Rocco Leo Gaglioti
Rocco Leo Gaglioti is a self-made triple threat — creator, producer and host. He founded the televised on-line fashion magazine,FashionNewsLive.com, which almost overnight has become ranked as one of the top ten out of the 150 million fashion and celebrity sites around the world.
He hit the ground running in 2004 with his very first interview on the red carpet with Anna Nicole Smith. Not bad for a rookie. And the fact that she tried to make out with him didn’t even scare him away from pursuing his lifelong dream of working in the fashion industry. But making dreams come true takes more than good looks and charm. It takes hard work and determination as well.
Even though he makes it look easy, Rocco came from humble, though very loving beginnings. He learned to communicate with his hands through sign language before he could even speak because of his mother, who was born deaf. This naturally gave him a lifelong appreciation for the underdog, along with the advantage of a much more enhanced “sixth sense”.
Being in the right place at the right time doesn’t hurt either. And so it was a Miami model scout with an obvious eye for spotting talent who advised Rocco in 1994 to try his hand at modeling. Miami quickly turned into Milan and Paris, which turned into New York and the rest is history as they say.
Within a short time, he was signed with Boss and Zoli. Rocco wanted more though, and it was when he picked up a camera in Germany that he discovered his own eye for photography. He was a natural behind the camera, impressed several major publishers and soon after secured gigs from Maxim Magazine and Ocean Drive. But the model-turned-photographer still wasn’t satisfied. In 2000 he founded his own production company, RLG Productions, and set up shop at the back lot at Universal Studios.
His vision for a unique televised fashion magazine format was soon picked up by the now defunct UPN and maintained a strong presence on the network until its demise. He quickly transitioned his vision into an online media empire, which continues to grow and thrive today as he provides a steady stream of compelling entertainment and fashion content for millions of fashionistas around the world.
The 6’3” former model may dress from head to toe in Marc Jacobs and Gucci, but that is not what makes him fashion’s latest “It Guy”. It’s more than likely the combination of his soulfulness, his uncanny ability for discerning the next big thing and his beguiling quintessence that landed him on the pop culture radar and will undoubtedly make him a household name.
The rising star is certainly not going to slow down anytime soon. Rocco currently resides in New York City and Los Angeles, California.
Todd grew up in Chicago and had an interest in managing and producing from a very young age. Todd attended school on the East Coast at Columbia University in New York. He has produced shows for all the Major Fashion Weeks worldwide and has been a part of the Fashion News Live team since 2000.
Always an adventurous soul, Jewel Mignon lives life on her own terms. Traveling and living all over the world, meeting interesting people from Heads of State to “Movers and Shakers” in the Business world, experiencing many different aspects of culture and living allows Jewel to tackle life from a position of “Nothing is Impossible and the Impossible is Nothing”. An intrepid spirit gives the gumption to conquer everything from foods unknown to jobs that ceased to amaze her. From Journalism to Executive Partner in a Major Business, to the Education System, to Radio Host of a Weekly Show, Jewel enjoys every experience she has blitzkrieged. Every hurdle she blasted, jumped, or gotten a ladder and climbed her way over has only refined her NOT defined her. Ecstatic to be a member of the “The Fashion News Live Family”, she continues this outrageous journey called life on yet another pathway and rides it all the way home.
Writing no nonsense articles and news about shoes, she pontificates her own opinion in her personal blog called theshoelooker.blogspot.com
Kristian was born in Sarasota, Fl. and raised in HighPoint, NC. Her modeling career began in diapers at the ripe age of 2. She began acting and dancing by the time she was 4 and has performed in numerous commercials, indie films, and theater productions. Her passion has always been with Shakespeare. In 2003 she graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts with a concentration in theater where she studied an array of techniques. She has traveled the world and lived in New York amongst many other cities throughout the country and now resides in the Los Angeles area. Her lifelong affair with fashion continues with Fashion News Live as one of their hosts.
Korcheck has a passion for fashion. Currently living in New York City, Janelle is living her dream. Janelle’s interest in fashion started at an early age, as she watched her mother in the fashion business through the years. This interest led to her attending two of the country’s leading arts boarding schools, first the Oxbow Academy in the Napa Valley and then Idyllwild Academy of the Arts in Southern California. Janelle currently is a student at Parsons School of Design. She has studied fashion design and is currently studying fashion marketing.
Janelle has a broad experience in the fashion industry encompassing design, product development, styling, retail, marketing and PR. This gives her a unique perspective of the business. Throughout her fashion career, Janelle has been mentored by CFDA board member Selima Salaun, who has been instrumental in Janelle’s success in the fashion industry. She learned the retail business in the Selima Optique Stores. Janelle gained experience in design as a design intern with Catherine Malandrino, and in product development for the World of Good, where she traveled to India to create a line for the company. Janelle is a successful stylist, styling celebrities and socialites for red carpet events in New York City.
