Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
For women, the show is a powerful motivator to swear solids. For men, well, they can only dream of. Not sure of the demographics, but last year the fair attracted nearly 9 million viewers in the United States (and which will air in about 100 countries), and I suppose most are men ogling.
The 2011 show, which airs at 9 pm Tuesday on WBBM-Channel 2, was recorded in early November at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York before a capacity crowd of about 2,000 people. The show is an annual heat bill there are men who were out to offer hundreds of dollars for a pink pass.
It took about 30 minutes on the treadmill, but opted to an hour for as long as you see it, and there are many things to see, and a group of lingeries models with wings: A smiling Kanye West performed at a stunned crowd, then carries out its partner Jay-Z tour the crowd Giddi and a standing ovation throughout the song. Maroon 5 arrives on stage and in a happy coincidence, vocalist Adam Levine happens to be dating Russian model Anne Vyalitsyna, who sings "moves like Jagger" and plants a kiss on her as it slides down the track. Nicki Minaj rap goddess, adorned with an explosion of confetti dress and a look of annoyance, also performed.
Of special interest is Erin Heatherton own Skokie, 22, an angel of true supermodel who won their wings at the fair last year. "It's the most exciting day of the year for me," he said, adding that his parents had flown to see the show.
Of the 38 angels that walked, the best known are those of Chanel Iman, Miranda Kerr (who had the honor of carrying the $ 2.5 million "Fantasy Treasure bra", and her husband, actor Orlando Bloom, sat in the front row and stood up every time I walked down the runway), Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Lily Aldridge and Lindsey Ellingson.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Victoria's Secret Supermodels
Victoria's Secret Supermodels
Friday, November 25, 2011
Rory Longdon, winner of the prestigious George Gold Award at Graduate Fashion week in June 2011, sees the full fruit of his hard work as the launch of his first high street collection goes on sale at George at Asda.
Rory won the opportunity to create a capsule Christmas knitwear collection for George alongside a £20,000 cash prize, a 4 week paid placement at George and mentoring sessions from Fashion Brand Director Fiona Lambert. Rory's designs have now come to life in an exclusive, limited, knitwear collection inspired by his winning catwalk designs.
"It's a great feeling to have launched a collection for such a large supermarket, but very surreal too. It's hard to believe people will be buying pieces with my name on them every day. It'll be a weird but amazing feeling to see someone wearing my designs on the street," he said.
With Rory's collection launch comes the announcement that George at Asda will be the title sponsor of Graduate Fashion Week 2012. This will be the second year running the brand supports the event, and will be continuing its commitment to provide work experience placements for new graduates who impress at the event.
George at Asda, Brand Director, Fiona Lambert commented: "It has been fantastic to work with Rory and see his designs come to life in front of our very eyes. Rory's collection presents the opportunity to reach out to an edgier and high-fashion led consumer as well as offering something new and exciting to our loyal George shoppers.
The range promises cutting edge designs with both the wearability and affordability factors which George and Rory are extremely proud of. George strives to nurture and develop young talent across the fashion industry and so we are delighted to launch the beginning of a very promising design career for Rory Longdon as well as to announce our support for the second year by remaining the title sponsor of Graduate Fashion Week 2012."
Rory, 23 from West Hallam, has a wealth of background experience as a Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles graduate from Nottingham Trent University, and is now enjoying working at Italian fashion house Max Mara before he embarks on an MA next year.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Award-winning American Fashion designer label IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel, unveils The Holiday Collection; an opulent collection of romantic pieces inspired by Parisian feminine charm and a mélange of glamorous 60’s and 70’s elements.
Versatile, flirtatious and feminine gown, cocktail dresses, day-to-evening separates, and complementing accessories make for a chic and stylish wardrobe that will turn the holidays to a wondrous love affair. Designed and made in the San Francisco Bay Area, The Holiday Collection is now available in sizes 12-32 at website.
“During the creation of this collection, I envisioned a powerful, sensuous and beautiful woman evoking the womanly charm and luxurious beauty of decades gone by. This collection captures what it means to be a confident and sensual contemporary woman in love with a time when beauty was conveyed with the swivel of a hip and the sparkle of the eyes creating a luxurious being in one’s own femininity,” said Yuliya Raquel, Founder, Designer and Creative Director.
