State of Loudoun is Strong

County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large)’s annual State of the County address Wednesday night was a speech dominated by naming and celebrating remarkable Loudouners.


Those people covered a range of accomplishments and passions, starting with long-serving senior chaplain of the Combined Rescue System Charlie Grant; former Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department and Broad Run supervisor Chief Kenny Graham; and the county’s longest-serving volunteer and Aldie fire chief Louis Carter. The three men together have put in more than 150 years of service to the county.


She also cited the contributions of Bruce Rahmani, who emigrated to the United States with very little to his name and went on to found Falcon Heating & Air Conditioning, which she said employs more than 100 people; Loudoun’s teacher of the year Denise Corbo, a gifted education teacher at Horizon, Sugarland and Steuart Weller elementary schools; Loudoun’s principal of the year, Liberty Elementary School’s Paul Pack; and Doug Fabbioli, Fabbioli Cellars winemaker and owner and founder of the New Ag School.


The last person Randall called out of the audience for applause was the fashion designer who hand-sewed her outfit for the evening—entrepreneurial 11-year-old Skyler Johnson, founder of Sew Fly Sky.


Randall used the examples of those Loudouners to point to what she sees as larger trends in the county, such as multiculturalism, economic growth, strong education, a protected agricultural economy, volunteerism, and county planning, among other topics.


Randall opened her speech by celebrating Loudoun’s volunteers—both in nonprofits and in fire and rescue.


“Our volunteers are caring, committed people who know their help is required when people are at the most vulnerable time of their life, yet often unwilling or unable to seek the assistance they desperately need,” Randall said.


In the first minutes of her speech, Randall also pointed to Loudoun’s diverse population. According to the Census Bureau, almost 85,000 Loudouners were born in another country, amounting to 23 percent of the population.


“I am so proud Loudoun is now and will continue to be a welcoming and inclusive community,” Randall said. “Our doors, our minds and our hearts are open to all, no matter where you come from, what you look like, who you worship, or who you love.”


She went on to celebrate Loudoun’s economy, its growth, its data center market, and its tourism. She also nodded to the competition for Amazon’s planned second headquarters , which she described as “the largest [Economic Development] project anyone can remember.”


“The question I am asked all the time is, is Amazon coming to Loudoun?” Randall said. “And the answer is, ‘I don’t know, no one knows.’”


She told attendees that the Board of Supervisors is focused on addressing concerns about the county’s housing needs, which business leaders have pointed to as one of the biggest barriers to opening a new business in Loudoun. Randall pointed to the board’s planned Housing Summit and its “emphasis on increasing the number of workforce, affordable, lower income and disability housing,” and to the four new positions added to the county’s staff for the next fiscal year to focus on housing.


Loudoun’s agricultural economy, she pointed out, includes more than half of Northern Virginia’s agri-tourism venues. And she said the county’s planning policies have protected Loudoun’s agricultural heritage.


“Our mission to save farmland in western Loudoun is working,” Randall said—to some disagreement from a handful of people in the audience. “According to the American Farmland Trust, the U.S. loses more than 40 acres of farm and ranch land every hour. Through our efforts in Loudoun, that number is less than one-tenth of an acre. “


She also mentioned Loudoun’s ongoing work to rewrite its comprehensive plan, the coming opening of three Metro stops in Loudoun, and Loudoun’s education system—particularly the Academies of Loudoun, which is set to open in the fall.


“We believe this innovative school will offer our students the opportunity to compete on the world’s stage in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math,” Randall said.


“Clearly as measured by the strength of our economy and the compassion and tenacity of our people, it is indeed obvious to me, as I hope it is to all of you, that Loudoun is the best county in the country,” Randall summarized. “And I stand before you to proudly and confidently proclaim that the state of Loudoun County is strong.”


She was joined onstage by Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk; the Dominion High School titan Singers; Paxton Campus employee Jonny Curtis, who sang the National Anthem; Jibreel Martinez Jaka, who led the Pledge of Allegiance; and Visit Loudoun President and CEO Beth Erickson.Read more at:formal dresses | long formal dresses

Four advantages of a short skirt

Whether it’s a hot summer or the coming fall, a short skirt is a perfect fit for a woman.

