American International College hosted its 48th annual Fashion Show on April 8th, with plenty of fun and high style.
A group of volunteers came together to create the best Fashion Show yet.
Professor Frank Borelli from the Theater Department was in charge and made sure everything was in place. This Fashion Show and every other one that came after it honors a lady everyone looked up to once as a role model and a mother: Naomi White a.k.a Ma White, known for her work with an organization known as P.R.I.D.E. (Person Ready In Defense of Ebony).
Alumni who were once a part of it from the 1980s up to the 2010s came out to show their support along with some AIC colleagues.
A couple of students offered their thoughts on the show.
Dana Bramble, a junior majoring in Chemistry here at AIC, took part in the Fashion Show.
“This year’s Fashion Show may have been just one of the best one yet since I’ve been here,” Bramble said. “Especially getting to be in it was just great and I would not mind being in it for my final year.”
Bramble added, “Tech week killed me because we had to practice every day for basically two weeks until the day of the fashion show from 8-11, sometime even pass that.” From the look of it, she was both exhausted and happy that she can now relax, but overall she was happy to be a part of it.
Naquan Smith is also a junior here at AIC is also a junior, and is a member of the Track and Field team. Smith was also part of the show.
“Rehearsing for the past couple months has been something,” Smith said. “Remembering my scenes for the show was not the problem but, coming from school to practice then the Fashion Show, I felt exhausted but, I wanted to take part,” he added with a smirk on his face.
Smith added, “It was fun. The crowd was nice and my friends came out to support so, overall it was a great show and I would not mind doing it again for my final year.”
Freshman Carl Colas agreed.
“This Fashion Show was good to me. I enjoyed it. I felt a bit nervous the day of but, I got it together and did my part,” said Colas, who is wide receiver on the football team.
“Saturday was such a long day coming from a scrimmage to a rehearsal before show then to a party was a drag. It was really fun though and then to party after to end the night was just the right way,” Colas added with a laugh.
The 48th annual Fashion Show was good to the crowd and those who participated in it as well. Everyone enjoyed themselves and ended the show in a dedication to a poster saying “Find Our Girls.”
The best way to end the show was by letting everyone know that all lives matter, and that things need to come a change.Read more at:celebrity dresses
Outside temperatures may be soaring, but the wedding season is at its peak. While some consider having the event indoors, most people like to have the wedding on sprawling lawns. And although one can use tents and shamiyanas, there is no escape from the scorching sun.
With heavy lehengas and even heavier jewellery, the summer heat can play havoc on the bride and the guests' dream of enjoying the big day. Added to that, heavy makeup smudges far more easily in summers than in the wintertime.
Due to the heat and sweat, many fabrics stick to the body, making one uncomfortable. “For us Indians, textiles are eternally in tune with seasons. For summer, trendsetters will be whites, a fusion of light pastel colours with a dash of calming brightness. One can choose fabrics that are sheer and flowy, so that your summer wear is absolutely comfortable and fresh air reaches your body,” says designer Gaurang Shah.
However, if someone chooses a summer-friendly fabric like cotton, it might not look grand enough for an occasion like a wedding. Explaining how one can add bling to their attire, designer Shravan Kummar says, “For a South Indian wedding, saris in light silk or khadi-jamdani with less of embroidery can be worn. To add to the drama, one can wear bright pop shades but with less of bling. For a North Indian one can opt for georgette lehengas or saris of net and organza that have more of flair and less of bling.” To accessorise the whole look, Shravan adds, “Pick light jewelleries such as chains with nice pendants or bracelets, which will look elegant and classy. Also, one can accessorise with flowers.”
Make-up also plays a major role in any wedding, as everyone wants to put their best foot forward.
“On the big day, before starting to put the make-up on, make sure you splash your face with freezing cold water. Carry a make-up setting spray that you can use just in case you feel your make-up is melting. However, make sure you don’t use the spray very frequently as that can damage your skin,” says Meenakshi Pamnani, a fashion blogger.Read more at:cheap prom dresses uk | prom dress shops
From airports to industry dos, Alia Bhatt lets her T-shirts do the talking — “I speak fluent sarcasm.” “Buggin’ out.” “No hard feelings.” She pairs them with distressed jeans or smart short-suits, even long, feminine skirts. Meanwhile, her on-screen looks have sparked trends. Who can forget the shimmery pink lehenga from Student of The Year, the blue high-low hemline dress from Shandaar or the white crop top paired with metallic pleated skirt from Dear Zindagi?
