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Fashion Focus: Coachella 2015

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Coachella, in more expanded version Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, is considered to be one of the biggest events that happens annually, only from the music point of view, but fashion statement as well. Every year this large scale event is held going back to 1999, when Paul Tollett decided to set up an extra-ordinary ocassion that will feature many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures. The event of Coachella is regarded as the second-most in-demand concert to participate for many reasons. One of the them is the multiplifcity of fashion that flourishes around hippie and boho styles. Modern gypsies, up-to-date hippies, start and celebrities gather all together on the picturesque valley of California and enjoy their time in the Coachella event. Take a look on our Fashion Focus on Coachella 2015.

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Fashion Focus: Black-Red-White Mood.

Black -Red – White. Catchy yet classical selection of colors can be found in some fashion tendencies lately. The tri-color palette can be depicted on the face-painting factor as seen on Toni Garn, sporty chic clothing as well as in ad campaigns of Dior from Fall 2013 Campaign. The blonde model – Toni Garn captured by Hunter & Gatti clashes the image of blue-eyed sensitivity with the tribal vibe. The photography merges with the collage of oil painting and stitching style.

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Images via Designscene.com

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The tri-color trend can be easily reached in fast-fashion response as well. Simply and chic aesthetic perfectly matches with the sporty feel.

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MARIACARLA BOSCONO FOR DIOR FALL 2013 CAMPAIGN

Images via fashiongonerogue.com

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Saskia De Brauw in Harper’s Bazaar’s editorial: ” Black, White & Red All Over”.

Images via Models.com

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Fashion Focus: The history and influence of sports in the fashion world

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The history and influence of sports in the fashion world

If you are keen on chic clothing and know something of sporting activities, you will not be surprised to learn just how much influence sports and sports attire have had on the world of mainstream fashion – both designer labels and off the rack gear. Often, a specific style will have its origins in the world of sport, but then you will find it at your local department store or see it worn by a model in a fashion magazine. Look carefully at some of the styles you see around you and you will soon realize that the shoes and clothing styles that were designed to be of functional use for sports activities have been turned into fashionable staples for everyone.

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Popular influences

Originally designed for players who used the basketball or tennis court, for running or other athletic purposes, sneakers are now a part of everyone’s normal shoe collection, particularly those who favor urban street style. Basketball jerseys are another example. First worn by players, then by fans, both basketball jersey styles and the most popular colors and numbers have since been adopted by fashionconscious consumers. T-shirts and skirts developed to meet the needs of women tennis players, by keeping them cool and offering them freedom of movement, have also inspired mainstream fashion designs.

Baseball caps trend

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History suggests that the Brooklyn Excelsiors wore the first rounded-top baseball caps in 1860, which then became known as the Brooklynstyle cap. In common with most sports-influenced design ideas, specific features were intended to improve athletic performance or provide better protection. In the case of the baseball cap, the peak was intended to protect players’ eyes. Baseball caps, like sneakers, remain a popular fashion item for young people.

Karlie Kloss is a High Energy Enigma in the Vogue Paris March 2012

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The same trends apply to winter sports activities – brands that were introduced for snowboarders and skiing enthusiasts were quickly taken up by celebrities and thus became a high-impact influence. With the increasing popularity of sports clothing and footwear, many sponsors of sport saw an opportunity to broaden their reach, and today many items carry a firm logo or brand colors, including jerseys, shoes, T-shirts and baseball caps.

The Edita Vilkeviciute Vogue Paris Editorial is Genuinely Sporty

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New trends

Today’s sportswear is highly sophisticated and designed to enhance athletic performance. It is interesting to note that sponsorship has also moved on. For example, it is not unusual to find that a designer brand that sponsors female athletes is interested in producing garments such as a women’s elbow sleeve, knee sleeve or compression band, which are not always seen by consumers. Perhaps the philosophy is that if the item of clothing is both comfortable and practicable, and valued initially by athletes, then it will move into mainstream consciousness given time.
Alla Kostromichova Stars in Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam July 2014 Editorial

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Next time you are at a sporting event, take a look around at what the audience is wearing – as well as the players. They may just hold the key to upcoming fashion trends, and if you pay attention you could be lucky enough to get ahead of the game!

