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On The Runway

  • Trend Report: Handbags for Fall 2016

    Handbags were everywhere on the Fall runway this season with a wide variety in texture and shape. The biggest trend, however, was functionality and purpose. Here are some of our favorite styles from this season’s top trends! Fur Bags Fur-covered handbags were a huge hit with the runway, and we couldn’t agree more! There’s something so vintage and nostalgic about a nice fur covered purse, and they always give off an elegant and classy appearance.
    Salvartore Ferragamo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Salvartore Ferragamo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Whether sporting something like a bucket purse or a boxy handbag, fur designs can be a great statement piece. Soft to the touch and usually easy on the eyes, it’s hard not to appreciate their unique image (even if you go with faux fur!). If you’re looking to make a fur-covered bag of your own, consider some of these fabrics for your design!
     Black/Pale Gray Solid Faux Fur Black/Pale Gray Solid Faux Fur
     Black Grooved Faux Beaver Fur Black Grooved Faux Beaver Fur
     Silver Faux Wolverine Fur Silver Faux Wolverine Fur
    For the straps, these furs pair well with:
     Platinum Fashion-Weight Faux Leather Platinum Fashion-Weight Faux Leather
    Drawstring Bags Drawstring bags are a great staple of handbag fashion, mostly because of how easy they are to work with! You can make them as big as you'd like it to be, and they close easily, so you never have to worry about your belongings falling out.
    Alexander Wang | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Alexander Wang | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Lanvin | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Lanvin | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    They look great no matter what size they are. And since the design is simple and interchangeable, you have a lot of choices to consider if you're making one. If you would like to make one, we actually have a DIY article about making one with leather here! Here are some of the materials we suggest if you're looking to make one of your own!
     Copper Fashion-Weight Faux Leather Copper Fashion-Weight Faux Leather
    You don't have to go with just leather, though!
    Natural Solid Canvas Natural Solid Canvas
    Black Waxed Cotton Canvas Black Waxed Cotton Canvas
    And for the drawstrings, you can use drawcords or metal chain! Tasseled and Long-Fringed Bags Fan of the Western look? Tassels and long fringes often bring a sense of down-to-earthness, and adding fringe to a piece is also a great way to play with the illusion of body and flow.
    Altuzarra | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Altuzarra | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Roberto Cavalli | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Roberto Cavalli | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Usually made of some kind of leather or leather look-alike, tassels and fringe can draw the eye with their fluid movements, which is what makes them a popular item. Even small additions of fringe can pay off! Check out our DIY using fringe to spruce up a pair of heels by Brandhyze here! If you’re interested in a fringed purse of your own, consider these fabrics for your design!
     Mint Stretch Faux Leather/Vinyl Mint Stretch Faux Leather/Vinyl
    4" Light Brown Suede Fringe 4" Light Brown Suede Fringe
    2 2" Safe Basic Tassel
    Revamped Fanny Packs Revamped fanny packs were huge in the 90s, and they’re back again! Designed for ease of comfort and functionality, these hands-free designs are now trendy and versatile!
    Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    While the photos provided here show off a very chic styles, revamped fanny packs are flexible in what designs look good for and with them. If you need some inspiration, take a look as some of these ideas!
    Brown Fashion-Weight Faux Leather Brown Fashion-Weight Faux Leather
     Silver Solid Faux Suede Silver Solid Faux Suede
    Along with these fabrics, you can do a little embellishment with a chain strap, sequin or beaded trims, and clasps!   Halfmoon Bags Halfmoon bags are super cute and in-season now! The curved shape of their silhouette is simply graceful and like no other style.
    Celine | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Celine | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Loewe| Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Loewe | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Any color fits well with them, and so long as you have a sturdy fabric to help keep its shape, you can go with almost anything! If you’d like to see some fabric ideas for halfmoon bags, consider some of these!
     Fudge Backed Faux Leather/Vinyl Fudge Backed Faux Leather/Vinyl
    Rag & Bone Coated Port Royale Laminate/Vinyl Rag & Bone Coated Port Royale Laminate/Vinyl
    Turkish Purple/White Floral Water-Resistant Vinyl Turkish Purple/White Floral Water-Resistant Vinyl
    And some notions--like grommets, trims for straps, and a zipper for closure--to help finish the look! Small Backpacks And lastly, small backpacks! This fashion has flitted around through the years, but they got a particular amount of attention by designers for this season.
    Versace | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Versace | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    As with the halfmoon bags, their shape is one of the features that stands out most, and like the revamped fanny packs, their functional purpose makes them a great choice for on the go!
    Off-White/Maize/Sky Blue Geometric Canvas Off-White/Maize/Sky Blue Geometric Canvas
    Rag & Bone Italian Vertiver Vinyl Rag & Bone Italian Vertiver Vinyl
    And finish it off with a zipper!
    Black Chain Separating Zipper 26 Black Chain Separating Zipper 26"
      Which of these handbag designs is your favorite? Have you seen others aside from these that you loved, too? Can you think of any fabrics that we didn't listen that you would like to use for one of these styles? Let us know! Save Save Save Save
  • Trend Report: NYFW Fall Forecast | Spring 2017

    New York Fashion Week is here! Starting tomorrow, designers will descend upon NYC with their Spring 2017 lines, showing off their innovative new looks and fabulous new silhouettes. That said, we've put together a few trends from this past year that we hope to see more of this week. Certain ones don't seem to be going anywhere, while others opened up new possibilities to be improved upon this season.
     NYFW: Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear  September 8 – 15, 2016
     London Fashion Week S/S 2017  September 18 – 20, 2016
     Milan Fashion Week S/S 2017  September 21 – 27, 2016
     Paris Fashion Week S/S 2017  September 27 – October 5, 2016
     NYFW: Bridal  October 5 – 10, 2016

     1. Florals

    I know -- groundbreaking, right? Everyone always loves florals, but this year the runways saw them in a whole new way. Embroidered laces brought textures to a whole new level with 3D embellishments and appliques. Plus, large-scale floral prints didn't just stick to skirts and gowns. They adorned several pants and suits, causing the over-sized designs to almost make their way into the abstract print trend.

    A. 3D Embellishments

    Elie Saab | Spring 2016 Couture Elie Saab | Spring 2016 Couture
    Zuhair Murad | Spring 2016 Couture Zuhair Murad | Spring 2016 Couture
    Zuhair Murad | Spring 2016 Couture Zuhair Murad | Spring 2016 Couture
    Oscar de la Renta | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Oscar de la Renta | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear

    B. Large-Scale Prints

    Zuhair Murad | Spring 2016 Couture Zuhair Murad | Spring 2016 Couture
    Banana Republic | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Banana Republic | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Banana Republic | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Banana Republic | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Here are some options from Mood to stay on trend:

    2. Stripes

    Stripes made their way into pants and jumpsuits a few times this past year. This trend we particularly love as it makes the body look longer/taller. However, we also saw some other interesting uses. Banana Republic, for example, created the illusion of stripes by omitting sections of a print, and Ulyana Sergeenko designed a beautiful pinstriped jumpsuit with a surprisingly sheer fabric.
    Ulyana Sergeenko | Spring 2016 Couture Ulyana Sergeenko | Spring 2016 Couture
    Banana Republic | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Banana Republic | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Louis Vuitton | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Louis Vuitton | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Banana Republic | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Banana Republic | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Jean Paul | Gaultier Spring 2016 Couture Jean Paul | Gaultier Spring 2016 Couture
    Marc Jacobs | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Marc Jacobs | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Here are some options from Mood to stay on trend:  

