Leah Selakovic’s New Blog Features Fine Art America

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – Through her rapidly increasing readership numbers, Leah Selakovic is quickly becoming one of the top professional bloggers in the industry empowering women in the arts, fashion, and design. Selakovic’s professional drive and willingness to take on large-scale projects has led to success across her various endeavors. One of her latest ventures is a blog focused on empowering women through supporting a variety of relevant organizations and institutions.  Selakovic uses the blogosphere to indulge in her passion for fashion and design, as well as to provide tips and tricks on how to stand out in a line of work that is still largely dominated by men. Leah also inspires her female readers by reporting about her work with numerous charities such as the non-profit “Dress for Success”, Kevin Spacey Foundation, and Food from the Heart. Lately, Selakovic has been promoting the new website she has discovered and found to be vital for her audience – Fine Art America.

Created for artists, art collectors, photographers, and gallery owners to showcase their art, Fine Art America is helping to make the life of an artist easier for all involved. With the services provided by this new website, artists no longer need to market their shows, process payments, and come up with new content.  Now, they can simply post their work on the Fine Art America platform and the website’s cleverly designed algorithm will take care of everything else. After a piece of work is uploaded to the website, visitors can purchase pictures in the form of canvas prints, greeting cards, posters, phone cases, and more.

“As a tool for artists, Fine Art America is one of the best available on the market today,” says Selakovic. “Artists set their prices and the website handles everything else, giving artists a chance to focus on their creativity rather than waste energy on the administrative process.” Items are shipped to countries across the world and with the website’s staff taking care of the printing, framing, and shipping, the new art is delivered ready to be hung on the wall. The headache associated with processing payments is also eliminated for the artists, as Fine Art America forwards the buyer’s payment directly to the artist who can simply move on to crafting their next masterpiece as soon as they upload each piece.

By featuring Fine Art America on her popular blog, Leah Selakovic hopes to further promote the incredible website and their invaluable service to her legion of followers. Given Selakovic’s influence in the world of art, fashion, and design, the exposure she gives can make a world of difference. “Being an artist is a difficult profession to be in,” explains Leah, “but with the ability to focus solely on your art while others work on the marketing and reproduction of your masterpieces, this website changes how artists handle their name and reputation.”

Leah Selakovic is an art and history expert, author of children’s books, and entrepreneur. The native of the former Republic of Yugoslavia earned a Master’s degree in Art and Classical History. When she became a mother, her interests led her to start writing children’s books, including six that are set to be published in the near future. Now based out of Singapore, Selakovic is a world-renowned art blogger who is known for her charity work including partnering with The Kevin Spacey Foundation and archaeological societies.

Art Expert Leah Selakovic Inspired by Coco Chanel’s Passion for Design and Style

Art Expert Leah Selakovic Inspired by Coco Chanel’s Passion for Design and Style

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – Coco Chanel would have turned 131 years this week and even though well over a century lies between her birthday and today, her timeless designs can still be found in wardrobes all over the world.  Born as Gabrielle Chanel in rural France in 1883, she was raised in poverty by her unmarried mother, Eugénie Jeanne Devolle.  At the time Gabrielle was 12 years old, her mother died and the girl was sent to the convent of Aubazine, an orphanage run by nuns who taught her to sew.  Before starting her career as a designer, she sang in cafés in Paris where she performed her favorite song “Qui qu’ a vu Coco dans le trocadero?” – “Who has seen Coco in the Trocadéro?” – which led to her nickname “Coco”.

As a designer, Coco soon realized her ideas of comfy chic.  Replacing corsets with jersey fabrics, she revolutionized the way women dressed.  Aware of the impact her clothes had on the perception and understanding of fashion, Coco remarked: “I created the most well-known style in the world,” she said, “because fashion is ephemeral, but style is eternal.”  She was right – more than 40 years after her death, Chanel is still considered the ultimate label for classy and comfortable chic, worn by women all over the world.  Leah Selakovic, a fashionista from Singapore who has an impressive collection of elegant masterpieces from world-renowned labels, reveals that the timeless and luxurious designs from Chanel are amongst her absolute favorites.

When Leah Selakovic travelled to Paris for the Fashion Show in 2013, she had the privilege to visit Coco’s apartment and take a glimpse into the private life of the unforgettable icon.  While the public has to wait for filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson to release his movie “Fifty Shades of Grey”, which was shot in Chanel’s apartment, Leah already had a chance to marvel at the exquisite interior.  From the coromandel screen to the rock crystals, to the gold accents and pairs of animals that can be found in abundance all over the apartment – every little detail is representative of Coco’s personal style, capturing life and the world as she experienced it.

“Coco once said ‘In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different’”, remembers Leah Selakovic.  “I believe she was not just talking about designs or style, but about a way of living, about personality and everything that comes with it,” says Leah.  “I find this approach inspiring and try to apply it to my own life.”  Looking at Leah’s career, personal life and her wardrobe, she has done a great job.   Leah studied art and history, worked in the IT field, attained the titles of NLP Master and Reiki Master and wrote a number of children’s books.  Now, in her role as mother, she tries to instill her idea of fearless determination into her children too.  And in her capacity as compassionate philanthropist Leah is dedicated to support young musical and artistic talents to follow their way and reach their full potential.  And who could replace somebody like that?

Art Blogger Leah Selakovic, Sophia Loren Attend a Private Damiani Event

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – When the world-renowned jewelry designer Giorgio Damiani organized an intimate dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore for his most valued clients, it was without a question that art blogger and fashionista Leah Selakovic would be on the guest list.  Damiani flew in the legendary actress and brand spokesperson Sophia Loren, who has been such a great inspiration to the designer that he dedicated a whole collection to her.  Of course she wore one of Damiani’s exquisite necklaces to the event:  “Her elegant swan’s neck, and her facial features seem to define our standard of feminine beauty,” raves Leah.  “The combination of unique pieces from Damiani and her grace are perfect match.”