Flare ‘Most Valuable Players’ Stars a Blue-Haired Bekah Jenkins

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Fashion Photography: Constance Jablonski photographed by An Le for Bloomingdale’s.

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CREDITS:

Model: Constance Jablonski

Hair by Elsa Canedo (the Wall Group)

Make-up by Ralph Siciliano (D+V management).

The props/set design is by Stewart Gerard.

Photography by AN LE

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Fashion Photography: An Odyssey Night in Saks 5th Avenue photographed by An Le.

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December with the all this hectic preparation for Christmas time almost arrived.  Let’s have some prelude with the enchanting photography from An Le that introduces us into this anticipating time.

All the images are the courtesy of the photographer An Le.

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GLAM EYE: Handcrafted touches for a unique interior.

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The incorporation of a few handcrafted touches into a home’s interior design can transform a living space from cold and impersonal to warm and unique, giving the house a greater sense of personality and making it feel more welcoming and homely to both guests and residents.

Where can I purchase handcrafted design?

The introduction of the Internet into our lives has made it so much easier to source handcrafted and unique design objects than was previously possible. Sites such as Etsy allow talented designers, artists, and craftspeople to display and sell their designs from and to anywhere in the world, and the great thing is that sellers deal directly with buyers and avoid the expense of intermediaries and agents.

The eco trend

Handcrafted art is really trending right now with its natural look and innovative ways of reusing and upcycling unwanted materials. Handcrafted art uses natural materials that feel comfortable and organic, and the ‘eco look’ is one of the biggest trends in interior decorating right now. Blend natural materials with stylish design using everything from tree branches and bark to dried flowers, driftwood, seashells, and pinecones for unique dining table decorations or a contemporary alternative to a traditional flower arrangement.

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Original art

Paintings, prints, and photographs are familiar sights in house stagings, etc., but original art pieces have a uniqueness that mass-produced, commercial pieces fail to capture. Whether one buys an artist’s original or a limited edition custom print, choosing a piece with consideration and thought enables a personal connection between homeowner and artist, and hopefully a work of art that one will enjoy viewing for years to come. Limited edition prints on stretch canvas echo pop art and modern pop culture and are a quirky fusion of the photography and fine art mediums.

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Wall decor

Embroidered wall hangings or fabric hoops have an amazing 3D effect and have been an integral part of interior home design since ancient times; there is something very warm and homey about the feel of fabric and embroidered textiles on a wall. Fawn and squirrel fabric wall decor hoops are inspired by everything from American film classics to delightful baby animals.

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Useful accessories

Handcrafted touches can be as functional as they are decorative! Make a kitchen appear warm and rustic with  made from pebbles collected by the seashore or the river, or office supply holders made from things found on a woodland walk. If one’s especially crafty, one could make his or her own, but it’s also possible to source original pieces online that are both quality and one-of-a-kind.

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Even traditional interior elements can benefit from a handcrafted touch; for example, one could make his or her vintage coffee table out of an old door panel, or one’s own DIY window shutters with plantation shutter parts. The raw wood look instantly adds something special to any home. Some inspired interior designers have even found new and original ways to upcycle old window shutters, such as a unique notice board, magazine rack, plant hanger, or shoe rack.

Images via Etsy.com

PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE SPRING/SUMMER 2014

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Translucency is the feature that melts into the complex presentations and forms. It can be as subtle as smoke floating in the air or more vivid like sparkling minerals and ethereal like butterfly’s wings. Combining the most prominent factors of crystalline configuration the PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE for Spring/Summer 2014 season unveils the ethereality of fabrics. The airy textures are infused with the layered constructions and pleats. The palette of hues varies from blue sky shades to the vivid sparks of red. Enjoy this amazing collection of translucent inspirations.

