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  • 2009 fashion news - Coco Chanel style


    17 July 2009

    Model wears a selection of Chanel-inspired clothing Stretch-cotton dress with muslin frills, 8-14, by Sonia Rykiel, £229, Fenwick, W1; 020 7629 9161. Straw hat, £480, Stephen Jones, as before. Striped clutch, £19.50, sheer tights, £4, and pearl/multi-strand necklace, £12, all Marks & Spencer, as before. Bangle, £8, Freedom, as before. Charm bracelet, £6;

    Coco Chanel style

    A homage to Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel begins with a classic jacket.

    Coco Chanel style

    A chance to own an infamous Chanel 2.55 quilted bag would inspire many women across the world to sell their grandmas for the cause. No need to go quite that far though, as the high street is offering an array of quilted, faux-leather clutches, shoulder and bucket bags that leave enough change for the chance to collect a variety of colours.

    Coco Chanel style

    Contrasting trims on items as simple as a light, throw-on cardigan, is enough to exude a splash of Coco style.

    Coco Chanel style

    The palette of these gorgeous skirts, in hues of black, grey, soft pink and white, are positively Chanel-inspired and are ideal worn with bare legs or thick opaque tights for when the weather changes and autumn creeps through.

    Coco Chanel style

    The simplest way to achieve the Chanel look is to accessorise with a handful of pearls. Gabrielle Chanel was famously loyal to hers, and they effortlessly radiate Parisian style.

    Coco Chanel style

    Make like you're on a fabulously glamorous holiday on the French Riviera by investing in these adorable straw boater hats. The felt cloche hat will be a big-hitter this autumn.

    Coco Chanel style

    If a straw hat is not quite your style, then opt for a dash of decoration with a corsage or headband, the perfect way to give a nod to Mademoiselle Coco.

    Coco Chanel style

    Nothing screams Parisian Chanel style more than a pair of black-tipped ballet pumps - a wardrobe staple to see you through the year. Charming alternatives include black-trimmed heels, t-bars and anything with a dash of baby pink.

    Model wears a selection of Chanel-inspired clothing

    As we mark a century of Chanel, Hilary Alexander picks the best of the new collections from the high street...

    Model wears a selection of Chanel-inspired clothing Silk sweater, 10-14, by Paul & Joe, £145, Fenwick, New Bond Street, W1; 020 7629 9161; Paul & Joe, Sloane Street, SW1; 020 7824 8844. Jersey matelot trousers, 8-22, £35 and chain bracelet, £12, Marks & Spencer; 0845 302 1234

    Model wears a selection of Chanel-inspired clothing

    Silk blouse, £185; cotton skirt, £190, 4-16, Nanette Lepore, Westbourne Grove, W11; 020 7221 8889; Cellophane-straw 'Audrey’ boater, £480, Stephen Jones, Great Queen Street, WC2; 020 7242 0770. Gloves, £49, Cornelia James, as before. Corsage, by Johnny Loves Rosie, £20, Fenwick, W1. Bangle, £9, Dorothy Perkins; 01277 844 167. Pearl/multi-chain necklace, £18, Freedom, as before. Pearl ropes, £15 each, Marks & Spencer, as before

    Model wears a selection of Chanel-inspired clothing Polyester skirt, 8-14, £155, Agnes b, Floral Street, WC2, and branches; 020 7520 6914. Cotton-mix jacket, 8-18, £39.50, cotton vest, 8-22, £9.50; chain bracelet, £12, and pearl/chain multi-strand necklace, £12, all Marks & Spencer, as before. Gloves, £49, Cornelia James, as before. Charm belt, £6;

    Model wears a selection of Chanel-inspired clothing Stretch-cotton dress with muslin frills, 8-14, by Sonia Rykiel, £229, Fenwick, W1; 020 7629 9161. Straw hat, £480, Stephen Jones, as before. Striped clutch, £19.50, sheer tights, £4, and pearl/multi-strand necklace, £12, all Marks & Spencer, as before. Bangle, £8, Freedom, as before. Charm bracelet, £6;

     

    (telegraph fashion news)

  • 2009 fashion news-Cristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture


    16 July 2009

    Finished Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture. Continued 3 days, during it demonstrates collections Armani, Jean Paul Gaultier, etc.

    Cristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute CoutureCristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

    Cristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute CoutureCristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

    Still on the first day of fashion performance become an event John Galliano's presenting collection for the fashion house Christian Dior. Collection Christian Dior Haute Couture autumn/winter 2009-10 obviously is inspired of transparent materials trends and usage of underwear as top cloth. John Galliano showed a mix of grand style dresses and underwear like 50's: silk blouses with stockings and garters, splendid skirts with beige bras and gloves, enhancing thigh bastions, short jackets and round combinations on the edge. Collection colour pattern is shown in shades of orange, “lime” colour, crimson and yellow with dark shades at underwear. Models are complement with unusual huge hats and accessories for hair and shoes with straps, reminding shoulder-straps of bra.

    Cristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute CoutureCristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

    Cristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute CoutureCristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

    Cristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute CoutureCristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

    Cristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute CoutureCristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

    Cristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute CoutureCristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

    Cristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute CoutureCristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

    Cristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute CoutureCristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

    Cristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute CoutureCristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

    Cristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute CoutureCristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

    Cristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute CoutureCristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

    Cristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute CoutureCristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

    Cristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute CoutureCristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

    Cristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute CoutureCristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

    Cristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute CoutureCristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

    Cristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute CoutureCristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

    Cristian Dior's Presenting on Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

    Designer John Galliano poses surrounded of his models on time of presenting his collection Christian Dior Haute Couture autumn/winter 2009-10 on the Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture (July 06, 2009).

     

    (bgfashion fashion news)

  • 2009 fashion news-The whole swimming suit came into fashion this summer


    16 July 2009

     

    The whole swimming suit came into fashion this summer

    Ladies swimming suits made interesting transformations: from swim dresses, whole suit till model of two bikini parts. Now things are turning and instead of showing as much as possible naked skin is becoming enigmatic “hiding”.

    On the fashion shows in Madrid, Milan and Paris rise up whole swimming suit. Versace, Chanel, Hermes, Stella McCartney sell them in fashion boutiques and stores. Nancy Wisebach, who is longer occupied with fashion, perceived that bikini set.

