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Vivienne Westwood (née Vivienne Isabel Swire; born 8 April 1941) is a British fashion designer, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashion.

Deconstructionism and asymmetry are considered to be the hallmarks of the designer’s style: external seams, improperly buttoned pieces, battered skirts, stretched knees and pockets, as well as modified features of a historical costume such as corsets, crinolines, etc.

At the age of 17, Vivienne and her parents move to London. While studying at the pedagogical college, she creates a jewelry collection and sells it at a local kiosk. Several years after that, the future outrageous designer, the “queen of scandal”, even works as a primary school teacher for some time.

In 1962, Vivienne Isabel Swire marries the owner of a dance hall, Derek Westwood. Derek’s business soon collapses, causing poverty and constant scandals. Three years after the wedding, the family breaks up. Vivienne has two children with Derek: a daughter named Rose, and a son, Benjamin. After the divorce, she leaves the family name of her husband – Westwood.

In the late 60s, future designer Vivienne Westwood meets Malcolm McLaren, a student of the art school, the future mastermind of punk style and producer of the notorious music band “Sex Pistols”. After 13 years in a civil marriage, in 1967, her son Joseph is born.

Thanks to Malcolm McLaren, Vivienne got interested in design, and in 1971 started to design modeling clothes. She and Malcolm open the store under the name “Let It Rock”, selling musical CDs and clothing in the popular style of 50s called ‘Teddy Boy’. In 1973, the boutique is renamed to “Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die”, and later in 1974 to “Sex”.

The hippie era is approaching its end, and Vivienne starts making punk-style clothing, making a pirate flag as the store’s emblem. Westwood by that time changes her look, and starts from her hairstyle, getting a short hedgehog like hair, peroxide bleached. Their boutique becomes an expression of the punk and porno chic styles: forbidden music is being played inside, and the walls are decorated with pictures from porn magazines and obscene inscriptions.

In 1981, the designer modifies her store again, renaming it to “World’s End”. Vivienne stops designing street style clothing and gets drawn to the art of cutting and transforming historical clothing.

Vivienne Westwood’s first collection gets the name ‘The Three Musketeers’. In 1981, she presents her collection at London Fashion Week, and in 1983 at Paris Fashion Week.

In 1987, the designer presents a collection with parodies of Royal Scottish costumes. The clothes are shown by plump ladies with tattoos on their shoulders and smeared makeup, wearing corset bodice, plaid mini-skirts and shoes on a wooden platform.

In the clothes of the 90s, Vivienne Westwood mixes English and French styles, which becomes her new hallmark. The designer ironically rethinks the fashion of the XVIII – XIX centuries with the words: “The only way to the future is to look back.”

In 1998, the Vivienne Westwood brand receives the Royal Award for contributing to export development. The same year, in her collaboration with the Japanese company ‘Itochu’, she establishes a joint venture to promote her design pieces at both the US and Japanese markets, making several new collections: Gold Label (luxury women’s clothing), Red Label (youth-a-porte), Man (men’s clothing), Anglomania (casual unisex clothing). In the late 90s, the designer creates her perfume called ‘Boudoir’.

Vivienne’s student and creative partner since the time at Vienna Academy – Andreas Kronthaler – becomes her third husband. Vivienne Westwood’s younger son of the designer, Joseph Corré, follows his mom’s steps, and subsequently creates ‘Agent Provocateur’, the world famous brand of underwear. Vivienne herself is currently 78 years old and still continues to surprise us with each of her new collections.

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Monokini is a lightweight version of a solid swimsuit with deep cuts on the sides.

Previously, such a swimsuit consisted of just a bottom part. Designer Rudi Gernreich first submitted this design in 1964, and the original monokini resembled a one-piece swimsuit, clipped under the breast, leaving the upper part of the body naked, and had two thin straps. The idea, unlike the name, did not catch on.

Today, monokini is the epitome of beach elegance and sexuality. Monokini is usually being worn with a pareo and a wide-brimmed hat. Nowadays such swimsuits are not used for sunbathing but are used for a promenade on the deck of a ship or at a beach party.

Dark or tanned girls should look to the lighter colors and tones for their swimsuits. If your skin is pale, choose dark colors.

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Helsinki Fashion Week: spring/summer 2020
Event’s dates: July 19-22, 2019
Location: Bulevardi 14 A 10, Helsinki , Finland
Event’s official website: www.helsinkifashionweeklive.com
Schedule: www.helsinkifashionweeklive.com/programme-2019

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Carmel Snow, born Carmel White (August 17, 1887 – May 8, 1961) was the editor in chief of “Harper’s Bazaar” from 1934 to 1958.

Carmel was born in the Irish suburb of Dalkey, Ireland. Her father, Peter White, owned the company involved into wool production, and her mother, Annie Mayne, helped him to conduct that business.

