Low-cost trendy shoes of this season

We have good news for those who love to be fashionably dressed. There is no need to spend a lot of money if you want to go dressed according to what is shown in catwalks or as your favourite celebrity. This winter a lot of low-cost brands, such as Mango, H&M or Asos had launched shoes inspired on those luxury brands.

As sneakers is concerned we have to remark Dior fusion sneakers, that have all over the shoe flowers made of precious stones. Mango and Uterqüe launched very similar sneakers in an affordable price.

Isabel Marant or Chloé are some of the brands that have bet for ankle boots and Mango has followed them.

Asos has took inspiration from Charlotte Olympia, Louboutin or Stuart Weitzman for some of its flat sandals or ballerinas.

Chloé’s pumps has influenced Asos, but one of the most remarkable and popular pumps of this season have been Chanel escarpins and finally we have found a low cost version in Loéil.

A huge range of sandals has been in fashion. Some of the most popular brands have been Valentino, Aquazurra or Stuart Weitzman.

Remember, there’s no need to spend a lot of money to dress in a fashinably way but sometime you can give yourself a whim.

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Chloé

pt_gaby_aghion__collection_gaby_aghion_jpg_5076_north_1024x_whiteGabrielle Hanoka, best know as Gaby Aghion, was a fashion designer born in Alexandria, Egypt 1921 and founder of Chloé. She and her husband moved to Paris in 1945 and in 1952 launched Chloé. Gaby Aghion wanted to create an alternative to Haute Couture and to leave behind the stiff and sober designs; fine fabrics and soft and feminine clothes were her bets, but always keeping a high quality level.

The first collection of the French maison was launched in 1956 at Café de Flore, where young intellectuals like Picasso, Sartre or Camus used to go. French femininity emerged from the garments, which had a bohemian and retro inspiration at the same time as sophistication.

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In the sixties Aghion hired Karl Lagerfeld and in 1966 he became the designer in chief of Chloé. Lagerfeld’s designs followed the guidelines established by Gaby Aghion and soon became a reference for those Parisian bohemians of the moment. In 1975 was launched the first fragrance of the brand, called Chloé.

stellaA few years later Karl Lagerfeld left the maison and began a period full of changes. Gaby Anhion had run the house until 1985 when Dunhill Holdings bought it. In 1993 it became part of the Vendôme conglomerate. Soon after, in 1997, Stella McCartney, daughter of the Beatle Paul McCartney, became creative director of the maison.
Firstly nobody took her seriously but things changed when her fist collections was introduced, which consisted on an update of the French look. Just as a curiosity, the song she chose for the fashion show was All You Need is Love from The Beatles. Thanks to Stella’s friends, as Kate Moss or actress Liv Tyler, the brand became more and more popular.

In 2001 she left the French House in order to create his own brand and Stella was succeeded by Phoebe Philo, her assistant. That same year was introduced See by Chloé, a younger lichloe-eau-de-toilette-2848ne. The next year, Bracelet, one of the most iconic bags of the maison, was launched and the first shop in London was opened. Although Phoebe had a lot of success in 2004 she left and Paulo Melim, a Portuguese designer, became the creative director in 2006. In the mid time, in 2005 Paddington bag was introduced. Paulo wanted to do an about-turn and leave behind the vintage spirit of the House, which would became the reason why Hanna MacGibbon replaced him. During the Paulo Melim’s period were created another two perfumes: Chloé Eau de Perfume (2007) advertised by Chloë Sevigny, Clémence Poésy and Anja Rubik, and Love (2010).

As it was said before, in 2011 Hanna MacGibbon took the management of the creative department but soon after she quitted and Clare Waight Keller replaced her. She has returned the bohemian and chic look from the seventies to Chloé.

 

 

 

 

FASHION WORLD HAS BEEN CHANGED THANKS TO DAVID BOWIE

The past 08 of January died probably one of the best musicians and composers on earth. His death has make a big impact on all the world, especially his fans, keeping in mind that he had published his new album Black Start two days before the date of his death.

Nowadays, all the houses are saying goodbye to him in different ways. One example are the Prada shoes that we can see in one of its shops; this one is from Barcelona. It’s inspired in the lightning that he wore on his face in Ziggy Stardust period. These days there is the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin (MBFWB); models from Riani house have worn the same lightning in her faces. And on the Spring-Summer 2015-2016 collection, Gucci has made a wool long cardigan with his name at the back.

David Roberto Jones (his real name) was considerate an innovative and in all his work stand out his intellectual profundity. His music style varied as much as his characters and haircuts. It was known as “the chameleon man”.   The man with different colours on his eyes was the precursor of different things; but in speciality the fashion world. He was considerate the precursor of the androgyny that nowadays is the basis of the catwalk.

