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Modern Day Dilemma of The Stylish Woman: Your phone’s touch screen vs. Your Gloves

Hello there to all Iphone owners.  It is getting very cold out there, and no one wants to freeze their hands just to pick up a phone call when we are walking outside, especially because you just can’t TOUCH anything on your Iphone with your gloves!!

Well here is a creative solution to this fashion dilemma: The Touch Drivers Gloves sold online at www.vandashop.com

These gloves run for 25-28 British pounds ($45) and really is a perfect item for the Iphone stylish woman of today in freezing weather.

To read more about this item go to the Guardian by click here

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New Item: YSL Rouge Pur Couture

A new beauty item to try is the YSL ‘Rouge Pur Couture’.  This Yves Saint Lauren item is a long wear and hydrating lipstick.  Available at www.sephora.com or Sephora stores.  It leaves a noticeable deep color and satin look.  Great for evenings.

My Color Picks: Rouge Flamme, Le Rouge, and Noir Laque

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Lady Gaga and Beyonce “Telephone” video: Who are the designers behind it?

March 11th, Lady Gaga’s video for “Telephone” featuring Beyonce was released with everyone’s anticipation that it was going to be EPIC…  I have to say the whole thing was a bit too much to digest at times and you would need to watch it several times before you get half the video’s story line clearly.  The video was also a bombardment of all kinds of fashion WOWs and Oh NOs.  Nevertheless the looks in this video deserve a lot of attention, because clearly a crazy amount of WORK and imagination went into making every scene and outfit.  (You can only wonder how much fun the creators had in making the storyboard for this video).  We could go on and on about how the video is EPIC or not, but my goal here is to shift the attention to the designers behind the video.  First if you have not seen the video, check it out:

The designers involved in this video are; Atsuko Kudo (A Couture Latex and Fetish House), Jeremy Scott, Haus of Gaga (Lady Gaga’s Creative Team), Christian Louboutin, Charles de Castelbajac, Oscar Olima, Franc Fernandez, Emilie Pirlot, Mercura, Brian Lietchenberg, Victor & Rolf, Search and Destroy, Chanel, Vintage Thierry Mugler, Fred Butler, Rachel Barrett.  You can click on some the names, to check out their websites and work.  Here are some of their work in the video (pictures from Tresdope.com);

Prison Suit by Jean Charles de Castelbajac

Prison Suit by Jean Charles de CastelBajac

 

Jacket and shoes by Jean Charles de Castelbajac, shoes by Fernandez and Olima

Jacket & shoes by Jean Charles De Castelbajac, shorts by Franc Fernandez and Oscar Olima

 

Hat and Dress By Atsuko Kudo, Sunglasses Jeremy Scott

Dress and hat by Atsuko Kudo, sunglasses by Jeremy Scott

 

Jacket by Search and Destroy

Jacket by Search and Destroy, Sunglasses by Chanel

 

Glasses and Boots by Haus de Gaga, Chain suit custom made by Viktor&Rolf

Cigarette Sunglasses/boots by Haus of Gaga, and chain suit by Viktor & Rolf

 

 You can check out more of the scenes and outfit breakdown by designers at Tresdope.com.   Click here to go straight to the article (by Tania Chapanian) detailing the outfits and designers.

 

So how do you feel about the video and the outfits?    Comment on it.

 

Other things:

A. THIERRY MUGLER who designed some of the hats for Beyonce and Lady Gaga in the video, was a major part of Beyonce’s I AM…WORLD TOUR.  Click here if you are curious to see the sketches for her outfits.  

B. Check out Lady Gaga’s new campaign endorsement with Cindy Lauper for MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam Spring 2010, a softer/pretty look for Gaga:

Lady Gaga & Cindy Lauper for MAC Viva Glam Spring 2010

 

 

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A Body Shop Vending Machine???

The Body Shop has recently made a partnership with a San-Francisco based company called ZoomSystems, to provide customers with high-end vending machines that will give them access to various beauty products by The Body Shop in places like airports, supermarkets, and chains like Stop&Shop.  Talk about ‘fast beauty’ just like fast-food!!!  The company ZoomSystems has based its business idea of the high-end vending machine, on the fact that people are tired of waiting in line (or queuing as the Brits say).  Instead, the high-end vending machines would provide customers with a combination of online retail shopping from great quality brands with traditional retail shopping, in order words, the customer has faster access to their favorite products from their favorite brands in places where you may just not have time to wait.  

