Archive for September, 2013

September 26, 2013

Diesel Sunglasses Are For Smart and Stupid

Diesel is one of the most creative brands in the modern fashion. Founder just a bit over 20 years ago by two entrepreneurs who are not fashion designers, Diesel took the world by storm with it’s creative advertising focused on young people. The chief designer for Diesel Wilbert Das is creating for the company since inception. Perhaps he is the reason why Diesel is so consistent in their fashion focus and over the years Diesel developed its own style. There actually is such a thing as Diesel style. Diesel sunglasses is a new addition to Diesel products.

Latest funny Diesel ads are mentioning word stupid as compared to smart trying to show that stupid is creative, risk taker and winner when smart is just lazy and one who never tries.

The first collection just launched a few years ago and is now selling in most of Diesel stores and optical boutiques. Here are our favorite models:

Diesel DL0026 sunglasses Diesel sunglasses DL0029 Diesel sunglasses DL0030
Diesel sunglasses DL0026 Diesel sunglasses DL0029 Diesel sunglasses DL0030
Diesel sunglasses DL0012 Diesel sunglasses DL0005 Diesel sunglasses DL0051
Diesel sunglasses DL0012 Diesel sunglasses DL0005 Diesel sunglasses DL0051
Diesel sunglasses DL0052 Diesel sunglasses DL0053 Diesel sunglasses DL0054
Diesel sunglasses DL0052 Diesel sunglasses DL0053 Diesel sunglasses DL0054
Diesel sunglasses DL0055 Diesel sunglasses DL0067 Diesel sunglasses DL0068
Diesel sunglasses DL0055 Diesel sunglasses DL0067 Diesel sunglasses DL0068
September 24, 2013

Great Muses For Great Designers.

Pierre Cardin and Maya Plisetskaya

Pierre Cardin and Maya Plisetskaya

Every fashion designer has a muse. Yes, like most people they are inspired by outside world, politics, economy and each other. But there is always one woman on the top of their lists who provides a lot of inspiration by her personality, her own style and time that she influences. We took a look at the most notorious relations:

Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn

They were great friends and through tight collaboration helped each other rise to success. Who does not know about her black dress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”? There were many more in countless Audrey’s movies. Givernchy understood her petite fragile figure and was inspired by her open child-like personality. Audrey once said “His are the only clothes in which I am myself. He is far more than a couturier, he is a creator of personality”. Their friendship began in 1953, years before Givenchy label was established, and lasted for over 40 years.

Pierre Cardin and Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetskaya is a legendary Russian prima ballerina, who became prima at age 40 and danced lead roles through her late 60’s, was Pierre Cardin’s biggest muse. Few people know that the famous designer made over 30 visits to Moscow during his career. They met at her open air performance after which Pierre was left mesmerized with her frail figure, and famous Swan Lake dance. Now both retired, Pierre and Maya keep in touch by paying each other visits in France and Moscow.

Jean Paul Gaultier and Madonna

Madonna’s signature cone bra will for ever be associated with Jean Paul Gaultier style. Their friendship goes back to early 1980’s. Just recently at Jean Gaultier’s exhibition in Paris, Madonn’a bra gained more publicity than the Gaultier’s show itself. Gaultier’s created a famous corset for her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour. Two rebellious souls have collaborated for over 30 years with Gaultier keeping busy making most of her outfits for the singing shows. The most resent one was for her 2006 Confessions tour.

Valentino Garavani and Ann Hathaway

Ann Hathaway is Valentino’s last and most famous muse. She has been wearing Valentino for years to all kind of red carpet appearances, but just this year a pair revealed their friendship to public after past Oscar. Valentino said that Ann Hathaway is like a daughter to him and that he will continue making beautiful gowns for a Hollywood beauty. Valentino was around long enough to do magic for many American’s, including Jacqueline Kennedy for whom he designed a wedding dress and for Nancy Reagan for whom he made countless outfits for her public appearances. Ann Hathaway was a new fresh face for a designer who sought youth for his last designs before officially retiring 5 years ago.

