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March 18, 2009

Fashion News Update

naomicampbell -In big news, the Louis Vuitton company (better known in the industry as LVMH) is taking the the powerful internet search company Google to court. The LVMH is a conglomerate to many things, and they specialize in luxury goods; the holding and licensing company owns many sub-companies in fashion such as high end labels like Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy and Celine to name a few. In the past Louis Vuitton has won court battles to eBay and Britney Spears and while the Vuitton company has been fighting the search giant for many years now, they’re very intent on winning. Reportedly, the company doesn’t like how when you Google a designer name, results come up from companies offering similar products who have paid for such placement. Especially since some of those companies sell counterfeit products. The case will appear in the European Court of Justice, fashion indsiders are likely to avidly await the outcome; I know I want Vuitton to win.

-Lady Gaga may be the new target for Fashion Police everywhere; it is reported that she has been stopped by police in many different cities for wearing panties, as well pants, I guess. She says that most recently, authorities confronted her in Chicago when she stepped out in hot pants. She yelled at the cop, “It’s fashion! I’m an artist!” She adds, “I think no-pants is sexy. I love the naked human body. I was working in strip clubs when I was 18.” Sorry Miss Gaga but no it’s not fashion, it’s called tacky; don’t expect this trend to pick up anytime soon!

-Uniqlo has officially announced that Jil Sander will have the creative-director role to their mens and womenswear lines. Apparently she won’t have an official title there, seemingly due to the current recession but the stock markets reacted very well to the news – the Uniqlo parent Fast Retailing Co. Ltd. saw their shares rise 8.6 percent. Sander being considered the queen of minimalism, had many other companies vying for her return to fashi0n but she chose the Uniqlo brand so that she could do something a little different – more on the affordable side. Of course rumours suggest that Uniqlo may be able to use Sander’s name and fashion influence to increase their prices. The company first made contact with Sander in June and said that no other designer was considered for the position. I simply can’t wait to see what she does there.

– Forever being the fashion capital of the world Paris of course pulled out all the stops, making this years fashion week one of the most fashionable ever. Being the strongest and most influential fashion week in the world, the Paris runways showcased some of the highest and most extravagant shoes of the season. While the clothes are what the audience came for, the shoes made the biggest impression – an array of styles emulated couture at its best and these shoes definately demand attention. Tall boots, Booties and Gladiators make another very triumphant appearance.

– In cosmetics and fragrances: Daisy Fuentes is launching a new jasmine scent in April called Dianoche Love that will be sold exclusively at Kohl’s. I usually hate celebs that venture into other industries but I’m the biggest fan of jasmine in perfumes so I gotta check it out. British Vogue reveals that Korres’ new makeup uses extracts from wild rose, which is known to soften and moisturize skin.

– After the recent riot at the auditioning of America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks is planning to re-do the audition for those girls who missed their chance due to the riot. “We are doing everything we can to make sure that ALL the girls who weren’t seen get an opportunity to audition,” she said. It’s likely that security will be increased this time around.

– Supermodel Naomi Campbell is organizing a fashion show on March 28 for Lakme Fashion Week that will benefit Citizens for Justice and Peace, as well as raise money for victims of the Mumbai attacks. She will walk the runway with some famous Bollywood actors, featuring clothes that will be auctioned on eBay.

– The CFDA nominees have been announced; running for the 2009 Womenswear Designer of the Year are Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez and Rodarte. Italo Zucchelli, Michael Bastian, and Scott Sternberg are up for Menswear Designer. In the accessory department we have Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, Proenza Schouler. Those vying for the Swarovski Womenswear Award are Alexander Wang, Jason Wu and Thakoon Panichgul; for the menswear Patrick Ervell, Robert Geller and Tim Hamilton. The nominees for the Swarovski Accessory Award are Albertus Q. Swanepoel, Alejandro Ingelmo, Justin Giunta for Subversive Jewelry, while Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs battle it out for the International Award.

-Phoebe Philo’s will debut with Celine for resort 2009, before her spring 2010 October runway show, which was originally thought to be her debut season. I personally can’t wait to see what she does with the label.


    March 2, 2009

    Fashion News


    -Balmain designer Christophe Decarnin showed his collection last thursday in the midst of the label’s huge success. Other designers may be feeling the blow of the economy, but the Balmain label continues to grow stronger and seel more. Proof of this was very evident during his latest collection; his T-shirts cost $1,500, the jackets cost $5,000. While most designers have cut their costs way back and are facing a huge drop in sale, the Blamin label is coveted by almost everyone rich enough to buy it. His latest jeans sold out in London, sales volume is sky-rocketing, they’re starting a new line of shoes and retailers are forced to put people on waiting-lists for Balmain pieces. It’s much like the essence of Hermes at the moment.

