sporty themed lingerie

Ever wonder why men like so much to watch soccer? Beautiful, healthy, energetic and sexy all in one soccer teams, who wouldn’t like to watch them. Even women like to watch  too! Do you notice that there are the garter belts hanging from the boy-legs that they are wearing? As my previous article, “The magic wand of lingerie — garter belt”. They turn men on right away!

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Killer heels

Can you imagine yourself dive into the childhood memory over the story of Cinderella — her glass shoe that leads her to the marriage with her prince?

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Who would have thought that shoes have come to a major transformation right now. In the past, shoes designers have been emphasize mostly to the top part of the shoe, but I think nowadays, they have more angles to look at in terms of focusing their point of interest —“HEELS”!!!

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There’s something empowering when you slip into something as stunning as these heels!

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Where are the heels?

These heels ensemble the ancient Chinese shoes from the Ching Dynasty.

Who will ever forget the shoes from Alexander McQueen?

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Alexander McQueen — posthumous award

Tonight’s British Fashion Awards is going to present fashion designer Alexander McQueen with a posthumous award for his contribution to fashion. McQueen will get the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design prize, which has previously been given to Vivenne Westwood, Stephen Jones and John Galliano.

This award celebrates the exceptional talent of an individual who has contributed to the British fashion industry, both internationally and in the UK, throughout their career. I think Alexander McQueen is more than appropriate to receive this award. He was awarded the Designer of the Year prize at the British Fashion Awards four times in his career. Jonathan Akeroyd, CEO of Alexander McQueen, will b accepting the honor on behalf of the late McQueen.

Alexander McQueen was sure to be the one who speaks his mind. When McQueen received a CBE for his services to fashion in 2003, he said, “it is a great privilege to receive this honour. I now formally urge the British Government to match this recognition by investing in manufacturing and new talent – the foundation of British fashion.”

McQueen accepted his third Designer of the Year Award from HRH the Prince of Wales in 2001, but the designer – who was often called the bad boy of British fashion – was rumoured to have once embroidered the lining of a suit made for the Prince of Wales with the words “I am a c**t”, whilst he was a tailor with Savile Row firm Gieves & Hawkes.

The reptilian prints and other insect kingdom prints were enlarged to the scale that we can only see it in our mind.

The Armadillo shoes became the “Hot Topic” of this Spring/Summer shoe’s trend direction.

McQueen’s autumn/winter 2009-10 collection which, entitled Horn of Plenty, the designer had said was dedicated to “my mother Joyce Barbara McQueen”. Different scale of “tooth-hound” patterns were ensembled together to create a massive look of  impression.

This absolutely spectacular dress with incredible tailoring and extraordinary cut from the runway show of Spring/ Summer 2007 showed the master work of McQueen.

I like the total look of this picture — Sarah Jessica Parker was McQueen’s date for the 2006 Costume Institute gala, at which the theme was Anglomania. The pair dressed in matching tartan ensembles. Very royal!

Being named the bad boy of British fashion, McQueen’s spring/summer 1996 showed his trick of showing the models’ derrières, furthering his reputation as British fashion’s wittiest provocateur.

I really miss McQueen’s amazing work, even though I know that he would not care about this kind of award, but I sincerely hope that he rest in peace in heaven.

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Thierry Mugler

Thierry Mugler

Thierry Mugler was born in 1948, in Strasbourg, France. Mugler studied design before moving to Paris in 1970, where he worked as a window-dresser. Mugler was a visionary, he was one of the highly energetic and creative people. He trained as a ballet dancer in his youth, made his name with futuristic and mind boggling couture designs with his fashion label and gave the world a new definition of “women”.

Mugler’s women were confident, sexy with attitude, powerful and futuristic. It all showed in his iconic details in his work. He created a very identifiable style with a new feminine silhoutte where shapes and curves are accentuated by the strictness of the cut. Mugler produced a very clear-cut, precise and structured image with a shouldered, slender cut for a classic silhouette.

