Lingerie Isn’t About the Men Anymore

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!

 

People Are Asking If the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Is Culturally Relevant

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.

 

All Year Round Releases More High Quality and Affordable Women’s Wear

Maggie Winter and Jac Cameroon co-founded All Year Round (AYR) in 2014. AYR is an e-commerce clothing brand consisting of women’s wear with the major focus on denim. The company has its headquarters in New York City, and it lately opened a new store in Lafayette Street, Soho. The AYR, which is a brother company to Bonobos, launched Guideshop in April 2014. Later in September the same year, they collaborated with Shopbop in opening a wholesale shop.

 

 

Interview With Forbes

 

 

The two co-founders and co-CEOs started AYR with the aim of providing high-quality fashion brands at an affordable price. According to an interview with the Forbes magazine, Jac Cameroon stated that they are so many different brands in the market, but the challenge lies in the quality and pricing. The high-quality items are not affordable to everyone while the ones with a good price are not of high quality. Therefore, the two embarked on the journey to provide season-less quality women brands at fair prices.

 

 

Their bestselling items include the white poplin popover, the Robe that is a long Italian woolen coat, the powdery blues chambray shirts, and skinny jeans. The following essential covered all the seasons meaning that women will not have to spend more on getting different outfits with the change of seasons.

 

 

AYR as an Independent Company

 

 

When All Year Round began, they were operating under Bonobos. Before their launch, they had established some good contact with their manufacturing company in Los Angeles, which made them some pairs of jeans. Their first clients were friends who purchased the jeans from a lost in Garment District. In 2015, they had established their customer base, and they moved out of the incubation with Bonobos and started running independently.

 

 

Marketing the Brand

 

 

They have always relied on the press and word of mouth in marketing their brands. The Forbes fashion editor, their co-founder Max and expert in fashion PR, and the community have also played a vital role in the growth of their company. Their large client’s base includes some renowned figures such as Karlie Kloss, Crissy Teigen, and Leandra Medine. AYR intends to expand their business to include international shipping by 2017.

 

 

 

Tom Ford the Director Has Made Some Tongues Wag

There’s no doubt that Tom Ford is one of the best fashion designers living today. Although he is known for single-handedly reviving the Gucci brand back in the nineties—and helping to launch the career of supermodel Gisele Bundchen—Ton Ford’s own line has also been a raging success. Perhaps this is why his latest move into directing films hasn’t been that surprising; apparently there is nothing that this talented man can’t do.

 

However, it also seems as though Ton Ford the director may be unaware that the movie industry tends to have a few more rules than the fashion world. Recently, he ruffled some feathers when his team sent out bottles of his fragrances to promote his new film Nocturnal Animals. With many films in hot contention for Golden Globe nominations, the voters at the Hollywood Foreign Press were undoubtedly deluged with swag.

 

The issue wasn’t the fact that a gift was sent; the kerfuffle was over the fact that the gifts were pricey items retailing at just under $200. There is a cap that these promotional items are not permitted to exceed—$95. In order to cut down on the cost and make things fair, voters were instructed to send one bottle back. With so many people loyal to Tom Ford’s fashion lines—and his incredibly popular fragrances—it wouldn’t be surprising if some of the recipients sent back an empty box.

 

The “Leather” That Vegans Can Wear

Vegans don’t wear fur, wool or leather, which somewhat limits their fashion choices, however, unless someone lives in a cold region of the nation, fur and wool are not really necessary. Leather is fun though, and until now, there were no synthetic substitutes that didn’t look like cheap plastic. Phil Ross, founder of Mycoworks, is redefining fashion for vegans with his new leather substitute made from mushroom skin.

 

Durable, water-resistant, breathable and as strong as leather, Ross’ new material, mycelium, has the luxurious feel of leather, yet it contains no animal products. Textures grow into the mushroom skin to give it the appearance of cow or ostrich skins; even features such as zippers are grown right into mycelium, giving it a definite advantage over leather.

 

Mycelium will appeal to more people than just vegans; anyone who cares about the environment understands that raising livestock is a resource–intensive process, while mycelium incorporates agricultural byproducts, such as pistachio skins, that would otherwise go to waste.

