The Essential Elements Of A Fashion Designer

From An Egg To A Studebaker And Greyhound Bus, Mapping A Design Process Designing is a conclusion of ideas, a realisation, a time to put pen to paper or ask your bank manager for a loan. The most difficult thing for a creative thinker is administering ideas and managing processes, the two ways of thinking are poles apart.

Discipline

Self discipline is the only way to overcome weaknesses, it’s something you can’t be taught, you have to learn it through practice. You have to prepare yourself to take the rigors of every day business activities, jab with your left and hook with your right, just like Ali did. Taking all your ideas and converting them into business propositions. This in its self is hard enough. Trying to get financial backing for blue sky is even harder. So, again you have to transpose your ideas into a logical, tangible context. Bank managers don’t want to see pretty pictures; they’re analytical and just want the facts and figures. Give them a business strategy.

Think Business Alignment

Develop a concept and visualise the organisations that link with your ideas, this creates a mappible course from beginning to end. Are your ideas and concepts in demand? Begin with the end in mind, research and be flexible enough to make modifications along the way, nothing is set in stone; often, it’s best to conscript knowledge and collateral from established industry members, so you can piggy back on their strengths. This is a proven method to get your foot in the door. It’s the difference between a cold calling and an introduction. “It’s not what you know, it’s about knowing who can advise you best” This fits with business alignment, because each step leads you closer to your goals.

The Fundamental Law Of Economics

Achieving your goals in the most powerful way is through influencing others and utilising the strengths that you yourself are lacking in. In economics we learn about maximising resources, its governing law is greater return for less effort. This comes into play through continuous improvement, doing the same things in a better way concludes less time and effort to achieve the same result. At this point your percentage of profit increases

The Beginning And The End

How does a bird egg influence the design of an automobile? Inspiration can come from anywhere, at any time. The 1950 Studebaker – Commander, The Greyhound Bus and the 1939 Pennsylvania S1 locomotive were all inspired by the egg. Renowned industrial designer Raymond Loewy insisted that the egg was the most naturally aero dynamic form, so he put his theory to successive practice in locomotive and automobile design. Further and less forgettable, he designed the Coke bottle, the Shell logo, the Kelvinator. In fact he delved into every industry, fashion and architecture, and in my opinion his stylised buildings (Greyhound Bus Terminal Louisville Kentucky) are second only to those by Frank Lloyd Wright.

A Creator

As a creative thinker and designer, I draw inspirations from historic …

Jewelry Business Plan

So, you might have heard that fashion jewelry is the most lucrative business in the world. Or, you might have a passion for shiny baubles and gifts. Or, you might be looking for a low risk, low capital business that you can invest in. Whether you are the next jewelry name brand or moonlighting on eBay after work, this article will help you to make sure you are informed about this business.

The number one thing you have to know about the jewelry trade is that it is not easy. If you think by making a purchase of some company’s minimum order and sell it here and there and somehow turn it into a million dollar business, then you are setting up for disappointment. I am not trying to scare you off, but I want to explain the pitfalls and help you succeed. Fashion jewelry is a GREAT business. And, there is money to be made. You can succeed with the right strategy, commitment, and execution. Make sure you take advantage of all the resources the Fashion Jewelry Industry has available to you.

When to start a jewelry business?

It is always a good time to start a jewelry business. Fashion jewelry is low-cost and high margin. The retail markup on fashion jewelry products is three to four key, meaning if you buy something for $5 then you can sell it retail for $20 if not more. So if you start in the business and work at it right, then there is potentially good money to be made.

The best time to start a jewelry business is RIGHT NOW or better yet a downturn economy. When the economy slows, consumer spending shrinks. People tend to downgrade the dollar ticket of the items they buy. Fashion jewelry is the perfect go-to good when the economy sours. Cubic zirconia earrings, pendants, bracelets, necklaces, and rings have the perceived value of diamond and gold jewelry at much less the cost. People wanting to save will certainly turn to our products when times are tough. The products have a reasonable retail price and a high-end look and feel.

