Monthly Archives: March 2012

FALL OF FUR 2012.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will be running amuck very soon and probably protesting the “wrong-doing” of a crafted artistry. The explanation is based around the fact that the biggest forecasted fabric trend in the fall and winter collections are fur. With this season designers have become very innovative with this controversial, insulated, and gorgeous material. Designers such as Donna Karen, Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, and many more have implemented this fabric in at least more than one look in all of their fall 2012 collections. My personal favorite was the fur back pack Kanye West created.

 

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One of Oscar de la Rentas pieces “featured a pink fox vest over a silk blouse with jewel-encrusted sleeves and pink pants tucked into booties dripping with shaggy fur” (Supplemental material).  Oscar also had hats that were “made of multicolored mink, they tilted this way and dipped that, like something out of Dr. Seuss” (Phelps, 2012). This fabric does have reason and necessary use; however some fabrics that have been shown such as invisible netting don’t have practicality for this season. The fabric is sheer, is usually black, and drapes quite a bit and looks like it derives from a luxurious gothic look. Another major fabric that goes along with the gothic look that has been predicted is leather especially in Kanye West’s fall 2012 collection. Feiereisen proves that “fall 2012 was certainly a big step up from his debut, but there was still something contrived and forced about the leather and fur-heavy collection. Another noticeable fabric that will be considered popular or looked at is the puffed jacket. This could be ethical and has had influenced from some type of protective gear. It could be from a life jacket or protective gear from an astronaut in space. This puffed fabric has not been considerably in style for a long time, and has made a return due to the popularity of space.

[Supplemental material]. Oscar de la renta rtw fall 2012. WWD.

Phelps, Nicole. (2012). Marc jacobs. Style.com Retrieved from http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/F2012RTW-MJACOBS

Feiereisen, Sharon. (2012). The fashion spot. Kanye west fall 2012. Retrieved from: http://www.thefashionspot.com/runway-news/news/172567-kanye-west-fall-2012-runway-review

 

 

 

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Geek & Chic.

Everyone knows we are living in an era where technology is basically another world within our own. That is how big technology has become. Technology is a development that is always progressing regardless of where it is in the world because it is created to make work easier. If there is a faster way to do something, we want to do it faster. If there is a more efficient way to do something, we want to do it more efficiently. Today it is almost a requirement to become technologically advanced because of the way we developed from it. From cell phones, computers, space travel, elevators, escalators, and a million of many different things all relates to technology.

Aside from that, another common characteristic of being required to be technologically savy is, how you can display that you are using your technology.  An iPhone is one of the smartest phones in the entire world which could possibly seem a little nerdy, but at the same time it is a huge trend among all age groups. For another trend example watches came back into style and more people are starting to wear watches. However, there are certain hassles one could say about both of those items; such as the iPhone doesn’t come with a headset piece for driving and in some states it is considered illegal to talk on the phone while driving. Having to hold a phone to one’s head while driving could get very dangerous, Developments in technology have been made to a phone being put into a coat or jacket to ease the consumer of work. Giving us a development of wearable technology. According to Quinn, “Their goal is to take the concept of clothing as we know it to its very limits – integrating software, communication devices, sensors and speech-recognition systems into garments to make them think for the wearer. Systems like these would give garments the capacity to surf the Internet, make telephone calls, store and retrieve computer files, monitor the wearer’s vital signs and administer medication without the wearer even noticing” (2002). All of the kinks in this idea haven’t exactly been worked out also either “Their power demands are [that the] battery might still be noticeable if you did embed’ a phone in your jacket or sweater, but progress is continuous, and the concept is no doubt feasible” (Prophet, 2004).

Wearable technology isn’t really a big topic or trend right now in 2012. It isn’t necessarily being developed for the runway, but it is being looked at seriously by medical researchers. Harris shares ” Small sensors, incorporated into patients’ clothing, could monitor their health while they go about their day-to-day lives. These devices could measure heart rate, temperature, blood pressure or brain activity” (Harris, 2008). It could stem from hospital use to celebrities just casually wearing whatever the item may be. “Catwalks are not just about top clothes, designers, supermodels,  and glamorous images”, Harris explains that wearable technology could have a more important use than just  using it.

