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Hey Girls! Barneys March & April Fall Trunk Show Schedules – It’s Never Too Early To Start Shopping For Fall Winter 2010! Get Your First Dibs !!

Posted in Barneys New York, Sales & Trunk Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

My fellow fashionistas, as we all know Barneys New York ( one of our favorite store for all luxe designer goods!) is having a jam packed trunk shows for the fall-winter 2010 collections! Click on the photo below to see a more larger size & clear photo of the schedules.

Click below to check out Barneys New York’s Creative Director Simon Doonan is up to?! This episode is all about Unique Gifts ! We love this creative visions for Barneys!

It’s never too early to be on the wait list for the fab new designs! Check out the schedules below, grab your CHANEL bag and head to Barneys New York to get your first dibs !! Don’t forget to come back to our blog and share with us what fab stuff you bought!

Until next time, be well & look fabulous!!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Film Noir Meets Fashion – Lady Dior Cannage Bag Film

Posted in Celebrity & Entertainment, Dior with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2009 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Dior has done it again! Besides their fabulous clothing & accessories collections, even their AD campaigns are now captivate our imaginations! Directed by Olivier Dahan , featuring French actress Marion Cotillard, Dior has released a mini film of its own – a lady James Bond adventure. For this ad campaign, Dior has invited 2008 Oscar winning French actress Marion Cotillard as its advertisement spokesperson as well as the famous photographer Peter Lindbergh to take shots. Taking a fancy to Marion’s noble temperament, so Dior selected her to be the model who can match with the new Lady Dior Cannage Bag perfectly.

“Chapter 1: A Lady Noire Affair”. The film shows off the men in perfectly pressed Dior Homme suits, and Marion Cotillard rushing up the Eiffel Tower in amazing black heels, distinctly shaped “Diorette” sunglasses and the Lady Dior Handbag. Dior has cleverly put their best selling handbag on display with a short film and the episodes will continue. I’ll be blissfully await the next video made in New York “Lady Rouge”.

Below you can view “The Lady Noire Affair”, which was released in May. Do not expect to get all the answers right away. If you pay careful attention there are clues provided. So who will save lady Dior? We will have to wait and see.

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It’s said that the reason why this bag is so famous is kinda related with our familiar Princess Diana. “In 1995, at the Cezanne Art Exhibition sponsored by Dior Corporation, the former French First Lady Bernadette Chirac sent Princess Diana a new model of Christian Dior bags as a gift.” Then Dior immediately named this unreleased bag “Lady Dior” – gracefully to the name extremely. And Diana also liked this bag so much that she carried it in many important official occasions, then this bag has fired up.

This latest Lady Dior Cannage Bag 2009 is crafted by the soft supple suede which sends out a light lambency, patterned with cannage embroidery and logo cannage jacquard lining. With unique cannage geometric surface and two hemicycle handles, it’s also attached with silver Dior logo metal hard ware and the metal protective feet. Besides, there is an open top with protective flap closure on top and a zipped pocket inside. Available in two colors: black and brown. And as usual, Luxe-Gift.com we are always trying to bring anything fabulous to our customers, so we’ve this uber fabulous Lady Dior bag in size small for our lucy customers! Click the link here to visit our online boutique (Luxe-Gifts.com)

– Black lambskin w/ hand stitched “Cannage” embroidery
– Silver-tone metal DIOR Logo charms
– 12″ double sturdy handles with 4″ drop
– 32.5″ removable shoulder strap with 17.5″ drop
– Red logo jacquard lining with side zip pocket
– Carried in the hand or worn with a strap as shoulder bag
– Protective metal feet at bottom of the bag- Size: 9.5″W x 8″H x 4.5″D
– Made in Italy

Come check out our online designer boutique (Luxe-Gifts.com)  and experience the magic of Lady Dior !

Untill next time, be well and look fabulous !

