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Museum At FIT: Isabel Toledo July 17, 2009

Note: Best known for her inaugural day suit on display at this show, Isabel Toledo is a designer’s designer. Read more about her show at FIT and her story here.

newtoledo1aIsabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out
June 17 through September 26, 2009

The Cuban-born fashion designer Isabel Toledo is often described as “a designer’s designer.” Although she is little known to the general public, her work is greatly admired by members of the fashion community. As the late fashion journalist Amy Spindler once wrote, “Only great designers can dispense with themes and theatrics and let the work speak instead. Ms. Toledo does just that, letting fashion itself be the theme.”  Learn more …


I think I might want this: Some kind of house June 29, 2009

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049DawnridgeDrawingRoomIf you’ve been craving an over-the-top house, this just might fit the bill. See more.


Jimmy Choo at H&M! June 22, 2009

jimmychooAdding to the list of guest-designers for H&M, Jimmy Choo will bring its irresistible charm and to die for shoes and handbags to selected stores.  The collection will be available November 14 in about  200 stores around the globe. Read more on


In case you were wondering: Balmain on sale May 22, 2009

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balmainIn case you were wondering where to pick up your Balmain duds and accessories, here’s the site: Just don’t expect to find any budget buys. The coat at left goes for over $11K, but you can pick it up for just under $8K. That’s a pretty penny for the it coat of the season. Find more Balmain here.


Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2009 May 1, 2009

I have adored Diane Von Furstenberg and her dresses since I was 10 when she appeared on the cover of Time. Just last week, she became my FB friend and so in her honor, here’s her Fall 2009 collection.


Valentino Rules April 1, 2009

I went to see Valentino The Last Emperor yesterday and it was total fabulousity. I just want to go live with designer Valentino and his partner Giancarlo. They are adorable in this frank look at the couture fashion world. Learn more here. And check out the trailer and interview. More on YouTube.


The Future is now: Spray on Fabric March 18, 2009

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fabricanltd-comIf you wanted to know what they’ll think of next, they thought of it: spray-on fabric. This creates a whole new wrinkle for designers, no? Learn more.


Dressing the McQueen Way … March 17, 2009

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Dressing The McQueen Way …

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The son of a taxi driver, East Londoner Alexander McQueen didn’t begin his life with a slew of connections in the fashion world. Instead, it was his incredible imagination coupled with his indisputable abilities as a designer that put him on the fast track to fame. Now hailed as one of the most creative designers alive today, style icon Alexander McQueen is notorious for his theatrical runway shows that elevate fashion to the level of art.

I remember when McQueen first made his debut way back in the early 90s, I knew that fashion would never be the same again. And it hasn’t.

Just like Westwood before him, McQueen with his distinct aesthetic and theatrical presence on the catwalk, has brought in the much-needed element of fun.

Indeed, his reputation has partly been built on his unwillingness to conform to the norm, and his repeated demonstrations of how true style is about cultivating individuality. Before graduating with a master’s from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, Alexander McQueen cut his teeth at Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard, where it is rumored that he routinely graffitied profanities into linings intended for Prince Charles’ suits.

You can read the full Alexander McQueen article @ AskMen.Com ….

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Fashion Week arrives! February 14, 2009

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peter-som1Yesterday was the kickoff at the tents at Bryant Park and presentations elsewhere. Get the latest scoop here!


The Next Big Fashion Trend: Depression Chic Spring/Summer ’09 January 25, 2009

depressionchic4This post was originally written and published by Louise Sleigh of Catwalk Creative. Her boho chic Fall ’08 story continues to be in Athena’s top 10 hits, since Louise has a psychic prescience about what’s hot and the stock in her fab vintage/resale shop to allows you to get style on a budget. Can we say it enough: We love this practical fashionista from across the Pond! Read her Catwalk Threads blog here. Buy from Catwalk Creative here.

The Next Big Fashion Trend: Depression Chic Spring/Summer 09

There is no doubt that fashion trends are dictated by many influences, from world events and the economy to what teenagers are wearing on the street and even the latest block-buster movie. It appears that our economists failed to see what was coming and yet top designers were already working both sides of the US stock market crash of 1929 to come up with one of my favourite trends of summer 2009.  Yes, you guessed it – the next big thing is depression chic!

The Spring/Summer runways were awash with the most amazing trends ranging from goddess dressing to 80’s trash and vaudeville.  An eclectic mix that will soon be heading to boutiques and high-streets the world over.

As mentioned, one of my personal favourites is the ‘depression chic’ trend (shown above) with insightful designers appearing to be one step ahead of the economists. Now how exactly do they do that? There were lots of sparkly flapper frocks from Alberta Ferretti and Aquilano Rimondi and sack dresses from Burberry and Bottega Veneta (more photos below).

If there’s one thing that every girl should be partying in during Spring/Summer 2009, it’s that perfect fringed dress or the style of clothing with that’s evocotive of the 1920’s and 1930’s. Here’s a couple of my own pieces which are currently for sale in my eBay store:

Some other trends to look out for this coming season are:

Geometric construction
Goddess dressing
Fairytale romance
Laddered stockings/tights
Cutaway clothing
Bondage/fetish clothing
Oversized bows

80’s trash and vaudeville

Here are some of my favourties:


Bottega Veneta

Charles Anastase