Although that may be the case with some of the inventions, several different brands and products have come out with wearable technology lines such as We Flashy and Geek down.

http://www.we-flashy.com

& another website to check out for wearable technology is.

http://geekdown.com/

References

Harris, S. (2008). Catwalk goes techno. (wearable technologies)/ 3 (18), 28-30.

Prophet, G. (2004). You wear it well. EDN europe. 49 (10), 19-19.

Quinn, B. (2002). Intelligent fashion. Techno fashion. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/9781847888877/TECFASH0008

tRICKLE uP.

Topic of Discussion: The Trickle up Theory in the 21st Century

                    People can easily get so lost in clothes, fashion, or style just because everything involved is related to something it was inspired from in which causes a sort of depth. Following fashion can be a hard and long journey but finding out why people are wearing the clothes, talking about fashion, and looking at the style actually can derive from one common theory, depending on the specificity of the topic.  In the 21st century one relatable theory is called the trickle up theory. Delong explains that “this theory [is] the innovation [that] is initiated from the street, so to speak, and adopted from lower income groups. The innovation eventually flows to upper-income groups; thus the movement is from the bottom up”. This is another representation of a pendulum theory hypothetically because in the 15th century lower class always was imitating the higher class. Now popular trends can swing either way regardless of whether it started from higher class or lower.

However, throughout the 21st century the trickle up theory has been highly innovative to many different types of consumers due it evolving from the bottom up. Seeing that there is so much variety in the world now decades from the past are constantly coming back into style and many consumers are resorting to finding these things not only cheaply and thriftily but also making  these findings trendy. Earlier on in decades going to resale stores such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, Plato’s Closet, Buffalo Exchange and etc were only for the lower class considerably. Vintage fashion has become hip and flea market finds are a source for fashion change. (Brannon, 2010). Now more and more people are going to these stores to find clothes because they want to dress a certain style. Mackinney-Valentin mentions that “it has been argued that trends tend to come from the street and from subcultures in a process that has been described as a “trickle-up” or “bubble-up” effect”, and seeing people that have to go to resale stores just because those are the only places they can afford to shop and clothe themselves has had an influence on more people going to resale shops. The trend has become so popular that people are constantly blogging about where they got their unique items and for the amazing price they received it. Some people from YouTube also video blog about their findings, record them going to the actual store, how they re-fixed or reused the item to their advantage referring others to start going to shop there.

 

The shirt I am wearing in the last photo is from Goodwill. Coming from a personal stand point, I use to think that only poor people went to shop at Goodwill or Salvation Army and I honestly would have not been caught in one of the stores back in 2008. Now thrift stores are the first places I go when wanting to find something unique perhaps something that no one else will have. “Thrifting” is something people constantly are going to especially broke college students who are crafty and can make it look like it something bought from a retailer like Forever 21 or H&M. If it weren’t for the lower class needing stores such as Goodwill or Salvation Army this trend would not exist, and the trickle up theory would not be valid. Some antique stores can become extremely pricey due to it being in such good condition and it being the only item of it left , a celebrity could easily get it over a college student. Thrifting and resale shops are extremely different and are easily related to the trickle up theory during the 21st century.

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References

DeLong, M. (2005). Fashion, Theories of. In A–Z of Fashion. Retrieved from http://www.bergfashionlibrary.com/view/bazf/bazf00212.xml

Brannon, E. (2010).  Introducing innovation. In O.  Kontzias & J. Bergeron (Eds.),  Fashion forecasting. (pp. 93-98). New York, NY: Fairchild Books.

Mackinney-Valentin, M. (2010). Snapshot: Trends. Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion: Volume 10 – Global Perspectives . doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/BEWDF/EDch10022