Posts Tagged ‘Fashion



22
Mar
08

India Fashion Week Highlights – March 2008 – Part 2

I explored further some of the designers that showed at India Fashion Week. Below I highlighted a few of the designers I liked and some of their designs that really stuck me.:

First let’s start with my favorite designer of India Fashion Week: PUJA ARYA


PUJA ARYA – Fashion Week Photos | Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2008 – Yahoo! India

PUJA ARYA ‘Guzel’, Turkish for beautiful – true to the title the Puja Arya’s collection was very feminine. A story of harmonious clothes where Rajasthan meets Turkey is emphasised by abstract motifs set against contrasting rich tones and hues of blacks, tile blue, orange, off whites and subdued gold in traditional bead work and sequence patterns. The garments were made fluid by the flirtatious sleeves in the gowns and dresses. Silhouettes revived the memories of the 60s at the same time were very contemporary as models showed off jackets, dresses in short and long lengths, quilted long skirts and quilted coats. The sarees were gorgeous and the prints from the inspiration along with dull gold and mellowed sequence work made them exotic.

I love this dress and the jacket. I would totally wear this for spring. Look at the great detailing on the jacket. The pleating, the buttons, the collar.

I love the unexpected color combinations used here. I don’t think you usually see this in Western designs. I also like the pattern on the bag and the bag itself is cute.

I am sooo in love with this coat!! The colors used,the silhouette, the inverted pleats…..Will someone buy it for me PLEASE!!

Lastly she showed several different takes on the Sari. On the left I love how she mixed textures and colors in an unexpected way. I would totally wear that Sari.
On the right I like how she used tie dye and sequins. Both of these could be kitsch and together even more so but I think she was able to make both work to create a beautiful garment.

PRASHANT VERMA – Fashion Week Photos | Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2008 – Yahoo! India

PRASHANT VERMA ‘Giant’ is Prashant’s tribute to the incomplete yet perfect mythology of James Dean. His work reflected an aggression of the youth yet retained an elegant spirit of a blossoming flower that dies young. The designer showed a multi-coloured, wide expanse of a fusion of style elements and carefully planned detailing. The silhouettes were fitted, baggy, balloon hems as well as floor length dresses. Fitted pants and wide leg pants both blended in the collection. The colour palette was picked from paint splashed on the walls of yesteryears. Blues, greens, orange, reds, blacks were all teamed with embellishments around the waistlines and necklines.

Here he uses the material from the dress, I highlighted in the first blog where I reviewed these shows, to make a coat. I love the explosion of color.

Another example of the technique or pattern he used, that I talked about in an earlier blog, of using a large face on the material. I like how he placed the face and I think it is a different idea which I appreciate. I like how he used it better in the dress on the right.

I like the pattern and material of this dress. I also like the top part but I’m not crazy about the asymmetrical hem.But that is just me. Anyone like the hem?

21
Mar
08

India Fashion Week Highlights – March 2008

India had a Fashion Week. How out of it am I? I had no idea they had a fashion week as well. I know I should get my head outta the sand or my eyes off of CNN and see what the rest of the world is up to. So here is my chance and maybe yours to look at some of the clothes. I thought some of the outfits were interesting. Then again some were typical of the Indian style ie the sari (the draping and the silhouette), sequins, lots of gold jewelry. What I did like about the Indian style is there use of color. Bold vibrant color. It makes the clothes look alive and inviting. Here are some that I liked:

I just like the Orange Jacket on the right in this picture:

India Fashion Week … pieces from the collections of Nitin Bal Chauhan and Prashant Verma. Photo:Reuters

I REALLY like this dress.

India Fashion Week … Prashant Verma’s collection. Photo: Reuters

I like the one on the right in the back that looks like it was made put
of gum wrappers. Designed in the way we use to make bracelets or
picture frames for out family while at summer camp. Anyone else but me
do that?

India Fashion Week … Rohit Bal’s collection. Photo: AFP

I like the mutli layers sleeves on the dress on the left. It reminds me of layers and layers of colored tissue paper that were cut to make decorations, like a flower.
I also like the Multi color pattern on the dress on the right. Bright colors mixed with earth tones. The pattern reminds me of those optical illusion pictures that draw you in and start to make you cross eyed.

