AVENUE LaRosa Supplement

Be sure to check out the latest supplement from German fashionistas LaRosa brought to you courtesy of Avenue Magazine. Once again, Avenue never fails to accentuate their nominated showcase designers as evidenced by their supurb delivery featured in their latest edition.

Click here to view the Open publication.

Fashion & Music: “Breakdance” by Irene Cara

Mikey - Arcade

SONG: Breakdance
ARTIST: Irene Cara

MODEL: Mikey Batriani
PHOTOGRAPHER: Mikey Batriani
FLICKR:

Mikey Batriani -Froggy Pimp.

LISTEN:

Well, what’s this new feeling
Coming out of the streets
Everybody’s talking ’bout it
Wherever they meet
Down by the corner
I keep getting the heat
Then my feet start moving
To the rhythmic beat

Breakdancing, break out
Breakdancing, break out

They used to do the locomotion
Do the jerk and the twist
But there just ain’t never been
Nothing like this
Now popping and locking
Is a new way of talking
Things will work out for sure
Spinning ‘out on the floor

Breakdancing, break out
Breakdancing, break out

Hearts are pumping
Beat is thumping
Love the way you’re looking tonight
Fever’s rising, no surprises
We won’t have the chance to fight

Breakdancing, break out
Breakdancing, break out

“SCENE IT” Fashion Review: SuperElite First Year Anniversary Show

SuperElite 1rst YEar Anniversary!

Happy Birthday SuperElite.
I am very honored to be part of the First Year Anniversary Show of SuperElite Agency.
The sim was filled to capacity and the show was extraordinary.
It started with a beautiful dance number by Celandra followed by an Opening Address by CEO Yasmine Kidd.
Then the competition began for the lucky 15 models picked from about 70 models who auditioned a few days earlier. The Model WALK OFF started with formal wear where the ladies were showing fabulous gowns and the men were dashing in their tuxes. Then the catwalk fight continues with an outfit of each model’s choosing. I chose a very classy but fierce attire from AOHARU complete with a FALL brown coat. I very carefully chose very dramatic poses to show off the outfit as I’ve heard too often that most male model poses are boring. A few minutes as I was about to take the stage, I crashed. When I came back online, I couldn’t get back in the SuperElite backstage because the sim was filled to capacity. After numerous tries, a friend left the sim for me so I could enter and finish the competition.
After the New Model Casting Show, SuperELite gave us a very nice treat with an SE Models Mini Show featuring four of the very best models in Second Life: Lorelei Maggs, Isabel Brocco, Liam Netizen, and Philip Dollinger.
Finally, It was time to announced the new SuperElite Models joining the agency. My heart was pounding with anticipation and doubts about my performance along with nerves started creeping into my head. The first name was called….. Daniele Eberhardt. At this point, I was thinking…I guess that’s it for me because I don’t think they will hire another male model especially with all the talented female models here. I heard that they were only going to hire a total of 5 models. Next name called…Xenobia Foxclaw then HoneyBear Lilliehook. Two more names left.
RicoRacer Flux……WHAAATTT!!!! I couldn’t believe it. I must have read my name five times before I start to move towards the stage to make sure it wasn’t wishful thinking. YES, It’s really me. I DID IT!!!! I was so overwhelmed with pride and joy that I started jumping up and down in real life. LOL. WOW. Last name called was Aealla Illyar.
Congratulations to the new SuperElite models. I offer my Best Wishes to everyone who competed.

THANK YOU SuperElite for making me part of your family. I am truly honored and proud.
Despite the sim crash and an overwhelming LAG, this turned out to be one memorable & wonderful show.

