Fashion Trends

Occupy Wall Street: Street Fashion

Occupy Walls Street is taking over the world.  In NY Times interview, protesters were asked, why they are participating? Darcey Bussell alleged, “I like the use of public space as a performative realm and I like the combination of bodies in space”? Occupy Walls Street  has become more of a fashion statement then a protest as one protester says, “My pencil skirt is vintage.” “The sunglasses are Michael Kors.” Another protester chirps: “My top is American Apparel. The vest is Forever 21.”

The Telegraph, stated, “It all rather suggests that Occupy Wall Street is little more than a fashion show masquerading as a political movement, a gathering of super-cool yoof who want to show off how hopping mad they are about bankers and war and pollution and stuff and also how fabulously dressed and adorned they are. In this sense, that anti-corporate fashion vixen’s statement about wanting to be part of a “perfomative realm” is fitting, because this protest is really just a performance for the media, a reality TV-style display of one’s terrible emotional distress and excellent fashion sense. The return of class anger? Do me a favour. This ain’t class politics; it’s just classy clothes and haircuts.”

Check out Fashion Trends Slideshow by NY Times of “What to Wear to Protest.”

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Neo Design: Emporio Armani

Neo-design. A reflection on the dialogue between runway, fashion trends, and contemporary art.
The word neo means new. It is derived from the Greek word neos, which means young, fresh, new, or recent. Neo .. is an amorphous art movement of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. It has alternatively been called “neo-geometrio,” “neo-geo,” “neo- minimalist,” and now Armani coined “Neo-Design.”

Armani’s Neodesign collection is simple and classic. The compilation focuses on line, silhouette, and graphics. The vision is full of black, white, volume dresses. The wired dresses create a 3D look with elegance. Notice the hats are a must-have fashion accessory.

Here are my favorite pieces:

Check out the run way collection:

 

In their words…

Emporio Armani
spring / summer 2012
Milan Fashion Week

  NEODESIGN

   A game of colours that achieves a new and distinctive sense of depth. A
contemplation  on  the  significance of line, silhouette and graphics –
elements  that  define  the  equation  connecting substance and void. A
reflection   on  the  dialogue  between  fashion,  current  trends  and
contemporary artistic talent.

   SHAPE
The jackets with their masculine cut glide over the body, the shoulders
delicately suggested to soften the line. Dresses and skirts are longer;
ranging  from mid-knee to mid-calf – shorter at the back, longer at the
front  – they possess a graceful air of nonchalance. The trousers, easy
on the hip, are slim and svelte at the hem to create a sleek leg-shape.

COLOUR
Black  and  white  as well as pale shades of green, sky blue and pastel
pink,  framed  by  leather, knit or silk trims that outline the clothes
within  the  overall silhouette, like precise black brush strokes. Just
as a frame emphasises the radiance of the picture it encloses.

Images: Images via NY Mag and In their words via: www.focusonstyle.com

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Fall 2011 Fashion Trends

Fall is the time of year when colors change and the leaves fall. Revitalize your wardrobe with a few items to get you excited for winter and the new year. Here are a few must have fall 2011 fashion trends:

1. Sweaters, puff jackets, and blazers. There is something about warm, comfortable clothes that still make you feel sexy. You can still wear layers but show you silhouette.

2. Mustard Yellow or Golden. Only a few people can pull off this color,  but if you are blessed with the complexion you should glow this fall in the brilliant goldenrod pieces—from The Row’s velvet blazer to newcomer Wes Gordon’s elegant knee-length dress.

3. Polka Dots. When Marc Jacobs and Diane von Furstenberg have the same print on the runway that is almost a sure sign of a fashion trend. Polka Dots bring me back to childhood. They are playful, fun, and cute.

4. Jeggings. Jean or Legging? A combination. These are my favorite weekend play pants. They are low cut, comfortable, and designer. I just bought a pair of seven jeggings at the Nordstrom Rack. The best combination is to wear a bulky sweater with jeggings.

5. Lace up. Lace with any combo of clothing is back in style.

6. Be Bright. Often, in cold and gloomy weather, I resort to wearing dark colors. Don’t make the same mistake! Be bold and bright with jewel-tone colors. It is an easy way to make winter’s dark layers look fresh and fun.

All images from glamour.com.

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Missoni for Target

Guest Writer for fashion trends, Marie T.

