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Things we love to support! Survivor Campaign by @LisaReillyPhotography on #IndieGoGo #CancerSurvivors #Bills #Help #Charity

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Giving to the people, from the people rarely exists these days. Half the charities out there are a tax shelter and the other one’s don’t get any love unless helmed by a celebrity.

But wait! There is hope.

There are those of us on this planet who live with our heart on our sleeve and actually acknowledge human suffering on this planet just….to help. We’re talking about the small donations and ‘random acts of kindness’, YOU bring into this world.

That is why I stood up and became part of Lisa Reilly Photography’s AMAZING Survivor Campaign.

Lisa, who I met at LAFW had originally approached me with this campaign asking me if I would be willing to help raise funds and awareness for Cancer Survivors and their families, who are unable to pay for treatment or are left with hundreds of thousands of bills.

Check out Lisa’s IndieGoGo video for The Survivor Campaign!

I was happy to help. I also joined this campaign, being a Cancer survivor myself.

In 2013, I went for a routine check up and found out I had cervical cancer. I had to have surgery, which saved my life but left me with permanent complications and painful memories. However, they managed to cut the cells out of my body before they did major harm. I was a lucky one.

As I worked on this campaign other began to help as well. Tracie May-Wagner, CEO of May-Wagner PR contacted me. She wanted to help. She brought her client, the amazing Victor Wilde of The Bohemian Society on board. He in turn donated two pieces of his SS 2014 collection. Proving to me that there is ALWAYS support.

(Faith, Humanity, Restored)

No one should have to stand alone in their battle against cancer. Emotional or physical.

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Shooting with Lisa underwater was extraordinary. It took everything I was doing this for and changed it.Not only was I helping others who have been through and going through pain, but I created something positive out of my Cancer experience. I never thought I could look back at this as more than a charitable session but it really changed how I look back at having had Cancer and is giving me a chance to empower others that have had it.

Check out the video out of the amazing video of Amy W. & I shooting underwater and describing our experiences (Video by D’arby Rose) ;

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The women pictured in Lisa’s campaign have all fought and lived with Cancer. The women above have Stage 4 Aggressive cancer, survived a double mastectomy and cervical cancer. Going through chemotherapy and severe treatments that have costed them time, sanity, health and a small fortune.

Donating to this campaign will help them continue their fight. We’re taking donations as low as $10 to help raise funds and have packages up to $5,000 for every size and income. Please help us reach our goal so Cancer victims stand a fighting chance.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-survivor-campaign-by-lisa-reilly-photography#home

(If you or a Cancer victim would like to contact Lisa Reilly Photography for a session please contact Lisa@LisaReillyPhotography.com, Please forward all Press Inquiries to HeathyrW@Gmail.com)

The Bare Truth with ‘The Bohemian Society’s’ Victor Wilde #FashionHouse #Couture #Art #LALife (@BohemianSociety)

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LA at a glance seems vapid at best. Movie stars with purse dogs, overly blond athletic men and women, juice bars and cleanses, power luncheons and a cadre of meandering, very lost tourists. One would never think that there is a massive and newly booming fashion industry and art collective in the land of twinkling stars and tinsel.

With the established Style Fashion week twice a year, the celebrity clientele, the art/runway shows, and Santee fashion district in DTLA, it’s beyond booming, it’s a massive industry on the West Coast demanding attention. Showcasing names like Rodarte, Band of Outsiders, Betsey Johnson, Rebecca Minkoff LA, and James Perse has brought an influx of ex-NY artists and designers to the palm dotted coast.

Being a stylist and writer leads you unbelievable places and doing surreal things. One of these was to the heart of Bohemian Society’s headquarters, and Victor Wilde’s kitchen. I had spoken with his amazing PR people on the phone, and they agreed to do a clothing pull for a charity shoot I was working on. Then they suggested I interview Victor Wilde, the creative director and designer of The Bohemian Society, while I was there.

Never look a gift horse in the mouth, instead run with it.

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Victor Wilde is the head fashion designer of The Bohemian Society. The Bohemian Society in the last 10 years, boasts a celebrity clientele, dressing supermodels and musicians and is distributed in several high-end Los Angeles boutiques, and worldwide through ASOS.

