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Julia Schurkamp Photo by: Rocky Castaneda



had my first test photo shoot in 2007 with famed Seattle-based photographer Alex Lim, whom I met at the wedding of my sister, who is also a fashion model in Portland. It wasn’t until two years later that those photos were noticed on my Facebook page by Josh Michel from J. Michel Photography. Sessions came one after the other and I had the pleasure of working with Scott Martinez, Ray Ward, Bill Carpenter of Image Of Elegance, Veronica Evans of Fossa Studio Photography, and Denny Marit of Sudden Exposure Photography. One night in January 2011, I happened to walk into a lounge where they were hosting a small fashion show. While watching the show, I did not notice that MY picture was being taken as well. After the show, I was approached by a photographer and he told me he had taken some pictures of me. We exchanged information and parted ways. The photographer was Rocky Castaneda of Lake City Photography.


extra in a movie, been in a few commercials as well as a music video. I have participated in five runway shows and have two scheduled for this summer. I have also had my photos in fashion photography articles and advertisements for local magazines. My most recent event was Label.m Demonstration & Runway hosted by label.m's Anthony Edge. I love working with Spokane/Coeur d’Alene photographers. Aside from being passionate about their art and discerning style, they are fun and family oriented, very understanding especially since I am a stay-at-home mom. They have broadened my exposure, experience and confidence in the fashion world. Life gives us opportunities and surrounded by the right people, every break, no matter how big or small, is an exhilarating way to have fun and just being who I am.

Five months after that meeting with Rocky, we had our first photo-shoot along with Eric Barro. Only this shoot was not a regular fashion photography shoot. This was my maternity shoot. A few months later, while eight months pregnant, I managed to pose in the summer heat as the Gaia the Greek goddess, aka Mother Earth, for a Goddess Exhibit with Thomas Richardson. I am currently signed with The View Talent Agency as a model and an actress. I have been cast as an 7


Julia Schurkamp Photo by: Rocky Castaneda

Julia Schurkamp Photo by: Rocky Castaneda



Couture Model: Ariel StClair Designer: Kirsten Longly Hair/Makeup: Alexi Sage Photographer: Jennifer Harvey



JENNIFER HARVEY I came to be a photographer because of an experience I had as a young girl. The majority of my childhood memories were created in Eastern Washington. When I was 12 my family uprooted and moved to a small town in New Mexico. I became acquainted with a girl who was home for break. She came from a wealthy family and spent the school year in a private boarding school. She was a “mean girl” -- nice when she wanted something, but clearly I was not worthy to socialize with her. She only spoke to me when she wanted something. One day she came over and asked me if I would come play “fashion show” with her and her friend from school. It sounded fun and I didn’t have anything else to do so I went with her to her house. We went into her huge closet and she and her friend began pulling their outfits together. Her wardrobe was unbelievable. She handed me a point and shoot camera and told me I was going to be the photographer. She made it clear that I would not be trying on any of her clothes and told me to wait in the entertainment room. I was crushed. I decided to get even. I had undergone weeks of her bullying and this was the breaking point. So I decided that I would sabotage the photo shoot. Each time they came out with new outfits and hair and makeup, I took pictures from every angle and did funky crops. I was deliberately trying to mess up the shoot. I’m not proud but it did happen. They were none the wiser and I felt a little vindication. Later that evening we were sitting in her convertible waiting for the little one-hour photo hut to finish the 8 rolls of film we had used. I was so excited because I would finally have my revenge. I thought I’d teach her a lesson on how to treat people. When she opened the first envelope and pulled out the stack of 36 images, I didn’t even look at the pictures but instead I just stared at her face. I wanted

to see her reaction. I was disappointed when she lit up and smiled from ear to ear. It was certainly not the reaction I had hoped for. So I looked over at her friend, and she too was smiling. What?! They loved the pictures. It was evident that they liked the tilted camera and the lens flare and the cropping that I had done. I was crushed. My plan had backfired. But when I started looking at the images, I liked them too. My father was always taking pictures. He was into photography long before I was born. After seeing these images of these two “mean girls” I began to understand why my father loved to keep his camera nearby. It was a magical moment. I have since matured and moved back to Washington where I am a full-time photographer. I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing people during my career and have been published many times. It is always an honor to be published. However, I feel more satisfaction receiving accolades from my clients. Their initial reaction to their photographs is my motivation. I love fashion photography, but I am known for my Boudoir photography. I have a knack for making people very comfortable and bringing out their beauty. I enjoy creating images that these women can look at anytime they want to give themselves a pep talk. I am very passionate about working with traditional methods of photography. My current favorite camera is 40 years old and still functions perfectly. Using film requires skill, patience and confidence. It makes my heart happy and I’ll work with this photographic medium until it is no longer manufactured. But with the recent surge in photographers going back to film, I don’t see that happening anytime soon. If you would like to see more of my work, please visit 11


Couture Model: Ariel StClair Designer: Kirsten Longly Hair/Makeup: Alexi Sage Photographer: Jennifer Harvey

Couture Model: Ariel StClair Designer: Kirsten Longly Hair/Makeup: Alexi Sage Photographer: Jennifer Harvey



