Elle - Fashion Spotlight: Little Miss Precious

(from Elle)
The spirit of Eloise returns to New York’s Plaza Hotel—with some naughty renditions of fall’s girlishly prim looks.

Photo: Ellen von Unwerth; styled by: Christopher Niquet

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Elle - May 2009

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Harper’s Bazaar - Singapore - April 2009 - Eva Longoria Parker

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Lady Gaga – Just Dance

Gaspar Gloves can be seen in this Lady Gaga music video.


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Christina Aguilera’s Greatest Hits

Christina Aguilera can be seen sporting Gaspar Gloves in her latest Target add and Video.

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FHM - E! Entertainment’s Ashlan Gorse

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Glove Problems

Here’s an article from Men’s Flair shopping guide:

Glove Problems

By Winston Chesterfield
There is no doubt that I prefer the sole trader to the chain. While I am a strong supporter of the much improved stores of the high street, there is a price to pay for the efficiency and economy of the offerings of large chain stores. For one thing, it’s unlikely that you’ll find anything that isn’t designed to appeal to a broad range of chaps; certain shops valiantly seek to sell taste but generally speaking, they’ll sell what they know people will buy. Although this is a central aim of any trade enterprise, large or small, the smaller the trader, the more unusual the wares. The trouble with homogeny is that certain subtleties of manufacture are avoided; the tragedy of off-the-peg or ‘ready to wear’ is that it is often not ready to wear at all. The trousers are cut too long, the jacket
too roomy. Adjustments are often needed to really attain the best value from the economic purchase.

Sadly, there are certain items which cannot be adjusted. Being of an awkward shoe size can be a bother in stores that do not stock half sizes, particularly if the shoes are of one’s taste and budget, but the really disappointing thing about the high street stores, including the large department stores – so grand in reputation and scale – is that I can rarely find a pair of leather gloves that actually fit me. “We’ve got small, medium and large, sir” said the courteous young American girl on a recent visit to a department store. I tried a pair of the small. They were certainly the right size for my palm but my fingers looked like sausages. “They’re not quite what I am looking for – my hands look huge” I said, startled by my reflection in the mirror. The gloves looked more like the sort of thing snowboarders wear; the delicate subtleties of the human hand lost in the mass of leather that engulfed the fingers. “I guess” said the young girl, folding the gloves and placing them back onto the table “most guys don’t really care about that.”

The problem is that only a few stores, none of which were known to any persons I spoke to, actually offered gloves in more of a range than the generic sizes of small, medium and large. My research on the topic led me to discover that many see the sizing of small, medium and large as an alternative to the sizing in inches (6 ½ , 7 etc), the Zavier Jouvin method devised in the 19th century, and not as a homogenization of glove sizing. However, despite the fact that Dents gloves are made in good quality leather, in a variety of colours, when I wear them I look ridiculous. Having experimented with ladies gloves, I now know that the problem lies with the particular style of gloves available to men. Women’s gloves reflect the daintier appearance of the hands that wear them; they are too small for my hands as the fingers are far too short, restricting my hand movement, but the way the leather is finished on the fingers is far more elegant. There is a delicacy lacking on most of the glove models available to men; they seem not to be made for fingers but tree stumps.

I discovered an interesting website, Gaspar Gloves which offered, from what I could see, more elegant dress gloves for gentlemen. Priced at $85, Gaspar are quite proud of their strong connection with Hollywood; on their home page, Angelina Jolie is pictured in fine leather period-style gloves, clutching a receiver in her latest film ‘Changeling.’ Gaspar is certainly the sort of trader I warm to but I dream of such availability in the real world, and not merely the virtual. I am unwilling to purchase gloves without first trying them on. I imagine walking into an independent glove shop just off Regent Street; a huge range of materials and colours, racks and racks of sizes on oak shelving, a crackling fire and a Sinatra soundtrack. “Formal black gloves for the evening, and would sir like some chestnut driving gloves for the country?” Sadly, such a shop remains a dream. I think I was born in the wrong century.

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W Magazine – January 2009

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“Dorothy Gaspar’s Glove Designs Pack Star Power” – Los Angeles Times

From LA Times Article:

"Dorothy Gaspar's glove designs pack star power"

by Monica Corcoran

Dorothy Gaspar does not make gloves for meek women. Her long, sinuous leather creations -- imagine Louboutin stilettos for your hands -- are better suited for martini-swilling minxes who smirk through apologies. Same goes for the chic two-tone driving gloves that come in flashy sports-car colors and snap efficiently at the wrist. Even folded over in repose, like sleeping swans, Gaspar's gloves are ready for their close-up.

And no doubt, you've seen a couple of her designs on the big screen: the chic cocoa-colored gloves Angelina Jolie wore as she wrung her hands in "The Changeling," or the red suede scallop-edged gloves fancied by Renée Zellweger in " Leatherheads." Gaspar also designed gloves for "Titanic," " Batman Returns" and "Charlie's Angels."

