Balenciaga is certainly one of the great names in the field of fashion. This house owes its fame to two men: first, to the founder, Cristobal Balenciaga and second, to Nicolas Ghesquière who has given it a second life.
Born in Spain in 1895, Cristobal Balenciaga was fascinated during his youth by the most popular fashion designers of that time – Coco Chanel, Madeleine Vionnet and Elsa Schiaparelli. He was so passionate about the architectural fashion pieces that he used to dissect and reassemble them, seeking to discover their structure and all the secrets they held. In 1918 he founded his fashion house in San Sebastian. Cristobal Balenciaga wanted to control everything in his creations. Coco Chanel said that he was the only one who can draw, cut, sew and assemble a model by himself.
His style goes for simple shapes, combined with rich fabrics. Some items used so expensive raw materials that the company soon faced bankruptcy. After opening two shops in Spain (Madrid and Barcelona), he took refuge in London for one year and then forever established in Paris where he became famous. He is one of the few fashion designers not to close his house during the Second World War. Moreover, the scarcity of tissue was a source of inspiration for him and led him to develop cutting techniques that allowed it to obtain volume without accumulating layers of material.
His Spanish roots can be seen in the well known Infanta gown he designed in 1939. This pink satin dress was adorned with black velvet around the hips and the luxurious neckline. Spanish influence and consequence of tough economic conditions, the Matador boleros emerged in 1946. Among the typical lines of the Balenciaga style, one of the most remarkable is that so-called peacock’s tail, leaving the knee exposed and going down on the back.
But they also count on accessories, some of which become a cult like the Lariat bag. Perfumes are also a major windfall as they allow the house to survive during difficult periods. The most famous fragrance bottle is Le Dix, named after the Parisian address of the house.
To his loyal customers’ disappointment, Cristobal Balenciaga decided to close his fashion house in 1968, after fifty years of career and success, right after having designed the Air France stewardesses’ uniform.
Dolce & Gabbana is a fashion house founded in 1985 by two fashion designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The two designers worked in the same location back in 1980 and decided to start a consulting agency which will later be known as Dolce & Gabbana. Obviously, both of them had a great sense of fashion which was completed by the other part and made for some amazing designs to come out with the brand name. It didn’t take long for their style to be presented in the first women’s collection which was quite the success in 1985. Only one year later, they would manage to open their own store in Milan.
A key period in the history of these two famous fashion designers is when they introduced the leotard line in 1987 which made quite a name for themselves. Two years later, they entered a new market niche and started designing underwear and swimming costumes. It didn’t take long for their brand to break the boundaries of Italy and Dolce & Gabbana products started appearing in Japan and U.S. as well as new stores. The men’s collection was introduced in 1990 and other fashion ideas weren’t far behind. As most respectable fashion designers, Dolce & Gabbana need to offer various choices to their clients and not just clothes. Their first perfume was a huge success and others quickly followed; one even won an Oscar for best male perfume in 1996.
The brand created by the two famous fashion designers has two central lines that offer different styles and have different goals.
Dolce&Gabbana is all about offering luxury items that follow timeless trends. Things such as sunglasses, purse and watches as well as other fashion items are made by this line and the designs are meant to always be in fashion. It is the formal line where influences from other designers can be seen.
D&G is quite casual compared to the first line and it is all about coming up with new and unique ideas that would catch the public’s attention instead of following existent trends. It is designed for younger people and it is a bit more rebellious with its styles. The two lines combined create the perfect fashion house with items for everyone and it is only possible thanks to the two famous fashion designers that took the fashion world by storm.
There is nothing more practical than a belt pack that is made for comfort and mobility. A belt pack is a great solution for those who want to carry their personal items in a secure place. This is why most people who go travelling get a belt pack. The belt pack is actually a small purse that you can wrap around your waist and easily access your money and documents. This small purse has a zipper and various pockets inside to keep your belongings secure. Salesmen and vendors also use belt packs because they are easily accessible and can give back change faster. However, they are also used as trendy fashion items, especially since major brands such as Diane von Furstenberg had them on their catwalk few years before. They were marketed as hands free bags and this made them even more popular, even if the price was about $300.
