Friendship Mixed with Vintage Fun: Milk and Ice Vintage

16 Apr

Over a decade, Kate Thomas and Angie Gavin have been best friends working for antique dealers and auctioning houses. Their love for all things old started at an early age.

“I think we were both were forced to fall in love with vintage because we grew up with parents who would second hand shop due to a lack of funds for new fresh clothes every season,” Thomas said. I think when you grow up like that you reach a certain age where you either completely disregard that way of styling yourself or you embrace it, and we both decided to embrace it. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with having a beer budget and champagne taste! Vintage allows you to do that to a certain extent and our goal is to price everything reasonable and affordable.”

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It isn’t ironic that these best friends often dabbled in selling vintage items on as a side job. Yet, Angie was living in Oregon and Kate was living in Maryland.

“After years of buying & selling independently and moving from city to city, we have settled down and joined forces with Milk & Ice Vintage in our hometown of Baltimore, MD,” Thomas said. We sell vintage clothing & antiques at Avenue Antiques in Hampden, at various fleamarkets and events along the east coast as well as online. We decided to finally combine forces, take the bull by the horns and open an official business together full time.”

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A Designer’s Dream Come True: The Moon Life Clothing

9 Apr

Nate Gonzalez always had a dream to start his very own clothing company. In high school, he teamed up with a few of his skateboarding buddies to create designs for a line inspired by skateboarding companies and punk rock. While at Towson University, Gonzalez spent most of his time working on projects for classes and working full time outside of school. Therefore, his clothing company endeavor went on the back burner for a little bit. It took one class to put him back on track.

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“The idea of The Moon Life [clothing line] came in a summer digital design class I was taking when we needed to make a catalog and poster design advertising something,“ Gonzalez said. Two years later, once I graduated, I drove across the country, came back and knew it was time to do it, for real. The first piece of clothing I designed for the brand was part of that project I had for my summer class. I printed one of them back in 2011 with a little home screen printing set up, but they were just for fun. The first one that we actually released and sold to the public is the “Dream Cycle” design.”

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The 24 year old Baltimore artist and designer of The Moon Life Clothing often draws inspiration for his line from: space, the Moon, old Sci-Fi, futurism, sacred geometry, ancient symbolism/illustrations, spirituality, psychedelic/punk music and art, record covers, skateboard culture, live music and street art. He is really into screen print, street artist and psychedelic poster artists like Victor Moscoso.

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“It’s a combination of things really,“ Gonzalez said. I am really into everything about space. I love the Moon and love the symbolism it holds and how the Moon cycles can take control. There is something about how the Moon connects us all and how its bright, silvery light guides us in the dark night. Also, back in high school, some of best friends were in this band called Alarmed. I would go to all of their shows and they were some of the best times of my youth. The title track on their first 7″ release was called “The Moon Life”. I feel using the name is kind of a way to pay respect back to my roots.”

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A new The Moon Clothing design starts with Gonzalez figuring out a theme or concept first. Then, he sketches and thumbnails by hand. From there, he transforms his design to the computer. All the shirts are hand screen printed by the hands of Gonzalez.

“We are launching some new products that we are very excited about,” Gonzalez said. I am planning on hitting the road and bringing The Moon Life with me to a bunch of different music festivals. You can find us teamed up with Proper Playground Clothing Company at their next Celestial Erotica event, too.”

 

MICA Experiemental Fashion: XIX (Part One)

6 Apr

On Saturday, April 5, St. John’s Church transformed into an experimental fashion stage once again by the students of Maryland Institute College of Art students. A record number of “19″ students presented their fashions (hence the name XIX) featuring costume, contemporary fashion, puppetry, performance and traditional catwalk.

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*This post features video recorded by Ms. Charm of Ms. Charm’s Chic.

Hyla Frank ’14 (fiber) Drive

Rachel Wheeler ’14 (fiber) Glare

Vivien Wise ’14 (fiber) Contra Culture

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MICA Experiemental Fashion: XIX (Part Two)

6 Apr

On Saturday, April 5, St. John’s Church transformed into an experimental fashion stage once again by the students of Maryland Institute College of Art students. A record number of “19″ students presented their fashions (hence the name XIX) featuring costume, contemporary fashion, puppetry, performance and traditional catwalk.

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*This post features video recorded by Ms. Charm of Ms. Charm’s Chic.

Amadeus Guchhait ’15 (general fine arts, humanistic studies) Gilded

Sarah Meeranje ’14 (fiber) Apolutrosis

Samantha Brodowski ’14 (fiber) Catscan

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MICA Experiemental Fashion: XIX (Part Three)

6 Apr

On Saturday, April 5, St. John’s Church transformed into an experimental fashion stage once again by the students of Maryland Institute College of Art students. A record number of “19″ students presented their fashions (hence the name XIX) featuring costume, contemporary fashion, puppetry, performance and traditional catwalk.

