Month: July 2014

Threads for Her: Stella McCartney

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“Being effortless is the coolest thing in the world.” – Stella McCartney

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Being the daughter of the famous Beatles member, Paul McCartney, never stopped Stella from making a name of her own. Born in London in 1971, McCartney was surrounded by music. She toured with her family group, Wings, from the time she was born until 1980. She also showed an interest in fashion, making her first jacket at age thirteen and then interning for Christian Lacroix at fifteen. McCartney also worked under her father’s tailor for awhile. In 1995, she graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and shared her first collection. Her first show made headlines and models like Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss walked in it. Her designs were then licensed to stores like Neiman Marcus. She became the Creative Director of Chloe in Paris in 1997, after Karl Lagerfeld. The next year, McCartney designed her sister’s wedding gown. In 2001, she launched her own fashion line. Stella McCartney is now worldwide, having stores in over 50 countries and in places such as New York, California, Paris, Barcelona, Miami, Rome, and Milan. Her first perfume is called Stella and was released in 2003. Her 100% organic skincare line called CARE was launched in 2007. The following year she created a lingerie line and in 2010 her collection for kids was launched. She held a famous fashion presentation in 2012 at the New York Marble Cemetery which included guests like Andre Leon Talley, Anne Hathaway, Jim Carrey, and Amy Poehler. She has designed clothes for Madonna and Annie Lennox music performances along with costumes for Gwyenth Paltrow and Jude Law. Since 2004, she has been in partnership with Adidas for a womenswear sports-line collection. In 2010, McCartney became the Creative Director for Team GB for the 2010 Olympics. She designed for H&M in 2005 and for Target in 2007. In 2008 she released bags for LeSportsac. The same year, she collaborated with the lingerie label Bendon. In 2010, Disney and McCartney paired together for an Alice in Wonderland jewelry collection. She also designed costumes in 2011 for Ocean’s Kingdom in New York. Her father presented her with the VH1/Vogue Designer of the Year award in 2000. Also that year, she designed Madonna’s wedding dress. McCartney was awarded with the Glamour Award for Best Designer of the Year in 2004, the Organic Style Woman of the Year Award in 2005, the Elle Style Award for Best Designer of the Year Award in 2007, the Best Designer of The Year at the British Style Awards in 2007, along with a number of other awards throughout her fashion career. She was Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year in 2009 and was featured in the Time 100. In 2013, she became the Officer of the Order of the British Empire. BBC Radio 4 named her as one of the most powerful women in the UK in 2013. McCartney is a strong advocate for working against cancer as well as supporting PETA and being against fur. She is married with four children.

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Alexander McQueen

“It’s a new era in fashion; there are no rules.” – Alexander McQueen

 

Lee Alexander McQueen- The Designer:

He is a British fashion designer who founded his own label which has become a major name for the fashion world. He grew up in London and decided in elementary school that he wanted to be a fashion designer. After dropping out of school at 16, he apprenticed for Anderson & Sheppard, Gieves & Hawkes, and Angels and Bermans. He worked for Prince Charles until moving to Milan to work for Romeo Gigli. He returned to London in 1994 and attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and graduated with his masters degree in fashion design. He worked as head designer for Givenchy starting in 1996 and ending in 2004. McQueen brought extreme creativity to the brand. McQueen designed for David Bowie and Bjork, even directing a music video for her. He became known for his theatrical designs and runway shows along with his shock tactics. Some of his collections are titled “McQueen’s Theatre of Cruelty,” “The Birds,” and “Widows of Culloden.” He is known for creating the “bumsters” pants and trend, the “Manta dress,” and using skulls on clothing. He was one of the first designers to use Indian models. His most famous runway show was his 2001 Spring/Summer collection VOSS. His awards include the British Designer of the Year and the International Designer of the Year from the Council of Fashion Designers in 2003. He collaborated with Gucci and Puma. McQueen has boutiques all around the world, such as in Las Vegas, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, and London. Lady Gaga has used his designs in her music videos, and other celebrities like Rihanna and Sarah Jessica Parker have also worn McQueen clothing. He enjoyed scuba diving. Alexander McQueen committed suicide on February 11, 2010. His funeral was in London and his ashes were scattered on the Isle of Syke. A memorial for the designer was held on September 20, 2010 at St. Paul’s Cathedral; guests included Stella McCartney, Bjork, Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Naomi Campbell. Performers like Kayne West, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Courtney Love, Bjork, and models like Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss have all made tributes to the designer. Savage Beauty, an exhibition for McQueen, was held in 2011 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is to become a traveling exhibition starting in 2015. Lee Alexander McQueen’s eccentric and creative self is still missed in the fashion world to this day.