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug 🙂

Limited Edition FENDI Grey Jersey Peekaboo Satchel w/ Hot Pink Leather Lining – Sporty Chic

Posted in Celebrity & Entertainment, Fendi with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2009 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

OMG! I am crazy about this Limited Edition FENDI Grey Jersey Peekaboo Satchel w/ Hot Pink Leather Lining!! It’s so uptown chic yet downtown cool! Combining the everyday material as the jersey fabric that we wear as the sweatshirt with luxurious hot pink color leather, it’s a must have for every hip fashionistas!

Avaliable at Luxe-Gifts.com

The Fendi Peek-a-Boo bag is an “underground” celebrity it bag. It’s a pretty low-key handbag, , but it just screams luxury.

We’ve been reporting many different style of the Fendi Peekaboo Satchel in our blog, but this new jersey peekaboo is one of my favorite one, because it has a very similar shape to the Hermes Kelly bag, but this Fendi Peekaboo satchel has a classic shape without seeming “snoby” and bourgeois like the Hermes Kelly…. and it’s way more hip and easy to carry. Don’t get me wrong i love Hermes, but compare to Fendi’s peekaboo, I like this bag more, it’s just my opinion.

• Light grey jersey fabric with hot pink leather lining.
• Goldtone and silvertone hardware.
• Top handle with rings; 4 1/2″ drop.
• Adjustable, removable shoulder strap; 25″ drop.
• Framed top; turn-lock closure.
• Button-tabs on sides.
• Two interior pockets; one zip, one open.• Includes dust bag.
• 12″H x 16 1/4″W x 6 1/2″D.
• Made in Italy.

Avaliable at Luxe-Gifts.com

Here is FENDI spring-summer 2010 fashion show, enjoy!

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If you love this bag as much we do, the bag is available is Avaliable at Luxe-Gifts.com ! the Fendi boutique told us there were only 3 in the U.S.A and we’re lucky to get one directly from them! Come check out our store!

Untill next time, be well and look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Dior Granville Satchel Tote Is a Must Have Bag !

Posted in Dior with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2009 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

I’ve always love Christian Dior’s fashion, and their accessories are just fabulous! They are must have for all the fashonistas! Today when I browse the Dior official site, I found the newly released Dior Granville Collection & there comes a Dior bag that I just need to have it!

Available at Luxe-Gifts.com

You must be wondering why this bag is named “Granville”? well, Monsieur Christian Dior was born in Granville, Normandy. I find the hand stitching of the “cannage” detail so beautiful! because they are slightly irregular and they’re 3 dementional. The detail is achieve through pin tucking the leather so it is actually a part of the bag rather than applied, so the intersections of the lines are a bit off. You would think this is a flaw but it is done so well that it is just a perfect example of DIOR’s superior quality and worksmanship.

Of course, silver-tone hardware completes its luxurious totality, which you can find on the loops and on the hanging DIOR charms. It has a zip along the top, and the hour-glass shape can actually be folded over, just like on other convertible bags we have these days. This gives you an option of whether carrying it as a handbag through its top handles with rings or as a shoulder bag through its detachable strap.

What I love the most is the multi compartments inside of the bag! The interior of the bag was divided into 3 large compartments by the big fully top sip center divider pocket compartment. so you can fit all of your stuff in and still looking stylish & fabulous!

Here is a photo of Demi Moore carrying the LARGE size granville

Even tho Ashton is super hot but I still can’t keep my eyes off Demi’s fabulous DIOR Granville

We hope you enjoy the review of this fabulous DIOR Granville satchel/tote bag, and if you like the bag, we’ve just received the size Medium Granville directly from DIOR and now available at our very own online store Luxe-Gifts.com ! come check out the bag, it will be the best investment purse you’ll ever get!

Untill next time, be well and look fabulous !

xoxo

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

FENDI Patent Leather & Gold Color Embossed Leather Lining Peekaboo Satchel

Posted in Fendi with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2009 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

What’s the first thing that comes into your mind when you think about the famous Italian fashion house “FENDI” ? those big “FF” logos all over the place right? If you love their logos then you can’t get enough of it ( Just like I am such a CHANEL “CC” logo freak! haha) but if you hated their “FF” logo then you probably would totally disregard any of the FENDI handbags.

