Does Everyone’s Opinion Count? A Ranking of the Fashion Blogs

Over the World Wide Web, there is a continual influx of information over the internet highway, including, most recently, a trend in fashion blogging. Currently, there are hundreds of new fashion blogs being created everyday, and over millions of already created websites. With these massive amounts of people posting their opinions on style, how can you stop wasting your time reading useless fashion blogs? Is there anyway to separate the quality blogs from the irrelevant ones? This review of five top rated fashion blogs gives insight into what standards should be used in deciding which blogs are worth your time.

Fashion blogs are ranked on a 10 point scale in four areas: (1) clarity of thought, (2) timeliness, (3) relevance, and (4) degree of opinion.

Style File blog:

Total Score: 28

Style.com is a primary source and destination for where people receive their fashion news, trends, and photos of seasonal runway shows. In addition, the renown website has a chief blog site, Style File, where writers can post opinions on various aspects of fashion in a more informal setting and approach. Even though there are several writers for Style File, the writing style of this blog site is distinct and individual to Style.com’s website.

1.) Clarity of thought: 6.5. It is decent. You are able to read through it, although some postings may be a bit long-winded. Also, some entries may be difficult to understand if you don’t have a lot of knowledge of people in the fashion industry, such as Sophia Hesketh and Byrdie Bell.

2.) Timeliness: 8.5. This blog seems to lack consistency. It will have 5-6 entries in one day, and then skip three days entirely without any new posts and then continue on with 5-6 entries. This is probably because people are not working on the weekends. On the upside, it does post slightly more than the average blog, but for a blog that is on a website of considerable size and prominence, you would expect that it would.

3.) Relevance: 7. I don’t think this blog really provides any new information that is of importance or is really interesting. It attempts to draw on styles outside of the US, which can be informative, but it doesn’t focus enough fashion in the homeland. Focus of articles tends to stray away from American fashion, and stick more with foreign matters. In the past several days, there have been over five postings purely on Moscow fashion alone. This is completely unnecessary. Information can also be quite dry at times.

4.) Degree of Opinion: 6. While it does provide news, writers do not write to form their own opinions really, but just blog to create a place for viewers to post their own insights and opinions. The writers tend to say something that they feel is true, such as the “Prep School Blazer style is very trendy,” yet it still opens the discussion for debate, by asking viewers whether they agree or what their thoughts are. This makes the writer’s opinions seems inconsistent and weak. The blog would be better if the writers had a stronger point of view in their critique. It is unnecessary to ask the reader whether they agree with them or not, because the reader will post his or her opinions anyway.

Hint Magazine blog:

Hint Magazine is an online fashion magazine, where you can read fashion columns and story features with a wide ranging selection of topics including music, art, dance and, of course, fashion. It has a separate blog to informally discuss various areas of interests that cater to more independent styles and are usually humorous and entertaining to read.

Total Score: 30

1.) Clarity of thought: 8. The blog is clear to read and understand. It is written in a contemporary manner that appeals to a younger audience. There are not copious amounts of text in each entry compared to the Style File blog, and instead they include many photos and videos that go along with the postings. This makes it look less daunting to get through, which is important in today’s fast paced world of Twittering.

2.) Timeliness: 6. In an era where bloggers are uploading new entries a dozen times per day, this blog only has, on average, 1-2 posts per day. In order to maintain a blog with readers constantly tuning in, it is imperative that there are multiple entries in a short span for readers to regularly come back to.

3.) Relevance: 7. Where Style File’s subject content was entirely about the New York fashion world, this blog seems to veer slightly to the left of that direction. The information posted seems to target a more indie audience by showcasing unheard of designers, writers and artists. I found also that it seems to post a lot on Brazilian artists and designers. I am not sure if there is a correlation between the writers and Brazil for them to do so, but either way, it is a little inconsistent with balancing foreign matters. Some posts are completely irrelevant and hold no interest for me, but for those that enjoy reading about marble urinals in art exhibits and gay porn awards, this is your destination. And if you are one of those readers who enjoy this blog, good luck with letting them know your thoughts, since they have disabled the commenting feature on this blog.

4.) Degree of Opinion: 9. Writers on this blog seem to enjoy writing about what they write about. While news information can be lackluster and tedious at times, this blog tries to send out their messages in a humorous and enjoyable way. While not all of the content on this blog is PG, I did enjoy reading it, even if I wasn’t too interested in what they were actually saying.

Fashion Tribes:

Fashion Tribes tends to appeal to the average fashionista who is well versed in various areas of fashion, such as new trends, beauty and accessories. The reader is usually familiar with popular styles and substantial fashion news occurring on in the fashion world. Taking elements from various aspects of fashion, such as advertisements, magazines and events, this website is pretty solid and well rounded.

Total Score: 30

1.) Clarity of thought: 9. The blog is portioned into smaller paragraphs, which makes it really reader friendly. Also, if you find yourself done with the reading, but are still interested in the topic, it allows you to read more after the jump, which gets rid of extra writing clutter, and opens up space for more easy on the eyes photos and videos. A lot of good pictures and examples, which make the posts look lively and not overwhelming to read.

