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Designer Talk - Zeynep Kartal

Zeynep launched her Zeynep Kartal brand at Effingo Fashion Limited beginning of 2013, following more than twenty years of experience in the fashion industry in a variety of areas including textile, design, production and marketing. The Zeynep Kartal ethos is to give every woman who wears a Zeynep Kartal dress a feeling of stylish sophistication and self-confidence. The Zeynep Kartal aesthetic, creates a distinctive sense of elegance and femininity using the finest fabrics including silk, crepe, lace, leather and stunning hand-made embellishments.

Zeynep specialises in luxurious high-end evening wear and bespoke pieces as well as a “Little Ladies” children’s range and handmade leather outerwear. Her prices range from £400 to £1500 within the seasonal collections. For bespoke requests, prices range from £400 to £3000.

Since October Zeynep Kartal has gathered a strong following and exclusive client base. Celebrity clientele include Kym Lomas, Nikki Sanderson, Gemma Merna, Jorgie Porter and Katya Virshilas. In November, Tess Daly wore the Zeynep Kartal, gold-plated, bespoke belt accessory piece whilst presenting Strictly Come Dancing. Alex Gerrard will also be featured in HELLO! magazine’s January edition, wearing the A/W 2013 ‘Hannah’ dress, and the S/S 2014 ‘Camilla’ dress. Zeynep Kartal will also be showcasing her new A/W 2014 collection during February’s London Fashion Week in February.

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Video of the Week: Asian Street Dancing

On Where Pianos Roam

My "Video of the Week" segment returns with a slight deviation from the norm.  The basic requirement for a video to be featured on this blog is for it to have some kind of piano/keyboard instrument, of any kind, in it. Well, I'm going out on a limb this week as this video relates to a VERY guilty pleasure of mine .  .  . Since I was a teenager many moons ago, I've been a dedicated Madonna fan.  I've been to two of her concerts, and I own just about every album in her catalogue. This week she releases a definitive collection of 36 hit songs that span her entire 26-year career.  It is a collection called "Celebration", and I, for one, will be obtaining my copy this week, along with millions of other fans around the world. When it comes to celebrating pop culture icons, I don't think anyone does it better than the Japanese (or any Asian culture, for that matter, as over a thousand dancers in Thailand just did a choreographed number to "Vogue" last week in the streets of Bangkok). This week's featured video is of an impromptu dance mob that takes over a busy intersection in Tokyo, Japan.  They appear out of nowhere and just start dancing.  In case you are wondering, they are performing to Madonna's two new songs on the collection, "Celebration" and "Revolver". This is pretty freakin' awesome .  .  . [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KS7QN3sODk] Asian Power!  Aww Yeaaah!! -g

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