Fall Fashion Trends

Fall Fashion Trends

It’s time to put away that summer wardrobe in favor of this year’s fall favorites. Here’s what to wear this season.

Marigold Madness

The color this fall is marigold, a darker yellow that truly captures the falling leaves. If you want a full outfit in this fashion, aim for dresses. If you’re more a fan of tops and bottoms, the tops are great in this color when paired with dark blue denim.

Darling Dresses

It’s time to dust off those thigh-high boots to pair with what’s known as a doll dress. Loosely fitted and draped down to the mid-thigh, these are perfect for the tall and slender out there. As for shoes, they also pair well with strappy sandals and unassuming heels.

Glamourous Gowns

Dresses can be great in the winter weather but only if they’re long enough to keep the heat in. Luckily, this year welcomes back both casual and formal maxi sheaths. More neutral browns are a favorite color but pastels work as well this season. Just make sure the dress is fitted to hug the curvature of your waist.

Metallic Mania

Materials made to look metallic are all in this season. Some are slightly shiny while others present a multitude of hues as they move through the light. Dresses, pants, skirts, and shirts are all being designed from these space age outfits.

Pretty Patchworks

Patchwork coats, the most extreme in style this season, were pretty common on the virtual runways. Many were also oversized. While pants are also a part of this trend, make sure only one item you’re wearing conforms to this look.

Knee-Length Legs

Shorts this fall season are down to the knees. The material doesn’t matter and neither does the fitting. They can be tight to your legs or loose so long as they stop before the calves.

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How to Choose the Right Colors for Your Skin Tone

How to Choose the Right Colors for Your Skin Tone

Finding the right colors for your skin tone can be exhaustive. Just look at any makeup aisle. The sheer number of foundation colors speaks volumes about how unique each and every skin tone is. Luckily, there are a few tried and true tests designed to help you narrow down exactly what colors will make you shine.

The Tests

Silver and Gold – Hold up silver to your skin. Next hold up gold. Which one is more flattering? If it’s silver, you have cool skin. If it’s gold, you’re warm.

Veins – Next, take a look at your veins. Are they blue? Are they green? Are they neither? Blue indicates cool skin. Green indicates warm. A perfect mix of the two means neutral.

Sunshine – As a final test, how does your skin react to sunlight? If you tan instead of burn, you’re warm. If you burn instead of tan, you’re cool.

The Colors

By now, you should have a clear idea of what your skin tone is, be it cool, warm, or neutral. Here are the colors that work the best for each of the three.

Cool – Your color scheme includes all the colors that fall under what would be considered “cool” colors on the color wheel. Blues, purples, grays, white, rich reds, and pale yellows are all extremely flattering.

Warm – Warm tones work best with the “warm” colors, including orange, red, gold, yellow, and coral. If you’re looking to compliment yourself with neutrals, the best options include creams and taupe.

Neutral – Neutral is a fantastic group to fall in because you can don any color and pull it off. Unless you’re trying to make a statement, muted versions of bright colors are preferred over bright versions. That being said, there are always exceptions to rules and bright red is yours.

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Digital Fashion Week

Digital Fashion Week

With the ever-changing rules regarding public gatherings, the runway has been thrown for a loop. As designers have worked tirelessly to adapt to the constant changes, the seasonal calendar has become anything but predictable. That being said, the fashion industry is far from calling it a year, instead opting to take Fashion Week and transform it into Digital Fashion Week.

The Show Must Go On

The current climate has created a rift between designers, with many choosing to wait out the global pandemic and just as many rescheduling to September with shows adapted to either reduce audience size or drop audiences completely in favor of a digital display.

New York is a prime example of this, with all Council of Fashion Designers of America-supported shows now showing over a period of only three days (September 14-16) and all online.

Catching the Catwalk

While the adapting has been a bit messy, it does come with some perks, especially for those that can’t afford the fee to make it to New York for a full week. Released back in July, the CFDA announced the platform the Fashion Week will be held on—Runway360—a platform designed by them for the benefit of the fashion world. The best part is, you don’t have to be a CFDA member to participate. This new portal with support a slew of new tech, such as AR/VR, consumer shopping, and 360-degree capabilities. It will be fully open to everyone with shows and events being limited based on the profile one has with the platform. While it’s still being restricted in terms of access, the plan is to open it up fully for New York’s Digital Fashion Week and keep it open going forward as an answer to both the worldwide pandemic and the future of fashion.

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Breaking In New Runway Shoes

Breaking In New Runway Shoes

New shoes are the best. Nothing is more exciting than getting to head out in a new pair and strut your stuff on the runway. However, the blisters that come with new shoes almost make it regrettable.

Almost.

Luckily, your first big walk with a new pair doesn’t have to end with an hour long foot soaking session. Here’s how you deal with the discomfort and beat the blisters.