    3. Ombre

    Marchesa has certainly mastered the art of ombre skirts and dresses, but this past season it made it's way onto the runways of other designers, such as Tadashi Shoji. Personally, we'd love to see this become a widespread trend this season - particularly with charmeuse!
    Marchesa | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Marchesa | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Tadashi Shoji | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Tadashi Shoji | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Tadashi Shoji | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Tadashi Shoji | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Here are some options from Mood to stay on trend:

    4. Abstract Prints

    This is another trend that seemed to translate well to gowns in the past, but this year saw it expand to jumpsuits, pants, and even coats! We can't wait to see where it may lead this week.
    J.W. Anderson | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear J.W. Anderson | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Louis Vuitton | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Louis Vuitton | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Christian Dior | Spring 2016 Couture Christian Dior | Spring 2016 Couture
    Céline | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Céline | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Chanel | Spring 2016 Couture Chanel | Spring 2016 Couture
    Here are some options from Mood to stay on trend:  

    5. Metallics

    Everything is chrome in the future. Or, rather, everything has been chrome this year -- and we don't want it to stop. From jackets to dresses to corsets to pants, metallic fabrics and details have made their way onto several runways. Some have gone the all out holographic 90's route, while others have thrown it back to flapper girl charm. Either way, designers have proven the surprising versatility of a shiny palette, and we can't wait to see how/if that will evolve this season.
    Belstaff | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Belstaff | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Belstaff | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Belstaff | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Alberta Ferretti | Limited Edition Spring 2016 Couture Alberta Ferretti | Limited Edition Spring 2016 Couture
    Ulyana Sergeenko | Spring 2016 Couture Ulyana Sergeenko | Spring 2016 Couture
    Here are some options from Mood to stay on trend:    

    6. Throwbacks

    Pulling inspiration from past decades is nothing new in the fashion industry, but the past few seasons have seen silhouettes from as far back as the Victorian era -- high necklines, ruffles, long skirts, capes, and puff sleeves! On the more recent side of history, the 60's seem to be out and the 70's are in! What started as a sprinkling of retro vibes last spring has turned into a full 70's reboot this fall, so we'll definitely be seeing more of it in these upcoming shows. Get ready for color blocking and flare pants!

    A. Victorian

    Alexander McQueen | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Alexander McQueen | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Emilia Wickstead | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Emilia Wickstead | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Erdem | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Erdem | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Chanel | Spring 2016 Couture Chanel | Spring 2016 Couture
     

    B. Retro & Vintage

    Rodarte | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Rodarte | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Ronald van der Kemp | Spring 2016 Couture Ronald van der Kemp | Spring 2016 Couture
    Ronald van der Kemp | Spring 2016 Couture Ronald van der Kemp | Spring 2016 Couture
    Marc Jacobs | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Marc Jacobs | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Here are some options from Mood to stay on trend:

    7. Pleats

    Pleats are perfect for creating flare, and the recent obsession with micropleats is one that we don't want to see go away. If done with something like a chiffon or crepe de chine, the result is a light and airy, flattering silhouette. Plus, these can easily be reimagined as shorter cocktail or casual day dresses.
    Elie Saab | Spring 2016 Couture Elie Saab | Spring 2016 Couture
    Valentino | Spring 2016 Couture Valentino | Spring 2016 Couture
    Valentino | Spring 2016 Couture Valentino | Spring 2016 Couture
    Céline | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Céline | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Here are some options from Mood to keep you on trend:  
    Black Pleated Novelty Lace Black Pleated Novelty Lace

    8. Eyelets & Lace

    Really, when is lace not on trend? Recently it's been used as sleeve details, waistbands, ruffles, and we've also been seeing a lot of colorful eyelet fabrics on the runway.
    Alberta Ferretti | Limited Edition Spring 2016 Couture Alberta Ferretti | Limited Edition Spring 2016 Couture
    Alexander McQueen | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Alexander McQueen | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Oscar de la Renta | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Oscar de la Renta | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Elie Saab | Spring 2016 Couture Elie Saab | Spring 2016 Couture
    Here are some options from Mood to stay on trend: Only time will tell if our predictions are accurate though! What about you? Do you have any trends you're hoping to see return this season? Which has been your favorite this year?  
  • Trend Report: Back-to-School Styles

