International Fashion Film Awards

Dress: Alice and Olivia Shoes: Christian Louboutin Necklace: Saks

Dress: Alice and Olivia
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Necklace: Saks

From the International Fashion Film Festival in La Jolla, to the first ever International Fashion Film Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, these past few days have been filled with excitement, education and most importantly FASHION! Sometimes I think to myself I’m taking a risk and then I meet people with mile long lavender trains, and pop legends with blue hair. I could definitely learn to walk on more of a wild side when it comes to fashion decisions. Apparently the wild side has more color. Alas, the International Fashion Film Awards proved to be a night full of glamour and recognition for stars in the realm of Fashion Film from all around the world. I feel like I have watched so many of these films I’m starting to learn to speak French and Italian. Ok, that’s not true. But I am starting to realize that fashion around the globe means the same. It is an art form. A mean for someone to express how they feel.

The ceremonies kicked off with an introduction by Cinemoi President Daphna Ziman. Once again a lesson in fashion film history. The venue hosting the event, the Saban Theatre, located in beautiful Beverly Hills actually had quite the substantial history with legendary film stars including Marilyn Monroe. The talent that we were just about to recognize was described as the “merging of couture and film.” And with that, the awards got kicked into full gear. Awards were presented in categories such as Best Art Director, Best Styling, and Best Fashion Film. Although these films are not nearly as mainstream as blockbuster hits that we would all instantly recognize (there was an apology to Michael Bay for no nods to Optimus Prime,) they should not be discredited. Part of the allure and mystery of familiarizing one’s self with International Fashion Films is more than just hearing fashion described in a foreign language or a cool accent. It is stepping into the creative mind that is crazy beautiful enough to imagine fashion and produce stunning imagery through costume, makeup and digital talents. Really and truly it’s a breathtaking experience. One of my favorite films nominated for Best Film was “Urban Hippie” by Damien Krisl. 

Half way through the ceremony Lance Bass presented Melissa and Joan Rivers the IFFA Icon Award. And rightfully so! Before them nobody had the audacity to ask fashions elite on the red carpet’s “who are you wearing?” I’m not going to lie, knowing I would be in the presence of the Rivers women I was TERRIFIED about the potential to be called out literally by the fashion police. Although, I think I would have been honored at the thought that time was even taken to judge my outfit. One day!

Michael Costello even presented an Icon Award to Gigi Lepage, for her groundbreaking and legendary costume design contributions to fashion film. One of her most memorable creations was designing the costumes for “Grace of Monaco.” Oh ya, and she’s worked with little ol’ labels such as Cartier and Dior. Truthfully, I wasn’t really a fan until I heard her compare dressing Nicole Kidman to dressing Barbie. Anyone who can compare a life accomplishment to Barbie is fabulous in my book. Plus, I’m pretty sure I heard her say something along the lines of “Ja’ Dor.” Let’s be honest here, the only foreign language I understand is Christian Louboutin, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. Oh ya and the other ones but those ones are more fun to roll off the tongue. I’m still mad at Yves Saint Laurent for dropping the Yves. Some of us liked impressing people by pronouncing that! Which speaking of impressive, I was most certainly proud of Michael Costello for overcoming the technical issues that arose during this presentation like a pro. Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn taught him well. Actually, scratch that. Costello looked as though he was as talented at public speaking as he is creating goddess gowns for women with perfect silhouettes.

I’m so proud of Hollywood for taking a break from mainstream and taking time to recognize people who work even harder to share their imagination and vision of fashion with the world. After all where would Hollywood be without iconic fashion contributions such as that white Marilyn Monroe dress or even that “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” dress. In the infamous words of Yves Saint Laurent, “Fashion fades, style is eternal.” And what better way to eternalize style than to capture it on film?

When you can't decide on one color wear them all! I love that my co-worker refers to this as the Power Rangers Necklace.

When you can’t decide on one color wear them all! I love that my co-worker refers to this as the Power Rangers Necklace.

The event was held at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. In addition to having historical relevance to legendary fashionistas in film such as Marilyn Monroe it also exuded beauty and elegance that can only be described as Hollywood glamour.

The event was held at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. In addition to having historical relevance to legendary fashionistas in film such as Marilyn Monroe it also exuded beauty and elegance that can only be described as Hollywood glamour.

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I'm always amazed by legend in the making Michael Costello. His silhouettes are not only ingenious, and breathtaking but I truly feel as though he turns the woman wearing the design into a piece of art. I've been watching his career flourish since I first saw him at a Project Ethos event about 2 years ago. No doubt he will go down in history as one of the greats just like the ones whose lives and contributions were celebrated during the event's "In Memorium" portion.

I’m always amazed by legend in the making Michael Costello. His silhouettes are not only ingenious, and breathtaking but I truly feel as though he turns the woman wearing the design into a piece of art. I’ve been watching his career flourish since I first saw him at a Project Ethos event about 2 years ago. No doubt he will go down in history as one of the greats just like the ones whose lives and contributions were celebrated during the event’s “In Memorium” portion.

