Weekly Inspirations: Tattoos
I know, I’m about a month behind on these inspiration posts; but I’ll try to make up for some of them. This week I want to discuss tattoos. In my opinion, they are the ultimate accessory. They are pieces of art that you “wear” each and every day. Now, you may say, “Well, duh… They’re permanently scared on to your skin. Of course you need to treat them like accessories.” Well, no exactly. I currently have three tattoos (two of which are shown in the picture above, and one on my side of my ribcage). Now, if I absolutely wanted to, I could cover up all three of them with a long sleeve shirt, but I don’t. My tattoos are now a part of me, and they are never going away (nor would I ever want them to). What I like about them is the fact that they can easily compliment any outfit I wear. Like today, they perfectly match my torn up graphic t-shirt to make a trashy “punk” look. But if I wanted, I could wear a button-up and tie, and roll the sleeves up, and let my tattoos contrast the cleaned up look that my outfit portrays. All I am saying is that, each and every day I am inspired my tattoos. It’s not that I just want to show them off to people, I just want to wear them like the pieces of art that they are.
A new census has been taken that, compared to last year, there has been almost a 5% increase in sales amongst retailers in many different markets. Stores, such as: Zumiez, Macy’s, Nordstroms, and Gap, have all seen increases this year in their Spring sales. Now usually Spring is a slow time of year for the retail industry, which makes retailers reliant on huge promotions and markdowns in order to promote sales; but this year was different. Retailers seemed to have stuck to a normal amount of promotions, and instead just let the product speak for themselves. It seems as though that the bright colors that are incredibly trendy this Spring have promoted sales in a sense. Sure, it’s wrong to say that correlation proves causation; but I do believe that there is a definitely believe that the bright hues and upbeat colors are related to the increase in revenue amongst retailers.
You’d have to be living under a rock for the past 6 months to not know anything about The Hunger Games.This article discusses the movie’s fashion, and impact on the fashion world (or the lack there of). When I saw the movie, I wasn’t as shocked by the choices of costumes as I hoped I would have been. I felt like their depictions of the people in the capital (at least in terms of boldness and color), the people of District 12, and the two main characters were really spot on and interesting. However, any side character or group of people just seemed lackluster in their costumes. This article discusses how the costumes just weren’t groud-breaking enough for such an “epic” movie. I really hope the producers and designers of this movie takes note of these criticisms and adapts to them for the next two films.
It was announced on Monday that Dior would replace John Galliano, who was fired last summer for some anti-Semitic remarks that he had said, with Raf Simmons. Raf Simmons is mostly known for his work for Jil Sander, but will soon take over as creative director at Dior. It is said that his first collection with them will be this July at the Fall ‘12 haute couture fashion show in Paris. I am very interested in seeing the work he will do under the Dior name. I have always really enjoyed Jil Sander and that brand as a whole, but I wonder what new things he will try with a completely different company.
H&M Confirms Launch of New Retail Chain
In a new article on fashionologie.com, it has been confirmed by H&M representatives that in the year 2013 the company will open a new branch of retail stores. It is rumored that the new chain of stores will be focused on a more high-end demographic, but representatives from the company did not (yet) completely confirm that. I am beyond ecstatic for this new venture for this company (mainly because I work for the company and I would love to see it expand into something just as large as the H&M stores). I really do hope that they take a new direction with the lines that these stores carry, and by that I mean that I hope they are much more fashion forward and are willing to take more risks with the types of product that they carry. I look forward to 2013, and the always new and innovative things that this company that I love so dearly has to offer.
A new article on newyorktimes.com discusses the recent uproar about “Navajo” “tribal print” trends that were really popular last summer. When I was working in retail last summer, it was hard not to see how popular this trend had become, but it was also hard not to see how offensive it sort of was as well. Here we were, taking prints and patterns that pretty much sacred to a large group of people, and commercializing them and selling them to teenagers who have no idea where they came from. I just think it’s peculiar that after all that the Native American people have gone through (and I may be being a little exaggerated right now, but I’m just proving a point) that we shouldn’t take any trademarked “trends” that are especially important to their culture. This is just one of those trends that picked up for a couple of months, and died out just as fast; and I’m really glad it did.
Chanel Fall/Winter 2012
Sometimes I believe that every time Chanel releases a collection people fall in love with it merely because it is “Chanel”; but in all honesty, Karl Lagerfeld has had a few mistakes in the past few collections. However, this collection is beyond anything that I expected for him to do. It just seems to out-of-place for a Chanel collection, and I love it. I love the colors and the shapes and all of the textures. I love the concept with all of the gems/stones (on the actual runway, and in the clothing). I really do believe this is one of the highlights of all of the Fall/Winter 2012 runways. It’s just completely different then everything we have seen thus far, and I don’t think anything will top it.
All images courtesy of style.com
Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2012
It’s no secret that if I had to choose my favorite designer that has ever lived, it would be Alexander McQueen. And I have fell hopelessly in love with Sarah Burton since the Spring/Summer 2012 collection; this collection just solidified my love for her. Although there was a lack of a story that McQueen collections tend to have, I still think this was a brilliant collection. I loved that she bluntly played with the volume of the pieces in order to create a stunning visual effect. To watch the pieces start of with the volume centralized to a certain area, and then seeing it grown and start consuming the models until it blossomed into a full-blown gown was absolutely incredible. And then to top it off, the combination of the edgy visors and belts with the feminine tulle and color palate was just genius. I am in awe of this collection, and now I cannot wait to see what else Sarah Burton will create.
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Elie Saab Fall/Winter 2012
After my extreme admiration with Elie Saab’s Spring 2012 Couture collection, it only makes sense that I feel in love with their Fall/Winter collection. What I like about this collection is that it’s such a departure from a lot of things we’ve been seeing for Fall/Winter. Sure, it’s tailored and very clean, but the color palate is very unusual. I really like that a lot of the outfits are mono-toned. However, with the very clean pieces there comes all of the beading and lace and even fur for a contrasting effect. There are a ton of great pieces in this collection, and I really hope some celebrities make use out of them, because there are some killer red carpet looks in this collection.
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Vera Wang, the queen of all things bridal, is now venturing into a new medium: menswear; well, sort of. Her new collection only has two looks in it, the one shown above, and a simple black tuxedo. However, with these two looks, I am in love. I would wear one of her tuxedos in an instant if I ever get married. I really like the clean lines of the blazers and how simple the overall look is. I also really enjoy that these looks are going to be available at Men’s Wearhouse, because that opens her line up to a whole new audience and consumer whom may not be familiar with her work. I really hope this is the start of something new for her line, and I wish that she will continue making menswear.