US First Lady wears Indian designer’s dress for talk show

Bibhu Mohapatra, the internationally-acclaimed fashion designer of Indian-origin, has added another feather in his cap by designing a dress for the US First Lady Michelle Obama.

The First Lady appeared in a breezy off-white summer dress seasoned with sunshine yellow and navy blue prints from Bibhu’s collection at the American talk show ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.’

The Orissa-born, New York-based designer has previously designed outfits for several international and Indian celebrities, such as Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Sienna Miller, Glenn Close, Kajol and Deepika Padukone.

The designer, known for his exquisite evening wear collections, has studied fashion from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.

The couturier offers luxury women’s ready to wear, couture and fur under his eponymous label. His collections are sold at upmarket stores like Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus in the United States.

The fashion designer has earlier worked with various eminent faces of the fashion industry like Halston and J. Mendel.

Ji Cheng, Chinese designer returns to London catwalk

ImageJi Cheng is one of Asia’s most renowned and longstanding beacons of design. Often compared to her western contemporaries, Stella McCartney and Miuccia Prada, Ji Cheng is a powerful influence in her home country of China.

After training at the Istituto Marangoni in Milan, Ji Cheng worked for and with a multitude of companies across fashion, media and beauty including Krizia, Missoni Sport, Nokia Complete Fashion, CNBC, Johnnie Walker, Unilever LUX and Shiseido.

As China’s most defining face of fashion, Ji Cheng has been featured in documentaries with the New York Times and the Discovery Channel, and was honoured with the Shanghai Creative Leaders Award and Hurun Fashion Pioneer Award.

A top billed designer at Shanghai Fashion Week, Singapore Fashion Week and China Fashion Week, Ji Cheng is a regular in press across China including: Vogue China, ELLE China, Harper’s Bazaar China, and she is one of the most exciting international designers to come to the London catwalk.

Ji Cheng will be showing her spring/summer 2013 collection, Teasim, at Vauxhall Fashion Scout on Saturday the 15th of September at 1:00pm.

Roberto Cavalli creates accessory collection for VFNO

Roberto Cavalli will take part in Vogue Fashion’s Night Out 2012. The event that has been conceived and organized by Vogue, brings the world of fashion to the general public – creating a unique opportunity to meet with the designer’s and the main protagonist’s of the fashion world.

The event was born from the idea of bringing optimism to fashion retail through extending opening hours of shops and boutiques and numerous events and special initiatives in all the major fashion capitals of the world.

To mark this occasion, Roberto Cavalli has created a limited edition tote bag made of plasticized woven jaguar print, iconic of the Maison Cavalli.

The accessory has been created especially for VFNO with a screen printing in yellow and fuchsia fluorescent colours.

In view of the importance of Vogue Fashion’s Night Out, it will be possible to buy this exclusive accessory in the Roberto Cavalli boutiques in Milan, Florence, Rome, Paris, London, Madrid and Tokyo.

A percentage of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to support the initiative.

“Vogue Fashion’s Night Out has become an unmissable event that drives the world of fashion to the general public in a fun and joyful atmosphere. I’m very happy that the enthusiasm of this event, unique and full of special initiatives, has created and captured with optimism new heights of luxury.”

American fashion designer Christian Siriano

American fashion designer Christian Siriano has recently unveiled a video campaign previewing his Autumn/Winter 2012 collection.

The video features the American film actress Nicole LaLiberte dressed in the designer’s latest creations inspired by a unique and spooky theme of ‘Bats and 30′s Film Noir’. 

The ensembles of the line present a curious-yet-enchanting blend of dark, dramatic, gothic styles mixed with refined and sophisticated looks. 

The ready-to-wear collection offers a range of apparels in gray scale tones influenced by the antique films of the bygone era seasoned with fresh silhouettes and modern prints.

The 26-year-old designer, who was also the winner of the fourth season of the American reality show ‘Project Runway’, offers a combination of textured minis, bell-sleeved dresses with wing like detailing and leather accented ball gowns.

