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    Fashion History: The Present Era

    August 22nd, 2016

    Since the end of the 20th century the vicissitudes of globalization and the development of new technologies for design and production (including the creation of new “techno textiles”) increases the influence of the future of fashion. Synthetic materials such as Lycra, Spandex, and viscose became widely-used. Back to that time fashion turned to the past for inspiration, after two decades of looking to the future.

    Fashion History from 1980 – 1990

    The 1980s saw a definite rise in the popularity of designer styles, while high fashion had greatly declined during the 1960s and 1970s. Fashion shows were more important then ever and were transfigured into media-saturated spectaculars and frequently televised. Power and money dominated the styles of the 1980s and clothing was a sign of power. The better-heeled people around the world were literally rushing to pricy New York boutiques and Paris fashion shows to purchase directly from designers’ lines. Extremly popular were the baroque evening dresses and long, extravagant designer gowns which made a reappearance inspired by the past. While not everybody could afford the very expensive designer cloths, the mass producers on the other hand replicated the high fashions for the general public. A few fashion designers such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren for instance also produced ready-to-wear lines to appeal to less-affluent customers.

    Thierry Mugler and Azzedine Alaia were the two French fashion designer who best defined the look to that time. Thierry Mugler produced fashion designs that combined Hollywood retro and futurism, with rounded hips and sharply accentuated shoulders. Due to his glamorous dresses which were a remarkable success to that time, Mugler had made an end of the hippy era and its unstructured silhouette. On the other hand Azzedine Alaia was known for his inspiring combinations and was the master of all kinds of techniques that had previously been known only to haute couture. He included in his designs many new and underused materials, such as Lycra and viscose.

    Beside the prevailing fashion image of the time two Japanese designers such as Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto offered a very natural look and marked a total break of the extravance and glamorous fashion designs. Flat shoes, no make-up, reserve, modesty, and secrecy were the hallmarks of their modern look.

    In American fashion, Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren dominated the ready to wear styles in the 80s. While Karan brought a very personal and feminine approach to the severe, sober-colored, casual American look for urban women who greatly appreciated the understated luxury of her clothes, Lauren represented a classic look as sportswear and jeans that had been adopted for an active life. Unlike Karan, Lauren reached the widest possible range of social classes and age groups due to his affordable price points of his designs.

    Watch the clip to imagine the extravagant 1980′s:

    Fashion History from 1990 – 1999

    The economic recession at the beginning of the 1990s in the fashion industry literally destroyed the positive and optimistic mood of the 1980s. Women had begun to reject the moneyed, designer styles of the 1980s and opt for more comfortable, casual clothing by the 1990s. Ripped jeans, flannel shirts and baggy pants which were inspired by the rock & roll and hip-hop movement became extremly popular. The comfort and the desire of wearable clothes became the key factor in the fashion industry for most women in the 1990s and 2000s. Ready to wear retailer such as Gap and Banana Republic came to the forefront of fashion and retro clothing inspired by the 1960s and 1970s was popular for much of the 1990s.

    The Italian fashion house Gucci, founded in 1921 had begun selling luxury leather goods and gave up control of the company to Invest Corp. in 1990, was then employing an unknown fashion director, Tom Ford in 1994. Ford triggered a tidal wave with his chic and shocking collections, perfumes for men and women, revamped boutiques, and advertising campaigns. Hence the Gucci house was crowned with a great prestige and is today the second biggest-selling fashion brand, after LVMH worldwide.

    At the end of the 20th century Michael Kors, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs were the most influental American fashion designer. Michael Kors’s knowledge and consciousness of trends enabled him to produce simple well-cut garments, whose sophistication and elegance appealed to a whole new breed of wealthy American customers drawn to the new vogue for minimalist chic. Marc Jacobs is one of the most notable American designers of the period in that, unlike many American fashion designers in the past, he was not so much the co-ordinator of a mass-produced garment as a designer in the European sense of the word. The already well-known designer Calvin Klein on the other hand started to market his fashions, perfumes, and accessories beside the US also in Europe and Asia and was achieving an unequaled success. Klein used carefully constructed advertisements containing images tinted with eroticism to promote his sophisticatedly functional mass-produced designs, which won massive popularity among the urban youth of the 1990s.

    In Italy, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace dominated the fashion industry in Europe to that time. Both, Dolce & Gabbana with their superfeminine and fantastical style and Versace with his brilliant, sexy and colorful designs, broke away from the serious and sober-minded fashions that dominated during much of the 1990s.

    Catwalk footage of supermodel Cindy Crawford at Calvin Klein runway fashion show in 1991



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    Nicola Formichetti

    Januar 3rd, 2012

    Nicola Formichetti, Italian and Japanese fashion designer, director and editor, born in 1977. Formichetti is a multicultural, techno-savvy specialist in the fashion industry, photography and entertainment business. He was well known in the fashion industry for being the creative director of the fashion house Thierry Mugler until April 2013 which he has renamed to just Mugler. After Formichetti collaborated with singer and style icon Lady Gaga’s for a Mugler runway show in 2011, he immediately gained popularity internationally.
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    Latest Fashion News: Fashion Review 2011

    Januar 2nd, 2012

    Hey fashion speaker!