The tides of change are vastly approaching the world of fashion and nothing makes this more evident than the recent partnering of Target and Missoni. Even though I will probably buy a piece from the Missoni for Target line, if there are any left after today, it is NOT the same thing as buying a real piece of Missoni. I view it more as buying a piece of “Missoni for Target” rather than a real piece of Missoni. Donatella Versace was quoted saying that she’d never do a Target line because it would dilute the Versace name. The question I ask myself is, is that mind set realistic or idealistic of her? The cold hard truth is that the world of fashion is a business and at the end of the day it is about increasing the bottom line. I think we will start to see more collaborations and lower priced lines in the years to come. What I see happening is that designer’s will have multiple tiers in their lines, like Ralph Lauren whose brand ranges from $10 tee shirts to thousand dollar ball gowns. I think the move is bitter sweet because it will make the designer brands more accessible to the general public but shows that even our high end design houses need to adapt in this ever changing economy to remain profitable. In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, it’s the end of an era.

Images From footluxe.com

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Monique Lhuillier Fashion Week Day 3


Bold Colors, Lace and More. The dresses were vibrant, sexy, and feminine. Lhuillier’s collection proved bold colors, and Lace will be 2012 fashion trends. The collection featured form-fiting, off-the-shoulder frocks, and lace panelled clothing. Lace  continued throughout evening wear, which she is known for.  I thought the highlight of the show was the yellow strong shaped dress. The model looked like sunshine on a rainy day. Being from Seattle, this dress made me smile.

Check out the runway show:

Note: All images via Style.com

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Cynthia Rowley Fashion Week Day 2

Flirty Frocks. The emphasis on structure and patterns makes the frocks feel modern. Where they might otherwise veer to the predictable, and the balance creates a line full of relevant, smart clothes for a girl who takes pleasure in being feminine. The show started off by Models strutting out in a parade of gold accented pieces and botanical prints. The majority of Rowley’s collection was made from silk, which gave the clothing a nice fresh Spring glow. What I love about Frocks is that they flatter every woman by showing their waist lines. Check of the fashion collection for your self:

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BCBG MAXAZRIA Fashion Week Day 1

My favorite runway show of the day was BCBG. I am pretty bias, as I wear BGBG almost every day. I love how the clothes are stylish, simple, and modest.

White was the color of the season, with optimistic pops of bright colors (reds, blues, yellow) and black strokes in unexpected combinations lending an air of delightful surprise to the BCBG collection.

My favorite fashion trends were color blocking and flowing feminine fabrics. The BCBG color blocking of the clothes resemble paintings of Mondrian, a Dutch artist in the 1920’s. As seen in the picture below, the colored forms have the most obvious brush strokes, all running in one direction. Most interesting, however, are the white forms, which clearly have been painted in layers, using brush strokes running in different directions similar to the BCBG dresses. This generates a greater sense of depth in the white forms, as though they are overwhelming the lines and the colors, which indeed they were, as Mondrian’s paintings of this period came to be increasingly dominated by white space.

BCBG’s clothes consist of soft, flowing feminine fabrics, modern sportswear, and elegant shoes and accessories will define the trends going into spring.

See more of the fashion show at the BCBG website. I have been using mashable.com to watch the runway shows from the individual website, as I am not able to watch them through the live streaming all day.

Be sure to check out when is fashion week and the schedule.

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When is Fashion Week

Fashion week is one of my favorite times of the year because it marks the beginning of fall, and a new year of fashion. 2012 is right around the corner.

Mercedes –Benz Fashion Week in New York starts off this year September 8, 2011 through September 15, 2011 with a line-up of 99 designers showing their Spring 2012 Collections. This is the first year Fashion Week is at the touch of our fingers as people around the world view live streaming fashion shows on YouTube’s Live from the Runway channel at www.youtube.com/liverunway. During fashion week I will be writing about my favorite runway shows and displaying my favorite pieces of the collections. The schedule is as follows:

September 8

9AM 
NICHOLAS K, STUDIO
9AM 
NICHOLAS K LIVE STREAM
9:30-10:30AM 
PORTER GREY, BOX
10AM 
BCBGMAXAZRIA, THEATRE
10AM 
BCBGMAXAZRIA LIVE STREAM
11AM 
RICHARD CHAI, STAGE
11AM 
RICHARD CHAI LIVE STREAM
1PM 
SUPIMA, STUDIO
1PM 
SUPIMA LIVE STREAM
2PM 
TADASHI SHOJI, STAGE
2PM 
TADASHI SHOJI LIVE STREAM
2:30-3:30PM 
CANDELA, BOX

