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5mn with… Vera Balyura

Profession: Jewelry designer

Who are you Vera?

I was born in Kiev, Ukraine. My heart has been beating for about 25 years. I run a jewelry company that began as a way to unwind my brain from stories told to me in dreams, starring bee-keeper centaurs, creatures that never die and deep sea animals…

How or why did you decide to design jewelry?

When I was little my grandpa would show me miniatures he made and do puppet shows for me. I believed the little people and creatures could come alive on their own, but had pride in keeping very still whenever I was looking. When I’d go to sleep they would take me to their magical land. Now I repay them for the adventures by bringing them and their friends back into my world. It’s all about giving back.

When was VearMeat born and why did you pick this name?

VeraMeat was born about 3 years ago. This name was picked because it was the only name which made me laugh and yet felt powerful.

If you had to create  a line for a famous designer or famous brand, who would it be?

Hmm…Chanel would be incredible, Jil Sander would inspire, Marc Jacobs of course… And I’m thinking of doing an exclusive cuff line for Opening Ceremony, something sincere for Atelier…

Which celebrity would you be flattered to see wear your designs?

Hmm… I’ve been super lucky to have a few wish list clients like Miranda July and Tilda Swinton. Would love to add Isabelle Huppert, Zoe Deschanel, Charlotte Rampling & Gainsbourg, Adrien Brody and Patti Smith who is my neighbor. We met through a mutual friend and when I mentioned needing feedback on a writing project she invited me in. So I’m working on a “thank you” VeraMeat for her right now.

What does a city like NY brings to you?

It brings the opportunity to connect with artists you admire and to be inspired every second which can get exhausting in a sexy way. You become a part of the big piece of art that is NY which invite friends into your life who through a conversation make you feel like you’ve evolved into a future ancestor.

What is your idea of a perfect day in NY?

Hah well, I’m an Austrian art fan so a day at Neue Gallery with lunch in their cafe would be perfect… or have breakfast in bed with a French book then design some amazing jewelry … or taking photos of the west village daily life. Again walking around Manhattan to see what the city brings is often better then anything I can foresee.

What is your favorite belonging?

My guitar, love to pick her up, and unrehearsed play whatever comes to mind
and record it. It’s like improved acting at UCB which I also love, magic happens when you let yourself free. Going to be starting a VeraMeat TV in the City series on YouTube!

What is your favorite place in the city?

As far as things to do when in West Village, Happy Owl is great for lunch. In Williamsburg, Monkey Town has great shows and films in their back room-though they may be closing.

What’s next? Any project?

Yes VeraMeat TV satire comedy episodes, viking taking over the sky collection for VeraMeat while building on some old themes. I am recording a punk folk music album under a new band name: Party Of Virgins. I’m also decorating a new studio in the East Village. Please come to the open house on April 24th!

VeraMeat has a studio on 303 East 5th street. apt # 1A. bet 1st & 2nd av.
Check Vera’s Website to see the full collection and order online.
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Victor Demarchelier : Creating Images

Victor Demarchelier’s photographs have been published in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and French Vogue. This exhibit features black-and-white photographs, some from studio sessions and some from a trip to India. CREATING IMAGES, a mix of his work from fashion shoots and personal projects, includes several pieces from his photographic collaborations with model Caroline Trentini. This is Victor Demarchelier’s solo debut at a New York gallery.

Opening tonight March 15th from 6 PM to 9 PM

Victor Demarchelier / Creating Images until April 5th, 2010
Clic Bookstore & Gallery: 424 Broome Street. tel: 1-212-219-9308

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Meet Velvetine

This young lady, straight from Paris, is storming into the Big Apple with a really stylish line of bags. Realistically speaking, we can’t all afford our so called “object of desire” -YSL, Hermes & Co are just not at everybody’s reach… Anne Cecile Couetil’s collection will appease your cravings… Made with Italian leather, as soft and precious as its name suggests, Velvetine ‘s bags are the kind you won’t get tired of. You can be sure to find them in everybody’s closet in no time…

They’ll quickly become the must-haves of the season!

VELVETINE bags are available at Blue Bag in Nolita. 266 Elizabeth St. For more info contact jenna@luxcartel.com

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5 mn with… Michaela Dosamantes

Profession: Stylist


Who are you Michaela?

I was born in Mexico and raised in NY. I’m 26, I’ve been living in New York since I finished university 5 years ago. While studying Art History I lived in Florence and London, where I gained an appreciation for art, culture, design, music and I saw these facets of culture intertwine and affect each other. Fashion was always something I loved but I never thought I could work at it  until I lived in Europe. I started to see it as means of self expression and a way of combining different elements of culture, background and taste. 

After moving to NY I started working for the NY bureau of French Vogue where I worked on many photo shoots– after that the inspiration was endless! 

How did you decide to become a stylist?

