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The Belt Bag: From Tourist to High Fashion

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Most would know the fanny pack by its distasteful reputation and the stereotype of being worn by the typical dad. For a time, no one who cared anything about fashion would be caught wearing one. But now, it looks like the fanny pack is rising from the garbage heap of regrettable clothing fads to try and make it’s claim to fashion relevancy.

 

A major trend this season is dad-inspired accessories. Items that our fathers once wore (and we once scoffed at) are now all the rage. One major example is chunky New Balance sneakers, a shoe made solely for comfort with a competitive price. Many may accredit the start of this trend to Kanye West, who had his wife and muse Kim Kardashian West rock his Yeezy dad shoes.

Taking a note from the dad shoe, the fanny pack has also taken off. Originally just a form of functionality and a no-hands compartment, the fanny pack has moved towards a path of form over function. Designers like Gucci, Balenciaga, and Saint Laurent are now releasing their own fanny packs, coining them with a more tasteful moniker: the belt bag. The new name screams chic more than “fanny pack” could ever hope to, and this rebranding has proven nothing but success for everyone from luxury to lower market designers.

A once canvas, hands-free purse worn so the typical tourist has room in their hands for both a map and a camera, it has now evolved and can be found in hundreds of different shapes, fabrics, and designs. Everyone from socialites to hipsters is now sporting the fanny pack. It can be worn across the chest, around the shoulder, or even looped into pants as an actual belt. Another inclusive plus is that fanny packs are completely unisex. The versatility of the belt bag is just another perk.

It is almost ironic that the ugliest shoes and accessories are now in style. The rise of the fanny pack is a testament to the cycle of fashion, which tends to repeat itself decade after decade. I mean, what’s better than finding a great designer belt bag? The answer: finding a great vintage designer belt bag at an affordable thrift store price.

Overall, the complete rebranding of the fanny pack to the more luxurious belt bag has been yet another trend that fashion has seen come and go, and then come again. Seen in every shape and emblazoned with the name of every designer, the belt bag is proof that those tourists you once made fun of, or your dad you were once afraid to be seen with, were actually more ahead of the times than you, and it is time to catch up.

 

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Thrift Stores Meet the Internet

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Gone are the days of searching high and low in small, stuffy, and crowded stores looking for the best of the best thrift at the perfect price.

Secondhand market places and thrift stores have now evolved to a different platform: the internet. With constant technological advancements, this is a (really) long time coming. Secondhand online retailers have taken to the internet to resell and therefore recycle gently used clothing. Before many retailers took initiative, the only issue with online consignment was that it takes more time and resources to sell only one size of one unit. Now, online secondhand retailers are sourcing their products from customers who are not only getting a portion of the revenue, but also taking the pictures for the site themselves. Cutting out all that intermediary work saves time and money.

It’s important to remember that these retailers are not comparable to your local Goodwill. One key quality that they all have in common is that they are not selling low quality secondhand items. Instead, they are selling pieces from luxury designers and upper market retailers. By doing the curating and buying themselves, customers no longer have to dig through bins or sort through racks to find a coveted luxury piece.

This not only allows people to afford luxury items without breaking the bank, but is also good for the environment. The fashion industry is one of the top waste producing industries in the world. From the manufacturing to the care of clothing, each aspect causes large amounts of waste and pollution. Even if an item of clothing is ethically and sustainably made, that does not mean that the care and disposal of the garment will be sustainable. Just think of the gallons of water that it takes to wash a load of laundry. These retailers are making a small step in the right direction to aiding our current environmental situation.

 

The RealReal

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Most known for their vast collection of luxury consignment garments, The RealReal has one of the best collection of upper market clothing. Selling everything from Yeezy to Chanel, they have a vast collection of clothing.The bar to sell to The RealReal is high. They will not sell lower market clothing. They operate mainly online but also have their own brick and mortar store in New York City.

 

Tradesy

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Tradesy is more linnet than The RealReal when it comes to the brands they carry. Although they still have a selection of designer brands, they carry an even wider selection of lower market and even unnamed brands. However, Tradesy has more competitive pricing on designer items than The RealReal, with their clothing being more gently worn.

