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In the past, we've brought you on a visit to Tokyo's famed Harajuku district, where Japan's youth show off their flair and individuality by dressing in brilliantly colorful costumes and strutting their stuff for an always willing cameraman or two, but haven't you wondered if perhaps there's more to Japanese style than just girls who look like living dolls?
Tokyo's cutting edge fashion sense certainly doesn't stop at the borders of Harajuku. Allow me to take you on a tour of the beautiful styles of the various districts!
Ginza's fashion is comparable to that of modern metropolitan cities such as New York. If you visit the main boulevard that runs through the district (called Chuo-Dori), you will see such fashion landmarks as the ten story Chanel flagship store which boasts a gigantic video screen for fashion shows, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Cartier and more. In other words, Ginza is about high-end indulgence, so bring your credit cards!
Shinjuku fashion is much more relaxed in comparison to Ginza's. Girls favor colored stockings, frilly tops and skirts, hats, boots and long, oversized pieces to complement. Layers are key, as with most experimental Japanese fashion. It's easy to see why these girls always look so ahead of the times. You'll also see the new "Forest Girl" trend in full effect there. Leave it to Japan to transcend all the usual trends and invent their own!
I don't know what the weather's been like in your neighborhood, but it's been too cold and too snowy for too long in mine. At least two months ago, I changed my Gmail background to bright green grass, because, well, I haven't seen any for so long. I'm counting down the days to spring--but I think, before it gets here, I can add a little green to my closet to get my fix.
Fortunately for green lovers, spring fashion offerings include a healthy dose of the color, from one end of its spectrum to the other. Seafoam, celery, turquoise, kelly, hunter--all the greens are available, and they're all easier to work with than you might think. Pair brights with fellow bright colors--purple, blue, raspberry--or pretty pastels. Mix and match pastel greens with brights, but steer clear of multiple pastels. Layered, varied pale colors will date you--or make you look like an Easter egg. If you do want to go all pale, choose coordinated pieces for a monochromatic look.
Today, I've scouted out five spring finds--a cardigan, dress, handbag, pair of rain boots and necklace--and put each together with another piece, along with color inspiration, to help you find your inner green goddess.
Anthropologie From-the-Green Cardi, $128; J. Crew Broken-in boyfriend chino short, $49.50.
A 1950s-inspired cardigan gets a modern boost from loosely fitted, breezy shorts. Add a pair of basic red flats and a slouchy T-shirt for weekend errands and backyard get-togethers.
Some fashionistas have a simple approach: buy well-made pieces by reputable designers, add to closet, mix and match and go. It's a simple formula, and there's certainly nothing wrong with it as it often produces a very polished silhouette. However, some fans of all things stylish may find this straightforward buy-and-wear process doesn't suit them and they need something more to channel their creative tastes. A little bit of do-it-yourself, if you will.
If you consider yourself in this latter group, you may find you spend your time making your own scarves, buying basic pieces and modifying them, nosing through your local thrift stores in search of treasure, or always on the hunt to find a way to share your creations. Sure, you can sell them on Etsy, but what if you would prefer to share them with other DIY fashion fans, perhaps share ideas?
Enter Wardrobe Remix, a DIY street fashion community started by Tricia Royal in September of 2005. Since its inception, the Flickr group has ballooned up to 14,500 members and welcomes head-to-toe shots of whatever your heart desires when it comes to stylish ensembles. It's a great way to meet other fashion-savvy DIY crafters, as well as discover new blogs and show off your own creative vision (many well-known fashion bloggers have gotten their start posting there as well). Here are a few of the group's standout entries of late -- we hope you enjoy them!
One thing this community isn't short of is creativity around playing with color. Using our pattern tool to make designs for a RYZ shoe helped create more than 1,500 contest entries. As with any contest with so many great entries, choosing an overall winner was near impossible. We used your votes (more than 20,000) and our panel of judges to make the hard decision... and the winner is:
Along with the grand COLOURlovers winner, there was also one original pattern winner:
Polygon Camo by MEKAZOO
This original pattern will be added to our library of patterns for your enjoyment.
Thanks to all our lovers for participating in this great contest. We look forward to working with RYZ more in the future and finding new and interesting ways to use our pattern maker to color your real lives.
Well, we broke another contest entry record with the RYZ shoe design contest. 1,600 designs were submitted... awesome work. Now comes the hard part of trying to find a winner from so many great designs. This is where you spread the word about your designs and get your friends and family to vote for your shoe. Good luck!
Remember, winner takes home the grand prize - $750 cash and $250 store credit to the RYZ shop - plus free sponsored memberships at COLOURlovers.
WINNER UPDATE: We'll be putting up a formal announcement of the winners... but after 20,000 votes, here they are:
The COLOURlovers Pattern Winning Shoe
Suwaili by Darkstar
The RYZ Pattern Winning Shoe
Polygon Camo by MEKAZOO
It was tough work, but with the help from our friends at COLOURlovers, we were able to find the Top 9 COLOURlovers pattern designs out of the over 1600 submitted. In keeping with our voting process, we are seeding the voting gallery - top 9 selected by our COLOURlovers Creative Panel are on page 1, then the top 9 selected by our internal RYZ team on page 2. All other designs are listed on following pages and have equal chance in winning.
