What’s So Special About the Central Kentucky Region?

Central Kentucky is well known for its Bluegrass region, the Western and Eastern Mountain coalfields, and the Eastern Pennyroyal regions. The name “Kentucky” itself means “meadow lands” in several different Native American languages. It was the Bluegrass region that this name (meadow lands) was originally given to and was only applied to the entire state much later. Some of the major cities are Frankfort and Lexington, and the area is notable for its extensive horse farms while Lexington is world renowned as the “Horse Capital of the World”. If you’re looking for a house for sale Kentucky has a lot of good things to offer. Right now is a great time to buy real estate in central Kentucky. Prices are continuing to fall even though the number of houses sold has increased. Prices are still lower than they were in 2004 but with the increased sales these low prices won’t last for long. Several of the state’s central counties have actually showed a slight gain in 2012 whereas most of the outlying counties continue to show sharp losses. Overall, it’s definitely a buyers market right now. Get in while you still can and give the Clinkenbeard Extreme Team a call today to find out how we help you find the property that’s just right for you! It’s the amenities here that make this area so attractive to visitors and such a value to homeowners. Everywhere you go you will see a plethora of choices for fine dining, premier golf courses, health clubs and their associated facilities, theaters, community centers, and lots of bike paths. The countryside is so beautiful that just about anywhere you look you’ll see a pleasant if not picturesque view. Quiet neighborhoods with low crime rates all add to the desirability of being a homeowner in central Kentucky. When looking for peaceful living and quality homes Kentucky is definitely a place to consider. There are so many things to do in central Kentucky that its impossible to mention them all here. You have historic Shaker village which is less than 30 miles from Lexington. You can check out what frontier life was like at the old Fort Harrod State Park. Fort Harrod was the first permanent English settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains. A full-scale replica of the Fort was constructed to be the centerpiece of the park today. If you want a taste of old-fashioned Kentucky tradition, there’s The Woodford Reserve Distillery. Take a guided tour of this national historic landmark to learn about the history of bourbon and the bourbon making process. Central Kentucky offers a very high quality of life. One that is well balanced between the low cost of living and the many excellent amenities found in this region. In central Kentucky the cost of living is nearly 10% lower than the national average. Although the numbers vary by county, when it comes to homes for sale Kentucky housing is just 77% below the national average. Many three-bedroom starter homes are available for less than $100,000! Several other wonderful benefits of living in central Kentucky are the low taxes and the nationally recognized public and private school systems. What a wonderful place to raise children! When it comes to rental properties Kentucky has homes that will fit any budget. As for rental homes Radcliff is an ideal place that is very close to shopping, fine dining, and several great schools. If you’re looking to invest in real estate Radcliff has some of the best deals in the state. Whether you are seeking a place to rent or you are looking for homes for sale Elizabethtown is another great choice as well. There are three active United States Army posts in Kentucky. Fort Knox, Bluegrass Army Depot, and Fort Campbell. Two of them (Fort Knox and the Bluegrass Army Depot), are located smack dab in central Kentucky. If you are a proud member serving in our armed forces and happen to be stationed at one of these facilities you will be happy to know that there are plenty of wonderful accommodations when it comes to military housing. For more information on military housing give us a call or send us a message through the contact link on our web page. As you can see, when looking at real estate here, central Kentucky is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. There will probably never be a better time to buy real estate in this area. Soon, real estate prices will begin to rise again and these opportunities will be lost forever. Take the first step to owning a great home before it’s too late.

