Season Up Your Wardrobe With These New Arrivals This Fall
While we may not have leaves changing in Jamaica to signify the season change, we have a slight dip in the temperature with brisk mornings, and more recently, unexpected rainy weeks. No better time to retire the summer brights and whites and embrace this beautiful season of autumn. When the colour palette gets warmer and emphasis is placed on colour, texture and prints. The season before the glitz and glam of Christmas‘ bejewelled gowns and sequins to dazzle the eyes. Let us embrace this season, a season fashonistas all over the world rave as their favourite to play dress up. Why? Because there is a great opportunity to showcase your knowledge on style. Today, with the help of Maxie Department Stores, we will look at some pointers and a cheat sheet of how we can master a perfectly styled look for the season, which Millennials to Generation X would be ...

Weiterlesen
Turning Alopecia Areata from stigma to strength
Kalika Blake 37, was diagnosed with alopecia areata when she was nine. The disease causes the body’s autoimmune system to attack the hair follicles, making hair fall out on the scalp and other parts of the body. Because of her condition, Blake says she was targeted by bullies in school. „There was a lot of pointing and laughing,“ said Kalika Blake. With support from friends and family, Blake managed to survive. „What I had to do every day was hold my head up high and walk through those moments and I can’t say it wasn’t hard,“ said Kalika Blake. Research shows more than five million people across the country have the condition; most of them children. Blake knows what they are going through and probably exactly how they feel. She struggled for years and doubted her beauty because of her baldness. „I hid it. I hid it for so many ...

Weiterlesen
Holiday fashion ideas from the runway
The holidays are a time of glitz and glamour or just dressing comfortably while enjoying time spent with family and friends. At the recent „Holiday Elegance“ fashion show held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds Conservatory to benefit Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, holiday and winter fashions from three local stores –Blue and Style Counsel, both of Warwick, N.Y., and Onore Clothing, of Sparta, were modeled by 20 celebrity models in front of 130 guests. Onore Clothing featured a mix of suits for men for business or holiday wear. One ensemble featured a sports jacket worn over a red collared casual shirt and paired with dark pants. „Red is nice for the holidays,“ said Edna Cintron, co-owner of Onore, „Some jackets go well with jeans. For men who don’t like to wear ties, we have graphic shirts that make a statement on their own,“ she said. For a more casual appearance, a ...

Weiterlesen
‚FASHION AND THE CATHOLIC IMAGINATION‘ THEME FOR US MET GALA
American Vogue yesterday (8 November) announced the theme of its annual ‘Met Gala’ as „Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Papal garments, on loan from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, will be displayed at the corresponding exhibition of the same name at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. “The display of these extraordinary ecclesiastical pieces will highlight the enduring influence of religion and liturgical vestments on fashion,” Vogue writes. The show’s curator, Andrew Bolton, and members of the Metropolitan museum’s medieval department aim to show how “material Christianity” has helped form “the Catholic imagination.” “The intersection of faith and fashion, the sacred and profane, as it were, has not always been easy but the interplay between the two has inspired some awe-inspiring sartorial innovation,” continues Vogue. The exhibition will also contain pieces by Coco Chanel, who was raised by nuns in Aubazine, France and fashion designer, John Galliano, ...

Weiterlesen
Ladies’ nights at Mad Hatter party is a real hit
UPWARDS of £15,000 was raised from four Mad Hatter ladies’ nights at Trowbridge Civic Centre in aid of Breast Cancer Care and Dorothy House. Nearly 1,000 people went to the Trowbridge venue on October 20-21 and Friday and Saturday night for a fashion show, party games, raffles, singing, a disco, topless male dancers and a three-course meal. This was the fifth time events company Cow Parsley Ltd has brought the popular event to the town and co-director Dale Hattey, who dressed up as the March Hare from Alice in Wonderland, said it was the best set of shows yet. “It was a spectacularly successful few days. Everyone had a brilliant time and we were absolutely thrilled to have raised so much for two great causes,” he said. “All the hard work, which has taken most of the year to put together, has paid off as the feedback we received was ...

