April 24, 2009

Finding your retro clothing style

Are you looking for a unique style that you can call your own? Are you tired of wearing the same old clothes day in and day out? If this sounds like you, retro clothing may be just what you have been dreaming of. When it comes down to it, retro clothing has a lot to offer both guys and girls. No matter who you are, there is a good chance that you can pull this look off. After all, people have been wearing this look for many years. Although it went away for a good while, the fact of the matter is that retro clothing is once again back in play.

The most important thing that you will need to consider is where you can find retro clothing. Remember, buying the original clothes from many years ago may not be an option. Luckily, there are many retro clothing shops that are sure to meet your needs. The only thing that you need to do is determine where these stores are located, and then from there you can get started with the actual shopping.

Your best bet for finding retro clothing is the internet. There may be a store or two in your area that sells some of these pieces, but if you want the largest selection you will need to rely on the internet. This will give you the chance to find plenty of selections, and of course, you can also shop around for the prices that will best suits your needs.

Even if you think that a retro look is too much for you to handle, you should at least try it out. A lot of people look down on retro clothing until they actually try them on. From there, they realize how good they look and they cannot resist buying more and more.

Overall, there is a large group of people who love how they look in retro clothing. Are you going to be next? If you never try these clothes on you will have no way of saying for sure. For this reason, pick up a few articles of retro clothing and see where it takes you!
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Your Favorite Red Carpet Dress

There are many sources where you can look for your favorite red carpet dress. High status departmental stores embrace very high quality red carpet dresses of each and every style. Another greatest source is the Internet. In a fraction of seconds you can get your favorite stars dresses in front of you. Also you can visit many high positioned websites that specialize in red carpet dresses. You can wear many popular celebrity looks. As these are red carpet dresses, so you need great time to select the one, thus from all those viewpoints also Internet shopping is the best. You can browse any number of sites, as many times you want in order to find the perfect dress you want.

One of the best options to get scoop red carpet dress is to customize it. Customize dresses for any occasions are always on the top and are much sought after. Red carpet dresses are also creation of somebody’s mind only, thus if you also have creative mind make one red carpet dress of your imagination also. It is very time consuming, effortful task, but if you really have creativity to look like celebrity or superstar, it will be worth all the work.

Whatever style celebrity is wearing whether vintage, modern, sexy or simple you will also get the same. Red carpet dresses comes in all styles but with different face. Halter, strapless, thin straps, one shoulder, ruffle, high-low hem, slit, A-line, floor length, sweetheart neckline etc all decks red carpet dresses. It is not so that these dresses are made of some exclusive details but their presentation is different. Add glamour to you by wearing your posh red carpet dress in order to join your name in Fashionista’s list. Red carpet dresses also blow out desire to look good at all times as well make you feel good and lifts confidence for the rest of the day. Thus, they truly fulfill the philosophy of dressing i.e. being glamorous and imparting fun.
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April 10, 2009

Yoga and Exercise Fashion

Yoga Shirt
Always practice or workout in cotton, it's the most breathable!
We recommend Edun organic cotton t-shirts. Edun was founded by Bono and his wife and is a socially conscious clothing company committed to sustainable employment in developing areas of the world. They are also committed to using organic materials and paying fair labour wages. If you're inspired by their vision, values and ethics then please support such a progressive and mindful company.

Neck Warmer or Scarf

In the gym when you're training your muscles, you are opening your pores and skin. You don't want to walk outside and cool down too fast. You want to stay warm as long as you can. Wrap a scarf around your neck and tuck it under your chin. It is a very popular thing in exercise culture now to wear scarves despite the warm temperatures. Try any scarf made of wool, cashmere or organic fibres like bamboo.

Physiological Shoes

Because of the way they are designed to keep you off balance, Physiological Shoes helps to focus on your core, lower back, hamstrings and glutes (and all the muscles inbetween). You're forced to keep your balance and naturally your core muscles will kick in. It doesn't replace a personal trainer or an hour at the gym but it is a respectable workout for your lower body and core muscles.

