Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Milan beats out NYC as world’s fashion capital

Milan has ended New York's five-year reign as the world's top fashion city, while Hong Kong and Sao Paulo have sashayed into the top 10, according to an annual survey of top fashion cities.

The list was compiled by the Global Language Monitor, a U.S. based non-profit group that tracks the frequency of words and phrases in the media, on the Internet and throughout the blogosphere.

The world of fashion is dominated by five cities — New York, Rome, Paris, Milan and London — but New York had led the list for five consecutive years.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Summer Fashion Style

Just because you mentally check out when summer starts, that doesn't mean you have to surrender your style. These clothes are breezy and effortlessly beautiful — kinda like how you feel right about now.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ralph Lauren model Ubah Hassan models the latest pre-fall fashion in red


At the age of five Ubah Hassan fled war-torn Somalia for Kenya with her father and brother. They became separated from her mother and sisters, who went to Ethiopia. After seven years apart they were reunited in Canada, where they set up home.

At 17 Hassan was talent-spotted by a photographer in Vancouver, and signed to Click Model Management in New York. Now, at 21, she is the face of Ralph Lauren’s s/s 09 campaign. She has also walked the runway for Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta and Betsey Johnson, and been photographed by Steven Meisel and Bruce Weber for Italian Vogue. She lives in New York.

Being 5ft 11½ is wonderful because when I walk into a club,I’m so tall that no men want to talk to me. I love that. I think, just don’t come near me. And I can’t dance if I’m not wearing heels.

A pivotal moment in my career was being shot by Steven Meisel for the black issue of Italian Vogue. The repercussions of that issue have been huge. It sold out everywhere and there were waiting-lists in lots of shops. I had no idea that people weren’t hiring black models. I thought the reason I wasn’t working so much was because I was new in New York and maybe I needed to dress differently or smile more. It’s sad that in 2009, after so many years of prejudice and war, some people are still seeing colour.

I get recognised by the oddest people. I was working in a studio recently and the food delivery guy stopped me and said, ‘Wait a minute, aren’t you the Ralph Lauren girl?’ Then the old Indian guy who I buy my coffee from every morning was really overexcited to see me one day. He’d collected all these newspaper cuttings of me. I was so shocked that they knew anything about fashion or Ralph Lauren.

I refuse to work for designers who treat models badly. That’s happened a few times. They think they can pick you apart at castings but I don’t respect people like that. I don’t have an ego about what I do or don’t do, but I have to believe in a brand before I work for them.

I have to pinch myself every day because life is unbelievable right now. Every time I have a bad day, I just stop and remember what my family and I have been through.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Per Se unveils fall collection & expands into CT, NJ, & NY markets

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Women rushing from the office to the beach and back again this summer will cherish knowing that - beginning today - they can make a one hour appointment with Per Se to get their fall wardrobe in order well in advance of the season! Per Se, a contemporary, upscale clothing line designed for busy, stylish women, has just unveiled its Fall 2009 collection in showrooms and trunk shows across the U.S.

The new collection will be shown by appointment only, from July 16th through September 17th, and can be previewed on the runway at

"This truly is my favorite Per Se collection, to date," said Bill Rondina, Founder, CEO and Chairman of The Connaught Group, the creators of Per Se. "The must-haves this season include glamorous capes, fifties-inspired dresses, and structured garments that are showcasing exposed zippers to embellish and accentuate the natural lines of a woman's body."

"Women will want to stock up on scads of skinny leggings, sweater dresses, double knits and loads of accessories. To kick it up a notch, we also recommend investing in a modern art-inspired piece this season. By wearing something Mondrian-inspired, featuring architecturally-shaped details, our clients are sure to look stylish, unique and ready."

In all, Per Se's designers have come up with over 250 unique pieces, ranging in size from 0 to 16, that work both separately and in unison to give women the most exciting wardrobes possible for their money. For a full listing of the Fall trends forecasted by Per Se's design team, along with images of the Fall collection, visit:

Through its direct sales business model, Per Se is able to offer women couture-quality clothing at extremely competitive prices not possible in stores. The line is sold four separate weeks a year, through private, one-on-one appointments in consultants' homes or in one of Per Se's showrooms in NYC, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, Chicago, or Chevy Chase, MD. This business model is proving to be quite popular with high-profile women looking for smart ways to refresh their wardrobes. Indeed, executives from diverse corporations such as Bloomberg, General Electric, Sotheby's and JPMorgan Chase choose to shop with Per Se due to the quality wardrobes they achieve alongside the highly personalized service they enjoy with their Per Se wardrobe stylist.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Heart Shape Jewelries

Show your love with heart-shaped jewelry. Heart jewelry is hopefully given from the heart with love. It is a symbol of caring, loving and friendship. True love is one of the most lifetime and endless themes throughout the history. We've read on books and watched on cimema the many kind of love story, such as the love story during the medieval times, like the love that Romeo and Juliet shared while their families warred, or the love that led Paris to steal Helen away to her beloved Troy. Those who are in the state of love always find a way to show their love to the one they love. They highly paid a tribute to love and marked it with something that signify how deep their feelings for their beloved by presenting them their heart through the symbol of --whether it is a card, a song, or jewelry. Most women love jewelry and maybe because jewelries are chic, sophisticated and seem to be great with lots of designer outfits.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

What they Wore at the 2009 CFDA Awards

On June 16, 2009 the Council of Fashion Designers of America held their annual awards show at Lincoln Center in New York City. Most designers anxiously waited for the night to come. The night was not only for the designers- let's check out who's celebrities are wearing in full regalia & glam.