Paris FW day 4 & 5 leave onlookers craving for more


As expected, the fourth and fifth day presentations of Paris Fashion Week (PFW), which were loaded with shows from the big industry players, left onlookers craving for more.

Belgian designer Raf Simons, who is helming the French brand Christian Dior since mid 2012, featured a 50s inspired prom dress heavy collection on the fourth day of the event.

Replete with iridescent overlays, lace patterned prints and Afro style colourful stripes, the line included strapless silk frocks, sleek shift dresses and bell-shaped silk skirts.

British-Turkish-Cypriot fashion designer Hussein Chalayan showcased a terrific ready-to-wear collection tilted ‘Breeze Corridor’ on the same day. The range displayed jackets with inverted and unfurled linings, plain white shirts and magnificently voluminous georgette and velvet evening gowns.

French haute couturier Jean Paul Gaultier recreated the sets of American reality television show ‘Dancing With The Stars’ on his catwalk on the fifth day of PFW. The shimmering ensembles included leather shorts, zippered dance dresses, sheer organza baseball jackets and metallic fringed outfits.

Veteran British design talent Vivienne Westwood drew inspiration from the medieval era pilgrims for her latest Spring/Summer-2014 creations. The range showcased short tabard coats, earthy brown flowing cotton dresses and yellow gauchos with peaked shoulders.

Young designers redefine fashion for senior citizens

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The Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation (J.C. DISI) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) kick-started its first signature event – “10 Day Fest” Social Innovation Festival (27 September 2013) at the brand new Jockey Club Innovation Tower on the university campus.

The ceremony began with a spectacular “Ageless Catwalk” which brought together 17 groups of young local fashion designers to redefine fashion for the silver age.  Some 28 silver age models, including Mr Cheong who aged 89, presented these original outfits on stage.

Following the opening ceremony was a live performance titled “City Inside a Broken Sky”. Led by artist Mr Kung Chi-shing, the show has further livened up the atmosphere on campus.

Evolving around the theme of “Making a change in 10 days”, the first Social Innovation Festival is a 10-day programme filled with activities ranging from live band performances, documentary film shows to creative exhibitions, public lectures and workshops for a wide spectrum of audience and stakeholders.

Through taking part in these exciting and enriching activities, participants are expected to bring potential change to their own community and make a difference in society, no matter how small it is.

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Emerging design talent to showcase at WMCFW


Compelling ideas. Passionate designers. Groundbreaking talent. After much anticipation, the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) has announced the lineup of emerging design talent that will showcase their spring/summer 2014 collections at the TFI Press & Buyers Brunch at World MasterCard Fashion Week (WMCFW).

The curated trade show of promising designers and innovative fashion brands will be held in The Studio at David Pecaut Square onsite at WMCFW on October 23rd and October 24th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.

Bringing global design to the WMCFW tents and as a part of the Toronto-Chicago Sister Cities program, ready-to-wear womenswear designer Lagi Nadeau from the Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI) will be participating in this season’s TFI Press & Buyers Brunch.

This marks the first of an international exchange program recently established by the TFI. In cooperation, TFI New Labels 2013 winner Sarah Stevenson will participate in the Emerging Designer show at Chicago Fashion Week on October 16th 2013, taking place at Millennium Park in Chicago.

“The Press & Buyers Brunch offers a diverse layer to World MasterCard Fashion Week at which media and retailers can discover bright new talent they may have otherwise not been exposed to,” said Susan Langdon, Executive Director, TFI. “This season’s participating designers are particularly eager to showcase their collections and the TFI is honoured to be hosting the event in conjunction with IMG.”

Showcasing designers include: womenswear brands Aime by Monica Mei, Alysha Alex, Bernice & Barclay, Diane Kroe, Geneviève Lima The Label, Hilary MacMillan, Chicago Fashion Incubator designer Lagi Nadeau, Laura Siegel, Mayana Genevière, Matière Noire, Moose & Beaver Apparel, Setara Singh, SKINNY SWEATS and New Labels 2013 finalists SEVENTHIRTYONE; jewellery brands ARMED, DAWSON-REPANOVICI, Laborde and Slashpile Designs; travel accessories brand Ebby Rane; menswear brand Killigrew; and outerwear and accessories brand Jameson Kane.

