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Gucci (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɡuttʃi]) is an Italian fashion and leather goods brand, part of the Gucci Group, which is owned by French company Kering formerly known as PPR. Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence in 1921. Gucci generated about € 4.2 billion in revenue worldwide in 2008 according to BusinessWeek magazine and climbed to 41st position in the magazine’s annual 2009 “Top Global 100 Brands” chart created by Interbrand. Gucci is also the biggest-selling Italian brand. Gucci operates about 278 directly operated stores worldwide (as of September 2009) and it wholesales its products through franchisees and upscale department stores. In the year 2013 the brand was valued at $ 12.1 Billion USD with a sales of $4.7 billion USD. As per Forbes list 2013 Gucci was ranked 38 most valuable brand… – – please continue Reading on Wikipedia
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Alberta Ferretti (Cattolica, 1950) is an Italian fashion designer and dressmaker. She designs for Alberta Ferretti and Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti. Her showroom is in Milan, Italy but her studio is in the village of Cattolica, near Rimini, Italy. In 1968, Alberta Ferretti opened her first little boutique, called Jolly, in Cattolica. She designed a first collection in 1973 and was co–founder of Aeffe (a clothing manufacturer and distributor) in 1976. She began showing seasonal collections on runways of Milan, Italy, in 1981. She launched Ferretti Jeans Philosophy in 1989, renamed Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti in 1994. In 1994 she renovated a 13th–century castle into the Palazzo Viviani hotel in Montegridolfo. – – continue Reading more on Wikipedia
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After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Angela, went directly into the industry designing for various fashion companies. One job she truly enjoyed was designing lingerie for a well-known boutique in Hollywood that specialized in high-end lingerie and evening gowns for the television and movie industry. In 1987, Angela created the original famous bullet bra bustier that launched Madonna’s outerwear lingerie look. The bustier look created a major fashion trend. Deanzign began in a small boutique in the eighties on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, California where Angela Dean sold her unique but timeless designs to entertainment heavyweights. As the music video craze exploded, requests for her star-worthy creations took off, leading Angela to close the store to provide full custom-design service to celebrities. Deanzign became a full-service studio to the entertainment industry. Angela Dean’s studio in Los Angeles, California is an exclusive environment that services the Who’s Who of Hollywood.
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Nassau, Bahamas – This year’s national costume worn by Miss Universe Grand Bahama wowed the nation as Tomii Culmer paraded in the ‘Sea Goddess’ outfit created by Nassau designer, Javotte Bethel. The intricate back piece shaped like a half clam shell was covered in treasures from the sea, along with a sheer fitted bodice with jewels in all the right places looked magical on this year’s winner. Now that Tomii won the title Miss Universe Bahamas, this fabulously piece will be seen before a global audience at the next Miss Universe! “Tomii and I have known each other for a while and certainly she’s aware that Javotte House of Couture produces unique designs. She engaged me after her entry in the Miss Universe hoping for a design that might increase her chances of the win,” said Bethel. “She said she was open to my creativity and would fully support my concept.”
– – “I started this project with the expectation that this costume would be seen worldwide, I wanted it to highlight the Bahamas’ most admirable amenities – its water and life thereunder ,” said Bethel.”
The aquatic theme was the obvious move, and this concept had tons of creative potential allowing us to use a wide range of sea-life trinkets. With all the press coverage around the preservation of Bahamas’ reef systems recently, we thought that connection would also work in our favour.” Javotte Bethel the owner and operator of Javotte’s House of Couture, has been gainfully employed in the fashion industry for about 20 years and began designing at the age of 12, later making her own prom dress. After high school she studied at the International Fine Arts school of Miami where she obtained an associates degree in Fashion and Graphic Design. – – Please visit Javotte Bethel’s House of Couture on Facebook – –
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|Seek New York Tours (http://www.seeknewyorktours.com) is pleased to offer guided tours of the New York Garment District during Fashion Week, scheduled for September 4-11, 2014.
These special tours are ideal for anyone looking for a fun and affordable way to get into the spirit of New York Fashion Week. Led by a professional designer and licensed NYC Sightseeing Guide, this extended version of Seek’s popular New York Garment District Tour features a blend of fashion-related landmarks, design schools, fabric stores, famous television locations, and garment industry history. In addition, participants will explore the history of New York Fashion Week from its beginnings in the 1940s to the present day, and visit a showroom, wholesaler, or other industry resource (participating businesses TBD). Seek’s New York Fashion Week Tour concludes with a visit to Lincoln Center, where participants are encouraged to take in the fabulous fashions on the plaza, snap some photos, and soak up the festive atmosphere of New York Fashion Week. This special three-hour walking tour also includes a complimentary gift for all participants.
Seek’s special New York Fashion Week tours will be offered on September 4th, 9th, and 11th, all beginning at 10 AM. Tours are $50/person, with group size capped at six (6) people. Tour duration is approximately 3-3.5 hours.
For those interested in a more basic overview of the garment industry, Seek’s standard two-hour public walking tours of the Garment District will be available on Saturday, September 6th and Wednesday, September 10th. Standard tours are $40/person (group size capped at 10 participants) and feature a mix of sightseeing, fabric stores, and industry history.
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Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2015 Collection
Today Nicolas Ghesquiere took the Louis Vuitton cruise collection to the catwalk for the very first time. For such a grand occasion, an equally grand backdrop was needed and with the world’s starriest of stars currently holding court in the French Riveira the Palais Princier Monaco was, naturally, the perfect location. When Ghesquiere showed his first collection for the legendary house during Paris Fashion Week in February, he certainly made his mark by showing his collection in a pared-back manner. And despite the swanky setting for the Cruise 2015 show, the same execution applied.