BUT!!! Since in Spring/Summer 2009 collection continues to Fall/Winter 2009 and 2010, Fendi has came up with all different type of the new “IT BAG” name “Peekaboo Bag”. It’s sophisticated & understated! all the bells & whistles are inside of the bag! so when you close the bag all you see just a understated handbag but when you leave it open, the top droops down and reveals all different types of beautiful lining inside of the bag. From beaded “FF logo” to Fur & snakeskin lining!

Here is one of the many beautiful “Peekaboo” bag, this one is the Black Patent Leather Peekaboo with embossed Gold color checkerboard lining. (Available at Luxe-Gifts.com)

This crinkled patent Peek-A-Boo bag is so understated and ladylike that I almost can’t believe it’s Fendi. I mean, where are all the bells and whistles? There’s not even any snakeskin on this bag! The truth is that this bag doesn’t need anything extra to make it work. It has an old fashioned, sophisticated charm that defies trends.

The simple shape of the bag combined with the sleek patent material and the pronounced seams creates a sharply tailored look that will work for a lot of women. For edgier fashionistas, the Peek-A-Boo would make a great bag for the office, but I think a lot of women will find that this is a highly versatile, high quality accessory that can coordinate with a lot of looks.

The details on this bag are so luxurious and plentiful that it’s hard to know where to begin. The inside of the Peek-A-Boo is made of a fabulous laser cut suede with gold paint that will make you want to reach into your purse at every possible opportunity. The gold metal hardware is understated and beautiful. And the interior compartment of the bag is ingeniously divided into two sections, which each have pockets of their own.

Untill next time, be well and look fabulous !

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug 🙂

The Fabulous 80s Fashions, Catfights & Caviar and The show

Posted in Celebrity & Entertainment with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2009 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

The 80s, an era of excesses, over the top fashions we would love to hate but just can’t look away. And there are some memorable TV shows that are known for their fashion and little else, and then there are those excruciating programmes where the fashion becomes the focal point, whether it intends to or not.

You might wonder what’s the hot new looks for fall 2009 fashion? Padded shoulders straight out of “Dynasty,” sequined tops fit for “Golden Girls” and the kind of pleated pants last seen on “The Facts of Life.”


Dynasty – The excesses of the ’80s meant big everything, from hair to shoulder pads. All that glitters: The nighttime soap “Dynasty” celebrated an era of excess, complete with shimmering fashions worn by leads including Evans and Joan Collins.)

Though designers have been flirting with the decade for several seasons, a clutch of marquee names delved into the era’s flashiest, most bombastic side for fall. The homage to the color-drenched era was, in some cases, so unapologetic you almost expected Joan Collins to stroll out in a Swarovski-encrusted Bob Mackie gown boasting shoulder pads meatier than twin rib eyes LOL!
(Golden Girls Fashion then and now)

Well, over the years as the fashion trends have progressed, so has the fashion on our favourite TV shows, and for the most part it has got a hell of a lot better. You can’t help but laugh at some of the campy looks sported 20 years ago on some of our fave programmes though, but hopefully through their style mistakes and triumphs, we have learnt a few of our own fashion lessons.

(Miami Vice – Don Johnson’s pastel color push-up sports jacket look was a big hit)

We’ve compiled a list of the best fashion savvy programmes to hit our screens over the years that influenced us and many people around the world how to dress in the golden eras of 80s

(Saved by the bell – all the neon color printed shirts & bleach jeans…. it was every high school kid’s must have items! yes I confess, I have couple of the polka dots big shirts & my rainbow color vans shoes LOL)

In the fall winter 2009 fashion shows, it was full of pleated, tapered pants and boatloads of neon, Marc Jacobs’ über-’80s show looked like a casting call for “Square Pegs.” Meanwhile, designer Christophe Decarnin of Balmain — the house that nudged fashion into the decade’s decadent side last season with pieces such as Michael Jackson-style jackets — harnessed the hard-edged party girl of the era with skin-tight minidresses and pointy, winged, padded shoulders.


