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A Hull creative agency is challenging the misconception people have to travel away from the city to pursue a successful design and marketing career.

StrawberryToo in The Maltings launched in 2014, and is staffed entirely by apprentices and graduates.

As the sister agency of Strawberry, which is based at the C4DI in Hull's Fruit Market, one of StrawberryToo's key aims is to combat the 'brain drain' to larger cities like Manchester and London.

Creative director Jade Woodfield said: "It's an exciting time to embark on a creative career in Hull, with the City of Culture year really putting Hull in the spotlight.

"For the past three years we've been encouraging home-grown, creative talent to choose Hull at the place to pursue their career over other cities, and we're delighted to say our business model is proving to be a success."

StrawberryToo offers services such as branding, digital marketing, website design and development and video content. Its clients include the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival, White Rabbit Chocolatiers and Love Bomb Cushions.

Graduate digital marketing executive, Rebekah Rackham, arrived at StrawberryToo after undertaking a Fashion and Textile Retailing degree at the University of Manchester.

She said: "There were times in my final year when I did consider staying in Manchester. I enjoyed living there and there are lots of opportunities in the creative and digital industries. Finding StrawberryToo changed my mind.

"I loved that the agency was specifically for graduates and apprentices. Often when you're looking for your first job out of Uni, graduates go straight in at the bottom of the hierarchy, but that's not the case here."

Since its launch, StrawberryToo has won a Drum Network Award and was shortlisted for a Northern Digital Award.

Last year, it opened a second studio in Leeds.

Five of the agency's seven-strong team are graduates, four of whom studied for their degrees out of town and were attracted back to their home city.

Jade said: "Our current team includes a mixture of apprentices and graduates, with over half having ventured away from Hull to study, only to return afterwards thanks to the opportunities at StrawberryToo. We don't believe in treating apprentices and graduates like office juniors - we give them real projects for real clients and lots of responsibility from day one, which is extremely appealing to those taking their first step on their career ladder."Read more at:princess formal dresses

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نوشته شده توسط Women Fashion tips در چهارشنبه 3 خرداد 1396 و ساعت 7:36

Weddings, like any large event, are tough to pull off without a hitch. Most brides or grooms will tell you that there are certain things — big or small — that they wished they could have done differently on their big day.

Several Global News readers shared their regrets about their wedding day, ranging from one small detail to regretting how all the events of the day went altogether.

Not planning enough & using family as vendors:

Calgary mom of three Robin Tomlinson said her wedding ended with her curled up in bed, bawling. She said almost everything about the wedding went wrong, but admits that she should have invested a bit more into the event, instead of trusting relatives to carry out the tasks they were delegated to do.

“I sort of had a ‘get it over with’ mentality, so I backed off on a lot of planning. I guess I didn’t think I would care,” she said. “I just thought they [my family] would do it right without me telling them how to do it,” she said.

Tomlinson, who celebrated her 10-year wedding anniversary last month, said her uncle, a professional photographer, decided he didn’t want to take pictures that day so they didn’t get any useable photos. On top of that, their justice of the peace, whom they had only met on the morning of the wedding, made Tomlinson look into her sister’s eyes as she said her vows. She also added that one side of her family, who are strictly religious, objected to having alcohol inside the wedding venue, so all the wine had to be placed outdoors. She said she also regrets not getting a wedding cake.

A venue that’s too small for the guest list:

Staci Anderson, a newlywed from Springfield, Mo., said she and her husband got married at an auction barn, which her husband owns.

“He was bound and determined that that’s where he wanted it at. When you’re in love with someone, you give a little bit, and that’s where I gave out,” Anderson said.

“We should’ve had a wedding where we were in a church, because we had so many people there that we couldn’t fit them in,” she said. “We had people standing outside, people standing everywhere. It was packed full of people!”

Not ensuring the makeup is waterproof:

One Toronto-based bride, who asked to remain unnamed, said she regretted hiring her makeup artist. Despite having done a trial weeks before with the artist, who was from the salon at the hotel they were staying in, the makeup artist didn’t use waterproof mascara.

Leaving the wedding hungry:

Tamara Chun, an Ontario high school teacher, said her “I dos” in February. She said her day was special, but she wished she had thought ahead to make sure she and her husband didn’t go hungry during their buffet dinner.

“My mom grabbed us food, but everything good had run out,” she said. “We never ended up eating anything anyway, because people kept asking us to take photos with them.”

