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Lafayette designer hits the big time at Emmys


(Photo:red formal dresses)You might have seen Romey Roe around town. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette graduate bartends for many events and works nights at Social Southern Table and Bar.

But Roe is much more than that. His real name is Nathan Walker. He is the creative force behind his fashion design brand, Romey Roe, the name by which many know him.

Roe’s designs recently gained notoriety when two of his gowns appeared on the red carpet at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards show on Sept. 17. It was a first for the young artist.

“Overwhelming is the word that comes to mind,” the New Iberia native said. “I’ve been living it for the past few months and making sure they are perfect. There has been so much love and support and positive reactions from so many places. It’s just really amazing, kind of surreal in a way.”

Actress and producer Shanna Forrestall wore a two-piece illusion gown Roe designed with metallic threads and nude backing. Roe and Forrestall have known each other for several years. They met at Fashion Week in New Orleans. Forrestall is a Louisiana girl whose hometown is Gonzales.

“It was a given that he was my first choice when deciding on a gown for the 2017 Emmy’s,” Forrestall said. “His work is striking and I knew he would create a unique showpiece to accentuate my curves. The dress was a hit. Everywhere I went on Sunday people raved about how powerful and unique it was.”

Roe’s other show-stopping design was worn by actress Liz Fenning. If you are a horror movie fan, you may have seen Fenning’s appearances in films like Ghosthunters (2016) and The Ghostmaker (2012). She is also the program supervisor of Actors for Autism.

Fenning posted several pictures of herself at the Emmy’s wearing the dramatic gown of red silk satin with a lace and sequin bodice.

“I can’t say enough wonderful things about designer Romey Roe or the folks I got to go to the #Emmys with,” she wrote on Facebook. “I can just say that you all made me feel like a princess.”

Roe said it all started when Forestall saw his collection at Fashion Week. She called him and asked if he would like to dress her for the upcoming Emmys. Roe said they both hoped to shine a light on the southern market and, as he put it, “show people that the South can do some amazing things.”

“Liz and Shanna are best friends,” Roe added. “Liz said, ‘I would love for you to dress me as well.’ It was an incredible opportunity, but also, they are great humanitarians that do a lot for their communities, so that was really important to me. They are beautiful inside and out, and that was important for my brand.”

Both dresses took weeks to make and the tight deadline made things hectic. But Roe said he wouldn’t trade the experience for anything, especially given his love for creating high fashion.

Although Roe learned much of his trade as a student of design at UL, he said he believes his natural talent comes from family. His grandmother made clothes for his mother and aunt. His mother worked at Fruit of the Loom, a clothing manufacturing plant, for 25 years.

These days, the budding fashion expert splits his time between doing what he loves and doing what he must to survive.

“As most artists do, I still have a night job,” Roe said with a laugh. “Until I get my brand off the ground, up-and-coming artists have these dual jobs. It’s the kind of thing you do so you can keep your art alive.”

Roe will get more chances to showcase his latest collection at a special fundraiser being hosted by friend Sharon Moss. Gowns, Ghouls and Giving will benefit Acadiana Animal Aid. The event will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a VIP event and the show will start at 8 p.m. at the Moss Motors BMW showroom. It will feature champagne, treats and a fashion show with evening gowns and other pieces from the Romey Roe collection.

“I just wanted to do something to show people how wonderful he is and at the same time give back to the community,” Moss said. “He is so talented and such a nice young man. And so humble. He really deserves it.”

“That’s something a lot of people don’t really realize,” Roe added. “It takes a lot to get out there and it takes a lot of amazing support. And, thanks to Sharon, I’ve had that.”

Now that his creations have made the red carpet, Roe is optimistic about his future. But he doesn’t yet know where that will lead him.

“I just want to be able to wake up every day and do what I love,” he said. “I’m hoping I’ll be able to keep doing what I’ve been doing.”Read more

SF’s Remake wants to humanize fashion manufacturing

Clothes shopping can be an utterly escapist experience, especially in San Francisco. One can get educated on fair trade wages and ethical fashion exponentially, but once you’re surrounded by pristine, stylish interiors and lured by soothing music, all may as well be forgotten.

The Presidio’s picturesque lawns and historic buildings are similarly light years away from Cambodia, Indonesia and India, where dozens of brands manufacture their elevated garments. And yet it’s here that the San Francisco nonprofit Remake is trying to change the way we see clothes productions in these countries.The 2-year-old group is planning a trip to Asia at the end of this month with the assistance of the Levi Strauss Foundation. Fashion design students from San Francisco’s California College of the Arts and New York’s Parsons School of Design will come face to face with factory workers in Sri Lanka. But that, according to founder Ayesha Barenblat, is only a part of the story. Barenblat comes to the nonprofit from Better Work, a World Bank and United Nations organization that focuses on safety and working conditions within clothing factories around the world. Having advised the likes of H&M and Nike on manufacturing strategy, she decided to switch gears and dig deeper into the troubling realities of the garment industry that are often glossed over.The nonprofit’s main focus is producing and sharing engaging written stories and videos highlighting factory workers from Pakistan, Haiti, China and beyond. On the Remake website, each woman, photographed in her workplace, is telling her story in first person, each story is embellished with relatable and personal details.“We’re really centered on hope and and inspiration,” says Barenblat. “All these years, we haven’t moved the needle by calling for boycotts, but breaking down the supply chain and lamenting the fact the women who produce our clothes are also Millennials, also girl bosses — that really builds empathy and connection.”

“Remake is a storytelling organizations, humanizing a core part of the industry we have forgotten,” she says. That part is often “a woman, in her 20s. We’re bringing her back into the Millennial women’s consciousness.”The trip hopes to add an important dimension to the technical and theoretical education design students acquire: “Schools these days don’t teach you anything about the human effort behind production, about how design affects sustainability,” Barenblat says. The journey, one of many in the future, she hopes, will provide that missing piece of the puzzle, and will help inspire “the next generation of Donna Karans and Tom Fords, which will think about designing with intention.”This spring, in addition to glimpses into the lives of Cambodian seamstresses and Indian weavers, Remake selected a capsule collection of dresses, shirts and accessories by ethical brands, shot by the Remake on local models and displayed on the nonprofit’s website. The impetus was consumers who had become more aware of ethical issues, but still sought guidance on how and where to shop.“So we help them get a taste, by taking the best brands out there, putting them through a rigorous screening, and applying a style factor to it.” Currently, the website offers 16 items from Reformation, PACT Apparel, Levi’s and more — “just the basics, a better T, the little black dress,” Barenblat says.

While some brands featured in the capsule collection are higher priced than others, nothing costs above $200, which is intentional. Barenblat is often asked whether even those prices are out of reach for average consumers. She acknowledges that while “our primary audience is indeed urban, educated women,” there are parallels with organic food.“Once there’s more demand, the prices for go down and the movement starts to mainstream. This scenario keeps us hopeful.” Besides, she says, there are other ways to be mindful; “buy better, buy less, do Rent the Runway, consider vintage and consignment.”On that note, across the bay, the vintage aspect of smarter, environmentally and ethically friendly consumption is getting support from a recent initiative, the Consistency Project. Created by Oakland resident Natasha Lo, it marries secondhand jeans with a hefty side of agenda. At the Consistency Project’s Etsy online store, floral Hawaiian shirts share the screen with kimonos, denim jackets and high-waisted jeans, but there’s a bigger picture involved.Lo says, “This is a ‘gateway’ vintage shop. We focus on essentials and classic everyday pieces, while truly truly sticking to this idea of promoting a lifestyle.” The way to do it, according to Lo, is combining pop-up events, workshops and online sales with eye-opening information about the importance of vintage clothing, the hidden costs of buying brand -new garments and more.After leaving an event coordinator position at Airbnb to focus on the Consistency Project full time, she held her first event, Closet Marketplace, in February. “It was an opportunity for people to get together and sell unwanted items from their closets,” she says. Attendees, among them several Bay Area fashion bloggers tapped by Lo, were invited to sell their clothes, customize them by using an embroidery machine, and talk to one another about the role of vintage in their lives.

“This event really established why the Consistency Project was going to be different than just another online store or vintage seller,” says Lo. “ It spoke to this idea of building a community and allowed for people to take a moment to reflect on their closets, consuming habits and what secondhand meant to them.” Quite the opposite of shopping escapism.In June, Lo participated in two offline events in the East Bay and San Francisco, bringing a rack of carefully curated vintage clothes and her styling skills to a pop-up at Fresh, a skincare boutique, and Berkeley’s recurring Bouquet Marketplace.Read more at:princess formal dresses | black formal dresses

Tibetan Fashion Hits The Beijing Runway

Face painted yellow and white with long braids draping her shoulders, a model in voluminous grey robes walks down the runway – an image of Tibetan grace in the heart of China’s political power.

It was the first appearance of an ethnic Tibetan designer’s creation at Beijing’s twice yearly fashion week, now in its 20th year.

Aj-Namo, who hails from a predominantly Tibetan area in the southwestern province of Sichuan, first made her name as a singer, but has since branched out into clothing.

Today she is known for her eponymous AJ-NAMO brand and is based in Beijing.

At the show, not far from Beijing’s vast Great Hall of the People next to Tiananmen Square, the centre of the universe in Chinese politics, a stream of Tibetan and Han Chinese models paraded colourful outfits inspired by Tibetan attire but altered to suit contemporary tastes.

It was a moving moment for Aj-Namo, whose face trembled with emotion as she took her bow and audience members expressed their approval by jumping on the catwalk to wrap traditional Tibetan scarves around her neck.

“Tibetans have many talented designers, but there’s no platform to promote them,” Aj-Namo told AFP Thursday after her debut.

China has 56 officially recognised ethnic groups, but the vast majority of the country’s more than 1.3 billion people are Han.

Tibetans number roughly 6.3 million, with most living in China’s western half – the autonomous region of Tibet, as well as the provinces of Gansu, Qinghai, Sichuan and Yunnan.

Many ethnic minorities live in relatively poor areas, where limited education, language barriers and a heavily agricultural economy provide scant opportunities for young people to pursue a career on the national stage.

“I hope that thanks to this experience, more ethnic minorities, more Tibetans – especially models – will be inspired to put themselves out there,” Aj-Namo said.Read more at:cheap formal dresses | red formal dresses

Wedding trends are going through some major makeovers this season

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(Photo:special occasion dresses)Weddings are a special occasion and one expects everything to be perfectly trendy and jazzy. Designer Anika Dhawan Gupta says that neutrals and pastels are paving the way in wedding decor trend with larger than life bars making a huge fashion statement.

Gupta, founder and creative head of Rani Pink that was set up in 2010 offering complete wedding design and decor solutions, said, “Neutrals and pastels have paved the way for a total return to colour. Expect to see pops of bold shades and bright colour pairings. For mehendi functions, pop colours are the trend. People are opting for quirky, whimsical and candy colours like fluorescent pinks and greens along with silver and golden. Also, dramatised and oversized props are what is making up for a fun event.”

She says that for the wedding look, metallic tones like a silver element is what people are pairing with beautiful tuberoses or the nargis flower. “The use of mirror and gota on the walls add to the glamour and femininity of the look. Rather than a more modern look, people are opting for traditional and old world feel for their weddings,” she said.

“Large polo tents with abstract geometric prints in red and white get you on a total visual rollercoaster. Brides and grooms are looking at a fusion of the designs in the Mughal era and incorporating it in a modern way to the feel and ambience of their functions. Interesting larger than life bars is a huge trend. We created a boom box as a shots bar at a recent big wedding.

Also, table detailing is what we are big on this season. Everything from the furniture, mats, coasters, crockery, cutlery, linen and the table arrangements are what we have our eyes and expertise on,” she added.Read more

Fashion without Boundaries: Ricochet reinvents style for everyone

Ricochet is the type of storefront that you might notice for the first time every time you pass by, but more and more it seems to stand out amongst the newer, larger buildings around it.

The building itself is a small, green cottage with picture windows and a wooden sign that sits back from the street on El Camino. Or at least it seems to sit back from the street in that it doesn’t tower over you, forcing you to notice it, but rather, it coaxes you with its quaint quirkiness.

What’s inside is equally quirky: An art gallery by way of a retail fashion boutique. Once inside, one discovers dozens of displays of clothing, and art, all handmade by local artists and curated by owner Jill Pillot.

Pillot has eclectic tastes – a side effect of her mother’s globe trekking lifestyle.

“My mom always thought the grass was greener somewhere else,” Pillot said of her mother’s wanderlust, which took them to places like South Africa, Bulgaria, Belgium, the Canary Islands, and Greece. “I’ve lived in many different types of countries, from areas where kids were walking with no shoes, to places that were quite swanky with private beaches, and I think that’s where my eclectic nature came from.”

+5 As a child she never got to put down roots for long. She dreamed of starting a hotel in which local artists would be featured in the décor, but settled in 1996 for a 200-square-foot retail space where Ricochet began as a second-hand clothing store for children.

Eventually she began repurposing materials from thrift store items for her own fashion designs, and soon the store was carrying both her own original creations and those of local artists.

+5 “As I was evolving with my line of clothes I was doing a lot of fashion shows and I was getting great response from it because at that time recycled materials were not so in,” Pillot said.

Pillot was able to move to a larger space just two doors down from her original location to expand the reach of Ricochet’s inspiration.

Internships & Classes

Ricochet has offered classes for over ten years. They began on the second floor of the original space, where Pillot was living with her two sons. She converted a spare bedroom into a studio where she taught sewing classes for students as young as 8 years old. Now in the new larger space and with their fashion shows starting to take off in popularity, they have been able to offer modeling classes for all ages.

“I wanted to start teaching,” Pillot said. “So I started the academy for children and adults to teach them how to create from what they have in their closets, and in that sense be very environmentally friendly… Often the children say, ‘I have this vision,’ and I used to have a vision, too, and I could never make my vision because I didn’t have the tools or I didn’t have the fabric. So we teach them how to create with what they’re surrounded with.”

The popularity of the classes grew into more hands-on experiences.

“Little by little the academy evolved into an internship program and the internship program was open to college students to get hands-on as a stepping stone to build up their resumes and portfolios and so forth. To give them a little bit of a taste of what it takes.”

+5 Internships are offered in multiple areas including small business development, design, marketing, and photography.

+5 Pillot has found that while many of her interns are seeking a way to bridge the gap between college and making a career for themselves, she also gets high school kids testing the waters before they dedicate their college studies to fashion.

“A lot of students coming out of college after spending three or four years realize that perhaps it was a lot harder to become a fashion designer than they had anticipated prior to going into college,” Pillot said. “So I opened the doors to kids as young as 13 years old with the apprenticeship programs. This is the one that is rising right now.”

“Students at this age have a desire to become designers or be in the fashion industry and we want to give them a taste of that prior to signing up for college,” Pillot said. “A lot of parents are liking that because that is the moment to see if that’s something you want to pursue.”

Ricochet’s programs, then, are able to create a stable foundation of skills for an intriguing but intimidating industry, as well offering hands-on experiences to guide students and interns through the process of turning their art into a career.

Art Finds Art

Pillot is an award-winning designer who has earned local and national awards for her various clothing lines and design work.

Her current line of clothing is called Ricochet, Art Finds Art. She is collaborating with visual artists who provide pieces to print on fabrics and Pillot then uses those fabrics to create garments inspired by the original artwork.

“Being an artist you have to kind of let me be a little bit,” Pillot said. “So I choose pictures that I feel connected with, something that has a good feel for me, and they give me their works and they evolve into garments… with fabrics that I feel connect with the picture.”

Each piece remains unique because Pillot is dedicated to rescued materials and letting each garment come from a natural progression of the artistic process.

“With my line of clothes I only design one of a kind, I never use patterns, and I use a lot more rescued materials,” Pillot explained. “I lay them on the table and I never know what they will become. They evolve into the pieces that you see here – freestyle, fashion without boundaries.”

Pillot will do custom pieces at the request of an artist or a customer, but even these pieces will carry some of her own personal flair.


As an extension of the Ricochet artist community, Pillot opens the door for a potluck happy hour every first Thursday of the month between September and May.

Pillot prefers the potluck style because it starts conversations, and encourages people to bring a bit of their own creativity to the party, and those that do bring something are rewarded with a 10 percent discount throughout the store.

In addition to food and drink, the artists are usually present for the events, and Ricochet provides entertainment of all kinds from comedy to music to dancing.

This is just one more way in which Pillot is connecting the our community through art.

The Evolution of Ricochet

Pillot’s dream of a boutique hotel never came to fruition, but 22 years after starting Ricochet, she is still going strong, thriving, and growing.

“I didn’t know this would be it, but it evolved organically, and I think that’s the key to our success,” Pillot said. “Now we want to give back to our community by giving any type of artist an opportunity to explore. A lot of people are being told that they cannot make it in the arts as a profession and we can hopefully be an inspiration to others to say yes you can, but it’s a lot of dedication and a lot of passion.”

While the world around Ricochet grows with newer, bigger, more imposing buildings, Jill Pillot’s little cottage boutique grows right along side. It is no more physically imposing than it was, but from a child who never settled in one place for long, the seeds of creativity, ambition, and curiosity she has planted with Ricochet are growing roots deeper and deeper into our community. Pillot continues to use her talents, experiences, and ever-expanding community of artists and friends to touch more lives, help more artists thrive, and support the art and fashion industries on a larger scale by sending more experienced, talented artists into the world with the tools they need to succeed.Read more at:celebrity dresses | sexy formal dresses

Is ‘living doll’ Lulu Hashimoto fashion or fetish?

Meet Lulu Hashimoto, a “living doll” and the latest trend in Tokyo’s fashion modelling scene.

Lulu – a full-body doll suit consisting of a wig, a mask and stockings patterned with doll-like joints – was born from one woman’s desire to become cute. “I have always really liked dolls and for me, the epitome of cuteness is dolls,” says 23-year-old fashion designer Hitomi Komaki, who created Lulu.

Dressing up as a mascot, called kigurumi in Japanese, is a popular art form in Japan. Komaki has taken it to a new level by creating a body suit that looks like a doll and lets you move like a human.

“Many people call my project a fetish, but for me it’s not a fetish but fashion,” she says. “It’s like wearing nice clothes or putting on false eyelashes to become cuter.”

There is only one Lulu body suit, Komaki says, but dancers, designers and models are among those who have worn the costume. The identity of exactly who is inside is secret, she adds.

The stockings worn by Lulu were created by fellow fashion designer Koh Ueno, who airbrushes doll-like joints onto the material. “I want to see women wear these stockings and transform,” says 29-year-old Ueno.“I want them to experience the extraordinary – to become otherworldly, artificial, or like a doll.”

While popular among fans of Japanese subculture, Lulu is now turning heads at the annual Miss iD beauty pageant where she’s among the 134 semi-finalists chosen from around 4,000 entrants.

The pageant, which includes ”non-human” characters generated by artificial intelligence and three-dimensional computer graphics for the first time, will announce a winner in November.

Lulu’s ability to blur the line between reality and fiction has mesmerised fans on social media, where the Lulu Twitter and Instagram accounts have drawn tens of thousands of followers.

“I find it miraculous that dolls and humans – two things that exist in different planes – are standing in the same space,” says Erika Kato, 24, who met Lulu for the first time at a recent fan event.

The possibility of wearing a suit and becoming Lulu also appealed to fans like 22-year-old Miu Shimoda. “I’d like to be a beautiful girl like Lulu at least once in my life,” she says.Read more at:formal dresses canberra | orange formal dresses

Why you should use Konjac Sponge for healthy skin

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(Photo:white cocktail dresses)Did you know that acne is not caused by excessive oil and bacteria alone? If your skin is incapable of shedding all its dead cells, they can get lodged inside your pores. When the pores get plugged, the sebum, the oil that usually nourishes your skin and keeps it soft, cannot come to the surface. Opportunistic bacteria which are lying in wait for a moment like this, make a dash for the clogged pore to feast on this oil. Your body’s immune system then swings into action and starts a war with the bacteria, causing inflammation or a pimple.

