Fashion Modeling – Prospects After Completing Education

Fashion modeling sounds glamorous and ostentatious profession to many people especially to young girls and boys. The exclusive life style, page 3 parties, designer clothes, international ramp shows and money lure every youngsters but this is just the half truth. The fashion modeling career requires lot of hard work, dedication and self sacrifice to be successful. Fashion has become universal now, there is a huge demand of male and female models in the market. All famous fashion models are being paid very well for any modeling assignment and ramp walk. Their remuneration depends upon the fashion designer and organizer they are working with. Where as aspiring models begin their career with smaller modeling agencies and low budget modeling assignments.

Today fashion modeling has become a huge profession and there is abundance of employment. There is no such educational requirement or age limit to become a model. You may be a school pass-out or graduate, all you need is a good face, height and a glass hour figure. To get into fashion world is a Herculean task due to excessive competition in this profession. All top models are earning very handsome this naturally makes competition very fierce. The international recognition, limelight, celebrity status also make it more difficult to get a break.

However, fashion industry has made phenomenal growth in India in the last fifteen years. Fashion industry is now targeting people of all age group to sell fashion. Earlier, youngsters were the prime concern for the fashion designers, they used to design attires keeping younger generation’s likes and dislikes in mind, but this trend has completely changed now. Today, you can find designers are designing special clothes for middle-aged and older people as well. There has been a tremendous revolution in fashion world which has led to a huge demand of models.

Networking is an important part to be successful in modeling. A strong networking helps you to become familiar with fashion gurus and designers. If you are well acquainted with fashion designers, photographers, make artists then they may recommend your name to others fashion players for any modeling assignment and outdoor ramp shows. Thus, it is suggested to maintain a harmonious relation ship with everyone you meet with.

To begin your career as a fashion model you can start working as a catalog-model, show room model, television model etc. You must make an impressive portfolio of yours and distribute in different modeling agencies. If any top modeling agencies hires you it would be easy for you to enter into the big world of fashion.

It should be remembered your entire career depends on your face so make yourself recognized in the fashion world by attending parties, nightclubs etc. These are the few places where you would find cream of fashion under one roof. Fashion modeling is a lucrative career, it gives you multiple opportunities to travel around your country and globe. Fashion modeling has various categories- Ramp modeling, Television modeling and print modeling, Showroom modeling, Advertisement modeling.

Fashion modeling is a multi-million dollar industry, Bombay is the hub for fashion modeling. Everyday hundreds of youngsters walk-in to try their luck in fashion modeling but very few make it to the top. Fashion modeling gives you international recognition, you may get chance to work with the best international designers in world- famous fashion cities Paris, Milan, New-York, Tokyo etc.

Despite of such tempting opportunities in modeling it is a very short-lived career. You profession is not ever-lasting and you need to tackle excessive stress, work pressure and many unforeseen challenges.

Fashion Photography – An Exciting Career

Do you have burning ambition to be a fashion photographer? The ability to learn new things? Can you handle constructive criticism? You need to ask yourself these questions as you research into your new career choice of becoming a fashion photographer.

An interest in fashion is really important, you need to know your fashion. Learning about designers, trends and what designer is ‘in’, what is going to be the new seasons fashion, this knowledge and passion is just as important as the photography side of being a fashion photographer.

Do you have a vivid imagination, can you think outside the square? You also need to be confident in your self and your ability to be a fashion photographer, in a very high paced, at times stressful profession. Therefore you must be professional in the way you conduct yourself in offering your services? Do you have the right mindset to achieve your goals. Like all choices in becoming a success, you need to set yourself reasonable an attainable goals to be able to reach the top as a fashion photographer and into high fashion photography.

Helpful hints to help with your rise to be a success and become the next rising star in the fashion world as a fashion photographer.

The fashion world. Always keep up to date with high fashion magazines how their photos look. Get your inspiration,study modeling, eg: poses for high fashion shoots, lighting, however as a photographer, you should already know about lighting, if you don’t, get started on the basics of photography.

Put a lot of effort and pride into building your first portfolio, you want it to be eye catching, professionally presented, you should use big glossy photos, show case different scenes and themes.This shows flexibility in your photography. Some photos can be very basic but sending a message about the clothing or fashion, not boring, and allow some photos to be really out there in tune with the clothing your photographing.

You definitely do not need to spend money on high fashion clothes for your models, borrowing clothes can be extremely helpful as you start out building your first portfolio, use different eras and use them to fit fashion and photograph them in a theme, being 60s, 70s 80s, the present, imagination and research on high fashion over these eras and then putting it all together in a portfolio you can use to sell your professional high fashion photography services. Remember your models hair and makeup have a lot to do with the end result to your fashion photography goal and that is to be a success.

You need to sell your self, go to magazines, fashion stores that have runway shows, offer to shoot for them. Send your portfolio to news papers in you city and offer your services for their fashion section to shoot fashion events in your state or where ever they may send you.

There are many opportunities, but they don’t just come to you, you have to go out and find them and be confident in doing so. Know what you should be charging for your services if your freelancing. Most of the time working for a magazine, newspaper or fashion mall they will pay you per project, hour or perhaps a contract between you. But ask what the pay is and how their payment structure works.

