vaqstyle 2017-02-17 07:56
This Colorado Company Specializes in Alpaca
Caamano Inc is a Colorado-based company that specializes in blending culture and fashion by selling handcrafted alpaca and cotton clothing made in Peru. The fair-trade, family-run business began 35 years ago and now it’s one of the top stores leading the market in Peruvian attire.
“All of our products are made by artisans in Peru,” said co-owner Danny Caamaño. “We sell alpaca shawls, sweaters, hats, gloves and scarves.” The company also has a cotton line, which includes 100 percent Peruvian cotton blouses, skirts, leggings and shoes.
The store began when his mother and father decided to sell alpaca sweaters from their van throughout the northern states in the US. His father was originally from Peru and his mother was from North Dakota. They decided to start their business in Colorado after things started to take off. The first store opened in Breckenridge, Colorado.
“My mom is from North Dakota and when she was young she always used to go to Breckenridge, she just fell in love with that place and my dad didn’t really have any say… it was her dream to have a store in Breckenridge,” Caamaño said. “My father was doing the wholesale side and my mother was involved in the retail before she passed away in 2012.”
There are now two store locations, one at 7681 Shaffer Parkway in Littleton and one at 505 South Main Street in Breckenridge.
“We used to have five stores – two in Breck, one in Keystone, one in Vail and one in Littleton, we ended up shrinking down and keeping the one beautiful store in Breckenridge and growing the wholesale,” he said. “After my mom passed away, there were too many memories in the small town so I wanted to come to Denver for better opportunities.”
Now his father visits Peru a few times a year and helps with the design team. The main business is wholesale where they sell to over 500 boutiques in the US out of the main office in Littleton. They love working with their team in Peru and all the new designs are kept up to date with fresh new styles and modern trends.
“Since we started, we have been working with people that are high up in the Andes …We are a fair trade company, for the last 30 years we’ve been working with the ladies in Peru,” he said. “We do not force them to come down from the mountains into factories, we bring our fibers to them where they’re happy to work and when we are done making products for other companies instead of telling them we have no work we are constantly asking for items so they keep getting paid … it’s been a blessing to work with them.”
The Peruvian business has been good for the family and they hope to continue to grow their business in the Denver area.
“I can tell you that throughout the 35 years of being in business there have been a lot more people starting to do the handcrafted goods from Peru, but we were one of the first and we continue to improve the hand-styled line and leading the market,” he said.
vaqstyle 2017-02-07 04:18
Apple Tree Yard: the story behind Yvonne Carmichael's polished working woman wardrobe
The fundamental premise of Apple Tree Yard, the BBC drama which reaches its climax tonight, is that Dr Yvonne Carmichael was just your standard high-flying, middle-class woman until something extraordinary happened to her.
All the pointers are there in the wine nights with her closest girlfriends, her elegant but not overly pristine home and her wardrobe of trench coats, professional tailoring and statement scarves. While Yvonne's look may not have the determinedly sharp and sleek hallmarks of, say, The Fall's Stella Gibson or House of Cards' Claire Underwood, it is a fascinating exercise in creating what costume designer Ray Holman calls "a normal, middle-aged woman" albeit one for whom her clothes are evidently important, if not an obsession.
"We wanted to create the idea of a woman with a full wardrobe - one which consists of old things and new things from professional pieces which are tailored and things for around the house," Holman explains of the strategy he cooked up with actress Emily Watson, who plays Carmichael. "It’s a collection of clothes she would have built up over ten years."
As you would expect, Holman scoured all the shops one might imagine Yvonne popping into on her way back from a meeting or whose websites she might browse as a break from writing her latest paper on DNA. "I went to House of Fraser, Hobbs, L.K Bennett, Phase Eight, Next and even good old Marks and Spencer," Holman remembers. "But I also wanted some special pieces in there too like the Max Mara coat. I even dug into my own storage and got out some older things like pashminas and old knitted cardigans. Then I had some skirts made which suited Emily’s figure specifically."
The story of Holman's first stroke of inspiration is aptly reminiscent of how a cultured woman like Carmichael would shop. "The first time I contacted Emily was actually a phone call while I was in New York. It happened that on the same day, I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art," says Holman. "I went to the museum shop and in there I found the scarf which Emily finally wore in the Apple Tree Yard scenes. I took a picture and sent it to Emily and said ‘I think this could define Yvonne’."
Indeed in the earlier episodes, scarves are very important. Yvonne wears prettily patterned ones to work as carefully thought-out finishing touches to her professional look. As well as the Met Museum one, Holman says Ted Baker was another favourite destination for picking these up. But she also snuggles into scarves when she's at home, typing her secret diary on her computer or hanging out with her kids. Those ones had a more sentimental, cosy feel with Holman bringing in pashminas from his travels to India to give the sense of something collected over the years.
