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Legally Vogue: Conversations Over Cocktails

I recently shared with you my new and exciting role as Fashion Editor for Legally Vogue. Well today I’m here to share our latest YouTube video chat for the Conversations Over Cocktails series.

Starting and growing a business in the fashion industry is a crazy, fun, difficult experience. We know because we have all done it. We all come from different backgrounds and bring different areas of expertise, but we share the desire to build the industry by helping others do it better.

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By giving advice, stories, warnings and anecdotes, we offer a casual, relaxed way to learn and grow.  If you are interested in the fashion industry, grab a drink and join us for a quick chat!

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What would YOU want to hear about on the next episode of Conversations Over Cocktails? Leave me a comment below!

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Legally Vogue: The Business of Fashion

I’m thrilled to announce that Legally Vogue has officially launched its new website with yours truly taking over as the Fashion Editor.

Not only have we put together a killer team for this business of fashion resource, but we’ve put together an extremely fun video series called Conversations Over Cocktails. Yes, I said video. And yes, I am awkward on film. You’re welcome.

So what does Legally Vogue offer? This isn’t your typical fashion magazine or style blog – It’s a business resource for people who are involved in fashion or want to join the fashion industry. You’ll find everything from easy-to-understand explanations of copywriting and trademarking, to designer interviews, local event coverage, social media tips, and content suggestions.

Let me take a quick moment to introduce you to the fabulous collection of professionals that we’ve gotten together to contribute to the website.

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Brad Carrick is the co-founder of Legally Vogue and the fashion & entertainment law firm Lord Bertram. Not only is he offering legal tidbits on LV, but as a business owner – He’s the CEO of fashion accessories brand Solz – He’s also offering you first had experiences that can help you if launch your own company.

Greg Lemmons is the founder of Lord Bertram and Brad’s partner-in-crime at Legally Vogue. With years of experience in fashion, Greg has worked with companies and brands in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York.

Nishika de Rosairo is the CEO & creative director of avant-garde brand dE ROSAIRO as well as a huge proponent of female entrepreneurs & mentorship programs.

Jill Sifiert is a jack of all fashionable trades – She’s worked for heritage brands like Ferragamo & Versace, teaches at the Academy of Arts, is a personal stylist, and runs a podcast interview series called On Style With Jill Sifiert.

So head over to Legally Vogue and check out what this amazing group of professionals has to offer!

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Model Feature: Michelle Grey

I recently got the opportunity to interview Michelle Grey – A local model, actress, singer, dancer, and performance artist here in San Francisco.

She has just landed her first movie role and it was great to sit down and chat about not only her career and her many successes, but her advice for others interested in getting started in the entertainment industry.

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LV: You’re a performance artist who does everything from singing & dancing to acting & modeling – How did you get your start? What’s your background?

MG: Often people get overwhelmed when they hear this, they ask, “What is your focus?” But my career evolved over time into what it is now. My first love has always been music and I first performed when I was 5 years old at Church. From that very moment I knew what my purpose was and I’m blessed that my passion for music has never faded. So, for me this isn’t only a career, but my life’s work. I sang in church on Sundays, was involved in choir, played the flute, took singing lessons, performed at school for special events, entered talent shows, auditioned for school plays… Anything I could do to share my music. I loved how it seemed to bring happiness, peace, and hope to others, as that’s what it does for me when I watch others perform.

Acting became a part of my life as well because it was an extension of the same process. I was introduced to acting through musicals in elementary school and continued to pursue theatre into college as a Theatre major at USC .

Modeling was actually a bi-product of these jobs and ultimately a secret pleasure of mine as well. After graduating college and working in LA professionally many of the jobs I booked were modeling-related, but it wasn’t my focus at the time. It was later, when I needed more creative fulfillment, that I chose to embrace that part of the creative arts.

LV: From a business perspective what do you wish you knew when you first started your career?

MG: This is a big question and I’ve actually been thinking of offering a summer class to share some insight and clarity into these basic business aspects. However, when it comes down to it, a performance career is so layered that even the business aspects are intertwined with your personal self, and I think this is the most important business understanding.

Technically what you’re selling is – YOU.

I suppose I wish I had understood this more. Talent, integrity, passion, loyalty, hard work – None of that matters to others when the road gets rough. This is okay, it’s simply human nature. But when you identify clearly who you are, what you do best, know your market, and what you love to do, what drives you to create, what you will sacrifice for, and why? Then YOU have defined your “Brand” and can be true to it no matter the challenge.

Everyone has an opinion, some incredibly helpful, and others not. Creativity is always allowing yourself to grow and change, being current, succeeding in a fickle industry while feeding your purpose keeping you and your brand in alignment.

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Want to learn more about agents and managers? Head over to Legally Vogue and check out the rest of my interview with the beautiful & talented Michelle Grey.

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San Francisco Designers: Snow 5

I recently attended the fabulous Snow 5 Runway Show at the Metreon here in San Francisco. A chic affaire featuring up-and-coming local designers and supporting the non-profit ‘GO’ which empowers women to escape poverty.

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{Check out my coverage of the show for Legally Vogue here // Images from Pete Hopkins unless otherwise cited}

I was blown away by the five head-to-toe white collections that were shown, it was such a beautiful experience sitting in the huge, window filled room with a large white runway down the center and rows upon rows of fashion lovers all dressed in the color de jour – White!

Neide Hall started off the evening’s festivities showing a line of fabulous swimsuits, fun cover-ups, and vacation-ready resortwear for Charmosa Swimwear.

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Carmen Baldwin’s CarMenchie offerings included everything from sweet retro-inspired cocktail dresses to elegant evening wear, all with great styling and bold neon peach shadow for the models.

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Cana Klebanoff‘s androgynous, avant-garde menswear pieces were minimal but eye-catching. I could definitely see mixing & matching some of these separates for Spring 2014.

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Dramatic textures & bold fabrics ruled the day for Joseph Domingo with iridescent fringe, feathers, bubbling ruffles, lace, and sequins all making an appearance.

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And one of my favorites this evening was the chic, timeless collection shown by Julie Schindler – From smart skirt suits to stylish outerwear to the perfect little white dress – I would have worn every piece that made an appearance on this runway!

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So what does one wear when the dress code is “dress to impress” and it’s an all-white theme?

First – Have a heart attack when you realize that as much as you adore Winter White you own none because you’re too pale to wear white. Second – Suck it up and head out into the rainy February night in a short Summer shift dress.

The things I do for fashion! 🙂

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I’ve been doing freelance writing for Legally Vogue and attended this fabulous evening of fashion with the LV founders, and model/designer Lisa Oliveras. Head over to the LV Facebook page and check out my local event coverage!

Which of the Snow 5 San Francisco Designers is YOUR favorite?

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