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Wednesday, 21 June 2006
A Great Network: Fashion, Sports, Modeling, Music: That's Univision
Topic: Dress Shopping Sites

Who is Going to End Up Buying Univision? It is on the Market for Sale

Let the bids come in. Let them come for the media powerhouse that holds the dominant share of U.S. Hispanic television and radio audiences. The Los-Angeles-based media conglomerate is the top Spanish-language broadcaster in the U.S. The stakeholders of Univision will find out how much their brand name is worth. Any investors will want to go for the top Spanish-language network in the nation. To get an idea of its worth, just take a look at how many people prefer to watch its transmission of the 2006 World Cup games instead of watching -say ABC or any English-speaking stations. That is the cachet of Univision. The reporters and programs offered by the network connect with viewers.

Univision operates three television networks - Univision, TeleFutura and Galavision- more than two dozen television stations, a recorded music division, and Internet portal and the largest group of Spanish-language radio stations. Knowing how hot Univision is should make its stockholders, specially chief executive A. Jerrold Perenchio a very happy and very rich man. So far who are the interested parties? Univision's largest shareholder and programming supplier, Mexican media giant Grupo Televisa SA and Venezuelan broadcaster Venevision. These shareholders got together with five private equity firms: Bain Capital Partners LLC, Blackstone Management Associates V LLC, Carlyle Investment Management LLC; Cascade Investment LLC and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP. These foreign companies have to parter with US investors due to the fact that they are barred from owning more than 25% of any U.S. media company. The second group of investors includes Los Angeles-based media mogul Haim Saban and private equity firms Madison Dearborn Parteners, Thomas H. Lee Partners LP, Providence Equity Partners Inc. and Texas Pacific Group.

Now you can see which group has more cash to bid on Univision. I side with the first group. Those who want to pronosticate can line up with me.

Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 11:03 AM EDT
Sunday, 28 May 2006
Traveling with The Da Vinci Code
Topic: California Prom Dresses

Break The Secrets of Traveling with The Da Vinci Code: Hot Da Vinci Code Location Tours

What are the top locales described by Dan Brown in the Da Vinci Code book and movie?

There is no doubt a new segment of the travel industry has just been made popular by the hugely fiction novel, The Da Vinci Code. Location Travel has always been around in books such as Midnight in the Garden of Eden, The Sea and the Old Man, and various movies such as Lord of the Rings in the case of New Zealand. Dan Brown and his wife took the idea of location travel to a higher level. Without any doubt, fans and regular tourists will want to visit France, London and elsewhere to inquire about the sites mentioned in the book. So far, The Louvre remains one of the most famous destinations. Keep in mind that The Louvre is in Paris and is also the repository of Leonardo Da Vinci's most famous painting, Mona Lisa.

Saint-Sulpice Church has gorgeous Delacroix frescoes and a tall obelisk with a golden ball. The next place to visit is Chateau Villette owned by a California realtor. It is not open to the public. What a great advertisement for this great 185-acre estate that is open for vacations, weddings and other events? Next comes Temple Church in London. As far as London is concerned, there are a lot of interesting sites to see. While traveling with The Code, one will never stop enjoying the Westminster Abbey which is one of the most visited churches in London. We must add that the priest of the Westminster Abbey did not let the crew shoot the film at the abbey. So they had to go to another church and create a replica decor to match that of Westminster Abbey. Rosslyn Chapel as well as the Vatican and other places mentioned in the book and movie should be part of anybody's travel plans.

More and more tourists will find a trip to Europe very interesting this year.

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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 7:21 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 28 May 2006 7:22 PM EDT
Saturday, 20 May 2006
"Hips Don't Lie" Singer Shakira Did Not Die: Fans Get Confused over Soraya's Death
Topic: Atlanta Georgia Promdress



Los Angeles, CA.- It is with immense grief that we announce the passing of our dear friend Soraya, a beautiful person who through her music, sensitivity and struggles, inspired millions around the world.

Her unique musical style, stunning melodies and honest compositions made her one of the most widely recognized singer/songwriters and producers in the music world and the winner of many awards including a Grammy.

Soraya was an example of perseverance, strength, courage and compassion, who did not allow anything or anyone to get in the way of fulfilling her most important mission: raising awareness about breast cancer, giving hope to women who, like herself, suffered from this illness, and collecting funds for research to help find a cure.

She was tireless, and put forth all her efforts to help others. Her mission and passion for educating the Latin community on the early detection and prevention of breast cancer has been a source of inspiration for all of us and we will always be grateful for all of her efforts and the time she dedicated to such an important cause. (Donations to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation can be made through the web page.)

Funeral services will soon be held in her honor in Miami, details will be announced in the following days.

We shall remember her for her courage and her unconditional love.

The following is a message from Soraya to members of the media:

Dear members of the media,

During all this time together you have been my faithful allies throughout this journey, helping me take my message to millions of homes. Your expressions of kindness, your ongoing interest in my career and my cause; you always did your part to allow my mission to become our mission and not just mine alone, our shared experiences...each and every one of these moments have made each day of my life especially important.

In a world where physical beauty reigns, speaking of such a complicated topic as is breast cancer would not be an easy task without you. The message of early detection and prevention of breast cancer has reached and has saved many lives thanks to the time you allowed me in the media. However our goal has not yet been reached, although I know that every day we are getting closer.