Who is trying to start a jewelry business?

The average person starting out in the business is either an entrepreneurial minded person looking for an additional source of income or a retail or service business owner looking to add the jewelry product group to the counters.

What do you need to start?

Most people start with a limited budget and are understandably leery about how deep they should get in a new business. Buying inventory, selecting products, and the thought of finding customers to purchase the jewelry are most often what discourage people to join, stay, and compete in the business. Fashion jewelry is no easy business. But if you do it right, you could reap huge rewards.

1. My advice to customers is to make sure they truly want to do this business in the first place. What any wholesalers require from you is that …

Retro Sunglasses, the Way to Go

When it comes to sunglasses, is retro the way to go? You are probably seeing a lot of different designs of shades these days, are they new? Truthfully, there are really no new designs, just redesigns of a formerly popular style. In the fashion world, retro designs are everywhere–and sunglasses are no exception.

One design that has poked its head back into the fashion world is well known all over. Onassis Glasses, or the Jackie-O design sunglasses were popularized by the former First Lady Kennedy. After becoming Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, she flaunted this oversized style of sunglasses all over the globe. The style was so closely associated with her, that it has shared her name since the late seventies.

After fading from the public eye, the Onassis Glasses lay dormant for about thirty years. However, poised for a comeback, these sunglasses have begun making waves on red carpets and runways all over. The women credited for bringing back the infamous sunglasses are Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton. Since then, Jackie-O’s have been seen on the faces of famous women and trendy-but-average Janes everywhere.

Another retro design of sunglasses that has made big waves recently is the cleverly named Aviators. Originally designed in the 1930’s for military pilots, Aviators were hot on fashionable faces in the 1960’s and 1980’s. True to their every-twenty-year trend, Aviators are back with avengance and have been favorites for men, and women, with style. It is particularly true that this style of sunglasses has caught on with the younger “MTV Crowd” more than with adults. Johnny Knoxville has adapted Aviators as his signature style.

Some styles of sunglasses have briefly shown themselves in fashion, only to never be heard from again. This is not necessarily a bad thing. There are those sunglasses the human race still feels a little silly about. However, let’s not speak too soon. These sunglasses could be waiting in the wings for their triumphant return.

OVER-Oversized sunglasses are one fashion faux-pa most of us would rather not make. The design is a retro tribute to the late Lady O when they are slightly oversized and conservative. However, when the sunglasses appear to be attempting to take over your face, you may have crossed the line into ridiculous. Save the supersized look for clowns and put this design back in the vault.

Another design that some hope will never return carries a soft spot in the hearts of many women. The Wayfarer sunglasses were first made popular by Hollywood’s bad boy, James Dean. After his death, these sunglasses were worn for a time, before slowly falling by the wayside to make room for the newer styles.

However, the Wayfarer was gone but not forgotten. The sunglasses made a double comeback on the faces of James Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, better known in the eighties as the Blues Brothers. The sunglasses with a clean black, square design were a perfect complement to their all black suits, hats and ties.

Wayfarers made one more comeback …

Fashion Books: Today’s Trends, Yesteryear’s Legends

There are several types of fashion books available today for every variety of interest in the fashion industry.

General fashion books fall into a few categories. There is the educational type, which will expand your fashion references and analyze design. This is perfect if you have an interest in the industry or dabble in design yourself.

Books on the marketing and advertising side of the fashion industry can also be of interest for the more business-minded or if you’re an entrepreneurial type with dreams of starting your own clothing company.

Other general fashion books are more consumer-oriented and will show you styles that are currently “in”. Some can serve as shopping manuals for picking out great pieces to start your wardrobe in a more stylish direction or enhance the wardrobe you’ve already got. Manuals of style can also help you pull it all together.

