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Miami Swim Fashion Week

The Mercedes-Benz Miami Swim Fashion Week 2010 hit the runways Wednesday July 15, 2009 through Sunday July 19, at the Raleigh Hotel as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim returned for its fifth year. The glorious five day event held at Raleigh Hotel in Miami saw celebrities and the elite having a grand time. It is estimated that more than 12,000 made their presence felt at the sandy beaches.

IMG Fashion launched the fashion week and the renowned car manufacturing company, Mercedes-Benz, showcased their new variants of E-Class sedans and coupe. Popular fashion designers and newbie took active part in the single largest event ever.

Designers from all around the world included Tibi, Red Carter, Cia.Marítima, Xtra Life LYCRA®, Luli Fama, Ed Hardy Swimwear, Tori Praver Swimwear, Mara Hoffman, White Sands Australia, Vitamin A and V Del Sol. The event was a real eye-catcher as attendees witnessed attractive models donning the latest designer swimsuits make their way across the ramp.

The event could not have been any better especially when popular actors and actresses Jason Kennedy, Perry Reeves, Gilles Marini, Roxy Olin and many others were present. The Star Lounge was where the celebrities and VIPs enjoyed much of the hospitality. The press, media corporations and retailers wasted no time in doing what they do best.

bodySCULPT(TM), the most popular and leading plastic surgery practice in Manhattan, was a sponsor and organized “Day of Beauty” at The Lookout Suite in The Shore Club. Attractive bodySCULPT(TM) models handed out fortune cookies containing messages of confidence, such as “Don’t Worry, It’s Our Little Secret” and “Indulge, We’ve Got You Covered”. Other sponsors included DHL, Continental Airlines Inc., Miami.com, and Getty Images.

Those who missed watching the Mercedes-Benz Miami Swim Fashion Week 2010 hit runways can watch photographs and videos of the event online. The organizers, whom the press got a chance to meet, commented that the week long program was ‘a grand success’ which in fact was an understatement.

Fashion Jewelry, Fuel

Gas prices crack the $4.00 mark and many fashion retailers feel concern about how the economy will impact business. There’s no crystal ball to the future, but historical information through the lens of a jewelry wholesaler may provide surprising encouragement.

Let’s begin with the recession of 1980 to 1982. The Iranian revolution led to erratic oil production and rises in gas prices. This was before the internet gave worldwide exposure to local businesses and our lens focuses from South Louisiana, which was in boom times because of offshore drilling. The recession hit South Louisiana in 1983 with the oil bust when price per barrel tumbled. Oil dependent cities saw 20% to 25% unemployment, equivalent to The Great Depression.

The following January, only a few months later, twist beads became a fad and retailers experienced a buying frenzy unequaled by anything before or after. Women would rush to retailers on their lunch hour and spend $60 to $80 getting more colors and textures to create this hot new look. Remember, all of this is shortly after the oil bust that devastated the area.

Fashion jewelry and accessories saw steady growth from this point. The next recession struck in 1990 to 1991 with a decrease in manufactured goods. But many retailers in fashion jewelry and accessories were totally unaware of slow economic times as they set a record breaking year in 1990 followed by a very good year in 1991. Fashion jewelry was at the top of its game with large dangling earrings making a big impact. Wholesalers were receiving regular shipments of these dramatic baubles and selling out just as quick.

In addition to fashion jewelry being hot, something else was taking place that had an unexpected result. The UN coalition was gathering in the Middle East for the Desert Storm operation and this included a high number of American troops. The nation rushed to retailers in search of anything Americana to show support for the troops. This caught retailers off guard. They scrambled to find the jewelry and accessories customers were frantically searching for and the limited supply was usually never enough. This was a helpful addition to a time already bolstered by brisk fashion jewelry sales.

