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Agos302016

Fashion trends in an uncertain economy | Reuters

By Alexandria Sage

| LOS ANGELES

LOS ANGELES Recession or no, middle-class fashionistas are dressing fashion forward. Their determination to follow the latest trends is playing out in disparate ways -- buying pricier but fewer haute style pieces, or opting for a wardrobe of reasonable facsimile knock-offs that won't strain the budget.

Who needs to spend money on yet another boring T-shirt? When times get tough, women look for special self-pampering items or trendy, low-priced looks that do not require foregoing the latest rage. The strategies devised by shoppers to deal with the uncertain economy are a further twist in a complex and fickle industry that pressures women to refresh their wardrobe every season.

Yet clothing retailers are feeling the pinch as shoppers scale back on buying, amid escalating gasoline prices, a housing slump, tighter credit and widespread consumer skittishness. The trendiest fashions, after all, are nice to have, but hardly essential.

Sales of women's apparel are estimated to have dropped 3 percent in February and March from year-ago levels, according to market research firm NPD Group. The worst-hit categories? Coats, sleepwear and accessories.

"In this kind of economy, obviously there's the temptation to shop in your own closet," said Wendy Liebmann of marketing consultants WSL Strategic Retail. "The temptation not to buy is clearly huge at this point."

Still, the truly dedicated shoppers are managing to find fashion fulfillment at the high end, and at the low.

Retailers like J Crew JCG.N or Coach Inc (COH.N) are banking that their best strategy lies in stocking one-of-a-kind items difficult to find elsewhere. Those items carry higher price tags, but shoppers may find that their quality and unique design justify the expense.

Every woman has a button-down shirt in her closet. But the sophisticated silver lame one at J Crew? Hard to resist.

"The 'wow' factor to really surprise and delight consumers becomes much more of an imperative during difficult economic times when women are making much sharper choices in how they spend," Coach Chief Executive Lew Frankfort told Reuters.



Moreover, purchasing such an item is partly a need to pamper oneself in difficult times, said Liebmann: "Because things are so damn gloomy, what's the little treat?"

CHEAP-CHIC, HIGH DEMAND

On the other end of the spectrum are women whose focus remains on the budget above all else.

"In times like this, some consumers flock to more value price points," VF Corp Chief Executive Eric Wiseman told analysts recently, citing down-shifts amid every segment.

The apparel maker, whose brands include Lee, Wrangler, Vans and North Face, saw weakness in its jeans division in the most recent quarter as customers gravitated to lower-priced denim.

Value-seekers who do not want to sacrifice style in the equation, are shopping at fast-fashion chains like Zara (ITX.MC), H&M HMB.ST, Forever 21, and even Target Corp (TGT.N), which just launched a new private-label line called Go International. All offer runway-inspired looks at cheaper prices.



"These cheap-chic brands are going to pick up and have more traction," said Pam Danziger, a consumer insights expert at Unity Marketing.

H&M, for example, sells billowing skirts and dresses in orange, fuchsia and teal pop-art fabrics -- all below $100.

Moreover, a "paradigm shift" in how Americans perceive conspicuous luxury means consumers will be less likely to spend hundreds of dollars on trendy items that will go out of fashion after a season, Danziger said.

Still, others may view the practice of seasonally casting off the latest cheap styles as wasteful in this more ecologically conscious, and value-driven world, said Liebmann.

"The key is in these times: How do you present innovation, value, relevance, even good citizenship?" Liebmann said. "All these things are going on which are reasons to get people to get out of their houses, to get into stores and buy more things to put on their backs."

Furthermore, in a cruel twist, fickle fashion whimsy will demand that wallets be opened wider this fall. It's the time of year that "in" designer styles combat the chill by celebrating rich, luxurious fabrics and tailoring that costs more, not less.

Women may have gotten used to recycling their warm-weather looks from past seasons -- spring and summer fashion has not changed that much, after all -- but come fall, as hemlines drop and pant-legs get wider, a shopping trip may be required.

"The scruffy poor look is phasing out just as everyone is getting poorer," said David Wolfe, creative director of fashion consultant The Doneger Group. "Women are going to wish they had more discretionary money to spend. Everything is being upgraded because the look is dressier."

