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Interview with The Honorable Deputy Prime Minister of The Government of Kosovo, Mimoza Kusari-Lila – 2011

Mimoza Kusari-Lila was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Trade and Industry on February 23, 2011. In her capacity as Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Trade and Industry, she is responsible for coordinating crucial economic reforms envisioned on Government of Kosovo’s Economic Vision Goals 2011-2014 as well as directing the formulation of policies related to the development of trade and industry.

Before becoming the Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Trade and Industry, Mrs. Kusari – Lila run for office for the mayor of Gjakova in the elections of 2009, a highly contested municipal elections which result was challenged up to the Constitutional Court of Kosovo.

A year after, in the extra ordinary election of December 2010, Mrs. Kusari – Lila was the most voted female politician in Kosovo.

Howard Stringer, Chairman of Sony Interview – 2012

Sir Howard Stringer (born February 19, 1942) is a British-born American businessman. He is the Chairman of the Board and former president and CEO of Sony Corporation.

Stringer began work at Sony in May 1997 as president of its US operational unit (Sony Corporation of America). He was made a Sony group executive officer in May 1998.

Since June 2005, he had been chairman and CEO of Sony overseeing the entire businesses of Sony, including its media and electronics subsidiaries such as the Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Financial Holdings. On April 1, 2009, he became president of Sony Corporation and ousted Ryoji Chubachi in what was seen as prelude to broader corporate restructuring. Stringer also serves as executive chairman and chief executive officer of Sony Corporation of America. He has been president of Sony Broadband Entertainment Corporation since March 2000.

Howard Schultz, Chairman President and CEO, of Starbucks Speech at the 102nd NRF Conference – 2013

It all started with a cup of coffee.

Howard Schultz, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Starbucks Coffee Company, first walked into Starbucks in Seattle’s Pike Place Market in 1981. Howard was drawn into conversation with these connoisseurs who took great care in not only finding and roasting the highest quality coffee, but also sharing their passion with others. Drawn to Seattle and its extraordinary coffee culture, Howard moved from his native New York and joined Starbucks in 1982 as director of operations and marketing when Starbucks had four stores.

In 1983, Howard traveled to Italy and was captivated by Italian coffee bars and the romance of the coffee experience. He had a vision to bring the Italian coffeehouse tradition back to Seattle, creating a third place between work and home. In order to pursue this dream, Howard left Starbucks to start his own coffee company called Il Giornale and returned in August 1987 to purchase Starbucks with the help of local investors. Howard went on to create two landmark programs for Starbucks partners (employees): comprehensive health coverage for part-time partners and equity in the company in the form of stock options.

From that foundation, Starbucks has grown to more than 16,000 stores in neighborhoods around the world. What remains the same from that first cup of coffee: a connection, a conversation, and a sense of community.

Designer Walid Attallah Fashion Event – New York, 2010

The international designer Walid Attallah was born under the skies of Lebanon. Inspired by the magnificence of fashion, he graduated from the University of Chicago in fashion design.

Walid Attallah started off his international journey after a couple of outstanding fashion shows in the city of Dubai, which were inaugurated by super stars. Soon after, he started his immaculate shows in Europe and Asia where he was awarded for his astonishing achievements. Being the fashion guru that he is, Walid Attalah did not settle for the norm, he created prêt-a-porter collection and was the first one to add diamonds to his collections.

Years after working with super stars and receiving international awards from royalties and dignitaries, Walid Attallah is surfing the world and adding his charm of every living women in the globe!

Boy Meets Girl by Stacy Igel Fashion Show – New York, 2012

Destined to be a fashion designer, four-year-old Stacy Igel outfitted her classmates and staged fashion shows in her pre-K classroom. After cutting her teeth with iconic mega-brands and personalities such as Izod, Elie Tahari, Zandra Rhodes and Elsa Klensch, Stacy Igel founded Boy Meets Girl®, an edgy yet wearable, stylish yet casually classic young contemporary brand.

