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Caring for Your Skin

Skin problems are more common in the teenage years, and many of us think that pimples and adolescence go together. However, skin issues are by no means limited to those years. In fact, many people find that they struggle with their skin well into their adult life. In some cases, such as yours, even if they did not have such issues during their adolescent or teen years!

The good news is that it’s never too late to develop a daily skincare regimen. In fact, it’s a good idea to take care of your skin, whether you’re dealing with skin problems or not. Even those who enjoy great, low-maintenance skin in their teens and 20s will be better off later in life if they take the time now to nourish and care for their skin. A good skin care regimen will keep skin clear and healthy, and it may even help combat skin problems that arise with age, such as fine lines and wrinkles.

A good home skin care routine won’t banish your acne problems overnight. It’s also possible that your condition requires medical treatment of some kind. We’ll talk about caring for your skin below; however, it’s important to note that your doctor should be in the loop as you handle this issue. Your doctor is the expert best equipped to give you insights related to your situation and needs. With that said, let’s talk about general skin care techniques and tips!

Let’s start with the obvious: you must wash your face, and you must do it often. Experts recommend washing your face twice a day: that’s once in the morning and once at night. You may only bathe or shower once a day, but your face needs a bit more care for that. The skin on your face produces oils that attract impurities and must be washed away. Plus, you may wear makeup, sunscreen, and other products on your face that are best cleaned off after several hours of wear. For healthy-looking skin the natural way, cleanse and tone daily.

Washing your face is skin care’s bare minimum. There’s more you can--and should--do. One major step to take is to tone and moisturize after you wash your face. Moisturizing, as the name suggests, will help bind in hydration, preventing your skin from drying out. Choose your moisturizer with care, though, because not all moisturizers are the same. It’s important to choose a moisturizer that agrees with your skin type: for instance, if you have oily skin, you’ll need a hydrating oily skin moisturizer. Pairing the wrong moisturizer with your unique skin type could enable your skin’s worst tendencies, making oily skin worse, dry skin even drier, and so on.

In between washing and moisturizing, you may want to apply toner as well. Toner’s purpose is to finish the job your facial cleanser started while setting the stage for your moisturizer. It also adds hydration. Cleansers use ingredients like oil to help dissolve and snap up the nasty stuff on your face, but those ingredients themselves can linger in small amounts on your face when you’ve finished cleansing. Toner is designed in part to wash that last bit of film from your face and readies your face for moisturizing.

If you wash your face twice a day and moisturize afterward--especially if you use a toner--you are in pretty good shape in terms of basic home skin care. However, it’s also important to protect your skin when you’re on the go during the day. One of the single most important things you can do is to protect your skin from excess sun. Using sunscreen is an absolute must. Your face and any other exposed areas should be treated with sunscreen before you spend too much time outdoors under any circumstances. This will help prevent sunburns and unattractive skin problems, and it may help protect you from skin cancer and other major health risks.

By the way, you may have heard that there is a connection between what you eat and how your skin looks. However, that connection is tenuous at best. So while you should still avoid eating unhealthy greasy foods (they’re not good for you in other ways), and while you should be careful about touching greasy foods and then touching your own face, you can rest easy knowing that the act of digesting those foods is often not connected to your skin issues.

If you are washing your face and moisturizing twice a day--especially if you’re also using toner--and if you are applying sunscreen when necessary, then you are taking care of all of the skin care basics that you should be. Sometimes, however, the basics are not enough. What else can you do to care for you skin?

For specific situations like excess acne, you may want to turn to specially designed products and even, in some cases, medical treatments.

Identifying the right products to use isn’t always easy, as there are plenty of manufacturers out there that would love to get their hands on your money. Keep an eye out for reliable name brands, and follow instructions with care. An acne-specific cleanse, for instance, may be designed to take the place of your usual skin cleanser. Other products may be applied at other times in your routine.

It’s never a bad idea to loop a medical professional in on your decision-making process here. If your acne issues are bad enough, you may find that a prescription solution is best. Even if you treat your acne just with over-the-counter products, a doctor’s advice will be invaluable for helping you determine which products are helpful and which ones are pseudoscientific nonsense.

Good luck! With luck, you’ll find that a simple and regular skincare routine is all you need to return to the clear-skinned days of your luckier youth. Remember to stick to your routine even after you’ve achieved the skin you want--caring for your skin is part of a healthy lifestyle.Read more at:cheap formal dresses online | vintage formal dresses

Publicerat klockan 12:11, den 23 maj 2018
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The advantages and disadvantages of wearing miniskirts

Many girls especially like to wear miniskirts. Wearing miniskirts also has many advantages and disadvantages. For professional women, wearing miniskirt can reflect a temperament.

Benefits of wearing mini-skirts:

1. The summer wear short skirt can achieve the function of "relieve the heat", let your legs feel relaxed and free, the lower body feels cool and refreshing.

2. Show her beautiful figure and show her two long legs.

3, expose oneself sexy curve, short skirt is fashionable, sexy, can show the perfect body that love beautiful woman.

Wearing a mini-skirt is a sign of confidence. It is easy to cool off when exercising, and it is more convenient for the legs to show a pair of long legs that are longer than the opponent's. The company's young working women dress up to their status, make themselves more comfortable at work and more confident when talking to their bosses.

The disadvantages of wearing short skirts:

Sometimes it's easy to get lost.

2 wear miniskirt although cool, can also be a double-edged sword, because wear miniskirt directly to expose a woman's lower body, more vulnerable to attack. Originally the young woman that suffers from the disease of department of gynaecology wears miniskirt, because the air is damp and warm, easy aggravate department of gynaecology disease.

The embodiment of character: miniskirt is a kind of casual dress, do not suit especially formal occasion.

How should the miniskirt match?

1. Classic white shirt, loose and elegant version, retro and elegant style, exudes a lady's temperament. Simple combination of short green short skirt, the appearance of a lady's breath, with vintage single shoes, super taste of dress up.

2. The white shirt with lace collar is not very tasty. With a touch of elegance, it feels very comfortable. Pair with purple short skirt, black vintage single shoe, exceed the celebrity daughter gold model.

3. White sleeveless shirt, exquisite little filet decoration, enhance the sense of fashion, plus the design of the body to highlight the perfect figure. Collocation horizontal stripe short skirt, white one shoe, give a person the feeling is very understanding.

4 black silk stockings are not only fashionable and sexy, but also have a good thin leg effect. With this shiny floral miniskirt and plain white shirt, do you have a retro taste?

5. The beauty of classic black and white collocation, white shirt, black mini skirt of tall waist collocation of cultivate one's morality, waist line of ascension effectively elongate the leg proportion, legs more slender, black has played a more narrow visual effect.

6. Black and white stripe T-shirt, has a lot to play on the coat color choices space, want to wear some plain coloured, directly choose black or white T-shirt, if you want to is nifty and lovely, can choose bright color to try to match.

7. White chiffon shirt gives a pure, confident breath, the fishtail skirt gives a woman taste and enchanting feeling. This dress is suitable for the office, the top and bottom are pure color collocation, simple and simple, a gust of wind hit. Shoes can be chosen in heels or heels, because the color of the skirt is bright, and it is recommended to choose black or grey in the color of the shoes.

8. The princess sleeve chiffon shirt of the grid, reveal the breath of the little woman faintly, the white lotus leaf is miniskirt, show sex appeal. The chiffon is tucked into the skirt, which perfectly improves the position of the waist line. This white mini-skirt can also be paired with a bright top, but it's not recommended to wear a T-shirt.

9. Whether short skirts are printed or plain, they can be paired with a white shirt, a regular collar or a mini collar and a miniskirt. A miniskirt paired with a shirt can neutralize a shirt's professional feel. Notice that you need to put your shirt on the bottom of your skirt so you can look at the length of your legs.Read more at: |

Publicerat klockan 10:11, den 3 maj 2018
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Fashion designer Neeta Lulla to work on Ashutosh Gowariker's 'Panipat'

Ace fashion designer Neeta Lulla will create the costumes for Ashutosh Gowariker's upcoming period film "Panipat".

The National Award-winning designer has earlier worked with Gowariker on "Jodhaa Akbar" and "Mohenjo Daro".

She recently designed the costumes for Kangana Ranaut's "Manikarnika".

"Peshwa's historical and traditional lineage will reflect in the costumes of the film. Ashutosh Gowariker is a visionary and working with him is always a treat. We will create magic through our costumes and give fluidity to the narrative through our well researched styling," Lulla said in a statement.

The film, which features Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon and Sanjay Dutt in pivotal roles, is based on the third battle of Panipat that took place in 1761.

"It has been wonderful working with Neeta, especially on the Rajput and Mughal dressing, followed by the Gujarati and Bengali styles. Her range is fantastic. And now, I am looking forward to working with her on the Maharashtrian dressing and more, in Panipat," Gowariker said.

In the film, Arjun plays the role of Maratha leader Sadashivrao Bhau while Sanjay Dutt is portraying Ahmad Shah Durrani.

