Monthly Archives: January 2013

Sporting sun-kissed brows

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While dark, thick eyebrows ruled fashion last year and are still going strong, many celebs have lately been spotted with a lightened brow.

Alison Jade is a specialist brow-shaping salon, based in Cottesloe. Director Alison Jade said New York Fashion Week showed that bold brows were strong — but by way of contrast many models were also sporting a nude brow.

“So it seems this year anything goes with brows in terms of their colour,” she said. “However, both styles were kept thick — only the colour varied.”

Inglewood-based Total Brow director Natalie O’Brien said brows should be defined and bold.

“Strong brows are topping off famous faces all over from the catwalk to Hollywood,” she said.

Ms O’Brien said she believed more people wanted a fuller, well-groomed brow which she said better projected youth, beauty and energy.

“This is not just about a thick heavy eyebrow but a brow that is in proportion to your face,” she said. “Fashion is always trying to keep things new and interesting. However, it is important to keep in mind these trends are meant to trickle down in a diluted form to the public.”

Ms O’Brien said she always considered lightening or darkening the brows when a client had a brow makeover.

“Lightening has certainly gained popularity recently as a fresh new trend but I should note that it is not as extreme as the recent albino bleached brow that one may recall from a couple years ago,” she said.

Lightening, she said, could be flattering when the colour was subtly reduced by one or two shades resulting in a soft, lifting effect which could lighten the entire face by taking the edge off otherwise dark, heavy brows.

“I stress that it’s lightening which is flattering and not bleaching, which can render the brows brittle and result in a ginger undertone,” she said.

“On the other hand, since eyebrows fade and become sparser with age, darkening them slightly helps create more definition and makes the face look more vibrant and youthful.

“Redheads need to warm their eyebrows to complement the warmth in their hair.”

Ms Jade said considering lightening the brows was definitely something to consult a specialist about.
“Lightening the brows is a tricky one for most of us who aren’t blessed with the bone structure of a catwalk model,” she said.

If you are going to rock this look you have to be committed to putting extra time in with your make-up so you don’t look washed out.

“It is quite a hard look to pull off and I definitely would not recommend this for everyone.”

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Zalora Indonesia Donates 2,500 Fashion Items to Jakarta Flood Victims

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In light of the recent Jakarta floods, fashion e-commerce site Zalora Indonesia held a charity event called Zalora Fashion Fights the Flood – You Buy One, We Give One. It ran for three days until January 19th. The e-commerce company announced today that it donated around 1,900 clothes and 600 pair of shoes to the flood victims. The donations were distributed via nonprofit organization Pundi Amal SCTV to five shelter spots around the Jakarta area.

Multiply Indonesia is also holding a charity program to help flood victims called Saya Peduli. It is still ongoing and you can donate money upwards of IDR 50,000 ($5.20) from Multiply’s minisite here.
It’s great to see companies doing their part to help out people in need, and we hope we can see more actions like this in the wake of times of crisis.

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Berlin Fashion Week grows up

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Once a get-together for alternative fashionistas, Berlin Fashion Week is putting on the glamour. DW’s Michael Scaturro says it’s lost much of its creative charm.

Earlier this week, while schlepping groceries one evening from the supermarket in my neighborhood, a silvery-brown Mercedes SUV zipped by before pausing in front of a newly finished apartment building to drop off what upon closer inspection proved to be Fashion Week VIPs.

These Mercedes SUV VIP vehicles are a relatively noticeable feature of Berlin’s now decade-old fashion week, which six years ago won the German car maker as a sponsor and engaged global fashion show organizer IMG as its manager.

Smartly dressed from head to toe in black, the man and woman who got out of the car looked like they’d jumped out of a Hugo Boss catalogue. Their silhouettes disappeared into an apartment building, and the door fell into the lock behind them.

The next day, I found myself inside a tent with dozens of practically identical couples – men in black suits with white shirts and no tie accompanied by women in cocktail dresses. Just what these stylish people and their former model friends do during fashion week has never been clear to me, but I can say that their presence inside the large white tent – which for the last two years has stood behind Brandenburg Gate in the heart of the city – is a somewhat new phenomenon.

That’s because prior to 2007, Berlin Fashion Week did not resemble the business it is now aiming to become; quite the contrary, it reveled in its global reputation for being a boozy, hastily arranged week of shows followed by wild, all-night parties. The in-crowd people arrived by bicycle – or taxi if it was especially cold.