Not hiring a videographer:

Tammy Kim has been married for nearly 20 years, but says there is one lasting memory of her wedding that she wished she had caught on camera.

“I regret that we didn’t get a video of me and my girlfriends doing this dance at the reception to the Salt-N-Pepa song ‘Whatta Man,’” she said, adding that she got married at a time before social media was popular.

How to get over regrets or avoid them altogether

For wedding planners Laura Atendido and Rebecca Chan, they’ve seen all sorts of things go wrong at events and have some sage advice on what to do to mitigate any regrets.

Atendido says she often hears two main regrets regarding vendors: not hiring a videographer and using “friend-ors” (friends as vendors).

“I find that clients are often willing to forego a videographer. It seems like a luxury added expense but the day goes by so quickly like a blur,” she said.

Atendido suggests that hiring an amateur videographer, if only to have some raw footage of the day, is one way to lower costs.

Chan and Atendido agree that hiring friends to take care of things like photography or the cake is a risky decision.

In her experience, she said most brides end up feeling disappointed by their “friend-ors” because the quality of service was not as great as they thought it would be.

“If that service goes wrong and you’re not happy with the service, is that going to ruin your friendship?” asked Chan. “If you are hiring a friend, you need to take it seriously because it is a business. You need an invoice and you should pay them.”

As for making sure things don’t go wrong on the big day (like for our anonymous bride), Chan said couples should never be afraid to ask too many questions.

Couples counselor Sherry Amatenstein, author of The Complete Marriage Counselor, advises couples to take a breath and consider what is really important.

“In the scheme of life, what’s the most important thing? Some of the regrets that couples often tell me is, ‘Oh, my God, I spent so much time fighting over the flowers,’ or this or that,” she said.

For couples who are holding onto their wedding regrets from years past, Amatenstein says it may help to change your mindset to focus on the small things that did go right.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses australia | unique formal dresses

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نوشته شده توسط Women Fashion tips در دوشنبه 1 خرداد 1396 و ساعت 7:49

For Aneeth Arora, becoming a fashion designer was nowhere on the radar when she was younger. She had little sartorial interest in her childhood and all she wanted was to move out of her hometown Udaipur in Rajasthan after passing out of high school.

For that, she took as many entrance tests as she could and while she cracked the Sir JJ College of Architecture exam in 2000, she chose to join the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in Navi Mumbai.

“My mother did not want me to leave home and go far since my brother had already moved to Mumbai. But I convinced her and joined NIFT even though I did not have a definitive ambition back then,” says the 34-year-old.

After graduating from the institute, she went on to study for a masters degree in textile design at the National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad) in 2004, where she gradually developed an interest in fabrics.

“I worked with a lot of craftsmen and learnt the technicalities of textile, such as weaving, printing and dyeing,” she says.

Arora began working in 2007 at Xylem Papercraft, a company that manufactures handmade writing and decorative papers. And even as the job nurtured her creative flair, the turning point of her career came next year when she decided to try her luck in the Gennext category of the Lakme Fashion Week in 2008.

“I created simple, hand-stitched clothing, which was not liked by the audience,” she says.

But despite the lukewarm response, she received a call from Aza, a leading fashion house based in Mumbai, about two weeks after the show asking her to make a collection for them. The show also brought her international exposure with coverage in an Italian magazine.

“I even got a call from a lady in Paris who wanted to work with me,” she says.

Her first order with Aza led to the birth of the label Aneeth Arora in 2008. A year later, when she participated in Lakme Fashion Week again, she renamed it ‘péro’, which means ‘to wear’ in Marwari, the local language of Rajasthan. “péro sounds simple, but that is exactly the essence of the brand,” she adds.

From making 12 garments a month in 2008, she now makes about 1,000 and her staff count has gone up from two to 100. Arora has also made forays into the international market, with exports comprising a majority of her business.

Says renowned fashion designer Raghavendra Rathore, “Arora has demonstrated an immaculate understanding of both, the craft that she pursues and the business behind it, giving her a unique credibility among her peers and colleagues.”

As of now, Arora is living in the moment. Success, she says, comes only “if you take baby steps”. “I still prefer to take one day at a time and not think too much about my commitments in the long run.”Read more at:one shoulder formal dresses | mermaid formal dresses

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نوشته شده توسط Women Fashion tips در پنجشنبه 28 ارديبهشت 1396 و ساعت 7:11

Some may think they already know the online style influencer Margaret Zhang, and her eye for photography. After all, Zhang has more than 800,000 Instagram followers and a popular blog called Shine By Three.