Art director Nitin Desai is once again working with Gowariker for "Panipat" and will recreate the Shaniwar Wada for the film at ND Studios.

The film has a release date of December 6, 2019 and will be produced by Sunita Gowariker and Rohit Shelatkar's Vision World.Read more at:formal dresses melbourne | bridesmaid dresses australia

Publicerat klockan 11:50, den 27 april 2018
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Hot on the heels of a triumphant collaboration

Hot on the heels of a triumphant collaboration with Estee Lauder, Victoria Beckham has returned to the fashion fold by joining forces with sportswear giant Reebok.

Making the announcement back in November 2017, little is known about what the range will offer but, given each of their stances on empowerment, it’s safe to say that championing women will be front and centre.

It is thought that the collaboration will come under Reebok’s Innovation Collective – an initiative that has previously worked alongside Vetements and Cottweiler.

“Having the opportunity to realise my aesthetic within a sportswear environment is something that I have long wanted to do,” Beckham says.

“Partnering with Reebok will enable me to further promote my vision in a new category. It’s incredibly exciting to work with such an iconic brand that epitomises my belief in encouraging women to be the best version of themselves.”

Posting on Instagram, Beckham has shared a sneak peek of what’s to come with an image of her son, Romeo, posing in a black hoodie, while a recent event in Los Angeles unveiled a set of merchandise ahead of the collection.

The products are said to showcase the designer’s love of Reebok’s heritage and the iconic Nineties era that longstanding Reebok ambassador Shaquille O’Neal represents.

Attending the event together, Beckham and O’Neal posed for photos wearing T-shirts that featured the basketball legend’s jersey number, 34, while Beckham’s sons sported black and white hoodies embroidered with a list of O’Neals accomplishments on the back.

Expected to arrive in late 2018, the full collaboration remains under wraps but if you want to be one of the first to know as soon as any new information is released you can sign up here.Read more at:black formal dresses | evening dresses

Publicerat klockan 10:31, den 23 april 2018
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13 fashion rules UK royal family has to follow

The UK royals making a public appearance always makes for a spectacle. However, the likes of the Queen and Kate Middleton can’t just wear whatever they want - here are 13 rules they follow, and some of them may surprise you…

Queen wears colourful clothes: From bright coats in every shade to hats in every hue of the rainbow, the Queen often selects extremely colourful outfits when she’s out in public. According to the Queen’s biographer, Robert Hardman, she was quoted as saying: "I can never wear beige because nobody will know who I am."

By wearing colour, the Queen can stand out for the crowd and people can say, “I saw the Queen”.

Royal family always travel with a black outfit packed: All royals are required to bring a black outfit when they travel. This is in case a member of the royal family passes away during their trip.

Fur is banned: King Edward III banned all royals from wearing fur in the 14th century, although this rule has been broken. However, Kate and William suffered a backlash in 2016 when they wore traditional scarves trimmed with otter fur in Canada last year.

Royal women wear weights in their dress hems: To avoid dresses blowing up in the wind, women in the royal family put weights in their dress hems.

Clutch bags cover cleavage: The royal family always dress appropriately and avoid any skimpy or revealing outfits. However, on occasions, when they need to step out of cars, bags can play a big role in maintaining modesty.

Princess Diana was said to be a fan of using clutch bags to cover her chest and her bag designer Anya Hindmarch even called them her “cleavage bags.”

Clutches also prevent hand shaking: Kate Middleton will often hold a clutch bag with two hands in front of her. This is to prevent any situations where hand shaking could be awkward.

Colourful nail varnish is banned: For her public duties, the Duchess of Cambridge is always pictured with nude nails, and there is strict reason for this. According to OK! magazine, coloured nail varnish and fake nails are not part of the royal etiquette, and are typically considered to be “vulgar”.

No tiara if you aren’t married: Single women and children never wear tiaras and it is usually strictly reserved for married women.

According to etiquette expert Grant Harrold, who spoke to the BBC, the old rule is that hats are never worn indoors after 6pm, because that is when the ladies changed into evening dress, and tiaras and the family jewels would come out.

Handbags give secret signals: The Queen has secret signals to let her staff know when she is ready to stop talking to someone, it has been revealed.

According to royal historian Hugo Vickers, if the Queen is at an event and she wants to end a chat, she will shift her bag from her usual left side on to the right.

Her aides will then notice and usher the Queen away in a polite fashion.

She also uses her bag as a symbol she is ready to leave an event, as when she places it on a table, it gives her ladies-in-waiting their five-minute warning that she will soon be off.

UK Queen nearly always wears hats and gloves: Diana Mather from The English Manner etiquette consultancy told BBC that up until the 1950s, ladies were very seldom seen without a hat as it was not considered 'the thing' for ladies to show their hair in public.

The Queen is rarely seen without her gloves, which are often Michael Jackson-esque white or a dark-toned leather to match her handbag. She wears these for practical reasons during the daytime as she is frequently required to shake hands with hundreds of people and does not want germs being spread from person to person.

Prince George always wears shorts: William Hanson claims that shorts on young boys are a silent British class marker and trousers are deemed “suburban” – something no self-respecting royal would want to be considered.

The Queen gets someone to break in her shoes: To make sure that when she wears new shoes, she doesn't run the risk of sore feet or blisters the Queen employs a special trick - she gets a member of her staff to break in her footwear for her.

Queen Elizabeth nearly always wears a black pair of simple shoes by shoemaker Anello & Davide that are known as her "work" shoes that cost £1,000.

When a new box of the shoes arrives they are given to a junior member of Buckingham Palace staff who take the same size. It is believed that the staff member also wears a pair of beige cotton ankle socks when breaking in the shoes and is only allowed to walk on carpet.

They get one trial run outside to make sure they have decent grip before they grace the Queen's feet.

Tights are required: It was recently revealed by royal insider Victoria Arbiter that it is required of the women in the family to wear tights during public occasions.Read more |

Publicerat klockan 08:27, den 12 april 2018
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The fight between fast and high fashions

Fast fashion is not going away with its affordability and season-relevant looks that are always quick to capture the latest demands. While some American and European brands are losing their lustre, fast fashion brands like H&M, Zara and Topshop have risen to the top, driven by their expensive look but a cheaper price tag.

They feed on the thirst of consumers who like to buy and own goods that are contemporary and priced lower.

Creative director and fashion designer Cassey Gan said fast fashion is dangerous because it feeds and lives on brand-new collections and consumers’ desire for the latest.

“Fast fashion is also damaging to the environment because the amount ended up in a landfill is massive due to overproduction and hunger for newness.

“To a consumer, when something is less expensive, chances of it being valued and well taken care of is lower,” she told The Malaysian Reserve (TMR).

Despite her different views, she believes both high and fast fashion will remain due to the demand.

“The reality is not everyone will be able to afford high fashion or on a regular basis.

I can understand why designer brands have to be highly priced. It is because the amount of research put into developing a collection, the techniques, the ideas and the artistry involved are intensive.

“For mega brands, their products have to be expensive because the amount of money they spent on marketing is huge,” she said.

High fashion is seasonal, the planning and designing works will take months to accomplish before a season which the designs are meant to be released for.

“I personally think that although dangerous, fast fashion will be here to stay for a good while. It will take a few generations to make a positive change and it has to start with education,” she said.

But Gan believes the public and the mass market need to be educated about independent designers.

Freelance fashion model Alicia Amin said fast fashion is not sustainable and dangerous on its own.

“All these items may look good. It’s good that people can afford them, but they are damaging the intellectual property of the high fashion designers and in general are not sustainable,” she told TMR.

Luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Burberry still cater to their high-end markets, while lower-priced expensive looks aim to attract both priceand look-conscious consumers who update their lookbooks and social media, tagged #ootd.

According to SteamGreen, the textile industry is one of the biggest contributors to world pollution due to the whole production and consumption process that results in large carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into the atmosphere, totalling to about 3% of the global CO2 production.

The Malaysia Retail Industry Report by Retail Group Malaysia stated that the fashion and fashion accessories subsector saw a strong rebound in the last quarter of 2017, at 7.8%.Read more at:vintage formal dresses | formal dresses australia

Publicerat klockan 05:31, den 10 april 2018
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Look book, with love

We were greeted by another fashion week, in Delhi this month. While the FDCI Amazon India Fashion Week Winter/Fashion 2018 went without much ado, there were many styling tips for the willing in the style capital (and the real one too) of this country. Notes from what the fashion fraternity are wearing these days, to what can become a part of the fashion conscious’s everyday wear:

Ombre and metallic shades

Metallic accents on accessories are more popular than ever. The advantage that they have is that they’re easy to pair, for whoever likes dressing up in a relaxed manner. They can be creatively used by moving away from metal in jewellery; instead, wearing them as accents on clothes, as trimmings, or as purses, bags and clutches. Sneakers with metal accents, and in gold, platinum and silver are everywhere, as though we are in 2005 again.

