Fashion Reverie Celebrates its Fifth-Year Anniversary

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Times goes by so quickly. And in an industry where change is the order of the day, the passage of time is even more accelerated.

When Fashion Reverie Publications, LLC launched five years, we had no idea that fashionreverie.com would become a significant source of fashion news and fashion content for so many viewers around the world.  Since our launch we have given voice to a significant number of   fashion designers, fashion industry professionals, authors, and artists. The number is too overwhelming to calculate. And the Fashion Reverie’s staff is so thankful to all the fashion public relations firms, model management companies, and freelance journalists that have helped facilitate the creation of the many features, editorials, and posts.

Though this is a dark time for freedom and democracy around the world, Fashion Reverie will not be deterred in bringing our audience timely and relevant fashion news and features. A priestly writer once extolled, “without a vision the people perish.” In agreement with this very wise proclamation, there will be no drought at Fashion Reverie because our continued vision is presenting the factual truth about the ever-expanding fashion universe.

Join us in the celebration of this five-year landmark.

—William S. Gooch, editor-in-chief

Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of February 27, 2017

This was a very busy week of celebrity fashion sightings. Of course, there was a lot of great fashion from the Academy Awards, but there were other events and red carpets that brought out celebrities.

Unlike other fashion media outlets, Fashion Reverie keeps its viewers informed of what not only mainstream celebrities are wearing but also celebrities that are just beginning to hit their stride. Our coverage also extends beyond events, award ceremonies in the US. In a global society, it is necessary to be informed of interesting facts that become a part of pop culture from around the planet. Fashion Reverie is right there, bringing its viewers all the great fashion from every continent.

Images courtesy of D'Orazio and Associates

Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

No one caused more pulses to quicken than “Being Mary Jane’s” Gabrielle Union on the red carpet at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Gabrielle Union made hearts beat in a little faster in a Jean-Paul Gaultier Couture black and blue revealing gown and Hearts on Fire diamond earrings, Le Vian diamond bracelet, sapphire and diamond ring, a yellow diamond ring, DVANI diamond and ruby rings, and a Harry Kotlar yellow diamond ring.

Image courtesy of Sydney Reising

Image courtesy of Sydney Reising

Nicki Minaj may be feuding with Remy Ma, but there was no feud while Nicki was in Miami making the music video for her hit “Make Love.” Nick Minaj looks delicious in a LA PERLA triangle bikini top and string bottom and Adrienne Landau fall 2017peacoat-style bomber fur bomber.

Images courtesy of D'Orazio and Associates

Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

“E! Entertainment’s” Kristin Cavallari stunned on the 2017 Oscar red carpet in a red Zachary the Label gown beautifully accessorized in a Pasquale Bruni diamond collar necklace.

Images courtesy of D'Orazio and Associates

Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

Baby bump and all, Beyonce rocked out the jewelry at the Weinstein pre-Oscar party. Beyonce wore an assortment of bracelets by Le Vian and Maxior, and diamond rings by Narcisa Pheres, Doves by Doron Paloma, Hearts on Fire and Pasquale Bruni.

Images courtesy of D'Orazio and Associates

Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

Minnie Driver looks very sophisticated and serene in a classic Vionnet gown accessorized with Gilan ring and diamond earrings.

Images courtesy of Getty Images/Preface PR

Images courtesy of Getty Images/Preface PR

“Waitress the Musical’s” Sara Bareilles stunned in an Antonio Grimaldi Couture gown and Marco Bicego Jewelry while performing at the 89th Annual Academy Awards.

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Image courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

And Sara Bareilles was also front and center at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in a black Maria Lucia Hohan gown. Now, who wore it better, Sara or the model?

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Image courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

Tale about a red-carpet moment!!  “E! New’s” Zuri Hall stunned on the red carpet at the 89th Academy Awards in an Uel Camillo gown.

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Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

Ever year Madonna throws an exclusive, celebrity-packed Oscar party. For 2017 the theme for Madonna’s party was revolution. I wonder why? Anyway, Madonna rocked out in a lacy, black number with revolutionary-theme outfit with Lydia Courteille earrings

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Image courtesy of Preface PR/Getty Images

Supermodel Adriana Lima wore a white cutout Elisabetta Franchi dress while attending the 25th Annual Elton John Oscar Party.

