A kimono is a loosely-used term for a robe with a square sleeve. In ancient times the Japanese immigrants from China adapted this traditional undergarment to be worn on its own with an Obi sash. From that moment on it became a fashion inspiration for centuries of designers and their devoted followers. I found an image from aliexpress.com, a fast fashion online retailer that reminded me of a look one of my coworkers had on one day. The outfit is compromised of a kimono, real, faux, or just a top with the kimono sleeve, a tank top, and a pair of Daisy Dukes (or distressed denim shorts).
Goodwill Fashion Expert—Bjorn Nasett
Wisconsin farm boy, Bjorn Nasett has a career that spans 30 years. He enjoys being a writer, wardrobe stylist, vintage and resale clothing expert, hair stylist, makeup artist and photographer! In his spare time he adopts senior dogs and strongly believes in pet adoption. Check out his website www.fashionfarmboy.com!
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Fashion isn’t just about what we wear, but why we wear it. Clothing isn’t just something to keep us warm, but an indicator of how we live our lives. This summer the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, Wisconsin is featuring “A State of Fashion” now through September 17th. I was asked to do a fashion talk there last week and was so impressed with the museum that I wanted to share it with you through my photographs below in the slideshow.
What is the future of fashion? To answer that question, we would have to look at many factors including social attitudes, globalism and, most importantly, new up-and-coming designers who can interpret the changes happening in the world every day while reflect those ideas in their fashions. I recently attended the “Transcend” fashion show, put on by Mount Mary University and held in downtown Milwaukee at the Turner Hall Ballroom. It’s always interesting to see what student designers have up their sleeves. (Pun intended!) What’s exciting about seeing their work on the runway is that it all came from the same place—an idea. Just like I always say about utilizing the resources of your local Goodwill store to polish your own style, fashion always starts with new and fresh ideas.
For the spring and summer fashion of 2017, we have been noticing the vast amount of exposure that the gauzy trend is bringing to the style table. (Pun intended.) If cutouts and sheer panels scare you a little bit, that’s okay, because there are ways to make this fit for a more refined sensibility.
Plus size retailer Lane Bryant has partnered up with high-end designer Prabal Gurung to promote the inclusion of women of all shapes into the world of fashion. I saw this interview on CBS This Morning and found it to be quite a refreshing and eye-opening look into the subject. As someone who has navigated Fashion Week in NYC for over a decade, it’s about time we address a lot of the folks who don’t fit the fashion industries size 0 or 2 standards. You can check out the full interview here.
Red can vary in hue from orange-red to violet-red, and for each hue there’s a wide variety of shades and tints ranging from very light pink to dark burgundy with names like scarlet, cardinal, vermillion, crimson, and ruby. In China, India and many other Asian countries red is the color that portrays happiness and good fortune.
When you look at a picture of a model on the runway, what do you really see? What elements should you take away from the style and apply in your own fashion choices? When I look back on photographs I take during New York Fashion Week, I see more than just an outfit itself. Let me show you how to do the same thing …
Every morning, a group of people get up and prepare for their day with a singular goal—pursuing a career in the world of fashion and design. There are numerous ways to go about this journey, and all of those choices share one thing—the desire to create and share new ideas.
Fashion is a universal language of sorts isn’t it? A friend of mine who works at Goodwill in Oak Creek told me about an employee there who emigrated from Russia to the United States last year. I was told that his passion for fashion and design were really something so, of course, I had to find out more … Meet future fashion star Konstantin!
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City teaches its students all there is to know about fashion and design. But, it also houses a fashion museum that’s free to the public! Anyone intrigued by fashion, and planning a trip to New York City, should definitely check out the exhibits. For information on hours and location, please see their website here. While I was in Manhattan for Fashion Week in February, I attended one of FITs spectacular presentations entitled “Fairy Tale Fashion.” It took a look at the whimsical world of some familiar fairy tales, but illustrated them through various pieces created by some of the top designers on the planet. Utilizing garments from different eras they were able to create a magical fashion experience for the viewer.
Now I must admit, I’ve never watched the show which brought the color orange back into the public eye. But, I was at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week last September when some of the top fashion designers strutted their sartorial stuff for the world to see. This twice a year presentation is always full of fashion ideas to talk about and take note of. Prevalent on a lot of runways was the fascinating color, orange. Now I know what you’re thinking, orange is not for everyone, and maybe it shouldn’t be. But, orange can be wearable if the shade is right and the garment or accessory is on trend. Sometimes you may be hesitant to experiment a little bit with colors or styles you’ve never tried. So before you say, “I can’t wear that color,” just try on a few things featuring this shade. Orange isn’t just a marriage of the primary colors red and yellow, but it can be a compliment, and sometimes a contrast to other tones. Whether you choose a full-throttle look or just an accent, orange can really make an outfit stand out from the crowd! Let’s take a look at a few styles inspired by this citrus sensation!
I like projects. I’m always doing something to change or enhance things in my home and wardrobe. Have you noticed the distressed look for denim is making a return? It’s definitely showing up in stores and runways this spring. If you, like me, remember all the different washes of denim that were available in the 1980s, and then the grunge look of the 1990s, you’ll see where I’m going with this post. Denim is that rare fabric which has lent itself to so many incarnations in fashion over the years because of its resilience and strength. On its own, our favorite pair of jeans begins to wear in all the places we put stress on it. Eventually the jeans take on a lighter color, and maybe even get a hole in the knee or back pocket. This gave me the idea to research different ways to distress denim at home, and perhaps even come up with my own ideas! All you’ll need for your own DIY denim project are a few simple items you may already have in your tool box and laundry room. For my project this week, I’m using a western-style denim shirt with pearl snaps down the front. The details in the yoke and placket were what I liked best about it, but it was a little on the dull side. So, using a gray knit shirt that I already had as an inspiration, I decided to distress and detail it in a unique way.