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Fashion Trends SS20

Culture Fashion Trends Spring/Summer 2020

This year collections reverted to a few trends from the past- from disco collars to, hot pants, 60’s wallpaper prints and exaggerated sleeves.  I personally favor the polka dots and purchased a dress from the H&M collection. Fashion trends always seem to return but with new colors and designs. I personally enjoy all the colors for this new season from bold & bright scarlet, neutral shades of white, Saffron, Coral Pinks and dots. Did I mention the return of dots? Well the good news is that if you have items in your wardrobe from last year, then it’s safe to wear it again and add a few new items to your collection. I picked up this cute little dress at H&M a few months ago. Not only is it in season but because it offers classic neutral colors it can always be worn again with different accessories. During my travels over the winter holiday in Europe I was surprised to see the Paris/dot collection at H&M and see my dress in the showroom.

I’ve shared a few seasonal items for budget conscious shoppers. Also, don’t forget to add florals or prints to your collection this season!

H&M Display January 2020

One of my classic looks- Zara

Checkout these resources for the latest spring fashions.

https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/shop/collections

https://www2.hm.com/en_us/productpage.0855200005.html855200005.html

https://www.zara.com/us/en/flowy-printed-shirt-p03067022.html?v1=39711645&v2=1445787

Pandemic Blues or Creative Inspiration

It’s been a while since my last blog post. It has been too long in my opinion. Why? That is a question I ask myself. I’ve wanted to post on several cultural topics but never seemed to transfer my thoughts to the keyboard. In retroflect for several reasons thus, I’ve decided to provide a series of mini blogs. My goal was to remove the word COVID-19 from any postings regarding the fashion industry so I paused, waited, read, planned, hoped, and cried as I read emotional stories in my news feed. I became disheartened as I read about leading retailers filing bankruptcy. So I took a break from contributing to the blog and decided to focus on self-care which consisted of self-development. This meant taking time away from distractions, negative energy, social media, and even negative people in my life.

As I scanned my inbox each day, I noticed a plethora of adverts for self-care, free online viewings of art galleries, and free short courses to possibly occupy oneself during the quarantine. What I considered time to learn a new hobby, skill, craft, or meditation strategies. It was also during this time I began to lose hope, and doubt that the economy would improve. Saddened by these events I began to speculate the future of Fashion Week, the cosmetic industry, and the retail sector. My worries led to a social media break, at one-point deactivation of all personal accounts, leaving my only attention to fashion-related articles on my homepage. I eventually returned to my accounts and the news to remain informed regarding current events. As economies shifted, and governments slowly eased quarantine restrictions and many become content with working from home remotely. Consequently, the COVID-19 effect increased online shopping, learning, and social distancing all of which won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. I’ve listed a few links at the end of my blog for your muse. 

Fashion Trends

How we shop for cosmetics and fashion will be different for at least another year and during these changes, creative director Alessandro Michele, of Gucci has decided to scale down to just two fashion shows a year and produce two seasonless lines a year. I wonder if other lines will follow this trend? Reducing the number of shows for fashion week 2020 is a good idea and perhaps into early 2021, in my opinion.  Online sales definitely increased this spring however, some chose to put their shopping on hold until the lockdown ended, or quarantine restrictions began to lift. It will be interesting to see how designers and retailers operate later in the third and fourth quarters.

Free Resources / virtual tours/ Online Courses

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-10-university-art-classes-free-online

https://www.timeout.com/travel/virtual-museum-tours

https://www.coursera.org/coronavirus

hthttps://www.udemy.com/courses/free/

Culture | Valentines Day

Valentines Day!

It’s that time of year again. This winter holiday has become a part of culture. It’s a day of love, romance and gift giving. It’s my favorite holiday of the year. As a kid I remember trying to decide which pack of Valentine cards to make for my classmates in elementary school. We always had a party with cupcakes, punch and exchanged cards, perhaps the root of my love for notecards.

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Remember show appreciation to those that you care for: a parent, teacher, a friend, sibling or any family member, not just significant others!

February 14th