Another idea to sell your abilities as a fashion photographer is to put together a mini high fashion magazine, write your own articles. This shows initiative, imagination and professional skills in show casing your work. You can also start selling your photos online, your photos may sell like hot cakes and this gets your name out there and shows that what you are doing is what people like and want to see. Edit your photos if needed.

Never give up on your dreams!

Learn here how to start your fashion photography business.

Does Everyone’s Opinion Count? A Ranking of the Fashion Blogs

Over the World Wide Web, there is a continual influx of information over the internet highway, including, most recently, a trend in fashion blogging. Currently, there are hundreds of new fashion blogs being created everyday, and over millions of already created websites. With these massive amounts of people posting their opinions on style, how can you stop wasting your time reading useless fashion blogs? Is there anyway to separate the quality blogs from the irrelevant ones? This review of five top rated fashion blogs gives insight into what standards should be used in deciding which blogs are worth your time.

Fashion blogs are ranked on a 10 point scale in four areas: (1) clarity of thought, (2) timeliness, (3) relevance, and (4) degree of opinion.

Style File blog:

Total Score: 28

Style.com is a primary source and destination for where people receive their fashion news, trends, and photos of seasonal runway shows. In addition, the renown website has a chief blog site, Style File, where writers can post opinions on various aspects of fashion in a more informal setting and approach. Even though there are several writers for Style File, the writing style of this blog site is distinct and individual to Style.com’s website.

1.) Clarity of thought: 6.5. It is decent. You are able to read through it, although some postings may be a bit long-winded. Also, some entries may be difficult to understand if you don’t have a lot of knowledge of people in the fashion industry, such as Sophia Hesketh and Byrdie Bell.

2.) Timeliness: 8.5. This blog seems to lack consistency. It will have 5-6 entries in one day, and then skip three days entirely without any new posts and then continue on with 5-6 entries. This is probably because people are not working on the weekends. On the upside, it does post slightly more than the average blog, but for a blog that is on a website of considerable size and prominence, you would expect that it would.

3.) Relevance: 7. I don’t think this blog really provides any new information that is of importance or is really interesting. It attempts to draw on styles outside of the US, which can be informative, but it doesn’t focus enough fashion in the homeland. Focus of articles tends to stray away from American fashion, and stick more with foreign matters. In the past several days, there have been over five postings purely on Moscow fashion alone. This is completely unnecessary. Information can also be quite dry at times.

4.) Degree of Opinion: 6. While it does provide news, writers do not write to form their own opinions really, but just blog to create a place for viewers to post their own insights and opinions. The writers tend to say something that they feel is true, such as the “Prep School Blazer style is very trendy,” yet it still opens the discussion for debate, by asking viewers whether they agree or what their thoughts are. This makes the writer’s opinions seems inconsistent and weak. The blog would be better if the writers had a stronger point of view in their critique. It is unnecessary to ask the reader whether they agree with them or not, because the reader will post his or her opinions anyway.

Hint Magazine blog:

Hint Magazine is an online fashion magazine, where you can read fashion columns and story features with a wide ranging selection of topics including music, art, dance and, of course, fashion. It has a separate blog to informally discuss various areas of interests that cater to more independent styles and are usually humorous and entertaining to read.

Total Score: 30

1.) Clarity of thought: 8. The blog is clear to read and understand. It is written in a contemporary manner that appeals to a younger audience. There are not copious amounts of text in each entry compared to the Style File blog, and instead they include many photos and videos that go along with the postings. This makes it look less daunting to get through, which is important in today’s fast paced world of Twittering.

2.) Timeliness: 6. In an era where bloggers are uploading new entries a dozen times per day, this blog only has, on average, 1-2 posts per day. In order to maintain a blog with readers constantly tuning in, it is imperative that there are multiple entries in a short span for readers to regularly come back to.

3.) Relevance: 7. Where Style File’s subject content was entirely about the New York fashion world, this blog seems to veer slightly to the left of that direction. The information posted seems to target a more indie audience by showcasing unheard of designers, writers and artists. I found also that it seems to post a lot on Brazilian artists and designers. I am not sure if there is a correlation between the writers and Brazil for them to do so, but either way, it is a little inconsistent with balancing foreign matters. Some posts are completely irrelevant and hold no interest for me, but for those that enjoy reading about marble urinals in art exhibits and gay porn awards, this is your destination. And if you are one of those readers who enjoy this blog, good luck with letting them know your thoughts, since they have disabled the commenting feature on this blog.

4.) Degree of Opinion: 9. Writers on this blog seem to enjoy writing about what they write about. While news information can be lackluster and tedious at times, this blog tries to send out their messages in a humorous and enjoyable way. While not all of the content on this blog is PG, I did enjoy reading it, even if I wasn’t too interested in what they were actually saying.