The 24-year-old actor is a style icon in her own right, thanks to her casual vibe that can easily be emulated. Speaking along the sidelines of the Amazon India Fashion Week, where she was the showstopper for Maybelline, Alia says her mantra is simple: “Style, clothing, make-up, hair, everything you do must go with your personality. It’s about how you feel, not about what you want people to think of you.”
Which is why she loves working with her stylist Ami Patel. “She’s very creative. Even if I’m going to a party, sometimes, I don’t want to look like a butterfly; I’ll want to be a bit more edgy. I’ll say something like ‘I want to look like I don’t want to be here’. Then we fool around with the idea, and come up with a look that I end up loving,” she says.
When it comes to high street brands, she prefers free-spirited clothing with fun prints. “Pull&Bear’s collection is very much in tune with my personality. So are Stradivarius and Alekai. Anya Hindmarch has some brilliant bags. For a high-street-meets-boutique look, I opt for Zadig & Voltaire Basically, I like to mix it up,” she adds with a laugh. Interestingly, while Alia is a bag person, she isn’t hung up on luxury brands. “I wouldn’t go for luxury brands unless it’s a pair of boots or a coat. It’s the same with shoes.”
With the holiday season coming up, Alia can’t wait to head to a seaside destination. “Beach fashion is the best; you don’t have to dress up at all. What I love about it is that you can wear a pair of chappals and still look fashionable. I leave my hair open for those salty beach waves and my skin is bare except for sunscreen and moisturiser.” She recounts a recent one-day trip to Marbella, for which she “packed the tiniest suitcase possible. Some shorts, a bikini and three throwovers. Done.”Read more at:evening gowns | cocktail dresses uk
It is a truism of the history of dress that decade- defining looks generally do not congeal until quite late in the period they eventually come to represent.
The miniskirts and Crayola colours of the 1960s, the power shoulders of the 1980s and the minimalism of the 1990s all reached critical mass well into the midpoint of those eras, when whatever had been bubbling up in wardrobes and on sidewalks found its reflection in the wider world.
It is now that stage in the 2010s. The tectonic plates of fashion have shifted.
Look around. What do you see?
During the recent round of fashion shows, suits - and sleeves and long skirts - dominated.
"Women who once bought strapless dresses with a little skirt are now buying evening gowns with sleeves and high necks," said Ms Claire Distenfeld, owner of Fivestory, a destination boutique on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
"Four seasons ago, we couldn't sell a blouse and now everyone wants a blouse.
"Young women who used to come in and buy Balmain's non-existent dresses are leaving with knee-length skirts with a sweater or blouse by Emilia Wickstead."
And speaking of Balmain - even that label offered long knits, long sleeves and long crocodile skins among the short-'n'-fringed styles in its last collection.
Look to the red carpet.
There was actress Ruth Negga owning the last awards season in a series of generously sleeved frocks and then showing up at the Oscars almost entirely covered in red Valentino - long sleeves, high neck, long skirt - and making pretty much every top 10 best-dressed list of the night.
Ditto actresses Jessica Biel (in long-sleeved, high-necked, floor- length gold Kaufmanfranco) and Isabelle Huppert (in long-sleeved, crew-necked, floor-length white Armani Prive).
"It's a macro trend," said Ms Ghizlan Guenez, founder of The Modist, a new fashion site.
Which is to say, a trend that goes beyond fashion.
But what exactly is it? The beginning of a new age of female "pluri- empowerment" (as trend forecaster Iza Dezon told CNN), as expressed through the kind of dress that prioritises the individual and her needs over the cliches of female role play.
Arguably, it began, as these things do, at least three years ago.
The New York Times began chronicling young women on the streets of Brooklyn layering clothes in creative ways that shielded or swaddled their bodies back in 2015.
But it is only now reaching critical mass, thanks to a convergence of social, political and cultural factors as reflected in clothing.
Consider it this way: In 2014, singer Rihanna accepted the Fashion Icon Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in a sheer rhinestone-spangled scrim of a dress by Adam Selman.
In November, she accepted the Shoe of the Year award at the Footwear News Achievement Awards in a long black Vetements X Juicy Couture velvet skirt, a long-sleeved shirt draped at the waist and long gloves, with almost no skin showing at all.
In 2015, singer Beyonce channelled Venus on the half shell in sheer Givenchy at the Met Gala, with only bits of strategically placed floral embroidery to keep her from arrest.
This year, the Met Gala celebrates a designer - Rei Kawakubo - whose last show encased the female body in oversize armless carapaces that swallowed the Betty Boop and Botero silhouettes whole.
"We live in an age of reality TV and transparency where everything is out there," said Ms Lucie Greene, worldwide director of the innovation group at J. Walter Thompson.
