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Designer Elie Saab

27 JUNE 2016- BEIRUT, LEBANON Elie Saab, Lebanese fashion designer in the building of his main workshop in Beirut, Lebanon. Photo by Natalie Naccache

Background And Childhood

Elie Saab was born in July 4, 1964 in Damour, a suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. He was only six years old, when he first showed signs of his future flair. His father was a wood merchant. In 1976, his home city of Damour was destroyed. As a result, his family moved closer to Beirut. Saab taught himself to sew using his mother old clothes in his designs and showcasing on his sisters.

His Career In Lebanon

In 1982, at the age of eighteen, Saab launched a fashion label in Beirut with fifteen workers. At that time, he focused on designing couture for brides. He used high quality lace, fabrics, crystals, pearls, silk threads and intricate embroidery. Soon his reputation spread. Elie went from simply dressing the women in his neighborhood to dressing high society women.

His Career out Lebanon

In 1997, he turned into the first non-Italian designer who was included in Italian Camera Nazionale della Moda as a member. Also Elie Saab displayed his first clothing collection outside his nation in Rome at the same year.

In 1998, he had a fashion show in Monaco. Princess Stephanie of Monaco attended the show. Moreover, in 1999 Queen Rania of Jordan wore one of his designs while she ascended the Jordanian throne.
In 2002, he became a quick talk of the world. Especially when Halle Berry wore his design when she won an ‘Oscar award for Best Actress’. This made Elie Saab a huge success because he was the first Lebanese designer to dress an actress for the ‘Oscars’.

In 2003, he became a member correspondent of ‘Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture’. Furthermore in the same year he had his first haute couture line in Paris.

In 2010, he had dressed around 102 celebrities from around the world for major international events including : Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, Beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Emma Watson, Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Princess Claire of Luxembourg and Katy Perry.

 

Rabih Kayrouz: Fashion Designer

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Rabih Kayrouz is a Lebanese fashion designer. He got his reputation first in Paris. Furthermore he is one of only two Lebanese fashion designers included in the official calendar of couture fashion shows in Paris. In other words, he is a young Lebanese designer wanted to do something international.

Early life

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Rabih Kayrouz was born in Lebanon in 1973. At age 10 Rabih spent hours in front of the television watching fashion shows being broadcast from Paris.  Because of the civil war in his country he migrated to Paris. Kayrouz joined the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne to finish his education.

Hall Of Fame

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Kayrouz in 1995 started several workshops of design houses Dior and Chanel. That what gave him a very good experience. He took his decision to return to Beirut his native country. Furthermore, he started to build his reputation and develop himself. So he began designing evening gowns and wedding dresses.

In 2008, Kayrouz returned to Paris to open his own design house (Maison Rabih Kayrouz). He became a correspondent member in Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Three years later he launched his ready-to-wear line. Furthermore, Kayrouz created a non-profit organization called the Starch Foundation in order to help young Lebanese designers to reach their aims.

Till now he continues to beat his own path, and see fashion follow. Furthermore, his name now alongside Chanel and Dior in the couture hall of fame.

His Designs

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His designs created in elegant special way. Kayrouz differentiates between couture and ready-to-wear. His ready-to-wear collections are complement with urban lifestyle and “know-how” style. While his haute- couture specializes in the style codes. In general he uses different techniques in his collections. He keeps the emotion and dreamy aspect of couture. Moreover, he creates for the pleasure of women creating clothes that can be either protective or seducing.

 

Paloma Picasso

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Some of you, probably had no idea that Pablo Picasso had a daughter. Yes, he has one, and her name is Paloma Picasso, the well known for her signature lipstick, and the designer of many jewelry items for both Yves Saint Laurent and Tiffany and Co. In addition, an owner of a jewelry line she designed herself.

Synopsis

Paloma, the daughter of the well-known artist, Pablo Picasso, was born on April 19, 1949, in Vallauris, France. Moreover, in the year 1986, she was working on her own, being a costume and accessory designer. Soon after, the jewelry she designed, caught the attention of some fashion critics, who said that they were exceptional and well made. Moreover, this reputation, got her a new job: a jewelry designer for Zolotas, Yves Saint Laurent and Tiffany and Co. after a while, Paloma released her own line, making perfume, and accessories for designers.

