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Fall fashion preview: It's all about the suit

Le 20 septembre 2017, 09:00 dans Mode 0

The creative adviser for Swedish retailer H&M is putting some serious sartorial stock in the burgeoning popularity of trim-and-tailored pieces such as trousers and blazers.

“It’s the suit,” Johansson responds when asked to identify the one go-to item we should all be investing in this season. “It’s versatile and easy to wear in many different ways.”

And the best part? The tailored pieces are completely safe for work. So, no saving your new favourite item for the weekends, like we’ve seen with some recent “It” trends (Ah hem, off-the-shoulder tops, strategic cut-outs and ripped jeans, we’re looking at you.)

While the width and length of pant silhouettes have vacillated between pin-thin skinnies to voluminous gauchos in recent seasons, Johansson says, this winter, we can expect to see a mixture of trouser styles in all shapes and sizes, sure — but with slightly, less-generous size differences.

“I believe the skinny has made sort of a comeback, but at the same time, we will see a lot of baggy-men’s-style trousers,” she explains.

As for culottes, the wider-leg, cropped pant iterations that have been dominating the trend discussion in recent seasons, Johansson says we’ve officially got the go-ahead to give them up — but only if you weren’t really feeling them in the first place.

“I would suggest to take it a bit easy with the culotte if it’s not your absolutely favourite style,” she says. Otherwise, those who found the roomier style a flattering fit for their figure, and therefore a very welcome addition to their wardrobes, are welcome to carry on wearing them.

Speaking to Johansson about the fall/winter fashion season ahead gives one the sense that the overall mood is one that is shaping up to be a bit of a free-for-all, style-wise. Basically, if you like it, wear it.

In addition to upping the appeal of the wear-what-you-like attitude of the upcoming season, suiting separates also further enforce the move in fashion toward more androgynous offerings.

“Yes, that will definitely continue with the rediscovered interest for the suit in particular,” Johansson says when asked if the gender-neutral styles we’ve seen in recent seasons from a breadth of retailers are expected to continue.

So, what’s the impetus behind the overhaul?

“It just reflects what’s going on in the society right now where we redefine the gender roles and it’s also very comfortable and easy to wear,” she sums up succinctly.

The ongoing influence of all things street-style will continue into the cooler season as well, Johansson says, with the opinions and styling of bloggers and other fashion influencers weighing in alongside those of designers.

“Street fashion is most interesting right know and there’s still a few designers that influence fashion on a bigger scale,” she explains.

But, suiting and street-style aren’t the only highlights of the sartorial season ahead. In fact, the fall season is shaping up to be uncharacteristically colourful (think: reds and greens) and printed (think: florals of virtually every shape and size).

“The ones you really need are checks and florals,” Johansson recommends for the top prints to pick up. “They’re great in combination — like a checked blazer on top of a floral dress.”

Not feeling quite so daring? Opt for one of a printed piece that can be worn as an accessories rather than a full-on look.

Trying to find ways to incorporate the trends into your fall repertoire with only a minimal commitment — or expenditure? Johansson says it’s best then to stick to your feet.

“A fashionable pair of socks can totally change an outfit and for a very good price,” she says. “Go for either sporty ones with stripes or more glamorous glitter ones.

“Socks in sandals or slides are not a no-no any longer and you can continue to wear your summer shoes for a longer time.”

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Fashion Expert Solicits FG Support For Indigenous Designers

Le 18 septembre 2017, 08:15 dans Mode 0

Maimuna Abubakar, a fashion expert, has appealed to Federal Government to support indigenous designers with soft loans to boost the sector and create employment in the industry.

She made the called in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.

She said “I want to urge Federal Government to support fashion designers across the country with soft loans to enable us to do more and create employment for youths and make them self reliant.

Abubakar, the publisher of Tozali (Eye liner) Magazine, said “we need to exploit the talent of Nigerian youths. If government supports fashion designers, I believe the talent in youths on fashion and arts can be exploited and they will become good entrepreneurs.

“It is important for youths to be independent without relying on or waiting for so-called white collar jobs.”

She also urged government to patronise works of indigenous designers.

Another fashion expert, Ms Diana Blackpearl, the Chief Executive Officer of ‘Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam’, said “Nigeria is blessed with bunch of talents.

“From our analysis, we have seen a lot of young talents in hand craft, arts and fashion design in Africa, especially in Nigeria.”

She explained that fashion designers in Nigeria periodically organise programmes to showcase their works and to encourage and promote young talents in Nigeria and Africa in general.

She added that “aside the display of talents in arts, music and designs from young Nigerians,we also invite designers from African countries so we can compare what we have on the continent.”

Abubakar, the publisher of Tozali Magazine, organised African Fashion and Cultural Week in Abuja from Sept. 14 to Sept. 16 to showcase African designers’ works by models on the run way, where designers from Nigeria and Ghana were featured.

Hauwa Katu, with her ‘Just Quilts’ design, Bilkisu Audi with her ‘B-Gorgeous’ designs and Maria Valhagan from Ghana with her ‘Maria Val Hagan’ designs were at the event.

Others included Aisha Suleiman with her ‘La-Dolce-Vita’ designs and a display of Younnass Collection by Soraya Haji.

Dignitaries that graced the event on Saturday night were Hajiya Asmau Yari, wife of the Zamfara Governor and her Kogi counterpart, Hajiya Aisha Bello.Read more at:black formal dresses | pink formal dresses

Eva Longoria makes New York Fashion Week

Le 14 septembre 2017, 05:16 dans Mode 0

Actress, director, producer and now designer Eva Longoria made her New York Fashion Week debut Wednesday, with a collection created with the evolution of her film career in mind.

“I was super nervous, I was shaking,” said Longoria, 42, of her mood before the first runway show for her eponymous collection that she presented at the Metropolitan West on 46th Street. “Now, I’m like ahhhhh, and a little calmer because of how great it was,” she said afterward. “I wanted it to feel like a big party and be accessible to every woman and to have everybody come up (after the show) and say ‘I would buy every piece’ feels so good.”

The show opened with a section called SETLIFE, tailored, sweatsuit outfits with little variations on the standard theme such as off-the-shoulder numbers and beaded silver trim racing stripes.

“That was born of my life on set as I moved behind the camera as a director and producer,” said the actress whose directing and producing credits include “Devious Maids,” an episode of ABC comedy, “Black-ish” and several documentaries. “I wanted to be a boss lady but still look good. I was no longer in hair and makeup in front of the camera and I was like, ‘I feel sloppy.’ So, I started designing a more elevated sweatsuit that was not so junior. I’m not a junior in high school.”

The latter part of Longoria’s run included a printed jumpsuit; high-waisted jeans paired with embroidered white blouses and a sky blue to-the-knee dress with a crisscross back detail.

And while she’s been fashion-focused, Longoria, who was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, also has kept watch on the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

“For the first three days (after Harvey,) we gave 100 percent of online profits to the Hurricane Harvey fund. We’re trying to make sure everybody is taken care of but you know being a Texan and being from my home state, Texans are a community that really rallies together,” she said.Read more at:cheap formal dresses | plus size formal dresses

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