Fashion & Music: ‘Out Of Control’ by The Chemical Brothers

Mikey Batriani - Street

SONG: Out Of Control
ARTIST: The Chemical Brothers

MODEL: Mikey Batriani
PHOTOGRAPHER: Mikey Batriani
FLICKR: Mikey Batriani -Street Player

LISTEN:

Sometimes I fell that I missunderstood
The rivers run and deep right through my thought
Your naked body lying on the ground
You always get me up when Im down

And it always seems were runnin out of time,
Were out of control
Out of control
Out of control

Maybe Im just scared of losin you
Or maybe its the things you make me do
It seems to me we both should hang around
And raise the population of this town

And it always seems were runnin out of time,
Were out of control
Out of control
Were out of control
Out of control

But it doesnt mean were too far down the line
Were out of control
Out of control

The record player keeps on turning round
It could be stuck or maybe its a sound
All the time I should be there with you
But maybe Im just searchin for the truth
Or maybe Im just searchin for the truth

And it always seems were running out of time.
Were out of control
Out of control
Were out of control
Out of control

But it doesnt mean were too far down the line
Were out of control
Out of control
Were out of control
Out of control

Could be that Im just losing my touch
Or maybe you think my moustache is too much
Satellite is out of control
But you and I are brothers of the soul
And you and I will come in from the cold

Out of control, out of control
Were out of control
Out of control

CONFESSIONS Agency Spotlight: Catalyst of Fantasy

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Confessions Agency Spotlight is a section of the blog where we interview the CEO/Owners of Modeling Agencies in Second Life and inform our readers what they need to know about the agency. Are you a model that wants to be hired at a particular agency? Well, this is where you find the answers. 😉

Our very first Confessions Agency Spotlight is Catalyst of Fantasy Agency where we interviewed the always fierce and fabulous CEO Lacie Beningborough. Catalyst of Fantasy is a fairly new agency that started earlier this year but it has skyrocketed in fame recently due to their unique sense of style and ability to think outside the box. Catalyst of Fantasy Agency is not your typical SL modelling agency. CoF’s CEO’s Lacie Beningborough and Sparkie Funizza want the agency to be a very small and elite agency; unique in their management style, choice of clients and stylings. If you have seen a CoF show before, then you will know that fierce make-up, skin and wild hair are a must to show the look of unique high fashion style found in the runways of Paris and Milan. The Catalyst of Fantasy Team also have an Academy and a monthly Magazine.

CoF colours are black and gold, just like the bumblebee, which CoF have adopted as the mascot. Scientists say that the bumblebee cannot fly. Aerodynamically impossible. Scientifically impossible. The body is too fat and the wings are too small. Fortunately , the bumblebee doesn’t care what man has to say and gets up every day and flies merrily away.

Here at Catalyst of Fantasy, They have adopted the bumblebee’s philosophy and carry on everyday doing what it is they do best, bringing you live fashion shows, and live artists and doing our best to inform you of all the newest things happening on the grid via our magazine. They are always on the lookout for new designers, and artists to promote. Second Life is brimming with new, as yet, undiscovered talent, and they try to do their best to bring them to you.

We asked CEO Lacie Beningborough what models want to know.

Q: What attributes must a model possess in order to gain admission into your agency?

LB: Well, we can fix pixels, and we can teach them to walk and to style. What matters the most , in my humble opinion, is ATTITUDE, and the willingness to learn. Of course skill comes in as well, but that is not primarily why we hire. We want someone who wants to be here, who shares the vision and is excited about the agency and what we do here. Catalyst of Fantasy is very extreme in our styling and we love being that way. Not everyone is comfortable in this and would rather stay with a more “normal” or “natural” look. That’s fair enough too. There s room for everyone on SL.

Q: Is a potential candidate for your agency required to undertake training specifically with your model academy?

LB: No , of course not. We do only hire trained models though. We just don’t have the time to teach a model everything they need to know and more so, why should we have to? A career is an investment and every model on the grid has paid their dues via fees for classes. It is disrespectful to those who have spent so much time, hard work, and lindens to just give it away for free to any and all. Also, we make sure to pay our models here, not just in clothing, but for their actual work on the runway and print. We hire the best and that’s how we pay them too. Catalyst of Fantasy has one of the very best teaching programs on the grid ,especially now with the addition of the Advanced Elite class. Every model should know how to do this stuff and we aren’t shy to tell them so. Yes, it costs, but you will benefit in the long run by being able to do what other models cannot. You want to be unique and this is the way to do it. Go to classes. Learn. If not ours, then someone’s. Get the best teaching that you can find and if you have to pay real USD for it, this is the one thing that is worth it in the long run.

