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Kimono Dreams


It’s a constant inspiration for fashion designers: the kimono. From the traditional Japanese garment to the effortlessly chic cool-girl pyjamas of today, wearing a kimono proves that, with its flowing silhouette and V-neckline, you’ve got the key to femininity

Kimono Dreams


It’s a constant inspiration for fashion designers: the kimono. From the traditional Japanese garment to the effortlessly chic cool-girl pyjamas of today, wearing a kimono proves that, with its flowing silhouette and V-neckline, you’ve got the key to femininity

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Kimono Dreams

August 25, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

Images: Wikimedia Commons: Greg/Creative Commons (Maiko Mamesome from Gion Koubu hanamachi dressed in kimono, Japan); Patrick Kovarik/AFP (James Tissot "La Japonaise au Bain"); Ron Sachs/DPA (Blake Lively/Ryan Reynolds); Borgo de Nor; Instagram: @henrikvibskov

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A Day for Dhela


Daniella Helayel made her fashion mark with her brand Issa – you may remember Kate Middleton famously wearing the founder and designer’s teal-blue silk knit dress to announce her royal engagement – before selling her stake. In 2016, the London-based Brazilian designer launched another brand, Dhela. With its flagship boutique in Tokyo’s Roponggi Hills, a selection of Dhela items are also carried at Harvey Nichols, Mitsoukoshi in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza district, Boutique 1 in the Middle East and online at Stylebop

A Day for Dhela


Daniella Helayel made her fashion mark with her brand Issa – you may remember Kate Middleton famously wearing the founder and designer’s teal-blue silk knit dress to announce her royal engagement – before selling her stake. In 2016, the London-based Brazilian designer launched another brand, Dhela. With its flagship boutique in Tokyo’s Roponggi Hills, a selection of Dhela items are also carried at Harvey Nichols, Mitsoukoshi in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza district, Boutique 1 in the Middle East and online at Stylebop

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A Day for Dhela

August 25, 2017 / by Kitty Go

  Daniella Helayel

Daniella Helayel

After being out of the fashion business for three-and-a-half years, what brought you back with Dhela? 

My Japanese distributors for Issa came to me and encouraged me to get into business again, because they couldn’t find the long and short dresses in easy shapes, which I used to do for Issa. There had to be a gap in the market – or else they wouldn’t have come to me. This is also why my first distributors and standalone stores are in Tokyo. 

Tell us about your creative process.

It’s quite complicated in that I do everything myself. Prints are one of my strengths, so I design and develop them myself in China. Contrary to what many people think, there are Chinese factories that do small quantities better and more efficiently than Italy. If I just bought stock prints, my brand would have no exclusivity. 

Aside from the exclusivity of prints, what makes your brand stand out? 

Most of my collections are printed in primary or bright colours, cut into flattering shapes. Nature has always been my main source of inspiration. In fact, I’ve decided to give 1% of my profits to save the Amazon forests because I’m Brazilian – and the Amazon is a wonder and link to the world. Also, I love jacquard knits and I do them very well. Right now, only 30% to 40% of every collection is knits, but I will move into 50-50 territory soon. 

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What are your short- and long-term strategies for developing the brand? 

I never liked pre-fall, but I have to sell it, so I’ve included it as part of three small, themed deliveries for autumn/winter. Spring/summer will be very small. I’ll do resort because I’m good at it – in fact, I can live on resort and holiday. It’s too much to do four collections a year, but I also want to go back to having a £25-million company, which is what Issa was. 

My plan is to have a lifestyle brand that doesn’t just involve clothes, but also flip-flops, socks, umbrellas, Wellies, housewares, swimsuits and so on. There will also be printed Hawaiian-style shirts, ties and swim trunks for men, which will be sold separately. I could also do a small girls’ collection, which I did successfully in London and the Middle East, for gifting. 

Even if prints are a strong presence in fashion, many women still shy away from them. How should one wear them without looking overwhelmed? 

When you do printed clothes, you can’t go crazy with the style because the wearer will end up looking like an art installation. Printed clothes with so many seams look weird and futuristic. The cut has to be in a simple, precise line that’s spot on with fit and maximises the beauty of the print. The sleek style of the ’70s is where I look for inspiration.

Images: Philippe Kliot; Styling: Yasmine Esterea; Hair: Snowden Hill; Make-Up: Emma Miles

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The Best of Resort 2018


It has truly been an amazing year for resort 2018. From big-name luxury maisons to designer labels, high-standard pieces were presented with an intriguing mix of tropes and motifs, an alluring play of colours and silhouettes, and a lot of creativity and joy. A glorious wardrobe awaits you next year!

