Porter Magazine Hosts ‘Incredible Women’ Talk Series With Sofia Coppola

Lucy Yeomans, Sofia Coppola Federico Marchetti 

(Photo:short prom dresses)Porter magazine is continuing its “Incredible Women” talk series, celebrating inspiring women from different walks of life. Its latest guest was director Sofia Coppola, who joined the magazine’s editor in chief Lucy Yeomans and features director Vassi Chamberlain on Tuesday to talk about her journey to date.

The talk was preceded by a private screening of Coppola’s new film, “The Beguiled,” which premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and won her the best director award, making her the second woman in the festival’s 71-year history to be given the award.

Coppola spoke about her inspiration for the film, which aimed to reimagine Thomas P. Cullinan’s book and Don Siegel’s 1971 movie interpretation starring Clint Eastwood, from the female characters’ point of view.

“I’ve watched the movie and it stayed in my mind. It was so fascinating to me that they made this really macho movie about a group of women in a girl’s school,” said Coppola, explaining that she set out to portray the women’s experiences and sexuality without distortion in the film.

“I was really interested in these women that are isolated during the wartime and what it might have been like for them. In the original movie, their desires were treated as something crazy,” she added of the film, which stars the likes of Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.

Known for always dipping her toes into the world of fashion, Coppola also said she wanted to accentuate the feeling of suppression these seven characters experience in the movie through their choices of clothing. In the film, they are often seen reading the etiquette book “How to Be a Good Southern Lady” in prim ivory white floral-printed petticoats with high ruffled necklines.

The talk also raised the issues of the lack of female directors in the movie industry, which is slowly starting to change.

“I had a clear idea what I wanted to make for this film. Most of the financiers and executives are men so they are less interested in female-driven project. But, this is changing now,” Coppola said.

Female creatives from the fashion and art worlds — including designers Phoebe Philo, Roksanda Ilincic and Bella Freud — joined Coppola for the screening at Soho’s Picturehouse Central.Read more at:prom dresses

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Textile traders likely to go on strike against GST


(Photo:formal dresses uk)Textile traders across the country may go on strike beginning from Tuesday for three days, opposing the implementation of GST on textiles. A rally is also likely to be carried out on June 30, 2017. Lakhs of organised and unorganised traders associated with the textiles will be affected badly with the implementation of GST, according to textile associations.

It is anticipated that textile traders in Gujarat, Delhi, Maharashtra, Punjab, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and other parts of the country will go on strike from Tuesday. Around 35,000 textile shops in Telangana are expected to remain close while nearly 70,000 textile establishments in Surat have been shut since June 24, 2017, according to media reports.

Cloth merchants and powerloom weavers and workers are also expected to join the strike. In an attempt to save the powerloom sector, a request has been made by the Tamil Nadu Powerloom Federation for exemption from GST.

Further, a representation has been made by the Federation of Gujarat Weavers Welfare Association (FOGWWA) for various issues including implementation of fibre policy for all fibre kinds, refund of accumulated GST credit and lowering GST on yarn to either 5 or 12 per cent among others.

“The GST Council had promised that it is not going to tax textiles. But contrary to their promise, they have imposed a 5 per cent tax on the commodity. This will result in closure of scores of shops,” according to Telangana State Federation of Textile Associations. “The textile trade is quite different from some other businesses. Payments come very late, say after six months, after dealers or stockists supply it to retailers. But we are expected to pay the tax immediately. This will result in tremendous amount of pressure on the trader for working capital,” he said.Read more at:prom dresses liverpool

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A Quintessentially “Downtown” New York Wedding at The Standard, East Village

Virginia “Gigi” Burris and Evan O’Hara are the epitome of the cool, quirky NYC couple—the kind that maintains their whole existence below 14th Street. She’s the owner of namesake millinery brand Gigi Burris Millinery. He’s the man behind Vereda, a company that creates American alligator belts, wallets, shoes, and other products from wild alligators harvested in Florida. You’ll rarely see her walking around the Lower East Side without one of her own beautiful creations situated on top of her head, and he similarly serves as his brand’s best ambassador, often wearing his alligator jacket on the streets of downtown. Fittingly, the two were introduced at the perfect setting for the beginning of their Big Apple love story: a pizza parlor called Rubirosa in Nolita. “I ate four slices of our shared pie, and Evan only ate one,” remembers Gigi. “What a first impression!”

The couple had been dating for two years when Evan orchestrated a surprise proposal. “Some close friends and I had gotten together to watch the sunset over some drinks at the Boom Boom Room,” says Gigi. “Evan planned with my best friend Kate for this to be a special evening! He came out of hiding and got down on one knee as we looked over the Hudson River. A bottle of Champagne immediately arrived, and we all celebrated together.”

