NY CHULA is taking over, one state at a time!
After an incredibly successful summer of presenting at Fashion Week Rhode Island and appearing on The New You Show, NY CHULA is traveling to the heart of emerging fashion in the states, New York Fashion Week. There, NY CHULA will be selling the irresistible new Cookies and Cream hat collection.
N.Y. C.H.U.L.A - More Than Just Fashion
N.Y. CHULA is an innovative line that pairs the timelessness of fur and leather with the modern and expressive aspects of today. After appearing at FWRI back at the Mint Gallery and later presenting at the FWRI segment this summer (blog post coming soon), it's clear that NY CHULA is on the move and taking over the fashion scene!
But what sets NY CHULA aside from every other leather brand on the market?
N.Y. CHULA is more than just fashion.
Vibrant Colors, Endless Options
N.Y. CHULA stands out when other leather brands blend in. Collections such as the Skye Collection combines fairy tale blue with gold trimmings to create an iconic look (pictured below).
Collections are composed of a skirt and top which both can be tied to your unique shape and are flexible with your proportions! Skirts can be swapped for jeans and tops can be paired with fur coats, denim jackets, and even "the boyfriend shirt" to create endless looks.
As someone who is a little larger in the bust, I was a bit worried when I initially tried on NY Chula but to my pleasant surprise, the top could easily be altered to fit me!
To view the full N.Y. CHULA shop and collections, visit the site by clicking here www.nychula.com/store
New York Children’s Help Under Loving Authority
N.Y. CHULA is MORE than "just fashion". Chula is a Spanish slang word for "beautiful woman", but the Chula in N.Y. C.H.U.L.A stands for "Children's Help Under Loving Authority".
5% of daily purchases are donated to children's charities, of the shopper's choice! Currently, N.Y. CHULA is donating to Canines For Disabled Kids, a foundation that provides service dogs to children in need.
In addition, individual products give back to individual charities. For example, purchasing the Rose Pom Pom from the Cookies and Cream hat collection benefits Breast Cancer Research.
N.Y. CHULA Takes On TV!
N.Y. CHULA presented samples from several of the signature N.Y. CHULA collections on The New You Show with Chirin Ashkar. Not only were the signature leathers shown off, the brand new Cookies and Cream Hat collection was demonstrated!
Nijah Skye Mangual gave a makeup tutorial in addition to being the makeup artist to all models and the host. Viewers were able to see the contrast in each looks, from the Cosmic collection to the Limited collection which I was excited to present.
See more of Nijah's makeup work by finding her on Instagram:
Her website can be found here: https://www.nijahxoskye.com/
See the full episode of N.Y. CHULA on The New You Show by clicking visiting:
N.Y. CHULA Goes To New York Fashion Week
NY CHULA is off to New York City for New York Fashion Week!!! The designer will be hosting a table to show off the Cookies and Cream collection! Both Black and White Ski hats will be for sale in addition to the white, beige, rose and black pom poms. Both hats come with a pom pom but the interchangeable poms will be available!
Be sure to see N.Y. CHULA at ICu Fashion Week and if you cannot make the event, check out the online site!
You don't want to miss out on N.Y. CHULA or any of the signature N.Y. CHULA looks. Don't miss the extended sale! They will sell out quickly!
Connect with N.Y. CHULA
Visit the official N.Y. CHULA website for all styles and products as well as information about charities and upcoming events. You can also sign up for the mailing list through the homepage.
Stay in the loop with all things NY CHULA by following on Instagram!
So, you heard it through the grape vine. There’s a fashion show on the horizon and you want in. You hunted down the details of the call, and you’re ready to rumble. It’s time to bring it, time to stand out and show that you’re a necessity for the upcoming show.
You make it to the call and the air is filled with fierceness and the desire to be casted. Girls and guys line the room, some shorter and some taller than you. You don’t want to be another applicant; you want to be one of the lucky ones who make it through. With the abundance of wannabe models, how can you make it?
Dress for Success
For starters, don’t be fooled. The casting call is not the fashion show. Don’t come hot off the runway, come ready to be studied.
Some girls and guys you may see during the casting may be dressed to the nines. Dresses, jackets, hats, jewelry, so on! This is all wrong. As a model, you are a mannequin. Your body must fit the articles of clothing. You as an individual don’t matter on the runway, you as a body matters. The casting director must be able to visualize you as a model on the runway wearing the casted designers’ lines.
Coming in skinny jeans, preferably dark in color, is the ideal. Some instances may ask for you to come in leggings. Baggy pants or flowy pants are not recommended. The casting director must see your figure and how you walk.
In addition, don’t come in layers. No flashy accessories or jewelry. No scarfs, no cardigans. Come in a fitted tank top or shirt. As previously mentioned, you must be dressed basic so you can be visualized in the designers’ clothing.
The first rule of fashion shows is to wear your heels to a call. NEVER come without heels. I am absolutely shocked with the amount of girls I’ve met who didn’t bring heels to the call. I cannot believe the amount of girls I’ve met who came in sneakers and moccasins. It’s like wearing pajamas to an interview, it doesn’t make sense, so don’t do it.
