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23/02/2016

Fashion's Phoenix: Johnny Coca Does Mulberry Proud

Fashion's Phoenix: Johnny Coca Does Mulberry Proud
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When the brilliant Emma Hill left as Mulberry’s Creative Director in 2013, it ushered in a nightmare period for the company: profit warnings, executive changes, backlash over pricing -- and all the while the in-house design team were trying to stay the ship. Johnny Coca, formerly of Celine, and the man behind the Trapeze “it” bag, was brought in to be Mulberry’s savior. Happily, his debut outing yesterday at London’s elegant Guildhall brought some relief to both the company and its fans.

All the weight of the world was on the diminutive Spaniard to create the next it-bag (the “Bayswater” and “Alexa” have always been Mulberry’s cash cows), and Coca’s starting point was to pour through the company archives and update the 1970’s logo. Gone is the Mulberry iconic tree logo, and instead came the revamped oval gold shape, simple and smart. That appeared on the new “Clifton” chain purse bag, a sleek and very grown up affair that came in a variety of skins and colors, and definitely a departure from the often girly bags that have been a Mulberry signature.

Coca is a pro, and the leather quality and the craftsmanship was unparalleled, while the swank design and interesting skins bought a new sophistication to the house. The bag starts at the sensible £450 range, which should silence all the price critics that have haunted Mulberry for years.

Ramping up the elegance was the new “Chester” bag – a top-handle bag with multiple compartments for all the detritus that hits a woman's purse. Yet it was brilliantly constructed without it looking too complicated.

The shoes were directional - a flat-form that finally looked desirable; ornate sling-backs; and strappy Mary Janes with a rebellious edge. They also contrasted nicely against the safe and sophisticated bags.

Press-stud details on the bags carried over to RTW, which started off with a statement coat. This is Coca’s inaugural run at RTW, so that was a concern. But Coca studied London street style to deliver something he described backstage as “honestly British.” The result was a lot of capes and felted military coats that referenced the 1980’s Kings Cross punk scene, and oversized floral prints that evoked Portobello Road.

But the clothes seemed hesitant, a supporting role to the bags and shoes. And rightly so. To be cautious and feel his way around his first womenswear collection without making any bold statements that challenge the house codes (which according to former CEO Godfrey Davis is “bonkers, youthful and fun”) is no doubt the smart way to rehabilitation. This slowly, slowly strategy for Coca may just pay off in dividends.Read more at:prom dresses london

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19/02/2016

Why This Supermodel Felt "Empty" At The Height Of Her Career

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At the age of 36, Jaime King has already lived two lifetimes. Nowadays, she's best-known as an actress, having appeared in Pearl Harbor,White Chicks, and most recently, Hart of Dixie. But years before she hit the silver screen, she was making a living as a successful supermodel during the golden era of fashion, when models still danced on tables and you could still smoke inside. She went by "James" (because there was already a Jaime at her agency) and was living in Paris by the time she was 16. But when she reached top-model status, she decided to give it all up. We caught up with King at Target's event celebrating its WhoWhatWear collaboration where she gave us a big hug and told us why.

"When I was 18 years old and at the height of my career as a supermodel — this is when there were true supermodels — I felt empty. I had just done [my] first Victoria's Secret fashion show [in 1999]. I was making obscene amounts of money because it was pre-recession. I mean, I had everything you could ask for and more. And yet, I felt so empty.

"And what I realized was that I wasn't learning anything anymore. I was so blessed to be able to start young and I worked with all of the masters. I wanted to be in fashion because my mother was a seamstress. And I wanted to be in fashion because it moved me, because I'm an artist. But when it stopped moving me, I remember just weeping. I was like, Why is it that I have all of this success, but I'm so sad?

"Then, I realized it was time for me to move on to something else. And at that time, no one had moved from modeling to acting. That was unheard of. And when I said that's what I was going to do and that I was going to quit, they were like, 'Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. What are you doing?' There was a revolt. I was at the top of my game, but they just didn't get it.

"For me, if I'm not learning something, I can't live with a lie. I think my blessing and my curse is my authenticity. And my authenticity is my ability to see that which is unjust in the world, that which is not right or true. And I cannot deny that within myself or to others. And I try to relay that in the most loving way possible. I can't stand seeing people not being able to live their lives in a very full way. And I wasn't feeling like I was living my life in the fullest way. But I believed in myself. I knew people hadn't done it before, but I knew that I was going to go in there with enough studying and preparation and it was going to happen. So I went to some auditions and boom — I started booking TV and movies immediately. And it was amazing. And one thing that I can say is, no matter what, if you follow the truth of your heart, you'll never be wrong."Read more at:cocktail dresses

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17/02/2016

Students launch designer label

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Six Zimbabwean students who are studying in different universities overseas have launched a clothing design label called “Junk Bodo.”

The label, a brain child of Andrew Takura, a Zimbabwean student studying in Cyprus who later came together with five other students, was inspired by Facebook, a trending social network used by many people around the world.

The label was inspired by the group’s discussions on the social network, where they would end their conversations with the hashtag #JunkBodo.

With time, the discussions resulted in the formation of a fashion label, which they later named after the hashtag.

The design was first released in Cyprus in 2015 and received a lot of support from Zimbabwean students in that country, which prompted the young designers to bring it back home.

They came together as close friends and started working on designing and marketing strategies locally.

When Takura came back for the holidays he joined hands with Munyaradzi Dure who is part of the group, to develop more designs.

The marketing manager for the label Tinashe Karikoga said they were hoping to go a long way as a company.

“We are young and talented individuals and we want to spread our wings even to other nations,” Karikoga said.

As part of the marketing strategy, they have also recorded some music to help them raise the profile of their designer label.

“Our goal is to make sure the label reaches all the people especially the youths. That’s why we are using our own music as a tool to market our work,” Karikoga said.

The “Junk Bodo” label is currently being financed by the students themselves from their pocket money. They invest whatever they get into the business to help it grow.

Despite their busy school timetables, they take time to meet and discuss their future prospects. They hope that after completing their studies they will focus more on product development to expand their operations.Read more at:prom dresses online uk

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