Staying grounded

A stalwart in the local fashion industry for almost 10 years, Rico Rinaldi remains steadfastly humble in the face of glamour. In a simple attire of white shirt, grey pants and sport shoes, his choice of clothes is as unassuming as his mannerism.

From his personal dressing style to the way he manages his eponymous label, he is a man who challenges people’s perception of how a fashion designer should be. More importantly, his unvarnished view on how to survive this industry is refreshing and down-to-earth.

“It’s important for designers to treat fashion as a business because there really isn’t time for us to daydream anymore, especially the young ones. Fashion designing is more than glitz and glamour, fashion shows and dressing celebrities; at the end of the day, your priority is to sell your clothes. Fashion is a business and if you don’t start treating it that way, you’ll struggle financially. Hence, don’t put your head in the clouds,” he advised.

The maturity that Rico exudes can also be seen in his evolution as a designer. From the talented young man who debuted almost a decade ago, he has now grown into a multifaceted designer who is skilled in both bespoke and ready-to-wear womenswear, as well as wedding dresses. According to him, although his designing style changes from one collection to the next, the biggest difference is that he has toned down on the flamboyance.

“I used to be crazy about avant garde clothing, just so that I can stand out from the rest, but now I focus more on commercialised pieces that one can wear on a day-to-day basis. Having said that, I refuse to keep my clothes too simple as it’ll make them generic. So in Rico Rinaldi, you'll find wearable pieces incorporated with unique elements.”

Considering how most of his clients are businesswomen, the brand excels in sophisticated and feminine clothing that are rich in details such as embellishments and inspired gemstones. The romantic traits of his womenswear collections extend into the wedding series too.

In fact, Rico’s venture into bridal wear three years ago proved to be a shrewd strategy, for it expanded his target audience and further established his versatility as a designer.

“Wedding gowns are different from womenswear, so I’m still figuring things out, trying new stuff, and wanting to nail down the perfect Rico Rinaldi wedding look. I have a lot more to learn, but I’m getting there – compared to my earlier collections, the latest one is more focused, structured and light,” he explained.

Besides undertaking different designing genres, the 30-year-old also collaborated with Tomita Senkogei, a leading Japanese fabric designer. This is a long-term partnership that includes special collections for Singapore Fashion Week and Tokyo Fashion Week.

“Tomita’s team contacted me sometime last year as they were looking for a designer to establish their kimono fabric outside of Japan. After several discussions, we decided to work together and our debut collection was the Summeraya 2016 bespoke collection.The kimono fabrics are unique as they are fully handmade and hand-painted. They’re similar to Batik, but so much more detailed.”

For someone who only discovered fashion designing in university, Rico has certainly come a long way from his younger days of fiddling around with his mother’s sewing machine. What remains the same, though, is his tenacity of making something out of nothing. Therefore, expect to see Rico Rinaldi gracing the scene for the foreseeable future.Read more at:plus size evening wear | cheap formal dresses online


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Weekday Wedding of Your Dreams

While Saturday may be the most popular day of the week when it comes to weddings, it doesn’t mean you should ignore the other six days when you’re looking at your options! If you do decide to liberate your wedding from the weekend, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Our experts have rounded up the top tips to make your weekday wedding a smashing success.

1. Give Advanced Notice.

Most people have Saturdays and Sundays off, but they may not be as free or flexible during the week. Send invites early (around the 12-week mark, like you would for a destination wedding) so your guests have ample time to rearrange their schedules and make plans for things like babysitters.

2. Host in the Evening.

Unless your guests are planning on taking the day off, there’s a very slim chance they’ll be able to attend a weekday wedding that begins before 6:30 or 7pm. Instead, consider inviting them for cocktails starting at 6:30, followed by a ceremony at 7:30, and then straight to dinner. Having cocktail hour before the ceremony means anyone who is running a little late doesn’t have to worry about missing the main event.

3. Be Prepared for Questions.

A weeknight wedding is unusual, so there’s a good chance your guests will have some questions. Acknowledge that you’re planning something a little less traditional, but stress how fun it will be to turn “hump day” into a real celebration!

4. Ask for Discounts.

While you may not be able to negotiate a lower rate with every vendor, many will be open to giving you a better price because you’re booking on an off-day. You’re more likely to be able to work with the vendors you really want because you’re not asking for a prime wedding day, and some will be able to work with you on the price because of that.

5. Take Extra Care of Your Guests.

If you’re inviting people in from out-of-town, be sure to acknowledge that they’re taking off extra time in order to celebrate with you. Write a hand-written note to greet them upon arrival, treat them to a tasty welcome bag, and be sure to thank them (and all your guests!) in your toast.

6. Take the Day Off!

It’s your wedding day, so treat it as such and take the day off. Spend the night before at a fantastic hotel, wake up to breakfast in bed, then spend the day getting dolled up and relaxing. Consider a first look and doing portraits before your wedding begins, so you can make the most of the evening with your family and guests.Read more at:marieaustralia | short cocktail dresses


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How to mix prints for fall

Q. Is there a way to mix and match prints without being overwhelmed?

A. Print mixing is one of the hottest trends for fall 2016.

From all-in-one iterations at Coach to trios of visually warring (yet somehow complementary) prints at Salvatore Ferragamo, virtually every major fashion house and brand showcased layered patterns this season.

So, how do you pull off the busy trend without getting overwhelmed? In short: start small. And this means in both scale of the pattern and the size of the piece.

The key to successfully mixing prints and patterns is to choose one printed piece to make the statement, and one that will act as an appealing accent. And if you’re feeling particularly nervous about the look, stick to silhouettes and cuts you’re comfortable with, in order to ensure you don’t feel self conscious of the fit in addition to the look-at-me prints.

One fail-safe print combination that’s easy to don as well as being oh-so on trend is mixed floral prints. Try on a blouse covered with petite blooms and pair it with a chic scarf featuring larger blooms. Or, go a little bolder with a cool coat covered in here-and-there flowers paired with a pair of tailored trousers and a peek-a-boo appearance of floral heels. Feeling fearless? Consider stepping out in a pair of silk pajama-inspired trousers with a simple oxford shirt — that’s covered in bold blooms, of course.

Stripes are back in a big way for the season, and one of the chicest ways to sport the trend is to layer the look. The key to pulling off this pairing is to keep the pieces in the same colour family. Opt for a black and white horizontal-striped sweater with vertically striped trousers in the same hue combination. Navy, grey and red are also stylish pairings for stripes and monochrome ensembles.

But you don’t have to stick solely to visual patterns in order to get in on the trend. Instead, play with textured pieces such as herringbone trousers, items with mesh inserts and nubby knits paired with a printed piece for a more subtle approach.

Pattern mixing is all about being playful and having fun. And the best part? It presents the opportunity to update your work-to-weekend wardrobe without actually adding pieces to your closet by allowing you to approaching your outfit-building process from an entirely new angle.

So, whether you’re only feeling brave enough to pair matched prints in complimentary hues, or are willing to go all out with stripes, florals and oversized plaid checks (oh, my!), just be sure you’re doing two key things with your mixed-pattern look: feeling comfortable and having fun.Read more at:long evening dresses australia | cocktail dress australia


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Giving us the ‘pink’ eye

Priyanka Chopra rocks a pink Pallavi Singhee dress

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Pink seems to be the colour of the season! From the Golden Globe Awards to London and Paris fashion weeks, shades of pink seem to be the pick of the season! From pastel shades to ruffled, embellished and halter sparkling necklines, the eye catching colour is sure to up the glam quotient this spring/summer 2017. And the best part about this colour? It’s versatile – it can be transformed from edgy/goth to old-Hollywood glam or feminine with just a few tweaks!

The colour has an ability to look girly, sassy, fresh and edgy. And according to designer Babita Jaishankar, it’s the apt colour of the season. “Spring/summer call for this colour which has the ability to be so versatile. Most people associate pink with being too feminine or girly but that’s not the case if styled appropriately,” she explains. “Hot pink and magenta have the ability to turn the look into an edgy one and also complements the Indian skin tone very well. And the colour is not very demanding so it doesn’t really clash and can be paired with almost every other colour while still looking classy and glamorous,” she opines.