Weiterlesen
Spotify for fashion: does renting clothes signal the end for our wardrobes
Like many, I laboured under the misapprehension that Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater was the most beautiful house in the world until the day Mariah Carey opened her home to MTV Cribs. From that day onward, there was no contest. Now, that is what I call a palace. Never mind requesting 20 white kittens on your rider, never mind the off-colour penchant for sexy-elf costumes, Mariah will forever be a pop-culture goddess by dint of owning the best walk-in wardrobe the world has ever seen. If you haven’t seen it – and seriously, what have you been doing with your life since 2002? – suffice to say, there is an entire room just for ankle-strap sandals. The walk-in wardrobe has been an ultimate lifestyle trophy for the living memory of many women. As Carrie Bradshaw once said, “I like my money where I can see it – hanging in my closet.” ...

Weiterlesen
A young Christchurch fashionista hires out her enviable wardrobe
Making glamorous designer dresses accessible is the goal of Christchurch-based fashion rental enterprise Lend the Label. Founded by 21-year-old Bre Poulter, the clothing hire business has been operating online for just over a year and has attracted more than 11,000 Facebook followers. „I’d just had my second child and was looking for a business I could run from home when a friend mentioned that she was renting a dress off another friend and paying for it,“ Bre says, describing how she came up with the „fashion for hire“ concept. „I looked into it and saw there were a couple of people offering fashion rentals overseas. That night, I came up with a business plan and it developed from there. Mum [Rochelle Poulter] and I run it together and buy all of our garments.“ Driving the venture’s growth is the allure of being able to hire a luxury silk outfit or ...

Weiterlesen
Drew Barrymore Is Coming for the Goop Crown
Drew Barrymore, fake zombie and real-life actor, director, producer, and writer, is adding another title to that already impressive list: designer. On Monday, Barrymore launched Dear Drew, her new lifestyle brand with Amazon Fashion. Amazon described the collection as “a love letter to women around the world,” the online retailer wrote in a statement. “It is intended to empower customers to be their best selves and live their most inspired, spirited lives” and to “provide inspiration and a grounding voice for all women.” Its Instagram is, oddly, private. Love letter to women around the world it might be, but Barrymore apparently went on an odyssey across New York City to devise the names for the collection: Each garment is named for a city street, each accessory for a neighborhood. There’s the “Canal Street” dress, for those who want to channel a tourist scoping ersatz Louis Vuitton on a hot Sunday ...

Weiterlesen
Parisian Shoe Brand Carel Marks Creative Tie-up With Clara Cornet
Carel — the legacy French footwear brand experiencing a revival — has unexpectedly teamed with a fashion double-C, but not the one you may think. Clara Cornet, an insider who splits time between New York and Paris, has joined forces with the brand for a poppy, limited-edition runs of Carel’s “Kina” mary jane shoes. In 2015, while employed as Opening Ceremony’s women’s buyer, Cornet gave Carel its first U.S. retailing partner. Upon making landfall at OC’s New York and Los Angeles shops, the Kina shoe quickly became a success for its manageable heel height, quality, design acumen and price point. Cornet, who grew up in Paris’ Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood where Carel has long had a store on the Rue du Four, says she “would pass by the shop all the time. I even wore it as a child — it’s very Left Bank. It’s not about fashion, it’s about timelessness.” Later ...

Weiterlesen
Within The Lines
  (Photo:formal dresses online)While her contemporaries were still drawing stick figures, Ragini Ahuja was sketching elaborate figures of women wearing saris. The Delhi-based designer, who burst onto the Indian fashion scene with her first showcase at Lakme Fashion Week Summer-Resort 2013, was always gearing up for such a moment. Her creative genes — a father who worked in the garment business, and a mother who was super handy with design hacks and DIY projects for her children — certainly helped. “My elder sister, who is an engineer, always said that I could never fit into the organised professional sector. ‘Something creative’ was her suggestion. So I mulled over it, and then, after finishing school, I headed to National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi,” says Ahuja, on the sidelines of her label Ikai’s Spring-Summer 2018, which she presented on the second day of Amazon India Fashion Week. Excerpts from an interview: ...
Weiterlesen
A Look at Spring 2018’s Attention-Grabbing Runways
Late one night, a friend trying to sell me on the benefits of mindfulness sends me a text—apparently, an acquaintance of hers recently lost 170 pounds and gained a promotion, a transformation he credits to repeating a mantra 10 times every morning in the mirror. I don’t believe her, but of course I want to know the mantra, and once she tells me, I can’t stop thinking about it: “Look at me.” It’s been a while since I commanded anyone to look at me. Once, getting dressed was something I did to stand out, and no print was too chaotic, no weird sartorial stone went unturned. There was a time, outside the Opening Ceremony show, when a street-style photographer took a picture of me wearing a Mondrian-print overcoat and spray-painted hot-pink creepers—less in the spirit of celebrating personal style and more, I’m convinced, as National Geographic–style documentation. Lately, though, I ...