In the course of the night, Leah had a chance to chat with the charismatic Italian superstar and was enchanted by her beauty, dignity and spirituality.  A long-time fan who has seen all of her movies, Leah was delighted to meet Sophia Lauren in person:  “We talked about everyday day life and children and discussed our favorite places to live,” remembers Leah.  “It is amazing how down-to-earth Sophia is despite the international fame she has obtained over the decades.  She is a true inspiration, not just because of her charming and graceful personality, but also because of her discipline in following her dreams and goals, no matter how harsh the circumstances may be.”

It was no surprise that the two women got along so well. Not only do they share an appreciation for Damiani’s classic, stylish, and high quality jewelry, they both have their roots in Europe – as does Damiani himself, but find themselves drawn to the Asian fashion center of Singapore.  Sophia Loren is a native of Rome and Damiani and his family come from Valenza in Italy, where his grandfather started his business in 1924.  For Loren, Singapore was the destination on her first trip to Asia ever, Damiani opened a flagship store in Scotts Square, the city shopping center, in December 2012.

After completing her university studies with a Master’s degree in Art and Classical History, Leah Selakovic explored the world as well as a variety of industries.

It was in Singapore that they created a family, which became Leah’s primary focus alongside her philanthropic work, attending occasional charity or fashion events, and enjoying the cultural variety the city has to offer.

Author Leah Selakovic’s Latest Blog Post Highlights Gianvito Rossi as Inspiration

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – The most recent update to Leah Selakovic’s blog, which has become the site of choice for fashion fans in Asia and around the world, features famed shoe designer Gianvito Rossi. Known for her impeccable fashion sense and art expertise, Leah shares her passion for the history of style as well as her own secrets and tips.  She reveals that she has been a fan of Rossi’s exquisite designs from the moment she tried on one of his pairs of shoes:  “His shoes are eternally beautiful and so comfortable,” writes Leah Selakovic.  “How often does the most beautiful pair of shoes cause the most pain?  But he’s a maestro of combining style with comfort – not sacrificing one for the other.  I appreciate his balance so much.”  For Rossi that means that he is now part of Leah’s eclectic fashion collection, and with his new Fall/Winter designs just hitting the runways, Leah might soon add another pair of his fabulous high heels to her wardrobe.

As part of her post, Leah educates her readers about the family ties of Gianvito Rossi to the celebrated and legendary shoe designer Sergio Rossi. Beginning his work in the 1960s, Sergio defined a style of pure elegance.  And the next Rossi generation has clearly inherited his father’s sense of lines and elegant taste.  Growing up in the shoe world, Gianvito Rossi set out on his own in 2006, and has since become a celebrated figure in his own right, with new styles selling out rapidly in the exclusive boutiques around the world – Paris, Milan, New York.  His shoes have been featured by some of the most famous celebrities around.  The Kardashian sisters, Kim and Khloe, are frequently seen wearing a pair of Gianvitos, as well as stylish stars such as Gweneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, and Alicia Keys.  He brings to the world a glamorous, sensual shoe which incorporates imaginative – but not extreme – detailing.  He works in the negative space, the subdued, with a flair for punched-out straps or an understated kitten heel, always resulting in a feminine and alluring appearance.

Selakovic quoted Gianvito explaining to Barneys Window publication:  “Sometimes I see a woman who wears sky-high heels and maybe she’s uncomfortable.  It changes her mood and in the end it is stressful for her.  But when she wears a shoe she likes, her whole way about her changes.  It’s not only about looking at the shoe then, you can see it in her face.”  Gianvito has said that his goal is to make shoes with a minimum of ornamental effects.  He wants to make the shoe an accessory, not an object that takes up all the attention and overwhelms the woman wearing it, but bring out and enhance her beauty and poise instead.

Driven by her determination to broaden her horizon and her passion for healthy and mindful living, she attained the titles of NLP Master and Reiki Master.  Now a wife and devoted mother, Leah was inspired to channel her talents as a creative author to write over 20 children’s books, many of which are in the process of getting published.  Together with her family she lives in Singapore, where she spends as much time as possible in philanthropy and supporting young talents from the arts to achieve their full potential, regardless of their social or financial background.

Leah Selakovic Attends Gianvito Rossi’s Afternoon Tea On Pedder Scotts Square

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – On Pedder Scotts Square boutique hosted an intimate afternoon tea for over sixty of Singapore’s most fashion-forward ladies to celebrate Gianvito Rossi’s shoe collection. Among the chosen fashionistas in attendance was blogger known for her impeccable fashion sense and art expertise, Leah Selakovic, who later shared her passion for the history of the famed shoe designer’s style as well as her own fashion secrets and tips.  She reveals that she has been a fan of Rossi’s exquisite designs from the moment she tried on one of his pairs of shoes:  “His shoes are eternally beautiful and so comfortable,” writes Leah Selakovic.  “How often does the most beautiful pair of shoes cause the most pain?  But he’s a maestro of combining style with comfort – not sacrificing one for the other.  I appreciate his balance so much.”  For Rossi that means that he is now part of Leah’s eclectic fashion collection, and with his new Fall/Winter designs just hitting the runways, Leah might soon add another pair of his fabulous high heels to her wardrobe.

Leah does not simply follow what is new on the runway, she has always had an affinity to find out more about a designer and his background.  On her blog she tells her readers about Gianvito Rossi’s story and his family ties to the celebrated and legendary shoe designer Sergio Rossi:  Beginning his work in the 1960s, Sergio defined a style of pure elegance.  And the next Rossi generation has clearly inherited his father’s sense of lines and elegant taste.  Growing up in the shoe world, Gianvito Rossi set out on his own in 2006, and has since become a celebrated figure in his own right, with new styles selling out rapidly in the exclusive boutiques around the world – Paris, Milan, New York.  His shoes have been featured by some of the most famous celebrities around.  The Kardashian sisters, Kim and Khloe, are frequently seen wearing a pair of Gianvitos, as well as stylish stars such as Gweneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, and Alicia Keys.  Rossi’s designs have a glamorous and sensual flair with imaginative detailing.

