Madonna - Fashion Icon for The Last 25 Years
Madonna Fashion Icon - For over 25 years
Madonna Fashion Icon and Queen of pops. Queen of recreating herself when it comes to fashion. The incredible success of her timeless style and her contribution to iconic fashion influence, is what Madonna will leave with us forever. Madonna who, not with standing her Britishness and flirtations with Latin, Indian and Jewish cultures over the years, has always held onto her Italian-American roots.
Her ability to perpetually re-style herself has certainly contributed to the longevity of her career. Madonna’s image is one that can be described by some as sexy, erotic or controversially vulgar and offending for others. Her performances accentuated her trademark image of a sex symbol, always sparking controversy. No matter if she was worshipped by fans or was scandalised by critics, she always managed to be in the spotlight.
When you think about clothes worn in the 80s, what is the most popular style that comes to mind? Madonna, the pop icon was discovered and elevated to her most popular days in the 1980’s. Her style was the most copied and sought after look. Madonna had many looks during the 80’s.
One was her most iconic looks from the 80s was the wavy hair with highlights. Girls went to the salons in droves to get the “poodle” looking perms so their hair was wavy too. They pulled it up in bows like she did to copy her look in the Borderline video and movie, “Desperately Seeking Susan.” A black tank top, skirt, dirty bleached blonde hair and an attitude. Her album, Ray of light had us all running for that cowgirl image.
Her array of hair colour changes over the years has been so influential. We never had to wonder what hair dye to choose next. If Madonna had dark straight hair that was the trend to follow. This tour for Madonna it’s back to blonde, borderline 1950’s style hair. The hair trend is set for us to be inspired for this 2012.
Madonna’s Clothing Trends
Madonna may be one of the first pioneers of the messy chic look of the 80’s. She started the layered look, with shirts and coats and more shirts. A lace shirt was often worn over another shirt. Or a sweatshirt with an oversized neck or cut off sleeves was worn over a smaller shirt or bra.
Everyday Madonna clothing of the 80’s included a skirt worn over tight, short pants. Sometimes they were patterned, other times they were lacy. No matter, the girls in school copied them.
Her famous gold boob tube, no matter how outrageous, has always left us in fashion envy. So much so she has recreated another boob tube in her current tour. Her black suit attire worn in this tour, will have us wearing black cat suits in no time at all this 2012.
Her layers also included accessories. She wore multiple necklaces and bracelets, some with crosses and other iconography. She also favored pearls and beads. Her earrings were long and dangly, with crosses or religious symbols.
Her love for accessories this tour is mainly black boots, belts and red lips. Vintage glasses, 1950’s look.
Whatever Madonna fashion image she always look so damn hot. The inspiring image Madonna has shown us over the years has always left us clinging onto the next up and coming trend.
Let’s face it, Madonna’s fashion philosophy has no boundaries, age makes no difference and Madonna is a clear example of individuality.
[notice]She wears the style, no matter what you think?[/notice]
Vogue, one of her most sophisticated performance
Latest tour images for 2012, white boots are in for this summer - CO Getty Images
Black cat suit will rock this 2012, thanks to Madonna - CO Getty Images
Suit trend for 2012 will rock, Madonna performing last night - CO Getty Images
Kristina Goes West - Daili, The Edgy, Lithuanian Costume Designer
KRISTINA GOES WEST (KGW), the first online boutique to showcase demi-couture designers from the Baltic region, has recently signed the Lithuanian designer Laura Dailideniene under her label DAILI.
According to KGW’s Founder, Kristina Armonaite, Laura Dailideniene is one of the most progressive of the exciting new generation of young Lithuanian costume designers. She has been designing and presenting her clothes, accessories and shoe collections at some of the biggest fashion events across the world. At the time still only a student she received first place at the Smirnoff Fashion Awards in 1999. She got a right to present her collection in Hong Kong, with rave reviews of her work from many big fashion names, including John Rocha and Mathew Williamson.
Laura’s designs are inspired by nature and its elements. She takes fluid forms and merges them with elements she finds in nature to create sophisticated, ethereal and unique designs.
“My clothes are pretty sculptural, designed from light, easy draping materials, such as silk. I also often use floral motifs in my accessories, such as “frozen flowers“, that are locked forever in glass-silver jewellery, to preserve their natural beauty and DNA”- says Laura.
DAILI S/S 2012 collection has been inspired by the sea and its elements. The concept is conveyed through carefully selected materials (natural silk, jersey and cotton), a pastel colour palette and hand-embroidered wave elements.
“For the first time in the UK, we are delighted to present Laura’s S/S 2012 capsule cloths collection for this spring and summer. Our clients will be able to purchase limited edition day and evening wear dresses, as well as separates for a sophisticated and ethereal summer look” - says Kristina.
Loving the shoes.
Visionaire dress, How chic is this?
[notice]Website: Kristina Goes West - Daili Collection [/notice]
Rent the Runway - Wear Chanel Without Paying the Price
Rent the Runway states what it means, at a small price you can have access to top designers clothing and accessories that most of us can’t afford. How many items have you paid big bucks for something and only worn it once?
From the Oscar’s red carpet to the tabloids lining supermarket checkout lines, celebrity obsession is everywhere. Even the most casual moviegoers might find him or herself flipping through a slide show of Academy Award fashion after the big event. So why do we fixate on celebrities?
[blockquote]”Celebrity worship, at its heart, seems to fill something in a person’s life”. ”It gives them a sense of identity, a sense of self. It feeds a psychological need”.