When Going to the Racetrack, Be Sure to Wear the Right Kentucky Derby Fashion

The month of May is not too far away and the big day in the state if Kentucky is quickly approaching. The jockeys are in training, the horses are being prepped and prepared, and the track is being manicured to be quite the spectacle for every Derby lover that attends. If you have big plans this year to head to the racetrack, make sure you do not forget to get prepared yourself. It is not too soon to start thinking about Kentucky Derby fashion and what it is that you are going to wear on the big day. As with any other big occasion or event, there are a few rules about what you should, and should not wear for the day. Make sure you take these Kentucky Derby fashion rules into consideration to help you look your absolute best. Formal Attire Is The Kentucky Derby Fashion Tradition If you have never attended the Kentucky Derby, you should know that the event is known for being the place to go if you want to see all of the latest spring fashions. The people who attend the Derby will normally be dressed in the best. For you ladies, this means that formal dresses are the norm. You do not necessarily have to go out and get a new evening gown, but an appropriate dress is important. If you truly want to look your best, make sure you take some time o consider the latest in spring fashions and even look for tips on Kentucky Derby fashion online. This will ultimately help you to determine whet will be the appropriate attire to wear to the event. High Heeled Shoes Are Part Of Kentucky Derby Fashion Even though you are going to be outdoors for the biggest part of the day, you should not be tempted to sport sandals or flip flops to the Kentucky Derby. High heeled shoes are just as much a part of the appropriate attire as the dress that you choose to wear. If you are planning to stick around for after parties or other events, you should probably consider taking a more comfortable pair of shoes for later in the day. Just remember that the Derby is considered to be a classy event and the right shoes will make a big difference in your overall fashion impression. Do Not Forget The Hat! One of the most iconic parts of Kentucky Derby fashion is the amazing hats that women wear to complete their look. If you have never worn a hat or are not sure what style will be the best. It is a good idea to start looking early for something that you will like. Some ladies choose outrageous hats that attract plenty of attention, but this is not necessary something that you have to do. A smaller hat to shield your face from the May sunlight will work perfectly and be just the right complement to your look for the day and complete your Kentucky Derby fashion appearance.

How One of the Fashion World’s Earliest Great Innovators Lost Everything by Lack of Innovation

It is startling to study an empires crumble, decline and ultimately perishing on the ash heap of history. It happened to ancient states such as Egypt, Rome, Athens and Macedonia. The Knights Templar had been the world’s pre-eminent military and financial colossus in the Middle Ages but they are no more. In more modern times we have seen the commercial decline and disappearance of Horn & Hardart Restaurants, A&P Food Stores and numerous department store chains such as Jordan Marsh, John Wannamaker, Woodrow & Lothrop and Montgomery Wards. Major airlines and automobile companies were launched, soared and then failed.

The scale of these failed enterprises was often so great that it is hard for observers to get their hands around all that went wrong and caused these spectacular failures. Recently I was reviewing a fashion treatise and read about a long ago innovative pioneer of Haute Couture who became an icon of his age before losing everything in one lifetime. The tale is cautionary.

Paul Poiret was born into poverty in Paris in 1879. At an early age he was apprenticed to an Umbrella maker. The odd bits of fabric cuttings that were tossed as waste interested Poiret, and he began to take them from the trash. He used this detritus to fashion clothes for his sister’s dolls. Each dress was accompanied by a pattern that he drew and saved.

While still a teenager Paul Poiret took his pattern drawings to Madeline Cheruit, one of the grand dames of Parisian fashion in the late 19th century. She bought 12 of the drawings for reproduction in her atelier. Sensing opportunity, the young Poiret began to sell all of his patterns to the various Paris garment houses. In 1896 he was hired to design for the prominent Jacques Doucet. Poiret’s first creation for Doucet was a red cape which sold 400 pieces.

Mr. Poiret established his own fashion house in 1903 and made an immediate impact with his unusual for the time “kimono coat”. The shop became famous for stunning window displays, fabulous parties tied to each seasons collections and Poiret’s pioneering use of modern Branding and Marketing techniques. The garments he produced were very expensive for the day and only the most discerning clientele purchased from the House of Poiret.

Poiret expanded into Furniture, Household Décor and, most importantly Fragrance. He was a pioneer in Licensing his name. The entry of a fashion house into the Perfume business was also a first and would set a precedent that created one of the most successful Marketing Strategies and Sales Models still in wide use to this day. In 1911 Poiret’s Parfums de Rosine was launched and the world of Haute Couture and Perfumery would never be the same.

Parfums de Rosine was launched and publicized by throwing an extravagant Persian themed soiree at Paul Poiret’s palatial Parisian estate home. The news coverage of the event and the perfume that inspired the party is evocative of promotional techniques still used today to introduce Luxury Goods.

