RAISING THE BAR AS A TRIPLE THREAT

RAISING THE BAR AS A TRIPLE THREAT

MEET WRITER, PRODUCER AND ACTOR, KATHLEEN ROBERTSON

As an actor, Kathleen Robertson is set to star in Netflix’s anticipated family drama NORTHERN RESCUE which is set to premiere March 1st. Robertson recently starred opposite Taye Diggs on Steven Bochco’s critically acclaimed TNT character-based crime drama MURDER IN THE FIRST for three seasons. She simultaneously had a pivotal, recurring role opposite Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore on A & E’s acclaimed Emmy-nominated BATES MOTEL as a free-spirited, hippy drug lord. She also garnered much attention for her starring role on the Gus Van Sant, Golden Globe-winning political drama, BOSS as the brilliant, broken and duplicitous Kitty O’Neill, Mayor Tom Kane’s (Kelsey Grammer) press aide. Prior to this succession of shows, she starred on IFC’s Award-winning mockumentary style improvisational comedy series THE BUSINESS, for which she also served as Executive Producer.

As a writer and producer, Robertson is building an impressive slate of both television and feature film projects; inclusive of a first-look pact with UCP. On the feature side, she is currently adapting THE POSSIBILITIES for Fox Searchlight and Academy Award nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman who is attached to direct. In addition, she is adapting LITTLE BEE for Amazon Studios and Academy Award winning actress Julia Roberts attached to star. Robertson was also recently brought on to adapt the comic book series LADY KILLER for Dark Horse and Michelle Mac Laren(Westworld/Game of Thrones) directing.

On the television side, in a highly competitive situation, Robertson recently signed an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions to both create and produce original content. She also sold YOUR TIME IS UP to Lifetime with Academy Award winning producer Gil Netter (Life of Pi/the Blind Side) producing and Christina Applegate set to star. In addition to this she also sold an adaptation of SWIMMING WITH SHARKS to USA Network, SHOOTING STARS to E! and HOLLYWOOD BABYLON to Warner Brothers with John Wells set to direct and exec produce alongside Robertson.

As an actor, Robertson also starred in psychological thriller THE VATICAN TAPES as a psychologist with a secret past alongside Michael Pena for Lionsgate/Lakeshore. She has appeared in such varied films as Focus Features’ HOLLYWOODLAND alongside Academy Award-winners Ben Affleck and Adrien Brody for director Allen Coulter; IFC Films’ sexual drama XX/XY opposite Mark Ruffalo, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival;  New Line’s I AM SAM in a key role alongside Sean Penn; the Sally Field directed comedy-drama BEAUTIFUL with Minnie Driver; John McNaughton’s comedy SPEAKING OF SEX opposite Bill Murray; and a starring role in the sequel to Dimension Films’ blockbuster, SCARY MOVIE, for director Keenan Ivory Wayans.

Other notable television credits include a starring role alongside Zooey Deschanel in SyFy’s TIN MAN, a re-imagining of THE WIZARD OF OZ, which received multiple Emmy nominations and garnered the highest ratings in the network’s history, as well as a starring role in the Weinstein Co.’s SEAL TEAM SIX from the producers of THE HURT LOCKER.

A five-time Canadian Screen Award nominee for Best Actress; Robertson’s first nomination came for her starring role in TORSO, playing notorious Canadian murderer Evelyn Dick in the grizzly 1946 true story.  Next came her nomination as a struggling single mom who undergoes a “falling down” style mental and physical breakdown in LAST EXIT; and most recently for her portrayal of ‘Colleen Howe’, controversial wife to hockey legend Gordie Howe and the first female agent in sports history in MR. HOCKEY.  Robertson also received a Leo Award for that performance.

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Robertson currently resides in Los Angeles.

RAINE: From an early age your love for art flourished allowing you to entertain the idea of making a living being creative. Can you describe your experiences and how they helped fine-tune your craft?

KATHLEEN: A vivid memory as a kid was when my dad took me to the Art Gallery of Hamilton. I was probably around eight or nine at the time. I grew up in a steel town an hour outside of Toronto. Nobody in my family was in the entertainment business. There was a Paul Knee Exhibit and I remember being oddly moved. It sort of crept up on me and I was curious. It was the first time I remember being awake to that kind of feeling.

RAINE: If someone asked you how could they stimulate their creativity, what advice would you give?