Fashion Tribes:

Fashion Tribes tends to appeal to the average fashionista who is well versed in various areas of fashion, such as new trends, beauty and accessories. The reader is usually familiar with popular styles and substantial fashion news occurring on in the fashion world. Taking elements from various aspects of fashion, such as advertisements, magazines and events, this website is pretty solid and well rounded.

Total Score: 30

1.) Clarity of thought: 9. The blog is portioned into smaller paragraphs, which makes it really reader friendly. Also, if you find yourself done with the reading, but are still interested in the topic, it allows you to read more after the jump, which gets rid of extra writing clutter, and opens up space for more easy on the eyes photos and videos. A lot of good pictures and examples, which make the posts look lively and not overwhelming to read.

2.) Timeliness: 6. For a website that is well known across the nation as one of the top rated fashion blogs, you would think that there would be much more blog entries, but instead I was disappointed to find that it only updates only 3-4 days per week. Even though there are a good amount of entries per day, the blog does not allow readers to view older posts, since there is no backlog feature. This makes it really disappointing for those that want to continue reading the rest of the blog, but are unable to.

3.) Relevance: 9. I really enjoyed the content on this blog and thought that it had a lot of good, useful information. It draws in various news about upcoming websites in fashion, as well as information about fresh spring beauty regimes and free giveaways, which everyone loves. Considering the wide-range of topics featured on this blog, I think that it is very good for an everyday shopaholic.

4.) Degree of Opinion: 6. There is hardly, if any, critique in any of the entries posted. However, when creating a blog site, you usually write about what you like, so with that in mind, you definitely know what the writers for this blog like to write about, which explains why I gave it a more generous score, since it posts things assuming that you know that these are things that they enjoy or find pleasing, without really having an opinion about them.

Go Fug Yourself:

Combine Hollywood celebrity style with a Perez Hilton sense of humor, and you have the love child of Go Fug Yourself. Known for its uncanny humor, it leaves no celebrity unharmed or unnoticed. This blog is probably one of the most hilarious fashion criticism blogs out there in a sea of fashion blogs on the internet, but then again, I am being completely biased, since these writers’ humor is right up my alley. Warning, this blog is not for everyone.

Total Score: 38

1.) Clarity of thought: 9. This blog uses the adverb, “A picture speaks a thousand words” and makes it its central point. Uploading a photo of a celebrity in a ridiculous outfit pretty much speaks for itself, since that is mainly how it shows the reader the ridiculousness of the celebrity’s outfit choices. Using the photo as the butt of its jokes, the writers then unapologetically bash the outfit.

2.) Timeliness: 10. Finally! A blog with a little consistency! It updates well over the course of the day. You can expect around 5 entries in a day, expect on weekends, which is understandable.

3.) Relevance: 9. Depending on your sense of humor, this site may or may not be right for you. For those who enjoy reading about bashing celebrities based on their clothing choices, then you have pretty much found gold, but for the fainthearted, you may cringe a bit more when you realize how harsh some of the critiques may be. No worries though, this website is all in good fun! Luckily, for this website, I fall in the former category, and enjoyed this blog thoroughly.

4.) Degree of Opinion: 10. Go Fug Yourself has made a career by casting its opinion on what others are wearing, so if it would be difficult for me to give it anything but a full score rating.

Fashionista

Fashionista is the product of two staff writers from Nylon and Elle Magazine, and joining to give you news in the fashion world faster than most other blogs. With a combo of gossip, rumors, sale tip-offs, internship suggestions, free giveaways, editorial photos and every other relevant news in the fashion world, Fashionista is a comprehensive and delightful read. Perhaps I am just being completely subjective, because this is one of the few blogs that I actually read everyday, alongside Perez Hilton, but Fashionista combines all the New York style straight out of the city’s oven.

Total Score: 38.5

1.) Clarity of thought: 10. The blog is written in small paragraphs, making it easier for the reader to get through it, without feeling overwhelmed. If the reader is still interested in a certain blog entry, she can click on a separate link taking them to “read after the jump.” It uses a combination of lively photos, videos and own photo-shopped writing, making the blog more personal and distinct to Fashionista. Also, as a helpful measure, if you don’t understand some fashion terminology, they have a dictionary specifically just for that!

2.) Timeliness: 10. Fashionista updates several times a day, throughout the day, to give you the most recent and important news. This blog is an archetype to how other fashion blogs should operate.

3.) Relevance: 10. The news featured on this blog involves news occurring in the New York fashion scene. While this may not include everyone, it does deal with high fashion in a very real way, something that can be understood no matter where you are. It also includes subjects from other fashion websites to give you the most relevant information, such as its “Mid-Day Snack” section. This blog also includes various areas of fashion, such as models, beauty, and editorial spreads, so the viewer can be well read in all aspects of fashion.

4.) Degree of Opinion: 8.5. While some blog entries are created just to provide readers non-biased information, other entries are made to showcase models or photo shoots that the writers really like. Either way, you will read this blog learning what is important to the creators of Fashionista. In most news, however, the writers write the entries in a critical way, with a strong point of view.

