Fashion Palace is Closing

Fashion Palace is CLOSING

 

When I joined Fashion Institute a year ago I was so excited to be part of such a unique opportunity.  Over the past year, along with my wonderful friends and staff, I have enjoyed the experience of a lifetime starting as a model and slowly working up to eventually become owner of Fashion Institute.  With the excitement and enjoyment unfortunately came hardship…but that is part of life.  When I purchased FI/SSMA/FP two months ago from Colby, I had full expectations of being able to resurrect it from its poor reputation and make it go where I knew it could go.  Unfortunately, attempting this has taken its toll on my RL health and well being.  And I have made the incredibly difficult decision to just close the doors.

I have made so many wonderful friends and met so many amazing people in my time here at FI.  But, its taken away from what I truly love to do and that is to model and to teach, and to explore my creative side.  I was able to do all these things to a certain extent, but its become increasingly apparent that I cannot afford to run such a huge operation as FI is.  Colby was lucky enough to have financial backing in RL and he used that a lot to keep the businesses going.  I am not that fortunate and have finally had to admit to myself that I cannot run such a large business on a dwindling income.  The ridiculous accusations and drama of the past are still haunting FI and its affecting business, and I can’t do what I love because of this.

For so many reasons, I have decided to shut down Fashion Institute and the Fashion Palace.  Talks are in the works of keeping SSMA open but I will be selling it to someone else.  Details will follow soon on this.  I will no longer be owning or operating any of the businesses associated with the Fashion Institute/Fashion Palace.

So where will I be going?  I’m going to get back to modeling and teaching.  Going to take a break for a while from running a business.  And if I do ever open my own agency or school again, it will be on a much smaller scale than what FI has been.  What an amazing opportunity I have had, and I’m so very sad to have to do this.  But…its time.  I have to finally admit to myself that its just not working, no matter how much I love it and want it to succeed.

How does this affect everyone here?  Mainly the students will wonder…well I have all these vouchers I have purchased!  Let me explain how you can still get your education you paid for.

I obviously do not have the money to pay vouchers back, since many especially were purchased before I even took over the company.  So…I’m going to continue to offer the classes I was teaching at FI in my own private setting, until those vouchers are used up.  During that time I may decide to continue teaching on my own, or maybe not…time will tell.  But for those who have unused FI vouchers here is what you can do to be sure you still get classes you planned to take.  I do want to be sure everyone is taken care of and happy as possible.

REDEEMING FASHION INSTITUTE VOUCHERS
ALL outstanding vouchers MUST be redeemed by no later than November 1st, 2010 midnight SLT.  This includes scholarship students.  Any vouchers presented past that date will not be redeemed.  That gives everyone plenty of time, more than two weeks, to take care of this.  To redeem them please do the following:
1.  Create a folder and title it FI Voucher Exchange <YOUR NAME>
2.  Place all outstanding FI vouchers that you have into this folder.
3.  Send the folder to Anabella Ravinelli by no later than November 1st, 2010, midnight SLT.

What will you receive?  You will be given new vouchers to be used at any independent class I teach, on my own (Not at another agency), in the future.  There will be no expiration date on the exchanged vouchers.  These vouchers can be used beyond November 1st, you just must have them exchanged by then.

You will also have the option to request certain classes.  If there were specific classes you planned to take at FI, in any of the three schools, you will have the opportunity to request those so I know what I need to set up for you to take.  After you exchange your vouchers further info will be provided on how you can do this.

INSTRUCTORS
All classes currently on the schedule will be offered until Saturday, October 16th.  Any instructors who wish to continue to offer their classes until vouchers are used up, please contact me for full details on how you can do this.  Your classes that you have taught yourself here at Fashion Institute, that were created by YOU are your property, and you may continue to teach them on your own elsewhere.

Thank you to everyone who made this last year at FI a wonderful experience for me.  I”m not going to start naming names because there are so many people it would take me all night.  You all know who you are.  And that includes every single student ever to step foot in FI.  I am so very sorry that FI is closing its doors, but its time for me to take care of my RL health and to focus on what I can do in SL successfully.  I love you all and wish you all the best and REALLY hope to see many of you in my classes.

Thank you again!
With all my love,
Anabella Ravinelli

The FACE of BENINGBOROUGH Monthly Contest

THE FACE OF BENINGBOROUGH 2011 PRESS RELEASE & RULES OF ENTRY

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The search is on for THE FACE OF BENIINGBOROUGH 2011.
We are looking for a model with the whole package who exudes  confidence, style and  glamour . with a chameleon type quality who can bring to life all the genres of design from  the  House of Beningborough Collection created by Bliss Beningborough , Designer/CEO .

