I remember the days when the seasons were so far apart from clothing shown at fashion week seemed to be so far fetched that people would only dream of wearing them, but with global warming and the ever fast moving clock fall is around the corner and shopping season is even faster approaching. This season many designers went with more wearble high fashion pieces that can be added to the simplest of ensemble to a straight of the runway look.
With designers signing on to work with department stors to create lower price point varaitons of they higher price point collections, the growing fashioniable public will be able to afford the same designer label for less money.
Lookout for more info concerning department stores and their high fashion partners
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Recently I met this guy, I found out he was a DJ and a dam good one. His name, DJ Hipnotic, check him out on youtube, username: therealhipnotic. There was one thing that I wanted to do with him apart from the obvious wink wink ............................I wanted to style him. To me he was a blank canvas and I wanted to be Picasso. So today I pulled my hair out and pulled this together for him. Now remember I mostly style women but I think I have a chance with men as well.
Posted by Casey Russell at 2:42 PM
Friday, February 12, 2010
Who he was?
Born in the East End of London, the son of a taxi driver, McQueen started making dresses for his three sisters at a young age and announced his intention of becoming a fashion designer. He said that one of his earliest memories was from around the age of 3 when he drew a picture of a dress on a piece of bare wall which had been exposed by peeling wallpaper in the council house where his family lived. McQueen jokingly called it his first design sketch.
McQueen left Rokeby School at 16, landing himself an apprenticeship with Savile Row tailors Anderson and Sheppard, then working for Gieves & Hawkes and the famous theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans. Whilst on Savile Row, McQueen's clients included Mikhail Gorbachev and Charles, Prince of Wales. At the age of 20, he spent a period of time working for Koji Tatsuno before travelling to Milan, Italy and working for Romeo Gigli.
McQueen returned to London in 1994 and applied to London's most prestigious fashion school, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design to work as a pattern cutter tutor. Due to the strength of his portfolio he was persuaded by the Head of the Masters course to enrol on the course as a student. He received his Masters degree in Fashion design and famously, his graduation collection was bought in its entirety by influential fashion stylist Isabella Blow, who was said to have persuaded McQueen to change his name from Lee to Alexander (his middle name) when he subsequently launched his fashion career.
Alexander McQueen's early runway collections developed his reputation for controversy and shock tactics (earning the title "l'enfant terrible" and "the hooligan of English fashion"), with trousers aptly named "bumsters", and a collection entitled "Highland Rape". McQueen was known for his lavish, unconventional runway shows, such as a recreation of a shipwreck for his spring 2003 collection, spring 2005’s human chess game and his fall 2006 show, Widows of Culloden, which featured a life-sized hologram of supermodel Kate Moss, dressed in yards of rippling fabric.
The president of LVMH, Bernard Arnault caused a stir when he instated McQueen as head designer at Givenchy in 1996, succeeding John Galliano. Upon arrival at Givenchy, McQueen insulted the founder by calling him ‘irrelevant’. Thus, his first couture collection with Givenchy was unsuccessful, with even McQueen telling Vogue in October 1997 that the collection was “crap”. McQueen toned down his act at Givenchy, but continued to indulge his rebellious streak, causing controversy in Autumn 1998 with a show which included car-robots spraying paint over white cotton dresses, and double amputee model Aimee Mullins striding down the catwalk on intricately carved wooden legs. McQueen stayed with Givenchy until March 2001, when the contract he said was "constraining his creativity" was ended.
Some of Alexander McQueen's accomplishments included being one of the youngest designers to achieve the title "British Designer of the Year", which he won four times between 1996 and 2003. He was also awarded the CBE, as well as being named International Designer of the Year at the Council of Fashion Designer Awards. December 2000 saw a new partnership for McQueen with Gucci Group acquiring 51% of the company, and McQueen serving as Creative Director. Plans for expansion included the opening of stores in London, Milan, and New York, and the launch of his perfumes Kingdom, and more recently My Queen. In 2005, McQueen collaborated with Puma to create a special line of trainers for the shoe brand.
McQueen became the first designer to participate in MAC's newest promotion: cosmetic releases created by fashion designers. The collection, McQueen, was released on 11 October 2007 and reflects the looks used on the Autumn/Winter McQueen catwalk. The inspiration for the collection was the Elizabeth Taylor movie Cleopatra, and thus the models sported intense blue, green, and teal eyes with strong black liner extended Egyptian-style. McQueen handpicked the makeup.
By the end of 2007, Alexander McQueen had boutiques in New York, London, Los Angeles, Milan, and Las Vegas. Icelandic singer Björk sought McQueen's work for the cover of her album Homogenic in 1997. Grammy winning trend setter Rihanna is one of the many famous celebrities that frequently wears Alexander McQueen, often seen wearing the pieces of clothing to events. Another is Lady GaGa, whose unique style often incorporates Alexander McQueen pieces in her music videos. As of 14 July 2008, the Alexander McQueen internet store has launched on the company website, allowing shoppers to purchase ready-to-wear and accessories online.
Posted by Casey Russell at 10:29 AM
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Company spokeswoman Samantha Garrett said McQueen's body was discovered Thursday morning but said she had no information "in terms of circumstances."
Police did not directly comment when asked about how McQueen died, but said officers were called by the ambulance service at 10:20 a.m. (1020 GMT) to an address on Green Street, in central London, and found a 40-year-old man dead. They did not name him but said next of kin had been informed.
The force said a post-mortem would be conducted but that the death was not being treated as suspicious.
Posted by Casey Russell at 8:10 AM
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Now known only by Beyonce or SASHA fierce, Beyonce Knowles has been climbing the charts and making a major name for herself in every community. Her looks for the grammys didn't give me that NEW Beyonce aka SASHA Fierce message through
Posted by Casey Russell at 10:39 PM
Now in this day and age where fashion is the easy to follow for celebrites, everybody should be on the straight and narrow with their style and the image they are trying to achieve. One person who always seems to hit it out the park with lady GaGa and every award ceremony she leaves your mouth agape with her numerous costume/outfit changes while keeping true to her self and fans as the different PERSON we all know.
I gave her 4 STARs as usually she went for kill and cases a massacure, from her clothing options to her performance with Elton John I say Lady gaGa has taken 2010
Posted by Casey Russell at 10:36 PM