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Amalgamation of Global Cultures in Fashion

The global itineraries not only reveal the beauty around the world, but also give a strong presence of mixed cultures and adaptation of art from various countries. This incorporation and merger of traditions is seen chiefly in the fashion that dominates a particular country. Fortunately, with the globalisation, fashion has become a wider term, in the sense that designers are much more open to adopting what they find inspiring in any given culture. Thus, it is no wonder to find patterns in America or Europe that have their roots in Asia or Africa! The fashion evolution has its roots in each and every culture that the world has seen and the difference in cultures, ideas, values, lifestyle et al impart a unique character to the designs.

Indeed the designers do not need to trot the globe to get inspiration, as the world is at the fingertips with so many smart gizmos around. A tour to the world and finding designs that are allied to a particular ethnicity are much simpler to realise. The recent spring 2014 ramps were full of designs created with the help of striking embellishments, elegant embroidery, Aztec patterns, vivid draping and graphic prints that dance to the tunes of ethnic and culturally diversified beat.

The world knows that India is a country that is dominated by cotton and chintz. However, in countries of European Union, where rich fabrics were mostly preferred by the designers, trends have changed and cotton along with natural fabrics like Khadi are finding a good place in fashion world. In fact, block prints on cotton are a common sight even in countries like Egypt and Greece. China is a country of silk and today designers use blends of silk to come up with exclusive fabrics that have great fall and rich look. It is not an unusual sight to see the block prints on silk, which is actually a blend of India and China. The block printing can be seen in clothes of Southeast Asian countries and Japan.

The inspiration that the fashion designers are taking from African is also palpable. The designing houses have adapted innumerable influences from Africa. The colour vibrancy from Africa can be seen across the major design houses and high street stores. The distinguished fabrics such as Dutch wax prints and Ankara, Kanga – a cotton fabric originating in East Africa as well as the Ghanaian Kente cloth – delicately crafted interwoven fabric can be spotted in fashion runways.

Apart from fabrics and prints, the international celebrities and known faces are also not shy in experimenting with their dressing style. The mass media has ensured a rise in the power and exposure of celebrities. India’s traditional attire saree has impressed celebrities from America and Europe, whereas ball gowns, which trace their roots to Europe, can be seen in attire of celebrities from Asia, Africa and other parts of the world as well. Also, Pakistan’s zari work has also found a respected place in the world. The embroidery from Pakistan can be seen in clothes and dresses designed by some renowned designers. Both Chinese and Indian textiles use a large amount of embroidery, which is borrowed from Pakistan. The tartan which is Scotland’s traditional design that also holds cultural significance, has become a regular part of textile and garment designs all over the world from New York to Milan, London to Paris.

To add to the originality, designers do not think twice to study and accept the street style of countries like Japan, Africa and America. The local style of cultures is of equivalent significance to fine arts and the celeb culture. These three cultures i.e. the fine arts, celeb culture and street style, influence the development of the fashion and trends. The colours, designs and patterns that the local markets of various countries display says the story of the country’s culture. Japanese Harajuko girls or the style of youngsters in America’s sub-urban areas, all are distinctive and when designers combine their creativity, experience and class to these styles, they craft something that is different and yet rooted to its origin. So when denim fabric is used to create saree or silk blends are used to create jumpsuits and rompers, the subtle hints of cultural influence can be seen.

Also with the cultures becoming one, the fashion processes have also been greatly influenced. The developed markets like Europe lay emphasis on standardization of products, following which, some developing countries followed the suit. The manufacturers have to ensure standardization of yarn and cloth measurement.

The fashion has finally come at peace with the possibility of borrowing something from another culture to give it a distinct meaning, without treading on the root of the original culture. Those who are a part of fashion industry know that in order to survive the competition it is imperative to energise the garments with freshness of cultures and traditional creativity that knows no boundary. It is significant to recognise and foresee social and cultural movements, in order to explore the newer designs and novel markets.

Beauty Key is a Fashion Stylist

Everyone wants to look their best. Many of us would spend so much money in order for us to feel beautiful. However, there are times when we often spend it on things that are not suitable for us. It is such a waste of money when we actually spend so much on clothes and cosmetics that dont fit or worse that make us look bad.

