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2015年09月30日

Clever Carlson captures summer.

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After a relentlessly bitter winter, the glimpses of the 2015/16 new summer ranges on the catwalk at this year's Extraordinary Fashion Show, staged by the Zonta Club of Metropolitan Dunedin last Thursday, injected patrons with a timely fashion fix.


Once again the usual utilitarian surrounds of the Kensington Army Hall received touches of glamour by way of chandeliers, cabaret-style seating and a professionally lit stage and catwalk for the show, which this year celebrated the Zonta organisation's 50 years in New Zealand.


Uniformed army personnel added to the sense of occasion.


For the second successive year the Otago Medical Research Trust benefited from the show's proceeds.


First introduced 16 years ago to celebrate the strength, individuality and tenacity of Dunedin's designers, the event once again reinforced this.


It also highlighted the equally important role local fashion retail stores continue to play in the city's vibrant fashion scene.


As the Ali McD models hit the catwalk at the well-paced, polished show the sartorial strength of the forthcoming fashion season soon became evident.


While the aesthetic of each of the established designers remained evident, every one of them showed exciting and often surprising diversity in their summer lines.


The romantically sweet and soft vied for attention with the more provocative outfits that alluded to the street and music scenes. Hints of sports lux were also there.


As always, there were the clever styling tricks for further traction.


Elegant pieces appeared alongside - or with - the casual and comfy, masculine-style bomber jackets and vests were juxtaposed with dresses in soft georgette and voile.


The inevitable black-and-white outfits were there but so were those lit up by shades of gorgeous greens, blues, burnt oranges and red; prints and stripes were also high on the agenda.


The backbone of the show was, as always, the stalwarts of the Dunedin fashion fraternity.


They were (in order of appearance) NOM*d, Waughs, Belle Bird, White By Design, Storm, the department store H&J Smith/Arthur Barnett, Company of Strangers, DADA Vintage, Carlson, Annah Stretton, Slick Willy's, Jane Daniels and Charmaine Reveley, along with splendid emerging talent from the Otago Polytechnic School of Design (Fashion).


The show ended aptly and nostalgically as outfits from the past 50 years, a number owned by Zonta members, were paraded.


The Ali McD makeup team was responsible for makeup, Aart on St Andrew attended to the hair design and the show's production was once again the responsibility of Victoria Muir, of Sequel Events.Read more at:prom dress shops

  


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Kate Moss shares her holiday packing essentials

2015年09月28日

Kate Moss promoting faux glow for St Tropez.

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Supermodel Kate Moss shares her secrets to looking stylish on holiday.


WHAT ARE YOR BEAUTY ESSENTIALS?


Body: The first thing I do in the morning is get in the shower, I use the St.Tropez [Moss is the brand's ambassador] Gradual Tan In-Shower, which gives you that healthy glow that everybody wants. It builds in colour so you can use it daily; you don't go from pale to bronzed instantly, it's not a drastic change it just gives you a subtle hint of colour and a healthy glow.


Hair: I use Kerastase Chroma Captive shampoo and conditioner and occasionally the Riche Masque to keep the colour in my hair looking vibrant. Sometimes, if my hair starts looking a little orangey, I might use a violet toning mask to take out any brassiness.


Skin: For my skin I use Crème De La Mer – it's a tried and tested product for me. I like trying different products but I find this product is the most enriching for my skin. I use the original Moisturizing Cream at night time as it's slightly heavier but in the day I use the Moisturizing Soft Cream.


Nails: I like something that's easy to apply like Rimmel Salon Pro. If I'm going to do a colour, I like to go for a dark red. For my nails I use CND Solar Oil. It's on my dressing table so I put it on at night before I go to bed as it keeps my cuticles from looking dry.. If I'm not doing my nails myself, I go to a nice little salon in Primrose Hill – it's totally no-nonsense, I hate all that pampering business, I prefer hanging out with Lila to going and getting my nails done!


Eyes: On my eyes I use the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eye Pencils. They're soft pencils with a bit of a shine that you can smudge to look just like an eye shadow – once it's on it doesn't budge. I also always wear loads of the Rimmel 'Kate' Mascara.


Lips: For my lips I like to use the lip balms I have designed with Rimmel that are coming out soon. The Kate Balms are great because they are moisturising but still give a hint of colour – I love the pinky coloured one.


Supplements: At the moment I am using the Elle Macpherson Super Elixir. I just add it to my juices.


WHAT'S YOUR GO-TO EVENING LOOK?


In the evening I normally go for long dresses with flats – heels don't work on an island. I prefer to keep my hair natural and just pull it up, make up wise I also like to go quite natural - I use a bit of mascara, a stronger lip and the St.Tropez Skin Illuminator for a little extra glow. St.Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil gives my skin a subtle golden shimmer which looks great for a night out - it covers up a multitude of sins and it also makes you look more defined.


WHO'S YOUR PERFECT TRAVEL COMPANION?


