The Need for Innovation in Fashion

My first big purchase shortly upon moving into a beautiful apartment in Brookline and starting my first post-bachelors full time job was a set of antique bedroom furniture. The 1930’s flowing lines, the intricately carved flowers, the walnut inlays, cedar lined draws and the Bakelite draw pulls were enough for me to overlook the major drawback of the set – the dresser/armoire had only about a foot of space for hanging clothing.

This was in 2006, the high reign of fast fashion, and my closet was overstuffed with clothing from Zara, H&M, Nordstrom Rack, Filene’s Basement and TJ Maxx. The multi-fiber agreement expired a year prior, online clothing sales were gaining speed and increasingly competing with b&m, and the ever-multiplying number of stores was flooded with a dizzying variety of inexpensive, trendy clothing. It seemed like the golden age of fashion: even with a modest entry-level salary I still hardly wore a party dress more than once per season, and the plethora of my perfectly coordinated outfits could have launched a lifestyle blog. The 1930’s, with the hand-produced wardrobe enough to fit into a foot of hanging space seemed very far away indeed.

Yet as could be expected in retrospect, the bubble burst. I’m not fully sure yet if it was the exposure to the socially aware and innovative spirit of Cambridge, the financial crisis of 2008 and the recession that followed, or the greater awareness of the world that grew from my addiction to the iPhone and all the news/blogs apps. The endless choices of soft printed shirts, ruffled blouses, skinny jeans, fitted dresses and a shoe collection to fit every passing fancy, were all beginning to feel stifling – more so with each and every news article about the sweatshop labor and the environmental impact of throw away fashions.

The basic way that clothing is made has not changed much since the introduction of the sewing machine. Apparel manufacturing has remained a low technology, labor-intensive process. The decreasing tariffs of the 1990’s encouraged the shift of the most labor-intensive part of clothing production to industrializing countries with abundant low-cost labor and typically fewer safety regulations and government oversight. Incidentally, this also brought apparel production geographically closer to raw material manufactures, such as Uzbekistan’s cotton and China’s leather. Shifting production from the developed to industrialized countries continued to bring the cost of garments down, while at the same time discouraging technological innovation on the production side.

The Fashion innovations of the 2000’s mainly came in a form of using technology to optimize company operations. Following Zara’s breakthroughs in responding to customers and bringing new concepts to the stores in as little as 3 weeks, fashion companies focused on quick turn around, increasing variety and lowering production costs. The growth of the fast-fashion retailers, in combination with further lowered import barriers, gave these companies the leverage to push for faster turn around and lower prices from the apparel manufacturers in, among other countries, China, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Tunisia.

The disaster in Bangladesh stresses the need for change in the Fashion Industry. Clothing production should never be a deadly business. Fashion, and fashion production, simply can not stay the way that it is now. While people are becoming increasingly aware of the real costs of disposable fashions, and in response are changing the ways they approach and consume fashion, the demand for clothing will continue to grow with the growing populations and improving living standards. This need for growth challenges us to envision a better fashion future.

What will be the fashion innovations of the next decade? These innovations can not simply be in design – with the globalization of the fashion industry and a fashion week happening every single week somewhere in the world, the true innovations with an impact to change the industry are unlikely to come from new designs using the existing materials. Simply stated, everything has been tried, and there hasn’t been anything new in fashion design in ages.

Will the fashion innovation then come from using new materials? Recently I’ve come across a video featuring Bradley Quinn discussing the Fashion Future, and the material innovations currently in development. Self-cleaning clothing, clothing with embedded technology, garments that protect and make us stronger seem just around the corner. Yet how will these be produced? Perhaps they will be self-assembled, or painted-on, as some have suggested. However exciting, these ideas still seem far away from implementation.

Even if the fabrics of tomorrow are ready to be introduced in the next season, material innovations alone will not address the all of the problems currently faced by the Fashion industry. While it is easy to envision new fabrics and material technologies as supplementing the choices we have now, they are unlikely to replace them. You might wear a self-cleaning high-tech communication suit during the day, but your most comfy pj’s are still going to be flannel.

