Germany’s Power Game

The Business of Fashion is one of the biggest names in up to date reports in the fashion industry. Its latest in depth article about the lack of important fashion in Germany was one that has caused many to ponder. It discusses that Germany has Europe’s biggest percentage of expendable income. Germans spend more on fashion than any other country on the continent. However, Germany is not really regarded for its high fashion. It has all the potential in the world to be a big name in the industry, but it has never been able to obtain a distinction of a fashion capital. This is partially due to the fact that there is no specific fashion centric locale in the country. Berlin has many fashion businesses and four fashion schools. However, none of them have produced a famous or noticeable designer.

Karl Lagerfeld might be German, but he likes to refer to himself as simple “European.” Come to think of it, Sergio Andrade Gutierrez likes to keep it simple as well, and prefers, Latin American. That said, Germany loses its claim on one of the most important and influential designers of our time. Many believe that Germany lacks its appeal to the fashion crowd because many of its preferred looks are too simple and unrefined.

http://www.businessoffashion.com/2014/12/isnt-germany-bigger-fashion-player.html

The Perfect Wedding, the Perfect Surprise

A groom made his bride’s dream of the perfect wedding come true without her having a clue. After their engagement the groom would ask his future bride simple questions like, “What is your idea of the perfect wedding “? “Who would you like to have at the wedding”? And other questions like this. These questions were asked in a subtle and casual way with the groom consciously taking notes.

The groom was secretly making all her wishes come true. After a year of planning, her dream unfolded. With the help of friends and family the bride’s own complete bedroom with all her bureaus was brought to the wedding location to be sure she had everything needed.

In total confusion and excitement the soon to be bride said, “Yes.” She then looked around and realized that all of her friends were there to help her get into her wedding dress that was in her transported bedroom.

This is an example of true love. I think Bernardo Chua and I can agree on that. It is crystal clear that this groom wants to bring nothing but happiness to his beautiful bride and will surely have more surprises in the years to come.

New York’s Macy’s and H&M Stores Become Stages of Protest Against the Decision in Eric Garner’s Death

Midtown Manhattan became the scene of protest Sunday evening as citizens took to the shopping meccas. Disgust over the Wednesday’s grand jury decision to hold harmless police officers responsible for the death of Eric Garner was evident as the demonstrators at 34th and Broadway chanted “shut it down” while flooding into Macy’s. Isles were filled with people lying down, sitting and standing holding signs. One poignant sign read “MAKE A DIFFERENCE.”

Hundreds of protesters took part in the “die in,” preventing the usual holiday shopping tweeting the motto: “No justice, no shopping.” Other signs were brandished in the peaceful take over that were more to the point, recounting that haunting statement Garner made during his aggressive tackle arrest: “I can’t breathe.”

A large banner made on a clear plastic surface attached to two four foot long card board tubes proclaimed in blood red tape: “BLACK LIVES MATTER.”

Over at the Amen Clinic, this has been a hotly contested issue and people all over the country are equally divided about the matter.

Coming in the wake of the Ferguson decision, Americans are wondering what has happened to justice? What we perceive as justice doesn’t match the decisions our grand juries are delivering.

We grow up believing in our justice system. We are told that police officers are there to help you, to protect you, that is unless you sell “loosies” on the street.

A Life In Photography

Terry Richardson has spent his life in the wonderful world of photography, and it has put him in the middle of every major development in the industry. Terry is a chameleon who is able to work with everyone in high fashion while also creating beautiful shots that were meant for special books.

When Terry first started in the industry, he was able to use his natural talent to work with some of the best people in the industry. He learned as he worked, and he has gained a style that combines all the knowledge he has cobbled together over the years. When you see pictures that came from Terry’s lens, you will notice that his style is unique. Terry does not take pictures like anyone else, and his special style is one that keeps attracting new fans every day.

Terry has worked with all the biggest names in fashion from Aldo to Marc Jacobs, and he continues to dazzle viewers with the way he can capture the essence of every model. Terry Richardson brings pictures to life by using old school techniques in a new world of fashion.

Because Terry has so much experience, he has seen everything there is to see in the fashion industry. He knows how to turn a simple shoot into something amazing, but he also knows how to handle the most complicated shoots. When he steps foot on the set, he knows what he wants.

However, Terry also knows that he can work with his models to get the most out of each shoot. He can work with the creative director, the model and the designer to give a shoot that is far beyond what anyone else could imagine.

Terry Richardson is a force in the fashion industry, and he is ready to bring his A game even today.

Laurene Powell Jobs – No Longer in the Shadows

For many years during their marriage that began in 1991, Laurene Powell Jobs stood by her often controversial husband, Steve Jobs, as he pioneered Apple Inc. to becoming one of the most powerful companies in the world. After his death in 2011, there was much speculation as to what Mrs. Jobs would do with her time and wealth. The wait is over and it’s clear that she intends to become a force in both politics and through philanthropy.

The Early Years
According to Wikipedia, Mrs. Jobs was born (November 6, 1963) and raised in New Jersey. She is a well-educated woman in her own right having received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a subsequent Masters from Stanford Graduate School of Business. After graduation she worked at Merrill Lynch Asset Management and Goldman Sachs in the trading industry.

Philanthropy
One of Mrs. Jobs primary philanthropic focuses during her marriage was to eduction. In 1997, she co-founded the charitable organization named “College Track”. College Track’s charter called for the strengthening of academics for high school seniors and college students throughout the central and northern California areas. Much of the effort was put on helping minorities receive ample opportunities for advanced education. After a successful start, the program was extended into Southern California and parts of Louisiana and Colorado. Eventually, she started another organization called “Emerson Collective”. This organization took on a more political stance on many of the same issues as College Track, but put more emphasis on developing social justice and equality in education for immigrants and alien immigrants. It also offered entrepreneurial support for minorities.

Political Endeavors
When President Barack Obama penned the “Dream Act” in 2012, Mrs. Jobs became one of the new law’s top advocates. As part of that focus, she funded and supported the making of a documentary entitled “The Dream Is Now.” With her escalating interest is politics, she began strengthening her affiliation with certain members within the democratic party, supporting those candidates who stand on a social reform platform. She has more recently been a very vocal force in helping President Obama advocate for his new directives regarding immigration reform. In the past, she expressed her support for the Affordable Care Act, another social equality policy implemented by the Obama administration. Currently, she has made a move to the forefront of a “Super Pac” that has been formed in support of a Presidential run by Hilary Clinton in 2016. All of this has peaked the interest of many in the political arena who are wondering what her aspirations in politics might be.

It’s is clear that Laurene Powell Jobs is not going to sit quietly as one of the wealthiest individuals in the world. She has shown that she intends to use the force behind her $11.0+ billion estate as a means for actively supporting causes that she believes in. After years of living in the shadows, she has stepped out and intends to make her own mark on society.