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Expanding Fashion Boundaries

Expanding Fashion Boundaries

When we think of Fashion the cities that we think about are — New York, Paris, Milan and London. The fashion history of these cities goes back in time when a lot of reputed designers established their design houses in these cities. Today we are in an age of globalisation. As with several other industries, Fashion is also shedding boundaries. We were glad to attend this exhibit at Fashion Institute of Technology, which beautifully highlighted the fashion designers from all over the world. This exhibit looked at 16 new fashion cities on the brink of joining the other 4 established cities.

Fashion is shaped by several factors such as — politics, economy, climate and local style. This exhibit was successfull in portraying the backstory and development of fashion scene in all these 16 countries. Here we will take a closer look at few of the cities, which will soon join the ranks of fashion capitals.

Ukraine- Kiev

A lot of political and economic factors have shaped the fashion landscape here. Minimalistic and graphic designs dominate the fashion scene at Kiev. This exhibit displayed dress designed by Anna K. Oversized bows along with swarovski broke the rigidity of the earlier designers coming from this country.

India- Delhi/Mumbai

In India, Delhi has been established as a fashion capital. Today, Mumbai hosts week long fashion weeks as well thus competing for the title of fashion capital of India. One of the piece shown here from Manish Arora beautifully encapsulates the pulse of the country by using old bollywood magazine covers to make a colorful as well as a striking garment.

South Korea -Seoul

Seoul fashion is a good mix of Western culture along with traditional Korean elements. Seoul fashion industry is funded by the government, which makes fashion a big part of the country’s economy. In this exhibit Big Park’s garment brilliantly captured the country side and street style look in one dress.

Japan -Tokyo

Japan has been at the forefront of fashion movement for a long time. Inspiration of styles can be seen to be drawn from traditional kimonos as well from the local pop culture. Strong street style aesthetics with an emphasis on details could be seen in the garments.

Germany -Berlin

Berlin has gone through a lot of highs and lows to have finally become one of the fashion capitals. The fashion seen here is a combination of futuristic with a mix of street style. This Dress and sweater by Marina Hoermanseder displayed impeccable construction technique along with an avant-garde vision.

Having seen the diverse range of trends and the fashion evolution movement from around the world, we can look forward to a globalized market soon. At Thread channel, we aim to accomplish fashion democracy in this ever changing market. We look forward to be the voice of this evolution and to keep bringing you the latest trends from around the world.

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Fast Fashion X High Fashion

Fast Fashion X High Fashion

ashion collaborations have become a trend. This is a great marketing strategy where both the fast fashion brands such as H&M, Target etc. and high fashion brands such as Rodarte, Phillip Lim meet to produce a limited piece collection. These collaboration launches creates a lot of buzz for both the brands. The history of these high fashion created for mass market can be traced back to 1983 when Halston collaborated with JC Penny. These collections are popularly called “Masstige” . Back in 1983, this kind of collaboration did not have favorable repercussions for Halstons. He definitely started the masstige movement, which has proved to be very successful for the past decade.

 

 

Strategies — Brand Collaboration

Diversify Audience: Brand collaborations are taken as a great opportunity for both the brands to increase their market share. A strategic partnership is done by fast fashion brand along with a luxury brand to increase the bandwidth and outreach of their brand. It is important that these partnerships help both brands to diversify and reach new markets.

Complementary Brands : Choosing brands that complement your brand value is deemed very important in a collaborative setting. By this we mean, if your chief demographic is young audience such as H&M you can partner with Alexander Wang cause that demographic would be excited to get hands on the athleisure garments. This might not be true for a different fast fashion brand. Therefore, it is essential for both the parties to complement each other in a collaboration.

Brand-Audience Awareness : Perception of big designers at fast fashion retail stores have seen a complete paradigm shift over the years. Today, it is seen as a matter of pride for the designers to be collaborating with a mass market brand. Besides the amount of money designers make in these collaborations this kind of set up leads to the brands reaching a populist status among the consumers. Therefore to be successfull in such collaborations a good brand-audience fit is essential. Advertising and social media awareness is a common way to create brand audience awareness before the launch.

