Archive for June, 2009

Gucci Men Spring 2010 Milan Fashion Week

The house of Gucci showcased its Spring 2010 menswear through a runway show last June 21 with a strong inspiration to the work of Latin American architect, Oscar Niemeyer.

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White as the key opening color of this spring 2010 was inspired by Niemeyer who designed a certain number of his buildings in white. Niemeyer’s lifeworks are generally curvilinear and based on reflecting and imitating the abundance and altered fauna of his native Brazil. In contrast to the latest clothing lines of Gucci’s creative director Frida Giannini were largely linear and straight.

The collections are looked great in an excellent series of evening looks. Designed with tapered pants cut off above the ankle and fine two-button suits made in cool jacquards and silks in wonderful hues of indigo and burnt rose.

The Gucci menswear, besides of its less Brazilian style had even little to do with modern men’s fashion. Some of them looked too familiar from Giannini’s most recent collections for the brand and their New Wave rocket attitude.

The designer also showcased a series of surfer looks made of modern nylons and micro fibers, but looks seem someone who had never actually surfed designed them.

“High tech kite surfer,” said Gianinni, who confessed to not having really tried the sport. “My arms are too weak,” she laughed. (yahoo fashion news)

Oscar Niemeyer never recognized his ideas in this Gucci collection even his buildings tapped directly into his immediate and exotic environment for inspiration.

Versace Men Spring 2009/2010 Fashion Week in Milan

The Milan runways are crowded with fashionistas who wants to witness the incredible Italian menswear Spring 2010 collections. They are trotting rippling through the season’s greatest designer made ensembles. Few of them made the impression of travel into more wishful thinker than the house of Versace. Its latest collection for men was a modern take on the French Foreign Legion.

Versace Men 2009

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The label’s design director, Alexander Plohkov through the effort of Donatella Versace made some tailoring “codes’ like sleek double breasted jackets in white linen perverted the mood by creating beautiful elongated djellabas with hazy desert mirage prints.

The Saharan theme creates a lively setting in stylish beige leather tops and bags with patchwork covered the show. A wide array of colors such as palette of khaki, white and sand is being used on silk muslin and crumpled leather fabrics.

The overall show made a genial roving nonchalance that recalled military braiding through its smart details like cavalry tassel belts and wristbands or even on faille collars on tuxedos.

Prada Men Spring 2009/2010 Milan Fashion Week

The designer, Miuccia Prada came up with some latest fashion for men in a Milan where the overriding feeling is of designers twist from their own previous body of work.

The spring 2010 menswear collection was covered and mixed with colors ranging from black to white made up of quotes from confusing movies to a great new stage set of wet shade walls.

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Prada Men Fashion Show 2009 Milan

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You could imagine the show seems a somber summer moment because of quotes in giant two-foot-high script and the charcoal foam seating to the collection itself, largely made up of various takes on gray.

Miuccia once said: “A movie, in black and white,” floated around with trays of the ideal, color coordinated cocktail – a White Russian. Even though it was restricted in color, this is one of the most innovative shows ever in Milan collections.

The designer remake her own silhouette and tailoring in an excellent way exclusively for Milan. The newest innovative thing could be found on jackets where the jacket lapel is drawn out to the belly button and even double-breasted looks have just two buttons.

The Prada’s accessory department also had an excellent part to the whole transparency trend of this four-day Italian event. The house showcased perforated leather shoes and pork pie hats and see-through dusters in a mesh nylon material paired with sneakers and fishing gears.

The Vera Wang Spring 2009 Collection

The Vera Wang Spring 2009 collection transudes all of the seduction, femininity, and glamor which define the importance of Hollywood fashion statement from the 30’s through the 50’s.

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Vera Wang Spring 2009 Images by Frazer Harrison

A collection full of styles, glamor and elegance ranging from siren dresses, slinky charmers slips, and amorous ball gowns. This collection represents the deliberate polish and sophistication of such smart, independent, and uniquely American stars as Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner and Jean Harlow. These legendary women came to define the myth that became American cinema.

Truly, Vera Wang knows how to ignite our senses with strong seductive techniques with her collection. We can see backs of dresses and gowns, giant bows, ties, and petticoats to bouquets of cut blossoms that provide extra doses of drama and flirtation that make an exit even more significant than an entrance.

