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Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Dolce & Gabbana: A fairytale inspired collection - Jul 10, 2014 - 11:07:27 AM

Dolce and Gabbana introduced their fall winter collection with a theme of a magical forest with models dresses as princesses with swans, squirrels and owls images on A line coats and silk-brocade dresses topped off with jeweled balaclavas.

With past collections we have seen many ornate Sicilian images of ancient buildings and gold coins, this was a fairy tale inspired childlike story book fun with the use of animals and floral motifs on coats and dresses.

I especially love the use of the key motif that became a chiffon print on a beautiful high waited dress, absolutely breath taking while whimsical...

Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Dunhill: Old world elegance returns - Jul 6, 2014 - 10:50:43 AM

Alfred Dunhill began his business in the late 19th century selling motoring accessories such as leather over coats and goggles for the first drivers of automobiles, so it is exciting to see the brand rejuvenated at London Collections: Men last June with newly appointed creative director John Ray as he unveils his first spring summer 2015 collection.

Formally with Gucci, John Ray was given the chance to be “British and international” which was an opportunity he could not turn down.

With this collection designer John Ray has moved away from the slim European mens look and gave us a more traditional cut with interesting details such as an eight button blazer which elongates one’s stature.
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Royal Ascot: Pageantry, Fashion and Style - Jun 26, 2014 - 3:43:08 PM

Last weekend the Royal Ascot wrapped up five days of outstanding horse racing, pageantry, fashion and style that has been celebrated now for 303 years.

I am going to share with you the proper dress code of the most important summer event for Britain’s upper crust.

Queen Anne started the races back in Ascot in 1711 which became a four day event in 1768.

King George IV in 1825 started the tradition of arriving by horse drawn landaus which Her Majesty The Queen and her guests still arrive to the Royal Ascot each race day.
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Gianni Maanaki couture dazzles with thousands of Swarovski crystals - Jun 19, 2014 - 6:07:55 PM

Gianni Maanaki’s creative process begins with a private consultation, where he sketches a design according to his client’s style, adding his own extra finesse to create a made-to-measure work of art for the female form.

“I always begin with the body and use it as inspiration,” says Gianni Maanaki. “My aim is to reveal her inner beauty.”

For a bodice dripping in crystals, he can use thousands of Swarovski crystals which are all attached by hand to ensure that his garments are voluptuous...

Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Driving shoes: Colorful summer footwear - Jun 12, 2014 - 10:45:18 AM

Classic Italian driving shoes now offered in canary yellow, orange and cobalt is part of a new dramatic color renaissance with men’s fashions this summer.

As men have begun to embrace more color, one of the best ways to add a touch of vivid boldness to your look is with summer footwear.

Driving shoes as the name suggest were originally made for race car drivers back in the early 1900’s.

Credit those early Italian drivers who ditched their chunky shoes for a stylist flexible shoe for better control when accelerating.
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Versace has a softer side for fall winter 2014 - Jun 5, 2014 - 10:42:36 AM

Versace, a label known for high voltage sensuality and rock star looks has taken on a softer side for their fall winter 2014 collection at Milan Fashion Week favoring a bias cut – where the fabric is cut diagonally – which allows a garment to hang more relaxed on a woman’s body.

Donatello Versace has chosen to focus on proportion and cut rather than embellishment, which may be the beginning of a new chapter for her line.

Bold colors made up her collection with asymmetric cut dresses, slips, evening cocktail dresses and leather tuxedos.
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Cartoon art fashions by Nadia + Zehra - May 30, 2014 - 11:50:18 AM

The quirky colourful fun cartoon art fashions by Nadia + Zehra of London at Vancouver Fashion Week this past season were like nothing I have ever seen before! Picture the Teletubbles about to go over the edge, perhaps on a bad combination of drugs and alcohol...

London-based fashion designers Nadia + Zehra are known as 'The Twins' and brought us their fresh and expression art creative process with two collections titled ‘Opposites Attract’ about cartoon characters, and ‘See No Evil, Hear No Evil’ base on an inspiration of children's toys.

“Our inspiration came from Italian and Turkish costumes,” said Nadia Mustafa with StyleDrama at Vancouver Fashion Week.
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Black and white fashion trend continues into summer - May 22, 2014 - 11:17:32 AM

The black and white trend revival continues this summer as designers have brought back a monochrome look from the 60’s, playing with patterns and geometrics while adding a touch of fine detailing.

