In Exuberant, Luxuriant, and Alternative Moods October 18, 2007Posted by wenbi in : Fashion , trackback
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Fashion is a common language around the world, which functions as a form of tribal identification that crosses barriers and classes. Its totems spread from handbags, belts, scarves, footwear, headwear to furs and much more. Although less expensive than clothes, accessories offer consumers with the same semiological comfort and a sense of being en vogue. Switching from sporty styles and masculine look, fashion is heading towards a comeback of femininity and a zest for glamour. Consumers want something really feeling good. The focus of well-being has turned to luxury.
Fur wear is major beneficiary to this change on account that it lends itself to the wish for something unique, comfortable and expensive looking, for a piece of pure individuality. The fur business is heading into the new seasons with an optimistic outlook. This confidence is rooted in the strong showing of fur at the recent fashion fairs and weeks in Paris, Düsseldorf, London, New York and Milan. The fur design tends to be more feminine, adorning, and decorative. Lightweight, courtesy of special deep fleeces and the innovative processing techniques have been applied to shaggier hides, by making good use of both front and back of the hides for reversible parts from the classic coat to the sassy fashion accessories. With the comeback of the classic fur look, full-length mink coats are radiant in catwalks often with slim silhouettes and styles of the ’60s and ’70s.
Bags are must-have accessories for every season. In the past when clothes had no pockets, a bag was essential for holding money and personal items. Bags were made from leather, cloth, velvet or silk and left unadorned or decorated with needlework, stitched designs of figures, flowers or mythical beasts. Nowadays, women use the bag in a semiotic way in front of knowing assistants to get serious attention. They emphasize their esthetic value more than their functionality, that is, shopping. Indeed, color is central part of the handbag equation. Fashion colors turn from traditional black and brown to pink, light blue, chartreuse and orange. Textured surfaces shape the trend toward luxury- particularly with embossed crocodile, python and lizard as animal prints such as leopard, cheetah and zebra become popular.
Footwear is people’s closest friend. Most of us wear many shoes during the course of a 24-hour day, such as dress shoes, casual footwear, athletic shoes, and finally household slippers at the end of a long, tiresome day. Women adorn boots with laces, stud eyelets, knee boots, crocodile boots, wearable pirate/highwayman cuffed boots. Also the boots with grommets and biker buckles, the boot with fur cuffs, moccasin slouch boots with ikat and Inca designs and fur topped elegant boots. Some shoes are in velvet or suede creates luxury footwear with a quality-sensing feel. Retro shoes have many lavish fur or are laced ’30s style. Exotic satin colored evening shoes with crystal trims are perfect match for a pair of jeans. Rugged but cozy boot-style slippers in imitation shearling and fleece are sold well throughout the colder months. Casual footwear with jelly-style kitten heels, as well as espadrille wedge silhouettes, is worn everywhere on floors.
As men become more interested in expressing their individual style, in this case, they prefer to wear formal clothing as an expression of their own style. Although half of neckties is bought by women as gifts, the increasing numbers of under-25s show intense feedbacks on purchasing neckties. Such a trend reinforces stronger growth of premium products.
Hair styles change all the time so does headwear fashion. Some changes dance with how a particular celebrity cuts. By this, the street version is always slightly different. Younger generation loves their hair being a blonde, although never will. In fact, dyeing seems a good way. Women pretty up their hair with hair accessories, including combs, barrettes, decorative bobby pins, clips, butterflies and hair bands.
In hat sector, we saw a return to a more dressier hat, with molded felt and straw shapes frequently replacing cut-and-sew silhouettes. Hats with jeweled brooch decorations turn to a more “multi-media embellishment“, like feathers, sequins, velvet trim and lace. In addition, flower pin designs can be found on hats, either in matching fabrications and colors or contrast colors, creating a hybrid of girl-meets-boy.
Jeweled belts, buckles with fabric as scarf wrapping at the waist have been welcomed. Brooch belts with colorful colored stone or clear rhinestone buckles are pretty echo-friendly. Some are combined with materials like distressed and rugged leathers for a “rock n roll” look of glam to suit street fashion. Fabrics are woven and mixed with pearls or chain, or even woven through leather. Ring buckles decorate soft fabric or ribbon belts are friendly for consumers in dealing with sizes. The hot sales are charm bracelets, charms on chain belts. Gold color is popular as gold price surges in international market.