Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Clearance tip

What’s hot now and can be bought on promotion this year that can still be worn next year? The ankle sandal/boot. I absolutely love the styles above and please notice the gladiator styling influence, peep-toe details, flat outsoles, and multi-strap buckles.

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What is inspiring me...

The 50's are being the inspiration for many designers this winter 08 season with sophisticathed below-the-knee sheath dresses and sleek outfits.
However, my inspiration is coming from the 50's muses such as Grace Kelly and their jewelry collection. The luxury of the chandeliers earrings and diamond necklaces are really inspiring me...

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CHANEL Winter ad

I absolutely LOVE the combination of the muded colors and the double-colored tights on this Chanel ad featured on the Aug 08 Vogue

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Milano Fashion Global Summit

Milano Fashion Global Summit 2007

In the annual luxury conference in Milan last year, the importance of the retail luxury was discussed and there are some important points that are current today and I would like to discuss as they apply to the fashion industry:

-The luxury brands are embracing the idea of global concept stores. There is a shift in the way the stores put the product in a context. The new centers of luxury are multi-floor complexes selling not only apparel but moving into accessories, interiors, etc. As an example is the Armani Tokyo’s 6,000sqm store that will open with a club, florist, homeware section and more.
-Diego Della Valle, CEO of Tod’s explained: “The message that you convey is the idea of a dream. You build a temple. A store today in not just a way to sell a brand, these are now places people can go to, hang out and then buy into a dream”.
-E-commerce is also an area relatively new to the luxury brands in process of expansion. The Halston brand, for example, launched their new collection with e-commerce being the only point-of-sale. The items showcase in the runway could be shipped 24 hours after the runway show. This is a never-before seen event that could create big changes in the fashion industry. Designs from the runway shows are going to be accessible to the public must faster than has traditionally been the case at a lower cost to the retailer.
-New centres of luxury could emerge such as Japan (Tokyo), China and India. According to Paola Durante, director of Merrill Lynch, “In China there are 66 billionaires and this number is growing fast. In a short term, the Chinese will be the largest group of luxury consumers worldwide.”

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Agent Provocateur FW 2008 ad campaign

I love this Agent Provocateur Fall Winter 2008 ad campaign showcasing Maggie Gyllenhaal. The dark, mysterious and intense mood give the ad a sexy spin.
Source and picture: WGSN.com

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Wired for style.co.uk

Wired For Style is the new online fashion magazine.
The site will showcase creative work and promote emerging talent in a discussion format. By promoting art, fashion, music and film the magazine aim to bring inspiration and resource to the ones entering the industry or to the people interested in the creative world. Wired For Style's editor is Adjoa Wiredu and the
magazine can be found at www.wiredforstyle.co.uk to be launched on July 31st. CHECK IT OUT.

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