The TFI worked with an expert panel of judges to select the most inspiring design talent to exhibit at the TFI Press & Buyers Brunch. Over thirty hopeful applicants submitted press kits that were assessed on trendiness, newsworthiness, cohesiveness within the collection, cohesive branding, overall press kit presentation and marketability.


The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) is an award-winning and highly-acclaimed non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and nurturing Canadian fashion designers and entrepreneurs. Established in 1987 as the world’s first official “fashion incubator,” the TFI model has been adopted by cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Melbourne, Auckland, Amsterdam and Milan.

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Paris Fashion Week kicks off with Spring/Summer-14 trends


After sweeping New York, London and Milan with high-octane glam shows, the Spring/Summer 2014 season showcase has finally reached the French capital which has opened its much-awaited bi-annual event Paris Fashion Week (PFW) with fresh ready-to-wear collections.

The young French designer of Asian origin Christine Phung presented a very shimmery elegant line on the first day of the soiree.  Based on a pleasant palette of cobalt, white and grey, the sportswear-inspired range included a variety of loose-fitting outfits.

Anthony Vaccarello, the 32-year-old Brussels-born design talent, featured an aggressively sexy collection infused with nautical hints. The line showcased miniskirts with triangular-shaped hems, silver studded geometric cutout dresses and tie-dyed denims.

Simon Gate Jacquemus, the 23-year-old self-taught designer, wrapped up the first day of PFW with his retro-inspired wool and cotton made line. Accentuated with clean and precise cuts as well as plunging necklines, the collection featured hooded miniskirts, polo shirts and short dresses in shades of electric blue, bubblegum pink and white.

Aria Boutique opens outlet in heart of Little Italy


 Aria Boutique has opened its doors at 686 College Street, in the heart of Little Italy. The solo shop features unique Canadian designers like dresses by Nadya Toto and belts from Toronto’s own, Brave Leather; dresses, trousers and blazers from Montreal-based Collection Iris; striking leather coats from Mackage; Marie Saint Pierre’s timeless designs, Vancouver designer Cecile Benac’s luxurious knitwear.

Other worldly lines like cashmere by PLUSH LA and Heidi Wynn; denim lines Level 99 and IT! from Los Angeles, footwear by Maguba, Old Gringo, Matiko, DAV Rain, Ilse Jacobsen and Pajar. Aria Boutique also has their own private label pieces, AriaB.

Seeking the harmony and balance that her 686 address implies, owner Tammy Beltrami says: “I define my approach with great fabrics, cuts for real women and designs that make each of them feel and know they are wearing something unique, something that stands out from all the rest of the labels on the streets, in the office or out in the nightlife,”

“I love fabric and I’ve loved designer wear since I was old enough to stand on my own two feet.” Beltrami studied fashion in Los Angeles, lived in Britain and Italy, has been featured in Canadian Fashion magazine, LouLou magazine and has been an invited VIP guest of Montreal Fashion week for the past three years.

“What I love about the designers I carry is they make high quality clothing that women of all ages and backgrounds can wear and feel special in when they leave the house or apartment,” says Beltrami. “I have online customers from around the world who tell me that eight years after buying from me, they are still wearing the pieces they purchased and still receiving compliments.”

Wanting to set up shop in a real neighborhood, away from malls or streets lined with chain stores, Beltrami says she loves Little Italy. “I live here and I work here and I hope people will come this way for lunch, a gelato or a great cup of coffee and visit the shop.”

Beltrami also has some exciting events planned, like a Nadya Toto Trunk Show with the designer in attendance on October 3 and an evening with designer, Cecile Benac of Cecile Benac Exclusive Knitwear, and a fashion show in tandem with some of her College Street neighbors.

