Archive for June, 2012

June 14, 2012

Frida Giannini Sketches. Lessons from a Professional

There is very little known about Frida Giannini, presently lead designer for Gucci. Frida, a beautiful, talented and very hard working woman. In many ways she reminds me Stella McCartney. Frida has a formal art education from Rome’s Fashion Academy. Her talent was noticed right out of school and her first job was with Fendi.
Frida Giannini’s sketches are quite academic. She is well trained on drawing techniques and is well aware of human anatomy, thus people she draws are proportional and are often depicted in complex poses. She often signs her sketches as Gucci, instead of her name – which only speaks about her high dedication to the company. Another notable fact that her sketches are often in color and look like drawn on computer, almost animated. You still can see the hand drawing, but as a modern woman, she most likely uses a drawing tablet as oppose to a paper and pen. This allows the drawings to be more thought through, clean and clear to the team. Enjoy!

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June 11, 2012

Gucci 2012 Sunglasses

Gucci after winning a historic lawsuit from Guess can now breathe freely and concentrate on making all time classic sunglasses. Gucci 2012 sunglasses are a bit playful, fun, unique and truly high end. They are for people who have taste, style and chutzpah. With years Gucci has expanded the eyewear collection to cover all age categories and social statuses from fashionable students to mature business people. Recent 2012 Gucci sunglasses collection has new models for all of these people:

Gucci 2213 sunglasses Gucci 2214 sunglasses Gucci 2215 sunglasses
Gucci 2213/S Gucci 2214/S Gucci 2215/S
Gucci 3540 sunglasses Gucci 3554 sunglasses Gucci 4216 sunglasses
Gucci 3540/S Gucci 3554/S Gucci 4216/S
Gucci 4217 sunglasses Gucci 3510 sunglasses Gucci 3522 sunglasses
Gucci 4217/S Gucci 3510/S Gucci 3510/S
Gucci 1011 sunglasses Gucci 1012 sunglasses Gucci 1013 sunglasses
Gucci 1011/S Gucci 1012/S Gucci 1013/S
Gucci 1014 sunglasses Gucci 1018 sunglasses Gucci 2202 sunglasses
Gucci 1014/S Gucci 1018/S Gucci 2202/S
June 7, 2012

Boss 2012 Sunglasses

Boss Sunglasses are made in a perfect German clean and sleek style. 2012 Boss sunglasses are not much different from 2011 or 2010 models. But this is what brand decided to do – not to follow trends, but to remain true to itself and serve their customers well. In the end of the day, who already has a pair of sport Prada sunglasses, or a pair of trendy Gucci sunglasses, one day will arrive at the need to own something classic, mature and truly Boss style.

Boss 0342 sunglasses Boss 0343 sunglasses Boss 0349 sunglasses
Boss 0342/S Boss 0343/S Boss 0349/S
Boss 0402 sunglasses Boss 0403 sunglasses Boss 0410 sunglasses
Boss 0402/S Boss 0403/S Boss 0410/S
Boss 0440 sunglasses Boss 0442 sunglasses Boss 0466 sunglasses
Boss 0440/S Boss 0442/S Boss 0446/S
June 6, 2012

Gucci Won Trademark Lawsuit Against Guess. Is the Battle Over?

After 3 years of evidence collection and trials Gucci finally won a trademark lawsuit against Guess. We have already written about the case and presented our evidence comparing Gucci and Guess products back to back. The viewer was to analyze and make conclusions, but case definitely had grounds. Famous GG logo has been used in a very similar fashion by Guess, disregarding the fact that GG stands for Guccio Gucci and has been around for 100 years, while Guess only has one “G” in their brand name. Very minor interpretation of the logo was used by Guess in purses, shoes and glasses imitating the famous pattern style, brown/beige color combination and even font style. Gucci has used single G in bold style, and in the past few years spelled entire word Gucci in Italic font. Guess followed both examples in their products.

Among another violations were examples of Guess using red and green stripe, shapes and designs of various products and “coincidental” timing with which these were coming out – always after Gucci releases to the stores.

