Purple is powerful
And does. Because in our community purple is not a fashion statement, rather it is an overt and celebrated commitment to caring about those amongst us who need a hand from time to time for reasons beyond their control. Purple was being proudly worn down the main street, in our schoolyards, on the golf course and wildly at random by people of all shapes and sizes, ages and genders and standings in life. All in the name of The Gift – a community focus of which our town can feel justifiably proud and which is the envy of many surrounding communities. The Purple Weekend, the pinnacle of the annual program, was again a triumph and again drew a lot of people to town to join in the occasion with the Vintage Engine and Machinery Rally and White Truck Muster. As founder Liz Dillon says, every chance she gets, The Gift ...

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Piercings nose their way into mainstream fashion as a form of self-expression
Valeria Morales entered a shop on the Venice boardwalk to get her septum pierced and thought, “Why not?” The first-year statistics student already had 10 piercings, including two cartilage piercings and a belly button piercing. Two of Morales’ friends had just gotten their septa pierced and she liked how it looked, she said. Worried she would look like a bull, Morales tested out fake septum rings she bought online to see how they looked on her. She liked the boldness. Morales and other UCLA students are attracted to piercings not because of the rebellious stereotype, but because they said piercings are in fashion. The perception of piercings has changed throughout history. In the 1980s and 1990s, piercings received more intense reactions and had different meanings, said Ritchie Love, the master piercer and manager of Ancient Adornments in Westwood. If a man had his left ear pierced, people would assume he ...

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Author Gabrielle Tozer on firsts, fiction, and fr-omances
Many people are happy to leave the uncertainty of their teens behind. But award-winning young adult author Gabrielle Tozer – now about to publish her third and most difficult novel – keeps going back for more. „It is such a messy exciting time,“ she says. „One of the reasons I like young adult fiction so much is that it explores so many firsts.“ „Everything you feel, you feel a thousand times over, and I love that intensity.“ Tozer’s novels cover first jobs, new loves, big decisions, the agony of indecision and uncertainty (Should I stay or go? Does he like me?), peer pressure – and lots of kissing. „I seem to choose things that I want teenagers to know on another level, without beating them over the head. Themes that let teenagers know who they are. They’re almost reassuring; ‚You are doing great, keep going‘,“ she says, over lunch at ...

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Meet Russia’s Very Own Christian Dior
At 79 years of age, Russian designer Vyacheslav “Slava” Zaitsev can still seduce a runway audience as easily as he did when he first launched his career during the Soviet Union in the early 1960s. His signature gowns and coats, often made with the rich, traditional floral prints of pavlovo posad scarves, are finished with a couture-like hand. At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia, attendees erupted in applause after seeing one of Zaitsev’s wildly ornate creations, a look that could have been plucked out of a Russian folktale. Though Zaitsev’s traditional style may seem out of place at a Fashion Week focused on emerging technology and talent, the event’s organizers consider it important for the designer to present. “This is the first [designer] that young people should learn from, the roots, the cultural background, the craftsmanship,” says Alexander Shumsky, executive president of the Russian Fashion Council and founder of Mercedes-Benz Fashion ...

