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March 3, 2009

Runway Favourite S/S 09: Reem Acra RTW

Reem Acra drew inspiration for her Spring/Summer collection from the ideas of a fairytaile and a royal castle. The look was less princess and more electric Taj Mahal – which was a fresh take on the normally glam look. Her collection was great, with an array of vibrant colours, and sparkling embellishment, giving hope and a dreamlike quality to those worried with the world. Here are some of my favourite pieces from the latest show by Reem Acra.

reemacra-printsPrints were a big part of this season’s runways, and Reem Acra showed some gorgeous prints in her collection. Either bold and shiny, or subtle and artistic, these pieces are all wonderful. I especially love the watercolour look on the white dress (center), as well as the far right picture.

reemacra-coloursColours are definately a favourite during the spring/summer runways, and the splash of colour on Reem Acra’s runway was refreshing. Her no-holds barred approach to the colour palette is wonderful, giving almost every colour a chance. My favourites? The sexy orange dress that will get you notice at any party, and the green shirtdress that’s soft yet fun.

reemacra-neutralsNeutrals always work well as a backdrop to spring’s bright colours. Some are versatile withing your wardrobes, while other pieces demand only a few bright accessories. I love the heavy mini-dress that works for chilly nights, and the simple jacket glamed up with embellishment.

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

#1 – Elie Saab

elie_saabElie Saab has become known for his elegant, luxury designs. He is one of the few true couturiers left in the world, and his unique visions of dreamlike gowns make him a long favourite among all women who adore absolute femininity. Saab was born in Beirut on July 4, 1964 with the gift of artistic talent. His interest in dressmaking began at the age of 9, and he spent much time as a young boy sketching for his sisters and making clothes out of tablecloths and curtains from home. Saab began pursuing his dream at only 18 years old, when he opened his first atelier in 1982. He immediately began his business designing exquisite evening gowns and intricately beautiful wedding dresses. He first showcased his talent at a Casino in Beirut, gaining great media coverage and raved reviews from an astonished press.

Saab’s couture house thrived in the 1980’s, attracting many princesses dying to wear his designs which were the epitome of glamour and sophistication. It was his distinct romanticism which gave his designs their appeal; they were cut close to the curves of a woman’s body and used exquisite details like beading and hand-embroidery. He combined these intricate details with beautifully feminine fabrics like silks, chiffon, mousseline and tulle. He just knew how to dress women beautifully, and could make anyone feel like a princess in his designs.

It was in the 90’s when Saab’s reputation spread internationally, allowing him to expand his business in Beirut and show his collections in Europe. In 1997, Saab was the first non-Italian to be invited to the Camera Nozina della moda, a very prestigious fashion event, which helped mark his place in the world of couture. He then began to show his collections in Rome during Fashion Week. In 1998 Saab launched his first Ready-to-Wear collection in Milan, to rave reviews. The collection was a huge success, selling in major fashion cities around the world.

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Two years later Saab opened a showroom in Paris, then showcased his collection in the city, causing wide recognition among Paris’ fashion elite. It was in 2002 that Saab gained celebrity status clientele, when Halle Berry took home an Oscar for best actress while wearing one of Saab’s gowns. Shortly after, Saab’s A-List clients expanded to the likes of Christina Aguilera, Teri Hatcher, Beyonce, Catherine Zeta-Jones and many more. His dresses are now regulars on the red carpet. He is also the long couturier of Queen Rania of Jordan.

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His breakthrough moment came when Saab showed his 2003 Couture line in Paris, as an officially invited member of prestigious Chambre Syndicale. Two years later he launched his expanded RTW line in Paris, which has now become his second home for fashion. In 2005, Saab opened his first boutique in his home of Beirut, where his five-floor modern building houses his Atelier, Couture, Accessory and Ready-to-Wear collections. Saab’s business continues to expand; he has just recently opened his first UK boutique at Harrod’s, where you can find his coveted gowns. Saab plans to expand even more in the future, hoping to open stores in major cities all over the world.

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Below I have dislpayed a preview from all of his collections that I could find, starting from 2003 up to 2008. Since Saab’s design aesthetic was more fitted to the world of Couture, he did not begin his RTW collections until 2006; so any collections before 2006 are only couture ones. Some collections had a lot more that I wanted to show, so there may be more of one season than another. I hope you enjoy his gorgeous collections as much as I do.

