Worlds Most Expensive Perfume

No.1, by Clive Christian, has been declared as being the world’s most expensive perfume by the Guinness Book of World Records. Some of the rarest ingredients in the world have gone into the production of this perfume.

With 30ml retailing for $2,350 and only 1000 of the bottles being released every year the perfume is definitely at the top of the luxury market. Some of the ingredients in the perfume are said to be not sustainable, which means the scent of the perfume does change year after year because of the non-availability of the past years ingredients.

Which makes me think?

What ingredient is not sustainable that it cannot be repeated the next year? Just so that someone can pay an exorbitant amount to smell like a few thousand dollars what natural resource is being wiped off the planet?

World's Most Expensive Perfume

What a waste of money and non-sustainable ingredients.

Vivienne Westwood Mixes Fashion With Politics

At her Spring Summer 2008 fashion show on Monday Vivienne Westwood made it clear that she is not just a designer but an outspoken citizen as well. Calling her collection “56”, a direct reference to the number of days a terror suspect can be held without charge in Britain, she showed the fashion world that it can be powerful enough to make a statement.

Fashion is always influenced by current world trends, and even political environments. Even though this was not the first time shows have been used to cast those impressions over to the local public, this one makes an even stronger statement than most.

Vivienne Westwood is known for her edgy collections and said that the collection showed her thoughts against Gordon Brown, the British PM, “I’ll be voting against him definitely, anything to get him out,” she said. “He has to go.

I wonder why nobody has made shows with a tone towards the resentment about the way in Iraq? I wonder if Vivienne agrees with that?

Valentino Retiring

An icon of fashion, Valentino Garavani, head designer for his own fashion house based in Italy has announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Valentino became interested in fashion while in high school, and at age 17 he moved to Paris to pursue this interest. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. In 1967, he premiered the Valentino White Collection, which became famous for the “V” logo he designed.

He is said to be leaving his fashion house in January 2008, but promised two more collections for October and January.

“Even as a young boy, my passion was to design, and I have been very lucky to be able to do what I have loved all my life. There can be few greater gifts than that,” he said.

From Hollywood actresses, American first ladies, socialites and royalty — Valentino has dressed them all. “I am a romantic designer” he says, “I like women flirting and seducing men. The bias cut gives a certain sexiness without being too showy or too fitted.”

Read more about Valentino.

So You Want To Become A Fashion Stylist

A fashion stylist is a job where you get to give advice and/or execute a certain look for a person. The look can be according to a pre-determined theme for instance, an awards ceremony, a charity dinner or for a socialite event.

Fashion stylists can work in many medias from print publications, film and TV, runway styling or as a personal stylist consulting by appointment. The best place to begin is by educating yourself about the differences between them.

  • Film and TV is about creating characters.
  • Print, video and runway is about creating a look for today–what’s happening’ now and for the near future.
  • Personal styling depends on your clients tastes and what they’re comfortable in, most of the time they don’t know so you need to be a good judge of character along with your sense of style.

Who is a Fashion Stylist?

A stylist is an expert who uses art and science to make people and objects look good in order to make a statement. To become a stylist you must have a passion for the fashion industry and be able to research and understand the latest trends. Having an eye for color and a feel for textiles and garment construction is helpful.

Fashion stylists need to make hard decisions

Envision putting makeup on Angelina Jolie or Heath Ledger for their latest movies, styling Britney Spears comeback tour maybe or giving fashion advice personally to the top socialite in New York City.

Those that will avail of your stylist’s services will admire you for your eye and sense of balance, detail and beauty. Most importantly, they will respect you because you will make them feel beautiful inside and out.

What kind of jobs can I get as a stylist?

Well, more than you can imagine. Here’s a partial list of various professions that require stylists –

  • Photo Studios
  • Theater
  • TV sets
  • Film sets
  • Modeling
  • Advertising Companies
  • Magazine Publishers
  • Book Publishers
  • Fashion Houses
  • Haute Couture Houses
  • Music Industry

There are plenty of fashion stylists who make hundreds of dollars a day and more. A step-by-step method to become a stylist could be outlined as below –

  • Build a portfolio
  • Work with good photographers
  • Get signed to an agency and
  • Set a day rate

Getting your foot in the door

Building a portfolio takes time. It takes about a year to two before you may begin to feel confident that your portfolio can compete with the others. It’s a work in progress. Don’t get discouraged.

Assisting is a great way to learn without the risk of losing a job. It’s an opportunity to get a first hand look at what goes on during a shoot or prior to a ceremony. Assisting can also lead to personal work.

As the public becomes more fashion conscious, simply wearing the right labels is no longer enough. The hair, make-up and accessories are part of the gig and a stylist needs to be an expert in all those things. So if you work in the Film and TV industry and a celebrity goes for an award ceremony they will get in touch with you and start planning weeks before for what they’re going to wear.

Stylists can have tremendous influence over the way the public views fashion. They can develop looks to inspire beauty, creativity or even a specific mood. They can also create sex appeal as well as “shock” appeal simply by wardrobing their client in a certain way.

Being employed as a fashion stylist is often not a full time job, but rather a freelance career. Stylists often develop a client base through word of mouth and work on an “as needed basis” from project to project.

In fashion, a stylist’s role is critical to the success of a photo shoot. The stylist is responsible for assembling the apparel and accessories to be worn by each model. Many stylists even determine the hairstyle and make-up that should be used for a shoot.

Successful stylists often enjoy V.I.P treatment with front row seats at fashion shows including free clothes and flights. You may even get to hang out with the world’s most stylish people; some are celebrities, some are members of royal families and some are “ordinary people” with discriminating tastes.

If you are considering a career as a fashion stylist then your best bet would be to network as much as you can while you’re learning. It’s the contacts that will get you a job, not how much powder you apply to a nose.

iPod Apparel

Apple designed the iPod to be simple, sleek and irresistible. Now that everyone and their dog has an iPod, the lure to make iPod compatible clothing and accessories by manufacturers to capitalize on the trend is practically a goldmine.

Many companies are being set up around this music player and other companies are introducing specific apparel to compliment the iPod. Like this collection from

From iPod Jackets, Bootleg Pants, Shorts, Tank Tops, Capri’s and more the Spring/Summer collection seems pretty interesting. All of the apparel is designed with obviously the iPod in mind and most come in a few colors. Of course, if you don’t own an iPod the apparel can also hold your favorite mp3 player.

Versace – More than Just Fashion

The Italian fashion house Versace is slowly moving into the lifestyle sector of the luxury market after having done all they could do in the fashion arena. This doesn’t mean that they will be leaving fashion completely, the Versace brand will just be seen on more than just jeans and perfume now. Expect to also see the leather interiors of your Lamborghini embalmed with the Versace logo.

Presented at the Paris International Autoshow, the Lamborghini MurciƩlago LP640 Versace is a modified version of the LP640 CoupƩ. It features custom Versace leather seating and a Gianni Versace logo plaque inside the vehicle. Not cool enough? OK, how about a Versace designed cabin for your helicopter?

This is the kind of diversity that the Italian brand is leveraging itself into, the area of a luxury lifestyle. With a lot of the fashion industry going more for selling features rather than big funky looking runway shows, designers now also have to be careful about final season end sales numbers.

In the end it makes good business sense to make sure that your company is profitable from selling the seasons collections and not pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into haute couture shows. Only to just unleash all that creativity into designing for custom orders and of course super expensive luxury goods for those who have no qualms in spending money on it.