Sunday, March 8, 2009
And after almost 30 years of creating new collections, Sui is always trying to find new ways to entice her fan base.
"I think whenever people talk about the 'Anna Sui woman,' they're talking about someone that's probably kind of more downtown, and there's always like this ambiguity: Is she a good girl, or a bad girl?"
Sui's clothes - sexy, flirty and innocent at the same time - attract celebrities like director Sofia Coppolla, the young stars of the hit series "Gossip Girls," and Paris Hilton, who was wearing one of her designs on the red carpet right before she went to jail.
"Yeah, trying to look real lady-like," Sui said. "And I thought she looked fantastic in it. It was kind of a cocktail-looking dress, too."
But Sui says she really creates her collections with everyday people in mind:
"I like to see when they wear the old stuff, too, because then I know that it has, like, longevity, and that it means something to them."
"You are kind of known for making moderately-priced clothing," Braver said. "What's the price range of your pieces?"
"I'd say the average dress is $200," Sui said. "It can go up to $400 if there's a lot of stuff gong on. I think it kind of takes the fun out of dressing up when it's such an investment."
Sui's personal closets, decorated to the hilt, are a living history of her work:
"This was from my kind of Americana collection," she described one piece, "and of course the American took on kind of a hippie sort of look."
She showed off a floral print, and a simulated tie-dye which she called "a fun one to do."
The decor of her personal space is reflected in her flagship New York shop.
"When everybody saw my boutique, then they thought, 'Okay, it's a whole world,' and that I think is what helped me kind of brand myself."
Her clothes are carried by other U.S. stores as well, but this is the prototype for 42 franchised shops in Asia and the Middle East. She's also licensed a line of accessories and beauty and fragrance products with her signature packaging, resulting in a company with estimated annual sales of around $20 million.
"It's kind of a dream come true, because to me fashion is not just the clothes, it's all the accoutrements that go with it," Sui said.
She was even asked to design a custom Barbie doll, and her work draws praise from everywhere.
Hillary Alexander, fashion director of Great Britain's Daily Telegraph, said she' has been following Sui for nearly two decades.
"I love her passion, her enthusiasm, her absolute delight in print, color, pattern, decorating, embroidery, beading, accessories," Alexander told Braver.
Sui, who is single and jokes that she's too busy to get married, is part of an extended Chinese family that comes out in force for her New York fashion shows.
Today she's proud to be part of a small group of Chinese-American designers that now includes Vera Wang, famous for her wedding gowns, and Jason Wu, who created Michelle Obama's inaugural gown. But as a kid, Sui never doubted she could go all the way �
"At the point when I wanted to become a designer, I didn't think about, 'Oh, but I'm a woman,' just like didn't think about like, well, 'I'm Chinese' or that "I'm in Michigan.' You know, none of those things were obstacles to me. I just had this idea that this is what I had to do."
Still, Sui says that when she first told her immigrant mom and dad about her interest in a fashion career, they said, "Why do you want to be a dress maker when you could be a doctor?
"But I was determined," she said.
She got into New York's prestigious Parsons School of Design, but soon dropped out to work in fashion houses and on style shoots for a classmate, now famed fashion photographer Steven Meisel. Then Sui decided to show a few of her own pieces at a trade show:
"And someone from Macy's just came along and saw the stuff, and said, 'We want it?'" asked Braver.
"Yeah, and I couldn't believe someone from Bloomingdale's, too."
But Sui says that when her boss saw a New York Times ad with her fashions, "He said, 'You can't do your own clothes if you're working for me, you have to stop.' And I said, 'Well, I can't stop, I have to ship my orders.' And I got fired!" she laughed.
For many years she operated out of her own apartment, but now she has her own workshop for the label she officially launched in 1981.
Known for her meticulous research, Sui says her latest collection is inspired by fashion from the end of the 19th century.
Like most designers, she always worries about whether her clothes will sell, but now there's a new concern: The worst economy she's ever faced.
"I mean, it was really bad after 9/11, but it passed quickly," Sui said. "I think when I first started in the '80s, I think it was a similar economy, but we hadn't gone through all those boom years. So there was nothing for me to compare it to. Yeah, it's a scary time."
She has definitely tried to economize.
"One thing we've been really mindful of is the cost of materials, because it's been skyrocketing. So we haven't been going crazy with the base fabrics that we're choosing."
But there is one place where she hasn't cut back. While some prominent designers cancelled their fashion shows this year, she decided to go forward.
"Again, that's always something [in] the back of your head, and it's hard, when all you hear are these stories every day and watch the news every day," she said. "It's what I gotta do, I have to push forward."
Indeed, at her show last month during New York's Fashion Week, the mood was distinctly upbeat with an undeniable personality:
"People always say, like, 'How do you make it always look Anna Sui?'" she told Braver. "But it comes from my heart. Like, what is it that I love, and what it is that I'm excited about, and what it is that I want everybody else to know about."
