Thursday, April 28, 2016

FIT vs. Pratt: World Premiere Event!

FASHION SCHOOL COMPETITION: The Fashion Institute of Technology and Pratt Institute will be going head-to-head on May 5. Both fashion schools have scheduled their annual fashion show for the same night, which could lead to editors having to make the difficult choice on where to show their allegiance.

Pratt’s 117th runway show will spotlight student designs from graduating seniors and honor Harold Koda with the Pratt Institute Fashion Award for Lifetime Achievement. Simon Doonan, Barneys New York’s creative ambassador-at-large will be presenting the award to Koda. The runway show and awards ceremony kick off at 6 p.m. (it goes until 7:30 p.m.) at Spring Studios at 50 Varick Street, with a cocktail reception afterward.

An ambitious editor could conceivably hail a cab and get to FIT (27th Street and Seventh Avenue) and catch FIT’s “The Future of Fashion” runway show, which will be hosted by Leandra Medine. The festivities start at 7 p.m. The show will feature looks created by FIT’s top graduating students, including the Critics’ Award and People’s Choice Award-winning looks in sportswear, special occasion, knitwear, intimate apparel and children’s wear.

“We are very excited for this year’s show and the talent that will be featured on the runway. The venue will certainly be filled, and it is a testament to the quality of the work that press outlets are seeking to cover the students’ collections. It is going to be a great night for both Pratt and FIT,” said Jennifer Minniti, chairwoman of the fashion department at Pratt.

Joanne Arbuckle, dean of the School of Art and Design at FIT, said, “Of course we would prefer to showcase the exceptional designs of our extremely talented graduating Fashion Design students on a different night from any of the other schools, but the reality is that there are many competing considerations the schools have when setting a date, including academic calendars and the Met Ball, which sometimes necessitate overlap. 
 Fortunately, the design schools located in New York City have the luxury of being in the heart of the industry with enough of a concentration of leaders, designers, and media to attend both events. In addition, technology also allows us to broaden the reach. I am confident that both FIT’s and Pratt’s students will get the attention they deserve.

“Our goal, of course, is always to have as many industry leaders as possible attend. We want them to see the work of the new talent about to be launched into the industry. These young designers will be the lifeblood of fashion as it continues to move forward, and it benefits the current leaders to see their work,” she said.

Ladies and gentlemen, pick your school.

Friday, April 22, 2016

World Premiere Interview: Avery Willie

 The Young and the Masculine with 15 Tattoos and muscles, at age 24,  Avery Willie recently seen on the Runway on the Most talked about Fashion Show: EDEN: The Fall of Paradise that made History! 48 Models in 60 looks, no suprise to have Avery Willie   seen with just a green Ken Wroy briefs! A body that is flawless and tattoos that is masculine, Avery had no problem showing his Physique. Avery will also be seen in my Coffeetable book and yes, his Tattoos will be revealed too!
Avery is a model/actor hailing from rural Maryland. He was a star athlete in both high school and college, where he majored in business management. Football was his passion then, and now his focus is on performing. Riffing off of his experience modeling in college fashion shows, Avery moved to New York City where he is now honing his craft. A genuine, raw, and naturally talented guy next door, the versatile and athletic Avery Willie is ready to work.              
 -I have been modeling for a little almost a year.
- I have 15 tattoos: five on each arm, 4 on my stomach and one quote on my left side rib.
- my favorite feature about myself is my humor, everybody loves to laugh and I love to laugh so I try my best to keep the good vibes rolling.
- my comfort food has turned into salmon, I'd put pizza but that's everybodies comfort food lol!

- I'm a simple guy my favorite shoes are Air Force ones white on white. Nothing like a fresh white pair of air forces.
- I must say NYC is my favorite city so far, never a dull moment and everybody here is from around the world so I get to learn a lot about different people and cultures.
- my favorite country may have to be Europe just because I keep hearing amazing things about it and plan on traveling there soon so I'm excited. I would have put USA but I've been here a majority of my life so that would be a little bias..

