Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Next September Issue

Carine Roitfeld

Being the die-hard magazine junkie I am, I was thrilled to hear that Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of French Vogue, has confirmed she will be launching a quarterly print magazine covering the subjects of fashion, beauty and art  [insert applause here]. Recognizing the power of the internet, Roitfeld stated that she would “start with print” even though she initially wanted to do an online magazine.  Though she is not giving up much in the way of the name of the magazine, she did name famed photographer Mario Testino, fashion editor/stylist Marie-Amelie Sauve, and Harper’s Bazaar Creative Director, Stephen Gan as part of the “dream team” she would be working with on the magazine [insert tiny squeals of delight here].

I am super excited about Roitfeld’s vision for the magazine. In an interview with online magazine Dazed Digital, Carine spoke of wanting to make the magazine “. . . more iconic, more collectible” she went on to say she wanted to “make something really beautiful, chic, different . . .”

Despite my growing addiction to fashion, art and design blogs, I will forever be addicted to the touch of the glossy page. I have nothing against the Kindle or the Nook, but I must say, I do prefer the book!

The first issue will be a September issue due out next Fall . . . . in English!!

read full story here [Fashionologie]

Commissioned Elegance

Italian Trade Commission Collection, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2012

The Italian Trade Commission (ITC) is a government agency that promotes trade and business opportunities between Italian and foreign companies. Being that Italy produces some of the world’s most luxurious fashion and leather goods, the collaboration between Italy’s Trade Commission and the Academy of Art University sounds like a match made in heaven! This year the ITC sponsored seven MFA Fashion Design students and one MFA Textile Design student from Academy of Art University. These eight students came together to create the Italian Trade Commission Collection, which was shown at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2012 show in New York this past week. The fashion school students who worked together for the last eight months to create the collection are Cecilia Q. Xie, Zenia Kim, Kate Lee, Ginie Huang, Jessie Jie Liu, Iglika Vasileva Matthews, Tanja Milutinovic and Ilana Dora Siegelman.

Using fabrics and trims hand picked from six of Italy’s well known fabric mills, the ITC Collection was a beautiful acknowledgement of the classic broad shoulders, form fitting pencil skirts, and flowing wide legged trousers of the 40’s and 50’s. Silver screen starlets of the past, like Joan Crawford or Gene Tierney, could have slipped into any of these garments and been just as elegant today as in times past. The collection consisted of separates, jackets, dresses and gowns. A muted palette of neutral beiges, taupes, creams, grays and silver, provided an added sense of luxuriousness and allowed the fabric textures to speak freely to the movement of the body.

This collection was well executed and modern. There was a nice balance between flowing and structured lines. The flow, drape and cut of the fabrics on the body kept the silhouettes feminine, while the straight lines of the shoulders and necklines provided a lady-like strength.  These clothes make me wish Casual Friday’s at the office . . . . and Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays, for that matter, were a thing of the past.

In Praise of Individual Style

Karla Deras

I classify myself as a hardcore “Inspiration Cultivist” . . . . I see in pictures and I live for imagery that sparks creativity and corresponding squeals of delight (from myself that is…) As an avid reader of fashion magazines and style blogs, I find there is much to be inspired by. However, nothing inspires me and gets my fashion juices bubbling more, than a style mix of vintage, designer, and high street fashion. In my book, this is a delicious recipe for individual style!

When I first began exploring the blogosphere, I stumbled upon Karla Deras of Karla’s Closet  and have been blessed with style inspiration, and frankly, a resulting style crush ever since. Karla is a free spirit who embraces her curves and lets her moods dictate her daily wardrobe. Her philosophy is a direct reflection of my own style philosophy . . . . in an interview with  Stylelikeu Karla says, “I definitely don’t think you have to dress a certain way to be different, but you should dress and wear what you feel good in even if it is different.” I echo her sentiments. I want to encourage you all to embrace individuality. Don’t look to the masses for approval. Rather, look to your own likes and fancies and hold them as the authority to please.

We are all uniquely and wonderfully made. The way I see it, that mere fact automatically catapults you to collector’s item status!!! As my company mission statement says; I encourage you to foster individuality and invite others to celebrate theirs!

Visit Karla @ her blog and be inspired!!!

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