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Fashion: Scarves, white tennis shoes are stars this spring
2016/04/05 16:05:49 ブログカテゴリ 日常 | 書庫 fashion
Seeking ways to update your wardrobe for spring?

If so, here are three easy options:

Neck scarves
A Diane von Furstenberg printed silk-twill scarf
Hedi Slimane started showing scarves on the spring 2015 runway of Saint Laurent. Models wore thin scarves tied around their necks in an effortless, rock ’n’ roll manner.

Now, they’re being worn as thicker bandannas and thin, silky versions tied in bows, often paired with chokers and reinforcing the neck and shoulder areas as the focal point of the body ― a trend at the moment. Lanvin, Gucci and Rodarte included many neck scarves in their spring 2016 runway collections.

“This is a very easy way to add texture and personalized effect to an outfit,” said Penny Lovell, a Los Angeles-based fashion stylist to Anne Hathaway and Taylor Schilling.

The neck scarf still has the 1970s vibe that dominates in fashion now but can be subtle, depending on the style chosen.

“It’s more of an attitude than a trend,” said Chutney Hunter, head buyer of designer ready-to-wear, shoes and handbags at Pacific Palisades boutique Elyse Walker. “There are no rules: Layer or tie them on with T-shirts, day dresses or with your favorite slip gown.”

White sneakers

Designer Phoebe Philo and her fashion pack have a penchant for wearing crisp white Adidas Stan Smith sneakers.

Besides Adidas, brands including Asics, Puma, Saint Laurent, Jil Sander, Vans and Nike have increased offerings in white sneakers.

The fresh look of the Stan Smith has evolved into the footwear item for appearing like an in-the-know style-setter while remaining comfortable.

This sneaker trend is likely to stay around longer than, say, the 5-inch platform stilettos popular several years ago.

“We are now at a point where literally any outfit can be modernized by a simple white sneaker,” said Red Godfrey, vice president of the fashion office for retailer Nordstrom, based in Seattle. “ It is a classic, and after its fashion fandom moves on, you’ve still got a great pair of sneakers for weekend walks and workouts.”

Sneakers are being paired with ath-leisure looks as well as jeans, skirts and long dresses.

“Mixing sportswear with more classic pieces," Lovell said, "is very now."

Bomber jackets

The look was recently spotted on the runways at Gucci and Phillip Lim, and on off-duty models swapping out bulky black leather moto jackets for borrowed-from-the-boys outerwear.

Now, silky and more feminine versions such as those from Gucci are being worn as the updated take on toughness.

“The bomber jacket is the sneaker of the apparel world,” Godfrey said. “Throw it on over anything, and look instantly and effortlessly cool. It’s comfy, youthful, practical, easy to dress down or dress up, or borrow from the boyfriend.”

Hunter's suggestions: Use a bomber to add a pop of color, a bold print or a military look with a slight twist.

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Adelaide small business One Night Stand Boutique becoming a big success
2016/01/07 12:04:27 ブログカテゴリ 日常 | 書庫 fashion
AUSTRALIAN women’s love affair with fashion is turning Adelaide small business One Night Stand Boutique into a big success.
Sonali Weragoda wears a Ae’lkemi backless sequin gown.
In 2012 owner Natalia Delele, now 27, started her clothing-for-rent service with just 30 dresses.

Today her Pulteney St premises stocks “at least” 500, which she and her three staff hire across the country.

Popular with mums dressing teenagers, ONS Boutique hires about 150 dresses each week, but that number rises to 250 during October-November ― school graduation peak season.

The business, which will open a Melbourne branch next month, also caters to women with busy social calendars who don’t want to get caught out wearing the same thing twice, but cannot justify buying a new outfit for every occasion.

“Our clients include one of the state's leading business women, WAGs and women living as far away as far north Queensland who don’t have any fashion shops near them," Ms Delele said.

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The Artist Behind Deer Dana and Its Celebrity T-Shirts
2015/10/08 20:35:50 ブログカテゴリ 日常 | 書庫 fashion
Hometown Born in Denville, N.J., lived in Paris and Ann Arbor, Mich., and grew up in Gulph Mills, Pa.

Now Lives In a large studio in Brooklyn Heights with an adopted cat named Frankie.

Claim to Fame Ms. Veraldi, along with Kevin Tekinel, her business partner, is a founder of DeerDana, a line of illustrated T-shirts and tote bags that feature cartoonish portraits of contemporary icons like Kanye West, Martin Scorsese, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Larry David and Lil Wayne. The T-shirts have been spotted on a fair number of celebrities, including Jay Z, Beyoncé, Dakota Fanning, Katy Perry and Jonah Hill. Ms. Veraldi draws each portrait by hand. “Because I’m not trained in fine art, there is a sense of childlikeness, a sense of humor and imperfection to it,” she said.

Big Break She began making T-shirts as a photography student at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and continued to do so when she moved to New York. A few stores, including Patricia Fields, carried her T-shirt, but the first major exposure came in 2008, when one of her friends, the model Agyness Deyn, wore a DeerDana T-shirt with her own likeness in the pages of Time’s Style & Design issue. She began selling her shirts on her DeerDana website, which at the time contained mostly her photography. “It was very lo-fi,” Ms. Veraldi said. “I was printing the shirts myself, in my apartment, on any cheap blank garment I could find ― from men’s undershirts to tank tops.”

Latest Project Ms. Veraldi recently created collages for Tory Burch as part of a promotional campaign for the book “Tory Burch in Color,” and collaborated with Uber on a line of T-shirts that read “Uber NYC.” Past projects include a lunchbox for Walgreens, illustrated portraits of Bruce Weber’s dogs and bunny T-shirts for Playboy.

Next Thing Ms. Veraldi is creating a tote bag for La Mer, the skin-care brand, and shirts for Reformation that feature illustrations of planets and the text “Give Me Space.” She recently made T-shirts featuring her rendering of Ol’ Dirty Bastard for Diamond Supply Company, a skateboard brand, as well T-shirts for Madewell, the upmarket cousin of J. Crew, that feature illustrations of food associated with New York, Paris or Tokyo. “The Japanese one has sushi eyes and shrimp tempura mouth,” she said. “They’re cute.”

Fan Mail She sends a shirt to every person she illustrates. “Kanye sent me flowers, which was unusual,” she said. “Martin Scorsese’s production company ordered a large number. I gave them to him at cost.”

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