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Mini Skirt Short History

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Mini Skirt Short History
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Did you know fashion designer Mary Quant is credited with creating the mini skirt in 1955? The miniskirt is widely associated with Mary Quant, who had a boutique, Bazaar, in Kings Road, Chelsea, London. In the late 1950s Quant began experimenting with shorter skirts, culminating in the creation of the miniskirt in 1964—one of the defining fashions of the decade. Quant reportedly named the miniskirt after her favourite make of car, the Mini. However, the claim that Quant created the miniskirt has been challenged by others, such as Marit Allen, the contemporary editor of British Vogue’s Young Ideas spread. Allen insisted that a British designer, John Bates, rather than Quant or the Parisian André Courrèges, was the true inventor of miniskirts. However, skirts had been getting shorter since the 1950s — a development Quant considered practical and liberating, allowing women the ability to run for a bus.

Quant later said “It was the girls on the King’s Road who invented the mini. I was making easy, youthful, simple clothes, in which you could move, in which you could run and jump and we would make them the length the customer wanted. I wore them very short and the customers would say, ‘Shorter, shorter.’”

Fashion legends such as Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O and Twiggy helped popularize the mini skirt making it a wide spread fashion trend and an expression of feminism and confidence.

Check out this infographic on the history of the mini skirt, from it’s tumultuous beginnings to it’s rise in popularity and public acceptance.

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How to Love Your Job Christian Louboutin

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how-to-love-your-job-christian-louboutinHow to Love Your Job Christian Louboutin Image via Getty Source Racked NY

How to Love Your Job Christian Louboutin: Designer Christian Louboutin was lauded at Fashion Institute of Technology‘s annual commencement yesterday, receiving an honorary doctorate degree from the school for his exceptional work as a designer. The 51-year-old has become one of the most powerful shoe designers in fashion history. But addressing FIT’s graduating class of 2014, Louboutin was graciously humble and apologetically shy, stressing the values of friendship and freedom.

“As a young man, I heard a lot of preconceived ideas, like never sleep where you work and never work with friends,” the French designer, dressed in a silk bow-tie and epic shoes from his own collection, said. “But I slept in my design studio for eight years with no showers, and I started a company with my two best friends and 23 years later, we are still the three best friends. I think that everyone should have their own words [to live by].”

It’s striking to think that Louboutin’s renowned red-soled shoes have only been around for 23 years, but Paris-born designer built his career after working for other fashion houses. He started out apprenticing at the famous cabaret houseFolies Bergères in 1980, where he created designs for the exotic dancers. It was there that Louboutin saw the power of impressive shoes—because the girls had nothing else on. He then freelanced for fashion houses like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Maud Frizon. Loubtoutin told students that not everyone is meant to start their own company and there is no shame in working for someone else as long as there is room to grow.

“Freedom is a key thing, it’s very important for me. Freedom is different for everyone. For me, it meant having my own company but not everyone can do that, and you can be just as happy working for someone else, as long as there is respect for your freedom,” he said.

Louboutin noted that he has been obsessed with shoes since he was 12, but said he got fed up at one point in his career and took a break from designing to pursue landscape architecture. He told students it was okay to change paths, especially at a young age, and encouraged them to explore.

“If you ask me if I felt stupid wasting time [gardening], I would say absolutely not. You need a lot of patience for a gardener; I wouldn’t give up one second of my gardening experience,” he said. “You are at a wonderful age where you can [still] chance your path. Don’t decide, when you start something, that this is it. You can still decide and change things around.”

The French designer also stressed the importance of enjoying the process of work.

“Do not necessarily pursue a very specific goal. Be more subtle. Enjoy the process. The journey of every day, that becomes a career, that is what achievement is,” he said. “Our designs are complete parts of ourselves so what you will unveil must be passionate.” Via Racked NY

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Michael Kors in 24 Hours

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Michael Kors in 24 Hours: 12 Splendas a day, 50 black t-shirts, 60 aviators…The designer shares his schedule with Bazaar.

