Archive for September, 2007

Milan fashion bows out in mini blaze of red, white and blue

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

Milano fashion weekThe curtain came down on Milan Fashion Week yesterday with a show by the cult Italian label, AB/SOUL.

Hinting that hemlines will be rising next spring, at the heart of the collection was a series of mini dresses in white cotton, red ruched chiffon and blue silk.

Dresses were accessorised with bow belts and oversized sunglasses, and teamed with sleeveless cardigans and tan wedge sandals.

The show was the finale in a week when designers including Matthew Williamson, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli previewed their spring/summer 2008 collections.

Today, fashionistas moved on to Paris where the prêt-à-porter season, with close to 200 shows on the official and “off-piste” calendar, marks the final leg of the four-city fashion road show, following on from London and New York earlier this month.

Major shows in the coming week include collections from Chanel, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Jean-Paul Gaultier.

Valentino, the Roman designer who recently announced his retirement after 45 years in the fashion industry, will also show his final ready-to-wear collection.

The Indian designer, Manish Arora, makes his debut at Paris Fashion Week today with a Bollywood-inspired show.

His collection, which includes “pop art” embroidery, multicoloured plastic beadwork and crystal-studded dresses depicting the elephant god, Ganesh, has taken four months of work by 250 artisans in his New Delhi atelier.

Other pieces feature brilliantly-coloured cartoons based on traditional Indian comic books and the work of the American artist, Roy Lichtenstein. “I don’t think the French will have seen anything like this before,” Arora said. “It will be like a parade of futuristic maharajahs.”

Source: Telegraph.co.uk

Letterman roasts Paris Hilton

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

Paris Hilton

Talk show host David Letterman has embarrassed socialite Paris Hilton by bombarding her with questions about her recent stint in jail.

Hilton, who appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman to promote her new perfume, looked visibly upset as the host repeatedly asked her embarrassing questions about her stint in jail earlier this year.

After exchanging brief pleasantries, Letterman began his ambush on Hilton, who appeared to be on the verge of tears.

“How’d you like being in jail?,” Letterman asked her to laughter and applause from the audience.

“Obviously it was a very traumatic experience,” Hilton said. “But I did it so I feel like I can do anything … it’s made me a stronger person.”

Letterman: “Have your friends treated you differently since you got out of the slammer?”

“I’ve moved on with my life so I don’t really want to talk about it anymore,” Paris said.

“See now, this is where you and I are different because it’s all I want to talk about,” Letterman responded.

“Did you make any friends while you were in jail?”

Paris: “I’m not answering any more questions about it. I’m here for my clothing line and my movie and my perfume – I’m not here to talk about that. I’ve moved on.”

Letterman: “You know what happened? The week you were supposed to be on the show, you had to go away. So now I haven’t seen you since.”

Paris: “Now you’re making me sad that I came because you hurt my feelings.”

Letterman: “Oh no don’t be sad. Are you really sad? Are you feeling better now?

Paris: “If you stop talking about it, yes.”

Letterman: “I’ll buy you a parakeet.”

Britney Spears Stops Traffic With Car Troubles

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

Britney Spears

Another day, another Britney Spears media spectacle. The troubled pop tart had a rough go of it yesterday, bringing traffic to a standstill on the Pacific Coast Highway when she experienced some problems with her car.

According to a source on the scene, “Brit’s bodyguard, along with her assistant and her two sons Sean Preston and Jayden James took the car for a test drive to make sure everything was fine. Britney then crossed five lanes of traffic to get back to her car which her bodyguard parked on the opposite side of the highway.”

Once the car complications were solved, the Gimme More singer and her posse headed to do a little shopping at L’Occitane. Unfortunately, after all of the troubles, the group arrived only to find out that the store was closed.

Nonetheless, Britney seemed to be in a jovial mood despite her ill fortunes. And this comes as good news, especially after reports from a News Of The World source, who said that just last week, “She (Britney) was crying all the time. It’s not the first time she’s been suicidal.”

Fashion-Forum.org in Croatian

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Fashion-Forum.org started in Croatian!
You can see Croatian version of website here

Milan Fashion Week: Giorgio Gipsy

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Giorgio Armani

All that was missing was the campfire as Armani unleashed the ‘Giorgio Gipsy’, his most provocative muse yet, at Milan Fashion Week yesterday (Monday).

Dripping in fringes, with a crystal sarong knotted around her breasts and a peasant-girl scarf knotted over her long hair, Armani’s nomadic traveller glided sensuously down the catwalk in jeweled sandals so delicate she was almost barefoot.

The designer took his inspiration from the remote southern islands of Italy, such as Pantelleria, where he has a home, and wove a collection of sensual, lustrous beauty from a single accessory — the scarf.

