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The Australian Style Queen Opens Up Her Fabulous Life

August 13th, 2011

 

 

It sounds like a dream; styling some of the world’s biggest stars including Kirstie Alley for Dancing with the Stars, Kristin Chenoweth (Glee, Wicked The Musical, Broadway) for the final Oprah season and having Blake Lively wear your designs, but for Aussie fashion icon Sophia Banks-Coloma, it’s is all in a days’ work. With ten years of fashion experience in New York, L.A and Australia, Sophia is a formidable force in the fashion industry, with many labelling her the Aussie Rachel Zoe.

With international success as a highly established creative director, designer and stylist, and a wealth of acknowledgement in the industry; recognised by Forbes as one of its Top Ten Undiscovered Designers on the rise in 2009, and Harpers Bazaar Style leader two years running, it seems the world is her oyster.

Sophia’s fascination with fashion began at just 10 years of age when she enrolled in fashion drawing classes. Even after leaving school and moving to New York to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sophia always knew her passion lay in fashion.

Sophia became co-owner of award-winning Hollywood hotspot Satine Boutique, styling celebrity clientele including Nicole Ritchie, Scarlett Johansson, Michelle Williams and Rachel McAdams to name a few. Sophia and business partner Jeannie Lee would also frequently provide internationally renowned stylist Rachel Zoe with their key fashion tips and trends.

Sophia’s style is influenced by her global travels and, with Sophia’s strong Australian roots, the Satine showroom regularly showcased Aussie designers including Sass and Bide, Fleur Wood and Camilla and Marc.

Sophia’s mantra is simple: “Buy what flatters you, not just what is trendy. If you are uncomfortable in it, don’t buy it; otherwise that is exactly how you will end up looking – uncomfortable.”

In 2008 Sophia, keen to put her skills as a designer to full effect, launched contemporary label Whitley Kros. The label has since established itself as a celebrity favourite, worn by the likes of Katy Perry, Blake Lively, Taylor Swift and Kate Hudson, and featured on U.S reality TV show ‘The Hills’. Testament to Sophia’s eye for detail and the brand’s innovative designs, Sophia was a semi finalist in the Ecco Domani Fashion Award and her collection was selected as a Mercedes Benz highlighted fashion show – a huge accolade for a designer.

Sophia is currently involved in the costume design for a new film by Academy Award winning Director Barrie M.Osbourne (Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Matrix and the new Great Gatsby) starring Amber Heard (Drive Angry 3D, Rum Diaries), Kellan Lutz (Twilight) and Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood). The film ‘Syrup’ is due to launch in Australia in 2012.

As with every successful person, Sophia has her own influences:

“I hugely admire Haider Ackermann and Riccardo Tisci for their great designs, Hubert Givenchy for creating the best dresses ever seen this century, and Coco Chanel for being such a rebel! In terms of style icons, I love Cate Blanchett for her elegant beauty and Charlotte Gainsburg for her effortless style. It could be said that all of the above have acted as a collective muse for my various fashion projects!”

With luxury fashion houses including Dior, Chloe, Cartier, Roland Mouret and J Mendel already lined up to provide the wardrobe for her latest venture, it seems her admiration is reciprocated, with design houses clamouring over themselves to be a part of her projects.

What an amazing woman and a fortunate opportunity to delve into the world of one of the worlds best stylists.

This is the incredible Sophia Banks-Coloma…

Sophia on Work

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I just finished the movie ‘Syrup’ in New York, designing all the wardrobe. It is an amazing project staring Amber Heard, Kellan Lutz, Shiloh Fernandez and Britanny Snow. It was a great project to work on – the director overheard me doing an interview for MTV and decided put me in the movie as the TV host interviewing one of the actors!

I am also working on dressing a number of celebrities for the red carpet and some image revamps for various new clients.

You are currently working on a movie starring Amber Heard, is this your first movie and what was your reaction when you found out?