The first Berlin Fashion Week show that I attended in 2006 took place in a courtyard in the downtown Mitte district on the kind of humid and cloudy summer day that screams rain. A piano player sat at the end of the courtyard and silenced the crowd with a sudden shriek of high notes that signaled the start of the show.

Delicate girls in diaphanous white gowns then entered the courtyard from the street; they walked slowly, like ghosts, their heels catching in the cobblestones. Then they paused, posed, and retraced their steps towards the street. As the show neared its end, the rain began to fall – on the piano, on the models, on all of us.  

Later that night, I attended a fashion show and after-party for some young designers who had managed to rent out the Bulgarian Embassy. After the show, the embassy’s wood-paneled, 1970s-style reception space morphed into a dance party that overflowed into several adjoining rooms. Then, as now, the Berliners and their visitors chained smoked their way through glass after glass of champagne and beer.

I sought out the non-smoking room to get a bit of air, but only one person there was not smoking and at some point while sticking our heads out the window for air we struck up a conversation. He was a waiter, he said, but also had experience sewing his own clothes.  I was an editor. Berlin’s nightlife being what it was, we eventually ran into to each other again.  
Visitors look at the Label Escada Sport during the Premium trade fair in Berlin Fashion Week is not just a fashion show, but also a major trade fair

Fast forward a few years to this week, where earlier today I found myself waiting inside the Mercedes tent for a fashion show that the waiter turned marketing executive had helped organize.

The line into the show stretched into the middle of the tent. Inside there was a champagne bar, a currywurst stand, a café. A few German companies hade rented booths to advertise their wares. The largest booth was run by a water company, which has literally created a wall of water bottles guarded by two female models, who look blankly into the crowd while passersby take water (still or carbonated) from the shelves. The artistic nonchalance of previous years had given way to stoic glamour.

As the line for the show beings moving, I texted a friend who was late in joining me.

“Coming in now,” he replied. “Just finishing a cigarette outside.”

Research and Markets: Indonesia Sourcing 2012 Report: Fashion Bags – Total Revenue in 2011 Jumped 53 Percent to $42 Million

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Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Indonesia Sourcing Report: Fashion Bags” report to their offering.

Remarkable growth highlights the development of the fashion bags industry in Indonesia. Exports in recent years have risen significantly as a result of burgeoning demand from established and emerging markets.
The sector’s progress is attributed to several factors, chief of which is the gradual recovery of the US economy. An increasing number of buyers from alternative destinations are also driving up revenue as Indonesia’s reputation as a viable alternative sourcing center to China becomes prevalent.

What you’ll get
– In-depth profiles of 15 major suppliers with a comprehensive look at their product and pricing strategy, manufacturing and export capability, verified contact details, and more – this information is not available anywhere else

– 153 full-color images that depict popular export models of fashion bags, complete with product descriptions, prices, minimum order requirements and delivery times

– Results of the custom-designed supplier survey, which forecasts industry trends for the next 12 months
– Comprehensive pricing tables featuring export price ranges

Key Findings
1. Prices of fashion bags are mostly expected to remain stable over the next six months in spite of tighter competition with other supply hubs in Asia. A considerable number of companies are adjusting quotes upward, however, to cope with rising raw material costs.

2. Foreign revenue in the coming year is generally forecast to increase as major destinations continue to recover from the economic slump. In addition, a number of alternative markets are seen to register strong demand.

3. The most crucial challenge affecting manufacturers is escalating expenditure for a number of raw materials, particularly genuine leather. The component’s domestic availability has been declining since most vendors find it more profitable to export hides and skins instead of selling to local buyers.

4. The largest segment in terms of overseas revenue is shoulder bags. It is closely followed by handbags. Tote bags, and wallets and purses are smaller lines. Although companies specialize in one product category, they are capable of creating items under all classifications.

5. Most suppliers are based in the provinces of Bali and Yogyakarta. A number of neighboring locations are regarded as centers for specific types of designs.

6. Bags in traditional motifs and constructed with additional compartments will continue to dominate new models in coming months.

Barbara King, Fashion Stylist to the Stars, Publishes New Book

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Barbara King, professional fashion stylist for over 20 years has put her expertise and experiences to print with her first book entitled “Be Delicious Now: The Ultimate Fashion Secrets.”

Naples, FL (PRWEB) January 10, 2013
Barbara King, professional fashion stylist to upscale celebrities as well as the average woman next door, has put her expertise and experiences to print with her first book entitled “Be Delicious Now: The Ultimate Fashion Secrets” released late December 2012.