Yvonne's illicit affair also dictated plenty of the wardrobe decisions. "The use of cardigans was very important, so they could be undone during the passionate scenes," says Holman. "We wanted to reveal a tiny bit of flesh but not do nudity, so cardigans were a way to do it very carefully."
While Yvonne is not seen strutting around in her bra and knickers, underwear was still crucial. "It’s part and parcel of the woman isn’t it? So we started from scratch with that," Holman explains. During a couple of long costume fittings, Holman and Watson went through bras and knickers to make sure "the details were right." "We asked ourselves, is she wearing tights or stockings here? Is this a knickers moment or a Spanx moment?" he says.
The L.K Bennett black and red sheath dress which Yvonne wore on the night which began with the Apple Tree Yard sex scene and culminates in George Selway raping her was crucial. "That’s her Going Out dress and showed an optimistic start to the night," Holman says. "It’s a combination of the colour and the cut which made it special; in her normal work day she wears skirts which are a-line so they move and bounce. But I think this is the only time she wears a fitted skirt, to make herself feel good."
Another pivotal scene is the dinner party which Yvonne and husband Gary attend in the weeks following her attack. For this, it was all about "making a big effort". Despite the trauma she is still suffering, Yvonne is putting on a brave face to hide her anguish from the world, and her clothes - a floral printed knit and a smattering of jewellery - are a vehicle for showing that. "The reason we chose that printed jumper was because it was half way between being miserable and being dressed up," says Holman. "In our heads, Emily and I thought it had taken a lot to get to that point but we knew she had to present herself well."
In last night's and tonight's scenes, Yvonne is in court and of course her look has altered to reflect the crisis-mode she finds herself in. "She’s being very respectful in court," Holman reflects. "She wears her softly tailored jackets which are smart and professional but not too dressed up. I used to be the costume designer on Silk so I know how lawyers advise their clients to dress in a sombre manner."
He says it is Yvonne's feet that we should look to for the surest sign of how her life has changed in tonight's nail-biting finale. "In the first episode, she is wearing her glamorous Russell and Bromley high heels to work," he says of her 'Woman who has it all' look. " But in court, it's mid-heeled, sensible shoes from Marks and Spencer."
vaqstyle 2017-02-05 08:48
The ‘Esquire Man’ Is Dead.Long Live the ‘Esquire Man.
To that pocket-square-wearing, sidecar-sipping human known as the “Esquire man,” this was life as it was intended to be: a roomful of wags in natty suits throwing back cocktails and trading banter in one of Manhattan’s hottest restaurants, as willowy models and square-jawed movie stars circled the room.
At Esquire magazine’s “Mavericks of Style” dinner, held at Le Coucou on a rainy night this past November, spirits were so high, and consumed so freely, that it might as well have been 1966 — doubly so, since Gay Talese, Esquire’s living monument to the New Journalism of the 1960s, was holding court, dry gin martini in hand, a few yards away from Jay Fielden, Esquire’s new editor in chief.
“There was a period of time when Esquire had a real literary charisma, and there was a culture that responded to it,” said Mr. Fielden, 48, sounding nostalgic as he reclined in a banquette, wearing a steel-bluel Ferragamo suit and sporting what may be the best head of male hair in the magazine industry, a cascade of artfully coifed curls that calls to mind both the belletrist whimsy of Oscar Wilde and the gunslinger gusto of Wild Bill Hickok. “How do you make that urgent to a younger generation?”
It’s a question that may determine the fate of a magazine that for 84 years has not just sought to serve the American man, but to define him. Since the days of Hemingway, Esquire has provided a running seminar in the arts of manhood. It is where young men turned to learn to mix a French 75, tie a full Windsor knot, ogle (in purely aesthetic terms, of course) the latest lingerie-clad Hollywood ingénue and absorb life lessons from stoical, stubble-face cover subjects like Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper.
But times have changed. As we move into the era of transgender bathrooms and L.G.B.T.Q.I.A. studies, when millennials are more likely to take their cultural cues from Justin Bieber’s Instagram feed than 6,000-word profiles of Sean Penn, Mr. Fielden is charged not just with bringing back Esquire’s glory days, but with also figuring out exactly what the Esquire man — that is, the American man — is in 2017.
It is up to the 13th editor in Esquire’s history to decide if this is a crisis or an opportunity.
vaqstyle 2017-01-24 05:48
Milan Fashion Week Men’s Fall/Winter 2017
As far as “fashion capitals” are concerned, Milan has long been the go-to menswear destination for our global fashion biz, and there are countless reasons for why that would be; the city alone evokes notions of Italian craftsmanship, top-notch tailoring and beyond-dapper street style. And it’s there, on the biannual runway in Milan, the latest menswear collections have again provided a glimpse into a new season of stylish offerings for the well-dressed man. From relaxed leisurewear to refined, tailored numbers, here is a look back at the best collections from Milan Fashion Week Men’s Fall/Winter 2017.
