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TOP PICKS EMMY’S 2012

Monique Lluillier, Marchesa, and Stella McCartney’s gowns made the list, view the rest of my fav designs in the gallery below.



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New Next Model: Solange Knowles

Fashionista and Carols Daughter spokesmodel  Solange Knowles is taking her modeling career to the “next level” (pun intended) , she  recently signed with Next Model management and  has already been seen strutting down the runway at the Alberta Ferretti pre-fall fashion show in Milan. Solange is stunning rocking the full body afro…Yes she looks great, we aint mad at you Solo!

 

 



 

 

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Fabryan London SS2012 Evening Wear Collection

Fabryan London’s Spring Summer 2012 evening wear collection is nothing short of glamorous.  Hand stitched duchess satin, silk charmeuse and real feathers create nine signature dresses in true couture fashion.

The designer behind Fabryan, Samantha-Jane, says that the essence of the new collection is ‘star appeal’. “Our starting point was simplicity and elegance, taking inspiration from the allure and magic of the red carpet. The collection is targeted at women who want something special for that big occasion. Whether it’s a charity event, an exclusive party or a summer ball, these dresses command attention and are for women who aren’t afraid of being noticed.”
 
   

  

 

 

Photo Credit: Gabor Szantai for Fabryan London

 

Azzedine Alaïa A/W 2011



 

“….technical feats like this collection’s short fitted jackets, as well as evening dresses that limned the body to the hips, dipped to cup the bum, then erupted into flamencolike tiers of ruffles. All in knit! Sober yet erotically charged, they were looks for proper grown-ups—of any age. “You just don’t see clothes like that,” one loyal customer rhapsodized at show’s end. “There’s everyone else. Then there’s Alaïa.” – Style.com

Azzedine Alaïa is undoubtedly a master at his craft.  His Autumn/Winter 2011 collection will leave you breathless.. I’m drooling over the above knit dress, oh Alaia!! View more of my faves below.

Photo Credit:  Style.com

 

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

This year’s Costume Institute exhibit  at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” paying homage to the ”British fashion designer and couturier best known for his in-depth knowledge of bespoke British tailoring, his tendency to juxtapose female strength and sensuality with fragility in his collections, as well as the emotional power and raw energy of his provocative fashion shows. ”  The pieces on display, (all of which were handmade) reminded everyone why McQueen was such an international treasure. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is the site of McQueen’s first post-graduate show, making the venue so apropos.  View photos of the exhibit below as well as some of the celebutantes  who attended the Met gala yestarday evening.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Sølve Sundsbø/Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Source: NYDailyNews,

The Royal Wedding Gown

Today Catherine Middleton wed Prince William in a gorgeous ivory satin gown designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.    The close-fitting lace bodice featured long sleeves and a deep-V neckline with lace applique floral detail.

 Middleton’s simple hand emboridered veil was adorned by the Halo Tiara, which was made by Cartier in 1936!!!

Photo Credit: Photographer Gero Breloer

 
“Couture, refined craftsmanship, sophisticated glamour and undisputed femininity……..” Gavin Rajah 

Gavin Rajah just released a gorgeous editorial.  Enjoy view more photos here

 

 

Photo credit: gavinrajah.com 

   

Naked Ape Style FW 2010/2011

A good appearance can create an entry; a great appearance can construct your success in business and social relationships,” – Shaldon Kopman, proprietor and fashion director of Naked Ape Style.  Naked Ape Style is a menswear bespoke  fashion and consulting firm that prides itself on establishing an elite service that assists in enhancing an individuals unique stlye and image.  The Fall 2010 collection is full of personality, versatility, and  leather.

Clive Rundle A/W 2011

Clive Rundle’s Braille inspired Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection couples bold, strong construction with the soft gentle fabrics of cotton and silk. The bold yet beautiful contrast that he creates in this collection remains true to the labels uncanny design aesthetic. The most interesting aspect of the runway show were the beads of white blinders he used to accessorize each outfit. What is so original about these beads is that they are known as something a sangoma or traditional medicine man would wear. What a surprise to find them on the runway.

 

J’ai Deux Amours

J’ai Deux Amours is how Eric Raisina describes the inspiration behind his latest collection. His two loves? Paris and Madagascar. ”Eric Raisina is essentially a designer of three continents: Asia, Europe and Africa. This combination makes his fashion unique and universal.  Always interested in experimenting with designs, it was chance that took him from his hometown in Madagascar to Paris to study design at the Ecole Duperré.” As a designer he has devoted himself to developing new colors, textures and silk weaving patterns,  the raffia from Madagascar, one of Eric’s signature products, is regarded as the “African Lace” and his famous “silk fur” has become a much sought after fabric.  Haute Textures are what Eric Raisina is all about it is no wonder that he has been called upon to create unique textures for Parisian fashion houses including Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior and Christian Lacroix.  View the latest collection at EricRaisina.com

 

Bio by Eric Raisina

Photo Credit: Arise Africa Fashion Week/Simon Deiner