April 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
His name is not as familiar as Gucci, Prada, and Louis Vuitton, but unbeknownst to many, Bijan Pakzad’s designs have surely touched their hearts. It’s an odd situation, the media is claiming that a fashion legend has passed and unfortunately, many are left wondering who this icon was. So MPPR is attempting to reveal who this Iranian-American designer that captured the hearts of kings, heads of states, and presidents is to us.
Iconic Perfume: Bijan was launched by the design house of Bijan in 1987 and is a feminine, woody scent, perfect for evening events. Bottled in the signature design pictured below, a distinctive circular glass flacon with an open center and a dividing web. A bit of an illusion, when the container is half full, it seems to fill two separate chambers, defying the law of gravity, that liquid seeks its own level. This design was found to be so novel that a bottle is on display at the Smithsonian Museum.
Exclusive Boutique: Bijan founded the exclusive, “appointment only” boutique, Bijan, in Beverly Hills, known to be the most expensive store in the world. His customer list includes Presidents Barack Obama, George Bush, and Ronalld Reagan, and celebrities Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise and Anthony Hopkins. Noted designers Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford, and Oscar de la Renta also coveted his designs. Outside of his fancy boutique, he was known to park one of his luxury automobiles, a Rodeo drive attraction known to leave mouths agape.
It is estimated that the Bijan Perfume and Fashion Business brought in an estimated $4 billion in sales worldwide in 2001.
Leaving a legacy that is soon not to be forgotten, it is only fitting that we conclude with a quote from his website. “The world said to conform. The world said to settle for less. The world said compromise and no one will know … so I made my own world!”
March 28, 2011 § 2 Comments
It is hard to imagine Melodie Monrose’s vicious cheekbones shyly hidden behind a book, but her mother, an educator, wouldn’t have anything else. Her childhood was spent in libraries, museums, and other cultural centers, until she was discovered in 2010. Mere weeks before the spring 2011 runway casting shows began, Melodie was whisked away from her home in Martinique, and hurried to NYC, where she was signed to Wilhelmena Models – on the spot! Her timing may have hindered some opportunities, but success couldn’t be thwarted and Melodie landed a spot in Vena Cava’s show, which opened doors for her to walk in Marc Jacobs, DKNY, rag & bone, and Jason Wu shows later that week. The rest is history; the shows she was featured in basically launch her to supermodel status. From Prada, Missoni, Bottega Veneta, and Gucci in Milan to Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino in Paris. An icon in the making, Melodie Monrose, though just a year in the game, is no rookie to the runway.
She appeared in the February 2011 all-black editorial in Italian Vogue, alongside Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman.
Her role models are all beauties in their own right, Noémie Lenoir’s, Coca Rocha, and Marilyn Monroe, undoubtedly faves for their outstanding looks, enviable abilities, and most importantly, that certain je ne sais quoi about them.
An artsy fartsy girl at heart, she still loves to go to museums and watch movies- she has an affinity for Pedro Almodóvar’s flicks. In her next life, she sees herself as a fashion designer. Her dreams of becoming a designer were dashed growing up, but she hopes that after experiencing modeling, she will pick up a few things that will provide her with the requisite background to create an amazing collection.
March 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
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March 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
In recent days, though, in response to the anti-Semitic diatribe by Christian Dior’s creative director, John Galliano, the French have been recalling a far more ominous chapter in their history.
According to witnesses, a drunken Mr. Galliano exploded at a woman seated near him in a Paris bar. “Dirty Jewish face, you should be dead,” he is said to have told her. “Your boots are of the lowest quality, your thighs are of the lowest quality. You are so ugly I don’t want to see you. I am John Galliano!”
France is highly sensitive to such matters, and reprisals came quickly. Dior fired Mr. Galliano, who now faces charges of using a racial insult, a crime in France. But beyond the spectacle of one man’s abhorrent politics, the episode invites consideration of the curious relationship between French fashion and fascism.
During the Occupation, the Nazis and their French allies recognized the power and national prestige of the French fashion industry and sought to harness it. When the collaborationist Vichy government took over direction of the French lifestyle magazine Paris Soir, it announced in its pages a “summer of couture … and shopping.” The Nazis were so enamored with fashion’s place in French culture that in their plans for postwar Europe, they stipulated that, unlike other industries, the fashion sector would remain in France.
Many in fashion were eager to play along. Lucien Lelong, a designer who supported Vichy and whose house stayed open during the war, saw couture as a political force: “Our role is to give France the face of serenity. The more elegant Frenchwomen are, the more our country will show the world that we are not afraid.”
