There was an interesting article in the Toronto Star this week which included an interview with Jeanne Beker who talks about her new book entitled:”Strutting It: The Grit Behind the Glamour”. Jeanne Beker is probably best known for appearing on the beloved series Fashion Television for many years, but she also designed a capsule collection called “Edit” for The Bay, and appeared as a judge on Canada’s Next Top Model.
The book, she says, is for young girls, to paint a REAL image of what it takes and what it means to be a top model. She focuses on discussing the hard truths of really making it as a runway model, and says that many girls just don’t have what it takes, whether it be the height, shape or that striking look. She says, “The camera makes the final decision and there is magic in that. Something incalculable and unpredictable takes place as the shutter opens and closes. It can transform an extraordinary face into an icon. Or not.”
If you or anybody you know is seriously considering a career in modelling, yes it is important to be realistic, but know that you don’t have to be five foot ten, with perfect measurements to have success. If you do dream of being the next super model stomping it out on the runway, I’m sure you already know that road isn’t necessarily easy. Many people are lead to believe that this is all the modelling business has to offer. There are ads everywhere, and while some of them use celebrity endorsements or famous runway models, the majority of them are meant to speak to real people- which means they cast real looking people in them. Jeanne Beker is very right in the fact that there is an inexplicable formula for what makes a good model, but it’s not necessarily your hip measurement or height, it’s more about a look and character- and who knows maybe you’ve got it?
During these long cold winter days, one of the best ways to liven things up is to start shopping for your new spring wardrobe and doing so doesn’t have to be a huge investment for your wallet. By mixing it up a little you can create a closet full of great new looks as it’s all about mixing up silhouettes, neutrals with bright punchy colours and prints which means you can re-use some of your old favourites from last year.
This season, some of the first spring garments to hit the stores have been the brightest and most playful we’ve seen in a while. The runways were lit up with super bold hues like oranges, red, neon hues and styled by colour blocking. This season, even if you don’t want to go crazy with colours you can pick up a feminine blouse, a statement shoe, or a bag in a bright hue to easily update your look. If all the colours are still just a little too much for everyday you can always mix them up with the camels, neutrals and earth inspired tones that have been around a little while and the best part is that you probably already have some of those in your closet.
While Mad Men inspired 60’s clothing is still beautiful and classic another look that made an interesting appearance is the sportswear that ruled the 70’s. It’s all about casual chic with high wasted voluminous buttons, midi and maxi skirts, denim, and the still popular menswear inspired jackets and blazers. Just make sure not to totally cover up your shape and pair this look with stacked wedges, chic sunglasses and use a belt to highlight the waist.
The next big trend we saw for the season was all about statement-making prints such as florals, animal prints, stripes which were always big, bold, and paired together. For the true fashionista don’t be scared to wear patterns together. This can be achieved by wearing different patterns or the same one by wearing a bold maxi dress. If you’re a little print-shy, you can use those same neutrals you paired with your bright punchy colours and use them here to tame down this trend. This trend is also very budget friendly so if you’re not scared of a little vintage shopping you can find some amazing statement pieces if you’re willing to look.
For Spring 2011, whatever your style, and whatever your budget, there really is something for everyone in the stores right now.
(photos from flare.com)
Much Music seems to be hitting all the right notes recently with their programming for New Music Live. New Music Live has had a run of big names acts like Bedouin Soundclash, Kardinal Official, Stereos, Finger Eleven, Natalia Kills and most recently the cast of Pretty Little Liars.
Pretty Little Liars (based on the books by Sara Shepard) is one of the biggest shows currently airing on Much right now. The series follows four friends as they band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets after their friend goes missing.
Shay Mitchell, Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario, and Lucy Hale got a first-hand look at how many fans they have in Canada. They were very surprised by the mass of mostly girls who flocked to Much Music Head Quarters to see the ladies.
New Music Live is about to have their biggest guest yet with Justin Bieber coming Tuesday, February 1st. Bieber will be here to promote his new movie, “Never Say Never” which comes out on February 11th.
Fans were given the chance to see Mr. Justin Bieber, by being in the audience on Monday January 31st or retweeting the Bieber message on Twitter to win a spot at the live show. Check out twitter.com/nml.
