Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Socially Aware Back-Packs

Keep an eye out for this start-up company - Kitab Bags - who will be designing unique backpacks, each of which will be associated with its own social cause.  A percentage of the proceeds will then benefit the cause - pretty cool, yes?  They are currently hosting a design competition and will be awarding cash prizes if they get enough Facebook likes for their new page, so spread the word, and enter if you're interested!  I'd love to see them succeed.  Here's their main webpage: http://kbdc2012.weebly.com/index.html 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Shop Koshka

Just discovered the coolest new online shopping website for fashionistas who want to look like no one else - shopkoshka.com.  The set-up of the site is what I like the best.  Yes, the pieces they feature are unique, fresh, and creative, but you also get the benefit of up-and-coming designer discovery when you shop there.  Each piece has a small description of the indie-designer responsible for it as well as at least five photos of the garment from all angles, so you really know what you're getting.  Not to mention they have an entire "sock boutique."  Some of the designers whose garments are currently available include Twinkle by Wenlan Chia, Love Zooey by Grace Chon, Otis and Maclain by Sharmani Hall and Andrea Cheatham, and Australian label, Ladakh.  Also, they have the coolest blog probably ever: blog.shopkoshka.com

My wishlist?

Shakuhachi dress
Lucca Couture riding pants
Samantha Pleet peak-a-boo shorts-in-a-skirt (just made up that term)
Lucca Couture ensemble
Ayame trouser socks

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Laver's Law: Fashion History

Several years ago, I discovered a handy little timeline by which to gauge the appropriateness (or lack there of) of fashion choices, particularly those which reference other time periods or trends.  Laver's Law, created by costume historian and museum curator James Laver, gives one an idea of exactly how far back into the past one must go in order to find suitable material for replay.  It is as follows:

Indecent:  10 years before its time
Shameless:  5 years before its time
Daring:  1 year before its time
Smart:  current fashion
Dowdy:  1 year after its time
Hideous:  10 years after its time
Ridiculous:  20 years after its time
Amusing:  30 years after its time
Quaint:  50 years after its time
Charming:  70 years after its time
Romantic:  100 years after its time
Beautiful:  150 years after its time 

Upon looking back at these distinctions for the first time in awhile, I cannot help but think, how true.  By Laver's Law, Balenciaga is daring, the 90s are ridiculous, the 80s are amusing, and a Jackie O suit is quaint.  Beyond that, we have the charming 1940s ruffle blouses, pencil skirts, and hair dos, and of course, there are Victorian-era inspired pieces that could be anywhere from romantic to beautiful due its span.     

This week's Style Advice on CollegeFashionista? V is for Victorian.  Check it, girls.