In rich cypress-greens or watercolour silks, orchid-printed chiffon or fine metallic lace, the scarf became a short dress, a one-sleeved tunic or a slinky camisole.

Sometimes, the scarf was transformed into a low-slung skirt, with tiers of silk fringing quivering around the legs. At other times, it returned to its natural tradition and became a huge, elaborately tasseled shawl.

Draped over the shoulders, it suggested, but never entirely revealed the crystal bra-tops worn with silk, ‘dhoti’ trousers, knotted below the knees; nor did it completely conceal the brilliance of the sinuous, beaded, strapless dresses underneath, knotted at the cleavage and caught-up on one hip to show a glimpse of ankle.

The scarf was also the key accessory of this spring/summer collection. Embroidered with shimmering sequins, worked in glitter-mesh or else in plain silk, it covered the heads of all the girls, or in fisherman-style silk net, was tucked into the necklines of draped blouses.

The languid exotica of the collection even extended to the daywear, where shrunken bolero jackets and spencers came with variations on the sarong-trouser, all in silk, in tones of stone and gravel, and all accessorized with the essential ‘Giorgio Gipsy’ scarf.

But for all his romantic vision of the de luxe gipsy “yearning for a life more closely tied to the rhythms of nature”, as he explained it, Armani equally demonstrated he has one foot planted firmly in fast-forward, hi-technology, announcing the same day, a new collaboration with the Japanese electronic giant, Samsung, for a range of mobile phones and flat-screen televisions.

Earlier, the design team of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana took inspiration from the Glastonbury Festival for their younger, streetwise line, D&G.

This called for patchwork smocks and long ‘Haight Ashbury’ maxi- dresses in floral chiffon, and frayed and patchwork denim bell-bottoms and mini-skirts worn with men’s blazers and boyfriend-cardigans.

But where were the wellies? All the models wore flat, rawhide “gladiator” sandals: it was obviously a fantasy “Glasto” without the mud.

Burberry – Company Information and History

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Burberry

Burberry Ltd. is a manufacturer and marketer of men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel, as well as accessories and fragrances. The Burberry name is virtually synonymous with the tan gabardine raincoat pioneered by the company more than 145 years ago. Writing for WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) in 1989, Andrew Collier described the garment as “a mainstay in outerwear worldwide, that symbolizes all that is Britain: sturdy and unassuming, equally at home in fine hotels and muddy lanes.” In 2000, Burberry operated 58 company-owned stores, and its products were also found in department and specialty stores around the world. In 1999, the firm launched the Prorsum designer collection as part of its efforts to reinvent Burberry’s luxury brand status…

Read full history of Burberry here

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Paris Hilton Donates Clothes, Buys More

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Paris Hilton clothes

Continuing to work on her revamped persona, Paris Hilton is going to donate bundles of her own clothes and shoes to children’s charities in an attempt to make room in her ever-growing closet. According to the Simple Life star, she “never wears anything twice and has closets overflowing with as-good-as-new garments.”

The socialite tells, “I have, like, a million clothes and more than 500 pairs of shoes, so I’m going to give a bunch of them to orphanages and children’s hospitals. I never wear something twice.”

And more recently, Paris has been spotted shopping at Fred Segal to replace the soon-to-be donated clothing.

History and Philosophy of Agent Provocateur

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Agent Provocateur

Joseph Corré and Serena Rees opened the first Agent Provocateur shop in December 1994, arousing a media frenzy usually reserved for superstars. The response was both exceptional and overwhelming!

Rees and Corré introduced their vision of lingerie avoiding the British prudery that insists on categorising anything to do with sex as sleazy or smutty. The aim was to create an availability of high quality designer lingerie with creative flair to stimulate, enchant and arouse both wearers and their partners.
“A woman wearing a scrumptious pair of turquoise tulle knickers promotes in herself a sexy superhero feeling which exudes itself as a confident and positive sexuality.”…

Read full history and philosophy of Agent Provocateur here

All you need to know about Diesel (Brand’s History)

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Diesel Logo

The brand Diesel was born more than 20 years ago and is today an innovative international design company, manufacturing jeans and casual clothing as well as accessories. It is present in over 80 countries with 10,000 points of sale and almost 50 company-owned stores….

Read full history of Diesel here

Biography of Donna Karan

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Donna Karan

Donna Karan is a fashion designer and the creator of the DKNY (Donna Karan New York) clothing label. She was born Donna Ivy Faske on October 9, 1948 in Forest Hills, New York. She grew up in Hewlett, Long Island with her step-father who was a tailor and her mother who was a model. She graduated from Hewlett High School in 1966 and then went on to Parson’s School of Design for two years. She left to work for Anne Klein….

Read full biography of Donna Karan here