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“Moda di Valentino”

“I hope people will say, ‘Mr. Valentino, he did something for fashion, no?'” – Valentino Garavani

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Valentino Garavani is an Italian fashion designer who created the Valentino brands. Like most of the great designers for the fashion world, Valentino was interested in fashion from an early age. He moved to Paris to pursue his fashion dreams. He studied at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne and at the École des Beaux-Arts. He interned under Jacques Faith, for Balenciaga, and also for Jean Desses. In 1960 he opened his first fashion house in Rome. He took much of his inspirations from Paris and put it into his own house; this also led him to become known for “Valentino red.” The next year he also met future business partner and lifelong friend Giancarlo Giammetti. After struggling with bankruptcy, Valentino made a comeback in 1962 in Florence. He started making famous friends and designing for them, such as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Princess Margaret, the Countess of Snowdon. In 1964, he made an impact on Jackie Kennedy, who would later wear Valentino’s clothing often and became a close friend. 1966 brought about his now famous “V” logo and started having more shows in Rome instead of Florence. During the 1970s, he made himself known in New York City and with artist Andy Warhol. From 1983-1985, Valentino worked with Ford Motor Company. The Accademia Valentino opened in 1990. Elizabeth Taylor helped Valentino and Giammetti start the AIDS support organization, L.I.F.E. Valentino Garavani retired in 2008 after his final haute couture show was held in Paris. His work is shown in an exhibition in London that opened in 2013.  The online Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum is also dedicated to the designer. He appeared in the The Devil Wears Prada movie as himself. The 2008 film Valentino: The Last Emperor was made about him. In 2006, he was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur. He was also given the sixth annual Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion from the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2011 and in 2014 the Medal of the City of Paris. He loves dogs, especially his six pugs. Valentino collections and line include Valentino, Valentino Garavani, Valentino Roma and R.E.D. Valentino. The Valentino headquarters is in Milan. The creative directors are Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. The Valentino lines include menswear and womenswear, footwear, eyewear, fragrances and accessories.

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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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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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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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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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Summer Trends: Trend Empire

Today I had the honor of talking to Trend Empire, a United Kingdom apparel company, and the brand has sparked a huge interest for me! They specialize in both men and women’s fashion. Trend Empire is an established and reliable company and they are sure to make anyone look amazing! They have an urban and modern fashion sense. Their “Dirty Angel” collection along with great patterns and quotes for their clothing will make anyone look awesome and feel great wearing their apparel!
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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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Get That Look: Justin Bieber

Bieber Fever:

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Starting off on YouTube, this Canadian born pop star is now a name known around the world. Getting his big break from Usher, Justin Bieber doesn’t seem to stop making headlines. He grew up in Ontario and knew how to play guitar, trumpet, drums, and piano from an early age. His mother posting his videos online is what got him noticed. He was signed to RBMG record label with Usher and then with L.A. Reid and Island Records in 2008. His song “One Time” was his first single and sent him to the top, along with “One Less Lonely Girl” and his album My World. Bieber’s music peaked on Billboard Hot 100 and sent his album to go Platinum in the United States and Double Platinum in the UK and Canada. Even early in his career, Bieber performed on a number of shows like The Today Show, Ellen DeGeneres, Good Morning America, and Chelsea Lately. He sang for President Obama and his family during Christmastime in 2009 and sang for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve the same year. He presented at the Grammy Awards in 2010. Also in 2010, his My World 2.0 album along with his hits “Baby” and “Somebody to Love” were released and topped the charts. For Billboard 200, Bieber became the youngest solo male act to be number one since 1963. It is said that his music video for “Baby” became the most disliked and most viewed video for 2010. “Beliebers” became a top buzzword in 2010 and he was the top trending star for Twitter. His film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never was released in 2011 and was sent straight to the top for the box office. In 2011, Justin Bieber ranked on Forbes list as #2 for Best-Paid Celebrities Under 30. The next year, his album Believe and his song “Boyfriend” were released, keeping him on top. His follow-up film, Justin Bieber’s Believe was also released in 2012. Wax figures of the pop star can be found at Madame Tussauds museums in Amsterdam, London, and New York. He endorsed Adidas in 2012. Bieber has a line of fragrances as well. He is constantly in the press, whether for his music, hairstyle, or recently frequent controversies, such as his relationship with Selena Gomez or his legal issues. He has also made himself known for the fashion industry. Justin Bieber doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

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Hermes, s’il vous plaît!

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The Beginning:

Established in 1837, this French based luxury brand produces anywhere from fragrances and high end clothing to accessories and Birkin bags. The founder of Hermes is Thierry Hermès, who started it as a harness workshop in Paris. His son, Charles-Émile Hermès took over the company, and with the help of his family, Hermes started offering their products to the most elite in places in Europe, Asia, Russia, and North America. After Charles, his son Émile Hermès really took over the company and brought it to the foundation it needed to become so successful today. Hermes started furnishing for the czar of Russia and is said to be the first to introduce the zipper in France. Hermes created the first leather golf jacket with a zipper. During the 1920s, the first accessories and clothing lines were formed for the company, such as in 1922 when the first leather handbag collection was introduced by Hermes. In 1929, the first womenswear couture apparel line was introduced. The 1930s brought about Hermes watches for both men and women. In 1935, the “Kelly bag,” named after Grace Kelly, was created. Then in 1937, Hermes scarves were released. The first Hermes perfume was called Eau d’Hermès and was produced in 1949. The horse and carriage logo started in the 1950s. Queen Elizabeth II worn a Hermes scarf in a postage stamp in 1956.

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Jean-Louis Dumas brought Hermes out of a low point during the 1970s. He started selling products to Bloomingdale’s in New York. He changed the image for Hermes. The 1979 denim advertising for the company brought a new look for Hermes. By the 1990s, the Hermes family was listed on Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires. Jean-Louis Dumas retired in 2006 and passed away in 2010. Patrick Thomas replaced him and was the first non-Hermes person to lead the company. Hermes now sells clothing for men and women, watches, fragrances, gloves, tablewear, jewelry, footwear, cosmetics, and other accessories. As of 2012, Hermes doesn’t allow refunds on their products, only exchanges (within ten days of the purchase) and only for a different color for the piece. Hermes will remain a competing luxury brand for many years to come.

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