The seemingly inseparable worlds of music and fashion share the stage yet again this Saturday during the annual Simon Fashion Now event at Town Center at Boca Raton.
In addition to a Lady Gaga-inspired “Design Wars” fashion challenge at noon, Boca’s own Brett Loewenstern, who made a name for himself last season on “American Idol,” will be performing live at the mall’s center court area around 2:30 p.m.
The full afternoon of style and beauty demonstrations also includes runway shows at 1, 3 and 4 p.m., featuring local television celebrities Keli Fulton of WPTV NewsChannel 5, Shelli Lockhart of WPBF 25 and Nathalie Pozo of WTVJ NBC 6.
For those of you unfamiliar with Loewenstern’s rise in the industry, check out the September/October issue of Boca Raton, which includes a profile on the Spanish River High School senior. Here’s a brief excerpt:
Can you still walk around school and around Boca like a normal teenager?
School is possible, because things move on around there. When it comes to walking around the city … I don’t want to jinx it, so knock on wood, but every time, at least one person asks me to take a picture with them or sign an autograph.
When you choose songs to cover, is there a challenge in maintaining the sanctity of the original while at the same time making it your own?
It depends on the song. As an artist, you have to stay true to the integrity of song. The most I do is put my emotions into it. With “Hit Me Baby One More Time,” I tried to turn it into an acoustic soul song. It’s a challenge, but it’s a challenge I love tackling.
Your song “Bullet Proof Vest” is very autobiographical. How important were these emotions of pain and anguish in fueling your music?
I’m not saying being bullied is the correct way to go, but if I wouldn’t have gone through what I went through, I wouldn’t have the same strength and maturity I have now. Sometimes being alone or being put down is a blessing in disguise, because it becomes your drive to succeed.
And you’ve gotten the last laugh. Those bullies might have thought they were better than you, but they aren’t performing music on national television.
It comes down to a matter of people not feeling good about themselves. If I would have had that sense of knowledge back then, rather than handling it in a certain way, it would have been much easier, but everything in life happens for a reason. I was bullied to spread the message of kids just being themselves.