Janelle’s life work is marrying her passion for fashion with philanthropic work. Currently, Janelle sits on the board of Sisters on the Runway, a charity providing support to domestic violence shelters through money raised by runway shows. She finds deep inspiration from those around her who are changing the world on a daily basis—through their words and with their good deeds.
Kandee Johnson is a Youtube beauty and style phenomenon, with over 130 million views on her videos. She shares her tips, tricks, and inspiration with millions of viewers worldwide. Her bubbly and fun personality combined with her unique style and genuine spirit make her loveable and addictive to watch.
She began her career in Hollywood as a make-up artist for tv, movies and print, even dabbling in wardrobe styling for several commercials, TV shows, and a movie.
Kandee has been featured in magazines like ELLE, Glamour, and NYLON and industry specials like Make-Up Artist magazine. She also won the very first ELLE and Cover Girl video star award for the year and was featured in a special Cover Girl ad. Online her work has shown up everywhere from InStyle to the Huffington Post. Her work has been shown on Good Morning America and she has been a guest make-up artist, performing all the make-up transformations and guest hosting/judging on the Style Channel’s “How Do I Look” for their big 2 hour special.
As well as being a guest Judge on Oxygen’s Hair Battle Spectacular, she has shared her tips on Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers show on the CW.
She causes websites to crash with a mere mention of a product she likes, and after having her hair cut at a salon in LA, they had girls calling from all over the world to schedule appointments and tell of how they scheduled their vacations to include a hair cut at the same salon.
She has worked with cosmetic companies to create colors and was asked to design a handbag that will be out this December. Kandee grew up designing clothes, drawing, taking photographs and her love of all things fashion, style and make-up have become a lifestyle and trusted source for all things beauty and style for millions of viewers a month.
Angela Simmons is the star of two Hit MTV Shows: “Run’s House”, in which America gets an insider’s look at the lives of the first family of hip-hop, as well as her own MTV Show, “Daddy’s Girls”, chronicling Angela and her sister’s jet-setting bi-coastal lives as they navigate Hollywood and step out as role models for their millions of young fans. At 23, Angela is the second eldest sibling in the Simmons family and has already accomplished a great deal both personally and professionally. She graduated from the High School of Fashion Industries and has continued to pursue fashion by attending the world-renowned Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
That same year Angela and her sister Vanessa founded the ultra-popular clothing, sneaker and handbag/accessory line PASTRY, which has catapulted into a million dollar brand and has become a hit with girls across the country. The success of Pastry has established Angela into a fashion powerhouse and entrepreneur in her own right.With international appeal, Angela alongside her sister Vanessa have graced the pages of PEOPLE, ESSENCE, TEEN VOGUE, SEVENTEEN, VIBE, OK! Weekly, Star Magazine, US Weekly, InTouch Weekly, and Life & Style. They’ve appeared on THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD, EXTRA, GOOD DAY NY, FOX BUSINESS and many more media outlets. They turn heads on A-list red carpets such as The EMMY Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, NAACP Awards and New York Fashion Week.In addition, Angela is committed to empowering and uplifting young people and has become an ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network – visiting children in hospitals and providing them with hope and inspiration.
International known for her groundbreaking work with makeup, Sharon Gault has created iconic looks for some of the biggest names is show business and fashion, and in the process, defined emerging trends for two decades in modern pop culture. At the age of 16, Sharon became very interested in photography, and later trained with Vidal Sassoon as a hairstylist. A few laters, Sharon discovered her passion for makeup, and chose to focus her energy in this direction. Already a veteran of the Hollywood fashion scene, it was not until she toured with Madonna on the “Blonde Ambition” tour, and was featured in the candid documentary “Madonna: Truth or Dare” that Sharon became an overnight sensation to the world. To this day, many people know her simply as “Mama Makeup”, a nickname given to her by the dancers on the tour.
Sharon has collaborated with some of the world’s most acclaimed photographers including David LaChapelle, Ellen Von Unwerth, Jonas Akerlund, Joseph Kahn, Rankin, Diane Martel, Diamond Dogs, Matthew Rolston, Tony Duran, Gavin Bond, Michel Comte and Ray Kay. Sharon’s work is constantly in demand by Hollywood celebrities and musicians who need to look their best for red carpet awards shows, interviews, music videos and photo shoots. Sharon’s celebrity client roster includes Uma Thurman, Lady Gaga, Julia Ormond, Alicia Keys, Amber Tamblyn, Jennifer Garner, Rachel Griffiths, Charlize Theron, Madonna, Renee Zellweger, Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey Jr., Britney Spears, Demi Moore, Rihanna, Johnny Depp, Daphne Guinness, Enrique Iglesias, Cindy Crawford, Hilary Swank, Kate Bosworth, Gwen Stefani, and many more.
