Designer Tuesday-Giorgio Armani

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Birth Name: Giorgio Armani

Born: July 11,1934 Piacenza, Italy of Italian descent

*Studied 3 years of medical school and worked in a military hospital

*Went to work at La Rinasonte as a window dresser in Milan after leaving the military

*Sometime in the 1960’s began working with designer Nino Cerruti designing meanswear and freelancing for other manufacturers

*In July 1975 Armani and his friend, Sergio Galeotti created Giorgio Armani S.p.A introducing menswear and then women’s wear the following year

*Became popular in the 80’s after his “power suits” for men appeared on the show Miami Vice and movie American Gigolo

*In 1985, Galeotti died of AIDS leaving Armani to become both designer and Executive Director of his line

*In1989 opened his first restaurant in Italy

*Was found guilty in 1990 of bribing Italian tax officials in 1989 and 1990

*In 1990 had over 200 stores worldwide and annual sales near $2 billion

*2010 opened first hotel in Dubai

*Today, Armani’s collection can be found in 37 countries and he has an estimated worth of just under $8 billion

Did You Know:
*Armani was the first designer to ban working with models with a body mass under 18 after model Ana Carolina Reston suffered with anorexia nervosa

*Samsung partnered with Armani to create the Giorgio Armani phone

*Designed many of the costumes for Lady Gaga’s “Monster Ball” and “Born This Way” tour

http://www.wikipedia.org http://www.biography.com

Designer Tuesday- Jimmy Choo

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Birth Name: Jimmy Choo Yeang Keat

Born: November 15, 1948 in George Town, Penang, Malaysia of Asian descent

*Made his first shoe at the age of 11 years old with the help of his father

* Graduated from Cordwainers Technical College in Hackney (now part of the London College of Fashion) in 1983

*Worked at a restaurant and shoe store cleaning to support himself through school

*After finishing school in 1986, Choo opened his first shoe store

*By 1988 Choo started to receive recognition for his designs and was featured in an 8 page spread of Vogue.

*In 1996 he co-founded Jimmy Choo Ltd with British Vogue magazine accessories editor Tamara Mellon

*In April 2001, Choo sold his 50% stake in the company for £10 million and decided to concentrate on his couture line
-Mellon oversees the “Ready to Wear” that includes accessories and handbags

*Merchandise can be found in over 150 outlets and 32 countries

Did You Know?
*Choo’s last name was incorrectly spelled on his birth certificate and instead of “Chow” he received the name “Choo”

* He is working on a shoemaking institute in Malaysia

*He lives in London and has a son and daughter

*Received recognition from Princess Diana of Wales in 1990 that helped further boosted his image

Designer Tuesday-Tracy Reese

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Birth Name: Tracy Reese
Born: February 12, 1964 in Detroit Michigan

* Became interested in fashion when she was a little girl watching her mother sew

* Attended Parsons School for Design in Manhattan 1982

*After graduating with an accelerated degree in 1984, Reese worked for a small contemporary firm called Arlequin under French designer Martine Sitbo to gain her first fashion designing experience

*In 1986 left Arlequin to start her own line at the age of 23 with the financial backing of her father
-by 1989 all though she had some success, there was not enough revenue to meet her production costs, and was forced to close her business

*Was hired at Perry Ellis as a design director for Women’s Portfolio with the help of an old classmate and who was also Vice President of design, Marc Jacobs

*Sometime in the early 1990’s Reese won a head-designer job with a new label called Magaschoni, a Hong Kong manufacturer
– produced clothes for Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and others

*Received an exclusive deal with The Limited in 1995, which funded her first contemporary sportswear label, Tracy Reese Meridian (later changed to “Tracy Reese”)

*Meridian debut in 1996 featuring bright fun colors for resort wear

*In 1998 created “Plenty,” her second label that consisted of Bohemian style looks

* In 2004 launched “Plenty Home,” a line of bedding, curtains, and throws

*Opened first flagship store in Manhattan in 2006

*Third label was created in 2009 and called “Tracy Reese Black Label” which features a more sexier line

* Her lines became available at major department store such as Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Anthropologie, Modcloth, and Nordstrom

* Opened second store 2011 in Tokyo

* To date, has partnered with several companies over the years that include
-Tracy Reese for HUE hosiery/Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen/ Plenty by Tracy Reese for Keds

Did You Know?
*Reese thought she would be an architect or an interior designer

*Reese’s designs are inspired by her love of music and travelling

* Dressed First Lady, Michelle Obama in a custom made Tracy Reese outfit for her 2012 DNC Convention Speech.

*Is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) since 2000, and has severed as a member of the Board of Directors since 2007

http://www.fashionencyclopedia.com
http://www.wikipedia.com

Desiger Tuesday-Isabella Rose Taylor

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This spunky and ever so talented teen is one of the youngest fashion designer in the world. At 8 years old Taylor began taking sewing classes that allowed the Austin, TX native to merge her strong interest in both fashion and artistry. Today at age14, Taylor is so advanced for her age that she has started college studying Fine Arts and is a member of Mensa, a high IQ society.
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Growing up, her favorite designers included Karl Lagerfeld and Diane Von Furstenburg. She fell under the mentorship of Charlotte Ronson, who is one of the most sought after fashion designers. Taylor also got a little help from Liza Deyrmenjian who runs a NY based Fashion Business Coaching Firm. It is there at age 9 Taylor learned about sourcing fabrics, buying whole sale and finding models.
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The biggest achievements from Taylor came recently. In 2013 she was able to showcase her pieces at NY Fashion Week and just this past September she was picked up by Nordstrom to feature 13 looks from her collection. According to Taylor, the keys to her success have been “blood, sweat and glitter.”