I've always been a fan of how Miuccia Prada pushes herself (as well as her iconic fashion house) above, beyond or against industry norms. This season, with her latest menswear outing, she's again gone against the crowds by giving the boot to the trendy yet remarkably over-used sportswear influence—and replacing it with a 1970s-inspired range of corduroy, field jackets and leather berets. This collection was relaxed, somewhat reformed and really real. I marveled in her earthy tones and fell in love with her multi-colored geometric knitwear—and, of course, the bold furry belts that I suspect will be one of this upcoming season's must-have accessories.
Inspired by horse racing and extreme alpine skiing, Massimo Giorgetti's less-aggressive-than-it-sounds Fall/Winter 2017 collection delivered trendy Italian street options in a parade of black-and-white checks, puffer jackets and tracksuit combos, while head coverings came in the form of silk headscarves and caps – all donned at the same time. This label's continuously bold use of color was a major bonus for me this season (in one occasion opting to layer a bright orange hoodie under a camel-collared orange-striped coat for an even-bolder impact); the end result had me wanting more.
Easily pinpointed as one of my top favorites from the week, Fendi's enthusiastic collection of color-blocked track pants and fur coats offered a burst of fun and a certain level joyfulness not often experienced on the runway of this iconic Italian label. The spirit was alive in a series of headbands, beanies and knit sweaters, all of which featured the emblazoned words “YES,” “FANTASTIC” and “LOVE.” Though I typically liked how other designers this season ignored athletic influences, I really enjoyed seeing how Fendi layered zip-up cycling jerseys under black suits—a beautiful contrast to the rather street-wise fur slides and fur-striped tote bags appearing throughout the collection.
Following the departure of Marni's founder and creative director Consuelo Castiglioni October 2016, after 22 years at the helm, the Fall/Winter 2017 show marked the debut collection of Francesco Risso as the label's new creative director. For his first collection, Risso reimagined Castiglioni's familiar signature looks through a more street-cool approach. Belted trousers and tucked-in sweaters—all slightly undone, wrinkled and relaxed—met gorilla-like fur coats and bouffant fur beanies; all in all, a strong debut in what is sure to be a more playful, and certainly more youthful, Marni man.
5. Salvatore Ferragamo
Another inaugural collection worth a shout-out from Milan Fashion Week Men's is Salvatore Ferragamo's Fall/Winter 2017 runway show—and the debut of their new design director of men's ready-to-wear, Guillaume Meilland. For his first collection, Meilland sent out a lineup filled with layered looks, chunky cable knits, popping prints and an energetic nod to the Seventies—and, best yet, barely any references to the ath-leisure fad that's been sweeping the men's runway for far too long. Though the collection wasn't without its ever-trendy bomber (this time appearing in shearling), Meilland's variation on the Salvatore Ferragamo man looked entirely classy and yet effortlessly easy, complete with a wardrobe of outerwear options perfect for the cooler months in the city.
vaqstyle 2017-01-21 08:01
Donald Trump Inauguration: Melania Trump channels Jacqueline Kennedy in blue dress
If Hillary Rodham Clinton's failed presidential campaign was considered the Titanic, then fashion designer Ralph Lauren would be cast to play the role of Rose "there was room for two on that door" DeWitt Bukater.
While Clinton missed out on becoming the 45th president of the United States, Lauren's brand has flourished since her defeat.
His latest accomplishment came on Friday as a public relations coup when he was chosen to dress both the former first lady and the new occupant of the East Wing for Donald Trump's inauguration.
The American label was considered Clinton's most favoured on the hustings last year. She wore Ralph Lauren pantsuits to many high profile appearances - to accept the Democratic nomination for president, the televised debates, her concession speech and, on Friday, to witness Trump taking office. Albeit in a white number. A colour she wore for key events during the campaign, and in tribute to suffragettes.
Never one to shy away from emulating popular First Ladies, Melania Trump drew comparisons to Jacqueline Kennedy on Inauguration Day in 1961 by wearing a cornflower blue suit featuring a slim fitting cashmere dress and cropped wrap jacket. While she decided against a pill box hat, she paired the look with matching pumps and gloves for the day's festivities that included a Church service, coffee with the Obamas and the swearing in ceremony.
"The presidential inauguration is a time for the United States to look our best to the world. It was important to us to uphold and celebrate the tradition of creating iconic American style for this moment," a Ralph Lauren spokesperson said via a statement.
Melania previously wore Ralph Lauren - a white, one-shouldered jumpsuit - on election night.
President Trump's daughter, Ivanka, like Clinton, wore ivory by another grand American design house and storied bipartisan designer - Oscar de la Renta. It was the third de la Renta number the 35-year-old donned in Washington this week, after she wore a green coat for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery, followed by a white cap-sleeve gown with a dramatic black ribbon sash for a candlelight pre-inauguration dinner.
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