Salwar and boots

They’re androgynous, they’re sexy, and there you have already ticked most of the required parameters to stay in vogue. Boots marched all over the floors of the fashion week this season. Designers have found the perfect excuse to put those feet into boots in tepid weather, by breeding them with mules, and making them open-toed. Still not all-weather friendly, but thankfully we’ve come a long way from uggs and crocs.

Hat-tip to vintage

All things vintage have been explored to no end, and yet, they seem to inspire more and more designers every season. Pero’s collection at the FDCI Amazon India Winter/Autumn Fashion week had us smiling at the lovely big flowers embroidered in bright fuschia shades all over their clothes.

Anupama Dayal has always been big on vintage; while last season we found her tipping over to floral maxis in luxurious silk, this season Dayal found her inspiration in the rich kadhai traditions of Lucknow. Anju Modi’s collection also stuck to the traditional Indian aesthetic very strongly, using natural fabrics, and exaggerated modest silhouettes to win this round.

The travel vibe

People do not seem to be giving up on the person they are on their travels round-the-clock, as we get deeper into the age of millenials. No wonder so many designers seem to be focussing on the ‘travel look’, that is being adapted into an everyday vibe. Seychelles is the destination of choice for swimwear/clubwear designers Shivan & Narresh, and we’re completely sold on it. Borrowing from the Edo Art aesthetic, their collection features tropical prints, and pop-up colours that make their signature prints look even more fantastical. What really worked for us, however, was the fresh eyewear collection that jazzes up their now-getting-slightly-familiar swimsuits.

Fur and leather accents

It’s summer, so we aren’t quite recommending it to you yet, but keep in mind for the upcoming months ahead, when the summer season cools down, that we haven’t quite seen the last of faux fur and leather yet all over our clothes. Faux fur, extending into accessories, like the fun Fendi bags from last season, gives the needed drama when you’re done with normcore.Read more at: |

Publicerat klockan 11:56, den 30 mars 2018
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I turn up when I feel like there’s something to say

What compels a designer to stop showing at Australia's leading fashion week, and then start again?

For Lee Mathews, it was a new chapter in her 15-year-old business.

"I’m not one for overdoing things. I turn up when I feel like there’s something to say," she said. "This year I have employed a new designer into the business and I wanted to mark the occasion with giving her the opportunity to showcase what she wants to do to take the business forward."

Natalia Grzybowski joined the business after stints at Lover, Josh Goot and Alice McCall.

Mathews said it was the right time to bring in a fresh point of view.

"I got to the point where I thought I had been doing the same thing, I pushed as hard as I could to evolve the business," Mathews said. "But I needed a fresh point of view – it took me a long time to find someone I could do it with."

Mathews said having Grzybowski on board would free her up to bring back some of her production to Australia, even though, she said, it may lead to higher prices.

"It’s not about price, it’s about perception in the end. Feeling like you are part of your own domestic industry," Mathews said. "It’s a risk [to raise prices] but I am ready to do it because it’s important. It’s nice to have contact with the local makers again, it has been a really long time."

Mathews is among more than 25 confirmed designers showing over the five days of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia, which kicks off with Camilla and Marc at dusk on May 13.

Highlights of the program, which was announced in Sydney this evening, include a presentation by Briton Emilia Wickstead, a favourite designer of the Duchess of Cambridge, and a special show marking Akira Isogawa's 25th year in the industry.

Another show bound to attract attention is from musical group Client Liaison, who are releasing their first full fashion range following a successful merchandise pop-up in 2017.

Closing the week is the queen of the kaftan, Camilla, who will also hold the first show of Weekend Edition, the consumer event that runs after the conclusion of the industry shows.

Mathews said her resort range took its inspiration from the late Mexican architect Luis Barragan to the late artist Donald Judd, with plenty of block colour and print-on-print designs.

"It’s art meets architecture meets Annie Alba’s textiles ... Natalia’s aesthetic is very modern but beautiful," Mathews said.

"I keep saying to her just remember not everything can be cool and linear, it has to be fluid."

While Mathews also remains "fluid" about her business model, which includes seven stores and international distribution through and Net-a-Porter, she is loyal to her bricks-and-mortar roots.

"I don't want to walk away from [bricks and mortar] because of the relationship thing; how the stores look, what they represent as a vessel for what you do when things are becoming so large scale, so over-comodified," she said. "There was a moment in time when that was all going to disappear … I had that moment too and I was concerned by it but I feel like I have moved past that."Read more at:cheap formal dresses online | white formal dresses

Publicerat klockan 06:47, den 22 mars 2018
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An Exclusive Interview with Fashion Legend Guo Pei

Looking at Guo Pei, one wouldn’t guess that this petite woman with a bob was the fashion powerhouse she is. Diminutive, pretty and still looking very much like a college student, the 50-year-old has a gentleness unmarred by circumstance, and a poised attitude that’s a study in etiquette. Unexpected traits from someone so high up in the industry.

High up she certainly is though. Since launching her business two decades ago – when luxury brands were a foreign concept in China – the designer has become a trailblazer in the country’s fashion realm, building her atelier, Rose Studio, into an internationally admired name whose gravity defying creations are so intricately crafted that they caught the attention of Lady Gaga. If one can talk of Chinese haute couture today, it’s because of her.

“I’ve just been sticking to my own ideas,” she says almost dismissively, “and tried always to be persistent and passionate about what I do. It’s all about following a routine – that’s the most challenging and interesting part of the job.”

For her fashion house, that has meant years of honing a level of craftsmanship so meticulous it now equals, and in some cases surpasses, the technical feats of Paris couture.

Reinterpreting both Eastern and Western motifs, her couture collections are displays of sartorial grandeur; risk-taking designs that draw easy comparisons to the aesthetic of Alexander McQueen.

Like the late British designer, her works are created to be worn. But could also easily sit in a museum: lavishly embellished, they are made of visionary garments, from weighty, exaggerated dresses and skirts moulded into bell shapes to majestic headpieces that are total fantasy or, as fashion mogul Hong Huang once described them “Chinese embroidery on steroids.”

One dress alone, made entirely of golden panels, took 50,000 hours to finish.

“For that particular gown we adjusted the shape millions of times, and worked on the embroidery over and over again,” Guo recalls. “It’s a personal milestone, and, in a way, I think it really marked the emergence of haute couture here.”

Guo debuted it in 2005, after a visit to the Musée de l’Armée in Paris where she found herself inspired by Napoleon Bonaparte’s regal military uniforms. One hundred artisans worked on it.

Today, her studio counts a team of 450 people, 300 of whom are exclusively specialized in traditional hand embroidery. Yearly, they generate 3,000 to 4,000 pieces for some 500 regular clients, including public figures from China’s and the world’s highest political, media and social circles.

Dresses go from anything between RMB40,000 to RMB5 million. Although Guo says margins are low, it’s an impressive volume for a couture operation, one no doubt tied to relatively cheap labor.

The road to get here, Guo says, has been a long one.

The daughter of an army platoon leader who later held a high-ranking position in the state housing authority, Guo was born in Beijing in 1967, at the start of the Cultural Revolution. Her family remained in the capital, and in 1982 she enrolled in fashion studies at Beijing Second Light Industry School. China lacked any sort of worldly information about fashion at the time, but that did not stop the designer from falling in love with the art of dressmaking.

Upon graduating in 1986, she first took a job designing children’s clothing and, soon after, went on to work for woman’s fashion company Tianma, one of the first generation of privately owned businesses in a China where the drab, functional Mao uniforms that had been obligatory wear were starting to disappear. She stayed on 10 years, taking a profit share in Tianma that allowed her to save enough money to start her own bespoke atelier, Rose Studio, in 1997.

Located in Beijing’s 798 Art District, an industrial area of former power plants and factories, the studio – a non-descript three-story office building that also acts as exhibition hall for some of her dresses – is a far cry from anything you’d imagine when thinking of couture. Yet it’s here that Guo took the first steps towards the exclusive art of custom-fitted clothing.

Eight years after starting her brand, she made her foray into haute couture with a first collection of 38 dresses (including the gold ball gown) showcased in front of China’s key fashion media in Beijing. Her star soared.

Guo has been holding fashion shows every two or three years since – surreal, opulent spectacles that resemble art performances rather than simple runway walks, with references to Chinese fairytales and the yearnings of a woman, gothic impressions and long-lost dreams.

In 2008, three of her designs inspired by Chinese elements such as jade and pagodas were selected to be worn by the medal presenters, tray bearers and athlete escorts at the Beijing Olympics victory ceremonies. Chinese singer Song Zuying also donned one her creations during the closing night, a gown adorned in 200,000 Swarovski diamonds sewn on by hand.

In an almost submissive manner, however, Guo does not hold the event as the highlight of her career. “The gowns I produce for events like the Olympics, or for some of my clients, don’t really represent me as a designer,” she says.

“I like to think of them as mere commodities, rather than genuine reflections of my own artistic inclination. In a way, I am just a seamstress, a service person who does what the customer wants.”

