The Industry Is Just Keeping Pace With What’s Happening Culturally

Ed Filipowski: "I think the interesting thing is that it’s self-defeating for arguing against New York Fashion Week being too inclusive, because culturally, through social media and through the way we live, our whole world is becoming inclusive. So, why wouldn’t we want fashion, which is a reflection of the way we live, to not be as inclusive? The people in this industry say we should be exclusive, that we should pull back, that we shouldn’t have so many shows — but that’s not how the world is right now. The industry is just keeping pace with what’s happening culturally."

Bryanna Vera: "I read a Man Repeller article that came out about the criticisms of New York Fashion Week; a lot of people are saying that New York is too commercial, but they kind of twisted it in an interesting way, saying New York is more relatable, especially for a lot of people our age who can’t afford Chanel or Givenchy or some of the brands that are showing in Paris. Maybe that relatability is a good thing, because young people, or people who can’t afford couture, are seeing those things on the runway."

Juliette Hollihan: "I also think there’s increasingly more room for more shows because with social media, we can go through a show in two seconds, just clicking and seeing a look and going to the next one; it’s so easy to not attend every show and still see what’s happening. I feel like that brings up a good point: We don’t necessarily need to come back on the number of shows, but instead diversify how we share them and how people view them."

EF: "The industry needs to transform the way it presents its collections. There needs to be new, innovative ways to do things that haven’t been done before, and I don’t think this industry ever — maybe I shouldn’t say that — is not moving fast enough. It’s not moving at the pace it should be, and I think that would help with the schedule. How many of you think it’s important to see clothes in person?"

Margaret Litzlow: "Working this job specifically, we deal with clothes that come right off the runway. Being able to hold an Alexander McQueen dress, to look at the detail, the work, the effort, the stitching, and the tailoring that goes into it, gives you so much more of a connection and appreciation for it — it’s an experience. Anyone can follow McQueen and then go through the McQueen Snapchat or McQueen Insta Story and see every single thing behind the scenes, but that also doesn’t really allow all people to experience the full effect of what fashion and clothing is."

EF: "[Working] here at KCD gave you firsthand experience of what it is to see clothes, and a lot of you said that you felt that you needed to see clothes in person even before you interned here. A lot of you don’t shop online, which was interesting. I just sense there isn’t this wall that’s being created, blocking a new generation of people from seeing clothes in person. It’s not a social media wall that you can’t get over. I was surprised that this generation wants to see clothes in person. People at the head of this industry right now have seen such a transformation with social media that maybe we’ve lost a little bit of perspective, maybe we’re traumatized — it’s been traumatizing over the last ten years. We sort of have to talk to people to understand that foundation for what really matters for clothing exists, and it’s pure and it’s appreciated."

Li Dong: "I think seeing clothes in person at Fashion Week is the same thing [as] seeing anything else in person. Would you rather look at a picture of a celebrity or actually meet the celebrity? Would you rather see pictures of a beautiful city or actually go to it?"

Charlotte Jones: "When I was working the entrance to the red carpet at the CFDA Awards, I was really amazed by Elsa Hosk. She was wearing a very pretty dress, but it wasn’t until she twirled around and it flew up in a circle [that] I knew it was my favorite look of the night. It proves how seeing the movement of a dress affects your opinion of it. I also think a large part of the difference between social media and seeing something in person is the level of engagement. When you’re watching a show on Snapchat, I think most people our age just flip through it so quickly — you’re looking at it, but you’re not really experiencing it."

EF: "'See-now, buy-now' makes sense for how we think and live. I never thought about 'buy-now, wear-now,' through the eyes of people your age. I always thought about it just for my age, but it makes sense."

JH: "I think it all plays back to the New York culture, and a lot social media is about now, now, now. It almost seems unfair to our generation that we have to wait this extensive period of time before purchasing, and for us, six months is an extensive period of time."

EF: "You have a choice to go to a Fashion Week show, okay? People say there are too many shows. You don’t have to go to every show. But let these people start their businesses and show what they want to show. This is America — this is what New York City’s built on. The calendar’s too crazy for you? Don’t go. Edit! You’re an editor. Edit."Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com/formal-dresses | http://www.marieaustralia.com/cocktail-dresses-australia


Time to mer-braid

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Every girl at one point in her life has dreamed of being a mermaid. It’s time to take the plunge and be a mermaid now! Beautiful hues and streaks of colour to mimic the wonderful ocean is every mermaid’s hair goal. If you have warm undertones, choose subtle ombre blues and purples that blend naturally into your dark hair. If you have cooler undertones and are ready for a transformation, go all out and dye the whole thing blue! The possibilities are endless with this look, and you can put your own spin on it and wash it away!

To get your own: For most of the variants of mermaid-hair shades, the simple process of bleach and dye has to be followed. The hair must be bleached as light as possible. For easier access and dyeing, split your hair down the middle and put one side up in a pigtail so they don’t mix.

Make up looks: To achieve under the sea look, enhance your eyes with shades of blue like turquoise, electric blue, cool blue and shimmers of green and purple. For your lips try sticking to pastel colours like pink, which will compliment yellow based skin tones or lavender pastels for cool toned skin or a bubblegum pink which goes well with a neutral toned skin. To complete the look, add a bit of sparkly stick-ons to achieve an ocean themed, rainbow fish-esque creation.

