Fashion Reverie NYFW: The Shows Spring 2018 Giveaway “Watch Ya Mouth”

Everyone loves a good laugh, and there is nothing funnier than all the crazy fashion you witness during New York Fashion Week. Every season Fashion Reverie reviews all the crazy street fashion with our “Dippity Don’t” posts. This season in addition to our “Dippity Don’t” posts, Fashion Reverie is offering a giveaway bundle prize from “Watch Ya Mouth” board games.

“Watch Ya Mouth” is the #1 mouthpiece board game. Uh, yea you heard me right, the # 1 board game. Slap a mouthpiece in your pie hole, flip the timer, grab a card, and get ready to read some of the most dim-witted, moronic phrases you’ve ever laid eyes on. Your partner has to guess what you’re saying as many times as possible in 1-minute. Just try not to laugh too hard.

To enter, you must attend New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) spring 2018 and take pictures of fashion folks in crazy garb. Send the images with your Instagram URL to Also, post the image on your Instagram page. We will also post the image in Fashion Reverie’s “Dippity Don’t” posts. The Instagram post with the most likes will receive a bundle giveaway from “Watch Ya Mouth.”

A couple of rules 1) the image must be from the current NYFWS spring season; 2) you must blur out the face of the person in the image 3), and you must submit and post by September 14. Let’s bring the fun back to Fashion Week!!

See links below of “Dippity Don’t’s” from previous seasons:

New York Fashion Week: The Shows Spring 2018 Sketches

                            Leanne Marshall spring 2018 sketch

No matter who your favorite designers/brands are, all of their impressive collections come from a very focused perspective and inspiration. And though the art of sketching may be a fading art in the expanding frontier of technology, there are still some designers that sit down with pen and paper—and in some cases stylo and Thinkpad—and begin the process of designing their collections season after season

“Project Runway” is the not only place who will witness the sketches of great collections, at Fashion Reverie every season we also curate sketches for the upcoming season. And even though the retail market is constricting, the inspiration and the brilliant design acuity continues

Since her stint and win on “Project Runway,” Leanne Marshall has been a constant presence during New York Fashion Week. This season Marshall’s theme was the “Green Diamond Wall.” And Marshall’s “transportation to the other side of the green diamond wall” will contain her signature aesthetic of eco-friendly, restrained volume expressed through diaphanous fabrics. Additionally, there will possibly be a nod to futuristic projections. Fashion Reverie cannot wait to report on Leanne Marshall’s spring 2018 collection.

Dan Liu has presented at New Fashion Week: The Shows for several seasons and for the spring 2018 season, Liu looked to seaside life for inspiration. “People say, “Smell the Sea, Feel the Breeze, Hear the Ocean, Be at Ease”… which is true and I love the way how people feel about beaches and sea breeze, but to me, it’s a lot more than that.  To me, it is okay to be sad in life, it’s okay to be hurt in love, and it’s fine only the ocean is there to be with me … because to me, “feeling” is much more important than other senses that we have.  Yes, our eyes can see and ears can hear, but I’d rather “feel” because by feeling, even though I’m all alone and sad in the beach, I know the Sun will eventually warm me up, the sand will comfortably soap my feet, and certainly, see breeze will give me a hug thru inside out. No one wants to be sad and lonely… and no one loves failure … but this is the only way we can live our lives completely and feel alive when we search our feelings with our soul,” detailed Dan Liu.

There are several designers with the last name Zhang showing during NYFWS spring 2018 season. The standout among designers with similar names is Jarel Zhang.

Zhang launched in fashion line in 2015 centering his collections on serving urban women with a independent, unique design aesthetic. Jarel Zhang drew inspiration from the chaos, construction, and movement of the New York City streets. He found beauty in the chaos and the structure. 

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GALITSCOPIO is an Asian brand that established itself for making decorative, sometimes blinged-out timepieces. A few years ago, GALITSCOPIO expanded to include other accessories and garments into its collections.

For GALITSCOPIO’s NYFWS debut, the brand brings its bedazzled beauty to women from different backgrounds, lifestyles, and work. Femininity in GALTISCOPIO style always ensures mesmerizing elegant exquisiteness, adding more glamorous flair for the ladies this spring and summer, TIME TO SHINE!


Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of August 28, 2017

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

Also, some sample sales won’t let you try on garments, so know your size. Happy Shopping!!

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BRAND: Morgane Le Fay Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/30–9/08; Daily (11am–7pm)

WHY: Discounts up to 70% off

 WHERE: 464 Broome Street


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BRAND:  Alex and Ani Sample Sale

WHEN: 9/04–9/10; Mon.–Thurs. (10am–8pm), Fri.­–Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am–4pm)

WHY: Jewelry at a discount; shop bracelets, necklaces, clutches, and earrings.

WHERE: 260 Fifth Avenue


BRAND: Kokun Cashmere Fall Sample Sale

WHEN:  9/06–9/12; Wed.–Fri. (10am–5:30pm)
 Mon.–Tues. (10am–5:30pm (weekdays only)

WHY:  Men’s and women’s luxury cashmere, wool/cashmere, bamboo cashmere, silk/ cotton and cotton up to 75% off of retail price. Prices range $10–$140. Stock up on all your fall/winter needs from lightweight to chunky sweaters, coats, print and overdyed styles.

WHERE: 237 West 37th Street, 
3rd Floor


New York Fashion Week: The Shows Spring 2018 Editors’ Essentials

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 New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) spring 2018 season is just around the corner and with shows scattered throughout New York City, editors have to be prepared for everything. Whether it’s rushing out the door for that 9 a.m. show, or trying to get to that after party fashionably late, Fashion Reverie has put together a list of editor’s essentials you need to survive the most exciting, but hectic and insane week of the New York fashion season.

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Haerfest Black Nylon Tote

With everything from beauty products to tablets to Smart phones, all editors need a good tote bag that will accommodate all their needs. Haerfest’s Black Nylon Tote is a sizeable bag to pack your life in for the entire Fashion Week. And a former member of the CFDA Incubator program created the tote.

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Zaca Recovery Chewables

Zaca Recovery Chewables are the perfect supplement while on the go to aid with electrolytes and hydration. The chewables come in tasty berry flavors, and are certified non-GMO with no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.

And for all those Fashion Week parties that last until the wee hours morning, if you think we are going to indulge in libations just a little too much take one Zara before the party and one at the end of the night and your hangover will be greatly diminished. Remember, health and style go hand in hand.

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Pony Dry

For those ladies who a good amount and time and money getting that fantastic coif, Pony Dry is for you. This hair cap keeps the length of your hair dry while you wash the roots. If you need to cut down on the amount of time spent doing your hair in the morning, Fashion Reverie highly recommend this.

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EpiCeram-L Lipcare

You will be taking lots of photos and selfies during Fashion Week and nothing looks worse than chapped, cracked lips. Replenish, rejuvenate and restore your lips with the first lipid-based lip care, EpiCeram-L Lipcare. EpiCeram-L® Lip Care contains 3 essential lipids to keep lips healthy and well nourished—ceramides, free fatty acids, and cholesterol. And it is ideal for even the most sensitive lips. Another great feature of EpiCeram-L is that it is a great product to use under your lipstick of gloss.

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Skot Beauté Radiance Eye Creme

As you are running from one fashion shot to the next, the hectic schedule of NYFWS will wear you down, and before you know it, dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. Skot Beauté Radiance Eye Creme is an intense non-greasy eye cream that illuminates while delivering 24hour moisture. It addresses visible sings of aging like dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles. Infused with minerals, Calendula, Sea Buckthorn and Avocado Oil. With daily use, firmness and suppleness are regained.

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Dome Mascara

For those popping eyelashes, Dome’s mascara is here to save the day. Just because you are running on four hours of sleep for the week does not mean you have to look like it. Keep those eyes right and bright with Dome.

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Anhesti Whipped Paste

For both the ladies and gentleman trying to keep that perfect coif, Anhesti’s Whipped Paste is the answer to that challenge. Made from beeswax, tapioca starch, and aloe vera, Anhesti Whipped Paste helps create hold in hair without the sticky feelings that come with polymers. It follows EU beauty standards and is cruelty-free for the animal lovers.