    " Via last years become clear that fashion in beach clothes is changing in advantage of the whole swimming suit. There are different models, patterns, and demand is brisk even when it is referred on young women", said Wisebach. The whole swimming suit is no longer intended to to the ladies in middle ages.

    „Dior's swimming suit is cool, all is with spangles. Armani stopped on the classic style of 50's, but La Perl's models are in totally different colour of gold.” explains Nancy.

    The whole swimming suit came into fashion this summerThe whole swimming suit came into fashion this summer

     

    (Bgfashion fashion news)

  • 2009 fashion news-The Top Model of Visage Fashion Agency Martin Martinov Is Mr World Bulgaria 2009


    16 July 2009

    From the world headquarters of Mr World in London 23-year-old Visage model Martin Martinov was awarded the most handsome men in Bulgaria, and his runner-ups were Georgi Georgiev and Plamen Bonev. The overachieving top model from Fashion Agency “Visage” who has travelled all over the world will represent Bulgaria in the world-wide contest which will be held on 3rd October in Seoul, South Korea.

    Martin Martinov Is Mr World Bulgaria 2009Martin Martinov Is Mr World Bulgaria 2009

    Martin Martinov has already done world campaigns for Castro in 2007. He participated in fashion shows for Gianfranco Ferre, Prada, Diesel, as well as international Coca-Cola commercials. He has crafted a very successful career in South Africa. He participates numerous times in the Fashion Week in Milan and last year he opened the fashion show for Yohji Yamamoto.

    Martin Martinov Is Mr World Bulgaria 2009Martin Martinov Is Mr World Bulgaria 2009

    Martin Martinov Is Mr World Bulgaria 2009 Few days ago in the cozy atmosphere of Buddha Bar Prive in Kempinski Hotel Zografski an elite female jury with chairwoman the boss of Fashion House Visage Evgenia Kalkandjieva and other members young actress Elen Koleva, senior trainer for the national team of eurythmics Iliana Raeva and makeup artist Silvia Stoicheva chose nine finalists among the more than 30 participants aged 17-27. Singer Petia Pavlova and top model for Visage Victoria Dgumparova surprisingly joined the jury enjoying the athletic bodies of the handsome models.



    For the first time this year the choice was left in the hands of the organizers of the world constest with the intent of avoiding speculations about the winner.

    In the final part of the pageant in a contest for the world title 80 participants from different countries will compete for the title in the course of two weeks.

    The candidates will be assessed based on their style, stage presence, overall look and charisma. The winner will also receive the title Most Desirable Men in the World and a cash reward of 50 000 US dollars.

    Until then we can only cross our fingers for Martin.

    Martin Martinov Is Mr World Bulgaria 2009

     

    (BGfashion fashion news)

  • 2009 -2010 fashion news-Holiday dressing: Michelle Obama style


    15 July 2009
    Holiday dressing: Michelle Obama-style
    Michelle has made frocks and cardies one of her signature looks. Photo: PA

    The Obamas will be proving their presidential worth by summering in the moneyed seclusion of Martha’s Vineyard, off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the island retreat beloved of John F Kennedy and Bill Clinton.

    The requirements are comfort and mobility – cookouts, cycling and sailing are favourite island pastimes – but remember, Vineyard vacationers are power players back home (Meg Ryan, Reese Witherspoon and Beyoncé Knowles are also regular visitors), so wardrobes need to be sharp and stylish – in a nonchalant, no-time-taken-to-dress kind of way.

    “I can wander around in shorts and not shave in the morning, and no one talks about it,” the President said recently of holidaying in the Vineyard.

    That may be, but it is safe to say that his wife’s appearance will be scrutinised as she joins America’s Democratic elite for clambakes and garden parties.

    Here, for a British take on preppy vacation chic, we offer the First Lady the following packing suggestions.

    Clambakes and cookouts

    Michelle has made frocks and cardies one of her signature looks, and it is a perfect one for beachside clambakes and cookouts.The perfect dress for her would be a jaunty nautical number with tie waist by Joules, which would cut a dash and pair nicely with a pair of canvas pumps by Lacoste, alongside her slouchy metallic tote bag from Hobbs. A wide-brimmed hat will protect the First Lady’s complexion, while sunglasses with classic square-shaped frames and charming bow detail sunglasses by Versace would add premier panache.

    Day trips with the offspring

    Michelle likes to set a sartorial example to daughters Sasha and Malia, so what better than a bright, bold natty striped dress by Tommy Hilfiger? She could work the look with another cardie for her collection (this time by LK Bennett) and add shine with patent slingbacks and complementary straw tote.

    A presidential soirée

    She may be on vacation, but the First Lady will be reluctant to surrender her status as global fashion force, not least if she is going to be partying with the Vineyard elite such as Oprah Winfrey, the Clintons, and Sir Paul McCartney. A dedicated print enthusiast, Michelle would turn heads in one of Diane von Furstenberg’s relaxed yet attention-seeking full-length frocks.

    A lover of cuffs, she may also like Paris-based designer Luc Kieffer’s flower-inspired piece in resin, made in collaboration with Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. Michelle’s biggest coup of the evening would be to sport a sumptuous Hermès scarf, insouciantly knotted into an evening bag. Within 24 hours, every woman in America would be following suit.

    On the ocean wave

    JFK loved sailing across the bay from the Kennedy clan compound on Cape Cod, and it is likely that the Obamas will find themselves on the ocean waves more than once during their stay.

    Since its launch exclusively at House of Fraser back in the spring, Lauren by Ralph Lauren has been flying off the shelves. The reason for its popularity is immediately obvious: quality fabrics, awesome cuts, and modishly preppy styles at a fraction of the price of Ralph Lauren’s main line. Sizing is US and generous, so that a UK 12 might find herself in anything from a US 8 to a positively Olsen-twin US 4.

    Michelle would rock Gatsby-esque elegance in Ralph Lauren’s cream and black-trim blazer, paired with a cream cotton top from Hobbs. Her red pedal pushers are Michelle O channelling Jackie O. An unfussy Anya Hindmarch cotton tote and plimsolls by Urban Outfitters complete the air of breezy maritime chic.