    -Pictures of  the crying Lithuanian model Auguste Abeliunaite on the Jil Sander runway has the fashion industry buzzing. What was first thought to be a “part of the show”, it quickly became evident that Auguste was the only model with tears streaming down her face. While no statement or explanation has been released, it’s quite possible she isn’t actually “crying”. Tanya D was once filmed backstage a fashion show with tears streaming down her face; when questioned, she revealed that constant application and cleansing of makeup can get very irritating to the skin and eyes; And it is fashion week.

    -Rumours suggest that Tom Ford will soon be expanding to womenswear. The word in Milan is that Alessandra Facchinetti, who was let go from the Valentino label last year, will be heading the new Tom Ford line. Facchinetti was top womenswear designer underneath Tom Ford at Gucci, and was obviously impressed with her work.

    -Marc Jacobs recently donated his personal orange iPod complete with his autograph, in order to raise money for Music Rising, which aims to revive the musical culture of the Gulf Coast. Want to know what he listens to? A few songs found in his playlist were “No Scrubs” by TLC, “Pokerface” by Lady Gaga, “Borederline” by Madonna and “Circus” by Britney Spears. Looks like Marc has a thing for pop!

    -Lindsay Lohan makes yet another fashion mistake, as she was spotted in London sporting stockings as pants. Pictures likely to surface ASAP!

    -Heidi Klum has a new makeup collection for Victoria’s Secret, a gorgeous palette that’s subtle and sexy. For only $49 (US), the kit comes in a beautiful white case. The set includes a Lip Gloss in Blush,  Quad Eye Shadow set in 4 complimentary shades, a Highlighter/Blush Duo, and High Definition Mascara. Order online or through their catalogue.

    March 1, 2009

    Top Model Goes Short

    Filed under: Fashion, Fashion News — Tags: , — xfrenchx @ 6:06 pm


    Cycle 12 of America’s Next Top Model begins this week, but it’s cycle 13 that’s making bigger news. In relation to my post concerning diversity on the runways, there is some great news for those average 5’4 Asians, as well as all us other short girls in the world; Tyra Banks has officially announced that cycle 13 of “America’s Next Top Model”  will only be open to girls who are 5’7 or shorter! Unfortunately I have been unable to re-locate the article where I first read this wonderful news, since I was planning on quoting the reasoning behind the decision. In short, Tyra revealed that ever since the beginning of Top Model, she has had shorter girls begging to be given a chance despite their height. Apparently the short model series has been in the making for quite a while, and they feel it would be a great way to give shorter girls the chance to prove they can be the next Kate Moss. It’s not likely that ANTM will continue this trend, as the modeling industry is very cut-throat and not very open to short models, but it would be great to see a couple of these series again in the future of the show. Now let’s just hope Canada follows suit!

    February 27, 2009

    The Latest News in Fashion …

    • The fashion indsutry may be struggling along with the economy, but Moises de la Renta isn’t letting that stop him. As the son of fashion guru Oscar de la Renta, Moises has of course trained under his father as well as with Russell Simmons’ label Phat Farm. His line MDLR debuts this season, with items ranging from under to over $1,000. The collection looks to be a mix of high fashion and edgy streetwear, possibly drawing inspiration from the contrast between his father’s high fashion label, and the ultra-urban Phat Farm line. Items include pieces like hoodies, leather pants, and biker jackets, anchored by sleek little black dresses.
    • On the other hand, a couple more designer labels are now suffering; IT Holding SpA, the company that owns labels Gianfranco Ferre and Malo, has now filed for bankruptcy. Despite this news Ferre’s collection will still show, and Malo has planned a presentation. Another big company in fashion, Ittierre claimed bankruptcy this month; Ittierre owns Just Cavalli and their economic troubles has definately impacted the designer. The company is largely in debt, and while they have received a nice chunk of money in loans it’s only enough to keep the day-to-day operations going. Roberto Cavalli canceled his Just Cavalli show in favour of a small showroom presentation with only 15 looks. He is quoted as saying, “The difficult Ittierre situation leaves me with no guarantee and no certainty that my young line will be as avant-garde as always.” On a little bit of a good note, Cavalli has ranked second – only losing out to Madonna – in fans on Facebook! He has 11 million fans and he’s delighted and touched by the news.
    • J.Crew will be dedicating their next catalogue to “celebrating America”. The campaign will be shot at many classic American landmarks, including Philadelphia’s historic train station and California’s Route 66. Rumours circling imply that the idea has stemmed from the recent electing of the first black President of the United States.
    • Tommy Hilfiger and wife Dee Ocleppo have recently announced that they are expecting a baby. The news was confirmed during fashion week and she is 3 months along. Hilfiger who is 57 years old already has 4 children, while Dee has two herself. I can’t help but think this will be one of the best dressed babies in the world!
    • The latest in ridiculous celebrity products has two women trying to resurface their fame by producing perfumes. Halle Berry and Jenna Jameson are each set to release their own fragrances next week. I’m hoping Berry’s outsells Jenna’s – which shouldn’t be hard since most women aren’t interested in smelling like whore and getting her poster with it!
    • In other fragrance news, scientists are trying to decode the 400 receptor’s in your nose, in order to discover how people will react to different scents. Fragrance houses around the world are deeply interested in this research, since it will help them determine which scents will be successful.