Pricing: How the finances of these collaborations work are not very clear. For some of the big fashion houses a lump sum amount is paid, which can be upto seven figures. The operational aspect of these collaborations are lead by fast fashion houses. These transactions are lucrative for both parties.

Noted Fashion Collaborations

hillip Lim for Target collection launched in Fall of 2013. This collection sold out online in a day. We believe the success of this collection can be based on the great quality of products put by these two fashion houses. For us the showstopper of this collection was the cross body bag, which came close to the pashli satchel the designer is known for.

 

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This collection launched in Nov 2014. The athleisure collection by the designer was a great hit. What made this collection an instant success was that the designer stayed true to his brand image and created a collection with branding of “WANG” very clearly on its items.

 

In 2007, Target made a relevant collaboration with Proenza Schouler. This collection featured all pieces below $50. After showcasing this collection at Target Proenza Schouler PS11 bag became a style staple among all fashionistas. After this collaboration, these two brands got into an inamicable situation where Proenza team accused Target of knocking off their PS1 satchel.

 

ovember 2004 is when Karl Lagerfeld collection hit the store at H&M. This sold out in minutes for obvious reasons. This collection defined high fashion meeting fast fashion. The collection consisted of menswear and womenswear as well. Karl was not too happy by this collaborations as the production was limited in number depleting the stock as soon as they hit the stores.

 

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Jill Sander worked as the creative director of Uniqlo in 2009. This is when the first collection was brought out. Selective pieces from +J collection was relaunched in 2014 in webstores and certain brick and mortar stores. This is an example of a successful collaboration, which was relaunched due to the demand and success.

 

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Peter Pilotto for Target was a much anticipated capsule collection, which hit the market in early 2014. What made this collection a good one was the wide spectrum of items it encompassed. The usage of prints were beautifully exhibited in this collection. This is the first time that Target sold their collection at Net-A-Porter as well.

Looking Ahead

2015 looks like a promising year for these collaborationd to flourish even further. Most of the retailers keep these collaborations as a big secret till about the release date. At this point we are looking forward to a few collections and they are — Lily Pulitzer for Target and Beyonce for Topshop. We will keep you updated with how the year shapes up for this trend. We would love to hear from you about what you think of these collaborations and what has been a hit or a miss for you. Comment below to let us know.

 

 

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Thread Trivia #17: Pussy Bow Blouse Edition

PUSSY BOW BLOUSE

 

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What: Pussy bows are floppy bows tied loosely around the neck of a blouse.  They are perceived as  chic feminine statement piece.

How to Wear: Pussy bow blouses are worn with skirts for a formal look. These blouses can be paired up with trousers as well. You can wear a blazer with these blouses for a more refined look .

Fun Fact: In the 80's pussy bow ties were seen as a power statement for women. The name of these originated from the ties around cat necks. 

 

 

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9 Takeaways from the Fashion Week

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9 Takeaways from the Fashion Week

9 Takeaways from the Fashion Week 

Last month, we saw feeds of the fashion week all over TV and social media. We thought of giving it a breather and then putting down 9 trends that you need to know about. We looked at all that was presented in the major fashion cities - New York, London, Milan and Paris. We want to just showcase the 9 must have trends.

 

Duster Coat: Long coats that keep you warm and make you look stylish at the same time are the best attribute of these duster coats. You can find them in different colors and texture making them a good fit for different body types.

Gothic : Definitely bright colors invaded the runways but still there was enough gothic inspiration. Studded jackets, trousers and dark colors with great cuts made a fashionable statement. Grommets could be seen in these goth looks as well. 

Genderless Dressing : This was one of the most notable trends we could observe during NYFW. Genderless dressing stays away from sharp silhouettes or extreme detailing still keeping the look comfortable and trendy. This is the beginning of gender neutral fashion era.

Flares: A 70's trend, which made a comeback in a big way on the runway was the flare trend. Skinny pants have dominated the fashion scene for a couple of years but if the runway ushers what we will see on street style then the comfortable bell bottoms style trousers will be seen all over.

Fringe:  Fringe is a border type with hanging threads. This trend makes a comeback this year in a major way on the runway. Several designers adopted this trend in jackets, skirts, dresses providing a lot of movement on the runway. 

Cape: Another outerwear which was ubiquitous not only on the runways but extended on the front rows and street style were capes. This is an effortless style must. Capes provide comfort as well as fluid style.