     

    (telegraph fashion news)

  • 2009-2010 fashion trends for Maxi dresses


    15 July 2009

    The hit parade: Maxi dresses - Joy the store

    Brighten-up a BBQ party with this stunning orange halter-neck dress from Joy.

    Cotton maxi dress, £45,

    The hit parade: Maxi dresses - Next

    Make like a bohemian goddess in this floral bandeau maxi – perfect for shopping in the sunshine or for glamming it up at this season's festivals.

    Cotton maxi dress, £40

    The hit parade: Maxi dresses - French Connection

    Perfect for holidays – wear this black floor-sweeper with gold gladiator sandals and oversized bangles for a meal at the hotel restaurant or a night on the town.

    Cotton maxi dress, £55, French Connection;

    The hit parade: Maxi dresses - Peacocks

    Go back to the 80s with this graphic, graffiti-print maxi from high-street favourite Peacocks.

    Cotton maxi dress, £18, Peacocks;

    The hit parade: Maxi dresses - Dorothy Perkins

    A sale bargain at only £20, embrace your wilder side in this Zebra-print maxi.

    Cotton maxi dress, £20, Dorothy Perkins;

    The hit parade: Maxi dresses - New Look

    A dead ringer for the prints seen at Matthew Williamson's spring/summer 2009 show, pay homage to the ‘King of Boho’ in this palm print maxi dress.

    Jersey maxi dress, £16, New Look

    The hit parade: Maxi dresses - Therapy

    Throw on an oversized blazer for city chic, or pair this staple dress with the latest havaianas and sunglasses for a holiday outfit.

    Polyester maxi dress, £35, Therapy at House of Fraser;

    The hit parade: Maxi dresses - Asos

    Feel light as a feather in this floaty cream silk maxi from ASOS. Team with a leather biker jacket on cool summer evenings.

    Silk-mix beaded maxi dress, £65, ASOS;

    The hit parade: Maxi dresses - Accessorize

    Just add a tan to this floaty paisley number from Accessorize.

    Polyester-mix maxi dress, £45, Accessorize;

    The hit parade: Maxi dresses - Miss Selfridge

    A pretty tribal-inspired variation, which was the star of the spring/summer 09 catwalks.

    Cotton maxi dress, £49, Miss Selfridge;

     

    (telegraph fashion news)

  • 2009 fashion news-Issey Miyake asks Obama to visit Hiroshima


    15 July 2009

    Issey Miyake asks Obama to visit Hiroshima

    2009 new fashion news– Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake (pictured in 2006), who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshim

    TOKYO (AFP) – Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, has urged US President Barack Obama to visit the city on the anniversary of the attack as part of his drive to rid the world of nuclear arms.

    "I realized that I have, perhaps now more than ever, a personal and moral responsibility to speak out as one who survived what Mr. Obama called the 'flash of light,'" the designer wrote in an opinion piece published in the International Herald Tribune on Wednesday.

    He said he hoped Obama would accept an invitation by the southern port city to commemorate the 64th anniversary of the bombing on August 6.

    "If Mr. Obama could walk across the Peace Bridge in Hiroshima ... it would be both a real and a symbolic step toward creating a world that knows no fear of nuclear threat," the 71-year-old designer added.

    Miyake, who witnessed the attack when he was seven years old, shared his memories for the first time -- something he said he had not done before because he "did not want to be labeled 'the designer who survived the atomic bomb.'"

    "When I close my eyes, I still see things no one should ever experience: a bright red light, the black cloud soon after, people running in every direction trying desperately to escape -- I remember it all," he wrote.

    His mother died from radiation exposure within three years of the attack.

    The bombing killed an estimated 140,000 people by the end of 1945, either instantly or from radiation or horrific burns, and many more afterwards.

    The US dropped a second nuclear bomb on Nagasaki three days later, killing more than 70,000 people. Japan surrendered less than a week later, ending World War II.

    No sitting US president has visited the Hiroshima memorial, although Jimmy Carter visited after leaving office and Richard Nixon came as a private citizen between his stints as vice president and president.

    Obama has pledged to eliminate nuclear arms and last week agreed with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on a roadmap to reduce their nuclear stockpiles.

     

    (Yahoo fashion news)

  • 2009 fashion news-`NYC Prep's' privileged posse can spot a bargain


    15 July 2009

    This photo taken June 11, 2009 shows Camille, of the

    2009 New fashion news– This photo taken June 11, 2009 shows Camille, of the 'NYC Prep' television show on the Bravo cable channel

    NEW YORK – They carry "it" bags instead of backpacks, consider shopping a social sport and can burn through mom and dad's money, but the high-school girls of "NYC Prep" also can spot a bargain.

    The "privileged prepsters," as they're described by their reality-show bosses on Bravo TV, were challenged to craft an outfit for less than $100 that they'd be just as happy to wear as their designer duds. So, Camille, Kelli and Taylor hit H&M — and they all came in under budget.

    These girls are retail pros, fanning out in the busy Herald Square store in Midtown, honing in on trendy boyfriend shirts and jackets, pencil mini skirts and leggings, circling back to each other only when they wanted a second opinion. They arrived in the dressing room with far fewer items than one would expect from teenagers, but they know what they like:

    • Camille's favorite thing, hands down, is handbags.

    She says she has about 12 in her current rotation, including a Mulberry and the navy Kooba she carried during the recent H&M spree. Among them is a Zac Posen that was a gift. "That was like my whole birthday in a bag."

    She appears to be choosy, taking the longest of the three girls to settle into a dressing room. Before getting that far, she put back a black pencil skirt, nude-colored dress and sleeveless blouse that Taylor also was going to try on.

    "I like shopping, but I'm picky. I'll be the person who takes 25 things into a fitting room and end up with one thing."

    It helps, 17-year-old Camille says, that at her all-girl school, everyone wears a uniform. "It takes 30 seconds to get ready. I wear the same polo shirts from the eighth grade — I have a big drawer full of them."

    On weekends and in the summer, however, she goes all out. "I'm a dress-up girl, but not a girlie girl. I like to wear a girlie dress with a leather jacket," she says, or shorts or a mini paired with chunky beaded high heels in a nude color, which she wore on this day.

    Although she likes to shop with friends, all purchases are made with her mother's approval. Mom, she explains, will send her out with a debit card with a specific amount of money on it, or Camille will put items on hold at a store until her mom can pay the bill.