69th Venice International Film Festival Jaeger-LeCoultre and movies: “action”


Immortalising time and rendering it unique: such is the obsession governing any cinematographic or horological accomplishment. These two worlds whose mission is to push the frontiers of dreams are uniting for the eight consecutive year at the Venice International Film Festival. As partner of the event since 2005, Jaeger-LeCoultre presents its exceptional models, adorns the stars on the red carpet and rewards the prizewinners. From August 29th to September, the “Mostra” sets the stage for the finest creations and provides visitors with an opportunity merging the fundamental experience of film viewers and of all devotees of fine mechanisms: when time suspends its flight and all that remains before one’s eyes is a mesmerising object of stunned admiration. Lights! Camera! Action!

Movie theatres and watchmaking workshops share a common denominator: they are pervaded by the same hushed silence. These are places where dreams spring to life, where wonder-inducing creations are born. They imply accurate, meticulous and almost obsessional attention to details, as well as great passion. From the film reel that captures emotions to the artisan who immortalises the moment, history is in the making. The fact that Jaeger-LeCoultre has always sensed its affinities with the 7th Art is doubtless because it is all about two worlds infused with creative effervescence and with a longstanding, inspirational tradition. From the Shanghai Film Festival to the Abu Dhabi Film Festival which it has been partnering for the past two years, to the Mostra where it is present for the eight year running, the brand symbolises a way of regarding the watchmaking art as a free and inventive space. Just as in filmmaking, each second bears the imprint of a moment of eternity.

A precious presence

How can one best ensure an intense Mostra experience? From August 29th to September 8th, Jaeger-LeCoultre will be playing a key role in the stellar events: rewarding prizewinners, supporting an operation it holds dear, and adorning celebrities on the red carpet. Since 2005, the brand has consistently displayed the full measure of its attachment to the 7th Art at the Venice International Film Festival, where it hosts journalists, actors and scriptwriters for unique encounters. Once again this year, many of them will enjoy this chance to discover the finest creations highlighting the multiple talents of watchmaking artisans.

The magic of time

Glamour will reach new heights at the opening ceremony of the Venice International Film Festival, where a whole host of beautiful stars will once again grace the red carpet. Many celebrities are expected in the City of the Doges, adorned with the noblest creations from Jaeger-LeCoultre. Among the finest models on show will be two timepieces from the Rendez- Vous collection. Admirably reflecting its ambassadress Diane Kruger, the Rendez-Vous line embodies a free-spirited and spontaneous personality that constantly reinvents itself in order to spring new surprises. For the Venice International Film Festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre presents two

Rendez-Vous Art Haute Joaillerie creations spectacularly paved using the snow-setting technique: one with diamonds and the other with blue sapphires and rubies. The meticulously hand-crafted gem-setting surrounds the models with an incomparably luminous glow.

Since its founding, the Grande Maison has associated mechanical perfection with the most attractive and complex gem-setting techniques. Created thanks to the expertise of exceptional artists, they celebrate an alliance between beauty and precision. The decoration using the snow-setting process is performed directly on the watch case. The gem-setter places the diamonds individually, nestling against each other and harmoniously combining stones of various sizes so as to entirely cover the metal of the watch. Such creative freedom requires considerable know-how and an extremely keen sense of observation.

And to lend an additional touch of charm, Jaeger-LeCoultre designers and Valextra have created the Rendez-Vous clutch bag – a new way of wearing a watch like an indispensable, ultra-trendy accessory.

One rose, one child

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s participation in the Venice Film Festival takes on a particularly human dimension thanks to its support for Emergency, a humanitarian association founded in 1994, present in over 16 countries and dedicated to helping civilians who are victims of armed conflict and of poverty. Throughout the duration of the festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre will be funding the maternity centre that Emergency has opened in Anabah, Afghanistan. Artists will also make their contribution by wearing Reverso models engraved with a rose – a task specially performed for the occasion by the artisans of the Manufacture. This major project will be celebrated on Thursday August 30th with a dedicated red carpet ceremony at which all guests will wear a rose as a symbol of hope for all children.

