Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fashion Weekly News (22/07-28/07)

   About $136 million of jewellery stolen from Leviev exhibition from the Carlton Hotel in Cannes. An urgent operation is under way; yet, if the theft is confirmed, this raid will be the second largest in France.

   Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, a former executive employee at Tifanny & Co was pleaded guilty last Friday for stealing $2.1 million worth of jewellery from the house. She has been selling the jewellery in order to enrich herself; she will be facing up to 46 months of prison and her sentencing will be determined next December.

   Despite LVMH having to pay a fine concerning the illegitimate acquisition of its stake in Hermes, it has recently again increased its number of shares from 22.6 per cent to 23.1 per cent as of June 30—this feud is certainly not ending anytime soon.

   Saks sells itself to Hudson’s Bay, owner of Lord & Taylor, for about $2.4 billion in cash. The America origin chain will be planning to open in Canada soon. 

   Abercrombie & Fitch is under investigation by France's human rights watchdog, following claims that the retailer hires employees based solely on their appearance. The Défenseur des Droits investigating body specialises in discrimination cases and reported that it has reason to believe that staff who were hired as "models" were also used as sales clerks.

   Actress Michelle Williams is the new face of Louis Vuitton for the fall/winter 2014 collection.

   Cameron Diaz is the new artistic director of Pour La Victoire brand. According to WWD, she says, “Being influential in a brand and in its [advertising] campaigns interests me. I love fashion. It’s a large part of my life. What I wear is looked at. It influences what other people wear because that’s just the world we live in.” In addition, she is also hoping to be able to guide the brand to a more functional and aspirational approach, “We want the brand to be accessible for that working girl,” she said. “I work hard for my money. I want it [the collection] to be sensible, whether you have a lot of money or you are scraping together pennies.”

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Chocolate with Pistachio Filling Cupcake

   It is really the first recipe I make which is praised and accredited by my entire family… Even though I am very emotional and moved, I will pass on the introductory speech today and start talking about the recipe right away! My mom, who is the radical advocate of healthy eating, ate the whole cupcake—still unbelievable!

For 24 yummy cupcakes, you will need

 Pistachio Filling:
1 ½ cup of Pistachio nuts
1/3 cup of whipping cream
60g of butter
1 cup of icing sugar
½ cup of milk
1 drop of almond essence (optional but necessary for a better taste)

 Chocolate cake:
170g of unsweetened chocolate
250g of butter (softened)
1 cup of granulated sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 cups of flour
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tbsp of Rhum (Rum)

Cookware and Cutlery
Cupcake liners
Electric mixer

Pistachio filling:
Boil one cup of water and soak in the pistachio nuts for a minute, peel and wash them in water.

Blend the Pistachio nuts with the whipping cream. When it has become a homogeneous mixture, place it in the electric mixer and add the melted butter, the icing sugar, and the milk with the almond essence.

Put the pistachio paste in small ice moulds and put in freezer for at least 3 hours before use.

Chocolate Cupcake:
Preheat the oven at 350⁰ C.
Melt the chocolate in a hot-water bath for 5-10 minutes and leave it to cool it down. (use the chocolate in the recipe lukewarm)

Mix the flour with the baking powder and set aside.
Soften the butter in the microwave then cream using an electric mixer.
Add the sugar to the butter and keep mixing until fluffy.
Add the eggs, one at a time.

Add the lukewarm chocolate and incorporate into batter with spatula.

Add the flour and baking powder gradually and mix with the spatula up then down in a circular move.

Add the rhum to enhance the taste of chocolate in the cupcake.

Setting Up:
Take out the pistachio paste from the freezer, and make sure they are consistent and hard enough to use.
Put the cupcake liners in the mould and fill 1/4 with batter. Put one pistachio square in the middle, and cover it with just enough batter to make the pistachio disappear from sight—that means that we have filled more or less ¾ of the cupcake paper.

Bake in oven for about 15 minutes while keeping an eye to the cake.
Cool in tins for 5-10 minutes, remove from tins, and let cool on a wire rack.
Serve hot or lukewarm and refrigerate in an air-tight box.

