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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.

    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!

    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”.

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