October 28, 2011
Some shots ( most duplicates of my previous post) from last night’s Project Runway Party at the delightful Carlton Savannah. It was such a great time and a lovely bunch of people. Glad Anya won so I didn’t have to throw myself off the rooftop in true drama queen fashion.
Here is her family reacting right after. Amazingly even her family did not know the result ahead of time.
And this was Anya speaking via Skype from NYC just before the win.
October 20, 2011
I spent my evening at the Carlton Savannah ( my neighborhood hotel) for the Project Runway party again. This evening was special because I spent it with my twitter friend Haydn so that was plenty cool. Anya was not there but she will be back for next week. She was in NYC tonight but she was with us via Skype.
October 14, 2011
Project Runway Season 9 is heading towards the finale and anyone interested in fashion is biting their nails every Thursday night. Here in T&T everyone who isn’t in a coma is following Anya Ayoung-Chee and hoping that she wins. So far she is, in my view , the best by far. If you don’t know who Anya is you are missing out. You can read about her on Wikipedia.
I was honored to be invited by her to her Project Runway viewing party at the Carlton Savannah in T&T this evening. I seldom go out but with such an invitation it was a no-brainer.
Here are some sights and sounds of an amazing evening.
And Anya also spoke about her experiences on Project Runway.
As I spent much of my time hanging out with her amazing Mom I think it is only right that I put her video interview up too.
In fact, Michelle and I were saying that we should make her video interview as popular as Anya’s. I am all over this. I fear I may fail.
And just in case, this was my last interview with Anya and I hope to chat with her again when she wins – and if she doesn’t win – she will have been robbed.
I can say I had the most wonderful time imaginable with Anya and her family – and I love the fact her mom insisted I sit next to her. I had an amazing evening which culminated with a hug from Anya. This was one of the best evenings in a long time.
Thank you Anya.
March 30, 2011
The TallMan Foundation helps disadvantaged youth in one of the poorer areas of Port of Spain, Trinidad. Another great group making a difference in the lives of young people.
Their mission statement is: ‘Supporting the creative potential of the youth of Trinidad & Tobago to give them opportunities to stand tall, reach further and see beyond.”
According to the group’s own site:
“Beginnings: The TallMan Foundation took its earliest steps as a member of a partnership of stakeholders, community, religious and political, that came together under the program CITY – Community Intervention Transforming Youth. (CITY has since become CIT+E, Community Intervention for Transformation and Empowerment). CITY was responsible for the birth of the movement ‘Pride in Gonzales’, as its name suggests, a neighbourhood/community building exercise that sought to encourage the capacity of residents to manage their own social and infrastructural development. At the start, for TallMan, beyond advisory capacity, their involvement in real terms consisted of funding and equipping a photography course for young people.
Growth: The seed was planted. The popularity of the photography course, coupled with the founding members’ own belief in the transformative powers of the Arts, led to a big jump for TallMan, from funding one course, to designing and implementing an Arts program offering workshops in different disciplines, such as videography, drama, dance, music. This marked the first steps toward the overarching dream of TallMan, to establish a performing arts company with its own performance space in the community itself.”
Michelle is also the mother of T&T designer and former beauty queen Anya Ayoung-Chee.