Mugler’s work was strong and angular, shoulders were wide and padded; waists were wasp-like. The look was dramatic and unforgettable. It showed the power of women, but still maintain her femininity. Mugler’s collections came in solid, dominating colours. Collars had exaggerated points, or flamelike cutouts. He was very much inspired by the insect kingdom.

He emphasized his futuristic aesthetic through the addition of unusual materials, such as pvc, metal, or vinyl. This suggest a dimension both overbearing and glamor.

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He had his height of success in the late seventies and eighties, full of wide shoulders and nipped in waists. Bright colour was prominent, as was experimentation with fabrications such as PVC. In his most extreme runway garments, PVC was often used, as were space and robot themes.

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In 1992, Thierry Mugler created his first Haute Couture collection. His work had gained him the recognition of the big influence of the French luxury which were promoted worldwide and internationally.

In 1992, Mugler directed the video for George Michael’s “Too Funky,” featuring a parade of Mugler fashions, including the famous motorcycle dress.

Since then, Mugler has projected himself in different area such as directed film clips and designing costumes for celebrities. However, in 2000, he decides to retire from the Parisian stage to devote himself to photography and staging.

More recently, Thierry Mugler collaborated with Cirque du Soleil on its 2003 show “Zumanity” in Las Vegas.

Mugler also published books featuring his fashion designs and photography.

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The 1990’s Mugler started his partnership with Clarins for the famous fragrance ‘Angel’. It has proved to be the all time success.

Followed by “Alien”

Thierry Mugler’s latest fragrance WOMANITY shows how powerful are the Mugler’s women.


Thierry Mugler is now known best for its perfume division. The couture division was closed in 2003, and all Thierry Mugler ready-to-wear is now produced under license agreements, as is a line of eyewear.

 

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How does Impressionism translated into fashion?

Impressionism originated in France between 1860 and 1900. The term impressionist was first used by hostile critics to describe a work which they considered “unfinished” by the Academic standards of the day.

The Impressionists rejected Academic traditions of representing the world. They were not interested in telling stories and painting morals. They left that to the Academic painters. Instead, they preferred to explore how paint could capture their sensory impressions. They wanted to evoke the sensations of light, color and movement. They applied color in looser, more distinct brush strokes rather than blending it into even shades and tones and they used lighter, brighter colors than the Academic painters. They drew themselves away from traditional perspective and modelling. It also led them outdoors to paint where they could more directly engage with nature.

The famous Impressionists include Monet, Degas, Morisot, Lautrec, Latour, Whistler, Cassatt, Renoir, Manet, and their influence on post-Impressionists painters such as Van Gogh, Saurat, Gauguin, Rousseau, and Cezanne.

Claude Monet (1840-1926)

Edgar Degas (1834-1917) — Degas’ renderings of the ballet are a compelling mixture of movement, delicacy, and strength, all at once.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

Impressionists provided their new definition of painting by taking their easel outside the studio and creating works inspired by the broad rainbow of color rather than the particular details of the subject. One of the significant feature of Impressionism is the using over the soft watercolors and muted oil landscapes.

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How does Impressionism being translated into today’s fashion? Impressionism is all about light, color, and breaking free from rules. How does it affects the way we presented our vision?

Through out the years, fashion designers had been expressing their visions by how they receive the impressionist approach through their design. Alexander McQueen‘s collection translated animals / insects had been one of the most powerful work that I can think of. He was bold and yet subtle. Bold by the scale of the print, subtle by the color and images of the insects. He took inspiration from nature love and his collection leaves a deep impression to the customers as well as fashion critics. It is all about our subconscious mind towards the subtle and perceptual impressions of color.

 

J.Crew’s Impressionist dress in watercolor print and the vibrant color.