I know that there are many unanswered questions, that hope will not be lost with me, and most importantly that my mission does not end with my physical history. This is why during the past few months I have dedicated all of my energy to writing line after line, answers to those possible questions. As time passed, these lines turned into pages and they in turn have become a book. A book filled with sincerity and solid experiences; a book, which without your support, just as with my art and my mission, would not be more than a message without a destination.

Once again, thank you very much for all your love, all that is left is for me to modestly ask you to continue supporting our mission, do not give up... the road ahead is a long one and this is a battle worth fighting.

“… When the only sound that breaks the silence is your beating heart, In between the pounding you will find who you are. . . “

With love,


Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 10:18 AM EDT
Thursday, 13 April 2006
Eva Longoria Leads to Evamania: Her Style, Dresses, Handbags & NBA Romance
Topic: Oscar Fashion

Eva's face is everywhere these days. The actress is on the cover of magazines with great circulation. She is in commercials, on the front cover of hundreds of magazines and in the hearts of millions of fans all over the world. With Desperate Housewives, she has found a niche in the American soap opera industry. Eva Longoria is our top Telenovelas actress on this side of the continent. Now, more Europeans are paying attention to her thanks to her romance of her French NBA player. She is on the cover of Glamour British edition magazine, Allure and GQ. Over the years, she has graced many other magazine covers.

Way to go, Eva!

That is why Oscar de la Renta said in the February issue of Vanidades, "We are in the century of the woman, who does not have to dress like a man to be able to succeed in the professional world. Now women are in total control of their destiny."

Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 11:26 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 13 April 2006 11:28 AM EDT
Thursday, 6 April 2006
Counterfeit Fashion, Oscar Knockoffs by ABS Allen Schwartz
Topic: AllthingsQuinceanera

Designers of Original Fashion Want to Ban The Likes of Oscar-knockoff Dress Designer, ABS Owner, Allen B. Schwartz from Copying Creations [Splurge & Knockoff or Look-alike Fashion Market, ]

Knockoffs, as in Oscar-knockoffs, refer to the copying of hot designs by famous designers whose dresses are envied by rich superstars. Knockoffs are the opposites of originals. They can be inexpensive designer look-alikes, designer clones, lower-price versions of a great style, counterfeit fashion, interpreted look.

Let the true designers of expensive fashion come forward to justify the prices of their creation. Consumers raise their hands to their heads to cry and say no. They want to walk out of the room. Just a small group of them want to stick around. But the majority of them wants to have an alternative to the expensive goods. They join Allen B. Schwartz, owner and designer of Oscar-knockoff brand ABS. If there is a law banning the copying of high-end, posh prom dresses by Allen and his cohorts, then prom dress shoppers will be in for a surprise. Maybe the lively traditions of prom and quincenera celebrations will be eliminated from Junior high and high schools. Maybe it will be just like New Orleans where students do not even think about prom if a good samaritan from the rest of the country does not send in some collected prom dresses.

What will H&M, Zara, Gap and Banana Republic Do?

Customers may no longer be able to get their designer look-alikes fixes. They are not ready to spend thousands on a dresses which they will wear very irregularly. Allen B. Schwartz proves there is a market for those who are not interested in the splurge. A market does exist for those who can afford a $300 and up dress. Well, knockoffs have their shelf value. Many retailers will agree that more people buy the interpreted versions of fanciful, gorgeous dresses created by the likes of Gucci, Versace, Vera Wang, Zum Zum, Zac Posen, Diane Von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez. If these high-profile designers and the Council of Fashion Designers of America have their way, a new anti-copying campaign will soon be launched all over the country. Who will be the beneficiaries and the losers? If a bill is introduced in congress to regulate fashion design, then consumers will be forced to buy the expensive designs. That means there will be a limited supply of the white slip wedding gown worn by Caroline Bessette Kennedy in 1996. Von Furstenberg's wrap dresses will also be in limited supply.

Designers Want a Fashion Design Anti-piracy Act. How will It Work?

For sure, it is going to be a headache for major department stores. Copyright law protects a creator or original material. It protects songwriters and screenwriters for the creators' life plus 70 years. Clothing is not protected this way. So fashion designers are asking for a 10-year protection, based on boat hull statute. So nobody would steal the embroidered beige Elie Saab gown that Halle Berry wore in 2003. Vera Wang's yellow butterfly ruffles dress for Michelle Williams would be safe from being reproduced. Department stores want to continue to carry counterfeit fashion or knockoffs and originals. Both may have their own customers. After all, they want to sell. The consumers should make the calls. If there were no consumers wanting them, knockoffs would be eliminated. There is a market for them if you look at the figures obtained from ABS with Allen B. Schwartz, the king of Oscar Prom dresses. Dresses, clothes, handbags, shoes will be copied by foreign designers. How about the Chinese? Who will stop them from making great Oscar-knockoffs? They may justify their copying by saying that the so-called original designers must have gotten their inspirations from somewhere. They just happen to take their own inspiration from them. They, too, spend time researching fabrics, ideas and techniques. They are more interested in what the consumers want while providing it at an affordable price.

Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 2:29 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 13 April 2006 11:28 AM EDT

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