Monthly Archives: August 2012

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Did you think all West Coast fashion happened in L.A.? Deanna Hodges thought so, too. At least until a few years ago, when she moved her successful Hodges Collection and Etoix lines to Huntington Beach. She found that, in addition to dropping over 500 miles of driving per week, she was happier and healthier and had more time to do what every good designer does best: design clothes.

And it would be hard to argue that her lines have suffered because of the move. The Hodges Collection is sold in more than 400 boutiques across the U.S., Europe and Japan.
But Hodges isn’t one to keep all the good times for herself, so she started the Orange County Fashion Showcase in early 2011. Happening every April and October, it’s Hodges’s answer to L.A.’s famed Fashion Week and has grown steadily with every event. And in addition to raising awareness about Orange County’s fashion scene, it raises money for good causes, such as OC’s Working Wardrobes. Hodges has also helped the National Kidney Foundation, Girls Inc., Casa Teresa, Kiva, and the Malibu Surf Association for Heal the Bay.

Hailing from a small Southern town, Hodges wasn’t exactly destined to be a philanthropic fashion designer. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Her father was a laborer who worked six days a week, and Hodges was no stranger to hard work and hard times as a child and young adult. Maybe that’s why she has accomplished so much. She holds not only an MBA, but a master’s in international business and founded Orange County Fashion Trade Association, a 501c3 organization, Orange County Fashion Showcase, Global Fashion Network, and the Fashion Insiders Group.

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Style Network Sets Weeklong Coverage of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

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Style Media, which includes the Style network and myStyle.com, has scheduled a weeklong marathon of fashion-themed programming and coverage from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

From Sept. 6-14, the network and website will air various shortform content, specials, countdowns and fashion-themed marathons of Gossip Girl and Sex and the City, among other acquired series, to celebrate the spring 2013 collections. In addition, fashion guru Jeannie Mai and Marie Claire senior fashion editor Zanna Roberts Rassi will reprise their roles as hosts, reporting from the runways each night.

PHOTOS: Paris Fashion Week

The special programming kicks off at 8 p.m. Sept. 6, with the launch of StyleCandy’s Trend of the Day vignettes. At 8 p.m. Sept. 10 comes the premiere of Making a Model: 28th Elite Model Look, a one-hour special from Momentum Entertainment Group that follows the transformations of young women as they compete to be the new face of Elite Modeling.

Set to air Sept. 10-13 at midnight are four special episodes of State of Style, produced by Barracuda Film & TV, which offers an exclusive look into the fashion world, showcasing trend-setting designers and the latest runway styles. The half-hour episodes will include interviews with Betsey Johnson, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger and Patricia Field as well as a peek into collections from Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen and Lacoste.

Mai also will host the countdown special The Style List: Fall’s Top Ten Trends, set to air at 8 p.m. Sept. 11.

Additionally, Style will air fashion-themed episodes of Gossip Girl and marathons of Sex and the City, America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway throughout the week.

Omaha Fashion Week, Day 4: Fashion Fourward

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Leah Casper opened the night of evening wear with her 1940s-inspired collection. Her looks included a short metallic gold structured wrap dress, as well as lingerie-inspired gowns.

Juantiesha Christian’s garments did double-duty. Demure cocktail dresses were worn over tight, sparkly party dresses and removed halfway down the runway.

Buf Reynolds’ hand-dyed ombre silk gowns ended the show on a dramatic note. Black leather accents and goth makeup gave the ethereal, romantic gowns a hard edge. And they fit the models — including one male model — beautifully.

Mathew McConaughey likes simple fashion

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Actor Mathew McConaughey says he likes to keep his fashion statement simple, unlike those who try very hard with their fashion to look good, but end up looking bad.

“I do like to keep (my style) some what simple. I like fashion. I’m interested in it. You see some people with fashion and they try too hard and the clothes look like an accoutrement on them. The body, The Movement and The Fashion don’t seem to be one,” peoplemagazine quoted him as saying.

The 42-year-old compares dressing badly to eating food in a restaurant.

