Monthly Archives: July 2016

On stage and en vogue

The Fashion Rocks concert series, which matches top musicians and designers, will mark its Asia debut with a show in Shanghai on October 14.

Since 2003, the event has swept London, New York, Monaco and São Paulo with concerts by Beyoncé, Elton John, David Bowie, Robbie Williams and Justin Bieber paired with international fashion labels.

The concert is being organized by China’s Apax Live and will be held at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center. The venue holds 10,000, and the show will be available to a wider audience through

British singer and songwriter Charlotte Emma Aitchison, known by her stage name Charli XCX, will collaborate with Chinese fashion brand Sankuanz, a fast-rising label that’s shown at fashion weeks in Shanghai, London and Paris.


(Photo:white formal dresses)British singer and songwriter Charli XCX performs in Shanghai. Photo: Courtesy of Apax Live

Charli XCX, dubbed Hitmaker of the Year in 2014 by Billboard’s Women in Music and winner of the Top Rap Song on the Billboard Music Awards last year for “Fancy,” dressed herself up in a white dress designed by Sankuanz for the press conference Wednesday afternoon and expressed her anticipation in collaborating with the designer.

“I love the clothes that Sankuanz makes,” Charli XCX said. “It’s very cool. I’m very excited to be able to collaborate with him.”

Sankuanz, born as Shangguan Zhe, said that he would like to bring elements from Charli XCX and her music into design for his 2017 spring and summer collection.

The brand has been known for finding inspirations from pop culture for high-street fashion.

“Previously, Sankuanz mainly dealt with men’s fashion, but this time I’ll create a series of outfits for women, which will be released during the concert,” Shangguan said.

“I think Fashion Rocks will be a very cool event that can directly bring fashion designs to a greater number of individuals,” he added.

Besides Charli XCX, Hong Kong-born American pop diva Coco Lee is also confirmed to play.

At the press conference, organizers revealed that American musician Usher, credited by Billboard as topping the list of Hot 100 Artists of the 2000s, and South Korean pop group iKON are also invited, though administrative work is still under way.

Greg Rogers, director of Fashion Rocks Worldwide, said that it’s a bold move holding the first Fashion Rocks in Asia.

He said he’s confident of the market and will continue to work with Apax Live to build Fashion Rocks across Asia in the following months.Read more at:black formal dresses

Teatum Jones Launches Woolmark Prize Capsule at Harvey Nichols

Teatumn Jones Woolmark Collection Exclusive to Harvey Nichols - Elizabeth flare hem dress - £905 

(Photo:formal dress shops brisbane)Teatum Jones, the British label that scooped up the 2015-16 International Woolmark Prize for women’s wear, has launched its winning capsule collection at Harvey Nichols London, which is based on textiles from a mill founded by an English nun.

The 10-piece line, made from merino wool, was inspired by the blankets created by Foxford Woollen Mills in West Ireland, which was founded by Sister Agnes Morrogh-Bernard in 1892.

“She saw the mill as a way of creating a local industry post-famine era so that the local community who had previously relied on arable farming could continue to sustain themselves,” said Catherine Teatum, who designs the collection with Rob Jones.

Teatum’s parents live near the mills and she learned about the story during a visit. “She didn’t give up and it’s testament to her that the mill still exists today,” she said.

Passionate about textile innovation, the duo also convinced a French guipure lace mill to use merino wool in the looms instead. “They hadn’t done that in their 100-year history,” said Jones.

“There was a lot of trial and error and ups and downs, but we persevered and found the right yarn which worked and that formed the basis of the collection. If you want to position yourself within that field of pioneering textiles you have to be prepared to experiment with different yarns and make mistakes, and basically educate yourself in the science of it,” added Teatum.

Harvey Nichols fashion buying director Anita Barr said the duo’s “contemporary and fashion-forward collection not only showcases the craftsmanship of the designers but also the versatility of the yarn.”

Standout pieces include the Elizabeth dress with its vibrant, woven geometric patterns inspired by the Irish mill’s blankets and the Davitt biker jacket which incorporates similar motifs. The latter might look like a patent leather but is actually a bonded, foil-printed wool-lace yarn. “We wanted to create cool wearable, shoppable, wardrobe pieces,” said Teatum.