It’s because it has so many advantages that women have to fall in love with it and talk about it in four ways.

1. Good heat dissipation

The lower part of the skirt is designed to be a leader in the heat dissipation industry. Even if the weather is very hot, there is no need to be afraid. When you walk, the flow of air will make you feel cool.

2. Easy to wear

The least amount of fabric in exchange for the greatest convenience, wearing it and taking off it is effortless, not only refreshing, but also allowing you to feel what’s called a fast pace.

3. Beautiful and beautiful legs.

Unique and simple design, whether you are slender legs or slightly fat legs, the bottom of skirt lets you whole person divide into two parts, appear extremely symmetrical.

The beauty of the fashion and the personal defect, which is probably the beauty of the legendary harmony.

4. Unique features

It’s a good match for many types of tops, shoes, hats, and different combinations to show you a different style. It suits you both in and out of the office, and is suitable for outdoor sports.

Simple design makes you more convenient to wear, save time and effort, and life becomes more efficient. Even if you don’t have a perfect figure, don’t worry, a short skirt accentuates the beauty of your skinny legs, makes your actions more flexible, and a successful life comes to you. The tonal of pure color, not only does not appear drab, instead feel very solemn, let a person shine.

A loose T-shirt can help you do anything you want. Be comfortable and comfortable, cover your body and make up for your beauty. Even if you are a married woman, you can wear the girl’s breath. Loose design, hiding your flaws, makes you look more perfect, comfortable and breathable with a life of leisure.

Wearing comfortable is the first requirement, breathable fabrics, let you maintain calm temperament all the time, more show feminine grace, dignified and generous. Even in hot summer, it can be a daily choice to keep your summer cool. The bottom of the design of the hole, let you instant tide.Read more at:formal dresses online australia | bridesmaid dresses online

Best Dermatology Treatment for Sagging Skin

Do you realize the skin is the largest organ in the human body? It covers more than about 18.5 square feet in other to conceal our flesh and bones. The skin also helps our body regulate temperature. On a daily basis, dead skin cells are shed, and a new layer of skin is created every 28days. The skin also helps in telling the state of our health as some diseases may lead to changes on the surface of the skin. The average skin stretches up to two square meters. Depending on its location, the stretchiness and strength vary.


It is said that breast may sag faster than usual if you are a smoker as it destroys proteins present in skin elastin. The skin expands to hold adipose tissue when you get. It gets damaged and loses its elasticity when it stretches out. The skin then appears saggy when that fat is lost. Various other factors play a role like age, how long you stay fat, genetics, where the fat is stored. It can also be seen in the case of pregnancy. A person who was previously morbidly obese and lost weight will surely have saggy skin present usually in the arms, chest, and thigh and about everywhere else. Also as we age, we lose adipose tissue thereby leading to the visible saggy skin on the face, arm, and everywhere else.


There are many ways dermatologists help to make saggy skin firm, and they are as follows:


Subtle Tightening


Skin Firming Creams and Lotion: This kind of product is rampant, and you may feel like you have to try them as they come with lots of promises. Here is what you should be aware of before spending your You will be disappointed if you are looking for a facelift result from a bottle. Notwithstanding the claims, the results observed after the use of this products is minute or none at all.


When an immediate result is observed, it is probably because the product is an effective moisturizer. A very potent moisturizer can make your skin plump and conceal fine lines and wrinkles, but this is all temporary. In other to keep this result, application of product should be on a daily basis.


Dermatologists say it is not possible for cream or lotion to lift saggy skin as claimed since the skin cannot be penetrated deep enough by these lotions. Retinol aids our body to produce more collagen, so if the cream or lotion contains retinoid, then you may notice small changes. If as little or no change is seen in the use of these cream and lotion, the demand for it still grows as it is used by researchers to try out new ideas.


Modest Tightening and Lifting


This is also referred to as non-invasive skin tightening procedure because your skin is left intact. There is the absence of incision marks, puncture wounds or raw skin. The only thing visible will be some redness and swelling which will disappear with time.


