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    The Top 4 must known shoe labels

    Januar 5th, 2016

    “For me there ain’t no heel high enough”. Christian Louboutin. Curious to know who our 4 favorites are?

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

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    1_Christian Louboutin

    Christian Louboutin, French footwear designer, born 1964 in France. He founded his namesake high-end women’s shoe label in 1991. His designs are widely known for its shiny, red-coated soles. Louboutin’s professed goal is ‘to make a woman look sexy, beautiful and to make her legs look as long as [he] can.’

    2_Manolo Blahnik

    Manolo Blahnik, Spanish fashion designer, born 1942 in Canary Islands, Spain. He is the head designer and founder of his namesake high-end shoe brand that was founded in 1972. Blahnik started off his fashion career after graduation from the University of Geneva in 1965, before he worked at a fashion store called ‘Zapata’ three years later in London. The young and talented designer had the opportunity to show his portfolio of self-made fashions to then famous fashion editor of Vogue Magazine, Diana Vreeland. She was the one who talked Blahnik into designing footwear only. In 1972, the designer got an assignment to design shoes for Ossie Clark’s fashion show and gained immediate attention in the fashion world. That same year, he took a loan and opened his very first own shoe boutique. Today, Manolo Blahnik’s are internationally known and adored by women not only due to the popular TV series “Sex and the City” but also because of his very unique and sophisticated shoe artwork and craftsmanship.

    3_Jimmy Choo

    Jimmy Choo, Malaysian shoe designer, born 1952 in Penang, Malaysia. Choo founded his namesake shoe label in 1986 which he is best known for. Based in London, Choo designed his first pair of shoes at age 11 before graduating at the Cordwainer Technical College in 1983. Only five years later, his gifted talent, craftsmanship and designs were featured at Vogue Magazine which helped him get immediate attention in the fashion industry. Choo’s is best known for his high heels, often with unique decoration such as beading’s, spikes and feathers.

    4_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.

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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.

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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: Natalie Massenet resigns from Net-a-Porter

    September 3rd, 2015

    Net-a-Porter founder and chairman Natalie Massenet has resigned from the online fashion retailer, ahead of its planned merger with Italian rival Yoox. After founding the leading e-tailer 15 years ago, Mrs. Massenet wants to explore new ideas and opportunities. Massenet’s departure comes as the company she created prepares to merge with Italian rival Yoox SpA. The entrepreneur leaves with more than $153 million after selling shares in Net-a-Porter and won’t be on board of the combined company, a spokesperson of Yoox said.

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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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