Graphic T-shirts dress up or down spring style

Graphic T-shirts speak the literature of pop culture. With all of the whit and wordplay, the new and improved T-shirts designed with kitschy phrases and bold imagery are going to be a staple this spring and summer.

From the Ramones and iconic images of John Lennon and I Love (Heart) NY, graphic tees have been around forever. Who didn’t have the iconic Virginia is for Lovers shirt in the ’70s? But what we’re seeing now is much more fun on wordplay, brand and icon mash-ups and better styles than the T-shirts and tanks of the past decades.

During the past several years, the T-shirt scene in Cleveland has exploded. Local companies such as Cleveland Clothing Co., GV Art + Design and Fresh Brewed Tees have served up creative designs related to the city, Ohio and its sports teams.

With a smidge of attitude, wear graphic T-shirts like a fashionista, not a teenager.”

Now, pop culture and social statements join the mix with images of skulls, like day of the dead art, to henna inspired designs and phrases that make you think — or just laugh. Play on words and anything with a sassy French statement are

Small labels lure big bucks in fashion’s latest trend

PARIS (Reuters) – Christophe Lemaire has spent the past three years designing dresses for Hermes. Now he wants to develop his own brand and ride a wave of investor interest in new labels which have the potential to become global brands.

He’s not alone.

Whether it is private financing or takeovers by major luxury groups like LVMH, the latest trend in fashion is to find a promising niche label that has no history but plenty of imagination.

Fuelling the bull market for young designers is executives’ conviction that demand for luxury goods is strengthening further in markets like China and the United States, especially for the kind of fresh looks that only new blood can create.

“People are taking comfort in the luxury goods sector’s track record and growth prospects, which is encouraging them even more to invest in young niche fashion brands,” a Paris-based banker said, declining to be named.

Take Damir Doma, a 31-year-old Croatia-born designer who worked with Belgian designer Raf Simons, now at LVMH’s Christian Dior. His brand’s parent recently sold a 5 percent stake to Bernd Beetz, former chief executive of Coty who is

T-shirt store starts new fashion trend in Libya’s Benghazi

Browsing through the racks of printed T-shirts and scarves, a handful of shoppers inspect the latest designs in what has become one of the most popular clothing stores in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.

One of them, Ali, a student, holds up a T-shirt printed with a popular Libyan expression “Grab what is new before it becomes old”, one of the many catchphrases that adorn the designs in Boza, a small shop in an upmarket neighborhood.

“I always bought clothes with English writing on them but now for the first time, I am buying a T-shirt with Arabic print,” he said. “I am so happy.”

Ali is one of the hundreds of Libyans who have flocked to Boza since it opened a few months ago, eager to get their hands on designs that have become a talking point among the youth in Benghazi’s popular coffee shops.

Its name meaning “stylish”, the store – the first of its kind in Libya according to its owners – sells T-shirts, bags, head and neck scarves printed with “Made in Libya”, “Walk like a Libyan” or

LEARN HOW LADIES BAGS HAVE BECOME CARRIERS OF BEAUTY AND STATUS

It doesn’t matter how much decked up I am for the party this night, if I am not carrying a stylish handbag with me, I am incomplete! This was my answer to my husband when he proclaimed my whole attire to be too ostentatious. Well guys, to be very honest, you will rarely see me without ladies bags!

Handbags are the most stupendous accessories without which women today can’t feel complete, especially when they are all set to head for an occasion. They have become the most practical and beautiful part of a women’s personality. From carrying the basic necessities into themselves, handbags can actually compliment your outfits. Ladies bags are now a day’s, usually bombarded with makeup along with a Smartphone.

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I remember how carrying a handbag was so imperative for me when I gave birth to my first child as I used to store a hell lot of diapers and milk bottles into it. But now as with age, I believe handbags hugely convey elegance and sophistication especially the sling bags. Do you want to feel the comfort of carrying a small bag

Local celebrities to walk in Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland’s 3rd annual All About the Bag fashion benefit

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland’s third annual “All About the Bag” fashion benefit takes place Thursday, Feb. 25 with a celebrity line up you won’t want to miss.

