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Ripped jeans and other ‘trends’ I just don’t understand

FASHION: You won't see my gear on the catwalk. Models display creations designed by Yuma Koshino during the 2017 Spring/Summer Collection at the Tokyo Fashion Week in Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara). 

(Photo:2016 formal dresses)I KNOW you’re going to find this hard to believe, but I’m a trend setter.

Let me take you back a few decades, sorry years, and I will explain.

When I was a young scout I attended a camp.

One night the largest lad amongst us decided he would chase us.

This took place in near darkness.

I could see his shadow approaching me and I ran for it.

Unfortunately, I tripped straight over a tree trunk.

Luckily, he had lost me and moved on.

But as I silently lay there, a tremendous pain came over me.

I had torn my jeans and badly cut and bruised my leg.

When I returned home, my dad wasn’t best pleased that an expensive pair of jeans had been torn.

He didn’t seem that concerned I had hurt myself.

A few years later I was riding a moped.

A car was about to ‘cut me up’ while crossing a four-lane roundabout.

I avoided the collision, but realised I was going to hit the pavement hard.

So I pushed the moped one way and I ended up hurtling in the opposite direction.

As I lay on the ground, I realised I had badly cut and bruised my leg.

And yet again, an expensive pair of jeans had been ripped.

This time my dad wasn’t worried about the jeans.

No, he berated me for ruining the moped.

Again, little concern over the leg injuries.

So what trend was I ahead of here?

Why, ripped jeans of course.

Yes, you can spend a pretty penny on looking like you’ve been in an accident.

Of course, the fashionable name for it is ‘distressed jeans’.

I’ll say they’re ‘distressed’. I would be really upset to get a pair.

Who would have thought that jeans that look like they’ve been through a shredder would be ‘cool’.

Weirdly, you’re paying more for less material.

Still, that boat sailed a long time ago with the mini skirt.

And what about sagging jeans and faded t-shirts?

Other trends, which I had ‘first’ and people have followed, include ‘spiked’ hair.

When I wake up in the morning my hair looks like I’ve plugged my finger in a socket for the night.

I don’t need to ply mountains of gel on it to make it stick up.

But certain fashions I embraced won’t be making a comeback.

And more’s the pity.

For instance, my collection of bri-nylon fluorescent shirts.

Yes, in fetching luminous green and day-glo orange.

These were shirts that if you touched, you would sizzle for a week.

Don’t run a Geiger counter over them.

You could match those shirts with a pair of crushed velvet deep purple loon pants (spectacularly flared trousers for the uninitiated) and top the whole ensemble off with a pair of corduroy desert boots, obviously in khaki.

Yes, even the catwalks of Paris might struggle to shift that lot.

Another trend that won’t be repeated are the 1970s version of ‘penny collar’ shirts.

The collars were so big they touched your shoulders and made you look like your neck had vanished.

Indeed, if a strong wind came along it was all you could do to keep yourself from taking off.

And don’t get me started on skinny rib turtle-neck sweaters.

There comes a time in everybody’s life when you stop being a fashion victim and decide to wear what you want.

Some people would argue I started doing that at about 25.

But now I am happy just being comfortable.

Who knows, perhaps beige cardigans with a natty stripe on them can be hip again?Read more at:formal dress shops brisbane

Third Kampala Fashion Week Showcases Superb Organization

As the lights went out on Saturday signaling an end to the third edition of Kampala Fashion Week, as a fashion lover and ardent follower, I could not help but wonder whether we still have to wait a year until we can have such a well-organized fashion event.

That thought was echoed by many in conversations during the after-party. Giulio Molfese, a fashion photographer with Photo4Fashion, was happy that finally we got a full three evenings of action, unlike previous editions that had one night, although all editions have had seminars preceding the fashion showcases.

He applauded the gesture of giving upcoming designers such a big platform to get their brands out. Kkoolo and Nfka are some of the young brands that showcased on day two.

The production was on point, putting together the services of New York-based LDJ Productions with our own Silk Events. Being a new venue, many showgoers did not know what to expect from The Square, the rooftop of a building in Industrial area.

After hosting KFW, there is no doubt it is going to become the go-to space for arts events. It turned out to be the best venue since the annual event was started three years ago.

The lesson here is for curators and event organizer to think outside the box and not go to the same-old, same-old venues. The opening night featuring the SEED Show finalists was invite-only. This is not common in this market, but it was about time fashion designers showcased a new approach to influencers, media and retailers.

It is also not by chance that UK-based fashion designer Jose Hendo has showcased three times in a row. Her designs have graced major runways world over and she has made a name from her eco-sustainable fashion wear, thanks to her R3 approach (reduce, re-use and recycle).

This edition she showcased the Motto Silhouette Zero Waste Collection, working with bark cloth, organic silk and seat belts. She is a case of a designer with refreshing ideas while maintaining her identity.

