http://www.FashionTV.com/videos ISRAEL – Photographer Guy Gilad captures model Nasti Konen in this photoshoot titled “DUMMY,” featuring the stylish pieces of designer Shirley Avigail. Avigail showcased her Spring/Summer 2012 collection at the recent Tel Aviv Fashion Week.
Before the shoot, model Konen gets her hair done in a sleek high ponytail with retro curls. She wears dark red lips, chunky necklace, light blue blouse with ruffles tucked into a darker bodice and statement blue tights. Later, a form fitting glittery grey gown with embellishments at the collar and open back takes the place of the first outfit. The artistic photos are taken against the backdrop of a graffiti covered wall. A black coat and red gloves and an open white blouse with red tights are the final looks. Other brands featured in this clip include heels from Aldo and jewelry from Efrat Cassuto.
Photographer: Guy Gilad
Art Director: Refael Eyal
Model: Nasti Konen (De Ja Vu Models)
There is always someone who makes the headlines at Wimbledon because of their eye-catching outfits, take Venus Williams and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, for example.
So imagine the shock and gasps that would reverberate around Centre Court if someone came out dressed – or not – like Bar Refaeli.
The Israeli model grabbed her racquet and took to the clay in nothing more than her underwear for a series of black and white photos.
She was posing for the shots to advertise her new underwear range called Under Me.
The 26-year-old model looked fantastic in the lingerie sets as she took to a tennis court and posed as though she was in the middle of a game.
The set launched the UK ready for Valentine’s Day and Bar follows in the footsteps of fellow models Gisele Bundchen and Elle Macpherson, who launched her range 20 years ago.
Having modelled plenty of other lingerie ranges before, this is Bar’s first collection of her own and she said: ‘The philosophy is that underwear should complement your body, not steal the show.
A fashion show initiated by Iddo Gruengard, Ronny Winner and Talya Galed, 3 young disabled Israelis. The fashion show included 15 disabled models with different disabilities and 15 proffessional models (Look Agency). The designs were by 15 top Israeli fashion designers, and produced by Raviv Ben Yaakov and Talya Sanderss, directed by Smadar Ganzi. The fashion show was covered by the media and was a great success in defining disability in a more positive way in societ
Gossip and fashion blogs have lately been targeting model/ actress Byrdie Bell more and more, marking her as the next hip thing. The 26 year old blond was on the chicest looks list at the latest Sundance festival, she was named best dressed by Nylon magazine at the Versace & H&M bash in New York and lately she has been filming roles in 2 upcoming big screen movies. Rumor has it that she’s considered for the next Martin Scorsese film, and the New York Times has marked her as one of the 50 new talents of America.
And here’s your Israeli connection: Byrdie was brought to Israel by famous model agent Eyal Malul, during the 2nd season of ‘Big Brother Israel’ that aired in 2009-2010. Bell was brought into the Big Brother house in Jerusalem on January 24, 2010 and was presented to the housemates as a participant in the American version of the show She was brought to the Israeli show as a part of a mission. Byrdie stayed on the show for a week, playing a fake American Big Brother contestant, and then left. During her stay in Israel she learned a little bit of Hebrew and toured around Tel Aviv.
Besides appearing on red carpets and fashion blogs as a socialite personality, it was announced this week that Byrdie will take over as US brand ambassador of the Finnish cosmetics company Lumene. “The power of the arctic ingredients sets Lumene apart – you really see results, which I love,” Bell is quoted on the announcement. So Looks like our Byrdie is on the right track to fame! Good Luck!
Dafna Lustig had no intention of stopping her search for the perfect garment when she became a mother. The fashion critic and writer feels there is no reason to drag toddlers to stores, but this was not just a practical decision she made as the mother of a two-year-old who does not like shopping. In fact, she prefers to buy clothes online.
When Lustig was searching for a virtual guide for the perplexed, to help her decide where to shop for clothes and accessories for her daughter, Lily, she was disappointed to find there was no such website for the Israeli market.
Instead of despairing, she decided to create one on her own.
Lustig, 32, is a busy woman. Apart from writing about fashion and music (she used to write for the Walla Internet portal ), she has a music program on Radio 99 and 102FM. She is married to Assaf Harel, an actor and the creator of TV series “Mesudarim.” The couple lives in Tel Aviv. Her blog, babyfashion.co.il (nicely designed by Idit Frank ), has been operating for around six months and is gradually attracting a following of mothers.
Lustig photographs her recommendations for clothes and accessories herself with her iPhone camera. Her daughter and her nephews model for her. The natural look of the photos reflects the spirit of the blog, which does not take itself too seriously. The writing is focused and not overweening.
