The world of fashion is a very intimidating world for a lot of people. For one thing, people often don’t know where to begin with clothing. There are many different ideas on what is considered stylish. The magazines seem to have a narrow view. Often times, people believe they have to spend tons of money in order to get some really good looking clothes. At the same time, there are a lot of companies that offer plenty of affordable alternatives. Even then, some people who have dived into the world of fashion may wish for more creativity.
Fortunately, people can get more creativity when they visit the runway shows. Among the shows that can’t be missed are New York Fashion Week and Los Angeles Fashion Week. These events are where designers show off some of their latest designs. Some designers are rather conservative as they stick with the tried and true. Other designers are more daring as they push the boundaries of what is acceptable. Either way, people who visit these shows will likely enjoy their time. They get to check out the good, the bad, and the weird in new creations.
People that look into fashion will have a whole new world open up to them. They will gain ideas on how they can dress themselves. With the right creativity, people can come up with outfits that are not only unique, but pleasing to look at. One thing that stylish people realize is that they don’t have to keep up with the trends. At the same time, they don’t avoid an item because it is trendy. If they see an item they like, they will buy it. Fashion week shows are great places to look at some of the best looking outfits.
The average American woman is a size 14, so it makes sense that a lot of clothing manufacturers and fashion companies are finally recognizing this and providing the necessary products to meet these needs. Two decades ago, it might have been practically impossible to go into the mall and find cute, trendy clothing for larger sizes that didn’t cost a fortune. Nowadays, you can go into virtually any store, both online and off, and find an array of gorgeous clothes that range in size from XXS to 5X. Having the same styles as thinner women helps curvier girls feel better about themselves, giving them a chance to be just as fashion forward as the models you see on the runway.
In fact, there has been a recent resurgence in fashion bloggers who are plus sized. Women like Darlene Lebron Lopez, Kate London James and Sawsan are all popular fashion bloggers who have thousands of followers staying updated on all the latest looks and trends. You don’t have to be a size zero to look good, and the fashion industry is realizing this and making it possible for larger women to find clothing they actually want to wear.
Despite jeans and blouses being made in larger sizes, you can now find knee-high boots made with a wider calf to support plus sized gals. Plus size clothing stores like Torrid and Dia are bringing gorgeous fabrics in lingerie to keep you feeling sexy. Let’s face it, many of us can diet until the cows come home and still be in a larger size, so it’s nice to know that we can still look just as good now than we did when we were smaller. There is no size limit in the world of fashion, opening the doors to a plethora of styles for women wanting to look their best.
Whalebone Clothing was started by Jesse Joeckel back in 2010 with money he had saved from doing many odd jobs. He started off by designing and selling comfortable t-shirts with cool prints and logos. But Jesse soon realized that his business was only performing well in the summer and that immediately after Labor Day, sales plummeted. This was very difficult for him as he barely had enough money to open shop again in summer. He therefore decided to make Whalebone a year-round business.
His first attempt at this was setting up an online shop but this did not do much to boost sales during off-season as he did not have good marketing skills and was operating on a very tight budget. Montauk, the beautiful beach town where Whalebone is located, started becoming a favorite among tourists and this made the demand for Whalebone’s products skyrocket. Although this significantly boosted the shop’s revenue, Joeckel still felt like there was more that could be done. He therefore joined hands with Eddie Berrang and Bronson Lamb, who were both tech-savvy and very good at marketing, to re-strategize and improve the brand.
They revamped Whalebone’s online shop and made it more user-friendly and compatible with mobile devices. They also started making a digital magazine, Whalebone Magazine, to advertise the products and tell Whalebone’s story. Whalebone started making other products that could keep it in business all through the year. Their products now include specialty items and winter gear in addition to the cool t-shirts. In just a year of adopting these new strategies, Whalebone’s revenues have increased tremendously and it is looking forward to even more growth and expansion in the coming months.
Success in the fashion industry is about more than just having a great product. As is evident from Whalebone’s story, marketing plays a major role in boosting sales as it makes more people aware of the product. Thanks to their marketing efforts, Whalebone’s products, including the magazine, are now in demand all over the US and Joeckel hopes to go beyond the US borders soon.
