Month: July 2007 (Page 1 of 3)

Celeb Fashion Line of the Day: Twenty8Twelve

I can’t say that I dislike what I see, but surely the test of time will be the best indicator of Sienna Miller’s new line. Some pics below:
Tatiana

Celeb Fashion Line of the Day: Twenty8Twelve

I can’t say that I dislike what I see, but surely the test of time will be the best indicator of Sienna Miller’s new line. Some pics below:
Tatiana

Who is Rinko Kikuchi?


Rinko in Vogue Italia, Febraury 2007

Rinko Kikuchi began her acting career in 1999, where she starred in her first feature Ikitai (Will To LIve) in Japan. She has since created over 15 films including her breakout role alongside Brad Pitt in the multi-cultural drama Babel in 2006, where she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting actress and won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.

Not only has her acting taken film critics by storm, but her unique, youthful style, and couture tastes have won the hearts of fashion followers worldwide. Rinko’s willingness to take fashion risks reminds us that fashion should be fun, and needn’t always be safe. Here, a taste of Rinko:

Rinko at the Golden Globes in Chanel

At a Babel premiere

At a Dreamgirls Premiere

A fresh-faced romantic look…

… That contrasts wildly with her punk-rock chic appeal

Tatiana

Who is Rinko Kikuchi?


Rinko in Vogue Italia, Febraury 2007

Rinko Kikuchi began her acting career in 1999, where she starred in her first feature Ikitai (Will To LIve) in Japan. She has since created over 15 films including her breakout role alongside Brad Pitt in the multi-cultural drama Babel in 2006, where she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting actress and won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.

Not only has her acting taken film critics by storm, but her unique, youthful style, and couture tastes have won the hearts of fashion followers worldwide. Rinko’s willingness to take fashion risks reminds us that fashion should be fun, and needn’t always be safe. Here, a taste of Rinko:

Rinko at the Golden Globes in Chanel

At a Babel premiere

At a Dreamgirls Premiere

A fresh-faced romantic look…

… That contrasts wildly with her punk-rock chic appeal

Tatiana

I Am Not My Hair

Painting by Fay Ku

Last year, I started writing about the journey that is my hair. Now I’ve finally put words to emotions. An exerpt:

And then I toyed with an almost sacrilege idea for sisters like me: What would it be like to get a relaxer again? I envisioned combing and styling my obedient follicles into trendy styles, hot-setting my thick tendrils and watching them bounce in all their full glory. And why not? Then and there, the decision was made. I didn’t tell a soul what I was doing. I just marched into a salon with such a determination, that I knew I could never turn around. But was this the right decision? I watched as the stylist parted my virgin locks into sections, preparing to add the chemical. Looking at my hair, she asked me if I wanted a blow-out instead of a full-on relaxer. I didn’t flinch. But then it hit me. Just as she began to apply the crème I wanted to scream “Stop! I’ve changed my mind! I don’t want this anymore!” But it was too late. The process had begun. I cried bitterly inside, but I couldn’t dare let the stylist know what I was going through. She might’ve thought I was half crazy. As the tears welled up in my eyes, I faintly told her that I was sensitive to the chemical smell. But really, I just kept asking myself, “How could you do this? How could you give in and let your sisters down?”

Read the entire story in the Beauty section of Lavish.

Tatiana

I Am Not My Hair

Painting by Fay Ku

Last year, I started writing about the journey that is my hair. Now I’ve finally put words to emotions. An exerpt:

And then I toyed with an almost sacrilege idea for sisters like me: What would it be like to get a relaxer again? I envisioned combing and styling my obedient follicles into trendy styles, hot-setting my thick tendrils and watching them bounce in all their full glory. And why not? Then and there, the decision was made. I didn’t tell a soul what I was doing. I just marched into a salon with such a determination, that I knew I could never turn around. But was this the right decision? I watched as the stylist parted my virgin locks into sections, preparing to add the chemical. Looking at my hair, she asked me if I wanted a blow-out instead of a full-on relaxer. I didn’t flinch. But then it hit me. Just as she began to apply the crème I wanted to scream “Stop! I’ve changed my mind! I don’t want this anymore!” But it was too late. The process had begun. I cried bitterly inside, but I couldn’t dare let the stylist know what I was going through. She might’ve thought I was half crazy. As the tears welled up in my eyes, I faintly told her that I was sensitive to the chemical smell. But really, I just kept asking myself, “How could you do this? How could you give in and let your sisters down?”

Read the entire story in the Beauty section of Lavish.

Tatiana

Tangerine Dreams on a Marmalade High…

Summer’s the perfect time to break out of your shell with delicious colors. It just so happens that this year’s smorgasboard of fashion happens to be wrapped up in juicy tangerine and cool marmalade. So without further ado, here are some refreshing pics to whet your appetite:

Isabella Flore Twisted Sister Skylar Hobo, $595.00 at Saks Fifth Avenue


Maua Hani candlestick, $56.00 at Barney’s New York


Mia Bossi Maria Diaper Bag, $365 at Barney’s New York


Barney’s New York Chevron Folding Umbrella, $125 at Barney’s New York

Oliver Peoples ‘Tara’ Sunglasses, $144.00 at Bluefly.com

Wendy Mink hoop cluster earrings, $128 at Bluefly.com



Gucci square frame sunglasses, $138 at Bluefly.com


Ben-Amun chunky beaded yarn necklace, $128.99 at Bluefly.com



Silk ruched trapeze dress, $168 at Banana Republic
Takes the Lavish Summer blog to another new level, huh?
Tracy

Tangerine Dreams on a Marmalade High…

Summer’s the perfect time to break out of your shell with delicious colors. It just so happens that this year’s smorgasboard of fashion happens to be wrapped up in juicy tangerine and cool marmalade. So without further ado, here are some refreshing pics to whet your appetite:

Isabella Flore Twisted Sister Skylar Hobo, $595.00 at Saks Fifth Avenue


Maua Hani candlestick, $56.00 at Barney’s New York


Mia Bossi Maria Diaper Bag, $365 at Barney’s New York


Barney’s New York Chevron Folding Umbrella, $125 at Barney’s New York

Oliver Peoples ‘Tara’ Sunglasses, $144.00 at Bluefly.com

Wendy Mink hoop cluster earrings, $128 at Bluefly.com



Gucci square frame sunglasses, $138 at Bluefly.com


Ben-Amun chunky beaded yarn necklace, $128.99 at Bluefly.com



Silk ruched trapeze dress, $168 at Banana Republic
Takes the Lavish Summer blog to another new level, huh?
Tracy

Tricks of the Trade


I’ve known for a long time that high-end designer bags weren’t all they were said to be. Have you ever wondered how some knock-offs are so close to the real thing that they could fool anyone? A good friend in the fashion business once told me that several luxury brands outsource their goods to China for production. I was informed that the shell of a designer bag is produced in China; the excess fabric is usually taken, or stolen, to produce the knock-offs. The produced shell is then exported to Italy, or France where a label, a handle, or a zipper is affixed, thus allowing said label to be touted as “Made in Italy”, etc. So when you take a look at the knock-off, what you see isn’t completely fake; it’s the details, like cheap man-made material, as opposed to leather handles that give a fake bag away.

Now, a new book is coming out that threatens to expose the high-end fashion business. “Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster,” is written by Dana Thomas, a veteran fixture of the fashion and retail industry. In it, she goes undercover in Chinese factories, and speaks to production insiders as well as officials at top brands to get to the bottom of the controversy.

“Burberry’s chief financial officer, Stacey Cartwright, told me at a luxury conference in Hong Kong in December 2004 that the company produced ‘a small bit of luggage in China.’ A day later, a source who worked with Burberry at the time told me, ‘Burberry’s production in China is more than experimental. It is big quantities.’ “

I would never encourage the purchase of knock-offs, especially since the trade helps finance child labor, violence, and terrorism. But when these illegitimate goods are coming from the same place as the high-priced legitimate ones do, where am I to hold my faith?

Real or fake? A Gucci Bag on Ebay

Tatiana

Tricks of the Trade


I’ve known for a long time that high-end designer bags weren’t all they were said to be. Have you ever wondered how some knock-offs are so close to the real thing that they could fool anyone? A good friend in the fashion business once told me that several luxury brands outsource their goods to China for production. I was informed that the shell of a designer bag is produced in China; the excess fabric is usually taken, or stolen, to produce the knock-offs. The produced shell is then exported to Italy, or France where a label, a handle, or a zipper is affixed, thus allowing said label to be touted as “Made in Italy”, etc. So when you take a look at the knock-off, what you see isn’t completely fake; it’s the details, like cheap man-made material, as opposed to leather handles that give a fake bag away.

Now, a new book is coming out that threatens to expose the high-end fashion business. “Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster,” is written by Dana Thomas, a veteran fixture of the fashion and retail industry. In it, she goes undercover in Chinese factories, and speaks to production insiders as well as officials at top brands to get to the bottom of the controversy.

“Burberry’s chief financial officer, Stacey Cartwright, told me at a luxury conference in Hong Kong in December 2004 that the company produced ‘a small bit of luggage in China.’ A day later, a source who worked with Burberry at the time told me, ‘Burberry’s production in China is more than experimental. It is big quantities.’ “

I would never encourage the purchase of knock-offs, especially since the trade helps finance child labor, violence, and terrorism. But when these illegitimate goods are coming from the same place as the high-priced legitimate ones do, where am I to hold my faith?

Real or fake? A Gucci Bag on Ebay

Tatiana

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