PRADA ELEKTRA BAG

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Box pochettediagramme quilting and now buckle-studded strap, it really never gets boring at Prada. And today, they have a wide variation of different handbag styles, more than we can collect. Still, we hope they will bring back the classic Saffiano Lux Tote one day, the bag that we love so dearly. But anyways, meet the new Prada Elektra Bag.

The Design

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Prada is challenging all fields of fashion, but aren’t they trying to do a bit too much? The pyramid studs on the Elektra Bag do remind me of the Valentino, especially the red colored handbag.

The Elektra Bag is made with a mix of calf and saffiano leather. Both leathers are durable, especially the saffiano, which is unbreakable. The studs have been embellished in different parts; first on the center buckle strap, but also on the handles. The front features a flap with push-lock clasp and you can sling it on the shoulder as it comes with a removable leather strap.

It’s a chic bag with tremendous space in the interior. And it can function as a great everyday bag, blending with casual clothing.

The Interior

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So how does the inside of this bag looks like? There are two compartments and one zipped pocket. Both are big enough to help you transport all your basic needs and there is even space for more.

The Prices And Sizes

Measuring 4.2’ x 7.2’ x 10.2’ (D x H x W) inches, priced at $2840 USD, €2200 EUR, £1990 GBP, ¥346680 JPY.

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ISABELI FONTANA POSES IN GLAM & SUNNY STYLES FOR ELLE ITALY

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Isabeli Fontana looks ready for her closeup on the March 2018 cover of ELLE Italy. Captured by Gilles Bensimon, the Brazilian beauty wears a sparkling top with her hair in tousled waves. For the accompanying spread, Isabeli embraces glamorous styles perfect for the spring season. Stylist Alberto Zanoletti dresses the brunette in a mix of denim, sequined tops and whimsical prints.


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ENVIABLE CLOTHING ON THE RUNWAY: PUTTING YOUR CLASP ON THE BUSINESS OF FASHION

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Photo: Fashionartinstitute / Wikimedia
Photo: Fashionartinstitute / Wikimedia

The appreciation of Australian fashion apparel is universal. From the runway looks to the high street and retailers across the globe, the Australian fashion industry is coining it internationally and putting the country on the global style map. The industry nets $12 billion for the Australian economy every year. But the likes of David Jones, Willow, Bec & Bridge and Dion Lee did not get there with sartorial savvy and sketch pads alone. Being a breakthrough designer is as much about understanding textiles as it is about the appreciation of sharpening vital business acumen.


UNDERSTAND THE BUSINESS BASICS

Business acumen includes understanding the tax implications of various business models; namely, CC, PTY, partnership or trust and importing and selling any products across the border, keeping a spreadsheet of wardrobe stock and being on top of cost control at all times. Invariably, designers usually use closed corporations or buy shelf companies if they’re operating in a jurisdiction where they can’t register new CCs, and incorporate as a PTY (Ltd) later.

CCs are popular as they don’t have burdensome auditing or financial statement obligations. But, in order to be taken seriously or when needing to issue shares to raise share capital, a private company is preferable. Most investors want to know what an entity’s market capitalisation is before investing or the number of shares yet to be issued and the projected revenue that can be raised through this.

One practical way for young designers who typically shun numbers to undo financial aversion is to expose themselves to share acquisition and trading. Online platforms such as those offered by IG.com bring visibility to the market while an IG demo account provides online trading practice and a sense of how the markets and other elements (like CFDs) function.

Photo: Pxhere
Photo: Pxhere

UNDERSTAND THE FUNDAMENTALS OF HOW WELL-OILED (SEWING) MACHINES WORK

Speak to any established designer and they will most likely attest to the fact that it was, initially, all about staying afloat. Young designers need to have a firm grasp on the concept of retailer distribution models, and how much of the product price for a garment they’ll receive each time a sale is made in Woolworths, for example. It’s also valuable to know when a big retailer like Woolworths reconciles their books and pays over profit to the designer.

Some retailers work on profit per garment; others buy collections outright. Savvy designers need to understand who their market is and what the buying implications are during the conceptualising stage of a range, not afterwards. It is during this phase that input costs such as labour, fabric versatility and textile durability become critical. These affect pricing and long-term saleability and profit.

