Fashion Capitals Every Fashion Blogger Should Visit


When you think about Paris, before you think of the Eiffel tower, you think of Coco Chanel – if you don’t then you have to work up on your fashion mojo. Though style and fashion are not really synonyms, they pretty much depend on one another. Knowing that fashion is a big industry with great influence, we all know that there are centers of that influence – fashion capitals. There are five most important ones: Paris, Milan, Los Angeles, Berlin, and Tokyo. These cities master and lead the fashion world globally. Why these cities are known as the fashion capitals of the world?

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Manuela Biocca x Alchemy Gothic = Résonance

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“The luxury gothic fashion designer Manuela Biocca presents its new collection “Résonance” in collaboration with Alchemy Gothic jewellery and accessories, worldwide leader of the alternative jewelry field.”

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Tadashi Shoji NYFW Review

It is that time of the year when most of our favorite designers present their ready to wear collections (prêt-à-porter), at fashion week shows around the globe, highlighting the fashion to be sold in the next season. So I am here with my review of one of my favorite designer’s collection, Tadashi Shoji.

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Could John Galliano be the perfect fit for Oscar de la Renta?

It was inevitable really. From the moment the willowy, doll-like models went swooping down Oscar de la Renta’s runway in New York in February, the rumour mill went into overdrive.

De la Renta’s fall/ winter 2013 collection had all the hallmarks of a typical Oscar collection- lavish evening gowns, stunning prints, the most luxurious fabrics cut draped and pin-tucked to perfection- but, to the fashionably trained eye there was something else present among the layers of bustling silk and taffeta. A mere hint of playfulness, the slightest suggestion of irony. There was definitely no mistaking John Galliano’s influence in this collection.

This rich purple silk-taffeta gown from Oscar de la Renta’s fall/ winter 2013 collection bares the Galliano signature.  Image courtesy of http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk

This rich purple silk-taffeta gown from Oscar de la Renta’s fall/ winter 2013 collection bares the Galliano signature.
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The Return of Saint Laurent

My fellow (Yves) Saint Laurent lovers, the brand has finally released their Fall 2013 Ad Campaign. The ad features Southern California twins, Wyatt and Fletcher Shears. They are behind the skater punk band “The Garden.” But most importantly, they are exclusive Saint Laurent models. They debuted on the Saint Laurent runway and now are the stars of the ad campaign.

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Image courtesy of style.com

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One To Watch – A Chat With Emerging Designer: Satu Maaranen

Last Tuesday, I attended the Première Vision NY and Indigo NY (textile and print design shows), for Fall-Winter 14/15. I This was the first time the two shows have been combined into one big event. I had a great time checking out the predicted print and textile trends for next year.

Right before I left the shows, I noticed a “featured display” corner of fashion and photography work that was so unique and creative. It ended up belonging to the winning designer of this year’s Hyères International Festival of Fashion & Photography  competition, which partners with Première Vision. The designer was Satu Maaranen, who hails all the way from Helsinki! I was glad chat with her a little about her design aesthetics and the competition.

Designer Satu Maartanen

Designer Satu Maaranen

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Fashionistas Flock to Paris for Couture Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013

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Paris. Often revered as the most fashionable city on the planet, the fashion capital of the world. So when it comes to Haute Couture, where else would fashion’s design elite congregate to showcase their most precious and expensive collections? Fresh from the throes of yet another fashion week- Haute Couture fall/winter 2013 to be precise- it is time to sit back and explore the new trends that have emerged.

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Givenchy Menswear S/S 2014 Review & Meggings

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Recently, Riccardo Tisci presented the men’s Givenchy S/S 2014 collection in Paris. There was something that stood out too me when the models started to walk the runway and many others saw it as well just as you probably have. Yes, the men are wearing leggings or “meggings” as some would call them. Continue Reading

It’s Time For A Cruise With Fashion’s Resort Collections For 2014

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It’s that special time of year again, when our minds drift into the fantastical yet hectic land of fashion. Silhouettes, prints and patterns, trends in, trends out, sumptuous silks and rich taffetas in a whole rainbow of colors to choose from; these are the thoughts that deluge us daily. This can only mean one thing: we are caught in the throes of yet another fashion week. This time, it is the resort collections that have got our heads in a fashion spin.

Over the last few weeks we have seen our favorite luxury fashion labels, from Paris to New York to London, release their resort collections for 2014. And what a spectacle it has been! Come November, and even sooner knowing the high-street, there will be plenty of fresh stylish bounty for us to get our manicured hands on. Expect to see lots of tribal print, particularly on kaftans and maxi-dresses, super luxe over-sized silk t-shirts, and tailored trousers cut above the ankle. Key colors will include the classic bright white and jet black monochrome duo, tropical yellow and lagoon blue with playful accents of purple and orange.

Max Mara showcase bold colors and relaxed silhouettes in their resort collection for 2014. Image courtesy of www.blogs.glam.com

Max Mara showcase bold colors and relaxed silhouettes in their resort collection for 2014.
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Milly For Banana Republic – A Collection Fit For The Hamptons

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Sketches from the latest Banana Republic collaboration with Milly NY designer, Michelle Smith. Image courtesy of www.fashionfoiegras.com

Sketches from the latest Banana Republic collaboration with Milly NY designer, Michelle Smith.
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Californian cult label, Banana Republic, is almost as well known for its innovative and highly successful collaborations as it is for its effortless, all American style. Last Summer saw Banana Republic join forces with fellow Californian, Trina Turk. This latest stylish collaboration, with New York based label Milly NY by Michelle Smith, could possibly be Banana Republic’s most lucrative to date. Continue Reading