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May 12, 2008

Valentinos new vision after big daddy retires

Filed under: designers,Fashion News — Anna @ 9:59 pm
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VALENTINO’S NEW VISION After the retirement and 45 years of fashion

Now that Valentino is retired the company may turn toward another direction, a hipper, younger and yes, cheaper line. Not sure if this means more commercial and a bit less couture, I guess we shall see what the new management and design team rolls out.

They do have plans that include doubling sales, attracting many new clients and plenty of expansions.

VALENTINO is rolling with the momentum of last year’s changes – its takeover by private equity firm Permira in July, and the retirement of its founding father – to push the business onwards and upwards – and attract a younger, more trend-focused clientèle to the brand.

Sassi has announced broad-ranging expansion plans, which include doubling sales and tripling accessories sales over the next five years – but the most intriguing action point is its desire to attract a new kind of Valentino woman, under the leadership of the house’s new head of design, Alessandra Facchinetti.

“When Valentino was still around, everything was done to support the designer and his needs, and now we’re doing the same for the current design team and their new vision,” Sassi tells WWD. “The only way to woo a trendier and more price-conscious clientele is with younger looks with more accessible price points.” (May 12 2008, AM)

Leisa Barnett

If anyone missed the retirement, here is the New York Times article about the retirement of Valentino after an absolute lifetime in fashion and the tanning bed…

AS happens with most final acts, Valentino Garavani’s career was over before it could be fully absorbed. On Wednesday night, at the Rodin Museum, he closed the spring 2008 haute couture collections and at the same time ended 45 years in fashion. The models wore identical red dresses for the finale, so that the room seemed bathed in his favorite color. The audience stood, the applause started, and Valentino walked briskly to the end of the runway, dry-eyed and tanned from a ski holiday in Gstaad.

One of the locomotives of Valentino’s career, and that as well of his partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, was that he allowed the media — and, by extension, the public — to see how lavishly he lived, whether in Rome, London or Gstaad. Although he regarded himself as a serious-minded designer, trained in Paris, few of his contemporaries seemed to derive as much pleasure from their lives. It showed in the clothes he made.

As the milliner Philip Treacy, who did the hats for the final show, said, “He’s the only designer who lived the life that people think designers should live.”

Yet many of the television and wire-service reporters gathered behind ropes outside the Rodin, or jamming into the backstage area afterward, were not there for the story. They were there for the sound bite. Stopping Mr. Giammetti backstage, a television reporter said, her voice rising for effect: “Tonight’s the final show for you and Mr. Valentino. How do you think it went?”

The smile on his face could not be read positively. “Very well,” Mr. Giammetti replied, looking in the direction of Valentino and the mob of photographers around him. “Very good.”

A temptation to say only the obvious and the necessary was precisely what the final bow of Valentino elicited, and to that extent it felt scripted. Last July, in Rome, Valentino and Mr. Giammetti celebrated the company’s 45th anniversary with an incredible weekend-long party. In a way, Marie-Chantal of Greece said, that was the real send-off. She was with her husband, Pavlos, and her in-laws, the former monarchs of Greece. “I think Rome was the big finale, and I’m seeing tonight as a little get-together,” she said.

Read the rest of the New York Times fashion article

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March 27, 2008

Brazil style goes to Tokyo

Brazilian fashion and style came to Tokyo this week as Brazilian designers showed off their work for a full house of Asian buyers.

A model dislpays creation by Brazilian fashion brand “Drosofila” in Tokyo on March 26, 2008. Brazilian fashion brands were introduced to Japanese customers at the Brazilian Week in Tokyo.

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Brazilian brand Juliana Jabour shown in Tokyo by models

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Maria Bonita Extra from Brazil shown in Tokyo Brazilian Fashion week

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A model dislpays creation by Brazilian fashion brand Gloria Coelho in Tokyo on March 26, 2008. Brazilian fashion brands were introduced to Japanese customers at the Brazilian Week in Tokyo.

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More from Brazilian fashion designers

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Fashion week in China :: asian style

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A model parades the latest fashion by young Chinese designers at the opening ceremony of the China Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2008-2009, in Beijing on March 25, 2008. The world’s biggest fashion names are opening up outlets not only in major metropolises such as Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, but also wealthy secondary cities such as Hangzhou and Suzhou, to lure a new generation of brand-mad spenders from the Chinese mainland.

Here are more runway models parading the exotic Chinese duds.

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I love this dress from the Chinese fashion show this week, its Hawt.

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Some more interesting high fashion walking down the runway in China

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a touch of tradition can be seen here

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Ukrainian Fashion week?

Filed under: Fashion News — Anna @ 3:12 pm
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lacoste_fashion_week_shoes.jpgYep, Ukrainian has a fashion week, who would have thunk it.

