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How to Get a Vintage Look when You Don't Have the Time or Money
There's no doubt that the aesthetic of the 1960s and 1970s has become increasingly popular over the last three years, with Instagram absolutely flooded with people from all over mimicking the mods and the rockers in fabulous ways, not to mention the sudden flood of films devoted to 60s and 70s rock bands such as Yesterday, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Rocketman. Yes, vintage is most certainly "in" right now, but between the high prices on Etsy and long uniform clad work days that prevent us from being able to show our true colors, how is anyone meant to keep up?
The subtitle might make you believe the start of this log is gonna be a fairytale. Sike! Instead, this is quite adjacent. The affliction of copycatting done by big sneaker brands is far too prevalent. Years ago, in an age where every false move can be quickly spread by social media, I watched a design of mine replicate on the biggest platform without my permission. It was no surprise—sneaker brands have only historically grown by copying. It's an epidemic and today more prevalent than ever for major footwear companies getting away with blatantly ripping off designs from independent designers. Once a design hits social media, the fast-fashion machine can’t be stopped. It’s only a matter of time before there are multiple brands making copies while the original creator like myself almost always gets lost in the shuffle. I could have lamented about being copied by a huge brand. Large brands get away with stealing designs from smaller companies because fashion is not fully protected under American copyright law. The US copyright law positions American fashion as a manufacturing industry rather than a creative one. With these outdated legal doctrines still in place, sneakers in any category aren’t given nearly enough legal protection, even as sneaker designs have become increasingly prevalent. Unfortunately, the industry is frivolous, an area that doesn’t need protection. If every shoe design were to suddenly fall under copyright protection, big brands with large legal budgets would copyright as many designs as possible and constantly file lawsuits, creating a hostile environment that could force smaller designers out of the industry completely. So instead of starting an outrage on social media, it opened me up to really form a strategic plan and play chess. I started attending various popular curated conventional festivals for research. I’ve learned that traditional footwear development is out, or to say the least powered by big-branded names. No independent brand will triumph in that department because it's already been overtaken. The new and emerging trend is that of custom shoes—I would be remiss if I didn’t include the thriving influencers in this category that have been making waves in the customization world. The breakout of independent footwear customizers hauled a perception of pricey tags and catered only to the high-end clientele. Of course this is a gross misconception. Most of the moneymaking of the customizations are being powered over once again by the big brands like Nike ID, Adidas Miadidas, Custom Converse, Vans, Reebok and New Balance. But it seems like in this category, there is a fighting chance and a bit more wiggle room. The worldwide reach of social media and the common desire among customers everywhere to get customized, individual products has broadened the size and scale of the custom shoe market.
Top Ten Met Gala Faves
Alright, this list is obviously based on my own subjective taste. Most of the outfits that celebrities wear are not even chosen by them, themselves. So I honestly do not understand why celebrities get roasted for wearing something that is perhaps too outside of the box. My intention is not to shade anyone, or make it personal. I do not know the celebrities or the designers who made these ensembles. I simply love clothes, and here are my humble two cents on who looked amazing at the Met. My tastes run in pieces that are loud but classy, not just loud. And I do not mean classy from a conservative stance. The best way I can differentiate it is that I prefer the fantasy over a whole festival. I hope that makes sense. And at the end of the day, to each their own. It is truly not the end of the world if our tastes in clothes are not the same. And yes I am quite aware of the theme—which left much to be desired.
Réalisation Par: Does It Live Up to Expectations?
Alexandra Spencer and Teale Talbot's brand, Réalisation Par, has been THE thing since its conception in 2015. Réalisation's dresses are having their moment, being adored by influencers, models, and actors.
The True Cost of Your Wardrobe
When you think about the fashion industry, "climate crisis" probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. In fact for many people, the two barely link. In this age of cheap clothing where you can essentially bulk-buy items to always have a different outfit of the day, almost everybody has a wardrobe full of clothes they seldom wear. Whether they are branded or made to a higher quality, whether they are from eBay/Primark, and it falls apart after a few washes, the clothes we own are contributing massively to climate change. Thanks to numerous non-profit organisations, and social media advocates, the true environmental cost of fashion is coming to light.
The Next Kardashians?
We live in an age of personal branding. In a world where Instagram follows and click-through rates are everything, we know one, basic marketing fact: celebrity sells! From the Kardashian Klan to LeBron to the latest trending movie, TV, or sports star, we have seen the rise of the persona as the driving force in advertising and marketing today.
Best Fashion Photo Books Ever Published
As with all forms of art, fashion has always been intimately connected to world cultures and ideals, as well as political movements and ideologies. Luckily for us, photographers and fashion designers have always been quite adept at chronicling the history of the fashion industry. This means that, today, there is a healthy supply of astoundingly high quality photography books available for your enjoyment. Whether you're an aspiring fashionista or simply looking for a good coffee table book, you'll want to check out some of the best fashion photo books available today.
10 Great Books About Goth Fashion
"They say "Why are you dressed like it's Halloween?You look so absurd, you look so obscene!"Oh, why can't I live a life for me?Why should I take the abuse that's served?Why can't they see they're just like meIt's the same, it's the same in the whole wide world."—Ministry
I can vividly remember visiting my older cousins when I was a child and getting ecstatic when I walked through the door and saw three gigantic garbage bags filled with clothes for me to try on and shop "for free." There would be college t-shirts that made me feel like a grown up and there would be nice dresses that I knew I would never wear, but they would look good in my closet when my friends came over to play.
When I Wore Champion, It Wasn't Cool
I wish I could go back and tell my sixth-grade self what Champion is today. Almost 10 years later, I never would’ve thought that rocking Champion would be an aesthetic fashion statement. Now, looking back, I shake my head at what Champion used to represent for me.
What Is Normcore?
Once upon a time, there were individuals who did not care about fashion trends and would wear anything that was comfy. Individuals who on their day off loved non-cool sneakers and non-trendy skinny jeans. These were individuals who did not care to know what hemline was out and what color was in. These were individuals who took the description of classic clothing (long-lasting, simple, and elegant) and removed the style and elegance from of the definition. These were individuals who unknowingly invented "Normcore."
How to Dress Like a Goth (Without Looking Terrible)
It was only about ten or fifteen years ago that the goth scene was something to be afraid of. Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the gothic subculture consisted of people who stood out from society, wore dark and baggy clothing, and shopped at Hot Topic. Gothic fashion wasn’t nearly as appreciated as it is now. Today, however, gothic outfits have taken a turn and goth styles have been reinvented on the runway and in the streets. “Goth fashion” has become a statement style of dress inspired by the goth look from years past. All it takes is the proper inspiration and statement pieces to dress like a goth without looking terrible, and you can join in on the goth scene and make a statement all your own!