Benefits of this procedure include:


The appearance of the result is gradual, so it looks natural


There is little or no downtime


It is colorblind therefore safe for the skin color of people


Can be used to tighten skin anywhere in your body


There are very little or no side effects when performed by a professional except redness and swelling


It is not time-consuming as most procedures take one hour or less


Slight pain or discomfort may be felt during the procedure, but that is about it


Application of makeup can be done promptly after the procedure


Noninvasive skin tightening procedures can be done using;


Ultrasound: In this case, heat is sent deep into the skin using ultrasound which triggers the body to make more collagen. Most people see modest change within two to six months with just one treatment. More benefits may be gotten from additional treatments.


Radiofrequency: In this procedure, the tissues beneath is heated as the dermatologist places a device against the skin. Best results are seen in about six months as it takes the body time to produce collagen.


Laser Treatment: This is very handy for tightening loose skin on the upper hands and belly though it is used to tighten skin all over the body. Without injuring the top layer of the skin, this laser sends heat deep into the skin. Two to three procedures may be needed to get a result which will slowly appear two to six months after.


Most Tightening and Lifting Without Surgery


This is referred to as minimally invasive skin tightening procedure which tends to give a more visible result. It cannot still be compared to a result of a surgical procedure such as neck lift, facelift or eyelid surgery. The good side to it compared to surgery is that it has fewer side effects and less downtime. Sedation is required and few days of downtime.


Minimally invasive procedures can be done using:


Radiofrequency: In order to heat up the tissue beneath your skin, a thin tube or needle is inserted into your skin. Heat is then provided precisely where loose skin needs to be tightened. Usually used for neck and upper arms. Results are seen in about one month. When the procedure is down, compression garment should be worn for about four or five days, and care should be given to the wound.


Laser Resurfacing: This procedure is the most successful used for loose skin tightening. The downtime is about five to seven days, not like the radiofrequency procedure. Its result is rapid. Within two weeks after healing has occurred, you will notice tightening and lesser wrinkles. The merits of this procedure are that it tightens skin better than the rest of the procedures, in addition, it reduces the appearance of dark spots like age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles but the demerit is the increased downtime compared to the rest and also risk of scarring.


A wide range of people can have all these procedures, but for optimal results, it will be best if you quit smoking, eat healthily, have and maintain a healthy weight, reduce alcohol intake, protect your skin from excessive direct sunlight. If you are pregnant or have a skin infection, you should avoid these procedures.Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com/evening-dresses-online | http://www.marieaustralia.com/cocktail-dresses-australia

WHY HARRY STYLES’S STYLIST HAS HIS EYE ON EMERGING DESIGNER HARRIS REED

If the last few seasons have taught us anything, it’s that “femininity” in fashion no longer belongs solely to women. It is, like grunge or punk, simply a style that has broken free of gender confines and connotations. Tulle, frills, and corsets are being remixed through the aesthetic of young, queer designers—most notably, 21-year-old Harris Reed.

Reed’s clothing references Victorian and Edwardian silhouettes—think ruffled, flared sleeves and trousers, bustier-inspired bodices, puffed shoulders, and ornate lace. His clothes, especially when worn on men, make a loud, self-assured statement, one that reflects Reed’s deep admiration for clothes that, as he put it, “allow somebody to fully inhabit who they’re meant to be.”

Although he is only partway through his second year at London’s Central Saint Martins, the L.A. native has, in recent months, received a great amount of industry attention. And though his is the sort of talent that’s destined for success, he may not have flourished so quickly were it not for stylist Harry Lambert. Mere seconds after Reed posted his work to Instagram for the first time, the renowned British stylist and Editor at Large for 10MEN took notice, and has continued to support Reed—pulling his clothes for editorials and no-big-deal clients like singer-songwriter Harry Styles—ever since. And so it makes sense that, when asked who his favorite young, undiscovered designer is at the moment, Lambert almost immediately responded with his answer: Harris Reed.

