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Japanese rock star presents futuristic kimono creation

Le 19 octobre 2016, 09:30 dans Humeurs 0

A model displays a creation designed by Yu Amatsu during the 2017 Spring/Summer Collection at the Tokyo Fashion Week in Tokyo on Oct 18. (AP) (Photo:blue formal dresses)

It’s raining kimonos in Tokyo. US-based Japanese heavy-metal superstar Yoshiki kicked off Japan Fashion Week by sending models down the runway in sexy, reimagined kimonos drenched in a downpour Monday.

It may not be high fashion to purists, but such is the fame of the dyed-blonde, androgynous-looking co-founder of rock band X Japan that he opened the latest edition of Tokyo’s twice-yearly style bonanza.

Music fans, the Japanese celebrity press and the fashion pack crammed into a catwalk show that opened with a flamboyantly dressed Yoshiki seated at his trademark transparent baby grand for a classical-inspired duet with a female electric violinist in black stilettos.

To pondering chords on the piano, models dressed in Yoshiki’s collection of traditional style kimonos — albeit crafted in red leather to mimic snake skin or metallic golds and silver — sashayed, or even shuffled, down the runway.

Bolts of lightening flashed overhead and storm sound effects crashed over the sound system as black curtains parted in the middle of the catwalk to reveal Yoshiki standing over a drum set.

He carefully removed his overcoat, then powered through a high-energy drum solo as Western models appeared in strapless, kimono-inspired cocktail dresses that grazed the thigh in chessboard black and white, zebra print with a dalmatian-print flourish, or pink and red florals.


Rain poured down from the ceiling as models with crimped hair stuck in serpent-like strands gingerly navigated the soaking runway in vertiginous stilettos.

Yoshiki played drenched to the skin in a pussy bow blouse.

The climatic look was a transparent plastic kimono that left little to the imagination — exposing the model’s body and saving her blushes only with a patterned micro, under-garment at the waist.

The rain, Yoshiki explained to reporters, was inspired by Alexander McQueen, the late British designer considered one of the greats of his generation, who soaked his own runway in 1998.

A musician who transcends both the rock and classical worlds, and was raised by parents in the kimono business, Yoshiki said his passion was to open the eyes of the world to the traditional Japanese garment.

“After I moved to Los Angeles 20 years ago, I really understood the importance of Japanese culture,” he explained.

“If I’d stayed in Japan, I wouldn’t have realised there are so many Japanese restaurants around the world. I think that is really good, and I want kimono culture to be same as Japanese food.”

The music that accompanied the show, he said, was pure improvisation — so busy had he been with a music festival until recently.

“When I played, I focused on the kimono as having the main role,” he said, his blonde hair falling in soft waves around his face, lips accentuated in pink lipstick.

It was the musician’s second kimono airing at Japan Fashion Week following his debut last October, also showcasing body-hugging kimonos, also slashed to miniskirt-length and worn with stilettos.

Kimonos for men and children are his next dream, he said.

Sponsored by online retailer Amazon this season, Tokyo Fashion Week is in its 12th year. Between Monday and Saturday it will showcase around 50 up-and-coming designers with established brands.

It attracts 50,000 visitors to the Japanese capital each season.

Japanese rock star and fashion designer Yoshiki kicked off the week-long Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo on Monday, taking to the stage to perform music as models strutted by on the runway in his futuristic kimono creations.


Yoshiki, co-founder and drummer of rock band X Japan, played the piano and drums during the show for his brand Yoshikimono, which presented kimonos in metallic colours and leather in a modern twist to the traditional garment.

Models also wore printed strapless dresses and see-through plastic tops.

“The entire kimono industry has been in crisis,” Yoshiki, whose family ran a kimono shop, said. “Despite pros and cons (to) my approach, I think Yoshikimono is meaningful in terms of awakening interest (in kimonos).”

Other labels showcasing their spring/summer 2017 collections included ACUOD BY CHANU, with designer Chanwoo Lee unveiling black and white layered outfits, accessorised with face masks.

Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo runs until Sunday.


PARIS: Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld announced Monday he planned to launch his own branded hotel chain, with the first property set to open in the Chinese gambling hub of Macau in 2018.

The 83-year-old German-born designer has already collaborated with luxury Parisian address Le Crillon and the Metropole in Monaco, but the new business will see him and his company design entire hotels.

Leading fashion houses from Dior to Diane von Furstenberg have developed a lucrative side-business away from the catwalk by designing suites and other interiors for hotel owners.

Lagerfeld intends to follow the example of rivals such as Armani, Bulgari and Versace which have gone one step further and opened properties under their own names.

His first hotel is being built with a local partner in the luxury Lisboa Palace Complex in Macau, but the Lagerfeld group is “in the process of studying other opportunities to open other properties around the world,” it said in a statement.

