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Nouveau Spotlight: Starting Over, Is Easy To Do.

Posted in Nouveau Spotlight with tags , , , , , on August 17, 2013 by James Field

With my back to the past, I charge forward.

This post is dedicated to new beginnings. Not the New Years Resolution, or the false intention sort of new beginnings, this is my promise to myself of starting from the drawing board (once again) and experiencing new and more exciting opportunities.

This past year has been filled with a plethora of highs, lows, achievements and failures for my family and I. After I turned 25 on June 25th of this year, I began to see myself in a different light. A new vision of myself began to emerge, a more resilient, focused, unafraid of judgment, and level-headed James was forming. For those of you who believe that starting over after you have sacrificed so much for something that you THOUGHT you always wanted, is difficult, I am here to tell you that it’s an illusion, just like all forms of fear.

They say that you are the captain of your own ship, if so then mine is a mega-yacht named the S.S Destiny. So if something doesn’t work out the way that you planned, it absolutely does not mean you cannot reinvent yourself, battle the waves, and continue to steer the course. Deepak Chopra put it best “The only goal worth attaining is complete freedom to be yourself, without illusions and false beliefs” (The Book of Secrets)

You have the ability in you to withstand tremendous pressure and sparkle to full brilliancy at the end. Take the pain and the disappointments and channel them, use them a catalyst to make your dreams come true. I’ve done it before in the past, and after the major failures and missed opportunities that I have endured this year, I plan on doing it again. What point is there in feeling sorry for yourself, when there is work to be done, art to be created, and goals to be surpassed? I am starting fresh with a new outlook, one that see’s the silver lining after any hardship, and one that is fully conscious of choices and decisions.

The past is the past, and all we have is the present. I truly believe in Karma, and if you have been hurt or wronged in any way, the Universe has a way of making that disappear and replacing it with immeasurable joy, in the most unexpected and unusual ways. Stay the course and you will reach the olive branch of your dreams.

Take it from me, starting over is easy to do.

Best wishes everyone, and thank you for reading. More post’s to come!

J.F

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T.B.N Interviews: Marcus Stewart

Posted in T.B.N Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2013 by James Field

 

 

So its been quite some time since I have had the opportunity to interview any talent for the T.B.N Interviews segment of The Black Nouveau, but today I have the pleasure of welcoming our latest guest, Mr Marcus Stewart. I have known Marcus for a little over a year now from his extensive modeling and acting work, as well as fashion styling. Today we welcome him with a warm and chic greeting, as we talk about fashion, life goals, Bravo TV and staying focused in the whirl-wind industry of modeling and acting.

 

T.B.N– Please introduce yourself. How old are you, where are you from and where do you currently reside?

 

M.S– I’m so honored to be your first interview in almost a year! My name is Marcus Stewart, I’m 24 years old. I was born in New Orleans, LA and relocated to Los Angeles in 2005 due to Hurricane Katrina. I just enjoyed my 4 year anniversary in NYC, I reside in SoHo.

 

T.B.N– I am very familiar with your modeling work. Tell us a little bit about how you got started? Was it a difficult process? What tips would you give to other aspiring African-American models looking to break into the industry?

 

M.S–  Well, modeling has always been a part of my life. My mother was actually a local model in the 70’s in New Orleans so I guess one can say that it has always been in my DNA. As a child I was never good at sports, even though I’ve always been tall and quick on my feet I was never an athlete. One day I was driving in the car with my mother around the age of 11 or so and I heard a commercial for “Model Search America” it caught my attention and since my mother had given up her potential modeling career to be a housewife, she was very supportive of me going on a “Go See” which in the modeling world is basically an audition.

 

She took me and my older brother who was super athletic and better than me at everything to the office and I was picked to come back and meet with agents one on one. My brother who I always thought was way better looking than me did not get picked SO, I knew right then and there entertainment was where I wanted to be. I was better than my brother at something so I went with it. From Model Search America I received interest from a huge agency in NYC but I never was allowed to move to NYC at such a young age so my mother took me to local agencies in New Orleans which is where I got my start and became a model then to LA and NYC where I was signed with BMG models.

