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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.

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    March 11, 2009

    Spring Trend Alert: The Hourglass

    It’s not only time to embrace your womanly curves, it’s time to enhance them too; cinched waists and big hips are the new shape and it’s great! Fuller skirts, belts looped around the waist and high, high heels make this look work to its fullest potential. The whole look should be polished, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and make it interesting. Look for unique folds and manipulation in fabrics to make it your own.

    trendss09-hourglassFrom left to right: Naeem Khan, Byblos, Christian Dior, Isaac Mizrahi and Marc Jacobs

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    March 2, 2009

    Fashion News

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    -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.

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