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Disclaimer: this post is in spanish. It talks about the meet and greet with Nina Garcia I had the pleasure to be invited last week. I'll translate it soon, thanks!
La figura del editor ya no es lo que solía ser hace algunos años. La fama y el status de celebridad se han convertido en parte de los requisitos del trabajo como editor de una revista de renombre. Hay quienes todavía no se acostumbran a este nuevo tipo de atención; sin embargo, existen los editores que se sienten como pez en el agua bajo los reflectores. Una de ellas es Nina García.
Si no la identificas como ex editora de Elle o actual editora de moda de Marie Claire, seguro si la reconoces por ser parte del jurado del programa Project Runway. He de decir que no soy die hard fan de los realities, pero hay personas que me parecen extremadamente coherentes para estar en televisión y Nina es una de ellas, y lo digo como un cumplido.
Tanto en fotografía y tv como en persona, Nina García transmite una elegancia automática a pesar de no ser una mujer particularmente alta o imponente. Ésta, entre otras características, fueron mis primeras impresiones al verla entrar a la tienda de Punto i Coma para el meet and greet. Organizado por la fundación Help Through Fashion, de la cual les hablaré en el futuro a mayor profundidad, este encuentro entre bloggers y Nina fue una experiencia de lo más gratificante.
Al inicio, cada uno de los invitados escribió varias preguntas en un papel, las cuales ella iría respondiendo. Hubo de todo, desde ¿Cómo fue la primera vez que conociste a Marc Jacobs (una gran anécdota que incluye a uno de los Rolling Stones) hasta ¿Qué sientes con la nueva fama de editor? (le encanta la atención). Si alguien esperaba que fuera una editora inaccesible o arrogante, entonces salieron decepcionados. No sólo se mostró dispuesta a contestar cada pregunta con una sonrisa, sino que también compartió experiencias personales que a todos los presentes nos daba curiosidad saber, como el qué representó en la búsqueda de un puesto en el mundo editorial el ser latina.
Cada vez veo más esta pregunta en entrevistas a personas que han triunfado en el extranjero. Hace poco pude emtrevistar a Denni Elias de Chicmuse, y su respuesta ante su sangre mexicana fue la misma que la de la colombiana Nina García: ser latina es cool. No sólo te perciben como una persona exótica, sino cómo alguien con la ventaja de tener una perspectiva más abierta y que sabe manejar esa mutliculturalidad mejor. Muchas veces caemos en el estigma de donde venimos, casi como si fuera una limitante. La verdad es que no importa de donde vengas, el punto es que des lo mejor de ti para llegar hasta donde quieras. Si bien Nina ha vivído la mayor parte de su vida en Estados Unidos, ella funciona como un gran ejemplo de que no hay restricciones cuando se trata de cumplir una gran meta.
A few weeks ago, Greello introduced me to the magic of Cinemagram, a very cool app where you can produce your own cinemagraphs in just minutes (no, not seconds, it's freaking hard to draw flawlessly the mask). Since the discovery of Jaime Beck and Kevin Burg's work, I've been obsessed with this type of GIF's. The ones of Coco Rocha are my favorites, but lately they've been working with Kelly Framel from The Glamourai and the result is quite charming.
The magic of this type of GIF's is the cinematic quality that a fashion image acquires. How many times have we said it's better to see things in movement than in a static position? That's exactly my deal with clothes. There's a huge difference watching them in the runway, where the wind, the pose and the attitude build the mise-en-scène of the garment, than in a still picture.
What do you think of my first cinemagraphs?
Yesterday, the Blog Awards came to an end and guess what? Mademoiselle Karla won Best Female Fashion Blog!!! The competition was very tight, even in the other categories, but I'm so happy and I can't do more but thank all of you who voted, dear readers, family and friends. Thanks too to Privalia, who has been awesome with the blogger community, we had so much fun with this competition haha.
On Monday they will announce the prizes and the date of the Blogger's Day, so expect tons of pictures with my fellow friends, winners and bloggers. Meanwhile, I'll keep relaxing with this well deserved mini vacations in the beach. Photos coming soon!
Yesterday I received a mail from Privalia's Belen Limon that Mademoiselle Karla was nominated in Privalia's Blog Awards for Best Female Fashion Blog!
