Varvatos Sticks to His DNA to Survive Fashion’s Vagaries

NEW YORK — The secret to success is to stay true to your own unique DNA and not be swayed by the whims of fashion.
That’s been the path John Varvatos has followed for nearly two decades since launching his eponymous brand in 1999.
In a conversation with Nick Sullivan, fashion director of Esquire, at the Fashion Group International’s Tastemakers breakfast at the Cosmopolitan Club here Tuesday morning, the designer said: “Brand DNA is everything to me personally. There’s fashion and then there’s style. Fashion is more immediate and of-the-moment, but style evolves and matures. I look at what we do as evolutionary, not revolutionary.”
In fashion, he said, many brands burst onto the scene, make a major splash and then burn out. But to survive and prosper in the long term, they need to stay true to their core mission and not alienate the customers who are drawn to their aesthetic.
“When you create product, hopefully you build a client base that has some loyalty,” he said. “My job is to continue to deliver interesting product that will compel them to spend their money.”
Varvatos said the fashion industry is a very different animal than it was when he started out. “It’s an interesting time

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Has Fashion’s Licensing of Art Gone Too Far?

Fashion brands and art foundations have been partnering with increasing frequency on artful clothing collections.
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Black Girls Rock! 2018: See All the Red Carpet Fashions

Ciara, Janet Jackson, 2018 Black Girls Rock! AwardsHollywood’s biggest stars came out in full force for Black Girls Rock! 2018 Sunday.
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Gucci Seeks to Escape Fashion’s Boom-Bust

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Azzedine Alaïa, Fashion’s Most Independent Designer, Is Dead at 82

The designer insisted on his freedom and worked, argued, and cooked on his own schedule.
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Vogue Fashion’s Night Out in Milan Revises Format

MILAN — Milan’s leg of the Vogue Fashion’s Night Out event is revamping its format for the ninth edition, which will be held Sept. 14. Vogue Italia’s new editor in chief Emanuele Farneti unveiled the new logo and program during a press conference Wednesday at the central Palazzo Morando here.
This year, the initiative will be promoted under the “Vogue for Milano” moniker, introduced to stress the bond between the city and the magazine.
“The project at the core of Vogue Italia is to focus on Italy and [develop] a complete narrative on it, aimed to an international audience,” said Farneti, adding that the magazine’s September issue will be dedicated to such a theme.
Before introducing the calendar of events, Farneti underscored the important role Vogue Italia’s late editor in chief Franca Sozzani had in promoting and enhancing the shopping evening in Italy through the years, making it one of the longest running versions worldwide. In addition, he stressed the importance of developing and increasing the initiative’s cultural offering, including events related to the world of cinema, photography and music.
Partnering with Fashion Film Festival Milano, Vogue Italia will host the “Through My Eyes Episode Two — Women’s View” screening of five fashion films, which

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Fashion’s Betsy DeVos Connection

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Making Peace With Pink, Spring Fashion’s Biggest Trend

It can be suffocatingly girlie. Aggressively silly. But spring’s tougher takes on the color of the moment might just overcome your objections.
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Where Have You Gone, Angelina Jolie? Celebrities Vanish From Fashion’s Front Row

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Fashions of the Thirties

Fashions of the Thirties


In the 1930s, the Fashion Review Service offered a wide selection of advertising spots to small clothing and department stores that had no art staffs of their own. The cuts provided an accurate depiction of the latest fashion trends?hemline lengths, use of fur trims, sleek silhouettes, lapel widths, and much more. This volume reproduces hundreds of illustrations from issues of that now-rare periodical. A “must-have” for graphic artists looking for authentic fashions of the 1930s, this collection of more than 470 illustrations depicts, in sharp and easy-to-reproduce detail, formal and casual wear for adults and children of all ages. Among the items shown are stylish dresses, suits, evening gowns, coats, loungewear, fur stoles, handbags, lingerie, jewelry, and hats for women; men’s suits, slacks, beachwear, jackets, ties, shoes, and pajamas; and a variety of playclothes and special-occasion outfits for infants, young children, and teenagers. An instant source of period charm for designers, these illustrations will also be of great value to students of fashion and costume history.

