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2012 Summer Ifa’shion Globe Trotter

10 Jul

Tuesday, July 10th 2012, Paris – Don’t have any summer plans? Pack your bags with IFA Paris for the launch of its latest summer project and guest blogger collaboration: the 2012 Summer Ifa’shion Globe Trotter.   Starting on July 12th, 2012, IFA Paris will deliver fresh editorial content and diverse trends from nine major fashion capitals across the globe to enhance the interactive nature of its site.  Every Thursday until September 13thIfa’shion readers will learn about the best shopping areas, trends and hidden locales from each selected fashion hotspot. We have sourced sparkling young talent to bring our readers imaginative interviews from competitive fashion media that represents each city’s unique style.

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The guest list includes:

– Bridgid from Pho and Chips (www.phoandchips.com) in Londres,

– Sarah  from I bleed Fashion (www.ibleedfashion.com) in Montréal,

– Purushu from Stylish by Nature (www.stylishbynature.com) in New Delhi,

– Joanne from Pauperish Strange Joanne (www.strangejoanne.wordpress.com)in Hong Kong,

– One of our alumni students, Anastacia de CitiJ (www.citij.com) in Shanghai,

– Stephanie from Stephanie Surtida (www.stephaniesurtida.com) in Tokyo,

– Mel de Localspotter (www.localspotter.com) in Moscou,

– Stephanie from New York Fashion Hunter (www.newyorkfashionhunter.com) in New York City.

– Jocelina from Pink Chocolate Break (www.pinkchocolatebreak.com) in Rio de Janeiro

– Nicolas from In &Out (http://www.inandout-blog.com/) in Paris

With almost 1,000 students (primarily international) located in Paris and Shanghai, IFA Paris is at the forefront of fashion and luxury education, and offers programs that reflect the breadth of opportunity available in this vibrant industry.  Ifa’shion’s Summer Globe Trotter partnership program exemplifies the school’s competitive position as a fashion institute, and its commitment to communicating the latest international coverage to our readers and students.  With over 3,000 wordpress readers a month, 4,300 fans on Facebook, and growing presences on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and on Tumblr, IFA Paris continues to experience success and impressive growth across its social media platforms.

We are excited to share our latest creative opportunity with you in just few days, to coincide with the launch of this exciting collaboration, IFA Paris has also updated the title of its newly minted blog to ifa’shion, which you will be able to access at http://www.ifashion-blog.com.

Balenciaga/Comme des Garcons at Cité de la Mode et du Design

3 Jul

IFA Paris’ MBA Fashion Business students visited Cité de la Mode et du Design’s parallel exhibitions, Comme des Garçons/Balenciaga, curated by Olivier Saillard as a re-launch of Cite de la Mode’s architectural renovation.  The students really had a great chance to see fashion transcend through several exhibitions, from Kawakubo’s contemporary collection to Balenciaga’s historical prespective.

For more details about the students’ visit click here:http://www.ifa-edu.fr/media/events/2012/balenciagacomme-des-garcons-cit%C3%A9-de-la-mode-et-du-design

Enjoy the photos from the day below.

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Streets Snaps in Shanghai – Theme: Urban Jungle

19 Jun

Jungle animal prints are making a huge comeback this Summer with patterns being seen on everything from dresses and bathing suits to handbags and accessories. For those who are not a fan of leopard, zebra, and snake prints, you can still wear a colorful pattern with exotic flowers that are reminiscent of the jungle.

To have a little bit of inspiration, have a look at how our instructors and students strutted stylishly in last week’s urban jungle theme.

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For more photos have a look on IFA Paris’ Pinterest and start to follow us: http://pinterest.com/ifaparis/

IFA Paris’ 2012 fashion show winner in Shanghai: Sabine Ducasse

12 Jun

For IFA Paris’ 2012 annual fashion show in Shanghai , Sabine Ducasse, a French born designer presented a spiritual interpretation of the theme ‘East meets West’ with her collection The Melting Pot. She supported her design board with an impressive video, enhancing her multimedia vision of a Sino-French union.

Have a look on her video: The link will appear in couple of days.

She won the Golden Prize and received a full scholarship for the Postgraduate in Fashion Design and Management Program and a round-trip flight between Shanghai and Paris.

