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    The Top 5 Italian Brands

    November 17th, 2015

    Have a look at our favorite Italian fashion brands.

    In case you are missing one of your favorites or would love to dive deeper into the realm of Italian fashion brands a bit deeper, check out FAD – The Ultimate Fashion Dictionary. Our very own iPhone Fashion App lists all notable Italian fashion brands in great detail.

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    1_Roberto Cavalli

    Roberto Cavalli, Italian fashion designer, born 1940 in Florence. The Italian designer is widely known for the very exotic prints in his collections which can be found in his main line ‘Roberto Cavalli’ as well as his two side collections ‘RC menswear’ and ‘Just Cavalli‘. The latter is Cavallis newest invention which he launched in 1998 with the intention to cater to a younger crowd. Cavalli started his professional career at age 30, presenting his first namesake prêt-à-porter collection in Paris. Two years later, in 1972, he opened his first flagship boutique in Saint-Tropez. By today, the brand has evolved to a multimillion fashion conglomerate selling everything from clothes to accessories and fragrances.

    2_Giuseppe Zanotti

    Giuseppe Zanotti, Italian shoe designer, born in 1957. In 1994, Zanotti felt the need to create styles without any bounds, so he bought the Vicini shoe factory, where he devoted his time to designing and manufacturing his own shoes. Zanotti saw that factory as something more akin to a fashion house set up to meet the needs of every woman’s foot, and not as an industrial concern that mass produces tedious shoes. In 2000, the designer’s first collection was presented in New York, where buyers immediately welcomed his talent of making remarkable jewel shoes. Zanotti still remains as one of the best high-end shoe designer.

    3_Dolce & Gabbana

    Dolce & Gabbana, Italian-born designer duo. Domenico Dolce, born 1958 in Sicily and Stefano Gabbana, born 1962 in Venice. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana founded their fashion house in 1985 by combining their last names. Today, the luxury fashion label distinguishes two main collections: ‘Dolce & Gabbana’ and ‘D & G collection’. The latter is a more flamboyant but casual line, inspired mostly by urban streetstyle and adressing a younger target group. Both collections offer a full palette of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear clothing supplemented by footwear, handbags, sunglasses and watches. As of 2012, Dolce & Gabbana started to add a couture line to their overall brand collection.

    4_Herno

    Herno, Italian fashion label, founded 1948 by Giuseppe Marenzi. Herno started off as a small brand selling men’s raincoats, designed by Giuseppe Marenzi with the support of his wife. Soon the brand also started producing women’s raincoats and in the 1970’s jackets, dresses and coats were added. In the 1990’s Herno started producing for other high-end brands such as Armani, Hermes and Ralph Lauren and later on collaborated with some of these brands, providing high-tech fabrics. Herno was one of the first Italian fashion brands to expand to Japan and has further expanded internationally. The brand today is known for its tradition combined with classic cuts, modern details and high-tech fabrics. Herno continues to sell high-end outerwear.

    5_Etro

    Etro, Italian fashion and textile brand, founded 1968 by Gimmo Etro. Etro started off as a textile producer, making extravagant fabrics with new designs and colors. In the 1980’s Etro started producing a limited range of leather goods such as handbags, accessories, cashmere scarves and ties and started selling those internationally. In 1994, Etro first showed a fashion collection at Milan Fashion Week and has since expanded largely due to great success with currently over 750 employees, though the company remains a family business. Etro is known for a generous use of vibrant colors and patterns such as paisley, which they are more well known for.

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    Latest Fashion News: Albert Elbaz leaving Lanvin

    Oktober 29th, 2015

    BREAKING NEWS: Albert Elbaz, the creative director of Lanvin is leaving the French fashion house after 14 years. The Israeli designer, who joined the brand in 2001, reinvigorated the historic French couture label for 14 years. Due to disagreements between the designer and Lanvin’s owner Shaw-Lan Wang and chief executive Michèle Huiban, the sudden departure was confirmed in a personal statement yesterday.

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    Latest Fashion News: Raf Simons leaving Dior

    Oktober 23rd, 2015

    Breaking news: Raf Simons, the artistic director of women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessory collections of Dior, is leaving the French Fashion House. According to Dior, Simons “reached this decision for personal reasons.” His Spring/Summer 2016 collection, which was presented in Paris last month, was Raf Simon’s last for Dior. It is the end of a three-and-a-half year tenure at the French couture house. Simons’ successor has yet to be identified, but the search for a replacement has begun, according to market sources. We’ll keep you posted!