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Images courtesy of The Brand House

Who wore it better? “E! News’”host Sibley Scoles and “The Originals’” Danielle Campbell are wearing the same hand-embroidered Fabiana Milazzo gown to Fabiana Milazzo’s first USA boutique opening in Los Angeles. You decide.

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Fashion Reverie never leaves the guys out!! “Straight Out of Compton’s Aldis Hodge wore a Bovet timepiece to the series 2 premiere of “Underground.”

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Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

And what would an Oscar’s ceremony be without Matt Damon. The five-time Oscar nominee looked debonair in a sharp three-piece navy blue tuxedo with black lapels accessorized with Harry Kotlar platinum and black diamond cufflinks.

—Staff

 

 

New Theatre Ballet Programs Vintage Works with New Ballets

NYTB's "L'Apres Midi d'un Faune"

NYTB’s “L’Apres Midi d’un Faune”

In this political and economic climate, how does a New York City–based chamber ballet company continue to attract audiences and keep itself afloat? Though New York City is a global dance capital, for quite a few decades it has not been kind to small dance companies.

In past decades, New York City housed such varied dance companies and collectives as U.S. Terpsichore, Ballet NY, formerly the Feld Ballet, New York Chamber Ballet, Dennis Wayne Dancers, and more recently Complexions, which has since relocated to Atlanta. The list goes on and on. Even Joffrey Ballet moved to Chicago two decades ago.

Higher rents, fewer resources, and surprisingly a decreased number of high-quality dancers with a strong technique have made maintaining small dance troupes presence in New York City almost a herculean task. Still, after 35 years New York Theatre ballet has soldiered on, managing to do almost the impossible.

For their season at New York City Live Arts, New York Theatre Ballet presented six works. New York Theatre Ballet has been a reservoir of presenting iconic ballets and not often-performed works from some of the most beloved choreographers. Three decades in their reconstruction/conservation efforts, New Theatre has presented rarely seen and/or iconic works by Frederick Ashton, Bronislava Nijinksa, Vaslav Nijinsky, Anthony Tudor, Merce Cunningham, Agnes de Mille, Jose Limon, and many others.

NYTB's Elena Zahlmann and Steven Menendez in "L'Apres Midi d'un Faune"

NYTB’s Elena Zahlmann and Steven Melendez in “L’Apres Midi d’un Faune”

The most anticipated ballet of the evening was Vaslav Nijinsky’s seminal work, L’Apres midi d’un faune. L’Apres midi d’un faune was Nijinsky’s first choreographic work for the Ballets Russe and this extraordinary work rest almost entirely on the performance of the faune, portrayed in its debut by Nijinsky himself. Great male dancers have performed this role—Serge Lifar, Nureyev, and Faruhk Ruzimatov—and following in that tradition the male dancer must have a sensual, animalistic, otherworldly quality. Unfortunately, New York Theatre Ballet’s faune, Joshua Andino-Nieto, didn’t have the necessary qualities to render a memorable faune. Andino-Nieto struggled with the exotic, otherworldliness that Nijinsky and Ruzimatov brought to the role. And the wild, animalistic quality that Nureyev brought to the role was far beyond Andino-Nieto’s abilities.

Elena Zahlmann in NYTB's "La Chatte Metamorphosee en Femme"

Elena Zahlmann in NYTB’s “La Chatte Metamorphosee en Femme”

Elena Zahlmann adequately danced Frederick Ashton’s La Chatte Metamorphosee en Femme. As showpiece for the great British ballerina Meryl Park, Ashton in this solo work choreographed in all the nuances and idiosyncrasies that made Meryl Park had a great ballerina. Zahlmann was able to pull off with some aplomb Meryl Park’s bouree flutterings, and fast allegro footwork. Though this solo was quite charming with its feline characterizations, it is one of Ashton’s minor works.

Amanda Treiber and Steven Melendez in NYTB's pas de deux from "Such Loving"

Amanda Treiber and Steven Melendez in NYTB’s pas de deux from “Such Loving”

Richard Alston’s pas de deux from Such Longing was well performed by Amanda Treiber and Steven Menendez. The beautiful music by Chopin added to the ebb and flow longings of a mature couple. Alston’s whose background was from London Contemporary Dance Theatre was ever present in this lovely pas de deux. Typical of the movement style of London Contemporary Dance Theatre of the early 1970s, there were lots of posed movement and modern dance couple work interspersed with modern ballet partnering, all well dance by Treiber and Menendez.

