Friday, February 28, 2014

UNDER THE GUNN.....Nick's Take: Episode 7 "Steampunk Chic", My Inside Dish!




















Mentor Steampunk: (Left to right) Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos--Griffith Park's "Travel Town" Los Angeles--Episode 7 "Steampunk Chic" Project Ruwnay: Under The Gunn





This week on Lifetime Network's "Project Runway: Under The Gunn", it was the Avant-Garde challenge. The theme was Steampunk.  In case you might be "out of the look", Steampunk style deals with fashion inspired from the genre of science fiction, which is inspired by steam-powered machinery and involves an "alternative world" of both 19th Century Victorian and American "Wild West" as well as a post-apocalyptic world involving retro-futurism. Yep: go figure...








Where's the first "Under The Gunn" Winner? Mentor Nick Verreos with designers Natalia Fedner, Oscar Garcia-Lopez and Stephanie Ohnmacht at "Travel Town"/Griffith Park--Episode 7 "Steampunk Chic" Project Runway: Under The Gunn





I was excited to be mentoring this challenge for my designers, mainly because I LOVE an Avant-Garde Challenge and because of Season 11 "Project Runway" winner Michelle Lesniak and her Finale Collection. It wasn't until Michelle that I truly became aware of what Steampunk even was (Thank You Michelle!). We drove to Griffith Park's "Travel Town" very early in the morning to film the Challenge Introduction:



Griffith Park's "Travel Town"--filming set-up for Episode 7 "Steampunk Chic" Project Runway: Under The Gunn






Griffith Park's "Travel Town", Los Angeles






Tim Gunn, the Designers and Mentors--Episode 7 "Steampunk Chic" Project Runway: Under The Gunn





After the Challenge Announcement at "Travel Town", we all went to Mood Fabrics Los Angeles...




 "Welcome to Mood'--Designers, Mentors and Tim Gunn--Episode 7 "Steampunk Chic" Project Runway: Under The Gunn






Nick Verreos and "Oscar" (named after Oscar de la Renta, naturally)--the Mood Fabric L.A. "mascot"






Mood Fabrics Los Angeles: Thousands of fabulous bolts of fabrics





Under The Gunn Workroom, back at FIDM:




 Tim Gunn and Nick Verreos--Project Runway: Under The Gunn Workroom, FIDM--Episode 7 "Steampunk Chic" Project Runway: Under The Gunn








Uh Oh: "Big Daddy" Mentor Tim Gunn just told Anya Ayoung-Chee that one of her designers (Nicholas) is having lunch when he should be working...



The Following Day, Runway:




Steampunk Mentor Chic--(Left to right) Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos--Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM Los Angeles Episode 7 "Steampunk Chic" Project Runway: Under The Gunn



Time for the "Under The Gunn" Inside Dish:




 Nick's Designers: (Left to right) Designs from Oscar Garcia-Lopez, Stephanie Ohnmacht and Natalia Fedner--Episode 7 "Steampunk Chic" Project Runway: Under The Gunn





Stephanie Ohnmacht: Stephanie had a difficult time finding herself--design-wise--in this episode. She is not an "Avant-Garde" designer and therefore she struggled a bit. I liked her idea but I wanted her to exaggerate everything about it; put tulle inside those billowy sleeves to "puff" them up (she didn't) and take this to another level. I did like the silhouette and especially how she used some of the "Steampunk"-like metal details which she glued onto the top/shoulder section of her look. The entire design was very "Karl Lagerfeld/Chanel" and I appreciated that.





Oscar Garcia-Lopez: Oscar went all-out, as usual. His look was like a "Steampunk Saloon Girl Couture". I loved this look in that it was a complete design, very thought-out and very well made.  When I visited him, he wanted to do a "She begins with a big ball gown and then she takes the overskirt off and she's got a cocktail dress on". It was looking a bit too gimmicky...





Oscar Revolution: Oscar also painted "Revolution" on the skirt (pic above). Tim Gunn and I both told him that this would not be a needed addition to his design. Lucky for us, Oscar listens and he is AMAZING at knowing how to take our critiques and then "adjusting".






 But then, there were these gorgeous pleats: those hand-pleats are out of this world! I thought his design was one of the Top ones.





Natalia Fedner: Natalia rocked it out of the "Steampunk" park with  this design of hers. I was so proud. She wanted to devise a pulley system using things she had received from our time at Griffith Park's "Travel Town". It was INGENIOUS! Natalia's design merged all the elements that make Steampunk wonderful; it was Victoriana, it was mechanism-fab; it was futuristic...All of it!





Steampunk-ed: When her model stopped in front of the judges and began her lifting-up of the design, it was like "done and done"; we all gasped, the judges and production people were like "Oh No She Didn't!" and we all clapped!








 Avant-Garde Twist: Natalia Fedner's model begins the twisting mechanism of her "Steampunk" design--Episode 7 "Steampunk Chic" Project Runway: Under The Gunn



My winner was Natalia, even though she did not win this challenge, I as a mentor, was VERY proud of her.