Boy Meets Girl has been featured in publications like InStyle, Teen Vogue, Lucky, People, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, WWD and the New York Times. The brand has been appeared on the racks of countless specialty and department stores worldwide including Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Saks and Fred Segal. You’ve probably seen the brand on shows like Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, Beverly Hills 90210 and New Girl, and on high-profile fashionistas like Eva Mendes, Rachel Bilson, Taylor Momsen, Anne Hathaway, Nina Dobrev, Rosario Dawson and Kristen Bell. The brand is the official staff uniform for the exclusive members-only club, The SoHo House.

Igel is currently Boy Meets Girl’s Creative Director. She is also the producer and host of Behind the Seams with Stacy Igel on Lockerz.com, where she is the site’s Chief Fashion Editor and Stylist. Igel has received several design awards and honors, and is a frequent lecturer and panelist on subjects including social media, branding and entrepreneurship in fashion. Igel has personally shopped and styled for celebrity clientele around the world and she continues to mentor young designers and advocate for charitable causes. She has teamed up with Bloomingdales and teen celebrity Sammi Hanratty to fight bullying in schools and has collaborated with Urban Outfitters and the Young Survival Coalition to fight breast cancer.
World Liberty TV was on hand to cover The Boy Meets Girl Fashion Show with live performances by Wyclef Jean, Grammy Award Winning Artist, as well as upcoming artists Cris Cab and Jarina De Marco.

Global Han Couture Designs From China – 2011

Many contemporary fashion designs incorporate such timeless Chinese elements as dragons, calligraphy, and Buddhas. But what can this rich and ancient culture offer in addition to those exotic elements? Can traditional oriental culture bring a new spirit to modern fashion?

China is comprised of many different ethnicities, but Han culture has been the most prevalent since ancient times. Han Couture consists of the clothing worn by ethnic Hans, as well as those whom they inspired, from thousands of years ago up until the end of the Ming Dynasty in the 17th century. The defining characteristics of Han Couture are its unique collars and lapels; wide, flowing sleeves; and the use of a sash in place of buttons. The look is refined, reserved, and noble, rendered in the finest fabrics, often with exquisite embroidered details and other embellishments.

Clothing and accessories of Han Couture are inseparable from the semi-divine culture of China. The Buddhist and Daoist belief in maintaining harmony between Heaven and mankind was reflected in every aspect of society including clothing and style. Han Couture reached its peak in the Tang, Song and Ming Dynasties, with Chinese culture absorbing aspects from other regions and with different countries being highly influenced by Chinese culture. For example, today’s Japanese kimono and Korean hanbok still retain features of Tang Dynasty dress.

Marisu Miranda, Couture Designs from Spain – 2012

Marisu Miranda graduated with a BFA in Fashion Stylizing and Design from Barcelona, Spain. Coming from a highly creative family in the apparel industry, she opened her own business in Barcelona before moving to New York where she was head designer for companies such as Bugle Boy, Gitano, Network Ind., and others.

Marisu has taught Fashion Design at the International Academy of Design & Technology, Tampa, Florida, and conducts Fashion and Styling workshops out of her studio, Marisu Miranda Moda, in Tampa. She participates in the Orlando Fashion and Beauty Show and the Orlando Expo, and her designs have been featured in international fashion newspapers and magazines.

Marisu Miranda’s fashion designs have been nominated and won several international competitions.

Marisu also features her own haute line of Abaya and Kaftan. All are of original design made from only the finest fabrics from around the world.

Barge Ramos Couture Designs from The Philippines – 2012

Filipino fashion designer Barge Ramos recently held a fashion show at the posh Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York as part of the New York Couture Fashion Week.

The fashion show, billed “Island Treasures at the Waldorf,” also featured the creations of up-and-coming San Francisco-based Filipino designer Joseph Domingo.

Ramos presented unique and colorful pieces featuring traditional Filipino styles with a twist, using Philippine natural weaves such as the abel Iloco, the tepiña of Puerto Princesa, Palawan and the famous ikat weave popularized by Narda Capuyan, who was also at the event.