Lakme India Fashion Week

Lakme Fashion Week is an event that celebrates fashion. This event is organized by Lakme which is known to the top brand in the cosmetic and beauty in India and IMG fashion which is a global leader in the management and production of fashion week and designer fashion events. Lakme Fashion Week 2009 of Fall Winter was organized from 27th to 31st March 2009 at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. Lakme is the top brand in the beauty industry which offers the high performance and an exceptional quality of cosmetics, skincare products, and beauty salons all over the country. Lakme provides its consumers a holistic “Beauty Sutra” who experience through its products and services at the Lakme Beauty Salons.

IMG Fashion is a division of international sports, entertainment and media company. Its a global leader in the fashion weeks and designer fashion events. Its an industry that gives a portfolio of events features like Lakme India Fasion Week.

Event Background:

The Fashion Design Council of India was established in 1998. Apart from fostering the growth of the industry in the collaboration with the agencies both government and others. The council stress on the development of domestic Pret-a-Porter (Ready-to-wear) and Diffusion (a line between ready to wear and trousseau/couture) markets. Lakme Fasion Week is the national platform that showcases the creativity of the designers which can also promote the business at national as well as international levels.

Designers:

Anamika Khanna: Anamika Khanna is the well known name in the fashion industry who has bagged with the award of the Damania Fashion Award 1995 which jumpstarted her career and it has begin the label of “Ananmika Khanna”. The color, craft, texture is naturally her area of specialization.

Manish Malhotra: Manish Malhotra is the name in the fashion industry that needs no introduction. His creativity of fashion spans in broader spheres of Bollywood designs, and styling. He has designed for about 1000 films.

Neeta Lulla and Nishka Lulla: Neeta Lulla has presented the contemporary and ethnic cultural influence of Indian and western styles, prints and designs with jewelery that offset the facet of collection.

Rocky S: Fashion is elements that is always created by making our own style. For the designer like Rocky S the Lakme India Fashion Week proves to be the benchmark of his career which adds an array of the creative endevours. He has designed many bollywood celebrities like John Abraham, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif, Shilpa Shetty, Hrithik Roshan, Arjun Rampal, Dia Mirza.

Conclusion of the Show:

The event of the Lakme India Fashion Week is marked by the celebrities and the designers from all round the globe. It provides a platform for the designers to represent their creativity in front of the whole world. For the designers who are already established they can maintain their popularity level through this Lakme India Fashion Week. The presence of the celebrities on the ramp of the favourite designers and it also promotes the export business. The film stars acts as the crowd pullers for the celebrations. It is extensively covered by the media and is also promoted also.

News and Features about the Lakme Fashion Week:

Lakme Fashion Week celebrates 10 years

Lakme Fashion Week is celebrating the 10 years in fashion. It is the the most awaited celebration of fashion. Its a 5 day event which showcases the 50 top designers from all over the country. Out of which 2 designers are form the emerging category, 6 gen next category, 4 accessory designer and 38 established designers.

Ace designers Tarun Tahiliani will be presenting the grand finale which is themed as Glamor. Buyers from all over the world Middle East, South Africa, France, Hong Kong, and USA are expected in the fashion week. The sponsors like Geetanjali, Skoda-Auto, Westside, DHL, Grey Goose, and Marie Claire all works hand in hand with the Fashion Week.

Incredible Fashion is All About What Suits You the Finest

We generally adore people who know their body well and wear clothes accordingly. These are the people with great fashion sense. Some clothes suit a particular set of people, while they might not look good on others. So fashion is a very individual statement as it is nothing but just a reflection of your personality and thought.

To have a good judgment of fashion, one should go for a variety of getups and ask for feedbacks from the people around. This may bring you faith in yourself and the clothes you are wearing. Many people who are confident of themselves and their choice of fashion and do not want others to decide for their fashion statement, can go for what they like. The only important thing for ones fashion viewpoint is the way a person carries ones self. The wackiest of clothes as per one person can become the perfect fashion stroke for others.

The approach of goth and emo.

These days, certain section of the society, especially the teenagers and the kids are drifted towards this new approach called Goth or Emo. Emo means emotional, which represents teen agony, weirdness, peculiarity, fetish and eccentricity. This style puts forward, enormous sum of black garments, ragged fishnet stockings, black hair and makeup. This style is no more just feminine but attracts a lot of men these days. These men are very fashion conscious and are ready to put on makeup and loud accessories. This style of fashion can only be a magnet for the people who are into Emo music and dramatics and understand its pain and feel.

About the preppy.

There is another style of fashion which is known as preppy. This is a young, adorable look, most popular among the school and college going kids. This fashion style depicts ones concern and apprehension for ones clothes. These clothes are very efficient, well ironed and clean. People who are sensitive and refined prefer this kind of fashion.

Emo and preppy are the two extremes of fashion. One being very loud and vindictive and the other one is simple and polite. One can stay in between and enjoy the familiarity of both the worlds. One can also go in for a complete mad experience by experimenting with fashion which is entirely ones own. This style is called the go wild fashion. A lot of new styles can be created by doing mix and match, combining different fashion styles and putting them collectively in an amusing fashion. Make your imagination as your fashion statement. If you do not understand this, try surfing the internet for online fashion.