Frolicking in comfort
Lustig shows up for a meeting in a Tel Aviv cafe very well dressed, as befits a fashion personality, wearing slacks and a leather jacket, both in different shades of mandarin, a Ralph Lauren off-white sweater and an American-flag print scarf around her neck. Her eyes sparkle mischievously behind a pair of sophisticated, nerdy-looking sunglasses, but she gets serious when she starts talking about her blog.
“Since having a daughter, I’ve been flooded by a new area,” she says. “Suddenly I’m being attacked with lots of children’s items. I wanted to know what to buy and not to buy. What is and isn’t worthwhile. I went into [online] forums to find out what kids wear to day care, what’s comfortable, looks good and is natural for kids, but to my surprise I didn’t find any maternal discourse on the subject.”
She says her daughter’s kindergarten teacher told Lustig she sent her daughter dressed in “uncomfortable pants.” But, fear not, Lustig has since bought her daughter tights-fitting jeans and now she can frolic in the mud more comfortably.
On blogs written by mothers in Israel and abroad, Lustig found “long texts about the mother’s most intense experiences.” Her blog, on the other hand, openly state that it is purely about the consumer side of things. “I give answers to questions about whether clothes are worth the money, where to buy and what is worth buying. When there’s a debate over whether to spend NIS 90 on some pants for a child, for example, I want that mother who is standing in the store to feel that I helped her. It’s not cheap, spending NIS 90 on pants to wear to nursery, unless it’s a pair of corduroys and they are thick and warm.”
Lustig thinks the price of children’s clothes, mainly imports, in some stores are too high. She prefers clothes from small businesses and independent designers, also because they are more interesting. At chain stores you can find some good, basic items. The art of mixing things is, after all, a fine skill. She also recommends Internet purchases, and points to specific sites and items she has found.
Her posts suggest different price ranges. So, for example, Lustig will soon present outfits for NIS 200-300 that she feels are unjustified, and others that are available for NIS 40 shekels at the local market.
Lustig is not a fan of applique or prints. In general she is opposed to overly fussy designs or kitschy clothes. In the photos, Lily does not look like a little doll, but like a normal girl dressed in comfortable clothes that are ordinary but good, but also with some kind of twist – for example, purple Puma shoe or heart-shaped sunglasses.
Without saying as much, it seems important to Lustig to promote several other matters – for example, “shattering conceptions of boys’ and girls’ clothes,” as she puts it. In other words, she is against pink or spangles for girls and blue and tractor prints for boys, and always favors unisex clothes.
The second thing that stands out on the blog is the pointed omission of tailoring for children. “I scorn couture for kids, and that’s the case even though I like brand names,” she states. “It’s a mockery to invest hundreds of shekels in children’s clothes. I buy expensive clothes for myself, but I also wear them for years. There is something offensive about this phenomenon. It’s not faithful to what a child needs. The agenda of my blog is that a child should have what he needs – and he doesn’t need a Baby Dior sweater.”
Lustig says part of the blog’s success stems from “its offering normal prices and instilling confidence that you can dress a child without extra expenses.” She says her own approach has changed: “I used to waste money on clothes. Something shifted in my approach. I no longer make purchases compulsively. It’s been a good thing for me.”
A look at her blog shows that Lustig does not always practice what she preaches. For example, she recommends for kids a line of umbrellas by the expensive luggage brand Samsonite, each costing 50 pounds. But she is careful to balance the picture, and also suggests similar umbrellas from toy store Toys-R-Us for NIS 20.
There is something admirable about such a carefully thought-out website. Still, I try to challenge Lustig and ask if she has turned motherhood into a career. Lustig admits frankly that she sometimes also asks herself that question. “In the past, I had a hard time with this, that people who had a child turned him into the center of their world,” she says. “For years I was a music and culture writer. When I’m asked what I do, I think, what should I say? That I’m a blogger on fashion and babies? “But the blog is something I started from nothing,” she adds. “I created it myself and I invest money, effort and time in it. And I believe in it. This overpowers the hesitations. It’s an important experience for me. I’d say that I couldn’t have done something like this before I had a daughter. I wasn’t able to devote myself in this way.
Lustig, who grew up in Kfar Shmaryahu, adds: “As a child, I wasn’t one of those kids who were the best dressed, because my mother really wasn’t into fashion. The most important thing in life for her was comfort – my sister and I wore pants only. It was important to her that we wear cotton shirts and they were bought one size larger so that they’d be comfortable for us.” Only during her adolescence did she rebel, dye her hair red and start to develop her own original sense of style.
From her conversations with other mothers, Lustig realized that today’s children are not the same, and she says she is already preparing herself for all those cute whims that little girls have at the age of 4 or 5. And when it happens she will be there for her daughter with the pinkest tulle skirts, the flutteriest dresses and the shiniest patent-leather shoes – the coolest and best quality around.
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