5:19 PM PST, 2/15/2009
Australia is a country where pretty much everyone likes to be outdoors. So much so that Australians like their clothes and fashion to be casual and comfortable. Nobody wants to go to the beach in an overly designed dress or a restrictive pair of pants. Both men and women want casual fashion, and that's always been represented by each season's new designs. But, even while staying casual, Australian designers create innovative clothes with beautiful silhouettes, colors and patterns.
In 2009, this casualness is likely to continue with the following Australian designers representing the epitome of designing for comfort. Akira Isogawa uses natural fabrics - silks, cottons and vintage fabrics - to create soft and flowing dresses and skirts in primary colors. Isogawa likes black, white and red. He loves a layered look, with gorgeously embroidered skirts with long see-through vests worn over them or off-white, beautifully cut pants with a long-sleeve top with a tight bodice and flowing sleeves.
Lisa Ho specializes in cute, comfortable shorts paired with baggy tops and an equally baggy jacket, comfy pants or pretty, figure-flattering summer dresses. She's also famous for glamorous gowns worn by many of Australia's top actresses and entertainers. Her winter 2008 collection highlights browns and creams with, again, a layered look including raincoats, tight pants, pinafore dresses, sweaters and lovely gowns with elaborate designs and patterns in vibrant colors.
Saba designs both men and women's clothes that are quite simple in design, yet perfect in execution. This season, Saba's designs for women include brightly colored, simple t-shirts, simple short-sleeve shirts and even belts and clutch bags. For men, stripes and checks are in, with lots of khaki shorts and hats and woven belts - all designed with comfort in mind, yet with an eye for quality. Saba has been at the forefront of Australian contemporary fashion for more than 40 years and has influenced many of Australia's new crop of designers.
As you can see, fashion in Australia isn't likely to move away from comfort and casualness. Australian Fashion Week, which is held twice a year in May (in Sydney) and October/November (in Melbourne), is a fabulous time to check out Aussie fashion and Aussie designers.
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5:15 PM PST, 2/15/2009
If you know anything about China, you'd be correct in assuming most of the clothing bought by men and women in China is made in their own country. However, in the last few years, high fashion and designer brands have come to China and are becoming very popular.
China's annual Fashion Week is big news; last year more than 30 top designers showed their collections in Beijing. Chinese designers too are being schooled in record numbers as Chinese men and women realize China's more open society is allowing them to be more creative. High fashion with a Chinese-inspired flair is very popular with Western-style white wedding dresses accented with Chinese embroidery coming down the catwalk alongside Mongolian-style jackets and men's leather jackets decorated with traditional Chinese red.
China's women are also seeing an emergence of consumer freedom unheard of in what was once a repressive society. As Western designer brand clothing stores and bag stores open up in every major Chinese city, affluent Chinese women are visiting them in droves so they can have the latest DKNY bag or the newest Chanel shirt. Upwardly mobile Chinese men are buying Western designer suits and along with Chinese designed men's clothing made with a Chinese flair.
Add the new "Made in China" high fashion designers and Chinese men and women really are getting spoiled with choices. These new Chinese designers are educating people that it's possible to get haute couture or premium clothing from Chinese designers at less than a third of the cost of Western brands, because production costs in China are lower.
For Chinese designed women's fashion, check out Dorian Ho, whose Ho Couture high-end line of clothing is selling well in boutiques and showrooms in Europe and America. Ji Wenbo, the winner of China's most prestigious Golden Tripod award, is a Chinese men's fashion designer who's also making a name for himself in Europe as well as in China.
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6:48 PM PST, 2/5/2009
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Winter is the season of coats! Invest in a good coat that you will look great in. If you have a chance to buy a designer piece, go for it! A good Italian or French wool coat will last you three years minimum and you can wear it throughout the season! So, you will definitely get your money’s worth, even if the coat costs more than one thousand dollars. In terms of colors, black, brown and gray are the traditional hues for winter coats and you will see these colors on most women, but if you want to stand out from the winter crowd, a little attitude won’t hurt. Be adventurous and go for bright plaids, animal prints, pinks, reds, or go all white or beige for a fabulous winter look that will pop. The dry cleaning bill will be huge if you go white, but it will be worth every single penny! This winter, ankle high booties are hot, hot and hot! Also seen in the runway and fashion magazines are knee high boots, laced-up boots and cut-out shoes. Walk the walk in gorgeous shoes with fringes and tassels and make a fashion statement. Fur is the epitome of rich and queen-like winter fashion. No matter what anyone says, fur was, is and will be in style as long as women live. The good news is that faux fur has become such an important part of fashion, one can easily find a piece that will look even more gorgeous than the real thing! Whether you go real or faux, the important thing to remember is that your piece should look fabulous. And if it doesn’t - it’s not worth the money. Cashmere jacket, coats, pants, scarves, pashmina and even pajamas are perfect for the winter! It’s strong, light, luxurious, soft and oh-so-warm! Cashmere is a fashionable way to stay hot during these cold winter months. Skinny jeans have been around for quite some time now, and no, they are not going anywhere anytime soon. They’re still as hot as ever! Skinny jeans are no longer a fashion trend, they are a fashion staple! One of the key fashion trends for this winter is just too fabulous! Purple is all the rage this season and if you want to add extra style to your winter wardrobe, choose your fashion accessories in the color—purple wallets, belts and gloves can be seen everywhere! Or go for gorgeous purple jewelry for that fabulous sparkle. I personally can’t get enough of purple, and can’t get enough accessories! For me, from scarves to gloves to jewelry, the flashier, the better. Sexy and classy are the two words that describe this year’s winter runway trends. Accentuating the waist has returned! Seen on a curvy dress or a belted swing coat, the emphasis is back on the waist. The fitted shift dress provides a much-needed change from all the trapeze-shaped dresses this past summer. Fashion for winter is definitely sexier and edgier. Source:Credit-KBS world