2.) Timeliness: 6. For a website that is well known across the nation as one of the top rated fashion blogs, you would think that there would be much more blog entries, but instead I was disappointed to find that it only updates only 3-4 days per week. Even though there are a good amount of entries per day, the blog does not allow readers to view older posts, since there is no backlog feature. This makes it really disappointing for those that want to continue reading the rest of the blog, but are unable to.

3.) Relevance: 9. I really enjoyed the content on this blog and thought that it had a lot of good, useful information. It draws in various news about upcoming websites in fashion, as well as information about fresh spring beauty regimes and free giveaways, which everyone loves. Considering the wide-range of topics featured on this blog, I think that it is very good for an everyday shopaholic.

4.) Degree of Opinion: 6. There is hardly, if any, critique in any of the entries posted. However, when creating a blog site, you usually write about what you like, so with that in mind, you definitely know what the writers for this blog like to write about, which explains why I gave it a more generous score, since it posts things assuming that you know that these are things that they enjoy or find pleasing, without really having an opinion about them.

Go Fug Yourself:

Combine Hollywood celebrity style with a Perez Hilton sense of humor, and you have the love child of Go Fug Yourself. Known for its uncanny humor, it leaves no celebrity unharmed or unnoticed. This blog is probably one of the most hilarious fashion criticism blogs out there in a sea of fashion blogs on the internet, but then again, I am being completely biased, since these writers’ humor is right up my alley. Warning, this blog is not for everyone.

Total Score: 38

1.) Clarity of thought: 9. This blog uses the adverb, “A picture speaks a thousand words” and makes it its central point. Uploading a photo of a celebrity in a ridiculous outfit pretty much speaks for itself, since that is mainly how it shows the reader the ridiculousness of the celebrity’s outfit choices. Using the photo as the butt of its jokes, the writers then unapologetically bash the outfit.

2.) Timeliness: 10. Finally! A blog with a little consistency! It updates well over the course of the day. You can expect around 5 entries in a day, expect on weekends, which is understandable.

3.) Relevance: 9. Depending on your sense of humor, this site may or may not be right for you. For those who enjoy reading about bashing celebrities based on their clothing choices, then you have pretty much found gold, but for the fainthearted, you may cringe a bit more when you realize how harsh some of the critiques may be. No worries though, this website is all in good fun! Luckily, for this website, I fall in the former category, and enjoyed this blog thoroughly.

4.) Degree of Opinion: 10. Go Fug Yourself has made a career by casting its opinion on what others are wearing, so if it would be difficult for me to give it anything but a full score rating.

Fashionista

Fashionista is the product of two staff writers from Nylon and Elle Magazine, and joining to give you news in the fashion world faster than most other blogs. With a combo of gossip, rumors, sale tip-offs, internship suggestions, free giveaways, editorial photos and every other relevant news in the fashion world, Fashionista is a comprehensive and delightful read. Perhaps I am just being completely subjective, because this is one of the few blogs that I actually read everyday, alongside Perez Hilton, but Fashionista combines all the New York style straight out of the city’s oven.

Total Score: 38.5

1.) Clarity of thought: 10. The blog is written in small paragraphs, making it easier for the reader to get through it, without feeling overwhelmed. If the reader is still interested in a certain blog entry, she can click on a separate link taking them to “read after the jump.” It uses a combination of lively photos, videos and own photo-shopped writing, making the blog more personal and distinct to Fashionista. Also, as a helpful measure, if you don’t understand some fashion terminology, they have a dictionary specifically just for that!

2.) Timeliness: 10. Fashionista updates several times a day, throughout the day, to give you the most recent and important news. This blog is an archetype to how other fashion blogs should operate.

3.) Relevance: 10. The news featured on this blog involves news occurring in the New York fashion scene. While this may not include everyone, it does deal with high fashion in a very real way, something that can be understood no matter where you are. It also includes subjects from other fashion websites to give you the most relevant information, such as its “Mid-Day Snack” section. This blog also includes various areas of fashion, such as models, beauty, and editorial spreads, so the viewer can be well read in all aspects of fashion.

4.) Degree of Opinion: 8.5. While some blog entries are created just to provide readers non-biased information, other entries are made to showcase models or photo shoots that the writers really like. Either way, you will read this blog learning what is important to the creators of Fashionista. In most news, however, the writers write the entries in a critical way, with a strong point of view.

Simply Coco – How One Woman Changed the Fashion Industry Forever

Deep in the countryside of Saumur France, August 19, 1883 bore the birth of a baby girl given the name Gabrielle Chasnel. As the illegitimate daughter of a forsaken romance between an aspiring seamstress and a Nomad, Gabrielle would grow up ashamed of her family and later lead her life in denial of her past. Still against all odds, she would become a legend; one who would eventually be known to the world as Coco Chanel. As an integrative fashion designer, Coco single-handedly launched what is now considered to be one of the world’s most recognized brand names: Chanel. Named after her adopted surname, the company which first began in a small French village nearly 100 years ago is now worth an estimated 11.8 billion dollars. How exactly did Coco Chanel accomplish such a rags-to-riches fairytale? Her journey was not a simple one.