Monday, July 22, 2013

My Third (and regretful) Week at Esmod

   Today is the beginning of the fourth and last week of the fashion design course I am attending at Esmod. During the third week, we learnt about the different weaving methods, the types of threads and fabrics that we got familiar with at touch, and we had two sessions of “coloriage”—in English coloring. I know that I am writing now in cold blood, truth is, I regret going to Esmod a lot. 
   Last Thursday, we started working on our mood boards for the collection of our—first and—final project; we were very limited and restricted in our choices and we spent the whole day cutting out magazines. The final project consists in making up a collection of 10 to 15 pieces and dress up two mannequins at least, on paper. 
   During the last couple of days, the teacher that supposedly teaches us has taken too much credit so he is leaving the class at his wish for hours almost (the class pays him 280$/hour). In addition, I noticed that the administration there does not care. Last Friday was a continuation of Thursday and I have decided not to attend the course. I had already finished my mood board and it wasn’t worth it anyway to pay the hateful cab and get stuck in traffic twice to sit with my friends on our own and doodle pieces of ideas on paper—because I can do this alone at home. 
  In the weekend, I got sick and I had a horrible stomachache; so I stayed in today as well. When I asked my friends on Whatsapp what they were up to in class, they merely did anything. Indeed, they were sitting on their own doodling pieces of ideas while the teacher was still absent. I’m happy I stayed home. At least, I slept a good deal and I even started to get inspired by and draw clothes from net-a-porter. Tomorrow, I’m going—and if the teacher decides to leave the class, I’m going to call him back.

moodboard: theme of the night

Illustration Exercise at home from Net-a-porter pieces

Illustration Exercise at home from Net-a-porter pieces

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Fashion Weekly News (15/07-21/07)

   The late designer Gianni Versace’s Ocean Drive mansion in Miami will go up for auction on September 17. The house, now known as Casa Casuarina, is estimated for a starting price of $75 million. When bought in 1993, Versace has invested $33 million for its renovation, which includes decorating a 54-foot mosaic pool with 24-carat gold.

   For the occasion of its 90th anniversary, Fendi is moving house to one of the most imposing buildings in Rome and a representation of fascist architecture, the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (the Palace of the Italian Civilisation). Currently closed for maintenance and renovation, the palace also often nicknamed “the Square Colosseum”, will soon be open to Fendi’s 400 employees.

   Francois Pinault, wife of actress Salma Hayek and CEO and founder of luxury conglomerate Kering (previously known as PPR), will show his grandiose art collection in Paris, under the Gothic arches of the Conciergerie, for the first time in October. The collection will feature works by 22 artists around the theme of “Imprisonment”.

   Kate Moss has designed covers for iPhones, Tablets, as well as for Samsung for Carphone Warehouse stores, and will be available on July 24.

   Today, Regent Street is hosting a 100-metre catwalk show to celebrate individual style. The event invites the people to strut the catwalk and give the chance to 5 people to be awarded with a goodie bag. In addition, the event will feature different categories, streetwear, sportwear, and bridal among others.

   Last Saturday, Alexander Wang hosted a particular private party in New York, in which he invited people but also let in a 100 more from the public to benefit from free unlimited giveaways of his new collection.

   Michael Kors files suit against Costco for allegedly falsely claiming to sell their handbags. According to WWD, the lawsuit refers to email adverts, which advertised a variety of "designer handbags starting at $99.99" with an image showing several of Michael Kors bags featuring his signature gold MK logo.

   Dolce and Gabbana boutiques closed down in Milan for the weekend due to indignation from the Italian Tax Police, the Internal Revenue Service, and counsillor D’alfonso remarks in a newspaper, who said that the label shouldn’t be allowed to show its next collection in Milan, and that the city doesn’t need to be represented by “tax evaders”. D’alfonso has since denied his remarks to be given to the press. Born and raised in Milan, Dolce and Gabbana confide in a letter the resentment they feel for being unfairly treated by the city. Likewise, they add “it must also be said that in the last 30 years we have given a great deal to this city: prestige and international visibility, jobs and economic development.”