India Fashion Week … pieces from the collections of Rohit Bal and Prashant Verma. Photo: Reuters

The dress to the right was reminiscent of Marion Cotillard’s Gaultier dress at the 2008 Oscars. Mermaid/fish scale look. Don’t you think?

India Fashion Week … Rohit Bal’s collection. Photo: AFP

Here are some more links to other sites that reviewed India Fashion Week:

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter ’08

Hindustan Times

Take a look and let me know what do you thought of the fashions of India?

19
Mar
08

Shoe TV!!

OMG you guys there is now a site called Shoetube.tv. Newsweek summerizes what the site is about this way:

This first Web channel for shoe addicts combines “news” reports on the latest shoe styles, sneak previews of spring lines and clever woman-in-the-street interviews. You don’t have to have Imelda Marcos’s shoe closet to love it.”
Newsweek, February 18, 2008

My initial read on the site is that it looks like youtube for shoe fanatics plus written material (and boy do I know some real shoe fanatics……Of course I’m not talking about me 😉 ). They have sweepstakes so readers can win shoes, blogs reviewing new shoes and of course little video clips showing and reviewing new shoes. Check it out here and let me know what you think.

17
Mar
08

Target’s designers Jovovich-Hawk need to GO!!

I’ve loved many of the designers and lines Target has gotton for their Go International collection. I think it is a much needed category and it injects much needed items into our Fashion industry. I own a Proenza Schouler Corset tank top, a Patrick Robinson white eyelet dress and two Erin Fetherston jackets. I adore all of the items and constantly get compliments on them. But I gotta say that Target’s latest designers Jovovich-Hawk just doesn’t do it for me.

I’ve tried to like their line for Target but it still has not grown on me. I think that is because their items look cheap and not special to me. Whereas many of the other Go designers for Target’s lines were cheap but didn’t look it and many of them looked very special as though they could have stepped off of the designers high priced label runways. While I liked some of the prints Jovovich-Hawk used, I didn’t like the silhouettes they choose.

Here is an example of an eyelet fabric I loved when Patrick Robinson used it awhile ago but I don’t like the jacket they designed with it. I do think the sleeve design is right on trend but that is it.

Here is an example of some prints that I thought were cute for Spring but I don’t like the dress or the top they used them in:

Here is an example of a fabric and silhouette I don’t like. I think this looks cheap and I wouldn’t think this had a designer behind it. More like I could find this at $10 store. Look at it next to the Proenza Schouler Corset tank top. One looks like a designer item and the other doesn’t:

What do you think?

16
Mar
08

Trench Coats all under $60.00!!

As part of my Trench Coat series I thought it would be nice to add some Trench Coats that were on the Cheaper side. Cause not only does a girl gotta look good, she has to eat too;). I lucked out by finding some cute Trench Coats all under $60.00!! Check them out and lemme know what you think:

UNDER $60

Our Exclusive Trench Coat – Bloomingdales.com – Now $54.99

Our Exclusive Trench Coat – Women’s * Catalog Item Number: 60154 * Please note, not all colors and sizes may be available * Ink (41), Black (09), Tomato (60), Straw (22), or White (10) * Self belt * Double breasted trench with goldtone button detail * Epaulets on shoulders * Two inverted pleat front pockets * Inverted pleat back vent * Cotton/spandex

Macy*s – Juniors – BCX Lantern-Sleeve Sateen Trench Coat – Silver & Black $51.00

BCX Lantern-Sleeve Sateen Trench Coat Reg. $68.00 Sale $51.00 Add some polish to your look: Wear this ladylike trench sateen trench coat with your favorite jeans. details shipping & returns * Polyester/cotton/spandex * Machine washable * Imported * Peter Pan collar * Button front * Empire waist with knife pleats below * Three-quarter-length lantern sleeves * Side on-seam pockets * Lined in back only * Hits at top of thigh

Macy*s – Juniors – BCX Belted Short-Sleeve Trench Coat $51.00

BCX Belted Short-Sleeve Trench Coat Reg. $68.00 Sale $51.00 BCX gives the classic trench a fresh new look for warmer weather. details shipping & returns * Cotton/nylon * Machine washable * Imported * Double-breasted button front * Short sleeves with buckle detail * Self-belt at waist; (belt pictured is not included) * Front welt pockets * Fully lined * Hits at upper thigh


