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Mary Katrantzou Resort 2014

Mary Katrantzou Resort 2014 | Fashion.it | Scoop.it

For her first resort collection, Mary Katrantzou used her signature prints as a veritable collection of postcards from around the world. Along with her own photographs of high-rise apartment towers in São Paulo, Katrantzou captured snow-capped Swiss Alps, French flower fields, a Japanese bridge, an Italian vineyard, a Chinese fisherman, railway station arcades and so on. The vistas came mashed together in vivid color stories, at times layered with gorgeous embellishments, such as laser-cut Perspex squares placed in the windows of the apartment print, and floral sequins adding dimension to a yellow floral print. Lest the bounty of visual effects turn into a frenzy, Katrantzou delivered it all on relatively clean shapes, such as playsuits, biker jackets, a sweatshirt and dresses with flowy skirts.

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Fashion History, Just a Click Away

Fashion History, Just a Click Away | Fashion.it | Scoop.it

Today’s runways, stores and sidewalks are teeming with 20th-century fashion references, from peplums to pencil skirts. And for this reason, a collaboration between two of New York City’s cultural institutions could not be better timed. After two years of planning, the Picture Collection of the New York Public Library and the Special Collections & FIT Archives of the Fashion Institute of Technology Library have recently started a digital archive of fashion drawings and sketches by André Fashion Studios. The collection, André Studios 1930-1941: Fashion Drawings & Sketches in the Collections of the Fashion Institute of Technology and the New York Public Library, includes more than 5,000 original drawings.

In the 1930s, André Fashion Studios operated as a subscription-based sketch firm in the garment district. It sold fashion drawings to manufacturers in the United States and Canada to aid production, and over time, the library and F.I.T. ended up with separate parts of the studio’s work. The materials have been in the library’s collection since the mid-90s and were put into circulation in the early 2000s.

Years later, Susan Chute, the former supervising librarian of the Mid-Manhattan Library Picture Collection, realized that more drawings may exist, somewhere. She reached out to compare notes with F.I.T.’s archive. Little of what both institutions had on file overlapped. It was clear that they needed to reunite, organize and digitize the firm’s drawings. “They had the fashion know-how and our tech department had the technical know-how,” said Billy Parrott, the managing librarian of the art and picture collection at the New York Public Library, who picked up where Ms. Chute left off.

Read more at: http://runway.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/fashion-history-just-a-click-away/

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Plus-sized fashion branches out as designers cater to curvy girls in pursuit of style

Plus-sized fashion branches out as designers cater to curvy girls in pursuit of style | Fashion.it | Scoop.it

On a wall inside a new store in Southwest Plaza hangs a fashionable  assortment of women's clothes. Maxi dresses, cotton skirts and jersey tops are  in bright solid colors, geometric prints and polka dots.

What makes the designs a little different from other spring offerings at the  mall are that the looks from AnnaFesta are in sizes 10-24. And while jewelry and handbags  are also offered at the shop, Connexions is selling  sculpture, fine art and gourmet foods, too. Showcasing her line in a market-like  environment is a bit of an experiment for designer Anne Fanganello, a Denverite who three years ago  opened her own business after spending 18 years in the swirl of the New York  designer fashion industry.

Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/lifestyles/ci_22942273/designers-cater-curvy-girls-pursuit-style#ixzz2PWs6lyKz

 

 

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U.K. department store debuts look book with unconventional models

U.K. department store debuts look book with unconventional models | Fashion.it | Scoop.it

It's long been the subject of controversy; the use of extremely thin models. But one United Kingdom-based department store has debuted a new look book shucking the conventions.

Debenhams just released their Spring 2013 look book, and it's chock full of women that look like 'real' women. The department store has been in the news before in the past for banning the use of airbrushing and using plus-sized mannequins in store windows.

But the "High Summer Look Book" includes women under five feet tall, three models over the age of 40, a woman who is an amputee and women over six feet tall. There's also a size 18 model in a two-piece swimsuit, notable even for plus-size models because the standard for plus-size models generally falls between sizes 8 and 14.

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Meet The Cult Of California Designer Reinventing Plus-Size Fashion

Meet The Cult Of California Designer Reinventing Plus-Size Fashion | Fashion.it | Scoop.it
There are many fallacies out there about the plus-size woman. She doesn’t work out. She doesn’t like form-fitting clothes. She wants to spend her life in a black wrap dress and hates color.
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'Mad Men' Star Jessica Pare on Megan Draper's Vintage Fashion

'Mad Men' Star Jessica Pare on Megan Draper's Vintage Fashion | Fashion.it | Scoop.it

Jessica Pare skyrocketed to fame after the 2012 season premiere of Mad Men, when she gave a breathy rendition of the '60s French pop song Zou Bisou Bisou while wearing a black, sheer-sleeved mini-dress that, too, stole the show. The Janie Bryant-designed piece was so jaw-dropping, in fact, that creator/executive producer Matt Weiner tells The Hollywood Reporter, “It was knocked off and in stores in three weeks."

