Fashion power house Gucci launched its 4th annual Campaign to Benefit UNICEF on 19th November 2008. Gucci’s creative director Frida Gianni has designed the exclusive “Tattoo Heart” collection in support of UNICEF’s life-saving initiative for children affected by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

The all-white collection features a stylised heart tattoo with iconic Gucci symbols on a range on accessories. Gucci will donate 25% of the proceeds from the collection in Gucci stores in over 20 countries from November 19th 2008 till January 31st 2009.

Gucci Tattoo Heart Collection

Gucci Tattoo Heart Collection

Gucci has been raising funds for UNICEF since 2004. Past campaigns have helped UNICEF’s programs in Malawi and Mozambique, where  the HIV/AIDS pandemic has orphaned over one million children.

Grammy winning Barbados-born singer Rihanna is the global representative of the campaign and is featured in Gucci’s UNICEF 2009 Holiday ad’s. She is looking uber-chic in the ad’s that launched just this month.

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Doll by Moschino

Doll by Moschino

World’s top fashion designers are creating a series of dolls to help raise funds for UNICEF’s vaccination program for the children of Darfur. The program gives money to centers that are dedicated to vaccinating children under five years old against the six most deadly childhood diseases.

The participating designers include BCBG Max Azria, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Christian Dior, Chistian Lacroix, Dolce and Gabbana, Dries van Noten, Emanuel Ungaro, Emilio Pucci, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Jean-paul Gaultier, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Nina Ricci, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sonia Rykiel, Stella McCartney, Versacr and Yves Saint Laurent among others.

These one-of-a-kind Raggedy Anne type dolls will be featured in an exhibition called “sweet face” at the Petit Palais in Paris which will run from November 18th to the 23rd, 2008- organized by UNICEF France. The designer dolls will then be sold at auction, either on the internet, or on November 27th at Drouot Montaigne- Paris’s prestigious auction house. All proceeds from the sale will go to UNICEF. (more…)

Dutch designer duo Viktor & Rolf premiered their S/S 2009 collection on October 2nd via their website. They moved their runway to the virtual world and made it available for everyone to see. Guests can get ‘backstage’ access as well as the opportunity to peek into virtual fittings.The entire collection was modeled by only one model-Shalom Harlow and was filmed using multiple cameras from various angles.

Viktor & Rolf broke the tradition of showcasing high fashion only through live shows.You can focus on details that can’t be seen even from front row seats at a live show. The camera zoomed in on details and accessories such as the seams on a pair of coral shorts, the enamel embellishments on a dress and shoes- fantastic and sky-high. I’m absolutely ecstatic that the collection has been made available to the masses and not the handful of industry insiders, celebrities and the fashion press.

A bold flame motif dominated the jewelry, eye-makeup and color scheme of some of the clothes. The collection featured couture dresses embroidered with 20,000 large swarovski crystals in various colours. The dresses took over 10-weeks to be created and weigh over 10 kg each.

This virtual fashion show has been applauded by audiences and fashion critiques all over the world. Now that the fashion industry has started to explore the many oppotunities of the digital world, live shows might just become obsolete in the near future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An icon of the Bangladesh Fashion industry, Bibi Russell has single-handedly put Bangladesh on the global fashion map. Her commitment to the development and welfare of Bangladeshi weavers and support for the traditional crafts has been acclaimed world wide.

Bibi Russell graduated from the London College of Fashion and at her graduate show, was discovered by Harper’s Bazaar as a model. She became one of the most sought-after models of the 70’s and 80’s working with Chanel,Yves Saint Laurent,Valentino and Armani among others.

Bibi Russell has rediscovered the ancient craft of hand-weaving and helped the traditional handloom weavers gain international exposure and sustainable income.In 1995 she founded the company “Bibi Productions”. Her work provides a platform for over 35,000 weavers and artisans all over Bangladesh to utilize their talents. Bibi works with materials like cotton, khadi, silk, jamdani and jute. In the recent years, she has been experimenting with crochet in her designs. She does a spring-summer and fall-winter collection each year and exports to Europe and Scandinavia. Her collections – under the tag line ‘Fashion for Development and Positive Bangladesh’ promotes Bangladeshi fabrics and handicrafts for domestic and international markets. (more…)

VOGUE has drawn criticism for its 16-page spread on an array of luxury items from Fendi, Burberry, Miu Miu and more modeled by “real people”.

Many Articles have appeared on this issue including in The Independent and The New York Times.

VOGUE India Aug'08

VOGUE India Aug

When I first saw the photos, I found the juxtaposition of these luxury brands in the context of poverty very intriguing. I loved the grainy quality of Jean-Francois Campos’ photographs. High fashion broke class barriers. It was a welcome change to see real people on the pages of VOGUE instead of the usual posse of super(?) models. I consider it a valiant attempt by the Vogue India team to bring these status-symbol brands down from their celestial podium.

The captions of the photos contain the name of the brands displayed and no names of the people in them.Many have argued that this is a ridicule of the class difference between India’s rich and its urban poor.

VOGUE India Aug'08

VOGUE India Aug2008

Do you think that VOGUE is making a mockery of the underprivileged or is it just an artistic expression bringing fashion to the masses?

Is fashion making a calculated shift towards a more materialistic neo-imperial global system?

"Google" saree

I was browsing the internet today and came upon one of my most fascinating fashion finds yet. Indian designer Satya Paul has designed a “Google” themed saree. The saree is part of his “POP ART” collection and the fabric is georgette with jacquard prints and embellished with beads and sequins. The saree features a web address (Satya Paul’s obviously) and search results.The ‘g’ in “Google” was replaced with an ‘o’ to spell “Oogle” possibly to avoid copyright issues.

Satya Paul’s refreshing take on fashion is evident through his innovative union of fashion and technology. I absolutely love this saree for its originality and not just because im an ardent fan of this designer. So for all you tech savvy fashionista’s out there, this saree is a fashion must-have.

Satya Paul’s clothing line is available in Dhaka at ‘Vasavi’ and ‘Etcetera Fashion Exclusives’. I have included the link for Satya Paul’s website where you can check out more details about his collections.

I spent the entire last week attending the various functions of my cousin’s wedding festivities. In true Bengali style there was a myriad of pre-events leading upto the actual event. Attending them all meant several wardrobe changes. Weddings are a time when women like to go OTT with their fashion choices.

I chose to be minimalistic for the “Sangeet” (Musical Night) and chose to debut my new saree from famed Indian designer Satya Paul. I love its grey and mustard abstract print on a cherry red background. All of Satya Paul’s sarees are works of art in themselves and don’t require much accessorising. For the next event, all the women were asked to wear traditional Jamdani sarees. (more…)