    Classes are back in session soon, and what better way to combat the early mornings and long days of studying than to look good doing it? One of the best pick-me-ups during school (especially if I was running late!) was knowing I looked great. It’s true when they say that looking good can help you feel good, and that’s no exception in studying environments. So, if you also shun the morning light, try out some of these ready-to-wear tips and tricks we picked up from the runway for Fall 2016 to help put some pep in your step! Oversized Sleeves
    Marni | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Marni | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    First up on our list is oversized sleeves! This design was sprinkled throughout the designers’ collections, and they’re a great way to play with visual weight and balance. The degree of size and length vary depending on your preference, but it all comes down to adding weight to the top of your silhouette and balancing with a fitted bottom.
    Christian Dior | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Christian Dior | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    From dresses and skirts to jeans, oversized sleeves can make you look elegant and long. With so much focus visually on the upper half of your image, oversized sleeves can make your legs very slimming, too. You can walk around school knowing that you’re making a statement. Great fabric choices for this style include:   Bomber Jackets and Moto Jackets If you ask me, bomber jackets honestly never go out of style, but it seems like the designer world is in on the trend this season! Bomber jackets are a lot of fun to play with since they’re so naturally sporty, and they come in plenty of colors, designs, and patterns making for an appealing addition to any ensemble.
    Phillip Plein | Resort 2017 Phillip Plein | Resort 2017
    Ranging from iconic accents to mature colors, bomber jackets are their own essence of cool that always seem right at home in a school setting. And with the weather slowly becoming cooler, the right bomber jacket is a great way to keep you both stylish and warm.
    Etro | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Etro | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Oh man, and don’t get me started on moto jackets (too bad, I’m starting)! These jackets are slimming and sporty, and they have a bad-boy/girl reputation to go along with them. The diagonal zippers that they’re “infamous” for are extremely unique and appealing to the eye, and the nice, fitted sleeves pair up perfectly with its typically triangular bodice. The best part about these is that they’re not just cool in movies; they’re stylish off the screen any time of the year and can easily be worn for every-day lifestyle! Moto jackets usually come in mature and neutral tones, so wearing them over strong or bright splashes of color can make for an enticing clash of styles. Great fabrics for bomber jackets include: Great fabrics for moto jackets include:   Velvet I have seen the light, and it is the beautiful sheen of velvet. I have spent the last 15 years of my life shunning this fabric, because I thought the texture and look of it were unsightly, but I have never been so wrong in my life. Velvet is extremely popular for this Fall season, and so long as it’s used carefully, it can be a huge statement piece for your wardrobe.
    Bottega Vaneta | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Bottega Vaneta | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Velvet is best used in parts, lest you look like you’re wearing pajamas for a whole ensemble, so things like jackets, skirts, or—my personal favorite—a pair of boots are great options to test out. The shifting texture it has is great for adding a mix of texture to your wardrobe that can be felt and seen, which is probably what’s more appealing about it. I personally prefer more muted and mature tones on velvet, but it comes in many colors and shades to choose from.
    Koché | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Koché | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Keep in mind, though; velvet needs a little bit more work to take care of. Folding it can ruin the pile of velvet, and water and velvet are not friends! Make sure to protect your velvet fabrics and take them to a professional dry cleaner when your pieces need a little TLC, and always read the care instructions of fabrics you use to make your capes to keep from ruining them. Great fabric choices for velvet include:   Capes and Mantels If you’re not excited about capes and mantels coming into major style, give me a chance to try to change your mind! Capes are a stunning and sophisticated fashion piece that have been around forever, and they've been stepping into the spotlight more and more with each passing year.
    Salvatore Ferragamo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Salvatore Ferragamo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Capes and mantels are iconic--there's nothing else like them! They keep you warm, too, so they're perfect for the coming season.
    Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If you prefer more coverage, go with a cape! And if you prefer something a little more manageable, go with a mantel! The difference is in their lengths. Capes are nice on windy days where you might want more protection from the elements, and mantels are excellent for still, chilly days. Some fabrics for making mantels and capes include:   Flared and Cigarette Pants Flared jeans can be your best friend, especially if you wear the right pair of shoes. A little lift in the heel with a boot or even a pair of flats can work well with this look, so the options are kind of limitless!
    Céline | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Céline | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Similar to oversized sleeves, flared jeans play with the balance of visual weight on your body, and if you’re tall and slim, flared jeans can make your legs look even longer and graceful. Enhance your strengths and try out a pair for yourself!
    Colovos | Resort 2017 Colovos | Resort 2017
    Cigarette pants are a hit this season! Since they're cut off around the ankle, onlookers are drawn to your feet, so take the opportunity to show off those new flats or heels you have! These have been popular in the menswear styles, too. Great fabric choices for both of these styles include:   Ruffles Ruffles are another staple of the fashion world that are getting some hyper-focus this season. Whether framing a blouse or fringing the hem of a dress, ruffles are beautiful additions that help fluff up your look and keep you feeling light and free throughout your day.
    Whit | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Whit | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    They hold well in a variety of fabrics and can look great as an accent or the main show.
    Balamain | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Balamain | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Perfect ruffling fabrics include:   Jumpers/Lots of Layers The Runway gave its patrons a bit of a throw-back with the jumper and turtleneck layered look for this Fall. This is a great option for the upcoming season, especially once winter gets closer and the temperatures get cooler, and the overall look is very charming in its own way. It was popular back in the 70s, and its endearing appearance seems to have hit again with the designers of today.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    The nice thing about layers is that it’s kind of hard to mess up (don’t get me wrong, you can layer wrong, but it takes effort!), and jumpers make it easy. Whether it’s crop-top jumpers or one-piece ensembles, a snug turtleneck underneath can both look and feel cozy and inviting. Sometimes it’s nice to reveal, and other times covering up is the way to go!
    Delpozo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Delpozo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Some great fabric choices for making jumpers with include: Big Tie-Necks I’ve seen this style peppered around before this season, but it seems like Big Tie-Necks are making a stand this Fall, and we couldn’t be happier to cheer them on! Big tie-necks are delightfully dainty symbols of fashion.
    Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    The ties range from big or thin, but I’d say that bigger ones do wonders for bringing focus to the center of your profile. If you want people looking to your face, this is a great way to achieve that. When placed outside of the expected locations like on the back of a coat or dress, this big and beautiful bow can draw attention to you so you can be in the spotlight. It works more than just a functional purpose like it does on dresses in this way.
    Ace & Jig | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Ace & Jig | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    On the other hand, though, thinner tie-necks can help make your neck look long and thin. The contrast of widths gives off this feeling, so if that’s your goal, a thinner bow may work for you! Soft, loose fabrics that work well for this style include: Purple and Orange There is nothing I am more excited for than the trend of the purple and orange color duo! The contrast of these two colors is brilliant and so attractive, and I can’t wait to see it sweep through the fashion world.
    Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If you love sunsets, dusk, and twilight, or sherbet ice cream, this color style is definitely for you. Bringing the two together gives a sweet and mysterious quality that’s alluring no matter what part of the style you wear it on.
    Jacquemus | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Jacquemus | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    On a gown, a dress, and with color-blocking, too! If you're looking for some inspiration, check out these orange and purple fabrics:         Oversized Sweaters Finally; it is now acceptable to wear a huge, oversized sweater to a public setting without being judged. Though society may demand you still interact with people while wearing your enormous sweater, at least now you can take on your day comfortable and stylish with little effort.
    Balenciaga | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Balenciaga | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    A lot of Runway models had oversized sweaters paired with mid-length flowing skirts, which kind of gives off a 90s-feel, but you could wear fitted bottoms to play with the volume balance again. Shorter skirts are also an option, too. For this everyday look, the aim is comfort. So let yourself relax!
    Emilio Pucci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Emilio Pucci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Good fabric picks for sweaters include:
    Linen Knit| Linen Rose Knit Linen Knit| Linen Rose Knit
    These are just a handful of the popular trends for this coming season! Do any of these styles jump out at you? Are you as excited about making a purple and orange bomber jacket as I am? Let us know what you're planning to make to start your school session this Fall off right!
  • Everyday Runway: How to Sew a Ruffle Bodice Maxi Dress

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    Don't pack away your summer attire just because fall is around the corner! It's a staggering 90 degrees in NY today, which means maxi dress season is still upon us.

    Maxis should  be a staple in everyone's wardrobe; you can wear them from spring into summer, and if you choose the right color and style, they can even transition into the autumn months.

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    I took a bit of inspiration from Ainea for this dress. I loved the layering and ruffles, so I decided to pull just a bit of it for a small ruffle on the bodice. I also fell in love with the vibrant reds and chose to take the deeper red of the left-most dress for a more late-summer/early-fall feel.

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    Dress Layout   Making this dress is both quick and easy. Between making the pattern, cutting my fabric, and sewing it together, I had mine done in under 2 hours. If you'll be following along, measure your bust and waist. The best fabric for this specific maxi is knit jersey, so I took a couple inches off the measurements to make it a little more contouring. This is where you can play around with your own pattern. If you have a super stretchy knit, you could potentially take off more. Or, if you'd like your waist to be gathered, you could easily add a few inches there. I made the bottom of each dress panel the full width of the fabric.

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    The front and back panels are exactly the same, so I cut two on the fold.

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    The ruffles on the bodice are a lot like basic triangles, however a flat top edge would mean flat layers. By curving the top, it ensures that the fabric overlaps slightly when pulled straight to create the perfect ruffle, like you see below.

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    After sewing straight down the sides of the dress, the ruffles can be attached to the front neckline. Both the front and back necklines are then trimmed in foldover elastic, which is as easy as it sounds. All it took was a few pins and a walking foot, andthe dress edges looked clean and finished.

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    The straps were created exactly the same way, but this time they went along the sleeve curve, meeting at the seam under the arm. 10 second straps!