Many renowned Ugandan designers attended at least one night of KFW. Hope they borrowed a leaf.Read more | bridesmaid dresses australia

Characters behind the clothing

Arianna Hoard is a first-year psychology student. When we met, she wore a forest green knit sweater, black jeans, and brown leather boots. She blends basic items together, creating an interesting outfit that allows her to stand out.

The Medium: What got you into fashion?

Arianna Hoard: I always loved playing dress-up, and I always liked being creative. I have a creative side, so being able to express myself through clothing is an interesting thing I figured out how to do throughout my life. I’m constantly changing my style.

TM: What influences your style?

AH: Honestly, the queer community. They usually have really good style. Being queer myself and having queer friends that are hipster, you can probably tell that I’m a little hipster too. Also, Tumblr.

TM: Do you have a favourite brand or designer?

AH: I actually prefer thrift shopping, because I usually find a lot of cool things. It’s like treasure hunting, so it’s more fun, and I save money. It’s also better for the environment, because I’m really against factories and products made outside Canada. I try to keep everything local.

TM: Do you have a favourite piece?

AH: This green sweater.

TM: How does the season affect your style?

AH: Autumn is my all-time favourite season. The fashion in autumn is my favourite, because I can dress with big, oversized knit sweaters, boots, and wool socks. I can be more free and comfy.

TM: What are your thoughts on fashion on campus?

AH: It’s very diverse, because the culture is very diverse. There are a lot of different people and styles coming in that I’ve never been exposed to before, because I’m from such a small town. Here, I feel like I can represent my own style more freely because it’s more accepted, whereas in my hometown, I had to dress a certain way or be ridiculed.

Jared Lund is a third-year DEM student. He demonstrates confidence through his clothing. Lund also accessorizes with rings; a Versace ring on his thumb grabs attention and complements his clothing choices.

The Medium: How did you get into fashion?

Jared Lund: Growing up, all my friends were into the latest Nikes. I think that’s where it began. I grew up between Toronto and Detroit, so those cities influenced me. [My interest] started with Nike, then moved onto Adidas, Air Jordan, and New Balance. My interest in shoes is what led to my general interest in fashion. Once I found out I had an interest, I started going out of my way to develop it by going online, reading magazines, and keeping up with runway shows.

TM: Who is your favourite designer or brand?

JL: That’s a tough one because I think certain brands are good for certain things. I can say I love Nike, because they make many models of shoes that I like. I’m not so much interested in couture fashion. That being said, I do follow some runway shows. I like where Gucci and Balenciaga are going right now. But as for brands that are applicable to me personally, I like Off-White and Adidas Y-3—more contemporary stuff.

TM: What is your favourite piece that you own right now?

JL: Probably my big wool Armani jacket. I like wearing it over my clothes in the winter.

TM: How do you see your style changing with the season changing?

JL: I look forward to winter from a style perspective, because I feel like I can wear more stuff. During the summer, it’s hard to wear more than shorts and a t-shirt. But when it gets colder, I’m more easily able to express myself. I prefer wearing jackets, hoodies, and scarves. I prefer that style.

When I met Yoshio Oishi, a second-year marketing and commerce student, he was wearing an Ebbets Field hat, a UNIQLO KAWS shirt tucked into a pair of black Levis, and a vintage U of T jacket. He wore Adidas Y-3 Boosts, setting him apart from the popular Adidas Ultra Boosts.

The Medium: What got you into fashion?

Yoshio Oishi: My mom briefly went to school for fashion design. My dad used to make his own clothes when he was in university, because fabrics were cheaper back then. They both inspired me. When thrifting was big back in 2012, I started going [to thrift stores], and that’s where I was finding some pretty good pieces, like a Supreme Camp hat. Before all this, I didn’t know anything [about fashion].

TM: Who are your favourite designers?

YO: Junya Watanabe and Yohji Yamamoto. Yamamoto’s stuff is not like other fashion houses, where you get one satin jacket that you can wear with one outfit and that’s it. With most of Yamamoto’s pieces, you can wear them with a lot of pants and a lot of shoes, and still look decent. You don’t have to be in fashion week to wear it, you can wear it around campus. It’s that low-key stuff.

TM: What are your favourite pieces that you own?

YO: This Ebbets Field hat. Other than that, I also like this vintage school jacket. You see lots of people on campus with U of T gear that you can get at the store, but I like this because it’s unique and you’re not going to see anyone else wearing it.Read more at:formal dress shops sydney | formal dress shops brisbane

A plus-size apology

Leading US designer Prabal Gurung has written an emotional apology to plus-size women for the way they are treated by the fashion industry.