(Pretty In Pink – How would the movie’s warring richie preps and New Wave outsiders fare in today’s fashion world? The big jackets and high-waisted chinos on pretty-boy Blane (Andrew McCarthy) might need an update — or can just be recycied as women’s wear — but Duckie’s (Jon Cryer) skinny jeans and Andie’s (Molly Ringwald) leggings and layers have been a part of street fashion for years. See, geeks win in the end.)

Considering the worldwide recession, it seems a curious time to be making such showy, fashion-forward clothes. Wasn’t it just a few months ago that women’s fashion magazines were espousing the virtues of “investment dressing”? What is it about the current climate that’s delivered us back to the ’80s? could it be people are tired of being worried about money and being sensible? Even though it wasn’t the carefree time everyone remembers it to be, the ’80s looks like the party we’ve not been allowing ourselves to have lately. It’s a denial of the recession.?

Come think of it, when we are in bad economies, clothes tend toward the staid, and in boom times the fantasy is to look downbeat and poor like the purposely stained, torned jeans, jackets, I even seen some handmade “couture tees” that makes you look like a homeless man! of course with a $250 price tag to achieve that look! haha!

And now that a tough economy is the reality, we want to look “Rich, over the top & fun!” Suddenly, we’re living the old adage of hemlines rising and lipstick colors getting brighter when the economy tanks “We’re in a tough economic time, and a lot of these ’80s-inspired looks give off the image of a strong woman,” said Gregg Andrews, fashion director for Nordstrom, which is betting on ’80s-style boyfriend blazers from Stella McCartney and shoulder-centric pieces from Donna Karan this fall. “It’s about a woman still being feminine, but not fragile or frail. The strong shoulder, the hardware on things — I look at it as being modern urban armor.

It’s true that there are few decades that have offered such a treasure trove of memorable (and cringe-inducing) looks. And in this era of anxiety, maybe the season’s key trend is to dress optimistic and adding a pop of bright neopn color into your daily wardrobe! don’t let the recession to drag you down!

Now grab a glass of Champagne, sit back and let’s time travel to the fabulous 80s with this Dynasty Reunion Special

(Opening)

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(Episode 1)

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(Episode 2)

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(Episode 3)

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(Episode 4)

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(Episode 5)

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Untill next time, Champagne wishes & Caviar dreams !!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the Pug

Gloria Swanson An Amazing Actress in Sunset Boulevard – A dark comedy, deeply moving tragedy, fabulous film

Posted in Celebrity & Entertainment with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2009 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

I’ve been a huge fan of the Movie & Broadway show “Sunset Boulevard” ! So naturally I’ve been mesmerized by the actress Gloria Swanson’s glamourous looks, unique acting skills & her life story.


Gloria Swanson was born in Chicago on March 27th, 1897. Her real name is Gloria Josephine Mae Swenson. She began her career 1913 at Chicago’s Essanay Studios. Back then she was known as Gloria Mae. In 1916, she married Wallace Beery, another Essanay player, and the newlywed couple moved to Hollywood. He was to be the first of six husbands. She then shifted back-and-forth between two studios, Triangle and Paramount, where she appeared in roles that captured audiences hearts, making her a major box-office draw of the silent era. Her first lead role was in Cecil B. DeMille’s Don’t Change Your Husband (1919). DeMille would direct her in six of her box-office triumphs.

In 1925, after returning from France where she filmed Madame Sans-Gene and married her third husband, Marquis Henri de la Falaise, she teamed up with Joseph P. Kennedy, patriarch of the political clan, and began producing her own films. The two had a extra-marital affair, which was effectively hidden from her fans. Her first production effort went over budget and was not successful; but her second, Sadie Thompson (1928), was a commercial and critical success. It was daring for its time: She played a prostitute who was reformed then raped by a religious fanatic. For that role, she received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

The following year was a tumultuous one for Swanson’s professional career. Although she received her second Academy Award nomination for her role in The Trespasser, her production company also embarked on the ambitious project Queen Kelly, directed by Erich Von Stroheim. Von Stroheim created a financial mess, with numerous reshoots and the injection of erotic and perverse touches into the film. Although he was subsequently fired, the damage had been done. Although given a few screenings in Europe, the film was never shown in the United States. It marked the end of Von Stroheim’s directing career.