    Her total at H&M? $79.60, which included a hot-pink cardigan ($16.90), a navy, zip-front skirt ($39.90), a tank top ($9.90) and a silver chain necklace ($12.90).

    It's a look perfect for a late lunch — or shopping, she suggests. "I would wear this when it's still light out when I'm leaving home but know it will be dark out later."

    • Kelli is an aspiring singer and she's got the rocker-chick look down, especially the fringe suede vest that she arrives wearing with skinny jeans. She acknowledges, though, that she doesn't wear the vest often because "it's out of my comfort zone."

    When she heads to the racks, there's a beeline for micro-length shorts and a boyfriend-style cardigan. She'd definitely wear a long, draped scarf — one of her signature items, she explains.

    She also is a die-hard beach lover so she gravitates toward summery styles and finds it harder to put together outfits that really capture her personality when it's cooler outside. (The exception was last fall's trendy moccasin boots.)

    Her favorite part of her $87.60 H&M outfit is the faux-coral cuff bracelet ($9.90). The rest of the ensemble were the shorts ($39.90), scarf ($12.90) and a button-down shirt ($24.90). It took her less than 15 minutes to pick out this look and stick with it.

    She did make a brief stop to check out some black platform sandals but eventually passed.

    It seemed Kelli's favorite part of the shopping experience was in the accessories section, though she also got a good chuckle in the lingerie department looking at some of the more over-the-top numbers in candy colors and lace.

    For two summers, Kelli, 17, worked at a SoHo boutique but she prefers the shopping out in West Hampton. The SoHo job helped pay for some of her clothes, but she usually uses her line of credit with her parents.

    She likes shopping with them.

    "Last time I went shopping, it was with my dad. I trust their opinions most," she says. He's convinced her to get the fringe vest.

    • Taylor, 16, emphasizes comfort, but she's also the one who can pull off gold lame leggings, no problem.

    The leggings cost $24.90 and are the key piece from which she'll build the rest of her outfit. "I wear leggings four or five days a week. I don't have gold leggings yet, but I'm about to."

    She adds, "I like to shop when I'm not looking for something. ... I buy what I like and figure out later what I can wear it with, where I can wear it."

    She wears jeans only on rainy days but will occasionally put on a dress. "I have a lot of things in my closet I don't wear," she declares.

    Taylor says she's not a marathon shopper, hitting the retail routes on the way home from school about 10 times a month for small purchases — say, two shirts — instead of buying lots at one time. Her shopping partner is usually her mother. Taylor says they have similar taste and enjoy the time together. "She won't let me wear ridiculous outfits. That's probably for my own good."

    Her spending allowance is generous, but mom won't OK a $500 shirt. Taylor still covets a $1,000 Dolce & Gabbana gold jacket that her mom put the kibosh on.

    Taylor has a plan, though: "I'm going to buy it myself, using money I've saved from my mom."

    She proves she can be frugal when she needs to be — her H&M bill for two bracelets ($6.90 each), a cardigan sweater ($19.90), tank ($5.90) and the leggings was $64.50, leaving her within striking distance of the dressier nude-colored sleeveless blouse that cost $35.90.

    It would put her 40 cents beyond her limit but give her a second outfit, further proof the trio of prepsters certainly could teach a class in savvy shopping.

    (Yahoo fashion news)

  • 2009 fashion news-Supermarket launches 16 version of designer dress worn by Kate Moss


    14 July 2009
    Supermarket chain Asda is preparing for a stampede as its version of a Balmain dress worn by Kate Moss goes on sale today.
    Kate Moss wearing a Balmain dress, left, and the £16 Asda replica Photo: REX / PA

    The George at Asda silver mini-dress with exaggerated shoulder pads retails at £16, a fraction of the cost of the Balmain creation worn by the model in April.

    The supermarket is hoping the limited edition dress will be this year's best-seller, and said it is expecting "cat fights in the aisles".

    Fiona Lambert, George brand director, said: "At a time of recession when people are finding it hard, we are seeing that people are looking back to the 80s when fashion was fun, loud and over the top.

    "The exaggerated boulder shoulder is the statement of the season. It's all about super power dressing and OTT glamour."

    Moss, who has a range of clothing at rival clothes firm Topshop, was accused of looking like she was attending a Star Trek convention in April when she stepped out in the Balmain Autumn/Winter 2009 dress, which appeared to split at the seams as she headed home.

    She also recently turned out to support punk singer Beth Ditto's new larger-size fashion range for another clothes store, Evans. The thin model attended the event in her own black dress as Ditto’s range only covers sizes 14 to 32.

    The George at Asda dress, made of 67 per cent viscose, 29 per cent metal-effect fibre and four per cent elastane, is made in England.

    (telegraph fashion news)

  • 2009 fashion news-Avril Lavigne is expanding her fashion line to include younger girls


    13 July 2009

     

    The 'Girlfriend' singer - who launched her Abbey Dawn collection for juniors at US store Kohl last year - has created a children's line for the range, which is inspired by her own rocky style.

    Taking about the designs, which will feature layered T-shirts with skulls on and leggings, Avril told People magazine: "We have a really cute zebra hoodie with ears and I'm like, 'Can I fit into the extra-large? Because I really like these!' "

    As well as her new fashion line - which she will launch later this month - Avril is also releasing a perfume called Black Star.

    She said: "It's really me in a bottle."

    Speaking about her own style, Avril admits she has become more feminine over the years but will never forget her tomboy roots.

    She said: "I mix rock and roll elements with high-end stuff now - I love Chanel. I'm just more feminine now, but my style still has everything I've ever liked."

     

    (bgfashion fashion news)

  • 2009 fashion news - The Serpentine Gallery summer party


    10 July 2009

    The Serpentine Gallery summer party - Matthew Williamson and Thandie Newton, Dan Williams with Jade Jagger

    This year's Serpentine Gallery summer party attracted a large number of the fashion pack.

    Matthew Williamson arrived with Thandie Newton, who wore a dress from the designer's resort collection. Jade Jagger brought along long-term partner Dan Williams.

    The Serpentine Gallery summer party - Tess Daly and Marissa Montgomery

    TV star Tess Daly and Marissa Montgomery both opted for earthy metallics. Daly's dress was courtesy of Parisian label See by Chloé, and Marissa's was from Topshop.

