Tom Ford and Adam Selman: A Fashion Week Insight

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    Starting Fashion Week on an Interesting foot, designers such as Tom Ford and Adam Selman were among the first to showcase their talents among a loyal, but excited crowd.

    Tom Ford delighted us in a retro looking shoulder-padded dresses, nude colors and baby blushes. Famous faces graced the stage such as Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, who were among several girls wearing a more retro-modern take on runway fashion.

    Between short pixie cuts, blazers and feminine 90 styled cuts, Ford kicked off New York Fashion Week with a bang.

    His collection was easy on the eyes, but also a familiar avenue from Ford, which isn’t at all bad. Between hot pink blazers, blush, feme tones, it made for a classy entrance into New York Fashion week’s most subtle and elaborate ambiance, that you’d only imagine at Cinderella’s glass slipper party or an evening wear competition at an upscale fashion pageant.

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    As the lights dimmed, it seemed as though fans and audience’s alike were overcome with the luxury themselves, encompassed with the soft and vibrant fabrics that entered the runway. A mixture of new and old, a recipe for perfection, models shined in shoulder padded-blazers, bodysuits paired with luxurious tailored pants, slouched to expose their hips and even, feminine, and regal evening gowns. There was a bit of a pause, before exposing the evening gown presentation though, a pause to dim the lights even more, before star Gigi Hadid walked out in a stunning blush pink colored evening gown, and Kendall Jenner following close behind in a black even gown exposing her shoulder. A reflection of the ‘every girl’, outfits varying from day to night, a Ford signature and a mesmerizing set fit to catch the light. Polished, posh and perfect described this show, and the more I re-watch it, the more I fall in love.

    1*M9n_B36qpvYTa0ABTS6KSg@2xAdam Selman’s show also brought about mixed feelings, in a strikingly good way. Starting his show off with vibrant green trousers and long satin coats, and transitioning to gingham sets following with odd bee-keeper visor inspired head gear, flowy fabrics juxtaposed with monochromatic jean jumpers, fit for a picnic in the park. A quick transition to evening wear, featuring touchable soft fabrics, intermingling with pearled detailing, and my personal favorite, the glittering satin trench coat. Even feathers were featured in the long line between a day for a picnic to, glamorous night on the town. Coined as a designer that is capable of dealing with the big leagues, his pieces are wearable with an element of extravagance, which I really admire.

    Check out Tom Ford’s Designs on top and Adam Selman’s creations below, and form your own take on their shows. Tell us what you think, check more from Tom Ford @tomford on Instagram and Adam Selman’s collection @adamselman Instagram(where these pictures are from and where I give enormous credit to)

 

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Instagram Kills Confidence

I have always been worried about what other people think. I’ve heard that when you turn 25, things get easier, you figure out who you are, and it becomes a beautiful transformation, but I haven’t found mine yet. Instagram has made everything so much more confusing.

When I’m trying to find something to wear, I now turn to social media “cure all’s” to solve my entire outfit woes. I think, hey that looks cute, maybe I can copy it because my pile of clothes is a mile high and I don’t have anything to wear. Sound familiar?

Instagram has become a cornerstone for promoting fast fashion, high beauty standards and the ability to promote unoriginal people. Amidst all this, I still have an Instagram account, it’s more fluid for me, Facebook has become too consumed with news stories and information, Twitter too political, but that’s for another story.

Instagram confuses me, and kills my confidence in the process. I feel like I’ve gracefully come out of my awkward fashion phase of 8th grade toe socks with sandals and oversized hoodies, but Instagram makes sure I am confused, actually it’s like that one friend that tells you that you look beautiful, but she’s telling the bartender how needy you are and that you’ve worn that dress three days in a row? Yeah. That’s Instagram. Instagram’s the passive-aggressive frenemy.

Before I know it, I’m 22 instagram accounts deep, forgetting that i’m supposed to be trying to find an outfit, and instead wasting my time gawking at stylish girls on my phone screen. How can I even compare? What are hot dog legs even? How can these girls be this tan in the middle of December? How come my hair isn’t as shiny as a washed car? Humph. My mind has tricked me into thinking that technology is supposed to help me find an outfit easier. With the touch of a button I should have everything figured out, so why does it feel like I’ve dived into a pile of my own clothes? Instagram has become the social media black hole for deep insecurities, shame and constant neediness to be alike and unison.

Problem is, I don’t want to be in unison with anybody. Half the women I follow for outfit inspiration, I don’t even have access to all of the clothing items they have to be able to switch it up all the time, so I’m stuck feeling inadequate anyways. I finally pick out an outfit and what follows is a parade of stress, armpit sweat, and that voice in my head the keeps telling me that I look ridiculous, like Gollum from Lord of the Rings, all day I feel like I have two personalities because I’m trying to be someone else, instead of who I am.

I’m comparing myself to photo shopped girls and filtered clothing. Look up any Instagram account with more than 1 M followers and you’ll either find Tom Ford, or some teenager who has mastered the art of photo shop, great lighting and not one imperfection, even in her rose pink Adidas. They’re shoes, friends, shoes should be dirty.

