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Elizabeth Taylor

This is and Excerpt from an Interview with Elizabeth Taylor
Conducted by James Grissom
Hotel Carlyle, New York City

You know, Republicans weren't always so bad. Hell, I married one! But now they're growing so pinched and mean, envious and petty, like the extras on the set, giving the evil eye to the star.

If you live your life or craft a philosophy around the idea that you've been unfairly denied something, then you operate out of spite, and you take things away from people that you feel aren't deserving or they've got things that weren't fairly distributed. 

It's how you look at things. I can't sing, God knows, but I benefit from those who can. Would I try to take away the voice of Leontyne Price? The world wins because we have Leontyne Price. [...]. Is it fair that I can't do what they do? I don't deal with questions like that. I ask, Is it fair that I get to wallow in all that they've given me? 

Everybody is blessed by their gifts.
No one can take anything away from me, from anyone. But the world is now broken down the middle, with one side believing that their stuff is being purloined by another group.

I want a world, a government, that loves its people and takes care of them. 
I want a world that recognizes that the cost of ignoring the sick and the hungry and the uneducated is bigger than any tax. I want a world that is safe, so we listen to those who can show us how to protect it. I want a world that is set, like a perfect gem, on the ideal setting, to display and to remind everyone that this is theirs, this is ours. 
I want a world where you get older and have a little something set aside, and then you go out in the world and hold people, read to people, help people on the street. [...]  2016 James Grissom

Icon Trend | K/ller Accessory Statements Egyptian Revival - Walk Like an Egyptian

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1.  Gold Sequins Eye Clutch here shopatsouce.com     2.  Delfina Delettrez - Eye and pearl single earring with enamel in yellow gold at Dover Street Market.     3.  Nina Ricci  fringe necklace.     4.  Leopard Petite Clutch by Sophia 203 via Lyst.com.    5.  Peppermint Python clutch by Philippe Roucou via ValeryDemure.    6.  Turquoise Eye Ring in 14k gold with an Arizona Turquoise cabochon  by  Mocium .    7.  Dali’s surrealistic 'EYE' jewellery, 1950s.

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Egyptian pictographic script
Egyptian women holding lotus and papyrus flowers, which were Egyptian motives. In addition, they placed waxed cones on their heads that melted in hot sun, producing a pleasant smell, since they wore wigs.
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A Connected World | Connectivity has put Fashion everywhere, but at the cost of flattening Magic and Mystery.

Excerpt from BOF | See original article HERE

Internet culture has introduced a digital virus into a fashion realm that was once secluded, exclusive and excluding — both widening and limiting creativity, says Angelo Flaccavento.

The day the world went online, it was a blast. Ditto when Johannes Gutenberg introduced Europe to the wonders of the printing press in the depths of the 15th century. A blast — or a big bang. In fashion, instant global connectivity and the liquidity of Internet culture introduced a kind of explosive digital virus into a realm that was once secluded, exclusive and excluding. Was it good? Was it bad? Definitely both.

In some ways, fashion and Internet culture are next of kin. Witness the urgency of endless renewal and frantic transmission; the disrespect for chronology, history and borders of any kind; the blatant courting of full-blown egotism; most of all, the tendency to flatten knowledge to the two-dimensional depthlessness of the image.

What fashion and digital do not share, however, is the same view on democracy. The hyper-connectivity of the Internet brings people and ideas together, fluidly and unstoppable.

Ellen Von Unwerth
Fashion, on the other hand, is 
ultimately about differentiation and hierarchy. 
The industry generally celebrates the happy few — be they rich or cool. Those who aspire to their status are enticed into buying products — amulets of sorts — that allow them to pass the threshold of the temple. Or at least that’s the promise.

Some things never change. But the collision of fashion and digital has forced the industry to rewrite at least some of its rules. For a long time, fashion designers styled themselves as unapproachable deities, surrounded by tight courts of like-minded muses. Only the initiated could glimpse their sancta sanctorum and they certainly never disclosed the details — at least, not publicly — of their creative processes and sources of inspiration.

Oh, how times have changed. In this age of constant self-broadcasting at every step of the social ladder, notions of privacy, discretion and originality have been turned upside-down. Cliques and tribes still exist, of course. But they show off too, in order to exclude and fascinate even more. Today, everyone has a channel. Everything is available for visual consumption. 

Everything is public property.The hyper-connected world tends towards total visibility, tearing the old, secretive fashion mentality to pieces. But fashion adapts to new environments, a bit like an alien, [...] Indeed, it’s probably fashion that’s the real contagion here — not digital culture. [..]

In today’s fashion world, FLAMBOYANCY — in capitals, bien sûr — is the only way to attract attention, because subtlety is not digitally viable. The Internet has made collage the expressive method par excellence, replacing invention with reinvention, construction with mash-up. But in its sinful merging with connectivity, fashion, above all, has brought the depthlessness of visual style into every possible corner of contemporary culture. From politics to washing detergent, today it’s surface that counts.
Kark Lagerfeld
But in the way that it widens perspectives, making the world available at a click for everybody, everywhere, increased connectivity undoubtedly has a sort of empowering effect on creativity. 