French fashion publications advocated a deep connection between the cultural splendor of couture and Frenchwomen’s national, even genetic identity.
“Every woman in Paris is a living propaganda poster, the universal function of the Frenchwoman is to remain chic,” wrote one fashion journalist in the early 1940s. “Frenchwomen are the repositories of chic, because this inheritance is inscribed in their race,” wrote another. And as Vichy continued to toe the Nazi line about Aryan physical fitness, more French fashion magazines began focusing on exercise and diet for women.
Although not everyone in the world of French fashion fell in line with fascist ideas, it’s no coincidence that many did. After all, there are deep and unsettling parallels between the industry, particularly in Europe, and fascism’s antidemocratic aesthetic.
Both, for example, rely on a handful of oracular, charismatic leaders who issue proclamations to (select) crowds. Fascist leaders offered their followers the prospect of an enhanced, mythic identity — a dream of youth and beauty, the same attributes promised by high fashion.
While fashion has moved far beyond the worst of the Vichy years, the role of the stylized, quasi-mythical celebrity-designer remains in the form of figures like Mr. Galliano and Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld; Mr. Galliano has been known to costume himself as a pirate or a Proustian dandy, while Mr. Lagerfeld sticks to a somewhat Goth interpretation of an 18th-century Prussian officer.
At the root of the whole system is the most elusive myth of all: the impossible promise that fashion can vanquish physical inadequacy and aging, conferring the beauty and youth we see on the runways and on every page of Vogue — a cult of physical perfection very much at home in the history of fascism.
And although we insist on the racial diversity of fashion’s current standards of beauty, the fascists’ body ideal has persisted and expanded far beyond Europe. The hallmarks of the Nazi aesthetic — blue eyes, blond hair, athletic fitness and sharp-angled features — are the very elements that define what we call the all-American look, still visible in the mythic advertising landscapes of designers like (the decidedly non-Aryan) Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.
Which brings us back to Mr. Galliano in the Paris bar. His was not a generic anti-Semitic tirade, but the self-conscious pronouncement of a world-class arbiter of taste (“I am John Galliano!”). Not only did he use ethnic slurs, he accused the woman of being unattractive and unfashionable, associating both with ethnicity, with being Jewish (which she happened not to be).
The link is clear: like a fascist demagogue of yore, he was declaring that she did not belong to the gilded group who wear the right boots, and from this Mr. Galliano slid effortlessly to a condemnation of her very flesh, and a wish for her death.
Last week the French daily Le Monde declared that by firing Mr. Galliano, Dior had sounded the “death knell for the myth of the omnipotent designer.” That may be premature, given the myth’s deep roots. But the drunken ramblings of one man in a bar may have set off an important discussion about a less pretty undercurrent in a multibillion-dollar industry. Happy Fashion Week.
December 6, 2010 § 7 Comments
With Christmas right around the corner, we know there are still a few gifts left to buy, for yourself or others. With that in mind, we decided to put together a little lust-list, filled with goodies, glam and gorgeous (with a french ring). Let go of your frantic worries, because one item from this list will satisfy all desires and you’ll be deemed the queen of creativity.
How to WIN it all: Leave a comment, mention this link and @BJalamode on twitter or like us on Facebook. One lucky winner will be selected randomly on December 20 to receive the items on listed on the lust list!!!! Just a little Christmas surprise for our lovely readers!
Vase – from 3 Pieces
A wine bottle. A simple item whose utility appears to vanish once the wine is consumed receives a creative jolt of artistic whimsy from designer Jacquelyn Roberts. By connecting with local Atlanta bars, Roberts is able to add a combustion of spray paint and acrylic paints transforming this once discarded bottle into a hip hop encrusted vase. Taking inspiration from music and films, this particular vase was serenaded with purple and gold.
By capturing the essence of the phoenix, 3 Pieces elevates discarded goods by injecting them with ultra hip fresh, fun, and funky ideas to craft their customized creations. Stratified into three product lines, 3 Pieces focuses on natural artisan soy and beeswax candles, mixed marble coasters and vintage and recycled fabric throw pillows. Each piece at 3 Pieces is a labor of love at the hands of owner, Jacquelyn Roberts.
In the spirit of 3 Pieces, dabble into the discarded and realize the hidden beauty.
A Holiday must-have, for something a little edgy, extra funky, and uber unique check out what 3 Pieces has to offer. An online du jour of upcycled creations, 3 Pieces is sure to equip you with something unique.