Gabrielle Chasnel began her life as the second child of Jeanne Devolle and Albert Chanel, a young and unwed couple searching for independence and identity. When Gabrielle was born, her birth was recorded by two illiterate employees of a local hospice. The workers were not sure of how to spell ‘Chanel’, prompting them to improvise and spell her surname incorrectly as ‘Chasnel’ on the birth certificate. Later as an adult, Gabrielle would refuse to correct this mistake in fear that the truth of her illegitimacy would become public. The Chanel family struggled financially during Gabrielle’s childhood, with Albert and Jeanne often sacrificing their own food to feed their children. By the time Gabrielle was 12 years old, she had 4 siblings in total. Despite having relatively close relationships with her family now, Gabrielle would later insist that she was an only child, and pay her real siblings off as a way to prevent public humiliation from the truth about her real family. Her father left early in 1895 that year to expedite across Europe, leaving Jeanne alone to support their 5 children. The combination of loneliness and stress led Jeanne to face a series of medical problems. Her health matters only became worse over the years, and she eventually died from tuberculosis in the winter of 1895.

Gabrielle’s father returned for a short while, but soon left again in hopes of saving up money to raise his family. Because of his absence, the Chanel children were divided to stay with extended family and orphanages. Gabrielle, along with her older sister were sent to an orphanage. Since they had no money, the girls stayed at the home for free. Still, this was in no way considered a privilege. The nuns or “aunts” as they were referred to at the Catholic-based home were extremely cruel to the Chanel sisters in particular, and often singled them out for being ‘charity cases’. To ‘earn her keep’, Gabrielle was forced to became a seamstress. Though assured that her stay there was temporary, Albert never returned to his family.

Gabrielle remained in the orphanage, visiting her other relatives only during school vacations. On the occasions that she did visit, various female family members adamantly taught Gabrielle techniques to improve her sewing. At the age of 18, Gabrielle left the orphanage and began working for a local tailor. Despite talking freely about her experience at the orphanage, and explaining in meticulous detail the abuse in which she encountered from the ‘aunts’, Gabrielle later insisted that she was more than thankful for her upbringing. She once told a French newspaper that “I’ve been ungrateful toward the odious aunts. I owe them everything. A child in revolt becomes a person with armor and strength. It’s the kisses, caresses, teachers, and vitamins that… turn [children] into unhappy or sickly adults. It’s the mean and nasty aunts who create winners… under nastiness looms strength, and a passion for grandeur.” Still, Coco frequently contradicted herself, blaming the aunts for her all her inferiorities. This irregularity from her interviews led many to question her honesty in later years.

The first decade of the 1900’s not only brought the fresh start of a new century, but also many personal changes for Gabrielle. After adopting the name Coco during a brief stint as a café singer from 1905-1908, Gabrielle met and began an affair with a man she was introduced to while working at a tailoring shop: a French playboy and millionaire, Etienne Balsan. Gabrielle, hereafter referred to as simply ‘Coco’, quickly turned into a member of an accustomed high-class society. Life became a materialistic game in which Coco thrived to have more riches than anyone else. Balsan endowed Coco with splendors of the rich life, including diamonds, dresses, and pearls. During her time spent living with Balsan, Coco took on the hobby of designing hats for herself. Soon, this frivolous pastime became a much more profound talent and interest of the budding designer. In 1907, Coco opened up her first shop which offered a range of chic raincoats and jackets for a generous cost. Coco later confessed that the shop was in fact Balsan’s lavish Paris apartment, and that she had taken it over after leaving him the prior year. Though the fashionable boutique was located in the center of thriving Paris, France, the store was not as prosperous as Coco had hoped. She was requested to surrender the property in early 1908. Still, the lack of success from her shop failed to disappoint or discourage Coco; it only made her more determined.

On a chance occasion prior to World War I, Coco reconnected with Etienne Balsan’s former best friend, Arthur “Boy” Capel, a wealthy English polo player who Coco later referred to “the only love” of her life. The two soon began a madly passionate relationship that lasted from 1909 until 1918, though Capel was never completely faithful to Coco. Still, Arthur had a lasting impression on the styles of Coco, and his abundance of money helped her to gather enough resources to open another shop. With his support, Coco eventually gained access to a desirable property and financial assistance to open her second millinery shop in Brittany, France.

This time Coco experienced much more success than she did with her previous shop. Impressive clientele at Chanel’s shops, including famed American diplomats and renowned French actresses helped to build her notable reputation. In the middle of 1913, Coco opened her third and largest boutique in Deauville, featuring original women’s sportswear. This was a huge change from the common corsets that most women opted to wear to impress their husbands. A preferred location helped this shop become more profitable than the others; most women in Deauville during the World War I era were coming to realize that women should dress for themselves instead of their men. The wardrobe in which Chanel offered seemed captivating and liberating to women of this time.

