2014 – Searching for Authentic Inspiration

Published in Your Magazine November 2014 issue. 

Every morning, I’m faced with the age old question: what do I wear? Or in other words, how do I want to present myself to the world today? There are copious amounts of resources that aim to help people answer this very question from fashion magazines to Instagram accounts. The explosion and ubiquity of social media gave rise to the street style and fashion blogger phenomenon. Through free online platforms such as Blogger and WordPress, bloggers posted daily outfit photos of themselves or other people on the street as hundreds, and eventually millions, of readers tuned in. Thus, the fashion world, which at one point had been an exclusive and elite institution, became democratized. Self-publishing on the Internet allowed anyone to showcase their personal style, making fashion more relatable and accessible to the everyday person.

Soon enough however, blogging as a side hobby grew to be a lucrative full time job for those that garnered millions of page views. Successful bloggers have scooped up designer brand endorsements, modeling gigs, and front row seating at Fashion Week.

Arguably, we have hit a peak in the street style phenomenon where it has become less candid and more contrived. When the world figured out that bloggers could become a part of the fashion elite, the intention of blogging and street style changed. Has putting together an ensemble become a vain attempt at being photographed? Are meticulously dressed bloggers trying to a follow a certain aesthetic they think the industry would like? Is everyone just trying to sell us things in the form of blogger endorsements? Read the rest here.

2014 – Men’s Style: As Seen in Florence

Published on Shopping Cart Technology’s blog

As can be expected from Pitti Uomo, an international showcase of menswear collections and events, innovative ways of dressing were seen on the streets of Florence among the men who attended…read the rest here.

2014 – Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker Brings Holiday Spirit to Boston

Photo by Liza Voll

Published on ymemerson.com December 3, 2014.

It’s not Christmas in the city without a little magic. Still nursing Thanksgiving food hangovers, patrons headed to the Boston Opera House to welcome the holiday season with the dazzling Boston Ballet performance of Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker last Friday. The production will run between Nov. 28 to Dec. 31.

With a cast of over 300 dancers from around the globe, the show tells the story of young Clara who becomes enchanted with a toy nutcracker given to her by her Uncle Drosselmeier at the family’s Christmas Eve party and the imaginative adventure that follows. This production of The Nutcracker, now in its third year, is based on the libretto by Alexandre Dumas, titled The Tale of the Nutcracker, which is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Artistic Director Nissinen and award winning designer Robert Perdziola set the ballet in the early 1800’s Jane Austen era, and created over 350 exquisite handmade costumes and dynamic sets and props. Each performance is accompanied by P.I. Tchaikovsky’s renowned score, performed by the Boston Ballet Orchestra.

As the story goes, the Christmas Eve festivities come to an end, which includes Drosselmeier’s mechanical ballerina and harlequin, so the guests take their leave and the children are sent to bed. Except that Clara is too excited to sleep, and sneaks into the living room to find the Nutcracker under the tree and eventually falls asleep on the sofa, cradling the toy. As Clara falls deeper into her slumber, the mice come out to play, and that’s when things get extraordinary; Uncle Drosselmeier makes a reappearance, and the Nutcracker turns into a real life handsome prince.

The show’s humor was not lost on the audience as they laughed and watched in amusement during the battle between the Mouse King and his blundering mice, and the Nutcracker Prince and his army of stoic soldiers. Amusement soon turned into awe when the ballet transitioned from the first act’s narrative flow to the second act’s visual brilliance. Act two was the ballet’s height of aesthetic opulence with impressive set displays, sparkling costumes worn by elegant ballerinas, multi-cultural dances, and breathtaking solo performances.

Nissinen’s all-new ending to the classic story might give the audience reason to believe that it was not all just a dream, but the gift of holiday magic. Whether you choose to believe or not, The Nutcracker is a performance of high caliber and will continue to be a part of Boston’s Christmas tradition for years to come.

2014 – Interview with singer/songwriter Stephanie Skye

Published on iaam.com

Equipped with a strong voice and soulful lyrics, young singer and songwriter Stephanie Skye is projected to make waves in the music industry.

Published on iaam.com

Equipped with a strong voice and soulful lyrics, young singer and songwriter Stephanie Skye is projected to make waves in the music industry. So far, her released songs “Crash and Burn” and “Skin and Bones” have made their rounds on the Internet and piqued the interest of music media outlets, making her a star to watch. Originally from Massachusetts…Read rest of article here.

 

 

2014 – How to Pull off Bold Trends

Published on iaam.com

One of the exciting things about fashion is its unpredictability. No one really knows for sure what trends are going to set the scene for the following season until designers send their models down the runway showcasing a particular look in a fresh new way.

Published on iaam.com

One of the exciting things about fashion is its unpredictability. No one really knows for sure what trends are going to set the scene for the following season until designers send their models down the runway showcasing a particular look in a fresh new way. The flurry of magazine editors, fashion bloggers, and celebrities soon follow, adding their own creative flair to the mix, brewing up a storm of inspired style. Some trends can be tricky to pull off…Read the rest here.