Friday, November 21, 2008
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Friday, October 31, 2008
A Sweatshop is a working facility with very difficult or dangerous conditions, usually where the workers have few rights or ways to address their absence of necessary rights. This can include exposure to harmful materials, hazardous situations, extreme temperatures, or sexual abuse from employers. Sweatshop employees are often forced to work long hours for little or no pay, regardless of any laws mandating overtime pay or a minimum wage. Child labor laws may almost certainly be violated as well. Although sweatshops are knowledgeably illegal, the companies and people that support them and buy into them choose to turn their heads when asked about the touchy subject.
I choose to follow those who stand against this inhuman and criminal act in our society. Sweatshops are found in countries like China, India, and even here in the United States. If we don’t do something now our jobs and the lives of those who slave day in and day out in the sweatshops will most certainly be in danger. In the Fashion Industry, sweatshops are just apart of what you sign up for. Without the sweatshops, clothing companies such as Liz Claiborne and Nike would have to fork over more money to pay for labor here in the US. They would never do this because it means more money lost for the company and less profit for themselves. But if some how we all got on board and work together to but an end to the production of sweatshops we could change the world and the lives of those working in the sweatshops.
I believe that everyone, White, Black, Indian, Muslim, Chinese, or Asian should have the same opportunities as we do here in America. I think it is our duty as American citizens to help different countries better themselves, because whether our country is thriving or not, we are weak if we don’t do our part and help. These people that have to work in sweatshops to support their families should be payed properly, even if that means that clothing companies have to pay a little bit more money to have their clothing made legally. Not just because it's the right thing to do but because when we do this we are undoubtedly shaving thousands upon thousands of lives.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Spring 2009 Milan Fashion Week
In a time when our economy is a bad place right now, the fashion industry is at a bit of a transitional point right now. Usually when you think of Milan fashion week, above all you think of cutting edge looks and the highest of all the fashion weeks. But this year we saw a lot more usable clothing compared to past years. Due to the war going on in Iraq, our gas shortage, stock market crass, and the global warming crisis designers have I think realized that woman want durable, usable, and long lasting clothing that they can pull out of their closet year after year.
In Milan this year designers showed a lot of transparent pieces that appealed to the innocents and sensual side of woman that lets them have an escape from reality. Also the 20’s fringe was a big trend this year also, because again the designers strives to have classic pieces that women could wear over and over again. Instead of the typical space age collections that we usually see from the runways of Milan, we saw classic vintage 20’s, transparent fabric, and geometric shapes in their place.
Each year we expect to see artistic clothing that is cutting edge in the fashion industry and always ahead of the pact. But this year usable clothing was shown, for the most part, in Milan. Aside from the big height trend with extremely high platform heels and exaggerated geometric shapes, the collections this year in Milan were very usable instead of the more artistic look.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Trends of the Paris Fashion Week
Alexander McQueen and Louis Vuitton were both designers that brought a tribal element into their collections at Paris Fashion Week. Louis Vuitton’s collection brought an ethnic feel to his elaborate and big jewelry pieces. His shoes were a masterpiece in themselves, telling a story of a girl trapped in a luxurious African jungle. McQueen collection was a different tribal feel, in that it spoke more futuristically than traditional like Vuittons. He showed different and elaborate patterns on architecturally, eye-popping clothes. The visually stunning jewels and luxurious fabric brought a modern approach to these tribal inspired collections.
Designers like Lanvin, John Galliano, and Chloe; all showed collections that were very feminine and flattering for all body types. Lanvin’s collection was monotone in color, but seemed to flow with ease off the body. It’s architecturally modern elements makes his piece modern. John Galliano’s collection was feminine, but with a very apparent inspiration from “little Bo Peep” and “Alice and Wonderland”. His pieces felt dreamlike and very fantasy inspired. Chloe’s collection, on the other hand was young and fresh. It was more addressed to a younger audience with soft pastel colors and elegant cuts on dresses and jumpsuits.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
ethnic groups, and certainly location all play an important roll in the designs and
motifs behind the designer's collection that season. But with research on these things for their latest collections they don't always have to get their passport to find inspiration. For instance, Miami is a very important destination that hot, up and coming designers go to for inspiration.
Alexander Wang's spring 2009 ready-to-wear collection was inspired by the bright and vibrant city of Miami. Miami vice to be exact was his major source of influence and this was shown through the bright and sharp colors in his collection that exuded the 80's. These bright pastel colors infused with dark blacks were very much fashion forward and an interesting take on a 80's retro redo, if you will. His mix of bright and dark colors were appealing to the eye and you could have easily seen them on the streets of New York or LA today.
So location and ethnic influence most definitely make up a lot of the influence in a designers collection whether it be Milan, Italy, Brooklyn, or Japan the cultural background is apparent in the clothes we wear every day. In American most of the clothes that we were on a regular basis are a mixture of different cultures, country's, and ethnic backgrounds. But the sad part is that probably 90% of us don't even realize this because it never crosses our minds that we could be wearing the same thing that a girl in the 3rd world country of Ethiopia would wear. It just goes to show you that such great influence goes into the way we dress everyday.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Trends of 2008 New York Fashion Week
One of the more significant trends this year at New York fashion week is “Country Chic” dress. Things like plaid, tweed, and fur were shown on the runway by Alexander McQueen, Thakoon, Michael Kors, and Carolina Herrera. These designers have taking a whole new perspective on the country life. Revamping the typical plaid blouse with lace and frill that just screams feminine and sophistication. My absolute favorite though is Michael Kors’s fall collection. His mix classic tweed and luxurious furs exudes grace and richness. Kors’s collection is very much so the classic American standard and always catered to a classy yet sexy woman.
Simple, monotone fabrics were another trend seen for this fall. Geometrical and architecturally formed clothing was shown on the runway by many a designer at New York Fashion Week this year. Classic blacks, greys, and shades of white transcended a new age of simplicity for fall fashion. Pant suits, blouses, jackets, and dress were all one note colors. Designers such as Jill Sander, Calvin Klein, and Yves Saint Laurent were supporting this new age philosophy.
My Most favorite trend shown this year has to be the superhero inspired trend. Graphic and bold prints mixed with jarred clothing made for a great comic book illustration. This futuristic, fashion forward trend can only led to better things to come. Empowering women to dress like “Super” women gives me every more reason to follow the path of designers like Balenciaga and Fendi. Their collections inspire me to lay on the dark eyeshadow, dress in my sexiest back trench coat with heels and strut down the city of New York, quietly fighting crime while doing so.