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FASHION: Kim Kardashian In Céline Fur

Has Kim Kardashian changed the fashion game for generations to come?

Kim and Kanye stepped out for date night and Kim shocked us all with her Céline suede faux rabbit fur lined heels.

With a whooping $6600 price tag?

Price aside are we feeling the look?

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FASHION: La Perla Introduces Menswear at Paris Store Relaunch

The luxury lingerie label, La Perla, has unveiled a new Paris space that features the brand’s new menswear collection.

La Perla's new store concept launched at the label's historic boutique at 20 rue du Faubourg St Honoré. This 230 square meter space is split over two floors, and now features a special corner dedicated to the brand's first ever menswear collection. This collection will launch in Spring/Summer 2015.


La Perla’s menswear collection was first debuted at this summer's Pitti Uomo event in Florence. The collection, designed by Emiliano Rinaldi, features a mix of luxury home wear from silk kimonos to cashmere tracksuits, and super chic two piece sleepwear sets.


The store concept itself was created by Italian architect Roberto Baiocchi who has also worked on boutique designs for Prada and Miu Miu. Key features include a Portuguese marble floor, Italianate arches and artistic touches, with window displays fitted with pink onyx.

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FASHION: Interesting Facts On Fashion's Favorite Rebel VIVIENNE WESTWOOD



Largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave into the mainstream, not only is Dame Vivienne Westwood a fashion designer, activist and businesswoman, but also most certainly a fashion mastermind. 

Punk pioneer Vivienne Westwood is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most recognizable living icons and has left a clear mark in the fashion world, as well as in other areas. Her contributions to modern times are not only creative but also political and cultural. 

Get to know the fashion world’s favorite rebel with these interesting facts of her life and career.


  1. She was born Vivienne Isabel Swire 

    She became Vivienne Westwood when she married Derek Westwood. The marriage only lasted 3 years.
  2. Vivienne is a war baby. 

    She was born during World War II on April 8, 1941 to working class parents in Tintwistle, Derbyshire, England. She lived in a part of the country that had grown up in the Industrial Revolution. She didn't know about art galleries, seen an art book, nor been to the theatre.
  3. She almost gave up fashion and art

    Vivienne started sewing clothes for herself at the age of 12 and studied fashion and silversmithing at the University of Westminster’s Harrow School of Art at age 17. But after only 1 term, she left to study at a teacher-training college and eventually became a primary school teacher. Reason why she left the university - she didn't know how a working-class girl like herself could possibly make a living in the art world.
  4. Fashion still calls for her.

    Even as a teacher, Vivienne still was able to create her own jewellery, which she would sell at a stall on Portobello Road. She even made her own wedding dress for her wedding with Derek Westwood. After her split with Derek, she met art student and soon to be music business maverick Malcolm McLaren and he became her business partner and lover for 10 years. 
  5. Vivienne Westwood is the Godmother of Punk 

    Malcolm opened doors for her in the fashion and art world starting by dressing up the punk rock band that Malcolm managed, the Sex Pistols. The partners soon opened a boutique on King's Road in Chelsea and called "Let It Rock", later known as "Sex", then as "Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die", "Seditionaries" and lastly “Worlds Ends”. When it opened, the shop proved to be an important fashion and cultural centre for the punk movement, which began in the 70’s in the UK, then spread around the world, and is still very much alive today.
  6. A Fashion Mastermind continues to evolve

    After the punk era, Vivienne experimented with other themes in the early years of her career starting with her main women’s ready-to-wear line entitled “Pirate” that offered a romantic look which burst onto the fashion scene of the British capital and ensured the collection’s place in history. Her following collections took inspirations from diverse sources such as the film ‘Blade Runner’, the desert landscape, undergarments and Tokyo’s neon signs. She dubbed the period in her career from 1981 to 1985 as "New Romantic" and the one from 1988 to 1992 as "The Pagan Years". During the latter period, Vivienne’s heroes changed from punks and ragamuffins to ‘Tatler’ girls wearing clothes that parodied the upper class. 
  7. She does the unexpected

    Fast forward to present day… 2014 was a big year for Westwood. She designed not only the new Virgin Atlantic uniforms but also beloved pop culture icon Miss Piggy's wedding dress for the Disney film 'Muppets Most Wanted'. The highly anticipated wedding of Miss Piggy and her groom Kermit the Frog took place at the Tower of London where the bride walked down the aisle in a Vivienne Westwood long ivory court wedding gown, with corset detailing and paillettes made from recycled plastic bottles.
  8. She’s a Rebel with a Cause

    Vivienne often uses her catwalk shows, especially for her menswear and Red Label lines, as platforms to campaign about issues that she supports, such as climate change and Scottish independence. During London Fashion Week in September 2014, for her Red Label Spring/Summer 2015 collection, she sent her models down the runway wearing ‘Yes’ badges, proudly showing her wish for Scotland to break away from the UK. So it is no surprise that Vivienne was inducted into the Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame for consistently used Scottish textiles and fabrics within her collections as well as for the significant impact she has made for campaigning for human rights and environmental issues.