September 9
9AM 
EMERSON, STUDIO
9:30-10:30AM 
ELECTRIC FEATHERS, BOX
9:30AM 
PROJECT RUNWAY, THEATRE
11AM 
LUCA LUCA, STAGE
11AM 
LUCA LUCA LIVE STREAM
1PM 
GENERAL IDEA, STUDIO
2PM 
REBECCA TAYLOR, STAGE
2PM 
REBECCA TAYLOR LIVE STREAM
2:30-3:30PM 
MARA HOFFMAN, BOX
5-7PM 
HELEN YARMAK, 730 5TH AVE, 23RD FLOOR
5:30PM 
TOMMY HILFIGER MEN’S, HIGH LINE’S CHELSEA MARKET PASSAGE, 14TH ST AT 10TH AVE
6PM 
NICOLE MILLER, STUDIO
6PM 
NICOLE MILLER LIVE STREAM
6:30-7:30PM 
JOY CIOCI, BOX
6:30-8:30PM 
CONCEPT KOREA, AVERY FISHER HALL
7PM 
CYNTHIA ROWLEY, STAGE
7PM 
CYNTHIA ROWLEY LIVE STREAM
8PM 
ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY, THEATRE
9PM 
FALGUNI & SHANE PEACOCK, STUDIO

September 10
7PM 
MONIQUE LHUILLIER LIVE STREAM
9AM 
RUFFIAN, STUDIO
10AM 
LACOSTE, THEATRE
10AM 
LACOSTE LIVE STREAM
10:30-11:30AM 
PINK TARTAN, BOX
11AM 
JILL STUART, STAGE
11AM 
JILL STUART LIVE STREAM
12PM 
SON JUNG WAN, STUDIO
2PM 
ADAM, STAGE
3PM 
VIVIENNE TAM, THEATRE
3PM 
VIVIENNE TAM LIVE STREAM
3:30-4:30PM 
FARAH ANGSANA, BOX
4PM 
HONOR, STUDIO
6PM 
CHARLOTTE RONSON, STAGE
6PM 
CHARLOTTE RONSON LIVE STREAM
7-8PM 
RAFAEL CENNAMO, BOX
7PM 
MONIQUE LHUILLIER, THEATRE
8PM 
EVA MINGE, GOOD UNITS, 356 W 58TH ST
9PM 
VENEXIANA, STUDIO

September 11
10:30-11:30AM 
KATYA LEONOVICH, BOX
11AM 
LELA ROSE, STUDIO
12PM 
DEREK LAM, STAGE
12PM 
DEREK LAM LIVE STREAM
1PM 
DKNY, 547 W 26TH ST
2PM 
TRACY REESE, STUDIO
2PM 
TRACY REESE LIVE STREAM
2:30-3:30PM 
L.A.M.B., BOX
4PM 
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, THEATRE
4PM 
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG LIVE STREAM
5PM 
JEN KAO, STUDIO
5PM 
Y-3, 82 MERCER ST
6:30-7:30PM 
GUISHEM, BOX
7PM 
CUSTO BARCELONA, STAGE
7PM 
CUSTO BARCELONA LIVE STREAM
8PM 
TOMMY HILFIGER, THEATRE
8PM 
TOMMY HILFIGER LIVE STREAM
9PM 
TIMO WEILAND, STUDIO

September 12
9AM 
JENNY PACKHAM, STUDIO
9:30-10:30AM 
CALLULA LILLIBELLE, BOX
10AM 
CAROLINA HERRERA, THEATRE
10AM 
CAROLINA HERRERA LIVE STREAM
11AM 
CARLOS MIELE, STAGE
11AM 
CARLOS MIELE LIVE STREAM
1PM 
REBECCA MINKOFF, STUDIO
1PM 
REBECCA MINKOFF LIVE STREAM
1:30-2:30PM 
PAMELLA ROLAND, BOX
2PM 
DONNA KARAN NEW YORK, 547 W 26TH ST
3PM 
VLOV-QINGQING WU, STAGE
4PM 
YEOHLEE, TBA
5PM 
NORMAN AMBROSE, STUDIO
6PM 
BETSEY JOHNSON, THEATRE
6PM 
BETSEY JOHNSON LIVE STREAM
6:30-7:30PM 
JAD GHANDOUR, BOX
7PM 
PERRY ELLIS, STAGE
7PM 
PERRY ELLIS LIVE STREAM