KATHLEEN: I think we all know what we are instinctively drawn to. Listen and trust the things that pull you in creatively; whether it’s a specific photograph or a song or a book. Allow yourself time to find and cultivate the things that inspire you.

RAINE: What wellness tips do you swear by?

KATHLEEN: Cliché but tons of water, tons of walking, and tons of time in nature with people I love.

RAINE: What do you want to be when you grow up?  Has this stayed the same or changed throughout the years?

KATHLEEN: Well, I grew up wanting to be just an actor and now I’m an actor, a writer and a producer – so it’s changed and grown a bit from when I was a kid.

RAINE: Word to the wise: What advice would you lend to a budding talent on the rise in your chosen field? 

KATHLEEN: For writers, I always say it’s very simple – just write, a lot. Most of it will be bad, some will be mediocre, but all of a sudden something may be good and that growth is fun to experience.

RAINE: How have you overcome the setbacks, let downs and obstacles of your career?

KATHLEEN: Keep your blinders on and keep digging ditches. Acting and writing are both not for the faint hearted. It’s a ton of rejection and people telling you you aren’t good enough. You really have to love it and desperately want to do it, or it’s just not worth it. But work ethic is number one.

RAINE: We love transformation. If you experienced a personal or professional evolution, what was the inspiration behind it how have people reacted?

KATHLEEN: When I first decided I wanted to write professionally, people thought I was crazy. I was on a successful TV show (“Boss” with Kelsey Grammer) and the idea of an actress wanting to be taken seriously as a writer felt foreign five years ago. I’m glad I didn’t listen to all the noise and just went for it. Being a writer has changed everything for me.

RAINE: If there was one thing you could have changed during your journey as a creative entrepreneur, what would it be and why? 

KATHLEEN: I wish I had let people read my stuff earlier. I could have been doing all this for the last 20 years.

RAINE: What has been the most valuable tool in your arsenal of apps, gadgets or software?

KATHLEEN: I love the app Headspace for grounding, Voice Memo for notes and script ideas and Genius Scan is a lifesaver.

RAINE: How does being an independent brand or artist allow you to have more creative freedom?

KATHLEEN: Writing allows me to be creative on my terms unlike acting, I don’t have to wait for an incoming call to get hired to go act. I can wake up and sit at my laptop and make stuff – that feels really good.

RAINE: Do your fashion choices affect your success in meetings or pitches?

KATHLEEN: Well, I have to say after so many years being in front of cameras, I am not big on spending any time I don’t have to in hair/make-up and wardrobe. It’s literally my least favorite part of my job! So, my joke/goal with writing has always been; I just want to be in sweatpants and my glasses sitting at my laptop. That is success to me.

RAINE: What is your favorite city for work and play and why?

KATHLEEN: I love Toronto. It’s close to my hometown of Hamilton where all my family is. It has everything. If only it wasn’t so bloody cold.

THANK YOU KARL

THANK YOU KARL

A Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld

By Laura Sheehan

The 19th of February in 2019 will be a date the fashion world remembers forever as a fond farewell to one of the most memorable designers in history, Karl Lagerfeld. After missing two Chanel fashion shows earlier this year, speculation mounted around the visionary’s health and sadly, French media reports announced his death in February.

Paris Fashion Week came to an end in style with Karl Lagerfeld’s last ever Chanel collection showcased in the Grand Palais-turned-ski resort venue. Just weeks after his death shook the fashion world, supermodels, including Cara Delevinge and Kaia Gerber, took to the catwalk to pay homage to the iconic designer who led the fashion house as Creative Director for over three decades.

Born in 1938 in Hamburg, Germany as Karl Lagerfeldt (he later lost the ’t’ to make himself more commercial). Lagerfeld got his first taste of fashion when he attended a Dior show with his mother, who is said to have been a lingerie saleswoman. With the support of his parents, he moved to Paris at the age of 14 to pursue a career in fashion. When he was just 17-years-old, he won an award in the 1954 International Wool Secretariat competition for his coat design which was then produced by Pierre Balmain. This was the start of what would be a long, successful run in one of the world’s most competitive industries for Karl Lagerfeld.

A mere nine years later he took on the role of Creative Head at Chloé, a title that would place him in high regard in the style stakes. Over his two stints, he spent 25 years creating a signature Bohemian look for the fashion house. In 1997, he left the house when he was replaced by Stella McCartney.