As time moves towards the mid nineties something happens that puts to rest the idea that the economy accounts for good sales in fashion jewelry and accessories. Nightly news was raving about economic growth, but a new trend of minimalism was quietly building. It started with interior design and furniture and then Prada introduced an understated style in neutral colors that caught on and took fashion to the natural look. Color was gone as well as dramatic statements and the fashion jewelry industry from manufacturers to retailers was struggling. Two piece knit suits were also a rage and belts all but disappeared for a decade. In the height of a good economy, fashion jewelry hit a low point showing its success depended far more on fashion trends than on the economy.

The 21st century arrived and a new recession hit the American economy from 2001 to 2003. In the stock market dot com businesses were failing and then the tragic September 11th attack took place. Everything was at a stand still. America was stunned; retailers were stunned. America united and people reached for a way to express their feelings. Selfishness disappeared as nationwide people opened their wallets to help victims.
The country stood united, all differences aside, and again they returned to retailers for every imaginable item in Americana to express their support and feelings. Retailers filled a human need as they went through a recession they hardly knew existed.

During these extraordinary times, Estee Lauder noticed an unusual behavior. Department store sales of high priced items fell as lipstick sales increased. This coined the phrase, “the lipstick effect”. The bottom line is people continue to buy items because it creates a good feeling. When economic conditions are lower, they buy lower priced goods. This is far more important to the average retailer of fashion jewelry and accessories than they may realize.

Look at all the movement in the economy that we have covered over the last 25 years. The average retailer is not in luxury goods. Their market is affordable fashion jewelry and accessories-the feel good items that can transform last year’s outfit into something new and exciting. They provide an affordable uplift for people. They fill the needs of expression for people when even the most tragic events happen. They are part of the fragile entrepreneurship consumers can identify with. They fill the local niches the majors don’t care about and nobody gives more personal service.

Moving Out of Stores and Into E-Commerce

Much to the dismay of many plus size fashionistas, many major retailers in the United States are either eliminating clothing lines that cater to women larger than size 12 or packing up their inventory and offering these fashions exclusively online. Whereas many industries have taken a hard hit to the profit margin, plus sized women’s fashion sales have been hit especially hard. While sales of women’s fashion sizes 0 to 10 has reportedly dropped by 2 percent, fashion industry experts are speculating that plus size fashion sales have dropped almost 4 times as much!

What does this mean to the average plus size consumer? Less availability of contemporary fashions that fit the average woman’s body. Recent figures are estimating that approximately 56 percent of American women wear a size 14 or larger. These women make up the basis of the plus size fashion demographic, having needs for fashion that is stylish, contemporary, and flatters larger figures.

However, plus size women need not feel transported back in time to the Dark Ages of Plus Size Fashion where clothing lines primarily featured Plain Jane, frumpy fashions when marketed to women with fuller figures. Although full figured fashion lines may not be as prominently displayed in malls or department stores, fashion forward offerings are still largely available online. Within the past ten years or so, the plus size fashion industry has blossomed to represent a wide range of styles from youthful contemporary to sophisticated classy to the farther extreme of punk-themed clothes especially outfitted to larger figures.

When To Buy Into Fashion Trends

One of the golden rules when buying a trendy fashion garment is to exercise caution because trends are short-lived. You should beware of micro trends in particular because they are usually only around for a season, sometimes less. Ideally, you should buy a trendy item early on in the fashion cycle before it hits the mainstream before it is considered, in fashion circles, to be on the way out. The time to buy into a fashion trend is when the celebrities and models are seen wearing it. The problem is that new up-and-coming trends are hard to get hold of before they hit the mainstream. If you do manage to find a garment demonstrating the latest cutting-edge trend in a fashion-forward boutique then you are likely to pay an arm and a leg for it.

The time to wear a fashion trend is when it first hits the mainstream, in other words, when you first start to see it featured in the fashion editorials of magazines and in middle range clothing stores. A middle range clothing store is one that is not a department store or a high-end boutique but one that specialises in fashion garments and accessories. Large department stores selling items other than clothing such as home wares and foodstuffs should not be discounted out of hand, however, as they sometimes carry a fashion-forward line or two which is of good quality but at a reasonable price. Before going out and buying a trendy fashion garment or accessory you should take a look at the trend predictions for the upcoming season in the fashion mags. Fashion magazines will give you a good idea of what to look out for when you are shopping.