 

Modeling is very difficult and competitive for anyone but it’s intensified a 100% for a black male. It is no secret that our fairer skin brothers and sisters work WAY more than us brown people. It’s also a very morally corrupt world that can eat you alive if you aren’t a strong-minded mature individual. I was in school or working a serious fashion industry job while pursuing modeling so I never dedicated enough time and effort towards modeling; I never reached my full potential. My advice is to be solid and comfortable in who you are and not to get caught up in comparing yourself to everyone else, you NEVER know what he/she had to sacrifice to get to the point you see. Work hard and stay focused. I’m not done with modeling yet. Stay tuned!

 

T.B.N– So lets not beat around the bush any longer, you were recently a cast member on the Bravo reality documentary series, “Dukes of Melrose” working with the owners of the ultra chic Decades boutique. How was that experience for you?

 

M.S– Yes, let’s just get to it. HAHA. Well, the first season of “Dukes of Melrose” is over so now re runs are playing. Being a part of “The Dukes of Melrose” was an amazing time in my life. I was actually heading back to NYC after a month-long vacation in Europe when I received the call from the owners about being on the show. I was the last person to be cast. I personally never wanted to be a part of a reality show, I have had some opportunities in the past and I just never thought it was my thing. When the producers and owners approached me I was open because I had been working for the company for maybe two years prior so I was familiar with the brand and I’m friends with the owners so I knew a certain level of class would have to be showcased, which made me comfortable and open to being a part of their project.

 

Because I was familiar with the camera and being on sets I was very comfortable while filming. I knew I was going to be myself the entire time and enjoy the process. I’m very happy to have had the chance to work with Bravo TV. It’s something my kids will be able to see although, my famous line “Your vintage team sucks ass” may have to be edited out for the youngsters…haha

 

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I have worked for Decades for 3 years. I started off as a part-time assistant buyer and worked my way up to The East Coast Editor and then to Trunk Show Coordinator. I was responsible for finding amazing and rare couture pieces on the east coast while also being responsible for our travelling “pop up shops” I started to get promoted very fast and mind you I had no prior buying or event planning experience. The last 2 years have been spent in and out of hotels and airports all over the USA. Being the Trunk Show Coordinator was great. Every city was new and fresh and I was the person responsible for creating memorable shopping experiences for the clients. It was a fun job but, in order to be GREAT you must grow so I’m no longer with Decades but wishing the brand continued success!

 

T.B.N– Has the show changed anything for you?

 

M.S–  Has the show changed anything for me? I get asked this question all the time. You have to understand I have been fortunate and blessed to work consistently in this industry for 8 years from being the youngest Dolce & Gabbana employee ever, to my time as The International Sales Rep for Sacred Blue Denim at age 18 to working for Vogue and GQ not to mention styling PJ Morton and other private clients. So, for me I’m still working every day. Building my brand and challenging myself creatively. I do get recognized a bit, but this is NYC so no one really cares. I’m still living the same life I was living prior to Bravo TV. Being on TV does not change things; YOU have to change things for yourself and that is what I’m doing. It’s a step by step process, I want to grow not explode. TV has given me a platform but now it’s up to me to create what I want.

 

T.B.N– What is your ultimate career goal, your biggest dream?

 

M.S–  My ultimate career goal? I would have to say that my ultimate goal is to have an empire. I love what Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum have done post modeling life. They are brands, businesswomen. From TV shows, style corresponding, writing books, and producing. Their hands are in lots of things. I would want to do something very similar. I have always looked at myself as a work horse and a show pony. I love creating and making things happen but I’m just as comfortable being the BRAND. My goal is to create a life and a legacy that last beyond me. We are blessed to be a blessing. I want to get back into modeling and acting while still focusing on women and their fashion needs. I want to build a holistic fashion empire. Fashion is such a materialistic and vain world, if I’m going to be a part of that I need to find a way to address the real issues which steam from the inside and show women how connected inner beauty and inner love is with how one looks and presents themselves to the world.

 

T.B.N– Lastly, where do you envision yourself long-term? What are you doing?

 

M.S– I see myself working for myself. I love the idea of being a contributor editor or brand ambassador for products that I believe in. I do think it’s important to still be connected to the world outside of your own existence but, more than anything I want to work on the Marcus Stewart Brand. I want to bring positivity back to the media and help empower women. This is all inspired by my mother. She is my best friend and has given me the key to the locked door called THE WOMAN. I know what the woman wants. She wants to feel beautiful and refreshed. The woman wants to feel comfortable and enlightened. The woman wants to feel sexy without being vulgar. I’m “The Fashion Doctor” I can diagnose your fashion emergency and give you the exact dosage to cure your fashion illness!