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    The Top 7 Knitting Styles

    Oktober 16th, 2015

    Do you like knitted designs? Well, we do and here are our favorites.

    In case you are missing one of your favorites or would love to dive deeper into the realm of knitting styles a bit deeper, check out FAD – The Ultimate Fashion Dictionary. Our very own iPhone Fashion App lists all notable knitting styles in great detail.

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    1_Bias Knitting

    Bias knitting is a type of knitting characterized by the grain running diagonally instead of vertically. This way the fabrics structural elasticity is highest horizontally.

    2_Bobble Knitting

    Bobble knitting is a type of knitting that incorporates “bobbles” or round elevations into the knitted fabric. Stitches are increased within a single stitch to create this structural effect.

    3_Circular Knitting

    Circular knitting is a type of knitting used to create a seamless tube of knitted fabric. When knitted by hand this technique requires four needles or special circular knitting needles, which are two short needles connected by a plastic cable. Circular knitting is typically used for sweaters, mittens and socks.

    4_Double Knitting

    Double knitting is a knitting technique that produces two or more knitted fabrics simultaneously on a single needle. These fabrics may be connected such as interlock fabrics, but can also be separable. Connected double-knitted fabrics are thick and could have uncommon color designs.

    5_English Knitting

    English knitting, also known as right-hand-knitting is a common type of knitting, where the yarn to be knit is led with the right hand. The knitted fabric is very similar to fabrics produced with continental knitting. The stitches are not twisted which makes it somewhat looser than continental knit fabrics.

    6_Faggoting Knitting

    Faggoting knitting is a type of lace knitting used to create a very loose and airy fabric with a honeycomb structure.

    7_Warp Knitting

    Warp knitting is a type of knitting characterized by a zigzag structure along the length of the fabric. The fabric is created by leading yarns lengthwise towards the bottom of the fabric, interlocking with the yarns of the adjacent vertical rows, whereas weft knitting is done horizontally. A separate yarn is required for each row, therefore it is difficult to knit by hand. Warp knitted fabrics are resistant to runs and can easily be sewn.

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    Latest Fashion News: Jean-Paul Gaultier Exhibition in Munich

    Oktober 6th, 2015

    This exhibition celebrates the boldness and inventiveness of Jean-Paul Gaultier’s avant-garde fashion, taking a thematic journey through his multifaceted sources of inspiration. With his designs, the couturier has addressed the concerns and issues of a multicultural society from the very beginning: at the time, he continues to wreak havoc with traditional social and aesthetic norms with his own brand of tongue-in-cheek humor. The artistry of his works is a combination of the exceptional skill demanded by the various ranges of haute couture, Gaultier’s exuberant imagination and his epoque-making artistic collaborations. The exhibition invites the visitor to take an open, impartial look at society by creating a world of whimsy and sensitivity, comedy and sauciness, that all can enter as they are.

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    For the past forty years, Jean-Paul Gaultier has left his mark on international fashion. At the same time, he never fails to live up to his reputation as an “enfant terrible” of haute couture. Gaultier stands for bold, critical and avant-garde design. With his own inimitable, tongue-in-cheek humor, he throws down the gauntlet – challenging established aesthetic ideas, gender roles and classic fashion norms. Using sophisticated technology, the exhibition showcases more than 140 of his creations, all of which have been produced with superb craftsmanship. The show is a spectacular installation: innovative, intermedial and rather crazy. Following the resounding success of the world tour, Munich offers the last chance to experience Gaultier’s unique wold of fashion. The Kunsthalle is celebrating a double anniversary: “Jean-Paul Gaultier” is the 100th exhibition of its 30-year history.

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    The Top 5 Fashion Silhouettes

    September 22nd, 2015

    What’s your favorite silhouette in fashion? Below you’ll find a summery of 5 silhouettes we like the most.

    In case you are missing one of your favorites or would love to dive deeper into the realm of fashion silhouettes a bit deeper, check out FAD – The Ultimate Fashion Dictionary. Our very own iPhone Fashion App lists all notable silhouettes in great detail.

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    1_Empire Silhouette

    The empire silhouette is a certain style in women’s fashion. It is a high-waisted seam which sits directly underneath the bust line, giving a high-waisted appearance of the garment. It allows the wearer to cover-up the stomach area or emphasize the bust which automatically lengthen the body’s appearance.

