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Top school and museum dedicated to the fashion industry

Posted by elegant On December - 12 - 2014

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is famous for its museum located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City that is dedicated for the fashion industry. FIT is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) and focuses on art and design education. Founded in 1944, FIT received its accreditation in 1957 and today ranks among the top five fashion schools in the world. Its enrollment exceeds more than 9,500 students. It offers undergraduate degrees as well as graduate degrees in 44 disciplines including marketing for the fashion industry, toy design, menswear, fashion merchandizing and computer animation and interactive media.

The museum at FIT solely dedicated to the art of fashion. It holds innovative and award-winning exhibits in addition to displaying its permanent collection of over 50,000 garments and accessories. The collection dates back to the 18th century and works of 20th century fashion designers take the center stage. As the director and chief curator of the museum, Yale educated Valerie Steel is bringing study of corsets, displaying sensual objects that were hidden from view, and transforming the museum to a true cultural and intellectual show case. New exhibits are constantly changing the way we look at art and fashion.

New bra loaded with technology from Victoria’s Secret

Posted by elegant On December - 4 - 2014

Famous for its skimpy underwear and breakthrough bras, the lingerie behemoth is introducing a new line of sports bra equipped with a heart monitor. The fabric of the bra holds heart rate sensors and electrodes that can be attached to a separate heart rate monitor. The panel is stitched to the frontal band of the bra. It comes with moisture wicking nylon and spandex fabrics and connecting wires are concealed from view. This allows comfort and free and easy movement. The bra is ideal for running, boxing and cardio exercises. The bra line is known as Incredible and available in pinkish color for Hello Lovely and black and gray for Black Marl.

Founded by Roy Raymond in 1977, the American lingerie retailor is the largest womenswear retailer. Its 2012 sales exceeded more than six billion dollars. Its products include lingerie line that is mainly sold through its Pink stores located in malls and as free standing individual stores, swimwear that was introduced in 2002, beauty products and music CDs featuring romantic classics. Its products are sold at its stores as well as through catalogs, and on the Internet. The retailer sends out more than 375 million catalogs a year. Victoria’s Secret is a wholly owned subsidiary of L Brands.

Getting your own artsy carpet

Posted by elegant On September - 18 - 2014

There is a saying that says “start designing your space from ground up.” Properly designed area rug can bring excitement to a room while providing comfort and warmth. Rugs designed by an artist can provides and extraordinary collection for an art collector. It provides a sense of buying into the art world.

Art works from Picasso and Kandinsky have already been made into rugs and a design of Picasso can go for somewhere from $1,750 to $4,400. However, other pieces from Lichtenstein may go for $76,000 and a Kandinsky for $60,000 according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

An artfully designed rug provides an affordable way to own famous work. Many are coming from manufacturers but there are pieces designed by the artists that are available in the market. Some of the more recent artists that have their own art work on rugs include Leger, Klee, Arp, Miró, and Matisse. If you are interested in making a rug specially made for you consider the size, right combination of fiber density it order to protect it from wear and tear, time to manufacture one and its price. If you are in the auction market to get a piece by Picasso or any other famous artist, be prepared to pay. A Bacon at Christie’s auction in 2011 cost $155,000.

Private art sales are becoming more popular

Posted by elegant On August - 21 - 2014

The art auction house Sotheby’s made news recently for wrong reasons. Activist investor Daniel Loeb and two other allies were appointed to the Sotheby’s Board of Directors after months of wrangling about the company. The activist’s main claims were Sotheby’s slowness to embrace technology and private art sales.

Private art sales or otherwise known as “private treaty sales” are where the buyer and the seller negotiate and agree on the sale price for an art. This is good news for collectors hoping to dispose of works of art. On the other hand, the commission on the sale also negotiable and it makes the sale more advantageous to the seller and the buyer not the auction house. Private sales are kept under wrap for the most part to the liking of the buyer and the seller. Long-time clients of auction house prefer this type of sales and the method creates fastest sales for the auction house in the process and cutting down on expenses for holding auctions. Christie’s estimate more than 500 items are sold yearly through private art sales. Sotheby’s on the other hand generated more than $800 million over the last year from private treaty sales.

Fall fashions for back to school

Posted by elegant On July - 24 - 2014

Many parts of the country schools and colleges are opening their doors. Just because it is fall you don’t need to throw away all your summer cloths. Pairing them with few fall items still work. Whether it is for school or just thinking of changing, here are some trends and tips for you.

  • Make your summer dresses work for you in the fall. You can wear your summer dresses with a cardigan or a blazer. That will help you to continue to wear bright colors even in the fall.
  • Seamless tanks still works. When you have chilly mornings and warm afternoon, tanks will work with a sweater. When it is warm outside just take off the sweater.
  • Your graphic tees that express yourself still work. It is fun to wear them and you may feel comfortable in them during the day.
  • Cute pair of leggings will also let you feel comfortable. They go well with tunic tops. A pair of black leggings with boots make you look and feel great. Leggings pair well with long and over size shirt.
  • On weekends wear fun blouses. They go well with dark jeans and boots. In order to look the new look and have more fun, just add few accessories.

