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Colors in a Bag

Fellow Bagaholics it is almost spring time and that means COLORS!!!!

I would like to introduce you to a FABULOUS bag designer, whose latest collection includes a delicious range of colors, perfect for Spring 2012.

Mary Nichols is a native Houstonian who at a very early age has been driven by her artistic abilities. She attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, achieving her BFA in studio art with a concentration in painting and photography – and continued her creative education at the prestigious Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, where she completed the AAS degree in fashion studies. Upon graduation, she pursued a career in fashion and worked in New York at fashion hubs Theory and Calvin Klein.

Mary returned to our fabulous city of Houston in 2008, where she launched her first collection.  Her line of modern totes and clutches are inspired by city living. Each bag is constructed from the finest quality leather and handmade in NYC.

 You can check out her latest collection at http://www.shopmarynichols.com/

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Fashion Week Autumn / Winter 2012

 

It is that time of the year again!
Are you ready for Fashion Week
New York • London • Milan • Paris
Autumn / Winter 2012
Feb 9 – Mar 7

Tends: Spring 2012

Exotic Floral

Prabal Gurung

African Vibe

Zero Maria Cornejo

Orange

Derek Lam

Floral Lace

Louis Vuitton

The Roaring 20’s

Ralph Lauren

Tuxedo Trousers

Antonio Berardi

Summer Suit

Rachel Zoe

Pastels

Marc Jacobs

Cropped Tops

Charlotte Ronson

Peplums

Karen Walker

Sporty Spice

3.1 Phillip Lim

Beauty Tip: Blush

A good makeup tip to make the illusion of an instant cheek lift is to, place your blush brush at the highest point of your cheek bone and apply color in circular motion. The best colors to use are warm pinks, and bronzes since they create less contrast.

photo: fashionnstyle.org

Quick Tips: Trench Coat

A most in everyone’s closet, here are some tips to look amazing wearing such a staple item

  • If the trench coat falls lower than your knee caps it is too long.
  • Make sure the belt on the coat matches to your waist, in proportion to your body.
  • Tie the fabric belt that comes with the trench on a knot
  • Yes, Khaki and Black are the staple colors, but you can always think outside the box with a classic blue or maroon. Or another option is cute patterns like polka dots.
  • When you wear the trench open, still cinch the belt to make a definition on your waist!

1)Burberry  2)Alexander Wang 3)Dennis Basso 4)RALPH LAUREN BLACK LABEL 5)Michael Michael Kors  6)Elizabeth and James 

Biography of Cristobal Balenciaga

Fashion Designer BALENCIAGA, date of creation: 1937 It is not surprising that Spain has produced a genius like BALENCIAGA, capable of the most daring innovations in a superbly classic style. What is surprising is that this Spaniard became the leading French fashion designer.

His story began something like a legend : born in 1895 in Guetaria, a small fishing village on the Spanish Basque coast, Cristobal BALENCIAGA was still very young when it became apparent that he was destinated for Couture.

At the age of thirteen, he astounded the Marquise of CASA TORRES with his comments on her elegance. Realising his interest in Couture and his aesthetic potential, she allowed him to make a copy of the Haute Couture clothing she was wearing. Trembling, he did his work so well that she awarded him by wearing it.

The following year he travelled to Paris. In a daze, he devoured the collections of DOUCET, WORTH, DRECOLL and others.

Upon his return and at the age of sixteen, he opened his first Couture workshop in San Sebastian, where he adapted the Parisian Style for Spanish women.

In 1915, the first fashion house was opened in San Sebastian under the name BALENCIAGA.

In 1920, the second house opened in Madrid. He left Spain when the civil war broke out and established himself in Paris, where, in August

1937, he opened his showrooms at 10 avenue George V. From the start, a style was created which lived up to its expectations for thirty glorious years. BALENCIAGA himself sums it as follows : a Couturier must be an architect for design, a sculptor for shape, a painter for color, a musician for harmony, and a philosopher for temperance . Year after year, the one they call the couturier of couturiers created astonishment with his collections and the mastery of his cuts. He changed women’s silhouettes.

1945 : close-fitting waistlines, square shoulders.

1951 : open necks, wide shoulders, looser

waistlines. All these features created the BALENCIAGA revolution . He also left his imprint on various periods : coasts with wide collars, tunic dresses, sack dresses in the 50’s.

He also turned his flair to the creation of prestigious perfumes. This man, whose exceptional talent never tired in its quest to achieve even greater harmony between the body and clothing, always knew that the true sign of elegance, the ultimate refining touch, lay in the subtle, delicate notes of a fragrance.

In 1947, he created his first perfume : LE DIX from the famous couturier’s address at 10, avenue George V. Only someone of his quality could be all this at once.

Both a dandy and a recluse, he watched his collections displayed from behind a white curtain, becoming a mythical figure who only a privileged few ever had the pleasure to know. And not out of snobbery or affectation. Such man cares little for the world. Rather the world comes to him, and only the finest at that.

His most faithful clients included : the Queen of Spain, the Queen of Belgium, the Duchess of Windsor, Princess Grace of Monaco, all regularly recognized in the press as the best-dressed women in the world.

On May 12, 1958, he is made Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur . In the late 60’s : at 74, after working in Paris for 30 years, he decided to retire and closed his fashion houses in Paris, Barcelona and Madrid, one after the other.

His last public appearance in Paris was for the funeral of Coco Chanel, who once said that BALENCIAGA is the only couturier able to design, cut, assemble and sew a dress together entirely by himself .

On March 24, 1972, the undisputed Master of all the great couturiers – the man who inspired GIVENCHY, UNGARO, SCHERRER, COURREGES and many others – passed away in Valencia.

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You can find this and more bios at http://www.infomat.com

Preview: New for the Night

UPDATE: The website will be launching soon.  However the opening of the Houston showroom will still be on Monday at 11am. If Houstonian fashionistas would like to schedule an appointment to come in, they can email appointments@newforthenight.com

We are only days away for the February 6, launch of Houston’s own New For The Night ; the newest name in rental fashion and stocks an assortment of in-season styles bought directly from well-known and emerging contemporary designers and rented to customers for a 3-10 day rental period at a fraction of the retail price.

Here is a little preview of what you’ll be able to find;

TIBI

Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna

BANDAGE STRAPLESS

NONOO

MARK JAMES

KIRRIBILLA PRE

JAY GODFREY

CATHERINE DEANE

ALLISON PARRIS