The Executive Caterers of Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven Drive, Mayfield Heights will transform into a runway showcasing new styles from Beachwood Place Mall. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and it sold out last year.

Along with the main event, guests can bid on raffle drawings and auction items including a Chanel Bag retailed at over $5,000. DJ Mimo will be spinning tunes throughout the night and hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

A fashion exhibit by students at Virginia Marti College will also be on display. Tickets are $75 for general admission or $150 for a premiere package. Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland helps provide food and other vital services to the hungry.

Fall for fashion

You don’t want to think about it and neither do I: the end of summer. Bummer.

However, there are some people — fashion experts, for instance — who actually enjoy thinking about fall and the things they (or we) can buy to stay in style for the new season.

I know it won’t ease the pain of the end of vacation, packing up the flip-flops or going back to school or the office, but at least distract yourself by fantasizing over additions to your closet.

To get you started, I asked five trend watchers to tell me their three top wardrobe musts for fall.

Gregg Andrews
Nordstrom fashion creative director

• Something in a luxe fabric like lace or a brocade (Ellen says: If a lace dress, top or skirt isn’t your style, consider a scarf, a clutch or even a lace-look cellphone cover — Marc Jacobs for iPhone 5, $38, nordstrom.com)

• Knee-high boots: “With a mid to high heel. She’s going to be able to do so much with that. In black. Or a flat equestrian boot, like a riding boot.”

• Colorful coat: “They’re so beautiful. Swing coats. Lots of color in coats! They’re great

Choose fashion trends that boost your body confidence

Twice a year, New York Fashion Week turns media attention to runways, bright lights, style heavy-hitters and of course, to-die-for collections.

And twice a year, the underlying story of these events is how those models manage to stay so thin, and whether their size is a reasonable idea of beauty.

My philosophy around taking care of my own body is pretty simple: I believe in eating more vegetables than French fries overall, drinking lots of water and sweating for at least 30 minutes a day, whether it’s from running or scrubbing the bathroom floor. I do not believe in consuming hard drugs or munching on cotton balls to curb hunger, two tactics of many that were described to fashion reporters this week.

I recognize that my commitment to exclusively external use of cotton balls might mean I don’t look awesome in every trend, and that’s fine. It’s also fine that even though I accept my body for what it is and encourage everyone else to do the same, I still don’t want two enormous pouches of fabric on the sides of a pencil skirt making my hips look bigger than they actually are.

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Choose fashion trends that boost your body confidence

Twice a year, New York Fashion Week turns media attention to runways, bright lights, style heavy-hitters and of course, to-die-for collections.

And twice a year, the underlying story of these events is how those models manage to stay so thin, and whether their size is a reasonable idea of beauty.

My philosophy around taking care of my own body is pretty simple: I believe in eating more vegetables than French fries overall, drinking lots of water and sweating for at least 30 minutes a day, whether it’s from running or scrubbing the bathroom floor. I do not believe in consuming hard drugs or munching on cotton balls to curb hunger, two tactics of many that were described to fashion reporters this week.

I recognize that my commitment to exclusively external use of cotton balls might mean I don’t look awesome in every trend, and that’s fine. It’s also fine that even though I accept my body for what it is and encourage everyone else to do the same, I still don’t want two enormous pouches of fabric on the sides of a pencil skirt making my hips look bigger than they actually

And underneath it all, great new lingerie lines

Like clothing, plus-size intimate apparel offerings have caught up with the times and now include all the latest fashion trends.

Foundation garments are one of the most important aspects in achieving a pulled-together, confident look, says Catherine Lippincott, director of public relations for Lane Bryant. “It’s really the basis upon which you dress yourself,” she says

Lane Bryant’s lingerie line was revamped five years ago and renamed Cacique. It features everything from push-up bras and thongs to everyday wear and sexy, special-occasion lingerie. For summer, the hottest fashion trends include anything with feminine details such as a floral lace demi underwire bra for $30 and a lace-trimmed cheeky panty for $16.50, which basically shows more “cheek” in the back.

