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Sunday, May 20, 2018

DOLCE & GABANNA Beauty "Italian Zest" Collection


One of the best parts of summer is trying out the special seasonal releases and mini-collections of my favorite fragrances and beauty brands.  It is the perfect time to wear a lighter, more airy version of winter’s headier scents, and to try makeup shades that are sexier, bolder, and suggest vacation mode rather than workday pro. 


The top of my list this year is the DOLCE & GABANNA limited edition beauty collection and fragrances for both men and women called Italian Zest, evoking the vibrant and colorful life of Italy’s coast.  Can’t you just smell the lemons and citrus, the salty sea air, and feel the wind in your hair when you see the new campaign? 

Shot in Capri with Sicilian model Gulia Maenza, the collection features bronzer and shimmer sticks, four mouth-watering lipstick shades, three metallic cream eye shadows, waterproof mascara, three nail lacquers in intense fruit colors, and the star, Italian Zest, the limited exclusive edition of their hero fragrance Light Blue.  







Needless to say I want it all and will no doubt have to stock pile these treats to use throughout the fall and winter when I need a sensory escape.  As an extra bit of fun, follow the link to play their Light Blue Italian Zest game by slicing fruit to reveal their special lemonade recipe.  Turn on your Italian classics playlist, put on your sunglasses, and live la done vita! 



Play the Light Blue Italian Zest game here:  Lemonade Game


To read more about the fragrances and beauty products, and to find your local retailer of the Italian Zest beauty collection click here:  Dolce & Gabbana Beauty and Fragrances


                                                                XOXO Shelley 

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Business of Modeling: Rachel Comey Hosts Candid Conversation with the Model Alliance's Sara Ziff and Karen Elson


The fashion and modeling industry is experiencing a shift, partly as a result of the momentum of the #MeToo movement.  Fashion designer Rachel Comey hosted a forum with Model Alliance founder Sara Ziff and supermodel Karen Elson, with editors, agents, models and other designers to discuss the steps being taken to improve the working conditions of models throughout the industry and to highlight what still needs to be done going forward.

Established models and new faces alike need to understand their rights and how to have a voice within the industry.  The Model Alliance is a valuable resource to all models at every level of their career.  

Full story and discussion here:

https://www.vogue.com/article/karen-elson-sara-ziff-model-alliance-conversation

Model Alliance:  www.modelalliance.org
                                                                                          

                                            XOXO  Shelley

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Business of Modeling: Dance Training Gives Models an Edge


It’s no secret that the best models know how to “move”, giving them a major advantage over others.  Models are not plastic mannequins, and simply relying on good genes and the creative efforts of others to make beautiful images isn’t going to make for a great career.


Models who have a background in dance or theatre tend to have more body awareness, are more likely to know how they are appearing in the shots, and are able to bring drama and personality to the images.  Runway comes easily to them since they know how to move fluidly and without awkwardness.  Girls with even some basic dance training bring life to the styling, and movement to their limbs and hair, creating drama and spirit.  Those who are animated and have good control of their actions are far more likely to be booked over a static, timid girl whose images are flat and boring.  


Dance training gives core strength, balance, endurance, and long, lena muscles.  And if you think these things don’t matter, try standing for hours in stilettos while stylists work on your clothes, assistants set the lights, editors and photographers do digitals and discuss the shots, - and then be asked to move and make magical images.  Supermodel Coco Rocha created a photo book entitled “Study of Pose: 1000 Poses”, the perfect guide for new faces to learn how to model gracefully, quickly, thoughtfully, and artistically. 



It is easy for a photographer to rein in a model if her action does not work for the shot or the styling, but extremely frustrating and annoying to waste time waiting for a model to wake up and come to life in front of the camera.  Models who rely on their faces alone will have a very short career.  Count on it.  Dance training also teaches great posture, shoulder placement, fluidity, how to give the appearance of mile long legs and arms, all while selling the garments with imagination and awareness of the final image.  And it’s FUN! Get some music going and practice! And do the same on set.  Standing still is boring after a while and keeping your energy and enthusiasm up is professional and expected, and if you do, there is a better chance you will be booked by these people again.  


Karlie Kloss at 6’2” is a great example of a model who rose above the rest by being bold and animated, quickly becoming a favorite of photographers and editors for her ability to breathe life into the images.  And that isn’t easy when you are tall, to avoid looking like you are not in control of your actions.  She knows exactly how her body looks to the camera and just how to make each outfit looking stunning in the most flattering, dynamic way.


Theatricality also includes your facial expressions and models who inject some personality into the photos with their face are far more likely to get top editorials over non-emotive models.  They know who to portray dreamy innocence, sensuality, joy and laughter, or strength.  The best models will become a character in their mind and have a story behind them so they can “act” with their expressions.  


There are models who are not traditionally beautiful, or tall, or lanky, who just knew how to play to the camera, to bring emotion to the images or runway, and turned that ability into extraordinary careers, just as there are stunning models who are shy and think it is enough to be beautiful, who never realize their potential and have short careers.  


At the same time, modeling is not dance and forced movements that look rehearsed can look awkward and not fluid enough for photography.  Don’t be shy on set and by all means ask the photographer what they are going for in the shots, and become a part of the creative process, not a hinderance, or worse, disappointing.  Being a new model is not an excuse.  Practice makes perfect, so sign up for ballet barre classes, or jazz, or hip hop, and learn how to MOVE. You will be a better, more successful model for it. 

                                                               XOXO Shelley

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