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Todd Oldham may have left fashion behind nearly 20 years ago, but an upcoming exhibit will celebrate the multidisciplinary designer's enduring sense of style.

"All of Everything: Todd Oldham Fashion" is scheduled to open next spring at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. It's the first solo museum exhibition to focus on the designer's runway opus of the 1990s. It will feature nearly 70 ensembles, many of which were last seen on supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington.

Oldham and RISD collaborated to make the pieces new again, mixing seasons and years to create a fresh point of view.

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"I said, 'Why don't we try to look at how this stuff works together?' It's not a season; it's 10 years of stuff," Oldham said. "It worked beautifully."

Oldham arrived on the fashion scene in 1989 and gained recognition for his colorful designs and handcrafted textiles. The Nueces County, Texas, native was featured prominently on MTV's "House of Style," hosted by Cindy Crawford, where he gave viewers tips on everything from thrift shopping to reupholstering furniture.

He left the industry a decade later to pursue other creative projects, including his arts and crafts line Kid Made Modern, and he often gives lectures at RISD, which awarded him an honorary doctorate last year.

For the upcoming show, Oldham is designing one new dress, made from textiles he and his RISD students made in a class last spring.

"We're still working on it because it's got a ton of elaborate embroidery," he said.

Known for his playful point of view, Oldham said shifting back into fashion design was easy because he has the same spirit no matter what he's working on.

"I wouldn't in any way say it ignited a desire to return to this industry," he added with a laugh.

The idea for the exhibit came about last year, while Oldham was touring the RISD museum. Curator Kate Irvin was installing some 1920s beaded dresses that immediately caught the eye of the designer, known for his own highly embellished textiles.

Irvin, the museum's costume and textiles curator, said Oldham's designs are striking in person.

"The significance is what a thoughtful artist and maker he is, and that comes through when you see these pieces," she said.

And while some of the pieces are more than 20 years old, they don't seem dated, Irvin said.

"It wasn't made in the '90s with the idea that this is the fashion trend for the season, and I think that will come through when we put these pieces on display in 2016," she said.

Oldham is giving many of his designs to RISD, and a few will be on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for the show.

Meanwhile, Oldham said he continues to be inspired by passion, singularity — and free-thinkers.

"Those are usually the things that startle me in great ways more than anything else," he said. "Frankly, I think Miley Cyrus is astonishing."

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Fashion designer Debbie Wingham is working with patients at Alder Hey and students at The City of Liverpool College to help them create a collection of designs to feature on The Very Big Catwalk.

The event, on July 4, is part of Liverpool’s Transatlantic 175 weekend and hopes to break a world record for the greatest number of people on a catwalk.

Debbie, designer of the world’s most expensive diamond dress, is working with the aspiring young designers during a series of workshops in the run up to the celebrations.

Items created by the City of Liverpool College students, aged 17 to 45, include spectacular outfits for them to wear on The Very Big Catwalk.

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And they will all be accessorised with bold and bright ‘Duct Tape Mache’ handbags, headpieces, necklaces and belts, created by youngster’s at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Not only will the Liverpool students parade their designs on the city’s giant runway on July 4, but they will also join Debbie at London Fashion Week in September, where they will get to model their creations at the world-famous fashion event.

Debbie Wingham said: “I love fashion and I adore working with children – I have three of my own.

“So it’s extremely rewarding to be able to combine two of my greatest passions and pass on my experience and knowledge to the next generation of young designers.

“The young people of Liverpool are extremely talented and have come up with some absolutely amazing designs. Who knows, you may indeed have the next Giorgio Armani or Donatella Versace in your midst.

“I’m sure the city will be very proud to see what their youngsters have created and that their designs will light up the runway on July 4.”

The workshops are part of the designer’s creative academy, Future of Fashion, which aims to help youngsters learn new creative skills and gain confidence through a series of design activities. Pupils learn skills including upcycling, template and pattern-making skills, design and mood-board techniques.