 

Right now I’m doing personal image consulting and working on an amazing aesthetic based non-profit organization for women who have experienced hardships. TV is also in my near future so don’t worry! I will be back. I believe that there are no coincidences, things happen for a reason, always remember that. If I had not done the Dukes of Melrose show I would have ignored my secret desire to be back in front of the camera. I would have ignored the need to help women feel powerful and beautiful. Destiny is a funny thing, what is meant to be will always be.

 

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Fashion Isn’t Glamorous…Take It From Me.

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , on February 17, 2012 by James Field

 

 

Today I thought it necessary to express my feelings and opinions regarding the Fashion Industry. There is always a continuous misconception that fashion is full of vain, arrogant, and always fabulous people, and that may be true to some extent, but for the majority it certainly isn’t.

After moving to New York in the Spring of 2007 I had the naive mentality that many people have when they enter a field that they think they know something about. I quickly learned that there are many people in this industry who look past the glitz and apparent glamour, and have strong goals and ambition to do what they love to do. Then there are the others, and you know who I’m talking about, that always have to attend every party and love to have their photos taken and then bombard the poor bloggers with “Where will this photo be posted?” as if they are so important that god forbid their image is posted on anything but the Sartorialist. To see this with my own two eyes on many occasions made me realize that my place in this world needs to be quite and behind the scenes. If you ever want to know who the real movers and shakers of the Fashion industry are, look behind inconspicuous loft space offices and read the names under every masthead of that magazine you just brought. They rarely leave their work and could careless about attending the latest after-after party and drinking themselves silly. Not to say that there is anything wrong with that, it just shows you that some people actually have goals and dreams and are not hindered by the smoke and mirrors.

One word that I certainly feel that many people do not have in this world is “Ambition” I’ve met countless interns and aspiring something or anothers who just assume that things will fall into their lap and as long as they are “good people” and work hard, and Karma will take care of them. NO!, wake up and go make it happen, if you knew how many people are working toward the same goal as you, you’d most likely give up. But if you don’t APPLY yourself and do what you need to do to excel, you will be defeated in an instant.

I wanted to write this post just to express my frustration, thoughts and feelings toward the image of what most people believe the “Fashion World” to be. This is not to discourage anyone, but always keep a focused vision, have ambition, and always stay humble….it will take you farther than you ever dreamed.

I believe it, and I’m just like you.

J.F

My Escape

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , on July 10, 2011 by James Field

One of my absolute favorite places in New York, is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I find it to be the only place where I can totally immerse myself within the art, and feel like I am discovering something new each time. It almost has a therapeutic effect on me. Today I went to the Met and just walked, walked around and gazed and observed the beauty of what man can achieve. It was such a relaxing and awe-inspiring experience, and I found myself getting lost, within myself. I feel a place like this or something like is necessary in life, sometimes you need to just escape and let go.

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”  -Twyla Tharp

Artistic Inspiration

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2010 by James Field

Sketches by French Artist Mohamed Kahouadji

Visit www.mohamedkahouadji.com for more information.

Black History Month Honors: Dr. Cornel West

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 2, 2010 by James Field

How do you show pride? Is it hanging your favorite team’s flag outside your bedroom window? Is it placing an “Honor Student” bumper sticker on your car? Is it getting a tattoo of your loved one? I believe pride is not external, pride is what’s inside you, what you fight for, what you show every day of your life. And Dr Cornel West has shown me that this pride is something you should never forget. Dr West is and was one of the most influential African-Americans involved in the Civil Rights Moments post 1960’s. His political views on “white supremacy” and living in a “white America” are both controversial and praised. I recently watched Dr West on the Today show one morning, as he talked about African-American men and the lack of fatherhood in many households. It was profound to watch this man speak, his eloquence, knowledge and insight on what makes our culture so special and touched me in a deep way. He is a member of the Democratic Socialist of America, a noted author, actor, critic and philosopher. Much of Dr West’s work focuses on the roles of race, gender, class and how many people react to their “racial conditiondness” Dr West is without a doubt among the pantheon of great African-American leaders in history, and as such I honor him in during this great month of our culture, pride ,and legacy.

 “The country is in deep trouble. We’ve forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that’s the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.”

— Cornel West

 James Field

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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2009 by James Field