Brunello Cucinelli began life in humble surroundings, growing up with no electricity or running water. Today, aged 60, he is the founder, chief executive and designer of a global luxury lifestyle brand with a market capitalisation of more than $1.5 billion.
Over the next 15-20 years the brand remained entirely focused on one product category. ““In terms of the product, it was innovative. I was seeking perfection for one single thing. I was the man with the sweaters, the cashmere guy. Womenswear was the first step and then around the 1990s we started with menswear too, but knitwear only. My hope was that it would be modern, looking after colours, the shapes.”
By 1998/1999 sales stood at 200,000 sweaters a year, despite the fact the brand operated only one tiny monobrand store. In 2000, following requests from American buyers for a total Brunello Cucinelli look, the brand expanded its product offering.
Over a period of six years, during which the brand annually rolled out four or five stores globally, Brunello Cucinelli established his namesake brand’s aesthetic.
Cucinelli took his business public in the Milan Bourse’s only IPO in 2012, becoming a billionaire in the process. The company generated $444 million in revenue in 2013.
Cucinelli built his company with a deep respect for his employees and the human impact of his business.
In keeping with what he dubs a human capitalist philosophy, every stitch of clothing his company creates is made in Italy, mostly in and around Solomeo, the 14th century Perugian hamlet that Cucinelli has lovingly and personally restored over the past two decades and where his clothing empire is based.
Seven hundred and twenty employees work in Solomeo and, on average, are paid about 20 percent more than they would make elsewhere in the fashion industry.
One of the most successful members of the renowned Antwerp Six, Dries Van Noten’s intellectual aesthetic first took the international fashion scene by storm when he and other graduates of Antwerp’s Royal Academy rented a truck and set up shop at London Fashion Week in 1986.
Since then, Mr van Noten has maintained his independent spirit, and has been comfortable growing his business on his own terms, maintaining the creative integrity of his design process and aesthetic.
Van Noten is the third generation of his family to work within fashion; both his father and grandfather were tailors.
In 1970 his father opened a boutique on the outskirts of Antwerp selling Emmanuel Ungaro, Salvatore Ferragamo and Ermenegildo Zegna.
His father’s business took van Noten to the menswear shows in Milan, Düsseldorf and Paris, experiences that taught him about both the commercial and technical sides of the industry, and prompted his realisation that he was much more interested in design.
Van Noten has six stand alone stores, including a five-storey former department store in Antwerp. His collection is sold in over 500 wholesale doors around the world.
The scale of his business is particularly impressive given that the designer does not advertise. Dries van Noten remains not just part of the fashion dialogue, but capable of driving it.
His 90s grunge inspired womenswear collection in Spring/Summer 2013 wasn’t just of the moment, it was the moment. He won the CFDA International Designer of the Year Award in 2008.
Eighteen years ago Van Noten and Patrick Vangheluwe, his partner in life and work, bought their house, about 20 miles from Antwerp. “It was an old summerhouse,” he says, “built in 1840. And it hadn’t been lived in for more than 30 years. It was a wreck but we needed a project; at that point we were both working in the company and it was all we did.” They have been doing it up ever since. “It’s important, because it puts things in perspective,” he says. “You can’t say to your garden, ‘I am sorry, I can’t weed today because I have to launch a collection.’ You have to make time for it.”
Surprised by the jam revelation, I ask Van Noten if he thinks people will be surprised by the Arts Décoratifs exhibition. “Yes,” he says. “I think I get stereotyped as romantic and nostalgic, with all these embroideries, but I don’t agree. I do respect the past and tradition, and I don’t think there’s any reason to use techno fabrics unless it has a real purpose, but I also don’t think that is all of it. Every action has to have a reaction, and it’s the clash that creates the result.”
It was her first time to release a ballad song as her single. The song “Feel the Light” was recorded by American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez for the soundtrack of the 2015 DreamWorks Animation movie, Home. Lopez perform her latest single during the American Idol show on Thursday, March 19.
This American entertainer has been popular with her hit singles “On The Floor” and “Dance again”. Lopez was known for her genre as a pop and R&B artist.
