Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Pack your bags...Cuba here we come!

Model Katie Hearn, Wardrobe Styling/Art Direction: A. Lozano, Photographer: Ashlee Harris, MUA: ROUGE - Cheryl Salinas Tucker
Automation Alley is planning a trip to Cuba in the fall of 2016, to explore export and investment opportunities for small and medium sized Michigan based companies.  Next month you have the opportunity to attend a meeting featuring "experts from the U.S. Department of State, The Cuban-American Chamber of Commerce and The Christman Company who will share their firsthand insights and case studies about Cuba's economic, political and social outlook."

Here is a neat article on lodging from the BBC News.  Book early folks!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Havana Motor Club


We love classic cars here in the Motor City and I love good documentaries. 

Change Is Racing Down The Streets Of Havana, Where Cuba's Top Underground Drag Racers Struggle To Prepare Their Classic American Hot Rods For The First Official Car Race Since The Revolution.

Official Trailer for HAVANA MOTOR CLUB - Premiered in April, 2015 at The Tribeca Film Festival. 
Directed by: Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt

For more information visit Havana Motor Club

Ahhh..the good old days, racing cars with no seat belts!!!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A little bit of Cuba in Detroit

ROUGE in Ferndale, MI,Model Katie Hearn and Cheryl Salinas Tucker MUA

Photographer: Ashlee Harris
Model Katie Hearn

Model Katie Hearn, All photos, wardrobe styling and creative direction is A. Lozano

A sneak peek photo diary of a Cuban inspired photo shoot we shot today.  Our model/muse is Katie Hearn, MUA is Cheryl Salinas Tucker: ROUGE, professional photos by Ashlee Harris (will follow).

Check out this real estate development and diplomatic relations story on Cuba from the Washington Post.  I've been fascinated with the history of Cuba for many years and this photo shoot is my way of honoring it's distinctive cultures and glory.  This is the first of a series I've organized on the subject.

It also happens that there are interesting urban planning, land asset decay and development parallels between Detroit and Cuba, "Meanwhile, elderly Cubans whose children left the island remained in large homes they couldn't afford to maintain.  There were thousands of homes sitting vacant or half-empty, Coyula said" - Nick Miroff.

As Detroit is on the urban development upswing so is Cuba and I can't help but believe there will be some interesting behind the scene alliances made, in fact I know there will be.  Stay tuned!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Selfie Nation, Deconstructing Our Obsession with Ourselves

Photo Series/Styling/Cropping - A. Lozano, Photo by Merlin Elsner

Pretty self explanatory don't you think?

I find it hard to ignore the endless selfies posted on my social media time lines.  A strange visual diary, if we have eyes to see.  What to make of it?

Here it is, a mockery, a visual deconstruction exploring motivation. Beyond commerce (the farm bot #s) and our quasi celebrity/model culture, what are we doing?

One day it dawned on me, I had become an inatimate object, a mirror to be specific for my friends, family members and associates.

It's quite human to want to be seen, understood and remembered. Today we have the tools, and means to accommodate that need.  Or is it a want?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

JIMI, all is by my side, the film

"When the Power of Love takes over the Love of Power, that's when things will change" - Jimi Hendrix

I really can't believe this film was released last year and I had not heard about it until I came across the DVD in my local library.  It's really well written, with a wonderful cast and the 60s early modern fashion and set design is fantastic!  I was thrilled to learn a little about the musical legend I fell in love with when I was a young girl.  Check it out fashion, history and music aficionados.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Nick Cave Takes Detroit, the launch

All photos by Alvita Lozano at Cranbrook Museum of Art

One of the great things about living in Metro Detroit, is the ability to catch events like this one.  Nick Cave was professionally photographed in front of a live audience at the Cranbrook Museum of Art this afternoon to promote his Here Hear city wide performance art exhibition.  A collaboration between he and the Cranbrook Art Museum.  Keep an eye out for Nick Cave Takes Detroit!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Coming Up in Detroit: Tanqueray, Common and a Saturday Night in Detroit

Tanqueray in Detroit at the MOCAD
Mix your own coctail with Tanqueray
Try the Tom Collins
The Panelist Discuss their brand strategies
DJ M.O.S. equipment

Watercolor of Common on the screen
A lovely spectator listens and poses for a pic as Common gives his talk on stage

Detroit Style Review's Jessica Simmons
Strivers the label..thank you for the T-Shirt!

Tanqueray Trunk Show hosted a first class bash at the MOCAD in Detroit last night.  This is a photo montage of images I captured during the evening.  There was a panel talk by the fashion brand owners of the pop up shops on hand and I picked up a stylish T-Shirt from the Strivers brand.  DJ M.O.S., I call him Master of Sound, had the crowd moving and Common delivered an inspirational talk to the crowd and then had them dancing and singing with him..it was a real PARTAY!  Detroit is one of 6 cities selected for this exclusive event.  I want to thank Detroit Style Review, fashion blogger and apparel line entrepreneur, Jessica Simmons for the invite..I'm a lucky girl to be connected to so many generous and talented people making Detroit a cultural hot spot and hip fashion scene!