There has been increased biotech attempts to replace leather from cattle with a more sustainable biotech alternative. Consumers are always attracted and addicted to the luxurious feel and durability of leather. Most of them do not know that cows are costly to feed and hide tanning is toxic. Modern Meadow Company has attempted to grow leather directly from skin cells.
Phil Ross is the founder of Mycoworks. His team has done a fantastic job by growing leather from mycelium, the dense root structure in mushrooms. Ross said that mycelium is the skin of the mushrooms. Ross and his team grow mycelia under varying conditions of humidity and temperature. He then tans the resulting fungal mat into leather that looks and feels similar to cow skin. Ross stated that leather from mycelium has a smaller impact on environmental footprint and needs less energy than cow leather. Moreover, the leather is also biodegradable.
Ross stated that an advantage of leather from mushrooms is that it has the plasticity that is not present in animal hide. Ross continued by saying that his work is more appreciated in the business world than in the art world. At the Indie Bio accelerator in San Francisco in July, the Chief Executive Officer of Mycoworks pulled out a six-foot leather hide on stage. Sophia Wong could barely hold it over his head. Ross and Wong are likely to start a company in the future. Wong has a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California.
If you were hoping to see more diversity in 2016 when it came to fashion magazine covers, then maybe 2017 will be a better year.
The world of high fashion has made excellent strides in the last few years, especially in plus-size fashion inclusion. Featuring beautiful women of color to grace these covers is still behind though, according to theFashionSpot.com.
The organization watches how the style arena is performing all year long, but apparently, major publications like Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Paris, Vogue Russia and Love Magazine got a failing score. Not one of these top magazines put a non-white woman on a cover this year.
Yet, the fashion insiders have started to welcome models of a larger size into their style club. British Vogue has been receiving plenty of applause for featuring plus-size beauty Ashley Graham on its soon to be released January 2017 cover issue. However, the famous UK mag let readers down by displaying only one woman of color for its 2016 issues, and that was superstar Rihanna.
Some encouraging news, US actress and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o graced the covers of five fashion publications. In addition, designer and rap superstar Kanye West put all the veteran designers to shame. West’s Yeezy Season Four fashion show was recognized once again as the most diverse show of the four major fashion weeks around the globe. He used 97 percent models of color on the runway.
TheFashionSpot.com does a lot of homework in putting together its detailed diversity report.
It was the shot heard around the world. In Beyonce’s visual album Lemonade, she took aim at a potential mistress nicknamed “Becky with the good hair.” In just a few hours, fashion designer Rachel Roy had posted a picture on social media—curiously referring to her good hair. Fans took notice, as Roy had been implicated when the Knowles-Carter crew went to war during the whole elevator debacle at the Met Gala. Onlookers began to buzz that perhaps Rachel Roy was more than just friends with Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z, and Roy’s reaction to Beyonce’s video did nothing to quell those rumors.
Online searches for Rachel Roy surged, and she was immediately deluged with negative comments on all of her social media accounts. After all, Beyonce is known for having the most loyal fanbase of any performer alive today. Affectionately referring to themselves as The Beyhive, Beyonce’s fans bashed all of Roy’s posts.
Some Beyhive enthusiasts even made mistakes, confusing designer Roy with chef Rachael Ray. Now even Ray had to contend with multiple negative comments on her Instagram photos of burgers and other food products. It is a good lesson to any fashion designer, chef or media personality; when Beyonce is involved, the people take notice in a rabid way that even celebrities can’t even understand. Although Rachel Roy was the target of many more online searches this year, there’s no reason to believe that her clothing line benefited as a result of the controversy.
People in politics are a lot like celebrities. This means that the wardrobe choices of politicians are open for public criticism. This is exactly what happened to Prime Minister Theresa May in Britain. Dubbed “Trousergate” by the media, all of the hullabaloo surrounds May’s decision to wear a pair of $1,250 leather pants. The pants were designed by Amanda Wakeley, and the public learned about the pants after a photo was released showing May lounging on her sofa at home wearing them.