Growing up, when Gigi dreamed about her wedding day, she always imagined herself wearing a Vera Wang gown. “To me, both then and now, it’s classic and timeless,” she says. “The dress I landed on had an elegant drape but also captured this nonchalance and modern spirit at the same time.” Being a milliner, the pressure was on for a very special headpiece. “I created a soft dusk blue straw boater hat adorned with vintage tulle and a diamond hat pin,” says Gigi. Her hair was a nod to classic ’70s waves, and for beauty, she went with a fresh face and a natural lip. Friend and fellow former CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund contestant Paul Andrew created blue suede high heels to match. Evan wore a Zegna couture tuxedo and an alligator boutonniere and belt.

Gigi and Evan knew that they wanted their wedding to feel intimate, relaxed, and personal. “Both of us were born and raised in Florida, but now call New York City our home, and knew it had to be a city wedding,” says Gigi. “Small nods to our Florida upbringing made our special day feel rooted in both places.” They felt strongly about having their ceremony outside and close to nature so the lush garden at The Standard, East Village was the perfect place for them to host the gathering of 60 guests.

After the ceremony, guests relocated to the penthouse for a celebration organized by Adrianne Mellen Ramstack of Adrianne Elizabeth. Once there, everyone mingled and danced to a playlist the couple had created that ranged from Elvis to Gary Clark Jr. Casual comfort food like lobster rolls, alligator croquettes, sliders, deviled eggs, and mini caviar potatoes were served up, and signature drinks of whiskey and a nod to the Moscow Mule were also on hand. “We even had beer brought up from this brewery that we adore in Florida,” says Gigi. The newlyweds danced to “Chapel of Love” by the Dixie Cups, and then the boys smoked cigars while the ladies selfied against the city skyline. “My dad gave a very tender speech before we cut the cake,” remembers Gigi. After the reception, the group moved to Wise Men, where Rubirosa pizzas (of course) and jalapeño margaritas were served, and the DJ spun hip-hop and ’90s until late night. Two days later, after fully recovering from the wedding festivities, the new Mr. and Mrs. O’Hara jetted off to Cuba for a honeymoon adventure that was full of salsa, mojitos, and taking in a new culture together as husband and wife.Read more at:pink prom dresses | graduation gowns

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Author to speak in Saguache

The public is invited to a book signing and free program at the Saguache County Museum on Sunday, June 25th at 1:30 p.m.

Tracy Beach is an author who was raised in Salida. She has written “My Life As A Whore,” the biography of Madam Laura Evens 1871-1953. Laura called Salida home for 53 years. Tracy was “determined to give this wonderful woman her final wish, a biography of her amazing life.” Also, she is in the process of revising “The Tunnels Under Our Feet: Colorado’s Forgotten Hollow Sidewalks.”

The program will be about Laura Evens, who “wasn’t any ordinary soiled dove from the days of Colorado’s Wild West. Raised by a Grand Cyclops of the KKK from the Mobile, Alabama, branch, she wasn’t about to let anything stand in the way of what she wanted. She wanted to be rich.

From…a gun fight to help save her business, her failed attempts to prevent her friends from poisoning themselves, selling bootleg booze for her supplier who lay dying on her couch, hiding battered women and children from distraught husbands suffering the effects of the Depression, to identifying the corpse of a friend beaten to death by a lover – all the while achieving her goal of owning an entire red light district”, in Salida “which stayed open until December 1949…which was longer than any other in Colorado, due largely to the unusual qualities of its owner.”

Beach and her 18 year-old daughter will dress in vintage clothing for their presentation. They will tell stories that did not make it into the book. Some stories may be “a little naughty.” There will be a slide show (vintage 1972 projector) with NO nude pictures, and they will present artifacts.

Beach will sign her book, “My Life As A Whore,” and include a really cool brass brothel token with each sale.

Laura Evens said, “I’m not a lady of the lamp light, I’m not a soiled dove…I’m a whore. Call me what I am.”

The program is free. Refreshments are served. Donations are accepted.Read more at:cocktail dresses | white prom dresses

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Young designers take spotlight during Milan Fashion Week


(Photo:white prom dresses)A fresh breeze buffeted Italy’s fashion capital during the second day of Milan Fashion Week on Sunday, both literally, bringing relief from the June heat, and figuratively, as young designers took the spotlight.

They brought with them fresh silhouettes with new proportions and reinterpretations of old summertime favorites from linens to stripes.

