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Behind-the-scenes: Rinat Brodach S/S 2014

With spring just day’s away, I thought I would start to warm things up with a behind-the-scenes look into a recent shoot we shot here in New York for designer Rinat Brodach’s S/S 14 campaign.

Video Provided by John Mastriano

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Seven Minutes in Heaven: Rinat Brodach

Born in Israel, Rinat Brodach came to America with one thing in mind, to become a successful fashion designer.  A dream of hers since her earliest memories, she is hoping to continue the family business with the recent launch of her very first ready-to-wear women’s collection.  Currently living in New York City, she’s partnered with CTMA to help bring awareness to her line.  I am very excited to be working Rinat and can’t wait to share with you all what we have been creating in the studio.  In the meantime, learn more about this talented artist in a recent Q & A-Seven Minutes in Heaven.
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Colin T. McDonald Agency: What made you decide to pursue a career in fashion?

Rinat Brodach: Ever since I was young, my mother allowed me to pick out my own clothes. I don’t think many kids grow up with the chance to have their own opinion to what they wear each day. I have always been artistic with a love for clothes and as I grew, the clothes I wore depicted the stages in my life.

I knew I also wanted to pursue a career in fashion. Being a fashion designer has been a lifelong dream of mine. Fashion has been a part of my life and culture. My passion for fashion started back in Czechoslovakia, where my great grandfather was a famous tailor in his village before WWII erupted. Growing up, I would constantly go shopping with my mother where I was exposed to draping techniques and menswear. Becoming a fashion designer makes me feel like I am continuing my family’s legacy.

CTMA: Who are your favorite designers (living or dead) and why?

RB: I have great admiration for the following fashion designers; Alber Elbaz, Rick Owens, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen. I admire each of them for their various draping techniques whether the techniques are soft, hard, feminine, masculine, etc.

My appreciation for both Lee Alexander McQueen and John Galliano started when I was very young, 12 or 13 years of age. Both of them have amazing draping skills and yet each is to their own. My love for Albez Elbaz and Rick Owens came as I got older; there is something so raw yet so magical about how they create clothes.

CTMA: What is one project you’ve worked on that’s changed your view on fashion?

RB: My thesis collection, which I made my senior year in college, is the one project that changed my views on fashion. That collection, taught me so much about myself. Rob Curry and Simon Ungless were two of my mentors who were both amazing in letting me discover who I was and am today. Through this particular experience, I learnt to embrace who I am.

CTMA: Tell me about your S/S 2014 Collection.

RB: My S/S 2014 Collection is straight from my heart, as it is filled with raw emotions.  I was inspired by the dilemma of exposing and protecting the heart. I call it, How to Expose the Heart. Every day, I wear my heart on my sleeve. I learnt that the heart is exposed to passion, happiness, sadness, and vulnerability.

I executed this concept in my designs by using boning. I used it to enhance the ribcage area to act as protection to the heart. It is my intentions to show the various situations that the heart has to endure. It is my hopes to convey that art does not always make sense, because art comes from the heart.

CTMA: Three words that describe the Rinat Brodach woman?

RB: Strong, Sexy, and Independent.

CTMA: Where do you see your line a year from now?

RB: In a year’s time, I want to see my clothes at Barney’s, L’Eclaireur (Paris), and at selective boutiques in major cities around the globe.

CTMA: What advice do you have for aspiring designers?

RB: My advice would be to never stop believing in your dreams. As my father would say, it is all about the journey. I know I have a long journey still ahead of me, but I will never stop believing in myself ###

Photo Credit: Vincent Parker

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Happy holidays!

I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a joyous holiday season. I’m fortunate to have been able meet and work with a lot of talented individuals throughout the year.  Thank you for all the love and support you continue to give CTMA, Stylesource and styleTV on a daily basis.  I’m looking forward to what the new year has in store.  Keeping checking back to learn about new trends, designers, tips, collaborations, partnerships, and anything fashion related.  Also, don’t forget to like us or follow us on Facebook & Twitter!

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Giveaway-Parcel & Journey Exclusive Love Clutch

Parcel & Journey is giving away one of their exclusive “Love” clutches this week over at Yourtango.com. The popular website dedicated to love and relationships, has partnered with P & J to offer their readers (and YOU) this beautiful oversized lipstick red clutch with the word love inscribed on it.  One lucky gal will fall in love and be the winner next Tuesday the 16th.  To learn how you could win, click here.  If you can’t wait to till next week and are completely obsessing, purchase it directly here.  It also makes for a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer!
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A Look into: Lunch date w/Parcel & Journey

This past Wednesday, I had a wonderful lunch date with the my good friend Liz and Joanna Steinberg, Creator of Parcel & Journey, at L’Express in midtown.  It was really great to finally see and feel all the wonderful accessories this new and exiting website has to offer.  More importantly, it was inspiring to listen to Joanna explain to Liz and I what Parcel & Journey is doing to help these talented artisans grow their own businesses.  “It’s all about distribution and without it, these individuals wouldn’t be able to pay their rent, debts off, etc.,” Joanna explains to us.  #Fashion4good at its finest!

I was fortunate enough to snap some photos of our outing with my new Canon Rebel.  Black Friday deal curtesy of Target!  If you’re just getting your holiday shopping started, this is definitely one website I endorse you to check out.   The quality is amazing and everything is priced appropriately.  Not to mention, you’re helping someone you don’t even know sustain their business.  What a great story to tell the person you’re giving the gift to!

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#Fashion4good: CTMA x Parcel & Journey

I’m excited to announce that CTMA has joined forces with Parcel & Journey.  Recently launched, founder Joanna Steinberg has created a virtual global marketplace featuring beautifully designed accessories.  More importantly, the curated collections have been handcrafted by skilled artisans from improvised countries like Africa, Indonesia and Nepal.  Aiding in helping these artists become self-sufficient within their communities by providing better healthcare, education and nutrition to their families is a goal Joanna is looking to accomplish with P&J.

With the holidays right around the corner, this is one place you can shop and not have buyers remorse.  To get you started, I’ve gone ahead and picked out some of my favorite pieces that I think every fashion lover should own.  A huge #fashion4good shout out to Joanna for her efforts to wanting to make a difference!
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#Fashion4good-Movember Movement

I hope everyone had a safe and ghoulish time yesterday.  With that said, today marks the start of November and another Movember.  For those unfamiliar, millions of men (and some women) will be sprouting moustaches all over the world in hopes to raise awareness for men’s health issues such as cancer. The charity movement which runs the entire month, has raised over $173 million dollars since its humble beginnings back in 2003.  Now spread over 21 countries, the funds raised have gone to support world-class men’s health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.  These programs, directed by the Movember Foundation, are focused on awareness and education, living with and beyond cancer, staying mentally healthy, living with and beyond mental illness and research to achieve a vision of an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.

I now need your help.  This year, I decided to create my own fundraiser and am asking you to donate what you can in honor of someone you know who has suffered from some type of men’s health issue.  I’ve personally kicked it off and donated $50 in honor of my uncle, Jack McDonald, who suffered and passed away from cancer several years ago.  Help me honor his and so many others lives, by giving what you can in an effort to help those who are currently suffering. There’s no greater feeling in the world then giving back.  It’s what keeps my heart feeling full-Donate here!

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