Category: Fast Five

Fast Five with Rachel Godwin Becker

Rachel Godwin Becker’s, Founder & CEO of Laundrea, designs caught my eye when I went to a fashion show at Immaculata University. Becker’s dresses are machine washable and claim to rid the need of dry cleaning.. SAY WHAT?! Since it is a womenswear line, I’ll have to buy a dress for my mom to make sure it really is wrinkle-free after washing/drying!

What’s happening now: Becker is busy finalizing her holiday collection and starting S/S 14. Her pieces are making rounds on various news stations, but you can see what else she is up to HERE.

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FAST FIVE

Ian Michael Crumm: What did you have for breakfast?
Rachel Godwin Becker: Croissant and fresh fruit.

IMC: Whose shoes are you wearing?
RGB: Currently flip flops! While working in my studio I usually stay pretty comfortable!

IMC: What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
RGB: Reality TV and lots of it….sadly!

IMC: Where were you last night?
RGB: Last night I was working from home on some new sketches for Laundrea’s S/S 14 Collection!

IMC: What do you wear to bed?
RGB: No comment!

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Fast Five with CHRISHABANA

Chris Habana, owner of his eponymous jewelry brand CHRISHABANA, designs jewelry not intended for your mother (unless she likes wearing spikes and body parts). Remember that ring I instagrammed during NYFW? Well now it’s spring, which means you can get it in stores or another piece on his web store.

What’s happening now: Habana is busy having his jewelry featured in publications like V MAgazine, i-D, ELLE, Dazed and Confused, Nylon, and The New York Times to name just a few. Fashion Week is approaching so a new collection must be in the works. I like keeping up with new designs on his Instagram. Maybe you will, too.

Chris Habana

FAST FIVE

Ian Michael Crumm: What did you have for breakfast?
Chris Habana: I don’t usually eat breakfast.

IMC: Whose shoes are you wearing?
CH: I wear the same shoes till they die. Seriously. I’ve been wearing these boots I got at a vintage store in East Village.

IMC: What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
CH: Not guilty about it at all.. RU PAUL’S DRAG RACE!

IMC: Where were you last night?
CH: I met friends for burgers at a nearby bar.

IMC: What do you wear to bed?
CH: T-shirt and boxers usually.

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From the S/S13 collection. LOVE. THIS. RING.

Sick necklace

More images blogged HERE

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Fast Five with Chris Cummins


Chris Cummins, model maven at MC2+, got his start interning with various New York agencies including Elite Model Management and Trew Productions. With a history of working with top models such as Coco Rocha (see picture below), Chris has cast models for presentations by Brandon Sun and Asaf Ganot among others.. developing an impressive portfolio. There’s also this LINK to the MC2 blog he manages.

What’s happening now: Cummins has been focusing on the men’s, plus size, and commercial/lifestyle subdivisions under the MC2+ umbrella, but is always on the lookout for new faces to launch.. (if you’re hot, maybe you should tweet a boo?)

Chris Cummins

FAST FIVE

Ian Michael Crumm: What did you eat for breakfast?

Chris Cummins: A Diet Coke.

IMC: Whose shoes are you wearing?

CC: Today I’m wearing wedged sneakers from a Fulton Street hole-in-the-wall shoe store. If I’m not wearing those, then it’s either sneakers or boots by Guess.

IMC: What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

CC: I try no not feel guilty, but I can’t help feeling absurd when I take #selfies in public.

IMC: Where were you last night?

CC: At Mica Studios in Williamsburg for Sinem Yazici’s photography exhibition.

IMC: What do you wear to bed?

CC: Briefs.

Chris Cummins

model behaviour.

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Fast Five with Patricia Maristch

Patricia Maristch, owner and principal of Piqued PR, likes her thank you cards monogramed and her laptops hot pink. If not gaining media attention for her clients, Patricia can most likely be found sifting through clothing racks at her favorite stores (maybe Per Lei Boutique), buying monogrammed home goods (for that personal touch), or testing new beauty products (gimme that foundation – mother’s day is coming up!)

What’s happening now: Patricia has been working on a few projects with Per Lei including an upcoming fashion show, talking with interior design gods like “The Decorista” about Birdaria, planning Philly’s Local Levo #Ask4More event, and house hunting! She’s a big girl now! New business and soon new home!

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FAST FIVE

Ian Michael Crumm: What did you have for breakfast?

