Archive for April, 2009

Premier Shopping Streets in the World

Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare in the center of the borough of Manhattan in New York City, USA.

Fifth Avenue serves as a symbol of wealthy New York. It is consistently ranked as one of the most expensive streets in the world, on a par with Paris, London, and Tokyo lease prices: the “most expensive street in the world” moniker changes depending on currency fluctuations and local economic conditions from year to year. For several years starting in the mid-1990s, the shopping district between 49th and 57th Streets was ranked as having the world’s most expensive retail spaces on a cost per square foot basis

Via Montenapoleone

Via Montenapoleone is an elegant street in Milan, Italy, famous for fashion and jewelry shops. It is the most important street of the Milan Fashion District (Italian Quadrilatero della moda) where many well-known fashion designers have their high-end boutiques and stores from Italian designers to all the world famous brands. It is comparable to other world-famous streets including 5th Ave in New York City, Avenue Montaigne and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris, and other famous Italian avenues such as Via dei Tornabuoni in Florence and Via Condotti in Rome.

Oxford Street

Oxford Street is a major thoroughfare in London, England in the City of Westminster. With over 300 shops, it is Europe’s busiest shopping street, as well as the most dense.[1] The street derives its name from being part of the old London—Oxford Road which began at Newgate, City of London. Today the road forms part of the A40, although it is not signposted as this, like other roads in central London.

Champs-Élysées

The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is the most prestigious avenue in Paris, France. With its cinemas, cafés, and luxury specialty shops, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous streets in the world, and with rents as high as $1.50 million per 1,000 square feet (92.9 square meters) of space, it remains the most expensive strip of real estate in Europe.The name is French for Elysian Fields, the place of the blessed in Greek mythology.

The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is known in France as La plus belle avenue du monde (“The most beautiful avenue in the world”).The arrival of global chain stores in recent years has slightly changed its character, and in a first effort to stem these changes, the Paris City government (which has called this trend “banalisation”) decided in 2007 to ban the Swedish clothing chain H&M from opening a store on the avenue. In 2008, however, American clothing chain Abercrombie & Fitch was given permission to open a store

Iconic Summer Gucci Handbags

My crazy notions towards fashion were put into rest after I saw these lovely Gucci handbags. Oh Gucci, my beloved Gucci has returned to its senses creating gorgeous, lust-worthy handbags. This array of handbags was seen during Fashion Week and now readily available for Spring/Summer 2009. They have still tassels but the fringe isn’t everywhere, and those awful, gigantic studs are gone.

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Definitely, I love these handbags. The oversized stitching is fabulous that extends to the strap. The polished bamboo details on the fringe are also nice with classic touch. Embossed with gold hardware which is the best choice to uniform in a brown handbag

I think this is the best handbags that Gucci put out compare to the last year. Thank God its here! I have been patiently waiting for its arrival since I saw it in the Gucci Spring 2009 runway shows.

Iconic Summer Prada Handbags

The house of Prada made its best for their 2009 Spring/Summer Handbag collections.

I am so pleased that this world trendsetter brand had already hit the shelves with their ultimate collections. Almost of their handbags still has an excess material on it, but instead of the excess being the same material as the entire handbag, it’s contrasted and looks much better.

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This shows that Prada retired from having laces for their accessories. Lace is nice, but not in the overload of Fall 2008. This season, Prada handbags and shoes are made of beautiful snakeskin and soft leather. They look luxurious and feminine inside and out.

I love both the crinkled leather handbags, as well as the python embossed leather ones. The bows add a feminine touch without going against the Prada image and being too girly. Considering the economy, I love that we get the look of python without the higher price.

The Life of Pierre Cardin

pierre-cardin“Experimental, not always practical”

Fashion designer Pierre Cardin was born on July 7, 1922, near Venice, Italy, to French parents. He moved to Paris in 1945. There he studied architecture and worked with Paquin after the war. Work with Schiaparelli followed until he became head of Christian Dior’s tailleure atelier in 1947, but was denied work at Balenciaga.He founded his own house in 1950 and began with haute couture in 1953. Cardin was known for his avant-garde style and his space age designs. He prefers geometric shapes and motifs, often ignoring the female form. He advanced into unisex fashions, sometimes experimental, and not always practical. He introduced the “bubble dress” in 1954.