 

Grailed

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Specializing in streetwear designers rather than luxury, Grailed has a great selection for men. Grailed also allows selling from customer to customer, meaning that prices are negotiable, and with international shipping, Grailed is available to shoppers outside of the United States.

 

@thrift_queen_nyc

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This Instagram account specializes in pulling clothing from thrift stores around New York City and selling them through Instagram. With a mix of luxury and exclusive finds, Thrift Queen is attracting a social media following and works directly with their customers, who have the option to request different sizes and brands. It basically acts as a personal thrift shopper.

Secondhand online retailers are taking off, and the market is a huge opportunity for not only businesses, but also for customers looking for luxury at a less expensive price point.

 

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Ikea’s Collabs With Designers

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Ikea, the interior superstore known for their Swedish meatballs and the labyrinthine nature of their product assembly instructions has now entered the arena of design collaborations.

 

Many businesses have seen major success with the idea of collaborations. Collaborations like Virgil Abloh and Adidas, Coach and Keith Haring, and Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons are exclusive and sell out fast. However, collaborators have started to branch outside their world of fashion and create ironic and truly successful lines. I mean, who wouldn’t want a Dolce and Gabbana x Smeg juice press or toaster?

Now enters Ikea, who has teamed up with major labels like Adidas Yeezy Boost, and also designers like LA-Based Fashion Designer Chris Stamp. Each collaboration exemplifies the beliefs of both the designer and Ikea. The Yeezy collaboration features the iconic Yeezy design and the Ikea royal blue, while Stampd x Ikea includes everything from a light rod to Ikea’s first skateboard.

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It is clear that many designers gained most of their inspiration from the famous reusable Ikea bag. Many adoring Ikea customers have been known to create custom fanny packs, corsets, sweatshirts, and even a thong out of the iconic bag, it was only a matter of time before designers jumped on this bandwagon. Balenciaga has even released their adaptation of the Ikea bag, that retails for over $2,000, which is about $1,995 more than the original Ikea bag.

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Entering the world of collaborations has been nothing but successful for Ikea, as they attract a younger generation who shop at Ikea as they decorate their dorm rooms or first homes. There really is nothing like the combination of two favorites that results in something great, and Ikea is there to prove that.

 

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First Lady Fashion Face-Off

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Aside from having husbands with vastly different beliefs, former First Lady Michelle Obama and current First Lady Melania Trump have their own differences, especially in fashion.

Let’s drop all political beliefs for a minute here. Forget the wall, the tweets, and the political unrest that had spread throughout the country. Instead of debating the latest controversy, let’s compare the women behind the presidents: Michelle and Melania.

The job of First Lady could be seen as less demanding than that of the President. However, these women represent their husbands, and therefore risk having their every move ridiculed. It can be extremely emotionally taxing to be constantly in the public eye, especially when your public image has been created and curated on your behalf along the campaign trail.

Fashion is a major aspect that affects one’s image. Through fashion, the public judges the first ladies, even when they have said and done nothing.. This is why both first ladies have a team behind them choosing their ensemble, with great attention to overall presentation.

 

On the Campaign Trail

Michelle: 2008, in jeans and a cardigan

Photo By: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

Melania: 2016, in a camel trench with oversize belt

Photo By: David Goldman/AP

Take away: Although fashion has certainly changed since 2008, these two outfits clearly represent the societal image that the two are portraying. Michelle, in a more relatable look, opted to appeal to the masses, in a simple cardigan and a pair of jeans. Melania chose a more power-oriented look. Her trench has clean lines and impeccable tailoring, which exhibits a greater sense of power dressing. From a complete fashion standpoint, Melania looks immaculate, while Michelle looks more relatable.

 

During the Oath of Office

Michelle: 2009, wearing a yellow jacquard jacket and matching dress.

Photo By: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Melania: 2017, wearing a pale blue coat with matching dress and gloves

Photo By: Andrew Harrer

Take away: These outfits are very similar. Both first ladies opted for a monochromatic set. Although there are differences in the silhouettes, they both exhibit elegance. Melania enjoys more clean lines and tailoring, which may be a nod to her career in fashion, while Michelle chose an A-line look with a playful weave.