How would it feel like to have someone going shopping with us or someone there telling us all about the latest fad in fashion today? Is it more fun to have someone helping on how to wear those clothes? Well, all these could be made possible with the help of a fashion stylist! One does not need to be a celebrity to have their own stylist. In the world today, it is but normal to have one’s very own fashion stylist.

For most of us who are fashion conscious and do have the eagerness to look their best everyday then a fashion stylist is the answer to our need. A fashion stylist could be someone who would show the ins and outs of becoming a trendy fashionista. They would be able to help in shopping for clothes that are suitable for ones age, shape of body, skin color and likes.

Every season, trend in fashion changes, which is why if we want our wardrobe to compliment, then for sure rendering the service of a fashion stylist can be a very good advantage. He/She will be able to tune our wardrobe on various occasions. The right clothes and accessories for our personality will be chosen all perfectly for us. One would certainly notice someone who has their own fashion stylist because they would stand out in the crowd. They have more confidence and they look highly fashionable. All these could be done without having to spend for those designer label clothes. A fashion stylist would know where to get clothes that look really expensive and yet are inexpensive!

Shopping with friends can be really fun as well nevertheless, going out with one’s own fashion stylist will help them decide on the right and proper outfits for them. The stylist will tell them honestly how a dress looks on them whereas friends wouldn’t tell exactly how one looks like especially if they look bad on it. If we want to make the right decision in finding the perfect clothes for us then again, a fashion stylist could really be the help we need. Furthermore, he/she will be able to guide us now only with the clothes we wear but also on our looks. She would bring us to a good beautician or hairdresser which will enhance our beauty. They would know where to bring us. A fashion stylist eventually is a good money-saver in the long run! A person won’t spend anymore for those things that are not suitable for them.

Sometimes, one just needs some professional help in order to boost that confidence. Good looks give higher self-esteem. Many times, it is a matter of building up oneself from the outside as well.

Will Fashion Change Over the Next 20 Years ?

In the 1980s and 90s, it was all about leggings, hi-tops and dungarees (for the brave ones). With the dawn of the digital age, and the way that fashion is sold many fashions have come into light and some of the old fashions of the 80s and 90s have been booted out. But mullet haircuts aside, some fashion items have stuck with us and dont seem to be going anywhere. What is still on the market today and what has been thrown away as a fashion faux pas? Has fashion really changed that much in the past 20 years?

The 1980s were all about big hair, big jeans and just about big everything not forgetting tight jeans at the beginning of the 1980s. A lot of the 1980s were about both men and women trying to be creative, and the fashion certainly reflected this with big, bold prints on clothing and the colours also rather striking. Some famous 1980s trends were such styles as shoulder pads and miniskirts for women, and parachute pants for the men. However, some of the styles that were popular back then have slowly made their way back onto the market leggings back then were a popular item, and are seen all around the UK today being sold by retailers, wholesalers and independent shops alike. The same goes for the miniskirt an item of clothing that has stuck around, and it still worn frequently today seen on the clubbing scene a fair few times in a night. But what about legwarmers and parachute pants? It seems as though, while we may use the former on a chilly night, both these 80s fashion statements have not fully made it back onto the retail shelves.

The 1990s kept some of the boldness of the patterns from the 1980s, but a lot of clothing was influenced by the Hollywood and film industry as well as the music industry. Grunge was a popular music genre in the 1990s, what with the creation of bands such as Nirvana, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains; and with this, the clothing scene changed too, reverted to more subtle colours as opposed to the 1980s neon-type colours. Doc Martens also hit a popular streak, related to the grunge scene, but also as a practical piece of footwear and the mid-riff was shown perhaps a little too much in the 90s, however a fashion style that does seem to be coming back, with the reappearance of tie-tops.

Nowadays, with consumers being able to shop on wholesale and retail websites on the Internet, fashion is much broader and many styles from decades ago have made their way back and are popular. Shoulder pads are still seen around the streets and cut-off jeans are also gaining presence again; so maybe the fashions just hid for a while, and didnt completely disappear.