Fashion as an “American art form” – Michelle Obama

michelle-obamaThe Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) honored the US First Lady, Michelle Obama during the awards night in New York last June 15. She praised the industry in her pre-taped video message “Fashion is an American art form with ingenuity and craftsmanship that contribute so much to our economy and culture.”

She is the “meteoric rise as a fashion icon”, the CFDA president Diane Von Furstenberg paid tribute to the wife of President Barack Obama. According to her, she had a unique look that balances the duality of her lives as an adviser and mother to Sasha, eight and Malia, 10.

The Awards

Womenswear Designer of the Year Award

The pair beat off stiff competition from Narciso Rodriguez and Marc Jacobs to land the prize, with the latter – accompanied by partner Lorenzo Martone – also missing out to Proenza Scouler for Accessories Designer of the Year. However, he was honoured with the InternationalAward for his work at Louis Vuitton.

Menswear Designer of the Year

Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein collection

Band of Outsiders for Scott Sternberg

Talent Award for Menswear

-sponsored by Swarovski

Tim Hamilton

Talent Award for Womenswear

Alexander Wang

The third Swarovski Emergiv Talent honour, for accessory design, went to Justin Giunta for Subversive Jewellery.

Veteran Anna Sui was honoured with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award

Ralph Lauren was given the Popular Vote Award

Women’s Wear Daily editor-in-chief Edward Nardoza was honoured with the Eugenia Sheppard Award

The creative director of GQ, Jim Moore, took the Eleanor Lambert Award.

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Jimmy Choo Collaboration for H&M

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H&M’s creatIve advisor Margareta van den Bosch with Tamara Mellon, founder and president of Jimmy Choo.

Photo: MAGNUS MAGNUSSON

The Swedish fashion chain, H&M signed a deal with the red carpet shoes and handbags sensation- Jimmy Choo. This latest collaboration comes hot on the shoe department of H&M, a collection of Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, and Britain’s ‘Boho King’, Matthew Williamson.

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Shoes from the Jimmy Choo for H&M collection

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Shoe shoppers will be able to get their hands the label’s version of the spike heels and ankle boots worn by famous Hollywood faces such as Cate Blanchett, Hilary Swank and Halle Berry starting on the second week of November at the bargain-priced between €40 and €200. The Jimmy Choo handbags for H&M will be in the same price bracket.
The fashion accessories will be provided by a one-off capsule collection of Jimmy Choo men and women’s wear as well as on shoes and handbags.

According to the founder and president of Jimmy Choo, Tamara Mellon “We are privileged to be among the fashion greats who have been affiliated with H&M so far, and to be designing a collection appealing to fashion-savvy, street-smart women, and to be including some great pieces for men, too“

“We adore Jimmy Choo’s shoes and bags,” “glamorous and sexy, and they add instant style to the simplest of outfits. I like the way we have worked with clothes to accessorise the shoes and bags rather than the other way around. This collaboration is particularly exciting because it’s our first shoe designer collection.” said Margareta van den Bosch, the creative advisor for H&M and the ‘brains’ behind the chain’s impressive roll-call of designer tie-ups, which includes Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Karl Lagerfeld and Roberto Cavalli, in addition to Comme and Williamson.

The Jimmy Choo shoes and handbags’ collection will be launched in almost 200 H&M stores worldwide on November 14th and will be readily available in the UK at the Oxford Circus, London W1 flagship and branches in major cities.

Source: Telegraph Fashion news

Milan Fashion Industry seen Falling again in 2009

Milan, the business, fashion and design capital of Italy is seen falling again this year after its fashion turnover. The demand for designer fashion stuffs saps as the recession continues.

The National Chamber of Fashion in Italy forecast on Monday, the turnover was seen down 6.5 percent to 62.176 billion euros ($86.31 billion) in 2009 and there’a tendency to fall higher.

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The chamber’s chairman, Mario Boselli told a news conference ahead of Milan’s menswear fashion week, which runs June 20-23, “This seems optimistic.”
“2009 had started “in the worst way” and a 3 percent fall in fashion turnover was expected for the second half of the year.

