Category: fashion

An Interview With Fashion blogger Jennifer Brix

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Jennifer Brix is a fashion blogger and the owner of Pink Brix Boutique; here is a link to her blog:

 

http://www.pinkbrix.com/

 

Q:     What made you want to be a writer?

 

A: Writing is the ultimate creative outlet for me! I enjoy telling stories from my point of view and capturing the reader’s interest all at once. I also appreciate the fact that, as a freelance writer, you get to define your own priorities.

 

Q:     How did you get your first paying gig?

 

A: I got my first paying gig with a small, local print publication in Charlotte, North Carolina. When I pitched the editor with my query letter, I discovered she was a fan of my blog and my writing style. It was truly a humbling experience!

 

Q:     Why do you think fashion and beauty are such popular topics for bloggers?

 

A: For the same reasons that the beauty and fashion industries, respectively, are booming: the world spends billions to look beautiful.  As women, we want to feel good about ourselves and are always seeking ways to change or enhance our looks. And though we may aspire to have their bank accounts, looks and (seemingly) effortless style, celebrity lifestyles are just not attainable for most of us. Why not gain insight into fashion and beauty topics from a blogger whom you can relate to?

 

Q:     Who are some of your favorite designers?

 

A: My must-have designer duds are Tory Burch flats and Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dresses. I’m obsessed! I’m also a big fan of Zac Posen’s unique designs. Otherwise, I’m a savvy shopper and enjoy affordable retailers such as Nordstrom, H&M, Express and Forever 21.

 

Q:     What’s the difference between blogging and traditional journalism?

 

A: The ongoing debate! Though both are methods of content distribution, I think it all boils down to the fact that journalism is heavily objective, while us bloggers love to express our opinion/perspective. Also, as blogging is a form of social media, it’s all about engagement, while traditional journalism relays information and is produced solely for consumption.

 

Q:     What trends in fashion annoy you?

 

A: Right now it’s the nipple-baring trend. I don’t need to see your breasts in public. It’s a desperate ploy for attention.

 

Q:     What makes for a successful fashion blog?

 

A: Consistency and great content is key. Captivating images are also important.

 

Q:  What is Pink Brix Boutique?  

 

A: Pink Brix Boutique (www.PinkBrix.com) is a celebrity-inspired fashion jewelry boutique catering to every woman’s style. I wanted to turn my brand into something tangible and Pink Brix was the result! Though I just launched the shop on July 1, I’ve had an outpouring of support and I couldn’t be more grateful!

 

Q:     What other jobs have you had and how do they influence your fashion sense?

 

A: During College, I interned at media companies such as NBC Universal and CBS Radio. After graduating in 2012, I began working as writer and editor. Currently, however, I work full-time as a Social Media Community Manager for health and nutrition brands in Greensboro, North Carolina.

 

My work experience has taken me from New York City to Los Angeles to Charlotte, and various places in between. I’ve definitely studied women’s style all over the country. Because of this, I enjoy exploring emerging trends and taking risks with my style!

 

Q: What fashion advice would you give to a pasty faced, middle aged woman whose ten pounds overweight?

 

A: You’re beautiful. Confidence is your best accessory. Never leave home without it!

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

 

An Interview With Fashion Photographer Brooke Mason

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Brooke Mason is a fashion photographer; here is a link to her website:

http://www.brookemason.com

Q: What made you interested in photography?

A:  I was really passionate about photography when I was 13 years old. Often at lunch time spent in the darkroom. It became my obsession. Later I went on to be a model myself, but never stopped shooting, and being a part of my true love, behind the camera.

Q: Who are some of you influences?

A:  I get a lot of influence from foreign films, including all of the Fellini classics and some amazing French films for my visual inspiration. Of course I adore Helmut Newton and Horst.

Q:  What do you look for in a model?:

A:  The best models have something unique about them, their personality shines through, and they know how to convey the emotion that’s needed for the story the photographer is trying to create. To be a great model, you don’t have to be the skinniest, the tallest or the prettiest. In the end, it’s about being undeniable to the camera.

Q: In what way does your work push boundaries?

A:  I’m always trying to push my own limitations in creating work, creating art. To get past oneself is the hardest accomplishment. I strive to create an emotional reaction in my viewer, especially in my fine art photography. My goal for my art works is to impinge, to get to a deeper place, perhaps even to uncover a feeling you didn’t know you had.

Q: Are fashion models really getting skinnier or are things the same as they have always been?

