Fall and winter are not only a change of season, but they are also the time of year that designers are showcasing their creations in fashion shows all over the world. However, don’t expect the clothing for the current season to be on the runway because the designers are usually working on collections six months to one year ahead. And don’t expect any trips to these exotic runways to be cheap! A wise investment to make beforehand might be in travel insurance from John Lewis. This type of coverage internationally guarantees a generous cancellation cover limit, emergency medical expenses, and a travel delay retainer!
When it comes to fashion designer runway shows, sometimes it is all about the “unusual”. We know that designers like to have looks that are uniquely their own inspiration – who doesn’t want to do something a little more original than just another men’s t-shirt? – but some runway fashions just leave you at a loss for words.
When most couples are out for an evening on the town, they want to look good for themselves and their mates. Celebrities, however, have to be mindful of the photographer who will be catching a photo of them for others to see. Some of them hit a “home run” and some don’t even get on first base!
One great example is this photo of D-Wade, a NBA guard for the Miami Heat, and his date Gabrielle Union. His fitted, tonal stripe grey Henley, jeans, and sneakers is a casual chic look that “plays well” with Gabrielle’s deep grey leather jacket, shimmery silver mini-dress, and strappy grey sandals. Not that they weren’t a good-looking couple to begin with, but their fashion sense makes them a “wow”. Certainly not dealing with dickies clothing here.
The Fashion Community is always waiting to see what Couture Designers will come up with for their new collections each season. They work all year round gathering inspiration for their runway shows that debut their collections for the up and coming season. Some Couture designs are trendy, some are unique, and some are just outrageous.
When I was on vacation last year, I had the opportunity to check out one of the most famous shopping areas in the world, “Rodeo Drive” in Beverly Hills. The area’s architecture is attractive and the artistic store fronts draw you in, tempting you to take a look inside some of the most well-known designer boutiques like Valentino, Yves Saint Laurant, Dolce & Gabbana, and Bottega Veneta.
Upon entering one of these designer clothing stores, you are taken aback by the tasteful furnishings and feature the more high-end retail store counter designs for showing off their merchandise. Most designer boutiques are staffed with impeccably dressed employees that are capable of attending to your every clothing need. Even though I was most likely window shopping and probably had “tourist” flashing across my forehead, I was greeted graciously and allowed to browse without being scrutinized.
As far as the clothing inside these high-end retail stores, “couture” is a code word for “one of a kind”, which explains the lack of price tags in some stores and the jaw-dropping ones in others. They also only have a few sizes out for each style of shirt or trousers, so if you find one that you would like to try on, then you will have to ask one of the boutique personnel for assistance. The employees of designer stores also have the ability to select pieces of clothing that would work together in order to give you a uniquely personalized look. They will help you to gather items while you are headed to the dressing room, exchange clothing items for you while you are in there, and give you their professional opinion if you ask.
So, if you have always wanted to shop in a designer boutique like Versace or Valentino, then do it. Whether you are looking for that special designer piece or just window shopping, it is an experience all its own.
INFEASIBLE: “Ultra-cool” sunglasses
(From Sunglass Hut)
You know, according to the estimations of some 1960s science fiction writers, by this time (circa 2007) we would all be cruising around on hoverboards, drinking our lunches, eating our alcohol, and shooting ray guns at Martians. None of that ended up happening, but it looks like someone at Versace thinks it did. This sunglasses are over-the-top, bulky, and crest-ridden. People, ultra-cool sunglasses don’t work primarily because they’re trying too hard to be just that. Don’t blow $300 on something Buck Rogers wouldn’t even wear.
Feasible: Simple yet well-made sunglasses
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This pair, on the other hand, is perfectly situated in the here and now. Thin, minimalistic (I KNOW, IT’S LIKE MY *FAVORITE* WORD!), cool lenses, doesn’t cover half of your face, holds together nicely – these Ferragamo are the ones I’m planning to buy.