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*This post features video recorded by Ms. Charm of Ms. Charm’s Chic and snapshots by Ms. Charm of Ms. Charm’s Chic.

Elise Collier ’14 (fiber)
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Joanna Para ’14 (fiber) Szalala

 

Izzy Lawlor ’14 (fiber) Arcana

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MICA Experiemental Fashion: XIX (Part Four)

6 Apr

On Saturday, April 5, St. John’s Church transformed into an experimental fashion stage once again by the students of Maryland Institute College of Art students. A record number of “19″ students presented their fashions (hence the name XIX) featuring costume, contemporary fashion, puppetry, performance and traditional catwalk. *This post features snapshots by Ms. Charm of Ms. Charm’s Chic.

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Alexandra Caivano ’14 (fiber) Stones

One day, Alexandra was walking through Greenmount Cementery in Baltimore and began to notice the beautiful textures, patterns in stone made from the destruction as well as decay that occurs through aging. 

Lucy Maher-Tatar ’15 Slight Feel-(interdisciplinary sculpture)

Lucy line consisted of an exploration of materials, texture and pattern based around the grid and structure. 

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From Dream Duo to Nominated Duo: Charm City Top Knots

2 Apr

When it comes to award season within the Baltimore fashion scene, Fashion Awards MD is our Oscars. Talented fashion talent from the DMV area put on their best garments and gather to celebrate the evolution of  Maryland fashion. In the large crowd of FAMD attendees, there were two friends day dreaming about seeing their art on stage, working with models backstage and hoping to be nominated some day.

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“We went last year to the Fashion Awards MD for the first time,” Aubrey Schneider said. We were like next year we going to work the show and be nominated. Those words came out of our mouths. And, we are accomplishing our goals. Even if we don’t win, it’s just exciting to have that honor.”

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The duo of Aubrey Schneider and Molly Mummert will forever be known as Fashion Awards MD nominated artists because they earned a spot on FAMD Emerge ballot in the Emerging Hairstylists this year.

“The year has just begun,” Molly Mummert said. We are just launching our name and being nominated. It is already a blessing to get to work the show in June as well. We are always spreading words about ourselves. It’s just happening so fast and we don’t even have our logo yet.”

The best friends officially go by the name: Charm City Top Knots.

“We actually met up the street from here [Teavolve in Harbor East] at Salon Sante” Aubrey Schneider said. I have been here for two years and Molly has been here for longer. It was almost like fate that we met each other. The salon that we were at closed two months after I got there. So, we met and had to go our separate ways.”

“She’s from Salsibury and I’m from York, PA,”Molly Mummert said. Both of us, not Baltimore people, but the city charmed us. We work with different product lines but we are really excited about doing things for the community, giving back, and being on call to come to our clients.”

Aubrey’s resume includes graduating from the Parkside Cosmetology program in 2008, working with Kevin Murphy, Organic Colour Systems, Bumble & Bumble and Redken. While balancing her new venture, she creates beauty at Tranquille Hair and Body and at Enza’s: An Organic Salon in Salisbury, Md. 

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Molly’s resume includes graduating with honors from The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School in 2008, working with Bumble & Bumble as well as nationally renowed Paul Mitchell artists, becoming certified with Keratin Complex Smoothing Systems.

As she starts a new business with her best friend, she resides at Studio 7 The Salon (a Paul Mitchell focus salon) in the Federal Hill.

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Combining their years of hairstyling and make-up artistry, Charm City Top Knots hopes to provide a new prespective on what it means to be a beauty artist.

“We mainly specialize in events,” Aubrey Schneider said. Special occasion styling. As far as giving back, we have our “Trescues” [CCTK will help people in need as a way to give back. They customize their trescues for each individual, depending on their situation]. We are actually figuring out who the first one will be.”

“It’s to give someone underprivileged or going through hard times, Molly Mummert said. It’s no cost to them. We also have an event type event that we can do for a couple of women and for a group of girls. One is called Charmed Chicks and the other is called Glitzy Girlz. We are defiently into doing parties and things we can do in the comfort of someone’s home. Also, photo shoots and fashion work as well.”

The “Top Knots” is on a mission to help the community and express themselves through the art of beauty. The Top Knots offer their services for weddings, photography, fashion, advertising, and a variety of other event styling.

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“I think that our connection together and just how we work together,” Molly Mummert said. We are like doing something maybe like an updo. I can be like “Aubrey, can you get the thing and the thing and she just knows what I am talking about. Having that chemistry is really hard to find. To be able to get along through all that and continue working is really exciting. I feel like we are a team can go far. Two is better than one.”

“Doing things together is so much more fun when I am with her,” Aubrey Schneider said. We knew we wanted to do something together. It’s just starting to form itself now.”

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