Tuesday, February 27, 2018

CCC Fashion Designers Challenge

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

Fashion Designers Challenge
Duration: March 1 - August 31, 2018

Just in time for the Spring Fashion Shows!

1. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel – Being the first designer to free the female body from corsets, Coco was considered initially as a renegade. She became synonymous with the little black dress, the bob, and ropes of pearls; essentially, she dressed the flappers. Later she expanded her line to Breton tops, handbags with gilt chains, mannish trousers, the Chanel suit, and her enduring perfume Chanel No. 5. Interlocking double “C’s” mark her brand.
✠ Read a book that takes place during the Roaring 20’s OR read a book whose author’s or main character’s initials are C.C. (tell us the character’s name if using that option).
The Ghost in the Glass House Carey Wallace 3/26/18

2. Christian Dior – He introduced the elegant and ladylike “New Look” in 1947. With the end of WWII and rationing, Dior made decadent clothing such as the “Bar” jacket with a nipped in waist and then a full skirt using yards and yards of fabric. The full crinolined skirts of the 50’s had their roots in Dior.
✠ Read a book by a “new to you” author OR read a book whose title contains the word “NEW” (exact match only - no compound words or other variations) OR read a book with a dress on its cover that was made with “yards and yards” of fabric; post the cover.
The Way Home Cindy Gerard 3/13/18

3. Elsa Schiaparelli – Schiaparelli was known for her playful and artistic designs, which were influenced by her Surrealist painter friends. Her witty designs were often in her signature color which was shocking pink. In 1931 she designed culottes for tennis player Lili de Alvarez and later introduced “Shocking” perfume where the bottle’s shape was modeled after Mae West’s body.
✠ Read a book with a shocking pink cover (post the cover) OR read a book featuring a painter OR read a book that takes place during the 1930’s.
Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay Jill Mansell 3/9/18

4. Hubert De Givenchy – A believer that “clothes showed off the wearer, not the other way around,” De Givenchy’s effortless chic was most famously represented by Audrey Hepburn. She wore a stunning red dress in Funny Face and Holly Go Lightly’s little black party dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
✠ Read a book that was made into a movie OR read a book with a stunning red cover (post the cover) OR read a book whose main character’s first name starts with a letter in AUDREY (tell us the character’s name).
Amber Gentleman Nine Penelope Ward 3/1/18

5. Cristobal Balenciaga – This Spanish-born designer initially dressed members of the Spanish Royal Family. He moved to Paris in the 1950’s and introduced the first sack dress in 1956. CB’s aesthetic centered around silhouette and cut that he described as “plain but sculptural.”
✠ Read a book that involves royalty OR read a book that takes place in Paris OR read a book with a silhouette on its cover; post the cover.
Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben Don't Let Go Harlan Coben 4/22/18

6. Yves Saint Laurent – YSL was influenced by the artist Mondrian who was known for his blocks of color. Yves ruled the mid 1960’s with the introduction of the shift dress, tuxedos for women, safari suits, thigh-high boots, and peasant blouses. He had a knack for “channeling streetwalker into luxury fashion” and was a champion of ready-to-wear. Inspired by beatnik culture, YSL was the first to use minority models in the 1960’s.
✠ Read a book written by a non-Caucasian author (be sure to include a link to the author’s GR page) OR read a book where the first letter of each title word may be found in YVESSAINTLAURENT (A/an/the DO count; three word minimum).
Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke 3/9/18

7. Pierre Cardin – Heavily influenced by space travel, Cardin’s designs were considered edgy and featured many unisex designs. He said his 1963 “Cosmocorp” collection was for the ‘youthquake’ generation. Born in Italy, he worked with Elsa Schiaparelli and is attributed with the democratization of fashion.
✠ Read a book that involves space travel OR read a book by an author who has a “unisex” name – i.e. Pat, Chris, Terry, Sam, etc.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Taylor Jenkins Reid 3/15/18

8. Laura Ashley – This Welsh-born designer first sold tea towels and scarves but is known for her trademark pinafores and florals. In the 1970’s heyday, she capitalized on a nostalgia that promoted smocked dresses and Edwardian-style, floor-length pinafores. Her first shop opened in London in 1968 and soon was routinely selling 4,000 dresses each week.
✠ Read a book that takes place in Edwardian England (1901 - 1910) OR read a book with floral or paisley background on its cover; post the cover OR (for those of us with huge TBR’s) read any book on your TBR in place #4,000 or higher; tell us the position.
Wedding Bells Bundle Four Fun Romantic Comedies by Ginny Baird Wedding Bells Bundle: Four Fun Romantic Comedies Ginny Baird 6/8/18