Fashion design student Poppy Chantler, 19, said: “Debbie was so encouraging and friendly. She gave us all great advice, not just on our designs, but also how to break into such a tough industry like fashion.

“I loved working in such a fast-paced way as we had to design and create a red carpet gown in only two days, so it was nerve-wracking, but incredibly exciting at the same time and everyone came up with a variety of great garments and I can’t wait to showcase mine with Debbie during London Fashion Week!”

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Who needs heels when you can look this hot in sneakers?!

Before you head to the local mall to pick up your latest pair of shoes, perhapsAshley Madekwe could influence your final purchase.

The Revenge star teamed up with Reebok Classics and FACE Stockholm to create a collection of shoes that fuse fashion and beauty. And based on the sexy ad campaign just released, this is one hot collaboration.

"Excited to finally reveal my campaign for the #ReebokXFACE collection!" the actress wrote on Instagram before the shoes officially go on sale July 1. "Thanks to the dream team @joeytierney, @lauren_andersen & @jrugg8 for making me look good."

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Whether posing seductively for the cameras or flashing a quick smile, the 31-year-old could definitely grab the average consumer's attention. Reebok, however, hopes everyone's eyes will glance to the footwear that aims to empower women.

For Madekwe personally, she knows it's more than important to stay in shape. As a result, you can likely find her at the gym breaking a serious sweat.

"If I'm home in Los Angeles, I aim to do Pilates or Bikram yoga three times a week," she revealed to the British edition of Women's Health magazine. "They're always a challenge, but cancellation fees are the incentive I need to make me go to class."

With that mindset and these stylish shoes, we can totally look like Madekwe just in time for summer, right?

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Designer Victoria Wright may look to the past for inspiration for her creations, but the way she’s raising funds for her Fall 2015 line is very 21st century. Wright, the owner and designer for Victoria Wright, LLC, has launched a campaign on Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.

She decided to raise capital because she learned while a resident in the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator (a designer-in-residence program run by the City of Philadelphia, Macy’s Center City, Center City District, and various educational institutions) that you can’t do much without money.

“You really need funds to push your brand to the next level and to get into people’s closets,” she said.

Through Kickstarter, Wright hopes to raise $15,000. People who “donate” are actually pre-ordering the pieces from her line, and with a discount, she said.Wright, a graduate of Moore College of Art and Design, has done freelance design work and internships. After her year with the Fashion Incubator, she’s eager to continue to help her fashion career bloom. She has always dreamed of having her own business. Growing up in New Britain Township near Doylestown, Wright knew she would be some kind of artist.

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“I was always drawing and I always loved to draw women in dresses,” she said. “One day it hit me, when I was 12 or 13, that I could do that as a career. I can make these pretty dresses.”

Wright thinks fashion is more than functional.

“When I put on a dress that makes me feel good, that makes my day that much better. Clothes can give you confidence,” she said. “It’s also a great artistic form of expression. It’s interesting to see how different people express themselves.”

Wright describes her design style as contemporary. She likes to create pieces that mix with what people might already have in their wardrobes. Her Fall 2015 line is inspired by Audrey Hepburn and has a 1960s Paris feel, she said. She also took some inspiration from 1960s spy movies and TV shows like “Mad Men.”

The line features black and white prints, some pieces with floral motifs. They’re not “overly girly,” she said, and “they’re bold and modern.” Some of the fabric she’s using comes from France. She’s aiming to make sophisticated looks that give a nod to the past, but also have contemporary touches, like cutouts and exposed zippers.

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There may be rumors surrounding Pippa Middleton involving a possible engagement to Nico Jackson, but the 31-year-old sister to the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, does not seem to be worrying about that right now. Pippa Middleton has just announced her newest venture, and this time she will be showing off her design skills.

The stylish sister to Kate Middleton has recently partnered with fashion designer Tabitha Webb to create a clothing line together that will help raise money for the British Heart Foundation. We think it’s great whenever celebrities use their position and talents to give back and we are sure this will be a great opportunity for Pippa Middleton, who has always been quite stylish, to show off her own skill set as a designer.

