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02/03/2016

Timeless Style. The Wishmaker Simonetta Lein Meets Dancer Karina Smirnoff.

I currently reside in Philadelphia. It's a chilly East Coast morning, and I am in my study, thinking about which celebrity I would like to introduce my readers to next... what new dream and inspirational story shall I share? Like a lot of young girls, I dreamed of becoming a professional prima ballerina. I took classes and performed at my ballet school's obligatory dance recitals, with my mother wildly clapping in the audience and my father beaming with pride. Perhaps it was not my destiny, or my talents simply lie elsewhere, as I came to learn that I was a much better writer and public speaker than I am a dancer. Perhaps, I'll come back as Ginger Rogers in my next life. Yet, I do love watching dance. It truly amazes me how a dancer is able to utilize his or her body in order to tell a story, which translates as clearly as if they were speaking words. So, let's meet a dancer today...and what an extraordinary dancer she is...

Ladies and gentleman, actress and dancer Karina Smirnoff.

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From her Wikipedia page: "Karina Smirnoff is a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy

Champion, and Asian Open Champion. She has won the title at the UK Open, is a three-time champion at the US Open, a two-time champion at the Asian Open, a five-time champion at the Dutch Open, and a five-time US National Professional Champion. She has taken second place at the British Open Blackpool Dance Festival and she is the first woman to also ever make the "British Professional Final" with three different partners." Wow...

When you were a child, did you wish for the career and for the life that you have manifested today?

K.S: I'm not sure if everyone dreams of being in the entertainment industry insome capacity, but when I was a kid I definitely did. I wanted to be thebest actress and the best dancer in the world. But then when I got to the age where I had to make a decision about which direction to take my career, I decided that I wanted to be an attorney. I always loved great "law"movies and thought that it was going to be just like that. But my passion and love for the world of dance and art was always there. And when my

dancing started to get better and better and great results followed, I realized that I can actually have a dream and live it too. America is the land of opportunities where your dreams come true.

**I am very inspired by how she pursued her dream in a very pragmatic way. She had a dream, she

chose to pursue a more structured and safe career path, and ended up following her original dream as her unbridled passion and her natural talent for the craft forced her to. I find this very inspiring as many find themselves afraid to chase their dreams, due to a fear of potential failure or a fear of rejection. I say, never fear following your dream, no matter how big or small, as your dream is the key to your lifelong happiness. I cannot think of anything more depressing than living a lifetime of regret...

Name a wish that you had for your life or for humanity that finally came true.

K.S: My wish comes true every day for me. I get to wake up and do what I love to do the most. Being a dancer as a young adult, before all these amazing shows like "Dancing With The Stars" and dancing movies came about, I learned fast that dancing wasn't a career choice that people supported and respected much. But today, everything is very different. The rebirth of the world of dance gave all of us the platform for living our dreams and be so grateful for.

**Film and television, especially the ongoing trend of reality competition shows like "So You Think You

Can Dance", "America's Best Dance Crew" and "Dancing With The Stars" have provided dancers with a much larger public platform to showcase their talents to the masses. Prior to the rise of this category of broadcast media, dancers were limited to performing on stage in a dance troupe, in musical theatre, or if you had the talent of Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly or Gregory Hines, on the silver screen. I'm very sure that performers like Karina are inspiring a whole new generation of dancers to pursue their dreams and art...

If you were granted one wish for humanity or for our planet, what would it be?

K.S: Be kind to one another. There is so much humanity has to be grateful for--some things that our ancestors could only dream about, and instead of being united for a greater good, today we have more conflicts and breaking news than ever before. I wish to obliterate selfishness and negativity, and to leave a planet for our future generations the way G-D intended it to. And I wish to wake up one morning, turn on the news, and watch breaking news about humanity doing kind, giving, loving, and selfless things.

**This is exactly why I created The Wishwall Foundation- a space allowing you to manifest your dreams and pay it forward to others, allowing them to fulfill their wishes and goals. In this time of global strife, it is truly imperative that we try and help one another, as much as we can, through random acts of kindness... Thank you Karina for your projecting your beautiful wish onto the universe.

If you could go back in time and ask one question from anyone from history, who would you want to meet and what question would you ask?

K.S: I was very close to my grandmother, so I would go back and talk to my grandma and ask her all the questions I never got to ask while she was alive.