With the onslaught of multiple designs submitted, we have created a new feature where you can remove an entry from the competition. For those who have entered more than 3 designs, we'll give you through the weekend to self-select your favorite three (you probably shouldn't remove your design if it's in the top 9) - after that we will go through and remove designs for you. Go to your Contest Portfolio and select the "X" to remove a design from the contest. It will be returned to your Personal Design Workspace.
Remember everyone has a chance at winning - post your shoe to your networks, invite your friends and vote often!
Good luck to all and thank you again to the COLOURlovers community!
RYZ is a very cool design community from our local hood of Portland OR, and we're excited to be doing a joint contest with them around the patterns on our site. It's easy. All you have to do is color one of our pattern templates so that it makes an awesome shoe design and you could win $1,000.
For the Love of Patterns, RYZ & COLOURlovers invite you to design the FIRST PATTERN ONLY SHOE to be included in the RYZ Collection.
How To Enter
1. Use the COLOURlovers' Pattern Tool to create the best pattern on the block. (We put all the patterns we can use for this contest in one category in our pattern tool.)
2. Once you have your colors just right, publish the pattern to save it.
3. On the viewing page for your pattern cick the Download the RYZ Show Template button.
4. Save the template to your computer and then upload it on the RYZ site.
You can upload as many patterns as you want, so clear your calendar for the next week until June 30th when submissions end.
Voting begins July 1st and will end July 14th. The winner will be announced July 20th. Check here for more details.
Only 3 designs max. per participant can make it into the final round - the voting cycle. 18 designs will make it into the voting round and only 1 will take home the grand prize - $750 cash and $250 store credit to the RYZ shop - plus free sponsored memberships at COLOURlovers.
The Aloha shirt is a style of dress shirt originating in Hawaii. It is currently the premier textile export of the Hawaii manufacturing industry. The shirts are printed, mostly short-sleeved, and collared. They usually have buttons, sometimes as a complete button-down shirt, and sometimes just down to the chest (pullover). Aloha shirts usually have a left chest pocket sewn in to make the printed pattern continuous. Aloha shirts may be worn by men or women; women's aloha shirts usually have a lower-cut, v-neck style. The lower hem is straight, as the shirts are not meant to be tucked in.
Aloha shirts exported to the mainland United States and elsewhere are called Hawaiian shirts and often brilliantly colored with floral patterns or generic Polynesian motifs and are worn as casual, informal wear.
By contrast, men's aloha shirts manufactured for local Hawaiian residents are usually adorned with traditional Hawaiian quilt designs, tapa designs, or simple floral patterns in more muted colors. Aloha shirts manufactured for local consumption are considered formal wear in business and government, and thus are regarded as equivalent to a shirt, coat, and tie (generally impractical in the warmer climate of Hawaii) in all but the most formal of settings. These shirts often are printed on the interior, resulting in the muted color on the exterior, and are called "reverse print"; this is often mistaken for the shirt being worn inside-out.
Here's a selection of 94 patterns from the group Show your Tartans created back in October of 2007. To see more great plaids and tartans check out these other groups as well: Plaid Patterns, Plaid Pride, Plaids and Tartan Lovers and Wearable or Stareable Plaids. Feel free to link to other similar groups in the comments if there are others I missed.
For those of you a bit confused on the difference between plaid and tartan the short answer is that plaid is a piece of clothing and tartan is "any of numerous textile patterns consisting of stripes of varying widths and colors crossed at right angles against a solid background." To learn more check out this forum and these pages: Tartan & Plaid.
Now that most experts have dropped the 'R' word in regards to the U.S. economy, we thought we should take a look at one of the more colorful economic indicators, the Lipstick Index. Which is this: the purchase of cosmetics - mainly lipstick - is inversely correlated to the health of the economy. The idea being that during troubled economic times women are less likely to buy items such as dresses, bags and shoes and will go for a less expensive item for a quick consumption high. The term is credited to Estee Lauder chairman Leonard Lauder who first used the term to explain the rise in cosmetic sales after the September 11th attacks. And according to the New York Times lipstick sales have risen 40% in the last few months. So, here are 18 of the recent most popular colors of lipstick.
What do women want when they aren’t allowed to want too much? Traditional lipsticks in more-sheer neutral shades; the bright reds of days gone by have been replaced by pinky browns and rosy taupes.
Click on the image for the link:
Pur Minerals lipstick in Raspberry Quartz, $15 at Ulta stores.
Mally Beauty lipstick in Zooey Doll, $15 at henribendel.com.
Vincent Longo Lipstain SPF lipstick in Americana, $23 at vincentlongo.com
Michael Marcus lipstick in Jenifer, $24 at michaelmarcus.com.
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