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Stiks Lipstick

Stiks is the one-handed lipstick that lets you touch up that perfect pout while you are on the go. There’s also no feathering and it’s free of chemicals like paraben. Pop it in your handbag and touch up in that cab ride from Skylight Clarkson to Pier 59 Studios.

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THERAMU Relieve with Menthol

Fatigue and exhaustion can be coped with, but pain is another thing and very hard to deal with during Fashion Week. THERAMU Relieve with Menthol is an all-natural alternative to reducing pain and inflammation; this mentholated version improves people’s quality of life. When applied directly to the source of pain or discomfort, the fast-acting compound provides near immediate relief with a cooling sensation.

It is the proprietary blend of Emu Oil and Pure Hemp Extract working together as combat multipliers that results in far greater efficacy than their individual effect. Simply put, Emu Oil is proven to be a near perfect carrier for pure hemp extract, and the addition of menthol provides a quick-acting soothing effect.

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Ban.Do Mobile Charger

The must-have of all must-haves for editors during Fashion Week, a portable cell phone charger. Ban.Do Mobile Charger to the rescue!!

We have all been there when we’re rushing to a show, it’s only early afternoon and our phones are already dead. Editor sand industry professionals are panicking for our e-tickets and figuring out where to go next. Don’t be that person; get a portable charger.

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Illy Coffee in a Can

Let’s be real, Fashion Week turns everyone into a coffee drinker, even if you don’t consider yourself one. Illy’s 8.5 oz cans fit right into a tote bag, or even your pocket and are easy to drink on the go. However, by the last day of Fashion Week, you might need several cans of Illy.

—Kristopher Fraser

New York Fashion Week: The Shows Spring 2018 Pre-Coverage


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New York Fashion Week: The Shows spring 2018 (NYFWS) season is only a week away, and many fashion pundits are asking the question if fashion weeks are still relevant. With so many designers opting out of NYFWS spring 2018 season this time around, the verdict is out on the need for fashion weeks. And with the retail market depressed globally, there is a lot of uncertainty in the fashion industry.

Technology has changed so much in the lives of most people, and in the fashion community technology, for some, has become more than a tool. For a significant amount of fashion industry professionals, technology is the order of the day. With some fashion showrooms proffering digital accessibility—which includes models—to their clients, the need for personnel is decreasing dramatically.

For NYFWS spring 2018 season this technology has facilitated many brands deciding to show collections online in real time. Though this new development is cost efficient, it does diminish the excitement and vibrancy of actual shows. Add to that the absence of Monique Lhuillier, Rodarte, Ralph Lauren, Nicholas K, Loris Diran, Charles Harbison and other from the NYFWS calendar, this season may not excite hearts and minds.

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Still, the fashion community soldiers on with new names to the fashion week roster, as well as some interesting initiatives. The CFDA is partnering with LIFEWTR, showcasing three emerging designers from their CFDA + educational program. Rihanna is presenting her FENTY collection; there will be a showcase of Indonesian designers, and Skylight Clarkson and Pier 59 will present over 60 plus shows.

Fashion Reverie will be front and center bringing its viewers expansive coverage over the seven days of NYFW: The Shows. Let  creativity continue!!

—William S. Gooch

Fashion News Alert: Kendall Jenner Honored, Victoria’s Secret Show Broadcast from Shanghai, Pharrell and Adidas Collaborate, and the CFDA and the ACLU Team Up

Kendall Jenner at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Image courtesy of

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Supermodel Kendall Jenner has been named Fashion Icon of the Decade by the fashion website Daily Front Row. The honor will be bestowed on Kendall during New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) on September 8.

Though Kendall Jenner has 83 million followers on Instagram, not all fashion industry professionals are on board with Jenner receiving this honor. “Oh please! What about @NaomiCampbell or @CindyCrawford you know real models who got to the top due to hard work not who mummy is. Pathetic,” Twitter user Ginger Winger wrote as reported on

Kendall Jenner is a member of one of the wealthiest and most influential families in entertainment. Combined reality shows, video games, apparel and cosmetic brands has rendered the Khardashian close to a billion dollars in wealth.

