Compelling Reasons to Watch a Fashion Show

Many men and women anticipate and enjoy fashion shows. It’s not unusual for tickets to sell like hot cakes and sponsorships to be expected when a fashion show is set to be held. All over the globe, these types of shows are very popular and considered very glamorous.

Season after season, fashion shows continue to thrive and effectively get the industry moving. Contrary to some people’s perception, attending or watching events like this is not merely a display of the excessive and the expensive lifestyle.

Here are a few things you need to know about fashion shows, and why you may want to watch one soon:

1. It is a way to showcase designer and model talents.

New clothing, hair or footwear styles are ever-changing, and designers have a way of capturing what the latest trends are all about. It’s a great way to show the world what local or international designers can do, and how people can look good wearing their creations. That woman or man who successfully strut their stuff on the ramp are simply a sight to behold as well. There are various themes for these types of shows that present to the world great pieces of plus-sized apparel, wedding gowns, party gowns, swimwear and kids’ or teens’ wear in local settings or public malls.

2. It is educational both for you as a consumer or as someone who aspires to be in this business.

Yes, fashion is business. If you intend to be in this industry, it is best that you attend, watch or take an active part in organizing these fashion shows. Make sure you immerse yourself in the latest trends, and get great ideas from upcoming and world-renowned designers. If you are simply a style enthusiast who likes to dress up to look and feel good about yourself, watching an upcoming fashion show may help you get an inside peek at the latest styles and trends. You may become better at picking the right clothes for you and give your closet an overhaul.

3. It is fun!

You get to see and appreciate something nice and beautiful by attending a fashion event, but that’s not all. You get to share the same passion for it with lots of other people, including models and designers themselves. You can attend one with your friends or family who like discovering new ideas on how to wear something perfectly and elegantly. This is an event that is a great party in itself, and promises a fun time for attendees like you who live and breathe fashion.

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Dog Fashion Shows Are A Hit Around The Globe

The last few months have seen the unveiling of new Spring and Summer collections at pet couture shows in cities across the globe. Getting things rolling at the top end of the market was the famous Harrods Department Store in London which held its fifth annual Pet-à-Porter dog fashion show in November. The theme of the show was ‘Diamond Dogs’ and one of the highlights was a spectacular Stephen Webster diamond and precious jewel dog collar worth over half a million pounds. Other designs incorporated pearls, sapphires, and rubies. Hundreds of people turned out to sip champagne and nibble on canapés at Harrods while watching the well behaved dog models (and their human companions) strut down the runway wearing outfits by top designers including Ben de Lisi and Vivienne Westwood. After two hours of dazzling dog fashion, guests left with an exclusive doggy bag full of treats for those furry friends who couldn’t attend the show.

Tokyo is another up-and-coming centre of dog fashion where canine couture is particularly popular. Walking through the city’s parks you will rarely see a dog that isn’t dressed to the nines and perfectly accessorized, and some Tokyo owners are known to have several dozen different outfits for their dogs. Tokyo also hosted Japan’s first New Year Dog Party in January. The event featured activities such as dog yoga, photo sessions, gourmet dog food bars, and fashion shows with human and dog models strutting down the runway in matching outfits by top international designers. Highlights of the show included a $20,000 diamond-encrusted leather doggie jacket modelled by a dachshund and a gold and silver coloured jacket with Swarovski crystals for $5,000. Other canine uber-models included shih-tzus in biker jackets, poodles in polka dot dresses, bull dogs in sailor suits, a poodle dressed as Audrey Hepburn, greyhounds in rasta hats, a maltese in a denim body suit and yellow boots, and even a dog in a neon green wig. The two day event attracted crowds of up to 20,000 people who enjoyed themselves almost as much as all the dogs who welcomed the chance to socialise, enjoy the aromatherapy spas, sniff, do a little yoga, perhaps compete in a speed-eating contest, and of course – show off their latest outfit.

New York is naturally at the forefront of dog fashion and it is the site of Pet Fashion Week New York, an annual event since 2006. In addition to the runway shows, this event features a lifestyle tradeshow, a black tie fundraiser for charity, and awards ceremonies. The show is held in August and last summer some of the most outrageous fashions were provided by Isle of Dogs whose canine and human models ranged from visions of post-apocalyptic, metallic silver and purple robots to a pink chiffon Mary Poppins accompanied by a teacup poodle with pink highlights and a sparkling princess crown. Other designers showcased leopard print and denim combinations, ruffled dresses and even a yorkie wearing a white angel outfit with feathers and wings.

So – what fashion trends emerged from these shows? Well here’s a rundown of what’s in for pet couture this Spring.

Pink is as hot as ever this Spring season but with a new twist of pretty floral patterns, ruffles, lace and appliqué detail, polka dots, metallic fabrics and accessories. For a fresh Spring look and feel, soft sheer fabrics combined with cotton and linen will feature and yellow will be popular alongside contrasting black and white, colours that suit dogs of all shapes and sizes. Shades of green will also be popular as the more environmentally friendly hemp will be making an impact amongst more eco-conscious owners in the coming months.