Despite his success at Chloé it was his culminating roles at the head of two of the world’s most iconic brands – Chanel and Italian house, Fendi – that Karl Lagerfeld will be most remembered for. He created his first couture collection for Chanel in 1983 – over 10 years after the death of Coco Chanel.

“What I did Coco would have hated. The label has an image and it’s up to me to update it. I do what she never did. I had to find my mark. I had to go from what Chanel was to what it should be, could be, what it had been something else”, Karl once said of Coco Chanel.

 It took him just one collection before he brought his own influence to the Chanel house. And he must have been doing something right because he was only four years short of 40 years of leading Chanel to global success. He later came out with his namesake brand, Karl by Karl Lagerfeld, which made his designs more accessible to buyers as they don’t carry the same price tag as Chanel, Fendi or Chloé.

His time at Fendi saw him design their icon double-F logo that has become accustomed to the brand as it appears across their handbags, shoes and clothing today.

When he wasn’t designing collections, Karl was the one behind the camera. In fact, he photographed many of his own Chanel collections. His creativity didn’t stop there though, he even published a dieting book, explaining to readers, and fans alike, how he managed to lose 92 pounds in just 13 months. He cut out Coca Cola, cheese and chocolate cake so he “wear suits by Hedi Slimane”.

At the time of his death, Karl held the leading influential role of not one but three fashion power names – Chanel, Fendi and Karl by Karl Lagerfeld. Could you imagine anyone else being that successful? He took a failing Chanel and transformed it into one of the world’s greatest luxury brands and became one of the most recognizable faces in the industry along the way, with his all black look, high collar, fingerless gloves, snow-white ponytail and dark sunglasses – no one wouldn’t recognize the sir Karl Lagerfeld.

If there’s one of his pearls of wisdom that we should take with us, let it be this: “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.” Sleep tight, Karl Lagerfeld. Fashion, as we know it, will never be the same.

4 Questions to Ask Before You Work with Modelling Agencies

4 Questions to Ask Before You Work with Modelling Agencies

As with any other type of job, modelling requires networking and establishing connections with the right people in the industry. That’s why agencies are valuable tools for aspiring models looking to catch a break in the fashion world. When you sign up with them, they can help you improve your look and send you on a go-see, which is the time when designers search for new faces for fashion week or their campaigns.

Before working with a modelling agency, here are some questions you must ask first:

1. Can I see your licences and permits?

All businesses should have a licence to prove that they are operating under the supervision of the government. There are also some countries and states that require these establishments to acquire a talent agency licence, which they can get from the department of labour or employment in the local vicinity.

These documents are necessary for legal operations. A legitimate organization will have no problems or hesitations in allowing you to see their licences and permits. Be wary of shady agencies that avoid talking about these files since they may only run off with your money before you even land a job.

2. Are there fees I need to pay before joining your agency?

Most top modelling agencies will only take a cut of your pay after you’ve done the job. Once you’ve completed a photo shoot, they would get a portion of your salary as a finder’s fee. This type of business works on a commission basis since it wouldn’t make sense to ask you for fees before you are hired.

Typically, agencies can deduct between 10 and 20 percent from your earnings. Be cautious of representatives asking you to pay a signup fee or join their modelling classes as soon as possible because it still does not guarantee your employment.

3. Who are your clients?

Knowing the clientele that the agency is catering to will give you a general idea of the markets they cover. Some specialize in glamour-type modelling while others are better at booking jobs for commercial or editorial models. With this, you also need to know your strengths and weaknesses because you shouldn’t sign in with an organization that focuses on high-fashion if you perform well as a commercial model.

These are some of the different types of modelling:
● Fashion or Editorial – This is high-fashion modelling that is often featured in renowned magazines such as Vogue and Elle. Models in this category are between 5 feet, 9 inches and 6 feet tall with body measurements of 33 inches around the bust, 23 inches on the waist, and 33 inches on the hips.
● Runway – Models for this type are a minimum of 5 feet, 9 inches tall. They must have measurements that do not exceed 34 inches around the bust, 23 inches on the waist, and 34 inches on the hips so that they can fit easily into the clothes they will promote on the catwalk.
● Commercial – It is the most flexible category because people of different ages, sizes, and height can become a model in this field. Those who do commercial modelling generally advertise products and services for all industries including food, travel, appliances, and tech. When applying for this job, you should choose the perfect dress for your body shape to highlight your assets.
● Swimsuit – Models in this category must have more curves and are more voluptuous than those who do editorial. Aside from bikinis, you should be comfortable wearing only lingerie, undergarments, sleepwear, and summer wear.
● Glamour – This is also ideal for curvy girls. Pin up girls and Playboy bunnies are referred to as glamour models. Their photos are characterized with more suggestive and enticing poses that are opposite to the ones that are done by a fashion model.
● Fitness – Most fitness models began their careers as trainers or athletes. They are fit and toned with well-defined muscles. They can work for companies that produce athletic wear and health supplements.

