Factual Fashion: Jacquard Edition

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It can come in a luxurious floral print, a shiny paisley loafer, or even a ferocious tiger-printed sweater. But what do all three of these seemingly different items have in common? The answer is the use of a jacquard print or loom to create the fabric. Though Jacquard has roots in the early sixth century, its popularity began to rise in the early 19th century. Named after creator Joseph M. Jacquard, jacquard sparked a revolution in the creation of embellishment on clothing. More than anything, the jacquard loom helped streamline the process of creating patterns such as damask, brocade and matelassé, which were typically painstakingly produced by hand. What makes jacquard different is that the complex designs are woven into the fabric instead of being placed on top, which was the typical process in the early centuries. The resultant patterns are opulent to the eye and were coveted by women and men alike in the early centuries as a way to flaunt their wealth. At one point in time, the jacquard fabric was only available to the upper nobility on account of its luxe look.

Designers throughout time have consistently used the jacquard fabric including brocade, damask and other intricate fabric embellishment looks in their collections. More than ever, designers are using jacquard embellishments on fabrics ranging from silk to cotton because of the increase in technology today for textile looms. For example, Louis Vuitton often in the brand’s more recent collections has seen a resurgence in the use of a brocade pattern. A purple and blue rose patterned brocade placed against a silver background sets the stage at Louis Vuitton for a show stopping jumpsuit with ruffled shoulders or a sleek deep-cut mini dress. Vuitton has also incorporated the elegant brocade look into an ocean-blue vest embellished to perfection in a variety of gold and silver hues. Gucci is another brand that uses jacquard regularly in collections. Ranging from chunky loafers to silk headbands, the use of jacquard fabric gives Gucci its trademark unusual-chic style look generated by creative director Alessandro Michele. Canadian and Turkish designer Erdem Moralioglu has always championed the brocade throughout his many collections. This season shown at London Fashion Week was no different with looks having been inspired by an Italian Principessa, Orietta Doria Pamphilj. Fuschia and cherry-red flowers adorned sleek black fabrics with full volume skirts while the model’s moody cat-eyes darted on and off the runway.

Today the look and feel of a brocade or damask fabric still resonates as a lavish design even as trends have passed throughout time. Maybe it is the use of many colors and shapes that draw consumers in, or maybe it is the intricate hand-made look that resonates with others as well. Whatever the reason may be, the jacquard look will always reign when it comes to opulent style.  

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For Mr. Lagerfeld

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It is hard to wrap my mind around the events of today. Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld has passed away. This is a statement hard to believe and something I do not want to even process. The immense sadness and crushed feeling has been lingering with many today, including myself. With extreme sadness, a realization came to me that talking about Karl Lagerfeld’s pure ingenuity and genius can only be a topic of the past. Though his legacy will always continue on, many will be feeling melancholic for his designs and wonderful attributes including his photography skills, generosity, and his sense of humor.

When I first began to take a serious interest in fashion, my go to brand for pure fashion like many people was Chanel. When you wanted to know what was going to be “next” in the fashion world, Mr. Lagerfeld always pointed us towards the light of a new age of fashion. Every season something new and beautiful would always be produced, yet no season was the same as another. He created opportunities to take fashion places it rarely goes literally like in Dallas, Texas for a Métiers d’Art show and Havana, Cuba almost immediately after the country was open to visitors, and metaphorically like his recent Egyptian themed collection. Always inventive, he excelled and performed exceptionally time and time again collection after collection. Chanel, synonymous with the likes of founder Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld himself, is the epitome of innovation and fashion today. The storied brand produces over five collections a year, a massive feat for any designer. And more than that Mr. Lagerfeld in his later age still was involved in the process of creating the collections everyday.

Lagerfeld with his work at Chanel and Fendi has created worlds that fashion lovers alike want to envelope themselves in. He created atmospheres that only heightened the clothing, not take away from it. The massive iceberg or the waterfall or even the spaceship are representations of his pure imagination. I will yearn for his sets that give us glimpses into his mind and his reasoning behind choosing them too. I have loved seeing his innovation play out in other ways in addition to the miraculous clothing he made.

Though I did not know Karl Lagerfeld his work touched me, moved me deeply and most of all confirmed that fashion, even as beautiful and fanciful it may seem from the surface, can shock our cores and touch us all in the most indescribable ways. He often left me speechless because of the wonder of his work. How we all will miss him so.

