Versace is having a moment right now. The brand has always been in the spotlight, but we can all agree that 2018 is a Donatella Versace year. It all began with the spectacular Spring 2018 tribute collection. Donatella honored her late brother by pulling his infamous prints from the archives and delivering them in an updated format. The grand finale gathered the biggest supermodels of the older generation, Carla Bruni, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and Helena Christensen. It was a show that went straight down to history.
But the Donatella Versace moment didn’t stop there. The designer got the honors to co-host the 2018 Met Gala: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Naturally, some of the most breathtaking numbers on the red carpet were designed by no other than the genius Donatella. From Katy Perry‘s spectacular look to Kim Kardashian‘s ultra-glamorous liquid gold dress, Donatella undoubtedly ruled the 2018 Met Gala red carpet. The CFDA International Award Donatella received this year was the cherry on top. Donatella Versace had an energetic, good year and that reflects on the brand’s Resort 2019 collection.
The main star in the collection is mythological Medusa. She is a synonym of women’s independence and empowerment which perfectly resonates with Versace’s identity. For this collection, Donatella introduced an array of new electric prints in the brand’s recognizable aesthetic. Part of the collection was filled with hard-to-miss explosive pieces. Donatella added a touch of athleisure to some of the looks since she knows that millennials are obsessed with this sporty-meets-chic aesthetic.
The very eye-catching designs will for sure get a special spot in the wardrobes of the A-list clientele, but Donatella made sure the Resort 2019 lineup is well balanced. Part of the collection includes tailored pieces everyone from the young customers to busy ladies would find appealing. The color palette goes from pale pink and other pastel tones to electric hues such as vibrant red, neon pink, bright yellow and more.
You can’t expect a Versace collection without logo-infused pieces. This lineup, like all the others, celebrates the brand’s logo. Whether is in a form of striking prints or just written on the pieces, the logomania at Versace is a never-ending affair. The standout logo pieces include trending fanny packs that will most certainly become must-have It pieces the moment they become available.
The Versace Resort 2019 Collection is another feast for the eyes. Donatella Versace for sure deserves to be called a living fashion legend.
I have begun to see denim more and more in stores. I use to not care for a complete denim look very much, If I can be honest here, I use to think an all denim look was just bland looking. Lately I have seen what I would almost call a”rebirth of denim” as it’s being made into more feminine lines and silhouettes, and all around more flattering designs, giving the trend a softer feel. I picked up this cute little denim dress with ruffle sleeves and thought “I think I can do this”. So I tried it on and felt… well, cute! So I have found a similar dress, amongst a few other trendy denim pieces that are worth giving a try. As always, I have taken the work out of it for you and coordinated the whole outfit so that all you have to do is click and wait for the arrival. You’re welcome.
Playful Denim Dress
This look is ver close to my look shown above. I took a denim dress with playful ruffles and paired it with some sneakers, it was great for grabbing lunch in downtown LA at the Grand Central Market.
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When it comes to swimsuit trends, you can expect to see a lot of micro bikinis this season. Celebrities are showing off their perfectly toned bodies in two-piece tiny sets. If you’re into this kind of sexy styles, feast your eyes on the best celebrity tiny bikini moments and pick your favorite style.
Kim proudly showed off her toned body in a cool two-piece set in a bold neon pink color.
Thankfully, fashion is not only about beautiful designs anymore. Many designers and fashion houses are committing to sustainable practices in the wake of the negative impact of the fashion industry on the environment. Moreover, fashion is the second highest polluting industry in the world with only the oil industry ahead of it. Gucci is one of the brands that is no stranger to sustainability, but the latest program is a huge step for the brand that focuses on actions outside of the company.
“We have been working on sustainability for so long and we realized at one point that our actions needed to be better understood within and outside the company,” president and CEO Marco Bizzarri told WWD.
The new Gucci Equilibrium initiative is an online platform designed to connect ” people, planet, and purpose.” The fashion house launched a website Equlibrium.gucci.com to bring together in one place its 13 000 employees and educate them about the new program. The idea of Gucci Equilibrium is to help local communities through volunteering. With this platform, every employee of the company will be allowed to use 1% of his/her working time to volunteer in local communities.
“We can’t save the world alone, but we must start from small things, and there are no shortcuts,” Bizzarri explained.
With the Gucci Equilibrium program, the brand among other things wants to help the UN Global Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. The program comes as another positive step for the brand. Last year Gucci announced that in 2018 the fashion house will no longer use fur in its collections.
The Gucci Equilibrium program is part of the fashion house’s 10-year sustainability plan that involves three things: the environment, people, and innovation. When it comes to the environment the brand has set a goal to guarantee the traceability of 95 percent of raw materials. The “people” focus in this program is about supporting women’s empowerment. Gucci already has similar programs such as Chime for Change led by Salma Hayek and Beyoncé. With its latest program, the brand will take its efforts a step further by teaching women from marginalized communities Gucci’s craftsmanship skills. As for “innovation,” Gucci works on “scouting, incubators, start-ups that can really change things.” The brand launched an ArtLab where its team works hard to find ways to create new natural materials.
The new Gucci Equilibrium program besides leaving a positive impact on the environment is expected to bring the brand closer to its customers, especially to those interested in sustainable fashion.
The iconic American handbag designer Kate Spade was found dead in her New York apartment earlier today. According to Associated Press, Spade, who was recently referred to as Valentine, took her own life. She was found by her housekeeper in the Park Avenue home.
Kate and her husband Andy Spade founded their fashion company in 1993. The innovative designer brought a whole revolution in the fashion world during the 90s’. She is the first one who managed to escape the strong European influence in design and started new trends that soon became recognizable as Kate Spade. It all began with vibrant nylon bags that everyone was hooked on. The couple first launched a line of handbags and slowly expanded into shoes, accessories, eyewear, fragrances, and clothing.
Kate’s career started out as an accessory editor in Mademoiselle and Vogue. The designer couldn’t imagine doing that job for the rest of her life, so she constantly looked for creative ways to express her love towards fashion. Her husband Andy had an idea they should establish their own company, and his experience in advertising was extremely helpful. Soon after the launch, Kate Spade became one of the top trending labels at that time. They focused on delivering affordable playful and colorful designs.
“It’s funny. You know, Andy and I were talking one night. And I just said — I was looking ahead and I saw the fashion directors. That would be your next jump from being a senior fashion editor. And I thought I don’t really see myself wanting that job. So Andy and I were out, honestly, at a Mexican restaurant. And he just said, what about handbags? And I said, honey, you just don’t start a handbag company. And he said, why not? How hard can it be? (Laughter) I thought, OK, really? He regrets those words.”- Kate explained the beginnings of her empire in one of her last interviews for “How I Built This”.
Kate and Andy sold 56 percent of her stakes to the Neiman Marcus Group for $34 million in 1999. The duo decided to sell the remaining 44 percent to the same buyer in 2006, for a reported sum of $59 million. By the end of the year, Neiman Marcus sold the company to Liz Claiborne (now Fifth & Pacific) for $124 million. Kate Spade was recently acquired by Tapestry Inc. for incredible $2.4 billion. In 2015, the couple founded a handbag brand called Frances Valentine named after their daughter. The significance of Kate Spade in the fashion industry is beyond words. Her legacy is so strong that will be remembered for many years to come.