Author: Monica Carlson

Blurring the Lines Between Fashion and Art

Fashion designer Rei Kawakubo insists that she isn’t an artist, although her brand is featured in one of the exhibition installations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) located in the heart of New York City.

The ideas behind the Comme des Garcons style doesn’t have to do with art or the thinking behind the exhibition at the museum, and regardless of the fact that Comme des Garcons has become one of the most internationally recognizable Japanese fashion brands, Kawakubo said her work was largely rejected for several years. But she said she’s convinced that the installation and displays showcased on the suspended ceiling system at the exhibit which was based on a shared notion of art and fashion “came together nicely” in the show in New York.

The Comme Des Garcons exhibition is the largest series of the year for the MET’s Costume Institute. It’s merely the museum’s second solo show on a living fashion designer, after one in 1983 for Yves Saint Laurent. Kawakubo was born in 1942, and her Comme des Garcons brand first featured in Paris Fashion Week in 1981.

The exhibition is titled “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between” and the exhibition features approximately 140 garments from the previous four decades, and the purpose of the exhibition was to blur the lines of art and fashion and provoke people to think differently about clothing, shoes and other accessories. Kawakubo herself designed the show’s maze-like setup, including the tiny pockets and layered space dividers; each section comprises nine sets of opposing concepts, such as “Self/Other” and “Clothes/Not Clothes.” The clothes and women’s shoe displayed signify the “in-betweenness” of these ideas.

Kawakubo said she was also adamant it’s not a “retrospective” series, and she explained why she made the setup herself. “I agreed to do this show on the conditions that it would not be treated as a retrospective and that I would be allowed to show my garments in a way that was different from ordinary fashion designer exhibitions”.

 

Kawakubo wished to make a setting that permits audiences to have a conversation with the clothes and although the concept of “in-betweenness” was not present in her clothing line, she explain that “[she is] only trying to create something that has never existed. The boundaries between men and women, or east and west, have nothing to do with me…but, as the result of simultaneously building up curation and installation ideas based on a shared theme, I think the exhibition came together well.”

When asked what the exhibition means to her, the Comme des Garcons founder said she expected it would be a model example for the holding of prospective overview exhibitions. She said those who assert long-established notions likely rejected plans for the series, and that the curator told her he had difficulty winning over traditionalists on the idea for the display. “I feel I was never highly praised by the majority of people in my 40-year career,” Kawakubo said.

She continued: “I was always unwelcome by half of the people. At Japanese department stores, it is still rare to see a store of a (globally acclaimed) Japanese designer brand in the same floor space as high-end foreign brands. In this sense, too, I think what I have been doing has started to gain some understanding.”

 

She said the values of individuals who protect historical traditions and authority are in complete contrast to Comme des Garcons’ values, which reject the concept of being the same as others. However, she said that the apparent spread of xenophobic attitudes in the U.S. could unravel such advancement. “Recently, the trend seems increasingly to be going the other way. This exhibition may have not been realized in the United States had it been scheduled a year later,” Kawakubo said. “It is no good if such thinking spreads in the world of fashion.”

Some say that Kawakubo might now be known as an artist for having an exhibition shown at the MET. She rejected this idea. “A fashion designer is not an artist,” she said. “Fashion is creation, but it always relates to business. To keep it simple, for me, fashion is a business. Kawakubo believes that her role is to sell fashion in the form of women’s shoes or clothing to create a viable business for herself, it’s not about the art, and it’s a business.

 

Wood is the New Fashion Trend

timber frames, wood, fashionWe’re presently in the last stretch of Ramadan, and have about a week of delegated benefit from the different suhoor camping tents around the UAE. When selecting exactly what clothing to use for these nights out, I urge you to go beyond the common Dubai meaning of glamour. Ditch make-up-caked faces, stilettos and sparkly Swarovski decorations. Rather, accept an appearance that’s more natural, however still every bit as attractive.

Where wood was as once specific niche component for accessories, it has actually transcended its conventional stereo-types, ending up being an on-trend choice for accessories. From thin engineered timber blocks bound together with gold hardware to a chunky collar pendant integrating wood pieces with vibrant ropes, wood can make a fantastic declaration pendant, and a welcome option to fancy, crystal-laden styles.