Blood because it takes a lot of passion and sacrifice. Sweat because of the time and hard work. Lastly Glitter because of the imagination and creativity. There must be a dream behind your business.” Certainly Taylor has done just that and I look forward to seeing how she will continue to grow throughout the years.

Did you know?
*Taylor turned down a boutique offer because they wanted to place her line in the kids section

*She is the youngest designer in a retail store ever

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http://www.m.fastcompany.com http://www.isabellarosetaylor.com
http://www.cbsnews.com

Designer Tuesday-Pierre Balmain

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Name: Pierre Alexandre Claudis Balmain

Born: May 18, 1914 in Saint Jean de Maurienne,  Savone, France

*Family owned a wholesale drapery business ran but his mother and aunts after his father passed away when he was 7 years old

*Studied Architecture at Ecole des Baux Arts in Paris
-In 1933 he did free lance work drawing for French designer, Robert Piguet

*In 1934-1939 left school to work for designer, Edward  Molyneux creating dresses

*The first of twenty fragrances was created in 1945 called “Elysées”

*Also in 1945, opened his own fashion house showcasing long bell shaped skirts with a small waist,  known as the “A-line” skirt

* In 1951 began selling ready to wear clothes in the US in many different branches

* Began being known for translating French fashion into clothes for American women who were larger in size without compromising style

*Died in Paris, France on June 29, 1982 of liver cancer

*In October of 2011 Pierre Balmain was introduced as a new affordable line ranging from $180-$1200

*Today,  Balmain’s Creative Director is Olivier Rousteing and he has been since April 2011 when he was only 25 years old

Did You Know?
*Karl Lagerfeld worked under the direction of Balmain from 1955-1958

*1980 won the “Outstanding Custom Designer” Award

*Known as the “King of French Fashion”

*Oscar de la Renta became Creative Director and revived the company in the early 1990’s when it was under performing

http://www.wikipedia.com http://www.stylesequel.com
http://www.fragrantica.com

Designer Tuesday-Christian Dior

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Born: January 21, 1905 in Normandy, France

Birth Name: Christian Dior

*Moved to Paris when he was a boy and loved art and wanted to be an architect

*In 1925 encouraged by father to attend Écolebdes Science Politiques school for political science

*In 1928 after finishing school; financed an art gallery with his fathers help

*1937 designed 3 collections for fashion designer Robert Piguet

*Joined the Lucien Leling fashion house along with Balmain where they were the primary designers

*1940’s Designed dresses for wives of Nazi officers and French collaborators

*In December of 1946, founded his fashion house,  backed by Marcel Boussac

*February 1947 the line of his first collection was called Corolle,
-Created shapes and silhouettes to give a voluptuous look

*His style was referred to as the New Look by Haper’s Bazaar editor in chief, Caramel Snow

*The New Look revolutionized women’s dress and creestablished Paris as the center of fashion world after WW2

*1st  perfume “Miss Dior” in 1947

*Tragically dies while vacating in Montecatini, Italy on October 23, 1957 from a heart attack at the age of 52

*Raf Simons is the artistic director, who replaced John Galliano in 2012 after he made anti-Semitic remarks

Did You Know?

*When younger, he sold his sketches for 10¢ each

*strongly believed in “signs” and supersitions and had fortune tellers accompany him throughout his life

*1957 was on the cover of Time magazine

*Was an officer in French military

http://www.wikipedia.org / http://www.dior.com / http://www.biography.com

Designer Tuesday- Oscar de la Renta

In light of his recent passing, it only felt right to honor such an influential designer.

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Birth Name: Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo

Born: July 22, 1932 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic of Spanish descent

*At 18 years old studied painting in Spain at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid
-also picked up love for fashion and began sketching
– the wife of the US Ambassador to Spain, saw some of his designs and had him create a gown for her daughter (the dress appeared on the cover of Life magazine)

*Got an apprenticeship with his mentor,  Cristóbal Balenciaga

*Later joined Antonio del Castillo as couture assistant at Lanvin in Paris

*To make a name for himself, in 1963 at 31, he went to work for Elizabeth Arden in New York for 2 years

*After leaving Arden, designed for Jane Derby in 1965
-after Derby’s death that same year, de la Renta took over the line calling it Oscar de la Renta for Jane Derby before changing it in 1966 to just his name

*In 1967, he married Françoise de Langlade, editor-in-chief for Vogue Paris

*1974 took full control of Derby’s company

*1977 created the fragrance titled Oscar

*1983 wife passed away from cancer
-adopted a son Moises from Dominican Republic to have a sense of family

*1989 remarried a New York philanthropist named Annette and gained 3 step children

*1993-2002 designed for Balmain’s haute couture collection

*2001 introduced accessories to his brand

*2002 introduced homeware

*Created a less expensive line called O Oscar in 2004 along with an eyewear

*2006 took his label to the next level by introducing bridal wear
-same year diagnosed with cancer
-continued to work

*Succom to complications due to cancer at his home in Connecticut on Monday 20th 2014

Did you know?
*He designed Tortuga Bay, a boutique hotel at Puntacana Resort and Club in 2006

*Dressing Jacqueline Kennedy in the 1960’s made him more recognizable the fashion industry

*Was inducted into the International Best Dresses List Hall of Fame in 1973

*A Spanish custom, the first or paternal name was Renta and the second or maternal family name was Fiallo creating Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo

http://www.wikipedia.com