All in BUSINESS
If fashion and celebrity culture in the early aughts were seen through vaseline-covered lenses and heavily Photoshopped, painstakingly perfect pictures, now, amateur mirror selfies are more likely sources of influence and inspiration. An era of oversharing is in full-swing, and consumers are more accustomed to images shot on an iPhone than overly-glossy photography.
Female designers of womenswear use their inherent knowledge of what it means to be a woman, but male designers do it with empathy, bravado and a little bit of imagination.
Just as each label has a designer, or a team of designers, they should have at least one person whose sole role is painting a vivid picture of the brand - its history, its outlook, and its future. Brands would do well to employ a staff scribe, separate from the team of quippy copywriters who design sales-oriented marketing copy.
What Byron Lars, the designer of this dress, and Anthropologie, have quietly managed to do is quite the feat. They have discovered an immortal retail formula that I'm not sure has been achieved since the Dawn of Fast Fashion.
Four of the Kardashian-Jenner siblings have launched apps and websites that require paid membership. Will that mean we'll soon start seeing tumbleweed drifting across social media?
Business and bottom lines aside, there has been one constant source of support for the designer - his mother, Maureen Sternberg. The simple note she posted on Scott Sternberg's now-famous "Fat Lady" post, his final on the brand's instagram, says it all.
Fashion bloggers, the industry's scrappiest and sometimes hardest working players, have a lot to contribute, and they're not going anywhere. But that doesn't mean that they (we) aren't guilty of some habits that are really, really ridiculously annoying!
Nervous System has been churning - er, printing - out incredibly complex, lightweight, and nature-inspired jewelry and accessories since 2007. Recently, however, the Somerville-based company has added clothing to the mix with their new line, Kinematics, which boasts a bodice and a dress, as well as accessories like the Tetra 175n necklace.
The opening-up of boundaries by blogs and insta-fashion is on its way out like last season's It-Bag. The No Trespassing signs are about to go back up, rendering fashion once again Private Property.
I sat down with Stella McCartney before the MSPCA-Angell fundraiser at Saks Boston to talk jumpsuits, women in business, and what it will take to make real fur finally go out of style.
Boston and its neighboring suburbs are made up of an incredibly diverse population. With new residents seeking style, the city's fashion and retail landscapes have shifted to accomodate them, and changes are evident in both street-style and brick-and-mortar developments alike.
Together nearly twenty years, Sachin and Babi met at FIT, and have worked with Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, and Armani as a B2B embroidery company. In 2011, they started their own line of RTW and evening wear, and the modern-day Alice in Wonderland ball gown from the current collection is just one of many pieces you need to see (and touch, and wear) to believe.
Fashion and lifestyle bloggers have become a major force in the industry. With strong business ethics rooted in genuine passion, curiosity, and a little tech know-how, they've proven that they are here to stay.
DEE OCLEPPO HILFIGER has led many lives. Now, the Rhode Island native is back in the US, married to Tommy Hilfiger, raising another young son, and heading a handbag brand that has already been picked up by Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods, Hudson Bay and Galeries Lafayette in its first year on the market.
Between winter storms and winter sales, the Reed Krakoff concession inside Saks Fifth Avenue at the Prudential Center quietly packed up its iconic Boxer Bags on January 30th, after three years in the space.
While most of us bloggers are on the daily 9-5 grind, Chiara Ferragni, the 27-year-old Italian fashion and lifestyle blogger behind TheBlondeSalad.com, has been criss-crossing the globe, turning her blog into an international brand.
It's not hard to believe that Marla Beck is in the beauty biz. With a two Master's Degrees from Harvard University under her belt, Bluemercury's co-founder and CEO delivers a refreshing and inspiring Brains-and-Beauty one-two punch.