Books written by or about classic fashion designers like Halston, Cristian LaCroix and Coco Chanel or more contemporary designers like John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gautier not only give you a better feel for the iconic designs of these gifted artists but also insight into their personalities, backgrounds, education and fashion point of view.

Historical fashion books can be great fun and document the evolution of fashion from romantic and even more eccentric eras. Understanding the history of fashion often explains today’s trends–what’s old is definitely new again! Also, books on historical types of fashion design, like couture, are wonderful to learn about workmanship from the past that is so rare today.

Fashion fiction is a relatively new fashion book genre perfect for light summer reading and enjoyable for anyone who’s a serious fashionista–or just a fashion tourist–at heart. Whatever your level of interest in the fashion industry, there’s a book to satisfy your curiosity and certainly one that will do it with style.…

Louis Vuitton: Long-time Luxury Luggage and Accessories

Louis Vuitton purses have an extensive and fascinating history. Started in the mid-1800s by a thirty-three-year-old Parisian travel bag maker, the Louis Vuitton brand  is considered to be the longest running designer of haute couture travel items and fashion bags. According to the work The Riches of Paris written by author and historian Maribeth Clemente Louis Vuitton’s travel bags were some of the first that simplified carrying luggage when traveling. Designed to be more easily stored for vacationing and travel, Vuitton’s designs offered convenience and style. Louis Vuitton bags are known by their famous warm yellow and chocolate colored checkered design called the Damier Pattern and the famous LV monogram that appears on every single product. Since the time of its beginning, Louis Vuitton travel merchandise have forever been handmade. This show of pride in its goods is one reason that this luggage draws shoppers to Louis Vuitton products. Those who want this type of quality craftsmanship, really must consider wholesale handbags if they want an economical option for fashion.

Louis Vuitton bags are rather popular around the world. Subsequent to creating a sensation with its Paris location, the company began to move in locations other than Paris. Then in, the year 1885 the Louis Vuitton and his company started an additional shop in London, England. As World War I began in 1914, stores had commenced to open all over the world. America, South America, Africa and Bombay, India were home to Louis Vuitton boutiques. In hopes of being able to gain the attention of the global consumer marketplace had begun. The late 1970s witnessed the establishment of a LV brand distributorship in Tokyo, which started the brand’s spread throughout the world. In 1984, South Korea watched its new  Louis Vuitton store. In 1992, the Louis Vuitton corporation started its new shop in China. As examined by The Cult of the Luxury Brand by Chadha and Husband, this company has since emerged as a reigning name in China.

With the brand name’s status,worry about imitation Louis Vuittons is a key issue in the business. The LV logo was designed to deter imitators from recreating the products’ distinctive style. Yet, this pattern has been copied by so many people who wish to make money on the back of the company’s achievements. Some imitation Louis Vuitton products are very expensive to the misfortune of those unlucky enough to have bought one. The corporation is so concerned about this widespread counterfeiting that it has begun to take drastic steps to address this concern. As found in an article from 2006 reported in Great Britain’s news syndicate, The Times, there are approximately 60 or so people on staff whose main goal is to investigate counterfeiting rings . This fashion house does not like to get swindled out of earning or see its valued patrons swindled by avaricious knock-off artists.

Still, the corporation is not in fear of going broke as it is worth billions. Its recognition and history still astound fashion lovers, celebrities and …

Fashion Models and Use of Handbags

Today, in the world of fashion, new trends are represented not only by designs in clothes but also by the jewellery and other accessories that go with it. Handbag has become one of the major fashion accessories in today’s fashion industry and come in different models. Costly and trendier bags are used by fashion conscious ladies and the girls in their teens to complete today’s fashion statements or beauty concepts. These fashionable hand bags match brilliantly with dresses for every occasion; formal as well as casual. Fashion bags meant for ladies are available in countless styles and designs. These designer bags have got the potential to suit the distinct tastes of different kinds of buyers.