This time it’s a break from her usual energetic, booty popping and shaking performance, the singer just stood still as she belted out her beautiful ballad rendition of “Feel the Light”.
The performance was breathtaking not just with her lovely new melody but also because of the stunning and illuminating effects on her 20-foot circular train white ball gown.
The custom-crafted all-white ball gown design by costume designer and J.Lo stylist Mariel Haenn became the projection backdrop as she performs.
Pictures, visual effects and stage lights projected an adorable scene onto the gown. With the spectacular lighting effects there are at times that the gown almost completely disappeared as the space scenes and special effects consume her outfit and became part of the backdrop.
“It’s an idea we’ve had for a very long time that we were just waiting for the right time to execute,” Mariel told Hollywood Life. “It was an idea Jennifer had for a performance, but when we were working on the ‘Home’ music video, we talked about using the dress as a canvas to project stuff onto. It’s something Jennifer has always wanted to do.”
The performance was really breathtaking and spectacular which caused an audience-wide jaw drop and astounded the show host Ryan Seacrest who ask “Can we even continue the show after that?” Even in her forties, J.Lo still knows how to give a performance which shows that she still has that vocal ability apart from her dancing ability and can still get better and better.
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Jennifer Lopez – Biography
Jennifer Lopez’s Oscars 2015 Red Carpet Dress
The year was 1967 and drastic change was in the atmosphere as a savvy US Vogue Magazine editor Carol Phillips interrogated Dr. Norman Orentreich, the prominent New York dermatologist.
Clinique Laboratories, is a producer of skincare, cosmetics, toiletries and fragrances, normally disposed to high end department stores possessed and managed by the Estée Lauder Corporation.
It is an outgrowth of the Estee Lauder Company, was established in 1968. It’s contract, which is to some extent dissimilar than most cosmetic companies, is to accommodate personal skin care requirements.
US Vogue editor Carol Phillips, Evelyn Lauder which happens to be the daughter-in-law of Estée, and dermatologist Norman Orentreich M.D have worked collectively to grow a label that imports dermatological contemplating to cosmetics.
Evelyn Lauder, an executive at Estée Lauder and affiliate of the Lauder family, made the Clinique brand name and cultivated its line of products.
Lauder worked as the training director for Clinique. In 1968, with the opening of the now world-famous 3-Step Skin Care System a regular cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing pattern Clinique was born.
Clinique was the third label or brand that was “born” from the Lauder Group. The first being Estée Lauder, followed by Aramis, and then Clinique.
Today Clinique’s task is to be the most reliable Prestige beauty brand in the world, with retail guidance and right in Dermatological Skincare and Foundation.
In 1999, one of Clinique’s largest product debuts was Stop Signs, advertised as its prime anti-aging serum.
Said to “make time stand still”, Stop Signs gears the indications of aging in three steps. In 2008, Clinique declared a tie-up with Allergan, the creator of Botox and previous cosmeceutical companion of Elizabeth Arden, with the outcome being a fresh line called Clinique Medical.
The process consists of a probiotic cleaner, skin conditioner, recovery complex to aid redness and blemish, a medication cream for lines and wrinkles, and a moisturizer with SPF 38.
Alexander Wang is creative director of the eponymous label he launched in 2005, aged 19. In December 2012, it was announced Wang would succeed Nicolas Ghesquière as creative director of Balenciaga.
Wang’s foray into fashion began after he dropped out of the Parsons School of Design in 2004 to start his own label, initially creating a knitwear collection based on six unisex silhouettes.
Wang was supported in his venture by his family: his brother is chief financial advisor, his sister-in-law acts as chief principal officer, and the designer was also able to utilise family connections to source production from China.
His label soon evolved into a sleek, but fully realised women’s ready-to-wear collection; Wang debuted his first runway collection for Autumn/Winter 2007 at New York Fashion Week.
The response was immediate. Anna Wintour, a key supporter, soon mobilised her influence to bring attention to the young designer.
In 2008, Wang received the top award from the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund, a sum of $200,000.
In 2009, he was announced as the winner of the Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year, and as the winner of the Swiss Textiles Award.
Alexander Wang now produces both men’s and women’s collections, diffusion line T by Alexander Wang for men and women, footwear, and accessories. In 2011, Wang’s entry into menswear was noted by GQ, who named him Best Menswear Designer.
