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David Bowie and the Birth of Androgyny

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Demonstrating a solid knowledge of fashion history is essential for anyone who wishes to work in the fashion sector, irrespective of the role they wish to work in.

Although fashion is a highly innovative and creative industry, it is also highly cyclical. Many looks are revisited and reinterpreted by designers and this is a key reason why an awareness of fashion history is important. Understanding the heritage of seminal moments and the zeitgeist of that era means that one can reference where key looks have originated from and why.

In 1970, David Bowie (real name David Jones) released his third album called "The Man Who Sold the World." On the record cover, Bowie is pictured reclining on a chaise longue with long wavy hair and wearing a long velvet dress, dubbed the "man dress." Styled with some block-heeled suede boots, the look was deliberately androgynous. He repeatedly re-wore the "man dress", designed by Mick Jagger's dresser Mr Fish, throughout his US publicity tour in early 1971, despite being reportedly ridiculed by the general public on the street.

Some fashion historians credit Elvis Presley as the initiator of androgyny as a concept. However, Bowie's exaggerated use of makeup and theatrical stage outfits were seen as far more controversial than his androgynous style rival, who solely relied on eyeliner and a feminine pout. As the King of Reinvention, Bowie would use music and fashion as a means of self-expression through his personas like Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and the Thin White Duke.

"People like Jean Paul Gaultier, Zandra Rhodes [and] Vivienne Westwood really did extraordinary things, which were all linked in many, many ways with David Bowie, who was a seminal figure," says Colin McDowell MBE, fashion writer, journalist and academic. Indeed, androgyny remains a key trend in fashion today, with designers like JW Anderson, Eckhaus Latta and Rad Hourani creating unisex products and high street brands including Zara and H&M following suit.Read more at:elegant evening dresses

Publicerat klockan 09:13, den 10 juli 2018
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In a country like Luxembourg, where chic, dark, branded and sophisticated are the most common accoutrements, standing out has become difficult, especially with the “fast fashion” industry at play. Shops like H&M, Zara and Pimkie offer affordable and frequently renewed trends, accessible to anyone. But some individuals, like the ones Delano met, manage to develop their own style--from vintage, to smart and elegant, to casual chic.

Who could be more suitable to explain what fashion is than travel and fashion blogger and freelance photographer Anna Katina, who has amassed almost 9,500 Instagram followers in four years? Often associated with a casual chic look, feminine with a touch of masculinity, Anna knows how to combine trends and personal style.

For her, fashion is about a mix of trends and personal style. “Creators present their brand and every fast fashion shop creates clothing inspired by these brands,” she explains. But when she is not shooting with sponsored clothes, Anna prefers discovering local shops from all around the world; unique pieces that she cannot find in Luxembourg.

Another important factor that makes fashion, according to Anna, is quality. Because nowadays, people are more demanding. “The textile is very important. It’s not the brand that motivates me in my choice.” Reproachful of a “not daring enough trend” in Luxembourg, Anna is not afraid to reveal her personality by playing with patterns, sizes and colours to bring out her young and contemporary side.

Being distinguishable

“I like wearing something that reflects my daily mood. It can be very chic to very trash,” says co-founder of the communication and advertising agency Plan K, Kristof Della Siega.

He has what could be called a vintage style; retro and antique. Between kitsch blazer, vest, jeans, Cognac shoes with menswear-inspired brogue and extravagant beard and moustache, Kristof does not go unnoticed in Luxembourg.

Not into fashion and brands but certainly trendy, he knows how to cultivate his own personal style. “I feel comfortable. I like playing with different pieces that are not necessarily trendy.” Yet, he is not only unique in his style, but also in his confidence and approach to fashion, coupled with a great sense of humour. “I got this problem that people easily recognise me, but I can’t remember them,” he says. Kristof’s approach to fashion is simple, buying on a whim and “being distinguishable”.

Revenge on life

For Diane Tea, marketing and mergers director and technology investor, fashion is more than clothing items, it is “a revenge on life”. As a young political refugee, she followed her family to the other end of the world where “clothing wasn’t even part of the basic needs”.

Since then, she has expressed her identity, mindset, mood and creativity through colours and designs. “I inspire. I know I inspire women to take care of their look, to take care of themselves and be more confident,” she explains.

The dress fanatic reflects a smart and elegant style but “behind the scenes”, as she says, her fashion choices are simpler and more practical with few accessories and pieces. Unable to find clothes matching her body type, she became adept at online shopping on sites such as Zalando where she can find “nice clothes, nice design, great quality and very affordable” fashion. Above all, Diane is an advocate of ecology, sustainability and children’s education in developing countries, and that is reflected in her clothing choice.

“I would feel really bad spending fortunes on clothing just for myself.” Willing to invest in her beliefs, Diane aims for a more sustainable world where organic cotton predominates.

Three people, three styles and still the same question raised: what makes fashion? Fashion is everything, fashion is an industry, “a combination of a lot of things” as Diane says. But above all, fashion seems to be a projection of who we are.Read more |

Publicerat klockan 11:27, den 3 maj 2018
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St. Thomas student artfully juggles school

Junior Alexandra Howard is a full-time swimmer, a part-time New Yorker and a lover of all things fashion.

She is also a full-time St. Thomas student pursuing a major in marketing and a minor in communication and journalism, and she has spent her past two summers interning in the fashion industry.

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The summer after her first year at St. Thomas, Howard enrolled in a class at New York University. Howard planned on living in New York for six months, but her plans quickly changed when she networked her way into two fashion internships.

“My decision to move to New York after my freshman year taught me a lot about myself,” she said. “It taught me to not be scared of anything and go for what you want.”

During New York Fashion Week in September 2016, Howard interned for Launchmetrics by prepping technology and software before fashion shows and assisting several designers’ public relations teams. Howard has been able to work with and be surrounded by a number of influential members of the fashion industry, including models Kylie Jenner and Gigi Hadid, as well as Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue.

Even though Howard spends a lot of her time in New York, she has her feet firmly planted in Minnesota.

“Family is really important to me,” Howard said. “I also have made such good friends with my swim teammates that I know I couldn’t find anywhere else.”

Howard joined the swim team her first year at St. Thomas. Fellow swimmer junior Molly Vancil described the energy Howard brings to every practice and meet.

“She’s a good teammate, she’s a good friend and she never stops smiling. She brings such a big personality to the team,” Vancil said. “She’s a hardworker all around, and that shows in the pool and in other areas in her life,” Vancil said.

Howard’s love for fashion began when her family spent their holidays in New York City.

“My interest in fashion grew more and more with every trip. I just knew that I wanted to work in the fashion world,” Howard said. “I look at fashion as an art, creativity and a way of expressing myself.”

Howard has experienced a lot of early success, but she is not immune to hearing ‘no.’

“I got told ‘no’ a lot, but I didn’t let that stop me. I kept persisting and putting myself out there. I’ve learned to keep going if I’ve been told no, and work around it,” Howard said.Read more at:short formal dresses australia

Publicerat klockan 08:36, den 18 april 2018
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Chanel make-up artist Lucia Pica on the rules to break now

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Since make-up artist Lucia Pica was tapped as global creative make-up and colour designer for Chanel three years ago, the beauty world has watched on as the Italian, who up until that point had discreetly flown under the beauty radar, has lent a modern voice to a heritage brand. Here, she decodes contemporary colour, the French beauty aesthetic and her long-held admiration for women.

On the wearability of bold colours

“Coloured eyeliner, like blue eyeliner, is a good way to start using colour. I think when people are looking at colour in a palette, they almost feel like they have to do a very complicated and strong look. But you can just take a little bit of your eyeshadow and put it in the middle of the lids – just there to start with. You don’t want it to look 80s, so you don’t want to put too much colour on your eyelids; you want to blend its oftly around your eye areas in a round shape, or you want to use an eyeliner or just apply a little bit of colour with your fingers. The use of texture, that is what defines modernity for me. That’s why you don’t want to go too powdery, heavy or chalky.”

On the French beauty aesthetic

“Looking at the Parisian women, now that I’m spending a lot more timethere [Pica is Italian and lives in London], I feel like they have really beautiful strong features, and they seem pretty strong in their decision making and they must apply the same to their beauty routine. French women leave their hair quite relaxed, so they have a good balance between strong and relaxed. I think that they really own it. It’s about having that nonchalant attitude.”

On the beauty rules that should be broken

“What I find really hard to see is this strong contour and highlight trend that has invaded, and not because there is something wrong with contouring and highlighting at all – I do it in my work as well – but it’s the fact that it makes people think that they should be doing that in order to look a certain way and to look like everybody else.

I think make-up should be used as an enhancer of beauty and I think it should be a joyful way of expressing yourself and spending time with yourself. We sometimes forget that women all have something to say individually, and even though I’m creating products for Chanel, it’s very democratic and it’s actually inviting women to play and to try to be inspired and to not feel intimidated. My collections seem quite strong, but they’re very open and welcoming, and I always think of pairing bold things with more natural things. It should be more about expressing individuality and not having to follow rules: there should be more freedom of expression and more acceptance of differences.”Read more at:mermaid formal dresses

Publicerat klockan 09:54, den 10 april 2018
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Silk Route

When Om, a Lotus flower, a Khanda and a combination of crescent and stars walked the ramp in Karachi, Pakistan, on March 28, fashion designer Mohsin Sayeed made a statement that shocked many.

Titled ‘Colour Me Secular’, the 50-year-old’s latest collection aimed at showcasing the six main religions that exist in Pakistan — Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism, apart from Islam. “Secularism is profanity in Pakistan, it’s being shunned all over the world. I want to showcase inclusion, social cohesion and give a strong message of tolerance and inclusion,” said Sayeed. He runs his label, The Pink Tree Company, with Hadia Khan and Sheena Rizvi, which turns six this year.

