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Myanmar’s Godfather of Fashion

Le 19 janvier 2018, 10:57 dans Humeurs 0

The end of last year saw the fifth Myanmar International Fashion Week, hailed as a success by the thousands of fashionistas and celebrities in attendance.

Behind the event was John Lwin, 51, founder of leading modeling agency Stars and Models International.

John, who is a force in Myanmar’s fashion and entertainment industry, became a model in Singapore in 1989 while he was cutting plastic in a factory for $25 per night.

After being scouted, he soon became a top choice for brands in Southeast Asia and rode the wave for six years. One day, designer Bobby Chin warned him of the consequences of having an accident and damaging his good lucks. He shrugged it off but ended up having a fall and injuring his chin.

It was the early 90s—Photoshop didn’t exist—and he lost work. But the lull drew him into the business side of fashion. He decided to return to Myanmar with Bobby Chin to design clothes and eventually train models, which led to him setting up Myanmar’s first modeling agency in 1995. Later he became involved in event organizing and creating uniforms for companies—all of which come under his Star business group. He plans 300-400 events per year, including Myanmar Academy Awards, and 2018 is set to be as busy as any year yet.

As for his fashion predictions: silver and gold trending for autumn and winter, and a flowery color like green for spring and summer.Read more at:formal dresses uk | cocktail dresses uk

Mom and son lighting up the fashion world

Le 10 janvier 2018, 04:46 dans Humeurs 0

What do you get when you combine a mom with a passion for fashion design with a son who’s a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at UC San Diego?

In the case of family entrepreneurs Rachel Merrill and Devon Merrill of San Diego, you get Lighted Clothing, a new company that is pushing boundaries in the field of illuminated fashion.

Since they started their collaboration about 18 months ago, the Merrills have co-created five fashion pieces that incorporate LED lights, fiber optics, hidden batteries and tiny computers that create streaks of lightning on a dress, moving bands of color and pictures on a vest and waves of glowing light on a skirt that grow brighter whenever its wearer moves.

Last month, the Merrills won a national “Textiles in Technology” award in the Surface Design Association’s Future Fabrication: Exhibition in Print 2017. They were among seven winners chosen from a field of 250 entries by jurors Richard Elliott, a textiles expert and professor at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, and Cathryn Hall, from the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

Elliott said the concept of illuminated clothing has been around for at least five years, but the Merrills have taken the technology up a notch in a visually striking way.

“Their work really exemplifies the optimal combination of sheer fabric to diffuse the light, so it’s not so gaudy and bright, and the element of motion that mimics the movements of the wearer,” Elliott said. “What’s fascinating about their collaboration is that it’s cross-generational. I haven’t seen that before and their abilities are so compatible with one another.”

Rachel Merrill — a retired biotechnology acquisitions attorney who lives with her husband, Lex, in Carmel Valley — said she’s enjoyed finding a new way to express her creativity. But she’s most happy about collaborating with her 29-year-old son.

“I feel like it’s a gift,” she said. “Not many parents have an opportunity to do something with their grown children that’s so creative and that draws so completely on their different interests and skills. It’s precious time.”

Rachel and Devon Merrill both come from crafty backgrounds, but illuminated fashion wasn’t on either of their radars until 2016.

Rachel taught her self to sew in her mid-20s by bringing home Vogue patterns and learning to make clothes by trial and error. Devon developed a love for tinkering from his dad, Lex, whose hobby is rebuilding antique radios. By the time he was at Torrey Pines High School, Devon was soldering his own home electronics and writing computer code.

One hobby the family shares is hiking. When Rachel retired in 2012, she spent four months hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, eventually logging more than 2,000 miles. But injuries forced her to give up the sport three years ago and she went looking for a more sedentary hobby. She found it when she signed up for a fashion design class at San Diego Mesa College in spring 2016.