2003 Spring/Summer Couture

es2003-couture-ssHis first photogrpahed collection showcased Elie Saab’s strongest abilities – heavily adorned or printed gowns in flowing, heavenly fabrics. Saab knows how to accentuate a women’s body in his silhouettes, adding sexy details like deep necklines, high slits, cut-outs and sheer fabrics. His colour palette uses earthly tones such as browns, blacks, greens, yellows and blues.

2003 Fall/Winter Couture

es2003-couture-fwFor his next collection, Saab breaks out with embellishments and a pop of colour. He stays with his original design aesthetic, using feminine silhouettes and sexy detail. This colour palette is bold: bright blues, greens and purples, with steely neutral accents of greys and black.

*2004 S/S Couture unavailable.

2004 Fall/Winter Couture

es2004-couture-fwHello ice princess! Saab’s dreamy creations continue in 2004, while he offers updated gowns and adds some refined elegance to his line. His short dresses almost rival his gowns as he shows women he can dress more than the red-carpet. A colour palatte based on whites and greys, with a rich contrast of greens, yellows and purples.

2005 Spring/Summer Couture

es2005-couture-ss-longdressThe gowns: If possible, Saab’s gowns get even girlier this season. He held nothing back in the way of detail, but shows the world he has the skills to drape like dream. The colour palette: COLOUR! An abundance of summer brights including orange, yellow, blue and pink.

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The short dresses: Saab uses all the beautiful embellishments of his gowns, mixed with the flirty appeal of showing some leg. They’re bright, they’re pretty and they’re free. Colours such as orange, yellow and white are perfect for the season.

2005 Fall/Winter Couture

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Dark tones present a mysterious, more mature colour palette in this collection, but the feminine details are still there. Saab takes a more refined appraoch to this collection, letting the manipulation of the fabrics tell the story. The palette features deep hues of green, red and blue, with an accent of black.

2006 Spring/Summer Couture

es2006-couture-ss-gownsThe gowns: Saab’s gown in 2006 truly went back to his roots. The gowns were all fit for a princess, with all the bows, lace, frills and fullness every girl could want. This collection is really something out of a fairy tale, with a colour palette of pastel blues and purples, while neutral accents add sophisticated versions of fantasy gowns.

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The short dresses: It’s hard to believe these dresses were part of the same collection as his gowns. For what lacks in length, Saab made up for in exquisite details that do all the talking; or should we say flirting! The colours: refined and elegant jewel tones such as gold and peridot come to life with sparkling embellishment, lace and bows.

2006 Fall/Winter Couture

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Proving that his skills don’t rely on adornment, Saab pulls it back just a notch and produces a feminine line that’s sleek and full of sophistication. Here he shows the fashion industry that his talent includes knowing not only how to dress a princess, but how to cater to the more refined buyer. The colour palette sets the tone with blacks, white gold and deep wine reds.

2006 Spring/Summer Ready-to-Wear

es2006-rtw-ss-coloursThe Colours: Spring seems to make Saab flourish and break out the sunny brights. His first ready-to-wear collection debuts with an array of fun and flirty dresses with little to no decoration. Here he lets the construction do the talking, framing a women’s body in light, easy fabrics. The colours are the brightest of summer; greens, reds and pinks make you feel cute and confident.

es2006-rtw-ss-neutralsNeutrals: The building blocks of every wardrobe are redefined in sexy cuts and flowing fabrics. The short-to-long dresses have the glam for big nights out, with all the ease of a mini. The details are minimal, letting the construction shine through. Faithful black and an almost white gold hue make versatility bold.

es2006-rtw-ss-whitesWhite: This not-so-boring basic neutral is very dominant in this collection. Pearl and ivory whites are completely vamped up in girly summer dresses and cripsly pressed suits are staples for women of sopshitication. The white canvas sets the stage for bright accessories such as shoes and handbags, and their versatility makes them must-haves.

2006 Fall/Winter Ready-to-Wear

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Saab follows suit as the fashion industry takes a turn from the most girly of colours and adornments, to the much coveted minimalist look. Black and white make a strong statement, especially when used in the most ladylike fashion. Lace, frills, fur and fullness make this wardrobe anything but stark. Here we witness Saab as one of the first to introduce stockings into full trend.

2007 Spring/Summer Couture

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Back to the glitz and glamour of the orignal Saab aesthetic, his 2007 couture collection reminds us of what he does best. Embellishment, bows, frills and lace make another dramatic entrance into fashion. The colour palette is light and dreamy, silvers, light golds, pale blues and pinks.