Couture Model: Ariel StClair Designer: Kirsten Longly Hair/Makeup: Alexi Sage Photographer: Jennifer Harvey

Couture Model: Ariel StClair Designer: Kirsten Longly Hair/Makeup: Alexi Sage Photographer: Jennifer Harvey



Couture Model: Ariel StClair Designer: Kirsten Longly Hair/Makeup: Alexi Sage Photographer: Jennifer Harvey

Couture Model: Ariel StClair Designer: Kirsten Longly Hair/Makeup: Alexi Sage Photographer: Jennifer Harvey




Kirsten Longly is a Spokane, WA based couture designer who designs and creates original clothing for women. Kirsten seeks to convey with her designs the qualities that make a woman attractive, sexy, sensual, strong and independent which makes a woman alluring and desirable instead of being a commodity. Women used to wear garments that were classy. Fitted and structured garments that were impressive to look at which created a certain persona and aura revolving around themselves that other women admired and tried to emulate. Clothes used to be made with pride in terms of their construction and quality in the seams, all of which has been lost to the industrial age. Clothing construction has now come down to how fast a seam can be made, and how cheaply it can be made. Over the years, Kirsten has realized that building her own brand not only involves a lot of hard work with ups and downs but also one that follows a constant path of learning. Recently, Kirsten decided to limit her clothing design creations much like how Rolls Royce restricted the number of models for their own brand of cars. By doing so, this creates a desirability to collect and own that unique piece of clothing. In the world of fashion, a garment that is much sought after is one that isn’t worn by everyone because once everyone has it; it renders that clothing item passé and boring. The same is true of music – you can only listen to a song so many times before you want to listen to something else. Kirsten’s desire is to create an individualized piece of art that envelopes the wearer and invites others to notice the uniqueness of the design that makes it much more interesting and surpasses a fad; one that is timeless and can be worn in any era without looking like it doesn’t belong.
 These design sensibilities take into account the wearer’s physical characteristics to the point where her original designs and creations not only transcend ideas but also makes it a personalized garment that is truly fit to the wearer’s body and personality. A good example of this is when she designed a garment and fit a bridesmaid who had severe scoliosis. One of her shoulders was about four inches lower than the other. So, of course, the dress she wanted was not going to fit. Kirsten had to reshape the entire gown, not only to make it fit, but also to account for her physical challenges. The kind


of joy Kirsten experienced with this bridesmaid was evident when her client cried and hugged Kirsten because she had never had a garment do what that dress did for her – it gave her a new lease on her own personality and confidence. 
As far as fabrics and construction choices, Kirsten chooses fabrics for their comfort. In Kirsten’s own words – “I want to feel comfortable in them. I want to feel luxurious in the things I wear. What I really want is to look awesome in something that feels like a pair of pajamas! I have had clients tell me on more than one occasion that they truly loved wearing my designs, and that they felt so comfortable they didn't want to take them off. That is the way clothes should feel. Usually, our work clothes are something we can't wait to take off the minute we get home. Why not have them be just as comfortable as your favorite pair of sweats, while making you look like a million dollars?” Kirsten sews garments in a manner that combines both costume and couture, a concept that is tossed around and not really understood. Being couture trained, Kirsten can hand stitch a blind hem better than her own sewing machines. Not only are the hand stitches less visible, but also they are actually stronger and closer together. She doesn't ever worry about one of her hems coming undone, because she knows exactly what she did to put them in. Kirsten uses French seams, which is neither an easy seam nor a fast one, but it is strong and makes for a beautiful finish inside and out. And in case you were wondering, the construction of a French seam provides a clean, finished, professional look to the inside of the garment, such as concealing pinked edges. This art is often lost in many manufactured clothes. Kirsten believes that the construction of a garment should be just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. If it's made well, it will last. If it feels nice to wear, it will be worn. If it looks great on, and you feel good wearing it, then it has achieved the goal set out for it. While it may seem like a tedious task, no task is more important for Kirsten in ensuring that every seam is perfect because that’s what she wants her brand to be known for. To see some of her designs go to www.KirstenLonglyDesigns. com. You can also find her on FaceBook.



TANA BACHMAN-BLAND Tana Bachman-Bland is an acoustic and electric violinist in Spokane, Washington. She is also part of a four man band called Tango Volcado. What made you choose the violin as your musical instrument of choice? I chose the violin when I was 8 years old. A woman came to our school and demonstrated all of the stringed instruments. My brother and I went home and told our parents about it and then our dad brought home two violins. The rest is history.

from a cello in the way it is held. The cello is a much lower pitched instrument that has the ability to play a greater range of notes. What is the one song that you don’t get tired of playing over and over? The one song that I never get tired of playing is "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". The words and melody speak to me. It's beautiful.

Which artist influenced your work as a violinist?

Do you think that there will ever come a time when you will switch instruments?

The artist who influenced my work as a violinist was and still is Itzak Perlman. He had polio as a child, can't walk without the aid of crutches, has fingers as big as sausages and yet he can play like an angel.

I don't think there will ever come a time when I will switch instruments. Though, I wish I had been a cellist or french horn player. I would need another lifetime to become proficient at another instrument.

What is the technical detail that troubles you first if you don’t work on it all the time?