Leah quotes Gianvito who once explained in a Barneys Window publication:  “Sometimes I see a woman who wears sky-high heels and maybe she’s uncomfortable.  It changes her mood and in the end it is stressful for her.  But when she wears a shoe she likes, her whole way about her changes.  It’s not only about looking at the shoe then, you can see it in her face.”  Gianvito has said that his goal is to make shoes with a minimum of ornamental effects.  He wants to make the shoe an accessory, not an object that takes up all the attention and overwhelms the woman wearing it, but bring out and enhance her beauty and poise instead.

Driven by her determination to broaden her horizon and her passion for healthy and mindful living, she attained the titles of NLP Master and Reiki Master.  Now a wife and devoted mother, Leah was inspired to channel her talents as a creative author to write over 20 children’s books, many of which are in the process of getting published.  Together with her family she lives in Singapore, where she spends as much time as possible in philanthropy and supporting young talents from the arts to achieve their full potential, regardless of their social or financial background.

Women In The Arts Blog By Leah Selakovic Counts Its 10,000th Subscriber

SINGAPORE – Leah Selakovic, professional art and fashion blogger, announced a major achievement this week: Her art blog, launched less than six month ago, registered its 10,000 subscriber on Monday, surpassing all her expectations. “I’m overjoyed that my blog has caught on so quickly,” says Selakovic. “Lucky to have an opportunity to write about topics that are important to me, it is truly rewarding to be able to support emerging artists – especially female artists – in promoting their work and in gaining foothold in the industry.”

Selakovic’s articles circle around a variety of topics that focus on the place of women in the art industry and explore how women can transform themselves as well as the art world. Over the last several months, an increasing number of readers have subscribed to Leah Selakovic’s blogs, curious to learn more about her discovery of new talents, exploration of the lives and careers of established artists and designers, promotion of scholarships for up-and-coming artists, and support for various non-profit organizations. “My strategy is to promote women in the arts from several angles. I think we can draw inspiration from success stories other women achieved in this male-dominated industry. This is why I like to focus on studying the careers of icons like Coco Chanel. Fashion design – and design in general – are still feeling the impact of Coco’s work even though she would have been 131 years old this year,” explains Selakovic.

“We need to extend a helping hand to artists who are just starting out, and fortunately the power of the Internet and the scope of the blogosphere allows me to reach a large audience almost instantly,” she continues. One example is a recent post in which Leah brought attention to Audrey Kawasaki, a young painter currently working out of the Los Angeles area. With the wide reach of Selakovic’s art blog, she was able to introduce many potential buyers and collectors who otherwise might never have known about the Southern California-based artist, whose work features subtly erotic women rendered on natural wood substrates.

Leah Selakovic’s goal is to help up-and-coming artists in very practical ways by giving them increased online exposure. Featuring Fine Art America, a new arts website that enables artists to share and sell their pieces with the rest of the world, Leah showcased an innovative marketing approach for young artists. “Handling own advertising and creating an infrastructure to sell your work is difficult when an artist is just starting out. Fine Art America provides aid in these services for new and established artists,” she explains. Followers of Selakovic’s blog appreciate the in-depth knowledge and life experience she brings to her writing, a trait that is seldom found amongst today’s bloggers. Her unique skill set is based on a strong formal education and enhanced by the many years she has lived in different countries, enjoying the exposure to a great variety of cultures. Today, the professional blogger who was born in the former Republic of Yugoslavia resides in Singapore with her husband and children, which has become the personal and professional center of her life.

Fashion Blogger Leah Selakovic Featured on Phat Guru

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – Respected fashion blogger, former information technology executive, Reiki Master, children’s author and women’s rights activist – Leah Selakovic’s list of accomplishments is rapidly expanding. Phat Guru, an online entertainment and lifestyle magazine, was able to secure an exclusive interview with Leah resulting in a featured article that is enlightening and inspiring to young women everywhere.

After putting her IT career on hold to focus on family, she turned to blogging as a new outlet for her design expertise and creativity. Her blog now features a range of topics, from one-on-one interviews with icons such as Sophia Loren to first-person reports on fashion and design events all over the globe. One of her most recent trips brought Leah to England, where she attended the London Design Festival, an internationally acclaimed architecture and design event that hosted 350,000 specialists from 75 countries.

Since launching her blog less than six month ago, Leah’s blog has attracted more than 10,000 subscribers eager to be the first to know what the multi-talented superwoman is up to next. In addition to the variety of topics, what makes her blog a worthy read is the woman behind it. Leah has a diversified list of interests that go beyond fashion, architectural design and art. Combining her love for her children with her passion for writing, she has created a series of children’s books. All of her 20 books, six of which are to be published soon, feature a little boy who tells stories about his favorite topics, which include planes, knights and dinosaurs.

Trips to runway and art shows aside, Leah works primarily from her home on the island nation of Singapore where she has earned a reputation as a local fashion maven. Holder of a Master’s degree in Art and Classical History, Leah Selakovic frequently uses her online platform to support women in the arts by providing them with useful information such as how to get art scholarships to fund their education or by featuring their work on her blog.  Last month, Leah’s blog featured emerging artist Audrey Kawasaki, whose paintings make natural elements stand out in a beautiful and expressive way, increasing her publicity enormously.

A renowned name in Singapore and the global fashion industry, Leah Selakovic is a blogger with a flair for art in all forms. A dedicated supporter of female artists, she is a major contributor at fundraisers and charities such as The Kevin Spacey Foundation and Dress for Success. At home, Leah invests her time in her wide collection of art, nostalgia and European history, all of which are featured in different parts of her apartment, along with her specially selected furnishing.

Art Expert Leah Selakovic Meets Jacques Villeglé At Singapore Exhibition

SINGAPORE – The prominent Singapore gallery Partners & Mucciaccia hosted a 50-year retrospective of French artist Jacques Villeglé who honored the gallery with his attendance at the opening night of the long-awaited exhibition. On the guest list were leading art experts and supporters from Singapore and around the world, amongst them Leah Selakovic, who has long been an admirer of Villeglé’s work and was excited to meet the 87-year-old artist in person.