Together, Pippa Middleton and Tabitha Webb have designed a limited edition dress and a matching scarf, both of which are covered in a floral print. The proceeds will go to the British Heart Foundation.

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In addition to her new designer job, Pippa Middleton will be participating in the 40th annual bike ride from London to Brighton, England to help raise money for the charity, and also increase the awareness of cardiovascular disease. The bike ride will take place on June 21.

Pippa Middleton released a statement and said, “As an ambassador for the British Heart Foundation, I wanted to do something different and exciting on behalf of this inspiring charity. I’m really looking forward to taking part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride this month and am thrilled I was able to collaborate with Tabitha on this project to help raise additional funds and awareness for the charity.”

Tabitha Webb also spoke about the collaboration and revealed that she was honored to be a part of it. She says, “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Pippa throughout the designing process and we are delighted with the outcome. The dress is perfect for the summer — either worn with a denim jacket and pumps for a casual look or dressed up with heels for a special occasion.”

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Fashionistas, be prepared for an online stampede in a few weeks. Hundreds of women will be poised and ready to do battle online. Those who hit the "Add To Cart" button fast enough will be able to grab a limited-edition 20-piece collection of ready-to-wear clothes, including fit & flare skirts and shift dresses.

Indonesian fashion designer Tex Saverio, whose flamboyant creations have been worn by singer Lady Gaga and reality TV starlet Kim Kardashian, is one- half of the creative brains behind this collection.

The other half is Love, Bonito, a home-grown online retailer run by Ms Rachel Lim, 28, and Ms Viola Tan, 31. Just like Sweden has H&M and America has Forever 21, Love, Bonito is the local version of fast fashion, catering to 20somethings who want trendy wear without having to break the bank.

Even with Saverio's name on the collection, every piece is under $200. Dresses, shoes and bags in Love, Bonito's catalogue range between $28 and $89.

Love, Bonito co-founders Rachel Lim (left) and Viola Tan (right). -- ST PHOTO: TIFFANY GOH

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Co-owner and founder Lim, who heads the design, creative and marketing teams, draws the line between their offerings and cheap online stores. "We want to give customers value for money, so we pay close attention to everything, right down to the finishing."

The former trainee teacher with no formal training but oodles of passion for fashion design heads the design team, which turns out wearable outfits. They look at fit and form themselves, rather than leave it to the manufacturer. "We try on all the clothes we design, and bend, stretch and try reaching for stuff to make sure it's a good fit. We pick materials that are comfortable for the heat in Singapore."

Every four days, the team puts out eight to 12 new designs, which include sexy bodycon dresses, jumpsuits, bags and shoes - all tagged with the motto "Empowering Confidence Through Style".

Ms Tan, also a former teacher who now heads its business development, finance and logistics team, adds: "We don't skimp on fabric or workmanship. Our sell-out launches are a testament to our customers' satisfaction level and faith in us."

It is a mantra that seems to have resonated with young women who fill up their virtual shopping cart with 3,000 to 5,000 packages every week, which are sent around the world. The company operates out of a 5,500 sq ft space in an industrial building in Kallang Pudding Road, spread out over two floors that include offices, a packaging room and a studio to shoot new looks. It will soon open brick-and- mortar boutiques in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Ms Lim and Ms Tan have come a long way from teenagers hawking second-hand clothes online from their bedrooms. Back then, there were three of them.

In the early days of the online marketplace in 2006, Ms Tan and her younger sister Velda teamed up with their churchmate Ms Lim to sell their unwanted clothes on SGSellTrade. They posed in their own clothes and put up pictures online. They moved to their own LiveJournal page a month later, setting up BonitoChico, the predecessor to Love, Bonito.

Ms Tan says they learnt how to manage a small business from scratch, which included working the iBanking systems and keeping track of mailing orders.

