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Our style blog incorporates topics such as clothing, footwear, jewelry, beauty products and fashion accessories. We also report on haute couture, prêt-à-porter, avant-garde, emerging designers, etc. From luxury lifestyle choices stemming from Paris or Milan to urban street trends from Chicago & the boroughs of New York, we have your style covered. View our posts to obtain your daily dose of inspiration. Keep your wardrobe trendy.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Alicia Keys on Saturday & Beyonce on Sunday

Is Alicia Keys getting a jump start on Beyonce?  Beyonce will be performning at Superbowl 50 on Sunday, but Alicia Keys will grab the spotlight a day earlier on Saturday.  We are actually looking forward to seeing both amazing performances.  Can't wait to see what they will be wearing.
Alicia Keys San Francisco February 2016
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Superbowl 50 fashion is exciting to monitor.

Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé and Cam Newton

You may have heard that Coldplay, Bruno Mars, and Beyoncé will be performing at Superbowl 2016.  What you may or may not know is what will they be wearing.

Will Beyonce's crown be worn at the halftime performance?

In addition to the performance costumes at halftime, the world of fashion is anxious to see what Cam Newton will be wearing before and after the game. We are not worndering if he will be wearing a new ring, but are wondering if he has a new pair of Versace pants.

Here are the Versace pants Cam was recently spotted wearing.
Cam Newton Versace Pants
Not sure the brand of shoes he was wearing.

Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé and Cam Newton; that is a hole lot of style for one day.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Fashion Design Studios in New York

In the USA, New York is a primary fashion industry hub.  In addition to having manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing businesses, the industry in NY has many service sector jobs as well.

One of the important service components of the apparel industry is in regard to design.  It is not uncommon for emerging designers or large international brands to be in need of assistance from artists.   Sometimes clothing companies utilize their own studios, but sometimes they need additional assistance from freelance artists or 3rd party design studios.  When illustrations or other artistic services are needed, the industry turns to fashion design studios to find appropriate resources.

Below are a few examples of design studios in New York.  Some offer services to the industry, and some design simply for their own product.

RoAndCo Studio (New York)

This list is obviously only a very small portion of what is available in regard to fashion designer services in New York.  If you use search engines such as Google or Bing, you are bound to find tons more.

Learn more about the New York fashion industry here on Apparel Search.

Find additional fashion design services in our artists guide.

Do you have a favorite go to fashion design studio in New York?  Share your suggestions in the comment section so that others can learn about helpful resources.

Graphene Sportswear Collection

OK, this first paragraph may sound a bit complex.  In all fairness, it is not simple to explain the meaning of Graphene.  Although this does not start out sounding like a typical fashion blog post, I promise that it is relevant to clothing.  If you stick with it, you will get to the part about sportswear.  First, we want to give you a little bit of information about the meaning of Graphene.

Graphene is an allotrope of carbon in the form of a two-dimensional, atomic-scale, honey-comb lattice in which one atom forms each vertex.  It is the basic structural element of other allotropes, including graphite, charcoal, carbon nanotubes and fullerenes.  It can also be considered as an indefinitely large aromatic molecule, the ultimate case of the family of flat polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.  Graphene and its band structure and Dirac Cones, effect of a grid on doping Graphene has many extraordinary properties.  It is about 100 times stronger than the strongest steel with a hypothetical thickness of 3.35Å which is equal to the thickness of the graphene sheet.  It conducts heat and electricity efficiently and is nearly transparent.  Researchers have identified the bipolar transistor effect, ballistic transport of charges and large quantum oscillations in the material.

Directa Plus, one of the largest producers and suppliers of graphene-based products for use in consumer and industrial markets, congratulates Colmar on the launch of their new collection – containing Graphene Plus – at ISPO Munich.  This is the first application of the Company’s Graphene Plus nanotechnology in sportswear.

