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How To Wear A Wrist Watch Properly – The Lesson of Style

When purchasing watches, no one is questioned with how to wear watches, actually. This appears to be logical and rational. Nevertheless, the simplest things happen to be complicated sometimes. Everything is made from details and details sometimes mean far more than the whole. People who really wander how to wear watches properly exist and they are really concerned in this issue.


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The Cuban leader Fidel Castro, a revolutionary Che Gevara, politicians Winston Churchill and Bill Clinton, writers Somerset Maugham and Mark Twain, the actor and the political figure Arnold  Schwarzenegger – these names are well-known and these figures are best known to the world for their political, social, literary and other achievements. Moreover, the abovementioned people highly esteem cigar smoking and, thus, they come as people who own the greatest number of tools and accessories so requisite for this leisurely process and among others there are cigar lighters.


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Colored Fur: Fluffy Rainbow

Sunday, 17 October 2010

colored furPlaying with bright colors is probably one of the most blatant temptations facing the designers in 2010 winter season. They offer us so much more than a mere warm and cozy embrace of luxurious fur, but a journey to exotic islands and warmer seasons with a wonderful and majestic splash of daring colors. The trendsetters claim that any self-respecting fashionista should challenge mediocrity and gloomy dreariness of colder season with bright and alluring colored fur.

Colored Fur: the History behind the Magic

Colored or dyed fur can hardly be called an invention of the contemporary designers. In the history of fashion, it has been known for quite a long time. Colored fur first made its unforgettable appearance in Europe in the late XIX century. Refreshingly original samples obtained with the use of aniline dyes, were brought to the Old World from America by the Frenchman Emile Chapal. Furriers quickly mastered the new technique and learned how to use it to imitate expensive furs.

The  unprecedented surge on the colored fur market started with the Futurism artistic movement: everything that bore the slightest resemblance of naturalness was immediately rejected and banished. In the 1960-s, however, this trend was revived by Paco Rabanne, who introduced fashionable fur coats with sparkling metal inlays.

A decade later, a daring and unpredictable Yves Saint Laurent brought to the catwalk models in fox fur coats, painted in shrill tones of red and green. This design was dedicated to Brazilian actress Carmen Miranda. Fellow designers and later media criticized the couturier for this "outrage" and called his fashion experiments "disgusting". However, the common people were delighted with Saint Laurent's bold palette and welcomed his experiments. That's how dyed fur has eventually reclaimed its spot in the limelight. In the future, the idea of colored fur was further developed by Fendi label.

Secrets of the Furrier Industry

Over the years, the secrets to making natural fur bright and colorful have grown manifold. The simplest of them is toning: the whole fur surface, regardless of hair length, is dyed to one uniform hue. The unmatched effect is achieved for bright colors: aquamarine blue, purple, yellow, and orange. However, color preferences vary from designer to designer.

More complex color schemes are also available with the interplay of colors, or so-called colored streamers. Many furrier masters love the technique of dyeing in combination with bleaching. As a result, each fur hair has several color transitions. For instance, it can be brown near the root, red in the middle and gold at the tip.

Another popular technique is "cut and dry" dyeing when "tiger" stripes, "leopard" spots and other prints are applied to the surface of rabbit or goat skin. Leonard collection featured a fur coat with the print imitating the pattern on the birch tree, with characteristic black blotches against a white background, while Etro designers went further and painted white fur with scarlet poppies.

The Times of Glamour Are Not Over Yet

Despite the visual appeal of dyed fur pieces, they are yet to win the hearts of most people who prefer classical natural fur, such as mink, chinchilla and sables. And the reason is not that "dyed" pieces are characterized by higher wear and tear. Rather, there are few women who can afford to buy a fur coat that will only stick for a season.

However, colored fur brings to mind the vivacity of glamor. Who said that the reign of glamour in the fashion end is over? It continues its triumphal march, this time in a disguise of soft and fluffy colored fur, which can be seen in many designer collections, including Betsey Johnson, Bill Blass, Ann Demeulemeester and Blumarine.

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