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Top fashion designers in Asia

Top fashion designers in Asia

The world of fashion keeps evolving with each passing day, and those wonderfully gifted designers keep springing from nearly nowhere to take the markets by storm at intervals. While some of these designers are content with catering to avid fans in their home-stead, some others take designing more seriously and nurture it into a successful business spreading wings far and wide. Interestingly, some of the best-known fashion designers in Asia have had humble beginnings while some others became renowned fashion designers more by accident than by intent.

The following is a selection of some of the top fashion designers in the Asian region.

Megan Park is a leading Australian brand in women’s fashion wear and has a consistent history of a little over a decade. Melbourne is home to the Megan Park brand and a combination of the modern day bohemian spirit with the luxurious artisan appeal has won the attention of international buyers as well as the media over time. A distinct advantage that you might find appealing with this brand is that the collections you choose are never mass produced and Megan is personally involved in every detail from fabric selection to the cut and other details. Today, Megan Park enjoys the patronage of not only Australian women, but also avid customers from across the Middle East, Japan, USA and Europe, with as many as 50 stockists in the USA alone. Australia has over 80 wholesalers apart from 3 exclusive boutiques in Melbourne, Fitzroy and Armadale. Megan Park positions itself convincingly alongside major brands like Dries Van Noten and Marni.

JASONGRECH is among the renowned couture bridal designers in Melbourne and the rest of Australia. Jason has mastered the art of making a woman feel beautiful in all his creations and therefore, it is no wonder that the brand has won multiple awards rising to be a synonym for pure luxury and the most celebrated among couture houses. The fashion landscape of Melbourne and other Australian cities has been continuously influenced by this brand with their inspirational and gorgeous designs as well as innovative thinking. The breathtaking collections offered by the brand draws its inspiration from Melbourne. You cannot miss the diverse tones and textures in the stunning collections from Jason’s. The delicate embroideries, fine detailing, and exceptional quality are among the show stopper features of all Jason range.

Vera Wang

In the bridal wear space, Vera Wang has risen to be among the biggest names. With the Chinese background and her foot in the Asian fashion markets, Wang has significantly impacted the wedding garments industry and the fashion market in Asia. Interestingly, Wang’s rise to the top came from designing the dress for her own wedding and opening a bridal boutique that featured sophisticated bridal wear like couture patronized by big socialites and celebrities. She has now successfully parlayed into a fashion line of her own featuring all that fashion conscious women look for – perfumes to lingerie.

Zang Toi

This famous Malaysian designer has waded his way to the top from humble beginnings in a small Malaysia village named Kuala Krai. Fashion design was his passion and that took him to New York at a young age of 20 to pursue his passion with Parsons School of Design. 1989 saw the opening of his own studio featuring an array of his collections and he scaled the peak in 1990 when Anna Wintour, the legendary editor of Vogue featured him in the magazine and acknowledged him as the first among Asian designers. From then on, he has never looked back and has been growing in stature.

Monique Lhuillier

The Philippine born Monique Lhullier’s entry into the world of fashion was marked by her joining the Fashion Institute of Merchandising and Design in Los Angeles. Soon, she went shopping for her own wedding dress and was disappointed by the options available. In 1996, she thus started her very own fashion line showcasing minimalist yet luxurious designs. She has never looked back from there and successfully added products like handbags, tableware and home-furnishings.

Yumi Kastura

Yumi Kastura grew up in Tokyo and moving to Paris later, she delved into fashion designing. The first bridal salon from Kastura opened in 1964 and she was also the first designer who held a bridal collection show in Japan. 1988 saw Kastura establishing her own bridal museum featuring traditional bridal wear from around the globe.

Guo Pei

Guo Pei is a huge name in Chinese fashion circles. For several years now she has been designing the couture originals from Beijing. What sets her work apart is that her entire production is hand sewn revealing a strong mix of the oriental influence and futuristic elements akin to fantasy. She has been the recipient of several awards and counted among the top designers in China.

Tae Ashida

Tae is the daughter of Jun Ashida, the famous Japanese designer. Presently, she works as an independent designer in her father’s company. She is an alumnus of the ‘Rhode Island School of Design’ her work is featured every year at the Tokyo Fashion Week.

Andre Kim

South Korea is home for Andre, who was among the prominent designers for wedding gowns. He is also renowned as the first male in the world of South Korea’s fashion designing space as also the first among South Korean designers who held a fashion show in Paris. Andre has been designing apparels since the 1960s and has received several accolades from different quarters. Sadly, Andre now lives only in memory and Kim Jung-do, his son continues his legacy.

Max Tan

Singapore is home to Tan and is an up and coming designer known for the minimalistic and androgynous elements in combination with tailored, clean silhouettes as well as shaping over the top. Tan has already made a mark for himself and is a candidate to watch out for in the future.

Selphie Bong

Indonesia is home for Selphie Bong and has carved out a place for herself as the youngest among successful Indonesian designers. She was also the lone Indonesian designer selected for haute couture designer.
famous Asian designer show

Nursing/Maternity Bras for new mothers to match active lifestyles

Nursing/Maternity Bras for new mothers to match active lifestyles

The experiences of a woman from the moment she conceives to that moment when she delivers the baby are indeed overwhelming as she starts preparing for the pregnancy. Her body goes through a series of changes with particular emphasis on hormonal changes. As part of this process, changes to the breasts can occur early on in the pregnancy and often constitutes the first positive signal that she is pregnant. The breasts tend to feel full and tender on the sides and top of her breast, due to the circulation of pregnancy hormones in the blood, which in turn triggers glandular development. With the milk glands expanding to prepare for potential nursing, the breasts continue growing and bring about a feeling of tenderness. This is also the time when she needs to give a thought to the type of bras she should wear throughout the pregnancy and the postnatal days. Merely choosing a standard larger sized bra and style she used before pregnancy may not be the right answer.

Maternity bras

Specially designed maternity bras provide easy access to breast feed the baby, and they also accommodate the changes to the breast with a diaphragm and breast support throughout the pregnancy. Once the baby is born and you get ready for breast feeding, you have specially designed maternity bras sporting drop feeding cups. Once you start noticing a significant change in the size of the breast, you will need to be fitted for the maternity bras. Generally, this happens between the third or fourth month of your pregnancy.

Key factors to look for

In choosing maternity bras for support, comfort, style and active lifestyle include the following:-

Though maternity bras are available in a range of styles, the key factors that distinguish the maternity bras from standard bras are:-

  • Drop feeding cups
  • Soft lining (cotton) for comfort
  • Cushioned inner sling providing support inside the cup (this will also keep the straps in lace while feeding)
  • A wide elastic diaphragm to lend support
  • Extended eye and hook
  • Soft cup for support

Checking for right fitting

Women show bra picture in tab

Getting your maternity bra fitted by a B Free Apparel fitting specialist is the best way to get the correct fitting. This can be done around the 16th week of your pregnancy and check again around the 28th week depending on how your bust develops. However, if your maternity bra is restrictive or uncomfortable, you should immediately get the fitting checked.

Underwire bra during your pregnancy

A bra that sports a rigid underwire is not recommended during pregnancy and post-natal care. The main reason for this is the frequent changes that happen to the shape of your breast. The rigid underwire can exert pressure when the breast is full and potentially lead to blocking of the milk ducts. But, if you prefer the support provided by the underwire bras, you could look for flexible low-gauge wires that support maternity bras.

Maternity bras while sleeping

Wearing maternity bras when you sleep is more a matter of personal choice. However, wearing one could be helpful when you are breastfeeding since it can contain potential leaks and hold the breast pads in place. But, if you experience better comfort without the bras, there is nothing wrong doing so.

Number of maternity bras you may need

During your pregnancy, you may need a minimum of two maternity bras. When you transition to the breastfeeding days, you might want to buy a third or perhaps even the fourth. During the initial days of breastfeeding, you may experience frequent leaks and that might call for washing your bras more often.

Moving to a regular bra

The maternity bras are found to be helpful at least for 6 weeks after your baby is born to provide good support for your breast, neck and back and shoulders even when you discontinue breast feeding during the 6 weeks time frame. Conversely, for mothers continuing with breastfeeding, use of a maternity bra is recommended till the baby is weaned off the breast.

Bra fitting post pregnancy and breastfeeding

Women breast feeding her baby

Post delivery and breastfeeding, the glands return to their state before the pregnancy, but the breasts may not be as full as they were before the pregnancy. This happens since the fat displaced due to the expansion of mammary tissue never gets replaced adequately. Therefore, after the pregnancy and breastfeeding, another fitting is often needed to make sure that you have right sized bras.

 

Caring for the maternity bras

Before you deliver the baby, your maternity bras need only the general washing that you normally do. However, you should take care to avoid harsh detergents so that your breast skin remains free from any irritation and consequent skin issues. This is particularly important when you approach the 9th month since any remnants of harmful elements from detergents can potentially irritate your baby when you start breastfeeding. To provide maximum protection to your baby, you should always take care to keep your maternity bras clean from dust and other harmful elements. Most people prefer hand washing the bras in mild soap. Soaking in solutions prescribed for nappy treatment or bleach should be avoided at all costs since they can not only weaken the fabric but also pave the way to skin irritation. Most maternity bras available in the market can last through your pregnancy and the breastfeeding days, with minimal care.