To know more about Sabine Ducasse’s collection and feelings after the fashion show, please read our article: http://www.ifa-edu.fr/media/press/2012/scholarship-winner-sabine-ducasse

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Sabine Ducasse

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IFA Paris’ 2012 Fashion Show in Shanghai

7 Jun

Last Wednesday, May 31st  IFA Paris held its 10th annual graduation fashion show in Shanghai. IFA’s 2012 graduates displayed their collection under the theme ‘’East meets West’’, in front of 1000 VIP guests, media, and fashion professionals.

This year, IFA’s students, once again, displayed garments that were spectacular for their creativity and technical skills.

Check out a few of the photos we snapped during the fashion show below.

To read more about about IFA Paris’ 2012 Fashion Show in Shanghai, please read our press release : http://www.ifa-edu.fr/media/events/2012/ifa-paris-2012-fashion-show-shanghai

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Interview of Kinda Touma: the contest winner

4 Jun

As part of winning our online photo contest centered around the theme “East meets West”, Kinda Touma, an American Syrian girl, answered a few questions regarding herself and about her inspiring winning photo. 

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Kinda’s photo on the theme “East meets West”

1/ Can you please present yourself?

My name is Kinda Touma, an American Syrian Designer, I am from the US, Europe and Middle East. My unique childhood gave me the chance to explore a wide variety of cultures which I use to inspire me in my designs.

While I was studying fashion in Boston, I always loved competing with other creative designers so I decided to enter this online contest with IFA Paris.

I discovered this great contest as a follower of the IFA Paris  page, as I have always admired their work and felt the urge to be part of this great school.

2/ What does the theme ‘’East meets West’’ mean to you?

When I read the theme “East meets West”, I felt it was a great opportunity for me to participate and present myself and my designs to the online community. Having such a rich “East and West” background only helped me better prepare for this contest. For me, East represents the traditional artistic concepts mixed with passion and glamour, while the West embraces the modern life along with its edginess and boldness.

These cultures are both opposite and complementary at the same time, and they permit to enhance creativity. I wanted to play with paradoxes and show a perfect harmony throughout this picture.

3/ What inspired your photo?

I wanted to show the charm of the East but let the piece shine in a western glamorous garment.  The inspiration of this photo came from combining the symbolism of roses which represents nature and the wild while the desert background exemplifying roughness with serenity.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank a great photographer Alan Medvinsky for doing an incredible job in this shoot, and Model Maya Stepper, for giving this piece its soul.

4/ What was the most difficult part of the photo shoot?

At the beginning it was a little difficult for me to recognize how to present my couture piece in a perfect background, but meeting the photographer, Alan Medvinsky, made it a lot easier, as when he saw my garment, he immediately pictured it in an exotic place that can reflect and show the beauty of this couture piece.

The most difficult part was actually making the dress itself; it contaied 36 handmade Dior roses combined with other couture details, which gave this piece the beauty and uniqueness to portray such a sexy classy image.

5/ What are your future ambitions?

My future ambitions are to present fashion in its fullness, and I would like to leave a memorable mark in the fashion world. Ultimately, my dream would be to build my own iconic fashion label.

6/ Do you have a message for your online supporters?

I would like to thank every person who supported me through their votes and their encouragement. It’s always great to see people admiring my work and believe in my talent. I feel overwhelmed from winning and this honor will give me more determination to work harder in creating outstanding designs.

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Kinda Touma, the contest winner

Thanks for your answers and we wish you the best for the future.

Fashion Trend in Asia: Glasses without lenses

30 May

Here’s a trend that has invaded several cities of Asia like Tokyo, Hong-Kong, Seoul, and Shanghai.  The affordable nature of this fashion accessory has fashionable people in these areas sporting glasses without lenses in style.

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To elaborate, although just an accessory, these glasses can provide other beneficial factors besides making you look glamorous.  Ever wake up in the morning and not have time to put on make-up? Pick up and wear this fashion prop and magically hide those pesky dark circles around your eyes or even flaunt your eyelash extensions with ease as these glasses will only add more flavor to your outfit.

The trend comes from celebrities such as actors and singers who wear the glasses without lenses on television shows and during events.

Glasses without lenses are affordable; in Shanghai, it can be purchased for about 3 to 9 Euros in the streets or in stores. Although this trend has been around since the early 90’s, it actually slowly faded at the turn of the century and only recently made a comeback in the fashion scene.  The goal seems to look authoritative, yet attractive in a sexy librarian sort of way.  Larger frames, retro, brightly colored and aviator styles for this eclectic fashion statement are making its mark in the fashion world today.

For people who wear glasses, if you have any old pairs laying around, pop those lenses out and sport them in style while it’s still hot.

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Bingbing Fan, a famous Chinese actress