Tahera Peeran, a designer believes that the lively and playful colour is certainly here to stay. “I love pink with it’s many moods and hues. This season’s powder pinks, candy and blush in ginghams and plaids are a staunch favourite of mine,” opines the designer. “For those who are unsure about the head-to-toe pink look, an effortless and chic evening look can be styled by pairing a soft sheer pink blouse with black trousers or a high waisted quirky skirt. Soft blush pink with sharp leather trousers and boots also make for an excellent edgy look and sharply tailored suits combining the sweet rose pink with a bold fuschia, give off a whole new modern and sleek look,” says Tahera about styling options for the diverse colour.

Clearly, the colour is no longer confined to the idea of the ‘princess’ anymore. “This season we have a plethora of shades to play around with to suit different personalities. The shades range from antique rose to shocking pinks, powder pinks to candy floss ones,” says stylist Sonia Ajit Prasad, about this season’s colour. “Bombers look extremely cool in pink. They give off an edgy look and a very sports luxe kind of vibe. A powder pink or an antique rose coloured printed bomber on white denims, would look chic. Pink trousers with similar tone shirts or tees would make up for a debonair office look while the pink slip dress in a soft shade, would make for an excellent brunch look. Also shocking pink jumpsuits would make quite a statement for evening wear,” the stylist suggests on how the different shades can be donned for specific occasions.Read more at:bridesmaid dress


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lets steal a bride


Bucharest - A white limousine screeches to a halt and a bride, resplendent in frothy gown and veil, is hauled outside by her abductors.

It's one of Romania's more colourful customs: bride-napping. And the tradition of snatching the bride from under the nose of groom and guests with the wedding party in full swing is getting bigger, brasher and an increasingly common sight in the Romanian capital, the Balkans' undisputed party town.

Every Saturday night, brides from Bucharest and beyond are dragged away in a mock abduction by friends and driven to a top tourist spot where they are “held hostage” - all the while pouting, dancing and striking provocative poses for the cameras.

The ransom: a few bottles of whisky or perhaps something more romantic, like a public declaration of love from the abandoned groom. The kidnappers negotiate by phone, working out the details of the payoff. It's all harmless theatrics meant to add a whiff of risque fun to the nuptials.

The custom took off a few years ago when a top football player rented Bucharest's Arch of Triumph, a major monument modelled after its iconic namesake in Paris, and proposed there to his girlfriend. There was no kidnapping involved but the scene stuck in the popular imagination as a symbol of marriage - and soon the monument became a sort of midnight mecca for bride-napping.

This past Saturday, about 20 brides were held hostage at the Arch of Triumph, which was built in 1922 to honour Romanian soldiers who died during World War I and to celebrate the reunification of Transylvania with the rest of Romania.

One bride was driven in from her wedding in a town an hour east of Bucharest with a gaggle of guests in tow. Another grabbed the toy machine gun of her kidnappers, dressed up as Taliban, and pretending to use it in front of the monument.

Authorities turn a blind eye to the partying under the monument, technically illegal because it's a historic landmark. Motorists cruise around the square honking, waving and cheering. The outdoor party is one way for Romanians, frustrated with austerity measures and feuding politicians, to let off steam.

One bride, 25-year-old Alisar Dragne, says her abduction was scripted from start to finish.

“Everything was staged and ready in my case. The limousine was waiting for me in front of the restaurant, I was given the 'leave' signal by my friends and together we came here to have some fun,” she said. “Now everyone's thinking what ransom to ask the groom.”

George Neascu, a Roma musician, who plays at the monument every week for small change, said the bride-stealing custom is as old as living memory.

“All sorts of people come here,” said Neascu, “both those who have lots of money and those who have less.”Read more at:www.marieaustralia.com/one-shoulder-formal-dresses


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Breakups and a one-night stand

"The Bachelor" Week 2 for us, Week 906 for Nick, starts with the women complaining about not being able to sleep because they’re too busy thinking about Nick, and I wish each would elaborate on what they were thinking about him.

Chris Harrison finally graces the mansion and tells us that there will be three dates this week: Two group dates and a one-on-one. He also shares that not everyone will get a date this week. The first date card reads, “Corrine, Vanessa, Sarah, Alexis, Hailey, Lacey, Brittany, Jasmine, Raven, Danielle L., Taylor and Elizabeth W." and then something about being a bridesmaid but I didn't catch it and I’m in a hotel that doesn’t have a DVR or rewind button. Sorry.

Corrine, this season's villain, informs the group that she has never been a bridesmaid because she's “just a natural-born bride.” I am pretty sure I was a natural-born not-bride.

As has become pretty standard in recent seasons, the first group date is a photo shoot. Only this time, the women are dressing up as brides to have their “wedding” photos taken with Nick. I guess this is a good idea since these may be the only wedding photos he will ever have.

A photographer named Franco is here to explain that whichever “bride” has the most chemistry with Nick while wearing a sexy wedding dress will win a super-top-secret prize, which is probably just more time with Nick.

Alexis, who doesn’t know the difference between a dolphin and a shark, learns that she has been selected as the “shotgun bride,” meaning she is pregnant. I don’t really know if that’s sexy, but again, I'm a natural-born not-bride so what do I know? She is also holding a gun in these “wedding” photos, and to be honest, I hope this is what Nick's real life wedding is like. If it ever happens.

Corrine, this season's villain, reminds everyone as often as she can that she was the first to kiss Nick and intends to be “full of number ones” this season, followed by, “It’s better than being number two. Or going number two” — and now we know why she still has a nanny.

Taylor, the mental health counselor/Johns Hopkins grad who is paid to give advice while finding it healthy to compete for love on national TV, is given a tiny bikini as a wedding “dress,” and this is starting to feel very “27 Dresses” to me. Katherine Heigl is the worst.Corrine isn’t pleased at this, but then becomes more dissatisfied when she learns thatBrittany, who asked Nick to bend over when meeting him, will be wearing only a bikini bottom made out of leaves. What kind of weddings are people having these days?

Nick and Sarah, the girl with runner-up jokes, are first, and they are “having” a Vegas “wedding” shoot. I’m confused for a lot of reasons but mostly because Nick decides to get down on one knee to propose. At their wedding shoot. Where they’re already married. I guess he’s just become so used to it.

Then we see a biker wedding followed by the “shotgun” wedding, where part of the shoot includes Nick posing between Alexis’ legs like he’s delivering the baby, and I do not at all retract my previous wish – I really hope this is how Nick's wedding day happens. If it does.

There’s another shoot with bridesmaids where everyone just makes out. Taylor,the mental health counselor who is paid to give advice while finding it healthy to compete for love on national TV, even says, “tastes like Danielle” after kissing Nick, and we’ve reached porn territory.

Next is Brittany and her leaf bikini bottoms “dress,” then finally it’sCorrine’s turn. Corrine who is very drunk. Their shoot is in the pool and she decides she wants to get naked with Nick, so she starts to take off his clothes and then puts his hands on her boobs. Which she calls “bare bosoms” making it sound even less sexy than it is.

Apparently, though, this gave Corrine the 'W' and she and Nick are off for their extra time together. Thankfully, we don’t have to see this. I’m assuming because the time was spent trying to sober her up.

During the cocktail part of this group date, all we hear about are Corrine’s boobs. But only because Corrine is talking about them. And how Nick touched them. Like she’s the first set of boobs he’s ever touched. She’s not even the first set of boobs he’s touched on this channel.

Corrine is obviously the first to take Nick away from the group and they just make out.Raven, with her terrible Southern accent, decides she wants to interrupt and when the two of them sit down, she tells him that she is attracted to jerks (though she used another word that we unfortunately can't use on this website). I’m not sure that’s a pickup line I’d ever use, but things are different where accents like that come from.

Back at the mansion, the one-on-one date card arrives and Rachel, the attorney who wears flip-flops with a dress, reads, “Danielle M., our relationship is about to take off — Nick.” This leaves Liz, the girl who slept with Nick at Jade and Tanners’ wedding, really disappointed because she wanted to talk with him about the night they had sex. The one he didn't really remember.

On the group date Nick and Alexis, who doesn’t know the difference between a dolphin and a shark, are chatting and she says, “First I was a dolphin and then I was pregnant,” and I wish Nick would have said “Actually you were a shark,” but he doesn’t.

Corrine, this season's villain, interrupts again because that’s how the villain edit works. Like clockwork, the rest of the women don’t like this and Corrine reminds us all that she’s here for Nick and not to make friends.

