Fashion & Politics

It is visually obvious that fashion is inspired by politics. For example, when you stand up or support a cause, getting a shirt or some sort of memorabilia to represent it, is a must. You want everyone to see who you support. The people that don’t know what you are representing, will ask and this is a great way to recruit more believers. We see it all the time with all the recent protest going on, everyone that displays their believes on their body through clothing get taken as a serious believer. It takes a lot of courage to visually display your beliefs on your body verse just speaking them. It has a harsher effect.

Our bodies are incredible when attracting attention. Thats why it is incredible when you are bold enough to wear or display your thoughts on it.

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Top 3 Stylist

Upon doing some research on stylist I have acquired my top 3 favorite stylists. It wasn’t easy but I managed to choose the most inspirational to me.

Brana Wolf

Brana Wolf is a contemporary tastemaker, visualizing glamour. She has an ability to rigorously edit styles to their most strongly graphic and perfected best. The images I have chosen look magical. The clothes look like they come from out of a fantasy world. I just love it!

Carine Roitfeld

Carine Roitfeld is one of my favorites. I have been following her work for the past three years. The more I read about her gets me closer to her work. She inspires me in every area of my life. I have most recently began to use her as my mentor in my work. She is an amazing artist. One of the images I have chosen is from her magazine CR. The other is of her sitting on a table with a slip ever so elegantly.

Katy England

I am extremely attracted to her work. The images I have chosen is work from her and Alexander Mcqueen. Alexander Mcqueen is one of my favorite designers. His vision and inspirations behind his works are moving. Katy England was a creative director for Mcqueen’s studio. She worked on every stage of the process, from researching and picking trimmings, to working on the shows. She is represented by Intrepid.

 

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My Favorite Stylist

Carine Roitfeld is one of my favorites. She is true to style, she maintains her reputation for shooting new faces into the spotlight. I have been following her work for the past three years. The more I read about her gets me closer to her

work. The images I have chosen are from her magazine CR. This images reflect on my taste of styling because they are simple yet elegant and moving. There is not to much clutter, in the images. The clothes seem to be alive and are the main view point of the images. This is what I want to be able to do with my porjects.


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Best Direct to Consumer Retailers

Victoria Secret is amazing when it comes to reaching out to consumers directly. They had a fabulous catalog that held all their great clothing and sales. It was a good way of getting directly to the consumer at home. Though they don’t have them any more, because the use of the online store is at its all time peak. Everyone shops online, now they have stores that are only offered online. The website is better than their catalog. I think it is amazing! I love it. Their target market is from ages 25-35. A business women that wears career clothing but is secretly wearing sexy lingerie underneath.

Ulta Beauty also does a great job at getting directly to the consumer. They mail out catalogs every month and in every catalog they have coupon for either $3.50, $5 or 20% off your total price. Though the use of the internet has gone up extremely. I am not sure how often they send out the catalog any more. The website is also amazing, they have the catalog for your view online. They also have an archive of all the past catalog you can look at. They bring light to the website and the magazine by photographing models that look happy and effortlessly stunning. Their target market is women between the ages of 20-40. Their stores range from drug store makeup like Revlon to Higher end make like Dior. Teachers, college students and mothers, the environment is friendly to women of all ages and careers. Its a place where they have everything beauty.

Macy’s is my all time favorite place to go. They make my experience magical almost every time. The intent it s there to reach out to the consumer through the website. There website is amazing. I think the best because it is interactive. You have the option to chat with beauty advisors and stylist and customer service if you have any questions. You can narrow down your choices by picking what you are looking for. Their target market ranges from 25-55 year old women. The college student to the career women. They have many departments every stylish persons needs. They do have a mail catalog too, this is where they announce their big sales and mail the consumers coupons.

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NYFW Favorites


FALL 2017 READY-TO-WEAR

Alice + Olivia

 This collection is inspired by The Enchantress of Florence. It is filled Indian emperors and the Italian Renaissance. I love this collection because it looks peppy, with a funky spin, showing cute and colorful wares that are worn in modern-day, it’s so chick. I love the bold colors they used. The high boots with sheen nylons underneath looks amazing!