2007 Fall/Winter Couture

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Saab’s construction and design are both prominent apsects of this collection. The colour palette is consists of simple, muted hues of nudes, greys and washed out colours such as purple. The details and embellishment is still there, but in a more refined and sophisticated way. The pleats, the gathering and the unique draping all scream classic elegance.

2007 Spring/Summer Ready-to-Wear

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It’s not very often that you see a designer produce a collection like Saab’s 2007 s/s Ready-to-Wear line. The colour palette: Gold, gold and more gold; there was not a single other hue present in this collection. Normally a very daunting task, Saab excelled greatly with his gold collection. Where a collection would normally use repetition in their design, using alternate colours, Saab had to make every piece different in some way, while still making it cohesive. The collection was beautiful, one of his best to date.

2007 Fall/Winter Ready-to-Wear

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His next collection seemed to take a very dramatic turn from his usual ultra-girly gowns and dresses, offering instead an sexy, edgy look. The hemlines were shorter, the clothes tighter and the colours deep and dramatic. The colour palette consisted of black, purple and teal; leather and black tights were everywhere, and the cuts were either sexily slinky or super-tight. This fall runway showed everyone that Elie Saab has got some attitude.

2008 Spring/Summer Couture

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Probably my most favourite collection of Saab’s, the 2008 s/s couture show was nothing short of stunning. Couture is truly where he shines and his clothes are at his best; he just knows how to make a woman look beautiful and glamorous. Everything about this collection epitomized the true meaning of a lady; from the hourglass silhouette and the feminine details and embellishments, to the beautiful colour palette of warm yellows, golds, silvers and blues.

2008 Fall/Winter Couture

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Saab sends a strong statement with his fall couture show this year, with bold silhouettes and intricate details and construction. Continuing his trend of full silhouettes contrasted with streamlined cuts, Saab increases the intensity in every way. The full skirts and unique construction of his fabrics are chic dramatic. The intricate detailing of the lace, flowers and pleating create dreamy versions of simple gowns. The colour palette is strong and saturated; deep reds and purples with accents of muddy gold and silvers.

2008 Spring/Summer Ready-to-Wear

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This spring ready-to-wear collection was full of fun and flirty dresses for any woman. Florals, bows, frills and glitter make the most of late night beach dates, in airy farbics and tastefully revealing cuts. The colour palette speaks of all the summer pleasures; grass and fruits, water and rainbows – in reds, purples, greens and blues, with accents of white and black. The hemlines are short but classy and the arms are exposed.

2008 Fall/Winter Ready-to-Wear

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This was a much more mature collection for Saab, full of clean lines and simple details. There was very little glitz and lace consisting mostly of precise draping and sharp construction. The silhouette was demure and cut close to the body; the hemlines were longer, while the entire collection showed much less skin. The colour palette was mostly achromatic, with muted tones of blue and red; the fabrics soft and supple, elegant but with ease of movement.

Wedding Gowns

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Celebrities in Elie Saab

Elie Saab is no stranger to the red-carpet, as he has been dressing celebrities and royalty throughout his entire career. His girly, embellished gowns have become favourites for red carpet events, and it’s very likely for a celeb to end up on the best dressed list while donning one of his designs. Probably his biggest celebrity fan, Beyonce has worn many of his gowns and helped to popularize him among some of the most stylish women in hollywood.  Below you can see some of the celebrities who have graced the red carpet with all the glamour that comes with a Saab gown.

beyonceesOne of Beyonce’s most recent appearances had her shining in this gold Saab dress with a plunging halter neckline, high slit and flowing train. The dress made the most of Beyonce’s gorgeous curves, and the shimmery gold hue worked wonders for her skin tone.

beyonce-02Left: Beyonce wears one of Saabs full gown in mustard yellow for an on-stage performance. Right: The beautiful singer looks chic in this nude/gold strapless dress with mermaid skirt. The dress is gorgeous, with a retro glam aspect; the silhouette really hugs her curves and makes her shine.

beyonce-03Left: Beyonce really loves to stay withing the gold/brown family; it works so well with her skin and hair tones. This light gold dress is very typical of Saab and Beyonce, glamorous and chic, almost always embellished. The detail and draping on this dress really helps her stand out, and it works great on her body; none of the excess ruins her perfect curves. Right: Here she goes for a short nude dress, with all the details she loves in his gowns. It’s not her best Saab pick, but it’s very cute.

