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Famous Sports Stars Who Have Created Their Own Fashion Lines

Michael Jordan Air Jordans fashion lines sports starsMany of the world’s most famous athletes also love the world of fashion. This is why you will see a variety of fashion lines that are owned or designed by top sports stars.

The following are some of the players who have created their own clothing lines and made a success of it.

LeBron James

This NBA player joined forces with Nike in a deal that has been massively successful for both parties. It was reported that sales of the LeBron James sneakers brought in $400 million in revenue in 2015. This level of sales led to him signing a lifetime deal with Nike later on in the same year.

Some reports suggest that the Los Angeles Lakers forward could earn as much as $1 billion from the deal.  When he first turned pro, a bidding war between Nike and their main rivals meant that he was able to get around $90 million on his first deal. Since then, James has produced hugely successful activewear and sneakers with the brand.

Serena Williams

Possibly the greatest tennis player in recent history, Williams has won 23 Grand Slam titles and was ranked as the world number one for a total of 319 weeks. Given the incredible success of her sporting career, it is no surprise to see that she has signed numerous endorsement deals over the years.

In terms of the fashion world, Williams has launched a number of lines, including Aneres and Serena. Most recently, the S by Serena collection is a sustainable clothing line that features a wide range of sizes and that has been inspired by 90s street wear.

Russell Westbrook

Another NBA player who clearly has an eye for fashion, Westbrook has had a hugely successful career in sport. He is a nine-time NBA All-Star and the most valuable player for the 2016-17 season who is well-known to BetAmerica.com basketball betting fans for his triple-doubles. He loves fashion too, and has signed up for many clothing endorsements.

The Houston Rockets point guard has a lucrative deal with the Jordan Brand, but also works with Kings & Jax Boxer Briefs. In addition, Westbrook is a Marketing Creative Director with the denim brand True Religion. Perhaps his most significant move was the creation of the Westbrook XO Barneys’ collection that was launched in Paris.

Roger Federer

This Swiss tennis player has won 20 Grand Slam titles during an extraordinary career, an impressive haul that no other male player has ever reached in the history of the sport. A huge array of endorsements also make him one of the best-paid athletes on the planet, with many of the deals focusing on his elegant, stylish image.

His most eye-catching fashion tie-in is the one he signed with UNIQLO. His New York 2019 collection for this brand contained a selection of varied sportswear such as shorts, caps, and t-shirts. It was reported that he will earn $300 million over 10 years from this deal.

Cristiano Ronaldo

One of the most famous soccer stars on the planet, Cristiano Ronaldo launched his CR7 brand of clothing in 2006, in his hometown of Funchal (Madeira, Portugal). The business grew and two years later he was opening another store in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. In 2013, the athlete partnered with New York fashion designer Richard Chai, launching a line of socks and underwear.

The Portuguese 5-time Champions League winner has expanded the brand to the design of shirts and footwear. In 2015, he also launched a fragrance called “Legacy”. This is just one of the many investments Ronaldo made during his career, as he also co-founded a chain of hotels with the company Pestana, present in Funchal and Lisbon. The CR7 Pestana hotels have plans to expand to Madrid this year.

Michel Jordan

Jordan became the very first NBA billionaire a few years ago, as the cash he rakes in from multiple endorsements has dwarfed the amount that he earned from playing contracts. Now retired from the game, he is widely considered to be the best basketball player the world has ever seen.

Of course, Air Jordan was one of the first and best-known fashion brands based on a sports star. These sneakers were launched in 1994 and are still hugely popular. Indeed, the success was so great that Nike decided to make the Jordan Brand, with several other top athletes signing up to it.

5 Poker Pros Who Could Easily Be Mistaken for Runway Models

5 Poker Pros Who Could Easily Be Mistaken for Runway ModelsSeeing past their poker faces, you may never have even guessed that some of the best women in the game are also the most striking in several other aspects. They’re definitely more than just their looks; if anything, this is but an asset supplementing their skills. While they’re often compared to runway models, they are also role models for anyone looking to make it in this competitive field. Who says that poker is a man’s game? These women bring much-needed class, flair, glamour, and more to the table, setting the bar (and stakes) high for anyone –– regardless of gender.

Liv Boeree via Instagram

Liv Boeree

On a visit to the US World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Kent native Liv Boeree was enthralled by the game and determined to be as skilled as her poker heroes. Her interest in poker came after she graduated from theUniversityof Manchester with first-class honors with an astrophysics degree, which helps her play with logic and a methodical strategy. Nicknamed ‘Iron Maiden,’ she wears many other hats as a television presenter and model and is currently the only woman to hold championship titles in both the European Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker. While these were important personal feats, Boeree says that she’s happy to be representing women who are either underrepresented or often patronized in the game.