What types of music and artists do you listen to?

The technical problem that troubles me first if I don't work on it all the time is tension! If you're not relaxed, you don't sound good. Tension also causes injury. What differentiates the violin from other stringed instruments say like the guitar or the cello?

I listen to all types of music except for death metal. Most of the time my mood will dictate what music is on the radio in my car. My favorite artists are Pink, Johnny Cash, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, and many more. My favorite bands are Pink Martini, U-2, Steep Canyon Rangers and No Doubt.

What differentiates the violin from other stringed instruments i.e. the guitar is the fact that we only have four strings. Guitarists play mostly chords on 6 strings and don't use a bow. The violin is different



Tana Bachman-Bland Hair and Makeup: Lynne Rossman Blackwood Dress designed by: Lynne Rossman Blackwood Blackwood Art OOAK Clothing and Accessories

Tana Bachman-Bland Hair and Makeup: Lynne Rossman Blackwood Dress designed by: Lynne Rossman Blackwood 21 Blackwood Art OOAK Clothing and Accessories

Tana Bachman-Bland Hair and Makeup: Lynne Rossman Blackwood Dress designed by: Lynne Rossman Blackwood 22 Blackwood Art OOAK Clothing and Accessories

Tana Bachman-Bland Hair and Makeup: Lynne Rossman Blackwood Dress designed by: Lynne Rossman Blackwood Blackwood Art OOAK Clothing and Accessories





y l l a Tot Trashed FASHION Ever since Rachel Mace started Totally Trashed Fashion in March of 2011, everyone knew she was a little bit different.

In preparation for her fittings, she would tear tissue paper, newspaper, and book pages into small pieces and organize them across the counter in her two-room (studio/ living) apartment. Out came the rolls of saran wrap, tinfoil, and wax paper, from the kitchen cabinet and into a line beside the aforementioned papers. She would plug in the hot glue gun and let it crackle its way up to the desired temperature while laying out different sized brushes (one for each type of 24

liquid adhesive). Sometimes, she would also stand over the stove, whisking cinnamon and flour into boiling water to make a runny fixative, which would dry firmly. With her bead box full of deconstructed donated vintage jewelry out and her tape measure slung over her shoulders like an unknotted tie, the model would inevitably show up. Rachel would open the door, and if it was the model's first time in her cramped studio, it was equally inevitable that the whole layout would be baffling. Keeping momentum, Rachel would carefully explain how they would begin, what measurements


she would take, and what materials she would show her work at Bryant Park Hotel. On use, then wait for the model’s response. September 6th, four Spokane models and six other models strutted down the runway wearing Rachel’s original trash couture as well as featuring the work of the two jewelry designers -- Cyrielle Criscione and Mary Tafuri. But that is part of fun of it. The appeal of Rachel's work is one part utility and one "I actually cried," says Rachel Mace about part whimsy -- but it is all fashion. Totally the experience. "After the show, when we Trashed Fashion is recognized throughout were waiting for the cab to come and pick the Northwest for its ingenuity and eco- us up to take us back to the hotel. I was conscious message. From humble beginnings just so overwhelmed. With how amazing the in Spokane, Washington, Rachel Mace has experience was, and with how my entire city shown her trash fashion in Seattle, Portland, pulled together so I could accomplish my and most recently in Manhattan during the dream. I was just standing with my girls, coveted New York Fashion Week. Only six laughing and crying until the car pulled up. It months after Rachel's first fashion show, was amazing." Timmery Turner of Sugar Art and Fashion Back from New York, Rachel plans on applying discovered her work and invited Totally to the Fashion Institute of Technology in Trashed Fashion to showcase in Portland. Manhattan. In the meantime, she keeps busy Timmery was charmed by what she saw of the teaching herself to sew, while working on side designer and five months later, Rachel was projects and her next line, due to be released invited to showcase Totally Trashed Fashion in the Fall of 2013. that September at Bryant Park alongside New York Fashion Week. In Rachel’s own words -- "This line will be the best work I have done as of yet. I keep moving That was when something truly extraordinary towards a place where I can make alternative happened. Lacking the funds to even begin materials behave more and more like fabric. the journey to New York, Rachel turned to I can't wait to show you all." the local fashion community and her many friends, hoping to find the support, which would bring this dream to life, not only for her, but for four Spokane models and two local jewelry designers as well.

“Uh… You want me to what?”

The community responded with bake-sales, car washes, donation jars, and through word of mouth combined with local news coverage, people from Spokane raised close to $10,000 to send one of their own to New York, making Rachel Mace the first Spokane designer to 25

Made from: Garbage bags, tinfoil, construction paper. Photographer: Travis Geny Photography Model: Michelle Robertson MUA: David Yu 26 Hair: Amy Jean Williams

Made from: Garbage bags, tinfoil, construction paper. Photographer: Travis Geny Photography Model: Michelle Robertson MUA: David Yu Hair: Amy Jean Williams


Black and white dress Made from: Black garbage bags, white garbage bags


Photographer: Travis Geny Photography Model: Alex Cooksey MUA: David Yu Hair: Amy Jean Williams

Made from: Garbage Bags Photographer: Travis Geny Photography Model: Ariel St.Clair MUA: David Yu 29 Hair: Amy Jean Williams

