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She'll "Take You There!"

CHELSEY O'NEILL

Albeit a #1, hit song, performed by gospel greats, The Staple Singers (1972)... "Take You There," is also the title of 22 year old, Chelsey O'Neill's personal style blog!!!

On a daily basis, O'Neill gives fans a peek into her plethora of artistic ideas... literally, taking them on a wardrobe journey. Let's have a look, shall we?! 
 
1) Who are you, and what do you plan to accomplish with your talent?
I am a 22 year old, fashion promotion student (currently living in London), and I have a fashion blog [called, Take You There]. My blog is about my personal style [and]  I plan to continue working towards a job within the fashion industry;  I’m not sure which area yet (maybe PR or styling), I’m still having fun exploring my options, at the moment.                                                                                                                      
2) When did people start to notice your potential?
I will never forget the person that first noticed I had a creative talent… it was my ‘year five’ teacher at primary school, she told my mum that I would become very good at fine art; I didn’t believe her at the time.  I then went [to] secondary school (forgetting what my ‘year five’ teacher told me), [and] I started to enjoy and get excited about art. By ‘year 8,’ I was chosen -along with a few, more students- to take my GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education), in Art and Design, three years early.  This was when I began to really enjoy being creative; I would paint for hours on end.  My interest in fashion has always been there too, but I didn’t really begin to think of choosing it as a career, until a few years ago.                                                                      

3) Where is your career headed next?
I plan to intern in as many, different areas within the fashion industry, as I can.  After university, I plan to have a career in my chosen area; I also hope to still have my blog and for it to be well-known.    


***For more information about Chelsey O'Neill, please visit her website, at: www.take-you-there.blogspot.com. 

One Diverse Fashion

ODF  

Living in a world that's full of a vast majority of people, it's only right that we acknowledge each other's heritage and culture(s)... and that's the mantra of Nicholas Amfo, the creative mind behind the British brand, ODF.

Amfo shared some of his ideals with us... and now, we share them with you. Enjoy!

 
1) Team ODF, how are you all doing?!
We’re very well, thank you! Every day is a new opportunity to reach your goals!                                                                                                                                                                       

2) For those who may not know, what does ODF stand for?
ODF is short, for OneDiverse Fashion. This name is perfect for the brand, as it represents the fact that one piece of clothing can be expressed differently, by every individual; ‘One,’ because we are united, and ‘Diverse,’ because of the variety of styles that can work with each of our garments.
                                             
3) Where did the concept of the brand come from?
We generated ideas from lifestyle, art and British culture; this has been the foundation for the brand [since] it began, in 2007.

4) Why did you all start your fashion business in London… and not somewhere else, like New York City, New York?
We grew up seeing different trends in fashion, not just in the UK, but worldwide. As mentioned before, British culture has had a big influence on our style, and as we were born and bred in London, we thought the best place to start was in our hometown!

5) What can customers expect from the ODF family?!
A range of cultural clothes that correlate with our concept, ‘One Diverse Fashion.’ Regardless of religion, culture, gender and background, we want everyone to be able to identify with the brand.

***For more information about ODF, please visit their website, at: www.odfclothing.com.

Pink Pearl PR

TALIA BECKETT

Getting set for the festivities happening over in London, gal-about-town, Talia Beckett, gives us an inside view into the eye of marketing and public relations!

She's on-the-rise, within her field, and she has her mind set on doing, even more; take a look and see... 

1) Hi, Talia! How are you?
Fantastic, thank you! I’m currently in London, England (as we are doing this interview), waiting for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to get started.
                                                                                                                                                                               
2) So, you’re the OWNER of Pink Pearl PR… how does it feel to have that title and responsibility?!
Being the owner of a PR agency, means that I’m in charge of my own successes and failures, so it’s fabulous and stressful at the same time. Every day is different… from working with clients in fashion [to] jewelry, textiles, art and of course, many, amazing journalists who make my job possible!                                                                          
3) What is your definition of luxury, and where does it resonate in your life?
For me, “luxury” means indulging in the little things! I love being involved with so many, new businesses and showcasing the extravagance and details that go into their products. I also get to experience luxury through sampling so many, new, up-and-coming designer labels [that] I represent (a perk of working in PR).                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                     
4) When did you realize that marketing and public relations was the field of work for you?
When I first decided to go to University, I wanted to become a lawyer of all things (Legally Blond, movie moment)! I quickly changed my mind when I saw how exciting the world of marketing can be; you are constantly interacting with a range of exciting brands, meeting new people, attending events and traveling. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, I’ve been building up my PR business in London after completing my Masters Degree here and really enjoying the experience, so far. Business is growing faster than I imagined, and I might need to hire some more staff in September! I’m undeniably a social butterfly and very passionate about what I do for a living… I wouldn’t change a thing.
                                                                                                                                   
5) Why do you think that London continues to be at the forefront of the international, fashion industry?
London has an amazing fashion scene, and it’s hard not to become immersed in the culture and opportunities; the London markets are hidden gems and not something we have in Canada. London Fashion Week was fantastic this year and we had some fabulous brands [to] participate! Apart from events, simply taking a walk down the street in East London, you could create a fashion look-book (snapping photos of the unique outfits people are wearing). London is the core of the fashion industry because of its location within Europe and its amazing mix of cultures that provide inspiration and constant change.                          