It produces a total appearance that’s advanced and sleek, regardless of the product’s rather hippy-ish undertones. Choosing wood bracelets and cuffs, or perhaps rings, is another method to raise your design without decreasing an ostentatious path. Get your accessories game on point by blending jewellery that includes wood, minimalist gold, subtle gems and marble textures.

 

You do not have to desert all your womanly looks to try out torn denims. Pleated metal skirts, cool culottes, cold shoulders and bell-sleeved blouses are still on the table. It’s simply the entire design of matching shimmer on top of more shimmer and shine that begins to look a bit too Christmas tree for me.

Developing clothes to choose wood can in some cases be difficult. The very best attire is a timeless set of blue jeans or black leggings and a crisp, white, boyfriend-fit blouse. However, a clothing consisting of denims and wood accesories might take you from your convenience zone, specifically if you’re wanting to dress up for a more official affair.

You will see there’s been a propensity amongst popular style folk to ditch normal glittery tries to find more simple devices. Thin velour chokers, lacking ugly rhinestones, are used around their necks, while their feet remain in easy suede mules or lace-up espadrilles, neither Manolo Blahnik or Jimmy Choo-like in nature. While vibrant stones and spikes integrate to make fashionable ear-wear a couple of seasons earlier, now earrings have been available in the type of basic hoops, embellished with tassels or geometric shapes.

 

Throughout fashion weeks, London, Paris and New york city constantly make headings, and street-style pictures from these cities do the rounds on social networks. Yet with the exception of a couple of standout looks, there’s something somewhat dull about American and European street-style patterns. My preferred city to stalk for street design is Sydney. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia occurred in May, however I’m still anything than tired by the international keynote speakers advice and street-style pictures that accompanied them, and frequently discover myself scanning them when considering outfits.

A great deal of these attire concepts can be quickly paired (if they aren’t currently) with wood add-ons. For example, if you’re playing it safe with all-black, include a little bit of texture– such as mesh or lace– then place on a long wood pendant for a tip of earthy appeal. Or if your colours are deep and warm to begin with, such as oxblood or brown, a set of strong earrings, possibly that mix wood components with brilliant beads and tassels, can provide a great completing touch. Timber frames your entire look through the addition of texture and the addition of smooth brown colours. It can take your outfit to the next level of style and really help to make a statement while not appearing as flashy or narcisstic

If you’re decreasing the diverse street-style course, with blended prints and contrasting designs, then all you require is a chunky cuff or clutch to consider that sharp wood touch. Total the appearance with a fresh face, vibrant burgundy lips, a girls rule the world attitude and a mastering mindset, and you will be set to take on anything.

 

How to Dress Like a Hipster

Hipsters – the modern equivalent to the ‘Beatniks’ from the 1950s. Understood for their rejection of mainstream culture and somewhat alternative clothing options Hipster’s gradually ended up being a more popular subculture, despite their desire for self-reliance and desire for individuality.

So, if you think you’re a hipster and want to dress the part, or have an party to go to and wish to impress your colleagues by coming ‘as yourself’ keep reading, or even just want to fit in at a hipster all day breakfast cafe in the inner Melbourne suburbs, below are some suggestions on how to dress like a Hipster.

Think Vintage

Believe in the old, think about your grandparent’s wardrobe. Specifically if they haven’t bought anything new in a few decades and it’s all still in good-nick, this is the kind of stuff you need to be wearing. Do not simply stop at their clothing though, get their hats, scarves and gloves too– mix with modern-day pieces like skinny jeans and army boot.

The traditional vintage hat is of course the Trilby, if you can’t beg, steal and obtain nab this Poizon Industries Street Hat by The Witch and the Wardrobe and keep your face secured from the sun.

Slim denims

Tight distressed denims are the trademark of the hipster. They emphasize the slimness that is their personification of avoiding the social standard of consuming food that takes valuable time away from their quest to discover the ultimate indie music band, which of course didn’t happen unless they post a photo with a moody filter on Instagram; it’s all about the digital strategy. (Please keep in mind, hipsters do eat– do not stop consuming food to be a hipster).