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A new tennis fashion direction

Pharrell Williams’ foray into fashion continues. Williams has partnered with Adidas for a disruptive men’s and women’s campaign entitled “Don’t Be Quiet Please.”

The “Don’t Be Quiet Please” collection is marketed to a new market of tennis players during the US Open. “Every tennis match starts with the same two words: ‘Quiet Please.’ But change can be noisy and our love can transform anything,” explained Pharell Williams in the campaign’s manifesto.

The collection will include tennis staples that bring a new perspective to age-old favorites that include footwear and apparel. Instead of just classic tennis whites, the collection will include bold accent colors of orange, red and blue.

“Outside the court we will let our voices be heard as loud as we can. If you see the potential for good, speak up. Together, we can change the game for the better,” continues Williams in manifesto he wrote for the collection. The full collection is available August 31st at Adidas stores and online, at Williams’ Billionaire Boys Club flagships, and also select retailers across the country.

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The people united

On the heels of the melee and racial disturbance in Charlottesville, the CFDA and the ACLU have joined forces in an initiative, encouraging fashion industry professionals to speak out against bigotry and racism. During New York Fashion Week: The Shows spring 2018 season designers who are presenting collections are being asked to support the initiative by wearing and handing out the initiative’s blue ribbon.

“We want to be on the front line, not the sidelines, to boldly fight to protect our precious rights and freedoms, which has taken on a renewed urgency after the heart-wrenching events of Charlottesville,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of CFDA, in a statement. “Our goal is to actively support concrete work that will move our country meaningfully forward. The ACLU is doing that critical work.”

Several designers including Tracey Reese, Diane von Furstenberg, Prabal Gurung, Narciso Rodriguez have pledged their support. According to, the ACLU and CFDA have also created the hashtags #StandWithACLU and #FashionforACLU to spread the word about the initiative. During New York Fashion Week, Lyft will also be donating $5 from every ride to the ACLU when users enter the code “FASHIONSTANDS.”

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Victoria in China

Victoria’s Secret has not only expanded to China with stores in major cities, with a four-story flagship store in Shanghai. For 2017, the Victoria’s Secret annual fashion show will be held in Shanghai. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will be broadcast on CBS on November 28.

Victoria’s Secret models scheduled to appear include Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell and Taylor Hill. They will be joined by Bella Hadid, who confirmed her appearance on social media this week, returning faces Devon Windsor, Maria Borges and Grace Elizabeth, and new faces Amilna Estevão and Roosmarijn de Kok.

—William S. Gooch





Celebrity Style: Jewels, Jewels, and More Jewels in Taylor Swift’s New Video

Mattia Cielo diamond in carbon fiber ring, and Gilan diamond snake ring

Mattia Cielo diamond in carbon fiber ring, and Gilan diamond snake ring

Noudar black diamond double finger rings

Noudar black diamond double finger rings

When Taylor Swift released her new music video “Look What You Made Me Do” on youtube, in just one day the new music video collected just under 54 million views. Maybe all these views are the result of Taylor’s MIA visage over several months, and loyal fans were hungry for any news of Swift.

Le Vian morganite and diamond rings

Le Vian morganite and diamond rings

Or maybe, the first release from her album “Reputation,” due to drop on November 10, is just that good. Whatever the reason, Taylor Swift is back with a vengeance, taking no prisoners, and silencing all the naysayers and haters who for the last couple of years.  In Swift’s own words, recently posted on Instagram,”There will be no further explanation. There will just be reputation.”

Borgioni diamond hoop earrings set in ebony wood

Borgioni diamond hoop earrings set in ebony wood. All images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

Taylor Swift pulled out all the stops in  the“Look What You Made Me Do” video, which she premiered at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 27. True to form, Fashion Reverie gives it viewers an intimate look at all the great jewelry Taylor Swift is adorned with in her new video, “Look What You Made Me Do.” Enjoy!!


Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of August 21, 2017

It’s all about the jewels in this week’s Celebrity Fashion Sightings. Though most of the looks this week are from MTV’s 2017 Video Music Awards (VMAs), there is a lot of variety in terms of style and fashion. Enjoy!!