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    Voilà! A versatile maxi dress. It can easily be dress up with some heels and jewelry, or it would be just as appropriate at a poolside party.

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    So what colors will you be using for this project? Tell us in the comments!

  • Everyday Runway: How to Sew a Tiered Plisse Skirt

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    How to Sew a Tiered Plisse Skirt Fall is usually the time for school to start up again, but for others it can be the start of new jobs and careers right after graduating in the spring. There’s never anything wrong with outfits that look good without sacrificing comfort, and for those taking their first steps into a real working environment, it’s important to consider this when updating your wardrobe to something both mature and business stylish!

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    The Resort ’17 runway line-up from Emanuel Ungaro showed us that proper use of black fabric is always powerful and stylish, and that goes double for when it’s worn in the workplace. I was inspired by the elegant feel and look of his dresses, and this dress specifically had a tight waistband with flowing tiers that gives a flattering form to anyone who wears it. However, having all of those layers would make it difficult to wear such a beautiful dress like this when you’ve got a busy schedule to run around with (like getting in and out of your car), and so I wanted to try to make a shorter design that had the flexibility for an active day while maintaining the chic and neat features of Ungaro’s design.

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    I opted for adding the tie around the waistband because, while I wanted to incorporate the gathered look from Ungaro’s design, I decided that I wanted the waistband to have a stable form that would keep its shape to whoever wears it. Installing a zipper allows the wearer to get in and out of the dress easily without having to sacrifice the sturdiness of a shaping fabric, and having the longer ties lets you wrap around multiple times to get that “gathered” look. Plus, it can be worn by a variety of body types! What’s not to love about that?

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    Black fabrics have a wide range of sheen available to play with depending on which one you go with. You know how some black fabrics look like a different “black” than others? That’s because the sheen, the amount of light that reflects off the fabric, makes the shade look different. Playing with this quality can be lots of fun, and I wanted to bring that feature into this design. That’s why I chose to go with a cotton Sateen in black for the waistband and a polyester Plisse in black for the skirt. The Sateen provides great shape to the wearer, and the Plisse looks similar to Ungaro’s original design with it’s soft, gathered pleats. This will be a full tutorial, so get ready to read and get ready to sew! Materials: Fabric Tools Pattern Overview The pattern pieces consist of the WAISTBAND, TIERS 1-3, and the TIES, so five pieces in total, numbered 1-5 respectively. I’ll outline each one here and also provide a diagram for you to look at. It might be a lot of information, and I apologize, but I want to make sure you don’t make the same goof-ups I did while making this! I will be giving dimensions for the pieces as length by width (or L x W). The pattern was drafted from scratch, but I had two goals in mind while designing the draft: one was that I wanted to make this accessible for anyone from beginners and pros, and two, I wanted to make a design that was accessible for a variety of body types. This pattern can be adjusted very easily to your figure, so even though the measurements I used might seem smaller, don’t be discouraged—please try it! The design was centered around basic shapes and it’s honestly just a bunch of rectangles. Tip: If you’re low on drafting paper (or just never have any at home like me, because I’m too cheap to invest in it) pattern drafts can be made with just newspaper, a yard stick, and a marker/pencil (using a marker on newspaper will come out better)! No darts were included with this pattern, and as long as you cut even and straight, you don’t have to worry about marking the fabric so it lines up together easily! Pattern Pieces

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    Piece 1—"WAISTBAND”: Cut 1 (36” x 8”) rectangle in Sateen Piece 1 should be 8” wide, and its length should be your HIP measurement. To avoid making the WAISTBAND too small, it’s safer to make the WAISTBAND piece as long as the TIER pieces. For my run of this pattern, I initially did 32”, but this was too small. I should’ve gone with 36” (I’m a 30” waist measure). The final product will have the TIES, so you don’t have to worry so much about the WAISTBAND being narrow enough. Having this wiggle room accounts for the seam allowance and breathing space needed for the final product to fit comfortably, so make sure to include it! When cutting the fabric, lay the pattern piece and cut it out along the weft, meaning that the fabric should stretch along the length of the pattern piece. In the finished product, the WAISTBAND will be half this width, so if you’re planning to adjust the size, go into it knowing that the final piece will be half of what you’re looking for. For example, if you wanted the final WAISTBAND to be 5” wide instead of 4” (like this tutorial’s), then you would cut a pattern piece for a 10” wide piece. Tip: Don’t overestimate Sateen’s stretch—it does not stretch as much as you might think, say, a knit or jersey would, but that’s good; the waistband on this keeps a nice shape while still stretching just that little bit you need to be comfortable. You can increase or decrease the width of the WAISTBAND to your liking, too; I would suggest that if your waist is a bit wider, increase the width. This may help the skirt look a bit more balanced on your figure. But not too wide—too much visual weight on the waistband will outshine the beauty of the Plisse skirt! Piece 2—"TIER 1": Cut 1 (36” x 8”) rectangle in Plisse It is mandatory to cut these pieces with the Plisse pleats running vertical (up and down). Piece 2 will be the smallest TIER in the look, and you should make sure that you have enough length for the piece to wrap around your hips comfortably. It should not fit tight like a pencil skirt—there should be enough breathing room that it flows gently over your figure. My waist measurement is a comfortable 30”, and I went with a full yard to make sure the pleats of the Plisse would be visible. This 6” difference in measurement may or may not work for you: make sure to check your paper pattern against your frame first before cutting your fabric. Piece 3—"TIER 2": Cut 1 (36” x 15”) rectangle in Plisse Piece 4—“TIER 3”: Cut 1 (36” x 24”) rectangle in Plisse Piece 5—"TIES": Cut 2 (60” x 6”) rectangle in Sateen It is very important that the length for this piece of the pattern is twice your waist measurement! The TIES in the final product are intended to wrap around multiple times, so make sure to account for it! The TIES will be folded in half like the WAISTBAND in the final product, so keep this in mind if you decide to increase the width of the TIES! Also make sure to cut Piece 5 with the weft (so that the fabric stretches long-ways). If the length starts to get to be too big for one piece, it’s okay to break it into smaller pieces (you’ll just have to sew the pieces together in the 60”x6” shape before starting the sewing tutorial down below). TUTORIAL BEGINS HERE Important Notes Before Sewing! Make sure to use a ZigZag Stitch (I used a 2.0 width on my machine) when sewing anytime on the Plisse! You want to make sure it can still stretch in the final product. 2. Hemming the edges of the skirt’s TIERS is optional. You can hem it, but in my version, I didn’t. Plisse does not fray, so it’s not entirely necessary! After cutting out your fabric, you’re ready to begin. All future references to Pattern Pieces (i.e. WAISTBAND, TIER 1-3, TIES) will refer to your fabric cut-outs. All future measurements will be according to the ones that I used. I will provide notes for adjustments when needed. PART I: Prep the Pieces

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    Take Pieces 2-4 and pin the shorter edges together, WRONG sides together. Leave about 4” unpinned; you will not be sewing the entire raw edge here, because this is where the zipper will be going later. Set to the side.