Looking for great cleavage and a smooth look to wear with T-shirts? Cacique is launching a new plunge bra called “Ultra Curves,” which will arrive in stores Aug. 1. And don’t worry, there are plenty of comfortable, seamless high-cut panties and briefs for the non-skimpy panty wearer.

Before buying, make sure you’re wearing the correct size. At Lane Bryant, sales associates are trained to do bra fittings and it’s worth the time to make sure you’re

Fashion e-commerce startup Eat Shop Love raises $3.5 million in angel funding

BENGALURU: Bengaluru-based fashion ecommerce company Eat.Shop.Love has raised $3.5 million in angel funding from a London-based investor as it moves from being a vendor-sourcing model to creating an exclusive brand with in house designers.

“There is a real improvement in the design and quality of the experience that we offer, at the scale we want to go at, when we have everything inhouse,” said cofounder Oindrila Sengupta, a 27-year-old mother of two who has previously handled fashion brands at multiple media houses.

According to Sengupta, the funds will be used for hiring a dedicated design team and setting up manufacturing units, as well as expanding to Delhi and Mumbai. The IIM-Bangalore graduate hopes to be able to offer 24-hour delivery by this upcoming July, when the first inhouse collection will be launched.

Eat.Shop.Love was established in July 2014 to focus on urban women who enjoy the autonomy of choosing their own lifestyle when it comes to fashion and travel. It now delivers 175-200 orders per day – a figure that the company aims to double by the end of the year – with an average order size of Rs 900. The company had previously

Fashion gurus to use trademarks

Designer Ritu Kumar, who was first to get her designs registered, and now Delhi-designer J J Valaya has introduced a trademark pattern that will help recognising the customers an original outfit.

Registered under the Trademark Act, “It is required by a designer to register the design six months before its release with the Registrar of Copyrights and Trademarks. This gives copyright protection for 10 years, extendable by another five years. But if you get your design registered, you can seek an injunction or lodge a criminal prosecution for seizure of all plagiarised work,” says Legal Expert, Safir Anand.

Welcoming the initiative, T J Singh of House of Valaya says, “Though there are laws that protect designers. Yet, designers hardly get their works registered. As opposed to the common perception that it is a cumbersome and expensive process, once we went through it we realised that it’s not like this. Today with the law safeguarding our interest we can be reassured that a misdoer would be prosecuted.”

But not everyone is equally excited about the new trademark pattern. The fashion world is divided whether it really helps getting your designs registered? Designers are in no

High fashion mobile phones

In the ever-evolving mobile phone industry, cool design has always played a big role in grabbing eyeballs and driving sales. In the latest race to introduce phones that users clamor for, LG Electronics and design house Prada have jointly developed a sleek device sporting a big touch screen that does away with the keypad—much like Apple’s innovative iPhone. Here’s a look at some of the head-turning fashion phones that leading handset makers have rolled out.
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Talking in Style

This simple but elegantly designed phone was jointly developed by Bang & Olufsen and Samsung Electronics. At 1,000, it’s not cheap, but it is freed from multitasking duties to focus on one prime purpose: talk.

Italian Panache

This phone is the outcome of an eight-month joint effort by designers at Korea’s LG Electronics and Italian luxury fashion group Prada. The handset, called the Prada phone, is packed with high-tech features that are hidden behind the black screen. When in use, the face turns into a touch screen for selecting options for the phone, which doubles as a multimedia player.

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Samsung Electronics has teamed up with European and American fashion designers to target young, trendy consumers

Fashion foodward

1 Grace Lehto

8, student and birthday celebrator, Lansing, Mich.

Tell me about your outfit: “My grandma (Grandma Rose) got a dress for me for my birthday.”

Do you feel comfortable? (shyly) “Yeah.”

Pretty? “Yeah.”

How else do you feel? “Happy.”

And the pink backpack? “My grandma (Grandma Lehto) made it to hold my (American Girl) doll.”

The back story: It’s a family tradition. Ken and Kelly Lehto have taken each of their three daughters — Grace is the youngest — to Chicago for their 8th birthdays and a shopping trip to the American Girl store.

