NYFW Designers Still Prefer Caucasian Models Over Non-Whites


jourdan-dunn-karlie-klossImaging and branding for fashion designers have been as influential as the designs themselves. Jenna Sauers, a writer for the popular feminist blog Jezebel, has been analyzing and reporting on the racial diversity of models at New York Fashion Week starting Fall 2008. Reports show a mere four percent change from 2008 until now. Thirteen to Seventeen Percent non-whites have walked the runway at NYFW.

According to Aussie Fashion Blogger Demi statements like ” The designer isn’t racist, they simply have a vision and (insert minority here) may not have been right for the collection.” have been the response for most designers.

Models from other designers like Tom Ford, Riccardo Tisci, Saint Laurent, Gucci and Burberry are casted by dynamic duo Nicoli and Ananna and they have been able to cast a diverse range of models with success and still compete as top brands.

But is that truly diversity with only…

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Esquire Set To Launch Network With NBCUniversal



NBCUniversal’s G4 gets a rebrand by Esquire Networks.

Hearst Magazines company, Esquire, planned a launch of their network on Aprill 22; that launch has been postpone for the summer. G4’s focus on tech and gaming will continue as Esquire rebrands the network and will be adding “entertainment, food, fashion, women, humor, travel, competition, danger and more,” according to a press release issued in February.

“We have an opportunity to launch with more original programming than we had envisioned,” Esquire Network general manager Adam Stotsky said Monday. “In order to give our viewers a more substantial program offering that showcases the breadth of the Esquire Network, we are pushing our rebrand to the summer.”

The networks previously negotiated programs include the Ryan Seacrest-produced “How I Rock It,” where NBA All-Star Baron Davis profiles athletes, musicians, celebrities and other personalities as well as “Risky Listing,” which will explore the “exclusive, intensely competitive…

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The Devil Wears Prada 2?



Author, Lauren Weisberger, has put together a sequel to the Miranda Presley Meryl Streep led story, Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns.

This 2003 roman à clef has began again picking up eight years after former Runway magazine assistant Andrea “Andy” Sachs parted ways with Miranda Priestly on bad terms. Andy is now editing The Plunge, the hottest bridal magazine around, alongside Emily, her one-time Runway nemesis turned current BFF. While Andy is planning her own wedding to Max, a handsome media scion, she remains haunted by her impeccably heeled former boss — and the magazine world being as small as it is, it’s only a matter of time before she runs into the legendary editrix once again.

Check out Revenge Wears Prada available June 4.

Will Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, and Emily Blount return to reprise their characters?

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Forever 21 A Fashion Forward Favorite


Style601_Forever21graphic-01_web2Forever 21’s fashion forward model is a favorite amongst teens. Teen retailers like Aeropostale and Abercrombie & Fitch are feeling the squeeze.

The 18-24 teen market of retailers have long created signature designs to distinguish themselves but Forever 21 has captured the spirit of fashion with its fast approach to delivering cutting edge fashion at a low cost.

Analyst Lorraine Hutchinson, Paul Alexander, and Jessica A. Lebo at Bank of America states that “the most transformative retail concept” and “Forever 21 is becoming too big for the specialty retailers to ignore,” “At this size, rapid growth could have ripple effects on the other retailers as Forever 21 takes more share.”

In 2008, Forever 21 SVP Christopher Lee told the Los Angeles Times that the company’s goal is to become a “global retail conglomerate.”

Sky Ferreira for Forever 21


Look out for “What’s Your Favorite Brand”…

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More Business Than Pleasure

Everyone always thinks that being envolved with the film and fashion industry is all fun. In fact it’s takes a lot of hard work and patience. Even someone with a decent résumé with a few A listers can find themselves lost in the mix of things. Unfortunately, the outside world doesn’t quite understand or even respect what it takes to be successful in this business. It seems like even a lot of supporting positions don’t even know. Management, Agents, Attorneys, etc.

Writing can be a great escape from the mundane and clueless outside world. So many professionals in film and fashion influence much of how we think and perceive over the world around us. Yet our attitudes towards industry professionals seem to carry a lot of negativity especially here in Atlanta.

Right now I have one feature set in NY stuck in placement for the last three years, a pilot set for Atlanta that I’ve been trying to get shot for the last year and now currently developing a film+fashion brand from the ground up.

I guess you can say I’m trying to stay busy. Oh yeah and a mother who thinks I should be applying for minimum wage jobs in the meantime. Sorry I’ve gone to college as well as done some post bachelors work. That may be slightly misplaced energy. I actually worked a few part time jobs while writing but it seemed to be a cut off point when I wanted to either work full time or move into management role. Try explaining not following up on years of hard work when you meet that opportunity to pay student loans and start a family because you we’re wresting a dead end job that your mom wanted you to get.