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Left: Beyonce looked stunning in this beautiful blue empire dress. The fitted style is great for her body, and all the frills and lace make it an eye-catcher. I love the bowtie waistline and girly details, but the colour especially shines against her skin tone. Right: Another blue masterpiece by Saab, this strapless gown with silver bodice is not Beyonce’s best colour, but it’s still very beautiful on her. The shape is what really does wonders for her, as it emphasizes her gorgeous curves in all the right ways.

ashantiinesAshanti was spotted wearing this sexy dress from S aab’s 2007 S/S ready-to-wear collection. The shape is very nice on Ashanti, and the light gold hue pops against her dark skin beautifully.

christinaainesChristina Applegate recently wore this beautiful, sparkly gown on the red carpet for the SAG awards. I love the classic style of the dress, mixed with a unique hemline. The dress is gorgeous and works well on her frame but I feel the light colour washes out her pale skin just a little bit.

dvtinesDita von Teese chose this very ladylike, sexy gold dress with lace detailing. I love everything about this dress, the length and silhouette are very chic; a perfect shape for an hourglass figure.

802705AREvangeline Lilly looked stunning in this fitted gold, strapless dress at the 2008 Emmy’s. The train in gorgeous, and the details glamorous; the shimmery gold is a show-stopper. I don’t feel it’s the best hue for her skin tone, but she was absolutely glowing.

halleberryinesHalle Berry looked very chic in this simple yet gorgeous gold number. The high bodice gives Halle a very long, lean figure and a small waist. I really love the pleating on the skirt, and the gold is a very nice hue for her skin tone.

halleberryines02Halle Berry is seen here in a short gold dress that is sexy, yet classy. The details on the top are beautiful, and I love how it’s balanced with a simple skirt. I find the length a little short for a woman of her age, but we all know celebs don’t follow the style rules all the time; regardless she looks gorgeous in this little gold dress.

hilaryduffinesHilary Duff chose this gorgeously embellished gown to wear on the red carpet for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Annual Gala. The fitted dress was a perfect choice for Hilary’s slightly fuller figure, making her look glamorous but fresh; the embellishment is perfect for a woman of her age, and she really shines here.

hilaryduffines-02Hilary Duff sported another cute little gold number by Saab. This dress really suits the style for a woman of her age on the red carpet; this dress is fun and cute. The babydoll is short and sexy, but the silhouette makes it a little demure as well.

katebeckinsaleinesKate Beckinsale wore this retro-inspired full strapless dress. The style looks very good on her small frame, while the hue compliments her tanned skin beautifully. I love the detail on the bust, as well as on the waistband; it’s a very ladylike choice.

kerrywashington001Kerry Washington wore one of my absolute favourite dresses by Saab. This style is just so classy and beautiful, and it looks amazing on her. Her small frame works very well with the pencil skirt style, and she can really pull off the full bodice and sleeves. The detail in the pattern is gorgeous, everything about this dress is so ladylike.

802705dzMarcia Cross looked gorgeous on the red carpet in this old hollywood glamour inspired strapless dress. The dress is beautiful; it does wonders for her body, creating a beautiful hourglass figure. The lace detail is amazing and I love the slimming effect of the thick ruched waistband. I feel that the hue washes out her pale skin tone, and I think she would have looked much better in the purple version.

michelleyeohinesMichelle Yeoh shined beautifully in this gorgeous pale yellow dress with detailed silver overlay. The bodice is very nice, but I don’t feel it does much for her shape, although the hue really compliments her tone. My favourite part is definately that beautiful train that extends out from the back. It’s a very good choice for the red-carpet.

terihatcherinesTeri Hatcher donned this stunning white strapless gown with black and gold abstract detail. The dress fits her flawlessly and really shows off her tiny waistline. I love the print that was used and the ease of flow in the fabric, it’s very eye-catching. Another beautiful detail is the sweeping train, which really glams up the gown.

vanessawilliamsinesVanessa Williams opted for a very simple, chic deep teal gown by Saab. The single black asymetrical strap at the top is a little weird, but she seems to pull it off with such a gorgeous collarbone. The dress fits her very nicely and I just adore the colour on against her skin tone. It’s a very sophisticated choice considering the usual picks from his collections.

I hope you enjoyed learning about my favourite designer. Check back soon for my second designer biography from my List of Top 100 Designers.