Anthropologie’s Impressionist’s dream dress


The Elie Saab design has alternating layers of light and lace-like fabric down the length of the dress in the style of Impressionism.

Maria Grachvogel’s print on dresses that shows vivid, impressionist, hand-painted images of giant moths, wolves and the phoenix rising from the ashes.

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Mint Siren

Mint Siren was created in 2005 by the Swedish designer Josefine Wing, and quickly became a favorite for many vixen around the world. The Mint Siren woman is proud and confident in her sensuality. She feels sexy of her wonderfully sculpted body when she face in front of her mirror. She feels the power of her attraction within herself. Weather she aims to be an irresistible seductress or just treat herself to a fabulous feeling while managing all the chores of being a woman, Mint Siren intimates are sure to give you an edge.

A simple belt like this, Mint Siren has it’s way to translating it.

No matter it is for the ready to wear industry,

or it is translated into the world of intimacy, it speak for seduction and confident.

Mint Siren speaks both romantic retro and modern fashion. You can also see the hint of burlesque, but in the meantime, it offers their customers to mix and match with their regular wardrobe.

Dressed in luscious silks and rich wools or velvet, they tease and seduce as they please. Mint Siren range offers women’s lingerie, apparel, corsets and accessories. Emphasis is on feminine and luxurious colours as well as sculpting lines enhancing the female shape.

‘Kiss Like Fire And Powder’ – MINT SIREN

‘Kiss Like Fire And Powder’

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The coolest of it’s all! Colette!

The coolest of it’s all! Colette!

If you are a fashion designer, textile designer, jewelry designer, product designer, from the beauty industry,  musician, writer or even a sculptor…..and if you are looking for inspiration. If you are going to Paris and you have very limited time. I highly recommend you to go to “Colette”. The coolest place in Paris! It is the center of all the great ideas gather together and display them in front of your eyes!

Address: 213 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
Opening Hrs: Mon-Sat: 11:00-19:00

Colette is the busiest designer store ( somewhat a pop culture visitor’s center) I have ever seen in Paris, no matter when during the day, it’s always pack with visitors. In fact, visiting Colette is really a unique experience, thanks to the incredible selection and display of everything that’s hip, unique and hard to find. You can expect to find books, jewelry, clothes, design objects, hip CDs, shoes, books, jewelry, clothes and electronics. While the store can get pricey, especially upstairs where the clothing gets couture-esque, there are still a ton of great options for gifts or personal indulgences. you will definitely be inspired!

Downstairs is a mixture of home, menswear and mens shoes and other odds and ends. Upstairs is the amazing womenswear, where there are no clothing racks rather the clothes are assembled into beautiful outfits and placed on mannequins. Further up there are some beauty and cosmetic products, followed by more menswear. There is also a small area where there are regular exhibits which change frequently.

The ground floor is great for anyone looking for streetwear & sneakers. An entire wall display features the shoes in various styles while the nearby glass cube display a good selection of t-shirts and jackets.  Towards the back where you’ll discover a good assortment of gadgets, watches, CD’s and techie items.

If you’re a fashion designer, the first floor is where you will be hooked. Dozens of mannequins are positioned throughout the area, each one immaculately dressed, accessorized and with the appropriate footwear. It’s like walking around a contemporary fashion museum! They have a complete assortment of the fashion giant includes YSL, Balmain, Christopher Kane, Hermes, Burberry, Proenza Schouler, Lanvin, Viktor & Rolf ….etc were all housed in the one room.

Don’t forget to check out the cosmetics section with beauty items ranging from Kiehl’s to Bliss, as well as the jewelry displays or the men’s designer section. The back area is split into to levels which is where Colette will host exhibitions or special collaboration events.

The water bar at the lower level which carries over 100 different kinds of water is a “must see”! I would definitely go at least once. Also the cafe downstairs was really only one of the two places that actually served a decent coffee in France.

If it is “cool”, it’s at Colette!

Colette Homepage & Online Shop

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