In a world where people only know of stylists through the lenses of the Bravo Channel with Rachel Zoe, Brad Goresky, Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos, I feel that there is a duty to remind the general public about the pavers for those names I cited above. There is no one that worked as hard in the business of fashion and culture as my talented friend Victor Salvaro. He is the brilliant entrepreneur that started the careers of models such as Isabelli Fontana, Alexis Bittar, and Juliana Imai. I am privileged enough to know him for many years and Victor was kind enough spend some of his precious and valuable time to answer my questions. He talked to us about his career, his projects, fashion, Drag Queens and a mutual passion of ours, Barbies.
Bla – Our
Bla readers follow us not only from Brazil, but also from all over the world.
Not everyone is lucky enough to know about your hard work to get into the fashion
world. Can you tell us how your connection with the fashion world started?
VS – I
started to work with fashion production only after passing through all the
stages of the business. I started as a teenage model, doing campaigns for a
known brand at the time called Jeaneration. A bit after, I gained a lot of
weight. With that happening, I entered into the Gay world. I took classes about
production and there is where I learned it all: hair, make up, styling,
scenography, direction and everything else.At that time, I used to go to the public library for research and did a
lot of assignments with fashion magazines cut outs. I was extremely neat, but
my teacher already started showing me how the market worked: she merely
overlooked those assignments I worked on with such love. Since then I learned
her lesson … when in styling production, you have to perform exactly how your
client wants you to. Sometimes you let yourself go too far. It took me a while
to learn that, considering that I strive
for the best.
discovered the model Isabelli Fontana. What do you think of this new wave that
the models are not anymore covers on fashion magazines, but celebrities on TV
and movies? Do you think this has to do with the super popularity of the
supermodel movement of the 90s? Since now they are not only fashion models, but
also into the TV scene?
VS – Not
only Isabelli Fontana started her career through me, but other models like
Marcelle Bittar, Juliana Imai, Michele Alves … they all came into scene from a
model contest in which I was responsible for (in the state of Paraná. The model
contest was called Dakota Elite Model Look, from the Elite Models agency. I
took Isabelli out of Elite and took her to the best hands in modeling managing.
His name was Eli Hadad, from Mega Agency. Subsequently I did the same with
Marcelle Bittar. Eli was the one who transformed the girls into top models. I
feel that is more than normal models do what actresses do and vice versa.This process just requires models to be smart
and have good management. I believe that, in model history, the person that
succeeded as a celebrity by herself is Gisele Bundchen. She’s proud to be
Brazilian and she is a very sweet girl.
Bla – You
started your career in out cold and closed Curitiba. How were you able to fight
prejudice and grow at the same time?
VS – I
started in a city full of resources, wealthy. Curitiba was perfect. Huge
national marketing campaigns were done there. I was a young, creative,
visionary and impeccable producer, so great directors wanted to work with me. I
had the opportunity to be a stable freelancer at Sir Laboratórios, one of a
very few big advertising production companies in Brazil. At that time, big
national accounts were held at agencies in Curtiba. Banco Bamerindus created the
campaign “Gente que Faz”, and that ad was directed by big names in the movies
industry. The styling, hair and makeup were a responsibility of mine.All shopping malls from the whole country had
their ads done in Curitiba. I was responsible for casting, styling, hair and makeup.I grew a lot, traveled, worked abroad and
came back. I always maintained my roots in Curitiba, even for my family’s sake.
Nowadays, Curitiba grew but work opportunities got smaller.
Bla – Your
Drag Queen’s group (Abalaram no Pancake – LOVE IT !!!), opened for myself a
whole new world and it reinforced my own obsession with the movie Priscila,
Queen of the Desert. Did the Drag world prepare you for something else? Do you
think that this new wave of transvestites being fashion models trivializes the
Gay world or is it just a phase?
VS – When we
created the group Abalaram no Pancake, we tried to do something happy and fun
and we were successful in it. The way we presented ourselves, led us to conquer
the media and we traveled all over Brazil for work. Unfortunately, from our
five members, only three took it seriously enough and we fell apart. I kept on
working on the concept and turned to be a muse for the rockers (Musa dos
Rockeiros). I was in a music video of one of the most popular rock bands in
Brazil, Raimundos; also for a place called Skuba. I also worked on trash TV
series, campaigns for Shopping Muller and Fiat, and lots more.Drag Queens were happiness, fun and lots of
glamour. I was a part of everything that was glamorous, even if it was
national, like the Phytoervas Fashion.