Performance Monitor

The Nike + System is basically a microchip you place in the running shoe which monitors the distance you move. It sends a wireless signal to your iPod Nano via a receiver. It's a great motivational tool. Not only can you listen to music, it tells you how fast you're going — you can select a male or female voice – it tells how many calories you're burning, measures the distance and how many miles you're going per minute. Download it on the Nike + website to keep a record and keep track of your goals. You can usually ask to try it out in the store before deciding to buy.

Water Bottle

Stay hydrated. It helps burn fat. If you're low on H2O it gets harder and harder to burn the fat off.
Aim for an easy to spot stainless steel water bottle. Research is now showing that plastic water bottles leach toxins in the water. Eco-friendly stainless steel ones from Klean Kanteen also come in baby sizes that you can put a sippy lid on.

Exercise Watch

Find an easy to use watch that has lots of features. An alarm (to remind you to go to the gym), a stopwatch. Some watches can also measure your heart rate which is great when you're starting out because knowing your heart rate can prevent injuries (you have to be careful not to overdo it). They can also calculate how many calories you are burning. For some people seeing numbers helps them to know they are reaching their goals.

Cycling Shorts

Traditional cycling shorts tend not to look flattering on women (it makes you look like a sausage). Find one that is chamois and isn't diaper padded (most women complain of saddle-soreness from the padding).
You want something that isn't bulky and won't chafe constantly as you can wear it without underwear. Get a fabric that breathes easily so it takes away the moisture from constant sweat. Shebeest seems to be the best company for all the above.
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April 09, 2009


Back in early 1993 two Dutch designers, Jan Schrijver and Angelique Berkhout, met each other working as free-lancers. Even though the word free-lancer suggests something else, they did not feel entirely free in their roles.
Together with Peter Steenstra, who was fed up with the corporate life at IBM, they decided to start their own business: a shop in Arnhem the Netherlands.
On Friday the 13th, August 1993 the slogan "gsus is coming" announces the arrival of a new Dutch street wear shop called “heavens playground”. Next to being a point of sale for existing brands, the shop is used as a lab for its own brand “gsus”. It turned out to be the right time for something new. With the baggy, oversized look dominating the streets, gsus introduces tight retro shirts printed with funky glitter applications. Not only the product, but also the complete story around the brand is different: a veil of mystery with an airy frivolous communication, non conforming and unique.

"At gsus we truly believe in the arrogant intuition of the creative mind. Our designers create what they want to wear themselves. Market research is taboo. We do what we like best and feel strongly about the “do it yourself” credo. That’s why we unleash our creativity not only with the designing of clothes, but also with our ads, photography, gsus store designs and even the design of the Amsterdam Headquarters. Although we’ve grown over the years, we still consider gsus our creative laboratory, or better yet, our “heavens playground”. A place where we can let our creative juices run free. We recommend you to do the same. Join us and let the world be your playground..."

"Our brand name is a story in itself. In 1993 Coca Cola and Nike are already taken and the letter G is full of hype in its own right. Gangsta rap is rulin’, G-Love comes out with his first record and the G-spot is discovered. With wordplay, gsus refers to one of the most common names in the world. The logo, the crown of thorns, emphasises the prickliness of the brand even further. Within a few years, from the time the first tees were introduced, gsus grows from being sold out of the trunk of a car to an internationally available fashion brand. The collection and brand develop and grow without losing sight of those early stages of fun and creativity."


April 07, 2009


The House of Gucci, better known as simply Gucci, is an Italian French-owned iconic fashion and leather goods label. It was founded by Guccio Gucci (b.1881 - d.1953) in Florence in 1906. Gucci is considered one of the most famous, prestigious, and easily recognizable fashion brands in the world.In 1921, Guccio Gucci opens a leather goods company and small luggage store in his native Florence. Having spent years working in London's Savoy Hotel, he had absorbed the refined aesthetic of English nobility, and introduces this sensibility in Italy through exclusive leather goods created and produced by the master craftsmanship of Tuscan artisans..

