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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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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)

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.

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.

Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses:

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$200

Sons of Heroes- Ziggy Drop Leather Pants:

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$198 (Suggestion)

Louis Vuitton Damier Scarf:

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$460

Louis Vuitton High-top Sneakers:

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$745

Get That Look: Victoria Beckham

Posh Spice:

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As a famous UK businesswoman, singer, wife/mother, model, and fashion designer, Victoria Beckham always knows how to make an appearance. Rising to fame with being a member of the international female group, Spice Girls, Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham also made a name for herself individually. She produced solo numbers as well as successful group music numbers, such as her solo “Out of Your Mind” and the ever-known “Wannabe” with the Spice Girls. Even without her singing career, Beckham is can be found worldwide for being a total style icon. She designed jeans for Rock & Republic along with a line of her own titled “dvb Style,” has produced a variety of accessories like sunglasses, fragrances, handbags, and jewelry, as well as released two best-selling books. She has walked on countless of runways, such as in 2000 for London Fashion Week, and in 2006 for Milan Fashion Week under designer Roberto Cavalli. She has styled celebrity friends like Katie Holmes. Her well-known fragrance is called Intimately Beckham and her own fashion collection debuted in 2008 during New York Fashion Week with high reviews. She was the face for the Spring 2008 collection from Marc Jacobs. Victoria Beckham has appeared on magazines including British Vogue, Indian Vogue, and Russian Vogue. She promotes animal friendly clothing and was awarded the “Designer of the Year” gong during the British Fashion Awards in 2011. Along with her music and fashion careers, Posh Spice has been on a number of television appearances. Her own shows include Being Victoria Beckham, The Real Beckhams, and Victoria Beckham: Coming to America. She was also featured on Ugly Betty, Project Runway, and American Idol. She is married to athlete David Beckham and they have four children. Together the couple has an estimated $380 million joint wealth. Women’s Hour listed her on the 100 most powerful women in the UK in 2013. Victoria Beckham will continue showing her influence and power in the fashion industry along with whatever other upcoming ventures she participates in.

Black Balenciaga Dress:

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$1795

Lanvin Crazy Wedge Booties:

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$1478

Threads International: Norway

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Norway is one of my favorite places (check out Traveling) and a country I cannot wait to visit. Aurora Mohn, a native born Norwegian and social media/blogging sensation, is what brought my attention to this exceptional country. Norway is the second least densely populated country in Europe. It has a comprehensive social security system along with universal healthcare and free public education. The World Bank and IMF list Norway as fourth-highest country for per capita income. It is the world’s largest producer of natural gas and oil outside of the Middle East. From 2001-2006 and again from 2009-2012, Norway had the Highest Human Development Index ranking in the world. Over the last five years, it has been number one on the Legatum Prosperity Index. For 2013. OECD ranked Norway as fourth for equalized Better Life Index. On the Democracy Index for 2010-2012, it was classified as the most democratic. Norway runs on a parliamentary system of government and is a unitary constitutional monarchy. Norway was the first country in Europe to draft women and men. It is the second wealthiest country in the world. It has one of the highest average hourly wages globally. Norway supports women’s rights, LGBT rights, and minority rights. Norway holds the annual Oslo Freedom Forum conference to promote human rights. Films like Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and The Golden Compass have scenes in Norway. It has a strong folk music tradition along with a large jazz scene, a big culture export of black metal music, and the country enjoy many music festivals throughout the year. Leif Ove Andsnes is a world famous pianists from Norway. Knut Hamsun and Henrik Ibsen are well-known literary figures from Norway. The Urnes Salve Church is a popular tourist visit, also known as a World Heritage Site. The Nidaros Cathedral is another favored place. Edvard Munch, known for his painting The Scream, is from Norway. Cross-country skiing, biathlon, and soccer are the most popular Norwegian sports. There are traditional type of Norwegian clothing called Bunad and Setesdalsbunad.

Moods of Norway:

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Started in 2003 by Stefan Dahlquist, Peder Børresen, and Simen Staalnacke, this Norwegian clothing brand is slowly rising. It was featured in July of 2009 in Cliché Magazine. Their creative and edgy styles sport the slogan “Happy Clothes for Happy People.”  Moods of Norway is the official designer for the 2014 Norwegian Olympic Sports team’s uniforms. Along with stores in Norway, this company has stores in Japan, Iceland, and the United States. The brand produces menswear, womenswear, and accessories.

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Fam Irvoll:

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This creative and energetic Norwegian fashion designer is known for her crazy and eccentric style of clothing for women and children. After studying in Oslo and London, her designs have grown into successful and sought after. Celebrities like Lily Allen, Jessie J, Marina and The Diamonds, Beyonce, Tyra Banks, and Lady Gaga have had Fam Irvoll design clothes for them. She has worked as an assistant for Vivienne Westwood and her first solo show was featured during the 2012 February London Fashion Week.

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Green Square:

The environment projection is number one for Norwegian clothing company Green Square. Before ordering, commitment from a customer is required. The headquarter is in Norway and it was established in 2007. Natural, organic, and environmental friendly is how the company runs. The brand produces menswear and womenswear.

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Gunhild Nygaard:

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Born in Norway, Gunhild Nygaard was able to become a fashion designer and create her own line. She attended the fashion school in Paris, France called Esmod. She worked for both Givenchy and Christian Dior. Her first solo collection was presented in 2007. The Major of Paris presented her with award Créateur de l’Année in 2009. The clothing are produced in France. They are sold in countries like Canada, Japan, Turkey and Norway.

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Get That Look: Kevin Hart

Fashionable Funny Man:

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This American actor and comedian’s career has completely blow up in popularity in the past couple years. In just 2013 and 2014 alone, Kevin Hart has starred in three hit films: About Last Night, Ride Along, and Grudge Match. Being a native born Pennsylvanian, Hart used his comedic sense all of his life. After time, he was able to develop his own unmistakeable style of comedy. His comedy tour “Laugh at my Pain” was listed as one of 2011’s highest-selling comedy tours. He was named MVP of the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game in 2012, hosted the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, and won a Best Actor trophy at the BET Awards the same year. Also in 2014, Hart won two NAACP Image Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. Other movies he has been apart of are Scary Movie 3, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Scary Movie 4, Epic Movie, and Little Fockers. He has also performed in Wild ‘n Out, Barbershop, and Modern Family. He is currently in a relationship (pictured above with girlfriend Eniko Parrish) and has two children. Kevin Hart’s fashion style is becoming just as popular as his comedic career.

Black Givenchy Sunglasses:

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Givenchy Star Embroidered Polo:

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$293

Balmain Biker Jean:

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$1360

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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Get That Look: Scott Disick

Look Like the “Lord”

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One of the most talked about reality stars of the current time is Scott “Lord” Disick. Best known for his relationship with Kourtney Kardashian and his appearances on the craze of Kardashian shows, Disick has become a style icon. No matter his involvement in a number of controversies, Scott Disick is becoming very well known in the fashion industry.

Givenchy Navy Blue Flight Bomber Jacket:

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Grey Alexander Wang Hoodie:

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$222

Oxblood Del Toro x Cotton Citizen Tie-Dye Sweatpants:

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$275

Saint Laurent 10H High-Top Sneakers:

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$709