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Ellery S/S 2015 Paris Collection

Ellery Spring/Summer 2014 | PARIS Fashion Week PFW

PARIS – FashionTV brings you the Ellery Spring/Summer 2014 show at Paris Fashion Week. This is the first time Kym Ellery will showcase her brand titled Emery at Paris Fashion Week. Kym is the third Australian designer to ever be invited to show during Paris Fashion Week. Typically Ellery shapes were poignant in the collection, with strapless dresses and flared silhouettes strong throughout. Inspired by ’70s architecture, the range’s decadent theme is clear in the color choices — claret, garnet, black, white, soft nudes and slivers of metallic. Rich textures — silk organza, metallic striped gauze, wood-grain lamé, satin foam and hand sewn netted sequins — all added depth to the sculptural silhouettes.

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Female Power Dressing Now Extends To Watches

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I first entered the workplace as a graduate back in the 1980’s when women were just starting to get a serious foothold in the business world. In the era of the yuppie when getting on was paramount and consumerism exploded, women were starting to see career possibilities open up for them. The plum jobs were, however, still largely in the possession of the males of the species and so power dressing became one modus operandi for women who wanted to get on.

The Way to Get On

In those days power dressing largely meant sharp suits, large shoulder pads and a great deal of conspicuous spending. Things are little more classy and restrained now but women are still carefully structuring their personal look to send out the right signals and that includes choosing the right accessories. A designer handbag is still the perfect partner for an aspirational outfit but so it seems is a high end watch.

The Personal Statement

Even the recession couldn’t dampen consumer’s enthusiasm for a good watch. In the technological age where we all have a plethora of gadgets to help us keep on track, the watch has become a fashion accessory, a status symbol and a personal statement. This trend was largely confined to men until recently when women woke up to the attractions of fine timepieces and the manufacturers seeking growth turned their sights to the female market. The opportunities in China began to dry up after a crackdown on corruption prevented the provision of costly inducements to facilitate business deals. The watchmakers changed tack and started addressing their efforts at the women of the world and so far the new marketing tactic is working.

The Masculine Look

Now a great watch is a must have addition to serious business attire. Female High flyers in the City can be seen sporting their Cartier’s, Rolex’s and Patek Philippe’s and they are not opting for sparkly, decorative or feminine numbers they are choosing more overtly masculine pieces to make their statements.

Power Dressing for the Modern Era

Powerful women are not rushing for the diamonds but are rather choosing larger cases with simple but elegant looks. In short the kind of timepieces that their male colleagues would lust over as well. They are rejecting girly looks in favour of quality, simplicity and traditional values in their subtle but unmistakeable fashion statements.

Meaning Business

Those whose budgets preclude an investment in high end marques are nonetheless investing in quality watches from more affordable ranges with the same stylistic features. Whether a woman can finance a Rolex, a Michael Kors or a Tissot, power dressing means going large but classic and saving the sparkly stuff for social occasions. A woman’s choice of timepiece can show she means business in a man’s world and women are fighting for their corner by sporting the same aspirational accessories that the men most desire.

Personally I didn’t wear a watch back in the 1980’s and I don’t wear one now. Does this explain why I am not running a multi-national? I don’t know but it would appear than many women believe that the right watch will help their chances of success.

Sally Stacey is a keen writer and business women who curiously does not wear a watch!

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Ripping Yarn – The Jeans Story For 2014

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Jeans are an integral part of almost everyone’s wardrobe and treasured pairs certainly see a lot of wear so I find it rather provoking that denim fashions now seem to change on almost a weekly basis. You just get to the point when your favourite pair of skinny jeans are nicely worn in when almost overnight a trend for flares appears and then the following week you are out of touch if you aren’t sporting the relaxed fit. The current trend is rather convenient though because ripped jeans are back with a vengeance.

Leading the Way

With such fashion luminaries as Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Heidi Klum and Kate Moss all over the fashion pages sporting liberally slashed styles, ripped jeans are set to be the must have items of the season. Of course this isn’t the first time the ventilated look has been in vogue and so for those who hang on to their denim for posterity there is likely to be something ultra-cool lurking in the darkest recesses of their closets. Hell I might even still have a pair hidden away somewhere.

Making Cuts

If I have been foolish enough to ditch the rips prematurely then no matter because this is one style that lends itself to a DIY approach. Indeed I have never really seen the point of buying jeans that are already slashed. I tend to wear my favourites until they are falling apart and begging for mercy anyway so all I need to do is help them on their way a bit by putting them under the knife. Hell there are even slashing tutorials on YouTube now just in case I can’t figure out how to make the cuts.

