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Welcome to the Fashion eZine, where we write and archive articles about fashion! No braindead commentary will you find here, our fashion commentary is smart, sassy and we don't pull punches when it comes to our descriptions of fashion articles, designers - whether it be bridal fashion or haute couture, we say it like it is and mean what we say.

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Articles about Fashion

Bridal Fashion
The Latest in Bridal Fashion
Canadian Fashion & Chic

Blouses & Shirts
White Clothing & Fashion
Slogans on Women's T-shirts
Wild Prints
Gsus
Gucci

Corsets & Lingerie
Advanced Corset Design
Corsetry Glossary
Corset Wearing and Care
The History of the Bra & Breasts
Open-Cup Bras
Nursing/Maternity Bras
Chastity Belts & Corsets: The Next Thing in Fashion?
The Modern Corset - A Visual Essay
The Corset: Is It Feminist?
The Corset Waist: A waist is a terrible thing to waste
Japanese Women Bust Out
The History of the Corset & Brassiere
Shock Absorbing Sports Bras
Agent Provocateur

Christian Dior Design & Designers
True Haute Couture has Vanished
Giorgio Armani
Manolo Blahnik
Pierre Cardin
Roberto Cavalli
Coco Chanel
Christian Dior
Dolce & Gabbana
Salvatore Ferragamo
Gianfranco Ferre
Tom Ford
John Galliano
Jean Paul Gaultier
Carolina Herrera
Tommy Hilfiger
Jessie Hill
Lisa Ho
Marc Jacobs
Wolfgang Joop
Donna Karan
Christian Lacroix
Karl Lagerfeld
Helmut Lang
Ralph Lauren
Alexander McQueen
Thierry Mugler
Alex Perry
Miuccia Prada
Paco Rabanne
Nina Ricci
Yves Saint-Laurent
Nicola Trussardi
Gianni Versace
Louis Vuitton
Vivienne Westwood
Yohji Yamamoto

Dieting and Health
Yoga and Exercise Fashion
Anorexia out of Control
Bulimia and Depression
Fashion Waifs Disappearing
The Ugly Side of Beauty
Diet Grrl
Anorexia: Fashion Icons & Supermodels
Bony Models Banned in Madrid
Dissatisfaction with Our Bodies & Eating Disorders
Body Image
Anorexia Vs Obesity in North America
Carre Otis, Disgusting Super Models and the Future of Fashion
Dance, Fitness & Health
Skinny Fashion Models and Standardized Women's Clothing Sizes
Skinny White Runway Models
Suzy's Guide to Weightlifting for Women
Breast Implants for Dummies
Diet Duds and Flops
Marcus Schenkenberg's Workout
Anorexia on the Internet
The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Abdomen
Shock Absorbing Sports Bras
Women's Fitness
Calories: Food Vs. Exercise

Ecofashion
Sustainable Fashion and Sustainable Clothing
The Rise of Ecofashion
Is Fur Dead? Fashion Vs Anti-Fur
Nail polish goes Green
European Ecofashion
A Quick Guide to Natural Beauty

General/News
1950s Fashion
The History of Tailoring
Brand Name Fashion
Guide to Indie Designers
Fashion News of 2007
True Haute Couture has Vanished
Prostitution in the Fashion Industry
Beauty & Fashion Vs. Feminism
Confessions of a Failed Fashionista
Globalization, Sex and Profits
Feminine Feminism
Feminism, Femininity, and the "Beauty" Dilemma
The Beauty Myth - The Signs of Aging - Teenagers & Cosmetic Surgery
Pretty Vacant
Fashionistas Against Sweatshops
Supermodels Vs Feminists
Teens Call Hyper-Sexualized Media Images 'Normal'
Celebrity Status
Gap's Child Slavery
Ugly Betty is Beautiful and a Fashion Craze
Black Beauty and White Beauty
Nicky Hilton's New Clothing Line "Chick"
The Life and Death of Anna Nicole Smith
Bras, Spas, Panties and Anorexic Celebrities
The Ugly Side of Beauty
Fashion Flirts with India
Advertising Sexploitation
Fashion Waifs Disappearing
Cuteocracy: The Apotheosis of Cute

Gowns & Dresses
Classic Gowns and Dresses
Escada
Long Flowing Dresses

Gothic & Alternative Fashion
The Gothic Fashion Directory
Gothic Accessories
Gothic Clothing
Gothic Corsets
Gothic Footwear
Gothic Makeup
Gothic Lolitas: Goth Girls just wanna have Fun!
That's Soooo Chinky!
Business Goths - Goths on the Job
Gothic Culture is a Biproduct of Post-Modernism
Cyber-Fashion
Emily the Strange Fashion
Gothic Hair and Makeup
Handy Guide to Making Yourself Look Dead Sexy
Gothic Bikinis and Swimwear

