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Tattoos Unveiled on Egyptian Mummies From 3,000 Years Ago!

These tattoos were actually hidden before the rise in high-technology which is drawing the attention of Egyptologists everywhere.  It’s allowing for a glimpse into the lives of people in Egyptian culture 3,000 years ago, along with how they lived and how they worked.

According to the archaeologist, Anne Austin in a study published in 2017, she described identical symbols of religious connections as well as floral motifs, animals, and deities.  At that time, photography showed dozens of tattoos on necks, shoulders, arms, and backs of mummies including one with 2 lotus blossoms connected by a dotted line on a woman’s lips.

In 2014, the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale (IFAO) identified an extensively tattooed mummy from the necropolis at Deir el-Medina. The community was made up of workmen who cut and designed the New Kingdom’s royal tombs. Since that time, there have been several other individuals with tattoos among mummies that have been unidentified on the site.

Deir el-Medina was an ancient village occupied by craftsmen who built the royal tombs for the nearby Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, according to the Ancient History Encyclopedia.   Deir el-Medina, unlike other places at the time, was a community for the sole purpose of housing the workers who were known as “Servants in the Place of Truth.

Look Again!

Along with her team, Austin examined the mummies in 2016 and then again this year. The findings were presented before the American Schools of Oriental Research.  Identified tattooed individuals along with others that were previously examined have been revealed.

Unfortunately, researchers can not identify the symbols or what they possibly meant or what they were used for.  The identities of these mummies remain unknown.

Researchers wrote in a paper that the distribution, displays, and content of these tattoos show how they were used in religious practices and to create public identities. One female mummy had extensive tattoos that revealed the tattoos were used to identify and enable this woman to act as a key religious practitioner to the Deir el-Medina community.

While the placement and designs of the tattoos varied greatly, the number of tattoos suggests that this was a practice that played a significant role in Deir el-Medina culture.  Without a doubt, these new findings definitely reveal that the practice of tattooing in ancient Egypt was very popular.

Egyptologists have identified only a handful of tattoos going back to Pharaonic Egypt’s 3,000-year history.  That said, there is very little known about the practice of tattoos in Ancient Egypt. Researchers, to date, claim they have discovered what they believe are the oldest tattoos ever on 2 different mummies housed in the British Museum that date back 5,300 years ago.

Deir el-Medina has been excavated and studied since the early 20th century and has given the world so much information about the daily lives of the people as well as the construction of the resting places of the royals.

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The £7,500 Dress That Does Not Exist

I don’t know about you, but for me, $9,500 (£7,500) is quite a chunk of money, so spending it all on one single dress would be quite extraordinary. But Richard Ma, the chief executive of San Francisco-based security company Quantstamp, did something even more extraordinary.

Not only did he spend all of that money on one dress, but he spent it on a dress that doesn’t even exist in physical form. Yes, that’s right, he bought a digital dress for his wife.

The Fabricant designed the digital dress and rendered it onto an image of Richard’s wife, Mary Ren, so that she can use it on social media. What might sound bizarre to us now could be one of the biggest money-making schemes going forward.

“It’s definitely very expensive, but it’s also like an investment,” Mr. Ma says. Typically, neither he nor his wife spends much on clothes, so the reason he bought this piece is because he believes it has long-term value. “In 10 years’ time everybody will be ‘wearing’ digital fashion. It’s a unique memento. It’s a sign of the times.”

Mary hasn’t shared the photo anywhere public, but she has posted the image on her own Facebook page and showed others through WeChat.

Carlings, a Scandinavian company, is another fashion house that has taken up digital fashion design. Last October, they released their own digital streetwear collection which started around £9 ($11), and it sold out in just a month.

“It sounds kinda stupid to say we ‘sold out’, which is theoretically impossible when you work with a digital collection because you can create as many as you want,” explains Ronny Mikalsen, Carlings’ brand director.

“We had set a limit on the amount of products we were going to produce to make it a bit more special. You wouldn’t buy a white t-shirt digitally, right? Because it makes no sense showing it off. So it has to be something that you really either want to show off, or an item that you wouldn’t dare to buy physically, or you couldn’t afford to buy physically.”

When you’re designing only digitally, you have the freedom to be a bit more creative and extravagant.

Stunning Success

The Scandinavian company only created their digital line to promote their real products, but after its stunning success, the firm is preparing a second line of digital garments to be released at the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Fabricant puts out new, free digital clothes every month on their website, but in order to truly appreciate and combine the designs with their own pictures, consumers need specific skills and software. The Fabricant will also have to find another way to make money until the digital fashion market becomes more popular.

“We make our money by servicing fashion brands and retailers with their marketing needs, selling tools, and creating content that uses that aesthetic language of digital fashion,” says The Fabricant founder Kerry Murphy.

No one really knows who exactly is buying all the digital markets that Carlings has sold so far, or downloads from The Fabricant, but according to Mr. Mikalson, Carlings has sold 200-250 pieces.