Part of the annual Hum TV fashion showcase, the collection put on the runway a saffron sari with Om block-printed on it to represent Hinduism, a leafy green farshi-garara to represent Islam, a Muslin priest’s robe over a shift dress with two Crosses, and Khanda- the military symbol of Sikhs — on a blouse with a sari with Urdu text on it, among others. The jewellery too comprises religious symbols such as an Om pendant and ring, and the Faravahar icon of the Parsis.

“There’s no time to be subtle anymore, which is why the symbols have been used. It’s quite a bold move and we are receiving flak for it too,” said Sayeed.

He began the show with Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s first Presidential address at the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947, where he emphasised on the need to be secular. “Fashion is highly political, it can be used as sociopolitical expression, and I hope it has an impact on people,” said Sayeed.

Since the photos of the collection made their way to the Facebook and Instagram accounts, Sayeed said he’s been inundated with a lot of hatred. “We’ve been careful to not offend anyone. None of the block prints of symbols touch the ground… we consulted followers of all the six religions. But people are saying why we are promoting Hindu culture,” said Sayeed.Read more at:white cocktail dresses | pink formal dresses

Publicerat klockan 11:33, den 2 april 2018
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Get into sartorial groove at Fashion Fair

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A few years ago, we had a good thing going here in Cyprus with local designers, photographers, models and fashionistas all enjoying a local Fashion Week. And it was great – not only for those of us who were invited to sit in the f’row, but also for all the local talent – people who got to showcase their skills to an island-wide audience. Alas, the CFW disappeared into the ether, and with it went many a wonderful opportunity for talented local creatives. Until now, that is. Because one local industry luminary is planning to recreate those opportunities – and more – at the end of March with Cyprus’ first professional Fashion Fair…

Well-known stylist, with a portfolio of work across Europe under his belt, Panos Yerolemides has put together an event which is absolutely unmissable for the dedicated follower of fashion. Taking place at Pavilion in Nicosia from March 30 to April 1, the Cyprus Fashion Fair promises to be all that was Fashion Week – and then some… Designers, shops, catwalk shows, workshops and lectures all under one roof, with the aim of promoting the local fashion industry.

Billed as ‘the biggest fashion exhibition in Cyprus’, the fair is modelled on similar events in Europe: the Tranoi show in Paris, Athens’ Fashion Trade Show, and the Pure London event in the UK. “A Fashion Fair is something that’s missing from Cyprus,” explains Panos, who is co-organising the event with venue manager Alexis Michaelides. “Having worked across Europe, I’ve seen what’s out there in terms of promoting regional brands and shops, and we just don’t have an event of a similarly professional calibre here on the island – something that markets our local designers and boutiques.

“Here in Cyprus, there are a great many fashion creatives, and they’re amazing at what they do,” Panos continues. “You see their work in magazines, in photoshoots, and on television, but what’s lacking is one, large expo where they can all come together under one roof to promote what they do – to introduce their work to the others in the industry and to the general public.”

To this end, the Fashion Fair will boast a number of local design talent (over 30 exhibitors at the last count, including well-known creatives such as Anastasia Lardas, Erotikritos, Elena Andreou and Kika Ioannidou), shop owners, artists, stylists, photographers and models. Booths for designers and shops will be set up across the width of the main hall, while a large catwalk will sit centre stage. “We’ve organised three shows a day, showcasing various exhibitors,” Panos reveals. “We’re also offering several workshops with the designers themselves: tutorials and seminars explaining the creative process, an in-depth look at how the fashion industry really works from those who are in the thick of it.

“I think this will be particularly valuable to younger people who are interested in fashion,” he adds. “Anyone who’s ever dreamt of a career in the industry, be they designer, stylist, photographer or model, will be able to draw on the experience of the professional exhibitors. They’ll be meeting the designers themselves, talking about how it all works, finding out how to market and promote themselves, and discovering the difficulties and challenges involved in such a career path. Plus, they’ll have the chance to ask all their questions which – until now – may have gone unanswered!”

Hoping to create an ongoing event, with two iterations per year, organisers see this first fair as “a way to introduce the idea of a professional fashion trade show to Cyprus. We want to take the industry that step further,” says Panos. “This isn’t just a market where you go and buy handmade necklaces, this isn’t hobbies. This is about the professionals, an official fashion trade expo for Cyprus that will, over time, attract buyers from all over the world – a really big event that will echo down the years.”

All in all, it’s a perfect opportunity for anyone lamenting the loss of our local fashion week (or is too young to remember that it ever existed!) to get back into the sartorial groove; a chance to meet local movers and shakers (and possibly snag a coveted designer discount: prices on most items will be reduced for the duration!). Dedicated followers of fashion: diary this now! One day, you’ll be able to say you attended the very first Cyprus Fashion Fair!Read more at:plus size evening wear

Publicerat klockan 04:19, den 27 mars 2018
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Emiratis shine at Paris Fashion Week

Summers are fast approaching and it is rattling the fashionistas looking for latest fashion trends for summer months.

Some summer fashion trends can be seen continuing from the yesteryear such as pleated pants and crop tops.

However, here is an insight on latest tips on summer trends of 2018 by Ashima Sharma, a fashion designer and founder of Ashima S Couture.

The ever-stylish cold shoulders give a variety of styling options, they can be worn as a top, a shirt dress, evening party maxi dresses and can be paired with almost anything due to their mass appeal & growing popularity.

The asymmetrical & high-low trend also makes a great summer option with plain vibrant colours. This silhouette has gained much popularity in recent years and can be worn as plain dresses and tops.

Most recent addition to the asymmetrical kitty is the shirts which are being made with an asymmetrical or high low silhouette.

Culottes are the latest addition to Palazzo style which also makes them the newest trend that’s been catching on with the youth. Culottes are a great summer option in 2018 for the formal pant lovers and also the casual street style fashionistas – they can be worn as formal culottes as well as culottes shorts.

Off Shoulder is a trend to stay and is definitely a great summer option for 2018. Unlike the cold-shoulder, the off-shoulder can be styled with evening wear, being similar in style.

The off-shoulder can be worn with any kind of short/long dresses and tops and can be paired with anything. This style has also gained much popularity among the youth which makes it a great summer option this season.

Bell bottoms were a trend from the 80’s which has recently made a comeback in the west & has started to catch on as a trend again in India as well. The bell bottoms make a stylish retro summer option for fashionistas this season.

Summer shrugs are the eternal summer favourites of most fashionistas as they can be worn with almost anything – be it skirts, shorts or jeans. Hence they are trending in 2018 as well as they make a great summer option.Read more at:formal dresses perth | cheap formal dresses

Publicerat klockan 09:56, den 14 mars 2018
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Rita Ora’s secret fashion collection

LOS ANGELES-Rita Ora reveals she has been working ‘secretly’ on a new merchandise line ahead of her upcoming tour.

Rita Ora is launching a brand new range of merchandise.

The 27-year-old singer is about to embark on a new tour and has revealed that she has been working on a ‘’secret’’ collection exclusively for her fans which they can but when they come and see her perform. Speaking about her creation, she said: ‘’I have been working secretly on this for a while with my team. I am so passionate about fashion so it’s such a pleasure and honour for me to be able to express that through my very own collection. It is meant to inspire you to be your best self, your own hero!’’ The clothing and accessories collection will be called ‘ROARA REPUBLIC’- a play on her own name - and will feature crewneck sweaters, hoodies, t-shirts and hats in a range of gender neutral designs that will be available to buy on her website from March 3. The ‘Anywhere’ singer was inspired by her London roots and incorporated the city’s rich and diverse legacy as well as 90s street aesthetic for her nostalgic clothing range designs. Rita is not new to the fashion market, having previously spent three years designing for athleisure brand Adidas Originals, where she came up with 15 collections that were worn by the likes of Gigi Hadid and Beyonce. After a performance of her latest ‘Fifty shades’ single ‘For you’ at the Brit’s, the singer jetted off to Milan Fashion Week where she walked the red carpet at the Prada show.

She took to her Instagram story to post images of her pre-show beauty regime which took place on the beauty’s private jet. She said: ‘’Doing eye liner on the place isn’t easy! See you soon at prada.’’

In one picture, the star was seen lounging in her underwear as a team of make-up artists and stylists rallied around to help her get glammed and she captioned it: ‘’Glam on a plane straight to a fashion show.”Read more | short formal dresses australia

Publicerat klockan 10:36, den 28 februari 2018
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Demi Lovato Takes a Seat for Fabletics

Don’t tell Demi Lovato that sitting is the new smoking.

Multitasking may be a sport of sorts for the self-described singer-songwriter-actress-entrepreneur-philanthropist, but for her newest ad campaign for Fabletics, she decided to take a seat. Wearing coordinating leggings and a bra top with sneakers, Lovato is all smiles in one shot lounging in a leather chair taking a selfie. (The image would appear to be a wink at the “Selfie-Worthy Styles” on the Fabletics by Kate Hudson site.) In another of Lovato’s new ads, she appears in a neon cropped top and leggings, twirling her ponytail while semi-reclined on the floor surrounded by albums. Last season she took a more athletic approach, standing with both hands wrapped apparently ready for sparring.

Despite the Annal of Internal Medicine’s report that excessive sitting can run the risk of early death – regardless of how much you exercise — Fabletics is taking a more relaxed approach to branding this time around. But the five-year-old brand creates clothing to inspire shoppers to stay active — however they define that. JustFab Inc. co-chief executive officers Don Ressler and Adam Goldenberg launched Fabletics with Kate Hudson to offer stylish, high-quality gear at an accessible price point.