Ukrainia just does not hit me as being one of the worlds fashion meccas, but they do seem to put some emphasis on fashion these days. It seems for the last decade they have been trying to put the Ukraine on the worlds fashion map and this 9 day show hopefully may get them a blip.

As nine days of models, runways and high heels were brought to an end, the air was electric with anticipation. Ukrainian fashion had just taken another step forward, adding to the momentum that has been building over the past decade. With continued hard work, diligence, dedication and proper investment, the fashion industry in Ukraine might someday become a true competitor on the international scene. For now, we will have to wait until next season to find out what this nation’s talented team of designers have in store for us next.

Here is a rundown of top events and designers in the Ukraine

What’s hot for the Fall/Winter 2008 Season

For women – platform heels, low cut boots, elbow length leather gloves were especially fashionable. Chiffon and silk long sleeve blouses paired with longer skirts were popular as designers opted out of shorter summer wear in favour of knee-length apparel. Layers of varying rich materials consistently appeared throughout collections, again, showing a penchant for a warmer look.

For men, skinny belts, pointed dress shoes, tapered pants and coats with waist belts were prominent. The general theme centered on sophistication and finesse, whilst retaining a sense of masculinity and sensibility.

Fur trim and oversized handbags were popular for both men’s and women’s collections

As for colours of the season, blacks, browns, greys and whites stood out along with shades of champagne, gold and cream. Contrast, especially using bold reds, blues and greens was also popular.

Designer: Olga Gromova

What you’ll find: Kimono-inspired gowns, flared sleeves and post-modern evening wear. The Gromova Design collection is only available by personal invitation from the designer herself, or through a recommendation of a current client.

Designer: Oleksiy Zalevskiy

What you’ll find: Fur, leather and denim from edgy to elegant with a canine trim. Look for his collections at Sunny and Mikhaella (43 Saksahanskoho, Modniy Kvartal, Bolshevik Shopping Centre (6 Hetmana); Modniy Kvartal, Alta-Centre Shopping Centre, 2nd floor, (11A Moskovskiy Prospect).

Designer: Oksana Karavanska

What you’ll find: Haute couture, pret-a-porter and everything in between, not to mention her line of inventive handbags. Look for her collection at Boutique Oksana Karavanska (29/1 Khreschatyk).

Designer: Liliya Poustovit

What you’ll find: A chic, modern look for modern women everywhere. Find her collection at Atelier 1 located in Hotel Vozdvizhenskiy (60 Vozdvizhenska).

Designer: Zemskova and Vorozhbyt

What you’ll find: Classic chic for the new businesswomen – at work, at home and out on the town.Look for their collection at West Mont (48Chervonoarmiyska) and Nashe, Olimpiyskiy Mall, 3rd floor (72 Chervonoarmiyska).

Designer: Anna Sosnovskaya

What you’ll find: A men’s line that screams masculinity with undertones suggesting delicate strength. Look for her collection online at http://www.anns.com.ua or visit her studio for a custom design located on 18-5 Harmatna.

Designer: Alexandr Gapchuk

What you’ll find: Smart suits and even smarter coats – for the modern man who is looking to update his look. Look for his collection at 21 Beloruska or shop online at http://www.gapchuk.com.

Designer: Serhiy Smolin for TM IDoL

What you’ll find: Confident clothing intended for the man who feels comfortable in his own skin. Look for his collection at his studio located on (75 Artema, office No.1.; http://www.fashionweek.com.ua)

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The fashion police could use an internal affairs unit

Filed under: Fashion News — Anna @ 2:36 pm
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Snarky amateur critics have taken the civility out of style watching

Nathalie Atkinson, National Post
Published: Thursday, March 27, 2008

It seems that anyone with a digital camera is now a street photographer and self-anointed style expert. At fashion events in particular, where these amateur Bill Cunning-hams stand around interviewing and snapping each other and themselves, it’s catty chasing its own tail. “Is there a ‘don’t’ column,” I overhear one hipster stylist hiss sotto voce for the benefit of his laughing friends at L’Oreal Fashion Week. He’s singling out a plump young woman walking past them, tottering barelegged in the cold in a pair of spindly, strappy sandals. She looks pretty, and proud of her outfit, no doubt meticulously planned. I hope she didn’t hear them. True, pointed critiques like Vice’s fashion faux-pas pages can be entertaining, but this guy’s callousness made me shiver. The girl isn’t a celebrity: She’s a regular person (not that celebs aren’t people too, but that’s another story), and I was dismayed at his complete lack of manners. Gossipy fashion malice for its own sake seems so passe and, whatever the season, cruelty is always unbecoming.

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