Monthly Archives: January 2008

Brazil Fashion Week

brazil fashion weekSao Paulo Fashion Week, Latin America’s biggest fashion even, commenced on Wednesday (January16). It seems black was the favourite colour of the designers, participating in the Sao Paulo fashion week, this year.

Cori, one of the famous fashion designers and very popular name in Brazil, used black in most of his designs. His show targeted Brazilian working class women, who like to dress up for office. Black jackets, structured tops, skirts and pants, which finish above the navel, are expected to become an instant hit with the Brazilian working women.   Working women will surely love those wide belts, shoes and gold earrings. A very special gold-chain dress by Cori was appreciated most by the audiences.   This was Cori’s first show for Dudu Bertholini and Rita Comparato, who are already popular in Brazil. There other collection Neon is very popular in Brazil, but some say that both the collections are somewhat alike. Another Brazilian designer Fause Haten, who is of Lebanese descent, presented his collection, in style, on Wednesday. His show was different, as he showed two models at a time on the catwalk, one in colourful attire and one in a much darker version of the same design. His idea was loved more by the audiences than his designs. However, the shoes designed by him were fabulous. Over 10, 000 people attended the shows, presented by 40 designers, during the Sao Paulo fashion week. However, racism row casted shadow, over the otherwise fabulous, Sao Paulo fashion week.

Men’s Fashion Week Paris

men’s fashion week in ParisAfter Milan, it is now the turn of Paris to host the Men’s fashion week. The most unusual show was presented by the young designer Kris Van Assche during the men’s fashion week in Paris. The 32-year- old designer made his models strip to their underwear on the ramp.   Assche made some of his models stand on the catwalk wearing nothing but Scottish tartan, which by the way are very “in” these days.  Assche collection comprises of jeans, skinny pants with side pockets cut at ankle length and big clumpy boots.   The young Belgian designer, who graduated from the Antwerp Arts Academy, was presenting his winter male collection under his own label. He will also present his collection for Dior during Men’s fashion week in Paris. Assche was appointed in the place of Hedi Silmane in Dior.

Britain’s Blaak home designer duo, Sachiko Okada and Aaron Sharif, also presented their collection on Friday. The collection comprises of long shirts, which were drifting below jackets, short suits, skinny pants, top length boot and again the Scottish Tartan. The duo’s collection was mainly in black and grey. Another brilliant designer Kenzo presented his show, very dramatically, in the boxing hall of Paris stadium. The models were walking on the revolving the platform on the background theme, based on the story of the 19 th century Scottish trader who became a samurai. His collection comprises of pea coats, hunting jackets in heavy worsted wools and flannels.   Kenzo’s sports wear collection comprises of multi pocket jackets and hand painted tea-stained t-shirts.

Milan Men Fashion Week

milan men fashion weekDesigners from across the world presented their collection in Men’s Fashion Week which commenced on Saturday in Milan. Dolce and Gabbana, one of the top designers in the fashion industry at present, presented their ideas for autumn/winter 2009. The duo presented innovative sheepskins jackets, wraparound woolen scarves and cloth caps in their menswear show. The collection was dominated by midnight blues, charcoal grey and black colours . The duo brilliantly used the Jodhpurs and high leather boots in their ensembles. The innovative designers also presented some velvet pants with leather patches on the inside. Leather patches were also used by the designers on the elbows of the shirts for that tough look. Woolen scarves in various shades rapped around the neck once or twice were part of most of the ensembles. Knit baggy jumpers in misty blue and grey colours were appreciated by the audience as well. Giorgio Armani also presented his collection, which was dedicated to the ski resort fashion, in the men’s fashion week.   Singer Beyonce, Armani’s ad gal for Diamonds, also attended the show. Beyonce also attended the Versace show on Saturday. Top coat, with an extra long double-breasted military version in deep purple shade, made a comeback with Versace’s collection. Christopher Bailey also presented his collection on Saturday. The Burberry designer’s collection comprises of silk shirts, soft cardigan sweaters and legging-like trousers. Apart from all this Bottega Veneta also presented accessories for men comprising of shoulder bags in signature basket-weave leather, woven belts and rugged round-toed shoes.