Made from: Garbage Bags


Photographer: Travis Geny Photography Model: Ariel St.Clair MUA: David Yu Hair: Amy Jean Williams

Made from: Drywall tape, electric tape, spray paint, pearls, garbage bags Photographer: Travis Geny Photography Model: Ariel StClair MUA: David Yu Hair: Amy Jean Williams




In case you’ve been asleep at the wheel in the local fashion community in Spokane, you will surely recognize the name Douglas McCoy. Douglas is what many would call the “hair whisperer”, an accomplished hairdresser extraordinaire and the man behind the brand – House of POp. He and his lovely wife Amy Smith-McCoy are the creative brains not only for House of POp but also for another Spokane-based magazine called Muse and the Mode. I had the privilege of working with Douglas two years ago when he put out a casting call on facebook about an idea he wanted to create and make into a reality. It was all about hair, what else? His only concern was to make this dream a reality and capture it in a shoot. It turned out into more than being just a shoot about a girl playing her old-style record player in a garden wearing some fashionable one-of-a-kind handpainted dress with beautiful big hair resembling Marie Antoinette. It eventually ended up in a local magazine in a five-page fashion spread. And the rest, as they say, is history. Today, Douglas is known for his work not only with hair but also with short films. Tell us how you came up with the House of POp brand? Sheer genius actually. Seriously it is my love of Andy Warhol and all that he was about and what he created. He is a non-conformist whose freedom of design challenged the established ideas of the time. House of POp is an omage to Andy and to the brilliant artists that are

in their basements, studios, looking at the expanse of space and asking themselves “What do I want from all of this? What do I want to create? How do I want to blow their minds away today?”. The House part of the name is “home” to the people that collaborate with my wife and I, a true collective of amazing people that call this brand home to their art. What specific challenges have you encountered in building your brand? None really, we create with no expectations other than our own visions coming to life. We expect our standards to be met. We don’t go off of anything particular, we set out to create our version of amazing not hoping for anyone to really understand it. The fact that they get it and want to see more is a happy accident really. What advice would you give those who are starting to build their own brand? First rule in branding, never go against your own brand. Know what YOU are about and know what you want the world to see in your brand and stick to it. Don’t go off of anyone else, do your own thing, and then keep doing it. Who are your role models and why? Andy Warhol Howard McLaren who is my hair dressing mentor and former Vice President of Bumble and Bumble showed me how to film my work, photograph it, and inspired me to be my own kind of art. Stanley Kubrick for his constant dedication to film and the arts and constantly pushing it forward to create his own vision.







AXEL LENARDUZZI Introducing Axel Lenarduzzi, a classical French-Italian pianist whose unique style and amazing talent have made him world-renowned. J: Tell us about yourself, your background, your life… A: I have a relatively classical background as a musician. Early on, my mother introduced me to classical music and had me listen to it at a very young age. To her surprise, I kept asking her to play Swan Lake by Tchaïkovski, over and over, as despite my very young age, that music touched me and created images in my mind. These were my very first strong musical impressions. Later on, when I was six, I inadvertently – although some would consider it “destiny” – discovered a piano, at a friend’s house. At that very minute, the instrument, its contact, its sound, literally fascinated and moved me, creating in me feelings, needs, a form of satisfaction certainly physical from the touch, and even a certain sensuality, but also spiritual and sentimental from the effects the sound had on me, providing a feeling of being and of density, and intellectual as well, as I felt like I was working my mind fully. I, then, went on a musical pilgrimage, so to speak, from one conservatory to the next, meeting masters and musicians along the way throughout my student life. Most times were happy, others were more difficult, as can be expected in any learning process, but each step of the way was met with an incredible thirst for knowledge, a desire to discover the instrument, the music, the repertoire, the interpretation, and behind all this learning as an interpreter, find the message and the meaning behind the notes, and myself. Interpreting, for me, is a long discovery of music and of the self. J: When were you first made aware of your special musical talent? What were the circumstances? What followed? A: At a very young age, and not so much in terms of comparaison or successful execution, but simply from evidencing the incredibly strong moments I was living on the piano. What followed was the expression of this evidence, the evidence that the piano was a irremovable part of my life, and that I needed to continue in this direction, that it had become a major part of my being. J: Do you mainly play classical music or do you play other styles professionally and when alone at home? A: I essentially play classical music, as the piano repertoire is absolutely gigantic, and it would take several lifetimes to see all aspects of it, and the sensations it creates are indescribable! However, I listen to everything, as I also need to disconnect, and there can be beautiful sources of inspiration in popular music. All great composers have drawn from the repertoire of popular music, and we need to continue to do so, and to create ties between the styles. I suffer, in our contemporary world, from watch people closing up, worse yet, meeting people who think that they are not made for classical music or that they do not deserve it! It is absolutely saddening. Art in all its beauty, in all