"The inspiration for the collection was La Belle �poque," said McGrath, who used her finger to blend in Max Factor's Night Club pencil around the eyes for a smoldering look. "It's a very light smoky eye, but it's very transparent; it's very sheer," she said.
On cheekbones, McGrath applied "a ton of blush" using Color Genius Blush by Max Factor in Roses for a pretty flush. Lips were stained with Cover Girl's rich berry-colored Outlast Lipstain color in Sassy Mauve.
Garren, from Garren New York, who did the hair for the show, left locks long and shaggy for a "natural and hip" look.
"We didn't fight the natural hair," said Garren. "We put a wave in some girls' hair, and left others' straight � we didn't want it to be period." Garren used his shampoo and volumizing conditioner to prep, then parted hair down the center. He finished the easy undone look using his Designing Spray Tonic to hold the hair's natural shape. "Anna's collection was very Baroque with these crushed velvets and bright-colored paisleys," explained Garren. "So the undone hair lent Anna's clothes that rock 'n' roll feeling for 2010."
If you purchase any two items that comprise either a loose powder, liquid foundation, face powder or eyeshadow, you can get this black cosmetic case with 3 deluxe skincare samples.
And here are the pics from Kino of the Swak and Cath Kidston mooks!
Pitt's first jobs came in television, appearing in episodes of Dallas, he made his big screen debut in 1989's horror/slasher film Cutting Class with Donovan Leitch, and played a teen track star in Sandy Tung's Across the Tracks, but it was a well-timed bit part in a controversial Hollywood film that pushed him into the glare of instant stardom. Pitt's performance as a renegade, sugar-tongued hitchhiker who gets picked up by the two title characters in Ridley Scott's Thelma and Louise (1991) grabbed universal attention.
According to report, Angelina Jolie feel stress and needs a break, apart from acting and being a busy mother.
A source says, �Angelina has told Brad she needs her space. She is a fiercely independent person and needs time alone to feel sane and happy.
�Her tendency is to bolt. When she is feeling stressed and overwhelmed she often goes away by herself.
�Angelina is in a really low place at the moment and she seems really depressed."
Then the source continues, �There is a massive tension between her and Brad and they have been fighting.
�It won�t have helped that in recent months he�s been enjoying more nights out with the boys.�
Even after a first birthday celebration last night at Club hotspot Butter, heiress of the hotel looks beautiful in white, while not talking on his cell phone showing no signs of slowing down on his big day.
Apart celebrates the Hilton sisters arrived in the Big Apple on Sunday to check the latest trends this year in New York Fashion Week.
The two were spotted in the first line shows including Jill Stuart and Tracy Reese, and Alice & Olivia presentation yesterday evening.
The "Wanted" beauty is in the midst of its new project, while her main man Brad Pitt is busy in Washington DC politics.
Ang about the new project, initiated reveals, "She had a lot of fun and joking on the set with the liner. It is in a great mood and laughed with [co-star] Liev Schreiber between takes. There were some fans who watch her shoot, and she was waving to them. "
About the day of filming, a source says, "It was the realization of a sprint, this morning, the scene where she runs into the street and, before she ran, she runs up to warm up. She made all the stunts herself, but her walk is lined throughout
to officialy close Britney Spears iPod & More. I really didn't want to do this,
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Saturday, March 7, 2009
Kendra Wilkinson, Girls Next Door star and ex-girlfriend of Hugh Hefner, seems to be doing pretty well for herself since leaving the Holmby Hills Playboy mansion.
With her upcoming wedding to NFL football player Hank Baskett in June, you might be thinking that would be enough to keep Kendra busy. Nope, the blonde beauty has scored her very own reality show on E!. The network has signed her on for eight shows that will document the 23 year old leaving the mansion and starting a new life on the �outside�.
We will be watching for sure! Guest appearances by Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt are expected. The show executives expect it to be a hit, citing the fact that after five seasons of GND, Kendra has gotten herself quite a big fan base, the Bitten and Bound crew among them.
DAYTON - Nick Burns is getting more than a carpenter's apron brilliant of specialized know-how as go of a span of 150 construction return skills students embarking on an unexpected quest in the city's momentous Wright Dunbar neighborhood. Their ambition is to make 19th century refinement homes murmur with 21st century green technology. The commitment promises to suppose Burns, 18, more competitive in a tougher-than-nails charge market. It won't be easy, but their project is to build residences designed in the idea of the family homes of five of America's primary aviation pioneers and one resembling inventor Thomas Edison's Menlo Park lab office. The Edison configuration will be in particular unfamiliar because it will mould all of its animation needs.Each of the homes will be wonderful energy efficient. Each will highlight a express facet of green technology and style - such as water conservation, solar vim and vigour generation and/or solar heating. This avaricious attainment will merge traditional architecture with the news environmentally progressive nursing home building technologies, said Ann Higdon, president of ISUS Inc., the buy skills licence seminary that is deploying the students on the $2 million project. The try coincides with Gov.