January 19, 2009

Celebrity Designers Steal the Runway

Filed under: Misc. — Tags: , — xfrenchx @ 11:13 pm

I have always had this huge obsession with clothes. I know that I’m not alone, that most women love clothes too, but I always found my interest in apparel to exceed that of others around me. Growing up my family didn’t have a lot of money, or the luxury of buying their children everything they wanted; so my middle sister and I would attempt to make Barbie outfits out of our old clothes, usually producing an ugly off-white tube dress made out of a sock, or a floral skirt sewn on the outside with sloppy stitches exposed, from an old church dress that no longer fit us. Another favourite hobby of mine was to skip through my Archie books to any page with Betty and Veronica, and try to draw their outfits. When I was around 12 years old, I drew my first real fashion sketch; I had turned my hanging robe into a very cute coat. It was actually one of the best drawings ever – something natural flowed out of me, and I still to this day have not gotten back that natural skill; I only use technique and measurements. It didn’t really occur to me until I was about 17 years old that I actually wanted to be a designer; that I had obviously wanted to a designer since I was a little girl.

As someone who dreams to one day show my collections in the biggest fashion cities, I happen to be against and in fact angered by the sea of rich celebrities who choose to invade our world of fashion (when I say “our” I mean any person in the world who actually dreams of being a designer and only a designer). It may seem silly to others, but to stand by and watch a bunch of rich actresses or singers steal a spot in the industry that I am actually passionate for. Besides the fact that these women have already found tremendous success in their chosen field and have no need to design, they are not even trained! This is what really gets me. These celebs are cashing in on merchandise that they have not even created themselves; they have no training in design, patternmaking or sewing and on top of that they don’t have to learn and then struggle for success because they get it automatically. It’s also unfair to the designers, patternmakers and sewers who are behind the creative process themselves, and having some spoiled rich woman slap her name on their work; they are not being credited for their success and hard work. Today, the list of celeb designers is quite large, and I have a very sinking feeling it’s not going to end anytime soon. Among the list of already famous designers out there, I believe that only three of them are real (and by real I mean trained) designers; those being Nicky Hilton who studied fashion design in College, Lauren Conrad who also studied design, and Beyonce who I believe was taught by her mother, who is one of the creative forces behind their Dereon label.

Nicky Hilton – as I said the younger Hilton sister actually studied design, first at the Fashion Institute of Design where she most likely graduated with some sort of Diploma, and then went on to study at Parsons School of Design, but did not recieve her Degree because she left. It doesn’t really matter that she didn’t ger her fourth year; it’s the exact same as graduating with a Diploma, except a Degree just “looks” better. This girl knows how to do everything that any other designer can do as well, and maybe she didn’t have to work hard for it, but hey neither did Stella McCartney! Nicky’s first job in the fashion industry had her working in Japan designing handbags for Samantha Thavasa from 2002 until 2005. She launched her first independent label in 2004, an affordable collection of fashion forward clothing under the name ‘Chick’. She then went on to launch a more mature, high fashion label under her full name ‘Nicholai’.

Lauren Conrad – I guess you could kind of say she was a celeb before she studied design since she was on Laguna Beach but I didn’t really consider that to make her A-List or anything. She was more famous from The Hills, when she was attending FIT for fashion; but I was never really clear on her exact course. I say this because when I was attending college, I had to carry around bags upon bags weighing at least 50 pounds, filled with supplies. I never saw LC carrying design supplies, never saw her sketching, never saw anything about design on The Hills; but I could be wrong about what she actually learned. Either way, she has her college credentials and that’s all that matters.

Beyonce – As far as I know, Beyonce has never studied design, but her mother has all the skills needed, and used to design all the costumes for Destiny’s Child. I believe Beyonce would have picked up her skills in design from her mother. Maybe she can’t be a whole part of the creative process, but she has said that she is always a part of the design, and would never put out clothing designed by another person and slap her name on it. I think I can give her the benefit of the doubt.

The following celebrities are the ones I belive do not have any training in design. These celebrities are the ones I feel are invading an industry that they don’t belong to, and industry that they have no knowledge about; liking clothing and knowing the latest trends has little to do with making clothing, and I’m pretty sure these women can’t design, sew or make patterns – therefore they are not designers. If I am mistaken, and anyone knows whether one or more of these celebs have training, please let me know so I can fix my mistakes.

