I really love my blog I had someone read it today and she saw that one of my posts was written on her favorite designer Tory Burch. When seeing the excitement in her face as she read things about the designer that she never knew was so rewarding! I feel like I have done a good job on my blog, I actually proud of it! While at times I was annoyed to have to post things, overall I am so happy with the outcome, I definitely think that my blog has served its purpose. While of course there are things I could change, overall I am so happy with the outcome and I think I have really learned and developed from this assignment.
Its all about that ONE piece
“I am Fashion” wrote a blog post about a Diane Von Furstenberg and her Keva dress, telling how much she loves the dress and all of the wonderful things about it. I really like this post because even though it is about fashion it is completely different from my whole blog. So for this post I am going to take a little differently, I am going to talk about a pair of shoes, my favorite pair of shoes. The Chestnut Koolaburra Veleta Fringe wedge Boot aka pure prefection.
From the feel of the suede to the sound of the fringe moving when I walk, this shoe possess personality. I feel better when I wear them, more confident and poised. I must admit while I do think Koolaburra is amazing it is not my favorite designer, its odd how your favorite designers dosent design your favorite piece of clothing, accessorie, or shoe.
This shoe is so fun and honestly looks good with so many things. A lot of you may think that this shoe is just to crazy and too much of a risk, thats what I thought I just tried it on to see what it looked like (aka thinking it was not going to look good). However everyone always says that in fashion you take risks.
So I encourage you step out of your comfort zone, fashion is supposed to be fun! wear an all black outfit and put in a pop of color with bright blue shoes or a bright purple purse.
What Fashion has done to the Models:
I have decided to discuss something I think is very important part of the fashion industry… models. Something I have noticed and I am sure you have too is that probably 98% of models are stick skinny and over six feet tall, so models are therefore an extremely small percentage of the population. If models are supposed to be modeling clothes that we are all supposed to wear then how come they do not look like any of us.
Chanelle Astrof’s “Passion or Obsession” (http://chanelleastrof.wordpress.com/2011/11/05/passion-or-obsession/) shows just how crazy and creepy a models life can be. Models are often time forced to be an uncomfortable and un realistic situations. Steven Meisel has an obsession with women and often times photographs them nude or in awkward situations.
Dont believe the rumors, models don’t have it that good, they don’t get to keep the clothes and shoes and they get paid maybe $200 per job which is not a consistent job. Constantly being in society’s eye models are scrutinized daily, told to change something about themselves or to look different. Shows like America’s Next Top Model (one of my favorites) and A Model Life, do give viewers a peak into this brutal world, but may not always be the most realistic view of the industry.
Movie stars, singes, and athletes all pose as role models for many, however models are the only role model who are chosen solely based on their appearance. So most of the time models become the people that many would want to look like. Now what kind of message does it send to young girls when they see all of these stick skinny models walking the runways? Not a very good one!
*This table shows the how models in the 1990’s where skinny but not as skinny as they are today. In todays society when something is seen as pretty, sexy, or beautiful people will take it to the extreme aka anorexia and plastic surgery those are extremes.
Society needs to realize what it is doing. I do not think that there is anyway to fix this, how are you supposed to erase from your brain what is considered beautiful or sexy?
America’s Next Top Model is a wonderful example of women who crave this business. For those of you have never seen the show it is about finding America’s next top model (duh), the show is hosted by super model Tyra Banks who puts the girls through vigorous challenges, photo shoots, and eliminations. In one of the most recent episodes the girls where filmed for a video starring the 4 finalists, Tyra Banks, and one of the most famous male super models today Tyson Beckford.
Take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B0-vY4lF7Q&feature=related
I really love America’s Next Top Model because its about women who truly want to be models. The show shows the more realistic side of modeling, while constantly making sure that all the contestants are healthy and portraying themselves in a way that is respectable and commendable.
DONT BE FOOLED: JUST BECAUSE IT LOOKS REAL DOES NOT MEAN IT IS REAL
I think it is time to address a very big issue within fashion. FAKES!!! When people travel to New York or Vietnam the number one thing to do is go to those small vendors on the streets and buy those iconic fake purses or sunglasses. This may seem rude but if you cant afford the real thing then instead of buying something that is fake, just save your money till you can afford the real thing.