Orange : Bright colors definitely make fall/winter less grey. Using bright colors for outerwear is a great way to keep that spring feeling going. One of the color palettes, which were seen on the runway and caught our eye was the bright oranges. A must have for everyone.

Monochromatic : Monochromatic are single color tone looks. It takes a little bit of practice to perfect this look. If done correctly, it is a very trendy look. On the runways we did see a lot of leather based monochromatic look, which kept us wanting more. 

Yeti Coat : Oversized, over the top coats which make you feel warm and look like a million bucks. These coats could be seen all over the front row as well. The good news is designers such as Stella McCartney showcased yeti cots in faux fur material making this trend a conscious decision.

Boho Looks : Feminine, fun and colorful is what this look encompasses. The artistic approach to long dresses made boho looks a staple in every women's wardrobe this fall.

Fur Coats : Real or faux fur was another look that was all over the runway in all the fashion cities. There is no denying that fur does add a dramatic touch to a simple outfit. The usage of fur was not limited to coats we did see a lot of fur collars as well. 

Prints on Prints : Matching outfits have become too boring. What we saw a lot all over the runway was clashing prints made to work harmoniously in an outfit. A new form of self expression is with  prints, colors and textures. 

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"High Style"- Evolution of Fashion

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"High Style"- Evolution of Fashion

As you enter this exhibit it transports you to an era of huge ball gowns and beautiful sartorial pieces. This exhibit comes all the way from Brooklyn Museum outlining the fashion worn in America worn from 1910 to 1980. This exhibit represented a flashback into the evolution of couture workmanship. The various designer that came to foregrounds post war and displayed the looks of the time. This exhibit is running from March 14th through July 19th at the Legion of Honor. If development of fashion over the years is something of great interest this exhibit is a must see.

Elsa Schiaparelli

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The surrealist tendencies of Elsa Schiaparelli was seen by this bug necklace. This piece showed the inventive route the designer took to exhibit. This piece took inspiration from colorful Botticelli’s work as well. The other piece on display, which had an interesting story was a beautiful dress where she used the butterfly print to symbolize emergence of beauty. She used the same print on other items such as parasols to represent the move towards beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fontana Sisters

Fontana Sisters designed this ensemble for Ava Gardner for the Barefoot Contessa in 1954. This silk dress with a cape looked like such a statement piece. The designers were known for their wasp waisted detailed styling. This piece beautifully displayed all the detailing done by them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gabrielle “CoCo” Chanel

 

This piece embodied simplicity as well as functionality all in one. In the 1920s Coco Chanel brought to us the concept of “little black dress” . Tiered ruffles seen in this dress was ahead of its times and it reflected the brilliant couture workmanship. It was a day to night look and it took on a modernist approach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yves Saint Laurent

These pieces were from the collection YSL presented through the House of Dior after an unexpected death of Christian Dior in 1957. These pieces showed modernism moving away from the wasp waisted silhouette to the trapeze shape. He was able to change the perception of ready to wear. The shapes of the dresses signified free of constraints for women in the society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arnold Scassi

Arnold Scassi captured the opulence of 1980s in this silk tafetta dress. This dress used one of the summer fabrics such as organza. This dress captures your eye as you see this. The dress was owned by Austine Hearst, mother of Hearst Corp. Chairman William Hearst III.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vera Maxwell

Vera Maxwell, was an American designer. She rose to prominence in the 1940s when the World War II was underway, stalling a lot of commerce. In this piece the coat over shoulder represented democracy. She used parachute cloth as a substitute of silk in her construction as there was a shortage of silk due to Japanese embargo.

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February a.k.a Fashion Month

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February a.k.a Fashion Month

February a.k.a Fashion Month 

It is that time of the year when all your social media channels will be inundated with amazing street style photographs. This will make all of us rethink our wardrobes and probably get a wardrobe makeover. Do you walk around wondering what is going on? Well, here we are breaking down all you need to know the various fashion weeks that will take the social media world by storm. 

What is Fashion Week?

Fashion Week is that time of the year when designers showcase their ready to wear collection. This week is a great platform for designers to showcase what is in and what is out. 

How did it all start?

