Founded in 2010, Downs Designs is the first company of its kind.
There are many niches in the fashion industry, from high fashion to costume wear, to performance-wear garments for people in the coal or oil industries. But another very important market is for specially designed garments for people with disabilities who often have difficulty finding clothing that fits properly.
Based in Mentor, Ohio, Downs Designs is a local company that is the first and only company of its kind. Downs Designs was founded to provide comfortable clothing to fit the unique body shape of a person with Down Syndrome. Those with Down Syndrome typically have shorter legs and have less muscle tone which leads to a rounder belly. Additionally, people with Down Syndrome also lack fine motor skills, which make it difficult to wear regular jeans with zippers and buttons.
“Right now in our store emerald green is flying off the shelves. Everyone loves the ease this chevron blouse goes from day to night.” $59.95 at The Limited
Many fashion students and alumnae also work in retail and can offer insight into world of buying and selling in the fashion industry.
Vanessa Feldkamp is a senior majoring in Fashion Merchandising at Ursuline College. She is also the sales lead manager at The Limited. Vanessa explains that she applies a lot of what she learned in May Beard’s Retail Buying classes: “May Beard’s class taught me to take a deeper look into the psychology of the target customer. I’ve also learned to analyze why a product didn’t sell.”
This helps Vanessa and her team to assist the customer in her shopping experience. “Also, by knowing what our customers likes we can drive sales in our stores,” Vanessa said.
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Hello Lovelies! New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 kicked off last Thursday with the announcement of Pantone’s Spring 2014 Color Report:
Pantone’s Spring 2014 Color Report
New York Fashion Week continues through this week and the list of my favorite runway looks continues. Spring trends (as seen on the runway) include stripes, abstract prints, knee-length skirts, sheer fabrics, an homagé to street style, elongated silhouettes, and feminine florals. Below are some favorite looks as seen on the runway.
Bright colors and bold graphics for Nicole Miller’s Spring 2014 collection
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A simple sheath makes a chic statement by Nonoo
Color in motion: Pantone’s “Violet Tuplip” as seen on the runway in this Tadashi Shoji dress
Kate Spade’s Spring 2014 Collection is a fan favorite
Not ready to give up the edgy look of fall 2013? Herve Ledger carries the look into spring!
Prabal Gurung utilizes Pantone’s Freesia yellow in this cutting edge look.
As shown by Jason Wu: Your staple piece for spring is a long waist coat
Stay tuned for more #NYFW coverage as Fashion Week continues!
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I firmly believe that no room is complete without a chandelier, whether it’s an indoor or outdoor space. How perfect would a chandelier be in your garden, or YOUR dorm?! I recently found a great tutorial from the Dollar Store Craft blog on how to fashion a chandelier from affordable household items. (Click on the link above for this amazing tutorial and other awesome and affordable projects!)
This is what you’ll need:
* Mardi Gras style beaded necklaces (from the dollar store or party store)
* Jewelry wire
* Hot glue
* Metallic spray paint
* Plastic Crystals, glass beads, etc.
Photo via Dollar Store Crafts tutorial
Step #1: Begin by attaching the beaded necklaces to the wire basket with the jewelry wire.
Step #2: Once the entire “bowl” is completely adorned with the beaded strands, continue on to attach the beads to hanging part of the chandelier.
Step #3: To secure the beads, Dollar Store Crafts hints to loop the chain link through the hook to support the weight of the beads.
Step #4: In a ventilated work space, spray paint your chandelier in your desired color. Be sure to wear a mask and protective eye wear!*
Tip from Dollar Store Crafts: loop the chain links through the hook to secure the beads
And this is how my chandelier turned out:
A continuing process: I find myself adding to my chandelier every so often!
How gorgeous does my chandelier look in our apple tree?
“From Botticelli to Pollack. The history of art is the mechanics of Fashion and Branding: it is the marketing, presentation, selling, and licensing of a product or idea that is relevant and desirable in its time period.”
What could be better than an evening of art and fashion? An evening of art, fashion, and the opportunity to make networking connections in Cleveland’s fashion industry! Last night I attended this incredible FGI (Fashion Group International) event at the Cleveland Museum of Art and met some amazing people and mingled with some good friends and my favorite fashion professors! The event featured an exclusive fall fashion trend presentation from Saks Fifth Avenue. (I LOVED everything I saw!), a presentation on fashion designer and FGI member Ali Rahimi of Ali Rahimi for Mon Atelier from John Barle, and a private guided tour of the museum from the Director of Art Studies at Virginia Marti College of Art and Design, Patrick Melnick. NOTE: We also shook hands with the likes of someone with connections to iconic model Twiggy!
SO what fall trends should you be on the look out for? Expect to see lots of leather, from laser-cut leather dresses to leather leggings, moto jackets, and your classic leather pant. Classic cashmere also took a sleek feminine edge with flattering draping, paired with destroyed denim. Below are some photos courtesy of local blogger Karen Yannacio Morse of GlamKaren. Be sure to check out her blog, she is so amazing!
Photo Cred: Karen Y. Morse
Photo Cred: Karen Y. Morse
Stay tuned for more! -xoxo