Anorexia, Fashion, Fashion Promotion, Impact, Models, The Truth

The ‘Stereotype’ Model

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There is this fascination that those outside the fashion world believe that to be a model you have to be ‘verging anorexia’, boney and rather unattractive. This stereotype which has been created is one that couldn’t be more untrue! Although a lot of models are incredibly slim, that is the desirable look for those within the fashion industry. However the French Government are very much on the fence about the whole situation; although they appreciate the desired look by those buying, creating and selling, they have noticed the impact and the role models which have been created, and are starting to see the effects of this.

Therefore they are likely to pass the bill on ‘banning super-skinny models’ to allow a sense of relatability and to teach the fashion world that is it worldwide, and it reaches every single one of us, meaning there needs to be a lot of care and consideration about those who we look up to; a lesson I think everyone could benefit from.

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Fashion, Fashion Promotion, Intellectual Properties, What it takes to be a professional

Intellectual Properties

This part of the fashion industry is vital to the way the business works. Without legal obligations and limitations the industry would be incredibly different. Intellectual Property right are the legally recognised ruled which have to be followed. It included copyright, patents, trademarks and trade secrets; which are all in turn personal and unique to different companies and the work ethics set. Within a company, patent is key to success; it grants the inventor the right to get rid of others from the making, selling and importing of fashion. Intellectual Properties are what keeps fashion a fast moving, and high earning business; and it is vital to understanding the way the companies work.
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Fashion Monitor, Fashion Promotion, Professional, The Fashion World

Fashion Monitor – MY profession

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When looking deeper into the fashion industry, and the promotional aspects within the business, I have realised that not only is there such a range of available jobs, but they have come so far, and developed so much over the years! This therefore leads me to believe that although I have an idea of a job at the end of my degree, the fast moving industry may therefore have a more in-depth and up to date position instead; which is in fact incredibly exciting.

Looking into my profession is something which I find so interesting, yet due to the amount of jobs, and the development of the existing ones, I have to be incredible careful to be open and willing to change with the industry, therefore looking at an exact job can be hard, but using Fashion Monitor has enabled me to look at what is current, and possible jobs I would find myself working in within the next 5 years. This has enabled me to look in more depth at the industry, as well as myself and what I want to get out of the fashion industry, and where I will be able to leave my stamp.

http://www.fashionmonitor.com

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Elsa Schiaparelli, Fashion, Fashion Promotion, Haute Couture

The GRANDE-Mère of couture

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There is one woman who has stood out to me over the years as one of the leaders of Couture, a woman whose work was so different and unique at the time, and even though art and poetry was the route in life she wanted to take, fashion took over and snatched up her talent and brought her into the ever-moving industry. Forty years after the death of Elsa Schiaparelli, her life has come back into the light as her work is reviewed and looked at again by many. Her passion and determination for doing something special with her life was such an inspiration, to not only her family, but young photographers, designers and fashion followers. From Giacometti designed ashtrays, to Dali dressing her windows, Schiaparelli was one of the most glamorous, genuine and loved designers of her time, and her mark has been left after all these years. 

‘Elsa Schiaparelli was the most influential fashion designer of the 20th century. She was the first to use the art of her time in a provocative dialogue with fashion, and hoovering up elements that caught her fancy from all over the world.’

– Meredith Etherington Smith

There has recently been a book released about the life of Elsa Schiaparelli and her personal photographic collection of her family, lovers and the house she once lived in; which have all been selected by her granddaughter to bring her name back into the light and teach those about just how incredible she was. She is a name that I will always follow, and a book which I have ordered and am more than excited to read.

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Art, Beauty, David Beckham, Fashion Promotion, Haig Club

DAVID BECKHAM – Haig Club

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The famous model and football player David Beckham has recently tken his career up a notch when he created his own whiskey – Haig Club; as a No-Age-Statement. As whiskey has connotations of an old man, Beckham is trying to bring the age down and make it more fashionable and realistic in the eyes of the younger generation. 

Within the advert, here are so many factors which work in synergy to create the very personal yet deliberate advert. To start off with, Guy Richie is the director of the advert, as well as shooting for David Beckham’s H&M advert, meaning that the two have worked together and have created this bond. Beckham has recently published a programme about him riding a motorbike around the country, as this is something he personally enjoys; which is why he enters the advert on a bike; the very personal elements makes the product authentic, as you are seeing the real Beckham. There is such a strong narrative and marketing strategy behind the whole filming. 

‘The Sell: Sumptuous Scottish Scenery and Soccer Star’s Sex Appeal’

Next, part of the group of friends, you will see the familiar face of Jimmy Choo, who is indeed a friend of Beckhams. All of these work together to create such a thought out advert. Also, you see the famous selfie moment; the sharded self, it is the modern world and what the target audience know. As well as the selfies being taken around the world at famous landmarks, meaning that there is a global push to the product. The whole advert is so incredibly developed and one which I think is incredibly effective.

