Colors: Pink Color
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After a year of serving the fashion-forward public from its Newark, New Jersey base, ‘Dressed Up’, the Caribbean-owned retail shoppe which specializes strictly in dresses now brings its warmth, personality and unique style to the virtual space with its all new online presence.

In addition to offering a unique collection of contemporary and vintage dresses, Dressed Up, the online store will continue to infuse the beauty, elegance and warmth that have become synonymous with its physical counterpart commonly referred to as ‘Dressed Up The Shoppe’.

Trinidadian-born entrepreneur and fashionista Diane Wiltshire, known as ‘Fury’ spearheads the Dressed Up brand and genuinely takes pride in delivering an extraordinary and personal experience. In true Caribbean fashion, she is passionate about meeting and mingling with her esteemed clientele and was originally resistant to the idea of adding a digital adaptation of her shoppe, hesitant about its ability to support her vision for the brand of the business.

However, with the emergence of Covid 19 and the all-round necessity for online product and service procurement, Fury propelled herself into creative mode in order to reimagine how a virtual approach to Dressed Up could continue to manifest a fulfilling, productive yet unique experience for all.

She shared: “My intention, in opening my shoppe, was to always ‘meet people where they are’ and, where we all are in this moment is finding ways to virtually satisfy our needs and desires.”

Thus far, Dressed Up the online store has received favourable and enthusiastic feedback from an international cross section of dress aficionados and has gained praise for both its mixture of modern and vintage selections while maintaining the high level of elegance and personality that has become one and the same with the brand.

Currently, the online store’s range of dresses is available to customers in the Continental US and internationally to those with access to sky boxes. Fury, whose goal is global expansion, is pleased to have Dressed Up as the new online retail destination for dresses and aspires to grow it into a virtual marketplace.

The online brand which features the dress collection styles of Caribbean fashion icon Meiling will eventually be a platform for other entrepreneurs to showcase their products.

For Fury, finding ways to support other small business owners and entrepreneurs during these unprecedented times is a priority. For her, “there is strength in numbers” so she is committed to creating one platform where, on a monthly basis, fellow entrepreneurs are able to showcase themselves.

Most notably, as this virtual extension of the Dressed Up brand continues to provide select one-of-a-kind couture dresses for the discerning and fashion-conscious, its charitable arm ‘reDressed’ maintains its mission to dress survivors of domestic abuse as they re-enter the workforce.

Visit the all new dress-exclusive virtual portal for Dressed Up at: www.dressedup.shop/

Two women from the Black Country, in the West Midlands, arranged a catwalk fashion show at the Station Hotel, Dudley raising over £500 for Parkinson’s UK and Dementia UK.

Karen Wilcox from Lower Gornal and Alexandra Darby from Rowley Regis organised the event, showcasing a selection of well-known local designers and catwalk models along with tribute singers and a fantastic drag queen act in September.

Karen, who is a professional model and Young European Ms International Finalist and Alex, who was Miss Black Country have both raised thousands of pounds over the years for various charities, but decided to organise this special event as Karen’s dad, Alan, is living with Parkinson’s and dementia.

Karen said: “I wanted to raise money and awareness for both charities and I have also joined Parkinson’s UK as a Network Campaigner to promote awareness in the local area”.

Alex, who also sang at the event said: “They are both charities that I am very passionate about and I am over the moon that we managed to raise over £500. We had a fantastic day and so much fun was had by all”.

Gayle Kelly, Regional Fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK Birmingham and the Black Country attended the event and gave a short talk about the charity.  She said: “It was such a well organised and fun event. Karen and Alex did a brilliant job and we are so incredibly grateful to them and everyone who attended and supported the day.”

Parkinson’s UK is the leading charity driving better care, treatments and quality of life for those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.

Couples are invited to see Lightwoods House in all its glory at a wedding fair this coming weekend.

Wedding suppliers will be exhibiting their wares and visitors can also look round the house and gardens, which is in Lightwoods Park, Adkins Lane, Bearwood, on Sunday March 3.

Suppliers will include photographers, a venue decorator, wedding car supplier, cake baker,  singer, a dressmaker and florist.

Admission to the fair, which runs from 11am until 3pm, is free.

The stunning 18th century, Grade II-listed house and park have been restored thanks to a £5.2 million project funded by Sandwell Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and BIG Lottery.

Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for leisure Councillor Bill Gavan said: “We’ve hosted many beautiful weddings and civil partnership ceremonies at Lightwoods House and our wedding fairs are always incredibly popular.

We have lots of options to choose from – you can get married in the bandstand or in the ceremony room, we have space for receptions and we offer several catering options.”

 

Working half-dressed becomes standard among comfort loving Finns as local retailer responds with telco-friendly collection

This spring working from home has become the new normal. As practically every work-related meeting takes place now in a virtual environment, a more relaxed dress code has become a norm – at least for the parts not exposed to camera during video calls. Finnish retail chain Prisma responded to this emerging trend by creating a special collection combining formal upper parts with less formal bottoms into striking outfits.

According to recent research, more than every fifth Finn has started working from home this spring due to the coronavirus outbreak. A massive change in our everyday lives has also had an unexpected, but natural impact on how we dress for work nowadays. As the originators of the phenomenon ‘kalsarikännit’ - getting drunk at home in your underwear, Finns have taken full advantage of the situation where it is totally acceptable to participate in business meetings wearing hawaii shorts or yoga pants.