She retired in 1934, but attempted several comebacks. Her most successful was her critically lauded star turn in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard, where she played a role with many parallels to her own life.

What they don’t realize is how close “Sunset Boulevard” cuts to the bone. Not just in terms of the fickle system of Hollywood fame, and the ephemeral and illusory nature of Hollywood glamour, but to its specific references to the people involved. Audiences in 1950 would have been able to recognize Gloria Swanson as an ex-silent film star. When she goes to a backlot to visit Cecil B. DeMille, DeMille plays himself, and is actually working on his real film “Samson & Deliliah” (1949). Seeing as “Sunset Boulevard” takes place in flashback, this would have been exactly the film DeMille would have been working on. We’re asked to watch an old silent film of Norma’s at one point, and it is actually “Queen Kelly” (1929) starring Gloria Swanson.

Gloria plays Norma Desmond brilliantly! She is also infected by love. Love of romantic, abstract things. Things like “the spotlight”, “the little people”, “the cheers”, and most of all “the fame”. As a teenager, Norma Desmond was taken under the wing of Cecil B. DeMille. She was a lovely doe. Ready to display her beauty and charm to audiences the world over. Her films were hits, and she became very, very rich. But, as happens so often with teenage stars (from Judy Garland to Britney Spears), the fame went to her head. When she began to fall out of the public eye (due to dwindling roles and the inevitable onset of age), she as no prepared to live life a rung down. She went mad. In her mind, the fame never faded, and the world still wants her, needs, her, adores her, awaits with baited breath her great comeback.

One of her famous line in the movie was : “I am big!” She insists in all seriousness. “It’s the pictures that got small.” ( Dont’ we all have that bitchy diva in al of us? haha )

After a long career in Hollywood, she received her third Academy Award nomination for that film. Her final film appearance was in 1974’s Airport 1975, where she played herself. She died on April 4th, 1983. What an amazing actress and the life she had lived! After watching the “Sunset Blvd” again, I can’t help it to think….. and I am sure all of you agrees with me that Hollywood advertises itself as the Place Where Dreams Come True. The city where streets are paved with gold, and all it takes is a single famous director to recognize you, and you are instantly transported into a world of luxury, adoration, large mansions, swimming pools, and endless money. Not in any ad copy, mind you; it’s just the grand illusion of the place.

Countless young writers and actors have moved to Los Angeles over the decades in the hopes of cashing in on this dream. The joke goes that, to this day, you can go into a restaurant in Hollywood, and ask any given waiter or waitress for their resume and 8×10 glossy, and they may have it for you. Just convince them that you are a legit producer first. It is kinda sad but a reality in LA.

 

Does the world of high-paid acting really offer more than money? Does it truly offer that ineffable thing we call glamour? Well, to a degree, yes it does. In the minds of the people who still want the dream, and to those who have bought into it, it still lives on. But it’s easy to see that “Fame” and “Glamour” are fleeting things at best, and completely false at worst. Hollywood does not care for you, it only cares for who is most bankable at any given moment. The movie biz is where ineffable things like dreams, glories, and art, mix the most closely with the callous world of high-profit business.

It’s easy to take the glamour seriously. It’s comforting and plush and beautiful. The smart ones prepare for when the paychecks begin to whither. The rest either sink into lower tiers of fame, or they go mad. Going mad is, I think, more common than we assume.

Here is the most famous scene of the movie, the grand finale…… Mr. DeMille, I am ready for my close-up !!! Click on the media player below to see the clip.

I don’t want “Sunset Boulevard” to sound like a depressing resignation of personal tragedy though. Despite the tragic elements, “Sunset Boulevard” is refreshingly alive. We may feel the emptiness in Norma’s soul, but Swanson is able to take the role of this strange woman and make her into a full realized character who is interesting to watch. All the fabulous clothings, the sets & the over the top melodrama, made this dark comedy, a deeply moving tragedy, and a hugely satisfying film experience.

