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Runway, camera… Fashion!

By Jen Herring
Contributing Writer

Silk, shimmer and sky-high stilettos dominated the runway during the 12th Annual Miami International Fashion Week.

About 700 people, including press, buyers and audience members came out to support designers from all over the world in Miami’s Art District from March 18 to 21.

“This was my first time at Miami International Fashion Week,” Indian designer Michelle Salins said. “I was totally overwhelmed at the fabulous response my collection received.”

Photo by Jen Herring

On Friday, March 19, the audience piled in, leaving many guests standing against the back walls to catch a glimpse of women’s swimwear by Columbian designer Antonia Saenz.

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Supercar Experience rolls into West Palm

The Palm Beach Supercar Experience rolled onto Flagler Drive on Saturday. Even with the rain, the event drew huge crowds to the downtown area.

Ferraris, Lamborghinis and other luxurious, powerful vehicles were displayed. Each privately owned automobile was selected for its unique qualities. Many are one-of-a-kind productions.

Several students from one of PBA’s advanced production classes attended the media event last week at Palm Beach International Raceway, and the Supercar Experience on Saturday.

Click here to view a slideshow of images and audio from both events.

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Beacon Features: West Palm sparkles and shines

By Jen Herring
Contributing Writer

We all know the familiar saying, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” For weeks, local residents had their tickets and were ready to spend Presidents Day weekend viewing elegant antiques that catch the eye at first sight.

“Tens of thousands” of people attended the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show, show officials said. That number exceeded last year’s attendance at the show, which is billed as the largest art and antique show in the nation.

Photo by Evelyn Ticona

 

The show, which took place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, featured over 200 international exhibitors from the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, France, Turkey and Sweden.
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Beacon News: Haitian student grateful for ‘renewal’

By Jen Herring
Contributing Writer

Only 45 minutes from Miami, part of the Island of Hispaniola, Haiti remains in dismay due to the recent earthquake.

The tragedy is felt not only in Haiti, but at Palm Beach Atlantic University as well.

Edwens Prophete, a student working towards his masters in business, considers himself lucky to have heard from some of his family only a few hours after the earthquake.

Prophete, born in New York as one of seven siblings, lived in Port-au-Prince for six years and still has a lot of extended family in Haiti. Continue reading

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Beacon Looks: ‘Black in America’ discussion in Lassiter

On Thursday night students participated in an open forum discussion about “Black in America.” The discussion was led by Flossie Jackson, president of the Black Student Union, and sponsored by the College Republicans, College Democrats and BSU.

The documentary discusses black men in America and topics such as AIDS, employment, education and the ratio of black male incarceration compared to white males. It also focuses on the positive outcomes and achievements from these struggles.

Students agreed it was important to keep in mind how far African Americans have come and to appreciate even how far Palm Beach Atlantic University has come in terms of racial issues.

All photos by Jenifer Herring / Contributor

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Beacon Opinion: You call yourself a ‘reporter’?

By Jen Herring
Contributing Writer

With the recent outburst of “oh so humble” Kanye West at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and the brief on-camera dispute between boxers Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Shane Mosley during post-fight interviews, the media have plenty to talk about.

However, during the chaos, it seems reporters have forgotten what their jobs entail. After Saturday night’s fight between Mayweather and the defeated Juan Manuel Marquez, HBO announcer Max Kellerman proved he had no idea what to do when the two boxers began to argue during the interview. Kellerman intentionally provoked Mayweather by asking unrelated questions to “get his attention.”

Mayweather became rattled and responded by saying, “Imma do the talking because you do too much talking.”

After that, it was downhill for Kellerman as he took the hit by Mayweather personally and kept taking every question back to “Floyd’s behavior.”  After his drawn-out rant, the viewers were still left with unanswered questions as to how Mayweather defeated his opponent from the words of Mayweather himself. In other words, Kellerman couldn’t have cared less about what viewers wanted to hear. Oh, what’s that called again …reporting? Thank you HBO for that in-depth coverage.

As for Taylor Swift, she finally had the opportunity to speak about the interruption by Kanye West during a series of television and radio interviews. As I was driving home this weekend, one particular radio station caught my attention.

Kiss 95.1 radio host “MJ” decided to push the envelope by continuing to ask Swift about the West incident. Swift spoke briefly, stating she was “focusing on the outpouring of love” and the people “who had her back.” She also said she wanted to “move on” and not discuss it; MJ continued to ask questions about it.

Swift got so upset she stepped away from the phone. Not only did he kill the chance to ask her other questions about her career or life, but he also broke ties with her completely. Will she ever speak with Kiss 95.1 again? Probably not.

I’m not sure when reporters decided to state their opinion and not give the facts, but let’s hope it ends soon.

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Beacon Features: Piven talks ‘The Goods’

By Jen Herring
Contributing Writer

 

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

 

In a recent telephone interview, Emmy award-winning actor Jeremy Piven talked about his life and his lead role as slick talking car salesman Don Ready in the comedic film, “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard.”

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Spending the summer in WPB? Looking for something to do?

Jen Herring's blogBeacon editor Jen Herring has started a new blog dedicated to West Palm Beach nightlife, events and entertainment! For all of you who are spending the summer in West Palm Beach or the South Florida region, she will be updating the site with suggestions of how to beat the rainy blues and who will be hosting hot summer events!

