Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Interview: Hadessah Addler

BIRTH PLACE: Tel Aviv, Israel
AGE: 23
What first got you interested in modeling?
"Well to be honest, I wasn't interested in modeling. I started off wanting to go into photography. I got a job working for shooting agency in Cincinnati where they agreed to let me work on a probation period with them. I started off with just cleaning and arranging equipment and eventually they allowed me to take small minor shots for them. One night I was working over time and goofing off with a friend in the runway room. I started doing the catwalk while my friend "took pictures" with his phone. Neither of us knew that Dantes [the manager at the time] was in the back of the room behind the audio booth! That launched my "career" in modeling."
What does Fashion mean to you?
Fashion is relative! It is personal, therefore there should be no "standard" of what is fashion and what is not. Some like to wear skirts, some like to wear jeans. *Laughs* Actually, just let me quote lyrics that describes my idea of fashion perfectly! "Different strokes for different folks
And so on and so on and scooby dooby dooby"
How did it feel to be one of the few models representing Israeli style at Fashion Week 2013- Italy?
Well at first I felt like I was a little over looked. I can't really say that I truely blame them. Israeli fashion is rarely in the spotlight if at all. I suppose when you hide away naturally people assume nothing "worthwhile" comes from Israel. However, I think that we got their attention after a while.


Tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from? What's your educational background? What are your general professional and non-professional interests?

Well, I was born in Tel Aviv, but lived most of my life in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is a great city! I attended Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati for 3 years. I'm studying Early Childhood Education [I could never teach teenagers! *Laughs*] My life is made up of music, photography, fashion and travel. Oh, and I have a strong interest in Oreos!
How would you define your city's fashion?

I live in Holon as of right now and I would define it's style as... classic. Classic meaning t-shirts and jeans! *Laughs*
How do you prepare for a fashion shoot or show?
Typically I get up early in the morning [as I always do to run] and try to get to the destination on time. Once I'm there, they take me to the dressing room and leave me there with a bag of Oreos and a TV for about an hour while they set up the cameras. Then my makeup artist and stylist come in and "fix me up." This normally takes about two hours. Once they've dolled me up I go on set and do whatever is shouted at me. Nothing truely special about the prep time.
Fun/Silly Facts
* Big Mac's or Whoppers? Whoppers!!
* Is Elvis really dead? That is a disturbing thought! Yes.
*How many licks does it take to get to the middle of a tootsie pop? Three!
*If you could speak to one type of animal, what would it be? Spiders! So I could tell them to F*ck off!
*Decaf Coffee or Regular? Regular. What is the point of decaf?!
*Math or English? English!!
*Do you prefer to play video games or board games? Board games! Clue, Mouse Trap, etc.
*Do you prefer Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings? Lord of the Rings! Omg, Legolas [Orlando Bloom!] I was sorely upset to find The Hobbit is in two parts. Now I wait in anticipation for part two.
Special Thanks To:
My Mom [who inspired my love for fashion in the place] and my brothers who are always ready to let me know when I am having a bad hair day! My roomate and best friend Dina B. for saving me from fashion disasters numerous times and for the late night crazy stuff! Elad C. for being there for me since I was "knee high to an ant." Amzi Yokobovitch for sticking with me during Fashion Week 2013. You were an amazing support! Kevin R. for being everything good in my life and making life beautiful again. My boys Matan O. - Diego C. - Lior A. and Yoni P. You guys keep my life interesting! Eden B. for making me laugh at all the right times. You seriously make my day! Shiraz A. for putting up with my Bull and naming Charlie for me! I would have named him something rediculous. [Miss you!] Yakir A. for not allowing me to have my pity parties when I want to. [I'm such a winner!] Shiloh K. for somehow being my personal teenage fan club leader! Your admiroration of me is humbling and extolling! Hope I can keep it real for you. Starbucks for saving me so many times and always being there for me during those long flights, late shoots and studying hours. You + Me = Us Forever! Gilbert Hugo Photography - Gabriella Photography - Amore Photography - Adidas Women - YouCanBookMe - Marci Oulets - Cosco Designs and everyone else that I wish but cant fit here! Kisses!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 Interview: Zisma Chendikia