 

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An Ode to Glossier

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Hello! Once again I am sharing an article that I have written for my school’s fashion magazine, Pack Fashion. It’s about the makeup brand Glossier that I have been a long time advocate of from the start. Quite simply this article is a love letter to the makeup brand that started a revolution in letting natural beauty be more than enough. Please enjoy!

What is “everyday beauty” when you’re in college? Do you put a full face of makeup on only for it to melt off on the way to class or do you not put any makeup on and go about your day in a fresh-faced kind of way? For those of the latter, the brand Glossier is ideal for college students. With Glossier more suited for a college budget, what you are offered is for certain what you get and more. Their award winning perfume, “You” is a unisex scent that is irresistible and bound to get you many compliments. But among their makeup products, their “Boy Brow” is a top seller for many reasons. It makes your brows look defined without looking fake and the formula is so soft it does not make your brows feel stiff either. What makes Glossier so wonderful, and especially wonderful for college students, is how easy the products are to use and that above all else you still look like you after applying the products. The eyeshadows called “Lidstar” are offered in a plethora of dreamy colors ranging from an earthy green to a pale lilac. The creamy formula is easy to apply as it comes out of lipgloss tube and it enhances your natural look even more so. Glossier also features a variety of models with varying skin tones and different assets to one’s face whether it be splotch of freckles or a distinctive beauty mark. Glossier embraces differences and celebrates the little things that make us all who we are in threefold. The most important aspect this brand embraces is that one’s natural beauty does transcend all the makeup in the world, but a little swipe of lipstick doesn’t hurt from time to time.

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In Living Color

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Below is my second article for my school’s magazine. I have always been inspired by how color can affect our moods, transport us to different places and even bring up nostalgic times. This article was a fascinating write for me and I hope you will be energized to invigorate some “Ultra Violet” into your life!

“Inventive and Imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” Pantone, the global authority on color, chose a vibrant and lush variation of the purple hue for its color of the year. Founded in 1962, Pantone established itself as a company that manufactured color cards for cosmetics. As time went on the company gained fame for its color matching system that identically matched colors to swatches. Fast forward to 2000 and Pantone was still held in high regards by design professionals everywhere. When the company in the early 2000’s introduced coffee mugs available in every color imaginable, the mugs set off a surge of interest in the Pantone company even more so. When selecting a specific color, whether it be a burnt orange called “Flame” or a light beige-y pink called “Pale Dogwood,” these mugs left plenty of room for self-expression in way of drinking coffee. If there’s any color you’re thinking of, Pantone has it (and even has a specific name for it).

But in the year 2000, Pantone established itself again not only as a color company but as a purveyor of color trends to come by creating a “color of the year.” In 2000 it was Cerulean, in 2012 it was “Tangerine Tango,” and so on. Now in 2018, the princely purple color of “Ultra Violet” reigns. According to Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, this year’s color suggests the “mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead” and that there are “discoveries beyond where we are now.” David Bowie and Prince (Purple Rain, anyone?), after their recent passings, are noted as influencers of this choice of color as these two musical icons represent free expression and non-conformity which is becoming more and more of a trend in our society today. Pantone has always been a company known for its choice in outstanding color, but more than that and more than ever Pantone makes us see that color is more than just a shade of a dress or the pigment in a lipstick. Color really is an essential component of our lives that helps us express who we really are.

“Mad” For TV’s Influence on Fashion

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Hello all!! Well I cannot believe it has taken me so long to write my first post while in college but here it is! This piece I am about to share was published in my college’s fashion magazine. I am so excited to share this work with you as it is one of my favorite articles I have ever written. 

Ever binge-watched a TV show on Netflix? Probably. But have you ever gone so far as to emulate the show in your personal style? It isn’t that uncommon to do so as there is so much to be inspired by in the world of television. TV shows create alternate universes or transport us to times we were not a part of, but after watching we feel we were present with those characters.

One TV show particularly sparked a revolution in retro dressing, bringing back a-line skirts and kitten heels among other timeless styles. This show, Mad Men, made women around the world wild for feminine styles emulating Jackie Kennedy with nipped waists and collarless dresses. Mad Men spans the decade of the 1960’s leading up to 1970’s, and by watching this show, audiences have gained a plethora of inspiration from the styles shown by the brilliant costume designer Janie Bryant.

