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04/05/2017

Why can’t we leave certain fashion trends in the past where they belong

 

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From chokers to bomber jackets, and shoulder pads to capris, there are some fashion trends that are better left in the past where they were born and belong – or at the very least, in the clearance bin for the hipsters to find.

Sure, we managed to revive cigarette pants, loafers and the occasional high-waisted pant to great success, but that’s because those items are all about fit – the key to great style, and what always helps nail that elusive first impression.

But when one fashion revival proves successful, three more (re)grow in its wake. Exhibit A: denim and all its interpretations. The material itself has experienced countless horrific washes throughout the decades, but in the last 10 years it seemed to settle with a clean, classic look. Until last week, when Nordstrom added the PRPS Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans in “indigo” wash. If we turn to Merriam-Webster, indigo can be defined as “a deep reddish blue,” perhaps with a “coppery lustre.” Seductive? Sure. Appropriate to encase your legs in? Nah.

But this “luxury” denim brand took things a step further, tossing the actual definition of indigo out the window, instead using it to disguise the real look and colour of their new jeans: a muddy splatter, fading into a dry olive, which itself fades into a light denim wash, aping camo-style, but with dirt. These jeans are designed to look as though you’ve been off-roading through a scenic desert on your lunch-break, but in reality, they make the person who wears them look like they didn’t make it to the bathroom in time.

No one wants to wear their bowel movement on their jeans. But what if they’re repackaged as a sexy “indigo”? And then stamped with a $600 price tag? Still not for you? Don’t worry. Levi’s and Vetements’ new denim hot pants – available exclusively in an early ’90s acid-wash with a fun zipper that goes around and up the crotch, and a square seam to frame your lower butt-cheeks – are on sale now for a mere $1,600!

For a while it seemed we had finally given up trying so hard to latch on to the next it-product and instead settled on classics, with their great fits, crisp colours and defined silhouettes.

If you happened to live through the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s or ’90s, then it may be a little unusual to see that the styles you once purchased in three-for-one deals at Kmart can now be found in luxury department stores, repackaged with supposedly high-brand material for top dollar. And then it’s a whole other trip seeing high-schoolers stomp through a mall or subway car wearing those newly resurrected trends as if they’re breaking barriers.

Those barriers were broken years ago for good reason. We moved forward with the understanding that less is more when it comes to fashion. Let’s not give up and turn back now.Read more at:plus size formal dresses

 

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02/05/2017

Kent State University Fashion School

 

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Kent State University has received $2.5 million for its Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation.

The money will back two initiatives: $1.5 million to endow a chair to support the Fashion School's director and a matching grant of up to $1 million to support the study-away program for fashion school students.

"This incredible gift from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation will greatly enhance global experiences for our fashion students," said Kent State President Beverly Warren, in a news release. "The foundation's support of our Fashion School elevates the professional trajectory of both faculty and students and positions Kent State as a distinctive global innovator."

Kent State's Fashion School is rated among the best fashion institutions in the United States and worldwide. It is currently ranked No. 3 in the U.S. for design and merchandising by Fashion-Schools.org and No. 19 in the world by The Business of Fashion's 2016 Global Fashion School Ranking.

The school is the first in the country to require a study-away experience for all fashion students. Opportunities to spend a semester in Florence, Italy, with the world's best designers, work in the Fashion School's New York City Studio, and participate in programs in Paris and Hong Kong help make Kent State fashion students globally competitive.

"Peg Morgan, our founder, had a lifelong interest in fashion and always deeply valued education," said Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation President Rick Kellar in a release. "The Fashion School at Kent State is a perfect match for her creative and personal passions. Peg's legacy of support for Kent State will continue to be carried out through this gift, accelerating the ascension of Kent State as the premier global educator of future fashion industry leaders."

Warren formally announced the donation on April 29, at the 2017 Annual Fashion Show, FS2 presented by Michael Kors. The annual fashion show highlights the talents and creations of the Fashion School's design and merchandising students. At the event, Don Witkowski, a Kent State alumnus and president of men's at Michael Kors, was inducted into the Fashion School's Hall of Fame.Read more at:formal dresses online

 

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28/04/2017

Gok Wan can't wait to bring his fashion show to Cardiff

 

Celebrity stylist and TV presenter Gok Wan is bringing his newest fashion venture to Cardiff on Saturday, April 29, with his Fashion Brunch Club.