The Best of Resort 2018


It has truly been an amazing year for resort 2018. From big-name luxury maisons to designer labels, high-standard pieces were presented with an intriguing mix of tropes and motifs, an alluring play of colours and silhouettes, and a lot of creativity and joy. A glorious wardrobe awaits you next year!

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The Best of Resort 2018

August 25, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

Chanel

Keywords: ancient Greece ◆ column-heeled strappy sandals ◆ the goddess dress

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Dundas

Keywords: baroque ◆ falling silhouettes ◆ embellished kaftans


 
 

Etro

Keywords: paisley and blossoms ◆ oversized silhouettes ◆ Africa-inspired 


 

Off-White

Keywords: feminine lace ◆ naturalistic ◆ the workwear jacket


 

Paco Rabanne

Keywords: basic yet different ◆ asymmetric ◆ fluidly soft

Images: Off-White; Paco Rabanne; Instagram: @dundasworld/Moda Operandi, Inc/Dundas; Chanel; Etro

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Keep Cool and Look Good


How to dress in style regardless of the high temperatures? Marc Lauwers of Lanvin gives some sartorial tips to beat the summer heat like Gary Cooper

Keep Cool and Look Good


How to dress in style regardless of the high temperatures? Marc Lauwers of Lanvin gives some sartorial tips to beat the summer heat like Gary Cooper

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Keep Cool and Look Good

June 30, 2017 / by Jean Vonka

Images above: Lorene (Donna Reed) confronts Prew (Montgomery Clift) at a party in From Here to Eternity (1953)

  Gary Cooper hops on his bicycle

Gary Cooper hops on his bicycle

Oscar Wilde once said, “Looking good and dressing well is a necessity. Having a purpose in life is not.” However, summer is a particularly challenging season, sartorially speaking. As the temperature rises, there’s a temptation to sacrifice elegance for comfort. 

But think twice before grabbing your favourite T-shirt and slipping into some old sneakers. Marc Lauwers, the head of Lanvin’s bespoke shirt workshop, knows his stuff about the sartorial rules. When asked how to endure the heat and humidity with elegance, he answers: “A true gentleman doesn’t care about the cold and heat – he is above climatic contingencies and looks good whatever happens.” After a dramatic pause, Lauwers adds, “If you can’t help but feel warm during summer, there are some appropriate outfits that may help. But let’s be clear: tank tops and shorts aren’t an option.” 

Smart summer style starts with lightweight clothes that breathe well and keep you cool. “Silk, for example, dries very fast and insulates from both heat and cold,” says Lauwers. “Once you’ve tried silk shirts, it’s hard to go back to basic ones.” For suits, linen is the ultimate summer fabric – and what’s more dashing than a tobacco linen suit paired with a light shirt? 

Yet, linen tends to wrinkle easily and its typical laid-back look may not be suitable for every workplace. “Cotton-linen is a nice alternative: it’s easy to care for, needs little ironing and wonderful to wear when the temperature soars,” says Lauwers. And surprisingly, one of the best fabrics for summer is wool broadcloth, which stays cool and fresh while looking more formal. “Unfortunately, wool feels a bit crispy and not everyone appreciates it,” he says. “The truth is that you should try many fabrics to figure out which one you prefer.”

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As warmer weather approaches, sleeves become a controversial topic. To roll them up or not: that is the question. Historically, rolling up your sleeves was a sign of a man going to work – or to fight. Showing off your biceps is still a sign of manliness, but if you simply want to be in the happy-hour mood, don’t roll your sleeves over your elbow. “In my opinion, no sleeve should be rolled up,” says Lauwers. “It’s commonplace to say that rolled sleeves cool one down, but it’s an illusion. On the contrary, once rolled, the fabric is thicker and warms you just where you’re supposed to sweat the most: at the crease of your elbow flexure.”

When asked about short-sleeved shirts, Lauwers says, “They don’t deserve the bad reputation they have and can be a good option. Trust me, when one goes to the beach, a nice short-sleeved shirt always looks better than a T-shirt. But please, leave your tie at home and don’t wear a jacket over it – that would be a terrible fashion faux pas.” There are two other key tips to stay cool in a shirt: wear it over your trousers and choose one with a convertible collar that elegantly folds back into lapels when worn in an open style. Alternatively, why not pay tribute to 1953’s From Here to Eternity and don a vintage Hawaiian shirt? 

