Jan 31, 2014

Carmakoma's "I Picture You // You Picture Me" Statement Show

With my gorgeous friend, model Kecia Lie, in make-up before the show (wow, my hair looks red in this light!)
The always stunning Line Mckay Mikkelsen
Model and stylist Cecilie Eline rocking Beauty Ink's make-up look and Goocha's hair styling
Kind of in love with this ombre lipstick - and it looked awesome on Line
Stunning Cassia DeMayo in make-up
Showtime! Orshi, Line and Malene on the "runway" in the middle of Copenhagen Central Station
The beautiful Orsolya "Orshi" Papp was such a power house in the show, amazing to watch!
Carmakoma are big on size diversity, and the show reflected their body positive attitude wonderfully
Models Line and Kecia revealing their statements at the end of the show
Line McKay Mikkelsen's favourite quote was so good!

The audience was free to take all the postcards after the show. Great way to spread the positive vibes and keep as a souvenir. 
This was Cassia DeMayo's favourite quote, and it's spot-on.
Backstage after the show: Models Jani and Malene were in good spirits!
Designer Heidie was happy and proud after the show, and flew into the arms of the models Majken and Eva K.
The dynamic duo that is Carmakoma: Angelica Weiss and Heidie Lykke, applauding their team and models after the succesful show. 

I går løb et forrygende show af stablen inde midt på Københavns Hovedbanegård. Det var Carmakoma, som denne gang havde teamet up med Landsforeningen mod Selvskade og Spiseforstyrrelser (LMS), der viste en del af deres lækre efterårs- og vinterkollektion på modeller i størrelserne 36-48. Med min mor som ledsager, mødte jeg op i sminken inden showstart, for at smugkigge og hilse på. Goocha stod endnu engang for håret, som var knivskarpt og med et flot shine, og Beauty Ink leverede make-up'en, der denne gang bød på vilde øjenvipper og ombre læber (hvilket jeg helt sikkert skal eksperimentere med selv). På trods af at være megacrowdede, med fotografer, journalister og bloggere til venstre og højre, var pigerne i højt humør og glædede sig til showet. Stemningen har i det hele taget været vildt god og energisk igennem hele forløbet, og det var fantastisk at se, hvordan alle gik op i det med hud og hår. Som de fleste nok ved, laver Carmakoma tøj til kvinder i størrelserne 42-54, men de går ind for diversitet i modebilledet. Derfor ville de endnu engang slå fast, at alle kvinder, uanset størrelse, er lækre og fortjener fedt tøj. Ikke bare tøj de kan passe, men fashion. Showet i går var derfor et statement show, hvor man både hyldede kvindekroppen i al dens forskellighed, men hvor der så sandelig også var fokus på design i høj kvalitet. Noget af det jeg elsker allermest ved Carmakoma er, at de ikke er bange for at tage chancer. Hverken med deres tøj, eller med deres shows. Koreografen Mille havde virkelig sat modellerne på en prøve, men på trods af små kiksere hist og pist, var det en supercool koreografi, og jeg elskede det militante, som både kom til udtryk i koreografien og i stylingen af pigerne. Den måde publikum blev involveret på, syntes jeg også var fantastisk. Til sidst i showet åbnede modellerne nemlig deres kufferter og afslørede indholdet: hver kuffert bar på et citat, som repræsenterede den enkelte model, og deres budskab var dermed deres bagage - både i overført- og i bogstaveligste forstand. At vi fik en lille bid af deres egen historie gav dybde og personlighed til showet, og afspejlede intentionen bag. Jeg synes at det var smukt, da det opfordrede til eftertanke og stillingtagen - især fordi man efterfølgende kunne tage citaterne med hjem på postkort. På dén måde bærer man budskabet med sig, og sørger for at det bliver spredt og lever videre efter showet. Lidt ligesom en rigtig god film, med et plot eller en historie man ikke kan slippe, selv efter den er slut. Jeg synes at hele teamet leverede et pragtfuldt show, hvor budskabet står tydeligt tilbage og har gjort et vedvarende indtryk: Vi skal som kvinder spejle os i hinanden, og ikke i det medieskabte ideal:

"I Picture You // You Picture Me"

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An amazing show took place at Copenhagen Central Station yesterday. Carmakoma, teamed up with the danish NGO against selfharm and eating disorders, were showing their gorgeous autumn- and winter collection on models sizes EU 36-48 (UK 8-20). With my mom at my side, I stopped by backstage to have a peek and say hello before the show. Goocha was once again in charge of the hair, which was sleek and had a nice shine to it, and Beauty Ink delivered amazing make-up in the shape of lush eyelashes and ombre lips (which I definitely will have to experiment with at home). Despite being totally crowded by photographers, journalists and bloggers front, left and center, the girls were in high spirits and were excited for the show. There's been an amazing energy all through this process, rehearsals and all, and it was so good to see, how involved everyone was. As most of you know, Carmakoma design clothes for women sizes EU 42-54 (UK 14-26), but they're all about diversity in the fashion world. That's why they once again wanted to make clear, that all women, no matter their size, are beautiful and deserve awesome clothes. Not just clothes they can fit into, but fashion. That's why yesterday's show was a statement show, where they not only celebrated the female body in all its varieties, but also focused on high quality design. One of the things I love most about Carmakoma, is that they aren't afraid of taking chances. Not when it comes to their clothes, nor when it comes to their shows. The choreographer Mille really put the models to a test, but despite little hiccups here and there, it was a badass choreography, and I loved the militant look that was present in both the choreography and styling of the girls. The way the audience got involved was also pretty rad. At the end of the show, the girls opened their suitcases and revealed what was inside: each suitcase carried a quote which represented the model, so that they literally and figuratively were carrying their message with them. That we got to see a bit of their story gave a depth and personality to the show, and reflected the intentions behind it. I think it was beautiful, as it encouraged people to think and take a stand - especially because you were invited to take the quotes home on postcards afterwards. That way you carry the message with you, and you make sure to spread it and pass it forward after the show. Just like a good movie, with a great plot or storyline, that you can't quite let go of, even after it has finished. I think that the entire team delivered a great show, where the message stands out and lingers on: As women, we need to use eachother as mirrors, and not the ideal created by the media:

"I Picture You // You Picture Me"

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