Hairstyles: Mermaid hairstyles goes well with long thick hair. Braids, soft waves and half up half down looks give this colour life. Braids will add dimension and show off the colour brilliantly. You can also accessorise your hairstyle with sea shells and glitter.Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com/short-formal-dresses-australia | http://www.marieaustralia.com/bridesmaid-dresses


Fresh take on tradition

In 2015, around Deepavali, while most of Jaipur was shopping for festive wear, Vrinda Agrawal was busy creating new options for them — she launched her garment label Mayori that’s a fresh take on the region’s handblock printing. Two years on, the label has travelled across most of the country. And now, Mayori is back in Chennai for the second time, after their last showing six months ago.

The collection on display here is titled Ikebana and features a lot of floral prints. “Florals are our label’s trademark style and have been a part of all our collections; be it festive or daily-wear,” says Agrawal.

The line on display features silk and cotton kurtas, dresses, tunics, dhoti pants, palazzos, fitted pants, scarves, stoles and more. “Some designs have traditional lehariya too,” says Agrawal.

There is a conscious effort to avoid the popular hues such as reds, blues and oranges. Instead, ivory, powder blue, peach, turquoise, and charcoal are what Agrawal offers her clients.

She says Mayori also aims to fuse Jaipur’s handblock with Japanese colour and design sensibilities. Her head designers are Seyoushi San and Mori San, who are based out of Tokyo, have spent time in the Pink City studying printing for this.

Mayori comes out with a new collection every four months and retails out of multi designer stores such as Belle Robe, Patcholi, Amethyst and on online portals such as The Loom and Jaypore among others.Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com/bridesmaid-dresses | http://www.marieaustralia.com/evening-dresses-online


Carolina Herrera to stage runway show at Museum of Modern Art

The Venezuelan-American fashion designer has built up a reputation for dressing U.S. First Ladies, including Jacqueline Onassis, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama and Melania Trump.

However, Herrera is steering away from the White House for the debut of her spring/summer 2018 collection and is instead opting to unveil the line within the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at the institution on 11 September (17) at 8pm.

"Fashion is ephemeral art in movement that is constantly changing," Herrera told Business of Fashion in a statement. "As a designer, it is an enormous honour to be allowed to show my work at the MoMA, one of the world's greatest museums of modern art."

The show will mark the first formal runway presentation to be held at MoMA, though some smaller gigs have been held there in the past. Designed by architect Philip Johnson, the courtyard was completed in 1953 and has served as a setting for notable artworks including Alexander Calder's Black Widow and Pablo Picasso's She-Goat.

It is believed that Herrera is also planning to show her fall/winter collection at MoMA in February, but an exact location is yet to be confirmed.

With headquarters in New York, Herrera has often used the city as a backdrop for her designs and presented her first full collection in 1981 at the Metropolitan Club. She has since shown at The Plaza, Bryant Park and Lincoln Center.

The 78-year-old's show will also work to tie in with MoMA's upcoming exhibition, Items: Is Fashion Modern?

Kicking off from 1 October, the retrospective will include 111 items of clothing and accessories that have had a strong impact on the world in the 20th and 21st centuries, such as Levi's 501s, the Breton shirt, and the Little Black Dress.Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com/formal-dresses-shops-sydney | http://www.marieaustralia.com/formal-dress-brisbane-online


Cardi B Really Embraces Sparkle For Her "Bodak Yellow" Perfo

When you are a still on-the-rise rapper—albeit one on a meteoric ascent—how do you stand out in a crowd that includes musical superstars like Katy Perry, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, and basically every other name currently on the Billboard charts?

If you are Cardi B, you sparkle—like, really sparkle. Tonight, the rapper did just that thanks to a diamonte bodysuit and matching boots, courtesy of (if Twitter and Anthony Vaccarello devotees are to be beloved) Saint Laurent. Though the brand has yet to issue an official release announcing the dressing, those who saw the house's Fall 2017 fashion show—or checked Instagram during Paris Fashion week—would recognize those thigh-high stunners from about a mile away.

Immediately following the runway show, the boots, which retail for $10,000 and feature over 3,000 crystals, quickly amassed a waiting list at both Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman, months and months ahead of when they'd even begin to land in stores. One person who didn't have to wait, however? Rihanna, of course, who appeared at a dress rehearsal for her own Fenty x Puma fashion show during Paris Fashion Week mere days after the Saint Laurent show. And it would seem that Kim Kardashian finally got her hands on them herself; the reality star posted a Snapchat of herself wearing them earlier this morning.

Ironically, the singer opted for a pair of extremely recognizable shoes, but in the song she is performing, Cardi B shouts out another famous footwear brand. "These expensive, these is red bottoms, these is bloody shoes; Hit the store, I can get 'em both, I don't wanna choose," she raps early in the song, a reference to Christian Louboutin's red soles.

Prior to here statement-making performance ensemble, the rapper showed up in very different, though equally dramatic ensemble: a complicated, halter-neck pantsuit-dress hybrid designed by Christian Siriano. For those keeping track: that is two outfits, and all before the show even has kicked off. Not bad for a VMAs rookie.Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com/plus-size-formal-wear | www.marieaustralia.com/red-carpet-celebrity-dresses