I was so fortunate to received this original Gloria Swanson autographed photo as a farewell gift from my co-workers when I left my at Carmen Marc Valvo as an associated designer in that company. I now hang this beautiful framed photo in my office so I can see it everyday!

I have seen the Sunset Boulevard Broadway Shows 3 times with all four different leading actresses: Glenn Close, Betty Buckley & Patti Lupone! Here is a video of Glenn Close’s performance, simply amazing !

In conclusion of this blog about the movie Sunset Blvd & Gloria Swanson, what an amazing movie! and an amazing actress! Here is a video paying tribute to this fabulous woman Gloria Swanson!

Untill next time, put on your “Gloria Face” and be ready for your “Close-Up” at any time, ’cause you never know who are you gonna meet ! haha

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug 🙂

Larger Than Life Is Just The Right Size ! – CHANEL Giant Size Carousel Fashion Show

Posted in Chanel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2009 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Ok girls! I LOVE everything Chanel! and this is no joke! this is HUGE…. LOL … hmmm i wish i have one like this at home, where i can put all my life in ha ha
Vogue Paris August 2008

A Chanel carousel fitted out with giant quilted bags, camellias, pearls, boaters, and bows faced the audience as it poured into the Grand Palais for the Fall Ready-to-wear show. It was a fitting metaphor for the timeless turning of the house classics, and for the unstoppable machine fashion has become these days.

Lagerfeld didn’t miss a trick, from fragile, frothy, high-necked blouses to spidery knits, peplum jackets, and an intelligent exploration of how longer lengths might be worked into a winter wardrobe.

And what of austerity chic, the subject du jour? Lagerfeld’s witty take was an updated retread of Coco Chanel’s “poverty de luxe,” so that the tweed suits came with worn-through elbows or scatterings of faux-darned patches. Nothing too heavy, of course, because Lagerfeld is not one to take passing fashion issues, even recession, too seriously. But in its relative restraint, reserved color, and holding back on accessory overload, this collection was a smart way to prove that whatever goes around comes around, and ends up looking just as Chanel as ever.

OMG! this Chanel merry-go0round carousel runway stage is my wet dream comes true!!! I can just ride on those over size Chanel goodies on the carousel over and over haha….

Don’t you wish you can have one of this giant Chanel bags in your living room?

Click on the video player below to see the fashion show

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All I can say is J’adore CHANEL !! Karl Lagerfield is a Genius!

XOXO

Ala + Mei-Mei the pug

Great Tragedy & Lost for the world of fashion – House of Christian Lacroix filed bankruptcy

Posted in Christian Lacroix with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2009 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

One of the world’s most famous and fabulous couture house Christian Lacroix has gone to the wall, filing for voluntary bankruptcy in order to protect the company from creditors in Paris this summer. It was a sad day for all of us who loves fashions and to me, I felt the sadness personally (I will explain why in this blog later on)

In 1987 after Bernard Arnault, of global luxury giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which is the owner of Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Givenchy, asked Christian Lacroix to create a bespoke couture house for his luxury goods giant. At that time Lacroix had just received a Council of Fashion Designers of America award for his creations at Jean Patou and the majority of experts foretold him the brightest future of the next big star after Yves Saint Laurent.

Lacroix draws most of his inspirations from his roots – the south of France, mediterranean. In early childhood, Lacroix attended bullfighting events and enjoyed Gypsy and Provencal traditions as well. Some time afterwards his family moved to Arles, a city in the south of France, in the Bouches-du-Rhône department. It was the city of southern culture, with breathtaking views and expansive tempers. There was a yearly carnival during Easter, when people and women especially put on their brightest, best clothes, which combined old vintage dresses with laces, modern high heels and hats. Maybe that’s was the source and inspiration of the Lacroix’s fashion vision.