In the same year, he won the CFDA Award for Best Accessory Designer. Wang’s aesthetic remains true throughout his various lines, and has inspired an entire generation of women to dress in his “off duty model” looks.
Wang’s meteoric ascent through fashion’s rank and file hails him not only as the poster boy of fashion’s new establishment, but as one of fashion’s greatest sensations so far this century has produced.
Hundreds of fashion blogs and bloggers always reiterate on their sites that an awesome style should, all the time, come with comfort.
Comfort on the sense that carrying a wardrobe won’t be such a hassle when you wore it and you feel all too well on whatever it is that you’re wearing.
Without ease, your style is all going to be thrown to waste, and you should really considering the change of your fashion mantra.
The right choice of shoes for a certain occasion is always of consideration to the fashion-conscious. A cocktail night requires stilettos, high heels or anything leather.
When one wished to have a day-out at the beach, flip-flops is a huge must. And then there are sneakers for the everyday hustles and bustles of the trendy, preppy ones.
French girls, on the teenager market, loved Bensimon sneakers for time immemorial. The simple cut that makes Bensimons comfortable is one of the many reasons why these shoes are well-received from patrons all over France.
Properly pronounced as benn-see-mohn is a canvas pair of shoes with its usual rubber soles. Normally worn during the summertime, it had been a French staple for outfits that lean on the cool and the carefree.
The tomboyish designs of the Bensimon sneakers are perfectly fitting to girls walking around about with their summer shorts and boyfriend shirts.
Clean lines adorned its sole and the array of colors of the canvass makes it an item that you must buy in bundles to go well with whatever palette you want your outfit to be.
What sets Bensimon sneakers apart from other usual shoes with the same style is its casual, clean look. One must surmise that wearing Bensimons with virtually everything is a choice that can never go wrong.
The sneakers’ ability as well to be unisexual is an added bonus for a larger market, also reaching to the fashion savvy men.
Now rising to fame to Hollywood stars and the general hippie teenage bracket, Bensimon sneakers are being shipped worldwide and even got their flagship stores to some parts of the globe.
Since the brand strives for comfort and the well-being of their consumers, they also released collections for kids and toddlers.
Bensimon – Fashion
Kelly Killoren Bensimon
As the famous saying goes, “Two heads are better than one.” This quote might have been true especially in the world of fashion. Collaborations, or more widely known as “collabs” have been one of the reasons why fashion in general never lose its momentum in delivering new and creative ideas to the world, in general.
Collaborations of a brand to a different brand, a brand to a specific designer, of a brand to a famous artist — all of which brought about interesting pieces of art through fashion and it is nearly impossible not to notice on this ultra-connected society.
According to one well-known website, “Collaboration is working with others to do a task and to achieve shared goals. It is a recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together to realize shared goals, (this is more than the intersection of common goals seen in co-operative ventures, but a deep, collective determination to reach an identical objective, for example, an endeavor that is creative in nature—by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus.
Most collaboration requires leadership, although the form of leadership can be social within a decentralized and egalitarian group.
In particular, teams that work collaboratively can obtain greater resources, recognition and reward when facing competition for finite resources.
Collaboration is also present in opposing goals exhibiting the notion of adversarial collaboration, though this is not a common case for using the word.”
Simply said, although two or more ideas are about to merge, the said collaborative effect would be leaning towards a unified goal of creating things and trends for the enjoyment and benefit of their (brand) consumers.
The fashion industry is one of the many fields of business that features and boasts collaborations as not only the act, but the victory (already) of the brands or artists or designers involved.
It is with collabs that a brand reemerges say from a failing sales for a specific quarter, an outlet for very intrinsic designers to make their work more accessible to the masses, an opportunity for a line to do some re-branding and a vehicle for new but promising artists/designers to be showcased in the general fashion scene.
Now, let me cite some of the best collabs that I have witnessed, and deemed as successful ones:
JEREMY SCOTT x ADIDAS 2003
High-low designer Jeremy Scott is no stranger to collaborations– he’s done tons in the course of his career, including one with Louboutin in the late ’90s.
