Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

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Realistically every day spent with your partner should be one filled with romance, however, the ever popular Valentine’s Day is only a week away, so here are some great gift ideas for this Hallmark holiday. Read more...

Mirror Mirror On The Wall, NYC Fashion Week

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New York City Fashion Week is in full effect, and here is some insight into  some of the trends that you can be on the lookout for  during the spring/summer season this 2010. Get ahead of the curve  by looking into these trends!

Major Trends
Ivy League, Campus Cool
This spring/summer be on the lookout for some classic Americana with polos featuring popped collars, plaid-on-plaid, and denim shirts, cuffed trousers and shorts. White denim, aviator sunglasses, and boat shoes will be making it big this summer. 

Urban Athletic
We can expect to see scoop necked t-shirts, tank tops, horizontal striped polos, parachute pants , tennis shoes and a lot of white. 

African Safari
This trend was in its infancy at the close of last summer, but expect it to be more popular this upcoming season. Warm and nude earth tones will be popular on safari jackets and featherweight semi-transparent shirts. Desert boots and straw fedoras will be popular in the upcoming months. 

Minor Trends

Leather Biker Jackets
Already in full swing in continental Europe, the leather biker jacket will be popular in North America during the cool spring months. Layer it over t-shirts and a scoop necked shirt or turtle neck to create a classy look.

Colour Blocking
This was very popular during the early 1990s and is predicted to make a comeback, but colour choice will be less flashy this time around.

So stick with me during the upcoming season when we explore these concepts in more detail, but for now rate, subscribe and comment! Let me know what you think of these trends, are you going to rock any of them?

Kris Van Assche Sneaker For Dior

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Belgian designer Kris Van Assche a graduate of the prestigious Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts, who now works for Dior in addition to having his own label, has just unveiled his new sneaker for Dior. This high top sneaker has a very boot like silhouette and unusual stitching, typical of the avant-garde styling that is to be expected from Dior. The ankle section is also reminiscent of the recent gladiator trend. This shoe  retails for $550 USD and is perfect for those trying to stay on top of the urban military trend.

                Kris Van Assche, pictured above.

Some of his earlier work, pictured above and below.

How I Got My Start Designing Clothes

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Since the tender age of ten I understood the power of appearance. I realized that if you wore nice clothes, people are more likely to give you what you want because you leave a good impression on them. Later in life while studying courses about sexual attraction to complete my degree in psychology I learned that my childhood beliefs were in fact true! First impressions are lasting, so it is always a good idea to put your best foot forward. I have always been fashion conscious and that is why I would get certain pieces in my closet such as my suits altered by a professional tailor. My tailor is great, he can take any suit off the rack and modify it so that it fits me like a glove. The only problem is that my tailor lives in another country so I only get to see him about once a year. Not the most ideal of arrangements.
A very intimate female friend of mine let me in on her secret for looking so dapper all the time, she makes her own clothes, or alters garments that she purchases at the store. Wow! I thought when I first heard this. Think of the potential of creating something that nobody has, it would be more exclusive than the latest Louis Vuitton or Gucci collection, assuming you are good of course. When I was a small child my mother would make clothes for me on her sewing machine, so I decided to go into my closet and pull out an old pea coat. I drew up a design and gave it to her. I watched her all day as she patiently recreated an exact replica of my design! Unfortunately this was to be a one off experience because I was not planning to give my mother my entire wardrobe to redo. I decided to take one of my favourite leather jackets to a local tailor who does alterations. He told me that he had 45years of experience, that’s more than my regular tailor I thought to myself as I gave him my design and my precious jacket. A week and $56 later when I picked up my leather jacket I was horrified at what he had done. He had butchered the jacket and it only remotely resembled what I had asked him to do for me. He had also daftly cut and threw away a lot of leather so it was impossible to go back to the original design. I then vowed, never again!
The next day I went to my local fabric shop and stocked up on some supplies. Big metal buttons, red piping, red string, gold string, etc. and then I into my closet yet again, and this time pulled out a drab black topcoat. I pulled out my mom’s sewing machine and did the unthinkable. I began to sew! I watched my mother work her magic on my pea coat previously, and asked questions along the way, so I knew exactly what I wanted to do to my overcoat and I knew how to do it. Slowly but surely I started to see the image in my head manifest into something beautiful and tangible in front of my very eyes. I stayed up until 3am, and then decided to crash for the night. In a few short hours I single handily altered half a coat. I plan to finish the one side before starting the other. I am not even close to finishing because I plan to make the collar larger and add leather detailing, but this is what I accomplished in 10 hours of labour. Upon completion of this project I will make an entire coat from scratch. Not another alteration job. The take home lesson from my topcoat experiment gentlemen, when somebody hands you a lemon in life don’t just sit there and cry about it. Learn something new from it!