6:15 A.M. First, I feed my cats, Bunny and Viola. They are feline alarm clocks. I named them after my madcap great-aunts. They turn into gymnasts and start leaping over us and jumping over our heads. I can’t remember the last time I set an alarm at home. Then I grab the newspapers. I read a lot of papers — too many. But I grew up waiting for the paper to be delivered, and I still am that way. I can hear it drop at the door, and the day begins. I actually like to crawl back into bed after I’ve fed the cats, who aren’t hungry. My husband, Lance [LePere], is a better sleeper than I am, so he’s probably still asleep at that point, in most instances. And I’ll kind of do my overview, just scan everything and see what’s going on in the world. If there are things that I really want to read intently, those I save for the end of the day.

8:00 A.M. If I do yoga, my instructor will come to the house. If I’m going to the gym, I’ll do Pilates. If it’s nice out, I’ll walk over to the river and take, like, a month to walk down to the Battery and back. I never shower before any of it. I shower after, and if I’m not working out, then it’s the last thing I do before I leave the house. I’m pretty low maintenance, I would have to say. I’m chamomile shampoo from Klorane. I have used it my whole life, and I think it’s every blond’s best friend. I use Kiehl’s moisturizer, Jergens tinted moisturizer for the face (it stretches the tan whenever we can’t get out of town), a little bit of lip balm from Creme de la Mer, and I’m out the door.

9:15 A.M. We don’t even make coffee; that’s too much for us. I am so boring. Every day I have a bialy with a little bit of butter on it delivered from Murray’s Bagels, and I don’t drink hot liquids at all, but I’m iced tea obsessed. So every day, no matter what the weather, it’s a large iced tea with three Splendas. Those three Splendas make all the difference. And lemon. Maybe on the weekend I might combine breakfast and lunch and get a little salmon on the bialy, but that’s about it. I definitely have a fashion uniform — that is an understatement. It is always something black and knitted with a crewneck. And then either dark jeans, white jeans, olive cargos, or chinos. The shoe changes. It can go from a black crocodile Tod’s driving loafer to a black New Balance sneaker that I have custom-made for me — all black on black on black. I probably have a good 15 pairs of New Balance in black, and I don’t always wear black. In the summer I’ll go to this dusty putty color. That’s my summer shoe. I’ve also found someone to custom-make crocodile Chucks. No one would know to look at it that I’m having fun with accessories, but I am. I change my color of aviator. That kind of indicates my mood. Like, the silver aviator if I’m feeling nasty, an olive aviator if I’m feeling sporty, and black if I don’t want to think about it. I have about 60 pairs.

10:00 A.M. The car picks us up at home. I’m definitely a man who loves his tote collection. I’ve learned not to carry a big one because I’m bringing things I don’t need. I have an L.L.Bean leather tote from the ’40s that’s small and really beaten-up and that I was very fortunate to find while I was vintage shopping here in New York. As soon as I saw it, I was like, Oh, my God. I can just throw my sunglasses in there, if I have papers I have to bring back and forth to the office, and you know, really not much else. I’m not one of those people who sit in the car talking on the phone. The car is my moment to kind of zone out before I jump into the day. And in New York, it’s great for people-watching. I count Michael Kors handbags on the street.

10:15 A.M. The only thing that’s always the same in my workday is that it is never the same. The only thing that stays consistent is that lunch out is not part of the Michael Kors day. The minute I walk in the office, my assistant will show me e-mails we have gotten, what phone calls have come through and slap another iced tea into my hand so I can feel like an Olsen. The iced tea is always there. I think when I quit smoking, the cup in my hand became my new cigarette, so to speak.

10:30 A.M. I’ll start with, say, a phone interview, then I could jump into a review looking at jewelrysamples and then into looking at prints that we are working on for the women’s collection. I think that kind of changing my head all the time, after over 30 years, is what keeps me interested and excited. If it was formulaic, I would probably be bored.

1:30 P.M. Lunch, however, is unbelievably formulaic. I have either sashimi every day or a salad from Chop’t. Four pieces of salmon, four pieces of tuna, and then I’ll have maybe a spicy tuna roll, and that’s lunch. If it’s a really lousy day, like one of those days that you never want to get out of bed, then I’ll say ‘To hell with it’ and have a hamburger. It’s always delivered in, and it’s always in the office. I probably eat lunch out, truly, four times a year. And I’ll always have four large iced teas a day. I’m caffeinated. By the time the afternoon comes, it’s kind of like, you know, telling the drunk at the bar it’s last call so, like, cut down on the caffeine, and then we switch to ice water and lemon when five o’clock rolls around.

