Monday, September 23, 2013

To Fly or Not to Fly? But Here’s a Better Question…”Will It Fly?”

       There are rare opportunities that can present themselves in a person’s life.  Those individuals that are inspired, living outside the average existence, risk takers, entrepreneurial, living by their own rules, and those with a lifetime destiny to do something great that can be viewed as a contribution to society and history.  On this day, the occasion presented itself to speak with a man on a mission and a dream to help another with the creation of a possibility to prove something from history.  Wayne Johnson, a filmmaker and founder of EYE ON U Productions Ltd New Zealand who has been in film and broadcast for 20+ years, through a bizarre scenario of circumstances came into contact with a man that would be the source of his current project that has expanded over the last five + years. 
Ivan Mudrovcich (L) - Wayne Johnson (R)
     By way of covering a funeral back in 2007, Wayne, as a freelance camera man, was led back to a longtime friend, Ivan Mudrovcich, who is recognized as a determined West Auckland tradesman who has never given up on the building of an original designed airplane from back in 1903 by Richard William Pearse.  There were witnesses from a supposed flight from March 31, 1903 in New Zealand, but to this day, there has never been physical proof that Pearse’s airplace actually flew.  Ivan’s dream is to see this through to build Pearse’s plane and silence the critics.  “Will It Fly?” is the documentary project that Wayne Johnson is invested in these days.  Wayne has been given what he views as a great honor and privilege to document this journey of the story of Ivan Mudrovcich which is not only enlightening, but will be inspiring to many because of the literal investment made emotionally, physically, creatively, and even financially by both Ivan and Wayne. This documentary is in fact based on one of New Zealand’s greatest aviation mysteries.
Ivan (Early Days)
     This journey has had its highs and lows.  The documentary has been true to form in its capturing of life and the challenges and obstacles you can face when doing what to others may seem impossible.  When Wayne learned about the plane from Ivan, Ivan shared that he might not even make it to the completion of the plane or be able to see the project through.  Ivan was not well and had heart triple by-pass surgery back in 2004 and still suffers from some complications.  In addition, Ivan couldn’t guarantee the plane would even fly once they built it.  Timing has also been a factor.  Originally it was thought it might take 2 ½ years to complete the project and now five ½ years later they are in the process of final phases and even experienced delays as a result from a test flight in September 2012 that tore the wing off and which has had to be rebuilt. 
Ivan Mudrovcich
     There have been also twists and other side stories to the documentary that make it even more interesting.  One such twist is the account by Wayne’s next door neighbor who had visited a local museum in New Zealand that actually had a display of the Wright Brothers airplane history where he was approached out of the blue by a mysterious woman that claimed to have a picture of Richard Pearse’s plane and her father standing next to it.  The neighbor who knew of the documentary shared Wayne’s contact information with the woman, but did not obtain her contact info.  They have not been able to locate the woman after that encounter and endless searching.  Was it a coincidence or a sign?
     What has been discovered in the documentation of the journey is that when two like-minded people come together with a desire, passion and a vision, the relationship that develops is what is important.  Helping support each other through the process of creation, through the loss of life which has happened for both Wayne and Ivan, for the health challenges that have affected Ivan and the blood, sweat and tears that they have experienced is the investment dreams are made of.  Wayne said this best when he shared a saying he heard from an American race car driver he worked with back in 1978, “if you believe in it, do whatever it takes to get it done.”  This has been an inspiring statement in his life that he constantly has heard through this journey and what he views as an opportunity of a lifetime. 
     The documentary “Will It Fly?”, has been selected and will be shown at the Laughlin International Film Festival (LIFF), October 17 – 20, 2013.  LIFF is excited to have this film as part of their selections and is looking forward to a continuing relationship with Wayne Johnson and Ivan Mudrovcich’s journey.  You can learn more about the film and the film festival at the links shared below.  There are many exciting elements to this documentary and the composition that has been shared in the trailer alone will make you want to learn and see more.  Currently the documentary has been shared in about ½ dozen cinemas in New Zealand and the local response especially to Ivan’s character has been tremendous.  The focus will be more boutique cinemas in New Zealand and after the film festival the hope is that his documentary will provide an interesting historical account that can be shared with the world.  Wayne and Ivan are seeking to educate others about the story.

