Friday, 14 December 2012

On The 1st day of Christmas: Grazia's Fashion Team Reveal Their Christmas List Edit.

The time for giving and receiving is nigh, but should you be struggling for inspiration, Grazia’s Fashion Team have compiled their ultimate festive wish lists to offer some seriously chic pointers.
Buying for a fashion savvy female is both challenging and expensive. And while we most definitely do have some big ticket items on our lists, you also might be surprised by the high street goodies we’d love to wake up to come December 25th.
So from Fashion Director Susannah Frankel’s stealth status picks to Deputy Fashion News & Features Editor Hannah Almassi’s quirky but cool faves, there is something for your loved ones no matter their style.
Click through the gallery above to see all our picks – and let us know which pieces you’d love to see under your tree. To shop the lists, click through the links below!
Catherine Nieto, Fashion Editor

Sophie Ferguson Jones, Fashion Editor

Katherine Ormerod, Senior Fashion News & Features Editor
Susannah Frankel, Fashion Director
While nothing is available online from Susannah’s wish list, you can contact the following brands:
Handbag from Celine, Pink Stole from Marc Jacobs, Black jacket from Chanel, Sleeveless suit from Balenciaga, Duster coat from Miu Miu

Charlie Miller, Executive Fashion & Beauty Director

Hannah Almassi, Deputy Fashion News & Features Editor
Caroline Ferry, Fashion Assistant

Lily Russo, Shopping Editor

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Behati Prinsloo is our FashionTv Model of the week: Tales of a Namibian.

She was discovered by Kate Moss’ Agent,  is dating Maroon 5 frontman, Adam Levine, and has now made her debut acting cameo on Hawaii-5.0. We’re talking about none other than Victoria’s Secret Angel and Namibian stunner, Behati Prinsloo -- FashionTV’s Model of the Week!

Age: 23

Reputation: A bubbly, fresh-faced Angel that loves a good drive in a fast car

Fashion Fact: Some may be surprised to know that the lingerie model’s father is a pastor!

African-born Behati Prinsloo, was raised in Grootfontein, Namibia, but it was the vacation of a lifetime that would change the path of the Victoria’s Secret Angel’s future; helping to turn her into one of the most sought after, stunning, and sexy models on the scene.

While holidaying in Cape Town, South Africa, the owner of Storm models, Sarah Doukas, spotted the 16-year-old beauty and decided that Prinsloo was the next hot thing, offering her an opportunity that she simply couldn’t refuse!

Model Moments

After Prinsloo was discovered, she quickly made a name for herself; her piercing eyes and bubbly personality, captivating the hearts and souls of fashion designers and editors around the world. She debuted on the catwalk for Miu Miu and walked at Prada as an exclusive model in 2005. Shortly after, she made it into British Vogue, which marked the beginning of many more editorials to come.

In 2006, the rising star was flown from fashion week to fashion week, featuring on the runway for the likes of Chanel, Fendi, and Alexander McQueen, and by 2008 she had graced many-a-catwalk both in Europe and the US, adding Elie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney and many more top designers to her resume.

“What I like about modelling the most is the travelling, seeing different place and meeting all the different people, you really make so many friends in different places. It’s really nice,” Prinsloo said in an interview with FashionTV.

But most famously, it was Prinsloo’s 2008 debut on the Victoria’s Secret catwalk that sealed the deal, and bolted her position to mega-model fame, as she signed with the sexy lingerie brand as a representative for the Victoria’s Secret Pink Collection. And to date, the Namibian darling has continued to grace the Angel’s runway every year since her debut, being granted “Angel” status in 2009.

In addition to her huge catwalk successes, Prinsloo has been one of the most sought after models for ad campaigns. Her first, was for Kurt Geiger in 2005. She was then chosen to be a representative as the face of Nina Ricci, as well as feature in campaigns for Marc by Marc Jacobs and H&M in 2006. She later starred in campaigns for Hugo by Hugo Boss (2007), Tommy Hilfiger (2007), Nine West (2008), DKNY Jeans (2008), Lacoste (2009) and many more.