New Guess endeavor

While Gucci has won, they were only awarded $4.6 million dollars in damages instead of $200 that they were seeking. This perhaps has something to do with the fact that the lawsuit took stands in the United States, native to Guess. Even to be fair, trademark infringement was hard to deny, how $4.6 million figure came about is unclear.

The judge Shira Scheindlin in her final statement wrote: “Over the past three years, the parties have put in countless hours and spent untold sums of money, all in the service of fashion–what Oscar Wilde aptly called ‘a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.’ It is my hope that this ugliness will be limited to the runway and shopping floor, rather than spilling over into the courts.”

In the meanwhile this Spring one can find a new Guess collection, that to me looks way too much similar to iconic Chanel – little rectangular quilted pursues with the chain handle. Is this a beginning of a new fashion wave or targeted marketing endeavor by Guess marketing department?

June 6, 2012

Boss 2012 Optical Collection

Boss has always followed their own bold men style. Most of Boss glasses are simply made for men only. While there are a few ladies models, they are geared toward tough ladies that portray business, bold style.

Boss Glasses look very good on suits, but also on dress casual style – jeans and shirt. Dress casual is actually the most common style in corporate America. Suit is still part of dress code for classic professions – lawyer, accountant, financial manager. Other industries IT and consulting, in particular prefers business casual. Boss glasses would make it a perfect fit.

Boss 0367 glasses Boss 0369 glasses Boss 0374 glasses
Boss 0367 Boss 0369 Boss 0374
Boss 0380 glasses Boss 0382 glasses Boss 0414 glasses
Boss 0380 Boss 0382 Boss 0414
Boss 0415 glasses Boss 0419 glasses Boss 0428 glasses
Boss 0415 Boss 0419 Boss 0428
Boss 0429 glasses Boss 0431 glasses Boss 0432 glasses
Boss 0429 Boss 0431 Boss 0432
June 4, 2012

Many Still Believe Toronto is a Safe City

I travel a lot and when go back to Toronto always felt very safe. In Toronto I never have to worry about keeping my purse zipped, my phone on a bracelet or leaving some stuff in the car trunk. Yes, on occasion I hear stuff gets stolen from the car, but every time I ask if car has been left open, answer is “yes”. So, some people even leave their car unlocked when going to a store or a coffee shop in Toronto downtown.

This Sunday, Eaton Centre shooting, seem to have changed this prospective for many people. Imagine you are inside the mall having a snack and suddenly one idiot starts shooting people around. Then police comes and locks all the doors and you can’t get out for a few hours. You hear people scream, see them push each other around, blood etc. Then media of course writing details of how messy things got, don’t you get in the state of panic? Is every mall the same? Eaton Centre is always jam-packed. It is the busiest mall in Toronto.  It is also the densest mall in Toronto. If you ever been there, try to remember using up the escalator, getting on is a challenge. This time it was a random shooting, next time it could be targeted.

So far, 2012 has seen 133 victims from shootings, up by 40 from the same time last year and 31 from 2010. Every year shootings peak during the summer, therefore summer is called “summer of the gun”. Most of them are related to two gangs  the Jamestown Crips and the Mount Olive Crips.

Eaton Centre shooting is by far the bloodiest ever. 1 person dead – the target, 6 people shot – 2 in critical condition including a 13 year old child who was shot in the head. Unconfirmed amount, I would imagine, hundreds who got bruised for being pushed around. Some people abandoned their bags when running for their lives.

According to opinions published in Toronto Star, many people believe that despite the disaster, Toronto is still a safe city.  This event by no means is not normal and last time something similar happened was 5 years ago when a young girl was killed outside the shopping centre also in gang related shooting.

I certainly want to believe that Toronto is still a safe city. A shooting suspect is arrested, but given linear Ontario laws, unlikely will face more than 20 years in jail. In the end of the day, he is probably safer in jail than on the streets among gangs. Interesting fact is that suspect actually turned himself in. I think the police should take a special note on ensuring that public places, especially very public like Eaton Centre are safe. Also, it would not harm the mall administration from topping up their security efforts to watch who is walking around the mall perhaps with the gun so freely.