Ladies who brunch will be treated to an up-close and personal experience with the man himself, benefiting from his years as a fashion guru to millions of women.

Taking place in New House Country Hotel in Cardiff from 11am - 3pm, the day will combine a five-star brunch and plenty of bubbles (yes, prosecco) with two fashion shows featuring spring/summer lines from local boutiques and designers.

There will also be a body-shape masterclass, a Q&A session with Gok and one lucky lady will even be given a Gok-style make-over, aptly named the “mother of all makeovers”.

Gok said: "I am absolutely thrilled to bring my Fashion Brunch Clubs to so many great places this year and hope that people will take the chance to get all my fashion tips in a more intimate setting.

"There will be something for everyone’s taste.

“We will have 140 outfits on the catwalk, so there will be a lot of visual shopping going on.

"A body shape masterclass which is exactly what I do on television and then we’ll be giving one lady the mother of all makeovers and that will just be someone we choose randomly from the audience.

"Then at the end of the second catwalk show, she’ll be revealed. And when I mean the ‘mother of all makeovers’ I mean hair, makeup and everything else. Who doesn’t love a makeover?"

Gok believes Cardiff has a lot to offer to the fashion world

“The brunch is a celebration of all things, especially local fashion. What we mean by that is, we have the whole day to have a glamorous time but most importantly we go into different areas of Cardiff and use local designers and local makeup.

"There are pockets like this of fashion all over the country, it doesn’t always have to be about London.

“There are really talented people who get no lime light, don’t get a spot at London fashion week, so it’s a real celebration of them, it’s very positive."

“Cardiff has it’s own identity when it comes to fashion. It has a large vintage community as well as a young population, because of the universities, who want to expand with their look.

"I would say Cardiff fashion overall is slightly more relaxed than some places and slightly more unique than others.

“We made sure we were covering as much of the country as possible and we wanted to go further afield than just going to Manchester or London.

"When I think of Wales, Cardiff is the first place I think of and it’s that Celtic blood too. I just know when I come to Cardiff the audience is going to really get involved and have fun.”

And which Welsh girls shout at style to Gok?

“I don’t really follow celebrity fashion but a Welsh person who springs to mind for me is probably Katherine (Jenkins). She loves the contours and the curves so I would have to say her.”

Gok and his team have hand picked the stores they are featuring in the fashion brunch, and to satisfy Cardiff’s love of retro there will be a “vintage edge” to the clothing.

“We had to steer away from using vintage stores because they have one off pieces and it wouldn’t be fair to the ladies if they were all fighting over one item,” he said laughing.

What will the shows cover?

By popular demand, the two fashion shows will cover all basis from lingerie to bridal to classic occasion wear and even slightly more casual looks.

However, despite the elegant brunch and hoards of clothing Gok believes that the body-shape masterclass is when the audience really joins in and becomes a part of the show.

“When we do the body-shape masterclass that’s when the audience comes alive,” he said.

“People are screaming from the audience and we get people on stage. That’s the part where people become more vocal because everyone can relate to it, everyone has a body.

“Understanding your body is really important,” Gok added.

“We have to have a relationship with our body. There will always be bits you don’t like and bits you do like showing off but ultimately people want to find confidence in themselves and look their best.”

Audience participation and reactions to transformations are what has made Gok’s TV shows and events so memorable and heartwarming, and it is what he believes makes the day so fun.

“I really love the stories you hear from women. The minute you scratch beneath the surface, everyone has got a back-story and with the makeovers especially, when you see them transform it’s amazing.

“You get a real mixture of reactions, a lot of women just can’t believe their eyes and then there are the ones that just start screaming and shouting as if there aren’t 200 people in the room with them. The reactions are always fun,” he said.

Can I still get tickets?

Tickets are already on sale but have not sold out just yet, and Gok encourages any woman who wants a fun and fabulous day out to come along.Read more at:formal dresses adelaide | marieaustralia

 

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