Major Summer Fashion Tips

How to dress in the summer of 2014? This is a question which every woman asks. It is certainly challenging to find your way around the many different trends set by designers from around the globe. Consider some basic fashion tips which will help you to find the right style for you and look fabulous every time you go out.

Show Some Skin

Do not be afraid to wear shorts, min skirts and shirt dresses. Summer is all about showing off with your best assets. The short tops which reveal a tiny strip of your tummy are a huge hit at present. They are great for paring with the high waist short skirts which have been a total hit since last year. These outfits are ideal for women of all sizes including plus-size ladies.

Remember to eliminate the sleeves as well. The sleeveless tops always make you look thinner and sexier as well. The tops and dresses with spaghetti straps are always stylish, but you should consider the strapless models for the most attractive look.

Get Inspired by the 90’s

The fashion of the early 1990’s is making a huge comeback in the summer of 2014. The short overalls rule the scene right now. The denim models are totally chick and so are the ones made from thin breathable fabrics. The overalls as well as all shorts and mini skirts go amazingly well with white free-flowing cotton tops and shirts.

The knit tops are back again and go excellently with more casual shorts and jeans and with dressier skirts. The knits are big so you will really get to show even more skin. Again, these tops are free-flowing and super comfy to wear.

The short sundresses with thin straps are back again. Their basic design will give you a very girly and playful look. One of the best things about these dresses is that they can be easily paired with almost any kind of t-shirt.

Play with Colors and Patterns

White is one of the trendiest colors this summer. The white tops and blouses are perhaps the biggest hits of 2014. The white skirts and shorts are also super hot. However, this does not mean that there is not a wide selection of other colors and patterns to pick from. The pastel greens, blues and pinks are super trendy as usually. The big colorful floral patterns are a great choice not only for garden wedding dresses and outdoor evening parties but for suits for the office as well.

Experiment with Shoes

The high-heeled sandals are back and come in a variety of great designs. The ankle strap is a must. It makes your leg look even thinner and longer. The embellishments are not particularly trendy for summer 2014. The softer and lighter colors rule the scene. The white and beige shoes are among the most hip.

You are now ready to dress fashionably in the summer of 2014. Just remember to add the right accessories – a pair of gorgeous sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat for the day and a lavish clutch for the evening.

Examining the Latest Winter Women’s Fashion

Fashion wear is something that has always been classified according to change of seasons. Last year fashion markets were down recovering from distinct losses as the global economic crisis hit every sector severely, the fashion industry not excluded from the economic bloodbath. However this year things are all set to be starkly different from the last and one can look back to the spring and summer collection and its success to say that great things can be expected from the later half of 2010. As winter approaches fashion markets across the world brace themselves for a rollercoaster ride. With new accessories hitting the market that can send the fashion enthusiast’s mind into delighted frenzy, this winter promises to be one that will set the cash registers ringing for many a brand.

So what are the more popular accessories that have hit the market or will hit the market so far? Flat caps, scarves and bags are just some of the accessories that are set to grab the attention of people all across the globe. Ruffles, lace, brocade and jewelry like chunky necklaces, art deco jewelry are set to take this year’s winter collection by storm as this year there seems to be more emphasis on women’s dressing trends. “Volume” is the buzz word in this year’s trends and when centered on women what is the most likely outcome? Fuller tops teamed with a balance of accessories that are very much based on volume and yet are not exactly that fattening. These accessories are there to draw attention to the wearer’s face and not planned at taking it away and onto itself. The jewelry is meant to be smartly designed and will bear a regal appearance yet look to balance the overall look.