The French mixed-media artist started his career back in the early 1950s with his trademark posters and “decollages” and is known for his symbolic use of letters and layers of ripped and lacerated posters. Applying one poster over another, the final piece allows glimpses into the past through the underlying posters. “I see Villeglé as an urban archaeologist,” says Leah Selakovic. “An explorer and cataloger who literally peels away the layers of time, digging into the urban sediment of posters – layers of advertisements for ephemeral moments that have passed. Theatrical shows that perhaps had high hopes but failed. It’s the stories behind the debris that create a haunted feel to so much of Villeglé’s work. It’s as if he assembles our ancestors’ dreams into a new vision.”

Villeglé’s started his career in the historical town of Quimper in the Northwest of France, before he rose to international fame. To date, he remains the only French artist to ever have a solo exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art where Selakovic had the opportunity to admire his art in the past. “Looking at Villeglé’s collages is always a meaningful experience,” she raves, “but Dominique Stella really outdid herself in curating this extraordinary exhibition. She really brought his “Nouveau Réalisme” to life and having a chance to talk to Villeglé’s added a whole new dimension to the experience.” The former Art Director for the Royal Palace of Milan Museum and Villeglé’s curator, Stella worked with the gallery to bring the Parisian streets from the late 1940s to Singapore, offering Selakovic and other guests an opportunity to immerse themselves in the French culture of the past.

Leah Selakovic is a frequent visitor of the Partners & Mucciaccia Gallery, which opened its doors to the public in 2012. “The sole extension of the famed Partners & Mucciaccia Gallery in Rome has become the new contemporary art destination in Asia,” explains Selakovic. “Their exhibits present innovative and creative pieces from the modern and contemporary art world and constantly surprise with new, brilliant projects.” A native from the former Republic of Yugoslavia, Selakovic graduated with a Master’s degree in Art and Classical History. After spending a number of highly successful years in the IT business, her move to Singapore triggered her to once again focus on her passion for art. Based on her in-depth knowledge of the international art scene, Selakovic has become a mentor to many young talents, especially female artists, supporting them with advice and generous donations.

Fashion Blogger Leah Selakovic Admits Admiration For Rachel Zoe’s Creations

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – In October, celebrity fashion stylist Rachel Zoe opened a third location of her glamorous DreamDry brand styling salon chain, this time in Chicago. Two other DreamDry salons, which opened in 2013, are pampering style-conscious women in the fashion mecca of New York City and is frequently visited by fashion mavens such as Leah Selakovic, who loves to stop by during her trips to the Big Apple. “The salons create a “dream” hairdo in 40 minutes or less,” Leah raves. “Meanwhile I can sip on my cup of coffee and entertain myself with one of the iPads that are available at each hair station”. DreamDry caters to women of all ages and has attracted a number of prominent clients. It is no surprise that fashion blogger Leah can be found amongst them, since she has long been a declared fan of Rachel Zoe and her unrivalled sense for fashion.

In a recent interview, Leah Selakovic explained the role of fashion to be a reflector of developments that take place in society and named Rachel Zoe as a leading designer who knows how to catch the changes in culture and express them through her fashion. “Rachel’s trademark ‘boho chic’ seems to reflect a longing for simpler times,” says Selakovic. “With an emphasis on soft, natural fibers and a more romantic, playful approach with floaty skirts, cowboy boots and hobo bags, it represents a backing away from the over-emphasis on money and a trend towards to more communal values.”

On her blog, Leah reveals how to take the famous ‘boho chic’ off the runway and onto the streets: “Key pieces of Zoe’s style are oversized jewelry and loose-fitting shirts and dresses that can easily be combined with current fashion items. Looking at Zoe’s wardrobe, you will find references back to the ’60s and it’s from that design aesthetic that she has based her own line of clothing,” explains Leah. Today, Zoe’s brand of separates, shoes, and bags are featured in almost 300 department stores, including top names such as Neiman Marcus. In recent years, as Leah points out, Zoe has expanded her brand into the more general category of lifestyle advice by publishing newsletters and books. “For me as a fashion blogger, Zoe is the ultimate inspiration on how to find own style and make a fashion statement without being over the top.”

Leah Selakovic currently resides in Singapore , and frequently travels to metropolis around the world, including London, New York, and Paris. It is perhaps this frequent motion that has lead Leah to design the interior of their home as an homage to her personal style and her European heritage, filled with art, history and a touch of nostalgia. Leah supports a variety of charitable organizations in Singapore and internationally, both through her blog and hands-on help.

Arts Expert Leah Selakovic Attends Singapore International Film Festival

SINGAPORE – Arts expert Leah Selakovic extended a warm welcome to legendary French actress, Juliette Binoche, at the Fundraising Dinner Olga Iserlis organized as part of the 25th Singapore International Festival earlier this month. The two women shared a table and a few laughs at the glamorous event, which was hosted by internationally acclaimed celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck. Puck spoiled guests with mouthwatering delicacies in his Cut restaurant, part of Marina Bay Sands, a renowned luxury retreat in Singapore developed by Las Vegas Sands. Known as the world’s most expensive building, Marina Bay Sands with its awe-inspiring views over the island state of Singapore has become a prime location for elegant dinners and other high-profile events.

The guestlist of this year’s fundraiser was as spectacular as the location: Binoche and Selakovic were joined by a number of international celebrities from the filmmaking industry, amongst them Hong Kong film director, John Woo, who is known for his work in ‘A Better Tomorrow’ or ‘Mission: Impossible II ‘, and Chinese actress, Zhang Ziyi, who has had many international successes, amongst them through ‘Rush Hour 2’ and ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. Overall, 130 guests attended the glamorous dinner in support of the Singapore filmmaking scene. During a live auction held at the event, twelve exquisite items were sold off to raise money. Most notably, an autographed Remy Martin XO excellence decanter and a Cannes limited edition Chaumet watch, yielding no less than a total of $200,000.