HARRY LAMBERT: “I first saw one of [Reed’s] looks from a university project on his Instagram and was immediately fascinated with his point of view. Harris’s presence is not only in his clothes but also in the way he carries himself, towering above everyone in his signature platform shoes and long blonde hair. He’s crafting his vision and message while still studying, already catching the attention of many stylists and celebrities. [Though it’s still] so early into his career, when you see a piece by Reed it already has his stamp on it—a bit of fantasy and glamour that we all crave. His clothes and accessories are contributing to iconic and beautiful editorials, as well as pushing the boundaries in menswear. This is only the beginning for him.”

Standout looks: The first look I saw from Harris: an all-white look with the large hat [that he made for The White Show at Central Saint Martins], and the custom look he made for Harry Styles.

RACHEL HODIN: If you could live in any decade, which would you choose and why?

HARRIS REED: For the 9 to 5 me, I would say the 1920s because I think it would be the most incredible flash of crystals, fringe, and romance. There’s nothing more beautiful than some man in a crisp cummerbund suit looking awfully dapper and shiny and glamorous. And then the Friday to Sunday me would want to live in the ‘70s, with really wide lapel jackets, and amazing flared trousers. Not fully made up, but a kind of glam-rock, sexy historian.

HODIN: Is there a place that you’ve always dreamed of staging a runway show?

REED: I’ve always wanted to have a show at this beach where I spent a lot of my childhood on the coast of England in Pevensey Bay. The tide goes out for almost a mile and it’s like black sand and water—really dramatic and stormy, with torches and a full orchestra playing with a piano in the sand. Every man in my family on my dad’s side (aside from me) has been in the navy, so I have this very deep connection with the ocean. I always think of myself as an aloof pirate—not flamboyant, but quite out-there, confident, and risk-taking.

HODIN: Do you consider your clothes or anything you’ve made to be political?

REED: In my clothing, I try to be as political as possible. I’m not one to write something on a garment, but I’m very much about questioning people and how they view different norms and situations. I would never [create] something just because it’s beautiful. It has to have a deep purpose.

HODIN: Is there any work of art or collection that you find yourself going back to when you’re feeling uninspired and need to get motivated?

REED: I always go to the National Portrait Gallery [in London]. There’s something so centering about looking at these incredible portraits from the 1600s and 1800s. I’ve always said if I didn’t do fashion design, I would love to be a historian.

A physical thing I go back to a lot is this really old book at the Central Saint Martins library. The title is smudged out—it says it’s been checked out since the late 1800s or something, and [it’s filled with so much] knowledge and really amazing portraits. Looking back at these things that are quite old pulls me back into the present and into the future.

HODIN: Of all the pieces you’ve made, which was the hardest to make and why?

REED: Even though it’s a year and a half later, I think it’s still the head-to-toe white piece I made for The White Show [editor’s note: as in, Harry’s favorite look]. It was a giant white hat and this corseted, kind of bustier jacket with big sleeves and trousers. I made it within a two-week period, but it felt like it was years and years of work. Because that piece, that silhouette, that story—there’s a story behind it about this aristocratic boy in the 1800s finding salvation in his sexuality inside an opera house—has informed everything that I do now.

HODIN: What’s your favorite material to use and why?

REED: At the moment, I’m really into tulle. The last collection I wrapped up, my pre-fall 2018 collection, almost every piece involved tulle—whether it was on the backs of trousers, or the front or back of a top. The idea of fluidity within gender, sexuality, and the way people look at the world and themselves [is so important to me and my work]. And what’s more fluid, more beautiful than the human body? With tulle, you can really accentuate, play with, and add dimension to the existing form. It always changes though because I’m also a sucker for satin. Like, give me a good duchesse satin any day.Read more at:short formal dresses | formal dress shops sydney

A List of Fur-Free Luxury Fashion Designers to Shop From

In recent months, a growing number luxury fashion houses like Gucci and Michael Kors have announced a commitment to more ethical fashion practices. On Friday, Maison Margiela shared that after designer John Galliano’s meeting with PETA, the brand would go fur free, joining the ranks of brands like Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Tommy Hilfiger and more who have long eliminated fur from their collections.

This new wave of major brands championing sustainable fashion marks a great leap forward for fashion, so for consumers looking to shop more consciously and fur-free, we’ve compiled a list of designers who have joined in on the movement.

Gucci

Last October, Gucci committed to stop using fur material in their collections, starting with the spring/summer 2018 collection and beyond. “Being socially responsible is one of Gucci’s core values, and we will continue to strive to do better for the environment and animals,” Gucci president and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri said in a statement. “With the help of HSUS and LAV, Gucci is excited to take this next step and hopes it will help inspire innovation and raise awareness, changing the luxury fashion industry for the better.”

Michael Kors

Just in time for Christmas, Michael Kors revealed that the brand will ban all use of fur and pledged to be completely fur-free by the end of 2018.

Jimmy Choo

Michael Kors’ fur-free pledge applied to Jimmy Choo as well, which was acquired by Michael Kors in a $1.2 billion deal in July 2017.

Donatella Versace

In March 2017, Donatella Versace told 1843 magazine that her namesake brand will stop using fur by 2019. Why? “Fur? I am out of that. I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion. It doesn’t feel right.”

Donna Karan/ DKNY

Donna Karan committed to promoting a cruelty-free brand earlier in March and the policy will go into effect by 2019.

Maison Margiela

Maison Margiela creative director John Galliano had a meeting with PETA, which resulted in Galliano’s addition to the swelling number of high-end fashion labels opting against the use of fur in future collections.

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein has been fur-free since 1994.

Stella McCartney

Since the brand’s conception in 2001, Stella McCartney has made it her duty to create a leather-free, fur-free clothing brand.

Tommy Hilfiger

2007 was the year many brands made the switch to go fur-free. Hilfiger used fur mostly on the collars and cuffs of his pieces and after a conversation with PETA, announced that any further production of fur items would end immediately.

Giorgio Armani

After teaming up with the Humane Society of the United States, Giorgio Armani and the seven other labels under the Armani Group would no longer produce clothing pieces with fur beginning with the Fall 2016 collection. “Technological progress made over the years allows us to have valid alternatives at our disposition that render the use of cruel practices unnecessary as regards animals,” the brand said in a statement to WWD. “Pursuing the positive process undertaken long ago, my company is now taking a major step ahead, reflecting our attention to the critical issues of protecting and caring for the environment and animals.”

Yoox Net-a-Porter

The Humane Society of the United States has buit relationships with a number of designer companies and encouraged many designers to ban fur from their lines. Yoox Net-a-Porter finally caved and announced in June 2017 that the company’s clothing brands (Mr. Porter, The Outnet, Net-a-Porter) would be officially going fur-free.

Ralph Lauren

In 2006, Ralph Lauren pledged to eliminate fur altogether, including all merchandise and home offerings. In addition to going fur-free, the brand announced it would donated 1,200 clothing pieces with fur to international relief initiatives.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood joined the club in 2007 after a chat with PETA.

The Kooples

PETA encouraged cult brand The Kooples to adopt a more cruelty-free approach so The Kooples dropped fur from their future collections, beginning with the fall 2017 range and created a clutch in honor of their new policy.

Hugo Boss

A year after having a talk with The Humane Society of the United States, Hugo Boss vowed to stop using fur by its fall 2016 collection.Read more at:blue formal dresses | pink cocktail dresses

Southeast Asian retailer FashionValet launches in the Middle East

FashionValet, an online retailer in modest fashion from Southeast Asia, have expanded their network of brands to the Middle East.

With more than 400 fashion brands, FashionValet delivers on-trend products to customers all around the globe, according to a press release.

They are now bringing these brands to the Middle East, with free delivery for customers in Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Co-founded by Malaysia’s prominent fashion icon and social media celebrity Vivy Yusof, FashionValet has grown their online presence across Southeast Asia with over 300 up-and-coming designers and local brands. They are giving Middle Eastern consumers access to the array of styles and products available from Asia.

A core aspect of FashionValet is their collaborative campaigns with social media influencers and other publicity partnerships with regional celebrities from Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

Previous celebrity collaborations include Nora Danish, Noor Neelofa and Scha Alyahya amongst many others and plans are to replicate this model in the Middle Eastern market with local brands, influencers and game changers, recognised for their own creative vision within the region.