Soweto and Sandton Fashion Week

Joburg Fashion Week

After the success of the first Autumn/Winter Fashion Week in South Africa last year, schedule of this year’s Fashion Week are out. As per the schedule the fashion week will be held in Soweto and Sandton from March 5th to March 8th. With this announcement it has been proved that Soweto is the undisputed center of fashion industry in the country as it is the creative powerhouse of the country. But the fashion show will only stay there for one day that is the first day of the four day event. Designers will present their autumn/ winter collection 2008 at the Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto on March 5. Sandton will do the honours of hosting the fashion show for rest of the three days. The show will be organised at the Pavillion room of Sandton convention centre from March 6th to 8th. Top designers of South Africa like Sun Goddess, Stoned Cherrie, Kluk CGDT, Gavin Rajah, Hip Hop and Sonwabile Ndamase will present their autumn/winter collection in front of thousand of fashion enthusiasts, businessmen and media persons. African Fashion International launched the Audin Joburg Fashion week last year after a long time in the country. The event was very successful which motivated the organizers to continue with it this year as well. The Fashion designers of South Africa get the opportunity to come together on one platform and share their experiences, learn latest trends and interact with the buyers. This year the African Fashion International has also appointed Deon Redman as their creative Director.
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Eco friendly New York fashion week

eco friendly New York Fashion WeekThe big wigs in the fashion industry are waking up to global warming and pollution and you will get its proof in the New York Fashion Week. Designers like Versace, Marc Jacobs, Jill Sander and Narciso Rodriguez are all set to join Stella McCartney in her go-green drive. All these designers will take part in the Earth Pledge’s Future Fashion runway show on January 31 at Gotham Hall. The designers will showcase their designs which are made of recyclable, sustainable and earth-friendly materials.

The aim of the show is to promote use of renewable, recyclable and non–polluting material. The show will be sponsored by Barneys, Lexus Hybrid Living and Pure and Natural among others. The Future Fashion collection can be viewed at the store windows of Barneys’ in Madison Avenue. The collection will be showcased there for three weeks starting from February 1. However, this is not the first time that this type of event is being organised at the New York Fashion Week.   But surely big names of the fashion industry are participating in this event for the first time. The event shows that the fashion industry is waking up to the fact that they will have to change themselves as more and more people are getting aware about the environment pollution.   The rapid increase in demand of the organic cotton is one proof of this.  Although this is just a beginning and Fashion industry will have to do a lot more if they really want to make a difference.

London Fashion Week – just five weeks away

London Fashion weekThe designers are busy giving final touches to dresses the organizers are busy in making last minute adjustments in the schedule and fashion enthusiasts have started the countdown as the London Fashion Week is only five weeks away. The London Fashion week starts on February 10. The final schedule is out making it clear that who will and who will not take part in the London Fashion week. As per the final scheduled released by the organizers the London Fashion week will start with a show by Paul Costelloe on Sunday (February 10), same as last year. And if we are following the last year’s time table then of course the show will end with the finale by Julien Macdonald on Friday February 15th.

Everyone is eagerly waiting to see the return of Vivienne Westwood in London Fashion Week. She will present her ultra fashionable Red Label collection on February 14 th. But there is one bad news; Jonathan Saunders is skipping the London Fashion Week this year for the New York Fashion week. Although there are some new designers participating in the event this year like last year’s fashion fringe competition winner Aminaka Wilmont along with Pierre Braganaza, Meadham Kirchhoff, Krystof Strozyna. Ashley Isham is also expected join the party soon. Jager London will also be taking part in the event for the first time and Luella will also be there for the second consecutive season. The London Fashion week starts on February 10th and ends on February 15 th.

Fashion labels gear up for Milan Men’s Fashion week

fashion labels gears up for milan Men’s fashion weekThe fashion labels and designers are geared up to present their collections in the forthcoming Men’s fashion week 2008 in Milan. Emporio Armani officially announced itself in Milan with the giant size billboard of David Beckham wearing nothing but Emporio Armani white underwear. The first 310 square meter poster of the famous heart throbbing footballer appeared at the Cusani and Broletto in Milan. Beckham is looking dead sexy in the posture which has started attracting attention of the locals. In fact the girls are rushing to the place just to have a look at the poster. The ad campaign was shot by the famous photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott in Las Vegas recently. Armani under wears are really popular in Europe and with this campaign it is ready to spread its market in America as well.

