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…

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Inspirations: New Adventures...Donna Karan's Departure

Tomorrow I will be closing the chapter on an experience that I wasn't a part of for long, but taught me a lot. I will be embarking on a new job, same career path of buying but in a new location. Somewhere I've been dreaming to work since I was just becoming a teenager. So today's post is about dreams…if you don't get anything else from it, get this, don't quit.

The thing about accomplishing goals and dreaming of becoming something then taking the steps year after year to become it is there has to be a reason why. The achievement of the goal has to be looked at as a launching pad, you want to achieve this goal because then you'll be able to do x, y, z. And then you'll be able to do the next thing in order to get to the next thing. Life is continuous, a series, when you think about accomplishments and dreams you're not really deciding where you want to end up, you're trying to shape what each checkpoint will look like along the journey.

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…