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    Fold Piece 5 in half long-ways. Pin the open ends together with the right sides together. Do this for both Piece 5’s. PART II: Sewing Part I Using a straight stitch, sew down along the pinned edges of Pieces 2-4 that you pinned in PART I using a 5/8’s seam allowance. Remember to leave the 4” of the edge open—DO NOT SEW HERE! Put these pieces to the side. Using a small-medium ZigZag stitch, sew along the open edges of Pieces 5 and ONE opening at the end of each. After sewing the corner, trim the extra fabric left in the seam allowance and cut a small nip NEAR the corner of the strap. This will help it keep its shape. Once you’ve trimmed down the length of the strap, turn it inside out. This can be time consuming, but it is possible. After you work most of the strap to be right side out, use something like a dowel and GENTLY push into the closed corners to help define the shape of the strap.

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    Press the straps with an iron on medium heat, making sure the seam is hidden like in the picture. STEP III: Assembling the Skirt Take Pieces 2-4 and line them up at the waistline, right sides facing out. Piece 4 should be inside, followed by Piece 3, and then Piece 2. You should be able to see the “tiered look” coming together now. Make sure to first pin Pieces 2-4 at the open edges—remember that this is where the zipper will line up—then find the middle of the raw edge and pin the three layers together. I promise, this will make things a little easier. Next, take Piece 1 and line up one of the longer edges along the Plisse fabric, RIGHT sides facing each other, and pin the four layers together. Pin all around so the four layers lay nice and flat together. You may have to gather the Plisse to help it lay flat. Plisse is kind of forgiving in this case in that it’s already folded, so having a little more tucks and folds doesn’t look unnatural or messy! After you’re satisfied with your pinning, sew along the pinned edge with a small ZigZag stitch. STEP V: Adding the Zipper

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    (This photo has some steps already taken in it, because I forgot to take a picture before I went to work on it. Sorry!) Fold the Sateen WAISTBAND in half and mark with a pin where it folds. This is where the zipper is going to start. Do the same on the other side of the WAISTBAND. Then, take your 9” invisible zipper and unzip it. With the skirt inside-out, pin the zipper to the opening we’ve been working around, right sides together. If you’re unfamiliar with sewing invisible zippers or zippers in general (like I was before this project!), follow this link here to our post about Zippers! A few important notes: Make sure that you line the teeth of the zipper at the middle point of the WAISTBAND piece (where you marked with a pin before).

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    BEFORE INSTALLING THE ZIPPER, but AFTER PINNING THE ZIPPER DOWN, take your TIES and sneak one underneath the Zipper on each side. It should look like a sandwich of layers: WAISTBAND-->TIE-->Zipper.

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    Tip: If you find that the zipper is too long for the open edge we left in the Plisse fabric earlier, don’t panic! You can easily use a seam ripper and rip the seam down the TIER pieces to make room for it. STEP V: Finish the WAISTBAND

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    Keep the zipper unzipped and turn the skirt right-side-out. Now fold the top raw edge of the WAISTBAND down about ¾” towards the Plisse skirt and press it flat with an iron. Please do this. Please. Sateen irons so easily and it looks so nice. (I pinned mine to make it easier to iron).

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    The next thing to do is fold the WAISTBAND towards the Inside of the skirt and pin that beautiful ironed edge we just finished along the raw Plisse edge of the skirt TIERS.

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    After you fold the WAISTBAND, fold the edge of the WAISTBAND that the zipper is along towards the middle of the WAISTBAND. This will hide the raw edge and make everything look nice and neat. MAKE SURE that the raw Plisse edges point up towards the WAISTBAND and line up the WAISTBAND pressed fold to the inside of the skirt with the WAISTBAND seam that you see on the outside of the skirt. Pin it down the entire length of the skirt’s waistline. After you pin it down all the way around, you’re going to top stitch. Yes, do it. Please trust me. Top-stitching is so good. Line up your sewing machine needle at the top of the Zipper and use a straight stitch to sew down along the zipper until the end of the WAISTBAND, then turn 90-degrees and stitch along that nice edge, pulling JUST A LITTLE BIT to keep what stretch the Sateen can still offer. It will make a difference!

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    Now, you could end here if you wanted to! Or not! It’s up to you. There was one more step I took. STEP V: Finishing the TIERS You have two options here: Ironing the TIER edges or hemming them. If you’re going to hem them, I suggest doing a rolled hem, but I chose to go with ironing the edges to get the flared pleats from Ungaro’s design. This ironing effect takes minimal effort, but it can take a little time, because it’s a repetitive process. You have to be careful doing it, too, because it involves using an iron. If you look at the bottom of each TIER on my skirt in the final product photo, the edges flutter out a bit. I did this by using the edge of my iron and pressing it out and away from the skirt so that the fabric stretches nicely.

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    IMPORTANT: Don’t use a high heat setting for this! It could burn or melt your fabric since it’s polyester. Be gentle with your fabrics and treat them nicely. Do this for each TIER, all the way around. Tip: This is a simplified way I ended up doing this with by the end. Place the edge of your iron on the edge of the TIER, pull both sides of the Plisse out and away from the iron (to the sides), and then place your free hand on the Plisse to hold it in place. Press and slide the iron AWAY from your hand, and the Plisse will stretch and flatten nicely in the way that we want! Repeat this process for each TIER all the way around.

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    And now you should be done! Make sure to test your zipper and see that it zips up nicely. After that, all that’s left is to put it on and look cute. Save Save Save
  • Trend Report: Fall Pantone Forecast

    Color trends are constantly changing and evolving. So how are you supposed to always stay current and chic? Luckily, Mood has your back. We've gone through all the recent runway shows and picked out the top recurring shades, so you'll never be out of style this season!

    1. Camper

    pantone color palette vineyard green atlantic deep dress blues apple green

    If you love muted color palettes, Camper is definitely for you this coming fall. It appeared everywhere, from resort-wear to menswear, bomber jackets to gowns. So grab those olive tones off the shelves and accent them with a classic navy or deep teal!

    Perry Ellis | Spring 2017 Menswear Perry Ellis | Spring 2017 Menswear
    Hugo Boss | 2016 Ready to Wear Hugo Boss | 2016 Ready to Wear
    Hugo Boss | 2016 Ready to Wear Hugo Boss | 2016 Ready to Wear
    Here are some suggestions from Mood to get you started!    

    2. Sunset

    pantone color palette winsome orchid flame orange radiant orchid chili pepper

    If you want to see how well this trend can work, take a look at Elie Saab's Resort 2017 collection. The highlights keep the overall collection light and airy, while the deeper tones can easily transfer into the autumn months.

    Elie Saab | Resort 2017 Elie Saab | Resort 2017
    The following looks from Balmain, Ralph & Russo, and Marchesa prove that elegant doesn't always need to mean traditional. Each of the gowns possess an interesting silhouette that, when paired with a vibrant color, totally pop on the runway.
    Balmain | Spring 2017 Menswear Balmain | Spring 2017 Menswear
    Ralph & Russo | Autumn/Winter 2016-17 Ralph & Russo | Autumn/Winter 2016-17
    Marchesa | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Marchesa | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
       

    3. Seaglass

    pantone color palette freesia bayou aruba blue atlantic deep

    This is possibly my favorite trend in recent shows. Much like Camper, Seaglass features blue and green tones, but rather than giving off a woodsy feel, this one brings it straight to the ocean.