Patricia Maristch: Strawberry Chobani yogurt. I generally always have some sort of yogurt for breakfast. Except for Saturdays, those are reserved for pancake indulgence.

IMC: Whose shoes are you wearing?

PM: Black Delman riding boots because the weather hasn’t broke yet, but I’m dying to wear my new white pointed cap toe Kate Spade pumps!

IMC: What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

PM: Cupcakes, Swedish Fish, & old episodes of The OC. I mean Seth Cohen? Swoon.

IMC: Where were you last night?

PM: Riding a train back from NYC after “Leaning In.” I went up for Leno League’s Office Hour with Sheryl Sandberg.

IMC: What do you wear to bed?

PM: Leopard pj sets from Ralph Lauren.

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Feel free to tweet her how much you enjoyed my Fast Five interview!

Here is Piqued PR’s Facebook so you can keep informed on all her fashion and beauty happenings!

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Fast Five with Denise Fike

Denise Fike, artist turned fashion illustrator extraordinaire, likes to station herself at social gatherings to sketch style setters and socialites. In a trip to her studio (SEE MORE IMAGES HERE), I learned about this caring wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Not wanting to disclosure too much information.. I mark down her Fast Five answers.

What’s going on now: Fike has spent a lot of time drawing larger than life fashion illustrations. Wanting to try something new, Fike has started designing jewelry! Thankfully I tried on her new rings and she snapped a picture (see below). Fike plans on developing her jewelry skills. Only DF knows what her next project entails; can’t wait to see!

Denise Fike by HugeE Dillon

FAST FIVE

Ian Michael Crumm: What did you have for breakfast?

Denise Fike: Four teeny-tiny scrumptious doughnuts that were left over from my studio party. Actually, it was seven doughnuts.

IMC: Whose shoes are you wearing?

DF: My husband’s

IMC: What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

DF: Fresh popped, hot buttered popcorn, lots of salt, and Bookers Bourbon

IMC: Where were you last night?

DF: Sketching the ladies and gentleman of The Men’s Gardening Clubs Victory Dinner.

IMC: What do you wear to bed?

DF: Absolutely nothing!

Denise Fike's rings

Denise Fike Sketch

LINK TO MORE OF HER WORK

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Fast Five with Marina Makaron

Marina Makaron, owner and designer of Marina Makaron Moscow, is a world traveler, designer, mother, blonde, and all around fun woman! She splits her time between Moscow and Philadelphia, but on occasion stops by her flat in NYC. This creator loves working with different fabrics and has built an empire around her colorful silk pieces.

What’s happening now: Marina just wrapped up her Fall 2013 show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia and is focusing on pushing her current spring collection. Rumor has it that more info on Marina can be found HERE and on her brand page.

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Photo via Facebook

Fast Five:

Ian Michael Crumm: What did you have for breakfast?

Marina Makaron: Coffee with milk and omelet with kolbasi… and cucumbers.

IMC: Whose shoes are you wearing?

MM: Lately – Miu Miu

IMC: What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

MM: I try not to feel guilty; if my body desires excess of something, maybe it knows something I don’t and it’s good for me.

IMC: Where were you last night?

MM: Golf & Yacht Club Pirogovo

IMC: What do you wear to bed?

MM: Commando, Sir

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Photos via Designerz Central 

VIDEO FOR HER LATEST RUNWAY SHOW

Don’t forget to tweet at @MakaronM to tell her how much you love her!

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Fast Five with Kristen Athena

Kristen Athena is who I like to call the “Karlie Kloss of Philadelphia.” This woman is in most of the fashion social media campaigns to come out of Philly. When not dominating the PA model scene, Athena can be found at photo shoots in NYC, hair shows in Miami, and other cities owning her image.

What’s happening now: Athena just finished shooting look books for a handful of designers including Marina Makaron Moscow and Tough Luv Clothing. She’s looking forward to shoots in warm weather and her magazine features in Gothic Beauty, Meuse, and Ellements magazines.

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FAST FIVE

Ian Michael Crumm: What did you eat for breakfast?

Kristen Athena: Yogurt with berries and an apple-cinnamon and oats compote

IMC: Whose shoes are you wearing?

KA: Charles Jourdan, vintage white leather slingback with a black wool cap toe

IMC: What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

KA: Buying shoes that are expensive and impractical!

IMC: Where were you last night?

KA: Tippling Place, having craft cocktails with one of my menswear aficionados

IMC: What do you wear to bed?

