GRRRRRRRR. Keep plenty of room for the jungle times in your shop for fall 2010…following in the steps of super couturiers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, you can expect designers and manufacturers to put forth plenty of animal prints and lace, they’re the hottest things on the fashion stage!
Black and gray lace characterize all sorts of shapes, forms and materials, from jackets to camisoles, wool to silk. Many of the designs take strong inspiration from the late and great Marlene Dietrich with her inimitably sultry masculine/feminine 1940s mystique.
THE LEOPARD DESIGNS FEATURED by the D & G team offer something for almost everybody. Want your fur head to toe, jungle-esque? It’s here, complete with great looking furry-printed scarf over a full wooly leopard suit. Prefer it mixed, new millennium-style? Put a leopard sleeveless top over a purple sequined mini skirt. Pop! Wow!
— And how about the accessories? The fabulous designers with Sicilian roots haven’t left them out! Look here for a fabulous leopard fedora worn straight on the head and looking very svelte and sassy. Or, a leopard handle bag with over-lap design. Very new form, new medium-size trendy.
1940 IS BACK WITH THE EXQUISITE MARLENE DIETRICH AND SOME FAB NEW ACCESSORIES, STRONG AND SVELT. HERE ARE A FEW TO GIVE YOU THE RIGHT IDEA:
- Classic cloche dress hat – international charm!
- Art Nouveau – inspired crystal gecko brooch.
Wild Mix with a Call from the Wild
Just look at these rich-girl leopard-print long gloves shown over a tailored gray suit. D & G even put a silk floral hat — looking like a bouquet-out-of-place — on the head of one jungle-wrapped runway cutie – strange, but attention-getting! Non-fur gloves are here a-plenty, too. Black is the color. Leather predominates.
And then, there was lace, proving that D & G are as much in love with it as myriad other designers this season. Lacy stockings. Lace gloves. Lace insets. Lace blouses. Very sexy, very black, every here and there a bow to gray. Very Ohhhh, Marlene, she is everywhere, bigger than Sicily, larger than life. The lines are strong, magnificently tailored. Assertive. No wilting Southern Belles in this collection, at all.
BLOOMIE’S OPENS HUGE EMPORIUM IN DUBAI
“The idea was to bring the best of America here to Dubai,” declared Shireen Al Khatib,
as he opened the doors to Bloomingdale’s fabulous new Dubai emporium, in the shadow of the world’s tallest building. Celebrating the opening of Bloomingdale’s first venture onto foreign soil were scores of Arab royalties and dignitaries, fashion and designer hot shots, and just plain ordinary Dubai socialites, who are anything but ordinary, ordinarily.
CEO of Al Tayer Insignia, the firm operating the new store under licensing agreement with Bloomingdales, beamed as he ushered in His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the son of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed, and gave each one a tile to place on the floor of the entryway to commemorate the occasion. Oh…it was snazzy!
“We’ve been waiting for the arrival of Bloomie’s in Dubai for a long time, and I think most of us are in awe of the magnitude of the store,” exuded a thrilled Michael Gould, Bloomingdale’s chairman and CEO. Bloomies is now the newest anchor in the massive Dubai Mall.
The new store covers three levels and centers on high fashion as its exclusive domain. “Let’s face it,” Gould said, “there are other places to buy cosmetics just minutes from here, but what we offer is a sense of intimacy. Bloomingdale’s is about an energy and approachability. The experience you have in Manhattan is the experience you will have in Dubai.”
YOU CAN ENJOY THE HOT TRENDY EXPERIENCE OF BLOOMINGDALE’S AND THE EXCLUSIVE ELAN OF DUBAI ALL AT ONCE WITH JUST THE RIGHT ACCESSORIES AT VALUE PRICES. HERE ARE SOME:
- Inlay earrings in striking black and silver. Global chic!