Paris has always been the fashion house , which influences the trends of the season. During World War II, Americans could not make their way to Paris. This is the time when Eleanor Lambert arranged Press Week for American designers to exhibit their designs. Therefore, 1945 is when fashion week started. 

When does Fashion Week happen?

Fashion week takes place twice in a year. As Fashion week is a time to showcase trends for the upcoming season they take place in advance of the season for the buyers to invest in the collection. This is the schedule of how the collection is presented.

February - Autumn/Winter collection

September- Spring/Summer collection

 

Which cities participate in Fashion Week?

New York - All fashion weeks start in NYC. For a long time , NYC was the last city to showcase their collection. This changed in 1999 when designers such as Helmut Lang and Clavin Klein were successful in flipping it around by making NYC first in the line to exhibit the collection. 

London : First Fashion Week took place in London  in 1984. This city follows up after NYFW. 

Milan : Milan has always been seen as a fashion capital. It is the house of several big designers. Milan is known for its ready to wear collection.It is interesting to know that the sartorial influence of the city lead it to the english word "milliner"- meaning fine wares.  It is the third city where fashion week takes place.

Paris : Paris has a cultural diversity. During its fashion week a lot of international and acclaimed designers showcase their collection. In 1914 a form of Paris Fashion Week started. It has always been a  fashion powerhouse  and now a final stop for the Fashion week.

 

What does behind the scenes of a fashion show look like?

 runway show lasts for about 10 to 15 minutes.  An important element of a fashion show is the front row attendees. These are industry people who are closely associated with the designers and sometimes have been sporting the collection looks. 30 to 40 unique looks are modeled during the fashion show. 

 

We look forward to the upcoming shows and look forward to sharing all the looks with everyone. 

 

 

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Thread Trivia #16: Peplum Edition

PEPLUM

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What: Gathered pleats that are collected around the waist to create frills. 

How to Wear: Peplums are found in different garment types like blouses, blazers, dresses, coats, skirts. It is primarily a spring time trend. 

Fun Fact: Peplums word originated from the Greek word peplos.  Peplums were worn by Ancient Greeks by both male and female. Greeks wore it around their waist over tunic. This trend made a comeback in the 1980s. There are different styles of peplum which are made to flatter different body types.

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Thread Trivia #15: Babydoll Dress Edition

BABYDOLL DRESS

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What: A baby doll dress is a popular dress silhouette, which is generally short with a flaring look to it. 

How to wear: These dresses are popular in spring and summer time. It is a very flattering look for women with curves. It caters more towards the younger women as it has a certain playfulness about it. 

Fun Fact:  We started seeing  these dresses more in the nightwear/lingerie section of the stores. This cut was synonymous with sexy nightwear. Did you wonder about this name ever ?Well ,we did as well and we learnt this name originated from the 1956 movie Baby Doll starring Carrol Baker. For the first time this kind of dress was worn by an adult. The flirty aspect of baby doll dresses have led for it to be featured on runway looks. This 90's trend made a big comeback on the runways in paris couture week. We believe the versatility of this trend makes this one to stay. 

 

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Haute Couture - Fashion as Art

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Haute Couture - Fashion as Art

If you wonder when is the fashion boundaries pushed and challenged then look no further cause Paris Haute Couture week is your answer to that. Haute Couture, you ask well it  is the french word for high fashion.  Haute Couture garments are sewn by hand and made with expensive material. These garments are specially made for the clients based of on their body measurements. This is the high fashion version of getting clothes made from your seamster back in the days. The only difference here is that the seamsters are Chanel, Versace or Armani in this case. Paris Haute Couture Week ( Jan 25- Jan 29) 2015 showcased a range of designers with great collections. We loved the collections and stories that these garments narrated. Some collections as well as their inspirations that caught our eye are these:

 

Atelier Versace

Head Designer: Donatella Versace

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Henry Matisse inspired Spring 2015 Couture collection of Versace. The collection was beautifully curated with strategic cutouts to show enough skin to make this collection runway and red carpet ready. One of the most interesting parts of this collection was the usage of primary colors. 