Moving from Beckham and Emporio Armani lets take a look at the preparation of the Luxury Italian footwear company Cesare Paciotti which has launched its new ready to wear clothing line under the label Paciotti 4US. The company is all set to present its collection during the Milan Men’s Fashion week on January 14 th. The Paciotti 4US collection features luxury sportswear like t-shirts, cargo pants, polo shirts, knit tops, down jackets and jeans. The company has already launched its first boutique of its ready to wear collection in Rome recently. The Milan’s Mens’ fashion week 2008 is scheduled to start on January 12 th.

Paris to honour Valentino

Paris to honour Valentino.The French government has decided to honour the legend and arguably the best fashion designer in the industry at the moment, Valentino. Valentino, who has announced his retirement from the fashion world after spending almost 45 years in the industry, has been showing his splendid collections since 1989 in Paris. The French government is honouring the legend by making him the honorary citizen of Paris. Valentino will be honoured at a special ceremony during the haute couture season of shows later this month. Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoe will give away the award to Valentino at the Nineteenth Century city hall in Paris. Although this is not the first award for Valentino from the French Government as the king of fashion industry has also been awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the French Government in July 2006. Valentino obviously is happy with the news. Valentino is scheduled to show his last Haute Coutre collection in January in Paris. Valentino is popular between the fashion critique and enthusiasts because of his beautiful designs. Valentino never did any weird experiments with his designs. His motto has always been to make beautiful clothes which he did with dedication. Hollywood actress and celebrities mostly choose to wear a Valentino to important award ceremonies like Oscars and play it safe instead of experimenting with the new designers. Julia Roberts also wore a Valentino when she received an Oscar for best actress in 2001. It seems for Hollywood Fashion industry means Valentino; he even made a very small appearance in a recent fashion centric movie Devil Wears Prada.    What will fashion industry do with out Valentino?

Dolce & Gabbana present Bundchen

Gisele BundchenWell Supermodel Gisele proved that she is the friends of her friends as she agrees to design a line for her old designer friends Dolce and Gabana. Gisele Bundchen will not be the first designer to enter in the designer’s arena. She is no doubt one of the top models in the industry these days and therefore her line will be something to watch out for.

The Brazilian model will launch her ready to wear collection in spring by the name of the Bundchen by Dolce and Gabbana. It is believed that Gisele Bundchen agreed to design her line because she is great friends with Dolce and Gabbana. She is not only a brand ambassador for the Dolce & Gabbana’s fragrance “The One” but also walks the ramp for duo’s fashion show from time to time. Gisele has known to be turned down many offers of designing her line prior to this. The 27 year model is said to have a good business mind along with good fashion sense. She was the first model in the industry to demand her pays in strong Euro then week Dollars. And if she has decided to design her signature line for Dolce and Gabbana, which is an excellent decision, she is got to be business minded as they are one of the top designers in the fashion world today. May be in future she would prefer to design her line independently, but it is just a guess. But for now Bundchen by Dolce and Gabbana for spring 2008 will be available in the selected stores.

Emporio Armani spring/summer 2008 collection

Emporio Armani spring/summer 2008 collection for menEmporio Armani spring/summer 2008 collection for men looked as fresh as the summer itself. The collection looked comfortable and just the thing perfect for summer after chilly winters. The collection comprises of wide variety of summer and spring clothing for men. The designer lived up to the standard created by Armani all these years. The collection was made for the young generation who is not afraid of being different.

Emporio Armani has successfully experimented with the breezy silhouettes this time. The suits although did not look formal but were looking stunning and cool with single and double breasted jackets. The designer also matched them perfectly with both tight trousers and wide legged pants. The masterpiece this time was a double breasted single button sport coat which was liked by everyone. Also there were these pants inspired by the old times which were tight at the bottom and loose above the knees. Buttons on the bottom of these pants were also looking different. Instead of formal shirts the designer chose to go with the collar less shirts which were looking perfect with those coats we talked about earlier. The designer also presented some printed suits and pants which can be perfect as evening wears.  The designers also chose to go with the trend with the pants that were little cropped at the end. The sweaters which expose one shoulder were also something new in the spring/ summer collection this year.    Printed collarless shirts were also looking sexy and are sure set to become an instant hit with the fashion frenzy young generation.