Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Hello guys, today I want to talk abut one of my favorite designers. I followed him on Instagram a while ago, but I have become a really big fan recently. So I will ‘present’ him to you.

Alexander Wang is an American designer born on the 26th of December 1983, in San Francisco, California to a Taiwanese house hold, but he has confirmed that he cannot speak Mandarin Chinese. He did a summer course at Central Saint Martins when he was 15 and moved to New York to study at the Parsons School of Design, but he left the program after two years, without graduating, so that he can start his brand.

He started his fashion brand in 2005 and became more popular after he won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2008.

Alexander Wang wins CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award | Haut Fashion

He worked as Creative director at Balenciaga from 2012 to 2015.

Alexander Wang makes his Balenciaga debut (apparently) - Telegraph

In 2014, he collabed with the Swedish brand H&M to create a collection for both men and women.

Wait No Longer, The Entire Alexander Wang X H&M Collection Is Finally  Revealed
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In 2016 he became CEO of the Wang brand succeeding his mom Ying Wang and his sister-in-law Aimee Wang. Later that year he was awarded $90 milion in damages after successfully suing 45 defendants running 459 websites that sold counterfeit goods bearing his name.

Wang has hosted a 2016 New York Fashion Week show.

Alexander Wang Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear collectionFashionela

In 2018, Wang partnered with Trojan to release a limited edition “Protect your Wang” capsule collection in support of the LBGTQ community and to celebrate Pride.

13 Trojan Condoms And Alexander Wang Celebrate Their Protect Your Wang  Collaboration At The New York City Pride March Photos and Premium High Res  Pictures - Getty Images

Hope you enjoyed this post. If you did, suggest me some other designers to talk about. Have a great day,

XOXO,Delayla

Places to visit while in Bucharest

Hi guys, since I haven’t posted any traveling posts in a while, I figured why not do one about my city. So here are some really interesting places to visit in Bucharest:

  • Carturesti carusel. This is one of the most impressive bookshops in Europe. It’s located in the Old City and the architecture of the whole building is stunning.
Cărtureşti Carusel, Bucharest, Romania. - European and International  Booksellers Federation | Facebook
Carturesti Carusel
  • The Old City. This is a stunning place to just stroll around and stop to eat or at a bar. It is one of my favorit places.
Bucuresti – o zi prin centrul istoric - Blogul Travelminit.ro
Obiective turistice din Centrul Istoric București care pot fi vzitate la pas
  • Gismigiu Gardens. This is one of the oldest parks in Bucharest and it’s stunning. You can go on the lake with a bout or just walk around.
Ce vrea sa faca Firea in Cismigiu: O ''autostrada de pietris'' ar putea  spinteca cel mai vechi parc din Bucuresti | Mobile
555! Grădina Cişmigiu, istoria NEŞTIUTĂ a celui mai VECHI PARC din BUCUREŞTI !
  • University square. This is a place a lot of people just like to come and socialize. It as some really cool statues.
Bucureşti- subiectiv prin obiectiv: Piaţa Universităţii, văzută de... | B365
Piata Universitatii - SOS Bucharest | Bucharest, Tourist, City guide
  • Arcul de Triunf. The Triumph Arch was built after Romania gained it’s independence so that the troops can march under it when they came home from war.
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Arcul de Triumf din București, România
  • The Palace of the Parliament. This is one of the biggest buildings in Europe. It has over 2000 rooms and you can visit some parts of the building.
Detalii nestiute despre Casa Poporului, cea mai scumpa cladire  administrativa din lume - Stirileprotv.ro
Casa Poporului | Sightseeing | Bucharest

Hope you enjoyed it and let me know what you want to see next. Have a great day,

XOXO,Delayla

90s staples and outfits

Hi guys, lately I have been trying to find my style. I was scrolling through Pinterest and found this style that defined everything I love. The 90s/00s style is soo beautiful and it looks so aesthetically pleasing. Also, some of the 90s staples have come back stronger than ever. Here are some of them:

  • Slip dresses. I personally think these are the best type of dress. You can dress it up or dress it down. You can wear it with heels or combat boots. It’s just so versatile, i love it. Here are some ideas on how to style it:
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  • High waisted mom jeans. I already own a few pairs and I have to say they are so comfortable and stylish. Some styling options:
Meet leanna the perfect high-waisted pant for everyday wear. tuck an easy-fitting top into these for easy sophistication.
  • Layering. Whether it’s spaghetti strap tops over t-shirts or vests over shirts, I think it looks stunning. It looks so put together and stylish. Styling options:
9 Ways To Rock a Turtleneck This Season
My favorite outfits that Cher wore in Clueless (1995)
  • Huge jackets. In the 90s they wore these really big jackets and windbreakers. They looked really cool, and today a lot of people still rock this trend. Styling options:

These are just a few of the trends from the 90s. If you wanna see some more or if you have some other examples, don’t hesitate to write them in the comment section. Have an awesome day,

XOXO,Delayla

Sustainable fashion and where to buy it from

Hello guys, today I am going to talk about a more delicate an important matter. Sustainability in fashion has become a very important part of the fashion industry. We need to learn how to protect our planet. So I am going to present to you a few ways to help the planet.

1 . I am sure most of you already know about this one, but I will stil talk about it. If you are no longer using a clothing item, instead of just throwing it away, donate it to one of your local thrift shops. This way someone else can enjoy it.

2 . On the same note, I have noticed a lot of people see thrift shopping and second hand shopping as bad and refuse to go there. You should definitely check them out. You can find literal gems and you are saving the planet by reusing clothes.

3. Shop from ethical brands, that recycle and are biodegradable. I am going to list some of these brands below, so that you can check them out.

  • Lucy & Yak.  lucyandyak.com. They are an independent, ethical and sustainable brand dedicated to upholding a positive environmental and social impact.
  • House of sunny. houseofsunny.co.uk . They are an East -London based brand that uses recycled materials and e-flow technology for washing denim, that way, managing to save water.
  • Pangaia.  thepangaia.com . They use bio based fibers and materials from recycled plastic bottles to create their colorful tracksuit collection.
  • We Are We Wear.  wearewewear.com . They are a London based brand, concentrated on body diversity and sustainability. The clothes are made from unwanted waste materials and industrial plastics.

Hope this post helped and hope you have a great day. Let me know if you are interested in this topic and if you want me to talk about it more.

XOXO,Delayla

The story of Louis Vuitton

Hello guys, let’s continue with our series ‘The story of…’ Today we will be talking about the designer Louis Vuitton. He was born on on the 4th of August 1821 in France in a family of carpenters and farmers. When he was 10, his mother, who was a hat maker, died and his father followed soon after. He had a very difficult relationship with his adoptive stepmother, so he left at the age of 13. Doing some weird jobs for a living. he traveled aprox 450 km to Paris where he arrived in 1837, in the middle of the Industrial Revolution, he apprenticed under Monsieur Marechal, a successful trunk maker and packer. Within a few years he gained a reputation among the most fashionable people of Paris, as one of the city’s premiere practitioner of the craft.

After the re-establishment of the French Empire under Napoleon III, the Empress of France hired Vuitton as her personal trunk maker and packer. She charged him with “packing the most beautiful clothes in an exquisite way”. This provided Vuitton with an opening to the royal and elite clientele which provided him with work for the rest of his career.

He married 17 year-old Clemence-Emilie Parriaux in 1854, when he was 33 years-old. He left Marechal’s shop soon after and opened his own trunk making and packing workshop in Paris. He hung a sign, outside his shop, that read “Securely packs the most fragile objects. Specialising in packing fashions.” In 1858, Vuitton introduced his revolutionary rectangular canvas trunks, inspired by H. J. Cave and Sons of London, at a time when the market only had rounded-top leather trunks. The demand for his trunks was huge, so he opened a new shop in Asnieres-sur-Seine. The original pattern of the canvas was called “Damier”. Vuitton also invented the first pick-proof lock

After the Franco-Prussian War, in 1871, the demand fell and his workshop was in shambles. Many of his tools were stolen and all his staff was gone. Vuitton rebuilt quickly, opening a new shop at 1 Rue Scribe, next to a famous jockey club in the heart of Paris. He later ied in 1892.

