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Make-Up Tips, Trends and Fashion For Summer 2012

So with summer officially just round the corner, you’ll probably be excitedly thinking about dusting off your summer outfits and no doubt shopping for some new tops, flip flops and short shorts…

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How to be a Fashion Designer

Fashion is a global business that is both stimulating and challenging. It comprises design, textiles, trends, technology, marketing and retail. Throughout the world, fashion designers influence the way people look, from luxury clothing and accessories to everyday apparel found on the high street.

There are a number of routes to becoming a fashion designer. Vera Wang began her career as a fashion editor. However, designing her own wedding dress was the impetus to opening a bridal shop and the subsequent launch of her own collection. Alexander McQueen made dresses for his sisters before becoming an apprentice for a tailor in Saville Row.

Nowadays, the best foundation for a career in design is to undertake a course in fashion.

Fashion Courses

After A levels, foundation courses in Art and Design, Textiles or Fashion provide a good grounding in the major areas of the industry before applying for a degree course.

There are over 300 degree courses in fashion in the UK. Degree titles range from Fashion Buying and Merchandising to Fashion Design Management, with a myriad others in between.

On most courses you can expect to cover such areas as sketching and illustration, pattern cutting, sourcing and sampling, construction and textiles. You will develop technical skills needed to work with different materials. An understanding of technology will allow you to appreciate how your designs will be made, and knowledge of designing software such as CAD programs are essential.

Most degree courses last for three years and many organise a placement in the fashion industry between the second and third years. This will provide invaluable work experience and is an opportunity to start building up contacts.

As design courses are practical in nature, students get plenty of opportunities to take part in competitions and fashion shows. It is important to keep a record of your best sketches and designs and develop a portfolio. Employers look for someone who is innovative and with a keen eye for detail. A creative portfolio can provide evidence of these qualities.

Career Path

Whether your ultimate aim is to work for a mass-market clothing manufacturer or for a top fashion house such as Dior, you will probably start your career as a design assistant.

Typical duties include sourcing and chasing samples and making up sample cards. With experience will come the opportunity to suggest design ideas and make up mood boards. Eventually, you could end up assisting with the development of a range.

The world of fashion designing is very competitive. However, with creativity, hard work, and a passion for clothes, there is no limit to what you can achieve.

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Looking for ideas and stimulation for you fashion designs? Why not check out the latest high-street fashion designers like Lipsy clothing, Miso clothing or G Star Raw.

Jackie O’s Fashion Legacy Lives On in 2011-2012

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was one of the most iconic women in history and is known for her understated elegance and style. Although she was an icon who lived decades ago, her sense of style is still appreciated by modern women all over the world. First Lady Michelle Obama has been photographed in Jackie O inspired clothing as well as the First Lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. If you are looking to add a touch of presidential elegance to your wardrobe, try incorporating some of the signature styles that made Jackie O an unforgettable fashion icon.

About Jackie O

Born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, but known as Jackie O to fashionistas around the world, Jacqueline was the wife of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. As one of the youngest First Ladies in U.S. history, Jackie made her mark establishing herself as a fashion-forward socialite and as a representative for women of the west.

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Fashion 101: When to Wear Pajamas

No matter what you were led to believe, there was never a time in fashion history where someone became a trend-setter by wearing pajamas in public. Yes, it may have become a common occurrence, but in all honesty, these people aren’t fashionable, but lazy. Yes, lazy. Okay, so they do manage to wear pajamas that match and that probably took some sort of effort, but still. Oh and now men have gotten in on the act too. Now, come on Men stealing “fashion” secrets from women? That is so 1980s. If you must wear pajamas here are a few cases where it is and is not acceptable.

Don’t Wear Pajamas to Walmart

You certainly won’t set any fashion trends wearing pajamas to Walmart. Heck, half the people that shop there now sport their pajamas to the store. It’s almost as if the customers have been given a dress code and must sport their pjs through the aisles. Oh and they get extra points if the pajamas barely fit and their bellies are sticking out. Seriously, don’t become one of these fashion don’ts.

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