Team it up with a charming tee, sleeveless vest and oversized glasses, the perfect summer season hipster outfit.

‘Traditional’ sneakers

Have some Converse or Doc Martins in the back of your closet gathering dust? Fantastic! Dust them off and let them see the light of day once again, these are crucial hipster accessories.

Thick-rimmed glasses

Need glasses? Use this to your advantage; jump up and down on your current set and get a new couple with thick rims. If you don’t need glasses, purchase a sunglass equivalent, or source a set without glass, you’ll fit right in at those Hawthorn lunch cafes.

Ironic Clothes

Due to the fact that it can in some cases be difficult to find classic vintage clothes, Hipsters prefer to mix it up, so do not hesitate to use contemporary clothing. You can still be a hipster, it’s ok. The key is to use it ironically– and you can take this as you like. A traditional is a hoodie over plaid t-shirts or a sports jacket over a print t-shirt.

Jewellery

Believe in statement jewellery, however ‘not in your face’. Long necklaces, preferable with layered chains and a stand out pendant. Cute earrings, which can be dangly and subtle facial piercings, like nose studs or a slim eyebrow ring. This option is good for both males and females, though the majority of hipster males don’t have the tendency to get facial piercings.

‘Traditional’ devices

Get back into those lunchboxes and granny knit scarves, warm fingerless gloves, and a floppy hat. They ought to be practical as well as look cool. Not like the fishnet gloves that punk and Goths use, gloves and scarves are just worn when cold. It’s about functionality, not making a statement (though it’s ok if you do).

Don’t keep your lunchbox in your bag, this needs to have the ability to be seen, and if you work at a desk doing something like content writing, put it somewhere noticeable so the whole workplace can see it, and in a cool, content writing job, your colleagues will be up with the trends and be sure to appreciate it.

Tech Gadgetry

While hipsters want to eschew consumerism, they do still like their tech, so they will likely have the latest phone and laptop innovation, all the while regretting the loss of the typewriter as a legitimate typing instrument.

‘Messenger Bags’

Hipsters need something to bring all their bits and pieces in, just like everyone else. The bag of to go for is a courier/messenger/satchel design bag, ideally vintage and leather, but anything you like is cool. If it has separate compartments for your laptop/iPhone/etc even better, just sling it over your shoulder and you are ready to go.

Being a hipster is more about a mindset than exactly what you wear, though the clothes and crucial style pieces from will most certainly help your cause. If you ever require more motivation think indie, art, alternative, innovative, sub-culture, bohemian and androgynous and you are sure to find something suitably hipster.

 

Dropping Modern Style Trends for Comfort

Fashion is ever-changing, what was once cool can be “so last season” in the blink of an eye. We live in a society where clothing with holes in them is costly, considered high fashion in some locations and raggedy in others. At this point in time, rappers are attempting their best to look like rock stars thanks to the likes of A$AP Rocky, Ian Connor and Kanye West. Gone are the days of basketball jerseys and baggy denims. One new trend that is questionable is these brand-new denims with the tread marks around the knees. There are just too much different styles to try to stay up to date with. In the wake of these new and weird style trends, people are turning to their own style, comfort.

The Origins:

When we were younger, the fashion was definitely different and now frowned upon. We all had closets filled with basketball shorts, striped shirts, plaid shorts and one set of blue jeans. Looking back, it was a bad decision but fashion trends come and go and at the time wearing a Chicago Bull’s singlet with a pair of Kappa trackies was all the rage. If you were going to something fancy like a restaurant and winery it was a shirt with some awful pattern, blue jeans and sneakers, trendy. Double denim, matching colours, fishnets, studs and chokers were all considered cool in the nineties as well. Most of this has changed, but some styles are coming back like denim and chokers.

People say the way you dress says a lot about who you are as a person. If that’s true, then what does wearing jeans with tyre marks say about you? Comfort is the way to go, don’t we all want people to feel comfortable around us and not focus on what we are wearing and how much better other people look. The saying is true that the grass always seems greener on the other side, but have you been to the other side? Have you spent $400 on ripped, tyre marked jeans, how do you feel? Does it change you? Following trends like that doesn’t mean anything in the scheme of life so maybe following high fashion styles isn’t the answer. Being comfortable can be a full-time commitment and will leave you feeling pleased with yourself and able to enjoy life, instead of itching to get home to rip off those uncomfortable jeans or get those heels off.

