Jean Paul Gaultier’s tour exhibit comes to Brooklyn Museum

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The world-famous touring exhibit ‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk’ has finally arrived to its only East Coast venue Brooklyn Museum, New York.

Scheduled to run till February 23, 2014, the event displays nearly 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter pieces designed by Jean Paul Gaultier in his impressively successful fashion career of more than 35 years.

The multimedia contemporary installation is divided into seven thematic sections, such as Skin Deep, Punk Cancan, Urban Jungle and Metropolis, exploring the different stages of the legendary designer’s artistic developments.

The ‘Odyssey of Jean Paul Gaultier’ section amplifies the couturier’s creative universe replete with his trademark themes like sailors, mermaids and religious iconography.

The Boudoir segment reveals the designer’s fascination for lingerie by featuring the famous conical bras and corsets, made from vintage 1930s metallic fabric, for Madonna’s 1990 Blonde Ambition World Tour.

In addition to the above exhibits, the display also includes some of the iconic never-seen-before items like the Paris-based veteran’s childhood toy teddy bear Nana, who is wearing a newspaper made cone bra and a faded frayed tan coat.

Also, a mermaid-shaped gown, worn by Marion Cotillard at the 2008 Oscars, and a cancan bustier dress attached with photo-printed legs have become the part of the vast travelling exhibit, which was first organized at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

The Brooklyn Museum display has also dedicated a separate section to Gaultier’s famous muses. The special segment features model Crystal Renn’s famous fishnet-covered floral gown, Naomi Campbell’s beaded bronze catsuit and Beth Ditto’s floral tulle leotard.

The retrospective exhibition, paying tribute to the works of the international fashion industry’s 61-year-old enfant terrible, has been earlier organized in cities like Dallas, San Francisco, Stockholm and Madrid.

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Spectacular shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia


From spectacularly staged runway shows to the official launch of designer Igor Gulyaev Nicholas’s solo brand boutique, the first four days of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia have seen it all.

Designer label Mari Axel featured a mix of both formal and casual attires in its catwalk presentation, held as part of the ‘Day of industrial collections’, an event organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.

Designed in collaboration with the Saratov-based garment factory BestBrend’s label Chateau Fleur, Mari Axel’s range featured simple-cut business suits and floral print dresses. Adorned with interesting details like pretty perforations, flouncy silhouettes, contrast trimmings and delicate lace inserts, the ensembles were based in ivory, turquoise, pink and purple hues.

Designer Slava Zaitsev’s Pret-A-Porter De Luxe show on the fourth day displayed some exotic spring/summer pieces for both men and women. Accentuated with digital prints and graphic elements, the casual sports-inspired menswear styles included black and white linen shirts, and quilted fabric made jackets and coats. Decorated with textured jacquards, the line’s Italian silk, viscose and blended fibre made womenswear ensembles included long flowing dresses as well as elaborate tops and skirts with lace trims.

The UK-based designer Tony Ward staged an unusual show by choosing nearly 27 Miss Universe 2013 contestants as his ramp models. The fashion talent’s couture designs included strapless floor sweeping, sequined and mermaid style gowns, sexy bright red cocktail numbers and crimson hued dresses with thigh-high slits.

In addition to the runway shows featuring mainstream fashion, a special event displaying an array of plush home textiles designed by the young Muscovite designer Alena Akhmadullina was also held on the third day of the event.

Designer Lauren Elaine opens new fashion store in NY

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Capping off the close of the Los Angeles Fashion Week season, LA-based Designer Lauren Elaine opens the new ‘Lauren Elaine Style House’ – a chic destination catering to LA’s top stylists, celebrities, and Southern California-area brides.

Housing the most recent collections from the Lauren Elaine brand, stylists and industry can set appointments for press pulls and studio services.  In addition, brides and custom-order clients receive personal attention from Designer Lauren Elaine with private fittings and one-on-one consultations. Conveniently located near ABC and Disney studios, the new, intimate storefront opens its doors on an appointment-only basis.

The Lauren Elaine brand debuted at LA Fashion Week in October 2009, and since, the label has graced the pages of such high profile publications as Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily, and garnered a celebrity following on the red carpet. In 2010, Crystal Cruises hand-selected Designer Lauren Elaine to present the world’s first runway show at a sea, and in September of 2011, America’s Next Top Model featured both Lauren Elaine Swim and Black Label collections on Americas Next Top Model: All-Stars Edition.

In late 2012, Designer Lauren Elaine announced the launch of Lauren Elaine Bridal.  Since the launch, Lauren Elaine Bridal has become a favorite of brides who seek an effortless, ethereal look, at a reasonable price point. Designer Lauren Elaine also offers Custom Bridal—catering to brides who dream of a one-of-a-kind gown for their special day.

Shanghai Fashion Week features 41 Catwalk Shows


Around 41 catwalk shows, featuring exquisite Spring/Summer 2014 styles, were staged at the just concluded week-long Chinese fashion extravaganza Shanghai Fashion Week.

With a primary focus on the home-grown designers, the soiree saw the participation of nearly 134 fashion labels, including international brands and students from local fashion institutions.