Päivi Hole, the Vice President of Sport and Apparel from Prisma, explains: “The change in clothing trends was quickly noticed as sales of homewear started to rocket soon after the Finnish government put restrictions into action. Aim of the campaign was to remind people to stay creative and go a bit goofy once in a while in the midst of these difficult times as well - because that’s the spirit we Finnish people are known for”.

Prisma also wanted to create conversation around the phenomenon so they challenged Finns to share their best remote-working outfits in social media.  In addition to social media, the conversation around remote-working has been busy in traditional media too. Short while ago for example Twitter announced that their employees can continue working from home even after the pandemic. The same trend will most likely be seen in Finland too.

“If the predictions about remote-working becoming the new normal are right it will surely have a permanent effect on how people dress for work. Let it be a suit jacket that goes with your college pants or vice versa, we deliver Finns whatever they want to wear - even the oddest combinations. Maybe these goofy outfits will be the new phenomenon Finns are known for around the world”, continues Hole.

 

To celebrate this year’s Doha Jewelry and Watches Exhibition (DJWE), Qatar Airways hosted a stylish fashion show on board its state-of-the-art G650 private jet. The event showcased the exquisite jewelry and fashions of acclaimed Chinese designers Grace Chen and Beau Han Xu, set against the backdrop of the world’s most luxurious private jet.

Guests who took part in the event included top international style influencers from the fashion and beauty world who were invited by Qatar Airways to Doha to participate in this year’s DJWE.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications, Ms. Salam Al Shawa, said: “Qatar Airways is delighted to be the Official Airline Partner of the Doha Jewelry and Watches Exhibition, an event that celebrates the very finest in luxury and craftsmanship. What better way to highlight Grace and Beau’s magnificent designs than to showcase them against the backdrop of a Qatar Executive jet – the epitome of luxury and refinement. We are delighted to welcome these talented designers to Qatar, and look forward to helping them experience Qatar’s remarkable hospitality and Arabian ambiance.”

Fashion designer Ms. Grace Chen said: “My inspiration mostly comes from stories of women: how a woman feels about herself, and how she sees the world. My designs always reflect the inner landscape of a woman’s heart, no matter who she is or where she is from. In my “Solitude” collection, Persian patterns were woven into the signature Chinese embroidery, combining influences from Chinese calligraphy. I created a style that is neither Western nor Eastern but reflects a blending of cultures; “nowhere yet everywhere” at the same time.

“As we travel around the world with our Fashion Travel series, I believe this is a global trend and is the true spirit of modernity. It is also what we aspire to at Grace Chen. I am delighted to share some of my works with such a distinguished audience in Qatar.”

Regarded as one of China’s most influential fashion innovators, Grace Chen has been hailed as “the Power Dresser of China” by South China Morning Post and “China’s Most Sought-After Couturier” by The Hollywood Reporter. Her unique designs draw out the beauty in every woman by combining sophistication, elegance and modern aesthetics, resulting in a textural sculpture that appeals to the most stylish and iconic women in the world.

As the first mainland Chinese alumni of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Grace Chen was a designer to the stars in New York and Hollywood before setting up her own label in China in 2009. Throughout her career, Grace has worked with globally-renowned clients including Oprah Winfrey, Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, leading Chinese actresses Liu Xiaoqing, Li Bing Bing, Xu Qing and Taiwanese actress Lin Chi-Ling.

Jewelry designer Mr. Beau Han Xu said: “As an international jewelry designer who grew up in the gem world, I strongly believe that each stone has its own energy and power, and is as unique as the person wearing it. I love to create jewelry that reflects my client’s personality and adds a touch of sophistication and glamour to their journey.

“It is my honor to travel with the world-distinguished airline, Qatar Airways. With this most special private jet catwalk experience, I prepared my “Nature” and “Water Splash” jewelry collections on board. The collection includes the rare pearls necklace, swimming diamonds bangle and tiaras, to accompany the modern, cultured, sophisticated journey with Qatar Airways.”

Beau Han Xu is an internationally-renowned artist, gemologist and award-winning jewelry designer whose work fuses the magical and futuristic. His first collection, Splash!, featured fantastical organic crystal cuffs, chokers, tiaras, and rings ,where diamonds shimmer and swim within. Inspired by nature and the ethereal, Beau’s creations freeze inspirational moments in time: a raindrop’s splash and the subtleties of light playing on light.

Beau has collaborated with Swarovski to create the innovative Beau Cut™ Gemstone. Beau has created an innovative luxury lifestyle, in partnership with Rolls-Royce, Sunseeker super yacht, global top tier hotels and other luxury brands. His clients include members of royal families, celebrities, and UHNIWS.

Qatar Executive currently operates a fleet of 15 state-of-the-art private jets, including five Gulfstream G650ERs, two Gulfstream G500s, three Bombardier Challenger 605s, four Global 5000s and one Global XRS. In 2019, Qatar Executive is set to receive an additional five G500s, as well as one G650ER jet, for which it is the largest commercial operator worldwide. The expanding fleet allows the private jet charter division to serve all crucial markets efficiently and in a way that VVIP customers can enjoy an unparalleled level of service and product from any global destination.

The DJWE, taking place from February 20-25 at the Doha Exhibition and Conference Centre (DECC), features more than 500 international luxury brands displaying some of the world’s finest gemstones, jewelry collections and watches, along with special editions and unique pieces.