These days internet provides you with plenty of online fashion websites which give you the prototype of most up-to-date fashion trends and moods. These online websites can give u clues of different tricks, guidelines and ideas of combining styles to create your own identity of fashion. This kind of an approach can lead you to the creation of wonderful fashion, fascinating many people and inviting a lot of praise and compliments.

Fashion Photographer – Through The Lens Of a Career In Fashion

You may love all things having to do with fashion, from the diverse clothes that are worn and beautiful dresses, to the offbeat designers, to the celebrities as well as models that show off the clothes – lets face it, one of the most exciting and diverse industries is the fashion industry.

However, perhaps you do not have the creative drive necessary to become a fashion designer, and most people would not blame you if you do not wish to lose thirty pounds to become a fashion model. This however does not mean that you can’t get into the fashion industry. There are numerous other options available to you in the industry of fashion.

There is one type of career in the fashion industry that is very common choice and that is as a fashion photographer. Some people are under the impression that this type of career is out of reach for most who wish to get into this line of work, however, in reality you can achieve this position with a good amount of effort and just a little bit of luck. So if your very interested in photography in addition to fashion, then you should give fashion photography a try.

What Exactly is a Fashion Photographer?

A fashion photographer conceptualizes shoots, develops and prints out photos of models wearing the attractive creations of fashion designers. One of the significant attributes that a fashion photographer should have is a creative eye and the ability to capture the models in a way that is creative that will catch the attention of various prospective buyers.

The photographs shot by a fashion photographer can be utilized in numerous fashion magazines. for instance Vogue and Elle, or they can be featured in various advertisements. A fashion photographer must be at ease while working with models to capture the right quality poses and photographs.

They must have the necessary skills in the proper use of lighting, and quite often they have the responsibility of choosing the appropriate venue of the shoot. If you end up choosing to be a fashion photographer, you should be comfortable and prepared for competition as this field is one of the most competitive in the fashion industry.

Nevertheless, it is also one of the most exciting. An additional benefit of being a fashion photographer is that you get to develop the opportunity of developing relationships with famous celebrities as well as models. They also have the opportunities to travel to numerous on location destinations for one site photo shoots. The median salary that a fashion photographer can get is between $25,000 and $40,000.

How to Accomplish Your Dream

You have the ability to become a fashion photographer through working your way up one step at a time. Begin by being an assistant to a photographer. Then gradually work your way up to either a staff or freelance photographer, then move onto a photo editor, and then to a director of photography. Even starting out as an assistant to a photographer it is very important that you have a portfolio that shows all of your work.

Why Fashion Shows Are Reaching Out To Everyone And Not Just The Elite

Now I’m sure that you know what a fashion show is but have you ever been to one? Most of you probably think that fashion shows are only for the rich and I will admit at one time that was mostly true but of late I have seen that change immensely. These fun functions have been geared more for the Rich at “Heart” as well as the Rich of pocket book. So if you enjoy fun, fashion and your own piece of the fashion world then get out and partake in one.

“Why should I attend a fashion show?” Well you don’t exactly need a reason to attend one as long as you remember that they are for everyone and anybody. And if your feeling uneasy and have a fear of the unknown join some friends and attend one or better yet go alone and gather up the fashions for you while making new friends. Need other suggestions, read on

You may not wind up making any purchases from the numerous designers carrying their latest trends but one thing for sure is you will learn what is popular and selling. And this alone is a great reason to attend especially if you own or run a clothing store, fashion store or even a clothing accessory store. You’ll want to make sure your stores are selling what is selling nationally and locally and stocked with the latest fashions. Attending any fashion show can help improve your business, by becoming the store that is sought after for stocking the styles and fashions most wanted in your area.

For those of you that do attend fashion shows for business reasons, including fashion consultants, you may want to think about attending a fashion show. While these shows are basically immersing us with the latest fashion trends, you will also encounter upcoming designers and their fashion trends as well. Fashion shows are a great source of knowledge for improving one’s fashion sense and whether your business is one of providing expert knowledge of fashion or wanting to appear as such, you best attend. Fashion shows are not only formatted for the demur frame but can also focus on plus sized clothing, work wear, swimwear, eveningwear, weddings, men, and teens.

Those businesses’ that are fashion related most definitely benefit from fashion shows. But that is not to say that you cannot also benefit from attending fashion shows. If you want to look your best and learn how to use the latest trends to accomplish that you may want to attend a fashion show. If your wardrobe is lacking or you don’t really know how to put your wardrobe together to make the pieces you purchase work better together and go farther have no fear there is a fashion show out there to help you learn what you need. You will find that the more you attend fashion shows the more your closets begin to work better for.

All learning and business sense aside Fashion Shows are a fun time. And everyone at one time or another is looking to have a good time. Why not incorporate that with a few friends and you have a fun filled fashion experience. Did you know that fashion shows are held in numerous locations as well as formats? Well of course you know they are held in the fashion capital cities like New York and Paris, but these fashion shows can also be held locally. If you’re up for attending these shows in New York, Paris or even at your local shopping mall, a memorable and fun experience will surely be had by all of you.