Early Life

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Paloma is the daughter of Pablo Picasso and his artist and writer lover Franoise Gilot. This girl was surrounded by artist from the moment she was born. Her name “Paloma”, in Spanish means “dove”, and she was named like that because of the famous symbol her father designed for the International Peace Conference in Paris the year Paloma was born. Additionally, Paloma Picasso is seen in many of her father’s works such as: Paloma with an Orange and Paloma in Blue.

Career

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Her career started in 1986, when she started designing jewelry for Tiffany and Co. after that, she decided to go on her own, and launched her brand, Paloma Picasso. In her brand, she created perfumes and jewelry for fashion designers including an eponymous scent and Mon Rouge, a dramatic scarlet lipstick that became her trademark.

Personal Life

At first she was married to Argentinean businessman Rafael Lopez-Cambil for 21 years. However, soon after their divorce, she got married to French doctor Eric Thevenet.

Designer of the day: Vitorio Missoni

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Vittorio Missoni is an Italian business executive. Moreover, he is best known for being a CEO of the Missoni brand that was founded by his parents in the 1950s. However, in 2013, a plane that was carrying Vittorio Missoni with his wife and three others, disappeared off the coast of Venezuela.

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Missoni was born in Lombardy, Italy, in 1954. In fact, his parents, Ottavio and Rosita, were the ones who founded the high fashion brand Missoni. However, Vittorio and his two siblings, in 1996, took control of Missoni, with Vittorio eventually rising to the rank of CEO. Moreover, in January 2013, a plane carrying Vittorio Missoni, along with his wife three others, disappeared off the coast of Venezuela, and in June 2013, the plane’s wreckage was located not far from where the aircraft departed, in the waters near the Los Roques island resort.

Early Life

Vittorio Missoni was born in Gallarate, Lomardy, Italy, in 1954. His parents are Ottavio and Rosita. In fact, just a year before he was born, his parents opened a knitwear store in Gallarate. Moreover, years after years, the business grew and evolved. However, during the 1950s, it was on its peak. Later on, in 1958, the first garments featuring the Missoni label appeared in stores.

Carmencitta Magazine - Designer of the day Vitorio Missoni3In fact, when the 1960s hit their middle years, the Missoni Company’s knitwear designs that had a zigzag pattern that made them distinctive, became the basis of a very successful brand. In fact, Vittorio and his brother and sister, grew up in a social life that has style as well as privilege, they used to meet with well-known fashion legends and pose for pictures that ran in fashion and lifestyle magazines. Moreover, in the late 1960s, the Missonis relocated their company to Milan from Lombardy, and this relocation was one of the main reasons why northern Italy was elevated, and Milan in particular, as a world capitol of fashion.

Betsey Johson; Fashion Designer

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Betsey Johnson is an American fashion designer. She was born on August 10, 1942. Betsey was known for her feminine designs, as well as for fancy, offbeat and edgy style. Moreover, she liked doing special and unusual things, such as performing a cartwheel after every show.

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This unique fashion designer grew up with a love for art and dance. In the 1960s her avant garde designs were part of the “youthquake” movement; this is when her career as fashion designer started. However, this career was low, until she was inspired by the punk rock style and created fashion for a new generation. At first, Betsey opened a small boutique in New York, and after that she reached more than 60 stores worldwide.

Early Life

Carmencitta-MAgazine-Betsney-Johnson-3Betsey was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut. While growing up, Johnson had a passion towards two thing: dancing and drawing. In fact, what lead Betsey to become a fashion designer was a combination for the passions she had. “What I tried to do was a combination of dance and art,” she says, “I realized that making clothes is completing what a drawing can’t be—going from two dimensional to reality.” Moreover, after graduating, she decided to follow her interests in art and design, and enrolled in Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

As A Fashion Designer

After graduating from college, Johnson immediately made her first appearance in the New York fashion industry when she won Mademoiselle Magazine’s Guest Editor Contest and earned a job in the magazine’s department of art.

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Moreover, one year later, she had a job as a fashion designer in Paraphernalia, a clothing boutique in New York. This is where she developed her style using unusual fabrics such as shower curtains.

Moreover, in 1978, she partnered with an ex-model Chantal Bacon and started their own company and opened her first retail store in Manhattan. “Our partnership is better than a marriage,” Johnson said. ”We keep our private lives separate, but we’ve been through a lot together. She keeps the books and I keep the look.”