Isaac Mizrahi for Target® Urban Balmicann Trench Coat – Pink Wink (& Silver Birch Toile) – $49.99

• Rain or Shine, You’ll Be Ready with this Trench Coat • Long Sleeves • Made of 100% Cotton; Machine Wash Cold, Line Dry • Canvas • Button Closure • Buckle Cuffs


Isaac Mizrahi for Target® Laser Cut Eyelet Trench – Ebony (& White) – $49.99

• Add a Feminine Flair to Any Outfit with this Great Double-Breasted Trench Coat • Long Sleeves • Made of 100% Polyester; Hang Dry, Machine Wash Cold • Belt Closure, Button Closure • Scalloped Hem • Front Pockets

Isaac Mizrahi for Target® Wrap Trench Coat – Bleached Sand (& Ebony) – $44.99

• Classic and Cool, You’ll Love this Trench Coat • Long Sleeves • Made of 100% Cotton; Dry Clean Only • Button Closure, Concealed-Button Closure • Lapels, Buckle Cuffs • 2 Front Pockets

Merona® Print Trench Coat – Brown/ Gray (&White/Beige) : Target $39.99

• Get a Little Edgy with this Cool Trench Coat • Made of 100% Cotton; Machine Wash • Belt Closure, 2-Button Closure • Lapels • Vertical Front Pockets • Missy Fit

Dillard’s – Spence Satin Trench Coat $39.50

Make the trench your coat of the season. This satin trench coat features an animal-print lining. Shown in red; also in silver. Imported.

Dillard’s – Takara Sateen Trench Coat $32.83

Takara Sateen Trench CoatNew Lower Price! Orig. $49.00 Now $32.83
Long-sleeve sateen trench coat featuring a mandarin collar and pleated cuffs. In off-white polyester/cotton/spandex. Imported.

JUST OVER $60

OK OK I promised they would all be UNDER $60 but I found one that was just over $60 that I had to add.

Funnel Neck Trench Coat – Red (& Black) : Target $69.99

• Classic and Cool, You’ll Love this Trench Coat • Long Sleeves • Made of 100% Polyester • 4-Button Closure • Snap Collar • Vertical Pockets

16
Mar
08

On the Street: April Can Wait – Cunningham shows us how Fashion is really worn in Paris

Bill Cunningham of The New York Times does a audio & picture montage of Paris Ready to Wear shows or rather the people on the street who attend the Paris Ready to Wear show.

Critiquing the style spectacle seen from a sidewalk cafe in Paris
is a major spectator sport that hits its peak during Fashion Week, an
intense series of designer shows that ended earlier this month. Women —
and a few men — who dress as an art form mixed in with models wearing
exotic hairstyles rushing from show to show. Celebrities either passed
nearly unnoticed (can you spot one here?) or were chased by paparazzi.
Known for her exotic hats is the Italian Vogue editor, Anna Piaggi. The
latest twist: skirts shortened to expose lacy undergarments. And that
celebrity?

Kanye West, third from right at bottom.

It is really cool. One of my favorite fashions he found was this white coat from Azzedine Alia:

Check out the whole thing here:

Slideshow Only

Audio & Picture

13
Mar
08

Patent Leather & Metallic items on sale for Spring 08 – Belts, Bags & some Watches

I had to return something to Bloomingdale’s yesterday and I looked on their site to see if there was something I could exchange it for. I found these items on sale that were Patent leather and/or Metallic. You should check them out:

Belts

Avignon Skinny Patent Belt – Org: $78 Now: $45.99

Avignon Skinny Patent Belt Genuine Italian patent leather belt with self covered buckle. 1/2″W. * Catalog Item Number: 81063 * Please note, not all colors may be available * Black (09), Dark Chocolate (20), Cherry (60), Violet (56) or Dove Grey (04) * Sizes S (30-1/2), M (32-1/2), L (34-1/2), XL (36-1/2) * Imported