    February 10, 2009

    Celebrity Designers are Sinking Fast

    Filed under: Fashion, Fashion News — Tags: , , — xfrenchx @ 5:43 pm

    Due to the recent economic downturn, the fashion industry has begun to plummet in success. with all the trained designers and retailers out there losing business and sales, it’s no surprise that the celebrity designers would fall even quicker. Now that retailers are finding it hard to sell all this over-priced celebrity junk, they are dropping the publicity stunts and moving on. This is very good news for the fashion industry if you ask me; with all the problems in layoffs and employment, I feel that it only makes sense for these already rich and famous celebs to just back off and leave the jobs for the real designers.

    The turn has already bgeun; among the list of celebs whose lines are already finished – Steve and Barry’s lines by Sarah Jessica Parker, Amanda Bynes and Venus Williams have all gone under, LL Cool J’s line for Sears and Ashley Judd’s collections for Goody’s has gone bankrupt. With all these company’s already out of the way, the others are sure to soon follow suit. Experts say that the fashion industry was already over-saturated with celebrity designers before the economic downturn, and it’s likely that next to none, if any, will survive through the struggle.

    Well you can bet myself and every other real designer (or aspiring designer) will be jumping for joy at this news. However, while in all the celebrity design craze was rather insulting and extremely annoying, I must admit that I do hope a few of them survive – I mean after all, I adore my J.Lo pumps and I can’t get enough of Gwen Stefani’s collections!

    February 9, 2009

    Temperley London Virtual Collection

    Filed under: Fashion, Fashion News — Tags: , , , , — xfrenchx @ 7:26 pm

    temperleylondon1If you’re a Temperley London fan like me, you may be happy to hear that you will be able to see their next collection for free. Yes that’s right, I said FREE! While browsing the internet at some of my favourite websites, I happened to visit the Temperley London offical site. It was then that I found out about their Virtual Fashion Show invitations for their upcoming collection, which will preview at New York Fashion Week. While you may not be able to see the show from an extremely uncomfortable (but totally awesome!) front row seat, Temperley London is offering to send e-invitations to anyone who would like to see the show live online; which is almost just a good as seeing it, well, live. This is fantastic news for anyone who is fashion crazy, since normally you would have to wait a couple of days, sometimes weeks even, before you can get a glimpse at exlusive fashion shows. To obtain this wonderful offer, all you have to do is go to their website, click to enter, and right on the main page there will be an exclusive offer. Click on the “register now” link and fill in the small amount of info. From there they will send you your invite via email. The link below will take you to the website, or you can locate the link on my main page on the right hand side menu under “Fashion Links”. Enjoy!

    Temperley London Website

    January 16, 2009

    Doggy Clothing: Cute or Cruel?

    Filed under: Fashion News — Tags: , — xfrenchx @ 5:52 pm

    The SPCA in London has recently suggested that they would like to begin prosecuting dog owners who “overdress” their dogs. Within the last few years, clothing for your little best friend became a full-out craze; celebrities started the trend, where it quickly cuaght on with average dog owners. The SPCA has spoken out against this craze, reporting that putting shoes, trousers, and other clothing/accessories can be harmful to your dog. As a dog owner myself, I know what it’s like to want your dog to be happy and comfortable in every way possible.