Giulio Cesareo, Chief Executive Officer of Directa Plus, said: “This is the first time that Graphene Plus has been used in sportswear, and the first G+ textile product to reach the market, which represents a significant milestone in a sector that offers tremendous opportunity. Colmar have proven that they are pioneers in the field of sportswear with the launch of their new collection containing our graphene-based products, and we wish them all the success.  We believe this is the beginning of a revolution in the world of sportswear and the textile industry as a whole.”

The requirement to identify increasingly higher performing technologies has given rise to a revolutionary technical solution: clothing that incorporates graphene, an innovative nanotech material derived from graphite, which, for the first time in sportswear, significantly improves performance for the benefit of athletes, professionals and sports enthusiasts.

The key characteristic of these items is their ability to act as a filter between the body and the external environment, always ensuring the ideal temperature for the wearer.   It is a smart fabric that allows tailor-made comfort.  Thanks to G+, the warmth produced by the human body is dispersed in warm climates and preserved and distributed evenly in cold climates.  In addition, because the fabrics treated with Graphene Plus are electrostatic and bacteriostatic, they are able to reduce the friction with air and water to enable top sporting performance.

The collaboration between Colmar and Directa Plus, with the ability to supply tailor-made graphene-based products in the ideal conformation for the required application, has resulted in the creation of ready-to-wear ski jackets (for men and women), ski suits, technical underwear and a polo shirt. 

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Chinese New Year Luxurious Beauty

Chinese New Year Highlighting Palette
Giorgio Armani Chinese New Year Beauty Product
LIMITED EDITION. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a Highlighting Powder of light gold shimmer, bronze and champagne pearls. The Highlighting palette is stamped with a graphic monkey pattern as an ode to the year of the Monkey. Natural and Transparent Glow. Soft and Fine Texture. Made in France.

Chinese New Year Palette
Yves Saint Laurent Chinese New Year Makeup
Celebrate the year of the monkey: a year of ambition and charm. Inspired by handcrafted metal work, this glamourous limited edition gold palette is reminiscent of Yves Saint Laurent's appreciation for bringing artwork to life. Create a YSL signature look using warm pink and beautiful taupe shades for an illuminated eye look. YSL wishes you a lucky start to the New Year. Made in France.

Shop for all of the above at Neiman Marcus.

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b Michael America Runway Fashion Show

Macy's has partnered with couture and ready-to-wear designer B Michael to produce the first b Michael America runway fashion show at this year's NAACP Image Awards luncheon, which honors the nominees of the 47th annual NAACP Image Awards, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, CA. Actress and singer Brandy Norwood, known for her work on "Moesha," "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer," and "Cinderella," will walk in the fashion show. B Michael previously dressed the star for her media junkets during her run in "Chicago" on Broadway and also collaborated with her costume designer on her new series for BET, "Zoe Ever After." 

Following a panel discussion, the fashion show will feature social dresses from the b Michael America Red collection, available exclusively at select Macy's stores and on, and close with several pieces from his couture collection.

The easy-to-wear collection, which ranges in price between $225 for dresses to $650 for gowns, offers a contemporary spin on the designer's signature haute couture style, resulting in a simple yet sophisticated look.

Learn more about b Michael America.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement Signed

What is the TPP?

According to the USA government website today, “The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) writes the rules for global trade—rules that will help increase Made-in-America exports, grow the American economy, support well-paying American jobs, and strengthen the American middle class.”  However, their appears to be two sides to every story.  Some people like the deal, and others do not.

The United States and 11 other nations signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement Wednesday February 3, 2016 amid a range of protests in member countries—including in front of the White House with a banner that reads “TPP=Betrayal,” plus both support and outrage on the Internet, and a U.S. senator imploring Congress on Tuesday to reject the deal.

The ceremony in Auckland, New Zealand brings the huge trade pact, which has been five years in the making, another step towards to becoming a reality.  But the TPP continues to face opposition.  The 12 nations account for some 40% of the world's economy - they now have two years to ratify or reject the pact.

The TPP involves the US, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru.

Do you think that the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement is good or bad for the USA?  Is it good or bad for the international fashion industry as a whole?

