Knitwear Designer Paula Hian Launches Fall/Winter 2016 Collection

Lookbook Images photographed by Hugo Aturi/Provided by the Designer

Fashion designer Paula Hian has launched her Fall/Winter 2016 Knitwear Collection, which she describes as “graphic, bold and textured; either toned down and in tailored form or jazzed up for more dramatic fashion.” The Paula Hian Collection, manufactured in France, is knitted in viscose/Lycra and novelty cotton/silk blends made from Italian yarns.patricia_renee_-graphic

Miss Hian’s design philosophy comes into full bloom when “when color, shape and texture can be combined with modern style in a timeless way.” A lover of looking put-together, she wears her own designs and finds a kinship with women who refuse to become a slave to the trends. She designs for the independent minded woman who thinks on her own and has her own sense of style. The eloquent statement she makes with her clothes is perfect for someone who has always seen style as the best way to speak to the world without words.


Paula Hian 2016 Fall/Winter Collection – Anais Jacket with Lucie Dress


Paula Hian 2016 Fall/Winter Collection – Jane Jacket with Manon Skirt

Although she has been in the fashion design business for over fifteen years, her evolution into knitwear has been a labor of love, as well as one of necessity. As she recalls, “It really began with the fabrics. I would always see the same fabrics from the same textile mills that were nice, but not necessarily what I was looking for or didn’t fit the designs I would see in my head for the season. I kept thinking there had to be a way to make my own materials and really engineer my designs and materials how I would visualize them and then, in 2010, Voila!!, I discovered a knitwear factory in France as a place where I could do that and I felt reborn! With knitting, I see limitless possibilities for my designs.

For Fall/Winter 2016, the black and white knit tweeds and abstract plaids are intended to look crisp and soft at the same time -“to reflect a feminine/menswear vibe I am looking to portray. I feel this should be a welcome change for transition and fall 2016.


Paula Hian 2016 Fall/Winter Collection – Christiane Dress

She has also continued to develop interesting knitwear materials that resemble wovens. “I created the embroidered soutache material for the killer boardroom Patricia /Renee Suit. Either in black/black or navy/black. And I dreamed up a lightweight herringbone to mix with double faced jacquard plaid to pleat into the Emily dress or combined it with solid double faced black sleeves to create the Maryse jacket. This herringbone tweed looks staid in black and white and then heats up when knitted in electric blue and juxtaposed against the black blocks of color.

The colorways in the collection run the spectrum from black and navy to azure blue, poppy and electric blue into grey and tonal grey. “I see these colors and the mixtures of them as ‘Paula neutrals’…there to cleanse the palate. I am not a beige person- ever. Rarely pastels. These colors feel fall 16 to me rather than the browns and more traditional autumn-looking shades. The touches of grey I feel gave it the fall edge. And with white to brighten all up.” Continue reading

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Presents The 2016 “CAREERS In Film Summit” In Los Angeles And London

Events In Support Of “My Brother’s Keeper”and London Based “Into Film”cif_slide_52

Panel Discussions To Be Live-Streamed on

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), in support of President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative, will present the second annual Careers in Film Summit on Saturday, October 8, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The daylong event for high school and college students will bring together Academy members and other film industry guests to discuss their professions as well as the paths they took to achieve career success.

For the first time, the Los Angeles event will be live-streamed on, and students from around the world will be able to watch each of the six panels.

President Barack Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Unemployment among the Millennial Generation, particularly in minority communities, is at record levels, and entrepreneurship can serve as pathway toward economic mobility. While many young people of color have the intuition and drive to succeed there is a gap in understanding how to translate entrepreneurial dreams into viable businesses. When nurtured through proper education, support, and coaching, young entrepreneurs can found enriching small business endeavors that will benefit the individuals and the communities in which they live. (Learn more at

On the two year anniversary of My Brother’s Keeper, MBK Task Force Chair Broderick Johnson reflected on MBK’s impact across the country and on the work still underway, stating, “MBK is about obliterating the barriers our kids face. It’s about building strong, lasting bridges to opportunity for boys and girls, young men and young women, no matter what their background or the circumstances into which they were born. It’s about investing in what works, acting with a sense of urgency, basing strategies on data and evidence, and having the courage to call-out and tear down discrimination in every system and policy where it shows up. And, in two years we could not be more excited about the momentum, energy, and enthusiasm that has been sparked all across the country.”

