The Great History of Fashion Design

The history of fashion takes us into a time warp. It’s art in its purest form. It is all about style. The way a designer puts into form fabric and colors to make an outfit has always been greatly watched by many. Designer clothing makes its way into films and magazines now and is the high talk of many magazines.There is high fashion clothing and good fashion clothing. The high fashion clothing comes with an extremely high price tag and many of these cloths are worn just once and discarded. Good fashion clothing doesn’t necessary have a designer label attached to it, it is a useful piece of clothing that looks nice.Fashion style for women’s clothing goes from something that hugs the body to loose fitting clothing with something tied around it. Zippers can go up the back or right down the side. Jeans have designs on them or they can be plain. Suits can be tailored to fit the body to those that drape the body.Good taste comes from the time period that one lives it. Some skirts were fashionable above the knee, while others drape below the knee. Different colors and styles of the fabric represent good taste it is highest form. There are different time periods that are still in fashion today. Some people like to be bold and start new fashion trends, while others just stick within the guidelines of the time.A good sense of style can be developed by looking at different magazines, getting ideas of what’s in and what’s out. Going to museums is always a good thing to do as well.Make it a habit to observe what people are wearing. Subscribe to different fashion magazines or bookmark some of your favorite fashion URLs that might be online. See what other people are talking about. Watch the ads in the magazines as well.When you see something of good style make a note of how you would change the fashion yourself into something different. Get a sewing machine and rip apart some of your clothing and make it into a new piece. Put some lining in a coat or a patch on a pair of jeans.You can obtain ideas for fashion in so many places. The different weather patterns that are in the sky can give you idea. You can get ideas on how to create fashion from watching children playing, or a piece from a song that drums up that creativeness inside of you. There has always been a sense of fashion style in the basic dress and pants that people wear. It has changed through time. Some styles come back and others just disappear. Now you know a little bit about the history of fashion.

Celebrities, Designer Dresses and Latest Fashion Forecast For 2009

Chic Tough Girl Looks, Military Influences, and Seductive Jumpsuits rule the Runway.The New Year is barely in the door and we are already looking to our favorite celebrities to show us how to make this our best year in Fashion yet. Anne Hathaway is a celebrity style icon in the making already, with her raven hair and creamy skin. With her fashion break out role in The Devil Wear Prada, the public took notice of her expressive appearance. While recently in the pages of Vogue and InStyle magazines, she resonates in Versace, Thakoon, and Marchesa. Her casual side is appealing to many as well, having been photographed in a military influenced jacket. This Sergeant Pepper inspired look will be hot in 2009, and will be seen in electric blue, orange, and red, in addition to the more traditional look of black or olive. Pair with form fitting pants, boots, and a simple t-shirt. The fashion accessories can be pared down as shiny metallic buttons will festoon across the jackets. Piles of metal chains will be your ideal accessory choice for a plain shirt.Love her or hate her, Victoria Beckham will continue to rule the fashion world, with the fashionistas waiting hungrily for her next hair style or statement. A fashion brand herself, she will continue to reinvent her own look of elegant flamboyance style. Look to Victoria to be the enduring face of high glamour, as anything worth leaving the house for should be dressed for. Body skimming, elegant dresses with an element of exaggeration are her forte, like the black Dolce dress she wore recently in Dubai. Look for Victoria to also influence the menswear look with her seductive take on wearing high waisted, fluid moving pants that are hot off designer runway. The new soft silhouette of pants will be worn in various lengths this year from chic cropped styles to the floor skimming variety, and topped with smart jackets, feminine blouses, and knits.While it was recently reported that she hates the words “boho chic”, Kate Hudson is certainly an influence for it. Her laid back California way of dressing makes her look a favorite to women of all ages. She embodies comfort, with a fashion style. Kate’s take on combining patterns, color, and a an easy aesthetic will rule many closets this year – think dresses by Marc by Marc Jacobs, Prada, and M Missoni. Missoni knits feature an incredible weave of colors that give only a nod to the boho look and make knits the comfortable choice. Natasha Leratti offers an affordable knit look at her latest fashion designer collection website, in a citrus kissed yellow mini dress, accented by the ever popular black and white.As a new celebrity who dresses the celebrities, Rachel Zoe’s own style has taken storm due to her reality show. One can’t miss the larger than life luxurious fur vests she favors, paired with skirts or skinny jeans. While she favors vintage, her look has an exotic flair that evokes a Russia meets West Coat influence. Strong prints in rich colors, chunky knits, and bold jewelry are the staple of her look. We will look to her to show us how to mix unusual textures and prints. Rachel is a perfect example of being able to dress high-low by taking a vintage $2000 Chanel gown and mixing it with a $98 faux fur vest from The Limited. Not only is her look fun and fresh, it inspires our inner designer to take risks in mixing styles.Tough Girl or Biker Chic will edge its way back in, due to the strong women it evokes. The rock style looks of Rihanna and Pink brings their influence to a look that can be dressed up or down. Rihanna will be a style setter for this year with her stunning good looks and cutting edge fashion style. Her sweet smile accentuates her glam rocker appeal. Little black dresses are topped off with edgy fitted jackets that offer zippers, rips, and a sharper structure. While leather seems like an obvious choice, look for unusual takes on the jacket that include fitted knit sweaters over skinny black pants and boots. Leather pants and thigh high boots are creating a tough but glam look. Studded accents on designer handbags or boots are offset with shiny sequins to bring in a feminine touch. A Balenciaga Biker Bag may set you back thousands of dollars for this look, but consider checking out leratti.com to find her take on new and vintage designer handbags to suit this look.While it may take awhile for this trend to gain steam, many celebrities have been photographed wearing the new jumpsuit. Kate Hudson, Scarlett Johannsen, and Rosario Dawsen have been seen adding their touch to this retro look. Chunky belts, long chains, and miles of bangles add spunk and glamour to an otherwise simple style. Look for silky, flowy materials that accentuate movement, and show subtle glimpses of skin. Styles will be long or cropped, and will be set off with sexy high heels or boots. The jumpsuit can be dressed down for day, or up for cocktail hour, and may prove to have a versatile ability for the modern women. Look for spring neutrals to bring a safari -tinged feel to the style.Whoever your style icon may be, develop your own sense of style. Natasha Leratti is a Miami based High End Fashion Designer with a cutting edge vibe and distinct sense of style.Your Fashion Guru and Stylist,
Natasha Leratti