Lila [my daughter] is my perfect travel companion. Stuart Wietzman does this cool thing with his kids which I want to do with Lila. You pick a number at random out of a hat and then pick the corresponding number on the departure board. Then you just go wherever it says! Brilliant!


YOU'VE GOT FIVE MINUTES TO PACK – WHAT DO YOU THROW IN YOUR SUITCASE?


Black jeans, grey jeans, t-shirts, a jacket and a dress for the night time. Some flats, one pair of heels and some sunglasses too. If it's summer, a pair of shorts and bikini. I always have a travel bag ready to go in case of emergencies that has all the beauty essentials and my passport.


MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY


A safari I went on with my husband, daughter and Fran Cutler, her partner and daughter. It was amazing – I loved it, we were all crying when we had to leave. All the wild elephants by the pool, it was just incredible.


TRUSTED JET-LAG TIPS


I always go to sleep on the plane and then try and stay up whenever I get where I'm going to and get straight into the time zone you're in. I love flying – I find it really relaxing. No phone, a movie, a glass of wine and some salad. Perfect! I always take a cashmere blanket and I have family pictures in my passport holder.


WHAT TYPE OF PACKER ARE YOU?


I get out a bunch of stuff and then edit it down and pack. I don't think I massively over pack but I am also not a one case kind of girl!


IF THE AIRLINE LOST YOUR SUITCASE WHAT'S THE FIRST THING YOU'D GO OUT AND BUY?


It depends where I'm going. If it was somewhere sunny like Ibiza I would go get a bikini, a pair of shorts, a t-shirt and a sandal. If it was somewhere colder like New York I would go get a jean, a jacket and a pair of Louboutins.


BEST TRAVEL TIP


Always carry some cash on you! Also, get out of the hotel. Go to the local village… go to the local places. Lots of people go on holiday and don't leave their hotel. I think you should go experience the place you're in.


WHAT'S YOUR IDEA OF HOLIDAY HELL?


Rain… Caribbean islands in the rain.


DO YOU LIKE MEN WITH A TAN?


I love it when Jamie has a tan. He hates it cause it isn't very rock and roll but I think he just looks really hot.


HEELS OR FLATS ON HOLIDAY?


Flats, always – especially on islands.


WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR BEACHWEAR?


I've collected it over the years – I have my favourite bits that I always take. I do buy new bikinis every year though. I love Eres bikinis. They fit really nicely and they aren't really affected by the sea salt or chlorine in the pool – they're really well made.Read more at:occasion dresses

  


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Partners Rachel and Stephen

2015年09月24日

Business partners: Rachel and Stephen Morgan

Name: Rachel Morgan


Age: 36


Occupation: Owner of The White Gallery Bridal boutique


Relationship to Stephen: Wife


I worked in the PR industry for 10 years and I loved it, but about six years ago my husband, Stephen and I built a new home in Burren in Co Down. The house was massive and we wondered what to do with the extra space. We are both into fashion and Stephen had the idea to turn spare rooms into a bridal boutique.


When I went looking for my wedding dress nine years ago, I found the ranges available quite dull and uninspiring, so I thought it was a great niche and something different to try in Northern Ireland.


We converted two of the rooms at the front of our house into an intimate boutique, where brides could feel special and know they were getting an exclusive service.


We started researching different designers and decided to bring luxury and something a little bit different to Ireland.


We offer a range of designers which are exclusive to us in Ireland. Brides say they love it as, when they come to the boutique, it is something that is not the norm. We have brides who travel from as far away as Cork and Donegal to come and see the prom dresses uk.


As well as running the business, we have three young daughters. Ezara (7), Farrah-May (6) and Saoirse (4) and they keep us busy. We try to share the childcare between us and I work my appointments around the school run. Having your own business, though, means it is hard to switch off - especially as it is in the house. Nonetheless, our family time is very important and it's just about being together. Stephen is my rock - I call him the air traffic controller, keeping an eye on everything at home and at work.


He is very committed to the business and our family, and is a loving father and husband. He is considerate and always puts others before himself.


With his great business ideas and the fact he does all the cooking at home, he's the most amazing support to me.


I couldn't do what I do without Stephen."


Name: Stephen Morgan


Age: 41


Occupation: Operational manager with The White Gallery


Relationship to Rachel: Husband


When I left school, I started work as a plasterer which it what I did, until just over a year ago. I set up my own business and had a few men working for me, but then I took a giant leap of faith and went to work for The White Gallery Bridal boutique full-time.


Yes, it is a real conversation piece - "How do you go from the plastering business to working in bridal?", but I honestly couldn't be happier.


Rachel needed help and the way I saw it, I had run a business before, so it was about applying the same principles on a different scale.


I work behind the scenes looking after the finances and making sure everything gets done on time. I check all the orders and dates of our weddings and make sure everything is in place. Rachel is the hands-on one who works with the brides.


We have a great work/life balance - as the business is at our house, we get to spend lots of time with the girls. I love my job now and feel very fortunate to be doing something I really enjoy. Rachel and I are a good team.