Within a few years time, the label enjoys such success as it attracts a sophisticated international clientele, who seek out the equestrian-inspired collection of bags, trunks, gloves, shoes and belts. The horsebit and stirrup motifs were born of this world and become enduring symbols of the fashion house, and of an increasingly innovative design aesthetic.

Faced with a shortage of standard materials during the difficult years of Fascist dictatorship in Italy, Gucci establishes itself as an enterprise synonymous with exceptional creativity and resourcefulness. The "Bamboo Bag" is introduced, becoming one of the first of Gucci's many iconic products. A favorite of royalty and celebrity alike, the bag is still available today.

During the 1950s, the trademark green-red-green web, which is derived from the saddle girth, becomes a great success and remains one of the most familiar identifiers of the brand. With stores opening in Milan and New York, Gucci starts to build a global presence as a symbol of modern luxury. Guccio Gucci dies in 1953. His sons Aldo, Vasco, Ugo and Rodolfo take over the business.

1960s: Gucci introduces products that are cherished by the most iconic figures of the time and become renown for timeless design. Jackie Kennedy carries the Gucci shoulder bag, which is known today as the ??Jackie O’. Liz Taylor, Peter Sellers and Samuel Beckett wear the unstructured, unisex 'Hobo Bag.' The classic moccasin with horsebit hardware becomes part of the permanent collection at the Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Flora silk print scarf is created for Grace Kelly. Gucci continues its expansion abroad with stores opening in London, Palm Beach, Paris and Beverly Hills. In the mid 60s, Gucci adopts the legendary interlocking double 'G' logo.

Gucci continues its global expansion, true to the original aspirations of Aldo, now targeting the Far East. Stores open in Tokyo and Hong Kong. The company increases and diversifies production, carrying out significant research on new more luxurious materials and innovative approaches to design never tabling the legendary quality and craftsmanship synonymous with the brand. The great classics are revamped in new shapes and colors, and new product categories are introduced.

In 1982, Gucci becomes a public limited company, and leadership is passed to Rodolfo's son, Maurizio Gucci, who holds 50 percent of the shares. In 1984, Domenico De Sole becomes president of Gucci America. Investcorp, a Bahrain-based investment company, purchases the remaining 50 percent belonging to Aldo Gucci and his descendants in the late 80s.

Gucci is relaunched to global renown through a groundbreaking mix of tradition and innovation. Tom Ford becomes creative director of Gucci in 1994 and infuses the luxury brand with a sense of daring and provocation that resonates with celebrity and accomplished elite. The stiletto, and silk cut-out jersey dresses with metallic hardware details become icons of Ford's unique vision. Domenico De Sole is appointed CEO in 1995, and Gucci makes the highly successful transformation to a fully public company. Gucci is named "European Company of the year 1998" by the European Business Press Federation for its economic and financial performance, strategic vision and management quality. In 1999, Gucci enters into a strategic alliance with Pinault-Printemps-Redoute and transforms itself from a single brand company into a multibrand group.

After De Sole and Ford left their posts in 2004, Mark Lee is appointed President and CEO of Gucci division in 2005. Today, creative direction of Gucci is the responsibility of Frida Giannini and Gucci continues to explore its roots. "La Pelle Guccissima" - an entirely original, heat-printed signature leather - has been launched under Giannini’s direction, and is destined to become the label's next icon, expressing in its workmanship and impeccable quality a strength that is singularly Gucci's.



The brand Diesel was born more than 20 years ago and is today an innovative international design company, manufacturing jeans and casual clothing as well as accessories. It is present in over 80 countries with 10,000 points of sale and almost 50 company-owned stores.

