Kimora Lee Simmons – When Beautiful Means Unique

Kimora Lee Simons may not be as known in the media as most fashion models but she is definitely popular in the industry.  Her unique ethnicity has made it extremely famous among other high fashion industry people as she is of Korean and African American descent.

A lot of models were bullied during their childhood and adolescence due to their unique appearance and their height and Kimora was no stranger to this as she suffered a lot of social oppression during her upbringing. But fortunately for her, she got her first modeling contract at a very early age because of her unique features. At 13 she started working for Chanel so her popularity rose very fast, not only because she was beautiful but also because she was very talented.  Just like most fashion models, her career didn’t stop at modeling and she took control of Phat Fashions, a fashion line formerly managed by Russell Simmons, her current husband. They have two daughters together and their relationship has been on and off in the last couple of years.

But her success didn’t stop at being a CEO and an important fashion model, she is also a writer, authoring a book called Fabulosity: What It Is and How to Get It, a self-help book with life tips in all fields. She also had roles in television and films and is one of the judges on some of the seasons of famous TV show America’s Next Top Model. She left Baby Phat in 2010 and is now the Creative Director and President of JustFabulous. She is also known for her beautiful perfumes as she launched five fragrances in her career. Other design projects include a low cost fashion line and a KLS collection in the future.

She is also interested in promoting young women and created Kimora Lee Simmons Scholarship Fund to help women with finances for their academic studies. She is involved in a lot of philanthropic organizations such as Amfar, The G&P Foundation, Keep a Child Alive and Rush philanthropic and she is one of the most active celebrities in this area.

When Shoes Become a Work of Art

If it is a certainty that the shoes are primarily created for walking purposes, the Israeli designer Kobi Levi prefers to transform them into works of art. He makes with his own hands wearable sculptures in his studio in Tel Aviv. But what is Lady Gaga waiting for?

Coffee flowing down stiletto heels, colorful birds designs, a shoe taking the form of a chair, of a banana or of an elephant. There is nothing too extravagant for a young graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design of Jerusalem. In fact, Kobi Levi in not afraid of anything, especially not of bad taste. He claims finding his inspiration in everyday objects, which is obviously true if you take a look at the models he has already created.

The “shopping trolley” shoes seem to be the result of a visit to the supermarket. The slide-shoes might have been inspired by a passage by a kindergarten or by an amusement park for children. Nevertheless, we remain speechless in front of the optical effect of the “chewing gum” shoes.

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Therefore, there is no surprise  that we can find his work more often at exhibitions rather than in a shop window: it’s art, not consumable products! Who would not consider it art to have a plait of blond hair coming down from her ankle as it is the case with Blond Ambition collection issued in 2011 or a bended leg as heel. Actually, with the Blow collection of 2010 the whole shoe takes the form of the human body.

Yet while at first glance they seem particularly uncomfortable, it appears that they have technically been made ​​to be actually worn. For women used to very high heels, they bring the same walking experience. Now he is preparing is future menswear collection and we will soon see how the masculine sex inspired the Israeli shoes artist.

Past Inspiration Trends in Jewelry

Back to religion with Dolce & Gabbana

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The two Italian fashion designers delight us each season with trendy clothes and accessories inspired from the depths of their native culture.  The Italian duo brought the first Dolce & Gabbana jewelry line. A touch of extravagance and passion, this collection brings crucifix shaped earrings adorned with rosettes of gold, pearls and sapphires, like precious baroque jewels displaying the past splendor of the Italian church.

Ethnic collections from Marni and Yazbukey

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For this year’s collection, Marni has an unexpected line of ethnic jewelry collection, very different from PVC fittings that its customers had discovered during the previous years. Of tribal inspiration, these accessories are decorated with ethnic materials such as horn, resin or ceramic. Necklaces decorated with fringes, tassels or irregular balls and their matching earrings and are now available in all Marni stores.

Pendants and badges reproducing the faces of famous music stars have been displayed for several seasons on the neck of fashionable Parisians. For this year’s collection, Yazbukey remains faithful to its quirky and whimsical world, imagining a line of ethnic jewelry inspired by the African continent. The claws of tigers are on necklaces, lions roar on the back of a jacket and snakes roll down in earrings or on the frame of a funky pair of glasses with red lenses.

Wooden rings from Benedikt Von Lepel

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Benedikt Von Lepel is a brand of original and refined jewelry that many women already adore. With a Master in Cultural Management, Benedikt Von Lepel worked for 5 years between Rome and Paris in communication for contemporary art until she decided to leave everything behind and start her jewelry design business. She then learned to work with metal, carving her models in wax. Today she creates playful and feminine pieces inspired by her trips and fashion trends. Benedikt works with fine gold and designs rings and necklaces with sweet words or trendy messages. For her new collection, Benedikt von Lepel unveils ten original pieces carved in ebony wood and yellow gold. With All In Wood, the designer is inspired by two great names in Art Deco jewelry. A combination of precious materials and appealing minimalism, these rings created in his Paris studio are sold in limited edition.