I’m trying to get the courage to highlight my stretch marks, inconveniently placed freckles and stringy hair. Instagram is a great tool, in waves, but I’ve got to tell ya, I can’t help but feel as lost as I am in my own room consumed piles and piles of my own clothes.

Just think about it, there are millions and millions of Instagram accounts that post pictures daily, that’s millions of people looking, judging, liking, and making assumptions on one picture. The pressure to be perfect is at a high standard, and most of us don’t even realize it. Original content is underrated, and put to the wayside to chase the perfect body, style and skin tone.

My confusion will probably never go away, I’m a 90’s kid, and even though I grew up on the tail end of technology reaching it’s social media peak, I’m still a new comer on apps like Instagram, in fact, I feel this way because girls younger than me have already mastered and achieved 1.1M followers, and if you combined all of my social media friends from all of my different social media sites, I still would not reach that immense number.

The ways i’m controlling this mass social media hysteria? I tell myself, don’t be late, treat yourself to a good breakfast, get off social media and find your own inspiration. Who says you can’t be the leading style lady? You’ve got the power, and you don’t even know it. We can’t get rid of the phenomenon of Instagram perfection girl trends, and I don’t think technology will ever slow down. It is okay to feel confused about who you are sometimes, but no one, not even Instagram has a right to dictate your style.

Stop following the skewed social media diet, and eat that doughnut, let your style come naturally, it’s okay to binge once and a while, but you also have to keep your health in check, and that bodes true for navigating your self worth through Instagram.

We aren’t carefree anymore, and girls everywhere are losing their sprinkles that make them unique and special to Instagram.

Fashion Documentaries that will make you want to start your own business

Netflix has recently added a bunch of new shows and movies on their queue and that means a handful of fashion documentaries.

I recently found myself caught up watching and re-watching a few this weekend that cradled my inspiration, and had me wanting to jump the gun and start my own business. There’s something so divine about the creative process and where it lead these stellar individuals. If starting your own business isn’t your forte, watch these for inspiration in starting the new year off on an elevated foot.

A few I recommend so far:

  1. House of Z:
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    Source: Zac Posen on Instagram follow @zacposen                                                                                                                            A fall from grace, Zac Posen’s journey to the top in an unlikely comeback. The documentary follows Posen’s rise to fame, and his tumble into normalcy, only to make one of the greatest comebacks in fashion designer history. Created by Sandy Chronopolous, this film is able to pull you into the artistic culture that Posen grew up in, and encompass you in his magic between attending art school and having a career take off at only 21 years of age. He was the designer that fell and accused of peeking too early, yet, Posen’s raw emotion and confessions make him vulnerable and loveable. You have no choice but to root for him in his journey to the top. House of Z is able to weave’s Posen’s career into artistic expression and catapult his audience to newfound inspiration through his humbling mindset in accepting the past and moving forward.

    2. MADDMAN:

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    Steve Madden; source: MADDMAN documentary                                                                                                                                                                               Who is Steve Madden, really? You may have worn his shoes, or seen his retail stores all over the United States, but you won’t know Steve Madden until you see MADDMAN. A documentary created by Ben Patterson, explores Madden’s many lives. He is consistently interviewed in jeans, a tee shirt and a baseball cap, a casual dress for a billionaire who founded his own shoe company. If you can’t place Madden from his shoes, you may recall him from the Wolf of Wall street. In interviews with Steve, his life is eye-opening, at 60 years old, he reflects on having an investment of just $1,000, living the Wolf of Wall street in real life, spending time in jail, becoming a drug addict and eventually building his empire to making $22 million in just three hours on Wall street. MADDMAN leaves Steve Madden’s life on the table, raw, and ugly, just like he wanted it and it’s inspiring to watch.

    3.  Chaos & Creation:

     

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    Source: Manrepeller, check out their blog at Manrepeller.com         Francesco Carrozzini, Franca’s son, created this film in memory of his mother’s legacy. This documentary, the shots are absolutely breathtaking, you feel like you are the photographer behind the lens, creating the beauty yourself. Sozzani is known for her revolutionary leadership at Italian Vogue. While magazines around the world were trying to appeal to the mass market, Sozzani showed issues through fashion that were present and happening in the world that surrounded her, and often ended up being controversial topics such as abuse, plastic surgery, and women who were arrested. She also came out with an all-black Vogue in July 2008 shedding light on segregation in the fashion industry. The documentary reflects this dream Sozzani had, and creates a beautiful memoir reliving the iconic woman who refused to be silent.

    While fashion remains to be a fast-paced, cut throat environment, it’s refreshing to see documentaries of fashion legends who came from humble places, and remain iconic today. While you can’t repeat what these three legends have accomplished, you can certainly feel inspired and ready to start your own passion after watching these documentaries. Sometimes it isn’t the stories we tell, but the stories that make us who we are, and what we choose to do with that story.

     

    Fashion documentaries may even convince you to start your own start-up, I’ll wait.