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Monday, 26 June 2006
Good Fortune Asian Weddings During Extended Lunar Year: Asian Top Wedding Designers
Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder: Pale Beauty Rages in South and Southeast Asian Countries
Asians Want to Look Great For Wedding During Extended Lunar Year: They are Marrying for Good Fortune
More and more Asian women are applying cream to their skin, face and neck. They are hoping to acquire white-skinned beauty. They watch TV and read magazines where white-skinned stars are displaying their God-given assets. They want to be part of everything that comes with having a white skin. So the demand for skin whitening products has gone up. That also creates the burgeoning of black markets which sell fake products. While talking about fakes, this is not the first time that the beauty and fashion markets get flooded by copycat products. Fashion designers who hesitated to have their presence on the Web have been suffering from the effects of fake products that claim to be from them in auction houses or on auction sites. For example, counterfeit handbags, watches, porcelain carried by Tiffany and other land-based shops such as Gucci, Dior and others can be found on many sites. In most cases, many of them are not the original products. eLuxury.com becomes the new place to shop for luxury products.
Let us go back to the light skin issues and phenomenon seen in Asian countries. Whiter skin is being marketed all over Asia. Customers can find a huge variety of skin-whetening creams on supermarket and pharmacy shelves. For many small businesspeople, the new industry has been fourishing. If you go to Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan, you will find out that four of every 10 women use whitening creams according to market researcher, Synovate. There are skin-whitening for various parts of the body. The primary part is the face though. Consumers can find creams that whiten darker patches of skin in armpits and other areas that are normally covered by clothing. Some of these consumers want to have a full white body. They want to look like the white person. They even invest in products that will give them "the pink nipple" thanks to products that bleach away the brown pigment they were born with.
Why Do These Asians Want to Pass for White so Much? Why Do They Want to Marry White?
Part of it has a cultural explanation. Through films and advertising, dark-skinned people mostly see white-skinned people on various covers of magazines and in movies. The glossier the magazine, the more likely they will find a white face on its cover. In addition, South Korean soap operas are becoming very popular all over Asia. Their lighter-skinned stars have come to represent the aspiration of Asian beauty. Well-heeled young men and women, teenagers want to look like them. So spending money on white-skinned products is the sure way to get what they want. Other sociologists and researchers admit that Asians share a deeply-held cultural preference for lighter skin. The rationale is that a lighter complexion is associated with wealth and higher education levels. The lighter skin indicates that the person does not have to be exposed to the sun that darkens the skin. It also indicates the person's social class and financial standings. Now it makes sense to understand why Asian females would rather marry somebody from their own ethnic groups or a white person. Asian-white interacial unions are growing all the country. Others are saying that the high level or comparable level of Asians' education is also very appealing.
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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst
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Tuesday, 13 December 2005
A DVF Wrap Dress
Fashion Tidbits: Where does the idea of the Wrap Dress come from?
According to various interviews, top designer Diane Von Furstenberg came up with the idea for the wrap dress after she saw Julie Nixon Eisenhower on TV in 1972 wearing one of ther wrap tops and skirts together. Who says that watching TV does not pay off? That's all Von Furstenberg needed to get creative. She got the spark. Then, she went to designing studio. She wondered about the reasons why she can combine the two pieces into one. And the rest was history. She produced the first version of the wrap dress in 1973. In the space of 5 years, she witnessed the sales of more than 5 million wrap dresses, making her a sought-after designer who could gain her independence.
Most dress shopping stores or boutiques carry her line. The orders for her creations can not filled as fast as they should. There is a high demand for her dresses at all levels of celebritydom. She has been busy opening new stores in L.A., Hong Kong and Paris' Left Bank. She gives interviews and often travels to stores to check and show how to display her creations. On her web site, dvf.com, you can find her designs of rugs, a collection of fine jewelry, bracelent, handbags etc. She also relaunched her beauty line and updated some colors. What else can you find on her site? Silk scarves, shirts, luggage, furs, sunglasses and a Sears furniture line, cosmetics, perfume etc.
Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst
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Updated: Wednesday, 14 December 2005 8:46 AM PST
Tuesday, 6 December 2005
Fashion at Wal-Mart? iPods & Digital Cameras at Wal-Mart?
Fashion at Wal-Mart? iPods & Digital Cameras at Wal-Mart?: Wal-Mart’s Aggressive Marketing & Moves on Target, Best Buy, Circuit City and Others
Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart has an attack plan. It has a new aggressive business model that is putting the 3,100 strong stores in uncharted territories. Wal-Mart is now considering attracting and giving upscale shoppers a reason to shop within the walls of its stores. The company’s leaders realize that fashion, electronics and extended warranties will lead its stores to holy grounds of profits, more profits.
In fact, Wal-Mart wants to be the sought-after destination for urban hip hop loving, cool-clothes wearing shoppers. If you are a hip fashionista, Wal-Mart wants you to find every product you need from toothbrush, detergents to clothes designed by top designers and hot iPods and digital cameras. As if the company thought you might go to competitive stores such as Best Buy, CompUSA and top electronic seller Circuit City, Wal-Mart wants to sweeten the deals for you. It wants to offer you much lower extended warranties on your purchase.
