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Future of Fashion

 “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, in the way we live and what is happening around us.”

Fashion is a means to express one’s ideas, culture and values, interests and personality. Fashion has been evolving since the 19th century when Charles Fredrick Worth had labels sewn into garments that he created.

Even though fashion has evolved through decades of constantly creating demands by being stylish and fascinating, its impact on the environment is becoming increasingly hazardous. Being one of the biggest players in the global economy, the fashion industry holds the responsibility to protect and save the environment and its precious resources. Insatiable and increasing demands are putting undue pressure on the environment. The culture of affordable shopping has led to increase in the number of shopaholics, thus increasing shopping.

Since Fashion cannot die by Norelle Rheingold it is the need of the hour to identify potential sources to lessen the pressure it exerts on the environment. The textile industry

Best fashion picks for women from Grammys 2017

 “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” Thus advised the late Gianni Versace, celebrated fashion designer of the eponymous Italian fashion house. The thought certainly captures the essence of New Age fashion, which focuses on concepts of individuality and self-expression.

In recent times, many noted female personalities have begun to play a key role in transforming the way people perceive women’s fashionwear globally. Whether it is a classy and conventional look, or bold and over the top, contemporary women are not afraid of experimenting with their appearance or changing their style. This is evident in the way celebrities dress during award shows. This new-found comfort in wearing what one desires, irrespective of societal judgment, is gradually encouraging many women to ditch the norm and create their own fashion statement.

The 59thGrammy awards in February 2017 proved this. While the men looked dapper as always, women took dressing up to a whole new level. Be it Lady Gaga’s unconventional and dramatic look or Chrissy Teigen’s Gothic look, the ladies

Emerging global trends in leather and fashion

 As the global population boom, there are inevitable implications on livestock. Demand for food and shelter have grown manifold resulting in an alarming scarcity of land meant for rearing animals, says Satyadeep Chatterjee.

Trends have to be predicted taking into consideration possible drastic changes. Fashion consumers are becoming more conscious of the environment. They prefer eco-friendly material, conservative use of resources, reduced emission of pollutants, greater social commitment and fair treatment of employees in production facilities.

The presence of a large number of players in the sector has intensified the competition to garner a larger chunk of the market share of this lucrative industry. On the demand front, consumers are rapidly aligning towards new designs and innovative leather offerings to ensure they are in sync with changing fashion trends. Another factor that needs to be taken into account is the rise of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) economies. Their dominant position in the labour-intensive textile and leather industries makes it difficult for other countries to match them.

Owing to high demand, the leather goods industry is on a

Fashion designer says she won’t dress Melania Trump

First ladies have served as a canvas for both established and up-and-coming designers for decades. But it looks like the incoming FLOTUS may have a harder time leaving her fashion mark on history.

Last week, French-born designer Sophie Theallet, whose vibrant designs have been spotted frequently on Michelle Obama, shared an official statement on Twitter saying that she will not provide clothing for Melania Trump.

“As one who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom and respect for all lifestyles, I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next First Lady,” she wrote. “The rhetoric of racism, sexism and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by. I encourage my fellow designers to do the same.”

Apparently, Theallet isn’t the first designer to distance herself from the Trumps.People reports that during the election campaign, several undisclosed designers refused to provide clothing for Melania or for the president-elect’s daughters Ivanka and Tiffany. As a result, the three pulled wardrobe pieces from Ivanka’s eponymous fashion line, bought them online and “shopped their closets.”

Although no other designers have come forth to outright state they will

Women, Fashion Has You Covered

It is a truism of the history of dress that decade-defining looks generally don’t congeal until quite late in the period they eventually come to represent. The miniskirts and Crayola colors of the 1960s, the power shoulders of the ’80s, the minimalism of the ’90s — all reached critical mass well into the midpoint of those eras, when whatever had been bubbling up in wardrobes and on sidewalks found its reflection in the wider world.

Well, we have finally reached that stage in the 2010s. The tectonic plates of fashion have shifted. Look around. What do you see?

Look to the runway: During the recent round of fashion shows, suits — and sleeves and long skirts — dominated. Look to the street, and the stores.