Our own wedding was pretty special - we got married in Burren Chapel and then had our reception in Narrow Water Castle, which is now closed to the public, so that made it all the more memorable for us.


Working together and being together all the time, things can get heated, but we have a five-second rule when one of us needs to step up and sort it out, and we always remember that we are business partners as well as husband and wife. Rachel is a fantastic mother to our three children. In some ways, the business is her fourth baby and she loves and nurtures it, too. She has an eye for design and enjoys working with the brides to make their wedding dress dreams come true.


Together we bring something that little bit different to the bridal market here as we offer French designers who are at the top of the game.


However, if someone had told me a few years back when I was plastering walls that I would be giving it up to work with brides, I'd never have believed them."


Wedding gowns with designer twist


The White Gallery opened in 2012 in Burren, just outside Newry


The gallery stocks designer wedding dresses exclusive to the boutique in Ireland


Designers include Rue de Seine, Laure de Sagazan, Halfpenny London, Yolan Cris and Divine Atelier.Read more at:prom dress shops

  


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New York’s Digital Summer

2015年09月22日

And just when you thought the summer was over, here comes fashion month and its generous share of multi-coloured bikinis, vivid patterns, floral motifs and hippie beachwear. The Past and theFuture seemed to preoccupy many a designer this season, that is to say the summer behind us, the one that is yet to come, and the various changes that have affected the way we experience and consume fashion over time.


To begin with, youthful, flamboyant Barcelona-based brand Desigual has been getting a lot of attention lately thanks to its creative online and offiline branding campaigns, attractive social media posts, micro sites and Instagram videos. For its spring/summer 2016 show, feminine outfits with graffiti prints in white, black and pastel shades were paired with transparent socks, headphones, dreadlocks and nose piercings to convey the brand’s fun, fashionista attitude.


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Having fully embraced the digital revolution, Desigual seemed to poke fun at how fashion is perceived on the web and the transition from still photography to video, as a model holding an iPhone on a selfie-stick walked on the catwalk while presumably filming herself, before passing it onto another model along the way. The brand’s signature combination of contrasting patchwork prints and various graphic styles also seemed to mimic the ‘randomness’ of everyday images and text found all around the web.


Upon seeing the video invite of Johnson Hartig morphing into a guru, guests to the Libertine show knew that they were up for yet another optimistic, humorous, and brightly coloured collection. Featuring luxurious outfits with streetwear influences, reworked vintage with silver encrustations, beaded fangs, mystical eyes, spaghetti forks and microscopes, as well as checkerboard prints and fluorescent motifs inspired by abstract painter Blinky Palermo’s work, the imagery in Hartig’s collection recalled a personal journal where notes, stickers, badges and emojis all coexist to form a curiously harmonious whole. The vibrant world of Libertine and Johnson Hartig’s affinity for beauty, humour, art, travel, spirituality, and of course, fashion, will be featured in an upcoming book (released on September 22nd).


Jeremy Scott’s eponymous collection was just as digital, as his cartoon-inspired ‘superheroes and superheroines’ were adorned in digital screens and Illustrator-inspired drawings. From prints with yearbook photographs, fashion illustrations and faux wrapping paper, Scott seemed to reflect on the impact of digital culture on fashion – how it has changed the way fashion is discovered, communicated and promoted.


It was also through the web and social networks that Prabal Gurung helped raise funds for earthquake victims in his native Nepal last April. Gurung’s collection for next spring was filled with sunset colours from his homeland, like the monochromatic prom dresses that exuded warmth and serenity, or the white ensembles with shiny abstract brush strokes here and there – not to mention the numerous gowns adorned with intricate embroidery and beadwork.


As for Tommy Hilfiger, his collection was exuberant: models in striped, multi-coloured trousers, crochet tops, skirts and bikinis, exotic floral prints and hippie jewellery made their appearance, while the show seemed to be staged as a reggae-themed beach party that could generate ‘sensational’ Instagram posts.


Last but not least, Michael Kors presented outfits suited to various occasions: black and white business suits, black hippie-inspired vacation outfits, classic, one-piece bathing suits, comfortable sporty looks, and feminine celebrity dresses.

  


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Day 7 with Kanye, Michael Kors, Boss & more

2015年09月18日

Kanye West stirred up fashion controversy in New York Wednesday with a second edition of Star Wars-esque clothes and by dropping a new song before Hugo Boss gave a masterclass in style.


Here are the highlights of the penultimate day of fashion week before the spring/summer 2016 shows switch to Europe:


Kanye West Yeezy Season 2


Fresh from declaring an improbable bid for the US presidency, rapper West pulled in celebrity friends to unveil the second edition of his military-inspired Yeezy fashion range. His pregnant reality TV star wife Kim Kardashian sat front row with their two-year-old daughter North, between Vogue queen Anna Wintour and Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci. Other famous guests were singer Lorde and rapper Drake, with West's star sister-in-law Kylie Jenner and model of the moment Gigi Hadid among those who strutted the catwalk. Models marched in military formation to barked, martial-style orders as West revisited the high-rise nude leotard and tights look that characterized the first season of his line -- sponsored by Adidas -- and still not available in retail stores.