The Holiday Collection carries Raquel’s signature silhouettes that drape over the body to create flattering curves and smooth body contours. Princess seams and attention to balanced proportions create harmonious looks especially flattering to the plus-size silhouette.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Ilaria Venturini Fendi was awarded the first Grand Prize by the World Fashion Development Program (WFDP), during a gala evening that took place in Seoul, South Korea, on November 14, hosted in part by the City of Seoul. Ilaria received the award by the hands of Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia and recently appointed Goodwill Ambassador for Fashion4Development.
The prizes distinguish those innovators on all levels of the fashion industry who have made efforts to make the business more humane. The categories include, Fashion for Humanity, Fashion Design, and Green Fashion, among others.
Venturini Fendi, founder and fashion designers of Carmina Campus that she started in 2006, was granted the prize for ethical Fashion Design, which recognizes the person who made the most notable effort to create sustainable modern fashion. Venturini Fendi uses the know-how she acquired while working for her family's illustrious fashion house for her own creative project combining sustainability, ethical production and avant-garde design.
The brand explores innovative ways to reuse materials, to save from waste, to give back to the community and to create unique items ranging from handbags to home furniture. Later, thanks to her partnership with the International Trade Centre -- a UN and WTO agency, and more specifically the ITC Poor Communities and Trade Programme which supports marginalized communities of micro-producers in developing countries, she moved to work in Kenya and Uganda to produce semi-finished items.
Read More about Ilaria Venturini Fendi receives WFDP award from Franca Sozzani @ Fibre2fashion
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
For the ninth dazzling year, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, the premium brand for the finest crystal elements manufactured by Swarovski, and Victoria’s Secret, the company with a passion for fabulous lingeries, have partnered on the show stopping Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
The collaboration between the two global brands is proof that when it comes to Swarovski, there is virtually no limit to creative possibilities. This year, two million SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS embellished one-of-a-kind creations for The Victoria’s Secret Fashion show including iconic Angel wings, exquisite custom-made lingerie, designer couture pieces, shoes and even stockings.
SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS was seen on six key looks from designer Jenny Manik Mercian, who created an awe-inspiring masterpiece as well as glistening footwear by Giuseppe Zanotti, encrusted with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, creating head-to-toe looks.
Reinhard Mackinger, executive vice president for Swarovski North America is also inspired by the collaboration. “Both brands stand for creativity, inspiration, and complement each other in the creation of new products as well as lend an aspirational appeal to the customer. We are thrilled to continue expanding our collaboration to reach not only the Fashion Show viewer but the consumer as well.”
Another stunning display of creativity and craftsmanship was evident in the matador inspired piece, as seen on model Bregke Heinen. Also created by Manik Mercian, the costume was part of the Passion theme.
A key highlight of the show included the stunning Passion Play Fan Wings by Jenny Manik Mercian made over five months with approximately 105,000 SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and weighing 22 pounds. The 23 carat gold-plated antique copper Passion Play Fan Wings were inspired by a jewel box of luxurious, opulent gem tones making each wing distinctive and dramatic on its own.
Stunning combinations of poppy oranges and reds mixed with fuchsias, vibrant turquoise, royal blue and chartreuse are contrasted with shocking yellows and dazzling hues of metallic gold. Romance, desire and sensuality are captured in the luxurious detail of lace, brocades, embroidery and beading reminiscent of Haute Couture.
Read More about Swarovski Elements continues to spark for Victoria’s Secret @ Fibre2fashion
Friday, November 11, 2011
British TV presenter Caroline Louise Flack, who has co-presented the eighth series of ‘The Xtra Factor’, is the face of Apricot’s new Transformer range of denim.
Apricot’s new innovative range of jeans comes in Skinny, Bootcut and Skinny Flare styles, which are especially designed to flatter and flaunt natural curves of the legs. All styles are made from ultra-stretch fabrics that take the shape of the legs as soon as they are worn.
Each of the three styles is available in three fits – Peachy, Electric and Juicy – designed to suit different body shapes. Peachy Fit is low cut at the top, Electric Fit is still lower, while Juicy Fit has slightly higher cut.
