THE JAPANESE GEISHA CULTURE

The geisha is an assistant to the Oirans, the geisha were forbidden of having former personal relation with the customers.
They usually use white power to cover their face and the front & back of their neck. This white powder contained lead which would cause serious health problems, they finished the look by wearing black eyeliner and red lipstick.

To see a Geisha in Okiya, you have to know someone who has connections to the Okiya. You cannot see a Geisha face to face. To call a Geisha to your banquet you have to tell the Ryotei where you are having it. The Ryotei is a high class Japanese restaurant furnished with a large private rooms.

The Ryotei will then arrange the number of geisha according to the budget of the guest wishes. A geisha has a patron, who is called Danna, a Danna is a powerful wealthy man that pays for all the expenses of a geisha, to be become a geisha requires a lot of time and money. The donna would pay and take care of the geisha throughout her life. It was high society to become a Donna, it showed that you had enough money to be Patron of a geisha, their relationship was not inherently sexual.

Many people confused geisha with oiran, oiran  were high class sex workers while geisha were not sex worker they were technically entertainers, they were trained hostess in the art of entertaining, they were skilled in music, dance and conversations. Geisha were known for their refined and artistic style of hospitality.

Oirans were extremely ornate sometimes wearing as many 5-7 kimonos and wigs that would weigh op to 10 kg bare foot or in scandal that were as high as 20 cm. One night with an oiran could cost someone as much as a year income during the Edo period.

BILLIONAIRES FORTUNE HAS SKYROCKET DUE TO THE PANDEMIC

America’s billionaire’s fortune has skyrocket over the past six months during the coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic got us to the worst unemployment crisis since the great depression, but the billionaires net worth has increased with 29%. They were not affected by the pandemic.

Amazon stocks went up more than 60% this year.

CEO Jeff Bezos personal wealth increased by 55.2 billion dollar with a total net worth of 200 billion dollars, he is the World wealthiest person.

Alice, Jim, and Rob Walton the founder family of Walmart also grew by more than 60 billion dollars.
Google founder Larry Page asset grew by more than 18 billion dollars.
Telsa CEO Elon Musk fortune increased by 70 billion dollars during this pandemic making him the third richest person on the planet. Six months into the pandemic we see how uneven the economic burden has been on the poor and the middle class while the Mega rich are thriving.
The way is going now a few people are going to have extreme amount of power to shape the economy, politics, and media.
The question is do we want to have a society where the main street no longer has shops, Cos if something is not done there is going to be only Amazon loading depot.

Welcome to our world where some getting richer from the pandemic while some getting poorer.

WE MUST REVIEW OUR SOCIETY STRUCTURE.

STAYCATION

The Coronavirus that started early this year, lead to a total lockdown. This has turned the world upside down. Suddenly all the things we normally do for fun is no longer allowed we all had to stay at home, work from home only the essential shops were allowed to open like the grocery and pharmacy.

Now that the lockdown is over life is still not back to how we use to know it . The question is how do we make staying at home more fun. Everybody started getting creative a lot of people who had gardens made it look more beautiful, cos they would be spending more time in their garden. Buying a house with a garden became essential criteria.
To make the garden more fun, a lot of families bought the inflatable swimming pool so that friends and families would swim at home cos the public swimming pool are close, installing a real swimming pool in the cold region is not necessary for some people cos of limitation of usage during the winter. That is why a lot of people opted for the inflatable swimming pool so that in the winter they would just deflate it and put it inside. I also decided to join the bandwagon of buying the inflatable swimming pool. I would say it was fun to have it and use it, as I really cannot swim just sitting in the water in the open air was fun and refreshing during the extra hot days. At the end I find it an interesting choice.

2) I also worked in my garden to make it look beautiful and I incorporated a resort vibe to it, so that I would not miss going out or traveling haha staycation idea was put to use.

3) Renovating and redecoration my house became one of my top priorities, Sitting in my terrace at home became something I do regularly I have breakfast, lunch and dinner outside on the terrace.

I am also paying more attention to eating healthy during this coronavirus period.
I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables cos this help to improve the immune system.

2020 has not turned out the way we expected but we are happy to be alive.

Model: Rita Roland & Katrien De Keukelaere
Location: Rita Rolands garden
Photography: Ludwig Raes

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WHAT NEXT

It is Five years I have been blogging during this period I have written a lot about fashion, done more than 120 post.
I have also written my blog books style and concept by Rita Roland volume one, two and three.

Now the question is what Next?

That is why I and Mr Kristof Van Den Bossche decided to do an exhibition of our work, date and time will be announced.

This project is very dear to our heart.

Together with Mr Kristof Van Den Bossche I have shot more than 100 Outfit and concept where by we use visual images to tell stories.

We also want to use this opportunity to thank all our sponsors.

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Mr Paul Bellemans my manager and friend.

Kathleen from Kathwalk Zottegem.

Huizen Floere Musselystraat Zottegem.

Together we keep the dream alive.

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PORTRAIT OF A LADY

Who are you? And what you do is important to be represented and share with the World properly. The portrait picture help to achieve this, taking a portrait picture of yourself is good, but should be done by a professional portrait photographer, http://www.fotograk.be
I would like to throw some light on how you have to pose for your portrait shoot, this type of shoot is different from the regular fashion shoot were the main focus is on the cloth/ outfit. The portrait shoot is all about the face.
When you are having your portrait shoot taking you can either look directly into the camera or you can look off the camera either way the goal is to intrigue feeling and bring out different types of emotions in you.
A good portrait should show some elements of your personality. Somebody should be able to look at your portrait and say something about you.

Styling and choosing the correct outfit for your portrait shoot and doing the right make up will help you achieve a better result. It is a most to dress correctly for your portrait shoot. This is because the right outfit, expression, and pose is very necessary for your profile picture.

