Sunday, September 17, 2017

Work Hard , Play Hard , .....

Hello all,

Hope you had a fabulous weekend.  Sunday Funday from the Balcony Blogger talking all things Fashion today....mostly our "eyes" on Atlantic City Fashion Week.

Let's start by shining that light on one of our signature New Jersey Events-

ATLANTIC CITY FASHION WEEK
www.atlanticcityfashionweek.com 



                                                         Above- Yours Truly- Ava Holly
International Blogger and founder of 4 A STAR, 4 A VISION, Ava's Eye Bagz and co-founder
                                                      of Eye On The Shore Bridal Tours

                                                     
                                    Above- Media Partner Lisa Diane Hall and her gorgeous MOM


Above- Media Partner Jocelyn Earle


Above- Founders of Atlantic City Fashion Week and more....
Fashion Style Live and the newest fashion hosts at New Jersey's SNJ channel-



Jeana and Lamont Bowling , local entrepreneurs to New Jersey, have taken this AC Fashion week idea to a whole new level over the past 11 Seasons of the Atlantic City event. 

What started out as Atlantic City Fashion week in 2011,  has grown to other communities around New Jersey and the Tri-State area. The week begins with THE BUSINESS OF FASHION panel event, student showcase, awards and then into Ready to wear night and finally Couture night.

 I have had the pleasure of knowing the founders, Lamont and Jeana Bowling for many years now and I have watched the consistent growth of this fabulous event.
From running the model casting calls, interviews, and running the other aspects of their life in the Fashion Industry, Jeana and Lamont are growing their brand everyday !

The AC event alone draws designers from around the Globe as well as photographers, journalists, vendors, models, and more....

Just a few of the Designers and models that I am also honored to call friends include...
Lainy Gold, Lloyd Crawford, John Leon,  Jermaine Pratt, Clavon Leonard, Gio Delavicci, Agatha Ngo Likoba , Samantha Grandy and more....
Lainy Gold with Gio Delavicci and more....

Clavon Leonard and more....

I work with many photographers in the area and the light shines today on John Stpales of 
JBMS photography , also a long time friend....
This event also included our own Mr. Panting of Mr. Panting Photo and Video as well as some other people I have met along the way....

Past Season Designers and Designers we now work with on a regular basis include 
Samina Mughal and Mark Legrand 


Ava and Samina


Above Center- Samina Mughal
Global Fashion Designer


First look at one of the "Where" bags - Dallas -  from Designer and Manufacturer
Mark Legrand.....
Stay tuned for all the November happenings around Ava's Eye Bagz


Image from the Mark LeGrand Boutique


In speaking with Lamont and Jeana over the years, many "things" have come up for discussion not only in the logistics of running a successful show yet in the logistics of running a successful business.  I'm sure we've all heart the term "It takes a Village".... it is so true.... one of the " P's" we will be discussing at our Fall Mastermind is PEOPLE....
No matter what you do or what your goal is in life, you need to surround yourself with the right people........and you need to choose those people as part of your team carefully. 
Is it always perfect? Do these people ALWAYS stay in your path? ..... Of course not, yet being prepared the best you can do to give yourself  that extra heads up moving forward. 
I always believe that people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime..... you learn and grow no matter when, where or how long - both positive and negative..... 

Lamont and Jeana have a great team in place right now and this is what is catapulting AC Fashion week, Fashion Style Live, and yes, even the newest segment of their spot on SNJ.

NO ONE MAKES IT ALONE

Some of their great team include Media Director and founder of JBMS Photography
John Staples ( pictured below)


John runs a very professional tight ship when it comes to the "Paparazzi" and the media allowed on the floor to cover the Fashion Events.... 
Managing and placing photo and video companies and individuals in the right place to get the best shots they can is just one of the many tasks on John's plate. 
A portfolio dream to be front and center at a Fashion Event !
Visit John at     www.JBMS1photography.com 

Other directors include  Miss Sheree who is in charge of ALL the behind the scenes organizing for the event, including preparing and setting up vendor tables, swag bags, and overall "go to " person at the start..... Sheree can then direct questions and concerns to the proper individual directors in category.... such as Miss Tina, Miss Cat, Manny, John and others...wherever it needs to go.... and the organizational process is never ending. 

For those of you that are NOT local and do not have the opportunity to see one of Jeana and Lamont's events....take a moment to search out a similar event near you if Fashion is you Passion.... 

In the meantime, enjoy over 40 photos from this weekends Fashion Event in Atlantic City, NJ

Make it a great day !

Enjoy !

These first 2 looks are made out of paper !



This next designer is just 8 years old !!!!   Savannah Smith.... I was only able to get a shot of her walking BACK on the runway yet I managed to capture one of her designs as well.... WOW !



My hats off to all the models, designers, MUA's ( make up artists), stylists journalists and photographers
..... enjoy the rest of the photos !



































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