Friday, August 28, 2009
Karl Lagerfeld has had Lily Allen photographed to promote a new line of Chanel handbags for September 2009, where she is wearing a tiara similar to Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys. Lagerfeld has always tried to have Allen sit front row at his fashion shows and she has also developed a line of dresses, shoes, and accessories named Lily Loves. She won Glamour of the Year Award, the Highstreet Fashion Award, as best dressed celeb, and the 9th best style role model in British magazine "Look". She also has a talk show, Lily Allen and Friends. She was born in England into a musical family and her best known music is "Smile", "Oh My God, and "LDN".
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Sensai's fifth year penetrating the U.S. market is now debuting what they call "The Creme" selling for $650. It is supposed to bring the same results as a face lift without the burden and risks of surgery. It is a complimentary product to Sensai's EX anti aging product which came out in 1989. The price tag hopefully reflects the extraordinary quality it provides.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Prada just announced its' opening of a five month temporary shop at Place Beauvau in Paris which is inspired by French poet Apollinaire. The designer, Robert Baciocchi, uses references to Mirabeau bridge in his decor, the inspiration for one of Apollinaire's most well known poems. The carpeting and sofas are done in lilac mixed with modern bronze and metal display cases. The floor is chequered in black and white, modeled after the original Milanese Prada store from 1913. A magnificent combination of both beautiful prose and soft colored and modern decor. Hopefully the store will remain at this location longer.
(credit given to Mauro Morello, creator of Bluetramonata Style blog)
Monday, August 24, 2009
Escada, a major fashion house based in Munich, Germany, has just declared bankruptcy after 36 years. The high end retailer was founded by Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley originally from Sweden and later bought by Procter and Gamble. They developed the brand into a sophisticated woman's line. Most outfits were trendy, yet classic and could be combined in a variety of ways. There were approximately 180 boutiques and 60 franchises worldwide,plus they sold additional merchandise in upscale department stores. They were also coordinated when it came to creating matching shoes, handbags, belts, and other accessories. They even had a collection of perfumes. At one time they had a lower priced line, Laurel. Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey was considering buying Escada as well as another venture group, unfortunately this was not in the cards. The CEO of Escada, formerly of Hugo Boss, tried to get investors to bail Escada out but this was not successful. The recession effected this designer, but other big names such as Dolce and Gabbana, Prada, and Gucci have been analyzed to have a safer future in this troublesome time.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Model Natalia Vodianova and her husband Justin Portman run the Naked Heart Foundation, which benefits underprivileged children in urban Russia. Businesswoman Eva Karayiantiss, the founder of the English label Caramel Baby and Child, have produced children t-shirts featuring a hand drawn heart that sells for $40 and are available at www. caramel-shop.co.uk and proceeds go to the foundation.
Chatila jewelry has been in business since 1860 and is headquartered in Geneva on the Rue du Rhone. It originated on Old Bond Street in London, in the Mayfair district, know for precious gems. The Chatila family is one of the few left where the company has remained in the family for six generations. It is an established expert in dealing with rare diamonds and other precious and semi-precious stones.
