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Fashion notes: Lace makes a lovely return


Fashion notes: Lace makes a lovely return
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Lace is one of those tricky grey areas of fashion. While it’s a recurring fabric in the markets, season after season and decade after decade, it’s also one that, for some, sounds a bit icky, bringing up memories of cheap and itchy childhood dresses. For others, it’s welcomed, but these women often go overboard with the textile, so much that it can lack taste, class and overall style. If you recall, a very pregnant Kim Kardashian once wore a black lace bodysuit, and while her intent may have been to appear empowered, the look wasn’t one bit flattering.

Right now, however, there are some fantastic lace offerings in stores, and many would be perfect for this weekend’s race festivities. No doubt inspired by the Gucci movement, these designs combine Victorian undertones with eclectic, modern-­day attitude. It’s a marriage of inspirations that works astoundingly well, and has provoked brands across the board to follow in suit.

Parisian label Claudie Pierlot’s new capsule collection puts the spotlight on lace, in sorbet shades such as salmon, mint and tea-pink, and silhouettes play with ruffles, panels and peplums. Stradivarius also has some pretty frilled lace tops in store, while Zara’s latest range includes subtle peek-a-boo options – where a hint of lace is used as a trim under a hoodie or dress.

Where things get murky is when lining is done away with altogether, and lace garments are made completely sheer. A few years ago, a customer’s instinct would tell them simply to wear a skin-coloured tank top or subtle bandeau underneath, but as you may have noticed, many women today aren’t so discreet, and would much rather take a more flamboyant approach to wearing lace. No judging here, but think about which woman you want to be – alluring and elegant, or, well, the other kind.Read more at:formal dresses melbourne


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Entrepreneur works to develop children's fashion industry in Milwaukee


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When Chloe Allison was a little girl, she had a pair of pink patent leather dress shoes that she loved so much she wanted to sleep in them. Now, Allison wants to create that feeling for other little girls with her children's wear and accessories business, Alli C.

Allison, a Milwaukee native who attended Alexander Hamilton High School, founded Alli C. in 2011 after working for Kenneth Cole, an American fashion brand. Alli C. offers beanies, blankets and accessories for infants from birth to 24 months. Her clothing is sold at boutiques in Evanston, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. Allison also sells her brand at baby showers and to Milwaukee residents through email. She is currently developing an e-commerce website, which will make it easier for her to sell online.

Allison's best-selling items are silk-lined beanies and blankets. She got the idea from watching her hair stylist put pieces of silk behind her baby's head in the car seat. Silk does not soak up lotion or creams that may be on a baby's skin and does not get tangled in hair.

Allison did not always want to go into fashion; when she was growing up, she wanted to be a veterinarian. It wasn't until her sophomore year of high school that she realized she would be unable to put down a sick animal or work with reptiles. That year, she went to a summer fashion program for high school students at the Savannah College of Art and Design. While at SCAD, Allison realized that she was talented at fashion design and had a passion for the work.

In college, she hoped to design bridal wear, but after coming up with the idea for Alli C., she decided to create children's clothing instead. Allison said she loves working with children so it has been a good fit.

According to Shirah Rachel Apple, spokesperson for the U.S Small Business Administration Wisconsin District Office, entrepreneurs starting a small business have a number of hurdles they have to overcome.

Apple noted that planning helps small business owners grow their businesses more rapidly. "We have seen it time and time again that business who do more planning make more money, hire more people and stay in business longer."

Apple recommends that small business owners contact a mentor through Milwaukee organizations such as SCORE or the Small Business Development Center run by the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. "It is definitely a challenge for small businesses to get started, but we have a lot of resources to help them," she said.

Nyerere Davidson, president of Social X, an organization that works to help young professionals thrive in Milwaukee, has mentored Allison. "I think she has a huge vision for her company," said Davidson. "She has a huge vision for fashion in Milwaukee, especially for children's fashion."

Allison runs Alli C. on her own, but said that her family has been helpful in unpacking merchandise and providing emotional support. Her day-to-day activities include calling boutiques, designing new collections, going through inventory and working with sewing contractors in Chicago and Janesville.

She would like to manufacture her products in Milwaukee but said there is not a large enough sewing force locally. Sewing is a "dying art in Milwaukee," she noted. Allison said that she has been working with the Makers Coalition, whose mission is to build the sewing industry in the U.S. A branch of the group operates in Milwaukee.

Although her business is six years old, Allison said she still considers it to be in the "startup phase." She observed that it has been a struggle to market her products and get them placed in boutiques; most of her business comes through word of mouth.

Nevertheless, Allison said she is committed to grow the business in the next five years.

According to Davidson, "She knows what she wants; she is very driven and very tenacious."Read more at:formal dress shops


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College will fashion a new generation


The College of Fashion & Design in Dubai is the first dedicated fashion college in the GCC. The fact that we have opened this college goes to show how much the home-grown fashion industry in the GCC is booming. The ­Islamic fashion industry has a multi- billion-dirham turnover.

So many people these days want to become fashion designers, but they don’t yet know the correct steps. They don’t understand that you need to know your fabrics, how to cut them, what cut works with what and how to manage a business.

A lot of people in the UAE enter the world of fashion because they love it, but they end up faltering after a few years. That’s because until now, we haven’t had proper incubators for fashion ­designers. We’ve had fashion schools in Sharjah, but this college is different, because it’s completely dedicated – we have the facilities and the expertise that budding fashion designers need.

The campus also has what the students need to relax, such as a restaurant, cafe, spa and salon. That’s important, because this is a creative industry.

One day, I would like to see the college’s graduates working for my fashion label, House of Hend. I’m always looking to take on people from the local market, because they understand local tastes better.

Emiratis are the ones with the buying power, and I believe you have to be born and bred here to understand our requirements.

They understand the market here. For example, that a particular item needs a lot of ironing, so it doesn’t last very long, or that more revealing dresses don’t sell as fast.

The Bahraini make-up artist Zahraa Hubail is a good example of how to be successful, because she sells high-quality products at low prices. A lot of designers make the mistake of starting out with really expensive tailors and fabrics, then when they come to sell, customers are reluctant to splash out on them because they’re new and untested. You need to understand your market, and cut costs from the beginning. You can make higher profit in the long run if you understand how to raise prices at the right time.

We have done fashion shows in Egypt, ­Saudi ­Arabia and Kuala Lumpur, and also during the Cannes Film Festival and ­AltaRoma (Rome Fashion Week). But as well as big shows, we used to do non-profit fashion shows, where everybody would chip in Dh1,000 to Dh3,000 and we would organise the models, make-up, hair, photography, PR and media. We had a lot of local designers whose careers were born from these mini fashion shows, but they were junior designers, and they didn’t have the proper know-how.

Because we didn’t have an entity that would act like an umbrella, we created the Designers Guild, which became like a private club for anyone in the field of design.

As well as fashion designers, our members were photographers, graphic designers, models, make-up artists, ­jewellery makers and bag designers. People would come to pick up tips. We had a wide remit, and had a lot of fun helping each ­other.

* As told to Jessica Hill

Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassemi runs fashion label House of Hend. She recently became chairperson of the advisory board for the new College of Fashion & Design, which took on its first students last month. She is also the chief executive of Paris, London, New York Events and Publishing and editor-in-chief of Velvet fashion magazine.Read more at:formal dresses adelaide | formal dresses perth


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