Comfort is a way of life that focuses on convenience over style. Yeah, we can dress up from time to time, however doing that every day takes too much time and coordination. The idea is to still look good, but with comfortable clothes.

The most common misconception with the comfort style is that people believe it’s synonymous with being a scrub. Scrubs and comfort are polar opposites; think about it like the southernmost buoy in the Key West. As the name suggests, it is the southernmost point in the U.S. and is about 90 miles away from Cuba. You can hardly see it from there. It’s the closest area to Cuba and the farthest point in the continental U.S. That’s exactly what being comfortable is like, the farthest point from being considered stylish and the closest point to scrubbiness without straddling the borderline.

There are different designs and looks of comfort however they all share a sound judgment of not caring for fashion. If you don’t know whether you’re relaxing or not, here’s a list of things that are comfy for you to use as a recommendation:

– Sweaters.

– Loose fitting Joggers.

– Hoodies.

– Bottoms with strings instead of belt loops.

– Sweatpants.

– Sweet potato pie.

– Warm pecan pie.

– Soul food.

– Marvin Gaye.

– Sitting slump in chairs.

– Sipping a glass of Yarra Valley wine on the couch

– Cornbread.

– T-shirts with TV and Movie quotes on them.

– School apparel that you are comfortable resting in.

– Using athletic or basketball apparel without any intent to take part in exercise.

Remember that it’s a way of living that isn’t really specific to a particular style. Whether you’re dressing for specifically for comfort or not, do what’s best for you. Discover yourself with your appearance and be respectful of the differences of others. For some grown grownups, comfy can be  a Ash Ketchum hat, whatever it is, make sure you are doing you.

 

The Ultimate Must Have 8 High Heels For All Women

Kittycat Heels

We recently wrote about womens kitty cat heels and like the style for the convenience/ fashion mix. They’re fantastic for parties or work occasions where you don’t require the additional height, however, will be on your feet for a while.

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Pumps

Also called simply high heels, pumps are normally wider and between 2 and 3 inches in height. They’re usually low cut around the front.

Stilettos

The highest of all the high heels, stilettos can rise to 8 inches. While these heights can cause problems walking for long periods of time, it’s a deserving ability for impressive look they have on one’s legs compared to everyday womens shoes. Keep in mind: numerous stilettos are also platforms due to the height (see below for platforms).

Ankle Strap Heels

A favorite of the Clickless group, ankle strap heels are very much in style right now. The height of the heel can vary, however, the one common measure is the strap that goes around the ankle, making the heels more protected and comfortable to stroll in.

Wedge Sandals

While they have the very same type of heel as a wedge heel, wedge shoes have a more open, sandal upper.

High Heeled Boots

Steve Miller stated, “in the winter season when all the trees are brown, wear nice womens boots“. Okay, we made that last part up. However, these infants pair well under or over denim or perhaps with a skirt or gown.

Ballroom Dance Shoes

Strappy shoes that usually have an enclosed back and ankle strap, ballroom dance shoes have lots of support for (you thought it) getting your groove on. They’re low enough to be stable but high enough to supply a little vertical lift. They’re ending up being more popular

at wedding events.

Ankle Booties

Making their comeback within the last few years, high heeled booties, or womens ankle boots, are terrific for spring or fall days when a full boot is an overkill.

 

Simulation Tool to Make Non-Woven Materials

Non-woven materials are essential to daily life. A Fraunhofer Institute has established a software application that makes the production of non-woven items far more effective and versatile. With the tool FIDYST, it has been possible for the very first time to replicate the motion of fibers in rough air currents. A true innovation– and the advancement in a theory that is over a century old.