Yes it was my first movie, and it was exciting and terrifying all at the same time. When I was pregnant I would watch the Devil Wears Prada and would think if I had the opportunity to work on a movie like that I would do it. A year later I was sitting with the director of ‘Syrup’ at the Chateau Marmont discussing the movie and he asked me to work on the costumes.

You’ve achieve incredible results for many of the brands you have worked for, landing them in major magazines around the world – how have you managed such success?

I never look around and say ‘gee I am so successful’, I am always striving for more and trying to do more things so I don’t really think about it. Right now I am thinking about two new film projects and a some fabulous new clients.

For 10 years you have been working with Hollywood’s A-List, who are the ones you really loved working with – or even loved to hate?

Kirstie Alley has been great, we started working together at the beginning of Dancing With The Stars show and it was great to see her weight transformation.

I loved Amber Heard on this latest movie, she is so beautiful, graceful and elegant – a real old Hollywood star, I am sure she will be getting an Oscar soon.

You travel a fair bit between the US and Australia, how do you manage?

I have travelling under control, especially with my daughter. We even ship our bags ahead…. We have a whole travel plan.

You are married to Marcus Coloma, who appears on hit shows like CSI and One Tree Hill, how long have you been married and how did you meet?

 

My brother’s friend, Nick Bosher (creator of beached whale) was staying with us in the USA and he went to an acting class and met my husband. They hit it off and decided to go for a run and he brought Marcus over – the rest was history.

Does Marcus ask for your fashion advice all the time?

All the time….. When he was filming Syrup in New York, he would call me and ask, ‘What am I wearing to this premier?’- I’d say the Black Jacket, Blue tee, and the Brown boots- I tell him what to wear all the time.

He says he can’t shop or get dressed without me.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I have to turn off my phone and on Sundays we have a family day. I’m also lucky to have a studio at my house, so I have Coco around me all day and she can come say hello whenever she wants.

My husband and I like it best if we are working together as then we get to spend lots of time together- otherwise we have date night.

My Mother/Father always told me…

My father and mother both always told me to there wasn’t anything I couldn’t do and that I could never really lose, by reaching for the stars. They showed me anything was possible, they live life, they take risks, they are adventurous and always changing …. That has given me the guts to do things most people would think are crazy and brought me here to this point now.

Sophia on Food

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Chocolate and coffee. I live for these things. I can not get enough chocolate.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I am sad to say we don’t really cook at home, only occasionaly. We had someone cooking for us a little in Los Angeles, before we left so we could have family meals. But the last three months have been in New York…..I don’t know if anyone in that city actually owns a frying pan!

What is one of your best cooking tips?

Hmmmmm…… wear heels, so if your food tastes terrible you will look good.

Sophia on Fashion

Being a leading fashion stylist, working with names some people could only dream of working with, you need to look the part. What would you normally wear to feel comfortable, but also look fashionable showing your experience and authority?

I have to say that in New York I did have to learn to adjust my style, as wearing killer heels on set for 12 hours was not going to be easy. So for long days I wear wedges or platform sandles… YSL has a really comfortable pair of sandles.

I do always try and look good, I wear cropped trousers to be casual but always with some heels. I have to admit I suffer for fashion a little, I had to do a interview on the set for WWD and I had just bought a new Celine outfit- wool pants and shirt- but yes I still wore it in 100 degree heat.

I love hats, and will always wear one if my hair is not done- that’s my cheat.

 

Fashion must-have’s?

Cropped pant trousers look so chic with a shirt tucked in and a great heel. Plus burgundy nails.

Which celebrity wardrobe do you think is spot on?

 

Amber Heard, Dianne Kruger and Cate Blanchett.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

Right now my burgundy Celine Bag, my Birkin bag, a new Celine outfit and a navy lace dress by The Row.

Sophia on her Home

Who or what influences you most in home décor?

I design my house like my wardrobe which is good and bad. I love wallpaper so have lots of it . I also try and go a little more classic as I will have the urge to decorate my house yellow or burgundy for the color of the season and then want to change it about six months later.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

The front entrance has yellow wallapaper with birds on it and the dining room has black wallpaper, which I think it really mysterious.