If such dutiful attitude has proved popular among her wealthy clientele, it has also acted as a double-edged sword. In 2009, after a number of hostesses for the televised Spring Festival Gala – a star-studded show produced by China Central Television (CCTV), and shown on the eve of Chinese New Year with a yearly viewership of over 700 million spectators – wore her designs, a wave of Internet postings accused Guo of copying famous fashion houses in Paris.

“For a long time, particularly at the beginning, I’ve had to keep my head down,” she considers. “It’s hard when you want your ideas to thrive, yet have to satisfy your customers’ needs,” she explains.

“Particularly when they’re trying to follow the trends of the market rather than their own ideas. That’s why I like what I call my ‘harsh clients,’” she adds. “Women who know themselves well and have high standards. Women who really understand beauty. I think those kind of customers are a propelling force for us designers.”

Perhaps no one better than legendary model Carmen Dell’Orefice fits such description. The eternally elegant fashion icon, whose career began in 1945, is one of Guo’s biggest fans. The designer flew her in from New York in 2010 for her third collection – held in the National Stadium at the Olympic Village before an audience of 2,600 people – and dressed her in a bejeweled sheath and an embroidered, furtrimmed cape fit for a Ming empress (and heavy enough to require an escort of four men…)

Talking about the experience, Dell’Orefice compared Guo to Charles James, America’s first couturier, saying she was “awestruck by the pure beauty. She brings some part of the Chinese history forward and jumps over Mao Zedong.”

Guo’s ambitions have only continued rising over the last few years. While she keeps delivering dazzling haute couture collections – the latter of which was presented to an audience of high-end New Yorkers at the first China Fashion Night Gala during last year’s NewYork Fashion Week – the designer has also made plans to open an atelier in Paris, and branched into what she calls “demi-couture.”

In 2012, she launched a bridal line called Chinese Bride, opening a wedding-themed flagship store in Shanghai’s Bund 22, one of the city’s premier luxury developments. Besides being more accessible, dresses don’t have a lead-time of three months, and can be made in two weeks.

It’s a smart move to target and lure the fast-growing ranks of upper-middle-class Chinese brides. The gowns, on their parts, are as stunning as her couture, and very much in line with the designer’s fashion identity.

“I’m trying to move beyond the recognized criteria of haute couture,” she says. “In that sense, I am still refining my ideas.

“I design stories. My design and clothes are my words,” she adds. Just sit tight and wait for the next chapter from this fashion storyteller.Read more at:cheap formal dresses online | one shoulder formal dresses

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Adriaen Black Launches E-commerce Site With Casual Clothes Inspired by Andrew Jang’s Pro-athlete Cli

Adriaen Black founder Andrew Jang has been creating bespoke clothes for pro athletes and is broadening his reach with more casual direct-to-consumer pieces.

The designer’s introductory collection includes $100 T-shirts, $275 hoodies and letterman and bomber jackets starting at $350. Each item has whimsical graphics, like one of a man seated on a bear with a baited fishing pole.

Reached in Dallas on Wednesday, the designer said he had appointments with the Houston Texans’ Jelani Jenkins, the Oakland Raiders’ EJ Manuel, Kansas City Chiefs’ Eric Berry and Baltimore Ravens’ Justin Forsett. On Super Bowl Sunday, Jang will be suiting up Philadelphia Eagles Brandon Graham and Caleb Sturgis off-the-field. Pro athletes have been asking Jang for a while to create styles that their families and friends could buy, so he decided to get into e-commerce. Jang said, “It just became one of those things, when people keep asking, you’re either really smart about it or you’re not. I decided if they’re asking, let’s see what we can do.”

Inspired by athletes that he works with, Jang created styles that are more mainstream and affordable. If first-year sales hit 10,000 units, that would make the company “very profitable,” Jang said.

He will also have a role in the 2018 Pro Athlete Business Combine. At the end of a meeting with the Miami Dolphins, a NFL executive asked if he would be interested in the event. “He said, ‘We’re just trying to help professional football players know that when they need to transition out of their football life, there are these resources available to them to transition to their working life.’” Jang said, “I just thought that was one of the coolest ideas. We’ve always heard about athletes spending all their money and going broke. This is a really great way to help these guys who have worked really hard to keep the money they have but then integrate them into society in a way that they never had a chance.”

Jang will also speak on one of the leadership panels, discussing the challenges of starting a clothing business. He will offer internships to six or so NFLers to give them a better sense of what that is all about. After agreeing on a new design, they will have to source the fabrics and learn how a product is made start-to-finish. There will later be a follow-up to understand pricing and to have them “push it live.” Jermon Bushrod of the Miami Dolphins, a client of Jang’s, has already signed up for an internship.

Jang said, “These are guys who are interested in owning their own clothing line or have already been interested in fashion. They’ll at least get firsthand knowledge if they love it or hate it. I don’t know if it will be successful. That’s the part that we don’t really care about. We just want to put them through it.”

In advance of the Feb. 18 NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Jang will be helping Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves decide on their custom-made, off-court attire. Before that happens, he will fly to Minneapolis to help out some Super Bowl-bound players. “It’s a typical crazy schedule for me,” Jang said. “We work with some top-name athletes. The ones that become friends of mine and of the label are the ones who still make a lot of money, are really good but sometimes play for the team that only has a 2-10 record. I’m just naturally attracted to the other 99 percent of all the other leagues.”Read more at:bridesmaid dresses | formal dresses

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Beloit Memorial High School (BMHS) is holding its own "Project Runway."

Students in the high school's fashion design class are making everything from tennis shoes to avant-garde designs. The new nine-week class is keeping students busy wrestling with sewing machines, measuring themselves and finding inspiration.

Students have worked on making paper dresses, beanies to sell on Etsy, shorts or lounge pants as well as fashion drawings. Some of the successful clothes are hoped to be sold at a consignment store, according to teacher Elizabeth Carpenter.

Fashion design students Nayely Arreola, Daisy Diaz and Amaya Avila designed a very puffy skirt out of paper strips, a tight bodice with butterflies on the skirt and a big sunflower on the back. The students agreed they enjoyed the endless possibilities offered in the class.

"I like creating my own things," Diaz said. "I like looking at fashion and mixing things around."

"You can come up with your own stuff you won't see anyone else wearing," Avila said.

Arreola said she felt proud of what she made and wants to go on to sew plush animals.

Avila wants to upcycle, and Diaz wants to make her own clothes.

Students Alex Rivera, Emma Henthorn and Alayna Daniels explained how they designed a more modern paper dress, with a tight top and skirt with a big bow in the back. They added a cage at the bottom and stars on the front.

"It's a steampunk idea with a modern twist," Rivera said. "We were putting a Lady GaGa twist on it with a giant bow."

The project had its challenges, as the students wanted to make a black design and had to use roofing paper. The hot glue on the paper would sometimes melt. Daniels said she liked bringing her ideas to life.

The class was challenging, with it taking a week alone to learn the art of drawing fashion body types. Then students had to come up with inspired looks for them. Henthorn drew inspiration from a Victorian egg; Rivera, a fox and Native American art; and Daniels, a chandelier.

The students went on to learn machine sewing, which was difficult for some. However, Henthorn picked it up quickly and helped her group with rethreading the machines. All the students agreed they like the class and the teacher.

"I like her creativity and she's very outgoing," Henthorn said.

"She's like the cool teacher," Rivera said.

"She's very fun and different like no teacher I've ever had," Daniels said.Read more at:formal dresses adelaide | plus size formal dresses

Publicerat klockan 07:52, den 18 januari 2018
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Why Are See-Through Accessories Suddenly a Thing?

Designers and trendsetters alike are following in the kitschy tradition of the jelly shoes of the late 1980s, but taking it up a notch. Accessories of all functions and styles have gone completely see-through.

The trend has been gaining speed over the last few years, with ready-to-wear collections showing a dash of skin through PVC materials, and has now reached its peak.

The look has already infiltrated celebrity style, taking over the street style looks of all sorts of icons. A supportive wife, Kim Kardashian is often spotted in Yeezy PVC Wedge Mules. She's worn the shoe in every occasion, from shopping to fashion week parties. Ariana Grande has been brave enough to sport a see-through bag, opting for the Chanel Jerry Can bag in a look she shared on Instagram with a faux fur Urban Outfitters jacket and thigh-high Yeezy tubular boots.

Spring/Summer 2018 has proven to be the season of see-through, with Chanel trailblazing the way to making all types of accessories 100 percent transparent. Just about every designer that embraced the trend showed it in footwear, while a brave few took it a step further and introduced it to handbags and beyond.

In Alexander Wang's collection transparent shoes were upfront and centre with plastic uppers on sandals that appeared almost barefoot or even thigh-high boots made entirely from mesh materials with PVC at the foot. At the other end of the spectrum, Oscar de la Renta went a more subtle route, showing classic, pointed toe stilettos made see-through yet accented with blocks of colour ranging from sleek cap-toes to modern colour splatters.

Off-White, however, went rather avant-garde with the see-through trend. Still only bringing the style to footwear, Virgil Abloh's see-through designs looked like typical opaque pumps that had been wrapped in plastic.