- I currently don't have a favorite Jean brand I'm just happy if I can find a pair of jeans that can fit (short legs but thick thighs make that a struggle) lol!!
- I have a million favorite movies but to slim that down a bit I would have to go with Friday, next Friday, and Friday after next... Hilarious.
- favorite female actress is either Mila kunis or Zoe saladada they are both drop dead gorgeous and fierce amazing actresses
- my favorite male actor may have to be Denzel Washington, loved him in John Q but hated him in training day because he played that role perfect

- my favorite hot drink is a tie between green tea and black coffee. They're both a must in my daily life!
- I love some Merlot usually but when it's warm outside I prefer Pinot Grigio
- my favorite cold drink may have to be colt 45 malt liquor đŸ˜” I don't drink soda or much juice and I'm pretty sure water isn't a good enough answer.

- my favorite sports team is the Washington Redskins. I'm An army brat so I've been traveling a lot but I was in northern VA for awhile and fell in love with them.
- my favorite sitcom is family guy, like I said I love to laugh.
- I really don't do drama movies or tv shows so I have none
- favorite smell is weed In The morning. Nothing like a wake and bake. And if we're keeping this 18 and under bacon smell does things to me lol!

- my favorite sound is poetry in music, music keeps me sane
- my favorite workout is squats because the leg muscles are the best
- my favorite sound is Doritos being chewed.
- my favorite shampoo is Pantene pro v because I used to have long hair and it took care of it.

- my favorite gym is planet fitness because it's only 10 dollars. I played football for ten years I don't need a trainer to help me through the weight room.
- my favorite magazine is men's fitness and men's health. There's a lot of good information in the articles and I would love to see me featured in there articles or magazine.
- my favorite workout must be any quadricep workout because it's the biggest muscles so once u work that it releases endorphins which results in a better overall muscle growth.

 THANK YOU AVERY! Will see you in my designs in few weeks! 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Shocking Death of Prince

Prince, the songwriter, singer, producer, one-man studio band and consummate showman, died on Thursday at his home, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minn. He was 57.
His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, confirmed his death but did not report a cause. In a statement, the Carver County sheriff, Jim Olson, said that deputies responded to an emergency call at 9:43 a.m. “When deputies and medical personnel arrived,” he said, “they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. Emergency medical workers attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 a.m.”
The sheriff’s office said it would continue to investigate his death.
Last week, responding to news reports that Prince’s plane had made an emergency landing because of a health scare, Ms. Noel-Schure said Prince was “fighting the flu.”
Prince was a man bursting with music — a wildly prolific songwriter, a virtuoso on guitars, keyboards and drums and a master architect of funk, rock, R&B and pop, even as his music defied genres. In a career that lasted from the late 1970s until his solo “Piano & a Microphone” tour this year, he was acclaimed as a sex symbol, a musical prodigy and an artist who shaped his career his way, often battling with accepted music-business practices.
  Prince sold more than 100 million records, won seven Grammys and was inducted Hall of Fame.
A seven-time Grammy winner, Prince’s Top 10 hits included “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Kiss” and “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”; albums like “Dirty Mind,” “1999” and “Sign O’ the Times” were full-length statements. His songs also became hits for others, among them “Nothing Compares 2 U” for Sinead O’Connor, “Manic Monday” for the Bangles and “I Feel for You” for Chaka Khan. With the 1984 film and album “Purple Rain,” he told a fictionalized version of his own story: biracial, gifted, spectacularly ambitious. Its music won him an Academy Award, and the album sold more than 13 million copies in the United States alone.
In a statement, President Obama said, “Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent.”
He added, “He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer. ‘A strong spirit transcends rules,’ Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative.”
Prince recorded the great majority of his music entirely on his own, playing every instrument and singing every vocal line. Many of his albums were simply credited, “Produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince.” Then, performing those songs onstage, he worked as a bandleader in the polished, athletic, ecstatic tradition of James Brown, at once spontaneous and utterly precise, riveting enough to open a Grammy Awards telecast and play the Super Bowl Halftime show. He would often follow a full-tilt arena concert with a late-night club show, pouring out even more music.
On Prince’s biggest hits, he sang passionately, affectionately and playfully about sex and seduction. With deep bedroom eyes and a sly, knowing smile, he was one of pop’s ultimate flirts: a sex symbol devoted to romance and pleasure, not power or machismo. Elsewhere in his catalog were songs that addressed social issues and delved into mysticism and science fiction. He made himself a unifier of dualities — racial, sexual, musical, cultural — teasing at them in songs like “Controversy” and transcending them in his career.
He had plenty of eccentricities: his fondness for the color purple, using “U” for “you” and a drawn eye for “I” long before textspeak, his vigilant policing of his music online, his penchant for releasing troves of music at once, his intensely private persona. Yet for musicians and listeners of multiple generations, he was admired well-nigh universally.
Prince’s music had an immediate and lasting influence: among songwriters concocting come-ons, among producers working on dance grooves, among studio experimenters and stage performers. He sang as a soul belter, a rocker, a bluesy ballad singer and a falsetto crooner. His most immediately recognizable (and widely imitated) instrumental style was a particular kind of pinpoint, staccato funk, defined as much by keyboards as by the rhythm section. But that was just one among the many styles he would draw on and blend, from hard rock to psychedelia to electronic music. His music was a cornucopia of ideas: triumphantly, brilliantly kaleidoscopic. 

Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis on June 7, 1958, the son of John L. Nelson, a musician whose stage name was Prince Rogers, and Mattie Della Shaw, a jazz singer who had performed with the Prince Rogers Band. They were separated in 1965, and his mother remarried in 1967. Prince spent some time living with each parent and immersed himself in music, teaching himself to play his instruments. “I think you’ll always be able to do what your ear tells you,” he told his high school newspaper, according to the biography “I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon” (2013) by the critic TourĂ©.
Eventually he ran away, living for some time in the basement of a neighbor whose son, André Anderson, would later record as André Cymone. As high school students they formed a band that would also include Morris Day, later the leader of the Time. In classes, Prince also studied the music business.
He recorded with a Minneapolis band, 94 East, and began working on his own solo recordings. He was still a teenager when he was signed to Warner Bros. Records, in a deal that included full creative control. His first album, “For You” (1978), gained only modest attention. But his second, “Prince” (1979), started with “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” a No. 1 R&B hit that reached No. 11 on the pop charts; the album sold more than a million copies, and for the next two decades Prince albums never failed to reach the Top 100. During the 1980s, nearly all were million-sellers that reached the Top 10.
With his third album, the pointedly titled “Dirty Mind,” Prince moved from typical R&B romance to raunchier, more graphic scenarios; he posed on the cover against a backdrop of bedsprings and added more rock guitar to his music. It was a clear signal that he would not let formats or categories confine him. “Controversy,” in 1981, had Prince taunting, “Am I black or white?/Am I straight or gay?” His audience was broadening; the Rolling Stones chose him as an opening act for part of their tour that year.
Prince grew only more prolific. His next album, “1999,” was a double LP; the video for one of its hit singles, “Little Red Corvette,” became one of the first songs by an African-American musician played in heavy rotation on MTV. He was also writing songs with and producing the female group Vanity 6 and the funk band Morris Day and the Time, which would have a prominent role in “Purple Rain.”
Prince played “the Kid,” escaping an abusive family to pursue rock stardom, in “Purple Rain.” Directed by Albert Magnoli on a budget of $7 million, it was Prince’s film debut and his transformation from stardom to superstardom. With No. 1 hits in “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” he at one point in 1984 had the No. 1 album, single and film simultaneously.
He also drew some opposition. “Darling Nikki,” a song on the album that refers to masturbation, shocked Tipper Gore, the wife of Al Gore, who was then a United States senator, when she heard her daughter listening to it, helping lead to the formation of the Parents’ Music Resource Center, which eventually pressured record companies into labeling albums to warn of “explicit content.” Prince himself would later, in a more religious phase, decide not to use profanities onstage, but his songs — like his 2013 single “Breakfast Can Wait” — never renounced carnal delights.
Prince didn’t try to repeat the blockbuster sound of “Purple Rain,” and for a time he withdrew from performing. He toyed with pastoral, psychedelic elements on “Around the World in a Day” in 1985, which included the hit “Raspberry Beret,” and “Parade” in 1986, which was the soundtrack for a movie he wrote and directed, “Under the Cherry Moon,” that was an awkward flop. He also built his studio complex, Paisley Park, in the mid-1980s for a reported $10 million, and in 1989 his “Batman” soundtrack album sold two million copies. 