Cardin expanded into other markets that included a contract with American Motors (AMC). Following the success of the Aldo Gucci designed Hornet Sportabout station wagon interiors. The automaker incorporated Cardin’s daring and outlandish design for an interior available on the 1972 and 1973 AMC Javelins. A total of 4,152 cars received a bold mirrored multi-colored pleated stripe pattern in tones of Chinese red, plum, white, and silver set against a black background.

This was one of the first few American cars to offer a special trim package created by a famous fashion designer. The Cardin Javelins also came with the designer’s emblems on the front fenders and had a limited selection of exterior colors to coordinate with the special interiors.

Pierre Cardin Fashion Designer Pierre Cardin has an avant-garde style. He likes geometric shapes and motifs, and often ignors the female form. He introduced the “bubble dress” in 1954. His unisex fashions were often experimental, and not always practical. His fellow designer, Andre Oliver, who joined him in 1971 and assumed responsibility for the haute couture collections in 1987, died in 1993. Cardin was the first couturier to turn to Japan as a high fashion market when he travelled there in 1959.

source: The Fashion eZine

For more information, visit Pierre Cardin Official site.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tod’s Handbags

When you are on Tod’s corner, you are probably carrying a Tod’s handbags. Sure enough for this brand’s spokesmodel, Gwyneth Paltrow. She is the new face of Spring-Summer 2009 Women’s Tod’s ad campaign. The actress frequently appears on best dressed lists around the world and owned an array of Tod’s classics even before she began working with the brand.

As we have seen Gwynnie is carrying the Tod’s handbag.

This is a Tod’s G-Bag. This tote is perfect for every occasion. Spacious, chic and versatile with superioir details and crafted hand stitching, it reflects the brand’s artisan soul and the renowned fine craftsmanship from the house.

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Some of the collections evolve with a series that is structured in shape and softened with curved corners and elongated zips. Tactile in jewel leathers ranges from a miniature shoulder bag in precious white crocodile, fuchsia python skin, turquoise calfskin shopper and green python weekenders.

Two pieces with saddlery detail – one in soft suede with contrasting calfskin straps recalling the equestrian world and an oversized shoulder bag in the finest nappa leather, so light, and sophisticated which complete an array of best handbag for 2009 collections.

Vogue America May 2009 Cover Girls

Really really stunning!!!The most awaited May 2009 American Vogue cover featuring gorgeous models is out. The front cover went to two of Ms. Anna’s favorite old angels, Liya Kebede and Natalia Vodianova and shockingly, Anna Jagodzinska, who came in as a surprise.

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I love the concept of the cover but a few of them undergone too much photoshop and I don’t like the casting that much.

It’s about time for Vogue America revealed new magazine cover with models but again for Natalia Vodianova. Isn’t she already too established, too much of a veteran to even be considered as a ‘face of the moment?

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Out of everyone in that flux, Natasha Poly deserved the main spot. She is the closest thing to a supermodel that we have now in the runways. She visibly works harder among other girls. It’s the third consecutive time for Vogue America featured a black woman on the cover. Is it signifies black dominates America? I don’t know the reason behind of this concept but I know the cover is really really beautiful and artistic.

This could probably hit the magazine stands as the month of May 2009 is coming. I can’t wait for myself to buy a copy of this latest issue, maybe two or three copies because it would probably take a decade before we get another cover of a runway models.

Authentic Hogan Handbag

Amidst the warm summer days in the Pacific, a nasty cold front with rain and thunder affect the bright summer sky. As the striking bolts hit the rooftops, I was thinking that it would be the perfect time to write about something interesting in the world of fashion. Something that will immune the ugly and nasty outside weather conditions that still look hot during summer and rainy days.

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My mind keeps thinking and finally came with a perfect Hogan handbags that will absolutely tote around proudly on its owner’s shoulder.
Indeed, Hogan is ultimately a brand in its own right from high fashion coats, handbags and inventive shoes.

I stumbled upon this luxurious Italian spirit at styledrops.com. This Hogan shoulder bag comes in ivory canvas brown leather accents with a contrast beige stitching that has all-season written all over it. No matter what trends may hit upon us, this chic bag won’t ever make you look out of place.

Top zip closure and long 17” long shoulder straps keep its content dry and assure a comfy fit under that umbrella. Several patch pockets at front, back and sides give enough room to quickly stow away some important stuffs, while gold nylon lining with interior zip pocket will make its insides shine.