Three Days

Constraint is key. No matter the type of new shoe you’ve chosen for the runway, it’s going to take its toll on your back, hips, ankles, and knees. Preparation is everything. You’ll need at least three days to break them in fully (maybe more). On day one, only walk around in them for 30 minutes and only do so inside. On day two, bump that up to an hour and bring them outdoors. Day three should be at least two hours and reveal if you need a few more days to work with them.

Begin at the End

Do you do this shoe training in the morning? During your lunch break? The end of the day is the best time. This is because your feet are the most swollen they will be all day and when you’re breaking in those runway shoes, you want to make sure they’re broken in by your feet at their worst rather than their best.

Stay Dry

Most of us get sweaty feet and this is no good for your new shoes. A warm, moist environment does nothing but breed fungus, produce blisters, and possibly cause you to slip as you try and make it down and back. The simple trick here is to spray underarm antiperspirant on your feet prior to putting on the shoes.

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Online Portfolios: The Dos and Don’ts

Online Portfolios: The Dos and Don’ts

Online portfolios are the modern man’s business card. Accessible to anyone with an internet connection and able to house your entire body of work, it’s one of the best ways to catch the eye of a possible employer. However, not all portfolios are created equal. Here’s what to embrace and what to avoid.

DO invest in your introduction.

As paintings in a gallery only catch the eye for a few seconds, so, too, does your home page. Make visitors want to click through by keeping it short and avoiding fluff.

DO cultivate connected pieces.

Only post your best work and only showcase work that indicates the kind of stuff you want to pursue into the future. If you don’t have enough material for your future goals, it’s time to get to work and make more in that direction.

DO make it easy to navigate.

Nothing turns away possible clients faster than a website that is a mess to figure out. When it doubt, keep it simple. Let the work speak for itself. If it’s good enough, you won’t need much more than basic information.

DON’T treat it like a personal project.

Remember, this portfolio is supposed to exhibit your professionalism. Every side project you pursue is not worth posting.

DON’T post work you don’t want to do.

Your portfolio is a collection of not only the work you do but the work you want to do. Even if a piece is amazing, if you don’t ever want to work in that style again, don’t post it.

DON’T avoid social media.

Choose one or two platforms to start cultivating an audience. Learn to use hashtags. Tag people. Get your audience growing through modern networking. You never know who might see your site and offer you a job.

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Learning a New Skill for a Role

Learning a New Skill for a Role

All great actors embrace learning. Accents, physical feats, and languages are all par for the course. If you’ve been cast in a role or are auditioning for one that requires you to learn a new skill or language, here’s how to put your best foot forward.

Do It

You’ll never know unless you do. The first step with any new skill or language is to simply take a leap of faith and awkwardly do the new thing. It’s going to feel weird. It’s going to feel amateur. But this feeling doesn’t last long. It’s only ever there the first time because the more you do it, the better you become at it. And the better you get, the easier it is to incorporate that into your role naturally.

Focus on the Hard

With all practiced things, there are going to be aspects that really challenge you and there will be things you can pull off with no difficulty. While it is more fun to hone in on the easy stuff, don’t. Instead, practice the hard parts to force your mind to concentrate, giving you a more valuable study period.

Teach Another

To truly test how well you know something, teach it to someone who’s new to it. It’s a quick way to see the holes in your knowledge and receive feedback. Teaching a skill forces us to break it into understandable chunks that help us digest it better.

Remember to Relax

The brain can and does suffer fatigue, especially with newer, more challenging skills. If you feel like you’re burning out quickly, that’s okay. Simply step away from study, refuel with food or exercise, and come back once you feel ready. Your brain is working hard to connect everything new you’re learning and it’s easy to get ahead of what can be processed.

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Standing Out in an Audition

Standing Out in an Audition

There are a lot of artists out there and you’re just one more in a sea of hundreds of thousands. Each one of you is vying for that next gig and the audition is where the rubber meets the road. So how do you do it? How do you get the casting director to remember you?

Do Different

Of course you want to be different, that’s the whole point of standing out from the crowd, but what does being different even mean? With extremes solidly out of the picture, it’s time to focus in on your peers. Study them. Study their movements. Study what they’re saying. Is there one thing they all have in common? Is there one thing they’re all doing? Find out what that is and do it differently. Even a minor adjustment can be enough to catch the eye of the director.

Exude Equality

It’s time to start switching how you see directors. It’s normal to perceive them as above you since they have the power and, to an extent, a bit of deference is warranted, but they’re humans working a job the same as you. Use that to try and connect with them. If there’s down time while you’re waiting to start your audition, a quick joke about the day can loosen everyone up and forge a brief but memorable comradery.

