Review of Mahogany Bridal Fashion Show
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS the bridal show is finally over.
I must be honest even though I have been doing this for 13 years, unfortunately it is the one show that we do that I really do not like doing. Yes I did say that and I will explain unlike TMC, Fashion Diversity or other shows that we do, the bridal show is the one show that no matter what you do or how hard you try people will criticise you and do everything they can to tear the show down – now hold on don’t get me wrong you know I have a big mouth and say it as it is, so at the same time I should be man enough and take as good as I give BUT the bridal show is only being done each year because there is no other African Caribbean specific bridal show in the UK and I feel that it would be sad to lose the only one we have, in addition it is not financially beneficial to Mahogany in anyway shape or form so just from a business perspective alone I should not be doing it and as I said above it is the one show that no matter what we do we are just bombarded with a variety of negative feedback. Yeah I know I am feeling sorry for myself and possibly it’s that time of month for me.
So I have to review my show and this is of course very hard to do as I must be objective and give both sides of the story. The review is based on feedback and emails and texts that I have received – as I have not obtained permission from some of the people to give there feedback publicly I will not include their names plus one or two were anonymous anyway (why do people do that, no one is going to kill you if you give your name and it proves your motive for the feedback was fair and true and there was no agenda behind it). I have inserted feedback below and at the end I have given my personal review.
Matthew from FLYER said: “The range of designs showcased today was spot-on. There was a touching moment when Tarell McIntosh, 15, student winner of Fashion Diversity received a standing ovation for his unique and personal collection introduced as ‘A Dress for the Cultural Bride’.
Tarell said; “Today was about the Mahogany Bride, I’m not here to showcase western-fashion, the whole point is to accentuate the Mahogany Bride in its full entirety. It’s also my intention to bring African design and ideology to the forefront of my collection.
“It was a good nice for us, in that we loved where we were positioned and it was a good experience.”
“I was happy with the show it was fantastic”
“The feedback about the fashion show from the members of the public that visited our stand was very very very poor, l almost wished l could have attended for myself, in terms of constructive criticism for this area l cannot say as it was negative hear say”
“Well, you said that i would have a good reaction...You weren't wrong!! I had more than a few screams and loads of; "is it real?" "is it mechanical?" "that's incredible!" Infact i had a lot of great comments and gave out over 150 cards.”
“Thanks for having me working on your show today, I really enjoyed it and your team was very good and friendly to work with also. I saw bits of the show and it was a really good turned out, wow! so many people. It was a really good showcase though. I loved it!”
“Thanks for the invite yesterday, I thought the show was excellent.”
“Overall as I said things went better than expected, usually there is an association with black run organisations and events to be very late and very unorganised and unprofessional but I felt your work at Mahogany proved this perception wrong and I would be happy to recommend it to other designers and exhibitors i know.”
In terms of the fashion show for me was one of the best for the variety of the clothing that was on display which was excellent, nice to also see some new style men's suits which I felt has been lacking in the last few shows.
This was better than the last year, not sure that venue is the right for vendors as it not big enough and we all know customer like to see variety. I am also aware its a cost factor, but maybe a bigger venue with more vendors at a price that will pull in more vendors will work, maybe a big sponsor will also could help with this, it's really a number game at the end of it, but I am sure you have already thought about this already and the current financial climate is not helping matters.
This is the anonymous email we received and I think as a review it is important that you read it in its entirety.
“I attended the 2010 Wedding show, and this e-mail is to voice my disappointment in both the lack of exhibitors and the actual bridal show.
I came to this event with high expectations, only to be disappointed. You billed this as 'the largest African Caribbean bridal fashion show in Europe' and that you primarily focuses on the fashion element of getting married from wedding dresses to accessories and includes a small number of exhibitors that cover the other areas of getting married such as photographers, wedding planners, cake makers, makeup artists etc.
The bridal show seem to be targeted at ensuring that your sponsors were looked after rather than your paying public. To be told that the 'Wedding Show' would be starting at 1.00pm for it to start at 1.45pm was totally unacceptable and showed a lack of respect for your paying guests.
I understand things running late, but to be 45 minutes late by any stretch of the imagination is just amateur and does not reflect well on your organisations skills.