Exceptional filmmaking

The Venice Biennial and Jaeger-LeCoultre are pleased to announce that the famous American director, scriptwriter, actor and producer Spike Lee will be awarded the 2012 Jaeger-LeCoultre “Glory to the Filmmaker” prize at this year’s edition of the Venice International Film Festival. For the past five years, this prize has annually rewarded individuals having made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary cinema: Takeshi Kitano (2007), Abbas Kiarostami (2008), Agnès Varda (2008), Sylvester Stallone (2009), Mani Ratnam (2010) and Al Pacino (2011).

Closing ceremony

If one were to recall just one image of the festival, it would doubtless be the handing over of the Golden Lion. The worlds of cinema and of fine watchmaking both aspire to create an ongoing relationship with those who support them. What finer distinction could there be for an actor, an actress or a director than to be rewarded for their talent? Jaeger-LeCoultre will be on hand to salute the best actor and actress, as well as the laureates of the best director and best film awards. Each of the winners will be gifted a personalised Reverso bearing a lacquered engraving of the lion that symbolises Venice, crafted by hand in the finest tradition of hand workmanship, along with the inscription “69th Mostra”. An eloquent means of confirming that people must believe in their passion, be bold, and above all never give up on anything. As global epicentres of dreams and challenges, filmmaking and watchmaking both advocate exactly that.

About Jaeger-LeCoultre

A major player in watchmaking history since 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre is the first Manufacture to have been established in the Vallée de Joux, Switzerland. It played a pioneering role by uniting the full range of technical and artistic professions under one roof and made an indelible imprint on the watchmaking development of the entire watch industry by creating legendary watches such as the Reverso, the Duoplan, the Master Control, the Memovox Polaris, the Gyrotourbillon, as well as the Atmos clock. Guided by time-honoured know-how and a constant quest for technical enhancements, the master-watchmakers, engineers and technicians craft each watch in harmony with the same passion. Each masterpiece, heir to 179 years of expertise, benefits from cutting-edge technologies while being crafted in harmony with the noblest traditions of the Vallée de Joux. Building on a vast heritage encompassing 1,231 calibres and 398 registered patents, Jaeger-LeCoultre remains the reference in high-end watchmaking.

Chanel’s Coco Noir


This is the new CoCo Chanel Noir, my sister just received this and loves, it.  Run down to Bergdorf’s and get a bottle, it is FABULOUS!!!!!   If you are a Chanel Fan, this is for you.

Chanel’s Coco Noir is the first big perfume launch for autumn, and as it’s billed as oriental (shorthand for rich, floral, spicy, exotic scents), I didn’t expect to like it. But there’s something so carnal about Coco Noir, so sexy, while also being wholly grown-up and sophisticated – think silk stockings, not PVC thong – that I fell instantly in lust.

FASHION TITAN Custo Barcelona

Custo Barcelona – just the name brings vision of upscale, luxury fashion & lifestyle garments.  Custo is a Fashion Titan – one of the most powerful brand in the fashion world.  As fashion week approaches, we sit on the edge of our seats to see what this Titan is going to show at Mercedes-Benz Lincoln Center.  If you’re like me and can barely wait, take a look at these beautiful sketches….


  • Custo Barcelona began when two young Spanish designers, Custo and David Dalmau set up shop in Barcelona, Spain in the 1980s. They began with men’s wear, and expanded to women’s clothing.
    While on a motorcycle trip around the world, the two designers spent time in California, where they were especially taken by the California lifestyle and the colorful, psychedelic clothes worn by California surfers.
    In 1996 they put their inspiration to work and opened Custo Barcelona. They began with the brightly colored style T-shirts using psychedelic California inspired designs. Custo Barcelona clothes soon caught the attention of Hollywood, where the pieces were used for television and movies.
    Their expanded collection was shown during New York’s 1997 fashion week, and received positive reviews. Their colorful creations were a welcome sight after what had been a drab week on the catwalk.
    The two designers soon regularly appeared in the American media, raising interest in their products and the world-wide market. The Custo Barcelona line is currently available at 3000 points of sale, with the international market making up 85% of their sales.


  • What started out as wild designs and patterns for t-shirts has now expanded to dresses, jackets, hooded sweatshirts, coats, skirts, the Custo PURE Collection, denim, scarves, shoes and even bikinis.