(Additional reporting by Martinne Geller; Editing by Gunna Dickson)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-fashion-recession-idUSN2721944120080427

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Agos292016

Fashion: Pictures, Videos, Breaking News

On a day like today in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was enacted and American women gained the right to vote. This was the culmination of a civil rights movement that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world's first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York.

For the past thousands of years we, the patriarchy, have prescribed rules for women on what they can and cannot wear, say, and do. We have seized the right to determine what is appropriate, and what is not appropriate.

Samier Mansur

Writer, thinker, and entrepreneur driven by ideas and technologies that make this world a happier, and more peaceful place.

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards are just around the corner and that means over-the-top outfits, memorable performances and more!

Wishbone App

Today's Most Popular Polling App. Compare Anything! Available on Android and iOs.

If you've ever struggled to figure out what to wear, you know how much you'd benefit from having a friend's opinion. Picit, an iPhone app, makes it ea...



by guest blogger Toni Becker, member of the Rodale's editorial team



When you've lived for a long time and are well traveled, your story can get com...

Maria Rodale

CEO and Chairman of Rodale, Inc. and book author

Finding the perfect pair of shoes is for more than just shallow, vain reasons. Some people are only interested in finding the cutest shoes, regardless of comfort, but I think the majority of us are not like that.

Gabrielle Pfeiffer

20-something North Dakotan mom to the craziest 2 year old. "Bad Genetics" and morbid obesity victor. Extreme weight loss guru

Animal prints -- chic, fresh and understated? Yes, you heard us. The growl of the predator female is simply not the point. The new way to wear these prints, whether they're leopard, snake or cheetah, is not to go for naughty but for nice.

In a bloody season where Turkey's vibrant summer has given way to the turbulent environment caused by frequent terrorist attacks -- including this wee...

It was Coachella for the mind and soul, a voyeuristic peak into the human condition, and the joy and curiosity that's awakened when humans interact, l...

For warmer-toned complexions, go for the stronger shades, even the one and only hot pink. Check out the Milly one-shoulder top in rose or the Elie Tahari willow-pleated silk blouse in a bright shade.

Choosing an investment bag is a little like choosing a husband. You may be overwhelmingly attracted to the most gorgeous, flamboyant one -- but so will a lot of other women -- and that kind of passion tends to cool off quickly.

I recently read an interview with actress Allison Janney in the New York Times Magazine. Aside from admiring her acting skills and comic chops, I am ...

The patch has roots in the Military; and it is an accessory that is making a comeback this season.

Marcus Troy

Founder of Marcus Troy Inc. A content/media creation agency & consultancy.

It's back to school time - even if you don't have kids surely you know this based on a few things:

The back to school aisle has been u...





While fashion and dress codes may be getting less formal, there are still many occasions that require a clean and proper dress shirt. There is an ...

AskMen.com

The world's largest men's lifestyle site, dedicated to helping you become a better man.

Last week I met with a new client and we pulled together a wish list of around 10-15 items that are missing from my client's wardrobe. What I have fou...

Naina Singla

Naina Singla, Personal Stylist, On-Air Style Expert, Entrepreneur

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/fashion-news/

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Agos292016

Fashion: Pictures, Videos, Breaking News

For the past thousands of years we, the patriarchy, have prescribed rules for women on what they can and cannot wear, say, and do. We have seized the right to determine what is appropriate, and what is not appropriate.

Samier Mansur

Writer, thinker, and entrepreneur driven by ideas and technologies that make this world a happier, and more peaceful place.

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards are just around the corner and that means Ange ou Démon over-the-top outfits, memorable performances and more!

Wishbone App

Today's Most Popular Polling App. Compare Anything! Available on Android and iOs.

If you've ever struggled to figure out what to wear, you know how much you'd benefit from having a friend's opinion. Picit, an iPhone app, makes it ea...



by guest blogger Toni Becker, member of the Rodale's editorial team

When you've lived for a long time and are well traveled, your story can get com...