 

Pierre Cardin

Pierre Cardin is a French fashion designer who was born in Italy. Moreover, he was the first designer to introduce “bubble dress” in 1954. Furthermore, on October 16, 2009, Pierre Cardin was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

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Pierre Cardin is a high fashion designer who is known for his geometric avant-garde designs. Moreover, in the 1960s his use of goggles and helmets were the reason for launching “t”. After that, Cardin expanded into the automobile market in the early where he designed haute couture muscle car interiors. As a result, he now owns a chain of Maxim hotels and restaurants.

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Pierre Cardin is a fashion designer who was born in San Biagio di Callalta, Italy on July 2, 1922, to French parents. He eventually went to work for a tailor in Vichy, France. Over there, he began to acquire the skills that made him one of the most successful designers of the 20th century.

Early Fashion Career

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During his first years after he moved to Paris, Cardin jumped for job to job. Moreover, he found a job in “the Paquin fashion house” that belonged to the famous dress designer Jeanne Paquin. However, she died before Cardin’s time there. Cardin moved from Paquin to the Schiaperelli fashion house that same year.

Pierre is known for helping to design Dior’s “New Look,” which was intended to emphasize femininity in women’s clothing after the period of women taking on traditionally masculine roles during World War II.

Business Launch

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In 190, after working for Dior, Pierre left to start his own line. He first started by designing outfits for stage productions, and after that, he immediately built a client base. Cardin says of his beginning, “I started with 20 people. I was successful immediately.” Moreover, in 1957, Pierre Cardin opened his first boutique in Paris for men, it was called “Adam”.

Biography: Donatella Versace

Early Life

Born on May 2, 1955, in Reggio Calabria, Italy, designer Donatella Versace is one of best known names in fashion today. She is the sister of the late designer Gianni Versace. Donatella and Gianni learned about designing from their mother, who had a dressmaking business.

Versace began developing her trademark look as a teenager. Moreover, Donatella attended university in Florence for a time. However, she eventually reunited with Gianni to support his clothing business.

Fashion Muse

Gianni Versace started his own fashion company in Milan in 1978. Together with Donatella, who was right there by his side.  she played an important role in orchestrating many Versace fashion shows. She also helped bring some rock ‘n’ roll spirit and celebrity cache to the line through her friendships with Madonna and Elizabeth Hurley.

Also, she was chief designer for the company’s Versus line. She learned even more about the business in the mid-1990s. Gianni lost his life in 1997. Donatella was devastated by the death of her brother.

Top Designer

Days after Gianni Versace’s death, Donatella became Versace’s new creative director. In fact, she had already taken a leading role in the business.

In 2009, she brought in Christopher Kane to design for Versus and reinvent the brand. After his departure, Versace collaborated with other upcoming designers on the line. She also revamped the company’s haute couture line Atelier Versace. Today, Versace markets a variety of product lines from home goods, to perfume, clothing, and furniture. in addition to that, the company operates two hotels.\

 Personal Life

Versace married former model Paul Beck in 1986. They had two children together, Allegra and Daniel.
Maya Rudolph often impersonates her on the show ‘Saturday Night Live’.
‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Lauren Weisberger novel that featured Donatella. And the song ‘Gulabi Ankhein’ mentioned her in 2012.

Designer of the day: L’Wren Scott

If you are a fashion lover, then you have with no doubt, heard about a fashion designer called L’Wren Scott. In fact, her real name is Laura “Luann” Bambrough, but she chose L’Wren Scott as her professional name. This designer was adored and acknowledged worldwide by all the ladies who loved owning designer clothes and women who admired a well-tailored outfit.

Background

Scott was raised in Roy, Utah by Ivan and Lula Bambrough, her adoptive parents. Moreover, she was born on April 28, 1964. Luann was her nickname, she was known for having a tall posture and because of that, she had to sue her own outfits. As a result, Luann learned about fabric quality and style construction when she was only 12 years old. Furthermore, Luann graduated from Roy High School in 1982.