    The Serpentine Gallery summer party - Jacquetta Wheeler and Margot Stiley

    Model Jaquetta Wheeler, in Temperley, and actress Margot Stiley, in an asymetric dress by Topshop, showed off their long pins in these itsy-bitsy numbers.

    The Serpentine Gallery summer party - Roisin Murphy and Lady Helen Taylor

    Nude ladies: Fashion's darling Roisin Murphy wore a look from the Dolce & Gabbana spring/summer 09 collection, and Lady Helen Taylor teamed her pink puffball dress with a cute cardigan.

    The Serpentine Gallery summer party - Jo and Leah Wood, Rosie Huntingdon Whiteley

    Mother-and-daughter team Jo and Leah Wood opted for full-length glamour. Jo wore her vintage gown with Fendi shoes, while Leah was head-to-toe in D&G.

    Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley, the model and girlfriend of Jo Wood's son Tyrone, followed the family trend in a vintage floor-sweeping dress and a beaded jacket from Topshop.

    The Serpentine Gallery summer party - Natalie Imbruglia and Laura Bailey

    Natalie Imbruglia let her bright red dress do all the talking while model Laura Bailey opted for a shocking pink Louis Vuitton design, with shoes by Charlotte Olympia.

    The Serpentine Gallery summer party Tamara Ecclestone and Erin O'Connor

    Tamara Ecclestone and Erin O'Conor both opted for block colours in soft hues.

    The Serpentine Gallery summer party - Little Boots and Miquita Oliver

    Pop sensation Little Boots didn't look quite as summery as her counterparts in her all-black get-up by D&G, and we're not so certain about Miquita Oliver's opaque suspenders...

    The Serpentine Gallery summer party - Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Caprice

    Tara Palmer-Tomkinson looked chic in a figure-hugging, sleeved, dress and Chanel handbag. Caprice meanwhile, tried to go down the demure route in this salmon trouser-suit ensemble.

    The Serpentine Gallery summer party - Meg Matthews and Jasmine Guinness

    Meg Matthews and Jasmine Guinness also played it safe in head-to-toe black... come on girls: It's supposed to be summer!

    The Serpentine Gallery summer party - Damien Hirst and Pharell Wlliams

    Gents Damien Hirst and singer Pharell Williams put in an appearance, although we're not quite sure what was going on with Pharell's boots...

     

    (telegraph fashion news)

  • 2009-2010 fashion trends for Boots - Over-the-knee boots


    10 July 2009
    Trend alert: Over-the-knee boots - Miley Cyrus, Madonna, Rihanna, Alice Dellal and Daisy Lowe
    The thigh's the limit: Miley Cyrus, Madonna, Rihanna, Alice Dellal and Daisy Lowe are all fans of the over-the-knee style Photo: AP/ GETTY IMAGES

    As seen on actress Rachel Weisz in this month’s Harper’s Bazaar, who is pictured reclining in a studded thigh-high pair by Alexander McQueen, “thigh-highs” - or “cuissardes”, as they have been dubbed – are the shoes for next season.

    They were the stars of the autumn/winter catwalk shows in Milan, New York, London and Paris, and the high street has been quick to get in step.

    Trend alert: Over-the-knee boots - Rachel Weisz

    Madonna, of course, had to be first and showed off her over-the-knee Louis Vuitton boots at the Costume Institute Gala, back in May. And trendsetter Kate Moss has been a faithful cuissardes crusader for several years.

    It-girls Alice Dellal and Daisy Lowe are fans, while R'n'B star Rihanna wears hers on and offstage, and teenage sensation Miley Cyrus recently teamed her black leather pair with short-shorts and a fringed tunic top.

    From the flat, Wellington boot-esque styles from Prada, to Vuitton's decadent gold leather and brocade platforms, the over-the-knee is next season's It-boot.

    They were sleek and simple at Paul & Joe; eye-catchingly bright at Vivienne Westwood; and roomy enough to catch a few raindrops in at Peter Pilotto.

    As always, the high street has quickly caught on to the shape of things to come and created an extensive selection of affordable versions. While the high-heeled, super-tight styles scream “Look how sexy I am!”, soft suede and nubuck boots in tones of grey are more discreet options. The flat interpretations are also great alternatives to the over-the-knee trend as they are more demure in design and hugely practical.

    We have picked the top eight over-the-knee styles from the high street – choose your favourites and let your legs to the talking.

     

    (telegraph fashion news)

  • 2009 fashion news -Harry Potter Takes New York


    10 July 2009

    2009 new fashion news –  Daniel Radcliffe attends the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"

    New York – For anyone that thinks that Harry Potter is getting to be old news, the excitement at the New York premiere on Thursday night, July 9, proves that he's one wizard that is still beloved by fans, even after all these years. It was the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth film in the series based on J. K. Rowling's phenomenally successful novels, and the screaming devotees and star-studded red carpet showed the world that Harry's appeal has not waned one bit.

    Of course, the three main "Harry Potter" stars, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, were on hand to celebrate. The trio began the series as children in 2001 with "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," and like their characters in the films they have grown up over the past nine years. Now poised adults aged 19, 20, and 19, the three have spent most of their lives working on the epic story of Harry and his magical destiny.

    When asked earlier in the day at a press conference about the end of the franchise, with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" coming in 2010, Emma Watson spoke for the group.

    "I think we all feel as if Harry Potter is never really going to die. I think it's so big and so loved. We have a theme park coming out in 2010 and I think that kids are going to keep reading the books and new generations of the kids are going to keep watching the films and I don't really ever feel like it's going to really go away. I think it's got longevity," she said.

    Other stars on hand for the film's premiere included Bonnie Wright, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Tom Felton, Warwick Davis and Freddie Stroma, as well as director David Yates.

    If the celebrity fan turnout is any indication, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" will join its predecessors in raking in huge amounts of cash at the box office. Denis Leary, Diane Sawyer, Marcia Gay Harden, Ashanti, Lance Bass, Michelle Trachtenberg, Eric Mabius, Gina Gershon, and Vanessa Williams all came out to be among the first to see the latest thrilling installment in the battle between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort.

    And as for the final chapter in the series, Daniel Radcliffe spoke for the group when he admitted, "I'm so excited about the seventh film. Seeing the sixth film again, we are doing something very, very different in the last one. We're not at Hogwarts. The difference that makes is extraordinary."