The jewelry and accessories creations of Arnel Papa were likewise featured as an integral part of Ramos’s collection.

Domingo, on the other hand, presented his latest collection combining cleanly executed semi-formal wear mixed with evening pieces also with Filipiniana elements.

The fashion show was preceded by a performance of a Philippine tribal dance from the Cordillera region.

Catalin Botezatu, Romanian Couture Designs – 2012

Mr. Botezatu’s latest couture collection is entitled “Tsarina” and is inspired by the elegance of Russian tsardom. The ensembles will be presented in a dramatic runway show directed by the designer. The stunning collection took two months to create, and the show takes over eight hours to prepare. The designs feature hand embroidery, heavy rich fabrics, and fine brocades as well as touches of mink and chinchilla, reminiscent of the opulence and exclusivity of the Russian imperial era. Sequins – applied using the latest technology – leather, feathers and Swarovski crystals add dimension to the designs. The color palette of red, gold, silver, black, grey and green is the foundation for these distinctive Botezatu creations.

The hair styling for the show will be done by the Laurent Tourette team following the latest trends from Paris haute couture, and makeup will be done by the Mirela Vescan team.

Catalin Botezatu’s distinctive couture collections have been presented worldwide and have been recognized with many international awards. He has been named “Designer of the Year” six years in a row by VIP Magazine (Romania), and has twice been presented with the “Award for Excellence in Fashion” by Fashion TV Romania, in addition to numerous other fashion awards around the world.

A prolific and energetic fashion icon, Catalin Botezatu has done runway shows all over the globe including Rome, Athens, Monte Carlo, St. Tropez, Cannes, Moscow, Turkey, Budapest, Ibiza, Malta, Sun City (South Africa), Windock (Namibia), as well as New York, and his fashion accomplishments have been featured in prominent publications and media worldwide, including Der Stern, Book Moda, Vogue U.K., Financial Times, EuroNews, Deutsche Welle, VIP Moda, Modastyle International, World Fashion TV, and Italian television networks RAI, TG3 and Italia Piu. Most of his fashion shows are broadcast by Fashion TV. He is also a famous television personality in his native Romania, appearing on The Bachelor and as host of Romania’s Next Top Model.

Fashion Night Review – 2011

New York Fashion Week has come and gone. We survived! Fashion month is over, and that means we’re hunting for trends. Remember New York fashion week, way back when? Brocade was everywhere.

Legendary designer Byron Lars took a trip downtown to the Native American museum to find inspiration for his latest collection aptly titled, ‘Native Americana.’ The resulting presentation mixed classic American silhouettes with indigenous elements like multicolored bead necklaces, feather flecked hats, and tribal eye makeup.

For Fall 2011 dress aficionado Nicole Miller took a departure from her usual fair with menswear inspired elements like black techno jersey trousers and digital print lightweight wool coats. Wide legged and slim cut pants were fashioned in gray scale with flashes of cranberry and cerulean blue; dresses were revamped with geometric details in pale blue and white.

Nedret Taciroglu Turkish Fashion Designs 2011

The inspiration for her Nedret Taciroglu’s latest collection is the highly esteemed and important “Sultans’ Signatures.” The Sultans’ Signatures were not created by the Sultans themselves, but by calligraphers during the Ottoman Empire. Each one is distinctive and reflects the ruler’s power through intricate designs featuring both letters and patterns. In order to introduce the Sultans’ Signatures to the world, Mrs. Taciroglu blended history with modernism over a period of five months to produce a 30-piece collection. She used the signatures of Mehmet the Conqueror and Suleyman the Magnificent, among others. The designs also feature Swarovski crystals, chiffon and draping as well as the use of red and beige emphasizing the glory of the Ottomans.

Ms. Taciroglu’s creations are reminiscent of clothes worn during the Ottoman Empire, which lasted for 600 years and acted as an important geographical, cultural, political and social bridge between the East and the West. Her collections reflect the historical heritage left by the Ottoman Empire to modern day Turkey.

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