These different styles and fits will help shoppers to ‘mix and match’ and find out the jeans that look good on them.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Global sport Lifestyle Apparel brand PUMA has revealed an inspiring and contemporary collaboration, launching technical football kits for PUMA’s 10 partnered African National football teams. Each kit is designed by a renowned artist from the Creative African Network (CAN) – a PUMA platform connecting and promoting artists from and in Africa. This unique collaboration is complemented by a month-long exhibition at the Design Museum, London that showcases the artists’ design inspirations.
PUMA's unveiling at the Design Museum in London, brought together high profile football players and CAN artists from each of the 10 PUMA partnered teams, including Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon, John Mensah of Ghana and Yaya Touré of Ivory Coast. With the 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations fast approaching, the event was the perfect platform for PUMA to demonstrate how the brand has fused its work within sport and art, seamlessly bringing together two worlds that don’t often collide.
Central to the project is PUMA.Creative (a programme of PUMAVision), that brings together individual artists and organizations, and provides them with a platform for creative exchange and international exposure. Through PUMA.Creative’s CAN programme, artists were commissioned to design a football jersey Jacket inspired from the country’s heritage, culture and traditions. Ten artists worked with their home nation to create unique and inspiring designs for the official football kits.
“PUMA has been at the forefront of integrating the two disparate worlds of sport and art, and through a celebration of football, art, colour and culture, we have shown to the world how these two spheres can be uniquely combined,” comments Franz Koch, CEO of PUMA SE. “PUMA has a long standing history with Africa, and this event demonstrates how as a brand we continue to be fully committed to our relationship with the continent.”
Read more about PUMA & Design Museum unveil new football kit designs @ Fibre2fashion
Monday, November 7, 2011
Ocean Paradise, a specialist swimwear retailer in Singapore, will be launching a new celebrity bikini brand from Southern California, USA. Vitamin A is a brand that exudes chic simplicity that is perfect for the urban lifestyle apparel in Asia and has a range of fits that would allow ladies of all body shapes to look fabulous.
Ocean Paradise will launch a new bikini brand from USA that has inspired a cult-like following of Hollywood A-listers and international It girls. The label is often referred to as the Little Black Dress of swimwear for its chic and functional styles.
The Vitamin A Gold collection will be available at the Paragon and Tanglin Mall branches from 10 November 2011.
Laguna Beach local Amahlia Stevens has inspired a cult-like following of A-listers and bi-coastal beauties who are hooked on the designer’s effortlessly chic bikinis and coverups. Vitamin A fits like no other bikini on the market, and radiates natural sexiness like no other bikini on the beach. You have a recipe for Chic simplicity: a little bit 70’s, a little bit minimalist.
hat California ease and effortless sex appeal are in Stevens’ DNA. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, and veteran of the OC surf-skate industry, Stevens first began designing bikinis for herself in an old-school Laguna custom swim shop, then for friends, and now for a loyal base of jet-setting clientele.
What started as a desire to create the ultimate shape, her ubiquitous “California Cut,” has evolved into a full resort wardrobe of sexy separates that really fit, and laidback luxe, “après beach” pieces that really travel.
Friday, November 4, 2011
MG Icon announced the launch of the "Truth or Dare by Madonna" brand. "Truth or Dare by Madonna" will be a global lifestyle apparel brand. The brand will initially launch with footwear, handbags, intimates, accessories and fragrance.
MG Icon will exclusively partner with Macy's for the initial launch in 2012 while launching simultaneously worldwide.
In 2013, the brand will be widely distributed at leading department stores in the United States.
Madonna stated, "Over the past several decades, I have been approached countless times to create my own brand. The timing is right and I have found great partners in Iconix who can help translate my vision to reality."
Madonna and Iconix develop second brand under The MG Icon partnership.
The Truth or Dare by Madonna brand is aimed at Madonna's core demo, women ages 27-50 who have a timeless style and an innate sex appeal. Truth or Dare by Madonna was created to showcase the dichotomy that is Madonna, both powerful icon and feminine beauty.
"The interest and excitement globally for brands developed by Madonna are significant," stated Neil Cole, CEO, Iconix Brand Group, Inc. "After the highly successful launch of the junior brand, Material Girl, we knew there would be a tremendous demand for a brand that Madonna herself is the face of and that truly captures her essence."
