Titi Kwan is the creator of Alibellus, born and raised in Hong Kong, he grew up in a modest neighborhood, where he found his first inspiration in the studio of his father, a talented and well-respected tailor who made chinese costumes. It's at the age of 15 that Titi moved in Paris, to work under the guidance of Marie Rucki at Berçot. There, he improved his skills in sewing, drawing, cutting, fashion history and developped is own vision of designing. Marie Rucky instilled him his belief "You can always do otherwise"
Everyone remembers that awkward stage they had when they were younger. We went through different styles, fashions, stages, cliques, etc. There are shows on television that depict those moments in real life, like MTV’s Awkward, My So-Called Life and Freaks and Geeks.
There were those awkward social gatherings, your first kiss, first date, trying to get through high school and the ever fun puberty stage. We have all had to moments that taught us lessons and those cringe moments we never want to live with again.
The thing is we have awkward moments even in our adult life. It’s just that not many shows show it how the way teen shows express awkwardness, except for one show called The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl. The series was created by Issa Rae, a Stanford University graduate. She is also a producer, writer and director, who has directed and produced four theatrical productions at Stanford.
The show follows the web series chronicles J (plays by Rae). In the first episode when she introduce herself, she said, “My name is J and I’m awkward-and black. Someone once told me those are the worse two things anyone could be.”
She works at Gutbusters a weight loss pill company. She hates her job, but releases her stress by talking to her crazy best friend CeCe (played by Sujata Day) and writing rap lyrics. Not only is her job stressful, but she had to see her crush, Fred (played by Madison T. Shockley III), and her horrible co-worker, Nina (played by Tracy Oliver) everyday. Not to mention she works with a group of individually memorable (which is not always a good thing) co-workers. Just to name a few: the incompetent boss, “A” (the guy who can’t take a hint), the drama queen, the loud mouth, Darius (the Baby-Voice guy) and Sister Mary (the Sunday Christian). Each character has well-written hilarious moments in the series.
What is refreshing about the web series is it follows real life situations that most adults have been through: stressful jobs, awkward run-ins with people, crushes, people you can’t stand at work, etc. The protagonist, J, is the complete opposite of what African-American women are depicted on television. J is awkward, nerdy and passive-aggressive. It is a new take on African American women who are not represented in mainstream media. Believe me, the scene can be uncomfortable because you feel for the character, but at the same tie you cannot help but laugh.
As of now, the show is in its second season, where J is in a new relationship, trying to find a new job and dealing with her awkward situations during her young adult years. The good news is views do not have to wait another month for a new episode, because ABG is airing two episodes per month. According to the ABG website, Rae recently signed with UTA and 3 Arts Entertainments, turning the series into a cable half-hour comedy.
Whether the series is on the web or on television, I am sure ABG will still retain and gain more followers and fans for a long time.
You can view ABG on with their website, Awkwardblackgirl.com or on YouTube.com. Then come back here and comment about your opinion of the show.
**NOTE: This series is unrated.
Katie Ruther and Janelle Flom headed to Seattle, Washington recently. They spent their travels with Mike Monaghan, a local photographer and the co-founder of Creativos. Not only did Katie and Janelle get to hang out with Mike, but also the legendary couple: Shannon Miller and Jordan Voth. They also had the pleasure of spending time with the cute, adventurous couple everyone knows from Instagram: Bethany Olson and Cory Staudacher. Mike put together a little video of their New Year's Adventures.
"Our main character Jake sentences himself a life of solitude after a traumatic experience that he is unable to forgive himself for. Living in a semi-fantastical world filled with delusions powered by guilt and love, Jake is unable to decipher the difference between fantasy and reality. This film takes the audience on Jake's spiritual journey searching for self-Growth." - Ryan Sheehy
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Men all over the country jump with fashion orgasms at the thought of this year's 2013 fall collection for designer Richard Nicoll. An 80's sense of class is written all over this line with a dash of present era meets our future. Nicoll was thinking what the underprivileged humans with no fashion can use to make normal clothing into looking as if we are walking socialites.
Nicoll has deemed himself past master at creating urban uniforms, as so wearing his own jumsuites, something was too incorrigible and systematic about his fall 2013 collection. "A paint-splatter pattern that insinuated itself as a new take on camo was called upon to supply the visual interest." Says Tim Blanks for STYLE.com. Having segments of aluminum and hazmat orange shook up the dull flatness of denim blue and urban gray. Nicoll said to STYLE.com that what he wanted was "more of a sense of character," but curiously enough, that was exactly what was missing this time round in this collection.
The cap will be the starring of your winter season. The must have is the peaked cup which have to be worn with the flat peak without fitting it too much, like the American rappers. Kenzo cup is the best seller among fahionistas. The cheapest way comes from BOY, the cap beloved by the top model Cara Delevigne. The real new entry is the “cat ears” cap: launched by Givenchy last season (sold at $2,124) now is available for every pockets as that sold on Romwe (www.romwe.com ).
Mr. Gugu is an European brand from Poland created by Jakub.H, a very talented designer who says about his brand " It is based on a genuine conviction that the way we dress ourselves really matters for the future of our continent. We like to assist any person who decides to look better than before. We want people of Europe to look fresh, brave, original, and self-confident. "
Here are some of the sweaters Jakub designed lately, galaxy print is a big inspiration and also one of our favorite model with the burger sweater. Thick and comfy, perfect for this winter !
We had the chance to interview him to know a little bit more about the brand and himself
Your first name, age, occupation
Jakub, 24, utilities designer
Your favorite designers?
Valentino Garavani, Gianni Versace
Your favorite pieces in your collection?
Galaxy blazer, I love it, and also Lady sweater
Whatever small piece of surroundings I find proper to evaluate
How to define your universe?
It's boundless and liquid
Only white ones - because I make prints on them
What drove you to choose fashion design and specifically starting your own design?
I wanted to make a change in my life. And here I am - changing not only my life, but also others - into colours.
Describe your style
What are you most excited to wear this season?
My brand new, unique printed sweaters
You'd never be caught dead wearing ...?
Pajamas or corduroy
One thing you couldn't live without?
Favorite celebrity fashion icon?
Don't have one, sorry
Favorite part about being a fashion designer?
Seeing strangers on the streets wearing my clothes, unaware that creator is right behind
What are other activities you enjoy doing besides designing (art, music, etc)?
I'm really into diving. I'm going to use experiences from underwater in the FW 2013 collection.
CHECK THE SHOP HERE MR GUGU
Thanks to Jakub