Amanda Treiber and Joshua Andino-Nieto in NYTB's "She Holds Out Her Hand." All images courtesy of Rachel Neville/Michelle Tabnick Communications

Amanda Treiber and Joshua Andino-Nieto in NYTB’s “She Holds Out Her Hand.” All images courtesy of Rachel Neville/Michelle Tabnick Communications

Antonia Franceschi’s She Holds Out Her Hand was a very good ensemble work for the company. The work was fresh and contemporary with a slight nod to Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering. The ensemble work was well done with some intricate and innovative partnering for the main couples.

Works of this nature should be more a part of New York Theatre Ballet’s repertoire in that these types of work stretch their dances and gives them to opportunity to dance choreography that is more accessible to younger audiences. Standout dancers in this work were Amanda Smith, Amanda Treiber and Joshua Andino-Nieto.

New York Theatre Ballet appears to be prepared to weather the storms of upcoming national cuts to the arts. Though they been through this cycle before, it would be nice if concert dance companies of this caliber didn’t have deal with the kind of ignorance and misunderstanding of what they bring to the world at large.

—William S. Gooch

Wednesday Sample Sale: Week of March 1, 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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Sachin & Babi fall 2016 images nawo.com

BRAND: Sachin & Babi Sample Sale

WHEN: 03/01–03/03; Wed.–Fri. (9am–6pm)

WHY: Enjoy up to 80% off dreamy dresses, bright tops, and chic accessories

WHERE: 132 West 36th Street, 9th Floor

 

Viivienne Hu spring 2016 images courtesy of cultureofstyle.com

Viivienne Hu spring 2016 images courtesy of cultureofstyle.com

BRAND: Vivienne Hu Winter Sample Sale

WHEN:  03/02–03/05; Thurs.–Sun. (11am-7pm)

WHY:  Find the designer dresses you love at 60%–80% off

WHERE 88 Thompson Street

 

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Image courtesy of OAK NYC

BRAND: Oak NYC Warehouse Sample Sale

WHEN:  03/03–03/05; Fri.–Sat. (11am–8pm) Sunday (11am–8pm)

WHY: Up to 80% off womens and men’s clothing at the OAK NYC Warehouse Sale.

Prices range between $25 and $230.

WHERE 55 Nassau Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

—Staff

 

 

 

Fashion News Alert: Balenciaga Dumps Casting Agency, US Retailers Woes, “Moonlight” Cast Lands Calvin Klein Underwear Campaign and Prabal Gurung Collaborates with Lane Bryant

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Image courtesy of Eonline.com

Following the 2017 Academy Award’s best movie debacle on Sunday, it was announced that Calvin Klein had pegged the cast of “Moonlight” to star in his upcoming underwear campaign. Sounds like a double win for “Moonlight.”

This new Calvin Klein “Revelation” campaign stars “Moonlight” cast members Mahershala Ali, Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes. The “Revelation” campaign conjures up images of Calvin Klein 90s black and white photographs with logoed briefs.

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Balenciaga fall 2016 image courtesy of stylecaster.com

Balenciaga backs up models

The fashion industry appears to be embracing a kinder, gentler attitude. Iconic fashion house Balenciaga recently fired its casting agency due to sadistic treatment of models for a casting of the iconic fashion house’s Paris Fashion Week show.

Over 150 models were forced to wait in a dark stairwell for over three hours this past Sunday. According to US casting director, James Scully, some models were locked in the stairwell while casting agents went to lunch.

“In their usual fashion they shut the door, went to lunch and turned off the lights to the stairs leaving every girl with only the lights of their phones to see,” Scully added. ”Not only was this sadistic and cruel it was dangerous and left more than a few of the girls I spoke with traumatized.”

Balenciaga took immediate action and fired the casting agency. Balenciaga told AFP it was “making radical changes to the casting process” after the incident, “including discontinuing the relationship with the current casting agency”.

“Balenciaga took notice of issues with the model castings carried out on that day [Sunday]. The house reacted immediately,” a statement added.