She added that the move to dress in the opposite direction was in some ways "a reaction to that - almost the anti-Kardashianisation".
It is a sign of the times, though one with a touch of irony, that for Mrs Melania Trump's official portrait, the First Lady chose a black tuxedo jacket complete with black tie at the neck, a formal, almost military and very covered-up look - as was the Ralph Lauren dress- and-bolero outfit she chose for the inauguration of her husband, United States President Donald Trump, with its high neck and matching gloves.
Perhaps because, as Ms Greene said, one of the hallmarks of these clothes is that to a certain extent, they "reject the strictures of the male gaze".
Two years ago, Seoul Fashion Week set out to become a compelling destination for the international crowd. In many ways, they succeeded. The city still draws large numbers of foreign buyers and press, flown in for the occasion. It has become a far smoother operation, now with a full-fledged mobile app that promises to deliver a “smarter” Seoul Fashion Week. The collections, all agree, keep getting better and better; a bit of editing would launch many to that next level.
Yet the momentum has slowed—though that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It means a number of breakout designers are taking precious time to develop their voices. LVMH Prize short-listers KyuYong Shin and JiSun Park of Blindness sharpened their take on avant-garde menswear with a beautiful glam-rock collection of asymmetrical jackets, dripping in pearl chains and costume jewels; it drew unprecedented buyer interest, so you can expect to find them overseas soon. After winning the International Fashion Showcase Designer award, The-sirius’sYounchan Chung also refined his lineup—think a structured brown jacket, embroidered with minute interstellar sketches—and staged an elegant presentation that felt like a tease for his coming Milan Fashion Week debut. Other standouts included Moohong and Nohke, both of which continued to tool with tailoring (peeled-back and pulled-apart layers, sliced and undone in clever ways), as Fashion Week first-timer Eun-hye Jo of Bourie played with texture and architectural lines, swatching marled wools and leather, fur and striped silk in a cool way.
Elsewhere, the streetwear backlash took full effect, driven in part by the success of those brands that veered away from it. Pushbutton exchanged cropped rugby shirts and tulle aprons for a more polished collection of tailored suit separates, many of which toyed with boxy shoulders and other Balenciaga-influenced proportions. It was a fine show, but one missed the childlike joy of seasons past—that crying manga girl jacket from Fall 2016 that drew out emotion. YCH charted a similar shift, as did local street style sensation Charm’s. Designer Yohan Kang has admirably pushed for more maturity on the runway, but may have veered a little too far from the youthful energy of his logomanic staples; aptly, this collection was called Puberty, perhaps a knowing nod at those bumps in the road.
The fact is that right now, it is the street that gives Seoul its vibrancy—so why not embrace that reputation and find a fresh way to present it? It’s precisely what Cres. E Dim. designer Hongbum Kim did, returning to Fashion Week after a few seasons off-schedule. Here, he maintained his brand’s commercial edge with elongated hoodies (that importantly, did not feel like Vetements retreads) and velvet bomber jackets; well-cut and done in good fabrics, they were top-notch street clothes. His message, too, was one of the week’s strongest—a protest-themed collection, sewn in response to the recent presidential scandal. The heavy rakes and other yard tools models carried were not meant to be twee, he explained; they were a call for Koreans to come back together and get to work rebuilding the country. It was proof that streetwear doesn’t have to be basic—that when done right, it can be as meaningful and desirable as anything else.Read more at:prom dresses london | short prom dresses
THE shift from summer to autumn is home to the "middle man” of dressing.
You don't want to dust off your winter coat but you can no longer swish around in a sun dress - queue the light knit. Here is how to style lightweight knitwear so you look your best.
A turtleneck is classic and often associated with Parisian style.
Designed in a light and breathable fabric made with natural fibres, it can hug your figure and trap heat on cooler afternoons. Paired with a blazer, and on trend in a pinstripe or a soft block colour, the turtleneck is the best casual basic that you can dress up or down.
Wrap dresses, made legendary by fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg, are the ultimate feminine silhouette. Taking inspiration from this, an autumnal option comes in the form of wrap cardigans.
Flattering at the waist and with a low pointing neckline, this is the reinvented cardigan that can be thrown on over anything.
Wrapped over silky tops or even just worn bare underneath and tucked into a skirt, you will be ready for the seasonal change with another stylist's basic.
After versatility? The jumper dress is a perfect fashion hybrid created for dressing in the transitional seasons. Made in lightweight wools this wardrobe essential is an all-in-one item that will keep you warm.