Ok, so I knew Lance Bass was going to be a presenter of the event. What I did not know was that he would be walking right past me. Whether it was my subconscious reminding me I'm a Backstreet girl through and through (event though growing up the 4 walls of my bedroom were equally devoted to Nsync, Backstreet, Britney and Leonardo Dicaprio) I guess years of feeling abandoned have decided a team to declare my loyalty too. Sorry, Lance. I'm sure Nsync had the ability to go down in history as a top selling group, but let's be real. The Backstreet Boys promised to never break my heart and have never told their fans bye bye bye. And plus they would never express disdain over delivering RECYLCED content to their fans (even though I totes understand why they would be frustrated in the first place.) But let's be real. Backstreet cares about their fans. Brian Littrell would have stopped because they have a sixth sense like that (true story, he's stopped to acknowledge me and my equally passionate about this kind of stuff BFF.) Ok, my rant is done. LOVE the blue hair Lance!

Ok, so I knew Lance Bass was going to be a presenter of the event. What I did not know was that he would be walking right past me. Whether it was my subconscious reminding me I’m a Backstreet girl through and through (event though growing up the 4 walls of my bedroom were equally devoted to Nsync, Backstreet, Britney and Leonardo Dicaprio) I guess years of feeling abandoned have finally allowed me to publicly pick a side. Sorry, Lance. I’m sure Nsync had the ability to go down in history as a top selling group, but let’s be real. The Backstreet Boys promised to never break my heart and have never told their fans bye bye bye, thus they are in my opinion the greatest boy band of all time. And plus they would never express disdain over delivering RECYLCED content to their fans (even though I totes understand why they would be frustrated in the first place.) But let’s be real. Backstreet cares about their fans. Brian Littrell would have stopped because they have a sixth sense like that (true story, he’s stopped to acknowledge me and my equally passionate about this kind of stuff BFF.) Ok, my rant is done. LOVE the blue hair Lance!

Cinemoi President Daphna Ziman looked breathtaking in her stunning red gown. I loved seeing attendees of the awards show with gowns that were clearly inspired by the Hollywood fashionistas of past. I think Mary Pickford, one of the first actresses to make glamour synonymous  with Hollywood, would have been proud.

Cinemoi President Daphna Ziman looked breathtaking in her stunning red gown. I loved seeing attendees of the awards show with gowns that were clearly inspired by the Hollywood fashionistas of past. Styles that still resonate with todays fashion. I think Mary Pickford, one of the first actresses to make glamour synonymous with Hollywood, would have been proud.

During the event I had the pleasure of bumping into a local clutch designer, Shakayla Burris. Oh ya and she is the CEO, and Creative Director for Freestyle Inc. Oh, ya and her outfit was fab! Her website I was informed is relaunching this Friday. Definitely gonna check it out!

During the event I had the pleasure of bumping into a local clutch designer, Shakayla Burris. Oh ya and she is the CEO, and Creative Director for Freestyle Inc. Oh, ya and her outfit was fab! Her website I was informed is relaunching this Friday. Definitely gonna check it out!

This picture doesn't even do one of Shakayla's clutche's justice. I love the color, and I loved the size. Sometimes a girl wants to carry around more than her keys and cell phone. Way to go Ms. Burris! Hope to see you debuting on a runway soon!

This picture doesn’t even do one of Shakayla’s clutche’s justice. I love the color, and I loved the size. Sometimes a girl wants to carry around more than her keys and cell phone. Way to go Ms. Burris! Hope to see you debuting on a runway soon!

Trend alert! Jumpers are everywhere. Not only did I spot several attendees of this event wearing them, including the adorable Jordin Sparks.

Trend alert! Jumpers are everywhere. Not only did I spot several attendees of this event wearing them, including the adorable Jordin Sparks.

No words necessary to explain what was going on here. Although suddenly I have an interest to see a Cirque Du Soleil show.

No words necessary to explain what was going on here. Although suddenly I have an interest to see a Cirque Du Soleil show.

Some of the most mesmerizing and time consuming costumes from various Cirque du Soleil shows. Some of these costumes were covered with thousands of Swarovski crystals. It takes me a day to bedazzle a tape dispenser. I can only imagine how long it took them to embellish some of these pieces.

Some of the most mesmerizing and time consuming costumes from various Cirque du Soleil shows. Some of these costumes were covered with thousands of Swarovski crystals. It takes me a day to bedazzle a tape dispenser. I can only imagine how long it took them to embellish some of these pieces.

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I'm not quite sure whether or not it's taboo to point this out but the glamorization of the gap tooth makes me feel as though I was robbed because I was forced to get braces at a young age and had my dental issues fixed.

I’m not quite sure whether or not it’s taboo to point this out but the glamorization of the gap tooth makes me feel as though I was robbed because I was forced to get braces at a young age and had my dental issues fixed.

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