Check it out here!

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Found: Friendly Gummy bear parking reminders

Photo by Jen HerringCourtesy of Beacon editor Jen Herring.

The geniuses behind the building and planning of the Walt Disney parks in Orlando really got things right when they color coordinated the parking lots. Yeah I guess it isn’t so hard to remember that you parked on level 5 but its just so much easier to remember that you parked in the Peter Pan level E instead.

Apparently, some good Samaritan has initiated the same concept in the Dixie Parking garage by sticking a different colored gummy bears on the wall in the stairwell of each floor of the parking lot. Each color coordinates with a different level.

Thanks a lot friendly Samaritan, for the helpful reminder that I parked on Green Gummy bear level (a.k.a. level three.)

Find something random or weird on campus? Snap a picture and send it to beacon@pba.edu!

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Local event: BET’s Spring Bling returns to Riviera Beach

Article by staff contributor Jen Herring.

Hotels in Riviera Beach are being booked to capacity as Black Entertainment Television’s annual “Spring Bling” event makes a come back, March 28 to March 29, for its third consecutive year.

The event will feature concerts by some of today’s most popular rap, hip-hop and R&B artists. 106 and Park’s hosts Rocsi and Terrence will be hosting the event.

Although, controversy over whether or not the city council would approve of the proposed agreement by BET is still being talked about. In the end, the city and BET came to an agreement to let the event take place.

Local publications like the South Florida Times stated, “under the proposed agreement, the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council would give the city a $75,000 grant to offset expenses.”

The television company reportedly is working with the city to ensure the safety of participants. The Palm Beach Post reported that, “the television company has agreed to provide metal detectors at the audience entrance, to provide private security on the site and to ‘make best efforts’ to prohibit drugs and alcohol at the show site.” Continue reading

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Local events: Miami Fashion week opens today

Written by Staff contributor Jen Herring.

The newest international clothing designs can be seen from March 19 through March 22 at SOHO Studios in Miami’s Wynwood Art District. The week includes eclectic food, music, models and 60 designers.

Many Latin celebrities are expected to attend the fashion event such as Grammy Award winning singer Albita, Miss Espana 2006, singer Ricardo Montaner and many others. Other recognizable names include Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza and Miss USA Crystle Stewart.

“Also joining the 2009 line-up is special guest designer Agatha Ruiz De La Prada, whose exuberant, brightly colored creations garnered her the 2004 fashion Oscar in Italy as best foreign designer,” according to miamifashionweek.com.

As a MFW custom, concluding the night with the Miami Moda and Music Awards® is a must, and will feature global recording artists. Award presenters include Vincent de Paul from the movie “Poseidon,” and Angelica Celaya from the original cast of “Hairspray,” just to name a few.

Top media reps expected to attend are CNN, Miami Herald, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue France and many others. Hmmm…do you think they forgot to put PBALocal on the list? Maybe next year!

The International Culinary Arts Pavillion was recently added to the event’s line up as well. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy foods from around the world, inspired by the diverse cultures of the fashion week designers. Want to indulge in cuisine created by Miami’s top chefs? Tickets are $20 at the door for the Culinary Arts Pavillion.
Dj Irie will be kicking off the 11th annual Miami Fashion Week (MFW) at club Mansion tonight, which features collections by Pascal Joel Weber, Mariano Lumbi and Glavidia Alexis.
Attendees can get tickets for $25 per fashion show and can be purchased at http://www.miamifashionweek.com/tickets.

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Beacon reviews New York Fashion Week

This article originally appeared in The Beacon student newspaper on March 2, 2009.

By Jen Herring and Marissa Barkey

Editor’s Note: Contributing writer Marissa Barkey attended this year’s Fashion Week allowing her to give her firsthand report.

Thrifty fashion has hit the “Big Apple.”  This year’s Fashion Week arrived on a budget. The economy being in recession, it was natural to expect a toned down Fashion Week this spring. Fewer designers showed fewer outfits, fewer models on the catwalks and fewer lavish parties. Several of the biggest “fashionistas” were thrown into a bit of a  financial crisis.

Michelle Obama made a statement by being a “no-show” a Fashion Week, despite the presence of her newly endorsed designers, Jason Wu (inauguration ball gown) and Narcisco Rodriguez (election night dress).  The first lady chose not to attend fashion shows because some people can’t even afford to shop for clothes at Target, let alone a $20,000 gown. Instead, she chose to stay home with her children at the White House and celebrate Black History Month. She also made plans to speak on issues  that matter more to people than fashion.

Photo by Marcio Madeira via Style.com

Photo by Marcio Madeira via Style.com

The New York Fashion Show
After years of fashion shows around the world, New York holds the title of being the fashion center of the world by bringing together local and global designers from around the globe.

Some of the fall 2009 collections show that downsizing is the trend this season on and off the runway. There are a lot of tight leather pants on the horizon and leggings with little “witch booties.” There has also been a mature look on New York’s fashion runways this season: pencil skirts skim the knee, blouses aren’t transparent, and coats and jackets have understated details that convey the working man or woman. Continue reading

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