3D printing, as a concept, gives us the promise of customization. This certainly could be the answer to the desire for trendy, new pieces that capture a certain mood or tone of the moment – the very soul of fashion. Recycling 3D printed items, something that is currently being explored by some innovators, could help to address the environmental impact of quickly-changing trends. One could easily envision a future where fashion is produced using 3D printers, while ‘consumer items’ such as socks, pj’s, t-shirts and other basics are ethically and responsibly produced in industrializing or even back in industrialized countries.

Yet until every single household has a 3D printer, the challenge with 3D printing, besides the current lack of clothing appropriate materials, lies in the question of mass-production. Could 3D Printing technology evolve to allow for mass-customization? Will this mass-customization happen in mini-factories, or directly in the home? Or will another technology arise to solve the problem of fashion production? Its an interesting future we are in for, and I can’t wait to find out.

Catching Up With Latest Fashion Trends

Fashion is an integral part of your life. It is something which you cannot ignore as it affects your personality. However, it is something which is ever changing and you need to change with it too. There are so many funky, beautiful as well as classic fashion trends that one can follow. The best way to keep updated about the latest fashion trends is by browsing various fashion magazines. Some of the popular names in this regards is Elle, Vogue, Cosmopolitan etc. These magazines are very helpful in giving a clear idea about what’s happening in the world of fashion. Also, fashion magazines reveal information about various stores selling the latest fashion clothing and accessories.

Another great way to keep updated about latest fashion trends is to watch various fashion shows. In these shows, designers display their latest fashion trends. Also, you can check various fashion websites and blogs that provide you with latest news about trends, materials and wears. Moreover, you can also take advice by fashion experts online. Following fashion is not only a necessity but also it’s a fun activity. After all, everyone wants to look good and impress people around.

You should never hesitate from wearing what you want to wear. Also, you should never copy the latest fashion trends blindly. It’s not that everything will look good on you and thus, you should try to figure out the outfits that make you look great. The outfit that you are wearing shall be comfortable. There is no point in wearing a dress which is uncomfortable or difficult to carry. The most important thing in fashion is how one is able to carry his or herself. Fashion accessories are also a great addition to your personality. You will find a host of such accessories for both men and women available in the market. Some of the current fashion trends include big chain bags, striking studs and big pendants. High heel shoes, zipper boots and boots having large buckles are also a hit among teenagers these days. Military style clothing and accessories are still extremely popular among masses.

Lastly, your clothes speak a lot about your personality. You have to understand that fashion is not only about looking good, but is much more than that. As there is gigantic range of choices available for you, just follow these simple tips and you will be always updated about the latest fashion trends.

Fashion Craze – Current Runway Fashions

We know that men’s fashion suits are always on the fashion runway. Fashion suits highlight your prestige value when they fit perfectly on you. Everyone wants to look smart and trendy. Sometimes people try to show their prestige and status in front of their friends or relatives through clothes. Yes it’s true that wearing good clothes has also become a status symbol today. You can choose from a vast collection of formal and trendy casual clothes in the market. You can make an impression in front of others by simply choosing nice clothes.

Yes it’s a fact that fashion suits for men are considered some of the most important accessories because these suits are very versatile and are perfect to wear on any special occasion. Men’s suits are very classy and very comfortable and therefore became a fashion craze for men. Men’s designer suits will define your personality in a better manner and will make you stand out in the crowd. These clothing pieces are very comfortable and sexy. Markets are flooded with a wide range of men’s designer suits which have become a fashion craze these days for men and these outfits come with many different accessories such as a belt or wristwatches which gives these designer fashion suits a look which is unique and amazing.

Different designer shirts and cool jeans are available in the market. The quality of material by which these designer clothes are made should also be looked at before choosing a suit. Do not compromise the quality because you can regret it later. Most designer clothes are made of best quality. So bring out the fusionist in you by wearing designer clothes along with the accessories like belts and wristwatches as you will look remarkable with a personality that is classy.

Don’t forget about those chic fashion handbags when you are talking about the current fashion trends. These handbags are stylish and have beautiful colorful combinations, are spacious, come with great designs, and have become the fashion craze for women nowadays. These fashion handbags have made a name in the market as these are designed fashionably and are cool to carry around with you.

