Athena Magazine

Fashion, lifestyle, passions

Interview with Matthew Williamson on HauteMimi August 24, 2009

Check out what one of my fave designers has to say on HauteMimi:

MatthewW011GT: What was the initial inspiration for the new Autumn Winter Collection?
MW:
This season I wanted to continue the two key themes of shape and texture from my Pre Fall 09 collection. The silhouette is fairly extreme, with the oversized outerwear and knitwear balancing out with nipped tulip skirted dresses and long lean trouser shapes. The waistline in particular is defined by strong tailored lines, wide heavily beaded belts or simply by the considered placement of the prints. The ‘power’ shoulder has also returned for Winter, particularly in seen in the zig zag wool weave, where the chevron curved seams emphasis the strong lines.

Read more …

 

Threadbanger Rocks August 23, 2009

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I was doing some research this weekend and spent some time on ThreadBanger.com. I’d forgotten just how awesome this hipster-DIY-sewing-with-Goth-edge site it. Check it out …

 

Get the scoop on Project Runway’s Season 6 kickoff August 21, 2009

projectProject Runway, now living in L.A., was off to a fashionable start last night with Season 6’s 16 new designers. Find out who made the cut and the surprising upset here: http://www.stylelist.com/blog/2009/08/21/project-runway-season-6-kicks-off-with-strong-and-quirky-desig/

 

Yeah! Valentino the Last Emperor available for DVD preorder August 18, 2009

For those of you who have worn your Devil Wears Prada DVDs thin, rewinding and mouthing your favorite lines, your replacement is here: “Valentino the Last Emperor” is available for preorder on DVD.

valtinoPRE-ORDER YOUR DVD TODAY
You’ve seen ‘Valentino The Last Emperor’ in theaters, NOW OWN IT on DVD or Blu-ray! Scheduled to be released on September 8, the DVD and Blu-ray are already available for PRE-ORDER in the U.S. and Canada.
Buy it now at http://www.valentinomovie.com

46 MINUTES OF BONUS MATERIAL
In addition to the original feature-length film, the disks include THREE MINI-FEATURES covering the unique world of haute couture and the unmatched highlife of Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti.
Watch an exclusive preview at http://www.valentinomovie.com/#dvd

 

SarahSeven’s pretty custom dresses August 11, 2009

tulipFor gorgeous custom dresses, check out SarahSeven.Etsy.com. She’s a little backed up on orders, but worth the wait.

 

Valentino movie takes Midwest by storm, still going strong July 19, 2009

A wonderful note about the success of the Valentino movie, but what touched me was that it opened in both Columbia, Mo., and Des Moines, Iowa, two small Midwestern cities I once inhabited. Brava, Columbia and Des Moines!

valentinoDear Friends & Fans,

After a very strong first weekend in CANADA, we are happy to announce that we’re adding more screens in TORONTO (now also at AMC Winston Churchill and AMC Kennedy Commons) and MONTREAL (now also at Cinema Fortune Cavendish). Check the full listing of all 7 theaters on our website.

In the U.S., while still going strong in NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES after almost 4 months, Valentino continues to fill art houses around the country: This week WILTON, NH, and COLUMBIA, MO, are added to the list. And IOWANS, who so boldly embraced gay marriage a few months ago, can rush to the Varsity Theater in DES MOINES to learn a few lessons about longevity in relationships from the Italian couturier!

And that’s not all! We have a great program for the rest of the summer, which includes engagements in LAS VEGAS, MARTHA’S VINEYARD, THE VILLAGES in FLORIDA, ORLANDO, ESTERO, TEMPE, SACO, ELLSWORTH and return engagements to PALM SPRINGS and CHICAGO. See the list of all upcoming cities below or at http://www.valentinomovie.com.

Have a great weekend!

“What is the difference between good style and trash?
Darling, I have no idea!” -Joan Collins

The Valentino Team

 

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 …

 

Kenneth D. King: King of Couture Embellishment July 14, 2009

kingToday is the last day of my haute couture embellishments class at FIT, where we present our portfolios,  and I wanted to pay a little homage to my professor, Kenneth D. King. This man lives and breathes couture embellishment and approaches it with a curiosity and creativity that is as rare as it is delightful. Visit couture designer Kenneth D. King’s site here. 

For his Designer Bead Embroidery book, click here. book

 

The Model as Muse exhibit at the Met July 11, 2009

model_as_muse_bigHurry on over to the Met before this show closes. I went with my FIT gal pals last night, and if you have an interest in either magazine or fashion history, this is a wonderful eye candy walk through the mid-20th century to now. What’s most wonderful about the show is that they have brought in the real designer garments (Balenciaga, Dior and more) that were featured in spreads, along with a pictorial history of fashion shooting through the decades. Plus, you have the music of each era in each section, so it literally is a walk down memory lane. See is through August 9. Learn more …

Cheap tip: Go on Friday night. The museum is open until 9 and it’s perfectly kosher to pay $1 admission, even though the usual fee is $20.

 

Redux 1980s: Wendy’s Fashion Show July 10, 2009

The Cold War made for some pretty entertaining pop culture. Like this Wendy’s Commercials from sometime in the 1980s. It’s another one from Sedelmaier, who brought us “Where’s the Beef?”