How else is a high volume accessory list achieved? There are several ways of doing something like that. One such way is layering, a trend in fashion that aims at providing the wearer with warmth and yet not let him or her feel a sense of heaviness or uneasiness at wearing an outfit. When it comes to shoes ballerina flats and animal print shoes will look to catch the audience’s eyes at shows with gauntlet gloves or long gloves providing some much needed class to a person’s winter fashion ensemble. Fur trimmed hoods and small peak hats all seem to be in fashion this winter with scarves making up the ensemble of accessories that promise to make this winter a fashionably great one. Yet this is not the end of it all. There is more, much more to think about and look forward to when it comes to the fashion industry’s fall and winter collections. Between the men and women the ladies may have more of a reason to look forward to this winter, yet you would never know. Maybe fashion designers across the world will pull out a rabbit or two from their magic hats for the men as well. Surely there is much to look forward to.

The Latest Fashion Trends

Currently, there are certain trends circulating that you need to jump on in order to keep your wardrobe updated. If you’re interested in incorporating items from the ultimate fashion hit list to your closet, then it’s important to keep a close eye on current fashion news and see what’s popular.

Right now, there are specific items that are on the fashion hit list that you have to get, and if you haven’t been keeping up with retail news, then you probably wouldn’t have heard of the latest trends yet. Since the turn of the century, shoes, accessories, sunglasses, purses, jeans, and shirts have all changed.

Wedge shoes are all-the-rage right now, according to retail news, and getting a pair of wooden wedges is a perfect addition to your wardrobe, especially since you can wear them well with skinny jeans.

Getting dark-rinse skinny jeans will make all of your old tops look like they’re new. If you’re getting sunglasses, then get ones with large eyepieces and thin frames. Brown colors have actually become more popular for sunglasses now. It’s trendy to have larger purses now, so the bigger you get the better.

Designer initials are a huge plus, as they really add status to your purse. Longer, more beady necklaces are also in style. Since more bulky things are in style, the best way to complement that is by having a more feminine, ruffled blouse. It goes with skirts, jeans, and all types of shoes. Longer necklaces look good with it. A good shirt, according to the latest fashion news, can be the focal point of any outfit.

While it’s challenging to keep up with the latest trends and fashion news, it’s important to have each item on the fashion hit list to make sure your wardrobe looks spiffy and updated.

Usually, every five to seven years, there will be certain items that gain wide popularity, and it’s important to have a variation of each in your closet. It’s an easy way to update your wardrobe without buying an entirely new one. You’ll save money and look like you’re keeping up with the latest retail news. A few well-chosen pieces can do wonders for your style and can turn you from Cinderella the servant to Cinderella the princess. Don’t mourn your current wardrobe and don’t replace it completely; all you need to do is purchase items from the ultimate fashion hit list.

Toddler Fashion Pieces For Summer

When the weather gets hot, it’s time to shed the clothing – well enough of it to feel cool. The same goes for your toddler. They want to feel good also. Here are five of the top toddler fashions that your child must have when summer hits.

1. T-shirts – The great thing about t-shirts is that they can go anywhere and be fashionable. Consider layering for your toddler. It works for both boys and girls. Cover a simple white t-shirt with a baby doll top for toddler girls. Young boys can wear a brighter colored t-shirt over their white one for cooler mornings. When the temperature rises, shed the over shirt and simply sport the t-shirt. Choose good quality cotton t-shirts that can stand up to several washings without becoming threadbare. Introduce your kids to the vintage screen print you enjoyed as a kid like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Harley Davidson. Parents like to adorn their toddlers in shirts with cute sayings like “Little Princess” or “Dad’s Number One Guy.” Choose fun colors like blue, hot pink and sunny yellow.

2. Shorts – We are referring to corded shorts in particular. Older boys like them and your toddler boy wants to be as much in fashion as they do. Corded shorts are long enough for your toddler to have the majority of their legs covered when playing in the sun but also loose fitting so that air can circulate and keep him cool. These shorts come in solids and surfer dude designs.

3. Sundresses – What little girl wouldn’t look cute in a pink or floral sundress? For toddler girls, they can sport the spaghetti straps when you are out for a day in the park or on vacation at the beach. For an evening out to dinner, your toddler will look great in a short sleeve sundress. It is dressy and keeps her shoulders from feeling cold.

