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A uniform for intellectuals

‘Ireally don’t sell clothes, I sell a way of living.” No, these aren’t the words of fashion’s current tastemakers, the likes of outgoing Céline designer Phoebe Philo or, say, Gucci’s alchemist Alessandro Michele. Actually, they were spoken way back in 1963 by Armi Ratia, the founder of Marimekko. The Finnish design house has been brightening up ways of living with bold artistic prints since 1951, when Ratia transformed her husband’s oilcloth company into one producing cheerful, bold but elegant printed designs.

These days, Marimekko is the stuff of tea towels, crockery and bed linen. The bold Unikko flower print and crooked circles of Kivet cover cushions in houses also partial to the chairs of fellow Finn Alvar Aalto or Mies van der Rohe, providing the hand-drawn charm to offset the clean lines. But it began, as Ratia’s soundbite suggests, as an aesthetic to take in all aspects of customers’ lives. It spoke to a growing class of working women with a finely honed taste in design, looking for some colour in a post-war world. Ratia was certainly one of those and had Insta-perfect quotes way before the digital age. “One has to dream,” she said. “And one must stand out from the rest.”

The fashion part of the Marimekko universe is now poised for a comeback. Junya Watanabe collaborated with the brand for his spring/summer collection, using a monochrome Noppa print from 1954 and – in more affordable fashion news – the prints can currently be found on Clinique lipsticks and will soon form part of a collection with Uniqlo, to be released on 29 March. Using six different prints, they romp brightly across T-shirts, dresses, bags and shoes. Everything is under £35 and most items come with a heartwarming story. The Polle abstracted polka dots are inspired by the “hoof prints left by a plump small pony”, while the winningly named Kukkia Rakkaalle has the flowers “to tell you how to surprise your loved one”.

While that might be too saccharine for some, Marimekko’s fashion history gives it pedigree with women of substance. Designed, against the wasp-waisted feminine ideal of the 50s, to fit loosely, 60s designer Annika Rimala believed “clothes needed to be designed so that it was possible to move freely in them – to run, jump, and sit”. Those striding forth were drawn to the designs. Jane Jacobs, Georgia O’Keeffe and Jackie Kennedy wore their dresses – Kennedy apparently bought seven at once, and wore one on the front of a magazine cover in 1960.

By that time, the Finnish company was branching out farther into Scandinavia and to new territories, including the US, and gaining cult appeal among a powerful – if niche – demographic, such as O’Keeffe and Jacobs. In 1963, Eugenia Shepherd, fashion critic for the New York Herald Tribune, described the label as “a uniform for intellectuals … Marimekko is for women whose way of wearing clothes is to forget what they have on”. Jacobs wore hers on protests. O’Keeffe wore hers in the studio. They were clothes that let you get on with life and allow you to be your best self. And guess what? Fifty-five years later, it’s an idea that still sounds pleasingly progressive.Read more at:red carpet dresses | prom dresses london

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So Lady Gaga Wore Madonna's Face on Her Versace Leotard

At this point its seems reductive to point out that relations between Lady Gaga and Madonna are complicated. It's not quite a full-on feud in the way some might imagine, but things remain icy. While Madonna once famously collaborated with Britney Spears, covered Kylie Minogue in concert, posed with Katy Perry on the cover of V, and used to have Gwen Stefani over for dinner parties, she's never quite fully embraced Gaga in the same way.

The last we heard of the situation came directly from Gaga herself, when she opened up about their relationship, or lack thereof, in her Netflix documentary Five Foot Two.

"I admired her always, and I still admire her, no matter what she might think of me," said Gaga in the candid clip. "But no matter how much respect I have for her as a performer, I could never wrap my head around the fact that she wouldn’t look me in the eye and tell me that I was reductive or whatever."

"I just want Madonna to f---in’ push me up against the wall and kiss me and tell me I’m a piece of s---," she concluded.

So, who knows where things stand now. Though, if there's one force in the entire world that may be able to negotiate a peace treaty between Gaga and Madge, it may be Donatella Versace. The fashion designer has remained close friends with each of the Italian-American blondes, and both stars have done their stint as face of the brand (Madonna has appeared in three Versace campaigns over the decades, while Versace is the only high fashion campaign Gaga has ever chosen to front).

So it seems that it was in honor of Donatella that Gaga ended up wearing Madonna's face on her outfit. Last night, the singer performed in Milan, and, of course, not only was Versace on hand but she provided a custom leotard for the occasion as well. If may not be immediately apparent, if you look closely you'll spot the face of none other than Madonna.

Those Vogue covers in the fabric are very much based on real life Vogue covers, and one of them (the one with the purple background and green face) just happens to be the May 1989 cover of American Vogue, which, incidentally, was Madonna's first time ever covering the magazine.

The jumpsuit appears to be custom, but the general motif made an appearance in Versace's recent Spring 2018 show, which was a tribute to Gianni Versace. Indeed, the Vogue cover print itself made it debut back in Versace's famous 1991 Pop Art show.

So, the print really isn't about Madonna, and, yet, it's still Gaga wearing Madonna on her rib.

Oh, in case you're wondering, Donatella enjoyed the show. She called it "one of the most beautiful performances I ever witnessed" on Instagram.Read more at:prom dress | cocktail dresses uk

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In October 2016, a winter storm washed the Pier House Goes Pink fundraiser for Key West Zonta away, and the October 2017 event had to be postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

“We knew we needed to give the community a little more time to heal,” said Key West Zonta President Mechelle Burgohy about the event, rescheduled for this Thursday.

The concert/fashion show is usually held in October to correspond with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and kicks off Zonta’s ABC Walk at Higgs Beach. “The walk didn’t do as well this year as in the past, but we knew money needed to be shifted to hurricane relief,” she said.

The money raised from the events helps local women’s health services, like Zonta’s local heart health initiative, free mammograms for uninsured or underinsured local women, and education projects for Key West High School graduates and Florida Keys Community College nursing students.

Things that haven’t changed: 10 breast cancer survivors will be showcasing local fashions at 6 p.m., and the Prime Movers will be rocking out on the beach until 8:30 p.m. Local fashions will be modeled from Islestyle, Mix Mercantile, Lilly Pulitzer, Peach, Fairvilla, and Isle Style. Isle Style is also providing a makeup artist for the models. “Come wiggle your toes in the sand and watch the sunset,” said Burgohy.

Starting at 8:30 a.m., Pier House’s spa will be offering discounted services with all the proceeds going to the Zonta Club. And, the $10 entrance fee will include all the entertainment and heavy appetizers as well as happy hour prices on drinks, including the Pier House’s signature “Pink Drink.”

In the past, the service group has collected lightly used or new bras to be donated. “If anyone wants to donate them, we will still take them, but it isn’t a project we are pushing this year,” she added.

“The Pier House is always happy to help local causes and the opportunity to assist in raising money for Zonta Club is a partnership we truly value,” said Pier House General Manager Joe Dantoni. “Zonta has done a fantastic job raising money for mammograms for local women and advancing breast cancer awareness, and we are excited to support their efforts by ‘thinking pink’ and hosting a great party.”Read more at:cocktail dresses uk | cheap prom dresses uk

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