Custo Barcelona is a brand of fashionable clothing, known for its boldly patterned and colorful designs. Even if it is a less formal style of designwear, Custo Barcelona is considered a top fashion brand, and has won many design awards, including Marie Claire’s Designer of the Year Award, and the GQ fashion award.

Courtesy of  Ingrid Hansen

FABULOUS Brothers Sewing Machines Series V


I attended a Brothers Sewing Machine Press Informative…. WHAT A BLAST…. Sewing Machines have gone high tech….. they have dual foot pedals like cars, WHAT, this is fabulous, and affordable.  Invited to this great session by Debora Toth of Coastline Public Relations, this was an eye opener for sewers.  Even if you are not a super professional with a sewing the machine is so easy to learn, you CAN’T MAKE A MISTAKE…. If you are in the market for a sewing machine that is going to last….. and last…. it has digitial upgrades….. then one of the Brother Sewing Machines is for you.  They have all price levels and the machines are simple FABULOUS…. SLEEK, and ELEGANT…. check them out… here are some links 






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New Signature “Champions” Mocktail chosen

by tennis champion Victoria Azarenka in Manhattan

Hamilton, Bermuda, August 22, 2012 – Tennis Grand Slam Champion and World number-one ranked Victoria Azarenka swapped her tennis racquet for a cocktail shaker ahead of the US Open.  Victoria joined in an exclusive “Mix with Victoria” event at the Above Allen Bar in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

The event was part of the Bacardi Limited award-winning “Champions Drink Responsibly” social responsibility initiative and pitched five of New York’s hottest bartenders against each other to create a new signature mocktail (non-alcoholic cocktail) for the Champions campaign.

 Australian Open Champion Victoria Azarenka stepped in for the Bacardi Limited Global Social Responsibility Ambassador Rafa Nadal who was unable to attend the New York event due to injury.  Victoria took time out from her busy practice schedule ahead of the final Grand Slam event of the year to recreate the finalists’ mocktails.  Pamela Wiznitzer from L’oubil bar’s creation of The Champions Mix was chosen by Victoria as the winning mocktail.  The Champions Mix recipe will now be shared with fans of “Champions Drink Responsibly” via Facebook® pages.


“I had a fun evening, learning how to make some delicious mocktails from the best in the business here in New York” said Victoria Azarenka. “The Rafa Berry Smash, the original signature mocktail, is a hard act to follow, but I am really pleased with The Champions Mix. I want everyone to enjoy their nights out and try some mocktails as a delicious alternative to soft drinks or water.”

Azarenka was joined by some fans who won tickets to the event through exclusive competitions in the New York area.  The participating bar tenders were motivated to create new mocktails as many outlets in the city now list them on bar drinks menus as they become more popular.  Azarenka and the guests at the event recreated the “Time Out” hand gesture featured by Rafa Nadal from the Champions advertising campaign to reinforce the message of pacing yourself when it comes to drinking during a night out.

 “I can’t believe Victoria has picked my mocktail.  It was a pleasure to meet her.  She was so friendly and down to earth and a great ambassador for such a serious topic of responsible drinking,” said Pamela Wiznitzer the winner from L’oubil Bar.  “To think that my creation will be used by Bacardi Limited and promoted around the world is a real honor for me.  I can’t wait to serve it up to my regulars at my bar.”


“’Mix with Victoria’ has been a very successful event for Bacardi Limited in New York.  Victoria has been a true Champion and I can’t thank her enough for helping us with our event in Rafa’s absence.  We have a great mocktail to promote around the world alongside our other drinks,” said Chris Searle, global CSR director, Bacardi Limited.  “Champions Drink Responsibly is all about promoting responsible drinking behavior and enjoying mocktails during your night is just one example of that.”


 The “Champions Drink Responsibly” campaign was first introduced by family-owned Bacardi Limited in April 2008 featuring seven-time Formula 1™ World Champion Michael Schumacher with the message “Drinking and Driving Don’t Mix.” The campaign is rooted in the strong heritage and commitment of Bacardi Limited to promote responsible drinking.  The Company launched its first social responsibility advertising campaign in Mexico in the 1930s when it pioneered the idea of responsible drinking with the slogan of “Bacardi wishes to sell, but it does not want the money you should use to buy bread.”

