Archive for October, 2008

Petro Zillia

Petro Zillia designer Nony Tochterman is definitely one of a kind. The line, which was conceived in 1996, takes a playful avant-garde look at high fashion, using luxurious fabrics and unique ideas.

Tochterman uses bold colors, vivid details and takes a modern twist on retro trends. The designer learned to knit, sew and cut fabric by the time she was seven. She grew up watching her mother (more…)

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Costello Tagliapietra

Costello Tagliapietra premiered its line in New York at the Spring 2005 collections and received rave reviews from editors as well as their peers. The Brooklyn-based design duo is made up of Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra.

Costello got his start in fashion by designing duds for actresses and musicians, but creative sparks flew when he met up with Tagliapietra. The guys had so much in common that they were (more…)

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Yohji Yamamoto

Yohji Yamamoto is a Japanese clothing designer whose designs often blur the distinction between fashion and sculpture. He uses a simple palette – black, navy and white – with an occasional splash of color and a style that is at once chic and simple. His collections are consistently far removed from current trends and more often than not a single color (particularly black). (more…)

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Paul Smith

Paul Smith’s introduction into fashion was completely accidental. As a teenager his real ambition was to become a professional racing cyclist. At 17 years old he was in a terrible accident and after he recovered he was with some friends from an arts college when he found his real calling – fashion. Within two years, Paul Smith was managing his first boutique in Nottingham and with the encouragement of his girlfriend Pauline Denyer (more…)

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Comme des Garçons

Comme des Garçons, which roughly translates to “like ay,” was established in 1966 by Rei Kawakubo, one of the most famous designers to emerge from Japan. Kawakubo’s stark, architectural pants, jackets and button-front shirts are staples for fashion’s elite. (more…)

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Wayne Cooper

Wayne Cooper, one of Australia’s leading fashion designers, is considered the Aussie’s bad boy of fashion. Cooper is known for his extravagantly styled and produced runway shows, which are always a sophisticated combination of up-to-the-minute technology, unique venues and original soundtracks. He is also known to attract the best international models, including Amber Valetta, Linda Evangelista, Alec Wek, Sarah O’Hare, Eva Herzigova and Carmen Cass. (more…)

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Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel (1883 – 1971) was a French couturier whose modernist philosophies, menswear-inspired fashions and pursuit of luxurious simplicity made her the most important fashion figure of the 20th-century.

Among many other accomplishments, she is credited with the inception of haute couture (more…)

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