Fashion Global street wear Simple and complicated

Casual clothes help you get relaxed after a long tiring day. People may not always feel comfortable in formal or party wear. Uniforms may not be cool enough for all! Casual attires make people feel comfortable and look trendy at the same time. Street wear especially adds to the charm. One can dress in any way and still become a street wear fashion icon for others. It is an easy way of dressing.

Street wear fashion comprises of the weirdest of dress combinations. Girls can match miniskirts with jeans and jackets. They can expose or cover; it depends on their choice. Boys can get themselves a rowdy look in the name of street wear. They can wear sleeveless t-shirts, scarves, low rise jeans, and accessories to go along. They can match doctor sleeved t-shirts with monkey caps and cotton trousers. It is a funky style of dressing for both men and women.

This fashion is simple and complicated at the same time. It symbolizes rebellion to some extent. Teenagers prefer to wear this kind of outfit as it gives them a different impression. Young girls and boys seek attention and street wear helps them in attracting the attention they want. It is also preferred by rap artists, guitarists, rock stars, and other artists. It is eye catchy and lively on people.

The roots of this fashion clothing lie in USA. It was started by a reputed surfer and designer Shawn Stussy. Skateboarders and hip hop stars from USA used to dress themselves in this manner in the 70s and 80s. Japanese designers picked up this fashion from USA and developed it further. It got instant success in Japan and became mainstream fashion over there. The entire world imitated Japanese street wear designs.

Street wear fashion in USA was started by Shawn Stussy. From being a typical skating and surfing outfit, it gradually became main street fashion. Hip hop stars preferred this kind of clothing, as well. It became a popular choice for the young and the young at heart. Loose fitted bottoms and tops that were almost three times bigger than the actual size got popular. Bermudas, jeans, t-shirts, baseball caps, and sneakers became the face of street wear in USA.

Japan borrowed this fashion trend from the west, but later on it became synonymous with street wear fashion. It got so popular as to be imitated by the very creators of this type. Japanese keep on innovating street wear. Some of the famous styles for street wear from their end include the Onee Kei style, Lolita style, Decora style, Gyaru style, etc. Designers are constantly looking for new styles to add to this list.

The mix and match style in Japan has got so popular all over the world that not even the fashion capital of the world, Paris cannot compete with it. Parisian fashion, though exotic, is all about well fitted and orderly clothes. Comfort is a secondary factor and it certainly does not tolerate mismatch in terms of color. France believes in discipline in fashion which is generally way too far from street wear fashion.

Hollywood has picked up all style trends well till now, and street wear fashion is no exception! Akon, a popular hip hop artist, launched an urban street wear brand by the name ‘Konvict Clothing’. It comprised of denim, t-shirts, hats, and hoodies. Rihana, a reputed recording artist and actress, made news in the world of fashion with her recent appearances in ‘Vision Street Wear’ t-shirts.

Fashion shows love to display street wear on ramps. Designers come up with a new street wear style in every fashion week. Street wear styles become popular on the streets with these fashion shows. It gets into the silver screen from ramps and then passes onto the common populace. Tokyo Fashion Week is renowned for its street wear outfits. Designers from all over the world attend this fashion week.

There are a number of designers for street wear in the world. Misake, Kawabuko, and Yamamoto are the three most reputed Japanese fashion brands for street wear. Other than Japan, brands from other countries include Stussy, Supreme, HUF, A Bathing Ape, and others. More and more brands are expected to come up in the near future, especially from the developing countries. Online retailers for street wear are also coming up.

Though this fashion type started in USA, Japan has become the leader in street wear fashion. Fashion manufacturers in Japan started creating their own versions of street wear after learning it from USA. The fashion hungry Japanese population interpreted street wear fashion in their ways. They added their own accessories and made it more glamorous. It is hard to beat Japan in this game, now!

Japanese street wear fashion, in fact street wear fashion, is simple as well as complicated at the same time. It is not about highly priced clothes or expensive fabrics. It is about individualistic creativity. Anybody can become a street wear fashion icon. But, one also needs to take care that one does not end up looking stupid and funny in the end. One needs to be a fashion lover in order to be dressed in this manner.