For fashion buyers and catwalk addicts, International Fashion Week Las Vegas is one of the most exciting events on the calendar. Actually, make that two – FWLV is held biannually. The show is designed to highlight exciting young designers from all over the world, in one of the most insanely vibrant cities on the planet. Las Vegas is literally the city that never sleeps – even New Yorkers tend to shut up shop at some point in the small hours.
If you haven’t been to Vegas before, you’ll find that February is one of the quieter months for the city, which can make for a nice introduction to its numerous distractions. You may find that there’s not enough time to visit the casinos during Fashion Week anyway, in which case try logging onto www.gamingclub.co.uk/mobile-casino/mobile-slots/ for a bit of practice. If you do have time to try your luck on the Strip, you’ll find the casinos won’t be stuffed to capacity with tourists trying to escape the summer heat. Temperatures are cool in February, though there’s plenty of sunshine. Local restaurants and businesses will be vying for trade, so shop around.
Designers and fashion houses from more than 14 countries will be represented at FWLV, including Afriq Expressions. Based in Vegas, Afriq Expressions is the brainchild of Ola Alabi, who uses African designs with Art Deco and Euro-Asian influences, to create riotously colorful clothes and accessories.
Victoria Roberts created the Wish Now brand to “open eyes to the idea that there are no rules when it comes to one’s fashion and self-expression.” Roberts has a degree in Fashion Design from San Diego and takes some inspiration from the theatre, having worked for a while as a Wardrobe Supervisor in Maryland. The Wish Now brand is celebrating its first anniversary.
Chris Ber’y is the brand name of the Russian designer Kristina Berezhneva. Her strikingly unique collection for 2014 centers on elegance and femininity, with an emphasis on evening wear.
Moldova’s Olga Blanc runs the O’Blanc clothing store in Chisinau, the country’s capital. Her formal, Haute Couture work includes wedding dresses, and everything’s hand-crafted. Embroidery and lace, crystals and beads are featured in her elegant pieces.
Other collections to look out for include that of Mo Benchellal, who’s based in the Netherlands and describes himself as an art director as well as a designer. Alpaca Couture use American alpaca wool to create clothing that’s “more than knitwear”, with an eye on the mechanics of creating new silhouettes from a traditional fabric.
Fashion Week returns to Las Vegas in August 2014.
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Before you shop for a diamond engagement ring, you need to learn what your intended fiancé likes. Many women are finical and choosy about their engagement ring. They are especially particular about the shape of the center stone.
When finding the desired shape, it is important to know that shape of diamond is different from the cut. The cut refers to the arrangement of facets while the shape is how the stone will appear. Round, princess, oval and pear are the most popular shapes for diamond engagement rings. Although, it is not one of the four C’s, it shouldn’t be ignored when shopping for the proposal ring.
Here are top diamond shapes you can choose for your exclusive ring.
For the Classic Girl - Round Brilliant Cut diamond
Most popular shape of diamond, it is around us since the tradition of diamond engagement ring started in 1447. Almost 75% of all diamonds sold are round. A diamond is always brilliant cut in round shape. A round brilliant cut diamond with 58 facets is symmetrically balanced to maximize the sparkle. This timeless and extremely versatile shape looks very clean and classic in any setting. It is the preferred shape for prong set solitaire engagement rings and looks equally good in more elaborated styles.
Famous Classic Girls
Madonna, Carrie Underwood, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Hudson, Nicole Ritchie, Keira Knightly and Kelly Osbourne are the classic girls who flaunt round brilliant diamond engagement ring.
For the Trendy Girl – Princess Cut Diamond
Flirty and fun, princess cut was originated in 1960’s as an alternative to round brilliant cut. This cut comes in square and rectangular shape with intricate facets ranging anywhere from 44 to 144 facets depending on the stone size. The idea was to create a cut that maximize the brilliance without sacrificing the weight. This modern brilliant cut is a choice of fashionistas and trendsetters. Its additional facets add extra brilliance while the flaws could be less noticeable.
Famous Trendy Girls
Carry Ann Inaba, Hillary Duff, and Karina Simrnoff are few of the trendy girls who spot princess diamond ring.
For the Creative Girl – Oval Diamond
Like round diamonds, oval shaped diamonds also have remarkable brilliance. Even and symmetrical, the shape is ideal for long, slender fingers. Popular shape for solitaire, it is also often flanked by side stones or accent diamonds for a versatile glow.
Famous Creative Girls
Blake Lively, Katie Holmes, Kandi Burruss, Amber Ross and Le Ann Rimes opted for oval diamond rings.
For the Unique Girl – Pear Diamond
Resembles a twinkling teardrop, this haute hybrid shape is a mix of marquise and oval. Popular for pendant and earrings, this is also a unique and elegant option for diamond engagement rings. The diamond in pear shape could be elongated or fatter depending on her preference. This unusual shape for rings makes an excellent impact.
Famous Unique Girls
Victoria ‘Posh’ Beckham, Katherine Heigle, Bethenny Frankel, Jessica Simpson, Avril Lavigne and Savannah Brinson love and embrace their pear shaped diamond rings.
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