Author: Gracie Opulanza

Fast Fashion – Why Designers Love To Reference Cars

Drafting a pencil skirt and a car interior might sound like two radically different tasks, but not if your name is Demna Gvasalia. The Balenciaga designer plucked elements from automobiles for his Fall 2017 collection, turning floor mats and side mirrors into posh skirts and evening clutches. Shocking? Yes, but still utterly chic. It’s worth noting that Gvasalia is far from the first to do so. Since the dawn of the automotive industry, designers have been inspired by those sleek lines and dynamic shapes. Think back to the vehicular curves of the ’50s, Pierre Cardin’s racing stripes in the...

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MC Collignon – The Conscious Collection SS17

MC Collignon – The Conscious Collection feels like graceful strolling on the French boulevard. It is a colouful collection, exuberant yet understated, for all summer occasions. There are different styles that perfectly match together and mix well with the other items from the collection. The collection I wore today contains flowing tops, deux pieces and placed floral prints. The quality of the fabric is luxurious silky, combined with classic crepes, interspersed with lurex twists. The fit emphasizes the feminine and the strong personality of the woman. Empowering Women We share a clear vision, Empowering Women. To awake a feeling...

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Jaguar F-PACE Model S – Luxury Family On 22 Inch Wheels

I grew up in rural Australia on a farm. I remember my parents buying their very first SUV in the nineties. Back in those days these type of cars were in their infancy. The technology was very basic and the power of the engine was nothing to what I am driving today. The Jaguar F-PACE is what I call one sexy and powerful looking SUV. I am always looking for cars that are statement pieces. I work in the world of fashion and in this pretentious environment, first impressions counts. Cars for me are as much a lifestyle statement as...

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Tulip Season Holland – 7 Million Flower Bulbs Bloom In Spring

The best time to travel to Holland is in mid April to see the tulips at their best. This is a unique trip and a must do. I would recommend doing it on a bike. As you can get better access to the fields and explore the smells nature as to offer here. Tulip season runs from the end of March until mid May, but the flowers are usually at their best halfway through April. More than 7 million flower bulbs bloom in spring at the Keukenhof in Lisse. One of the most frequently asked questions is “what is...

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Samsonite’s Suitcases – The Serious Traveller

In April 2017 Samsonite launches its most up to date Curv® collection combining the best materials with a contemporary design: Lite-Box. State -of-the-art technology combined with a great deal of attention to detail give the suitcase its key look: a large volume boxy case in a dynamic vertical design with prominent outside corner protections. he interior is a winner too: fully-lined with soft touch premium fabric, the 2 divider pads and in height-adjustable cross ribbons (top and bottom) ensure a perfect organisation that can be accommodated to the needed volume of your luggage. The award-winning Cosmolite is Samsonite’s best-selling product line in Europe. It is made from revolutionary Curv®...

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Inspirational Women’s Day – The Best Red Carpet Looks

Even in the cutting rooms of Los Angeles. There are still some PR assistants who are counting up all the column style inches from the red carpet looks that we saw over 2016. These days, it really is not an exaggeration to say that between the movie premiers, film festivals and awards shows, literally tens of thousands of ´starlet looks´ can be showcased on the red carpet. “For a young designer, a photo of a big celebrity in their design on a best-dressed list can be completely career-making; however, the problem with Hollywood is that there is a hierarchy...

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Unisex Bow Ties – How To Tie One

The past several years has seen a big revival of bow ties as an admissible part of a man’s wardrobe attire. It had spent a long time in the fashion field waiting in anticipation for its chance to return, but thanks to many designers and the popularity of Downtown Abbey, it seems that the bow tie may be back and here to stay. There are two main reasons for this classic comeback; firstly, men’s fashion is making heavy reference to the past decades for inspiration (this can be noted from the rise in popularity of accessories such as tie...

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Metallic Skiwear – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics

I was invited by Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO London) to fly to PyeongChang, South Korea. The purpose of this journey was to promote the ‘PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games’ and to get an insight into South Korean culture. This pre-visit to the Gangwondo Province which includes PyeongChang, Gangneung and Jeongseon was a trip I was looking forward to and this was my first visit to South Korea. Whilst skiing and also interviewing some of the top athletes in Snowboarding. It occurred to me, that I like to pioneer fashion trends. I have been trying this almost all my life. For me these athletes that are performing...

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Morrocco In Paris – La Maison Manoush

Paris conjures up many images. The city of the poetic artisan, the birthplace of bohemia and a love of the aesthetic. A fair assumption can be made that this French capital is home to thousands of clothing shops with the broadest spectrum of the marketing mix. Literally, there is something for everyone to wear. One label which is attracting somewhat of a cult following is Manoush, (which directly translates to ‘gypsy’ in French slang.) The whimsical, kitsch and kooky vision of designer Frederique Trou-Roy’s has armed the label with success and longevity long after the 2005 boho craze which...

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Seoul South Korea Fashion – apM Place & Jogyesa Temple

I was invited by Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO London) to fly to Pyeongchang, South Korea. The purpose of this journey was to promote the ‘Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games’ and to get an insight into South Korean culture. This pre-visit to the Gangwondo Province which includes PyeongChang, Gangneung and Jeongseon was a trip I was looking forward to and this was my first visit to South Korea. I am very familiar how Asia can design fashion but the region is so under the radar when it comes to creative fashion. They are a breed of their own regarding accessories and everything bling. Asian people are bold,...

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H&M Bionic Yarn – Dress Made From Old Plastic Bottles

Plastic Fantastic The topics of climate change and the impact that humans and their lifestyle have on the environment are some the most important issues facing civilisation as we know it today. Despite this, there are still many consumers that are turned off by environmentally friendly fashion. Even Swedish super-brand H&M still struggles with the stigma of ´dull recycled cardboard thoughts´ that accompany the category of reclaimed and eco-friendly clothing. However the company’s lodestar ´Conscious Exclusive Collections´ are trying to change that. Last year, their look book line-up skimmed on everything from 18th century historical fashion to Art Deco....

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Unisex Fashion What’s The Point?

If there is one phrase, trend or notion that´s prominent in contemporary fashion today, it´s gender fluid. Cool hunters the world over have also been quick to re-translate this pan-aesthetic to also sit within the niches of ´non-binary´, ´unisex´ and ´universal´. Today’s gender fluid offerings come in literally every size, shape and colour imaginable and hark a call far removed from cult 90´s offerings of Calvin Klein who threw this notion of non-conformity out there from his ´CK One´ branding. How Do You Distinguish Between Men And Women? The question of gender blurring, if you call it, is a...

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