    2_S-Bend Silhouette

    The S-bend, usually created by a specific style of corset, is characterized by a rounded, forward leaning torso with hips pushed back. Often referred to a pouter pigeon due to the occurred puffed chest, this shape looks similar to a tilted S. Unlike the late 19th century’s corsets which supported the bust and pushed in the waist, the S-bend silhouette had a flat, straight front and started low on the bust-line. Many women wore padded corset covers or bust improvers to create the desired full, rounded and unarticulated bust-line.

    3_Trapeze Line

    A trapeze line describes all kind of dresses, skirts, tops, blouses and coats that shapes a tent or the letter A. The alternative look of the Sixties was first introduced by Yves Saint Laurent in 1958 due to Christian Dior’s influence of the A-Line.

    4_Empire Waist

    The empire waist is a certain style in women’s fashion. It is a high-waisted seam which sits directly underneath the bust line, giving a high-waisted appearance of the garment. It allows the wearer to cover-up the stomach area or emphasize the bust which automatically lengthen the body’s appearance.

    5_A-Line

    The fashion term ‘A-Line’  is mostly used to describe a certain type of clothing, usually a dress, skirt or coat that is shaped like the capital letter ‘A’. It is slim-fitted at waist and flares away towards the knees. First interpreted and used by French couture designer Christian Dior in 1955, the A-Line works well on most figure types but it is perfect for disguising bottom-heavy figures. See also Dior’s H-Line & Y-Line.

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    Latest Fashion News: 12 Fashion Designer who changed fashion forever

    September 2nd, 2015

    Today, I’d like to introduce you to 12 most influential fashion designers you should know about.

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    The Top 5 Fashion Icons

    August 20th, 2015

    Who doesn’t know them, the top 5 fashion icons? Here is our pick.

    In case you are missing one of your favorites or would love to dive deeper into the realm of fashion icons a bit deeper, check out FAD – The Ultimate Fashion Dictionary. Our very own iPhone Fashion App lists all notable fashion individuals in great detail.

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    1_Coco Chanel

    Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Coco’ Chanel, French fashion designer, lived from 1883 to 1971. Coco Chanel made history as the most risk taking designer of her time. With her futuristic philosophy of combining menswear items with chic and sophisticated women’s fashion, she became one of the most iconic fashion figures of all times. Chanel, who established her namesake brand in 1909 in Paris, has been credited with liberating the conservative women’s fashion post World War I. Throughout her life, Chanel’s sense of good taste and visionary entrepreneurship helped to grow the brand to one of the biggest and most influential fashion houses up to this day. By now, Chanel sells everything fashion related from handbags to accessories and fragrances. Chanel’s perfume creation ‘Chanel No. 5′ remains one of the most iconic fragrances ever made. The brand, still headquartered in Paris, sells its products in more than 300 locations around the world. At present, fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is acting as Chanel’s Creative Director.

    2_Diane Vreeland

    Diana Vreeland, fashion editor, lived from 1903 to 1989. Vreeland was well known as a fashion icon during the 20th century. In 1965, the fashion editor who not only worked for the fashion magazines Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue but also for the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.

    3_Elsa Schiaparelli

    Elsa Schiaparelli, Italian fashion designer, lived from 1890 to 1973. Alongside ‘Coco Chanel‘, the Italian designer is recognized as one of the most influential fashion figures in the 1920s and 1930s. Schiaparelli started off with a collection of knitwear in 1927, in which she used a certain double layered stitching technique that was created by Armenian fugitives. Besides her knitwear approach, Schiaparelli was particularly influenced by Surrealists like the famous painter Salvador Dalí. Hence, she became the first designer ever to feature sweaters with surrealist trompe l’oeil images. After Schiaparelli’s career came to an abrupt stillstand during World War II, the Italian designer couldn’t quite adjust to the changes in fashion after 1945, which by then was mainly influenced due to Christian Dior’sNew Look‘. As a result, Schiaparelli terminated her business in 1954.

    4_Iris Apfel

    Iris Apfel, American fashion icon, born 1921 in New York. After studying art at the University of Wisconsin, Apfel moved back to her hometown New York where she started working for the interior designer Elinor Johnson and Women’s Wear Daily. With her husband Carl Apfel she founded a textile company and started working on various design projects. Over the time Apfel became very well known for her style and huge round glasses. Today, she spreads the message of style around the US lecturing at universities and continues to be one of fashions biggest icons.