Also in 1911, the photographer Edward Steichen collaborated with the House of Poiret to photograph a collection of gowns and accessories. The photos were published in various magazines. This is considered the first use of “Fashion Photography”. Prior to this fashion was illustrated when placed in print.

Poiret’s most famous design contribution to garment production was a technique he created called “draping”. This was a radical departure from the more rigid Tailoring and Pattern Making methods used in the past. This style of sewing enabled Poiret to create loose, softer looks like Harem Pantaloons, Lampshade Tunics and Hobble Skirts. Most appreciated by women seeking comfort was Poiret’s elimination of the ubiquitous, restrictive, uncomfortable corset from his collections.

During World War I Paul Poiret worked for the French military making uniforms. When the war ended, he returned to his fashion house and found it in ruins. He worked hard to resurrect his glory years. However, while he was away serving the war effort, other designers had emerged and they utilized more modern styling and garment construction techniques. Poiret’s designs had always been visually unique but were not well constructured. As he had once famously said he only aimed for his dresses to be “read beautifully from afar”. He continued to work in his old way.

New designers, notably Coco Chanel, House of Worth and Elsa Schiaparrelli, had begun to offer simpler, sleeker silhouettes and their work employed far better construction than did Paul Poiret’s. As clients fled to the newer fashion houses Poiret suffered further loss of financial supporters and was forced to close his couture house in 1929. Poiret was bankrupted. Upon liquidating inventory the House of Poiret suffered the indignity of having leftover clothing sold by the kilogram for use as rags.

Until his death in 1944 he lived as a pauper in the streets of Paris. His genius had been forgotten. Occasionally he would be seen by his contemporaries painting street scenes to eke out a few Francs before eyes would be diverted from the discomforting vision of a past hero of French Haute Couture being so dramatically reduced.

Paul Poiret during his early career was attributed with being the fashion equivalent of Pablo Picasso in art. He introduced “modernism” to Haute Couture”. For a short time he lived as a potentate and enjoyed vast fame, fortune and popularity. Then it was all gone. What happened?

In the worlds of style, fashion and consumer products you are never the greatest, only the latest. The Companies and Brands that last and pass the test of time constantly evolve. The House of Poiret did not. Styles had changed, consumer tastes changed and the increased demand for better quality product required more attention to detail. Poiret still produced clothing with a “look” that screamed Poiret, but no longer excited the most exclusive, wealthiest clientele that had supported his House in the beginning. He did not evolve and grow.

Ancient Rome stagnated and died of lechery. Juan Trippe built the greatest airline in the world, PanAm. After his passing PanAm went into a long, slow decline and is now permanently grounded. The grand Cosmetic Brands Frances Denny, Hazel Bishop and Germaine Monteil are no more. Bonwit Teller, once one of the world’s best specialty department stores, was liquidated years ago. These entities, like the House of Poiret, enjoyed their time in the sun but did not stay current, adjust to social or market realities and all disappeared.

The Nearly Forgotten Fashion Pioneer Who Changed the Way Women Dressed

Mention the name Chanel and virtually every woman, and most men immediately have a mental picture of the famous logo, eponymous boutiques, couture fashion and famous Fragrances created several generations ago by the fashion doyen Coco Chanel. Ms. Chanel’s professional and personal life has been well-documented in books and movies. Though she has been deceased for many years the Chanel Brand has been protected, nurtured and managed to ever greater heights and is considered one of the most successful luxury goods franchises in history.

Christian Dior and Coco Chanel alone among their contemporaries from the first half of the 20th century remain household names. There was another creative fashion artist however who was considered by the connoisseurs of that time to have been their superior in talent, vision and success. Her name was Elsa Schiaparelli and for all of her fame and accolades she is largely forgotten today.

Elsa Schiaparelli was born to an aristocratic Roman family in 1890. Her world as a child was full of books, music, the arts and rich, successful people. As a young Philosophy student at the University of Rome she wrote a fairly scandalous book of erotic poems that enraged her conservative family and they shipped her off to a convent where she promptly went on a hunger strike. She left the convent and undertook a lifestyle change by attempting to leave behind the luxury she had always enjoyed and becoming a Bohemian. Her goal was to be an artist and she delved deeply into Surrealism.