WCM Skinny Metallic Belt – Org: $80 Now: $39.99

WCM Skinny Metallic Belt Metallic leather belt with rectangular covered buckle. To be worn on the hips. * Catalog Item Number: 72759 * Gold (75) and Pewter (03) * 3/4″W * Sizes’ S (28-1/2), M (31), L (33-1/2), XL (36)

Double Buckle Waist Belt BLACK SZ MED ONLY- Org: $160 Now: $47.99

Double Buckle Waist Belt Leather belt with double buckle detail. To be worn on waist. * Catalog Item Number: 76859 * Please note, not all colors may be available * Mirrored Silver (07) or Black (09) * 4″W * Sizes S (29), M (31-1/2), L (34), XL (36-1/2)

Avignon Patent Belt – Org: $128 Now: $88.99

Avignon Patent Belt Genuine Italian patent leather belt with covered buckle.2W. Black (09).Sizes S (30-1/2), M (32-1/2), L (34-1/2), XL (36-1/2).Imported. * Catalog Item Number: 77695 * Black (09), Cherry Red (60), Denim Blue (40), or Chocolate (20) * 2″W * Sizes S (30-1/2), M (32-1/2), L (34-1/2), XL (36-1/2)

Bags

Kate Spade Long Wallet, Wallet and Coin Purse:
Long Wallet – Org: $195 Now: $116.99
Wallet – Org: $175 Now: $104.99
Coin Purse – Org: $85 Now: $50.99

Kate Spade Long Wallet, Wallet and Coin Purse * Please note, not all colors may be available * Long envelope wallet with back exterior pocket, flap closure. Six credit card slots, zip compartment and additional pockets. Silver (07) or Gold (75). 7-1/2″W x 4″H. Imported * French purse wallet with front flap pocket. Five credit card slots and bill holder. Silver (07) or Gold (75). 4-1/2W x 4″H. Imported. * Top zip close and key fob coin purse. Silver (07) or Gold (75). 5″W x 3″H. Imported.

Franchi Metallic Flap Clutch – Org: $165 Now: $98.99

Franchi Metallic Flap Clutch Distressed metallic flap clutch with hidden magnetic snap closure. Detachable drop-in shoulder strap. Interior mirror. Inside zip, cell phone and additional pockets. Lined. * Catalog Item Number: 21826 * Gold (75) or Pewter (03) * 14-1/2″W x 5-1/2″H x 1″D

Donald J. Pliner Quilt Patent Tote – BLACK ONLY – Org: $335 Now: $233.99

Donald J. Pliner Quilt Patent Tote Quilted patent leather east-west tote with smooth leather double shoulder straps and base. Magnetic snap bridge closure and drawstring. Inside zip, cell phone and additional pockets. Lined. * Catalog Item Number: 68430 * Black (09) * 19″W x 12-1/2″H x 5-1/2″D * 10″ drop * Imported

MCM Patent Medium Tote – DARK PURPLE ONLY – Org: $1150 Now: $689.99

MCM Patent Medium Tote Patent leather double handle tote with double zip closure and two front exterior pockets. Inside zip, cell phone and additional pockets. Protective metal feet. Lined. * Catalog Item Number: 89366 * Please note, not all colors may be available * Purple (50), Silver (07) or Black (09) * 13 1/2″W x 8″H x 6″D; 5″ drop from shoulders * Imported from Italy

Watches

Patent Crystal Watch – ONLY PURPLE & GREEN – Org: $68 Now: $19.99

Patent Crystal Watch Patent leather strap watch with round stainless steel case. Silvertone dial. Swarovski crystal encrusted bezel. Japanese movement. * Catalog Item Number: 82476 * Black (09), Green (30), Red (60), Purple (50) or Blue (40)

Betsey Johnson Leather Watch – ONLY PINK – Org: $95 Now: $56.99

Betsey Johnson Leather Watch Patent leather strap watch with goldtone round case and white dial. * Catalog Item Number: 23024 * Please note, not all colors may be available * Pink (66) or Black (09)

I already have the Avignon Patent Belt in Cherry and the Patent Crystal Watch in Blue. I think I may go for the Double Buckle Waist Belt or the Franchi Metallic Flap Clutch in Pewter. What do you think? Anything strike your fancy?




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