2:15 P.M. Every day, no matter what, there is going to be a minimum of two design meetings. And there is always going to be something like deciding on models or reading copy for the catalog. I look at all of it. Or my display team will ask if I want to take a look at the new mannequins for Rockefeller Center. It’s a lot. I don’t know what to do with what I call a gray day. I either need to be on a beach passed out with a Jackie Collins novel or I need, like, a day that is jammed with too much information and too many tasks. Our wedding day last year was our dream day. We stayed with friends in Southampton. We both had massages. We had caviar for lunch — gobs of it. We went to the beach and got married barefoot. Then we went to see The Help in East Hampton and afterward went out for pizza at Sam’s. Give me beach, give me a movie I can cry at with someone I love, and within that day have my favorite junk food and my favorite indulgent food.

5:00 P.M. On workdays I’ve got to have two pieces of Ghirardelli dark chocolate for a jolt. I think I’m being good, but I’m not.

7:30 P.M. We usually go out. We go to the theater a lot. That is truly my favorite escape. We do not go fashiony, we go the opposite and pretend that we are theatrical folks. We go to Joe Allen on 46th Street and sit at the same table. I always have a Caesar salad and a hamburger. When I was in Paris, we ate dinner literally four nights a week at Joe Allen in Paris. I think Marc Jacobs and I, between the two of us, we were in Joe Allen every night. And if we don’t go to the theater, most instances we’ll go directly from the office to dinner. We stay in the Village for the most part. We love I Sodi, the Little Owl, Cafe Cluny, or Gene’s for that old-school Village feeling. During the week we never, ever cook. If we watch TV, then it’s something that I can just take my brain out for, like RuPaul’s Drag Race (it kills us — we die laughing), Restaurant: Impossible, or Fashion Police. I never have a cocktail at home. Going out to dinner, absolutely. I’ll have a Ketel One on the rocks, and if I’m having Italian food, I will have white wine, like a Gavi, and never red wine. I wear black and drink white.

12:30 A.M. I sleep in black Michael Kors briefs, but my bed is white. I can’t sleep on a sheet that’s colorful; it freaks me out. I need the pillows all situated in different spots. I’m one of those people who wake up in the morning with all the pillows on the floor and the covers gone.

As told to Anamaria Wilson Bazaar.com

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100 Years of Fashion in 100 Seconds

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100 Years of Fashion in 100 Seconds Via HuffPost Style

100 Years of Fashion in 100 Seconds: It’s easy to forget how much fashion has changed in the past century when we’ve been wearing leggings, crop tops and jeans for what seems like decades now. So it was with pleasure when we watched this video which has recently popped up again online, which celebrates 100 years of East London’s fashion in 100 seconds.

The short film, which was created in 2011 to announce the opening of a retail centre in the UK, starts us off in 1911, where a man and woman dance together on a sidewalk wearing Edwardian Era clothing.

After dancing their way through the decades, the couple have worn dozens of outfits including flapper dresses, cloche hats, pageboy caps, fitted suits, army outfits, “Mad Men” era frocks, ’60s tie-dye and the skinny jeans of 2011.

Check it out for yourself, it’s delightful and mesmerizing!

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How to Pronounce Designer Names

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How to Pronounce Designer Names Source & Image Bazaar

 

How to Pronounce Designer Names: Ever found yourself stuck for words when trying to pronounce some of the trickier names in the fashion lexicon? Us too. So for anyone who has ever stumbled over Sonia Rykiel or mumbled their way through Martin Margiela, Team Bazaar has compiled the ultimate cheat sheet to help fashion fans master the dialects of the designer alphabet and to help you tackle Moschino, Hermes, Miu Miu and more. Then below, we found two great videos with perfect pronunciation from native speakers from one of our favorite’s menswear fashion bloggers, Max Law.

