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Fashion News: Baby bikini onesie is one step too far for parents

The bikini had its 66th birthday this week – and it’s still stirring up trouble. First, the trouble:

Parents in Southaven, Miss., are complaining about a baby onesie on sale at a local department store that’s printed to look like a woman’s figure wearing a bikini. ”It gives people the wrong idea too quickly,” one father said. To think only a couple of years ago, all we had to worry about was tweens’ clothing being overly sexualized, not babies.

Now the birthday: The bikini was introduced to the world by designer Louis Réard in Paris on July 5,  1946, changing the look of women’s swimwear forever. An engineer who also helped run his mother’s clothing boutique, he marketed the garment as being ”smaller than the world’s smallest bathing suit.” The only woman who would model his prototype was Micheline Bernardini,  a 19-year-old nude dancer at the Casino de Paris. How times have changed. Fashionista looks back through the years at famous bikinis (like Princess Leia’s slave ensemble and Marilyn Monroe’s suit  in “Something’s Got to Give.”)

The fall couture shows in Paris wrapped up with models wearing beaded face masks at Maison Martin Margiela, textured gowns at Valentino and fantasy one-of-a-kind clothes at Jean Paul Gaultier.
Bette Midler and her daughter Sophie were front and center among viewers of the Gaultier show.
Hedi Slimane’s first two collections as creative director for Yves Saint Laurent were shown only to customers, no media allowed, but word is leaking out that the resort collection he showed in Paris this week hearkened back to the label’s founder with cigarette pants, tuxedo shirts, skinny suits and little silk dresses.

In its August issue, Seventeen magazine plans to run an editor’s letter pledging to use only “real girls and models who are healthy” (i.e., not underweight) and not to digitally alter photos to change a model’s face or body shape. To prove they are sticking to what they are calling the “body peace treaty,”  the staff will post behind-the-scenes images from photo shoots on its Tumblr blog.

Christian Louboutin on Wednesday unveiled the slipper he’s created in honor of  Disney’s planned “Cinderella” Diamond Edition release on Blu-ray this fall. The mini-platform heels are made of white lace and Swarovski crystals — glass would have been kind of dangerous — with Louboutin’s signature red sole. These shoes won’t be available for purchase. Instead, 20 pairs are to be given away. Details about the giveaway are to be announced in August.

New Exhibition

Posted by admin | New Exhibition | Tags: | Tuesday 6 March 2012 10:27 pm

Iconic James Bond Fashion On Display In New Exhibition

Daniel Craig’s swimming shorts make it into exhibit…

Forget the guns, girls and Martinis our recurring memory from the last fifty years of Bond has got to be Daniel Craig’s tight blue trunks. And now 007 fans have the chance to get up close and personal to Daniel’s smalls and other iconic fashion pieces from the movie series.
A new exhibition opening at the Barbican Centre in London today showcases the film franchise’s “huge impact” on fashion. ‘Designing 007′ has been curated by Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming and fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave.
Bronwyn explained the inspiration behind the exhibit to Vogue:
“The impact of Bond on fashion is huge,”
“Designers are always ready to create costumes for Bond films because of their global appeal. What Bond and his female sidekicks wear is endlessly copied.”
Aside from Daniel’s ‘Casino Royale’ shorts, other famous pieces have made the exhibit including Halle Berry’s orange bikini from ‘Die Another Day’ and Ursula Andress’ iconic bikini from ‘Dr. No’.
Bond’s famous suits are also represented as well as designer dresses worn by Bond girls and designed by fashion royalty like Tom Ford, Oscar de la Renta and Hubert de Givenchy.
Bronwyn has her own personal favourite:
“The Conduit Cut suit by Anthony Sinclair – which Sean Connery wore debuting as Bond in ‘Dr. No’, and with slight modifications through his tenure as Bond is, to me, the men’s equivalent of a Chanel suit. Fifty years after the film’s release it remains an Anthony Sinclair best-seller and is endlessly copied,”
“We are working with David Mason, who is now the proprietor of Anthony Sinclair, and he has kindly had a Connery-style Conduit Cut suit made for us to display – as well as a tuxedo in the style which Connery wore in ‘Dr. No’.”