For Binoche, who is best known for her award-winning role in ‘The English Patient’, the Film Festival triggered her to visit Singapore for the first time in her career. A long-time resident of the Asian metropolis, Leah Selakovic was happy to receive the French superstar in her hometown and share a few insider tips for her stay.  Noted for her art expertise as well as for her extensive charitable efforts, she has become a regular special guest at fundraisers and benefit events around the world.

“Olga Iserlis has outdone herself yet again with organizing this wonderful dinner,” Selakovic raved. “She owns and runs her own company, is a member of both the Singapore International Film Festival and the Singapore Repertory Theatre boards and yet, she finds time to organize benefits like tonight. She does not cease to amaze me and I am truly happy to contribute to her causes.”

Local events and fundraisers are only a small part of Leah Selakovic’s philanthropic work: Through her art and fashion blog she has been actively promoting young artists around the globe, with a special focus on women. “It does not matter whether you look at visual arts, music or film, women are still underrepresented in the arts, which seems to be a global phenomenon. My blog gives me a chance to reach out to female talents across borders and offer my advice, support and input to foster their careers.” To read her fascinating stories, visit Leah’s blog at http://www.leahselakovicnews.com.

Fashion Blogger Leah Selakovic Attends the London Design Festival 2014

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – The internationally acclaimed London Design Festival, one of the premiere world events in the areas of design, celebrated its 12th anniversary this September. Established in 2003, this year’s program included 395 events staged by 270 organizations.  More than 350,000 visitors from over 75 countries travelled to England to attend the exciting events that took place both indoors and outdoors covering a wide variety of design topics and aspects, from new lighting concepts to open-source architecture. Renowned art and fashion expert Leah Selakovic used her blog as a platform to chronicle the most remarkable finds she came across at the London Design Festival.

The fashion expert, Leah Selakovic was especially impressed with the works of Madeleine Boulesteix, whose gorgeously intricate upcycled chandeliers are constructed of teacups, chafing dishes, and kitchen implements like cake pans and metal spatulas.  Madeleine Boulesteix has elaborated on her work: “I’ve never used a pastry cutter for pastry or a toast rack for toast but they seem nice jaunty objects with more potential, so I liberate them from their domestic duties by incorporating them in my chandeliers.”  Fascinated by Ms. Boulesteix’ unusual designs, Leah features them on her blog to promote the innovative chandeliers beyond the city of London.

Fashion Blogger Leah Selakovic Discovers New Designer Labels In The Streets Of Singapore

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – The fashion industry of Singapore has gained attention on the world stage thanks to an increasing number of notable Singaporean designers worn by celebrities on the red carpet.  Designer Ashley Isham has earned fame by dressing such stars as Kylie Minogue and Lady Gaga, Andrew Gn’s designs have been favored by Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Celine Dion, while Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, particularly loves the smart ensembles from Singapore brand Raoul. Taking advantage of this cultural blossoming is renowned fashion and arts blogger, Leah Selakovic, whose blog has become a favorite amongst artists and fashion enthusiasts all over the world, counting more than 10,000 subscribers in less than six months.  Much of Leah’s inspiration when it comes to up-and-coming designer labels stems right from the streets of Singapore, her hometown, where she explores the new boutiques and ateliers scattered around Orchard Road, the city’s acclaimed fashion district.

Orchard Road is home to many major brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, H&M, and the Louis Vuitton Island Maison, a new specialty concept launched exclusively in Singapore.  But along the 2.2 kilometers of the fashion street are also countless smaller brands and emerging labels, spread out over 22 shopping malls and six department stores.  With an estimated 5,000 brands, it is a shopper’s Disneyland. “Orchard Road is the mecca of fashion,” raves Leah Selakovic.  “It’s the heart of the Singapore shopping experience, with something there for everyone.”  To make things even more interesting, Orchard Road now closes down traffic once a month for the so-called “Pedestrian Night,” during which communal activities like street tennis and group yoga are offered.

On her new blog, Leah reveals the various new and promising designers she has discovered there, “Ong Shunmugam is one of my new favorites.” The Singapore designer takes on a new, modern take on the Chinese cheongsam dress, which was developed in Shanghai after WWI.  Officially declared the national dress by the Chinese government in 1929, it became the favorite of socialites, dignitary wives, and other upper class women who loved how its sexy, body-hugging design managed to still maintain an air of refinement, luxury, and grace.  “Ong Shunmugam’s version is a visual feast indulging in contemporary pastels and bold geometrics, distinctly different from the traditional floral embroidery,” Leah describes the gowns.  The haute couture boutique brand Depression is another of Leah’s latest findings, one that is quite different from Ong Shunmugam:  “Depression’s look is a clean, monochromatic approach, with very little adornment.  It’s both futuristic and traditional looking – Western tradition, not Asian, in this case.  It looks rather like something an Amish character living in the Blade Runner world would wear,” Selakovic explains.

When she is not scouting new fashion trends, Leah Selakovic is busy writing for her blog and working on a number of children’s books that are set to be published soon. Leah’s motivation to write for children was inspired by her own kids  in the Asian metropolis. Leah made Singapore her family’s new home.  As much as she embraces and enjoys the art, culture, and influence of Singapore, her house is nevertheless reminiscent of her European heritage, overflowing with art, history, and nostalgia from her many round-the-world trips.  Leah supporting a number of charitable organizations, particularly geared towards projects that help guide young, gifted artists.

Blogger Leah Selakovic Empowers Women To Use Social Media For Worldwide Networking

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – Acclaimed arts, fashion, and women’s equality blogger Leah Selakovic has made efforts to do her part in continuing to keep up the inspiration and energy of today’s ongoing challenge to empower women across the globe.  Social media continues to amaze with its ability to transmit a message to millions in just a matter of days and to inspire people to step up, take action and be part of changing the world.  The recent ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which went viral on Facebook within a matter of days, raised over $100 million donated by more than three million participants, all in less than a month.  Prior to this social media stunt, in 2013, the ALS Association received $30 million during the entire year. Marveling at the incredible opportunities social media opens up, Leah has been looking into ways to utilize those platforms to foster networking between women coming from different countries and backgrounds.