The Chanel collection took the trend to the extreme, making every single accessory for Spring/Summer 2018 entirely see-through. Along with many, many cap toe PVC boots, Chanel's accessory selection included clear handbags, gloves, hats, and even capes. Mimicking the mesh detailing on layered skirts and dresses in the collection, these accessories prove that the purpose of fashion is no longer to cover the body. But this raises the question: what is the point of an accessory if you can see right through it?

These accessories allow us to embrace what is traditionally covered up — imperfect feet, a bad hair day, or the hoarder-level mess that has taken over a handbag. See-through accessories put these flaws on display and transform them from blemishes to fashion. As for Chanel's transparent capes and gloves, now a rainy day doesn't need to take away from a chic outfit.Read more at:cocktail dresses australia |

Publicerat klockan 08:46, den 11 januari 2018
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Halifax street style: Argyle Street

Wearing: jacket and shoes, Zara; jeans, H&M; blouse, Frenchy’s; sweater: Club Monaco; purse, Old Navy; scarf, purchased while traveling abroad

How would you describe your style?

My style has always been very basic, simple and classic. I don’t like to overcomplicate my outfits and I always stick to neutral colours. I am always on the hunt for sales and I never buy anything full price, which is a big money-saver! When it comes to my style, the saying “less is more” is quite accurate.

Who/where do you derive inspiration from when putting together an outfit? Instagram is definitely my inspirational tool nowadays. I can spends hours on Instagram looking at various outfits on different fashion accounts without even realizing I’ve spent a good chunk of my day scrolling through photos.

How does living in Halifax affect your fashion choices?

I just moved to Halifax this summer but it’s already influenced my style quite drastically. It’s a very trendy city so it’s nice to be able to see different fashion trends whether you're in line getting a coffee or going for a walk at Point Pleasant. I would also say the weather here is definitely the number one factor that affects my fashion choice. I tend to dress in layers as the weather is a bit unpredictable so wearing an oversized scarf or a comfy knitted cardigan is definitely key during winters in Halifax.

Name a current trend that you just can't get on board with?


Bold colours or differing patterns have always been considered a trend but that is something I could never get on board with. My colour scheme never seems to go further than browns or maybe even a forest green but I’ve always admired those who can pull off bold colours or patterns.Read more at:formal dresses online | evening dresses online

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Fast forward: the five people who will influence how we dress in 2018

The urge to have a new look in a new year rises, like the regret over that extra roast potato you had with your turkey, with the lull between Christmas and New Year. But don’t agonise over what to wear. Instead, let the experts do the thinking for you. Follow these five people now and you’ll be on the quickest route to what looks great in 2018. You’re welcome.

Venetia Scott

For fashion insiders, the name Venetia Scott has been spoken with reverence for ages. That’s a result of the stylist – and sometime photographer – having the knack for images that mix a sort of playful girlishness with a sense of colour and cool. Expect that combination to trickle down to everyone’s wardrobe this year: Scott is now fashion director of British Vogue. When announcing the appointment, Vogue’s editor, Edward Enninful, said: “Visionary, influential and inspiring are overused terms, but in this case appropriate to describe Venetia’s work.” High praise, but deserved. Scott’s personal style is also worth a steal. Expect hair ribbons on a low ponytail to become irresistible in 2018.

Virgil Abloh

Abloh’s label, Off White, is only three years old and he didn’t even train in fashion. That doesn’t stop him being 2018’s answer to Demna Gvasalia – or, in fashion terms, a Really Big Deal. Abloh started out as an architect and worked as Kanye West’s creative director. He launched Off White as streetwear and it still does a swift trade on the hypebeast scene. However, with spring/summer 18, it went next-level. Naomi Campbell opened the show, the clothes were a tribute to Princess Diana and he made cycling shorts happen. Abloh has been rumoured to take over at Versace.

David Hägglund

Sure, the likes of Boohoo and Missguided form the glitzy Insta end of fast fashion now, but a new designer at Topshop and Topman is still huge news for most of our wardrobes. David Hägglund, working across both brands since September, is masterminding 2018’s take on style for the stores as we speak. It has been suggested that the Swedish designer, who previously worked for H&M, will bring more of a Scandi look to the British high-street stalwart. We predict rock’n’roll jeans, minimal separates and just a pinch of kook. It’s a formula we can get behind.

Natacha Ramsay-Levi

Chloé as a brand is known for a frilly kind of girlishness; one that comes soft-focus, with 70s references. Natacha Ramsay-Levi, its new designer, worked with the creative director at Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquière – so she doesn’t really do pretty-pretty. Instead, she brought her first collection for Chloé into the world with a scowl and an eye roll. The models looked a bit stroppy and the clothes had a slightly odd quality: never picture perfect. They were, however, still very desirable: slinky suiting, floral frocks with biker boots and biker jackets over white sweatshirts. Expect quirks like this to become very appealing in 2018. We should also study her bow outfit. High waisted cropped mid-blue jeans and snakeskin printed shirt is a look I, for one, want to be friends with.

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert

You know how red is a thing? That is partly thanks to Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert. The senior fashion editor at Vogue Japan is a longtime favourite of street style photographers for her ability to look like Audrey Hepburn while wearing an outfit borrowed from Big Bird. This most recent round of shows saw Battaglia Engelbert take it up a notch. There were leopard-print, feathers, arty sunglasses and smiles, always smiles. It was the red dress with red scarf, red “LIFE” clutch and red fluffy sandals that clinched it. This is the essence of the red trend. Watch how it dissipates to those without a “feather” section in their wardrobe – ie, you – any moment now.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses online | formal dresses 2017

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In fashion news today

Hot off the heels of Vetements announcing it will show during men’s fashion week in Paris rather than haute couture week and the CFDA confirming men’s autumn/winter shows will join women’s at New York Fashion Week in 2018, Bottega Veneta has revealed it will be making the move from Milan Fashion Week to New York come February. The move will mark the opening of its New York flagship store early next year, with the Italian fashion house set to close the day, following Nicole Miller and Cushnie et Ochs on February 9.

J.W. Anderson has joined the likes of Balenciaga, Burberry and Salvatore Ferragamo and announced it will show its men’s collection alongside its women’s in a co-ed presentation during London Fashion Week, from next February. The new development will see J.W. Anderson present two as opposed to four shows per year and while the reasons behind the change are unclear, the move can be understood to help to reduce costs and draw far more attention to his men’s collection.

Following the death of Azzedine Alaïa, founder his namesake label a month ago, the Paris-based house have announced they will continue to create new collections. With collections set to be presented in January and March it is still unknown who will design the upcoming pieces. The work of Alaïa will be celebrated by a number of exhibitions and events to be held in 2018 with a retrospective set to open at London's Design Museum in May.

The McGrath Foundation have announced their first annual Pink Picnic to celebrate a decade of the successful Pink Test fundraiser. The picnic will be held on Jane McGrath Day, January 6, 2018, and will see guests in a sea of pink and picnic hampers at Allianz Stadium. The picnic will allow fans of The Ashes to celebrate the third day of the Sydney test while raising funds for breast cancer.

Burberry have announced a new collaboration with model and activist Adwoa Aboah and photographer Juergen Teller to introduce the latest collection for January and February for the British fashion house. Juergen's intimate images of Adwoah and her family along Regent's Canal in North London reveal the new collection in it's neon glory. The collection will include neon, high-gloss trenches, The Giant tote reworked and their Doodle print across coats, dresses and sweatshirts available for purchase from December 26.Read more at:year 10 formal dresses | bridesmaid dresses australia

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The rise of the Russian boot - fashion archive, 1925

Walking through the snow

It is not difficult to see how Russian boots were evolved, for they are obviously appropriate protection for people accustomed to walking through deep snow. The width of the leg was no doubt designed so that the boots might be easily slipped over thicker protection than the stockings worn in our own country, and the resulting bagginess would not be so unsightly when worn with correspondingly bulky fur garments.

But when these boots are transferred from their original setting and worn by modern English women all devotees of the slim silhouette and carefully choosing clothes that will attain this effect, when they are worn, by women who walk unimpeded along well-swept streets never guilty of more than an-inch-deep layer of snow and the only danger a splash of mud from passing motor-cars or ‘buses, then the boots no longer look anything but incongruous and ugly. For the slimness of the coats with which they are usually worn exaggerates the bulkiness of the boots, and the boots break the slim line of the coats so that neither one effect nor the other is achieved. Those Englishwomen who have adopted Russian boots usually offer the excuse that the boots are warm and cosy on cold days and save one’s stockings from mud splashes and so too frequent washing. But would not the knee-length English boots afford equal advantages?

Even now when the Russian boots are worn with furs or suitably wide and heavy skirts by Englishwomen, though they do not look absolutely absurd, they do not look quite at home. There is something flamboyant about these boots which does not suit the average Englishwoman or go well with our sober English streets.

