Just received my invitation to Couture Fashion Week in New York. They have the most amazing fashion and names ever, some I have never heard of. Quite an intimidating experience, the first time. They have designers from India, Lebanon, Romania etc. I will be reporting back to you on the show, with my own pictures etc. I truly envy everyone who has occasion to wear these clothes.
Click here to view my favorite designer ever - Chanel Spring 2008 collection.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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Monday, January 28, 2008
Knew that would get your attention!:)Beckham is the latest celebrity to take her kit off for the designer and his business partner Robert Duffy's initiative to raise money for The Interdisciplinary Melanoma Cooperative Group at New York University — with T-shirts featuring the Spice Girl benefiting the cause.
"Since we have moved to California, I have realized how important it is to practice safe sun for myself and to keep the skin of my three boys well protected as well," Beckham said. "Skin cancer is a huge problem and I really wanted to help raise awareness by taking part in Marc and Robert's initiative."
Posh is in good company — Hilary Swank, Selma Blair, Julianne Moore and Christy Turlington are among the celebrities who have posed for the cause in the past. The $35 T-shirt featuring Beckham will go on sale at Marc Jacobs boutiques this week.
If you cannot get one of the Tees, cover yourself in L'OCCITANE Immortelle Protective Lotion and Sunscreen, SPF 15
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Saturday, January 26, 2008
Valentino, the Roman couturier who invented La Dolce Vita style, said his final "arrivederci" to fashion at the Paris haute couture season last night.
The designer's ultimate couture collection, his 90th in a 45-year career, was shown in a vast white marquee in the grounds of the Musée Rodin, on the Left Bank, before an audience of 900 which included European royalty, Hollywood stars and loyal customers.
Among the front-row guests were King and Queen Constantine of Greece, the actresses Uma Thurman and Lucy Liu, Dame Vivien Duffield, Lady Bamford and a host of fellow designers including Miuccia Prada, Alber Elbaz and Philip Treacy, the London-based milliner who designed Valentino’s hats.
The 74-piece collection was a romantic cavalcade which marked the end of an era and encompassed all of the designer's favourite signatures, referencing the precision tailoring, the graceful silhouettes and the red carpet gowns which led to him dressing, which led to him dressing, over the last four decades, a who's who of international style icons including Jacqueline Kennedy, the former Empress of Iran, Elizabeth Taylor, Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow and Keira Knightley. READ MORE
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
While a huge fan of this trend, it completely overwhelms me until I see it on others. If you can't chanel your inner biker chic, here is how to coax her out. Try this scarf on for starters.. Subtle yet statement making.
Karen Zambos Vintage Couture Scarf
Then try these gorgeous pair of earrings. None will actually know they are skull and crossbones until closer inspection. In the meantime, you can feel pretty good.
Castaway Jewelry Vintage Brass Leaf Skull Earring in Gold
Express your inner rebel with these cropped jeans. Perfect with boots or just heels.
7 for All Mankind Roxanne Crop Jean in Mercer
Want to get your kids in on the trend, I love this onepiece by:
Best of Chums Kids - Little Ones-Skull & Crossbones (Infant) (Blue Jean) - Kids'
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Stuart Weitzman - Bigbang (Oxide Old Nappa) - Women's
Little girls can now dress up — for play or for real — without raiding their mother's shoe collection. That's because women's shoe designer Stuart Weitzman is launching a new line of children's footwear this spring. The premiere Stuart Weitzman Kids collection comprises 30 styles, including gold, crystal-adorned flip-flops; silver, mock crocodile sandals with studded ankle straps, and iridescent, Mary Jane-style flats in a bubble gum pink.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
At long last, it is here, the collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Pharrel Williams.A little dissapointing, nothing particularly, creative and original. Cherubs and pave??? Come on! Too bad, I was looking forward to drooling over the line. Like most things Louis Vuitton,is it really worth its price tag??Is it truly crass commercialism being passed off as luxury? You be the judge. I bet the party was fun!