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Prabal Gurung x Lane Bryant

This past July Prabal Gurung announced his collaboration with national plus-size brand Lane Bryant. The 20-piece Prabal x Lane Bryant collection launched in stores on Monday with a collection that includes trench coats, leather jackets, wide-legged pants, color-blocked dresses, cut-and-sew sweaters, and jumpsuits.

Prabal Gurung is the fifth high-end designer to partner with Lane Bryant. Gurung follows in the footprints of Sophie Theallet, Christian Siriano, Isabel Toledo, and Lela Rose, all brands that have collaborated with Lane Bryant.

The Prabal Gurung x Lane Bryant collection is now available in Lane Bryant stores and online.

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Image courtesy of usatoday.com

US retail blues

According to a report from Moody’s Investor Service, the number of distressed retailers in the US has tripled since the Great Recession of 2008. Moody’s has placed 19 retailers in its retail/apparel portfolio at a Caa/Ca rating. The low trade rating is based on retailers that cumulatively owe $5 billion dollars in debt through 2021 with about 40 percent of the debt due in 2018.

“Moody’s-rated US retailers rated Caa or Ca today make up just over 13 percent of our total rated retail portfolio, which is the highest level since the Great Recession, when this group comprised 16 percent of the portfolio,” says Moody’s Vice President Charlie O’Shea, in a news statement. “And the increase comes at the same time as the broader universe of Caa rated companies is likewise growing.”

O’Shea recommends that distressed retailers take drastic measures including high promotional pricing to dig themselves out of this downward trend.

—William S.

Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of February 20, 2017

Although it is all about the Academy Awards’ red carpet fashion, there was some great celebrity fashion prior to the 89th Academy Awards. And true to form Fashion Reverie keeps its readers informed of what some of the hottest celebs are wearing a week prior to the Oscars.

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Images courtesy of INStar images/Preface PR

Janelle Monae always excites on the red carpet and we cannot wait to see what see wears to the 89th Academy Awards. That said; Janelle Monae is eye catching, as usual, out and about in NYC on press appointments in a polka-dot ensemble with Cesare Paciotti studded black cage heels. Now, if Janelle looks this good just out and about in NYC, can you imagine the magic she will bring to the red carpet at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Images courtesy of Preface PR

Images courtesy of Preface PR

Speaking of on the streets, Supermodel Gigi Hadid slays on her way to a fashion show during Milan Fashion Week. Gigi Hadid wore a dark grey oversized coat from the WINONAH fall 2016 collection.

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Image courtesy of Preface PR

Katy Perry in a conservative suit, yes, you heard first at Fashion Reverie!! I don’t know if Katy voted for Hillary Clinton, but she is sure conjured up Hillary in this Elisabetta Franchi spring 2017 olive blazer with sheer cuffs paired with olive pants. Katy brilliantly accessorizes this looks with a Max Mara top and La Silla shoes.

Images courtesy of D'Orazio and Associates

Images courtesy of D’Orazio and Associates

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Freida Pinto knows how to wear a sheer dress. Freida Pinto wore an Uel Camilo lace gown, and Harry Kotlar canary diamonds earrings and rings to the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Now, who wore it best Frieda or the model? Fashion Reverie‘s guess is Freida.

Images courtesy of Getty Images/Preface PR

Images courtesy of Preface PR

Speaking of sheer, “Transparent’s” Tracee Lysette is everything in Elisabetta Franchi’s black sheer lace cocktail dress paired with Cesare Paciotti shoes.

—Staff

 

Editors’ Pick: VEGGANI: Fashionable Handbags with a Purpose

Collages1167In a market that is oversaturated with products that purport to be innovative and eco-friendly, it is so important for brands to be authentic and true to their product DNA. Due to the wealth of information readily available to consumers, it is so easy to get access to accurate information about brands and expose their true value through social media.

VEGGANI is a brand that, though in existence for a short time, is proving that their products are everything they purport to be. As a vegan handbag line, VEGGANI believes that consumers can possess fashion-forward handbags that protect animals and the planet.

