Feb 202016
Amsale Salon New York Wedding Dresses

Amsale Salon New York Wedding Dresses

Discover New York’s ultimate bridal shopping experience.

In this haven of tranquil and understated elegance, each bride receives one-on-one guidance from an expert Amsale consultant, and may select dresses from the Amsale and Kenneth Poole collections. The salon carries the most comprehensive selection of Amsale gowns in the world and features one-of-a-kind designs that can be found nowhere else.

Amsale Bridal

Exquisite range of bridal gowns, formal evening dresses and wedding accessories. Worn by celebrities.



 5:22 pm  Weddings
Jan 172016
Christine Bleakley Wedding Dress

Christine Bleakley Wedding Dress by Suzanne Neville

Here is a selection of luxury Wedding dresses and couture bridalwear from a selection of designers in the UK.

Bridal dresses made to order by the designer. High cost dream wedding dresses produced by expert hands. Expect many fittings and allow ample time to ensure every detail is attended to.

Donna Salado

Award winning Donna Salado has established an international reputation as one of the UK’s leading bridalwear designers. A couture service is available.


Johanna Hehir

Johanna Hehir is a London Designer specialising in made to measure wedding dresses and evening wear. They have a large selection of different wedding dress styles.


Melanie Potro Bridal Couture

Award-winning bridal wear designer Melanie Potro offers an exclusive collection of made-to-measure wedding dresses from her new London premises. 1930´s inspired wedding dresses. Daytime and evening appointments available.


Ritva Westerius

British fashion designer, Ritva Westenius produces wedding gown collections. A full couture service is available only at her London salon by appointment.

Ritva Westenius-couture-bride

Ritva Westenius Couture Bride


Sassi Holford

Couture wedding gowns from Sassi Holford, a combination of intuitive design and a made to measure service.


Suzanne Neville

A haute couture collection of dress designs including the renaissance collection, a fashionable and classic look for the modern bride.


 5:40 pm  Weddings
Aug 312006

Gianni Versace Elton John Donatella Versace - New York 1993

Gianni Versace Elton John Donatella Versace - New York 1993

“I’ve always said that I would like to mix rock and simplicity because this is fashion, they are the extremes,” – Gianni Versace.

Versace was founded in Italy by Gianni Versace in 1978.

He opened his first boutique in Milan’s Via della Spiga in 1978, and it became an immediate success. Today, Versace is one of the world’s leading fashion houses.

Gianni Versace was shot on his doorstep in Miami on July 15, 1997 while returning from buying a newspaper.

His sister Donatella Versace became creative director of Versace and his older brother Santo became CEO. In his will, Gianni left 50% of his company to Donatella’s daughter, Allegra, which she took ownership of in 2004.

Today, Versace’s Style Department employs a group of designers who work in teams. These teams operate under the supervision and creative guidance of Donatella Versace.

There are several lines which make up the Versace Brand: Versace Couture, Versace Jeans Couture, Versace Home Collection and Versace Collection. In addition to clothing and accessories, there is also the hotel group, the Palazzo Versace.

Gianni Versace and Frank Muller launched the first Versace watch collection line in 1994 with the name Atelier.

Versace was also a close friend of Elton John and Princess Diana.


 11:41 am  Fashion
Aug 312006
Valentin Yudashkin Womenswear

Valentin Yudashkin Womens Collection

Valentin Yudashkin is a Russian fashion designer who in 2009 became the first Russian designer to be accepted to the Syndicate of High Fashion in Paris.

His first collection was created in 1987, and he has since created more than 40 collections.

His collections are exhibited in the Louvre Museum, the California Museum of Fashion in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the State Historical Museum in Moscow and in other museums around the World.

In 2010 he redesigned Russia’s military uniforms, creating 85 designs to dress all branches of the Russian armed services.

“Valentin Yudashkin’s House of Fashion” has existed since 1988. Today his clothing collections comprise both haute couture and prêt-a-porter, and accessories, jewelry, porcelain and sun glasses complete the collection.

Valentin Yudashkin Menswear

Valentin Yudashkin Menswear

Valentin Yudashkin is currently the most exceptionally talented Russian designer and his reputation is rapidly becoming global.

As a member of the Syndicate of High Fashion in Paris, twice a year, the Valentin Yudashkin Fashion House presents their haute-couture collection in Paris. It is the only brand to present its collections during Paris fashion week from 1992-2000.


 11:40 am  Fashion
Aug 312006
Rose Mett Torrente Designer

Rose Mett - Torrente

Torrente is owned by Rose Mett, sister of the designer Ted Lapidus. In 1968 she opened her first boutique in Saint Honore Paris. She immediately found success with simple clothes – mainly suits and coats.

Because of her obvious talent, she was able to persuade an entire Balenciaga workshop to follow her. Suddenly, an astonishing ‘A list’ of Clients wanted her to dress them including Marlene Dietrich, Natalie Wood, Raquel Welch, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Paulette Goddard.

It was at this time that she decided to use the name Torrente, rather than her own name. It literally means Torrent as in storm. Sometime later she created the famous Miss Torrent brand.

