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    Streetstyle New York: Dress of the week #2 – Stacy Dreyfus

    April 7th, 2016

    Throwback Thursday

    She got her sense of style probably from her grandmother. That’s what Stacy Dreyfus is telling us at least at the end of our video. The fact of the matter is that Stacy really knows what to wear this season. We encountered her with a colorful dress of French Fashion Designer Catherine Malandrino. It’s just awesome.

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    Streetstyle New York: Dress of the week #1 – Kamali Chandler

    März 4th, 2016

    Do you remember our very first “Dress of the week”? We saw Kamali on New Yorks Madison Avenue. Enjoy watching it!

    Dress of the week is our weekly sequel where we want to show you cute, adorable, fancy and luxurious outfits. In the first shot we’ll give Kamali a try. We bumped into her at 60th and Madison just a few days ago.

    Look at her ring and you’ll immediately know why she is our dress of this week. Her brown topaz from Italian Jewelry Designer Daniela de Marchi is simply breathtaking.

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    Fashion History Classics: Who invented the T-Shirt?

    Februar 28th, 2016

    As trivial as it happened to sound, as legendary is the story of the T-Shirts. Originally the T-Shirt was supposed to be an undershirt for sea-men and marines. Read the rest of this entry
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    Fashion Backstage: Speaking Fashion with Jeremy Lindberg of agent 011

    Februar 4th, 2016

    Interview blast from August 2010, New York City

    Jeremy Lindberg is the owner of agent 011 showroom in New York City. Headquartered in the middle of SoHo, Lindberg’s team retails fashion to department stores such as Saks, Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys. Founded in 2005 agent 011 is one of the most successful retailers in the field of fashion BtoB sales. The showroom carries brands like Ruthi Davis, Fenton & Fallon or S.W.O.R.D.

    Speak Fashion talks with Lindberg about the difference between trend and fashion, the future perspective of online sales and why the missing intellectual property in fashion doesn’t really matter.

    Speaking Fashion with Jeremy Lindberg of agent 011 from Speak Fashion on Vimeo.

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    Don’t have the time to see the entire interview? Just browse through. Below we emphasize the most remarkable quotes.“Imitation is a sincerious form of flattery.” [05:40]

    “The missing intellectual property in fashion doesn’t really matter because at the time the copies come out, a true designer has moved on.” [06:30]

    “There is a big difference between trend and fashion.” [07:23]

    “In comparison with the last years fashion is getting more and more tangible.” [09:05]

    “In a future perspective online flash sales will be both, a blessing and a curse.” [09:44]

    “Designers can absolutely be successful only retailing online.” [13:09]

    Catch up with agent 011
    agent 011 – NYC Headquaters42 Greene Street Loft #4 // New York, NY 10013

    P: 212.334.5802 // Email to Jeremy Lindberg

    W: www.agent011.com // View it on google maps.

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    Fashion History: The New Look Era

    Januar 27th, 2016

    During World War II fashion responded to the restrained mood and economy of the war. Many fashion houses closed during occupation of Paris.

    Fashion History from 1940 – 1950

    During the World War II (1939 – 1945), all types of cloth were needed for a variety of wartime purposes, and material for clothing was severely rationed and limited for each year and its number decreased steadily as the war progressed. From 1940 onward, no more than thirteen feet (four meters) of cloth was permitted to be used for a coat and a little over 3 feet (1 meter) was all that allowed for a blouse. No belt could be over 1.5 inches (3 centimeters) wide. Despite this, haute couture tried to keep its flag flying. Fashions of the era emphasized shorter skirts than ever before, buttons for any type of clothes were limited to three per item, evening wear was also shortened and women were encouraged to make do with ankle socks and bare legs.

    Among young men in the War Years the zoot suit became popular. After the war, the “American Look” became very popular among men in Europe. Certain London manufacturers ushered in a revival of Edwardian elegance in men’s fashion, adopting a tight-fitting retro style that was intended to appeal to traditionalists. This look, originally aimed at the respectable young man about town, was translated into popular fashion as the “Teddy boy” style.