Veggani Hi Res SS17Founder and Designer Laura de Waal’s goal in starting VEGGANI was to create stylish, functional, quality handbags that do not compromise VEGGANI’s ethics but promote them. All of VEGGANI’s handbags reflect a commitment to being socially responsible, environmentally conscious and animal friendly. One of the key elements of VEGGANI’s mission is not only helping impoverished communities, but to bring awareness to them. VEGGANI use high quality materials that are often recycled and/or repurposed. When possible, we work with and support smaller factories and artisan workshops. These efforts are never easy and require much more attention, research and heart than creating a product without a conscious.

OK, they use vegan material and faux fur in their handbags, not original concept. The linings are made from recycled fabric. Also been done before. Lastly, some of the metal hardware on VEGGANI handbags are created by artisans in a remote village in the Xieng Khouang Province in Northern Laos. Still, other philanthropic accessory brands have reached back to assist third world villages and communities.

That said; what sets VEGGANI apart from other brands that profess similar goals? Their design aesthetic and high-quality product is VEGGANI’s raison d’etre and reason consumers should take notice of the brand. Case in point is VEGGANI’s fashion forward and innovative cork-fabrication handbags. That’s right hand bags made out of cork!!

Images courtesy of VEGGANI

Images courtesy of VEGGANI

VEGGANI’s cork handbag comes in a pale tan cork or cork combined with a vegan leather in a range of colors. The cork bag is great as a casual bag, or a night out on the town bag or even for the fashionista who wants a bag that causes conversation. And the durability and quality of the cork bag goes without question.

Other great styles in the collection include vegan crocodile clutches, faux fur purses and shoulder bags, and vegan backpacks and travel bags. For more information, go to veggani.com.

—Staff

 

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of February 22, 2017

After a very hectic New York Fashion Week: Men’s and New York Fashion Week: The Shows fall 2017 our Wednesday Sample Sales is back!! 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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Image courtesy of fashionisers.com

BRAND: Derek Lam Sample Sale

WHEN: 02/21–02/23; Tues.–Thurs. (11am–7pm)

WHY:  85% off retail prices

 WHERE:   261 West 36th Street, 2nd floor

 

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Images courtesy of wwd.com

BRAND: Cynthia Rowley Sample Sale

WHEN:  02/23–02/26; daily Thurs.–Fri. (10am–8pm), Sat,–Sunday (11am–8pm)

WHY:  Shop an amazing selection of one of a kind finds including RTW pieces, swimwear, and accessories.

WHERE 376 Bleecker Street

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BRAND: Ovadia & Sons Sample Sale

WHEN:  02/25–02/27; Saturday (10am–8pm), Sunday (11an–7pm)

WHY: Men’s clothing, accessories, and footwear at up to 80% off retail prices a

WHERE 63 Greene Street

 

—Staff

Fashion News Alert: NYFW Diversity Report, Ungaro’s No Show at Paris Fashion Week, Big Brands Exit Bangladesh, and Sisqo at NYFW?

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Image courtesy of thegrio.com

Was hip-hop artist Sisqo at Vivienne Tam, Philipp Plein and Kanye West shows during the current New York Fashion Week? According to the real Sisqo, apparently not.

An imposter pretending to be Sisqo lied his way into some of the top shows during New York Fashion Week, getting past industry professionals, fashion PR reps, security guards, acquiring front seats and even posing with celebrities and top fashion designers. Interestingly enough, the pretender flaunted a coiffed appearance that doesn’t even correspond to Sisqo current look!!

An outraged Sisqo is considering a lawsuit against this pretender because the pretender was placed on a private jet to appear at a young girl’s bat mitzvah as Sisqo. “You know, you got this 13-year-od little girl who’s thinking that I’m gonna come perform live at her Bat Mitzvah … So now we’re taking legal action,” explained Sisqo in a video call to TMZ.

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Ungaro fall 2016

Ungaro absence

Emmanuel Ungaro will be a no show during Paris Fashion Week. Aimz Acquisition, the investments fund of Pakistani-American businessman Asim Abdullah, told fashionnetwork.com that Ungaro,”[] will not able to produce its Autumn/Winter 2017–18 collection because its manufacturer has gone into receivership.” Aimz Acquisition acquired Ungaro in 2005.

Ungaro, in 2015, changed its manufacturing partner from Italian group Aeffe to Italian company, Modalis. Ungaro has now taken back its manufacturing and will show it cruise collection in Paris in June.

