alice789: (artistic)
The difference between crap and quality. A good point is made, that quality is determined in the eye of the beholder. It is entirely subjective to our own purpose.
Beyond the basic standards of what we deem to be appropriate clothing, (utility/function, identity/decency, and durability) a lot of people don't give a damn.
"Personally, I don’t care about wearing clothes; my driver is making them. My wardrobe planning is defined by not embarrassing who ever I happen to be with." I wish I could be half as cool as this woman. By the way, if you are interested in fashion design, go buy her book.

I think entirely too many people associate quality with popular brands and nothing else. I'll admit there are some brands that adhere to higher quality standards than others, and I do harbour a few brand loyalties/preferences - though never blindly so.
I'm also disturbed by the elitist mindset of single-serving clothes, the concept of "I'll never wear anything twice."

Despite being a no-name newbie designer and poor starving artist, I am fairly particular about my wardrobe (and probably equally concerned with what my children wear). But I'm not an unreasonable fashion snob. My definition of quality is fairly basic, and is never limited to brand names, or big numbers on price tags. I shop at thrift shops more often than regular stores, to be honest - it saves the world in little ways.
I look at each article of clothing independently to determine quality. I always take note of the fabric content - and avoid some (curse you, knit rayon). I examine the design and fit, the stitching and seams, the pattern or print, colour, etcetera.
It all weighs in on whether I'll buy it. Because brand names hardly matter as long as the item itself is durable, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing to my eyes. My personal concept of crap versus quality is for most part, pragmatic - will this fall apart tomorrow or in 10 years?
alice789: (windy)
Here's a list of some of the fashion designers I love:
Roberto Cavalli
Alberta Ferretti
Elie Saab
Naeem Khan
Salvatore Ferragamo
Olivier Rousteing @ Balmain
Riccardo Tisci @ Givenchy
Christopher Bailey @ Burberry Prorsum
John Varvatos
Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman @ Marchesa
Joseph Altuzarra
Zuhair Murad
Madeleine Vionnet, of course.
And my favourite designer that was my inspiration through college, Alexander McQueen and Sarah Burton.

And of course, there are names everyone knows, Karl Lagerfeld, and John Galliano. (I know there are issues with Galliano, but I'm talking from a design standpoint, not a judgement on character or social status)

Also, I am totally doing NaNoWriMo this year, here is my profile. Add me as a writing buddy!
alice789: (colourful)
Here are some blogs/websites I follow and highly recommend for anyone interested in fashion design:

http://www.style.com/ - Style.com
http://fashion-incubator.com/blog/ - Fashion Incubator
http://firstview.com/blog/ - First View
http://www.pantone.com/ - Pantone
http://trendwatching.com/ - Trendwatching
http://runway.blogs.nytimes.com/ - The New York Times: Fashion News
http://www.polyvore.com/ - Polyvore
http://www.hintmag.com/ - Hint Fashion Magazine
http://purple.fr/ - Purple FASHION Magazine

http://frauvau.blogspot.com/ - Frau Vau
http://www.patternschool.com/ - Pattern School
http://verbalcroquis.wordpress.com/ - Verbal Croquis

[I will continue to update this list. If you have any suggestions, leave a comment.]

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