella.

Bake in preheated 400F oven for 30 minutes. The top should get golden brown. Let stand for at least 10 minutes before unmolding. Remove sides of springform pan and gently slice.

Note - one option I can imagine for those who do not like the texture of the soft polenta is to spread the corn mixture after cooking into 3 - 8 inch circles and let cool.  These can then be used as a slightly firmer layer in the torte.

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A couple of interesting recipes I am hoping to try soon. A link to another is above in the photo caption.

1.  Mushroom, Polenta & Tomato Tapas is a recipe found on the Strands of My Life blog.  It is both 
     vegetarian and gluten free which is a real bonus during the holiday season.



2.  Here is Guy Fiero's version of Grilled Polenta found on the Food Network Website.



3.  I'm not a big fan of eggplant, but this recipe may make me a believer. Polenta Torte with Balsamic Vegetables from Le Thrifty Gourmand uses the polenta in a slight different way that is interesting and could be easily applied to other recipes.  


4.Creamy Polenta-Stuffed Heirloom Tomatoes was in a Fine Cooking recipe magazine I bought at the grocery store.  Fortunately the recipe is also available online at their site. I think this could also work as a side dish.


5. Last but not least is a recipe that looked interesting from Meg.Goes.Nom.Nom called Polenta Rounds with Sausage Ragout.  It uses the dreaded store bought tube.  I personally will be making my own Polenta rounds from scratch if I try this recipe, but I do love the idea.


Friday, November 23, 2012

Fashion at the Chinois

Image from Chinois Website
November 21st turned out to hold a great surprise - Vernard Goud of LuvNGrace's fashion event at the Chinois Restaurant in Yaletown.  This is the first event I attended in this restaurant and it was impressive.  The setting itself was classy and warm.  The space had been re-arranged to hold 2 long couches and some chairs to define the runway and waitresses circulated with samples of some VERY tasty bits.  My favourite hands-down was the skewer of Sweet and Sour Chicken paired with a chunk of pineapple.  Delicious! This is definitely a place I will be returning to eat sometime soon.

While the headliner of the evening was the launch of jewellery designer Carola Bun's Sesso 2012 Collection, there was a huge variety to keep us entertained all evening. DJ Miss Angel of Boy Meets Girl kept the atmosphere upbeat as guests nibbled, sipped their complimentary glass of champagne, networked and visited displays by four unique businesses. LashFabulous was there applying free lash extensions. Kitsilano Kitty's Closet set up a unique fashion kiosk.  There was also a table featuring Luxe Beauty Lounge and Spa and another for Omer Pasha Music Videos where you could view his latest music videos.

Qali Ahmed, Designer Dominique of Hive Mind Millinery and
Fashion Stylist Nicolette Lang-Andersen
 Image courtesy of Hush Magazine, photographer Dan Poh 
Just as our attention was beginning to wane, lovely host of the evening Mandy Ross of Vancouver Television stepped out to announce the first of 3 diverse fashion shows was ready to begin.  Rogue Couture - a brand new label by designers Jennifer Van Vuuren and Valmai MacIntyre - hit the floor.  I love being surprised and these garments definitely delivered.  Edgy and fashion forward, the line showcased a variety of sexy silhouettes that "...touched on Steam Couture with its blend of metals, leather, linen and period accessories."  I was drawn to the detailed garments with lots of seaming, straps and metal embellishment.  One accessory I particularly liked was the detailed spats worn over a pair of high heels. An intriguing way to turn a pair of summer heels into a winter version.

 Rogue Couture image courtesy of Hush Magazine, photographer Dan Poh 
After a short break, we were back in our seats for part two - fashions from the JennyFleur Loves Boutique in Yaletown.  Owner Jennifer Gray and her daughter Shaughnessy Show-Domos scour the globe for trends to fill their store. Inside you will find interesting and unique clothing, jewellery, shoes and accessories guaranteed to be a show-stopper at any occasion.  For this show the focus was on presenting a small composition of current looks now available at the boutique - things with a bit of holiday sparkle, but with the owners' own unique twist.  "Our boutique always has a bit of an edge to it which showed in some of the looks. Other looks we dressed up with edgy jewellery."  Styling for this show was with the assistance of Nicolette Lang-Andersen.

 JennyFleur Loves image courtesy of Hush Magazine, photographer Dan Poh 
One more brief interlude and it was time for the headline show of the evening - the launch of Sesso 2012.  Since 2010, designer Carola Bun has been producing pearl necklaces under the label House of Bun. A pearl necklace is a symbol of sophistication, luxury and timelessness that can be worn every day, even to elevate a great pair of jeans. Sesso 2012 - Italian for sex - showcased a mix of pearls and gold chain. A tear drop shaped loop of pearls provided the focal point on a few of the necklaces.  Previous collections enjoy intriguing titles such as Tutu, Le Petite Fleur and Le Phantome (one of my favourites). The designer has also offers a line of lipsticks, a perfume called Lady Godiva and a portion of every sale is donated to charity. The beautiful dresses providing a canvas for theses designs were courtesy of JennyFleur Loves Boutique.

House of Bun photo courtesy of Eugenio Flores.
Special note goes to Chinois for providing the great food and space, Hair by Bella Garnet Beauty Salon, Make-up by Jenny Ruth, Styling by Nicolette Lang Andersen, Models from Numa Agency, hosting by Mandy Ross, DJ Miss Angel of Boy Meets Girl and Lisa Marie Skincare.

For more LuvNGrace events check out his website at http://www.luvngraceaffair.com .  Want to know more about Vernard Goud?  Check out this bio article - Event Producer Extraordinaire.

To see more great event images visit the Hush Magazine album on Facebook.