Inspired?

Inspired?

Today a friend wanted to visit the Seattle Aquarium. For some reason it was not on my radar as a must do but I went. And all I could think about was the undersea world must have been Bob Mackie’s inspiration as he dressed Cher. My photos aren’t the best but you get the idea. The outrageous color combinations and flamboyant fish made me lust for glamour and fun. 

Fashion designers get their inspirations from the world around us. What inspires you?

 

What makes you memorable?

What makes you memorable?

There are times when you want to blend into the crowd and times when it pays to be memorable. Attire is an easy way to do that and your attire reflects to the world what you want to happen.

What you wear doesn’t need to scream “look at me” unless you want it to. Like Lady Gaga and Madonna. Screaming clothes can be a great gimmick that certainly worked for these 2 smart business women. If that is part of your plan then I applaud you and would love to help.

But you can also wear clothing that fits, that complements your colors and you can wear silhouettes that emphasize all the right things to be memorable in a different way. You can take just a moment to put on a little makeup. You can seek out a new hairstyle and find the perfect stylist to execute it.

Your style is your own. Make it memorable.

What times matter for you to be memorable?

How do you do your part?

How do you do your part?

By now you must be aware of the cost fashion can impose on the environment and workers in the fashion industry. Or maybe you thought it was all “fixed”.  Things have improved. You now have choices about how and where your clothing was made and who made it. Yet fashion is still an industry that is about churning out more because stockholders and everyone employed needs to make money.

 I’m not sure what would happen to the economy if consumers began buying less items of a higher quality that are made or refashioned locally. There would probably be some turmoil if it happened all at once. I do think if we all start to make better and more thoughtful choices companies will respond with less and better quality product and hopefully higher worker pay. It may cut off my flow of thrift store finds because now everyone has things they love, that fit them well and they aren’t shopping for entertainment anymore which would result in less to get rid of.

I tend to take the easy way out and shop thrift and consignment stores. I am also the one that picks up fabric and sewing notions from thrift and fellow seamstress give a ways.

How do you make sure your clothing is a responsible choice?

Your image brand

In October we toured southern music towns. In Louisville we attended Bourbon and Beyond. The artists all had a distinctive image which matched their music style. Lenny Kravitz was cool rocker dude superstar, Sheryl Crow sexy older woman who didn’t have to try hard to look sexy, Joseph was delicate ethereal, David Byrne was studied suited and barefoot, John Maier was relaxed in a robe. These folks are superstars. They can wear what they want. What came first? Did their style evolve as a result of their music or did their music and style evolve together to create an image without dissonance?

As a side note I was looking forward to seeing what styles the audience brought to the show but the deluge of rain was the semi- great equalizer. There were still distinct styles.

  • The hiker rain gear and hiking boots (that was mine) of gore tex and breathable rain gear. This did not make the functionality cut. In a torrential downpour that went on for hours I was soaked.
  • The did not prepare at all for this type of weather group wearing normal concert clothing and flip flops and sandals or tennis shoes under see through ponchos purchased at the show.
  • The well prepared wearing the type of heavy rubber rain gear and knee high rubber boots you would wear out in a fishing boat.

By the end of the night it didn’t matter. We were all clay mud soaked to the ankle and beyond depending on whether or not you had fallen into the mud pit that used to be a grassy park.

What you wear can project your brand. If your brand is unclear it may be a result of you being unclear about your personal path or identity. And that is OK. We change over time and we lose our way at times as we go through these changes. It takes time to adjust mentally and the style we project to the world doesn’t catch up that fast unless you take the time to work on it.

How about you? Does your outer image project what is on the inside? I am happy to help you evaluate your image and help you reach the image you want to project.

How do you plan your rides?

While doing some online exploring looking for great bike rides I came across this fairly unique idea for mapping a ride.

If you don’t have time to check out the link, it describes a Perth man with some time on his hands as well as a creative thought process who mapped out a ride on Strava using a picture of a goat as a template to set way points and map his ride. He then went out and rode it. It took seven hours, 126 miles and had 5786 feet of climbing.

I will need a little more time on my hands to plot my bike route that way (as well as more training to complete that goat ride) but maybe in the near future………… For now I use my knowledge of where I am  along with Google’s maps app set on bicycling. I have also had some success with Ride with GPS.  My favorite rides are the ones where I don’t have to think too much and can just ride. Long country roads with no stop lights and light traffic fill my dreams of the ideal bike ride. I especially love bike rides someone else has planned and I just make the turns when told by the arrows on the road.

Where do you like to ride and how do you plan it?

New Times, New Processes

The following article came into my news feed in a blog from Fashion University.

“Instead of researching for inspiration, research a current problem in the fashion industry.
Instead of producing more fashion industry waste, use waste from the fashion industry to produce.
Instead of using extensive (and often toxic) processing to achieve a new finish, explore a new process to reduce the fashion industry’s footprint on the environment.
Recently featured in an issue of Hue, a magazine published by FIT, Stacy Flynn and Christopher Stanev are a dynamic duo who have set out to change how clothes are made, in effect proving the “everything’s been done before” argument dead wrong. Formerly with DuPont, Target and Eddie Bauer, Flynn had sourced millions of yards of fabric and seen first hand the pollution produced by textile factories—in particular those factories using recycling technology.
While using plastic from bottles to create polar fleece may sound like a move in the more sustainable direction, unfortunately, the process necessary to transform plastic into fleece is almost as detrimental as creating polar fleece sans recycled plastic bottles. And those retailers who have started recycling programs in which consumers bring in clothes they will no longer wear are only making a small dent in the current landfill crisis in the US. Of the 16 million tons of textiles Americans dispose of each year, on 16 percent is reused or recycled.
And so, Flynn and textile chemist, Stanev began to research how they could create a virgin fiber by dissolving and purifying donated clothes, then extruding the results for use in creating new garments. The pair did not find answers overnight—Flynn started asking questions in 2010, partnered with Stanev and together they invested their savings and retirement accounts to discover a way to liquefy fabric, extract the raw cellulose (which makes up 98 percent of cotton) and turn it into a reusable sturdy fiber.
Stanev’s team of researchers developed safe, reusable solvents to break down fabric and in 2015, Patrice George (Flynn’s former weaving teacher) began to weave what Stanev and Flynn called Evrnu yarn into denim. At first the yarn was very weak. George described it as “a cross between cotton candy and peanut brittle.” Stanev worked to make each new skein of Evrnu he sent George stronger and she created 4.5 yards of denim with Evrnu as the weft and cotton as the warp.” (Credit From Fashion University blog)

To me this was super exciting! And I discovered they are in Seattle! And they had partnered with Levi Straus to incorporate this technology. I have spent a little bit of time digging deeper and can’t find a Levi product made with this. Unfortunately. I guess I will have to dig a little deeper on a day with a little more time. Does anyone have any knowledge of this or other partnerships using this technology? Would love to support it. Especially with an American made textile by the yard using this product technology. One can always dream.