4. How many models do you currently employ?

While you should look for the best modelling agency, going for a larger company does not always mean you land a job after each go-see. Sometimes, it’s better to go for boutique agencies or the ones that have fewer models. A more prominent agency may have more clients, but it is highly likely that there’s intense competition between the models.

If you’re starting in the industry, it’s best to go with a group that has lesser employees so they can give your career the attention it deserves.

Conclusion

Finding the right agency that can help you achieve your goals is necessary to succeed in the extremely competitive world of fashion. Get ready for the job with a set of gorgeous photos in your portfolio and diligently research on the company you want to join. Prepare yourself for rejections, but remember to take note of what clients say so you can improve on your weaknesses and rise to the top.

FIAF HONORS JANE FONDA

FIAF HONORS JANE FONDA

On November 12, 2018 the FIAF hosted their annual Trophee des Arts Gala at The Plaza Hotel to raise vital funds to support the organization’s innovative programs, which explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures through education and the arts.

Photos by: Brandonlee Eccleston @uncommon.lee

Photos by: Brandonlee Eccleston @uncommon.lee

FIAF is the country’s leading French language and cultural center. Founded in 1898 by American Francophiles, FIAF is an American not for profit organization incorporated in the state of New York and is not an agency of the French governments. Located in the heart of NYC, the French Institute Alliance Franciase (FIAF) offers unique insight into French culture.

This year, FIAF honored Jane Fonda, an iconic American actress with the Trophee des Arts award and Sebastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO of AccorHotels with the Pilier d’Or award.

Photos by: Brandonlee Eccleston @uncommon.lee

The evening started with a packed cocktail reception filled with well dressed attendees from New York’s social scene. Items for the silent auction surrounded the room; including a Moynat, Celine, Givenchy and Fendi handbags. After guests mingled for about an hour at the standing room only reception, everyone made their way upstairs to the ballroom.
Marie-Monique Steckel, President of the French Insitute Alliance Française (FIAF), welcomed everyone to the gala and thanked us for supporting the organization. She then informed us of the passing of Bob Wilmers, a longtime Board Member and Chairman for the last five years in December 2017. The new Chairman, Charles S. Cohen, has nurtured a lifelong passion for France and its culture and is an exciting addition to the team.

The first award presentation of the evening went to Sebastian Bazin, Chairman & CEO of AccorHotels. He spoke about his journey in the hospitality business and about his passion for transforming the lives of his employees and their families by providing stable employment.

Next, we experienced a very exciting live auction. The auctioneer not only raised over $100,000 during the live auction and over $127,000 for pledges, he was able to get a few laughs from the crowd with his entertaining personality. The live auction item garnering the highest bid was the 2017 art piece, Monkey Train, by Jeff Koons going for $45,000. And to top it off, Jeff Koons was in attendance and agreed to take a selfie with the person who won the bid.

After the live auction, a video of a few popular movie scenes with Jane Fonda was played to entertain the crowd. After, she was introduced and presented with the Trophee des Arts Awards for her track record of philanthropy, political activism and feminism. As she walked onstage, the audience gave her a standing ovation. She graciously accepted her award as she captivated the crowd with her beauty and wit. It was the perfect round up of a wonderful evening filled with charity, glamour and culture!