TURTLENECKS + TUCKED IN HAIR

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Photos via: The Line | Vogue Paris

This pretty much sums up where my head's at in terms of beauty, hair and dressing for winter: Barely-there makeup paired with effortless undone hair tucked into a cozy turtleneck. Complete the look with a sleek coat, simple manicure (digging the french manicure in the first shot) and can't forget to accent those cheekbones!

Details on how to get your hair looking this perfectly undone can be found here.

Get the look...

RED CARPET REPORT.....86th Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet Predictions: Sandra Bullock




Academy Award-nominated actress Sandra Bullock



"Gravity" actress Sandra Bullock has been looking
quite chic and sexy on the red carpet as of late. I really liked the Lanvin
strapless gown showing A LOT of leg which she wore...






 At the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards and...






 This sexy metallic strapless column gown above from French designer Roland Mouret at the 2014 Directors Guild
Awards.



For the 86th Annual Academy Awards this Sunday, I would LOVE to see Sandra in something like this:










My suggestion for the gorgeous Bullock is a gown from Giambattista
Valli
and his Spring 2014 Haute Couture collection....






Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Spring 2014: This is a gorgeous
strapless ball gown in ivory silk duchesse with hand-sewn royal blue sequin appliqués
--and more importantly, it also has a slit to show Bullock's wonderfully toned
legs; it is entrance-making and on-trend in terms of the fuller ball gown
shape.











I also love the big abstract pewter bracelet--so modern with such a classic pretty gown.








Tim Talks, Under the Gunn, Episode 7

MIchael Costello-designed dress headed to Grammy Museum


After Beyoncé wore this dress at the Grammy Awards show on January 26, 2014, she returned it to the designer - Project Runway All-Star, Michael Costello. 

 Costello says he plans to present three "red carpet" looks (including this one) at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.  The designs will be on exhibit for one year.

  Click here for more information.

Benjamim Mach Fall 2014 Capsule Collection



Project Runway Season 11 designer, Benjamin Mach, presents his Fall 2014 Collection.

Click here for more information.

BACKSTAGE BEAUTY: LASH CRAZY | GUCCI F/W 2014

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Photos via: Style.com

It was all about the lashes at Gucci F/W 2014. Crazy for this 60s-inspired beauty look and majorly jealous of all the models' gorgeous flawless skin.

Get the look...

Radiant Orchid

DETAILS.
Lulu's Dress (under $50) / Heels [old similar here] / Sunglasses / Prada Bag

A couple weeks ago my family was in town helping me set up the nursery. My dad surprised us with tickets to the ballet [Sleeping Beauty]. I've never been in Utah before, so it was fun having an excuse to get a little dressed up and try something new :)

This Lulu's dress is another one of those non-maternity items I just ordered a couple sizes up so it would fit "the bump". I'm loving the purple hues that are so popular after Pantone named radiant orchid the color of the year. I just ordered this basic boyfriend tee (under $20) that will be a good basic through Spring and Summer.  


Don't forget Sunday night is the last day to take advantage of the ASOS Sale. They are running 20% off new Spring pieces on top of the Spend and Save.  The dress I wore in this post is now available in pink and part of the Spring sale. Below are the codes for the promo :)

Hope you all have a great weekend! 
XOX, 
Christine

Please Welcome, Mr. Tourism International Philippines 2014!



Pinoys in London help kababayan prepare for int'l beauty tilt
By Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News



LONDON—He’s a veteran of modelling shows and beauty contests here, juggling his day job as a nursing assistant and his runway gigs.


Today, Erwin Trinidad is preparing for the biggest opportunity he has ever had so far: representing the Philippines in an international beauty competition.


Trinidad, who works for the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, will be the first Filipino to compete in the Mr Tourism International World Final pageant in Panama.





With only two months to go before the contest, he is currently in the thick of preparations with some fellow Filipinos who take time outside their work to help him.


The head of the agency that selected him for the contest and his stylist are both nurses. The photographer who shot his photos for the competition is a carer. Like Trinidad and other Filipino professionals in the UK, they are able to pursue their passion outside work.


“It’s gonna be a big event, so we really need to prepare,” Trinidad said after a photo-shoot on Saturday. “It’s an honor for me.”






Trinidad has joined and won several beauty competitions before, including the annual Mr. Philippines-UK—just one of many beauty contests organized by Filipinos for Filipinos in Britain. He was also a model during the London Fashion Week in September 2013.


Trinidad said he is excited to join the competition not only because of the $4,000 cash prize awaiting the winner, but also because of the chance to help the Philippines.


“It’s all about tourism, Philippine tourism. I want to be able to help our country,” he said.




“We are going to promote the Philippines, what the Philippines can show to the world. For example, the culture, the tourist spots of the country, the character of the Filipino,” said Precious Medina, managing director of Prime Events, the agency that’s backing Trinidad.


Trinidad has good chances of winning, according to his gym buddy and stylist, Gianmatello Montillano.


“I think he just needs to be himself,” said Montillano, who is a nurse, make-up artist and fashion designer.


“He is a charming guy. He has all that it takes. He is in good shape, in good form.”


The competition, which is now on its fourth year, will be held in from April 10 to 20.


The pageant aims to “promote tourism, folk and culture among the participating countries, friendship and world peace,” according to its primer.