The range of high fashion handbags starts from bright coloured casual bags to bags that are very much suitable when going on holidays. Also available are the really fantastic and multi-pocket shoulder bags that come in gorgeous designs and shades. Every fashion bag is created by connecting matching materials including metal latches, padlocks and chain straps to give it a unique look. Different types of fashion handbags include beach bags, sports bags and shopping bags. Other types come as tote bags, travel bags, jewellery bags and drawstring bags in addition to shoulder bags and evening bags. All these bags project a great deal of variety in design, size and colour.

Most of these designs in fashion bags are created drawing inspiration from modern as well as traditional cultures using a combination of art and laceworks. Embroidery work and beaded work also go into the designing part of these bags. Bags in different models are also made available with handcraft works, mirror works and sequin works. These works are carried out in order to add more elegance to the fashion handbags. Some of these fashion accessories are crafted with rich colours and incorporate elegant patterns in an incredible way. The hand bags are mainly prepared making use of silk, jute, cotton cloth and canvas. Some well known brands and manufacturers create models and make customized hand bags to match the different specifications and prerequisites of their valuable buyers. Bags are also made using other fabrics such as nylon, plastic and denim. Leather bags, polyester bags and vinyl bags also have many takers in the market.

Handbags are functional creations that exude elegance. Designer handbags are in demand among people belonging to all ages and people of both the sexes. The various designs and hip styles in bags churned out by designers suit all tastes and styles. Buyers can select exclusively crafted handbags by looking at the style, uniqueness and quality these handbags deliver. Diaper bags are bought mainly due to their functional utility. Since it can be used to carry each and every item needed for a baby and is rightly called the ‘all-purpose baby bag’. Different varieties of embellishments can be seen in evening bags as well. These embellishments comprise feathers, bike straps, decorative brooches and shoulder chain straps. In short, designer shoulder bags are …

Career in Fashion Design Part – 1

If you can read colors, feel textures, notice blends and believe that you can create the look – fashion designing is a good option.

Fashion designers are trendsetters, but even they have to take an entrance exam and need to study. If you think shoes, belts and hats are style statements and speak louder and more eloquently than the design itself, complement the cut and contribute meaningfully towards an ensemble, another option could be accessory / Jewellery design.

Another option could also be fashion merchandising – lending your talent to the production process that is an essential part of the fashion industry. Merchandising is a specialized management function within the fashion industry. Fashion Merchandisers are responsible for selection of materials, liasoning with the production team and meeting market requirements. The job demands knowledge of fashion trends, textures, materials and colors on one hand and understanding of market demand and the production processes on the other.

(A)The Prospects

Opportunities for jobs exist in the following sectors:

  1. 1.)      Export houses dealing with garment/textile/handloom exports
  2. 2.)      Retail and wholesale garment businesses in men’s/women’s/children clothing in sportswear/casual wear, etc.
  3. 3.)      Haute Couture
  4. 4.)      Government/Semi government-handloom/textile manufacturers
  5. 5.)      Fashion show organizers/Fashion publishers
  6. 6.)      TV/Film fashion program producers/compeers/costume designers, etc.
  7. 7.)      With Film production units
  8. 8.)      Teaching design

(B) The Job

Fashion Design

  1. 1.)      Exploration and research
  2. 2.)      Sketching the original idea on paper
  3. 3.)      Shaping the pattern pieces which make the garment
  4. 4.)      The pieces are then drawn in actual size on paper and cut out on a rough material, stitched together and fitted on a model.
  5. 5.)      Modifications in the pattern pieces or other features of the mock garment are made and thus the design is completed
  6. 6.)      Garments are then made in the final fabric
  7. 7.)      Junior designers: Junior designers generally do the first pattern cutting. They assemble the first samples with fabrics they have selected from the market.

Fashion Merchandising

  1. 1.)      A merchandiser is primarily a coordinator.
  2. 2.)      Merchandisers study buying trends and the buyer’s needs
  3. 3.)      They collect specifications from the buyers and coordinate with fashion designers to develop a product which is market specific.