 Since then, the Company created widely respected social responsibility initiatives in the 1970s with its two-decade running, award-winning “Bacardi mixes with everything. Except driving.” advertisement.  Also raising the bar in social responsibility messaging and engagement was the Company’s success with the “Driver’s Corner” experience in Germany and Austria, and the “Whatever Your Reason” television campaign in the U.S. which personalized the responsibility message to teach adult consumers about the different reasons for drinking responsibly.

For additional details and information about the Bacardi Limited “Champions Drink Responsibly” campaign, please visit

 About Bacardi Limited

Bacardi Limited, the largest privately-held spirits company in the world, produces and markets internationally-recognized spirits and wines. Its brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDI® rum, the world’s best-selling and most-awarded rum; GREY GOOSE® vodka, the world’s leading super-premium vodka; DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, the top-selling blended Scotch whisky in the U.S.; BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, the top-valued and fastest-growing premium gin in the world; MARTINI® vermouth and sparkling wines, the world’s leading vermouth and the world’s favorite Italian sparkling wines; CAZADORES® 100% blue agave tequila, the number-one premium tequila in Mexico and a top-selling premium tequila in the United States; ERISTOFF® vodka, one of the fastest-growing vodka brands in the world; and other leading and emerging brands. 

Founded on February 4, 1862, and family-owned for the past seven generations, Bacardi now employs nearly 6,000 people, manufactures its brands at 27 facilities in 16 markets on four continents, and sells in more than 150 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. To learn more about Bacardi and its pioneering heritage, visit the special 150th anniversary section at

About Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka is a Tennis Grand Slam Champion and currently ranked number one in the world.

Supermodel Cindy Crawford turns designer for C&A

Supermodel Cindy CrawfordC&A partners with Cindy Crawford to create her very first exclusive fashion collection. She belongs to the first generation of international model icons, has modelled for all the premier labels and still is one of the most successful models of all time.

Today, Cindy Crawford is not only a supermodel but also a successful businesswoman and a mother of two kids. For C&A, she is now entering entirely new territory by designing her first fashion line “Cindy Crawford Collection @ C&A”.

“Cindy Crawford is known to the world as one of the original models who defined that pivotal moment when fashion models became stars in their own right. As such, she represents the iconic aspirations of the generation to which we target some of our core ladies’ collections: chic, modern and timeless. At the same time, she managed to remain the ‘girl next door’ as she describes it herself, having also a personal life beyond the spotlights as a businesswoman and a mother,” explains Thorsten Rolfes, Head of Corporate Communications at C&A Europe.

Starting this fall, her collection will be appearing in more than 1,500 C&A stores and 8 online shops throughout Europe. It goes without saying that her personal style will be reflected in this collection. “My goal is to help design comfortable fashion for everyday wear,” she confirms. Cindy herself loves styles with which she looks good in everyday life, too, regardless of whether she is with her husband Rande Gerber or her children Presley and Kaia.

“I have always dreamed of having my own fashion line and am thrilled to be partnering with C&A on this venture,” says Cindy Crawford, who has now designed her first collection. There is no doubt that her many years of experience on the catwalk as well as as businesswoman and a mother have benefited her in this project. Therefore she knows the things that are important to women. The choice of C&A as a partner was an obvious one for her.”

“C&A has a long-standing history of providing quality designs at an affordable price point for its customers,” says Crawford. “It is important to me to be affiliated with a company that offers feel-good fashion with unparalleled customer offerings”.

She is also impressed by C&A’s reputation offering value for money: top quality at favourable prices. For “Cindy Crawford Collection @ C&A” the supermodel took her inspiration from current trends while giving them her own very personal touch. The look is stylish, classical and contemporary, but also goes beyond the individual season.

The dress code is smart casual to easy, with elegant blazers, cardigans and sweaters as well as casual shirts, jeans and leather jackets. Details such as zips, fake-fur collars and belts look just as good as the clean-lined styles. The materials are top quality, consisting of blended woollen fabrics, merino and leather. All garments will be available in sizes 36 to 46, with knitwear in XS to XL.