Archive for April, 2012

  FASHION! I think I have a great eye for future fashion developments. During this semester at the University of North Texas, I have learned much about the fundamentals of fashion merchandising.  This Junior year, has given me first-rate insight and more passion that has been fueled with more fire for fashion. Over the course of the semester, I was given several e-portfolio pieces that included both a verbal and visual description. I have included several of my polyvore sets in this blog to understand my reasoning of the elements I chose to represent the trend of the following; an ethnic style to modernize and bring into mainstream, converge technology with fashion, along with sustainability and going green. I share my summary of presentations and hopefully you would also find interest of what the future my bring to fashion.

Many fashion designers are inspired by images, symbols, culture, or even an idea stemmed by someone else. I find that India has an emerging ethnic influence on Western culture through fashion.  India, a very traditional and conservative world, oftentimes understands the meaning of comfort and color. Between 2008 and 2012, the Indian fashion industry is expected to grow 178%. (Grail Research, 2009). I find India’s spiritual and political impacts, now adopted in the Western hemisphere.  Below you will see how I have added in my visual presentation, that the Nehri jacket/collared shirt, the drop-crouch pants, and jodhpurs boots for what I call “Indianizing” which is sure to follow in our future fashion trends.

   My next presentation, I introduced a new textile called Sonic Fabric. This textile was exciting because  Alyce Santoro, now resides in Marfa, Texas from Brooklyn, NY describes her discovery, “a beautiful, tightly-woven functional material” (Poole, 2011). Sonic fabric incorporates 50% polyester thread, and 50% audiocassette tape recorded with intricate collages of sound (Yoneda, 2009). Amazingly, after my researching on sonic fabric, I found that the sounds/music from the mix-tapes is integrated causing strands of different colors within the looped material (Santoro, 2003). I feel this trend can inspire those musical trendsetters like Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, as well as, fashion forward leaders in the business.

Lastly, have you made the switch from plastic to canvas? According to Reuseit.com, 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year around the world, which is about 1 million plastic bags used every minute (Mitchell, Plastic Bags? Bring Canvas Shopping Bags Instead). Indeed, plastic bags do take their toll. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that in the United States alone more than 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are used each year. Americans throw away about 100 billion plastic bags each year,according to the Worldwatch Institute, as only 0.6 percent to 1 percent of them are ever recycled (Sixwise.com). Now that many have become aware of the hazards caused to animals, small children, and our environment, there has been a rapid onset for an eco-trend for use of canvas bags. Whole Foods stores have a campaign in place in which they give customers 10 cents off their bill for each

plastic grocery bag that they bring in and reuse (Sixwise.com). Not to mention the ever so popular “I’m not a plastic bag,” made by Anya Hindmarch, a London designer known for bags that range to $1,500 and beyond (Andrews, 2007). I imagine this ec0-trend of recycling plastic bags will transfer into designs and become a development of future fashions.

Guess we will see how my future developments stack up against the fashion world!

MB

References:

India‘s fashion industry faces challenges to go global. (2011). Retrieved 12, February, 2012, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12802494

Sonic Fabric Needs Your Help. (2011). Retrieved February 26, 2012, from http://imprint.printmag.com/fashion/sonic-fabric-needs-your-help/

New! Sonic Fabric Fedoras Made From Recycled Cassette Tape. (2009). Wearable Technology. Retrieved February 26, 2012, from http://www.ecouterre.com/new-sonic-fabric-fedoras-made-from-recycled-cassette-tape/

 Plastic Bags? Bring Canvas Shopping Bags Instead. (n.d).  Deborah Mitchell. Retrieved on March 28, 2012, from http://www.volunteerguide.org/minutes/service-projects/plastic-bags

 Should You Ban Plastic Bags From Your Life:Six Reasons You May Want to Consider It.  (n.d.)Sixwise.com. Retrieved on March 29, 2012, from www.SixWise.com

Andrews, K. (2007, August 11). ECO-TREND: I’m not a plastic bag! Retrieved on March 31, 2012, from http://inhabitat.com/i-am-not-a-plastic-bag/

Bespoke tailoring

Can we say it’s true that Simon Spurr is a hauterfly.  For those new to this British word, its means a fashion industry insider or a person heavily involved in the industry’s social scene. Guess you can say I find interesting terms especially from doubledtongued.org. A rad site to learn different sayings or slang words commonly used abroad. Simon Spurr, a British designer that has caused quite the stur with his craft and highly-acclaimed fashion. High-end of course.

Simon Spurr born in Kent, England somehow had a natural talent for the craft it takes to become a fashion designer. I say it must come natural, if you are able to cut out fabric into a pant without a pattern, sew them, and the fit come out precisely. This was the exact actions of Simon Spurr, and quite the precision needed for quality tailoring. It’s quite amazing how some fashion designers set out first in a different direction, in this case Simon pursued art first from Kent Institute of Art and Design. Simon then went on to graduate in 1996 from Middlesex University in London (Cohen, 2010).

Simon Spurr, after graduation landed jobs in New York at Nautica, CK Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Then, in 2006, Spurr left to go solo and launch Spurr, a denim-centric line of mostly casual clothing (Underwood, 2011). After five years past, the name was created and high-end suits and sportswear became branded in 2009. Simon Spurr, was on the rise and his undeniable label of tailored pieces, such as the raincoat with leather sleeves, the blazer with laminate lapels, and his choices of color and texture.  I am sure women can appreciate the confidence of his collections.  Simon Spurr, brings confidence back in menswear again with these tailored, more colorful tones. Why play it safe, when you can play it sexy.

As a newly recent star in the fashion industry, Simon Spurr, has achieved much success and although he is not under his own fashion house at this time, however as Tommy Hilfiger’s creative consultant for the men’s runway collection, he has greatly had an effect on how men are dressing and what styles are being purchased.

In January 2012, Spurr merged his two lines, SPURR and SIMON SPURR, to create a more expansive collection under the SIMON SPURR moniker (Palmieri, 2011).  Not to mention, the winner of Rising Star Award, menswear by Fashion Group International (Karimzadeh, 2012). While we await the winner, Simon Spurr is also currently nominated by CFDA for Menswear Designer of the Year (Cowles, 2012).

I am very excited to see such appreciated construction as I too love menswear. I am starting to see my interest which continues to show variants of the modernized, classic approach found in menswear.  Simon Spurr, a designer, I find highly favorable.

Simon Spurr

MB

References:

Karimzadeh, Marc (2012). “FGI Honors Young Designers”. WWD (January 26). Retrieved on April 5, 2012, from http://www.wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-features/fashion-group-honors-young-designers-5575346

 Palmieri, Jean E. (2011). “Simpler Spurr”. WWD (January 13): 11.

Cohen, Michael (2010). “Future Stars of Fashion: Simon Spurr”. SOMA Magazine (November). Retrieved on April, 5 2012, from http://www.somamagazine.com/simon-spurr/

Underwood, Paul (2011). “Tough Swagger Confident: What Simon Spurr and his suits can do for you”. Esquire Magazine (November): 78–79.  Retrieved on April 5, 2012, from http://www.esquire.com/blogs/mens-fashion/simon-spurr-bio-1111.

Cowles, Charlotte (2012). “Simon Spurr Exits His Label Under Mysterious Circumstances.” Nymag.com (March 19.) Retrieved on April 5, 2012 from http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2012/03/simon-spurr-exits-under-mysterious-circumstances.html