Vivienne Westwood’s distinct point of view and passion are very much unique and worthy of praise, as she has shown throughout her career which so far spans over five decades. To this day, she remains as one of the most sought-after and influential designers, inspiring other brilliant and creative minds such as Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano. She has dressed everyone from the Sex Pistols, to the Princess of Wales and many of today’s most iconic celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Marion Cotillard, just to name a few. 

We cannot wait to keep witnessing what Dame Vivienne Westwood will do next.

Get to know more on how this fashion mastermind on Fashion Masterminds: Vivienne Westwood, a special feature premiering this November 26, Wednesday at 21:30 (GMT+8 for Asia / GMT+1 for Europe), exclusively on Fashion One, FO, and Fashion First. Check your cable operators for your local TV channel listing. 

My clothes have a story. They have an identity. They have a character and a purpose. That’s why they become classics. Because they keep on telling a story. They are still telling it.” 

- Vivienne Westwood

SOURCE: FashionOne

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FASHION: 15 Year-Old Czech Model Crowned New Face Of ELITE

In the 31st Annual Elite Model Look Contest finals, held on Tuesday in Shenzen, China, 15-year-old model Barbora Podzimkova from the Czech Republic was crowned the next face of Elite Model Management. 

The prize was a much sought after three-year contract with the agencies of the Elite Group. Barbora competed with finalists from the Elite Model Look contests all around the world for this global title.

Headshot of 15-year-old Czech model Barbora Podzimkova, who won the 2014 World Finals of the Elite Model Look contest
This year’s competition was overseen by Victoria da Silva, the president of Elite Model Look International, and Vick Mihaci, the president of Elite Model Management. This win will launch Barbora’s modeling career, and will likely make her a household name in fashion. Even world-famous and internationally known supermodels, such as Cindy Crawford, Gisele Bündchen, and Sigrid Agren have not been able to win the global finals. 

Barbora: a Name to Remember 

Age 15 and measuring 5'11" tall, the Czech model Barbora Podzimkova prevailed over 42 young rivals as this year's international winner. As a result, her pouty lips and slender silhouette are sure to make an appearance in ad campaigns and on the catwalk in the near future.

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LUXURY: Top 5 Outrageous Luxury Hotels and Resorts

No. 5

Secrets Marquis, Los Cabos


Inspired by a celestial legend of two angels seeking paradise on earth, the spectacular lobby of Secrets Marquis Los Cabos opens out onto the wildly restless sea like a temple to its creation. Gorgeous specially commissioned sculptures, massive waterfalls, spectacular infinity pools, and a lovely serene spa set the stage where VIPs love to come and play. (George Clooney’s beach villa is next door.) Luxurious rooms boast balconies where you can often spot migrating whales, and there are also private villas with personal dipping pools. This is where many foreign dignitaries stay when in town.


No. 4

The Boulders, Arizona


An extremely prestigious golf and spa resort, the swanky decor is left up to Mother Nature at The Boulders, as it’s impossible to compete with stunningly surreal 12-million-year-old rock formations. Spanning 1,300 acres of the Sonoran Desert, ultimate natural rejuvenation is promised at their massive spa compound, and their two golf courses are world class. There’s also an über private gated Villa Retreat for celebs seeking anonymity. PR rep Deborah Bridges says, “Our clientele is among the wealthiest in the world, but we’re not allowed to talk about who our VIP guests are until they’re dead.” That says it all.


No. 3


Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai


Resembling a billowing sail, the stunning architecture of Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai makes it one of the most photographed in the world. All rooms are luxurious suites spanning two floors with state-of-the art everything and incredible views. And beyond the unique over-the-top amenities like the attached heliport and hovering tennis courts, there is a vast array of futuristic dining and nightlife options. Their guest care is also seriously intensive. Upscale extras include in-suite check-in, 24/7 personal on-call butlers, and a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce fleet, all catering to an extremely well-heeled VIP clientele that often includes royalty.

No. 2

Mardan Palace Hotel, Turkey


Built by Russian Billionaire Telman Ismailov in 2009 to the tune of $1.65 billion, theMardan Palace Hotel in Antalya, Turkey boasts the largest swimming pool in the Mediterranean (fits 1,000 guests) and is touted as one of the most elite luxury hotels in Europe. Beyond the sinfully sumptuous suites and jaw-dropping interiors of gold leaf, crystal, and Italian marble, there are also ten dining spots, 17 bars, a lavish spa and a sunken aquarium full of exotic fish. There's more: 9,000 tons of white sand was flown in from Egypt for the beach alone, and 24/7 personal butler service is also included.


No. 1

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi


Costing approximately $3 billion to build, Emirates Palace has 394 rooms and suites, 40 meeting and conference rooms, a white sand beach, a myriad of pools and fountains, a sumptuous spa, marble imported from 13 different countries, and over 1,000 crystal chandeliers. It’s like a small pleasure fortress that also boasts the most prestigious marina development in the Middle East. Royalty, or those who want to feel like it, can luxuriate in one of the many palace suites, all with lavish surroundings that would befit a Sultan of old, with enough modern amenities to please today’s top tycoons.


So where are we going on vacation for 2015?

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