Earlier this week Lovato plugged her Fabletics capsule collection on Instagram with a Polaroid of her wearing a few pieces with “Loving my strappy saoirse bra! What’s your fave #Demi4Fabletics piece so far?? @fabletics @fableticseu.” She also gave her 65 million Instagram followers a glimpse of one of her all-pink outfits for the Kate Hudson-founded brand. But one day last week she chose to stretch out in a one-piece black swimsuit to draw attention to her sixth album with #tellmeyouloveme. Lovato recently said she has turned a deaf ear to online haters in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres.

Lovato’s new Fabletics images may play up a more relaxed approach to exercise, but the label appears to be going strong. As of Wednesday afternoon, 20.3 billion products had been sold, according to the site’s running tally. Lovato’s world tour with DJ Khaled is also under way. She will be on her own in Dallas at the House of Blues on Feb. 9, but Khaled will join her in San Diego’s Viejas Arena on Feb. 26.Read more at:formal dress shops | formal dress shops brisbane

Publicerat klockan 10:05, den 18 januari 2018
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Vic Fashion Festival line-up unveiled

She's one of the 1990's original supermodels and has partnered with a major sponsor of Melbourne Fashion Festival, but will Helena Christensen actually be attending the country's largest fashion event?

Unveiling the festival's program on Thursday, CEO Graeme Lewsey told reporters Ms Christensen was attending, noting a Herald Sun story that claimed the 49-year-old will be a guest of honour in 2018.

"(Herald Sun) has already reported Helena is coming," he said.

But the festival's PR team later denied Ms Christensen was coming, saying her only link to the program was an eyewear company she promotes which will be selling sunglasses at the event.

If she does come, it wouldn't be her first time at the festival, having wowed crowds in 2011 and 1997.

French fashion house Hermes will host a free exhibit, flying in artisans to speak about how their famous bags and accessories take shape - including the famous birkin bag which takes about 48 hours to create and has a year-long waiting list.

Now in its 22nd year, the three-week festival will be a fashion devotee's paradise, with more than 100 designers showing at 50 runway shows.

It will also boast 15 independent off-site catwalks, menswear and a bridal showcase.

Australian designers Alice McCall, Camilla and Marc, Carla Zampatti, Dion Lee, Rachel Gilbert and Scanalan Theodore will show off their latest collections, alongside international designers Alexander McQueen and Saint Laurent.

And unlike Sydney's fashion week, the clothes seen on the runway aren't six months from hitting stores - they're available to buy immediately through an interactive on-site shopping option.

Away from the catwalk, the festival offers a range of cultural experiences including a film festival, workshops, talks and art exhibitions.Read more at:formal dresses canberra | cheap formal dresses

Publicerat klockan 07:46, den 12 januari 2018
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First-Time Designer Makes a Splash with Paradise Ranch Designs

Kristyn Goddard, the designer and owner of Paradise Ranch Designs, dreamed of buying swimwear that could be as alluring as a Hollywood starlet’s portrait from the 1940s and 1950s yet not reveal too much of a woman’s body.

But when shopping, she could never find these suits. So the first-time designer decided to create a line for herself.

Even though she had no experience designing, Goddard, the sole investor in her label, doesn’t consider herself a fashion novice. She spent 15 years working as a fit model in Los Angeles before opening the Paradise Ranch Pet Resort in 1996, a cage-free boarding kennel for dogs. It is located 20 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles.

When she set out to launch her first collection, the budding designer worked with Margot Stone, a downtown Los Angeles patternmaker Goddard knew from her days as a fit model.

In February 2016, Paradise Ranch Designs was selected to exhibit at WWDMAGIC’s Emerging Designer Showcase in Las Vegas.

The collection includes one-piece bathing suits with long sleeves and silhouettes that resemble bodysuits. Other styles include “Snorkel Couture,” which is reminiscent of a wet suit.

These one-pieces also offer ample coverage to shield thighs all the way down to the knees.

The line includes rompers that feature cutout panels around the arms and the collar. Other one-piece suits juxtapose mesh and typical swimwear fabric such as spandex.

The label’s two-piece suits offer boy-short silhouettes instead of bikini bottoms. Other bottoms feature vintage-inspired, high-waisted styles and skorts—a hybrid of a skirt and a short.

Tops include retro-inspired, tie-front halters and tops with fabric that covers arms and provides more coverage than a typical bikini triangle top.

The collection comes in solid colors including black, white, cardinal and olive. It also comes in prints such as tropical florals, tie dyes and animal prints.

In addition, Paradise Ranch Designs offers a wide variety of other pieces, such as dresses, jackets, pants and boardshorts. “The pieces we designed are way more than a bathing suit,” Goddard said. “You spend a lot of money on bathing suits, and you don’t wear them but a couple of times over the summer. With Paradise Ranch Designs, we made matching pants, skirts and coverups so you could make an outfit out of your suit,” Goddard said.

The company also makes suits for pets, which often match the styles in the women’s collection. Samples of the pet clothes were exhibited at a Fashion Unleashed fund-raiser, produced last March by the Fashion for Profit entrepreneurial education group.

After the fundraiser, Goddard decided to make more pet clothes. “We’ve sold as many dog clothes as ladies’ clothes,” the designer said. “Anything to do with dogs is popular.”Read more at:bridesmaid dresses australia | formal dress shops sydney

Publicerat klockan 09:12, den 5 januari 2018
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Carol Alt reflects on her decades-long career

In 1980, brunette beauty Carol Alt was hailed as “The Next Million Dollar Face” by Life Magazine and soon after, Playboy came calling, crowning her “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World.” Still, the statuesque supermodel was looking to make a difference beyond her looks.

Since then, the 57-year-old has kicked off a completely unique career — that of being an advocate for the raw food movement, which aims to boost good health by savoring unprocessed foods. Alt insisted it has been her secret to helping her combat the private woes she endured behind the camera.

But several books later, Alt is ready to embark on the next chapter of her life. She currently serves as the creative marketing director for luxury interchangeable shoe line Cat Perkins and even teased the idea of possibly creating a collection of her own in the New Year.

Fox News spoke with Alt about landing the cover of Sports Illustrated and the moment that changed everything.

Fox News: Looking back, what were some of the challenges you faced as a model?

Carol Alt: Crazy enough when I started back in the day, brown hair was exotic… It was blonde hair and blue eyes that made all the covers… The agency said to me, "Don’t get your heart set on doing that many covers. You have brown hair." And then by 1986, it became normal to see a brown haired girl on the cover... Even though today, that doesn’t look like diversity, but back in the day it was.

Fox News: How did being called “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World” impact you over the years?

Alt: Ultimately at the outset, it’s super flattering and of course, when you are a young model and you need the publicity to create an image, a career, it was very, very nice to be able to hear that.

Hugh Hefner was the one who called me “the most beautiful woman in the world.” I just thought, out of all the women he’s worked with! He hadn’t even worked with me at that point… And of course, as you get older, it becomes even more flattering when somebody says that in the moment. I’m 57 so it’s nice to hear that.

Fox News: Describe that moment when you saw your 1982 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover for the first time.

Alt: I was in Paris shooting for Lancome. I had to be in London right after that. But the agency called me and said, “You need to come back to New York.” Of course, the first thing my brain goes to is “What disaster happened?" "Is my family ok?”

But then they said, “Everything is fine, you just have to appear on 'Good Morning America.'" I thought, “Really? You’re going to fly me from Paris to do ‘Good Morning America’ and then you’re going to fly me back out that afternoon to London and push a whole shoot?" But they wouldn’t tell me why.

Fox News: And then what happened?

Alt: When I arrived back in New York, that’s when they told me as I was getting dressed to do "Good Morning America"… I was too tired to register the fact that I somehow made the cover. But when they unveiled that photo, I thought, “I kind of look like a little boy.” And that was the last shot of the last day. I couldn’t even get the brush to my hair. It was the one shot where I said, “Oh, they’ll never use this.”

I learned that up until two days before, they had Kim Alexis on the cover laying on a stone wall. But at the last minute they changed their mind. And oddly enough, Christie Brinkley… did Life Magazine and the cover was of her in the same bathing suit. I thought, “This is awful because she looks better in it than I do!” I will always see myself as the daughter of a fireman, a geeky, overweight teenager with curly hair.

Fox News: After your success, what made you want to embark on a healthier lifestyle?

Alt: I have to say it started out as a vanity thing. I was on a shoot, I was 34-35 years old. There was a 22-year-old model. I didn’t think she was particularly pretty. She was ok-looking, but oh so attractive. The whole set just gravitated towards her because she had this energy and exuberance for life. She was jumping around and having a good time.

I was kind of tired and even though I was the name of the project… she put me to shame. She really did. I just watched her in fascination. I wasn’t angry or jealous of her… But I was thinking, “How did I go from that… to feeling so tired, bloated and ugly? I’m hiding behind rocks and I don’t want to be here. What happened?” I started researching and I started praying because I realized there was something that was happening.

Fox News: What did you do?

Alt: I tried everything. I tried the Beverly Hills diet, but I was throwing up frozen blueberries because it was disgusting… It was horrible. I tried not eating – all not good for me… I [ultimately] called a doctor a friend of mine suggested… everything he said made so much sense that I knew it was the truth.

All those things that ailed me, I didn’t think about anymore. Like heartburn, headaches, sinuses, infection – I’ve never been bothered by them again. It was almost an immediate relief from those issues. We’re not been told all of these are related to food. We’re just told, “Buy a pill.” Changing my diet was all I needed to do.

Fox News: How do tackle the pressures of the fashion industry?

Alt: Everybody expects you to look perfect. It’s so much pressure that women are getting their faces pulled and tucked and injected to achieve a certain anti-aging affect when most of that can be dealt with diet. And then, a little touch here and there will give you a greater effect. I’m not against that stuff at all. I’m just against over-using it. Or doing it to the point where it drastically changes how you appear.

