Thursday, 4 June 2009

Christian Lacroix files for bankruptcy

French Couture designer Christian Lacroix, the creative genius behind the puffball skirt and the “le pouf” silhouette that helped define the iconic '80s fashion has filed for bankruptcy protection, citing: "the consequences of the global financial crisis which has sharply hurt the luxury goods industry".

Although Christian has declared himself bancrupt, the Lacroix design brand has not completely expired. Lacroix still plans a small couture presentation in July and still hopes to continue production of it's ready-to-wear and Couture lines.

Lacroix has worked for years, proving his creative talent and design skills to make a success of the Christian Lacroix brand. From 1981 to 1987 Lacroix worked at the fashion house of Jean Patou, and in 1987 he opened his own couture and ready-to-wear business. With his background in historical costume and clothing, Lacroix soon made headlines with his opulent, fantasy creations, including the short puffball skirt (“le pouf”), rose prints, and low décolleté necklines. He quoted widely from other styles—from fashion history (the corset and the crinoline), from folklore, and from many parts of the world—and he mixed his quotations in a topsy-turvy manner. He favored the hot colors of the Mediterranean region, a hodgepodge of patterns, and experimental fabrics, sometimes handwoven in local workshops.

Backstage at his recent fashion show for his Spring/Summer 09' line, Christian Lacroix said:
"When times are hard, the best medicine is to face the situation with guts, and your true personality"
According to The New York Times, this fall's ready-to-wear sales were down 35 per cent and losses for 2008 were about $14 million (U.S.). Proving that the high profile fashion industry is not immune to the credit crunch, the current economic predicament has been part blamed for Lacroix going bankrupt along with the recent business and brand expansion. Amidst the global financial crisis, plans for another Louis Vuitton store in Tokyo have been cancelled and this year, Chanel laid off 200 temporary employees. Versace also recently announced that revenue is down 13 per cent in the first quarter of 2009.

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Watch Christian talk about his Spring/Summer 09' collection below

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Text: Claire Webb

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Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Glamour Awards Winners 2009

Last night Celebrities from all over the globe made their way to Berkeley Square gardens in London for the Glitzy 'Glamour Awards' Ceremony.

Celebrities in attendance included Katy Perry, Alexa Chung, Fearne Cotton, Dizzee Rascal, Henry Holland, Kylie Minogue, Boyband 'Blue', Mark Ronson and his girlfriend Josephine De La Baume. Check out the photographs below to see the uber-cool outfits. My favourites had to be Alexa's understated 50's cream coloured dress and Fearne Cotton's red ruffle skirted dress with a mid-waisted bow.

Here I have the full list of Glamour 2009 Award Winners:

Newcomer of the Year- Katy Perry
Man of the Year- Kanye West
Accessory Designer of the Year- Samantha Cameron
Fashion Designer of the Year- Frida Giannini
Band of the Year- Girls Aloud
UK TV Actress of the Year- Michelle Ryan
Comedy Actress of the Year- Becki Newton
Radio Personality of the Year- Fearne Cotton
Film-maker of the Year- Sharman Macdonald
TV Personality of the Year- Cheryl Cole
Theatre Actress of the Year- Joanna Page
UK Solo Artist of the Year- Adele
Film Actress of the Year- Amanda Seyfried
Writer of the Year- Sophie Kinsella
Presenter of the Year - Alexa Chung
Woman of the Year - Kylie Minogue
Editor's Special Award - Estelle

Fearne Cotton looks hot in a red ruffle skirted dress

Katy Perry in a Blue Satin dress with a bow skirt, red lips handbag and red patent heels, Katy picked up the Glamour award for Best Newcomer

Big Brother's Little Brother TV Presenter Dermot O-Leary with his girlfriend Deborah

Dizzee Rascal don's a chic dark blue suit and a black button up shirt

Kylie Minogue in a little black dress and fur wrap, Kylie won Glamours Woman of the Year Award

Henry Holland and Pixie Geldoff pair up in excentric dress including skinny jeans, super platform ankle boots, mocasins and a mini dress

Joanna Page plays it safe in a navy above-the-knee dress

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Mark Ronson wears an interesting patterned suit, his girlfriend Josephine de la Baume wears a flowy leopard print maxi-dress

BoyBand Blue made an appearance together

Unfortunately TV Presenter Kirsty Gallagher suffered a bit of a wardrobe malfunction as spoken about all over the press today. Her black dress revealed a little more than she bargained for when photographers flashes went off! Kirsty appeared completely unaware of the fact that she was baring all whilst posing.

Eastenders and Bionic Woman Actress Michelle Ryan wore a long pink dress and picked up a Glamour gong for UK TV Actress of the Year

Singer Rachel Stevens

Singer Estelle who picked up the Editor's Special Award

E4’s Rick Edwards and Alexa Chung pose for a photograph together

Becki Newton and Chris Diamantopoulos. Becki looks stunning in a printed mini.

Model Abbey Clancy in a shimmery little black dress

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Text: Claire Webb

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