4. Jacket – Even in the summer, there are cooler nights when a jacket would make a perfect addition to your toddler’s wardrobe. Coordinate their jacket with their outfit. That means having at least a jean jacket and a cotton one available.

5. Capri pants – These are equivalent to the corded shorts for toddler boys. Toddler girls will remain stylish in these calf length pants. Choose from jean, cotton and polyester blend. Give your little girl a variety of colors and prints to choose from. Many little girls like pink and purple shades. Don’t forget the floral, stripes, acid wash and embroidered prints.

Whenever your toddler leaves the house, make sure that they are dressed to the nines. Here are five fashions your toddler’s wardrobe needs to be complete.

Fashion Runway Hits are Fabulous

I was flipping through this months Elle. There’s some terrific style information in it! Looks like we’ve made it full circle to the 1970s. For some of us we’ll get to relive some of our favourite fashions but there may be some ‘yuck’ in the group too.

Flirty cuts in pretty colors with ruffles and frills are in. Remember the vibrant balloon tops – they are back. As are the wool wrap tops and wool jackets. Super high heels have also made their way back into the picture. Your jewelry selections are wide open for mixing and matching. Big and bold will certainly fit the current trends.

Elle says that these items are runway hits: croppped sweaters in acrylic, cotton, or wool. Satin wrap tops ranging from long sleeves to no sleeves, and asymmetrical skirts.

The skirts are definitely fun and sexy – black is the hotest color, sequens are very popular, and beaded silk is definitely in. Add some sexy earrings or a sparkly necklace and your ready for a night on the town.

Straight leg wool pants are also in, as well as wool jackets with faux fur collars. Chiffon and satin are big and sleeveless cotton knit turtlenecks are ever so in style.

Accessories are bright and bold – hot pink clutches, chintz hand bags, satin and metallic pumps, ballerina flats. Your jewelry can be a mix of bright and bold, and more muted tones. With this years fashions almost anything goes.

Check out the Spring 2005 Elle Runway

Some of Ralph Loren’s Spring Fashions are just terrific and they are fitting for almost everyone. Watch the Ralph Loren Show

Alberta Ferretti has some outlandish and fun pieces this season Alberta Ferretti Show

Alice Roe has some very sexy looks Alice Roe Show
And check out Balenciaga formal or evening fashions – they are to die for! Balenciaga Show

Its a great year to set your own limits and make your own fashion style.

There is certainly something for everyone! You may also want to check out some of the other designers such as Blugirl, Calvin Klein, and Prada.

Striped Dresses

Fashion trends come and go but a major trend that has not lost its charm is striped dresses. Women just love striped dresses. Reason behind this all time favorite women’s fashion trend, once again becoming one of popular Spring 2010 fashion trend, is that it is apt for women of every age and size.

Talking about variety in striped dresses, it’s numerous. Just name it and you’ll find it. One can go for striped tee, striped sweater dress, striped shirt dress or even striped evening wear. Striped tees are best for casual wear. For a formal occasion or party, one can opt stylish striped gown or mini dress.

Three types of stripes are very much in fashion today. These are vertical stripes, horizontal stripes and diagonal stripes. Vertically striped dresses are best for ladies who want to elongate their body. It is apt for plus size women as vertical stripes pose a slimmer look. Ladies who are too slim and would like to go for stripe tee or sweater dress should opt for horizontal stripe, as it will add volume and give a ravishing look as well. Diagonal stripes work well for plus size as well as tall women because diagonal and askew stripes add curves wherever needed, hiding the rest.

Many fashion shows like Bottega Veneta and Givenchy Spring 2010, presented stylish striped dresses. Dresses with stripes can even correct some of the things one is not so proud of. Lot of variety as well as colors are available in striped dresses. One can also go for colorful or nautical striped dress. A black and white striped tee is best for every occasion.

So, what are you waiting for? Get in latest Spring 2010 fashion trend and hit fashion streets. Before choosing a striped dress, keep your body shape in mind as right placement of stripes enhance the body and wrong stripe placement can be a style disaster. So, just choose one that complements your figure and be stylish!