Typically, she sits down with a film's costume designer early on to go over sketches and determine which glove design will complete a character's style.

"These are the ones I made for Eva Mendes for ' The Spirit.' They are very dramatic and have a 1940s look," says Gaspar, in her soft, lilting Hungarian accent as she gives a tour of the downstairs workshop in her Mount Washington home. She points at a pair of elbow-length black leather gloves with tapered fingers and topstitching that are as sleek as a panther.

Unlike her gloves, Gaspar, 44, is subdued -- much as you might expect from someone who can spend up to two days hand-cutting and piqué-stitching one pair from swaths of Italian kid leather. Bolts of satin and lamé, spools of candy-hued thread and hand-shaped irons (for pressing stitched gloves) clutter her modest work space. There are no flashy ergonomic chairs or modern desks. Her industrial Juki sewing machine looks sturdy but weary. "Those die cutters are over 100 years old," she says proudly of a cubby crammed with cookie cutter-like tools. "They have always been in my family."

Her grandfather founded Gaspar Gloves in Budapest in 1890. Her father carried on the tradition. With nine older siblings who spurned the family business, Gaspar had little say in her destiny. "I was the 10th child, and they made me learn it," she says with a good-natured shrug. In 1985, she followed her beau -- now husband -- to L.A. and soon found work sewing at Gloves by Hammer of Hollywood on Melrose Avenue. A few years later, Hammer when closed, she struck out on her own and started working with movie studios.

In addition to supplying Madonna with purple fingerless driving gloves for her current tour, Gaspar has a thriving off-screen following. "My clients either wear them for fun or wear them to church," she says of the designs, which range from $75 for driving gloves to $185 for elbow-length custom styles; gloves that extend all the way to the shoulder run to $275. Hands are traced to determine size. "I have a few fans who have 30 pairs of my gloves. They always say, 'This is my last pair.' "

It helps that gloves are currently having a moment, as they like to say. Marni showed long white gloves with cropped jackets on the runway for fall 2008. Diane von Furstenberg paired scrunched chocolate gloves with a belted duster, and Dsquared sexed up a ruched red sheath with elbow-length black leather gloves. (Gaspar has created gloves for designer Bob Mackie's over-the-top looks.)

"I'm always trying to come up with new, edgy designs," she says, gesturing to a cheeky gray and purple pair that lace up the middle like a corset. Equally unique are the long moss green ones adorned with more than a dozen leather-covered buttons. "I add buckles or zippers or try putting together new colors."

Never underestimate the allure of a swath of black, though. Late last month, Beyoncé performed live in Rockefeller Center for the "Today" show and a fan snatched one of her elbow-length black leather gloves right off her hand. She carried on her performance wearing just one, and the effect was almost as frisky as Rita Hay worth's famous glove striptease in 1946's "Gilda."

If they're considering a remake, Gaspar has the perfect gloves.
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Gaspar Gloves at LA Fashion Week

Originally posted by Erin at
Sun October 21st, 2008

“With Samora’s collection the catwalk and hall looked like a sunny day in Paris atLos Angeles Fashion

The backdrop decorated with picture of the Eiffel tower and a bicycle on the runway that really did make you feel like you were in Paris!

Samora’s spring 2009 line was heavily influenced by la vie francaise. High-waisted skirts and short jumpers, day dresses, and plenty of flounces and ruffles were pretty and ladylike, and organza overcoats channeled Audrey Hepburn.

The row also included white trousers and blouses, with some rumpled in black and paired up with a layered mint green skirt that looked admirable together, and sheer robes.

Favorites included a white dress with pockets that had a sheer rectangle over the chest making it not your customary bridle, and a floral dress that had ruffles and a v neck hemline as well as a bow that parceled around and cinched the waist.  Stylish was the flawless word for her gorgeous and stunning line.

There were lots of ruffles, ruffles, ruffles! Samora was all about the ruffles for Spring 2009.Gowns were in ruffles from necklines, to hemlines that gave each part a flirty feel to it, making it perfect. The floral decorations were a bit matronly.  Lengths of dresses ranged from short such as an charming pinstriped dress that was ornamented with white lace, as well as a long, full of size princess mango dress-perfect for any occasion, but this pink corset dress was out of place.

Some were sleeveless, bridle, and thongly.

Pinstripe and brilliant colors were the theme of the show. Palettes included mint green, black, mango, and shades of pink.

Patterns were remarkable floral prints that brought you right to
spring and painted everything in flowery colors.

Gloves are one of the main accessories presented in the collection. They’re one of the hottest trends, and Samora presented her own idea of fab gloves for spring 2009.

Half-gloves are made of leather, not covering the hand in full.

Gloves were predominantly of black, white and black-and white color, looking beautiful and unique.

We’re looking forward seeing this collection in stores worldwide.”

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