The first thing that makes a woman look old to me is the work that she’s had done on her face. It also tells me how insecure she is. That is very unattractive to me. If it was a guy doing that, signaling how insecure they’re feeling? Why would I date a guy like that? What attracts me is someone who has passion and confidence. That’s a calling card.

Fox News: You’re now the creative marketing director for Cat Perkins.

Alt: They created an incredible base, a technology that nobody else has. That’s why I got involved. I cold-called a year ago and said, “I want to help.” We launched a website in December and we sold out so fast.

Once somebody gets this shoe on their foot, they order it immediately. It’s luxurious and stylish, but the hidden secret is it’s got a sports insole so it’s like walking in sneakers…. What I want to do now is create a line of red carpet shoes for women. Who doesn’t love shoes?Read more at:formal wear | evening dresses australia

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Growing up we’ve all wanted one thing of Cinderella’s. Oh, please, not the prince, THE SHOES! Because can you really be a princess without a pair of high heels like those? And what good are those high heels if you like them standing still like a prize on your shoe rack instead of rocking them everywhere you go?

Christian Louboutin once said, “the stiletto is a feminine weapon that men just don’t have.”But that statement can’t work for you if you don’t know how to walk in a pair of sparkly stilettos! Walking in heels is an art, one that every woman should master.

If you suck at it, you’re stuck with flip-flops and sneakers for eternity. Surprisingly more women than you can fathom lack this very basic skill. No one cares if you can’t cook; but if you can’t walk in heels, you’re busted for life!

Wondering how to learn to walk in heels? Here are some tips to light your path so that you may always step out in style.

The right shoe size

Starting with the basics. You’ve probably heard this a lot: there’s a high heeled sandal out there just waiting for you. As cliché as it might sound it does stand as a truth. The sandal that is waiting for you can walk you to other high heels.

But you must first find it. Here’s how you can figure that the next high heel you try putting on would be more pleasure, less pain: first off, make sure you’re buying the right size. There are so many women out there who do not have a care in the world when it comes to the perfect shoe sizing. Despite being well aware of the moral of Cinderella’s story, they keep making the same mistake.

They go for a pair that is either so tight that their feet feel cramped or so loose that their toes can literally dance in the shoes and lead them to the ultimate fall of their life. So ladies, be nice to yourself and make sure your shoes are the perfect fit.

Comfort matters

Many women think that immediately jumping from slip-in sneakers to heels as high as most men’s ego is an okay choice. But noo, if you don’t know how to walk in high heels why challenge yourself? Life is already tough, don’t make it tougher. You weren’t taught biology in grade one directly, it all started with science.

So, go easy on yourself. Try kitty heels first, or only a wee bit high wedges, then keep upping your heel game. Slowly. Another tip within this one: go for robust soles. Thin soles are not that comfortable. Avoid delicate shoes and materials. Platform wedges are easy to walk in for this very reason.

Walk that walk

Okay, enough about how to select your shoes. Let’s move toward how to learn to walk in heels. Walking in the heels carries more uh-oh-stumble risks when you put your whole foot down and while on the move, exert pressure on your toes. That’s not how it’s done. Put your heels down first, next come your toes.

Secondly lean slightly back. Mostly, what happens is that in the awkwardness of it all, you end up forcing your neck or your upper body out. So relax and lean back, you don’t want to look more like a duck than a lady.

Next, arch your feet a bit so that your pressure is on the inside of the shoes. This will also make your foot feel cozier as the shoe would fit perfectly then. Remember, practice makes perfect.

Relax a bit

Never feel ashamed to sit down when you get a chance to. Take breaks because if you tire yourself you might find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere. Try to make it look casual. Pretty sure even a Victoria’s Secret model can trip if she walks for too long and exhausts her heel-clad feet.

Also, don’t forget to take small steps. This doesn’t mean that you are supposed to walk like Velma (from Scooby-Doo) in heels. Just smaller steps than you usually take. Rushing in heels is a no-way-hosay scenario. Never run in a pair even when you’re feeling particularly gutsy.

Also, try to be calm. It’s just heels after all. No big deal at all. Don’t keep focusing on your how high your heel is. Don’t look at how it clicks on the ground. Make sure your posture is comfortable. Stand straight and try to concentrate on that. Imagine yourself walking comfortably and you’ll be able to do it. Think about something else (like food) and you’ll be good.

Footwear designer Victor Chu says, “Engage your abs; this gives you poise and control. Walk heel to toe, which transfers impact to the leg instead of the ball of the foot. And relax your hips and knees so you’ll be fluid and graceful.”

Prepare your shoes

If this is a battle and your sandals are your weapons, brace them for what is to come. Scratch the soles of your heels with sandpaper. Don’t have sandpaper? Wear the pair and take a walk on the street. You need to do this because slick soles feel slippery, without any hold, on marble or hardwood floors.

If you feel like your feet have a knack for sliding in your sandals ready the sandals and steady your feet in them with footpads. There are lots of different products out there that can be of help in this regard. This way, your feet will be firm your shoes and you can save them from getting hurt as well.

Lastly, don’t walk the walk of shame when you can walk the walk of fame.Read more at:formal dresses online australia | formal dress shops sydney

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Garment League will host Phoenix fashion event

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The Garment League (TGL) and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will partner to showcase Phoenix’s most talented fashion designers, artists and trendsetters at On Central – Phoenix Fashion & Art Weekend (PHXFAW) held on February 23 – 25, 2018.

This one-of-a-kind experience is destined to become one of the premier cultural events in the western region. This true multimedia event presents endless opportunities to explore captivating collections from nationally renowned and local designers on the runway, on-site art and photography exhibits, live musical performances, forums, pop up shops, state-of-the art “chill” lounge and much more. On Central will be located at the fabulous, CityScape downtown district complex, with upscale shopping, dining and entertainment, where life pulses around every corner. The CityScape backdrop is courtesy of the generous support from Red Development. According to Red, “CityScape is the central hub of downtown Phoenix — the place where people come together for community events and celebrations of all kinds”.

In partnership with Mayor Greg Stanton, On Central will provide the perfect blend of high-end luxury, art and fashion combined with showcasing relevant and affordable brands to sophisticated and savvy consumers. The Phoenix, AZ market is filled with individuals seeking incredible creations by local artists and designers that speak to their chic lifestyles, and demonstrated in the way they experience life, business, community and the arts.

The Garment League’s Board President and CEO Tricee Thomas’ concept is something all Phoenicians should be proud of – as the city is undergoing a renaissance at the intersection of art, design, food, fashion and entertainment – On Central was a natural fit. Together with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, charity partner Amanda’s Hope and visionary supporters, the organization is excited to create an experience that celebrates the city’s vital community.Read more at:elegant evening dresses

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The fashion world is obsessed with dorky dad shoes

If you want to look fresh, try raiding your father’s closet.

“Dad shoes” — those thick-soled, aggressively awkward sneakers beloved by Jerry Seinfeld, circa 1994 — are currently fashion’s hottest, must-have accessory.

And celebrities can’t get enough of them.

Just this past month, Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Jaden Smith have all sported new clunky tennis shoes by brands like Yeezy and Louis Vuitton.

Chance the Rapper donned a pair while hosting “Saturday Night Live” in November, while model Bella Hadid wore some very dadlike Nikes during a recent dinner with her own dad.

“We’re in the dad-sneaker peak at the moment,” says Yu-Ming Wu, cofounder of the traveling industry footwear event Sneaker Con, which takes place in New York City on Dec. 16 and 17.

Andrew Raisman, founder of the app Copdate, which allows users to buy highly coveted kicks without waiting in line, believes the trend originated with Yeezy “Powerphase,” an all-white, defiantly uncool sneaker released by rapper-designer Kanye West in March 2017.

“It’s like Kanye went into the Adidas archive and was like, ‘Find the weirdest, most generic shoe and let me make it a hype sneaker,’” Raisman says.

Apparently, Kanye was onto something.

Modal Trigge“Triple S” trainers, $850 at Balenciaga

In September, Balenciaga launched a $850 multicolored dad sneaker, the “Triple S,” which Wu says go for $1,500 on resale sites.

Luxury labels like Céline and Gucci have shown old-fogeylike kicks on their Spring and Resort 2018 runways, while street-style stars attended September’s Fashion Week sporting ungainly sneakers with fabulous, fancy frocks.

In response, sportier brands like Fila and Sketchers have re-released their own vintage geeky designs. “They’re the antithesis of the kind of slick, technical shoes that had dominated the sneaker world for a long time,” says Raisman, adding that unattractive footwear is just part of the current trend.

“A 15-year-old kid and a 50-year-old man dress the same now,” he says, citing the oversize drab trenchcoats, bland $800 hoodies and Soviet-era threads by the influential design collective Vetements.

Not that Raisman covets any dad kicks for himself.

“I guess they’re comfortable, they look pretty sturdy, and they make you look two inches taller,” he says. “But from a purely aesthetic perspective, they’re nothing great to look at.Read more at:red evening dresses | orange formal dresses

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It’s Time for Adaptive Fashion

“My money and my existence is as valid as yours,” said Sinéad Burke, a Dublin-based teacher, PhD student and fashion blogger who is 105 centimetres (or three foot five inches) tall. She has become an advocate for little people, who often face major challenges in many aspects of life — including fashion, where neither clothes nor retailers cater to their needs.

“I have spent my whole life trying to convince the world that I am intelligent, articulate, professional and an adult," continued Burke, who spoke both on the VOICES stage and on the sidelines of the event, hosted in partnership with QIC Global Real Estate. "And yet the fashion industry, unintentionally or not, does the exact opposite by what it offers.”

Burke loves fashion because it allows her to reclaim her own narrative through personal expression. “It gives me a lens to view the world and the world a lens to view me.” And yet, her clothing options are severely limited. Burke also faces countless obstacles when shopping for clothes. For example, she finds it impossible to reach rails on the shop floor or see shelves of accessories. At the cashier desk, she is often unable to pay.