Prinsloo Now

When she’s not busy running between photo shoots or going for a quick-spin in boyfriend Adam Levine’s vintage Porsche, the self-confessed tomboy enjoys a good volleyball game.  But her most recent venture is a cameo acting role, playing a Victoria’s Secret model (hopefully not too hard!) in American series Hawaii Five-0.


Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Canadian Label, Hoojoom unveils latest sports lifestyle holiday line

Coming from the shores of North America in Canada is the great news that is making the mills as regards crooner label, Hoojoom Clothing unveiling its newest and rare brands of sporting lifestyle wears.

With the holidays around the corner, Hoojoom Clothing announces the launch of their sports lifestyle brand.  

A new apparel company, Hoojoom stems from the ideology of someone who never surrendered and was forever striving for #1. This way of life is visually captured and applied in their unique style and designs.

With a concept centred on sports, the visually stunning designs capture the imagination and are ideal for anyone who is bold enough to wear them, whether they are sports-minded or not.

Nick Maalouf, Director of Sales at Hoojoom, says, “if you’re in a bind, and can’t put your finger on what to get that person on your shopping list, I think you could find something perfect at Hoojoom. We have created a line that captures the imagination, with an incredible feel, and great for everybody.”

The company uses the newest technology to produce the lightweight, ultra soft shirts, making this a gift that is sure to please.
The company is currently signing on new distributors and the line will soon be carried in local sports stores and pro shops throughout Canada and the USA.
Hoojoom Clothing stems from the ideology of someone who never surrendered and was forever striving for #1. This way of life is visually captured and applied in our unique style and designs.

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Interview with FashionTV Poster Girl Fahrani: Talks Tattoos, Trends, Talent and more.

Talk about it, ok. This girl started modeling at the age of 13, has tattoos all over, and has built herself a wild reputation. But what is life really like living in Bali and who is the REAL Fahrani Empel. FashionTV get to find out, in an exclusive interview with the Indonesian model.

Read the interplay after the jump: 

Fahrani Empel, FashionTv.

You featured in the first edition of FashionTV magazine and made it as our cover girl for the Gold Issue! How did the photo shoot go?

Fa’: It went awesome! I couldn’t ask for a better result. We shot it in Los Angeles and I loved how I could play around with the ‘wild’ theme. But I had never, or ever will be into snakes – at all! When the albino boa showed up on set, I was definitely freaking out.

You’re tattoos seem to be part of your signature look. Did you get them to enhance your style-appeal?

Fa’: Well, I definitely get these tattoos for that reason! It was purely because I love body art. After a while I saw how people reacted to them and soon realized that everyone is ready for an edgier, tattooed girl to be a part of the entertainment and fashion industry.

Are you a style innovator, trend setter, or fashion follower?

Fa’: Hmm… Let’s put it this way. I wear things whenever I like, wherever, and however I want. I believe in being creative with who you are also applies to the wardrobe that you wear. I can’t really be categorized in any of them because on fashion because I get inspired from people around me and if people get inspired by me then I’m happy that I have passed on my energy.
 Posing in prints for FashionTV

You now live in Bali. What’s the story behind the move?

Fa’: To put it simply, Bali is beautiful. And not just visually, but spiritually as well. The spirit of the island, has made me fall in love with the lifestyle here.

Are you as wild as people perceive you to be?

Fa’: People will always tend to judge others from the outside because it’s in our nature. I don’t blame people for having the wrong perception of me. There’s a routine to my life: I wake up early to take my dogs for a walk, I bless the trees, go to a yoga class or hit the gym and do my work until it’s time to go home to cook dinner. Is that wild? Wild can be specified into so many different ways.

Do you think that by living in Indonesia, with it’s many restrictions and cultural boundaries, that you are not able to express yourself as freely as you would like?

Fa’: In some cases I do agree with this kind of limitation, but being Indonesian, I grew up with all of that. I have come to an understanding of it where I respect where these restrictions and boundaries are coming from. I think you can still do, say and wear whatever you want but just have to be aware of your surroundings.

Fa' rocks the gold shoes-python look

How is acting compared to modelling?

