Wednesday, September 30, 2009

AmFar Milan Fashion Week 2009 Red Carpet

AmfAR Milan on 28th September 2009 was a blast.JAnet JAckson (a front row regular last week in Milan) last night co-hosted AmFar's first ever charity event in Milan.

Some hits on the red carpet during the glam night:

Chanel Iman rocked her best model look in a slinky black dress by Versace

Rachel Bilson managed to play it safe but still look fantastic in a floor-length gown by Salvatore Ferragamo, accessorised with red lips and dazzling drop earrings.

Roberta Armani looked elegant in Giorgio Armani dress

Giovanna Battaglia with Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld paired her mini dress with a pair of Louis Vuitton lace up boots with a pink trim and a pink clutch from the same collection

Janet Jackson had it all wrapped up at the amFAR bash Milan Fashion Week bash in a stunning ruched gown created by Donatella Versace, who also looked fab in a gold-waisted, clingy black dress by her own label.

Standing tall in a white sequin halter evening gown by Roberto Cavalli, Sudanese model Alek Wek pose for photos alongside fashion designer Giuseppe Zanotti

Dita Von Teese wore a Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009 hot pink satin long sleeved ruched dress with black waist belt

Anya Rubik in a dazzling Gucci Fall 2009 embellished sparkling mini dress

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Milan Spring 2010 Ready to Wear:The hottest look

The Spring & Summer 2010 Ready to Wear collections during Milan Fashion Week have been all about the variety and contrast.Some designers are showing very restrained collections with neutral relaxing palettes, bright, prints and the classic bold black. Some of the hottest look on the runway from Dolce and Gabbana, Iceberg, Trussardi 1911, Salvatore Ferragamo,Francesco Scognamiglio,Etro, Emporio Armani,Fendi and Emilio Pucci:
Trussardi 1911 Spring 2010 RTW

Trussardi 1911 Spring 2010 RTW

Trussardi 1911 Spring 2010 RTW

Trussardi 1911 Spring 2010 RTW

Salvatore Ferragamo Spring 2010 RTW

Iceberg Spring 2010 RTW

Iceberg Spring 2010 RTW

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2010 RTW

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2010 RTW

Fendi Spring 2010 RTW

Etro Spring 2010 RTW

Etro Spring 2010 RTW

Emporio Armani Spring 2010 RTW

Emilio Pucci Spring 2010 RTW

Emilio Pucci Spring 2010 RTW

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2010 RTW

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2010 RTW

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2010 RTW

Saturday, September 26, 2009

London Fashion Week 2009: A Celebration of Curves! Stylist at London Fashion Week resigns over designer Mark Fast's decision to use size 14 models

The knit looks so beautiful on woman's curves!! Way to go, Mark!!

My previous entry on curves is here---->LOVE YOUR CURVES!

A size 12 model leads the final walk-out at the Mark Fast catwalk show at London Fashion Week. The designer used size 12 and 14 girls alongside more conventional-sized models to showcase his knitted dresses

Fashionistas nearly fell off their Louboutins when a designer sent "plus size" models down the catwalk to showcase his figure-hugging designs during London Fashion Week.

Fuller-figured: Curvier women were used to model Mark Fast designs

Preparing for his London Fashion Week slot, knitwear designer Mark Fast decided to challenge the obsession with size zero models and use curvier women to showcase his creations.

Mark Fast SS 2010 London Fashion

It was a bold move - and one which nearly led to his entire project unravelling.
When he told his design team that his figure-hugging outfits would be paraded down the runway by size 12 and 14 models, two of his people were apparently so angry they quit.

The stylist and creative designer deserted Fast, 28, just three days before Saturday's event at the University of Westminster.

Fuller-figured: Curvier women were used to model Mark Fast designs

The show was only saved after freelancers Daniela Agnelli and Natalie Hubbarb stepped in to help Fast, working into the early hours to ensure all the designs were ready for the big day.
Happily, it was a great success, with three models from the agency 12+ UK gracing the catwalk.

Amanda May, Fast's creative director, yesterday blamed the walkout on 'creative differences' over the use of larger models. 'There was a team change and we are glad we stuck to our vision,' she said.

'The decision to use fuller girls is something we have been talking about. There's an idea that only thin and slender women are able to wear Mark's dresses and he wanted to combat that. We wanted women to know they didn't have to be a size zero to wear a Mark Fast dress - curvier women can look even better in them.'
The models used in the show were Hayley Morley, 21, a size 12, Laura Catterall, 20, a size 14 and Gwyneth Harrison, 25, a size 12-14.

Sarah Watkinson, 37, founded 12+ UK in 2000 and has 37 models on her books.
She said: 'I'm very happy that Amanda and Mark stuck to their passion. They really wanted to do it but it was difficult for them.

'Mark has been passionate about using larger women and really wanted to show that they look great in his dresses.

Mark Fast used conventionally-slim models (above) alongside the curvier women

'Every time I think things are progressing, they end up going back to how they've always been. I hope this has sparked lasting changes.'

Fast, a Canadian, has also been involved in the photographic exhibition All Walks Beyond The Catwalk, which features models aged 18 to 65 and sized eight to 16 wearing clothes created by young London designers.

The exhibition, which opened on Friday at Somerset House, attempts to challenge the narrow view of beauty in the fashion world.

