2017 Fashion Designers A to Z

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Stretch, Color, Shine, and Print – Fashion Maven A to Z
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Father of Haute Couture – Fashion Maven A to Z
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Iconic Evening Dresses – Fashion Maven A to Z

Stretch, Color, Shine, and Print – Fashion Maven A to Z

This designer’s name is Lamine Badian Kouyaté, but the letter X comes into play in the name of his fashion line which means “keep an open mind.” He began by taking cast offs and second hand clothing finds and reworking them into new pieces. Xuly Bet was launched in 1989. The first show, a guerilla show, was held in the rain outside Jean Paul Gaultier’s tent.

Here are some of his early pieces. Note the two tops made of nylons layered over the dress in the second picture.

 

His more recent work has left behind the raw seams of his early work, but are still full of ripe luscious color, amazing prints, stretch fabrics, and shine.

For those who do not know who the Fashion Maven speaks of when she mentions the revered name of Selina Shirley. She is the latest bright star at the House of Shirley established long ago, far in the future on the Federation planet, Tallav. Her love story has been published in Maon: Marshal of Tallav.

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Father of Haute Couture – Fashion Maven A to Z

Your fashion maven has been waiting for the letter W, and not because she was eager to share about Vera Wang, Jason Wu, or even Vivienne Westwood. No, she had another W in mind. As the father of haute couture, this designer was the first in so many ways. He was the first to use live models and the first to include a sewn in label with the name of his house on his garments.

Charles Frederick Worth’s clients came to him at his salon, except for the Empress Eugenie, whose prestige required he come to her. Prior to Worth designers went to all their clients and made garments to the specifications of the women who would wear the dresses. Worth set himself up as the man who knew what women should wear. When you came to his salon, you saw finished pieces which could then be tailored to fit the individual purchaser.

He also freed women from the crinoline that had become up to six-feet in circumference. Think Gone with Wind and the dresses of the southern belles. He did so by pushing much of it the back, which allowed greater freedom of movement. No more problems fitting through doorways. The bustle was born. A step in the right direction one supposes.

Feast on his work:

     

     

For those who do not know who the Fashion Maven speaks of when she mentions the revered name of Selina Shirley. She is the latest bright star at the House of Shirley established long ago, far in the future on the Federation planet, Tallav. Her love story has been published in Maon: Marshal of Tallav.

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Iconic Evening Dresses – Fashion Maven A to Z

It’s the day for letter V, and once again a decision must be made. Should I choose Valentino? Or one of several Versace? Don’t forget Diane Von Furstenburg. And then it came to your Fashion Maven, iconic evening dresses.

How much fun can it be to wear the dress of your life from a big name designer to the Academy Awards? So Valentino and Versace it is.

Many of the gowns found on iconic dress lists were designed by Valentino and Versace. A measure of the fame these dresses have attained is due the star who wore them, but considering the awful dresses some of the élite of film choose to wear, the star doesn’t make the dress. The dress must first be amazing.

Several of the dresses below would not appear on your fashion maven’s list of iconic dresses, but, having been limited to the two couture design houses, she was hesitant to eliminate any. She will point to her three favorites: Cate Blanchette in the yellow Valentino, Elizabeth Hurley in the black with safety pins Versace, and Penelope Cruz in the blush, feathered Versace. The feathery ruffles are only part of what makes that gown a work of art. The sculptured bodice is exquisite. The fashion maven would love to know your favorites. Please share in the comments.

First Valentino:

And now Versace:

For those who do not know who the Fashion Maven speaks of when she mentions the revered name of Selina Shirley. She is the latest bright star at the House of Shirley established long ago, far in the future on the Federation planet, Tallav. Her love story has been published in Maon: Marshal of Tallav.

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