As a result, she works closely with a seamstress to make adjustments to clothes so they better suit her physique. “But there are two challenges: additional expense, and I don't get to relish in that immediate emotion of buying something in a store or online and you're thrilled and wear it immediately,” explained Burke.

“When I go shopping with my friends who are abled, they can go anywhere and I have to go somewhere else to find adaptive fashion,” continued Burke, referring to clothes that are unconventional in size and fit to accommodate people with physical disabilities. “In an attempt to be inclusive, we can actually be exclusive by saying that this section is for plus-size people, and this is adaptive for the disabled market, or this is for the elderly market. Why is not possible to just have a fashion industry that caters to the different spectrum of abilities that exists within society?”

Fifteen percent of the world’s population (1.2 billion people) have a physical or mental disability. Globally, disabled people’s combined spending power is $2.1 trillion, and reaches $6.9 trillion when families, parents and carers of disabled people are taken into account.

“My money and my existence is as valid as yours,” said Sinéad Burke, a Dublin-based teacher, PhD student and fashion blogger who is 105 centimetres (or three foot five inches) tall. She has become an advocate for little people, who often face major challenges in many aspects of life — including fashion, where neither clothes nor retailers cater to their needs.

“I have spent my whole life trying to convince the world that I am intelligent, articulate, professional and an adult," continued Burke, who spoke both on the VOICES stage and on the sidelines of the event, hosted in partnership with QIC Global Real Estate. "And yet the fashion industry, unintentionally or not, does the exact opposite by what it offers.”

Burke loves fashion because it allows her to reclaim her own narrative through personal expression. “It gives me a lens to view the world and the world a lens to view me.” And yet, her clothing options are severely limited. Burke also faces countless obstacles when shopping for clothes. For example, she finds it impossible to reach rails on the shop floor or see shelves of accessories. At the cashier desk, she is often unable to pay.

As a result, she works closely with a seamstress to make adjustments to clothes so they better suit her physique. “But there are two challenges: additional expense, and I don't get to relish in that immediate emotion of buying something in a store or online and you're thrilled and wear it immediately,” explained Burke.

“When I go shopping with my friends who are abled, they can go anywhere and I have to go somewhere else to find adaptive fashion,” continued Burke, referring to clothes that are unconventional in size and fit to accommodate people with physical disabilities. “In an attempt to be inclusive, we can actually be exclusive by saying that this section is for plus-size people, and this is adaptive for the disabled market, or this is for the elderly market. Why is not possible to just have a fashion industry that caters to the different spectrum of abilities that exists within society?”

Fifteen percent of the world’s population (1.2 billion people) have a physical or mental disability. Globally, disabled people’s combined spending power is $2.1 trillion, and reaches $6.9 trillion when families, parents and carers of disabled people are taken into account.

Burke says that the rise of the luxury kidswear market (currently worth $1.4 billion, according to Euromonitor) has made it easier for little people to find designer fashion that is similar to womenswear and menswear lines, offering a chance to buy premium clothes and accessories that reflect their personal sense of style.

She was dressed for VOICES by Burberry, which reconstructed a women’s trench coat to fit her body, however Burke wasn’t even aware that the service even existed. “It was an education for the brand and myself,” said Burke. “They took a women’s jacket and altered the sleeves and put a dart in the back. I now have a Burberry trench coat, which I never thought I would have.”

Part of the problem is the lack of representation of disabled people in mainstream fashion media and imagery. When Jillian Mercado, a model who has spastic muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair, caught the eye of Nicola Formichetti, she became the face of a campaign for Diesel and was subsequently signed to IMG. It was a seminal moment, and answered a wider call for more diversity in the fashion industry. Before her, Paralympic athlete Aimee Mullin became a muse to Alexander McQueen, appearing in a “Fashion-Able” issue of Dazed & Confused that McQueen edited and walking in his “Number 13” (Spring / Summer 1999) show with carved Grinling Gibbons-esque wooden prosthetic legs. But that was almost two decades ago and since then, disabled models have been largely excluded from mainstream fashion.

Mercado grew up wearing leg braces and found it difficult to find clothes that would fit over them. “My mother thought it was best to wear cargo pants which weren't as attractive as jeans but were the only thing available for me and my situation. This was about 15 to 20 years ago and still today there have not been any changes as far as including people who have disabilities in their design process.” Today, she is conscious of ensuring that her career is not based on tokenistic casting. “The reason things become tokenised is because a company or brand chooses to have the representation once,” she says. If they continue representing all types of people it wouldn't be a problem. They need to understand that people who have disabilities are one of the biggest minority groups and we also want to feel represented in something that we put on every day.”

There are, however, steps being made in the right direction. Mindy Scheier, a fashion designer and mother of a child with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, started Runway of Dreams Foundation in 2014, after finding it difficult to find clothes that her son, Oliver, could wear. Today, the foundation develops, delivers and supports charitable initiatives to broaden the reach of adaptive clothing and promote the differently-abled community in the fashion industry. “I did an entire year of research and spoke with hospitals and anyone that would speak to me,” says Scheier, who identified three main issues.

The first was that closures were the most problematic area, with zippers and buttons difficult for many to navigate, and magnetic closures maintaining the look of a garment while being ergonomic. The second was adjustability for different body shapes, which could be helped by waistbands and internal hemming systems that allow for trousers legs to be adjustable to the shape of the body. The third was finding alternatives to the way that clothes are designed to be put on, namely over the head or buttoned at the front.

Scheier partnered with MagnaReady, which developed and patented magnetic closure technology to be used for every kind of garment as a result of founder Maura Horton’s husband’s difficulty with Parkinson’s disease. The pair approached Tommy Hilfiger about creating an adaptive line, and the brand immediately embraced the concept for its kidswear line, and subsequently launched the same for adults.

“The adaptive collection has given us the opportunity to impact directly the lives of millions of adults and cater to a community which had never been served before,” says Hilfiger, who worked with Scheier and Horton and holds focus groups for thought-leaders across the country. “The response we’ve seen from consumers and the community has been overwhelmingly positive. A mother recently wrote to us about her 5-year-old daughter who was able to wear her first pair of jeans because of the adaptions in this collection.”

The collection is typically Tommy Hilfiger in its red, blue and white colour palette and emphasis on denim, but it features magnetic shoulder, front and back closures to help pull clothes over the head; Velcro brand closures and magnetic flies for ease in wearing pants, jeans and chinos; adjusted leg openings and hems to accommodate leg braces and orthotics; magnetic zippers to enable individuals to zip and unzip with one hand; and pull-on pant loops inside of waist bands and fit around the wrist to pull on pants. “It is our vision to grow this business globally and may look over time to share the knowledge we’ve gained with other brand owners to help establish adaptive apparel as a full-fledged clothing category,” Hilfiger added.

As Horton points out, adaptive clothing is not just exclusive to people with disability, but is also relevant to an ageing customer. “The ageing baby boomers — or the ‘silver tsunami,’ as I like to call it — are the most evergreen part of this market. People want to remain independent as long as possible.” MagnaReady has partnered with LF Americas, the US arm of Li & Fung Limited, which supplies apparel to major retail brands such as Target, Walmart, Dillards and Macy’s. Plans include expanded men’s woven shirt lines and kidswear to be distributed among some of the biggest retailers in the US.

Part of why so few designers address disability is that designing for it is not better engrained in fashion education at the world’s top art colleges, where Stockman fit mannequins are usually conventional shapes. Open Style Labs, a non-profit organisation dedicated to just that, has worked with Parsons since 2014, pairing fashion students with people with various disabilities, as well as engineers and occupational therapists, to innovate clothes that are tailored to specific needs while also addressing personal style and broader design aesthetic. The challenge, says executive director Grace Jun, is that adaptive fashion is difficult to scale for designers wanting to start their own label. “If we’re making it for one person with MS, there are only 500,000 [customers], so we look at common denominators. If you’re going to scale, you have look at the common factors. Similarities to someone with spinal cord injuries and someone with arthritis.”

One designer emphasising the need for beautifully-made clothes for disabled people is Lucy Jones, a New York-based graduate of Parsons. In 2015, Jones won the coveted Womenswear Designer of the Year award at the Parsons Fashion benefit – presented to her by Marc Jacobs — for a collection designed for self-propelled, seated disabled people, a segment of society almost completely ignored by the fashion industry today. That same year, she was the winner of the Empowering Imagination competition sponsored by Parsons and Kering. Now, she is in the process of setting up FFORA, her own CFDA-supported label, focusing on accessories and product components for the mobility device market and launching in April next year.

“I don’t call what I do adaptive fashion. The focus is design for all, whether they are disabled or not.” Indeed, her designs could be worn by anyone who wants clothing that makes sitting down easier. She considers how kneecaps change shape when bent, leading her to remove extra fabric at the bend so pant legs can fall flat, and addresses how fat and muscle spreads in the bottom and thighs when seated, as well as eliminating uncomfortable fabric bunching at the crotch. For tops, she strengthens the elbow area, which is always leaning on armrests, and removes any excess bulk to made room for the more developed muscles that self-propelled people have in the shoulders and arms.

Echoing Sinéad Burke’s talk, Jones is not one for just addressing function to make medically-inspired clothes for people with disability. She cares just as much about form, and function. “Good design is being able to marry the two together, and function can enhance the form,” she says.

Addressing the VOICES audience, Burke offered some candid advice for how bigger brands can design for disability. “You’ve been doing it quite wrong. You think you know what disabled people need or want, instead of asking us. Make yourself vulnerable. Bring us to the table and ask us for our greatest insights because we live this experience every day. It will alter how we buy and wear your clothes, and it will bring employment opportunities that you can barely think of at the moment. Why should you do it? It’s 2017 and it is God damn time.”Read more at:evening dresses | bridesmaid dresses

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US-based YouTube star Vidya Vox says that, while growing up, she tried to shun her Indian heritage as she was often bullied in school. But she is now "100 per cent" proud of her roots and feels it is great to be an Indian in the US right now.