    (Yahoo fashion news)

  • 2009 fashion news-Amanda Wakeley returns to London Fashion Week


    10 July 2009
    Amanda Wakeley returns to London Fashion Week
    Photo: CLARA MOLDEN

    Amanda Wakeley today announced that she will show her spring/summer 2010 collection at London Fashion Week this September. The news marks a great triumph for the designer, who only reclaimed her business in April this year after staging a buy out from former Deutsche Bank distressed debt trader Jason Granite.

    Wakeley's business was sold by W Investments; she resigned from the label after being told that she would no longer be required.

    Wakeley now owns her company for the first time in over a decade and said: “I am delighted to return to the London Fashion Week schedule in September, especially during such an important season. Through buying back my label, I have confirmed my commitment to the continued development of Amanda Wakeley and showing again in London is a key step forward in that process.”

    She will form part of what is tipped to be the biggest and best London Fashion Week yet, joining the likes of Burberry, Matthew Williamson, Jonathan Saunders and Pringle who have all announced their return to LFW over the past few weeks.

    Harold Tillman, chairman of the British Fashion Council said: “September’s London Fashion Week is shaping up to be our biggest and best yet. The timing couldn’t be more perfect for Amanda Wakeley to be back at the helm of her company and on the official catwalk schedule in time for our 25 year celebrations.”

    London Fashion Week will take place from 18th – 22nd September at its new home, Somerset House, where Wakeley will show.

     

    (telegraph fashion news)

  • 2009 fashion news-Paris Haute Couture Week 2009 highlights


    10 July 2009
    Models wear creations from the Christian Dior autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection with designer John Galliano, centre
    Models wear creations from the Christian Dior autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection with designer John Galliano, centre.
    Models wear creations from the Franck Sorbier autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    Models wear creations from the Franck Sorbier autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    Picture: REUTERS
    A model wears a creation from the Chanel autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    Models wear creations from the Stéphane Rolland autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    A model wears a creation from the Maison Martin Margiela autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    A model wears a creation from the Jean Paul Gaultier autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    Models wear creations from the Alexis Mabille autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    A models wears a creation from the Christophe Josse autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    A model wears a creation from the Elie Saab autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    A model wears a creation from the Elie Saab autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
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    A model wears a creation from the On Aura Tout Vu autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    A model wears a creation from the On Aura Tout Vu autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    Picture: AFP
    A model wears a creation from the Dominique Sirop autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    A model wears a creation from the Dominique Sirop autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    A model wears a creation from the Givenchy autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
     
    A model wears a creation from the Givenchy autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    Models wear creations from the Christian Lacroix autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    Models wear creations from the Christian Lacroix autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    A model wears a creation from the Armani Privé autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    A model wears a creation from the Armani Privé autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    Models wear creations from the Georges Chakra autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    Models wear creations from the Georges Chakra autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    Models wear creations from the Atelier Gustavo Lins autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    Models wear creations from the Atelier Gustavo Lins autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    Models wear creations from the Alexandre Matthieu autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    Models wear creations from the Alexandre Matthieu autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    Models wear creations from the Valentino autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
    Models wear creations from the Valentino autumn/winter 2009/10 Haute Couture collection
     
    (telegraph fashion news)
  • 2009 fashion news - Ralph Lauren model Ubah Hassan models the latest pre-fall fashion in red


    10 July 2009
    Model Ubah Hassan wears the latest red hot fashion
    Photo: KAREN COLLINS

    At the age of five Ubah Hassan fled war-torn Somalia for Kenya with her father and brother. They became separated from her mother and sisters, who went to Ethiopia. After seven years apart they were reunited in Canada, where they set up home.

    At 17 Hassan was talent-spotted by a photographer in Vancouver, and signed to Click Model Management in New York. Now, at 21, she is the face of Ralph Lauren’s s/s 09 campaign. She has also walked the runway for Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta and Betsey Johnson, and been photographed by Steven Meisel and Bruce Weber for Italian Vogue. She lives in New York.

    Being 5ft 11½ is wonderful because when I walk into a club,I’m so tall that no men want to talk to me. I love that. I think, just don’t come near me. And I can’t dance if I’m not wearing heels.

    A pivotal moment in my career was being shot by Steven Meisel for the black issue of Italian Vogue. The repercussions of that issue have been huge. It sold out everywhere and there were waiting-lists in lots of shops. I had no idea that people weren’t hiring black models. I thought the reason I wasn’t working so much was because I was new in New York and maybe I needed to dress differently or smile more. It’s sad that in 2009, after so many years of prejudice and war, some people are still seeing colour.

    I get recognised by the oddest people. I was working in a studio recently and the food delivery guy stopped me and said, ‘Wait a minute, aren’t you the Ralph Lauren girl?’ Then the old Indian guy who I buy my coffee from every morning was really overexcited to see me one day. He’d collected all these newspaper cuttings of me. I was so shocked that they knew anything about fashion or Ralph Lauren.

    I refuse to work for designers who treat models badly. That’s happened a few times. They think they can pick you apart at castings but I don’t respect people like that. I don’t have an ego about what I do or don’t do, but I have to believe in a brand before I work for them.

    I have to pinch myself every day because life is unbelievable right now. Every time I have a bad day, I just stop and remember what my family and I have been through.

     

    (telegraph fashion news)

  • 2009 fashion news-Britain's Next Top Model winner in first cover shoot


    10 July 2009
    Britain's Next Top Model winner Mecia Simson on her first modelling assignment for Company magazine: Britain's Next Top Model winner in first cover shoot
    Britain's Next Top Model winner Mecia Simson on her first modelling assignment for Company magazine Photo: PA

    Miss Simson, 19, from Plymouth, was photographed for Company magazine after winning the final of the Living TV series.

    She appears on the front cover of the August edition wearing a short, silver asymmetric dress with her dark hair loosely pinned up.

    Britain's Next Top Model winner Mecia Simson on her first modelling assignment for the July cover of Company magazine: Britain's Next Top Model winner in first cover shoot
    Britain's Next Top Model winner Mecia Simson on her first modelling assignment for the July cover of Company magazine Photo: PA

    Another shot features Simson lying on a lawn in skyscraper black heels, sequinned trousers and cropped corset-style top.