– J.Lo

-Rachel Bilson

– Jessica Simpson

– Sarah Jessica Parker

– The Olsen Twins

– Madonna

– Hilary Duff

– Gwen Stefani

– Kimora Lee Simmons

– Paris Hilton

– Penelope Cruz and her sister Monica

– The Kardashian Sisters

– Victoria Beckham

– Sienna Miller

– Mandy Moore

– Kate Moss

– Amanda Bynes

– Lindsay Lohan

– Fergie

– Pamela Anderson

– Milla Jovovich and friend

January 15, 2009

Fashion Icon: Barbie

Filed under: Fashion Icons — Tags: , , , — xfrenchx @ 2:05 am

It may seem silly, but the 11.5 inch doll, Barbie has one of the biggest wardrobes and always has the best outfits. Over 70 high end designers have outfitted her, and she has a never-ending list of other luxuries, such as sports cars, houses, boats and even MAC cosmetics! Barbie began her career as a fashion icon in 1959, and has worn some of the best designer labels, including Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, along with wedding designs by Vera Wang and Carolina Herrera. The Mattel Company has collaborated with 50 top designers to celebrate Barbie’s 50th birthday anniversary, and they will be showing life size versions of the doll’s outfits in February at New York Fashion Week; and all the models will be wearing replica’s of the Louboutin pumps that he designed for the doll.

“I guess I always had a little ‘girlie side’ who liked Barbie,” Louboutin said. “Barbie needs to wear great shoes because every girl needs to wear great shoes.”

Lucky Barbie, she gets these clothes at no cost; but hey look on the bright side, now we can all afford some Louboutins! 😉

Here are the designer’s who have designed for Barbie, with a corresponding photo for those that I was able to find. I hope to collect the new barbie outfits that will show in February for your viewing.

Armani Design

Armani Design

Badgley Mischka Wedding Gown

Badgley Mischka Wedding Gown

Badgley Mischka Evening Gown

Badgley Mischka Evening Gown

Badgley Mischka Gold Label Gown

Badgley Mischka Gold Label Gown

Bill Blass Couture Gown

Bill Blass Couture Gown

burberrybarbie-2001

Burberry Outfit & Accessories

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Cynthia Rowley Outfit

Diane von Furstenerg Wrap Dress

Diane von Furstenerg Wrap Dress

Dior Dress from 1995

Dior Dress from 1995

Vintage Inspired Dior Outfit; 1997

Vintage Inspired Dior Outfit; 1997

Donna Karan Dress & Accessories

Donna Karan Dress & Accessories

Dooney & Bourke Outfit & Bags

Dooney & Bourke Outfit & Bags

Escada Gown

Escada Gown

The first Ferrari Outfit

The first Ferrari Outfit

The second Ferrari Outfit

The second Ferrari Outfit

Gienchy Gown & Fur Shrug

Givenchy Gown & Fur Shrug

Hanae Mori Gown

Hanae Mori Gown

Judith Leiber Dress

Judith Leiber Dress

Juicy Couture Dresses

Juicy Couture Dresses

Juicy Couture Velour Suits

Juicy Couture Velour Suits

Kate Spade Outfit & Accessories

Kate Spade Outfit & Accessories

Kimora Lee Simmons Dress & Fur Coat

Kimora Lee Simmons Dress & Fur Coat

Lilly Pulizer Matching Dresses

Lilly Pulizer Matching Dresses

Maiko Traditional Costume

Maiko Traditional Costume

Swarovski Millenium Bridal Gown

Swarovski Millenium Bridal Gown

Monique Lhuillier Wedding Gown

Monique Lhuillier Wedding Gown

Nicole Miller Outfit & Accessories

Nicole Miller Outfit & Accessories

Nolan Miller Gown

Nolan Miller Gown

Nolan Miller Gown & Fur Coat

Nolan Miller Gown & Fur Coat

Oscar de la Renta Gown

Oscar de la Renta Gown

Paul Frank Pajamas

Paul Frank Pajamas

Ralph Lauren Outfit

Ralph Lauren Outfit

Reem Acra Bridal Gown

Reem Acra Bridal Gown

Tarina Tarantino Designs

Tarina Tarentina Designs

Todd Oldham Outfit

Todd Oldham Outfit

Vera Wang Gown

Vera Wang Gown

Frist Vera Wang Wedding Gown

Frist Vera Wang Wedding Gown

Second Vera Wang Wedding Dress

Second Vera Wang Wedding Dress

Versace Outfit

Versace Outfit

Replica Versace Gown

Replica of real Versace Gown

Zac Posen Barbie & Ken Outfits

Zac Posen Barbie & Ken Outfits

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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