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Phillip Lim Fetes New Bal Harbour Boutique
  (Photo:red formal dresses)Phillip Lim and Wen Zhou channeled Crockett and Tubbs fame to celebrate their new Bal Harbour boutique. The partners opened 3.1 Phillip Lim’s third U.S. store in November but waited until March 9 to host the bay side bash at the postmodernist Pink House designed by Arquitectonica and featured in the original “Miami Vice.” The head start on spring break paid off as a snowstorm was about to hit New York. “You could put me in a shack, and I’d still be happy as long as I can get some sun,” said Lim, who actually stayed at the snazzy Soho Beach House, where he gave a talk and eased right back into his former Southern California lifestyle. “I grew up in Orange County, so I feel at home with sunshine and palm trees.” Rather than fashion executives’ usual, in-and-out tour of retail centers, he also used his ...
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Lebanese fashion blogger struts her stuff
  (Photo:formal dresses online)“Hard work pays off, consistency is key and we should always keep dreaming,” Lebanese fashion blogger and entrepreneur Lana El Sahely said as she reflected on her personal success after walking Dolce & Gabbana’s runway at Milan Fashion Week. On Feb. 26, Sahely was the only model from the Arab world to take to the D&G catwalk, as part of a group of millennial A-listers, celebrity progenies and social media personalities who were personally invited by the luxury fashion house to exhibit D&G’s fall/winter 2017-18 collection. “It was my first time at Milan Fashion Week and my first experience ever with Dolce & Gabbana,” Sahely, 26, told The Daily Star. “I got to meet both designers and chitchat about the fashion scene in the Middle East, as well as my blogging journey.” Sahely launched her fashion blog, “L’Armoire De Lana,” six years ago. The initiative made her ...
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Enigmatic young South African designer showcases at London Fashion Week
Having been nominated for an award in the Local/Global exhibition at London fashion week, we took the time to speak to her at the exhibition of worldwide fashion and the designers who make it. I sat down with the designer and discussed her brand, her vision and the future. The AKEDO brand officially launched January 2014. The brand aims at creating a fine line between sophisticated and weird design with a different viewpoint for what has been considered ‘African’ design. Clean minimal silhouettes are contrasted by hand painted and designed prints or textures. Rather than designing the typical ethnocentric African design, the AKEDO brand interprets the continent in a way true to the brand instead of a way expected for an African brand. AKEDO not only focuses on the clothing aspect of the brand but on the brand as a whole, it is not just about a clothing label- it ...

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Nail the Mismatched Groomsmen Trend With These Easy Guidelines
It’s no longer rare to see bridesmaids each rocking outfits that reflect their personalities and body types, but why should ladies get to have all the fun? Lately, groomsmen are also getting in on the mismatched trend, with style experts noting that it’s a great way to let the members of your wedding party express their individuality. But before you give the most important guys in your life carte blanche to pick their outfits, make sure to lay out these guidelines to keep everyone looking stylish and cohesive. Can you say squadgoals? The Benefits of the Mismatched Trend For guys that already have a rotation of suits in their closet, it’s an easy way to help them save some cash. „The trend may not be appropriate for every wedding but it’s a great way to allow gentlemen to flex their style muscle and potentially save some money,“ says Colin Megaro, ...

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5 tips to pick the best jewellery on Valentine’s Day
  (Photo:formal dresses online australia)Look out for quality and style while keeping in mind the budget before selecting jewellery as a gift on Valentine’s Day, an expert suggests. Jewellery designer Pritesh Goyal lists the factors one must think about before making a purchase: * Quality: When you are gifting something like jewellery, quality matters a lot because you can’t afford to let these pricey gifts of yours get broken in a day or two. Do a research on how to check quality of precious metals and stones, before going through the stores. When in a store, remember to ask for documents proving authentication of jewels, like diamond certificates. * Style: When you have decided to gift jewellerey to your Valentine, then make sure you have clear cut and exact knowledge of their style and taste. Do a detailed observation of what gemstones or metal types she likes to have and ...
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Fashion notes: Life lessons on lip care
  (Photo:white formal dresses)If you ask me, lipstick is one of the most challenging aspects of make-up. It flakes, stains and sometimes somehow gets smeared across your chin. Contrary to what cosmetic brands may promise, there’s has never been an absolutely perfect lipstick on the market – I find that the formulas are either exceedingly runny or too dry. If you have a special date this Valentine’s Day, you really need to sort out your lipstick issues ­beforehand. You don’t want to have to avoid eating anything for fear that your lipstick will end up on your food, and the last thing that you want is your significant other noticing any lipstick smudges on your front teeth. Two days before your big date, I suggest using a lip scrub while you’re in the shower. This will get rid of any dry, dead skin. Then make sure to keep moisturising your ...
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Ashley Benson can’t apply fake eyelashes
Ashley Benson relies on her Pretty Little Liars co-star Shay Mitchell to ensure her false eyelashes look good. Ashley always rocks flawless beauty looks on the red carpet and social media, but she only manages to achieve her perfect look with the help of her friend and fellow actress Shay. „Shay hasn’t learned anything from me because I don’t know how to do my make-up,“ Ashley laughed to PeopleStyle. „But she’s tried to teach me to put lashes on, which I’m so bad at. She’s put my lashes on before, and she taught me how to contour. My lashes would come out so crooked and upside down and she’d be like, ‚Ash it’s so easy!‘ And I’m like, ‚Shay literally I can’t I don’t know what’s going on but it doesn’t work.'“ She reveals that even the male stars on the set of Pretty Little Liars are better at applying ...

