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Spain had a difficult year in 2009 with recession and a lot of wine producers braced them self with difficult years to come. But Pedro Mercado, owner of Pago de los Balancines, a small estate in Ribera de la Gaudiana region wasted no time; he decided to take a risk, and that’s how “The Project Crash” kicked off. His aim was to produce a high quality wine, from their own fruit, at an attractive price. He wanted a wine that looked recession square in the eye with an optimism and boldness for the future. A “feel good” wine that could crash somber mood of the recession and could be enjoyed by any red wine drinker and stood out from the crowd. There was only one condition: you need to be open-minded to try it.
The winery is situated in the Ribera de Guadiana area of Extremadura in South-West Spain. This is a unique place to grow grapes, it is nestled between two mountains at an altitude of 450 metres, making this area perfect location to cultivate the well-known Spanish grape varietals and regional specialities used in the wines.
Leading Spanish Pop Art Illustrator, Alvaro Ortega was asked to design an eye-catching and fun illustrations for the brand.
Chromatics is an American electronic music band from Portland, Oregon, formed in 2001. The band consists of Ruth Radelet (vocals/synthesizer), Adam Miller (guitar/vocoder), Nat Walker (drums/synthesizer), and Johnny Jewel (producer, multi-instrumentalist). The band’s latest album,Kill for Love, was released March 26, 2012. In total Chromatics have released 4 Studio Albums.
The band originally featured a trademark sound indebted to punk and lo-fi that was described as “noisy” and “chaotic”. After numerous lineup changes, which left guitarist Adam Miller as the sole original member, the band began releasing material on the Italians Do It Better record label in 2007.
and E. Lewis, Belle Époque, Caroline Reboux, Charles Frederick Worth, Erté, fashion, George Barbier, Georges Lepape, Haute couture, La Gazette du Bon Ton, Legroux, paris, Paul Iribe, Paul Poiret, The Maison Redfern
The first ever fashion designer, who wasn’t just a dressmaker, was Charles Frederick Worth(1986-1985). Before the former draper set up his maison de couture (fashion house) in Paris, clothing design and creation was handled by largely anonymous tailors and seamstresses, and high fashion was dictated mainly from styles worn at royal courts around Europe. Worth’s success was such that he was able to dictate to his costumers what they should wear.
Throughout the 20th century, particularly all high fashion originated in Paris and to much lesser extend from London. Fashion magazines sent editors from around the world to Paris fashion shows. Department stores sent buyers to Paris fashion shows to purchase garments for copying and openly stole the style lines and trim details of others. Both made-to-measure salons and ready-to-wear department stores featured the latest Paris trends, adapted to the stores assumptions about the lifestyles and pocket books of their targeted customers. In the early 20th century the division between Haute Couture and ready-to-wear styles was not as sharp as it is today. The two separate modes of production were still far from being competitors and they often co-existed in houses where the seamstresses moved freely between made-to-measure and ready-made.
At the start of the 20th century fashion magazines began to include photographs and became even more influential than in the coming future. In cities around the world these magazines were greatly sought-after by the fashionable people seeking the latest fashion trends and had a profound effect on public taste and what people were going to wear. Talented illustrators – among them the most famous Paul Iribe, Georges Lepape, Erté, and George Barbier – drew exquisite fashion illustrations for these publications, which covered the most recent developments in fashion and beauty. Perhaps the most famous of these magazines was La Gazette du Bon Ton, which was founded in 1912 by Lucien Vogel and regularly published until 1925.
This era in fashion was called Belle Époque (as this era was called by the French). The outfits of this decade were strikingly similar to the outfits designed by Charles Worth. By the end of 19th century, the horizons of the fashion industry had generally broadened, partly due to the more stable and independent lifestyle many well-off women were beginning to adopt and the practical clothes they wanted to wear to fit their lifestyles. However with all this progress in the fashionable world, the fashions of the La Belle Époque still retained the elaborate, upholstered, hourglass-shaped style of the 19th century. No fashionable lady could (or would) yet dress or undress her without the assistance of a third-party. The curvaceous S-Bend silhouette dominated fashion up until around 1908. The S-Bend corset was very tightly laced at the waist which forced the hips way back and the drooping mono bosom was thrust forward in a pouter pigeon effect creating an S shape figure.