Selling clothes online was a way for them to earn extra pocket money. Their parents were affected by the 1997 Asian financial crisis and the three girls felt the need to supplement the household income.

Ms Lim's father ran a ship-broking business which took a "big hit" during the recession and later became a taxi driver, while her mother worked two jobs at one point - secretary in the day and bak kwa seller at night to support their three children.

Ms Tan's father stopped working as an insurance agent and turned to driving a taxi, while her mother worked as a bank officer.

Ms Tan, the eldest of three daughters, says: "I got only $15 a week to spend in junior college. I couldn't even go to McDonald's for a meal. We were not desolate, but we had to be more thrifty. If we wanted material things, we had to get it ourselves."

The part-time business venture drew a following and spurred their entrepreneurial spirit. In their first year of business, they usually made about $500 a month, but could get $1,000 in a good month.

Ms Tan says: "The three of us have vastly different styles, so our customers had so much choice and kept asking for more. So we used the money from the first sales to buy clothes from Bangkok and Hong Kong."

Working on what she calls a "manageable schedule" amid school and work, Ms Lim recalls staying up late to pack clothes to be mailed out. They would send out 20 to 70 packages in a week. She was studying at Meridian Junior College then, while Ms Tan was doing a degree in English Literature at Nanyang Technological University.

But something had to give, even as interest in their blogshop grew. Ms Lim says: "My studies did suffer a little, but I never thought I was good academically. This was something fun to do. I liked talking to customers and making sure they got the orders."

They also enlisted the help of friends and family members to send out orders. Even if their parents were a little unsure of what the business was about, they chipped in. Ms Tan says: "Our houses were like warehouses. The clothes were all over the house. Our parents nagged us but they gave us our blessings as we were quite persistent about it. We were financially independent."

In 2009, BonitoChico was voted Best Blog Shop at the Asia Pacific Blog Awards. The following year, the threesome decided to leave their blogshop days behind and relaunch as Love, Bonito.

Going into the business full-time meant leaving the career path of becoming teachers. Ms Lim had to break her bond while Ms Tan, who had just completed her four-year teaching bond with the Ministry of Education, says: "It was scary because we were giving up something secure to do something so volatile."

But with a four-year headstart, Love, Bonito was miles ahead of the competition.

Instead of bulk-buying clothes from Bangkok or Hong Kong, they designed their own. Ms Lim says: "It was about rebranding, to move away from that blogshop stigma. There were hundreds of blogshops, importing the same designs from the same places."

Despite having no fashion design training, Ms Lim works with mood boards and "sketching the best as they could". A middleman in China translated their designs to a factory there. There are now three others who work with her in the design team.

The brand took off spectacularly. When they launched their first collection, the website crashed due to high traffic, even though they had prepared the server to handle a few thousand customers.

Ms Tan says: "We didn't dare think of doing another collection because we had to deal with very angry customers. But we learnt from that experience and were well prepared for the next launch."

The company, which has about 35 staff, has 121,000 "Likes" on its Facebook page and 67,000 Instagram followers. It won the SME Asia Award 2013/2014 from The Asian Business Journal and The Trade and Industry Association. Its annual warehouse sale, started in 2010 when Love, Bonito was launched, draws hordes of women.

When Love, Bonito launched its first collaborative line with French couture designer Julien Fournie in 2013, it scored points for bringing high fashion to the masses. Seven pieces from the limited-edition collection of about 15 looks were sold out.

And despite Ms Velda Tan leaving in 2013 to pursue her own interests - she remains a stakeholder in the business - Love, Bonito has grown.

It opens its first brick-and-mortar store this month in Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur and will open a store in Indonesia soon. The catalogue this year will include a maternity and sportswear line.

Ms Tan and Ms Lim shy away from being called fashion moguls. Ms Tan says: "I won't say we're a giant in the fashion industry. Fashion is always changing and we've so much to grow still."

But they still get a kick out of spotting women wearing their designs on the streets. Ms Lim says: "When we see them, we catch their eye and nod at them. They always look good."