**I share the same dream with Karina. My grandmother died of cancer when I was eight, and although I remember her very well, I still have so many questions that I would have loved to ask her while she was alive.

Please tell me what influences your unique sense of style?

K.S: I've always been in love with 1960's style for both men and women. Men were slick and women were feminine. I believe today we have a lot of influence from that era. We see more and more cuts, styles and patterns that are inspired by that period. And two of my favorite fashion icons of all time

are Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. Their fashion style is absolutely exquisite and timeless.

** Dear Karina, I live very close to the house where Grace Kelly grew up, and I take a lot of pride and

inspiration in that. I love the style of the 1960'as well...truly timeless.

Who is your favorite fashion designer or brand right now and why?

K.S: I am absolutely obsessed with Alexander McQueen and Alex Perry and BCBG Max Azria. They are all very different. Alexander McQueen is daring, at times dark. yet so unique. Alex Perry has found an incredible connection between feminine sensuality and modern flare. Max Azria has designs and stylesthat can make you stand out in any company, event or situation. Gorgeous pieces from every day to black tie gala.

**Three different fashion designers with three unique points of view.

What is your fashion mantra

K.S: My fashion mantra is quiet simple. It's not about your body type orbudget. It is about finding clothes that will suit YOU best and that will suit YOUR personality and attitude. Individuality should be celebrated, and you can do it with your sense of style.

** Individuality should be celebrated, uniqueness should stand out, and diversity should make you proud. A wise man once said: "Be yourself, everybody else is taken" Thank you, Oscar Wilde.

And, thank you so much Karina for you kindness and inspiration.

Make wishes come true.

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29/02/2016

Stone,Crystals And Pearls

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Rose quartz, amethyst, pearls, amber, turquoise stone, onyx, aquamarine, labourite, and Swarovski crystals are just a few of the materials used to create bold, classy, elegant, and unique statement pieces designed by Michelle Henry.

Owner and designer of Designs by Michelle, Michelle Henry told Outlook that her passion to design unique statement pieces started 20-plus years ago.

She improved her skills by taking private classes in jewellery-making, before opening a jewellery store in Toronto, Canada.

Henry's personal tragedy of losing one of her sons made her realise that she wanted to spend the rest of her life doing something she enjoys - making jewellery. "I did not want to spend another day working just for the money. I wanted to do something I like and enjoy. And that was jewellery," Henry told Outlook.

Tired of the corporate life, Henry relocated from downtown Toronto and started to devote her time and energy to her passion. "Every morning, I would look forward to the day ahead," Henry said.

Her creativity is inspired by nature and her love for fashion, but, most of all, the needs of her diverse clientele. "I am quite at ease flexing between different styles," Henry said.

Outlook met up with Henry while she was on a visit to Jamaica. "I want to bring unique jewellery to Jamaica. Something different and so unique that would allow clients to stand out looking bold yet classy and elegant," Henry shared.

The designer and supplier said her long-term goal of returning full time to her place of birth is inevitable. "I have six sons, and my youngest will be 10 years old. I felt it was time to start preparing for my future. By the time he leaves to go to school (at age 18), I should have my business well situated in Jamaica with a good clientele," Henry said.

Henry lives by the mantra, 'If you never take a chance, you never had one' hence her venture into Jamaica.

She advised that if you never pursue your dreams, you will never know what could have been. To wonder every day what could have been is life filled with regret.Read more at:yellow prom dresses uk

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25/02/2016

British fashion belongs to the eurozone

From left: Mulberry; Alexander McQueen; JW Anderson; Marques’Almeida; Erdem; Burberry
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London Fashion Week was only a murmur amid the political noise of the Brexit debate, which clamoured away as David Cameron negotiated a renewed special status within the EU and announced an upcoming referendum, while the pound plummeted to a seven- year low. But what are the implications of Brexit for the British fashion industry?

“We’d have to get much better tax advice,” quipped Georgia Fendley, of the British accessories label Hill & Friends, which she co-founded with former Mulberry colleague Emma Hill last September. Like many British labels, the company uses manufacturers in the UK, Italy and Spain, and is carried by eight international stockists. “But it wouldn’t change our approach,” she added. “Our sourcing isn’t driven by cost.”

Stuart Rose, the former chairman of the British Fashion Council (BFC) and Conservative peer, believes Brexit would be a disaster for British fashion. “I’ve no doubt the costs of doing business would go up,” he said. “Worldwide tariffs would go up as well as the costs of goods, service and manufacturing. This would mean a higher cost to the consumer.”