Malan Breton debuts cat-inspired Fashion at STYLE360 NYFW


From colorful and retro feline patterns to the classic cat-eye, the cat is today’s fashion muse. To celebrate cat-inspired fashion, Fancy Feast Gourmet Cat Food and celebrity fashion designer Malan Breton partnered to create an unforgettable runway show at STYLE360 New York Fashion Week.

Known for drawing inspiration from the latest design trends and fashion influences, Breton created three looks for his Spring/Summer 2014 collection based on the style, look and timeless beauty of the iconic Fancy Feast cat, a beautiful Silver Chinchilla Persian. The unmistakable, stunning beauty of the cat motivated him to showcase new design styles that unite people’s love of fashion and cats.

“Fancy Feast enjoys sharing cat-inspired fashion with its fans,” said Courtney Louch, Fancy Feast Assistant Brand Manager. “Partnering with Malan Breton at STYLE360 has given us the opportunity to bring cat fashion trends and looks to life for our passionate fans to experience.”

Novelty details from Breton’s collection include a classicly elegant black and white suit, inspired by the strength and all-knowing wisdom of the feline; a sexy and youthful knee-length dress inspired by the soft and gentle loving spirit of the cat; and a gown with a 17-foot long train, reminiscent of the unconditional love, loyalty, beauty and friendship one receives from her cat.

About STYLE360

STYLE360 is a multi-day fashion and entertainment environment providing opportunities for fashion designers and brands to collaborate and come face-to-face with industry tastemakers, celebrities, media, and consumers during New York Fashion Week in September and February. For the past 14 seasons, STYLE360’s accessible schedule of events offers runway shows, daytime exhibits, press conferences, product demonstrations, and after-parties that create an unprecedented amount of media buzz for all parties involved.

“Esprit Dior” Exhibition

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Written by Alexandra Castello for Fashion Avenue News Brazil

How to define the spirit of Dior in these 66 years of existence? From the genius Christian Dior to the polemic Raf Simons the brand with its designers exudes femininity and sophistication. Esprit Dior exhibition is being presented in Shanghai revealing the essence of the Maison from the historical, cultural and artistic view.

Divided in 9 different “chapters” it shows the influences and trajectories of the brand by interactive multimedia, drawings, pictures and dazzling haute couture dresses. Christian Dior influenced by his past as a gallerist created pieces of art for haute couture that were highly inspired in Impressionist Art and by the female body.

Dior revolutionized fashion and marked an era when he created “The New Look” giving the post war women a look that was opulent contrasting to the tough times of war, the full skirted silhouette enhanced the bust and hips giving a modern posh look to the girls who longed for frivolity. Paris regained the status of fashion capital as a result of Dior creation and also opened the way to other couture houses to go back to the market. After Christian Dior death 6 designers designed for the brand but they all maintained the concept and romanticism of Dior. French gardens, dainty and carefully ornate serve as one of the installations for the exposition showing the concept of Dior “Femme Fleur” with it sumptuous shapes full of detailed and delicate beadings. The great marriage of art and fashion created dresses inspired by Monet, Renoir and Manet. Dior used with property the colors, shape and lights of Impressionism to build his Flower Woman”. Whimsical and Avant garde the collections were made for a woman dream of fairy tales, a grown up Cinderella that wishes to go a royal ball and be the “belle of the ball”.

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Precision, Perfection and Appreciation of Beauty are the things Dior preserves as well as the references to the past .The Maison symbol of elegance and glamour turned actresses into stars (Rita Hayworth and Marilyn) and women into a modern versions of Marie Antoinette.

The “Esprit Dior “Exhibition can be seen at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art until November 10.


Fashion designer Roberto Cavalli unveils autobiography

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Four years of notes, footnotes, sleepless nights spent writing and sheets of paper filled with memories. And then one single instant during which everything was about to vanish. This is the story of JUST ME, the autobiography of Roberto Cavalli edited by Mondadori which will be sold in bookstores starting September 17th.