Remember “Why do I have to attend a fashion show?” Well, you really do not need to have a reason to attend a fashion show. If you want to attend even if it is to see what it is all about you will want to start making plans to attend as soon as possible.

Fashion Industry: Ready To Face The Future

The fashion industry is very complicated. There are no standard fashion companies. They come from a wide spectrum of enterprises working in the apparel, footwear, home textiles and accessories markets.
The industry is made up of various kinds of companies like retailers, design source and selling companies, companies with their own manufacturing facilities and other companies who outsource production but retain control over parts of the production process.

Moreover, companies functioning in the high fashion segment often face a different kind of pressure as compared to those functioning with commodity fashion goods.

All of these aspects combine to make the fashion industry one of the most complicated industry. Yet, various issues can be noticeably recognized as common across the industry.

. Consumers have the power

. Supply chains are complicated

. Product launching and delivery takes time

. Companies must be able to manage a product mix

. Inventory control maintenance is important

. Impact of the latest technology on the fashion industry

. Copyright issues for fashion designs
Consumers have more power

Today’s buyers have more purchasing power then ever before and are less tolerant due to increased time pressure in today’s lifestyles.

They are more aware about environmental and human rights issues and have superior quality demands. They demand a huge variety and more frequent changes in the choices available to them. Moreover, they also expect immediate availability of perfect matching set of garments and accessories in their preferred color and size combinations in the same store.

In terms of satisfying the consumer’s needs, retailers are the first in line, but all companies in the supply chain are driven by the prerequisite to anticipate the expectations and requirements of their customers. From design to production and to the final sale, all members of the supply chain need to check that stores are stocked with the correct requirements when the consumer needs to buy!

The companies that are quick to respond to the consumer requirements are those that will remain profitable in an environment of rapid global competition and increasing material and operational costs.
Supply chains are complicated

The fashion industry is distinguished by global supply chains and complicated logistics. Labor and transportation costs often determine where production takes place and outsourcing of all or part of production is common. Companies throughout the industry have to deal with global sourcing problems and need to regularly evaluate their sourcing strategies.

Production work is often done across multiple places, which may be also located in different countries. Setting up of cutting, sewing, subcontracting and transportation, and the synchronization with raw material supply, is a very tedious process.

Product launching and delivery takes time

While working through the many pre production steps, including yarn or fabric selection, garment development, specification and sampling, the industry takes a long time to introduce a new product in the market.

Both, the complex nature of the supply chain and the global nature of production add to the industry’s long lead times. This arrangement of long time-to-market and long lead times does not correlate with the need to react immediately to changes in customers requirements.

The ever changing seasonal and trend driven nature of the industry depicts that the product life cycles are too short. Even for cyclic demands where the life cycle may continue further, there are often small changes to design, and color or size combinations may be changed. The logistics of managing the large number of styles and maintaining stock keeping units is a difficult practice.
Companies must manage a product mix

Besides long lead times, fashion producers are stressed to constantly design and develop new product lines to maintain retailers’ interest and increase consumer sales. Producers have noted that in order to maintain this speed, raised flexibility and quickness to satisfy changing customer demand, which is quicker than ever before, it is very challenging for them to judge or come out with such types of products. Gone are the days when a perfect fashion trend direction decided what consumers wore. At present, many styles are available, and with rising globalization, consumers can approach fashion news through latest media tools.

Fashion products change frequently, from hosiery and basic underwear through medium-priced high street brands, to exclusive high fashion brands. Managing brand awareness and brand loyalty is a serious task in retaining the position in the market. Margins in repetitive basic products are low, so neither a retailer nor a manufacturer can ever afford being out of stock.

Shifting to the high-end fashion sector, margins increase and sales volumes are lower, but consumers demand an ever changing range of choices, forcing the companies to produce multiple collections per year.

Many companies have to put in efforts to overcome the added challenge of arranging a mix of repetitive lines and collection-driven products, and a requirement to segment their product range and arrange the different segments in a suitable way. From design to demand planning, sourcing, production, distribution and sale, the demand of various product segments must be separately tackled if companies need to perform well.

Companies require clarity about the sector of the market they are targeting, and they have to direct their business in that way.

Inventory control management is important

Companies try to keep inventory levels at a minimum in all industries. In the fashion industry the requirement to maintain inventory levels under control is worst due to less product life cycle. In this industry, there is only one solution to sell the goods.

For collection-driven brands, the entire floor sets must be in the retail stores when these products are introduced, otherwise the chance to sell the goods is missed and obsolescence exposure is a high risk.

For the products that are frequently in demand, it is crucial that retailers and suppliers do not undergo stockouts. This part of the market does not possess the same level of brand loyalty, and customers may well be attracted to shift brands if the color and size they required is not immediately available in the stores when they need to buy.

For all companies, the balancing action of keeping inventory at the necessary level to fulfill demand, while ensuring that they are not left out with obsolete inventory, is a main problem.
Latest technological impact on fashion industry

Recently, the Burton Amp jacket, what is depicted as “the world’s first and only wearable electronic jacket with an integrated Apple iPod” was introduced.

