The Secret Of Valentino’s Success Revealed



SO MANY things contribute to a brand’s success – from the intangible allure of a fabric, to the unarguable sway of social media posts – but few items are so clearly responsible for improving a label’s fortunes as theValentino Rockstud shoe. So ubiquitous on street-style favourites that its subtle hardware is identifiable even by those who have never seen a Rockstud in the flesh, the shoes have continually sold out in every incarnation since their launch in 2010, and the company’s revenues have doubled since their inception.

More than just coincidence, the growth has been carefully coordinated by co-creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuriand Pierpaolo Piccioli, who are both veteran accessories designers by trade. Like Mulberry, which recently hired Celine accessories designer Johnny Coco as its new creative director, and Gucci, which promoted in-house accessories director Alessandro Michele to its helm, brands’ focus on the category – which allows aspirational customers to pick up a piece of the aesthetic – is known to pay dividends. Last year saw Valentino’s revenues up by 36 per cent, with half of all sales coming from accessories.

“We think that now the designer has to find a new balance,” Chiuri “Women now want something special, but to use every day – not only for special occasions.”

“Valentino is a couture brand,” Piccioli added, “and that’s something that we’ve really wanted to keep from the very beginning in our contemporary world. We’re concentrating on an effortless elegance, so it’s like wearing couture with a street attitude.”


Funke Akindele Actress’ look to the Spirit Of Lagos Citizens Award should be pinned!


Popular Yoruba Nollywood actress, mostly known as ‘Jennifer’, Funke Akindele has been making some fashion statements of late.

Funke Akindele

Popular Yoruba Nollywood actress, mostly known as ‘Jennifer’, Funke Akindele has been making some fashion statements of late.

Funke stepped out for the Spirit of Lagos Citizena Awards last night and she looked breathtaking in a flowing cape gown paired with a red clutch.

We guess she has finally found her style as she looks wholesome and beautiful.

What do you think of this look?

Outfit of the day – Noble Igwe


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It’s Friday and Nigeria’s democracy day, it’s a great day and a dawn for Nigeria and that is reflecting on style choice this great day.

Saluting the motherland is this OOTD inspiration by fashion blogger and enthusiast; Noble Igwe who rocks modern trad in a slim fit dark hue, setting off a brilliant pop of colour with the cap featuring blue stripes and bright yellow man bag, stylishly done, no?

What do you say to Noble Igwe’s style as OOTD inspiration? Our verdict is yay!

Lady Gaga Top designers draw sketches for pop star’s wedding dress


Lady Gaga, known for her very bold, risky fashion choices, is getting married and all the designers want to design her wedding dress.

Lady Gaga has been tagged “The Bride of the Decade” and as such everyone is doing to see what she wears on her special day.

However, the bride is not concerned with her dress, as she only wants to please her man, Taylor Kinney.

“It will be totally for Taylor,” Gaga told WWD exclusively of her wedding dress plans. “It’s all about my man. I haven’t really thought about anything specific yet but whatever it is, it will be totally for him.”

This lack of interest has not stopped people from asking the asking the obvious question on everyone’s lips which is “Who will design the dress?”

Due to this wedding dress frenzy, Women’s Wear Daily(WWD) has asked designers to make sketches for the pop star’s wedding dress.

Check out the amazing sketches ranging from sweet, whimsical, imaginative, simple to simply spectacular in the gallery above.

Tom Ford Business mogul backs new fashion film project, ‘The True Cost’


‘The True Cost’ explores the negative impact of fast fashion, a topic many have avoided.


Top fashion designer, Tom Ford has pledged his full support behind a new fashion film project because of it’s ‘touching and holistic’ concept.

The businessman was seen at a London screening of ‘The True Cost’ earlier this week, an expose and eventual docu-series which explores the negative impact of fast fashion: from pesticides in cotton to discarded clothes that clog landfills.

At the 2015 Cannes, Ford sold his next film, ‘Nocturnal Animals’ to Universal for $20 million so it’s only fair to say the fashionable filmmaker has an interest in projects that affect the planet and its inhabitants.

‘The True Cost’ is exec-produced by Livia Firth and is also supported by big shots like Net-a-Porter founder NatalieMassenet, designer Nicole Farhi and British Fashion Council head Caroline Rush.

