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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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April 5, 2008

Gianni Versace Fall 1993 and Michael Kors and Naomi Campbell

Time warp to 1993 Gianni Versace with some Michael Kors(project runway) towards the end.  Naomi Campbell is in the height of her runway career here and looks amazing. Its so odd for some reason to go 15 years back through fashion time. There are 2 ways most people see these old shows, either hip and back in or completely outdated. Flared pants and stripes seem to be all the rage here.

Versace’s 1993 fall collection, with Naomi Campbell, Yasmeen Ghauri, Carla Bruni etc.  Michael Kors collection with Naomi Campbell towards the end.

April 4, 2008

Victoria’s Secret & Bob Dillion Commercial

Victorias Secret models and Bob Dylan team up for this commercial video

and the copy for this video goes like this…

If you’re going to “sell out” this is the way to do it. Bob turning his back on the stuff this gal is selling. Why? The clue is in his song “High Water,” probably written around the same time as this tune: “Throw your panties overboard! I can write you poems make a strong man lose his mind.”
But if you’re going overboard for panties, she’s got a pair.

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Why is Tyra a bit tiffed at Naomi?

Filed under: Celebrities,Model Trivia — M @ 4:47 pm
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Well, I am not sure what that Tyra Banks vs Naomi Campbell is about but here are the stats and trivia. You all can decide, but here is the video from the emotional face toface some time back.

Naomi Campbell.

Height 5′ 9½” (1.77 m)

TriviaStudied at the London Academy For Performing Arts. Discovered at age 15.

First black female model on the cover of French Vogue, British Vogue, and Time Magazine.

She, along with Elle Macpherson and Claudia Schiffer, opened the “Fashion Cafe” in New York.

Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. [1991]

Has a scar on her nose.

Pleaded guilty to 1998 assault charges [February 2000]

Has the letters F.B. tattooed on her arm.

Has a successful line of perfumes and colognes

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D & G F/W with top Asian Model

Filed under: Fashion models — Anna @ 12:34 pm
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March 27, 2008

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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March 18, 2008

Louis Vuitton : Women Fashion Show Spring Summer 2007

Filed under: Fashion,Fashion models,runway — Anna @ 7:08 am
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Some very pricey Louis Vuitton handbags walking down the catwalk

Kim Kardashian Fashion Show

Filed under: Celebrities — Anna @ 12:37 am
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Check out this clip of a Fashion show that Kim Kardashian is involved in

March 17, 2008

Victoria Secret Fashion Show 2007-2008

Check out the Victoria Secret Fashion Show with Victoria Beckham and the Spice Girls performing on the runway. This isn’t just any runway fashion show, this is like some extravaganza with tons of special effects, video effects, live music and the Victoria Secret top models strutting in the famous underwear line. Underwear fashion shown by the hottest models on the planet.

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