So sometimes, using washing your face multiple times and slathering your skin with antibacterial creams are of little use if your dead cells are not being shed. Many dermatologists, therefore, recommend the use of a gentle exfoliating agent that will dislodge all the dead cells before they could fall into your pores. Chemical agents like glycolic peels and exfoliating scrubs can be quite harsh on your skin. Sometimes, they may end up doing more bad than good.

Acne has always been a big part of my teenage and adult life. I have very oily skin that is strangely also used to flaking, which I believe was causing the acne in the first place. I tried most exfoliating agents from scrubs to brushes with little success. One day, when I was browsing the internet, I came across konjac sponges. Curious to know more about the sponge, I did some research.

What is konjac sponge?

Konjac sponge is a revolutionary skin care product that has been making waves in the beauty industry for quite some time now. The best-kept beauty secret of the Japanese, the sponge is made from the root of Amorphophallus konjac or elephant yam found in Asian countries like Japan, China and Korea. Now, it is also available online on various e-commerce sites like Amazon and Flipkart. That’s where I got mine from.

The konjac root powder is mixed with water to form a paste. Calcium hydroxide is added to the paste to thicken it. The mixture is then shaped and heated to remove the water. The solidified “sponge” is then sold as konjac sponge. It is stone hard when dry. But when soaked in water, it becomes springy, soft and spongy.

These sponges are available in a variety of colours, each having an infused substance specialised for a specific skin problem. The white sponge is the plain one, the yellow one has turmeric, the green one is aloe vera or green tea infused, and black one contains charcoal.

How to use konjac sponge?

The soft sponge can be used in the same way one uses the washcloth. The wet sponge, although impossibly soft and gentle, is very efficient at removing dead skin cells without hurting the skin in any way. It can be used either on its own or in combination with a cleanser.

First, you need to soak the konjac sponge in water for a few minutes. When it absorbs the water, it becomes springy and soft. Wet your face with water and gently rub the sponge on your face. Focus on your problem areas like the T-zone, jaw line and the cheeks for 2 minutes. Even if you rub it a little hard, your skin won’t feel a thing. It is that gentle. Wash it off with water, and you will notice that your skin is visibly softer and smoother than before. Use it once or twice a day.

How does konjac sponge help acne?

Konjac sponge is a great thing to have in your kit if you suffer from acne. Firstly, it sloughs off the dead cells on your face to prevent pore clogging. Secondly, it neutralises bacteria pimple-causing bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus1 and Propionibacterium acnes2. And thirdly, the alkalising effect of the sponge helps you balance the pH of your skin, ensuring that bacteria and other nasty pathogens don’t have a field day on your skin.

My experience using the konjac sponge

I haven’t been using the sponge for a very long time, but I saw a stark difference in my skin texture after only a few uses. My skin tone became more even, and I saw lesser breakouts, even on my problem areas. It requires very little maintenance and comes at a fraction of what electric facial cleansing devices cost. Since it is organic, it is biodegradable and won’t hurt the environment (in case you care, the exfoliating micro beads in your facial scrub are contaminating the sea3).

However, all good things come to an end, and konjac sponge is no different. Since it is organic, the shelf life of the konjac sponge is limited. You need to replace your sponge after every 2-3 months. But a decent quality sponge costs only Rs 290 on Amazon, a quarter of what you would spend on a facial every month. So you won’t feel the pinch.

This is the best exfoliating product I have ever tried, and trust me, I have tried a lot of those. It’s no surprise that konjac sponges are relatively unknown in the beauty world. When you have an economical, efficient and environment-friendly skin care product, who would visit the beauty clinics for expensive treatments.Read more at:formal dress online

Serena Williams on exercising while pregnant and why fashion is harder than tennis


(Photo:formal dresses online)Most expectant mothers have their minds firmly full with last-minute nursery preparations, hospital bag packing and birthing plans. Eight-months-pregnant Serena Williams has these concerns, of course, but her sights are also set on a bigger postpartum goal: her return to tennis. “I am looking forward to becoming a mother and coming back to the courts already,” she tells The Telegraph. “I’m always thinking about what’s next: the next victory, the next trophy.”

Elsewhere, the world number one women’s tennis player has said that she has her sights set on competing in the 2018 Australian Open next January – thought to be just three months after giving birth. It’s an audacious goal, but if anyone can achieve it, it’s 35-year-old Williams who, with 23 Grand Slam titles to her name, is the most decorated player of the Open Era. Should she manage to defend the title she won while in the early stages of pregnancy in January this year, she’ll equal Margaret Court’s overall record of 24.

It’s so tantalisingly within reach that Williams isn’t going to let something as trifling as becoming a mother for the first time stop her from giving it a good go. As such, she’s continuing her strict exercise and nutrition regime throughout her pregnancy.

“I intend to keep exercising for as long as possible while pregnant,” she says. “I want to baby to be healthy and for that you need a healthy life. Also, when I come back to tennis it’ll be better if I’ve kept as fit as possible all the way through the pregnancy rather than having to lose a lot of weight afterwards in order to get fit again. Eating healthily is a must, but being healthy is a lifestyle.”

And yet in true Serena style, she combines intense discipline with a healthy dose of fun. Earlier this month she held a 1950s-themed baby shower in West Palm Beach, Florida, where friends including Eva Longoria, Ciara and Kelly Rowland, alongside her sister Venus and fiance Alexis Ohanian, dressed up in vintage gear to celebrate the impending arrival of ‘Baby O’. And earlier this year she and fiancé Reddit founder Ohanian, whom she met in Rome in 2015, dressed up to the nines for the Met Gala in New York. It was her first red-carpet appearance since having accidentally revealed her unexpected pregnancy to the world via Snapchat in April.

Dressed in a bump-hugging, emerald-green Atelier Versace gown, Williams accessorised with dazzling emerald and diamond earrings by Hollywood jeweller XIV Karats, and an even more dazzling diamond piece on her left wrist: the Diamond Outrage high jewellery watch by Audemars Piguet, for whom she has been an ambassador since 2014. The watch, which Williams describes as “beyond anything I’ve ever seen”, is the third in Piguet’s series of high jewellery watches and features 65 carats of diamonds set into its vicious-looking spikes, one of which conceals a watch face.

An attention-grabbingly fierce piece of craftsmanship, it’s a far cry from the sporty styles that Williams describes as her “lucky charms” on court. “I have slightly fewer than 10 Audemars Piguet watches now,” she says. “I wear them all on different occasions. The only style I wouldn’t wear on court is the Diamond Outrage. It’s way too special…or too dangerous! But every time I do wear it I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.”

She must have been delighted, then, to be shot by fashion photographer Tom Munro while wearing the watch for Audemars Piguet’s latest campaign. “It was such a fun shoot,” she recalls. “Tom was able to capture my fun side, which is really me. When I’m on the court you only see my serious side, so it was very cool to be able to showcase the ‘off the court’ version of me.”

Williams’ interest in fashion extends beyond her flamboyant personal style and cover-girl shoots (she was also photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the cover of the August issue of Vanity Fair, where she appears naked and cradling her bump, Demi Moore-style) to her own label, sold via the Home Shopping Network, which she launched at New York Fashion Week in 2014. But the world of staging catwalk shows and wooing fashion critics is still somewhat uncertain territory for the usually indomitable sportswoman-turned-designer.

“Fashion is hard; harder than tennis,” she says. “In tennis I make my own destiny, but in fashion you have to rely on so many other people. You can’t give up, even more so than in sport. I am still fighting to make the right choices… one step at a time.”

The next steps for now though are finding the right nanny (she is reportedly looking for a French-speaking baby nurse) and settling into motherhood with Ohanian, who is based in San Francisco where his business is headquartered.

Maintaining a trans-coastal relationship amid sleepless nights with that not-so-distant Australian Open goal in mind is no mean feat. But Williams will, as ever, take it in her stride. “Determination is key, whether you’re on or off the court,” she says. “You have to feed it, work on it constantly. What drives me daily is my love for what I do – I wake up and I want to be the greatest athlete. That’s more than enough.”

“I’m lucky because I feel like I have achieved a lot already,” she continues. “In some ways it’s easier now I’ve won different titles because there is no pressure to achieve anything specific. I am playing for fun now. Obviously, I would like to win the ultimate record, but that’s a story to be continued…”.Read more at:cocktail dresses

Hugo Boss to Support Retrospective of Charles and Ray Eames


(Photo:one shoulder formal dresses)Starting Sept. 30, Hugo Boss will be supporting “An Eames Celebration” at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The project involves four separate exhibits dedicated to the various stages of Charles and Ray Eames’ oeuvre — furniture, films, photographs, drawings, sculptures, paintings, textiles, models, stage props and graphic design. The company will also support ancillary events staged across the extensive Vitra campus. Those grounds include structures created by Nicholas Grimshaw, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, Álvaro Siza, Herzog & de Meuron and SANAA.

The exhibition will also feature previously unpublished material as it is meant to provide the most all-encompassing view of the husband-and-wife team’s creativity. “Partnerships with cultural institutions such as the Vitra Design Museum spur creativity within our company — above all in our collections,” explains Ingo Wilts, chief brand officer at Hugo Boss.

As an offshoot of the collaboration, the group has taken inspiration from the designs of Charles and Ray Eames and — in conjunction with the Vitra Design Museum — to create limited-edition accessories for the Boss brand. Drawing from the couple’s “Kite Drawings” and fusing abstractions with the Boss design idiom, the end result is a tote bag, a portfolio bag, a clutch and a card case — all of which are unisex. The four-piece capsule collection will be available at select retail and online stores this fall.

Ray Eames herself earned a degree in fashion design from the Bennett School for Girls in Millbrook, N.Y. She continued to sketch and draw throughout her life, creating textiles and clothing for herself and her husband. She also created uniforms for staff at IBM’s Pavilion during the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

To mark the exhibition’s opening and the launch of the collection, Hugo Boss and the Vitra Design Museum will hosting a special event in Berlin during October. Excerpts from unseen video works by the Eames — taken from the exhibition in Weil am Rhein — will be shown to guests.Read more at:princess formal dresses

Get stylish in dungarees

For those who are not afraid to take some fashion risk, dungarees or overalls are back in vogue. Gone are the days when only kids wore dungarees — celebrities such as Anushka Sharma, Yami Gautam, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Celine Dion, Selena Gomez and Joanna Krupa were all spotted sporting them in recent times. Interestingly, the likes of Paris Jackson, Vanessa Hudgens and Sherlyn Chopra are even wearing dungarees with an unfastened strap! If you want to have fun and look good, dungarees permit you to do both. These functional outfits are high on style and make sure you look cool.

While there are several options such as loose-fit, relaxed, skinny-fit, shorts and skirt dungarees to choose from, stylists say that it is important to find the perfect fit to ace the look. “Denim dungarees have been doing the rounds lately on the international fashion scene and Bollywood divas are sporting them as well. Fluid cotton dungaree is the trend this season. Pair it with a crop top or even a casual tee. I love the sweet little detail around the waist that gives a little peek into what you are wearing underneath,” says celebrity designer Archana Kochhar.

Denim dungarees can be experimented with. “A trendy baseball cap, oversized sunglasses and sneakers gives you a look with a relaxed vibe. If you want to dress it up, opt for crop tops, a pair of swanky heels, chunky gold earrings and bracelets,” Archana advises.

The foolproof way to wear a dungaree is with a white t-shirt and sneakers. But you can also try nautical prints or greys for t-shirts. “Experiment with the length of your sleeves. Plain black dungarees have more scope for styling. You can pair it with ankle boots, flats, pumps, and even sandals. However, keep colours neutral for an aesthetic look” advises stylist Ayesha A.K.

According to designer Althea Krishna, ripped and tattered dungarees are a great fashion choice. “However, if your dungaree is simple, go for printed and sheer fabric on the inside,” she adds.

“Leave your hair open or in a messy top knot. A nude or a coral lip colour is sufficient when it comes to make-up” suggests Ayesha.Read more at:mermaid formal dresses | formal dress shops sydney