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Embroidered Patches Are Fashion’s Next Trend

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A lot of essential pieces we have in our wardrobe today can trace its roots to the military. The bomber jacket, the M65 field jacket, the peacoat, chinos, and cargo pants, were standard issue uniforms for individuals serving in the Armed Forces. Like the aforementioned clothing, the patch has roots in the Military; and it is an accessory that is making a comeback this season.

The origins of embroidery can be traced back to Ancient China, where they would take use various hand sewing techniques to patch, mend, or decorate their clothing. It eventually became a way to distinguish between royalty, to create luxurious tapestry, and more. As the practice began to spread throughout the world, each culture had embroidery patterns that were unique to them. The process to of creating these pieces by hand remain unchanged until the Industrial Revolution, which began in the 19th century. This time period was a time of remarkable change for Human history; it was a shift towards using machinery as the main means of production rather than traditional handwork. The same was true for embroidery when Isaak Groebli of Switzerland invented the Schiffli embroidery machine in 1863. The early Schiffli machines operated using a two-thread system and required someone to turn a crank in order for it to work. This was still a painstaking process but it allowed for every piece it produced to be identical. Then in 1898, Groebli’s eldest son updated the machine so that a single operator can run it. By the end of the 19th century going into the 20th, embroidered patches were finding use within the United State Military as shoulder sleeve insignias that would specify units, divisions, and which branch you were a part of. It was not until the 1960s where patches became subject to novelty and the wider mainstream culture. You would see patches worn followers of the hippie movement, on boy and girl scout groups, to different working class occupations.

Today, there is resurgence in embroidery within the fashion world with high-end designers like OFF-WHITE c/o Virgil Abloh, Gucci, and Raf Simons putting patches on their most recent offerings. But if you want a patch of your own without the luxury price tag attached, take a look at these three brands that are currently offerings pop-culture inspired patches at a great price:

1. HALFPATCH

HALFPATCH is Canadian accessory brand that create​s 100% embroidered ​patches that are inspired by Pop Culture. Their introductory “Emoji” collection take the popular 100 emoji and puts it into patch form. Other favourites include the “In Pizza We Crust” patch, the “I’m Hotter Than Sriracha” patch, and the “Kanye West 2020” patch. You can iron-on their patches on your favourite jackets or simply pin them up using the oversized safety pin that comes with it.

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2. Tough Times Press

Maurice Blanco is a designer for New York based streetwear label Mishka and he is also founder of Tough Times Press, an accessory brand that he co-manages with his girlfriend. The duo has offered up tongue-in-cheek patches that give off all sorts of attitude. Their most popular patches are their “Go To The Beach” and the “Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda” patch. If you happen to pick up a patch from them, you can easily iron it on as well!

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3. Ball And Chain Co.

Ball & Chain Co. started out with one patch and it has since grown into a fledging label that offers pins, apparel, headwear, and more. They offer a mix of velcro and iron-patches that speak in double entendres and metaphors. If you want your patches to say something meaningful and ironic, take a look at their “Forgettable” patch or the “Growing Old” Patch.

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Knitting Vintage: 30 Knitting Projects Inspired by Contemporary Fashions

Knitting Vintage: 30 Knitting Projects Inspired by Contemporary Fashions


The art and craft of knitting has become popular once again, and this beautifully illustrated book for knitting enthusiasts presents more than 30 retro-inspired knitting patterns that fit today''s fashion trends. Patterns range from a 1920s-style cloche hat revamped for the twenty-first century to a 1970s-style poncho-style wrap, updated for today with a tweed-style stitch. Unlike knitting books that simply copy vintage patterns, Vintage Knitting aims to reinvent retro patterns by adding details that reflect today''s tastes and developments in fashion. Each project uses modern yarns, but encourages knitters to seek out vintage accessories if they can find them, and suggests sources where such items can be obtained. Most of this book''s patterns are for more experienced knitters, but several are easy enough for newcomers to master before they go on to more challenging projects. The book is divided into separate chapters, with each chapter focusing on a different decade from the past century and presenting knitting patterns for garments of that era. More than 250 illustrations in color and black and white enhance this handsome and practical volume.
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Knitting Vintage: 30 Knitting Projects Inspired by Period Fashions