    Bottega Veneta | Resort 2017 Bottega Veneta | Resort 2017
    This trend seems to have brought with it a lot of tailored pieces. It showed up in menswear, as jumpsuits, as suiting separates, and in a lot of accessories.
    Y-3 | Spring 2017 Menswear Y-3 | Spring 2017 Menswear
    Giorgio Armani | Resort 2017 Giorgio Armani | Resort 2017
       

    4. Ghost

    pantone color palette rosewater turtledove pristine bleached sand

    Faded neutrals will probably always be a constant. This season though, you can add pale pink to that palette; it showed up in Chloe, Valentino, Chanel, and even Gucci - all alongside pristine whites, beiges, and browns.

    Valentino | Resort 2017 Valentino | Resort 2017
    Valentino | Resort 2017 Valentino | Resort 2017
     
    See by Cloe | Resort 2017 See by Cloe | Resort 2017
    Delpozo | Resort 2017 Delpozo | Resort 2017
    Joseph | Resort 2017 Joseph | Resort 2017
    So which trend is your favorite this year? Are any of them inspiring a new project? Tell us in the comments!
  • Trend Report: Brocades on the Runway

    Fashion trends on an off the runway this season are all saying the same thing: brocades are where its at. Historically, brocades and jacquards have always been of as luxurious fabrics, ideal for eveningwear. This season though, brocades have been seen as outerwear and even as some bold suiting and daytime looks.

    1. Outerwear

    Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear
    Brocade outwear was seen at every huge fall show this year, from Dior to Gucci to Prada. The best way to go if you're trying to hop on a trend like this? Large florals. One of my favorites, from Dolce & Gabbana (seen above), features gold flowers on a strikingly matte black background. In reality, it's silhouette is quite simple, but the print choice pulls it up to high fashion. Here are a few options from Mood that would be great for outerwear:  
    Metallic Gold and Yellow Floral Brocade Metallic Gold and Yellow Floral Brocade
    Metallic Blue and Green Floral Brocade Metallic Blue and Green Floral Brocade

    2. Dresses and Details

    Antonio Marras | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear Antonio Marras | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear
    Dresses have always been a favorite when it comes to brocade, but this year we've seen shorter hemlines and simpler silhouettes, bringing a new and slightly more casual look to such an elegant fabric.
    Prada | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear Prada | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear
    Prada | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear Prada | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear
    Another runway favorite has been subtle brocade details in dresses. Some designers have been experimenting with mixing fabrics, like you can see with the skirt panel above, and others have been using solid brocades to add just a small sheen to garments in certain areas. For instance, the Marras dress below has a black on black brocade across the bodice and high neckline.
    Antonio Marras | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear Antonio Marras | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear
    Here are some Mood picks to get you started on the perfect brocade dress:
    Off-White Rose-Pattern Brocade Off-White Rose-Pattern Brocade
    Chinois Green and Blue Floral Poly Brocade Chinois Green and Blue Floral Poly Brocade
    Carolina Herrera Rose and Sage Floral Brocade Carolina Herrera Rose and Sage Floral Brocade
     

    3. Suiting

    Roberto Cavalli | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear Roberto Cavalli | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear
    Women in menswear have been taking the runway by storm recently, so it's only natural that they'd be getting in on the brocade trend. Striking jackets paired with equally bold trousers were seen during shows from Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, and Dries Van Noten, just to name a few.
    Dries Van Noten | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear Dries Van Noten | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear
    Each of my favorite brocade suiting looks took elements from different fashion eras. Cavalli threw it back to the 70s with some flare pants that are becoming evermore popular. Van Noten's cropped cigarette pants scream modern chic, and these paper bag waist trousers from Dolce & Gabbana bring some early 20th century menswear to the forefront.
    Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear
    Here are some terrific abstract brocades that could look fantastic as tailored garments:
    Metallic Gold/Green/Maroon Abstract Brocade Metallic Gold/Green/Maroon Abstract Brocade
    Metallic Gray and Almond Cream Abstract Brocade Metallic Gray and Almond Cream Abstract Brocade
    Metallic Gold and Black Abstract Jacquard Metallic Gold and Black Abstract Jacquard

    4. Daywear

    Pepa Pombo | Columbia Fashion Week 2016 Pepa Pombo | Columbia Fashion Week 2016
    A few of our favorite designers even took the evening elegance of brocade into some daytime looks. This deep gold ensemble from Pepa Pombo would look fierce as a resort look and I can definitely imagine these cigarette pants from Michael Kors as some bold officewear.
    Michael Kors | NYFW Michael Kors | NYFW
    Try your hand at some casual brocade garments with these vibrant, geometric brocades:
    Metallic Gold/Blue/Maroon Geometric Brocade Metallic Gold/Blue/Maroon Geometric Brocade
    Metallic Gold/Beige/Purple Abstract Brocade Metallic Gold/Beige/Purple Abstract Brocade
  • Trend Report: Satin Draping

    "Rich" and "luxurious" are two words that come to mind when thinking of satin because of its luminous appearance and luscious drape. Satin is a type of weave amongst three including plain and twill and is categorized by having four or more weft yarns float over warp yarns or the opposite, warp over weft. When Nylon, Silk or Polyester are used as a filament yarn it is called a satin fabric whereas when a cotton filament is used it is a Sateen. Typically satin was derived from silk especially during the middle ages, when it was only worn by upper class society for expense reasons. This is why when looking for a satin you might be directed more toward a silk than any other fabric. Another fun fact is that it became popular in Europe around the twelfth century! Now that you have been refreshed on some knowledge about satin let me just say that it is a fabric every designer craves to have in their runway show. Like stated before, the drape of satin fabrics is absolutely lovely and it illuminates, giving a bounce of light when strutting down the catwalk. Many designers at Paris Fashion Week had shown us what masterpieces they created with a satin type fabric and I don't know about you, but I was more than impressed. That being said, I would like to share some favorite looks with you. Many of the following looks are from the Fall 2016 Couture collection by Atelier Versace. The first picture shown below is a stunning, short black dress complete with gold and purple coloration around the bust and has one shoulder that comes across the body with a draped long skirt to one side. A large black belt was placed to pull it all together and cinch it around the waist. The entire Versace collection seemed to have a variety of high end looking satin which is why I am using some of them as prime examples of what can be achieved from these divine fabrics.

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    This next look from Versace is one of my absolute favorites! It is a blue-tinted silver jumpsuit with a long, draping skirt coming off of the bodice. This look could be mistaken for an evening gown at first glance from behind, but when seen from the front is a delightful, open surprise with pants. The piece of fabric that comes up off of the bust and wraps around the neck is pure genius, not to mention the detail in structure through out the entire piece. Did you notice it also has pockets?! I don't know about you but this needs to be in my closet... like, yesterday!

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    With the next look, you would be the envy of every girl at prom! It is a luscious blush pink color with sequined mesh in the mix; not showing off too much, but giving it just enough of an extra sparkle. It would be a dazzling look for the red carpet or an event like such. The detailed construction is one of a kind and its high low effect is a characteristic ever girl has fallen in love with.

