A Dream Crafter. Behind Chinese Haute Couture.

The word Haute Couture comes from the French. Haute means high-end, Couture refers to sewing, embroidery and other crafts.

In 1858, French fashion designer Charles Frederick Worth opened the world’s first haute couture store in Paris, setting a very specific image and standard for it and the story of Haute Couture began. 

Haute Contour studios design made-to-order clothes for private clients, with more than one fitting.From Gucci to Alexander McQueen, embroidery to opulent gold frocks, Chinese Haute Couture is comprised of avant-garde garments that are steeped in Chinese symbolism and expertly illuminate traditional handicraft techniques.

 

Today, as the industry’s never stops to surprise us with billion digitals about sales and its international growth, fashion becomes more and more commercial. Haute Couture, is the perfect imagination and throw-back for the golden times, when clothes were made to be arts and shape ones behaviour. 

From design to production, the process of ritual sensation, the unique and intimate experience of the noble, Haute Couture is undoubtedly the ultimate dream of every single woman. As the fashion world keeps growing impetuously, the spirit of Haute Couture becomes even more precious.

In our Toronto, there is an haute couture workshop that inherits this mysterious craft. Shanghai Liyang is a privately ordered workshop, mainly engaged in high-end private tailored suits, shirts, Tang suits, cheongsams, dresses, and the sale of some accessories (ties, silk scarves and fabrics).

Song’s commitment to honouring and revitalizing forgotten Chinese craft practices is reflected in the intricate embroidery of her work, as well as in her label and atelier, Shanghai Liyang Studio.  

Today, with the common interest of arts and fashion, StreetChic was lucky enough to  be invited to have a sit-down interview with Ms. Song.  

Song’s definition of fashion in the interview explained the reason why the high-end handicraft workshop lasted for a long time in the history. Fashion is the art of excellence, not just the goods that are quickly consumed.

Song herself grew up during the Cultural Revolution, when only drab, shapeless Mao suits were acceptable attire. A revival of fashion and art was needed for a long long time. 

Song ’s come to symbolize a new China—and the way non-Europeans and non-Americans are finally becoming forces in international fashion.

To be sure, Song’s designs have drawn on Chinese culture in blazers, suits or Qi Pao, not just in the embroidery and fabrics, but in their motifs. Looking at her design, the fabric and cutting are obviously premium and high-end.  

The color is as beautiful as the sunset, and the texture is soft as the moonlight.

She uses premium fabrics for her design, such as silk and wool. These fabrics not only look much more superior on body, but also produced with nature ingredients which allow them to be so comfortable against the body and to remain an extremely long lasting quality. 

Song has the eyes of observation to spot customers’ needs and likings within a few moments of casual chatting. She also has the hands of artists to work with these delicate fabrics and quickly turn them into pieces and pieces of art.  

Song believes, with good fabric and design, clothing can also become a treasure to hand over to the next generations.

Shanghai Liyang Studio can easily find the connection between Haute Couture and each customer, noble or elegant, delicate or bold, all by you.

Brazilian Blowout Queen of Toronto

Brazilian Blowouts are blowing up in Toronto

Brazilian Blowout is a semi-permanent hair smoothing treatment which caters to all hair types as it’s customizable.  Method done by temporarily sealing a amino acids to protect the hair from frizz. This is done to make frizzy hair look and feel soft, shiny and no frizz. The treatment starts at $200 and up depending on hair types and lasts three months or longer when using their aftercare products.

 

Frizz is frizz it does not discriminate. Men also have it done.

Brazilian-style treatments’ and Keratin smoothing treatments’ are sweeping salons. They react with hair’s cuticles to make its outer layer lie flat but not damaging the bonds of the hair. ‘The strands becomes stronger and straighter,’ explains California chemist Doug Schoon, who consults to the beauty industry. The treatment takes one to three hours, and lasts three months. (This is different from the Japanese thermal straightening treatment, essentially a perm, which takes a whole day in the salon and removes all the bonds of the hair which means it will not hold a curl.)

How do they work?
With the Brazilian, a technician in rubber gloves coats each hair with a smoothing  solution, *. Brazilian super nutrient complexe.  *.  about a quarter-inch away from the scalp. Hair is blow-dried again, and a flat-iron is passed over it. You can wash and style the hair anytime afterwards there is no downtime with the Brazilian Blowout solution.  Prices can range from $300 to $500, depending on the salon and how long your hair.