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Vanessa Rousso

Known as ‘Lady Maverick,’ Vanessa Rousso has 17 World Series of Poker money finishes, two final tables at the World Poker Tour, among many other poker-related achievements like shutting down obnoxious competitor Tony G on live television. She was a Dean’s lister at DukeUniversitywhere she took up game theory and took an interest in other critical thinking hobbies like chess and Rubik’s cubes. This introduced her to poker, as she was likewise drawn to the psychology behind the game. She finished her degree in economics and political science in a record-breaking 2.5 years. She continued to break even more records, pursuing poker and further studies in law at theUniversityof Miami School of Law where she graduated magna cum laude. While she was rated as one of the sexiest poker players in the world by both Bleacher Report and Maxim, she’s also taught poker to some of Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women.

Melanie Weisner via Instagram

Melanie Weisner

Aside from being a beautiful face and a fierce competitor, Melanie Weisner also has one of the most active and thriving Twitter accounts among poker pros. The businesswoman-slash-poker strategy coach regularly engages with her fans, which isn’t surprising at all considering how the game as a whole is now more socially-driven. One look at the PPPoker Twitter hashtag and you can see that players from the US, Mexico, and even Japan, tweet about topics ranging from upcoming major events, high stakes online tournaments, and expert strategies. It appears that Weisner has noted these strategies, together with her stint as a heads-up Sit & Go specialist for most of her online poker career, and all of which have likely attributed to her online success.

Fatima Moreira de Melo via Instagram

Fatima Moreira de Melo

At 41, Fatima Moreira de Melo has accomplished more than anyone could ever hope to in their lifetime. As a member of the Dutch National Field Hockey Team, de Melo is an Olympic medalist with bronze, silver, and gold medals under her belt. In between snagging these accolades, she graduated with a Master’s degree in law while also maintaining her status as a well-renowned Dutch television personality, model, singer, and winner of the Dutch version of the reality show Survivor. Now, she adds ‘professional poker player’ to her long list of credentials, as a member of Team PokerStars: Sportstars. She once even said that she leveraged her “petiteness” as a bluff in the game especially when her opponents dismissed her as just a little girl. She’s an outspoken advocate of the global organization Right to Play, which empowers vulnerable young children through sports.

Maria Ho via Instagram

Maria Ho

Chinese poker maven Maria Ho is one of the highest-ranking female poker players in the world and has been inducted into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame. When she graduated from UCSD with a major in communications and minor in law, Ho had also graduated from playing low limits cash games to those with higher stakes. This granted her the confidence to pursue poker as a full-timecareerand she now has upwards of $2.9 million in live poker tournament earnings. She is noted as the only one to have ever made it to the World Series of Poker Main Event Last Woman Standing on four separate occasions. She’s also the first woman to have been made a strategic commentator on a poker TV broadcast team. Her endearing and bubbly personality has made her relatable with many fans.

Previously, ‘7 Wardrobe Essentials Every Fashionable Woman Should Own’ featured a number of staples every woman should own to make them look and feel their best, for any important occasion. Power dressing may even catapult you into performing your very best, similar to the way these women have. But ultimately, what goes without mentioning is that the best trick up your sleeve and the best thing to wear is unbridled confidence.

Do Trinh Hoai Nam Returns to Couture Fashion Week with Magical Collection

Do Trinh Hoai Nam fashion show Couture Fashion Week New YorkAward-winning celebrity fashion designer, Do Trinh Hoai Nam, will present his latest collection entitled “S Vietnam” at Couture Fashion Week New York’s 30th season. Marking the designer’s second appearance at the prestigious event, the highly-anticipated fashion show will be held on the opening day, at 8 pm on Friday September 6, 2019 at the 4W43 Building, 4 West 43rd Street (at Fifth Avenue) in New York City.

A native of Vietnam, Do Trinh Hoai Nam, is one of the top talented successful fashion designers in his country, making fashion history. His trademark D&T Brand (D&T Expand Product Fashion & Research Company Ltd.) was launched over 20 years ago. He has a flair for the dramatic and his signature style focuses on elegance and beauty, with meticulous attention to every detail.

The “S Vietnam Collection” is inspired by the rich Vietnamese cultural heritage and historical landmarks such as Turtle Tower – Hoan Kiem Lake, The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, One Pillar Pagoda, The Temple of Literature, The 7th Wonder of Ha Long Bay, The Northern Vietnam Terraces, Hue Citadel, Hoi An Old Town, My Son Sanctuary, and more. The collection, named for the “S” shape of the peninsula nation on the world map, represents a historical and magical story about Vietnam: the country, culture, people and breathtaking attractions.