Ok, so there's so much I wanted to tell you these past weeks but unfortunately my Macbook died. Still don't know if it will make it but keep you fingers crossed. Meanwhile, I'll resume in a very quick news update the following events.
As I told you, the B/Vloggers event took place two weeks ago and it was a major success. The panel, in which BoticaPop, NeonDelirium and myself spoke was amazing and I think it turned out very well. Congratulations to the PR association who organized this event, and thanks to all of you who watched it via stream or went to support us and hear everything we had to share. If you want to know more about the B/Vloggers check the note Style & Trend MX published, you can see SoyUnPato, Neon Delirium and yours truly in the pictures.
In case you were wondering what I wore, I went for striped pants from Zara, button shirt with high neck, Asos metallic envelope, studded bracelet and my very own Wonder Woman choker.
I fell in love with this pants since I saw them in AfterDrk, and I couldn't resist wearing them in such a special occasion, even if the hubby calls them the Beetlejuice Pants.
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Mexico AW12
Yesterday Mexico's most exclusive fashion week started. This year, the official sporkesperon is no more and no less than Miss Lara Stone herself. In the video made for the occasion, Lara appears as a very modern and sophisticated Dorothy, being lifted in the air by a tornado.
Elegance and luxury are the main values for Mercedes Benz, but it's good to see the designers featuring in this edition are beyond those elements. Pink Magnolia is a great example of what a young and fresh brand can achieve with few resources. And I'm not speaking in terms of finances, but the collection showed it self as simply marvelous. The theme was Madeline Rocks, and as you might remember the heroine from the books and cartoons, the capes, the berets and the A line coats in blue were the everyday uniform of this Parisian child.
Paola Wong and Cuca Díaz, the girls behind Pink Magnolia, did a terrific job with this romantic and french themed collection. Red, pink and cobalt blue were the main colors of the palette, a perfect choice for an autumn outfit, spiced by a heart motif in prints and sunglasses (in love with them). The use of bows and ribbons in button shirts didn't feel repetitive, on the contrary, it was a fresh touch to the parisian allure, as well as the transparencies in pleated dresses.
Next tuesday (March, 13) Boticapop, Neon Delirium and yours truly will be discussing fashion blogs in a blogger's panel at the Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Ciudad de Mexico. This event is part of a series of panels and conferences dedicated to blogging and videblogging. The schedule is the following:
12:00 hrs Interest Blogs with El Cafetin de las 5, Soy Un Pato and Alejandro Villalobos moderated by Víctor Fernández from Blogosfera Radial
13:00 hrs Fashion Blogs with Neon Delirium, Boticapop and @madykarla (myself) moderated by All Fashion Allowed.
14:00 hrs Video Blogs IrreventTV and Chingaqueditoo, moderated by Ale Caloca.
15:00 hrs Conference by Álvaro Cueva
16:00 hrs - 18:00 hrs Private Gathering with Bloggers and selected guests... and you could be one of them!
If you want to chat some with Boticapop, Neon Delirium, myself or any of the other bloggers from the panels, I have
All you have to do is send me an email to email@example.com with your name.
Hope to see you there!
Update: tickets are out, sorry.
Even though we are not in the mere chaos of the fashion weeks, you have to admit is a bloody hell to keep up with every single show. No matter how hard you try or how often you check your Reader (I have a love-hate relationship with it) you end up missing more collections than you wish. The thing is, I discovered I'm kind of an information hoarder... hard to admit, but I get a little bit freaked out if I see more than 400 posts unread. Gotta look at every single look, every single detail, and believe me, I enjoy doing that, though at the end of the day it's an overload of information. The key to avoid an overdose of runway pictures and street style photographs these days is the media you use.
Weeks ago I was blessed with an IPad, and I mean really blessed because now I wouldn't know how to clasify all my information without it. The apps are God's creation, I tell you, and several can turn to be the perfect medicine to survive fashion weeks' overload nightmare. If you happen to be as fashion hungry as I am and have an IPad / IPhone, here are the apps you can't miss.
For the rigorous daily dose of fashion every morning, The Cut is THE app. The design is not only friendly but really organized, perfect for the control freaks like moi. As soon as you tap the app you are received with the latest fashion shows. The grid of photographs is a delight and it rarely shuts down. The News button lets you surf smoothly through the published posts including Look of the day, Things to Watch, Quotables and other great sections with the latest gossip from the fashion world. But if there's one element that really drives me crazy like a teenager in a Bieber's concert (poor reference...) is the Looks button. There you can search by clothing, color, material, season/type, you name it. It really makes the search for a trend very easy and quick.
