HELP: Some Questions About Fashion, Trends, and More!

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    Jul 21, 2008 1:57 AM GMT
    I have alot of questions on my mind about how the fashion world works.
    I've watched runway shows; walked through places like A|X, H&M, Universal Gear; seen reality tv like "What Not to Wear", "Project Runway", and "America's Next Top Model"; looked through magazines like Details, GQ, and others with fashion spreads.

    I still don't understand the "Ins and Outs" of it all. Call me a bad gay NYC-er if you will... but help a homo out icon_biggrin.gif

    --> How do fashion trends work?
    ----- Who decides what the trend is for each each season?
    ----- What factors determines the fabric, color, texture, silhouette, etc. presented?
    ----- Where does one go to find the trends for each season?
    ----- When does a fashion trend go out of style?
    ----- Why do girls get to wear any color they want but guys barely get experiment in that area (How many royal purple suits do you see men wearing? How many peach colored slack do you see on men's clothing racks?)
    ----- How does a person become fashion forward? How does a person avoid falling behind?

    - For a young gay man 18-25, what would you suggest as basic requirements for their wardrobe?
    - Who is your favorite designer?
    - Where is your favorite place to shop for clothes?
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    Jul 21, 2008 2:30 AM GMT
    Even if I did used to design clothes, I still can't really answer your question. Trends are based on what qualified designer commonly show down the catwalk each season. Beyond that, read Vogue and Harpers, etc...

    If you must be fashion forward, wear what is comfortable, unique, but similar to what you see out there.

    My favorite places to shop are Express for Men, Banana Republic, and Macy's - for the youthful looks they have. The best thing you can do is actually try different colors. Go outside the box with colors and patterns but on standard cuts and designs of the clothing basics. Look at Express online and you'll get what I'm talking about.
  • art_smass

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    Jul 21, 2008 3:28 AM GMT
    Buy Simon Doonan's "Eccentric Glamour" and memorize every passage.
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    Jul 21, 2008 1:51 PM GMT
    You aren't a bad gay NYC-er. I get very tired of seeing so many people wearing the same outfits. I don't like looking at someone and thinking, "Oh, you got that tee-shirt at Urban Outfitters" or "Those shorts are from A&F."

    First think of your goals. How do you want to look? Do you want to express who you are as a person or do you want to blend in?

    One of the things that is hardest to do is to get out of your comfort zone. I've gone shopping with people and tried to get them to wear something a little different and they always go back to what they know. You may need to experiment a bit with some looks till you come up with the right style. I've been made fun of many times by gay people for what I was wearing and I learned to not really care.

    So, here's a few tips:

    1) Go with a trusted friend to some different stores. You don't need to buy anything; just try on different outfits and get their opinion on what you are wearing. Have them bring a cell phone camera and snap some photos of you in the different outfits.

    2) It's important to find clothing that flatters you and your body type. Find out what colors look best on you. For example, I get compliments when I wear certain shades of blue. Find clothing you are comfortable wearing as well. It's important to feel good wearing it. You want people to see YOU, and not just what you are wearing.

    3) Don't be afraid to go to vintage clothing stores and try on some fun things. People who are fashion forward are the ones not wearing what everyone else is wearing. Don't be afraid to modify the clothes a bit if you need to.

    4) Flip through the fashion magazines, especially the foreign ones. See what people are wearing in those.

    5) Pay attention to what other people are wearing. What looks good on them? Why? Is the label important, or does it matter to you?

    6) Look for sales. Go to the Barney's sale every year. Buy as cheaply as possible until you can instinctively know what you are going to like and how it's going to fit on you.

    Also, it's hard to give advice without knowing what your budget is. Do you want to pay top dollar for things or are you looking for cheaper stuff? I suggest buying really cheap stuff for now till you find out what you really like. You don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on something you only wear once. Pay attention to the way the clothes fit and how long they last. Does the stitching come out right away? How does the fabric feel? Once you know what is really cheap, you can start to understand why some of the higher-priced clothing is better (not all!). It's easier to invest lots of money if you know you are going to wear that jacket for years and that it will last. If not, don't waste your money.
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    Jul 21, 2008 6:31 PM GMT
    lissenup saidYou aren't a bad gay NYC-er. I get very tired of seeing so many people wearing the same outfits. I don't like looking at someone and thinking, "Oh, you got that tee-shirt at Urban Outfitters" or "Those shorts are from A&F."


