Alexandra Reboul at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers March 23

Yeah, you read that right. Not only are we hosting Mario Bemer, renowned in the footwear industry, this month, we’re also hosting women’s fashion designer Alexandra Reboul. Alexandra will be at our 5th Avenue showroom March 23 to meet visitors and to presell her Fall 2016 collection. We hope to see you all there!

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Alexandra Reboul (alexandrareboul.com)

Here’s a brief introduction to the designer:

“Alexandra Reboul began her education in fashion as a young girl immersed in a Franco-American lifestyle. Dividing her time between New York City and France, she observed the careful balance of femininity and sensibility in the way women dressed. Her education continued at prestigious design institutes such as FIT, RISD, Parsons Paris and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Alexandra went on to work with such masters as Oscar de la Renta and Diane von Furstenberg. She learned that with great attention to fit and style, the right dress could make a woman feel beautiful, feminine and powerful. Alexandra Reboul launched her namesake collection in 2015. Much like her own experience with fashion, the collections of Alexandra Reboul seek to be highly collaborative – drawing inspiration from a unique featured artist each season.”

Her ready-to-wear collections “offer an unprecedented collaboration of fashion and art – drawing inspiration and direction from a unique featured artist each season. Exclusively designed prints and palettes add modern distinction to timeless silhouettes. The look is fresh, creative and inherently feminine.” Her 2016 collection conjures up a vision of wearable art. All of her pieces are made in New York City from textiles sourced in France and Italy.

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Her Fall 2016 Collection features a collaboration with artist Jonathon Glass, known for his work in pen and ink drawing.

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Original Artwork by Jonathon Glass (alexandrareboul.com)

Jonathon Glass artwork rendition by designer

Artwork manipulated for Fall 2016 Collection (alexandrareboul.com)

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Collaboration with Artist Jonathon Glass (alexandrareboul.com)

 

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The World of Menswear for Women

It seems like a growing trend, but women wearing more male-centric clothes has had a place in history for many years. Nowadays it may seem more prevalent as general attitudes toward people wearing different styles has loosened a bit.

Females would be able to pass easily as men by sporting male clothing and a short hair cut back in the 1800 or early 1900s. But now this is such a common style of dress (especially in cities), people don’t pay it much attention anymore.

The 1920s were filled with androgynous styles. Particularly for women not wanting to wear dresses. But after WWII, when women were sporting military styles, traditional notions of femininity came back into the forefront and menswear for women went back into hiding.

There are now startups catering specifically to making men’s fashions more female friendly. These companies mainly tailor suits and dress shirts to fit female bodies. Before, and still today, women who want to wear menswear have to shop in the men’s section. These clothes tend to be ill fitting for many women.

This trend is referred to by some as Tomboy Fashion or Style. This is a very popular style of dress in Taiwan, as well as the US. Buzzfeed has a great article citing some Instagram accounts that have tomboy style posts. These include singer Ellie Goulding, and US Women’s Soccer player Ashlyn Harris.

Although many masculine women prefer this style of dress, it’s not just for them! Take a look at these photos and you’ll see how women’s and menswear is colliding…. and looking amazing!

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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

 

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Bottega Veneta

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Click here to read the FALL 2014 ACCESSORY TRENDS REPORT 

 

Anatomie: The perfect travel clothes for women available at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers in Naples

For many years, Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers has been known for providing custom shirts and suits for men. This past year we have introduced a new ready-to-wear women’s line available at our downtown 5th Avenue South store in Naples, Florida. The feedback from the women who have purchased this brand has been only positive. Below are some testimonials from a few women who say they LOVE Anatomie. 

Image-2“Love your clothes and have recommended them to many. I am an associate professor at Duke University of ophthalmology and dermatology. Attached is a picture (left) from the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas just prior to doing live injections of Restylane and Perlane to a crowd of over 200 physicians as I wear the white Budah mesh top. It travels so well. I am wearing it with a white sequin skirt from BCBG and received so many compliments on the outfit. Image-3You can see that i have my microphone on ready to go!

 

The other picture (right) is the same outfit in New York while doing consulting work for Skinceuticals/L’Oreal during a break with my mini-me.” 