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Katy Perry hosted the 2017 VMAs and had several costume changes. One of the most interesting stage outfits was Perry in a basketball-inspired bustier, layered over a white dress, accessorized in Hearts on Fire diamond bracelets. Perry closed out the show in this stage outfit, singing her hit “Swish, Swish.” Does anyone remember Kurtis Blow’s 80s hit “Basketball.” Oops are we dating ourselves.

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No one does red carpet androgyny better than Pink. At the VMA’s Pink opted to match her husband and baby girl in a pinstriped three-piece suit, nicely accessorized with Le Vian diamond brooch.

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Nicki Minaj looked Playboy kittenish in a pink Latex jumpsuit, expensively accessorized Djula diamond rings and choker [priced at $226,000], and Harry Kotlar diamond rings worth over $500,000. Diamonds are this girl’s bestfriend. Amanda Lepore, eat your heart out!

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Images courtesy of D”Orazio and Associates and Getty Images

Nicki flaunted a couple of looks at the 2017 VMAs. Minaj helped Katy Perry close out the night in a skintight referee outfit, accessorized in L’Dezen earrings and Djula diamond hoops.

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“Wonder Woman’s” Gal Gadot wore Prabal Gurung dress with Mattia Cielo diamond ring while presenting at the 2017 VMA’s.

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Green looks good on Serayah. Girlfriend is working the sequined slacks, though the off-the-shoulder crop top blouse looks a little like a garbage bag. Serayah wore a Maxior diamond cross necklace to the VMA’s after party.

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Jennifer Lopez was not at the 2017 VMA’s; however, she looked glamorous and chic a in Hamel midi dress to the McGregor vs. Mayweather fight in Las Vegas.

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Vanessa Hudgens looked very fresh and floral-like in a Yanina rose lace gown, beautifully accessorized in Borgioni and Djula diamond rings.

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Moschino finally got its due at the 2017 VMAs as Jasmine Saunders showed off her svelte physique in a Moschino ensemble, accessorized in Harry Kotlar canary diamond earrings.

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Bringing up the rear, Amber Rose flaunted her new look on the 2017 VMA red carpet. She was almost unrecognizable with her new coif. Amber really showed off her curves and almost everything else in a Yousef Aljsami dress, and Heart on Fire rings and Butani earrings.


Campaign Feature: Wix’s “Zero Gravity”

Stav Strashko poses in ZERO-GRAVITY. Image courtesy of PRNewsfoto/ Ltd.

The fashion industry is always looking for new ideas and concepts to inspire new fashion collections, campaigns and editorial shoots. Iconic fashion editor Diana Vreeland was a master at finding unique locations for what became iconic fashion editorials in Harper’s Bazaar and American Vogue in the 1950s and 60s.

Who can forget Dovina posing with a circus elephant, Nastassja Kinski with a boa, or Verushka pairing with a very tall Samurai warrior in the snowy mountains of Japan? These iconic fashion images are etched in our minds for time eternal.

You might want to add to those iconic images Reiko Wakai “Zero Gravity” fashion shoot for Wix’s “Capture Your Dream” campaign. Though zero gravity fashion photography has been done before, Wakai took the genre to a new level by employing transgendered top model Stav Strashko. Fashion Reverie was fortunate to interview both Wakai and Stav Strashko about this very interesting fashion editorial.

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Fashion Reverie: Why the concept of Zero Gravity for this fashion shoot?

Reiko Wakai: When I found out about Wix’s “Capture Your Dream Photo” campaign, I entered the contest by submitting my Wix website and dream shoot and won! The idea of the campaign was photographers with a Wix website to submit their portfolio and describe their dream photo shoot. I came up with the idea of the shoot while watching television with my father on New Year’s. We were watching a program about indoor skydiving and found it very interesting. As a fashion photographer, I am always thinking about how to incorporate what inspires me into my work. That’s how I came up with an idea of a fashion photo shoot with a model floating in mid-air. When I learned about the campaign, I knew I had to take the chance to win the opportunity of a lifetime.