“Women who once bought strapless dresses with a little skirt are now buying evening gowns with sleeves and high necks,” said Claire Distenfeld, the owner of Fivestory, the destination boutique on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. “Four seasons ago we couldn’t sell a blouse, and now everyone wants a blouse. Young women who

The Men’s Shirt That Will Get You Noticed

SOME CASUAL OBSERVERS of fashion viewed the arrival of the Hawaiian shirt on high-end runways a couple of years ago with surprise. What place did something that for the most part symbolized boorishness and cultural insensitivity have in a luxury context?

But truly creative designers, like Miuccia Pradaand Dries Van Noten, excel in transforming the outré into the très chic. With their deft encouragement, the world of menswear said a hearty “Aloha!” to the picturesque Aloha shirt, which has stuck around as a stylish, springy piece for a few years.

This season, rather than retreat to a world of safe solids and polite prints (see gingham, madras, Liberty florals), designers have doubled down on in-your-face motifs. “We’re seeing a lot of wild stuff,” said Gabriel Ricioppo, creative director of Richmond, Va. store Need Supply Co. that carries shirts with big-scale florals and other patterns from labels like Obey, Gitman Vintage and Ami.

“People are looking for that one conversational piece in their wardrobe,” said Chris Olberding, president of Gitman Bros., an American brand known for its prints. And perhaps because men are generally wearing more attention-getting pieces, it’s necessary for designers

3 Emerging Top Designers on Their Inspirations

Rosetta Getty

Growing up in L.A.’s bohemian Silver Lake neighborhood, Rosetta Getty, 46, started making her own clothes as a child: “Fuchsia spandex leotards and tights, little wraparound skirts,” she recalls. Her color palette may have muted since then, but her creative impulse remains intact. A former model and busy mother of four—her husband is actor Balthazar Getty, the great-grandson of oil magnate J. Paul Getty—she founded her eponymous fashion line in 2014, designing sculptural dresses with cutout shoulders; blouses with kite sleeves; cropped, pleated pants and other wearable pieces. She also makes pared-down red-carpet looks for the likes of Alicia Vikander and Patricia Arquette, a longtime friend. Getty tends to design much of her collection at her New York office and then hop on a plane back to her family in California. Perhaps it’s no surprise that she describes her work in terms of movement: “I want to support women to maneuver the way they need to.”

Brock Collection

When Kris Brock, 30, and Laura Vassar, 29, launched Brock Collection in 2014, they focused not on trends but on longevity. “We wanted to create pieces that would be passed on for generations,” explains Vassar,

Buying Luxury Watches For The Busy Man

Some of the best-known online retailers include Tourneau and Saks Fifth Avenue. And some watch brands, like Rado and Bulgari, also sell through their own sites. Many others, however, such as Patek Philippe, Breguet, A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet and Rolex, refuse to sell online, either on their own sites or those of authorized dealers.

The reasoning? They’ve spent decades or longer building distribution networks and don’t want to squander that effort. They also believe buying a watch should be a special, emotional experience—one that requires a real-world environment where a customer can speak with a salesperson, try on a variety of watches and leave with the winner on his wrist. I have always purchased new watches in stores. I imagine the feeling I have coming home with a new timepiece is similar to the rush our prehistoric ancestors felt when returning after a successful hunt.

More caveats: First, there simply aren’t that many authorized online sellers. If you Google a watch model, a number of sites pop up, but most fall into the dodgy “gray market” category, sometimes associated with stolen watches or timepieces whose warranties won’t be honored. So,

Next Top Fashion Designer? A Computer

Apparel seller Stitch Fix recently introduced a coral, sleeveless blouse with a split neckline—and an unusual creative provenance. It was one of three new tops designed with the help of artificial intelligence.

The San Francisco-based e-commerce company, which sends customers boxes of preselected outfits, is leveraging computers to analyze purchasing behavior and learn what elements of style are popular. The software then recombines well-liked sleeve types, cuts and prints into new looks to maximize the odds a client “loves the resulting style,” said Erin Boyle, a Stitch Fix data scientist.

