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Fashion Insider: Beyond the Dreams

After Alessandro Michele was appointed Gucci’s Creative Director, the brand has been on the rise, and the Resort 2018 Collection does not disappoint. Inspired by nature and Italian culture, this is yet another gorgeous collection to watch. STORY TAWAN KONKAEW PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BRANDS Born with a truly Italian spirit, Alessandro Michele grew up in Rome. Upon graduating from the Accademia di Costume e di Moda in Rome, where he fully immersed himself in his country’s glory, Alessandro got his break for Fendi as an accessories designer before moving to Gucci in 2002. In 2006, he was named Leather Goods Design Director, the department which was the company’s main earner. In 2014, he was in the spotlight after becoming Gucci’s Creative Director. His lavish and artistic design turned the brand’s image around and brought success to Gucci in terms of both sale and press. The positive feedback has led him to continue exploring new territories that…
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26 February 2018
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Fashion Insider: Delightful Women

Italian fashion house Prada’s first fashion show dedicated to its cruise collection offers a glimpse into contrasting ideas and extreme sides of femininity, resulting in a collection that everyone admires. STORY TAWAN KONKAEW PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BRANDS The youngest granddaughter of Mario Prada, Miuccia Prada took over the family-owned luxury goods manufacturer in 1978. It was Miuccia who first dazzled the fashion world with a series of black nylon handbags and backpacks, a daring move in the luxury leather industry at the time. This move brought success and fame to the brand. In 1989, she unveiled Prada’s first ready-to-wear collection, and in 1992, she launched a new line of clothing called the Miu Miu Collection, named after Miuccia herself. In 1995, she launched her first menswear line. Today, the Prada empire has everything for fashion lovers -- menswear, womenswear, leather goods, shoes, travel bags, eyewear, timepieces, fragrances, and even phone cases.…
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26 February 2018
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Fashion Insider: Minus Chic

MINUS CHIC Let’s get to know Moncler, an originally French clothing brand with a traveller’s spirit, sleek design, and top functionality in cold weather STORY  TAWAN KONKAEW • PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BRANDS Lighter than wool coats, the down jackets became popular thanks to the warmth and light weight. When was the first time you see a quilted down jacket, and where was it? Many might never know where this innovation came from, this useful creation that has protected so many travellers from cold weather around the world. The origin of this clothing is Moncler. It was in 1952 when René Ramillon and André Vincent founded a company together to produce quilted sleeping bags, a single model of a lined cagoule and tents with a telescopie structure and outside cove under the name Moncler. The name is an abbreviation of Monestier-de-Clermont, a village in the mountains near Grenoble, France. The first quilted down…
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8 January 2018
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Fashion Insider: Italian Master

ITALIAN MASTER Fashion fans all know Mr. Giorgio Armani, but what brought his fashion empire and brands to this level? Explore the history of Emporio Armani, a contemporary brand by the Armani Group. STORY TAWAN KONKAEW PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BRANDS Back in the 1980s, one of the most influential fashion labels was Armani. Everyone was crazy about the broad-shoulder tailored suit like what the main character of American Gigolo wore. What’s the secret success recipe of this designer? Why is he still relevant and popular in the digital era? Mr. Giorgio Armani was born in 1934 in Piacenza, Italy. Before becoming a world-renowned designer, he was assigned to the Military Hospital in Verona, and he would attend shows at Arena di Verona, which sparked his passion for fashion. However, the brand that made the biggest buzz around the world for the group was Emporio Arman Armani found a job as a window dresser…
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8 January 2018
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Fashion Insider: Beyond Luxury

Luxury Swiss watch brand Piaget is known for both quality and exquisite craftsmanship STORY CHALISA VIRAVAN PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BRANDS Piaget is a luxury Swiss watch brand with more than 140 years of legend behind it. Speaking of the brand, many would think of encrusted timepieces with unique craftsmanship or ultra-thin watches that make world records. But beyond such attributes, Piaget is also praise-worthy because of its design, innovation, and in-house production from start to finish. One of Piaget’s proudest collections is Piaget Possession, which features vivid colours It was in La Côte-aux-Fées in the Swiss Jura mountains that Georges-Edouard Piaget set up his first workshop in the family farmhouse and devoted himself to producing high-precision movements. This was back in 1874 and marked the start of an ever-growing reputation. In 1943, the company took a decision that would prove crucial to its future by registering its brand name. Since then, Piaget has become a prestigious timepiece brand worn by…
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13 December 2017
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Fashion Insider : The True Genius

THE TRUE GENIUS Alexander McQueen is a British fashion label by an iconic, imaginative, and inspirational fashion designer whose design is driven by his fascination with the beauty and savagery of the natural world. STORY TAWAN KONKAEW PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BRANDS What’s your memory of this brand? Lady Gaga dancing in Alexander McQueen’s 10-inch stilettos in her video? The brand’s iconic skull scarf? The dreamy bridal gown worn by Catherine Middleton? These remarkable designs all reflect Alexander McQueen’s diverse characters. Lee Alexander McQueen, one of the most influential figures in the fashion industry, was born on 17 March 1969 in London. The son of a taxi driver and the youngest of six children, he grew up in a small house in East London. A future career in haute couture seemed far-fetched for him at the time. In less than 10 years McQueen became one of the most respected fashion designers in the world At the age of 16 he was offered an apprenticeship at the traditional Savile…
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19 November 2017
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Fashion Insider: Revolution Step

REVOLUTION STEP Stuart Weitzman is an American footwear brand whose shoes have adorned the feet of A-listers around the world. Now available in more than 70 countries, Stuart Weitzman brings its sexy, glamourous and seductive design to women. STORY TAWAN KONKAEW PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BRANDS Stuart A. Weitzman was born in 1941 in a family of shoemakers -- his father, Seymour Weitzman, and his oldest brother Warren opened a shoe factory in Haverhill, Massachusetts, called “Seymour Shoes”. The family business continued to do well, until one day when their youngest boy Stuart, who had always shown remarkable designing skills, became the head designer of the company in his early 20s. The marriage of creative design and excellent craftsmanship attracted a Spanish company which bought the company in 1971. More than 20 years later, Stuart surrendered to his passion and decided to buy the beloved company back in 1994. At the time, he came up with an idea to design one-of-a-kind…
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19 November 2017