On cycle 14 of Americas Next Top Model, they did a photo shoot where the models modeled on the streets of New York City wearing fakes.
If I where a designer I would be insulted to find someone selling replicas of my hardwork on the streets. Imagine how much hardwork goes into picking fabrics, colors, prints, styles, shapes… of designs. Replica shopping has sky rocketed and the availability of it has become just as easy as buying normal merchandise. Did you know that when a replica is made it is trademarked and copyrighted in that persons name?
My parents recently came back from a buisness trip to Hong Kong where they had a blast at the “Ladies Market”. The “Ladies Market” is filled with replicas, and if I may admit some pretty good ones! From Rolex to Louis Vuitton they have got it all. I got to get a close look at some of these relicas and honestly, if you didn’t know your designers well you would have no idea of this stuff was real or not. You can get replicas for up 90% off!
The Department of Homeland Security (http://www.dhs.gov/index.shtm) actually has rules about tansporting replicas from country to country, how bizarre is that? This industry has sky rocketed! Legally you can only bring one replica per person in to the United States.
I believe that Fashion is a beautiful things, and it is honestly annoying when people abuse others people work and try to replicate it. What are your thoughts on this subject?
It’s all about the TRENDS!
With 2011 coming to end soon I thought I would recap some of the most influential trends throughout the year! Personally I think 2011 has been a success. With in the fashion industry this year there have been new innovative designs that have captured women everywhere and old designs that have inspired people throughout the years.
Many would say that fashion repeats its self, but I tend to disagree. Although some looks are similar to others I believe that designers add their own personal touch to each piece giving it a new feel and look. Out of all of 2011 my favorite look is the tail hem, I love how when you walk the tail flows behind you.
What do you think about the 2011 fashion trends? I think this year has been one of the better, offering something old and something new. Do you see flaws within these fashion trends, or would you consider them a success?
The top 5 trends however have worked their way to the top being the must haves of the season!
Something that I love about all 5 of these pieces is that they are so universal when can you not where a nude shoe, wide leg pants can be dressed down or up, Faux fur always looks chic but doesn’t harm any animals, and fedoras look great with jeans or dresses. Every girl needs these top 5 trends in their closet! Let me know what you think about these trends.
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Men vs. Women… Who Runs the Fashion Industry?
I have decided to switch things up a little bit and bring up something that I think is very important. Over the years I have noticed that males are way more dominant in the fashion industry. Isn’t there something wrong with this picture? Aren’t women supposed to know all about fashion, not men? When I think of high fashion I think of Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Christian Louboutin, and Manolo Blahnik, who are some of the most famous designers in the world, who just happen to all be men. Once again men run another one of the most successful and influential industries in the world.
Louis Vuitton (one of my favorite designers) is one of the most and if not the most well known designers in the world. Valued at 24.3 billion dollars Louis Vuitton was named the most luxurious brand this year for the sixth year in a row. Do you think it is wrong to just accept the fact that men may be more dominant in an industry that we “should” be running? I don’t think so… I think it is perfectly fine, there are certain things that women are good at and certain things that men are good at. Technically when you think about it us women are the ones fueling the fashion industry, therefore we are the ones making the male designers the most successful, aka more successful than us women! I love Fashion and most of the time I do tend to buy a lot of designs designed by males.
I know this is a bazar way of thinking of it, but sometimes I wonder if some women buy things designed by men because they know that it is something that men will actually like. Mostly though I think a lot of people don’t really think or care whether it is a male or female who designed whatever they are buying. However I do find it very interesting that men are more dominant in the fashion industry. Do you think that there is any significance to this idea?
With her funky, fun, and eccentric style Betsey Johnson has captured and inspired females all over the world. By combining art and dance, her two passions in life, Johnson created an empire full of color, sass, and edge. Betsey was inspired by the detailed dance costumes she wore, which later transferred through her designs. “I realized that making clothes is completing what a drawing can’t be—going from two dimensional to reality.” (Johnson) I believe that for Betsey designing clothes and seeing them come to life is euphoric; it is what drove her to step into this business, and what continues to drive her. After college Johnson won Mademoiselle magazine’s Guest Editor Contest, which got her noticed within the New York Fashion Industry, helping her to achieve a job in Mademoiselle’s art department.
