Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fifty Years with Fendi: The Karl Lagerfeld Story

Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi Fall 2011


In life there are so many things that I wish we as people could learn by being told or watching others before experiencing or wasting time making mistakes. One of the most important lessons to understand is that life is short and every one should as best as possible make a living out of doing what they love. Unfortunately most of us will spend decades doing what we have to do and then still only a few when they're tired and old will find something they enjoy and then do it until the end of their life. In the fashion industry, I find that there are not many people who work in the industry regardless of the job buyers, designers, stylists, makeup artists, etc. who do not feel they are doing what they love. The industry is made up of people who consciously went after their passion and created a living for themselves doing what excites them. Karl Lagerfeld is the epitome of what this concept means. He has spent the last 50 years as the designer for Fendi; the longest any designer has had a relationship with a fashion house. This is his story…

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Style Weaver Inspirations: Ralph Lauren




It's not a job, it's a joy... -Ralph Lauren 


Fashion to me has always been an expression of what your dreams are, and Ralph Lauren is a designer that I admire because of the dream world he creates through his clothes. A world in which the women are confident, elegant, smart, and impeccably dressed for every occasion. This video is an ode to the inspiration that his designs bring to fashion enthusiasts and the industry as a whole. 

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Decades: 1950’s Fashion…Age of Transformation


The war was over, the men were back, and the women...everything had changed.


The women of the 1950’s were simultaneously independent and submissive. Many of their husbands, brothers, sons, etc were returning from war and they were re-establishing themselves in society taking back some of the jobs and responsibilities they had left behind. This put women in a position where they had felt what it was like to work and contribute to society, but now they were expected to go back to catering to their husbands and becoming wives instead of workers. Some embraced the idea while others were scorned and yearned for more independence and accomplished careers.

“I'm drawn to the 1950s for lots of reasons - everything from the fashion to the increasing sense of freedom and modernity that builds throughout the decade.” – Sara Sheridan

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Fashion: Passions, Trends, and Inspirations

W Magazine August 2012

Fashion to me has always been intriguing because of the way you can transform, escape, or build your confidence through what you choose to wear. Growing up and even now I would say I am very much so an introvert. Not to say that I lacked confidence but find that overtly saying how I feel or expressing who I am wasn’t something I did out loud. However, fashion provided me the channel in which to express myself without saying a word.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Passion Pays: Online Retailing the Next Generation



According to the national census department online retailing accounted for 7% of total retail sales worldwide for the 1st quarter of 2015 at a total of $75 billion. The e-commerce industry is made up of many types of e-tailers including the big box stores such as Walmart who have online shopping, multi-category purely e-commerce sites such as Amazon, and the contemporary fashion-forward purely e-commerce sites such as Net-a-Porter. The latter is the category I would like to explore in today's post, because that's where the most opportunity lies in the industry and several sites are on track to make a big impact in this category. Here are the Top 3….

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Resort 2016: An Industry Adapts

Chanel Resort 2016 Seoul, South Korea

The resort collections are one of my favorite seasons in fashion because increasingly so designers are choosing to show their collections in the most beautiful and exotic locations. Watching the most well designed clothes being shown in their natural habitat of luxury brings the fantasy to life and gives meaning and a story to the garments. The other purpose of resort collections is to offer a highly commercialized selection of merchandise that can perform well at retail and inspire consumers to indulge in fashion in an understandable way. The most successful designers each season are those that can find the balance between the art and commerce with their collections, and this couldn’t be truer during the Resort season.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

American Fashion: The Influence and the Legacy



I love travel and completely appreciate the unique qualities of other cultures, but there is something very unique about fashion in America. The way we are usually first to set trends, develop business practices, and lead the industry in creating events and awards, has made this country the leader of the global fashion industry. America’s influence in fashion is unmatched creatively and commercially and I am dedicating this post to America and all that it brings to the industry…