Our last day in St. Louis

Beth was in an afternoon show on Sat. which meant a 7am check in. The girls were all tired but they were there and ready to work. For some reason Beth was expecting an “old white guy” for the designer, I guess the name Michael Shead lends to that image.  Instead he was a young hip African American man that was a lot more fun to work with that an old white guy. He had very strong opinions about how he wanted the girls to look on the runway. When they do the run through the designers talk to the girls and make any changes in their walks or looks. With Michael he showed the girls exactly what he didn’t want he told them , “don’t go out there and do none of that Clydesdale walking, that is so ’02” and if you gave him any of that “horse shit” he would just pass you off to another show. For some reason when a gay man says that it’s just funny. He also told all the models that he picked them because of their looks but he’s watched them throughout the week and loves all their walks. Then he specifically told Beth that he wished she lived closer because he would like for her to be in another show he’s doing next Sunday. And he told her that she is so “editorial” I guess that means she should be doing some magazine layouts. Beth just loved him and they are already friends on facebook.

Michael Shead #2 Micheal Shead Michael Shead #3 Michael Shead #4

The other highlight on Saturday was that Beth found out that all the girls that walked in the Bolongaro Trevor (the designers that came in from the UK) show would get to go through a box of their clothes and keep something. Yeah free clothes! That had the girls running around the hotel frantically trying to find the person in charge so they could get first dibs. They ended up having to wait until after the night time show. So at 9:30pm there was a group of girls along with Attilio one of the co-owners of fashion week, heading down to choose their items. It was like one of those bridal sales you see on the news, girls were stripping down to their thongs (they no longer seem to care who they change in front of) and trying on everything while looking for the specific clothes they wore in the show. Beth and her friend Hillary were the last to make their choices, there were so many things they really wanted that just couldn’t decide. Everyone else had had left long ago and Attilio had to get to the after hours party so the girls were left alone in the room with all the clothes (and all the shoes that were used in all the shows) waiting for the other co-owner, Jill. Attilio mentioned that the girls may be able to go through the other 3 taped up boxes of clothes but he wasn’t sure so they had to wait for Jill. When Jill finally arrived she said no they had to choose from the box they had been looking in. This spurred a whole new session of playing dress up. Finally the girls made their choices. Beth ended up with the blue dress that she wore in the show. maybe when we’re in London we’ll get to go to the Bolongaro Trevor store and Beth can wear her new dress.

Speaking of London Jeff has said that setting up our Europe trip is first thing on his agenda for Monday. The plan is for us to go for 4 weeks and he said he wants us to be home in time for Thanksgiving (as do we.) By my calculations that means we’ll be leaving very soon, like this week! But we’re still waiting to hear the final plans.

Here are some more pics from the week:

Beth being weird

backstage

hair

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head shot #2 head shot

Day 3 in St. Louis

Friday brought us back to the chaos that I think often surrounds the fashion industry. The designer Beth was walking for, Bolongaro Trevor, had a major wardrobe malfunction. They are designers from the UK and a majority of their clothes got help up in customs in Memphis. So they were being driven up by Taxi, getting here only hours before the show. Which doesn’t give them much time to decide who’s wearing what and then fit the outfits. Plus they still need to press/ steam all the clothes. This may have contributed to the late start of the show. Our tickets say 7pm but they didn’t even start seating until 8:30. But once the shows get started they go pretty quickly.

here are some pics from the Bolongaro Trevor show, for pics of the other models go to STLFW at flickr:

and here are the videos:

Day 2 and another round of shows

Today went off without any problems. Beth had a great shoot with Steve. This is one of my pictures from the shoot.

Then made it back to the hotel in time for check in for the Byrd show. Beth had 3 outfit changes in the show tonight and with the model parade at the end she was on the runway 4 times. She said she felt her shoes slide at the end of the runway each time. But if they did no one besides Beth noticed. She was much more comfortable with everything today, we all had a better feel for how the shows work. I love the super funky music they play for these shows. There have been some great remixes, I wish there was a way to buy the soundtrack.