“It’s almost like food. You have to have the product but you also have to have the presentation. You’ve eaten at restaurants where the presentation is there but the food isn’t. The two have to fit and feel like they’re a pair,” peoplemagazine quoted him as saying,” he said.

Pakistani fashion just a click away

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Owning a designer Pakistani ensemble is no more a distant dream. Pakistan’s leading retail store Labels has launched its online portal and offers 50 designers on its catalogue.The timing is just right to launch an online one-stop-shop such as this, says Labels CEO Zahir Rahimtoola who is targeting fashionistas worldwide.

When it comes to online shopping, especially clothes, buyers are sceptical – what the eyes see and the hands feel can’t be satisfied by the virtual medium.But Rahimtoola, who has 16 years’ experience in the business of fashion, says technology has helped e-businesspersons to overcome that insecurity to some extent.

“Thanks to advanced technology, a buyer can zoom into the minute details of an outfit to get a virtual feel. Having said that, there is nothing to beat the real feel,” Rahimtoola told IANS in a e-mail interview from Karachi.”However, since there is a huge worldwide Indo-Pak population that does not have access to stores, virtual feel is the next best thing. Indeed, the time is ripe for e-stores,” he added.

“Indians and Pakistanis have a very similar mindset when it comes to shopping. India, being a larger market and having a huge transient population, is able to innovate and adapt quicker to constantly changing international fashion trends “But, we too are catching up, thanks to the social networking sites,” he said.

The increased demand for outfits from Pakistan encouraged Rahimtoola to shape up his plans of taking the virtual route to reach out to the overseas market.”We have been getting numerous requests over the years to ship out orders to individual overseas customers. However, we resisted doing so as we wanted to do things professionally.

“Currently a lot of Indian and Pakistan clothing is sold through small exhibitions all over the world. But these collections are relatively small, hence an e-store makes great sense as a buyer can review a huge inventory which is fresh and rightly priced, and have it delivered at his/her doorstep within days,” he added, saying international consumers would get their parcel within two to three working days.

Labels houses creations from as many as 50 Pakistani designers – from veterans to budding fashion designers. All the designs are available on their e-store http://www.labelsestore.com, with prices starting from 1,000 Pakistani rupees.The store has tied up with international courier service DHL to deliver garments anywhere in the world at the store price. All one has to pay is courier charges and custom duties, if any, into the importing country.

“All items are being legally exported/imported. So, depending upon the local laws of the importing countries, they may attract custom duties. However, this is still a better bet than paying a 100 to 200 percent mark-up at small informal sales and exhibitions,” he explained.Rahimtoola also assures he has taken care of the “biggest worry” — the right fit.

“Getting the right size and fit always worries the consumers. You can say it is the biggest challenge every online portal faces. So, we have tried our best that every outfit is (properly) measured before it is photographed and uploaded, to ensure that the buyer gets the right fit,” he said.There is a huge catch in shopping at http://www.labelsestore.com – unlike most shopping portals, this one has neither a return nor an exchange policy for international buyers.

Explaining why, Rahimtoola said: “It is simply because any return of product is treated as an import and attracts custom duties. Therefore, we have tried to ensure maximum visibility of the outfit to the online buyer.”We also have a live chat option where a customer can ask details from our representative. And, at times, if tweaking in measurements are required, we can make slight alterations to get the right fit. This is a free-of-cost service, but the onus is on the buyer (for us) to provide correct measurement.”

Gaga Covers Vouge, Anna Piaggi And Ann Curry Dishes Dirt On Today Show Departure

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CURRY CONFIDENTIAL: On June 28, 2012, Ann Curry announced that she would be leaving the Today Show. In the latest issue of Ladies Home Journal, the 55-year-old news anchor opened up about her sudden departure from the popular NBC morning show and the behind-the-scenes clashes that would occur between her and the show’s producers over her wardrobe. “One day I wore a multicolored dress and someone asked if I was trying to be Toucan Sam,” she said. “But I chose it because I thought, ‘This will perk up America.’” Curry added that, on a few occasions, her choice of footwear would also be an issue. “I’m encouraged by my bosses to wear these ridiculously high-heeled shoes because women say, ‘I love your shoes!’ So if it makes women happy, I’ll wear them. But I’m still going to be me… I’ve tried to wear clogs and flats on TV and it hasn’t gone well with my bosses.”

