(San Francisco, CA) – Designers, celebrities, performers and garments traveled from Brazil, Sweden, France, LA, NYC, and more to participate in San Francisco’s annual fashion showcase, Melange 2014. Celebrity designers, including Punk Kouture, who has designed for Rihanna & Nicki Minaj, as well as international designers, such as Peruvian Varignia Garcia, ventured to San Francisco to support the empowerment of a more diverse image of beauty and talent in the fashion industry.
Over 600 community leaders and local residents attended Melange 2014 to spectate this global celebration of diversity and human rights. Special guests & opening speakers for the show included diverse leaders of the Bay Area, including: Rev. Theon Johnson III and Karen Oliveto from the civil rights leading Glide Church; Jenn Kurrie, the President of Junior League of San Francisco, a woman’s leadership & community service organization; and Gil Padia, the Board Chair of Academy of Friends, which organizes one of the largest charity galas for HIV/AIDS resources in the Bay Area.
The show opened with an awards ceremony, hosted by Katiti Kironde, the first African American woman on the cover of Glamour and Harvard entrepreneur, as well as Cory Wade Hindorff, LGBT activist and finalist of America’s Next Top Model. Cory was honored with Model of the Year Award, and at Melange 2014, he took the runway by storm modeling for designer Punk Kouture. Cory’s look consisted of a jeweled, red plaid hat, fashion forward denim, glittered pants, and a top with black lace sleeves and a torso highlighting the iconic flag of Great Britain. Punk Kouture described his line as “18th century meets punk,” which is exactly what he delivered from head to toe.
Other award recipients included: Laganja Estranja, from RuPaul’s Drag Race receiving Performer of the Year Award; Bobby Lando, Stylist of the Year Award for his work with Iggy Azalea and Lady Gaga; Alessandra Senna from Brazil for International Fashion Ambassador Award; Chewy Jang, for Entrepreneur of the Year Award; and Charlie Robs, from Paris for Student Designer Award. VC Couture, a local Bay Area African American designer who has work featured in Vogue and Cosmo, was also awarded the Bay Area Designer Award.
Makeup designs by Sephora were featured on a total of 18+ designers on the Melange catwalk, including the world runway premiere of elemoon. Elemoon founder, Jing Zhou, flew out from NYC to attend Melange and showcase the technology innovation at Melange 2014. Elemoon has been worn by celebrities such as Lea Michele. VLADO Footwear was the official footwear sponsor of Melange 2014. Other celebrity designers included Natalia Fedner, who designed for Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, and the legendary music and film celebrity designer, Glynneth B Jewelry. 100+ local models participated in the show alongside other celebrity guests, including the Barbies Addiction, who have worked with Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez, as well as Chapkins Dance Company from So You Think You Can Dance.
This year, Melange also pioneered its first international show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The show showcased Melange’s concept of diversity and fashion integration into a celebration of life and self-expression, led by Cristina Ribeiro, the President of Melange Brazil and Creative Director of Melange 2014. Talia Romano, COO of Melange, explains, “Melange partnering with Rio de Janeiro City Hall and participating in the coming together of 32 countries for the pre-World Cup 2014 festivities in Brazil was exciting and such an honor. Brazil is a melting pot and with the World Cup there, it was an enormous opportunity in an ideal and timely environment for celebrating culture, diversity, unity, and self-love Melange style. These several shows combined a medley of art forms for spectacular, festival-like shows that provide a unique experience for the audience that is relatable and unifying in celebrating the enrichment that diversity and tolerance brings to society.”
The Melange concept continues to grow worldwide each year as it promotes the empowerment of the LGBT, Black, Asian and Latino community members to participate in the changing perception of health and social behavior by showcasing an image of beauty that is reflective of the rich diversity of modern society.
MELANGE 2014: PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Melange 2014 Designers
Melange 2014 Celebrity Performers
Melange 2014 Celebrity Stylists
Sponsors and Partners:
VLADO Footwear (Official Footwear Sponsor), Be That Kid Productions (Official Mélange Kids Sponsor), Couture Press (Celebrity Partner and Fashion Director), Hottspot (Video Editor), Sephora (Makeup), Paul Mitchell The School East Bay (Hair), Blue Pill Productions (Video Sponsor), Waitman Gobble Photography (Brazil & Photography Sponsor), Creative Industry Group (Celebrity Partner), iCu the Network (Promotions & Casting), iCu Beauty (Hair & Makeup Staffing – Jasmine Edwards), Daniel Rita (Hair Director), VIP Socialite (VIP Partner), Boogie Lights Entertainment (LED Set Sponsor), Chic Metropolitan Magazine (Official Media Sponsor), Royal Management (Promotional Partner), UpOut (Promotional Partner), Gazillion Fund (Promotional Partner), Wayne Serrano (Photography), Rainbow Chefs (Promotional Partner), ModaVive (Rehearsal Sponsor), Southern New Hampshire University (Academic Partner), Creative Edge Arts (Josh Edgerly - Official Program Designer), and more.
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Saturday Night Diva
Hello Couture Press Fans, first I would like to say thank you for the opportunity Couture Press gave me to present my first blog with makeup trends blog from Germany – Spain – I am very excited!
This time I would talk about Saturday Night Divas
Many women like to change to a diva of the night. Like Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton, or even Beyoncé, prominent examples from the USA, each has its own way of being fabulous. Now, here I tell you what kind of makeup women in Germany do to be fabulous as one of these divas while still being themselves.
Now I will tell you how to get it :
(I tell them that this season has a strong tendency towards eyeliner in black with thick and bold lines.)
Protagonists? Stunning Eyes...
The eyeliner woman creates an effect of intense passion, intrigue and desire. A precisely defined line conveys a true modern elegance.
When using a thick and intense delineated, should keep the lips and cheeks in neutral colors , this is the key to look a bold look without looking very loaded , but as always I stress, it all depends on
the personality and the occasion.
For my part, I suggest that the eyes stand out and speak for themselves; keep the rest of your makeup clean and sophisticated.
The secret to perfect thickness is delineated actually be brave enough to experience other variants of the same and has the same look.
How to make the outline? It all depends on your agility:
You can use liquid eyeliner, fast drying. The liquid eyeliner is difficult to apply, and beginners tend to apply it patchy or clumpy. But it is worth not to give up and get some routine, because it is the
Smokey Eyes is still fashion this season, and also using strong colors instead of black. Typical colors are dark blue with glitzy effect, peach-pink with glitzy effect, and dark brown with gold effect. Use large and elongated forms, which will make you look sexy.
Important is also a good mascara and eyelashes.
Super red lips, Retro Style, elegant and daring. Aim for perfectly defined eyebrows and harsh shadows. Lips in coral or deep red for a dramatic look .
The purple and black will be used again for a super- sexy and dramatic look . Whenever these tones are used, the rest of the makeup should be in the least amount possible, to achieve a
Balanced makeup with emphasis on the lips – less is more!
I am sure with this look you look very sophisticated and great drama and attract the eyes of many! !
A big hug to all and I hope that the information is very useful