A:  Plus models in the fashion world have now become more recognized than ever before. Thin models have always been around since the Twiggy era. This is a personal taste based on designer’s choices or marketing. These days there’s really a lot of everything, even including different ethnicities.

Q: What is your strangest work story?

A:  I was on an editorial fashion shoot, and when we unpacked the clothes on set, the pants were missing and we had to shoot the models in their knickers and tops. It actually turned out really creative and fun in the end. But quite a stressful and strange start to the day.

Q: What was the most challenging photo you ever worked on?

A:  The most challenging fashion shoots I’ve had are shooting at the ocean dealing with the waves, the changing of weather, and being waist deep in water trying to make sure the waves don’t splash my camera whilst trying to get the best shot.

Q: What qualities does a good plus sized model have?

A:  The best plus models have the most vivacious personalities, fun, outgoing, expressive and carefree. For any model, great hair, glowing skin, engaging eyes through the lens and real expressions are key!

Q: What camera would you recommend for a novice?

A:  It’s very hard to recommend a camera not knowing the individual and what they’re needing it for. However, I am a Canon girl, and would suggest someone starting out a fun, cute Rebel XTI.

Q: What famous model would you most like to work with?

A:  Without a doubt, my favorite model of all time and my idol as a child is Helena Christensen.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Public Relations Specialist Joseph Benjamin

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Joseph Benjamin is the owner of Sassy Public Relations, a firm dedicate to promoting those in the fashion industry; here is a link to his website:

Sassypublicrelations.com

Q:  What made you interested in doing PR for people in the fashion industry?

 

A: Honestly from watching The Hill’s, that is what spark my interest in fashion. I still had no idea what exactly I wanted to do in fashion.

Q:  Who are some of your favorite designers?

A:  Alexander McQueen is my favorite designer; I feel he is one of the very few designer that design from his heart, well when he was still alive.

Q:  Why should my readers hire your company?

A:  I specialize in helping emerging designers. Branding is key element in the success of any brand. We build your brand from the ground up, and then we publicize your brand to the right media outlets.

Q: Why should I care about clothes?

A: That is complete up to you. My love of clothes comes from understand people and their patterns. I honestly do feel that they we people dress usually represents who they are in some way.

Q:  What is the biggest change you have seen in the fashion industry in the last ten years?

A: Front row crasher, I have guarded front row seats at fashion shows because people will just take a seat or take the gift for the editors.

Q: When I was in college in the nineties I was the Vice President Of SETA (like PETA for students). We thought we had made great progress in making fur unfashionable many celebrities joined our cause and we were sure fur was dead. Slowly but surely if began to regain popularity. Considering all the less cruel, better smelling, less expensive options; why do you think fur is still popular?

A: I honestly have no idea I don’t think anyone should wear fur.

 

Q: What do you think was the best Oscar dress ever?

 

A. Julia Roberts made waves when she stepped on stage to receive her Oscar in 2001, and not simply because her dress was so beautiful. The actress eschewed the standard award ceremony practice for custom-made, never-seen-before gowns, in favor of this vintage Valentino masterpiece from 1982

Q:  What changes would you like to see in the fashion industry?

A: I would like to see more support for emerging designers.

 Q:  What was the best fashion campaign you have ever seen?

A: Alexander Wang, his first campaign was amazing. His entire brand was created by him making one sweater.

Q: Take us through the process of promoting an unknown designer?

A: I start by getting to know the designer, their goal for the brand and where they see themselves in the next few years. Once all this is establish we make a plan of action. The branding process starts right away, Creating a website, Look Book, Press kits, allowing stylist to pull clothes. The Look book will be sent to all the major fashion publications and socialites, bloggers. Now you are a known designer to the correct people. Now it’s time for your big show, we invite only editor from publications we feel will make your brand shine.

lease note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

 

An Interview With Swag Twin Matthew Harris

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Matthew Harris and Mark Harris are known as The Swag Twins. They own Wow Creations Media which is a company that hosts gifting suites; here is a link to the website:

wowcreationsmedia@gmail.com

Q: What is a gifting suite?

A: A marketing and promotional opportunity to provide a clients brand and product line to invited celebrity guests.

Q: How do you go about procuring items for a gift bag?

A: Many companies contact us, or its up for grabs, where it’s a marketing opportunity that any company, product line and brand can participate in, so we are always looking and searching for new brands.

Q: What is the most unusual item you have ever put in a gift bag

A: A piece of the Empire state building from a company called Empire rocks.