“Information is power,” says Leah Selakovic, “And with unlimited information available through technology, women have the ability to empower themselves.  Through unhindered access to information, informal, decentralized educational opportunities, and crowd-sourced intelligence, women of all ages can begin to crack through the centuries of repression and systematic devaluation that has been a widespread injustice for centuries.”

One of the technological tools that is especially helpful in bringing Internet users with similar interests together is Twitter with its “hashtag” function, which helps pull together disparate threads to raise wider awareness of an issue.  Hashtag activism is the use of twitter hashtags – short tags that organize individual tweets from around the world into one page – to spread awareness.  “There are already some widespread women’s empowerment hashtags out there,” explains Leah.  Some of the most widespread hashtags include#leanin (support and inspiration to help women meet their professional goals); #changetheratio (bringing awareness to male-heavy industry events and professional lists); #ImaGirl (a campaign launched by New York city to help girls with body issues); and #womenshould (bringing to light the prevalence of negative stereotypes as typified by Google auto-complete).  “I want to build on that idea,” reveals Leah, “and I am planning on establishing some hashtags myself, based on the feedback I am getting from my female blog readers.”

Selakovic explains further, “The ability to gather worldwide conversations into one thread, combined with the open-access aspect of Twitter makes hashtag activism a powerful tool for raising awareness.  One powerful example is the Twitter feed developed by the United Nations called MAMA [@mamaglobal], which provides information to pregnant women and new mothers in Africa so they can make better-informed, more scientifically-based decisions about their health rather than rely on old superstitions or detrimental traditions.  In this way, society-wide repression and enforced ignorance may be overcome. “

 Leah earned a master’s degree in Art and Classical History, in addition to exploring the worlds of information technology, alternative medicine, and literature, guided by her myriad skills and interests.  .  While her family and hobbies take up much of her time, she is always looking for ways to give back to society by supporting numerous charitable organizations, including several that focus on young talented artists, medical students, and scientists.

Art Blogger Leah Selakovic Discovers Up-And-Coming Painter Audrey Kawasaki

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – Art Blogger Leah Selakovic is always looking for promising women artists and that is exactly what she has found in painter Audrey Kawasaki.  With her extensive background in literature, art, design and fashion, Leah has developed a critical eye and the ability to identify young artists with bright futures.  “Audrey Kawasaki’s paintings fuse her unique vision with natural elements in a way that is both beautiful and expressive,” Leah describes her first impressions of Kawasaki’s paintings.  The artist works on wood panels, allowing the natural grain of the wood to show through in various areas of her compositions so it becomes an integral feature of her paintings.

Kawasaki’s art features women in expressive and often enigmatic poses.  She renders figures in a style that is precise in its execution and displays the influence manga comics have had on her over the years.  However, Kawasaki also introduces decorative elements into her works reminiscent of Art Nouveau.  Viewers will see echoes of Gustav Klimt occasionally in Kawasaki’s paintings.  “Kawasaki’s technique is flawless, and the way she incorporates a modern design aesthetic with the naturalistic decorative patterns of Art Nouveau, such as feathers, flowers and fish, makes her truly original,” says Leah.  “The combination of these also gives Kawasaki’s art an extremely wide appeal,” she adds.

“The way Kawasaki renders women evokes a wide range of emotions and sensibilities.  Her subjects are young and innocent women in many ways, but there is also an theme of dreamy eroticism that runs through her work,” Leah Selakovic explains.  She sees Kawasaki’s background in the artist’s paintings, whose career started in Los Angeles, where she grew up.  She studied painting at the Pratt Institute in New York City, which is widely recognized as one of the top universities in the United States, producing noted artists such as illustrator Earl Mayan of Saturday Evening Post fame and top American fashion designer Betsey Johnson.

“Kawasaki was deeply involved in manga when she was growing up,” Leah explains, adding that the painter took up art as a teenager.  “She has always focused on portraits and started experimenting with painting on wood when she was taking a life painting class and working with nudes,” Leah adds.  “She thought that the traditional canvas was too rough, so she scavenged for materials, eventually winding up with some wood planks.  Kawasaki loves the flow of the wood grain through her paintings and I think it works beautifully with the female figure,” Leah relates.

Before establishing herself as a top art blogger, Leah Selakovic pursued a wide range or interests, including high-tech entrepreneurial ventures .

As she raised her family, she developed a passion for children’s books, which inspired her to advance her career in writing.  To date, she has written 20 children’s books, including six that will soon be published, and has established a notable blog that evolving around art, fashion and design.

Leah Selakovic Promotes Scholarships For Female Artists On Her New Blog

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – Art blogger and philanthropist Leah Selakovic has long been a supporter of women in the arts.  Most recently, she has been vocal on the topic of scholarships for female artists.  With the costs of schooling rising astronomically for all fields, paying for college can be an enormous challenge, but for artists who struggle with money to begin with, it is especially overwhelming.  Factoring in the fact that schools in the fields of art, music, and film are typically even more expensive and require pricey materials, many young talents are unable to find a way to finance their education. It often pays off to research grants and scholarships that are offered and in recent years, more and more women-centric scholarships have been emerging that are aiming at encouraging female artists to follow their creative career.

“For a very long time, seeing women in the arts was a rather rare phenomenon.  It was, as so many other areas of life, dominated by men,” says Leah Selakovic.  “But as society has evolved, we are finding new opportunities arising for female artists seeking financial support with their educational goals.  Today, there are numerous scholarship and grant options available, a fact that many young women are not even aware of.  And even though the options can be overwhelming at first, female students can often find great opportunities and support programs.”