Strickland's procedure to increase a master inventory of green drive projects throughout the Buckeye State as a strange era in American industry begins. State, regional and town officials are hosting a congress on the topic Thursday, March 5, at Wright State University. In a covering merchandise as husky as anyone can remember, Higdon said she is dauntless the homes will draw buyers, because each will bunch curb appeal with the panorama of very low energy and heating costs.
Written/Directed/Edited by Patrick Loggins and Kyle Yunker.
Originally aired on LNN Morning Announcements at Lassiter High School in Marietta, GA.
Kendra Wilkinson is marrying Hank Baskett this summer.
Holly Madison is taking part in season eight of Dancing with the Stars.
But what about the third ex-cast member of The Girls Next Door? What's going on with Bridget Marquardt?
Nothing but a happy, healthy relationship with Nick Carpenter, Marquardt told People Magazine. She even added that Hugh Hefner approves of the new man in her life.
"Hef said that Nick's a really nice guy, and that as long as I wanted, he's welcome at the mansion anytime I'm there, and at all the parties and events," Bridget said.
We can only stare, but Nick Carpenter gets to squeeze Bridget Marquardt's bunnies every night.
Does this mean wedding bells are in the future for Marquardt, whose new series, Bridget's Sexiest Beaches, debuts on the Travel Channel March 12? No.
"Not engaged � not even talking about that kind of stuff!"
Here is a post I published on Maximum-Jackson.com just now! This is the exclusive - FIRST confirmation in the world in regards to the press conference!
People, I am happy to announce that the rumors are TRUE!
I have received confirmation from AEG Live (UK) that Michael Jackson will land at Luton airport at approx 2:00pm today and hold a press conference at approx 4:00pm on Thursday at The O2 in London!
Michael will be breaking his silence about upcoming plans for live performances!
The King Of Pop is BACK! Check the below video released by Maximum-Jackson.com for a taste of the Michael Jackson magic the world can expect!
Attention fellow MJ fans! The days of twittling your thumbs, wondering if he'll ever return to the spotlight are over! Just yesterday, AEG(the folks behind the O2 Arena) have just confirmed Michael is set to make an announcement tomorrow(approximately 4 P.M Greenwich Standard Time) on his many plans this Summer(including a 30-concert gig). This meeting will be executed in a conference setting which includes 200 lucky fans on a first come first served bases. But not to worry. There's plenty of room on the outskirts! Mr. Jackson has already landed Tuesday afternoon in anticipation for the event.
Does This Mean The King of Pop Will Reveal His New Album This Summer?
Michael Jackson insists on keeping his album anonymous for now. But with fulminate promulgations like these, it is safe to infer a new studio album will surface real soon. No doubt June or July(name one celebrity who went on tour without releasing new material and I'll change my predictions accordingly).
Just hang on to the edge of your seat. Unlike last time, I firmly believe his comeback will be astronomical! Christian has just confirmed finishing his new uniform(Click Here). I'm sure he'll mount new records. After all, that is his middle name.
So to bring all this into perspective, here are the points I'd like to emphasize...
- An official message will come from Michael's lips tomorrow(stay tuned)
- A 30-concert gig is in the makings this Summer(which draws us to our last conclusion)
- Although no title or release date have been confirmed, the above bullets point unto a Summer release.
Dallas, TX (AHN) - The College Football Hall of Fame finalists for 2009 has been released, and includes names like Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard and Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth.
A total of 76 players and six coaches are on the ballot, and 12,000 NFF members will voted on who will be this year's nominees.
In order to be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named to a First All-American Team, by a major selector, recognized by the NCAA.
They must also have played their last year of intercollegiate football more than ten years ago, yet have to have played within 50 years. They also cannot be on an active roster for professional football.
Nominated coaches have to have coached for 10 years, with 100 games as a head coach.
They must also enjoy a 60 percent win rate, and have retired if they are under 75. Coaches over 75 may be nominated, even if they are still coaching.
The winners will join 846 players and 182 coaches who have been enshrined within the College Football Hall of Fame.
The votes will be tallied up, and the winner announced on April 30. They will be officially placed into the HOF in summer 2010.
Former football star Brian Bosworth was pulled over by police for a DUI on his Harley. Read more on brian Bosworth�s arrest below.
Police pulled Bosworth over on Hollywood Blvd. because he didn�t have a license plate on his cycle, but then smelled alcohol on �The Boz�s� breath!
Brian failed the breathalyzer test and was arrested and taken to jail at around 3:00 AM.
Bosworth is currently being held on $5,000 bail.
Bosworth is a former OU linebacker and NFL player who later turned actor.
The 43-year-old former Sooner star is the only two-time Butkus Award winner in college football history. He was suspended for the Sooners� 1987 Orange Bowl win over Arkansas because of steroid use.
�The Boz� was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the �87 Supplemental Draft and signed what was at that time the largest rookie contract in NFL history, 10 years and $11 million dollars.
But, three years into his pro career, he suffered a shoulder injury and retired.
Bosworth then tried his hand at acting and was in movies such as �Stone Cold,� �Virus,� �Three Kings� and �The Longest Yard� among his movie credits.
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