After father’s death, Carmel and the whole family moved to the USA. Her mother got an offer as the head of the Irish pavilion at Chicago World’s Fair. Later on, she opened a luxury clothing store TM & JM Fox in New York City.

In 1921, during their trip to Paris to purchase the new goods for their store, Carmel was randomly introduced to Edna Woolman Chase who hold the position of the editor-in-chief at “Vogue” magazine at that time. Edna offered Carmel to become the new fashion editor at “Vogue”.

The same year, at the age of thirty-four, Carmel began her career at “Vogue” and continued to work as a fashion editor for eleven years after that.

In 1934, Carmel Snow joined “Harper’s Bazaar” magazine where a few months later she was promoted to the position of the editor-in-chief. During her work she made significant changes to the concept and appearance of the magazine. Due to Carmel’s decisive creative approach, she received the nickname of ”a little Irish firecracker”.

In 1933, Carmel, together with the photographer Martin Munkácsi, organized a famous beach photoshoot. The day when that iconic photograph was taken, forever entered the history of the fashion photography. The model was photographed in a motion, and a light coastal wind added even more dynamics to the picture. Until that time, all photoshoots were usually held only in special pavilions and in static poses.

Many photographers were grateful to Snow for helping them to promote their work and giving invaluable pieces of advice during the filming. Henri Cartier-Bresson, who collaborated with Snow in 1930, called Carmel an enchantress, and after Carmel’s dismissal, another famous photographer, Brassaï, had been so upset that even thought about leaving photography forever.

In 1958, after 25 years at “Harper’s Bazaar”, Carmel Snow was dismissed from publication. Her compulsory leave was associated with an unpleasant incident that exposed her addiction to alcoholism. At that time, Carmel was already about seventy years old.

Snow possessed inexhaustible energy, her colleagues noticed that she always slept a little, did not eat much, but often liked to replace food intake with a glass of martini. She loved to travel and discover new things.

On the night of May 8, 1961, in New York, Carmel Snow died at the age of seventy-three years old from a heart attack.

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Hong Kong Fashion Week: spring/summer 2020
Event’s dates: July 8-11, 2019
Location: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Event’s official website: 
https://event.hktdc.com/fair/hkfashionweekss-en/s/1867-General_Information/HKTDC-Hong-Kong-Fashion-Week-for-Spring-Summer/Fair-Details.html

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The Fashiongton Post has specially selected four key colors that are perfect for a summer wardrobe this season: coral, the variation of khaki, a very soft beige and some more.

Sweet Corn

Very soft powdery beige is ideal for relaxed summer casual look. Will match to pure white and bright warm colors of your outfit.

Living Coral

The main color of the year according to Pantone will definitely find its place in the summer palette. Dresses with volumetric sleeves, suits with shorts and silk blouses look great in a trendy coral color.

Aspen Gold

This color is often found in monochrome things, but it is quite difficult to wear it that way because it attracts too much attention, overshadowing your own appearance. Though if you use it as the color for your accessories – it will just compliment the total look.

Jester Red

This shade of red color has a very rich character and may seem like burgundy from the first glance, however in reality it’s more like a shade of wild berries. Looks winning in complex textures and prints, as for example on a white background.

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Canotier (fr.: rower) – a French straw hat of a rigid form with a cylindrical crown and straight fields. Since the beginning of the 20th century it has been a popular men’s hat and fashion accessory. Nowadays it is popular among both, men and women, as a summer hat.

Choosing a canotier, it is better to give preference to natural straw or raffia without dyeing and in natural colors. Thus it will protect your head from the sun and look great on you. Combine it with jeans, T-shirts, linen trouser suits, or light summer dresses.

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Paris Fashion Week: Haute Couture / FW 19-20
Event’s dates: June 30 – July 04, 2019
FWP official website: www.fhcm.paris/en
Schedule of the runway shows: 
www.fhcm.paris/en/paris-fashion-week-en/fashionshows-schedule/?session=session_1553073732

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In the midst of summer, a new spectacular trend appeared – the dresses which look like elongated jackets. Fitted silhouette, broad shoulders, marshmallow colors and extreme mini length – the perfect formula for parties or even for the office.

If you do not have the strength to wait for the new season until more designers will start creating something similar, you can beat the trend right now with the help of your favorite elongated jacket.

A short jacket dress is a great occasion to show off your long slim legs, if it’s your case. However, the owners of “non-model” legs can try on a longer jacket dress. Thanks to miscellaneous variations of the cut, almost everyone can choose “their own” style and type of a jacket dress. Oversized and double-breasted jacket dresses are perfect if you need to mask the figure flaws.

Jacket dress is not just versatile but also self-sufficient. So, in most cases, the creation of the outfit comes down only to the selection of suitable shoes and accessories. The perfect shoes for such a dress are definitely high heels. For a casual look, The Fashiongton Post recommends to choose the pumps on heels, and for the evening – select the sophisticated stiletto sandals to complement the total look.

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