The first essential step in finding a scholarship for art, music, or film is for students to decide on which interest they would like to concentrate on and which school they are planning to attend.  The more precise information a student provides, the easier it is to pinpoint and narrow down the search.  “Women in the Arts is a great organization that compiles scholarships from all around the country that are dedicated to women artists,” remarks Leah.  Examples for such scholarships are the Blanche E. Colman Trust, which awards $5,000 in fellowship money, or the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Visual Arts Fellowship.  Many arts guilds and unions offer scholarships such as the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc., which provides grants to students studying the textile arts.  “Most scholarships range from $500 to $2,500 and are awarded no-strings-attached,” explains Leah.  “That way the student can spend it in any way that addresses the their creative needs whether it is buying supplies or financing an unpaid internship abroad.”

Leah Selakovic often cites Maria Callas as one of her personal inspirations.  Born into poverty, Callas herself gained benefit from a “grant” when in 1937 the famed music teacher Maria Trivella at the Greek National Conservatoire agreed to tutor Callas and waived the usual tuition fees.  “Maria Callas proofed to the world that women can achieve just as much as men, even in a world that is dominated by men,” says Leah.  “She really is an inspiration to follow through with your dreams.”  In recent years she made herself a name as up-and-coming children’s book author and professional blogger who gains more readers by the day.  Still an art lover at heart, Leah blogs interesting and informative pieces on art, fashion and design and uses her blog to help young female talents to gain foothold in that industry.

Blogger Leah Selakovic Supports Non-Profit Organization ‘Dress For Success’

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – Even today, women in the corporate world are still facing more challenges and barriers than their male counterparts.  On their way up the career ladder they frequently bump into the proverbial ‘glass ceiling’, resulting in only 14.6 % of executive positions being filled by women according to a Fortune 500 statistic for the year 2013.  But women are not just struggling on the managing floors, it is often just as hard to return to the working environment coming out of unemployment.  A self-declared feminist who has spent many years in the corporate world herself, Leah Selakovic vowed to help women in their employment endeavors.  For that purpose she has been endorsing and supporting one organization in particular which is dedicated to empower women by providing them with professional attire for job interviews: Dress for Success.

Dress for Success follows the mission of promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women.  To do so, they provide job-appropriate clothing, professional support and career advice to women to help them advance in their private and professional lives.  The not-for-profit organization was founded in 1997 in New York City and has since then evolved into an international movement with locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and the West Indies.  Every year, approximately 70,000 women coming from a diverse group including homeless shelters, job training programs, immigration services, domestic violence shelters or educational institutions, benefit from the organization’s caring services.

“The idea is simple, but brilliant,” explains Leah Selakovic.  “Once a female job applicant has an interview scheduled, she can approach Dress for Success to receive appropriate clothing and even accessories to get her ready for her interview.  And she can even come back for a second outfit once she lands a job.  The first impression and appearance during a job interview is crucial and thanks to this program, women who have everything it takes for a job, but cannot afford a professional wardrobe at the moment, can overcome this barrier.”  Contributions to the organization can be made in many ways, through financial or in-kind donations, volunteer work, or spreading the word through donation drives or online platforms.

Once a highly successful business woman herself, Leah Selakovic decided to quit the corporate world after having her first child and has been enjoying the role of a mother ever since.  Nevertheless, she was still driven by her creative spirit to do more.  Motivated by her wish to write children’s literature, she discovered her talent and passion as an author.  That talent combined with her academic background in history and the arts as well as her yearlong efforts to support philanthropic causes and charities inspired her to merge her skills and interests into a blog which she now uses as a channel to spread the message of women empowerment all over the world.

Inspirational Blog Launched by Leah Selakovic to Empower Women

Famed fashion blogger Leah Selakovic is always working on something new and fresh. Her most recent venture is a blog aimed at empowering women through fashion and personal style.  Leah knows the power of fashion and the effect that it can have on how women feel about themselves, after all, if you look great, you’re more likely to feel great too. Fashion is a tool that can be used to help a woman express herself through the clothes that she wears. It is a statement that says, ‘ I know who I am and what I want and I am not ashamed to show it,’ but sometimes we need a bit of guidance on how to find what works for us and Leah Selakovic is that guide.

With so many different styles blazing through magazines these days, it can be hard to stay on top of what is fresh and what is outdated. For moms particularly, finding the time to discover new fashion trends can be tough, due to time constraints and their never-ending to-do lists. For other women, they may easily find themselves in a fashion rut and unsure of how to update their current look. No matter who you are, one thing is clear:  we could all do with some fashion inspiration once in a while, and Leah Selakovic delivers.  Her LeahSelakovicNews.com blog is chock full of new fashions from trusted labels such as Chanel and is sure to offer inspiration for not only fashion lovers but also women who need a bit of help with their own personal styling.

Whether you prefer to dress in the current fashion trends or enjoy modern yet timeless pieces like Leah, this blog has something for you. She shares her own style inspirations from up and coming designers as well as from renowned staples in the fashion industry. One of her favorite shoe designers inspiring her wardrobe these days is Gianvito Rossi (son of Sergio Rossi). No doubt Rossi will be prominently featured in her blog along with other classic designers such as Chanel, Celine, and Lanvin. Readers of her blog can draw upon the styles featured and find inspiration for their own wardrobe. With the right outfit, a woman can feel on top of the world and it will show in everything that she does.

A woman of many interests, Leah Selakovic has lived all around the world and has brought her knowledge and passion everywhere she has stepped foot. She began her career in the Arts and History before moving on to alternative medicine, IT, and literature. After their children were born, she discovered an interest in writing children’s literature and has already written 20 books. Her love of art extends to the art of fashion houses with a particular love of modern yet timeless pieces. 

Inspirational Blog Launched by Leah Selakovic to Empower Women

Famed fashion blogger Leah Selakovic is always working on something new and fresh. Her most recent venture is a blog aimed at empowering women through fashion and personal style.  Leah knows the power of fashion and the effect that it can have on how women feel about themselves, after all, if you look great, you’re more likely to feel great too. Fashion is a tool that can be used to help a woman express herself through the clothes that she wears. It is a statement that says, ‘ I know who I am and what I want and I am not ashamed to show it,’ but sometimes we need a bit of guidance on how to find what works for us and Leah Selakovic is that guide.

