Katy Perry dedicated each shoe in her new footwear line to her favourite women.
The California Gurls singer is ready to drop her debut range of shoes, Katy Perry Collections, later this month (Feb17) and is offering 40 designs in total. To give each pair a more personal feel, the 32-year-old star paid tribute to the females in her life when bestowing titles to shoes, including The Hillary, a pink pump with silver stars in the clear heel named after presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Katy was a loyal devotee and relentlessly campaigned for the politician to be elected in 2016.
“I’m basically leading the way in creativity,” Katy told PeopleStyle. “I chose some of my favourite girlfriends and my female family members and named all the shoes after them. So they’re all getting their own shoe, I guess, so that’s really fun. I tried to pair the shoes that best represented their personality. I didn’t necessarily shape the shoe after them, but I decided to make the shoes more name specific in the end.”
Girls stars Lena Dunham and Allison Williams also have their own styles, with The Lena coming in the form of a sparkly sneaker while The A.W. is black with a purple gradient heel.
“Fashion is a way to express yourself, so I wanted to make personality pieces that will help you put an exclamation mark at the end of your wardrobe,” the musician explained.
Katy, who has recently debuted her new track Chained to the Rhythm and is preparing for a performance at the Grammys on Sunday (12Feb17), names The Shannon as her favourite design, which is thought to be titled after her friend Shannon Marie Woodward. It’s an intricate flat designed to look like a ‘50s car, complete with a little plastic windshield.
“When I first got to L.A., I cultivated my style on a budget, always shopping at thrift stores or vintage stores,” Katy recalled. “That’s what is so great about fashion. It’s a form of communication. You don’t have to start a smoking habit to start talking to someone. You can just wear cool shoes. It’s an icebreaker.”Read more at:formal dresses brisbane
Jamie Barakat and Laura Williams went to high school together in the Waikato, and now they're headed to New York Fashion Week.
Both now 26, the pair now work together at Ktizo in Hamilton. They'll be working with the Wella team backstage at Zimmerman, and hope to pick up other shows once they're on the ground.
Barakat and Williams travelled to Sydney in January for the selection process, which was run by celebrity stylist Travis Balcke. Usually only one New Zealand stylist would attend, but the brand made an exception for these two.
"It was really quite scary because everyone was amazing - there wasn't a hairdresser that you looked at and thought, your work sucks, you're not getting in," Barakat says. Twenty hairdressers were there to give it a go, with five selected for the New York team.
"Everyone was really talented, but at the end of the day it just came down to personality and team work."
Barakat and Williams' friendship was a strength there. They share a flat as well as working together, so they know each other's strengths and weaknesses. Even going over to try out together was fantastic, Williams says.
"There was just so much talent in the room that it was like anyone could have got it... We were driving back home from the airport and that's when they called us," she says.
"We were screaming in the car, I couldn't even believe that we both got in."
New York is a fair distance from Te Kauwhata, where Barakat and Williams first knew each other as teenagers.
"I was working part time at a hairdresser in Te Kauwhata and Jamie was working at a cafe just down the road," Williams remembers. "I'd go down and buy my lunch and we'd chat."
When she left uni to return to hairdressing, the pair met again and quickly became inseparable. They're now "like yin and yang," Williams says.
They went into the selection process knowing that the chances of both of them going to New York were slim, but Williams says she would have been happy for Barakat otherwise.
He would have been "bloody ropeable" to have to stay home, but he says it with a laugh.
Both hairdressers have worked at New Zealand Fashion Week before, so they have some idea of what to expect. It'll be fast-paced and intense, but they're looking forward to it.
"I love session styling," he says, referring to working backstage styling hair, rather than cutting and colouring in salons.
"I'm really excited about getting my hands in there and being thrown out of my comfort zone," Barakat says. New York itself is a massive drawcard, of course, as is the chance to make international connections.
"For my career, to be able to say that I've worked at NYFW is just a dream come true," Williams says. Both hope that the trip will put them on the radar of senior Wella staff.
"If we do well on this then it opens up a whole lot of other opportunities - if we don't screw up when we go then we get to do Mercedes Benz Sydney Fashion Week as well," Barakat says.
"Hopefully we prove ourselves enough that they think of us when they need to fill their team or need assistance. It's always been hard being from NZ - obviously it costs [Wella] more to get us over with flights, but so far they've been amazing."
While internationally, being from New Zealand has meant Barakat and Williams have had to work harder, within the country, they feel that Hamilton has been unfairly maligned. Williams moved down for her job a year ago, and says the change has been brilliant.
