Living Urban Culture Fashion Show

On Sunday, September 21st, Living Urban Culture hosted a fashion show at Dred Surfer Grill in Rockaway, Queens. It included a collaboration of a few designers and their brands: Creative Era by Whitney House, X Z O T I K S W I M by Ashley Couture, Shinade Martin, Designs by Xaiken Ford. As the sky grew darker, the light from the boardwalk lamps spilling in to meet with the brightness of the colorful space at the venue, the room seemed to grow, with onlookers taking seats to see the hard work displayed by the designers. For pre-show interviews check out our previous posting: L.U.C. interviews.

CEO and Founder of Living Urban Culture L.U.C., Eudora N. Chioma provided more information on her company, for those who are interested in fashion:

“Living Urban Culture. L.U.C is an uprising fashion company that combines African, Ameican and other cultures into one to create a new style(s) of living. L.U.C. is a movement for all artistic minds to come together, work together and bring each other up. We also incorporate this “style” into our clothing and accessories for both genders.

Film Syrup asked Eudora what L.U.C. means to her. She responded with a knowing respect for the culture(s) and style she promotes and explores. To Eudora, ” Living Urban Culture is a way of life. It’s a company that shines on all ethnicity and cultures, on all races, or all forms of art and fashion, whether is music, illustration, film, photography, modeling, designing, we do it all. We’re the company that has everything you need under one roof.”
Eudora told Film Syrup that she does not have one “favorite” designer, adding “every designer inspires me in different ways.” In the name of all things Film Syrup! we asked Eudora what her favorite films are. She responded that she enjoys the Harry Potter Series, Twilight Series, and the Hunger Games series, but she enjoys other films as well. She would be able to give great fashion advice to Katniss Everdeen (no offense, Cinna).
Film Syrup asked Eudora a few more questions:

What do you love about fashion?

“I love how the designer expresses him or herself through clothing and accessories and I love how each individual can put different pieces together to create a look that expresses something about them. It’s art.”

What do you love about Living Urban Culture?

“I love the fact that we’re one big family supporting each other and growing together. We all have different goals and we all help each other accomplish those goals.”


Where/who does your inspiration come from?

“From life, from the streets, from individuals, artists, poets, African culture, my family, music, designers etc.”

Eudora’s passion for her niche is impressive and reflects through her ability to organize events that allow fashion professionals to interact with different industries. Last Sunday, September 21st, Film Syrup was honored to attend L.U.C’s fashion show to experience the creative expressions of designers and models who hold inner beauty that they channel into the art of fashion:

Creative Era by Whitney House

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X Z O T I K S W I M by Ashley Couture

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 Designer: Shinade Martin 

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Designs by Xaiken Ford

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U’dora Designs by Eudora/LUC

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Living Urban Culture also collaborated with music artists:

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You know that when everyone breaks out into the “Electric Slide” that it has been a great night.

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For regular updates on Living Urban Culture, visit L.U.C’s Facebook: LivingUrbanCulture or for clothing: livingurbanculture.com

Living Urban Culture’s Fashion Show: pre-show interviews

Film Syrup traveled to Rockaway last weekend, on Sunday, September 21st, 2014 for Living Urban Culture’s (LUC) Fashion Show. Our team presented themselves with their talents and positions: Vice President and Stylist, Roxanne Pfaus interviewed models, along with contributing writer, Jordan Danner, with our creative director, Paige Skelly and creative advisor, Sarina Penza as accompanying photographers. Phil Zorawski interviewed designers, with Tommy Stang, Grace McGovern, Shaun McMahon helping our cause. Colleen Rowe, Film Syrup’s founder and managing editor of the blog, photographed the fashion show.

Below are the interviews we performed as a collective group, because before anything else Film Syrup is a team.

 
Interviews by Jordan Danner:

Model: Denecia
Wearing: Designer, Sinead Martin
Favorite Designer: Chila 4 Fun
Favorite Film: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Her favorite thing about LUC is the unique designs and how you will never see another like them at other shows.

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Roxanne Pfaus and Jordan Danner conducting interviews with L.U.C. models.
Model: Ashley
Wearing: Creative Era, Designer Whitney
Favorite designer: herself, Crookid
Favorite Film: Eve’s Bayou

Her favorite thing about LUC is that it is a melting pot of everything that she loves artistically in film, fashion and music.

Model: Ashley
Wearing: Creative Era, Designer Whitney
Ashley does not have a favorite designer because she says everyone is different in their own unique way.
Favorite Films: Taken and The Fast and the Furious
Her favorite thing about LUC is being able to work with a variety of different cultures.

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4. Okeema (MC of the event)

Dress by Eudora of LUC and accessories by MoonGoddie
Favorite designer: Eudora of LUC because she makes and envisions all of her outfits
Her favorite films are Baggage Claim, the Twilight series, Think Like a Man and The Best Man

Her favorite thing about LUC is allowing every model to express their individuality and not discriminating based on race, gender or size.

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 Sarina Penza and Jordan Danner conducting interview with Okeema, the fashion show’s MC.
Interview by Paige Skelly:
Model’s Name: Julissa
Where are you from? The Bronx.
What brand/designer are you wearing? Creative Era
Favorite Designer? Carolina Herrera
What is your favorite movie(s)? Titanic, Avatar, The Notebook
What do you love about Living Urban Culture? Meeting people and traveling.
Interviews by Roxanne Pfaus:
In speaking with some of the show’s models and getting an up close look at the garments, I was able to gain a better understanding of the brand Creative Era, a collection that was completely hand crafted. -Roxanne Pfaus, Film Syrup Stylist

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What is your name? Raven Salmon

What designer are you wearing? Creative Era by designer Whitney House

Who is your favorite designer? Highly Humble

What do you love about LUC? I love that it is so unique and different

What is your favorite movie? The Exorcist

Models Raven and Denecia Raven was wearing a top made of both lace and denim, giving a sheer quality to her back. She was also wearing leopard print skinnies. Her outfit was accessorized with the designer’s signature bow tie and thick brimmed glasses, giving her a spunky look.living urban culture film syrup 2

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What is your name? Joshua Smith

What designer are you wearing? Creative Era by Whitney House

Who is your favorite designer? Asher Levine

What do you love about LUC? I love the diversity, and that it is like a big family that comes together.

What is your favorite movie? Alice in Wonderland, the Tim Burton version

Joshua was sporting a plaid blue flannel, opened so that you could see his white tee underneath. He was also wearing black skinny jeans, along with his retro styled bow tie and glasses.

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Interviews by Phil Zorawski:

Designer name: Sinead Martin

Favorite thing about fashion: “People are able to see and identify with who i am, and how people use my ideas so they can benefit themselves and others in the future.”

Designer name: Yalken Ford

Film: Blood Nightmare

Favorite designer.: “None. Mine!.” (laughs)
Inspiring designer: Kiki palmer
Inspiration for designs: My grandmother.
She says of designing: I love the joy it gives me to see others enjoying my clothes.

Sinead Martin and a friend during L.U.C’s Fashion Show at Dred Surfer Grill in Rockaway, Queens. September 21, 2014.

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Stay “tuned” into Syrup for the fashion show, Part 2! With designs by Creative Era, Sinead Martin, Living Urban Culture, etc. To be released soon!