None have lasted as long as his relationship with Adidas, though. The collab has yielded a Keith Haring-inspired collection and countless tongue-in-cheek designs like animal hoodies and metallic winged sneakers.
His creativity knows no bounds, and neither do the shelves of the sneakerheads who collect his kicks. (http://fashionista.com/2012/06/the-top-20-designer-collaborations-a-timeline#5)
COMMES DES GARCONS x H&M 2008
Launched in 2008, this was Rei Kawakubo’s first foray in mass fashion. Often pegged as an elusive designer with a highly discerning clientele, this collaboration gave everyone the chance to look kick ass in a way only Comme des Garcons can provide.
Of course, when the collaboration with the conceptual designer was announced, mass hysteria ensued. Even Tavi took the day off of school to go buy some.
VERSACE x H&M 2011
This was the most-hyped, most anticipated, and most debated H&M (classy or tacky?) collaboration ever. Staying true to Versace’s glam party-girl roots, Donatella threw one hell of a soiree before the line launched, featuring Nicki Minaj and most of the fashion people who live in New York City.
Fans were rabid to get their hands on Donatella’s offerings, camping on the sidewalk two days before the launch and crashing the website multiple times.
ANDY WARHOL x CONVERSE
With Converse Chucks as the canvas, Andy Warhol’s iconic print looks as good as new.
SUPREME x HANES 2009
Supreme started making branded Hanes gear in 2009, from tank tops, to basic white tees, and other colored crewnecks. What’s ingenious about these is the tiny box logo in the bottom left corner is pretty much indistinguishable to most people.
Like the embroidered Polo horse on an otherwise plain T-shirt, it’s a subtle signifier of style that has nothing to do with quality, but everything to do with branding.
This collab is a perfect example of how brand association can transform the most mundane gear into something worth coveting, and also the fact that Supreme can pretty much sell anything it wants.
KANYE WEST x LOUIS VUITTON 2009
2009 was the year Kanye West went from sneaker head to sneaker head. As if dropping the Air Yeezy wasn’t enough, his footwear line for Louis Vuitton also hit LV stores in summer of 2009.
Each model is named after a member of Yeezy’s entourage: The Don, The Jasper, and The Mr. Hudson, and he worked closely with Vuitton shoe director Fabrizio Vitti to make sure everything was on point.
It was absolutely crazy that the French fashion house would just let a rapper come in like that and drop a line, but it also showed that Kanye West was a game changer in the world of style.
STUSSY x G-SHOCK 1997
There could be an entire list of GShock collaborations with streetwear brands alone, but this one pioneered them all. In an era before everyone was collaborating with everyone, Stussy continued to pave the way with this exclusive DW-6900 watch done with Casio Japan.
It’s been revisited a few times since its inital (and very, very limited) launch in 1997, but the original remains not only a collector’s item, but also signified the beginning of a new era for streetwear.
A Look Back on the Year in Fashion Collaborations
Mickey Mouse is a cartoon character that had been the brainchild of The Walt Disney Company dating back 1928. We can surmise that this funny and lovable cartoon character had been one of the longest seen and most loved icons from Walt Disney.
The simplicity of Mickey Mouse’s appearance had been an endearing feature of this well-known cartoon character.
The typical red shorts, the gigantic yellow shoes and the immaculate white gloves, added with Mickey’s sunny smile, had been a look that no kid or kid at heart would miss.
Aside from the fact that Mickey and friends had been a staple on our households through their never-ending shows, we cannot deny the fact that Mickey Mouse is also one of the leading images we see on fashion nowadays.
Because of the fact that Mickey Mouse is considered a ‘vintage’ item, the cuteness that this cartoon character had exuded over the past years became an eye candy to fashion designers and big brands from all over the world.
The thought of putting Mickey Mouse on shirts, getting its’ red-black-white color dynamics as an inspiration on a certain fabric and the playfulness of seeing a Mickey smile tacked on your bag is such a cool way to express fashion on the most simplistic manner.
It’s never a laughing matter that we see Mickey everywhere. Wearing anything Mickey equaled being hip and trendy especially now that the world is raving on classics.
