Fashion and Society

In an ideal world, a book should never be judged by its cover and it is extremely unfortunate that even in the liberal world of today people fail to understand that. In the context of humans, that ‘cover’ primarily constitutes of the clothing they choose to wear. Societies and their members, collectively and individually, are constantly engaged in the process of observing and analyzing the patterns and trends of clothing one chooses to follow. Like it or not, people use your fashion sense (or lack of it) to gauge an impression and consequently, to form an opinion about ‘who’ you really are. That itself is the very reason why you should think long and hard about how you want other people to ‘interpret’ you and your personality before you decide what you want to wear. The fact of the matter is that your choice of clothing means and matters a lot more than you think it does.

Fashion helps people relate to an individual’s personality as it reflects an individual’s thoughts and feelings. Furthermore, the colors one chooses to wear also go a long way in informing other people about the mood or the state of mind that person is currently in. In the words of the great Aristotle: “Man is a social animal. He who lives without society is either a beast or God”. Society as a whole is indispensable for human beings and isolation from society is nothing short of a punishment. But in order to be an active and prominent member of the society, you have to dress the part and that is where we come in.

Our fashion team has compiled a list of dos and don’ts for you. Following our advice will ensure that you always dress in a way which is beneficial for you and it will always portray a positive image regarding your personality.

• Take your clothing seriously, but not too seriously. Always try to have fun with your clothing.
• Only wear stuff which makes you feel good.
• Never wear clothes that you associate negative emotions with.
• Always try to look ‘special’, even when it’s not a special day. Do not let yourself slip into a pattern of simply throwing on whatever you find.
• Update your wardrobe regularly, but don’t worry too much about keeping up with the latest fashion trends.
• Wear clothing that matches your physique.
• Try stepping out of your comfort zone every now and then.
• Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors and accessories.

Lastly, one should always keep in mind the hard fact that life is not a popularity contest and it doesn’t really matter if you are unable to impress everybody in your time zone. Haters will hate, and some people will always look for an excuse to belittle you. It is good to be conscious about fashion and to be knowledgeable about its latest trends but being fashionable does not guarantee popularity or success on its own.

What Will Become Of Fashion Now? Valentino Garavani’s Hung Up His Hat!

Italian fashion icon Valentino after 45 years of reining in the top of the Fashion Industry is retiring, after presenting his last collections in Paris, the statement was made from his fashion house, on September 04th 2007.

Valentino’s last pret-a-porter collection will be show cased in October, and his haute couture collection is scheduled for January. His announcement wasn’t a surprise, as everyone knew something was a drift during last July’s three-day extravaganza marking his extraordinary career dressing the world’s most beautiful and famous women.

Highlights from the letter written by Valentino, in a letter announcing his retirement.

Valentino commented about the Rome celebration saying it, “was a magic moment, one which certainly can never be repeated. It would be impossible to equal the emotions and joy I felt for the friendship and consideration that was shown to me on that occasion”.

“Thus I believe the time is right to say good bye to the world of fashion. As the English say: I’d like to leave the party when it’s in full swing,” he added.

“My future now will be full of new activities and interests. Some of these will be tied to the world of fashion. I intend to create and support institutions which promote the study of design and conserve the art of fashion. I believe this would be the best way to continue the marvelous adventure I have had the privilege to experience,” Valentino said.

Although his fashion house is based in Rome, near the Spanish Steps, Valentino has shown his haute couture collections in Paris for the last 17 years. Rome a place where Valentino had commented on more than one occasion as the city who adopted him, had made the city his home.

Last July he presented his last winter haute couture collection during the celebrity-studded celebration there. And it is in the Italian capital, “the city that adopted

me”, that a museum will be created to host the designer’s drawings and creations.

“I love Rome. It’s the only city where I truly feel at home. My headquarters have always been here, this is where I began in the Sixties, those extraordinary years of the Dolce

Vita,” Valentino was quoted to say last summer.

Valentino Garavani, was born in the industrial town of Voghera north of Milan on May 11, 1932.

Aged 17, he relocated to Paris and attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts and apprenticed with Jean Desses and Guy Laroche before opening an atelier in Rome.