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Image courtesy of breathenterprise.com

NYFW mixes it up

The Fashion Spot and Model Alliance has released their diversity report for NYFW’s fall 2017 season. Every season Model Alliance and The Fashion Spot collaborate on the diversity report. This very important tabulation has appeared in Vogue, WWD, Glamour, and The Huffington Report. The diversity report tabulates inclusion during NYFW taking into account racial diversity, body size, age, and gender fluidity.

NYFW’s fall 2017 season was the most inclusive of any current NYFW. According to The Fashion Spot and Model Alliance every single runway show included one model of color. Still, only 9 of the 116 shows tabulated by The Fashion Spot and Model Alliance used plus size or curvy models. Chromat used more transgender models than any other brand during NYFW. J. Crew used three models that were over the age of 50.

The shows that included the most diversity were Chromat, Chrisitian Siriano, Gypsy Sport, Tome, and J. Crew.

—William S. Gooch

Everything Adds Up for Brianne Davis in “Six”

Images courtesy of the Anderson Group

Images courtesy of the Anderson Group

Some actors go from triumph to triumph. Brianne Davis is one such actress. Well, at least it seems that way.

If you reflect on Brianne Davis’ early success in “Dawson Creek,” that success was 16 years ago. Still, Brianne Davis has gone from one hit film or television series to the next. And with each new role her acting achieved more depth and nuance. From reoccurring roles in “Dawson Creek,” “Hollywood Heights” “True Blood,” and “If Loving You Is Wrong” to supporting roles in “Jarhead,” “Prom Night,” “American Virgin,” and “Magi,” Brianne Davis has proved that she is not going anywhere but up!!

Making the transition from adorable teen actress to acquiring more mature roles is a difficult challenge for any actress. In a culture that trades in young ingénues like a business man changes his shirts, Brianne has weathered the vicissitudes of  Tinseltown; in fact she has triumphed. And “Six” is her latest triumph.

In “Six” Brianne Davis plays Lena Graves, the wife of a Navy Seal serviceman who has recently loss her four-month old daughter. Brianne Davis talked with Fashion Reverie about her role in “Six,” her acting career and fashion.

Fashion Reverie: What first attracted you to your character Lena Graves in “Six”?

 Brianne Davis: Lena is such a strong, reserved, quiet and dignified character. I have never had an opportunity to play a character like her. She has stay strong for her husband to do his job. If she breaks, the family dynamic disintegrates. Her husband is a Navy seal and his job is very stressful. So, he needs the support of his whole family.

Lena is a schoolteacher at home while her husband is off on military duty. This is a very intense character. Lena and her husband were high school sweethearts and they lost their four-month old daughter. So, in this first season we deal a lot with the loss of their daughter.

Images courtesy of the Anderson Group

Images courtesy of the Anderson Group

FR: While your production team was shooting “Six” were you going back and forth between shooting combat scenes and Lena’s life back home in the States?

Brianne Davis: Yes, the Navy Seals are not like other military servicemen. Sometimes, they leave on a Thursday and come back the next week and have to readjust to civilian life until they are off on military duty again. The most difficult part is when the spouses leave, you don’t know where they are going, they cannot reveal their location and you don’t know when they will return. So, how do you navigate a relationship when there are so many unknowns? It is a huge challenge

FR: Your character is a military wife and your mom was a military wife. Did your experience with your Dad serving in Vietnam provide could source material for this role, and why?

Brianne Davis: Completely. My mom is a strong businesswoman. She really kept our family together when my father wasn’t able to. I definitely got a strong work ethic and independence from my mom. So, I did bring those childhood influences to my character on “Six.”

FR: Is this your first time playing a wife and mother?

Brianne Davis: I have played a wife before, but this is my first time playing a wife and mother, although my child is deceased in “Six.”

FR: What aspects of the character do you most identify with?

Brianne Davis: I probably most identified with Lena’s strength. She is a very strong individual. I least identified with how she expresses herself. When Lena speaks her words are very thought out; everything she says is for a reason. She is very contained. Lena also comes from a military background, so she knows how to communicate in a careful manner in certain situations, thus she chooses her words very wisely.