Jacket from Givenchy’s Spring Summer collection in 2009 look very much like the iconic jacket worn by David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust period. david-bowie-givenchy-jacket

The Thin White Duck was the main inspiration from Balmain Autumn-Winter 2011-2012 collection. It expressed the cabaret style that Bowie pass on.

Moreover, the outfit of David Bowie with the blue eye shadow from the Life on Mars was the main inspiration from Miu Miu’s blue eye shadow models in the fall winter 2012/2013 collection. The embossing, ties and platforms reminded us his style.

In addition, in Jean Paul Gaultier’s Summer 2013 collection we could see different looks inspired by the revel singer.

  It has to be said that Alexander McQueen get along well with the singer and on top of that; he designed the Union Jacket for him. union.png

The last time we could saw him in the fashion world was in a commercial from Louis Vuitton in 2013.

 David Bowie has and will continue being a revolutionary that has always been ahead of his time. Was a style and original mentor. David Bowie was able to see which would be the fashion that would come in the following years. Photographs smoking, heels with extreme platforms and transparency clothes were their best revelation; and time has shown us that he wasn’t wrong.

We can just express our gratitude for what he has done with the fashion world. We finish with some pictures of different famous people that has dressed like him. Lady Gaga, Bimba Bossé and the adorable Kate Moss transformed in the same Ziggy Stardust in Vogue’s cover.

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Elie Saab

Elie Saab is native to Lebanon, born in 1964. His passion for fashion began at the age of 9, making dresses for his sisters and being self-taug1210698514_1ht. In 1981 he went to Paris to study fashion but the following year, at the age of 18, he returned to Beirut where he created his label and opened his first couture atelier contrary to his parents wish. He had a dozen of employees working for him and in the following months he presented his first collection. His reputation grew quickly and son his fame spread beyond Beirut’s borders and high-society woman desired Elie Saab dresses. His style is known for updating the oriental essence using noble materials as organza, taffeta or satin paired with light and fluid fabrics or lace.

He was thedurante-la-coronacion-de-rania-de-jordania-en-1999 first non-italian to become part of the Camera Nazionale della Moda (1997) and the same year he showed his collection in Rome, the first time out of Beirut. In 1998 presented his ready-to-wear collection in Milan and made a fashion show in Monaco, which was attended by Princess Stépahni of Monaco. One of the most highlighted moments was when Queen Rania of Jordan chose Elie Saab to wear for her enthronement in 1999. Since then he define her as his “muse and friend” with a “great sense of style, kind and generous”.

But his international success arrived when Halle Berry, dressed by Elie Saab, won an Oscar in 2002; he became the first Lebanese designer to dress an Oscar winner. That night was a turning point. He began to be interviewed and appeared on many TV networks and celebrities started to wear his creations. Some of the famous people or celebrities he has dress are Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Angelina Jolie, Celine Dion, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Eva Green, Emma Watson Diane Kruger amongst others.

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Elie Saab became a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in March 2003 and in July launched his first haute couture collection in Paris. 2006 was the year when he introduced the first prêt-à-porter collection in Paris (Spring-Summer ‘06); since then, Paris is the city for the ready-to-wear runway. In 2007 opened a boutique in Le Triangle d’Or. As fragrances is concerned, in 2011 was launched his first one called “Le Parfum” wich became bestseller in 15 countries.

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His designs are focused on highlight feminity using high-quality fabrics and delicate embroideries, based on sophistacation. He also has a bridal collection in collaboration with Pronovias. Nowadays counts with boutiques located all over the world, for example in Beirut, Mexico, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Moscow, London, Geneva or Dubai.

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Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Malletrier, best known as Louis Vuitton, is a FrenchPortrait-Louis-Vuitton fashion house founded in 1854 by Luis Vuitton on Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris.Luis Vuitton was born in 1821 in Anchay in a working-class family but at the age of 13 he left home and travelled during two years in order to arrive to Paris. He finally arrived in 1837, when he was 16. Once in the city, that was suffering changes due to the Industrial revolution, Vuitton worked as an apprentice with a successful box-maker and packer, Monsieur Marechal, and soon he acquired a good reputation amongst fashionable Parisians.

In 1854, as it was said before, he opened his first workshop and in 1858 he launched a revolutionary rectangular shaped trunks, “Trianon”. This trunk was lighter and much more hermetic. It has to be said that during that time the tops of the trunks used to be rounded. This new package soon attracted to the people and it achieved a high demand, which allowed the expansion of the maison and caused a high level of imitations. A few years after, in 1876, in order to avoid counterfeit he changed the design of the “Trianon” trunk to a beige and brown stripes pattern.