Ifeoma Williams Ex-beauty queen looks flawless in CLAN


Former beauty queen; Ifeoma Williams shows off flawless look in a CLAN piece…

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Former Miss Lux (2001) Ifeoma Williams is a beauty any day, the image consultant stepped out in a white look at a recent event and she nailed it flawless in white.
For the event, the pretty lady chose a sleeveless white CLAN skouser look, red clutch and red shoes. She went minimal with the accessories choosing silver studs, handchain and cocktail ring.
She wore her signature slick hair in centrepart complete with smokey eye look. She nailed the look flawless, no? What do you think? Check on the look above.

Ciara Pop singer fronts Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter 2015 campaign


Ciara is the new face of Roberto Cavalli as she’s unveiled in a dreamlike campaign for the brand’s Fall/Winter.

Ciara for Roberto Cavalli F/W 2015 

Ciara for Roberto Cavalli F/W 2015 

Ciara for Roberto Cavalli F/W 2015

Ciara for Roberto Cavalli F/W 2015

Ciara has been unveiled as the face of RobertoCavalli’s Fall/Winter campaign and she rocks the campaign.

The pretty singer posed in bohemian luxe styles including fringe, eclectic prints and 70s style jumpsuits for the campaign.

Ciara was photographed in a room full of sand inspiring a dreamlike quality for the Cavalli brand. Check out the campaign images above.

Kering Sues Over Counterfeits


Gucci spring/summer 2015
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Balenciaga autumn/winter 2015
Picture credit: Indigital

“Kering and its brands dedicate a great amount of creative energy, craftsmen’s know-how and monetary investments to develop products that speak to consumers and fulfil their needs,” said a spokesperson for Kering. “This lawsuit is a part of Kering’s ongoing global effort to maintain its customers’ trust in its genuine products and to continue to develop the creative works and talents in its brands.”

Kering first sued Alibaba last year over similar claims, although the case was dropped after two weeks. In January of this year, following a run-in with China’s main corporate regulator over unlicensed vendors selling illegal replicas on its sites, Alibaba said it would increase its staff to monitor its shopping sites more closely.

“We continue to work in partnership with numerous brands to help them protect their intellectual property and we have a strong track record in doing so,” said a spokesperson for Alibaba. “Unfortunately, the Kering Group has chosen the path of wasteful litigation instead of the path of constructive cooperation. We believe this complaint has no bases and we will fight it vigorously.”

In 2012, the Office of the United States Trade Representative removed one of Alibaba’s most successful e-commerce sites, Taobao, from its “notorious markets” list, following the brand’s progress in cleaning up the calibre of its vendors and product sold.

Copying Controversy Over Taylor’s Jumpsuit


Taylor Swift at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night wearing Balmain
Picture credit: Getty
The jumpsuit on the Balmain spring/summer 2015 catwalk
Picture credit: Indigital
HIGH-STREET labels get inspiration from, and in some cases even copy, designer labels – this we know – but internet sensation Nasty Gal’s latest effort has landed the brand in hot water. The fast-fashion retailer posted a picture of Taylor Swift at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards on itssocial media accounts proclaiming that she was wearing its own-label Frisco Inferno jumpsuit, only she wasn’t. Swift, like many starlets at the event, was wearing Balmain.
Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Jourdan Dunn, Lily Aldridge, Chrissy Teigen and more were wearing Balmain at the ceremony, where Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing unveiled the house’s forthcoming collaboration with H&M. Swift’s one-piece debuted on the catwalk during the spring/summer 2015 show, after which Nasty Gal – which was founded by retail entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso, author of Girl Boss – released its own lookalike style.

“So, what are we to make of this?” legal commentator The Fashion Lawasked today. “We can certainly conclude one of two things. Either Nasty Gal is so good at copying other brands’ garments stitch-for-stitch that even its employees cannot tell the difference between the real thing and the copy, or Nasty Gal knew that Swift was wearing Balmain and was using this opportunity to sell one of its near exact copies.”

Explanations aside, the post was deleted by the LA-based company shortly after, but not until the white jumpsuit had sold out. It’s unlikely that Rousteing will be too distressed, however, since he’s made it clear that he considers such imitation the sincerest form of flattery – and since it may just inspire him to include the said jumpsuit in his new H&M range, giving Balmain fans access to something that actually does bear the Balmain label when the range launches in November.