So hurry, grab this immediately!!!

Haute Couture Official Members

Many times we encountered this important term in high fashion world. The name itself, Haute couture came from the French word for “high sewing” or “high dressmaking”. Many designers made clothing from high-quality, expensive fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finish, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques only available for their respected clients through orders.

It originally referred to Englishman Charles Frederick Worth’s work, produced in Paris in the mid-nineteenth century. In modern France, haute couture is a “protected name” that can be used only by firms that meet certain well-defined standards. However, the term is also used loosely to describe all high-fashion custom-fitted clothing, whether it is produced in Paris or in other fashion capitals such as Milan, London, Rome, New York and Tokyo.

The term haute couture is also defined by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris based in Paris, France. Their rules state that only “those companies mentioned on the list drawn up each year by a commission domiciled at the Ministry for Industry are entitled to avail themselves” of the label haute couture.

Members of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture

As of the 2008/2009 Fall and Winter fashion season, there are eleven names officially representing the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture (with additional foreign correspondent members and guest members). The following are the official eleven who have earned the right to call themselves haute couture by French law.

Official Members
Chanel
Christian Dior
Maurizio Galante
Jean Paul Gaultier
Givenchy
Anne Valerie Hash
Christian Lacroix
Dominique Sirop
Franck Sorbier
Emanuel Ungaro
Stephane Rolland

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The Bulgari Doppio Tondo in Dalia Bag

Quite unexpected as Bulgari’s first and foremost a jewelry house but this season, their handbags from the Doppio Tondo collections is winning us over.

See both gorgeous beauties; Eva Mendes and Freida Pinto. They have in common asides from beautiful, exotic looks, gorgeous bodies and successful acting careers. They have also the same taste when it comes to fabulous handbags. Both girls are carrying one of the Bulgari’s hottest bags this season.

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The shoulder bag which I am referring to is none other than the Bulgari Dalia Shoulder Bag. If you won’t put your crazy notions at rest because this handbag name doesn’t grab your attention, perhaps, the handbag’s timeless unique design will.

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Bulgari’s Dalia design for spring/summer 2009 was from the Doppio Tondo collection which sports the latest trend in handbags in slightly hoboish shape.

The Doppio Tondo bags are set apart from other such things with the double Bvlgari logo which acts as a fastener. The bag has just various types of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and then pressing or stitching into which looks stunning and complements the soft body bag.  The bag gives its luxurious appeal because of its well made gold plated buckle and hardware against the rich brown shades in quality pearled leather. Subtle goldtone hardware on the front and sides is kept to a minimum to enhance the ‘Dalia’s’ classic appeal.

The soft, water buffalo leather exterior done in a refined neutral shade best fitted for spring/summer getaway.

The interior features a small compartment and cell phone pocket. Measurements are approximately 23 x 19 x 10 – certainly not for the faint of heart.

It’s priced at $2100 which is nothing to sneeze at nowadays, but the ‘Dalia’s’ well thought out design, exceptional craftsmanship and ample size ensures its’ owner will get their money’s worth.

The Global Paul Smith Handbags

For more than 20 years of existence in fashion world, Paul Smith had proved himself as the pre-eminent British designer. He has the talent to anticipate, and even ignite off the trends not only in fashion but in the wider context of popular culture and has the ability to transmit a genuine sense of humour and mischief mixed with his love of tradition and the classics

His fashion boutiques reflect the character of his personality along with his designs, an unmistakable Englishness augmented by the unexpected. The fashion houses, shops the Paul Smith collections and an extensive selection of Paul Smith handbags, shoes and an array of interesting and beautiful jewelries and other fashion accessories.

Paul Smith is indeed global.His collections are readily available to more than thirty five countries and has fourteen shops in England. Other shops are located in London, Nottingham, Paris, Milan, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, the Philippines, Korea, Kuwait, U.A.E. and over two hundred in Japan. He has greatly influenced the Japanese business in designing clothes, selecting fabrics, planning shop locations and a lot more.

Paul Smith “Swirl Folio” Handbag

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Main color: multicolor
Secondary color: brown
Materials: leather
Dimensions: 16 1/2″W X 11 1/2″H X 4″D
Styledrops Price: $ 400

Paul Smith “Swirl Folio” is a large structured carrier made from swirl soft grained leather in multicolor form with brown leather handle.
This bag is styled with zipped-closure to add security.

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