Thursday, March 18, 2010

Meet Erin

Erin Kleinberg, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, is truly living the dream for all young fashionistas. At the age of 24 years old, her collections can be found in top retailers across North America including Holt Renfrew, Intermix, and Barneys.

After graduating from the MIT program here at Western, Erin sort of fell into the fashion industry. She says, “it sort of happened by default--I always loved my great grandmothers vintage scarf collection, and I started making kimono tops out of them 5 years ago, when I ran into Mischa Barton at an H&M in Toronto and spoke to her about sending her a few tops, and a couple weeks later she was photographed in one! Soon after the capsule collection was picked up by Holt Renfrew and TNT in Canada. Ever since then I have toyed with the idea of developing a line, but it didn't really happen until I came back from living in NYC in April 2008.”

Before launching the label she started at W Magazine. She worked directly with Alex White, Fashion Director. “Best experience of life. She honestly taught me what it means to work. I became so efficient there, it was nuts!”

What was her inspiration for the Fall '10 collection?

“My mom's vintage dusty rose velvet jewelry case she got as a 16th birthday gift.”

If she had the choice of any famous designer she would want to work with Proenza Schouler. “I just would love to see what goes down there in a day. Would learn so much, those boys are geniuses.”

Erin’s all-time favorite designer is Nicholas Ghesquiere. She also uses Balenciaga for inspiration, “they are the new, the fresh, the future! I always look to them to find what no one else is doing. And to be able to carry on an ‘it’ bag like the motorcycle bag and have it be the coolest bag still after like 10 or 15 years since its inception is baffling to me! They are, to me, the most innovative house, but at the same time are insanely commercially successful...lets just say I die for balenc!”

What’s her favorite album to listen to while designing? The Smiths.”

Her favorite accomplishments include “getting picked up by Barneys New York and Holt Renfrew in my first season! Being honored by Flare Magazine in their 30th anniversary issue for 30 of Canada's most influential and talented women to watch for.....being featured in ELLE/Women'sWearDaily as a new designer.”

Sneak preview of her fall collection: “It has an eclectic boho Russian feel this season, but there are always elements of military inspiration done in a feminine way. I have always been obsessed with hardware and the idea of armor. I think that always shows through in my collections.”

Our local star was just written up in Nylon Magazine. To read the article and check out pixs click here.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Creative Genius

OHM’s talented illustrator, Elissa Del Bel Belluz, is a 4th year Honours Specialization Visual Arts student at UWO. Elissa is the creative genius behind our eye-catching posters and rave cards. Elissa loves how OHM combines “charity, arts, and fashion as an agency to bring awareness about the Canadian Cancer Society."

If you are interested in purchasing a piece of Elissa’s artwork, 2 of her pieces will be auctioned the day of the event.

OHM Fashion Show is THIS FRIDAY! Don’t miss out on all the fun! RSVP to the event here.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

How do YOU rock your vogue?!

The OHM committee got together to show off how they rock their vogue. Sporting their OHM apparel and dancing to the beats we had lotssss of fun.

This photo shoot got us even more pumped for the upcoming show (if that’s evvven possible). The committee’s high energy will no doubt make this show go down in OHM history. Get excited to watch your fellow friends and students dance, model and show off their talents. This huge production is the event of the year, and you are guaranteed to see tons of familiar faces rockin the stage!

The show is less than a week away! It’s almost show time—remember to buy your tixs before they sell out! You can buy tickets at infosource THIS WEEK for $15, or email to arrange ticket purchases. Come support OHM and raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society.

For more details and to RSVP for the event click here.

Check out our photo shoot video here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Oh Dina!

Remember that lovely bird/feather hair piece Sarah Jessica Parker wore to her wedding in the Sex and the City movie? Never will I be as chic as SJP, I thought, as I gleamed at her on screen.

But, I just might come close, if Oh Dina! has anything to do with it.

Oh Dina! is a hair piece collection designed by Nicole McInnis. She incorporates rustic metals, vintage birdcage veiling, and textured fabrics to create a unique line with a 1950’s vibe. Each piece is one of a kind! Her most recent collection will be showcased in OHM fashion show. She has gathered 4th year Ryerson design students to supply her with dresses that she has enhanced with her handcrafted fascinators.

If you’re interested in buying an Oh Dina! hair piece, you can purchase them at Centennial Hall after the show. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Canadian Cancer Society.

For more information on Oh Dina! visit the website.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

What’s in the News?!

Tom Ford Recruiting Womens wear Designers

Tom Ford has confirmed he'll launch a womens wear line. Tom Ford recently told WWD that he will, in fact, be launching a womenswear line “very soon.” Ford’s businesspartner, Domenico De Sole, is on the hunt for some financing, and once the monetary aspect is all squared away, we can expect a womenswear collection to hit the runways about 18 months after! Word is Ford has been quietly recruiting designers, including accessories specialists, for the collection.

Want to know more about Ford and his secret plans?

Click here for details

2. Gareth Pugh taking over design at Alexander McQueen?

McQueen's fall 2010 collection, which he is said to have pretty much completed before his death, will be shown this week in Paris. However, instead of the scheduled runway show, the house has planned "a series of low-key, private, salon presentations," according to the Telegraph.

Just a week after Alexander McQueen's funeral, the company in charge of his fashion label is believed to have identified his successor. Gareth Pugh, 28 year-old British designer, is understood to be the designer that PPR wants as the new creative director of Alexander McQueen, of which it owns 51 per cent. After McQueen's suicide at the age of 40, Francois-Henri Pinault, the chairman of PPR, pledged to sustain his "genius".

Read more here

3. Lindsay Lohan Fired As Ungaro Artistic Adviser? “She’s No Longer Involved…”

Lindsay Lohan, whose disastrous debut as artistic adviser for Emanuel Ungaro became the laughing stock of the fashion world last fall, has been unceremoniously booted from any further dealings with the French fashion house. The line’s Fall 2010 collection, which premiered sans Lohan during Paris Fall Fashion Week on Monday, features only the work of chief designer Estrella Archs. “She’s not involved in this…” a company spokesperson told Women's Wear Daily today. Lohan’s stint as Ungaro’s celebrity style consultant was slammed by Emanuel Ungaro himself.

Read more here

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Flash Mob

This afternoon in the UCC, seven OHM dancers broke out into a clip from one of their dances.

This sneak peak dance preview was a huge hit! It was truly a site to see-- there were tonsss of people crowded around to check out the show. Everyone’s support was awesome; it was so cool to see so many OHM t-shirts and so much OHM spirit in one place.

Just another way to get everyone pumped. After all, it’s less than two weeks away from show time!

Click here to check out the video.

Want to see even more pics? Click here.


Our fabulous and hard working directors, Nicole and Raquel, are being interviewed on Rogers TV on Wednesday March 10th (tomorrow) on Channel 13. The show is being aired at 11am, 3pm, and 11pm.

Be sure to check it out!