Taylor is up next and Nick, whose lisp is even stronger tonight, asks about her degree in psychology. Say “psychology” out loud with a lisp and try not to smile. When she talks about her resume of impressive degrees from Hopkins, he responds with, “awesome!” because he probably has no idea what that means and she didn’t say "boobs."

Corrine interrupts again. Taylor decides to give them a few minutes and then goes back to "re-interrupt" (is that a word?), which upsets inebriated Corrine, sending her into a tangent.

When Nick comes back to greet the group date he says, “I was not the best at first dates when I started this,” as though anyone needed a reminder he’s been on the franchise before. Nick gives Corrine the group date rose because he knows how this show works. Corrine says, “Dad would be proud. Even though I was naked, he would be proud,” and that’s probably why she’s 23 with a nanny.

Raven, and her terrible Southern accent, is not into this decision and throws the zinger, “If Nick likes someone leading with their sexuality, no wonder this is his fourth time.” Cheers, girl.

The next morning, Corrine is already drinking champagne again and still talking about Nick touching her boobs. I have so many questions. Are these new fake boobs? Has no one ever touched them before? I could walk downstairs to the hotel bar and ask anyone to grab my boobs and they would. I don’t get it.


Danielle M., the neonatal nurse who talks like an actual baby, and Nick take a helicopter ride over Los Angeles. As they cross over the Santa Monica Pier, Nick says, “I love Ferris wheels,” so they’ll definitely be riding a Ferris Wheel later today. The helicopter takes them to Newport Beach, where they’ll be spending the day on a yacht. This is actually such a Newport Beach thing to do I’m laughing out loud.

At the mansion, Liz is still stressing about having sex with Nick, and I just realized that Nick hasn’t come out of one of his four seasons without having sex with someone. There is no pun there, I swear.

Anyway, Liz decides that she needs to talk to someone about this and enlists Christen, a wedding videographer who is wearing a cheetah wrap around her head. I’m wearing a tank top that says “I bleed blue” and spandex shorts, so I’m not a fashion expert — but I’m also not on national television trying to find love.

Liz and Christen head to the pool to chat and Liz shares the details about Jade and Tanner's wedding. This is apparently also the moment Liz wants to reveal to the world she has a tattoo that rivals JJ Lane's on her back.

In the next cut, we see them wearing different outfits but still talking about this and Lizgoes on to say that she didn’t give Nick her phone number so they haven't been in contact since.

In Newport Beach, Nick has taken Danielle M., the neonatal nurse who talks like an actual baby, from the yacht to have dinner. And by dinner, I mean a glass of white wine because this is “The Bachelor” and they’re in the OC.

Danielle M. asks about his past and he tells her that with Andi he had an “instant connection.” This bothers me because my favorite thing that Nick has ever said was to Kaitlyn — I guess he sang it, but that’s beside the point — when he sang, “We have such a strong connection, you gave me an erection.” Nick needs new lines.

Danielle M. says she can relate because she had a fiance who died from overdosing on drugs. I have zero idea how the two relate, but Nick seems to understand. He offers her the rose, she accepts and they walk to the Newport Pier to take a private ride on the ... you guessed it! Ferris wheel!


A girl who I wasn’t able to recognize because we’re only on Episode 2 (and hotel excuse again, sorry!) reads, “Christen, Josephine, Astrid, Jaimi, Christina, Liz… We need to talk… Nick.”

Liz is relieved at that because she’s been wanting to talk to him. How convenient.


The girls all meet Nick on Hollywood Boulevard, otherwise known as the grossest place on the planet. They learn that their date is at the Museum of Broken Relationships. If you aren’t familiar with what this is, it’s a museum where people can submit items from past relationships with a note about what it represents. So, like, if an ex gave you a T-shirt that you slept in for the duration of your relationship and you didn’t want it anymore but wanted to memorialize it somehow, you could donate it, with the story, to the museum. I’ve had discussions many times on whether this is really great or super weird. Still undecided.

Anyway, Nick shares that he’s donated a relic from a previous relationship, and I hope it’s his pride.

Sadly, we learn that it is a dead red rose and the engagement ring he picked out for Kaitlyn. The one he threw across the limo when she broke up with him. I’m going to have to go see if that’s actually there. Stay tuned.