 

Ross isn’t just making faux leather coats and wallets for vegans, he found that he can grow mycelia in a mold to fashion biodegrade bricks for buildings that insulates against sound and heat, are fire-resistant and are strong enough to stop a bullet. Along with Ross, co-founders Sophia Wang and Eddie Pavlu are interested in making furniture and building materials from reichi mushrooms; there is already a tea room in Germany made mushroom bricks.

 

There Really Isn’t A Better Retailer Than Fabletics

Kate Hudson Delivers

Online retailers are face a number of challenges. Since their customers don’t see a physical store everyday as they go about their lives it takes hard work to convince consumers to remember the brand and buy products. Despite these challenges Fabletics has managed to do just this. Founded by Kate Hudson Fabletics has already generated hundreds of millions of dollars in a matter of 3 years. Its customer base consist of millions of loyal fans who enjoy the personalized experience the Fabletics website offers. Although there are competitors none of them manage to give athletic wear of the quality Fabletics offers.

 

 

The VIP Treatment

Although you can buy clothes from Fabletics without signing up for the VIP membership it is more than worth it to sign up for the service. As a VIP member you get access to a more personalized experience. After you fill out a simple survey about your lifestyle you’ll have access to clothing meant just for you. Even jacket and sweatshirt is your size. The best thing about everything is that even if you don’t like what Fabletics selects for you there is always the option of canceling. Although you won’t receive any money back you will receive store credit you can use to purchase just about anything you want on the website.

 

 

Fabletics Wear At Its Finest

Many of the clothes you’ll find on Fabletics are “One Size Fits Most“. Most of the time no matter what you buy you are practically guaranteed to find something in your size. So many upscale fashion stores promise you’ll find something you can wear, but there stores only cater to very specific sizes.

 

3 years ago you could only buy this Fabletics clothing online but thanks to the success of the brand you can now find Fabletics stores where these clothes are available. In an unusual twist Fabletics has gone from the internet into the real world. The same personalized clothing is now available without waiting for it to ship to your address. You can find and wear whatever you buy on the same day.

 

 

Insane Halloween Costumes for This Strange Time

A list recently surfaced that shows the year’s worst Halloween costumes and how they coincide with the country’s recent state of turmoil. Essentially, modern times are fairly ridiculous, so what better way to let that be known than by wearing an absolutely atrocious costume? If you can handle the nonsense, take a look at this year’s ridiculous costumes:

 

Grass Skin Suit with Fanny Pack

 

As if dressing up as grass is not strange enough, the fact that this costume has a painfully obvious fanny pack just might be. So, if you have ever wanted to be a field of grass, your chance has arrived.

 

The Convicted Cutie

 

Certain things should never be glorified, including going to prison. This costume is exactly as it sounds–it is an inmate suit that has been jazzed up.

 

Teen Rapper

 

For over fifty dollars, you can purchase a faux sport’s jersey, exposed boxer shorts, and low hanging jeans. For no additional cost, they have thrown in a baseball cap to be worn backwards, of course.

 

Attractive Capitol Hill

 

In a rude attempt at mimicking Hillary Clinton, this costume is everything a business suit needs, except for pants. A mini skirt, hat, and miscellaneous accessories complete this outfit.

 

The Classic Poop Emoji

 

For some reason beyond understanding, this is the most popular emoji. What better way to support this strange fandom than by actually becoming that emoji?

 

Lady Luck

 

Who does not need more luck? Wear this flashy outfit complete with a money boa for a small fee at most local costume shops.

 

A Zombie Banana

 

The zombie craze has really become ridiculous, specifically for this reason. Get your scare on while concurrently embodying essential potassium.

 

An Earth Worm

 

Granted, there are worse costumes, but this looks fairly terrible when it is actually put on. One fairly hideous color pairs with one too many wrinkles for an outfit that will have people gawking or laughing all day long.

 

Bubble Wrap

 

Perhaps the most cost effective and potentially dangerous costume of the year is this bubble wrap get-up.

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Has Hillary Clinton found her designer?

 

It was nicely obvious that Hillary Clinton has stepped up in her fashion sense when she appeared at the second presidential debate on Sunday, October 9, 2016. Her navy wool pantsuit with a wide-lapel cream shawl collar and a cream wool top was a definite highlight and pointed out how a woman can be comfortable and stylish at the same time.