    The hopeful saw off competition from 20 other contestants including runners-up Sophie Sumner, 18, from Oxford, who came second, and Jade McSorley, 21, from Middlesbrough, who came third.

    Her prize included the cover shoot and a contract with agency Models 1.

    Company editor Victoria White said: "Mecia is the perfect cover model for Company. Not only is she a beautiful girl, but she's passionate, dedicated and a great inspiration for those Company readers who want to follow in her footsteps and achieve their own goals.

    "We're looking forward to Mecia's debut in the August issue of Company and wish her all the best for what should be a very successful future."

    :: The August issue of Company goes on sale on July 11.

     

    (telegraph fashion news)

  • Valentino Fall 2009-2010 Paris - Valentino: Poetry in Motion and Mode


    10 July 2009

    2009 new fashion news – Model walks the runway at the Valentino Fall 2009 haute couture show in Paris on Wednesday

    Paris – Poetry was an apt way to describe the fall 2009 runway show from the house of Valentino, an elegant visual dissertation on the art of haute couture on Wednesday, July 8, in Paris.

    Though using many of the house's codes like lace, semi-sheer and lingerie as luxury, Valentino's joint creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli took a bold step in establishing their own aesthetic for this famed label.

    Moreover, they also broke new ground with the color palette - banished from their catwalk was the signature sinful red for which Valentino was famed. Even the fabric roses were all black, or muddiest brown.

    Where their debut outing was too restrained, too much homage to the house's traditions, this time Chiuri and Piccioli took a lot more chances and their gutsy performance worked.

    Ruffled, layered and semi-sheer shirts and minis, asymmetrical cocktails with twisting floral patterns, Bird of Paradise patchwork rouched chiffon skirts and suggestive transparent blouses all looked great.

    But their best ideas were the raciest, such as a pulse-quickening strapless bustier cocktail in tulle worn by model Anna Selezneva.

    Paris has been a season when too many couturiers have generally just re-interpreted their own canon. Not Chiuri and Piccioli, who tried out some audacious new concepts, including way-over-the-top booties with giant leather back fins or some faintly absurd balloon ball gowns in weird sculpted shapes.

    The duo also have a subtle sense of how to stage their own collections, reinforcing the after-midnight romantic mood with giant screens on which were projected smoke whirls.

    Chiuri and Piccioli, initially suspected by many critics of being accessories designers promoted above their station, turn out to have the design chops for couture. This pair appears to have real staying power.

     

    (Yahoo fashion news)

  • Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2009-2010 Paris-Jean Paul Gaultier's Celluloid Couture


    10 July 2009

    2009 new fashion news – Model walks the runway at the Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2009 haute couture show in Paris on Wednesday

    Paris – Lights, camera, Gaultier! French fashion's enfant terrible Jean Paul Gaultier found it, at the movies with a fall 2009 haute couture collection on Wednesday, July 8, inspired throughout by cinema.

    Gaultier telegraphed his punch to guests as soon as they walked in the door of his Paris headquarters by naming each area of the show space after a major studio.

    Each look was named after a famous movie, opening with curvaceous Dutch model Lara Stone as Le Mepris of "Contempt," Jean Luc Godard's classic starring Jack Palance and Brigitte Bardot about the cynicism of film making. Stone strutted out in leather trench-coat and seamed tights, her blonde hair piled up in a beehive just like Bardot in the movie.

    Sergei Eisenstein's "Battleship Potemkin" was represented by beautifully cut Chinese quilt taffeta sailor's pants and a cropped reefer coat. "Key Largo" was a vampish femme fatale in military trench meets jumpsuit with technically tricky tailoring and great panache.

    At times, the more outlandish looks seemed almost like living organisms, such as the crocodile scale ensemble that represented "Night of the Iguana." And few couturiers can draw out such fine craftsmanship from their ateliers as Gaultier, whose satin Mae West look seemed made out of Wurlitzer organ pipes.

    Though the coolest idea was probably the most restrained, a beautifully draped black décolleté dress for Michelangelo Antonioni's "La Notte," where Russian model Sasha Pivovarova mimicked the blond sexy intellectual hair of star Monica Vitti.

    Gaultier took his concept even further with several outfits literally made of film strips, including one called "Rushes."

    The whole thing garnered great applause from an audience that included Kylie Minogue and Mickey Rourke.

    Asked what a Irish-American actor was doing at a couture show, Rourke replied: "They promised me lots of green beer, kegs of it. See you backstage for a glass!"

     

    (Yahoo fashion news)

  • 2009 new fashion news-After long delay, 16 `Runway' contestants revealed


    09 July 2009

    2009 new fashion news -  model Heidi Klum poses near a billboard in New York's Times Square

    NEW YORK – Let the sew-off begin: After a massive delay, "Project Runway" is revealing its new batch of aspiring fashion designers.

    Until now, they lurked in the shadows, sidelined by a legal battle over the popular design-challenge series, which began on Bravo but ended up in the hands of Lifetime.

    As the female friendly network prepares for the Aug. 20 premiere, the 16 contestants' diverse faces and backgrounds are ready for launch. Three of them — Nicolas Putvinksi, Gordana Gehlhausen and Irina Shabeyeva — hail originally from Russia, Bosnia and the Republic of Georgia, respectively.

    Yet another contestant, Malvin Vien, lists his favorite designer as "himself" and inspiration as "the farmers of rural China." Another, Louise Black, claims the first garment she ever sewed was her very own wedding dress.

    Nearly half call New York City home.

    Season six takes place in Los Angeles, where celebrities such as Christina Aguilera and Lindsay Lohan will make cameos during challenges. The panel of chic remains: Heidi Klum as host/judge, flanked by mentor Tim Gunn and judges Nina Garcia and Michael Kors.

    "Look out for the girls," Klum said Wednesday, during a break from filming the show's seventh edition in New York. "The girls are very strong on season six. There's a lot of crying, there's fighting going on, there's a lot of drama going on — but especially with the girls."

    As it happens, the finale was taped — months ago. In February, the three top finalists trotted out their designs at the Bryant Park tents, but unlike previous seasons, they were not able to show themselves because the season had not yet aired. The crowd of fans and fashionistas clapped politely during the taping but lacked enthusiasm for anonymous designers they were not personally invested in.