The Academy also will be presenting Careers in Film Summit–London on Friday, November 11, at the Regent Street Cinema in London. Presented in partnership with the UK film education charity Into Film, the half-day event will feature three hour-long panels (panelists to be announced at a later date) and is part of the Into Film Festival, the world’s biggest youth-focused film festival. into-film-e1460027265381

Into Film seeks to put film at the heart of children and young people’s learning and cultural experience. The ambitious UK-wide Into Film program provides 5-19 year olds with unparalleled opportunities to see, think, make and imagine, contributing to their educational, cultural, creative and personal development. Into Film will achieve this by:

  • · Working with the education and informal youth sectors to support and promote learning through and about film
  • · Partnering with industry to enhance the appreciation and understanding of film
  • · Taking advantage of the learning solutions made possible by digital technology

Now in its fourth year, the Into Film Festival (November 9-25, 2016) is a free celebration of film and education for children and young people. The program features over 3,000 free cinema screenings and events across the UK, many linked to topical themes or subjects in the curriculum. The program showcases everything from exclusive blockbuster previews to classic family films, to workshops and Q&A sessions with industry professionals. The 2016 Festival has over 450,000 5-19 year olds and educators booked in so far. It encourages young people, including many who may never otherwise visit the cinema, to learn and develop an interest in film, with the aim of engaging and informing a new generation of cinema-goers. Bookings can be made at

At the second annual Careers in Film Summit in Los Angeles, some of the film industry professions to be represented include cinematography, composing, sound design, film editing, costume design, special effects makeup, visual effects, public relations and marketing. The panelists will offer students firsthand knowledge of their experiences working in the industry and identify key knowledge areas and skill sets that are essential for specific careers. Film clips chosen by the panelists will highlight significant work.



  • Moderated by Mike Muse, My Brother’s Keeper
  • Tyrese Gibson, Actor – “Fast and Furious” series, “Transformers”
  • Catherine Hardwicke, Director – “Twilight,” “Thirteen”
  • James Lopez, Production Executive – “The Perfect Guy,” “Think Like a Man”
  • Theodore Melfi, Writer-Producer-Director – “Hidden Figures,” “St. Vincent”
  • Tyger Williams, Writer – “The Perfect Guy,” “Menace II Society”


  • Moderated by Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Jerry Constantine, Special Effects Makeup Artist – “Watchmen,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
  • Warren Drummond, Storyboard Artist – “Fences,” “X-Men: First Class”
  • Camille Friend, Hairstylist – “The Hateful Eight,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”
  • Daryn Okada, Cinematographer – “Let’s Be Cops,” “Mean Girls”
  • Phil Saunders, Concept Artist – “Marvel’s The Avengers” series, “Iron Man” series
  • Marlene Stewart, Costume Designer – “The Divergent Series: Allegiant,” “The Judge”


  • Moderated by Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Rosa Costanza, Sound Technician – “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,” “Sinister 2”
  • Greg Hedgepath, Sound Editor – “Straight Outta Compton,” “The Hunger Games”
  • Alyson Moore, Foley Artist – “Inception,” “The Dark Knight”
  • Steven Morrow, Sound Mixer – “La La Land, “The Perfect Guy”
  • Greg Rudloff, Re-recording Mixer – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “American Sniper”
  • Theresa Rygiel, Visual Effects – “Furious 7,” “The Lord of the Rings” series
  • Troy Takaki, Film Editor – “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, “Fool’s Gold”

Continue reading