Tips To Choosing The Perfect Dress For Your Body Shape

Tips To Choosing The Perfect Dress For Your Body Shape

When people shop for dresses, it usually depends on the style and the price. If a dress has a style suited for their preference and is within their price point, people would immediately purchase the dress. However, these two shouldn’t be your only factors when purchasing a dress. In fact, your choices should also be dependent on your body shape. Keep in mind that everybody is unique and a dress that looks good on your friends, might work on you or vice versa. To ensure that your dress will only bring out the best of you, consider these tips in choosing the perfect dress for your body shape:

1. If you have a circular body type: One of the most obvious characteristics of a circular body type is having the tendency to gain weight particularly in your middle section. This can make you become more conscious in your tummy area. Additionally, a circular body type tends to have narrow ankles and wrists and a higher waist. If you think your body falls into this category, take note of the following style tips:

● Your goal when choosing a dress is to highlight your ankles and wrists as these could be two of your best features.

● Opt to purchase dresses with ruching in the torso area as these are not only very comfortable but these can also flatter the definition of your figure.

● An empire waist dress without the pleats can float over your tummy area (hiding your insecurities) and define the narrowest part of your torso.

● Since you want to show off your shapely legs, look for short dresses.

● A dress which has a round or V-shaped neckline will look good on you.

● You can also wear dresses which are sleeveless to draw attention to your arms.

● An A-line dress, straight dress, shirt dress, and wrap dress are excellent options for your body type.

2. If you have an hourglass body figure: Many people consider an hourglass figure as the “perfect” body figure for women. Similar to how an hourglass looks like, this body figure has the ratio of wide:narrow:wide – wider bust, narrow waist and wide hip. Take your tape measure and check if your body measurements can be considered as an hourglass figure. If it does, the tips below can be helpful for you:

● When you have an hourglass body figure, your dresses should emphasize the waist and the chest since these two are your best features.

● You can wear any dress which has either a V-shaped or round neckline.

● For the sleeves, look for Raglan sleeves in different lengths. These will accentuate the upper portions of your body.

● As for the length, dresses which are to the middle of your knees work best on you.

● An A-line dress, baby doll dress, tube dress and sheath dress will look good with an hourglass body figure.

3. If you have an upturned triangle body type: An upturned triangle body type has hips that are narrower than your shoulders. The main defining feature of your body type is the different proportions of your hips and shoulders. Your waist can also be a bit straighter when you have an upturned triangle body type. Most of the time, people with this body type has well-endowed body proportions. An upturned triangle body type will find these tips useful when looking for a perfect dress for them:

● When you have this body type, your goal should be about bringing attention to your hips while reducing the size of your upper body.

● Keeping your dress slim in the hip area can also do wonders for you as this can create definition and curve, creating visual balance in your shape.

● You can still wear clothing details such as patterns and ruffles as long as it’s not placed in the shoulder area.

● A dress which has an asymmetric or V-shaped neckline are excellent options for your dress styles.

● Your dress should have a narrow and simple sleeve. Again, you don’t want to draw attention to your shoulder area.

● Dresses which are knee length or higher will look good in this body type.

● Shop for straight dresses, bodycon dresses, basque dresses, shirt dresses and wrap dresses if you have an upturned triangle body type. These styles will highlight your hips.

4. If you have a triangle body type: People who have a triangle body shape may consider the upper part of their body as their favorite. Their shoulders are usually narrower than the widest part of their hips. And since people with this body type usually gain weight in the hip area, they can become self-conscious of their hips and their bottom. If you see yourself guilty in any of these, you might have a triangle body type. Use the tips below when choosing the perfect dress apt for your body type:

● With this body type, you would want to bring attention to your upper body especially areas around the waist and the shoulders.

● You can wear anything that’s fitted in the waist area.

● Design elements like pockets and patterns should be in different areas of the dress other than the hips.

● Open shoulders, boat-shaped and round neckline will work best with this body type.

● As for the sleeves, look for dresses which are voluminous. These are sleeves which are wing-shaped.

● Your dress length should reach the knees or even lower.

● A dress with a raised waist, an A-line dress, baby doll dress and shirt dress are some of the most suitable styles for a triangle body shape.

Uniqueness Is Beautiful

Your body type might not be the same as your favorite celebrity’s, but there are many ways on how you can still look good in a dress. Start by determining what your body type is, and the search for finding the perfect dress will come off easier! You can look good and feel great once you end up buying the perfect dress for your body type. And regardless of the body type you have, you can surely find dresses from Ezibuy that will suit your needs, style, body shape and budget.

 

Andrea is an aspiring fashion designer who loves designing women’s fashion and wedding dresses. She loves reading fashion magazines and enjoys writing about her passion. She currently writes for ezibuy.com and one day hopes to have her own fashion line.

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