When Renzo Rosso founded the company in 1978, he wanted it to be a leader, a company which took chances and carved out a niche for itself in its field. He surrounded himself with creative, talented people - innovators who, like him, rejected the slavish trend-following typical of the fashion industry. Renzo wanted to come up with a more dynamic and imaginative line of clothing than was available anywhere. He gave his open-minded new designers broad stylistic freedom, hoping they could create a line of clothing perfect for people who follow their own independent path in life. Particularly for those who decide to express their individuality also by the way they dress.

From the very beginning, Diesel’s design team turned their backs on the style-dictators and consumer forecasters of the fashion establishment and let their own tastes lead them. It is for this reason that Diesel immediately became a leader in developing styles, fabrics, manufacturing methods and quality control, guaranteeing an outstanding quality product. The company views the world as a single, border-less macro-culture. And the Diesel staff reflects this: a wide variety of people and personalities from all parts of the globe, creating an unpredictable, dynamic vitality and energy within the company. Diesel people and their working methods are so unconventional, and yet productive, that they have been profiled in countless magazines, newspapers and documentary television programmes, and have been studied by international conglomerates, consulting organizations, universities and business schools.

Diesel’s “historical moments” include mile-stones like 1978 (creation of the brand name), 1985 (Renzo Rosso’s complete acquisition of the company), 1991 (beginning of the international marketing strategy) and 1996 (opening of Diesel’s first flagship store on New York City’s Lexington Avenue).

Ever since the beginning, Renzo Rosso believed in addressing the world with one product and one language, and one of his first steps was building a solid and vast distribution platform stretching across all 5 continents.

Most of Diesel’s current production is outsourced, to small and medium-sized companies. Production of denim jeans is based exclusively in Italy. All international logistics operations (wholesale and retail) are centrally managed and carefully controlled. Today Diesel is a global concern with a consolidated annual turnover of 575 billion Lire (US$ 330 millions), 85% of which is generated outside Italy. The Headquarters are located in Molvena, in the north-eastern part of Italy, where the company manages 12 subsidiaries across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Diesel employs over 1,300 people worldwide.
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White Clothing & Fashion

The White Shirt Reinvented

If you need a break from the bright fashion trend and Technicolor patterns making waves in the trend-pool this season you'll be relieved to hear that equally fashionable on the streets this season - if a little tougher to keep clean - is pure, simple, white fashion.
Gap has recently introduced a new limited edition collection inspired by the classic Gap white shirt for women, designed exclusively for Gap by Doo.Ri, Rodarte and Thakoon - three of the most celebrated, emerging American design labels in the industry today.
The designers are putting modern feminine twists on the classic, crisp white shirt - which has for so long been an indispensable staple in your boyfriend's closet - by infusing it with the charm of swingy, geometric trapeze silhouettes and fresh detailing with the use of bows, ruffles, asymmetry and pleats. This fundamental of fashion has also had the pleasure of being morphed into comfortably chic dresses complete with pockets, buttons, collars and ties.

H&M continues to take a cue from mod-wear and bleaches it out in this adorable matching mini-dress and jacket. Use the white palette as an opportunity to pack a punch with colorful, contrasting accessories such as this season's increasingly popular headband and a hefty sized bag generous enough to tote all of your essentials.

Legs are high on style this season, so show them off in this simplest of simple white, strapless mini-dresses from Banana Republic. How can you rock this style? Slip into an espadrille, cinch it with an even skinnier belt and top this daring number with a slim, cropped blazer to ward off chilly nights.

Turn to Club Monaco's A-line shift dress in tonal stripe for summery style that's at once sexy, comfortable and classic. Slip into a pair of neutral toned espadrilles or leather thongs and you're good to go.

Evolution of the White Shirt

Ten years ago, almost to the day, the plain white shirt - that unmistakable, uninspired symbol of the office wardrobe (hence the term "white-collar job") - shed its boring nine-to-five image for ever.
It was Oscars night and Sharon Stone caused a fashion sensation on the red carpet when she arrived with her then husband, Phil Bronstein, on her arm - and one of his shirts on her back. It was accessorised with diamonds, cleavage and a floor-length lilac satin Vera Wang skirt.