As swarms of young girls in Toronto freak out and attempt to get tickets to see him you can watch the show from the comfort of your home and not be caught up in the mass of girls vying for the attention of Bieber. New Music Live airs Monday-Friday from 5pm-6pm on Much Music.
On February 27th, James Franco and Anne Hathaway will host the 87th Annual Academy Awards.
The King’s Speech leads the pack with 12 nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor/Actress. Rounding out the heavy hitters are True Grit with 10 nominations, Inception with 7 nominations and The Fighter 6 nominations.
As is the case every year many there seemed to be just as much buzz about the films that were snubbed. Many were surprised that Rabbit Hole starring Nicole Kidman did not get nominated for Best Motion Picture of the Year although it did score a nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
We were all shocked when 14 year old Hailee Steinfeld was nominated for Best Supporting Actress instead of lead. She will be up against Amy Adams (The Fighter), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech), and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom). Another notable absence is Mila Kunis who was not nominated for her performance in Black Swan.
It also seems odd that Ryan Gosling was not nominated for his amazing performance in Blue Valentine and his co-star Michelle Williams was as they were an incredible duet together. Ryan’s Mickey Mouse Club co-star Justin Timberlake was reportedly campaigning pretty hard for a nomination for supporting role in the Social Network. Sadly Justin, it didn’t happen although I was secretly campaigning the new Spiderman Andrew Garfield to be nominated.
The King’s Speech
The Kids Are All Right
Toy Story 3
The Social Network
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
Jeremy Renner, The Town
John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Best Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
On January 18th, the fashion and entertainment industry lost the renowned Judy Welch. Miss Welch died in her sleep, at her Toronto home, at the age of 74.
In 1956 at the tender age of 20 Judy Welch won Miss Toronto, which helped kick- start the remarkable career she would go on to have. She became the first Canadian finalist in the Miss World competition. Welch went on to found her own modeling agency which received international recognition for a roster of models including Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Monika Schnarre.
Miss Welch enjoyed a good party when she was alive and many famous fashion and entertainment celebrities dropped by her home in the 1970s and 1980s. Some of those parties could get pretty wild, says Jennifer Welch niece of Judy Welch. Jennifer used to stay summers with her.
Her aunt’s extravagant lifestyle led to associations with many of the era’s biggest celebrities. It was not uncommon to see members of The Rolling Stones in the house trolling for Models or to hear Bill Cosby’s distinctive voice booming over the speaker phone. Even up and coming supermodel Naomi Campbell spent some time in the house while she cooled her heels from the Ney York party scene.
When it came to love, Miss Welch would never tell if she had an affair with Elvis Presley who she met and travelled with for publicity after the Miss World competition. When asked about it she would smile and say “I’ll never kiss and tell.” Miss Welch did have a love affair with Burt Reynolds, in the 1970s after meeting him in on a Jamaican holiday.
Miss Welch did suffer from troubles with alcoholism. It was something that she struggled with over her lifetime. She closed her modelling agency and went bankrupt in the 1990s. Welch said she was driving in a car with a friend and she saw her aunt “on the side of the road selling flowers…that just made me sick, it really broke me up.”
Miss Welch had gotten her life back together and was sober for the last three years. She still kept a hand in the modelling world, sometimes referring young people to other agencies and she started making jewellery, says Welch.
Her niece says the funeral for her aunt will be private but there will be a “memorial party-she’d want people to have fun.” She is arranging the party with Miss Welch’s partner, actor Ian McPhail. They will be notifying a long list of who’s who in the fashion and entertainment industry and celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Bill Cosby, Burt Reynolds Lee Majors and more.
You can go to http://www.judywelch.com to write a message to the family in the Book of Condolences.
She will be dearly missed.
The 2011 Toronto No Pants Subway Ride took place Sunday afternoon; many subway riders were in shock. Organized by Improv in Toronto, this was the fourth annual event.
Participants gathered at Queen’s Park at 3pm, before heading over to Museum station where they entered fully clothed. After boarding trains in smaller groups, the pants eventually came off. Instead of advertising their optional clothing choice to passengers, they were given instructions.
-Act as you would normally on the train.
-You do not acknowledge any of the participants.
-If questioned, tell people you forgot to wear pants and that you are a little cold. Insist that it is a coincidence that others also forgot their pants.
-Be nice and friendly.