Read More about 'Truth or Dare by Madonna' to target older audience @ Fibre2fashion
Thursday, November 3, 2011
As a follower of fashion and a Black woman, the article caught my attention.
I tend to live by the proposition that race is a significant characteristic, but should not govern our lives and or dictate our decisions. However, this year's Fashion Week has challenged those beliefs.
The New York Times article painted a picture of the whitening of the fashion world. According to the article, the number of Black women used in fashion shows has steadily decreased. Frequently, designers request the model's race in advance so that they can reject the Black models. When the agents try to pull a bait and switch, by withholding the model's race, the designers later complain. The designers reject the Black model and blame the agent by saying, "You didn't tell me that she was Black."
While I was unaware of the underlying details, my review of fashion magazines has revealed that Black models were suffering some challenges. I peruse my five subscriptions to fashion magazines religiously every month, under the belief that fashion is universal. Rather than bemoan the absence of Black women on the hundreds of pages, I have rejoiced when I see a Black face on one page.
I used to believe that I was progressive by not letting politics influence my purchasing decisions. Now, I realize that I was naive.
The Census results gave me an easy way to I rationalize the decisions of the fashion industry. Black people account for about 12% of the population so it would follow that we would not be on the majority of the covers of fashion magazines. However, the article indicates that deliberate discrimination and not statistics likely explains the absence of Black women from the covers.
By excluding Black models, the designers are communicating a powerful message. While we do not know what the message is, we do know that the message is not a good one. To suggest otherwise overlooks a basic fact. Fashion is about more than selling clothes, it is about selling an image of beauty. Whatever their motivation, it is clear that many designers do not envision Black models as portraying their image of beauty. Once I find out who the biggest offenders were, I doubt that I will be able to envision myself wearing their clothes...
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Obviously, one of the big stepping-stones in the evolution of this semi-symbiotic relationship was the advent of the star. Stepping out on the red carpet at award ceremonies, theater opening nights and film premiers in the latest couture dresses and tailor made designer suits meant that stars from all areas of the entertainment industry have become conduits for the delivery of the latest fashions to the mass media.
It would be a significant oversight to assume that this implies that stars and their latter day less than saints, celebrities, are merely manikins and models for the highest bidding design house, although this is partly the case. The reality is that the relationship is much more complex than this, depending on the star's or celebrity's relative worth. A-list stars and free-spirited celebrities might be in a position to choose their own fashion, directly influencing what is popular in high street stores and fashion catwalks.
Now, more so than ever before, stars and celebrities from the entertainment world are even going so far as to design their own clothing ranges, having an even more direct influence on fashion. Singers and actresses alike have their own clothing ranges, but less obvious areas like rap and rock music have also succumbed to the temptation of fashion design. Both 50 Cent and Liam Gallagher have clothing collections for sale at the moments and while they may not necessarily be all that good, they are obviously having some influence on the clothing choices of consumers.
However, fashion and entertainment have gone even further than talent interconnection, they have moved increasingly towards content interaction. America's Next Top Model, for example, is pretty much a direct collaboration between the television and fashion worlds to deliver entertainment-based content. The program makes would be fashion models stars and celebrities and the process of modeling into entertainment.
Another type of example of content interaction can be seen in Sex and the City, in which the characters' love, devotion and work for the fashion industry is one of the main focal points for the series and film plots. The stars of the show and now movies have become synonymous with the fashion world, promoting their own particular fashion tastes as well as acting as endorsements for interest in the fashion world in general. Plenty of other shows and films have followed suit with this interconnection, including Ugly Betty and The Devil Wears Prada, which was originally a book.
Even the lives of famous figures from the fashion industry are being used as inspiration for creative content like films, books and television shows. The life of Coco Chanel, for example, has now been transformed into a number of major motion pictures, including two starring Amélie's Audrey Tautou.
While the entertainment world and the fashion industry remain two separate entities in themselves, with many spreading disciplines, they have definitely become more and more aligned, interconnected and interdependent. How this relationship will evolve over time is hard to tell with such a huge interrelation already in place, but one thing is for sure, they are forever bound to each other through ties of fortune, mutual respect and shared interest.