FR: Zero gravity as a concept for a fashion shoot has been done before, what makes this shoot stand out?

Reiko Wakai: Unlike other photo shoots, this was one that was not done for a specific fashion label or with a specific editorial shoot in mind. Wix took me into zero gravity to help me capture my dream photograph. This a huge differentiator and truly amazing. Most photographers never have an international team come together to help them fulfill a dream. This shoot was one where the I was able to have creative control while working within the parameters set by the Federal Aviation Administration. FR: Why the choice of trans model Stav Strashko for this shoot? 

Reiko Wakai: I first saw Stav Strashko in a major international campaign did. I was impressed by her beauty and enigmatical look, and started to look for more details about her. Once I started following her on Instagram, I also started to hope to photograph her one day. For Wix’s “Capture Your Dream Photo” contest, Wix offered me the choice to choose any model I wanted, so naturally, Stav was one of my first choices.

FR: What garments did you use in the shoot, and why?

Reiko Wakai: I worked with stylist, Mimi Fisher, to develop an aesthetic that was futuristic and space-like, and with an abundance of metallic tones. With limited time inflight for a style change, Mimi layered Stav Strashko with the top layer taking inspiration from a stylish astronaut that was dressed in a high-end metallic suit with a backpack and tubing that swirled around her. Changing between parabolas, Stav was stripped to the first layer of clothing: a beautiful futuristic alien, that dons elegance and grace.

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FR: What are the difficulties in capturing the right images and poses when using zero gravity?

Stav Strashko: There were a few challenges, the biggest one being in zero gravity itself. We only have 15, 30-seconds shoots to get the right photo. Because we were in zero gravity our bodies were constantly moving, and it was hard to look at the camera because of the feeling of disorientation. One of the biggest difficulties was looking beautiful and graceful while in zero gravity. That said; Reiko was a pleasure to work with and was extremely professional the entire time.

FR: How long did the shoot take?

Stav Strashko: The shoot took place for the duration of one flight in which we only had 15, 30-second chances in zero gravity to capture Reiko’s dream photo.

FR: How hard was it get the right poses for the shoot and how long did it take for you to adjust to zero gravity? 

Stav Strashko: It was difficult. Both I and Reiko were floating, so I’d have to pay attention to where the camera was and being in zero gravity makes it very difficult to focus on one spot. We had to adjust very quickly as we were doing this entire shoot during the duration of one flight. Knowing the time constraints, we had to adjust instantly. We first started in martian, and then lunar gravity so that we better adapt to the sensation, though it is such a strange sensation to get used to.

   Stav Strashko poses in spacesuit in ZERO-GRAVITY.  Image courtesy of PRNewsfoto/ Ltd.

FR: Was there any special training involved for this kind of shoot?

Stav Strashko: Yes. We were told in advance what to eat, as well as how to prepare ourselves. Prior to the flight, we had a training course where we learned more about the mechanics of what we were about to experience and how to make the most of it.

FR: Would you do it again?

Stav Strashko: Definitely! Because I was working and doing something different. It would be great to experience it as a passenger.




Fashion Reverie Interview: Jill Dodd’s “The Currency of Love”

Currency_Love_bookSome call it fickle finger of fate; others explain circumstances as acts of divine intervention; still, there are those who try to find the cause and effect of everything. Whatever the situation or outcome, one can discern from Jill Dodd’s memoir “The Currency of Love” that life’s journey has many paths and detours, and it’s all about how you adapt to change.

From a fashion model to the love interest to the richest man in the world to a fashion maven, Jill Dodd’s life has truly been an adventure. Through it all, Jill Dodd persevered the peaks and valleys with courage, humor and a lot of good fortune. In “The Currency of Love” Jill Dodd details the rocky road, but she also details the glamour, the glitz and the good times.

Fashion Reverie was fortunate to talk with Jill Dodd about the vicissitudes of her life.

Jill Dodd

Jill Dodd

Fashion Reverie: Why this book at this time?