Nonetheless, Capel’s influence played a huge role in deciding what fashions Coco would choose to style and sell. For example, the design of Arthur’s favorite blazers inspired Coco to incorporate a squared, masculine touch on classic suit designs. These styles still remain a staple part of the Chanel wardrobe. Coco and Arthur’s affair lasted for many years. Though Capel married Diana Wyndham, an honorable English aristocrat in late 1918, he still remained close to Coco. Later in her life, Chanel listed Capel’s fatal car accident in late 1919 the “single most devastating event” in her life. Many believe that the tragic loss of her great love was the sole reason why Chanel never married.

In the year preceding Capel’s death, world ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev introduced a distraught Coco to famed composer Igor Stravinsky. Aside from consoling Coco’s broken heart, Sergei became a close friend and supposed companion. Chanel offered Diaghilev and his family to reside with her in her French estate. During the time in which this temporary abide took place is when it was rumored that the two had an affair. Two years after her so called ‘illicit affair’ with Diaghilev ended, Coco introduced a new product: a perfume, called Chanel No. 5. The new fragrance quickly became, and remains one of the most lucrative products of the Chanel empire. A man named Pierre Wertheimer was announced Coco’s partner in the perfume portion of the business in 1924. It was also speculated that Wertheimer may have been yet another one of the many lovers Coco had in her lifetime. Still, Wertheimer remained a close confidant and his family continues to control Chanel’s perfume company today.

In 1923, Coco told Harper’s Bazaar magazine that “simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance”. Chanel applied this statement to each and every feature of her company. The clothing she designed was always ensured to be simple, comfortable, and revealing. One of Coco’s greatest talents was the art of upgrading fabrics that were considered ‘poor’, such as jersey. Coco was also extremely influential in helping design the iconic 1920’s flapper: young women who strutted around with sleek hair and flat chests, publicly applying their makeup and smoking with long cigarette holders.

In 1925, a woman named Vera Bate Lombardi became Chanel’s official public relations liaison to several European royal families. Lombardi was reported to have had the highest correlations to build the House of Chanel. Interestingly enough, it was Lombardi’s personality whom Coco established her English Look based upon. Lombardi introduced Coco to her aristocratic family members, including her uncle, the Duke of Westminster and her cousin, the Duke of Windsor. Her close relations with many other royals only assisted in Chanel’s creative rule of the fashion world.

Also in 1925, Coco introduced her long-anticipated signature cardigan jacket. The iconic Chanel jackets have several distinguishing designs, and are constructed differently than the traditional tailored jacket. For example, Chanel’s original pieces contain silk lining quilted directly to the fabric, opposed to the usual inner structure of pad stitching. Additionally, Chanel jackets all feature machine sewn and hand-stitched fabric, providing them with more durability. The distinctive Chanel three-piece sleeve is also constructed similarly before being hand sewn to the jacket’s body. The arrays of heavy trims, metal buttons, and curbed chains sewn to the hem have a functional purpose as well. All of these factors together grant the finished product with a tremendously comfortable garment. Most of Chanel’s inventive fashions, including her signature jacket have not changed much since their original debut. This can prove that Chanel’s integrative styles were the product of a brilliant woman beyond her time.

The year 1926 brought the birth of what is now considered to be ‘the’ staple item in every woman’s closet: the signature little black dress. Now commonly referred to as simply a “LBD”, the little black dress was an instant success for Chanel, prompting American Vogue to call it the “Ford”; just as Henry Ford’s Model-T car, the LBD was an immediate hit and widely available. Chanel’s first creation of the little black dress was a slash-necked, short silk dress with diagonal pin-tucks serving decoration. Though many may perceive the LBD as too plain, Coco strongly believed that fashion should be just as functional as it was chic. Ideally simple, her interpretation of the LBD was designed to conceal stains and to fit every woman. The little black dress also is extremely versatile and can be dressed up or down to fit different people’s needs perfectly. Some believe that Coco’s early years spent at the convent orphanage with nuns offered Coco an intuitive affinity for the “uniform” worn by the women who had raised her in her time of need. Regardless, Chanel’s legendary LBD has remained the epitome of simple elegance for over 80 years.

In 1939 at the start of World War II, Coco closed all of her shops. She believed that in the middle of the entire world’s chaos, fashion was not a top priority. Coco began residing in what would become a more than 30 year stay at the Hotel Ritz Paris. During the Nazi occupation of Paris, she was widely criticized for engaging in a steamy affair with Hans Gunther von Dincklage, a German officer and Nazi spy who secretly arranged for Coco to remain in the hotel. During this same time period, Coco maintained two other residences, both of which were also located in France.

In fall of 1943, Coco sought to end 4 years of professional partition with Vera Bate Lombardi who was staying in Rome. Though Lombardi was unaware of it then, Coco’s true intention was to contact Lombardi’s relative, Sir Winston Churchill. Churchill was a member of the Walter Schellenberg Nazi plan “Operation Modellhut”. Chanel extended an offer for Lombardi to resume her work for Paris’ House of Chanel. Lombardi was overwhelmed until she discovered the truth behind Coco’s request. Vera adamantly repudiated Coco’s request, citing the fashion designer’s guise as “cut-throat”. Vera was later captured as an English spy and was locked in a Roman prison by the Gestapo. Chanel was also briefly arrested for war related crimes, shortly after Lombardi’s detainment. However, Coco’s close ties with the British Royal family ultimately prevented her from being taken to trial.