Accessory Designers

  1. 1.)      Accessory designers are trained as stylists for men’s, ladies or children’s accessories
  2. 2.)      They specialise in leather designing /jewellery designing etc.
  3. 3.)      After carrying out a detailed research about the accessory they are required to work on, designers create new and attractive designs for their clients
  4. 4.)      In the traditional, studio–based design sector, crafts people work to prepare each article individually
  5. 5.)      Work is sold through local outlets, at tourist destinations, emporia and through craft melas.

Jewellery Design

  1. 1.)      Jewellery designers create new designs for gold, silver and precious metal jewellery
  2. 2.)      Large exporters employ designers or select designs from eminent freelancer
  3. 3.)      Gemologists are experts in assessing the quality, value and use of gems for jewellery. They are experts in grading, sorting and setting of gems in various metals.

(C)  Personality Traits

  1. 1.)      Artistic, Creative and imaginative
  2. 2.)      Know-how of textiles
  3. 3.)     

The Industry of Fashion & Designer Inspired Jewelry

The industry of fashion & costume jewelry has been growing since past few years & is totally in style now. It includes a wide range of products & you can to choose from rings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants and earrings. There are impressive combinations found in fashion jewelry which are simply incredible to look at. You can find lots of imitated fashion accessory stores which are there online.

The only point to keep in mind while purchasing online jewelry is that you must ensure that you’re buying from a trustworthy seller. You should find good reputable sellers, having good reputation & who are providing good quality jewelry at best reasonable prices also providing a good reliability without cheating the customers. Sometimes, you can also find good suppliers who are also manufactures who also make custom jewelry designs in fashion jewelry.

Fashion jewelry can be used as a means of expression of some special emotions & is a perfect way to reward yourself for all the hard work you done and to feel proud about your accomplishments in life.
The industry of wholesale Indian imitation jewelry has traveled a long way since past few years and today it can offer some incredible works of art to many customers. No doubt, the fashion world is driven by constant changes and that same thing happens in the jewelry business also.

You can find new trends and designs which appear every day and designers have to be really creative with their ideas. The beauty of fashion & costume jewelry is now preferred by a lot of women. Imitation Jewelry have become extremely popular over these years in fashion world of the women, stylish designs in jewelry making them look sexy.

Women desire to own a collection of designs in fashion jewelry, hence its demand have never decreased but has been increasing since the time being. People with unique personality are the lovers of imitation jewelry as it compliments their personality in a distinct way.

Jewelry being the most lovable among all accessories is one of the best accessories that one can wear with any outfit. If a person wearing a dull outfit, wears a good matching jewelry to it, it can make the person look as the best dressed in the whole party. Jewelry is universal and is very popular among all cultures. There is a wide variety of imitation jewelry found in the market today, with various designs & color stone used.

There are different types of jewelry such as the bead, glass, Korean, Victorian, fashion-imitation, handmade, silver, and gold, diamonds, gemstone, CZ, ethnic jewelry and much more. Buying jewelry can be fun, exciting yet confusing. You can buy jewelry at affordable prices by the wholesaler who supply them. Wholesalers of Fashion Imitation Jewelry in India Delhi

There are many ways how you can maximize your jewelry without spending much on it, by resizing your ring, whether it is in gold silver or even metal, bracelets can be versatile, if you have a longer …

Fashion and Style

Did you know that all the outdated clothes that you have hanging in your closet can age you in a really bad way!