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Giambattista Valli

Head Designer : Giambattista Valli

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Coco Chanel , Janice Joplin Image courtesy: Google

Giambattista Valli featured collection  inspired by the Metropolitan Museum’s Impossible Conversations, a “dialogue” between Elsa Schiaperelli and Miuccia Prada. For those who don't know about this exhibit it was based on  a Vanity Fair Column called  "Impossible Interviews", which chronicles fictitious dialogues between characters with different ideologies. Taking that concept further his collection showed personalities of Coco Chanel and Janis Joplin. The juxtaposition of feminine approach of Coco Chanel with Janis Joplin's rock and roll edge made this collection an interesting one. 

 

 

 

 

 

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ARMANI PRIVE

Head Designer: Giorgio Armani 

In the Armani prive couture collection for spring 2015 we saw asian influences. The leitmotif of bamboo in this collection indicated the asiatic influences. Just like bamboo this collection exhibited  delicacy and strength. The delicacy could be seen in the materials used such as gazar and organza. The silhouettes provided the strength in the collection. 

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CHANEL

Head Designer : Karl Lagerfeld 

Karl Lagerfeld's collection was presented  around the idea of building a conservatory filled with mechanical flowers and a haute futuristic look at gardens. 300 engines made this beautiful show come together. A lot of sorbet colors and tweed materials were seen . This collection had a fresh appeal. 

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DIOR 

Head Designer :Raf Simons

Inspired by the chameleon characteristic of David Bowie, Dior collection showcased a new silhouette style . The collection had a way of exhibiting future of fashion based on elements of three decades. It reflected romantic side of the 50's, experimentation of the 60's along with freedom of the 70's. The sartorial curation looked interesting by the usage of  plastic elements and vinyl based footwear

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VIKTOR & ROLF

Head Designer: Viktor Horsting & Rolf Snoeren

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This collection was truly a product of the confluence of art and fashion. The designers inspiration for their collection was from the Post -Impressionist style of Van Gogh paintings. The designer duo , who are famous for the "Flowerbomb" fragrance presented the collection as a canvas of art piece with baby doll dresses and straw hats creating a drama. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thread Trivia #14: Off Shoulder Edition

OFF SHOULDER

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What: True to its name, off shoulder do not cover shoulders.

Where: We see off shoulder in tops and dresses. This is an easy piece of clothing to show a little bit of skin.

Fun Fact: This trend originated in the 1800s. During the Romantic Era (1820-1850) freedom of expression was on the rise. During that time, the dress silhouette remained the same whereas the necklines were lowered. Off the shoulder dress originated at that time making the dress silhouette more sexy. 

 

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Thread Trivia #13: Gingham Edition

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What: Gingham is a type of striped pattern. This pattern is mainly found in cotton based clothing.

How to Wear: This kind of striped pattern is found commonly in button down shirts. They are now extended by designers in floral colors. We can find these patterns in dress, full skirts and bomber jackets as well. 

Fun Fact: There is no right or wrong side of Gingham pattern because of the way the fabrics are woven together. It is considered as an economical fabric because of which it has been used in home furnishings as well.  History proves this fabric to have manufactured  in different parts of the world. It is believed that the name is derived from Malaysian word genggang, which means striped. 

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Thread Trivia #12: Parka Edition

PARKA

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What: A parka is an outerwear. It is a knee length coat.

How to Wear: Parka is a great layering item. It  is a perfect casual in between seasons layering item. It can be teamed up with a dress or jeans to provide warmth.

Fun Fact: The word parka is derived from Russian language. This word means "animal skin". Parka was used by the United States Army to protect the troops in the cold weather.

 

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Thread Trivia #11: Knife Pleat and Mandarin Collar Edition

KNIFE PLEAT

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What: One-directional narrow pleats. 

Where: Knife Pleats are usually found in skirts as well as dresses. This pleat trend was introduced in the 1970s and it came back to mainstream in 2014.

Fun Fact: Knife Pleats were found to be a part of costume dressing. Designers brought this trend in the 1970s. This cascading frills trend is believed to be seen next summer as well. 

 

MANDARIN COLLAR

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What: A small, narrow, upright collar.

Where: These collars styles are seen in formal tops, blazers and some dresses.

Fun Fact: As per its name, this style originated from the collars worn by mandarins in imperial china. These collars are included in feminine minimalist styles. 