Do you think rules in fashion also apply to the home?

Yes but on a different scale. There are fashion rules, such as certain things make you look larger. In houses certain things will make a room look smaller and clutered and others will make it feel larger and spacious.

Sophia on Lifestyle

Where did you grow up?

Australia.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Australia and the US?

Anywhere in Australia- I love it. But mostly Sydney with my family and Palmbeach.

In the USA – Big Sur in northern California, Florida on the beaches and Palm desert at a spa.

What car(s) do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

Lexus Hybrid- I love big cars and I really wanted a Range Rover as that is my favorite car, but I bought the Lexus for the environment.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Handbags

Where would your ultimate holiday destination be?

The Maldives. I’m actually going to be going soon and I am so excited it is to a new resort – I just have to find the time to go.

 

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My iphone, lip gloss and a great handbag.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

The royal family.

Three pet hates?

1. Airport Security

2. Dropped Phone Calls

3. Changer over time for the taxi in New York when it is raining – fashion disaster.

CARTOON TUDOR HOTTIE – Henry Cavill

May 23rd, 2011

CARTOON TUDOR HOTTIE

Super handsome British actor who smoulderingly appears on the big screen in The Count of Monte Cristo, Stardust, Hellraiser: Hellworld, Blood Creek, portrays Theseus in the upcoming 2011 big budget blockbuster Immortals, and was recently cast as SUPERMAN in the 2012 film Man of Steel, but is best known for playing the role of Charles Brandon the 1st Duke of Suffolk on the Emmy award winning Showtime series The Tudors for which he was named by Entertainment Weekly “Most Dashing Duke” and praised his work on The Tudors for displaying “charm, depth and a killer bod”, hot model for Dunhill fragrances… HENRY CAVILL!

FUN FACTS: Dubbed the “Unluckiest man in Hollywood” by Empire magazine for his series of near misses, Cavill was originally cast as Superman in 2004 but a change of directors for the movie saw Brandon Routh recast in the title role, Stephenie Meyer author of the popular Twilight books called Cavill her “perfect Edward” and wanted him to star in the series – but by the time production started on the films he was deemed too old for the role and it famously went to heart-throb Robert Pattinson instead, Cavill was a final contender for the role of James Bond in 2005 but producers decided an older Bond was required and Daniel Craig became the star of Casino Royale! D’oh!

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Meet Gina Meyers, Writer Of Unofficial Twilight Cook Book; Love At First Bite!

August 2nd, 2010

Gina Meyers is best known for her pop-culture television trivia books and cooking expertise related to the Twilight Saga and the iconic television show Bewitched.

From an early age, she had a passion for the culinary arts, experimenting in the kitchen with baking breads, muffins, cookies and cakes. For 7 years, Gina taught a plethora of entertaining and fun cooking classes for kids from Easy Meals in Minutes to Storybook Cooking and Crafts.

She has been a television consultant for Popstar! Magazine, Columbia Pictures Television and Nickelodeon Magazine. She is a featured business expert at business.com and is the San Jose Examiner’s cooking guru. Meyers has a Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis in Marketing and owns a Publishing firm, Serendipity Media Group.

Read more about Gina’s new book “Love at First Bite, The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook” HERE.

Let’s get to know Gina Meyers together…

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I am currently working on an I Dream of Jeannie Trivia and More book, a children’s book about the Louisiana oil spill, titled: New Hope, Help Our Precious Environment, and a recreation of Love at First Bite revamped in full color glossy photos, a keepsake, and My Life as a Twilight Fan, an autobiographical approach to the journey. Inspirational Life, Exploring Our Passions in 365 Days. I have recently completed a book of inspiration entitled: Life Lessons Learned from My Fortunes: Inspiration Edition.

I am also publishing Brooklyn artist and poet Liz Longos’ book on Australian birds, called A Bird and Its Albatross: a Tale of Renewal.

Twilight Cast on Alan Carr, Chatty Man Show, enjoying Twilight Tribute Punch, excerpt from my Love at First Bite, The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAM6GKkqThg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo2KeaJkXJA

Tell us about your new book, Love at First Bite?

