25 Women Designers Who Changed Fashion Forever The upcoming Costume Institute exhibit and Monday's Met Ball honors two of fashion's most beloved women designers: Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada. But what about the other female names that have helped to change fashion forever? Recently, Style.com's Nicole Phelps noted that in New York fashion today there is a surprising lack of big-name female designers, which begged the question: "Is it easier to succeed in New York fashion as a man?"
Zendaya schools the world on cultural appropriation In a new interview Zendaya has weighed in on the heated subject of cultural appropriation. It’s a topic that keeps rearing its head, both in the media and on Twitter – whether it’s a conversation about M.I.A.’s new video or Kylie Jenner’s cornrows. Speaking with Nylon, the 18-year-old singer and actress stressed that there’s a difference between appreciating and appropriating other cultures. Unlocking the Enigma of Iran DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Smugglers ply their trade here by night. Throngs of them huddle under the cover of darkness in dhow boats moored along Dubai Creek. Haggling in hushed voices, they speak in code but use an ancient blend of Arabic and Persian that betrays the destination of their contraband. Once they slip past the Emirati border patrol, an underground economy awaits them over the horizon where black market traders bid for their wares from cities across Iran. Few scenes illustrate Iran’s pent-up demand for Western goods better than this. The mountains of branded toothpaste, t-shirts, computers and handbags crossing the Persian Gulf from Dubai are a regular occurrence and an open secret in this region.
Can Feminists Like Fashion? - Forbes Céline 2012 Runway Feminism and fashion have always had a rocky relationship, a point hammered home in an article in Ms. magazine’s January issue, “If The Clothes Fit: A Feminist Take On Fashion.” The piece explores the tumultuous role that fashion has historically played in gender politics—both serving as a medium for the advancement of women, and as a weapon of restraint. It’s hard to deny the key role that fashion has played in the women’s movement. The Ms. article points to New York City women garment workers in the early 20th century who wore hats to signify that they were earning their own money, and thus financially independent. Women in the 1980s adopted a male style of dress (ties, tailored skirt suits, shoulder pads) in order to gain a foothold in the male dominated world of business.
Global Recession Impacts on Fashion Industry: Strategies for Survival The whole world is facing global recession. The economy is slowing, the business environment is unpredictable and the consumers are getting increasingly diverse, informed, technologically strong and demanding. The global meltdown has, in no way, spared the fashion industry. This industry, along with other textile products industry, is also feeling the pinch of financial adversity. The Fashion Industry Afropunk Street Style Fest - Best Brooklyn Fashion Quietly, in Commodore Barry Park, Afropunk Fest has been consistently upping its game, year over year, to be the alternative-music festival of Brooklyn. Built on the concepts of equality and inclusiveness, emphasizing diversity, and encouraging its visitors to come dressed to the nines, the crew that heads over to Afropunk tends to be the coolest, and the music featured is always cutting edge but also expertly picked. In short: It is really one of the best musical experiences of the summer in New York, which is saying a whole heckuva lot. Honestly, we had a hard time finding the best street-style photos for Afropunk, because we actually wanted to take a photo of every, single person inside of the park. (Yes, it was that good.) So we edited it down to some of the most killer, stunning, and inspirational beauty and fashion we've seen pretty much, well, ever.
Japan zoo makes wild fashion statement A Japanese zoo has taken the catwalk to a wild new level, using some of its fiercest inhabitants to rip and claw jeans to a fashionably distressed look. The facility northeast of Tokyo has unveiled 'Zoo Jeans', styled by the fangs and claws of lions, tigers and bears. Zoo officials said the material held up well, all things considered. 'We wrapped several pieces of denim around tyres and other toys. Dress For Your Body Shape You are here: Style Makeover Steps > Your Body Shape The Female Horizontal Body Types:Hourglass, Inverted Triangle, Triangle, Rectangle, Diamond, Oval If you like your body shape you are either male or a very unusual female! However, whether you like your body or not, if you understand what your current shape and proportions are and know a few style guidelines for your shape you are well on your way to looking your best. The female body types most people are familiar with are what image consultants refer to as the horizontal body shapes. These are:
H&M: Product Strategy Product H&M proves to be good at producing cheap products of reasonable quality, inspired by the latest catwalk trends. With daily new products in store, the H&M has a unique selling proposition, competing with – as H&M states- every other fashion company. Offering a broad range of product for a broad range of people, H&M seems to be doing well. Innovation H&M is very innovative and has extremely fast and numerous NPD cycles.
Women's Clothing Industry Market Research & Statistics Global Women’s Clothing Industry The global women’s clothing industry is expected to exceed $621 billion in 2014, marking a 12% increase in five years, reports MarketLine. Clothing retailers account for the largest share of the market at almost 65% in terms of value. The EU represents more than 35% of the global market, which encompasses formalwear, essentials, active wear, outerwear and casual wear. Major drivers of the world womenswear market include fashion, with shoppers eager to keep up with the latest trends, consumer confidence and rising income levels. Sarajevo Artist Creates Math-Inspired Origami Dresses From Paper, Textiles While most of us have forgotten the basics of high-school geometry, Sarajevo student-designer Amila Hrustic finds inspiration in the ancient branch of mathematics. "Plato's Collection," an assortment of origami-esque dresses made from paper and textiles, is a mass of edges, vertices, and faces, with each dress corresponding to one of the five Platonic solids (the tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, icosahedron). What culminates is a series of artfully structured forms that are as pleasing to the eye as they are mathematically sublime.
The metrosexual is dead. Long live the 'spornosexual' - Telegraph Two decades of increasingly out and proud – and highly lucrative – male vanity later, and the metrosexual remains the apple of consumerism’s rapacious eye. In a recent report, HSBC drooled all over his "Yummy"-ness, pointing out how mainstream metrosexuality has become. This was of course old news to anyone with eyes to see the extremely image-conscious and product-consuming men around them – or in bed with them. Or the way that the glistening pecs and abs of men’s health and fitness magazines have been outselling the "lads' mags" for several years. Or indeed anyone who saw the news last year that men in the UK now spend more on shoes than women.
H&M's latest campaign features the hijab, a transgender model and an amputee ... H&M has added to its global status with the introduction of an impressive new video for its latest campaign. In a bid to combat the brand's reputation as a waste-producing giant, the Close The Loop campaign advocates the importance of recycling your clothing. It even goes so far as to dub it the only rule of fashion. BIG call.