"As guests poured into the mansion on Avenue Foch that Vuitton rented out for the party, Miceli, the brand's in-house jewelry designer, escorted friends Mathilde Agostinelli, Lanvin chief executive Paul Deneve, and Sofia Coppola through a maze of vignettes where mirrors and medieval armor creatively displayed the dazzling jewelry--which launches in April, ranges in price from $2,070 to $620,760, and is identifiable by a coat of arms inspired by French Freemasons. "It's like a fun house, but done Vuitton-style," Coppola uttered in amazement as she emerged from the all-black vitrine where strategically placed spotlights cast a distinct ray of light on the chunky "secret society" rings and bracelets, all featuring an LV-logo emblem that flips over to plain pavé. "I love the cherub ring." Pharrell elaborated on the design. "The cherubs I got from the tattoo on my neck because I think that everyone could use a little divine intervention."
JOver in the tightly packed main cocktail room, Yves and Rebecca Carcelle, Virginie Ledoyen, Cécile Cassel, Justin Portman and Natalia Vodianova, Marianne Faithful, Dita Von Teese, and Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger, who made a late entrance from the Boucheron dinner, swilled their glasses of Ruinart champagne as they grooved to the music of deejay Jus Ske while screens played a launch video of the jewelry Williams and Miceli shot that features the music impresario's new track, "Everyone Knows."
"Our collaborative relationship was like a ping-pong game," compared Miceli, who added that Williams brought her books on 1930s Art Deco and Africa for design inspiration. "We're both obsessed with secret societies, and if I was in one I wouldn't tell you!" she laughed.
JIM SHI ...FASHION WEEKLY
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Galliano's lineup what one would call exactly wearable by any woman anywhere in almost any conceivable situation. Rather, once again he indulged in a lavish treatise of possibility marked by breathtaking craftsmanship - make that artistry. The clothes are masterpieces of construction, this time featuring controlled volume, oodles of it, in stiffened trapezes, intricate peplums, huge sculpted roses and any number of high-drama robe à la Française back panels, all embellished with stunningly beautiful embroideries and hand-paintings inspired variously by vintage perfume bottles and the mythical Greek Chimera. But extravagance to the nth degree, no matter how gorgeous its components, can turn oppressive. In fall's Bal des Artistes and last spring's ravishing ode to Japonica, Galliano avoided that trap to perfection, transporting his audience to worlds of wonder. Here his impassioned pursuit of more just felt too much. - read more -courtesy wwd
For complete pictures click here
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Monday, January 21, 2008
SOPHIA LOREN is the muse behind this seductive spring/summer 2008 shoot, for Guess diffusion line Guess by Marciano - and you'd be forgiven for thinking it was the lady herself in the frame.
Line Gost, of Wilhelmina Models New York, plays Loren in the "unapologetically sexy, trend-setting, glamorous and playful" images, which were shot by Bryan Adams in Los Angles; even Loren's hair-stylist, Peter Savic, was on hand to help keep the look as authentic as possible. "I am so passionate about this incredible partnership with Bryan Adams.
I have been following his photography for quite a while and waiting for the perfect time to collaborate,” explains Paul Marciano, ceo and co-chairman of the board for Guess?, Inc.
“This project is exactly what we have both been waiting for.
It not only celebrates a fashion icon that I consistently look to for inspiration, but it also brings our campaigns back to our roots - we wanted to reinvent the look and feel of classic black and white Guess ads from the Eighties." (January 22 2008, AM)
- COURTESY VOGUE.CO.UK
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Sunday, January 20, 2008
Having posted concurrently two posts on the Asian Miss WORLD and the Asian Ford Supermodel of the Year, I begin to wonder" Is Asian beauty the new ideal?." I recently viewed a commercial with an Asian family at the dinner table and thought "I have never seen that before". About time I think, that other ideals of beauty are allowed into the norm.
