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Expand Your Fashion Vocabulary #68

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Sheer Fabric

Sheer Fabric

Diaphaneity: A synonym for transparency.

In fashion, the use of sheer fabrics and transparency has been commonplace for several seasons now.  As the transparency trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon, I propose that people like me start to use another word to describe it.  I like “diaphaneity.”  It’s just snobby enough to elicit some slack-jawed looks from the sort of people who need to be reminded that a smartphone with an auto-correct feature can never take the place of a good thesaurus, but not snobby enough to make your educated friends believe that you’re just making up words again.

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December 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Expand Your Fashion Vocabulary #67

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Bottega Veneta

Intrecciato: A leather-weaving technique that has become synonymous with Italian luxury-goods brand Bottega Veneta.

According to purseblog.com, the “technique was created by Bottega Veneta in the late 1960′s.  Historically, the Veneto region specialized in producing ready-to-wear, not accessories.  When Bottega Veneta began manufacturing, the sewing machines in the workshops were designed to work with cloth not leather.  The artisans had to use super fine leather to get under the needle.  The leather they used was then woven into the intrecciato pattern to make the material stronger and more durable for accessories.”

PurseBlog also reports that the label has recently added two new lines named after the intrecciato technique: “The Intrecciolusion line features items made of twill that have gone through an artisnal process by the printing method to deliver a signature intrecciato pattern.  As for the Intrecciomirage, these bags are made of a thinner Nappa leather and shows an engraved intrecciato finish.”

Bags made by any of the three processes would make ideal gifts for your dear, old Auntie in the upcoming holiday season.

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November 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Expand Your Fashion Vocabulary #66

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Overdyed Jeans

Overdying:  The process to dye a fabric that has already been dyed.

Overdying was popular in jeanswear of the early 80s, most commonly used on previously-bleached or acid-washed garments.  The overdying technique would often result in a “hybrid” color, like the pinkish-blue in the photo above, or a more brilliant blue (turquoise was a very common color to use when overdying jeanswear).  The dye would also collect around the seams of the garment, combining with the original indigo color to add some “depth” to the fabric.

With 80s-style jeanswear becoming popular again (and the amount of acid-wash I see in the photos of recent Cental Saint Martins and Parsons students), the overdying technique is likely to undergo a resurgence in popularity in the near future.

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October 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Expand Your Fashion Vocabulary #65

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Caligae

Caligae (from Wikipedia): Heavy-soled, hob-nailed military boots known for being issued to Roman legionary soldiers and auxiliaries throughout the Roman Republic and Empire.  The caligae can resemble modern sandals but were actually marching boots.

Although caligae are similar to modern gladiatrix sandals, the Romans did not wear sandals outdoors.  Sandals were considered to be indoor footwear, just as underpants are considered to be undergarments today.  Next season, however, it may be an entirely different story . . .

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September 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Expand Your Fashion Vocabulary #64

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Jeanne Beker & Betsey Johnson

Disparation: A portmanteau of the words “disparate” and “desperation” created to describe the way that fashion designers use two or three disparate, often obscure references in a desperate attempt to explain the influences behind their collections.  Eg: The reporter smiled politely as the designer lapsed into a state of utter disparation, citing a little-known 18th century folk song, a near-extinct Brazilian tree frog and Andy Warhol’s Filipina housekeeper as the inspirations for her latest collection.

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June 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Expand Your Fashion Vocabulary #63

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Stacy London

Poliosis: An absence of pigment of the hair on the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, mustache, beard, or body.  The condition may be inherited and generalized or acquired and localized in patches.  Stacy London’s white stripe is an example of localized poliosis.

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June 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Expand My Fashion Vocabulary #1

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Ricky Ricardo

I’m a real know-it-all — not because I think I know almost everything, but because I do know almost everything.  Every now and then, however, something comes along that completely stumps me.

Just the other day I was wondering if these shirts with the ruffled sleeves have a name (how could I possibly order one for my friend Rusty’s birthday present when I don’t even know what they are called?).  I figured that they would be called “conga shirts” or “Ricky Ricardo shirts,” but after half-an-hour of Googling, I didn’t come up with anything.

Is there anyone out there who can expand my fashion vocabulary?

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May 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Expand Your Fashion Vocabulary #63

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Sophia Loren

Drop arm: A style of eyeglasses distinguished by a dropping arm that creates a low junction between the arm and the rim.  Drop arm glasses and sunglasses were popular throughout the 1980s, especially those sold as part of the Sophia Loren Collection.  Recently, labels such as Balenciaga have sold similar large-lensed, drop-arm designs.

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April 23, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Expand Your Fashion Vocabulary #62

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CPO Jacket

CPO Jacket: CPO stands for Chief Petty Officer, which is a rank in the United States Navy. A  CPO jacket is a Navy inspired vintage jacket that was popular back in the 1960s  and 1970s.  Since then it has re-emerged on the market as a trendy type of coat (from eHow Style).

Regionally, the CPO jacket was also known by other names.  In the Canadian province of Alberta, for example, the CPO jacket was called a “freak jacket” or a “head jacket,” after the terms “drug freak” and “pot head.”  The jackets were worn mostly by small-time drug dealers along with moose-knuckle-tight jeans and AC/DC concert T-shirts in order to identify the wearer as a seller of marijuana or hashish.

Recently, the CPO jacket has undergone a stylish resurgence, worn by celebrities including Justin Bieber.

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January 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Expand Your Fashion Vocabulary #61

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Tyra

Tookie:

noun

1: (colloquial) The buttocks.

2: A severe mental disorder characterized by the following features: chronic smizing, booty tooching, occasional lapses into foreign speech, delusions of fierceness, and hallucinations of ‘finding the light.’  Eg: Someone call the doctor.  Girlfriend’s got the tookie!

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December 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm