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The Ralph Lauren Luxury Dress for Melania Trump

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From entertainer to first lady. Melania Trump, the Slovenian model and wife of Donald Trump, has changed a lot of style. Unlike Michelle Obama, the first lady has a large photographic archive in which she shows the style that defines her, marking every era of her life.

One of her most commented luxury dress is the blue Ralph Lauren dress she wore on January 20, the day Barack Obama’s family evicted the White House and began to occupy Trump’s family. A dress with a look of the 60s that breaks with the usual style of the first lady, with no neckline and very elegant, which some have applauded and others have repudiated. And the social networks are burning: some applaud Ralph Lauren for dressing Melania. However, many others repudiate the concept that the fashion brand has worked for her. The truth is that Ralph Lauren has designed exclusive luxury dresses for first ladies like Hillary Clinton, regardless of the political tune of the brand. Even so, dressing the first lady has led the brand to lower its sales. Something similar happened to brands like Macy or Lord & Taylor, who dressed Donald Trump’s eldest daughter (Ivanka Trump) and also had to face several comments over the Internet.

As expected, after the dispute, Ralph Lauren’s blue dress has been the center of all sorts of criticism. The two most commented have been: resembling one of the scenes of the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), in which the fancy dress looks like the uniform of the Beauxbatons school. The second similarity that the audience has found is with the dress of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, that used for the investiture of her husband John F. Kennedy in 1961.

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It should be noted that other designers have publicly announced that they will never wear the first lady, as is the case of Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs. However, others have announced that they would be delighted, as is the case of Tommy Hilfiger or Carolina Herrera.
Loving the glitter and marking her silhouette in tight luxury dresses, the wife of the President of the United States has left that style behind to continue to highlight its beauty in a more discreet and elegant.
She replaces the fur coats to wear coats of classic cut and also, the lover of the lace has decided to continue taking it but of another form. In the following photograph we see as in one of the fashion event she attended, bet on the cleavage on his chest pretending to go uncovered. However in one of the last dinners with the Catholic Church, she decides to wear the lace in a much more subtle, covering her arms of precious lace that made her shine.
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After being a model, Melania began to get more and more into the business world, and that’s when she began to wear more discreet clothes and according to the environment in which she began to move.
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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 29: Model Melania Trump leaves the “Good Afternoon America” taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on August 29, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
What more designers will be willing to dress Melania Trump?
 

BVLGARI: creative excellence

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1884 is the year in which this luxury brand was founded. Rome is its headquartered and jewelery, watches, perfumes, leather goods and hospitality, their specialties, belonging to the conglomerate LVMH.

We all pronounce with U but is written with V: the classical Latin alphabet where V is pronounced as a U and comes from the surname of its founder Sotirios Voulgaris.

Its first store in Paramynthia (Epirus, Greece) still exists. One of the most important shop was inaugurated in Via Condotti, which was opened in 1905 with the help of his sons Constantino and Giorgio. Old Curiosity Shop was called with the idea of attracting customers proviniesen from United States and Britain.

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After the death of Sotirios, their children are those who remain at the helm of the company. The 50´s and 60´s are very important to the store, because it see celebrities as Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Romy Scheider or Gina Lollobrigada, coming into the store.

In the 70´s its first installations were based in New York, Paris, Geneva and Monte Carlo. So they have nearly 230 stores worldwide. Was Francesco Trapani, manager of the company, who made BVLGARI was known worldwide.

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All sections covering BVLGARI have undergone considerable evolution. But without any doubt, we have been able to live the evolution of their jewelry from the 20´s. At this time, geometry and Art Decó are the main characters in addition to the platinum, main material with which its jewels were produced from the beginning. In the 30 colors invade the brand and sapphires, emeralds and rubies are combined with different varieties of diamonds. In addition, at this time some of its jewelry could be converted, that is, could be both necklace and bracelet, like their pins.

After II World War , the house changes the platinum to the gold. Thus, their products were much lighter elements but however, the quantity of diamonds that include was less. His style changed and focus more on creating pieces of Italian Renaissance style and Greco-Roman classicism.