    That was because "Project Runway" — the cult series that transformed Bravo into a hot destination for addictive reality television — lacked a home base. Trapped in lawsuit limbo, the series was mired in a dispute involving NBC Universal, which owns Bravo, the Weinstein Co. and Lifetime.

    The dispute began in April 2008 when NBC Universal sued Weinstein after the production company made a reported $150 million deal with Lifetime for "Runway." In a settlement announced in April, NBC Universal said it would be paid by Weinstein for the right to move it to Lifetime.

    Lifetime has since announced a spin-off, "Models of the Runway," which looks at the reality competition from the models' perspective, slated to debut following the new "Runway" premiere.

    "We did it almost a year ago, so you do kind of forget but it was definitely a great season, and we all had a lot of fun," Klum said. "We laughed a lot and we saw some great fashion."

    The "Project Runway" contestants:

    Shirin Askari, 25, of Garland, Texas.

    Louise Black, 32, of Dallas.

    Ra'Mon-Lawrence Coleman, 31, of Milwaukee.

    Rodney Epperson, 50, of New York.

    Ari Fish, 26, of Kansas City, Mo.

    Qristyl Frazier, 42, of New York.

    Gordana Gehlhausen, 45, of San Diego.

    Mitchell Hall, 26, of Savannah, Ga.

    Althea Harper, 25, of New York.

    Logan Neitzel, 25, of Seattle.

    Nicolas Putvinksi, 27, of New York.

    Johnny Sakalis, 30, of Los Angeles.

    Irina Shabeyeva, 27, of New York.

    Christopher Straub, 30, of Shakopee, Minn.

    Malvin Vien, 24, of New York.

    Carol Hannah Whitfield, 24, of New York.

     

    (Yahoo fashion news)

  • 2009-2010 Haute Couture Autumn Winter-Gaultier and Valentino appeal to crisis spirit


    09 July 2009

    2009 new fashion news– present creations for Italian fashion house Valentino as part of their Haute Couture Autumn-Winter

    PARIS (Reuters) – Wartime movie-star suits at Jean-Paul Gaultier and delicate black dresses at Valentino wrapped up the season's haute couture shows in Paris on Wednesday.

    Several couturiers staged pared-down catwalk shows or even scrapped them altogether, opting for simple presentations, as even the highest echelons of fashion felt the global economic downturn.

    Amid the gloom, Gaultier sounded a defiant note.

    "For thirty, forty years ... one has been talking about the funeral of haute couture ... find solutions ... and put even the most basic things into question," he said, presenting his 2009-2010 winter collection inspired by 1930s and 1940s movie stars watched by Australian singer Kylie Minogue, U.S. actor Mickey Rourke and French designer Sonia Rykiel.

    "But the crisis is the time when one should create new ways of doing things," said Gaultier, a central figure in the Paris fashion scene for more than two decades.

    At Valentino, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli presented their second collection for the house, which will always be associated with their predecessor Valentino Garavani's dramatic red gowns.

    They opted for black dresses lightened by ruffles, lace and cascades of mousseline in a collection inspired by "fragile and dangerous" femininity.

    A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS

    French couturier Franck Sorbier put on a much more limited show, and even dipped into his stocks of ribbons and fabrics to pull together the collection despite the crisis.

    He used only 10 models posing as tableaux vivants in bustier dresses or long velour coats.

    The fate of Christian Lacroix, whose label was placed under creditor protection more than a month ago and who stitched together a small couture show with the help of friends and dressmakers who worked for free, was on everyone's mind.

    "Haute couture is the speedboat that pulls the whole fashion world," said French actress Josiane Balasko, sitting a few seats away from model and designer Ines de la Fressange.

    Look-alikes of Louise Brooks, Lauren Bacall and World War Two French actress Micheline Presle strutted down the stage in broad-shouldered black suits and aviator-style raincoats and dresses adorned with furs.

    Gaultier, who designs women's wear for luxury group Hermes, used the same 1930s soft leather caps he showed this spring with his collection for Hermes, which in turn owns 45 percent of Jean-Paul Gaultier.

    Gaultier remained faithful to his own classics such as sailor-style trousers combined with a striped top and loosely fitting overalls, this time in crocodile skin or gold lame, with fox pelts dangling over the shoulders.

    "There will always be a clientele looking for a one-of-its-kind piece," said Suzanne Saperstein from Los Angeles, a major buyer of French couture.

     

    (Yahoo fashion news)

  • Givenchy Fall 2009 haute couture show in Paris-Givenchy: Medicis in Morocco


    09 July 2009

    2009 new fashion news –  Model walks the runway at the Givenchy Fall 2009 haute couture show in Paris on Tuesday

    Paris – You cannot fault Riccardo Tisci for consistency. Eleven days after staging a North African inspired menswear show, the couturier re-visited the region again in a stellar Givenchy haute couture show in Paris on Tuesday, July 7.

    But where his men's collection was Marrakech dude meets Parisian dandy, his couture crossroads was more Catherine de Medici visits the Atlas Mountains.

    This was an air of modern day princess about most of the looks in this show, a mere 22 outfits, each of given Berber or Moorish female names.

    From a wonderful opening corset-coat worn with tight pants to the final warrior princess bride, there was not one sour note in this fall 2009 collection, the latest affirmation of Tisci's talent.

    "Morocco, again. I know. But when I have an obsession, it's an obsession!" laughed Tisci backstage as a mob waited to compliment him. Staged in a covered market in south Paris, the show attracted fellow designers Peter Dundas and Christian Lacroix, who was fresh from staging what might be his final collection now that his house is in the French equivalent of bankruptcy protection.

    Tisci even played around with the chador, though his were made of gold sequins and showed most of the face, except forehead, cheekbones and nose.

    Parts of this show featured armor plated chic, with breastplates and multiple wristbands stacked up nearly to the shoulder, in gold, silver and flesh-colored plastics and metals.

    The Italian couturier is also an exuberant tailor, with innovative peplum hems, huge tongues of fabric and outrageously flowing drop crotch pants. His Givenchy collections are rarely easy to wear, but for those with the figure and self-assurance to put them on, his clothes make wonderful fashion statements.

    Designs were made in various hues of anthracite, off white and faded rose, fitted out with medallions and military regalia, worn by a sublime casting and presented on a clever rectangular gray beam catwalk.

     

    (Yahoo fashion news)