FIRST THOUGHT: On Dreaming Big and Starting Your Own Fashion Brand
What’s your dream? For a lot of people, it’s to create something, whether it’s a short film or a fashion line or even a macramé plant holder. Many of us have our eyes glued to the computer monitor and our fingers tapping away at the keyboard, longing to take a break and use our creative juices. If we can do that and make a little extra cash for happy hour or even turn it into a full-blown career, that’s even sweeter. So why not try to make your fantasy a reality? As fashion guru Tim Gunn would say, “Make it work!”
WOMEN IN NUMBERS: 51
51. No, it’s not the number of shoes in my closet. It’s the number of fashion brands and designers that have partnered with Livia Firth and her Green Carpet Challenge. That means more actors walking the red carpet will be wearing sustainable styles!Firth started the project as a way to shine a light on sustainability, ethics and social well-being. Some of the designers who have risen to this rad challenge include Stella McCartney, Victoria Beckham and Karen Caldwell. Check out the GCC website for a list of all the eco-friendly collaborations at www.Eco-Age.com.
WOMAN TO WATCH: Isabella Rose Taylor, Fashion Designer
What were you doing when you were 13? If you were like me, you were doodling in the margins of your three-ring binder and admiring your Scrunchie collection. Isabella Rose Taylor did much more when she hit her teen years. She debuted a Fall clothing collection for Nordstrom. It started when she was 8 years old and attended a sewing camp. Making clothing for herself and her friends grew into creating a collection and then selling her clothes online and at pop-up trunk shows. It’s no surprise that it didn’t take long before she showed her Spring 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week. Taylor doesn’t stay stagnant in her designs or her business, and has no plans to abandon her dream to create a global lifestyle brand. Her designs have minimalist touches, along with fun embellishments. I’m a fan of her sleeveless cloud shirt with fringe. You can totally tell they were designed with us dreamers in mind.
QUITE THE QUOTE
It seems like everywhere you turn, there’s another article declaring, “You should do this.You should do that.” Well, here are the only two “shoulds” I’m thinking about today, courtesy of this advice from lauded fashion designer Coco Chanel: “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
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