But a new photo exhibition at Sydney’s Comber Street Studios is showing a different – and more personal – side to Zhang. “Unseen,” a photographic retrospective presented by Vestiaire Collective, features 39 never-before-published photos.

While they may be promoted by the luxury, second-hand e-commerce site, the photos themselves were completely free from any commercial concerns.

Zhang said it’s a chance to express another side of her personality.

“A lot of my photo work is, commercially-speaking, more fashion focused,” Zhang said. On this occasion, “it’s a little more abstract, a little more still life, more landscape. It’s more about talking to the subject, really connecting with them as an individual.”

In one shot, Zhang shows a girl getting into a pool in Clovelly, one of her favorite beaches in Sydney, while another image was taken on a hiking trek in China. Zhang captures the vibrant colors of the lakes in Jiuzhaigou. The work goes “probably as far back as 2010, when I started publishing professionally,” she said.

Zhang picked up a camera at age 11, she said, and has been shooting ever since.

Open to the public, the exhibition opened with a small dinner hosted by Vestiaire Collective with guests including actresses Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Sarah Ellen, and fashion designer Dion Lee.

The exhibition coincides with the company’s push into the Asia Pacific region, after it received more than $60 million in new funding. The site’s co-founder Fanny Moizant is traveling to Hong Kong next where a separate exhibition of vintage and contemporary fashion pieces, called “Soon To Be Yours, Curated Classics and Modern Icons,” will be displayed at the Upper House hotel.

Come August, Moizant will be relocating from London to Hong Kong to open Vestiaire’s Asia office headquarters and recruit talent. The site has a selection of more than 450,000 items, with 3,000 added every day. As the firm becomes more global, Moizant said it is meeting the challenge of keeping its deliveries timely, and of being mindful of costs.Read more at:mermaid formal dresses | red formal dresses

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نوشته شده توسط Women Fashion tips در سه شنبه 26 ارديبهشت 1396 و ساعت 8:04

Dior chief executive Sidney Toledano first tried to hire Maria Grazia Chiuri 18 years ago, right after she completed a decade of work at Fendi and just before she joined Valentino, where she began in accessories and went on to enjoy a successful run as co-creative director of the house alongside Pierpaolo Piccioli.

At the time, Toledano was after Chiuri to design handbags. Now, she is Dior’s first female artistic director for women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessories. “Very often, fashion designers who are pure couture or ready-to-wear have no experience with the bags, for instance,” Toledano told BoF on Thursday, sitting on the patio of the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge, just hours before Chiuri would present her first Dior cruise collection, a lavish spectacle staged in the Santa Monica mountains, a 45-minute drive from Beverly Hills. “She has that, but she developed real fashion experience at Valentino, learning from Mr. Valentino himself and working with the atelier. I must say that she is a couture woman.”

That morning, the fruits of her labour were on full display. Dior clients — 350 of whom were invited to the runway show in what has become a commercially successful practice among luxury’s elite brands — sported full looks as they paraded down the hotel’s red-carpeted exit way. The favourite pairing of the moment, it seems, is a logo t-shirt worn with a long tulle skirt, grosgrain “J'adior” slingbacks and a sturdy cross-body bag, a metal “DIOR” latch clamping it together.

Four seasons into Chiuri’s tenure at the storied couture house, the brand continues to grow, even in a relatively flat luxury market. In 2016, Christian Dior Couture — which does not include Dior’s sizeable fragrance business — generated net revenue of about $2 billion, up 3 percent from 2015. Sales accelerated in the fourth quarter of 2016, after Chiuri’s designs had reached the market. (Just last week, Christian Dior Couture was acquired by LMVH, which has long controlled the brand, in a simplification of the company’s ownership structure. The market reacted favourably, with LVMH shares rising almost instantly on Euronext Paris).

Joining Dior has been a great adjustment for Chiuri. “It’s different,” laughed the Italian designer, holed up in a corner at the Chateau Marmont hotel. “France was born couture. Italy was born prêt-à-porter. These are two different things,” she reasoned. “The French are closer with the tradition. The Italians, in my opinion, are not close enough with their heritage, but they are very smart in the moment. They go very fast.”