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Art, Fashion and Textiles Museum, Fashion Promotion, Julien McDonald, Museum

FASHION AND TEXTILE MUSEUM

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Over the years, the Fashion and Textile Museum has held so many incredible and memorable fashion exhibitions, which have always been a great inspiration for my work and looking into greater detail of the history of fashion. This season, it focuses on Knitwear; Chanel to Westwood. The vintage inspired knitwear focuses on the 1920’s jersey, the 1930’s swimwear collection, all the way to Vivienne Westwood and Julien MacDonald’s work. This range of designers and the impact that the whole exhibition has is just incredible, and the art movements over time become so impacting as you enter the world of knitwear. 

When looking around the exhibition, my favourite piece of knitwear would have to be Julien MacDonald’s’ Mixed Synthetic 1900’s sequinned dress. The change between the inner body within the dress and the high neck was just such a different style and added such a power to the piece. Although a neck length, tight, short sleeved garment, there was something very uniquely beautiful about it, and the whole piece was so delicate yet powerful in itself. The panelled body had this incredible, yet simplistic, pattern of silver tones which shaped the figure perfectly. I believe this was one of the most interesting and diverse exhibition that the Fashion and Textile Museum have displayed, and I thought it was just fantastic.

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Fashion, Fashion Promotion, Fashion Trend Forecasting, Vogue

Fashion Trend Forecasting

RETAIL ASSEMBLY Trend Forecasting online workshop

Within trend forecasting, there is Shared Situation Awareness, which is the themes and ideas which are shared amongst a group – the opinion formers- fashion does not feed fashion, we have to look outside of this for new trends and fashion designs which in turn feeds to the audiences. Trend Forecasting is a teams ability to recognise a pattern in a fluid situation and to use this information to anticipate what might happen. Fashion is forever moving, you have to take a snapshot of what is happening in that section of time. Some looks have defined decades, like the bob, now they define a season, or a year, it is incredibly fast moving, and you have to constantly be aware of what is coming out; exhibitions, music, films and other emerging areas. You have to be incredibly quick with this.

There are three steps in this process:

  1. Observe the raw data
  2. Spot patterns to form hypothesis as to how the situation might unfold
  3. Test the hypothesis

Ford – you have designs which are going to be large within the industry, something that will be sold quickly, something that will be very popular, however it is fast fashion meaning it appears very quickly.

Trafalgar – slow fashion is where an idea will evolve over a period of time, which will become very developed and destined and will be right and exactly what the audience will mean. It will be touched on time and time again, a theme or a technique which is constantly revisited within the designer. Vivienne Westwood is an example of this, as she has a strong British essence within her work.

Bubble up is where trends enter from the street and work there way up within the fashion industry. Trickle down is conceptual dresses, where the clothing is very difficult to understand and interpret, but has been observed and has made its way into the high street. Zara is incredibly good at this, as they have looked at what is new and couture within the industry, and they make their own look out of it, the look becomes very simplified and enters the high street, fast fashion market. Often this moves around regions within the country, what is good where and why?

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Couture, Fashion, Fashion Promotion, Oscar De La Renta

The loss of one of Fashions Greatest

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Yesterday, we had to say goodbye to one of the worlds most loved and talented fashion designers, Oscar De La Renta. At the age of 82, the long fight with cancer was too much. Many designers, models, and family have spoken about the loss, and have described him as the ‘gentleman of fashion’. Naomi Campbell, Karlie Kloss, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Shulman have all spoke of the loss of one of the worlds most passionate, loving and leading figures within the fashion industry. It is phenomenal how many lives he touched with his work, and the effect one man can have on an audience and business. 

http://www.oscardelarenta.com

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Art, Christian Dior, Competitors, Fashion, Fashion Promotion

SWOT of Dior

STRENGTHS: Dior itself has so many strengths, but those which have drawn the company out the ground is the individuality and strong sense of narrative and the creation of ‘the dream’. Over the years Dior has created such a passion for the brand, and the need for it, which is why, 60 years on the company is still ever moving with the fast paced industry. 

WEAKNESSES: Although the company is very well developed, it has only a few downfalls, due to the change of designers over the years, at points there has been very little stability within the business, and the change of the personalities being injected into the brand has meant that in some cases there has been a large change in style and designs of certain pieces. 

OPPORTUNITIES: Dior is very aware as a company, and keeps up to date with all events. The Dior Harrods event in 2013, promoted the brand once again and allowed a whole range of audiences to view the garments and styles. The experiences which Dior choose to exploit are perfect opportunities for sales, and for the audiences. 

THREATS: Along with threats comes strong competition within the industry, and in this case, the threats lie with Chanel, and the fact that there is such a strong connection between the two brands. However, threats also lie with the designers, as in the short stay of the designer Bill Gaytten in 2011 for Dior, this can cause threats as it can have a lasting effect on the brand essence. 

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