Film, Film Festival and Additional Reference Sites:
“Will It Fly?” Website -
Laughlin International Film Festival -
Eye On U Productions LTD New Zealand -

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

14 days....and counting down until the FASHION EXPLOSION!!!

     In the world of fashion...there are major highlights every year that dedicated fashionistas look forward to.  The new spring season collection releases through runway shows in the major hot spots are definitely on everyone's fashion schedule.  We are getting ready for a riveting week of fashion beginning on October 1, 2013.  And so the count down begins.
     For the next 14 days, as we count down to what rocks the world of fashion in Arizona, we will focus on the the talent of the emerging designers and their designs styles for this year which are definitely trendsetting and standout.   First we would like to recap the first major view of the runway for the emerging designers which takes us back to the August 9th event. ************************************************
     You know that feeling of anxiety and giddiness you have when you experience something for the first time and you know it’s so incredible you have no way to describe it or stop the awesome feeling that comes with it…Phoenix Fashion Week and Studio 3D delivered this experience on Friday, August 9th as they presented "Shop Garment District Fashion Show". If you have ever been to the Village or Soho in New York, you would be able to relate. Studio 3D was electric and compounded with intensity from all sides of fashion, runway, culture, and vibe. And the vibe was strong.
     The Studio 3D house was full as many have already reported and flowing with curiosity as well as observations by the fashion newbies in the crowd and the experienced fashionistas that breathe fashion; there are a few of us (total understatement)!! What Phoenix Fashion Week has created is a lifestyle view of fashion that reaches many demographics. It was evident the emerging designers followed their leader in guidance and representation and approached the runway with fiery gusto. Each designer demonstrated their capability to bring their creations to life in such a manner that you felt part of “The Emerging Designer Experiment” (coined phrase by PHXFW) at a visceral level.
     In format and structure, I love the Phoenix Fashion Week presentation of runway as you are completely engaged as you see the dancing of the fabrics, the movements of the models, and the explosion of artistic colors and blends from each of the designers. This event was no exception in the quality and class of this continually developing edgy fashion organization. Each of the emerging designers has a specific focus and niche by what they create. Here’s a brief recap of each of the designers:
  • Dolcessa – from Las Vegas, NV a place I like to call my second home, they bring the swimwear to shape you sexy. The vibrant color blends with the sleek cuts, embellishments and styling make their designs a must have for summer and tropical weather fun.
  • Doux Belle – Vintage, vintage, vintage…did someone say the “roaring 20s” or “The Great Gatsby”…fringe with the classic and sophisticated styling make these designs a favorite go to for themed and standout formal wear. The designs exude elegance at many levels. Enjoy this while you can.
  • D.p.c by Dora Yim – classic lines and exquisite tailoring…every professional woman should consider this clothing line when you want to control the boardroom or you are the BOSS. These are uniquely styled and will stand the test of time with color compatibility that will extend the coordination of these pieces.
  • Herbert Victoria – The infusion of culture and innovation in the line is complimented by the use of bold lines and shapes as well as warm and cool colors coordinated in fashion that almost looks like it's telling a story. The western influence is evident and the flexible styling of the designs makes this an attractive and forward thinking line.
  • Ja’ire – understands the lines required to accentuate the shapes and the necessary elegance and celebrity that anyone would need as their designs represent the inner and outer beauty of those fortunate enough to take on the persona developed into the styles of Ja'ire. The sexy and classy are readily evident in the designs shared so far.
  • Linden – form fitting simple cuts that flatter the figure with unique styles that use innovation and often recycled materials; you won't find these artistic pieces just anywhere. Inspired pieces and their coordination is a given as you can't go wrong with this chic line.
  • Loin Cloth – hip, cool, vibe for all types of individuals that dream and are ambitious. With the selection of comfort wear for the active and driven person you can be sure to find something that fits your fancy...the focus is on quality and offers the person who wants to have fun in life that chance when you put on one of their shirts or hats.
  • Medium Apparel – borderless and global urban streetwear, need I say more. Attention to detail, quality and the creative word play in the messaging of the clothing makes this an unforgettable line. If you want to say it with clothing, no reason to go further, they got your number.
  • Michelle Herbert – they are a favorite of an past emerging designer from last year and they truly represent visions of couture art and concepts that combine romance and elegance with details that cannot be duplicated. Every piece is artistic and requires recognition for the feelings they erupt as you experience their line.
  • Proverbs by Efua – fashion for a cause...forward thinking creators towards making a difference to help end human trafficking. The dresses and scarves carry with them elegant simplicity that makes these designs adaptable from day to night and from business to fun just by adding accessories and complimentary pieces. Their message is clear and is for the conscious buyer.
  • Stephanie Gentry – Urban chic with styles of vintage, Victorian and added embellishments make for a finely cut line. The highlights include the softer edges of dress designs and coordinating the unique styles. They definitely represent mastery of cloth and layered styles well.
  • Trang Nguyen – Sleek silhouettes and chiffon are the signature for these designs. Classy and modern represent the styles that inspire luxurious lifestyles. Floral accessories also accentuate the line uniquely so you see elegance from head to toe.
Don't miss your chance at this experience of fashion destiny with Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort. Get your tickets today at Phoenix Fashion Week.  Stay connected for updates as the count down continues.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