The first store of the brand in London was opened in 1885 on Oxford Street and just three years after it was created the Damier Canvas pattern because of the huge amount of imitations. In the pattern one could read “L.Vuitton déposée”, that means “L.Vuitton registered tradHistory_TrunkDamieremark”. Soon after the founder died (1892) and his son took the management of the maison. As a curiosity, during the Napoleon’s III Empire Louis Vuitton was hired as personal box-maker and packer of the Empress of France, Spanish countess Eugenie de Montijo, who provided him royal clients and from other elites.

 

1896 was an important year, they took out the patent and the monogram was finally launched. It consisted of quatrefoils, flowers and the LV monogram from Japanese and oriental inspiration of the Victorian Era. The patent allowed dropping the imitation rate.

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A new century had started and with it a new piece of luggage was introduced, the Streamer Bag (1901), which was smaller and thought to be kept inside the luggage trunks. By the time of the World War I there were stores all around the world: New York, Washington, Buenos Aires, Alexandria, Bombay and London. Throughout the thirties were launched the Keepall bag (1930); the Noé bag (1932), made for champagne vintners to transport bottles; and the Speedy bag.

Georges Vuitton died in 1936 leaving his son Gaston-Louis Vuitton in charge. During the World War II, period when the maison collaborated with the Nazis during the French occupation of the Germans, leather was introduced into most of its products, such as wallets, purses or pieces of luggage. The Papillon was brought out in 19papillon66 and nowadays is still remaining popular. A year later two stores were opened in Japan, in Tokyo and Osaka. Later on its presence in Asia was extended with new stores in Taipei (1983) and Seoul (1984). The Epi leather line was introduced the following year, in 1985. Two years later Moët Chandon, Hennessy and Louis Vuitton joined to form the luxury goods conglomerate, LVMH.

The new decade brought a new president, Yves Carcelle, a new store in Beijing and new products: in 1993 was introduced the Taiga leather line and in 1994 the literature collection of Voyager Avec… Marc Jacobs became the Artistic Director of the brand in 1997, who in march of the following year designed the maison’s first line of “prêt-à-porter”. Moreover he introduced the Monogram Vernis line, the LV scrapbooks and the Louis Vuitton City Guide. In 1999 was released a mini monogram line.

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2001 was marked by the collaboration of Stephen Sprouse and Marc Jacobs to create a limited-edition line of bags that consisted of graffiti that reads Louis Vuitton –and, on certain bags, the name of it- over the monogram pattern. The same year was introduced the charm bracelet, the first piece of jewellery of the brand. The following year it was launched the Tambour watch collection and in 2003 Takashi Murakami and Marc Jacobs designed de new Monogram Multicoloured canvas range of handbags and accessories. Takashi Murakami was the mastermind of the Cherry Blossom pattern.

The 150th anniversary was celebrated in 2004, the same year that the Fifth Avenue store was inaugurated, and in 2005 the Champs-Élysées store was reopened and the Speedy watch collection was introduced. Three years later was released the Damier Graphite canvas, a redesign of the original one featuring black and grey pattern. Also in 2008 Pharrel Williams co-designed Blason, a series of jewellery and glasses. Kim Jones was presented in 2011 as the Men prêt-à-porter Studio and Style Director, and Darren Spaziani runs the accessory collection since 2013, the same that year Marc Jacobs leaved the brand and was substituted by Nicolas Ghesquière as Artistic Director.

Nowadays Louis Vuitton is one of the most valuable brand in the world and one of the most counterfeited that designs trunks and leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes, watches, jewellery, accessories and sunglasses amongst others. Each year is released a limited edition bags as well as collaborations with another artists or designers, for example Yayoi Kusama who created the “Infinitely Kusama” collection in 2012.

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In its marketing campaigns had appeared Keith Richards, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie, Gisele Bündchen, Sean Connery and David Bowie

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How to be successful with sales

After this short period of holidays finally sales season is here! It’s the right moment to buy this item that you have been looking for from many years ago. To have a successful purchase you have to know this basic rules.

1.- Look your wardrobe                          wardrobe-designs-amazing-with-images-of-wardrobe-designs-decoration-fresh-in-gallery

Before going to any shop and make off with everything look what you have on your wardrobe and think what you will need. It’s important to go to shops with an idea of what do you really want and what can you manage without.

2.- Prevent the new season clothes

This clothes aren’t in price reduction. This will be the trap of almost each shop. Clothes that are best exposed and in the perfect place take a look if are the new ones.

3.- Buy in different shops

Each shop has it perfect sale item. Take a look of different shops and buy the best of each one. If we buy only in one shop, we will finally buy just for the lower price and not because we are in love with the item.

4.- Be careful with the imperfections.

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Sometimes, in sale period, the quality of the clothes is not the best. More people goes shopping and try on clothes. This one can get damage easier. So it’s important to take a look meticulously and see if your clothes are in the right condition.