Non-woven products are typically well concealed and are for that reason not noticeable. But if you look for it, you can find them everywhere: in the lining of winter season coats, in the cushioning of couches, as a soundproofing mat for automobiles, as insulation in laminated timber home walls, as a filter in kitchen exhaust hoods, as a cosmetic pad in restrooms or as a separating layer in electrical cable televisions. Extremely absorbent non-woven fabrics can even be discovered in the diapers of our kids. It is a very flexible and high-performance product that is important in our daily lives. Appropriately, fabric makers and mechanical engineers have an interest in keeping its production as effective and versatile as possible.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM in Kaiserslautern developed the unique software application called the FIDYST tool (Fiber Characteristics Simulation Tool). It mimics the motion of fibers in rough air circulations. In the production of non-woven products, the fibers or threads are each extended with the help of air and transferred onto a conveyor belt. Depending upon the speed and temperature level of the jet stream, a non-woven item can be created with the preferred structure, density and strength outcomes. One extensively used application is ‘random web’, where the individual fibers show a varied orientation, consequently forming a random web which is concurrently abundant and firm.

How exactly the fibers relocate the air flow and what orientation they arrive at on the conveyor belt is calculated by the simulation software tester application FIDYST the scientists developed. After imitating the air flow, the user just needs to go into the product homes of the fibers in the software application. The software application then mimics the vibrant habits of countless fibers. Even fiber mixes can be simulated with the software application. The outcome can be pictured in a three-dimensional representation.

Geared up with this information, the producer can then, for instance, enhance the air circulation in a targeted way. This leads to a non-woven material with the preferred requirements while at the same time decreasing energy and basic material intake. The software application simulation can undergo software testing and compute that by altering the setup of the machine, less fibers are had to produce a non-woven material with the wanted structure and strength.

The Fraunhofer tool not just benefits the fabric producers who wish to exactly configure their devices for every single wanted non-woven item. “Mechanical engineers can likewise use it to develop devices that are as effective and versatile as possible,” describes Dr. Simone Gramsch, FIDYST Job Supervisor at ITWM. In spite of the intricate computing operations, FIDYST does not depend on pricey, high-performance computer systems or information centers; the tool is content with basic PCs of the upper efficiency class and works on both Windows and Linux.

 

 

Natural Silk and its Use in Designer Fabrics

There are many legends around the world relating to the origin of silk creation. Silk is a completely natural fiber and still the most adored and much sought after material. Silk fabric is an instant talking point and much admired by women and men equally. Many of the new designer fabric creations use silk in their construction due to its versatility and beauty. If you wear silk you can expect to get complimented on your appearance. Silk has a unique flowing sheen that is very distinctive and hard to replicate. Its use in designer fabric is a popular choice for some designers; if a garment contains natural silk then it will certainly show. It is a popular option for celebrities in their design specifications, as they know it will add a certain quality and style to an outfit. A reputable fabric store will realize the importance of stocking silk fabric.

A designer fabric aims to utilize new and old textile technologies to produce unique materials and prints. The use of a particular fabric, like natural silk, is a very important consideration in the designing process. The fabric should not inhibit the overall creativity of the design but should add to its appeal. Silk ticks all the boxes with designers and clients. It is an expensive option but everyone agrees that there is no finer fabric. Textile and fashion designers love to work and create with silk fabric to design individual clothing, furniture coverings and many other accessories, like bags, as one example. Silk is often also used to line expensive designer gift boxes and display cases. It is the symbol of a precious gift to many.

These designer fabric creations have been exclusively shown as original works and their exclusivity makes them valuable commodities. A fabric store that stocks silk fabric among its cloths should have several different types, color, and patterns to choose from. This material is rather expensive, but worth it. It is produced by the unwinding and weaving of thread from select silkworm cocoons. This process, even with new technology, is time consuming and production can only be calculated by the life cycle of the silkworm. The fine silk fabric thread that is generated is unique, durable and an excellent base for any item. The recent swing towards eco friendly and natural products has made silk more preferable to synthetic materials. Man-made materials are cheaper to produce but they do not have the same feel as a natural fabric.

A high quality designer fabric is always in demand by top designers looking for just the right fabric to set off a particular design concept. A fabric store may have cloth that is manufactured based on a designer print. They are not able to truly replicate the designer fabric but an imitation print design will often sell well. This is most often true when a celebrity is seen wearing a designer style, the fabric design will often set a trend. High street fashion boutiques and children’s clothing manufacturers are big buyers of these fabrics. If they can recreate their styles in a designer print it will instantly update them and generate more sales.