I think that
transsexual models are cool. That boy/girlAndrej Pejic is gorgeous, Lea T is in!
Well, I think that everything is valid, as long as we are respecting the human
Bla – Tell
us about the movementFashion Cooltural.
VS – Fashion
Cooltural is a space designed to mix art and creation, in a professional
matter, so it can satisfy all expectations that arises during a production
process. We have a highly experienced team to work on art, styling, casting,
locations, beauty, event planning and marketing. We offer quick and to the
point answers. Each client is respectfully heard and treated according to its
Bla – Do you
think that the modern woman is a slave of the hair salon? Is this an
international phenomena or is it just in Brazil?
VS – They
should be (laughs). I will not say that they should be a slave, but all women
should look beautiful for themselves. They are DIVAS, MUSES, QUEENS, they have
the privilege to become MOTHERS. There is nothing greater than that. Women
should learn how to beautify themselves ALWAYS. Husbands get bored and you
cannot look like crap. More and more women are beautifying themselves.
Bla – As a
stylist, do you believe that to put a look together and mixes glamour and
quality, we have to buy expensive pieces?
VS – I love
to create looks that are accessible. I love to take my powerful friends into
more simple stores and put some looks together, show how to wear those pieces
several times. I think that some highly expensive pieces of nowadays are
disposable, unless it is justified by quality, name; the marketing around the
Bla – What
is essential in the closet of today’s women? What should we NEVER wear?
VS – The
essential will always be what is classic. A black blazer and a black skinny
pant, making them a straight line suit. Both can be used separately. With the
right accessories, it can be a very elegant everyday look. These two pieces
should be of a higher price point, because they demand craftsmanship. In
Brazil, I suggest that you purchase them from Forum, Animale or Les Lis Blanc.
In the US, Donna Karan, Armani and Versace make great pieces. You should never
wear clothes that are overused, looking like they should have been given away a
long time ago!
Bla – I know
that you, just like myself, collect Barbies. When did you start your
collection? How many do you have and which ones are the most special?
VS – I
started my collection 25 years ago, when my sister Luciana was born. I got her
five collectable dolls, both expensive and rare at the time. Today, I own 470
dolls, being 430 collectibles and some specially made for myself by big names
of the Brazilian fashion world such as Walter Rodrigues, Amir Slama, Ronaldo
Fraga and others.
Bla – What
are your plans for the future? What are your dreams for the future?
VS – My
plans are to work, work a lot. And dreams, never stop dreaming. Believe that
Curitiba can transform into COOLritiba as soon as possible …
thanks for sharing your life with our Bla readers. We learned a lot about you
and fashion. May your plans become concrete and may your dreams come true very
By: Márcia Schwarz Perel Images: Victor Salvaro BlaBlaBla NYC
I love a
remake, especially if it is recorded live. What I have been noticing lately is
that a lot of old songs are being covered. Sometimes, the new recording artist
steps away from its style or genre and gives a new twist to an old song.
Sometimes the remake makes no sense at all. I tend to love new versions on old
I asked on
Facebook what music remake people seemed to remember or like the most. I will
post their suggestions along with mine, also crediting our beloved volunteers.
·The Ramones – California Sun.
Originally recorded in 1961 by New Orleans artist Joe Jones.Re-recorded by this quartet from my home in
Forest Hills, the song got a punk rock twist and it is just as good as the
·Dave Grohl – With Arms Wide open.
Originally recorded by Creed, written by its front man Scott Stapp as an
emotional letter from a father waiting for his child to be born. Dave recorded
a parody version of this song, making this attempt unnecessary and proving to
me, once again, that he is just annoying.
·Johnny Cash – Hurt. Originally
recorded by Nine Inch Nails, Johnny went out of his comfort zone and did, in my
humble opinion, THE BEST cover version ever.
·Madonna – American Pie. Originally
recorded by Don McLean, I covered his version on a previous blog, it became an
anthem for patriot Americans. Madonna just made it commercial. Enough said !!!