***For more information about Talia Beckett and Pink Pearl PR, please visit her online, at: www.Twitter.com/mrktpassion, www.Facebook.com/marketTHIS.

Shop MIINTO.com

MIINTO  
 
Yes, I know... the name is very eye-catching, and kind of throws you off-guard, but there's nothing disturbing about this e-tailer (www.miinto.com), that is co-owned and operated by wunderkind, Mike Radoor.

Here's what he has to say about the brand and the business...

 
1) Hey, what’s up?!
Hey, STYLE 101! This is Mike Radoor, Founder of Miinto.               
                                                                                                                           
2) Please, tell us a little bit about your background, and why fashion interests you?
Well, I was born in 1986 (in Denmark), and I have studied at Copenhagen Business School; I have two, Cambridge University exams, plus, a bunch of scholarships for being a part of something called, Young Enterprise (build your own business while you do your studies). I have loved fashion since I was about 11 years old; I was a very, talented soccer player in Denmark, and all of the kids on my team knew how to dress (or, it was something the parents pushed them for). So [at] a very young age, I started looking for the ‘perfect’ item… I have always had this WANT, for finding unique styles. I have been traveling the world -with Miinto- as the leading co-founder and International Sales Coach; it all comes down to my social surroundings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       
3) Who came up with the idea of MIINTO… and when did you all expand to London territory?
Miinto.com, was developed from an idea, generated by me and my childhood friend, Konrad Kierklo. In 2009, I won 2nd Prize in the Danish National YoungEnterprise Competition, and we attracted the attention of successful businessmen, Carsten Mikkelsen (angel investor in the London-based, Internet success, Just-Eat.com and several, other European start-ups), and Jesper Buch (leading co-founder of Just-Eat.com). After nine months of existence, we decided to start Miinto, in Norway [and] very soon, also Sweden, and then it just took off. This day -three to five years after we started- we are represented in seven countries, and six more countries in 2013; we came to London in 2011.                
                                                                                                            
4) How do you want customer’s to feel, after they make a purchase from your store?
Unique! We want our customers to feel that they made a purchase directly from a local, specialty store. The feeling you get walking out of a New York, specialty store, is just [memorable] forever. Knowing you just got a unique style from a local, specialty store, is what fashion is all about; the feeling. Of course, we also want our customers to feel happy, safe and taken good care of, but that is secondary to the unique feeling first mentioned.              
                                                                                                                      
5) Who are some celebrities that you consider to be the ideal MIINTO client(s)??
Kanye West, Usher, Kate Moss, Leonardo DiCaprio [et al.].


***For more information about Mike Radoor and Miinto, please visit their website, at: www.miinto.com.

#KnowTheDifference

REAL vs. FAKE

In light of the recent story that Women's Wear Daily ran, regarding the $44M settlement in favor of Coach (suing a number of people that sold fake, Coach bags), I decided to post a little note on 'knowing the difference.'
(real Coach bag, vs. fake Coach bag)

First and foremost, there are plenty of us, out here, who probably wouldn't know what a fake Coach bag (or any bag, for that matter), would look like, because the copyright infringers do it so well, lol.
:-/
(fake Coach bag, details.)

Yet, there are tell-tale-signs of when a product is fake-or-authentic... e.g., the company producing the product, will always (most certainly) make sure their 'logo' is aligned and repeated in a clear-and-consistent format (see the Louis Vuitton item, below)...
(Louis Vuitton, Saumur bag. Retails for $1,200. USD)

...as well, the company producing the product, will always (most certainly) use top-of-the-line hardware (read: accoutrement's), to hold the product together, i.e. handles, stitching, grommets, rivets, zippers, etc. (see the Versace item, below)...

(Versace, Vanitas purse. Retails for $2,700. USD)

And, lastly (but not the least among this issue), the company producing the product, will always (most certainly) sell the product at an accurate, retail price; and yes, although the price(s) may be 'expensive,' it's because of the craftsmanship, dedication to service and creativity that goes into the actual design and production of each, designer item (see the Burberry item, below)...
(Burberry, Car coat. Retails for $1,500. USD)

The best way to call this stuff to mind, is to think of it as fast-food... you'd go to a drive-thru because you want a quick-fix, BUT, you wouldn't dare go to a drive-thru for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner... I'm just saying, lol.
;-P

#KnowTheDifference

Enjoy, and be blessed, xo!
Avon!