    When I first got my puppy just a little over a year ago, my boyfriend and I went right to this pet store and decided that since it was the beginning of winter, he was just a little pooch and he had short hair, that we would get him a coat. We ended up shoveling out $30+ for this tiny red coat with a fur hood on it. It was adorable on him, so big that you could only see the tip of his lil pink nose out from under the hood. He didn’t like it at first, he would struggle when we put it on him – but he got used to it, and plus it kept him warm (not that he had to walk anywhere by himself for the first few months anyway – he spent all his time being carried wherever we went)! I still believe that there is nothing wrong with us having him wear that coat – but I do side with the SPCA on this one.

    By nature, a dogs hair will shed in the summer and thicken in the winter; dogs are very adaptable and their fur does keep them warm, whether they are short or long haired (those hairless ones obviously don’t fall in this category). We as humans change dogs from having dog behaviours, we make them as human as we can; which is 100 percent wrong. Dogs want to be dogs, and I doubt there is a single pooch in the world who enjoys having any clothing on them at all; they don’t want to wear clothes! While I still believe that putting a light sweater or coat on your short haired dog to keep them warm in the winter is perfectly fine, that is where I draw the line. Shoes, pants, skirts, scarves, hats etc, none of these are justifiable garments to torture your dog with! What many dog owners don’t realize is that most dogs have hip and elbow dysplasia – a condition that worsens with age, but also can be worsened by putting pants or sweaters anywhere near their hips or elbows (you’re not even supposed to hit your dog on their legs or hips as it can further damage and increase the likelihood of arthritis). So, when your urge to make your dog cute (for your benefit remember – dogs don’t think it looks cute on them) becomes cruel, organizations like the SPCA have an obligation to step in and speak for them. Now if only we could get the same rules in North America, then we could stop seeing Paris Hilton torture her toy “accessories”.

    January 9, 2009

    Donnatella Puts Her Foot Down

    Filed under: Fashion News — Tags: — xfrenchx @ 11:14 pm

    Versace Ad

    Donnatella and the Versace company has spoken out against luxury brands and their sales. Due to the recent economic downturn, many high end designer labels have been lowering their prices, in order to branch out and create a bigger sales volume with those who are less than rich. While other labels throw sale signs in their store windows all over the world, the Versace CEO refuses to follow suit, saying that the company does not want teen girls to get their hands on Versace merchandise. CEO Giancarlo Di Risio is quoted as saying:

    “Our regular client was not queuing on January 3-4 in Milan or Rome but was on the slopes in St Moritz or on a boat in the Caribbean,” he said. “We want to offer a real luxury and not to open our doors to the consumption of young girls who can put the designer handbag of their dreams on their arm with less than 300 Euros. We are not interested in that.”

    “In Via Montenapoleone or in Via Condotti, you could already buy goods at half price in mid-November,” Di Risio continued. “This policy is ruining a market which, given that it is at the high end, should be more protected. For me, fans of sales are different to regular buyers.”

    While many fashion reporter’s as well as other blogs slam Donnatella and her company’s “rude mistake”, I myself agree 100% with Ms. Versace. As a fashion fanantic, I have watched some of the biggest, most sought-after luxury brands become over-popularized and thus completely ruined by label crazy teens wanting a piece of designer clothing for the wrong reasons. When luxury brands were first on the scene in the early 1900s, only the stars, the rich, the famous or the royal could afford these exquisite pieces and with good reason; the merchandise was quality crafted, one-of-a-kind and well worth the money put into buying them. Having the latest designer bag (such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes or Chanel), meant you were of high status, had fine taste and could afford to back it up. But this was not all it meant – it also meant you got a bag that would last you your entire life, a bag that would never go out of style and would work with anything in your closet, for almost any occasion. This was what “it” bags used to be about.

    Today, the appeal of an it bag has completely changed. These bags are sought after by almost any woman and they would do almost anything to get one; including buying fakes. The market for designer knock-offs has become bigger, and it has robbed many people. First of all: the designers who put their time, their skills and money into making these bags – and it’s not necessarily due to a drop in sales that makes them lose money, since their main clientele can afford their bags and wouldn’t dare buy a fake anyway; it’s the loss of appeal to those main buyers, who no longer want the brand’s merchandise because teenaged girls everywhere are walking around with believable fakes on their arms.

    Keeping the luxury market alive in fashion is a key goal for many in the high end industry, especially the very few couturiers that are left in the world. While many claim that luxury and high end designer labels will soon become a thing of the past, I strongly believe in quality goods, as do many other fashion insiders like Donnatella – and while we still have rich people, I think it will be safe to say that luxury and designer goods are here to stay – at least for now.

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