No matter who you are or where you are, you can dive into the global flux, becoming a part of the zeitgeist. Images, videos — it’s all there, available instantly for not-so-critical consumption and appropriation. The Internet has done away with chronology, logic, copyright [...]  The creation of fashion today depends heavily on the Internet. In order to start a new collection, designers once took inspiration trips to exotic or off-the-beaten track places, or simply to a well-equipped library. Now, due to the bulk of work and the paucity of time, they do most of their visual research online, which is fast and effective, but comes with a few problems. 

=> 1. The first is homogeneity, meaning search results are similar. All clicks lead to Rome. 

=> 2. Also, replacing actual experiences with digital images means relying on second-hand material, which flattens the results, especially as many collections are not only born from online sources, but designed to look good on Instagram. You see it in the bold shapes, glaring colours and fashion’s general emphasis on looking fab more than feeling fab. I was quite surprised on a recent visit to a boutique at how Gucci’s collections, for instance, are designed to resonate visually, but feel quite rough to the touch. 

=> 3. The other problem with Internet-driven collections is that they erase subtlety by default. Minimalism is not particularly image-friendly. Whispers, so to speak, remain unheard online. But it’s whispers that, often, generate long-term waves of creativity.

=> 4. Connectivity, for sure, has put fashion, or at least its ghost, everywhere. But the cost has been a flattening, along with the evaporation of magic and mystery. Now that designers document in the first person the triviality and the minutiae of their everyday lives, they have lost their aura of gurus and acquired the status of pop stars. Which makes them a little more human, but a lot less glamorous and dream-inducing. As for those few designers who choose not to succumb to the world of total visibility, they are actually making the strongest of statements, risking the danger of disappearing completely from the radars of the world. 

=> 5. But nowadays, talent is measured by followers counts. The appointment of sartorial badass-cum-design ingénue Justin O’Shea at the creative helm of Brioni is a case in point: perfectly understandable in today’s connected world, but depressing when considered with the perspective of history. 

=> 6. The age of global connectivity, quite simply, spells the end of professionalism and the rise of the digitally-savvy amateur amidst a heavily marketing-driven panorama.
ISL and Karl

Which brings us to my bittersweet conclusion. Going offline, at this point, is not possible. Slowing down sounds a bit like utopia. But better balancing the virtual with the real could be a good way to fix things. Fashion is about the image, but it needs substance too — and now more than ever before, as the new world order currently taking shape seems to favour people who pose as agitators as they court the mainstream.

Substance is essentially about ideas, honesty and creative integrity. If used to spread these values and make them bloom, global connectivity could really help to drive a progressive revolution. Because it’s not about where things come from, but where you take them.

Excerpt from BOF | See original article HERE

Sameness Strategy Threatens Brands

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Our gut instinct as marketers is to go with what is working, because everything in the corporate rewards system is geared towards that: lack of risk appetite; the quest for short term results; even performance incentives. 

The irony for brands of course is that the more you embrace what works for others, the less likely those ideas are going to work for you. 
I hate case studies [...] because the implication is that if you do what the person/firm in the case study did, somehow you’ll end up with a similar or better result. “Proof” though sparks a hundred copies and in so doing it immediately starts to deteriorate the likelihood that such success will be repeated.

“In today’s world, everyone is searching for the same best practice. 
Everyone benchmarks against each other. 
And everyone optimizes their communications plans. Everyone is copying each other. 
And so their brands are becoming clones.”

Quote by Martin Bishop included from Simon Silvester in this piece
There’s a difference between copying an idea and applying it. A brand can work brilliantly when marketers take the learnings from one market and apply them to another. Too often, it’s not that.

Copying is a rash of lookalikes jostling to catch up and cash in on whatever’s hot right now. [...] The immediate effect of that is to change the “standards” for the industry. Fashion, success and FOMO (fear of missing out) fuse to make everyone healthier, faster [...]

is fading into 

The same dynamic plays out at scale. Brands run at tactical channels because that’s where the numbers are. It’s comforting to shout from within the crowd – to believe, subconsciously at least, that the more you do this as a brand, the more accepted you’ll become. But there’s no differentiation in that approach. 

It all drives to undifferentiated points 
of consensus – new industry standard behaviors.
And the jury shows no sign of returning anything resembling a reliable verdict on what difference most of this noise generation makes for sales, margin or share. 