Viola on Rachel: She's a go-getter

Love, Bonito's Viola Tan calls her co-founder Rachel Lim the "life of every party" who knows what she wants.

"You can't be around her and not feel enthusiastic about what is to come," says Ms Tan, who has known her since they were children at the same church in Kembangan.

She also calls her childhood friend a "go-getter" who is steadfast. "Rachel is loyal and extremely firm when it comes to her beliefs. She's a constant in my life and will always be."

As the two of them are being interviewed together, it is clear that as business partners, they are a perfect fit. While Ms Lim is outspoken and forward, Ms Tan ponders her answers, often nodding in agreement with her partner.

The latter, who handles Love, Bonito's business development, finances and logistics, says: "Rachel and I complement each other. We're constantly talking about the present and future of the business, so we both know the game plan.

"Also, the both of us can't talk at once, so I'm more comfortable having Rachel speak up."

Perhaps, with Ms Tan's sister, Velda, leaving the business, the two have had to close ranks.

Velda, 28, left two years ago, but launched Collate The Label, a womenswear line at the recent Singapore Fashion Week - the same time that Love, Bonito launched its Tex Saverio collaboration.

The elder sister says simply: "Change is hard but without it, there won't be growth. We began as a blogshop with Velda and she'll always be part of the brand's heritage."

The sisters do not see each other as often as before as they no longer work together, and Velda is married. They have a younger sister Vanya, who is an air stewardess.

Ever the perfectly poised fashionista, Ms Viola Tan is quick to dispel rumours of sibling rivalry, saying that her sister texted her before the catwalk show for Collate The Label to say she was nervous. Both Ms Tan and Ms Lim went to see the show too.

Says Ms Tan with a smile: "We're very supportive of each other. Nothing's changed. She's my sister and I love her."

The Nanyang Girls' High School and Raffles Junior College alumna has worked her way to the top. Aside from Love, Bonito, she has been an ambassador for Japanese skincare company SK-II for the past five years and gets invitations to work with other companies.

The bachelorette owns a condominium unit in the East and drives a Mercedes C180 Coupe - a long way from sharing a room with her sisters at the family's two-room condominium in Choa Chu Kang.

She has 38,900 followers on Instagram, where she shares everything from pictures of her dog to her daily eats and holiday snaps.

She says: "Social media is an art. Whether you have 10 followers or a million followers, the rules are still the same. Discretion, courtesy and a good dose of common sense."

Rachel on Viola: She's a thinker

As the only daughter in a family of five, Ms Rachel Lim considers business partner Viola Tan her sister.

Growing up with two brothers - the older one works as a missionary in Thailand, while the younger is waiting to go to law school in the United Kingdom - she was more of a tomboy then.

Ms Lim, who grew up in a three-room condominium apartment in Simei, says: "It was never quiet at home. My family is boisterous and outgoing."

Meeting the Tan sisters at church gave her a sisterhood of sorts. She says: "It was love at first sight for us and we hung out together in a group."

Their friendship helped run Love, Bonito smoothly and even as they grew into their own, she says they are not competitve about anything.

"I grew up with Viola. She's like a sister to me, always taking care of me and wanting the best for me. I've always turned to her for advice whenever I have personal or work problems."

Ms Lim, who is more outspoken, appreciates Ms Tan's "big heart" when it comes to running the business. She says: "Viola doesn't dwell on petty issues or bear grudges. Anyone who has met her cannot help but agree that she's gracious both in demeanour and the way she deals with others."

Ms Tan's quieter disposition may lead some to think that she is "unapproachable or fierce". Ms Lim says: "People might misunderstand because they don't know her, so I tell her to open up and force her to speak up."

They bring their yin and yang personalities to the job with their different working styles. Ms Lim says: "Viola's a thinker and I'm on the go. I need things to be done immediately but, with her, there's much more balance."

Indeed, that spontaneous streak has done Ms Lim, a former trainee teacher, much good. Starting the business meant breaking a Ministry of Education bond - a five-figure sum she had to ask her parents to pay first.