Here are highlights from menswear previews Sunday in Milan for next spring and summer:


Guillaume Meilland’s second collection for Ferragamo is inspired by the Mediterranean coastline shared by his native France and adopted Italy.

The looks are defined by texture: cable-knit fishermen’s sweaters, velvety shorts, corduroy trousers and suede laser cut tops, all hearty fare for wind-swept seaside strolls. The designer also added touches of whimsy like sea horse prints and coral key chains.

“Yes I like the idea of having, for me, something very Italian, something very much linked to the idea of the holidays and the seaside,” Meilland said backstage. “Textures, colors, we are trying combine soft velvet, English fabrics and heavy linens … The fluid and something more rough.”

The looks combined for an effortless silhouette that Meilland said was inspired by the 1960 French film “Purple Noon,” based on the Patricia Highsmith’s “Ripley” novels.

Ferragamo’s footwear included penny loafers or slip on moccasins with rubber soles adorned with the trademark buckle for the city or rope accents for the seaside.


Italian rapper Ghali honed in on a pair of velvety shorts with a sea horse print on a golden background from the front row of Ferragamo’s show for next spring and summer.

“I really like the collection. I love lots of the textures that I saw,” said Ghali, a Milan native whose new album, titled “Album,” is being promoted with an ad on the Duomo cathedral.


Lee Wood laid the seams bare at Dirk Bikkembergs during his second season as its creative director.

The clean collection revealed the construction details that create rhythms with their repetition, from the patchwork trousers to the intarsia knitwear.

Wood said he was inspired by the brutalism architectural movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s that stood against adornment.

“I wanted it to be brutal. I wanted it to be honest. I wanted it to be like men should be,” Lee said backstage. “I don’t want to see men all pretty and perfect. I think a man should be rugged.”

The lines were simple, with neat T-shirts with scooped necks paired with urban patchwork trousers cut from natural fabrics. The cuffs were turned up to reveal the rough seam. Heavy boots and utilitarian sandals anchored the looks.

Suit jackets were worn with shorts that were nearly bloomers in proportion, a fob to summer, while some trousers were festooned with maxi-pockets. Tops, by contrast, were soft, like one that was a patchwork of gold, light blue and white.

While the materials were mostly natural fibers and the color palette based on hues of blue, white and slate gray, the collection closed with flashes of green and Japanese technical fabric.


Korean designer Munsoo Kwon made his Milan debut in the Armani theater with a collection that contained some measure of autobiography.

The triptych collection includes pieces based on European tailoring, Korean military wear and a series of character looks. The thread that connects them all: The YOLO phenomenon, previously, before the invention of abbreviation-loving social media, known as “You Only Live Once.”

The 37-year-old Kwon expresses his whimsy with out-of-proportion cuts: Boyish striped sweaters that are part of his character series are gigantic with wide, trailing arms, dwarfing the wearer.

The military looks are elongated and soft, not your usual regimented rendering. And the tailored outfits are clean and elegant, featuring pinstripe pants with long belts worn with a pajama-inspired top and a trench coat with bell sleeves.Read more at:royal blue prom dresses

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Gal’s Guide highlights our herstory

If you’ve never heard of filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché, actress and Wi-Fi inventor Hedy Lamarr, fashion designer Coco Chanel, or the first African-American and first Native American woman pilot Bessie Coleman, you’re … probably not alone.

But you have a chance to catch up each Friday this summer when the women behind Gal’s Guide to the Galaxy will release a new episode of their podcast Your Gal Friday on galsguide.org, about the life and times of these four women in June.

Ultimately, the site will feature podcasts about more than 75 other women of art, science, culture and history.

Gal’s Guide Executive Director Kate Chaplin, Treasurer Katie Harris, and Secretary Nicole Amsler, started Gal’s Guide as an outlet for women to be able to discuss various issues, including slut shaming, body image, women’s portrayal in the media and cancer coping techniques, among other topics.

Recently, the group read Hidden Figures before attending a screening of the film, followed by a discussion of the real-life women who worked for NASA. Chaplin has also recently shared her knowledge of all things Wonder Woman for the May 2017 Gal’s Guide meeting and around town. She has frequently lectured about women filmmakers at film festivals based on her personal experiences and extensive research.

Meetings, which take place on the last Thursday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m., are open to all ages and genders, not just* those who identify as women. On June 29, the group’s topic is a Summer Reading List from Gal’s Guide at Barley Island Brewing Company in Noblesville.

Chaplin, Amsler and Harris also want to reach out beyond those who attend the meetings.

