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Building Awareness via Fashion: World Water Day

Posted in Uncategorized by modman on March 22, 2010

Plenty of designers have been inspired by water in some form: crashing waves, fast-flowing rivers, violent rapids, trickling streams and quiet creeks. Despite having been inspired by one of the strongest elements, very few have brought awareness to the reality of usable water: its shortage.

The United Nations recognizes today as World Water Day. This years theme is “Clean Water for a Healthy World”. I learned this in middle school and it has stuck with me since: the earth is covered by 70-75% water, 97% is in the oceans and 1% is available for human use. The world population is approximately 6.7 billion and we live in a world that is controlled by private corporations and corrupt governments that control and limit access to basic necessities, like water and housing, and other resources.

There is a shortage of available drinking water in so many countries. Even if there is a water supply, most of it is contaminated with pollutants and other debris. Developing countries do not have strict laws that police water pollution. Industries that do pollute the water have no incentive not to. Because of the lack of drinking water, poverty-stricken villagers resort to taking in whatever water they can find, which results in water-borne illnesses. Diarrhea is a top infant killer, and “1.8 million children aged under five who succumb to water-borne diseases. This equates to one infant every 20 seconds” (csmonitor).

I can list fact after fact and reality after reality all day, but that wont do any good. People are stricken the moment they see a devastating picture or are horrified when they hear the number of deaths caused by diarrhea. But very few act on their emotions.

It is sometimes difficult for me to wrap my head around international issues like this.. especially because I feel that its so far removed from my life. This is exactly the wrong perception. Non-profit organizations such as charity water, the water project, and Drop in the Bucket help bring awareness, funds and sustainable practices to developing nations.

Leanne Marshall, winner of Project Runway’s season 5, showed a collection at Bryant Park that was entirely inspired by water and waves. A challenge from this season’s Project Runway was to create a piece that was inspired by the four elements: earth, air, fire, or water. If fashion can draw on inspiration of such powerful forces, imagine what fashion can do for humanitarian awareness.


All My Single Ladies : v3.

Posted in Uncategorized by modman on December 23, 2009

The holidays are finally here! But hard-working women sometimes dont have time to think about their outfits for the festivities until the day of.. which is unfortunate. Fortunately for those women, here are a range of options I put together from pieces that you could already have in your wardrobe. Even though I am naturally drawn to net-a-porter and the color black, I opted to choose options from only Aldo and Forever21. Tweeking an outfit for the holidays shouldnt cost you a fortune (but you can still look that part). Adding a new boot or heel or even just a simple accessory can turn your “old” dress into a new outfit! Dont forget to add a coat or drape to keep you warm. Add a clutch and youre good to go. Have fun!


BLOGsearch : The Sartorialist.

Posted in Uncategorized by modman on December 7, 2009

THE Sartorialist - Scott Schuman

Finals week is about browsing and learning anything.. anything and everything BUT the material for classes that is. I was chatting with a friend and we came to the conclusion that during finals week, people know everything about anything recent (ie. the “it” youtube video, spoofs, mvs, and anything Tiger-related) and nothing about their finals (not as much as they should anyway). Reading blogposts or tweets about everything up-to-date is not enough. Students go wayyyyy back to dig up some “oldies but goodies”.

I am guilty of browsing  some archived blogposts of blogs on my blogroll. I decided to start the BLOGsearch addition to modmen. I wanted to share blogs that I find my inspiration from with all of you. The first and most influential blog has been The Sartorialist.

The Sartorialist is a fashion blog by Scott Schuman. He photographs individuals who catch his crafted eye and posts them on his blog. He is known as the pioneer for fashion photography in blogform and also has a monthly page in GQ and is a featured blog for Scott shares his thoughts on his blog and his initial intentions:

“When I worked in the fashion industry (15 years), I always felt that there was a disconnect between what I was selling in the showroom and what I was seeing real people (really cool people) wearing in real life.”

“I thought I could shoot people on the street the way designers looked at people, and get and give inspiration to lots of people in the process. My only strategy was to try and shoot style in a way that I knew most designers hunted for inspiration.”

Check out his blog for some amazing photographs. He doesn’t just focus on “fashion” or “style”, but he highlights color and other artful elements as well. I hope his photographs inspire you in some way. Happy browsing!

Style Profile...Alessandra Colombo, Milano

On the Street....Rue St. Honoré, Paris, France

On the Street....Carine and Emmanuelle


Posted in Uncategorized by modman on November 13, 2009

+J (Jil Sander for Uniqlo)

Collaborations between high-end designers and retailers are quite popular, and there are many more to look forward to within the next few months. Here are some future projects that are greatly anticipated.

Future Projects:
Sonia Rykiel + H&M = Lingerie Lovely
Jean Paul Gaultier + Target = The American Woman
Rodarte + Target

Past/Present Collaborations:
Jil Sander + Uniqlo = +J
Robert Geller + Levis = Denim Workwear

H&M + (Karl Lagerfeld, Comme des Garcons, Matthew Williamson, Jimmy Choo)

Target + (Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui, Erin Fetherston, Jovovich-Hawk, Rogan, Richard Chai, Jonathan Saunders, Thakoon, Tracy Feith) = amazing

Top Shop + designers = White Shirt Project
Gap + designers = White T-Shirt Project

Collaborations definitely test a designers ability to create pieces that are within a designers aesthetic while being affordable. Past and present designers have incredible reputations. Their designer lines are focused on modern luxury, and the prices reflect great quality and design. The most difficult part for a collaborating designer is to produce items that are at such a low price point. Good news for consumers: low prices = thumbs up. Designers are taking advantage of collaboration deals, especially during the

recession. So double thumbs up for us!

Jimmy Choo for H&M

AMcQ for Target

Stella McCartney for Gap

Comme for H&M

Gap ad, S McCartney

Jimmy Choo for H&M

All My Single Ladies : v1.

Posted in Uncategorized by modman on October 27, 2009

from The Sartorialist

One for the ladies!

Girls, be yourself. If you like to dress down, then dress down (not in sweatpants and jerseys everyday, unless you’re at a football game. Or wearing Alexander Wang). If you like to run around in heels, then more power to you. Do and wear what you want because you like it.  Not all girls are made to be as fierce as Beyonce in Jean Paul Gaultier or as “girly” as pin-up Katy Perry was advertised to be. Just as you have your own unique personality, your style should speak to who you are.

The Sartorialist is one of my favorite blogs out there. Scott (yes, we’re on a first name basis..) photographs beautiful images of not JUST clothes, but he captures the style, confidence and personality of the subject. You can get a sense of who they are as a person by how they carry themselves and the way their outfit is put together. It’s all in the details. The woman in the picture may not be strikingly beautiful at a quick first glance. Her outfit may not stand out instantly as “fashionable” because she isn’t wearing a sequin blazer or cigarette jeans. But to me, the simplicity of her outfit says more about her than if she told me about herself. Her style is purposeful and thought out.

I am in search of my own style. Trust me, it doesn’t happen overnight. And it definitely doesn’t happen just because you splurged on the hot fall trend that is thigh-high boots. Just as you are evolving, your style can be ever-changing.

The hottest fashion trend may be boyfriend blazers and statement jewelry, but that doesn’t mean that it’s for you. Be mindful of your purchases and make sure to think before you buy. Just because Vogue says so doesn’t mean anything. You have the final say.


Yves Saint Laurent’s famous words stand true, “Fashions fade, but style is eternal”.

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