Betsey Johnson had a very smooth kick of with her career, however there where some bumps in the road. For sometime Betsey’s sales when down forcing her to take a new road, designing children’s and maternity’s clothes. In 1978 the punk movement saved the Betsey Johnson name. To help get her career going again Johnson started to work with model Chantal Bacon, who helped Betsey sell her name, create her empire, and open up her first boutique in New York City. Today Betsey Johnson is a common household name, having 65 boutiques all over the world.
I think that Betsey Johnson is a very inspirational person because although she didn’t have some huge obstacle that she over came, she always went after her dreams, never giving up, and always persevering. Something that I love is that during Betsey Johnson fashion shows her models are encourages have fun an embrace the energy of Betsey’s designs while walking down the runway.
A reason why I think Betsey Johnson is so successful is because she does something that she loves and she never takes her self to seriously, she has fun with her job, she loves it. Today Americans hate their jobs more than they ever have, only 39% of Americans under the age of 25 are pleased with their jobs, and Americans who are 45 to 54 years old only have a 45% satisfaction rate. When you have a job you love you are more likely to be successful as was and is Betsey Johnson.
Within hours of opening her first store in New York City’s Nolita District, Tory Burch sold over $100,000 worth of merchandise. As a child Tory lived the “all American dream”, growing up on a 30-acre estate in Pennsylvania with her two older brothers and parents. Today Tory’s designs are sophisticated, feminine, preppy, and fun the complete opposite of what she was when she was a child. Many would of described Tory as more of the “tomboy” type, always playing with her brothers and refusing to wear dresses.
While attending the University of Pennsylvania Tory majored in art history, which is where her true love for fashion came out. While always living a luxurious life style Tory gets the majority of her inspiration from her parents. “I always watch my mother, Reva, get dressed at night, and just look incredibly stylish. And my father had his own innate sense of style. He used to design every piece of his clothing and have incredible details, like lining his dinner jackets with Hermes scarves and piping them and all of his shirts with initials. He was one of my biggest, biggest inspirations,”
After college Tory worked for various designers in their public relations department, where she gained a great deal of experience and insight on the fashion industry. While working for Vera Wang in her P.R. department Tory met Chris Burch who she later on married in 1996, soon after getting pregnant with twin boys. After Tory and Chris started their family together, Tory decided to take some time off to be a full time mom. Unable to take being away from the Fashion Industry, Miss. Burch drew up some designs and showed them to well known designers who quickly fell in love with Tory’s unique style.
Today Tory has many of her own stores all over the U.S.. Tory Burch is a very well known brand, being sold at many department stores, her most popular designs being her tote handbags and Reva Ballet Flat.
Tory Burch is an iconic figure within the world of fashion, ispiring and transforming the lives of many with her designs everyday.She has followed all of her dreams, which have led her to the road to success, leading her to make over $200,000,000 in sales yearly.
Growing up in the Upper East side of New York City’s Manhattan while attending some of the most prestigious schools, Vera Wang has become known as the queen of couture wedding gowns. After being a professional figure skater for many years, and receiving a degree in art history, Vera went to work for Vogue Magazine where she quickly found her place as senior fashion editor.
Miss. Wang found her love for bridal in 1989 when she designed her own bridal gown after not being able to find anything she liked. Vera’s designs are mostly worn by celebrities. Recently Kimberly Kardashian wore three custom designs by Vera for her wedding to basketball player Kris Humphreys.
Throughout the years Vera Wang’s success has sky rocketed, now owning her own fragrance, home line, shoe line, jewelry line, out wear line, and even lingerie line. In 2005 Vera was awarded the prestigious honor as the Women’s wear Designer of the Year, and is apart of the Council of Fashion Designers of America otherwise known as CFDA. Today Vera lives in New York City with her two daughters and Husband, living the ultimate dream.