“It can be scary to travel across town, join a room full of strangers and put yourself out there,” says Amsler. “Some women only connect with us online, and that’s okay. Other women have commented, joined the discussion, and then made the leap into a meeting or event. That’s great too! We are honing our mix and I expect it to change continuously over the years.”

Chaplin, a Noblesville-based filmmaker, and Phoebe Frear, an up-and-coming local filmmaker, research and host the podcasts that Gal’s Guide release.

The research process for each subject, says Chaplin, takes a couple weeks, including subject determination. She and Frear discuss what they would like to learn and then split up the questions, do the research and interview each other for the podcast recording.

On the first podcast, Chaplin and Frear discuss Guy-Blaché’s work as a filmmaker of more than 1,000 films from 1896 to 1920, including why they thought her male contemporaries are more famous, whether she realized her own success in her lifetime, and why other filmmakers should know more about her. Most notably, Guy-Blaché’s innovations in the early years of filmmaking included color, sound, interracial casts, and the concept of acting “natural” on camera.

Chaplin and Frear say future podcasts will have a similar back and forth, conversational tone, and may feature guest speakers.

“I feel like sometimes we talk about people in history or celebrities,” says Frear, “as if they are at a higher level than us that we cannot reach or relate to, where in fact, we can all make our mark in history just as much as these gals have and we are all human. Life is messy. We make mistakes but we can also still do a lot of good in this world.”

Gal’s Guide presented a program called “Women You Haven’t Learned about in School” in March for Women’s History Month, including classes in Pike Township and at Ball State University. Chaplin says she anticipates more classroom appearances in the 2017-18 school year. By the time fall semester starts, more podcasts will be available for students who want to learn more about specific women.

“Having support and creating a connection to the amazing women that have come before them is essential to inspiring women to follow their dreams even when they aren’t supported by the rest of society,” says Harris. “I’m especially proud of Kate’s school-age outreach, that young girls are getting a chance to learn about important women in history and find new heroes.”

“What I hope the audiences will be inspired to look beyond a history book or a movie screen,” says Chaplin, “and find connections and lessons that make their life fuller, richer and more connected to this galaxy we all share.”Read more at:short prom dresses | purple prom dresses

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Mineral-rich mud masks up the skincare game

Mineral-rich mud masks up the skincare game<br />

(Photo:prom dresses online)Mud: a naturally formed substance that poses quite the paradox. On the one hand, we despair when we trudge through it and it sticks to our clothes and shoes. On the other, we’ll check ourselves into luxury spas and pay to have it rubbed all over our faces.

Mud may not be top of mind when you think of luxury, but there has been a recent surge in mud-mask offerings from high-end skincare brands. Mud has been a vital skincare stimulant “since time immemorial”, according to Josephine Njenga, a senior therapist at Talise Spa in Dubai. Long before eyelash serums and gel nail varnishes, mud was one of the first substances to be used for cosmetic purposes. Cleopatra, the famed female pharaoh who ruled over ancient Egypt, is thought to have frequently applied mud from the Dead Sea to her skin, to retain a youthful appearance. Believing that the body of water contained mystical powers, Cleopatra allegedly built what would come to be known as the world’s earliest spas, near the shores of the Dead Sea.

Then there’s fangotherapy – or the medical use of mud, by way of mud packs or mud baths. This, too, has historical roots. Greeks and Romans, recognising the healing properties of mud, would bathe together, socially, in mud baths, while Native Americans are known to have used mud to soothe irritated skin. There’s even a Romanian legend about an old, blind and crippled man who, while riding his donkey, accidentally came across Lake Techirghiol and found himself stuck in its muddy waters. Upon emerging from the lake, his blindness was cured, and he could walk again.

While mud may have been utilised by civilisations throughout history, skincare brands have only begun to capitalise on the substance for mass-market production in the past decade or so. Never had a beauty brand achieved global success from creating an entire business proposition founded on mud – until Glamglow was launched six years ago, by Shannon and Glenn Dellimore. Being residents of Los Angeles, their initial idea was to create an effective skincare product for their celebrity friends; one that would refine pores, reduce fine lines, give a refreshed glow and prep the wearer’s face for the camera. Mud wasn’t a part of their initial idea, the couple tells me during a recent trip to Dubai.

Today, Glamglow is headquartered at Glamland, an impressive mansion situated in the Hollywood Hills. The interiors are decorated with glossy silver sofas and striking chandeliers, to complement the historic mansion’s beautiful sunrooms and stately staircase. “From my recollection, before we started Glamglow, mud always just came in a big jar. It was more of a spa type of product. I hadn’t really seen it [as a] prestige [product]; it was just mud,” says Glenn. He reveals that, when Shannon and he first considered the idea of creating a Glamglow face treatment, they did their research and compiled a list of ingredients, but when they approached a chemist, he informed them that they needed a base for the formula.

