Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Sensual, modern, feminine, beautiful, only a few of the words used to describe the Simone Williams collection. Ranging from cutting edge denim street wear to sophisticated evening wear the Simone Williams collection has something to suit every discerning and fashionable woman. Her unique creative vision and eye for beauty has led to a collection filled with stunning one off ready to wear pieces that create attention wherever worn.
The Simone Williams fashion label has been up and running since the summer of 2004 and is based in Hoxton, London. Simone Williams past collections have had an urban street wear theme where she used a combination of fabrics such as denim and leather. She also uses leather strips and belts integrated with other fabrics. This has become her signature look.
For more information, contact:
Simone Williams 07946 675 432
CC: Ronke Lawal: Business Partner & Associate 07984 141 169
Website: Simone Williams
2. Day Clutches
3. Wide Leg Jeans
4. Lucite Accessories
5. Yellow and Cobalt
8. Cutout Wedges
9. Wide Trousers
10. Mini Dresses
I love mini dresses in the summer with flip-flops for a casual look. If you remember in Sex and the City, Carrie would carry a day clutch sometimes.
Which items do you plan to buy?
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
(photo credit: amazon.com)
by Lifestyle Guru
With all the bans on skinny models happening around the world (except the USA at the moment) are they being discrimated against? But what about the models that are naturally thin? The ones that are not doing unhealthy things to remain thin.
I saw an interview on a fashion television show where a runway coordinator made a comment that if the models had eating disorders they would not be able to complete all the shows because they (skinny models) would not have the energy.
In their defense, I am naturally thin and it took several years after graduating from college to reach the triple digits. I would always get asked do you eat (which is so rude) or you must not eat enough (again rude). I do eat. I love food and I love to cook.
(photo credit: rtl.nl)
Monday, January 29, 2007
(photo credit: chinadaily.com)
Sunday, January 28, 2007
** NYC Fashion Week is Feb. 2-9 in Bryant Park.
** Bobbi Brown is celebrating her 50th birthday this spring by releasing her fourth book, "Bobbi Brown Living Beauty," available in March.
** Socialite Amanda Hearst continues to shine by modeling in Lilly Pulitzer's Fall 2006 catalog/campaign.
** According to E! News, Katie Holmes will be gearing for a comeback to films soon and Wilmer Valderrama will launch a mens fashion line called Calavena in February.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Flashy Shades: Everything you wanted to know about the latest in sun glasses.
Girls Handbook: is a site that gives a girl the know how from fashion to what the celebs are wearing on the red carpet.
The Gap has gotten a lot of press lately for low sales, possible selling off from parent company, lack of traffic in stores and on the website. So, what happend? In my opinion, I think the Gap lost sight of it's customers.
They seemed to be more interested in getting the latest celebrity to star in their commercials and ads instead of keeping an eye out on consumer trends and new target markets.
A trend that was brewing was teen marketing. The Gap also had more competitors than they previously had in the past for instance: Abercrombie & Finch, American Apparel, American Eagle and speciality boutiques selling designer apparel. Had they realized they could have branched off and created a teen specific store to get a jump on their competition. Many teens started to feel that The Gap really wasn't cool enough to them.
They also didn't seem to know who their target market was anymore. Who were they trying to attract? Teens, college students, 20-somethings, 30+ market or everyone?
Another market that they could of attracted is the college graduate. Many wore Gap clothes while attending college (including myself). An opportunity would of been to promote their affordable career category that they have in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Essence, GQ and Maxim (for the guys) and different TV shows. Many of the college graduates "graduated" to Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, The Limited, Express and designer apparel. They had a "what to wear to work" page on their website for a short time. In my opionion they should of kept it.
Can the Gap be saved? I hope so, I am a fan and I still think they have great clothes there. I just think they need to focus on the customer and less on the celebs. Let me know what you think.
Some of you might be asking, What do I know? Even though I am a young professional in Marketing and PR, some of my strengths and areas of expertise are:
Identifying new target markets
Customer Relationship Marketing
Integrated Marketing Communication
Focusing on the teen, 20-something and lifestyle markets
Trouble shooting problems and spotting weaknesses
Marketing, public relations and event planning
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Tyra Banks is on the current cover of People Magazine addressing all her critics that are calling her fat. On the cover Tyra is wearing a strapless red swimsuit and standing next to the headline "You Call This Fat?"