White will also feature strongly this Spring/Summer season for both boy and girl dogs with smocking and puff sleeve detail making an appearance as well. Making a comeback this season are soft cosy pajamas, and they’re not just for casual home wear – pet parents wearing matching pj’s are predicted to be a new street-wear trend combining style with comfort. For cooler days, stylish warmth will be provided by cotton hoodies, soft knit jumpers and ponchos in pastel shades of pink and green.

Dog Tee’s with slogans are always popular. This Spring, Tee’s with leopard trim are predicted to be a big hit along with Tee’s with chiffon trim for girls and skull and heart designs for boys. And finally, pet parents of big dogs will be finding it easier to dress their dogs in the latest funky trends this year as more and more pet fashion designers are including big dog sizes in their lines.

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Behind the Scenes at a Fashion Show

Ever wondered what lies behind the glitz and glamor of a fashion show? If you watch fashion shows on TV, no doubt the grandeur and style of the whole event would have impressed you. If you were lucky enough to watch the action live, the atmosphere can be overwhelming. If putting together a fashion show looks easy then, it is all thanks to a hardworking, 24-hour event management team that is usually the brains and hands behind such a glamorous do.

Before the concept for a fashion show can be decided upon, the designer has to decide on the kind of collection he wants and then create an initial portfolio. Designers get inspired by anything and most of them weave the designs and patterns in their clothes around a single theme; for example, symmetric patterns with earth colors for an autumn collection. Whether the collection featured is going to be Ready to Wear or Haute Couture also needs to be finalized. Once the collection is ready, the next decision to make is where to feature the collection and when. Cities such as Paris, Milan and London have been called the world’s fashion hotspots for many years. Most designers have their favorite places, depending where the bulk of their clientele comes from. Once the city is decided upon, setting up the stage and ramp for the event comes next. Location is of utmost importance- halls or stadiums which offer the latest in lighting and other facilities give creators the freedom to plan a great theme. For instance, chandeliers and other fancy lighting can help jazz up a room immensely.

The theme often sets the tone for the collection and for the evening as well. What’s a fashion show without music? The genre of music played can help bring out the best in the collection and set the tone for the evening. Those who can afford it even hire live singers or DJ’s. Needless to say, the music changes with the mood of the collection and also for the intended clientele. Deciding on the models is next. Of late, a lot of designers venture to create fashion for ‘real women’, and so models who aren’t exactly a size zero are quite common. Make up artists and hair stylists work tirelessly to create a new look or hairdo to match the clothes and style quotient. The guest list is important too. After all, no designer wants to miss out on inviting his best clients to his show. That’s where the paparazzi and the media come in too. After all, more the media coverage, the better the exposure the designer and his collection gets. The front row is where you are most likely to see fashion editors and other style experts, jot down notes, shake their heads or just observe. Fashion shows of veteran designers like Valentino or Versace however, are bound to get a full house no matter how small or big the collection really is. Cocktails, a lavish buffet, live TV appearances and interviews are the preferred norm to end such a star studded event.

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The Advantages of Attending a Fashion Show

For some people a great time means having a party, then for others it is just being themselves and watching the latest movie or reading a book that they like. Even so, for others, there specific idea of having fun is going to a fashion show.

It is often found to be true that you might find yourself ending up being a fashion show addict after just one show. A fashion show is not just simply numerous hours of sitting and watching attractive woman walk down the catwalk in extreme outfits. It is a great deal more fun than that. You even have the opportunity to get a lot out of the show as well.

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Clearly, if you go to a fashion show, you will get to view the latest fashions. This can assist you, even if you’re not a fashion sellout. This can help you out by giving you an idea of what particular fashion is in at the moment. Even though you may not be particularly interested in what everyone is wearing, you might be inspired to update your wardrobe just a little bit more or find some idea for a fashion that is uniquely your own.

Additionally, a fashion show can provide good entertainment when you find that the latest fashion is, well, hideous. How much fun do you think it will be to have a good laugh with your family and friends about some model who appeared wearing a lion mask and a tail when you get back home?

Goodie Bags

Even though not all fashion shows provide them, some fashion shows give out goodie bags to their attendees. Who doesn’t like free stuff? Even though you may not like all the things that goodie bag has in it, you can re-gifted at some later point to someone who you know will like it. The bigger and better the name of the fashion show, the bigger and better the goodie bag they will hand out.

Meeting People

Fashion shows typically end up being excellent social gatherings. First off, you might be able to make some new friends. You might realize that your new best friend was sitting right next to you at a fashion show admiring the same male or female model (as the case may be) that you were. Even better than that, you might meet some important people.

I am not just speaking about the beautiful models, fashion designers, or guest appearances by celebrities. I am referring to important people who could quite possibly shape your career. For example, if you’ve been trying to break into journalism. There might just be a newspaper editor reporting at the show. Making a social connection with them could give you a jump start into a possible job.

Going to a fashion show might not be your idea of fun or your ‘cup of tea’ as the saying goes. Nevertheless, everyone should at least go to one. You might find a new trend you would like to try out, meet someone that is life-changing, or even realized your newfound love of fashion.