With so many different styles blazing through magazines these days, it can be hard to stay on top of what is fresh and what is outdated. For moms particularly, finding the time to discover new fashion trends can be tough, due to time constraints and their never-ending to-do lists. For other women, they may easily find themselves in a fashion rut and unsure of how to update their current look. No matter who you are, one thing is clear:  we could all do with some fashion inspiration once in a while, and Leah Selakovic delivers.  Her LeahSelakovicNews.com blog is chock full of new fashions from trusted labels such as Chanel and is sure to offer inspiration for not only fashion lovers but also women who need a bit of help with their own personal styling.

Whether you prefer to dress in the current fashion trends or enjoy modern yet timeless pieces like Leah, this blog has something for you. She shares her own style inspirations from up and coming designers as well as from renowned staples in the fashion industry. One of her favorite shoe designers inspiring her wardrobe these days is Gianvito Rossi (son of Sergio Rossi). No doubt Rossi will be prominently featured in her blog along with other classic designers such as Chanel, Celine, and Lanvin. Readers of her blog can draw upon the styles featured and find inspiration for their own wardrobe. With the right outfit, a woman can feel on top of the world and it will show in everything that she does.

A woman of many interests, Leah Selakovic has lived all around the world and has brought her knowledge and passion everywhere she has stepped foot.  She began her career in the Arts and History before moving on to alternative medicine, IT, and literature.  After their children were born, she discovered an interest in writing children’s literature and has already written 20 books. Her love of art extends to the art of fashion houses with a particular love of modern yet timeless pieces. 

Blogger Leah Selakovic Announces Launch of a New Designer Blog

Expert blogger Leah Selakovic is at it again with a brand new blog showcasing designer fashion. The Singapore-based fashionista has a passion for the art of labels and can’t wait to share it with blog readers around the world. In Milan, fashion week has just concluded. The typically shocking designs, which are common, were considerably played down to include more styles in touch with reality this year. High end, power designers such as Roberto Cavalli, Giorgio Armani and House of Versace showcased more versatile styles while throwing in a surprising piece here and there. If you are wondering how the fashion world will accept this step out of the ordinary, look no further to Selakovic’s new blog.

A lover of modern yet timeless pieces, Leah stays on top of current trends and is always on the pulse of fashion. With a love of classic labels such as Chanel, Lanvin and Celine, she expertly blogs on the topics that every fashionista wants to know. Up and coming designers will no doubt be featured here before they are even on the radar of most fashion lovers; although, veteran designers in the fashion world will also hold a prominent place in her blog. More than just a fashion advice blog, Leah’s blog will combine her acquired knowledge of art along with ways that the everyday woman can incorporate it into their own personal style. Everyone from high-end designer clientele to the middle-class thrifty shopper can gain an insight into the current fashions and how they can keep their wardrobes fresh.

Leah Selakovic’s love of art led her to the appreciation of fashion labels. She understands the power that fashion can have, not only on an individual’s wardrobe, but also on the world. While she appreciates modern fashions, she also understands the value of timeless pieces, which she incorporates into her wardrobe. Proud of her wardrobe, Leah considers her unique style to be a combination of rich patterns and unusual colors. Because of this passion, she has decided to share her knowledge through her designer blog. There is nothing better than someone who shares their knowledge on a topic that they are passionate about, with the sole purpose of providing inspiration to others. In this regard, Leah delivers time and time again.

Born in Yugoslavia, Leah Selakovic has traveled around the world, bringing her entrepreneur essence along for the ride.  Since having children, Leah has found a new passion for writing children’s literature and continues writing more books. 

Art Blogger Leah Selakovic Supports The Kevin Spacey Foundation

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – Art blogger and philanthropist Leah Selakovic teamed up with Kevin Spacey and the Singapore Repertory Theatre to raise money for young artists.  At the Black and White Benefit, which took place at St. Regis Hotel in Singapore, selected supporters enjoyed a sophisticated dinner and got to watch Kevin Spacey’s magnificent performance in Shakespeare’s historical play “Richard The Third”.  Spacey could not only be seen on stage, but joined Leah and other guests for the eclectic benefit dinner, exploiting the opportunity to socialize and raise awareness for the cause of his foundation.

The Kevin Spacey Foundation was created out of Spacey’s wish to offer scholarship and grants to students who are studying the performing arts as well as writers, directors and producers at selected universities.  On his website he explains his motivation for supporting young talents:  “If you’ve been successful in your chosen path, if you’ve been able to realize your ambition, then you are obligated to ‘send the elevator back down.”  That motivation is almost identical to the efforts Leah Selakovic and SRT have been making in Singapore to foster local students studying acting and other creative arts, so Leah was excited, of course, to get a chance So when the SRT approached Spacey to invite him as the guest-of-honor to the benefit dinner and asked him to perform on stage, he did not even have to think twice.

“It was such a pleasure to watch Kevin Spacey play King Richard and a true delight to talk to him about ways young actors can be supported,” says Leah.  “We both follow the same goal of helping young people to realize their dreams and it was great to get his input.  Role models like him and organizations like SRT can have such a huge impact on the lives of teenagers and young adults, and I am really proud and happy to be a part in this.”  The SRT provides a platform for young Asian artists on and off stage, with a special focus on Singapore, where each year 40 students are enrolled in the theater’s acting training.  At the same time SRT tries to awaken the interest of children in theater, and quite successfully so:  Every year more than 45,000 children attend SRT’s The Little Company and larger productions and participate in workshops, thus creating a love for theater and the arts in the next generation.

As a non-profit organization, Singapore Repertory Theatre depends on the support from art and theater enthusiasts such as Leah Selakovic. Over the course of her career she has worked in various industries, ranging from the publishing arena to IT companies.  Nevertheless she always finds time to keep up her philanthropic work by supporting a number of charitable organizations, many of which focus on fostering young talented and gifted artists.