In 1971 she joined the famous Chambre Syndicale De La Haute Couture.

Torrente Haute Couture

Torrente Haute Couture

Rose Mett remained Chairman of Torrente until 2003.

In 2005 she published her memoirs ‘Le Droite Fil: Souvenirs de Haute Couture,’ recounting her amazing story as the internationally acclaimed former queen of haute couture.


 11:36 am  Fashion
Aug 302006


Valentino with Giancarlo Giammetti his business partner

Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani was born 11 May 1932 and best known as Valentino, is an Italian fashion designer and founder of the Valentino brand and company. His main lines include Valentino, Valentino Garavani, Valentino Roma, and R.E.D. Valentino.

Valentino became interested in men’s and women’s fashion while in primary school in his native Italy, when he apprenticed under his aunt Rosa. At 12, Valentino moved to Paris to pursue this interest with the help of his mother Teresa de Biaggi and his father Mauro Garavani. There he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.

His first choice for an apprenticeship in Paris, was with Jacques Fath, then Balenciaga. He then joined Guy Laroche for 2 years. Clients at that time included Marie-Hélène de Rothschild and Elizabeth Taylor who marveled at Valentino’s style of white pleats and animal prints.

Valentino Couture Evening Gown

Valentino Couture Evening Gown

After five years, Valentino left Jean Desses and joined Guy Laroche, in his “tiny, tiny” fashion house. But after discussions with his parents, he decided to return to Italy and set up in Rome in 1959.

Valentino’s international debut took place in 1962 in Florence, the Italian fashion capital of the time. His first show at the Pitti Palace was welcomed as a true revelation and the young couturier was deluged by orders from foreign buyers and enthusiastic comments from the press.

With the unleashing of his ‘Collection Blanche’, dedicated to Jackie Kennedy in 1967, Valentino Garavani went from famous to superstardom.

On September 4, 2007 Valentino announced that he would retire in January 2008. from the world stage after his last Haute-Couture show in Paris. He delivered his last women’s ready-to-wear show in Paris on October 4.

His final show received a standing ovation from the entire audience, which included hundreds of notable names from all areas of show business. Many models returned to show for Valentino’s last haute couture show, including Eva Herzigova, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Nadja Auermann, Karolina Kurkova and Karen Mulder.


 4:49 pm  Fashion
Aug 302006
Oscar de la Renta Design 2011

Oscar de la Renta Design 2011

Oscar de la Renta, left his native Dominican Republic at 18 years of age to study painting at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid.

While living in Spain, he became interested in the world of design and began sketching for leading Spanish fashion houses, which soon led to an apprenticeship with Spain’s most renowned couturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga. Later, Oscar de la Renta left Spain to join Antonio Castillo as a couture assistant at the house of Lanvin in Paris.

In 1963, Oscar de la Renta went to New York to design the couture collection for Elizabeth Arden. In 1965, De la Renta began his signature ready-to-wear label.

To complement the signature Oscar de la Renta ready-to-wear designs, the Fall 2001 runway show marked the debut of Oscar de la Renta Accessories; bags, belts, jewelry, scarves and shoes.


Oscar de la Renta Portrait

The world of Oscar de la Renta also includes cosmetic cases, eyewear, furs, jewelry, lingerie, scarves, and sleepwear.

For men, De la Renta licenses products, including, sports coats, suits, and trousers.

The Fall of 2004 marked the nationwide debut of Oscar de la Renta’s ‘O Oscar’, a moderate women’s sportswear line. O Oscar is the only designer label of its kind available in the moderate tier.

Oscar de la Renta Home debuted a furniture collection and home fragrance collection in 2002. That year Oscar de la Renta Home added bedding and decorative fabrics to its distinguished line of products.

Oscar de la Renta launched his first perfume, Oscar, in 1977. Today, Oscar is a bestseller in over 70 countries and winner of the 1991 Fragrance Foundation Perennial Success Award.

In 1980, he created a fragrance for men, Pour Lui. In 1995, Oscar de la Renta was the recipient of the Living Legend Award from the American Society of Perfumes. In the fall of 1999, Oscar de la Renta introduced Oscar for Men and 2002 marked the debut of Intrusion. In 2004, Oscar de la Renta introduced Rosamor, his latest fragrance for women.

Oscar de la Renta’s talents receive continual international recognition. Among many other honors, Oscar de la Renta received the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Womenswear Designer of the Year Award in 2000. In February 1990, he was honored with the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award. From 1973 to 1976, and from 1986 to 1988, Oscar de la Renta served as President of the CFDA. He is also a two-time winner of the Coty American Fashion Critic’s Award and was inducted into the Coty Hall of Fame in 1973. From 1993 -2002 Oscar de la Renta designed the haute couture collection for the house of Pierre Balmain. He was the first American ever to design for a French couture house. Oscar de la Renta has been awarded the French Legion d’Honneur as a Commandeur.

Bridal Dress by De La Renta

Bridal Dress by De La Renta

The Dominican Republic has also honored its best known son as one of its most distinguished citizens with the order al Mérito de Juan Pablo Duarte and the order of Cristóbal Colón.