Nicky Morgan, a former education secretary, was one of the first people to criticize the expensive pants. She said, “I don’t have leather trousers. I don’t think I’ve ever spent that much on anything, apart from my wedding dress.” Morgan also added that the Prime Minister’s sartorial decisions had been noted by the membership of the Conservative Party.
Presumably in response to the criticism, Mrs. Morgan was uninvited to a meeting at Downing Street where leaders were set to discuss the departure of Britain from the European Union. In turn, this made the Prime Minister seem petty and thin-skinned. The controversy over this simple pair of pants just won’t die down.
While the Prime Minister may not like the attention, the controversy has certainly elevated the profile of Amanda Wakely. Known previously for her evening and cocktail dresses, she is now being seen as the designer of leather pants for the wealthy and powerful.
What do you think about the leather pants? Do they deserve this much attention? Let us know below!
Project Runway alum Christian Siriano has been a pioneer for diversity and body positivity in fashion ever since he’s been in the field. He famously made a dress for Leslie Jones after she was unable to find a designer to dress her for the Ghostbusters premiere. The result was a stunning gown that Jones sparkled in, and Siriano got a lot of praise for the move. He tweeted in response to this praise, “Congrats aren’t in order, a change is.” He’s taken that sentiment even further in an essay for Glamour.
Siriano movingly writes about feeling different when he was growing up in a military community in Annapolis, Maryland. He says, “I felt, at times, super different. I was young. Gay. Eccentric. A little guy.” He describes that this feeling made him feel connected to other people who were different. For him, embracing difference in fashion vital. He chooses to dress people, not based on their appearance but by asking himself the question, “Am I a fan?”
Despite growing up and feeling different, Siriano says, “I’ve found an exciting, new model of success.” That he is using his own differences and his own successes to help others create successes not just in spite of but because of their differences is an exciting thing. Fashion should be for everyone, not just those who wear sample size.
Let’s be honest with ourselves. Lingerie is manufactured for women to wear. However, much of the purpose behind lingerie is to stir the fantasies of men. You only need to look at the advertisements of some of the biggest lingerie brands to see that most bras, panties, and accessories are designed to put men in a state of arousal. However, some of that might be changing. More and more lingerie brands are targeting their products with the message that men are optional when it comes to lingerie.
Some of it started with a woman named Heidi Zak. Zak realize one morning that she hated having to shop for bras. She quickly realized this was because so many bars were designed for appearance and not for comfort. She started a business called ThirdLove. ThirdLove sells basic undergarments designed by women for women. Run exclusively online, Thirdlove allows women to purchase bras and panties without all the hangers, fluorescent lighting, and annoying overhead music.
Zak’s brand is also reshaping the messages behind lingerie. Foe example, ThirdLove doesn’t view lingerie as a product for sexual fantasy. Instead, it show how lingerie can provide comfort, confidence, and empowerment. Perhaps this message is best communicated through the advertisements on the ThirdLove website. Traditionally, lingerie models have been photographed gazing sensually into the camera. At ThirdLove, the models gaze downward at themselves. This suggests the model is wearing the lingerie for her own comfort and not the for the pleasure of someone else. What a terrific message!
With ratings that either dip or remain lackluster with each passing year, it would seem that the once glorious Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is plagued by waning enthusiasm. For two years in a row, the famous fashion show has been hurting in the numbers department. Many in the fashion industry—and outside of it—are even questioning why the show exists. It does seem like somewhat of an anomaly these days. With all of the entertainment now available on the web, the fashion show is definitely less titillating than it once would have been perceived.
It’s not for a lack of star power, either. With top models Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid hitting the runway as anointed Angels, one would think that the current generation would get into it. However, this has not been the case. Perhaps the supermodels of yesteryear—Gisele Bundchen and Naomi Campbell among them—had something that translated with audiences in a way that this current crop of models can’t muster. In a world where it takes a lot to shock, the outfits that the models parade down the runway don’t seem surprising or even particularly fashion-forward. However, some viewers have complained to the FCC about the skimpy outfits.
In the coming years, it should be interesting to see if the network decides that this holiday mainstay needs to go. Although it has been fun watching the Angels take on the world in their princess-pink plane, one can’t help but wonder if it’s time for something new.