DiDomenico marked a place in history by being the first American designer to showcase designs in Cuba since the embargo was put in place in 1960.
Dominick was approached by Cuban Trade representatives after showing in New York Fashion Week wanting to help strengthen trade between Cuba and the U.S. in a non political forum. And what better way to accomplish this than through the arts.
Developing new relations with this old friend of American trade has such sensitive intricacies. However, all is about to change on a big scale for the fashion industry for the Cubans and DiDomenico is helping Cuba pave new roads for trade in US market.
"There are so many ways to break barriers between countries that are at conflict. Fashion is one of those ways. I am passionate about how design moves people and ultimately moves the world," says Dominick.
Head director of Arte y Moda for the past 20 years, Juan Carlos comments, "Kelsy Dominick is not only the first American designer to show in Cuba since the embargo, but she is also the first to ever show in Arte y Moda's entire history. Given of our history with the U.S. it is even possible she may be the first American ever…we are honored to have her."
Right behind French designer label Chanel having just shown in April, the French have always been able to have access to the Havanaplatform. Americans however, are breaking into new territory and causing a stir of response.
"The level of difficulty getting to Havana not only as an American, but as a company was well worth the response of the people that came after," reflects Dominick.
The Chanel fashion show was not for the people. Even the people ofHavana were not permitted into the show. DiDomenico is changing that dynamic and made a fashion platform for the people, by the people.
Hard to avoid the politics of it all DiDomenico and the Arte y Moda team believe that the only way to break down that barrier is through the arts.
Arte y Moda is the largest fashion event in Cuba's history. Standing for over 20 years, it has been acclaimed the highlight of Havanafashion and a global stage for inspiration. Many acclaimed artists and diplomats attend the event from countries all over the world.Read more at:formal dresses 2016 | bridesmaid dresses
So your parents are approaching their 50th wedding anniversary – that's a pretty rare feat these days, so it's time to getAtmosfera Bar Ristorante Lounge in Mississauga, Ontario on board to start planning a big party.
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Tell your mom and dad you're taking them out to dinner – then wow them with a room full of loved ones waiting to celebrate their bond. Or, if they're not as much into big surprises, let them be part of the planning process and hand pick the guests. Either way, it will be a great way to show your appreciation for everything your parents have done for you during your life, as well as everything before that.
Perhaps your parents are better suited to staying where they're comfortable – close to home. No problem; you can throw a fantastic party with as many guests as you'd like at the venue of your choosing. The friendly staff at Atmosfera will bring hot and delicious food from a great menufull of seafood, pasta and meat right to the do.
Imagine the look on their faces when some of the same guests that witnessed your parents' wedding show up to their 50th anniversary party. This is a great chance to reunite relatives and friends that have fallen out of touch, but still want to show a token of their love.
One of the fashion world’s greatest platonic love stories almost never came to pass, when in the 1950s French couturier Hubert de Givenchy at first refused a request to design for Audrey Hepburn.
“When Audrey came to me and asked me to make her dresses for the film ‘Sabrina’, I didn’t know who she was. I was expecting Katharine Hepburn,” Givenchy said in an emotional press conference for the opening of a new exhibition of his creations in The Netherlands.
“She arrived looking so vulnerable, so graceful, so young and sparkling” dressed like “a young girl today” in cotton trousers, ballerina flats and T-shirt which showed off her belly-button, carrying a straw gondolier’s hat, the designer recalled.
“But I wasn’t really in any condition to make a major wardrobe for ‘Sabrina’ and I told her, ‘No, Mademoiselle, I can’t dress you.’”
Luckily for fashionistas everywhere, Hepburn was not to be dissuaded and sweetly invited Givenchy to dinner. By the end of that meal in 1953, the aristocratic French designer had fallen under the spell of the petite actress. So began a creative friendship which lasted down the decades until the British film star died of cancer in 1993.
“She persuaded me, how lucky I was to have accepted,” Givenchy said.
Creator of personality
The retrospective of Givenchy’s designs for his friend and style icon entitled “To Audrey with Love” has just opened at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, and lasts until late March.
It is the designer’s homage to his muse and Givenchy has personally selected many of the 100 outfits featured in the collection, a few of which have never been seen in public before, in what he calls a “journey through her wardrobe”.
In the 1954 romantic comedy “Sabrina”, Hepburn appeared alongside then screen heart-throb Humphrey Bogart, and in one key screen wore a sophisticated, floating ivory ball dress edged in black with embroidered black flowers—a Givenchy creation.
The same year, she wore a delicate ivory lace Givenchy creation for the Oscars where she won the Best Actress award for “Roman Holiday”.
Givenchy was to remain by her side for many of her most iconic films such as the 1961 “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Charade” in 1963 and some of his most memorable outfits from those films are on show.
Using everything from satin to tulle and silk, his imagination flourished as he designed for Hepburn both on and off-screen.
“Givenchy’s clothes are the only ones I feel myself in. He is more than a designer, he is a creator of personality,” she once said.
The exhibition has taken a year to put together, with Givenchy, now 89, overseeing every detail, and hoping to pay tribute to his muse’s “elegance and style.”
It also includes a collection of beautiful jewellery, accessories, scarves and hats, as well as sketches, drawings, photos and film stills.
Protected by silk
Imbued with a sense of nostalgia for the fashion of decades past, the collection nonetheless shows how the actress’s style has remained remarkably fresh and contemporary. Hepburn knew how to bring her clothes to life through “her beauty, personality and lightness of spirit,” Givenchy said.
In some ways it is also a homecoming, as Hepburn was the daughter of a British banker and a Dutch baroness, and had deep ties to The Netherlands.
After Hepburn was appointed in 1988 as a goodwill ambassador for the UN children’s agency UNICEF, she would often give interviews wearing a simple silk or satin T-shirt. She told Givenchy recounting the horrors of war she had seen that “thanks to this small piece of silk, I feel protected because you are close to me.”
At the end of her life, they were again united through a piece of material when he visited her at her home in Switzerland as she battled cancer.
Hepburn gave him a navy blue quilted coat urging him “when you are sad, wear this and it will give you courage.”
“From Geneva to Paris, I wept in the jacket she had given me,” he said, still overcome with emotion two decades after her death.
“Audrey will never go out of fashion. She is current. And her image continues to amaze us.”Read more at:bridesmaid dresses