The duo is currently preparing for their debut on-schedule catwalk show during London Fashion Week in Sept., having previously staged presentations. “We’re looking at venues at the moment,” said Jones. “We like to create an experience with our shows, so the whole feeling of the space is really important to us when it comes to making it our own.”Read more at:formal dresses online australia

Folsom History Museum shows success for women wasn’t a ‘cinch’

When society thinks of women’s liberation nowadays, images from the late ’60s and early ’70s come to mind. Vietnam. Burning brassieres. A world changed by the Space Race.

An exhibit at the Folsom History Museum shows that the effort to free women from the bonds that actually bound them began much earlier. In the 1800s, in fact.

Slaves to Fashion: The Beauty & Pain of Changing Styles, 1850 – 1925 offers the visitor a unique view into the lives of women and children prior to the Modern Era. It will entertain. It will shock. And it will educate those who yearn for “good old days” that each era has its full share of challenges.

Change wasn’t a cinch. In fact, being cinched was part of the problem. More on that in a moment.

Plan to spend a bit of time at this exhibit. There is a lot to learn, and to see.

This current offering at the museum is by far the best the Folsom Historical Society volunteers have put together on this topic. And the prior exhibits were very good.

For thousands of years women wore clothing that covered their bodies from head to toe. Literally.

Hemmed in

Fashions evolved over the centuries that restricted women further. These included corsets, hooped skirts and additional layers of clothing to prevent the outer garments from soiling, high-heeled shoes to restrict movement and more.

Time was another thing stolen from women. Elaborate clothing required embellishment. Everything was made by hand. A woman’s work was never done.

Women had so much work to do, in fact, that they were completely dependent upon men for support. Unless a woman was independently wealthy and could afford servants, she had to be married or live with relatives. There were few legitimate avenues of employment open to women. Where was the time to do a job?

The exhibit has a fascinating display of fashions from the 1860s right up to the 1920s. Decade by decade, one sees the efforts made to accommodate fashion.

Tied and untied

Women were enslaved not just by the hard work they did, but by the clothing itself. Visitors may be surprised to learn that the tight lacing of the women’s corsets rearranged their internal organs.

The advent of the sewing machine was one of the first devices to liberate women. It gave them a small measure of something they never had before: time. A garment that previously took over a week to create now took mere hours.

Another creation that helped women: the advent of the washing machine. While primitive by today’s standards, these machines actually changed the fabric choices in women’s clothing. Gone were the dark colors. In were the whites with their lacy embellishments.

Factory freedoms

World War I created another thing for women: factory jobs. With the men gone overseas for the war, women stepped in to keep America going.

Gone were the restrictive corsets. Frilly, bulky attire wasn’t practical in a factory setting. Nor was the time “wasted” to create elaborate fashions considered patriotic.

Designers crafted patterns that used less fabric and had simpler lines. Women bought sewing patterns in shops or obtained them via direct mail catalogs or magazine advertisements.

By 1920, women had the vote and the confidence that they could make it on their own if they had to.

This exhibit is a rich treasure that must be carefully unpacked, display by display. It is well worth the time. And it will leave visitors forever grateful for modern conveniences. Including deodorant.Read more at:white formal dresses | short cocktail dresses

Adornment as art

Madder cloud Kaftan with Sujani embroidery by Swati Kalsi.When I first landed in India, way back in 1990, I only wore black, with occasional grey and white. Influenced, by Japanese designers like Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto, my austere, sculptural wardrobe was completely devoid of ornamentation. The only colour allowed, and it was obligatory, was intensely red lipstick.

But then by a series of events and coincidences I found myself staying in the home of Chandaben Shroff, the founder of the Shrujan embroidery collective. A never-ending deluge of intensely rich embroidery in wildly imaginative and unexpected colour combinations flowed through that household and turned my entire sense of aesthetics upside down. Colour? Decoration? Adornment? My de-addiction had begun.

At a time when the rest of the world has largely abandoned the handmade, India’s embroidery is breathtaking. It is incredible that the same Gujarati embroidery that caught the imagination of Marco Polo continues as a living craft in the 21st century. Whatever your personal style, be it the white on white understatement of Lucknowi Chikankari, the mirror-rich bohemian gypsy Banjara, or the slightly retro glam Persian Chinese fusion of Parsi, it is out there in the marketplace, direct from the artisan, or with new twists and interpretations from imaginative designers.