Barbara has worked in the past with industry giants such as Calvin Klein and Donna Karan and has styled celebrities like Sylvester Stallone, Sandra Bullock and Mary Tyler Moore. King has also been featured in the L.A. Times, Maxim, Life & Style & the Orange County Register and has made several television appearances on both HGTV and the Fine Living Channel.

After 20 years of shopping trips and working with the emotions of frustrated women seeking a new look, a boost in their overall image or who felt they required a complete fashion overhaul, King decided to create a book to help women find their own personal style. After countless talks with women from all walks of life, King realized that her assistance, advice & expertise were in demand on a far grander scale than her personal reach could ever achieve. So now with the help of her book she has the ability to assist women across the country.

King, who recently was featured in an article in Coastal Life, self-published her new book with the help of Darlene Cecil, founder of Image Marketing in Naples, FL. and CWest Design and Marketing in Montana. Cecil stated upon the book’s completion, “Be Delicious Now” speaks to modern women, no matter what income level or age, on how to style themselves, learn the colors that work for them, accessorize, match outfits for different occasions and more. It’s down-to-earth advice coming from a professional in the industry.”
“I’ve always had a passion for style and fashion. Since I was about the age of 5 I was always organizing my dresser drawers and spent a lot of time putting together the perfect outfit. I never lost that passion, I just used it to create a career. I’m doing what I love and I’m so excited that I can finally assist women in a way I could never have dreamed of before writing this book” King said.

“Be Delicious Now” can be ordered at King’s official website, BarbaraKingStyling.com for exclusive autographed copies and through Amazon.com for non-autographed copies.

King will be making appearances at several public book signing events within the southwest Florida area. The first of which are scheduled for Saturday Jan. 19th from 10 a.m. to noon at Norris Home Furnishings in Naples and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble at Waterside Shops in Naples. Fort Myers book signing appearances will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2nd from 10 a.m. to noon at Norris Home Furnishings, and also from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble.

Fashion moments

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It’s been a decade of Wags, chavs, princesses and pop stars, not to mention an ascendant British fashion industry.

Y ou would be forgiven for thinking the past 10 years have seen the western world turn into a modern version of 18th-century Versailles, the French court where fashion ruled and styles were brought in and thrown out of fashion at least twice a day at the whim of its queen, Marie Antoinette. Everyone at the French court was a fashion-follower, frantic to keep up with the latest trend, no matter how crazy, and terrified of the ridicule they might attract if they missed out. Huge debts were the price they paid for living the fashionable life.

Tell Us, if You Were a Tree …

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RED is Marc Jacobs’s favorite color, and, for what it’s worth, his favorite former porn star is named Eddie.

Karl Lagerfeld cites a preference, among contemporary artists, for the work of Jeff Koons, and the latest book he read was by Tom Wolfe.

These tidbits, and more, we learned this week from the WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit, a two-day conference at which business executives talk about vague concepts like “leadership,” and designers ponder the deeper meaning of success.

While there may come a point when audiences begin to wonder if there is anything left to know about their favorite designers, like Mr. Jacobs or Mr. Lagerfeld, it was interesting to note that both of them, in the course of their work, have asked the same of themselves. Addressing the recent absence of tabloid scandals about himself, Mr. Jacobs said: “Well, not since Kanye and Kim have sort of taken my thunder. I guess I’m just old news.”

Mr. Jacobs admitted to the occasional doubt about his designs, or how long customers will be interested in the artist collaborations he does with Louis Vuitton. Despite any dark moments, however, his passion always seems to come back.

“Even when I think that I’m jaded, or that this is just doing ‘this’ again,” he said, “then I get surprised and excited all over again.”

Mr. Lagerfeld, by comparison, chooses to gloss over the past. He would never write a memoir because there are people who may have played an unpleasant role in his life, he said, “and I don’t want to give them the pleasure of ever mentioning their name.”

But it takes a lot of effort these days to keep people engaged, which is why he has shown recent Chanel collections in far-out places like a castle in Edinburgh. Next time, he said, he wants to show in Dallas.

“Today, everything is shown on the net and on TV,” Mr. Lagerfeld said. “When you have a show with only girls coming out of the door and walking across the runway, it is O.K. for the fashion freaks, but the public gets very bored, very quickly. They need some magic around it.”

The take-away from this conference, perhaps, is that designers need to keep being titillating, at least for their sake if not ours. So we might as well ask: Eddie who?