 

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Thread Trivia #10: Ombre and Duster Coat Edition

OMBRE

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What: Color that graduates from light to dark.

How to Wear: Spring/Summer 2014 saw a lot of ombre hair trends. This trend extended to runway collection. We did see a lot of dresses, skirts and tops in this trend. This style has been adopted in easy to wear street style garments as well.

Fun Fact: The sartorial trend of ombre originated from the hair trend of ombre. This trend is also known as dip dyed. 

 

DUSTER COAT 

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What: A long loose fitting coat.

How to Wear: They are worn as an accessory and are perfect for spring time.

Fun Fact: Duster Coats were originally worn by horsemen as a utility coat to protect their clothese from dust.

 

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Wearables as Stocking stuffers

We define wearable technology/ wearable gadgets as a category of technology devices that can be worn by consumers. Wearables are being developed to make technology devices fashionable and trendy to be a part of our everyday life. This year we have seen smart accessories expanding from the niche market to becoming more mainstream. A lot of technology companies are entering this market. We believe wearables make a great gift. We will be listing few of the great wearables to look out for.

MICA by Intel X Opening Ceremony 

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Opening Ceremony and Intel teamed up to create the MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory) bracelet. Threadchannel team got a chance to meet with MICA creator Sandra Lopez at a St. John's event. We got a great opportunity to learn more about the creation process of this device. This luxury smart accessory is created for the working women. Intel has solved the problem of transforming wearables from looking geeky by partnering with two big fashion houses Opening Ceremony and Barney's New York to bring this device to market.  This makes as a great holiday gift for the woman who wants her wearables to look fashionable.


FitBit with Tory Burch

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To help make the New Year resolution of a healthy lifestyle a glamorous FitBit is a great gift. It is an activity tracker which keeps track of important statistics like calories burned, sleep cycle etc. to keep our health monitored. FitBit has been in market for a while but they have made their aesthetics more appealing this season by collaborating with Tory Burch to introduce gold and silver bracelets as well as a pendant.

 

 


Polo Tech by Ralph Lauren 

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Ralph Lauren has extended their expertise with men athletic wear to enter the wearable market. This Polo tech shirt is made with biosensing fiber, which tracks biometrics data. It helps in transmitting real time data directly to your smart phone. This garment is even made to increase active life performance. This is set to be launched by early 2015. A great gift idea for someone with an active outdoor lifestyle.

 

 


Case Mate Accessories by Rebecca Minkoff

                                                   USB Mobile Charger- $80

                                                 USB Mobile Charger- $80

 

This wearable tech accessory line made its debut at Spring 15 New York Fashion Show. This collection of wearables tackle a big problem we all face. How many times are we running out of charge on our smartphones or are sitting in a meeting looking at our phone for that important text. The enterprising designer Rebeca Minkoff found a creative solution to this problem by creating a collection of good looking accessories along with Case Mate , which helps give you bluetooth notifications for important calls as well as other accessories with USB to charge phones. This is a good looking collection which makes for a perfect gift.

 

 


 

Cuff- Smart Jewelry 

                                                                 Style Cuff -$119

                                                               Style Cuff -$119

A trendy fashion accessory line Cuff introduces jewelry wearables with an alert system. The collection consists of keychains, bracelets and necklaces. This is a unisex collection. These accessories come along with mobile app. The jewelry is capable of sending alerts (vibrations) to bring your attention to urgent mails or calls. These accessories help us avoid looking at our phones at social settings.We believe the best part of this accessory is that it does not need to be charged and needs a replacement just once a year.  

 


                                                         Google Glass X DVF $1800

                                                       Google Glass X DVF $1800

Google Glass with DVF

 

This collaboration between Google and DVF reflects one of the biggest overlap between tech and fashion. Google glass is a product that allows an eyewear to control a lot of activities such as taking pictures, looking at maps, live video sharing etc. DVF helped create a fashionable look for these high tech headpiece. This line consisted of five new frames and eight new shades. These can be bought on Net-a-Porter. These glasses made its debut on the spring runway show. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Apple Watch 

                                                        Apple Watch $349

                                                      Apple Watch $349

A fashion accessory everyone is looking forward to in 2015 is the Apple Watch. Apple has always been able to create technology products which become a mainstream must have. The primary function of watches have been replaced by smartphones.  A smart watch could be a way to bring back this accessory. Apple is introducing a diverse collection early next year. This can be a great holiday gift if you are gifting someone who can wait for it till early 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ringly 

                                                                Ringly $195-$260

                                                              Ringly $195-$260

Ringly are rings made with precious and semi-precious stones set in 18 carat heavy gold or rhodium plated brass setting. These rings are made to support both the Android and iOS apps. These rings can be ordered in four colors. It is a beautiful ring, which helps bring all important information from your smart phone in a form of an alert to your ring. These are gorgeous and make great gift articles.

