Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Celebrity Fashion Designer Merlin Castell Guest Stars in "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency" Show
It is here, during this particular episode, Mr. Castell comes shopping for models for his upcoming fashion show.
As a part of the competition, the aspiring contestants compete for his approval.
Intersperse, the models add tidbits about what is it is liked to be strutting for their very first high-end fashion show.
Don't want to give anything away but watch Mr. Castell crack a whip.
While watching the show, you the viewer can enter to win the Merlin Castell's Fall/Winter 2008-2009 Collection Sweepskates.
You might have the chance to win a Merlin Castell ensemble. The contest will be live from September 30th to October 21st.
This whismical magician of fabric has swiftly switched from dreamy chiffon of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to the more hardcore sex kitten appeal of "Barbarella." Inspired by Jane Fonda's liberated character, his "Galactic Collection," stands for the assertive woman who is not afraid of her sexuality and independence.
So, if you want a sneak peek into what Mr. Castell is up to, go catch "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency," on September 30th at 10:00pm.
He also change the idea of eveningwear. Just as soft and easy as casualwear but no less luxurious. The fluidity of draping signifies a new wardrobe that examplifies multiple usage of day-to-night dressing.
Here is another concept that Mr. Azria has turned on its head, taking the atheletic zippered jacket then feminized it into upscale contemporary. Shorts become dressier with a flounce, almost skirt-like.
He also changed the way leather is used and viewed. He took out the black then redid it in mauve, taupe, and cream then soften it in supple textures that makes it appear khakis far away when it is not. He deconstructed the traditional black leather blazer or jacket then retooled it into more cardigan-like construction and knitwear earth tones.
Mr. Max Azria is not normally heralded as an innovator, but his foresight in how women want to live and how to dress is visionary.
She further finessed her eye for fashion when she segued into fashion styling for editorial shoots and films in Sarajevo. She recuited two friends, Irma Saje and Vanja Ciraj, to help her start and manage the clothing collection that would evolve into Kao Pao Shu.
As soon she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Naida and her knowledge of ribbon structure really took off when she landed in Milan, Italy. Figuring why not expand into apparel, she pleasantly discovered that her twill-woven ribbons constructed at 45 degrees, bend, twist, and conform around a woman's bodily curves comfortably without being constrictly tight.
The brand, Kao Pao Shu, finally nested at 7227 Beverly Boulevard.
Playing around and trying on the garments, Naida noted that, due to the bias-weaved nature of the ribbons, one same outfit looks uniquely different on numerous people because the ribbons take on and adapt to that person's individual curves. This offers the specialty of tailoring without the stiffness and fit of Lycra without the tight stretch.With Naida's avant-garde art background and cosmopolitan upbringing, her collection put forward an intellectual urbanity and sculptured construction that a trendy but sharp Baby Boomer woman is searching for, a fashion-forward but sophisicated clothes, evolving with her figure and life but puts her ahead of the fashion pack.
If you want to see more of Naida's handiwork, you go to http://www.kaopaoshu.it or drop by for a visit at 7227 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036, the next time you are visiting the neighborhood of West Hollywood. You can even give her a call at (323) 937-0081.
Investing in a Kao Pao Shu piece is like investing in a piece of art, because it is.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Don't be fooled by his bubbly persona. This man knows the fashion industry cold due to his years as Bergdorf Goodman's fashion director then overhauling Paris fashion house, Nina Ricci.
After interviewing him for the past two fashion seasons, he is now my go-to expert on fashion and most significantly, the business of fashion.
As usual, I always ask him what are his favorites during a particular fashion week. Then, we launch into an intellectual discussion into the concepts and themes dominating the shows.
This doesn't mean dull. He is refreshingly classical.
By being steady and subtle, Mr. Rodriguez developed a definite style that is unmistakably his. With these soft touches, these are black and white wardrobe investments to keep for years.
Contrasting both Mr. Jacobs and Mr. Rodriguez are good case studies of two designers at the peak of their skills and creativity.
BCBG Max Azria
Mr. Aguiar said Mr. Azria is very aware to changing ideas and concepts. He has his finger on the pulse.
It was interesting that Mr. Aguiar hinted that Michael Kors added metallic platform high heels to spice his classic Middle-Class Americana.
Overall, Mr. Aguiar found this recent New York Fashion Week Spring 2009 to be very optimistic and very positive.
Gottex’s designer, Israeli Gideon Oberson, knows what real women want. Something elegant to wear on the beach. Something elegant enough to wear at the beachside café and restaurant without feeling overdressed or underdressed.
For Mr. Oberson, it was not about trying too hard to be sexy in order to look beautiful, it was about building confidence about portion and exposure. He knew if he offered enough coverage in the right area while exposing the certain areas for heat relief and comfort. He can make any woman at any age feel sexy.
Mr. Oberson was about portion, covering up while exposing another. For example, the bikini top with long, flowing sailor pants turned long skirt with the slit right under the knee.
Most of the swimsuits were topped with big, floppy sun hats shielding the face from the UV rays.
He gave women plenty of options in coverage and sun protection that were “Chanel Chic.”
The fail-safe black and while color palette were influenced by Chanel and the French Riviera.
The bikini bottoms were almost boyshort cut, not high-cut. They showed just enough peek of the butt without exposing too much cheek. The waistline hits just under the navel, not too high waisted to be faddish. The bottoms look comfortable to move and play in.
A woman who exercises normally, not extreme, and has yet to have a painful tummy tuck can option for this Old Hollywood Glamour of a bikini doubling as a shawl turned hood with a high-waisted bowed bottom in cream.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Her Spring/Summer 2009 Collection was a confectionary swirl of cotton and chiffon in icing white fondant or in licorice black in sweet but clean tiers, ruffles, petticoats, and crinolines.
Instead of the regulatory VIP front row for celebs, she very sweetly and politely set up tables and folding chairs, stocked with cupcakes, macaroons, and candies to a vintage Seasame Street soundtrack.
or the continuation of the simple yet adorable polka dot babydoll dress/tunic the sweet but startlingly elegant ruffle white gown are commercial enough to wear as is, without alterations or moderations.
The show’s theme maybe childhood fantasy but there is not fantastical about these approachable clothes. Amusingly, this current collection is modestly cute, following the Japanese Lolita’s fashion symbolism expressing traditional Japanese traits of demureness and graciousness.