Bring the heels you feel most comfortable in. The taller the better. But, if you’re an unsteady pony in stilettos, come in kitten heels. Whatever heels brings you the confidence to strut yourself, wear those. You are marketing yourself as a necessary model for the show. A shaky and shy model who trips will be cut.
Like sneakers and moccasins, don’t wear wedges and avoid heeled boots. They’re trendy and cute for a daily look but they don’t work for a call. The casting director will question your sanity and your ability to model walk if you don’t come in the appropriate heels
*** Shoes Pro-Tip
One of the first actions the casting director will do is look down at your feet and check if you have appropriate heels on. So, why not give the director something to remember? Wear heels that fit the requirements but try to wear a pair that is unique to you. The director will remember your walk and if you were prepared through wearing the correct shoes. Be prepared by wearing the right heels but bring your personality to the table. For example, I have a huge pair of heels that are hot pink sequence as well as a red and gold pair of heels with red pom poms on the toes of the shoe. Adding a unique touch will make you memorable, and being remembered is essential when they are narrowing down model applicants.
Listen, we all want the fierceness and jaw-dropping presence of Tyra or Naomi. We want to show we have the walk with the attitude to match it. Let’s be honest, that fierceness can be seen as overdramatic, bitchy or not genuine. My personal approach is to be myself first, model second. I am Samantha Gottlich, a model. Not a model named Samantha Gottlich.
I keep my mind to the mission of being casted but I personally try to make connections. Some girls come into a call with one objective; being casted. They keep quiet, they keep to themselves, and they come in and out like a ghost. They are serious and locked on target. I’m not like that.
I like to walk around, introduce myself to the backstage team (people who take measurements, give directions, so on). I like to chit-chat with the models, see where they’re from, and see if we could have crossed paths previously. I like to lighten the serious mood, compliment the other girls, and leave an overall positive impression.
This is my method to casting calls. This is often discouraged due to how cut-throat the industry is. The way I see it, whether I’m casted or not, I’m Samantha separate from a sometimes toxic industry. Being nice and genuine will leave a good taste in everyone’s mouths and you never know what connections you can make and where an audition will lead.
No one likes to work with difficult people who cause tenseness. Fashion shows are usually a hot, chaotic mess behind the scenes. Being easy going, positive, and friendly will show others that you won’t add to the chaos behind the scenes. If anything, it’ll show that you’re able to alleviate the tension and chaos. It’s easier to work with a happy, upbeat person willing to learn than a high maintenance, rude model who adds to the chaos.
Your walk. What makes or breaks your audition. Sometimes height matters more than your walk. If you’re short like me, your walk could get you a seat in an industry that favors the tall and looks down to the small (short joke).
Don’t put yourself on a pedestal. Be self-critical. Tear your walk apart and improve. Practice, practice, practice. It’s crucial in order to be prepared. Know your street walk, your cat walk, your Clydesdale and your elegant walk. Know how to walk to the beat and to the offbeat.
Don’t EVER do a kick with your first step down the runway. This isn’t the movies and you look ridiculous. Always step first with your foot in front. Practice your poses and have ones down (you go-to’s).
*** Your Walk Pro Tip
Master the turn while walking or taking a coat off on the runway. You’ll show your skills by mastering these moves. It’s not necessary but would show that you’re talented and trained.
I may not be a world famous model, but, I've learned this tips from top industry professionals in New England as well as my own experience. I hope this blog informed you. Go out there and slay!
I had the pleasure of attending the Saturday and Sunday shows of Fashion Week RI! Fashion, creativity, and inspiration made the two nights unforgettable. Not only were designers showcasing their one-of-a-kind collections, various performers showed off their skills, too. The nights were filled with unique talent and it was an absolute pleasure to see expression and passion presented.
As stated by Fashion Week Ri, Fashion Week Ri is "produced by LIGHTS | FASHION | PHILANTHROPY, a ‘fashion-event’ production and entertainment company. Our mission is to help charitable organizations increase their fundraising efforts while promoting local clothing boutiques, artisans as well as up & coming fashion and accessory designers".
Fashion Week Rhode Island presents a Spring and Fall show and this year was there second season. Keep an eye out for their upcoming Fall show, coming August 31st-September 3.
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The final day of Fashion Week RI was hosted at The Mint Gallery (433 Hope Street, Bristol RI). If you didn't see my Saturday blog post about FWRI, all art in The Mint Gallery is for sale and if you're interested in any pieces, please contact them!
If you missed my Saturday show post, click here
The Lineup for Sunday's Show included:
There were also performances by:
The night concluded with an afterparty:
Sunday was the final day of FWRI, so I had to go out with a bang. I dug through my closet, drawers, and shoe racks wondering what could I put together that would be a unique outfit, that also contrasted with my Saturday's show look.
Then it came to me. I remembered my own blog post. "Don't fear the funky" (link here)
I was going to bring the funk, the bright colors, and the strange fabulousness that I love, to FWRI.
Get my look
I used several shades of eye-shadow from my color palette to give me a strange look that matched by shoes.
In contrast to the Saturday show, the Sunday show had a very casual afternoon sense to it. Drinks were being served, same with Saturday, but this time, they were being brought to the audience. The main room was filled with chatter. The VIP room wasn't being used in the same way as Saturday, due to the models changing in there. Knowing that, I couldn't wait to see how the Sunday show differed from the Saturday show.
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