Q: What is your greatest PR success story?

A: HMM, Tough question, pr success for ourselves or our clients, as our clients have received many success stories over the years, and as far as we are concerned its tough to say as well. Pr and public relations I would say us being seen on Storage Wars, as once our first episode aired with us on for about 3-4 minutes, the next day the phone started ringing, the emails starting coming in then 2-3 different opportunities, so we would have to say our three minutes of fame on Storage wars has been our biggest PR Story.

Q: What was your greatest PR disappointment?

A: NONE

Q: Once you give a celebrity free stuff how do you make sure they keep it and use it in public?

A: We don’t, and we can’t~ Once the celebrity gets gifted, we only hope that he or she uses, it, as they are not obligated to do so, however they do spend the time to attend our events and get gifted so we hope they use it.

Q: How did you get on storage wars?

A: Last year while Mark was judging the Miss California USA Pageant in Palm Springs, he met the Vice president of Development for Storage wars, liked the two of us together and bam!

Q: Without mentioning any names what is your most difficult diva story?

A: At our last Emmys gifting suite, we had an invited actress enter the lounge and as soon as she stepped off the elevator she was asking if we had photographers there? Then she asked for not one gift bag, but two, and asked to be chaperoned by two to hold both her gift bags.

Q: How did you two get into the gifting business?

A: Years ago when we saw how the gifting industry was growing and expanding, about the same time that the OSCARS stopped their official gift bags to all the nominees, we gave it some thought and said, hey, its not rocket science, and we could probably do the same thing, so after two years of struggling, we finally got it going and bam, boom, WOW creations was on track to be one of the five families of gifting.

Q: You’re twins; have you ever switched identities and if so, what happened?

A: People tend to ask us that all the time, however I’m sorry to say, never switched and never even thought about it.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Hair and Make-Up Artist Michelle Brione

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Michelle Brione is a hair and make-up artist in Los Angeles, here is a link to her website:

http://www.michellebrionehairandmakeup.com/

Q: What made you want to become a hair and make-up artist?

A: my mother is a hair stylist she’s owned several salons I originally was a
fashion stylist my mother decided to open her 3rd salon in woodland hills she
had a makeup station put in so I can do makeup not realizing I had a natural
talent for it but I still decided that I wanted to go to a makeup school and
take a full course for TV Film Print & beauty F/x makeup.

Q: What is your strangest work story?

A: well I have a few strange work stories lol I was assisting for a magazine shoot with a well known actress and she was not happy with the head stylist she made a big scene about it in the middle of the shoot and told me that she wanted me to style her other wise she will walk out the editor walked in and calm her down and told her she must continue weather she likes the head stylist or not on one hand I felt complimented but in the other I didn’t want to make waves with the editor she was like the Meryl Streep character in the devil wears prada & I was just starting my career so this was the last thing I was expecting to have happen all in all the shoot was a success.

Q: What is the biggest make up mistake women make?

A: The biggest mistake women tend to make is wearing a oily foundation
you always want to keep your base Matt not to oily by using a Matt foundation
you keep it soft & natural looking.

Q: What well known person would you most like to work your magic on and why?

A: I would luv to work with Angelina Jolie she’s beautiful of course but I like her confidence
& how she carries herself she exudes strength & she pretty “fearless ” I admire those qualities also she
doesn’t seem shallow she is a meaningful beauty in other words beauty with a meaning a little play on words
she has purpose & she is what the modern women is about.

Q: What do you like about Los Angeles?

A: I enjoy the diversity LA has to offer we have so much culture here
you can find pretty much what ever you want specially food whether its Mexican
Italian Chinese soul food it’s all here and authentic the weather is great too.

Q: What don’t you like about it?

A: The traffic, The Earthquakes, & The Rent it can be a bit costly here and
very competitive.

Q: What do you think was the best hairstyle trend in the last ten years?

A: In my opinion the best hair trend in the past ten years is
the long loose layers its sexy and flattering on thick or fine hair alike.

Q: What was the worst hairstyle trend in the last ten years and why?

A: The ” Mullet” has to be the worst hair trend.

Q: What brand of make-up is the best in your opinion?

A: I like MAC it’s great for TV Film & Print work it stays on very well and the colors don’t dull
so it works well when you have a long day under lights or on location it’s durable I also luv the
colors they are Rich & vibrant and it shows through on film and on Camera.

Q: What film had the best make-up job ever?