Learn more about the TPP

View other trade agreements effecting the apparel industry and more government relevant resources.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Anne Hathaway Wearing Daniel Rainn in LA

Anne Hathaway was photographed wearing Daniel Rainn three times in Los Angeles recently. The actress showed off her chic maternity style in the Origami Bird Print Tank on two separate occasions as well as the Dandelion Printed Blouse ($78,
Anne Hathaway Wearing Daniel Rainn
Anne Hathaway in LA
Learn more about Anne Hathaway.

Tranoï New York Fashion Brands to Watch

Adhering to centuries-old practices, harnessing artisanal skills and respecting natural resources and materials, the following brands, presenting at Tranoï New York during Market Week this month, represent preserved methods and excellence in traditional savoir-faire - merging community and culture with the contemporary class.


With creativity, design and culture at its core, Zeus+Dione was born from a passion to revive and redefine the local craft of artisans all over Greece, producing pieces that go beyond tradition, exceptional quality and fashion.

Italian-brand, European Culture, garments are created by sewing and mixing different natural textiles that are then immersed in large filled of dye for four hours. Working closely together, a creative team and a group of product technicians explore and experiment with new solutions, in a bid to improve their historical “garment dye” method.

Inspired by tradition, intertwined with the contemporary, Filip + Inna creates garment from the ancient techniques of weaving, embroidery and beadwork from different indigenous groups of the Philippines.

The family behind the founders of FurLand include talented artisans, artists and architectures. Designed in Russia, a country with historical roots of fur hats making, FurLand hats and accessories are produced at their own factory in Moscow, adhering to all the features of historical production.

Learn more about Tranoï New York February 2016.

You will find more than traditional 'savoir-faire' at Tranoï New York.

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Epson Digital Couture February 2016

Epson, a global leader in printing technology, announced that the company will host its second annual Epson Digital Couture event on Feb. 9, 2016 in advance of Fashion Week in New York City. Showcasing 11 designers’ collections from North and Latin America created using Epson’s state-of-the-art textile printing solutions, this runway experience is built around the theme “Harmony and Peace through Fashion.” The Epson Digital Couture event will showcase the design freedom, efficiencies and capabilities of Epson’s digital printing technologies for the fashion and textile industry.

“Digital technology has changed every industry it’s touched, and now it’s revolutionizing the fashion industry,” said Keith Kratzberg, executive vice president, Epson America. “The Epson Digital Couture event will showcase the amazing creative potential and stunning color reproduction that designers are able to achieve using Epson’s textile printing technology. Today this is a $7.5 billion market projected to grow more than 34 percent worldwide1, and a tremendous opportunity for Epson and its partners.”

You may also want to read our recent blog posts about Epson below:

Direct-to-Garment Printer by Epson: SureColor 

Garment Creator Software for Direct-to-garment (DTG) Printer

Epson dye-sublimation and direct-to-garment technologies enable limitless design possibilities across the textile and fashion industry. The end result is original prints of the highest quality unique to each designer on fabrics that can define and convey their signature style. The second annual Epson Digital Couture event will showcase the design capabilities through the featured collections of designers from North and Latin America:
  • Chloe Trujillo from Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Cristina Ruales from Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Fabrizzio Berrocal from Costa Rica
  • GM by Gustavo Moscoso from Ecuador
  • Kaleidoscopic by María de Lourdes Ramírez and Isabel Navarro Landa from Mexico
  • LENERD by Felipe Santamaría Luque from Colombia
  • Matías Hernán from Chile
  • Ossira by Agostina Orlandi and Ludmila Osikovsky from Argentina
  • Pionier by Janet Ríos and Carmen Artica from Peru
  • Santika by Danny Santiago from Miami, Fla.
  • Tigresse by Fabio Yukio from Brazil
“Epson’s Digital Couture event fuses technology, style and culture that represents the Epson brand,” said Lucie Milanes, Epson America’s director of marketing strategy and communications. “The designs showcased are magnificent examples of how digital textile printing is having a profound impact on today’s global fashion industry.”

Learn more about Epson and the 2nd Annual Epson Digital Couture event at their website.

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