Back to School Fashion Trends
Heading back to school after the long summer away can feel like a way for kids to reinvent themselves, and their wardrobes. This fall, Main Line students will have a slew of styles to try from local boutiques.

Robin Freedman, owner of Boys Connection in Bala Cynwyd, says many designers are featuring cobalt blue and neon colors, but she still expects local boys to favor a more neutral palette. “The kids that we see on the Main Line, they're pretty traditional,” says Freedman, whose store carries sizes from age 4 to men’s. “They don't want to stand out too much, especially at that age.”

Classic shades of navy and khaki will continue to help boys look crisp and clean this fall, and a comfortable fit and feel will remain a priority. For those looking to break the mold a little, broken-in looking jeans are a popular choice. For boys whose schools require uniforms, but still want to stand out from their friends, Freedman will offer bright ties and plaid shirts.

Much like boys looking to maintain a simple, elegant look, girls can find those options at Children’s Clothing Patch in Wayne. Items at this boutique transition easily across seasons and are even reinvented in different materials for those looking to keep a common aesthetic throughout the year. Their Peter Pan-collared seersucker dress, for instance, can be restocked in corduroy for cooler fall temperatures. The owner, Cheryl Rapp, agrees that navy is an ever-popular choice, but she’s watching out for pops of plum, turquoise and coral, as well.

Rapp will also stock a few more trendy pieces, giving a nod to unicorns in particular. Whether on shirts, dresses or toys, the mythical animal is joining cats and dogs in high demand, she says.

Girls looking for even trendier pieces can find them at My Kids Korner in Narberth, which caters to newborns through juniors. Owner Debbie Konowitch says strong colors for this season include fall main stay, burgundy, plus bolder patterns like blue and green camouflage.

While colors are pretty similar across ages, styles aren’t, notes Konowitch. For her younger customers, sparkly clothes and backpacks rule, while older students reach for more laidback and distressed options, like sweatpants and anything with rips or holes. She expects that sweats will be the most popular item at her store this fall.

Whatever the trend or style preference, back to school shopping is a fun way for parents and kids to connect.Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com/formal-dresses-2017-online | http://www.marieaustralia.com/formal-dresses-shops-sydney
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Sustainability to the fore at International Woolmark Prize
Luxury fashion has an opportunity to influence the industry’s sustainability practices and educate the consumer from the top down, according to US-based ­designer Gabriela Hearst.

In Sydney to judge the Australian and New Zealand regional final of the International Woolmark Prize, Hearst said the collection of menswear winner Blair Archibald was a good example of how this “trickle-down effect” can be put into practice.

“I thought Blair’s collection was extremely on point,” said Hearst. “He also had a sustainable angle to it that I think is really ­important for the up-and-coming luxury consumer. It felt very luxurious, it was well finished and with a conscience.”

His collection included merino wool Australian army blankets from 1966, patchworked with a modern merino textile.

New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based Archibald believes designers have an opportunity in the sustainability arena. “We’re in a position as designers to have the potential to really inform people, and that’s a powerful message to get across,” he said. “It’s about reconfiguring the way fashion’s communicated as well, giving it some real substance and having a dialogue that’s honest.”

New Zealand label Harman Grubisa, by designers Madeleine Harman and Jessica Grubisa, won the womenswear segment of the prize. Its six-piece collection ­included a tailored check jacket and trousers and an embroidered tulle fabric.Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com/cheap-formal-dresses | www.marieaustralia.com/sexy-formal-dresses
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Future of Fashion industry: India in 2050
Imagine walking by someone in the street wearing something that catches your eye. You find yourself wishing you had the same outfit to wear for yourself too. You take a picture of it on your ocular device and send a command to your 3D printer, which in turn reproduces the same outfit in your size specifications.

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A pattern for collaboration
When you talk to students of fashion technology, you expect to hear words like ‘silhouettes’, ‘colour palette’, ‘cuts’ … Instead I hear ‘sustainability’, ‘slow fashion’, ‘fair wages to workers’…

This group of 15 students from the New Zealand Institute of Fashion Technology (NZFT) were on a six-week internship at the Bannari Amman Institute of Technology (BIT) at Sathyamangalam. Selected on the basis of the Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme from their country, the youngsters have not only gotten an insight into the entire range of textile manufacturing but also into the handloom sector.

“New Zealand is a small country, compared to India,” smiles Giles Brooker, educational consultant and Chairman of the Giles Brooker Group who helped facilitate the exchange programme. “There is very little manufacturing there. Most of the manufactured items come from China. We wanted to show the kids a start-to-finish process in the textile field.”

Apart from the big garment manufacturing industries of Tiruppur, the group also visited a centre for hand-woven silk saris at Dhoddampalayam and Ethicus at Pollachi. “There was this one centre where they turned out something like 50,000 garments a day. And then there was Ethicus where it took almost a month to make one sari,” exclaimed Youhan Khosho. Ana Te Whaiti rhapsodised over the Jacquard looms, “It was amazing to watch the weaver at work. The amount of patience needed.”

What struck Rachel Hillier and Katie Flanagan the most was the contrast between the weavers of Ethicus and Dhoddampalayam and workers at the bigger units. “One of the things this trip taught me,” muses Hillier, “is to say ‘No’ to fast fashion. When I start working, I’m definitely going to pay attention to sustainable fashion and to look into issues like working conditions and fair pay.”

Their trip has not been all work and no play. They’ve had pitstops at Thanjavur, Ooty, and Mysore. Which was the most memorable? “Seeing who could run fastest across the hot stones at the temple in Thanjavur,” says Hillier, as her friends burst into laughter. “But the temple was amazing,” says Khosho, and the others nod in agreement.

Ameera, a final year student of Fashion Technology at BIT, felt that the annual visit by the New Zealanders keeps the Indian students on their toes. “We learn from each other,” she says. “For example, they go from idea to final product very quickly. They have their garment made in just 3-4 days whereas we tend to take more time. Interacting with them has helped us also work faster.” Apart from course-related exchanges, the students also learnt about each other’s culture and lifestyles. “And movies,” laughed Ameera, even as she rushed off to make sure that things were in place for the inauguration of the new Fashion Resource Centre at BIT.

Once the ribbon cutting was done and the two groups of students performed a couple of dances, the action moved to the auditorium for a fashion show in which the New Zealanders wore Indian clothes and the Indians wore Western outfits, which had been made by the first group with the saris they bought during their time in India. And how did the New Zealanders cope with the saris and lehengas? “They’re hot and heavy but, oh, so beautiful,” sighs Samantha Gamman.

A step ahead

The new Fashion Resource Centre at BIT has up-to-date machinery, a business centre, a display room complete with dummies and a ramp.

“It’s a huge improvement on our existing centre,” says an excited Ameera. “We have the latest sewing machines and everything else we need to ensure ideas move from our heads to the stage.”

A couple of the NZFT students who were standing near agreed. “It’s a very good space to work in,” they said. “The machines are really something, as we found when we were making our clothes there.”Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com

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