Weiterlesen
Getting the scoop on fall fashion can be fun and unique experience
  (Photo:vintage formal dresses)Every year I try to get to an event or two during Philly Fashion Week (PFW), just to be a part of the excitement and see what Philly’s designers are presenting to the fashion world. Let’s face it, PFW is not just plain old fun, but rather, it’s more of an experience! Philly’s Fashion Week isn’t stuffy and serious, only for the swanky rich, famous and connected, like New York’s Fashion Week or L.A.’s, or Paris’ or London’s shows appear to be. Truthfully, I have never attended all of those international shows, so I am only guessing what they are like, based on the movies and news clips that I’ve seen. But I have been to PFW more than once, and everyone who wants to go or has the interest is invited to join in the fun and glamorous pizazz of this weeklong, full-of-life party for Philly-area ...
Weiterlesen
Fashion giants light up the Big Smoke at London Fashion Week
Italian labels Versus Versace and Emporio Armani brought the darkness and light to London Fashion Week on Sunday, burnishing the city’s reputation as a fashion capital. Industry icon Giorgio Armani had not displayed in London for 11 years, ending his hiatus to celebrate the label’s renovated flagship London store in upscale Mayfair. The spring-summer 2018 show at Tobacco Dock, a former tobacco warehouse, was marked by playful creations including a lightweight windbreaker with printed crab design, small, round-collared dresses, pastel-coloured ensembles and flowing pants. The label described the „frEAdom“ collection as embodying „freedom as lightness of being and eclecticism of appearance“. The Italian fashion giant has about 3,000 points of sale worldwide, which the group is trying to consolidate. Armani, 83, said he had chosen London for its „dynamism, energy and cosmopolitanism“. Fellow fashion giant Tommy Hilfiger arrived in Britain on Tuesday in another coup for Fashion Week, which has ...

Weiterlesen
Textile artist Kevin Koch shares talents during Fashion Week
What Kevin Koch does isn’t new. It’s where he does it that is surprising. Koch is a textile artist, a custom tailor. For nearly 40 years, he’s put stitches through cloth, in a variety of ways and a variety of places around his hometown. He turns measurements into a pattern and then cuts and sews a piece of clothing. Trousers, vests and sportcoats with expensive silk, wool or tweed are all possible. So are plain coats or button-front pants that Amish or German Baptist Brethren would wear. This week will be his coming out party as an artist and tailor. As part of Fashion Week in Goshen to raise money for the renovation of the Goshen Theater, Koch House of Design will have a cocktail party and open house Thursday night at 211 E. Washington St. The historic former church building has become a residence. Now it’s the home of ...

Weiterlesen
NY Fashion Week answer must focus on women’s wear
Q. Last year you wrote about attending New York’s Fashion Week. I know it was recently, and was wondering if things are the same or did you are see anything new? A. As a heads-up for my regular Male Call readers, the content of this week’s column will, no doubt, be of more interest to female readers than what usually appears every week. In the years that I have been writing my men’s how-to dress book and this column, I have noticed that when someone asks me, „What is new?“ that question never comes from a man. Women care about what is new in fashion. Men, on the other hand, care about looking appropriate, not embarrassing themselves and feeling well dressed. Although a lot of the designers include a sprinkling of men’s garments, little of what is shown at Fashion Week could honestly be considered to be menswear. To answer ...

Weiterlesen