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References:
www.google.com, www.wwd.com, www.coach.com, www.louisvuitton.com, www.versace.com, www.burberry.com

Carine's Digest...

CR FASHION BOOK

What we do know, so far, is that September 13, 2012, is the official launch date of Carine Roitfeld's new, fashion magazine (titled CR Fashion Book).
(Carine Roitfeld)

Back in January 2011, we reported on the seismic shift in fashion land, when it was revealed that Roitfeld was departing from VOGUE Paris, leaving Emmanuel Alt to take her place, as Editor in Chief... Fast-forward to present day, and Roitfeld has shown signs of putting together nothing-but-the-best in selecting her own staff; former, Teen Vogue Accessories Director, Shiona Turini has been tweeting-up-a-storm since being hired by Roitfeld, celebrating her latest role as CR's new, Fashion and Market Editor!

(Shiona Turini x CR Fashion Book)

For $15.00 (USD), readers can pre-order a copy of Roitfeld's publication, via a PayPal link on her website (crfashionbook.com)... PUH-LEASE take the time to support her and her fabulous team!!!
(Carine Roitfeld x CR Fashion Book)

xoxo *muah*
Avon!
;-D

***For more information on Roitfeld's project, please visit her website, www.crfashionbook.com.

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References:
www.crfashionbook.com, www.twitter.com/ShionaT

Nicole Richie x Macy's IMPULSE

IMPULSE

Recently, via her eponymous, official website, Nicole Richie announced that she will be designing a capsule collection for the Macy's, in-house label, Impulse.

(Nicole Richie x Macy's Impulse)

In an interview with Women's Wear Daily, Richie revealed that her line will have around 30 pieces available at the department store and on its website, starting in September. Richie said, “This collection has a strong mix of masculine and feminine: printed chiffon mixed with faux leathers,” she also alluded to her debut fragrance, Nicole by Nicole Richie, which too, will launch in September. In the meantime, Richie continues to design collections for the House of Harlow 1960 and Winter Kate (both of which she launched in 2009).
(Nicole Richie x House of Harlow 1960)

In describing her involvement with the fashion industry, Richie says, "Fashion gives you the ability to express yourself, your mood; it’s a creative outlet in many ways. I’ve always loved the possibility of being able to transform yourself through the way of dress."

We agree, Nicole... we agree! xo
;-)

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References:
www.nicolerichie.com, www.houseofharlow1960.com

the C.L.T

The C.L.T

If you've always wanted it... now, here's your chance...

The CÉLINE 'Luggage Tote' retails for an estimated $2,000.00+ ...B-U-T the chic, discount website, Bag Borrow Or Steal, has made it available for rent, at a much lower price.



A-list celebrities including Nicole Richie and Kourtney Kardashian, have been spotted carrying the iconic bag, and now, you can be too!!! LOL

(Kourtney Kardashian x the C.L.T)

(Nicole Richie x the C.L.T)

Go to the website, for more details, xo!
;-)

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References:
www.google.com, www.bagborroworsteal.com

Transitioning Movements...

CAROL'S DAUGHTER
So, it's official... the much-loved, natural beauty company, Carol's Daughter, has FINALLY launched their blog that's dedicated to the rejuvenation and reassurance of Black (read: Pan-African) hair!!!

For many Pan-African Women (African-American, Trinidadian, Jamaican, African, etc.), dealing with relaxed/permed or chemical-induced hairstyles can be a burden when trying to 'start over' to a 'natural hair' style...
(Carol's Daughter spokesmodel, Cassie)

Some women simply go-for-the-gusto and cut it all off (the chemical-laden parts of their hair), yet, for other women, the big chop isn't always the easy way out, for them; enter Carol's Daughter and their secondary-site, Transitioning Movement.

The blog offers 'tip & tricks,' product deals and forums where site guests can sound-off about dealing with and overcoming their natural, hair-care issues.
(Carol's Daughter spokesmodel, Solange)


Check out their information and add your voice to this movement!
:-D

xoxo,
Avon!

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References:
www.carolsdaughter.com, www.transitioningmovement.com

KENZO x Vans

SHOE MANIA

In one of the many design collaborations that the Vans sneaker company has done, over the years, they've recently teamed up with Parisian design house, KENZO!

 
Famous for their use of bold, bright prints, camouflage and striped motifs (originated by KENZO founder, Kenzo Takada), the French label will introduce a limited number of designs for the famous, footwear brand. 

Here's a look at their latest, team effort; the 'Striped Design, No. 3' for Summer 2012... in-stores NOW!!!
 