NEW YORK: Kim Kardashian West is “taking some much needed time off” from sharing on her phone app after she was held up at gunpoint in Paris, according to a handwritten noted posted in the app Monday by an assistant.

“But not to worry,” wrote “Steph Shep,” the nickname for Kim assistant Stephanie Sheppard. “We’ve called upon Kims (sic) closest friends, fam & yours truly to serve up some exclusives.”

Sheppard promised: “Stay tuned for new posts and app takeovers!!”

Kardashian West has maintained silence on all her social media streams since the Oct 3 jewelry heist, when she was bound and left in a bathtub by suspects who remain at large. Police estimate more than $10 million in jewels were stolen.

The paid app is a rare social media spot where Kardashian West charges money for access. It had been left untouched since the robbery.

The heist, sister Khloe Kardashian said on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” about a week after the hold up, was a “wake up call to make a lot of life adjustments” for all in the reality TV family.

Usually heavy social media sharers, the famous sisters, mom, brother and a universe of friends have scaled way back and Kardashian has kept a low profile.Read more at:formal dresses online australia


Le 17 octobre 2016, 10:51 dans Humeurs 0

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Designer JJ Valaya, who has been vociferous about originality and the need to break stereotypes, has returned to the ramp after a break to introduce generation next to his school of thought. According to him, when a student is being moulded into a certain form, at that very moment he should be given a lesson on being original. “Young people of our country are innovative but the institutions teaching fashion designing in our nation are not authentic. The designers coming from those institutes create products which have the same motifs which are trending in the market. They need to be original and make their own identity in this industry. Personally speaking, I am one of those designers who have been introducing real work,” described JJ Valaya, who is one of the first designers to have a solo show in India.

Also, what is that one common thing between the top fashion brands in the West for example Ralph Lauren, Armani, Fendi and the Indian fashion designer JJ Valaya? Well, they all have a thriving business in the home sector. Besides, being a fashion designer he is also into the larger concept of including design in our daily lives. “We have approached this segment as part of a two-pronged strategy. First, The Home of the Traveller is a culturally inspired experience where everything is curated by me and put together as a cohesive story which supports our core belief that the past and the present must coexist in any modern home. The second, Valaya Home is an uber luxury brand where everything is designed by us, be it the furniture, the floors, the walls, the soft furnishings besides, of course, our signature wall tapestries for which we are already well known,” said Valaya.

Keeping in mind the Italian presence in the fashion week, he shared his views. “I think it depends on what you are looking at. Sometimes the most boring designer on the planet could also be the most successful one. Take Ralph Lauren, for instance. You would not associate him with cutting-edge fashion and yet he has a six-billion-dollar turnover, which makes him the largest fashion house in the world. So, it depends on what appeals to you – whether it’s the business aspect or the creative aspect. Every designer has his own forté, but I think in the end, it has to be a blend of the commercial and the creative. Either one cannot survive without the other.”

The designer showcased the first ever Master and Disciple (guru- shishya) presentation on the grand finale of Amazon India Fashion Week. “I have been into this industry for the past 25 years and have done many grand finales in my career. When FDCI (Fashion Design Council of India) approached me with this theme, I came on board immediately,” gushed Vallaya. Talking further about the bonding he shares with his student Alpana, he added, “She has been my student for the past five years and together we have created many signature pieces. But I had to guide her thoroughly so that it looked like one show. I am not presenting my collection separately; we both have worked on the same page and are coming together.” ‘India Modern Festive’ was the theme of the entire gala and the designer explained, “I have been working on Indian rooted fabrics for over two years. And I am glad that it is being picked up by other designers as well. Whether it is khadi or chanderi, these fabrics have been revived together. And in my collection I have blended all these handlooms—khadi, Banarasi and Chanderi — and this is going to be a surprise element with a modern touch.” He is an indigenous person, who loves working on what is available locally and presents them in the classiest way. And talking about the concept of showstopper, he said, “I am not a person who believes in the concept of showstopper. For me, personality and experience count not the face. For instance, polo player Samir Suhag stopped the show for designer Ashish N Soni, again the personality was looked up to and not any high-end celebrity.”

When asked about how successful these fashion weeks are in terms of business aspects, he elaborated, “In some ways, they are successful. In India, AIFW remains the most successful business forum for designers, while LFW ensures the best grooming ground, particularly for upcoming designers. The latter also ensures the maximum publicity, drawing in Bollywood A- listers by the hordes. In a country where the domestic market is the strongest, with a major chunk of business coming from the bustling wedding market, the couture week is more of a branding exercise targeted at individual customers, mostly NRIs and celebrities and domestic boutiques such as Kimaya, Ensemble, Aza and others. The domestic segment is responsible for 90 per cent of the business in India. Most of the buyers who come in from Europe contribute less than 1 per cent of the business. Buyers from the Middle-East account for the rest.”

