October 7, 2011
For those who are familiar with tumblr, the term GPOY is a tag accompanied by a picture of oneself, or perhaps a photo that represents them or what they do. It can mean “Gratuitous picture of yourself” or “Good picture of yourself” or something like that. Well anyway, here’s a candid shot of myself during the Detroit Fashion Week closing night on Saturday September 24 at the Detroit main public library. Photo Credit: Jason Ramon
I was in the house to take runway photos for my fashion blog, Motown Couture, at the Real Detroit Weekly website. I am using my dinky Olympus E-420 – it’s considered a compact DLSR camera and it does me pretty good. It’s very lightweight and streamlined; the only trade-ins for its convenient size is that it doesn’t have image stabilizer nor video, but it’s all good, I get by. I don’t consider myself a photographer per se, I just take runway photos for my blog – plus, I might be one of the few people in the city that knows proper fashion show photo composition – not to say that I’m an expert or anything. We’ll save that discussion for another time.
I have to admit, I did have trouble with the runway set-up & lighting at the event. If you know me, then you know I despise using flash for the runway, however, I decided to use it after seeing the models blend in too much with the guests in the background, especially at the angle I was in. Since my external flash takes a few seconds to recharge after a shot, I was only able to take one frame of each look at a time, so it was literally a hit or miss. Enough of the boring stuff, be sure to check out the photos & event coverage at Motown Couture.
September 8, 2011
HNYBM #FNO Sale!
40% off your entire purchase*
Online only! Just for one night!
Sept 8. 2011
*offer applied when you purchase two (2) or more items
July 3, 2011
honeyBOOM vintage sportswear will be featured in this year’s Styles in the City fashion conference, expo, & fashion show! Check us out as we set up a booth for the conference on Saturday July 9 & show off our stuff on the runway on Sunday July 10. honeyBOOM will be in the “Urban Sophistication” section, with other boutiques & streetwear labels. The conference is open to all registrants when you log on to www.erollinsgroup.com. Get your fashion show tickets at www.neptix.com, a portion of the proceeds benefit The Punk Fund! For the love of fashion & funding, come through!
EROLLINS GROUP PRESENTS:
STYLES IN THE CITY
FASHION CONFERENCE & EXPO
301 Civic Center Dr.
Detroit, MI 48226
Saturday, July 9
Free with registration
Register at www.erollinsgroup.com
June 5, 2011
HONEYBOOM VINTAGE MODEL CASTING CALL
DANCE VIDEO LOOKBOOK & CATALOG PHOTO SHOOT
Monday, June 6, 2011
Cass Corridor Development Center
3535 Cass Ave. Detroit, MI 48201
(enter through back entrance off Brainard St.)
Models, please bring:
Be prepared to show some dance moves! (no professional dance experience necessary)
May 4, 2011
It’s a shame if you missed it last fall, but our fashion event, DESIGN.DEFINE.DETROIT (DDD). was on bang! Our entire team worked our butts off to provide a platform to not only showcase local fashion designers, but to unite the entire fashion community & discuss how we could turn what we do into a sustainable industry here in the city. Here is a video compiled by Cierra Mooney on DDD as she interviews the event insiders along with clips of the runway show! Enjoy!
May 4, 2011
I’m giving ya’ll a glimpse behind the scenes with Detroit’s finest songstress, Monica Blaire (MB), for a B.L.A.C. Magazine photo shoot. I came in as the shoot’s wardrobe stylist after MB approached me about some style concepts she wanted to execute. I was all over it. If you are familiar with this artist, then you know she is all soul, energy, & magic! I’ve witnessed the wonder that is Monica Blaire as she has lit up stages across the city, & it’s an honor to style her up.
MB’s funky spirit is right up my alley; she has that quirkiness & heavy artistry that I am all about. Plus we are both members of the local hip hop community here in Detroit, so it was easy for us to connect. Collaborating with Detroit’s industry finest like jeweler Nneka Jackson, make-up artist Leila D’Amato, & hairstylist Mo, along with Monica Blaire was just magic in the making. Not to mention photographer Sean Lee & the rest of the crew in the house made it bang out for some reason? Maybe it was the fancy hor d’oeuvres on set? Or the wine? Or the triple fermented beer? ha.
For MB’s looks, I brought in pieces from Detroit designers, Fotoula Lambros Design & Angela McBride’s Peace Love Spandex, along with pieces from my own personal collection of garments. Nneka Jackson, B-Flyy Creations jeweler, customized a neck piece on the spot! That’s how we work! Peep a sneak peek at the BLAC mag shoot below. Keep an eye out for the printed issue on the streets soon!
March 10, 2011
IMAGINE FASHION SHOW 2011
Wednesday, March 16
Royal Oak Music Theatre
318 W 4th St, Royal Oak, MI
General Admission: $22
- “The International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT) will be hosting its student fashion show, Imagine, on March 16, 2011 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Imagine is an annual fashion show, now in its seventh year, featuring original designs by students in the Fashion Design and Fashion Design and Merchandising programs at IADT’s Detroit (Troy) campus.
“We’re thrilled to showcase Metro Detroit’s talented student fashion designers,” said Julie Patterson, fashion design program chair at IADT-Detroit. “Our students work extremely hard to prepare for this special event.”
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $22 and $32 and can be purchased at the Royal Oak Music Theatre Box Office, www.ROMTLive.com*, www.Tickets.com*, or by phone 1-800-919-6272* A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House of Southeast Michigan.”
March 10, 2011
photo via: clear mag itunes app
Location: Royal Oak, MI
“Locally produced Clear Magazine, an international high end fashion, art and design magazine, is now digital! We are looking for artistic interns in assisting in the production of graphic design, web design, and marketing, an emphasis on digital is a plus. Three positions currently need to be filled; graphic designer, marketing/social media, and web designer. Interns should be interested in, and have knowledge of, the world of fashion, style, design, and/or public relations.
–Graphic designer must have experience in Adobe Creative Suite, packaging files, and typography
–Web designer should have knowledge in HTML, Word Press, FTP sites, with an emphasis on digital formatting
–Marketing intern should have knowledge in public relations, social media, advertising
Ideally looking for interns with light school load or recently graduated. Ideal if intern can work five days per week, three days minimum. Student will work in energetic work environment, side by side with magazine staff. Office is located in trendy Downtown Royal Oak.”
Email your resume HERE.
March 5, 2011
The Nomia Fall 2011 collection by Yara Flinn was a pleasure to be present for. The show took place at The Standard in a small wooden room where media would take up 1/3 of the space, the audience jam packed on one side of the runway taking up a full third of space, & the other third of the room reserved for the models. I came in about an hour before showtime & lounged about. The models, still in their street clothes & hair clips, came out about 45 minutes before showtime to learn the runway routine. They were to walk down the bordered runway to then stand on one side of the wall until every girl has come out. They ran the full show twice so the tight crowd can actually capture the collection. Speaking of which, the collection was pretty on point; it was classy with a twist on silhouettes. My favorite Fall 2011 elements were included in this collection as well: patches of colors, sheer fabrics, & cut-outs. The plated necklaces are awesome too.