Jill Dodd: I have known I was going to write this book since I was in my 20s in the 1980s. A lot of people tried to talk me out of writing this book. Many of them thought it was too dangerous to tell all these stories and talk candidly about my experiences in fashion and in life. In spite of the opposition, I knew one day I would write this book.

I have been through a lot in my life. I have been bad relationships and an abusive marriage. I now have three children. I have been so busy being a single parent and running these fashion companies that there was no time to tell my story.

When I turned 50 I asked myself what I wanted to do that I had not yet done. And I knew it was the book. So, I put my nose to the grindstone, so to speak, and started putting 100% of my energy into this book. I worked on it every moment I had.

I do think this book is appropriate for the time with so many young people being infatuated with fame and money because of the Kardashians and all the media attention on wealth. I wanted to show the behind scene of the modeling industry; what it is really like behind all of that, and that the wealth and fame alone doesn’t fulfill you.

FR: Were you aware that at around the time this book was published, on the same date in fact, Adnan Khashoggi died? Was that a planned consequence?

Jill Dodd: It was really an unplanned consequence. I was looking forward to celebrating my book publication date and that morning I found out he had passed away. I was in shock for a whole week and that same night of his death I had to speak at a bookstore in Northern California at my book launch.

Jill_Dodd_The_Currency_of_LoveFR: Now, you started out as a mostly commercial swimsuit and lingerie model in California and not soon after you signed with Wilhelmina Model Management you decided to go to Paris and expand your opportunities. Why Paris, and did your opportunities expand?

Jill Dodd: Well, I did every type of modeling you could do in California at that time. We are talking about the late 1970s. California in the late 70s was the center of active sportswear, denim, tee shirts, and casual clothing. I did all the things you could do in California at that time, from print ads to modeling on news shows, to small non-speaking parts on television. At that time there was no high fashion in California. The only high fashion thing I did at that time was modeling in a runway show for Perry Ellis.

When I signed with Wilhelmina Model Management in Los Angeles, I quickly learned that in order to model in New York City and work for brand name American designers and the big fashion magazines I had to work in Europe first. Without the European tear sheets from French Vogue or Elle, the New York modeling agencies are not really interested in developing you as model. That was the traditional route at that time.

FR: At first you hated Paris, but in a short amount of time you grew to love Paris. How did your relationship with Paris change over time?

Jill Dodd: When I got to Paris in 1980, I didn’t speak a word of French. And in the early 80s the French were closed off and not very friendly to tourists and outsiders. No one would help you or explain anything to people who couldn’t speak French properly. The creature comforts in Paris were well below what I was used to in the US. It was hard to find warm water to bathe in; there was no heat in my hotel. It was hard to get food that was healthy because I didn’t have a kitchen in my hotel room. When you are modeling, you can gain weight easily on bread and cheese; however, bread and cheese were the cheapest things to purchase when you had no cooking facilities.

Also, it took longer than I expected to establish myself in Europe. I thought I would be in all the big European magazines in a few months. Well, it didn’t turn out that way. Over time I did fall in love with Paris because I learned to speak French. I learned that the French people are wonderful; once they realize you are not going anywhere, they really open up to you!!

Jill_Dodd_OlympeFR: In the early 80s a lot of European brands and design houses were becoming more attracted to an All-American beauty that was not just blonde American models. You were a part of that new breed. Why this shift in European taste, and do you believe this shift added to your success?

Jill Dodd: Let’s not glamorize the European fashion market in the early 80s. When I arrived in Paris there were no Asian and Hispanic models working, and only a few African American models that worked steadily.

The Europeans wanted an American look, but what they thought of as an American look was very Nordic. You know, tall, willowy blondes with blue eyes and big white teeth. They really wanted a look that came out of Hollywood; you know Cheryl Tiegs or Cybill Shephard.

I always had the healthy, California lifestyle look. I was sporty and athletic and that look was gathering steam in the early 80s, a whole industry around health was developing at that time. Self magazine had just started. You know Jane Fonda’s workout tapes and Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical” song. I believe that was my appeal. I landed the first cover of Paris’ version of Self entitled Olympe.

FR: What were some your favorite fashion brands you work with in Europe?