She says: "My parents thought I was crazy and didn't talk to me for a few days when I told them I was leaving school. But I was very sure I wanted to do this, even with the risk involved.

"I'm still young, so there's time for me to go back to school. But if I miss this opportunity to grow my business, I would regret it forever."

Single and in a relationship, she owns a condominium apartment in the East and drives her own car.

Her Instagram account has 75,000 followers, some of whom compliment her "elegant" style when she snaps pictures of herself in yoga poses, hobnobbing with celebrities or in her Love, Bonito outfits.

Even though she no longer runs a blogshop with small orders, she personally replies to fans who write her an e-mail or comment on her Instagram.

The exercise buff, who works out at home five times a week, tries to find release from the online world. She says: "I try to spend time unplugged, to read and reflect. I think it's really important not to be consumed by the smartphone. Balance is key."

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Top French fashion designer Yannick Machado graced the crowning night of “Miss Seychelles…Another World” 2015 that took place on May 30.

Mr. Machado started designing since the age of 12. He was born in Lyon France and had a proper fashion education at Supdemod France.

He then started working for top French designers whereby he learned more about the fashion world.

“Seven years ago I moved to China. At first I started teaching in a fashion university then I developed my own brand,” he said.

With more than 10 years in fashion designing, Mr. Machado said he has always been interested in elegance, clothes and fabrics.

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The style I wanted to do was what the Chinese were asking for - customized designs, he added.

He started off with private clientele mainly based in China, Taiwan and Singapore, his creativity soon inspired his first couture collection comprising high-end bridal and evening wears.

“I set up my studio in Beijing, Shanghai and I recently started my men’s line,” he said.

Mr. Machado added that he targets people who socialize because it is always risky for them to have an outfit that is potentially not the same as someone else.

By having a highly customized design, they can be reassured that no one else will have this outfit, he added.

“Every single client of mine inspire me. I get from their personalities and events they are attending,” he said.

Some of the top celebrities who have worn his designs Lin ChiLing from Taiwan, Fann Wong of Singapore and Chen from China.

Miss Seychelles…Another World 2012 Sherlyn Furneau, who was the mistress of ceremony for the crowning night was wearing one of Mr. Machado’s designs.

“I believe the one who will win this year’s crown will have to be able to represent Seychelles all the time, be clear when she speaks, elegant and poised.

“It is not judge a pretty face but also the body language is a vital component,” he added.

Mr. Machado has been asked to design a few outfits for the Miss Seychelles…Another World 2014 Camila Estico and the one who will be crowned on Saturday as part of the Miss Seychelles campaign in China. One of its aims is to build up Miss Seychelles’ image in China, thus to further promote Seychelles as one of the best travel destinations.

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Mr. Brenu who design for the 1981 fashion design outfit , noted that when these products are patronised it will go a long way to help invigorate the fashion industry to stand tall to compete at the international level and also contribute significantly to the socioeconomic development. And create jobs for stakeholders in industry.

“Without support the industry will not grow. Since it takes a lot of money, pains and stress to come out with fashion designs”, he added.

The Ghanaian fashion designer based in Milan, disclosed this during the official launch of 1891; clothing line in Accra .

Adding that, countries such as Nigeria and South African strongly support their fashion design industries.

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He expressed worried about manner in which numerous Ghanaians always travel outside the country just to purchase fashion designs.

He said, it is in this regard, he decided to return home to showcase the experience he acquired from the fashion industry whiles in Italy to in order to satiate the needs of the good people of Ghana.

This he said, Inspiration is drawn from the geometric aesthetics of Ghanaian traditional symbols and art, modern design and architecture combined with Italian craftsmanship with emphasis on fit, comfort and ease of wear. “African designs are not always about wax prints”, he noted.

The Designer was an alumni of the prestigious Parsons School of Design and Istituto Marangoni.He has designed for renowned brands such as Mila Schön and Ports 1961.