Bryant creates a world through her designs in which celebrities and designers alike have joined the retro revival style-wise. Designer Louis Vuitton featured a leather camel a-line skirt paired with a floral bustier and with thick black straps and leather camel gloves in his Fall 2010 collection. This look clearly gave off the polished mood from the 60’s while still remaining modern. Even the shoes, dainty kitten heels with big yellow bows, give a nod to the 60’s. Bryant also created an extremely successful collection for Banana Republic, giving shoppers of America a new rendition of 60’s style by way of cigarette trousers, leopard print and of course cat eye sunglasses.

It’s safe to say television shows inspire people in real life when it comes to dressing, and it’s exciting to see how fashion and TV work together to help create fabulous style for everyone, and bring back blasts from the past in the fashion department.

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Janie Bryant for Banana Republic (above)

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Proenza’s Parisian Power

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Hello there! Starting off haute couture week in Paris, Proenza Schouler has decided to show their Spring 2018 collection in the company of couturiers like Dior and Chanel. Rodarte and other brands as well have decided to present their spring collections in Paris to gain better world recognition among other reasons. Proenza Schouler’s collection was just as fabulous as all the other collections I have had the joy of viewing. Though this collection veered more into the cocktail aspect of clothing, it was very wearable but with a little extra flair that made this collection so special. The color palette for one was perfect: crisp, clean with superb embellishments like feathers, lace, poppy prints and of course beautiful accessories (take a look at those feathery earrings!). The cutouts and ruffles play off of the idea of hard and soft and every season when I think of Proenza Schouler, I can only think of how the clothes can appeal practically to any woman whether she love leather or lace. There is something for everyone.

 

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London Loving

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Across the pond the action is heating up despite the low temperatures. First off, Christopher Kane’s show was absolutely delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed his more feminine approach and now can proudly say I want to own a pair of crocs, but only if they’re from his brand… The textures and plethora of colors kept me intrigued throughout the whole show and if you look closely another shoe design of his is heels with foam peeking out of course. He’s just trying to make heels more comfortable while starting probably one of the newest and most popular trends in the future. Erdem was an absolute dream. Erdem Moralioglu’s inspiration behind his collection was the fantasy meeting of his two great grandmothers, and the result of that imaginary meeting were fantastic. I really love how he can make possibly the most frilly and girly dress imaginable but still manage to make it strong and innovative. Even though Burberry’s collection is see-now-buy-now for Spring 2017, it has to be one of Christopher Bailey’s best collections for the brand. I absolutely adored the use of white and khaki and navy together which may seem quite basic but with the lace and the structure of the clothing, there was nothing basic about this collection. Marques’ Almeida is street style gold. Anyone of those looks could be seen on the street and they are so wearable and fresh and exciting because there is something for everyone in that collection. J.W. Anderson was really fascinating to me. It was not my absolute favorite collection but I can safely say every look I saw was like nothing I’d ever seen before which of course is a testament to Anderson’s creativity. I especially loved the strapless dress with the raw zipper in the middle of the bust. It was so simple yet very elegant and new. Mary Katrantzou was inspired by the movie Fantasia and the clothes were exceptional. I miss her wacky prints and embellishments but I think now she has progressed into a more mature designer which translates in her clothes. Seeing the story of the movie play out in the clothes was a very smart way to make her collection even more cohesive. Versus Versace always is just a badass show. Every. Time. This time neon mixed with grunge in the best way possible and it made me want to buy a leather dress with slits up the side immediately. So that’s it for now! See you in Milan. Ciao!