For this reason the Rent the Runway site can allow you to become a red carpet diva that is within us all. You can get your ideas from the celebrities themselves and create that same look. Once out for the evening your friends will be asking where did you get the outfit? And you can boast, saying a particular celebrity had worn the dress the week before.
You can have access to the latest trends without breaking the budget and feel incredibly posh because you can be wearing an expensive label. Or you can simply try before you buy a particular outfit to see if it is worth its value. Whatever the reason, this concept allows you to have access to labels that you could only dream of.
Red carpet dress, far right the one you can rent
Red carpet dress, far right the one you can rent
Red carpet dress, far right the one you can rent
[notice]Website: Rent The Runway [/notice]
Spider Silk - Five Years To Make A Dress
This is the largest garment to have ever been woven from spider silk. We are talking one million golden orb spiders and five years of work.
The Golden Orb Spider from Madagascar nature is fabulous! This golden cape was created by Simon Peers from the silk of a Golden Orb Spider using a process created in the 1700′s.
It took four years to collect enough spider silk to create this one of a kind garment using the process created by Frenchman, Francois-Xavier Bon de Saint Hilaire, who made clothes for King Louis XIV.
No dyes were used to create the golden hue of the cape. It’s all natural.
On average, 23,000 spiders yield roughly 1 ounce of silk.
Timmy Woods - Unique Wooden Purses & Handbags
Wooden purses? Is there such a thing? Absolutely! They were created by artist Timmy Woods Beverley Hills. These wooden purses represent fashion on another level.
You can find a wooden purse in almost any shape imaginable. Inspired by hand wooden boxes, each bag is carved from fallen Acacia trees and is hand-made, taking 30 days to complete.
Timmy sees these handcrafted wooden handbags as a fresh statement in fashion and as sculptured pieces of art. Its the cutting edge of art and fashion.
If you want to impress a women, this is an excellent unique gift that will literally cut through any handbag she has ever owned.
This gorgeous heart-shaped Timmy Woods purse is made from wood and covered with pretty Swarovski crystals!
[notice]Website: Timmy Woods[/notice]
Shoes - How Much Does An Average Women Spend In A Lifetime?
How many pairs of shoes do you own? Glamour magazine says the average woman will buy 469 pairs of shoes in her lifetime.
The magazine also says the average woman will spend $25,000 on shoes during her lifetime. It averages out to about $53 per pair, which seems a little more reasonable. I think this is a conservative figure.Â When you think about how much some of the top name brands cost these days ie: Christian Louboutin.
The average woman maintains about 19 pairs of shoes at any given time, which includes about three pairs of heels; six pairs of flip flops, sandals, ballet pumps or wedges; three pairs of boots and four pairs of âfoxy-styleâ shoes for a night out.Â Women also have two pairs of shoes for work and another two pair of randomly purchased shoes.
When do we begin buying shoes âon our own?â Around the age of 14, according to the magazine. After that, we typically buy about seven pairs of shoes a year for the rest of our lives.
I’m trying to make a mental list of all the shoes I own, and it certainly exceeds 19. I have a long way to go before we catch up to Imelda Marcosâ count of 2,700 pairs of shoes. Dare I say it can you recall how many you have given away? Eeeeeeek
More concerning I’ve exceeded the average number of shoes weâre supposed to purchase in one year. And itâs only May.
Imelda Marcos some of her shoes
How can we resist
Far too gorgeous
Barcelona - La Basilica Galeria, Quirky Gallery Of Jewellery & Art
La Basilica Galeria is a gallery of jewelleryÂ and contemporary art with a quirky difference. Do you want to invest in uniqueÂ piecesÂ ofÂ jewellery?Â La Basilica GaleriaÂ is a gallery tucked away in the Bari Gothic area of Barcelona in a quiet alley that will literally take you on a journey of hidden treasures.
It’s where art combined with fashion allows you to literally wear originalÂ jewellery, that is hidden within you. Buying into this world, clearly states you really understand style. FromÂ chandelierÂ earrings, toÂ featherÂ necklaces this boutique stocks quirky gems.
Each day aÂ pieceÂ ofÂ jewelleryÂ isÂ publishedÂ on their website. Its an enticing strategy for you to hunt for something very different. There is no on-line shop but if you contact them directly they are moreÂ accommodatingÂ to guide you in how to purchase what you want.
Let the Images do the talking.
[notice]Website:Â La Basilica Galeria
Address: Carrer Sant Sever no 7,Â 08002 Barcelona, Spain[/notice]
Sublime Joaillerie - Rima, A luxury Jewellery Designer
Rima Ravindran, is Â a Luxury Jewellery Designer based in India. Â Are you looking for a unique Â pieceÂ of Jewellery?Â Sublime Joaillerie is a company that is dedicated to the creation ofÂ Â individuality and exquisiteness.
ThereÂ designs inspirations have stemmed from her love for art, be it, music, dance, literature Â and nature. The launching of her new on line storeÂ sublimejoaillerie.comÂ illustrates herÂ jewelleryÂ collection is ofÂ highÂ demand.
Her strong and glamorousÂ designs are wellÂ receivedÂ from all over the globe, ranging from European to Asian to Middle eastern as well the American markets.
To her credit Rima hasÂ created Jewellery for Swarovski’s Gem Vision 2011.Â Perles De Tahiti has awarded her designs, on national and international levels in 2006. Her work has been also been shortlisted by World Gold Council.
Her foray into the Jewellery industry began with her ‘Keishi Pearl Collection’ for Al Futtaim in Middle East. In Damas, she worked on the Fior Collection. Further to that, she was contracted by Tanishq for their launch in American Market.
The designs are visually arresting, manufactured with utmost care and easy on the budget with the stand-out factor being that, each design is a one-off piece.