August 21st - August 26th
It’s a full week of fun and fashion on TheOCOnline.Com! We’ve got amazing designers who’ve had their pieces featured on The O.C. as well as clothing and jewelry lines that are hot in Hollywood right now! Everything you need for fall fashion is right here this week! Each day we’ll feature new designers and new outfits that we think scream “OC!” as well as exclusive interviews with the designers! In addition to presenting these designers to you, we’re also going to be giving away a TON of the fashion that we’re featuring! So sit back and get ready, because August 21st- August 26th is TheOCOnline.Com’s first ever Style Week!
Matisse Footwear is a collection of high quality, fashion forward footwear sold at fine retailers including Nordstrom and Macy's. Since 2001, Matisse's trend-setting designs and meticulous craftsmanship have made the brand an international favorite with shoppers and retailers.
Each season, designers at Matisse produce casual and formal footwear to perfectly complement the season's fashions. Consistent popularity and ease of sale make Matisse shoes a must-have for small boutiques and department stores alike.
Matisse realizes their reputation is only as good as their product. Quality craftsmanship and thoughtful design are their focus, ensuring every Matisse shoe is carefully examined to maintain the strictest quality standards.
From the vivid color of a tropical flower, to the detailed pattern of a mosaic, to the graceful choreography of a ballet, Matisse draws from the wells of nature, art and culture to design beauty and fluidity into all of their footwear. Whether their goal is to achieve a look of casual fun or formal elegance, there are no limits to their inspiration, because there are no limits to how far they will go to create the perfect balance of beauty, utility and comfort.
Matisse Footwear can be found not only at fine department stores but also small boutiques throughout the country, and online at Nordstrom.com, Macys.com, and Zappos.com.
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UpTown Bella laptop bags are the perfect solution for college students, career women, fashionistas, anyone on the go and in style.
It’s a common problem for stylish women on the go—they have the cute outfit, the cute luggage…and the not-so-cute laptop bag. UpTown Bella ends this dilemma with a collection of laptop bags that combine fashion and functionality. Now savvy career women can tote their laptop, cell phones, gadgets, iPod, ID, and boarding pass with ease and style. Every UpTown Bella bag is well-thought out, with functional pockets and compartments to hold everything imaginable—from a BlackBerry to cosmetics.
UpTown Bella solves the travel problem of juggling your laptop, boarding pass, cell phone, and ID when going through airport check-in. While most laptop bags sacrifice either style or functionality, UpTown Bella is a collection of stylish, luxurious and multifunctional laptop bags for female executives who want it all. The creator, Gabby Chan, is a business woman who saw the need when her and her style-conscious friends couldn’t find laptop bags that were practical for business yet agreed with their fashion sense. Every UpTown Bella bag must meet their strict criteria: it needs to look good; it needs to be multifunctional and designed for everyday use; it needs to make airport security a breeze; and it needs to have practical features.
“My work requires me to travel a lot to meet customers and vendors,” said Chan, a project manager in Silicon Valley. “Therefore, I need to travel with my laptop all the time. I used to have a black bulky laptop bag, which is not only ugly and heavy but also makes it difficult to remove your laptop at airport security checkpoints. The design of UpTown Bella focuses on those problems and also incorporates features that are ideal for today’s tech savvy career woman.”
UpTown Bella’s collection of bags are named after Chan’s stylish businesswomen friends—Alyssa, Ashley, Jennifer, and Nicole. Every bag has unique features characteristic of the needs of its namesake, from the road warrior to urban nature enthusiast. Women-friendly features on these bags include a built-in LED light that hits right at keyhole level, a special gadget loop and detachable cords for your iPod (you can make song selections without removing your iPod from the bag) and cell phone, special pockets and compartments for essentials such as boarding passes and ID, and protective weatherproof material.
Made of Softtouch Koskin and Plush Suede, UpTown Bella bags come in fun colors ranging from lilac sensation to sweet honeydew. In addition to bags, UpTown Bella carries the Sarah Sleeve, which can be used alone or placed inside all UpTown Bella bags. Its soft handles and front pockets for essentials (phone, pens, etc.) makes it easy to tote the Sarah Sleeve into office meetings or through airport security.
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Medoni represents the convergence of designer Beth Morgan’s many passions. In Medoni, Beth has brought together her enthusiasm for fashion as art, her belief that style can also be functional, and her love affair with Chile.
Before founding Medoni Handbags, Beth worked as a Hollywood costume designer, earning an Emmy nomination as part of a television design team. You can check out her costuming work on Dog Bites Man, which premieres on Comedy Central Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at 10:30 p.m.
Her idea for Medoni was simple yet revolutionary. She knew that a handbag makes the look, but was tired of switching bags only to discover she had forgotten something essential in her last bag. So she came up with a solution—the Metamorphosis concept—that lets the stylish woman dress her handbag when she dresses herself.
Beth has explored her love of fine leatherwork and luxurious hand-painted fabrics, employing up-and-coming Los Angeles artists to create original designs for her Metamorphosis Elite line. At the same time, Medoni has allowed Beth to pursue another goal—showcasing the work of Chilean artisans and creating opportunities for them to enter the U.S. market. Beth fell in love with the country while visiting her sister, who married a Chileno. She selected Chilean workers to manufacture her handbags because of their unique leathers and impeccable craftsmanship, which she calls Italian-quality with a New World attitude. Her collection may be viewed at www.medoni.com.
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Interviewed by: Emma Loggins
Date: August 2006
With a little help from her mom, and the guidence of a few well-seasoned designer-aquaintances, at the tender age of 13, Tatiana Mclane has been creating a buzz in the fashion industry. I recently had the fantastic privilege of interviewing Tatiana and her mother Venice Wong where we talked about how Tatiana got started, her influences and keen business sense.
