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Thursday, 1 December 2011

Women Fashion | Christmas Quick Fixup | Holiday Style

ajon399.JPG (26892 bytes)Party quick fixes
Last minute party plans? These speedy glam ideas will get you out the door fast.

Dress, left, from Anand Jon. Photo copyright 2000 Cynthia Nellis.
Gilty Pleasures
Gold is making a huge comeback in fashion, after years of silver as the status color. Find out how to wear this warm, showy color and what where else you will see the color showing up.

Dressing for special occasions
Everything you need to know about getting dressed up, including definitions for terms like "Black Tie," and "Cocktail Attire," lots of info on tuxes and more.

How to wear embellishment without looking overdone
If dressing to excess isn't your thing, try these simple tips to glitz up your wardrobe.

60 great dresses
Straight from the runway, these 60 designer dresses will inspire you for prom, holiday parties, weddings and other special occasions when you want to get dolled up.

How to shop like a fashionista
The secret finding trendy e-tail boutiques, from California to London -- here's where to start shopping.

Little black dress transcends fashion
You can't possibly be ready for holiday style without a standby little black dress. Find out more.

More is more for Fall/Winter 2000
Luxe fabrics, gold, fur. It's all about extravagence this season.

Celeb style inspiration: The OscarsThe Emmys
Takeanother look at the looks that really influence the course of fashion right now.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Peru, Fashion Muse

When asked to name the key fashion capitals of the world, most people will cite New York, Paris, Milan and London as the top players. A few may even throw in up-and-coming locations like Tokyo and Brazil, but what many people don't realize is, while the top talent may come from these countries, designers often find their inspiration from lesser known locations. Drawing on local customs, fabrics, and colors from an exotic locale can help provide the creative direction for an entire season. Looking to these cultures around the world can be an ideal place for new ideas and inspiration on fabrics, colors, shapes, and the combination of textiles.
Peru has long served as a muse for designers. In the past few years the country has proved that is has a strong voice, with design representatives heading to Paris to showcase their blend of past and present creations. Steeped in a weaving culture reaching back to the days of the Incas, the original Peruvians combined their local customs with the garments of their Spanish conquerors. The dress of the Quechua people today still resembles this merge of cultures, bringing the colors and patterns of the early Incas together with

Winehouse 'Back to Black' dress fetches £43,200

A dress worn by the late singer Amy Winehouse on the cover of her album "Back to Black" sold for £43,200 ($67,500, 50,500 euros) at auction in London on Tuesday, the auction house said.
The proceeds from the printed chiffon dress will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charitable trust set up by her family which supports activities for vulnerable young people.
Winehouse, 27, died at her home in July and an inquest heard she was five times the legal drink-drive limit.
After the singer's death, Thailand-based designer Disaya decided to auction the dress, which was returned after the album cover was shot in 2006.
Fashion auctioneer Kerry Taylor said ahead of the sale: "In my opinion, what makes this particular dress so special is that it is an emblematic reminder of the magic voice and sublime talent of Amy Winehouse -- a sound that resonates with an entire generation, and always will."
At least 3.2 million copies of "Back to Black", which features the hit single "Rehab", have been sold.

McQueen's McQ line: another debut for London Fashion Week

Alexander McQueen's commercial line McQ will take to the runway at London Fashion Week for the first time in February.
The British fashion house's more affordable diffusion line was launched in 1996, offering men's and women's wear and accessories, and currently retails at selected department stores and websites including and net-a-porter.
WWD reports that the London Fashion Week runway show, previewing the line's Fall 2012 range, is to promote the opening ofMcQ's first standalone store in London.
The flagship store will be situated on Dover Street, home to Dover Street Market and shops including Acne and APC.
McQ's current Fall 11 line has been proving popular, with stars including Emma Watson, Chloe Moretz and Rihanna all recently being spotted in a tartan dress from the range which retails at £470 (€546).
The announcement of the McQ runway show is another coup for London Fashion Week, which yesterday revealed British designerStella McCartney would be showing a one-off special collection at next year's event, heralding her first ever appearance there.
Like McCartney and other British designers such as John Galliano, Alexander McQueen has tended to favor Paris Fashion Week in the past. It has been confirmed that despite the one-off diffusion line at London Fashion Week, the main Alexander McQueen collection'srunway show will still take place at Paris Fashion Week in March, as will that of Stella McCartney's main line.
See a video of the Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 ready-to-wear show in Paris here.

Victoria Beckham triumphs at 'fashion Oscars'

Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham's elevation into the fashion industry's elite was confirmed Monday when she was awarded a major prize at Britain's most prestigious design awards.
The singer, wife of iconic footballer David Beckham, won the Best Designer Brand prize at the British Fashion Awards ceremony held in central London's exclusive Savoy Hotel.
Wearing a black halter-neck gown, Beckham claimed the 'fashion Oscar' after beating off competition from industry giants Stella McCartney, Tom Ford and Burberry.
Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton, who designed the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress and her sister Pippa Middleton's bridesmaid outfit, walked off with the evening's top prize, Designer of the Year.
Other winners included model Stella Tennant and TV presenter turned catwalk star Alexa Chung.
Among the guests were supermodel Kate Moss, Oscar winning actor Colin Firth and Samantha Cameron, wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Harold Tillman, chairman of the British Fashion Council, said the range of nominees "demonstrate the breadth and creativity London has to offer.
"The fashion brands and designers that are based here set the trends across the globe," he added.

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