100 Years of Women’s Fashion

At Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we’re proud to off ready-to-wear mens AND women’s clothing. We know life is busy, and people don’t always have time for a fitting. Looking back on the history of women’s fashion, it’s interesting to note that the1920’s was the start of ready-to-wear clothing for women.

PrimeTime Clothing company produced this great visualised infographic  of 100 Years of Women’s Fashion and some great brief facts and insight you may want to know.

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From Flats to Fur: Fall Fashion Trends for 2014

When it comes to fashion, accessories play a major role. This blog take a look at what’s hot heading into the fall. From flats to fur, these accessories offer a fresh new look. 

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Alexander Wang

 

Coach

Coach

Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta

Coach

Coach

Click here to read the FALL 2014 ACCESSORY TRENDS REPORT 

 

5 Men’s Fashion Week Street Style Trends

This time of year is perfect for style trends as we are inundated by mens fashion weeks across the world. London, Milan and Paris men’s fashion weeks just wrapped up and this article by Fashion Beans summarizes five trends that the well-dressed men were rocking this 2014 summer fashion season and how you can get the look. 

ACCESSORIES 

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DOUBLE-BREASTED JACKETS

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FASHION TRAINERS 

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SPORTSWEAR

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SEPARATES 

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Toronto Men’s Fashion Week: A first for Canada

designs-by-paulo-succarThis week kicks off the first Men’s Fashion Week in Canada. The work of 22 emerging and established men’s fashion designers have been front and center on the Canadian runway. It has been incredible to see all the different fashions come out of Toronto this week. It’s been a great opportunity for some young up and coming designers to showcase their designs, but the biggest thing that we can take from this week is the incredible growth we’ve seen in men’s fashion. 

According to the research firm MarketLine, men’s fashion is estimated to be a $400 billion US industry. While that is still less than the women’s fashion industry, menswear has exceeded growth in women’s wear for five years running. 

So what do we attribute the growth to? Well, I think first and foremost we can point to fearless fashion icons like soccer-great-turned-style-icon David Beckham and rapper Kanye West. Modern men now dress up to stand out: skinny pants, dapper shoes, French cuffs, vests and Mad Men pocket squares have all caught the attention of a new generation. Larry Rosen, chairman and CEO of Harry Rosen tells the Toronto Star his business has more than doubled in the last 10 years. 

Fashion for men today is neither gay nor straight. “These days, fashion is not about sexuality,” says Jeff Rustia, founder of TOMFW. “If you want to wear pink pants, it doesn’t mean you are a homosexual. Menswear is no longer a tagalong to womenswear, and it is not longer boring.”

This weeks fashion show is in its infancy, but it’s already making big headlines. 

Click here to read more about Toronto Men’s Fashion Week 

Peruvian Fashion – Yes, it Exists & it’s Booming!

Peruvian Fashion – Claudia Jimenez – Maricio Zevallos & Renzo Cipolla

Peruvian Fashion – Claudia Jimenez – Maricio Zevallos & Renzo Cipolla

In honor of a friends upcoming trip to Peru and Machu Picchu I am dedicating this weeks blog to Peruvian Fashion. More than anything, I was just curious. But, then I started reading about it and found it quite fascinating.

When people think of Peru, they think of many things, including Machu Pichhu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, but fashion? I never thought of Lima as a fashion capital, but Peru’s fashion industry is booming and fashion experts are paying attention. Peruvian fashion has captured the attention of international fashion experts and is influencing other major fashion capitals in Latin America, North America and Europe.

According to a recent article published by a Peruvian newspaper of economics, Gestion, the growth of the luxury fashion industry in Lima is expected to reach double digits.

Peruvian Fashion – Claudia Jimenez – Maricio Zevallos & Renzo Cipolla

Peruvian Fashion – Claudia Jimenez – Maricio Zevallos & Renzo Cipolla

Just a few weeks ago, Lima celebrated its 5th edition of Lima Fashion Week, also known as LIF Week. At the event, distinguished Peruvian designer Claudia Jimenez presented a summer collection that highlights trends such as glitter and white, with the addition of color accents for the Latin woman.

Peru is now recognized for its design and fashion industry. International designers such as Channel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace are supporting Peruvian designers.

Fashion Week Facts

Before we delve into a proper overview of New York’s Fashion Week, we wanted to share another fantastic infographic, this one about some of the unique numbers involved in Fashion Weeks…

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NYC’s Fashion Week and FNO Post Mortem

Bold, bold, bold!!

Let us explain.  Today marks the end of the September Fashion Week here in New York City.  It got kicked off last Thursday with everyone’s favorite incredible, worldwide, synchronized fashion party, Fashion’s Night Out!  Believe it or not, FNO is only four years old.  It was started as a way to help to jumpstart fashion shopping in the recession-crippled economy with the backing of Vogue Magazine and its publisher, Anna Wintour.  Who’s Anna Wintour?  Well…

“Anna happens to be a friend of mine, a fact which is of absolutely no help in coping with the cold panic that grips me whenever we meet.”  -Barbara Amiel

So it probably wasn’t invented as a gigantic, global fashion block party.  And that’s what it has become: a night of insanely fun mini-parties filling every boutique clothing store and department store in every major city in 19 countries spilling out onto the streets.

We mean that literally.

This year, the crowd skewed a bit younger than it has in the past, and it seemed as if the designers were anticipating that.  After all, the final night of the DNC was scheduled for the same day as FNO, and young people are notoriously poor voters, so it might have been some smart reading of the tea leaves at work there.  Whatever the reason, “young” and “informal” seemed to dominate the windows and stores.  From the more preppy looks…

To “modern hipster”…

To everything in between, but still on the same wavelength…

The celebrities and designers on hand were usually dressed more formally than the collections of the stores they were helping to promote!

We recommend against the golden loafers, though.

In fact, women’s clothing completely dominated, easily outnumbering the displays for men’s clothes by four to one.

But as if to prove that Fashion’s Night Out is not Fashion Week, the runway shows on Fashion Week went in very different directions.  The key word?  “Bold!”  No, seriously, every fashion journalist on the planet said that.  And we agree.  The stripes, crazy patterns, wild color selection, leather, suede and frayed edges of the Spring Collections displayed all scream “look at me!”  After last year’s dark look, and the previous two years’ austere designers, it makes sense that we were getting a bit antsy and ready to go for broke.

Apparently, if Boy by Band of Outsiders is any indication, so for broke that we’ll be living on the beach. We’re strangely okay with this.

But to be honest, as fun as Fashion Week and FNO are, they don’t mean much in the scheme of fashion.  Yes, we can get some general ideas from them (generally looser, less-form fitting and more colorful designs will be in vogue next year), but this certainly doesn’t mean we’ll all be dressing as hipsters in lime green stripes.  Ultimately, FNO is about getting people in the door and paying attention, and Fashion Week is about selling fantasy.  On those counts, they both succeeded.