*What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion for me is a kind of art that sometimes we don't realize that we've been doing it. Fashion for me is a primary need. I can't go out without fashion. That is why, fashion keeps me alive.
*Who are some of your favorite designers?
Stella mc cartney always amused me with her simply cool designs. It is cutted perfectly and looks awesome when it has been worn. It isn't to much, calm, but still edgy. That is suits me well. Not too old but not looking weird. Just in the right proportion for me.
*What are some of your favorite clothing stores/catalogs/websites?
Hmmm none of that category hahaha. My mom is studying about dressmaking in a fashion school. So i got lots of cute dress, top and skirt from. So happy cause i got all of that for free. Yay! But when i have to pick my three favorites fashion webstore, it goes to asos, forever21, and cotton on.
*Do you consider yourself an artist?
Once i got a scholarship to join a fashion design program when i was 12. And i still continue to study about that. in my free time, I usually draw and paint. my genre is surrealism. And yes, i play piano too! But, for now i spent my time mostly for school. I like math cause i think they are art too. An art of numbers. LOL! I love art, and i have a different point of view with others about art.
*What are your favorite colors to work with and why?
Blue!! Electric blue, sky blue, navy blue. I like blue a lot. I can play any of colour with blue. Blue can be fierce, and even sweet. I love blue so much! Even my favorite phone case is the blue one. My favorite shoes is the blue one. I just can't get enough blue things. Blue is the new white for me.
*Where can readers find out more about you and your work?
*What are your likes and dislikes?
Likes: colorful, pattern, floral, sheer, simplicity, maxi skirt. Actually, i try every style, sometimes i wear vintage, and in the another day i wear edgy.
Dislikes: animal print. Yeah animal print. It looks silly for me. But i adore people who can wear it without looking too much.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Its the Southern Air

Summer is here and i'm really feeling it! It really stinks that my AC broke. But I'm not one to complain. Anyways, just a few more updates. I just got back from Europe and now I'm home sweet home. So hopefully I will have more time to blog and interview. See you all next post! Interview: Sourabh Sharma

*What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is like food (and ironically, both are the epitome of my existence). Just like many courses make a fine meal, distinct elements craft the perfect look. Overdoing food will cause you to feel uncomfortably full, and exaggeration in attire will come across as artificial, too. If fashion is the shell you show to the world (when you cannot show them your skin), you better make sure it makes you feel great.And fits.

*Who are some of your favorite designers?

It’s strange that when I sit to think of who my favorite designers are, I always think of those that are the antithesis of the designers that I find too drab, or too distressfully over-the-top. However, I really admire the western works of Phillip Lim, Simon Spurr, KeanenDuffty, Marc Jacobs and Michael Bastian. From the Eastern hemisphere I enjoy wearing and seeking inspiration from Manish Malhora, Abdul Haldar andNarendra Kumar.

*What are some of your favorite clothing stores/catalogs/websites?

I am admittedly promiscuous. My preferences vary seasonally, and I usually prefer not to brand myself with a handful of single store offerings alone, as I believe in having more than one statement. But some of my recurrent picks come from Armani Exchange from the US, Topman, Ben Sherman and River Island from the UK, WE from the Netherlands, and Spykar and Mufti from India.

*Do you consider yourself an artist?

I am engaged in multiple spectrums of activities related to art: photography, craft, fashion design, modeling, hair design, literary writing, print editing, and many related facets, all of which demonstrate my passion for the aesthetic marriage of colors, shapes and expressions. I think these qualify me for the artist medallion, do you?

*What are your favorite colors to work with and why?

Red. It is the color of sunrise, sunset, blood, love, blush, a stop sign, an alert, an emergency, and a red light district. In each case, it startles, shocks, and slowly but surely seeps into your conscious. Even a brief hint of red – through a button, a lining, threadwork, a belt, a watch, socks – is enough to intrigue passerbys. And I definitely don’t like black. I do work with it from time to time, but its commonality and poetic charm seem too forced to me.

*Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

I am a social media thrillist, and am totally consumed by the internet. Despite not spending much time on it, it is coincidental and intentional that a google search of my alias - sssourabh- yields a plethora of results. The page to my center site, and with this alone, feel free to stalk me anywhere. You name it, I’m no it – my blog, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Gentlemint, Flickr, Carbonmade,Instagram, and the list goes on.

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*What are your likes and dislikes?

I photograph and blog like a racing plague. Nothing consumes me more than the passion for photography. What I capture on my lens is what creates most of my likes – food, plants, high end dining, traveling oft the tourist route in metropolitan cities and suburbs alike. These inspire my tomorrow.I also obsess over ice cream flavors (ever tried olive oil ice cream?), and quirky flavors of chewing gum. I wear sunglasses all the time, mainly so I can gape at future lookbookers without staring directly. I obsess over anything chocolate, and if I was stranded on an island, I would indefinitely eat soft baked cookies, Indian biryani and super red grapefruits.

I despise the attitude of talking without listening. There is a reason that listen and silent are composed of the same letters. I also cringe at lack of table manners or basic etiquette. Cultural ignorance used to amuse me in a negative way, but in a well networked world, it now severely bothers me. People who adapt to trends with obvious discomfort evoke my sympathy – think harem pants, muffin top tees, unfitheavage. And my pet peeves include grunting gym trainers, incapability of chewing gum, unclosed kitchen drawers, and inconsiderate airport or hotel staff.

*What outfit were you most proud of?

My promiscuity with clothing and brands and colors ensures that I have looks that vary tremendously from each other. However, snakes constitute my many obsessions. At the tender age of five, I visited a snake park in Tanzania and fell in love. With aforementioned objects of reptilian lust defined, I felt it apt to construct a look that slithered down my spine, and titled it Hisss. Hence a silver foiled party tee, more apt for snaking into a club rather than a disenchanted sunlit day. The pale slim jeans slip into the backdrop. The grey leather snake print shoes make it mysterious for the daytime, sultry for the night. It completes the entire transformation from man to reptile. Even better when worn after a workout.Time to peel the skin?