The three tops sold out as part of preselected boxes last year, according to the six-year-old company, and in February, it started selling nine more items designed with the help of computers, including dresses and tops. It plans to sell more than two dozen others by the end of the year. (AI-created styles are priced similarly to human designs, according to a company spokeswoman.)

The “hybrid designs,” as they are known inside Stitch Fix, are part of a movement in the tech industry to develop software that can be creative, and produce content such as songs, logos, videogames, clothing and special

Are You Man Enough to Buy These Skin-Care Products?

SOAP MADE FROM beer. Deodorant that smells like bourbon. Shave cream named after a sherpa. All of these indelicate products come to us thanks to skin-care companies, launched over the past few years, that are marketing strenuously—some would say, overcompensatingly—to men.

As anyone who remembers the musky scent of Lucky Tiger aftershave can attest, aggressively male-targeted products aren’t a new phenomenon. Relegated to the shadowy corners of drugstore shelves by the endless array of eye creams and makeup removers for women, they’ve always seemed like an afterthought, and never particularly cool or stylish.

A shift is under way due to millennial males, more blithely vain than their elders. According to Karen Grant, a global industry analyst for beauty at market-research firm NPD Group, younger men are much more apt to buy these products. “Overall, only 25% of men say they use grooming products,” said Ms. Grant, “but when you go under 35, it becomes almost 40%.”

These relatively fresh-faced customers have made skin care one of the fastest-growing categories at Huckberry, an online retailer launched in 2011 that started out selling Americana-influenced wares like Tellason denim and Topo Designs backpacks. Since

Finding Chic Kids’ Clothes

SYLVANA WARD-DURRETT remembers the late nights well: The former director of special projects for Vogue and mother of two (with one currently on the way) would find herself hunched over her laptop, hunting for kids clothing into the wee hours, the only spare time she had. “I would have no less than 25 browser tabs open,” she said. “You have the mass e-tailers for basics, but for more special and higher quality pieces that will last more than two wears, I’d have to scour the internet for small, indie boutiques.” After she vented to fellow Vogue alum Luisana Mendoza Roccia, a mom of three, the pair realized there had to be a better way. “You’re used to shopping for everything in your life with so many conveniences, but then you enter the children’s clothing market and you’re back to 1991,” said Ms. Mendoza Roccia.

And so the pair teamed up to create Maisonette, an online marketplace which launched this week. The

The 8 Best Stylish Sneakers to Buy Now

WHEN CÉLINE DESIGNER Phoebe Philo walked on to the runway for her post-show bow in March of 2011, her outfit—gray turtleneck, dark trousers and Adidas Stan Smith tennis shoes—punctured many women’s preconceptions. Coming from Ms. Philo, then fashion’s most influential designer, the idea that sneakers could be worn with office-appropriate garb suddenly seemed not lazy but inspired. It was also something of an official directive.

The stylish set obliged. Six years later, Stan Smiths are no less acceptable than Manolo Blahnik BB pumps, and sneakers in general anchor a fashionable wardrobe, along with a well-cut blazer or high-waist jeans. As a result, style options abound, from pricey designer models—like Simone Rocha’s black leather high-tops, laser-cut to resemble broderie anglaise, and Common Projects minimalist white sneakers—to old-school kicks like the Nike Cortez and Adidas Gazelle. Even companies that have not normally sold sneakers have snuck into the game. J. Crew-owned label Madewell is collaborating with Vans and Saucony on exclusive styles and will increase its sneaker selection for fall. “I look around and we’re all in sneakers,” said Joyce Lee, Madewell’s head of design.

In short: Sneakers are everywhere, and at every price point. But women are

4 Ways to Instantly Update Your Wardrobe for Spring

DRIVEN BY both a lack of excessive disposable income and a fear of amassing too much stuff, I’ve always been a strategic and minimal shopper. It’s rarely easy. I agonize over the decisions, revisiting various pieces of designer clothing and accessories to determine whether each is “The One.” This may sound tedious, but what voracious style consumers—women who can indulge in big seasonal hauls—may not realize is that one or two pieces, when properly selected, act like a key that unlocks and updates your entire existing wardrobe. But again, what to buy? To save you from the sort of inhumanely prolonged pondering I impose on myself, we came up with four approved options. A caveat: These are not what you’d consider basics. To look like you’re not stuck in 2010, you need a dose of trendiness. But all will single-handedly do the job.