Images courtesy of the Anderson Group

Images courtesy of the Anderson Group

FR: You garnered some tangible experience for this role by starring in “Jarhead” with Jake Gyllenhaal where you got to meet servicemen in Afghanistan. Could you talk about that?

Brianne Davis: William Broyles wrote the “Jarhead’s” is screenplay and is “Six’s” show runner and creator. When I came in to read for the part, he couldn’t believe how much I had grown up. (“Jarhead” was filmed in 2005.)

My character is different in “Six” compared to my character in “Jarhead;” however, I was informed by the army veterans I met in Afghanistan while filming “Jarhead.” “Jarhead” did give me some good source information.

FR: “Six” is on the History Channel. Why the History Channel than a more traditional network?

Brianne Davis: The History Channel is the perfect network for “Six” because in a sense this show is the history of what is going on military life right now.

FR: What do you hope audiences will get from this series?

Brianne Davis: I hope they see how much Navy Seals give up for our country. These families are sacrificing just as much as the Navy Seals themselves. Whether you agree or disagree politically with the military presence in certain countries, we should support the soldiers and their families. “Six” is a real, authentic look into the lives of military families and I hope audiences can feel the emotion, heartache, and joy of their experiences.

Brianne Davis in "ChromeSkull," "True Blood," and "Dawson Creek," respectively.

Brianne Davis in “ChromeSkull,” “True Blood,” and “Dawson Creek,” respectively.

FR: You have had reoccurring roles in “Hollywood Heights,” “Murder in the First,” “True Blood,” and “If Loving You Is Wrong.” What was your favorite reoccurring role, and why?

Brianne Davis: That is really hard, but if I had to pick, I would say “True Blood” because of the fantasy aspect of the show. Also, “Murder in the First” was fantastic because who would not want to be a part of a Stevhen Bochco show.

FR: Let’s look back at some of your earlier roles. Could you talk a little bit about “Dawson Creek”?  You were on that show while you were high school.

Brianne Davis: “Dawson Creek” was filmed in Wilmington, NC and I am from Georgia. So, the only way I was able to be a part of the cast while in high school is because I didn’t live that far away from the film location.

Being a part of the cast was amazing. First, I was star struck with all my cast mates. “Dawson Creek” was my first television series. James Van Der Beck was such a great person to work with. I was so knew to television and film and he was so encouraging.

FR: You are a great beauty and you started commercial modeling at the tender age of 12. What made you switch to acting?

Brianne Davis: I am naturally a very shy person and modeling didn’t really allow me to come out of my shell and express myself as much as acting did.  I love fashion and shooting editorials; however, in fashion I felt more like a prop instead of a person. And for me that was not fulfilling enough. The moment I took an acting class, I knew acting was for me. Acting brought me closer to myself and out of my shell.

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Images courtesy of pinterest.com, zimbio.com, and amazoncom, respectively

FR: Who are some of your favorite designers?

Brianne Davis: I love Donna Karan and Calvin Klein because both of these designers have a minimalistic aesthetic that appeals to me. I am one of those consumers that could have an expensive bag from Philipp Plein and pair it with something from H&M and Zara. I love to mix and match; have one expensive item and everything else you could find a lower priced retail stores.

FR: If you had a fashion fantasy of wearing a particular designer to the Oscars, which designer would you wear?

Brianne Davis: I would wear vintage Donna Karan. However, you cannot go wrong with Tom Ford or Oscar de la Renta.

FR: You have segued into directing, has that made you a better actress?

Brianne Davis: Yes, it has because being on the other side of the camera you see how important continuity is. Continuity is doing something the same way every time in a scene. Being on the other side of the camera you recognize what is important to a scene, you began to understand the whole story and how all the elements must come together. Also, you understand more fully that any direction that the director gives an actor is not personal. The direction is to get the scene to work better. Sometimes actors can be very sensitive and emotional. Working on the other side of the camera you learn how direction is not personal

FR: What’s next for you?

Brianne Davis: We are waiting to hear about season two for “Six.” I just finished my application for the Warner Brothers directing program. If I get accepted, that would be amazing. I have a series that I created with my husband for our production company, Give and Take, and we are starting to pitch that. I have also been asked to direct the film, “The Place Apart.” And also I like most actors, I continue to audition.

—William S. Gooch

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