The constant need for radical change in fashion, which is now essential for the survival of modern fashion within the present system, was still literally unthinkable. The only differences from one season to the next was the use of different trimmings or introduction some innovative fabrics. Toward the end of the decade the fashionable silhouette gradually started to become more straight and slim, partly due to Paul Poiret‘s high-waisted, shorter-skirted Directoire line of clothes that became available to the public.
The Maison Redfern was the first fashion house to offer women a tailored suit based directly on its male counterpart and the extremely practical and soberly elegant garment soon became an indispensable part of the wardrobe of any well-dressed woman of that time.
Another indispensable part of the outfit of the well-dressed woman was the designer hat, it was a must. In fact hats or head pieces were always worn by women throughout centuries at all times
Hats at the time of 1900’s were either tiny little confections that perched on top of the head, or large and wide-brimmed, trimmed with flowers, ribbons, feathers and occasionally complete with stuffed birds (male hummingbirds for those who could afford them). Caroline Reboux, Legroux, and E. Lewis were the most sought-after hat designers of that time. Parasols were still used as decorative accessories and in the summer they dripped with lace and added to the overall elaborate prettiness. Large hats were worn with evening wear.
Masses of wavy hair were fashionable, swept up to the top of the head (if necessary, over horsehair pads called “rats”) and gathered into a knot.
By the end of the decade, hats had smaller drooping brims that shaded the face and deep crowns, and the overall top-heavy effect remained.
Ryan Gosling was born on November 12th, 1980, in London, Ontario. He is an actor, director, writer and a musician. He began his career as a child star in Disney Channel’s “Mickey Mouse Club“ alongside some other famous child stars like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. He won an addition for Mickey Mouse Club in Montreal, in 1993 and was given a two-year contract. He appeared in a numerous TV Shows and children movies.
It wasn’t until the age of 19 that Ryan decided to move to acting in a “serious films”. His first serious role, where he started, as a main actor was “The Believer”, in 2001, where he played young Jewish neo-Nazi. But it wasn’t until 2004, when Ryan Gosling got his first big break and rose to fame, starting in a Drama, Romance movie “The Notebook“, along side another Canadian actress Rachel McAdams.
Since 2010 Ryan was seen everywhere on the big screen. He appeared in five major Hollywood movies between 2010 and 2011. Three more movies are set to be released this year.
His latest movie titled “The Place Beyond The Pines” was released in North America on March 29th. Ryan is playing a motorcycle stunt driver- turned bank robber. Ryan says he got to live out his childhood fantasy of becoming a bank robber. He starts in a movie along side his real life girlfriend, Eva Mendes.
In 2007, Gosling made a solo recording called “Put Me in the Car” available for download on the Internet. Also the same year Gosling and his friend Zach Shields formed Indie Rock Band called “Dead Man’s Bones“.
Ryan Gosling does active charity work, travelling around the world and helping where he can. He belongs to several different charity organizations.
Gaby Aghion was born in Alexandria, Egypt in the year 1921. She started Chloé in 1952 after moving to Paris in 1945 with a vision and coined the term ‘prêt-à-porter’ which means Ready-To-Wear. Gaby Aghion continued to run the house until 1985, when Chloé was bought-out by Dunhill Holdings (now Richemont Group).
In 2007 Chloé became the first luxury brand to offer an iPhone specific version of its website. In 2008, the brand broadcasted its fashion shows on the same-day they took place.
In 2011 MacGibbon was replaced by former Pringle of Scotland Designer Clare Waight Keller.
Today, just like Grace Kelly and Maria Callas did before them, young stars like Kirsten Dunst, Clémence Poésy and Jessica Alba fall in love with the soft elegance of the French house.
I also love Chloé Perfumes.
A Plus Size Life
By Amy Purfield-Clark