Concerned about fumes,  The Brazilian blowout has no formaldehyde and no relaxers,  it is amino acid-based. ‘My Google search found it contains no formaldehyde. Rachelle White Wind has even gone above and beyond and had to live blood analysis test done which proves there was no chemical in her bloodstream after doing Brazilian blowouts for 10 years full-time.  All air quality test results are posted on her website www.bbto.ca proving there is no harsh chemicals.

Schoon, though, argues formaldehyde is a gas, and that a gas can’t be an ingredient in a product. (Formaldehyde is a by-product of heat; the flat-iron on the solution releases tiny traces into the air. Health Canada’s warning, however, encompasses all forms of formaldehyde, and says elevated levels in any form pose a risk.) Generally, says Schoon, Brazilian-style smoothing treatments contain formalin’the fixative solution formed when formaldehyde is mixed with water and methylene glycol. ‘And the International Nomenclature of Cosmetics Dictionary recognizes formalin by the name methylene glycol,’ he told me. While Schoon concurs that sensitive individuals may experience short-term symptoms such as irritated eyes or skin, headaches or difficulty breathing, he opines: ‘These suggest that salons should improve their ventilation.’

What about treatments that claim not to contain these ingredients’such as Keratin Complex? Roberto Barbosa, owner of Toronto’s Salon Escape, which provides the service, says, ‘It contains timonacic acid, which, when heated above 450°F, breaks down into miniscule amounts of bonded formaldehyde. But our flat-irons don’t even go to 450°.’ (For the record, this product is banned in Australia and parts of Europe.)

The future of Brazilian hair treatments
These treatments obviously work well on hair that needs taming, and many women are loving the results. Says Darren Praznik, head of the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association: ‘There’s still a scientific discussion going on. We appreciate Health Canada’s engagement in this and that it’s an independent reviewer mindful of risk factors. They’re the final arbiter.’

Says Gary Holub, Health Canada’s media relations officer, regulatory communications: ‘We are continuing to follow up on incident reports related to other Brazilian- style hair treatment products.’

Until more brands are tested and the results released, this is all’pardon the pun’a little tough to straighten out. Meantime, if you’re reluctant to take the plunge and get one of these treatments, you can at least take some comfort in knowing that waves and curls are a big trend this season and Brazilian Blowout Toronto is the place to go.

Rachelle is a super-skilled make-up artist and esthician that has decided to

What is the difference between a Brazilian Blowout and a Keratin Treatment?

The hair-straightening effect of a Brazilian blowout typically lasts about three months where a keratin treatment typically lasts three to five months. This all depends on how often you shampoo and the natural texture of your hair. Rachelle suggests only washing the hair once or twice a week after getting one of these treatments and using sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners when you do.

In fact, one of his favorite tricks to make these treatments last longer is to simply wet the hair in the shower, rather than washing it with shampoo, and applying only conditioner most of the time.

What should I know about the application?
The time between when you get the treatment and when you can first wash your hair afterward depends on the brand your stylist uses. Each company has slightly different specifications for its products. The same goes for the the application and the amount of time the service takes, but generally it includes washing the hair, applying the formula and blow drying it straight and then using a flat iron to seal it in if necessary.

Top 5 Most Popular Fashion Trends of 2018 Spring and Summer

Being fashionable and in-style doesn’t always mean filling up your closet and emptying your wallet. A good taste gives you a good style with existing pieces from your closet.

Especially in 2018, when vintage and throwing back style is on fire in the fashion world. Today, let Street Chic leads you to explore into the top 5 vintage styles that make you look so chic and in-trend in 2018. These 5 trends are significantly celebrated by the top designers in their newest fashion releases.

1. Check Pattern
Plaids are not new to every fashion bloggers’ mast-have lists. It’s classic, sophisticated, and have been back in trend since 2017. It returns to the spotlight every few years, so definitely keep these items in your wardrobe.

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This year, designers put tons of simple and bright plaids in their fashion shows. Well, who to blame? It does give a fresh and refined look to people and it’s so easy to style with. Just throw on a pair of jeans or black tights. You got the look!

 

2. See Through

There are countless ways to the see-through style this year: chiffon, mesh, lace,

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etc. They all come in different colours and styles. What’s your favourite?

Something new is to be noted, if you are interested. Designers also took PVC to the ‘party’, which happened to become one of the most popular elements of this year. Have you seen them?

3. Bold Shorts
So… Shorts are cool this summer all of a sudden: Louis Vuitton put silk shorts on its show openers; Balmain combined plaids with shorts, and Versace creatively used pink. I mean… who could’ve thought of that!?

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