Alexander McQueen- Fashion Brand:

Founded by Lee Alexander McQueen in 1992, it is a famous British fashion house known worldwide. Sarah Burton was named creative director of the company in 2010. The brand starting launching menswear collections in 2005 and womenswear in 2008. 2008 also brought about an online store for the company. It’s famous low-priced collection is called McQ, which consists of men and women’s clothing, accessories, and a ready-to-wear line. The collection is supposed to be geared towards a younger audience and the creative director is Pina Ferlisi. McQ’s first standalone boutique was created in London in 2012 and was presented at London Fashion Week the same year. The brand has collaborated with jeweler Shaun Leane and perfumer Jacques Cavallier, Alexander McQueen brand’s first two fragrances are Kingdom and My Queen. The brand also has an eyewear collection, focusing on the signature skull design. The company also has a Centurion Card. The Alexander McQueen PUMA line launched in 2006. The company was the first to join the MAC’s cosmetics releases by fashion designers. McQ Alexander McQueen for Target was launched in 2008. The brand also has luggage. The Alexander McQueen brand has a number of controversies from runway shows to design lawsuits. An underwear line was launched in 2008 and has helped support AIDS charities. Harley Huges was added to the McQueen team in 2014 alongside Sarah Burton. Even without Lee Alexander McQueen, his brand is still able to thrive for his legacy.

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Tom Ford

“Dressing well is a form of good manners.” – Tom Ford

He is a film director, an author, and a fashion designer well-known with high-end names like Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. Thomas “Tom” Ford was born in Texas and later moved with his family to New Mexico. After graduating from high school and then dropping out of Brad College at Simon’s Rock, he moved to New York City and studied art history at New York University. He then left there and was apart of a number of television ads. Ford then enrolled at Parsons The New School for Design where he studied interior architecture. While at Parsons, he spent some time in Paris where he found his love for fashion. While in Paris he interned for Chloe’s press office. He graduated from Parsons while a degree in architecture but also spent time studying fashion. Ford then worked under fashion designer Cathy Hardwick. Hardwick said while interviewing Ford, he mentioned Armani being one of his favorite designers. When Hardwick later asked him why, he said she was wearing Armani, and then that there was no wonder he was hired. In 1988, he worked for Marc Jacobs. Ford has mentioned that he left the company because “Too much style in America is tacky. It’s looked down upon to be too stylish. Europeans, however, appreciate style.” Ford was then hired in 1990 for Gucci. He started designing menswear and then shoes for the brand. In 1992, Ford became design director, including Gucci’s ready-to-wear line, fragrances, advertising, image, and store design. He became creative director in 1994 where he starting changing the brand for the better. Gucci sales rates increased 90% between 1995-1996 because for Ford. Within the 1990s, Ford brought Gucci into partnership with LVMH and Pinault-Printemps-Redoute. Gucci was practically bankrupt when Ford joined and by 2004 when he left the company, they valued over $10 billion. Ford then became creative director for Yves Saint Laurent. In 2005, he created his own film production company. The following year, Ford launched his own line of menswear, eyewear, and accessories. His famous film debut is titled A Single Man. His film earned a number of award nominations for both the film and the actors apart of it. He wrote a book called Tom Ford in 2004. Tom Ford has been recognized with a number of awards such as the 1997 People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People, the 1999 Style Icon Award for Elle, the 2000 Best International Designer for VH1/Vogue, the 2000 British GQ International Man of the Year Award, the 2001 Best Fashion Designer for Time Magazine, the 2001 Designer of the Year Award for GQ USA, the 2004 International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame, the 2008 Menswear Designer of the Year for the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and the 2014 Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. Tom Ford has many new ideas to bring to both the fashion world and film industry.

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Things I Did This July

Back in Ohio!
Denni, her cousin Devin and I decided we were going to try being “in training cooks”. Since it was the 4th and summer we were feeling a beach themed snack! So last night we decided to do “A bear in Paradise”. Which is by far the coolest/easiest snack we could have done! Great for parties or friends coming over for a swimming party!

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Teddy Grams
Air Head Extremes
Vanilla Cookie Crumbs
French Vanilla Pudding
Blue Food Coloring
ENJOY 🙂

FIREWORKS!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA

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But first let me take a selfie haha
Have a great day followers!!

CAKE POP FAILURE
A CHEF I AM NOT!!!!
Haha tried making cake pops today as well…. Yikes but my Chanel sweatshirt was matching so it’s all good!!
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Summer Playlist: Part Six

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Summertime 2014 Music Playlist:

(Song titles are links…enjoy!)