In the 50´s, with the recovery of the war, he returns to the crimping platinum and more symmetrical, natural and compact, jewelry are created with the most beautiful gemstones in their designs.

However, in the 60´s, the Pop Art influences considerably in style and oriental designs jewelry with form like a snake. The style change gives rise to the Stars and Stripes collection that was applauded by Andy Warhol. Oval elements succeed in signing and the use of diamonds or gold chain BVLGARI, one of his identifying signs.

The 80´s are characterized by volume, color and simple forms, while 90´s are identified with yellow gold.

All the developments that have suffered the brand, is what makes it one of the BVLGARI luxury brands known worldwide. Some pieces with a price difficult to reach for many and more affordable for others. But without a doubt, quality parts, you know it will be for life.

We leave you with one of its products, which is currently available on our website: metal glasses style cat eye with a 100% ultraviolet protection, which have in their temples a beautiful braided detail. Simply glasses that have fallen in love from the moment they came into our hands. You can see them here. Hope you enjoy them!

See you soon with new blogs about the best of fashion.

 

PRADA: one of the most popular luxury brands

el-diablo-viste-de-prada-20140731073407Last Thursday, the movie The Devil Wears Prada, birth 10 years. On the occasion of its anniversary celebration, there is no better way to reminisce about the film that talking about the brand.
The famous luxury brand was founded in Milan (Italy) in 1913. Its creator was Mario Prada under the name Fratelli Prada (Prada Brothers). However, it was thanks to his granddaughter Miuccia Prada, when the brand became one of the premier international fashion. She did not seem very prepared for the position to occupy; however, she had a sense for  aesthetics exquisite and different.
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The brand began mainly with the production of handbags, luggage and shoes. Later, air travel began to be one of the first transports of this type of clientele. However, customers began to be unhappy because the material used for these bags was walrus skin and was very heavy. Thus, Prada focused more on creating hand luggage and suitcases, but this time leather and waterproof. Under the direction of Miuccia enters the field competence in the same sector: Gucci. Therefore, she decides to give a twist to the production of the brand and is when Prada begins to manufacture its luxury clothes ready-to-wear.
Following the completion of the first backpack by Miuccia, black and waterproof in 1970, arrived in 1985 one of the most emblematic of the history of fashion handbags: its black, classic and simple bag, which in turn was robust and functional. A bag was launched with an entry price quite high but also sold and soon began to have many imitators. The decisive year of the brand was 1989, in which Miuccia presented her first collection of ready-to-wear and was so successful that the brand brought up considerably.
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Already in the 90s Prada was a globally recognized brand, not only for its high prices, but behind them are luxury materials, simple but at the same time we get in love with them. As main colors black, brown, gray, green and cream. All this made the brand has that special appeal and whose essence continues to this day. An exclusive brand season after season has managed to remain the brand to the concept of it.
One of its affiliates (Miu Miu), for younger people and low cost of Prada line, was created in 1992 and acquired Fendi, which then eventually sold to LVMH.
Later, in 2003, Prada began to collaborate with the Spanish firm Puig for the manufacture of perfumes and later in the 2006 is when The Devil Wears Prada premiere, a film starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. After its premiere, the brand begins to have even more popularity. But however and although it seems a contradiction, the film does not talk about Prada. It was just a way of referring to it as something exclusive.
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Hedi Slimane: from his inception to his last tweets

“Nobody has achieved notoriety and relevance like Slimane with exclusively male designs”

– El País

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Born in Paris in 1968, he studied art history at the Academy of Louvre. He is also a photographer and has always been linked to the world of music, enough to be the designer of groups like The Strokes or Babyshambles began working in the fashion world with brands like Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent (already in the year 1997), and so in 2000 Christian Dior opens its doors to become the creative director of Dior Homme.
Hedi Slimane managed to create a new aesthetic for man silhouettes by the use of skinny pants (trend already marked by Raf Simons, the new creative director of Calvin Klein) and some androgynous designs. They even say that Karl Lagerfeld lost 30 kilos to wear one of his designs. With his new creations, the designer revives for seven years a new trend in the predominantly black and white and the definition of the silhouette of men.
In 2007 the designer leaves Dior Homme to exploit his own designs out of the brand. Later, in 2012 he became creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, and with its entrance just renamed Saint Laurent. Its name changed to differentiate the brand in Haute Couture and ready-to-wear, and it was a way to relive the golden age of Saint Laurent in the 60s.
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Recently, in April of this year, Slimane is replaced by Anthony Vacarrello. His departure is still very controversial after his last tweets posted on the social network because it is said that lash out against the Yves Saint Laurent brand and criticizing the absence of “Yves” during his leadership.
To this, the designer has defended several arguments, such as that during his legacy, bags still retained the “Y”, in the parade of 2015 threw confetti with the three initials of the famous logo and even create a line jewelry with more than 100 charms in which “YSL” was included.
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And now is added the dispute that has the designer with the brand, a dispute which reaches 13 million dollars. The debt comes from the beginning of Slimane in the brand, in which the non-competition clause is not signed: this clause prevents you from working for a year with strong competition, and at the time seemed right to Hedi. Now the designer and photographer has sued them because he wants to sign the clause and remain during one more year Yves Saint Laurent receiving the same salary he would receive if he were really working for the firm.
The gossips say that is one of the candidates to replace Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel. But we would have to wait one more year (or more). What would happend? Only time will tell us.
 
 
 
 

J.W Anderson: the prodigy child of the catwalk

You can make it whatever you want.

-J.W.Anderson

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Born in 1984 in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland, he has been the “prodigy child” of British catwalk becoming one of the bets of LVMH and creative director of Loewe brand. Like most many young, since he was a kid, he wanted to be an actor, and after making several courses of interpretation decided to get into the fashion world.

As soon as he graduated from the London College of Fashion he began working with Prada as visual merchandiser and decided to launch its own brand starting with masculine design for years later began designing for women.

Revolutionizes the world of fashion with effeminate designs for men and masculine designs for women, becoming the best in recent years: “When designing for me there is no difference between doing it for men or women.” – confirmed for Vogue . This is how won the award for emerging designer at the British Fashion Awards: a collection for Versus, one for Topshop and a position as creative designer Loewe.

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“I am excited to join Loewe, one of the oldest luxury brands in the world, specializing in leather goods, and which I found exceptional craftsmanship combined with purity and lightness”. He added: “. When I think of Loewe, the Spanish think of hand, which is dedicated and passionate. There is a different way of doing bags. Unique, rough and full of strength.”.

After the arrival of designer to the brand in 2013, he said in an interview that sales of the brand exceeded 380%. Much of this credit goes not only leads garments. But largely to accessories, as it is beginning to compete with traditional signature models such as the Amazona bag after creating his bag Puzzle, exceeding its sales by 27%.

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Modelo Puzzle de J.W. Anderson para Loewe

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Modelo Puzzle de J.W. Anderson para Loewe

 

Alexander McQueen: one of the world´s best designers

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With four British Fashion Awards behind him, he was a fashion designer known for being the head of Givenchy brand and for founding his own, Alexander McQueen.

The youngest of six brothers, with a taxi driver father and housewife mother, left school at the age of 16 because he wanted to pursue his dream since he was young, he was in charge of designing clothes for his three sisters and he read all fashion magazines because “I wanted to become something in the world of fashion” – and got it.

Along with one of the most outstanding British generation that emerged there (John Galliano or Stela McCartney), Mcqueen studied fashion design at the prestigious St. Martins College of Art & Design in London. After graduating in 1994, his talent captivate Anderson & Sheppard and started to work as an apprentice. Later, he began working for Gieves and Hawkes, Romeo Gigli and Koji Tatsuno. Later he decided to open his own studio in East London.

“His brilliant creativity and technical mastery” led him to be named successor to John Galliano becoming the head of a fashion house as well known as Givenchy, so that in 1997, the award for best British designer had to share it with John Galliano.

It is in 2000 when Alexander Mcqueen dissociates itself from Givenchy and LVMH, which according to him verbatim, limited his creativity. The separation as because of Gucci firm, which bought part of the shares of the firm Alexander McQueen.

After marrying George Forsyth, begins its rise as in 2003, is decorated in Buckingham Palace by Queen Isabel II Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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His designs were dark but had such a perfect femininity that got dazzle the Duchess of Westminster or artists like Björk and Lady Gaga. It is considered one of the strongest influences of the so-called wild fashion and one of her dresses was considered one of the 100 best of the decade by the magazine InStyle.

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Lady Gaga con uno de los últimos diseños de Alexander Mcquen, los zapatos armadillo.

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Camilla Belle con el vestido de Alexander Mcqueen.

At 40 years old, they found the body of the designer in his own home, and he decided to commit suicide after the depression that was going on after the death of his mother. That’s how Sarah Burton, faithful companion designer, takes the reins of the firm Alexander McQueen.
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The artist of knitwear dies: Sonia Rykiel

Just as one woman looks fantastically erotic naked, another can seem the same in a polo-neck sweater.

-Sonia Rykiel

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The queen of knit was a French designer belonging to the movement pret-a-pòrter (70´s). Known for its comfortable and free designs that promote women’s movement, started to work as window dresser at Le Grand Maison de Blanc.

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In 1953 she married Sam Rykiel, owner of a clothing store. In 1962 she entered by chance in the world of design, designing garments that later put on sale in the boutique of her husband.Rykiels´s style of elegant yet easy “lounge” dressing is typically French. She called her clothes “le nouveau classicism”, their slim line owing much to the 1930´s. Fluid jersey, wide trousers and raglan-sleeve sweaters in muted colors are her trademarks.

The designer became really famous with a knitted sweater that was published in the magazine ELLE, and later Women’s Wear Daily baptized her as the “Queen of Knits”.Her clothes were made even more famous by Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot.

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In 1970 she began building his own empire and gradually her daughter, Natalie Rykiel, was introduced in the company with the same line of his mother. In 2009 she made a small collaboration with H & M lingerie and later, in 2010, she´ll do with clothing.

Unfortunately the famous designer died last August 25 at her home in Paris with 86 years due to Parkinson’s disease. We´ll always remember her because of the striped pattern, lace, black and straws.

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I love knit, because it is very magical. You can do many things with just a thread

-Sonia Rykiel

Rossy de Palma and Jean Paul Gaultier: a different beauty

I did not mind my nose, the problem was the other. One has the right to be yourself. I am, what happens?

-Rossy de Palma

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The fashion world is full of women traced: thin and tall, almost as fallen angels from heaven. No nose jobs, or collagens or facelifts. Rossy de Palma was the antithesis of time and achieved his fame as a model with such brands as Gap, Jean Paul Gautier, Louis Vuitton or Rouge.

Born in Palma de Mallorca on 16 September 1964 is a Spanish actress best known as “Almodóvar girl” and has also been the muse of famous designer Jean Paul Gautier. With a different face, his face almost Cubist belonging to Picasso has achieved success thanks to their self-esteem, their self-esteem and absolute confidence in herself.

That is why the famous designer noticed her. Both shared the same concept and a unique insight into the world of fashion. They liked not follow any rules and that is why they congenial as well.In his farewell designer prat-a-pòrter (to devote himself exclusively to haute couture) didm´t want Rossy de Palma missing the ceremony, being the godmother of it.

Here we show a brief excerpt of the parade that almost two years ago.

The queen of the 90´s: Donna Karan

“I am not convinced that people have misunderstood me. If you ask someone who is Donna Karan, it is likely to tell you is a designer socks”.

 -Donna Karan

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Donna Karan Yvy Faske or rather known as Donna Karan is an American designer known worldwide. He was born on October 2, 1948 and raised in a family dedicated to the world of fashion (her mother was a model and her father, tailor).
As expected, Donna Karan decided to study fashion design at Parsons School of New York. Thanks to this, during her student years began to be the assistant of Anna Klein, which opened the doors to employment.
His daughter, Gaby, was the total inspiration to create her brand, DKNY, which at that time was only accessible for a few and began to be imitated by many other brands.
A total example of enterprising woman who was in charge of renewing those cabinets of American women who were beginning to make their way in the world of men labor.
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She has her own line of beauty products, has created collections for men, she has launched her own perfume, has been head designer of Hillary Clinton and is associated with various spiritual theories.
After more than 30 years in charge of DKNY, the fashion designer retired from his own brand to take care of Urban Zen, a new philosophy of life by Donna Karan.
“I want to express my gratitude and my sincere feelings to dozens and dozens of colleagues who over the years have helped me make Donna Karan New York far beyond the best of my dreams”. These were the words of the goodbye of Donna Karan.
We could say that she was the queen of the 90´s. All celebrities (including Barbra Streisand or Kate Moss) wanted to have 7 basic items devised by the designer, who combined between them to perfection.

Who was the first designer of fashion?

Am I crazy to confirm that I´m an artist?

-Paul Poiret

Some people are born with a vocation, and knows it. It was the case of Paul Poiret , who supported by his mother and his three sisters decided to be the tyrant of fashion and release the scene against which the fashion world was.
His father, very much against the commitment of the designer , sent to a friend of him for being  . All he could take advantage were silk fabrics .
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For Paul , there wasn´t something that mattered more than the outward appearance. Therefore, he performed the silks that he got from his boss in extravagant confections in a small wooden mannequin .
He started working in one of the most important fashion houses : Worth, but failed to intervene as he would have liked .
Three years later , Poiret was metting with the choicest staff at parties.
Declaring war on the corset (holding that it was a ridiculous clothing) , he created some long skirts which started from the chest down to the ground . He baptized as <<La Vague>> that covered the body like a gentle wave .
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In addition , he replaced corset by flexible bras and garters. Its bright colors , the clarity of his prints and the idea of coating the legs of women with flesh-colored silk , awakened the illusion fashion lovers.
He was also the first designer to make his own perfume. Even in 1911 , created the skort that was condemned by father Pío X.
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He left his mark wherever he went, chasing the idea of the total work of art. That´s why Poiret is considered the first designer of the fashion world.

Raf Simons: the new signing of Calvin Klein

On October 22, 2015, Raf Simons confirmed his departure from the maison for personal reasons after three years of success for Dior. Now it is the time to make way for Calvin Klein, committed to the designer for rebranding after his great career.

"The ugliest collection of Paris"A collection called Liberation from Yves Saint Laurent

From the peplum silhouette to the middle , everything has been done and has done it again a hundred times. And haute couture no longer emits more than homesickness and restraint. As if it were an old lady. I do not care if my clothes evoke the 40´s eyes of the cultivated public. The important thing is that all young girls who didn´t live the time, wanna wear this today.”

The true fashion icon: Anna Wintour

“You can make a film in Hollywood without the backing of Steven Spielberg and remove software in Silicon Valley without Bill Gates. But it is very clear that one can not succeed in the fashion industry without Anna Wintour ‘s blessing . “

Fake or not? Jimmy Choo bags

One of the waves that has taken more prominence in recent years is that of counterfeiting. Suppliers that manufacture these items take advantage of the ignorance of users to sell them as if they were original : Chanel , Dior , Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani , Versace or Jimmy Choo are among the most counterfeited brands.
But how do you prevent fool ?

Christian Dior: the genius of the needle

There are people who really born with a vocation. This was the case of the designer Christian Dior.

Why invest in Chanel is a good deal?

There are clothes that never go out of fashion, accessories that remain in time as concerning styling and elegance and due to the quality of materials , careful design and meticulous production , have risen over the years.