After living a simple life devoted to art and study in New York City and London, young Elsa finally moved to Paris. There she was invited to attend a ball but had nothing to wear. She simply bought some fabric and made a type of wrap dress for herself. She became close to Modernist artists Man Roy and Marcel Duchamp. They, along with the most famous French Couturier of the early 20th century, Paul Poiret, encouraged her to start to design clothes.

Ms. Schiaparelli started her first couture house but it quickly failed by 1926. In 1927 she tried again and launched a collection featuring trompe l’oeil images on sweaters that became the rage. She was featured in Vogue. Her business exploded with the introduction of “pour le sport” line including spectacular linen dresses, bathing suits and ski wear. In 1931 she opened the Schiap Shop on the Place Vendome. The same year the tennis player Lili de Alvarez created a sensation when she played Wimbledon wearing Elsa Schiaparelli’s “divided skirt, the forerunner of shorts. The new shop included an Evening Wear department that became famous and added greatly the House success.

Elsa Schiaparelli is credited with many firsts in the fashion world. These include:

Graphic Knitwear
Color Coordinated Zippers
Whimsical Brooch-like Buttons
Arab Breeches
Embroidered Shirts
Wrapped Turbans
PomPom Ribbed Hats
Barbaric Belts
Wedge Espadrille Shoes
Mix-and-Match Sportswear
The Runway Show
Androgynous Fashion Models

Her work was heavily influenced by the famous Modernist artists of the day including Dada, Fini, Cocteau, Oppenheim and Giacometti. It was the wild Catalan Surrealist sensation Salvador Dali that would exert the most vivid effects on Elsa Schiaparelli’s work. This effect can be easily seen in her Lamb Cutlet hat and the 1936 suit with pockets simulating a chest of drawers. The famous Lobster Dress, Tear Dress, Shoe Hat and Skeleton Dress were classic pieces that included trend setting fabric, tailoring cues, effects and surrealistic images that made the wearer appear to be dressed in artwork.

The House of Schiaparelli produced garments and accessories that were considered more than Couture Fashion, but unique pieces of wearable art. The House was retained to design costumes for movie productions including Topaze (1933), Moulin Rouge (1952) and for Mae West in Every Day Is a Holiday (1937).

The bodice figure of Mae West is the silhouette that Schiaparelli used to create the flacon for her signature Perfume Shocking. The “Shocking Pink” used to dress the Fragrances unit carton became so famous and distinctive that it is known to this day as “shocking pink” in pantone books. Through the 1930’s and 1940’s the House of Schiaparelli introduced a number of successful Fragrance Collections for men and women.

In 1934 Time Magazine placed Madame Schiaparelli at the top of the fashion world. Of her great rival Coco Chanel Time stated, “Chanel has assembled a fortune estimated at $15 million in the United States while being not at present in the most dominant influence in fashion”. Time went on to note that every little garment house on 7th Avenue was making replica versions of every collection that Elsa Schiaparelli produced.

Chanel was a traditionalist. Owing to the influences of Modern and Surreal art Schiaparelli was an experimentalist. She was the first to experiment with acrylic, rayon jersey, cellophane and a new fiber called Fildifer. This was the first use of synthetics in Couture.

In the 1970’s Diane von Furstenburg burst onto the fashion scene with her iconic wrap dress. Schiaparelli had created the wrap dress 50 years earlier, the same for Issey Miyake’s pleats and wrinkles skirts which she had first designed in the 1930’s.

The introduction of the Runway Fashion Show alone would have cemented Elsa Schiaparelli’s place at the pinnacle of Haute Couture history. The Branding and Marketing Strategies that this pioneer created are still used by leading Fashion Houses to this day. The inclusion of whimsy, anything goes and the co-mingling of a variety of colors, shapes and fabrics in her stunning pieces were revolutionary and have never been matched.