Clients can expect to find a precious necklace, bracelet, pendant, ring and watch collection. They have Jewelry and Fine Art Exhibitions around the world yearly. Most recently in Beirut, Lebanon, Bahrain, Moscow, and Doha, Quatar. Nicolas Chatila and his three sons all work on the selection and evaluation of stones. Chatila owns many rare red diamonds. A special piece is the 57-carat "Ragoon Splendour" which is the world's largest gem quality ruby. They have also possessed the legendary 87 carat D flawless, "Hapsburg" diamond which once belonged to the Austrian crown. The new face modeling a pair of white diamond drop earrings is Camilla Al Fayed, a model and known for being the daughter of Mohammed Al Fayed who is the owner of Harrods and the Ritz Hotel.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Play cologne by Givenchy has recently been featured in the September issue of American Elle magazine. It has a catchy theme that captures cultural icons; music and technology. The bottle is shaped like an MP3 player and features a black and white side with features such as fast forward, rewind, and play. The backdrop is red and black stripes which captures the concept of speed and sound. Justin Timberlake is the model and featured musician for the fragrance. Contests have been held where consumers can mix music and the winner of the contest wins a trip to a recording studio. Vanksen/Culture Buzz is the company responsible for the buzz about this high tech scent.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
It Is Love perfume is a fragrance which is a tribute to painter and photographer Salvador Dali. The perfume box is designed with a pair of lips surrounded by rhinestones, symbolic of Dali's art work. An exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art is currently showing his work. The perfume is classified as a floriental scent with notes of grapefruit, pomegranate pearl, pink pepper, everlasting flower, narcissus, iris, crystal musk, vanilla sandalwood, and sweet amber. The perfume's notes seem as exotic as the pink and gold topped bottle, a work of art in progress.
Uma Thurman stars in an ad for Lancome's Miracle perfume. Better known as an actress, she did a campaign for Louis Vuitton. The ad is sultry and has a dark background with her face expressing the desire for a revelation. Pray for a miracle.
Friday, August 14, 2009
OPI nail polish has come up with a new gorgeous green fall shade. It has an autumn tone that will look good with the upcoming season's wardrobe. The name Dark Room fits the look of the polish well. OPI contains no Toulene, DBP, or formaldehyde, following the chemical free trend.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Essie nail polish has started a limited edition collection of Essie loves diamonds with jewelry owner Judith Ripka. There are three different shades; Heart My JR Jewels in a brown shade, Put a Ripka Ring on It which is pink, and Queen of Hearts in red. Customers can win a precious gemstone, hidden inside three different bottles will be a diamond, an emerald, or a sapphire. All Judith Ripka nail colors are infused with diamond dust. What are the odds of winning the prize, maybe you better count on just having gem like nails
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
The largest Burberry store in South East Asia has opened recently in Ion Orchard located in Singapore. It is a spacious store which carries the classic English line , but adds a modern twist with its' interior design and hipper clothing styles. It carries Burberry Prorsum, Burberry Lifestyle, Burberry Sport,Burberry London, and a line for children. The store has Ipod centers, WIFI and a LED screen set up for consumer and fashion technology purposes. The clothing store opened in 1856 and has come along way from its' traditional style, it is a mixture of both the old and the new. Burberry also has other locations in Singapore, including two Takishamaya department stores and Isetan.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Henri Bendel sells merchandise for dogs like other designers, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, and
Dolce and Gabbana. Bendel is presenting the Dog Days of Summer II at their 5th Avenue flagship store. There is the designer doggy shop. This area carries merchandise by Cece Kent who creates classy pooch accessories from hair clips to necklaces to totes. Ruff Love sells comfy and stylish dog apparel from t-shirts to dresses. A leash and collar bar carries Poochee contemporary collars and leashes including studded and camo collars for the rock star dog. The toy bar has Sweet Meats which sells handmade and eco-friendly plush puppy toys. Sushi Pups carries sushi-shaped toys with a tuna bone maki. Dogs can clamor for cosmetics and grooming services at the Doggy Beauty Bar. it offers hypoallergenic natural canine grooming products such as Liquid cleansers and Multivitamin Tonic. Hurry up and bring your dog because this event lasts from July 28 and ends August 3rd. Canine couture is also partnering with Best Friends NYC where your dog can enter a photo contest and win prizes, proceeds will go to charity.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Benefit has come out with three new fragrances all designed in the shape of cocktail shakers. They are named Laugh with me Lee Lee, Something about Sophia, My Place or Yours Gina. The first seems to have the most woodsy fragrance, Something about Sophia is sweeter, and My Place or Yours Gina has been compared to Thierry Muglar's Angel with its' vanilla base and pink pepper. Perfect seasonal marketing for perfumes that imitate beach drinks and summertime fun.