The Right Cuts

Judging by some of the jeans I have seen it would be difficult to take my denim abuse too far. I have seen pairs than have been so heavily doctored that there were more holes than denim and the things look like they had paid a visit to a shredder. Legs hanging on by a thread are not a practical choice if you have a busy life. If they rip again you are in trouble. You could start the day in jeans and end up almost naked. Imagine the embarrassment when one of the legs flies off half way down the high 
street!

Charity Boom

I can see a boom in business for charity shops. If you are going to start cutting up your clothes why bother with an expensive starting point? Ripping jeans is as best experimental and at worse a disaster zone and so perhaps the best canvas for such artistic endeavours is a cheap second hand pair that you won’t mourn if you get a bit too carried away.

Economies

I was given to understand that a craze for patched denim may be on the horizon which is even better news. You can rip up an old pair of jeans and look all the rage and then patch them up again as soon as the tide turns which it surely will quite soon. Keeping up with the latest trends can be an expensive hobby but this year there are savings to made and I intend to make them! I’m not touching my favourite Levi’s though. Some things are scared and in any case they will likely be the next in thing by next Wedensday!

Sally Stacey is a keen writer who loves to follow the latest denim trends.

What Do Your Accessories Say About You?

What Do Your Accessories Say About You? picture

You might think that your accessories are purely an add-on to your outfit but they actually say a lot more than you’d first think.

How Bling Are You?

When it comes to accessories, personal taste plays a huge part in what people choose to wear. While some of us won’t leave the house without a colourful array of bangles, bracelets and earrings, others are content with a simple but stylish wristwatch and perhaps a subtle necklace or charm bracelet. Still others love to hunt out chunky and attention-grabbing vintage necklaces, bracelets, sunglasses and other accessories, while many people love the ‘ghetto fabulous’ look of abundant gold and diamonds. Whatever your tastes when it comes to accessories, you can be sure that your choice of personal adornments speaks volumes.

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Choosing A Bag Can Mean More Than You Think

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What does your bag say about you? To you a bag may just be a practical accessory, but it can also send out a message about you to the world.

Social Changes

Until the last few decades, groceries were transported by many shoppers back home in a bag that was probably used for years until it fell to pieces. Items of food may have been individually wrapped, sometimes in newspaper, but there were few, if any, individual bags supplied by retailers.

Social changes in the last three decades of the late 20th century blew all that away. Firstly, an increasing number of people began to own cars and so, the shopping radius available to them grew. Secondly, this era saw the mushrooming of supermarkets; large multi-purpose shops where virtually every type of food was available under the same roof. As a result, the shopping habits of countless generations began to change irrevocably.

Along with supermarkets came their ubiquitous plastic shopping bags, complete with the retailer’s name and, often, some well-known associated marketing ploy. Before long, almost every kind of shop, from small-family owned specialist shops, to high-end luxury fashion stores, would provide you with their own shopping bag to carry your purchases home and display their name at the same time.

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Baum und Pferdgarten Autumn-Winter 2014-2015 Runway

Baum und Pferdgarten Autumn Winter 2014 2015 Runway picture

A plaid cape with sleeves worn with pointed toe shoes

Baum und Pferdgarten presented their Fall-Winter 2014-2015 collection’s runway show during Copenhagen Fashion Week. Designers Rikke Baumgarten and Helle Hestehave offer us ready to wear looks that are comfortable and practical. The clothes have feminine touches but with some shades of masculinity. All in all, an innovative design.

Baum und Pferdgarten Autumn Winter 2014 2015 Runway picture

A plaid navy coat is worn over a cinched at the waist checkered dress, Burberry like scarf, cool gaiters and pointed toe heels

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Vogue Italy: Beauty in Vogue Supplement May 2014

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UNDER THE SUN
Photographer: Greg Lotus
Stylist: Danny Santiago
Hair: Mark Williamson
Make-up: Hector Simancas
Models: Carola Remer, Alize & Natalia Rassadnikova

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Alessandra Ambrosio for Pinko Spring Summer 2014

Alessandra Ambrosio for Pinko Spring Summer 2014 picture

Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio was chosen as the new face of Pinko, here she is photographed for the label’s Spring Summer 2014 campaign by fashion photographer Giampaolo Sgura.

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