When deciding on the best pair of trousers for summer, make sure that its shape lets the air comes through. Slim trousers promise you long and sweaty days. “Concerning the fit of trousers, summer is the season for large pleated trousers, preferably high-waisted: they are way more flattering than the hipster ones that dramatically shorten your silhouette,” says Lauwers. 

And don’t forget to keep your socks on, gents – summer and winter alike, they’re indispensable. Summer is the perfect time to set aside those grey and black ones and to inject a little colour in your look; green, orange or even pink socks are welcome. “Do I need to mention that one must wear long socks?” says Lauwers. “They don’t keep one too warm and hide leg hair when one sits comfortably on an armchair.” 

Last but not least, put a nice hat on before heading out in the heat. A Panama hat will instantly upgrade your summer look while protecting you from the blazing sun. Now you’re good to go, gentlemen. 

Images: PowerHouse Books/Gary Cooper: Enduring Style (Gary Cooper); John Springer Collection/Getty Images (From Here to Eternity)

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On the Sunny Side


Louis Armstrong famously sang, “Life can be so sweet – on the sunny side of the street.” That’s even more true when you’re wearing a stylish pair of sunglasses

On the Sunny Side


Louis Armstrong famously sang, “Life can be so sweet – on the sunny side of the street.” That’s even more true when you’re wearing a stylish pair of sunglasses

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On the Sunny Side

June 30, 2017 / by Marine Orlova

Images above: Lorene (Donna Reed) confronts Prew (Montgomery Clift) at a party in From Here to Eternity (1953)

Aviator Style

In 1937, Ray-Ban created the first polarised sunglasses – for United States Air Force pilots. The large lenses (originally green) were made to give these eyes in the sky optimal protection and crystal-clear vision. Easily recognisable by their thin metallic frame with a double bridge and their teardrop shape, they were very trendy during the ’50s – every man wanted to be imbued with their heroic vibes. Wanna channel your inner Tom Cruise in Top Gun? Get a pair of aviators and make them your own; it fits just about everyone and looks just as badass on the sidewalk as it does in the cockpit of a fighter jet. 


’60s Chic

In 1952, when the sunglasses style was all about metallic frames and the aviator shape, Ray-Ban launched the Wayfarer, a dramatically different model using a relatively new material called acetate. They were mistakenly associated with Audrey Hepburn’s look in 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s – in fact, she wore a pair of Oliver Goldsmith shades. Funnily enough, the movie significantly contributed to the fame of the Wayfarer. Mysterious, modern and dark, they’re still a safe bet for hiding sleepy eyes or escaping from the paparazzi. And as they’re unisex, why not share them with your betrothed?

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Going Round

Round-shaped sunglasses are a key feature of the hippie dress code – how could we forget John Lennon’s iconic look? Far from the mood of cat-eye sunglasses, which perfectly embody Hollywood glamour and drama, round frames express intellectualism and a laid-back spirit. If you have a square face, dare to wear lenses as round as goggles; they’ll soften your angles. If not, go for a slightly more elongated model and enjoy their quirky retro look. Now you’re part of the circle alongside Diane Keaton (pictured below), Mahatma Gandhi and Harry Potter.


Bigger and Bolder

If your desire to be seen exceeds the mere practical need to see, oversized shades are for you. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis made bug-eyed sunglasses her famous signature. To emulate her elegant style, make her shades your own and choose the Spa 2 or Jacky 1 models that François Pinton designed for her in the ’60s. Otherwise, make your own stylish statement and go for contemporary yet fabulous oversized sunglasses – but be sure they suit you before splashing out on the craziest design.

Images: Sunset Boulevard/Getty Images (Tom Cruise); Mondadori Portfolio/Getty Images (Audrey Hepburn); United Artists/Getty Images (Diane Keaton); Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images (Jacqueline Onassis); Christian Dior Couture; Tory Burch; BOP; Luxottica Group; Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses; Chanel Inc/Chanel; Oliver Peoples Inc; Mymonture.com; François Pinton; Aady Wolf Eyewear

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Ready-to-Ear


Statement earrings are the sugar and spice of any ensemble. They’re not only adorable, but they can also complement every face shape – and what could be nicer than that? For the coming summer, swap one of those off-the-rack beach dresses for a few seriously tasteful drops on the ears; you’ll discover how fresh and chic your style can be

Ready-to-Ear


Statement earrings are the sugar and spice of any ensemble. They’re not only adorable, but they can also complement every face shape – and what could be nicer than that? For the coming summer, swap one of those off-the-rack beach dresses for a few seriously tasteful drops on the ears; you’ll discover how fresh and chic your style can be

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Ready-to-Ear

June 30, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

Start with colourful and tribal

This combination is delightfully enjoyable: think mysterious motifs, the hedonistic vibe (courtesy of the eye-popping neon colours) and the sparks of chemistry between the mixed materials – beads, raffia, threads, feathers, quartz stones, miniature shells, freshwater pearls and more. For those who fancy longer earrings, the tinkly sound when you move and the tingly sensation when the tassels brush your neck are two more delightful reasons to put a pair on.