Hope you enjoyed and let me know who you want me to do next. Have a great day,

XOXO,Delayla

The story of Christian Dior

Hi guys, today we’re continuing the ‘The Story of…’ series. Last time we talked about Coco Chanel https://delaylable.com/2020/09/02/the-story-of-coco-chanel/ . Today we are talking about Christian Dior, the founder of the famous Christian Dior fashion house that I absolutely adore.

So, let’s start. Christian was born in a small village on the coast of Normandy, France. He had 4 brothers and when he was around 5 years old him and his family moved to paris, while they still went to the Normandy coast in the summers. While his family wished for him to become a diplomat, he had other ideas. He wanted to become involved in art, so he sold his fashion sketches outside his house for around 10 cents to make some money. When he left school in 1928, his father gave him money to finance a small art gallery, where he and his friend sold art by the likes of Pablo Picasso. After Christian’s mother and brother’s deaths, three years later, with the contribution of the financial problems during the Great Depression when his father lost control of the family business, the gallery closed.

Dior was employed by Robert Piguet in 1937, where he was given the opportunity to design three of Piguet’s collections. He also said ‘Robert Piguet taught me the virtues of simplicity through which true elegance must come.’ While he was working for Robert he met and worked alongside Pierre Balmain, and wa succeeded as house designer by Marc Bohan, who later became house of design for Christian Dior Paris. He left Piguet after he was called for military serice.

After Dior left the army, he started working for Lucien Lelong, in 1942, where he and Balmain where the primary designers. During WW II, Dior was designing dresses for the wifes of Nazis officers and French collaborators – in attempt to preserve the fashion industry, just like a few other fashion houses like Nina Ricci, Jean Patou and Jeanne Lanvin. Catherine, his sister, who served as a member of the French Resistance, was captured by the Gestapo and sent to Ravensbruk concentration camp, where she was kept until the liberation in May 1945. Christian Dior, later named his first fragrance Miss Dior named after heras tribute in 1947.

In 1946, Marcel Boussac, known as the richest man in France and a successful entrepreneur, invited DIor to design for a fashion house founded in 1925 called Philippe and Gaston, but he refused saying he wants to start fresh under his own name. On the 8th of October 1946, with the help of Bussac, Dior founded his fashion house. The real name of his first collection was Corolle, but the phrase New Look was coined for it by Carmel Snow, editor in chief at Harper’s Bazaar. He was a master at designing silhouettes, he is quotes as saying ” I have designed flower women”. His designes were recognized for the wasp-waisted corsets and percale, boned, bustier- style bodices that gave the women a very curvaceous form.

Initially, the women, used to shorter dresses because of the limitations of fabric during the war, protested against the fact that his designs were covering the legs. The amount of fabric used in his dresses and suits created some backlash. Coco Chanel commented on the “New Look” saying: ‘Look how ridiculous these women are, wearing clothes by a man who doesn’t know women, never had one, and dreams of being one’. During one photo shoot in a Paris market, the models were attacked by female vendors over this profligacy, but opposition stopped after wartime shortages ended. Dior’s collection “New Look” revolutionized women’s dress and reestablished Paris as center of the fashion world after World War II.

Yves Saint-Laurent, 19 at the time, became Dior’s assistant in 1955. Dior later met with Yves mother in 1957 to tell her he had chosen him to succeed him at Dior.

Christian Dior died while on holiday in Italy, on October 1957. Most reports say he died of a heart attack, but what caused it is still left to speculation.

Hope you enjoyed. Let me know who you think I should write the next post about. Have a great day,

XOXO, Delayla

The story of Coco Chanel

Hi guys, I am back after the exams and everything. Today i am starting a new series called ‘The story of…’ that will be based on the life stores of well known designers. First is one of my absolute favorites Gabrielle Chanel aka Coco Chanel. I am also aware that there is a book and a movie, but I decided to make a small biography about her and if you like it, I recommend you watch the movie, it’s really good.

Now let’s get started. Coco’s full name was Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel and she was born in France on the 19th of August 1883. After her mother died when she was 12, her father put her in an orphanage. In there she was raised by nuns, which taught her how to sew, a very important skill for her future career.

Her famous nickname ‘Coco’ came from her short career as a singer in clubs in Vichy and Moulins where her stage name was Coco. Around her 20s she met Ettienne Balsan who helped her set up small business in Paris, but later left him for one of his wealthier friends Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel. Both of them were really important and helped a lot with her first fashion venture.