Nick gives some boring speech about the lessons he’s learned and that seeing this makes him think of one adjective: hope. Hope is not an adjective, dear.

He is interrupted when the group hears a couple shouting at each other. They seem to think this isn’t staged, which makes me wonder if they know 2+2=4. We learn from the museum director that today’s date is a symposium entitled “The Art of the Breakup” and each woman is going to have to “break up” with Nick in front of an audience. Something he has grown very accustomed to. It’s like he’s actively practicing with one of these girls for their breakup in the finale.

They continue to look around the museum some more and Liz cries because she feels like she’s being ignored by a guy she had a one night stand with. I’m pretty sure one night stand means you’re ignored after, but I’ve been out of college for a while.

When it’s time for their performances, Astrid, who we think said “boobs” in German, is first and pulls the ‘ol, “You’re dating all of my friends” joke. Kristina, who I still know nothing about, says he needs to work on his oral health (because she’s a hygienist) and much to my pleasure, Nick makes a sex joke.

There are a few other boring ones and then Josephine, the girl who looks strangely identical to Vienna from Jake's season, gets up and slaps Nick across the face. This was better than “the slap heard ‘round the world” from "Real World: Seattle" circa 1998. I think I just dated myself there.

Finally, it’s Liz’s turn and she opens a notebook and reads as though this is a poem she wrote in her diary. I can’t take this seriously so I only capture the interesting part. She says, “Many guys have been on that side of this situation before,” and I wonder if this means she likes herself a one night stand, even after college.

For the nighttime portion of this date they go to Ohm, which is a club on Hollywood and Highland. For the second time tonight, Nick reminds everyone that he knows how they feel. You know, because he’s done this a time or two. Or four.

Nick makes his rounds and learns that Jaimi, who called her nose ring balls, has dated other chicks and Liz told Christen that she had sex with Nick. As soon as he learns that she’s starting to share, he’s ready to talk to her. Predictable.

Before their conversation Nick tells the camera that he questions if Liz is there to pursue a relationship or be on TV … almost as though this is something he’s familiar with.

There are only 8 minutes left of this episode, so we’re definitely getting a “To Be Continued” tonight.

Nick tells Liz that if she were interested in a relationship before this, she could have easily found his number from one of their mutual friends. She claims she knew he was shooting "Bachelor in Paradise"; he retorts by reminding her "Paradise" was only a month; she says she doesn’t like to talk on the phone — and with that, Nick knows she has an agenda. And, there’s only room for one of those on his season.

Nick sends Liz home and then worries about having to tell the other women that he slept with her before the show. This seems unlikely since he’s told the entire world about plenty of the sex he’s had.

He approaches the women and tells them that he had sex with Liz and sent her home. And that, my friends, is the exact definition of a one night stand.

As predicted, we end with a “To Be Continued…”


Liz, who he slept with at Jade and Tanner's wedding. Also, it's Week 2 and I was already wrong about a hometown date prediction.


Liz, because he knows he’ll get lucky. Again. And maybe remember it this time.

Vanessa, because she is the perfect combination of Andi, Kaitlyn and Jen.

Corrine, who is definitely this season's villain, because Nick knows how to gauge an audience.

Rachel, the attorney who wears flip-flops with dresses. For the same reason as above.


To be honest, anything Nick says with the letter “s” in it, but also, “Nick held my boobs tonight. No one ever held my boobs that way and no one ever will.” – Corrine.Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com/formal-dresses-perth | http://www.marieaustralia.com/formal-dresses-canberra


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Soothing shade Color

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THE topsy-turvey year that just ended has left many craving a sense of refreshment and revitalization; two qualities captured perfectly by the color green. With this in mind, Pantone has selected Greenery as its Color of the Year for 2017.

“While Serenity and Rose Quartz, the Pantone Color of the Year 2016, expressed the need for harmony in a chaotic world, Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color institute, during a recent press conference in Shanghai.

“Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

This desire for more green comes in part from the fact that the more submerged people are in modern realities, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. Color expert Eiseman said this sentiment is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in our daily lives; from urban planning and architecture to lifestyle and design choices. Greenery is an omnipresent hue around the world.