Over the course of not one, but three centuries the Arrow brand has consistently offered a deep reflection of authentic American fashion. Boasting 160 years of rich history and experience Arrow remained steady amid continual shifts in the market and has evolved into an international brand.
Israel fashion models Bar Refaeli and Josh Duhamel star in Arrow advertising campaign film. The first Arrow collection under PVH Europe launching at retail Fall 2011 will feature a three tier men’s shirt assortment comprising: classic, casual, and contemporary. Each unique collection will be reinterpreted for the modern world with detail surprises. Casual material might be used in a formal way and smart details surprise the most casual styles. The collection will offer shirts that are distinctly refined, structured, and tailored for comfort with a liberated to-the-point attitude.
Each tier is defined by unique fabrics inspired from its own encyclopedia archive, for instance: unique chambrays with ‘ombre’ plaids, window-pane checks with neutrals, and by fits that make a powerful statement. Alongside the main collections there is a dedicated range known as “The Arrow White” shirt. After all, a stylish man can never have too many white shirts. Arrow presents its collections quarterly to the market, with a price range from 69 to 99 euro’s.
Arrow’s authentic global presence is committed to providing quality apparel that embody the heritage of the company and deliver superior quality to consumers. Arrow uses its rich heritage and original designs to offer customers fashionable yet functional apparel. The extraordinary brand commands recognition for its commitment to produce a refined and relevant product.
Read More about Josh Duhamel + Bar Refaeli pose for Arrow shirt ads @ Fibre2fashion
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The Orchid Boutique, a Miami based e-commerce site providing luxury swimwear for fashion-forward and style-savvy women, debuted Beach Bunny Swimwear on The Orchid Boutique’s website in October 2011. Beach Bunny Swimwear was launched in 2004 by Angela Chittenden, a former model, and offers designer swimwear with sensual designs, innovative fabrics, and boudoir-inspired details. The Orchid Boutique has added this luxury swimwear designer to their hand-picked selection as swimwear options for the glamorous girl.
Beach Bunny Swimwear 2011 Rock the Casbah collection is inspired by Marrakech Morocco with exotic jewel-tone colors of fuchsia, emerald green and amethyst purple. Constructed with rich textures and embellished with sequins and gold chains, this collection maintains Beach Bunny’s signature style by enhancing every woman’s natural beauty.
This year Beach Bunny proudly announced their newest collection, Beach Bunny Bride, filled with crisp white suits and embellished with Chantilly lace imported from France. For 2012, the Lola cruise collection was released with sequins, lace and ruffles galore; a simply glamorous look with a sweet side.
Beach Bunny designer, Angela Chittenden, says the brand designs what they want and the “creative freedom is what makes our suits so unique, and so popular.” She strives to design pieces so each woman can find a look to suit their unique personality. Beach Bunny Swimwear captures the California lifestyle and appeals to glamorous girls who are daring and fun.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
MG Icon, the joint venture among Iconix Brand Group, Madonna and Guy Oseary announce its spring 2012 marketing initiatives for the Material Girl brand, which is available exclusively at Macy's in the United States and The Bay in Canada.
The brand's advertising campaign will take on a new direction for spring by hosting nationwide casting calls for the next "Lucky Stars" to appear in the national marketing campaign. The "Lucky Stars" model search will launch on Wednesday, November 2nd at Macy's Herald Square in New York and will culminate on November 21st online at website.
A celebrity-driven panel of judges, led by current Material Girl spokesperson Kelly Osbourne, will be searching the country to find the next Material Girls. "Lucky Stars" casting calls will be held at five of Macy's flagship locations in the United States including:
• Herald Square, New York - Wednesday, November 2 at 5:00 p.m.
• Dadeland, Miami - Friday, November 4 at 6:00 p.m.
• State Street, Chicago - Tuesday, November 8 at 5:30 p.m.
• Union Square, San Francisco - Saturday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m.
• Beverly Center, Los Angeles - Saturday, November 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Madonna and Lola commented, "This is not your standard model search. It's more about attitude. We are looking for a stylish, adventurous, creative, free spirit. We're both looking forward to meeting the ten finalists in New York in December."
"There is a material girl inside of every girl. She is brave and confident in herself and what she aspires to be," commented Kelly Osbourne.