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Threads: Ellie Goulding

“I like the idea of one day there being peacefulness and happiness.” – Ellie Goulding

Elena Jane Goulding:

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This UK born star a singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She can play the guitar, mandolin, keyboard, bass, drums, and clarinet. Growing up in Lyonshall, Goulding began her music career at the age of nine with the clarinet. After her instrumental talents grew into the guitar, she was a lead in The Wizard of Oz for school and started writing songs at fifteen. College brought her singing capacity to the table and added to her musical abilities. She attended the University of Kent and was noticed by Jamie Lillywhite of Turn First Artists. Goulding then started working with Lillywhite and musician Starsmith. Some of her early UK releases are “Wish I Stayed,” “Under the Sheets,” and “Guns and Horses.” Goulding won the BBC Sound of 2010 poll, showing her as a rising star. The Critics’ Choice Award at the 2010 BRIT Awards was also given to her. Lights, her first album, was released in 2010. It hit number one for the UK Albums Chart. Her second, Run Into the Light, released the same year,was a remix of songs from her first album and was supported by Nike. Goulding re-released Lights, now titled Bright Lights. During Christmastime, her 2010 cover of Elton John’s “Your Song” became Goulding’s second highest-charting single. She performed at the Glastonbury Festival and the iTunes Festival in 2010 as well. In 2011, she was on the list of Rolling Stone annual hot list as number five. She played at Coachella in 2011. She performed her single “Starry Eyed” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2011 and then was Saturday Night Live’s 700th episode. At the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Goulding performed “Your Song” for the couple’s first dance along with a number of other singles. In 2011 she collaborated with Skrillex. 2011 brought a number of musical performances for Goulding including the 2011 Wakestock Festival in Wales, at Lollapalooza in Chicago, and at the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert. She sang at the White House for the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in 2011 as well. Her second album, Halcyon, was released in 2012 and including her hit with Calvin Harris, “I Need Your Love,” and other hits like “Anything Could Happen” and “Figure 8.” She was on the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2 soundtrack in 2012 and toured with Bruno Mars in 2013. Other hits from that year include “You My Everything” and a cover of “Tessellate.” Goulding re-released Halcyon, as Halcyon Days, in 2013. This including her hit “Burn” which became her first single to top the UK’s Official Single Charts. The film About Time included her song “How Long Will I Love You?” and it became BBC’s Children in Need single. She was on the soundtrack for “Mirror” for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Goulding starred in the film Tom & Issy. She also performed on the final of The X Factor. In 2014, she released the music video for her hit “Goodness Gracious,” and her song “Beating Heart” was featured in the movie soundtrack for Divergent. She was a winner at the Brit Awards 2014 for Best British Female Solo Artist. Goulding has said she is influenced by Imogen Heap and Joni Mitchell. She loves running and ran in the Nike Women Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. in 2013. She is close friends with singers Lorde and Katy Perry. Goulding says of her fashion style, “My fashion inspiration is everything from Patti Smith to Gwen Stefani, even Courtney Love.” She is currently in a relationship with McFly member Dougie Poynter (until she meets me, of course, since we will be getting married…) Ellie Goulding is one of the most amazing people to join the musical world and I cannot wait for what she brings next.

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1. Her style is so simple but still extremely chic.
2. She is beyond humble, even with her tremendous success.
3. She has the best outlook and attitude towards life.
4. She isn’t as big of a name as she deserves to be…yet!
5. She doesn’t have to try to be different; she’s her own person.
6. She is one of the few famous singers who actually has talent and can sing for real.
7. She needs to collaborate with Lily Allen.
8. The rumors about her are ridiculous.
9. She is friendly and a great person who connects to her fans and cares about them.
10. She needs to get more into acting.

