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Spandana Singh is the San Francisco Editor and Tech Editor for Miss A. Better known as Spandi, she is a junior at UC Berkeley with an avid passion for foreign affairs and journalism. Originally from India, she has so far lived in countries like Kenya, Italy, Ethiopia, the United States and Indonesia and looks forward to living in many more.

Spandi is pursuing a double major in International Development and Media and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. She loves to play the piano, box, travel, explore new cultures (especially their cuisines), and spend time with her friends. By the time she is 30 she wants to have lived in every habitable continent in the world.

Recap: Mélange 2015

On October 3, 2015, Mélange Productions held their annual production show, an exciting combination of fashion, dance and music, in celebration of human rights and diversity.  This year’s show was held in honor of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (also known as UNESCO)’s 70th Anniversary. UNESCO was founded in 1945 in order to promote the “intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind” and foster lasting global peace.

Mélange 2015 was an innovative and creative show. It featured over 18 designers from across the globe, including countries such as Poland, India, Dubai, France and Japan as well as celebrity performers such as YouTube personality Iliana Tinoco and celebrity stylists such as Minh Tran, who has styled for Louis Vuitton USA and Nicole Miller.

Madeline Stuart Photo Credit: Melange Productions

Madeline Stuart
Photo Credit: Melange Productions

The show was preceded by awards ceremony in which New York Fashion Week model Madeline Stuart accepted the Mélange Model of the Year. Madeline is an internationally renowned model with Down syndrome who has been featured in publications such as Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan. Madeline was presented the award by Katiti Kironde, a Harvard entrepreneur and the first African American woman to grace the cover of Glamour magazine. This year’s Mélange International Fashion Ambassador Award went to Onch Movement, a designer whose client list includes celebrities such as Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj, whose wore Onch’s Rainbow Ice Cream Cone Necklace while accepting her VMA for Best Rapper of the Year. Additionally, Angel Williams of Heavenly Lines received the Bay Area Design Award, and Thomas Demauriea Goward, an artist and dancer who has been performed in music videos with noted artists such as Beyoncé and Usher received the Performer of the Year Award.

This year’s Mélange production was the largest yet for the local startup, which was co-founded in 2011 by Nick Navarro and Talia Romano. Over the past five years Mélange Productions has garnered the support of partners such as Sephora and Jean Paul Gaultier and outlets such as Cosmopolitan magazine and Univision. The show was held at the Regency Center and was followed by a VIP after party at AsiaSF.

performs on stage at the The 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

Nicki Minaj performs on stage at the The 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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