“Drama King” By Carmichael Byfield Featuring Model Donnevan Vanier | Exclusive Interviews With Both Fashion Designer & Model |

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AS ALWAYS he’s turning up the heat in The Netherlands!

With this latest editorial, featuring blue & purples hues (the colors of royalty) “Drama king” is sure to turn heads. Fashion Photographer Fotografe Marjan Hendrikse shot this Editorial and has had the pleasure of working with Carmichael on various shoots and projects. Carmichael has been so kind as to give WWSMAG an interview + an inside look at what it means to be a fashion designer,  taking his fashion to the NEXT LEVEL , He Tells WhereWeStandMagazine why he decided to become a fashion designer and what he plans to do NEXT PLUS so much more!  

WhereWeStandMagazineELEGANTMFI,DARK BEAUTY, FASHION-FACES, and IDEM are just a few of the many, many, many magazines he’s had his designs featured in!!!

 Donnevan Vanier is the model  FEATURED in “DRAMA KING”. WhereWeStandMagazine was able to snag an  interview with him too! He tells us why he started modeling, Where to Shop in Amsterdam, and offers advice to aspiring models! 

Donnevan Vaniër, Anneke Gall, Ceylin de Jong, Fabian Von Gelder, Harold Dückers, Bob Reijnders, Annemarie Rhebergen and Jamarro Diks.
Carmichael Byfield, Donnevan Vaniër, Anneke Gall, Ceylin de Jong, Fabian Von Gelder, Harold Dückers, Bob Reijnders, Annemarie Rhebergen and Jamarro Diks.

Interview With Carmichael Byfield

WWS: Why did you decide to become a fashion designer?  

CB: It’s not/wasn’t a choice, it was a natural born raw talent, I just enroll in school to have the official certificate.

WWS: What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer? 

CB: Having seeing men/women wearing the designs and happy gives me the inspiration & happiness is the most favorite part of being who I am

 WWS: What were your inspirations for the designs you created for the shoot? 

CB: As master minder behind the brand, I get daily inspiration by creating the concept, contact the Models/Photographer/Mua  & plan a shoot with the expectation of aiming for publication prints in different fashion magazines. 

All Rights owned by Petrus Tomasila Photography
All Rights owned by Petrus Tomasila Photography

WWS: How did you select the materials you used?  

CB: Choose/Select those materials/Fabrics carefully, then get to work & bring the best style out of the fabrics.

WWS: Were the materials difficult to work with? 

CB: Slick fabrics is very difficult, especially when creating blazers for men. 

WWS: What was it like working with Donnevan?  

CB: Working with model: Donnenvan is the easiest, he listen/learn and do as the photographer says.

House of Byfield SS 2015
House of Byfield SS 2015 Titled ‘So Carmichael’ Photographer: Xander Xmoments Art-Director: Muah Caro Line Stylist: Ginn Ger & Nikki Karte Mua: Hugo Portier Model: Fabian Von Gelder — with Hugo Portier, Ginn Ger, Xander Xmoments, Fabian Von Gelder, Nikki Karte and Muah Caro Line.

WWS: This was your 34th fashion editorial. What did you think?  

CB: I’m grateful for all & looking forward for more

WWS: What do you think of Eco-fashion?  

CB: Eco fashion is the way of life, I hope soon to create a few garments also in the field.

House of Byfield SS 2015
House of Byfield SS 2015 Art-Director: Muah Caro Line Photo: Xander Xmoments Models: Niels Robben, Donnevan Vaniër & Anneke Gall

WWS: What are your plans for the future?

CB: I can’t predict the future, but a few are highlighted and keeping them secret for now.

 WWS: Do you think your editorials are risqué (since you have men wearing leggings and make up sometimes?) Is this a Netherlands culture thing?

CB: Fashion is whatever everyone imagine, I designs what I like, and what I think my clients may like, then I put the products to the market and let the world embrace it, thus far only good/positive reactions from the brand.

Interview With Model Donnevan Vanier

DRAMA KING: “A Castle Fits A King And Is King Worthy”


Creative Art Director: Carmichael Byfield of http://www.houseofbyfield.com
Fashion Photographer: Fotografe Marjan Hendrikse of http://www.madriafotografie.nl
Mua/Hair: Allissa Homan of http://www.companydecreativo.nl
Model: Donnevan Vanier
Location: Kasteel Cannenburgh in Vaassen, The Netherlands

Cannenburch Castle c.1365


First mentioning of Cannenburch Castle stems from 1365. Starting 1402 it became a fief of the dukes of Gelderland. In 1543 the legendary Dutch general Maarten van Rossum bought the remains of the medieval castle. There is little known about this predecessor of the Cannenburch of today. On the medieval ruins a three stories high stately home was built.