Dolce & Gabbana presents a hijab collection

Dolce & Gabbana has broadened its targets; the collection of hijabs (head covering worn in public) is addressed to Muslim customers from the Middle East, which is an amazing new for women with a luxury taste. It has to be said that the nowadays trends are the opposite: transparencies, bare-chested garments, daring dresses.

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D&G now arrives to the Muslim market with a collection based on dark colours and flower patterns. As we can see, the brand has not given up to its trade marks. The looks are embellished with oversized sunglasses made of jewel-encrusted flowers or lemons, sumptuous jewellery or patterned bags. As fabrics is concerned, it has been used high quality one that gives a soft finish and texture.

Balmain

The well-known fashion brand Balmain was created by Pierre Balmain, born in 1914 in Saboie. His father ownedPierre Balmain a drapery business and his mother ran a fashion boutique with her sisters. He began studying architecture at the École de Beaux-Arts in 1933 and at the same time he worked as a freelance drawing for Rober Piguet. A year later he started working for Edward Molyneux for five years, and during de war he joined Lucien Lelong for the next two years, where he met Christian Dior.

His own House was created in 1945 and the same year was launched his first collection, characterized by long bell-shaped skirts with small waists, a style that in 1947 became popular as part of Dior’s New Look. Gertrude Stein, a poetess, defined Pierre’s Collections as the French New Look. It has to be said that Pierre Balmain with Christian Dior were the symbols of the New Look’s generation, a style that caused a revolution after the Second World War, leaving back austerity and creating voluminous garments and refined fabrics. Therefore, Balmain was one of the most important haute couture fashion houses during a post-war époque.

Piere Balmain also created perfumes. In 1947 was aired Vent Vert, the most successful one during the forties and early fifties. Another was Jolie Madame in 1953 or Ivorie, in 1979.

The maison became international in 1951, when he opened a shop in New York where ready-to-wear clothes where sold. The biggest success was to know how to give to the American clothes the French style. During the fifties became popular the stole, to wear during the day as well as the night, and the cossak like wraps and capes. This decade represents his golden age, when he reached successful results knowing how to create simple tailored suits and spectacular evening gowns, but always keeping the elegance and the sophistication of a classical style knowing how to suit the female body. It’s important emphasize one of his famous quotes with reference to the couture art: “Dressmaking is the architecture of movement”. Another features of Pierre Balmain’s designs were eventful skirts embellished with embroidered leaves or cherries, dresses made taking care of all the details, drapery, bows across the shoulder or fur in hoods, muffs or trims. Therefore, he had a refined aesthetic but it remained luxurious and opulent.

In addition, Balmain also created costumes for some film stars, such as Vivien Leigh, Mae West, Brigitte Bardot or Sophia Loren. Some of his faithful clients were Katherine Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, the Queen Sirkit of Thailand or Hope Portocarrero, the Nicaraguan first lady. Nowadays stars like Angeline Jolie, Penélope Cruz or Kate Moss, still remain loyal to Balmain’s vintage gowns.

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Pierre hired young fashion promises before they have become famous, for example Gerard Pipart, John Cavanagh or a young Karl Lagerfeld after judging a fashion competition where the Austrian designer won.

Revlon acquired the perfumery line in 1960 and the French House entered in an instability period after Pierre Balmain’s death in 1982, when Erik Mortensen, his right hand, took the lead of the brand. Erik updated and developed Pierre’s style and won twice the French Haute Couture Golden Thimble Award, ten for his Autumn-Winter 1983/1984 collection and another for his Autumn-Winter 1987/1988 collection. He was replaced by Herve-Pierre and in 1993 Oscar de la Renta arrived to the maison and left in 2002. He had a style similar to Pierre Balmain’s, preferring simple and classical designs. De la Renta got the Haute Couture of the brand back on its feet after a bad period for Couture. In 2005 Chritophe Decarnin joined Balmain but his style contrasted with the classical one that always had reign in the maison, wanting to bring the brand to the 21st century. Olivier Rousteing, who worked for the label since 2009, rUnknowneplaced him in 2011. Rousteing has added a fresh touch to the aesthetic of the brand, where we can see an Asian and retro influence bringing back the glitter and glitz, but, moreover, he wants to focus the brand “on the finer aspects of the French Couture”. Oliver’s train of admirers include the Kardashians, Rihanna, Beyoncé or some Victoria’s Secret’s models.

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On november 2015 Balmain presented a collaboration with H&M. The collection included 110 pieces that were an homage to the biggest successes of the brand of the last three years. The pieces have a very specific style: an eighties essence with shoulder pads or gold buttons or appliqués and a love for the excess represented in vibrant and metallic colours or reptile skin effect. It was a total revolution with its own name, #HMBalmaination.

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