Tuesday, June 10, 2008

How to spot a Juicy Couture Knock-Off

If you are thinking of buying a Juicy Couture handbag, you have to be aware that there are fakes circulating in the open market. The fact is, some of the fakes are hard to spot, but like everything else in life the “devil is in the details”. Of course if you buy from a reputable dealer or the official Juicy Couture website you have nothing to worry about.

The first thing to examine is the quality of materials of the bag in question. Juicy Couture handbags are always made of the finest leather. If it feels thick or isn’t supple, that is an indication that it might be fake. Secondly, examine the stitching and make sure it's flawless. Each Juicy Couture handbag is made to exact specifications and is inspected before they are placed in stores.

The inside lining of a Juicy Couture hand bag is always made of cotton, so if the inside fabric is anything different, it's a fake. Even if it has an official-looking tag on it and is sold in a local store, you have to be on your toes when buying any high end designer fashion or accessory. Of course, the larger chain stores have their reputations to uphold and would never sell fakes.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Yves Saint Laurent Defined Fashion Revolution

Yves Saint Laurent defined how modern women dressed. In the photo pictured above, Models wear his new safari designs in 1969. The late designer's most enduring legacy is the sartorial revolution called the pantsuit. ~R.I.P~

Model Spotlight

Liya Kibede
American Vogue has touted Liya as being a member of the new establishment. Since being featured in Vogue's of-the-minute section 6 years ago, she has moved all the way in the ranks as their number one choice out of their Top 50 models.

This international beauty hails from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. While in school at the French Lycee, a film director spotted Liya and introduced her to a French modeling agent. After completing her studies, she moved to France to pursue work through a local Parisian agency. She inevitably relocated to the fashion capital of New York City, where she currently resides full-time.

It all came together when the 27 year old appeared on the cover and in 4 out of 6 stories of French Vogue, shot by Ines van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, with a headline that proudly states the issue is "All about Liya". She has since appeared on the covers of Italian, Japanese, Korean & Spanish Vogue, Numero, V, French, Flair, i-D, South African Elle, Harper’s & Queen, Essence, and Time’s Style & Design issue.

Liya has been seen twice on the of cover of American Vogue with the heading “Cover model with a cause”, profiling her work with the World Health Organization as their Goodwill Ambassador for her tireless efforts in raising awareness for the difficulties that women and children face in the developing world. She is beautiful, professional, and substantial, which makes her not just a model but a role model.

~~Recent News~~

Liya Kebede travels to Timbuktu..

Picture 1: Designer Alexander McQueen.

Designer: Oscar De la Renta.