This should not be viewed as a fashion essay, on the contrary: it speaks about the story of the man not the designer, who lived the Twentieth Century intertwining the thread which bonds the wounds of the War to the glories of the Made in Italy in a simple and amazing narration.

A narration where sweat, success, defeat, intuition, the setbacks and the endeavors are written without censorship or stereotypes as the adventure of one of the most important icons of contemporary fashion.


“Do not be afraid”: the autobiography of Roberto Cavalli begins with the tenderness and drama of a war scene. These are the last words pronounced by his father Giorgio, captured and taken away from his family and executed in front of his wife by the German Army on July 4th 1944 in the small town of Cavriglia.

Roberto was only three years old and this memory will be present in his mind as a warning as well as a regret. The first is a firm imperative to always take risks, to be different and to be a pioneer even when nobody understands your intuitions or your aesthetic. The second is instead a sort of nostalgia which will accompany him during his life.


“When people think about me and about the women in my life” states Roberto Cavalli “ the majority of people have a stereotype: they envision me surrounded by a group of models with a bottle of champagne”. Nothing could be farther from the stories told in JUST ME.

Most of the book is in fact dedicated to the women who represent a fundamental role in Roberto’s life. Beginning from his mother, a constant presence and the symbol of an incredible generation who was able to transform war and adversity in a new country with an array of opportunities.

Then Lietta, the sister who will help him build a memory of his father. And finally his two wives: the first, Silvanella and Eva, his lifetime partner. They are his core, the soul of the woman he imagined and who will later become the spirit of his creativity.


“Do not call me a designer, because I have never been able to sketch a silhouette” says Roberto. “My talent has always been to make fabrics and women special, viewing fashion as a ready-to-wear prêt-à-portér dream “.

Consequently JUST ME is not a list of models, successes, fashion shows and collaborations with Hollywood stars. It is rather the epic story of Ulysses lost in the Made in Italy ocean, searching for excellence, people and journeys who will make his dream possible.

‘The Great Gatsby’ costumes on display in Shanghai


After wooing the people of New York and Tokyo, the touring exhibit, featuring the gorgeous 1920s’ style dresses from Baz Luhrmann directed American movie ‘The Great Gatsby’, has made a stop at the Prada IFC store in Shanghai, China.

Jointly designed by the Milan-based fashion designer Miuccia Prada and the Academy Award-winning costume designer Catherine Martin, the exhibits include an array of women’s gowns, dresses and accessories made from soft shimmery materials like shiny iridescent metallic lamé, sequins, silk taffeta, coloured fur and velvet.

In addition to clothing, the exhibition titled ‘Catherine Martin and Miuccia Prada Dress Gatsby’ also features costume sketches, production stills, backstage footage and film trailers from the screen adaptation of the popular F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, with the same title, published in 1925.

Starred by Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, ‘The Great Gatsby’ is a story of a Yale graduate and World War I veteran who is fascinated with the extravagant life of his mysterious millionaire neighbour Jay Gatsby.

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Ralph Lauren & Calvin Klein cap off New York Fashion Week

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Fashion powerhouses like Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein finally capped off the eight-day-long fashion revelry in New York with their exquisite creations and starry front rows that seated the likes of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Australian- American actress Nicole Kidman.

Internationally-acclaimed American fashion label Ralph Lauren’s Spring/Summer-2014 show started on a very clean palette of black and white, infused with graphic and floral prints.

The brand’s 1960s-inspired range featured striped cricket jackets, short dresses, jersey peplum tops, pantsuits, button-down shirts and wool pants.

After the parade of nearly 25 black and white ensembles, the collection shifted to a stronger fluorescent domain, replete with neon shades of orange, yellow and green. The ensembles included leather skirt suits and floaty evening gowns.

Manhattan-based label Calvin Klein wrapped up the eight-day-longMercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York with its polished minimalistic collection, decorated with yarn like raw hems and fringes.

Based on tones of black, white and minty and emerald greens, the range featured wide-strap dresses, mesh and snakeskin woven tank tops, knee-length skirts, layered long tops and viscose-silk evening dresses.

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