Chiuri now lives in Paris during the week, travelling to be with her family in Italy on the weekends. She is used to speaking Italian in the atelier and working with fellow Romans. At Dior, she listens to French and speaks a bit of it, but largely communicates in English, Italian and physical gestures. “It’s strange, but it’s very easy in the end,” she said of the language barrier. “You can speak with the clothes... I believe it’s very important that you do this job in a way that you feel happy.”

It’s that mix of pragmatism and optimism that Toledano seems to appreciate. Chiuri’s punchy, logo-ed and romantically embroidered garments and accessories — as popular on Instagram as they are with clients, many of whom have begun following the brand since her arrival, says Toledano — are a major departure for Dior, which, in recent years, has gone through a series of creative directors. Some have raised eyebrows at the impact that these changes may have on the brand over the long term.

Chiuri is the third per person to hold the position of artistic director of the house’s women’s collections in five years — fifth if you count interim designers Bill Gayten and the duo Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux. But the rapid turnover seems to have done little to bruise the power of the brand. That’s in part because Toledano, who has been Dior’s chief for two decades, is known to work the back-end magic, ensuring a blanket of brand consistency in such a way that makes the house much less reliant on creative directors.

Part of that has to do with Dior’s business model. Unlike many of its competitors, 93 percent of the business is direct-to-consumer. “Wholesale is fantastic when you have a new creative director. If [retailers] like it, they push it,” Toledano said. “But when they don’t like it... boom, they move. This is why [direct retail] has been our strategy since the beginning.”

Dior also sells far more than women’s fashion. Its offering includes menswear, childrenswear, cosmetics and fragrance, all led by different creators under one maison. “Dior is a fashion house, but it’s not a pure fashion company,” Toledano explained. “The brand is so strong that it allows for a transition period. The plane could fly for a given period without the main engine. But we need the main engine to come back and go higher.”

Perhaps Chiuri is the right engine for now, in part, because she appears to be driven by her work, not her ego. “Dior is Dior,” she said matter-of-factly. “It’s a huge brand with a long story. Our reference is not only Mr. Dior, but also the other designers who have worked within Dior.”

For instance, showing Cruise in Los Angeles was not her idea: “In any case, I love this city and I found [the proposal] very exciting. LA is closely tied with celebrity, but at the same time it’s about this idea of open space. That’s why we decided to show in the desert.”

There is certainly plenty of context from which she can draw, as Dior has done Los Angeles before. Mr Christian Dior first visited the city in 1947, and again a decade later. In more recent years, the house has formed long-term, coveted relationships with an extensive list of Hollywood A-listers who wear its fashion on the red carpet and star in its glossy advertising.

But Dior is not the first fashion house to capitalise on Los Angeles’ rising cultural capital. In 2015, Louis Vuitton showed in nearby Palm Springs, while Burberry staged a show at the Griffith Observatory. So while showing here is no longer a revelation, the business opportunity remains real. “Because of the proximity of Silicon Valley, because of New Yorkers coming, because immigrants from Europe are coming — at the end you have a lot of galleries, artists coming here,” Toledano said. “You see tourists, but you have a change in the perception of the West Coast.”

So perhaps it’s no surprise the Hollywood sign was miles out of sight at the show on Thursday evening, even if Dior ambassadors Charlize Theron and Rihanna — along with a laundry list of stars including Anjelica Huston, Julie Delpy and Brie Larson — were in attendance. Instead, Dior pitched several very nice tents at the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, high up in the Santa Monica Mountains; a bonfire burned as two hot air balloons sat on the horizon, emblazoned with the evening’s mantra: “Dior Sauvage.”

Folded on each seat was an engineer-knit blanket to keep the chill away, with knotted burlap rugs laid out below to keep the dust at bay. The wide-open space served, more than anything, to remind the audience of the utter vastness of California.

The collection — a riff on “wild and ancient femininity” — was an homage, in part, to the shirt-dress-heavy, black-and-white-leaning wardrobe of Georgia O'Keeffe, currently the subject of a knockout exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum — which Chiuri has already visited twice. But more broadly, it was her take on Western garb, re-imagined in Dior silhouettes new and old: A carpetbag circle skirt, a buffalo-check jacket nipped at the waist with a thin belt, a camp shirt embroidered with yellow roses, the skirt suit done in dark denim.

Dozens of visual elements, engineered with precision in the Dior atelier, were worked into each look, be it illustrations of herds of horses and oxen knitted into jumpers and printed onto silk, or embroidered patchwork depicting Vicki Noble’s feminist tarot card deck fashioned into a long skirt.

Those seeking new ideas were left wanting. Instead, Chiuri layered an oft-visited theme — favoured by American houses like Coach and Ralph Lauren — over designs she has been toying with since her arrival. Her look still lacks emotional resonance, but it's building as she further explores ideas of female strength and independence. And it's emerging as something more wearable than her predecessors, with the foundation being a long tulle skirt — sometimes embroidered — worn with a blazer, or a t-shirt, or an army jacket.

Many of the women in the audience paired theirs with trainers, but whatever the styling trick, it reads as youthful. Dior, like many luxury houses, vies for the attention of the younger generations, which account for a growing percentage of luxury spending. And the designer’s focus on that customer is perhaps best exemplified not simply in how far her pieces travel on social media, but in how good Jennifer Lawrence — who signed on as a Dior ambassador in 2012 — looks in the garments. (The 26-year-old actress appears infinitely more comfortable in Chiuri’s fairy princess bodices than in former creative director Raf Simons’ sharp columns.)

Toledano, however, says that the company doesn’t think in terms of demographics: “We don’t make calculations like that. Maria Grazia is connected to her generation, and to the younger generation. Observing the young allows you to put in your collection a spirit of modernity for those who [currently] have the buying power. And in the young generation, you have to create desire.”Read more at:purple formal dresses | orange formal dresses

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نوشته شده توسط Women Fashion tips در شنبه 23 ارديبهشت 1396 و ساعت 7:42
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As social etiquette goes, it isn’t good manners to ask someone with a stunning outfit where they purchased it. But if curiosity gets the better of you and you do the undoable, chances are that they will tell you they picked it up at an “exhibition”.

Now, lest you become desperate and probe further the next time round, here’s the open secret: some of the best designer dresses in town are those that are snapped up at pop-ups, trunk shows and exhibitions.

Call them what you may, these short duration sales, which allow brands to showcase their lines at a specific location, are all the rage in the UAE. But far from being the novelty they were some years ago, they are now a year-round affair, providing a long-term retail solution for more and more fashion and jewellery designers.

Manisha Kumar, founder of WOW Marketing which hosted the recent Numaish lifestyle exhibition in Dubai, said, “We do at least five shows in a year. An average of 100 designers participate in these shows and the response is overwhelming.”

According to her, expats like attending exhibitions because they can find different designers under one roof. “It’s easier for them to shop at these shows than during their visits back home as they invariably have social commitments and are pressed for time.”

Top fashionistas too admit trunk shows are a great way to introduce new styles to match seasonal requirements, penetrate into new markets and gauge customer response. Above all, they are a convenient platform that saves them time, money and the hassle of setting up shop of the permanent kind.

Pakistani designer Zohra Alam, who is taking part in the Boulevard One trunk show in Dubai on May 19 and 20, said, “I mainly sell my line online where I have a loyal customer base. It’s not easy trying to hold an exhibition on my own in Dubai because of the logistics involved. So trunk shows are a great help. They enable designers to tap new segments of the market and help leverage existing clients.”

Another first-time exhibitor Momeen Teli, also from Pakistan, said, “Pop-ups are a good channel both for designers and shoppers who can access ethnic fashion wear which is not as widely available as western wear in the UAE. Trunk shows allow them to check out a variety of designer wear under one umbrella.”

Exhibitions ensure quicker sales than traditional shops. Anisha Durga of Gol Darwaza, who stocks her Lucknowi wear at several shops in Dubai, agrees.

The Indian designer, who will be taking part in Sopritti and Ensemble’s Ramadan Souk in Dubai on May 13, said, “Exhibitions are well-advertised and there is a huge turn-out of shoppers. I am able to sell a lot more pieces within a few hours at an exhibition than I would over the course of a month at a shop.”

She said exhibitions enable designers like her to have a direct interface with shoppers, giving them more flexibility with pricing and discounts.

Natasha Kamal from Lahore, also readying for Boulevard One’s Trunk Show, said, “My pret wear tends to fare better than formal wear at pop-ups. They sell much faster. Formal wear gets the required exposure and people call us later. So pop-ups are a good platform to test the market and showcase one’s products.”