This concept is growing rapidly and already found in 1000 airports, malls, supermarkets in the US and internationally.  Companies that have adopted this concept are; Apple with Ipod, Best Buy, Macy’s espot, Proactiv Solutions, Sephora, and Sky Malls, and The Body Shop is one of its newest addition to its client portfolio.  ZoomSystems has been attracting many different companies as clients, especially with retail products that can be bought individually and in small quantities.  The machines for The Body Shop are still under preparations to be launched very soon.  You will be able to see what they look like on ZoomSystems website zoomsystems.com.  But to give you an idea of what they look like, check out Sephora’s vending machine example below. 

ZoomSystems Sephora The concept is clever in the sense that customers have easier access to their favorite products.  They are also more likely to be attracted to purchasing them because of the very concept of a vending machine, which is usually fast and more affordable products that are supposed to make us happy and smile, just like the snickers and kit kats do whenever we have a craving for sugar and run to the vending machines.  The psychology of it all is clever in that sense.  

However, for customers who love going into the actual store to try on products and spend a couple of minutes chatting with sales representatives, they would not be attracted to it.  I see it working very well at airports where women are rushing to different destinations and sometimes forgetting to take their favorite products.  They would simply run to the vending machine and get it, without feeling like they are wasting time in line/queuing.  It also means less rentals for these brands, where they might not need to open up an actual store in an international airport but may just place a vending machines with fewer product range and still sell.  It gives the brand a way of being present in a country where they may have not been present through an actual store.

What’s your take on this?  Good idea or just another annoying marketing/sales move by retail brands??  Comment on it!!


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Spanish Shop MANGO To Open First Store in Nigeria

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Last week, the news that Spanish Fashion store MANGO will open in Nigeria got me hopeful, although some people were concerned about MANGO’s choice.  I think it is an interesting idea, and it think it goes beyond just opening a European fashion store in an somewhat emerging economy.  When I heard the news I thought, ‘it is little advancements like this, that actually bring development in emerging or developing countries’.  It does not always have to be a big loan from the World Bank, sometimes it can just be a store opening like Mango to show the world and world investors that the country is progressing in some way.  For a fashion store to open in an emerging country, it has to be confident that there are enough people in the country with strong purchasing power to go to their stores.  Many will argue that it is only the wealthy Nigerians who will benefit from the store and who will bring revenue to the store, but like I said signs of development come and show up in different ways, and I think this is one of them.  It shows that there are enough consumers in Nigeria who are world travelers, who are familiar with Mango, and who would likely be shopping there every now and then.  It also means that people visiting Nigeria will be able to find global fashion stores like Mango in Nigeria, and it might actually enhance their visiting experiences, believe it or not.  Most emerging countries would like their nations to be seen as a potential place to visit and explore for the rest of the worl; Africa is one of those places filled with culture and worth visiting, but many times the history and the negative situations of many countries in the continent suffocate the potential that it’s countries have as destinations for world travelers.  To me it is a sign that there is a change in the perception that people and world investors have of developing countries.  It is shows that they gradually becoming a part of the global economy, and are a less likely to be excluded as much from it in the future.  So I chose to look at it from a positive light, and hopefully if Mango succeeds in this new endeavor, maybe their competitors like ZARA fashion will also take more risks and enter new markets like that of Nigeria.  I really believe that development in the future will also come out of the Arts/Fashion industries.  I say good luck to Mango, hopefully they will be able to get and keep enough customers to stay in Nigeria.

By the way check out the new campaign of Mango with Scarlett Johansson if you have not, click here

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Music Break: Ego

New video for Ego—  (It is very “Chicago” the musical to me.  anyway nice choreography)

Im sure they will take it off real soon, since it is up before its premiere

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TOPSHOP’s Kate Moss Line Available Online Tomorrow May 21st

 

Kate Moss for Topshop

Kate Moss for Topshop

For those of you who have been waiting for Topshop to finally have items from Kate Moss line at Topshop available online, your wish has come true…. You will be able to look at the items tomorrow (or today for those of you across the pond) online at Topshop.com.  I hope the line is actually nice, since they have been hyping Kate Moss and Topshop  collabo’ for a while now with the opening of Topshop in New York.  I shall check in on it later on today, and will surely post any hot or affordable items from the line….

 

 

 

*Besos*

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