Ms. Banks has stated that she currently weights 161 lbs and she never felt happier. She doesn't deny that she has gained weight but not the reported "40 lbs in one month". While modeling she weighted 131 lbs, but since she is no longer modeling she feels she doesn't need to live up to those modeling standards any more. I commend Tyra for taking a stand and not running off and doing some extreme diet just to make others happy.
Please pick up the current People Magazine to read all about Tyra Banks.
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COCKTAIL WEEKLY is aimed at 20-somethings interested in celebrity news, relationship advice, health topics, fashion and beauty features. Maria Lissandrello has been named editor-in-chief of this weekly magazine from Bauer Publishing. Accordiing to advertising Age, the debut issue is due out on newsstands September 21.
The fashion mecca that is Vogue is introducing VOGUE HOME. Hamish Bowles is editor-in-chief of this Vogue offspring, which is still being tested. Reports indicate that only one edition is slated for 2007.
REALTALK LA will embrace the multicultural diversity of the LA area and cover creative, fashion, design, business, health, philanthropic, etc. The article tone is sophisticated and street smart. Jay Levin, founder of sister title LA WEEKLY, will oversee this publication, which is due to launch in April.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
I am going to give it a 4 star rating because I had a great time, delicious drinks and desserts. The interior is very sexy, playful, and colorful (see pictures above). The staff is very knowledgable and will help with suggesting drinks that will go with certain desserts.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
I know that all the lovely Fashionistas know about the Proenza Schouler collection coming to Target in February.
At one point in the Fashion Industry is was considered career suicide to even consider creating a line of clothes for stores like Target. For instance, when Issac Mizrahi announced he was creating a line for Target, many said that his design career would be over. Fortuantely Issac had the last laugh, he became more popular than he was in the 90's. He has a successful TV show on the Style Network and newly published magazine Issac's Style Book. He is now a household name, even little old ladies know about Issac Mizrahi.
Since Issac, other designers have started to create affordable priced designs such as a Oscar de la Renta and Stella McCartney had limited collections at H&M, Behnaz Sarafpour recently unveiled her collection at Target and Liz Lange maternity collection at Target has been thriving since its unveiling.
Pink Cupcakes is brought to you by Rachael and Amy all the way from New Zealand! It's a mix of fashion, music, movies, humour and everyday life.
Frugal Glam: Looking good does not have to cost you a fortune which is why I started this blog. There are really great products out that are good quality and I intend on sharing them with you.
Monday, January 22, 2007
(photo credit: ABC Family)
With the brewing controversy of a lack of diversity on network television. ABC Family has created a new family show, Lincoln Heights (on Monday nights, check your local listings). The show centers on an African-American police officer and his family moving back to the father's old neighborhood. In the beginning of the show the whole family each deal with the transitional issues of moving to their new neighborhood.
This is a great family show and after seeing the first two episode. I would consider this a hit show, hopefully ABC will continue to promote the show to attract viewers.
According to research, in 2006 ABC Family was available to more than 89 million US homes (advertising age cable guide April 2006). Which gives them a nice window of opportunity. In my opinion, ABC Family will have an advange over the other networks because they will be tapping into a much ignored viewer.
Currently, the CW network is the only station that has shows geared to people of color with the shows Everybody Hates Chris, All of Us, Girlfriends and The Game but those shows are all comedies. The CW network is not without it's own share of controversy from only showing the "Black" shows on Monday night instead of filtering them throughout their weekly program schedule. Since, Lincoln Heights is a dramatic show ABC Family has a chance to capture a whole new audience again if they continue to promote it.
For more information about Lincoln Heights go to: abcfamily.go.com/lincolnheights.
Friday, January 19, 2007
I have been following MTV's Sweet 16 show for a while and I have come to the conclusion that MTV is marketing greed and envy to young girls. With the popularity of celebrity culture growing, more and more teenagers want that celebrity lifestyle.
That's were Sweet 16 comes in. The show centers around affluent teens planning their Sweet 16 party's but these are not ordinary birthday parties. The parties average in cost of thousands of dollars including the parents giving gifts of expensive cars such as Jaguars and BMWs. Each episode is more elaborate than the last.
The problem I have with the show is it makes it seems as though this is the norm when it comes to Sweet Sixteen Birthday parties. Another problem, I have is it make it seem cool to be spoiled, mean, and self-centered. Most parents in America can not afford parties like these but that hasn't stopped some teens from getting their parents to foot the bill for such elaborate parties and going into debt in the process.
Shows like this that are geared towards teens are not in the best interest, because the ones who can not afford these types of parties feel that they don't measure up or feel that they need to have big and expensive parties to be popular or to impress others.
