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Where do you get your influence?


We all aspire to be “fashionable”, but we all view this in a different way, we all get our inspiration from different places.  Where do you get your inspiration?  Often times we are influenced based on what celebrities are wearing, whether we see it on twitter, instagram, or in the latest issue of Vogue.  We often times can’t buy exactly what they are pictured wearing, but fast fashion has allowed us to be able to find garments that are very similar to what celebrities wear, or what we see on the runway.

Maybe you don’t get your influence from celebrities, or those who are considered “fashion leaders”.  Maybe you get your influence from your culture, from being around your friends.  You may pick a certain trend and put your own twist on it to be able to “fit in”, but still express your own personality.

Who knows, maybe there are people who get their fashion influence from you.  Just remember, wherever you get your inspiration, find a way to make it your own.  Express yourself, and really show the world your true colors.  How you dress is a way for you to communicate without even speaking a single word.


Spring 2015: Jean-ius


Be a jean-ius and get on top of one of the spring 2015 trends! Denim has been around for over a century.  It wasn’t always a staple piece to have in your wardrobe though.  Denim has shifted from a very casual look, to being able to even be worn for more dressy occasions.  This spring designers are featuring denim dresses, suit jackets, to just your traditional jeans/  Don’t be afraid to mix a denim top with denim bottoms!  Put your own twist on the trend, and really express yourself.  Designers from Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci, in both menswear and women’s ready-to-wear, have featured models on the runway wearing denim from head to toe.  Take a look at some possible ways in which you can wear denim this spring!


The beauty of denim is its versatility- you can feel comfortable and sexy.”- Unknown

Spring 2015: Classic Check

It never ceases to exist in fashion.  Checkered patterns are featured for the Spring 2015 season.  Wear this wisely, checkered prints can get a bit “dizzy-ing”.  Keep it simple and subtle.  Michael Khors, Oscar de la Renta, and various other designers featured checkered collections.  Here are a few looks to get an idea of how you can wear check next spring

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Spring 2015: Risq-ué taker

Want to know what to have in your wardrobe for next spring? Here is the place to find out!  Over the next few weeks I will provide you with the upcoming spring trends!

The cold-shoulder look is being expanded further in the Spring 2015 season.  Many ready-to-wear designers like Stella McCartney, Balmain, and Chloé, are featuring looks with cutouts in the fabric.   There are tops with one cutout, or dresses that have openings on the sides and around the neckline.  This look has been slowly working its way into fashion, and it is coming in full force next spring!

Do you dare to be bare, are you going to take the risq-ué?

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Up and Coming

Young designers are popping up everyday.  They are emerging with a tremendous amount of talent and a keen eye for fashion.  Kirsty Ward is just one of the many designers who is going out to make a name for herself.  She designs women’s clothing and accessories.

Her accessories are much different from anything I’ve ever seen.  They are large and “chunky”.  She takes pride in the necklaces that she makes.  They have a masculine structure; made from beads, plumbing, and crystals.  The clothing she designs always use several different textiles that you typically wouldn’t see together, but she makes it work.  By looking at her designs it is evident that she has a creative mind and is always trying to design something we haven’t seen before.  Her designs can simply be described as unique.

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Save the date!

Have you ever been to a fashion show or would like too? The 2014 Northwood Style Show is the perfect opportunity.  On April 4th at 8 p.m. you have the opportunity to experience what a fashion show is all about.  Except the greatest part is is that it is all put on by Northwood University students.  There is a student design portion of the show where many talented designers present their very own designs on the runway.  Along with a portion of the show displaying upcoming trends for the spring and summer.  Come out and see how music and fashion have evolved over the years!


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Times Have Changed

Fast fashion. That is what has taken over the fashion industry over the past couple of decades.  Consumers demand the latest trends at the lowest possible price, as fast as possible.   In return, this has forced designers to send production overseas.  Factory workers have far less time and money to produce these garments.  Therefore the quality of the products we see in many stores today have greatly declined.  Also, many factory workers have poor working conditions and pay.

The idea of fast fashion has set the basis for stores such as H&M, Forever 21, and Zara.  Since we get the clothing so cheap there we don’t care if we wear it once and then throw it away.  The mindset of the consumer has completely shifted.  In a way fast fashion has kind of changed the whole idea of fashion.  We take quality for granted, and just want to have the latest trend that everyone is wearing.  Fashion should be about expressing who YOU are, not everyone else.

In order for the apparel industry and meaning of fashion to change to what it used to be, it is essentially up to the consumer.  We need to stop caring about always having the hottest new look.  We need to push for quality not quantity.  By doing this we can change the quality of our garments, life for factory workers, and improve the environment.  Now next time you are out shopping, before you buy something ask yourself, “Do I really need this? Will I wear it again? Will it withstand being washed?”  Start considering the impact your decisions make on your surroundings.  Lets bring quality back.


For a short video about fashion fashion click the link below:
The Business of Fast Fashion


Orange it is

Out with the red in with the ORANGE!

This spring season try a bold orange color for your lips. From a daring tangerine shade to a soft sherbet shade. You are sure to find a color that fits you perfectly. Play around with the new lip color for any occasion.

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Shine Bright Like a Diamond

Rihanna has been strutting her stuff at the 2014 Paris Fashion Week.  Not only is she a pop sensation, but also a style icon.  Rihanna has been named a  trendsetter in Vogue and WWD.  She was seen in designs from the collections of Chanel, Balmain, Stella McCartney, Dior, and much more.  She is never afraid to take a risk.  No matter what she wears, from an oversize coat to a men’s suit, all eyes are on her.

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Pretty in Pastels

Time to start our spring shopping! Ditch all those dark, comfy sweaters we have been wearing to shelter our bodies from the arctic weather. Bring on the pastels! This seasons hottest new colors for the spring are pastel shades. These runway looks give us hope of the warmth that is to come. Spice up your closet and add those shades of pastel to your wardrobe.


Designers(left to right): Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rebecca Taylor