 

Inaugural Ball

Michelle: 2009. Michelle wore a single-shoulder white silk chiffon Jason Wu gown embellished with organza flowers and Swarovski crystals. She was the first First Lady to not wear a long sleeve gown since Nancy Reagan in 1981.

Photo By: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Melania: 2017. Wore a cream, off-the-shoulder high-slit dress by Hervé Pierre.

Photo By: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

Take away: Both dresses were flawless and also less conservative compared to former first ladies, who have mainly chosen to wear long sleeve dresses. Both dresses show a lot of shoulder but are still elegant. Michelle continues to choose more fun and girly ensembles while Melania continues to choose more serious ensembles.

 

Conclusion: Both first ladies have their own style. Melania, with her background in fashion, chooses more serious and simplistic looks that highlight their exquisite tailoring while Michelle chose more relatable looks that appeal to the middle class and mothers alike.

 

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First Lady Fashion Face-Off. Featured Image Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Rihanna’s Fenty Lingerie: Inclusive or Exclusive?

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After a lot of anticipation, Rihanna released her Savage X Fenty Lingerie line, and honestly, there are mixed reviews.

After the artist received rave reviews following the release of her Fenty Beauty line, which featured an inclusive 40 shades, it felt fitting for Rihanna to release a lingerie line that had inclusive sizing. Rihanna is already a well-known icon in the fashion industry, so there were high expectations for this launch. Released on May 11, just four days after Rihanna co-hosted the Met Gala—a major fashion event that she has pretty much dominated—the Fenty line received mix reviews.

Rihanna herself has even been open on her own weight gain/loss and instead of shaming herself—like many spectators have—she has embraced her curves. “One day I can literally fit into something that is bodycon, and then the next day I need something oversized,” commented Rihanna when asked at her Fenty Puma AW17 launch about her weight. Rihanna has taken her own image and applied it to her new lingerie line. The Savage X Fenty line featured a variety of over 100 garments ranging from catsuits to garters, seven nude shades, and sizes going up to 44DDD in bras and 3XL in panties. As Rihanna herself tweeted: “Savages come in all shapes and sizes.” Having inclusive sizing is not just a footnote; it is a branding strategy and marketing opportunity. As more designers are using curvier and plus size models in runways shows, having inclusive sizing gives Rihanna’s brand a competitive advantage, while also making her even more admirable to the public.

However, many were disappointed with Rihanna’s range of sizing. The line started at a 32 waistband for bras, which caused many who have a more petite body type to be left out. There were also many who simply could not fit into a DDD cup, who were also left out. Many fans who were planning to shop an inclusive line were extremely disappointed upon finding out that their sizes were not available. Since receiving so much negative feedback, the line plans to introduce even more sizes.

Rihanna’s line encompassed not only her sexy and sassy personality, but also her embracement of her own body type. The line promoted body positivity and acceptance by featuring inclusive sizing… just not inclusive enough for all. The line has since begun advancement of sizes.

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Rihanna’s Fenty Lingerie: Inclusive or Exclusive? Featured Image Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty

The Ultimate Duo: Kendall Jenner and Adidas

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Kendall Jenner: model, photographer, Kardashian. She’s been known to be the most fashion industry-oriented Kardashian, and with her partnership with Adidas, she is proving so.

Aside from being the only Kardashian sister to not have had major cosmetic surgery done, Kendall has also earned herself respect and recognition in the fashion industry for something other than shaking her butt on national television. Jenner has taken what she’s learned from modeling and applied it to photography. Most known for her cover shoot with her sister Kylie for Love Magazine, Jenner has proved that she really can do both: fashion and photography.

Following in the footsteps of Cara Delevingne and Gigi Hadid, who were once strictly runway models, Jenner has begun to expand her career. She did not walk in Fashion Month nor the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this past year. Instead, her only part of Fashion Week was the presentation of Daniëlle Cathari x Adidas. Some speculate that she has realized that runway modeling is a temporary career. Jenner’s choice to expand her brand has proven to be successful.

