Friday, July 15, 2011

Model Search

Hello to all my lovely friends,

I have been watching Bravo's " Million Dollar Decorator's and now I want to talk like Martyn Lawrence Bullard. "Life is deeeliciousss darling". How does that sound? Love it. I watch the show and think, "OMG, I want to live in that world. It's so glamorous."

People think the same of Fashion designers, don't you know we are always looking undeniably chic. I wish. I do confess, I can glam it up when I have to but in my daily life, if I look presentable and not homeless I am please with myself. This is the tragic pitfall of working from home/design studio. Laziness creeps up on you and the next thing you know, it is acceptable to work in your pajamas. Hugh Hefner was ahead of his time, I tell you.

I need to stop digressing and write about the model search contest we are having. I am looking for a model to be the face of my Spring 2012 collection, debuting in Oct. The winner will also receives a photo shoot with photographer Cody Bess, scholarship to Mayo-Hill School for Modeling and Acting, one year contract with Neal Hamil Modeling Agency, and $400 gift certificate from Elementwo cosmetics.

Here is the info:

Fresh Face of Spring - Chloe Dao Modeling Contest from cody bess on Vimeo.

Photo shoots are the one time when it is truly glamorous to be in fashion. I love photo shoots because you see the transformation of the model. A great model is a chameleon. Once she steps in front of the camera there is this moment when you know she has it or not. Witnessing a great model at work is truly like watching a performance. I really do not know how to describe it, it's kind of magical. There is so much beauty in it. The way she moves that flows but always beautiful. I guess the word I am looking for is, "lyrical". It is smooth and dreamy.

I get tons of emails and messages asking me how I choose my models. I usually work with an agency but some times I do my own casting. Well, for all those who think they have it. I This is the contest for you. I am looking for the new fresh face. I am very excited to see the submission. Good luck ladies!

Love life,
Love Fashion,

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My inspiration, Bill Cunningham, documentary

Hi Everyone,

If you guys know anything about me is that movies have played a very important role in my life. Dead Poet Society really did change my life. I was afraid to follow my dream in college until I watched that movie. I always wanted to be a fashion designer but thought it was a very unrealistic dream/fantasy. So I went the safe route and majored in Business and went to the University of Houston like most of my sisters. It was easy to transition from high school to college with my sisters and friends. There was no risk or adventure. I was comfortable.

I did well at UH but I was also very miserable and bored. I started skipping accounting classes and study only the night before the test. That is the best and worst thing about a big university you do not have to attend classes and still pass. If you knew me in high school, I was a total nerd, fashionably always but still a nerd at heart. My parents were crazy enough to allow me to skip the whole family U.S. naturalization b/c I wanted perfect attendance. My family used to joke that I was the only alien in the house and I was going to be sent back to Laos. What the hell was I thinking?

My second year at UH was when I realized I really needed to figure out what to do with my life. I was beginning to not really care about my classes. I have always prided myself on being a good student and really embracing learning. Then one day, I went to see, Dead Poet Society.

I needed something in my life to tell me it was "ok" to not follow the norm. I did not have the courage within myself to do so but Robin Willaims did. " Oh Captain, my Captain!" indeed!! I cannot accurately remember if within a few days, weeks or months after watching the movie, I dropped out of UH and enrolled in the H.C.C. Fashion Design Program. I felt so free, alive and happy about my future. Somehow Dead Poet Society gave me the courage I could not muster up myself. Silly to say but I will always be grateful to this movie b/c I would not be where I am without it, " Got to be more, Got to see more, Got to do more"

It has been many years since I watched a movie that has moved me so much but a few months ago, I watched the documentary on Bill Cunningham. Who is he? I cannot explain better than this;

The "Bill" in question is 80 + New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns "On the Street" and "Evening Hours. "We all get dressed for Bill," says Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

For me, Bill is someone who is truly an artist, an artist in the complete and most honest degree. He does not compromise his work for monetary needs, societies approval or personal gains. He truly lives for his art. He exudes such joy b/c this man has never compromised his work. He does sacrifice daily creature comforts but he is surrounded by love and complete respect with anyone that know him or of him. I looked up to him b/c in this day and age there is so much pressure to be financially successful. Money equals success.

He is really such an inspiration. He makes me think about what I really need in life, as a person and as an artist. Doing your work should not always be about financial gain but the joy of it. Back to the basics when there was no pressure to pay the bills, staff and some time to make other people happy. I know it is a balancing act, I could never be like him but I hope to be just a little like him. Creating beautiful things and being happy I am able to live my dream and to continue to create.

I never have gone up to be Bill in person but have seen him many times at NYC Fashion week. He is a staple there. Next, I will and just thank him for being him.

So if you want to see this documentary and walk out of a theater with a big old smile on your face and have tears of pure happiness inspired by Bill, himself. Come join me this Friday, July 8tth at M.F.A.H. at 7pm. There will also be a panel discussion.

Here is the info on the panel.

Post-Screening Event July 8 Only! A panel discussion with Lynn Wyatt, founding chair of M.F.A.H. film committee; designer Chloe Dao; photographer Jay Marroquin, and Luis Soto (Mr. G), co-editor of follows the film. Afterwards the audience is invited to a reception with refreshments generously supplied by Central Market in the museum galleries. Co sponsored by Lot 8 and Fashion Group International Houston.

Did you read Lynn Wyatt will be there to answer your questions? She is truly a fashion icon and such a dynamic lady. I feel a little unworthy to be on the same panel with her.

Here is the link for the tickets for the movie.

If you cannot make it Friday, the movie is showing on July 15 and 22.

I hope to see you there Friday.

Love Life,

Love Fashion,

Love, Chloe

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