Archive for the ‘City Fashion’ Category

The Barcelona Fashion Scene

New York, Milan, and Paris dominate the fashion scene, but beautiful Barcelona has made a name for itself in this fiercely competitive field. The city has created Barcelona Fashion Week to showcase its innovative designers, unique perspectives, and cutting-edge fashions. Planners of the 2007 premiere said they hoped to “turn Barcelona into one of the foremost showcases for fashion on an international level and an unmistakable point of reference in the world of fashion and cutting-edge design.” They hoped to create a “culture of fashion” and show the world that Barcelona. The eyes of the fashion world are on Barcelona.

Perhaps the most famous of Barcelona’s designers is Custo, created by David and Custodio Dalmau. Their designs have been featured on Sex and the City, Friends, and on numerous gorgeous celebrities. Coveted, award-winning, and internationally renowned, Custo does Barcelona proud and shows the world that Barcelona is indeed a point of reference in the world of fashion. Exciting designers Josep Abril, La Casita de Wendy, Antonio Miro, Joaquim Verdu, Armand Basi, and many more are helping to transform Barcelona into a leading fashion capital.

In Barcelona, one can find all the international designer labels, including Chanel, Mont Blanc, Miro, Gucci, Armani, and Cartier, as well as the city’s own exciting designers. Read the rest of this entry »

The Most Fashionable Cities of the World are Announced

The Russian capital is officially considered the most expensive city in the world, but it hasn’t overtaken the most fashionable mega city yet. The research Global Language Monitor Company has made a list of the five most fashionable cities of the world. 3 American, 4 European and 3 Asian cities take the first lines of the list. Moscow takes only the 16th place.

Californian Global Language Monitor Company annually composes the rating lists of the most fashionable world cities, tracing words and phrases on the English internet and blog areas. Leaning to the linguistic base (frequency, contextness of the words using and appearance in global media sources) it has named the most fashionable city New York which has forced out the leading position even Paris – the traditional crib of the fashion.
Two other American cities: starry Los Angeles and “sin city” Las Vegas are included in ten “fashion plates” list being on the 7th and the 9th places of the list.

In 2007 Paris took just the third place, stepping aside the Rome (the second place). London took the 4th place but Milan has closed the leaders quintuple. Hong Kong having got the 8th place became the most fashionable south-Asian city. African Continent has been represented by Johannesburg (SAR), which took the 23d place. Polish Krakow was lucky to be included in the most fashionable cities list, it became the last one, conceding better places to Buenos Aires and even Santiago. Read the rest of this entry »

Understanding Street Fashion

Street fashion is fashion that you see on the street. Simple enough right? It is very different from what you might find on fashion magazines and talk shows. It is not about the most expensive line of jewelry or the most outrageous costumes. It is not what you are supposed to wear on the red carpet. Street fashion is about real people in the real world who do things they like. Is it not what fashion should be all about in the first place? Where, along the way, did we lose a sense of what people want and feel in studying fashion?

You can know a lot about a culture and its people by looking at the street fashion of the city. This type of fashion is influenced by a number of factors. Even within a culture, there are many sub-cultures. For example, in the US, which is a fairly homogeneous culture compared to many other countries, the sense of fashion can be very different from one city to another. A city like New York has its own sense of fashion on the street and is very different from a city like San Diego. Don’t be surprised to find that Californians and New Yorkers are not very similar, after all!

Street fashion is also dependent on the weather of the region and a lot of articles never take that into consideration. After all, you are not going to wear a bikini in January in New York but you can get away with a tank-top in Californian winter. Certain accessories, therefore, become distinctive of the region and city.

Street fashion also helps us understand the economy and overall “mood” of the city and its residents. During cheerful times, you will find shorter hemlines and brighter colors. Read the rest of this entry »

Exploring Fashion Design As a Career

Fashion design is similar to the advertising trade, in that most of the businesses involved are located in New York or California. More specifically, they are located in New York City or the Los Angeles area. Accordingly, those who want to pursue a career in fashion design and attempt to break into the industry with a major firm may be faced with relocation. However the education comes first. Here are a series of steps that hopefully will take you to the portal of a career in fashion design.

  • Survey the employment field. You don’t need to do a lot of research to find job listings for the fashion business and to learn what skills are desired. Most employers want to see some formal education in the field, either an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s in fashion design.
  • Familiarize yourself with the raw materials. Fashion design starts with a concept, but the execution involves creating a design that is attractive, perhaps has an innovative feature, and can be manufactured at a reasonable cost. That means you’ll need to be familiar with textiles, ornamentation techniques, and with the recent history of the industry. Some of this will come with your college work, but independent research will pay off in an interview.
  • Can you do this with an associate’s degree? Some schools offer a two year program that will qualify a fashion design graduate for internship opportunities or for jobs in the merchandising department of a retail outlet or in manufacturing firms. An associate’s degree will provide a foot in the door for some opportunities in the industry but not for all.
  • Consider a bachelor’s degree in fashion design. There is much to be learned about this business, which combines artistic ability with the business considerations associated with manufacturing. Fashion degree students are schooled in color, textiles, sewing and tailoring, pattern making, fashion history, computer-aided design (CAD), and design of different types of clothing. Read the rest of this entry »

Fashion In Clothes – An Expression Of Emotion

Fashion in clothes has allowed wearers to express emotion or solidarity with other people for millennia. Modern Westerners have a wide choice available in the selection of their clothes. When people who have cultural status start to wear new or different clothes a fashion trend may start. People who like or respect them may start to wear clothes of a similar style.

Design

Designs are difficult to protect in court, because they incorporate elements that are effectively in the “public domain. Designers in turn respond to this obsolescence with new designs. Although tailors and dressmakers were no doubt responsible for many innovations before, and the textile industry certainly led many trends, the History of fashion design is normally taken to date from 1858, when the English-born Charles Frederick Worth opened the first true haute couture house in Paris. Since then the professional designer has become a progressively more dominant figure, despite the origins of many fashions in street fashion.

At the same time there remains an equal or larger range designated (at least currently) ‘out of fashion’. Fashion houses and their associated fashion designers, as well as high-status consumers (including celebrities), appear to have some role in determining the rates and directions of fashion change. Read the rest of this entry »