Why it works: A little girl in a sundress always rocks.

2 Joyce Tam

21, graduate student, Chicago

Opening statement: “I just prefer skirts in the summer. It’s a fun season for clothing. … When spring and summer roll around, my wardrobe gets a lot more comfortable.” (She sewed the skirt herself!)

Why it works: Cute flats are comfy. (Target, bought two years ago.) A denim vest is a nice finishing touch. (From a friend “digging through her closet; she said it didn’t fit anymore.”)

3 Duncan Hall

62, on a grand tour of

1950’s hourglass chic feted at Paris fashion museum

PARIS (Reuters) – When Christian Dior introduced his debut haute couture collection in February 1947, the meters of fabric spilling over the models’ hips in swirls of fine wool, silk and tulle were nothing short of a fashion revolution.

His emblematic creations ushered in “the most luxurious and radiant” decade in women’s fashion, according to Olivier Saillard, director of the Palais Galliera fashion museum, which presents “The 50s – Fashion in France, 1947-1957” beginning on Saturday in Paris.

Drawing on the museum’s extensive archive of garments and accessories, the exposition stars not only Dior but also such greats as Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain and Hubert de Givenchy. Along with them are less familiar though no less important names like Jacques Fath and Jacques Heim.

“This was haute couture’s golden age, when Paris regained its title of world fashion capital,” said Saillard, who on Wednesday night – during haute couture fashion week in Paris – gathered the couturiers of today for a gala dinner and advance peek at the show.

Dresses for cocktail hours, balls, lazy summer afternoons – even gloves, hats, brassieres and swimsuits – all make an elegant appearance under the ornate ceiling of the

UK fashion brands Topshop,Topman to make India entry through Jabong

MUMBAI: India has certainly turned out to be the big market for many international fashion and lifestyle brands. British fashion brands Topshop and Topman are set to enter the country through e-commerce company Jabong.com.

Jabong.com announced its partnership with leading fashion retailer, the Arcadia Group Ltd., which sees covetable British fashion brands officially entering Indian market, here on Thursday.

“We are thrilled to have power players Topshop and Topman as additions to Jabong’s premium fashion brand portfolio,” says Praveen Sinha, managing director and co-founder, Jabong.com.

“Building on our growing partnership with Arcadia Group Ltd., we continue to bring the best of global fashion to India and it gives us immense pride to offer the most sought after labels to our customers,” he added.

Both the brands will debut on Jabong.com with their autumn winter 2015 collections.

The Topshop collection encapsulates a bohemian, ’70s-inspired mood and features laid-back, effortless pieces in an array of autumnal colours and floral motifs across clothing, shoes and accessories while The Topman collection is influenced by the 1990s, travel, exploration and military trends and styling.

In the past, Jabong has brought brands like Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, River Island, Sisters’ Point, Burton,

Economy, like fashion, is cyclical

Fashion comes full circle every few years, with hemlines and heels rising and falling, colours waxing and waning. The economy also has a propensity to be cyclical. Add to that the emergence of social media as the mirror to the thoughts and interests of a sizeable percentage of humanity — by the end of 2012, over a billion people will be on Facebook alone and Twitter adds an estimated five lakh people a day — and it is not surprising that IBM has decided that even coincidentally converging circles fashion a mirror into a crystal ball.

If the rise and fall of women’s shoes’ heels can be correlated to the ups and downs of the economy, then cyberchatter on the matter should be taken as a prophecy too, at least according to an IBM survey on the pointed issue. The ‘hemline index’, first outlined in 1926, averred that fashion is economically determined, soaring or sinking in consonance with economic indicators such as stock markets.

The contrary indicator was lipstick, whose sales rose as the economy dipped, reflecting the buyer’s desire to either prop up flagging spirits with colour or opt for more

Home and lifestyle online marketplace Askmebazaar to enter fashion

MUMBAI: Home and lifestyle online marketplace Askmebazaar is planning to enter fast-fashion and travel verticals next year.

“We are keenly watching search queries and transactions in the entire ecosystem, and the fastest growing categories are fashion and travel,” Group Chief Marketing Officer, Askme.com, Manav Sethi told PTI.