“When we looked into what mud does for the skin, it was incredible,” says Glenn. The result was a mud mask that, when left on for 10 minutes, exfoliated the skin, helping it look smoother, softer and brighter. The product, bottled in an unlabelled, plain white sample container, quickly became a hit among the Dellimores’ network of actors and make-up artists.

Shannon and Glenn sampled muds from all over world – from Europe and Brazil to Alaska – before settling on their favourite: French sea clay, sourced from the coast of Southern France. This was used as the base for the brand’s first product, Youthmud. Even though Dead Sea mud tends to be more popular among skincare brands, Glenn explains that while it may have held lavish connotations in the past, touted as something of a fountain of youth, and reserved for royalty and the elite, mud obtained from the Dead Sea is actually a lot cheaper than other muds. French sea clay, on the other hand, carries more of an exclusive charm and is more costly. “Not only was it the best for what we were trying to achieve, it was also the world’s most expensive mud,” says Glenn.

Other sought-after muds include Kaolin clay, mined from Kaolin in China, and Hungary mud, sourced from the bottom of Lake Héviz, near Budapest. Depending on the geological conditions of its origin, each mud offers its own specific set of minerals and purported healing properties. Like Glamglow’s Youthmud, Talise Spa also uses French Sea Clay for most of its facials. Although mud treatments for the face are most popular, Njenga explains that clients can choose from a range of other services involving mud, including heat packs and body wraps, and says results will differ depending on the type of mud used. “Mud can relax muscles, improve blood circulation, ease digestion, reduce swelling, or relieve tension from the joints. And for the hair, it is a good conditioner, as it detoxifies the scalp,” she says.

While other brands tend to formulate mud-based products with green-tea extract, the Dellimores add real pieces of green-tea leaves, which slowly steep into the mud base over time. In fact, Shannon and Glenn have patented this method.

Soon after they started bottling their mud-mask formula and selling it exclusively to their acquaintances in Hollywood, Glamglow was launched at Neiman Marcus stores across the United States. However, as Shannon explains, having a presence in the most luxurious department store in America wasn’t the best part; it was where the Glamglow products were placed in the stores that was most exciting. “They own the corners of all of their beauty counters, and in Beverly Hills, they put us right in the middle of the La Prairie counter. Just Glamglow,” she says. “In Texas, it was right next to Chanel. Surrounded by all of the biggest and most prestigious brands in the world – including Dior and Shiseido – this new and unknown brand with just one product was right in the middle.” The same year that it launched in stores, Glamglow also emerged as the winning brand at the consumer-based Neiman Marcus Beauty Awards.

Glamglow is also a pioneer of the “multi-masking” beauty trend – where multiple mask products are used at the same time to treat different areas of the face. Shannon, for instance, uses the brand’s Supermud on her T-zone to combat oiliness, and Gravitymud on her neck area, to firm and tone the skin. While the majority of beauty vloggers on YouTube feature women smearing the muds on their faces, Glamglow masks are targeted at male consumers, too. Njenga also says that a lot of men book face masks at Talise Spa. “They love it – they will always go for a detoxifying or cleansing mask, which is what they need for their skin, which is usually either very oily or very dry,” she says. The age range of mud-mask clients is also quite wide, she reveals. “We passed that era of where it was more of a mature thing to do; nowadays it’s all mixed up, with people from 16 to 60 years of age,” she says.

So mud has been elevated from its humble origins and become a go-to beauty formula for all – with zero stigma attached. “Water and soil mixed together becomes mud, but I don’t think it’s [thought of] as being dirty,” says Njenga. After all, new mud-based skincare and medical solutions are no mere water-and-soil combinations. These muds are mineral-rich substances, often containing magnesium, sodium and sulphur, and are found only in particular geographic locations. Today, you can even find mud masks that have been supplemented with real gold – the Dual Action Mask by Gold Core, for instance, features Dead Sea mud formulated with camomile, grape seed, olive oil and 24K gold.

Glenn is adamant that Glamglow’s mud offering tops them all. He even compares the brand to tech giant Apple. “We all need a phone. But we all want an iPhone. And we all need a mud mask, and there are thousands out there, but what everyone wants is Glamglow,” he says. And while he considers the treatments to be of a luxurious nature, he insists that this categorisation isn’t due to the price. “Luxury for us isn’t necessarily just about being expensive; no matter how ‘luxury’ a product is, it’s only as luxurious as the results.”Read more at:prom dress shops

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North Van designer living dream in NYC

It’s 6:30 in the evening and Laura Levine is just finishing up her day at work in the city that never sleeps.