In his downtown LA loft, you can see his influences. Modern art, recycled and eco sustainable materials, with a heavy Japanese influence. When I asked about it, he admitted he’d, “been to Japan 7 times.” Being a traveler was the key to bonding with Victor. We talked about travel, the international influences on design, and I asked about his background fashion.

Victor Wilde grew up in a fast paced NYC in Brooklyn. “Growing up East Coast you have to be cool.” In Brooklyn that is no small feat. “Kids judge you by what you wear, how you look”, he said, and you have to ‘grow some balls’ quickly. Victor had a better eye than most at a young age for fashion, and in Jr. High School he was voted best dressed. Not bad for a young man barely emerging from his adolescence.

Being young and fashionable was not the only reason Victor progressed in his field. “People said I should to be in fashion. I started dating a model; she was working for one of the biggest wholesale/retailers at the time. People would come in to the store, and she would buy their clothes and sell them, and I thought, I can do better than that. I thought of The Bohemian Society.”

Unlike most designers Victor had no fashion or design background. He admitted, “I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. I started creating t-shirts, and within two weeks, she was showing my clothes in the window.”

 

Yet, Victor Wilde is an artist and his true love is artistic performance. I asked about the part of fashion he loved most and what he was moving towards. ‘(I love) the showiness, and the performance part of it.” His latest projects include working with the insanely talented Swedish film maker Jonas Akerlund, and albino supermodel Shaun Ross (Lana Del Rey’s ‘Tropico’, Katy Perry’s ET), on the ‘Beauty Defined’ project.

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Shaun Ross in Bohemian Society

In Akerlund’s last installment, the video explains how unique difference is always right, and others degrading natural and odd beauty were wrong. Supermodel Shaun Ross narrative is about his beauty while visually Ross parades through a throng of tourists on Hollywood blvd., in Bohemian Society couture.

This is a theme in Victor’s continuing vision for The Bohemian Society as well. With the fashion industry being a multimedia animal, this creates the perfect platform for Victor Wilde to create and produce his art. A vision of showing & creating, raw beauty.

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Timur and the Dime Museum in Bohemian Society

“My next collection will be highly based on interviews with people without any clothes. I paused, ”That’s actually really brilliant. I mean if you are going to get the bare truth…”.

Part of that is Victor’s choice to use and re-use eco-sustainable good’s. I noticed that the loft is decorated with vintage pieces of clothing, art and random finds. His Spring/Summer 2014 collection was made primarily out of the most amazing, ethereal looking WWII parachute material. How did it start and why use it?

“The recycled stuff I couldn’t afford stuff so my girlfriend and I would go out and steal vintage clothing and remake it”. I went to college in North Carolina and then moved to NY and became and performance artist. He explained he used what he had around him in art and design.

I asked if being eco-friendly was an important ‘part of his personality’. “Yes, it reflects part of who I am. I’ve been a vegetarian my whole life by choice. As child I refused to eat meat. My Mom actually used to chase me around the kitchen with chicken and beef”. Being an ex-East Coaster myself, there was much discussion about the horrors of East Coast unhealthy living.

As we speak more, he admits his most recent project was costuming an opera. Not the traditional kind of course, but a rock opera. “I was there for about a week. It played at a festival so it played only one day. “Really?”, I ask, “Yes, it was in Miami, but next year it’s in Brooklyn.”

His current collection for The Bohemian Society’s Fall/Winter collection 2014? “It’s named Wild at Heart. It’s Victor Wilde. A reflection of me, influenced by the Movie (“Wild at Heart” by David Lynch) and it’s sexy, and androgynous. “

Androgyny brings to mind Bowie immediately and we talk over coffee about that, music, Tim Curry and more art.  As far as I can tell, Victor Wilde is an artist, a designer, a costumer, a performer and a multimedia mad genius.

When I asked what he wanted to work on, “Anything that interests me”.

It seems with all of his interests, world domination may not be out of the picture.

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Keep an eye out for The Bohemian Society’s Fall/Winter 2014 line online and in stores. Bohemian Society is carried at;

-The Bohemian Society (http://www.thebohemiansociety.com/collections/all)

-ASOS (http://www.ASOS.com (http://us.asos.com/search/bohemian-society?q=bohemian+society)

 

-The Church Boutique in West Hollywood (http://www.churchboutique.com/)

-Farfetch (http://www.Farfetch.com)

-ORPHIC (http://www.orphicLA.com)

Mork Signing off, Robin Williams Found Dead at 63 #SoSad #Suicide #Respect #RIP

Robin Williams signed off today leaving millions of dedicated fans and friends hanging their heads in loss.