His celebrity status was earned with smooth earnest, and he united with architecture student Giancarlo Giannetti, who became his lifelong companion as well as the financial brain behind his world-wide expansion.

Valentino credits Giannetti for allowing him to “live in the clouds” by keeping him away from the “day-to-day chores of life”.

Celebrity Clients. With the trademark red creations. Famous People included:

Princess Grace of Monaco, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren. Jacqueline Kennedy wore Valentino when she married Aristotle Onassis in 1968.

In the year 2000 the American Council of Fashion Designers awarded Valentino a

Lifetime Achievement Award, which is considered the Council’s highest honor.

In 2006, he was adorned with France’s most prestigious award, becoming a member of the Legion d’Honneur.

Valentino’s Words of Wisdom.

Valentino’s claim to fame is quite simply put, he refused to follow fashion trends.

“I never offended a woman nor made her look ridiculous. I have always gone my own way and the result of this is that everyone else copies me,” he said.

“What really disturbs me about some women today is that they have so much to choose from they don’t know what to do any more. Brunettes go blonde and their hair color comes out looking like clay. They walk on these ridiculously high heels and carry those dreadful embroidered bags. I can’t stand it! Long live the simplicity of a white top and a pair of blue trousers!”

We sir are the ones with the privilege of having you father, support and love those in the Fashion Industry, and all affected by you and your house over the years. You truly are one of the most precious founders of fashion, there will never be another like you seen again, and will be dearly missed during Fashion Weeks, and on the runway.

The incons that have touched our lives in one way or another, Giorgio, Valentino, Klein, are not just fashion designers, they are people who will go down in history like Shakespear, and even Elvis. We have all had to privilege to witness these times smooth into a history where genius has created legends! If you get the opporturnity to attend an event of one of the great ones, embrace it with all your heart!

Fashion will learn from Valentino, we all have benefitted from the trends he set over the years. The fashion industry will still be under his influence long after he retires, his impression will live on. So don’t worry too much, he will never really leave us. And besides, he’s retired, but I have no doubt, he’ll still be there, it’s in his blood, it’s who he is, and he will find other outletts that is still involved in Fashion. I have a strong feeling!

Charm and Fashion Bracelets – The Ultimate Choice

Jewellery is women’s best friend too! Bracelets are great way of decorating your wrists. They are worn around the wrist which automatically enhances your look! Charm bracelets are uniquely made to keep away evils or bad luck. Fashion bracelets are a great to give a final touch to your over all look.

Charm bracelets and fashion bracelets are highly in demand and worn frequently. After necklaces and earrings, bracelets are mostly preferred by women in her collection. Many craftsmen are involved in making one beautiful piece of jewellery. Choices of bracelets vary according to the occasion you are going for trendy bracelets are very much in demand and tend to be every woman’s strong wish. Varieties of bracelets are found in the market today.

There are various designs, materials used for making such bracelets. Designs and colours are found in every piece of bracelet. Whether it is a party or a wedding, bracelets look good with your outfit. They go with any kind of outfit and make it even better for you. Jewellery and women can never remain aloof. Bracelets in diamonds, stones, special gems, etc. are beautifully made. They are available in various shapes, designs, colours, to wear for specific occasions. They are an ultimate way to enhance the empty wrist. Be it a big party, a dinner or a dazzling event, bracelet makes it up for you! They are also available in various prices. If you don’t wish to spend much charm and fashion bracelets may be fetched you. Without bracelet it remains undone. It creates a finished look. They are comfortable and a single jewellery piece serves the purpose for anything. In earlier days charm and fashion bracelets were extensively used too.

Charm bracelets were also made from clay, animal teeth or gems. You may also find varied bracelets sold online with beautiful designs and reasonable prices. Branded gold and silver bracelets are in vogue! Delicate designs and intricacy is what is offered.. Fashion bracelets are preferred on most of the outfits, while charm bracelets hold their exclusive look.

Bracelets and other jewellery are found everywhere but choosing the right designs to go with your wrist and the outfit you wear, matters a lot. Fashion is something that can be created by an individual for oneself. So, go out and collect some exclusive bracelets.

Diamond rings are always shown as the symbol of wedding or engagement but nowadays rings are also the part of fashion amongst men. Many new and trendy mens rings are found on the internet and the local Jewellery shop.