Two years after her close encounter with prison, the Nazi Empire crumbled and France was free once more. Still, the French government warned of harsh punishments to French citizens who may have partnered with the Nazis. Coco’s previous ties with Hans Gunther von Dincklage provoked several rumors about her loyalty to France. Fearfully Chanel fled to Switzerland, in hopes of obtaining a fresh new start. Coco chose to convey an upscale, yet relatively low-key lifestyle, residing in upper Lausanne aside the sandy shores of Lake Geneva. She could often be seen indulging in beauty treatments at the Valmont Clinic, which was in close proximity to her oceanfront home. Chanel was also frequently witnessed at the Steffan tea room in upper Montreux, a popular spot for local celebrities. During her stay in Switzerland, a distraught and spiteful Coco began to create her own collection of perfumes without informing her partner Pierre Wertheimer. Though Wertheimer believed his legal rights were breached, he settled the disagreement with Coco civilly. She eventually sold inclusive rights to her name to the Wertheimer family in exchange for a monthly remuneration. This stipend helped to support her and her live-in friend: former Nazi spy, Hans Gunther von Dincklage.

1953 marked the year that Chanel finally returned to Paris, only to discover that famed designer Christian Dior was now the alpha of the couture world. Coco decided to consult her estranged former business-partner Pierre Wertheimer for guidance and financial back-up. In return, Wertheimer was awarded full rights to all Chanel products. Their alliance was hoped to have sparked a flame that would reignite Coco’s majestic stance in the fashion industry. However, this was not the case for the French selection of her clientele. Chanel’s new collections were not successful with local Parisians. It is widely speculated that this is because of Coco’s publicized previous relations with German officer von Dincklage. Still, her collection was celebrated by Americans, who would later become her most prevalent purchases.

In February of 1955, the now famous Chanel suit was re-introduced to the public. Her casual yet sophisticated styles once more captured the eyes of women globally. Also in the same month, the fashionable Chanel chain handled quilted leather handbag originally premiered. Coco additionally and impressively established her first men’s cologne, referred to in France as eau de toilette, which she named Pour Monsieur. Chanel’s spring collection was granted the Fashion Oscar at the 1957 Fashion Awards in Dallas. Soon after, Chanel introduced pea jackets and bell bottoms, whose popularity soared in the 1970’s. Coco is also believed by many to be the initial trend-setter for the now popular suntanned skin look. On the eve of her return from St. Barts, Coco sported a summer glow to a fashion show, standing out from the rest of the powdered and pale faces of all the other women.

January 10, 1971 was the final day of Coco’s life. Her obituary listed her as still “designing, still working” at the time of her death. Though she led a remarkable and extraordinary life, Chanel died alone, with only the presence of her sketches and fabric samples to keep her company. In the last years of her life, Coco had become somewhat of a recluse, only leaving her home when absolutely necessary. She had few real friends, and no family. Many may have envied the aspects of Coco’s glamorous and wealthy lifestyle in theory, but most would not have traded their own lives for hers. Though Coco died with a superfluous amount of money, she was lonesome, and never got to experience the one-of-a-kind love and joy of having a husband or children. After her death, Coco Chanel left behind a true legacy. Still, her life seemed as empty as her pockets were during her childhood. She was 87.

Coco Chanel is one of the most important fashion designers of all time. In fact, Coco Chanel’s influence on modern couture was so prominent that she was the only person in the field to be mentioned on Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century.” Though Coco is still criticized today for being dubious about her childhood and years before her stardom, some support her decisions, citing that she was only attempting to “diminish the disgrace that poverty and illegitimacy bestowed upon the unfortunates in 19th century France”. Though Chanel has been deceased for nearly 30 years, her legacy continues to live on today. In the utmost of impressive ways, Coco Chanel single-handedly changed the face of fashion, and for that, she will live on for eternity.

Roberto Cavalli – The Fashion King

Roberto Cavalli was born on November 15th, 1940 in Italy. He came from a modest family with strong artistic talents and traditions. His grandfather had been an impressionist painter, his mother a tailor.

Cavalli began his career as a young student. Himself and his friend invented, experimented and designed. His first revolutionary creation was a process of printing on light-weight leather.

His print house was a cross between a craftsman’s workshop and an artist’s studio. He was able to accomplish this because of his detailed fabric research and his continuous experimenting with different technologies.

Eventually Cavalli patented the process of printing on leather. Over the next ten years he created what’s known as “patchwork” or “patch quilt” a result of sewing together odd pieces of leather together. During the 1970’s Roberto Cavalli gained international recognition, This was the true beginning of his career.

In 1972 Roberto Cavalli showed his first collection in the historic White Room of Palazzo Pitti in Florence which led to a real scandal. On the catwalk his models were wearing patchwork on denim. Denim was a fabric that was highly disregarded by the straight-laced.