 

A Détacher: ah day-tah-shay
Acne: ahk-nay
Alber Elbaz: ahl-bear el-bahz
Alexandre Vauthier: ah-lex-ahn-der voh-tee-ay
Andrew Gn: an-drew jin
Ann Demeulemeester: ann de-mule-eh-meester
Anna Sui: anna swee
Anya Hindmarch: ahn-yuh hind-marsh
Aquilano Rimondi: ah-kwi-lahn-doh rim-ohn-dee
Azzedine Alaia: azz-eh-deen ah-lie-ah
Badgley Mischka: badge-lee meesh-kah
Balenciaga: bah-len-see-ah-gah
Balmain: bahl-mahhhhn
Behnaz Sarafpour: ben-ahz sar-uh-for
Bibhu Mohapatra: bee-booh mo-ahh-pat-rah
Bottega Veneta: bow-tay-guh vah-netta
Bouchra Jarrar: boo-shra jahr-arr
Burberry Prorsum: burr-behr-ee prohr-sum
Carven: cahr-vehn
Christian Lacroix: christian luh-kwa
Christian Louboutin: christian loo-boo-tan
Comme des Garçons: comb dey gah-sown
Costella Tagliapietra: coh-stell-oh tag-lee-ah-pee-ay-troh
Cushnie et Ochs: cuh-sh-nee eht ocks
Dolce & Gabbana: dol-chey and gab-ana
Dries Van Noten: drees van know-ten
Elie Saab: ee-lee sahb
Emanuel Ungaro: ee-man-you-el oon-gar-oh
Erdem Moragliou: air-dem more-ah-glee-uh
Ermenegildo Zegna: ehr-men-e-jil-doh zayn-yah
Etro: eht-ro
Gareth Pugh: gareth pew
Giambattista Valli: gee-am-bah-tease-ta vah-lee
Gianfranco Ferre: gee-ahn-franco feh-ray
Givenchy: zjee-von-shee
Guillame Henry: gee-ohm ahn-ree
Hedi Slimane: ed-ee slim-ahn
Hermès: er-mez
Hervé Léger: air-vay lay-jah
Hussein Chalayan: hoo-sane sha-lion
Issa: ee-sah
Issey Miyake: ee-say mee-ah-kay
Issey Miyake: iss-ee mee-yah-key
Jean Paul Gaultier: zhon paul go-tee-ay
Junya Watanabe: jun-yah wat-an-ah-bey
Kinder Aggugini: kinder ag-ooh-gee-nee
Kirna Zabête: keer-nah zah-bet
Lanvin: lahn-vahn
Loewe: loh-wev-eh
Louis Vuitton: loo-wee vwee-tahn
Maison Martin Margiela: may-sohn martin mar-jhell-ah
Maiyet: may-et
Maje: mahj
Marchesa: mar-kay-sah
Mary Katrantzou: mary cat-trant-zoo
Miu Miu: mew-mew
Monique Lhuillier: monique le-hu-lee-ay
Moschino: mos-key-no
Nicholas Ghesquière: nee-coh-la guess-k-yair
Olivier Theyskens: oh-liv-ee-ay tay-skins
Proenza Schouler: pro-en-zuh skool-er
Ralph Lauren: ralf lor-en
Rei Kawakubo: ray cow-uh-kooh-bo
Rochas: row-shahs
Rodarte: row-dar-tay
Roksanda Ilincic: roksanda ill-in-chik
Sacai: suh-kai
Salvatore Ferragamo: sal-vah-tor-re fer-ra-gah-moh
Schiaparelli: skyap-uh-rell-ee
Sonia Rykiel: sewn-yah ree-key-el
Thakoon: tah-koon
Thierry Mugler: tee-air-ee mu-glare
TSE: say
Ulyana Sergeenko: uhl-yahn-uh s-air-jane-koh
Versace: vur-sah-chee
Vika Gazinskaya: vee-kah gahv-in-skee-yah
Vionnet: vee-oh-nay
Yigal Azrouël: yig-ahl ahz-roo-el
Yohji Yamamoto: yoh-jee yam-ah-mo-to
Yves Saint Laurent: eve san lau-ron

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