Mark Fast used conventionally-slim models (above) alongside the curvier women

The day before Fast's show, chairman of the Institute of Psychiatry's eating disorder team, Professor Ulrike Schmidt, had raised concerns over the use of stick-thin models.
He said: 'We are very concerned that the lack of medical checks of models at London Fashion Week, coupled by an environment where being underweight is the norm, prevents those with eating disorders into gaining an insight into their condition.'

i can't believe people actually QUIT over this...good luck getting another job in this economy, by the way..:)

some fashionistas need to get off their pedestals and realize that EVERYONE WEARS CLOTHES, so yes, EVEN BIG GIRLS can be fashionable!

Source : Dailymail

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Veiled Splendor of Goth and Zhivago Fashion Styles

Glam-goth-goddess, romance, sophistication and casual elegance are returning to the forefront of mainstream fashion for Spring/Autumn/Winter 2009/2010. A sartorial prescience is permeating the ether as designers create new and exciting Gothic elements tailored for the needs and sensibilities of 21st century fashionistas. Might Goth be a harbinger of more refinement and new and inventive uses of colour? Moreover, will Goth become your favourite fashion friend in 2010? Peace and love to all people and animals.

Typical Goth dress items include capes, pikes, long coats and laced-up trousers. Unkind people say that some female Goths wear in public what most non-Goth females wouldn't wear in their bedroom with the curtains pulled shut. These independent-minded females often belong to the 'SadoMaso' branch of the Goth family tree.
Always remember: to a Goth black is not a colour - it's a statement.

I am a huge fan of the Goth and Zhivago style, with John Galliano and Alexander McQueen are my favourite designers who never let go the finery of the Goth or Zhivago style in their collections. They can go as eccentric as they want but we can always spot some elements of Goth and Zhivago in their design.
Gothic fashion is a clothing style worn by members of the Goth subculture a dark, sometimes morbid, eroticized fashion and style of dress.Typical Gothic fashion includes black dyed and crimped hair, bright lips and black clothes. Both male and female goths sometimes wear dark eyeliner and dark fingernails. Some haute couture designers, particularly Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, have been associated with the goth aesthetic.See more of Gothic definition here
I would like to share a few of my favourite Goth and Zhivago out of millions on the runways:

Left : Alexander McQueen Fall 2009 Right : John Galliano Menswear

Alexander McQueen Fall 2009
Doctor Zhivago (1965) created the "Russian Look"." Doctor Zhivago is based on the book of the same name by Boris Pasternak. The book was banned in the Soviet Union but became popular internationally. The film was released in 1965 and won several awards and is considered to be one of director David Lean’s three great epics. (The others were Lawrence of Arabia and Bridge on the River Kwai.) It even caused something of a fashion sensation with the “Zhivago look” sweeping across Europe and America.More description of Doctor Zhivago here

Alexander McQueen Fall 2009

Alexander McQueen Fall 2009

John Galliano Menswear

Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2009

Alexander McQueen Haute Couture Fall 2008

Alexander McQueen Haute Couture Fall 2008

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2006

Gothic-Haute Couture look by Jean Louis Scherrer

A Gothic style tail coat

Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2008

A combination of Goth and Zhivago look by Thom Browne Autumn/Winter 2008/2009

Gothic umbrellas

Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2007/2008

A Goth look

My fave Goth look:Christian Dior Autumn/Winter 2007/2008

Jacket by Martine Et Bonal, dress by Louis Vuitton and boots by Pollini

Gil Bret Autumn/Winter 2009

Zhivago street styles

A scene from Doctor Zhivago film

Zhivago look by Chanel

Dr Zhivago styles from Marc Jacobs, Marni and Jill Stuart

Scenes from Dr Zhivago (1965)

Russian look by Oscar de la Renta

Above left and center: Fur hats from BYTE by Teso, Above right : Fur hat by Marc Jacobs

Russian look by Roberto Cavalli

Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2009

Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2009

Nina Ricci Fall 2009

Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2009

A Zhivago look with faux fur stole

A complete assemble of Zhivago look

Jackie Onassis wore a Zhivago style red suit by Oleg Cassini

Jackie O showed her Russian look with white trench coat

Russian look by Oscar de la Renta

Doctor Zhivago look illustration


Left : Alexander McQueen Menswear,Right :Thom Browne Autumn/Winter 2008/2009

My fave Zhivago with Russian look elements is the scene in Doctor Zhivago where Geraldine Chaplin looked angelic wearing white fur coat, wrap and hat; and also the Russian-inspired ensemble designed by Oscar de la Renta for Balmain in 2007. Apparently, the brocade-looking deluxe overskirt is only an illusion: it is entirely embroidered by hand and boasting a price tag of well over $100,000. Peasant blouse and silk underwear not included.

I admire how daring the individual that chose to don such a Zhivago fashion statement. I do admit that if I were in a 4 seasons country, I'd easily pair it with big furry boots and huge wool wrap, with ease...!
For those who are residing in a country with winter season, you are soo lucky as you could stretch your imagination and make a stylish statement with Zhivago styles. These Zhivago trend do 'turn heads' and are beyond a statement piece...they are a declaration that you LOVE to stand out in a crowd! Be sure to buy it from somewhere FUN and interesting...I guarantee you it's the first thing you'll be asked! And please, go faux!
I believe that every single mode of Goth and Zhivago can always be forever in fashion, they just have to be pulled out the right way to unveil the great splendor in their styles..;)