its purity is universal, and must be proclaimed and given to all, without allowing its quality and its stringency to suffer. J: Liszt has played an important role in your life. How has he inspired you? A: He played an important role, first and foremost, because of his compositions and his music for piano. A friend was telling me once “my greatest piano teacher was Liszt. I take one of his pieces, and as I try to play it and understand it, that is when I make the most progress.” While it’s a bit exaggerated and unfair for the incredible piano teacher we find along the way, it still shows how important Liszt was for the piano. He revolutionized it and gave us all the expressive abilities we enjoy today with the instrument and to make it sound. He was a light in the darkness and a musical creator, not only as a pianist, but as a composer as well, opening the door of the harmonic language for Wagner and those who followed. It’s incredible what you find when interested: he was a titan! Furthermore, discovering the man via his biographies and his writings has had a profound impact on me, which is still hypnotic to this day, without knowing him in person. He has helped so many musicians, students, and composers relentlessly, devoting himself to what he deemed right. He was an example at many levels. J: Who else has had a major impact on your life? A: I would have to say my mother. She taught me the value of hard work, to be devoted to those I love, and to what I love, to set priorities, to have rigor, to discover who I am, and to detach myself from worldly things, at least I hope! J: What do you consider to be your greatest career accomplishment? A: That would be the day someone came to see me at the end of a concert to tell me that, at a time in his life when he was suffering, I opened a window for him, that it helped him, and that he had gained from it for the future. J: What are your current projects? A: I just recorded my new Brahms album, with his first sonata and his pieces for piano, Opus 118. I am working on a new program that I will play soon, but I will keep it a surprise for now! J: What is your philosophy of life? How does music affect it? A: That question could lead to a very lengthy and most boring answer. Put simply, my philosophy is that we should spend our lives discovering ourselves, and the other, in all areas, and awaken our conscience. That’s where music helps me, as I continually have to react to the incredible work of art the great composers have left us, first by trying to understand them to the best of my ability, then by trying to be as sincere and true as possible in terms of what these create in me. I have to try and be as transparent as possible to allow this music to freely flow through me and come out. I think that this search for the truth is of the utmost importance, surpassing all projections and prejudices to lead us to simply be, free from the control of the ego, of destructive passions, but intensely present in the musical moment. J: If you could accomplish anything, do anything, make any of your fondest dreams come true, what would these be? A: To be fully aware of the moment, to be true in the most human sense, and to draw people with me to make their discover the same happiness. All other dreams seem a bit futile.



Kahlani Badeaux Hair: Natalya Gujumit




Located near Cannes, France, Sandra Maurel specializes in wedding and evening gowns. The designer has always been facinated with fashion, and Haute Couture especially, and started her own designs in 2008. Each design is hand made and created in various sizes and colors to fit your needs. Sandra also custom makes gowns to your liking. Pricing starts at 1500 euros (approximately $2000) for wedding dresses and 500 euros (approximately $650) for evening gowns. Dresses for little girls can also be special ordered. Do not hesitate to contact Sandra for any pricing information, to place an order, or for any other professional partnership, such as photo shoots, fashion shows, etc. WEB SITE:


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A Guadeloupe Designer On The Move

What is your ultimate dream, your greatest goal?

By Joelle Osias

My dream is to participate in a Fashion Week. To watch even just one of my creations on the runway would be the summit of what I have tried to accomplish to this day. To have even a small name in the fashion world, but especially, to have my idol Sarah Jessica Parker, of whom I am a fan and keep in my workshop, wear one of my creations. I know I will succeed with my desire to continue to put all my love into my creations.

David started creating his own designs about seven years ago, but his passion for designing Special Event Formalwear was always there. In fact, it started when he was just a child, but let’s hear it from him… David, when did you start designing? I started creating my own designs about seven years ago, but I always had it in me, especially Formalwear. I was in sales when I decided to learn design and sewing to meet a deep-seeded need. How did you discover your talent, your attraction for design? I have always been manually inclined and I used to watch my mother sew when I was young. That’s how I learned my first stitches, crochet, etc. I was more interested in dressing my sisters’ Barbie dolls like princesses than to play with miniature cars. I was 26 when I fell in love with a boutique specialized in corsets, in Lille, France, which is still there to this day. Immediately, I thought, “I want a boutique just like this one, with my very own creations and my own corsets” and the boutique owner trained me in the special techniques of corsetry.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers today? I would like to point out that Guadeloupe offers many sources of inspiration and is full of very talented creators, who, like me, are proud to put their talent in the service of people, while keeping their rates affordable. Everything is created by hand. I hand place my lace and my rhinestones to have a very unique outcome. My creations and the designing creators I know all have their own place in the Universe, but even if we complete each other, it is not easy to create one’s spot in the market.

What do you consider your greatest success to-date? My greatest success to-date is undoubtedly the dress created for Miss International Guadeloupe competing for the title of Miss World on August 18, 2012. It was the result of so many years of hard work and the recognition of that work. Tell us more about the Miss Guadeloupe dress in the Miss World competition. How did it happen? The dress for Miss International Guadeloupe originated from a sketch from Klaud, the official designer for Miss Guadeloupe, who contacted me via my Facebook page, where I publish all of my creations. I interpreted the drawing and modified certain details. The only requirements were to keep the blue color, and to show off Miss Guadeloupe’s fabulous legs. So, I started with blue, and went from sky blue to petroleum blue, with a semi-transparent corset, rhinestones, and feathers. The result was beyond was I expected. It was truly a dream come true for me.





