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Tommy Hilfiger

“I think it is really important to have a sense of business. As a designer, you can get so wrapped up in the design and fashion side that you forget the business side.” – Tommy Hilfiger

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Tommy Hilfiger- The Designer:

Thomas Jacob Hilfiger created one of the best worldwide known American fashion brands. Born in New York, started in the retail business at the age of eighteen. He started working at Brown’s, a shop in Elmira, New York, which lead him to open his open store near there called The People’s Place. After his store when bankrupt when he was 25, Hillfiger and his wife Susie moved to New York City where he opened more stores. Hilfiger even turned down positions with Calvin Klein and Perry Ellis. He founded the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation in 1984. The Council of Fashion Designers of America awarded him the Menswear Designer of the Year award in 1995. He sponsored Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time tour in 1999. In 2012 he was the fashion consultant for American Idol. Hilfiger has five children and has been married twice.

Tommy Hilfiger- The Brand:

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Founded in 1984, this brand now sells products such as menswear, womenswear, children’s apparel, home decor, denim, and a number of accessories. The company’s headquarters can be found in the United States, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands. By 2004, the company had over 5,400 employees. The brand has a net income of over six billion dollars. The Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation has owned the company since 2010. Daniel Grieder is the current CEO for Tommy Hilfiger. Tommy Hilfiger product lines include Hilfiger Denim, Tommy Girl, Red Label, H by Tommy Hilfiger, Tommy Hilfiger for the Home, Tommy Jeans, and Hilfiger Athletics. Beyonce Knowles is the spokeswoman for the company’s fragrance True Star and True Star Gold. Enrique Iglesias is the spokesman for the fragrance True Star Men.

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Zara: AW14 Collection

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Founded in 1975, Amancio Ortega and Rosalia Mera created this international Spanish clothing and accessories company that would soon sweep the world. Zara is owned by the largest apparel retailer, Inditex. It is said that Zara has a zero advertising policy, focusing on store openings verses advertising. Daniel Piette, fashion director of Louis Vuitton, has said that Zara is “possibly the most innovative and devastating retailer in the world.” The first store was opened in Spain and held copies of high-end clothing fashions. By 1990, Zara stores were in the United States and France, adding Mexico, Belgium, and Sweden throughout the 90s. Now Zara stores are in over 88 countries and over 2000 stores. Zara clothing includes mens, womens, shoes, accessories, and a children’s line. The first online boutique launched in 2010 in the UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and France. Towards the end of that year, Zara Online included Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Austria. Then by the next year, the United States and South Korea were included. Zara now only makes fully toxic-free products after a controversy in 2011. A number of celebrities are known to wear Zara, including Dutchess Kate Middleton, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria, and Casper Smart.

Collection AW14:

Zara has launched the Autumn/Winter 2014 fashion lookbook. For women, clothes include outerwear, dresses, shirts, trousers, jeans, skirts, knitwear, t-shirts, shoes, handbags, accessories, and a nude collection. Men clothing offered are jackets, blazers, suits, trousers, jeans, shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, knitwear, shoes, and accessories. The collection also has lines for girls, boys, and babies. The collection is spectacular, especially for men. The calm colors and distinctly chic/classy styles can be worn fashionably by anyone.

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Kenzo: The Eye of the Tiger

“Fashion comes from outside the mainstream. That is what makes fashion so interesting” – Kenzo Takada

Kenzo- The Designer:

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Kenzo Takada is a Japanese fashion designer who founded the fashion house Kenzo. Always interested in fashion, he was one of the first males to attend the Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion College in 1958. He then traveled to Paris in 1964 after graduating fashion school. Kenzo had to use a mixture of patterns and fabrics because of finances until he started succeeding in 1970 when his first store, “Jungle Jap,” opened. The next year, his first collection appeared in Tokyo and New York. In 1972, the Fashion Editor Club of Japan’s prize was awarded to him. From then, Kenzo became known for his dramatic shows within the late 1970s, using elephants and circus tents. Kenzo Takada retired in 1999 but returned to working in 2005 but more with decoration and design.