3 Pieces: your truth, my truth and what really happened = 3 Pieces to the truth puzzle.
Kathleen Lolley Painting – from WHY Louisville
Just a dabble of idiosyncrasy is all it takes to revamp the whole aura of a space. Something a little odd, a little off the cuff, does that little something to set that just right mood.
You may not think of bees as having the perfect mix of intrigue, whimsy and weird, but this Kathleen Lolley painting sold at WHY Louisville flawlessly puts it all together. Suitable for any room and sure to set your mind into a reverie, the dreamy design is holiday lust-list must.
Framed or unframed, propped up or hung let your mind “bee” free as you create the ideal setting for “Better Together”. At 5″x5″, it’s just enough to catch the eye, not enough to overpower and always worthy of a double take.
**WHY Louisville is located at 1583 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY**
Candles – from Candle Bakery
Just imagine a madagascar bourbon vanilla or valrhona chocolate cupcake capped with a bubblegum pink lacquer of berry-infused cream cheese frosting with a cloud of candied shimmers nestled on top — CALORIE FREE! Too good to be true, right? Wrong!
Put your imagination to rest. Founded in 2008 by Lateisha Rivers, Candle Bakery is truly a one of a kind candle business. Specializing in “yummy” candles, Candle Bakery is the go to shop for delectable candle scents designed as sweet little treats. Offering an array of cupcakes, cakes, pies, martinis and every other tasty, smell good treasure.
These savory little delectable bite-size cupcake candles are hand poured with artisan soy, paraffin, and specialty scented oils. Each treat is custom crafted, to the most minute detail, making every candle a one of a kind, personalized treasure and Candle Bakery a pioneer in the candle “cupcakery” business!
Ooohlala, these cupcakes candles take the cake! Downside: looking at these candles is destined to give you cupcake fever. But so what? It’s the holiday season – ce la vie!
**Candle Bakery is located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia**
Bourbon Balls – from Dundee Candy Shop
A delectable little indulgence, a sinful treat, a sweet moment of ecstasy whatever you want to call it, the Dundee Candy Shop has it.
Their sweet treats have been satisfying lustful desires for years. Take your pick, the shop and online store is filled with goodies to suit any fancy. Gummies, chocolate covered fruits and nuts, truffles, getting excited yet?
Any chocolate lover’s heart will leap with one taste of their specialty — Bourbon Balls. With an outer shell the gently opens to a gooey surprise, one bite and your heart will be content. To say it more eloquently, the Kentucky Bourbon cream center is enrobed in the finest dark chocolate. This Southern holiday favorite is umm umm good!
**Dundee Candy Shop is located at 2112 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY**
The Awakening – by Reggie Eldridge
With a voice as captivating as his words, you can’t help but hang on to every word. Refreshing, yet filled with the truths of lives past and present, his art resonates with any listening ear. Reggie Eldridge; poet, musician, scholar, activist, has a sound of the future.
Based in Tampa, but delivering his spoken word worldwide, Eldridge’s aptly titled third LP, “THE AWAKENING,” is both soothing and stimulating. His style of soul infused with hip-hop captivates audiences and translates into a listening experience like no other.
As you sit back with a toasty cup of coffee or tea, or whatever suits your fancy, your mind will be free to envelop the luxurious sounds Mr. Eldridge produces.
November 30, 2010 § Leave a comment
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, and Angela Simmons demonstrate the versatility of the fishtail braid
Stylish with irresistible practicality, the fun and oh so romantic fishtail braid remains a hair-do. Whether you wear the tightly woven braids a little messy, ultra sleek or multiple braids on one mane, the goal is the same – stay away from the school girl cute, good style gone wrong look. Think edgy meets soft and sweet as you seek to capture one of the varying vibes of these fishtail braids. Coiffing this sultry plait is a simple task so long as a few lessons are heeded. See below for written and video guidance.
Instructions via 2good2lose
This braid turns out best if you pull hair back into a tight ponytail first and separate the ponytail into 2 strands instead of three.
1. Once you have separated the ponytail, you are going to start out by holding the 2 strands in your left hand.
2. Now you are going to take a thin piece from the outside of the right strand and join it with the left strand.
3. Reverse how you are holding hair and switch hands.
4. With your left hand take a thin piece from the outside of the left strand and join it with the right strand.
5. You are going to repeat steps 2 and 3 until the braid is as long as you desire. Then finish with an elastic.
How to Fishtail Braid via PopSugarTvBella
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