Wal-Mart and Fashion
On October 6, the world’s largest retailer and provider of merchandise at “every day low prices” announced the creation of Metro 7. This is a new brand of urban women’s apparel that you can find in more than 500 stores nationwide. With Metro 7, Wal-Mart wants to offer its customers more variety and something more than the regular cereal, detergents, vegetables, cards and toys. Upscale shoppers used to leave the store and head to Target to shop for the latest trends in fashion at reasonable prices. To put the word out on Metro 7, Wal-Mart has been placing ads in top magazines such as Vogue. The face of Metro 7 is Marc Anthony’s former wife, former Miss Universe, Dayanara Torres. With Metro 7, Wal-Mart is leaving behind the repulsive fashion and clothes that are currently all over its display. Metro 7 is supposed to be for the urban fashion connoisseur, the fashion-savvy customer. Wal-Mart wants to cash in on customers who want to spend top money to look good and wear top brands and merchandise. Jewelry rental is catching up. Customers who are friends or related through family, work or marriage sometimes pool their money to buy an expensive gemstone which they take turns wearing. The new thing out there, the new buzzword is prestige for the masses or “masstige.” People want to look good at all prices.
To give a chance of success to Metro 7, Wal-Mart is willing to spend in its marketing plan. It has hired a former Target executive, John Fleming. John left his position as chief executive and CEO of Wal-Mart because he was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer of Wal-Mart. The company also hired former Chief Marketing Officer of Pepsico’s Frito Lay division to develop and help implement Wal-Mart’s marketing strategy and brand development. It must be noted that at Target, Fleming had extensive experience in developing the store’s fashion division. Wal-Mart wants to capitalize on his experience. Hey, that’s why they are paying him the big bucks. Keep in mind that Wal-Mart is not set up like, say, Costco where employees make decent money according to a 20/20 report. The question to ask right now is whether Wal-Mart is going to hire some top designers to design for Metro 7. Just like Target has been doing, John Fleming knows that urban fashion-savvy customers are attracted both by the designers and the dresses or clothes that are displayed on the shelves. The war of retail discounts is on. Target which is one of the company’s major competitors, has an established history of working with posh, high-end designers such as Isaac Misrahi and Cynthia Rowley. The pressure is on Wal-Mart to have a successful fashion line with Metro 7 as more and more fashion chic companies such as H&M are opening stores in San Francisco’s Union Square district. Wal-Mart wants what no. 2 discounter Target has, a line of clothing that attracts higher-end shoppers with fat wallets. With Metro 7, Wal-Mart intends to offer such designs as low-priced velvet jackets and camisole tops, luxurious linens and a broader array of consumer electronics items that should include higher-end plasma TVs, video game machines such as video iPods, MP3 players and digital cameras. Watch out Circuit City and Best Buy! The only place that Wal-Mart has been able to attract affluent shoppers is through its walmart.com site which is loaded with high priced items such as expensive diamond rings, flat-screen TVs with built-in DVD players and other expensive gadgets that attract both male and female customers.
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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst
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Updated: Tuesday, 6 December 2005 8:42 AM PST
Monday, 31 October 2005
Fashion, Style, Class and Sophistication
Usher's Classic, Sophisticated Sense of Fashion, Style and Sex Appeal
Usher's Fashion Tips for the Guy accompanying the promgirl
He is only known by Usher. His full name is Usher Raymond. His album, Confessions, brought him fame, name recognition and a budding mini-empire. He has lots fans and a huge fortune. He appears to be an earthy young man who knows about breakups and other sentimental issues. His album, Confessions, is now at more than 4 million in the U.S. alone. Solo artists are making a great comeback with him. So far, he has three hits "yeah!," "Burn" and "Confessions Part II."
Usher is also known for his classic, soft, sophisticated sense of fashion and style. On Oprah, Today, MTV and various other events where he appears, we can see what he is wearing.
Here is a list of the clothes, gear, jewellery, Usher wears and designers who are behind them:
Yves Saint Laurent Coat, Armani Collezioni Trousers, Sol Rafael earrings, silk tuxedo shirt, black armani slacks and tank. Gucci belt. Gucci underwear. Paul Stuart outfits. Valentino wraparounds. Some of the best tailors want to dress him. "Armani wants to dress me. So does Cavalli," he said during an interview.
Usher is an artist whose clothing must celebrate his sex appeal. He talks about style and sophisticated swagger all the time.
Usher likes the following designers: Gucci. I love Dsquared2. Ozwald Boateng. Paul Smith. Paul Frank. J. Crew Abercombie & Fitch. He likes his boxer-briefs which hold his goods closer to the body.
Usher also wears jeans. Paper Denim & Cloth, Sacred Blue, Seven. He wears Vuitton sneakers which come in various colors. He also had some Adidas
Now let's talk about his jewels. He wears solid gold, 18-karat matte yellow gold, Rolex.
He loves ties and suits. He thinks they empower a man. His ties come in hundreds of colors. His mother helps him collect them.
Usher could be on a dance floor in any prom ceremony.
Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst
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Updated: Wednesday, 2 November 2005 1:33 PM PST
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