In Lacroix’s very first fashion show in 1987, he designed a puffball skirt “Le Pouf”, was an instant fashion classic. A taffeta or satin balloon of fabric that fell like a parachute from the waist and gathered at the hem, it reinvented the ballgown for the late 20th century. “I always love to do scrapbooks and collages,” he explains. “I was alone in a hotel in Florence, cutting up some old fashion engravings from the 1880s with bustles, and I was playing around and I had the idea to cut the skirt like a mini-skirt and to put some modern legs underneath.” Would he be happy to be remembered for inventing the pouf? “Why not?” he laughs. “When I’m on the phone I’ll sketch silhouettes, and very often it’s still a pouf that I draw.

While it is for sure that Lacroix has been affected by reduced spending amid the economic crisis,the roots fo its troubles lay much deeper. According to Patricia Pao, executive of Pao Principle, a retail New York-based consultant group, “Lacroix, while beautiful, has long struggled to find an audience.” she said. The major problem of Lacroix has always been that he could never really come to realization how to make his gourgeous pieces work for the modern working woman. The problem was, and still remains, that the designer kept creating clothes in a style of a Spanish matador, for example, with gypsy fringing, splashes of 18th century corsets and neon psychedelia (more often all in the same piece), which were never practical for wardrobes of working women. And what is even more, the items were not cheap, either.

The major luxury groups such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, and Hermès are now mostly prospering due to the diversity of their holdings. In spite of the recession and crisis, perfume sales, for example, are holding up relatively well. According to MHLV, sales in its fashion and leather accessoires sector went up by 11 per cent to 2.1 billion dollars in the first quarter of 2009.

Haute couture, the basis of Christian Lacroix’s operation, will never be able to make the kind of profit that perfume, accessories and ready-to-wear fashion make, and this turns out to be a major reason for the label’s demise. While prices for dresses haute coutute often climb up to $10,000 to $250,00, in reality there are very few pieces that are actually being sold. Unlike Chanel, christian Dior and Armani, which have a long ago created their bestselling perfumes and accessories, but even tho how much I love Christian Lacroix I hate to say he has still continued to rely on its gorgeous, but very expensive dresses.

In summer 2009, Lacroix’s company owner, Florida-based Falic Group, has been involved in serious discussions with a group of investors from Switzerland since late last year. In a letter to his 125 staff, Lacroix wrote that he will give “200 percent” to keep the 22-year-old couture house in one piece, to “preserve the know-how, without which the lungs and the heart of the house couldn’t exist.” Lacroix is renowned for lavish and colourful couture shows, and is one of the main drawcards at Paris couture week each season. The reality is that couture customers are few…. Don’t you wish the world is still like those movies back in the 50s and 60s everyone went through the whole 9 yards to dressed up and looking fabulous, well, as much as we like them to be, it’s still a fantasy and I really hate to see my hero, mentor, who inspired me to be a fashion designer. and here is the story why I was deeply sadden to see Huose of Lacroix filing bankrupt.

Since I was little, I’ve always love to draw, sketch beautiful dresses. I’ve always LOVE bright colors, beadings & embroideries embellishments. When I was in sophomore in high school, I started to think which college I want to attend and told my father I wanted to be a fashion designer. Of course as being the oldest son in the family and from a traditional Chinese family, my father was not happy about it, infact we’ve been fighting ever since daily after I’ve told him I wanted to choose fashion design as my career. So one day I mustered up some courage and called the French embassy to get a list of address of the fashion houses in Paris then I mailed them my amateur design sketches to ask them what they think of my designs and if I have what it takes to be a fashion designer and which university to go.

2 months went by, I’ve received no reply of course but one day I received an handmade envelope that’s from France, I was so excited and opened the letter, there it was, an hand written 2 pages letter from Monsieur Lacroix. He told me that I should attended Parson School of Design in NYC and encourage me to study fashion as my major and career. I showed the letter to my dad, because of this letter, it has changed my father’s view on the path I wanted to choose and it changed my life then I went to Parsons School of Design in NYC in year of 1992. Every season I will mail monsieur lacroix some sketches so he can give me some critiques, and lasted from 1990 ~ 1995. Here is a photo of the letters I’ve received from Monsieur lacroix.