“As someone who was always seen as ‘different,’ I am well acquainted with the feeling that my needs were not mainstream enough to be met by society,” Gurung wrote on the website Lenny. “I know what it feels like to be slighted, and I’m embarrassed that we as an industry have overlooked hundreds of millions of women.”

The diminutive Gurung moved to the US from Nepal 16 years ago and worked with Cynthia Rowley and Bill Blass before launching his own label that has been embraced by First Lady Michelle Obama.

“Our industry was being lauded for supposedly coming such a long way – our runways are more racially diverse than ever and have begun to habitually feature models who are transgender or gender-fluid,”Gurung wrote. “A woman from the audience raised the question of size, or rather the apparent lack of size diversity, pointing to a major hole in our industry. Our panel gave a dismissive ‘We’ll eventually get to you …’ response, then moved on, as though the strides we had already made by being diverse in other ways made it OK to ignore the majority of American women.”

In a step forward Gurung will work with US plus-size retailer Lane Bryant on an exclusive collection to be launched in March.

“Prabal is a master at mixing materials, fabrics and textures — he pulls it off in such a way that each piece becomes its own artistic statement,” said Lane Bryant chief executive Linda Heasley. “His ingenuity at mixing sporty ease with unabashed glamour has made his label a huge success. We are delighted to welcome him to Lane Bryant and offer his innovative fashions, spirit, and unique styles to the Lane Bryant customer.”

Gurung follows in the footsteps of Project Runway contestant Christian Siriano, Sophie Theallet and Isabel Toledo.

“We have spent countless years understanding, admiring, and appreciating some of the women in our world,” Gurung wrote. “It is now time to get to know and respect the rest.”Read more | elegant evening dresses

Costume Drama

Like your wedding, you want your dress to be unique. You also want to know the hottest trends in bridal wear. According to fashion experts less is no longer more. Opulence, elegance and glamour are the buzz, so beads, crystals, diamantes and intricate embroideries add drama and sparkle to this season’s wedding attires. The most popular bridal wear for young brides are usually lehengas, heavily embellished kurta sets and saris. For cocktail wear, one can opt for corsets teamed with fitted lehengas jazzed up with Swarovski crystals and sequins.

Bridal trends:

When it comes to wedding trends, they are centred around bold and bright hues and few pastel colour schemes. Vibrant red, bold turquoise, bright greens as well as bright yellow and peach tones are also some of the top colour trends for the 2016 wedding season. Elegant and classy is back in style. Modern brides these days favour costumes with more drama. From heavily embellished wedding dresses to sleek, minimal embroideries in subtle hues, to blush-coloured confections, to classic silhouettes splashed with intricate zardozi work.

Keeping the latest bridal trends in mind, Diva’ni – fashion house – showcased its coveted Couture 2016 Bridal Collection, ‘Bagh-e-Bahar’, against the backdrop of the historic city of Lahore at Haveli Barood Khana, recently. Sultry and bold, it was a bridal extravaganza with the collection painstakingly crafted across 300 days by 1000 artists with more than 10 million stitches, ‘Bagh-e-Bahar’ managed to bring back the classic Mughal era. Head turner, Mahira Khan walked for the label as the most sought after fashionista and, gave us major fashion goals with the way she carried a heavy bridal jora and made it look like her own.

Bridal looks:

Modern day bride is now ready to evolve and go beyond shades of red, deep pink and antique gold. Colours like aqua blue and green are now popping up to be really hot trends this season. Once again smokey eyes and false eyelashes will be continuing to make an appearance at weddings this year; however, expect to see some softer colours used on the eyes.

At the show, makeup was kept minimal to let the clothes do all the talking offsetting with jewellery for an added panache. The trends marked the seasonal change while setting the perfect mood for hair and makeup inspiration for your wedding day. From soft dewy skin to natural makeup and centre parting, we witnessed styles in bridal beauty and the way models at Mehreen Syed, Cybil, Neha and others carried this all-natural eye-catching look.

Hair and makeup by team N-Pro/Nabilas, as always did a great job by providing their expertise. In keeping with the theme an ethnic, traditional look was created to match the glory of the ensembles. Gelled back buns with centre parting was the mainstay hair trend; it was made visually attractive by adding a bunch of red roses put together as hair accessory signifying the theme of ‘Bagh-e-Bahar’.

The magnificent show:

It was Diva’ni’s debut show in Lahore attended by the likes of designer Kamiar Rokni, Ali Xeeshan, Saira of Saira Shakira, Nickie Nina, Munib Nawaz along with Mahgul and Shiza Hassan along with others from fashion’s A-list.

Down the dusty, narrow streets of inner Lahore is the significant Haveli where the magnificent set up was experienced on the night with the most breathtaking decor that one imagines in a land far, far away – it was enough to attract the who’s who of Lahore and they came with all their might. Taking ones breath away on the first glance were the wilted crushed red roses, live music played by the musicians near the entrance. Yet it was the lingering ‘Rose Affect’ that left many in awe.