Aarthi Raveendran and Payal Bachani, founders of Juvelista, a homegrown designer jewellery brand, said they host private viewings to sell their collections but are regular participants at trunk shows. “Fashion exhibitions are an essential platform for brands like us who explore different outlets to reach out to a niche market. At each exhibition, we offer something different. They also provide us with the opportunity to partner with fashionistas and design labels in Dubai.”Read more at:evening dresses australia

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نوشته شده توسط Women Fashion tips در پنجشنبه 21 ارديبهشت 1396 و ساعت 8:49
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Chrissy Metz has fired back at those who criticised the latex outfit she wore to the MTV Movie & TV Awards.

The This Is Us actress sported a burgundy latex dress with accordion sleeves to the event in Los Angeles on Sunday night (07May17), where she presented the prize for Best Duo alongside her co-star Milo Ventimiglia.

Chrissy paired the dress with glittering black ballet flats and silver drop earrings, but garnered criticism from online critics who weren't so keen on the bold ensemble.

However, the 36-year-old wasn't going to let negative comments ruin her night.

"For the record, I wear what I want, when I want. News flash it's MY body. #thankstho," she wrote on her Twitter page after the show.

Chrissy, who has previously starred in shows such as My Name Is Earl and American Horror Story: Freak Show, has long been candid about her figure and promoting body positivity.

The star, who admits to being an emotional eater, recently spoke to Marie Claire magazine about why she feels it's so important to stand up for diversity.

"Size doesn't equate to beauty," she shared. "I don't understand why that's a thing. Well, I do, because the media has told us thin is beautiful. But is it? Because I think people are miserable not eating and smoking cigarettes."

And the actress, who is happy to represent women who aren't sample size, is also grateful her stylist has a relationship with a variety of plus-size brands. Her go-to labels include Society Plus, Torrid and Eloquii, with the designers from these brands often customising pieces for her.

"I'm so grateful for the designers who are excited - I remember growing up and having no options at all - but other designers haven't really reached out," she added.Read more at:red formal dresses

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نوشته شده توسط Women Fashion tips در سه شنبه 19 ارديبهشت 1396 و ساعت 10:32

The Asian fashion industry has always focused on luxury and premium brands and in Hong Kong this is no different.

The appetite for designer goods and high end labels is huge in China and Hong Kong and shoppers should expect to find credit card temptations at every turn. Shopping is big business and almost a national pastime in the city and every shopper’s whim can be catered for.

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Fashion Walk

A beautiful blend of high street names such as Zara and top fashion houses selling designer dresses. Unusually for Hong Kong, Fashion Walk is an outdoor shopping mall encompassing four streets in the Causeway Bay Area of the city. It is opulent, energetic and a beautiful place to shop. Bars and restaurants intermingle with the shops so tourists and locals alike can while away a pleasant afternoon and evening window shopping the fabulous store fronts.

Ladies Market

This place is pure, traditional, local Hong Kong! Cheap and cheerful and offering everything from make-up, underwear, shoes and accessories as well as wedding dresses. The market is open every day and the street closes to traffic from four till midnight. The atmosphere here is wonderful and vibrant and interacting with the friendly stall holders is all part of the joy of shopping here.

Kowloon East and Kowloon West

When you visit a new city it’s good to feel like you’re experiencing life as a local. The malls in these parts of Kowloon are where the people of Hong Kong actually shop. Being a little way away from the frantic, central areas of the city make this area feel more relaxed. You will find international labels, a family atmosphere and authentic food.

Cheung Sha Wan Road

Locals know this area of the city as ‘Fashion Street’. It isn’t a traditional shopping area, more a place to come to breathe the same air as local designers, wholesalers and buyers. Boutique showrooms are on every street. The wholesalers are the people they are interested in but for the canny, thrifty shopper it is possible to convince the shops to sell their good at much cheaper prices than retail. It’s fun and exciting and you really feel like that for one day you are part of the real business of fashion.

The Peak Tower

This huge tower dominates the Hong Kong skyline. It rises a massive 428m over Victoria Harbour and has an incredible roof shaped like a giant wok. The shopping centre inside offers a new take on traditional street shopping while impressing shoppers with jaw dropping views of the city below. Peak Tower is perfect for gift shopping with best buys including handmade jewellery and gorgeous silks.

Times Square

Times Square is a ten-storey shopping centre that soars above Causeway Bay station. All price points are represented from Chanel designer dresses to local labels and western-style wedding dresses. Each floor has a different theme and the atrium has pop culture displays on a regular basis. This is shopping, art and theatre in one.