9. Valentino – His designs have timeless appeal with elegant, clean lines and couture-worthy details and finishing; his signature is bows and lace. Born in Northern Italy, he garnered national attention in 1962 in the Florence fashion show. Elizabeth Taylor was one of his early clients and he designed Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress to Aristotle in 1968.
✠ Read a book in which a wedding occurs OR read a book that takes place during the 1960’s OR read a book with a bow on its cover; post the cover (note – this is a bow tied from ribbon or string – not an archery bow or a stringed-instrument’s bow).
Death Below Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries, #1) by Jennifer Ashley Death Below Stairs Jennifer Ashley 3/6/18

10. Halston – He reigned the 1970’s where his fashion label was popular on the disco dance floor. His creations were simply cut and super-sexy; jersey crepe skimmed the body in requisite glamour but did not restrict movement. Halston was originally a milliner and designed the pillbox hat Jackie wore to JFK’s inauguration in 1961. He was a regular at Manhattan’s Studio 54 and was popular with Bianca Jagger, Liza Minelli, and Elizabeth Taylor.
✠ Read a book that takes place during the 1970’s OR read a book with a woman’s hat on the cover (post the cover) OR read a book with an intact “54” in its page count; tell us how many pages.
Crystal Cove (Friday Harbor, #4) by Lisa Kleypas Crystal Cove Lisa Kleypas 4/11/18

11. Diane Von Furstenburg – In 1974, she introduced THE wrap dress - a single piece of fabric with sleeves and a deep V-neckline pulled together by a belt. It was sexy and flattering to all body shapes and highly-functional. This Belgium-born designer moved to NYC where she became part of disco-mecca crowd at Studio 54. By 1976, one million wrap dresses had been sold and DVF appeared on the cover of Newsweek wearing her signature dress.
✠ Read a book whose title (ignore a/an/the) starts with a “V” OR read a book whose setting is in Belgium OR read a book with a story that would make news headlines; briefly tell us why.
The story begins with a home invasion, then 28 years later a school shooting.
The Good Daughter Karin Slaughter 4/23/18

12. Ralph Lauren – Lauren’s career took off in the 1970’s with the humble neck tie. In 1971, he launched “men’s” shirts for women. He clothed characters in the movies The Great Gatsby (1974) and Annie Hall (1977). By 1980’s his look was All-American where his archetypes were the cowboy, the biker, the Hamptons sailor. The polo player design on his shirts is recognized worldwide.
✠ Read a book that is on the Great American Novel list; tell us its position OR read a book featuring a character who is a cowboy, a sailor, or a biker OR read a book with a neck tie on its cover.
Kidnapped Cowboy Lindsey Brookes 4/7/18

13. Vivienne Westwood – Associated with the beginning of punk, Westwood mixed tradition with experimentation. Her first shop, “Let It Rock,” on the “wrong” end of London’s King’s Road featured ripped t-shirts with obscene slogans and bondage trousers. Some of her signature items are the 1985 “Rocking Horse” shoe and the “mini crini,” an update on the Victorian crinoline. Vivienne received an OBE in 1992 which she famously collected in an Eve fig-leaf costume.
✠ Read a book with a character who grows up ‘on the wrong side of the tracks’ or who likes to push boundaries OR read a book with a mini skirt or a rocking horse on its cover.
No One But You Brenda Novak 3/8/18

14. Christian Lacroix – Opulent and glamorous, his dresses are the stuff of which dreams are made. His first couture catwalk runway received a standing ovation. His creations are featured in Tom Wolfe’s 1987 Bonfire of the Vanities and were worn by Park Avenue socialites – poufed skirts and cropped, embroidered jackets. Collections were “pure fantasy” backed up by highly-skilled couture techniques. Anna Wintour put one of his jackets on her first cover of American Vogue in 1988.
✠ Read a book with a vampire as a main character OR read a book with a glamourous main character.
Twice Tempted Jeaniene Frost 6/3/18

15. Jean Paul Gautier – JP partnered with Madonna in the 1990’s to sex-up fashion with sequined corsets, pushing underwear as outerwear to new heights. Gautier’s signature eventually became the Eiffel Tower and Breton stripes.
✠ Read a book marked ‘erotica’ OR read a book with any kind of undergarment on its cover; post the cover OR read a book in which the Eiffel Tower is mentioned (please copy the sentence).
Marriage Games C.D. Reiss 4/1/18

16. Gianni Versace – Versace launched his line in 1978, and ruled the 80’s and 90’s surrounded by glamour, glitz, fame and supermodels; he often partied with first lady of France, Carla Bruni. His signature item was short, figure-hugging bright colored dresses with scarf prints and Medusa logos. Elizabeth Hurley wore his “safety-pin gown” to a film premiere 1994 and became an overnight celebrity. Gianni was murdered in 1997; his sister Donatella continues his fashion line.
✠ Read a book in which a character leads a jet-setting, partying-type life OR read a book with a brightly colored cover (remember to post the cover) OR read a book in which a murder occurs.
Edge of Darkness Karen Rose 3/2/18

