A Short Sleeve Adventure

A current trend this spring that I am hoping on is the short sleeve button up. But these are not your average button ups. I’m talking about the bold and graphic prints and colors we are seeing all over the place. One of my favorite destinations for this trend is TopMan. They have an extraordinary collection of colors and styles to pick from.

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Also All Saints has an amazing selection if you are able to afford that. They have great quality ones, and theirs are also a little more toned down if you don’t want to go too crazy!

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A Victoria Spread

In the most recent issue of V Man Magazine, they did an amazing photo spread at the end of the issue. Fashioned by Carine Roitfeld, this mock calendar uses all the girls from Victoria Secret in scantily clad clothes. The way it is photographed is amazing and gives this soft glow for spring. The women are dressed in springs best fashions and look amazing in their pin up poses.

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Embellish My Relish

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If you were to even watch one of the recent fashion week shows, you would notice the numerous amounts of embellished garments. Embellishments are anything, from beads and sequins to embroidery and metals. Many of this seasons designers made many dresses with embellishments all over. Givenchy, Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Chanel are just a few that have come to this recent trend. They are on shoulders, seams and just about anywhere you could put some sequins! If i were you i would update your closet with some key pieces with embroidery or do it yourself and get some studs, and stud your favorite shirts collar.

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A Fashion Standoff

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Early last semester, in one of my classes we were assigned to interview, Samantha Cortes, one of the last embroiders in New York City. As many know, the fashion industry in New York was once flourishing through the streets. Now many of these manufacturers and suppliers have been bought out and moved, to make room for luxury apartments and condos. Below i have placed my paper i wrote on Samantha and the ever increasing crisis happening in New York and the fashion industry. Maybe you, as did I, will learn how crazy this has become.

 

A Fashion Standoff

            Up on 7th avenue and west 37th street a lone ranger in the standoff between fashion and condos is evolving to a narrow battle. Samantha Cortes is one of the only embroiders left in NYC, but with her innovative techniques in her spring line she stays alive in this tough town.

            “I was squeezed out of Puerto Rico, and I will not be squeezed out of New York.” Samantha Cortes is one of the last surviving embroiders in New York and is one of the last surviving New York fashion workers left. With the apartment industry taking over the fashion district, and even raised her rent 35%, how does she stay afloat? If you look at her spring collection, you will know why.

            Cortes is specialized in a machine called a Shiffili. These are large machines that can be programmed to do numerous amounts of different techniques to any fabric. In her new spring collection you can see how she has set herself apart and made it hard for others to copy her unique designs.

            In the collection she describes it as “refined deconstruction.” Mixing soft with harsh and took inspiration from the economy, as it is softening up but is still harsh. She combines different fabrics and uses a mix of laser and deconstructed fabrics to pull off such effects. Her fabrics can be seen in recent collections of Bill BlassJen Kao and Zac Posen. But this industry is brutal and with some, as soon as a fabric is created, it can be replicated somewhere cheaper. Cortes prevents this by being an expert in her equipment and knowing her fabrics.

            When Cortes conceptualizes a collection she researches fabrics of the past. In the past fabrics were hand made and every one was unique. Cortes observes these fabrics and uses them to help create unique fabrics that are impossible to recreate. She commented that she has to make them complicated other wise some would send the design to India and try to recreate it. But thanks to her knowledge of fabrics and her machines, it’s very difficult to copy her designs. She said if they were able to do so, by the time they figured it out, the season will have past and there is no point anymore.

            So standing back to back, slowly stepping away from one another, who will take the first shot? Cortes is very passionate about what she does and like she says, “You have to love what you do to succeed in this business.” And hopefully Cortes will stand strong and survive this standoff taking over New York.

 

Dirty Nature

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You have probably seen his work without knowing who created it. Terry Richardson is creeping to the top of the photography field with his provocative and sexually-driven style of photography.

At the beginning of his career, Richardson simply came to the set with a disposable camera. People would ask him “where is all of your equipment?” and he would simply show them his camera. His photographs can easily be identified by his technique of over exposure and sexualized subject matter and there aren’t many publications that don’t contain his work.

Richardson is becoming very famous and his work can be found almost everywhere today, from Harper’s Bazaar to GQ.  His portraits of celebrities shock and surprise the viewer.  He puts his subjects in the most interesting, and often sexual, settings.

For an example, take his latest campaign, photos of Lady GaGa shot for Supreme Magazine. Lady GaGa is by no means a saint, but the photos by Richardson make her seem like a dirty creature from the street corner. Wearing only a white shirt, completely drenched from head to toe with her breasts totally visible through the shirt, these sexually charged photos really catch your eye!  Today’s society is all too familiar with sex in advertising, facilitated, no doubt, by Richardson. It has taken time for his work to be accepted because of his style, but he is quickly becoming a household name.

His unique style can be seen in all his works, most of his subjects being shirtless or nearly nude.  His photographs of famous designer Marc Jacobs are of him shirtless; actress Amy Adams in lingerie posing in heels; and even himself, completely nude! His fashion photography is known the world over.  Not all of his work is over sexualized, in his recent  shoot of Courtney Cox for Harper’s Bazaar, he just used his overexposure technique.  This is one aspect which sets him apart from other photographers.

Richardson does countless shoots for virtually every magazine out there and he is being embraced with open arms. He wines and dines with famous celebrities and seems to be chums with everyone he encounters.