A search on Instagram to find the pieces, however, only brings up four people who independently purchased with no involvement with the company. Of course, the digital clothes may have been shared privately.

According to Amber Jae Slooten, a co-founder and designer at The Fabricant, it’s mainly just industry professionals who use CLO 3D software who are downloading their clothes. “But it’s also just people are very curious to see what the files look like. People just want to own the thing, especially since that one dress sold for $9,500,” she says.

Where is this trend heading?

The long-term impact is yet to be seen of this “amazing phenomenon” of digital fashion, as Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst at market research company NPD Group, calls it. “Do I believe it’s going to be something huge and stay forever? No.”

According to Cohen, it’s just for those who want the perfect image. “If you don’t like what you’re wearing, but you love where you are, you now have the ability to transition your wardrobe, and digitally enhance the photograph to make it look like you’re wearing the latest and greatest.”

The idea partly began with the popularity of games like Fortnite where players are willing to spend money on outfits or skins for their digital characters. “The only reason we made the collection the way we did – inspired from Fortnite – was because of the whole link between buying skins and buying digital clothing,” Mr. Mikalsen says.

“When it comes to technology and the way people are living their lives, we have to be aware of that the world is changing.”

Of course, designing skins and clothes for a game is a bit of a different challenge. All of it has to fit the character as well as the story. And designing it isn’t even the hardest part. After anywhere from one to 70 attempts at designing, you have to make sure the skin actually works in the game, when the character walks, fights, dances, etc.

“For a game like League of Legends, you have to do 3D, there’s sound effects, there’s animations, all of these things have to come together to make the character feel like they’re sort of expressing a different fantasy of themselves.

“It’s less like changing clothes and more like seeing an actor playing a different role.”

All in all, it was this growing popularity and success of games like these that gave the fashion industry the courage to give digital clothes a try.

“Digital fashion will become an important part of every fashion business’ future business model,” says head of the Fashion Innovation Agency at the London College of Fashion, Matthew Drinkwater.

“It’s not going to replace everything, but it will be an important part of that.”

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Queen Elizabeth II Has Finally Unloaded All Real Fur

Well, it seems Queen Elizabeth, Queen of England, has decided to drop using real fur and adopting faux fur in its place.

The Queen’s dressmaker has revealed that after 67-years of reigning, the Queen has dropped all real fur for fake fur.

She will be attending an engagement during cold weather in Britain as of right now, fake fur will be used to make sure she stays warm as reported by Angela Kelly author of her new book “The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, The Dresser, and the Wardrobe.”

Buckingham Palace has also confirmed the news.

Why Now?

Although it’s not clear what the reason behind her decision is, she has received criticism from many animal welfare groups for using real fur in the past.

Claire Bass, Executive Director of Human Society International told Insider that they are thrilled with Her Majesty officially going fur-free.  Queen Elizabeth’s decision to “Go Faux” is the perfect reflection of the British public as the majority of people detest real fur and want absolutely nothing to do with it.

The majority of people in the UK believe the Queen’s decision to go fur-free is a very powerful message that is, without a doubt, out of fashion and does not belong in Britain.  The UK banned fur farming almost 20 years ago because it’s considered cruel and also believes it’s time for them to wrap it up by banning the sale of real fur.

Bass also stated that she believes that the British government should follow suit of the Queen’s decision and make the United Kingdom should be the first country in the world to ban the sale of animal fur.”

It’s also worth mentioning, the no-fur ruling only applies to outfits worn by Her Majesty.  Therefore, the entire palace is not fur-free.

Animal welfare groups have been protesting the royal family’s wearing fur for many years now.  In 2006, activists from The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, known as PETA,  staged a naked protest outside Buckingham Palace trying to get the palace guards to give up wearing bearskin hats.

There are more and more people, worldwide, that are fighting back about killing animals for their fur.  Many international designers have moved away from fashion that incorporates real fur.  Animal advocates in the United States have also been very vocal about real fur.  Only time will tell so all we can do is wait and see if animals will get the much-needed recognition they deserve.

Well, it seems Queen Elizabeth, Queen of England, has decided to drop using real fur and adopting faux fur in its place.
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Ideas For Easy Makeovers For Your Home

Redesigning your living areas can be quite a time consuming and often overwhelming. Have you ever sat down and just stared at an area you want to upgrade but have not found the motivation to get to work?

We have found the best way to deal with your anxiety and lack of motivation is to start with something small.  If you have a large project for a living area, break it up into small “to-do” jobs, you will be amazed how quickly the entire project will move along and each small makeover will give you a lot of satisfaction.

First off, taking a large project and breaking it into smaller jobs will be a great deal more manageable and you will become even more motivated to move on to the next one.  Here are some really great ideas for upgrades that shouldn’t take longer than an afternoon but will deliver excellent results:

A Small Wallpapering Project:

Consider wallpapering just a certain area of your room vs trying to wallpaper the entire area. Consider adding a really nice print to an access wall or maybe the back of a display case. The idea is to create something that will visually draw someone’s attention.