Q:There is a general perception amongst models that some agencies only hire those who have established a reputable name for themselves, whether it be with a top-tier agency or otherwise. Is this important to you? Model training aside, are you willing to take a chance on a model who is new to the industry?

LB: Yes of course. I want talent and the right attitude. I have hired quite a few models straight from school. If they have what it takes, we want them! We will help them make a name for themselves and we have done so with many models. There are quite a few here who had no name and are now considered top in the industry. That is what a good agency does… sees talent and promotes them. Every agency is only as good as the models they use, correct? We use only the best!

Thank You So Much Lacie and Catalyst of Fantasy for taking the time to share with us and our readers what CoF is all about. =) TYSM.

Fashion and Music: Nobody Does It Better by Carly Simon

Bond

MUSIC: Nobody Does It Better
ARTIST: Carly Simon
MODEL: RicoRacer Flux
PHOTOGRAPHER: Wesley Witrial
FASHION:
HAIR: MADesigns
TUXEDO: Styles of EDO

LISTEN:

NOBODY DOES IT BETTER

Nobody does it better,
Makes me feel sad for the rest.
Nobody does it half as good as you..
Baby, you’re the best.

I wasn’t looking but somehow you found me.
I tried to hide from your love light,
But like Heaven above me
The spy who loved me
Is keeping all my secrets safe tonight.

And nobody does it better…
Though sometimes I wish someone could.
Nobody does it quite the way you do
Why’d you have to be so good?

The way that you hold me,
Whenever you hold me,
There’s some kind of magic inside you
That keeps me from running,
But just keep it coming
How’d you learn to do the things you do?

And nobody does it better,
Makes me feel sad for the rest.
Nobody does it half as good as you..
Baby, baby, darlin’, you’re the best.

Baby, you’re the best
Darlin’, you’re the best
Baby, you’re the best ~ (4X)….End

Fashion and Music: Jai Ho By The PussyCat Dolls

RicoRacer in India

MUSIC: Jai Ho
ARTIST: Pussycat Dolls Featuring AR Rahman
MODEL: RicoRacer Flux
PHOTOGRAPHER: Wesley Witrial
FASHION:
HAIR: Uncle Web
OUTFIT: RFYRE COUTURE

LISTEN:

JAI HO!

I got (I got) shivers (shivers),
When you touch The Light,
I’ll make you hot, Get all you got,
I’ll make you wanna say (Jai Ho)

I got (I got) fever (fever),
Running like a fire,
For you I will go all the way,
I wanna take you higher (Jai Ho)

I keep it steady uh-steady,
That’s how I do it. Jai Ho
This beat is heavy, so heavy,
You gonna feel it.

(Jai Ho) You are the reason that I breathe,
(Jai Ho) You are the reason that I still believe,
(Jai Ho) You are my destiny,
Jai Oh! Oh-oh-oh-oh!

No, There is nothing that can stop us,
Nothing can ever come between us,
So come and dance with me,
Jai Ho! (oohh)

Catch me, catch me, catch me, c’mon, catch me,
I want you now,
I know you can save me, you can save me,
I need you now.
I am yours forever, yes, forever,
I will follow,
Anywhere in anyway, Never gonna let go.

Escape (escape) away (away),
I’ll take you to a place,
This fantasy of you and me,
I’ll never lose my chance. (Jai Ho)

I can (I can) feel you (feel you),
Rushing through my veins,
There’s an ocean in my heart,
I will never be the same. (Jai Ho)

Just keep it burnin’, yeah baby,
Just keep it comin’,
You’re gonna find out baby,
I’m one in a million.