A scorpio true to heart, Cavalli simply refused to bow to the dictatorship of the prevailing fashion. Rather he chose to run as an outsider defending his creativity all the way.

In the early 1990s Roberto Cavalli with the assistance of his wife Eva Duringer, relaunched his challenge to the fashion system. He took his catwalk extravaganza to MilanoCollezioni.

Over the years he has expanded and as well as his Womenswear collection, new lines have been launched: Menswear, Just Cavalli a line for youngsters, Underwear, Class which is a knitwear collection, Freedom his casual line, Eyewear, Timewear, Angels for children 4-14) and Homewear.

An inspiration to the international jet-set, Roberto Cavalli is eclectic, social and ironic by nature, as a designer he sets himself apart through his natural vivaciousness and extreme cordiality, as well as his proverbial hospitality.

He loves to surround himself with friends to celebrate not only his successes but even the smallest occasion: He is known for his brilliant career and as equally as well for his spectacular parties

Roberto Cavalli is a mainstay among the famous international designers. He continues to enjoy and have a blast each and every day. He stated recently “I’ve been running after success my whole life. It took me 35 years but I finally caught it and I’m happy now.”

In today’s world everyone knows his name! His fashions are known for their raucous elegance, ridiculous embellishment, and shameless sexiness. Cavalli feels that too many designers were designing into the mold of sellable.

Roberto Cavalli never fell into that trap, he consistently and continuously designed outside the box. Cavalli says “Every day I go to work to create what I think of as a form of art, but art that only comes to life when it is worn by a woman at her strongest moment, when she is feeling free, in love with her life and her self.”

We an expect to see Cavalli’s designs continue to hit the catwalk. Visit Robert Cavalli’s Official Fashion Site for more

Loeffler Randall 2011 Spring Footwear – Seeing The Romantic Spring

In the Loeffler Randall 11 Spring/Summer ads, models who have the slender legs are walking in the garden, wearing with new shoes from the brand. It is indeed a visual enjoyment to feast your eyes.

Surrounded by the white daisies and purple lavender, the world seems to be full of the romantic spring fragrance. And the shoes, just like the fairies in the garden, are adding the vivid breath. Moving in the light foot, every model is absolutely lost in the spring paradise.

High-heeled sandals in the warm colors such as camel, orange, silver, and bronze etc. are bringing every girl into a dreamy world in which they are wearing the gorgeous dresses and be the sweet princesses. Those ankle wrap designs even add comfort to these fantastic and charming beautiful shoes. They are absolutely the estimable single product to match well with the different fashionable outfits.

The unsophisticated countryside breath, pairing with the fashionable gridding wedgie with wooden sole, is the perfect interpretation of the simple and stylish. And the ribbon in the back perfectly adds the shoes with the sense of cute and lively. Or the integration of zebra is easily releasing the sexy.

Just image that in the bright sunshine, you are putting on the bright white veil and shoes, the slim bow around the ankle, and you are surely eager to dance in the flowers. There are various styles of the Loeffler Randall 2011 spring footwear. Just start to collect your romantic spring accessories from Loeffler Randall 2011 spring footwear.

Office Ladies Love It – The 2011 Spring and Summer Collection From Celine

Established in 1945, Celine has always been representing the fine quality and the delicate fashion. Its products range covers clothing, handbags, shoes and even perfume etc. Women love the products from Celine because Celine has always put delicacy and fashion first in its design concept.

For the 2011 spring and summer handbags collection, Celine once again meets lots of its female fans’ expectation by putting forward one concise and graceful line of handbags. This line would go especially to the favor of the office ladies. Let’s take a look together.

Most handbags from the Celine 2011 spring and summer handbag collection look fresh and concise. There is not much decoration on the bag giving one the straight and simple delicacy. Most bags are displaying only one color like the bright yellow, light yellow and beige. Those colors are the popular choices for an office lady in young spring and cheerful summer. The lines of the bags are smooth and give a sense of tender and grace for the owner.

The choice of material is the luxuriant leather. Going with concise and decent design, the graded material would endow the bag with a noble look thus winning the heart of many office ladies.

The spring and summer collection offers you a lots of choices in terms of styles. The small clutch would match perfectly with your summer light dress, while the big satchel makes a wonderful company for your spring travel or outdoor activity. What’s more, you could even choose the fashion shoulder bag to stand out your personality when you go to work. They are wonderful, right?

As a matter of fact, this 2011 spring and summer collection is chased by lots of office ladies since its launch. And I personally love it too. So, what’s your opinion for the collection.

The Perfect Spring Scarf

Shopping for new clothes for a whole new different season can be such a big pain in the head and even in our budget. How do you go from season to season? Which key pieces do you splurge on and which of your last season’s wardrobe can be kept and used for the new one? One thing is for sure, to say goodbye to winter, you should trade in your thick wool scarves for the perfect spring scarf.

How to Wear Your Spring Scarves

1. The most popular choice of women during the spring is to wear a gorgeous sundress and add on an equally pretty scarf. There are so many scarves to choose from: silk, cashmere, pashmina or even those creatively crafted knitted or crocheted ones. There are also so many ways on how to tie them. You can do a classic tie and knot around your neck or you can simply keep it long and let it drape and dangle over your shoulders.