Stone's shock-chic approach to red-carpet dressing has become part of Oscar history and, in the process, has given the white shirt classic status.

The white shirt is now an omnipresent part of the fashion scene, a wardrobe staple of the world's most stylish women. Customised with a stiff four-inch collar, it is as much an integral part of Karl Lagerfeld's image as his chunky Chrome Hearts silver jewellery.

Comme des Garçons' Rei Kawakubo is rarely seen without one either, worn with a sombre black jacket and skirt. Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, DKNY, British stalwarts Margaret Howell and Paul Smith all feature white shirts this autumn. Style icon Daphne Guinness has recently launched her first fashion collection devoted entirely to versions of that one item.

Designers as diverse as Todd Lynn, Ralph Lauren, Yohji Yamamoto, Yves Saint Laurent, Brioni and Jil Sander have all made the white shirt a linchpin of their collections. This season, chains including Gap, Marks & Spencer and Next have interpreted the formula with missionary zeal. And some brands - such as French label Anne Fontaine - make little else.

The white shirt, bland as it may seem at first glance, is actually fashion's master of disguise. It reappears season after season, with slight variations in collar shape, embellishment and sleeve length, ready to morph itself into a look that will tie in with the hottest trends of the moment.

Different Looks for White Shirts

Romantic Full-sleeved and voluminous: tuck into jeans, hang loose over skinny trousers or wear with a belt over a pencil skirt

Pretty Look for small collars, frills or ruffles: perfect for softening working-wardrobe skirt or trouser suits

Tribal The classic, collarless granddad shirt: pile on the beads and bangles, push up the sleeves and wear with a primitive-pattern skirt

Retro Fitted, possibly Empire-line, with puffed sleeves: great with high-waisted '70s flared jeans

Classic The boyfriend-style shirt: Try versions by RM Williams, Thomas Pink and Anne Fontaine; don't forget the cufflinks

White is the new Black in Japan

White garments currently abound at boutiques and women's apparel departments. The color caught on after it featured prominently in the 2006 spring and fall collections of famous designers. White blouses and dresses with frills and lace, full skirts, and other clothes with a feminine touch are particularly popular. Women of all ages are taking to white, since it comes in a range of materials and can be mixed with other colors to achieve a variety of effects. A lineup of white accessories and shoes, bags, and other goods is also available.

White has replaced black, last fall and winter's hot hue, to become the "in" color this spring and summer. The trend was ignited after it appeared prominently in the 2006 spring/summer collections of Prada, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Chloe, and other famous designers, which were shown in Milan and Paris in the fall of 2005. Since then, feminine designs have quickly supplanted the military, masculine look that was popular for a number of years.

An indispensable part of today's ensemble is the white "romantic blouse," with its feminine touch. Many romantic blouses have frills around the neck or front, eliminating the need for accessories, and come in pretty designs with lace or ribbons at the neckline, puffed sleeves, and intricate hems.

Teenage girls are drawn to dresses with a supple drape made out of cotton, linen, and other natural materials, as well as full knee-length skirts made out of sheer, silky cotton. Working women, meanwhile, go for blouses made from silk, satin, chiffon, and other elegant fabrics paired with sturdy knee-length shorts, a combination favored for its refined appearance. On colder days, which can continue as late as mid-May, they need only don a cropped white jacket or crocheted white bolero, a choice that has replaced the black velour jackets that were popular last autumn and winter.

For all its popularity, white is not an easy color to wear, because dirt shows up so easily. When the occasion warrants it, white accessories or other items can be used instead of white clothes. This spring and summer, hot items include overlapping strings of white pearl necklaces with different sized beads and white rose charms. Patterned items featuring interspersed lace or ribbon are also selling well, as are shoes with ribbons, ballet-style slippers, and other soft designs.