SPRING 2017 COUTURE

Valentino

The Valentiono collection was inspired by dreams and mythology. Before I had read the inspiration from the designer I felt as if I was in some ancient greek dream of a princess era. As I read the inspiration it all made sense. The designer was able to capture a moment in time. A dream, and create it into flowing pleated gowns statuesque floor-length tabards, cloaks, and Greek sandals. I love it because it looks so pure and simple
These dresses look beautiful.

SPRING 2017 COUTURE

Chanel

This is classic Channel. They always elaborate on the classic suit and make it modern. In this collection they had it myriad candy colors, mint, checkered pink, peach, lavender, yellow and a wide, contrasting belt. It was beautiful! The tan dress is my favorite. The wide belt at the waist, and the crossed crossed chest design is fabulous. I love the thickness and flow of the skirt. It looks like flower petals, so smooth.

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Sustainable Design by Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney has become firm to create pieces that will last and not pile up in a landfill and will not damage the environment. She does so by asking the question what else can be done to make a garment more sustainable.

According to the article all of the designers studios, offices and stores in the UK are powered by wind energy. Abroad, renewable energy is used to power the stores and offices. In McCartney’s collections, they have been researching to acquire new materials and use as much organic cotton as possible.

Continuing to look for new ways to be more sustainable is a goal of the company. This concept is used when manufacturing and designing the collects. The company recycles all textiles that could be used. This is one of the company’s philosophies and implements it by having recycling systems at all locations.

McCartney became one of the first of luxury goods to participate in the Natural Resource Defense Council Clean by Design Programme. This program focuses on refining efficiency to cut waste and to protect the environment.

McCartney believes that it is the duty of a designer to guide the attention in a different way and ask important questions about each piece made. For example how a piece was made, where it was made and what materials are used, these questions along with creating luxurious pieces creates sustainable fashion.

There are many more actions and proposals that Stella McCartney participates in to reduce the eco print. These are just a brief few. It is no doubt that she is setting a great example for the fashion industry. She is also helping consumers choose their products wisely.

As a consumer, which would you prefer to buy: the company that recycles and is focused on staying eco-friendly or the company that is sending product to be burned in landfills?

As a consumer, I would choose the healthier option. Now in days, many consumers are. They see green, eco-friendly or organic and it sparks an idea of helping the environment by purchasing the product. Said by many, this is not a trend that will dissipate, this is a way of life. A way to participate in helping our environment and watching what we buy to make sure we are doing our part. We have a need to help, and by choosing wisely what we purchase, we are helping the planet for our future generations.

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Visual Merchandising

Being in retail requires creativity. You must attract the attention of the consumers passing by, so that they walk in your store. Once inside, you must place your products in certain positions so that they are eager to buy it. I conducted a journal of a few stores of how they did just this. I asked myself the following questions :

  • What visually attracted you to this store?
  • What is in the store’s window display?
  • What was the window’s message to the audience?
  • Is the window display appealing?
  • Does this window represent the retail brand?

  1. Victoria’s Secret-

The visual elements that attract me to this store are the pictures the 3.99 signs! Anything that price at Victoria Secret is a steal.

The most notable aspect of the store’s window display is model holding the VS semi-annual sale bag.

The window’s overall message to the audience is that there is a big sale going on.

The display is aesthetically appealing.

This display accurately represents the Victoria Secret brand.

  1. Disney Store-

The visual elements that attract me to this store are all the happy Disney characters. My one year old laughs and gets excited at the sight of this store.

The most notable aspect of the store’s window display is costumes they have available for the children.

The window’s overall message to the audience is they are having the twice a year sale.

The display is aesthetically appealing.

This display accurately represents the Disney brand.

  1. Bath and Body Works

The visual elements that attract me to this store is that they are having the semi-annual sale! I love getting the candles half off and the body lotions for only $3.50!