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    Alright, now lets change it up a bit. The next two looks are from a different designer who decided to delight us with Satin fabrics as well during the Paris Fashion Week. The designer for these pieces is Alexandre Vauthier and they are a part of the 2016 Couture collection. The first picture is a simple, yet satisfying little black dress with a thick olive green wrap around the waist that is tied. It is a perfect dress for a cocktail party or the bridesmaids in your wedding party.

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    This last look I am sharing with you is in a close race to my vote for favorite design with the Versace jumpsuit. The clean, white half- pant jumpsuit was a brilliant idea. Giving it a low V cut and pairing it with what seems to be a thin pleather fish net tight is sexy and chic all in one. Then the design was finished off with a thick black wrap of fabric tied around the waist, like the green wrap you saw on the dress above. It has a wonderful drape and looks very comfortable and while in the couture category, this is a garment perfect for a night out to a fancy dinner on your resort vacation. I could think of so many places this piece would be suitable to wear!

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    These magnificent types of satin fabric are not just for you, ladies. That is right, boys and men, you can rock them as well! To prove it to you, here is the 2016 menswear collection from Louis Vuitton. He has brought satin into ready to wear, turning it into a comfortable, yet handsome, on the go feel. With the first look I have posted below, he has created a high class red and navy sweat shirt with his own embroidery to give it a stand out and stay fresh vibe. Girls love a man with a sense of style!

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    I had to show you this one guys, because if you were to put them on, you would probably never want to take them off. Louis Vuitton has brought you satin pants. They have a luxury lounge appearance, looking like something rocky would wear on his way to the boxing ring. The comfy and loose look has been in for quite some time with the jogger pant well now you can upgrade to a look like this. The navy color will be easy to match and the white stripe with a bit of bling will make them a pant for chillin' and for strolling around town.

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    Shiny and expensive is how you will look in a fabric like this but it is not only for the upper class folks nowadays. Anyone can be a part of this rich look for a cost that won't break your bank and here at Mood we are helping you do so! Here are some suggestions of fabrics from me to you hoping that the above pictures have lit a spark in your creative abilities.  
    Vera Wang Canary Silk Duchesse Satin Vera Wang Canary Silk Duchesse Satin
     
    Blush Silk Crepe Back Satin Blush Silk Crepe Back Satin
     
    Black Stretch Acetate-Nylon Satin Black Stretch Acetate-Nylon Satin
     
    Black/White Broken Glass Digitally Printed Stretch Satin Black/White Broken Glass Digitally Printed Stretch Satin
     
    Valentine Red Solid Polyester Satin Valentine Red Solid Poly Satin
     
    Purple Satin Purple Satin
     
    Deep Royal Solid Polyester Satin Deep Royal Solid Polyester Satin
    Capri Kiwi Solid Polyester Satin Capri Kiwi Solid Polyester Satin
    If you are still at a loss on what to create, below I have listed suggestions and some of the more common garments or accessories that these fabrics are used for: Home: Sheets, Curtains, Pillows, etc. Womenswear: Blouses, evening gowns, night wear, bridal wear, point shoes ( ballet), lingerie, wraps, hair accessories etc. Menswear and womenswear: athletic apparel such as jackets, sweatshirts or shorts etc. Menswear: boxers, shirts, ties, bowties, etc. For your convenience, know that satin type fabrics snag easily and can pucker because of the floating of the fibers. so take caution when wearing, washing and constructing garments. Now you are ready to pick out your favorites and let us into your world of design. Share your looks or creations with us we would love to see what you have come up with using our satin fabrics at Mood!  
  • Trend Report: Paris Fashion Week

    Jump for joy all you fashion lovers because, as you know, Paris Fashion week is here! Can you say "feroce" about the collections this year?! For those who need to brush up on their Italian, "feroce" is the word for "fierce" and the runways this past week have been this and so much more! The seasons might start changing but some trends are staying put. For example, ruffles are sticking around for the fall and winter collections and I don’t know about you, but I sure don't mind. Clare Waight Keller has shown us tiered ruffles and ruffles that stand out all on their own in the Cloe fall collection. A subtle yet beautiful, lighter hue, color palette was chosen, having us beg for more. Chiffon was the fabric of choice for much of her collection which gives gorgeous flow while walking, and a drape to go mad over. These are characteristics of chiffon that you can see in the photos below.

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    The first two photos are fabulous dresses displaying neutral colors with bouncy ruffles. Dress one is low cut in a nude/pink color that also displays a printed fabric giving something extra to grab your attention. The second dress gives a pretty, light blue ruffle paired with white lace which makes it a darling chic look. Last but not least the third photo features a daring dark green colored blouse letting the ruffles speak for themselves. It is classy and sexy which are two things every woman craves in a dream closet. Perhaps, you looking for a chiffon to create your own ruffled look. Mood has the perfect selection for you and I have even put some pictures below to help you get started and give you an idea of what we offer.
    Jason Wu Black/Silver Floral Plaid Novelty Silk Chiffon Jason Wu Black/Silver Floral Plaid Novelty Silk Chiffon
    Deep Teal Silk Chiffon Deep Teal Silk Chiffon
    Metallic Gold All Over Foil Knit Pleather Substitute Metallic Gold All Over Foil Knit Pleather Substitute
    Mixed Beige and Yellow Floral Crinkled Silk Chiffon Mixed Beige and Yellow Floral Crinkled Silk Chiffon
    Pink & Blue Silk Iridescent Chiffon Pink & Blue Silk Iridescent Chiffon
    On a side note: Puff sleeves are back!! They have made a reappearance and are rolling over into the colder months proving it is never to late to catch on with what's new or coming back in fashion. Let Mood help guide you to designing a spectacular look of your own with a flared, puffed or bell sleeve. Here are some of my favorite fashion week runway looks with cool sleeves along with fabric suggestions. photo 11 photo 12

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    Mood options:
    Organic-Looking Abstract Digitally Printed Satin-Faced Twill Organic-Looking Abstract Digitally Printed Satin-Faced Twill
    Mazarine Blue Silk Crepe Back Satin Mazarine Blue Silk Crepe Back Satin
    Italian Diva Blue/Summer Green Abstract Silk Brocade Italian Diva Blue/Summer Green Abstract Silk Brocade
    Phillip Lim Yellow/Gold Metallic Floral Tissue Lame Phillip Lim Yellow/Gold Metallic Floral Tissue Lame
    If the not so innocent side of fashion sparks your interest, Paris has given us that as well. Leather skirts, short hems and high slits are also strutting down the runway this week. Anthony Vaccarello's collection has a complete "bad girl" vibe that is simply amazing.  As one of my favorite collections, he clearly nailed  "aw" factor and has given it a downright sex appeal. Here are a couple pictures of my favorites:

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    It is not quiet distinguishable whether he has used a real leather or pleather for many of his looks and has proven you can use these fabrics in numerous ways. Mood is here for you with these fabric choices, whether you are comfortable using real hides or would like to take the alternate approach, we can help you get inspired for your next look. Below are some swatch pictures:  
    Metallic Gold All Over Foil Knit Pleather Substitute Metallic Gold All Over Foil Knit Pleather Substitute
     
    Black Dull All Over Foil Knit Pleather Substitute Black Dull All Over Foil Knit Pleather Substitute
    Black Floral Embossed Vinyl Black Floral Embossed Vinyl
    Small Brown Quilted Lamb Hide w/ Black Knit Backing Small Brown Quilted Lamb Hide w/ Black Knit Backing
    Don't forget about the more winter focused designs to get you ahead of the game! Furs or Faux furs are a must during this time of the year. J. Mendel, a designer of fabric we carry here at Mood,  has a stunning fall/winter collection at fashion week this year. The way he has used fur is completely flawless and has executed the look of luxury. Here are some of the looks from his runway show.