Fa’: They are two completely different things. I only model several times in a year now. Modelling is just a gig for me. But as for acting, it’s a never-ending learning experience for me. I love it more than just being a model but I’m still a baby in that field so I still have a long, long way to go.

Who is your biggest critic?

Fa’: My mother, for sure. She has the experience when it comes to working in the industry, but she’s also the voice of reason in my life. Besides her, my biggest critic would be myself.

So many young women want to be in your shoes, What’s the secret to success and the wisdom you can share?

Fa’: I would say to just be yourself and be confident. Chase your dreams if you truly believe in them because everyone else believes in you. Oh! And also... never forget to stay humble!


Friday, 7 December 2012

Good News Of Good tidings as H&M is set to launch global clothes collection initiative.

News making the mills currently is that, Swedish fashion retailer H&M is launching a worldwide clothes collecting scheme next year as part of its sustainability offering.

From February 2013 in selected stores, customers will be able to hand in used and unwanted garments into H&M stores, in exchange for a 5 Pound discount voucher for each bag donated. The collected clothes will then be handled by H&M’s partner, I:Collect, which provides the infrastructure in which consumer goods are repeatedly reprocessed and made available for new use.

Commenting on the initiative, Karl-Johan Persson, CEO H&M, said: “Our sustainability efforts are rooted in a dedication to social and environmental responsibility. We want to do good for the environment, which is why we are now offering our customers a convenient solution: to be able to leave their worn out or defective garments with H&M”

The scheme is very similar to Marks & Spencer’s ‘Shwopping’, which is fronted by Joanna Lumley, however unlike that initiative which is limited to the UK, the H&M scheme will run in all 48 markets that H&M is present in, from the UK to America, across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

The project has been introduces as part of H&M’s on-going sustainability programmes as its strives to reduce the environmental impact of clothes throughout their lifecycle, as well as to highlight the amount of textiles that are thrown out with domestic waste and end up in landfill.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Fashion Designer Mondo Guerra’s Dress Inspired by HIV Community On World AIDS day.

This is a guest blog post by  Kristyan Morgan.

Fashion designers seek inspiration from the strangest of places. But for Mondo Guerra, Project Runway All Stars winner, inspiration for one of his latest designs has been his life.
The designer recently unveiled an original dress in collaboration with health care specialist Merck to mark World AIDS Day that embodies HIV community's courage and commitment. Incidentally, Guerra himself is HIV-positive, and with this dress he wants to help inspire people living with HIV to have an open dialogue with their doctors. This is one of the key messages of the I Design campaign that Guerra and Merck want to highlight.
(Photo : prnewswire) Fashion designer Mondo Guerra hopes his design would inspire people living with HIV to have an open dialogue with their doctors
"I believe that fashion, as with many forms of art, can serve as a great conversation starter," Guerra said in a statement. "I was inspired by the people I've met through the I Design campaign and a mural created by the HIV Community, and artistically wanted the dress pattern to be abstract to symbolize how every person is different. I hope this dress created for World AIDS Day can be used to further remind people living with HIV about the importance of having meaningful discussions with their doctors."
Interestingly, each component of the dress highlights the importance of patient-doctor interaction. For example, the black bodice and silhouette shows that patients should take some time to prepare for appointments so as to make the most out of every doctor visit, while the use of color blocking stresses the importance of meaningful dialogue with a doctor.
The red sheer overlay shows that HIV patients are all different, which is why patients should work with their doctors to find a "tailored" treatment plan.
Meanwhile, Guerra is not the only fashion designer who has designed an exclusive AIDS Day garment. Italian fashion retailer, early last month, roped in 11 young designers to create an exclusive collection of tops and t-shirts to mark World AIDS Day.
This initiative was launched by OVS in partnership with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
“This partnership with OVS presents an exciting opportunity to reach young people with HIV prevention messages,” Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS was quoted on the organization’s website. “Young people are leading the HIV prevention revolution around the world. Through our joint campaign, we will harness the energy and creativity of youth and the fashion world in support of the global HIV response.”
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