In 1996, Mr. de la Renta received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Heritage Society and in 2000 he marched down Fifth Avenue as Grand Marshall of New York City’s Hispanic Day Parade. Also in 2000, Mr. de la Renta received the Gold Medal of Bellas Artes from the King of Spain.

Oscar de la Renta is a tireless patron of the arts. He serves as a board member of The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, and Channel Thirteen/WNET. He is also on the boards of important cultural institutions such as New Yorkers for Children, the Americas Society, and the Spanish Institute.

Meanwhile, De la Renta earned himself the top award from the CFDA in New York on June 5th 2007. He was awarded the coveted womenswear award, which he shared with fellow designers  Lazaro Hernandez & Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler. During his speech, he also included fellow nominee Marc Jacobs. “There are no losers, only winners,” he said.


 4:21 pm  Fashion
Aug 292006
Charlotte Gainsbourg with Nicolas Ghesquiere

Charlotte Gainsbourg with Nicolas Ghesquiere

Cristobal Balenciaga was born in Gueteria in the Spanish Basque country in 1895 and died in Javea in March 1972.

At the age of 24 he opened his first fashion house in San Sebastian and by 1933 he had fashion houses in Madrid and Barcelona.

By 1947 he had opened his fashion house at 10 avenue George V. Presentatio in Paris.

The remainder of the 40s and 50s saw his fashion designs go from strength to strength and in 1958 he was awarded the Legion of Honour.

The 60s saw him move into footwear and sportswear and he was also responsible for the fashion designs of the uniforms of Air France hostesses.

In 1967 after 30 years, he retired to Spain.

Today, the company is owned by Gucci who acquired it in 2001. It is directed by Nicolas Ghesquiere who was born in London in 1971 and presented his first ready-to-wear collection for Balenciaga in October 1997. In 2000 he received the VH1 Award and in 2001 the CFDA Best Designer Award.


Cristobal Balenciaga Spanish Fashion Designer

Major stores have since opened in New York, Los Angeles, London and Shanghai and in 2010, Hong Kong, Kowloon and Beijing were added.

2010 saw the launch of Ghesquiere’s first perfume called ‘Balenciaga Paris’ with Charlotte Gainsbourg as the muse.


 1:22 pm  Fashion
Aug 292006
Carven Collection Women 2011

Carven Collection Women 2011

“Couture brought me happiness, they were the best years of my life,” Madame Carven recalls with a smile at a celebration to mark her approaching 100th birthday in 2009. A diminutive 1.55m (five foot one) in her stockinged feet, for half a century she was the favourite designer of petite women.

Madame Carven French Couture Designer

Madame Carven French Couture Designer

In recognition of her contribution to fashion and imminent birthday on Aug 31, the French Federation of Couture threw a party for her in the gardens of the Musee Galliera at the end of the haute couture shows for next winter.

In 1945 Madame Carven opened her fashion house at n¡6, Rond Point des Champs Elysees in Paris.

The address of this the head office has never changed.

Carven have much to be proud of and has built an excellent reputation over the years dressing queens, princesses and empresses not to mention the post-war stars of the screen.

The 1950’s saw the development of Carven men with the first fashion collection of mens silk neckties and the launch of “Vetiver” perfume, still their most popular fragrance for men. This was a logical support to “Ma Griffe” a female fragrance launched in the 1940’s.

Carven style was adapted for the growing airline industry of the 1960’s as the Carven Uniforms division was established and catered for numerous airlines. At this stage of its evolution Carven was able to focus on the growing market for accessories with the creation of Carven Costume jewellery.

As the 1970s progressed Carven cemented its national position and pushed its boundaries internationally. Japan in particular in the early 1970’s was a strong market for Carven, with Japanese women the cut and comfort of the Carven style very much to their taste. This decade saw the launch of Carven accessories and luggage in Japan . Following the success of Carven in the 1960’s Air France asked Carven to create their uniforms. To this day, Air France personnel are still dressed by Carven, as do some French Rail Staff.

Carven in the 1980s developed licences for ready-to-wear and accessories for men and women throughout the globe. Carven diversified bringing out a line of golfwear for men and women as the sport gained popularity in France.

In 1991 Carven’s Ready-to-Wear for Women, a stylish, high quality range of fashionable clothing at accessible prices was launched.At this time a restructuring of the company took place with each division coming under one central management for the first time in years. Carven possessing a culture of diversification has now has Carven’s luxury goods for the home, which includes porcelain, carpets and furniture, as well as a drinks line that includes Carven Champagne , Carven Cognac and Liqueur au Cognac . That year also, “Vetiver” repackaged and celebrating its 40th birthday. Carven Menswear opened a boutique at the Rond Point the same year and a pure gold and silver jewellery collection is launched.

The 1990s saw Carven infiltrate the Asian markets with licence agreement in China , Taiwan and Vietnam . As the 1990’s drew to a close a revival of Carven’s Haute Couture activity was well underway,as new Artistic Director, Mr Edward Achour oversaw the development of a new line of women’s ready-to-wear.


 12:47 pm  Fashion