In addition, no one made any effort to find extra seating for the people that ending up standing, after having to stand up outside waiting to get in. I heard lots of other guests comment and complaint about the lack of 'bridal' wear shown, and if wasn't for the entertainment of Justin playing, your show would have been a complete flop. The audience around me were actually laughing about the dresses falling off the models, and the lack of bridal shoes being worn by the models. I felt embarrassed and found it hard to watch the show.
We attended this show last year, and expected this years to show an improvement or at least to be to the same standard. Little did we know that this year would be a shadow on last years event. I've attended other events at the Holiday Inn, Coram Street, but don't think that this venue was really appropriate. Be rest assured, we will not be attending another of your shows, and will let other people know of our disappointment in what is suppose to be the 'largest African Caribbean' bridal show. The exhibitors themselves tried hard, but I suspect they themselves were disappointed and if they actually got many referrals out of the day would be a surprise.
I suspect that probably you might not receive many e-mails like this one, as most people probably will not take the time to bother to let you know, but if everyone I spoke too and everyone I heard comment on what a total waste of time this was took the time to tell you so, you would probably realise that you really need to ensure you pay more attention to the details when putting together an event that you are asking people to pay for. I can attend Wedding Fayre's any weekend all across England for which I do not have to pay and I will see better performance on stage and a more varied and inspiring range of bridal wear, as we were attending a 'Bridal Show'
If its just your aim to produce a film that can be shown on Wedding TV and to promote your models say so, so that people attending know exactly what it they are coming for.
Disappointed from Berkshire.”
My Review: Mahogany is not perfect and the same way I may have a go about other shows I will do the same about Mahogany shows.
Besides the fact that I have no idea why I do a show I do not really enjoy, I must be honest and say that we had some Whitney Houston X Factor issues during our first fashion show but these were ALL resolved for the second show which I think ran perfectly. For those of you that know Mahogany we do not do late, for the bridal show we never ever give a time when the shows will start cos you know if I did they would start on time – the approximate time for them to start is 1.30 and 4.30 – never ever at 1pm. The 1.30 show did start a bit late due to a health and safety issue that had to be resolved, but bearing in mind we never said when our fashion shows would start by my definition we were not late. A lot of you reading my blog may not know Mahogany very well and as such even though you read the next bit it may not seem relevant but Mahogany is all about promoting goods and services for people of colour and we know that brides go to many bridal fashion shows and see nothing but white wedding dresses day in and day out and we want to give brides that attend our show something different so we actively sort out alternative wedding dresses and designers that were bold and brave enough to present an alternative. I guess you can see for some people, that did not go down too well.
People don’t get me wrong I love feedback good or bad but I do get pissed when African Caribbean shows are held to a higher standard than other shows and as soon as we allegedly mess up people purposely go out and speak bad about you or want to run you down “Be rest assured, we will not be attending another of your shows, and will let other people know of our disappointment” when we should be supporting each other, by giving feedback and with your support we can work on improving things.
Well just like I have been doing for the past 7 years next year I will once again be saying to myself I am not looking forward to doing the show and may make the decision not to – we will see. I would like to thank all the exhibitors, designers, models, volunteers, Mahogany staff and everyone that attended or sent us good luck messages as well as everyone and there were a lot of you that took time out to talk to me and say great show etc and also to everyone that gave feedback good or bad.
Why is it so hard for a Black Woman to find a Good Black Man?
I was going to talk about this but the blog is getting to long – so I will talk about this in my next blog.
News In Brief:
Top Model UK
The Top Model UK competition, which is the equivalent version of Top Model of Colour took place on the 13th 14th March at the Hilton Metropole London and our current Top Model of Colour Paula (TMC 09) and our previous winner Vicky (TMC 08) were invited to attend both events as VIP guests and also to open the show with a small presentation on the first day of the competition. Even if I say so myself the models looked stunning in outfits provided to them by Veronique B Couture. They really had fun and were definitely the centre of attention of all of the film crews, press and guests.
Bold Beautiful Seminar Workshops (Nigeria)
LtoR Mary Jane (Top Sleek makeup artist) Makida (Face of Sleek Nigeria) Paula (TMC)
Paula (TMC) was invited to Nigeria to attend and participate in a workshop, seminar and fashion show aimed at young people wishing to get involved in the fashion industry. Whilst in Nigeria she met up with top designers and makeup artists as well as meeting Makida Moka the current Face of Sleek Nigeria. Paula is having a lot of fun as the current Top Model of Colour.
MOAN OF THE DAY...