Choose a pattern or color for your wallpaper that will compliment the rest of your room.  One thought might be choosing a wallpaper that has a simple interesting design.  Find something that will work with your décor but not become overbearing.

Using wallpaper on a piece of furniture such as a bookcase or display case that has very plain lines, can spruce it up.  This is a very easy project that you can finish in just a few hours at tops.

Dress Your Furniture Up With New Hardware:

Sometimes, the simplest project can actually have a huge effect.  Why not replace your old handles on your dresser with new, intricate brass or a nice floral design on knobs?  Try a whimsical design for your nightstand such as leather pulls or in a child’s room – animal faces printed on knobs!

If you are redoing your kitchen, there are so many wonderful kitchen themes to choose from for your cabinets.  Handles shaped like tomatoes or lettuce or apples and pears, the sky’s the limit! Maybe your cabinets came out of the fifties and you want them to be retro and modern.  You do not have to go crazy just shop around for modern, sleek designs for the hardware.

Add Some Interesting Artwork To Your Walls:

Artwork has a habit of bringing new life to a room while covering up scratches or imperfections in your painted walls.  You can shop around for artwork or get a little creative and pull out all those wonderful pictures you stowed away and frame them!

Another idea, get a large frame and make a collage of your favorite pictures.  Have a nice simple material for the background, add simple frames to each image and then place them in the large frame.  This small project will not take much time but will give your room a whole new look!

Another idea, have someone make a box with sectionals and place small antiques such as wooden soldiers in each section.

Add Shelving To Display Your Collectibles:

If you are a collector of small teacups, why not have shelves installed on your walls to show them off instead of hiding them somewhere to collect dust.  Really simple floating shelves do not require a lot of work and are quite easy to hang.

The one tool you will need is a stud finder to decide where to hang your collectibles.  Also, depending on their weight, make sure you have the right hardware that will be strong enough to hold the objects.  If you need some advice, talk to someone at your home improvement store.

Add The Magical Touch Of Lighting:

I’m not sure there is anything that adds a more impressive look than new lighting fixtures. Add a new chandelier or wall sconces. Trade out your tired old fifties chandelier with something really modern, sleek, and retro!

You would be amazed by how modern your space will become.  Unless you know how to rewire, it is strongly suggested you bring in a professional who can get the new wiring done in a very short period of time.  If you have an overhead ceiling light, why not trade it in for a really nice fan with lights that matches your décor and colors.

You can have your electrician add a dimmer switch to boot!

Give Your Plants Something To Rejoice In:

Too often, we buy plants and just place them in a corner in the same old pots they came in.  Over time, this is not healthy for the plants due to a lack of needed nutrients and the roots will start outgrowing their space.

Think about placing them in beautiful new planters that accentuate your room and will make your plants very happy! You can choose from ceramic planters, terracotta, or other interesting materials.  If you want to go with colorful planters, pick an accent color that is already a part of your room.

Redesigning your living areas can be quite a time consuming and often overwhelming. Have you ever sat down and just stared at an area you want to upgrade but have not found the motivation to get to work?

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2019 Fashion Week – Part 2

  1. Go for Gothic

A lot of neo-Gothic looks are appearing on the streets this year.  It’s an easy look to replicate by pairing a head-to-toe black outfit with some up-to-date accessories.  You can use whatever takes your fancy but the mood needs to be kept dark, moody and chic.  Adding a deep red lipstick can add that bit of extra glamour.

  1. Bright Coloured Tartan

Another popular print for the 2019 show season has been the brightest colors of tartan.  This look has been seen across London, Paris, New York and Milan this summer.

Anything but subtle, the brightly colored tartan is striking and chic, pairing the classic tartan pattern with bright, bold and unique color combinations on jackets, trousers, or skirts in the classic tartan pattern.  Be right on trend by keeping accessories plain to accentuate this bright, modern look.

  1. Bringing Back the Bucket Hat

 

The bucket hat was really the must-have accessory back in the 1990’s and it has made a big return this year.  If this is not on your fashion shopping list for this year, then it should be!  It is functional, giving great sun protection, but also stylish enough to be perfect for your weekend get-together.

The hats come plain or with logos and patterns and can be worn with multiple outfits – dresses, boiler suits, whatever takes your fancy.

  1. Perfect Patchwork

 

Patchwork has become one of fashion’s hottest trends this year; seen on the streets in all of the major fashion cities.  Using different fabrics to create a wonderfully eclectic look these outfits are sure to catch the eye.

It is a creative and modern look for dresses, pants, jackets and more.  The patchwork is sure to be the focal point of your ensemble so team it with something plain and simple to maximize the impact.

  1. Shrunken Bags

Size is what defines this year’s ‘must have’ handbag.  The 2019 bag can be any shape but size is everything – these diminutive bags are designed to fit only the bare essentials.  The smallest can barely fit a mobile phone and a lipstick but it is perfect for those who want style over functionality.