I never thought embroidered flowers would captivate me. Designer Aneeth Arora for instance somehow manages to turn the smallest diversions from convention into something quietly radical. She revels in the delicacy of detail. Small, evenly spaced running stitches highlight seams and hems on most of her garments. She takes references from here, there and everywhere. Little sprays of flowers, reminiscent of old samplers turn up in one collection alongside a jacket and dress adorned with riotously coloured flowers, part English summer garden, part steamy tropical jungle. For these she used stitches from the centuries-old European style of crewel embroidery, inimitably making them her own by combining them with tassels and clusters of small fluorescent beads. Next she turned her attention to the military, embellishing khaki silk with metallic zardozi.

Textural and free form, Swati Kalsi’s intuitive way of working couldn’t be more different. Each garment she produces is a unique, exquisite, abstract painting. Honing in on hand-stitched Bihari Sujani, she has lifted it out of naively representational descriptions of village life into a realm that is entirely abstract and unstructured. Surfaces emerge progressively on the fabric as a result of collaborative workshops with the craftswomen in which they change the intensity and length of stitches until indefinite shapes float loosely across the fabric.

I am not a purist. Sewing machines and computers were invented for good reason, and I see no problem using them if they don’t pointlessly try to replicate the hand made.

Forging a fine line between reverence and irreverence for the cultural icons that star on their designs, Play Clan’s digital Pop Art, graphic novel-like, Amar Chitrakatha comic books imprint couldn’t be more 21st century. The computer is the Play Clan design team of Himanshu and Dhruti Dogra’s most important tool but this doesn’t mean they don’t see the value in traditional techniques. They work with a small cluster of professional male embroiderers just outside of Delhi, commissioning them to make little embroidered artworks by stitching over computer-generated images. Behind the madcap fun of Rabari men and women drawn with diagrammatic flat planes andodhni domed like a space helmet, there is a hidden question mark as the Dogras contemplate the relationship between old and new technologies and the value (or not) of speed versus time, and individuality versus multiple reproduction.

Moving out of fashion and product design into the world of art galleries, neat little stitches can be completely liberated as embroidery leaps into surprising materials and dimensions. Looking at them, who would ever guess that embroidery was the starting point for Mumbai artist Parul Thacker’s monochromatic, ethereal, wall-mounted artworks. Once a textile designer, she experiments with traditional embroidery and weaving techniques for drawings and sculptures, sometimes complex webs of thread.

Having learnt to love embroidery, I find myself fascinated by its dual simplicity and complexity. The humble act of repeatedly inserting a threaded needle or awl in and out of cloth creates the most wildly diverse results that although grounded in tradition offer infinite potential for experimentation. Stitches are like little soldier ants, an indispensible part of something much bigger. Take one out and eventually everything will unravel.Read more | marieaustralia

Experiment with pointy nails at home

Getting a manicure has never been more deadly if you’re looking to emulate stars like Khloe Kardashian and Rihanna with their pointy nails. This isn’t a look for you if you have a young child to look after or have a hands on job, but it does look pretty awesome for a night out on the town. If you have natural nails then it’s quite hard to recreate this look, but there are a vast array of false options out there which mean you can experiment with them before perhaps going to the salon and having some acrylics done.

The first thing to note is that this style of nail is referred to as either pointy, stiletto nails or almond shaped nails, so bear that in mind if you search for them on the internet. If you’re not looking to spend too much money on this look then why not buy a pack of Claire’s 24 Pack Red Almond Shaped False Nails. These come with a strong glue to ensure you don’t suffer any embarrassing nail mishaps while out and about. It’s also a classic red colour which will go with daytime and nighttime outfits alike, so you won’t have to worry about mixing things up.

A slightly more expensive version is NailHur’s So Fetch nails. These are also glue on nails and the So Fetch option, taken from a line in Mean Girls, is a range of bubble gum pink nails which also comes complete with four crystallised pink nails to add a bit of bling to your look.