These type of portrait are not just headshot but it goes further to tell a story, so the right location, right attitude, and a professional photographer makes all the differences.

Model: Rita Roland
Makeup & Styling : Rita Roland
Photography: http://www.fotografik.be

THE 1930s ECONOMY CRASH FANTASY BOOM

 

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“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, some don’t turn up at all.”

by Sam Ewing

The 30s was the beginning of the ready to wear fashion age. During the 1930s there was a great depression, companies started researching and implementing cheaper ways of clothing manufacturing. The clothing style was less extravagant, but the shapes of these dresses were designed to show off a woman most feminine features. Most of the dresses were either slightly gathered or pleated. The ideal 30s woman was tall and slender with a very small waist and narrow hips, Since most women were not blessed with slim hips and a small waist, shoulders were exaggerated with puff sleeves. Ready to wear became popular because clothing could be mass-produced. During this era the zipper became a standard in the finishing of garments because they cost less than buttons.

A woman would not wear her house dress out of the house, to shop, run errands. She would need a smart afternoon or day dress.
Being on a tight budget was no excuse for sloppy fashion. It was considered a woman’s duty to shop smart.
Women who could feed and dress her family on a dime were praised.

They were considered a good steward of the husband’s money.

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Outfit : Okycoky
Location : Hotel Le berger, Brussel

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LETS GO TO THE VENICE BALL

The Irony of life is that those who wear mask often tells us more truth than those with open faces.

The Venice masquerade ball has been around since the 11th century and has played a major role in Venetian history.

During the masquerade ball the participant attend in costume wearing mask. The Venetian carnival tradition is most famous for its distinctive masks. It is very common that people attend the Venice ball wearing elaborate costume and masks.
The Venice ball is an annual festival held in Venice, Italy. The Venice ball is not for everybody because it can be intensely crowded, hotel and restaurant can become very expensive, never the less it is a unique occasion and a time to see the city in a new exciting light.

In this modern time the intrigue of wearing mask has been enhanced by the movie Casanova and Eyes Wild Shut.
There are different types of masks ranging from exclusive mask, traditional Venetian mask or Bauta mask. The Bauta mask is the most popular one because is used for disguise. The whole spectacular happening during the Venice carnival draw visitors from all over the world to Venice.

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Photography: http://www.fotografik.be
Location: @ Hotel LE Berger Brussel
For similar outfit: www.okycoky.com
Wardrobe: Rita Roland

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HAPPY VALENTINE MY LOVE

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I looked at the dress on the floor and it was as if the fire had spread across the room. It was beautiful and it reminded me of something I must do. I must go get ready for my Valentine’s date. As we all know that the face is the mirror of the mind and the eyes without speaking confesses the secrets of the heart, that is why during Valentine, lovers confesses or show their loved ones some extra love and attention by going on a romantic date or exchanging gifts like candy, flowers, or a key as a romantic symbol or invitation to unlock the giver’s heart.

It is an event which is joyfully celebrated around the world. Valentine’s day is a perfect excuse to put on a nice sexy outfit and hit the town with your lover or loved ones. When choosing your outfit for this event, you have to be careful which color you choose according to the  Valentine’s dress code. Yellow = Broken up, Brown = Broken heart, Grey or Purple = Not interested in Love, Orange = Going to propose, Pink = Proposal accepted, Red = Already in love. Select your Valentine’s dress code and have a nice time.

WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD OF INFLUENCER MARKETING

As a fashion influencer I taught it will be nice to write about influencer marketing since time has changed and it is no longer the big brands that are completely in control.
Consumer has evolved and competition has become stronger and the rise of micro influencer is replacing celebrity and brands promotion.
This is because the micro influencer are relatable to their peers, consumer are no longer in utter awe of superstar because celebrity are not really in touch with reality and the micro influencers deals with life needs, products and services.
The micro influencers are just girls or boys who are turning their passion into influencer jobs. They are the new face that consumer fall in love with.

They usually have between 1000, to 10,000 followers and their fee goes from 100 to 2000 euros for a post. A lot of companies goes for micro influcers because it is budget friendly.
Influencers are walking their ways into the business landscape and are making transformation.

Mega Influencer are the cream de la cream to a company they usually have more than 100,000 to 5,000,000 million followers.
Their fees goes from 2,000 euros to 200,000 euros for a sponsored post.

Brand Ambassador is an influencer who is hired by a company to represent their brand. They have to only promote the product of only that particular company. Ambassador for a brand has usually between 80,000 to 200,000 followers. They are specialised on particular niche. Their fees goes from 2,000 to 100,000 euros

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MERRY XMAS

Hello everybody I wish you all a Merry Xmas and above all we should not forget or be carry away with all the parties but to remember that it is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

I would also like to say it is not what is under the tree that matter but the good heart around it, just the show of love and affection is all that matters.

Let’s talk a little about the Xmas tree itself.
The Xmas tree is an Evergreen Pine or Fir tree, which is associated with Christmas celebration. It originated in Northern Europe.

The tree was traditionally decorated with roses made of colored paper but in the 18th century it was illuminated with candles but later it was replaced with the Christmas light. Today it is decorated with traditional ornament, baubles, tinsel, garland and candy canes. An angle of star is normally placed on top to represent Angle Gabriel or the star of Bethlehem.
Last year I decided to do a shot with the Christmas tree by decorating it with high heels shoes.

The theme of the shot was stilettos on the Christmas tree .

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as you know  I like to be creative, that was just for the photo shoot at the studio but at home I had  my Christmas tree traditionally decorated.

I am a lover of Xmas and high heel shoes, so decorating the xmas tree with high heel was fun and this made me happy.

Hope you all are enjoying your Xmas holiday.

A lot of love from my family to yours.

MERRY XMAS

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