If you want the top look this season invest in one of these tiny shrunken bags.  It may not carry very much but it looks good and you won’t be tempted to load it up.

Go for Gothic

A lot of neo-Gothic looks are appearing on the streets this year.  It’s an easy look to replicate by pairing a head-to-toe black outfit with some up-to-date accessories.  You can use whatever takes your fancy but the mood needs to be kept...

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2019 Fashion Week – The Top 10 Summer Trends

As fashion month heats up in Paris, Milan and New York all of the latest trends are on show.  The runway gives us a look at what is coming in the future and inspires us to keep on trend, but on the high street, we can see what is the must-have item for right now.

We’ve taken a look at the top high street fashion trends to look out for this summer.  We’re sure you are going to want to add some of these amazing looks to your own wardrobe.

  1. Bike Shorts Paired with Blazers

Super chic and versatile athleisure is sure to be an ongoing trend for the foreseeable future.  This pairing – bike shorts with a blazer – is proving popular among trend-setters at the shows this year.

The use of sportswear plus the tailored jacket will be sure to make you stand out in any crowd.  It’s not a style you could wear to work or the gym but it is perfect for seeing and being seen at all the trendy spots in town, or just for meeting with friends for a summer lunch in the pub garden.

  1. Be an Animal!

Leopard print has made a real return this fashion season and all of the top style icons can be seen in bold, wild animal prints.  Leopard print has been particularly popular this year and is appearing on trousers, coats, suits and dresses and so much more!

Pair up the print with some bold colors and you will be right on trend.  Alternatively, go for the complete bodysuit in leopard print, paired with some colorful accessories.  Of course, you can go minimalist with a plain outfit paired with a playful pair of leopard print shoes or a funky bag.

Whatever you choose, embrace your wild side!

  1. Boiler Suits are Back!

The boiler suit is one of a variety of utilitarian designs making an appearance in all of the major fashion week shows this season.  Formerly used as work protection the boiler suit is dominating this year, being both functional and fashionable.

These suits come in multiple cuts and colors so you are sure to find one that appeals.  You will never be short on choice, with short sleeved versions for hot summer days or the longer sleeves for cool summer evenings.

  1. Lavender is In

Lavender is the color that most fashionistas can be seen in this year, so you can be sure that anything that comes in light purple is hot on style.  You can choose the head-to-toe lavender look, or stick to an accent like a handbag or boots.

Lavender dresses and coats give a chic and feminine look. If you want to keep your style up-to-date and understated you could do worse that trying out the lavender look this year.

  1. Pretty Puff Shoulders

This year minimalism takes a back seat in favor of fabric – an abundance of fabric in fact.  Lots of bold ruffles, along with puff shoulders are making a comeback on blouses and dresses.

These give an 80’s retro look and feel with a stunning modern twist.  This look would certainly give you a stand-out style, however, be sure to pair it with something less bold to keep the look tasteful.

As fashion month heats up in Paris, Milan and New York all of the latest trends are on show.  The runway gives us a look at what is coming in the future and inspires us to keep on trend, but on the high street, we can see what is the must-have item for right...

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High School Junior Makes Dream Prom Dress for Date

When it comes to our High School prom, we all know how big and important it makes us feel. For a lot of kids, it’s one of those nights that they look back on with lifelong affection. Sadly, like most events we go to as teens and kids, our proms are often places where a lot of judgments about people are made.

How expensive your suit/dress is becoming a major part of the argument for a lot of people. Sadly, we live in a society where we rate how ‘cool’ someone is based on how much their parents can afford to spend on a dress.

However, Parker Smith wasn’t one for putting up with such nonsense. This kid, who must go down as one of the most awesome kids in his generation, decided that he wanted to do something special.

Despite having no sewing skills whatsoever, he learned the art and created the dream prom dress for his prom date. She and her family couldn’t afford to buy her the dream gown she wanted, and so Mr. Smith stepped up to the plate – and then some.

His partner for the evening, Addi Rust, couldn’t afford the dream gown that she wanted. So when she asked Parker to make the dress for her – mostly as a joke – he decided to set about doing so. Judging by the photos, he has done an absolutely amazing job on the sewing job.

He would make parts of the dress more than once in a bid to perfect the style and shape of the design. Of course, Mr. Smith didn’t do this all on his own: like any smart boy, he got help from his beloved grandmother to help him make sure it was just right!

A prom dream come true

A beautiful blue ball gown came into being, then, and Addi was able to head off to prom looking absolutely fantastic – while being at prom date with one of the best up-and-coming young sewers in the community, from the looks of things!

He kept adding more and more to it, eventually creating an endearing and creative dress that perfectly achieved the aim: making Addi very happy on her big evening. Addi knew what it was going to look like throughout the process, as Parker kept her up-to-date on the entire process.

She even praised him on social media for his amazing attention to detail, and for creating a wonderful prom dress that, clearly, made her very happy indeed. Remember girls, if you’re going to get a prom date, make sure it’s a guy who has the skills and the self-belief to create an outfit for you!