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Not only was Robin Williams and amazing comedian and great actor but his legacy spans over forty years, leaving us with classics like Mork & Mindy, Popeye, Jumanji, The Fisher King and the everlasting classic Dead Poet’s Society.

Our heart goes out not only to him, but his family and wife Susan Schneider, who released the following statement to the New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff:

“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope that the focus will not be on Robin’s death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Robin Williams had been battling depression and died from an apparent suicide from asphyxia, in his home, in Marin County.

Nanoo, Nanoo to a great actor. We’re sorry you signed out Robin Williams.

Orange is the New Black is #NOTCANCELLED #OITNB #InternetRumors

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Well, it’s been a week or internet snafu’s and idiocy. First Stephen Spielberg killed a Dinosaur and now ‘Orange is the New Black’ is cancelled. The first may be true (we just don’t know. Actually we do.), but Orange is the New Black getting cancelled?

NOT HAPPENING.

Of course, there are great sites you can go to if you need to debunk a myth or, in this case, a HORRIBLE, HORRIFYING Internet rumor, I recommend SNOPES.COM.

No that we have debunked that hot mess, you may carry on with your Netflix-ing.

Happy Sunday!

How to Satisfy Your ‘Beautiful Addiction’ #StreetStyle #Hot #New

If there is one thing I know, and love, it’s street style. We Angelenos pride ourselves on making mad, sexy street wear for divas who know how to bring it.  The other thing I know is that women know clothes, and know we have the ultimate label to satisfy out ‘Beautiful Addiction’.

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Now that I have your attention let’s talk shop, or shopping.

‘Beautiful Addiction’ is the very saucy and multi-faceted collection by CEO and designer Sheila Marie of Sheiki Jeans. After years of dressing sexy celebs like Aubrey O’ Day and Kendra Wilkinson, Sheila has created this amazing new line. Welcome to the sexy line for street style, ‘Beautiful Addiction’.

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Split into three categories, for the discriminating shopper, you can shop the collections ‘Tribal, Electric and Serenity’. ‘Beautiful Addiction’ has everything from Coachella cool to OzFest awesome.

Even cooler fact. Sheila makes every piece of clothing ecologically sustainable. What does that mean? Beautiful Addiction uses fabric derived from eco-friendly resources, and her company motto is: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle sooooo, this collection is a no-guilt buy!

Beautiful Addiction just released their sexy, and very edgy, Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Their collection consists of edgy printed leggings and maxi skirts, with coordinating crop tops and hoodies. That way you can mix and match as the Polar Vortex melts into sexy sun.  It’s time to shop for a new wardrobe that shows off that HOT gym body you’ve been hiding all winter.

Let’s satisfy your Beautiful Addiction ladies! Click any of the pictures and shop Beautiful Addiction clothing NOW!!

(Also don’t forget to follow their instagram at http://instagram.com/beautiaddiction)

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Naomi Campbell on ‘Kimye’ Cover & Editorial Video for Vogue #NoThankYouVeryMuch #EndlessLaughing

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As the fashion world reels to the news the the ever relevant irrelevant ‘Kimye’ has taken over the Vogue cover, Naomi Campbell has spoken out. Or perhaps pulled the most epic LOL on the face of the planet. Normally I think she is stone cold B*tch, which can be great in fashion and modeling. No, really. However this time I want to hug that frozen goddess and thank her. Her rebuttal to the nasty made everyone smile. Possibly even Anna Wintour.

Check out the video below.

Skingraft Spring/Summer Collection Behind the Scenes #Clothing #Fabulous #LALabel

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This company is one of the reasons I love and adore working in the fashion industry. Smart, chic, modern and damn sexy, Skingraft is ‘IT’. To get back to business, here is their Spring/Summer editorial video.

Enjoy the hotness and shop Skingraft’s amazing collection here; https://www.skingraftdesigns.com/

Skingraft Spring/Summer 2014 Behind The Scenes from SKINGRAFT on Vimeo.

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