However the event was sponsored by Mercedes Benz attracted both Ghanaian and international fashion design patrons and stakeholders.

1981 is a contemporary Ghanaian fashion brand founded/ launched in 2012 by Nana K. Brenu.In its essence, 1981 brand’s sensibility is echoed through CONTRADICTION, achieved by using contrasting materials, textures and cut, while exploring contrasting ideas and themes.

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Top French fashion designer Yannick Machado graced the crowning night of Miss Seychelles…another world 2015 that took place on May 30.

Mr Machado started designing since the age of 12. He was born in Lyon France and had a proper fashion education at Supdemod France.

He then started working for top French designers whereby he learned more about the fashion world.

“Seven years ago I moved to China. At first I started teaching in a fashion university then I developed my own brand,” he said.

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With more than 10 years in fashion designing, Mr Machado said he has always been interested in elegance, clothes and fabrics.

The style I wanted to do was what the Chinese were asking for ̶ customised designs, he added.

He started off with private clientele mainly based in China, Taiwan and Singapore, his creativity soon inspired his first couture collection comprising high-end bridal and evening wears.

“I set up my studio in Beijing, Shanghai and I recently started my men line,” he said.

Mr Machado added that he targets people who socialise because it is always risky for them to have an outfit that is potentially not the same as someone else.

By having a highly customised design, they can be reassured that no one else will have this outfit, he added.

“Every single client of mine inspire me. I get from their personalities and events they are attending,” he said.

Some of the top celebrities who have worn his designs Lin ChiLing from Taiwan, Fann Wong of Singapore and Chen Chen from China.

Miss Seychelles…another world 2012 Sherlyn Furneau, who was the mistress of ceremony for the crowning night was wearing one of Mr Machado’s designs.

“I believe the one who will win this year’s crown will have to be able to represent Seychelles all the time, be clear when she speaks, elegant and poised.”

“It is not judge a pretty face but also the body language is a vital component,” he added.

Mr Machado has been asked to design a few outfits for the Miss Seychelles…another world 2014 Camila Estico and the one who will be crowned on Saturday as part of the Miss Seychelles campaign in China. One of its aims is to build up Miss Seychelles’ image in China, thus to further promote Seychelles as one of the best travel destinations.

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While fashions come and go, one designer and her styles stand the test of time. Eileen Fisher, who operates out of Irvington-NY, has chosen to stay true to her vision for decades, refusing to fall whimsy to changing trends.

“I talk about timeless design, something that transcends the moment but somehow belongs to the moment,” she said. “How much do we be in this moment and how long will the moment last?”

For years, her focus has been to design simple, comfortable pieces using sustainable materials that women can wear on many occasions. It hasn’t always been easy but by being steadfast to her vision, she’s grown her company, which sells items in more than 60 Eileen Fisher stores in 21 states,to $429 million and amassed a small fortune along the way.

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By our calculations, Fisher, who owns 65% of the company (her employees own the other 35% through an employee stock ownership program) is worth just over $210 million. With that net worth, she is one of several female entrepreneurs involved in lifestyle businesses (others include Martha Stewart and the two founders of Vera Bradley) who just missed the cut for Forbes’ first ever list of top 50 richest self-made women.

“When I started designing, I was a clothing designer trying to solve the problem of women getting dressed and how to make it simpler, rather than finding the next cute style,” Fisher said. “I think we struggle to stay true to that as we get larger.”

Fisher says one key to her success, besides her focus, has been viewing challenges as opportunities. In 1984, then a 33-year-old graphic artist living in New York City, she took a risk, starting her own women’s clothing line with just $350 to invest.Her first line – which consisted of four pieces: a box top, crop pant, tunic and shell top — didn’t sell well at her first boutique show. Fisher, however, didn’t lose hope or focus. She revised her designs and made more clothes, borrowing money from family and friends.Three months later, at the next boutique show, she sold $40,000 worth of clothing. “That was the official launch of the business,” she said. “I knew I had an idea that had potential.”

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