The Yeezy spring 2016 collection featured androgynous cuts in grey combat boots, high-rise leotards, matching tights and masculine, bagging tunics and military-style jackets. There were caps and hoodies. Hair was swept back, and eye make-up heavy. Under strip lighting, the desert hues -- green, orange, yellow and tan -- appeared translucent and very pale. While for men, there were long overcoats in black and grey, which looked to be in World War I trench warfare style.



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Critics took to social media to trash the clothes, but there was praise for the new West song, dropped in the finale. As with practically everything that West sets his mind to, the show came laden with controversies. Case in point the Mirror report that said Kanye asked models to sign a $10 million non-disclosure form not to discuss him, Kim or any of the Kardashian family, not only annoyed the models but raised eye-brows elsewhere. The 38-year-old also angered designers who said his last-minute scheduling would unfairly suck attention away from their shows in rival slots. The select few were sent invitations on vacuum-packed, camouflage tee-shirts. For lesser mortals, the rapper announced that it would be live streamed at cinemas in 36 cities worldwide.


Hugo Boss


Creative director Jason Wu told AFP backstage that his sensual collection was inspired by Bauhaus, the inter-war German art school known for form, functionality, color and shape. "I wanted the clothes to move, I wanted the tailoring to take all the stuffing off the tailoring, everything had movement, and there was this real sense of feminity," he said. A stand out were organza dresses, in cobalt blue or orange, belted at the waist and wafting in soft pleats. They had technicality and fluidity, he explained.


The Hugo Boss collection was a stunning display of clean German cool with organza panels in skirts and blouses. Colors were orange, Prince of Wales plaid, black, white, lime green, yellow and bright blue. He also used asymmetrical fringes -- a hot spring/summer trend -- as in Wu's personal collection, which was unveiled last week. "It's just something about clothes and movement which is particularly attractive right now," Wu said. There were also three tuxedo-inspired dresses, which Wu said to him were "pure boss" -- its tailoring DNA "but feminized, reimagined, rethought." "It's not about big ball gowns anymore," he said. "I think there is a new way to be dressed up and I thought it was a very nice proposition for the modern woman."



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Michael Kors


American designer Michael Kors, who sits atop a global fashion empire, unveiled a romantic collection that he said embraced "natural glamour" and "earthly elegance." Screen siren Naomi Watts was in the audience as the models powered down the runway in relaxed tailoring -- oversized white shirts, smart pants with rolled down waist band and floral prints

  


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I rebelled... in art there are no rules

2015年09月16日


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IT all began with a cinched little black dress – in all but name - slipped on at the 11th hour four years ago.


Kieran McEleny was just 15 when he attended a Halloween party wearing a rather ill-fitting Beetlejuice costume.


His friend’s mother and host suggested he don a more flattering Wicked Witch dress instead.


This marked a turning point in the fashion-forward teenagers’ life. Soon he was scouring charity shops for womenswear, which he excitedly modelled for his close group of female friends.


With a sharp eye for aesthetics and fit, he started altering the garments, embellishing and hand-stitching each new detail.


“The Wicked Witch costume fitted me so well and it all started with this black dress really,” recalls the 19-year-old from Trowbridge.


“I started thinking ‘Why would I need to dress in men’s clothing?’ I had never liked the flowiness of men’s clothing. I liked the silhouette of fitted female clothing.


“I had always been interested in fashion and from the age of 12 I started watching videos of catwalk shows on YouTube. I was mesmerised.


“After a while I started altering the clothes. I wanted to make them unique. They were nice but they didn’t fit my personality. With a couple of my friends I started designing a few simple things, T-shirts, nothing too complicated.


“I found out around that time that my grandmother was a seamstress. She knew what it was like to make something that fit someone so magically.”


In March 2012, Kieran saved the money he had received for his 16th birthday and splurged on a large bolt of navy velvet. Intent on capturing quintessential femininity, he created his first dress, a pinafore.


“I spent some of the money on sweets and chocolates – like a teenager would,” he says with a laugh.


“But I bought a bolt of fabric with the rest. I paid £85. It was pretty plain and I had no experience. Lovely Google helped.”


“I was studying art at school but I had always wanted to find newer ways of doing things, and go down my own route,” adds the former Swindon Dance student.


“But at GCSE level they want you to follow the rules. We worked with paint and pencils but I wanted to look at textile. I rebelled. In art there are no rules.”


That year he entered a charity fashion show at his school, St Laurence in Bradford on Avon.


In spite of open prejudice and a degree of hostility, he strutted down the catwalk modelling his own creations, including a ball gown fashioned out of recycled clothing.


The ‘transvestite teenager’ as he has come to be described — a moniker he relishes — went to his prom sporting a hand-sewn shirt and black skirt; a corset completed his original design.