Vidya Iyer, better known by her stage name Vidya Vox, was born in the Indian city Madras (now Chennai), grew up in Virginia, and is based in Los Angeles.

Asked how she feels being an Indian in the US under Donald Trump's administration, Vidya told IANS here: "It's great. There are many people like Priyanka Chopra of South Asian descent in the media who are in the forefront right now. That's really great. While growing up, I didn't see examples like that."

"I was bullied when I was in middle school in DC, especially for being an Indian, because there weren't many Indian kids in school. And because of that, I tended to hide my Indian culture, but that changed by the end of high school. Now, I am 100 per cent proud of it. I am not going to hide it any more," she said.

"Growing up, I had a bit of an identity crisis. I spoke in Tamil at home and ate dosa and idli. At school, I would listen to Beyonce (Knowles) and eat pizza and fries," she added.

The singer, who has learnt Carnatic music, felt like she was living in two separate worlds.

"I always thought how could I marry these two worlds... even if it's for a few minutes. That's how we came up with the idea of mashups," said Vidya.

In 2015 she launched her YouTube channel with mashups of western pop hits and music from India. She has amassed over 350 million views and over three million subscribers.

Being a YouTube star, cyber bullying must be common. How does she deal with it?

"I don't look at comments. I try really hard not to. It's very difficult... people get bullied all the time. It's important to remember not to listen to them. Your music is personal. Some people connect with it and some don't. That's okay," said Vidya, popular for mashups like "Closer-Kabira" and "Love me like you do-Hosanna".

She has also come out with an album, "Kuthu Fire", consisting of original songs. To promote it, she is currently in India for a multi-city tour.

As part of 'Vidya Vox Kuthu Fire Tour', the singer, who is in her 20s, will be performing here on November 25.

Fashion brand Forever 21 is the title sponsor of the tour. Asked about her personal style, she said: "A little bit of Indo-western. I love sort of mixing Indian jewellery with Western silhouettes."

Her mother and grandmother's wardrobes also play major roles in her fashion sense.

"They (mother and grandmother) say 'I don't want the sari. I am going to throw it away or donate it.' I say, No! I will take it and recycle it and make clothes for myself," she said at the Forever 21 store at DLF Mall here.

Is she thinking of starting her own fashion line soon?

"Oh my God! That's the dream. Hopefully soon," said Vidya.Read more at: | short cocktail dresses

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Is the beauty industry ready to go natural in 2018?

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Natural ingredients are set to be one of the driving forces in the ever-evolving beauty industry next year.

According to new research by the leading market intelligence agency Mintel, natural beauty products are set to become a major trend in 2018, with brands capitalizing on the movement by encompassing local approaches and developments in biotechnology with a more organic approach to ingredients.

“With evolving consumer demands and climatic changes around the world, the beauty and personal care industry’s approach to natural and sustainable ingredients must adapt,” said Vivienne Rudd, director of Global Innovation and Insight, Beauty & Personal Care at Mintel, in a press statement. “In the coming year, the possibilities for creating safe, allergen-free, pure, and efficacious ingredients through science could replace the harvesting of natural ingredients.”

“Local sourcing and production of ingredients will become essential in the years ahead, strengthening the idea of local pride, not just with brands and manufacturers, but with consumers too,” she added.

Sustainability has become a hot topic within the beauty industry over the past few years, but 2017 has seen several brands make huge strides towards adopting a more environmentally and ethically conscientious approach towards cosmetics. Earlier this week, the collaborative sustainable platform EcoVadis announced a new charter founded by Clarins, Coty, L’Oréal and Groupe Rocher, titled the “Responsible Beauty Initiative” that will see the cosmetics giants work together to improve ethical, social and environmental performance and progress throughout the beauty supply chain.

Meanwhile the once-niche world of natural beauty brands has grown to include household names such as Lush, Neal’s Yard and Tarte Cosmetics. There has also been a rise in popularity of vegan and cruelty-free beauty brands eschewing ingredients that come from or are tested on animals, with headline brands such as Kat Von D, Too Faced and Fenty Beauty by Rihanna leading the way.Read more at:cocktail dresses

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How I became an actress and advocate

Whether you know her as Taystee on Netflix original Orange is the New Black or as Sofia in the Broadway adaptation of The Color Purple, you know actress and advocate Danielle Brooks.

The Julliard graduate got her start in a small South Carolina town before landing her iconic role as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson and has been a household name ever since. In addition to being an outspoken body positivity advocate and model for plus-size retailer Lane Bryant, Brooks, 28, launches her new collaboration with Universal Standard November 15.

The collection is her first foray into fashion design. Brooks designed three pieces with Universal Standard for its TRIA series, which invites women known for their style to create three pieces to answer the question: “If you could design three pieces that you always wished you had in your closet, but could never find, what would they be?”

USA TODAY caught up with Brooks to talk about becoming an actress, James Brown and saying yes.

What’s your coffee order?

I don’t drink coffee, but I do try to find a way to get some chocolate in everyday.

Who has been your biggest mentor?

I don’t necessarily have one mentor or ‘a’ mentor. But I do pull inspiration from people, and that’s always kind of served me well. Yesterday I hung out with a really good friend of mine – Christian Siriano – at his house, and we were talking and he was telling me about plans that he had for business ventures coming out. I was so inspired when I heard him talking, and I’m always in awe of people that work really hard and have a vision and they’re able to execute it.

I even just get inspiration by watching people and observing people who are making moves – not just talking about what they want to do but actually doing it. He (Siriano) is somebody that I look up to and would call a friend, and I feel that way about Viola Davis as well. She’s somebody who has had a similar path as mine – she’s gone to Julliard and has been super successful in the kind of business that we do, but now she’s venturing into her own company and producing and is now starting to have a long list of different titles, and she’s already such an incredible actress.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?

I would say that it was last year, in 2016, and it was taking advice from Shonda Rhimes’ book, The Year of Yes, and actually doing that. So in 2016 I literally said yes to everything, and things that scared the heck out of me – and that completely changed my life.

I managed two very demanding jobs, and I was able to execute them and do that with grace and do that with a high level of professionalism, with two jobs that were having me run off four or five hours of sleep most nights. They helped me to earn a Grammy and a Tony nomination, and helped me to, beyond awards, understand what I am capable of doing.

Other opportunities came that year, like singing gigs, and I got sucked into modeling last year with Lane Bryant. And, so, I felt like that’s been my biggest lesson and thing that I learned last year – to say yes to everything. In that, yes there are tons of beautiful rewards that come, but those rewards only come through some lessons. You reap what you sow, and sometimes the soil can be very dry and sometimes it will bring a lot of rain. What do they say, that cheesy line? That flowers only grow through rain, or trees only go through rain?

And I think that’s what I learned a lot of last year – the only way to get through some of that success is to go through hard times -- failing, and being okay with failing, and being okay with falling down. Sometimes I think that when we take that risk, we actually know more than we think, we’re actually better than we think, and we’re actually more capable than we believe.

What does a typical day look like for you when you are filming?

Times are always changing, but days are early mornings. It’s usually getting a call to go to work at 8 a.m. I always take my red blanket that I got from Africa, my iPad because I have rehearsal apps on it, and mostly I walk in, 100% of the time, with my hair completely untamed and some sort of jumpsuit or jumper on that feels like pajamas. I go to work, I go to hair and makeup, and they don’t do much with my hair and makeup, go to rehearsal – which is like 10 minutes – and we shoot. I have an incredible time with my castmates making magic, and then that’s it. That’s pretty much the day.

What are three go-to songs or podcasts for a really busy day?

Always gotta start the day with some gospel, and then we can move into some funk or some ratchet. But we have to start out the day with some gospel.

Pressure by Jonathan McReynolds is a really beautiful song. My dad just came in town, so I’ve been listening to a lot of James Brown.

In your career so far, what is the best lesson that someone has given you?

To not take everybody’s advice. That’s been the best advice I’ve ever heard, and it’s true. There was a time when I was in school that I was told by the director that I was “too young for the program” and that I needed to go get some more life experience. Thank God I did not listen to that person, and I did not take that advice. I’m really glad that I stayed and I finished because the timing for Orange was just perfect for me. The story would have been completely different if I had taken another route. I really believe in not taking everyone’s advice – listening to your own gut, your own intuition and your own spirit will really tell you what to do.

What does your career path look like, from college to acting and advocacy?

I’ve always known I wanted to be an actress. I didn’t know quite how I was going to get there because I come from a small town called Simpsonville, South Carolina. It’s a really small town, but I was blessed to be living in an area that really focused in on arts education.

There was a high school program that was almost like a mini conservatory for the arts, and I studied there. I lived on campus there, studied there for two years, came out of there and discovered Julliard my senior year of high school – I had had no idea what that was. I got in at 17 and was making my way in New York and was navigating New York. I learned while I was at Julliard that this wasn’t just me having fun and telling stories – like I had to actually start figuring out how I was going to eat. This needs to be my way of income. This is also a business, and I can make money doing what I love. So I had to buckle down and get serious about something that I found pure joy in. I somehow managed to figure that out.

It was a bit of a struggle coming out of college. I wasn’t working right away like some of my castmates were, but luckily ran into a teacher from Julliard who was also a director. He was looking for a replacement in his new play, and he asked me to come in to audition. I booked it and I was super excited to finally get my first regional theatre gig that was helping me to get to eat and to have a place to rest my head and to get around the city. We went to D.C. to do the play and then we were going to go Minnesota and then a hiatus. It was when I was on that hiatus that my manager booked me the audition to do Orange is the New Black, and the rest is kind of history after that.