Levine is living the dream, working as an associate designer for New York fashion house Cinq à Sept with its headquarters a few blocks from Times Square.

“I’ve kind of grown to dodge Times Square. It’s pretty hectic up there,” says Levine with a laugh.

She grew up in quintessentially quiet North Vancouver, near Edgemont Village, graduating from Handsworth in 2007. Afterwards, Levine earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Victoria.

Her aha moment came shortly after Levine got a job in the economics field.

“I was doing basically data entry for a company and I think I just realized there kind of had to be more than just this,” recalls Levine.

With one foot already out the door, Levine told her parents she was at a career crossroads.

They had observed their daughter from a young age sketching feminine silhouettes and sewing every chance she got, turning doodles into clothes for her Barbies.

She’d dig into a dress-up trunk full of her mom’s 1970s and ‘80s fashion and repurpose the garments using a sewing machine in the basement.

Her parents knew where her heart was.

“My mom said to me: ‘You’re the youngest you are ever going to be, you might as well spend the rest of your life doing what you love.’”

The day Levine received her acceptance letter from Parsons The New School for Design, she envisioned herself immersed in the fashion capital of the world.

“I was walking around and getting yelled at by taxi drivers and being pushed around by pedestrians – that’s when you realize you are in New York,” says Levine of her first real New York moment.

Levine studied fashion in the glow of Times Square, where Parsons is located. She did the associate’s program, which Levine describes as rapid fire way to earn a fashion degree.

Parsons, says Levine, prepared her for the intensity of the fashion industry – long hours and a lot of hard work.

The instructors also taught her to think outside the box and flex her creative muscles, as she prepared to enter a saturated fashion market. Levine admits her final thesis collection was a little out there.

Assigned to create something beautiful out of controversy, Levine chose cults. To convey a cult-like, restrictive, brainwashing mindset, Levine used corsets and snug pieces done in a white palette to represent the mind-numbing.

Levine graduated with honours from Parsons, winning the 2015 AAS Fashion Designer of the Year Award, mainly because she didn’t pigeonhole herself as a design student.

Presented with different fashion specializations – print, technical, graphic, woven, knitwear, accessory, leather and lingerie design – Levine tried them all.

Levine interned and later worked for a summer at Rag & Bone, where two designers took Levine under their wings.

She watched the magic and fun unfold in the dye studio, taking paint and splattering it on fabric to see what graphics appear.

What Levine learned at that valuable Rag & Bone stint was not to design for her own style, but with other fashion consumers in mind.

Levine is currently sketching and designing full time with Cinq à Sept, which came onto the New York fashion scene in 2016 and evokes images of the happy hour scene, when “office desks are abandoned for cocktails and as-yet unknown possibilities.”

Sharing its name with the French term for the liminal moment linking late afternoon and early evening, Cinq à Sept creates feminine clothes with a bit of an edge to them, says Levine.

Actress Mindy Kaling recently was seen wearing a Cinq à Sept tunic with slits up the side. The outfit is an embroidery and studded concept Levine came up with, inspired by Moroccan tile and its geometric patterns and vibrant colours.

Kaling is known for her sense of style and exuding confidence when it comes to body image.

“It’s definitely an honour to have her wear something (I designed) and look so great in it,” says Levine.

“I think that when you are designing, it’s easy to design for double zero, but it says a lot when you can design with other body types in mind because there’s not very many people out there who are that, a double zero.”

At Cinq à Sept, Levine also designs embroideries, patches, buttons with logos or any extra embellishments.

She will do the design layouts digitally on a computer, taking inspiration from a flower, for example, and then use a stylus to draw the detail all by hand.

Embroidery and patches are en vogue at the moment, with Levine speculating that craze might have something to with the ‘70s influence on fashion for the past couple years.

Levine and her Cinq design team just had another spread in Vogue magazine. The first time Levine saw her work splashed in the fashion bible, she pinched herself.

“I definitely sent an email to everyone I know with the link,” she says. “I was really excited about it.”

Levine makes it back home to North Vancouver a couple times a year to see her family and friends. Thoughts of La Galleria sandwiches and Ambleside also make her homesick.

“I miss how beautiful it is there and the quiet – you don’t get a lot of that here,” says Levine, with a laugh.Read more at:blue prom dresses | black prom dresses

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Trinity’s Marshmallow Startup


(Photo:prom dresses online)Many of us would admit to having a soft spot for sugar, an addiction to the sweet things in life, yet not many of us would take this love and turn it into a business. This is what makes sisters Christine and Bridget Butler unique. Their company The Marsh Sisters, founded in the summer of 2016, has a simple purpose, to create the perfect Irish marshmallow in flavours such as mojito, lemon or pistachio.