    5_Jeanne Lanvin

    Jeanne Lanvin, French fashion designer, lived from 1867 to 1946. Lanvin founded her namesake fashion house in 1885 in Paris. The fashion house is one of the most ancient in haute couture and the founder herself was one of the most influential designers of the 1920s and ’30s. Her skillful use of beaded appliques, trimmings, exquisite fabrics and floral colors became a Lanvin trademark. The success of the fashion house was extraordinary and went on after her death in 1946 under the leadership of her daughter Marguerite di Pietro. The fashion house of Lanvin went finally to Alber Elbaz in October 2001 after several changes of the ownership. He is now the artistic director for all activities, including interiors.

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    The Top 5 French Labels

    Juli 21st, 2015

    Today, we’d like to introduce you to our 5 favorite French fashion labels.

    In case you are missing one of your favorites or would love to dive deeper into the realm of French fashion labels a bit deeper, check out FAD – The Ultimate Fashion Dictionary. Our very own iPhone Fashion App lists all notable fashion labels in great detail.

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    1_Catherine Malandrino, French ready-to-wear label

    Catherine Malandrino, French fashion designer, born 1963 in Grenoble, France. Altough the french-born designer mainly lives in the United States today, she’s frequently traveling between Paris and New York City. A fact necessary to back up the main goal of Malandrino’s design concept which tries to blend the romance and elegance of Paris with the energy of Manhattan. Malandrino started off with her own brand in the mid 90s and currently runs over 10 flagship boutiques. In addition, her designs are sold in over 400 department stores and specialty boutiques around the globe. The companies CEO is Bernard Aiden, who’s not only Malandrino’s business partner but also romantically involved with the french designer. In late 2011, Israelien fashion designer and business man Elie Tahari announced that he wants to invest in Catherine Malandrinos brand. The two fashion labels remain partners ever since.

    2_Christian Dior, French luxury ready-to-wear label

    Christian Dior, French fashion designer, lived from 1905 to 1957. Dior was an influential fashion figure in the 20th century, best known as the founder of one of the world’s top fashion couture houses, aka Christian Dior. In 1946, the French designer established his fashion house and introduced just one year later his first fashion collection named ‘Corolle’ (English: the botanical term corolla or circlet of flower petals), that went down in fashion history as the ‘New Look’. Dior’s designs were more sensual than the masculine, over-sized shapes of the recent World War II styles.Today, the French fashion house is owned by the LVMH luxury goods group and is directed by Raf Simons at the helm of its creative department. The 21 year-old Yves Saint Laurent, Dior’s design assistant back at the time and creative director at the fashion house after Dior’s death, Marc Bohan, who instilled his conservative style on the collections until 1996 and the young British designer John Galliano who worked at the couture house until March 2011, were all once also designing couture and pret-a-porter clothes as creative directors for the French fashion house.

    3_Lanvin, French luxury ready-to-wear label

    Lanvin, French fashion house, founded by fashion designer Jeanne Lanvin in 1885 in Paris. The fashion house is one of the most ancient in haute couture and the founder herself was one of the most influential designers of the 1920s and ’30s. Her skillful use of beaded appliques, trimmings, exquisite fabrics and floral colors became a Lanvin trademark. The success of the fashion house was extraordinary and went on after her death in 1946 under the leadership of her daughter Marguerite di Pietro. The fashion house of Lanvin went finally to Alber Elbaz in October 2001 after several changes of the ownership. He is now the artistic director for all activities, including interiors.

    4_Chloé, French luxury ready-to-wear label

    Chloé, luxury French fashion house, founded in 1952 by Gaby Aghion, headquartered in Paris, France. The Egypt-born fashion designer remained the brand Creative Director until 1985, when Chloé was sold to the Richemont Group. Today, the brand’s collection is diversified in ready-to-wear, children’s wear, accessories and fragrances.

    5_Céline, French ready-to-wear label

    Céline, French fashion house, founded by Céline Vipiana in 1945. The designer opened her very first boutique in 1946 in Paris, selling childrenswear. In 1960, the fashion brand extended its offer with a women’s pret-a-porter line and 3 years later with a women’s shoe line. In 1966, accessories were added to the collection as well. Céline herself designed for the fashion house from 1945 to 1997. After being the brands head designer for a stretch of 52 years, Celine stepped back and made room for Michael Kors who’d been reigning as the ready-to-wear designer and creative director from 1997 to 2004, followed by Italian designer Roberto Menichetti and Croatian designer Ivana Omazic. Since 2008, the widely known international luxury goods brand is owned by LVMH.