Island Beverly Centre

This small, demure shopping centre has a very ordinary exterior. It would be easy to walk by and not realise what a little gem you are missing. Hidden inside is a colourful, bold, exuberant mix of kitsch, cute and unusual. Rummage around the four floors to find designer dresses imported from China and the rest of Asia alongside bespoke, limited edition designs from Hong Kong designers.


Lantau Island is a beautiful nature reserve as well as a shopper’s paradise. But that’s the quirkiness of Hong Kong! On Landau, you can get high end designer dresses for bargain prices. There are around eighty stores and include sportswear brands such as Adidas and Nike and streetwear labels such as Quicksilver. It’s a hugely convenient last minute shopping venue as it has direct links to Hong Kong International Airport.Read more at:princess formal dresses

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نوشته شده توسط Women Fashion tips در جمعه 15 ارديبهشت 1396 و ساعت 7:42
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British artist David Downton is back in California to launch literally his largest exhibit yet — the 4-foot by 5-foot “Icon Series” featuring portraits of famous women, many of them Hollywood denizens of past and present.

The fashion illustrator is showcasing his work in Los Angeles for the first time in Mary Ta’s Minotti Los Angeles and Mass Beverly showrooms in the West Hollywood Design District for the next year. Last week saw lavish dinners at both places attended by the likes of Sharon Stone, Anjelica Huston, Denise Hale and Dita Von Teese, and Downton remains in Los Angeles for the time being for private commissions.

“This all came about in November when I was in San Francisco to meet friends,” he said. “I wasn’t doing anything professional at that point, just talking and listening, and I met Mary. We had an instant connection. The older you get, the more you realize when connections are good, life sends people your way.”

Downton was impressed with Ta’s “level of refinement and her eye for beauty and quality.”

The works come from “Icons Series,” starting with Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie O, painted from photographs as opposed to live — his usual mode of capturing personalities.

“I’m not interested in using photos per se because I like to be in the room with a person, but of course Warhol popped into my mind, and then I was energized by it. I suppose I was stuck in the Sixties and Seventies but my ideals of stardom and allure are very focused on that decade. It’s amazing how those iconic faces resonate still, 50 years later,” he said.

Downton grew up wanting to be a movie poster artist, and the work of Bob Peak and Robert McGinnis, whose names he didn’t know then, were his biggest influences. So there are four movie poster works included in the exhibit, featuring Anita Ekberg, Sophia Loren, Jeanne Moreau and Catherine Deneuve. He has covered every couture season for 21 years running, but he didn’t want this series to be about fashion.

“The West Coast is still a dreamscape for people. It’s a great place for third act,” he noted.

Of his reception thus far, he said, “I’ve been treated with white gloves. They thought of everything, and I got to sit down with Sharon and Anjelica and give myself permission to have fun. In London I’m always responsible for the guest list. Here I just show up.”Read more at:bridesmaid dress

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Kate Moss used to swear by a touch of Vaseline on her eyelids as a 20-something ingenue. And now the '90s style has been revived for the catwalk, before filtering down to us mere mortals. You too can get the high fashion look with nothing more than a slick of oil on your peepers. Don't scoff, getting the gloss has taken the make-up world by storm, as beauty buffs have gone mad for the high-shine look which for once, is pretty easy to recreate.

If you didn't see Kylie Jenner sporting the look in one of her ubiquitous Instagram posts, eye gloss is basically an extra sticky balm that you put on your eyelid for an extra wet look. It works well combined with creasing for a sexy, slightly undone look.

Brands such as MAC and NYX carry eye gloss products which will help you effortlessly create the look. Read on for our tips on how to totally rock the gloss.

Don't be intimidated

If you're scared to try this high fashion look, you shouldn't be. If it's applied well, it can work for both day and night. Apply with your fingers in the same way you would a creamy eyeshadow, sweeping it across the lids.

Day and night

A glossy eye is an ideal for a night out – especially a coloured version. Add a clear one over your favourite shadow teamed with lashings of mascara on the lower and upper lashes. But to make it work for the office, simply stick to a clear gloss like Butter London Glazen Eye and keep the rest of your skin - especially the T-zone – matte for a chic look.

Keep lips matte

Glossy eyes and lips may be a tad too much. So to keep the look modern, pair a glossy eye with a matte lip such as Dior's Diorific Matte Lipstick in shade 590 Troublante for that femme fatale look.

Stay in neutral

If you not ready to delve into something bold, start with a nude colour like MAC's Studio Eye Gloss in Lightly Tauped a universally flattering beige that will work on the majority of skin tones.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses australia |

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