Advice to converts

For those English women who have definitely adopted the fashion it is worth pointing out a few obvious pitfalls. It is absolutely essential that the boots should be worn with a skirt just long-enough to reach the top the boots, and neither longer nor shorter. The boots look best with a fur coat, but in any case should never be worn with a flimsy skirt. The skirt must be wide enough to balance the bagginess of the leg of the boot.

In choosing the boots it is wise to avoid the coloured (other than brown, which are probably the best-looking of any) or high-heeled varieties, as it is impossible to make them look anything but theatrical whatever they are worn with. That leaves a choice of black or brown leather or suede, lizard skin and the newly fashionable snake skins. The last two mentioned are expensive and even then do not often look as neat as the brown leather ones. The suede boots are comfortable and not ill-looking but are more difficult to keep clean than the leather ones. Small women should never be tempted to wear Russian boots at all, as they exaggerate the short figure in much the same way that a bulky fur coat does.Read more at:formal dresses melbourne | formal dresses brisbane

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Watch Out For These Toxic Ingredients In Your Beauty Products

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Take a look at the commonly used chemical ingredients in your skin care products which can risk you with deadly diseases.

1. Alcohol

That lovely shine and a quick-drying finish in make-up products is attributed to alcohol. Turns out, alcohol is neither good for oral consumption or facial application.

A study reveals that prolonged exposure of the skin to alcohol-based products can make the skin unable to allow cleansing agents and water from penetrating. This means that you skin will be more vulnerable to bacteria and harmful virus.

Watch out for the products that say SD alcohol, ethanol, isopropyl, ethyl alcohol and methanol. These are products which contain alcohol.

2. Parabens

Parabens are the preservatives which prevent bacteria growth in your cosmetic products. Sounds like an important ingredient right?

Turns out, it's not!

Parabens contain estrogen-mimicking products which can penetrate through your skin and place you at risk of breast cancer. The same product has been identified in the biopsy samples of breast tumour. They are present in make-up, body wash, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers.

3. Fragrance

To be blunt, this one is the most dangerous ingredient of all other ingredients. It is actually a very sophisticated term which is used to masquerade a company's secret formula.

Basically, you are putting on tons of dangerous chemicals on your body only in the name of cologne. Your perfumes, deodorants, body wash, shampoo and conditioner might contain this dangerous fragrance. Products which contain this are known to cause allergies, reproductive problems, dermatitis and respiratory diseases in people.

4. Propylene glycol

You all must love skin-conditioners like moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays and more. Did you know? The basic organic alcohol used in this product is responsible for skin conditioning can risk you with dermatitis and hives. It is recognized as a skin penetrator and potential irritant.

5. Sunscreen chemicals

A sunscreen is important for your skin. It protects you against the ultraviolet rays of the skin which can lead to skin cancer. But, high SPF (Sun Protection Formula) sunscreens can be a potential health risk for you. The chemicals used in sunscreen can easily penetrate through your skin and risk you with cancer.

6. Petroleum

Yes, it is the same which is used as motor oil in your vehicles!

Needless to explain how dangerous petroleum can be for your skin, petroleum is used in your mascaras and can potentially risk you with cancer. So risking oneself with cancer for pretty eyes, no thanks!Read more at:cocktail dresses online

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Loving Your Own Version of Beautiful

How many of you always believe when someone walks up to you and says “You are beautiful”. How many of you at that point think: “yeah but my thighs, yeah, but my butt, yeah but my nose” I know that we also generally have a hard time considering that we are really beautiful.

You see, we are usually bombarded with messages of what we are not. It almost becomes normal to be unhappy with who we really are, right? We believe that we’d perfect and attractive if we could make that bigger or smaller or tuck that a little under or change that color or relax that curl. But, the truth is that you are beautiful and my hope is that you will question why you ever even doubted your beauty.

I aspire to live in a kind of tomorrow where we recognize that there is no standard of beauty, but in fact there is diversity in beauty. No one person holds the monopoly of what is beautiful. We do not need the approval of anyone before we can actually love ourselves.

I believe the standard of beauty is a cultural construct that is the a collection of ideas and thoughts around physical appearance that each culture comes up with and reinforces it through its media, its art, its music and its politics. You see, we are the culture. We are the ones who decides what and who is beautiful… to the littlest thing like shoe size, right!

I remember when I was a little girl, I really wanted to be beautiful. I remember knowing that being a beautiful woman was so important. I knew it was a type of currency that I could use to sort of navigate through the world.

I figured out that beautiful women received praise, approval and free stuff. I wanted light eyes, maybe blue or hazel. I wanted long flowing hair, the kind that even if I am in a room with no windows it moves, and makes you walk in slow motion and everyone just stares. How realistic was that?

It breaks my heart that I was struggling with the idea of who I really was and the image that I had come up with in my mind. It took me a really long time to come to the place this was sufficient. Now, I love my brown skin and I have this really deep brown eyes and big eyeballs -whether they are mysterious or not who cares. I also have a forehead that is amazing.

My idea of beauty wasn’t a conscious choice, it was based on the construct and narrative I was bombarded with. A narrative I learnt when I was little. My understanding of the standard of beauty was that a beautiful woman has a long skinny nose, she is skinny and has a feminine frame and long legs; she has fair skin, she has long, preferably blonde hair. These standards tell our little girls that their skin is too black, or that their hair is too curly, or that their nose is too big. It tells them that their shape is too round.

You see, when we chose not to acknowledge the diversity of beauty that exists in the world, there are real life consequences for those who don’t meet these standards. I think it’s normal to want to feel beautiful. I want to feel beautiful, but we are beings of consciousness. We are self-aware. We have choices, so we get to decide what makes us beautiful. I don’t think we owe being beautiful or being pretty to anyone.

“You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female’.”

Love your own beautiful. Be mindful of your inner dialogue. Surround yourself with like minded people – people who genuinely love you as who are. Know that your beauty is valid. Your beauty, the one that you chose for yourself is sufficient. You have choice, you have the choice to be your own beautiful. So I am challenging you to choose wisely on how you’d love yourself.Read more at:cocktail dress australia |

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Pia Wurtzbach finds beauty in transformation

CLASS, grace and the unshakeable determination of a woman on a mission—these are but a few words that describe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, a stunning woman who is no stranger to winning, to losing and to the constant pressure of proving herself.

The 28-year-old Filipina beauty queen, actress and IMG model—who captivated the universe when she bagged the much-coveted Miss Universe crown—is living, breathing proof that if one dreams of achieving a seemingly unreachable goal, she must be willing make sacrifices and go through a series of transformations.

And transform herself she did.

When Pia Wurtzbach won the Binibining Pilipinas Universe title back in 2015—the same crown that became her ticket to the Miss Universe 2015 pageant in Las Vegas, USA—she had tirelessly worked day in and day out to make her body and mind battle-ready. Pia even reached the point where she was working out in the wee hours at a 24-hour gym because she thought her already svelte figure could use a little more trimming.

Her mentors at pageant specialist Aces & Queens were already telling her she’d learned enough. But, like a dutiful student, the Filipino-German beauty still came to the rehearsals, sat with much-younger beauty-pageant hopefuls at Q&A trainings, learned how to walk in heels, and absorbed everything there was to learn about makeup, hairstyling and dressing up, because she didn’t want to leave anything to chance.

During her yearlong reign as Miss Universe 2015, Pia ultimately changed the way beauty queens were perceived. She showed everyone that a beauty queen could be funny, friendly, witty, intelligent, beautiful, eloquent and kind-hearted all at the same time. And without realizing it, Pia brought to the fore the shining admirable qualities of Pinoys: respectful, warm, hospitable and hardworking.

Pia’s advocacy work on HIV/AIDS awareness and her battle against cyberbullying has endeared her to many people from different cultures and social classes. She’s given inspirational talks to students, abused women, high-ranking public officials, victims of calamities, volunteers, cancer patients, fellow beauty queens, consuls and other persons of influence. In June 2016 she represented the Philippines at a high-level meeting on putting an end to AIDS at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. She met and exchanged ideas with heads of state, scientists, ministers, researchers and representatives from civil-society and international organizations.

Her passion to help others didn’t stop after she passed on her Miss Universe crown. As an appointed UN AIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific, Pia openly encourages the youth to get tested, and calls for zero discrimination against people living with HIV. With or without the title, Pia has been vocal about certain issues concerning the welfare of the lesbians, gay, bisexual and the transgender community.

Pia, who is currently working with Vice Ganda and Daniel Padilla on a Star Cinema movie that will mark her return to the field of acting, has been using her stature to effectively promote the causes that she believes in, even if the naysayers keep trying to silence her.

“Critics say that I just sit around, endorsements, picture dito, picture doon. But they don’t know what I do behind closed doors,” says Pia, who has been a victim of cyberbullying herself. “I’m here because of my advocacies. I want to shed light on issues that are being forgotten. You transform their life, and you transform your life also.”

For her unshakeable will to carry on amid the brickbats being thrown at her by the people that try to dull her shine, it comes as no surprise that global hair-care brand Cream Silk signed on Pia as the perfect representation of its Stunning Shine variant. She is not afraid to embrace her individuality and let her uniqueness shine through, constantly reinventing and improving herself to succeed in whatever endeavour she sets her heart to.

According to Raiza Revilla, Cream Silk brand manager, Pia’s story, along with those of the other six ambassadors, resonates well with the brand’s latest campaign. “Our Cream Silk women represent Filipinas who have the desire and drive to transform to their best self. These women are confident and empowered, and they possess beauty that stands out.”

And that’s the beauty of Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach’s story. Even if she went through numerous transformations, from model to beauty queen to actress to advocate, Pia never forgot what she really is: a confidently beautiful human being with a heart of gold.Read more at:year 12 formal dresses | evening wear

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Stunning red carpet gowns

On the best-dressed list at the 51st Annual Country Music Awards, young songstress Danielle Bradbery stunned screaming red carpet onlookers ... (Photo:year 12 formal dresses )

On the best-dressed list at the 51st Annual Country Music Awards, young songstress Danielle Bradbery stunned screaming red carpet onlookers and the press in a sophisticated, fiery red gown designed by Leanne Marshall for fall/winter 2017/2018. The rich red inverted V-neck dress with a structured bodice, double straps and a full organza skirt showed off a thigh-high split. Cameras were clicking as photographers were snapping

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For spring/summer 2018, Marshall’s red carpet looks continued. Her show opened with dramatic dark green and black cocktail dresses. Evening gowns followed in bold, vibrant citrus colors. Born in Yuba, Calif., where most little girls were playing house, Marshall was playing fashion designer with a sketch book, coloring pencils and fabric remnants. With the help of a local seamstress, she began bringing her sketches to life. By the age of 12, her designs were on view to the public in the form of costumes for her ballet and dance performances. She was blessed with a natural gift for sketching and designs. Her costume designing inspired her to pursue a career as a fashion designer. Marshall created fashion patterns for Simplicity Pattern Company while working her way up. As she was a contestant on season five of “Project Runway” at the time, 2008 was a defining year for Marshall. With an unwavering determination, she made it to the finale and actually won the competition.

After “Project Runway,” awards and editorials followed. Marshall relocated to New York City, and her collections have been in New York’s Fashion Week previews ever since. Her career took off. She designed clothing for TV and her favorite client, the real woman. Her clothes have been seen on Paula Abdul, Jackie Cruz, Dasha Palanco, Carrie Underwood, Ashley Benson, Salt, Ariana Grande, Andi MacDowell, Julianne Hough, Jane Fonda and many others.

The Leanne Marshall ready-to-wear collection has been offered by custom order, to both private clients and celebrities, for the past seven years. Her gorgeous bridal collection is carried in more than 15 boutiques internationally and online. Known for her opulent designs, Marshall creates timeless styles that are feathery light with flowing lines and feminine details. Each dress is made in New York with the highest quality materials. She designs for the woman who wants a dress that will showcase, not overshadow, her beauty. You can count on her clothes fitting properly and flattering your figure. On the runway, her collections move with classic and modern features and effortless grace.Read more at:plus size evening wear

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Publicerat klockan 09:37, den 17 november 2017
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Don't judge her by that miniskirt she's wearing

My three-and-a-half-year-old chooses her own clothes. She likes tulle. And frills. And skirts that swish. Much to my dismay. My intention was to raise a tomboy because tomboys are tough and no-nonsense. You mess with a tomboy and she’ll punch you in the face. That was my thinking. But like she has done ever since she was conceived, my sassy lil’ miss has her own plans.

She’s decided that she’s a girly girl. As a result, all the ‘neutral’ colours I dressed her in when she was younger have gradually been replaced with what I consider stereotypical ‘girl colours’. You know, the pinks, purples and yellows. I wanted to fight her on it. I wanted to tell her that the world doesn’t take girly girls seriously. That tulle and frills and swish were going to attract the wrong kind of attention.

She's tough

But then I realised how stupid I was being. I was judging a three-and-a-half-year-old based on her outfit choices. Just because she’s partial to pink doesn’t make her weak. She’s feisty. Tough. No-nonsense. Look at her sideways and she’ll make a good attempt to knock you out, princess dresses and sparkly shoes notwithstanding.

She is not her clothes. There is no doubt in my mind that she will continue to surprise me with her fashion sense.

I foresee a time when she might want to wear hot pants, micro-minis or plunging necklines. And she’ll probably want to leave the house looking like that. I’m going to want to fight her on it. I’ll want to tell her that good girls don’t expose their bodies.

That ‘barely-there’ shorts, micro-minis and plunging necklines attract the attention of bad men. That respect is only given to decently dressed women. But then I will realise how stupid I’m being. I’m not raising a fashion model for the world to judge purely on the basis of how she’s dressed. I’m raising a multi-dimensional human being.

A woman whose sense of self needs to start from the inside out. What she chooses to wear should be a secondary consideration. A woman’s character should always be the primary focus of attention. I know that this is not often the case, but it should be.

So I will not be telling my daughter how to dress. Well, if I’m honest, she’s three-and-a-half and I’ve already lost that battle. What I should say is that I will not be judging her for her fashion choices because appearances are almost always inaccurate. There are many other things that matter more.

The debate never ends

And yet the female form, and how women present themselves to the world, continues to be a point of debate. Societies around the world persist in promoting a toxic femininity that objectifies women and girls, setting them up to be preyed upon – and then to be blamed for it.

When a woman or a girl speaks out about sexual violence, questions are always asked. What was she doing in that part of town? Was she drunk? Was she flirting with him? How many boyfriends has she had? But doesn’t she sleep around? Questions and more questions, ostensibly to establish the ‘facts’ because women who accuse men of assault can’t be trusted, right?

The most insulting is this one: What was she wearing? The assumption being that a man would not sexually violate a woman unless she somehow had a part to play in his perversion. This casting of women as eternal provocateurs is problematic in two ways.

First, it allows men to walk away from the responsibility of their actions, and second, it shifts the burden of proof so that instead of confidently reporting harassment and rape, women must first defend their ‘morals’. The system is set up in such a way that women are disbelieved in the first instance, whereas when men speak up about sexual assault they are taken at face value.

This is why feminists will punch you in the face when you question women who have found the courage to report sexual assault. This is why they will knock you out when you shame the women who have drawn on the strength of their sisters to say MeToo.

Here’s the thing: Women and girls have been living in the shadows of a forced victimhood for eons. They have been blamed and shamed into silence. At the end of the day, if you’re one of those people who questions every woman who tells her story, then you are part of the problem.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses online |

Publicerat klockan 07:40, den 15 november 2017
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Wilson Trollope's permanent home in Wellington

Wellington fashion designer Annabelle Wilson has big dreams for her label, including opening a store in New York, but her hometown comes first.

Wilson has opened her flagship store on Victoria St, in Wellington, four years after launching her first collection.

The store marks the beginning of a 20-year growth plan to take the Wilson Trollope label global.

Wilson has been making clothes since she was about four years old, but only decided to make a career out of it after returning to New Zealand from a few months travelling abroad.

On her trip, she completed a course at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, which counts designers like Stella McCartney and the late Alexander McQueen as alumni.

Upon her return in 2012, she settled back into her parents house, and set up a workroom, where she still works from today.

The 30-year-old began with an online store, selling clothes to New Zealanders, but quickly realised she needed to get some stockists on board. She then opened a few pop-up stores around Wellington.

"They sort of got more frequent and longer, and suddenly it was like, 'This is almost permanent', so it made sense to have a permanent space," Wilson said.

"I had my eye out … and then this space came up and everything seemed to align. It's been so good. It's such a great location."

Wilson launched her first collection in 2013, and has just finished designing her 12th season.

"It's quite intense, and it's definitely a rollercoaster, but it's good."

One of the biggest challenges of running a fashion label was creating and making new product ranges every four to six months, she said.

"This is a really quick turn around both from a design point of view, logistically in making the product and also in terms of selling the product. Last season's stock becomes old very quickly.

"Most other businesses have much longer lifespans on the products and services they provide," she said.

"For us, this really keeps us on our toes and you have to be very organised to stick to the schedule and meet these timelines."

Wilson has "big dreams" for the label, including opening a store in New York.

"Other people do it, so why not?," she said.

"Lots of big labels started off as little ones, in little Italian towns, so why can't that be New Zealand? Why can't that be a label from Wellington?"

Wilson wears her own label everyday "even on the weekends", she said.

"If I didn't want to wear it, I shouldn't be making it."Read more at:formal dresses australia | long formal dresses

Publicerat klockan 04:14, den 13 november 2017
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Lanvin in Financial Trouble

Auditors for Lanvin, France's oldest fashion house, have filed a warning with a commercial court in Paris over financial troubles at the label as it struggles to stem slumping sales, two sources familiar with the company's performance said.

The privately owned label, founded in 1889 and long synonymous with Parisian chic, does not publish its earnings. However, the sources said the company's provisional forecast for the year shows sales will fall 30 percent in 2017 after a 23 percent drop last year.

Under French company law auditors have to inform managers and file court warnings when a firm's operations risk being compromised by its financial situation.

Lanvin and the auditor did not respond to emailed requests for comment.

Lanvin has had trouble inspiring buyers since it stunned the fashion industry two years ago by firing star designer Alber Elbaz. The label has changed artistic director twice since then.

"The auditor has now alerted the Paris commercial court over the company's very worrying situation," one of the sources said.

The sources said Lanvin needed an injection of cash to buy some breathing space or it may not be able to pay employees' salaries in January.

However, they added that a recapitalisation originally discussed for September may yet happen by the end of the year.

The company is majority held by Chinese-born businesswoman Shaw-Lan Wang. It made an €18.3 million loss in 2016, sources with knowledge of the situation had previously told Reuters. They forecast that losses were set to deepen to at least 27 million euros in 2017.

Struggling for Orders

Lanvin's financial struggles come as rivals including France's Louis Vuitton, part of LVMH, and Italy's Gucci, owned by Kering, enjoy a sales bounce driven by resurgent demand from China.

New artistic chief Olivier Lapidus — who has designed menswear for Balmain as well as wedding dresses and furniture — has yet to make his mark. Industry analysts acknowledge brand reinventions can take several seasons before translating into an earnings boost.

Lanvin unveiled its latest collection in September. Orders at the showroom, where designs are presented to department store buyers, were down about 50 percent on the previous year, a third source familiar with the matter said.

Lapidus's collection — a sober array of skimpy mini-dresses, many in black or imprinted with an assortment of letters evoking the Lanvin brand — was put together in 42 days after his appointment in July.

"The buyers are struggling to figure out Lanvin and were thrown by the sudden appearance of the logo on the clothes," the third source added.

More ostentatious branding has worked well for other labels in recent years, including Christian Dior, although it was traditionally not an approach taken by Lanvin.

Lapidus's predecessor, Bouchra Jarrar, had brought in a more tailored style — a shift from Elbaz's more exuberant, frilly designs — that also failed to reignite sales.

Lanvin has been closing unprofitable stores and cutting advertising spending to control costs. Named after founding French couturière Jeanne Lanvin, the label employed some 300 staff at the end of 2016.

Wang, a media magnate based in Taiwan, owns 75 percent of Lanvin, with the remainder held by Swiss businessman Ralph Bartel, who stepped down from the firm's board in July.

Bartel has previously offered to inject extra capital into the label in exchange for majority control.

Lanvin has shaken up its management in recent months with a series of board changes, including the appointment of Nicolas Druz, who was a close advisor to Wang and has just been appointed deputy managing director.Read more at:cocktail dresses | long formal dresses

Publicerat klockan 10:03, den 7 november 2017
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Five Things to Look for at 37th Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival Opening Nov. 4

The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival is entering its 37th year when it opens on Nov. 4, and PJFF Director Olivia Antsis is particularly proud of its “strong, very diverse, exciting, fun” lineup.

“This season we’ve been the most successful [at] sharing really diverse stories that offer perspectives that are rarely presented in Hollywood commercial releases,” she said.

This year’s lineup features 35 films, with 15 narratives, 11 documentaries and nine shorts that will be played through Nov. 19 at 12 different venues around Philadelphia and beyond.

“It’s so sophisticated and contemporary, I hope folks can see the festival is very much capable of being progressive, contemporary and sophisticated,” PJFF and Gershman Y Director of Marketing and Public Relations Bill Chenevert said.

There will also be plenty of opportunities to expand beyond just the film screening and partake in activities. For instance, before seeing the romantic comedy Let Yourself Go on Nov. 16, you can take part in a Zumba class (“Once you see the film, you’ll know why there’s a Zumba class involved,” Antsis said).

Or learn about documentary filmmaking at a master class with Mr. Gaga filmmaker Barak Heymann.

Or attend a glamorous Old Hollywood party when you go see the centerpiece film, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story.

Here are five new and exciting things to look for this year.

Israeli Films

In anticipation of Israel’s upcoming 70th birthday and the citywide programming planned for it, the festival will kick things off with three days of Israeli films.

It begins with The Cakemaker, an LGBT romance between a German pastry chef and his Israeli lover and includes My Hero Brother, which follows 11 young people with Down syndrome and their siblings who embark on a lengthy journey through the Indian Himalayas.

Those interested in Israeli politics and history will want to check out Ben-Gurion, Epilogue, which Antsis described as a “beautifully executed and engrossing documentary about Israel’s first prime minister, his love for the country, his frustrations with certain shortcomings he noticed at the time, and his hopes for what the country would one day become.”

Simultaneous Screenings

Can’t make it to Center City to see a film? No problem.

For the first time, the festival is trying out simultaneous screenings in which two films will play at the same time in two different venues to better reach their audience.

For instance, My Hero Brother will screen at the Gershman Y at the same time that Ben-Gurion, Epilogue plays at Gratz College.

“This is something that many Jewish film festivals are now doing, having multiple screenings at the same time at different venues,” Antsis said, “but it’s a first for us and we’re hoping it’s very successful. … We’re just giving people different parts of Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs a chance to see the film in their own neighborhood.”

Young and Independent Film Series

In an effort to entice a younger audience, PJFF is offering a Young and Independent Pass, which will grant access to the four films that are part of the young and independent series.

One of those, Holy Air, Antsis likened to a Wes Anderson-type comedy. It follows a Christian Arab living in Nazareth who climbs Mount Precipice each day to bottle the air and sell it to tourists.

Fans of musician Johnny Flynn would enjoy Love is Thicker Than Water, which follows two lovers of different backgrounds á la Romeo and Juliet. The film is also preceded by a bagel brunch with a make-your-own bloody mary bar.

“We think that by having more films that connect with younger people in Philadelphia,” Antsis said, “we could really grow that population in the festival and have young people to play a major role in our audience.”

Repairing the World

Each year, the festival features films that showcase the value of tikkun olam. This year, it has its own category.

“One of the values we hold very dear is human rights and working to help repair the world in any way we can,” Antsis said. “The films that are selected for this category, they’re not only chosen on the basis of their artistic excellence but also for their role in bringing awareness to human rights issues that go beyond the Jewish community.”

This year’s selection, Little Stones, follows four female artists making a difference in their respective communities, whether it’s as a graffiti artist speaking out against domestic violence in the favelas of Brazil or an American fashion designer training and employing impoverished Kenyan women to sew high-end fashion clothing.

The films in this category don’t necessarily need to be made by a Jewish filmmaker — though this year’s do — or follow Jewish characters; the importance is the message.

“It’s about issues that go beyond the Jewish community,” Antsis said, “just to always care about different people’s stories and be open to other perspectives that aren’t necessarily your own.”

Diverse Stories

A big theme of this year’s festival is sharing diverse stories. One in particular is about those with disabilities, whose stories are not often shown on the big screen.

Spotlight film Keep the Change follows two young people who fall in love — and happen to be on the autism spectrum.

“For anybody who has any experience even slightly with somebody that’s on the spectrum, it’s so heartrending to see not only their story told but told complexly,” Chenevert said.

My Hero Brother is one that Antsis recommends bringing tissues for, adding it’s “one of the most heartfelt and memorable films in the festival.”

There are narratives with LGBT-centered stories; interfaith stories; films about the Holocaust that are told from new perspectives, such as a child survivor; stories like Harmonia, which is a modern retelling of the story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar; and many more.

“It’s really important to have this place where we can empathize with one another and learn about how others see the world,” Antsis said.Read more at: | australian formal dresses

Publicerat klockan 08:35, den 2 november 2017
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Salado UMC Garden Guild style show to feature fall fashions

The Salado United Methodist Church Garden Guild will again be hosting its annual Style Show and Luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Family Life Center at Salado United Methodist Church, located at 650 Royal St. in Salado.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. with the fashion show following at 1 p.m. Dining entertainment will be provided by local vocalist Mary Bentley. Fashions will be provided by Christy’s of Salado, Susan Marie’s, Magnolias of Salado and The Mustard Seed.

With the weather turning cooler and the holidays quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to check out what is trending in fashions this fall. According to local shopkeepers, tassels are going to be popular in accessories. Cowhide is trendy in purses and not just for western wear. Vibrant jewel tones such as amethyst, ruby and emerald will be big, but also charcoal and navy as strong basics. There will be lots of sleeve detail, lace as well as cold shoulder and Kimonos will be everywhere. Short booties and tall boots will be popular. Velvet will also be popular and not just for holidays, but all season.

The Annual Salado United Methodist Church Garden Guild Style Show and Luncheon, now in its 22nd year, is the primary fundraiser for the group. The main function of the group is to maintain the gardens surrounding the 1890s historical chapel that resides on the SUMC campus. Proceeds from the event cover the cost of grounds maintenance as well as being used to support other charitable activities in the community. The guild gives an annual donation to the Salado Fire Department and the Body of Christ Community Clinics as well as supporting other church and community activities.Read more at:formal dresses 2017 | formal dresses sydney

Publicerat klockan 07:41, den 30 oktober 2017
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