If you want to try out a pointy look but without the length that many falsies offer then give Elegant Touch’s Totally Bare Nails in Short Stiletto a try. These are a plain white colour, making them the perfect choice if you want to experiment with some nail art as well. It’s also a pack of 48 nails in 10 different sizes, meaning you have enough to try out this look on numerous occasions.

One thing to remember with false nails is to properly remove them – otherwise you might end up damaging your nail bed.

Use an acetone based nail varnish remover to soak the nails before using a toothpick or orange stick to get under the falsie and lift a little. Once the gap is created, soak again in the remover and then use a paper towel to carefully remove the nail. If you are left with any excess glue on the nail, use the remaining remover to try and get it off. If that doesn’t work, you can attempt to remove with a nail buffer.Read more | evening dresses australia

Woman shamed over wedding dress hopes to inspire

A fitness trainer in Minnesota who made national headlines over a dress she wore is taking advantage of her internet fame.

She hopes it will inspire women to treat each other with kindness.

Liz Krueger decided to wear a new dress as a friend’s date to a wedding reception in St. Paul, but she did not expect the outfit to get her some unwanted attention on the dance floor.

“Leaving the house, I had no idea this was even going to happen,” Krueger said. “I felt someone come up and slap me on the butt. I still get that sinking feeling in my stomach because I’m a 31-year-old female and I just didn’t think that happened.”

When Krueger turned around to see who touched her, she saw it was a woman who did it on a dare from her friends. Krueger had become a target.

She said someone else spilled beer on her, and she decided to leave early out of embarrassment.

But when she got home, the story started to take a different turn. She posted a picture of herself in the dress to Instagram and told the story of what happened at the wedding.

That post then quickly went viral.

She received hundreds of comments. Many were positive, but many other were critical of her body and the dress. She turned the fame into a new Krueger Kindness campaign.

“You know then they were commenting ‘good for you’ like, you know, ‘just do you, Liz’ kind of thing,” Krueger said. “And bring awareness to the fact this still happens and I want women to empower each other.

The story has been featured on bridal blogs, People magazine and the Huffington Post. Krueger said she hopes it will inspire women to be kind, but also feel confident in their own skin.Read more at:white formal dresses | vintage formal dresses

Why Granny chic isn’t ready for the old folks home

THE hairnet, the headpiece beloved of Coronation Street battleaxe Ena Sharples, is making a fashion comeback.

Once accessorised only with a winceyette nightie and heavy slick of cold cream, the humble hairnet was seen on the Duchess of Cambridge at the Battle of the Somme anniversary this month.

And Lottie Moss, Kate’s model little sister, rocked one on the red carpet at Cannes.

Vintage chicks have long favoured this granny secret to keep buns under control. Some even make a feature of it, piling their hair into a 1940s-style crochet snood. Now Kate is following suit.

We have yet to see the fashion forward royal on her way to an ambassador’s dinner with rollers in her hair but that’s another oldies’ look that has become commonplace.

High maintenance girls think nothing of hitting the shops – or even taking the sleeper to London for an important meeting – with their curlers in place.

And grey hair, once the signifier of old age and surrender in the battle of woman versus roots, is now highly prized. Celebrities such as Pink and Kelly Osborne started the trend. Now every shade from all-over silver to dark metallic is visible on a Saturday night out.

This one, however, is for the kids. Judi Dench and Jamie Lee Curtis aside, this trend has not been adopted by many women who are old enough to have naturally grey hair.

Comfy shoes are the must-have for every lady who gets her corns trimmed rather than her toenails painted.

Yet teenagers who would once have rolled their eyes at flat sandals, clompy boots and stout lace-ups are happy to wear grannyish styles.

This is one trend that has been enthusiastically accepted by everyone from television personality and style leader Alexa Chung to the mums on the school run.

Even the humble pac-a-mac, the folded raincoat in a little pouch that lived in a corner of Gran’s handbag, is back in favour. No festival rucksack is complete without some sort of lightweight rain jacket.

But there are some granny styles that, despite the fashion industry’s best efforts, refuse to hit the mainstream.

Pop socks, seen on the Prada catwalk, are beloved by the elderly lady who can no longer bend down to put on tights.

They have been punted as a fashion feature ever since Alicia Silverstone wore them with a mini kilt in Clueless. But no one under 70 who does not work in fashion has ever worn them in public.

Brooches are another granny favourite that stubbornly refuse to cross over. It’s hard to see why – they are pretty, easy to wear, often sparkly or quirky.

Charity shops have cabinets full of lovely ones for the price of a skinny latte.

Designers regularly urge us to festoon our denim jackets or rucksacks with them.

Yet they remain the preserve of the generation that can remember the war. And there is one oldie staple that is beyond the reach of even the most talented designer. The rain mate.

A poor relation of the pac- a-mac, this clear plastic eyesore is still favoured by the shampoo and set brigade to make sure their setting lotion stays in place between salon and front door.

It is not a good look. Kylie Jenner would struggle to look hot in a rain mate.

Grannies, you are welcome to keep this one all to yourselves.Read more at:formal dress shops brisbane | formal dress shops sydney

NOBE67 To Host Pop-Up Shop At Delano South Beach


(Photo:red cocktail dress)NOBE67, a fashion fair launched in 2013, is heading to Miami Swim Week to showcase the collections of today’s top emerging swimwear designers and international brands alongside a unique fashion installation in a pop-up shop at Delano South Beach.

The pop-up, which will be open from July 15-17, will feature brands such as Les Canebiers St. Tropez, Cris Berry Swim, Other World Apparel, Retromarine, Bandit Swimwear, La Playa by Jeux de Vie, EKAT and many more.

“NOBE67 is a unique incubator and brand development firm for independent designers and established international brands that want access to the U.S. fashion market. We are honored to bridge the gap between these talented designers and the American consumer, and what better way to do it than during the highly anticipated Miami Swim Week at Delano South Beach,” Natalie Meruelo, Founder of NOBE67, said in a press release.

The pop-up will also feature a full-service bar with wine, beer and spirits and will host a series of events and activities, including an opening celebration on Friday, hosted by tastemaker Daniela Botero, a special installation and cocktail reception on Saturday and a Luau-themed barbecue on Sunday.

Back in April, NOBE67 opened a pop-up shop in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhoodthat showcased fashion and accessories collections from emerging designers alongside the works of premier artists and unique installations.

“It’s been wonderful to bring this project to life — one that emphasizes the importance of developing a space in which so many interesting and talented creatives can showcase their work together. It’s an exciting opportunity for us to spearhead the contemporary designer movement in Miami, a city that is rapidly growing into a magnet for innovative design and art concepts,” Meruelo said in a press release.Read more at:red carpet dresses

Safety pins become a political accessory

A new way to show that people of all nationalities are still welcome in the UK in the wake of the referendum focuses on an unlikely accessory: the safety pin. Metal pins have started appearing on suit lapels, sweatshirts and doctors’ scrubs, as a Twitter bid to promote the safety pin as a symbol of unity takes off.

Amid an increase in racial incidents, it all started with a tweet by cheeahs, saying: “I’d like to come up with something that can be made by anybody anywhere to pin on their jacket or coat to signify that they are an ally.” Cheeahs, or rather Allison, an American woman who has not revealed her full name, soon hit upon the “safety pin, empty of anything else, on your coat. A literal SAFETY pin!” as a sign that the wearer doesn’t tolerate racism.

It’s not the first time that an accessory has been used to convey a political or social message to the world — take the red ribbons worn to raise awareness of Aids and HIV; the purple, white and green garments and jewellery embraced by the suffragettes; or the rainbow colours synonymous with gay pride.

The idea has clearly struck a chord with those who want to express solidarity, but is there something more about the discreet charm of the safety pin that has given this particular meme momentum? “A safety pin is a great thing to use as a symbol,” says the stylist, art director and jewellery designer Judy Blame. “It’s so recognisable because everyone has one somewhere. It’s very inclusive: everyone has a memory, whether it’s a punk rocker or a baby.” Blame, who was a teenage punk and still uses them heavily in his designs, says: “punks used safety pins as a form of rebellion; we used to go to jumble sales, buy clothes, rip them up and join them back together how we wanted. It was a symbol of rebellion but practical, too.”