These are one of the crazy, high pair of heels that Beth had to walk in.

Tomorrow is more of the same; check in at noon and a show in the evening with Bolongaro Trevor. Since it will be Friday night the show should have a full attendance. I may also find some time to do a little gambling since we are in a casino (I’m up $20 so far!)

I’ll be posting the videos from this show later today, hopefully.

Tonight’s runway had a different look:

Beth’s first runway show (with video)

DSC01036Well we made it through the first day of Fashion Week. It was a roller coaster of a day for me. But Beth had an awesome time and that’s what it’s all about. Beth checked in at 1:00 and we were told right away that moms can wait over in the studio area and Beth needed to go behind the curtain with the models and designers. Of course, Beth didn’t want to leave my side. She didn’t know anyone there, all the other models looked way older and much more experienced and she still didn’t know what to do about that pesky walk. So we did what all people thrown into new situations do we stood there looking silly waiting to see what other people would do. Finally we saw another mom and model and that mom walked right behind the curtain with her daughter. OK then we’ll just walk back like we know what we’re doing. Nope, didn’t work for us we were told again we needed to wait in the stage area. But that person was a bit friendlier and did tell Beth where she needed to go. So Beth very bravely left our side and went in search of her designer.

In the mean time mom and I headed over to the chairs that were set up around the runway and found the one small grouping of other moms (that all seemed to know each other) and attempted to join their group. While listening in on their conversation I realized that one of the women was the mom of a model that we’re familiar with that works with our agents. So during a lull in their conversation I jumped in. They were very friendly and welcoming and they filled us in on what to expect throughout the day. We sat chatting and listening for several hours while Beth was behind the curtain doing the same thing with the other young models that she found backstage.

Besides a few texts and a brief visit Beth was on her own, behind the curtain, from 1-8:30pm when the show finally started. Then she had to wait even longer since her show was the last one to walk the runway at about 9:30pm. But during that time she made friends with other models, got their phone numbers and bonded with her designers. Jillian Lewis design is collaboration between Jillian and her husband. Both of whom told Beth that she “touched them” and they want her to stay in contact through email and let them know the next time she in NY. Since Beth’s ultimate goal is to become a fashion designer these are the types of moments I was hoping for. Several years from now when the modeling has died down this may be the opening for a great internship. Jillian also told Beth that she looked like a NY model and that she would do great out there.

DSC01056Now on to what everyone really wants to hear about; her actual time on the runway! She was on the runway 3 times; she had 2 outfits to show plus the parade of models at the end of the show. She did great (even with those super high heels, which I really wanted to take a picture of but was told by Beth that I wasn’t allowed.) She was supposed to look “bitchy” which we think she pulled off just right. The designer didn’t want them doing anything fancy, no poses or fancy turns. So she walked to the end of the runway, paused for the many photographers then turned and walked back. No stumbles or crashes, whew! It was nerve racking her first time out, for all of us. And I breathed a huge sigh of relief when she retreated back behind the curtain. She loved what she was wearing, she loved her designers and she loved the other models she met. All in all it was a perfect first experience. We finished up pretty late so I don’t have a lot of details from Beth yet. But I did hear about how she had to strip down and change clothes in the open back area (and there were male models back there.)My little girl who won’t change clothes in front of me is now comfortable changing in front of a room full of strangers, boys and girls. We knew it was going to happen but I’m still amazed that she’s so quickly gotten to the point where she’s lost her modesty. That usually doesn’t happen until after childbirth for most women.

