Embellished and accessorized fashion makes its mark

Menswear and womenswear is getting bolder, with lots of prints, colors, and textures such as torn denim and patches. This week, the fashion spotlight was on menswear companies showing their collections in Britain.

“Topman presented a eclectic mix of vivid prints, slouchy jumpers and neon sportswear pieces,” Reuters reports.

Topman design director Gordon Richardson said he wanted to use “interesting surface-style prints,” to create an energetic look.

“We tried to throw all those elements together, which is the outcome of the show,” he said, “you’ve got all of those hand-painted prints, you’ve got the surfer-skate kind of story … it’s always that big melting pot of stuff that we work on.” Continue reading

Celebrities launching “affordable” fashion brands

The Olsen twins — Mary-Kate and Ashley — have ventured into fashion before, with their labels The Row and their Elizabeth and James. Now they’re launching a new design collection through the online fashion retail site  Stylemint. With Stylemint, you register and describe your style by choosing from various looks. Once Stylemint knows what you’re interested in, it creates your own personal online “showroom,” with clothing and accessories in your style.

For the Olsens, Stylemint offers a way to reach  amore global public — this time, in the UK. The Olsens were named Council of Fashion Deisgners of America (CFDA)’s Womenswear Designer of the Year for The Row label earlier this month. Continue reading