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The Inspirational Woman Project by Bri Seeley . . .


lotsa laughs with designer, Tanya Cardoso + photographer Emanja Alleyne | 11.16.14

So you may or may not know that I participated in a video shoot for Bri Seeley’s Inspirational Woman Project a few weeks back. I first met Bri (who is also an amazing designer) this past summer when I covered the Ballet Preljocaj at the Dorothy Chandler Music Center. Well about 2 weeks ago I spent the day with Bri and about 12 other amazing women. It was a fun day of shooting, laughing, talking and discussing what we love about being women. I am so on board with the mission of this project, that it was really an honor to be a part of the video shoot. I feel like it truly embodies my whole belief system.  If you haven’t yet heard of it, “The Inspirational Woman Project is a movement dedicated to women finding their inner power of inspiration.” I love the mission behind this project which emphasizes women encouraging each other to be their best selves, and in that, coming together with other women to create positive change in the world around us. I mean how fantastic is that?

You can read more about The Inspirational Women Project here. And purchase the Inspirational Women Project coffee table book that started the movement here. 15% of the proceeds from the book go to benefit Women Empowered.



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Ballet Preljocaj at the Dorothy Chandler:: A Recap

DorothyChandler_thelookbookphilosophy.com Interior of the beautiful Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 2nd Floor . . .

Last week I attended opening night of Ballet Preljocaj’s Les Nuits, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The 85 minute ballet was well danced with an abundance of seductive overtones. The costumes were designed by well known couturier Azzedine Alaïa, however, there was no extravagance in design displayed.  I loved the staging of the scenes and watching the transformation of the stage with set changes and props for the different scenes. I really wanted to love this ballet, but there didn’t seem to be a continuous story to follow. It felt more like watching several different scenes of dances that that revolved around an erotic theme, yet didn’t relate to each other. Many of the dances had an abundance of stacatto movements and that may or may not have contributed to my feelings of the dances being separate and the scenes not flowing fluidly together as one complete performance. Perhaps that’s what the choreographer was going for?

The highlight of the evening for me, was meeting and speaking with Michelle Hebért and Bri Seeley, two local designers who were asked to submit designs inspired by the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, (also known as, The Arabian Nights).


Hebert1_thelookbookphilosophy.com Designer Michelle Hebért and model 

This fabulous full length white and gold chiffon gown was inspired by the Genie/Treasures. The gown was meticulously hand sewn to apply gold leafing applique’s to the golden plume which rises off the left shoulder. Per Michelle’s words, “Within the 1001 Arabian Nights Tales, the characters spoken of by Scheherazade are often seeking something, or come across artifacts or mystical creatures like the Genie that aids in their wealth and riches. This piece is a tribute to these aspects of her stories that relate both to the covetous desires of humans and the attainment of success.”

Hebert3_thelookbookphilosophy.com Scheherazade + Shahryãr (The King) two pieces by designer Michelle Hebért

Scheherazade is the legendary Persian queen and storyteller of One Thousand and One Nights. Legend has it that every day the king (Shahryãr) would marry a new virgin, and behead the previous day’s wife. 1000 women had been killed by the time Shahryãr was introduced to Scheherazade. (wow.) Michelle’s two-piece white and gold design is inspired by Scheherazade and consists of a beaded lace halter and billowy chiffon slip with lace details at the waist and flowing bell sleeves. For Shahryãr, Michelle created a full body white and gold stretch suit with lace details. Hebért says she wanted “to create a piece that was feminine while still having masculine properties that would lend itself to this main male character in the story who after being betrayed by his wife, would marry a new virgin each day. But before the beginning of the next would end their lives out of fear they too would eventually betray him.”

Hebert4_thelookbookphilosophy.com Visuals and background info about Michelle Hebért + the collection . . .
Hebert5_thelookbookphilosophy.com Isn’t the back of Michelle’s dress amazing!!! ♥♥♥

MEHebert6_thelookbookphilosophy.com How beautiful is this dress?? Love. 



Pieces from Designer Bri Seeley’s Chrysalis Collection 

Bri Seeley’s designs captured the femininity that plays throughout the story of One Thousand and One Nights. Her use of flowy chiffon and elegant silhouettes evoked the feeling of Arabian Nights and sultry sunsets. The deep crimson color seems to pay tribute to the lives lost by Shahryãr’s many new brides, and the rich black gave nod to a desert blanketed in the darkness of night.

Bri6_thelookbookphilosophy.com I love how the contemporary silhouettes translate through to the theme of Les Nuits . . .


Bri5_thelookbookphilosophy.com Designer visuals evoked a mood of femininity under duress . . .


Such flowy sheer fabrics also gave me the feeling of tented caravans and desert breezes . . .

I love that the Music Center brought fashion and dance together for these three nights by challenging Bri and Michelle to create and show pieces inspired by the story of One Thousand and One Nights. It was such a treat to be able to cover these amazing designers and their work.

For more information on the designers featured in this post please visit: BriSeeley.com and MichelleHebert.com . Find out more about upcoming performances at The Music Center here.



Ballet Preljocaj: Les Nuits (The Nights) @ The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Ballet Preljocaj Post

I’m excited to be attending Ballet Preljocaj’s: Les Nuits (French for “The Nights”) tomorrow night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  Ballet Preljocaj is France’s leading contemporary dance company. Their latest production, “Les Nuits,” is based on the much loved tales of One Thousand and One Nights. In English, the tales are often referred to as  the “Arabian Nights.” Familiar stories you may recognize from this collection are Aladdin’s Magic Lamp, The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Other than the fact that I love the ballet, I’m excited to attend this particular ballet because the costumes have been designed by well known couturier Azzedine Alaïa. In addition, The Music Center has invited two local designers, Bri Seeley and Michelle Hébert to create three looks inspired by the tales of “Les Nuits.” Here is a look at some of the designers’ sketches . . .


Sketch by Bri Seeley . . .


Sketch by Michelle Hébert . . .

Ballet Preljocaj will be at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from June 20-22. Tickets are on sale now. For more information click here. or visit musiccenter.org.

See you at the ballet!!


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