According to some fashion experts the clothes will soon turn into accessories for your gadgets. Today new technologies are much involved with clothing and apparels that you can not judge whether you are wearing technology or whether technology is wearing you?
Besides, electronics will keep decreasing in size to such an extent where we would no longer considerably need the objects to hold them. Hence, today the fashion industry is experiencing new challenges: “intelligent textiles”, “smart clothes”, “i-wear” and “fashion engineering” and are only a few of the trends which will transform the entire fashion industry within the next decade.

Nowadays, many new materials and technologies are applied in textiles and accessories when they are still too costly or primitive for other applications. A wide variety of electronic devices can already be made into clothes and this will rise. New fabrics are already being developed to offer power generation – by using solar power, electromagnetic, thermal and mechanical means.

The combination of high-technology into textiles, e.g. modern communication or monitoring systems or the development of new materials with new applications, has just begun, but the branch has already moved in a gigantic expansion for this sector. Particular applications for the health and security sector, e.g. clothes with extern monitoring systems, already today exist in a large quantity.

Within the coming few years, we’ll see a lot more new applications in garments with latest technology. Hence, there are many designing challenges for fashion designers and engineers for making most demanding fashionable wears.

Copyright issues for fashion designs

Fashion apparel is a multi-billion dollar business that has no national boundaries due to its global existence. Designers, retailers and consumers decide their statements according to international fashion trends. In the last decade, consumer awareness of particular designers has also raised dramatically. Magazines and newspapers also cover the fashion industry as a part of their national news coverage, concentrating on the dynamic world of creative designer expressions.

The common man is very much aware about names and faces of fashion models and the designers for which they model. At present many television channels and feature films involve the fashion industry. Consumers can now identify the various types of designers and designs.

Today, many designers find inspiration from street fashion, celebrities, vintage styles and other designers’ work. Even though there are possibilities of duplication in products and designs due to easy accessibility of the latest printing and computer technology, and due to appearance of the regional or traditional designs in apparels worldwide, it can not be ignored easily. It is really a challenging task to cope with this issue globally.

Are Denim Jackets Still in Fashion?

Denim are the most popular fashion clothing worn by both men and women alike, may it be pants, trousers, shorts, jackets, hoodies, shirts or tees, it seems to be a classic. Denim has always been loved by the fashion world, but we are here to filter out the popular denim jackets and its popularity worldwide among those millions of fashion shoppers, who are constantly hunting down those unique styles and trends every now and then. Before moving into the topic, let’s learn a bit about denim in detail, so as to have an estimate of the overall quality and the importance of denim as an all time classic.

A Short History Of Denim

The famous name ‘denim’ is derived from a french word ‘serge de Nimes’, Denim is a tough piece of clothing, hard rough and very durable with unique method of weaving having a diagonal ribbing and then ‘dyed’ with indigo color to produce that famous blue jeans. The word ‘jeans’ comes from the french word ‘Genes’ which means Genoa, Italy, where it was first invented.

Denim started to impress the fashion world in the mid 19th century, where it became so very popular in the United States Of America, where Jacob W Davis, first invented the rivet-reinforced denim jeans pants. Later he collaborated with Levi Strauss & Co to finally produce the legendary line of denim pants and trousers which was liked by the fashion world and started dominating the garment industry, with a bang!

In 2007 the denim industry made a handsome 51.6 billion dollars in profit, where demand grew by 5% globally. Denim industry is expected to grow by 6.5% between 2015 and 2020, where Asia being the largest manufacturer with China and India among the top two Asian countries.

Fashion Trend And Popularity Of Denim Jackets

Denim jacket was first created in the early 1880 by Levi And Strauss Co, which was liked by people, due to the overall durability and toughness for a lasting comfort. In 1961, ‘Marilyn Monroe’ made denim even more popular as a hot fashion apparel, when she started to use denim jackets and shorts in Hollywood movies. In the 60s, rock lovers started to popularise denim outfits and music lovers started the denim trend where designer jackets and pants became very popular. The introduction of washed and stoned jeans came into existence which makes you look different and highly fashionable. ‘John Lennon’ introduced the classic denim shirt and short long sleeve jacket, which became so very popular in this category, and is still trending, with just few modification to the original classic design. Long sleeved, big shoulder denim jackets came into existence, after its introduction by the famous Hollywood actress ‘Sarah Jessica Parker’, which attracted a large number of female followings and it soon rose in demand very quickly. ‘Madonna’ moved the denim fashion to a new level with mind-blowing design and various color shades with black short denim jacket and a T Shirt was so very trendy and is still considered highly fashionable.

In 90s the denim trend continued with various small modifications, where ‘Britney Spears’, ‘Justin Timberlake’ and many other actors and actresses rejuvenated the reintroduced the denim fashion, and kept it alive in this fashion world. ‘Rihanna’ reinvented denim fashion to a different level, with unique design, rough street wear designs and shredded designs, which attracted the teen population of fashion crazies. The latest hip hop and the slim fit designs are the best to fill you wardrobe with. Long denim jackets with different cocktail design, was ever attractive among men as well as women.