Belted at the waist or left in a shift shape, the jumper dress is an effortless throw-on piece for those evenings on a boat or for when having drinks at the beach. It's the one-stop knitwear staple that you need.Read more at:prom dresses 2017 | graduation gowns
Speed and agility are the top priorities for every retailer competing in fast fashion, according to a recent research. With one in eight younger consumers (18 to 24 year olds) shopping every week and buying a fashion item at least once a fortnight, retailers are gearing themselves up to meet growing demand for fast, on-trend, fashion-led styles.
With many younger consumers constantly searching for style inspiration on everything from social media to the high street, retailers are under increasing pressure to turn around new lines in record time. Many have been working hard to reduce their lead times to meet this growing demand for fast fashion. One leading fashion retailer is now delivering new lines in two to three weeks; yet speed is only part of the success equation, says the research conducted by Kurt Salmon, part of Accenture Strategy.
"Retailers need to accurately analyse what is selling in real-time and be in a position where they can react quickly. According to one major fashion retailer, there is now only a 24 to 36-hour window from browsing to buying. Retailers that actively engage with their customers, analyse shopping and social media habits, and pre-empt future trends, will be the winners in the fast fashion market," said Dan Murphy, managing director, Kurt Salmon, part of Accenture Strategy.
Speed of delivery of online orders is also highly important to consumers. The research highlights that one in five of 18 to 20 year olds want same day delivery, and a further 13 per cent want delivery in less than half a day. Those in the age group of 21 to 37 years are slightly more relaxed with almost a third happy for their orders to arrive the next day.
The study found that shoppers buy for the present, with 53 per cent of all consumers surveyed wearing items within a week of purchase, and 15 per cent wearing items the very same day. For younger consumers (18 to 24 year olds), the numbers increase; 60 per cent wear items within a week of purchase, and one in five wear items on the same day of purchase.
While the majority of younger shoppers claim that ethical sustainability is a key factor informing their purchasing decisions, their behaviour suggests otherwise; less than half (48 per cent) of 18 to 24 year olds recycle their clothes. Additionally, half (50 per cent) of retailers surveyed say they are actively exploring new ways to extend the product lifecycle, using recycled materials, or facilitating clothes swapping and sharing.
"The insatiable appetite for fast fashion will inevitably continue as these shoppers age. There is no reason to believe that younger consumers, who have grown up wedded to devices and social media, will expect anything less than instant gratification in years to come, and continue to possess the same sense of style and image," added Murphy.Read more at:uk prom dresses | cocktail dresses uk
Mr J. McLaren Thomson, president of the National Hairdressers’ Federation, said yesterday that hairdressing was entering a “golden age,” when no bald men would be seen and women would have a hair style a day in a colour to match their shoes, handbags, or gloves. “People at the end of this century will be hair conscious as never before,” he said.
Mr Thomson, of mid-Lanark, who was giving his presidential address at the federation’s annual conference at Great Yarmouth, said that hair colouring would increase in scope and application. The time would come – possibly by 1999 – when every woman would be using some form of hair cosmetics – and so would most men.
By the end of the century, he said, women would probably have a collection of fashion wigs to wear with special dresses for gala occasions and wig-making would be restored as a major part of the hairdressing craft. There will be no bald men or women. Medical science will have provided a drug to stimulate hair growth.”
As far as styles were concerned, short hair would be universal for men and women “because of the need to wear space helmets over the head”.
He asked delegates to help to establish the National Apprenticeship Council for hairdressing throughout Britain, so that the traditional way of entering the craft by indentured apprenticeship would become generally recognised.
The conference carried a motion urging the federation to establish its own artistic group to co-ordinate the work and activities of area artistic groups. Mr F. Bullock (Macclesfield), who proposed the motion, wanted a man on holiday to be able to walk into a hairdresser’s at the seaside and get the same haircut he would get at home. There should be standards, he said, apart from hairdressers creating their own styles.Read more at:prom dress shops uk | prom dresses uk
Ever since the turn of the millennium and the advent of technology that allows people to share their bad sense of humor with the entire connected world, there's been all kinds of banal jokes about how our ostensibly futuristic world fails to live up to sci-fi predictions from the past. Where are our jetpacks, the jokes go. Where are the hoverboards that actually hover? Where are all the cool jumpsuits that several decades' worth of sci-fi movies promised us?
To be fair, we are living in classic sci-fi's future, and things aren't going quite as planned. 2017 is the year in which the The Running Man is set, and in the next couple years we'll be living IRL during the times when Akira and Blade Runner take place, but it seems like we're only getting the bad parts of the worlds they created.