When I was in my first and second seasons of Orange I was doing press with my girls from the cast and getting all these interviews and stuff, which was a whole new world for me. I was listening to my colleagues talk about what they were passionate about and I was listening to Laverne Cox speak about her thoughts on the LGBTQ+ community, and listening to other women talk about diversity. I was speaking with the cast, and the range of age within the cast, or listening to Diane Guerrero talk about immigration – and I started to think to myself, dang. We all have voices. We all have voices that we need to use and make sure we are pushing it forward not only with TV but in society.

I had such a great example being under the leadership of Jenji Kohan (creator and executive producer of Orange is the New Black), who has started this incredible movement putting women of color and age and different diversities period, and highlighting people that are different in such a unique light, and allowing every story to be told with such authenticity. With that, I was like, man, I gotta figure this out. What do I want to say? And I realized that something that mattered to me growing up was this body positivity conversation that I didn’t hear enough of-of women that are plus-size in business being ignored and really stretching the gamut. From there on I really started to hone in on that and talk about the representation that was lacking – not only in Hollywood and TV and film but was lacking with fashion.

What advice would you give someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

Understand that your story is unique, and it doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. You, whoever you are, I hope that you can reach further than I can ever reach. That’s what I would hope. I pray and I know that my path will continue to grow, but I want the next generation to go further than I. I want to continuously keep making waves in society that will live on because we have a lot of work to do.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses online | long evening dresses

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Women Like Us in Kyogle

WOMEN LIKE US: Comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs hit the stage in Kyogle next month. (Photo:womens formal dresses )

COMEDIANS Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs bring their hit show Women Like Us to Kyogle this weekend.

They are both mothers, middle aged country girls. And, they're from Mullumbimby.

With more than 40 sold- out shows to their credit, the artists have performed to packed houses from Brisbane's Sit Down Comedy Club to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Perth Festival.

Mandy Nolan said they had also taken their comedy stylings to halls, pubs, clubs and theatres in the country.

"No town is too small for us,” she said.

Women Like Us is a two-hour stand up comedy show.

A couple of years ago, the friends decided they should hit the road after comparing notes about how at their stand-up shows women in particular just couldn't get enough.

They eventually reached the conclusion it was because those women often didn't see their lives or their experiences reflected on the stage.

The comedians in the spotlight tended to be men and they tended to talk about bloke stuff.

So when Ellen and Mandy talked about housework, chickens, love, big undies, disappointment, resentment, sex when you're drunk, fit bits, yoga farts and being a menopausal woman dealing with teenage angst, everything just fell into place.

When deciding on a show title, Women Like Us just turned up, Mandy said.

"Our audiences love our shows because our lives are like theirs,” she said.

"We're not rarefied trophy wives.

"We're capable, overworked, overwhelmed and totally over it women. And because of sharing stories like that...women like us.”

These are untold laugh- out-loud women's stories, smack bang centre stage.

Small town showgirls, there are few sacred cows Mandy and Ellen shy away from milking.

With seven children and 35 years stage time between them, their "failure to parent” is the focus of their material, along with the beauty industry, getting older, getting fatter, strange surgeries, weird TV shows, obsessions, frustrations, and at the end of the day, who unpacks the dishwasher.

One of the most popular comedians in the area, Mandy writes regularly for Mamamia.

Ellen is a national Finalist for RAW comedy and winner of Foxtel Comedy Channel's Be A Comedian.Read more at:red cocktail dress

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Velvet makes a splash in the fashion scene

This year, velvet makes a splash in the fashion scene.

The soft, silky fabric we all know as velvet has become a major trend this fall season. We saw it starting to become popular last year, but now it has hit the ground running. There are shoes, shirts, sweaters, pants, accessories and even swimsuits that come in velvet, but why? Why are we seeing it in so many stores?

Velvet is an intriguing fabric because it can be worn all-year-round. Many have the idea that velvet is too dressy to be worn outside the party scene, but that is surely a myth. It can easily be worn in a casual setting as well. Velvet also looks as if it is too warm of a material to be worn in the warmer weather, but it can actually feel very light too. It really gives your outfit a little oomph in any season.

Velvet in the summer

Obviously, in the summer it’s too hot to wear any velvet jackets or pants, but there are plenty of other ways to incorporate it into your look.

Accessories are always a must and with velvet, there are so many options. You can wear scrunchies, a hat, jewelry, shoes and etc.

When the summer heat gets too intense and you need to take a dip, what could be better than diving in with a velvet swimsuit? Bathing suits are evolving with new material every year, and the latest is velvet. This was definitely something unexpected, but now that it’s here, why not embrace it?

Bring out the velvet for fall and winter

Summer may be over, but don’t put that velvet away just yet. The weather is getting colder, which means it’s time to get out the warmer clothes. Luckily, you will be able to find numerous items in velvet this season. You won’t miss any of the various velvet pieces in stores because it has taken over.

While there may be more for women, men have plenty of velvet options as well. Velvet blazers are sure to be a huge hit this year. For a less bold look, a velvet t-shirt will do the trick. If you are looking for just a hint of the silky fabric in your look, velvet shoes are the way to go. They will add a little something to the outfit without being too over-the-top.

Velvet can easily be worn on a daily basis, but it also works great for the holiday season. The winter time brings bright lights and flashy outfits. Velvet is just what you need to be the star of any party. It can certainly be made into a statement piece. Simply throwing a velvet jacket over your outfit can make it holiday ready. When the party is over, don’t forget to bundle up with a velvet scarf, hat, gloves and earmuffs.

Clearly velvet is popular among celebrities as well, many stars have been seen walking down the red carpet wearing velvet from head to toe. Rita Ora was seen wearing a stunning black velvet floor-length dress to a Grammy party. Making a bold choice, Marth Ward wore an emerald midi skirt while attending London Fashion Week. The beautiful Blake Lively went for a golden, spaghetti-strap dress to the Cannes Film Festival. All these celebrities, and many more, found a way to rock the material, so you can too.Read more at:long formal dresses | formal dresses 2017

Publicerat klockan 11:05, den 8 november 2017
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WSJ. Magazine Celebrates the Innovator Awards at MoMA

A swarm of A-listers in every creative field swooped into the Museum of Modern Art last night to celebrate WSJ.‘s seventh annual Innovator Awards. The event, which honors seven trailblazers featured in the magazine’s November Innovators Issue, attracts some of serious talent, including Marc Jacobs, Raf Simons, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Joe Jonas, Stephen Alesch, Robin Standefer of Roman and Williams, Elizabeth Diller, Benjamin Gilmartin, Charles Renfro and Ricardo Scofidio of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mark Bradford, Maddie Ziegler, Ryan Heffington, Alex Hoffman, Luyu Yang, and Alex Zhu. But it was Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall, who mingled among the crowd pre-ceremony, that sent everyone into a frenzy, including WSJ. and Wall Street Journal staffers. “I cannot believe I just walked in behind Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall. I felt so ridiculous!” exclaimed one employee while others continued to point out their location in the room throughout the evening. But despite all of the A-list guests, it was choreographer Ryan Heffington who made the biggest splash. In lieu of an acceptance speech, Heffington stood behind the podium and performed a moving modern dance piece using only his arms and hands.

And that wasn’t the only poignant moment. “It’s kind of a defining moment for us, and innovators aren’t always what you expect them to be,” said Standefer, whose work you might recognize at the Boom Boom Room, the Ace Hotels, or other hotspots like Le Coucou. “I think the work that we do, for me, isn’t always defined as innovation in the typical sense. So I think the fact that WSJ. has seen that in us shows a sense of bravery and big-picture thinking. It’s an enormous honor for us to be credited as artistic innovators.” Standefer and Stephen Alesch were presented with their award by Paltrow.

Meanwhile Simons, who receive the Fashion Innovator Award presented by Marc Jacobs, was seen chatting with Calvin Klein vet Carolyn Murphy pre-show as he nervously tugged on the hem of his suit jacket. Inside, he told the crowd, “I am very honored for all of us at Calvin Klein. It’s a big company and it’s also very new, so the fact that this is happening, with me going on stage is kind of challenging and nerve-breaking [sic]…The whole thing is pretty ironic…I’m a kid from the ‘80s, Stranger Things period. So I wanted to be an inventor and that’s actually how I ended up becoming an industrial designer. For whatever reason, I gave up and I became a fashion designer and so here we are. If tonight means that I can invent or innovate, I’m very pleased and I’m very honored. The fashion business has dramatically changed and nothing works anymore the way it used to work, so we have big teams and it’s almost impossible to name all the names, but I want to say a big thank you to Manny Chirico and Steve Shiffman for giving me the opportunity to take this massive brand, to come to the U.S., and to explore all the possibilities, and a big thank you to all of the people that have followed me that are deep in my heart and all of the people who are believing in what we try to explore and build at Calvin Klein.”

Following Simons was WSJ. cover star Witherspoon, who received her award via introductions from not one, but two, rather powerful women including Oprah Winfrey (via video) and Diane von Furstenberg (in person). “She’s that mighty force of determination and will and creativity and vision to make everything better for women in this business and to tell our stories,” said Winfrey. “She realized that there were a dearth of stories about women, for women and said, ‘I’m going to do something about it.’ That’s what makes her an innovator. I think it’s a Tennessee thing.”

“As a storyteller, as anyone who knows her can attest, she’s pure energy, pure power, and truly a force,” added von Furstenberg. “In the words of one of her most unforgettable characters, Tracy Flick in Election, another one who refuses to apologize for her ambition, ‘You can’t interfere with destiny. That’s why it is destiny.’