"I don't know why Hamilton gets such a bad name, I think [the standard of hairdressing] is really good," she says.
"The salon here is so busy - if anything it's busier than Auckland, and I've had more opportunities here than I did up in Auckland."
She puts it down to the smaller number of salons in Hamilton, but whatever the reason, Williams and Barakat have both done well.
Whatever comes next, they're both thrilled, but for Williams the chance to work on Kendall Jenner or Gigi Hadid would really finish it off.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses online
In 2015, New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter featured differently-abled models on the ramp. This, besides bringing a fresh perspective to an industry that is obsessed with size zero models, also sprung new terms such as adaptive clothing and inclusive fashion. While there have been brands such as IZ Collection that have featured adaptive clothing for a long time, fashion has slowly become more democratic since 2015.
For instance, last year, Tomy Hilfiger brought out a new collection of adaptive clothing for kids, and German-based Bezgraniz, one of the leading brands in this genre of clothing, presented its collection in the famed Los Angeles Fashion Week in October last year. The movement, as it turns out, has finally come home with fresh fashion design graduates taking it up as their line of expertise, and helped many such as National Award-winning para-shooter and para-swimmer Justin Vijay Jesudas dress up easy.
Though paralysed chest down, Jesudas drives to work for his swimming sessions, goes for shooting practice and to the gym everyday, all by himself. “But one of the most challenging things in my routine is dressing up,” he says. Wheelchair-bound, it is hard for Jesudas to button up his shirts or zip up his trousers. For a long time, since his accident in 2011, the only alternative was to wear oversized T-shirts and get help from his family to wear his trousers. But that’s only until he met designers Namrata Chandrasekhar and Shalini Viswanathan.
Chandrasekhar, who graduated from National Institute of Fashion Technology, Chennai, last year, took up adaptive clothing as the topic for her final-year project in college. As part of her research, she interacted with Jesudas over the course of four months, trying to understand his requirements and his restrictions in movement. “Based on this, I brought out a collection of clothing which included casual wear, party wear, and those to simply chill by the beach,” she says, over a call from Bengaluru, where she works as a fashion stylist. A video clip she created as part of her project shows Jesudas in black party wear with stretchable panels on the sides, pants with pouches on the thigh rather than the back, and trousers that can be worn as shorts or be pulled to their full length.
“In inclusive fashion, it is very important to get all the inputs from the person that you are creating the clothes for. For example, Jesudas cannot move his fingers, so I used magnets for the top three buttons and normal ones for the rest, so that he could wear it like a T-shirt,” she says. But Jesudas found that the magnetic buttons couldn’t support the weight of the shirt and came off often, so Chandrasekhar replaced it with a strap of Velcro. Given there are no set standards in the industry to follow when it comes to clothing for the physically challenged, “it is the result of a lot of trial and error,” she says. Chandrasekhar also observed that Jesudas puts a lot of pressure on his palm to propel his wheelchair, as he has weak biceps and triceps. “Since there is constant friction, his palms are callused. He used Therabands before, but I made gloves that have silicon prints on the palm area, and they can be strapped on easily as they use Velcro. This gives him the required grip on the push-rims. While he can push 500 metres with bare hands, with gloves on, he can push for two kilometres,” she says.
Meanwhile, Viswanathan, who holds a diploma in fashion from NIFT, Chennai, recently showcased her line of inclusive clothing under the brand name Suvastra as part of the Trios Fashion Show at Hilton. It was the first fashion show in India featuring wheelchair-bound people on the ramp, claims Jesudas. One of the highlights was a nighty that doubles up as a sari. “The one-piece garment can be worn as nightwear, but looks just like a sari complete with blouse, pleats and pallu,” says Viswanathan, who got into adaptive clothing two years ago, while designing clothes for her husband, who has polio. “I realised there were no brands offering inclusive clothing options. I knew the difficulty my husband faced, so I started making clothes for him. Since they came out well, his friends wanted me to make clothes for them as well. The demand eventually saw me making a whole new line,” she says.
The new Indo-Western collection includes pants with belts to help shift people from one place to another, extra-length elastic palazzos and crop tops with long zippers, and gowns with zips on the side and back.
Currently, there are no labels that have a section dedicated to inclusive fashion in India, she claims. “If you run a Google search, you might find 10 to 15 white papers on inclusive fashion, out of which half are outdated,” adds Jesudas.
It’s still in a very nascent stage, though there has been increasing awareness globally. But as far as an exclusive line is concerned, the numbers are still few, says Chandrasekhar.Read more at:formal dresses online