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    The Top 10 Fashion Blogs

    Juni 19th, 2015

    Where do you get your daily fashion news from? We’d like to introduce you to our top 10 fashion blogs.

    In case you are missing one of your favorites or would love to dive deeper into the realm of fashion blogs a bit deeper, check out FAD – The Ultimate Fashion Dictionary. Our very own iPhone Fashion App lists all notable fashion blogs in great detail.

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    1_A Continuous Lean

    A Continuous Lean is an American lifestyle blog covering anything from interior to fashion design. Their motto: Keep it simple. More good, less bad.

    2_Daily Candy

    DailyCandy, online fashion site. It delivers their reader’s the best in style, fashion, food and fun for free via email, video, and the Web. It is a unit of Comcast Interactive Media and distributes 3 million email subscriptions via 28 editions, including 13 daily editions covering New York, Los Angeles, London, only to name a few.

    3_Fashionista.com

    Fashionista, fashion blog, founded in 2007. Fashionista is one of the most popular and influential fashion blogs in the world. The website features fashion news from the streets and runways as well as interviews with the most important names in the business. Also featured are articles about big fashion brands, events and trends in the world of fashion. Fashionista is a guide for successful living in the fashion-world.

    4_Les Mads

    Les Mads, German fashion blog, founded by Jessica Weiss and Julia Knolle in 2007. The editors are writing about fashion, models, trends, outfits, lifestyle, music and photography either directly at their office in Berlin, from home or around the world from Paris, London or Milan only to give their devotees a huge variety of sophisticated fashion news.

    5_Modeopfer 110

    Modeopfer110, German online fashion blog, founded by Anja Steffen and Berit Mueller. The online fashion magazine provides readers with insights on contemporary fashion labels, up and coming trends and general industry news. The platforms mission is to educate fashion lovers in Germany on a variety of fashion related topics as well as to provide them with sophisticated style advice. The name ‘Modeopfer 110′ is German and literally translates into English as something like ‘fashion victim 911′.

    6_Refinery29

    Refinery29, fashion and lifestyle blog, created in 2004. Refinery29 is the biggest independent fashion and style website in the US with over 30 Mio. annual visitors and over 10 Mio. followers on twitter and facebook. Aimed at stylish and creative women, the website features columns about fashion, beauty, living, news and shopping. Readers can find ‘tips and tricks for a more beautiful life’. Refinery29 has been featured in magazines such as New York Times, WWD and Vogue.

    7_Style.com

    Style.com, fashion website, launched in 2000. The former online website for Vogue magazine provides their readers with fashion topics such as fashion news, fashion trends, or simply just posts fashion-show photos. Its editor-in-chief is Dirk Standen and since 2010, Style.com is published by the Fairchild Fashion Group.

    8_The Cut

    The Cut is a fashion weblog run by The New York Magazine. It features general industry news as well as the latest trends in the world of fashion. Its current editor in chief is Amy Odell.

    9_The Man Repeller

    The Man Repeller, fashion blog, founded in 2010 by Leandra Medine. The Man Repeller is a blog that features fashion news, trends, inspirations and more, all posted with a lot of humor. The name ‘The Man Repeller’ comes from what women love in fashion and men hate. What started as a hobby for Leandra Medine soon became a huge success in the world of fashion blogging. She won different awards for her blog and Forbes ranked her among the ’30 under 30 most influential’. Medine has close to 300,000 followers on instagram and boasts 2.6 mio. page views per month. The blogger loves the world of fashion, but knows not to take it too seriously, which she shows in her blog and has led to her large following.

    10_The Sartorialist

    The Sartorialist, fashion blog, founded 2005 by Scott Schuman. Schuman started working in the fashion business as a salesman, before he decided to quit his job in 2005 and started posting photographs of well dressed people on the streets of New York on his blog. He was the first to post fashion photography on a fashion blog and eventually set a huge trend. Soon Schuman started to write for Vogue and Interview Magazine and had his own page in GQ every month. With growing popularity that shows in up to 13Mio visitors per month on his website, Schuman has signed advertising contracts with different fashion companies such as Gap, DKNY and Burberry for which he shot a very successful campaign “The Art of Trench”.

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