He is one of the designers who has explored many versions of expressing art. One such attempt is photography. People like Valaya thrive on creation and evolution with fashion, interiors and photography giving a platform for creating newer expressions. “I am still not acquainted with the medium of photography and my photographer friends say that this has been my biggest strength. My pictures are rooted in narrative and compositions. My relationship with camera is that with every photograph, I discover new aspects, new knobs on it. What I see through the viewfinder is a composition. When I pick up my camera, solitude comes into play,” said Valaya. He further added what photography allows him to do what fashion designing doesn’t. “It’s the liberty that I have. I am not concerned about the pressures of the market or whether my items would sell or not. Fashion is always about trends and we have to take care of that aspect in our clothes. A photograph is timeless because when you take a picture, you are freezing time and you make it timeless. And what is amazing is the viewer can take away whatever he/she wishes to. Art should have something to say.”

If he hadn’t become a designer, JJ Valaya would have been a chartered accountant. The fashion designer was a practising CA but quit the profession to tread new grounds. He sought admission in NIFT, Delhi, which had just opened and emerged as an ace couturier known for a line of clothing that is steeped in luxury and traditions.

He also talked about the criteria based on which he selects models for his show. "I am not a designer who looks for zero sized figures and stick thin models. For me, men should look like men and women should look like women. And the second important element I consider is height.”Read more at:bridesmaid dresses

Designers Invited to Be Part of iD Dunedin Fashion Week 2017

Le 14 octobre 2016, 08:14 dans Humeurs 0

Kiwi fashion designers looking to show at New Zealand’s premier retail fashion event – iD Dunedin Fashion Week – are being invited to apply now to secure their spot in the must-see iD Fashion Show held on Friday March 24 and Saturday March 25 at Dunedin’s historic Railway Station.

Heading into its 18th year, iD Dunedin Fashion Week looks set to impress with a week of unique and exciting fashion events, which will run from March 18-26, 2017.

The popular fashion week, supported by premier funder the Dunedin City Council, will include talks by prestigious overseas guests – yet to be revealed – international collaborations, catwalk shows, and retail events. It culminates in the prestigious 13thannual iD International Emerging Designer Awards held on Thursday March 23rd, and the highly popular iD Fashion Shows along one of the world’s longest catwalks on the platform of Dunedin Railway Station.

High profile and emerging Kiwi designers are being asked to submit portfolios for the hugely popular public fashion event. Fashion designers interested in participating must be commercially producing directional adult fashion. Links to Dunedin– such as retailing in the city, or having lived or studied in Dunedin – are not compulsory, but will be taken into account. Selections are made by industry professionals based on the designer portfolios submitted.

iD Dunedin Fashion Week Committee Chair Cherry Lucas says next year’s event will present a new-look to the week, building on the success of past achievements, but with a fresh perspective provided by new organisers.

“The 2016 show had an incredibly high standard of designers, including many new faces to iD and we are looking to build on this by attracting new talent, alongside our much-loved long-standing designers. Two years out from our 20th anniversary, iD is in a strong creative position, continuing to grow and attract new partnerships and talent. Designers wanting to be involved in next year’s event need to register their interest now.”

Online applications are also open for next year’s iD International Emerging Designer Awards, to be held in Dunedin onThursday March 23rd. Now in its 13th year, top cash prizes are on offer for this prestigious competition, which provides an international platform for rising local and international fashion design talent to showcase their innovative collections and gain further professional catwalk experience and networking opportunities.

Finalists have access to high profile established and emerging designers, a supportive professional environment and a judging panel made up of industry experts – which in the past has included leading designers such as UK-based Kiwi designer Emilia Wickstead, UK milliner Stephen Jones and Paris-based designers Martin Grant and Lutz Huelle, alongside fashion gurus such as Not Just A Label founder Stefan Siegel, US vintage fashion queen Doris Raymond, the UK’s Hilary Alexander, and Australia’s Nicholas Huxley, Patty Huntington, Glynis Traill-Nash and Karen Webster.

Top prizes of NZ$6000 for First Place, NZ$4000 for Second Place and NZ$2000 for Third Place are on offer, alongside other cash and special prizes, including what will likely become a much sought after internship with designer Emilia Wickstead, established this year while Wickstead was in Dunedin for iD 2016.

“This is an exceptional opportunity for emerging designers looking to show their collections on a world stage, advance their career and experience a range of networking opportunities,” says Dr Margo Barton, Professor of Fashion at the Otago Polytechnic School of Design, which is a major sponsor of the Awards.

“The iD Awards is an important event on the world fashion calendar, particularly for the new generation of fashion designers. All our finalists get to meet and be critiqued by some of the world’s leading fashion notables, and this year, each finalist was picked up by Not Just A Label – the world’s largest online platform for emerging designers. With an internship with Emilia Wickstead up for grabs, alongside cash prizes and other prizes yet to be announced, I encourage emerging designers to apply now.”Read more | bridesmaid dresses

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