Playing right up to his role as Prince Charing, he even played the role of slipping on a white heel onto her fool – a proper Cinderella story that we can all enjoy!

When it comes to our High School prom, we all know how big and important it makes us feel. For a lot of kids, it’s one of those nights that they look back on with lifelong affection. Sadly, like most events we go to as teens and kids, our proms are often...

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UK Using Smart Billboards to Secretly Ad-target Shoppers

Many shopping centers in the UK have adopted a new kind of ad technique that involves surveillance cameras in shopping center billboards. These cameras are used to spy on you in order to show you the “correct” advertisement. The new technology has the ability to identify your age, gender, and even mood.

The smart boards detect how long certain customers look at advertisements and then change what they display depending on who is walking past.

So far, The Sunday Times has happened upon 50 of these screens in the UK; several of them can be found at Westfield shopping center in Shepherd’s Bush, London.

Apparently, companies utilizing this equipment don’t legally need to inform their shoppers that they are being filmed because the system complies with the UK’s data protection laws. Since no individually identifying information is being collected or stored, no laws are being broken.

First Company to Try This

One of the first companies to try this system out is Ocean Outdoor. The LookOut system is found in multiple tracking billboards throughout the UK.

Tim Bleakley, the company’s chief executive, told The Sunday Times: “We pioneered a facial detection technology which identifies the characteristics of the face to allow you to talk to advertisers about mood, gender, emotion and those kinds of things. We can measure the level of happiness or sadness. We can measure the dwell time.”

Bleakley told of how satisfied the supermarket executives of Waitrose were when they sprayed fake snow into the store and saw how evidently ‘customer happiness levels’ rose.

The cameras installed into the billboards spend every hour analyzing the shoppers to see what kind of people shopped and when they shopped. At times, shoppers are even inserted into adverts, a feature called ‘interactive advertising.’ One promotional video from Ocean Outdoor implied that the technology can determine how many ‘affluent’ people are in the area.

One of the billboards at Canary Wharf stated that 49 percent of people walking past that day were “affluent” and earned “over £100,000 ($129,000).”

The technology of Ocean Outdoor can be used on roadside billboards to figure the price of passing cars and advertise expensive things to those it thinks have lots of money.

Quividi is a French firm that also sells the facial detection technology and says that it collects and processes images of people in milliseconds but then deletes them forever once their basic profile information has been taken. Determining someone’s gender can be done with 90 percent accuracy within a five-year age bracket.

Many shopping centers in the UK have adopted a new kind of ad technique that involves surveillance cameras in shopping center billboards. These cameras are used to spy on you in order to show you the “correct” advertisement. The new technology has the...

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Are These Grass Shoes Set To Change The Industry?

When Nike tend to release a new pair of shoes, they tend to make a big splash in the market. As one of the market leaders and one of the most innovative companies around, they tend to know how to add something new to the market. Their latest product release, though, might be a step too far in the radical direction for some: a pair of shoes covered in grass.

These new golf shoes, made from grass, were recently set out as one of their biggest moves in the 2019 market. While it looks rather odd to begin with, it’s definitely something a little different to the norm. It is, though, definitely an interesting concept: and one that we’re sure plenty of golf fans will probably love putting on their feet.

The price of $149, though, will immediately put quite a lot of people off making the investment in the first place. They are supposed to blend in with whatever grass you happen to be playing on, which is quite an interesting take. Usually, we wear shoes to make sure we don’t blend into the ground too much!

A New Take On Turf

As you might imagine, too, the shoes brought more than their fair share of comical complaints and positive responses. As one user so eloquently put it: “Why would I want to play a gold shoe that makes you look like you are playing out of the rough!”

However, Nike are one of the largest manufacturers around, and have a bit of a habit of being trend-setters. We can probably see these selling pretty well, even if they would definitely not appeal to the average punter. Known for their innovation and desire to break trends, a pair of grass-made shoes might just do that!

Outside of their rather creative look, these shoes are also supposed to be designed to provide high quality comfort when playing golf. They might look a little on the wild side, but it’s fair to say that these must have a market for them – why else would Nike make them unless they’d see that there was an interest in such a release?

When Nike tend to release a new pair of shoes, they tend to make a big splash in the market. As one of the market leaders and one of the most innovative companies around, they tend to know how to add something new to the market. Their latest product release...

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Meet Shudu – The First Instagram Avatar Model

Only a few years ago the biggest fashion houses in the world relied on scouting for models to find people with the perfect features to match their brand. This went on for a long time, and many supermodels were discovered. Now some years later it has become too hectic of a task to organize campaigns and castings to scout for models.

We have found out that the perfect model can be created in 3D. We are still in awe of the features of Shudu. She is the 3D creation of the London based photographer Cameron James Wilson. Shudu is an African model; she has already gathered over 130,000 followers on Instagram since she was introduced as the first digital model.

