Loathe: Adidas’ Muddy Shoes

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I hoped that this was a joke when I saw it on my Facebook feed, but alas, no, this is really an item for sale: running shoes with fake mud splatter on the bottom. Here is the description from the website:

“These sneakers re-imagine the iconic ZX 750 running shoe in a snow-white leather upper with a clever mud-splatter effect.”

I can think of a few words I’d use in lieu of “clever.” Perhaps idiotic? Ridiculous? Stupid? Laughable? Farcical? Imbecilic? Pointless? You get my point…

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Ask Alexandra: Visions of Fashion

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All these images are from the portfolio of talented London College of Fashion student JiaXin Gao, whom I am pretty sure has some sewing skills.

Dear Alexandra,

I really enjoy reading your posts. They are very helpful and informative. I have been having these visions (of models wearing my designs walking the runway) day and night for a very long time now which I think are ,what I call “symptoms” of “a fashion design aspirant.” So, I know I am interested in fashion design, but sewing in particular, is something that I do not enjoy so much. Does that mean I am not just fit for “fashion design” and cannot hope that someday I may become a good (don’t care about famous, but believe in making women look beautiful in my designs) fashion designer? I do not have any former education in fashion, but am planning on applying for one soon. I would like to know your opinion on the sewing experience one must have to become a decent fashion designer. What is the level of sewing skills one must have to learn/study fashion design? What are your chances of success as a designer with no sewing skills?

PS: I already have a Masters degree in an engineering related field and currently employed. I am 29 and I do not think I am too late for fashion (unless I am over-estimating myself). I need your help to guide me into switching my careers. Do I have to apply for a foundation course first (because I do not know how to sew) or can I do MA in Fashion (I know schools do not teach sewing in PG courses) skipping the pre-requisite altogether?

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Dear Swetha,

These visions you talk about are not necessarily a sign that you should become a fashion designer. I have visions of myself as a prima ballerina, but I do not pursue them, because I try and make career decisions based on what I am good at, as well as what I enjoy. However, if you are truly interested in a career as a fashion designer, then by all means you should try. And no, I don’t think you are too late to start.

MORE ON SEWING SKILLS AT FASHION SCHOOL

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Fall 2014 Campaigns Part 3

Here is part three of my Fall 2014 advertising campaign critiques. Read part one and part two.

I love…

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Kenzo featuring Guinevere Van Seemus shot by Pierpaolo Ferrari. This whole series is amazing, I love the bright colours and surreal shots.

MORE COOL CAMPAIGNS

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Fall 2014 Campaigns Part 2

More of my critiques of the Fall 2014 advertising campaigns. Read part one and part three.

I love…

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Fendi featuring Nadja Bender shot by Karl Lagerfeld. Beautiful fur coat and big blue sky. Looks perfect.

MORE PRETTY FASHION PICTURES

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Fall 2014 Campaigns Part 1

I think this might be the first season ever that I love more campaigns than I loathe. Read part two and part three.

I love…

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3.1 Phillip Lim featuring Tilda Lindstam shot by Vincent Van de Wijngaard. A great photo and a great coat.


MORE GREAT FASHION ADS

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