“It was difficult at school to start with, trying to establish myself and be myself.


“A lot of people said I shouldn’t be doing it.


“They didn’t respect my life choices.


“I used to hide it at first. I kept my women’s clothes in a sports bag in my cupboard.


“But I felt so confident wearing women’s clothes.


“I used to go out in the dark in the woods with friends and we would do photo shoots with a flashlight.


“We would pretend to do catwalks at home. It was an outlet. ”


He launched his website Diamond Days initially as a ‘porthole’ for his emerging collection of bespoke garments but soon the project grew as its own online retail platform.


Eager to perfect his technique, work with challenging materials and explore new forms of ‘visual expression’, his pieces grew in audacity and intricacy.


He went on to showcase his work at two further fashion shows at the Civic Centre in Trowbridge in 2013 and St James’s Church Hall in the town the following year.


“From there I got stuck in. I started looking at how to make corsets. It took a lot of practice, they are cumbersome to deal with. It’s like driving a car. It’s hard at first and then it all clicks.


“I have always been inspired by high end clothes, and haute couture. John Galliano is one of my biggest influences.


“I also admire Alexander McQueen, his high-end tailoring and structured pieces.”


After studying towards at Level 3 BTEC in dance at Swindon Dance – an art form which has informed his understanding of movement and design — Kieran has now enrolled in an art course at Wiltshire College. All the while, he is pursuing his fashion business.


“I struggled for a long time to express myself verbally and for me dance, like fashion, was a way to express myself visually.


“Dance has made me think about costumes. It was really interesting to see how different materials moved.”


While his striking designs have drawn interest mostly from female buyers, he has received some orders from the transvestite community.


No matter their background, each has sought a unique garment, impeccably tailored and unlike anything in the High Street stores.


“People want to be unique and I think a lot of the clothes available on the High Street are not what they’re really looking for. “I want people to feel alive in their own clothes, have this personal feel.


“If you buy something on the High Street you know 10 other people in town will have the exact same garment. I want to design something for everyone, but don’t want everyone to look the same.”


Marrying menswear and womenswear into his own day-to-day style, he will at times opt for a more feminine look as the mood takes him.


Although a champion for the transvestite community by the very nature of his fashion aspirations, Kieran insists he is not a vocal campaigner, simply a fledgling designer finding his own path in the world.


“I don’t seek people’s approval any more,” he explains.


“I will wear what I want to wear that day — it might be women’s clothes.


“I’m out there, open about what I do. I want people to know there are other lifestyles and styles out there but I won’t go out of my way to do it.


“Clothes are way to express yourself and fashion is one of the greatest things we have in this world.


“You can use it as armour; it can reflect your personality.


“I’m just doing what I love and I’m living my life.”Read more at:grey prom dresses

  


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New York Fashion Week

2015年09月14日

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Renowned fashion icon, Betsey Johnson returned to New York Fashion Week on Friday, September 11th, to present her Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Titled “The Curious Case of #BetseyButton” Johnson offered a retrospective commemorating her 50 colorful years in the fashion industry.


Held at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station, Johnson’s show was divided into six defining career moments from her signature prom princess moments of the 2000’s, followed by the “flower power” of the late 80’s/early 90’s to the late 70’s punk. Next, she paid homage to the “trippy hippy” early 70’s. Rounding out the decades were the mod mavens of the 60’s and the finale, which consisted of re-imagined dance costumes of Betsey’s youth in Connecticut in the 1950’s. Narration from Betsey herself played over each defining era, making it a touching trip down memory lane.


Notables in attendance included: Debbie Harry, Maddie Ziegler, model Karrueche Tran, “Orange is the New Black” stars Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Emma Myles and Emily Althaus, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Countess LuAnn De Lesseps


“Rich Kids’ EJ Johnson, Ashley Smith, Marnie the Dog, Ryan Newman and former “America’s Next Top Model” judge and fashion photographer, Nigel Barker.


2015 marked a year long celebration for the 73 year-old designer. In addition to hitting her 50th year anniversary in the industry, Johnson was awarded the CFDA Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. The party will continue into the Holiday 2015 season, as Johnson will release a limited edition 50th anniversary collection including festive frocks, active wear, handbags, shoes and jewelry all in her signature print.


Check out the gallery below for images from Johnson’s New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 runway show…Read more at:grey prom dresses

  


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Wearable Tech Courts Women

2015年09月10日

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Wearable technology – like the tech field in general – has a woman problem. Early fitness trackers and smartwatches often emphasized features over fashion, with too-large bands and a masculine, utilitarian design. “They were functional, but they weren’t really designed to be fashion,” says Lyssa Neel, CEO of Linkitz, a wearable tech teaching toy geared to girls. “They looked very clunky on women’s wrists.”


But developers ignore women at their own peril. Women already demonstrate a significant interest in wearable devices, accounting for more than half of fitness tracker purchases and 29% of smartwatch buys, according to a recent study by the NPD Group, a market research firm. Many tech firms have taken notice, collaborating with fashion designers to add a layer of style to existing wearables and developing an array of “smart jewelry” with women’s lifestyles in mind. It’s a step in the right direction, experts say, but there’s still a long way to go before the market catches on to what women really want.


