Happy Easter – Gucci Collection Inspired by Ukrainian Pysanka Art

March 21, 2013 under Art

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To all my friends who celebrate Easter, you may find it entertaining that in 2008 Gucci decided to run a series of pysanka-inspired designs.  Pysanka is the art of Ukrainian Easter egg decoration.  It’s quite a procedure!

With some precision wax application and alternating colouring solutions one can achieve incredibly detailed designs.  One time, a very long time ago, when I was a teen, I had the experience of making such a decorative egg at an ethnic event.

By the way, for those of you who are interested in recycling pantyhose, it is used to dye Easter eggs.  Pantyhose fabric plays the role of a casing that presses leaves or designs against the egg and thus leaving that shape uncoloured.

I am asking Julia from Ukraine to do a hosiery-inspired pysanka design for this blog.  Will she do it?  Your encouragement is greatly appreciated in both verbal and financial form.

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Doutzen Kroes – Victoria’s Secret Angel

October 7, 2012 under Famous

Doutzen Kroes is one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels of Dutch descent.  She modeled for high end brands including Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Versace, and Tiffany & Co… the list goes on and I won’t bore you with it.

Born in the town of Eastermar, Netherlands in 1985, she signed up with an agency at 18 and quickly was told to lose weight.  She just wasn’t skinny enough for "sample size".  Instead of losing weight, she decided to do modeling that would embrace her curvy figure.

By Forbes magazine, she is now one of the top earning models with an estimated income of $6 million.  Not bad for a model who was told that she is too fat.

In 2010 Doutzen Kroes participated in a "Beauty of Health" discussion on the impact of sample size, 34’’-24’’-24’’dimensions that were expected of her at the height of 1.78 m.