Our Questions for Venice
Q: What advice would you offer to other parents who notice their child has interest in fashion design?
A: Nowadays, I notice that there are many young kids both girls and guys who are designing their own clothing, logos, accessories and jewelry. To me, this is the DIY generation. Also, kids are being influenced by media personalities such as recording artists and professional athletes who have their own fashion lines. These are today's role models. Kids today are much more creative and like to design their own clothing to give themselves a more individual style. If a parent notices that their child is interested in fashion design, they should certainly encourage the child to pursue this interest by offering classes such as sewing or jewelry making classes at the local fabric or craft supply store or perhaps the parent or a relative can teach the basics. If the child wants to sell their designs, then the parent should explain the basics of running your own business. Even if the child does not choose designing as an occupation, at least they have learned a skill that they can enjoy throughout their life.
Q: I read on your site that you're also an entertainment lawyer, how do you balance your work load between being a lawyer and being a designer?
"Balance" is the key word. I also consider being a Mom a full time occupation as well. I have always been a hard worker since I was a young child. I loved to keep busy with schoolwork, reading books, creating stories, designing clothing for my dolls from scraps that my talented mother let me have from her sewing projects, and practicing my piano, flute, and dance routines etc I did quite well in school and attended UCLA and Pepperdine University Law School. I have a schedule book that I coordinate with my law partner/husband's schedule book. This involves contracts and other legal work for our clients, events to attend, meetings and so forth. I also schedule Tatiana's schedule which involves school, modeling assignments, and after school activities. I also coordinate Queenie4ever's schedule which includes meetings, interviews etc. It sounds like a lot, but if you schedule everything in advance, it just becomes part of your life and very manageable. Of course, we take time off for family vacations and hanging out with our friends.
Q: Being a lawyer also, do you feel that affects your designs?
Venice: Yes and No. Yes because we try to keep in mind the legal aspects of the fashion industry especially the trademark and copyright issues. And No because Tatiana and I design things that are inspired by our love of Vintage Glamour and our Asian culture.
Q: At what moment did you realize that Tatiana had talent with fashion design?
Venice: I realized that Tatiana had talent with fashion design and could actually get people to buy her designs when we began wearing our custom accessories and T shirts to celebrity events and we would come back home with orders from A-list celebrities including Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough and Melissa Joan Hart " Sabrina the teenage Witch".
Q: What do you feel Tatiana's most significant accomplishment thus far has been?
Venice: I feel Tatiana's most significant accomplishment thus far is doing an excellent job representing Queenie4ever as the teen spokes model/entrepreneur at various celebrity studded and media covered events including our recent Los Angeles Fashion show at the hip Los Angeles Boutique, where we are in house designers, called EM & Co located on W. 3rd St. and at the MTV Movie Awards Style Lounge where her business savvy manner and sweet disposition was noticed by KTLA , LA Weekly, KVMDTV, LA Splash Magazine, Swagtime.com, TMZ.com, E entertainment, Teen People, Access Hollywood, and by all the celebrities who oohed and aahed over our glamorous and comfy collection of t shirts including Kelly Hu, Christa Campbell from Summerland, Autumn Reeser from OC, Alex Murriel from Laguna Beach, Daveigh Chase from Lilo and Stitch and The Ring, Beverly Mitchell from 7th Heaven etc..
Our Questions for Tatiana
Q: What design of yours is your personal favorite?
Tatiana: Anything from my Vintage Queenie Collection because it makes me feel glamorous when I wear them. I especially love wearing Limo Queenie because I love riding in Limos. Two of my favorite Limo rides include driving around Orlando, Florida with Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough., my mom and dad and his family after attending a concert where he wore our custom made distressed denim blazer and pintucked tuxedo button down shirt during his performance and cruising down Hollywood Blvd. with my friends with the music cranked up to celebrate my friend's 13th birthday.
Q: The Queenie4ever girl design is absolutely adorable! Where did the inspiration come from for that design?
Tatiana: The character Queenie was inspired by our favorite style icon Audrey Hepburn and the glamorous movie stars of old Hollywood.
Q: If you had to describe your clothing line in one sentence, what would you say?
Tatiana: Clothing for the Glamorous Hollywood lifestyle.
Q: Who is the celebrity that you were most excited to see interested in your clothing?
Tatiana: Jessica Simpson because she is very beautiful and talented, and I admire her fun girly style.
Q: What are the future plans with Queenie4ever?
Tatian: We are working on more designs featuring our characters Queenie and her French poodle Bijou. We are also working on our new men's t shirt line called Wong Wear which is edgy with an Asian flair.
Q: If you could give any advice to other young people looking to break into this industry, what would you say?
Tatiana: I would tell them to follow their dreams. The Fashion industry is not an easy industry to break into. But, if this is your passion, you should put 100% effort into becoming what you want whether it be a successful fashion designer, wardrobe stylist, or some other occupation in the industry. Find people such as your parents, friends, and relatives who want to help you achieve your dreams, and work hard at making your dream come true. I asked my Mom to help me, and we have worked hard to make Queenie4ever a successful brand.
What is the most challenging part of designing clothes?
Tatiana: The most challenging part of designing clothes is designing something that everyone will like and want to purchase.
Q: What do you enjoy the most about designing clothes?
Tatiana: I enjoy having people like my clothes and seeing them wearing Queenie4ever clothing is very rewarding.
Q: What are your favorite clothing brands?
Tatiana: Some of my favorite designers are actually people who I have had the opportunity to meet and speak with about Queenie4ever including Betsey Johnson, Anna Sui, Cynthia Rowley, and Tarina Tarantino.