Conclusion

boy and girl making heart shape with their hand

Ideally, you should focus more on the quality of maternity bras to ensure that they are very comfortable to wear and at the same time harmless to your skin all through the pregnancy and breastfeeding days. When you start breastfeeding, you would also want to ensure that breasts remain clean and all milk particles are cleaned thoroughly every time your baby is breastfed. This will prevent potential infections that your baby may suffer from.

The Best Dress Designers in the World

The Best Dress Designers in the World

The Best Dress Designers in the World

Guo Pei

Guo Pei is one of the top most renowned fashion designers with an Asian background. Blending her rich cultural history of paintings, patterns, and embroidery with an elegant and modish style, Guo has truly mastered the art of expressing contemporary innovation. Every piece of her every collection is so wonderfully done, with a deep thinking process, and inspired by a particular theme, showcasing the incredible imagination of the designer amalgamated with the expression of romance, artistic mastery, and overwhelming beauty.

Person Embroidering A Beige Design

Guo Pei is a star from childhood. She developed a passion for dress designing in early age and graduated from Beijing School of Industrial Fashion Design with distinction in the year 1986.

Rihanna has a major hand in introducing her amazing collection to the eye of the whole fashion industry. For the 2015 Met Gala, Rihanna chose to wear Guo Pei’s designed dress. Then in the same year, Guo showcased her first solo exhibition in Paris.

The TIME magazine has recognised Guo as one of the 100 most influential people and among top 500 influential people in the Fashion business revolutionising the Fashion industry globally.

Zuhair Murad

Representing his chic and classy couture collection in the biggest fashion week of the industry, Haute Couture Week in Paris, in the year 2001 for the very first time gained Zuhair Murad an overwhelming momentum in international media, from where he never looked back.

Person Holding Black Pencil

Having a keen eye for aesthetics since childhood and a keen passion in Jadore dresses, this utterly talented designer had amazing skills of sketching and drawing from the start, which was then masterfully sharpened when he moved to the ultimate city of fashion – Paris, to pursue his dream of fashion designing. He quoted as “I don’t recall a day in my life without a pen in my hand!”.

With Lebanese origin and masterful hold on contemporary designing, intricate patterns and aesthetics, all of his artistic pieces illustrate a blend of glamour, class, and innovation.

A huge number of celebrities have chosen to wear Zuhair Murad on major events, including Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus, Kerry Washington, Nina Debrov, Blake Lively, Wanda Skyes and much more.

Zuhair Murad has his boutiques in France, Lebanon, and the United Kingdom; where bridal, ready-to-wear and couture collections are available.

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera is particularly famous for styling and dressing some First Ladies. Her list of most prestigious clients includes Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and the current First Lady Melania Trump. Expression of elegance, enhancement of inner confidence and embellishment of personal style in a chic modish way perfectly defines her work.

She quoted saying, “I have a responsibility to the woman of today- to make her feel confident, modern and above all else beautiful”. Her signature style of subtle, elegant and sophisticated dress designing is making its market since 80’s and is still booming.

Bridal Gowns On Display

Carolina exhibited her first collection of lustrous gowns in the year 1981 at the Metropolitan Club, New York. She was privileged of designing Caroline Kennedy’s wedding dress in the year 1986. This wedding dress made her famous among the lot and in the following year she launched her first bridal couture line, studded with superbly embellished gowns adorned with luscious sequences, pearls, and mesmerizing patterns.

In 2008, the Council of Fashion Designers of America honoured her with “Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award“, acknowledging her enormous work in the revolution of woman fashion. Carolina has bagged a number of prestigious awards in recognition to her outstanding work of art including “womenswear designer of the year” and “woman of the year award” in 2004, “Couture Council Award” by “The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology” in 2014, “the 2015 Who’s On Next Fashion Icon Award” and many more.

Alexander Wang

“It would be great, of course, to create complex and intricate garments; but what’s the point if you can’t wear them every day” Alexander Wang, and his easy-to-go, casual yet glamorous and alluring collection perfectly fit on his saying.

Row Of Blazers

Wang has artistically brought ease and comfort wrapped in a stunning style and alluring fashion to everyday clothing. His design philosophy is the depiction of busy urban life in monochromatic tones of black, grey and white. Practical cuts and comfy textured fabric combine aesthetics with hassles of city life.