But you can never forget where you come from. Jenner has managed to evolve from a television personality into a major creative force in fashion and become the latest Adidas Originals Ambassador. Many credit Kanye West with the jointure of Adidas and Kendall. West’s popular Adidas Yeezys were such a hit that the famous rapper was rumored to have put in a good word for Kendall. Thus, the collaboration of Kendall and Adidas began.

The Daniëlle Cathari x Adidas Originals collection was released on February 17. Jenner was the star of the collection’s presentation at New York Fashion Week, which has since been a hit. However, Jenner was not just the face of the brand. She also got the chance to collaborate with Adidas designers and voice her ideas throughout the design process. Although it is a known fact that any business the Kardashians touch turns to gold, the jointure between Adidas and Jenner lacks neither style nor innovation, and it is one that will be profitable for both parties.

The innovation behind this presentation was more than apparent. The collection featured asymmetric skirts, denim jackets, deconstructed racing stripe tracksuits, and a colorway for each fashion week city. London will receive the yellow colorway, New York the orange, Paris the blue, and Shanghai the pink. Each piece was a redesigned version of the original Adidas designs: the racing stripe and snap side seams were deconstructed and reconstructed to fit in with the asymmetrical look. The designs, combined with Jenner’s massive following, ensured the collection would be a hit.

A second drop is projected to release this month. With the success of the previous collection, there is much anticipation for what is to come. This collaboration is just proof that the athleisure trend is here to stay. With Jenner’s casual yet high fashion style, and Adidas’s timeless shoes, the two are a match made in heaven.

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The Ultimate Duo: Kendall Jenner and Adidas: Featured Image Credit: Adidas Originals

Converse x Virgil Abloh is the Collaboration You Need to See

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In a world of street style collaborations, it’s easy to always be interested in what’s next. In this case, the next major release is the Converse x Virgil Abloh sneakers.

Many know of Virgil Abloh, one of the newest creative masterminds to the streetwear game, and fashion’s busiest man. Between being the chief executive officer and founder of the high-end streetwear fashion house Off-White, as well as the newly appointed artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear, Virgil has also recently collaborated with Converse to release his version of High Tops.

Street style is taking off and selling out. It isn’t just the exclusivity of these collaborations that attract consumers. It is also the hype behind it. Major streetwear brands like Supreme and Off-White are able to sell anything they put their brand logo on. Some consumers may be attracted to the kitchiness, but many also buy these exclusive products for their resale value. Items like the Off-White Air Jordan 1s, which dropped in March, were sold at $190 and have an average resale price upwards of $1,700.

Now, in yet another collaboration with Nike, Virgil Abloh is producing his version of the Converse Chuck Taylors. This sneaker is one of “The Ten,” a Nike collaboration with Virgil Abloh which features ten of Nike’s iconic shoes from the past and present. Set to release on May 10th, these shoes have a translucent upper and a printed midsole with the word “VULCANIZED,” in true Off-White form. These shoes are expected to be priced at $160, although the resale value will likely be ten times that amount.

Around a hype like this, there are always critics. Many feel as though Virgil is stretching himself too thin in order to make the most profit. The creative artist received negative backlash after signing with Louis Vuitton, including from industry professionals. Karl Lagerfeld himself was even quoted by French magazine Numéro, when asked which designer, between Virgil Abloh, Jacquemus, and Jonathan Anderson, he would prefer to be stranded on a desert island with. He responded: “I’d kill myself first.” A critique like this could be more based on Virgil’s character than brand, but the disrespect he has garnered from major designers is still prevalent. Many feel as though he is more of an artist than a creative director, and therefore Louis Vuitton is only trying to make their brand more relevant because of the hype around him.  

The days of going to the neighborhood shoe store and buying the latest fashion are long gone. The exclusivity of sneakers has made them more of an investment and less accessible. As it is, you must be willing to wait in line for countless hours for just a shoe. Although Virgil may have some haters, his brand is always developing and his products are still major releases that sell out within seconds.

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Converse x Virgil Abloh is the Collaboration You Need to See: Featured Image Credit: Converse