Sunday, June 29, 2008

BUTCHDIVA.BLOGSPOT WEEKEND UPGRADE...

It's been a working progress but I finally took the time to figure out how to categorize all the BUTCH DIVA blog content and form labels. You will now find 'BUTCH DIVA CONTENTS' to the right categorized for your interest and viewing convienence. In addition, I figured out how to make story text, and resources linkable. You may or may not have noticed, but up until now I've only been quoting links via "copy and paste" directions...that's now a thing of the past. lol. >>> Rise with me people. Rise with me. :)

XO
BUTCH DIVA's Boss Lady >>> Tiffany LaStar

Saturday, June 28, 2008

BUTCH DIVA BBQ >>> GET IN LINE!!!


Frank White >>> "Cafe. Gallery. Social." And now venue to what's expected to be quite a sexy kickoff to the holiday weeked!

Located @ 936 Atlantic Ave @ St. James in Brooklyn. Also Presented by Nicole James, Yume, the Minority Report, Casey (of heaVy), 718Bodega, the Stylistics Agency and many more...

Food & Drinks served
RSVP: butchdiva@gmail.com or theMreport@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!!!

xo
BUTCH DIVA's Boss Lady >>> Tiffany LaStar

WTF???...OH, THAT'S JUST GARETH PUGH!!!









When I first began researching Pugh's work...I was glued to the computer screen wanting more and more and wondering what I would come across next...Ahhhh! the rewards of seeking inspiration...Stay tuned for more on this designer...

Sunday, June 22, 2008

AND THE BEAT GOES ON >>> YSL FALL 2008

DESIGNER PROFILE >>> JEREMY SCOTT

Jeremy Scott is a Missouri-born fashion designer. He attended the prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY for fashion design. Jeremy is best known for his outrageous and sometimes comical designs. After showing in Paris for several years in order to establish his name, he returned to the United States. His unique creations have been worn by celebrities including Paris Hilton, Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan, Bj√∂rk, Robyn, Cameron Diaz, Christina Aguilera, Kylie Minogue, Madonna and his good friend Cory Kennedy. His designs incorporate unconventional looks, including one-legged pants. Jeremy was named number 31 in the Face’s ‘Most Important People in Fashion’ issue, ranking higher than Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney. He is also stylist for the band Fischerspooner.

Where else but in fashion would a sexcapade of peep shows, clam-shaped clothes, and greased-up male models indulging in a little on-runway smack-and-grab be A-OK? True, it does seem that only Jeremy Scott can get away with it, but no one flies his freak flag quite as proudly as the designer does. And after more than ten years designing his signature line, he is just as controversial and avant-garde as ever—with a fondness for one-legged pants, no less.







Sources: -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Scott
-http://nymag.com/fashion/fashionshows/designers/bios/jeremyscott/

Friday, June 20, 2008

BUTCH DIVA FLASHBACK...


WHAT'S "HAUTE COUTURE" YOU ASK?

Haute couture (French for "high sewing" or "high dressmaking, refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted fashions. It originally referred to Englishman Charles Frederick Worth's work, produced in Paris in the mid-nineteenth century. In modern France, haute couture is a "protected name" that can be used only by firms that meet certain well-defined standards. However, the term is also used loosely to describe all high-fashion custom-fitted clothing, whether it is produced in Paris or in other fashion capitals such as Milan, London, Rome, New York and Tokyo. Haute couture is made to order for a specific customer, and it is usually made from high-quality, expensive fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finish, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques.




Legal Terms:
In France, the term haute couture is protected by law and is defined by the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Paris based in Paris, France. Their rules state that only "those companies mentioned on the list drawn up each year by a commission domiciled at the Ministry for Industry are entitled to avail themselves" of the label haute couture. The criteria for haute couture were established in 1945 and updated in 1992.

To earn the right to call itself a couture house and to use the term haute couture in its advertising and any other way, members of the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture must follow these rules:
- Design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more fittings.
- Have a workshop (atelier) in Paris that employs at least fifteen people full-time.
- Each season (i.e., twice a year), present a collection to the Paris press, comprising at least thirty-five runs with outfits for both daytime wear and evening wear.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haute_couture

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

DESIGNER PROFILE >>> VIVIENNE WESTWOOD


The Label
Like no other fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood single-handedly changed the way rock stars dressed. And in many ways, she’s responsible for the look of punk and New Wave. She and then-partner Malcolm McLaren (manager for the Sex Pistols) opened their Let It Rock boutique in London’s Chelsea in 1971, and it served as a platform and safe haven for the burgeoning punk scene. Acts like the Pistols and the New York Dolls wore her signature look—skintight leather with tons of zippers—like a uniform. And though she may no longer work the strictly punk ethos, Westwood still infuses her ready-to-wear, officially launched in 1981, with plenty of edge. Unafraid of ripped hems and torn seams, she renders everything with Saville Row–worthy tailoring and incredible technique.