1. A Mannish Blazer

If you’d don’t own a long, square-shouldered jacket in a menswear fabric, now is the time. Demna Gvasalia introduced the piece into fashion’s biosphere last fall in his debut collection for Balenciaga, and it’s gone viral since. Wear it over a crew neck sweater and

Building Beauty from the Inside Out

Solana Beach, located approximately 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, is the epitome of a sleepy beach town.  Alongside the serenity of the surf, sand, and sun lies a high-end, local boutique leading the area’s fashion revolution. Racks of the newest pieces from Ulla Johnson and Derek Lam hug the walls, while unique, vintage Louis Vuitton bags and current season Chanel baseball caps are playfully arranged throughout the space. As I meandered through Pink Lagoon’s newly-expanded location on South Cedros Avenue, one thing really caught my eye: the clientele. Women walked breezily through the pink-framed doorways, addressing the staff by name with a smile and a hug before inquiring about a piece that had just come in stock. This kind of friendly chatter isn’t what one would normally expect from a luxury-loving fashionista’s haven, but it is the norm at Pink Lagoon.

At the tender age of 20, La Jolla native Jenny Livits devised a business plan. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University, Livits knew that she wanted to own a boutique. This space had to be different, however. Pink Lagoon would not just be a clothing store, it would be an enterprise that brought wardrobe design and

Hijab is Not a Fashion Trend

Ramadan, which begins this week, involves daily fasts that start at sunrise and end at sunset with community dinners at home or on the town. A growing number of fashion lines have been catering to Muslim women — and the social gatherings on their calendars — by offering Ramadan collections. Dolce & Gabbana, H&M, Oscar de la Renta, DKNY, and others are marketing apparel that ranges from “modest wear” to full-body veils.

A model in a Marks & Spencer burkini (Muslim swimwear that covers all of the body, including the hair) was the lead image in a recent New York Times article about Muslim fashion.

Surprisingly, these clothing lines are supported by many who argue that women should have the “freedom” to choose what to wear. In fact, the headline over The Times piece was “What Freedom Looks Like.”

But one cannot read too much into such so-called freedom. After all, hijab, which means “curtain” or “screen” in Arabic, is meant to cover women’s hair in public because according to Islamic laws, it’s considered provocative. Men, on the other hand, do not have to hide their hair.

In other words, women are objectified and controlled

The Best High Street Wedding Dresses

It’s undoubtedly the biggest sartorial decision of all. The moment your loved one steps down on one knee and presents you with the most lifechanging question in existence, who can blame you when your mind instantaneously poses the dilemma, what on earth do I wear on the big day?

And this season, the high street is our unlikely saviour. Go-to favourites Topshop and Whistles have well and truly delivered on the fashion front.

Expect lace jumpsuits, sorbet tulle and cold-shoulder dresses aplenty. Yes, that’s right. We’re coveting high street wedding attire this season.

Brides-to-be, take note as we round up the latest ‘It’ dresses as they drop:

Whistles

Renowned for their minimal aesthetic and could-be designer pieces, Whistles is a must for city girls. And last month, the brand launched a seven-piece wedding collection.

Think sheer tulle, embroidered ruffles and cold-shoulder lace. There’s even a flared jumpsuit for those wishing to opt out of the traditional nuptial dress. Prices range from £499 to £699.

The dresses are available online or in the brand’s London flagship store at St Christopher’s Place W1.

Topshop

When we first learnt that our go-to high street store was launching a bridal line, we couldn’t believe our luck. This April, Topshop will

Your Essential Guide To Transeasonal Dressing

Dressing for the unpredictable British weather is hard enough, let alone when we’re transitioning between two seasons. So, in order to really nail transeasonal dressing, you’re going to need a few key pieces that will help bridge the gap between your cosy winter wardrobe and your brighter, summer one.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with Tu, to share our favourite pieces that will ensure that your cool to warm wardrobe transition is as smooth as possible. You can thank us later!