Confer Confidence

This can never be said enough. Auditions require you to be confident. You don’t need a director’s approval to be there. You know you’ve put in the practice and deserve a chance just like anyone else. You’re there to have fun and give it your best shot regardless of the outcome. If it’s a wash, so be it. There will always be more auditions and more chances to land your dream gig.

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Different Roles and Staff on Set

Different Roles and Staff on Set

Filming anything, even something as simple as a commercial, is a huge undertaking requiring the expertise of a lot of people. Here’s who you’ll see on set.

Director

The director is the person in charge on set. They manage everyone, including the talent, throughout the entire process.

Assistant Director

This role is more of an assistant to the director rather than a director in any capacity. They handle schedules, queue up actors for scenes, and otherwise make sure the day-to-day operations run smoothly.

Cinematographer

They handle all lighting choices and, like a good caddy to a golfer, makes suggestions as to what camera to use or which lens to try.

Camera Operator

If the set is pretty small, the cinematographer will handle the camera, but otherwise, there’s a dedicated operator who can help filming progress quickly and smoothly.

Camera Assistant

Like the Assistant Director, the Camera Assistant is there to ensure everything related to filming is flowing smoothly. They prep lenses, mount media cards, and procure everything the Camera Operator will need in future shots.

Digital Intermediate Technician

Now that filming is digital, this role has exploded in prominence. Their role is to ensure the data captured during filming is successfully loaded to hard drives and backed up. If the data were to be corrupted or lost, there would be no way to get it back.

Boom Operator

You’ll be able to most easily identify this person by the giant microphone they carry around. It’s up to them to bring the microphone as close to the action as possible without it casting shadows or appearing on screen.

Gaffer & Grip

The smaller the set, the more likely this role will be fulfilled by the same person. Gaffing involves shaping the light through color control or diffusion. A grip, on the other hand, builds and rigs all of the lighting accessories.

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At Home Photoshoots

At Home Photoshoots

Now that photography has gone fully digital, even our smartphones are capable of capturing shots that rival those of the professionals. That being said, a picture is only as good as the setup. Here’s what you need to make your at home shoot succeed.

Lighting

No matter the type of shoot you want, lighting is the single most important thing you’ll need to consider and plan for. Good lighting does two things. First, it matches the type of photo you’re taking. For instance, if you’re aiming for dramatic, don’t go with soft lighting that covers up shadows. Go for bold, dramatic lights that cast stark shadows. Secondly, good lighting compliments your subject by bringing out all of their best features.

Background

Any wall, any sheet, any cupboard can become a background for your photoshoot. Before setting up, though, take test shots to check for a few things. Does the background color compliment the skin tone and clothing of the subject? Is the lighting good? Is there anything distracting that draws attention away from the subject? If everything checks out, have fun! Most minor things can be touched up in post-processing.

Equipment

The absolute bare minimum you’ll need to have a photoshoot at home is a camera. While you should aim to eventually invest in a good quality professional camera, a smartphone can do the trick in a pinch. Next, invest in a decent lighting set. Regardless of your style and goals, there are plenty of kits available with everything you need to turn your home into a full studio. Finally, make sure you have a good photo editing program. While the camera and lighting alone can produce amazing shots that don’t necessarily need editing, even the best unedited photos can become that much better with a little lift.

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Best Summer Hairstyles

Best Summer Hairstyles

Summer is the season for up-dos. With temperatures soaring, here’s how to look cool even in the most extreme heat.

A Perfect Ponytail

A classic that never goes out of fashion, the ponytail can be dressed up and dressed down completely based on where you’re going and what you’ll be doing. If you’re going out for a quick jog to the store, simply throw it up in a hairband and call it good. If, however, you’re going out for a festive night, take a comb to make sure the hair is flat to the head. For an added level of class, take some hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the hairband to hide the tool. Secure the strand with a bobby pin.

A Beautiful Bun

Buns are a super simple evolution of the ponytail and work great whether you’re going to the beach or celebrating a fancy dinner. Once you have the ponytail you want, use bobby pins to secure the tail to your head by wrapping it around the hairband. Keep everything secure by adding hairspray.

A Messy French

Long celebrated as a classic look for formal events, you can now craft a quick coif regardless of what you’ll be up to. Even so, this is a relatively fragile do, so make sure you’re not wearing it to play beach volleyball. Simply sweep your hair to one side and insert bobby pins vertically along the back of your head. Take the loose hair and twist it upward, securing it with more bobby pins.

A Big Braid

Braided pigtails are a great way to maintain a mane but also come with a simple trick that turns a typical look into a festive summer do. Simply braid each pig tail. Next, take the right one and pin it across the back of your head going left. Now take the left and pin it to the right. You now have a solid and cute coif to keep cool in.

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