There have been Asian women on TV, namely Lisa Ling who represents pretty much the stereotypical norm - (Smart Asian woman). The most famous (of Black/Asian origin) who represents beautiful, sexy and fashionable has been Kimora Lee.
Dean Ching discusses this issue of beauty among Western and Asian ideals as he explores a Universal Beauty Standard.
All three components (economic, socil and political) of the social overlay are shifting in favor of Asian beauty. The prosperity and modernity of East Asia and the fast emergence of China from impoverished third-world status to having the world's fastest growing middle class have raised the value of Asians in American eyes.
The vibrant hi-tech cultures of Japan, Corea, Taiwan, Singapore and major Chinese cities like Hong Kong, Shanghai and Guangzhou are associating Asians with the glamour of the future rather than the dubious romance of the past.
If this is not a new fashion trend, it definitely ought to be and it ought to be longlasting.
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It's an odd feeling, waiting to meet the most beautiful woman in the world. There's a certain amount of excitement, obviously, but also some apprehension - a suspicion that like so many Miss Worlds before her Zilin Zhang won't be a patch on the girl who mops the tables at the local greasy spoon. Add to this that Zhang's victory in December came accompanied by dark rumours that it was a stitch-up to coincide with this year's Olympic Games in Beijing - she is the first Chinese woman ever to win Miss World - and the apprehensions grow thicker still.
Six months ago, her life could hardly have been more different. Then she was just an average, if at 5ft 11in unusually tall, Beijing business-administration graduate who was working as a company secretary. 'But somewhere inside my head I had a great beauty dream,' she says. 'Back in 2003, when I was 19, I watched Miss World on television. It was the first year that China had hosted the competition. I thought everything about it was fantastic - the girls, the clothes. And especially the charity,' she adds hurriedly. Miss World has long had a keen charitable side, and every incumbent is expected to devote much of her reign to good works. 'At the same time I never thought I could win Miss World. That seemed crazy to me. But, as I say, that was when my great beauty dream started.'
All I can say is Congratulations.
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Saturday, January 19, 2008
Christian Louboutin shoes are so exquisite, they're like works of art for your feet! Every part of every shoe is handmade—right down to its signature red sole.
"Christian likes to say when he designs a shoe it's much more like designing a jewelry collection than it is following fashion," says Christian Louboutin spokeswoman Shawna Rose.
This hot pink pair is a perfect example of that! "The black crystals across the front are like three bracelets laying across your toe," Shawna says. "If you have a black-tie event and all you have is a black dress, then you've got all your accessories in one place."Oprah says she has a place for this shoe, but it's not on her feet. "I would take that shoe out of the box, and I would just sort of have it on the counter," she says. "I'm not kidding, y'all. I would put it on the shelf like a piece of sculpture to look at."READ MORE
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Friday, January 18, 2008
Guests included “The Kite Runner” actor Shaun Taub, Rex Lee from “Entourage,” actors Jeremy London and Andrew Keegan, and Bebe owner Manny Mashouf.
Models walked the catwalk in Bebe’s sexy sportswear—accessorized with pink barbells and bottled water. The looks were glam—plenty of gold and silver metallics, animal prints and satin. The definition of sportswear stretched from color-blocked athletic tops worn with leggings to micro-mini shorts in leopard print.
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Cherokee Inc., the California king of brand building in the apparel and accessories world, has signed an agreement with designer Cate Adair to explore licensing opportunities for her Cate Adair Collections.
Adair, the Emmy-nominated costume designer for popular TV show “Desperate Housewives,” launched a line of signature Italian leather handbags on Nov. 19. She debuted them at a private cocktail reception in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills, featuring the leading ladies of Wisteria Lane: actresses Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Brenda Strong, Eva Longoria Parker, Andrea Bowen and Kiersten Warren.
Adair said she partnered with Cherokee because of the company’s track record with other luxury brands. “They understand the luxury business and how to translate products into more affordable markets,” she said in a statement.