Overseas names like Oasis (from the UK), AK Club and MLB (from the US), Czech Republic’s Hana Havelková and Tautou Couture from Italy featured their collections at the event.

Hong Kong designer Badwin Cheung behind the Shanghai label Just for Tee featured a very minimalistic contemporary range titled Doll at the event. Inspired from hand and feet missing abandoned dolls, the collection included black, gray and white outfits in contrasting textures.

Clothing brand La Vie, owned by Shanghai-based designer Ji Cheng, took inspiration from the Tang Xianzu’s romantic play, written during the Ming Dynasty rule, ‘The Peony Pavilion’ for its latest catwalk offering, decorated with 3D floral embroideries and patterns of water ripples.

The 2008’s Woolmark prize winner Qiu Hao presented a feminine urban line, based in clean curve hugging silhouettes, made from silk, lambskin and handmade sheepskin braids.

Chris Chang, the Shanghai-based designer of Taiwanese origin, showcased a diversely classified fashion collection, influenced from varied sartorial resources, such as Qing Dynasty concubines, nomadic tribes, Peking Opera costumes and the style sensibilities of Chinese people from the early republican era between 1912 to 1949.

Li Xiaoming, the designer of popular women’s fashion brand Xisu, drew inspiration from a trip to Kyoto for S/S 2014 line, designed in a palette of white, gray, black, rosy brown, dark olive and pale blue. The collection was divided into four parts—Xi Xin, Kong, Wu Chuang and Sen Ling.

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Book to display photos of Christian Dior fashion from 50’s


A collection of the lavish and iconic gowns of Christian Dior, from the 1950s and ’60s, captured by the legendary photographer Mark Shaw will be available in a book – Dior Glamour.

Iconic photographer Mark Shaw documented the ultra-exclusive Parisian fashion world, focusing on Paris’s long-standing top couturier Christian Dior. Shaw’s photographs—some of the first fashion photographs ever shot in color—capture the most stunning and extraordinary fashion of the era.

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This lavish volume embodies the glamour of that time, from rare moments of Christian Dior during fittings to editorial-style photographs of models, socialites, and actresses posing in Dior’s ballgowns, day suits, and haute couture collections.

Shaw’s photo-journalistic style changed fashion photography forever: his approach was to photograph wide, giving the subject a sense of context, creating an environment as exquisitely transformative as the subject and garment.

With an eye for intimacy and opulence, this book features more than 200 color and black-and-white photographs, many never published before, having only recently been found in a secret vault by his estate. Dior Glamour: 1952 –1962 captures the drama and elegance of the period’s style and will be treasured by lovers of photography, fashion, style, history, and cultured living.

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Fashion and Arts Collide


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The designer Lisa Perry and Artspace hosted a shopping event at Lisa Madison Store to promote the capsule collection in partnership with the American artist Robert Indiana.


Lisa’s brand is highly influenced by contemporary art conveyed in her use of bold colors, clean lines and geometric shapes. Important artists had collaborated with the brand in the past as Jeff Koons and Roy Lichtenstein .Art and fashion collide once more in this limited collection that has the iconic love sign printed on dresses, pop art and mod mood are revamped to a 2013 version. Currently an exposition about the American artist is being exposed at the Whitney Museum and 10% of the sales of the collection will benefit the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Designer Steve Wall Wins the $5,000 CASH Fashion & Beauty Olympics Produced by Fashion Avenue News Magazine


Saturday October 12, 2013, the Holiday Inn at West 57th Street in New York City is abuzz with Fashion Designers, Models and Makeup artists scurrying around.  It is the $5,000 CASH Fashion and Beauty Olympics, WINNER TAKE ALL, there is no 2nd place, produced by Fashion Avenue News magazine.  There are celebrity judges, Vera Moore Cosmetics, Marissa Terrell – Fashion Trademark attorney, Scotty Flash – Recording CEO, and Couture Designer Zang Toi waiting for the designers to display their creativity.

Once the competition begins, they know it’s not going to be an easy win.  First the judges inspect the garments for construction, second it’s the models that get inspected, then it’s the overall presentation and lastly the business/marketing side where the designers answer fashion questions on stage.

When all was said and done and the smoke cleared, there was only one designer standing, one designer that took home the $5,000 CASH prize…. here is his account….

“Yes, God can and will answer prayers and has made my dream a reality! This is why he is first in my life and the head of my life! Yes, I just won Sophia Davis’ Beauty Olympics $5,000 Designer of the Year Competition held Sat., Oct. 12, 2013, downtown NY at the Holiday Inn, and I received $5,000 (IN CASH THAT NIGHT!) If you know Ms. Davis, then you know professionalism, class and quality is what she is about and delivers. The competition was simply incredible! The contestants were national and international and very competitive. Immediately, I knew this would be a battle. This competition had designers with extreme talent and vision. It wasn’t easy! lol The venue and setup were magnificent and from back stage to front was run so professional. The “All Star” judges panel was headed by none other than the fabulous, established, professional, distinguished Master Mr. Zang Toi! What an honor and privilege to be judged by such a prestigious panel! The Q&A was NO JOKE! You got to be knowledgeable about fashion history! lol You had to work, be knowledgeable and deliver to take home the title and definitely the cash! The audience was electrifying and full of support! Now the work begins for me to make Ms. Davis, her business and all of you very proud! Kevin Love, my baby sis Stephanie, mom, Aunt Esther, Joanne Brubaker, Renee Parker, Wayne Trout, OVR, Phil. Unemployment and Temple Baptist Church, thank you for your sponsorship and support. I Never Would Have Made It Without You! Clarence Black, when I grow up, I want to be like you! Your showing was simply “Off the Chain! lol if u weren’t in attendance, you missed a spectacular event!”



