Martha Stewart signed on with red velvet cake and white icing, Mac used lipsticks and Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street showed their support too.
They are among an estimated tens of millions of social media users who have posted and tweeted a symbol in support of gay marriage.
Despite loving most of the Olympic coverage, the London fashion catwalk cameo segment in the closing ceremony made me cringe. I really wasn’t sure why until I read an article by Lisa Armstrong in The Telegraph . Labeling the catwalk strut by Kate, Naomi et al, “pompous” and “bombastic”, she succinctly expressed my own feelings. Fashion and ouvert sexiness so often go hand-in-hand, but for the most part, London’s style-mongers exist in a sort of parallel universe, where what you wear in public can mean not taking yourself too seriously. Paraphrasing Mulberry’s creative director Emma Hill, Armstrong goes on to say, “If we have a USP, it is (having) a sense of humour. You don’t need to tamper with things too much. Our natural style is very cool.”
A few months ago, portly 34-year-old rapper, Psy, short for Psycho, a —“because I’m crazy about music, stage performance and show,” he says—was relatively unknown outside of his native South Korea. Now, thanks to his infectious song and video with its over the top dancing, pelvic thrusting, lavish outfits, and intense set design, “Gangnam Style” which mocks materialism in Seoul, Psy (real name Park Jae-sang) is breaking YouTube records (400 Million views) and has signed with Scooter Braun, a.k.a. the guy who made Justin Bieber famous. “Dress Classy, Dance Cheesy” say Psy and it seems the whole world is taking note.
While its true that he could possibly be a one hit wonder, alternatively, Psy’s success is the latest triumph for what has become known as the Hallyu, or “Korean Wave” in the west.
It is with great pleasure that Hall Five, the largest online community of fashion and lifestyle trend forecasters, announces a partnership with Sophicolor Color Collections , a division of Precision Textile Design. Hall Five will be exclusively use Sophicolor for its future color trend stories. Three Collections of 1500 unique colors are not only available online with spectral data and recipes included, they now come on fabric swatches in three elegant and durable acid-resistant presentation boxes. Sophicolor is truly the next generation in color design.
Launched 40 years ago, Pitti Uomo is considered by many to be one of the industry’s most important platforms for men’s clothing and accessory collections. The show was created specifically to promote the best of the Italian fashion industry to large foreign markets and has since transformed into a showcase of brands from around the globe. In its third season partnering with GQ.com, which will have live updates straight from show, Pitti Uomo will provide buyers and attendees with greater access to interviews with designers, after hours party coverage and GQ chosen “best of” accessories and fashion.
Forget actresses and models. Fashion companies that wish to appeal to a broader audience should focus on fashion bloggers. Suddenly they were everywhere, the Isabel Marant sneakers with the built-in heel. A typical example of a trend that was created because fashion bloggers were writing about it, generating a buzz that led to endless waiting lists and remakes by high street chains like Topshop. Twenty years ago only a fashion magazine such as Vogue or Elle could have unleashed such a trend, but in recent years the baton has passed to bloggers.
Are today’s top designers less important than the brands they work for? Has the divide between the creative and corporate sides of fashion has widened? Cathy Horyn thinks it may be so. Today, the most celebrated designers work for big luxury groups — Nicolas Ghesquiere for the PPR-owned Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, which belongs to LVMH, as do Céline and Givenchy. Not only do designers produce more stuff than ever before — clothes for early deliveries, for red carpet and editorial, as well as accessories — but they are also increasingly perceived as less important than brands.
As reported on the website of The Independent Fashion Bloggers Twitter has become an indispensable tool for keeping up with all the action – from front row celebrity spottings to instantaneous runway reviews. With a feed as robust as IFB’s (following more than 3,000 handles) it can be a chore to sort through the best tweets and photos – but then again, that’s why we have hashtags! From the hilarious to the helpful, here are the “#”s we loved the most during NYFW.
Photo of Ohne Titel from Vogue.com
E-TAIL TREND: FASHION BLOGGERS TO SPUR LUXURY ONLINE SALES ... Fashion bloggers will help propel online sales of designer clothes, jewels and luxury cars to more than 11 billion euros ($15 billion) in 2015, says a research report. The exclusive fashion world has embraced the Internet later than other industries but is catching up quickly. Brands such as Burberry, Tiffany and Gucci are increasing exposure to social media to connect with a new generation born when mobiles and Internet were already there. Online sales of luxury goods still only account for 2.6 percent of a market worth 172 billion euros, but are growing at a rate of 20 percent a year, Italy luxury foundation Altagamma said in its “Digital Luxury Experience” report.
Blogs and social media are setting trends more than fashion critics, with one out of two customers turning to Facebook or Twitter for advice before buying, the study said.
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“Fashion bloggers are more and more powerful, especially in emerging markets like China,” Altagamma’s research head Francesco Di Lauro said. Fast-growing China is expected to overtake the United States as the world’s No.1 online retail market by 2015, according to the research. Luxury spending on the web also increases in times of austerity, as wealthy customers prefer to buy from the intimacy of their homes rather than in lavish stores. “Luxury will become less ostentatious, with the average buyer being Chinese, digital and rich,” Di Lauro said.
BRIC TREND: South Korea Luxury, Beyond the Obvious ... Louis Vuitton’s handbags have gone from a phenomenon in Korea to a bit of a joke. They are called the “three-second bags” or “five-second bags” because that’s how often you see one in the hands of fashion-conscious women (and their boyfriends who have to carry the handbag on a date).