Cherokee, based in Van Nuys, Calif., is a licensor of several well-known brands such as Cherokee, Sideout and Carole Little. —Deborah Belgum
Rihanna will hit New York this fashion week for a luncheon celebrating the launch of her second umbrella (ella, ella) collection with Totes. (I swear I did not know she had a first)
On Feb. 5, the singer will dine at the accessories firm's showroom along with the three masterminds behind the Senz label — Gerwin Hoogendoorn, Gerard Kool and Philip Hess — who will be launching their windproof umbrella collection in the U.S.
Totes will also be debuting its new Eco collection, where umbrellas, gloves and slippers are all made of recyclable products.Rihanna Umbrellas will retail exclusively at Macy's this spring. Prices range from $20 for a slender piece in a single color to $50 for a two-toned canopy style. The word is still out as to whether the star will be gracing fashion week's front rows.
Ella, Ella, Ella!
Marco Gobbetti, chief executive officer at Givenchy, said gloomy economic data must be "taken seriously in terms of the general outlook for the business, especially in the U.S., but I doubt it will make a difference to haute couture because the clients are not really sensitive to such economic swings."
Several houses, including Chanel, have opened up their tight invitation list to their best international fine jewelry and ready-to-wear customers, eager to tempt them with the world's most exclusive and expensive fashions.
Bruno Pavlovsky, Chanel's president of fashion, concurred, calling 2007 Chanel's best year in couture ever in terms of sales, client growth and number of pieces produced, the latter up some 20 percent thanks to hit collections by Karl Lagerfeld with "the right mix between creativity and wearability."
And while executives allow that a euro trading near $1.50 represents a big challenge for luxury brands and a psychological barrier for some couture clients, most houses said their American clientele is still growing and attendance would likely be up next week. In fact, occasional couture clients remain one of the few question marks for executives, who nonetheless remain bullish about the pinnacle of the luxury universe.
Robert Triefus, Giorgio Armani's executive vice president of worldwide communications, said the designer is expecting 300 clients for his Armani Privé show, a 15 percent increase from last season. These include new prospective clients from Australia, the Middle East, Russia, Spain and the U.K., he noted.
Toledano - President of Christian Dior said robust sales of crocodile handbags and elaborate, expensive ready-to-wear in Dior's boutiques are emblematic of a healthy appetite among the highest customer echelons. "These people have high incomes and they want to differentiate," he said. "They want more exclusive products."
Despite a slowing U.S. economy, the subprime mortgage crisis, lower or no Wall Street bonuses and the weakness of the dollar, many fashion houses expect an increase in American attendees this season.
"The American customer of haute couture will continue to buy," Toledano said. "Even with America, we see more of the younger customers. It's a change in generation, but the same need for something exclusive."
According to Lacroix's couture director Marie Martinez, affluent women find couture alluring — and even addictive. "They're interested in the quality and the workmanship. They really look at the fabrics and the embroidery. It's what couture is — very exclusive, and we really focus on that....When you start wearing such incredible clothes, it's difficult to stop," she said.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
The show kicked off with a Miss Universe-style tableaux of all the models from behind a red velvet curtain, with each girl taking two turns down the runway in two separate looks.
The judges named Korea's Seung-hyun Kang the grand winner.
Though reality TV shows like "America's Next Top Model," have gotten more buzz recently, Ajuma, a model from Kenya who competed Ford's 2004 competition, sees the Ford competition as having more of a direct impact on an aspiring model's career.
"This one is so much better, because you get to the agents directly, from all over the world," said Ajuma. "If they like you, they're going to sign you. ‘America's Next Top Model' is showbiz! You get the real models doing this competition."
Carmen Dell'Orifice, who has been modeling for 62 years, agreed.
"This is authentic," said Dell'Orifice "The ones on television are made for time and space in a very synthetic way to appease the narcissistic, lazy public that has nothing better to do."- courtesy Yahoo News
Facio said that while she was the one who read the biography and showed it to her husband, she defers to him on all creative matters, including casting, which hasn't happened yet.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Two women from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), an international animal welfare group, suddenly stood up in the middle of the seminar attended by 100 people from the fashion industry, chanting “Fur is Murder”.