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Quirky is alluring

The ear-to-neck area is a perfect area to experiment with a little fashion quirkiness. Wear some conversation-starter earrings – be they pineapple twins, a pair of teary eyes or oversized fluffy tinsel. Get ready to be showered with compliments and meet some new friends.

If your ears can’t bear the weight of heavy earrings (some statement earrings certainly aren’t light) or you simply don’t have your earlobes pierced, you don’t have to be left out of the fun – opt for a pair of clip-ons instead. You can also switch back and forth from a pair of earrings to clip-ons if you want to give your lobes a break every once a while.

Images: Courtesy of respective brands

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Slip ’Em On and Party


Definitely not the ratty pair from your bedroom, these slippers are the embellished, upgraded, effortlessly chic versions that’ll be your party-ready darlings

Slip ’Em On and Party


Definitely not the ratty pair from your bedroom, these slippers are the embellished, upgraded, effortlessly chic versions that’ll be your party-ready darlings

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Slip ’Em On and Party

June 30, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

   Kitty slippers, Charlotte Olympia

 Kitty slippers, Charlotte Olympia

  Burma Blue flip-flops, Pagoda

Burma Blue flip-flops, Pagoda

Slippers are the It-shoes. You know – those backless, effortless-to-put-on, stylish ones that are often called mules, slip-on sandals or Moroccan slippers. Not those cheap floppy ones hidden somewhere you can’t find in your bedroom. This summer, these chosen slippers are designed to shine. 

Charlotte Olympia’s Kitty Flats have been seen on numerous celebrities and fashion bloggers, but the Kitty Slippers are new this season. Released with the brand’s Brazil-inspired spring/summer 2017 fashion show (called Let’s Go Bananas), the slipper version in six vibrant summery colours will be your new velvet dream. 

The luxurious Mia Mule by Alberta Ferretti has added its “summer version”, which uses denim on some of the pairs. Handcrafted with embroidery details, beadings, silken floral patterns and exquisite colour tints, you shouldn’t
expect them to come cheap – but it’s still worth investing in a pair. 

Presenting French couture for more than 90 years, Rochas embodies femininity and romantic grace. The open-toed
mules in its recent collection are supremely rich and make a strong fashion statement, such as the peachy-satin pair with gold-and-silver crystal, the silvery patent-leather pair with stud embellishments, or the lavish gold-tone pair that’s fully sequined.

Fur is usually for reserved winter, but a little bit makes for an extraordinary style statement for a summer evening date or a dinner party. The rose-nude Miu Miu sandals bring together fur and satin, heeled at a manageable height, while the turquoise feather pair with a crystal-embellished mid-heel is another luxe choice. Make sure your nails are done up nicely, too.

The Princetown slippers have become an icon of Gucci since their launch in 2015, covering a wide range of styles including jacquard, brocade, fur-lined, lace, glitter and more. This new satin pair is particularly special. In addition to a mirrored heel, the decorative crystal bow is removable with an elastic band, so switching between embellished and basic is that easy.

Images: Aeffe Retail/Alberta Ferretti; Mytheresa.com/Prada/Miu Miu; Gucci; Farfetch UK/Interparfums/Rochas; Charlotte Olympia; Velvet Pagoda

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Ragdoll LA


Live out your laid-back Los Angeles dreams with a sensual dose of reality

Ragdoll LA


Live out your laid-back Los Angeles dreams with a sensual dose of reality

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Ragdoll LA

June 30, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

Inspired by the laid-back lifestyle in Los Angeles, Swedish designer Lisa Larson started Ragdoll LA in 2013 to create the closet of her dreams – in her words, she describes that as “classy with a touch of sexy, vintage and rock ’n’ roll.” The spring/summer 2017 collection features the signature sweatshirt and trackpants in petaline shades such as shadow blue and dusty pink. To play dress-up, put on one of the bias-cut silk slip dresses in light blue or vintage black. (ragdoll-la.com)