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WWS: What’s your background in modeling? When and why did you get started? Was it for the glamour? The money? Pure kicks?

DV: Modeling is my Passion I do it with my heart. I started in 2013 May, on the Amsterdam Fashion Floating week. That was my first catwalk/shoot experience, it was testing for more. I always was interested in the modeling industry, it is like a KICK. I love what i’m doing , it gives me GOOD ENERGY and , MOTIVATION to be STRONGER.

WWS: Who are some of your favorite models and designers, and why? 

DV: First off all, I respect every model/designer his /her designs, because they all have a Unique style. I love beautiful things so blow me away designers..!! 

WWS: Which fashion magazines, websites, blogs, and catalogs do you visit most often?

DV: The fashion magazine that i read a lot are : Where We Stand Magazine ,JFK Magazine, Quote Magazine, Luxury Magazine.

Websites: winkelstraat.nl , zara.nl, shoebaloo.nl, and a lot more.

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WWS: What’s your fashion mantra? 

DV: Walking catwalk, because i can spread out off my ENERGY

WWS: How would you describe your style? 

DV: I exactly don’t have a style i just Mix and Match my outfits, it go by his self. When i buy something i trow it my wardrow, and when i need to go somewhere i just take some and mix and match it. Then i will see

WWS: Where do you generally shop? 

DV: Every city where i go i can shop, i like everything that’s nice , i generally go to my city Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Maastricht, Roermond, and Amsterdam Dappermarkt is my favorite shopping place why because it is a market and almost everything is cheap hahah ,you  can find a lot of nice things that they don’t sel in stores i like unique things even when it don’t haves no BrandLabel

WWS: What other modeling projects have you done? 

DV: I walked inn the Floating Fashion Week for Designer: Jorge Ferreira, Label: Vicri.

I have done some test shoots for Winkelstraat.nl

And walk a Fashion show for at the Zwart/Wit event onn the catwalk, And i did some shoots with different photographers.

I also have done some shoots with Carmichael for House of Byfield and walk the show for Dèsar Design featuring Fashion Friends White Dreams Fashion show 2014 in Venlo


The entry tower  was decorated with stone ornaments that introduced Renaissance to Gelderland. In the basement remains of the medieval complex are still present. After the death of Maarten van Rossum the castle remained property of the Van Isendoorn à Blois family until 1882. This family has made a number of alterations to and enlargements of the castle.

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WWS: Out of all of the photos the photographer took of you, which is your favorite and why? 

DV: My favorite picture is the one from Photographer Kern Thompson and why because u can see the insensitivity in the picture the connect with the other model. You all most can feel the steam out the picture lol.

WWS: What makes Amsterdam fashion unique? 

DV: Men here in Amsterdam it’s simple never leaf the house when u are not dressed, that makes Amsterdam Fashion Unique we love fashion and u can see it back in the people them outfits. People from my city know how to MATCH..!!

WWS: Do you have any other experience in the fashion industry (writing, photography, marketing, etc.)? 

DV: Yeah i do last year I was working as a PR Assistant , so i was busy with the organization and marketing as well, I study Marketing and communication and graduate for it. And I work as Stylist for House of Byfield and myself.

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WWS: What is fun and rewarding about modeling?

DV: The fun off it is that u always look nice in them special new collection clothes from the designers. And the rewarding is that you get to know new nice people who can help you to reach more goals in life.

WWS: What do you dislike about modeling?

DV: The hating from model to model / designer to designer/photographer to photographer/ Mua to Mua. Why because you should respect everybody his or her work. Everybody is Unique.

WWS: What advice do you have for other aspiring models? 

DV: Always be you , never loose your dreams, don’t give up, trust in yourself. If you really want to be a model WORK IT! stay close to yourself.

WWS: How do you prepare for a modeling shoot?

DV: Sometimes, I’m quiet, just tranquil or I make some jokes, and i listen to music and start to BOUNCH with some models and the crew from that day.

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WWS: How would you describe working with the photographer? 

DV: Lovely, before we start with the shoot I always try to connect with the photographer talk about his or her favorite food, what did inspire them to become a photographer and some personal questions so that we can connect. And make some great results.

WWS: What makes a stylish lady or man?

DV: Let’s starts with the man: a men need to take care off his self as well ,first thing your hair need to be fresh because u can wear whatever you want but if the hair is a mess the close won’t came out like it supposed to.