Another example of fashion’s penchant for reinterpreting a functional item as an object of beauty, are the diamond-encrusted safety pins by Greek jewellery designer Ileana Makri. She is drawn to the pin as “an everyday casual object that can be made into a precious piece of jewellery, a symbol that everyone recognises”. That’s how John Galliano treated it for the SS16 Maison Margiela ready-to-wear show, embellishing tops and trousers with clusters of pins as if they were precious paillettes. (And who could forget how, in 1994, Liz Hurley grabbed headlines with a Versace dress barely held together by elaborate gold clasps which echoed the fibula fastenings used in antiquity. Sadly, Hurley is unlikely to resurrect the dress in support of #safetypin — she was pro-Brexit.)

The pin has even found its way into the couture world in Paris this week. Galliano revisited the safety pin at Margiela, suspending them from a tricorn hat in a show evoking romantic deconstruction, while Pierre Hardy, creative director of fine jewellery and shoes at Hermès, presented a silver collection featuring pins alongside the high jewellery. A new version of the brand’s classic Châine d’Ancre necklace from 1938 featured a safety pin which becomes both a link in the chain and a clasp. “It’s the punk side of Hermès,” says Hardy. Or a very chic way to show your support.Read more at:yellow formal dresses | green formal dresses

Next season at the National Theater full of surprises

Not many years ago, the National Theater of Korea (NTOK) faced an existential crisis. Nestled on Namsan in Seoul, the 66-year-old theater was criticized for being nearly useless as well as being affiliated with stagnant arts companies. However, the nation’s flagship theater turned over a new leaf when it launched the annual repertory season five years ago, successfully developing its own productions combining traditional and contemporary culture.

Now the NTOK’s yearly program is one of the most anticipated theatrical programs in Korea and the lineup of the National Repertory Season 2016-2017 announced last week lived up to expectations.

Adventures of changgeuk

The 2016-2017 season will open with the National Changgeuk Company of Korea (NCCK)’s “L’Orfeo” on Sept. 23 to 28. Directed by Lee So-young, who also helmed the highly acclaimed changgeuk “Song of the Red Cliff” last year, the newly commissioned work will adapt one of the earliest operas into changgeuk, a traditional Korean musical form similar to opera. Lee, who mainly worked in opera, made her debut as a changgeuk director last year and will continue her experimentation in changgeuk, expanding the scope of the Korean art.

The NCCK will work with internationally renowned director Ong Keng Sen from Singapore on “Trojan Women” from Nov. 11 to 20. Korean writer Bae Sam-sik will adapt the Euripides’ play for changgeuk and Intangible Cultural Asset Ahn Sook-sun will perform pansori, along with composer Jung Jae-il’s music.

“It is bringing tradition into the future,” the Singaporean director commented on the project.

On April 5 to 16, the NCCK will reinterpret traditional pansori story “Heungbu-ga,” which revolves around the tale of two brothers, with director Koh Sun-woong, behind the success of the changgeuk “Madame Ong.”

The NCCK’s hit repertoires “Madame Ong” and “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” will return next year in April and June, respectively.

Rerun of hit performances

The National Dance Company of Korea (NDCK) had a very busy year, collaborating with international choreographers and travelling around the world representing their work.

This season, the NDCK will mainly give opportunities for those who missed their previous hits, except for a new work to be premiered in June.

Fashion designer Jung Gu-ho breathed new life into the company by directing “The Scent of Ink” (Oct. 6 to and “The Banquet” (Feb. 7 to 11) with his minimal and formative aesthetics.

“Vortex,” premiered in 2014 and invited to the Cannes Dance Festival in 2015, returns from March 30 to April 1. Choreographed by Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen, the dance creates a powerful image of how the past resonates with the present.

Korean music galore

The National Orchestra of Korea (NOK) will bear fruit of its first-ever resident composer program on Oct. 29. Two NOK resident composers Kim Seong-guk and Chung Il-ryun will offer the product of their time working with the NOK, adding fresh twists to orchestral works in Korean music.

The NOK will pay tribute to six legendary composers of Korean music in the “2016 Masterpiece” concert on Nov. 25 and experiment with a collaboration between Korean traditional and Western music in “2017 Recompose” concert on March 24 to 25.Read more at:formal evening dresses | evening wear