Friday, April 20th 2007

12:00 AM

Revolution: Natasha Fashion Show


Was a 'Multi-Media' event that featured a variety of concepts. Including dance - fashion - design - music - among other creative outlets. Here are some fashion designs from 'Natasha' - Punk Designer - along with a brief edited review of the show from the local Staten Island - NY media.

Creating a scene

Organizer at fashion and networking night at Arts Cypher aims to get 'everybody talking'
Friday, April 27, 2007

"I'm my own tape," Melanie Rodriguez told the most recent arrivals to the fashion and networking event last Friday at the NYC Arts Cypher in Stapleton.

Ms. Rodriguez, is creator of Trendy Bends jewelry.

She was thrilled to be part of REVOLUTION, an event conceived by photographer Bryan Christopher to, "create a scene where there isn't one," and bring together models, stylists, designers and photographers for a symbiotic evening of fun and fashion.

Makeup artist Chris Milone had little time to network as he worked non-stop with the models who turned up for the event from as far away as Connecticut. 

At 24, Milone, a Huguenot resident, has been doing makeup for 13 years and finds work for his "punk rock kind of look" in theater and independent film.

While break dancers Anthony Ortiz "Megaman" and Neo Tirado, a hip-hop teacher at the Arts Cypher, bent their limber frames into unimaginable angles, Arden Heights resident Jim Whalen, handed out fliers for an artists' cooperative he hopes to start on Staten Island.

"A lot of artists have the greatest ideas," said Whalen. "They know where they want to be but they don't know how to get there. I know how to get there."

"This is kind of what I wanted it to be, everybody talking"  

He studied a bit and worked as an apprentice for fashion photographers in Manhattan and along the way discovered that he not only had talent for capturing a moment, but also was accomplished at bringing people together.

"This is what I do best," he said of his planning skills.

"I just want everybody to have a place where they can come and get their stuff out there, and that's what this entire place is about," he said of the Arts Cypher, a not-for-profit Broad Street venue that boasts an eclectic menu of art and performance pieces.

"It's a perfect fit," Christopher said.

Sesu Coleman, who accompanied the designer Natasha, was surprised to find a place like Arts Cypher on Staten Island, although he found the whole trip here a little daunting.

"Once you're parked and inside it's great," he said. "It's just the whole process."





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