The creation of Shudu is not very surprising; we have seen new innovative apps that can be used to transform pictures into sketches and other fancy images. The filters have also been improved to make pictures on smartphones look extraordinary.

The widespread use of digital pictures creates a potential market for innovative people like Cameron. He can start getting offers to use Shudu on the cover of digital magazines rather than the companies going through the long process of finding real models for their covers.

Another popular digital model named Lil Miquela is already making the news in this area. She has already been featured on the cover of some magazines and has a growing social media following that will increase her popularity.

The advantage creators of digital models have is that designers and editors of magazines are interested in using new faces. Models that have never been used by other brands. It is almost impossible because successful models have earned their fame and money by working with many big brands.

Cameron has taken this business seriously; he sees a huge potential and a lot of future possibilities. Cameron recently launched his agency called The Digital which is going to be focused on creating and developing more digital models to meet the needs of the fashion and entertainment companies.

When asked how much it costs to create one 3D model avatar Cameron reveals that it costs thousands of dollars and many hours. There are a lot of details to consider such as the features of the model. The clients need perfection, and this is what his company aims to provide.

Digital models are easier to work with; all the editors need is a good computer and lots of time to do the editing. It will be relatively cheaper to work with avatars than real models that can make absurd demands and hold projects to ransom because of their personal needs. However, the digital model avatars will not put the real human models out of a job because of the runway.

The challenge for Cameron and other creators of the digital avatar is to make their creations look as real as possible. It is going to be quite distracting for viewers when they know the model they are looking at is not a real human with obvious graphics features. However, when they look indisputably real, the digital avatars will eventually be accepted globally.

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Things You Probably Did Not Know About The Hermès Birkin Bag

Even if you don’t like it, The Hermès Birkin bag is the most famous and the most wanted handbag in the world. People who adore fashion have absolutely heard numerous information of its creation, how it is made and how hard can it be to get one. Still, there are more interesting stories even for those who believe they know everything about them.

The original Birkin bag was envisioned and sketched in airplane

The story began in 1981, when Jane Birkin was sitting next to CEO of Hermès. She complained to him how it is difficult to find a good bag after her husband destroyed her basket two days earlier. Interestingly, sketch for the first bag was made on a barf bag.

 

Jane Birkin currently uses her fifth bag

A woman after whom this bag was named after has somewhere unusual views regarding the bag. She uses only one bag at the time, in a neutral color. Also, she uses it until it is wrecked and even then, she auctions it for charity. Jane loves to personalize her bag, by adding patches and charms, believing this make the bag less formal and snobbish.

 

Hermès gives nominal royalty to Jane Birkin for the use of her name

In the beginning, Birkin received a free bag for this purpose. Even though she is not a formal ambassador or face of Hermès, she receives an annual amount she gives to charity. This payment was rumored to be £30,000 in 2012.

 

Birkin bag can be bought in more than 20 shades of blue

Although the bag is usually pictured in popular neutrals, an entire rainbow spectrum of colors exists. During 31 years of existence, at least 25 blues are produced, including popular shades named Mykonos, Bleu Roi and Blue Jean.

 

It takes 48 hours to make a Birkin bag

All of Hermès bags are made by the single artisan. He or she needs 48 working hours to finish it, meaning it takes over a week to craft a single bag.

 

Each artisan has personal tools for manufacturing

Every employee included in bag’s creation gets a personal set of tools after they are employed at Hermès. When he or she gets retired, they get to keep their set.

 

The most expensive piece ever cost nearly a quarter million dollars

This Birkin is made of crocodile skin, with diamonds and 18k white gold details. It was sold in auction and its exact price was $221,844.

 

Birkins can be purchased easier than you think

Usually, there are stories about endless waiting lists and also about clients purchasing various Hermès products in order to eventually being offered to buy a Birkin. Still, if you are lucky and if you ask nicely, you can enter Hermès store for the first time and buy it.

“Himalayan” Birkin is named after its color, not after its origin
Although this one is pretty obvious, a significant number of people associate Hermès Himalayan Crocodile Birkin with an origin of crocodiles from which it is made of. This is, of course, untrue, as crocodiles like warm weather. Name of this super-rare bag is derived after its unique color resembling mountain top with snow.

Even if you don’t like it, The Hermès Birkin bag is the most famous and the most wanted handbag in the world. People who adore fashion have absolutely heard numerous information of its creation, how it is made and how hard can it be to get one. Still...

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The Creepy and Cute Style of Pastel Goth

In today’s world there are so many different fashion styles that it’s practically impossible to keep up with all of them. All the styles that were around decades ago, while your parents were partying teenagers, now have dozens of their sub-styles which have their own sub-styles, which have their own sub-styles…and so on, you get the the point. With today’s accessibility off mass media, especially the Internet, it’s much easier to come across different fashion styles on social networks, online magazines and even websites with clothing catalogues. Since we already mentioned the generation of your parents, do you remember the fashion of the gothic subculture? Well, today it’s much different from what it used to be back than, and it has so many different variations, from Victorian goth, hippie goth, cyber and tribal goth to the newest goth styles that just recently gained popularity due to the social media (especially Tumblr), such as nu goth and pastel goth. If you use Tumblr, there’s a strong chance you have already had a chance to see what pastel goth fashion looks like on your dashboard. If not, we are here to introduce you to this fashionable combination of creepy and cute.