Hair, Headgear & Accessories
Mens Hats
Canadian Fashion & Chic
Fedoras for Women
Arm Warmers
Long Gloves and Fingerless Gloves
Handkerchiefs & Bandannas
Long Hair is Back in Fashion!!!
Women's Handbags
Gothic Hair and Makeup
Nail polish goes Green
The War on Plastic Bags
Fendi
Prada

Jackets & Outerwear
Burberry

Sports clothing has to be function and dependable, protecting the wearer from extreme conditions and not inhibiting their performance. That does not mean that sportswear can not be stylish as well! Surfing and snowboarding lead the way in sports fashion as they have a huge range of quality high fashion brands designed for them. Some of the most famous are DC, Burtons and Vans but there are also some great smaller brands producing fashionable ranges like Bonfire, Surfanic and Special Blend. Sports fashion is an ever expanding innovating area which is producing some fantastic products.

Tyson Beckford Jeans & Pants

Changing Styles of Jeans
Diesel
Firetrap
Levi-Strauss
Canadian Fashion & Chic

Supermodels & Fashion Models
How to be a Fashion Model
Tyson Ballou - Male Supermodel
Tyson Beckford - Male Supermodel
Will Chalker - Male Supermodel
Brent Chua - Male Supermodel
Travis Fimmel - Male Supermodel
Rusty Joiner - Male Supermodel
Mario Lekkas - Male Supermodel
Alex Lundqvist - Male Supermodel
Marcus Schenkenberg - Male Supermodel
Andrew Stetson - Male Supermodel
Mark Vanderloo - Male Supermodel
Lars Burmeister - Male Supermodel
Kivanç Tatlitug - Male Supermodel
Chad White - Male Supermodel
Naomi Campbell - Female Supermodel
Tyra Banks - Female Supermodel
Carla Bruni - Female Supermodel
Carré Otis - Female Supermodel
Laetitia Casta - Female Supermodel
Lisa Fonssagrives - The First Supermodel
Katrina Kaif - Indian Model / Actress
Adriana Lima - Female Supermodel
Ajuma Nasenyana - Female Supermodel
Aline Nakashima - Female Supermodel
Paulina Porizkova
Paris Hilton - Fashion Model
Selita Ebanks - Female Supermodel
Tila Tequila Nguyen - Female Supermodel
Stick Figure Models
Supermodel by Heidi Klum
The World's Top Supermodels
Fashion Catwalk Archive #01
Fashion Catwalk Archive #02
Fashion Catwalk Archive #03
Fashion Catwalk Archive #04
Fashion Catwalk Archive #05
Fashion Catwalk Archive #06

Shoes and Footwear
Nike Sweatshops in China
Canadian Fashion & Chic

Swimwear and Exercise Clothes
Yoga and Exercise Fashion
Cleats Vs. Pleats: Tennis/Golf Fashion
Gothic Bikinis and Swimwear
The Bikini turns 60! 1946 to 2006: 60 Years of Bikini Bathing Beauties
Japanese Women Bust Out
Shock Absorbing Sports Bras


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The Hipster Fashion Cycle

Hamburg Hipster Hat

By Monique Bellamont - February 2012.

See that hat that hipster is wearing?

Its a Hamburg. Or if it has a feather in the side its a Swiss. Some people mistakenly call them fedoras, but they're not.

The problem with hipster hats like the Hamburg however is that these things go in trends. It is a bit like James Laver's Law of Fashion, which explains how trends come and go.

James Laver's Law of Fashion

Indecent 10 years before its time
Shameless 5 years before its time
Outré (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

The Hipster Fashion Cycle

Using Laver's standard we can determine that the heyday for the Hamburg was during the 1920s and 1930s. By the 1980s the hat had become "quaint" and by now it is considered "charming", which makes it an ideal target for hipsters (because hipsters love to be charming).

This fashion cycle isn't just limited to hats either. It applies to art, dance, music and many other things. That is why swing music suddenly became kewl again in the late 1990s. Its why many household appliances now use art deco designs. In other 30 years we will suddenly think that fashion and items from the 1950s will be the kewlest things since sliced bread.

Mens Hats keep changing, but there isn't a lot of new options coming out. Which is why keep bringing back the old things and reinventing them.