By the end of World War II the fashion scene had changed significantly. The clientele that had made Elsa Schiaparelli rich, famous and a trend setter had changed as well. The world had experienced a terrible trauma. The sort of energy and imagination that was inspired by Modernism and Surrealism was not highly valued. Practical became a cornerstone of Fashion in the 1950’s. The House of Schiaparelli closed in 1954 and Ms. Schiaparelli spent the last 20 years of her life in Paris and her seaside mansion in Tunisia.

Coco Chanel famously despised Elsa Schiaparelli. Ms. Chanel once said that Schiaparelli made art, not clothes. She disparagingly referred to her as that “Italian Artiste”. Elsa Schiaparelli, born to aristocracy and luxury, never took the bait. If she had negative thoughts about her rival they were well hidden.

Any student researching the history of the development of Couture Fashion in the 20th century will recognize the design breakthroughs that were created by Elsa Schiaparelli and are present everywhere in today’s female clothing scene. This creative body of work changed the world of fashion forever. Though largely forgotten today, this pioneer has left an amazing artistic and inventive legacy.

Entrepreneurial Creativity Is Still Rife in the Fashion Jewelry and Cosmetic World

Entrepreneurial Creativity Is Still Rife in the Fashion Jewelry and Cosmetic World

My Product Development and Marketing Consulting firm has had a busy spring introducing a slew of new products in international cosmetic and jewelry industry trade shows. We participated in the largest Beauty and Fragrance Industry expo, Cosmoprof in Bologna, Italy. Immediately after Cosmoprof we were off to Basel World in Basel Switzerland, the premiere international couture watch and jewelry show in the world. This past week we finished a new Fashion Jewelry product launch at Couture Las Vegas, the exclusive American trade show for luxury jewelry product.

These industry specific trade shows draw store buyers, distributors and vendors from every corner of the world. Cosmoprof offers products from the giants in the Cosmetic world such as Proctor & Gamble, Estee Lauder, Cosmair-L’Oreal and Shiseido. Basel World and Couture are utilized by internationally famous brands such as Harry Winston, Richemont, LVMH and Bulgari. All of the biggest players attend these expositions. And yet, the most interesting, exciting and well-shopped stands are often those representing small, entrepreneurial start-up businesses.

The entrepreneurs we visit at beauty and jewelry trade shows are unique. They are among the most creative artisans you will find anywhere. Their display will be smaller than the multi-national brand powerhouses, and their marketing miniscule. But their passion, intensity and ability to find a path to success against long odds and heavy competition is often inspirational.

The Couture Las Vegas Jewelry trade show is an ode to luxurious human adornment. There are no Costume Jewelry or mass market products on display. Show management vet’s every product entry and allows only the most beautiful, unique and exclusive lines to be offered. Attendance is strictly controlled and buyers are invited, there are no walk-ins. Nevertheless, there were dozens of small artisan jewelry producers, all offering a range of product created from a novel medium that they had discovered, executed and perfected. The result is innovative jewelry lines that are able to find a niche in the congested world of Couture, High Fashion Jewelry.
The story is the same at Cosmoprof Bologna. There are over 3000 vendors selling every imaginable type of Beauty Product. Aromatherapy, Cosmetic Implements, Cosmetic Applicators and Accessories, Skin Care, Bath and Body Care, Fragrance, Hair Care, Hand and Nail Care, Baby Care, Men’s Treatment, and Color Cosmetics of every type, description and price point from all over the world are on offer to buyers and international distributors from 120 countries. Still, once again, the small producers enjoyed a terrific opportunity to differentiate themselves from their mega-competitors. Their booths were busy and interest levels in the newest products and concepts was at an all-time high.

Cosmetics and Jewelry are industries where we see incredible entrepreneurial activity. The barriers to entry are not as difficult to hurdle as in many categories that require large technology and financial commitments. If you are creative, driven and have a passion to compete there has never been a better time than the present to be a fashion entrepreneur. Nimble innovators are always in demand.