A: Its Between The Curious Case of Benjamin Button & The Dark Knight
but there are so many films that I really luv the makeup work the beginning process
and the creativity that goes into it and the final transformation is what really
makes being a makeup artist enjoyable for me it really transcends me to a higher
level as an artist and it truly gives me a sense of fulfillment.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Director Chris Rupert

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Chris Rupert is a director whose work includes a short documentary about the life of photographer Albert Watson and the film Driving Force. Here is a link to his website:

chrisrupert.com

Q:  What made you interested in becoming a director?

A: I’ve always had a passion for image making and a love for learning. It was the desire to challenge myself and continue learning that led me to editing and it was their I fell in love with the laungage of film and story telling. Me being a photographer, I gravitated towards being a cinematographer but the more I learned about the process the more I realized I am a Director at heart.

Q: How does directing commercials differ from directing other kinds of films?

 

A: Besides the obvious of having to tell a story in 30 seconds, I find with commercials the creative process is almost all done before we get on set. So much money is riding on that 30 second finished piece, combined with layers of agency people and clients, every bit of creative has to be signed off on before we roll even a second of footage-Which does make for really smooth and predicable results. Where as in longer form pieces I work on, we go into them with a plan but they tend to lend themselves to more exploration on set and even in the post process. The other big difference, is on commercials a lot of the times your not as involved in the post process, the ad agency takes over after principle photography is wrapped. Where with other kinds of films, I find directors are able to maintain complete control of the film all the way through to the finished piece. I really enjoy both and I’m happy that I’ve been able to experience both mediums.

Q:  What is Driving Force about?

 

A: Driving Force is about how a young guy’s only escape from his menial, miserable job is longing for the gorgeous shop mechanics who don’t even know he exists. Until the day that one of them fulfills his fantasy by taking control and shattering his reality as they hit the open road.

Q:  What inspired you to make the film?

A It started when a fashion stylist friend (Mimi Le) and I sat down and started planning out ideas for a short film about a girl biker gang. Then about that same time I was asked by The Kim Dawson agency to create a short film for them. They had a few request for the film but for the most part the assignment was pretty open so we combined the projects and you have Driving Force.

 

Q:  What are the most important personality characteristics for a director to have?

A: Vision, creativity, empathy, leadership skills, drive, and the ability to influence others. I once heard that a great director not only manages what happens in front of the camera but he/she also manages his/her crew behind the camera. I like to add to that and keep clients happy and excited as well. Part of the art of directing is being able to translate your vision to a cast and crew, and bring them together for the one goal of getting your project made.

Q:  Who are some of your influences?

A: Oh man, I’m inspired by so much and so many. I think if you’re open to life, there are bits of inspiration all around us. On a directing level, I’ve always loved the work of Wes Anderson, Michael Gondry, and I’m recently been very inspired by Noam Murro, and another new director.

Q:  Who do you think is the most overrated director in history?

A: Oh man – I have so much to learn and am so young in my career I don’t feel like I’m qualified to diss on any director. Everyone has something to learn from, even if it’s what not to do.

Q:  What made you want to make a documentary about photographer Albert Watson?

A: That was an assignment that came along from Neiman Marcus. I jumped at the opportunity because the team on the project was great and Albert Watson is a legend. He had so many great stories, we could have cut a feature from all his interviews.

 

Q:  What is your strangest work story?

A: Haha – so many. That’s why I love working in this industry so much. Everyday is a new story or experience. Just the other day on set, my line producer walked up to me and said – “agh, the tiger trainer didn’t bring enough cage so we are going to have to film the tiger with the gate open, and by the way the monkey is throwing a fit and may not drive the bumper car after all”. Only on a film set can someone say all that to you with a straight face. But I think the most bizarre story that illustrates how crazy you can be in this industry and it still be ok. Back when I was starting out and was working as a Digital Tech, I had this one job with a NY photographer who was just so off the wall. He walked in the studio and refused to do any work until his assistants hung a disco ball, and not as a prop or as part of the set, but just for him and his working environment. Oh there is so much more to that story but that’s a good taste.

Q:  What is the main difference between art and crap?

A: Well they always say art is in the eye of the beholder, but I do believe when an artist has truly poured his life into a project then that time in preparation, research, and execution will pay off and show up on the canvas, in a sculpture, a film, or whatever the medium. And I believe that level of dedication and hard work can be repeated by all even if the final product is not your cup of tea.

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)