Handbags are fashionable and are meant to give you a funky look due to their cool designs. You can carry them anywhere for any occasion. So make sure you get one of these funky fashion handbags from the market right now!

Hollywood Fashion Industry – Fall Trends

The American Hollywood fashion industry during 1950s’ largely made use of celebrities to market the innovative trends and some of the world renowned fashion icons of this period were Marilyn Monroe, Ricky Nelson and Elvis Presley. Costume design in Hollywood fashion industry is one of the most important categories nowadays for different awards like the Academy Awards. It takes creativity and patience to work with a whole Fashion Shopping wardrobe and fashion sense for a film.

It established an identification point between the actors and the public. Among these the biggest influence on men and women alike were Hollywood stars and who are inspired from Hollywood fashion industry. Fashion industry use bright baggy clothes and use of make-up. We all love Fashion Shopping to shop for clothes and accessories. Going into those casually stores and browsing through a many of beautiful clothes is a treat for the eyes and the soul Hollywood fashion industry. These days there is a huge variety of clothes and apparels available in other words there is something for everybody for Fashion Shopping. Hence whether you are thin or fat, young or old, fair or dark; you will get a wide variety of choices in styles and clothes. Models in the 21st Century are more a part of the Fashion Shopping.

The Hollywood film The Devil Wears Prada starring Meryl Streep, has brought a lot of attention to the world of Hollywood fashion industry. More information about Prada Versace Gianni Versace became interested in fashion shopping working in his mother’s small dress shop. By 1978 he had become a design leader of women’s and men’s fashions. So when you are linked to a line or a designer it raises your profile and puts you more in demand. And the exposure Hollywood fashion industry models receive is now greater than ever. Ford’s path to fashion legend began when he moved to the New York as a teenager, and enrolled at the NYU in Art History. In 1986 Ford started his career with famous American designer Cathy Hardwick as a part of her creative staff; two years later, he became the Design Director for Perry Ellis. In 1985, they took part in a fashion show featuring “New Talent”, and the following year they presented their first independent women’s ready-to-wear show. There are plenty of places online where you can buy good quality fashion shopping on discount comforter sets by named brands. These stores don’t have such high overheads as your local stores and can take advantage of volume of clothes to offer you the best possible prices for your choice.

Fashion – A Fragile Grace

I firmly believe that fashion is the ultimate form in which one can express themselves. An awareness of what is in trend is necessary to be with the times. People try to put comfort over fashion but I feel that fashion does not only exist in a dress but it has to do with a combination of trendy ideas. The whole ideology of fashion is to synchronize things around us and to make us look beautiful. However fashion does not mean over dressing as that makes us look like clowns. A person can look nice when he/she wears a dress which compliments his/her personality.

Fashion seems to be the most important aspect in a women’s life. It is something that the females can do much better than men. It enhances the life and when the end results are good it gives pleasure. The concept of fashion cannot be same for the entire Diaspora of society. However fashion cannot be treated in singular terms, it is a collection of bits and bobs which are in vogue.

In my point of view fashion has a widespread diversity in it. Two people with opposing ideas can still be fashionable in their own ways. Fashion has many layers to it and with the increasing awareness about fashion many people have started indulging in it. Those who detest fashion may be the ones who need fashionable clothes in order to improve their looks. The fact is that when women do not like their appearance they criticize fashion but the dissatisfaction of women about their appearance is what fuels the fashion industry.

There are three basic rules in order to dress well which are:

1) Be comfortable in whatever you wear as that is what adds beauty automatically
2) Do not go overboard for dressing up as that may just be a fashion glitz
3) Follow the latest trends by keeping an eye on what celebrities wear

If you follow these three fundamental rules then you can be sure that you will definitely land up being well dressed wherever you go.

The new era of fashion has seen a lot of changes. It is no longer for stereotypes but it is all about the individual style and there are no rules. You can easily select your own fashion trend and go along with it. After all the beauty of fashion is that it has lot of variety and character and it can lend its fragile grace to anyone who seeks it.