Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Anne Valerie Hash

Anne Valerie Hash
Anne Valerie Hash is living proof that even without proper financing, talent can make a major impact. Hash has in just a few years created an acclaimed fashion label and become a member of the most elite of fashion echelons - a Paris couturier. Under French law, proof of funds of 8,000 Euros (approximately $9,000) are needed to create a company. And that is precisely what Hash used to finance her de-constructionist foray into fashion. A very talented artist who did not give up on her dreams. We are glad that she stayed the course. From her humble beginnings to the Ever Present Now, her style is not for everyone but you've got to appreciate the sheer tenacity of this one. She definitely knew what she wanted to do in life and she's doing it! Take a look at some of her latest work:

Go on, girl! Our hat's off to you Anne! (All Fashions & Accessories From Her Spring Collection)

"Try not to become a man of success but a man of value."---Albert Einstein
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On The Campaign Trail w/ Tom Ford


As our first ad campaign feature, we would like to bring you Tom Ford S/S 2008.

Tom Ford has had a whirlwind career. After stepping down from Gucci Group in 2003 to focus on his own signature label that shares his name, he's been downright controversial. Most conservatives hate him and what he stands for. And that simply is a world where we celebrate ourselves. A non-censored society. Ford has set out to do just that with his S/S 2008 ad campaign in which he features tons on nude models interacting in ritual habits carried out around the world, but with just a dash of voyeurism. For example, the couple on the park bench that look to be sharing a highly intimate moment, or the woman who has caught a gentleman off guard with her bold flirtation. Ford doesn't want people to see the indecency in this campaign, rather he wants people to see it as the world should be. Without censorship.

However, we do understand not everyone feels the same way as Ford. In this manner we would like to take to our readers, what do you think? Has he gone too far? Are the adds to racy? Lude? Pornographic? Give us your opinions

NEW SERIES: On The Campaign Trail

On The Campaign Trail is a new feature that The F*Word is launching in order to bring various ad campaigns from all over the world to your desktop/ laptop. In this special series, we will bring you campaigns from both recognized, unrecognized names and names that you will surely not forget. As we all know, fashion is not a superficial word. It is as complex as the inner emotions of one human being, hence why it is important to capture the full range of facets that fashion itself encompasses.

As our first ad campaign feature, we would like to bring you Tom Ford S/S 2008.

CFDA's BIG Winners

Alas, the ball is over and the winners have been announced for the 2008 CFDA Awards, which were held last night at New York's Public Library. {see list full list below of the nights big winners} The controversial Tom Ford won menswear designer of the year, while in the accessories department, Tory Burch took home the statue instead of three time winner Marc Jacobs and five time nominees Michael Kors {is it just me or is he the next Susan Lucci, remember almost only counts in horseshoes}. Meanwhile Francisco Costa {for Calvin Klein} beat out Marc Jacobs, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Womenwear.

In grand style, as always, the CFDA paid homage to legendary couturier Yves Saint Laurent, who succumbed to brain cancer in his home early Sunday morning. Among last nights attendees Ashley Olsen looked stunning in a a smoking suit- reminiscent of YSL's creations- from Calvin Klein's 2008 resort collection and CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg had some of her own private YSL collection flown to her from her home overseas just to wear her black vintage YSL jacket. With Naomi Campbell sporting a few items form the most recent YSL collection, we all know that while he was not in physical attendance this year, he was defiantly sitting there in spirit.

Womenswear Designer of the Year:
Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein

Menswear Designer of the Year:
Tom Ford

Accessory Designer of the Year:
Tory Burch

Swarovski Award for Womenswear:
Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte

Swarovski Award for Menswear:
Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design:
Philip Crangi

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award:
Carolina Herrera

The Board of Director's Special Tribute:
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

International Award:
Dries Van Noten

Eugenia Sheppard Award:
Style.com's Candy Pratts Price

**Image courtesy of Getty Images


Father's Day is coming up and quiet as it's kept I'm totally clueless. First I think, maybe the neat little sets that are in the stores now. Why not? They are smart---those department stores, they know I need help! Maybe I'll go look at some some men's wear, maybe I'll go look in Home Depot or Lowe's, maybe cash, a gas card, as you can see I don't even have half a clue. I'll just keep on shopping until I find that thing that I know is it!

Men's Eau de Toilette

"Today, I believe men think differently about style. They appreciate luxury and simplicity, and want to be comfortable. They strive to be powerful and sexy, which is the philosophy I used to create my first fragrance. Michael is a luxurious scent that will appeal to men, and the women in their lives," explains Michael Kors.The key note, classic patchouli, is reinvented with mysterious touches of suede, smoke, and spices. The oriental fragrance blends:• A fresh, aromatic top note of zesty bergamot and spicy undertones of warm cinnamon, exotic cardamom, and star anise. • A modern middle note built around rich pipe tobacco. This masculine scent is further enriched with notes of supple suede.• The soul of the fragrance, patchouli, lingers in the bottom note. Complemented by dried fruits, such as dark plump plums.

Father's Day Tom Ford for Men Set

A sophisticated scent perfect for the modern man.Set includes:• Tom Ford for Men: A luxurious fragrance that is both elegant and modern. A reflection of the designer himself, it was created to appeal to men who are refined, seductive and sophisticated. By combining traditional elements with modern influences, the sculpted wood fragrance is textural, nuanced and very sensual. 50 milliliters.• Tom Ford for Men Hydrating Shower Gel: This unique high-performance gel-oil formula delivers multiple benefits—the gel lathers and cleansers thoroughly while oil smoothes and traps the body's natural moisture after rinsing. 75 milliliters.Arrives in a black box with gold trim.

Traveler Set

Carry your favorite Clive Christian scents in style with this luxurious traveler set.You'll receive: No. 1 Pure Perfume:Renowned as the world's most expensive perfume, this sophisticated scent combines rare notes of bergamot, lime, ylang ylang, and ambery woods. 0.3-ounce spray. 1872 Pure Perfume:A classic, spicy scent with notes of grapefruit, lime, cyclamen, cedarwood, and patchouli. 0.3-ounce spray. X Pure Perfume:This sexy, woody fragrance combines notes of bergamot, sambac oil, orris, amber, and cedarwood. 0.3-ounce spray. Presented in a decadent black box emblazoned with the signature crown; with tonal satin lining.
They're all available at Nordstrom's, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and other fine retailers everwhere.

"It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, "Always do what you are afraid to do."---Ralph Waldo Emerson

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