John Galliano and Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron wears Galliano’s creations for most of her red carpet appearances. She continues to be Dior’s face after Galliano left the fashion house, but it was with Galliano when friendship began. Similar to Audrey Hepburn with Givenchy perfume, Charlize Theron will be forever associated with Dior’s J’adore fragrance that came out close to a decade ago. She wore his dress to receive Oscar award and was among very few to stand by him through out his Dior firing ordeal. A true friend knows the designer better than public, she kept in touch during his lengthy rehab last year.

September 19, 2013

Gucci Glasses 2013 Collection

Gucci always has great styles for any taste when it comes down to glasses. Not only there are many plastic, geeky styles that are popular in the past few years, there are many metal frames. Making metal glasses frames is much harder and cost consuming than plastic. Admittedly, making a plastic frames all it takes is to manufacture a mold and keep stamping. Gucci, an elite brand hand assembles every frame and includes many nice accents onto the plastic frames. But metal frames need more work. After metal frame has been manufactured, often from a titanium or steel, it needs to be coated in color, glaze etc. It then needs to be assembled with screws and other parts, and just like plastic, a logo, rein stone or other detailed needs to be added. Don’t forget, metal frames also have rotating nose pieces. So, if you appreciate quality and value, you will appreciate Gucci metal glasses frames because they sell for about the same price as plastic.

Here is Gucci 2013 Glasses Collection

Gucci 3010 glasses Gucci 1045 glasses Gucci 1024 glasses
Gucci 3010 glasses Gucci 1045 glasses Gucci 1024 glasses
Gucci 4228 glasses Gucci 4223 glasses Gucci 4222 glasses
Gucci 4228 glasses Gucci 4223 glasses Gucci 4222 glasses
Gucci 4220 glasses Gucci 4213 glasses Gucci 3607 glasses
Gucci 4220 glasses Gucci 4213 glasses Gucci 3607 glasses
September 16, 2013

Roberto Cavalli – A Designer Who Is Inspired By Women

Roberto Cavalli is one of the makers of what we call Italian fashion. Excessive decorations with stones, prints, feathers and colorful patches is what makes Italian style. Roberto Cavalli spent over 50 years proving the world that a style should be consistent, but it does not have to be monotone.

When asked what inspires him, he gladly says “I am inspired by women”. Woman lover, woman mother or woman wife – he had them all and says that studied their psychology and body needs as if he studied science. This helped to develop ultra feminine style with accent on sexiness and aggressiveness. Hence is the animal prints that became signature for every collection.

In one of his interviews for NewStyle, Roberto elaborates that the best compliment he received for his designs was from a woman who said “I tried everything from Ives Saint Laurent to Chanel, but when put on your clothing realized that suddenly all men are looking at me. You changed my life”. He is inspired by women who are desired. While press and media is picking on minimalism and architectural designs in women fashion, Cavalli is not getting much appraisal from big Vogue and Elle. In fact there was only one interview with the designer for the past 10 years! He however is getting enough attention from such women, who keep coming back for clothes that make them sexy and beautiful.

When asked what makes his designs so true to his style he said “The secret lies in deep knowledge of women body proportions and fearless attitude to their femininity. I don’t change my designs in favor of monochrome, I use chic silks, reptile skins and furs. Anything that makes woman look like Goddess.” Goddess will not only wear dresses, but also accessorize to the max, Roberto Cavalli sunglasses became an attribute of a true fashionista.

His Goddess of two decades is Eva Cavalli, his wife who was able to tame the gypsy soul and create a family with playful designer. Roberto admires his wife. He says that the secret to their long marriage is that she is not just beautiful, she is a strong personality with similar life values and ideas. According to maestro, to keep a good men on a short leash for many years, beauty is not enough. Woman has to carry a mystery. So in styles, he does not like anything too short or too open. Super mini skirt or very open shirt will not make a woman sexy. What will is a mystery that she hides behind her leopard coat or snake skinny pants.

