Challenge for Today

Challenge Accepted 

Remember that love comes in all sorts of forms.

Challenge Give Thanks for the Love in Your Life

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For this episode Lisa was in Florida. I was in DC where it snowed for the 100th time this winter.

Lupita Nyong’o's Dress Found

Lupita’s pearl-laden Calvin Klein dress was stolen right after the Oscars and then found a few days later in a hotel bathroom. Fashion crime is always fascinating and weird.

Gap’s New Creative Director & A Fab Dolce & Gabbana Fashion Show

Remember when – way back a few weeks ago – Gap said that they weren’t going to replace Creative Director Rebekka Bay? Welp, they just replaced Rebekka Bay. Wendi Goldman is joining the Gap team as the Executive Vice President of Product Design and Development.

Dolce & Gabbana brought their A-game to Milan Fashion Week. They produced a runway show that honored Moms and it turned out to be an inspiring event.

SEC & Alibaba 

In international fashion news, the SEC wants to chat with Alibaba. Turns out they aren’t so happy that Alibaba is selling fake goods on their websites. Aaaaaannnnnd China had a little chat with the company about this exact situation before Alibaba went public. A pesky rule states that you have to disclose information and possible illegal activities before you go public. Alibaba had the largest global IPO in history, so this selling (ALLEGED) fakes thing is a big deal. We will see what happens.

Tourism in Europe

Tourism is going bizonkers in Europe. Specifically, American and Chinese tourists have been flooding Europe because the entire continent is having a fire sale. Kind of. The dollar is just really strong right now. And, as it turns out, it is cheaper for the Chinese to purchase things in Europe than it is to buy items in their home country. What does this mean? It means that tourists are buying luxury goods like they are going out of style.

Side note: a large department store in England just put a “worship space” in one of their locations. It is a set-aside spot for people to practice their religious activities so they don’t have to leave the store. Is this the start of a new trend?!?

Another side note: Usually I would link to the website where I found the original article. This one is behind a firewall. However, there are a smattering of reports on the increase in tourism and spending, including this one that states that Chinese tourists are expected to spend $264 billion by 2019.

Clutter Clutter Clutter Rockin’ Everywhere

Our main topic was about clutter! Do we really need to unclutter our homes in order to find joy? Or, is it wiser to make do with what we have and not get rid of anything? Lisa and I explored the ties between the objects in our lives and how our families handled money growing up. There is a connection!

Do you own your stuff or does it own you?

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Challenge for Today

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Have you ever listened to Dr. Joy Browne? She is a a psychologist who has a radio show (and now a podcast!). I’ve been listening to her for years, and about ten years ago I heard her say, “Ask for what you need. You might not get it, but you will get a lot closer than if you keep your mouth shut.”

Challenge Ask for what You NeedThose words have always stayed with me. Sometimes we assume the people we love should know what we need. That, because we love them, they automatically should know how to make us happy.

I think this holds true in professional situations. We do a lot of assuming that people at work understand our point of view / drive / desire to move forward in a career.

People aren’t mind readers! It helps sometimes to spell things out. And, that’s not because we are surrounded by nincompoops – it’s just that life is life and everyone has 1,000 things going on.

Over the years I’ve gotten better at asking for what I need. I don’t always get what I want. But, I’ve found that most of the time it at least opens up a dialogue between myself and someone else.

Ask for what you need today. See what happens.

Challenge for Today

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Your words have power. Use them to encourage and uplift others.

Challenge - Use Your Words to Uplift

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Fashion’s Skinny Shaming & Threats to Malls

An apparel company devised a marketing plan that skinny-shamed women during London Fashion Week. Twitter didn’t like it so much. The company responded with one of those, “…we are sorry if anyone was offended,” statements that everyone is SO tired of hearing.

In more serious news, U.S. malls have been threatened by extremist group al-Shabab. They specifically named Mall of America. Shopping centers in Canada, Britain, and additional Western countries were also named. The Mall of America is in communication with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security and is responding by adding additional security measures. Some say the threats are just propaganda. Others say it’s important to stay vigilant.

Pot as a Budding Beauty Trend

On a lighter note, marijuana might be the next big beauty trend. Turns out, cannabis extracts can help skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

Our 1 Year Podcast Anniversary!

Lisa and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary this episode. Yup, we created 52 podcasts and didn’t miss one week. We can’t believe it!

We celebrated with champagne (“pink bubbles”) and cake.

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Lisa and I discussed things we learned this year, including:

  • Fashion is a dirty business. Even for the most moral buyers / sellers / designers the specifics of the apparel industry are hazy enough to cause major stress. Transparency can be difficult because the right hand doesn’t always know what the left hand is doing.
  • We never thought that covering fashion topics would include stories about murder, the drug cartel, foreign policy, embezzlement, etc. This is a high pressure industry. What comes with a high pressure industry? Lots and lots of drama.
  • There is an urgent need for more diversity within fashion and media as a whole. (Lisa transcribed one of our recent conversations about this topic. You can read it here.)
  • Lisa and I are way too hard on ourselves. Our second half hour is always about a business / creativity / self improvement topic. We have had countless in-depth conversations while researching our subjects each week (on and off the air). Our big revelation? We need to lighten up when it comes to our own expectations. Hard for two gals who are incredibly driven.

Our first year is complete! Now on to our second….

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Fashion News!

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Pop Fashion Podcast Promo 2.20.15 New York Fashion Week & Kanye’s Adidas Collection 

New York Fashion Week gave us LOTS to talk about. If I could sum up Fall 2015 in one word? Turtlenecks. They were all over the runway.

Want to see a selection of looks from the biggest brands? Check out my NYFW Fall 2015 board on Pinterest.

People are split on Kanye’s Adidas collection. But, almost everyone heard about Baby North’s reaction. (i.e. tears)

The biggest piece of NYFW news, though, had nothing to do with the looks on the runway. It had to do with money. A study revealed NYC brings in $900M annually from fashion week.

 Missoni & Rebecca Minkoff 

In other news, is fashion house Missoni for sale? Reports are conflicting. Also, Rebecca Minkoff partnered with eBay to launch high tech dressing rooms. Are they going to revolutionize the store experience?

Self Indulgence vs Self Care

Our main topic was about self indulgence. The Cut came out with this hilarious / interesting article entitled, “Behold: My Week of Dangerous Self-Indulgence.” It was our jumping off point to talk about self indulgence versus self care. Is indulgence always bad? Or, is there a way to indulge in a way that is healthy? And, why do so many articles talk about food when it comes to indulgence? I’m still wrestling with this subject even after our episode!

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Challenge for Today

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The challenge for today is a mini exercise in letting go. Somewhere in your closet you have something that doesn’t work anymore, but could help someone else through this winter. Even if you can’t go out and donate that piece today, pull it out and put it by your front door so you can donate it within the next week.

Donate 1 Sweater Challenge

When I conduct a Wardrobe Edit in a client’s closet it is about fashion, but it is also about the process of letting go. The client goes through years (sometimes decades!) of clothing and decides what to keep and what to pass on to another person. It is sometimes a hard process, but you know what happens at the end? A sense of relief. A sense of accomplishment. A feeling of being unburdened.

Letting go is a tough process. But, I don’t think that we always miss out when we let go. In the case of the sweater – someone else will gain as we let go. What a great metaphor for our lives. If we let go of our “stuff” (literal or figurative) what could we possibly gain in its place? What could other people gain?

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Sometimes joy doesn’t come in big gestures. Instead, joy comes in small details. This week I’m focusing on finding delight in the unexpected parts of my day. The tiny moments that, many times, go unnoticed.

Look for Joy in the Details What joy can you find in your day today?

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   Non-Hair Beauty Trend & Is Etsy Becoming eBay? 

In “say what?” news, Lands’ End hired the CEO of Dolce & Gabbana. If it sounds like an odd pairing that’s because it is. The best part of the story? The CEO is moving from New York City to Wisconsin. Can someone say reality show in the making?

The director of Arcade Fire’s, “We Exist,” showed up on the red carpet in heels and looked freaking fantastic.

The lovely Diane von Furstenberg wrote a letter to remind designers to hire healthy models of different races during New York Fashion Week. (Does this need to be said in 2015? Apparently it does.)

In beauty news, non-hair is having a moment. What is non-hair? It’s wearing your hair as-is without product (kinda like the #wokeuplikethis movement). The questionable part is that “non-hair” is defined as straight hair with a little wave on the ends. You have to either be born that way or have a pretty good stylist to achieve that look. And, it kinda leaves out EVERY OTHER PERSON who doesn’t have straight hair.

DC’s own bluemercury was sold to Macy’s for about a gazillion dollars.

Artisans are starting to worry that Etsy is becoming the next eBay. One Etsy seller started a campaign to buy $1.5 million worth of shares of their upcoming IPO.

Extreme Management Styles

Zappos was used as an example of a new, extreme management style. If you have never read about their ideas behind Holacracy I highly suggest you do so. It’s wild. In a nutshell – no job titles /  no managers / no hierarchy. Will this succeed?

Lisa and I used this as a jumping off point to talk about our own management styles. Even as freelancers we still manage ourselves, so are we good managers?

And, we eventually come around to talking about Machiavelli. This is probably the only fashion podcast you will ever listen to that mentions Machiavelli. Ha!

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5 New York Fashion Week Trends for Fall 2015

5 Fall 2015 Trends (So Far) 

Ahhh….New York Fashion Week. It’s like the Super Bowl for those that love fashion. Except it’s longer, there are more tears, and there’s much more money involved. (*More on this later)

New York City Fashion Week Fall 2015 Pinterest

New York City Fashion Week Fall 2015 on Pinterest

It’s also the best way to figure out trends we will see IRL. It takes about 9 months for looks to translate from the runway into what people wear in daily life. Except if you are one of the few who can buy it right off the model’s back. But, since that’s not most of us, let’s check into 5 trends that are headed to a closet near you…

1. Turtlenecks

Turtlenecks are back in a BIG way, ya’ll. Fall 2015 has said, “you know those necks everyone has been sporting? Let’s cover those suckers up!” The good news about this trend – it is built for cold weather and is a practical thing that most people can wear and afford. The bad news about this trend – it’s very easy to go crazy over this style and buy one in each color and wear them for decades.

Here are some examples of turtlenecks on the runway! (And, I don’t own the rights to these suckers, or I would put them on my blog directly. Instead, I will send you straight to the source.)

Victoria Beckham Collection DKNY Collection Derek Lam Collection Altuzarra Collection  …and, honestly, there were so many of them I could go on and on. But, that will get you started.

2. Fur

Fur is still around. In some cases it’s faux, in some it is real.  Fur is being shown in the usual browns and blacks, but just like Fall 2014 fur is also showing up in bright, surprising colors.

Here’s the thing about fur – it always surprises me to see it on the runway. Some years there is a heckuva lot of commotion when it appears, and other years people are okay with it. I’ve never understood this dramatic back and forth and how wildly the pendulum of public opinion swings.

Here are some examples:

Tibi Collection Diane von Furstenberg Collection Custo Barcelona Collection Hood by Air Collection 

While I’m internally divided on how I feel about wearing fur, it is nice to see a warm fabric on the runway. Seriously. I know how silly that sounds, but some years we get to fall and winter collections and I’m like, “where do these people live?” It drives me nuts when fall clothes are all sleeveless dresses and short skirts. LET’S BE FASHIONABLE ANNNNND WARM, okay? They don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

3. Pants with a Higher Waist / Cut-Off Bottom

I’m not sure what to do with pants this year. So, two things are happening – a) pants are sitting closer to the natural waist and b) they are cutting off at the ankle (or higher). It’s like everything moved up two inches. Sometimes both of these trends are happening on the same pant, sometimes not.

Examples (Mix of High Rise / Cropped / Sometimes Both):

Derek Lam Collection Alexander Wang Collection  Misha Nonoo Collection Carmen Marc Valvo Collection Banana Republic Collection 

4. Mix & Match Patterns

If you want to try your hand at crazy pattern matching, Fall 2015 is the season to do it. The pattern combinations are sometimes dizzying, but overall they are refreshing and visually interesting. Stripes on stripes on stripes. Circles with swirls. Tops going one way bottoms going another. It’s done in a casual, “I just rolled out of bed and put this on,” type of way, which makes it perfect for the adventurous sartorialist.

Examples:

Thakoon Collection Novis Collection Desigual Collection Dennis Basso Collection Diane von Furstenberg Collection

5. Boxy Coats

Designers are playing with proportions again, and this year we are seeing lots of boxy coats. In some cases the outerwear is taking the idea of “boxy” to literal measures. The VFiles Collection has men’s coats that look like squares. In other cases, like Rachel Comey, the jackets are a bit more translatable to office life. The coats are either chopped a bit short or the shoulder is more defined, but overall boxy outerwear looks like it is having a moment.

Examples:

Public School Collection VFiles Collection Polo Ralph Lauren Collection  Tome Collection

Trends can evolve as fashion week continues and we receive more information. But, for right now these are the ones that are noteworthy.

*That thing about the Super Bowl. A report recently came out that New York Fashion Week generates $900 million annually for NYC. This is more than last year’s Super Bowl (in neighboring New Jersey), which generated $500 million. 

For more New York Fashion Week 2015 trends, check out my Pinterest board. It’s like a cheat sheet to all the shows!

What’s your favorite trend for Fall 2015? Do tell!