Threads for Her: Rachel Zoe

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” – Rachel Zoe

Fashion Fierce:

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From being a mother of two sons and a renowned fashion stylist and designer, Rachel Zoe is a huge and influential name in the fashion industry. Born in New York, Rachel Zoe Rosenzweig found fashion to be her calling. She dropped her last name when she began her fashion career. Starting out as an editor, she now works with high end celebrity clients. She has no formal fashion training and actually studied psychology and sociology before finding the fashion word to be her place. Her clients reach from Miley Cyrus and Kate Hudson to Anne Hathaway and Keira Knightley. Zoe became the pioneer for the “boho-chic” look with the help of Nicole Richie and is now known for her own recognizable style. Rachel Zoe has a line of luxury bags, was the face of Samsung’s BlackJack cell phone campaign, launched an exclusive collection of handbags, jewelry, scarves, sunglasses, and outerwear on QVC, began a salon in New York called DreamDry, and is a co-author of the book Style A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty and Everything Glamour as well as Living in Style: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Glamour. She was the star of the Bravo TV show, The Rachel Zoe Project, from 2008-2013. She has a daily newspaper titled “The Zoe Report.” Her clothing line and accessories collection is available in over 275 stores. Being a regular with fashion houses, celebrities, magazine editors, beauty firms, and advertising agencies, Rachel Zoe still has plenty to over the fashion industry.

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Credit: Rachel Zoe

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Versace:

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for quite awhile or you’ve been completely shut off from the world, you’ve heard the name Versace. Italian fashion has amazing quality and textures which is what makes it so popular. Versace has eye popping designs and a celebrity status that brings the brand attention and a high fashion name.
Gianni Verace:

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Founder Gianni Versace opened the first Versace shop in 1978 in Milan. The name became popular rather quickly. Since then, Versace has become a leading international power house name. From the several runway shows they do globally to their famous “Black Versace dress of Elizabeth Hurley,” Versace is no short from a worldwide legacy. Gianni was murdered in 1997 by Andrew Cunanan and so his family immediately took over the company.

Donatella Versace:

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Sister of the late Gianni Versace, Donatella Versace quickly because head designer of the company. She kept her critics in awe with her controversial decisions. With her very gaudy taste in gold and colors, Donatella has never stopped being  the center of attention, especially in the celebrity world. She has worked with top names such as Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Katy Perry, and many more.

Allegra Versace:

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Heiress to an Italian empire fit for a queen, Allegra Versace owns 50% of all Versace stock due to her uncle’s will. She reviews all works that go through Versace and gives the go to when they make it to the runway. She has been on the tabloids about her fight with anorexia. Allegra now travels vigorously between Milan and New York. She is also attending colleges in UCLA for French, the history of the arts, as well as theatre.

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Credit: Versace

G I V E N C H Y

LEAGUE OF ITS OWN:
A french luxury fashion brand that has all the celebrities in their grasp like reality star Kim Kardashian and musician Kanye West. Givenchy has been flaunted and appraised constantly due to their artistic nature of clothing. Founded in 1952 by Hubert de Givenchy, it has seen been taken over by a new company LVMH. This grossed about 176 million dollars, making Givenchy second under Dior in the division. This remarkable brand has since dressed the most famous people in history like Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Liz Taylor.
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THE FACES BEHIND GIVENCHY:
Hubert de Givenchy- A successful and brilliant french aristocrat and fashion designer, he founded The House of Givenchy in 1952. Givenchy gained his fame when he did the personal wardrobe of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy. He was honored and elected into the International Fashion Hall of Fame in 1970.

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Riccardo Tisci- In 2005, Italian fashion designer Riccardo Tisci was named the Creative Director of womenswear and haute couture. In 2008 he was also named accessory and menswear designer for the company. Tisci has been up and down with critics about his outlandish dress wear but has still remained a top designer.
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Sebastian Suhl- Since March of 2012, he has been the director and CEO of Givenchy and has been part of the LMVH since the 1980s. Before Givenchy, Suhl worked with Prada and became general manager in 2001 before moving to France. He’s bringing attention to the fashion industry and is expanding Givenchy greatly.
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Credit: Givenchy