Escaping from the cold

By Carolina Benjumea Rúa

When the weather goes down, and the temperature doesn’t even let you leave the bed, or when the layer on layer only makes you look like a walking closet, you know you can always count with the south for a little fun during the winter. With a perfect weather that doesn’t go down more than 20 degrees, beautiful beaches and the best tropical environment you have found the best escape from the cold north.

It’s hard to think that when some are freezing, others are having mojitos at the beach, and that’s the reason why countries in the south are the perfect choice when looking for vacations during the cold holidays. A little bit of salsa dancing, the white sand beaches and the hot weather is what everyone is needing at this moment, that’s why we have picked the best looks from the Resort 2018 collection to heat up your holidays.

Whether you are enjoying the view of the Caribbean in Playa del Carmen, México or exploring the nature in Costa Rica, one thing is sure, these countries are rich in diversity of fruits, nature and food, that’s why adding color and color to your outfits is the key to mix with the locals, bright colors such as yellow, red, blue, pink, and green, will make you forget about your gray coat at home.

If you are more a classic person and prefer enjoying the beauty of a Greek island this trend is for you: brands like J Mendel, Roberto Cavalli, Fausto Puglisi, Stella McCartney, Gucci and Chanel have taken inspiration in ancient goddesses with loose dresses, light fabrics and pastel colors, a comfortable and very stylish way to enjoy vacations. But if you can’t let go your corporate side a plaid print will be you ally during your resting time.

While walking through the colorful old town in Cartagena, Colombia, sightseeing in Cape Town, South Africa or having a stroll in Capri, Italy a wild flower print will always make a good match with the romantic scenarios you can find in these cities, the colorful buildings and the beauty of the flowers will give you inspiration for your outfits.

Prints usually represent diversity and movement that’s why a vibrant cowboy print with a classic dress can be perfect in case you’re thinking of going to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil or Melbourne, Australia. And never forget the stripes for a nautical look if you prefer going to the Canary Islands.

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The Trans Fashion Week Initiative

The Trans Fashion Week Initiative - the Course begins January 9th 2018 at the Evanston Art Center. The students will be creating couture paper garments worn by TRANS youth during Chicago's Fashion Week to spear head an ALL INCLUSIVE Fashion Week here in Chicago. Garments will be shown during Fashion Week in April 2018. Register here >

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Ultra Violet: the color of the future

By Carolina Benjumea Rúa

The pantone color of 2018 has been announced, and we coudn’t help but thinking the challenges that as a society we have ahead. This color, not only shows a pretty shade that people will be wearing next year, it also symbolizes the reality we are living in our world, and the changes we have to make in order to improve.

The Ultra Violet was chosen as the color of next year directly inspired by legends like Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix which represents the counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. This color shows, not only creativity, imagination and inventiveness, but also an urge of a very needed change in the world. Non- comformity as a way to change our present, and experimentation as a way to create a new future.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of Pantone Color Institute said: “We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potenttial to a higher level. From exploring new techonologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come”

Pantone made a correct reading of the world sorrounding us right now, the economy, the politics and the society. People with the need to explore their identity and individuality, countries supressing thoughts and behaviors, wars and consumism have made Ultra Violet the color we were all needing, as said by Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute:”truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.”

This color is challenging each one of us to become our better selfs, to get to a higher level of thinking and start making changes. It gives us a scape from the overwhelming day to day life, the spirutality of the Ultra violet, plus it’s mindfullnes are our ways to hide the messy world we have created, and the use of this color in meditation spaces allows us a better connection with the universe.

Originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking are the doors to the future, and that’s what designers are challenged to communicate with their new collections. The mistery of the future and the responsability that’s in our hands to create a new reality all over again, new discoveries and new ways of thinking are the outcome of the Ultra Violet shade.


The big comeback of Gianni Versace

By Carolina Benjumea Rúa

There are many designers who have changed our perception on fashion and the way this industry Works. However, Gianni Versace really made us look to the future with his designs, perception on models and the way he made fashion relevant for the media. After 20 years of his death, this industry and new generations of supermodels still feel the echo of his name. 20 years later was his time to shine once again on the spring/summer collection that Donatella Versace presented last september 22nd in Milano.

While some editors, fashion journalists, models, designers and people all over the world were looking forward to see the Versace’s show, Donatella was preparing a very special throwback that would make us sigh, thrill and dream in the amazing 90's. This time, for the spring /summer collection, the creative director of the house decided to pay tribute to her brother, Gianni, who died tragically in 1997.