Handbag Style Guide

According to one European survey, 30-year old women own an average of 21 handbags and buy a new bag about every three months, with the average woman amassing some 111 handbags over her lifetime. To many people those may sound like ridiculous figures, while serious handbag fashionistas may have double or triple those numbers in their collection. Another study reports an average of eighteen trips, totaling nearly 30 hours annually, shopping for handbags, jewelry, and scarves.  
Handbags have evolved far beyond their 14th century roots. Once simply a pouch worn about the waist for practical purposes before sewn-in pockets were common, the purse has become not only a way to keep your mobile phone, keys, glasses, wallet, cosmetics and other essentials at hand, but a fashion-forward accessory to complete and compliment the wearer’s every ensemble. 
 
While most women say they have three or four purses they use regularly, they may have a dozen or more at home, waiting at the ready to be called into service for a special occasion or as a perfect compliment to a new outfit.
 
In addition to a wide array of colors, fabrics, and textures, handbags are available in a variety of sizes and styles to fit your every mood. Listed below are several types of handbag styles. These are general terms to describe basic styles; some bags may fit multiple categories or none at all.Clutch a small bag, generally not much larger than a large wallet that his held in the hand. Clutches have grown in popularity of late with fashionable styles from Chinese Laundry and Kenneth Cole as well as major designers like Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, D&G and others.
 
Wristlet a small strap that slips over the wrist, usually removable, is attached to a clutch or evening bag. Check out great styles from Coach
 
Evening Bag a small bag for more formal occasions, often made of satin or beaded fabrics. May be in clutch or wristlet style
 
Hobo typically a large, slouchy, crescent-shaped bag with a shoulder strap. These are generally made of soft materials that slump when set down, though some designers have made bags in the hobo shape out of stiffer materials in a wide array of sizes. Among the designers with great hobos are Cole Haan, Dooney & Bourke, and Michael Kors.
 
Tote a large, generally square shaped bag with two shoulder straps. Smaller versions of this are sometimes called a Shopper. If you want a chic way to carry all your essentials, check out styles by Prada, Christian Dior, and Fendi
 
Satchel is a bag generally larger in size with handles to be held or on the arm rather than over the shoulder. Check out designer styles by Nancy Gonzales, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent.
 
Cross-body usually small to medium in size, features a long, generally adjustable strap, that is designed to be worn across the body.
 
Minibag refers to small sized handbags in a variety of styles, popular of teens in brands like XOXO, Chinese Laundry, Fossil, Guess and others.
 
So whether you pick up that new Prada at Bergdorf Goodman, the Fendi at Neiman Marcus, a fabulous new hobo at a local boutique, or scour the internet for just the right bag, the options are endless, no matter how many you own. Handbags are fun, fashionable, and here to stay.