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Thread Trivia #9:Culottes and Cocoon Coat Edition

CULOTTES

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Image is copyrighted by Thread Channel 

What: Trousers made for women which appear to look like skirts.

How to Wear: Based on the look of culottes, they can be dressed up or down. We prefer these with heels to give an illusion of long legs. A formal version of these pants are available which look good with crop tops and blazers.

Fun Fact: Originated from earlier Eurpoean fashion where men wore knee-breeches. They were part of military uniforms. 2014 spring/summer runway shows brought this pants silhouette back.


 

COCOON COAT

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Image is copyrighted by Thread Channel

What: A kind of coat, which is woven to sit above the knee and which has sleeves which are not full length. 

How to Wear: Similar to Boyfriend Coat, these coats are a bit oversized in their structure and they look good when paired with more form fitting garments. 

Fun Fact: The name of this coat originates from the silky case spun by the insects larvae for protection. This coat encompasses comfort as implied by its name. These coats are flattering on every body type as well. 

All Images are taken from Google


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"MARSALA" is the color of the year

 
 

Colors are an expression of the time we live in. We can see how color trends extend from house furnishings to what we wear. Every year, Pantone works with its panel representing global color leaders to select the color of the year. The Executive Director for Pantone team is Leatrice Eiseman, who leads the color team. This color sets the tone for the annual fashion shows.

2015 Color of the Year is Marsala. It is a fortified red wine color with brown undertones. The name originates from a city near Sicily called Marsala.

The brilliance of this color is its versatility. The fashion forecasters believe this color will find its way in both men and women fashion wear. The earthy tone will make this color perfect for layering and texture based clothing items. The sophistication this shade brings with it will make it a wardrobe must have for all. 

2015 might see a deluge of wearables in the market. The sophistication of this color might make it a perfect color for our next smart accessory. We recommend to keep an eye out for this color and stock it up. 

All Pictures are taken from Google.


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Thread Trivia #8:Paperbag waist and Raglan Edition

PAPERBAG WAIST 

                                              Paperbag Waist

                                           Paperbag Waist

What: A garment with extra material around the waist.

Where: This waistline is commonly seen in skirts, shorts, trousers. 

Fun Fact: This waist-cinching style makes the waistline appear smaller. This helps to make a casual look more trendy.

 

 
 
 

RAGLAN

 

                                    This image is copyrighted by Thread Channel

                                  This image is copyrighted by Thread Channel

What: Raglan is kind of a sleeve, which continues till the neck. It does not have a distinct shoulder seam.

Where: We see these sleeves on causal tshirts, jackets and dresses.

Fun Fact: It is named after Lord Raglan. These sleeves were introduced for sportswear and the convenience it provided. This style is used in classic American baseball sweaters.

 
 

*All images are taken from Google

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Thread Trivia #7:Drindl Skirt and Jouy Print Edition

DRINDL SKIRT

 
   Drindl Skirt

Drindl Skirt

What: It is a kind of full, circular skirt with  a tight waistband

Where:  It has a voluminous style which makes this skirt style feminine.

Fun Fact: The origin of this skirt stems from ancient German style. It made its fashion appearance in 1950s.

 
 

 

JOUY PRINT

   Jouy Print

Jouy Print

What: A repeated pattern seen on white or off white background

Where: Seen in shirts, dress and other garments as well. 

Fun Fact: Repeated patterns of landscapes and figures for which the 18th-century factory of Jouy-en-Josas, near Versailles, Fr., was famous were printed on linens and cottons using woodblocks. The Jouy factory was started in 1760 by a Franco-German, Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf. 

 
 


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