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Sun - August 7, 2022 3:12 am     A+ | a-
Maurice Lynch Music:“The Girl From 7th Avenue” premieres @ La Jolla with Pat Cleveland in Attendance
Maurice Lynch Music:“The Girl From 7th Avenue” premieres @ La Jolla with Pat Cleveland in Attendance
Hi Fashion & Music World,

Here is a great article from The La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival...... Enjoy 

August 5, 2022  

San Diego Uptown News 
 
“The Girl From 7th Avenue” premieres in La Jolla with Pat Cleveland in Attendance"

By Diana Cavagnaro

Pat Cleveland, now studied in the documentary “The Girl from 7th Avenue,” is one of the first Black super models who received prominence as both a runway and print model. Starting her career in the mid-’60s, she has been photographed by renowned photographers such as Norman Parkinson, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Andy Warhol.
Cleveland led the fashion revolution and worked non-stop as a game changer. She is also a multi-talented actress, artist, singer, writer, wife, and mother. In 2016, Simon & Schuster published her memoir, “Walking with the Muses.”

Her first big break came at the Battle of Versailles Fashion Show in 1973 in the Palace of Versailles. Five French designers competed against five American designers at this Gala which included an unprecedented ten Black models. This was the first time vogueing was done on the runway.
It was such an honor for San Diego to have this iconic model in town for the premier of the documentary about her life, “The Girl from 7th Avenue,” at the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival. She collaborated with Antonio Contreras for this amazing illustrated story of her modeling career. Antonio Contreras is a multi-gifted artist who created 2,000 illustrations to make this animated short film. Contreras is also an award-winning artist who produces dramatic and documentary films such as “EXUBERANCE,” “The Falling Leaves,” and “Ay Jose!” to name a few. He was awarded the International Fashion Film award for Best Actor in 2015.

I met Cleveland and Contreras for an interview at the Grande Colonial Hotel. Cleveland arrived wearing a Missoni ensemble and explained that the designer Ralph Rucci had designed two creations for her but that they had not arrived in time.
I sat down with both of them for a fireside chat overlooking the breathtaking view of the shoreline. You immediately felt that you have known Cleveland your entire life with her warm persona and effervescent style.
My first question was how did they meet for this collaboration. They said they met on Instagram and a conversation ensued going back and forth. The forces of the universe brought them together and “The Girl from 7th Avenue” was born.
Contreras said that there are so many styles of animated films and they wanted to tell a story similar to sci-fi and keep it funny and light. Gehno Aviance was the editor and graphic designer. The music for the film was produced by One A (Gehno Aviance). Some of the music was written and composed by Maurice Lynch and performed by Pat Cleveland. She has such an entrancing voice and you don’t want the song to end.
The night of the red carpet was on July 30. Pat Cleveland arrived looking stylish in a kaftan and turban by the designer Julia Clancey. There was so much anticipation by the crowd awaiting the awards to be handed out. Cleveland and Contreras were delighted to learn that “The Girl from 7th Avenue” was awarded Best Documentary and Best Animated Film.
In her acceptance speech, Cleveland said, “Wear it, love it, live it…that is style and fashion!”

While it is still under wraps, Contreras’ next project will be another collaboration with Cleveland.
— Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned Couture Milliner based in Alpine, California. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at

www.DianaCavagnaro.com.

https://sduptownnews.com/the-girl-from-7th-avenue-premieres-in-la-jolla-with-pat-cleveland-in-attendance/

Maurice Lynch 
Producer
Sun - August 7, 2022 2:44 am     A+ | a-
Maurice Lynch Music:“The Girl From 7th Avenue” premieres @ La Jolla with Pat Cleveland in attendance
Maurice Lynch Music:“The Girl From 7th Avenue” premieres @ La Jolla with Pat Cleveland in attendance
Hi Fashion & Music World,

Here is a great article from The La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival...... Enjoy 

August 5, 2022  

San Diego Downtown News
 
“The Girl From 7th Avenue” premieres in La Jolla with Pat Cleveland in attendance
By Diana Cavagnaro

Pat Cleveland, now studied in the documentary “The Girl from 7th Avenue,” is one of the first Black super models who received prominence as both a runway and print model. Starting her career in the mid-’60s, she has been photographed by renowned photographers such as Norman Parkinson, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Andy Warhol.
Cleveland led the fashion revolution and worked non-stop as a game changer. She is also a multi-talented actress, artist, singer, writer, wife, and mother. In 2016, Simon & Schuster published her memoir, “Walking with the Muses.”