Adrienne sue


Can you describe a typical day for someone who works in the legal profession? A typical day, huh? Well, I hate to burst anyone’s bubble, but the judicial system is an adversarial system and so I do quite a bit of arguing. I have an office space right by the Courthouse, but I don’t always work there-sometimes I work from home. Typically, my days consist of phone calls to opposing counsel and legal research and drafting with several court appearances a month. Attorneys often get a reputation for being heartless and evil, well, I have to tell you that you must develop a thick skin to work in this field or you will be eaten alive; not only are your opponents hard on you, but your clients have expectations too. If you fail to meet those expectations, they will have no issue aggressively letting you know. So, in a sentence, my average day consists of arguing, arguing, and arguing in both written and spoken form!

What specific challenges do you face in your profession? There are two challenges that I have identified consciously and struggle through every day. First, my competition is highly educated and academically astute. Although I too have a Doctorate and passed difficult tests to attain my licenses, my decision to pursue education didn’t come to fruition until after I dropped out of high school - not only did I have to work to get in and get through college, but I had to first, study for and pass the GED. I often feel like I am competing against information processing robots that were groomed for higher education since conception, let alone birth -in fact most of my competition was!!! I often feel I’m at a disadvantage and must work twice as hard to achieve the same results. Second, as you know image is everything and the image associated with attorneys is conservative, suited, ties, staunch, the smell of cedar, etc. Well, that just isn’t me and I would look ridiculous trying to maintain that fantasy. In addition to failing to fit the traditional attorney mold, I also am active in the fashion and artistic community. Many friends, whom are also attorneys, have advised me to refrain from modeling, acting, and engaging in any extra curricular activities that do not properly align with the conservative attorney image at the risk of losing my reputation for credibility, and respect in the legal community. But even where my actions have debatably injured my reputation or respect in the legal community, they have done nothing more than vindicate my unique and sincere worldview and need for self-expression. This has probably been my most difficult challenge, as I wasn’t really raised around attorneys and the whole concept of being “one of them” is to this day surreal. My parents always talked about doctors and lawyers as though they were other worldly beings that were much better or somehow more civilized and accomplished than us. I know I am now a lawyer, but to this day I feel like that little kid that is talking to an alien when communicating with other attorneys and judges. People tell me that I will feel this way for years and years; I’m pretty sure they are correct!

Tell us about your involvement in the local fashion scene? How does that affect your work as a lawyer if at all? I am involved in the local fashion scene as much as humanly possible, given my severe time constraints. I model in fashion shows, such as the Runway Renegades show that will take place this August and do some print work as well. This summer I will walk for Alyssah Perez, owner of Eco Chic (recently featured in the Spokesman Review) wearing her new clothing line. Aside from my involvement in the fashion scene by working as a model, I additionally participate in most of the local and regional film competitions as an actress. Thanks to production companies, such as North by Northwest, I am in commercials, act in movies, and even acted in a Pilot called, “Thunderballs,” that was filmed for the Spike Television Network. The network decided to go another direction, but had they picked up the show I would have been a series regular. Dancing is also a passion of mine and another way that I stay involved in the local fashion community. My career as an attorney is impacted in the following ways: (1) Time constraints. I recently worked on a film on location and while there I had to juggle court dates, and otherwise work remotely via internet and telephone. That project cumulatively consumed approximately three weeks of my time and in order to meet the demands of both and actor and an attorney, I had to carefully manage my time. I am very lucky to own my own business, because I did not have the freedom to take on my artistic pursuits, aside from weekend projects, until I decided to quit my job as a junior associate at a law firm and open my own doors in December of 2011. As a side note, the movie should release in late 2014 or early 2015. My character played the wife of an Irishman who also happened to be the former vocalist of the European band Chumbawumba. The female lead in the film is Sali Sayler excellent actor based in Spokane.

What motivated you to become a lawyer? I used to say that I was going to be a lawyer when I was a kid and I am actually caught on tape pretending to be an interviewee on a talk radio show who happened to be an attorney. I think I was 6 or 7 years old when my childhood best friend and I recorded that “talk radio show.” But on a serious note, I was always treated like the pretty, model chick since I was about 10 years old and I loved that. The other side of that coin is that I was treated like I was not capable of complex thought, nor capable of achieving anything in life that wasn’t directly correlated to my physical appearance. That drove me crazy! I guess if you combine that with an argumentative and rebellious spirit you can see the makings of a lawyer. I just wanted to be taken seriously and I thought I had insight and the wherewithal to effect social change, even if only on a small scale. I haven’t been an attorney for very long, but hopefully I will persevere in my odyssey of sorts.

If you had to do it over again would you choose the same path? I know that I have always done my best and tried my hardest in everything and so my answer obviously is, “Yes, of course I would do everything the same. What is better than one’s best after all?” The only time that I regret the path I’ve chosen, and I do not even think I can characterize it as a true regret, is when I have been so weary and bone tired that I don’t think I have the strength to continue fighting and pushing forward. As far as my core beliefs and principles are concerned, I know without a doubt that I chose the right path, my only doubt is that I am strong enough to continue on despite the worst opposition and odds.















Being raised in the Arts, Anne Lillian Mitchell's Arts background spans over thirty years. She is the owner of Triple L Talent, a full service talent agency representing Actors and Models. With degrees in Acting, Direction, and Technical Theatre; she trained in Acting at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA/Theatrefest) continuing her education at DePaul University. Mitchell worked professionally as an Actress, Director, Educator, Production Manager, and yes, even as a Model. In 2011, Mitchell was named one of 30 under 40 best and brightest busines people by the North Idaho Business Journal and in 2012, Mitchell was named one of 20 under 40 successful professionals by the Inland Business Catalyst Magazine.

Triple L Talent Agency Founded in 2008, Triple L Talent is a Northwest based agency providing representation for Actors, Models, and Voice Over Artists. As a full service agency, their bookings include Feature Films, National Television Series, Professional Theatre, Radio, and National Print campaigns. Placing Models in Ads for Microsoft, AT&T, Cobalt Boats, GAP, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, North Face, White House Black Market, Banana Republic, Apricot Lane, and Chico's. Triple L Talent have appeared on hit television series SMASH, GRIMM, Leverage, The Pitch, 90210, General Hospital, CSI, Criminal Minds, Vegas, Unusual Suspects, and Arrested Development. Triple L Talent Agency was named Best Talent Agency in 2012 by the readers of Spokane Coeur d' Alene Magazine. You submitted to the agency of your choice and waited patiently for them to contact you for an interview. Now, one of the most important starts for your career is just around the corner. What can you expect from your first agency interview? Here are some tips on preparing for your big interview. Look the part. You only get one chance to make a first impression. You need to show a potential agent who you are. Casual attire is perfectly acceptable. Just make sure it is appropriate. Show them you are capable of presenting their agency well for any go-see. Today is not the day for cleavage, heavy perfume or cologne, intense make-up looks, or your most avant-garde fashion choices. Ladies do wear make-up unless requested to come bare-faced. Do not wear heavy eye-make-up or bold color choices. Subtle and natural is best. Allow your agent to envision you in several different make-up looks. Style your hair. Both ladies and gents, come with your hair styled. Now is not the time to hide your mop under a baseball hat or put your hair in a ponytail. Show the agency what they have to work with. Casual attire is fine. It is actually requested for many go-sees. Some agents will request specific attire. Jeans and a camisole top for ladies or white plain tee for men are commonly requested. Ladies wear your heels. An agent needs to see that you can walk appropriately. Be prepared to talk about yourself. Often an agent will start with tell-mea-bit-about-yourself. This allows them to get a feel for your personality. Keep it short, but memorable. This is not the time to talk about why you want to be a model or your aspirations. There will be time for those answers later in the conversation. This is the time to show your agent


something that makes you uniquely you. Be careful to keep this to a short 2-3 sentence answer. Do not use this as an opportunity to share your complete life history. This is also not an appropriate time to share TMI. Keep the tales of love affairs for a girls night not for the meet and greet with an agency. Do your homework. Come to your interview with questions to ask your agent. Write them down. Here are some great interview questions for agents. What types of projects do you see me being submitted for? Are there any fees for your services? What regions do you submit talent to? What makes your agency different? How long is your contract? Is there a trial period? Have fun! The agency has made valuable time for you in their very busy schedule. This means they like you. They see potential in you. Relax! They want to have a working relationship with you. Trust your instinct. Agents are not one size fits all. You are choosing a business partner in your career. You need to find an agent you feel confident in and respect. It’s ok to turn down an offer for an agency if it doesn’t feel like the best fit for you.





What’s in a name? Well – everything! For starters, name recall is paramount especially when you’re building a brand. Catchy names with great name recall often make or break a brand especially when it comes to certain industries like fashion and entertainment. The name Norma Jean Baker doesn’t have as much name recall as Marilyn Monroe. For the most part, you want a name that is not easily forgettable. When we shopped around for a name for this magazine, several forgettable names were thrown around. There was even discussion about how the name WTF! would be perceived in a negative light. I knew back then that those three letters had name recall. The challenge was to ensure that the name would be associated more with the positive meaning rather the negative connotation associated with it. My philosophy was centered on the thought that in order for a new magazine to be easily recognized and remembered, it needed a name that was easy to remember -- in other words unforgettable. “If you are building a brand from scratch, you’re going to get more reaction from something unexpected and strange,” said Tom Julian, a retail branding consultant. “We live in a world where we are deluged with the stories about re-branded lines and repurposed names, and you really have to find your own white space.” And that my friends is the ultimate challenge presented by the L word. The fashion industry is all about labels -- fashion labels. These labels define not only what the brand stands for but also who wears them. Kirsten Longly, is a couturier whose designs convey the qualities that make a woman attractive, sexy, sensual, strong and independent. Jennifer Harvey is a photographer whose quality of work reflects the perfection embodied by her principles. Douglas McCoy is a hairdresser whose “hair whispering” skills are legendary and is on his way to becoming an Urbanna Legend. Yes, you can check him out at Urbanna Salon! Rachel Mace’s Totally Trashed Fashion is recognized for her ingenuity and eco-conscious message as embodied in her designs. She also holds the distinction of having being invited to showcase her designs at Bryant Park alongside New York Fashion Week last September. Adrienne Sue Thommes is an attorney who has established herself in the legal profession through determination and hard work and continues to defy the stereotypes. Julia Schurkamp is a model and actress signed with The View Talent Agency. She has participated in five runway shows and is slated to be on the runway in two upcoming local fashion events. She has also been featured in several local publications as well as being our cover girl for this issue. What do these people have in common? For starters, they are all artists involved in the local fashion industry but more importantly, they are great examples of fashion labels who are building their brands. No matter where you go in any part of the world, you will find people who are succesful or are in the process of building their brand. In this issue, we not only feature local celebrities, but also go back to the French Connection with Axel Lenarduzzi, a classical FrenchItalian painist whose unique style and amazing talent have made him world-renowned. Also featured is David Pruvost and D’Corset who started creating his own designs seven years ago and who holds the distinction of having created the dress for Miss International Guadeloupe. Check out Sandra Maurel who is located in Cannes, France and specializes in hand-made wedding and evening gowns. Her exquisite designs scream Haute Couture. And finally, if you are building your brand I leave you with a quote from Seth Godin’s blog (