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Seoul Fashion Week to feature 50 Spring/Summer 2014 shows


More than 50 catwalk shows, featuring fresh Spring/Summer 2014 designs, will be staged at the forthcoming largest South Korean mainstream fashion event, Seoul Fashion Week, slated to take place from October 18 to 23, 2013.

The country’s eminent designer labels like Lie Sang Bong, Shin Jang Kyoung and Gee Chun-hee will present their latest collections under the international event’s Seoul Collection programme, which was originally initiated in the year 2000 to highlight the works of top designers.

In addition to the well-known designers’ catwalks, the event will also feature innovative creations from around 12 up-and-coming fashion talents under the festival calendar’s Asia Generation Next show, which focuses mainly on local independent brands of over one year to less than five years.

Additionally, labels like Kim Sunho, Han, So Yoon, Kim, Hong Bum, Kelley Milkyoung Kim, Kang Na-young, Lee, Ji Youn, Lee Doii and Ku Won Jung will also present their creations at the prestigious soiree.

Other than the style-studded runways, the event schedule will include the Seoul Fashion Fair which will exhibit designs from several fashion companies for the visiting domestic and overseas buyers.

Held twice a year since 1997, the Seoul Metropolitan Government organized event, presents both spring-summer and fall-winter designs, every year in March and October.

Lane Bryant to bring Isabel & Ruben Toledo designs

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This fall Lane Bryant will be bringing the designs and artistry of Isabel and Ruben Toledo to 500 doors as their first designer association.

The partnership will debut as the first ever designer collaboration for the brand with the soft launch of a small holiday assortment followed by a full collection for spring 2014 with ready-to-wear, outerwear and accessories. Ruben Toledo’s signature sketches will be the focus in the holiday collection which will consist of a novelty tee shirt and tote bag.

Lane Bryant’s CEO Linda Heasley said, “Ruben’s tote and tee will be fun and a nice way to introduce the brand. Coming into spring with a large introduction is giving us the time to do it right from both a product and merchandising point of view. Finally, we’re looking together at all product categories and nothing is being ruled out as a possibility for inclusion down the road. This is a big deal for us and we’re treating it in that manner in every way we can.”

Isabel Toledo had this to say, “When the Lane Bryant team came to us we were intellectually on board from the first moment. Their unique customer base is an inspiring and diverse audience for which we look forward to crafting new and innovative fashions, accessories and even some other categories. We also wish to introduce our vision of color, design, look and style and with the vast manufacturing capabilities at their disposal, we know whatever we design will be made well and fit and feel marvelous. This seems so natural to Ruben and me and we cannot wait to unveil what we’re doing together.”

Fashion Designer Lloyd Klein kicks off LA Fashion Week

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Couturier and personality, Lloyd Klein, kicked off Los Angeles Fashion Week escorted by his latest fashion muse, Interscope recording artist Ivy Levan. The designer and his muse kicked-off Fashion season in LA with Designers Night Out which was held at the Sofitel Hotel In Los Angeles on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013.

Ivy turned heads wearing a crimson red jersey and black lace cocktail dress that the designer created specifically with her in mind and it was the hit of the evening. Klein announced the talented femme fatale as his Muse for his new collection for LKLA – Lloyd Klein Los Angeles.

“Ivy Levan is the epitome of the woman who I have designed for my entire career. She is equal parts super model, greek goddess and superstar combined. She is literally this designer’s dream come true”. Lloyd Klein quoted on the red carpet at the LA Fashion Week kick-off party .

The fairytale like duo of Audrey Hepburn and the legendary Monsieur Hubert de Givenchy is probably the most noted “Muse to Designer” relationship in fashion history.

According to legend, when the young Hepburn, an up-and-coming ingénue at the time, arrived at the designers atelier to discuss her costumes for Sabrina, he nearly refused to meet with her once she arrived, because he had expected a meeting with Katherine Hepburn. But the future Style Icon, Hepburn charmed the designer within minutes and sparked a close rapport with him becoming his fashion muse until her death from cancer in 1993.

Similarly, Lloyd Klein thought that the internet link sent to him by his business partner was to see the outcome of a dress worn by a model in an Adam Levine, Maroon 5 video turned out to be Ivy Levan’s video in which she wore the designer’s gown in a clever scene shot on Rodeo Drive. Klein was smitten by the emerging artist instantly.