We've got Blade Runner's environmental collapse but no robotic Rutger Hauer; Akira's civil unrest but precious few psionic-powered biker gangs; The Running Man's—well actually with the way things are going it wouldn't be a surprise if we actually have a full-blown murder-based game show on network television by the year's end.
But if you want to dress like someone straight out of a classic sci-fi movie, you're pretty well covered.
It makes sense that the easiest sci-fi scenario to dress like is also the one that's come the closest to actually being real. With a Russian cyber army on the offensive, a reality show star in the Oval Office, and 24/7 Internet connections in our pockets, 2017 feels eerily like a William Gibson novel from the '80s, and thanks to the unexpectedly popular goth-ninja wave, the blackout minimalism that defined the aesthetics of the cyberpunk movement he inspired is all over the place.
Options for dressing like an angsty hacker abound. Yohji Yamamoto's Y-3 line for Adidas is probably the best known, but there's also a lot of new talent working in the field. The second collection from upstart brand Onu was inspired by designer Christina Lao's time in Shanghai, arguably the world's most futuristic city. Sporty synthetic cropped trousers and a hooded rain shell in (of course) black will make you look capable of cracking a mainframe or busting out death-defying parkour moves, even if your actual computer skills don't go any further than a talent for picking the right Instagram filter. And if '90s cyberpunk cinema taught us anything, it's that nothing says "elite hacker" like a pair of black leather pants, like this slim moto-inspired model from Balmain.
Dressing like someone out of the hippified future societies of deeply stoned '70s movies like Logan's Run and Zardoz has also, weirdly, become kind of a thing. The trend towards oversized, unstructured garments has boosted the popularity of drapey, androgynous silhouettes befitting someone in a futuristic culture whose utopian appearances hide a deep, dark secret. In other words, it's never been a better time to rock a tunic.
Deveaux's spring/summer '17 collection is full of New-Ager-from-space looks. Former Ralph Lauren designer Willy Chavarria's block-fit rollneck in beige also nails the look, while the upcoming debut from hemp-happy clothiers Jungmaven's Jung King line will offer a luxe riff on the traditional Indian kurta that's equally on-trend. The surging popularity of kimono jackets (including this particularly nice one from OG kimono jacket gurus Visvim) fit nicely with the look.
Or maybe you see yourself more as a futuristic cyborg assassin of the type that defined sci-fi action cinema for a solid decade after Arnold Schwarzenegger's first turn as the nigh-unstoppable T-800? Lucky for you, we're living in a golden age of black leather jackets, the foundation of the cybernetic murderbot look. John Varvatos's asymmetrical moto jacket offers an eccentric twist on the staple look, while Off-White's spray-painted version adds a bit of post-apocalyptic flair. Alpha Industries is shoring up its dominance of the bomber jacket trend with an MA-1 in imposing (but touchably soft) black lambskin. You'll also need a pair of appropriately intimidating shades. Dolce & Gabbana's angular take on the classic aviator shape fits the bill nicely, while Ray-Ban's General mirrorshades look like a standard option at the Terminator factory. Finish off the look with black leather moto gloves like this touchscreen-friendly option.
And of course, even if we're not living in a world of totalitarian one-style-fits-all fashion, that doesn't mean you can't rock a jumpsuit. Everyone from A.P.C. to Alexander Wang has dropped stylish examples recently, and all-jumpsuit-everything brand Onepiece has moved beyond fleecy adult onesies and added some more appropriately sci-fi-flavored selections to their mix.
Drawing inspiration from the rich, refined and cultivated genre of Parisian art and architecture Diva’ni, India’s first cinema inspired fashion label, unveiled its Spring Summer 2017 couture collection. Amidst all the glamour and sheen, this new collection salutes the free spirit of dressing in effortlessly stylish ensembles that suit the palate of a carefree yet elegant summer bride.
The Ivory Kiss is Diva’ni’s interpretation of the great Parisian legacy. It essays the richness of Parisian architecture, heritage, art and culture. It has harnessed its creative flair and outdone itself by recreating the flavour of a region through these ensembles. Through this showing, it also forays into bespoke men’s wear and unveils Diva’ni Man. This exquisitely designed line will aim at catering to the fashion needs of the Indian metropolitan man.
With the spring summer couture launch, the fashion label aims at taking the audiences through a never before destination wedding ensemble trail. The silhouettes range from short dresses to drape sarees to gowns to contemporary bridal lehengas. Intricate handwork using zardozi and aari, along with usage of elements like metal blades, mother of pearls, kundan, sequin, elaborates the grandeur of Parisian architecture and heritage at its best. Carefully embroidered floral appliqué, rather the signature vintage rose lends that perfect zing to the collection.Read more at:prom dresses