Hair

Pastel, pastel and more pastel! This style is all about light and dreamlike exotic hair colours, such as baby pink or green, lavender, peach, mint blue ivory, and even grey and white. It is not unusual to mix a few different colours and get a unique sky-like hair. Hair accessories with flowers, spikes, or creepy details such as bows with eyeballs or skeleton hands are a must! And this applies to both guys and girls.

Clothes

Leg garters combined with cute skirts and dresses, usually black or in any pastel colour, leggings with prints of crosses, bats, yin yang symbols, cats or dripping colours are widely used in pastel goth fashion. Of course, you can’t be wrong with ripped black skinny jeans either. Upper parts of clothing are often sweaters or shirts with text written in thick dripping fonts, which are usually sarcastic or offensive statements about you, as the person watching their outfit, or statements about the person wearing the top. Also, it could be just a low-pixel clip art of a cheesebruger. Wearing a shirt with a studded collar under the sweater really emphasises the edginess of these creepy-cute followers.

Other than dripping texts, pastel goths are really into colourful and low-pixel pictures and clip arts of animals, bows, food, cats, symbols, accessories or pretty much anything. The use of customised fonts on pink or backgrounds with nebulas, along with glitter and cartoon characters and rainbow is also quite common.

Shoes

Pastel goths are usually seen in creepers and other shoes with high platforms, but heels with platforms, Dr. Martens and even your old Converse shoes can work! Just make sure to have some pastel or flower detail, and you’re good to go.

Accessories

Studs, bows, flowers, glitter, half-moon symbols, pills, crosses wings and skeletons come in all shapes and sizes in this fun style. Another relevant part of the culture are big toy-like backpacks, often in shapes of bats, cats, already mentioned cheeseburgers or even unicorns. Chokers are long necklaces with simple symbols are a necessity.

In today’s world there are so many different fashion styles that it’s practically impossible to keep up with all of them. All the styles that were around decades ago, while your parents were partying teenagers, now have dozens of their sub-styles...

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Fashion Design Does Matter

Fashion design is a type of art dedicating to the creations of making clothes and many different modern life accessories.  To be a fashion designer you should have an artistic, creative personality, being able to express yourself and your ideas visually, on the paper for example. Not meaning that you have to be an artist, but to have taste in these things, such as color-combining, tones or shades, and to have a wide visual imagination, as many of them like arts, are visiting galleries, working and interacting with many different artists, as for the work, the same as for their own pleasure. Modern fashion design is split into two forms or categories: Ready to wear, and haute couture.

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The haute couture culture is directed towards some specific customers and these clothes are fitting these exact customers perfectly, and Ready to Wear collections are standards, made for everyone, so they will be wider cast in sales, in bigger amounts, but for the less price. It is hard to understand the audience’s needs and to meet the customer’s requirements. These designers should have smooth communication skills, and the ability to express themselves clearly. Bringing designing clothes to marketing is more complex process than you thought, and it’s not only designer’s mission to work for the process flowing from start to the end.

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Fashion designers usually start applying their ideas as they reach consumer’s tastes for fashion brands in the fashion market, later on, they can grow some initiative for making new clothes according to this data. Designers rarely work alone, since the process of creating a concept, literally making a pattern for the clothing article, putting it together and making it a living project is too much for one person to handle. Most people think that they have an easy job and that their education is all about knowing designing techniques and learning of people’s tastes, but to be a decent fashion designer you should also have a knowledge of things like math, art history, science and probably, if you are an independent designer, of some business management.

This profession is also known for being “glamorous”, it is competitive as well, a difficult industry to fit into. When citizens and even celebrities are wearing clothes that you made is probably very exciting, and it probably means that you’re a good one. It requires perseverance and patience, but in general, the reward makes it worth, if you preserve.

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Fashion designers should be aware of standards and market requirements. They must be always learning new things, including fashion itself, read magazines, learn about fashion history, etc…

Fashion is actually, a very important notion in our lives. The clothes you wear, the way you look like is very important these days, it tells much about your personality, people get judged, people getting rejected for job opportunities, or getting some, all for the way you look. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have money to afford some things you might, but you should have a sense of taste, and feel what goes with you, should never be static, because there is no such thing as the one fitting everyone.

Fashion design is a type of art dedicating to the creations of making clothes and many different modern life accessories.  To be a fashion designer you should have an artistic, creative personality, being able to express yourself and your ideas visually, on...

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What to Expect from Fashion in 2017.

