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5 ways to spot the difference between a hipster & a geek chic stylista

Le 26 mai 2017, 06:00 dans Mode 0

According to trend forecaster Dion Chang, the look you should be after is geek chic. But haven't hipsters flown this fashion flag for the last 10 years? So what's the difference?

Here are five ways to tell a purveyor of geek chic from a hipster:


Go to any weekend market in your city and you'll find a stall selling sartorially savvy vintage wares originally dragged from some nameless back-alley shop on Albertina Sisulu Road in the Joburg CBD.

Hipsters believe in the value of vintage mostly because - authentic integrity aside - their artisanal food businesses don't make them rich enough to afford to buy anything new.

Although the geek chic look also relies on getting the quintessential high-school-blazer-inspired jacket, don't expect that jacket to be old or even second hand. "Inspired" new pieces are the way to go on this one - clean, new and fresh is best.


Every card-carrying hipster will wax lyrical about their love for mainstream indie filmmaker Wes Anderson, whose use of muted tones, 1970s hues and bold yellow lettering in Futura font has become a beacon to the millennial geek generation.

The difference between hipster and geek chic, though, is that while hipsters are obsessed with Anderson's movies, the geek chic-ers dress like they're in them. So grab that Margo & Me fake fur coat, add one of your granny's old frocks and profess your secret love for geekdom and your brother.


No matter which side of the hipster/geek chic fence you're on, you're likely to pretend you're blind for fashion. The right pair of frames for your face is sexy, but it's a lot sexier if you actually need them - prescription-free specs are just silly.

That said, hipsters have yet to give up their fake Ray-Ban Wayfarers. But if you want to properly glam up your fake myopia to fit in with the geek chic set, go with the embellished cat's-eye frames - the more librarian the look, the better.


Geek chic kids can't stop talking about the popular US comic series Archie again, thanks to the new TV show Riverdale.

Betty (played by Lili Reinhart) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) have updated wardrobes that are all over international fashion blogs, suggesting that powder- blue sweaters coupled with pearl chokers (Veronica) and sporty crop tops with gym pants (Betty) will soon be in stores near you.

Hipsters, on the other hand, will emulate the charming style of the original truant, bathroom-smoking "it girl" Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn) from Twin Peaks, since the series is making a comeback. It remains to be seen whether they'll reprise the tartan skirts and oversized Christmas sweaters from the show too.


The Prada and Gucci ramps have run away with the geek chic trend, but you can look just as much of an authentic nerd (of the hipster or geek chic variety) in corduroy pants and a V-neck jersey from Mr Price as you can in one hot off the Prada catwalk.Read more at:black formal dresses | white formal dresses

Bow Down, Kim and Kendall

Le 24 mai 2017, 04:56 dans Mode 0

At the moment, Bob Mackie is bored. “Nothing is very interesting anymore,” the legendary designer told Vogue over the phone yesterday. “You just keep seeing the same thing over and over again and there are no surprises. Unfortunately, you don’t see much fashion anymore.” He’s talking about the resurgence of the so-called “naked dress” that he originated back in the early 1970s. It was a look once worn exclusively by his muse, Cher, to the awe and delight of her fans; these days it has been co-opted by just about every It girl, from Kendall Jenner to Bella Hadid. On Sunday night, the inimitable Cher showed the world once again that boring is not in her vocabulary and cemented her status as the O.G. queen bee of tantalizing stage style. At a stunning 71, the diva knocked the lights out at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards dressed in two Bob Mackie specials—one a Swarovski crystal–embellished fringed number and the other her famous glittery black sheer bodysuit and moto jacket plucked straight from the custom wardrobe the designer made for her current residency at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas.

Before accepting the Icon Award, Cher sang her classics “If I Could Turn Back Time” and “Believe” and, naturally, social media jumped all over her see-through garb. “Everyone thought she was wearing a pastie during the performance at the awards show, and she wasn’t,” Mackie clarifies with a laugh. “It was a single crystal heart hand-sewn right over its proper spot on her body. The whole thing was one of the most expensive costumes she’s ever worn, with thousands of crystals.” For Mackie, sheer isn’t about shock value or getting a perfect selfie. In fact, he doesn’t even look at social media. To him, it’s about the craftsmanship that goes into making a woman’s body look flawless and creating that nude “illusion,” as he calls it. Truth be told, it was never a challenge to make Cher look flawless—he says she never did a sit-up in her 20s and 30s and had a six-pack anyway—but he did give her the power to enthrall the public with his designs.

Considering the Billboard Music Awards, that’s as true now as it was back then. Mackie attended the 1974 Met Gala with Cher on his arm dressed in what is perhaps one of the most famous naked dresses of all time: a sheer beaded gown with white feathered sleeves and a white feathered skirt. Nearly everything was visible, including Cher’s nipples—no pasties then either. She later wore the dress in a photograph that appeared on the cover of Time magazine. “It created a lot of hubbub,” Mackie says of the dress. “In those days, Time reserved its covers for world leaders or someone who invented something important, like a vaccine. Then there was Cher on the cover in that incredible piece of clothing, and newsstands sold out of it almost immediately. Some cities even banned it from being sold—it’s funny considering how some stars can barely keep their clothes on today.”

In 2015 at the Met Gala, Kim Kardashian West told everyone—including Cher herself—that her sultry Roberto Cavalli dress was inspired by the one that the singer wore to the same event in 1974. “Cher just thought it was funny,” Mackie says of the interaction. “She didn’t really say one thing or the other when Kim came running up to her to tell her.” Flattered or not, Cher is surely confident that she and Mackie set the tone for today’s Instagram generation and their infatuation with showing skin on the red carpet. But according to Mackie, there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about it. “Not everything I made for Cher was provocative,” he says. “She never looked vulgar in anything because she had such an incredible body and she carried it well—she wore it like she was wearing a T-shirt and jeans.”