September 13
8:30-10AM 
MICHAEL ANGEL, BOX
9:00AM 
TORY BURCH, ALICE TULLY HALL
9:30-10:30AM 
J.CREW, STUDIO
10AM 
BADGLEY MISCHKA, THEATRE
10AM 
BADGLEY MISCHKA LIVE STREAM
11AM 
VERA WANG, STAGE
11AM 
VERA WANG LIVE STREAM
1PM 
DIESEL BLACK GOLD, 711 12TH AVE
1PM 
ZANG TOI, STUDIO
1:30-3:30PM 
BIBHU MOHAPATRA, BOX
2PM 
HERVÉ LÉGER BY MAX AZRIA, THEATRE
2PM 
HERVÉ LÉGER BY MAX AZRIA LIVE STREAM
3PM 
ARGENTINE DESIGNERS, STAGE
6:30-7:30PM 
IMPROVD, BOX
7PM 
TIBI, STAGE
7PM 
TIBI LIVE STREAM
8PM 
NARCISO RODRIGUEZ, THEATRE
8PM 
NARCISO RODRIGUEZ LIVE STREAM
9PM 
MALAN BRETON, STUDIO

September 14

9:00-11:00AM 
NORMA KAMALI, DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM
9:30-10:30AM 
ROCHAMBEAU, BOX
10AM 
MICHAEL KORS, THEATRE
11AM 
NANETTE LEPORE, STAGE
12PM 
PORTS 1961, NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, CELESTE BARTOS FORUM
1PM 
J. MENDEL, STUDIO
1PM 
J.MENDEL LIVE STREAM
1:30-2:30PM 
NOMIA, BOX
2PM 
CHADO RALPH RUCCI, THEATRE
3PM 
MILLY BY MICHELLE SMITH, STAGE
3PM 
MILLY BY MICHELLE SMITH LIVE STREAM
5PM 
SHAMASK , STUDIO
6PM 
ANNA SUI, THEATRE
6PM 
ANNA SUI LIVE STREAM
6:30-7:30PM 
JUAN CARLOS OBANDO, BOX
7PM 
ELIE TAHARI, STAGE
7PM 
ELIE TAHARI LIVE STREAM
8PM 
B MICHAEL AMERICA, MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, W 79TH ST AT COLUMBUS AVE

September 15

10AM 
RALPH LAUREN, 275 HUDSON ST
11AM 
RALPH LAUREN, 275 HUDSON ST
12PM 
GULI, STUDIO
12:30-1:30PM 
SERGIO DAVILA, BOX
2PM 
CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION, 205 W 39TH ST
3PM 
CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION, 205 W 39TH ST
4PM 
NAEEM KHAN, STAGE
5:00PM 
MADE IN AFRICA: BY ARISE MAGAZINE , AVERY FISHER HALL
6PM 
ELENE CASSIS, STUDIO

For a printable version of the Fashion Show Schedule.

See the fashion trends from the first day!

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Kreayshawn and Basic Bitches


Kreayshawn is “too fashionable to be concerned,” as the new video for her unreleased track “Gucci Gucci” reveals: “Gucci Gucci Louie Louie Fendi Fendi Prada/The basic bitches wear that shit so I don’t even bother.” She’s a good rapper from Oakland with a great video, but no fashion sense. Kreayshawn contradicts herself saying the most common sorts of wealth flashing language: “Young, rich and flashy I be where the cash be.” Kreayshawn is a viral sensation. Her video has over 12M viewers. As such, Sony signed a million dollar deal with Kreayshawn. I bet she will be wearing some “basic” designers after she receives her million some dollars.

There would not be fashion trends without the high designers, such as Gucci, Louie, Fendi, and Prada. Each time these designers release their new collections, other labels will replicate those designs. It is hard to be critical of high fashion when it is why we are wearing our every day clothes.

 

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How Asians Feel About Their Name Brands

Guest Writer, Peishan J.

I am Chinese myself, and it is hard to understand why my culture and other Asian cultures are materialist. I am now living in America, and I prefer to buy items that are high quality but not necessarily “designer.” From talking to my girlfriends, Chinese judge each other. There is pressure to look high in society. As such, ”There are social norms.”  This is why knock offs are so prevalent. Whenever I go back to visit China, I am asked buy my family and friends purses.  I usually say, “No.” Even though I don’t feel comfortable, I will bring back some bags if my friends and family will reimburse me and if I feel like promoting materialism.

There is a fashion trends section on huaren.com where I check out what other Chinese are interested in. This is an all things Chinese website. It makes me feel like I am back home again. Here are few favorites of mine from 你傻你就傻 - translated user name: Say you are stupid you are stupid.

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