GAGA COVERS VOGUE. AGAIN: Lady Gaga recently revealed the front cover of the latest issue Vogue magazine to her 28 million Twitter followers. The cover, which features the international pop star in a hot pink fishtail gown by Marc Jacobs, is set to hit newsstands August 21. “I’m so excited to post the Sept. issue of Vogue in 30 min! Photographed by Mert & Marcus,” she tweeted before uploading the photo. “Who else sees me channeling [Ru Paul] on the cover of Vogue. If only I was as fierce as you [are]. I did try to come for you with that weave,” she teased moments after sharing the cover, her second for Vouge. Between the magazine sheets, Gaga discusses everything from music, to her notorious “meat dress,” and her upcoming fragrance line.

FAREWELL, ANNA: The world of designer fashion was rocked by news that celebrated fashion writer Anna Piaggi died on August 7. The colorful style icon was found dead in her Milan home. She was 81. Best known for her two-page spreads in Vogue Italia, Piaggi worked closely with designer Karl Lagerfield in Paris during the 1960s and 1970s and became associated with countless other popular designers in the world of luxury fashion. A sight to be seen at runway shows, Piaggi rarely, if ever, left home without a hat, makeup and a dizzying assortment of accessories to compliment her already colorful wardrobe. Lagerfield on Piaggi: “She dresses the way one plays a role. She’s a great performer, but she is also the author of the play.”

The Bellevue Collection Hosts Independent Designers

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The Bellevue Collection celebrates for the third year in a row Fashion’s Night Out, an evening of high style and festivities on Sept. 6, 2012 from 7 – 9 p.m. The night includes a host of store events and special rewards for first arrivals along with a special salute to local independent designers.

The Bellevue Collection celebrates for the third year in a row Fashion’s Night Out, an evening of high style and festivities on Sept. 6, 2012 from 7 – 9 p.m. The night includes a host of store events and special rewards for first arrivals along with a special salute to local independent designers.

Continuing the tradition of celebrating the work of independents, an exclusive Bellevue Square Center Court Fashion Exhibit will feature one look each from the 10 independent local fashion designers selected to participate in this much-anticipated Independent Designer Runway Show during Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection Sept. 26-30. Seattle-area NBC’s Season One Fashion Star contestants Lisa Vian Hunter of Vian Hunter House of Fashion, and Lizzie Parker along with her partner Nicolas Bowes of Los Angeles, also a Fashion Star contestant, will join winning local designers to contribute one special look to the Fashion Exhibit and will headline the special Independent Designer Runway Show later that month.

In addition to the special Fashion Exhibit, the first 200 guests to RSVP and arrive at Bellevue Square will gain exclusive access to the ‘Fashion’s Night Out Lounge,’ located in Center Court. These guests will be privy to a live DJ, delicious treats including PinkaBella Cupcakes and Top Pot Doughnuts plus receive a fashionable swag bag.From 7 – 9 p.m., let the shopping begin with over 55 Bellevue Collection stores offering special in-store discounts and experiences exclusive to the evening.

“Last year, we have begun a tradition of showcasing independent designers during this worldwide celebration of fashion,” says Jennifer Leavitt, Vice President of Marketing. She notes that the 2011 Bellevue Square exhibit featured independent designers in the ‘Nordic Fashion Biennale: Curator’s Cut.“This year, we are celebrating local area fashion designers, each with their own style and sensibility typical of Pacific Northwest designers.

We have an independent spirit in this community that is beautifully expressed in the work of our local fashion designers. We are eager to do our part to foster and mentor these talented designers to help them build a successful fashion business. This special night, plus the upcoming runway show, will draw attention to their incredible designs.”