As one of the 10 startup companies Launchbox is throwing its expertise and experience behind this summer, the Butler sisters stand in stark contrast to their fellow entrepreneurs. They, aside from a fashion magazine called Frank, are the only startup not to be based on an app. Sitting down with The University Times, Christine Butler, the younger sister and a first-year science student, admits that “this is probably why we got one of the spots. There’s a big drive for tech startups at the minute, but I think the fact we were offering a physical product, and a food one at that, is what made us stand out”.

One might be forgiven for wondering why you’d even get involved in a food startup in the first place. Food is a notoriously difficult area to get started in, and one of the most competitive. The regulations, the food safety forms and the cost involved in building a confectionary company are enough to put anyone off. The stereotypical startup company is a computer science student coding a new app from their bedroom – not two sisters building “handcrafted luxe marshmallows” from their kitchen.

The Butler girls stumbled upon a niche gap with their company. “We were always making marshmallows as children, mainly as presents for people”, explains Butler. It was only last summer, however, when they decided to try and make a business out of their hobby, with Bridget suggesting that she would do the branding while Christine would make the marshmallows. “People are always into sweets, but you don’t see marshmallows out there as much as other versions of confectionary”, she says. It was only when the girls began to do some extensive research into their chosen product that they noticed “there weren’t any Irish brands”. In Brown Thomas, one of the few places she managed to hunt them down, only English brands were in stock, and they just didn’t “taste as nice”. So, as Butler points out, “there was just a gap in the market for Irish marshmallows, and we found it”.

With this simple realisation, the concept of The Marsh Sisters was born. Years of studying their mum’s “old cookbook with the original recipe,” and “staining the pages from so much flicking” materialised into something bigger: the start of an adventure to bring marshmallows firmly back onto the confectionary scene in Ireland.

Yet setting up a business, as Butler admits, was not a life-long dream of either sister, more an opportunity that came from a passion they always had: “We didn’t really think of it in terms of setting up a company, more like let’s start selling them at the local market and see what happens, and from there it’s just grown.” Whilst both sisters are excited to see the company develop, neither shy away from how difficult the reality of this is going to be with their already busy schedules. With Christine being a first-year general science undergraduate and Bridget being a full-time graphic designer, both sisters have their hands full, meaning that “the balance is hard to strike”. “College and work are Monday to Friday and marshmallows Saturday to Sunday”, explains Butler. What makes this work, however, is the flexible, fluid relationship that comes from a sibling partnership, the sort of dynamic only a business run by sisters can produce. Despite a nine-year age gap and wildly differing career paths, the Butler sisters have made the most of their partnership so far by “keeping each other grounded”. “Half the time, it doesn’t even feel like we’re working”, smiles Butler. “It’s just us hanging out and having fun, we couldn’t do it with anyone else, I mean, even our older sister told us she couldn’t work with either of us. Bridget and I just click.”

This naturally good dynamic means both sisters easily compensate each other in their respective roles, alleviating the stress of a new startup on two busy individuals. “My sister is definitely all the design and graphics as that’s her day job”, explains Butler. “I’m more the person who actually makes the marshmallows, but we take things in turns and overlap for sure. My sister might come up with a flavour but I’d have to work out a way to incorporate it into the product.”

Developing and adjusting a product takes time, but in a field that is constantly changing, the Butler sisters are intent on keeping a steady pace. One of the fastest growing areas in the food industry right now is health consumerism, with more people than ever before living the vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free lifestyle. Confectionary that can meet these requirements is in short supply, and tapping into this would be like tapping into a goldmine for the Butler sisters. “We would like to do a vegan/vegetarian marshmallow, and we’ve looked into using vegetarian gelatine, but right now it just isn’t working and it would take a bit of tweaking to get it right”, explains Butler. “It will just take time, but we do want to respond to the demands of the market, and during the summer is going to be a perfect time to do this.” The marshmallows themselves are already diary and gluten-free, which means people already perceive them as a “healthier alternative” to what is currently on the market. “This perception really boosts our product, but we want to yield this to its full potential in the future”, says Butler.

Overcoming the difficulty of making a vegetarian/vegan-friendly marshmallow will take a huge effort from both of the Butler sisters, but that is the story of this startup. From the beginning, it’s been a team effort from the whole family. As Butler points out “it was a bit daunting starting off at first, but mum and dad are both accountants, and dad has dealt with small businesses in the past”. This advice and support would be vital given the number of hurdles this startup was going to face. The sheer volume of regulations and specifications that an edible product has to meet before it can be publicly marketed are enough to put the majority of people off. Yet the Butler sisters were lucky, they had experience on their side.