You should always upgrade your personal style transformation such as a makeover. The one good test of clothing is to see how your outfits can hold up in bad weather. When and where can you do casual, whether at work or for just going out partying. Matchy-Matchy doesn’t always work in the fashion world because sometimes you have to mix and match your outfits along with a little color. With the rules of wearing white after labor day doesn’t really apply anymore. In fashion, you’ll need to take certain risks without being afraid to strut your stuff in those outfits that you own. When doing make-up and outfits. You should wear less make-up. Sometimes wearing only lip-gloss is best for your look because it’s not too gordy and less is more. As far as the outfits go, don’t use too much color and do pair off some of the colorful outfits with a neutral blend because some colors end up washing you out and the hottest ultimate trends should be tested with bad weather to see if those outfits will last. If your outfit falls apart, it means that you’re wearing a cheap outfit. When you wear cheap clothing such as a polyester blend and not the good material, you’re only asking for your outfit to fall apart in about a month or two and not to mention the effect that it gives to our figures. Do you ever take off an outfit and you get a shock? especially when wearing polyester pants which gives off that velcro effect such as static cling when you rub the material together.
In fashion and style: You’ll need a good handbag, a clutch, and an overnight/weekender bag. Your sense of fashion doesn’t have to be predictable because that only goes for bad weather and not fashion.

Always remember:
Cheap material is not in. You’ll need to invest in better clothing and accessories that will last you for years at a time. When you’re looking for the right jacket. Always buy coats such as pea coats, leather, and parkas. With pea coats, you’d want to buy a double breasted pea coat which will last you for years at a time because it keeps you warm and stylish, You can’t go wrong there! Make sure you get the right leather brand such as a leather blazer made of lambskin. No colorful leather at all and if you do color, make sure it’s brown or black.

Newsflash: Colorful leathers are no longer in. Shoes! A must have One can’t get enough. Most men say well, how many shoes does one woman need? Will the men ever understand the logic behind all of that? No, not at all, because what they don’t understand is that shoes are meant to be loved and in order to remain fabulous, one must feel and look fabulous in …

Top trends in fashion jewelry – 2010

With the economic revival picking momentum, women can now splurge in shopping for jewelry. Now, with jewelry, one must also think of the fashionable pieces of jewelry at prices within reach. It is now that the world (of women!!) is taking notice of fashion jewelry. The fashion jewelry range, which had been in the shadows for many years, has been in the limelight in the recent years.

 Artificial jewelry has an astounding range of colors, designs, and varieties in materials that go in to the making of unique pieces of jewelry. The trends this year lean more on the bigger and bolder styles, lot of color, and use of metals. Celebrities are launching their own fashion jewelry line looking at the fantastic potential through fabulous jewelry pieces like necklaces, bracelets, bangles and earrings. Just recently Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie, Iman and Alicia Keys to name a few, launched their jewelry line.

 Big and Bold Necklaces

 This year necklaces that look bigger, are better!!

Big & Bold Necklaces

* Chunky, with many colors is the current trend.
* Chains and pearls are mixed to create cool and stylish layered necklace designs.
* Mixture is the style that most designers predict.

The use of metals, beads, charms, crystals, stones and metals in a layered fashion are huge this season.

Eco Bracelets and Bangles

Eco friendly braceletEco bangles

 * Bracelets that have a more natural look with the use of beads; wood or coconut shells are predicted to be hot this year.
* Brass bracelets with a hammered or coiled look will also be in vogue.
* Thin wired bangles are great for summer and thicker styles for winter would make you a trend-setter.
* For evening wear, a bracelet with a single large flower or a single large gemstone will be your best accessory. Neutral tones are a good choice.

Chandelier Style Earrings

Chandelier style earrings

Earrings will be one of the best accessories in 2010.
* Chandelier and dangle styles dominate this year.
* Neutral colors with crystals will accentuate your style statement this Fall.

It can be a great accessory to an evening gown as well as a simple t-shirt and jeans with heels.

Make sure that you wear only one piece of bold jewelry at a time for a great style. Since statement jewelry is going to be the main focus this year, it pays (with a lot of compliments) to invest in a few good pieces. Other than neutral tones, it is the fiery colors like yellow, orange, and red that slowly snaking their way to becoming very popular. Add a little sparkle to your collection by having a few crystal or stone accessories. Artificial jewelry is a great way to enhance your wardrobe and be ahead of the latest fashion trends.…