Working at the magazine, it was easy to by influenced by the people I worked with, I love meeting new people and getting to know them. Working on shoots you are always meeting new creative people with different points of view and collaborating with them to create something. thats amazing. 

 

Shoot with Robin Wright Penn

Lot’s of fashion stylists dream to work for French Vogue, what would be your dream job now?

My favorite part of the job is working on a shoot and creating something as a team with the photographer, model, makeup artist and hair stylist. I have my dream job! I get to collaborate with such talented people every day. I just hope I get to do it for a long time. I would also like to own a store one day…and go on shopping trips around the world to find fun treasures!

What is your best memory on shoot?

Every shoot is memorable, but one of my favorite shoots was for French Vogue in Montauk for the November 2007 issue. The photographer was Bruce Webber, and we ended up shooting at a petting zoo! We had 6 models, ducks, chickens, pigs (and piglets too!), horses and lamas roaming around, it was so much fun and really hilarious! 

The toughest or worst experience?

A not so funny thing that recently happened to me was having the sprinkler system go off in the middle of the shoot and the firemen had to come to the studio to turn it off! thankfully, none of the models and clothes did get wet. but the camera got soaked!

You must have been on shoot with lots of celebrities, any funny stories?

Lets just say it involved a TOP model, a garbage boat, and a looooong night! You won’t get more details than that. 

Give us a fashion tip or a must have for this winter.

My must have for winter is my Marc Jacobs cashmere beanie from the Mens store on Bleeker street, and of course my vintage mink coat (from my secret spot on the upper west). A must in NY winter!

What does a city like NY bring to you?

The kinetic energy that this city offers you is so special, you can start from scratch every day and have new opportunities at your doorstep. I love that you can walk down one block and hear 6 different languages, and be immersed in several different cultures in one day… In NY you meet people from all over the world, what they all have in common is that they’ve come here to make it. And we all know, if you can make it here you can make it anywhere.  

What is your favorite vintage shop in the city?

I don’t have a single favorite vintage shop, but East Eleventh street has a couple of gems!

What is the best affordable one?

Maybe somewhere like Buffalo exchange, you never know what you are going to find!

And an expensive one?

Rare Vintage and Resurrection they have amazing collectable pieces. And, if you are lucky you may get to see the rental only basement at Resurrection, they have Thierry Mugler, Versace and Alaia from the 80′s and 90′s that is to die for! Also, Jewel Diva at the Manhattan antiques pavilion on west 25th street has some pretty amazing costume jewelry from the last 20 years. Ask for Connie. 

What’s next? Any project? 

NY Fashion week just ended, I went to see my friend Joseph Altuzarra’s collection, which was absolutely beautiful. Check it out on Style.com!! And, fingers crossed many shoots and Paris fashion week in a couple of weeks…

Click here to check Michaela’s latest work.
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Exhibition: “Fashion Stills, Si la mode m’était contée”

 

Gérard Uféras/ Polka Galerie

Gérard Uféras / Polka Galerie

If you always secretly dreamed to have backstage access to the most glorious fashion houses, you’ll love the exhibit hosted by Polka Galerie at the Sofitel.

« Fashion Stills / Si la mode m’était contée » features the work of four great photographers. Derek Hudson, Cathleen Naundorf, Jean-Marie Périer and Gérard Uféras take us behind the scenes of Dior, Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix and Yves Saint Laurent’s Couture collections… Their pictures immortalize emblematic faces of the fashion runway and capture unique instants from the secret world of Haute Couture.

 

Jean-Marie Perier / Polka Galerie

«Fashion Stills / Si la mode m’était contée » February 10th to April 3rd, 2010.
@ the Sofitel  45 west 44th Street bet 5th and 6th av.
 
This is a touring exhibition hosted by 10 Sofitel  in 5 European capitals and 5 North American cities. To find out the different locations please click here
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Vintage POP UP Shop

Atelier Mayer, the uber chic vintage e-shop from London, dedicated to 20th century vintage, is setting up a Pop up shop at Takamichi hair during Fashion week. You’ll find rare pieces from Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Cristobal Balenciaga, Jean Muir etc….

Vintage fashion lovers, collectors, sylists… don’t miss it!

Atelier Mayer @ Takamichi Hair: 35 Great Jones St. 7th Fl. Tel 1 212  420 7979.
From Monday February 15th to Wednesday the 17th, from 10am to 7pm.
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ROARKE NYC

 

Mignonne Gavigan and Laetitia Stanfield recently launched ROARKE NYC, a gorgeous and sophisticated jewlery line of beaded necklaces, neckties, bowties and headbands.  

You might have already spotted their designs on some fashionable girls in the city… it’s a  huge success!

Definitely a must have…

 


 

ROARKE NYC. Tel: 1 202 494 57 89. Check out the collection on their website
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