In a year that is ahead of us is a whole bunch of designer collaborations, exciting exhibitions and new label launches that are already confirmed. There are some events that you should be aware of…

We are expecting a reminding exhibition of Princess Diana’s era-defining style in February. To be precise, 24th February is the day of opening Diana: Her fashion story. The late princess is an enduring style icon and this will provide a fresh insight of her. One of the things to see will be her Victor Edelstein velvet gown in which she danced with John Travolta in the White House back in 1985. The exhibition will be held at the Princess’s London home, Kensington Palace, where she lived for 15 years.   

Alexa Chung will launch her own label in May. Fans of Chung’s work waited for this news for a long time. After being a fashion plate for years, Alexa will at last launch her own line in spring this year. Her new brand is expected to be a contemporary-priced, ready-to-wear line which was designed by this TV presenter and model all by herself so that we could get a slice of her style.

May will be very busy month for fashion fans, because Balenciaga will take over the V&A. This was announced in October by V&A as the major fashion showcase for 2017. It will be a retrospective of Cristóbal Balenciaga’s work that was titled Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion. 80 years have passed since Mr Balenciaga opened his doors of iconic Paris salon, and the exhibition will feature over 100 of his most innovative and glamorous fashion silhouettes.

In February, there will also be a couple of major designer debuts. Raf Simons has been working for Calvin Klein for some time now, and we will finally get a glimpse of his work. New York Fashion Week will be the place where this ex-Dior designer will make his debut. Another thing to be excited for is the first collection from design duo Monse. They have just taken the helm at Oscar de la Renta. Zayn Malik also has his first collection, which is, at the same time, his first attempt in fashion design that he will be presenting for Versus Versace during London Fashion Week. To see if it will be any good, we will have to wait for another two months.

At the peak of the spring, in April, there will come to a collaboration between Victoria Beckham and Target. US retail giant and Victoria will team up so she could become the next designer with a high street line. This will hit our stores on 9th April. Net-A-Porter should stock the collection in the UK just like when Peter Pilotto collaborated with Target and that makes us happy because we will be able to get our hands on some VB’s designs.

Selena Gomez and Coach will also team up somewhere around September or October. In 2016, Gigi Hadid and Tommy Hilfiger did exactly what Selena and Coach are hoping to achieve in 2017. As a matter of fact, it should probably be even more because next autumn, the singer and actress will collaborate with the all-American label. Their campaign should kick off in winter 2017, also launching a charity design project including a female empowerment organization Step Up.

In a year that is ahead of us is a whole bunch of designer collaborations, exciting exhibitions and new label launches that are already confirmed. There are some events that you should be aware of…
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Is Fashion an Art?

Is fashion really an art? The topic everyone on the world wide web is talking about. Yes, it is! No, it isn’t?

Even in past, history has shown us that people dressed to express themselves. Everything started with ancient Egyptians. Their clothing was filled with a variation of colors, decorated with precious gems and jewels. And it was not only made for beauty, but also for comfort. Also, their clothes have been made to keep them cool while they are in the desert. Then ancient Greeks discovered some other materials and styles. Clothing in ancient Greek has been mainly made of chiton (costume), peplos (women clothes), himation (usually worn over a chiton) and chlamys (some type of short overcoat). And we are still talking about a period of time around fall of ancient Egyptian, Greek and the Roman empire. As humans evolved, and everything around them, so did fashion.

We can see in British culture from the 1830s to 1910s some really interesting changes in fashion, including changes in styles. Clothes were seen as an expression women’s place in society. Upper-class women usually tightly laced corset over a bodice or chemisette, paired with a skirt. The hat was standard formal wear for upper and middle-class men. Woman’s shoes in the early Victorian period (the 1830s) were narrow and heelless, black or white color. The heel on the shoes changed with time, like ethics and value.

Yes, we know, fashion is fashion and art is art. But we live in a modern world where everything is “growing” so fast, and we are humans and our basic need is to express ourselves. So, can fashion also be an art form? Museums are showing fashion just as much as paintings, or other art. Fashion can tell you about history, events, culture, etc. Many of the clothes seen going down the fashion runway don’t have any particular use, and many designers create impractical clothes just because they want to show their creativity, which is exactly what artist do in their craft. Designers are expressing themselves through clothes they made. I agree that there are many big brand names that make clothes that they think is going to be popular, just so they can sell and make money. But still, there are many true artists who express themselves in the way of creation. “A lot of designers collaborate with artists and incorporate features of art into their work such as Yves Saint Laurent and Piet Mondrian in 1965. Yves Saint Laurent’s dress was inspired by artist the Piet Mondrian. It was inspired by Piet Mondrian’s work which mainly consisted of thick black lines and primary colors. In this case, fashion was literally art.”

Fashion is not necessarily about labels, it’s not about brands. It’s something else that comes within the human being. What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, it’s your identity. Especially today, when human contacts are so quick, fashion is instant language. It’s a simple way of saying complicated things.

Is fashion really an art? The topic everyone on the world wide web is talking about. Yes, it is! No, it isn’t?
Even in past, history has shown us that people dressed to express themselves. Everything started with ancient Egyptians. Their clothing was filled...