    Thanks for the response... icon_biggrin.gif. Now I need some insight to the fashion world. icon_biggrin.gif
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 21, 2008 6:34 PM GMT
    Start with a really great pair of jeans that fit you perfect and show off your ASSets, and work from there icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 21, 2008 6:57 PM GMT
    To answer your questions (w/ simple answers):

    How do fashion trends work?The general buying public decides what they like or not.
    Who decides what the trend is for each each season?Designers/fabricators - it shouldn't be surprising that a Marc Jacobs handbag comes out of the same factory as a Coach bag.
    What factors determines the fabric, color, texture, silhouette, etc. presented?Cost.
    Where does one go to find the trends for each season?I'm not sure I understand this one.
    When does a fashion trend go out of style?When it stops selling.
    Why do girls get to wear any color they want but guys barely get experiment in that area (How many royal purple suits do you see men wearing? How many peach colored slack do you see on men's clothing racks?)Buyer history.
    How does a person become fashion forward? How does a person avoid falling behind?Fashion is hit or miss - you can't control it.

    For a young gay man 18-25, what would you suggest as basic requirements for their wardrobe?Depends - work, casual?
    Who is your favorite designer?I have a few, Adam Lippes, Hickey Freeman, CK, Diesel, Paul Smith, and if you want more color... try Kenzo
    Where is your favorite place to shop for clothes?Any place that sells them. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 21, 2008 7:41 PM GMT
    blind2limits said
    lissenup saidYou aren't a bad gay NYC-er. I get very tired of seeing so many people wearing the same outfits. I don't like looking at someone and thinking, "Oh, you got that tee-shirt at Urban Outfitters" or "Those shorts are from A&F."


    Thanks for the response... icon_biggrin.gif. Now I need some insight to the fashion world. icon_biggrin.gif


    Pick up men's magazines, such as GQ, Men's Vogue, or Details. Watch the media during Fashion Week in NYC. Read or watch interviews with various designers. Go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and see the exhibit, Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy. There are some crazy pieces there but they have all been designed by famous clothing designers. There's also a book that goes with it. Many of the pieces in the exhibit are done by hand. I went the first time and didn't like it and then went a second time with someone who is really into designers and was commenting on each of the pieces. I had a much greater appreciation after that.

    Also, go to YouTube and watch the different runway shows and interviews with designers. For example, go to YouTube and search for the Prada Fall Winter 2008-09 Mens Runway show. After you go there, just start poking around the different links. Check out interviews with John Varvatos and visit his store, which is where CBGB's used to be.

    The only way some can become fashion forward, at least in my mind, is to do his own thing and not follow the crowd. You have to develop a look that is right for you, and not based on current trends. The moment something becomes a trend is the moment it starts going out of style.
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    Jul 21, 2008 7:50 PM GMT
    Good rule of thumb, make sure you're wearing the clothes, not the clothes wearing you. There's a difference
  • GQjock

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    Jul 21, 2008 11:30 PM GMT
    How do fashion trends work?
    ----- Who decides what the trend is for each each season?
    ----- What factors determines the fabric, color, texture, silhouette, etc. presented?
    ----- Where does one go to find the trends for each season?

    It's taken from many of the more well known designers
    They set the trends
    and they inturn take cues from other sources like hip-hop
    and club kids
    One or more designers will pick up something new and if the others like it they all will follow suit >>>> a trend

    ----- When does a fashion trend go out of style?
    Basically when people stop wearing it
    but some things never go out of style
    Navy blazers
    Khaki pants.. or jeans
    ----- Why do girls get to wear any color they want but guys barely get experiment in that area
    Women always have had more freedom with what they can wear
    With men we have to choose things but with limits
    If you want to wear color
    You need to choose one thing
    A brightly colored shirt
    a tie with a jacket or a suit
    and that leads to ......
    ----- How does a person become fashion forward? How does a person avoid falling behind?
    There's a fine line between fashion forward and bozo the clown
    and it's not all that cut and dry
    it depends yeah on what you choose to wear but it also depends on your age
    your size
    your body type
    even your ethnic background and finally the kind of demeanor you have
    certain men can get away with certain things that other
    men can't