*Which outfit were you least proud of?

I’m glad this is asked as least proud, as I am  usually more and less proud, but nevertheless proud of all my outfits. However, the one on lookbook that I could have bettered is called Stairs Sequins and Secrets. It was something I put on in a hurry from a zesty holiday wardrobe on a desert safari. Individually, I love my eggplant colored sequined tee, my comfy cardigan with toggles and the ultra skinnyblack jeans. But together, they are a dark, glimmering cloud on a sunny day, on a tired me. Hence, the sexy Blue Steele photography and mystery infused palace photos were present to counter my displeasure of the attire combination. At the end of the day, it is all about balance.

*Where do you hope to be with your fashion? [Modeling, fashion designing, top lookbooker, ect]

My greatest satisfaction is to inspire someone. If this is done through modeling (and I have been twice too many times a hair model), fashion designing, or through a top notch on lookbook, then so be it. For me, it’s more than just expressing myself through fashion – it is more about inspiring others to craft their own style, even if it is with a sprinkling of mine.

*What advice would you offer aspiring fashion designers/lovers?

I have always believed in having my clothes tell a story. And this is my advice to designers and lovers of fashion. Drama, thriller, suggestive, or simply a passing-days-of-life type of read, any attire should resonate with onlookers as something which reminds them of something else altogether. The more interpretations, the better in garnering a variety of attention. The fewer the interpretations, the more accurate you have been in creating the perfect look.  Story telling can never go wrong, especially when clothes are your words, your body the paper, and your look is your plot.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Lookbook Interview- Marissa Skarzinski

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion means the world to me even though I wouldn't say I'm particularly chic and fashion-forward. So much goes into an outfit and looking good and the amount of confidence you put in to a look. That's what fashion means to me, I suppose, being able to construct an image for yourself and feeling confident and happy with the outcome.

Who are some of your favorite designers?

Marc Jacobs. Deisel, and recently Billabong has put out a good line of beach-casual stuff. And Obey. Always Obey.

What are some of your favorite clothing stores/catalogs/websites?

KARMALOOP! I got an exclusive account recently and it's amazing. It's the only place I buy Obey from anymore. Besides that, Swell and Forever 21. I try to keep my purchases cheaper, which is sort of rare I guess if I really wanted to be popular on lookbook.

Do you consider yourself an artist?

I do consider myself an artist. In November I made a band camp for my music project titled Mindless Mumbles. I believe that's on it's 3rd album. I've taken many art classes and really enjoy charcoal drawing, but my number one passion is writing. Mostly poetry (and yes, I've heard all the Sylvia Plath jokes I care to hear)

What are your favorite colors to work with and why?

I really love pastels with greys and blacks because it allows one color to become the focus. I don't like to stand out often so most days I opt for floral patterns, because they're timid enough for people to notice but not really stop and admire.

Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

I spend too much time on the internet. Obviously you can find me on lookbook, or also on Tumblr. My poetry here and my music here.

What are your likes and dislikes?

Likes? In general I like water. I'm from the east coast and live right by the water so it's pretty vital to my existence. Other than that I like hiking, going out with friends, popsicles, and skin.
Dislikes? I suppose I don't like birds very much. Spiders. Needles. Normal things for people to dislike.

What outfit were you most proud of?

Most proud- the outfit I wore to hoochfest with pastel shorts and lacey floral top.

Which outfit were you least proud of?

Least favorite? Man, I guess probably what I wore today. I didn't put it up yet and it might not see the light of lookbook's day. Frumpy beige shorts and a grey urban outfitters tank top. nothing snazzy.

Where do you hope to be with your fashion? [Modeling, fashion designing, top lookbooker, ect]

I hope I can just continue learning about fashion. It's always nice to get compliments, but all I aspire to do with fashion is really just look and feel good about it. However, more hype never hurt anyone.

What advice would you offer aspiring fashion designers/lovers?

Advice to everyone everywhere: People are just people. Don't let anyone get you down and don't pay attention to what anyone says or does. People are just people.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

European Performances

Ok, I've got bucket fulls of pictures to show you guys. Ok, not really bucket loads, but I got a few! I performed for a bunch people today and it went off without a hitch... ahem... until the microphone executed a diabolical plan to cut off right when I was singing. But we undermined the planned and eventually got mack on track. Than it went without a hitch.

Monday, May 14, 2012

I Did It Again.

That is right, I places FIRST in Fashion Sense Week. If anyone is offering round of applause, I'll bow for you. OK, on a more real note, I am really stoked! I got great responses to my clothes and even have a few offers.  Boo-ya!!!!!! OK, I didn't have much time to take pictures of all the clothes and people there, but thankfully Daniel got at least a few.

I won, that is all you need to know.

Daniel, Me and Sarai

Did I mention I was tired? And a bit cranky...

"Wow, it's life size!"
Me: "Life size? My head isn't that big!"
My closest friend.