Last year, turnover for Italy’s fashion industry, known for names such as Giorgio Armani and Prada, fell 4 percent to 66.498 billion euros.
Luxury brands have not been spared by the global economic turmoil and the sector has been hit by restrained spending even among the super-rich.

Large players are seen better able to weather the storm and observers see smaller and family-run companies being the hardest hit.

Italy’s fashion industry earlier this year warned its members risked “falling to pieces” as they feel the strains of the economic crisis and called for government help.

EXCERPT: Yahoo Fashion news

Emma Watson Modeling Debut for Burberry

‘Harry Potter’ actress, Emma Watson makes her modeling debut for the House of Burberry on its Autumn/Winter 2009-10 Collection.

Emma Watson Burberry Campaign

The campaign will release in the August issues of magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, British Vogue and Tatler. It will also appear on the label’s official site early next month to go with the magazines’ releases.

An online digital campaign directed by Christopher Bailey including the podcasts and behind-the-scene footages can be seen on the Burberry official site. According to him, “having known and admired the lovely Emma Watson for quite some time, she was the obvious choice for this campaign.”

“I wanted the images to represent the rich history and modernity of Burberry while reflecting a quiet beauty, timelessness and strength that is particularly significant today.

Emma has a classic beauty, a great character and a modern edge. Her charm, intellect and brilliant sense of fun made the whole shoot feel like a picnic on the Thames.”

“I felt Emma would be strong enough to hold the campaign as the only girl, and I loved the idea of her being surrounded by these young, cool British guys,” he added.

See Hermione photos for the campaign representing the rich history and modernity of Burberry.

Source: (snitchseeker.com)

Fashion Night Out with Vogue

The news on fashion vogue are definitely hot in the arena and even more hotter when the leading fashion magazine worldwide, Vogue will be partnering with designers, boutiques and department stores worldwide to create a Fashion Night Out to be held around the globe this coming September 10, 2009.

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This evening extravaganza will be celebrated by the whole world from London to Paris, New York to Mumbai, and Beijing to Milan, Vogue editors, models, top celebrities and retailers. They will gather to celebrate the industry and to improve their shopping spirits as they take part in their respective cities and special fashion events.

Fashion’s Night Out is a big project intended to showcase the creativity, pleasure and fulfillment that fashion brings to us.

According Alexandra Shulman, the editor of British Vogue, “This worldwide activity is to remind us all that fashion is to be enjoyed and to mark the contribution that the shopping environment makes to all our lives.

We’re delighted to be in a position at VOGUE to undertake this enterprise and to bring retailers and shoppers together in central London for this unprecedented feel-good occasion. In these difficult economic times we want to reward the spirit of enterprise and imagination that the fashion industry encapsulates.”

2009 Fall Runway Report

“The best thing about fashion is when women dress for themselves in the mirror, not for a man or to make another woman mad.”

Women spend most of their time thinking about fashion as the best tool to ameliorate their status or to hide their insecurities rather than something to admire and enjoy with for their own happiness.

Alber Elbaz Fall 2009 collectionThe latest private runway show of Alber Elbaz’s Fall 2009 collection for the house of Lanvin in New York were attended by more than 150 Bergdorf Goodman guests.

Elbaz,the Israeli soldier who became a force in fashion strongly believe that fashion is a dying art form and that it’s necessary to support “the patternmakers and seamstresses who have given their lives to the profession. Lanvin is a house of whispers,” he added. “And not everyone hears us, but those who do love us, and we love them, too.”

The designer admitted in his statement, “Do women really need dresses for 3,000 euros and bags for 1,500?” the fact that his collections are not too expensive because of his simple craftsmanship.

Elbaz’s clothing lines have sexy touch of ’40s glamor having extra accessories like topping with fur. This ’40s statement were on almost designer’s mind not just exclusively for Lanvin. Fur sleeves

The ’40s were on many designers’ minds, not just at Lanvin. Fur sleeves made on retro-style suits of Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta and Alexander Wang collections to name a few. Ricardo Tisci presented one of his stylish collections at Givenchy show with loosely tailored, fur-topped clothing. The house of Dior with John Galliano style inspired by a postwar silhouette.

These are among of the fashion labels who presented their latest collection. They are “IN” and part of the Fall 2009 Runway Report.

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