Friction grew in the 1990s between Prince and his label, Warner Bros., over the size of his output and how much music he was determined to release. “Sign O’ the Times,” a monumental 1987 album that addressed politics and religion as well as romance, was a two-LP set, cut back from a triple.
By the mid-1990s, Prince was in open battle with the label, releasing albums as rapidly as he could to finish his contract; quality suffered and so did sales. He appeared with the word “Slave” written on his face, complaining about the terms of his contract, and in 1993 he changed his stage name to an unpronounceable glyph, only returning to Prince in 1996 after the Warner contract ended. He marked the change with a triple album, independently released on his own NPG label: “Emancipation.”
For the next two decades, Prince put out an avalanche of recordings. Hip-hop’s takeover of R&B meant that he was heard far less often on the radio; his last Top 10 hit was “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,” in 1994. He experimented early with online sales and distribution of his music, but eventually turned against what he saw as technology companies’ exploitation of the musician; instead, he tried other forms of distribution, like giving his 2007 album “Planet Earth” away with copies of The Daily Mail in Britain. His catalog is not available on the streaming service Spotify, and he took extensive legal measures against users of his music on YouTube and elsewhere.
But Prince could always draw and satisfy a live audience, and concerts easily sustained his later career. He was an indefatigable performer: posing, dancing, taking a turn at every instrument, teasing a crowd and then dazzling it. He defied a downpour to play a triumphal “Purple Rain” at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2007, and he headlined the Coachella festival in 2008 for a reported $5 million. A succession of his bands — the Revolution, the New Power Generation, 3rdEyeGirl — were united by their funky momentum and quick reflexes as Prince made every show seem both thoroughly rehearsed and improvisational.
A trove of Prince’s recordings remains unreleased, in an archive he called the Vault. Like much of his offstage career, its contents are a closely guarded secret, but it’s likely that there are masterpieces yet to be heard.

PRINCE dead at 57!

Music Legend. Icon. The artist known as Prince has died ... The insiders has learned. He was 57. 
Prince, who defined the sound of the '80s with songs such as "Kiss" and "Purple Rain" and defied the music industry in a fight for creative freedom, died Thursday.
 The 57-year-old singer was found unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said. 
"As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader and an electrifying performer," U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement. " 'A strong spirit transcends rules,' Prince once said -- and nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative."
Kaleena Zanders cried in the car as she drove to Amoeba Music in Los Angeles on Thursday. She spent $173 on Prince-related items at the store, including a vinyl edition of Prince's iconic album "Purple Rain." 
"Prince means the future, because he's changed music, everyone in music, he's influenced every person," she said, "and I believe that he represents our future, and it kind of died with him in a way."
Paramedics tried to perform CPR but were unable to revive him, the sheriff said. He was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m., less than 30 minutes after sheriff's deputies responded to a medical call at the scene.
Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death, Olson said. An autopsy is scheduled to take place Friday.
Prince's publicist confirmed his death but didn't provide details about the possible cause or who was with the musician.
"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning," publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said.
"The person is dead here. ... And the people are just distraught," the man said as he struggled to find an address to give the dispatcher.
The person who died, deputies soon discovered, was Prince. Authorities haven't identified who made the call to 911 or details about the circumstances surrounding the call.

Prince's body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning.
Multiple sources connected to the singer confirmed he had passed. We've obtained the emergency dispatch call for a "male down, not breathing."
The singer -- full name Prince Rogers Nelson -- had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. But he appeared at the concert  the next day to assure his fans he was okay. His people told TMZ he was battling the flu.
Prior to his most recent appearance however, Prince had cancelled two shows due to health concerns. 
Prince became an international superstar in 1982 after his breakthrough album "1999." 

He went on to churn out a ton of hits -- and racking up 7 Grammys in the process. He also performed at the Super Bowl in 2007 ... in one of the greatest live performances of all time. 
He also sold more than 100 million records during his career ... and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for Purple Rain in 1985. 
Prince was married two times -- the first time to his backup dancer Mayte Garcia. They split in 2000. He then married Manuela Testolini ... but they split in 2006.  
He was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and performed a legendary version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" to close the ceremony.
Prince hit up a local pharmacy hours before he died -- the 4th time he visited this week -- indicating his health was far worse than the simple flu.  
TMZ obtained this photo of Prince leaving a Walgreens near his home in Minnesota Wednesday night at around 7 PM.
Our sources tell us Prince had frequented the Walgreens for years -- but last night, people at the store were concerned because he looked much more frail and nervous than usual.  
As we previously reported, Prince's team told the media he was suffering from the flu. It seemed odd, because his private jet had to make an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois last Friday, just 48 minutes from his home. 
Prince was hospitalized. but was discharged after only a few hours. Our sources in Moline told us at the time they felt Prince left the hospital way too soon because he was "not doing well" and needed further medical care.
On Saturday, the day after he was released from the hospital, Prince took the stage at a dance party near his home and curiously said, "Wait a few days before you waste any prayers."  
 Prince died Thursday morning. Officials are investigating the cause of death.