The only episode that showed the teens in a good light was the first episode which showed two girls planning their party at the Hard Rock Cafe. Instead of the party being all about them they turned the party into a fundraiser by charging their guest a fee.
Is this ethical to market these types of shows to teenagers? Let me know what you think.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stephani, Kylie Minogue and Kate Moss will now join the ranks of Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Paris Hilton, Diddy and the rest of ever growing list of celebrity fragrance makers.
Christina Aguilera recently signed a deal with Procter & Gamble to produce her fragrance. According to her website, she say's "I love trying new things in my music and in fashion. To have a perfume of my own is the beginning of an exciting adventure."
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Ever since Charmed went off the air into syndication, it has turned into a cult classic. On TNT alone it's shown four times a day/five days a week and has become even more popular since the last episode aired May 2006 on the WB network. The DVDs are selling at a steady rate as well as the books. I think the fans are responsible for 90% of the marketing and promotion of this show.
The popularity of the show has spawned fans to petition for spin off shows. There are thousands of fansites, websites, and blogs devoted to the TV show and more are created daily.
Do you think Charmed has found a new life in syndication? Let us know what you think.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Designer Jessica Chase has teamed up with international manufacturer VANGROUP to launch her new accessorieslines at the MAGIC Show, in LasVegas, NV, February 13-16.
Jessica's colorful spring collection consists of a new line of her popular hand knit handbags, knit in light spring cottons and fabrics, accessorized with fringe, beads, and other jewelry. Bag-Hag's spring collection will also include a new line of leather handbags and other high-end leather accessories featured in Jessica's signature hot pink color embossed and decorated with her beautiful butterfly logo.
The collection includes a new line of media cases that hold PDA, cell phone, or MP3 players. Regarding her collections, Jessica states, "I have always felt passionate for art, design and fashion. My interpretation of color, materials and trends help me create products that are sexy, fun and beautiful for a wide range of individuals."
The MAGIC Show is an all-encompassing preview of the new season's offerings. The MAGIC Marketplace features entire collections, exciting launches, and undiscovered trends in men's, women's and children's apparel and accessories.
Bag-Hag by Jessica is currently carried by over 200 stores nationwide and in Ferichi in Shang-hai, China. Store locations are listed on the designer's website at http://www.bag-hag.com/. Bag-Hag handbags, muffs and scarves have made their way to some ofHollywood's finest celebrities including Jillian Barberie, Marcia Cross, Daniella Clarke (designer of Frankie B Jeans), Camille Guaty, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Jane Leeves, Eva Longoria, Kim Raver, Melissa Rivers, Nicolette Sheridan and Tori Spelling.
For more information on Jessica, visit her site at http://www.bag-hag.com/.
2007 Winners (not a complete list):
America Ferrera from Ugly Betty won Best TV actress in a musical or comedy
TV show Ugly Betty won for Best TV musical or comedy
Meryl Streep winning for her role in The Devil Wears Prada
Forest Whitaker winning for his role in The Last King of Scotland
Sacha Baron Cohen for best film actor in a musical or comedy for Borat
Jennifer Hudson (Dream Girls) for Best supporting actress in a motion picture
Dream Girls for Best motion picture for musical or comedy
Eddie Murphy (Dream Girls) for Best supporting actor for a motion picture
Grey's Anatomy Best TV series drama
Hugh Laurie Best performance by actor in a TV Series (House M.D.)
Kyra Sedgwick Best actress in a TV series (The Closer)
Maybe wining will open more doors for America Ferrera and Jennifer Hudson and they will become more sought after by Hollywood.
Calvin Klein Johnny Collar Matte Jersey Dress $138.00 (Nordstrom)
Fang Polka-Dot Shirt with Built-In Vest $36.00 (Macy's)
Monday, January 15, 2007
I can only wonder what's going to happen to Lauren "LC" Conrad this time around. Maybe she will stay away from loser guys? Who knows. Maybe Heidi will go back to school? Who knows.
The Hills kind of reminds of a female version of HBO's Entourage. Since one of my friend's adores this show, I helped her plan a Hills party for tonight.
I planned and organized it for her so that when she gets home from work all she has to do is a little set up before all the girls come over.
I found the perfect drink (they are all 21 years old) to go with the theme and decorations.
It's called the Ritz Fizz. This delicious drink contains fresh lemon juice, blue Curacao, amaretto and chilled champagne.
Let me know what you thought of the first episode of The Hills.
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