Friday, February 12, 2016

Passion Pays: Where Are They Now?

Salvatore Ferragamo Spring 2016 Ad

The retail business and fashion industry is a cyclical business. Trends come, go, and come back again, interests change and are revived from the past in waves. This is what makes fashion interesting is that it consistently changes yet also respects the past enough to incorporate it in the present and make what’s old fresh and new. Every time people change their fashion interests brands experience highs and lows in their business as they navigate consumer’s ever-changing preferences.

In April of 2014, read it here, I posted about fashion companies that went public because of the potential investors saw in their business and the sustainability of the company. As I was reading through the post recently, I just wondered; where are they now? Has their revenue declined? Are they still as important to the industry? Just curious, if you are too, see what I discovered after the jump…

Monday, September 14, 2015

Fall: New Beginnings

The fall in fashion and generally in life is a time for new beginnings; the kids go back to school, the weather changes, our wardrobes change, causing the way we think and act to change as well. For me this fall represents a great beginning as I got engaged over Labor Day Weekend, closing the chapter on my single hood and ushering in a new era of love, marriage, and growth. I have to say I am absolutely overjoyed about the possibilities and all the firsts that come with marriage, from planning the wedding to buying my first home, and eventually having my first kid. It's an exciting time, and this month in fashion is even more so eventful because of the Spring 2016 shows happening in New York City kicking off the start of fashion month in the industry.

Easy Like Sunday Morning…

Altuzarra Spring 2016

The Spring 2016 shows in NYC so far are all about individuality and rather than designers trying to showcase perfectly styled looks they are presenting mixed and matched looks consisting of key items.

Alexander Wang Spring 2016

Alexander Wang led the pack in this initiative by showing a 10th Anniversary collection that was intentionally unintentional. The designer described the collection as having “no concept” yet the denim mixed with leather jackets, the overalls, fishnet shirts, and netted bomber jackets are all pieces that stand on their own. At retail and on social media I suspect that fashionistas will have a lot of fun with styling this collection.

BCBG Max Azria Spring 2016
BCBG, similar to Alexander Wang, showed looks that are for the woman that marches to the beat of her own drum. The styling of this collection was all about the layers, soft fabrics both woven and knit layered in a way that would be fit for a festival in the desert or hot summer day in the southwest. My favorites were the ponchos and embroidered vests and jackets as these pieces really served as an anchor for each of the looks.

DVF Spring 2016

Diane Von Furstenberg showed a beautiful collection of chiffons, mixed prints, mixed fabrics, and bright patterns all in the strong yet feminine attitude the designer is known for. Every piece considered he woman's body and how a dress or look would need to fit for a woman to feel confident and secure in her outfit. I love that DVF is always conscious of how the woman will feel in the clothes, not just how they will look on the outside.

 Other great collections were Erin Fetherston, effortless and feminine; Herve Leger, fun and flirty yet still sexy; Jason Wu, dynamic and sophisticated but not stiff; Mara Hoffman, clouds, prairie, sun, light hearted…Loose, free, and casual was the overall feel of the collections and is a continued shift away from the body con, high heeled looks of the late 2000’s and early 2010’s.

Let me know in the comments what have been your favorite collections from New York Fashion Week Spring 2016?!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Decades: 1960's Fashion...Freedom!

“Once only the rich, the Establishment, set the fashion, now it is the inexpensive little dress seen on the girls in High Street.” – Mary Quant

The 1960’s is when all of the pent up aggression, need for fun and freedom, and complete disregard for what was traditional broke loose across the world. From London to Paris to New York people around the globe, especially the youth, were deciding that they were going to embrace their individuality and that it no longer mattered what “society” expected. This attitude to led to social and cultural movements across the country and greatly influenced the fashion of the decade. Known as the swinging sixties this decade brought a new perspective to the idea of personal style and individualism.

The Style Weaver Presents...Fashion of the 1960's


Thursday, July 23, 2015

To Paris, with Love: The Global Impact of Paris Fashion

Paris is special to me because it's the birthplace of couture and fashion in general. The fashion that comes from Paris, especially haute couture, legitimizes all fashion everywhere else. If it weren't for high fashion there would be no benchmark in which to measure fashion in other cities and at other price points. Paris is important because of its history and traditions, its simplicity, and its commitment to the art and craftsmanship of design.

“Paris is paramount for fashion,always was – always will be.” – Manolo Blahnik

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Interview With NY Times Best Selling Author Dana Thomas: Luxury, Creativity, and Business

New York Times Best Selling Author Dana Thomas

The business of fashion is one that attempts to balance the motivation to make profits and the desire to create art. The emphasis in today’s retail and fashion environment is more geared toward achieving the former leaving much to be desired in the creativity and quality of today's fashion. This idea of commerce versus art has been a cloud over the industry for many years and is a topic I got to pick the brain of Dana Thomas about as well as others, and I am so excited to share her thoughts in today’s post!

For those who don’t know, Dana Thomas is a reporter for the New York Times, based in Paris, and the author of New York Times bestseller Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster. Her newest book Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, is an in-depth look at how two highly creative designers built their careers on the basis of talent and creativity and ultimately saw their demise because of the increased pace and demand of profit required by the industry. A big thank you to Dana for being kind enough to send your responses for this post, and for supporting new fashion writers. Without further delay The Interview…