Latest Popularity Trend

The sleeveless design in denim jackets is an old fashion reinvented in 2010 and the knee-length hooded denim jacket, both loose fit and slim fit are loved by crazy fashion hunters. The transformation of classic thick denim to thin elastic varieties became popular in 2012, where denim jackets moved further in fashion and style, with top class spring and autumn fashion collection for males as well as females.

The slim fit thin design with a fresh new look, off shoulder design and long fur coated jacket is the highlight of 2017 denim wear. This new arrivals have attracted the eyes of fashion lovers. Remixed and cocktail design to it, gave it a different hemisphere. The shiny denim clothing is attracting the party wear market.

The long double-breasted, quarter length sleeve and knee-length denim jacket are the most trending designs which is getting popular among denim lovers in 2017. Similarly the shrug design long coats, coat styled double-breasted hip length jackets, side chain lock with large collar jacket, the off shoulder strap-less denim jacket, pull-overs and small jackets are getting more and more demands in the fashion world.

The Final Word

Denim is a fashion classic, re-modified and reinvented every now and then. A jeans jacket can be customized easily, to make it look trendy. People have always played with denim, decorating their them with stickers and other clothing patches. Hence denim fashion is always evolving, in fact the most evolving fashion apparel of all time. I like collecting different types of denim jackets and feel the quality of every piece, and I bet they are different and makes you feel different every time.

Denim ‘Outwear’ have never gone out of fashion, hence we should not be discussing this topic, we should be concentrating on various different re-inventions which is possible, so that we could always improve our lifestyle in a better way.

History of Gothic Clothing Fashion

Before even getting started with the history of gothic fashion one must know what gothic culture is and how it started the current gothic fashion which is admired on such extent. Gothic culture is indeed moiety groups or division of several kind of Gothgroup of culture constituted in early days of England. Believe it or not this all fashion sense is related partly with the name of Goths East Germanic tribes in 3rd and 4th centuries which followed and adopted Arianism. Arianism is a form of Christianity originated in late centuries of history. There was even a Gotland and the population living up there were called as Gotlanders. This culture of fashion originated in the antecedent of 80’s of punk rock bands and groups. Evanescence American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 and The Cure originated English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976 are among of top rock bands which promoted and popularized Gothic fashion in most of the 70’s & 80’s.Notable post-punk groups that presaged that genre are Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division and Bauhaus.

Gothic Clothing for Women fashion history is considered as a mysterious, dark and full of soul induced wearing. Majority of people takes it as the dark and evil genre of lifestyle which follows up with a cons related to the people bearing this kind of culture and fashion causing criticisms sometimes. But whatever the reason it intends to attract people several basis of fashion. From getting promoted by rock punk bands to top designers generating and stitching their own lines of Gothic clothing which not only created a base for the people which loves to follow and worship this culture in much sensible and presentable form to the world. Gothics in the early days was considered as the part of those people who have a deep interest in dark lifestyle of living whether it’s black magic or evil worshipers and even the colour black and red were hugely followed up in their fashion. But whatever the factors were music was big time considered and related to gothic fashion influencer and promoter. Mostly rock music bands were taken as their influencer maybe s because of their dark and mysterious lifestyle and wearing on stage which later considered as a symbol of gothic fashion.

People used to wear this as to depict and symbolize the medieval, to live up the fascinated world of Victorian and Edwardian part of history. The passion for Gothic Clothing for Women included unusual kind of hairstyles along with pale skin or dark lipsticks and a lot of piercings in body, from top to bottom getting all pierced is still considered to being worshiping Gothic culture as through fashion.

This new era of Gothic culture fashion followers also consist and have several divisions of followers categorized into different sections of follow ups. Like Mopey, Fetish, Romantic, Raver, even Goth Geeks, Vampire Goths and Ren faire Goths. There’s also part of people who follow ups rock and punk musical bands categorized with names like Death Rockers, Metal Heads, Rivet Heads, Weekenders.

Goths are taken as a subject of taboo in many societies because of relation of the Goth culture and fashion followers with black magic, death and mysticism along with relating them with religion which causes many complex situations in past days a lot. The history of Goth culture is a lot more filled with stereotypes and rumours. So the person following the fashion of Goth culture had to bear these kinds of hate and stereotypical situations. As the follower of Gothic fashion the Goths are expressed to be Dark, Morbid and Eroticized Fashion bearer along with mysterious inclinations in the History of Gothic Clothing for Women.

Gothic fashion vogue follows up dark clothing and light colour makeup, tattoos, piercings and even changing the colouring the skin into pale and white paint. Its History in Gothic Clothing Line has been a dark and mysterious culture and Passion for this clothing line in Women is taken as a kind of fashion which been criticized and loved as well so the history of Gothic fashion had been all kind of greatness and strong holding of aspects and views. A fashion which depicts its culture so much on higher point is what attracts people. This is the reason people wore this kind of clothing and admire this all aspect as this helps them to show their emotions and thoughts through their fashion.