“We are so excited to be launching FashionValet in Dubai for the region, and to be bringing the wonderful talent of our local designers and brands to this region. We have many customers here and have always been strong admirers of the local fashion industry in the Middle East and have wanted to have a presence here for the longest time. We are so glad it’s being put into fruition and look forward to building relationships between FashionValet and the local fashion community,” said Yusof, who is also the chief creative officer.

FashionValet has a wide range of ready-to-wear garments for women, from abayas to more contemporary/modern styles, as well as accessories, handbags and scarves from chic classics to edgy statement pieces. They also offer beauty products, kidswear and menswear.Read more at:evening dresses | formal dresses online

Thank Givenchy for making the little black dress a party staple

Coco Chanel may have been the first designer to popularize the little black dress in the 1920s, but Hubert de Givenchy was the man who made the LBD a cocktail party staple.


The great Givenchy, who died on March 10 at his home outside Paris, dressed Audrey Hepburn in an ankle-length black dress (complete with elbow-length gloves and tiara) for her most stylish role ever, as Holly Golightly in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.


But that wasn’t the first time Givenchy popped Hepburn into a sleek noir number. In 1954, he fashioned a calf-length, nipped-at-the-waist frock that Hepburn wore for her delicate role as the title character in Sabrina. Costume designer Edith Head was given full credit for that dress, but in the ensuing years, Hepburn acknowledged Givenchy for his work.


Givenchy went on to outfit every “it” woman of his day, from Lauren Bacall to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. And he, along with friend and mentor Cristobal Balenciaga, were behind some of womenswear’s most iconic silhouettes, including the chemise and the sack dress. (Think of the sack as the bulbous precursor to the empire waist.)


After Givenchy retired from his storied house in 1995, maverick designers John Galliano and Alexander McQueen would sit at the French fashion house. But even with their chic, punk-meets-ladylike fierceness, the House of Givenchy is still best known for its impact on the black dress. Givenchy made the LBD the LBD. And today, it’s a wardrobe perennial that speaks to the seductive woman and girly girl in all of us.Read more at:long formal dresses | short formal dresses

Fashion designer Masaba Gupta shares a reunion photo with dad Viv Richards and mum Neena Gupta

Masaba Gupta is a busy girl. With so many collaborations, new collections, and business commitments, the popular fashion designer is always pressed for time. But she has her priorities right, and her latest trip has proved that for her, family always comes before work. Masana recently accompanied her mother, actress Neena Gupta, to Dubai to surprise her father, former West Indies cricketer Sir Viv Richards, on his 66th birthday. Masaba also shared a heartwarming picture on her Instagram, which had both her parents in a single frame after a long time.

The designer also added a caption with the photo, which read, “It’s been a bit astonishing, how short life can be… which is why I dropped every single ‘important’ thing I was doing to come surprise my dad on his birthday today and even had an impromptu family reunion. Missing the husband, though. Happy birthday, dad – I’m really trying to make this emotional, but you’re 66 now and still can’t send a Whatsapp and think a smartphone is the devil incarnate.”

The designer, who is known for creating a distinct space for herself in the fashion industry in a short span, and especially when it comes to prints, also shared a cake-cutting video as her Insta story, which showcased Sir Richards cutting into a delicious-looking fruit cake while guests cheer him on.

It seems Masaba didn’t miss out the chance to shop while in Dubai, as she posted a selfie in super chic wide-legged denim pants and black V-neck top, while out on a shopping trip with her mum.

Neena dated Sir Richards in the ’80s, and Masaba was born in 1989. The actress challenged societal norms at that time and broke stereotypes by giving birth to a child out of wedlock. She later got married in 2008 to Delhi-based Vivek Mehra, a chartered accountant. Richards, too, is married to Miriam, and has two children – Matara and Mali.Read more at:2017 formal dresses | formal dresses canberra

Introducing Shushu/Tong, a Sweet New Label Inspired by Heathers

Liushu Lei and Yutong Jiang met when they were girls in high school. Later they both attended the London College of Fashion and became roommates while studying and simultaneously working for brands like Gareth Pugh and Simone Rocha. As BFFs, their trajectories were inextricably linked throughout adolescence and early adulthood. So, it’s only fitting that post-graduation they decided to launch a ready-to-wear label together. While the line, which is called Shushu/Tong, is based in Shanghai, the designers are beginning to expand internationally, selling their wares at stores like Dover Street Market and on e-commerce sites like Ssense. “We agree on pretty much everything when it comes to fashion,” Lei explains. “Sometimes our sketches will come out similarly without having talked about them to one another beforehand.” The m.o. of Shushu/Tong is to express a feeling of “girlhood.”


“Our clothes are sweet, but with a twist,” Lei says. “We want to portray a different standard of femininity and womanhood by playing with volume, texture, and details like floral prints, ruffles, and bow knots.” Shushu/Tong’s designs do have a subversively girly appeal to them, whether it’s the Victorian-neck dress decorated with a black leather harness, or a pastel A-line skirt embellished with an abstract flower belt. Gingham is also a favorite fabric. Lei and Jiang find muses in Japanese anime characters and pop stars like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Their Spring 2018 collection borrowed its aesthetic from the 1981 Japanese film Fruits of Passionand they’ve previously cited the ’80s movie Heathers and the title clique as inspiration. “We want to help women escape from the real world a bit, which is necessary in our everyday lives,” Lei says. “That’s the magic of what we do as designers.” No matter how dreamy or experimental they get about their work though, Tong and Lei always go back to the moment they met as curious, cool, and creative high school students. “We’re really designing for girls like us, and whoever truly loves the idea of girlhood itself.”Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com | cocktail dresses

Filipina designs wedding dress for ‘Fifty Shades’ sequel

Known for her romantic glamour and modern elegance, Filipino-American fashion designer Monique Lhuillier brilliantly captures in her design the alluring beauty and vulnerability of the main character, Anastasia Steele, in the upcoming romance-thriller “Fifty Shades Freed.”


Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele dons a custom-lace wedding gown and veil by Monique Lhuillier, renowned bridal, ready-to-wear and accessories designer, in “Fifty Shades Freed,” the all-new installment of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” series.


The long sleeve, off-the-shoulder, dégradé Chantilly-lace tulle-sheath gown—with open illusion back and trail of lace covered buttons—exudes femininity and sophistication. A Cathedral-length tulle veil with appliqués of Chantilly lace adds glamour for Anastasia’s grand entrance.


In keeping with the essence of her brand, Monique’s design evokes an enchanting and whimsical, yet sophisticated vision by weaving together sensuous and modern elements. The classic, ethereal and effortless silhouette of the dress—topped with the elegantly embellished veil—is distinctly Monique Lhuillier.


“I was so delighted to be asked to design an iconic wedding dress for the character of Anastasia Steele for this climactic chapter of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ series,” said Monique. “Further building on the success of the show-stopping look I designed for the masquerade ball in ‘Fifty Shades Darker,’ it was a wonderful experience to be involved in this production. Once the wedding gown hits the big screen, I know this timeless design will live forever.”


The Monique Lhuillier wedding gown and veil designed for Anastasia and Christian’s wedding can now be seen in the trailer for “Fifty Shades Freed.” The feature film will be released in Philippine cinemas on February 7.


Lifestyle Feature ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch:It can be recalled that Lhuillier also designed Anastasia’s “Fifty Shades Darker” masquerade ball dress.


Lhuillier is internationally recognized as one of America’s foremost designers. Established in 1996 by Monique and her husband, Tom Bugbee, the company is considered one of the leading fashion houses in design, quality and creativity.


With a passion for creating collections that are both feminine and modern, Monique continues to design ready-to-wear, accessories and bridal collections that are luxurious, chic and true to her aesthetic.


Lhuillier’s fans include Hollywood stars Emma Stone, Blake Lively, Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Bell, Camila Cabello and the First Lady Melania Trump.Read more at:sexy formal dresses | backless formal dresses