Her first big break came at the Battle of Versailles Fashion Show in 1973 in the Palace of Versailles. Five French designers competed against five American designers at this Gala which included an unprecedented ten Black models. This was the first time vogueing was done on the runway.
It was such an honor for San Diego to have this iconic model in town for the premier of the documentary about her life, “The Girl from 7th Avenue,” at the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival. She collaborated with Antonio Contreras for this amazing illustrated story of her modeling career. Antonio Contreras is a multi-gifted artist who created 2,000 illustrations to make this animated short film. Contreras is also an award-winning artist who produces dramatic and documentary films such as “EXUBERANCE,” “The Falling Leaves,” and “Ay Jose!” to name a few. He was awarded the International Fashion Film award for Best Actor in 2015.

I met Cleveland and Contreras for an interview at the Grande Colonial Hotel. Cleveland arrived wearing a Missoni ensemble and explained that the designer Ralph Rucci had designed two creations for her but that they had not arrived in time.
I sat down with both of them for a fireside chat overlooking the breathtaking view of the shoreline. You immediately felt that you have known Cleveland your entire life with her warm persona and effervescent style.
My first question was how did they meet for this collaboration. They said they met on Instagram and a conversation ensued going back and forth. The forces of the universe brought them together and “The Girl from 7th Avenue” was born.
Contreras said that there are so many styles of animated films and they wanted to tell a story similar to sci-fi and keep it funny and light. Gehno Aviance was the editor and graphic designer. The music for the film was produced by One A (Gehno Aviance). Some of the music was written and composed by Maurice Lynch and performed by Pat Cleveland. She has such an entrancing voice and you don’t want the song to end.
The night of the red carpet was on July 30. Pat Cleveland arrived looking stylish in a kaftan and turban by the designer Julia Clancey. There was so much anticipation by the crowd awaiting the awards to be handed out. Cleveland and Contreras were delighted to learn that “The Girl from 7th Avenue” was awarded Best Documentary and Best Animated Film.
In her acceptance speech, Cleveland said, “Wear it, love it, live it…that is style and fashion!”

While it is still under wraps, Contreras’ next project will be another collaboration with Cleveland.
— Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned Couture Milliner based in Alpine, California. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at www.DianaCavagnaro.com.

https://sandiegodowntownnews.com/the-girl-from-7th-avenue-premieres-in-la-jolla-with-pat-cleveland-in-attendance/

Maurice Lynch 
Producer
Sat - July 30, 2022 6:46 pm     A+ | a-
 "The Girl From 7th Avenue”-Pat Cleveland and the Runway Revolution - Wins Best Documentary at LIFF
"The Girl From 7th Avenue”-Pat Cleveland and the Runway Revolution - Wins Best Documentary at LIFF
Hi Fashion & Music World,

What a FANTASTIC WEEKEND!!..... CONGRATULATIONS  TO: " The Girl From 7th Avenue”-Pat Cleveland and the Runway Revolution"

For WINNING- Best Film Documentary 
For WINNING - Best  Film Anmation
@ The  La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival July 30th in San Diego, Ca. 

CONGRATULATIONS to Filmmaker Antonio Contreras, Gehno Aviance and the wonderful voice and story of Miss Pat Cleveland. I am so glad Maurice Lynch Music was a part of this incredible Film Project.

Special Thanks to: Fred Sweet the Director of the La Jolla Film Festival for his invitation for me to be a Presenter at the Film Festival. 

If you want to spark magic in your life then you have to surround yourself with magical people and remember ............“Being your authentic self is the ultimate secret to happiness in life.” ~ Sheri Fink

Maurice Lynch 
Producer

https://ljfff.com/
 
Fri - July 29, 2022 11:17 am     A+ | a-
Antonio Contreras Film Poster -Pat Cleveland, Billie Blair, Bethann Hardison, Ramona Saunders
Antonio Contreras Film Poster -Pat Cleveland, Billie Blair, Bethann Hardison, Ramona Saunders
Hi Fashion & Music World, 
 
“The Girl From 7th Avenue”-Pat Cleveland and the Runway Revolution"

Filmmaker - Antonio Contreras
Film Documentary – “The Girl From 7th Avenue”-Pat Cleveland and the Runway Revolution

 Narrated by Pat Cleveland 
The Film Features several songs performed by Pat Cleveland

Songs Written by Maurice Lynch 
Maurice Lynch Music also  contributed to the Film Score & Sound Track 

 
“The Girl From 7th Avenue”-Pat Cleveland and the Runway Revolution"..by Fimmaker Antonio Contreras opened another great door for Maurice Lynch Music in animation. ." Pat Cleveland never ceases to amaze me and our journey just keeps growing".. Maurice Lynch 
 
An animated fantasy celebrating the early career of pioneering Fashion Model Pat Cleveland Pat partied with Andy Warhol, lived with Karl Lagerfeld, inspired Salvador Dalí, refused Muhammed Ali’s proposal, and took on the fashion industry for not representing black models on the cover of magazines and on the runway in the early 70s…

 Pat Cleveland, the first black super model, tells her story, in her own words, in this illustrated documentary. And how the 1973 Battle of Versailles Fashion Show in Paris changed the course of fashion history. The show hosted some of the most well-known designers in the world and boasted guests like Grace Kelly, Jane Birkin, and Josephine Baker. Pat was a big part of that story when the fashion industry elite took over The Palace of Versailles for a night.