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7 Wardrobe Essentials Every Fashionable Woman Should Own

Nothing can be more time-consuming in the morning than thinking about what to wear. Despite how many clothes you have in your closet, getting dressed can still be a challenge. Fortunately, this is where capsule wardrobes come in.

Essentially, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few staple pieces that don’t go out of fashion. Not only does it save you time, but it also keeps you from spending unnecessary money on a shirt you’ll eventually forget about.

So what exactly comprises a capsule wardrobe? Here are some clothes to put you on the right track.

Black Dress

Every sensible woman needs to have at least one black dress in her wardrobe. In fact, it is one of the few that is truly worth investing in. Like we previously discussed on the Couture Fashion Week blog , you’ll be reaching for it whenever you attend cocktail parties or other formal events. So, you might as well buy one that is made from the best quality fabrics that is fit to last.

Plain White Shirt

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The more basic the clothing piece, the more versatile will be. This is especially true for white shirts — the simplest of closet staples that manage to look effortless, perfect, and even appear better with age. But despite its uniformity, not all white shirts are created equal. There are various necklines for every style. For instance, Jungmaven’s hemp-cotton-blend V-neck tee has a classic look and feel that’ll make you look sharp even when paired with some normal pants.

Neutral Blazer

A neutral-colored blazer is one of those pieces every working woman needs, but it can be worn even well past your 9-5 work day. Pair your blazer with a plain button-up shirt, or wear a graphic tee underneath for something a little edgier. Take your cue from celebrities like Sofia Richie, who dons a blazer to complete her athleisure look.

Go-to Jacket

It doesn’t matter if it’s leather, denim, or your favorite hoodie from college; everyone needs to have that one versatile jacket that you can just grab in a hurry, and it’ll still make you look great. Woman Within’s lightweight hooded jacket works especially well for transitional weather as the soft twill material makes for a casual utility feel. The best part is that it’s comfortable without looking or feeling too bulky. There are plenty of options out there, but the most important thing is to look for quality fabric that can withstand any weather.

Denim Jeans

If a simple, classic plain white shirt is in this list, then why we certainly aren’t going to miss out denim, are we? A good pair of denim jeans are timeless and can be worn throughout the year. You can even elevate the look by choosing a darker wash, like indigo or black.

Black Pants

A versatile pair of black pants can get you through most occasions, but are still formal enough to go to work with because of the polished vibe it brings out. They should be comfortable, travel-friendly, and flatter every kind of body type. The best part? They’ll never go out of style. Confidence might be your best asset, but black pants come a close second.

Black Heels

Not too strappy nor too trendy, a pair of black heels are certainly essential when building a capsule wardrobe. They will be with you on most evenings, parties, and workdays — so make sure to pick a pair that’ll keep you standing after hours. LiveAbout recommends choosing heels that are medium in height, which means two to four inches for most women. This makes sure that you’re refined enough without sacrificing comfort.

Exquisite Fashions by Sarene Fu Set to Shine at the GSF Awards Cannes Gala

Sarene Fu Fashion Show at the Global Short Film Awards Gala, Cannes, FranceFashion designer Sarene Fu will present her latest inspired creations during the Cannes Global Short Film Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows on May 25, 2019. Part of the fourth annual edition of the prestigious event, the gala will be held at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes in Cannes, France.

Sarene Fu is a Taiwan-based wedding gown designer. In 2010 she founded her own exclusive bridal boutique to present her own collection called Emma Bridal Design, catering to her discerning clientele’s taste for extraordinary and modern bridal gowns. The Emma Bridal brand has been embraced by fashion forward brides all over Asia.

In 2018 Sarene Fu launched a new chapter in her career with ready-to-wear designs, expanding beyond bridal wear. Hence, a new signature brand, “Sarene Fu,” was created to reintroduce herself. The first dress collection was created with specialty fabrics, exquisite décor and unique inspiration. She possesses a true talent to express her visions through fashion design, exploring colors that resample harmony in discord, using fabrics with traditional Chinese elements. Ms. Fu strives to make the wearers of her designs feel flattered and classy.

Sarene Fu has presented her exquisite designs at prestigious fashion events around the world including New York Fashion Week and Malaysia Fashion Week.

The Global Short Film Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows is proud to partner with Couture Fashion Week New York and Collezioni Magazines.

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Kapriva Couture to Show Edgy Elegant Creations at GSF Awards Cannes Gala

Kapriva Couture Fashion Show at the Global Short Film Awards Gala, Cannes, FranceKapriva Couture will present selections from its latest couture gown collection during the Cannes Global Short Film Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows on May 25, 2019. Part of the fourth annual edition of the prestigious event, the gala will be held at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes in Cannes, France.