I also think that every men needs to have some basic outfits like example a leather jacket, nice watch, perfume, sneakers/shoes, black and white shirt, skinny jeans blue and black. And what makes a men stylish KNOW HOW TO DRESS an expensive taste with a cheap taste.

 What makes a lady stylish?: her hair, her reefs, her attitude, and if she is dressing like a woman and not like a kid from 12 years. And if she knows how to Mix and Match some clothes to getter.

There is definietly  a difference between a on-stylish man/lady or stylish man/lady because a stylish men/lady can enter everywhere they want. People would love to know who you are.

WWS: How would you describe the photographer’s style? 

DV: sharp, strong, action, power, thought’s, pain, happy, in love ect.

WWS: Who are some of your favorite fashion photographers? (They do not have to be famous.) and What does fashion mean to you? 

DV: Every photographer is my favorite one because every photographer is unique in his/her way. And I would love to work with all the photographers. I always say why should i undress it’s not my fault that some people don’t feel to dress.


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WWS: What distinguishes a good model from a bad one? 

DV: A good model will always be his self and take al the directions he/she will get from the designer, photographer or who ever.

WWS: What distinguishes a good photograph from a bad one?

DV: The qualities of the picture.

WWS: What are some things you dislike/hate about the fashion industry?

DV: The hating from model to model / designer to designer/photographer to photographer/ Mua to Mua. Why because you should respect everybody his or her work. Everybody is Unique.

WWS: What makes Amsterdam a good shopping city? 

DV: You have a lot off stores, nice employes , and we have a lot off upcoming new brands that people make in Amsterdam. 

WWS: How could Amsterdam’s shopping be improved? 

DV: First off all we need some SOME NEW STORE BUYERS and new stuff out off NEW YORK and other countries

WWS: What are some other cities you think provide good/great shopping experiences? 

DV: Maasstricht, Roermond,Antwerpen, and Rotterdam they have some stuff that we don’t have so that makes them good.

WWS: How has modeling changed other aspects of your life? 

DV: Its makes me stronger, and the modeling open new doors for me.

WWS: What are some of the main differences between runway and photographic modeling? 

DV: Both is great and I prefer cat walking.

WWS: What’s your favorite outfit in this set of photos? 

DV: My favorite outfit would be the one that Where We Stand Magazine will publish

WWS: What’s your favorite outfit from your own closet? 

DV: My favorite outfit is one-off my black leather jacket, black skinny jeans, black shirt, and a colorful shoe.

WWS: Do you have your own personal uniform?

DV: Yeah i do lol, my uniform will be my black jeans , black v-neck shirt, leather jacket, and my black Louboutin shoes.

WWS: Describe the atmosphere when you’re on a shoot. Do you play music? Do you talk with the photographer between shots? 

DV: The atmosphere in shoot is lovely, a lot of positive energy banging true my body.. Because most of the time I’m surrounded with a great team.

I always play music before the show because i use some poses from the dancing lol. And like i sad already i always talk with the photographer because if you are feeling each other the shoot would be better. 

Between the shots i talked with the photographer, to get relaxed from both sides. And when we have some break i get me headphone on and start some nice tracks like Pharrel ( because i`m happy or one of my favorite songs is Deep house songs mixed by Dj Karma, and off corse i like some dance hall Wine And Kotch lol.)

Fun and working is the perfect combination.

WWS: Anything else you’d like to say?

DV: First off all i want to thank WhereWeStandMagazine for this opportunity.

I want to thank everybody that trust in me and support me, all the photographers, designers, stylist and crew, families, friends thank you all.

I would especially like to thank Carmichael and House of Byfield for their trust and power that they supporting me.

It`s not only a great designer but also a good friend, he is like my brother from an other mother. I wish him all the good luck in the world, more inspiration for his great designs, and that god will guide you true everything.

With this opportunity I would like to put, Photographer Eric Bari in the suns because he was the first photographer that I have worked with. He learned me to work with the light, attitude and other aspects. I`m thankful and blessfull for al his help.

Also my compliments to the funniest photographer Marjan Hendrikse thanks for this great work and keep on doing the good work.

I’m looking forward to work with more designers and photographers may god bless you all.

At last i would say:

“Everything starts with a dream. Not all dreams become reality, but everything that is  reality, ever dreamed by someone AMEN.”

Creative Art Director: Carmichael Byfield of http://www.houseofbyfield.com
Fashion Photographer: Fotografe Marjan Hendrikse of http://www.madriafotografie.nl
Mua/Hair: Allissa Homan of http://www.companydecreativo.nl
Model: Donnevan Vanier.
Location: Kasteel Cannenburgh in Vaassen, The Netherlands