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How to dress like a celebrity

Le 20 janvier 2017, 04:25 dans Humeurs 0


Christy Rilling is one of the fashion industry's quietly beavering talents, a woman whose behind-the-seams efforts have made stars from Jennifer Lawrence to Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Kardashian look incredible in their clothes.


Rilling isn't a household name like many of the designers that she works so closely with, rather she is a tailor, a profession that usually conjures images of arch-backed old men wearing tweed suits and glasses. This 38 year-old New Yorker, who fits hundreds of stars for their red carpet appearances and Vogue covers each year, is, however, a significantly more glamorous poster girl for the craft than her predecessors.


"Everything can and probably should be tailored if you want to look amazing and if you want to look like one of our clients does in their clothes," she says of her ethos and the reason that half of Hollywood has her on speed dial.


"Many women don't know, or just forget that sizes off the rack are vague. Any annoyance that you may feel about not being a perfect size when you go shopping should just be thrown out of the window."


When Rilling says that anything can be tailored, she really means it. Some of the most simple requests that come in at her studio include tapering pencil skirts, adding new linings and altering trouser hems but, she says, her team can make anything look better, even your boots. "I see so many women walking around in over-the-knee boots that don't fit them at the ankle, or that hang around parts of the leg. You should get those tailored to fit your legs."


For her celebrity clients, entire garment re-builds are not uncommon, and she says that any good tailor should know how to pattern cut, too. "Adding sleeves is hugely popular," she says. "So many of the dresses that are designed for a woman over 40 don't have sleeves, and many of my clients simply want those added."


"Often if an actress is a plus size and she can't fit into the largest size that a designer makes, we will buy two and use the fabric to make one larger size," she divulges of what other requests are possible- and what you could ask a tailor to do for you too. "I also have clients who maybe wear a size 6 on the top and a 12 on the bottom, so we'll buy the dress in two sizes and merge them together."


For her regulars, Rilling is able to half their time spent in changing rooms by trying outfits onto her custom-made mannequins. "We build mannequins for each of our clients with their exact body measurements - it's like a sculpture of their body and we can make them gain or lose weight just as the person does in real life," she explains. "Often people will send us their shopping to try on their form and we can advise them what to keep and what to send back based on how it looks on their body."


The magic of great tailoring is that its effect is invisible - people will always pay a compliment to someone who looks incredible in their clothes, but they aren't always aware of why they look so great, or how much work it will have taken to achieve that effortless, perfect fit.


Possibly the most technically challenging piece that Rilling has ever worked on, she says, was the curve-hugging Atelier Versace gown that her client Michelle Obama wore to her final state dinner last October - made of rose gold chainmail, no less.


"It was made of a technique that only a few people in the world know how to handle," she explains. "Gianni Versace created this chainmail and there was a very specific way of putting it together. We had to study it and learn how to put it together and someone from their team flew over to help. You basically use little pliers and you unhook each individual chain, then put it back together that way. It was beautiful." The effort was worth it, however, as headlines around the world praised the 'dazzling' First Lady, who shined like a rockstar.


The impact of Rilling's work with Mrs Obama over the last eight years is not to be underestimated; in collaboration with stylist Meredith Koop, she has been part of the team that propelled the First Lady to style icon status. Look closely and great fit has, in fact, become a defining element of the FLOTUS's look.


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Harrisburg fashion designer scores with Zulily

Le 18 janvier 2017, 05:25 dans Humeurs 0


Harrisburg fashion designer Amma Johnson, who opened a downtown showroom at the end of 2015, is taking the next big step to expand her brand: partnering with an e-commerce leader.


Her Amma Jo fashion brand makes its national debut today on Zulily, an online retailer catering to mothers and children. That could be a "game changer" for growth, Johnson said.


The Zulily site will host an Amma Jo flash event through Thursday.


"The trade shows and all are great, but there is this entire world of wholesale through the e-commerce world with leaders like Zulily where designers like me can leverage these partnerships and get in front of customers," Johnson said. "They're looking for what's hot and new. I'm looking to get in front of the right customer."


Johnson started her collection with one handbag and $100 in 2014. Today her brand is sold in more than 50 boutiques and gift shops around the U.S.


Amma Jo features a line of designer handbags, clothing and fashion accessories that burst with bright colors and funky animal prints. Johnson started the company with the idea of being a completely online business, but she struggled to stand out and needed a store to build from.


"It’s the best thing I could have done," she told the Business Journal last year. "Here we're around people all the time."


Johnson said she expects the flash event to be the first of many e-commerce opportunities for her brand. She pitched her business last year at a conference to members of the Zulily executive team.


"This could be the beginning of multiple events with Zulily who will get my brand in front of millions of customers," she said. "Their market is moms so as a value designer brand, it's like the best of both worlds."

What can you wear at the weekend if you hate jeans

Le 16 janvier 2017, 05:35 dans Humeurs 0

What can you wear at the weekend if you hate jeans?

What to wear at the weekend? The only answer to this question, EVER, seems to be jeans. Just throw ’em on and you’re ‘good-to-go’ (American accent)… Or not. What if you and your jeans are not currently on speaking terms? What if your jeans have been making you look bad in front of other people? What if you’re just not comfortable around jeans right now? I’m asking, you understand, for a friend.

Life is too short to be doing things that make you feel bad, especially at the weekend. Maybe you and your jeans need a little time out from each other. In which case, there are plenty more fish in the sea. Or comfortable trousers in the shops. Like an old pal from school, chinos are making a comeback for next season. They’ve changed, you’ve changed – hey, let’s be mature about this and remember the good times.

Or how about track pants? Maybe they’re not the spotty youth of your preconceptions. Maybe track pants can give you a bit of what you need right now: a soupçon of cool, an elasticated waistband, go-faster stripes. The trackie’s sister, the jogger bottom, is a reliable, friendly sort too. Upgrade to snazzier fabrics, like Gap’s in blue velvet. You can wear them with flats, block heels or heel heels. Adaptable, see? Just what you want in a pal.

And talking of which, why not? Silky PJ bottoms maybe don’t have the warmth of denim, but they do have the nonchalant luxe of the coolest girl in class. No harm hanging with her for a while.

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