    I hope you had an unforgettable New Year’s Eve and are ready for the upcoming fashion year 2012. As you know, it’s always interesting to have a sneak peek at the past year to be open for an increadible start into the next year. Here are the 10 best and worse fashion moments in 2011:

    1_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: John Galliano’s eviction

    In February 2011 John Galliano went on an anti-Semitic rant at a bar in Paris. He was immediately suspended and subsequently fired from his 14-year post as the creative mind at Christian Dior. He also got layed off from his eponymous label a few weeks later.

    This was the greatest fashion scandal of the year.

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    Photo: The Hollywood Gossip

    2_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Fashion muse Lady Gaga

    One thing is def. save to say: Ms. Gaga was the most influential figure in fashion this year. In March, she walked the runway for her stylist Nicola Formichetti’s first womenswear show for Thierry Mugler after that she was seen on several magazine covers as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and got her own holiday workshop at Barneys New York. Lucky her!

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    Photo: Fashionwe.com

    3_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Christophe Decarnin leaving Balmain

    Due to the absence at Christophe Decarnin’s Fashion Show for Balmain in Paris, the fashion world got a bit confused whether the rumors of having a nervous breakdown might be really true. The fact of the matter was that Decarnin had been absent from the label for months due to creative differences with the brand’s management. Since then Balmain womenswear designer Olivier Rousteing took over the reans of Decarnin’s position.

    Unfortunately this is no good news.

    Latest Fashion News, Fashion News, Fashion Backstage, Fashion behind the scene, New York, Balmain, Christopher Decarnin, Decarnin

    Photo: Squa.re – the-sophisticated-distress-of-balmain-homme-spring summer-2010


    4_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Elizabeth Taylor’s death

    The most shocking news: Elizabeth Taylor’s death in March 2011.

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    Photo: http://alphanerdz.com


    5_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Kate Middleton’s stunning McQueen wedding dress

    April, 29th 2011: Kate and William’s Royal wedding!
    It was no surprise when it was announced that Sarah Burton for McQueen was going to create Kate Middlton’s one-of-a-kind wedding gown and the streamlined dress of her sister Pippa. Now, Burton is one of the most famous fashion designers in the world. Kate’s choice to wear Alexander McQueen was not only a triumph for British fashion, but also an incredible tribute to the late designer who had passed away the previous year.

    One of the best fashion moments of 2011!

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    Photo: Vogue Daily

    6_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Alexander McQueen’s MET Exhibition

    Fashion legend Alexander McQueen who committed suicide in February 2010 is even now two years after his death, one of the important fashion figure of this world. The genius of the late grate McQueen was honored and celebrated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York on May 2nd, 2011. Savage Beauty, the title of McQueens exhibit at the MET went on through May until the end of July 2011.

    The exhibit was the most success the MET ever had.

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    Photo: 34th Street Magazine

    7_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Christian Louboutin vs. Yves Saint Laurent

    In September 2011, Christian Louboutin sued Yves Saint Laurent over red-soled shoes due to consumer confusion and the use of the color “red” as a design element on an article of fashion. Eventually, the court ruled that the color “red” on the soles of shoes could not be granted as a trademark protection.

    This story takes the boring cake.

    Latest Fashion News, Fashion News, Fashion Backstage, Fashion behind the scene, New York, Loubou, YSL, red soles, red sole, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Louboutin
    Photo: speakfashion

    8_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Elie Tahari & Levine invest in Catherine Malandrino

    As of October 2011, Fashion has a new trio: Elie Tahari, Levine and Catherine Malandrino. The plan was to help Malandrino to grow her brand in Asia and Europe both at retail and wholesale. She will benefit from Tahari and Levine’s international resources.

    Some good news!

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    Photo: Catherine Malandrino’s Facebook Fanpage, 10/12/11


    9_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Emmanuell Alt takes over Vogue Paris

    After Carine Roitfeld quit her job at Vogue Paris late last year, it was long uncertain who’s going to take over her post. She’d been an increadable chief-editor and who ever wanted to replace her had large shoes to fill. After months of speculation, the magazine’s former fashion director Emmanuelle Alt was named her successor.

    Latest Fashion News, Fashion News, Fashion Backstage, Fashion behind the scene, New York, Vogue, Vogue Paris, Emmanuelle Alt

    Photo: christopherlovesclothes.blogspot.com


    10_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Best red carpet dress

    And the oscar goes to — Giovanna Battaglia! This woman in her vintage Stephen Sprouse gown was beyond every imagination. What a woman, what a dress. Could you have dressed better than her at the Cannes Film Festival? I doubt it!

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    Source + Photo: The New York Times, Fashion & Style – Cathy Horyn
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    Mugler, Thierry

    Februar 20th, 2011

    Thierry Mugler, French fashion designer, born in 1948. Mugler founded his namesake fashion label in 1973, when he designed his first women’s ready-to-wear collection named “Café de Paris”, a sophisticated and urban line. In 1978, the designer opened his first boutique in Paris and started also to design a men’s ready-to-wear line. Only a few years later, Mugler had become an internationally recognized designer. Nicola Formichetti was the creative director of the French fashion house from 2010 to 2013.
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    Thierry Mugler

    Februar 20th, 2011

    Thierry Mugler, French fashion designer, born in 1948. Mugler founded his namesake fashion label in 1973, when he designed his first women’s ready-to-wear collection named “Café de Paris”, a sophisticated and urban line. In 1978, the designer opened his first boutique in Paris and started also to design a men’s ready-to-wear line. Only a few years later, Mugler had become an internationally recognized designer. Nicola Formichetti was the creative director of the French fashion house from 2010 to 2013.
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