The winner fo the Face of Beningborough 2011 will  represent the House of Beningborough in all Ad Campaigns and Fashion Shows with the HOB Elite Model Troupe .
50,000L$,
A professional photoshoot with one of SL’s top professional photographers and be shot for the cover of Bestyle Magazine & a 6 page fashion spread inside of the February edition.
All House of Beningborough new releases throughout her reign.
A unique crown created by L + N Signature Design.
A modeling contract with Evane Modeling Agency .
A modeling contract with Bestyle Distric Agency.
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The 2 runners up will also receive 5,000L$ and a gown of choice from the House of Beningborough collection.,
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The top 20 finalists will be invited to be House of Beningboorugh models to appear in fashion shows and model inhouse at our mainstore .
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This year the contest will be run in conjunction with our sponsors,  Evane Modeling Agency run by the very beautiful and talented Mimmi Boa , Miss Virtual World 2009, and the most famous supermodel face in SL. Mimmi is the owner  of Evane Agency and the MImmi Boa Modeling Academy as well as having a very illustrious modeling career of her own, modeling in shows and ad campaigns for the very best designers in the world of fashion here in sl.
As well as Evane we are sponsored by Bestyle District Agency who works closely with Evane owned by the stunning supermodel Agtaope Carter, who was herself a finalist for Miss VW 2010 representing Russia. Agtaope will be one of the judges who will help us pick our winner and will also be offering the winner a modeling contract with Bestyle District Agency.
We are launching the contest with our sponsors Bestyle Magazine with the gorgeous Miss VW 2009, Evane Ceo , Mimmi Boa and our reigning Face of Beningborough , the stunning Keira Tyles on the August Cover  with an accompanying inside feature . So look out for the August issue of Bestyle. Pick up a copy at the House of Beningborough Mainstore.

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Starting on 28th August , models are invited to apply by photo submission ( see rules of entry below) and each month 12- 15  models will be chosen to attend  model trials at Evane Model agency . (see rules for dates)
The Contest this year will be run by Naiya Kazyanenko the House of Beningborough Events  Manager and Darkevilone Demonia , CEO of Evane Agency. who will oversee the model auditions and choose 2-5 models each month to become FOB finalists and receive FOB Finalist tags. These models will go forward to the FOB Finalists show to be held in January 2011 where we will crown our winner
. Models not chosen for either the trials or as a finalist in each month may re apply the following month.
The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges including Bliss Beningborough, owner/designer of HOB, Mimmi Boa – Evane Agency, Agtaope Carter- Bestyle CEO

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RULES OF ENTRY

1. YOU MUST BE IN THE HOUSE OF BENINGBOROUGH GROUP
(NOT THE SUBSCRIBOMATIC) ALL NOTICES WILL BE SENT IN THE HOB GROUP .

2. ALL ENTRANTS MUST HAVE HOUSE OF BENINGBOROUGH IN THEIR PICKS SECTION OF THEIR PROFILE.

3. SEND A NOTECARD HEADED – FACE OF BENINGBOROUG – YOUR NAME – WEEK 1,(WEEK2, ETC)
DO NOT SEND FILES OR TEXTURES – ALL ENTRIES MUST BE ON NOTECARDS.

4. ON THE NOTECARD ATTACH UP TO 3 PHOTOS PER ENTRY
(1.) CLOSE UP HEADSHOT
(2). GOWN SHOT -  A FULL LENGTH OR 3/4 SHOT OF YOU IN ONE OF THE LATEST RELEASES FROM HOUSE OF BENINBOROUGH..
(3). A FULL LENGTH OR 3/4 LENGTH IN ANY HOB OUTFIT OF YOUR CHOICE.
MODEL MAY WEAR ANY ACCESSORIES AND WILL BE JUDGED ON HER STYLING ABILITIES AND COMPOSITION OF SHOTS , SHOWING GOWN /OUTFIT AND HERSELF IN THE BEST LIGHT.
We are looking for a a stunning avatar with great stage presence and styling abilities.

5. SEND YOUR ENTRIES TO  NAIYA KAZYANENKO .
MODELS CHOSEN FOR THE MODEL TRIALS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE HOB GROUP AS WELL AS BEING CONTACTED INDIVIDUALLY

EACH MONTH WE WILL CHOOSE 12-15 MODELS TO ATTEND AUDITIONS AT EVANE AGENCY WHERE WE WILL CHOOSE 5 MODELS TO GO FORWARD AS FOB FINALISTS.
ALL ENTRANTS NOT CHOSEN MAY RE SUBMIT ENTRIES FOR THE FOLLOWING MONTH.
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ENTRY DEADLINES & MODEL TRIAL DATES

THE FOB CONTEST IS LAUNCHED ON AUGUST 28TH
ENTRY DEADLINE FOR EACH MONTH RUNNING OVER 4 MONTHS IS THE 22ND OF EACH MONTH
SEPTEMBER PHOTO ENTRY DEADLINE – 22ND SEPTEMBER
OCTOBER – 22ND
NOVEMBER – 22ND
DECEMBER – 22ND
FINALISTS SHOW WILL BE HELD JANUARY 2011, DATE TO BE CONFIRMED.

MODELS TRIALS WILL BE HELD ON :
SEPTEMBER 25TH AT EVANE MODELING AGENCY AT 12PM & 4PM SLT.
OCTOBER 30TH AT 12PM & 4PM SLT
NOVEMBER 30TH AT 12PM & 4PM SLT
DECEMBER 28TH AT 12PM & 4PM SLT

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE AND I HOPE TO SEE LOTS OF NEW FACES THIS YEAR !!!

PLEASE DIRECT ALL ENQUIRIES TO NAIYA KAZYANENKO
HOUSE OF BENINGBOROUGH MANAGER.
OR DARKEVILONE DEMONIA – CEO EVANE MODEL AGENCY

and good luck to everyone !!!

Bliss Beningborough
House of Beningborough CEO