If you end up not enjoying the show, you can always head back home and vow to never go to one again. Regardless, you’ll have some type of funny story to share later in life and now you will not be able to say that you have never seen one before.

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If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Fashion Show Producer

Not many know what a fashion producer is and even fewer know what a fashion producer does. I met a fashion producer and immediately knew that I had to let people know about this rare job in South Africa. I set up an interview with the youngest Fashion Show Producer in South Africa, Cameron Arendse of Couture Concepts, and asked him the following questions:

1. What is your job and what exactly does that job entail?
I am a Fashion Show Producer. I work with designers and events/advertising companies to put together Fashion Shows/showcases/events. I conceptualise the show, staging, produce the music, choreography, lighting and AV elements.

2. You studied some other course in varsity right?
Yup

3. What course did you study and how did you discover it wasn’t for you?
I did a Bachelors in Social Science and majored in Social Anthropology, Industrial Sociology and Politics. I did Fashion Production simultaneously and really enjoyed both. I’m still intrigued by the Social Sciences and read up on it as a hobby.

4. How did you hear about this sort of job?
I interned at Cape Town Fashion Week and had no idea what to expect. After interning for a week, I learnt that it was production that I was doing. I was told that I have a talent for producing and was offered a long term apprenticeship with a world renowned producer.

5. This is not a famous job I hear there are like 4 people doing that job in South Africa?
Haha, yes! There are only a handful of skilled Fashion Show Producer’s in SA. Fortunately, I qualify as one of them. It’s not a formally trained job – hence the scarcity. Most people do shows without producers because they are expensive to hire but the disparity in quality is evident during these ‘shows’.

6. Not a lot of people know about this sort of job so what gifts, talents or skills do you need for this job?
Immense drive, detail orientated, stamina and a creative flair.

7. What is your most memorable failure and what lesson did you learn from that?
My failure was the first show I ever called (on comm sets). I was not involved in pre production – so i did not understand what was happening in the show. I learned that it’s always best to be involved from beginning to the end of the production process.

8. Is your current job your dream job or do you have some far-fetched dream job? (Mine is to be a famous singer, actor or dancer)
It is my dream job. I’ve started my own company, so now I’m pushing the entrepreneurial spirit. Hopefully, a lot of travelling (once again) will be part of my work.

9. If you knew what you know now what would you have done differently in the past?
I don’t regret things easily, so I would continue my life as is, but sometimes I wish I took a break between Varsity and work because I know that I will do this for the rest of my life.

10. What advice would you give to job seekers out there?
Make sure you become a jack of all trades but a master of (at least) one…

11. What advice would you give young entrepreneurs who are looking to start their own business?
Make sure you understand the business side of starting your own business. The practical things including budgeting and admin are key. If you are not too sure about it, find a good partner to assist.

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Essay on How to Help Poor and Needy People

Leaving a life that is meaningful is something that everyone needs. However, it is not something going into a spiritual quest. All the spiritual quests are going away from life. Unfortunately, you cannot find the meaning of life by going away from life.

In fact, it can be found only in finding the meaning here in life, not going to some lonely place to meditate. You can find the real essence of life only when you help others because you are living with others and your relationship matters.

Why should you help others?

You are living in this world because there are other people. Can you imagine living on this huge earth alone? Undoubtedly, you will go crazy if you find yourself alone in this world.

Life takes place in relation to others. Whether it’s someone from India or someone from Russia, that does not really matter, it is the same human being. Your idea of separate human is just an idea; otherwise, you all are inter-related and inter-connected.

Hence, by helping the poor, you can make this world a better place to live. People would love to be around you and people will bless you. Blessing never comes from the gods, in fat. It can only come from living beings. Hence, you must help people if you want a blessed life.

How can you help poor people?

If you look at the world closely, then you will see that there is inequality. Governments and other organizations are trying to fix this gap but it will make sense only when you find a way to contribute to the world.

There are many people who even don’t not have food to eat. Now, that is something sad because it is a basic thing that every living being must-have. But humans have become the only creatures that are starving. No other animals and birds are starving.

You would also find kids without education. A world that is not educated would slowly drift away to a bad state. If you want the growth of the world, then you should and must educate poor kids who do not have money to have a good education.

There are people who are also struggling to have shelter and clothes; the world is an utterly depressing place to live now. You must find some way to give shelters to poor people. You might not be able to build a home but you can contribute to the community center to feed and give shelter to the people who live differently in the community.

How should you approach?

You can help people in many ways. For instance, you can take part in cultural exchange programs or you can simply join awareness campaigns to educate poor people
You can help someone having medical treatment and medicines thus giving someone life. There is nothing better than giving life to people
You can see help from NGOs and other organizations that are working towards the betterment of the poor community

In fact, there are a number of ways and means to help poor people. All you need to have is the compassionate heart and a loving mind.

It is time to understand the essence of life by finding the ways to help people because you can only find spiritual satisfaction by h going the people. Poor people might have been born poor but they have all the right to live a rich and beautiful life. You should be instrumental.

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