Porter Robinson- Sea of Waves (RAC mix)

Sidney Samson & Eva Simons- Celebrate the Rain

Andrew Rayel (feat. Jano)- How Do I Know

Deorro- Five Hours

Seven Lions- Days to Come

Yellow Claw- DJ Turn It Up

Paris Blohm & Taylr Renee- Left Behinds

Tritonal (feat. Cristina Soto)- Still With Me (Seven Lions remix)

Delerium- Days Turn Into Nights (Seven Lions remix)

Tiesto (feat. Icona Pop)- Let’s Go

Tove Lo (feat. Hippie Sabotage)- Stay High (Habits remix)

Michael Kors

“Personal style is knowing yourself, your lifestyle, your body and finding clothes that become the frame. You become the star. It’s knowing when to say yes and when to say no.” – Michael Kors

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Karl Anderson, Jr., now known as Michael Kors, is a New York City based fashion designer. Kors’ collections include womenswear, menswear, handbags, shoes, jeans, footwear, watches, and other accessories. His mother was a model which led him to have an interest in fashion since a young age. Even as a teenager, he was designing and selling clothing under the name the “Iron Butterfly.” He attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City but then dropped out to work at Bergdorf Goodman boutique selling his designs. Then in 1981, he launched his womenswear line. From 1993-1997, Kors suffered financial trouble but then got back on his feet when he became the first womenswear designer for Celine fashion house. For his own brand, he launched a menswear collection in 2002. He left the Celine house in 2003 and added accessories to his own line. Kors was able to add to his brand, including the Michael Kors runway collection, the MICHAEL Michael Kors and KORS Michael Kors lines. He has boutiques nationally such as in New York, Chicago, and Beverly Hills. Kors is well-known for his time on the television show Project Runway. He is also popular with celebrities; stars such as Jennifer Lopez and Rachel McAdams have worn his clothing. First Lady Michelle Obama wore Michael Kors in her first term official portrait as First Lady as well as Alicia Keys at President Obama’s inaugural ball in 2013. Gwyneth Paltrow wore Michael Kors collection in the movie Possession and in 2006 Jennifer Garner wore a custom Michael Kors dress as a presenter at the Academy Awards. He starred as himself in an episode of Gossip Girl and was referenced in the film The Devil Wears Prada. In 2014, Michael Kors was listed as the latest fashion industry billionaire. Other awards are the 2013 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion, the Golden Heart Lifetime Achievement Award by God’s Love We Deliver in 2012, the Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research in 2010, the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America along with the Fragrance Foundation’s FiFi Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2010. He was on Time magazine’s list of top 100 most influential people in 2013. Michael Kors still has a lot to offer the fashion industry.

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Credit: Michael Kors

Urban Impact

“Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” – Alexander Wang

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 He is an urban fashion designer for his own line as well as the Creative Director for Balenciaga. He was born in San Fransisco, California and developed an interest for design at an early age. He attended Parsons: The New School for Design until 2005 when he decided to create his own label. He interned at Marc Jacobs, Teen Vogue, and Vogue. 2007 brought the runway release of his first ready-wear collection for women. In 2008, Wang was awarded as the winner for the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund Award and Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award. His first handbag collection was launced in 2008. He was mentored by Diane von Furstenberg. In 2009, he won the Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year and the Swiss Textiles Award. Also during this year, Wang launched Women’s T by Alexander Wang. In 2010, he launched the Men’s T by Alexander Wang and also won the Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year award for accessories. According to GQ US magazine, he was the Best Menswear Designer of the Year for 2011 and also won CFDA’ s Best Accessory Designer award. He was also given the “Fashion Star” award by Fashion Group International in 2013. His first store opened in 2011 in New York. His first Balenciaga collection was released in 2013. As of 2014, he is the next designer for H&M. His clothing designs, including footwear, eyewear, and lingerie collections are now sold worldwide, such as in Barneys New York. He designed for Principle 6 during the Soch Winter Olympics to support against anti-gay discrimination. Alexander Wang’s creative, hipster, and younger-geared style will continue growing for years to come.

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THREADS: Reaches 2k

YOU HEARD IT RIGHT!

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Today my blog has reached 2000 followers in a little over a month which is a pretty amazing goal reached! I started Threads in late May and today marks the day! I am so grateful to have the followers I do as well as the Apparel companies I am collaborating with!! Next goal is 5000 Thread Heads!
Thank you’s:
Currently I am teaming up with some wonderful people, but I would be nothing with out all of you and your support! Thank you kindly Followers and have a lovely night! Stay tuned i plan on keeping this going! Enjoy your week stay classy and goodnight my fellow Threads followers!