This trend of wearing a dress and a scarf is always the best fashion choice of women all over the world. Celebrities are among the biggest fans of this and as proof of their love and frenzy over this, come spring time, you will definitely see them sporting this look all over magazine pages, tabloid pictures and even on the fashion blogs in the internet. So take a tip or two from them and wear your favorite scarf and create your own twist to your lovely spring dress.

2. Spring is the season where everyone finally comes out of their fashion rut. No more love for dark hues and bland colored tops; it is the time for bright and fun accessories and printed clothes. It is during this season when most people resurrect their creativity and imagination and their love for experimenting. Trash those uninspiring outfits of last season and create pieces that would express yourself and your reawakening.

As of late, scarves are no longer limited to just having one solid color and looking so plain. There are so many designs and patterns to choose from like stripes, animal prints, polka dots and even cartoons. Wearing scarves can also mean making that your signature look. Even if you are wearing something as plain as an old white shirt, you can still create a statement by choosing a scarf that can catch everyone’s attention. So even if you are simply wearing a rugged shorts and a basic tee, a splash of fun through your scarf can do just the trick.

3. Spring evenings can still have that chilly breeze of winter. During night outs or meet ups with friends for dinner, you can use your scarf as a cover up. There is no need to overly cover yourself with a jacket or a sweater because it may get warm fast indoors. The simple fix is to just wear a scarf and you can easily take it off and tie it on your bag without having to carry around something bulky like a jacket. With a scarf, not only will you stay warm, you will also still look chic and in season with it on you.

Scarves are the best transitional pieces that you can have in your wardrobe. It can take you from one season to the next. This spring, not only will you be able to stay in your budget, you will easily have the right fashion fix with a scarf.

Fashion Trends – A Must For The Fashion Conscious

Whether at Page 3 parties or at blog spots, everyone wants to be up to date in what they wear or say or like or how they behave. Keeping abreast of fashion trends ensures that one does not make a social gaffe in interacting with ones peers.

What is in fashion keeps on changing. The pace of change is very fast now. Haute couture changes every spring and fall and perhaps even in between. The Top of the Pops is never top of the pops for long. Hence it is very easy to make a mistake – to go to a social event wearing bold orange when the colour of the season is pastel yellow. Decades ago fashion trends use to filter down by word of mouth. People would talk about what trend setters were wearing and start emulating them. However this process of information was very slow. And by the time the public at large began to adapt, the trends went out of fashion.

Today the situation is different. Fashion trends are set not by the social elite but by the purveyors of fashion. Fashion houses preview their fall collection in the middle of summer so that everyone knows what will be in fashion in fall. Marketing campaigns decide which perfume women will soon be wearing. And because fashion is big business fashion trends are not guarded secretively as they once were. The more people that become aware of what is in fashion, the greater will be the sales of fashion goods. Therefore it is in the interest of producers of fashion goods and services that they announce their plans loud and clear.

Word of mouth trickle down is no longer in vogue. There are scores of magazines on every aspect of fashion that are doing rip-roaring business. There are web sites by the dozens that are updated regularly informing the surfer of what is in and what is out. Hence if you are fashion conscious with a little effort you can stay abreast of the fashion trends.

The Coronado Springs Resort – Where Spanish Elegance Meets Disney World!

Imagine a mix of elegant Old World Spain, the American Southwest and the magic of Walt Disney World. It all adds up to one thing:

Disney’s Coronado Springs resort.

Walt Disney World’s Coronado Springs resort in Orlando manages to blend new world amenities with old world charm. It also manages to seamlessly incorporate various Latin architecture styles into a beautiful complex. Then there’s that extra touch of Disney magic!

About the Coronado Springs Resort

The Coronado Springs resort is the newest of Disney’s Moderate resorts. This means that it has some extras that the Disney Value resorts do not offer. The hotel is fairly close to being a deluxe, but at the moderate (i.e. much better) price.

The 1,912 rooms at the resort measure 314 square feet each. Suites are available, but the majority of the rooms are standards with two double beds. A select few rooms feature king beds. The resort offers high speed Internet; however, be prepared to pay an extra charge for WiFi.

A concierge desk is available. Other amenities include limited room service, a health spa, laundry rooms, and a beauty/barber shop.

Finding Food at the Resort

The Pepper Market is a grab and go dining facility. It offers quick meals that are often prepackaged for easy eating on the go. In addition to roasted chicken, salads, and traditional food court offerings; an on site bakery offers tasty treats.

The Maya Grill is a featured table service restaurant on the Disney Dining Plan. Its fusion cuisine offers something for everyone, including chicken, fish and beef. A wonderful and delicious dessert is the perfect way to end the meal. Note that the portions are very large, and many guests report being able to split one dish. Beware that the Maya Grill is only open for breakfast and dinner, so be prepared to eat lunch elsewhere.