Love at First Bite is brimming with juicy tantalizing recipes, so brace yourself and bring your very best table manners and appetites and don’t forget your forks.

The international phenomenon known as Twilight fever has ignited excitement in the kitchen. Delectable delights to satisfy the appetites of the humans can be found in the fictional book Twilight. Love at First Bite Cookbook, is meant to offer a satisfying array of warm, lovely dishes that anyone of any age can cook with ease and enjoyment. To help the reader determine the level of skill involved in preparing each dish, the recipes are labeled “easy”, “medium”, or “hard”.  One fork means “easy”, two forks, “medium”, and three forks means it is a “difficult” or “hard” recipe.

Filled with forbidden love, action, and danger, so brace yourself, and bring your very best table manners and your appetites. Don’t forget your forks. Beautiful Bella Swan will be serving up some scrumptious delights to satisfy even the pickiest puritan “vegetarian” vampires.

Intertwined in the pages of Love at First Bite, you will find Bell’s Lasagna, Harry’s Famous Fish Fry, Mushroom Ravioli, Blushing Bella Punch, just to name a few.  Your senses will be filled deep with the sweet aroma of mouthwatering I Dare You to Eat Pizza Edward, and sinfully delicious Red Velvet Cake. You know when the rooster crows, it is time to awaken your sense of taste and take a Bite at Dawn to Lemon Blueberry cake, Plum Pecan Waffles, or Grand Slam Sundae.

Red juicy ripe vine tomatoes marinated in raspberry vinaigrette tempts the taste buds and is a featured salad in the There Are Cold Cut Sandwiches in the Fridge section. Pucker up and take a long cool sip of Sparkling Honey Lemonade in a citrus salt rimmed glass, one of the virgin recipes found in the beverage chapter. Give into your epicurean temptation and take a bite into Love at First Bite Cookbook. The recipes will leave you breathless and hungry for more.

Besides luscious recipes, you’ll also find cast lists for Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse, as well a Twilight Saga Party Planning Checklist, Bella’s Prom Planner, and tons of trivia. Also find invaluable resources on upcoming Love at First Bite Cooking Classes and more.

What made you want to produce this book?

My goal is to create excitement in the kitchen and reignite the passion for cooking. My goal is to bring teens and Twi-Moms and Twi-Dads back into the kitchen. I think reading is so important, and Stephenie Meyer has brought a lot of people back to reading, I want to bring people back into the kitchen cooking together and having unique themed parties. All of my recipes are labeled, “one fork” “easy”, “two forks” medium, and “three forks”, difficult. Most ingredients are very economical and the point is to have fun and to stay on budget.

I got into writing as a way to express myself. Through the art of sharing my experiences, and impressions of mainly iconic popular culture TV shows, books and movies. It is my interpretation and expression of these characters and settings.

Do you have a Twilight obsession?

I do not have a Twilight obsession; I am a fan and a popular culture expert. I enjoy igniting a passion for cooking in the kitchen. I express myself creatively through the exploration of entertaining tips, trivia tidbits, and through the art of grouping, naming and making unique themed recipes. I believe that Twilight is a love story, like Romeo and Juliet, with elements of forbidden love. The Twilight saga brings me back to a simpler time and rekindles the feelings of my first love.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Some foods that most excite my taste buds are sweet potato fries with aioli sauce, deep fried artichoke hearts, cracked crab marinated overnight in balsamic vinegar, olive oil, parsley, and garlic with fresh baked sourdough bread from San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. My favorite recipe from Love at First Bite is Red Velvet Cake.

What is your greatest extravagance?

My greatest extravagance is traveling. I love exploring new cultures, tastes, flavors, sounds, and  sights.

Greatest lesson learnt?

It’s the journey in life and not the destination.

My Mother/Father always told me…

Life is not a dress rehearsal. My father also told me to remember to stop and take time to smell the roses. My mothers also told me to remember to prune, feed, and water the roses.