I am yours forever, yes, forever,
I will follow,
Anywhere in anyway,
Never gonna let go.

Jai Ho
Yeahhhhhh

I need you,
Gonna make it,
I’m ready,
So take it!

Jai Ho!

Baila baila! (3x)

FASHION CALENDAR: AVENUE Presents “Fabulous Fall Fashion Show” 9/27 1PM SL

AVENUE Models __ FABULOUS FALL FASHION

As summer winds down, prepare to trade in your beach wear for fall flair. AVENUE presents Fabulous Fall Fashion 2009 where the most wearable trends grace the runway featuring Champagne! Sparkling Fashion, Chianera Cioc Couture, [KA] Designs, Ramona Collection, SF Design and Thea Tamura Fashion.

Expect something for both men and women from warm casual comfort chic to cutting-edge cocktail dresses. Fall is equally a fun time for fashionistas.

When:
27 September 2009, 1PM SLT
SLURL:http://slurl.com/secondlife/Royal%20Properties/177/202/1000

Mikey Batriani – JCNY gets a testosterone boost.

Mikey Batriani - JCNY Collection

Jacket: En Svale
Scarf: Aitui
Hat: Illusions
Shirt: Eros
Jewelry: JCNY – Ultra Classic, Diamond Studs, ICONOCLAST Collection and JCNY MARINER LE, Luxury Worldtime Watch

MODEL: Mikey Batriani
CONTEST: JCNY Model’Fest August 2009

THE CONFESSION:

I had always been intruiged by the class and sophistocation that is behind JCNY’s selection of jewelry and this eventually encouraged me to send my obligatory 3 photos to enter the monthly JCNY Model’Fest as a showcase model.

On or around May 2009, I had sent my application as my initial form of expression to the JCNY Model’Fest contest which, at first instance, it was perceived by me to be a female model dominated contest. Remaining eager, I was unsuccessful at that time but continued to venture into the wonderful world of modelling with the hope that one day I would be granted the pleasure of being a JCNY showcase model.

By late July, I had visited JCNY to view JD Hansen’s selection of weekly successful showcase models whereby I was approached by a runway manager on duty. Her name, Cheriese Baxton, encouraged me to participate for the forthcoming month of August. I submitted to JD Hansen my obligatory three photos of which I took myself and surprisingly enough, I received a group invitation from dear friend Hermione Mocha inviting me to participate as a JCNY Showcase Model.

I had begun the journey on the JCNY runway Week 1 of August, making great friends and sharing some great moments with fellow JCNY’ers at such a time I had become immersed in such an amazing opportunity. I had been approached by many of the models also to commend me on my efforts as a male contestent which was nothing less than heartwarming.

So, I continued to take my photos demonstrating my ability to present JCNY’s male jewelry collection through many of my favorite genre’s of fashion. Thus being, glamour, trendy, formal, grunge and casual amongst others. I was fortunate enough to be selected for all 4 weeks of August to present myself as a Showcase Model for JCNY, week 4 of that month being selected as a Wildcard*.

Amazingly enough, I was congratulated in early September as the first male winner ever of the JCNY Model’Fest competition. This was my first competition I had ever won as a solo effort and I am extremely thankful and grateful of my associations with JCNY.

I made some incredible friends during my time as a Showcase Model whilst having the opportunity to enjoy time with many friends of which I made over time within the modelling industry. I thank you wholeheartedly for all your support and encouragement.

Mikey - JCNY Wall of Fame

* Models selected as a Wildcard are chosen at JD Hansen’s discretion whereby the model need not apply to JCNY, but are chosen to present themselves as a Showcase Model for that chosen week of the month.

FASHION AND POETRY: A LIGHT IN ME

Rico - Sunshower
POETRY: A Light in ME by RicoRacer Flux
MODEL: RicoRacer Flux
PHOTOGRAPHER: Mikey Batriani
FASHION: BOXERS: BC

A LIGHT IN ME

Darkness moves in
writhing, creeping slowly
across the innocence
of the blue summer sky.
It captures the hearts of men
gripping, squeezing tightly
until every drop of goodness
vanished and replaced by greed and hate.