Things to Do at Coronado Springs

Don’t miss out on the fabulously themed pools. The “Dig Site” is fashioned after Mayan ruins and offers a cool and relaxing dip in the water. The La Vida Heath Club can also be a great place to relax. State of the art exercise equipment is available, and massages can be booked.

Kids and adults will enjoy the two arcades, full of fun video games. And, there’s plenty to keep anyone occupied outside. Jogging trails, volleyball, bike and watercraft rentals are all available if you enjoy the sun!

Other Information to Know

Free transportation is offered to all of the parks. The Coronado is closest to the Animal Kingdom, but all of the parks are just a short (free) bus ride away. Even Downtown Disney can be reached easily by bus.

Prices vary depending on the season. Obviously, fewer discounts will be available during peak seasons when the resort can easily sell out. Off peak times are often the best time to get a good deal. Holidays are often crowded as well, so plan accordingly.

Some Tips For Choosing the Perfect Spring Wedding Dress

Finding the perfect spring wedding dress is no easy feat, and it is a good idea for the spring bride to start the search long before the weather begins to warm up.

Starting early means that you will have the best selection and the best prices, but waiting until the last minute can leave you frustrated and disappointed.

As with other aspects of planning the perfect wedding, choosing the perfect spring wedding dress will take some time.

The key To Finding A Spring Wedding To Fit Your Style

There are of course many different places to find that perfect wedding dress, from traditional sources like dressmakers, bridal shops and department stores to less traditional outlets like vintage clothing stores and antique shops.

The key is to find a wedding dress that is a reflection of your own unique taste and style.

Shop Around Widely

For some brides that may mean a traditional spring wedding dress, complete with flowing train and beautifully accented headpiece. For others the perfect wedding dress will be quite a bit more casual, with a short, sexy and sporty style.

No matter which style is right for you, it is a good idea to shop around widely in order to find the perfect dress.

Using Resources To fit Your Dress

If you are at a loss as to which wedding dress is right for you, it may be possible to draw some inspiration from the many wedding planning guides and bridal magazines at the local newsstand or bookstore.

The styles for spring wedding dresses are always changing, and keeping up with the latest wedding fashions can be a difficult process. Paging through a recent bridal magazine can give you some great ideas on what to look for when you go shopping.

The Advantage Of Shopping Early

Of course most of us will be looking for a good deal on that spring wedding dress as well, and that is another advantage of shopping early.

Many major markets will have one or more outlet stores where top quality wedding gowns can be purchased for a fraction of their original prices.

By scoping out the sales smart brides may be able to find the perfect spring wedding dress for their special day and save enough money to pay for the perfect honeymoon as well.

Denim Fashion Trends of the Season – Spring-Summer 2010

Many spring-summer 2010 fashion shows were carried out under the motto “militarism and craziness” and customized denim fashion revealed these tendencies as well. The most stylish jeans of the season spring-summer 2010 are skinny, torn, of dirty khaki, gray, blue or black colors. They are best of all combined with long sweaters or tops in military style. Other trends are the 1990s and a sexy look.

Dyed jeans are still in, this spring they come in skinny, straight, torn, short and long variants. Another reminder of the 1990s’ fashion are custom jeans in grunge style which look as if they have been worn for several seasons. Boyfriend jeans are still popular too. For example, such jeans can be found in the latest collections of Ralph Lauren, Jean Paul Gaultier, Getwear or Versace. The latter fashion house presented its variation of boyfriend jeans wide on the thighs and tight on the ankles. Unique brand presented their vision of boyfriend style grunge jeans fitting women’s figure, however they are also very relaxed and extremely worn.

Extraordinarily embellished subculture jeans will also be fashionable in the coming season. Trussardi presents its extravagant jeans model 1911 with pockets worn and torn. Just Cavalli denim collection is built on the combination of denim fabric with flower ornaments. Jeans decorated with zippers, rivets, chains and prints are also a trend of spring-summer 2010.

Classical jeans are timeless and in the new season they are certainly worn as well. Worn straight-cut classical jeans can be found in the newest collections of D&G, Getwear, William Rast and Alexander McQueen.

Elegant skinny black jeans are a hit of the coming season, as well as cuts, jeggings and gray jeans. Banana Republic brand also presents denim trench coats and worn denim shirts combined with cotton cardigans and linen dresses. Another novelty of spring-summer 2010 is the use of denim patch pockets.

Denim shorts are of immediate interest during hot summer days. They are comfortable and practical. Spring-summer 2010 season presents ultrashort denim shorts of black and red colors. Torn shorts and shorts with cuts are also in. The best shoes to combine them with are ballerinas and shoes with high heels. The best accessories are massive colliers and bracelets, belt-bracelets and massive sunglasses as well as aviator sunglasses.

Jeans with corsage popular during the season autumn-winter 2009/2010 stay for spring and summer, too. Made to measure jeans with corsage are embellished with buttons and lacing and look exquisite especially in dark colors. Such jeans make your waist look slimmer and your legs visually longer, their importance can not be overstated. The best way is to combine jeans with corsage with a white blouse, short bolero or a jeans jacket. All the more so, double denim stays popular during the coming season, too. And don’t forget about high heels! Stay tuned!