The Look
Prim punksters who love a strong Victorian line.

The Designer
The English-born Westwood studied at the University of Westminster after which she became a primary-school teacher. She taught until McLaren decided to open Let It Rock, pulling Westwood down the punk path that would eventually lead her to fashion stardom. She still owns the shop, which is now called World’s End, where she sells her signature line as well as her punkier, younger collection Anglomania. In 2004, the prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum hosted a retrospective of Westwood’s career.




Source: http://nymag.com/fashion/fashionshows/designers/bios/viviennewestwood/

Monday, June 16, 2008

BUTCH DIVA BRIDAL???

HA! well if so...it would be along these lines. Inspiration is everything!

Friday, June 13, 2008

BUTCH DIVA FLASHBACK...


..."don't call it a comeback, I been here for years..."

xo
BUTCH DIVA's Boss Lady >>> Tiffany LaStar

Monday, June 9, 2008

BUTCH DIVA >>> THE BIGGER PICTURE

The wheels in my head go round and round, round and round, round and round...I spent some nights out and about last week starting my social tour and spreading the news of my vision and my plans to my fellow industry peers and it always feels great to have your dreams embraced and your thought process understood. For the next 6 months you'll be able to get a taste of BUTCH DIVA at local bklyn sample sales, for example at up in coming vendor hot spots "BROOKLYN FLEA" and "HABANA OUTPOST". Also working on getting a few key looks into "PIECES OF BKLYN". Plus shops in Manhattan include Patricia Field and Lounge Soho. Be sure to stay tuned for all the details on availability...

The bigger picture however is get this grind in motion so I can make my journey back to Trinidad in January and be able to stay 6 months to establish business ventures there. A "lounge boutique" to be more specific. The clientele is in place but the resources are not, and that's where I come in. To present style and trends to these females in a way that no one has for them yet. From what I've seen while there, they don't have the same fashion resources we have but it was crystal clear how bad they yearned for it.

So the nxt 6 months is all about the hustle and grind to get me where I want to be. As long as the passion and will to succeed remains, the work to get it done is a pleasure.

I'm focused. Are you?

Stay tuned...

OUT & ABOUT QUESTION OF THE WEEK: "WHAT'S BUTCH DIVA???"


BUTCH DIVA is a bold and cutting edge bran offering a range of innovative styling and attire suitable for a young woman looking to make a statement at work, at the trendiest parties, and also within the intimacy of her home. The “BUTCH DIVA” philosophy thrives off the potential and intentions of aggressive, androgynous females looking to succeed at what some consider only masculine roles, and yet still keeping in touch with their passions, sexuality,and femininity. "BUTCH DIVA" also serves as a psychological description I came up with for a woman who handles her business and takes control of all that contributes to her fulfillment in life and well being.
The BUTCH DIVA goal is to offer a lifestyle collection that empowers women regardless of what they're engaging in, as BUTCH DIVA offers a wardrobe consisting of trends, comfort, and endless confidence . So many females today want to be the ring leader and in control of all that they do and BUTCH DIVA plans to gear them up as they make their commanding statements.

BUTCH DIVA...ITS NOT JUST A LABEL - BUT A LIFESTYLE.

xo- BUTCH DIVA's Boss Lady >>> Tiffany LaStar

Thursday, June 5, 2008

INSPIRATION IS EVERYTHING >>> FEMME STREET ART






BUTCH DIVA'S BOOK CLUB...

"IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE IN YOU, NO ONE ELSE CAN. The only way you'll ever cross the million dollar threshold with your business is to believe in yourself. There's no way around it. If you are someone whose confidence waxes and wanes, you'll find your milion dollar journey more difficult if not impossible. You should know exactly what you are capable of doing and what your abilities are..." - Susan Wilson Solovic

...LAW 16: Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor
Too much circulation makes the price go down. The more you are seen and heard from, the more common you appear. If you are already established in a group, temporary withdrawal from it will make you more talked about, even more admired. You must learn when to leave. Create value through scarcity.

Stay tuned for more...

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

YVES SAINT LAURANT PASSES...AND LEAVES WITH US A LEGACY!!!








READ MORE ON HIS LEGACY HERE: http://www.latimes.com/features/lifestyle/la-igw-ysl3-2008jun03,0,6001878.story