At the young age of 33, Wang has gained a prominent position in the fashion world with his outstanding and unusual design philosophy. Wang certainly assures exciting future possibilities.

Benefits of Getting A Custom Made Engagement Rings

Benefits of Getting A Custom Made Engagement Rings
Benefits of Getting A Custom Made Engagement Rings

Alongside customizing your engagement ring, recent times have witnessed plenty of changes in traditional attitude when only one person was wholly in charge of choosing his/her engagement ring. Modern trends include couples sharing the cost and choosing engagement rings that are distinct from the traditional options. When it comes to choice, you can be spoiled by an overwhelming range both in terms of price and style. Being so, creating your very own engagement ring has its own unique advantages. For a start, your Pinterest board can be a good source to explore a world of ideas. Let us now examine some of the specific advantages associated with designing your very own engagement ring.

You put yourself in charge

When you design your very own engagement ring, you are virtually in the driver’s seat in terms of diamond specification, aesthetics of design, and the price point. You have the ability to tailor every ring setting and diamond in several ways. Compared to a traditional retailer who can offer you limited options in preset designs, custom designing throws open a world of options and the end result is that you get precisely what you imagined in terms of quality as well as cost.

Two Customised Dioamond Rings

The charm of personalizing

When you are custom designing your engagement ring, you get the perfect opportunity to express the unique relationship with your fiancé. Many people tend to think that custom designing the engagement ring is time-consuming and also expensive. But, what you have probably not noticed is that many retailers offer 24×7 assistance and some of them can also effectively walk you through the entire process. This way, you have the ability to work with professionals and often times, you are not obliged to buy the ring from the same retailer who is assisting you with the design.

Your fiancé can also be involved

This also brings up the romantic side of custom designing your engagement ring. Think of the time that the two of you would be spent exclusively on the task of designing the engagement ring for you. You also get the opportunity to incorporate all those lovely thoughts that she had kept hidden from the world so far, with regard to how her engagement should be looking, what colour, metal, stone, setting and all those fine details. Imagine her emotions, when that all important moment finally arrives and you slip the ring into her fingers. Those will remain fond memories that both of you cherish and words cannot translate them.

Happy Couple Holding Heart Shaped Baloons

Important considerations

The following are among some of the important considerations when you set out designing your engagement ring:-

1. Would you be shopping together or would you rather retain that surprise element? Deciding in advance on your level of involvement from you and your fiancé in the design and selection process can be a huge help. When you are handling everything on your own, potentially it can save you some time.

2. Budgeting is another important part of designing your custom engagement ring. These days many couples opt to discuss abject details of how their engagement should be, what to spend, what not to spend on the engagement ring is not an exception. The digital world will help you explore a world of options both in terms of design and price point. At this point, here are a few tips to help you along the way.

Sacrificing on a cut is not a nice idea. Instead, you can focus on eye-clean clarity as well as colour. Diamonds with ideal or excellent proportions are generally more expensive though they will look more brilliant and larger compared to other cuts.

Choosing an “under size” diamond like 0.5 carats of 1 carat can save a substantial amount of money for you and to the naked eye, it would still look like the diamond with cut-off weight. Most online retailers tend to have a large collection of this kind of diamonds.

3. Determine the order of importance

You can now determine the order of importance in terms of clarity, colour, cut, and carat. This will help render the process of diamond selection easier for you. Ensure that you physically inspect the diamond you are buying. Your retailer can help you with gadgets and technology to do this.

Now for some personalised tips:-

If you are shopping together, never be afraid to discuss. The digital world offers you a wide range of resources and tools to explore together and gain confidence about getting it right. Being an informed buyer is the best way to ensure that you always stretch your dollar to the last bit.

Always remember that the engagement ring will be on the finger of your most beloved lady in life and essentially it is a prized possession that she will cherish for life. Try as much as you can to factor in all her thoughts and aspirations when you design the custom engagement ring for her and also while shopping for that choice jewellery.

After having put in such an extensive effort in customizing your engagement ring, you can also add that extra special by putting a symbol that is so special to both of you. The jeweller can be asked to develop a band with a shape on top to contain the gemstone and a particular symbol can be engraved on the interior or exterior. You can check for unreplicable customised rings by Joseph George where expert craftsmanship can bring dreams to life. Having done that, the next thing is to remember the glee on her face, when you slip the ring on her finger.

Finally, you should also expect to spend some additional dollars compared to off-the-shelf designs, since the jeweller will be constructing your custom designed engagement ring from scratch. But, considering that your engagement ring will be so unique and a design that is truly your very own that cannot be seen on the hands of any other lady ever is adequate to justify the added expenditure.