The media gave even more attention to these bags when Rihana appeared wearing one and also when the designer Sang A Im-Propp created quite a fuss due to her belt bags. The bags created by her were sold with almost $2000 and they even featured alligator versions. Even Louis Vuitton had a few belt bags available for those interested and the whole idea that belt bags were something only middle aged travelers wore soon became forgotten making room for this new glamour trend.
Nowadays the belt bag trend has somehow dissipated but the glamour behind a high end belt bag still remains. Also, belt bags are so unusual among younger people and mainstream fashion, you might even get to be a trend setter. That is, of course, if you manage to wear it in a fashionable manner, meaning that you should choose well-known brands and make sure that it goes well with your outfit.
Besides wearing it as a fashion item, belt bags are also an incredible aid for runners or bikers because they don’t have to carry a bag around. This means that you can do your favorite activity on very long distances without worrying about your belongings falling and being lost in the process.
The flat cap, this unknown fashion item that has become an accessory so loved lately. The flat cap is for men who are part of various subcultures and those who want to look hip. Considered to be a traditional cap in Scotland for men and women it has become a modern fashion item considered to be an extremely cool accessory by many groups. Its story goes a long way in the past, in the 14th century in Italy where it was used by the working class.
The flat cap is usually made with tweed, wool and even cotton, but also linen, leather and even denim sometimes. Since they were a symbol of the working class flat caps have been worn by many subcultures especially by punkers and skinheads because their philosophy was tightly knit with the working classes. However, the flat caps were considered to be fashionable in a number of periods in the 20th century like for example in the 1920s so they haven’t been always worn by the working class and in America boys of all ages and background wore them. Also, they were worn by upper class and middle class because it was a very practical accessory. It was also worn by people living in rural places and agricultural workers.
Nowadays older men wear the cap but hipsters also choose to add it to their outfits. Some ethnic groups from Boston Irish-American population wear them and it’s also associated with the skinheads mentioned before. It was also very popular among hip-hop artists in the early 2000s and late 90s. You can combine this lovely practical cap with something casual and something more urban. It can be a very hip look even for work if your dress code is not elegant. Another way to wear it is by wearing it with the standard prep boy style, a style that has been very fashionable lately. Flat caps go well with everything and they are a great way to keep your head covered; if you are the type of person who loves wearing unconventional fashion items this is probably the right accessory for you. Continue Reading
Luxury watches are something to be admired and with big names such as Tag Heuer and Omega available, it can always be easy to find something to suit your needs. While there are quite a few luxury brands to choose from, it seem that Rolex watches are the most appreciated and most popular; this is mostly due to the fact that Rolex has a great image that inspires glamour and most importantly, exclusivity. One of these timepieces will set you back quite a bit and you can expect more than three zeros on the price tag if you are looking to buy a fashion statement that can also tell time.
With the big price tags, also comes good quality. It is very common for Rolex watches to have gold and diamonds that not only add to the initial price but also make them more desirable by the elite. This is the main client base after all, rich people that are looking to have the best and when it comes to timepieces, Rolex is the brand to go to. While people usually buy Rolex watches for the status symbol they stand for, the movement and details behind every model are amazing. Watches with the famous brand name aren’t just for show but they also stand for precision and perfection with models that changed the way the world saw the simple watch. Rolex was the first to come up with many revolutionary designs such as the Day-Date, the first watch to have a date and day display, and the Submariner, the first watch to be waterproof for up to 100 meters. Such models can still be found in the store, in modern versions of course.
The world of luxury watches is pretty big right now and there are various designs from different brands and the fact that Rolex still remains one of the biggest names in the industry, if not the biggest, makes the perfect choice when looking for a new timepiece that has style and that is very exclusive. While there might be quite a few fake versions available, they don’t really affect the sales of the originals because there are different customer groups involved; those that can’t afford to buy the real thing, can easily settle for a replica at a much lower price. The brand will always be very expensive and only a few will be able to afford a luxury watch.
The way you look can really have an impact on people and your fashion sense is very important every new season. Now that the winter is done, we can finally start shopping for the warm season. An important item that should be on your list is at least one pair of sunglasses. They have become quite essential and it seems that every celebrity we see on television or in magazines wears them. This can only mean that the fashion industry has turned this item into a fashion statement.
This season, fashion designers advise you to buy big sunglasses, preferably in dark colors like black, brown or even red. Men usually go for dark colored glasses but designers tell us that this look is not for anyone or for any outfit. Of course, the name of the brand on the glasses matters, so you should be inclined to buy from some of the most prestigious manufacturers. As far as the form for men’s sunglasses goes, this fashion season we are introduced once again with straight lines and somewhat simple but yet stylish designs.
For women, the options are a bit more diverse. The sunglasses in fashion are also big but the form is not the same as for men. Round sunglasses are in fashion with all kinds of colors that can go with different outfits. It is all up to what you feel like wearing each day and how sunny is it outside. Black sunglasses don’t really work for women anymore; instead we have orange, red, yellow and all sorts of combinations. Something that is in fashion is something with different layers of visibility. Sunglasses that are dark in their upper part and gradually become lighter can give you a nice mysterious look.
There are quite a few stores that can sell you sunglasses from the most known manufactures but this will require you to pay quite a big sum of money. Fashion is usually expensive but if you know where to look, you can find some great deals that will help you save money. You should try looking on the internet for online shops that sell fashionable items at a much lower price than the stores. Also be on the look out for sales that will surely help you increase your wardrobe with fashionable items. Sunglasses are in fashion every season but they are almost mandatory in the summer if you want to look good.
If you like water sports then neoprene tops should pose no mystery to you. They are an absolutely necessary piece of kit for anything from divers to surfers, swimmers and everything in between. They help regulate your temperature depending on the environment you are using them in. They can help keep you warm in a winter scenario or help you eliminate extra heat during the torrid summer months.
The material can also help you simply glide through the water in case you want to swim or offer extra protection from the elements for deep sea divers. They come in a large number of sizes, shapes and material thickness depending on the situation.
As far as design goes there are literally hundreds of color combinations and patterns that make the neoprene top more than a functional beach wear item, turning it into a veritable fashion item. Researched has made the material far more durable and easier to work with so modern neoprene tops are far more durable and comfortable. They are also easier to work with so this means that they can be used in more ways.
Brands like Billabong, Hurley or Volcom make high quality neoprene tops each season so to keep your beach wear up to the latest fashion be prepared to visit their sites and order the lasts designs.
Neoprene tops are becoming so popular they are slowly passing the border of functional beach wear and mare making themselves known in the fashion world. While still highly experimental, designers are incorporating neoprene tops in their collections because of their sleek look, their flexible shape and the futuristic feel, look and material.
The other great thing about neoprene tops is that if taken care of carefully they can basically last forever as the material is very durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear even the salty, windy marine environment.
So the next time you are doing your summer shopping make sure you check out the neoprene top section and get something that will be both functional and fashionable not to mention durable and comfortable for that perfect summer.
There is nothing like a nice and comfortable pair of flip flops in the summer! If you don’t wear flip flops, the first moment you try them, your life will probably change. This is probably the reason why a lot of high fashion brands are now commercializing flip flops for those who can afford it. There are many companies that sell Swarovski covered flip flops and sandals for those who want to be glamorous even when going to the beach.
If you don’t know what flip flops are, you probably missed their name since everybody must have worn a pair during their lives. The flip-flops, also called sandals by some, are created to provide maximum comfort for the wearer. They were created by the ancient Egyptians and worn throughout history by a lot of people because they were comfortable and very easy to manufacture. Nowadays, flip flops are created for a day at the beach or something comfortable to wear during the summer. Even though flip flops are not the most elegant type of foot wear, you can easily find a few fashionable models out there. Target or Old Navy has a few models for all kinds of tastes and preferences, whether you like your flip flops simple or with many patterns and flowers all over.
You can combine flip flops with miniskirts and even trousers but make sure that you opt for something casual. Also, never wear flip flops in areas where this might be considered impolite, such as elegant events or places. There is nothing that says bad taste more than flip flops in those areas.
As fashion items, flip flops are not considered to be great accessories by many designers but there are some who were eccentric enough to create the most expensive pair of flip flops, a pair that costs about 18,000$ and was designed by a contemporary artist. Of course, nobody sane would ever want to buy that but there are also high end brands that have considered creating flip flops.
Nobody should live without a pair of flip flops in their wardrobe as long as they don’t wear them at the wrong occasions.
There are few things that scream night out with the boys more than a Starter jersey with your favorite team. How is it a fashion item, one might ask. Well it defines an era that is slowly but surely making its way back into the mainstream and that is the 90’s. Specifically the late 90’s when urban fashion and hip-hop inspired clothing were very big. It was then that Starter jerseys representing mostly football teams, but hockey, baseball and even basketball teams made their way into the very fabric of society. They transcended the love for a certain sport and managed to establish themselves as a legitimate type of urban fashion item.
Generally worn with casual clothes, they worked best with jeans. They were adorned by every facet of society, from normal, average working class people to celebrities, sportsmen and actors. They worked well when going to leisure events, or the game but could make one look out of place on a date or at a restaurant.
One of the reason they were such a hit isn’t only the comfort they provided but also the multiple ways people could express themselves while wearing them. You could show you’re knowledge of a sport or that you shared a trait similar to the team you wore on your jersey.
More than this, they were a clear symbol of a guy’s night out. They represented more than a fashion item, it was about bonding and representing the things that were dear to some people.
Why it is important that this is making a comeback? Because everything is going back to the 90’s and it’s only a matter a time before you will see everyone wear a jersey with their favorite team again.
For a little history behind the brand, Starter was founded back 1971 by David Beckerman, a former basketball player that mainly made sport uniforms for high schools. After managing to sign a few contracts with MLB teams he started making and commercializing jerseys with the biggest name in baseball. The business grew and by the 90’s Starter was doing business in more than 25 countries.
If you like to look great but feel confined by a suit, or if you feel you’re always overdressed when going out then casual suits are the perfect thing for you. They create that perfect balance of looking great and feeling comfortable that so few fashion items manage to achieve successfully.
Their main quality is versatility. This is true both for accessorizing different jackets and pants to create a casual suit, and for the event you are attending. If you want something that can go with just about any shirt, t-shirt or even a hoodie, then a casual suit is the thing for you. Go for a tighter fight or something just comfortable. Choose a color that makes your hair or eyes pop out or go with something more conservative. Depending on the scenery you can opt for a white casual suit if you’re in a summer/beach environment or something darker for a classic urban look.
Make sure you accessorize your new casual suit. While classic suits usually go with just a watch and little else when it comes to jewelry, casual suits give you much more freedom. Try on different pendants, chains, flashy or understated, your pick. You can also go with a statement watch; something big or ostentatiously colored.
The other great thing is that a casual suit is just right for most events. From a night out with friends to a upper class bar to more important events like an informal wedding or company party. Also feel free to wear your suit to your work place. You’ll shine among all those charcoal grey and navy blue classic cut suits.
When choosing your casual suit, regardless if you want it super tight just right or quite loose make sure it is comfortable. After all, that’s the whole point of a casual suit, to make you look like a million bucks and make you feel less restrained and more at ease.
Material is also important, depending on the occasion and how long you want your suit to last you. Go all the way and invest in a high quality material and not only will you look great but your suit will stand the test of time and be waiting for you whenever you need to look good. Wear it with jeans, a two piece suit, or a skirt, it will complete your urban look and make you into a true fashion icon among your friends.