I first reported on this trend in February 2013, when I covered
Marc Jacobs’ Louis Vuitton spring summer collection use of dramatic contrasting stripes, and checks such as the giant houndstooth, and other unique patterns such as animal and snake skin.

The origins of the black and white trend take us back to 1930 with Marlene Dietrich’s performance in the American romance film Morocco...
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Salvatore Ferragamo unveils Fiamma handbags - May 15, 2014 - 12:42:32 AM

Luxury bag collection inspired by family legacy...

Salvatore Ferragamo has recently introduced Fiamma their new signature handbag collection, inspired by the female generations of the Ferragamo family and their enduring influence on the House today.

Under Creative Director Massimiliano Giornetti, this ultra-sophisticated design and unique construction reflect the inherent DNA of Ferragamo’s Italian legacy and future through the harmonious mix of exquisite materials such as calfskin, python, pony hair and crocodile adorned with sleek metal hardware details...

Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Brazilian beachwear is hotter than ever - May 8, 2014 - 11:13:30 PM

They say there is nothing sexier than a women in a Brazilian bathing suit and as Fashion Rio and San Paulo Fashion Week wrapped up their summer beachwear shows, they left us wanting more as they introduced a fabulous range of strapless, colorful prints and transparency beachwear with a reference to the sexed up 70’s.

What makes Brazilian beach wear so sensual, some say it is ‘less is more’. Actually more about the cut of the fabric and how it caresses a women’s body.

There is a richness with Brazilian beachwear and they bring it alive with color, cut and no shortage of sexuality.
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
David Alfonso: Daring is now part of the male fashion identity - May 1, 2014 - 7:08:42 PM

Are we entering a new era of menswear where men are no longer going to take a backseat to women when it comes to personal style? Colombian fashion designer David Alfonso believes that daring is now part of the male identity and he certainly delivered a bold, yet tailored look with his autumn winter 2014 collection label Eriko at Vancouver Fashion Week.

With a background of interior design, 28 year old David Alfonso has been heavily influenced by the bold and colorful men fashion trends of Japanese designers.

“Over the top” is how he describes Eriko fashions. “Men really want to wear these clothes. I want to redefine masculinity,” David Alfonso. 
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Pharrell Williams’ esque hat inspires our go-to summer look - Apr 24, 2014 - 9:35:36 PM

Pharrell Williams' increasing popularity from his ‘Happy’ soundtrack for the Despicable Me 2 movie is driving a resurgence for hats this summer, as his Vivienne Westwood’s Mountain hat worn at the Academy Awards last March may not suit everyone's style, you should consider a colorful vivacious fedora to compete your summer look.

“The look for summer is Havana style, bright and summery,” says Jessika Fortin, custom hatter merchant of Goorin Bros. in Yaletown Vancouver. “Think Cuba, vintage cars with a 50’s vibe.”

What excites me about Goorin Bros. neighborhood hat shops is their diverse range of hat styles and colors.

Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Gabriel Lage: Making women beautiful! - Apr 18, 2014 - 12:35:02 AM

Magnificent is the only word to describe how beautiful and elaborate the gowns of Gabriel Lage are.  World class haute couture from Argentina, it was a privilege to see his creations at Vancouver Fashion Week this season.

Hailing from the Argentina capital of Buenos Aireswere, Lage's latest designs are a color palate of nudes and soft tones of pink and gold. Wear one of his gowns and you will be wrapped in hand-embroidery, lace, sequins and sheer.

His gown collection is all about creativity, design and detailed craftsmanship to make women beautiful, and runway audiences are always thrilled...
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
The glamour of Italian fashion - Apr 12, 2014 - 10:36:04 AM

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014
exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London opened last weekend and traces the history of Italian fashion from the post-war period to current day, a time during which ‘Made in Italy’ became the gold standard of style.

Italy’s rich and influential contribution to fashion stems from many unique and defining factors such as the use of luxurious materials, expert textile production and designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Gucci, Prada, and Versace who’s influence drove dramatic menswear and glamours women’s fashions...
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TheBahamasWeekly.com introduces our new column, "Style Drama' - Apr 8, 2014 - 8:12:39 AM

The Bahamas Weekly is pleased to announce our new columnist Edward Quan, Editor of StyleDrama.com

Quan will be providing our readers with an international view on fashion by sharing his inspiration for effortless style through the exploration of how top fashion designers and pop culture influence our trends and personal style.

Edward Quan has interviewed leading fashion designers, written style pieces, including trend and fashion week reports on New York, Paris and Milan...

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