Thursday, January 28, 2010

heat-to-toe denim

Denim, an iconic American fabric, The word comes from the name of a sturdy fabric called serge, originally made in Nîmes, France, by the Andre family. Originally called serge de Nîmes, ... shortened to DENIM.
Ain't noth'in sexier then a good tush in denim, the problem is that there is nothing uglier then too much tush stuffed into denim. SO WHAT THE HELL ARE FASHION GURUS THINKING when they dress people head-to-toe in DENIM. Simon Kneen, creative director of the GAP and Banana Republic, should be fired for suggestion that head-to-toe denim is optimistic. Sir, Jasper John's indigo painting might inspire blue skies and feel good moments but they do not capture the over-use of blue jeans. Ditto to Dolce and Gabbana and Ralph Lauren. Guys a little denim goes a long way and is so sexy paired with a wite teeshirt and for gods sake, please ditch the denim handbag. A denim trench coat, please guys, have your med checked!! As for denim shorts, they don't even look sexy in porn movies. Put the Daisey Mys done and put your hand in the air!!
Talking about a fashion faux pas, head-to-toe denim, is a lifer from the fashion police and no, we will not be doing a denim hat for fall 2010.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

John Callanan says "Hello darlings, watch my latest interviews at the Mens MRkt Show at the Javits Center" Cognac is delightful!!
check out this article from the WALL STREET JOURNAL by Christina Binkly.
What's Out: the Fashion Trend As Fashion Week Approaches, the Industry Seeks in Vain for a Big Look to Push; 'Everything Is in Style'By CHRISTINA BINKLEY..
.David Wolfe has been analyzing style trends for 41 years. But last week, Mr. Wolfe, creative director of the Doneger Group consultants, stood up in a room full of retail executives and told them: "There are no more trends. Everything is in style."

Even as the fashion press gears up for an orgy of trend-spotting at New York fashion week, which starts Feb. 11, many observers feel Mr. Wolfe is right: We've reached the end of the trend as the guiding stricture in fashion. The "must-have" currently being attached to certain styles—The trench coat! The one-shoulder dress! Metallics!—is little more than a marketing pitch.

The trench coat has been "in" for the past five years, and will be hot next year, too. Indeed, it's a safe bet that next month we'll see every possible length of skirt, width of pant and cut of blouse walk the runways—sometimes all in the same show.

Rather than fuss about skirt lengths or the season's silhouette, people now dress the way they see themselves, choosing looks that flatter their bodies and fit their lifestyles. Most of us dress with our social groups or professions, rather than fashion trends, using clothes to flash messages about who we are.

A History of the Hemline
A look at hemline trends over the years.

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Everett Collection

Goldie Hawn, 1969
..A chief executive in the tech business may don Gap chinos and a blazer for work, while investment banking chiefs remain loyal to their Zegna suits. Others dress according to the mores of their own personal tribes: If you don't dress steampunk, you may not even know it's a style (think 19th-century mad scientist in leather waistcoat with goggles and a pocket watch).

There was a time when luxury retailers Stanley Marcus and Andrew Goodman, of Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman, determined what women would buy each season. That was back when nerds weren't cool and, for some reason, a lady's coat had to be longer than her skirt. Women who wanted to be fashionable bought the fashions whether they wanted to wear miniskirts or not. Though fashions changed, the primacy of trends didn't: Until just a few years ago, no self-respecting teenager would have been caught in the wrong denim wash. Part of the fun of watching old movies was seeing the funny old fashions.

Now, most old film fashions look pretty current to me, from Katharine Hepburn's swishy man-tailored pants in 1940's "Philadelphia Story" to those skinny ski-lodge capris in 1963's "The Pink Panther."

"Trends are diluted," says Doris Raymond, owner of the Los Angeles vintage store The Way We Wore. That's because designers have in the past two decades "referenced every possible fashion period for inspiration."

The style consensus has been splintering for nearly a decade as workplaces have grown more casual and fields like tech have pursued their own tribal dress codes. Meanwhile, young celebrities have championed a mix-and-match aesthetic. "The industry is fragmenting, reflecting consumers' desire to create their own style," says Marie Driscoll, director of consumer discretionary retail coverage for Standard & Poor's equity research.

Retailers like Zara, H&M and Forever 21 have contributed to "fast fashion," gobbling their way through looks. Last week in New York, H&M sale racks displayed blurry-print floral blouses based on designer looks that were shown on the runways in September. When those designers' own clothes arrive in stores in March, H&M customers may well view the originals with déjà vu. Runway looks are now accessible to everyone—but their cachet disappears a lot faster.

The Evolution of 'In'
Click on the graphic for a history of dominant looks

..I welcome democratic fashion as one of the many benefits of being alive in 2010. But it can be a headache for the fashion industry, which once could depend on trends to lure customers and still maintains a trend-spotting infrastructure to figure out who will buy what. Predicting trends is "more challenging every year," says Sharon Graubard, a trend analyst with fashion consultancy Stylesight. "With fewer 'must-have' items, retailers and designers have to try harder," she says.

Some new retailers are letting customers dictate the details. "Fashion has traditionally been this top-down industry, but we saw that technology" could allow consumers to choose their own details, says Abby Holtz, director of marketing for indiCustom, a San Francisco retailer of custom jeans and shirts that launched in 2008. Its IndiDenim brand lets shoppers pick fabric, leg shape, pockets and other details for customized jeans.

But there's one fashion segment where trend is increasingly dominant: menswear, where pleats are "out" and trim, flat-front pants are "in," says Andy Gilchrist, author of "The Encyclopedia of Men's Clothes" and founder of the "Ask Andy" Web site. "It seems," he says, "that the designers and retailers are trying to get men into that 'old' women's fashion trend cycle."

Write to Christina Binkley at
WOW, I had an incredible sleep last night after the yoga marathon. I really need yo give Tamar Kelly (Iyengar 3) and Keith Yaquiedo (Vinasa Flow2 ) a big "thank you both". So my fall 2010 hat collection should be launched at MAGIC/WWD next month. I am really excited about my new direction with the trendier Callanan Legacy label. Puffed coats have really made a come back this winter so I have added a PUFFER TROOPER style # lv231-asst to the line. it is a shinny nylon lined in faux fur and fleecy to keep you nice and snuggly. No need to look like you just came off the mountain after you killed a bear and wrapped it around you head. The puffer down cost was created by Mr. Charles Lames in 1937, to be worn over an opera gown. In the late 60's Mr. James lent the coat to the infamous and ultra talented illustrator Antonio, who to the horror of Mr. James, wore it our dancing at the popular disco Cheetah with his bare chested boyfriend Juan Ramos. The jacket survived the disco escapade and is now housed in the Victoria and Albert museum. A few year later the ever fabulous Antonio, while wearing a zipped up sleeping bag at a fashion symposium, announced that "DOWN" WAS THE FUTURE OF FASHION. Norma Kamali was in the audience and down coats became her signature.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I am so on target with my new puffer tropper for winter 2010. check this out from

Monday, January 25, 2010

Junya Watanabe gets my "wow" vote for his fall collection just shown in Paris. I have the jacket with the leather motorbike sleeves on my wish-list and why not not be a little greedy and wish for the cardigan with the plaid pockets also. Being a hat guy he beat Dunhill by putting every model in a fedora. JPG was a little dated with his boxers.