Knitting Vintage: 30 Knitting Projects Inspired by Period Fashions


The art and craft of knitting has become popular once again, and this beautifully illustrated book for knitting enthusiasts presents more than 30 retro-inspired knitting patterns that fit today’s fashion trends. Patterns range from a 1920s-style cloche hat revamped for the twenty-first century to a 1970s-style poncho-style wrap, updated for today with a tweed-style stitch. Unlike knitting books that simply copy vintage patterns, "Vintage Knitting " aims to reinvent retro patterns by adding details that reflect today’s tastes and developments in fashion. Each project uses modern yarns, but encourages knitters to seek out vintage accessories if they can find them, and suggests sources where such items can be obtained. Most of this book’s patterns are for more experienced knitters, but several are easy enough for newcomers to master before they go on to more challenging projects. The book is divided into separate chapters, with each chapter focusing on a different decade from the past century and presenting knitting patterns for garments of that era. More than 250 illustrations in color and black and white enhance this handsome and practical volume.
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Barbie Doll And Pink Fashions Toy Gift Set

Barbie Doll And Pink Fashions Toy Gift Set


Barbie Doll And Pink Fashions Toy Gift Set Cute Dress & A Pair Of Separates Make For Three Great Outfits!. Dolls Fashions Like These Are Made For Swapping Styles!. Style With The Brush, Accent With Shoes And Accessories. Includes One Doll. Fashions Fit Most Barbies
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Knitting Vintage: 30 Knitting Projects Inspired by Period Fashions

Knitting Vintage: 30 Knitting Projects Inspired by Period Fashions


The art and craft of knitting has become popular once again, and this beautifully illustrated book for knitting enthusiasts presents more than 30 retro-inspired knitting patterns that fit today’s fashion trends. Patterns range from a 1920s-style cloche hat revamped for the twenty-first century to a 1970s-style poncho-style wrap, updated for today with a tweed-style stitch. Unlike knitting books that simply copy vintage patterns, Vintage Knitting aims to reinvent retro patterns by adding details that reflect today’s tastes and developments in fashion. Each project uses modern yarns, but encourages knitters to seek out vintage accessories if they can find them, and suggests sources where such items can be obtained. Most of this book’s patterns are for more experienced knitters, but several are easy enough for newcomers to master before they go on to more challenging projects. The book is divided into separate chapters, with each chapter focusing on a different decade from the past century and presenting knitting patterns for garments of that era. More than 250 illustrations in color and black and white enhance this handsome and practical volume.
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This Elle Spread Is A Reminder Of Fashion’s Major Diversity Issue

Elle magazine marked its 30th birthday with a fashion spread called “The Elle Look” in its September 2015 issue. The magazine called upon 30 prominent designers and their muses to recreate “The Elle Look,” which the publication describes as “channeling our rich history of strong, sexy women with great personal style.'”

Of the 81 designers and muses chosen for the story, only one is black: English actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who is biracial. The collective number of Asian and Latino or Hispanic designers can be counted on one hand, while the muses that represent each designers’ ideal were overwhelmingly white. 

The spread serves to highlight an issue that runs rampant in the fashion industry: a lack of diversity both within the pages of magazines and on the runways. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen pose alongside Beatrix Ost, Giorgio Armani is pictured with model Karolina Kurkova, and the list goes on.

Bethann Hardison, a former model and a prominent fashion consultant who has been calling for diversity for decades, was surprised by the magazine’s glaring omission.

“When [then-publication director] Regis Pagniez brought Elle to the U.S. in the ’80s, he put black girls on the cover. Gail O’Neill, Karen Alexander, Kirsti Bowser. Conde Nast had to step back; it blew their minds,” she told The Huffington Post. This spread is just an example of Elle “feeling precious,” Hardison added. 

That history is why, then, it’s more than a little disappointing to see one of the most influential fashion magazines showing an utter lack of responsibility when it comes to choosing people that represent their vision. Elle didn’t respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post, but one thing’s clear: When designers, magazine staffers and industry insiders visualize their “girl,” that vision continues to omit people of color. 