They struggled to unfold banners reading “Fur Hurts” before being pinned down by security guards and dragged out of the room.
Once outside, the activists stripped off to reveal two banners - on their front and back - that read: “We'd rather go naked than wear fur” and “Turn your back on animal cruelty”.
Here’s what PETA Asia Pacific’s Rebecca Chui had to say about it:
“We want the Fashion Week attendees to know that fur means cruelty to animals. They suffer terrible pain from the time they are caught. Some of them are skinned alive. Some are killed by poisoning, gassing or anal or vaginal electrocution. We are in the 21st century and there is fur substitute now. There's no excuse to kill any more animals.”
Asked for comment on this statement, the Hong Kong Fur Federation called it “extremely regrettable”—by which I can only assume they meant “bad for business.”
Ebony Magazines 10 hottest couples issue hits the newstands to day. A little sighing and a little drooling and then I get over myself. Here are a few, and then you have to get your own magazine.
From Kimora and Djimon to Russell and his new love, Porschla, to Tracey and Eddie, his ex-wife, Nicole, and his ex-mate Melanie “Scary Spice” Brown and her new hubby, Stephen Belafonte. Learn what these and other celebrity couples said about their relationships. “We started dating immediately, and pretty much moved in together right after that,” says Russell Simmons about his new love, yoga instructor Porschla Coleman. “It happened very quickly.”
Russell Simmons and Porschla - Simmons, arguably the most creative, successful, and respected African-American entrepreneur of the moment. He has built a career--and incubated a vast array of businesses--on the simple premise that the music and culture of today's urban youth have broad commercial appeal across the United States and around the world. As hip-hop has blossomed in Iowa, Connecticut, and Paris, so too have Simmons's wealth, power, and influence. "I consider him one of the great entrepreneurs out there today," says his pal Donald Trump. "He's a fabulous guy with a tremendous understanding of business."
Read about his ex and her new flame
Eddie Muphy (scary spice baby daddy) and Tracie Edmonds (babyface's ex)
Who is Debbie Dickinson? Janice Dickinson's obviously quieter (also model) sister of course. She took off to Paris after her sister in 1975 and worked for the Elite Modelling Agency.
After more than 30 years away from the business, she recently signed with Click founder Frances Grill and resumed her modeling career. Grill rediscovered Debbie when the veteran model, playing a talent agent, imitated her in the upcoming movie "5up 2down" directed by Stephen Kessler. Her first job back from retirement was a bathing suit campaign for Keiko Swimwear.
I wonder why she just did not sign up with the "Janice Dickinson modelling agency".
Monday, January 14, 2008
Miss Davenporte 3/4 Sleeve Swing Jacket
LOS ANGELES — Coach celebrated its latest design collaboration with Miss Davenporte, the contemporary line designed by celebrity stylists Estee Stanley and Cristina Ehrlich, with an afternoon-long lunch at Ago on Friday.
The megabrand and the designers collaborated on two limited edition bag styles — a smaller evening bag with chain handles and a large hobo.
The smaller bags, which represent Coach's first foray into the evening category, come in metallic and colored leather, navy lace and dark beads, which mirror colors and fabrics in the current Miss Davenporte clothing collection. Retail prices range from $398 to $698.
The large hobo comes in brown leather and retails for $1,200. Only about 100 bags were produced and sell exclusively at Ron Herman stores in Los Angeles; Brentwood, Calif.; Malibu, Calif.; South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., and Las Vegas.John Eshaya, vice president of women's wear at Ron Herman said, "The smaller bags work well with the little dresses everyone is wearing, and in L.A., every woman also needs a giant bag.
What I like about this collection is that it's limited, so women can feel as though they are collecting a special vintage piece. READ MORE