One of her first fashion ideas was Starlight, a hand-dyed blue silk dress with a mesh liner interwoven with 700 strands of illuminated superfine filament. There was just one problem. She had no idea how to work with fiber optics, electronic circuits or computer code.

So she asked Devon — who lives in the UTC area with his girlfriend Enjoli Gomez — to teach her about lights, soldering and building circuits. After she finished weaving the fiber liner for Starlight, he built the computerized controller and wrote the code that creates subtly moving waves of white light.

This sounds easier than it is. The reason illuminated clothes aren’t on every store shelf is the danger factor. A miswired circuit could mean a very real risk of fire.

“I’ve burned myself a few times,” he said, “but I haven’t had a model spontaneously combust yet.”

After Starlight won best of show in Mesa’s 2016 Golden Scissors Fashion Show, the college’s department chair, Susan Lazear, invited Devon to begin teaching a seminar class every semester on wearable technology.

During the first seminar session, the Merrills co-created their next project, Wearlight. Rachel designed the black cotton/polyester zip-up vest and Devon implanted it with 96 hidden fully programmable LED 2-inch pixels that can create millions of colors, patterns and pictures. It won two awards at Mesa’s next fashion show.

Last spring, they created Lightning, a lavender sheath dress implanted with four branched channels of light that create the illusion of a moving lightning storm.

Their biggest project to date was Light Dance, a haute-couture dress built for last fall’s Women & Science fashion gala at the Salk Institute. Rachel was tasked with creating a dress inspired by the work of now-former Salk researcher Hermina Nedelescu, who studies the neural pathways in the cerebellum.

Microscopic photos of cells and neurons in the cerebellum were printed on the dress bodice and decorated with pearls and fine silver chain. The skirt was made with undulating layers of fabric that resembled the folds of the brain.

Devon designed the computer controller which was hidden in a cerebellum-shaped plastic headpiece he created on a 3D printer. It was connected to the dress via a cable that ran down the model’s spine, the same way the cerebellum sends neural signals to the body. The movement-sensitive “cerebellum” controller caused the dress lights to glow brighter whenever the model turned her head or walked.

Their most recent project is Illumination, a denim vest with a quilted fabric panel designed by Rachel’s sister. Its computer controller shifts the light around to different sections of the artwork in a pattern.

Devon said working over the past 18 months on these projects has been illuminating in more ways than one. Besides teaching at Mesa, he also teaches the wearable fashion technology to freshman computer students at UCSD. He sees vast differences between the students’ educational and socio-economic backgrounds and their abilities to learn the technology.

To help close that learning gap, he recently launched the Gadgetron Robot Factory , a drag-and-drop website where people can learn how to build circuits and electronics without any fiery mistakes.

Through their website the Merrills hope to attract some commissions so they can work together again soon.

“We’re both taking it in the directions we want to,” she said, “and somehow we’re doing it together.”Read more at:long prom dresses | short prom dresses

Teen Vogue's evolution from high-fashion magazine to a community of activism

Le 3 janvier 2018, 04:38 dans Humeurs 0

Once thought of as a glossy fashion bible geared toward brand-conscious girls, Teen Vogue is evolving.

“When Teen Vogue started out, Teen Vogue was an aspirational fashion magazine for fashion lovers. You know it was the little sister to Vogue. And over the years we've realized that our mission was really to become more focused on making this an inclusive community, that speaks to every kind of young person,” Elaine Welteroth, Teen Vogue’s 31-year-old editor-in-chief, told ABC News’ “Nightline.”

The digital magazine, now primarily online, is filling more of its page with stories that appeal to its socially conscious audiences on topics including: immigration, race, wellness and politics.

“[President Donald] Trump gets too much credit for Teen Vogue’s evolution. Teen Vogue has been changing the narrative and pushing the envelope and covering news and politics and social justice issues for the I’d say the last year and a half to two years,” Welteroth said.

Most recently, Teen Vogue weighed in on the MeToo movement, with actress Ashley Judd making a video about her personal experience on standing up to sexual harassment and giving advice to young girls for the publication in October 2017.