 

So this season there was some strong fashion pressure on both Pare and the show's costume mastermind, Bryant. But after seeing the two-hour, season-six premiere last night, we have a feeling the next Megan Draper overnight knock off will be her silver jumpsuit with a keyhole neckline.

The Prabal Gurung pre-fall 2013 calf-length sheath she sported at the premiere was also decidedly retro. Which provided a nice backdrop for the mod-infused Prabal Gurung for Casadei black mesh ankle strap pumps she paired it with.

While Pare doesn’t sing in the season opener, she makes an equally powerful impression, especially while swaying in brightly colored Pucci-esque print caftans while on vacation in Hawaii with husband Don (Jon Hamm).  Pare also wears some period bikinis on the beach -- that is, before taking them off in bedroom scenes. 



Continued at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fash-track/mad-men-star-jessica-pare-fashion-430257

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The Ideabook: Vintage Fashion and Feminism

The Ideabook: Vintage Fashion and Feminism | Fashion.it | Scoop.it

When Katie Haegele finds a 1970s Ideabook at a  yard sale, it unveils a world of meaning behind her own fashion choices and  those of women in the past. 

      

Vintage clothing is a Post-Modern genre, "a highly visible way of  acknowledging that its wearer’s identity has been shaped by decades of  representational activity, and that no cultural project can ever 'start from  zero.'"—Kaja Silverman, 'Fragments of a Fashionable Discourse'

One time at a yard sale I found this weird book called Ideabook. A child of the 1970s, I was drawn to this  outrageous-looking thing like a moth to a lava lamp. On the cover was a photo of  a smiling woman in full seventies regalia: long shining hair and big, round,  yellow-tinted sunglasses, her head tilted glamorously to one side. She’s raking  that healthy hair back from her face with one hand and smiling with all her  teeth. In the background is her little brood, a rugged lumberjack-poet dude with  a kid on his shoulders. The family is standing in a grassy field, but the  photo’s color wash is so weirdly golden it looks like the Serengeti. I find this  scene hideous and appealing to almost exactly the same degree, and if I could  climb inside the book and inhabit it I would. Since I couldn’t do that I bought  it, as I have bought so many old things that can no longer be used for their  intended purpose.

Ideabook’s intended purpose was as a catalog, from which you could  order S&H Green Stamps items. I didn’t know what Green Stamps were so I  asked my mom. She told me that in the seventies (and for forty years or so  before that) you could get these stamps when you bought certain foods at the  grocery store. You then pasted the stamps into a booklet, and when you’d  collected enough of them you could redeem them for household items and clothing.  When she got married, my mom told me, her new mother-in-law gave her a stamp  book with some of the stamps already in it, to put toward a vacuum cleaner.

My Ideabook, published in 1971, has tons of great-looking photos in  it, all of them full to the brim with goofy “vintage” charm. There’s a picture  of a few young guys playing guitars under a tree; you could order the guitars as well as any of the clothes the guys were wearing. There are pictures of little girls in knee socks, women lounging catlike on the floor to talk on phones, and the family from the cover walking toward a picnic lunch on the Serengeti, which was being served in clear Thermalene casserole dishes. You could order space-age table lamps, shaggy rugs, stereos and refrigerators, all of them pictured in super ugly rooms done in beige, orange, and avocado green. To my mother, though, the things in Ideabook do not look ugly or funny; she  got a little misty, looking at them. To her I think they still represent a lush  lifestyle that she and my dad could not afford in 1971, the year they got  married.

Read more: http://www.utne.com/mind-body/ideabook-vintage-fashion-and-feminism.aspx#ixzz2QqwjbPPe

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15 Plus Size Bloggers Redefining Fashion Blogging | IFB

15 Plus Size Bloggers Redefining Fashion Blogging | IFB | Fashion.it | Scoop.it
As a plus-size woman…

WELL. There are a lot of ways I can finish that sentence.  I am a plus-size woman. I know what it’s like to feel ignored by the fashion industry.  I know what it’s like to compromise style and fit for what you can find in your size. I know how it feels to be told fashion isn’t for you.

I know what it’s like to feel ignored by the fashion industry.

For all of those reasons, I’m thankful for the internet.  I’m thankful for the variety of bloggers of all shapes and sizes. I’m thankful to find women who share a body shape similar to mine: plus-size bloggers.

Read more at: http://heartifb.com/2013/04/08/15-plus-size-fashion-bloggers-redefining-fashion/

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Plus Designer Spotlight: Cabiria

Plus Designer Spotlight: Cabiria | Fashion.it | Scoop.it
Michelle Landriault- Chicago, IL. Cabiria is a Plus Size, high end clothing line in sizes 12 - 24. Inspired by Italian mid-century cinema, especially the circus themes of Federico Fellini, and whim...
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Swedish Mannequins Cause a Controversy

Swedish Mannequins Cause a Controversy | Fashion.it | Scoop.it
A photo of two H&M store mannequins in the lingerie section of a Swedish department store is creating lots of buzz for their fleshier, softer stomachs and fuller thighs.
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