The All White Wardrobe

Imagine for a moment reaching into your closet and always having clothes that matches. There is a way to do it, but there is a price. All your clothes are white.

White shoes, white pants and white skirts, white shirts, white blouses and even white ties and scarfs. Seems kind of dull, but your laundry basket suddenly seems a lot easier to clean since you only need to worry about your whites. You will be bleaching more to remove tough stains, but depending on your lifestyle it may be worth it.

You can still mix your wardrobe up with a dash of colour. A red scarf, a blue jacket, a yellow sash. Your accessories suddenly stand out twice as much when everything else you wear is white.
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The Modern Corset

The classic corset has been modernized, and with it has come some dramatic changes. Instead of whalebone new materials are being used. New methods of cinching, or even not cinching at all are now available. Mon dieu! Zippers?!?! Blasphemy!!!

Cinching on the front, the side, twice on the back, front-back-and-sides, zippers, buttons, chains, accessories, buckles, clasps and VELCRO!!!

Full corsets, half-corsets, breastless, backless, straps, strapless...
Mon dieu! What have we done?!

And the colours these days are dramatically different too. No longer is it just white or black. Brilliant colours of purple, brown, green, yellow, red, blue, pink and orange! And every possible colour in-between, plus colour combinations that make the mind boggle.

These days we don't cinch as much. We're much more realistic with regards to how we wear our corsets.

We've also developed a problem in which we tend to associate corsets with sex. Which is true, corsets do realate to sexuality. Always have, but in the older days (way back when corsets first became popular) they were meant to be worn in public underneath a tight dress, because it was fashionable to be thin in the waist and yet voluptuous elsewhere.
These days voluptuousness and thinness don't go together. You're either thin, average, voluptuous, or just plain obese.

And regardless of size corsets can be made to fit your size.

Furthermore, the way we decorate corsets have changed. Embroidered hearts, skulls, chinese writing, paisley, flowers. Small ornamental buttons in various shapes.

And then there's the new matter of weddings.

A long time ago corsets were commonly used during weddings also. These days however it has become popular again. Especially for people who like wearing a corset normally, and thus a wedding corset is also something that can be re-used, unlike the standard wedding dress where you wear it once and then never squeeze into it again.

Thus with a corset incorporated into the dress, or perhaps the dress designed in such a way that the entire dress can be re-used for other things, a person at least gets more than one use out of it.

On the opposite side of the spectrum from weddings is perhaps the most common use of corsets: pornography.

If you go to Google image search, type in the word corset, and turn the "SafeSearch" off you will end up seeing a lot of pornography (usually softcore) of women wearing corsets. Some of it will be fine art photography (high quality stuff), but a lot of it will be just plain smut.

And perhaps that smut is the biggest reason why corsets are becoming so popular. Sex sells. Pornography can sell almost anything, from viagra to cars, from cologne to clothes. It would be interesting to compare that advertising within Playboy Magazine to any other magazine and just see which magazine actually promotes the product better.

The headmistress of pornography and burlesque, the queen of corsets is none other than Dita Von Teese. Ms Von Teese has done more for popularizing the corset than any other modern celebrity. The corset is practically her trademark.

The combination of sexuality, the thinning aspect of corsets (its cheaper than liposuction), the popularity of its use in high fashion, gothic fashion, weddings and pornography, celebrity usage and movies like "Pirates of the Carribean" has made the corset the single most widely used fashion change of the 21st century.

People are even wearing them to work.

As time progresses, it almost seems like the feminist movement has relapsed.

Except technically it hasn't. Women aren't wearing corsets because men want them to wear corsets (although certainly that still happens, especially in the porn industry), women are wearing corsets because they WANT to (due to their own sexual fantasies or fashion beliefs).

So its not a relapse. Its sexual liberation starting to bloom.

Women are now sexually free to wear whatever they want. Fashion is simply mirroring their own desires.

And in this case, their fetishes too.

Mon dieu! What have we done?!?!:)

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