Fashion moguls are up to the challenge of repackaging a very famous character into their brand and make it sellable to the general public.
Men and women ready to wears, hats and caps, canvas shoes, adult bags, even accessories had been adorned by Mickey Mouse’s effervescence and the world is loving it.
Some of the daredevils of the fashion industry that took up the Mickey charm are Forever 21, The Hundred, Jeremy Scott, ASOS, Dolce and Gabbana, Mawi, Uniqlo and so much more.
Hollywood artists also loved Mickey on their clothes and some who have seen wore a Mickey-inspired outfit or accessories are singers Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus.
How to Wear The Mickey Mouse Fashion Trend
Naeem Khan’s designs are always on point. He never fails to create dresses for girls who are not afraid to stand out and to be who they are.
Born in Cumbala Hills of Mumbai, Naeem Khan is a New York based designer whose designs have been donned by people like Eva Longoria, Michelle Obama, Princess Aga Khan, Leighton Meester, Beyonce and Brooke Shields.
The designer is currently married to model turned jewelry designer Ranjana Khan. Khan’s designs have also taken over the silver screen by storm with his designs spotted on shows like Sex and the City and Dream Girls.
Naeem’s undying love for clothes comes from his grandfather Shamsuddin Khan who was in the embroidery business in the early 1930s making clothes for the member of India’s royal families.
Khan’s career started in New York when his parents took notice of his love for clothes and encouraged him to pursue a career in fashion design. He went to New York to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology but never made it through there.
However, it wasn’t over for Naeem Khan. He got lucky when he went to the US along with his father to a meeting with Halston about exporting embroidery.
Naeem instantly felt a connection with Halston and the legendary fashion designer asked Khan if he’d like to work with him. Overjoyed, Khan let go of his plans to study at a fashion school and accepted the offer right away and then there was no looking back for him ever since then.
It was like a dream come true for the twenty year old Khan when he became an apprentice for Halston.
In October 2009, Naeem’s collection for HSN was launched by the name, TIMELESS by Naeem Khan. The collection was so successful that it was sold out moments after it was launched.
The immensely successful line consists of separates and cocktail dress sold exclusively by HSN. An extension to the line was also launched in November 2011 called the Tissavel Faux Fur Line which included vests, scarves, coats and hats.
It is also interesting to note that Naeem Khan’s first love may be designing clothes but he loves cooking with his wife equally as much.
That’s because, in his opinion, creating clothes and cooking is synonymous. The ingredients at disposal may be the same but the end result is completely unique.
Women everywhere are enthralled when it comes to seeing fabulous and haute-couture like ball gowns. One fashion house which is regarded to be one of the most famous fashion brands when it comes to exquisite gowns is Marchesa.
Founded in 2004 by British fashion designers Georgina Chapman wife of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and Keren Craig, the Marchesa label is a luxury brand inspired by the eccentric Italian socialite Marchesa Luisa Casati’s mantra of a person “being a living work of art”.
Marchesa is best known for its red carpet worthy evening gowns, with their signature vintage meets Asian style that combines intricate details such as embroidery, beaded embellishments and prints.
Among the stylish celebrity fans of the brand are Jennifer Lopez, Anne Hathaway, Sienna Miller and Eva Longoria. Recently, Marchesa launched Marchesa Notte a sister brand that offers affordable casual clothes.
The brand has been worn by a number of Hollywood actresses on the red carpet including: Penélope Cruz, Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz, Selena Gomez, Halle Berry, Leighton Meester, Rihanna, Eva Longoria, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus,Emma Watson, Olivia Wilde, Kristen Stewart, Nikki Reed and Hailee Steinfeld.
Sandra Bullock wore Marchesa at the 2010 Academy Awards, where she won Best Actress and was also named among the best dressed by readers of the Huffington Post. Marchesa is sold in high end department stores worldwide including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Net-A-Porter, in the US.
The company produces a couture collection as well as a diffusion collection known as Notte by Marchesa. Marchesa launched a handbag line, wedding dresses and partnered with Lenox to launch dinnerware.
Most recently the fashion brand Marchesa has collaborated with Le Métier de Beauté to bring a cosmetics line to the masses featuring the palettes of designers Chapman & Craig.