“The cultural touchstones we’re building today are mostly not mass, mostly not for everyone. Instead, the process is Tribes -> Connections/communities -> Diverse impact. Without the mass engine of TV, it’s difficult to imagine it happening again. So instead we build our lives around cultural pockets, not cultural mass. Our job as marketers and leaders is to create vibrant pockets, not to hunt for mass.” 67



Jennifer Harvey - Photographer 1720 E. Sprague Ave Spokane WA 99205 Phone: (509) 240-1759 Email:

Sandra Maurel - Haute Couture Designer Email:

Kirsten Longly - Couture Designer

Tana Bachman-Bland Musician/Model

Lynne Rossman Blackwood Blackwood Art OOAK Clothing and Accessories

Axel Lenarduzzi Classical Pianist/Musician

Wanda Julian Contessa’s Court Cecile Charles - The Heart of Spokane Email: 3017 North Monroe Spokane WA 99205 (509) 443-4799 Susan Davis - Destiny Floral and Gifts 2907 North Monroe Spokane WA (509) 747-8190 Ronnie Ryno - Glamarita Clothing and Accessories 911 1/2 W Garland Ave Spokane WA (509) 216-4300 Mary Tafuri - Tafuri Studios 913 W Garland Ave Spokane WA (509) 768-5025 Alyssah Perez - Eco Chic Jewelry Designs


David Pruvost D’Corset

Scott Martinez Photographer 114 West Pacific, Suite 101 Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 720-7675 Conner Allen Photographer Travis Geny Photography Portland, OR Yisel Welch Makeup Artist/Esthetician Seattle, WA Alexi Sage Hair and Makeup Artist/Esthetician Rachel Nalley Makeup Artist Ronnie Ryno Glamarita Clothing and Accessories 911 1/2 W. Garland, Spokane, WA (509) 216-4300



Sharmaine Nichole Crosswhite Sharmaine Nichole Beauty and Barber 1601 W Pacific Ave, Spokane WA (509) 534-0782

Eric Barro Photographer Lake City Photography (949) 929-7481

Ariel-Renae Burdette Sharmaine Nichole Beauty and Barber 1601 W Pacific Ave, Spokane WA (509) 534-0782

Jack Dobson Photographer Jacqueline James Photography

Natalya Gujumit Euro Style Salon

Featured Models: Julia Schurkamp Ariel St Claire Michelle Robertson Alex Cooksey Tana Bachman-Bland Rachel Cox Nicole LaDonne Knowles Alaska Bruneau Naomi Eisenbrey

Victoria Colee Cosmetologist Anne Lillian Mitchell Triple L Talent (509) 720-8312 Cheryl M. Smith Email: Positive Presentations 4220 E. 22nd Avenue, Spokane WA (509) 270-0405 Myk Crawford Graphic Designer Owner CougShirts Joelle Osias, MBA Designer/Writer Osias International, LLC Lille, France Rocky Castaneda Photographer Rocky Castaneda Photography and Creative Solutions

Adrienne Sue Thommes Belinda Jokinen Carol Lorraine Sells Margie Basaraba Kathy Morrison McClure Caryl Hill Karla Powell Stacy Benoscek Debbie Walker

Stylists Joy Hand McDonald Anastasia Utke Alena Noelle Fournier Special thanks to: Goodwill of Spokane for the loan of a portion of the clothing used in the SMH/NSFW/FTW sections, most of the clothing are for sale on Additional thanks to: Wanda Julian of ContessaĂ­s Court for the loan of the peacock head dress and the pretty scarves worn by the models, Cecile Charles with The Heart of Spokane for all her beautiful necklaces, as well as the metal chain link belt, Destiny Floral/Susan Davis for the gorgeous pearl necklaces, Ronnie Ryno of Glamarita for the elegant Japanese obe style tie belt, Mary Tafuri for all the gorgeous leather and python cuff bracelets and Alyssah Perez of Eco Chic Jewelry Design for the awesome brass metal corset style belt(s).




WTF! - June 2013  

WTF. Spokane fashion magazine, Issue #3.

WTF! - June 2013  

WTF. Spokane fashion magazine, Issue #3.