“The Girl From 7th Avenue” - Pat Cleveland and the Runway Revolution. With more than 2,000 hand-painted watercolors by Antonio Contreras, songs performed by Pat Cleveland, and music by Maurice Lynch and music by One A (aka Gehno Aviance), this documentary received several Festival Best Award Nominations and is being  currently the buzz on the fashion runways worldwide.

World Premiere July 30th at the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival 2022
Wed - July 27, 2022 11:49 am     A+ | a-
Maurice Lynch Music - The Battle of Versailles: American Fashion Takes the Stage  @ The Met in NYC
Maurice Lynch Music - The Battle of Versailles: American Fashion Takes the Stage @ The Met in NYC
Hi Fashion & Music World, 

Tonight  Free Virtual Event - The Battle of Versailles: American Fashion Takes the Stage - Here is a Video Clip to get you ready from- @bcunninghamfilm " The Times of Bill Cunningham"  @mauricelynchmusic.ny "Tonight Josephine". 

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CghORu_OthF/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

Hear from trailblazing American fashion models as they reflect on their participation in the historic 1973 fashion show known as the Battle of Versailles. The transatlantic fashion face-off is commonly regarded as the moment when the United States took its rightful place on the global fashion stage.

Moderated by Robin Givhan, Author
Pat Cleveland, Model
Bethann Hardison, Model
Chris Royer, Model

The Battle of Versailles: American Fashion Takes the Stage
WEDNESDAY / JULY 27
6:00–7:00 P.M.
Free, though advance registration is required.

Register now 
https://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/met-speaks/free-lectures/battle-of-versailles?&eid=A001_%7bD403A4AF-74D4-4341-A4DF-8599CC47EDF0%7d_20220718105453

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition In America: An Anthology of Fashion.
#metmuseum, #metcostumeinstitute #metgala

Maurice Lynch Music 
 
Fri - July 15, 2022 4:33 pm     A+ | a-
Maurice Lynch Music - “The NOMINATIONS are in and “CONGRATULATIONS” to Filmmaker Antonio Contreras,
Maurice Lynch Music - “The NOMINATIONS are in and “CONGRATULATIONS” to Filmmaker Antonio Contreras,
Hi Fashion & Music World,

“The NOMINATIONS are in and “CONGRATULATIONS” to Filmmaker Antonio Contreras, Gehno Aviance and Pat Cleveland - “The Girl From 7th Avenue” - Pat Cleveland and the Runway Revolution by Filmmaker Antonio Contreras,and Gehno Aviance. The Film has received NOMINATIONS in the following categories.. Best Sound Design - Covers Music

Best Picture 
Best Documentary 
Best Sound Design 
Best Editing 
Best Narration 
Best Animation 
Best Creative Concept 
 
This Film will celebrate Miss Pat Cleveland and her early career and will feature several songs performed by Pat Cleveland from Maurice Lynch Music. Maurice Lynch also contributed original music to the Films Score and Sound Track. " I have always wanted to work on an animated film and this has really been a great opportunity. Watching Antonio's sketches and artwork come to life was truly amazing"........... Congratulations on all the NOMINATIONS Antonio.

The Film will premiere July 30th at the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival in San Diego, Ca.
 
                                                              *****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***** 

Antonio’s Closet Productions Announces Opening of ““The Girl From 7th Avenue” - Pat Cleveland and the Runway Revolution”.
 
Pioneering model Pat Cleveland is featured in the latest production of Antonio’s Closet Productions. 

Pat partied with Andy Warhol, lived with Karl Lagerfeld, inspired Salvador Dalí, refused Muham med Ali’s proposal, and took on the fashion industry for not representing black models on the cover of magazines and on the runway in the early 70s… @Pat Cleveland, the first black super model, tells her story, in her own words, in this illustrated documentary “The Girl From 7th Avenue” - Pat Cleveland and the Runway Revolution. 