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    If wearing real fur isn't your forte, that is okay! Mood has you covered in either direction you choose. Here are some suggestions of what we offer:  
    White/Black Solid Faux Fur White/Black Solid Faux Fur
    Ivory Lily &Taylor Fox Fur Collar Ivory Lily &Taylor Fox Fur Collar
    Gothic Grape Polyester Blended Faux Fur Gothic Grape Polyester Blended Faux Fur
    Orange/Black Solid Faux Fur Orange/Black Solid Faux Fur
    Men don't think we have forgotten about you! Paris fashion week for men was completely awesome and personally some of my favorite looks waltzed down the menswear runways. Dolce and Gabbana have made a lasting impression once again with the classy and expensive James Bond vibes they were tossing out in this years collection. These looks are sure to have your significant other do a double take. Below are pictures of some of my favorite looks and I highly recommend to check out all the looks if you missed the show, you will not be disappointed. photo14 photo15 photo16 photo17 Here are fabric suggestions from Mood to get you started on your menswear:  
    Phillip Lim Gold Cup Sequins on Black Silk Georgette Phillip Lim Gold Cup Sequins on Black Silk Georgette
    "Potting Soil" Brown Faux Alligator Leather Vinyl
    Black Baby Sequins On Polyester Mesh Black Baby Sequins On Polyester Mesh
    Black/White Striped Floral Embroidered Cotton Woven Black/White Striped Floral Embroidered Cotton Woven
    Looking toward Spring/Summer 2017 men's fashion is nothing short of a blast from the past! As a 90's baby myself, having the 90's making an appearance in fashion again is extremely exciting. For example the streetwear shown to the left by MSGM, is minimal and comfortable taking us to the MTV days when it was all music videos. The 90's may not be the only decade coming back the 70's might sneak up on you as well. Start getting comfortable in showing off those killer legs boys because short shorts might just be making a reappearance, as shown in the photo to the right by Fendi. photo17 photo 18 As far as color and print goes there is going to be a lot of mixed messages and matches. You will want to make sure that you add yellow to your wardrobe because it will definitely be "in". Don't forget about checks because they will also be making there way to the shelves and should also be in your closet. Here are a few examples from the runways. photo 19 photo 20 photo 21 Photo 22 (Designers top to bottom: Hermes, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Facetasm)   Stock up with fabrics for this Fall/Winter or even next Spring/Summer and let your inner designer shine. It doesn't always have to be about making apparel, fabric can be used in so many craft and art forms. For all you men and women, let the pictures I have shown you from this year's Paris Fashion Week draw inspiration and open your mind to the wonderful world of fashion and fabrics.   Be bold. Be inspired. Be you.      
  • Trend Report: Cotton Eyelets

    Hey fashionistas, have you been keeping up with what is hot this season? If so, I am sure you have noticed those stunning cotton eyelets strutting down the runway especially since the 2016 shows! Are you one to stay ahead of the game? Well, these darling fabrics have been on fire and are also making appearances down the 2017 runways, so falling behind trend is not an option with these marvelous textiles.

    For those of you not as familiar with this type of fabric, allow me to explain. Typically, an eyelet is derived from cotton and has a design placed and cut out of the fabric allowing you to see through it, hence the name eyelet. It gives off a fun and flirty peek-a-boo affect that can be used in countless ways from children's wear, casual ready to wear or even formal apparel.

    Often times you will see an eyelet categorized with embroidery. In many cases a cotton eyelet will be embroidered, giving it an even more unique look; thus making embroidery just as popular as the eyelets on the 2016 and 2017 runways!

    Below are a couple looks from the Zimmermann Resort Collection of 2016. In the picture on the left she has layered this remarkable white floral eyelet over a thin black cotton lace and turned it into a more formal resort jumpsuit. You will notice she has placed it on top of a plain white cotton fabric for the body of the jumpsuit, giving her model more coverage yet letting the eyelet stand on its own for the sleeves. In the second picture, to the right, Zimmermann turned this stunning, all-white, cotton eyelet and created a breathtaking low-cut dress. She shows you the full effect of the eyelet letting it flow past the short underlying dress, creating a lovely flowing look down to about ankle length. I think I could go as far to say, this incredible dress would be perfect for that beachfront wedding many ladies dream about!

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    Another designer that has brilliantly used eyelets in their resort collection for 2017 is Giambattista Valli. Below are some pictures of his wondrous work sure to have you wanting to get on board with this trend. The first picture to the far left is one of my favorite designs, considering green is my favorite color and not to mention that using an eyelet as a pant is pure genius.  The middle picture appears to be a darling  two piece, shirt and skirt, constructed with a delightful white floral eyelet. What a perfect outfit for a day on the yacht. On right we have a fabulous red gown that is a tad more formal, perfect for that candlelit dinner on your couples cruise. The ever so slightly risque way he used the eyelets on the hips is to die for!
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    People tend to think that cotton eyelets, because they are a ventilated see through fabric, are specifically for the spring or summer months. Well, some designers have turned this into a myth! Below is a picture of a look from Emanuel Ungaro's Resort 2017 collection, that seems to be geared a little more toward those colder resort settings. Ungaro placed a black floral eyelet under a printed jacket, paired with a black skirt with a touch of  fringe. He accessorized it with a black suede, calf height, heeled bootie that really shouts "a night out at the mountain resort," proving you can use these wonderful fabrics all year long.
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    Here is another example of a more winter look with an eyelet by Giambattista Valli who was mentioned before.
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    Other than the inspiration given to you by the designers above, listed below are some suggestions for other ways to use these fabrics:
    • Lay your desired eyelet over your favorite color or printed cotton and create a beach bag!
    • Create a vest to wear over your favorite outfit, still allowing you to see that top you are in love with.

    • Make your holey jeans more unique by using an eyelet over it to still show skin in a much cuter way!
    • Use the embroidered fabric as a cover up or Kimono over your favorite swimming suit.

    Be the one dropping jaws this season in your very own cotton eyelet! We offer an abundance of them here at Mood. Go ahead and stock up on some for the colder months as well! Here are some embroidered and eyelet suggestions we have for you.
    White Geometric and Floral Striped Embroidered Cotton Eyelet White Geometric and Floral Striped Embroidered Cotton Eyelet
    White Floral Stripes Embroidered Cotton Eyelet White Floral Stripes Embroidered Cotton Eyelet
    White Rectangular Embroidered Cotton Eyelet White Rectangular Embroidered Cotton Eyelet
    Italian Red Coral Cotton Eyelet Italian Red Coral Cotton Eyelet
    Bright Orange Cotton Embroidered & Eyelet Bright Orange Cotton Embroidered & Eyelet
    Use your imagination, think outside the box and be inspired! Show us what you have designed with our Mood fabrics, we would love to see!!
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