More Than Gadgets


One of the underlying issues is that the function of wearable tech has traditionally been different than the function of fashion, says Alison Lewis, founder of Switch Embassy (switchembassy.com), which creates “intelligent accessories,” like a color-changing, Italian-crafted handbag, and “scrunchable,” customizable light-up T-shirts. “If you come at this from a purely technological field, I think you’re going to get a gadget,” Lewis says. “You always have to put fashion and the human being first. A handbag made in Italy can last 20 years, and the tech inside can be very simple. A gadget, on the other hand, is obsolete very quickly.”


Lewis believes the field should focus more on “creating experiences through technology,” rather than just creating technology alone. Her company’s chameleon purse has been very well-received outside of Silicon Valley, with people loving the fun concept and ability to express themselves by changing the accessory’s color. “When I’m in San Francisco, I’m asked, ‘What does it do? Does it charge my phone?’ No one asks me that anywhere outside of Silicon Valley. The reaction is very different,” she notes.


More and more, however, fashion designers and retailers are collaborating with the tech world. Designer Tory Burch created a line of sleek, sexy skins for FitBit, everything from a patterned silicone band retailing for less than $40 to hinged metal bracelets for just under $200. “I think those are quite elegant,” Neel says. “Now they’re not just a sport utility item.” Diane Von Furstenberg worked with Google last year to come up with designer frames for Google Glass. Rebecca Minkoff is developing a notification bracelet that lights up when you receive a phone call or text and a “lightning cable” bracelet that unclasps to become a phone charger. Michael Kors also recently expressed an interest in breaking into the wearable tech space, though his initial announcement didn’t get into specifics. Misfit came out with a Swarovski crystal-encrusted line of its popular Shine activity tracker.


Another indication of the merging of the fashion and tech worlds: CE Week, New York’s largest consumer electronics event, featured a “FashionWare” runway show, displaying trends in high-tech fashion and wearable tech. “Geek can be chic,” says Chris March, the Project Runway alum who emceed the June event. “It’s exciting to see technologists and fashion designer working side by side to create beautiful, stylish, yet functional fabrics and wearable tech accessories for all the fashionistas out there.”


Intel has also jumped on the bandwagon, joining up with retail brand Opening Ceremony to create the MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory), an intelligent bracelet made of precious gems and Ayers snakeskin. The accessory, retailing at $495, has a touchscreen sapphire display and vibration-based alerts, allowing the wearer to receive texts, emails and other notifications and send quick, customizable replies. “Intel recognizes that when we decide to wear something, it is a very personal decision and an outward representation of ourselves,” says Ayse Ildeniz, vice president and general manager for business development and strategy for Intel’s new devices group. “Fashion is an important factor in driving acceptance of wearable technologies. … Intel is focused on delivering the vision that for a person to wear technology, it must look and feel good.” Ildeniz adds that collaboration between tech companies like Intel and fashion houses is the best way to drive that initiative.


Pink and Shrink


There’s a tendency when marketing items to women to slap some pink paint and glitter on the exterior, dumb down the functionality and call it a day. Wearable technology hasn’t been immune to this questionable phenomenon, known as “pink it and shrink it.” Some reviewers, for example, have dinged Intel’s MICA for not syncing up to an existing smartphone, instead forcing the wearer to add a new number to receive texts on the device. Others question the necessity for a crystal-studded version of the Misfit Shine. Women are not a monolith, experts say, and many are offended by the notion that the only reason they’re not buying wearables is that the devices aren’t sufficiently sparkly.


I’m not a woman, and I find a little bit of it insulting,” Robert Brunner, founder of San Francisco design studio, Ammunition told the New York Times Bits tech blog. “People seem to think the way you’re going to sell this to a woman is just make it look a little more blingy, and then they’ll buy it. … The trick is making something that people feel good about wearing and has some meaning to them. You only get so far with sprinkling some fashion dust on it. You have to get in and engineer the thing inside and out.”


Neel agrees with his sentiments. “We don’t want less technology or to be pandered to,” she says. “You want it to fit, and do what you want it to do.” There are a number of tech startups run by women, who have a more organic understanding of what will appeal to female consumers, she adds. Everpurse – a handbag with phone-charging technology in the lining – was started by a woman, Liz Salcedo, an on-the-go social worker who wanted an easier way to keep her phone at full power. Christina Mercando is the founder and CEO of Ringly, a smart ring that connects to your iPhone and vibrates when you get a call, text or email.


Kate Unsworth, CEO of Kovert Designs (bekovert.com), created her Altruis lineas a response to her busy life. The tech consultant had an epiphany: She was so “dialed in” to her digital lifestyle that she reached a tipping point in efficiency. “I realized that more doesn’t always equal more productivity,” she says. “I wasn’t able to be present in that moment, and I kind of recognized that I wasn’t really happy.”


