Kimonos by Kenzo Takada on display at the Guimet museum. — Photo yahoo.com Viet Nam News PARIS — The kimono, in myriad iterations from its origins in ancient Japan to its embrace by today’s top fashion designers, took centre stage on Wednesday at Paris’s Guimet museum. While the once ubiquitous garment is now reserved for special occasions and official events in its homeland, it has inspired the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier and Dior’s John Galliano in the West’s fashion capitals. Around 150 styles from the collection of Matsuzakaya -- the centuries-old Japanese fashion house that became a department store -- are on display abroad for the first time in the Guimet’s show, titled Kimono, The Ladies’ Delight. The unique pieces, some of them dazzling works of art, reflect a range of sophistication and difficulty in fabrication. Variations of the kimono first caught on in the West as part of a general fad for all things Japanese in the … [Read more...] about Paris show traces kimono from prim tradition to glam fashion
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by Ngoc Le Fun for everyone: Children with disabilities join in a lantern parade during a Mid-Autumn Festival party at the Disability Resource and Development centre in HCM City. — VNS Photo Ngoc Le HCM CITY — If anyone thinks that a barrier exists between children with disabilities and those who have none, they are mistaken. In fact, most children see those with disabilities as potential friends with whom they can have fun. On Sunday, a gathering of around 100 kids testified to this feeling. The evening gathering was held as part of Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn Festival), which is a children's festival and falls on the full-moon day of the eighth lunar month. The gathering took place in the yard of a mansion in District 10 where the Disability Resource and Development is based. The DRD (Doi Rat Dep) is a local non-governmental organisation providing support to disadvantaged people. Visually and hearing-impaired, mentally impaired and autistic children mingled with … [Read more...] about Children with disabilities enjoy rare a night out
Model Karlie Kloss displays the fashion of Marc Jacobs during New York Fashion Week. — AFP Photo Viet Nam News NEW YORK — Marc Jacobs, the creme de la creme of American designers, brought New York Fashion Week to a glittering finale on Thursday, delivering a must-see show starring multi-colored dreadlocks and towering platform boots. In keeping with the artistic, theatrical look of his clothes, Jacobs took over the Hammerstein Ballroom, a former opera house, that gave A-list guests Whoopi Goldberg and Courtney Love, as well as the assembled press, a stunning view. The stage was bathed in white, then soft pink from hundreds of naked light bulbs suspended from the ceiling, as some of the world’s most famous models -- including Karlie Kloss, Gigi and Bella Hadid, and Kendall Jenner -- sashayed past. The middle of the stage appeared dotted with oil-slick type pools of grease, perhaps reminiscent of an early 1990s rave warehouse, for the last catwalk show before the … [Read more...] about Marc Jacobs sparkles as NY Fashion Week wraps up
VietNamNet Bridge – The first-ever Vietnam International Fashion Week ended after five formal nights (Dec. 1-5). The organizers – Multimedia Company – invited Singapore’s FIDE Fashion Week experts to be advisors. This thorough and professional investment brought a new aspect for the event compared to the previous fashion weeks in Vietnam. Supermodel Thanh Hang and designer Cong Tri. Following the proper standards of international fashion industry, the event can be seen as a "weird food" for those who have a habit of going to fashion shows to see “long-legged girls” rather than clothes. After the successful opening night with Cong Tri’s collection, the later shows were all full, with 700 spectators. The runway used during the fashion week was built in a minimalist style, accented with a giant conical hat amid the stage. The models had simple make-up and hair to honor the beauty of fashion. Most international designers and two Vietnamese … [Read more...] about VN International Fashion Week – Dream of professionalism
Viet Nam News by Mộc Miên Long before the invasion of the internet that has brought along social networks and online forums to Việt Nam, many people used to write diaries as a way of expressing thoughts and emotions. I used to think about a person who sits silently by his desk late at night, writing dedicatedly in a nice small notebook. "I wrote in a diary a lot when I was young. That was the time I had so much emotions that could not be shared with others. The diary was my dear friend," Nguyễn Thu Trang, 27, said. "My diary was often kept in a locked drawer. I was afraid that someone would read all my innermost thoughts. It might have been embarrassing," Trang said, laughing. However, the fever of the internet and social networks has resulted in dramatic changes in the diary writing habits of young people. In fact, it has now been replaced with a new style of diary writing, more adapted to advanced technologies. "Now people don't call it writing a diary. It has become 'writing … [Read more...] about Where did good old fashioned diaries go?