Kenzo- The Brand:

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Kenzo is a French luxury company founded in 1970 by Kenzo Takada. The brand includes clothing for men and women, fragrances, and beauty accessories like skincare products. The brand started out with just womenswear, adding mens clothing in 1983 and including childrens and home decor. The head designers of the company are Humberto Leon and Carol Lim. Thanks to the first Kenzo store, “Jungle Jap,” the brand is known for jungle-inspired clothing, like the signature tiger shirt. Kenzo shows are collaborated with music, artists, actors, and the 21st century. The brand works with the Blue Marine Foundation, helping with marine life. The Spring/Summer 2014 Kenzo collection proceeds went towards the foundation. Celebrities like Beyonce, Zooey Deschanel, Selena Gomez, and Spike Jonze has worn Kenzo clothing.

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Roberto Cavalli

 

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“With time, fashion has become part of my DNA.” – Roberto Cavalli

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Roberto Cavalli is an Italian fashion designer who has made his spot in the fashion industry. He took an interest in textile prints which brought attention to himself and his designs starting at an early age. He started showed his designs of leather and patchwork materials in Paris, bringing notice from companies like Hermes. He was 32 when he presented his first collection in Paris. He concentrated on jeans with creative patterns and prints, incorporating leather and brocade as well. In 1972 he opened his first boutique. He is credited with creating the sand-blasted jean look, which he debuted in 1994 in Milan. During the same year, Cavalli’s main line was sold in over fifty countries around the world. 1998 brought about lines from Cavalli of menswear, womenswear, accessories, underwear, eyewear, jewelry, fragrances, footwear, and more. Other collections from the brand are RC Menswear, Just Cavalli, the Angels and Devils Children Collection, and Robert Cavalli Home. He uses signature animal prints in his designs. He was a judge during Miss Universe 1997. In 2013, he was given from the Domus Academy in Milan an Honorary Master Diploma in Fashion Management. He received controversy from the Hindu community in 2004 as well as the Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi Shahmaghsoudi school of Islamic Sufism in 2014. He has been married twice and has five children, including famous designer Daniele Cavalli. Celebrities like Beyonce, Oprah, Jennifer Lopez, Jon Bon Jovi, and Kimora Lee Simmons are known to wear Cavalli clothing. His most famous smell for women is the Serpentine perfume as well as for men his Just Cavalli fragrance line. Roberto Cavalli designs usually leave an audience talking and are hard to forget.

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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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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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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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House of Balenciaga

“A couturier must be an architect for design, a sculptor for shape, a painter for color, a musician for harmony, and a philosopher for temperance.” – Cristobal Balenciaga

Cristobal Balenciaga:

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This Spanish born fashion designer founded the fashion house Balenciaga. His fashion history starts early, with his mother being a seamstress and then began as an apprentice for a tailor. Eventually after working for the Marchioness de Casa Torres, she sent him to Madrid for formal tailor training. In 1919, he opened his own boutique in Spain. Elite Spanish royals wore his designs. The boutique had to be closed as a result of the Spanish Civil War, which led Balenciaga to open a store in Paris in 1937. Beginning in the 1950s, Balenciaga started to change fashion. He broadened shoulders and removed waists in dresses, he designed the tunic (chemise) dress, and created the Empire line. He created the wedding dress for Fabiola de Mora y Aragón in 1960. He is one of the top designers for haute couture of the 1950s and 60s. Christian Dior referred to Balenciaga as “the master of us all.” Balenciaga inspired people such as Oscar de la Renta and Hubert de Givenchy. He died in Spain in 1972. San Francisco’s M.H. de Young Museum honored him in 2011. The Balenciaga Museum was created in 2011, with Givenchy as the president of the Balenciaga Foundation.