 

Delving into what Hillary has worn on other major televised public appearances, it is discovered that there has been one major designer, Ralph Lauren. He hasn’t hesitated to dress her in very colorful clothing with a red trouser suit at the first presidential debate and a periwinkle blue suit at her opening campaign rally. She also wore a more sedate ivory suit of his when she accepted her party’s nomination at the Democratic National Convention.

 

Ralph Lauren is Mrs. Clinton’s peer as he is in his mid-70s, knows how to dress a mature woman, and has experienced the same political and social incidents that she has and can design accordingly to flatter her image. He is a man who was born in the Bronx, started out as a tie salesman, and became a major American success story.

 

With all that a President has to attend to and concentrate on, if Hillary attains that highest office, it will be important for her to be dressed appropriately and be able to depend on a designer who will fulfill the role of providing her with fashionable outfits and be of help in crafting a flattering image of the first female United States president.

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It seems as though the fashion world may have shot itself in the foot through its commitment to instant internet access, whether it be through online discussion or instantly posted photos and videos.

In a recent article for the New York Times, fashion and style reporter Vanessa Friedman ruminated on the outcomes of the recently concluded 2016 fashion month (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/13/fashion/fashion-week-kim-kardashian-marc-jacobs-social-media.html?_r=0) . The high-end shows, displaying the items that international fashion houses expect to see trending in Spring 2017, went off smoothly enough. The problem was the ensuing confusion and erratic behavior that seemed to be the result of too much instant internet coverage.

Take the brightly colored yarn dreadlocks seen on Marc Jacobs’ models, which almost instantly provoked a storm of Twitter and Instagram attacks on the designer for what was seen as cultural appropriation. No one seemed to interpret the dreadlocks in the aesthetic context of the show: the fashion world came off looking irresponsible and elitist.

The incident involving model Gigi Hadid at this year’s Milan show brings up similar issues. An independent journalist addicted to posting his escapades on Instagram grabbed and fondled Ms Hadid as she was leaving the show, then reveled in the loads of posts on the internet criticizing his unseemly actions.

And would Kim Kardashian West have been robbed of her jewelry at her hotel immediately following the Paris fashion week if she hadn’t been posting non-stop about her jewels and her own activities at the time?

According to Ms. Friedman’s New York Times article, the internet has facilitated far too much transparency in the fashion world. Because it’s now possible to provide instant access to the latest product by posting photos on any number of internet sites, consumers have become more demanding and the fashion industry has rushed in to meet that demand.

The problem is, once substance has been displayed, with what else can viewers be provided? Fashion’s elegant elitism is being threatened by the constant flood of meaningless and trite content. Those in whose care the latest fashion trends lie need to become much more selective and discriminating in what they post on the internet.

Clothing: You Have Been Doing It Wrong

Clothing and fashion are not always great. New outfits lose their appeal before they are even worn, laundry days are few and far between, pieces become too tight, and fabric stains, unfortunate burdens in the world of fashion. Thankfully, there are countless hacks to make dressing yourself easier by saving you time, money, and a whole lot of patience.

 

Stretch Your Flats in a Flash

 

Though often cheap, new flats are difficult to break in. Chances are, you need these shoes the next day and do not want to deal with the pain that will come with wearing them so soon. The night before you plan on wearing them, put on your thickest socks, slip on the flats, and use a hairdryer to seal the deal.

 

Remove Pen Stains with Hairspray

 

If you have ever used a pen, you have gotten that pen on your clothing at one point or another. Instead of setting the stain in with water, pull out your hairspray.

 

Why Put Your Jeans in the Freezer?

 

Fashion gurus say that you should not wash your jeans after every use because they fade faster and the fabrics loosen. However, the thickness of the material results in some horrid odors being trapped in there from time to time. To put a stop to this nonsense, put your jeans into a ziplock bag and place them in the freezer overnight.

 

Save Your Old Tights

 

Have a deodorant stain? Use a pair of old tights to rub it away.

 

Add Something; Lose Something

 

Anytime you buy something new, consider donating something old. Chances are, you purchased this new piece to replace an old one and to spruce up your wardrobe, right?

 

Roll ‘Em Up

 

Rather than folding clothes, roll them before putting them into your drawers.

 

Vodka for Clothes

 

Again, laundry days are too far apart. If you need to pull something out of the hamper, spray it with vodka. This will destroy any odors and the vodka smell will not linger.