With more than 2,000 hand-painted watercolors by Antonio Contreras, songs performed by Pat Cleveland, and music by Maurice Lynch and music by One A (aka Gehno Aviance), this documentary is currently the buzz on the fashion runways worldwide. World premiere this July 30th at the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival. 

Maurice Lynch
Producer
 
Sun - July 3, 2022 6:26 pm     A+ | a-
Maurice Lynch Music Celebrates New Film Release-“The Girl From 7th Avenue” featuring Pat Cleveland
Maurice Lynch Music Celebrates New Film Release-“The Girl From 7th Avenue” featuring Pat Cleveland
Hi Fashion & Music World,

Maurice Lynch Music is looking forward to the upcoming film release of:
 
 “The Girl From 7th Avenue” - Pat Cleveland and the Runway Revolution by Filmmaker  Antonio Contreras,and Gehno Aviance. This Film will celebrate Pat Cleveland and her early career and will feature several songs performed by Pat Cleveland from Maurice Lynch Music. Maurice Lynch also contributed original music to the Films Score and Sound Track. " I have always wanted to work on a animated film and this has really been a great opportunity. Watching Antonio's sketches and artwork come to life was truly amazing"

The Film will  premiere July 30th at the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival in San Diego, Ca.

Official Press Release -  *****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***** 

Antonio’s Closet Productions Announces Opening of ““The Girl From 7th Avenue” - Pat Cleveland and the Runway Revolution”.
 
Pioneering model Pat Cleveland is featured in the latest production of Antonio’s Closet Productions. 

Pat partied with Andy Warhol, lived with Karl Lagerfeld, inspired Salvador Dalí, refused Muham med Ali’s proposal, and took on the fashion industry for not representing black models on the cover of magazines and on the runway in the early 70s… @Pat Cleveland, the first black super model, tells her story, in her own words, in this illustrated documentary “The Girl From 7th Avenue” - Pat Cleveland and the Runway Revolution. 

With more than 2,000 hand-painted watercolors by Antonio Contreras, songs performed by Pat Cleveland, and music by Maurice Lynch and music by One A (aka Gehno Aviance), this documentary is currently the buzz on the fashion runways worldwide. World premiere this July 30th at the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival. 

Antonio's Closet Productions is an award-winning independent film production company, that produces dramatic and documentary films with a focus on the world of Fashion, the LGBT community, and Latin heritage. The organization has had 12 releases since 2013, amassing a total of 8 awards at various International Film Festivals, including the La Jolla International Film Festival in California.

Maurice Lynch
Producer
 
Tue - June 21, 2022 11:17 am     A+ | a-
 Pat Cleveland Host & Performs songs by Maurice Lynch at Manolo Blahnik's Summer Garden Party in NY
Pat Cleveland Host & Performs songs by Maurice Lynch at Manolo Blahnik's Summer Garden Party in NY
Hi Fashion & Music World,

It was a great evening of Fashion, Music & Style in New York City to Celebrate and Honor Manolo Blahnik
at their Summer Garden Party Hosted by Kristina Blahnik & Pat Cleveland.

What a magical evening at the Loft at Rockefeller center on 5th ave.  In the shadow of the Olympic Tower and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.. Not only was Pat Cleveland a host but she also performed her New Single “I’m Falling In Love” by Maurice Lynch and other classics.   The audience played games and danced the evening away.  In attendance were Manolo Blahnik executives Andrew Wright, Sara Byworth and other celebrities.

Maurice Lynch
Producer

Please visit me on Instagram...https://www.instagram.com/mauricelynchmusic.
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Pat Cleveland - Tonight Josephine -  Available Now on all Digital Platforms
https://music.apple.com/us/album/tonight-josephine/1122370887?i=1122371081
http://mauricelynchmusic.com/tonightjosephine-patcleveland/
 
Thu - May 19, 2022 2:41 pm     A+ | a-
Pat Cleveland Opens “Black Venus Exhibit”@ Fotogafiska Museum with Stories & Songs by Maurice Lynch
Pat Cleveland Opens “Black Venus Exhibit”@ Fotogafiska Museum with Stories & Songs by Maurice Lynch
If you are in New York City please visit the Fotografiska Museum for the “Black Venus Exhibit”. 

Pat Cleveland opened this incredible exhibit with Songs & Stories. To celebrate BLACK VENUS, curated by Aindrea Emelife,all joined the cultural icon Pat Cleveland as she shared her experiences as a defining presence in the realms of fashion, art and music.              https://www.fotografiska.com/nyc/events/frieze-pat-cleveland/

Pat Cleveland was the first Artist I recorded on Maurice Lynch Music and I am so honored to have my music presented and featured in this exhibit and to have Miss Pat Cleveland perform my songs in her show and have "Maurice Lynch & The Harlem Musical Revue" provide music and background vocals for Miss Cleveland.
 