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References:
www.twitter.com, www.fashionmodeldirectory.com, www.kenzo.comwww.vans.com

Designer Spotlight x Diane von Furstenberg

DVF
(Diane von Furstenberg)

I first met Diane von Furstenberg (some years ago), at an event that my former boss allowed me to attend on his behalf (while I was interning at aRUDE magazine). It was a launch party for one of her new products (hosted at her studio), and it was there that she introduced herself to me and a group of friends; she shook our hands and said, "Hi, I'm Diane. Welcome to my place!" The funny thing is that when she said her name, she pronounced it 'dee-yawn,' and NOT 'die-ann' (which is how most people say it)... so, there's a little, interesting fact, for those who may not have known how to properly say her name.

Von Furstenberg was born on New Year's Eve (December 31, 1947), so it's no surprise that her life would soon become a full-on celebration!
(Diane von Furstenberg)

She has always been an advocate of social change and continuously chooses to represent those communities that are under-served and/or under-privileged. A vast majority of multi-cultural models are frequently featured in her runway, fashion shows, and this may be due to the fact that she -herself- is of an ethnically mixed background; her father was of Romanian descent (who immigrated to Belgium), and her mother was a Greek-born, Holocaust survivor. In a 2008 interview with The Independent (a British newspaper), von Furstenberg spoke about her mother and said, "She survived the [Holocaust] camps at the age of 22, she taught me only to look at positive things no matter what happens. She only weighed 49lb when she came out, but I was born 18 months later. I was her victory."
(Diane von Furstenberg)

As a youth, von Furstenberg grew up in Brussels -with her parents- and later studied Spanish at Madrid University (in 1965). On a holiday trip to the Swiss Alps, von Furstenberg met her husband, Prince Egon von Fürstenberg; they married in 1969 and had two children, Prince Alexandre and Princess Tatiana.
(Diane, with son, Alexandre and daughter, Tatiana. 1975)

Having divorced in the 1970's, von Furstenberg was no longer entitled to the full benefits of using her last name, but that did not hinder her climb to international prominence and success. In 1974, she created what is best-known as the 'wrap-dress,' an article of clothing -designed for women- that is opened and closed by wrapping/unwrapping one side of the dress' fabric to the other (from around the waist).
(Diane von Furstenberg, 'wrap dress.')

Although her ex-husband dabbled in the fashion design business as well (under the label, Egon Von Fürstenberg), it was her company (now, simply known as DVF), that would become renown; by the late 1970's, she had sold more than 3 Million dresses and had become an artistic muse for creative connoisseurs such as Andy Warhol.
(Andy Warhol portrait of Diane. 1970's)

Fast-forward to the 2000's and von Furstenberg has found herself re-married (now, to media mogul, Barry Diller), and her eponymous, fashion label is still at the top of the pops!
(Diane, with husband, Diller.)

In 2006, she became the President of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), and has used her platform to advocate for the fashion industry to utilize and promote 'healthier' and more 'diverse' models in fashion-related projects (especially during Fashion Week).
 
The CFDA says, "In January 2007, [we] formed a health initiative to address what has become a global fashion issue: the overwhelming concern about whether some models are unhealthily thin, and whether or not to impose restrictions in such cases. The CFDA Health Initiative is committed to the notion of a healthy mind in a healthy body, and there cannot be one without the other. The industry is determined to foster a balanced approach to nutrition, recreation, exercise, work, and relationships."

The aforementioned sounds exactly like the words von Furstenberg would use on a daily basis; her website and Twitter feed are ripe with positive quotes and affirmations, such as, "Nature is the source of strength," and, "...love is life!"
(DVF quotes)

At the tender age of 65, von Furstenberg has shown no signs of slowing down, and she readily admits to her reluctance of using plastic surgery in order to stay young; she is an avid spiritualist and Yoga enthusiast. However, she did hire French-born designer, Yvan Mispelaere -a few season ago- to aide as her Creative Director for the brand; Mispelaere has previously worked at the houses of Féraud, Chloé, Prada, et al.
(Diane, with label mate, Mispelaere. Spring 2011)

Diane von Furstenberg has celebrated 38 years of the 'wrap dress,' and we -here at STYLE 101- look forward to more, fabulous fashion from her and her DVF design house... ^___^

xoxo,
Avon!
  
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References:
www.google.com, www.dvf.com, www.independent.co.uk, www.vogue.co.uk, www.fashionmodeldirectory.com

Model Tendencies

Channing Tatum x Dolce & Gabbana
Being as though this is a busy week for Mr. Tatum (including the fact that we already featured him, here), I thought that it would be great to take a look back at the many ways he was photographed for the iconic, luxury fashion label, Dolce & Gabbana... xoxo!

ENJOY!!!
;-D





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References:
www.google.com, www.channingtatumunwrapped.com