Witherspoon has starred in everything from mainstream films to comedies to Oscar-winning dramas for quite some time, and now her production company, Hello Sunshine, is creating some seriously meaty roles for female actresses.

“I’m feeling very vulnerable. I’m just going to lean in until I fall over!” joked Witherspoon as she took to the podium. But she concluded her speech with all the self-assurance of someone who has risen to become one of the top female voices in an industry rife with sexism, harassment, and male dominance. “I’ve been really fortunate in my life to have had an incredible career as an actress, and it’s my first love,” said Witherspoon. “But now it’s become abundantly clear to me that I have a new mission and that is to do more for others in my industry. I’m determined to create more opportunity for other women and people of color, to help them tell their stories, to encourage CEOs to take chances on high-level female executives, and to champion new female voices in film. Because the stories we tell have got to change, and sometimes change is about something small. Sometimes change starts in a room like this, with people like all of you.”

Fittingly, the evening concluded with another great female innovator as guests were invited to peruse the MoMA’s exhibition of Louise Bourgeois, the French-American artist and sculptor known for her exploration of themes such as family, sexuality and the body, as well as death and the subconscious.Read more at:marieaustralia | evening dresses online

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The genderless fashion trend is here to stay

We live in a society today, where we are constantly fighting for equality and genderless roles. Whether it’s at work or other day-to-day activities, it’s considered backward to separate people by their gender. Why shouldn’t the same courtesy be extended to fashion?

A single look at the recent fashion runways and you’d know that the penchant for all things androgynous continues to grow from strength to strength. This season, the Spring/Summer 2018 runways even saw designers blurring the lines between men’s and women’s clothing.

Even though gender fluidity in fashion may not be quite mainstream just yet but it is slowly and steadily becoming more and more popular with the fashion set. Case in point: Gender-neutral dressing isn’t just a fashion trend, it’s now becoming the new normal and a lifestyle choice.

Come Together

Also, embracing this genderless fashion trend are the country’s leading fashion influencers. Endorsed by the likes of Elyseah Shaikh and Rabanne Jamsandekar, Kayaan Contractor, Kshitij Kankaria, Saba Azad and Imaad Shah, these fashion influencers make a strong case for ungendered fashion. One look at their blogs and Instagram feeds and you can see how they are effortlessly supporting this fashion movement by styling gender-neutral pieces from Levi’s Line 8. A collection that believes fashion is for everyone, here you can get your hands on boundary-blurring basics and style staples that make just as much of a statement on men as they do on women.

Common Ground

Take the first step towards bridging the great divide by donning Levi’s unisex tees like bloggers, Elyseah and Rabanne or play it cool with a checkered classic jumper like blogger, Kayaan Contractor, and celebrity stylist, Kshitij Kankaria.

With Line 8, Levi’s continues to expand ‘Unisex For Everyone’, with a range of tops and bottoms that can be worn by men and women. Their original unisex jean is the perfect slim fit and looks as good on Saba Azad as it does on Imaad.

Scroll ahead as these six fashion influencers embrace gender fluidity and show you how to earn some serious street-style cred by styling gender-neutral basics from Levi’s Line 8.Read more at:formal dress shops | cocktail dresses

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French designer seeks exposure for his art in India

Known as the “king of unconventional” in the fashion world, veteran French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is smitten by the “smiles and colours of India”, where he hopes to showcase his craft.

After over four decades in the industry, Castelbajac, who has dressed up stars like Lady Gaga, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Beyonce Knowles and Madonna, says he still has the urge to get out of the comfort zone and challenge himself.

Although he has never been to India, Castelbajac feels he is connected to the country in some way, and rues that his “paintings and art” are not exposed here.

“One of my good friends is (fashion designer) Manish Arora. His work is blooming, invading the grey urbanity with vivid colours. He is very talented and represents well for me what is designed in India.

“On the other hand, I worked in the past with the amazing Anish Kapoor who just copyrights the most absolute black colour. For me, India is a chrysalis between these two artists,” Castelbajac told IANS in an email interview.

“My paintings and art are exposed in many countries except in India where I look for a gallery,” added the designer, who has designed an exclusive line titled “Callection” for Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus.

So, can we expect a collaboration with an Indian designer?

“I am waiting for proposals. This would be the achievement of a wonderful dream for me,” he said.

“I would love to visit India, the land of 2,000 colours, and I would be happy to collaborate with some industries there. Maybe in another life, I lived in Pondicherry, because I have thought about this city all my life but never had the opportunity to get there.

“I am sure that I will fall in love with India at first sight because Africans called me ‘Man of Colours’ and India’s treasures are colours and smiles.”

The Moroccan-born and Paris-based designer took his first step into the fashion world by designing for his mother’s company and presenting his first collection back in 1970.

He started his own business in 1975, and gradually made a name for himself by playing with colours and injecting fun into fashion with his childhood themes and pop music-inspired styles. Castelbajac uses unconventional materials for his creations, but his focus is always on functionality.

Castelbajac is the man behind Madonna’s Kermit the Frog coat, Katy Perry’s yellow dress at MTV Europe Music Awards in 2008 with former US President Barack Obama’s face emblazoned on it, Farrah Fawcett’s look in the 2000 film “Charlie’s Angel” — and he also convinced Pope John Paul II to wear rainbow cross motif vestments.

Reflecting on his journey, the designer said: “In 1970, my energy and motivation to create was based on ‘rock and roll’ — with a rebel attitude. I never forgot my punk spirit…

“It is easier in a digital world with social networks to propagate my philosophy of love and hope.”

Castelbajac asserts that he has “always been extremely determined to reinvent perpetually the established, conventional ideas”.

“I am still always curious and putting myself in danger, looking for new collaborations, new possibilities and new frontiers to my design and my style,” he added.

What’s his next challenge?

“Today, with the invasion of stories and images on the net, the way to provoke the imagination has changed. Creating mystery, working on poetry is the new challenge — like to cross over an invisible frontier with surrealism,” said the designer.Read more at:formal dresses melbourne | plus size formal dresses

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Since its first show in 2014, Manila Fashion Festival (MFF) has been steadily staging biannual fashion events featuring big names and emerging ones in the industry.

While showcasing Filipino talent is a given at every show, the group behind MFF—Art Personas—makes sure that innovating is something they do constantly. In line with this vision, MFF’s recent show held from October 17 to 20 carried the theme “Beyond” as the festival’s participating designers were challenged to go “beyond borders, beyond fashion, and beyond tradition.”

Ronnie Cruz, CEO of Art Personas told InterAksyon, “We don’t just have Manila-based designers anymore; we’re growing beyond. The intention is really go national on this because there’s really a lot of talented designers outside Metro Manila.”

Among the 50 featured designers are members of the The Fashion Council of Cebu and Cebu Fashion Designers Association: Philip Rodriguez, Yvonne Quisimbing, Protacio, Marichu Tan, Dino Lloren, Jul Olivia, Mike Yapching, Dexter Alazas, Philip Tampus, and Jun Escario.

They were joined by other designers throughout the four-day festival namely: Anthony Ramirez, Rob Ortega, Veejay Floresca, Cheetah Rivera, Jaz Cerezo, Mia Arcenas, Ziggy Savella, Proudrace, Jinggo Inoncillo, Mark Tamayo, LSW, Esme Palaganas, Jerome Tayao, Chris Diaz, Naoki, Daryl Maat, Rica Rico, Yong Davalos, KC Pusing, Harvic Dominiquez, Jinggay Serag, ARIN, Brit Tripudio, Renan Pacson, CJ Martin, Candle Ray, Junjun Ablaza, Jandra Babiera, Aaron Quitoles, Pinky Magalona, Rei Escario, Abraham Guardian, Mamuro Oki of HA.MU, Quiddity by Genevieve Go, Lyn Galo, Zarah Juan, Imma Colarina, Amesiella, Philip Rodriguez, Yvonne Quisumbing, Protacio Empases, Marichu Tan, Dino Lloren, Jul Olivia, Mike Yapching, Dexter Alazas, Philip Tampus, and Jun Escario.

According to Cruz, MFF is also digitally expanding its borders to showcase local talents to the world through livestreaming in their Facebook and Youtube channels with the intention of positioning Philippines as the “fashion hub” of Southeast Asia.

Cruz noted, “Were reaching a lot of people, and we actually had some guests as far as Tel Aviv, Australia, Japan, and Korea who watched the show.

“We think we’re in a very good position to do that. Not only do we have very talented designers but we have the production capability, the scheduling– everything works perfectly for us.”

Cruz also shared that a lot of designers have expressed their intention to be part of the biannual fashion festival. The CEO noted, “We’ve had designers as far as Dubai, Australia, Malaysia, Milan, Korea, Japan, US, and Indonesia who are interested in joining. Next year, we intend to make some announcements about it.

“[But] our main thrust is to put focus on Philippine fashion and highlight it to the world. At the same time, we don’t mind having designers overseas getting to know the local market, being able to help the local economy, and exchanging ideas as well.”

Besides going beyond physical borders, this edition of MFF also goes beyond tradition. “We are really moving towards a lot of ready-to-wear stuff. We’re not into the couture business; it’s more of ready-to-wear collections.

“We started a revolution, and now there’s a constant evolution of how the designers conduct their business. They are now more aware that fashion is a business more than anything else.”

Cruz also noted that many of these designers are also exploring sustainable practices in textile production. “Traditionally, we’ve been using imported products because there’s not really much available in the country.

“We have a brand called Amesiella, and that group is working with the Philippine Textile and Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology to come up with new fibers and fabrics. Their aim is to combine tradition and innovation, and come up with sustainable practices in garment and textile production so we’re kind of pushing for that.”

Just like in past seasons, MFF is once again supporting the Better Future Foundation, which help kids around the world, and aims to raise awareness about certain diseases that affects children.Read more at:formal dresses melbourne | formal dresses online

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