When she first opened her shop, she was only selling hats. After she opened few more shops, Coco started selling clothes too. Her first taste of clothing success came from a dress she created from an old jersey on a cold day. When people asked where she got it from she offered to make one for them.

Chanel became a famous Parisian figure in the literary and artistic worlds. She designed costumes for Ballets Russes and Jean Cocteau’s play Orphee, and counted Cocteau and artist Pablo Picasso among her friends.

In 1925, Chanel introduced the now legendary Chanel suit with collarless jacket and well-fitted skirt. Coco’s designs were revolutionary for the time- borrowing elements from men’s wear and emphasizing comfort over the constraints of then popular fashions. She helped women say goodbye to the day corsets and other confining garments. Another revolutionary design by Chanel was her little black dress. She took a color once associated with mourning and showed just how chic it could be for evening wear.

Hope you enjoyed the first post from this series. Please leave a like and a comment and follow me for more interesting posts. Have a great day,

XOXO, Delayla

Break

Hi guys! I will be taking a 1 month break, since I have some important exams to study for. I will try to post, but it’s not very likely to happen. Have a great day,

XOXO,Delayla

Dior Couture

Dior Couture

Hi guys, so, you might not know this, but I am a huge Christian Dior fan especially the couture dresses. I decided to share some beautiful Dior Couture dresses that I just love.

This one is from the spring 2020 Christian Dior couture runway show.
This beautiful dress is from the Christian Dior S/S 2017 couture runway show.
This one is from the Fall 2012 Christian Dior couture fashion show.
This one is from the Fall 2018 Christian Dior couture runway show.
I couldn’t find out from when this dress is from, it’s a vintage, but I think it’s so beautiful I couldn’t not include it.
This one is from the Spring 2017 Christian Dior couture runway show.
This one is from the Spring 2017 Christian Dior ready-to-wear runway show.

If you enjoyed, please let me know so I can make more of this kind of posts for other designers.

Have a great day,

XOXO, Delayla

Trendsetting

Trendsetting 

 This week I have been thinking, couldn’t really tell you why this popped into my head, but I was thinking about trends and trendsetting. I am not talking about the actual trends, that is for a later post. I mean the way trendsetting works.  

  First, I want you to think about it. How do you find out about the new trends? Through blogs? Instagram? Runway shows? For example, I research them in runway shows so that I can share them with you guys, but I also look on Instagram for hours at the so called ‘trendsetters’ .  

  Now, who are the trendsetters? They are influencers and people from the fashion industry, that post pictures, blog posts or magazines. Everybody follows or knows about at least one trendsetter.  

   What I am trying to get to here, is the way our generation is so easily influenced. If you are a fashion addict like me, you watch the runway shows, read Vogue etc. to hear about what’s knew. What I don’t understand is why there are so many people that choose wrong people or places to get inspired or influenced by. 

  For example, we all know, Americans have this layed back, chill way of dressing. I am not saying all of them do, I am talking about a majority. Americans prefer comfort, and there is obviously nothing wrong about that. A lot of Americans that travel to Europe are impressed by how much thought we put into our outfits and how put together we look. I, as an European, take that as a compliment. 

  What I don’t understand is why so many fashion influencers, that are supposed to set the trends, prefer to use the American way. Again, I am not saying their way is wrong, but if you work or are interested in the fashion industry, in my opinion you should look the part. If all of us started to go to meetings and parties in sweats, it would be like the fashion industry doesn’t exist. 

  My point is, that if we have so much influence over people and how they dress, why not motivate them to try and dress like ‘Europeans’. Look at the people that live in London, Paris, Milano etc.  

  I am not here to insult anyone; I am just simply speaking my mind. If we want to spread a fashion sense, why use the easier way. Anyone can wear a pair of sweatpants and a huge T-shirt, but that doesn’t make it stylish or fashionable. Don’t get me wrong, I also wear that type of clothing, but I do not consider it a stylish option. I consider it a stay at home, comfy outfit. 

   I know this post was way longer than the others, but I just had to put it out there. I know a lot of people will disagree with me, and I am okay with that, because everyone is entitled to an opinion. So please let me know what you think about this. Have a lovely day, 

                                                                                            XOXO, Delayla