– Julie Woodward, MD 

 

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“My husband and I were ready to try something different. It takes all of our fortitude each day to choose intention over convention, the present over the planned and the moment over minutia. It takes courage to admit that our All American Life felt less like a dream and more like a marathon we forgot we signed up for. We tried to change course in incremental degrees but it proved too tempting to go back to what we have always known – the prescribed path of education, career, family, picket fence, baseball and apple pie from Costco. We had to go big for little reasons. We sold our beautiful house, fence and all. We sold our well-maintained, safe, cars. We donated our toys, sporting goods and household items. Everything we own now fits into five carry-on bags. We did this because we wanted our moments back and taking care of our stuff was distracting us from taking care of ourselves and each other.

IMG_4731After more than 300 days on the road in Europe, we have spent time in nine countries and counting. We have learned how to shop at markets and run errands and “live” our day to day lives in seven new languages laden with hundreds of new customs. Most importantly we have spent every day together exploring Europe for almost a year. Each day is precious. When we decided to only pack 5 carry-on bags on this open ended journey, I had to research how to not compromise on style or function and that is when I found Anatomie. My Skyler travel pants are the cornerstone of my wardrobe. I have worn them hiking in the Alps and on beach walk on the Southern tip of Portugal. I have worn them to fancy dinner engagements in Tuscany and to poolside barbecues in Provence. As a mom, it is rare for me to have fully functional and practical clothing that also makes me feel feminine and put together. I love Anatomie of that reason. I haven’t sacrificed any style by getting rid of 99% of my wardrobe. If anything, having less makes me more particular about style and function and I won’t settle if I can only fit one pair of pants in my suitcase.

We left because we wanted to regain the freedom we lost in “struggling” to keep our American Dream alive. We feel it now as a family. We feel like anything is possible and as my son said this week on the cliffs of Normandy, “We do a lot of living in a day!” We are grateful every day for the gift of time together. Thank you Anatomie for being a part of this journey!”

 

 

 

Dress for Success all Summer long

13bd131b3a5637a006e6ee94f61e412bWe all know the drill. It’s July in Florida. Every morning you step outside, it’s already well over 75 degrees with at least 75% humidity. I think our friends up north think it’s no big deal. We just go from an air conditioned home to an air conditioned car to an air conditioned office, but the reality is your entire wardrobe changes during the summer months, even for us in Southwest Florida. 

I’m sure you’ve noticed around your office that more skin is exposed, hemlines are shorter and sleeveless shirts have replaced sweaters. That’s mainly because, as a society, the summer seasons are more casual and laid back. Some offices have shorter hours on Fridays or at least casual Friday where employees can wear jeans and even shorts. 

Nicole Williams, a LinkedIn career expert and best-selling author says, “when the weather is warmer we often lose the tights and the layers and toss on our spring brights and sandals. I’ve seen flip-flops, short shorts and tiny tank tops at professional workplaces.” 

Williams says flip flops, shorts, spaghetti straps, halter tops, tube tops, and miniskirts are the biggest attire “mishaps” among women in the office. “These all belong at the beach, bar, gym or privacy of your home – not at the office,” says Williams. 

To avoid any dirty looks, it’s important that the employer and employees set a clear summer dress code, so that everyone is on the same page. 

When in doubt, don’t: If you think a piece of clothing could be inappropriate for the office, it probably is 

Strike a balance: A comfortable, happy employee is a more productive employee. However, employers must also remember that a sloppy or skimpy dress can be distracting to co-workers and can also affect productivity and customer service. 

Be polished: No matter what the time of year, it’s important to make a good impression and present a professional image. Just because your company has a relaxed dress code does not mean you can be a slob. 

If you can wear it to the beach, don’t wear it to work: It doesn’t matter how cute your beach coverup is. If it can be worn with flip-flops it can’t be work in the office 

Don’t wear flip-flops around the office: flip-flop immediately make any outfit casual. Save them for the weekends. 

No ponytails: Yes, it’s hot out and a so you want to put your hair up, but rather than throwing your hair up, curl the ends of your hair with a big curling iron. It doesn’t take long and will look much more professional around the audience. 

 

 

 

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.