    By the late 1940s and early 1950s, designers were tired of the utilitarian, minimalist clothing of the wartime era. Paris fashion, which had fallen from its position as the capital of the fashion world after World War II, made a strong comeback after the war in part due to the international success of couturier Christian Dior’s first women’s collection “Corelle” which went down in fashion history as the “New Look” in February 1947. His new clothing styles which emphasized rounded shoulders, full skirts, and narrow waists was so successful that it went down in fashion history. The “New Look” became revolutionary, strongly popular and influenced fashion and other designers for many years.

    Christian Dior’s New Look from 1947:

    Fashion History from 1950 – 1960

    The 1950s were years of nuclear anxiety, economic expansion, social conservation and the rise of American popular culture. Yet even as bourgeois standards of propriety and “good taste” were expressed in fashion through girdles, hats and gloves, young people were developing fashions of their own.

    As the installation of central heating became more widespread the age of minimum-care garments began and lighter textiles and, eventually, synthetics, were introduced. A new youth style emerged in the 1950s and changed the focus of fashion forever. During the same period of the time, in men’s fashion ‘plaid’ was very common, both for shirts and suits, which was often viewed as a symbol of rebellion and banned in schools.

    Three of the most prominent of the Parisian couturiers in the 1950s were Cristobal Balenciaga, Hubert de Givenchy, and Pierre Balmain. Balenciaga is well known as one of the few couturiers in fashion history who could use their own hands to design, cut, and sew the models which symbolized the height of his artistry. In 1951, he totally transformed the silhouette, broadening the shoulders and removing the waist. Followed by the tunic dress which he designed in 1955 and which later developed into the chemise dress of 1957. The French designer Givenchy created a sensation with his separates, which could be mixed and matched at will. His first couture house was opened in 1952. Balmain liked to dress up sophisticated women luxurious elegance, simple tailoring, and a more natural look. His clientele was typified by the tailored glamor of the “New Look”, with its ample bust, narrow waist, and full skirts. Along with his haute couture work, the talented businessman pioneered a ready-to-wear range called Florilege and also launched a number of highly successful perfumes.

    In 1954, after closing different boutiques in the war years, Coco Chanel’s strong comeback went in history. She detested the “New Look” to the fashion world and presented a collection which contained a whole range of ideas that would be adopted and copied by women all over the world: her famous little braided suit with gold chains, shiny costume jewelry, silk blouses in colors that matched the suit linings, sleek tweeds, monogrammed buttons, flat black silk bows, boaters, quilted bags on chains, and evening dresses and furs that were marvels of simplicity.

    By the end of the decade off-the-peg clothing had become much more popular than in the past. It was literally the start-shot for the general public to access the fashionable styles for affordable prices.

    See some beautiful designs of the most influental fashion designers of the 1950′s:


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    Whytes

    Januar 18th, 2016

    whytes.co, lifestyle brand for men, founded in August 2015 by co-founders Nadia Botzenhard and Thomas Escher. The German start-up designs the perfect white T-Shirt for men. Over the course of 18 months the co-founders gathered feedback from a couple of hundred men, by asking them one simple question: “What does the perfect white T-Shirt look like for you?” They’ve tested as much as 22 fabrics and more than a dozen patterns until they came up with something they believe is the perfect white T-Shirt. Available in 10 different sizes and 2 shirt styles: V-Neck and Crew-Neck, the perfect white T-Shirt is “Made in Germany”.  Read the rest of this entry
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    Fashion Style Tip: Skyrocket

    Januar 8th, 2016

    Gianvito Rossi’s over-the-knee boots are crafted from sand suede and trimmed with beige shearling for a cozy, textured finish. They’re lined in supple leather for the smoothest fit. Try styling this Italian-made pair folded at the cuffs.

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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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    Fashion Style Tip: Un-dress 2015

    Dezember 30th, 2015

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! We wish you all the best for 2016. You are the best fans we could ask for! Stay tuned and see you guys all again next year! Vielen Dank!!!

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    High Fashion Trend 2015: Tracy Reese – No or Go?

    Dezember 22nd, 2015

    “I always walk to work with my headphones and sunglasses on, and you’re in your own world thinking about what you need to do that day. You need to be prepared,” said Tracy Reese backstage after her latest show. How do you like that outfit below? NO or GO?

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