Is it the end of the mega runway fashion show? Has the GFC turned fashion into another GFC _ the Glamor Free Catwalk?

The International Herald Tribune’s highly regarded fashion editor Suzy Menkes (pictured left) had some interesting words of wisdom in the New York Times, June 15.

In a nutshell, Ms Menkes (who I had the pleasure to sit with at a few Milan shows when I was able to weasel my way from row P and whoosh into a surprisingly vacant Row A runway seat) takes her fashion as seriously as a surfer does his/her big break.

Ms Menkes wonders whether ‘this generalized move toward practicality (is) a new attitude in the industry toward serving customers — or a last resort in a tumbling market?

While serious fashion aficionados marvel at models, the new design names, the ‘next hot’ shapes and colors, Ms Menkes wonders whether all this brand building and image making is being challenged with fashion houses concentrating on clothes THAT. WILL SELL.

Take at read of her view below...

Reality Check — or Last Resort? –

Look rich . . without having to hock the home

And now for something completely different (and that’s what I’ve always said this blog will be about) happens to comes from an innovative businesswoman by the name of Vicki Jones. And it’s a pure and simple value-for-money style scenario.

A former and well renowned TV exec, Vicki has added the ever-affordable St Tropez collection of jewels to her style portfolio. And what perfect timing.
Vicki already has the ‘Hotel Luxury Collection’ (‘hotel’ begging and linen you can buy online) and now she’s swept up ‘St Tropez Jewels’, which she says is ‘designer jewellery without the designer price!’.

I had a look at the website and yep, there are seriously fantastic earrings, brooches, rings, bracelets and ‘pearls’ that will make us look like a Rockefeller, even if we are more Rhonda from Rockdale.

Vicki says St Tropez has assembled an exclusive range of beautiful fashion jewellery from leading Australian and International jewellery designers with style and price setting it apart from so many ‘fake’ jools we see around the place.

There’s bridal, red carpet, everyday and exec-style pieces too.

And the best part is they’ll ship it around Australia for a flat rate of $12.00.

Vicki says many of their clients purchase pearl and cubic zirconia pieces as `travelling jewellery’ so that they don’t need to worry about the potential loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars (we wish) if their ‘real’ gems were lost or stolen when they are travelling.

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Zeta-Jones frocks up in Collette Dinnigan

Catherine Zeta Jones joined some of Hollywood’s well-seasoned stars (read: older) to celebrate to honor one of their own brood. Who just happened to be her husband, Michael Doulgas.

The award _ the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Awards _ honored Mr Douglas with various reports telling us that his Welsh-born wife had a number of costume changes.

Including one into Sydney-based designer Collette Dinnigan when she got up on stage to do a number or two.

Nice to Ms Dinnigan’s international following is still a happening thing considering the GFC and an increasing Aussie dollar, making exports a tad more expensive than twelve months ago.

Other celebs in the throng were Kathleen Turner (who co-starred with Douglas twice); Melanie Griffith, Annette Bening, Sharon Stone and Jack Nicholson.

Exit, stage left, skinny models . . . as if !!!!

EVERY so often the issue of using ‘real’ bodies rears it’s figure-hugging head in the fashion world.

The latest protagonist is UK Vogue’s revered and credible Alexandra Shulman (left) whose weighed in on the debate, saying that couturiers should be making their ‘sample’ size clothing bigger, basically to fit in with the ever-changing shape of women.

And more importantly, so young girls aren’t encouraged to look like malnourished heads-on-sticks (you know the type) when they would be much better looking like Pink.

So yes, the weight debate is a given in the modelling world – even Anna Wintour instructed Oprah to lose weight before she would put her on a US Vogue cover.
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