The Gurgaon-based Askme.com – flagship product from Getit Infomedia – and Askmebazaar.com work hand-in-hand as a listing-cum-transaction ecosystem, he said.

“We will invest in pockets of excellence where merchants can come and sell, and we might look at acquisitions going forward,” he added.

The basic listing on Askme.com is free and it claims to have 15,000 paid advertisers who pay Rs 6,000-25,000 annually for premium listings. Askmebazaar helps offline merchants set up online storefronts and lists their products.

“We have about 7 lakh stock keeping units (SKUs) listed on our site, excluding books and movies,” Sethi said.

To sharpen its transaction business, the company uses consumer insights through data analytics based on the searches on Askme.com, and other sites, he added.

“We at present do our data analytics in-house but are looking to buy start-ups in the space,” he said.

The company recently acquired Mebelkart.com, a furniture marketplace and grocery offering

Fall for fashion

Trend watchers share their ideas

You don’t want to think about it and neither do I: the end of summer. Bummer.

However, there are some people — fashion experts, for instance — who actually enjoy thinking about fall and the things they (or we) can buy to stay in style for the new season.

I know it won’t ease the pain of the end of vacation, packing up the flip-flops or going back to school or the office, but at least distract yourself by fantasizing over additions to your closet.

To get you started, I asked five trend watchers to tell me their three top wardrobe musts for fall.

Gregg Andrews
Nordstrom fashion creative director

• Something in a luxe fabric like lace or a brocade (Ellen says: If a lace dress, top or skirt isn’t your style, consider a scarf, a clutch or even a lace-look cellphone cover — Marc Jacobs for iPhone 5, $38, nordstrom.com)

• Knee-high boots: “With a mid to high heel. She’s going to be able to do so much with that. In black. Or a flat equestrian boot, like a riding boot.”

• Colorful coat: “They’re so beautiful. Swing

Amazon India’s fashion & lifestyle head Vikas Purohit quits

“Vikas Purohit has moved on from Amazon.in for personal reasons,” a spokesperson said in an email, responding to a query seeking confirmation about his resignation. “Vikas built a strong fashion business for Amazon.in from scratch. Since the launch of the fashion category in September 2013, the fashion store has emerged as one of the top three stores on Amazon.-in, both in terms of volume and value.” The fashion business has grown nine-fold in the past one year, the company spokesperson said.

Susan Saideman, VP, global vendor management, will lead the fashion category in the interim “till we identify a new leader for the business”, the spokesperson said. Purohit spearheaded the firm’s fashion and lifestyle business, a category considered to be one of the best possible growth engines for ecommerce companies in India.

In an interview with ETin September last year, Amazon founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos listed fashion as one of the biggest potentials for the US-based company in India. Amazon was playing catch up after Myntra – which was last year acquired by Flipkart – and Jabong took a lead in online fashion. Prior to Amazon, Purohit worked for Indian and

Pint-sized Kardashian fashion

It wouldn’t be Kardashian fashion without animal print, so a new collection for babies by the three sisters (Kim, Kourtney and Khloe in case you’ve been living under a rock) comes complete with leopard-spot onesies.

But the Kardashian Kids assortment of caps, blankets, two-piece sets, jackets and dresses also plays with more typical munchkin motifs such as butterflies, stars and pastels with layers of lace, pearl-embossed buttons and georgette appliques. Tulle ruffles adorn onesies, gold polka dots dance across leggings, and butterflies flit across bloomer shorts. Designed for girls up to 24 months and priced at an affordable $15–$30, the line hits Babiesrus.com on March 14 and Babies ‘R’ Us stores on March 15.

Kourtney Kardashian took a few minutes between tending to her own children, Mason and Penelope, to tell Just Kidding about the new line.

JK: What was the first motif you dreamed up?

KK: Animal print is just a no-brainer because we love it in our women’s collection (Kardashian Kollection, available at Sears). But especially for the baby line we wanted everything really soft and comfortable. Whenever I’m shopping for my kids, I touch everything. It’s the