“Tech needs to follow the function of design to truly appeal to a wide audience.”


Urska Srsen, Bellabeat


So, she unplugged, stepped back and reevaluated. After some soul searching, Unsworth set some strict technology rules for herself: no phones in the bedroom, no emails in the morning or evenings. But she quickly slipped back into her old habits. Her Altruis smart jewelry, paired with an iPhone app, was her attempt to break free of technological chains. The device can be programmed to vibrate for important emails, texts or phone calls – perhaps notifying you when family or friends call or when co-workers send an email using an emergency keyword. “We kind of say we’re bringing back the pager in a much more sophisticated way,” she says.


Though Unsworth is interested in marketing to men as well in the future, her “digital detox” jewelry is aimed at women right now. Men, she says, typically have their phone in a pocket and can easily set it to vibrate. Women, however, tend to have their phones in their purse or hands. Altruis allows a woman to stow her phone safely, without worrying about missing an important call. Unsworth believes Altruis will allow for more in-person, uninterrupted interactions. “Life is about connecting to other humans,” she says. “My fear is that technology will take us away from that, but we’re an intellectual species. We’ve managed to make tech cater to our intellectual capacity. We can make it cater to our emotional capacity as well.”


Another device marketed to women is the LEAF, from Bellabeat . With a simple, but elegant leaf shape, the smart jewelry can be worn as a necklace or bracelet or simply clipped to a jacket or sports bra. In addition to tracking activity and sleep patterns, the LEAF monitors stress levels by measuring the rise and fall of one’s breath when it’s worn as a necklace; through its app, the LEAF helps women keep track of their monthly cycles and ovulation. “Women have health issues that men don’t,” says Urska Srsen, cofounder of Bellabeat. “We didn’t want to throw data at a woman saying, ‘10,000 steps to go today,’ when maybe she’s on the second day of her period and doesn’t feel like it. [Instead], we wanted to help women see these patterns that exist in their daily lives and make changes that would help them feel great inside and out.”


Srsen, who has a background in sculpture, believes many wearables have taken an inside out, backwards approach to development. “Tech needs to follow the function of design to truly appeal to a wide audience,” she explains. “In today’s world, we are capable of making products that don’t look like technology, and that’s what we’ve done with the Leaf. Think about the design and how it needs to be wearable and easily integrated into a daily lifestyle – then figure out how to get the technology in there. This is where design and tech meet for true innovation.”Read more at:grey prom dresses

  


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So You Want To Sizzle This Ganesh Chaturthi?

2015年09月08日

Ganesh Chaturthi is just around the corner and it is one the most celebrated festivals in India. Lasting ten whole days, people gather either at home, in street tents prepared specially for the occasion or travel to a different city or state to observe the rituals and festivities.


For all you women who cannot figure out what to wear (since it is an almost life altering decision), we're here to offer a helping hand and show you how you can turn into a glam goddess yourself this month.


To inspire us we have the gorgeous Deepika Padukone, India's sweetheart and fashion diva; here are some of her most iconic looks in Bollywood for us to try!


Best Looks for Ganesh Chaturti

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1. Naina Talwar's Sheer Seduction. When Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani hit theatres in 2013 the towering posters had Deepika Padukone clad in a navy blue chiffon saree having gold detailing paired with a black glittery blouse. The look became so famous that many websites began offering replicas to glam-greedy customers and still do!


Now if you don't want the exact same saree, fear not, you can simply drape any similar blue chiffon saree you can get your hands on and throw on a sequin blouse. Large antique gold juhmkas will add to the charm but avoid statement neck pieces as they will take the attention away from the face and the saree.


Bangles are a must though! Style your hair into lose waves and tease the crown a bit for volume. This look is for you bold and beautiful girls who aren't afraid to step up their game this festival season. Get your dancing shoes on because it's Badtameez Dil all the way.


2. Leela Sanera's Gujarati Glamour. Who can ever forget the ethereal moment when Deepika Padukone entered the screen in her pale yellow lehenga? Running from a 'gulaal gang' and into Ranveer Singh's hungry gaze, she had our eyes glued and our mouths open. Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram-Leela became one of the biggest films of 2013.


The look we're decoding today is the one she carried off in Lahu Munh Lag Gaya, a romantic, flirtatious number. Set during the festival of Holi, Anju Modi (the costume designer) decided to go with a black, red and white dress rather than a typical all white one. The layers of the skirt, her delicately embroidered blouse and the heavy chandbalis make for one stunning vision.


If you think you have what it takes to pull off this feminine yet fun silhouette go ahead with a traditional red, black and white lehenga with a black blouse; chandbalis are the cherry on top. Make sure your make-up is soft and light, finish the look with a loose hair bun.


3. Mohini Joshi's Marathi Marvel. Ranking among the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time, Happy New Year was one adrenaline rush! The 2014 film displayed a range of brilliant actors but it was no surprise that Deepika Padukone stole the show. It doesn't matter if you're one of those homebodies that prefer subtlety or the diva who's always the showstopper, festivals are the time when everyone looks their best.