Roberto admits that his muse is Jennifer Lopez. A true Italian does not hide the fact that he was once madly in love with Latino legend. She inspired him on many new designs. Her love of her own body led him to create more designs for women of similar proportions.

Roberto Cavalli also has a men line. American Aerosmith lead singer Steve Tyler is one of the biggest admirers of Cavalli style. However there is not much for men other than a small selection of jeans and shirts. Roberto admits that it’s not his goal to create competitors among men by dressing them well.

September 9, 2013

OGA Glasses Are The Best for Men with Big Heads

We have recently learnt that Buying Tips for Big Head Sunglasses written years ago still makes one of the most read articles on our blog. Given the interest, we would like to expand on the topic and give some tips on buying regular prescription glasses for big heads. It turns out that some brands offer better selection for men with big heads than others. And often those will not be a central designer line, like Prada or Gucci. It will be a niche line, like OGA for example. Reason is that designers are targeting customers with specific looks to wear their products. This is a reason why clothing is not offered in big sizes either. Designer brands are interested in slim, tall and average men to wear their glasses. Marketeers believe if “beautiful” men wear their stuff, their stuff looks better and subsequently sells better. As discriminating as this marketing strategy is, it is true. No one can deny this strategy has been there from the Chanel and Dior times. It was more visible in women’s fashion. As men getting more into fashion, it is more visible in men’s fashion too. Glasses fell victims of this, luckily for OGA Eyewear.

OGA, a Scandinavian brand chose the strategy to offer a huge selection to men of any sizes and shapes. Not only there is a selection of glasses of various shapes and forms, there is a BIG selection. Many glasses models are offered in large lens size. As we talked earlier, lens width of 55 mm would be considered a standard of men with big heads. Anything larger such as 56 mm or 57 mm is for a very large heads 🙂 Pair that with not very wide arms, ideally metal for easier adjustment and you are all set. Here are our top picks from 2013 collection:

OGA 7026O glasses OGA 7080O glasses
OGA 7027O glasses for big head, 55 mm OGA 7026O glasses for big head, 55 mm OGA 7080O glasses for big head, 55 mm
OGA 7085O glasses OGA 7191O glasses OGA 7190O glasses
OGA 7085O glasses for very big head, 56 mm OGA 7191O glasses for very big gead, 57 mm/td> OGA 7190O glasses for a big head, 55 mm
OGA 7189O glasses OGA 7181O glasses OGA 7180O glasses
OGA 7189O glasses for very big head, 56 mm OGA 7180O glasses for very big head 57 mm OGA 7180O glasses for big head, 55 mm
September 7, 2013

Quotes From Famous Fashion Designers – Yves Saint Laurent

ysl1Yves Saint Laurent led a controversial lifestyle, especially towards end of his life. He did not actively participate in his business for the past 10 years of his official career, only showing up at the run ways to waive to public. But first 20 years of his career were remarkable and will forever be embedded in the history of fashion. He became a lead designer for Dior house when he was just 20 years old. He actually got to work closely with Christian Dior. He created many novel styles such as Safari, women’s suit etc. Here are some of his quotes that perhaps will help understand what he was striving for with his designs:

Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.

Isn’t elegance forgetting what one is wearing?

A good model can advance fashion by ten years.

We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.

I am not interested in beauty, I am only interested in shock and seduction.

I am scared of this collection.

The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.

The most beautiful clothes that can dress a woman are the arms of the man she loves. But for those who haven’t had the fortune of finding this happiness, I am there.

I participated in the transformation of my era. I did it with clothes, which is surely less important than music, architecture, painting … but whatever it’s worth I did it.

I tried to show that fashion is an art. For that, I followed the counsel of my master Christian Dior and the imperishable lesson of Mademoiselle Chanel. I created for my era and I tried to foresee what tomorrow would be.

I love bows, … And I feel some couture pots coming on.

See other quotes of famous designers here.

 

I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence.