Glam Damn It
Long sunny days, picnics in the park and trips to the coast- doesn’t it feel like Christmas? No, didn’t think so but, according to America’s retailers at least, it’s time to start feeling festive.
In a bid to boost flagging sales, many stores have taken the 'Christmas in July’ concept (as told in the 1940 film by Preston Sturges and Brave Combo song of the same name) quite literally, even if they're a month late. TV shopping channel QVC had a Christmas Weekend special, and Sears have even gone as far as to turn some of their stores into premature winter wonderlands. Both companies are said to have had an extremely positive response from customers, so the trend seems set to only get bigger.
The in-house collection is 40 percent off and garb from new designers is 50 percent off at No. 6 boutique. 6 Centre Market Pl., nr. Grand St. (212-226-5759).
I hate saying "I told you so" (not really), but I did predict that Bravo's The Fashion Show would be somewhat of a disaster. It is unknown if The Fashion Show will come back for a second season, and if it doesn't Bravo has already began advertising for its newest fashion creative competition series, Launch My Line. The show will feature 10 established fashion designers, who have always dreamt of having their own clothing line, and paired them with 10 industry professionals, who are highly regarded in their own field of expertise. The industry professionals will work with the established designers to bring their vision to life and create a fashion line. In the end, one team will be declared the winner and someone's clothing line will be launched. Twin brothers and acclaimed designers, Dean and Dan Caten of DSQUARED2, will host Launch My Line. Stefani Greenfield, co-owner of Scoop NYC and Lisa Kline, owner of Lisa Kline will serve as judges.
The future of fashion and retail is at risk, until now. Tuesday morning, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) held a major meeting including designers, retailers and fashion journalists. CFDA members such as Donna Karan, Francisco Costa, Lazaro Hernandez, Anna Wintour, and Betsey Johnson were all present to voice their opinions. The fashion industry is directly affected by the recession and as a result, more aspects of the future of fashion such as dealing with the “everything on sale” shoppers, oversupplied stocks, disconnect between runway looks and store merchandise and other problems.
Perhaps it’s popular because there are a limitless number of possibilities available or the fact that it’s like playing virtual dress up, but polyvore.com definitely has something brewing. The create-your-own outfit motto of the website is what makes it so appealing... not to mention extremely engaging. Site visitors are given a clean slate and thousands of images, audio clips, and pieces of clothing and accessories to choose from to make a personalized collage/outfit. The site has essentially overtaken fashion sites and has become the primary mode of producing “stylists.” Polyvore attracts more than 835,000 visitors a month, which is 25 percent more than Style.com. Websites such as Style, Lucky, and Vogue are already withering because of the lack of users, but this trend only solidifies their troubling future.
Forget the pristine world of male modeling where tans and blonde hair reign and move over for the new ‘bad boy’ of the runway: 22-year-old, Houston-native, Cole Mohr. His androgynous looks, razor-sharp cheekbones and tattooed body have earned him his status as one of fashion’s edgiest new kids on the block.
Here’s how his ladder to success has looked so far:
- 2006: Lands his first ad campaign for Dior Homme
- 2007: Becomes the face of the Alexander Wang Fall campaign
- 2008: Joins Luke Worrell on the summer cover of Arena Homme, photographed by Juergen Teller
- 2008: His androgyny wins him the position as the male and female face for Marc by Marc Jacobs, photographed by Juergen Teller
- January 2009: Becomes the face of Costume National
- February 2009: Mohr films his New York Fashion Week for New York Magazine