Balenciaga- Fashion House:

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Balenciaga was founded to great standards and success. Even after the closing of the boutique in Spain, the opening of the Paris store brought in customers seeking the highly sought-after designs of Cristobal Balenciaga. During World War II, the shop still had people pouring in. 1951 brought the change of the women’s silhouette from the designer. The tunic dress, the balloon jacket, the high-waisted baby doll dress, the cocoon coat, the balloon skirt, and the sack dress all came from Balenciaga. Heavy fabrics and bold materials were used for the clothing. For his fashion house, Cristobal Balenciaga didn’t want to be apart of the press or media. Jacques Bogart S.A. took over the company in 1986 and released the first ready-wear line, Le Dix. Michel Goma launched the first collection in 1987. He was replaced in 1992 with Josephus Thimister. Balenciaga rose to high-end fashion status again under Thimister. The brand designed the French team’s clothes for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Nicolas Ghesquière was appointed Head Designer in 1997. Kering now owns the company and Ghesquière runs the menswear and womenswear. Famous names like Jackie Kennedy, Kylie Minogue, Sienna Miller, and Nicole Kidman are associated with the company’s clothing. Kidman’s wedding dress was a Balenciaga piece. The famous “Lariat” bag is from the brand. The United States is home to seven exclusive Balenciaga stores, even a shop in Honolulu, Hawaii. Architecture is a special part of all Balenciaga boutiques. A spread in an issue of Teen Vogue was dedicated to the company in 2007. Nicolas Ghesquière was replaced by Alexander Wang in 2012 and his first collection for the brand was released at the 2013 Paris Fashion Week. The fashion house Balenciaga will continue highly competing in the fashion industry.

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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: Lauren Conrad

“It’s a good thing to feel like you have to prove something.” – Lauren Conrad

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Television star, author, and fashion designer, Lauren “LC” Conrad never strayed from being herself while fulfilling her dreams. She was born in Laguna Beach, California and started an interest with fashion as early as the sixth grade. She began a career with television thanks to MTV’s Laguna Beach and even appeared on MTV’s Cribs. She first attended the Academy of Art University in San Fransisco in 2004 until transferring to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. She left Laguna Beach at the end of the second series but ended up making an appearance during the third season because her sister was a cast member. Conrad moved to L.A. in 2006 and starred in The Hills. She interned with Teen Vogue under Lisa Love. In 2007, she was a spokeswoman for Avon until 2010. Also in that year, she played herself in the film Epic Movie as well as making an appearance in the television show Greek and voicing herself in the show Family Guy. She was hired in 2008 under fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone. She left The Hills in 2009 and was in an issue of Cosmopolitan the same year. Her books include L.A. Candy, Sweet Little Lies, and Sugar and Spice. L.A. Candy was a New York Times bestseller in 2009. The Lauren Conrad Style was released in 2010. She was a judge on America’s Next Top Model’s thirteenth cycle. “LC Lauren Conrad” was launched by Kohl’s in 2009. “The Beauty Department” was produced in 2011 along with another fashion line “Paper Crown.” She also wrote The Fame Game, Starstruck, Infamous, and another style guide called Lauren Conrad Beauty. She opened an online store in 2014 called The Little Market and was on the show Fashion Police. Conrad has appeared in issues of Glamour, Lucky, Marie Claire, and People StyleWatch. Conrad was the second highest-paid reality star in 2010. She’s an advocate for same-sex marriage, the economy, and voting. From 2006-2009 she won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Female Reality TV award for The Hills. She is engaged to musician William Tell. Conrad is known for her relationships, friendships, and even fights with fellow reality stars such as Lo Bosworth, Kristin Cavallari, Brody Jenner, Hedi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Audrina Patridge, and Whitney Port. Lauren Conrad will continue pleasing the fashion industry with her down-to-earth personality, her willing to stand up for herself and what she believes in, along with her creativity and ideas for fashion and pop culture.

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