Maria Rodale

CEO and Chairman of Rodale, Inc. and book author

Finding the perfect pair of shoes is for more than just shallow, vain reasons. Some people are only interested in finding the cutest shoes, regardless of comfort, but I think the majority of us are not like that.

Gabrielle Pfeiffer

20-something North Dakotan mom to the craziest 2 year old. "Bad Genetics" and morbid obesity victor. Extreme weight loss guru

Animal prints -- chic, fresh and understated? Yes, you heard us. The growl of the predator female is simply not the point. The new way to wear these prints, whether they're leopard, snake or cheetah, is not to go for naughty but for nice.

In a bloody season where Turkey's vibrant summer has given way to the turbulent environment caused by frequent terrorist attacks -- including this wee...

It was Coachella for the mind and soul, a voyeuristic peak into the human condition, and the joy and curiosity that's awakened when humans interact, l...

For warmer-toned complexions, go for the stronger shades, even the one and only hot pink. Check out the Milly one-shoulder top in rose or the Elie Tahari willow-pleated silk blouse in a bright shade.

Choosing an investment bag is a little like choosing a husband. You may be overwhelmingly attracted to the most gorgeous, flamboyant one -- but so will a lot of other women -- and that kind of passion tends to cool off quickly.

I recently read an interview with actress Allison Janney in the New York Times Magazine. Aside from admiring her acting skills and comic chops, I am ...

The patch has roots in the Military; and it is an accessory that is making a comeback this season.

Marcus Troy

Founder of Marcus Troy Inc. A content/media creation agency & consultancy.

It's back to school time - even if you don't have kids surely you know this based on a few things:

The back to school aisle has been u...





While fashion and dress codes may be getting less formal, there are still many occasions that require a clean and proper dress shirt. There is an ...

AskMen.com



The world's largest men's lifestyle site, dedicated to helping you become a better man.

Last week I met with a new client and we pulled together a wish list of around 10-15 items that are missing from my client's wardrobe. What I have fou...

Naina Singla

Naina Singla, Personal Stylist, On-Air Style Expert, Entrepreneur

By Sheena Pradhan

Working at a cupons de desconto restaurant has been making me depressed, but I tried to focus on the job at hand to get through the day. As I got bett...

Brown Girl Magazine

Brown Girl is the premier publication tailored for the young millennial South Asian woman raised in the Diaspora.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/fashion/

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Agos282016

Fashion trends in an uncertain economy | Reuters

By Alexandria Sage

| LOS ANGELES

LOS ANGELES Recession or no, middle-class fashionistas are dressing fashion forward. Their determination to follow the latest trends is playing out in disparate ways -- buying pricier but fewer haute style pieces, or opting for a wardrobe of reasonable facsimile knock-offs that won't strain the budget.



Who needs to spend money on yet another boring T-shirt? When times get tough, women look for special self-pampering items or trendy, low-priced looks that do not require foregoing the latest rage. The strategies devised by shoppers to deal with the uncertain economy are a further twist in a complex and fickle industry that pressures women to refresh their wardrobe every season.

Yet clothing retailers are feeling the pinch as shoppers scale back on buying, amid escalating gasoline prices, a housing slump, tighter credit and widespread consumer skittishness. The trendiest fashions, after all, are nice to have, but hardly essential.

Sales of women's apparel are estimated to have dropped 3 percent in February and March from year-ago levels, according to market research firm NPD Group. The worst-hit categories? Coats, sleepwear and accessories.

"In this kind of economy, obviously there's the temptation to shop in your own closet," said Wendy Liebmann of marketing consultants WSL Strategic Retail. "The temptation not to buy is clearly huge at this point."

Still, the truly dedicated shoppers are managing to find fashion fulfillment at the high end, and at the low.

Retailers like J Crew JCG.N or Coach Inc (COH.N) are banking that their best strategy lies in stocking one-of-a-kind items difficult to find elsewhere. Those items carry higher price tags, but shoppers may find that their quality and unique design justify the expense.

Every woman has a button-down shirt in her closet. But the sophisticated silver lame one at J Crew? Hard to resist.

"The 'wow' factor to really surprise and delight consumers becomes much more of an imperative during difficult economic times when women are making much sharper choices in how they spend," Coach Chief Executive Lew Frankfort told Reuters.