Normally I have just one moan of the day but I am sorry I have to extend it today as there are just some things going on that WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT IT.
Can You Sing?
Singing is becoming like modelling, everyone no matter how bad their voice is believes they can sing. X Factor and American Idol aside, which we all love to watch the fools trying to sing to get their 5 minutes of fame, I can understand. BUT BUT BUT there are toooooooooo many people out there that are soloist or have formed groups appearing on stages and at shows attempting to sing and I use the word attempting very loosely. Now you ALL know someone that you have heard sing that you have been unable to be honest with and tell them that they cannot sing to save their life, if they were told that if they sang well they would win a million pounds, there would be very few millionaires.
I have decided that I will be lobbying my MP to bring in new legislation that will enable us to sue or have people arrested that sing in public when they cannot sing, it must become a criminal offence so that we do not have to sit through 3 to 6 minutes of torture and why is it that those that cannot sing always do 3 to 4 songs and the ones that can sing only sing twice. Maybe I am just bitter and twisted cos I have no talent at all and wished I could sing – but if I am saying something that makes some sense wherever you are just say YEAH YEAH.
Stop Crying on TV
I don’t know about you but this crying on TV stuff is now starting to get on my nerves. Every time I watch a reality TV show I see people crying from the mum, dad, sister, uncle, shopkeeper, cat, dog – EVERYONE for no apparent reason. Now explain this to me your son or daughter is on one of these reality TV programs and you are doing your interview that will be shown during the program and you are talking about how proud you are of your child (no problem with that) and then you talk about the day you were pushing them on the swing when they were 3 years old and you start crying (grown arse men – excuse my language just trying to emphasise a point) WHY, how is that something to make you cry about? Hey, by you crying it is not going to make me vote for your child, I will vote for them because they have talent not because I hear a soppy story. Men are crying more than the women nowadays, is this all about finding their feminine side, if that is the case some of them have moved 100% over to their feminine side – MAN UP.
If you want to score some points – when you are with your girlfriend or wife look her in the eyes and start crying and say to her that “just looking at you and being in love with you brings me to tears” – trust me you will score lots of points and may get some as well.
Simon Cowell - Wanna Be Girls
I am a big American Idol fan but not so big an X Factor fan (only because I believe that X Factor is more of a popularity contest than a singing competition - Leona Lewis and Alexander Burke aside), but have you noticed that on X Factor Cheryl Cole is always rubbing up to Simon Cowell and every time the camera’s are on her she is found whispering in his ea or rubbing up to him. Now when I saw that for a couple of seasons back, I thought it was just one of those things and it was Cheryl being Cheryl but to my dismay Kara DioGuardi (I just had to go on Google and check out her name for some reason I can’t get my head round her name), is doing exactly the same thing as Cheryl Cole.
Do they feel that by doing this they will get more media attention or that he will give them more work as it sure won’t be anything else as it seems the man is about to get married, rumour has it that it will be the weekend of September 11th.
Hey ladies go make your own fame, be a judge in your own rights and leave Simon alone
O well at least he has nothing to worry about from Ellen DeGeneres.
Men and Facebook
Now I am not a woman as you all know, but ladies I have full and total sympathy for what you go through on Facebook and can understand why some of you lie about your relationship status. Now as some of you may know if you visit my Facebook page you will see that I have profile pictures sometimes of woman on it. Now for those of you that are educated or take the time to read it, you will know that they are primarily adverts about shows that we are involved in and most times will contain a picture of a beautiful model within the advert. However I am inundated with emails and chat conversations from men wanting to chat me up.
HELLO firstly, you do not know me so why are you emailing me saying “hi beauty”, hi sexy I want to get to know you”, “I am the man of your dreams”, “lets get to know each other better”, “you look so beautiful in your profile picture and I am looking for a wife” – I could go on and on. Now I have no problem with men trying to chat up someone they do not know on Facebook as that is there choice but at least do some research first be sure that you are talking to a woman and why not start slowly as opposed to jumping in the deep end and drowning.
I love it when I chat back or email them and say “I am a man” – utter silence follows, only one fool ever came back with a retort saying “than why do you have a woman on your profile picture” but as I said above uneducated and did not read the advert but maybe to be fair to him the writng was in Dutch.
Guys that are doing this seriously GET A LIFE OR DO IT WITH STYLE!
Be good and take care – tomorrows another day!