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Icon Trend | Trending | Egyptian Revival in Fashion and Interior Decorating
It’s not every day that archaeology and fashion collide, but they did in 1922, when Howard Carter discovered the tomb of the boy king, Tutankhamun. Not only opened this discovery a window into an unknown ancient history, but he also unleashed a general fascination with gilded and embellished Neo-Egyptian motives and symbols. This spell has never been broken and interior and fashion designers find an endless source of inspiration in the artworks discovered in Egyptian tombs. This fascination is back again and we see Egyptian looks in art, culture and fashion.
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Claudette Colbert in “Cleopatra”, 1934
Icon Trend | Trending | Egyptian Revival | Kelly Wearstler | Interior Designer 
Claudette Colbert in Travis Banton, 1934, Cleopatra, Art Deco
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Art Deco fan pattern - black and white Tiles | Zazzle
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Michele Lamy for Interview Magazine
The Rise of The Hieroglyph

NUDE | DIVERSITY IN DESIGN: Why it’s a Business Imperative

Christian Louboutin | The new nude fashion, beauty brands expand options for diverse skin tones
Brands, retailers and start-ups need to understand that diversity is imperative at every stage of the creative process from design to final product.

Following excerpt from WGSN / Please read the full article here.

The importance of diversity in design teams is not a problem that is limited to one particular arts collective – approximately 86% of professional designers are Caucasian, according to statistics released by US design trade body AIGA. The percentage of black students at design schools is in the single digits. Diversity in the fashion industry is often spoken about as something important from an outward perspective – with much of the conversation focused on diversifying catwalks and in ad campaigns. While this is incredibly important,

Diversity in design is imperative for businesses wanting to succeed into the future

In the US, non-Hispanic whites will not make up the majority of the US population by 2055. According to forecasts by the Pew Research Centre: “Non-Hispanic whites are projected to become less than half of the US population by 2055 and 46% by 2065,” the report says.
Retailers are increasingly serving a global, rather than a national or regional audience, so having a workforce that reflects that population is going to be key to business success. We’re already seeing this in some businesses. 

Louboutin Decides to Extend Its Nude Collection to Include ALL Skin Tones

Take Christian Louboutin, the famed French luxury designer whose shoes are synonymous with red-lacquered soles. When he debuted his Nudes collection in 2013, it only included heels in a few shades of beige. A team member’s remark that beige isn’t the colour of her skin prompted him to diversify the collection, which now includes seven shades from fair to dark. This spring, ballet flats were added to the mix.
Nude fashion colour options for diverse skin tones
“I have clients from every continent and want to make them happy,” the designer said in a statement. The Nudes are now among the brand’s best sellers."

Diversity is not a soft HR attribute that companies can trot out in order to seem like good corporate citizens, but a business imperative. For retailers and brands looking to succeed into the future, knowing your customer is key. But your customer is changing, and to serve them, you need a workforce that represents and understands them. 
Pantone Nude 7506C
In the worlds of fashion and beauty, there’s little that’s natural about the color nude. Pantone depicts it as a pale pink-ish hue. Meanwhile, what’s considered flesh-colored by one designer might be champagne, porcelain or mocha to another. Today, 'nude' somehow seems to mean a colour close to beige, while skin colour covers a wide range. In fact, the Pantone skin tone chart has 24 shades on it.

“...Nude is not a colour, it’s a concept.”

The religious make-up of the world is changing too.

In 2010, the number of Muslims in the world accounted for 23.2% of the population, and Pew expects this to increase to 29.7% by 2050. In the second half of the century Muslims, are expected to surpass Christians as the world’s largest religious group. 

There are huge business opportunities here: The global Muslim clothing market is forecast to be worth $327 bn by 2020, according to the latest Global Islamic Economy report. Smart retailers are already tapping into this shift, with retailers like Marks and Spencer launching a line of burkinis, Uniqlo launching a “modest wear” collection, and a number of other brands like Mango, unveiling Ramadan specific collections and promotions.[...]

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Icon-Trend | Trends for Accessories and Jewelry | Egyptian Revival
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1. Egyptian Revival industrial choker necklace designed by Elisca Jeansonne at 1stdips here  2. Egypt's best-loved jeweller Azza Fahmy created this Egyptian inspired gold and silver Nekhbet-Vulture collar choker here 2. Victorious collar by Aesa via Valery Demure.com  3. Cartier’s Egyptian revival bracelet at 1stdips here 4. Supernova Turquoise oval ring set in 14k gold by Mocion 5. Rosantica Cleopatra gold-tone necklace at net-a-porter here 6. Aurelie Bidermann snake necklace here
Nekhbet in NefertePtah-Sokar Hall at Abydos'. 
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Icon Trend | Trending | Egyptian Revival | Egypt's best-loved jeweller Azza Fahmy
Since launching her eponymous company in 1969, Azza Fahmy has made a name for herself using time honoured craftsmanship skills to produce unique design-led pieces inspired by art and culture.
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Trending - Socks as a Fashion Statement

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Trending | Stylish Socks and Tights

Socks make this season the jump from catwalks to the street. From Granny socks to transparent sexy looks - everything is allowed. So when days start getting colder, do not tuck away your pumps or open-toe sandals. Pair them with warm granny chic socks or embellished styles. 
Icon Trend | Trending | Socks | Slouchy sheer socks at Marchesa
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Icon Trend | Trending | Socks | Sheer lace, ankle socks and pumps
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