While the percentage of exports going to the EU has fallen since Britain joined the European Economic Community in 1973, fashion exports have grown in recent years. “UK apparel and textile exports have risen 30 per cent in the past five years, from £4.5bn to £5.8bn,” said Caroline Rush, chief executive of the BFC, quoting figures from the Department of Trade and Industry. “Apparel sales in 2014 were worth £4bn, up 45 per cent on 2010 figures.”

The commercial implications may be costly, said Rose. But more important for him would be the creative fallout: potential employment restrictions and political isolation would be a huge step backwards, especially given the efforts made by the fashion council to establish London as a style capital since 1983. “Even 15 to 20 years ago, London was the poor cousin of Europe,” he said of London Fashion Week’s early commercial reputation. “It struggled to find any space, squeezed between New York and Milan. Today, London has become one of the great fashion centres of the world,” he continued. “No one would question that. And being part of the European Union has encouraged a creative freedom of movement and diversity that has only further established this reputation. Look at the wealth of young design talent, much of it international, that has flowed out of institutions like Central Saint Martins [CSM] or the Royal College of Art, and look where it has ended up. Creativity is driven by young people who can develop their talent and are able to move around without border controls or hindrance. This creative freedom is the glue that binds us together.”

The 51 labels that showed in London were testimony to the wellspring of international talent on which British fashion has built its reputation for cutting edge, innovative design: Mary Katrantzou, who picked up the New Establishment Design Award at the British Fashion Awards in November, was born in Athens and studied at CSM before launching her eponymous label in London in 2009; Erdem Moralioglu was born in Canada to Turkish and British parents and studied at the Royal College; his brand of romantic Victorian melancholia is as English as Earl Grey tea. The Serbia-born Roksanda Ilincic founded Roksanda in 2005 after graduating from CSM; 2015 LVMH prize-winners Paulo Almeida and Marta Marques of the London label Marques’Almeida are Portuguese. Even Mulberry, one of the few British luxury labels with any claim to heritage, is now overseen by the 40-year-old designer Johnny Coca, who was born in Seville and studied in Paris.

The very fabric of British fashion is a patchwork of international talent, all working collaboratively within an industry that has nurtured creative freedom both figuratively and physically. It’s what makes it so crucial and relevant. Fashion Week without its international flavour would be god-awful, just as surely as Milan and Paris would be rubbish without the design talent we have in turn exported. Which is not to say that designers wouldn’t still come and work here, but parochial little islands patrolled by borders and British disdain don’t make for such a good fit.

As for the schedule, AW16 was mixed, with individual shows being standout rather than the whole. Christopher Kane’s homage to a hoarder, “Lost and Found”, was an elegant display of technical skill and objectivity; Marques’ Almeida proved they were doing young and relevant well before Vetements hit the scene; and JW Anderson dazzled with his take on cocktail wear. Anderson’s sculptural silhouettes, quilted leathers and scalloped suedes had a bold architectural beauty. After so much focus on commodity and the “see-now-buy-now” commercial model launched by Burberry, it was a joy to see someone indulging a purely creative whim (though, for the record, his e-commerce site and store delivery times are excellently efficient).

Set design inspired at Erdem, too, where the 38-year-old called on the archives of Oliver Messel to put on an audacious show of old Hollywood glamour and sublimely wearable gowns. Kudos also to the many labels — Mary Katrantzou, Topshop, Mulberry among them — who cited Shakespeare plays in their show notes: the Bard’s 400th anniversary hasn’t gone unnoticed, even among us illiterates in the fashion pack.

The heart-stopping moment of the week, however, belonged to a foreign interloper — or should we say refugee? The British house Alexander McQueen usually shows in Paris but, owing to designer Sarah Burton’s imminent due date (she’s expecting her second child in two weeks), the label relocated to London’s Lawrence Hall. It was a beautiful homecoming, all the more so perhaps because it was the very venue in which Burton first showed with McQueen at the start of her career 20 years ago.

Burton’s AW16 collection explored surrealism and sensuality, and her muse “sleepwalked” around in a sea of silver talismans, embroidered totems and sequinned symbols. The closing looks saw a model swaddled in a great pillowy pastel eiderdown embroidered with butterflies and trimmed in pinky fur. It was literally dreamy — and the best expression of why fashion should never be subject to border control.Read more at:green prom dresses uk

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