On Top of the Polo World!!

Dominick's Steakhouse
If you love exotic cars, fashion, horses, and lifestyle the event to be at was the THIRD Annual Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championship Preview Party held at Dominick’s Steakhouse on Thursday, Sept. 5th.  The upstairs cocktail lounge and social area was an amazing backdrop to a very well attended event.  The highlights of the party were the guests of honor – the number one men’s polo player, Jeff Hall, and the number one women’s polo player, Sunny Hale.  Their passion about polo exuded from both of them as Polo has been a lifelong pursuit.  Jeff Hall said it best when he called Polo a lifestyle and not just a sport.

Left to Right - Jeff Hall, Denise Erickson, Sunny Hale
Jeff Hall is one of the most traveled players and has played in over 10 countries and so many tournaments, it was hard to come up with an exact number.  His most favorite place to play is Santa Barbara where he grew up.  Jeff’s knowledge and support of the polo industry is immense.  He shared about traveling with the horses nationally and internationally and training them.  Also we found out that his 2 1/2 year old son may someday follow in his footsteps.  He is looking forward to represent at the championship in November.  His continuing focus will be winning as much as possible and traveling to places such as Hong Kong for future events.

Sunny Hale is definitely a burst of energy and is a true advocate for paving the way for women in Polo.  She has been responsible for establishing a blueprint for other women to follow and truly enjoys the opportunity to represent as well as introduce polo to those who have not played before.   Like Jeff, the traveling, networking, and connections are major highlights of Sunny’s polo career.  Not only has Sunny paved the way for women, but she has established and founded the WCT (Women’s Championship Tournament) which along with another women’s league she formed, provides recognition of top women polo players from all over the world.  The WCT is dedicated to professionalism, good sportsmanship, and top-level tournament competition.

Nico, No 7 Print Campaign Men's Winner
The top polo players presence at this preview event and the upcoming championship represents the level of recognition the Third Annual Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships: Horse+Horsepower has earned especially after last year having the biggest crowd for a one day polo event.  In addition to polo, the relationship with fashion is large especially because of the lifestyle aspect.  Phoenix Fashion Week partnered with the Championship last year and hosted one of the VIP tents.  So far this year, the tickets for the Volvo of Phoenix Lounge: presented by Phoenix Fashion Week  (Denise Erickson, from Volvo of Phoenix, pictured above & representing at party) are already sold out in what will evidently be another successful event in November.  Other representatives at the party included the No 7 Print Campaign Model winner, Nico, along with other models from Phoenix Fashion Week and Jani ModelManagement showing off the fashion styles of the polo lifestyle.
Phoenix Fashion Week representing at Scottsdale Polo Preview Party

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