World Premiere Interview: Claudio Valdivia

Claudio Valdivia
 By Christopher Uvenio    
The Young and the Masculine have worked doing commercial modeling, editorial and fashion modeling. And yes I personally have asked him to join me on the very successful Premiere Fashion show at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology, EDEN: The Fall of Paradise. He modeled down the runway in the Jacques Isaac a few weeks ago. World Premiere Interview only on my blog and lucky to have him with him for the interview and yes, Claudio will also appear in my Coffeetable book too in my menswear collection!  

 Tell me about yourself and where are you from and how it brought you to New York, the Fashion Capital of the World?

I´m from Chile, I'm a musician, I played violin for six years and I also sang opera for two years. I´m also a law student, just one exam away to get my law degree in Chile and I came to New York to get my LLM (Master of law) applying in the next fall. I came here the first time last year for a business course and I fell in love with the city. Since then I've been coming back to get more law courses and to pursue a modeling career on the side.

  Do you have a Nickname?

Yes, my friends in Chile call me Clau. 

 When was it that you got started becoming a Male Model and how did it come about?

The first time I got involved was actually in college; I went to a casting and I got booked for a whole year in a commercial campaign in the release of the medical faculty of my university. All that year I was featured in billboards, newspapers, bus stops, buses and websites. Then when I came to New York and a photographer told me I should take modeling seriously. 

Are you expecting more in the near future? 
Yes, my goal is to continue to pursue a modeling career in New York.

When you get offered a shoot from a photo shoot, what kind of preparation do you need to do for modeling? 

 I always eat healthy and workout a lot, but especially if I have a photo shoot the day before I try to get good sleep and I stop eating and drinking twelve hours before the shoot; to look lean.

 What was it like doing your first photo shoot - scary, interesting, exciting, sexy? –

It was a lot of fun and a lot of hard work. Very interesting and exciting at the same time. We started with the underwear shoots and I had to do different poses. Then we followed with the different outfits where I wore things between classic and modern; a lot of different styles. We spent eight hours in the whole photo shoot that day and I enjoyed, at the end I was starving and after we finished I ran straight to Shake Shack to get a burger.

What's the funniest or weirdest thing that's ever happened to you during a photo shoot? 

 Ok, so I didn´t do this photo shoot actually but I was requested to do a photo shoot for a health company that was promoting a healthy life style, learning to live with Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and they wanted me to do some shoots eating celery, prunes or sitting naked on a toilet. After they sent me the concept of the photo shoot I refused to do it.

What companies have you modeled for?

 Aki Ashe, House of Merlot, Dario Mohr and very recently I walked for Jacques Isaac.

Who are your favorite Designers?

 Dolce & Gabanna, Moschino, Valentino and Calvin Klein.

Who are your least favorite Designers?


What would you not wear in Public?

 A Jock Strap

How do you keep up to date with Fashion?

GQ magazine and Instagram

Are you a Brief or a Boxer guy?

Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?

 I do; I always try to eat a lot of proteins and veggies and drink a lot of water. I go to the gym five times at week.

How do you stay in such great shape?   Share your fitness routine?

 I like to do spining and weights. As I said before I go five times at week and I do weights; one day I work out chest, the next one legs, then back and shoulders, the other one biceps and the last one triceps. Three of those days I take spinning classes and every day I do abs.

You love to travel? And where do you like to go?

 I love to travel, I really enjoy it and I have been lucky to visit a lot of places in the past. I would like to go to Egypt; because it´s one the countries i´m missing and because the culture and history there are extremely interesting.

Do you have any limitations? Would you model any kind of clothing at all?

 I do. I wouldn´t do completely naked frontal shoots. I wouldn´t model flashy underwear, sex shop underwear or jock straps.

What do you do in leisure/spare time?

 Traveling, jogging, trying new restaurants, going to the movies, independent films, Italian classic films, on and off broadway plays, opera, concerts and walking around the city with a coffee in my hand listening my favourite playlist on my phone.

What advice would you give a newbie who's just starting in the industry - any suggestions on what to do or what to avoid?

Self confident, tough and being ready to work hard.

          THANK YOU Claudio!!!