Oh I almost forgot a really fun part of the show last night. It opened with Clinton and Stacie from What Not to Wear, surprising a girl in the audience. She was nominated by friends for her really bad dressing. So she was pulled up on the runway and subsequently humiliated by her choice of outfits but in the end she gets a free $5000 shopping trip in NYC. A little humiliation can sometimes be a good thing. Thomas and I did notice the girl in line while we waited (2.5 hours) to get into the show and we did have a bit of a laugh over her outfit. She had on furry Ugg type boots and crazy multi colored dreads. Since they were really filming for their show they did a few takes of their intro and we all had to cheer at the appropriate times. They also panned the camera through the audience so you may see us in the show. I don’t know if they were filming behind the scenes or if the crew stuck around and filmed the shows at all. It will be fun to watch that episode to see. Note from Beth she thought Stacie was a total brat back stage, apparently she did not like the directions that were given to her so she told them how she WOULD be doing it instead.

So for today we’re going back to Steve the photographer that started it all for Beth and doing another test shoot. Since our last visit with him 6 months ago Beth has been to NY and done shoots with 3 other photographers. It will be neat to see how she’s grown. She was so nervous her first time with him, she had no idea what to do or what to expect. This time she won’t have those nerves to contend with.

After the photo shoot it will be back to the hotel to check in for the Byrd show she’s in tonight. She’ll finally be like a real model showing up late for something. Of course, it’s out of our hands since we’re just following the schedule that was given to us. We also need to find a clothing store for some underwear necessities that we didn’t think to purchase beforehand. And a grocery store where we could buy some healthy snacks. The restaurants here at the casino/ hotel are crazy expensive and we really could use just some plain fruit! Mom, Dad & Thomas may be sent on those errands while we’re at the photo shoot.

This morning I’m the one awake at a ridiculously early hour, typing this blog in the bathroom so I don’t disturb everyone else. Still pondering how I can get dressed and get out of the room, to the coffee shop at the casino where there is actually free wi-fi, without waking everyone up?? And really regretting that I’m awake so blasted early because I know it is going to kill me tonight if Beth is in a show. Ah the life of a blogger.

St. Louis in the morning

Nothing exciting to post yet. Last night we had a fun yet uneventful night at our hotel. Beth & Thomas played in the pool for hours then we got a pizza and hung out in the room watching TV & reading. There are 5 of us sharing a room so we got a suite and everyone had a comfy place to sleep. Beth and Thomas were battling for the pull out bed. Beth won it for last night with Thomas planning on getting it tonight. Unfortunately G-ma is pulling rank and taking the pull out bed the rest of the trip so her & G-pa can have their own room. For some unknown reason they feel compelled to wake up at 3am. Which won’t be quite so bad when we switch to the casino/ hotel today. Then they can go down and gamble for a few hours before our day gets started. No wonder they go to bed so early!

It’s a rainy day in St. Louis today. Not sure what Dad and Thomas have on the agenda for today. I know they plan on visiting the Budweiser Brewery, the transportation museum and the arch during the week.

Beth has to check in at the HoteLumiere at 1:00pm to prep for the Jillian Lewis show. She’ll have several hours to practice her walk and make herself even more nervous. She was practicing her walk last night in the hallways of the hotel. Besides not knowing what to do for the turn at the end she was doing pretty good.

I should have something more exciting to post after the show tonight.

Back to the modeling

We’re packing up our bags and heading out. Not to Europe but to St. Louis for fashion week. Beth will be walking in her first ever runway show and oh boy is she nervous.I’m glad her first show is going to be in a much smaller setting. I think we would both be nervous wrecks if we were headed to NY for fashion week.  This should be a nice way to ease into it. Plus Beth’s agents Mary and Jeff will be there and they will be working with Beth on her walk.

We’ll be driving to St. Louis with my parents and Thomas. Dad and Thomas will explore the city during the day. While Mom, Beth and I will be doing model stuff. Hair, make-up, fittings and learning how to walk. All that fun stuff. Then in the evening we’ll all gather to watch Beth walk in the shows. So far she’s on the schedule for Jillian Lewis (2008 project runway designer,) Bolongaro Trevor and Michael Shead.

Here’s a behind the scenes look at the Bolongaro Trevor show last season:

And last but not least Beth is finally on the NEXT website under new faces

I’ll be posting more from St. Louis!