KA: Diamond earrings and Obsession by Calvin Klein

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She was also at the photo shoot I styled a few weeks ago! HERE ARE THE IMAGES

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Fast Five with Lauren Junge

Lauren Junge, Account Executive at Factory PR, speaks on her interests outside of working on women’s accessories accounts like Camilla Skovgaard, MCM, and Steve Madden. She loves riding horses, reading (the old fashion way – no kindle for her!), and traveling. Watch for her street style looks like HERE, HERE, and HERE (yes, those were Elle and NY Mag features).

What’s happening now: Her client, MCM, recently sponsored the launch party for The Dukes of Melrose in LA. She also just landed a placement for Steve Madden on the front of the NY Times Thursday Styles. With Fall/Winter 2013 approaching, she’s prepping for press days.

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FAST FIVE

Ian Michael Crumm: What did you eat for breakfast?

Lauren Junge: Starbucks venti soy no water chai tea latte and fresh fruit from Dean & Deluca.

IMC: Whose shoes are you wearing?

LJ: Lanvin. Knee high black leather boots with a curved metal heel.

IMC: What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

LJ: Pizza! And Indiana Jones movies.. I have such a crush on young Harrison Ford.

IMC: Where were you last night?

LJ: I was at the MCM store at The Plaza for an event celebrating International Women’s Day followed by the opening of Carson Street Clothiers down on Crosby Street. We handled both events, so it was a great night out with the Factory team. I ended the night in bed watching Friends re-runs and munching on leftovers from Westville.

IMC: What do you wear to bed?

LJ: Calvin Klein underwear. Sometimes I throw on an old sorority tee.

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She also spends time updating her adorable Tumblr, instagramming party pictures, and tweeting about her travels.

 

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Fast Five with Lauren Mantilla (@thestyledarling)

Lauren Mantilla, aka The Style Darling and Co-founder of Philly FABB, is hot off an event hosting gig at the Diesel Launch Party this past weekend. She also just got done styling hair at Marina Makaron Moscow‘s Fall 2013 look book shoot.

What’s happening now: Lauren is busy sifting through her inbox of event invites and potential collaborations. She’s looking forward to a FABB ( get it? FABB, as in Philly FABB ;D ) spring with many engaging events for her sisterhood of bloggers.

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Image via Facebook

FAST FIVE

Ian Michael Crumm: What did you have for breakfast?

Lauren Mantilla: I had a skim cappucino from my new Nespresso machine! It makes the best cappuccinos!

IMC: Whose shoes are you wearing?

LM: Not wearing shoes at the moment, but I wore an awesome (and comfortable pair) of Diesel lace-up booties all weekend.

IMC: What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

LM: Reality TV & pizza

IMC: Where were you last night?

LM: I had a lovely dinner with you at Seasons 52 and then went home to read Pride and Prejudice.

IMC: What do you wear to bed?

LM: Depends. In the winter I love a classic flannel PJ (in light pink stripes, of course) and in the summer anything goes ;D

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Here we are!! Image via Instagram

Don’t forget to tweet at her! @TheStyleDarling

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Fast Five with MAO Padilha

Mao Padilha, fashion PR superstar and owner of MAO Public Relations, agreed to answer my (quickly becoming) infamous “Fast Five” questions. Here’s a look at the man who helped build careers for designers like Peter Som, The Blonds, and Jason Wu!

What’s going on now: Mao is wrapping up from a successful fashion week where he had presentations from Erin Barr, Katya Leonovich, and more! He has been busy signing copies of his book “Antonio: Fashion, Art, Sex, & Disco” which is rumored to soon be sold out! You might want to buy it HERE before it’s too late.

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Runway lighting is the best – Photo via Facebook

FAST FIVE

IMC: What did you have for breakfast?

MP: Quaker Oats CHEWY DIPPS Cookies and Cream bar

IMC: Whose shoes are you wearing?

MP: Prada

IMC: What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

MP: Going to glamorous parties and getting photographed to put on Facebook

IMC: Where were you last night?

MP: On a date with a cute guy eating sushi

IMC: What do you wear to bed?

MP: Only a black tank top

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Surrounded by BLOND. Glamorous parties. Do I spy Phillipe Blond and Amanda Lepore? – Photo via Facebook

You can follow Mao’s work by ‘liking’ Mao Public Relations on Facebook

Also, here’s his Instagram. I enjoy looking at the party pictures and fashion flashbacks!

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