·Sheryl Crow – Sweet Child O’Mine. Already
on my list and also suggested by Melina Virdone, the Guns N Roses song parted
seas with opinions. Hard core Guns fans got offended by Sheryl’s version and
others found it sweet.
·Guns N Roses – Since I Don’t Have
You. Originally recorded by The Skyliners in 1958, at the time it was
considered one of the best heartbreak ballad ever recorded. Axl Rose rocked the
new version, Slashed once again kicks ass with his solos.
·U2 – Unchained Melody. The Righteous
Brothers chained hearts with this song but once again, U2 mastered another
·Faith No More – Easy. Originally
performed by The Commodores, this is my FAVORITE cover song ever made. The
video has Drag Queens in it, and what can I say? I love Drag Queens.
·Billy Idol – Mony Mony. Originally
recorded by Tommy Jones and the Shondells. I am not crazy about either of the
·Robbie Williams – Freedom. Originally
written, recorded and played by MY George Michael; this was Robbie’s first solo
single. I am not offended by it. I am offended by a Last Christmas version
recoded by some country girl who I mentally blocked.
·George Michael – Feeling Good.
Originally as a Nina Simone recording, George brought class and excitement to
his version. George covered many other songs, always respecting the original
version. He makes them classy and precious. Am I too suspicious to comment on
·Seether – Careless Whisper. Original
song from Wham!. Seether had no business killing the song !!!
·Guns N Roses – Knocking on Heaven’s
Door. A Bob Dylan’s classic. Beautifully covered by Guns. A must on my list and
also suggested by Prema Carvalho.
·Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams.
Originally recorded by The Eurythmics. Manson made it dark, depressing, gothic,
under. Was I specific enough?
·Annie Lennox – Wait in Vain. Annie covered
this Bob Marley song beautifully. There is so much emotion in everything Annie
does. Rafaela Rangel voted for this one
and obviously this one was on my list.
·Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World.
A David Bowie classic greatly covered by Nirvana.
·Pet Shop Boys – Always on My Mind. A
Brenda Lee song covered by Elvis. People have no idea this is Lee’s song, Elvis
immortalized it. Suggested by Patricia Campos.
·Santana – Black Magic Women. I am not
sure who covered this first. Some say Peter Green and some say Fleetwood Mac. I
vote for Santana’s version. This one is my Dad’s suggestion. He is a Santana
fan since the 70’s.
·Eddie Vedder – You Got to Hide Your
Love Away. Originally by The Beatles, amazingly covered by Vedder. Suggested by
Michele Mimi Caribe.
·Jeff Buckeley/Rufus Wainwright –
Hallelujah. A Leonard Cohen original, greatly covered by
these two artists. I suggest George Michael’s version of Rufus’ Going to a
Town. This was amazingly suggested by Natalia Cotlinsky and Melissa harbor.
·Undercover – September. An Earth Wind
and Fire song covered by the biggest cover band of all artists, Undercover.
Suggested by Roberta Pena.
·The Killers – With or Without You. A
classic U2 song. I prefer the original. Suggested by my friend Manoela
·David Bowie and Annie Lennox – Under
Pressure. A Queen and Bowie collaboration immortalized by Bowie with Lennox.
·Guns N Roses – Live and Let Die.
Originally performed by Sir Paul McCartney. Redone by Guns for a James Bond
installment. Love it. Suggested by Prema Carvalho.
·The Killers – Romeo and Juliet. A
Dire Straits classic covered by The Killers. I am not familiar with this cover
version but apparently I left my own version of Sultans of Swing on my
husband’s work voice mail. Again greatly suggested by Prema Carvalho.
·Eric Clapton – I Shot the Sheriff. A
Bob Marley anthem greatly done by one of the best guitar players in the world.
Prema Carvalho helped with this one.
·Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole – What a
Wonderful World. What a beautiful version of the Louis Armstrong classic.
Greatly suggested by my cousin superstar Lea Baras Top.
·Westlife – Against all Odds. A
Genesis song amazingly done by Westlife. I rather have Westlife than Phil
·Blue One Love – Sorry Seems to be the
Hardest Word. An Elton John Cover and collaboration on the re-recorded
track.Worth listening to.
·Pomplamoose – Ananda Lima suggested
this duo. They cover a bunch of songs making them a lot of fun. I love learning
about new artists !!!
all of you that helped me out suggesting songs. I enormously appreciate it !!!!