Sunday, February 20, 2011
Fashion is the "textile industry"--I think they give it that name so that men in suits don't feel like they're talking about "womens' concerns", but that discussion is for another day. The cost of your favorite new dress directly correlates to the price of raw materials around the world. In the last 12 months, prices have skyrocketed.
Cotton prices are the highest they've been since the US Civil War. In the 1860s, prices were so high due to war and blockade. Now, it is a combination of ruined crops in Pakistan and Australia, coupled with growing demand around the world. Higher demand plus lower supply equals higher prices. That means your dress is going to be more costly.
Its not just cotton that is pricier. Silk, leather, cashmere, fiber for synthetics, etc.... have all gotten more expensive. Much of it is due to higher demand, transportation costs and in the case of vegetable fibers, failed crops. One of the largest sources of the rising demand is China. With the Chinese economy growing, the demand for garments and other textiles rises and so does the price of such things around the world.
High-End designers are simply passing on the rise in costs to their consumers. So, if you want high-grade silk to line your blazer, you better be prepared to pay.
Information from Wall Street Journal and Luca Luca runway photo from Style
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Well, Narciss was named DESIGNER OF THE YEAR for Latvia by the Baltic Fashion Federation! I think it is a well-deserved honor for a designer that consistently does a great job.
To the left is a beautiful dress in her online store--its classic while being flattering and practical. Its something the average woman could actually wear and not feel ridiculous. It doesn't scream any particular season, instead it says "classic black dress". I love it!
I can't wait to see the new collection that Narciss is putting out in February 2011!
Picture from NARCISS
Monday, February 14, 2011
Ugh, she stepped out in public to the ASCAP Grammy Brunch wearing this horrible oneise jumpsuit thing by Filhas de Gaia. I'm sorry, but it looks like some sad saggy-crotch getup she stole from the reject wardrobe pile of DALLAS. I can't figure out why this is supposed to make her "aspirational" or an "IT Girl". It makes me wonder instead if she doesn't own a mirror. I'm so sad--the print is great and this designer does lots of great looks.
Filhas de Gaia is a great Brazilian designer that shows in Rio de Janeiro. The Spring 2011 collection was full of great looks--super cute cocktail dresses and wonderful clothes for a woman of Kat Graham's age. That's what makes me wonder so much at how she ended up in such an unflattering thing--she certainly had plenty to choose from. *SIGH* The world may never know.
Picture from WENN
Saturday, February 5, 2011
The back of this dress is just delicious!! I love it! I want it both on a dress and a blouse! The open back goes just low enough to be completely sexy and interesting but high enough to be able to find a bra to wear under it. Dries van Noten is one of the few designers who is consistently unafraid of prints and this season, I'm so happy to see it. I can just imagine wearing this on an early May day, out with friends.
I'm so done with winter. I want to wear a skirt and ballet flats and not regret doing so. I want color and print and beauty. I wish the world always looked like a Shoson print!
Runway pictures from Style and Shoson print from Ronin Gallery