Sunday, February 28, 2010

Michael Kors

"Michael Kors is a designer with so much integrity in his work that it is wonderful when fashion comes back to the sort of simple, beautiful clothes he does so well."
( fashion critic Amy Spindler)

The Long Island born American designer was originally known as Karl Anderson Jr. The name that he chose for himself, Michael Kors, now also stands for his brands of apparel and fragrances.

He began designing clothes at the age of 19 and launched the Michael Kors womenswear line in 1981. He then was named the first ever women' s ready-to-wear designer and creative director for the French fashion house Celine. After a successful carrier at Celine, during which he turned the fashion house around with a critically acclaimed ready-to-wear line, he left in 2003 to concentrate on his own brand. Kors launched his menswear line in 2002.

In addition to the Michael Kors runway collection, the MICHAEL Michael Kors and KORS Michael Kors lines were launched in 2004.

Besides the ready- to wear apparel his lines also include women's handbags and shoes. His designs can be purchased at boutiques in New York, Beverly Hills and Chicago among others.

His dresses are worn by the likes of Jennifer Lopez

Angelina Jolie

Heidi Klum

Debra Messing

Jennifer Hudson

and Jessica Simpson

Kors is renowned for his classic, chic yet luxurious style.

Michael Kors was awarded the Elle/Cadillac

Fashion Award for Excellence in 1995, the CFDA award for womenswear designer of the year in 1999 and the CFDA award for menswear designer of the year in 2003.

Mirela Diaconu

Mirela Diaconu is a young Romanian fashion designer, who has perfected her craft in Milano, at the NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) Institute.

She desig
ns not only dresses but accessories, also having a degree in accessory design from the Domus Academy, and shoes as well, her shoe collection was designed in collaboration with Diego Dolcini.

During her carrier she has worked with several designers such as Diego Dolcini, Frankie Morelllo, Giovanni Cavagna.

She opened her atelier in 2007, and debuted with a ready-to-wear collection that was characterized by femininity, bold combinations that were at the same time effortless and above all creative.

In 2008 she won the Baneasa Shopping City and Avanpremiere Concept Award for Best New Comer.

Her latest collection "Second Skin" showed a mature designer who has managed to create outfits that are a "must have" for every femme fatal.

She currently owns a small business with three employees and is taking small but secure steps towards international success.

Here are some of her creations from the "Second Skin" line.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Varga Kinga

I have been trying to find out more about Romanian designers, as information about world renowned designers is easy to find on the web but our country, although I have found that it has some very talented designers, is hardly represented on the international scene.
This is how I came across Varga Kinga, a designer that specializes in, what do you know?, knitwear!

Born in Satu-Mare she was exposed to working with knitwear early on as hear father had an atelier that specialized in such works. She presently resides in Bucharest.

Her collections are ready-to-wear and aim to satisfy the needs of dynamic and nonconformist women. Comfort is a must!

Her first collection
"Who's Who" was created mainly for her license degree and was presented at the Muzeul Sticlarilor in Bucharest. Her following collections- "Blooming", "Scent of pirates", "Baby Doll" - continued to impress.
The "Baby Doll" collection, featuring a lot of silk, vail, lace and hand sewn appliques, landed her the first prize at the Cluj Napoca fashion festival.

"Blooming" feautures knittwear, satin dresses, silk belts paired with daring shooes and copper accesories.

"Scent of pirates" is a collection inspired by freedom, notion that the designer associated with pirate stories. What is interesting about this collection is that it combines knittwear with such materials as tulle.

Her creations are above all feminine and confortable at the same time, accentuating the womans shape and giving her a quirky girlie look at the same time.

Her designes can be purchased at the following retailers: DADA, Zebra Society, Now & Wow, Vanilla and Only.

Here are some of her designs from her Luxury line: Unique

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The little balck dress

“I don’t like people talking about the Chanel fashion. Chanel – above all else, is a style. Fashion, you see, goes out of fashion. Style never.”- said Coco Chanel, the woman who knew a thing or two about clothes that never go out of fashion.

She introduced her little black dress to the fashion world in 1926 through a picture published in Vogue. The calf-length, straight black dress instantly became a timeless classic. It was definitely innovative, as until then black was a color reserved only for funerals. Vogue called it “Chanel’s Ford”, referring to its affordability and accessibility for women of all social classes. True enough, pretty soon you could find it in every woman's closet. So I guess Vogue was right on the money when they said that the little black dress would become “a sort of uniform for all women of taste.”

Another big step in popularizing the ever classic and sexy little black dress was Audrey Hepburn wearing a little black dress made by Givenchy in the movie Breakfast at Tifffany’s. Max

’s infamous Betty Boop cartoon character helped it along as well.

Since then, the little black dress has been reinvented a million times over. It has been made to fit casual to black tie events and it is the absolute must have of every woman's closet. A properly fitting little black dress, may that even be with a twist, can make any woman look like a million bucks.

Here are some of my favorite little black dresses:

and a few celebrity picks:

Audrey Tatou

Blake Lively wearing Dolce & Gabbana

Nicole Kidman wearing Prada

the Kardashian sisters

Scarlet Johansson

and the always fashionable

Victoria Beckham

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Murano Glass Earrings

A few weeks back I found my dream medallion at a store in the center of my bellowed little hometown...

Well the good people from Millefiori are back to make me happy!

I just found the cutest Murano glass earrings at a bargain price (less then 3$).

Is this cuteness overload or what?

How to make your own dress form

When starting on the wonderful and exciting journey of making your own clothes or altering old ones there is one thing you will definitely need to make your job easier...that is a dress form.

There are many tutorials on the web but the best one I found is the one I am going to share with you.

The source is

but the tutorial is in German so I am going to make a short presentation in English, although the pictures speak pretty much for themselves.

Here is what you will need:
  • pillow filling for stuffing out your form
  • scissors
  • metal base
  • 2-3 rolls of tape
  • cardboard
  • an old hip-length T-shirt
  • foil (for the neck)

take on the T-shirt and wrap your neck in foil to protect it

then take the following steps one by one in wrapping the tape. You will need a friend to do this for you, as you won't be able to do it yourself.

and the end result is pretty good!

Now you have your dress form and can start working on your most exciting sewing projects!