The up and coming fashion designer Michelle Salins has recently debuted her collection for Fall/Winter 2012 in America. What stands out about the Indian-born designer from others is her modern and feminine mix of both Indian and American cultures. Beginning her career in 2009, Salins was formerly an interior designer before establishing her career as a fashion designer. We were fortunate enough to interview the designer who talks about her inspiration, her American release, and her tips for Fall.
It’s down to the last two episodes of Project Runway season 8 and the stakes are high. Four of the contestants made collections in hopes of showing at fashion week, but one of them got eliminated just one week before the Mercedes Benz Fashion Show.
In last week’s episode (Finale Part 1), not only do we get a sneak peek of the contestants’ 10-piece collection, but we also learn a little more about their lives during Tim Gunn’s visit to their homes. Finally, the show revealed that Andy South’s family were first generation immigrants from Laos. Currently, he is living in Waianae, Hawaii, and part of why he loves going back is because it reminds him of the sacrifices that his mother made for him to have a better life and the struggles it has taken to get to where he is now.
South claimed that he’s “always wanted to do a collection that was inspired from home”, so his pieces are drawn from different aspects of Laos, including the Buddha Park. He even had his textiles and metals delivered to him from Laos, which delayed his progress, but two weeks later, he arrived to New York with ten completed looks. As a final challenge, the remaining four were asked to design an eleventh piece to be shown to the judges along with two other ones from the collection for the final cut before Fashion Week. Luckily South was presented with this opportunity since, from the judges’ critiques, it seemed it was his eleventh piece, a beautifully pleated green dress, which earned him the final spot to show at New York Fashion Week. From the few pieces we saw from South this episode, we can expect from him a collection that is still true to his aesthetics but without the usual toughness. I’m sure the “goodies” that he decided not to put on the runway today will be able to surprise us next week.
Tune in tonight for the season finale at 9pm on Lifetime!
I’m sensing a trend here. Cities all over the country and the world participate in some kind of sister city program. Los Angeles is sister city to several other global towns, among them Mumbai in India, Guangzhou in China and even Makati in the Philippines. But some cities are taking it even a step further.
New York City’s Carnegie Hall is already sending out huge press kits about its upcoming JapanNYC program, a citywide celebration with a Southern Cali counterpart scheduled to kick off late this year. Massachusetts-based Peabody Essex Museum is also gearing up for its April “Sensational India!” fest, featuring filmmaker James Ivory. The San Francisco Bay Area, meanwhile, is celebrating all things Shanghainese with a citywide “Shanghai Celebration,” a festival of sorts with films, concerts, art and all kinds of other special events all about Shanghai.
The cornerstone of this celebration is the Asian Art Museum‘s grand Shanghai exhibit. With more than 130 paintings, revolutionary posters, fashion and even movie clips from U.S.- and Shanghai-based museums, the exhibit attempts to cover the rich history of that most cosmopolitan of cities.
The Asian Art Museum’s Shanghai exhibit runs now through September 5, 2010.
DETAILS: Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco.