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The Balenciaga City Motorcyle Bag is a perfect match for a woman that rocks! Just from the name itself, it is definitely an IT bag that can make you hop on to a motorcycle and enjoy the ride! Italian leather that gets better with age. A high price tag, it will be well worth your every penny because rest assured it will still look as beautiful in the years to come even if you use it everyday.

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WHEN GOLD AND DIAMONDS DECLINE Reality meets fashion in all of MARZIA G. high end neckware, and her collections, though maintaining the Haute Couture jewelry look, is made of semi-precious stones, antique silver, bone and other natural components that result in an eclectic yet exclusive collection of wearable art necklaces. One of a kind necklaces are the secret of this unique line that will provide a perfect fit for any occasion where a "piece de resistance" item should be worn. Be yourself and don't succumb to the pressure of the day, and wear an item that will make you look fabulous even in recessionary times.

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PIERRE BALMAIN  Born in St Jean de Maurienne, Savoie in 1914. He owed his early training to the two greatest designers of the time - Molyneux and Lucien Lelong . He opened his own Haute Couture house immediately following the war, in the autumn of 1945, on the Rue François 1er in Paris.

Clients quickly flocked to Balmain, and were thrilled to discover the new image he had created for women.

THE BALMAIN WOMAN had shed the last vestiges of wartime hardship with abundant insouciance and charm, and heralded a return to opulence in richly embroidered gowns and ensembles.

American author Gertrude Stein, a close friend of Balmain's, saluted the advent of this "New French Style" in her writing. This image of an active, irrepressible, perfectly groomed, elegant woman with a touch of independence in her nature took root and was embodied in the "Jolie Madame", emblematic of the nineteen-fifties.

He gave up architectural studies to become a designer in 1934. He worked briefly with Christian Dior, who became his rival after World War II. Balmain's designs, particularly for evening wear, were characterized by superb quality and a combination of femininity and imposing elegance; his clients included film stars and royalty. He later opened branches in New York City and Caracas and expanded into perfume and accessories. The 1960s were years of renewal for Pierre Balmain, who used fabrics scupturally for the creation of uncluttered designs accenting pure structure and contrasts of cut and style. This was also a richly productive period in the field of costuming for stage and screen. In addition, Balmain designed personal wardrobes for numerous international stars, including Brigitte Bardot, Marlene Dietrich, and Katherine Hepburn - to name just a few. This period also marked Balmain's first meeting with Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand, who chose him to be her personal couturier.

LADY GAGA made her catwalk debut at the Thierry Mugler show in March—but her makeup artist, Billy B., says her runway potential was evident long before then. “It all started with Bad Romance in 2009 when she strutted across the floor in Alexander McQueen stilettos,” he says. “She became a fashion model in that moment.”


 

Besides bringing couture to the screen, Gaga also brought a freakishly wide-eyed stare. “That effect was created in postproduction,” says Billy B., “But it’s amazing how many YouTube makeup tutorials it has inspired!”

 

 

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LEATHER Did you recently purchase a leather jacket and don’t know how to wear it? I’m sure planning to invest in one as soon as possible. But it seems that the fashion elite have developed a sort of a uniform: a casual look with skinny jeans and white/grey tees or a more feminine style by teaming the leather jacket with shift dresses.

It looks OK but kind of boring. Either they choose to play it safe or they listen to the same stylist (although some of them swear they don’t need one) 

 YVES SAINT LAURENT Fall 08: They looked like an army of futuristic female automata, marching out in identical black-bowl wigs and black lipstick, some with their eyes blanked out by narrow slivers of wraparound sunglasses. The clothes they wore were equally uncompromising: stark planes of tweed, felt, and flocked fabric, precision-sliced into geometric angles and unfamiliar volumes.

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It made one of the season’s most joltingly dramatic contributions to the current dialogues about tailoring and austerity. If there were elements of the eighties or Italian futurism in there—like the banana-shaped high-waist pants or the curviform layers of scroll-like volumes in skirts—it wasn’t Stefano Pilati’s intention to be referential. “I just wanted it to be about cut, about looking at the clothes,” he said. “I don’t think you want to go out advertising a brand anymore. You just want to feel proud walking down the street.”

DRIES VAN NOTEN Van Noten's wins the International Award of the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2008. On the same year, he dressed actress Cate Blanchett for the Academy Awards.

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BALENCIAGA MODEL & DESIGN SCHOOLS AMERICAN STYLE

Capable of the most daring innovations in a superbly classic style. What is surprising is that this Spaniard became the leading French fashion designer.
His story began something like a legend :
born in 1895 in Guetaria, a small fishing village on the Spanish Basque coast, Cristobal BALENCIAGA was still very young when it became apparent that he was destinated for Couture.

At the age of thirteen, he astounded the Marquise of CASA TORRES with his comments on her elegance. Realising his interest in Couture and his aesthetic potential, she allowed him to make a copy of the Haute Couture clothing she was wearing.
Trembling, he did his work so well that she awarded him by wearing it.
The following year he travelled to Paris. In a daze, he devoured the collections of  DOUCET, WORTH, DRECOLL and others.
Upon his return and at the age of sixteen, he opened his first Couture workshop in San Sebastian, where he adapted the Parisian Style for Spanish women.

 

In 1915, the first fashion house was opened in San Sebastian under the name BALENCIAGA.
In 1920, the second house opened in Madrid.
He left Spain when the civil war broke out and established himself in Paris, where, in August 1937, he opened his showrooms at 10 avenue George V.
From the start, a style was created which lived up to its expectations for thirty glorious years. BALENCIAGA himself sums it as follows :
« a Couturier must be an architect for design, a sculptor for shape, a painter for color, a musician for harmony, and a philosopher for temperance ».

Year after year, the one they call « the couturier of couturiers » created astonishment with his collections and the mastery of his cuts. He changed women's silhouettes.
1945 : close-fitting waistlines, square shoulders.
1951 : open necks, wide shoulders, looser waistlines.
All these features created « the BALENCIAGA revolution ».
He also left his imprint on various periods :
coasts with wide collars, tunic dresses, sack dresses in the 50's.
He also turned his flair to the creation of prestigious perfumes. This man, whose exceptional talent never tired in its quest to achieve even greater harmony between the body and clothing, always knew that the true sign of elegance, the ultimate refining touch, lay in the subtle, delicate notes of a fragrance.
In 1947, he created his first perfume :
LE DIX from the famous couturier's address at 10, avenue George V. And not out of snobbery or affectation. Such man cares little for the world. Rather the world comes to him, and only the finest at that.
His most faithful clients included : the Queen of Spain, the Queen of Belgium, the Duchess of Windsor, Princess Grace of Monaco.  On May 12, 1958, he is made « Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur ». In the late 60's : at 74, after working in Paris for 30 years, he decided to retire and closed his fashion houses in Paris, Barcelona and Madrid, one after the other. On March 24, 1972, the undisputed Master of all the great couturiers - the man who inspired GIVENCHY, UNGARO, SCHERRER, COURREGES and many others - passed away in Valencia
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Academy of Art College [San Francisco CA]

Auburn University (AU) [AL]
Textile Engineering Dept

Barbizon School of Modeling [many cities across the USA]

Baylor University [Waco TX]
Dept of Family & Consumer Sciences

SUNY (BSC) [Buffalo NY]
Fashion Technology (Consumer & Family Affairs)

California Institute of Fashion & Technology (CiFT) offering an AA degree in designing & pattern making technology

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) [Los Angeles CA]

Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) [GA]
School of Textile & Fiber Engineering

Indiana University (IU) [IN]
Apparel Merchandising & Interior Design

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) [PA]
Interior Design/Housing

Kent State University (KSU) [OH]
School of Fashion Design & Merchandising

North Carolina State University (NCSU) [NC]
College of Textiles

Oregon State University (OSU) [OR]
Dept of Apparel, Interiors, Housing, & Merchandising (AIHM)

Parsons School of Design [New York NY & Paris France]
Fashion Design, Interior, Advertising & Graphic Design

Rice University School of Architecture [Houston TX]

Seattle Pacific University (SPU) [Seattle WA]
College of Arts & Sciences - Family Consumer Science

Syracuse University (SU) [Syracuse NY]
College for Human Development (CHD)

Texas Woman's University (TWU) [Denton Dallas Houston]
Department of Fashion & Textiles

University of Cincinnati (UC) [Cincinnati OH]
College of Design, Architecture, Art, & Planning (DAAP)

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) [VA]
Department of Fashion

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (VT) [VA]
Clothing & Textiles

If anyone should understand sophisticated American style it should be Adam Lippes, an alumnus of both RALPH LAUREN and OSCAR DE LA RENTA right? One of the strongest looks was an ombré mohair wool coat that blended in with the mural of trees on the runway’s backdrop. Unfortunately, nothing seemed truly signature or unique, the proceedings were a bit repetitive, and Lippes got rather lost in the woods

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Dark , mysterous - the tone is set for Fall 08.
Check out these pieces from the Christian Lacroix Fashion Week RTW Fall 2008 Paris Runway

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"Gn’s dark, sophisticated new palette aligned nicely with the Paris season. So, too, did his now more understated embellishments, like the basket-weave detailing at the collar and cuffs of a cashmere redingote, the hand-finished organza yoke of a high-necked silk blouse, and the braided waistband of a satin cocktail dress.The real question, of course, is whether or not the designer’s high-flying fan club will take to the edgier, less overtly feminine look.” 

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DRIES VAN NOTEN (1958-) is a Belgian fashion designer and an eponymous fashion brand. In 2005, the New York Times described him "one of fashion's most cerebral designers" [1]. His style is said to be "eccentric", and fell out of favor during the long period of minimalistic fashion in the early 1990s, only to make a come back towards the mid 2000s [1][2], culminating with Van Noten's winning of the International Award of the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2008. On the same year, he dressed actress Cate Blanchett for the Academy Awards.

EMANUEL UNGARO  In 1968, he created his first Prêt-à-Porter collection, Parallèle and opened a store at 2 avenue Montaigne in Paris. During the next 30 years, the Emanuel Ungaro House expanded to include stores and licensing agreements worldwide.

Ungaro launched his first menswear collection, Ungaro Uomo, in 1973, and his first perfume, Diva, 10 years later in 1983. Later followed the perfumes Senso (1987), Ungaro (1991) and Emanuel Ungaro For Men (1991).

In 1996, he formed a partnership with Salvatore Ferragamo. In 1997, Emanuel Ungaro, Salvatore Ferragamo and Bulgari created a new company: Emanuel Ungaro Parfums. The new perfumes to follow was Fleur de Diva (1997), Desnuda (2001) and Apparition (2004).

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