17. Giorgio Armani – Provided the wardrobe for Richard Gere in the 1980 film American Gigilo, exposing him to an international audience. He emphasizes timeless tailoring in both men’s and women’s suits with perfectly cut jackets, wide trousers, and simple accessories. Born in northern Italy, Armani briefly studied medicine and served in the army before turning to fashion. His second line, Emporio Armani is geared for a younger, more casual crowd. Both fashion lines remain anchors in Milan’s Fashion Week.
✠ Read a book that takes place in Italy or has an Italian character OR read a book by an author who publishes two (or more) series OR read a book that takes place in the medical field; tell us how.
Devil's Claw J.A. Jance 3/3/18

18. Calvin Klein – CK has a democratic approach to fashion with simple clothes influenced by men’s tailoring. His underwear line was featured in 1985’s Back to the Future film and anyone around in 1980 will remember Brooke Shields huskily asking “Want to know what gets between me and my Calvins? – Nothing.” Born in the Bronx, Klein bought his first business with a 10K loan. His marketing genius built the business so that it sold 35 years later for 429 million.
✠ Read a book featuring a ‘self-made’ wealthy business person OR read book #35 on your TBR (sorted however you would like) OR read a book in which a model makes an appearance (briefly tell us the circumstances).    
Witness in Death J.D. Robb 3/29/18

19. Miuccia Prada – Miuccia inherited her grandfather’s luggage business in the 1970’s. By the 1990’s, Prada rose to be the most powerful female designer in fashion where she remains today. She has the ability to shape a season; Marc Jacobs says, "She’s the designer we are all compelled to watch." MP maintains her longevity by remaining unpredictable. Her designs often begin with something she dislikes; a common theme is wearable designs with an element of silliness – think banana earrings in 2011 or jewel-encrusted hiking sandals in 2014. In 1992, she launched a secondary collection called Miu Miu, which was her childhood nickname.
✠ Read a book that tickles your funny bone OR read a book published in 2011 or 2014 (tell us when) OR read a book in which a main character is usually referred to by his or her nickname (tell us the original name as well as the nickname.)
December 19, 2014
A Ghost for Christmas J.D. Winters 3/15/18

20. Karl Lagerfeld – Born in Hamburg, Germany, Lagerfeld has been in fashion for 60 years. His signature look is a black suit with a high-collared white shirt, tie and gloves. He has his own label, but his real genius lies in work for others. Lagerfeld is perhaps best known for reviving the languishing Chanel brand in the 1980’s. He is currently the creative director of Fendi.
✠ Read a book that takes place in Germany OR read a book that takes place in the 1980’s OR read a book with a man wearing a suit on its cover; post the cover.
Separation Games (The Games Duet, #2) by C.D. Reiss Separation Games C.D. Reiss 4/2/18

21. Stella McCartney – Daughter of the Beatles’ Paul McCartney, she is known for a real-life-friendly aesthetic, marrying 1970’s fashion with British cheek. Stella was named Chloe’s creative director in 1997 and launched her own line in 2001. She had the honor of designing the kits for the British team in the London Olympics (2012).
✠ Read a book with an author or main character named Stella or Paul OR read a book published in 2012.
Once Burned Jeaniene Frost 3/4/18

22. Marc Jacobs – Often described as the ultimate “zeitgeist designer,” NY born Jacobs soaks up the pop culture he’s surrounded by, combining it with a mischievous wit and instinct for what women want to wear. He began designing for preppy brand Perry Ellis, but his 1992 ‘grunge’ collection got him fired. No worries, a few years later he was named artistic director for Louis Vuitton.
✠ Read a book that takes place in NYC OR read a book in which a character is fired from a job OR read a book that references pop culture – copy the sentence here.
Paradise Lost J.A. Jance 3/12/18

23. Christopher Bailey – When Bailey was appointed creative director for Burberry in 2001, he reinvented the British brand making it relevant for the new century. As CEO for Burberry, Bailey has proven himself genius at marketing and design. The Burberry show is the jewel in the crown of the London Fashion shows, featuring British quirk. Catherine Middleton has been photographed in one of his reinvented trench coats.
✠ Read a book that takes place in England OR read a book involving a princess or queen OR read a book with a plaid item on its cover; remember to post the cover.
Duke of Desire Elizabeth Hoyt 3/20/18

24. Jenna Lyons – As creative director and president of J.Crew, she has made the preppy-brand a true fashion contender. Her motto is “keep it simple, then add a twist” – a perfect mix of high-low fashion. She loves to mix colors and textures, and loves to juxtapose sporty with fine fabric. She championed the statement necklace worn with jeans, printed tux-style pants, and fashion sweatshirts. J. Crew is a favorite of the former First Family Obama.
✠ Read a book whose title contains opposite words OR read a book whose title starts with a letter in JCREW (ignore a/an/the).
Crow A. Zavarelli 3/11/18


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