Jill Dodd: I worked with all the major European swimwear companies. I wore Kenzo, Jean-Claude Luca, Yves Saint Laurent, and Chanel in fashion editorials. I did a lot of runway shows, but mostly second-tier European designers. Many of the major fashion houses thought my hips were too wide for their design aesthetic. They wanted a size 0 and I was more a size 2 or 4.

Collages1408FR: Could you name one standout fashion moment in Paris for you?

Jill Dodd: The most memorable fashion moment was modeling on a scaffold in front of the Eiffel Tower with 12 other models, all in couture garments. Also, memorable was doing an editorial for Jardin de Mode.

FR: From the book we know how you got involved with Adnan Khashoggi. Now without giving so much away, what was the initial attraction?

Jill Dodd: I was attracted to his intellect and his spirit of fun. When I was dancing with him the first night I met him, I felt we had a spiritual connection that I hadn’t felt with anyone.

FR: You were always striving for independence; yet, you got into a dependent relationship with Adnan Khashoggi, why?

Jill Dodd: I was not in a dependent relationship with Adnan. I would not let him take care of me. I continued to model through the length of our relationship that was a little under two years. I refused any large gifts from him or him buying me a home. I insisted on living on my own through the entire relationship.

He did offer to pay my college tuition at FIDM and I accepted that. He wanted me to educated because he thought modeling was not a respectable profession. That is the only large gift I accepted from him.

Modeling, initially, was a way for me to earn money to go to fashion design school. I got so distracted by modeling that I forgot about my initial goals for a while. Adnan really helped put me back on track.

Collages1409FR: Even though Adnan, called you a pleasure wife, when did you realize you were really in a modern-day harem?

Jill Dodd: I was denial and didn’t realize until years later that I had been in a modern-day harem. I had trained myself to accept the things I could accept at the moment and keep moving toward financial independence. I put my own feeling aside because I was in love with him and I wanted to be with him at any cost. I needed him emotionally and I didn’t care what came with the relationship.

Remember, he was very, very kind to me. When he told me he wanted me to be his pleasure wife, I didn’t want to understand what that meant. I didn’t care about the details and I felt that way for a long time. However, over time reality started to set in that he had multiple wives and girlfriends. And, that started to bother me.

FR: Now your book ends in the early 1980s, why?

Jill Dodd: I wanted to book to have more focus and present an in-depth look at the time all these things were happening to me. If I had taken “The Currency of Love” into present day, I could not have delved deep into all the topics and culture of the 1980s. The book would have read like a Wikkipedia page.

After Adnan I had two abusive marriages; I was a single mother, and I ran several fashion companies. I thought this was too much to put into one book. So, I settled on my life before the marriages. I wanted the book to read like an adventure story instead of a bunch of facts.

FR: When and how did you start the women’s beach surfer brand, Roxy?

Jill Dodd: I started working at Jag swimwear in 1987. They had one designer there before I started working there. She left and I built that brand to 17 million dollar brand in my tenure there I wasn’t happy with my Jag salary and I was getting offers from other companies because of my success. I wrote to several men’s surf wear brands and told them a wanted to start a women’s division of their brand. I was contacted by Quicksilver and they hired me to start Quicksilver women’s division that over time evolved into Roxy. We had 20 different international licensees globally.

All images courtesy of Jill Dodd

All images courtesy of Jill Dodd

FR: What do you want readers to get from “The Currency of Love”?

Jill Dodd: I want to encourage people to follow their passion and live within their own integrity. I want to people to know that life can throw you some curves and knock you down; however, you have to soldier on because you never know what’s next. I hope women get from this book that they should live in their own truth and not be ashamed.

I also want people to think about an alternative source of strength. I know that I reach the end of myself all the time, and there are times we need to surrender to a higher power and ask for help. And that surrender has gotten me through some rough times.

FR: What’s next for you?

Jill Dodd: I am marketing “The Currency of Love” by doing interviews and speaking at book clubs. I have a piece coming out on 60 Minutes in Australia very soon. And I have speaking engagements in Great Britain, Germany, and France.

“The Currency of Love” is published by Enliven Books, a division of Simon and Schuster.
—William S. Gooch

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