The evening was opened with a live performance by the maestro Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan which was followed by an interactive 360 bridal showcase spread over the Haveli featuring ensembles from ‘Bagh-e-Bahar’. If on the one hand Diva’ni presented a mosaic inspired by world architecture, it was then juxtaposed against ancient Persian garden motifs, all brought together by the signature vintage rose motif across fabrics hand-woven with sheer intricacy.

Creative director Diva’ni Saniya Dhir from India and local partner Shakil Zandani were present there and looked visibly proud. While calling the collection ‘dramatic’ and ‘opulent’ which Raj productions are all about Dhir reiterated that the collection matched the setting and questioned how could the clothes not be?

“Bagh-e-Bahar’ celebrates the sheer majesty and richness of the Sub Continent’s shared heritage and historic legacy. Every ensemble has been crafted as a masterpiece where each silhouette recites poetry of a bygone era and each hue has been plucked from the canvases of historic art. We are delighted to introduce ‘Bagh-e-Bahar’ in Lahore,” said Saniya Dhir.Read more |

Let the Fittings Begin

The Bridal Fall 2017 shows have just come to a close, offering a number of looks inspired by the ready-to-wear runways and Hollywood’s A-list alike. In continuing with last season’s turn toward the increasingly transparent, layers upon layers of sheer chiffon dominated the collections, leaving a scant bit left to the imagination. This was, at times, coupled with a dramatic, if not dangerously low, neckline—and in some cases, an additional slit cut up to there à la Angelina Jolie at the 2012 Oscars. While these showstopping moments are practically de rigueur on the red carpet, we’d be remiss not to wonder whether modern brides-to-be envision a similar statement for their own walk down the aisle. In fact, the designs that made a lasting impression managed to steer clear of the trends in favor of a relatively more demure approach that promised to stand the test of time.

Case in point was Carolina Herrera, who celebrated 35 years in business with a return to the ladylike elegance of her very first dress. One high-neck, long-sleeved Alençon lace gown featured a bustier-like bodice that subtly hinted at the honeymoon underpinnings to come, but when covered in delicate floral appliqué, it was fit for a matrimonial occasion in front of friends and family. While Herrera’s presentation catered to the modest bride, Oscar de la Renta’s offering called out to the minimalist. Inspired by spring florals, 3-D blossoms were scattered throughout, but it was a simple strapless column—save for a dramatic loop back—that sprouted up above the rest. That’s not to say this season saw a complete departure from the extravagant; Vera Wang demonstrated her hand at making a fashion statement. Exaggerated draped sleeves extending well past the fingertips came up short from a practical standpoint (and where the ring is concerned), but a wearable alternative came in the form of an off-the-shoulder style in allover embroidered lace. The trick employed by the designer? Deceptive flesh-color lining that provided the same nearly nude feel without the added fuss. Here, see these and more of our favorites from Bridal Fall 2017.Read more at:white formal dresses | red formal dresses

Lea Michele: ‘My body talks to me’

Lea Michele 

(Photo:formal dresses online australia)Actress Lea Michele has mastered the art of listening to her body.

The former Glee star works out often, but sometimes she can’t be bothered to go to the gym, and on days when she’d rather sit out of a fitness session, the 30-year-old tries to tune into what is going physiologically.

“If I have one of those days when I don’t want to work out, I ask myself why,” she tells Shape magazine. “I’ve learned how to listen to my body and know what I need in that moment. And I’m grateful for that. It took me a very long time to get to this place. Now I can tell when my body is saying to take a break from working out, or when it’s saying, No, you’re being a little lazy, so that I can push myself to get going.”

Overall health and wellness is very important for Lea, and to achieve this goal she practices acceptance not just around her fitness practice, but also with her dietary habits.

“I was vegan for a while, I was vegetarian for 10 years, and now I’ve incorporated meat back into my diet,” she explains. “I eat as healthy as possible because I know food fuels me. I usually start my day with avocado toast or a green smoothie. I love a big salad for lunch; I’m always concocting recipes like kale Caesar or spinach artichoke salad. For dinner I’m flexible. If I’m going out and I want a bowl of pasta, I’ll eat it. I’m not hard on myself.”

Being tolerant and observant around her emotions when it comes to food and exercise is proving to be really beneficial for Lea, with the star explaining she no longer cares about how much she weighs.

“As I get older, my body is always changing,” Lea shares. “Right now I have so much energy, my skin looks good, and my butt is higher than it’s ever been. I’ve been skinnier and I’ve been a little bit bigger, and I’m never hard on myself one way or the other. The fact that I’m active, eating well, and taking care of myself is all that matters.”Read more at:cocktail dresses