Images are the courtesy of ISSEY MIYAKE London Press Office.

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Fashion Video: LANVIN reveals WINTER 2013 film

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LANVIN FEMME WINTER 2013: The advertising campaign

 

“One woman can have many faces.

 

Edie Campbell explored six sides of her imaginary self, portraying the diversity of the Lanvin woman.”

The richness of a woman’s personality is enough to showcase multiple way of expression what she thinks about  such words as hot, love, cool, Lanvin.

 

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LANVIN HOMME WINTER 2013: The advertising campaign

 

A self Portrait. Six different men with diverse points of view, expressing the diversity of the Lanvin man.

 

Talking about the meaning of love, uncool versus cool and what makes Lanvin what it is.

 

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CREDITS:

 

Film by Steven Meisel

 

Creative Direction: House and Holme, Ronnie Newhouse and Stephen Wolstenholme

 

Make-Up: Pat McGrath

 

Hair: Guido Palau

 

Set Design: Mary Howard

Videography and Editing by Gordon von Steiner

Video is the courtesy of LANVIN.

Lanvin Accessories Summer 2013

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The luxurious fashion house Lanvin unveils the Summer 2013 accessories line comprising purity and precision as the main factors of the collection.  The clever game between classicism and novelty are the main clues of the accessories signified by Alber Elbaz.  The three openings of the collection condense the top-to-toe look of clever elegance including the ORACLE jewel, the new shoulder bag PARTITION, the STILETTO heel.

Following the Press Release of Lanvin Accessories Summer 2013 let me bring closer an exclusive selection of the line:

“The ORACLE jewel finds its inspiration in the idea of a mirror reflecting antique beauty, as well as the hi-tech vision of a new form of jewelry. These two-tone gold and silver breastplates are both smooth and hand-beaten, covering the nape and shoulders. The line also features gold and silver cuffs, rings and earrings, as well as wide corset-like belts in smooth or bumpy metal or wood riveted with metal nails.”

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“The new shoulder bag PARTITION has the raw, streamlined look of armor. The very graphic and curved shapes are worked in a peacock blue matte grained calf, beige crocodile effect calf or a sumptuous brushed metallic calf. A medium-sized bag is highlighted with a serpent chain and a clasp in metal and wood, horn or stone cabochon. The luxurious technique of “guilloché” engraving is combined with metal plates and decorative screws.”

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“The STILETTO heel, a mix of industrial metal pieces and traditional craftsmanship, is built around a fine mirrored heel. LANVIN shoes offer themselves the pleasure of a vertiginous height. Luxurious materials such a matte monochrome python, a grained lambskin with hand stitching, brushed metallic calfskin or embossed vegetal leather, its authenticity is expressed in two designs, a pump with an ankle strap and a cowboy boot.”

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These accessories are available in LANVIN boutiques and on the e-store http://www.lanvin.com/e-lanvin/US/

The Images and Press Release text are the courtesy of LANVIN Press Office

 

Tophatter – Live auctions for Fashionistas.

Dear Readers!

Many times I was wondering how helpful it would be to have one reliable source with the interesting finds and a great opportunity to buy them at the same time.  I was also considering the situation of independent designers and jewelry artists who encounter numerous issues in promoting and selling their work to the widespread audience. Then I’ve discovered Tophatter,  an amazing free auction site that provides  both the possibility of promotion for the designers and the chance to buy fabulous items in one.  Auctions take place is every category ranging from Craft, Supplies, Fashion, Home Decor and Jewelry to Vintage and Antiques. Each auction is a live, virtual shopping party – you can simply chat with fellow attendees as you watch the bidding ensue!

While visiting the site I stumbled upon numerous attantion-grabbing finds along with the immense amount of talented sellers who really make a great job. Best of all, Tophatter has agreed to extend all my favourite EdelScope.com shoppers a free $5 credit to spend as a welcome. So, I hope to see you all in the auction rooms and happy bidding!

All you need it to sign to Tophatter! It’s FREE! :)

Many thanks !!!

Magdalena

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