Fashionable without breaking the bank

Posted by elegant On December - 18 - 2013

New Year will bring new styles and many of us will rush to embrace them costing money and time. It doesn’t have to be that way. But if you like to keep up with new styles, be wise and have plan. Here are some helpful tips.

  • Finding affordable and good quality pieces are easy. Make a list before going shopping and stick to it. Do not give into temptations.
  • Look for timeless pieces. Look for basic pieces that will not get outdated.
  • Get out of your comfort zone and try out new things that will not break your bank. Sticking to one style may cost you more.
  • Instead of trying to fit into new clothes that are too small for your body, find something that fits your body and style.
  • Go Online and search for new styles that you can afford. Pinterest, Tumbler and print magazines are full of new ideas and new styles.
  • Neutrals are always safe and easy. But bright colors can brighten up your wardrobe and you. Give it a try; it will improve your mood too.
  • Get rid of your cloths that you haven’t worn for a while. Donate them to a worthy cause.

Los Angeles Spring 2014 Fashion Week, the place to be

Posted by elegant On October - 7 - 2013

Los Angeles Fashion Week take place at many venues spread across the city. For five days in October starting on Monday the 4th, 20,000 square feet of the L. A. Live Event Deck (instead of the former St. Vibiana) and two tents will become the event hub for the Los Angeles Spring 2014 Fashion Week. This will be the sixth time for the show and first time for the new headquarters. New location becomes more important because it is located in the center of the Los Angeles famous Fashion District. Local designers such as Ina Soltani who cater to the celebrities in L. A. and many other designers from New York and London are expected to be present at the show.

Some of the other venues of the show include Kyoto Grand Hotel in Little Tokyo, Staples Center, LA Convention Center, the Grove and many other places in between. The LA Spring 2014 Fashion Week considered being the place for up-and-coming designers to grab attention. Some of the other designers participating include Sue Wong at Club Cicada and Irene by Greg LaVoi at the Rooftop Garden at the former Kyoto Grand Hotel.

Fashions for the summer

Posted by elegant On June - 29 - 2012

Fashions change from season to season and fashionista would always like to stay on top of jewelry trends and constantly looking for ways to improve their appearance. Here are some trends for this summer.

Flowers: They are printed on clothes, shoes, handkerchiefs, and bags. In regard to flowers on jewelry, they are on necklaces, rings, bracelets, and hair pins. Anna Sui, Zac Posen, Mackage, Peter Som, Prada, and Milly carry many new pieces.

Chandelier earrings: Collection is very beautiful and very feminine. It will make your evening very luxurious. Layers up to three are the trend. You can buy them from precious metals to pieces made of not so precious material. Look into the collection from Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch and Giulietta.

Accessories: Accessories made with a sea inspired theme is the most current trend. Chanel, Versace, Diego Binelli, Joy Cioci, and Lene de Cassis are carrying many pieces. Jewelry pieces, sea-star rings, pearl and fish-scale earrings, necklaces made of shells are available for even hard to satisfy fashionista.

Ethnic influenced pieces: This season Michael Kors, Mara Hoffman, Douglas Hannat, Lene de Cassis, Sachin + Babi are coming out with larger than normal necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.

Fashionable summer shades

Posted by elegant On June - 18 - 2012

A right pair of glasses can definitely enhance your look. On the other hand, in order to protect your eyes, you need to wear shades during summer months. Here are some suggestions.

If you are trying to convince others to donate for a cause, such as for a nonprofit, the earth-tone is the current fashion. David Yurman Thoroughbreds sells for $295 retail. It will project you as an unflashy individual, yet gives you a diligent look.

The CEO look at this time is surely is “man who strives mightily to make it easy”. For $360 you can buy a pair of The 3019 from Persol from Sunglasshut.

For a female in public relations it is Gant by Michael Bastian. With its bright Jan frame it sure to demonstrate your strong personality. The pair that will give you cover from flashes will cost you $200.

If you are a dealmaker, this season it is fighter pilot look. A $150 Oakley Daisy Chains will give you the elegance as well as toughness you would like to project.

If you are an ad executive, you need to project Robert McNamara look which is the fashion for the time. The Lookmatic Ricky will set you back $65 and gives you a creative look.

“Fast Fashions”

Posted by elegant On June - 18 - 2012

The advancement in technology is bringing fast fashions to the market more frequent than any other time in the history. One can view a product on YouTube and wear it within few days. This is true for the designers. Due to technological advances, designers can design a product, manufacture it and have it available on shelves within less than two weeks.

Mass market labels such as Forever 21, H&M, Unoqlo and Zara are taking advantage of the advances in technology to get trendy and in demand products to the market quickly. This quick turnaround allows less inventory at all levels, more quick fashion releases and more profits for the labels.

Fast Fashions do require lower prices and due to quick product turnaround, fashion conscious buyer wares them only once or twice. This has unintended consequences. More material consumption, more chemicals use, and more waste generation. In order to make a product available within a short period of time, there are also harmful health consequences to employees who work at factories. A recent report indicates that 284 workers in a Cambodian factory that make cloths for a Swedish company fell ill due to a bad smell came from a shirt production.