According to Eiseman: “The tangy yellow-green speaks to our desire to express, explore, experiment and reinvent, imparting a sense of buoyancy. Through its reassuring yet assertive vibrancy, Greenery offers us self-assurance and boldness to live life on our own terms, during a time when we are redefining what makes us successful and happy.”

Though the craving for green in daily life comes from a deep psychological need, the color is also an attention-getting shade when used in fashion and graphic design.

Green is nature’s neutral, a great harmonizer merging undertones of cool blues with vibrant yellows. It’s a natural complement to a wide range of palettes.

In the fashion world, the zesty shade has popped up on recent collections from Kenzo, Zac Posen, Michael Kors, Cynthia Rowley, Shiatzy Chen and others. Several brands have also opted for a deeper slant on the color. Major fashion and accessory labels have used green in different ways, either monochromatically for a strong impact or more subtly for a revitalizing vibe. The color has also been used in a variety of solids and prints in children’s wear.

“In the field of architecture and home décor, we’ve seen the common use of botanically-themed walls and prints in public spaces, hotels to residentials. Open spaces in interior and exterior design and floor-to-ceiling windows also allow the green outdoors to become part of a room’s backdrop and ambience,” said Eiseman.

To better acquaint you with this trendy color for 2017, we’ve picked some of the hottest items from the fields of fashion and design.Read more at:evening dresses online


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2016 parties raise millions

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From cultural organizations to food banks to helping the less fortunate, Metro Detroiters continue to show up in full force when it comes to charitable giving. Parties included everything from fireworks to fashion shows to entice local philanthropists to support their favorite causes. Here are some of the best from 2016:

■With little pre-publicity, the Detroit Legends Ball benefiting Child Help sold out and was a complete success on June 10. Keith Pomeroy, who is the chairman of the board of Child Safe Michigan, hosted the event at his Townsend Hotel. Five Detroit legends were honored, including founding general director of the Michigan Opera Theatre David DiChiera; attorney Geoffrey Fieger; Detroit Tigers baseball great Al Kaline; former NBA star and Detroit Pistons “Bad Boy” Rick Mahorn; and former NHL/Detroit Red Wings star Mickey Redmond. Child Safe Michigan is a foster care, adoption and mentoring agency that works with abused, neglected and at-risk children, making a difference in hundreds of children’s lives every year.

■The Garden Party Foundation presented another outstanding event on June 12. More than 600 people enjoyed perfect weather in a beautiful setting (Meadow Brook Hall and Garden), great wine (more than 100 different varieties) and some of the best food in Metro Detroit (more than 30 restaurants, including Joe Muer, Bistro 82 and Beverly Hills Grill). Proceeds from this year’s event, brought to you by Syd and Elizabeth Ross, benefitted Macomb Community College’s Applied Technologies Program and Oakland Community College’s Culinary Studies Institute.

■Linda Dresner and Ed Levy hosted 40 guests in their glorious contemporary Birmingham abode on July 20, benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design’s Interchange Art + Dinner Series. Guests paid $500 each in support of MOCAD, to enjoy dinner with Dresner and Levy, and take in their extraordinary collection of art and furniture from varied periods and moods. The diverse, fashionable crowd enjoyed cocktails and dinner which included roasted salmon, lamb chops, Mexican corn and caprese salads.

■The Sept. 28 wine dinner at Bacco benefiting cancer research and care at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Breast Oncology Program was just as fabulous as expected. Dinner prepared by Luciano DelSignore of Bacco and James Rigato of Mabel Gray. Master sommelier Madeline Triffon of Plum Market handpicked wines, and a beautiful collection of Roberto Coin jewelry was presented by Saks Fifth Avenue — what more can you ask? “I am so grateful to everyone who came out to support this very important cause,” said event chair Flora Migyanka, who is a breast cancer survivor. “And what better way to raise money than to have a wonderful time while doing it?”

■As always, the College for Creative Studies International Wine Auction was spectacular. It was a record-breaking year, raising $3.3 million for CCS. The event took place Oct. 15, with presenting sponsor Lear Corp. Chairs Matt and Mona Simoncini and the Lear team transformed downtown Detroit’s Capitol Park into a magnificent tented party venue. There were more than 600 guests, and the live auction alone raised more than $1.1 million.Read more at:cocktail dress australia


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