The Kapriva Brand is about edgy, sophisticated, risqué and elegant creations inspired by art and design from all over the world. Their exclusive luxury designer clothing is made and designed in the UK, using the finest materials sourced worldwide. Each piece is designed with inspiration from art and design from global genres, using a combination of unique embellishments and custom-designed hand embroidery, as well as Swarovski element crystals and pearls. Kapriva has a couture range, providing exclusive one-of-a-kind pieces, as well as limited edition collections. Kapriva also offers a couture design service, for those who want a unique piece, made and designed for them. Kapriva has designed bespoke pieces for various events and occasions for individual clients and stage shows and musicians in Los Angeles, including famed burlesque entertainer Vixen DeVille.

The Global Short Film Awards Gala and Fashion Shows is proud to partner with Couture Fashion Week New York and Collezioni Magazines.

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George + Ginger to Show Latest Fashions at Global Short Film Awards Cannes Gala

George + Ginger Fashion Show at the Global Short Film Awards Gala, Cannes, FranceInnovative fashion brand George + Ginger will present a selection of its most recent designs during the Cannes Global Short Film Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows event on May 25, 2019. Part of the fourth annual edition of the prestigious event, the gala will be held at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes in Cannes, France.

Kristi Fitzpatrick started George + Ginger Pattern Co. in 2015, based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. With a degree in Drafting and Design, she began drafting PDF sewing patterns and marketing them worldwide. She shares her passion for design with her customers and engages with them daily. The brand is active on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Reddit.

Along with designing patterns, Kristi works closely with fabric designers and promotes custom lines. As her custom designs evolved, she expanded the George + Ginger label and became involved with Fashion Week shows in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and London. Her designs feature fitted garments, complimented by draped, flowy fabrics. She focuses on designs that are conceivable on all body types and sizes.

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The MOD House Brings Brilliant Fashion Creations to the GSF Awards Cannes Gala

Top Malaysian fashion brand The MOD House will present a selection of its most recent designs during the Cannes Global Short Film Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows event on May 25, 2019. Part of the fourth annual edition of the prestigious event, the gala will be held at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes in Cannes, France.

Launched in 1996, The MOD House brand has grown from a distribution house to retail outlets all across Malaysia. Realizing that trends are moving towards customization and online retail, the company has consolidated and is now focusing on its online retail presence.

The creative force behind The MOD House is designer Ho Kok Loong. The brand shows multiple collections annually on prestigious runways all around the world, and consistently works with other designers to come up with the latest designs.

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Designer Grace Moon To Show Exquisite Creations at GSF Awards Cannes Gala

Fashion designer Grace Moon will present a selection of her latest creations during the Cannes Global Short Film Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Shows event on May 25, 2019. Part of the fourth annual edition of the prestigious event, the gala will be held at the iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes in Cannes, France.

Grace Moon is a fashion designer and CEO of JM Inspired Design Corporation, a design consulting and brand marketing company. Throughout her 30+ years of experience in the fashion industry, Ms. Moon has worked with companies like Guess as a designer and developer, Papaya as an accessory designer, Foreign Exchange as a head merchandiser/buyer, and Moon Collection as head high-end line designer.

Grace Moon has presented her own signature brand designs at Fashion Weeks in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. She recently collaborated with the Korean high-end jewelry brand, Amore de Helen, to design and launch a fine jewelry line called Golden Cats Collection. The line is designed and made in the USA to be marketed and sold in Korea.

​Ms. Moon served as a judge for the 2016 Miss Korea Pageant for its historic 60th anniversary event. She was also invited to judge the 2017 Miss Korea Pageant and designed the one-piece dresses and the highlight evening dresses for the pageant. Ms. Moon is currently designing in Hollywood, working closely with many famous designers and producers.

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Alexandra Popescu-York Returns to Couture Fashion Week with “Mystic” Collection

Alexandra Popescu-York fashion show at Couture Fashion Week NY

Designer and artist Alexandra Popescu-York will present her latest collection at Couture Fashion Week at 4 pm on Saturday February 16, 2019. The highly-anticipated fashion show will be held at the 4W43 Building, 4 West 43rd Street, New York City.

With an instinct for composition and color, Alexandra Popescu-York, the Romanian-born designer now based in New York, is bringing back the old Hollywood extravagance to transform it into a contemporary line of luxury dresses with a twist of avant garde.

Every piece from “Mystic”, her new collection, tells a story about authenticity and  also reflects the designer’s own bold and eclectic character. Ms. Popescu-York is the only designer in the world that presents artworks of different genres at the same show, at the same time: a collection of fashion couture and a painting exhibition.

Alexandra Popescu-York has been painting since the age of three and studied fashion design and plastic arts at the University of Arts in Bucharest. Now settled in the USA for over ten years, she has built an impressive record of national and international fashion shows and exhibitions. She is a regular favorite of Couture Fashion Week audiences in New York.

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