The official app of the New York Times' Fashion and Style section will make you head over heels. The interface is very tumblr-ish, but just by tapping in the pictures you'll enjoy every image in the best resolution. The pictures sections such as Photos of the Moment are a delight in the IPad. As well as The Cut's app, The Collection includes a Runway section and a Street Style section, the latter right from Bill Cunningham's lense.
You may ask, why would you choose Instagram as a must in the fashion weeks? Truth be told, there's no app as inmediate as Instagram (except for Twitter but that's just too messy). By following the right people, you'll have access to the collections in real time. The key for this app to be useful is the people you follow, so I decided to make you a fast and ready to go list:
Must follow: Teen Vogue, Nylon Magazine, NYTimes Fashion
The ones who were a hit in NYFW: Refinery29, MilkStudios, ManRepeller, GaranceDore, HolierThanNow, CFDA
The ones who rocked LFW: Stylenoir, LibertyLondonGirl, JackRisley, Asos, BoF (Business of Fashion)
The ones who are nailing MFW: LuisaViaRoma, VogueSpain (seriously), MarcoMarengo, PaolaDirettoreGlamour
Street style: Elowaz, Facehunter, StreetStylish, _frommetoyou (Cinemagraphs' creator Jamie Beck)
The brands that love Instagram: OscarPRGirl, Gucci, Burberry, DolceGabbanaOfficial
More apps to come in the second installment, meanwhile Happy Milan Fashion Week!
I have to accept I'm not all screams and excitement when it comes to menswear runways. Don't know why, I've never appreciated men's clothing until now. Why this sudden change? Well, when your hubby asks you for style advice, as the fashion mogul you are, and you have no clue about menswear THEN you know you need to know. That, and the immaculate Givenchy suit he was wearing the other day with a Calvin Klein black cravat made me snap (I would show you a picture but he might kill me...).
So, I decided I was going to immerse myself in these season's menswear shows as much as I could. So far we've seen Pitti Uomo and the first two days from Milan Fashion Week with two more to go. If I had to tell you, instinctively, about the overall mood of the Fall 2012, I would name it "Menswear Evolution Throughout Time" or "History in Menswear Revisited". Somehow, it seems that every brand has inspired each of their garments in past decades, taking inspiration in communism, English dandys, Futurism and a glimpse of reinterpretation in modern luxury.
The Gentleman, or Mary Poppin's impersonators, as ShowStudio calls them, were the main motif in Christopher's Baileys take on fall's menswear. The 101 on layering and the very core of Brit style result in a collection among perfection. ¿My favorite piece? The double breasted wool coat in grey, though the velvet suits also made it to my top ten.
When I read in GQ that “Raf Simons must have swallowed the red pill based on the procession of Agent Smith clones at Jil Sander this season" I was laughing out loud. Truth is, it is one of my favorite menswear collections so far. The long leather coats along with the suits of the same nature were a fresh and futurist construal of menswear. And it was about time; women have been ravishing about leather for the last years with leather sweatshirts and tight dresses. Even if we might not get to see anyone pull off the head to toe leather ensemble, any of this pieces are going to be worth watching in the street style round ups of next season.
Images: GQ & Selectism
Wish you all the best year of your lives!
Christmas is finally here! This is definitely one of my favorite holidays and every year I enjoy all the little rituals and traditions, cooking, setting the tree, decorating the house, etc. And even though this year has been quite strange, it's the perfect time to celebrate our families and friends and to be grateful for all the love we have in our lives.
I can't thank enough to all the people who are in my life for being such amazing persons in every aspect, to my family and friends and to every person who has taught me something.
To every person who reads me, I wish you the best best best Christmas of all time! I leave you with the 24th video of Love Magazine, Lily Donaldson dancing to my favorite Christmas song, Rockin' Aroung the Christmas Tree, enjoy!
Last week Privalia organized the last bloggers' night of the year in Celeste House. Needless to say, it was a huge success where friends, work and fun met in the same place. Martinis, macarons and tons of pictures made of this night a true delight. Thanks so much to Privalia and to Bel for the invitation and the lovely gifts, you really know how to throw a party!
Though it wouldn't bother to have a Birthday wishlist.... it would look just like this!