Here is a Christmas card I’ve received in 1992 from monsieur Lacroix, wishing me good luck in my first year at Parsons School of Design in NYC

Here are just a few of my designs when I had my own collection (2001 ~ 2003) after I graduated from Parsons School of Design. Can you tell where I got my love of bright & cheerful colors inspirations from? haha

(South Beach Shirt Dress w/ Swarovski Crystals)

(Swarovski & sequin beaded trouser – InStyle magazine 2002)

(Siren Gown – Spring Summer 2002)

(Cashmere one shoulder tube-top w/ Silk organza lace flower & swarovski shoulder jewel)

(Golden Goddess Gown)

Now I’ve graduated from Parsons for 12 years, even tho I’ve never made it big in the fashion industry, but I still thankful that I am able to do what I love for living – designing ! and all of this wouldn’t happen if it wasn’t because of the very 1st letter I’ve received from monsieur Lacroix & his encouragements. So now seeing his company went bankrupt, all I can say is we’ve lost a great talent in the fashion industry!

But we don’t wanna end this blog in a sad note…. so here is a clip from the hit show “Absolutely Fabulous” that feature Lacroix haha. As we all know “Eddy” idolize Lacroix like “GOD” so of course in the very last episode of “Ab Fab The Last Shout” when her daughter “Saffy” is getting marry & in need a wedding gown, who did she called? of course Christian Lacroix ! Click on the photo below to view the video!

Christian Lacroix, Forever !!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

The Art of Aromatherapy From Greece – Anthousa Collection

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The Anthousa apothecary collection was born from a century old, family-owned essential oil company. Today, Anthousa starts with the world’s finest ingredients and uses the same time-tested methods to create each delicate blend. Drawing inspiration from the science of botany and the sun drenched terrain of the mediterranean, each Anthousa products is the perfect mix of Beauty, Tradition and Luxury.

 
Anthousa, which means the perfect bloom in Greek, launched in 2004 with 12 home ambiance scents: “They were fragrances inspired by locations of the founderMaria Christofilis has traveld or the scent her mom used to wear—very personal inspirations.
” Instead of creating a fragrance for individual wear, however, Maria decided to create a line to scent living space. “It’s like surrounding yourself with your favorite smells, and your favorite memories.”
 
Now with more than twenty scents and a new bath and body collection, “Anything and everything is inspiration for me: a time period, a particular moment.” To properly convey this, the fragrances had to be as true as possible. “I wanted it to be a collection where everything was very natural,” notes Maria. “There’s real cucumber, real gardenia, real ingredient notes.”
 
To find a fresh new scent to lighten your dorm room, study area, or bedroom, you should be aware of what you’re attracted to, says Christofilis. “Everyone is attracted to something different,” she notes. “For me, my favorite notes are Cyprus, linden blossom, and white gardenia. Cyprus reminds me of where my dad is from in Greece, Linden blossom reminds me of a fragrance my mom used to wear, and white gardenia reminds of a perfume I wore in college.”
For anyone thinking of starting her own business in beauty, Maria’s philosophy rings of Shakespearean wisdom: “It’s good to listen to the advice of people you respect and admire, but at the end of the day, you know what’s right. Do what’s exciting to you and what interests you and everything will come together.”
 

The Anthousa Collection invites you to experience the traditional quality of its fragrances with an Eco-Friendly innovation. This exceptional blends allows the fragrance to disperse evenly while leaving the sticks in place; reverse bundle only if you desire a more intense fragrance.

 
Ambiance Perfume Candles: Available individually in Anthousa’s exclusive, frosted Italian glass tumblers in 8 signature fragrances. These beautiful candles are vegetable based wax, with the purest, most elegant burn. Each 7.30 Oz Tumblers will burn beautifully for at least 50 hours!
Please visit our online store Luxe-Gifts.com for the complete collection & experience the magic of Anthousa! Our price is cheaper than Neiman Marcus!!
Until next time, be well and come back to check our blog to see what other fabulous finds we’ve found for you!
 
XOXO
 
Alan + Mei-Mei the pug