Why The Kentucky Derby Is Such An Important Occasion

When it comes to horse racing, there are a few stand out locations across the world, and we all immediately think of them when we hear the words, “horse racing”. Horse racing has always been an elegant, yet highly exuberant form of sport, for both the jockeys and the spectators. Watching such gallant creatures running down the race track, with crazed riders on their backs is enough to make anyone turn their heads and cheer for the winner. Horse racing has really evolved in recent years, going from a racing event, to a series of festivities and amusements. It is now a sport which is known for satisfying a good day out for the family, which is always a great thing for parents when trying to find things to do in the half term and end of term breaks. Horse racing took the world by storm over a century ago, and it has only grown since then, today, the whole world tunes in almost every day to watch horse races, and join in on the numerous bets that are running.

One event that takes place on the first Saturday of every May is the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby is an amazing horse racing occasion that takes place every year, and thousands of people attend to enjoy the days festivities. Millions tune in via the television coverage, and they can too enjoy the various events that take place during the whole day at the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby has become known as one of USA’s biggest events of the year, and it has drawn people from all walks of life to attend the Derby.

There are some people that like to watch the crowds more than the actual races going on at the Kentucky Derby, as some of the ladies fashion is quite amusing. It is a tradition that ladies wear big hats, and people drink Mint Juleps, so everyone is always on the lookout for large hats, and you will spot the many many Mint Juleps in spectators hands. Just like the marathon, the event brings some pretty eccentric and out there characters, so you can have great fun spotting people dressed up, and looking wild. It is certainly a family event, kids love the horse racing, and they also love the many other activities and goings on of the day, which provide great entertainment for them, and a fun day out for the whole family.

One of the most common things to do at horse racing is bet. Betting has been going on at horse races since day one, and it has never stopped. There are numerous places you can bet on the Kentucky Derby and other horse races, but a lot of people like to find the best websites and places to do so. One website which offers legitimate information on highly reputable horse betting websites is the “KentuckyDerby.net”. If you want to find the best websites to bet on horse races and the Kentucky Derby, KentuckyDerby.net is certainly the place for you. So get yourself over to the site now, and prepare for the big occasion coming soon!

Jockey Corey Nakatani, One of the Best Riders in North America

Corey Nakatani has long been a fixture among the very best jockeys riding in the United States today. He has won many of the biggest races that are run in the United States, and has even been chosen by many European trainers to ride their top fillies, mares and colts when the biggest event of the year, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, comes along every year at the end of October or early in November.
Nakatani is not a jockey that favors one type of surface over another. Indeed, a look at his surefire Hall-of-Fame record shows conclusively that he has run many prestigious, Grade I events featuring lucrative purses sometimes in the millions of dollars, and he has won those races on natural dirt in the slop or on a fast track, on dry grass or wet grass, and on every type of synthetic, whether it be Polytrack or ProRide.
At the the age of 28 years old, Nakatani graduated in Castaic, California from jockey training school. In 1988, he won his very first race aboard a horse by the name of Blue King. One notable thing about Corey’s first win was the fact that it was, after a photo finish, determined to be a dead heat, making Nakatani the only jockey riding in the United States today who won his first race in an actual dead heat. He first gained national prominence in 1991 when, on the Friday before Kentucky Derby day at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, he won the Kentucky Oaks in impressive fashion aboard a fine filly named Lite Light. He then won the Oaks again in 1996 atop Pike Place Dancer. Nakatani’s reputation as a major stakes jockey was secure at that point, but it was in the 1996 Breeders’ Cup that he really made himself a household name in the racing world.
He won two of the most prestigious Breeders’ Cup races in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (now known as the Ladies’ Classic) atop Jewel Princess and then won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on a colt named Lit de Justice. Since 1996, Nakatani has totally dominated the Breeders’ Cup, and although he has yet to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, he has won a grand total of 4 times in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint alone, and 7 total Breeders’ Cup races.
2006 was a banner year for Nakatani, as on Memorial Day of that year he won his 3000th race at Hollywood Park. The one thing that Nakatani is still searching for is a Triple Crown victory, especially a Kentucky Derby victory. With the success that he has already had in racing, you can bet that Corey Nakatani will get plenty of chances at the Triple Crown races, whether it be the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, or the Belmont Stakes