Mackie has a hard time with the fact that many young stars today are choosing the wrong underwear for their see-through ensembles. “When they wear these dresses, for some reason they decide to put on big-girl panties that go right up to your waist like your grandmother’s do—that just makes me laugh; it has to stop,” he says. Nude thongs, he explains, are okay under a sheer look, but for him it’s always about being strategic as a designer. “I’m a big proponent of not being able to figure anything out when you look at a dress,” he says. “I was trained in making film costumes in the ’60s, and in the old days, outfits were shadowed with sheer nude fabrics and they’d just cut it in gradations so you’d never see a hard line.” His advice for the granny panty–clad chicks out there? “Think about your underwear before you go out.”

While there may be a new generation of thong-strapped naked dressers entering the spotlight at the moment, Mackie continues to praise Cher’s fearlessness when it comes to fashion. “I first met her in 1967, and she could wear anything then,” he says. “She was never intimidated to wear something daring and still isn’t—at 71, it’s not easy to pull something like the Billboard costumes off, but if anyone can, Cher can.” As far as Mackie is concerned, in matters of style as they exist today, being bold is more exciting than being naked.Read more at:formal dress shops brisbane | cheap formal dresses melbourne

Nashville fashion rivalry is no contest

Le 22 mai 2017, 04:58 dans Mode 0

A recent piece in The New York Times that claimed to judge the “hot fashion rivalry” between Columbus and Nashville left more than few people around town smiling and scratching their heads.

In a story last week, Steven Kurutz lists some components that he believes will “determine which city is worthy of fashion bronze” as the No. 3 fashion capital behind New York and Los Angeles, something that both cities have tried to claim.

The two cities were judged on eight elements: hometown brands, shopping, fashion jobs, indie talent, hip hotels, fashion weeks, bare necessities and local fashion heroes. Nashville was given the advantage in four categories, Columbus in three, and there was one tie.

“While the more workaday Ohio city has a flourishing apparel industry,” he concludes, “Nashville has more of what a fashion city needs, for good or ill: glamour.”

That conclusion was met with chuckles around Columbus.

“Come on,” said Lee Peterson, an executive vice president at Dublin consulting firm WD Partners. “We know we’re better. We’ve got that crown. All the retailers that are here compared to the retailers there? It’s not even close. Nashville with the music scene is, I think, the only reason you’d even consider them.

“But you’re talking about fashionable people, not about people who work in fashion.”

That was much the same conclusion from Matt Wilson, president of Eastport Holdings, which owns several local ad agencies.

“I have to look at the industry of fashion, the companies that support fashion, and the town’s own sense of style among the residents,” Wilson said. “Nashville could be an easy winner at first blush, what with country-music flash on every TV in the country. But I don’t think Carey Underwood shops at Opry Mills.

“Columbus is the town that brought you the Miracle Bra, ready-to-wear couture and shaved male torsos on A&F bags. We dominate on invention, sell globally to the masses and elite.”

The central complaints about the piece focus on its almost-offhand mention of L Brands founder Leslie H. Wexner and his alma mater, Ohio State University.

“Wexner is the draw,” Peterson said. “Look at all the people he’s brought here who are fashionistas, who work for L Brands and stay.”

Wexner’s L Brands and its numerous offshoots shouldn’t be underestimated. Nor should the way in which he and others in town work as mentors or in collaboration — a key ingredient in Columbus’ growth as a fashion hub, several observers said.

“Columbus’ entrepreneurial spirit and collaborative nature is what truly sets it apart and what will be a key driver of long-term growth in the fashion sector along with other industries,” said Marcie Merriman, executive director at accounting and professional services firm EY.

The other missing factor in the story “is the university,” Peterson said. “It has fashion classes, business classes, and it has 50,000 students all adding to a younger, more forward-looking city. That’s huge. That university engine really provides a lot of youthful enthusiasm.”

“We have an army of design firms and schools that provide a pipeline of creative ideas and talent for here and the rest of the country,” Wilson said.

Several categories are a bit puzzling.

For example, in the piece’s “hip hotels” category — “I’m not sure what that has to do with being a fashion capital,” Peterson said — Kurutz mentions Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph, in the Short North in what might seem to some as a patronizing way. “Columbus residents talk up their first boutique hotel the way new parents gush over their firstborn,” he writes, adding, “OK, OK, we saw the Joseph. We stayed there, in fact. ... But Jack White isn’t likely to walk through that door anytime soon.”

OK. Yes, it is nice. So nice, in fact, that the Pizzuti Cos. plans a second Joseph hotel — in Nashville. Which, apparently, is desperately in need of such a fashionable place.

And as for “bare necessities,” Kurutz cited the “limited options in a town that is not yet a go-to place for cold-pressed juices or restaurants serving ingredients grown on the roof.”

Somehow he seems to have missed the thriving restaurant scene in town. “That’s a swing and a miss,” Peterson said.

But no matter.

“It’s a pretty good piece of hype,” Peterson said. “It’s really getting circulation around town.”

Going vintage

Home-goods store Bramble + Birch has opened at Polaris Fashion Place, specializing in vintage, midcentury modern and industrial furniture and accessories.

Featured items include home and kitchen accessories, Turkish towels, rustic letters, midcentury modern furniture, succulents, vintage-styled apparel and more.

Store owner Abbey Knight, an Ohio native, started out in the antiques business at 16, working for her parents’ antique mall in Springfield. Knight went on to own and operate an antiques store in Yellow Springs, but she closed it in favor of the larger Polaris location.

The Bramble & Birch name is a mashup of two elements that can be found in the store: Southwest (Bramble) and woodsy .Read more at:formal dresses 2017 |

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