As time wears on we will see more and more people breaking with the conservative standard and wearing things unusual. City people wearing cowboy hats is something I have been seeing more of. Bizarre as it may seem, its the new trend. Not sure if its reached a fad yet... but give the hipsters time, they will see the benefits of wearing cowboy hats once the allure of the Hamburg has worn off.

Rugged, manly, adventurous cowboy hats... quaint and charming.


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Fashion Do's and Don'ts
& How to Survive When You Have Nothing to Wear!

By Monique Bellamont - August 2009.

RULE #1: Fashion rules are there to be broken.

RULE #2: Having fashion sense is all about knowing what looks good on YOU, not what looks good on Paris Hilton or Naomi Campbell.

RULE #3: When fashion magazines or self-proclaimed experts say something is "Over, Bourgeois, Tired, Common, So last year or Very yesterday/last week/last century" it means the person talking now considers that particular style or colour to be out of style and are now pushing the next big thing, which they will usually describe as being "New, Now, Fresh, Brave, Chic, Divine, Girly, Love, Important, or To die for."

RULE #4: Don't listen to fashion magazines or self-proclaimed experts. They are just copying what everyone else is saying.

RULE #5: Trend setters either create something new or go retro to bring something from the past and make it new again. Trend followers are just copycats with no fashion sense of their own.

RULE #6: When picking out something to wear or shopping, always ask several things: A. Is this practical? B. What if it rains? C. Can I afford this? D. Will I ever wear this or am I just filling my closet with things I will never wear? E. Does it actually look good on me or am I just fooling myself?

RULE #7: Some colours match, some don't, but does it really matter? Sometimes you want to wear opposing colours because it will stand out more.

RULE #8: Just because it is a men's shirt, pants, socks or whatever doesn't mean it won't fit or suit you. I happen to believe men's briefs look very good on women.

RULE #9: Before stepping outside ask yourself "What if I die today and this is the clothing I am found wearing? Do I want to be found dead wearing corduroy pants and a leather thong?" (Or whatever you happen to be wearing!)

RULE #10: Last but not least, passe means that something has been already. Avante garde means nobody has ever done it before. See the difference? Don't misuse terms.

This season its all about what clothes just scream embellishment and look pretentious. No wait, that is every season. Every fashionista is always trying to look better than she really does, but far too many lack the common sense to realize they look like they are trying too hard to be kewl... understand the difference? These people are poseurs. They buy the latest shoes, the newest glasses (which may or may not be retro), the kewlest, most decorative jeans they can find and the end result is someone who is wearing a mish mash of competing styles... if a guy dressed that way we'd call him a douchebag. When a girl does it she is a douchebaggette.

And I will not apologize for saying that. Some people just try too hard and it shows. They flaunt their new fashion, but in reality its not new because they're copying what everyone else is doing. Worse, the poor girl is copying all of them at the same time. Please people! Don't be a douchebag(gette)!

Far too few women and girls out there know how to use a sewing machine... sewing is so easy its amazing more people don't take it up as a hobby or turn it into a profession. Everyone needs clothes. Clothes wear out. Clothes go out of fashion. Clothes don't fit like they used to. The fashion industry is everywhere and it is one of the oldest professions the world has ever seen.

And if you are on a budget, what could be cheaper than needle, thread and some fabric? True, some fabrics can be pricier than others, but if you shop around you can rip apart old clothes, 2nd hand clothes and recycle the old fabric to make something which is kewl, unique and nobody else has it.

People will wear what is convenient sometimes so if you are on a budget do some research and see what is out there. There are a tonne of YouTube videos on how to make your own clothing, sew, knit, darn socks, do your hair, clean fabric stains, etc. all on a budget. It won't take too much time or research and the next thing you know you will be a bit of an expert on the topic.

If you become really obsessed you can also take evening or weekend classes on fashion design. Many cities and large towns have clubs and classes you can join if you look hard enough. They're always looking for new members.

The beauty of fashion is that you can always match things with other things. Once you have bought a good sized wardrobe (or have sewn your own) you can coordinate clothing to create specific looks. To do you will need a good size full length mirror and test the mirror's quality to make sure you look good in it.

After that you are pretty much set.

I recommend reorganizing your closet by colour, not by type of clothing. Make it into a rainbow. It is faster to find a specific piece of clothing when you only have one yellow sweater and its the only sweater in the yellow section. Other people like to organize their closets using different methods, but it doesn't really matter which method you use so long as it WORKS.

My last tidbit of advice? If old people are wearing it then it is officially out of style. Thats right. If your mom or grandmother starts wearing low cut jeans that shows off her ass crack its time to rip those jeans apart and reuse the fabric. Happy sewing!

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