I’m imprisoned against
great walls of towering shadows
trying to take the rainbow
I possessed in me.
Tortured and shamed,
Still I refused to give in.
I stand still and let a light in me
shine through….my pride, my dignity.

I am me….just one light.
The light that will open the eyes,
unlock the hearts and minds of men,
and see the beauty and love that contructs me.

FASHION and MUSIC: “Yippyo-Ay” by The Presets

Mikey - Happy Smile!

MODEL: Mikey Batriani
PHOTOGRAPHER: Mikey Batriani
SONG: “Yippiyo-Ay”
ARTIST: The Presets
ALBUM: Apocalypso

LISTEN:

Ooooo Skat!!

Am I pleased to meet ya
picture from the people
somethin’ I got to teach ya

Ooooooo crack!
You’re quite the creature
girl from the creature feature
tasty like to eat ya
thinkin’ so naaaaaaaaaaasty

just got me feelin
so nasty

Ooooooo pop!
take you from the 80’s
bimbos rock the latex
dingos catch the babies

Ooooooo stop!
Look we’re ready to rumble
girlfriend can you show me
the way that the cookie crumbles
thinkin so naaaaasty
The Presets http://www.lyrics-celebrities.anekatips.com

Just got me feelin
so nasty

Keep it rockin baby
don’t try to hide it no
give me somethin and I won’t try to fight it no
all the troubles in my mind they don’t feel so bad
when you got me in your palm slidin in your hands

Ooooooo snap!
Girls got to eat ya
cookin I gots to t-bone
hungry I need to feed her

ooooooo chunk!
Touched quite a female
checked all the styles she show
chick don’t reply to email
thinkin soo naaaaaaaaaaaaasty

just got me feelin
so nasty

Keep it rockin baby don’t try to hide it no
give me somethin and i won’t try to fight it no
all the troubles in my mind they don’t feel so bad
when you got me in your palm slidin in your hands

keep it pumpin baby don’t try to hide it no
give me somethin and I won’t try to fight it girl
all the problem in the world I don’t understand
when you got me in your arms slidin in your hands

Yippiyo-Ay
When you wear a smile
Yippiyo-Ay
When you rock a frown
Yippiyo-Ay
When you throw one off
Yippiyo-Ay
When you comin round
Yippiyo-Ay
When I’m feelin bad
Yippiyo-Ay
When I’m feelin sad
Yippiyo-Ay
Oh it ain’t so bad
Yippiyo-Ay
When I’m in your hands

Keep it rockin baby don’t try to hide it no
give me somethin and I won’t try to fight it no
all the troubles in my mind they don’t feel so bad
when you got me in your palm slidin in your hands

keep it pumpin baby don’t try to hide it no
give me somethin and i won’t try to fight it girl
all the problem in the world I don’t understand
when you got me in your arms slidin in your hands

(Yippiyo-Ay)
keep it rockin baby don’t try to hide it no
(Yippiyo-Ay)
give me somethin and i won’t try to fight it no
(Yippiyo-Ay)
all the troubles in my mind they don’t feel so bad
(Yippiyo-Ay)
when you got me in your palm slidin in your hands

FASHION CALENDAR: TOMA FALL FORMALS Fashion Show! 9/26 2pmSL

TOMA Fall Formal Invite

Are you looking for FALL FORMAL Fabulous Fashions for both Men and Women?
Then you can’t possibly miss this show FEATURING FALL FORMAL WEAR from the biggest designers including Bliss Couture, Rebel Hope, Victoria-V/V-Fashion, Kastle Rock Couture, and RH Engel Fine Jewelry. Come enjoy the show as HOT Sexy Models like myself SHOW off Fall Fashions for your viewing pleasure.
Amanda Hinchcliffe, CEO of The Other Modeling Agency, is putting a Fantabulous “Can’t Miss” Show once again.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Elio/181/27/22