This was my groups first time performing since the Pandemic and it was great to be in such a prestigious venue to open this event. 

BLACK VENUS is an exhibition that surveys the legacy of Black women in visual culture – from fetishized, colonial-era caricatures, to the present-day reclamation of the rich complexity of Black womanhood by 19 artists (of numerous nationalities and with birth years spanning 1942 to 1997). This exhibition is a celebration of Black beauty, an investigation into the many faces of Black femininity and the shaping of Black women in the public conscious – then and now.https://www.fotografiska.com/nyc/exhibitions/black-venus/

Maurice Lynch
Producer
 
Mon - April 4, 2022 9:52 am     A+ | a-
Ronald van der Kemp Couture Spring 2022-Celebrates Pat Cleveland's New Single " I'm Falling I Love"
Ronald van der Kemp Couture Spring 2022-Celebrates Pat Cleveland's New Single " I'm Falling I Love"
Maurice Lynch Music: is excited to celebrate with Pat Cleveland and her success in Ronald van der Kemp Spring Couture Show  debuting her new single " I'm Falling In Love" by Maurice Lynch which premiered in the show all major publications have covered the success of this great event. We wanted to share this article and layout from WWD ( Womens Wear Daily).... Enjoy.

Ronald van der Kemp found out on New Year’s Eve that his physical show scheduled for Paris would not be able to go ahead due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. In a way, the virtual world was a fitting setting for his collection, which saw him thinking about the metaverse, intentionally making the designs and models look like avatars through the screen.
“I’m intrigued by it but it’s very not me,” said the designer during a Zoom preview. “The carbon footprint of NFTs is enormous.”
There was nothing virtual about the techniques involved. “It might be very modern and virtual, but the techniques are all very old-school, it’s a labor of love,” he said.
Ever the sustainability champion, the designer put his eclectic architectural hand to a variety of techniques. He questioned the waste generated by cut flowers, experimenting in order to preserve them and integrate them into his designs, as in a ruffled silk moiré bustier dress he compared to “whipped cream,” incorporating real roses.
Pewter found in a thrift shop was melted down to create a bodice and delicate jewelry pieces with an Art Deco feel, involving extensive experimentation in the atelier. That design school was also referenced in a graphic skirt made to look like stained glass with an appliqué of crêpe de chine.
 
A lot of the looks were hand-painted by the designer himself. Others made through his Trashur initiative, which upcycles old textiles into felt, involved creating a wall with the fabric that was then sprayed with graffiti by a street artist before being cut up and made into a dress.
Denim pieces were worked with elaborate couture techniques, imitating alligator skin on one look or in a cinched jacket with giant shoulders and a wave motif.
Despite the virtual setting, van der Kemp still knows how to put on a show. He was sick with COVID-19 last week, but nevertheless managed to shoot his feature at Amsterdam’s mythical Paradiso concert hall, complete with a performance by Pat Cleveland, who sang her debut single in his video. “She shows us all how to do it with grace,” said the designer, who created a relatively classic black coat dress for the iconic model’s performance.
 
 
Ever the sustainability champion, the designer put his eclectic architectural hand to a variety of techniques. He questioned the waste generated by cut flowers, experimenting in order to preserve them and integrate them into his designs, as in a ruffled silk moiré bustier dress he compared to “whipped cream,” incorporating real roses.
Pewter found in a thrift shop was melted down to create a bodice and delicate jewelry pieces with an Art Deco feel, involving extensive experimentation in the atelier. That design school was also referenced in a graphic skirt made to look like stained glass with an appliqué of crêpe de chine.
 
A lot of the looks were hand-painted by the designer himself. Others made through his Trashur initiative, which upcycles old textiles into felt, involved creating a wall with the fabric that was then sprayed with graffiti by a street artist before being cut up and made into a dress.
Denim pieces were worked with elaborate couture techniques, imitating alligator skin on one look or in a cinched jacket with giant shoulders and a wave motif.
Despite the virtual setting, van der Kemp still knows how to put on a show. He was sick with COVID-19 last week, but nevertheless managed to shoot his feature at Amsterdam’s mythical Paradiso concert hall, complete with a video performance by Legendary Supermodel Pat Cleveland, who sang her debut single “I’m Falling in Love” by songwriter and producer Maurice Lynch. “She shows us all how to do it with grace,” said the designer, who created a relatively classic black coat dress for the iconic model’s performance.
 
https://wwd.com/runway/spring-couture-2022/paris/rvdk-ronald-van-der-kemp/review/
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