Some questions every designer has to contemplate include whether asking for cash on delivery versus delivery against payment is pertinent and how the business would be insured against risks such as defaulting creditors. Defaulting creditors are not necessarily solely big companies. They could be private clients who need urgent, priority dressing but possibly pay late, incurring design houses penalties along the way. This is where mentors become invaluable.

New designers often dream of interning at a well-loved label such as Romance was Born. This is when they should be asking those mentors to unpack their actual operational business models while taking their raw skill to new levels.

There’s definitely a place in the Australian economy for design entrepreneurship. How well the ship is steered will depend as much on the financial acquisition and management skill of the entrepreneur as anything else.

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PRADA VIT.DAINO SHOULDER BAG

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After the introduction of the Monochrome Bag, we finally saw the brand-new Prada logo. It was modernized, stylish and so Prada-like, we loved it. Now this logo is being implemented into new handbags like this Prada Vit.Daino Shoulder Bag. So, is this going to be your next everyday bag?

The Design

Simplicity at its best, the Vit.Diano Bag is a medium-sized handbag with an oversized interior. It’s strong and durable, crafted from calf leather, so you don’t need to constantly baby it. And especially if you pick a darker shade like the classic black.

The new Prada logo has been printed on the front in large size. It feels like the logo and the bag is one. There is also another logo printed in gold on the bag’s side. This bag is just the perfect bag for daily use; for work or casual days.

What is more? There is a pocket on the rear, as well as a boho-chic multi-color leather strap for hand-carry or shoulder carry. So what do you think? Practical?

The Interior

Let’s take a look inside the bag. In the interior you will find two pockets including one with zipper. But overall, the bag is quite spacious and can find a lot of stuff besides your daily essentials. The bag is also strong enough to carry heavier items.

The Prices And Sizes

Measuring 12.5 x 19 x 28 (D x H x W) cm, priced at €1350 euro, €1350 EUR, £1270 GBP via Prada boutiques.

Where To Shop Prada Vit.Daino Bag?

1. Farfetch – there are a lot of colors here, but you need to scroll down…

2. MyTheresa – you can also find the handbag here.


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LIYA KEBEDE TRIES ON CHIC METALLIC FASHIONS FOR INSTYLE

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Modeling icon Liya Kebede is ready to shine for the March 2018 issue of InStyle Magazine. Captured by Pamela Hanson, the Ethiopian beauty poses in some of spring’s best metallic and sequin fashions. Stylist Laura Ferrera makes sure Liya shines–quite literally–in the designs of Dior, Isabel Marant, Louis Vuitton and more. For beauty, hair stylist Miki (See Management) works on her tousled waves with makeup by Yumi Lee.

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SELENA GOMEZ LOOKS GLAM IN COACH FOR HARPER’S BAZAAR

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Selena Gomez on Harper's Bazaar US March 2018 Cover
Selena Gomez on Harper’s Bazaar US March 2018 Cover

Singer Selena Gomez is all smiles on the March 2018 cover of Harper’s Bazaar US. The pop star shows off her newly blonde bob in a pink Coach 1941 dress and sparkling earrings. Photographed by Alexi Lubomirski, Selena heads to the race track for the accompanying fashion shoot. The face of Coach poses in looks from the American fashion brand styled by Kate Young.

Related: Selena Gomez Looks Like a Ballerina in New PUMA Ads

COVER SHOOT: SELENA GOMEZ FOR HARPER’S BAZAAR MARCH 2018

Shining in silver, Selena Gomez wears Coach 1941 dress, necklace and shoes
Shining in silver, Selena Gomez wears Coach 1941 dress, necklace and shoes

SELENA GOMEZ ON HER NEXT ALBUM

In her interview, Selena talks about what’s going on with her next album.

“My next album has been forever in the making. When people ask me why, I’m honest about it: It’s because I haven’t been ready. I mean, point­blank, I don’t feel confident enough in where my music is yet. If that takes 10 years, then it takes 10 years. I don’t care. Right now I just want to be super intentional with all of the things I’m doing.”

Looking pretty in pink, Selena Gomez wears Coach 1941 gown, heels and earrings
Looking pretty in pink, Selena Gomez wears Coach 1941 gown, heels and earrings
Looking western chic, Selena Gomez wears Coach 1941 dress
Looking western chic, Selena Gomez wears Coach 1941 dress
Posing on the back of a bike, Selena Gomez wears Coach 1941 jacket, shorts and booties
Posing on the back of a bike, Selena Gomez wears Coach 1941 jacket, shorts and booties

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