MR. SLGLAM 2009

King

Mr. SLGLAM 2009
MODEL: RicoRacer Flux
PHOTOGRAPHER: Mikey Batriani
FASHION:
HAIR: Uncle Web
SUIT and COAT: AOHARU
SHOES: Redgrave

The Story Behind IT:

This was the very first modeling contest that I entered. I was only a little over two months old in Second Life with no modeling experience whatsoever. The funny thing is that SL GLam was the agency that sparked my interest in modeling. I did not know there were models in Second Life until a friend teleported me to an SLGLAM casting call because she was very upset that she didn’t make the cut for the next round. I sat there mesmerized and my first spark of modeling interest was born. I went immediately to the SLGLAM office to fill out an application but I did not meet many of the requirements such as I have to be six months old in SL to apply. Right there and then, I made a goal to myself that in six months, I will become an SLGLAM model.

One month later, A friend told me that SLGLAM was having a Model Search based on picture voting and RUNWAY WALK OFF Contest. The three top Vote getters and two others of their choosing will have to compete in the Catwalk.
Several of my closest friends have entered and four of us were in the top five: Mikey Batriani, AlexanderVyper Avedon, Aeiron Dexing and Myself. It was very hard to compete with friends and the victory was bittersweet.
I am very proud and honored to be MR SLGLAM 2009 and be pick as an SLGLAM Top Model earlier than expected. =)

FASHION and MUSIC: THE CLIMB by Miley Cyrus

The ROAD

The ROAD

MUSIC: THE CLIMB
ARTIST: Miley Cyrus
MODEL: RicoRacer Flux
PHOTOGRAPHER: Mikey Batriani
FASHION:
HAIR: Uncle Web
JEANS: Dream Box
BOOTS: Redgrave

LISTEN:

I can almost see it…
That dream I am dreaming
But there’s a voice inside my head saying
“You’ll never reach it”.
Every step I’m taking…
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking.

But I gotta keep trying,
Gotta keep my head held high.

There’s always gonna be another mountain,
I’m always gonna wanna make it move.
Always gonna be a uphill battle,
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose.
Ain’t about how fast I get there..
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side…
It’s the climb.

The struggles I’m facing,
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I’m not breaking.
I may not know it,
But these are the moments that
I’m gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going.

Keep on moving, keep climbing..
Keep the faith, baby.
It’s all about, it’s all about the climb.
Keep the faith, keep your faith, whoa.

Maniera Magazine Men of Style Winners 2009

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This would have to be one of the most memorable moments in both of our modeling careers. We were lucky enough to become Maniera Men of Style winners and featured as cover models along with Breckin Clarence, Charlie Absent and Vortimer Ethaniel.

The Story Behind IT:

When we first heard of the contest, we were fairly new models.
We thought, There is absolutely no possible way they would pick unknown models like us.
SO we waited and waited until the very last possible minute to enter.
We finally decided to do it because we figured there is really nothing to lose.
We hurried to the Maniera Magazine’s office and filled out the application like lightning. LOL
We must have sent in our applications at the very last second.
We are so happy and honored to be picked as winners.
We thank Maniera especially Topaz and Sami for all their support.

The point is…
Nobody will believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself.
Nobody will listen if you don’t make a sound.
and You will never win if you don’t take a chance.

9/11 Tribute by Mikey Batriani, Sweetest Sands & RicoRacer Flux

Mikey Batriani, Sweetest Sands and RicoRacer Flux present this photograph as a conveyance of their respect and endorse their names therein purely as token to honor and wholeheartedly pay tribute to the innocent victims and heroes of 9/11.

The disastrous events which occured September 11, 2001 have one way or another impacted upon each individual. It was a day which brought the world together.

We will never forget. We will remember them.

We would like to thank Avenue, Maniera Institute of Style, Catalyst of Fantasy Magazine INC and The Best of Second Life for helping us convey our message.