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The American Way

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New York fashion week is finally here again. The snow and freezing weather are no issue at all when it comes to the opportunity of seeing the upcoming fall fashions. Starting off with Calvin Klein, the brand now under the tenure of Raf Simons is quite delightful; it is really wonderful to see him again as I really adored his time at Dior and this time around it’s no different: he is really talented. Though the clothes shown are drastically different from his collections at Dior, I really liked it. From the defined structure of his suits to his recurring knee length hemline, its a mixture of feminine but with an edge. And that yellow trench coat encased in plastic is an immediate mood booster. It’s been 10 years since Jason Wu started his brand and I have to say this collection is one of my favorites. It has every aspect that I find really intriguing these days. I love his off the shoulder pieces but also his choice of texture and colors was exceptional. And that finale dress with strips of skin peeking out was so sophisticated and sexy rolled into one. Jonathan Simkhai has been on my radar ever since the beginning of last year. And he does not disappoint. His clothes are very feminine in my opinion but I really love that look anyway. I especially enjoy his dresses with the high slits and the off the shoulder look that puts the collar bone on full display. Sies Marjan was bright and beautiful. The mini skirts with flowing trains were my favorite part. But I do have to say the robin egg’s blue look with the model’s complementary hair still remains one of my favorite looks. Altuzarra was inspired by the Renaissance like designer Joseph ALtuzarra said himself. All the looks complete with pearl headbands and dangly earrings were quite a different side to the usual Altuzarra. And I really liked it. The velvet was beautiful and I absolutely adore his rendition on the classic suit. J. Crew. What can I say? Every single piece was something I covet and REALLY want to wear! So I just had to settle on my very favorites. But really Jenna Lyons is a genius because the clothes are so contemporary but so classic at the same time. Proenza Schouler was its typical fierce and strong self. The clothes shellacked and cut out into different  cut outs was truly innovative. I am quite surprised as to how much I adore Monse. This time around the clothes were just incredible and wearable but very new too. I especially loved that velvet yellow flowing top with the black cigarette pants. Ah now to Oscar de la Renta! The new creative directors (also the designers at Monse!) blew me away with their new take on the storied Oscar de la Renta house. I was so very impressed as they kept with the classic and feminine look but also made things interesting especially with the bright red sash draped around one model’s waist with a heavily embroidered strapless top as well. The Michael Kors Collection is always something to behold. The classic American designer can do no wrong in my book with his incredible, wearable and extremely wonderful clothes. I loved the barely there makeup paired with the glittering dresses sashaying down the runway with fringe shaking all about. So that about does it for New York Fashion Week. See you across the pond!

Hello Again!

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Gosh, its been awhile since I have entered the wonderful world of blogging. I apologize greatly for my lack of blogging, I feel awful but it has been a very busy time for me!! I am a senior in high school if that tells you anything but that’s all I’ll say. No excuses its time for Haute Couture week. Now onto that. First of all I practically loved everything I saw this season. Starting off with Atelier Versace I was saddened when it was announced that there was no show to take place in Paris. But the clothes are such a spectacle themselves a show just would have emphasized their wonder. I enjoyed the pictures released but really only two pieces caught my eyes that were heavily embellished. Chanel Couture is always one of my favorite shows to see. Mr. Lagerfeld never ceases to amaze me with his innovation and creativity every season. And this season was no exception. The color scheme was wonderful and of course I loved the bright silver specks and feathers adorning practically every look. Another part of the show that I enjoyed was the pearl anklets with the heels!!  Dior was a wonderland, literally. The garden scheme was beautifully paired with the clothes shown. I loved the tapered waists and full skirts that are so classic but with the new creative director’s vision, they seemed fresh, new and unexpected. Giambattista Valli is always a show to watch even if just for the voluminous finale looks that are always such fun to see. But I was really fascinated by the 60’s inspiration that was evident in the short minidress and the flowing gown with the floral pattern. Schiaparelli is always an interesting show to see in my opinion. The clothes especially the patterns and shapes are quite unlike what you usually see. I especially enjoyed the classic lobster print on a certain dress. Finally Valentino, I feel like I am floating on a cloud just thinking about this show. The design houses’s new direction is absolute perfection to me. It’s feminine and dainty as shown with the tissue-paper textured sleeves. But then I see a pair of stark white paints with a strong overcoat and now I’m convinced this show has a bit of an edge to it. It’s a combination of everything anyone (especially me!) would ever want. So there you have it! My first review in dare I say five months… I shudder at that thought but I promise I will write soon. Till then.

Oh My Gucci

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That’s all about I can say. Alessandro Michele has done it again with his extravagant more is more dressing during his reign at Gucci. And I absolutely adore it. There are so many little intricacies of every item of clothing and I could get lost in it. I dream about finally being able to be face to face with his clothing and being able to run my hands through all of it. So many colors and textures and patterns are all rolled up into one incredible concoction. Every outfit tells a different story from a different person’s point of view. The girl in the gold flared pant suit is polar opposites of the girl with the orange and zebra- filled coat.  I cannot wait till next season and will certainly be waiting with bated breath.