With many famous technology startups having their humble beginnings in college bedrooms or people’s living rooms, the sisters’ business venture is equally as unassuming, with all of their products made in their family kitchen. “Mum was a lot of help getting our kitchen at home certified which, I mean, is obviously just a home kitchen”, says Butler. The girl’s mother had experience selling her own baked goods and as a result she knew what the regulations were for such things. She had also already had their kitchen looked at so the girls knew “it was fairly ok”. “The inspectors took a while to come out and look over it all, so it gave us time to read up on everything and ensure it was all sorted”, explains Butler. “The inspections are so thorough, they want to check where everything is kept, that it’s stored right and our method of preparation is correct.”

Just how thorough and stringent the regulations are is shown through the process of getting the marshmallows tested for their nutritional value. “To get them tested you have to have the final, final product and final packaging”, explains Butler. “If you change anything at all you have to go and get it retested which is €60 a go, and so it adds up over time and becomes very expensive.” For a product that is constantly changing and developing, this is a substantial cost. “We haven’t fully decided what we are doing with the packaging yet, we like the idea of boxing them and being eco-friendly, but we haven’t decided”, says Butler.

What also costs a lot of money is raising public awareness of the product. Even if all the legal requirements are met, getting a product out is pricey, something Christine and Bridget have found over the last year: “Wexford is our biggest market at the moment because it’s where we make the marshmallows and where we are best known.” The sisters want to break into Dublin but have found this difficult. “Getting a stall up here at a local market is about €100, which is a lot more than what we would pay back home”, says Butler. In this respect, social media has been somewhat of a saving grace: “It’s been the best way of marketing the marshmallows. We’ve had a few shops and even a blogger approach us, all of whom hadn’t even tasted the product, just seen them online.” This shows the huge influence that social media can have for such products, and Bridget, especially, has put a lot of effort into making the product look good across all online platforms. “It’s definitely paying off”, says Butler.

This is something in particular that Launchbox will be a real help with, as it gives the sisters the opportunity to focus solely on the marshmallows: “Right now they are a weekend job, but in the summer they take priority, and Launchbox gives us the opportunity to meet the right people, get funding and have entrepreneurs around us who can give us advice.”

So, if in the future you ever feel like tasting homemade Irish marshmallows, The Marsh Sisters would be a great option to check out. Their company may be small, but their vision is big. This won’t be the last you hear (or taste) from them, with exciting times ahead for these two Irish entrepreneurs.Read more at:evening dresses uk

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Shaneiva Chatfield invited to New York Fashion Week in September

Port Macquarie resident Shaneiva Chatfield has been invited to the New York Fashion Week in September after participating in her first international competition in May. At 16-years-old Shaneiva was the youngest model to compete in the World Supermodel International Finals in Macau, China on May 21. It was also Shaneiva’s first time travelling out of Australia which she described as both exciting and nerve-racking. In the lead up to the main competition on May 21 there were three hour rehearsals everyday. Placing first at the World Supermodel International Finals was not important to Shaneiva. “I think it was a great opportunity to showcase the beauty of my indigenous culture,” she said. At the competition Shaneiva wore Buluuy Mirrii clothing by designer Colleen Tighe Johnson.

She has been invited to parade the designs at the New York Fashion Week in September. Shaneiva will also participate in a photo shoot at Times Square. The words Buluuy Mirrii translate to black star. “She’s all about empowering young, indigenous people to pursue what they want,” Shaneiva said. Each one of the Buluuy Mirrii designs is created to tell a story of the Aboriginal people. Shaneiva said one of the designs she wore was about gathering of food, another about women’s business and a third about the Great Artesian Basin and the healing properties of the water. “I felt empowered and connected to my ancestors while I was wearing them,” she said. Shaneiva’s mother said she was proud of her daughter for continuing with the China competition despite suffering a severe allergic reaction to a mosquito bite.

“My whole ankle was huge,” Shaneiva said. Shaneiva continued doing rehearsals and the main competition despite it being painful to walk. Shaneiva said was was thrilled to be pursuing her dream of modelling. “I never thought I would get an opportunity to go to China and do a pageant at 16-years-old,” she said. “Now being invited to New York that’s another great opportunity.” The Chatfields thanked the Port Macquarie-Hastings community for their generous donations and support to help Shaneiva.Read more at:mermaid prom dresses | sexy evening dresses

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