Judd is now one of more than 300 women in Hollywood leading the TimesUp initiative to fight sexual harassment and gender disparity. The initiative has raised over $14 million for working-class women to seek justice.

Teen Vogue’s shift to social activism is paying off. The brand has seen huge growth, garnering 10 million monthly page views and 12 million social followers.

And along with digital editorial director Phillip Picardi, Welteroth, Teen Vogue’s youngest and first black editor-in-chief in its history, is getting some credit for their success.

“It has become this community of civic-minded, really socially conscious politically active curious ambitious young people who crave the truth who aren't afraid to speak truth,” Welteroth said. “I think we speak to a certain mindset and it's about you know inspiring people who are progressive thinkers who want to see change. And so that could mean a 59-year-old white man. It could mean Dan Rather, who retweets us all the time.”

Teen Vogue is, of course, still a fashion magazine. And Welteroth has become an influencer of sorts on her own. She sits in the front rows of New York’s fashion shows and has her own following on social media. She even made a guest appearance on the ABC sitcom “Black-ish.”

In a sense, Teen Vogue has seized the moment, tapping into what matters to Generation Z, the post-millennials who appear to be more civic-minded both on and off social media.

The magazine held its first ever “Teen Vogue Summit” in Los Angeles in December, where young attendees learned how to change the world. The event brought together CEOs, celebrities and everyday teens fighting for social justice.

Eighteen-year-old Nadya Okamoto and 19-year-old Hunter Schaefer, who were named in Teen Vogue’s “21 under 21,” were in attendance at the summit.

Okamoto is a Harvard University sophomore who recently ran for city council in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She earned the nicknamed “Period Girl” for fighting for women’s health rights.

“Teen Vogue is forming and to be this kind of powerhouse incubator that takes young activists and puts them in front of other young people and says you can do this too right,” Okamoto told “Nightline.”

Schaefer fought against North Carolina’s bathroom bill.

“I think we as generation, Generation Z, are using our resources. We're often perceived as inauthentic or self-serving or you know really just focused on promoting ourselves or making it on Instagram or something. But I think that is that's coming from a place of misunderstanding,” Schaefer told “Nightline.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton guest-edited the magazine’s latest issue and headlined the summit.

“We don’t see ourselves as liberal or conservative,” Welteroth said. “We consider ourselves an outlet that addresses the issues that matter the most to our audience.”

Their blunt political commentary about how they believe Trump “gaslit,” or manipulated, the American electorate to win has gotten them noticed by the likes of Fox News, among other outlets.

“The interesting thing about the Trump is gaslighting American piece is that, tonally, it was so sharp,” Welteroth said. “[It] captured what so many people were thinking, and I don’t think that people expected that kind of journalism to come from a place like Teen Vogue.”

But many have criticized that journalism for being too partisan.

“We cover news as it happens. But we also cover things that have happened in history that we reframe in a new lens,” Allison Maloney, who runs the news and politics page, told “Nightline.” “We get pushback every day basically with people telling us to stay in our lane, but our readers’ lane includes politics now. It’s a political world.”

Beyond politics, Teen Vogue also regularly interacts with readers about health and wellness on issues ranging from sexual education to mental health and coping with tragedy.

"We do a lot of stories on body image because that's something that is affecting everyone, especially with social media," digital wellness editor Vera Papisova told "Nightline."

Still, Teen Vogue does deal with the typical teen magazine stories of celebrity, beauty and fashion. But with all of this, the brand hopes to give young women a platform and community inspire each other and make real changes in the world.

“Teen Vogue is so much more than just a magazine. It's so much more than just a website. It's so much more than social it's really about the audience and so we're going to continue to innovate and continue to find new ways of reaching this audience in meaningful ways,” Welteroth said. “And watch this space because we're just getting started. It's a movement.”Read more at:cheap prom dresses uk | red carpet dresses

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