My film+fashion brand is off to a pretty good start. I’ve been working with Fashion/Graphic Designer Camilla Behrens and I have a celebrity stylist interview coming up. It should be exciting. I will keep everyone posted.

Cedric Armand

Miami’s Film Community At Risk With Possible Burn Notice Cancellation


I recently received an alarming email from one of the biggest casting directors in Miami informing me that Commissioner Marc Sarnoff is “ready to go” with the demolition of Coconut Grove Convention Center, Burn Notice’s home base. Relocation seems to be an easy fix, however, the cost of to move Burn Notice to another stage and office location will be at least one million dollars and possibly move the production out of Miami.

With the Commissioner’s decision to not renew the city’s lease and demolish Coconut Grove Convention Center to build a park it is clear that the Commisioner has undervalued the film community and economic value of employing 150+ jobs per day.

Influencing other productions to be a part of Miami’s unique and exquisite landscape isn’t a priority. Not to mention the all the revenue that the hospitality industries stand to  benefit from.

The Commissioner’s failed attempt to create a government funded film studio using CRA could be why he doesn’t want anyone else in the film community to benefit from the Miami’s growing film and tv demand.  A portion of the proposed film studio was sold off for a million dollars.

Commissioner Sarnoff’s park is linked to a private condominium development across the street from the Burn Notice site.

A campaign has begun to inform Commissioner Marc Sarnoff of the importance of supporting the film community. I encourage all my industry friends and those are interested to email letters to msarnoff@miamigov.com and CC sim0103@aol.com and gypsychick@aol.com. There is a link to the facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Keep-Burn-Notice-In-Miami/380170055384302?ref=hl

There will be a City Of Miami commission meeting held on Thursday, July 26, at 10:00am. We are asking for your support and to please come to this meeting and rally for our film community. The meeting will be held at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American drive, Miami, Florida 33133.

Atlanta to Play Host to Newly Launched Magic Johnson Network Aspire


Last night was the official start of Magic Johnson’s Aspire Network. Comcast has partnered with Magic Johnson as well as three other minority oriented networks in an agreement mandated by the FCC in its NBC Universal deal.

“Nobody is going to mess with BET. They’re doing a great job. We understand the other guys. But we feel good about where we are. Based on the research and homework, we have a great opportunity. If everyone was satisfied already, I wouldn’t be launching Aspire”

Johnson’s Aspire network is said to offer “family-friendly” programing.

“I’m a great believer in partnerships,” Johnson said in a phone interview Monday. “If I didn’t partner with GMC, I wouldn’t be in the business. We needed someone with some expertise. I thought it was a natural fit.” The name of the network, he added, is meant to reflect the positivity he hopes will come out of the programming.

Omari Hardwick(Next Day Air, For Colored Girls, Dark Blue) will host an original two hour block of independent black features. The network will also be home to a mix of films, documentaries, music, and comedies. It has been rumored that Bill Cosby’s 1960 classic “I Spy” will get a slot.

Aspire already has exclusive deals with several advertisers, including Atlanta’s own Coca Cola, L’Oreal, Chrysler, Walmart and Nationwide Insurance.

Aspire is moving to offices in College Park next month and has hired 15 employees so far.


Hollywood’s power player, Quentin Tarantino, has definitively embarked upon another controversial subject matter with his latest film DJANGO UNCHAINED.

Tarantino tackles a racially motivated plot with the comedic genius of Jamie Fox (DJANGO).  DJANGO  is freed as a slave to become a bounty hunter in the rural setting of Mississippi  to rescue his wife played by Kerry Washington.

Tarantino also teams up with Golden Globe winner Leonardo Di Caprio and Samuel L. Jackson to round out a surefire hit.


Check out the trailer….

Short Poem: Heritage Cry (ONE)

Heritage Cry


Neglected, Misunderstood, Neglected? Substance, Depth, Pride! Family touches the heart of my soul because being born and raised as an only child leaves no room selfishness. The dynamics of a ONE is.   ONE GOD. ONE LIFE. ONE DEATH. As ONE we must appreciate each other. As ONE we must see GOD. As ONE we form a circle and draw NO broken lines. ONE mindset to triumph. It only takes ONE to change a nation. ONE to Love. ONE to DIE. GOD creates the individual ONE. We only need faith the size of ONE mustard seed. Together we must stand as ONE!

We are not the only ONE. There were many ONES before us. ONES who died. ONES who loved. ONES that believed. An understanding of those ONES only need to touch ONE. Because that ONE could carry the ONE legacy that will live for an eternity. Does any ONE understand?

All I need is ONE voice that carries the sound of ONE message. NAS was infamous because he believed he only needed ONE mic. We need but ONE leader to make ONE change so that every ONE sees. Pleasant is the sound of ONE sweet tune. Harmonious.

The pleasure and joy of ONE. It’ll only happen ONE time in your life. There was only One path. I couldn’t possibly lose. I just ONE. There’s just ONE. The Power of ONE.