 

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Elegant Home Fashions 1254 Acrylic Jewel Hooks

Elegant Home Fashions 1254 Acrylic Jewel Hooks


Create a designer touch in your bath with easy-to-install shower hooks from Elegant Home Fashions- It features simple jewel design with beautiful chrome finish that easily matches with any shower curtains or bathroom hardware or accessories; Set includes 12 shower hooks; Translucent colored globe coordinates with bathroom decor; Acrylic globes with chrome finish hooks; Universal fit can be used with existing shower rod SKU: EHF486

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Carnation Home Fashions Cologne Polyester Fabric Shower Curtain

Carnation Home Fashions Cologne Polyester Fabric Shower Curtain


QVK1056 Features Material: 100pct Polyester Cologne style Easy care Product Type: Shower curtain Material: Polyester Pattern: Nature/Floral Hooks Required: Yes Dimensions Overall Height – Top to Bottom: 72″ Overall Width – Side to Side: 70″ Overall Product Weight: 1 lbs

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1920s Fashions from B. Altman & Company

1920s Fashions from B. Altman & Company


Used – Over 700 black-and-white illustrations, detailed descriptions, and prices for a vast array of upscale women’s clothing and accessories — dresses, bathing suits, cloche hats, shoes, much more. Attire for men and children, too.

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Victorian Fashions for Women and Children

Victorian Fashions for Women and Children


The Victorian era was a time of high morals, cultured manners, and ultra feminine, luxurious apparel. While beautiful to gaze upon, elaborate ensembles were hot, heavy, restrictive, and constricting to the point of discomfort or even injury and disease. Revealed here are the childrens and womens clothing, including undergarments, leisurewear, and street apparel from 1860 to 1900. Over 270 photographs provide detailed images of Victorian garments, along with irrefutable evidence of our stalwart ancestors burdensome apparel. Nineteenth century photographs are supplemented by surviving examples of period clothing, many picturing both the outside and inner construction. This well-researched book not only describes the styles and the differences between these womens and childrens fashions, but also explores the reasons women were willing to become such devoted slaves to dress and the health hazards associated with their apparel. The text is based on Victorian fashion, medical, etiquette, and advice literature.

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Victorian Fashions

Victorian Fashions


This book pictures Victorian fashions as they appeared in chic publications of the period. Catalog reprints with detailed information and 15 authentic patterns, this volume emphasizes children’s clothing. Over 235 photos.

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Montgomery Ward Fashions of the Twenties

Montgomery Ward Fashions of the Twenties


What were people wearing during the Roaring 20s? This stylish collection offers hundreds of sepia-tone illustrations and captions depicting the fashions of the times — women’s “rage of Paris” chemise dresses, feather-trimmed cloche hats, and casual wear, plus men’s suits, work clothes, and kids’ apparel. Includes 16 pages of color images.

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1920s Fashions from B. Altman & Company

1920s Fashions from B. Altman & Company


Over 700 black-and-white illustrations, detailed descriptions, and prices for a vast array of upscale women’s clothing and accessories appear among these highlights from rare 1920s B. Altman & Company catalogs. Stylized drawings of flappers depict sophisticated dresses, bathing suits, cloche hats, shoes, and more. A selection of attire for men and children is included.

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Victorian and Edwardian Fashions from “La Mode Illustrée”

Victorian and Edwardian Fashions from “La Mode Illustrée”


Over 1,000 illustrations, meticulously reproduced from rare issues of renowned fashion magazine, present a striking array of women’s fashions from 1860 to 1914: elegant evening and dinner gowns, stylish daywear, wedding ensembles, bathing costumes, mourning clothes, cycling outfits and much more; plus detailed renderings of shoes, hats, parasols, and other accessories.

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Fashions of the Early Twenties: The 1921 Philipsborn’s Catalog

Fashions of the Early Twenties: The 1921 Philipsborn’s Catalog


New – Enormous selection of moderately priced dresses for women and girls, men’s and boy’s clothing, shoes, hats, gloves, more. Fascinating record of everyday fashions of the ’20s.

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