Embroidered Denim Jacket

A denim jacket is the perfect outerwear piece to help you make the smooth transition from Winter to Spring. Opting for one with a light, faded denim finish and pretty floral embroidery will ensure that you still look on-trend when the warm weather hits.

Patterned Jumpsuit

When choosing a jumpsuit that will see you through the changing seasons, look for one with a timeless pattern, like this intricate chain design. While the weather is still cool, pair this with a jumper and some boot heels. Once it warms up, trade in your knitwear for a plain white tee and some slip-on sandals.

Floral Tea Dress

3 Travel-Friendly Sport Coats Every Man Should Have in His Closet

Whether you constantly crisscross the globe on business trips or just jet off for the occasional getaway, a sport coat that you can rely on to arrive at your destination looking crisp and clean is a wardrobe essential. Sport coats and blazers in materials that resist wrinkles and stains have long been mainstays in collections of designers like Ermenegildo Zegna, L.B.M 1911, and Slowear Montedoro, and their travel-friendly options have expanded as the men who wear their designs have become more globally focused. This season, these designers have introduced a broad range of styles that will withstand a less-than-careful folding or being thrown into a carry-on—so no matter your style, now is the time to invest.

Wrinkle-resistant fabric first came on the market in the 1950s when synthetic materials like polyester began to be used to make a wider range of clothing. Cotton shirts that could withstand being tossed into a suitcase were invented shortly after, but it was not until the 1980s that the wrinkle- and stain-resistant materials were brought into the luxury market.

Ermenegildo Zegna was one of the first tailoring brands to develop a high-performance and travel-friendly fabric—the house introduced its first ultra-lightweight

5 Sophisticated Sunglass Designers to Help Refresh Your Spring Style

The spring season is a time for rejuvenation, and this year, it’s easier than ever to make a statement with updated eyewear, as brands from Los Angeles to Berlin are elevating sunglasses to the next level. Whether you like classic wayfarers or on-trend round-rimmed styles, the latest designs from thesefive seriously sophisticated sunglass brands are sure to help you have it made in the shade this season.

Jacques Marie Mage

The spectrum of inspiration is infinite for Jacques Marie Mage, a young Hollywood-based brand that is quietly making a mark in the luxury eyewear industry. Founded by French-born Los Angeles transplant Jerome Jacques Marie Mage, the company produces limited-edition collectible eyewear inspired by everything from Bob Dylan to the Belle Époque. The historically driven Circa Collection includes the pre-WWII-inspired Zephirin ($495 to $555) and the round-rimmed Stendhal ($525 to $575), which nods to the 19th-century French writer after whom it’s named.

Barton Perreira

Another must-know eyewear brand headquartered in Los Angeles is Barton Perreira, which launched 10 years ago after Patty Perreira and Bill Barton—both formerly of Oliver Peoples—merged forces to pursue a shared vision: fashion-forward, contemporary sunglasses in first-rate materials. Each style is

Fashion-Forward Brand is Revolutionizing What You Wear

Besides making sure what you are wearing adheres to your club’s dress code, what you sport to play a round of golf often receives little thought, and traditional golf gear designs have remained relatively unchanged for the past decade. This neglected area of your wardrobe is what Alex Holderness and John Bourne hoped to tap into when they founded their namesake brand of golf shirts, Holderness & Bourne, back in 2015.

The two met as graduate students at Yale, bonding over their shared love of golf—and mutual dissatisfaction with what they were wearing while out on the course. Realizing that there was a hole in the golf-apparel market, the two set out to design shirts for the modern, sartorially inclined golfer.

The resulting collection takes a tailored approach to the classic golf shirt, offering polos and vests that feature slimmer cuts than more traditional styles. The two also aimed to keep the design of their shirts understated, choosing to forgo visible branding to allow their refined patterns and premium materials to speak for themselves.

This season, Holderness & Bourne’s collection features an array of shirts in both traditional cotton blends and moisture-wicking fabrics, and all