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Rachel Comey on the women’s march, the future, and the transformative power of fashion
Back in New York Sunday after a nonstop 48 hours for the Women’s March on Washington, Rachel Comey discussed her experience and how the fashion industry might keep this momentum going. Last week, Comey wrote a letter to the Council of Fashion Designers of America encouraging her fellow designers to champion the march via social media, hitting the pavement and donating proceeds. Dealing with a bout of post-presidential election blues, she mulled over how to energize her own constituency. Starting with a long look at her company, she tuned into the fact that the fashion industry employs a lot of women and caters to them as customers. When she heard about the March on Washington, she knew she was in. And the event did not disappoint — the designer even considered the 90-minute standstill that left her “pancaked” with 1,200 members of the SEIU labor union to be “really great ...

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The Importance of Being Audrey
Cinema history is filled with stars created by the studio system. Carefully controlled, modified, costumed, and trained, these performers often became much more than originally met the eye. Many had natural talent, some only charisma, and others great beauty. Occasionally, however, a performer emerged who, against all preconceived odds of what a star should be or look like, knocked down the walls of convention by becoming nothing other than what they already were. Audrey Hepburn was the embodiment of this fundamental truth. In an era dominated by the atomic prurience of the bombshells and on the heels of the Forties glamazons, Audrey revolutionized movie glamour with an understated allure that had never been seen on-screen before. Not an actress of the chameleon variety, she relied on innate gifts, undiluted by specific training. She maneuvered sleekly within a narrow range, her fashion-model perfection never completely submerged. Audrey’s unique appearance—the short hair, ...

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Men up to the minute
Want 2017 to be your best (sartorial) year? Well, following the laws laid out by the city’s fashion fraternity won’t disappoint. We talk to popular mens wear designers in town to give us a peek into mens wear trends ’17 that score major points on the fashion radar… Apparel: Vouching by how fitted silhouettes is the the way forward, designer Paresh Lamba says, “Tailored double breasted suits in checks, particularly wide window pane and compact graph checks along with chalk stripes will be an everlasting trend here after. Recognising the redundancy of seasonal wardrobes in a world by climate change, this season is all about the topcoat, structured coats and panelled jackets. Zippered shorts spotted in white, gold and blacks is going to be most spotted in 2017. The rule applies to ethnic, casual and even semi-formal wear.” Incidentally, the trends are fuss-free, with global trends focusing on one major ...

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Ballard-Campbell
  (Photo:http://www.marieaustralia.com/formal-dresses-brisbane)Kelly Campbell and Ryan Ballard were united in marriage June 17, 2016. Sam Skibbe, cousin of the bride, officiated the garden wedding in White Hall at the home of Beverly and Carl Moulton, grandparents of the groom. The bride is the daughter of Terri and James Campbell of Jacksonville. The groom’s parents are Dawn and Dan Ballard of White Hall. The bride was given in marriage by her parents. Katie Newport, friend of the bride, was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Kate Palazzolo, cousin of the bride, and Jillian Hicks, friend of the bride. Matt Ballard, brother of the groom, was the best man. Groomsmen were Kendrick Ballard and Seth Price, cousins of the groom. Flower girls were Neko Wilde, niece of the bride, and Maggie Palazzolo, cousin of the bride. Ring bearer was Dominic Palazzolo, cousin of the bride. Ceremony music was arranged by Joseph Wilde, brother ...
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