Giorgio Armani has released its winter 2010 eyewear collection, all with a slight â50sââ60s retro style, paying tribute to designs in its archives. The ﬁrst collection comprises thirteen menâs and one womenâs models. (Below are the menâs styles ﬁrst, with the womenâs style at bottom.)
Left Jean-Luc Colonna dâIstria of Merci. Right Medinge director and MIP dean Pierre dâHuy translates for Dominique BenoĂŽt of Pictet et Cie. Below The Brands with a Conscience certiﬁcate, designed by UfﬁndellWest.
The Medinge Group had a slightly smaller Brands with a Conscience ceremony today at the Management Institute of Paris, reﬂecting the international nature of the winners. Many were scattered around the globe and unable to attend the ceremony, though two of the European winners made it to the French capital to collect their awards in person: Jean-Luc Colonna dâIstria of Merci and Pictet et Cie.âs Dominique BenoĂŽt.
Stanley Moss, CEO of the Medinge Group, noted that it was remarkable that in a year of ﬁnancial crises, there were two winners from that sector that were doing good. Apart from Pictet, the Co-op Bank received a Brands with a Conscience award.
The seventh annual awardsâ programme also honoured Alibaba Group, Marks & Spencer (for its Plan A initiative), SAP and Selco Solar Pvt. Ltd. Muna Abu Sulayman won the Colin Morley Award and a letter from her was read out in absentia by Medinge member Simon Nicholls.
Medinge founder Thomas Gad noted that the Awards had become so successful that they had spawned at least one imitator.
While Lamborghini released news of its Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni in the middle of last year, this is the ﬁrst time weâve been able to get our hands on it. Or, more accurately, our occasional contributor Thomaz, who recently took a few shots of it.
Unlike most of us when we take pictures of cars, he turned his snapshots into a full-ﬂedged shoot, which, while not quite the sort of fashion editorial that might appear in our print-edition pages, do show off the vehicle well.
The Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni is named for the companyâs famous test driver, who has worked on every model the Santâ Agata car manufacturer has put out since 1973. Power output is 550 hp, with a top speed of 320 km/h. Production is limited to 250 units worldwide, which makes this the rarest of the Gallardo models.
Above, from top The venue at the Friedrichstadt Palast, Berlin. The Trio Style Nite team. On the stage. Below Trio creative director Reinhard Olschowsky.
While we did not attend Berlin Fashion Week, we did get some images courtesy of Trio Hair & Company.
Last Friday, to conclude Berlin Fashion Week, Michalsky held his Style Nite.
Michalsky did what he did best: be the showman. His autumnâwinter 2010 show featured a stage-musical production on German history. Trio worked backstage on the hair.
Trio also worked on the hair for Lala Berlin and Kaviar Gauche.
Check out this great promotion from Blue Cactus (in which weâre involved, too), where you can win an NZ$8,000 prize package, as explained by our fashion editor Samantha Hannah. If you have a friend who youâd love to makeover, you can nominate them for the Blue Cactus Hairdressing Ultimate Makeover, which includes NZ$1,950 of hair care from Blue Cactus, NZ$1,850 of products from LâOrĂŠal Professionnel, NZ$1,482 of gym memberships from Exodus, NZ$500 to spend at Harryâs Designer Clothing Boutique, NZ$347 worth of deluxe accommodation package from Ohtel, and more.
When Kathryn Leah Payne, Christchurch fashion designer, emailed me a few months ago with pictures of her dĂŠbut collection, I couldn’t contain my excitement. Her 1980s-inspired Jackal and Hide autumnâwinter 2010 range is unique, with a twist of sexy sophistication and lots of leather. But it is her meticulous attention to detail and exceptional tailoring that caught my eye. Needless to say I jumped at the chance to view her range last week and learn more about this talented designer.
After graduating Christchurch Polytechnic in 2000, award-winning Payne decided to try her hand at leather jewellery and accessoriesâ design. You may remember seeing her designs in Workshop and other boutiques around New Zealand. But, she became interested in wider industry opportunities and went on to cut her clothing design teeth in London. Working with reputable designers, Caroline Charles, whose celebrity client base included Princess Diana, Ringo Starr and Mick Jagger, and British fashion house Bolongaro Trevor, was invaluable for Payne. Caroline Charles shared Payneâs love of vintage, beautiful tailoring and detail, while Bolongaro Trevor taught her a lot about the business. Now sheâs equipped with the necessary skills and experience to grow her eponymous label, she is ready is to take on the New Zealand fashion world once again.
So, what can you expect from this 17-piece collection? A dress, corsets, pants, jackets, shrugs, leggings and sleeves with most garments featuring something a little different. Her chosen fabrics are a lambskin leather, viscose, merino jersey, wool crepe, denim, possum fur and vintage silks. The colour palette is dark: âI quite like dark, vintage-looking fabrics and ﬁxings that have a tarnished look,â and there is nothing to âflashyâ, which adds to the sophisticated look.
It’s deﬁnitely a standout collection for me, especially knowing Payne âhand paints and hand makesâ a lot of her work, and she âlikes to play with three-dimensional shapes that are different and uniqueâ. A very time-consuming process that makes each piece in her collection unique and limited.
My favourites include the Swan Skirt, Owl Corset, Jackal Pants and Fantail Jacketâthe ﬁve images shown above.
It’s fabulous to have this clever and very creative designer back in New Zealand!âSamantha Hannah
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Italian designer Daniela de Marchiâs Anemone ring uses silver, bronze and copper, which allows for more distinctive shapes, according to her.
Using a patented process called Dropage, where heat is used to bring wax to a liquid state, then brought back to a solid one in tiny spherical drops, forged individually. Burnishes and varnishes give over 20 different colours, matched to gemstones.
De Marchi can be reached on 39 02 8699 5040 or through her website at www.danielademarchi.it.