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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.
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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.
"Keefe began working as a textile designer in the 1940's. She began designing for Kimbal scarves in 1953. Her designs are typically 1950s - full of whimsy and those great 50s colors: pink, turquoise, gold and black."
"Keefe's designs were often inspired by her travels. One can find Oriental, Arabian nights, and European castle themed hankies. She also did hankies featuring American cities and attractions."
"There are hundreds to choose from, as Keefe was quite prolific, especially considering that she died in 1960, and had such a short career." - quote link
Our good color loving friends over at Etsy are all about gray at the moment and sent along this post to share. Along with their grey fashion trends we'll take a look at some website designs, and palette inspiration from the CL library.
Earl Grey. Grey Gardens. Gray's Anatomy. Besides these many varied instances, grey (or gray, depending how you spell it) is quite the trend as of late. From clothing to accessories, grey captivates the imaginations of fashionistas the world over. Maybe it's because it's a midway point between black and white, or maybe just because of its neutral qualities — grey just seems to work with everything (and doesn't have to be thought of as gloomy to get the job done). Here's to our new favorite color!