On the runway not only appeared the supermodels of the moment, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Kaia Gerber. Also the original supermodels of the 90s met for the first time once again to remember the man who believed the most in the power of supermodels. With their golden dresses they made us remember why they are the original super!

Versace was one of the first designers to recognize celebrities and media as the best publicity, and supermodels as allies for their brands. He knew how important it was to be in front of the cameras, but more importantly to photograph celebrities with his designs. Anna Wintour said once ''He was the first to realize the value of the celebrity in the front row, and the value of the supermodel, and put fashion on an international media platform”.

This collection shows the styles that made Gianni one of the most renowned and influential designers in the world, but also relieves the characteristic style of the 90's, the glamour and eccentric style that represents this decade and the house. Wild prints, bright colors, square-shouldered jackets, leggings, catsuits, corsets, trenches, mini sheaths, and maxi skirts, high-waisted jeans, logo tees, fanny packs, jeweled stiletto boots; the legacy that Gianni left.

9th New Media Film festival

  1. 9th New Media Film Festival merging story and technology internationally

Call for Entries, judges from HBO, Marvel, Emmys; $45,000 in awards and categories.

New Media Film Festival proudly announced their 9th Annual festival merging story & technology for the globe. June 15 & 16 2018 at James Bridges Theater – Los Angeles CA corner of Sunset Blvd & Hilgard Ave, 235 Charles E Young Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90095 at UCLA.

As New Media Film Festival ® approaches its 9th year, it continues to look at new technologies and how it merges with the story so people can go on the journey the story set out to create.

The categories include acronyms such as SRC (Socially Responsible Content), AI (Artificial Intelligence), AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual Reality) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). In addition to 3D, 5D, New Media, Web Series, Pilot, Digital Comic, APP, Mobile/Tablet, Drone and a Snipler ® (30 second pitch) there are the tried and true categories as well: Feature, Documentary, Trailer, Shorts, Script, Animation, Music Video and Student.

A global selection of content creators, filmmakers, and storytellers converge on #Los Angeles to learn from Industry leaders that attend, share their experiences in the Question and Answer segment that immediately follows their screening, and build relationships that last a lifetime. In addition, these content creators vie for $45,000 in Awards which include Best of Category Awards as well as Grand Prize Award.

The most exciting part of the festival are the opportunities given to content creators and filmmakers whether they are accepted into the festival or not. For example, Daniel Schmidt, creator of Inner World – Outer Worlds submitted, and even though his content was not accepted to compete and screen at the festival, he was offered distribution and accepted. To date, Daniel has received thousands of dollars from this distribution offer and recently stated: “Thanks- always awesome to get these payouts.”

The festival partners with other businesses and conferences to offer global possibilities to further advance content creators careers. At a Computer Graphics and Animation conference in Berlin, the Best VR winner of this season, Et Moi was introduced to the global audience.

Festival judging process

The review and judging process of the festival consists of career veterans from legendary companies such as Marvel and HBO. Nominees and winners from the Oscars and Emmys also provide their wisdom in the judging process.

“In the world of festivals, it is refreshing that there are no politics or pay to play at New Media Film Festival and it is run by a team of caring and passionate people that put the creators first and respects the content, not the profits.” – Angelwood Pictures

Things to consider

For those that are considering submitting to the festival, here are some things to consider. There will be a total of $45,000 in awards presented.

  • 20 + Categories
  • Best in Category – Audience & Grand Prize Awards
  • All content considered, even online, made public, novice, expert
  • Member UFFO’s Code of Practices for Film Festivals
  • IMDB official event
  • Submissions have opportunities outside the festival process.

Attending the festival, here are some things to consider:

  • A celebration, discovery, and recognition for all.
  • VIP Badges and Individual Tickets.
  • Access to dealmakers, creatives, and talent.
  • Enjoy - Red Carpet, Soiree, Live Music, Screenings, Panels, Awards, Networking, International Art Exhibit, Q & A’s, Marketing Table

Opportunities for creators

In a world where technology is ever-evolving, it is a story that will satiate the soul of humans.

Not just any story, but stories worth telling. New Media Film Festival works hard to produce a festival that highlights and honors the hardworking and uprising content creators in the New Media Industry. It is a unique festival that works hard to find opportunities, including distribution for almost all of the submitted content, not just those programmed.

Some of the opportunities have been Technology giveaways including drones, wireless keyboards, invites to events around the globe and even a Feature Film Movie Premiere on the Walt Disney Lot.

For more detailed information please visit the website.


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