Scott as a stylist

Due to Scott’s height, she started a career as a model in Paris. However, he ditched that, and moved in the 90s to California and started to try to establish herself as a stylist. In 2009, she styled important and famous stars such as Madonna, and following her is Julia Roberts in 2011 along with Tom Hanks. Moreover, Scott styled costumes for films such as  Diabolique (1996 remake), Eyes Wide Shut, Ocean’s Thirteen, in addition to Shine a Light, a documentary by Martin Scorsese about The Rolling Stones, with Mick Jagger.

Scott as a designer

In addition to clothing, L’Wren Scott designed everything that has to do with outfit accessories, such as: makeup, perfume, handbags, shoes, and eyeglasses.

“I like a very sexy silhouette, and I like to feel like when you put something on, you zip yourself into it, and you’re secure in there.” This was her motivation to design very comfortable, yet stylish clothes. In addition to that, due to her fans’ love, they developed “L’Wrenisms”; a set of styling tips. One of them was: Wearing a nude shoe to elongate the leg. Which is still used by women everyday.

Calvin Klein Biography

Childhood & Early Life

Calvin Klein was born on November 19, 1942 in Bronx, New York. Ever since he was a child, he intently watched his grandmother who was a seamstress. As such, he soon developed a love for sewing. Klein spent hours sketching designs and sewing fashionable outfits. After school, he studied in Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and graduated in 1962.

Career

Klein’s first step in the professional world of fashion came in 1962. as an apprentice worker for Dan Millstein in cloak and suit house. Meanwhile, he designed for other New York shops as well.

In 1968, he collaborated with , Barry Schwartz, to establish his own company, Calvin Klein. it was a coat shop.

By 1971, Calvin Klein Company had grown dramatically. The establishment traded not just in coats, but sportswear, classic blazers, and lingerie in its women’s collection.

From a modest start-up of $10,000, the company’s revenues escalated to $30 million by 1977. At that time, the company had licenses for scarves, shoes, belts, furs, sunglasses, sheets, cosmetics, jean, and menswear. Furthermore, the Klein Empire became one of the leading fashion labels.
By the early 1980s, his humble store had turned into a huge empire, with more than 12000 stores across six countries: Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.
 In addition, the decades of 1990s were dominated by his highly popular perfume lines.

Awards & Achievements

Klein has been honored by various fashion councils from the world over.
He received an award from the Councils of Fashion Designs of America in 1981, 1983, and 1993.

In 1983; Klein was listed on the International Best Dressed List.
In 1996; he made it to the list of 25 most influential Americans.
In 2002; Calvin Klein sold his company, Calvin Klein Inc.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1964, Calvin Klein married Jayne Centre. They had a daughter; Marci. They divorced in 1974.

 In 1986, he married his assistant Kelly Rector. This union too wasn’t successful for long. The couple separated in 1996 and legally divorced in 2006.

Giorgio Armani

Childhood & Early Life

Giorgio Armani was born on July 11, 1934 in the Italian town of Piacenza. His father was a shipping manager and he grew up in a humble background.

After high school, he enrolled in the Department of Medicine at the University of Milan, but left after three years to join the army in 1953.

Career

He found a job as a window dresser in a departmental store. After that, as a salesman in the menswear department, so he learned about fashion designing and marketing. He joined the Nino Cerutti company in the mid-1960’s as a designer for menswear. At the same time, he also sent his designs to various other garments manufacturers.

During the late 1960’s he met Sergio Galeotti, who inspired him to open his own office in 1973.
All through the early 1970’s, Armani freelanced for a number of better known fashion houses like Allegri, Hilton, Gibo, etc.
His success let him create his own label. Along with Galeotti, he formed the Giorgio Armani S.p.A in Milan in 1975. He presented a range of ready-to-wear collection for both men and women in1976.
In 1979, he founded the Giorgio Armani Corporation. He introduced several product lines under his Giorgio Armani brand: Le Collezioni, Underwear and Swimwear, and accessories.
In the 1980’s, the company introduced Armani Junior, Armani Jeans, and Emporio Armani lines.
Armani also developed a close relationship with Hollywood over time by designing costumes for over 100 films.

Major Works

His first biggest achievement was the founding of his company Giorgio Armani.
He opened the U.S branch, Giorgio Armani Corporation in New York.
He also found great success as a fashion designer for movie stars.

Awards & Achievements

The Neiman Marcus Award in 1979.
The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 1987.

Personal Life & Legacy

Armani was so busy with his career that he did not have time for women. He is very close to his siblings and their children.

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