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

We contribute and participate in NAMI, the National Alliance for Mental Illness.

Signature dish?

Boneless, skinless Chicken breasts marinated in white wine, with fresh mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, artichokes, and capers.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

The one thing I can’t leave home without is my purse. It weighs well over 10 pounds, I don’t even know what’s in there, but surely something I might need.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

If I could be a fly on the wall of any celebrities home, it would be actor Gerard Butler. He seems to have a keen sense of style.

Three pet hates?

1. Legalistic people

2. Ignorant people

3. Insensitive individuals

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

My ultimate holiday destination would be Sydney of course! Tahiti and the Almalfi Coast too.

What is one quality you have, that you hope your children will get and carry through life?

The one quality that I have that I hope my children will carry would be to be persistent in all things. In the long run, persistence is the only thing that carries a person through life, to have a can do attitude and to keep plugging along.

What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface? (eg. Hyper-colour shirts!)

The worst fashion trend that I would hope would never come back would be the mullet hair cut and baggy jeans with the boxers showing, yuck. I am not a fan of leisure suits either.

What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

My favorite color is red. All of my cars at one time or another have been the color red. Our latest car is a convertible red Chrysler, Seabring. I love owning a convertible, it is so freeing, especially when we drive it to one of our favorite beaches in California.

If you were in a position where millions and millions of children globally admired you, what would be the one thing you would want to be a role model of? (eg. Body image, drugs etc…)

Princess Diana and Audrey Hepburn, both touched the lives of children through caring and compassion. I love children and as a result of my magical life, I get the opportunity to meet children and to share my love of cooking, writing, and creating with them. I want the children of the world to discover their true innate passions.

Love At First Bite can be purchased from www.iUniverse.com and through all major booksellers.

Love At First Bite – The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook by Gina Meyers

August 2nd, 2010

Gina Meyers has a new book out now, Love At First Bite: The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook.

“Love at First Bite Cookbook, is meant to offer a satisfying array of warm, lovely dishes that anyone of any age can cook with ease and enjoyment. To help the reader determine the level of skill involved in preparing each dish, the recipes are labeled “easy”, “medium”, or “hard”.  One fork means “easy”, two forks, “medium”, and three forks means it is a “difficult” or “hard” recipe.”

” Your senses will be filled deep with the sweet aroma of mouthwatering I Dare You to Eat Pizza Edward, and sinfully delicious Red Velvet Cake. You know when the rooster crows, it is time to awaken your sense of taste and take a Bite at Dawn to Lemon Blueberry cake, Plum Pecan Waffles, or Grand Slam Sundae. Red juicy ripe vine tomatoes marinated in raspberry vinaigrette tempts the taste buds and is a featured salad in the There Are Cold Cut Sandwiches in the Fridge section. Pucker up and take a long cool sip of Sparkling Honey Lemonade in a citrus salt rimmed glass, one of the virgin recipes found in the beverage chapter. Give into your epicurean temptation and take a bite into Love at First Bite Cookbook. The recipes will leave you breathless and hungry for more” says Gina.

Love At First Bite can be purchased from www.iUniverse.com and through all major booksellers.

Read the full interview with Gina Meyers by Adrian Erdedi by clicking HERE.

CARTOON WEREWOLF HOTTIE – Taylor Lautner

July 12th, 2010

CARTOON WEREWOLF HOTTIE

America’s highest paid Teen heart-throb actor star of the movies The Adventures of LavaBoy and SharkGirl in 3-D Valentine’s Day as well as cartoon voice overs in the animated TV series’ Danny PhantomWhat’s New, Scooby Doo?, and is most famous for his role as the buff and brooding Native American werewolf Jacob Black in the Twilight saga movies… TAYLOR LAUTNER!

FUN FACT: Due to major physical changes that occur in the character of Jacob Black throughout the series, the director of Twilight‘s sequel, The Twilight Saga: New Moon considered replacing Lautner with a different actor in the second film – so to keep the role Lautner hit the weights and trained extensively gaining approximately 13kgs!

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