The most notable aspect of the store’s window display is the big red sale sign.

The window’s overall message to the audience is they are having one of their biggest sales.

The display is aesthetically appealing.

This display accurately represents the Bath and Body Works brand.

4. Macy’s

The visual elements that attract me to this store are the beautiful summer dress on display. They look clean and fresh!

The most notable aspect of the store’s window display is the cleanliness of all the different dresses. In the summer, clutter makes people feel uneasy. Therefore a clean display makes me feel fresh and excited to walk into the store.

The window’s overall message to the audience is fresh summer dresses are here.

The display is aesthetically appealing.

This display accurately represents the Macys brand.

5. Old Navy

The visual elements that attract me to this store are the motivational message to work out.

The most notable aspect of the store’s window display is all the mannequins have work out clothes.

The window’s overall message to the audience is work out clothes is on sale just in for the beginning of summer.

The display is aesthetically appealing.

This display accurately represents the Old Navy brand.

Being in fashion has many advantages, one of them is visiting stores and studying how they display there products to attract costumers. Also called “window” shopping. I love going into stores and looking at all the beautiful products and gazing at the window displays!

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Flapper Fashions

Flapper fashions have been interpreted and re-interpreted throughout the years. A designer whose clothing more accurately reflects the flapper desire for freedom, sportiness, and practicality are those of Ralph Lauren.

In Ralph Laurens collection the flapper style is more modern. It doesn’t seem to capture the freedom or protons of the flapper. It looks more sophisticated, mysterious and delicate.

In Anna Sui’s collection the flapper style is similar to the original. It captures the sportiness and the freedom. The one difference I see from the original is, that it more than a few inches above the knee. The original was knee length with small slits at the knee.

The Gucci collection is the one that gets as close to the original flapper style. It accurately reflects the flapper for its freedom, sportiness, and practicality. It is at knee length with slits at the knee. It is a bit more glamorized but it still looks extremely original.

These images are from Ralph Lauren’s collection.

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Fashion in 1910-1929

I see many elements of 1910-1919 that resemble pieces from a more recent collection.  With only a few years apart the evolution fashion is visibly drastic. With time, collections show many signs of fashion developing with new styles, cuts and accessories.

The shoes; in 1910 I notice the models are wearing pointy shoes. Another is the hats, the hats are similar and are being worn in both current and past models. The dresses from 1919 are very similar to the dresses in the most current fashion. The long tops and the long jackets are very similar in the way of the cut, the collars and the buttons. Though they are different, the main difference is the current piece has the model wearing skinny pants.

 

 

In 1929 the evolution of fashion seemed to just evolve along the lines of the long slender silhouette.

The historical pieces with the necklines, showing the V-neck and a modern one strapped dress. The flare and fringed skirts are very similar to the ones of the 1920s. Also the long slender silhouette is the same as the ones from the 1920s.

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Fashion from 1860-1909

History repeats itself. I see many elements of 1860-1899 that resemble these to piece from a more recent collection. The shape and the styling are similar to the silhouette formed by the corset in the late 1800s.

The corset to was very popular during this time and the corset gave the body a fashionable image. It created a small waist and gave a smooth curve shape to the hip area. Layered skirts was a trend during this time. The layered skirts gave the illusion of the women floating on clouds, like a dream.

In 1860-1899 the colors used are light. The green is a light dark green, with its pigments not as strong as the ones used on the in the bright yellow from todays fashion. Another difference is in the late 1800s they mainly used one to two colors, now they mix in three or more colors to make apiece more aesthetically appealing.

 

In the early 1900s big hair was in and in the pictures of today the models are displaying big hair, it is part of the outfit.

The current pieces are similar to the historic pieces with the hair, the colors and the hats worn. They are also different by the use of diverse fabrics and colors in the outfits. Also the models of now are flaunting dramatic makeup. They are also showing their legs, which at this point in time was in so many ways not appropriate.

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