Mohini Joshi is your typical Maharashtrian woman and what better way to depict her than in the yellow anarkali in Manwa Laage. The dancing Mohini let her flowy dress do the work as she swirled around in the sunlight, the look is very simple yet youthful and suits almost all women. So go ahead, get yourself a traditional yellow and white anarkali and shine brighter than ever. Don't forget the matching accessories and a pink bindi.


4. Meenamma's Southern Splendor. Hey you south Indian traditional girls, this one's for you, also, it's for anyone else who'd love to sport a Mennamma wardrobe. Deepika running barefoot to catch her train in her yellow and green half saree makes one wonder how anyone can look as beautiful as she did. The half saree has definitely made a comeback with Chennai Express. There's nothing more to say than state the obvious: Half sarees are a must-have for an Indian wardrobe this festive season.


If you want to embody the quirky but lovely Meenalochini get into a simple half saree this Ganesh Chaturthi, team it up with gold jhumkas, coloured glass bangles, and a cute little bindi. For the hair, feel free to let it down, do a traditional half up-half down, or a long braid. Again, don't forget the bindi!


5. Shanti Priya's Retro Religion. Some people revisit the 1960s and 70s ever so often that we wonder if they came out of a time machine. True, the retro era was a wonder in itself and we are obsessed as well.


The most memorable look of Deepika's from Om Shanti Om (her Bollywood debut) was the fuchsia pink dress she wore in the song Ajab Si as she stepped onto the red carpet. With on screen and off screen fans cheering for her, she gazed at them through surreal eyes and that was enough to get Deepika Padukone soaring to great heights in the industry.


If you love this look as much as we do, get yourself into a retro style lehenga choli and heavy, ornate jewels. Shanti Priya's hair and eyes are another important feature to note, try on a bouffant hairstyle and elongate your eyes with a dramatic cat eye look with any dress for the perfect retro glam look. Always remember to smile gracefully and tread in a royal fashion.


6. Piku Banerjee's Urban Utopia. 'Ye paani hai, ye aag hai. Ye khud likhi kitaab hai. Pyaar ki khuraak si hai Piku.' She's all that and more, she's you and me, she's Piku. This year Piku was one film that gave you family, comedy, love and life in a simple journey of four. The film also sported fantastic music, cast and crew however, each time Deepika Padukone entered the scene we couldn't concentrate on anyone or anything else.


This month try adding Piku to your collection of festival clothes, after all, all the girls want to be her and all the boys want to be with her. Her character is all about fashion and functionality, her simple silhouettes give you an air of style while allowing you to move and groove as you could in pyjamas.


Try her impressive black, red and gold saree with heavy gold earrings and khol lined eyes or her simple kurta looks with tiny accessories, ponytail hairstyles and nude make-up. Either way you can't go wrong; Piku's looks are very doable and versatile allowing you to look fabulous all year round.


Here are a final few tips to truly get her look. Always remember that with a festival wardrobe comfort is king, dress appropriately for the place you're going to and the time of the day, natural make-up is best and don't forget smile or pout for unbeatable selfies.


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Cindy Crawford is the coolest name in fashion again

2015年09月05日

Cindy Crawford is the coolest name in fashion again

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For years, the only time we saw Cindy Crawford was when the paparazzi snapped her impossibly beautiful family — or when she was shilling leather sectional sofas for furniture chain Raymour and Flanigan.


But lately, it seems that the supermodel is back in the fashion spotlight.


Maybe that’s because ’90s nostalgia is at an all-time high — or that people are literally walking around with her name on their chests.


Earlier this week, Karlie Kloss was spotted in the Big Apple wearing a navy blue sweatshirt emblazoned with Crawford’s name. The supermodel-to-supermodel homage was a primer to the Crawford madness as LA brand Reformation put the $118 item on sale Thursday.


Like the mannequin herself, the top is having a renaissance. It was originally made and sold in 2013 by Reformation, and Crawford, a mother of two, wore it on the cover of Muse magazine that same year.


This latest crop — available in both navy blue and heather gray — is a reissue.


And with a limited-edition run, it’s sure to sell out quickly.


Perhaps the demand for the casual top was set off six weeks ago when the 49-year-old posted this snap of her 14-year-old model daughter, Kaia Gerber, sporting the original gray one.


This sartorial adulation comes on the heels of new photos of Crawford and her fellow ’90s supes, including Helena Christensen, Eva Herzigová, Tatjana Patitz and Nadja Auermann hitting the Internet.


The photos were part of a project helmed by photographer Peter Lindbergh, appropriately titled “The Reunion,” a nod to his 1990 black-and-white Vogue UK cover that helped catapult many of the decade’s models into superstar status.


And with her face gracing the cover of Elle Canada’s October issue, don’t expect the ageless beauty’s glorious return to slow down anytime soon.Read more at:green prom dresses

  


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