Moreover, purchasing such an item is partly a need to pamper oneself in difficult times, said Liebmann: "Because things are so damn gloomy, what's the little treat?"

CHEAP-CHIC, HIGH DEMAND

On the other end of the spectrum are women whose focus remains on the budget above all else.

"In times like this, some consumers flock to more value price points," VF Corp Chief Executive Eric Wiseman told analysts recently, citing down-shifts amid every segment.

The apparel maker, whose brands include Lee, Wrangler, Vans and North Face, saw weakness in its jeans division in the most recent quarter as customers gravitated to lower-priced denim.

Value-seekers who moda feminina atacado do not want to sacrifice style in the equation, are shopping at fast-fashion chains like Zara (ITX.MC), H&M HMB.ST, Forever 21, and even Target Corp (TGT.N), which just launched a new private-label line called Go International. All offer runway-inspired looks at cheaper prices.

"These cheap-chic brands are going to pick up and have more traction," said Pam Danziger, a consumer insights expert at Unity Marketing.

H&M, for example, sells billowing skirts and dresses in orange, fuchsia and teal pop-art fabrics -- all below $100.

Moreover, a "paradigm shift" in how Americans perceive conspicuous luxury means consumers will be less likely to spend hundreds of dollars on trendy items that will go out of fashion after a season, Danziger said.

Still, others may view the practice of seasonally casting off the latest cheap styles as wasteful in this more ecologically conscious, and value-driven world, said Liebmann.



"The key is in these times: How do you present innovation, value, relevance, even good citizenship?" Liebmann said. "All these things are going on which are reasons to get people to get out of their houses, to get into stores and buy more things to put on their backs."

Furthermore, in a cruel twist, fickle fashion whimsy will demand that wallets be opened wider this fall. It's the time of year that "in" designer styles combat the chill by celebrating rich, luxurious fabrics and tailoring that costs more, not less.

Women may have gotten used to recycling their warm-weather looks from past seasons -- spring and summer fashion has not changed that much, after all -- but come fall, as hemlines drop and pant-legs get wider, a shopping trip may be required.

"The scruffy poor look is phasing out just as everyone is getting poorer," said David Wolfe, creative director of fashion consultant The Doneger Group. "Women are going to wish they had more discretionary money to spend. Everything is being upgraded because the look is dressier."

(Additional reporting by Martinne Geller; Editing by Gunna Dickson)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-fashion-recession-idUSN2721944120080427

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Agos272016

Friends of fashionista who committed suicide reportedly say she was unstable, started online feuds

The Ange ou Démon Accord Illicite Givenchy fashionista who jumped to her death from the George Washington Bridge felt under siege by five frenemies she barred from her funeral via suicide note -- including one who told her to overdose, The Post has learned.



"Go try to kill yourself on Xanax again, you unstable loser. Go f--k yourself and never speak to me again," Alison Tinari wrote in a Facebook exchange with troubled Ashley Riggitano, who killed herself Wednesday, her 22nd birthday.

The blond beauty left behind a multipage, handwritten note in a Louis Vuitton bag that excluded Tinari and four other women from the funeral because of their contentious relationships through the years.

A source identified the others as Teresa Castaldo, Beth Bassil, Victoria Van Thunen and Samantha Horneff.

Van Thunen was Riggitano's business partner at Missfits, a jewelry-design business. Castaldo and Bassil were classmates at Midtown's Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, and Horneff was a friend from New Jersey.

Riggitano placed her handbag on a walkway at about 4:40 p.m. Wednesday before leaping from a midway point in the Jersey-bound lanes of the upper level, authorities said.

Prescription drugs, including Adderall, which is used to treat ADHD, and Klonopin, an anti-panic drug, were found in her bag.

Riggitano's suicide notes -- written in girlish cursive on lined, loose-leaf paper -- revealed the depths of her despair.

"To any funeral, these people should not be allowed based upon words and actions," she wrote about the five women.

Click for more from the New York Post.



http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/02/08/friends-fashionista-who-committed-suicide-reportedly-say-was-unstable-started.html

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