"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.
“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.”
Conservatively Liberal Voom
by Joy Han Fashion Show
Designer Joy Han Presents Her Spring 2009 Collection Downtown Los Angeles
On October 18th, celebrated designer Joy Han will be presenting her Spring 2009 Collection entitled “Conservatively Liberal”, in Downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District. Voom by Joy Han is thumbs down the go to collection for young A-list Hollywood as well as magazine editors. Eva Longoria-Parker, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Jessica Alba and Katherine Heigl are all fans of Voom.
In Style, Vogue, Lucky, Elle, Audrey, Gisele and In Touch are huge editorial fans of the line. After taking last season off from doing a runway presentation, Han in back with a slightly new direction just in time for the current political climate. “This season look for more structure”, says Han. “The Voom girl has grown up a bit, and she is looking to the late 60’s for her inspirations, Jackie O to Janis Joplin.” “The Voom customer has many layers these days from conservative to liberal and that’s what I’m representing on the runway this season”, says Han.
Han always leaves the media clamoring with interest and her audience buzzing in speculation on what to look for next in fashion. This season Han collaborates with Velvet Angels shoes, Gaspar Gloves & Beijo Handbags, in helping to define her “New Look” for the season. Each model will be looking marvelous with the help of the innovative and sophisticated makeup line Temptu Cosmetics, as they hit the runway. Wilde Aide & White Sands will be the official hair-care providers for the Voom model’s tresses.
Celebrity DJ Mark Da Spot will be spinning the sounds for Han’s runway presentation and other sponsors for Han’s event include Glitterati Magazine, The Margarita King & Denmark’s Edler Flower Natural Beverage.
VOOM by Joy Han will show on Saturday October 18th at 6:30pm, check in time at 6:00 pm.