Sharon has been doing all of the recent commercials for Old Navy as of early 2011 and just came off a huge Clinique campaign with Director David LaChapelle that will be debuting soon for 2012.
Sharon’s undying passion for makeup has lent to her building strong relationships and consulting with top beauty brands such as Make Up For Ever, MAC, Smashbox Cosmetics, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, DIOR Beaty and NARS. With such a background, it is not surprising to find Sharon’s work featured in such renowned publications as Italian Vogue, British Vogue, Interview, The Face, Arena, Vanity Fair, ID, In Style, Glamour, Allure, Marie Claire, GQ, Elle, Harper’s and Queen, and Rolling Stone. In addition, Sharon has worked on music videos for artists such as Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Rye Rye, Moby, Keri Hilson, Kelis, Enrique Iglesias, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Kelly Rowland and Avril Lavigne among many others.
Sharon has worked on huge campaigns and commercials for Old Navy, Mercedes Maybach, Comcast, Carl’s Jr., Smirnoff Vodka, Beats By Dr Dre, Reebok, Schweppes, Adidas, Nike, Neiman Marcus, Swatch, H&M, Iceberg Jeans, and Dos Equis.
As if she stepped right out of the pages of a Jackie Collins novel, Elaine Lancaster is as glamorous and beautiful as the characters of HollywoodWives. Elaine Lancaster was actually named after two characters from that very novel, Elaine Conti and Karen Lancaster. As befitting a Jackie Collins novel, Elaine’s life has been filled with glamour, travel, celebrities and a few twisted scenarios. One being the fact that the gorgeous Elaine Lancaster is in reality a man when not performing.
The actor (James Davis) behind Elaine was born in Alabama and raised in Georgia, while Elaine was born in the lap of luxury, pampered by all, and spoiled rotten. Like the true diva she became, she managed to spend every dime thrown her way developing an unquenchable quest for more. Not just more jewels and designer fashions, luxury brands, but more of everything. Driven by the need to live life in the spotlight, fame had to be hers so the world became her stage.
She’s in demand as a hostess all over the world in clubs, for charities, DJ & emcee. Elaine travels the Globe DJ-ing for Fortune 500 companies. Elaine hosted The Aspen Gay Ski Week from 1995-2002. Executive host committee member for the Blacks Annual Gala. Hostess for the crown jewel of HIV/AIDS fund raiser since 1997, White Party Week. Louis Vuttion Global store openings. Polo Ralph Lauren store opening. Host Pamela Anderson’s parfum launch, Malibu. Visionaire Magazine Parties. Bulgari Jewelry Store opening. House of Field fashion show celebrity guest.. plus way too many to list. Since 1997, she has helped raise over 20 million dollars for numerous non-profit charities.
Elaine Lancaster has caused waves ever since she first landed on the sandy shores of South Beach. In less than a year the diva earned celebrity status from local to Global Diva gracing the pages of every local publication The national glossy Genre selected Elaine as one of the top 10 Drag Queens of the decade while TIME reported on her antics hosting the political fund raiser for Janet Reno. Fresh back from Vienna, Austria where Elaine Entertained the party goers along side; Patti LaBelle, Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O’Connell, Kenneth Cole, President Bill Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Diane von Furstenberg, Richie Rich etc. For Life Ball 2010.
Veronica Staehle is a very dynamic female who loves to connect and intertwine all sorts of things into one gracefully unified outcome. The spark for her interests in aesthetics, design, and communicating visually comes from her bilingual, duel-cultured background. Raised by two incredible deaf parents who bred and instilled a sense of pride and empowerment she grew up fully embracing Deaf Culture and American Sign Language (ASL). Their passion and lessons became the foundation behind Veronica’s involvement with the Deaf community and Interpreter field; She learned early on that her Child Of Deaf Adults (CODA) identity would not just be a role to hold, but a beautiful detail of herself she loves to share and express.
Composer & Producer Todd Griffith, over several summers, explored musical performance at The Juilliard School of Music. It was here that Todd decided to continue his compositional career at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California where he majored in Film Scoring and Orchestral Percussion. After heading out west surrounded by nature and the arts, Todd then explored orchestral writing and performance in a newly found artistic utopia. Soon after he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston to continue his studies in Film Scoring, Orchestral & World Percussion, and Electronic Production. Striving to combine organic sounds with modern techniques and technologies, Todd is always creating new sounds and innovative musical ideas. After composing music for the 2010 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cambria Cove V.I.P. Lounge Party, Todd’s eyes were opened to the unlimited possibilities of combining music with fashion. To view Todd Griffith’s portfolio and or find out more information, visit his website at www.toddgriffithproductions.com
“To me all sound is music, it just needs technique.”- Todd Griffith