Images: Ragdoll LA

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Zimmermann


Jump in the water – or don’t – with this sexy, aesthetic Australian swimwear for summer

Zimmermann


Jump in the water – or don’t – with this sexy, aesthetic Australian swimwear for summer

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Zimmermann

June 30, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

If you ever get lost trying to figure out what to wear in summer, go with Australian label Zimmermann. Sisters Simone and Nicky started the namesake label in 1991, based on a line of feminine dresses; it’s now best known for its aesthetic swimwear, in which the same elegance remains. The Summer Swim 2017 collection offers up a range of romantic styles including lace-panel bikinis, fan bralettes and embroidered one-pieces. Get ready to sizzle. (zimmermannwear.com)

Images: Zimmermann

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Whatʼs in a Name


In the 1980s, fashion brands began putting their logos on everything. Here, we chart their recent rise to prominence

Whatʼs in a Name


In the 1980s, fashion brands began putting their logos on everything. Here, we chart their recent rise to prominence

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Whatʼs in a Name

May 26, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

Images above: Caroline Vreeland and Shea Marie wear Tommy Hilfiger for autumn 2016

Gradually, the logo was transformed from an ostentatious affection to an active fashion accessory. Most significantly, the logo itself was growing in size, ballooning from a three-quarter-inch emblem into a chest-sized marque.
— Naomi Klein in her book No Logo (1999)
 Desperately Seeking Susan  (1985) poster

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) poster

  3. Calvin Klein Body underwear, as worn by model Garrett Neff in 2008

3. Calvin Klein Body underwear, as worn by model Garrett Neff in 2008

Before ready-to-wear became standard practice, made-to-measure was a common choice when it came to getting a piece of clothing. In the 1950s, it became popular among Parisian women to collect sewing patterns – the garment template released periodically in magazines – so they could bring the pattern to a tailor’s shop or sew it themselves at home. 

However, self-sewn clothes had all but disappeared by the 1980s as ostentatious, showy styles took the lead. Attire became highly conspicuous, such as Madonna’s garish look in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan, Joan Collins’s powerful woman’s shoulder pads and the yuppies’ preppy upscale styling that rose in parallel with the increase of wealth in many societies including the US, Britain and Hong Kong. 

People seemed to be splashing heaps of cash on clothes and desired more visibility. Fashion companies smelled a business opportunity to increase their value by elevating their brand profiles, so they spent enormously on marketing and ad campaigns. Logos evolved from a differentiating name to a strong branding force and a status symbol. 

From the decadent ’80s to today, fashion brands have embraced marketing with glamour and creativity, putting their logos under the spotlight. Eminent players in the ’80s and ’90s included emerging American jeans brands such as Jordache, Calvin Klein and Guess, which put their distinctive logos on the back pocket. Traditional French fashion houses such as Chanel, Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton have been huge marketers as well, in a quest to be at the top of those consumers’ minds.

In that era, the size of the logo grew, as well as the influence, from runway to off-the-rack. At London Fashion Week in 1996, Tommy Hilfiger famously dressed his models and rapper Treach (from then-prominent American hip-hop group Naughty by Nature) in giant logo T-shirts with the brand’s signature colours, making a big statement for the label, Hilfiger sales nearly hit US$500 million in 1996 – a huge jump from US$107 million in 1992.

Showing off logos became a key point in styling. When Calvin Klein launched its successful underwear campaigns in the early 1990s using topless, well-endowed male models such as Mark Wahlberg for its line of boxers, countless men (and certainly women, too) started to view the logo in a different light. Now it’s possible to see any type of person sporting a Calvin Klein band around their waist, whether it’s a Hollywood star, a plumber or your next-door neighbour.

Today, logos are prominent on the street – think the Nike swoosh, the Gucci double-G, the Chanel interlocking Cs, the Louis Vuitton monogram. Still others are turning to logo-less products, such as those by Japanese lifestyle brand Muji, whose name means “no-brand quality goods”. Either way, whether you love or hate logos, you can be secure that you’re not defined solely by what you wear.

Images: ©Bruce Weber/©2017 Calvin Klein (Garrett Neff, Calvin Klein Body); Tommy Hilfiger Licensing LLC/Tommy Hilfiger Licensing BV; Louis Vuitton North America, Inc and Louis Vuitton USA Inc; Moschino; Orion Pictures (Desperately Seeking Susan)

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  Moschino womenswear, SS17

Moschino womenswear, SS17

  A bag from the Louis Vuitton Monogram Colors collection

A bag from the Louis Vuitton Monogram Colors collection